eXtensions - Tuesday 28 March 2017
Cassandra: All Change - Downloads, Updates, a new iPhone and More (Updated)
By Graham K. Rogers
I did not update my 13" MacBook Pro as I had to teach fairly early and did not want any delays. When I did this later, in the afternoon, it was not a lengthy job. There were also updates to Keynote, Numbers and Pages, with some changes to file handling. These apps were also updated for iOS devices.
The recorded image is square format, to suit many social networking sites. When the app is opened, the camera is launched. A red button at the bottom odf the screen is for recording, and there is a selection of editing tools at the top of the screen.
As audio is off on some sites, the app has a feature to change spoken input to captions and this worked really fast in Thai as well as English. Other languages are also possible depending on the settings. Labels can also be added as can multiple emojis.
The app has a selection of filters for both movie and photo input. I saw a couple of these in the demonstration with a comic effect and a nice black & white output. Photos used may be live (from the camera) or from the Photos Library and clips are shown at the bottom of the screen. These can be re-ordered easily with a simple drag movement. Should it be needed, there is a selection of royalty-free music with the app which runs on iOS 10.3.
After this minor problem, the startup began with a link to my iCloud account and me specifying which backup I should use. As before, within minutes, apps with essential data like addresses and calendars are ready to roll, while others take a while to download. This is quite long here as I always have so many apps installed and often take such a switch to another phone as a spur to clean out some of those less-used.
I had about half of what I need for full operations within an hour or so, with the iCloud data all available, although Keynote and other iWork apps were yet to arrive. Photos also began downloading and those I had taken earlier in the day were available.
What the iPhone needed before the installation could take place was for the iCloud backup to finish downloading, which is still likely to take a while. Although most apps were eventually reinstalled, a few were reluctant to download. I sought these out and tapped on the icons which showed, "Waiting" underneath. That was enough stimulation to bring them down.
All were installed, but still there was a reluctance with the iOS update over iCloud data. I saw that music was not set for automatic downloads but before I could allow that I had to access iTunes on the Mac and remove one of my authorised devices. Finally the update appeared with "Install" no longer greyed out, but each time I entered the passcode, it went back to the blue "Install" again. Sometimes it showed a totally blank screen, or unable to connect. Quit, restart, restart, quit, I was locked into a cycle.
Reluctantly, I decided to connect the iPhone to the Mac and update the old-fashioned way. According to the downloads panel in iTunes that was to take a delightful 88 minutes: really quite slow for the 2.56GB download. I gritted my teeth. This has not been the smoothest iPhone switch, probably due to the coincidental iOS update the same day.
It will all be OK in the morning. It always is.
UpdateIt was. Actually before going to sleep, the iOS 10.3 update had been installed, which allowed me to pair the Apple Watch with the new iPhone and the Watch was synchronised in turn.
I think next time I will consider starting from scratch (not using a backup).
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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