eXtensions - Wednesday 23 October 2019
Cassandra - Midweek Review: Willing the iPhone SE2 into Existence; iPhone Arrival in Thailand; Catalina Comments
By Graham K. Rogers
There is no doubt that the original iPhone SE was a huge success and enabled many users to join in the Apple games. I bought one as a birthday present for a friend who was delighted and is still using it. It was a delightful combination of an older design and some newer internals with a relatively small screen. As we have seen from the iPhone X up to the latest iPhone 11 devices, Apple works better at the same upper end, despite the anguish from commentators - especially Wall Street, whose analysts regularly predict the share price is going to tank so everyone should sell, then a little later when the doomed product is actually selling, despite their dire warnings, just as magically predict the share prices will rise.
They are currently at all time high levels ($239.96), with the next quarter's earnings about to be announced (30 October). As a note, it is reported that order for the screens have increased by some 40% (Stephen Warwick, iMore) which indicates sales are good; and as Samsung provides a high proportion of those screens, there is benefit for them too.
iPhone with Lightning port and 3.5mm headphone jack
I sent a copy of that email to the credit card company after outlining the problem on the phone. At that time the charge was still "pending": a state between ordering (when the amount is reserved) and charging when the order is confirmed and ready for shipment. On Sunday, a message from the credit card company that they were sending my information for further processing suggests that the two charges had been deducted and they were in contact with Apple.
On Monday I was told that the items had shipped and I followed the tracking link to UPS, but the number entered was not accepted. I also tried with the Folio case link, but had the same rejection. I am tempted to put this part of the communication problem on UPS rather than Apple. When I later tried using the iPhone, information was displayed. What I had noticed earlier was that instead of being shipped from China as has always been the case in the past, items were shipping from Singapore so the logistics have been improved. To do this, thousands of iPhones must have been shipped there in the last few weeks.
Folio Case for iPhone 11 Pro
Several users are reporting that, even when they log in to iCloud the system is not accepting this and they resort to logging out then back in. What happens then is that the data is deleted but users can opt for it to be saved in a folder. Logging back in does not retrieve all the data, while some are finding duplicates of folders and files. This is far worse than the infamous Apple Maps fiasco and I predict that heads are going to roll.
Of the comments I saw online, Erik Eckel (TechRepublic) had some useful input concerning the problems he had experienced, starting with the installation and moving on from there. Many of the problems he reports are directly related to iCloud. He was not alone there, with local users also complaining about difficulties with logging in and the files mess afterwards. On Eclectic Light Company, hoakley looks at some of the reports floating around and is able to dismiss some (hoax in one case), but iCloud problems remain core to what many are experiencing. However another article from this prolific (and useful) site also pointed out a potential problem with kernel extensions (KEXTs).
Last week I wrote that Apple had put out a supplementary update (before 10.15.1). Now I see (Chance Miller, 9to5 Mac) that a follow up supplemental update has been put out, again before 10.15.1. This seemed to be unprecedented, but Miller notes that the information is the same as for that update last week:
However, hoakley on the Eclectic Light Company suggests that there is a far simpler explanation and that Apple has updated its security certificate on the release, which makes it look like a new version. He also notes that those who have already downloaded last week's version will not be offered the later update.
In another useful comment, hoakley explains what is happening after the update to Catalina when a Relocated Items folder is created for files which cannot properly be allocated a new home. As usual with this writer, there is lots of useful information about what is actually going on.
Steve Paris on TechReport reviews WordPerfect X9 which has just been released by Correl and with it presentation and spreadsheet software. The review is relatively enthusiastic about the new version which some users or companies that do not need Microsoft compatibility might want to try. I manage quite well with no Microsoft installations at all on any of my devices, so there are sure to be others who do not need to follow that slavish devotion to Redmond. Unfortunately there are no Mac or iOS versions - Windows only.
Only 10 programs were listed, so Apple will have to do much better to come closer to Netflix, but I am sure this is a long-haul project and more will be arriving. With that in mind, Oliver Haslam (iMore) reports that For All Mankind is mapped out already for 7 seasons. I hope that once the TV+ service starts, as well as the series and other programming, movies will be included. I had better luck than some as there were reports of the app crashing for some users.
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. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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