Tag Archive for ‘iOS 8’

iMessage Won’t Send or Receive Messages From Phone Number ➝

All of a sudden my fiancé’s iPhone was sending messages from her iCloud email account rather than from her phone number. I tried everything I could find to fix it, but ended up having to restore from backup in order to get iMessage working properly again.

A few days ago her sister’s iPhone was having the same problem and since we live a four hour drive apart from one another I had to try and find a solution that she could easily do herself. I came across this solution by Cammy Harbison on iDigitalTimes:

Turn both iMessage and Facetime off in the Settings Menu. Then in Settings go to General, scroll down to Reset then select “Reset Your Network Settings.” Once everything has reset, make sure you are connected to Wi-fi. Reactivate iMessage and Facetime. You should now be able to select your phone number as an iMessage sending option.

It worked like a charm and now my future-sister-in-law’s iPhone is sending iMessages from her phone number rather than from her iCloud email address. I wish I could have found this solution before pulled the trigger on restoring my fiancé’s iPhone, it would have saved me a ton of time.

It’s the Storage Space, Stupid ➝

John Gruber on the slow adoption of iOS 8:

But it’s very clear that I was wrong about what the primary factor is. The simple answer was staring me right in the face. It’s all about the over-the-air update requiring 5 GB of free storage space, and many people not having that much free space, and not knowing how or simply not wanting to deal with it.

My girlfriend owns a 16GB iPhone 5s and I don’t think she would have ever updated to iOS 8 if I hadn’t done it for her. It’s not because she doesn’t know how to manage her storage, it’s just too much of a hassle to make room for some software enhancements that probably wouldn’t be missed if she never used them.

Apple needs to find a way to shrink the size of major iOS upgrades even further or they need to stop selling iPhones with such puny storage capacities. If they don’t, then Apple’s days of bragging about iOS adoption rates will soon be over.

We Need to Talk About iOS 8 ➝

Fraser Speirs regarding Apple’s rollout of iOS 8:

We have seen problems with apps not being updated in a timely manner. We have seen issues with crashing, devices rebooting, rotation glitches, keyboards playing up, touch screens not responding. Indeed I’m typing this while babysitting the full restore of an iPad that one pupil “broke” – through no fault of their own – while updating to iOS 8.

This isn’t Apple’s best iOS release. And, I’m hoping that at some point in the next few years they release a Snow Leopard-like version of iOS — adding nearly zero new features and instead focusing on refinements to existing ones.

The Demise of the Camera Roll

It was quite jarring when I used the camera app for the first time after upgrading to iOS 8. Everything seemed fine until I tapped the camera roll button to see an overview of the photos I had taken during my family’s annual apple picking trip. I happened to notice that the navigation button in the upper left that used to give me a thumbnail view of my camera roll was now labeled “All Photos.” I didn’t know what to expect until I tapped it — I was pushed out of the Camera app and into the Photos app displaying the “Moments” view of the Photos tab. This isn’t what I expected or wanted to happen.

For seven years that navigation button took you to a thumbnail view of your camera roll. And, now it’s a glorified shortcut to the Photos app. After some poking around in Photos I did find an album named “Recently Added” that closely resembles the camera roll. But, inside was not what I would have expected. There were photos that I assumed would be in my camera roll but there were also photos that I had taken and already removed from my camera roll using iPhoto. The “Recently Added” album was displaying photos that were taken within a period of time, not photos that I hadn’t dealt with yet — which in this case means pruned, edited, and imported into iPhoto.

What an incredibly confusing change for someone who has grown used to the camera roll’s existence over the past seven years. And, I’m not the only one that finds the new setup a bit confusing and annoying. There’s a (currently 14 page) thread on Apple’s support forum filled with complaints by users many of whom would prefer Apple bring back the camera roll.

I would love to see Apple reinstate the camera roll in a future version of iOS, but it isn’t going to happen. People (including myself) are complaining about the change because it has disrupted our workflow and left us confused about where our photos actually are. In time we’ll get used to it or at the very least learn to live with it. And, once Apple releases Yosemite with the new Photos app many of us will transition into saving all of our photos on iCloud and never have to worry about whether or not they’ve recently dumped their camera roll into iPhoto.

My biggest concern about moving to the cloud, though, is pricing. My current iPhoto library is nearly 40GB and I don’t know how I feel about paying Apple $3.99 a month to store it for me. I like the idea of having all of my photos backed up in the cloud, but I already have a pretty good backup solution that includes off-site backups and doesn’t cost me a dime (trading backup hard drives once a month with a family member). Time will tell how this all pans, but for now I’ll be missing the days when my iPhone had a camera roll and I had a better idea of what photos I still needed to process into my iPhoto library for long-term storage.

iOS 8 Displays Battery Usage by App ➝

I discovered this shortly after updating to iOS 8 and it’s really handy. Not necessarily to discover which apps are eating your battery life — that’s typically self explanatory — but it’s great for showing you which apps you use most often. If I ever decide to reorganize my iPhone home screen and dock I can use the battery usage screen to help me optimize the location of my app icons.

How the iOS 8 Time-lapse Feature Works ➝

Dan Provost on Apple’s time-lapse photography feature in iOS 8:

The result of this method is that anything you shoot will generally end up being between 20 and 40 seconds long, an ideal shareable length. Also worth mentioning, the resulting video is always 30 fps, the standard framerate for video. No surprises there.

It’s pretty clever how Apple built their time-lapse mode — working to keep the resulting video files short and shareable while also helping to keep these videos from filling up available storage space on your iPhone too quickly.

Your iPhone Can Ditch Google For DuckDuckGo ➝

I’ve dipped my toe in the DuckDuckGo waters before. But, without the ability to make it my default search engine in iOS it never stuck for very long. iOS 8 adds DuckDuckGo to the list of search engine options in iOS. I’m switching the default search engine on all of my devices and plan on trying it out for a few weeks. I wouldn’t mind a little less Google in my life.

Apple Pulls iOS 8 HealthKit Apps from the App Store ➝

The Next Web received the following statement from Apple:

We discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We’re working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month.

HealthKit is a major new feature in iOS 8. I hope they get this fixed before everyone relegates the Health app to the “Default” folder on their last home screen.

(Via Daring Fireball.)