My MacPro has started opening the DVD tray whenever it restarts, which is annoying. Why is it doing this?
Because it thinks it should be starting from an optical disk, and if it can’t see one it opens the tray for you to insert one.
Go to System Preferences, set a different startup disk (i.e. select a hard drive), and restart.
Apple TV, Apple TV, Apple TV, and Apple TV+
Dustin Curtis has a wee review of just how confusing Apple TV (and associated apps/ecosystem) really is.
(After 8 paragraphs of spot-on analysis of how confusing the AppleTV ecosystem is…) Other than that, though, Apple TV is relatively straightforward.
I find Apple TV (i.e. the hardware) relentlessly confusing post recent updates. I see previews of films and don’t know what app they’re from – Netflix, iTunes? It’s prettier and looks flash but is confusing as hell. To me anyway. We just click away and hope for the best, which is frustrating.
People who say Apple software is easy to use – well, I don’t think they use it very often.
Jony Ive Leaves Apple, Ive’s Legacy, The Post-Ive Apple
It won’t be the end of the world now that Jony Ive’s left Apple. It feels like he left a long time ago. Hopefully at some point there will be an objective view on his role – increasingly overstated, not as impactful as advertised might be my summary.
You can’t get around the fact that while the hardware (across the line) is pretty impressive, the software’s not advancing at the same rate – and a fair amount of it is actually pretty poor – if we’re allowed to be honest with each other.
Allegedly as little as possible. See also:
Are we allowed to say ‘meh’? The more Apple claims it’s serious about games the less I believe them.
You can’t participate in the Apple app ecosystem without two things: an Apple ID, and a valid credit/debit card linked to that ID. That’s right: you can’t get ‘free’ without having credit first.
If you’re setting up a new phone and your Apple ID is linked to another Apple ID via ‘Family Sharing’, you’ll also need the Family Sharing account owner’s credit/debit card expiry date and CCV number.
That’s right: your ability to use your phone with your credit card may depend on you having someone else’s credit card details.
Continue reading “Why can’t I download “free” apps on my iPhone?”
Use your best words. But get it over with quickly – you’ve got work to do.
2. Dry your phone off.
That’s right, get a towel and dry it off ASAP. Is it dead? It probably isn’t.
3. Back it up.
That’s right. Don’t put your phone in a bag of rice or anything like that. While it’s still alive, you need to get your data off your phone as fast as possible.
Continue reading “What to do when you drop your iPhone in the water”
If you have a lot of notifications then YES. Notifications are significantly less irritating and substantially easier to work with and manage. Otherwise iOS 12 feels mostly like a polished version of iOS 11.
Continue reading “Should you use the iOS 12 betas?”
Followers (hah!) of my/the long running frustrating iPhone 6 Plus battery saga might have noticed my unhappiness (understatement) about being told I’d have to wait 10 weeks for a new battery. How long did I actually have to wait?
Not sure if this is a failure of logistics, or of expectation management on Apple’s part.
Nice to (finally) see that Apple UK’s updated iPhone 6/7/8/X/SE battery replacement pricing – £25 (to December 18) – see https://support.apple.com/en-gb/iphone/repair/service/pricing.
The thing I’ve found most frustrating about Apple’s wee iPhone 6 battery problem is the blogosphere/applefanboy’s willingness to parrot the party line and not think critically.
Techcrunch said yesterday that replacement batteries were now available – however only in the US, and only if they’re in stock at Apple stores.
Which doesn’t help customers in the rest of the world very much.
When is a replacement programme not actually a replacement programme?
Following a fairly justified public/media backlash about how Apple handles/manages battery life on iPhone 6s, just after Christmas Apple allegedly ‘solved’ the problem with a ‘message to customers about iPhone batteries and performance‘ which ends with an offer to set up a programme to start replacing batteries at a more reasonable cost – starting at the end of January 2018. Continue reading “Apple’s tone-deaf iPhone 6 battery replacement announcement”