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  • Apple Issues New iOS 9.2.1 to Fix Error 53
    Open Letter Criticizing Backdoors More Thoughts on Apple s Stance on Backdoors TidBITS Watchlist Notable Software Updates for 22 February 2016 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below Problem Solving 18 Feb 2016 Listen Print Comment 1 Apple Issues New iOS 9 2 1 to Fix Error 53 by Josh Centers We ve been following the saga of Error 53 the mysterious error message that s been rendering iOS devices unusable Last week Error 53 was traced to mismatches between the Touch ID sensor and the Secure Enclave coprocessor caused by repairs performed by technicians not authorized by Apple see What Error 53 Means for the Future of Apple Repairs 15 February 2016 Thankfully Apple has now issued a fix for affected users In a statement to TechCrunch Apple explained itself We apologize for any inconvenience this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers Customers who paid for an out of warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement To address the problem Apple has issued a new version of iOS 9 2 1 specifically for those with this issue Unless you force a restore in iOS you will not receive this update nor do you need it If you re seeing Error 53 try restoring your device via iTunes by connecting it to your computer with a USB to Lightning cable opening iTunes clicking the iPhone or iPad button and then clicking Restore iPhone or iPad Check Software Update to be sure you have the latest version of iTunes before restoring If you see an error message when you try to restore your device a new Apple support article recommends performing a force restart on the iOS device by pressing and holding the Sleep Wake and Home buttons until you see the Apple logo After that try restoring with iTunes again While this fix will make an Error 53 afflicted device operable again Touch ID will not function as it shouldn t given that its pairing with the Secure Enclave has been compromised If you saw Error 53 after Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider repaired your device contact Apple Support for a free repair or replacement However if your device was repaired outside of official Apple channels you ll have to pay Apple the out of warranty repair price to restore Touch ID which should run between 109 and 149 We hope this fix makes its way into the upcoming iOS 9 3 as well so users who have had their screens or home buttons repaired

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16273 (2016-04-24)
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  • Facebook’s iOS App Is Still a Battery Hog
    Watchlist Weekly Issues Issue 1317 18 Apr 16 1316 11 Apr 16 1315 04 Apr 16 1314 28 Mar 16 1313 21 Mar 16 1312 14 Mar 16 1311 07 Mar 16 1310 29 Feb 16 1309 22 Feb 16 Back Issues About TidBITS About Us Advertise Contact Copyright Privacy TidBITS Members Smile ScanSnap Thoughtful detailed coverage of the Mac iPhone and iPad plus the best selling Take Control ebooks Pick an apple Become a TidBITS member TidBITS Watchlist Fantastical 2 2 1 Retrospect 13 01 LaunchBar 6 6 2 Delicious Library 3 5 1 GarageBand 10 1 1 Pixelmator 3 4 4 1Password 6 2 1 Banktivity 5 6 7 Parallels Desktop 11 1 3 Fantastical 2 2 Close To help us avoid automated posts and misuse of our site please enter the words below Close Gerberding Thanks for your interest in forwarding this article via email Please fill in your email address and that of the recipient below You can also include a short message Close Send to Your email Your name Your message indicates required fields To help us avoid automated attempts to spam recipients please enter the words below External Links 08 Feb 2016 Print Comment 1 Facebook s iOS App Is Still a Battery Hog by Josh Centers Despite Facebook supposedly taking steps to address the issue the service s iOS app apparently still consumes more battery power than is reasonable Samuel Gibbs of The Guardian found that uninstalling the app made the battery in his iPhone 6s Plus last 15 percent longer than when the app was installed It also saved him about 500 MB of storage space due to the app s large size and cache It s distressing that a company with such extensive development resources has failed to resolve this problem

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16249 (2016-04-24)
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  • Three Alternatives to the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard
    bulky combination but the alternative removing the iPad Pro from the Create takes some effort and is a hassle Bulk is the Create s biggest shortcoming The amazingly thin and light iPad Pro becomes significantly heftier in a package that is a bit bigger in all dimensions than a MacBook Pro Many people won t mind this of course but it may be a problem for others Zagg Slim Book A notebook like alternative to the Create the Slim Book is unique in a number of ways that make it worth a close look Setup is different from the Create First you insert the iPad Pro into a thin plastic backing that adds scant bulk You then attach this combo to the keyboard portion of the Slim Book which has a dock with a hinge The iPad Pro drops into the slot adheres magnetically and securely and becomes the lid portion of the quasi notebook This opens and shuts via the hinge much like a laptop The iPad Pro can be removed from the dock just as easily That is the Slim Book s key advantage when you want to use the iPad on its own you can remove it from the keyboard base and set that aside Even in its plastic backing the iPad is thin and lightweight That s good since the backing is a nightmare to pry off The Slim Book uses Bluetooth instead of a Smart Connector link That s fine when the wireless works and it usually did in this case But Apple ditched Bluetooth for a reason the technology has a big hassle factor with frequent fussing and troubleshooting necessary so expect at least a little tinkering sooner or later if you buy the Slim Book The Slim Book s keyboard is a bit wider than that of the Create I did not find this made much difference in terms of typing comfort or speed The Zagg has flat keys unlike the Create s sculpted buttons that I prefer and overall the Slim Book s feel is a bit more plasticky Even so I enjoyed working on the Slim Book which also features backlighting and a full complement of function keys My fingers could really fly on it As with the Create bulk is the Slim Book s potential downfall even though the Zagg is a bit trimmer than the Create and roughly comparable to a MacBook Pro And unlike the Create s rough and grippy outer surface the Slim Book s skin feels too slick I was always a little worried that it would slip through my fingers and crash to the floor Zagg Messenger Universal Unlike the previous two accessories which attach to the iPad Pro and turn it into a sort of laptop Zagg s Messenger Universal exists apart from the iPad until it s needed It s a folio like device with a cover flap that opens to reveal the keyboard The flap folds into the shape of a triangular

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16246 (2016-04-24)
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  • OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1 Bring Bug Fixes
    was a bit nervous iftid 2016 01 25 20 28 How widespread is this 10 11 3 upgrade failure I had this failure too but without a positive outcome on my 2 month old 21 5 iMac Retina I succumbed to the constant nagging and upgraded to 10 11 3 from 1 Final reboot hung at 70 The End Safe mode hung too Recovery health was ok but no normal boot possible Apple Genius diagnostics and mucking about in single user mode apparently broke things completely with following conclusion El Capitan can no longer see Fusion as fused we must boot to an older OS and reformat SSD and HD separately then El Capitan will see it properly fused Explanation and solution seem peculiar and the fix means erase install restore from backups I have plenty of backups but bought iMac to escape unreliable PC hardware Yet this is the only computer I ve owned since 1985 with a complete hard drive failure Never once had to wipe install and restore from backups My advice is stay away from Geniuses till this is resolved iftid 2016 01 25 20 45 More info I waited many hours hung at 70 before powering off On repowering on it hung at the same 70 Per Apple Store my system did update to 10 11 3 It doesn t seem it was the install that hung but the first boot post install and all subsequent boots But perhaps the first boot that hung was still finishing the update no way to know what it was doing given all we get is an Apple logo and an unannotated progress bar I should have waited overnight So we don t know what s in the update nor when the update is happening vs finished And Apple doesn t even seem to be honoring App Store update preferences anymore for that matter but wording reminder notifications ambiguously It s hard to tell when you are asking to be reminded later vs telling it to DO the update later I saw an unexpected message that suggested it tried to do an update before I wanted it to If there is an option to not even check for updates that s what I will elect in the future Simon 2016 01 26 02 11 Sys Prefs App Store Automatically check for updates At least on the Mac we still have the option to do things manually and stay in charge of our own kit On iOS 9 Apple no longer gives us the choice You can t even tell it to stop nagging you The only thing you can do is shut it up for a few hours Then it will start to spam you again Cause God forbid I think for myself and take responsibility for my own life and my own gadgets iftid 2016 01 26 03 50 If you tell iOS 9 to remind you later as I just did it isn t ready to give up so easily It just thinks you are playing hard to get I can install between 2 and 4 AM if connected to power How about that then Does that sound better Then you can Install Tonight technically tomorrow morning or Remind me Later So you have 2 opportunities to accidentally install or schedule an install Perhaps if you make sure to not be connected to power between 2 and 4 AM it won t start the install next time you are connected I don t know who wants to bother testing that I haven t had a chance to play more with App Store settings on OS X since my Mac went down I thought one could do just what you describe but AppleCare told me it was impossible to disable auto check for updates It looks to me like you are quite right though Paul Albert 2016 01 29 14 40 Little Snitch does it for me all the time I just deny forever any Apple connection And change that at will Great software Adam Engst 2016 01 26 10 16 Just got another report of a freeze during update in email Had similar experience with the 10 11 3 update on my Mac Pro I have a SSD on a PCI Card as the Boot and Main Drive on the Mac Pro After a shutdown and reboot it has worked perfectly The update on my other Mac s has installed normally Adam Engst 2016 01 26 15 32 The person who reported this said that the combo updater worked on another try xairbusdriver 2016 01 26 12 04 Also had the freezing Mr Engst had on my wife s MBP Same fix Power Off wait But I also have filed a Bug Report about the behavior of Software Update I assumed I had mistakenly clicked Install All the 1st time but when I updated my mini when I VERY carefully asked to update ONLY the iMovie app and NOT the OS the very same Update All action occurred I encourage anyone thinking about performing any update where this 10 11 3 is included in the list to be ready to see it update whether you want it or not Josh Centers 2016 01 26 14 38 Ever since updating to El Capitan I ve been having problems with my external Dell monitor with my 5K iMac Often the monitor would not wake up alongside the Mac I would have to unplug it and plug it back in sometimes several times to get it working again I m happy to say that this update seems to have fixed that so I highly recommend it if you re having a similar issue Derek Roff 2016 01 27 15 16 3 week old MacBook Pro 15 Retina Having read this article and the comments I waited a week before trying to update I was given optimism by the small number of problems reported here and on a general Internet search

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16205 (2016-04-24)
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  • CarPlay Offers Limited, Glitchy iPhone/Auto Integration
    Fi reception readouts As CarPlay compatible apps are installed on the phone they show up on the auto s console One third party app filled the last berth on my home screen and additional apps took up residence on the second and third screens Annoyingly third party apps are sorted alphabetically and cannot be manually rearranged across the various screens Moving among screens was intuitive with left and right swipes though the subpar responsiveness of the car touchscreens made even such simple swipes annoying at times CarPlay versions of Apple and third party apps have consistent more generic interfaces compared to their iPhone versions Apps also tend to be light on features compared to their full iPhone equivalents This is good in the sense of reducing complexity in an environment with far too many distractions but it also makes the CarPlay experience a bit bland For instance in Messages there s no option to type in new messages on the screen or to see old ones in text form All that s displayed is a list of people with whom you have interacted recently Siri reads you messages from those people and prompts you to dictate your replies There s also an onscreen compose button which fires up Siri or you can access Siri by pressing and holding a physical Siri button built into the steering wheel The Audiobooks app is minimalist too showing just a list of the audiobooks you ve bought Tap one or ask for it via Siri and it starts playing The app does not narrate text based iBooks Maps is another exercise in simplicity Your location is shown on a map and there are simple zoom and pan controls along with a 3D option You can t use pinch to zoom as you d expect Maps provides turn by turn directions audibly and on screen along with traffic conditions and travel times It also shows a list of recent destinations tap one to fire up driving directions Routing a fresh trip happens via Siri Again there s no typing required When routing is in progress and the motorist shifts to another app Overcast shown below a Maps shortcut icon appears on the upper left of the display to make getting back easier Apple s mapping looks fantastic on the Regal s display much nicer than the built in navigation features in most cars I ve seen A recently released iOS 9 3 beta adds a Nearby option to CarPlay screens for those wanting tips on nearby restaurants gasoline stations coffee shops hotels parking lots supermarkets and more The CarPlay version of the Phone app provides a keypad for initiating voice calls along with tappable lists of favorites recents and voicemails Drivers can use Siri to initiate calls return missed calls and access voicemail The Music app is somewhat more elaborate especially now that the Apple Music streaming service is part of the mix My purchased songs along with all of my iTunes and Apple Music playlists were just a tap or two away So were all my radio stations including Apple Music s signature Beats 1 But much of Apple Music was inaccessible to me during my testing To get at For You New Connect and other features I needed my iPhone That s good the mental concentration required to navigate Apple s ludicrously complex music interfaces would send most drivers into the ditch Unfortunately for them the new iOS 9 3 beta adds New and For You to the CarPlay auto displays I could not of course watch A ha s Take On Me the best music video ever made yes I m a child of the 1980s and one I had been watching obsessively on my MacBook iPhone and iPad I own the video but CarPlay wouldn t permit me to display it on my Regal console for safety reasons That s true even if the car is stopped idling or even parked It is much the same with the Podcasts app While the iPhone version of the app has access to both audio and video podcasts the CarPlay version is audio only No matter it s a convenient way to fire up a decent show at random like Serial or Stuff You Should Know via the Top Charts section All of my podcast or station settings were available as well Perhaps the handiest button on the CarPlay interface is also the simplest Now Playing It s self explanatory a tap of the button displays your audio selection s player with its rewind fast forward and play pause buttons But you first must press the home button in order to access the Now Playing button on the CarPlay home screen The Now Playing button is important because of third party apps which make CarPlay more of a menu maze Some third party apps are executed better than others though CarPlay s inherent simplicity doesn t allow for dramatic variations CBS News annoyed me I wanted to queue up Tim Cook s 60 Minutes interview last month just the audio of course but the app showed only episode dates not subjects Not helpful And what s the deal with the all caps title Marco Arment s Overcast not surprisingly is more pleasant The corresponding iOS and Web versions of Overcast are quite simple so the minimalist CarPlay version isn t jarring Playlists and Podcasts are the only top level choices Tapping Podcasts I got a basic and easy to navigate show list When I tapped one of the podcasts Overcast pulled up that show s most recent episodes CarPlay is important for iPhone toting drivers because it offers choice in a variety of categories Audiobook fans for instance not only score Apple s Audiobooks but also Audible AudioBooks com and Free Audiobooks At one point I was raptly listening to Isaac Asimov s science fiction masterpiece The Foundation Trilogy using Free Audiobooks without paying a dime How cool is that Other third party apps

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16197 (2016-04-24)
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  • Beware Nasty Auto-Download Music Bug in iOS 9
    perturbed by the amount of space that s being occupied by this automatically downloaded music on your device you can recover space Go to Settings General Storage iCloud Usage Under the Storage header tap Manage Storage and then Music You can swipe All Songs from right to left to delete all locally stored music or you can delete the music for particular artists in the same way One user posted a comment to the article on my Web site explaining how he was able to stop these downloads from happening It s a multi step process that involves unlinking the device from iTunes in the Cloud and performing some other operations I haven t tested it so try it at your own risk I ve filed a bug report with Apple and the iTunes engineers have contacted me to collect log information from my devices I hope they get to the bottom of this bug soon although it still exists in the beta of iOS 9 3 For me it was just an annoyance but it s hitting many other people directly in the wallet Make friends and influence people by sponsoring TidBITS Put your company and products in front of tens of thousands of savvy committed Apple users who actually buy stuff More information http tidbits com advertising html Comments about Beware Nasty Auto Download Music Bug in iOS 9 Comments are closed Raymond Osborn 2016 01 14 09 52 I had this problem a week ago but I think a temporary solution is fairly simple Click on the Downloading songs bar in the Music app scroll to the bottom of the listed songs and keep clicking Cancel Downloads until no songs reappear on the list I m guessing that uploaded music gets added to a cached downloads list on the iPhone so it s only necessary to clear the cache whenever you upload new music I ve had no new downloads in over a week Of course Apple need to fix this bug soon Kirk 2016 01 14 09 57 Yes keep clicking And when you add more music you have to do it again Peter Meyer 2016 01 14 10 55 Great catch This is why being a Bits member is a great value Thank you cposey 2016 01 14 22 47 I filed a bug report on this issue over a month ago Apple engineers have contacted me for logs but so far no resolution Lots of grumbling on Apple Support some mentioning class action since Match has been unusable since iOS 9 2 This bug and another serious bug with iOS apps getting stuck updating and causing actual data loss really has me questioning Apples current quality control B Jefferson Le Blanc 2016 01 22 08 38 Apple s quality control has been out to lunch for years now presuming it even still exists It took them almost a year to get most of the bugs out of Yosemite after it was released to the

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16191 (2016-04-24)
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  • : Articles by Kirk McElhearn
    them from becoming a headache Macs Mac OS X by Kirk McElhearn 11 Sep 2012 7 comments Take a Memo Ten Tips for Successful Voice Dictation Kirk McElhearn has been dictating for years into tape recorders digital dictaphones and his Mac via speech recognition software He shares his top ten tricks and techniques for making your life easier with the new dictation features in Mountain Lion and the third generation iPad Macs Mac OS X by Kirk McElhearn 31 Jul 2012 11 comments Free Disrupts Telecom Market in France Kirk McElhearn explains how the French telecom provider Free enables him to pay far less for connectivity including cell phone landline Internet and TV We re not all likely to move to France just to save on our communications costs but similar market disruptions could take place in other countries Networking by Kirk McElhearn 30 Apr 2012 9 comments Syncing iOS Devices Wirelessly with iTunes 10 5 and iCloud The big news in iTunes 10 5 right now is support for Wi Fi syncing and iCloud backups of your iOS devices Kirk McElhearn explains what they ll do for you and how to turn them on iPhone iPad iPod by Kirk McElhearn 18 Oct 2011 18 comments Video Viewing in Lion Freezes New iMacs Owners of new iMacs are reporting a significant number of hard freezes after upgrading to Mac OS X Lion even when the same Macs worked perfectly under Snow Leopard The only way to avoid the problem currently known is to avoid sleeping The iMac not you Macs Mac OS X by Kirk McElhearn 04 Aug 2011 33 comments iTunes 10 3 Offers Automatic Downloads and Access to Purchases In the first glimpse of what iCloud will mean to Mac and iOS users Apple has released iTunes 10 3 with a pair of new features Automatic Downloads that ensures that all purchases appear on all your devices and the long awaited capability to re download purchases Entertainment by Kirk McElhearn 08 Jun 2011 7 comments iTunes 10 2 More Than Just iPad 2 and iOS 4 3 Support iTunes 10 2 is out to support the upcoming releases of the iPad 2 and iOS 4 3 but Kirk McElhearn s eagle eye has spotted a few other minor changes largely in the program s preferences along with slightly improved performance Entertainment by Kirk McElhearn 02 Mar 2011 21 comments Is iTunes Bloated Apple has shoehorned every feature short of the kitchen sink into the increasingly misnamed iTunes surely that means the program is a classic example of bloatware Or is it Kirk McElhearn who has written numerous articles and books about iTunes examines the charges that iTunes is bloated to see if they re valid Opinion by Kirk McElhearn 27 Sep 2010 74 comments Amazon Extends Kindle Beyond United States Amazon has released the international Kindle bringing its signature ebook reader to the world outside the United States But do the company s pricing plans blunt an otherwise

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  • Augment U.S. National Park Vacations with Chimani’s iOS Apps
    on a similar tile based interface that leads into a hierarchy of information Where possible Chimani sticks with the same icons as used by the National Park Service on its signs Although sections vary somewhat between parks they generally include an overall map park information a photo gallery lodging hiking trails bicycling trails points of interest museums picnic spots restroom locations and potential hazards The Auto Touring sections often contain audio so you can listen to the description while driving instead of making a passenger read to you be sure to enable the ringer on your iPhone first There s even a section for spots to watch the sunrise and sunset complete with times and the golden hours for photos for any day of the year The section tiles are mirrored by a menu you can display by tapping a hamburger button at the top left of the screen if you prefer a more compact list the menu is also required to back out of a subsection to the main screen although Chimani tells me that will be improved soon Tapping a tile leads to a secondary tile screen listing specific articles tapping one of them displays the article Content has been generated entirely by Chimani with excellent photography tap the article s main photo to see others Not every article has a photo of course but those I ve seen have been lovely The articles tend to be brief but those associated with places also have maps and hiking trails include icons telling you what kind of trail it is what distance the trail covers how long it will take to hike it and how steep it is There s the ubiquitous share button on each article and photo and while planning a trip you can also tap the bookmark button to save any place you want to be sure to visit A new feature in the latest release introduces a slight gamification aspect to the app For each article a plus button lets you record visits to that spot and you earn badges for each visit It s a nice way to keep track of where you ve been but the feature is really designed as a bridge between generations imagine you re taking your kids or grandkids on a week long trip to Yellowstone and need a way to help keep them interested The apps are location aware so when you say that you ve visited a point of interest when you re actually in that spot your visit is verified and you get not just a badge for that place but also points toward a Scout badge that appears at the top of the main screen Tapping the Scout badge shows the My Chimani screen where you can see all your badges and points It s a little silly of course particularly for the articles that provide details about restrooms say but it might make seeing more of a park palatable to kids or just be

    Original URL path: http://tidbits.com/article/16180 (2016-04-24)
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