Watch gets an upgrade

Is Apple planning to notify Apple Watch Series 2 owners their services will be end of life? watchOS 6 has been delayed for this and Series 3, and today watchOS 5.3 received a point release update instead.

This concerned me as a series 2 owner, enough to relent and upgrade myself today to a series 5 GPS model. I had wanted to upgrade this year anyway, however wasn’t that impressed by the series 5 update, it didn’t have much differentiation over the previous model. I had intended to then wait till next year expecting my watch might continue to be better supported, seems it’s coming to end of support soon.

Now upgraded, the experience is off a watch that is certainly faster and responsive to my input. The increased screen size is nice making use easier over my older model. I did have issues with sync of exercise tonight, some 10k missing steps not going through until I restarted the watch. Glad that was sorted as the activity was going nowhere, I knew I’d move but was seeing no increases in my stats; I ended up with 23k steps once all was resolved.

Updating the old iPad Pro painful

My old, and I say this tongue in cheek, 10.5 inch iPad Pro has sat in a draw since earlier this year when I upgraded to the 11 inch iPad Pro as I liked the new snap to body Apple Pencil 2. I have been meaning this whole time to prepare it for sale and procrastinated all the while.

Now, I have both the iPad Pro and iPhone X that I must sell as neither need sit in my drawers and gather dust when they might best be used by another. Tonight, I got the older iPad Pro out of its drawer to apply the very latest iPadOS 13.1 so its future owner would have the latest and greatest. That was the intent anyway.

After charging the iPad to full I told it to set to download the update, it refused. The iPad was not connecting to my network for some reason. After some wrangling I eventually settled upon testing its network settings under the General menu area. Thankfully, this got me going straight away and download of the update commenced.

Strangely enough doing this then had effect upon my new iPad Pro, I then needed to reset its network settings before I was allowed to download app updates, weird 😤 After the update was applied to my older iPad Pro I had the problem with it showing a menu item that I needed to apply settings and had to supply my iCloud password, I did this a few times before finally we got there. Well I assume I’m there, seems flakey. In any case it’s going to be reset to factory default so unimportant.

macOS Mail sub par

macOS Mail is long overdue some love, this app is frankly sub par as far as Mail apps go. Some time ago now I was forced to swap one of my accounts across from it to outlook for Mac as I was consistently having issues with Mail syncing incessantly. It would seem this issue has returned once more in the Catalina beta, tonight I was having to continuously drag files to folders and they would continuously restore as though I’d never moved them.

I’m honestly thinking I will have to move everything across to outlook, I just hope Microsoft doesn’t impose number of account restrictions in their app as I’ll be stuffed having five email accounts.

Such a pity Apple can’t seem to get their act together on this app, iOS is an entirely different story, here their app is better than Microsoft’s. Sigh 😔

The iPhone 11 Pro

I picked up my new iPhone 11 pro from Vodafone morning, though I needed to wait until I returned home to start playing with my new device as I was unable to connect to the wifi available at the shopping centre as they require you to provide details to gain access.

One home though, the setup of my new iPhone went smoothly, the old iPhone detecting the new and offering itself up for transfer with the dot cloud to which you hold the camera up and settings are magically transferred. Then began the process of migrating my most recent backup from iCloud, thank the stars I have a 50Mbit connection given I was transferring a large backup. That said, it didn’t take terribly long before the phone restarted and the process of all my apps began installing from the App Store commenced, this did take some time.

I must say the new iPhone is just gorgeous. I went with the new midnight green colour, I was initially hesitant when ordering the colour, however I am glad I did as it’s quite nice. I am also glad of my decision not to go the larger max size and stick with the same size I’d had with my iPhone X, it fits comfortably in hand. I had ordered a UAG case from a vendor over east, sadly they only shipped it yesterday, so I’ve purchased Apple’s clear case which is nice and shows the phone off to boot.

The new camera array is great, when combined with the overhauled camera app it is going to really make for an enjoyable upgrade as I love photography. I look forward to trying out its night mode at some point; check out this photographer’s photo taken in China, it shows how incredible this phone and night mode truly are.

Finally, fast charging is a big win. I don’t usually charge with a cable but rather via the wireless qi pad, but I will keep the cable handy for when I need to head out quickly in future, can get you to 50% in 30 minutes apparently.

A great upgrade that certainly takes advantage of the latest iOS features.

iOS 13: Okay, but a few bugs

I awoke early this morning, way too early in fact, to install the latest release iOS operating system. Larger than I remember previous releases being at a touch over 2GB, its installation didn’t really take terribly long.

I have noticed Apple has gone to greater lengths in this release to explain how to use functions like the swipe keyboard, new app update changes etc that might otherwise have required your going to the web to discover them in the past. I must say I am loving the keyboard change, this has taken so long to come from the Android world to our own, though there was offerings in the form of third party keyboards several years ago. For me, it means no longer having to be super accurate with my key presses having larger fingers!

I have also found a negative with the latest release sadly, Bluetooth connectivity to my car requires an extra step at the moment, something I am hoping 13.1 will resolve shortly. I also experienced issues initially connecting to my Beats Powerbeats 3 headphones, though eventually got them to talk so I could walk to the shops at lunch.

You win some, you lose some. Now I look forward to see how my new phone functions, should have it shortly.

Upgrades day

Today iOS 13 has finally shipped, and finally we have a quick path keyboard native to iOS as Android users have had for so many years. It has been one of those features I have looked forward to most of all, having previously tried third party keyboards I got a taste of things years ago, but with the sense of potentially being observed.

On the weekend I decided to upgrade to the new iPhone 11 Pro, which looks to be arriving today. I am hoping to get the call to drop by the store to pick the phone up, hopefully during my lunch break. Sadly the case I ordered online hasn’t shipped, they eluded to having in stock but wasn’t, now I am forced to buy an alternate Apple case to ensure the new phone is protected.

Am looking forward to getting out there over the weekend and taking some photos.

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