Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

Using Split Screen Safari in iOS 10

… Including how to get back out of it! 


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How To Geek



And how to get out of it…!

…to go back to a single Safari window is to tap and hold on the tabs button in either Safari window. Select “Merge All Tabs” from the popup menu.

Not Worth the Jail Time

I thought updating to other iOS platforms was bad…

This latest on has been simply nothing but a nightmare!

Apple iOS8 for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch. For too many people worldwide, the above statement is a very short sentence that quite a lot of people have thought and felt, and (in not so many words) said. Possibly even saying the words iOS 8 would make their hackles rise and leave them foaming at the mouth… And I can’t really blame them. The rollout wasn’t just a bit of a PR disaster, it was a nightmare for pretty much every single iOS owner that ever was.

It’s been 3 or 4 days since I installed it. My iPad has been rather a grumpy git since then, and sometimes I kinda wish I’d never bothered. I’m beginning to think my mother has the right idea when she keeps saying, “oh, I’ll do it eventually…” – because when “eventually” turns up, they probably would have fixed everything that’s bugging me (and it) by then. On the other hand, it’s a new operating system, and these things do happen.

What shouldn’t happen is that it’s shipped out without much of an explanation or any instructions from Apple as to how you should deal with the software upgrade.


The Magic Number…

Like me, most people were probably far too keen to get this going and install it now. We didn’t wait, we didn’t think, we went straight into Settings and went to download it. Then we realised just what we were in for, and probably sat and stared when we saw just what was required to get it.

Kitten and Keyboard

“Noooo… Seriously??!… Meh…”

That space thing was a real charmer. I simply stared at that number that was nearly half the entire onboard space on my iPad (Retina). I literally had to empty nearly everything in the poor thing to shoehorn that damned update onto it… And 5.8GB of space is a lot to ask from any device that’s only 16GB onboard the first place.

It took ages going through each set of apps, checking the Usage total, then deleting some more and checking again – over and over again, until there was virtually nothing left.

I even listed all the things I took off: The final count was 61 apps and 6 games. Not all of them bounced back with everything, which definitely added insult to injury. I am still working on getting it back together again.


“Are we nearly there yet…?”

It was only after a long time of repeating the delete-and-check thing so many times, I finally saw the magic numbers “5.9GB” – there was finally enough space free on that damned thing! So I breathed a sigh of relief and despondency, and tapped the Install icon. It only took a couple of hours to get there, now it was finally time!…

Is it supposed to be somehow my fault for “just” getting the 16GB edition? It certainly feels like it – but I really hope that’s not how Apple thinks. And if it is, I strongly suggest they make the 128GB the same price at the 16GB, because that’s the only way these huge updates are going to be managed. What else is there to assume, that I’m almost being punished for having the smallest iPad edition, when I have to have near half my onboard storage allowance dumped to manage this upgrade? (And this is not the part where you point out anything about the PC/Mac option – that’s really not the point right now…).

The actual space used was 1.1GB. The rest of it was installation space. OK, it did need all that extra space to “unpack” the package and install the new iOS onto the device. But that doesn’t soothe the sting of having to effectively upend my iPad into a virtual bin and shake it until there was enough space to fit it in.


More Problems…

The pain didn’t just end there, though. I squeezed the new operating system in, brought up my list, reinstalled all the apps and games I had deleted, and breathed a sigh of relief.

Insulting ComputerBut it wasn’t over. It wasn’t until the day after that I found out my Messages app wasn’t working properly on my iPad anymore. It was only when I opened the Messages app on my MacBook (which I rarely do, but luckily I did this time) that I realised I even had messages. Damn important ones too, which I missed. I wasn’t too impressed about that.

After all the effort I had already gone to, to delete and then reinstall them again afterwards, it was rather an irritating byproduct of the new upload and seemed rather sloppy on their part that such a glitch would exist.

Rebooting helped a little. It at least sorted out the conversations already going on the Mac’s Messages app that were already open. But anyone that didn’t have an open conversation on the iPad couldn’t get a message through to it. I had to open conversations, sending Testing messages to see that it would still at least work then. I’m unfortunately fairly sure that anyone I still haven’t got open conversations going with won’t get through to me on my iPad.

To add some insult to the “injury” of the difficulty of dealing with the nightmare that is iOS 8, my iPad has also become rather slow and a bit clunky afterwards. I’m a bit unconvinced that the whole thing was a rather good idea at all.

I must admit that I was very lucky regarding how long it took. The entire process took maybe an hour or less, perhaps helped along by the high-speed broadband I am fortunate enough to have. I managed to avoid the reported 12+ hours (minimum) that others were reporting. Once the mass deleting was done, the entire thing ran smoothly and took about as long as expected. I’m not sure, given what has happened, that I would choose to do it all over again, though…


Space and Size Matters

The best way to avoid most of all the hassle of updating the operating system is to run it via iTunes. You can avoid the storage issue by simply connecting the device(s) to a PC/Mac, and iTunes will pretty much do the rest for you. No mass deleting required. It’s straightforward enough in theory – but 6GB of data is a lot of work for the average broadband package, whichever option you choose.

The problem in most places, certainly in relation to the UK, do not even have access to decent broadband, let alone get the choice to pay got anything over 20mb. Running at full pelt – and when does it ever do that? – it still may take quite some time to crunch through 6GB. In more rural areas, 8mb is the best they can hope for and 2mb is common… Is it no wonder people are having difficulty with it? The problem always has been that Apple live in the future, and BT’s broadband rollout isn’t even trying to keep up in the UK. In some big cities here, including London, up to 300mb broadband is available – for an eye-watering price, of course. Unfortunately Apple seems to believe it’s everywhere in the world, and everyone has it.

Hooking up your device to a computer may solve the storage space issue, but if you don’t have the bandwidth it’s not going to go too great. Broadband is going to have to grow up a bit, as will the providers, for everyone to keep up with technology in the way they want to. Unfortunately, the providers aren’t really doing such a spiffing job of this as everyone wished they would, and ergo we keep having these issues each time people are faced with huge download sizes to very (im)patiently sit through.


Hate iOS 8? 

Actually, I don’t hate iOS 8. Or Apple. At all.

In fact, I wouldn’t blame Apple in the least for the teething problems of iOS 8 (well, apart from screwing up my Messages app… but that’s just normal teething problems). It’s not their fault that most of this country doesn’t have the broadband capacity to deal with much more than email and YouTube videos. I have higher broadband; I had no trouble whatsoever with the download and installation of the software.

Yet everywhere else here, there is an uproar because so many people are struggling to manage to do it. Anyone complaining about storage should just use iTunes… At the time I wanted to install the new system, I didn’t have access to my MacBook, so I just bit the bullet and did what I had to do to get it installed. OK, I still complain, but I’m aware I had choices, and I could have waited and done it through the computer if I cared that much.

The basic matter of the issue is that people pay several hundred pounds for their Apple devices. For MacBooks/iMacs/PCs, Smart TVs/TV boxes… Yet they are still not supported by the broadband width required.

Once installed, iOS 8 has the usual minor teething issues of a new operating system. It runs well, looks nice, streamlines and adds a few things – and of course there’s all that “added security” in it (or you could just not take naked pictures… no one would ever care  about the crap I have in my PhotoStream, which probably mainly consists of about a thousand pictures of my dog on his beanbag or rolling around on the floor… And if they do hack it – enjoy, they’re so cute!)


Lacking Collaboration…

I certainly don’t hate iOS 8 for this. I had even initially thought that what has happened with iOS 8 would make me feel rather weary of updating my MacBook to OSX Yosemite, coming “This Fall”… Probably around October/November. But it doesn’t. I’m looking forward to it. I have that luxury of knowing that I don’t have any issues with downloading and installing products (when there’s onboard space for them…).

There is really no problem with the actually operating system itself. Once installed, there are some minor, yet irritating, issues and glitches with iOS 8. But that’s all, and that’s to be expected. It’s normal for a new operating system rollout. It would be odd if that didn’t happen. But the point is, there is no real issue with iOS 8 itself, the installation process, or with space (if you’re willing to be savvy about it and plug it into the computer, or you have the 128GB edition).

Probably a smarter than the average broadband tech...?

Probably a smarter than the average broadband tech…?

I say if you’re going to look to anyone for accountability to the downloading issues of this system, look to your broadband provider – for being so ridiculously incompetent and overpriced, offering ridiculously low speeds for their relatively high prices. I don’t pay that much more for high-speed broadband, though even that price would be out of most people’s reach, I would think – but more importantly that that, most people don’t even have that option. I’m very happy to sacrifice some things to afford the higher speed package… But I at least had all the options available to me.   I imagine there are people out there who would do the same thing. I imagine after having paid out for their iOS device, they would quite like to be able to install its new software without having to wait a week whilst it downloads.

In an ideal world, tech companies should be collaborating and strongly encouraging the broadband network providers to keep up with them and their requirements, locally, nationwide, worldwide. High speed broadband needs to be everywhere. Microsoft famously had to retract their “always-on DRM” for gamers when they effectively booed it all over the internet. And why did they do that? Because their internet never works properly, they can’t afford it a good speed, or they don’t have it in the first place because it’s expensive. For Tech to move forward, the broadband network providers have to as well.


Thoughts of the Future…

I am now a little concerned that Apple have now set the precedent for future updates… I’m not sure how much more of these kinds of download sizes a little 16GB iPad can take. I can imagine the next one being bigger… And what if they get one that’s 10GB? I imagine this is the time I should be thinking about getting the 128GB edition – and if I had a spare £700 knocking about I would certainly be getting it now… Although I have to admit I’d quite happily bet I’d stuffed even that so full I’d have to delete stuff to get a 6GB update onto it!

Apple - Think Different

Apple – Think Different

I can see where Apple is going with this, and I imagine a 16GB edition will very soon be obsolete and not even offered. These days even 32GB is not enough for what we expect to be able to download onto our mobile devices, particularly when the system takes up a larger and larger percentage of that space just for itself. We also need to hope that broadband providers will also be along for this ride, otherwise we’re really going to be struggling with the bigger download expectations coming from the hardware companies.

If the tech and the broadband access became in sync, we’d all be much happier campers in the world of gadgets, gizmos, and tech thingies. We would probably be more confident and happier to invest in these things too. My parents live in a rural area that has such a bad internet service my phone has better online access on its 3G network than they do via their landline package. I have no idea if they’ll even be able to update their devices. If they have any sense, they’ll come here and do it!

In an ideal world, these sectors would start working together, in collaboration, to get their products out to the people who want them. One requires the other to manage. I’m fairly certain that lightbulb will not go off in any their heads, but I hope it does – and it certainly should.


I’ve noticed so many people commenting that iPhone 5 isn’t really any different from the other iPhones. OK, I can kind-of understand why… But it’s on a superficial level only.

Now, granted, it may not be a huge deviation from the iPhone 4S (although it is a much larger jump from the older iPhone handsets). It looks basically the same, except its been slightly elongated, and it feels about half the weight – another “criticism” I’ve heard (which I’ve been guilty of originally thinking myself) is that it feels so light it’s like a toy.

But still, it might just be worth your while taking another look at this little piece of loveliness.


Longer. Lighter. Faster: Better:

Longer, Shinier Screen:  This gives you 4 extra apps (or one extra line) on the screen of each page, but it also turns the iPhone into a “proper” widescreen handset, with a 16:9 ratio – just the same as your HD/3D flat screen at home. This means that you get to watch your TV shows and movies in the way they were meant to be seen – in Widescreen. Retina display and better colour definition, everything will look brighter and shinier than ever before – and it also has fingerprint-resistant coating, so there’s less smudging.

Different Feel: It’s lighter, but that’s not a bad thing – it’s actually quite a brilliant thing. This comes from a rather fabulous idea – to create the body out of perfectly-proportioned aluminium… That’s the same stuff that makes the MacBook Air and new MacBook Pro the lightest laptops around – so no wonder it feels as light as a feather. It also makes it rather difficult to damage – a great plus if you’re as klutzy as I am. And it makes it even easier to entertain yourself, which is definitely also a very good thing!

Faster Surfing: The iPhone 5 is 4G ready. 4G simply means “4th Generation” of mobile network, and will obviously still support 3G. 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is basically mobile Internet joining the ranks of home broadband – up to around 100mbps. This is newly being rolled out in the UK, with EE (the Orange/T-Mobile merged company, Everyone Everywhere) being the first provider. Over the next 18 months/2 years this should become as standard as 3G is now, allowing us all to live online and rely on our mobile networks much more than we can now. With this handset Apple is ensuring they, and their customers, are fully prepared for when your choice of network is ready to offer the better 4G option with a data package to suit. As always with Apple, they ensure they are instigating and remain ahead of the future, not just playing catchup.


The Hardware:

I Have The Power: The piece-de-resistance of their new catalogue of Cool New Stuff is quite probably their new processor chip. The A6 (as its called) is up to twice as fast as the A5 that sits in the iPhone 4S and is probably the best thing to happen to the iPhone. This is the new engine of the machine that powers its brain (if you like) and therefore you can play games, go through websites, launch and use apps [etc] twice as fast. If your older iPhone doesn’t work as well with the new iOS 6 system and its newly-updated apps, its probably because they’re now built to be used by this processor. The chip itself is also smaller – on of the main reasons the iPhone 5 is thinner – and it requires less battery power to use.

Controversial Charging: The one major change emitting scowling-faces from previous Apple-owners is the new Lightning Adapter. But this change is a really good thing. It’s now a tiny, magnetised, harder-to-break charging wire, and there’s no “right way round” for it to go – you can stick it any way you care to. It might make it incompatible with your current iPod docks, but this docking-system is nearly a decade old and Apple are quite clearly telling us it’s time to move on. They’re now strongly dictating that the way-forward for mobile music is AirPlay – using wifi and Bluetooth to stream music from any device into your speaker system. If you want to stick to using your dock, it’s currently about £25 to buy an adapter for the dock to fit your new iPhone 5 onto it.


Because I’m  Worth It:

Buying an Apple product is buying into a lifestyle – and it’s a futuristic one. Apple works hard to create the future norms, not trail helplessly after them. The iPhone 5 showed us what the next step for phones was to be, setting the president that all other phone manufacturers had to raise the bar to match. It re-designed the iPhone experience in small, but effective, ways – allowing it to be a better phone and entertainment system.

In getting any iPhone you’re brought into a great tech world to play in. With iPhone 5 you’re getting a better version of that experience and, thanks to its A6 chip, you get to do everything even faster and more efficiently. Apple seem to be simply perfecting their handset design even further, to make the Apple experience an even more enjoyable one.

It’s a cool gadget, on the most popular multi-media mobile platform (iOS), with all the mod-cons and cool tech you need – and the awesome apps and games to go with it. It might do everything iPhone 4S does… But it does them so much better. It also has so more to offer. This is definitely a phone for the future, and it’ll set you up all ready for when that future turns up… Which is round about now!

With Apple, you get what you pay for, and they are most definitely worth it.


 – Here Comes The Science! –  


  • iOS 6 system
  • A6 Single-Core Processor
  • 4G ready
  • 8MP camera with Flash and 1080p (HD) video recording
  • Up to 8 hours of talk time and/or internet time on 3G
  • 720p iSight front-facing camera (with the lens now made from Sapphire crystal – so that’s one tough cookie to scratch)
  • Retina HD Display with 16:9 Ratio
  • Wifi 802.11 (dual band wifi, capable of running on up to 150mbps of wifi signal – good news if you’re in a fibre-optic area of broadband)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (faster and better than the previous kind)
  • GPS



iPhone 5

iPhone 5

Apple - Think Different

Apple – Think Different