Apple Operating Systems (macOS, iOS, watchOS, & tvOS) Catch-All

Yep, the forced obsolescence is a strong argument not to buy Apple products. This hardware is still perfectly good, and their refusal to support it makes it dangerous to use.

And Apple is still selling refurbished iPod Touch 5s on their online store!

I have an IOS question. How do I turn off the lock screen? I don't mean the screen that ask for your password/pin. I already have that off, but when I wake the phone I still get a screen that I have to swipe away to get to my home screen. Is it possible to press the home button or the power button while the phone is asleep and have it go straight to the home screen?

It's setup that way to prevent accidentally turning on in your pocket, etc. I don't think there's a way to disable.

Yellek wrote:

It's setup that way to prevent accidentally turning on in your pocket, etc. I don't think there's a way to disable.

Well that sucks. It's a work phone, it never goes in a pocket and doesn't need security. I only use it for a hot spot. That inherently means it doesn't matter that much because I literally only touch the phone twice a day, but it's still annoying.

What iPhone do you have? I do not know what you are talking about, I press the home button and it goes to my home screen. I only see the 'lock' screen when I like press the side button or pick it up without hitting home. Lock screen meaning the screen with the time and my background and any new notifications.

If you have a Touch ID enabled phone that you unlock with the home button, that is how it should work.

If you have a non-Touch ID phone, it should take you to the home screen as soon as you put in your passcode.

If you have a phone not secured by a passcode or Touch ID, I have no idea how that works...

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I have an IOS question. How do I turn off the lock screen? I don't mean the screen that ask for your password/pin. I already have that off, but when I wake the phone I still get a screen that I have to swipe away to get to my home screen. Is it possible to press the home button or the power button while the phone is asleep and have it go straight to the home screen?

Do you use TouchID? If so, pusing the home button will both wake the phone and bring up the home screen all at once.

To guarantee this works as it used to go to Settings - General - Accessability - Home Button and turn on 'Rest Finger to Open.' This means if your phone is already unlocked you only need to touch the home button instead of press it to get to the home screen.

Apple added this "feature" because the phones got so fast at unlocking that they thought people wouldn't want to miss their notifications. I just got in the habit of using the wake button to see notifications and using the home button to (gasp!) get to the home screen.

I do have a touch id phone, but I don't need any security on this phone. When I wake it with the power button or the home button it wakes to the notification screen and I have to press home again to get to the home screen. I can wait for the phone to wake up on it's own once it notices it has been picked up and then I only have to press the home button once. I just want to turn off the notification screen. It's utterly useless for my situation.

You may not need the security, but if you turn on touch ID you will get the behavior you're looking for.

I guess that would be the only option then. Thanks.

Is there a way to set up short cuts? For instance I have to go settings>personal hotspot>personal hotspot toggle to turn it on and off. Can I put something on the home or notification screen that toggles that?

Is it possible to reverse the auto aligning of the icons? I would like all the icons to align at the bottom of the screen instead of the top.

Why does sometimes when I press and hold an icon I get a pop up and sometimes I get the shaky icons? I know what each does but I can't figure out what I am doing different to trigger the different options.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I guess that would be the only option then. Thanks.

Is there a way to set up short cuts? For instance I have to go settings>personal hotspot>personal hotspot toggle to turn it on and off. Can I put something on the home or notification screen that toggles that?

Not yet, but you will be able to add a Control Center shortcut with iOS11. Then, you'll only need to swipe up from the bottom to toggle. You probably won't even need to unlock you phone, though I am not sure of this yet.

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iOS11 comes out on 9/19.

They do free updates now right? That last time I had to up date an Apple device I had to pay for it.

Sorry for all the questions. I fee like my mom every time she gets a new printer. I guess once I learn all this stuff I won't have the excuse that I don't want an Iphone because I don't want to have to learn it.

Apple hasn't charged for iOS updates in years, and even then they only charged when updating iPod Touch.

iOS 11 comes out next week and isn't a huge departure from iOS 10, but it might still be worth waiting a little while to update until the dust settles and everyone else has found the bugs and quirks.

The only Apple device I have ever owned was an Ipod touch, and that was years ago. Maybe like 2010? I just remember being on vacation in Puerto Rico and I got a notice on Itunes that I needed to pay for an update.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

Why does sometimes when I press and hold an icon I get a pop up and sometimes I get the shaky icons? I know what each does but I can't figure out what I am doing different to trigger the different options.

It depends how hard you pressed. If you just tap and hold an icon, you'll make them wiggle. If you press the screen hard enough to feel the haptic motor, you'll call up the pop-up menu.

You can go to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch to change the pressure sensitivity, or turn it off.

Gravey wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

Why does sometimes when I press and hold an icon I get a pop up and sometimes I get the shaky icons? I know what each does but I can't figure out what I am doing different to trigger the different options.

It depends how hard you pressed. If you just tap and hold an icon, you'll make them wiggle. If you press the screen hard enough to feel the haptic motor, you'll call up the pop-up menu.

You can go to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch to change the pressure sensitivity, or turn it off.

Okay, I remember hearing about that now. Thanks!

Bit of a shock with the iTunes release. Everything to do with apps (the App Store, managing apps on iOS devices) has been stripped out. Not a big deal for modern devices but I did use to sometimes reorganise my iOS screens in iTunes because it was faster. Also, I was recently tinkering with my iPod Touch 2G (iOS 4) and I think there's no way now to put apps on that thing that doesn't involve jailbreaking it.

I fear for my custom Mario and Street Fighter ringtones too. So we'll see how that goes.

Yeah, I like having a local backup for apps that may or may not get pulled from the store at some point but that's going to go away as well. I'm specifically not updating. This move bugs me without an alternative. Does this also mean there's no more using iTunes to load files into apps? Cuz I do a ton of that -- movies into VLC player.

Oh, and yeah, my custom ringtones. They don't even exist in-store for me to buy...

I don't mind losing the app sync, although it was helpful when I had capped broadband and multiple devices to update.

As long as I can still backup and restore devices to iTunes not iCloud... ?

You should be able to drag and drop custom ringtones. I read that somewhere else. As far as files are concerned, there's now a File Sharing option under Settings on the left side when you plug in your device.

Redherring wrote:

As long as I can still backup and restore devices to iTunes not iCloud... ?

Local backups still work.

I went ahead and installed the update during my initial "Finally, they're doing something to make iTunes less of a cluttered mess!" reaction, before thinking about the implications. (I still wish Apple had kept and built on iSync rather than building everything that related to iPods and then to iOS devices into iTunes.)

The point of the change has to be keeping people from trying to install 32-bit apps on iOS 11 devices, but...yeah.

misplacedbravado wrote:

The point of the change has to be keeping people from trying to install 32-bit apps on iOS 11 devices, but...yeah.

You'd think if it was just that, apple could just block the app and throw up a "not compatible with this iPhone" blocking message.

Personally I think they no longer like the idea of locally backed up apps. They want everything run through their store, so if an app is removed, it's legitimately not available at all. But maybe that's just my cynical side.

Antichulius wrote:

You'd think if it was just that, apple could just block the app and throw up a "not compatible with this iPhone" blocking message.

Personally I think they no longer like the idea of locally backed up apps. They want everything run through their store, so if an app is removed, it's legitimately not available at all. But maybe that's just my cynical side.

It's possible. Being non cynical, I'm assuming they're trying to stop jail breaking, sideloading pirated apps, and the usual things that people do to their phones then bitch online when it doesn't work. Look at the Protube removal - I'm assuming that Google through YouTube asked it to be removed for violating the TOS for YouTube (and circumvented the Red subscription model). Without the ability to backup the .ipa's, the app is actually removed and non downloadable.

Really though, if it bothers, don't update and backup the original iTunes install. I have a secondary install of iTunes for this exact reason (which works great).

Not a bad idea. Have to see if I have the old installer somewhere. Though I'd imagine any device running iOS 11 is going to require the new iTunes version but that's a whole different matter and still wait to see.

I mean, in truth, I don't think I've ever done anything with my local app backups, but I like the idea of them being there, just in case. And as a more "permanent" copy of what I purchased, even if it becomes unusable. I still have some old cassette tapes boxed away and no way to play them, just as a reminder of what I was doing 20 years ago. The local app copy was also helpful for faster install of large apps when my internet was super slow but that's no longer the case right now.

This is just the reality of the ownershipless digital economy. One I'm not really ready or willing to opt out of.

Heads up: iOS 11 will begin rolling out at 1pm EST today.

I'm all backed up and ready. Really looking forward to this for my iPad Pro.

I've been on the beta for a while. My home screen now looks like:

EDIT: fixing image links. Direct Link

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EDIT 2: Much better

Athros, I see you have folders on the launch bar. Can you drag-and-drop to apps that are within those folders?

I think I still have 32 bit games to play!