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

farley3k wrote:

Any recommendations for spam text blocking software?
I get about 10 a day and the Apple way is quite the tedious for how to block a caller

No recommendations but I think Apple is including an easier way to deal with spam texts in the next iOS release.

E: Engadget article

PaladinTom wrote:

All the olds who are bellyaching like Marco Arment and Quinn Nelson can go spit.

Note: you're coming into it sometime after the first developer beta, and being weirdly combative about it.

Kurrelgyre wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:

All the olds who are bellyaching like Marco Arment and Quinn Nelson can go spit.

Note: you're coming into it sometime after the first developer beta, and being weirdly combative about it.

Sorry! Didn’t mean to sound that way. I meant it to be sarcastically snarky. I’m also an old and very set in my ways with a lot of other things.

More recently I’ve seen a bunch of videos of how busted the new Settings app actually is and it needs a LOT of work still. I was only commenting that (for me) the layout make a lot more sense - but again, I’m fairly new to macOS (<2 years) and I always seemed to have trouble finding what I was looking for in the old Preferences app. Plus, I’m also weird in that I like a consistent look and feel across the Apple OS’s. But that’s just me.

OK Messages, I either need you to stop giving me the popup saying you're going to delete this conversation from all my devices or I need you to actually delete said conversation off my other devices. The spam texts are less annoying than you lying to me in a popup window 3-4 times for each one.

Vargen wrote:

OK Messages, I either need you to stop giving me the popup saying you're going to delete this conversation from all my devices or I need you to actually delete said conversation off my other devices. The spam texts are less annoying than you lying to me in a popup window 3-4 times for each one.

So much this. Also, stop asking ‘Report Junk’ every time I delete a text. Email programs don’t throw a modal pop up every time asking ‘Is it spam?’ every time I delete an email.

I see you've noticed one of the more annoying changes in iOS 16. Between that and the battery life I rolled back from the beta to 15. I'm looking at iOS 16 on a phone that isn't my main phone to see if I want to upgrade yet. There's a lot I don't like about it.

DSGamer wrote:

I see you've noticed one of the more annoying changes in iOS 16. Between that and the battery life I rolled back from the beta to 15. I'm looking at iOS 16 on a phone that isn't my main phone to see if I want to upgrade yet. There's a lot I don't like about it.

My battery health is down to 82% (I need a replacement ) and the betas were terrible for my battery life. Fortunately the Release Candidate seems to have fixed the battery issues so you should be good to upgrade now if you want iOS 16.

Anyone found any must-have Lock Screen widgets yet? It’s nice having the weather there, but none of the others I’ve seen have any appeal or utility for me…

I would have added a direct link to the Remote app for my Apple TV, but if there is one I couldn't find it.

T-Mobile gives Apple TV+ away for free. Maybe your carrier does.

Anyone able to have success with handoff for facetime? I've done all the googling, updating, reseting that i can think of and nothing shows up like it does in the tutorials. FT handoff was in the last update btw if you dont know what im talking about

i should add that i can use my phone as a camera while using my computer, and that i can handoff with other things just fine.

Does anybody know what might be blocking Guided Access on my iPad? According to all the support articles I have it enabled, but triple-clicking the off button doesn’t do what it’s supposed to. I had a similar issue on my phone; that was because it was trying to bring up Apple Pay with a double-click before the third click would register. That isn’t the issue on my iPad, but I suspect there’s something similar going on.

I’ve tried adding Guided Access to the control center but that button doesn’t seem to do anything either.

I finally upgraded to iOS 16 and what’s this abomination they decided to change the time font to on the lock screen. And it’s not a trivial fix either. I need to create a new lock screen and, if I want to keep the same background (I do), I need to dig up the photo I used for it, a gorgeous evening photo I took maybe around 2013-14. What a pain in the ass. Meanwhile, every time I see my lock screen, it’s like being punched in the face (exaggeration for comedic effect).

I would agree that the font isn't what I'd choose but I quite like the new lock screen. I can have it rotate through a nice collection of photos and I'm not stuck with a single photo that I have to change. It just does it for me and honestly does a nice job of selecting ones I like. Tomato potato I guess.

Oh, it's not that I think I won't appreciate having this functionality but they could have added it without trashing my existing lock screen. And why on earth do I need to create a new lock screen instead of just editing my old one? Or how about creating new lock screens with the option to carry over settings from an existing lock screen (like my background?!).

The new lock screen font is undeniably easier to read and a big improvement overall. I hate it.

I'm actually coming around on it, but it's slow going. It helps that the awful new numbers are easier to read so I can look away quickly.

I don't usually react to change like this, but this is so petty and minor that I'm just rolling with it. I'll save the existential crisis and self reflection for something more significant.

Such a big change (IMO) without user consent or any easy way to revert. And, clearly the old font is still there (along with many others that I'm sure I'd prefer over the new default), just they made it unnecessarily difficult to access. Why Apple why... It's been a couple of days and still hate it. Do I get used to it or do I crack and sift through a decade of photos to find my favorite background so I can create a new lock screen without the font. I'm sure you'll all be on the edge of your seats waiting to find out.

I was looking at the very few novels I have on my bookshelves this afternoon, and realized that the only ones I would be sad losing are written by Belgian writer Jean Ray, mostly because his works have been out of print for decades, and they are very hard to find second hand (at least here in Canada, and particularly in areas where French is not the main language, like Ottawa). He's written countless short stories under various names, a few novels, and some stuff he was not credited for. I don't think I've ever seen a complete list of everything he's written.

Jean Ray died in 1964. A quick lookup confirmed that, in Canada at least (but not in Belgium), his books are in the public domain. I searched online to see if they were available digitally. I found a few. Most notably Malpertuis, a short novel, one of his most well-known works. But aside from that, it was pretty disappointing. (Part of that reason, I assume, is because his work is not in the public domain in his native country, where it will not be public domain until 2034).

I thought: "Mmmh, maybe I could put a few short stories in eBook format out and help preserve his works." Probably a stupid thought, but hey. Which made me wonder what the best OCR programs were.

There's a whole bunch of them, but out of the lot, it turns out I already had one installed on my MacBook. Actually, it came with the system. It's called LiveText.

So I went ahead and tested it out with the introduction of one of his novels, La Cité de l'indicible peur (The City of Unspeakable Fear).

I took a photo of each of the 7 pages with my iPhone, AirDropped them on my Mac, opened them in Preview. I was able to select the text (as I would in Word), copy it, and paste it in a Scrivener document. I re-read the whole thing, added/removed italics as needed, added section breaks where they should have been, and voilà! I had the whole thing done in about 20 minutes.

I had never used it before but, I have to admit, LiveText works really well, even on a book printed in 1971 with yellowed pages.

So, yeah, great work Apple!