Order! Order! Order the Incompatible Applications by Name!

When it comes to the (quite hidden) App Compatibility screen in iOS 10 that is trying to help us with which apps are not compatible with iOS 11, this is a great for advising users. However, one goes to that screen, the apps are listed in a strange order. Are they alphabetical? No. Are they by size? No. Are they by date of app release? No. So what order are they in? Who knows?

Solution: The simplest and most understandable way would be to list the apps alphabetically. Given that this is the last gasp of iOS 10, it’s unlikely that will never happen.




Text Replacements Not Synching Between Macs and Devices

As reported on macstadium.com, the text replacement feature in System Preferences > Keyboard > Text is buggy when it comes to synching across Macs and devices. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Update: John Gruber gets an email from an Apple spokesperson saying that they’ll be fixing these bugs soon.

macOS 10.12.6 (Sierra); iOS 11.

iOS App Web Links and iTunes: One Infinite Loop

iTunes 12.7 removed the application’s ability to manage apps on iOS, which is fine. A lot of people want iTunes simplified from the octopus it was to a set of narrowly defined applications.

However, iTunes 12.7 has broken web links that try to open iTunes and ask it to show the app in the (iOS) App Store, and doesn’t know how to handle them, which results in one comical infinite loop as shown in the video above. The video is just 57 seconds, but it literally could be infinitely long, as Safari and iTunes both dare each other into giving up first.

What makes this video worse, is that the link comes from apple.com itself.

DON’T try this at home, because there’s a special incantation needed to stop Safari from continuing to try to launch iTunes, even after the windows have been quit AND even after Safari has been quit. Safari is persistent. It requires quitting both iTunes and Safari, opening Safari, then closing the window that Safari was using to try open iTunes, losing any other open tabs. So, almost data loss, but certainly a time sink to find and re-open those other tabs.

(Shoutout to YouTube for banning the video as violating their community guidelines and having no human interaction for reviewing appeals)

macOS Sierra 10.12.6; iTunes; Safari 11.0 (12604.

iTunes 12.7 and iOS Device App Synching

iTunes 12.7 removes the ability to manage, update and synch apps on iOS devices.

iTunes 12.7 Notification About Apps

However there is a problem that this update ignores: The Mobile Applications folder on the disk. It seems that this folder is redundant now. But with multiple gigabytes of .ipa files in there is it now okay to delete this folder? Shouldn’t iTunes inform the user about this folder and say it’s okay to delete it or offer to delete it? The Learn More link doesn’t say.

APFT iTunes 12.7 leaves .ipa files behind

macOS Sierra 10.12.6; iTunes

Finder Artefacts (or Tiny Windows)

When the Finder minimises windows, sometimes it leaves behind little omnipresent artefacts: Tiny Finder windows that are inactive and do not disappear until Finder is restarted. They can appear over a background window, and are present no matter if Finder is hidden, or other applications are drawn over the artefact.

Video of Finder persistent artefacts

Artefacts over other applications:

finder artefact over app 1

finder artefact over app 2

Finder artefacts in the Finder.

lots of Finder screen artefacts

macOS (Sierra) 10.12.6; Finder 10.12.5.

iOS App Store Search Field is not Active by Default

The iOS App Store has five tabs across the bottom of the app. The Search Tab brings up a search field, and a list of trending apps. Unfortunately, the search field is not active. The user has to tap within the search field before the keyboard appears and they can type, which requires the user to use both hands. This should be a one-handed operation.

Almost nobody will tap a suggested trending app, because they came to the Search Tab to search for an app they have in mind. Having to tap a field rather than being able to start typing the name of the app is bad usability. The solution is that when the search tab is opened, the cursor is in the search field and the keyboard is active.


iOS App Store Search Tab


iOS App Store search field active

iOS 10.3.3 (14G60); App Store.
Update: Still not functioning as expected in iOS 11.0 (15A372).