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.
iTunes 12.7 removes the ability to manage, update and synch apps on iOS devices.
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.
macOS Sierra 10.12.6; iTunes 22.214.171.124
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 10.3.3 (14G60); App Store.
Update: Still not functioning as expected in iOS 11.0 (15A372).
It’s common for iOS users to have multiple pages of apps. However, it can be annoying scrolling through pages of apps just to find one particular app, especially if that app is hidden in a folder. It’s quick and easy to swipe down and enter the first few letters of the app in order to launch it. But if a user wants to find what page it’s on, then it requires slow manual searching. What would help is if the search results showed the page and folder the app is in. Currently only the folder name is shown (in this screenshot, the app Chess is in a folder called Games 4). But which page is it on?
iOS 10.3.3 (14G60).
Most people operate their iPhone using their thumb. When the thumb won’t suffice, then fingers from the other hand are used. However, if Apple allowed the user to choose a corner from which icons could propagate, then users could get more use out of their phone should they choose to propagate icons from the bottom right-hand corner (or left-hand corner for left-handers).
How it is (note that the thumb can barely reach the third row of icons comfortably):
How it could be (note that now the thumb can reach most of the icons comfortably):
It might seem ugly, but after a few days of using iOS like this, it wouldn’t seem odd, and most users wouldn’t want to switch back given the increased usability.
iOS 10.3.3 (14G60).
When iTunes is Home Sharing its library with a Mac on the local network, if it is quit, it will quit without warning you that other users are sharing the library. What happens is that the music suddenly stops. This is in contrast to what happens when the library is being shared with an iOS device. In this case a dialogue box is shown:
Obviously, what needs to happen is that the source iTunes should be showing this dialogue for other Macs. What would be great is if the other users saw a notification about why their music is suddenly about to stop playing…
As Rhianna says, Please Don’t Stop The Music…
iTunes 126.96.36.199; OS X El Capitan 10.11.6.
I sync my iPhone with iTunes. I like to have a local backup. Occasionally I get a message like this:
Yay! An update. Let’s click Download and Update.
Oh. Let me have a closer look…
I’ve 1.36 GB of free space. That’s greater than the 770 MB that’s required. Let me sync the phone and see how much free space there is afterwards.
Wow. 3.30 GB. That should be enough for the sync.
Hmm. Let’s check the iPhone itself.
Well, I guess this figure of 411 MB is the number that the update process is seeing, and no wonder it’s complaining. But, why is iTunes giving me such a large figure for free space? Shouldn’t it be querying the iPhone itself and getting the phone’s free space number?
It may be that my iPhone needs to be restored. But even so, iTunes calculation of free space is not the same as how the iPhone itself calculates it. Which one is right?
iTunes 188.8.131.52; iOS 9.3.5 (13G36); OS X El Capitan 10.11.6.