I have been reporting the POP3 bugs since the first public beta. They seem to be fixed in 13.1beta. POP3 has similar problems in Catalina.A very serious bug in iOS 13: If you have a POP3 mail account, there is no Sent or Trash folder, even after you send mail and trash mail. A horrible bug.
I don't think anyone in the consumer software industry does that — new gimmicks that will be discarded in the future; reduction of functionality; obfuscation of controls and settings, if they don't just remove them. I have now officially despaired.I wish Apple would spend time fixing existing software before releasing new features that cripple functionality even further.
I should have mentioned iPad, too. In the new iPadOS, today’s glitch was a completely blank Today View on the home screen. Putting iPad to sleep and waking agiain did nothing. I had to scroll up in the general vicinity of where today view would appear on the home screen in order to get widgets to appear. Now they appear fine and operational. What will tomorrow bring?I've had more buggy experiences with my iPhone and Apple Watch than ever before.
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David Shayer said:Six Reasons Why iOS 13 and Catalina Are So Buggy
iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina have been unusually buggy releases for Apple. The betas started out buggy at WWDC in June, which is not unexpected, but even after Apple removed some features from the final releases in September, more problems have forced the company to publish quick updates. Why? Based on my 18 years of experience working as an Apple software engineer, I have a few ideas.
Malcolm Owen said:Apple TV app crashes plague small number of users before Apple TV+ launches
Apple is preparing to launch Apple TV+ on November 1, which heavily relies upon the Apple TV app for users to select and view content from the service. The Apple TV app is also a central element of Apple's newest Apple TV experience, including channel subscription options, making it an extremely important part of the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K.
However, reports from users suggest that, barely over a week before its launch, there are issues with the Apple TV app where it crashes, an inconvenience which prevents users from watching content at all.
One thing that isn’t discussed is why Apple has committed to the insane annual upgrade schedule. I fail to see what justification there can be for forcing out OS upgrades on an arbitrary yearly schedule, if Apple still has any interest in providing high-quality, stable, reliable operating systems.
Apple is clearly more interested in generating profits than in providing stable systems. To be fair, stability wasn't exactly Steve Jobs's top priority, either, but the current scheduling rush seems to be driven more by the need to generate new revenue from Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus (as well as iPhone 11 and Apple Watch 5).One thing that isn’t discussed is why Apple has committed to the insane annual upgrade schedule. I fail to see what justification there can be for forcing out OS upgrades on an arbitrary yearly schedule, if Apple still has any interest in providing high-quality, stable, reliable operating systems.
Part of it is the need to roll out features across all of their platforms simultaneously, and those features sometimes require new frameworks to work. Now, in the good ol’ days, we might have gotten a feature boost in a mid cycle upgrade a la 7.5 or something similar. But I think there is too much shackled to getting everything wrapped up together for that kind of thing to happen.
Apple is suffering from its success in becoming a "growth" company. Stockholders want more growth, so they end churning out new features for the sake of new features instead of solid products.Apple is clearly more interested in generating profits than in providing stable systems. To be fair, stability wasn't exactly Steve Jobs's top priority, either, but the current scheduling rush seems to be driven more by the need to generate new revenue from Apple Arcade and Apple TV Plus (as well as iPhone 11 and Apple Watch 5).
There is nothing about new features that, for the most part, cannot be accomplished with an update within an OS X version. In some ways Apple does this when they cannot finish all of the features and thus rolls them out later. I fully support the idea of not having new annual OSX changes. Each year, the need for a new OSX goes down, there are so many features in current macOS that I do not use. To be blunt, the largest impediment to my productivity is me, not the computer. I can easily get just as much done running El Capitan as Mojave. It is not the lack of running the latest version of macOS that causes me to buy a new machine - it is the lack of security updates. Thinking back, I guess one item that was cured in an OS X upgrade was the ability to access much larger hard disks.Call me naive, but I've submitted several feedbacks to Apple, and I mentioned this very thing.
Given what I've seen coming out of Apple over the years, this does not surprise me one bit.
Good point - I wonder if any state AGs might be interested in looking into that.
- Now, I'm not one to ascribe greedy financial motives to every action Apple takes, but if you are such as a conspiracy theorist, consider: new major releases break APIs. Developers have to release major updates to keep the product working. The App Store doesn't allow for upgrade pricing, so the new version is full price. Apple gets a cut of that.
I think the root cause is that Apple is a public company, so its customers are stockholders, not end users.Apple is suffering from its success in becoming a "growth" company. Stockholders want more growth, so they end churning out new features for the sake of new features instead of solid products.
Apple has been publicly traded for a very long time and product quality has varied greatly over that period - great in some years and terrible in others. I don't think the two are related.I think the root cause is that Apple is a public company, so its customers are stockholders, not end users.
True, and I was saying so in the context of the current times, where Apple has touted ever increasing year-over-year revenues and profits, setting the stage for the expectation from their real customers (stockholders) to keep that going.Apple has been publicly traded for a very long time and product quality has varied greatly over that period - great in some years and terrible in others. I don't think the two are related.
I think it has more to do with whether or not top management understands and embraces the needs of users and developers (vs. the needs of the marketing department to make something that looks great in a press release). Currently, I don't think they do.
Michael Peterson said:The secretive limits to Apple’s butterfly keyboard repair program
... Unfortunately, there appear to be limits to how many times you can get a MacBook repaired under that keyboard repair program. ...
Another comment on the forum post links to a Hugh Jeffreys repair video where he bought a Loop diseased phone, replaced a broken screen and then sent the result to an Apple service site and got the phone replaced free of charge, despite being out of warranty
Mark Gurman said:Inside Apple’s iPhone Software Shakeup After Buggy iOS 13 Debut
... When the company’s iOS 13 was released alongside the iPhone 11 in September, iPhone owners and app developers were confronted with a litany of software glitches. Apps crashed or launched slowly. Cellular signal was inconsistent. There were user interface errors in apps like Messages, system-wide search issues and problems loading emails. Some new features, such as sharing file folders over iCloud and streaming music to multiple sets of AirPods, were either delayed or are still missing. This amounted to one of the most troubled and unpolished operating system updates in Apple’s history.
“iOS 13 continues to destroy my morale,” Marco Arment, a well known developer, wrote on Twitter. “Same,” replied Jason Marr, co-creator of grocery list app AnyList. “Apple's really shown a lack of respect for both its developers and its customers with iOS 13.”
From the article.Apple quality has deteriorated so badly and obviously, the company is apparently working on changes to improve it:
It really isn't rocket science. Pick a reasonable list of stuff to do and do the limited scope well. It isn't like they haven't done it before.Last year, Apple delayed several iOS 12 features — including redesigns for CarPlay and the iPad home screen — specifically so it could focus on reliability and performance. At an all-hands meeting in January 2018, Federighi said the company had prioritized new features too much and should return to giving consumers the quality and stability that they wanted first.
Again, there is taking continuous integration past the common sense stage. If someone integrated a half-finished, highly flaky component, then turn that off for the vast majority of the testing instantiations. And if it is highly coupled to everything else while highly flakey, maybe just don't integrate it yet. That's what branch builds are for.The new approach calls for Apple's development teams to ensure that test versions, known as “daily builds,” of future software updates disable unfinished or buggy features by default. Testers will then have the option to selectively enable those features, via a new internal process and settings menu dubbed Flags
They sure have. They have removed ratings and reviews for their products. Have a look.Apple quality has deteriorated so badly and obviously, the company is apparently working on changes to improve it:
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