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My recommendation is to switch away from iCloud to Google and use BusyCal, because both Google and BusyMac support the standard of CalDAV [CardDAV], whereas Apple is only looking to lock you in with more proprietary nonsense.
And Google's entire business plan depends on sucking every bit of personal information about you and your e-mail correspondents, and selling it. Thanks, but no thanks. I have foresworn Google and all its minions.
 


Perhaps they'll keep signing iOS 12 for those with triskaidekaphobia. After all, Apple is a woke corporation. :)
As of this morning Apple, is no longer signing 12.4.1. They are still signing 12.4.2 but only for those devices which are limited to iOS 12 and can't update to iOS 13. The never even released iOS 12.4.2 for any devices that iOS 13 supported.
 


I cannot read new messages with Siri in my car, with my phone paired to the car. Says I have to unlock the phone, which is dangerous while driving. I can send messages OK with Siri. This is a real pain... Do they think this is some kind of security thing? It is my phone and my car....
Solved, thanks to a tip on Apple Discussions:
Notifications > Show Previews needs to be set to Always.
iOS 13 changed this on me to When Unlocked.
 


I've run into a problem with my two Macs running macOS 10.14.6 and iPad/iPhone running iOS 13.1.2. This combination results in iTunes losing the capability to rearrange home screen icons on the iDevices.

I downloaded Apple Configurator 2 from the App Store and tried to use its Actions > Modify > Home Screen Layout functionality. I can manipulate the icons and make folders, etc., but after I click "apply" in Configurator, the new home screen arrangement does not get transferred to the iDevice.

I verified this for all combinations of the two iDevices and computers and sent in a bug report to Apple. Has anyone else run into this problem? Am I overlooking something? Thanks in advance.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I just had a bad experience trying to re-arrange icons on an iPhone 7 updated to iOS 13.1.2. Apple had added Siri Shortcuts to one of the home screens, which screwed up the prior arrangement, so I tried to move it....

First of all, there's an added step, where you have to choose a "Rearrange Apps" submenu. OK, I jumped through that hoop.

Then... wow... a totally dysfunctional user interface nightmare. I mean, the iOS home screen arrangement user interface is complete s*** to start with, but this transcended its previous dysfunction to an astonishing new level. Bottom line: I could find no way to move any icon successfully to any new location, no matter what I tried. It would never "land." (Pressing the home button ended the nightmare with everything as it started.)

So I powered down, and powered back up again.

Same thing.

But I had noticed an odd message when powering up, something about "Zoom" being enabled. This was odd, because nothing on the screen was zoomed, not even during the rearrangement nightmare. Nope, everything looks normal.

But I dug down into Settings and found a setting for Zoom. Nope, nothing there.

I kept looking and found Settings > Accessibility > Zoom, which I had apparently enabled at one point (and which requires arcane gesture incantations to trigger). I turned this off.

That finally ended the rearrangement nightmare, such that I could actually move icons again.

So...
  • iOS 13 actually makes one of Apple's worst ever user interfaces even worse than before.
  • An obscure option has bizarre, nighmarish effects that bear no relation to its stated purpose and destroy the functionality of something else.
Maybe Apple will fix this in some future iOS update, but I'm not holding my breath.

#appleui #applequality
 




I just had a bad experience trying to re-arrange icons on an iPhone 7 updated to iOS 13.1.2....
If you hold longer after the menu pop-up it will do the older behavior [eventually]. But I can see the menu being the better option, since it it actually tells you what will happen, rather than invoking some odd thing that can result in data loss, because you didn’t realize you activated it.

As for Zoom, yeah, it is a weird setting, but you can customize Zoom to do a super-dim with no magnification: it goes dimmer than you can go with the brightness control.

Map that to the triple-click on the home button (not sure what they equivalent is on FaceID devices), and you have a quick way to cut brightness (say, for a movie theater or at night in a bedroom), so if you need it, you aren’t blinded by dimmest regular setting.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Anyone else finding that Google Maps is broken with iOS 13? It stops talking, next turn updates very slowly.
I haven't tried it in iOS 13, but I'll note similar bizarre behavior I encountered in iOS 12, for what it's worth:

Using an iPhone configuration that has worked well with the iPhone speaker for Waze/Google Maps, I switched on Bluetooth and connected to a 2017 Subaru audio system. (This configuration apparently uses s built-in, hands-free phone interface in the Subaru.)

Suddenly, Waze/Google Maps (I forget which and whether I tried both) was grossly out of sync with our actual location. I tried all kinds of things, but nothing fixed it. It was bizarre. I switched off Bluetooth, and everything worked again.

Strangely, the same Bluetooth setup had worked in the past (in a different area), though I've mostly used the iPhone's built-in speaker instead.

I never put in the time and effort required to try to figure out what exactly was going wrong where and when, though we were probably in a rural area when the problem occurred.
 


Call me a nitpicker, but one more thing really bugs me about iOS 13: When I back up my iPhones, I always have done it to the computer and not the cloud. With this new version of iOS, it routinely defaults to iCloud, and there seems to be no way to get any change to stick.
 


FWIW, I've found the new 3D/haptic touch-enabled functions in iOS 13 to be much more of an issue than I expected. Even though I've chosen "Firm" touch and "Slow" touch duration, and I'm trying to be as gentle as possible when interacting with my iPhone 6s, I'm frequently experiencing the unwanted/unexpected appearance of context-sensitive menus and other functions. My next step may be turning off 3D touch entirely, which would be a pity.
 


Anyone else finding that Google Maps is broken with iOS 13? It stops talking, next turn updates very slowly.
I haven't tried this with iOS 13, but, for a long time now, Google Maps has become unusable for turn-by-turn announcements in my 2009 Honda Civic. This is with an iPhone 7 Plus plugged in to the USB connector provided to use the car's nice audio system.

On road trips, I tend to listen to music from the phone, interrupted gracefully with the turn announcement fading in, then fading back to the music when done. Slick. But the current problem is that fading back to the music happens way too soon, so I hear announcements like "In 100 feet, tur....", which is not really helpful!

I haven't looked into it further, because Apple Maps works as expected. I do prefer Google Maps' UI, but not if it doesn't get me there.
 


Users of Nikon's SnapBridge app should be aware that iOS 13.x.x. appears to break at least the Bluetooth download connectivity. Not sure if its WiFi service is also compromised. [Users are] up in arms, slinging arrows at both Nikon and Apple, of course...
Yes, I'm one of those "up in arms" Nikon Z series users. I'd like to upgrade to iOS 13.x but am waiting because of SnapBridge incompatibility. Let's hope Nikon and Apple are working together on the fix. I'm wondering if Nikon engineers have realized that the app simply needs to be re-written from scratch. SnapBridge has had a rocky existence to date; here's hoping this update is a significant improvement, especially when connecting via WiFi.
 



So far, battery life on iOS 13 seems worse than iOS 12, though I haven’t done rigorous testing. What are others seeing?
In spite of all the iOS 13 updates, I'm still experiencing excessive battery drain. Today, I'm down from 100% to 88% in 1.5 hours – all I've done is read BBC News for about 10-15 minutes (no videos). Several times, I've picked up my iPhone and it has been hot, with the battery drained significantly. On days I listen to music, I used to go from 100% down to about 60%; now it's 30%. I've restarted many times.

One more minimal GUI change in iOS 13 is when holding the power and volume-down buttons to restart. The shutdown slider feedback is no longer displayed; you hold the buttons until the Apple logo appears. For those who aren't tech savvy, I can understand that this is less confusing.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
In spite of all the iOS 13 updates, I'm still experiencing excessive battery drain....
I wonder if more iCloud activity is responsible. It's hard to manage all the Apple connections and options.

Alternatively (or in addition), I wonder if more "machine learning" activity might contribute to bettery drain.

Lastly, dark mode may help reduce battery drain (though I don't really like using it, myself).
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Another issue I'm having with iOS 13 is changes to text editing, which make it harder and more time-consuming to select an insertion point. The "magnifying glass" UI trick seems to have disappeared, and I'm not sure how to bring it back; it's just more problematic overall.

Sending email links remains problematic, as well — they seem to be working from Safari (with unwanted UI changes) but are giving me real headaches with other apps.

#appleui #applequality
 





I am happy to report that iTunes 12.6.5.3 still syncs with iOS 13 devices, even though you can't actually use it to install iOS 13. So for those of you who still like to use iTunes for app management, you can update to iOS 13 on your device then it's business as usual. I hadn't actually intended on updating my iPhone 8, but my wife talked me into buying an Apple Watch Series 5 and it requires iOS 13.
 


So far, battery life on iOS 13 seems worse than iOS 12, though I haven’t done rigorous testing. What are others seeing?
I agree. Worse battery life. iPhone 7. I don't make it through a busy day anymore. I keep checking to see what's draining the battery, but can't see any obvious culprits.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I agree. Worse battery life. iPhone 7. I don't make it through a busy day anymore. I keep checking to see what's draining the battery, but can't see any obvious culprits.
Exactly the same here - nothing obvious in the Battery settings info, and I haven't changed how I use the phone. However... I realized that Settings > Battery doesn't report on any Apple system overhead; it only lists app usage....
 






I experienced a weird, huge battery drain yesterday where my iPhone X went from 100% to 0 in about 8 hrs, and I barely used it (and I have background app refresh and notifications turned off for almost every app).

According to the Battery Usage screen, the main culprit was Google Drive at 49% usage (and it says "background activity").

But...

1. I didn't use Google Drive at all during that time. (I actually rarely use the app.)​
2. Google Drive has Background App Refresh turned off. (I turned it *on* and back off again this morning to try to reset it.)​

Maybe there's a bug and that's what's causing battery drain issues?
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
How's that iOS 13 quality doing after Apple's three fast patch packages?
The Verge said:
iOS 13 has gotten better, but there’s still a long way to go
Apple released iOS 13 on September 19th. Since then, there’s already been a slew of new updates: iOS 13.1 was released just five days later on September 24th, followed by iOS 13.1.1 on the 27th, and 13.1.2 on the 30th. It’s been just over a week since 13.1.2 launched, making this the longest-lasting version of iOS 13 yet.

... despite the numerous updates, there are still issues that haven’t gone anywhere for me.... Even more concerning, I’ve also run into new bugs since iOS 13.1....
So where does that all put you, the iOS 12 customer deciding whether to upgrade? Unfortunately, likely in the same place that the original iOS 13 release did. The current iteration of the software is unquestionably better than it was, but unless you truly need the new features on offer here (like if you’re also planning to update to Catalina and don’t want your Reminders app to get wrecked), it’s still probably worth waiting for another update or two to iron out a few more bugs. ... The company has already released a beta version of 13.2 with new features for the iPhone 11, so it looks like that will be coming down the pike very soon.
#applequality
 



I have the iPhone 11 Pro Max and my battery life is excellent using IOS 13.1.2. The only thing that drains the battery is allowing longer display time and not allowing Auto-Lock. Setting for a continuous screen with the Never Lock setting will drain the battery much quicker. So, anyone using an app in the background or leaving a screen on for long periods of time will definitely see much faster battery drain.

I been using my iPhone all day for different things and I still have about 70% of battery life left after 14 hours. However, my screen goes off in 1 minute, once I stop using it. I can listen to internet radio or music, as long as the screen is not actively on.
 


So far, battery life on iOS 13 seems worse than iOS 12, though I haven’t done rigorous testing. What are others seeing?
My subjective observation agrees. My iPhone 7 feels hotter when charging and when making phone calls than with earlier iOS versions. I’ve moved back to the beta program and updated my phone to iOS 13.2beta1. So far the phone feels cooler. I’ve been running my 10.5“ iPad Pro on it for a week with no issues.

I’d consider rolling back to iOS 12.4.2 if 13 didn’t have iOS enhancements, like the revised CarPlay, that I use frequently.
 


iPhone XS — no drama from the iOS 13 update(s) here. No battery run time issues. I do appreciate the much faster app update process.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I have the iPhone 11 Pro Max and my battery life is excellent using IOS 13.1.2. ... I been using my iPhone all day for different things and I still have about 70% of battery life left after 14 hours....
Let's just note also that the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a very big battery and stellar battery life in comparison to other iPhones....
iFixit said:
iPhone 11 Pro Max Teardown
... The iPhone 11 Pro Max's powerhouse pumps out 3969 mAh at 3.79 V, for a total of 15.04 Wh. That's a whopping 2.96 Wh more than the XS Max battery, and 1.52 Wh less than the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G battery.

Where does this massive power come from? It's 4.6 mm thick, has a volume of 23.8 cm³, and weighs in at 59.6 g. Compared to the XS Max, that's 0.7 mm thicker, 4.2 cm³ larger by volume, and 13 g heavier.
 




Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I didn't notice any battery problems, and the Battery settings section shows the essentially the same battery usage over the past ten days.
Note that the Battery info in Settings does not show the extra drain people are seeing in iOS 13. That shows only app usage, not system usage, which may account for the discrepancy (i.e. it's apparently background/system processes that are draining the battery faster in iOS 13).
 



Same here on an iPhone 8 with about half of its 256GB RAM free.
Note that the Battery info in Settings does not show the extra drain people are seeing in iOS 13. That shows only app usage, not system usage, which may account for the discrepancy (i.e. it's apparently background/system processes that are draining the battery faster in iOS 13).
My iPhone 6s Plus (128 MB), which has a new battery since 4 months ago, does not show any battery degradation since changing the iOS to 13.1.2.

For the first 18 hours, I left the machine connected to the wall outlet. It was obvious for me that converting and rearranging my 26k+ Photos from iCloud would take time and processing power, but after finishing this process, everything went smoothly, and I get 48 hours of use with my iPhone on each charge.

There are some cool things in Photos that my Mojave Mac can't do without Affinity (i.e. correct distortion in architectural photos - kudos).
 


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