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Can anyone who has made the move from a 6/7/8 Plus to the iPhone XR/ iPhone 11 (non-Pro) comment on whether the reduction in screen size (not resolution) has been a problem, specifically with regard to using the keyboard?
I made the move from an iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone XR, and I ended, in fact, a little bit disappointed when I realized that the screen of the 6 Plus had a larger pixel resolution (5.5", 1920-by-1080-pixel) than the iPhone XR (6.1", 1792-by-828-pixel). But you will notice this difference only when you try to edit cells in spreadsheet apps like Excel or Numbers.
 


I've posted here before about wanting to upgrade from the iPhone 6 Plus to the 8 Plus but, the more I think about it, I would be foolish to intentionally put myself more than a single generation behind, if I'm going to spend money on a new phone... unless I want to find myself behind the curve once again – and sooner than I had hoped.

Therefore, I have a question for the community: I have large fingers; that's what drove me to get the 6 Plus rather than the 6. Can anyone who has made the move from a 6/7/8 Plus to the iPhone XR/ iPhone 11 (non-Pro) comment on whether the reduction in screen size (not resolution) has been a problem, specifically with regard to using the keyboard?

The XR and 11 are the only two models in consideration, so that is why I am concerned about sizing. I think they're just about identical, right?
Although the iPhone 11 is smaller in overall size than the 6 Plus, the screen size is actually about the same. It's a bit narrower but taller. The 11 and the Xr have the same screen resolution. The pixel resolution on the 6 Plus and the 11/Xr are different. Bottom line: go to the store and try it out to see if it will suit you.
 


But you will notice this difference only when you try to edit cells in spreadsheet apps like Excel or Numbers.
This is just me, but I couldn't imagine doing that kind of work on even the largest, highest-res iPhone. I'd still want more screen to work with.

On the other hand, when I saw the first iPad, those kinds of applications came immediately to mind.
 



It's from a different industry, but this article reminds me of why the two "new" Macs I bought for my business this year were both 13" mid-2012 MacBook Pros:
Sometime back, I read a book called "One Second After" [Amazon], which was about what life might be like after a massive EMP takes out most of America's technology. In the town that the story was centered in, a local hero was a guy who restored vintage VW bugs for fun. After the event, his were the only cars that would still run. Keeping some 40-year-old tech around might not be such a bad idea.
 


Sometime back, I read a book called "One Second After" [Amazon], which was about what life might be like after a massive EMP takes out most of America's technology. In the town that the story was centered in, a local hero was a guy who restored vintage VW bugs for fun. After the event, his were the only cars that would still run. Keeping some 40-year-old tech around might not be such a bad idea.
Or getting some surge suppressors with picosecond response times instead of nanoseconds.
 


Sometime back, I read a book called "One Second After" [Amazon], which was about what life might be like after a massive EMP takes out most of America's technology. In the town that the story was centered in, a local hero was a guy who restored vintage VW bugs for fun. After the event, his were the only cars that would still run. Keeping some 40-year-old tech around might not be such a bad idea.
I don't blame the farmers one bit for getting fed up with all the nonsense. The same thing has been happening in the passenger vehicle world too... the amount of technology and complexity in modern cars has gotten out of hand, but most consumers don't realize it until they have to start paying crazy high repair bills. Some makers are even going out of their way to prevent owners from performing even the simplest maintenance tasks themselves, like omitting engine oil dipsticks, so you need a dealer scan tool to just check the oil level.

Not to sound like I'm bragging, but I own a '68 Beetle, and the difference between working on it vs. my family's modern cars is truly astonishing. It's like the difference between working on a Power Mac G4 vs. a new iMac... one's designed to be fixed/upgraded, one isn't.
 


I don't blame the farmers one bit for getting fed up with all the nonsense. The same thing has been happening in the passenger vehicle world too... the amount of technology and complexity in modern cars has gotten out of hand, but most consumers don't realize it until they have to start paying crazy high repair bills. \[snip]
I used to own a 1985 Volvo that I bought used. At one point, it developed an oil leak, which the mechanics said could be caused by one of three things. They recommended starting with the repair of the most likely cause, and seeing if that did the trick. By Murphy's law, it turned out to be the third, and least likely cause — and since it was a Volvo, and parts cost roughly the same as the Hope diamond, I'd pretty much paid for a replacement used car by the time that did the trick.

I replaced that with a new, 2000 New Beetle. It worked great for 15 years; the only issues in all that time were (1) when it needed a new battery (twice) and (2) when a dealer mechanic failed to adjust the tension in a power steering belt during a tuneup. The belt managed to stay on throughout the ~ 25 minute drive home, and politely came loose as I was pulling out of my driveway the next morning. I suppose power steering is a luxury, but there are plenty of belts in older cars, as well.

I'm OK with a certain level of technology (say, the OBD II port and associated embedded CPUs, which allow me, and the state, to check emissions levels), but I draw the line at Internet connections that exist only so the manufacturer can sell data about me, my vehicle, where I've been, and so on to people who want to sell me ads — or worse.

#security #privacy
 



I've had a few internet service interruptions in the past few days. What I've noticed is that during these interruptions I cannot access any of my ePub books purchased from Apple. These ebooks are stored locally...
~/Library/Containers/com.apple.BKAgentService

...nothing is in the cloud. I'm guessing that iBooks is trying to establish some connection with Apple before letting me read the book.

I wonder, then, how someone would read the book if they were in an area without any connectivity?
 


I've had a few internet service interruptions in the past few days. What I've noticed is that during these interruptions I cannot access any of my ePub books purchased from Apple. These ebooks are stored locally...
~/Library/Containers/com.apple.BKAgentService

...nothing is in the cloud. I'm guessing that iBooks is trying to establish some connection with Apple before letting me read the book.

I wonder, then, how someone would read the book if they were in an area without any connectivity?
Consider downloading the book and/or perhaps convert the epub to PDF. See the article
Can I Read My Books When There Is No Internet Connection.
 



Thanks—but as noted in my original post, the book is already on my Mac Pro SSD and located at
~/Library/Containers/com.apple.BKAgentService/...
and is a file of type *.ibooks.
I saw this same pattern some years ago but regarding assorted movies that we "purchased" and had downloaded to our main Mac. We found that each time we tried to view one of these movies, the Mac would contact Apple to verify (?) our credit card before we could view it. There's some kind of handshake between the Mac and Apple each time, regardless of the media having been "purchased." Perhaps you're seeing something similar.
 


Thanks—but as noted in my original post, the book is already on my Mac Pro SSD and located at
~/Library/Containers/com.apple.BKAgentService/...
and is a file of type *.ibooks.
It could be that the book(s) on you Mac might not be the latest version(s). Consider redownloading it/them.

On my Mac, there were about 7 items with the .ibooks file type. In iBooks, clicking a couple of the cover images resulted in an alert "This book can't be opened. The original file can't be found." Yet, the number of items in my iBooks Library matches the number of items (epub, ibooks, pdf) in the Container location you provided.

One free book was downloaded years ago. (I don't remember if it was a direct downloaded to the Mac or on an iDevice and then transferred to the Mac via iTunes.) Anyway, I deleted it, and a different cover appeared with a cloud icon in the corner. I clicked on the cloud icon and it downloaded. In the Containers path location, that book is now an .epub file instead of an .ibooks file. My recent iBooks purchases are epub files. The .ibooks files have interactive items/pages. I turned off WiFi and I can open and read all my books.
 


I saw this same pattern some years ago but regarding assorted movies that we "purchased" and had downloaded to our main Mac. We found that each time we tried to view one of these movies, the Mac would contact Apple to verify (?) our credit card before we could view it. There's some kind of handshake between the Mac and Apple each time, regardless of the media having been "purchased." Perhaps you're seeing something similar.
With a working network and some time, I did some more work on this issue.

iBooks is trying to contact Apple to verify... something. I run Little Snitch and turned on the Network Monitor and then tried to read the iBook. Numerous connections were made to various Apple domains. Here is a screen shot of that activity.

Next, I disconnected my RJ-45 Ethernet connection from the MacPro and made certain that WiFi was off. Starting iBooks resulted in the almost immediate display of the book.

So if the network is disabled at the computer it works. If the network is disabled somewhere down/up the line because of my ISP it does not work. How interesting!

Thanks to all for contributing to the discussion.
 





With a working network and some time, I did some more work on this issue. iBooks is trying to contact Apple to verify... something. I run Little Snitch and turned on the Network Monitor and then tried to read the iBook. Numerous connections were made to various Apple domains. Here is a screen shot of that activity.
Among the things being checked would be whether an update to the book is available.
 


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