eXtensions - Sunday 16 August 2020
Sunday Notes: Slow Photos on Mac; Tethering on iOS Devices; iCloud Payment Problem Solved
By Graham K. Rogers
Like the classes earlier in the week, I had sent the URL that Webex had provided for me when I set up the room, but that was not working for them. Although I had sent the room number and password I guessed they had not saved that (rightly as the URL should be enough) so I sent it again on LINE. Almost immediately the little panels began to appear on my screen and I knew we had a class. After the class, I checked the Webex link, and the URL on the page was identical to the one that I had sent the students. I am still working my way through that one.
Running a class using Webex
I tried one of the recalcitrant images later on the MacBook Air with its 1.1GHz i3 processor and half the memory. The 2020 Mac model has a different graphics card and a later SSD of 250GB. It is running a beta version of Big Sur, but the Pixelmator extension worked without causing any interruption to Photos. Time for a new MacBook Pro, perhaps: one of those with the Apple silicon will do just fine. I notice that a number of developers are already preparing applications that will be able to run on these future Macs from day one.
There were also updates to iOS and iPadOS with the 13.6.1 release that had the simple "bug fixes" explanation. One of these involved a thermal management issue that could turn the screen green after it was unlocked. I downloaded both.
Hasselblad has now released Phocus 2, and not only is it possible to connect cameras to the iPad, but there is also a version for the iPhone too. I did try both versions with my D850, but on the iPhone I had no suitable cable and WiFi did not connect. On the iPhone I had the USB-C cable as I sometimes download images to photos directly from the Nikon. As with version 1 of the app, this did not work; nor did the WiFi connection. Jeremy Gray (DPReview) writes,
Phocus Mobile 2 offers photographers advanced remote control, live view, tethered image capture and importing, image conversion and exporting, image rating and filtering, and the ability to update the firmware of your camera and lenses directly in the app. On the iPad version, users can also edit their raw files and perform color correction.
Trying to connect with Phocus 2 on iPad Pro
With Photos or the Nikon Snapbridge app I have limited options. I can download images directly from the camera using cable (Photos on iPad) or WiFi (Snapbridge on iPhone) although these methods are slow, while tethering, often used by professionals allows far more interaction. As it is I have to use the Mac with a 3rd party tethering application if I want to do this. The iPad Pro is not as Pro as it should be.
When Jobs died that of course upped the shrillness of the chorus of the doomed, with some disgraceful actions and articles at the end of 2012 and the start of 2013: CEO Cook's head was about to fall and Apple was doomed. The real story has turned into something different, but as Horace Dediu notes in a Tweet, doom may still be in the vocabulary but the tone has changed:
I tried updating on the iPhone, but was unable to make the link. There was a similar problem on the Mac. As I do not want to lose the 2TB setup, I decided to contact Apple and elected to take a phone call. This happened almost instantly, but then I was on hold for a while. During the wait, I also looked at the iPad Pro and, sure enough, just like the iPhone, there was a red 1 on the Settings icon. When I had a look it showed that payment details needed updating.
I was able eventually to enter the right page and update the information, in time for a long chat with Apple online help. During the call, in which I allowed screen access, several confirmations were made as well as a number of suggestions. Although the card seemed now to be acceptable, other ideas for payment were put forward, like Apple Wallet and iTunes Gift Cards. I had to point out that neither of these were options here. I find the lack of Gift Cards here particularly irking. I had allowed access in the lengthy help sessions that fixed a synchronization problem of photos to the iPhone 11 some months ago and found this helped me and the member of Apple staff when working together. I trust the Apple helpers, but would nor suggest such connections with just anyone.
It was confirmed during the call that details were up to date on both accounts and all should be OK. I had to wait for another attempt from Apple to collect the payment due. I was somewhat relieved at breakfast on Sunday when I saw an automated email from Apple notifying me that the payment had gone through.
The questions on this area, with speculation as to what I might do if offers were made or services restrictions appeared became so persistent - like picking at a scab - that I began to get annoyed and shut the browser page. I look at a lot of surveys, both online and when looking at graduate work. A survey should not disturb the person being surveyed. I am fairly happy with the service I have here, but don't push it guys.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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