eXtensions - Wednesday 14 September 2022
Wednesday Diversion: Some Update Gems; iPhone 14 Discoveries; Failed Rumors
By Graham K. Rogers
As the iOS 16 update was also available (it arrived at midnight) I did this after breakfast. I noted that the last iCloud backup was a couple of days ago, so ran another before starting the download. When I went to the downloads panel in Settings > General, I saw two updates were available: 15.7 and 16. Once agreeing to Terms & Conditions the download started.
I first looked for this a few hours after the update, but there was no such folder in the Utilities section of Albums in my installation. I did not think this was because there are no duplicates. The folder - with 566 images - appeared when I checked the next morning, about 24 hours after the update, so this takes a while to trickle down.
Another new Photos feature is the ability to passcode lock the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums using Face ID and Touch ID (Taimur Asad), Redmond Pie. You could hide the Hidden album on a Mac, but not on iOS or iPads. Photos are in Hidden for a reason. I guess some images are deleted for reasons other than being bad photos too. Both folders now show locks beside them.
A useful feature now added to Photos is the ability to isolate the main subject of an image and extract that for use in other images. Ankur Thakar (iDownloadBlog) has a look at this new Visual Look Up feature and explains how to use it. The outline is easy to follow and I did this quickly with the image of an insect I saw one morning. To create the new image without background, I pasted the copied subject into Notes and took a screenshot. However, when I looked at the new image, the larger subject showed that the original was not as focused as I would have liked, so I tried again with a camera. When using Notes, it may be a good idea to use Enter/Return a few times so that the subject is better positioned.
One of the features that Apple announced was the Lock Screen. I imagined this as like the ability to change faces on the Apple Watch and I was not far wrong. Just press down on the Lock Screen and that reveals an easy to use interface that allows selection of a new screen as well as the ability to add a couple of widgets. On one of the new screens I did find that I was able to change the font of the time display but not the font size. It is a little more gentle on the eyes now.
I had been so busy playing with other features that I forgot to look at this. When I did, there was no percentage on my iPhone 13 Pro. I checked Sami Fathi's article again, then looked in Settings. In the Battery section there are two buttons: Battery Percentage and Low Power Mode. I turned on the first of these, which also gave me a useful display of Battery Level (Last 24 hours or Last 10 Days). Below is a graph of Activity which lets me know when I use the battery (and the phone) most. Below that is a list of apps with most to least use. Unsurprisingly for me, Personal Hotspot was at the top.
The battery icon now displays a bland number that indicates the percentage of charge remaining.
At the beginning of this week, this rumor monger claims that "The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus have seen "bad" pre-order results, indicating that Apple's positioning of the two new standard models may have failed" (Hartley Charlton, MacRumors). He also suggests that Apple may cut pre-orders if the doom scenario continues. However, on Seeking Alpha, Wedbush Securities suggest that demand is robust and slightly ahead of the iPhone 13 (Chris Siacca). In addition, Stephen Warwick (iMore) writes that the servers in China are being overwhelmed by demand for the iPhone 14. Did we see that for the iPhone 13?
One problem which may cause low orders in some countries concerns adjusted prices due to currency exchange rates. While US prices have remained the same, some countries have seen a hit. The Euro and the UK pound particularly are lower and that means more Euros or Pounds to match the US$ price. Plus taxes of course which are swingeing in the EU and UK. The Euro is currently par with the Dollar (1 Euro for 1 dollar) whereas the UK Pound is 0.86 for the Dollar ($1 = £1.16).
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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