eXtensions - Monday 19 September 2022
Monday Notes: Minor Update Problems; New Features Found; 48MP iPhone 4 Camera; Unbelievable Dark Horse
By Graham K. Rogers
Richard's Tweet said it was a quick in and out, but the headline in the Bangkok Post the next day, insisted that "Fanatics swarm to stores for iPhone 14". The article showed a photo of the same store with an orderly, masked queue. My dictionary tells me that a fanatic is "a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause", with an informal definition of "a person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for a particular activity." A better choice could have been Fan: "a person who has a strong interest in or admiration for a particular person or thing", but headlines make hits.
Apple Store, Central World, Bangkok - Image from 2020
Later, David Price (MacWorld) told us about "10 Settings you need to change right away" on iOS 16. I already had the battery indicator on, so that was right, but the information about the Search button is not so urgent. Being able to search quickly is fine, but if you move the screen slightly sideways, those dots that show you have more home screens (not how many - I have 11 screens, but see only 4 dots). I mentioned the Haptic keyboard earlier in the week, but it may not suit everyone. The same may apply to the other suggestions. Some people may find them useful so have a look.
However, that was not all that annoyed me with search. A couple of times the screen appeared when I accidentally tapped it and although the Search bar was there, there was no keyboard. I could access previously used apps, but when quitting them I was returned to the inert search. I could only use apps that were already open, but I could not look at other screens. Turning the display off then switching to the Lockscreen and going back, just returned to the same dead search screen. The only way to fix this was a restart. It has not reappeared since.
The Control Panel reorganized itself during the iOS 16 update. Among others, I usually have Home plus controls for two Philips Hue lights: bedroom and living room. This was switched to AppleTV and either the Living room light or the Bedroom light. This depends on how or when I remove and add the Home control. I have not yet found a way to organize these as I want. Access to the unavailable light (whichever it is) can be made through the Home app, but then I do not have On/Off control, but the slider: zero to maximum. Perverse.
I checked the Watch settings on the iPhone and despite the complication, this showed that the app was not installed. I tried that a couple of times and each time it failed. I restarted the Watch and saw that the Hidrate app and a couple of others tried to install, but failed. However I was then asked to enter the password for the account. First I had to find it on the Mac; then when I selected that option on the Watch (there is no keyboard of course) I had to wait for the iPhone to give me one. Once the password was entered, the app installed and the right figure was displayed. Annoying.
Apple Watch - Hidrate displays, and controls
He took the new iPhone 14 Pro to Scotland where the scenery (and the chickens) are worthy subjects. Particularly effective is the demonstration of how cropping still produces a good image, something I find on my Nikon. Enough detail is recorded that some sharpness is retained even with a crop.
He notes that Apple's software also uses the 12MP resolution and sometimes this is more effective. That sounds odd, but Mann explains that this may be better for fast moving objects as the camera is more responsive. The files are also smaller. Some of the examples he gives of 48MP images range from 45 - 80MB. I would be OK with that and have adjusted my space requirements with the Nikon.
An unedited RAW image (8256 x 5504) I took this week is 62.8MB, while a RAW image on the iPhone 13 (3042 x 4032) is 28.6MB. Mann gives figures of 8064 x 6048 which is quite something for a smartphone.
Upgrading equipment and antenna to 5G
This is based on a true story (and a Pulitzer-winning book) about a rape victim (Marie) who confessed to lying to the police about the allegation, when the serial rapist was out and about assaulting more women. A surprise for me was Marie's counsellor played by Brooke Smith. I recognised the voice first, and thought the face was familiar. The actress played the part of victim Catherine Martin in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Two unalike detectives, Rasmussen and Duvall (Merritt Weaver) join forces and eventually bring the offender in. Toni Colette who plays Detective Rasmussen gives a gritty performance while Duval is more reserved and there are some great interactions between the two. Colette also played the mother of Cole (Haley Joel Osment) in The Sixth Sense, among several other roles.
I had a look on the internet for the career of Toni Colette and was surprised to see how long and successful it had been, with a range of movies and series, including a 2020 British movie about raising a race-winning horse in Wales: Dream Horse. This is a true story and I saw it earlier this year on Netflix. I would have sworn that Colette was a native of Cefn Fforest. She was born in New South Wales.
The movie which was based on the documentary, Dark Horse, also has Owen Teale, Damian Lewis, Joanna Page, Siân Phillips and a good collection of local talent. The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw describes Colette as "that perennially excellent actor who utterly inhabits every part, gives us a wonderfully approachable Jan [Vokes]: shy, yet tough and determined."
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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