Facebook bug?

I noticed my phone having shorter battery life and staying warm when I wasn’t using it.

In Settings > Privacy > Location Services I disallowed the Facebook app from being able to use my location.

Problem seems to be solved. My iphone now stays at room temperature when I’m not using it.

How did I decide to turn off location services for Facebook?

iOS 7 added a feature allowing apps to occasionally update in the background. For example, if you always check Facebook when you wake up, wouldn’t it be cool if Facebook updated itself just BEFORE you woke up and was therefore ready for you with current data? Then you wouldn’t have to wait.

When I went into the location services settings, I observed Facebook had a solid purple arrowhead which indicates Facebook had recently used my location. However, I knew I hadn’t touched the Facebook app all day.

iOS 7.1

With the 7.1 update, I’m much more comfortable with iOS 7. I no longer miss iOS 6.

The updated lock screen and phone apps are the best touches. I especially like the new effects when waking up or turning off the screen: a subtle, super-fast zoom in on wake and zoom out on sleep.

Making the transition animations shorter is also nice, everything feels snappier because of it.

The new calendar app looks nice but is still clunky from a usability perspective. The only usable view, to me, is the list view. The other views don’t have enough detail to be useful. The landscape mode view is almost useful but scrolling is required; you can only see a small slice of each day at once. The newly-restored month view with list at the bottom bears further investigation.

The notes app is still ugly.

iOS iPhoto

Did you get the iPhoto app for iPhone and iPad yet? I did, and was disappointed at first.

Until I read this iPhoto review.

Now I love to use iPhoto to winnow my multiple shots of the same scene down to one and only one photo. I favorite the winner, then delete all of them from camera roll. iPhoto saves its own copy of any photo you favorite or edit.

After making sure the “Include Photo Location” switch is ON in the gear/settings icon, I share all favorites to iTunes and iTunes lets me save the photos to a folder in my photo archive. All over wifi.

Apparently iPhoto is also highly effective at editing photos—adjusting contrast, brightness, and the like. I’ll try that out someday.

Deactivating iMessages on a sold/stolen iOS device

Apple maintains a table mapping your Apple ID to your iOS devices (probably by serial number but possibly by SIM card).

When you sell an iOS device, you should first turn off iMessage before restoring the software.

If you forget, though, or your iOS device is stolen, an alternative way to disable iMessages on the device is to go to apple’s support page, log in with your Apple id, and you’ll see all the devices apple has associated with that Apple ID. Then delete the iOS device you no longer want to have iMessages going to.

Apple support forum post describing this fix
Article I found via google which led me to the forum post

iPhone glitch

I dropped my iPhone on a sidewalk in December, shattering the screen. Apple sold me a new one for $200. After I restored my backup to the new phone, within a couple weeks the iPhone started pressing the home button by itself. That is, it would jump out of whatever app I was in, then jump back and forth between the first page of the home screen and the search page. Sometimes it even woke up by itself. (sidenote: do iPhones dream of electric sheep? Probably not, that would be too google-ish!)

When one of these fits happened, the home button would activate about 5 times and then relax for an hour or two.

The phantom home button presses happened off and on for about two weeks, then faded to a much lower frequency, low enough that I would
forget and be surprised at each new occurrence.

Next, the camera turned flaky; saving pictures would take an inordinate amount of time. Then the camera app took to crashing!

Finally it happened. I tried to take a narcissus photo after getting my hair cut, there was a POP! the iPhone screen went black.

After pressing the wake button and trying to do a hard reset several times, all I could get was the apple logo in the middle of the screen. Never before had a silver apple been so agonizing!

Luckily, the closest apple store had a genius bar opening. They were able to reset the iPhone to factory defaults, and advised me to NOT restore the phone from the back-up. This was the third set of hardware using this back-up image. The theory held config cruft was causing software glitches, resulting in the behavior I’d seen.

The iPhone also stores a log of hardware errors; the reset had cleared that log, too, though.

I was suspicious. I figured if i was going to get them to replace the hardware, though, I’d have to jump through their hoops first.

Fast-forward through hours of recreating all the old settings, and days of routine use, and the phantom home button presses returned.

controlling iTunes via iPhone

I’ve gotten in the habit of playing music on my big stereo via iTunes running on my Mac.

A handy remote control for this is the Apple-created iPhone app called “Remote”. it looks like an ipod on your phone, but it’s controlling an iTunes running on a Mac over the network.

It works well enough, but not perfectly. Lag time between waking up the iPhone and being able to control iTunes is in the neigborhood of 5 seconds, which is an eternity when you’re used to instant digital gratification.

The lag has two components: waiting for the iphone to connect to the wi-fi, and then waiting for the Remote app to connect to iTunes.

I discovered a fix for the first! I was letting my iPhone configure itself dynamically via DHCP. it was taking at least 3 and sometimes 4 whole seconds to get on the wireless network.

On a whim, I set it to use a static IP address for my home wireless. Next time I woke the phone up, the wi-fi connection happened instantaneously!

So now I’m only left waiting for 1 to 2 seconds for Remote to connect to iTunes; much better than the full 5 seconds it took before.

I usually turn wi-fi off on my iPhone when I leave home; I haven’t found a compelling enough reason to need the extra bandwidth (on the off chance I can find a free or AT&T hotspot) to justify the accelerated battery drain. I also keep bluetooth off all the time since I don’t have any bluetooth devices or cars (yet!)