iOS 11 Is Killing Me

It seems more than two months after its release, a lot of people are still less that happy with iOS 11

from Gizmodo Adam Clark Estes writes:

OK, look. I'm not the first person to say this, and I certainly won't be the last. But iOS 11 is bad. The new operating system has turned my phone into a bug-infested carcass of its former self, and the frustration of trying to use it sometimes makes me want to die, too. 


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Nic Moore

The Multi Technology Mess that is Australia's vision for last decades internet ready for the next decade continues to flounder. Optus today suggested it may refund customers who purchased plans with speeds that are never achivable over the network. This follows Telstra's announcement yesterday that it will refund at least 42,000 customers who are paying for speeds that can never be achieved on their FTTN connection. Apparently 45% of customers paying for a 50Mbs down and 20Mbs up plan could not get the speeds they were paying for.

Telstra to compensate 42,000 customers for slow NBN speeds

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iOS 11 and the iPhone 8

One week after being released to the public, iOS 11 is installed on 25.28 percent of iOS devices, according to data collected by analytics company Mixpanel. Adoption rates are much slower than iOS 10 adoption rates during the same time period last year
Seems I’m not the only one being cautious. After some less than perfect iOS updates I figured I’d wait until as least iOS 11.1 before I’ll update. Reports of app slowdowns and performance drops suggest I’ve made the right decision for now.
Apple have already released iOS 11.0.1 Update With Fix for Exchange Email Bug just a week after the iOS11 release.

While talking about iPhones it appears the are some issues with the new iPhone 8. Apple are working on a fix for an issue causing some iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus owners to hear intermittent crackling noises when using the device for phone calls, the company told The Verge in a statement this afternoon.

"We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases," said an Apple spokesperson. "Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release."

Then there’s the durability of the glass back.
YouTuber JerryRigEverything did a drop test on the iPhone 8. It survived a drop from knee height and was okay after one fall from waist height because it landed on the aluminium frame, but the glass broke after a second waist-high drop.

Another drop test that compared the iPhone 8 Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus shattered on the first drop.


Nic Moore
Apple Releases New macOS High Sierra With New Disk Format

As of Wednesday Apple have released their latest Operating System High Sierra. The general consensus is hold off.
from Apple:
When you install macOS High Sierra on the built-in solid-state drive (SSD) of a Mac, that drive is automatically converted to APFS. Fusion Drives and hard disk drives (HDDs) aren’t converted. You can’t opt out of the transition to APFS.
Devices formatted as APFS can be read from and written to by other Mac formatted as APFS or Macs formatted as Mac OS Extended, if using macOS High Sierra.
Macs Running APFS can no longer share disks with the AFP — the Apple Filing Protocol. A folder can only be shared using SMB (Server Message Block) or NFS (Network File System). By default, File Sharing (set up in System Preferences > Sharing) is now done using the SMB protocol.

Boot Camp doesn’t read from or write to APFS-formatted volumes, but is compatible with High Sierra.
Reports seem to suggest VMware Fusion will not work in High Sierra.

It's important to note that Apple still hasn't released any documentation on the "proper" way to create a bootable APFS volume. This means should anything go wrong with your installation or disk you’re stuck with the very basic Apple Disk Utility as your only repair tool. No 3rd party disk recovery or repair tools currently exist.

From shirt-pocket the makers of SuperDooper:

Should I Update to High Sierra?
I think I usually tell people to "take it slow" with an entirely new OS version. While there have been "huge win" updates in the past (10.6 is a great example), High Sierra isn't one of those.
Rather, while it may be a good (or even great) update over time, it also has the potential to destabilize things far more than anything that's come before. It's going to be hard to judge its impact until its wide release, and even then, it'll be a while.
If you're a normal user, I would strongly encourage you to not update to High Sierra right away. Let others take the risk. Wait until things calm down and the initial problems, which are inevitable, are fixed. Continue doing what you've been doing before High Sierra: you're not missing anything of significance.
I Insist on Updating Immediately!
Sigh. OK. But don't say you haven't been warned: we don't all float down here.
Before you update, use SuperDuper to make a full backup or two. Check your backup by starting up from it. Then, unplug the backup drive from your Mac and put it somewhere safe.
As I've recommended elsewhere, you should be making multiple backups with other programs as well, including Time machine. So, after you update, continue to use Time Machine to back up. Given it's basically written by the same team as APFS, and Apple knows what is and isn't possible, even when they don't document it externally, this is your best bet to start with.
If you need to roll back to your previous OS, you cannot just use Smart Update. In fact, you also can't use Erase, then copy, because your internal drive has been converted to a storage scheme that won't work with anything earlier than High Sierra.
So, after starting up from your SuperDuper backup, use Disk Utility to erase the drive you want to restore to, by selecting the drive hardware above the volume, not the volume itself. That will roll you back to something that can properly host HFS+ and boot pre-High Sierra releases. You can then restore your SuperDuper! backup normally, using "Restore - all files" and "Erase, then copy" or "Smart Update".


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