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  • Apple tells users to erase, restore iPhone and Apple Watch to fix Workout GPS data bug

    I don't usually look at my workout maps unless I run an unfamiliar route...but sure enough, the gps data is missing from my runs since I updated.

    I'm also getting poor battery performance on my Apple Watch 4 since the update as well. ihatescreennames said:
    That’s rough. I haven’t been affected by this myself but I know people who have. Unfortunately, the one who is most concerned is in her mid-70s, goes for 6-8 mile walks a few times a week and won’t be confident in doing an erase and restore to both of her devices. 

    In practice this solution isn’t that difficult but I know some people will struggle just at the thought of it. 
    True. If you've never done this before, it's not necessarily a simple fix.
  • Examined: Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 gen 2 on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    I understand the difficulty with buying adapters (and having them clutter your workspace), not to mention the cost. That alone will probably prevent me from buying a Mac with only USB-C/TB3 ports for a few years. I'm in the nonprofit world, and unless I really need the power that the new MacBook Pros provide, it would not be a good use of funds to buy a new MacBook Pro that also required extra money to get new adapters, peripherals, or both.


    If Apple is committed to the form factor of USB-C/TB3 (so that for at least 5 years, Macs will use that same form factor), I think it's a good move. I will miss the MagSafe plug, but I would like it if I had four ports that would all fit my flash drive (yep, still use one occasionally), power cord, external hard drive, external monitor etc. Of course, it's a pain when old peripherals require an adapter (such as the move to lightning port), but if Apple sticks with it, it really will make things easier in the years to come.

    If they abandon it after only a few years, however, then I'll be angry.
  • Hands-on: Ecobee4 Thermostat with Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa

    We have an Ecobee 3, and the thermostat itself is wonderful. There is a steep learning curve if you want to use many of the features (behaviors when motion is detected, not detected, how to turn that on and off in the schedule, etc.), but perhaps that was just because it's our first smart thermostat. My one complaint is that you can't change the default setting for the length of time motion goes undetected before it will go into "away" mode and save energy (2 hours). We've never had any issues with the app (we have only iOS devices), and my favorite feature is being able to control the temperature from afar when I've forgotten to turn down/off the air when we're gone at time outside our usual schedule (since it takes 2 hours to decide we are, indeed, all out of the house).

    My biggest complaint is that the sensors do not seem to communicate with HomeKit very well. As Flydog mentioned, using HomeKit overrides Ecobee's built-in smart features, but since I tend to use the schedule rather than relying on the Ecobee's home/away detection features, I thought I'd give HomeKit a try a couple of months ago. For instance, my wife's work schedule has her coming home at different times each afternoon, so I wanted to use HomeKit to turn up the heat during the afternoons whenever the sensors detected motion, so that the heat wasn't running for a few hours when she wasn't home until later. Though I could see in the Ecobee logs that the sensors correctly detected motion when someone got home, the sensors only communicated to HomeKit that motion was detected about 50% of the time. (FWIW, an iPad Air is our HomeKit hub.) I tried geofencing, which usually worked fine. However, with kids that don't yet have phones, using geofencing alone isn't really a solution for us. A web search showed that others have had trouble with Ecobee communicating to HomeKit that motion is detected. After a couple of weeks of troubleshooting, I gave up and went back to the Ecobee schedule. Not a huge deal since we aren't huge HomeKit users, but annoying nonetheless.
  • Users continue to experience sluggishness, battery life problems in iOS 11 after multiple ...

    As Rene Ritchie of iMore noted, use the iOS 11 calculator app and quickly enter this calculation:  1 + 2 + 3 

    The iOS 11 animations prevent normal operations because they are so intrusive. The calculator slows down and it interferes to the point of affecting calculations.
    Wow! I hadn't put 2 and 2 together (you're welcome), but I've been so frustrated using my calculator the past few weeks; I thought it was operator error and that I've just been mis-typing or not hitting the plus sign correctly when adding several numbers in a row. Now I know why.
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  • Cheaper 6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone expected to be Apple's most popular model

    kkqd1337 said:
    I’d imagine most people here like me will want the 6.5 OLED. But really it would be sensible to get the LCD.
    There's the rub. While OLED would be nice (I don't know if I could do a huge phone, though, I still need to carry it in my pocket), at this point I'm not ready to pay the price difference. (That whole "sensible" thing you mentioned.) That being said, I do remember using an iPhone 4 for a day (with retina display) then thinking, "I can never go back." But I'm not sure the difference between LED and OLED is as drastic on a phone, unless you watch a lot of content on your phone.
  • I replaced my Mac with my iPad Pro for a week -- here's how it went

    I use a mid-2012  MacBook Pro for work. Since my job primarily involves “office“ type tasks (so no heavy video editing or anything), I have thought about getting an iPad Pro as my sole work computer when the MBP kicks the bucket. I can’t think of a single task I do that absolutely couldn’t be done on an iPad Pro, though some workflows would certainly take some getting used to. However, I often use a second monitor with my MBP, and I think I’d miss the ability to do that while sitting at my desk.
  • Examined: Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 gen 2 on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

    Abandon it like they just did the the TB1 / TB2 / Mini display port?
    True. But remember, it's been in MacBook Pros for five years. I'd like to see the new ports last up to 10 years, but I don't think to stop using an I/O interface after five years is unreasonable.