The strange behavior and missing features of iOS 11

 

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The strange behavior and missing features of iOS 11

I like my iPhone and iPad but between strange behavior and missing features in Apple’s new update to iOS 11 I have become increasingly frustrated with it.

Sticking Portrait Orientation even when the feature is not locked?

I may or may not be one of the few people experiencing this issue but I have noticed when I check my email Portrait Orientation sticking to a wide position even when I hold the phone upright in iOS 11.  I am forced to shake or rotate the phone a couple of times to get it “unstuck”.  To completely remedy this “sticking” of auto rotation I have to now use the portrait orientation lock feature when viewing emails or browsing the web to keep it from sticking in the wrong position.  Pre-Locking the position is fine but it adds more steps when viewing a video should I want to rotate the view of the picture on the fly.

Control Center Wi-Fi setting appears to have a mind of its own

Another thing I have encountered in iOS 11 which I did not encounter in previous OS versions, is Wi-Fi automatically turning itself on after turning it off from the control center. This behavior never occurred in iOS 10.  Of course, I go into settings to permanently turn off Wi-Fi but then it will won’t find any hot-spots at all.  Isn’t the purpose of Control Center to allow convenient access to various phone settings such as Wi-Fi?  I think so but for whatever reason, Apple decided to change the functionality of Wi-Fi in the Control Center.

App Store Wish List Missing From iOS 11

Lastly, if you have ever wanted to buy an App from the App store and save it to your wish list, you can’t anymore. Again, for whatever reason, the wish list feature has been removed in iOS 11.  Thank you Apple.  Why not keep it when it such a useful feature in iOS 10?

Still no iPad Calculator

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This isn’t necessarily simply an issue with iOS 11 but still having no built-in calculator on the iPad is also odd since the iPhone has one built in. Maybe the code to add a calculator to the iPad (without using a third-party app) is more complicated than we realize.

 

 

 


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Embedded Website Videos and Annoying Autoplay

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Only a few years ago it used to be considered bad website design to allow videos to auto-play when a user landed on the site.  In college I was instructed to not enable autoplay by default because it was considered impolite to the user especially if their sound had been turned up.  That was more than 10 years ago.

Today it would seem that most news websites and many mainstream websites in general are enabling autoplay for their embedded videos by default.  Annoying?  Irritating? For me and many users it is. And if your sound is turned up, forget about peace and quiet while browsing the web.

Do we have a say in the matter?  Maybe but only if enough people complained about it.  Unfortunately, for now anyways, our current generation is being forced to get used to the intrusive bombardment of pop-up ads, chat windows, and videos that autoplay without you asking them to.

What do you think? Feel free to leave me a comment below.


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Dangerous Trend: Wi-fi Apparently Turning itself ON in iOS 11

 

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Wi-fi has a mind of its own in iOS 11

Is Wifi turning on by itself (overriding user input) in iOS 11?  In my experience it is.  From the Control Center, when I toggle Wi-fi off it disconnects only temporarily before coming on hours later.  Why this behavior?  In iOS 10 this did not occur.  OFF meant wi-fi was off and ON meant it was ON.  So what is Apple doing?  Why have they apparently decided to override user settings?  If this is truly the case, in my view it is a dangerous trend.

Apple’s Dangerous Trend

If Wi-fi settings are changed, what else is Apple changing on your device without you knowing?  For example, if you turn location detection OFF, will your phone turn it back on later?  I hope not.  Or what about other privacy settings? For now, the Wi-fi toggle found in Control Center in iOS 11 is the only setting I have found that is being changed  automatically (overridden).

What has been your experience with iOS 11?  Feel free to comment below.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Is iOS 11 control center WiFi toggle overriding user settings?

 

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I like my iPhone but with the introduction of iOS 11, I have found that WiFi is apparently overriding user manual settings in the control center.

I may be one of only a few people who care but I like the convenience of being able to turn my WiFi ON or OFF from the control center on my iPhone and have it stay that way (in this case OFF).  With iOS 10 this has always been expected behavior but with Apple’s newly introduced iOS 11,  I have found something else is occurring.

I have noticed that toggling the WiFi OFF from the control center turns off the WiFi only temporarily before the setting is overridden and comes back on AUTOMATICALLY.  Why?  I turned it off on purpose, so why should it come back on?   Perhaps I have toggled an incorrect setting from within the iPhone?  Let’s take a closer look.

As far as I can tell, my settings are set the same as when I was using iOS 10 except for a new setting called AUTO-JOIN.

Auto-Join and manual override in iOS 11?

Perhaps it is AUTO-JOIN where-in the trouble lies.  I believe when AUTO-JOIN is toggled ON, it is keeping the user from disconnecting from WiFi from the control center.  However, if this is the case, I don’t think it should work this way.  Being able to connect to known WiFi networks AUTOMATICALLY is a great feature, that is, when it’s toggled ON already but when WiFi is toggled OFF (from the control center), I believe it should STAY off! And why shouldn’t it?

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If this overriding behavior is occurring in iOS 11 then it would seem to me that this is just another step in Apple’s and technology companies overreaching into our lives.  For many, overriding manual settings is not acceptable behavior and it shows how much privacy is increasingly become less important from a business stand point.  What else has Apple already implemented on their devices that will override a customer’s manual settings?

If you agree or not with my assessment, please comment below.

 


 

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No Photos Over WiFi: Who’s fault is it, Apple or Verizon?

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iPhone/Verizon Complaint

One of my biggest complaints with the Apple iPhone (I have a  iPhone 5c) is its inability to send and receive a text message which also contains a photo (within Messages app) to and from an Android phone.  By the way, this problem occurs when connected to a WiFi only network.  In other words, if the master cellular 4g LTE data switch is turned off (from within the iPhone cellular data settings) but the phone is connected to a WiFi network, the user cannot send or receive a text message which includes a photograph.  So either it’s a current limitation of the iPhone or my service provider (in this case Verizon) or it’s something else.  Whatever the answer might be, I have been aggravated by it since the day I bought an iPhone in 2014 (and iPad in 2017).

Surprise Data Usage

So is it possible to send a photo in Messages with Cellular data turned off while connected to WiFi? Maybe someone knows.  Right now I hope so.  But until Apple (or Verizon) implements a better solution or I know how to fix it, the only work-around I have found is to keep 4G cellular LTE data turned on all the time and risk surprise data charges and usage.  The risk for incurring these unintended charges appear to come while browsing the internet, using apps, downloading apps, and overall general usage of the phone.

Frustrating Solution

Now it is suppose to be possible to control some of this cellular data usage via ON and OFF toggle switches which Apple has conveniently provided that allow specific individual control over apps.  (Safari for example can be set to work only while connected to a WiFi network and/or in conjunction with cellular LTE data.)  I say it’s “suppose to be possible” to control apps individual data usage because I have found this isn’t always the case.  Experience has taught me not to trust all of Apple’s individual ON/OFF toggle switches.  Even if all the apps have cellular data usage toggle switches set to OFF, I have seen a change in data usage despite a daily connection to a WiFi. Why? I do not know for sure.  And in general I do not know which apps or actions might be using 4g LTE data.  However, this much I do know: I don’t like surprise data usage (or the charges)!  Therefore, until Apple fixes Messages to allow photos over wifi to an Android phone and I know for sure what makes data increase, I will manually switch off 4g LTE data (from the master toggle switch) and continue not being able to receive (or successfully send) text messages with photos.


 

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