Why would Apple take away the option for Touch ID on the iPhone X when Touch ID was working quite well before? In fact, I think it’s a mistake on their part. It’s great when a company decides to enhance their products by making them better. But it’s completely unacceptable when a company (Apple in this case) decides to remove proven features from their product in order to promote another idea. (This practice is common in gaming and it stinks for the consumer. Think SimCity 2013 or the Sims 3 to Sims 4. )
So why did Apple choose to replace touch ID with face ID? They might have many excuses including “Face ID is the future of technology” but we know their reasoning really boils down to one main goal: Control.
Less Options More Control
Apple, like Google and Microsoft want control over us the consumer. These big mega technology companies want to control our lives and do I dare say, create our lives. If a company can control our media, content and the devices we use, it’s fair game in their view for how they implement them into our lives. Doubt this? Ever noticed how they control the default news sources we see on our devices? (Yes, left leaning news sources are the norm on Microsoft, Google and Apple.)
Hey Apple, What Happened to Consumer First?
Of course if control weren’t their top priority we would see them keep great ideas from the past intact (no matter their age) but most importantly they would put the consumer first, always give us options and stop cramming their views down our throat.
Apple could have implemented touch ID into their new iPhone X. But since they want to control and shape how people use their device they removed it completely. In the case of whether or not Apple decides on bringing back touch ID to their new iPhones, I will be watching to see how consumer friendly they choose to be.
What do you think? Should Touch ID be incorporated along side Face id into the new iPhone X? Do you think Apple will bring back Touch ID?
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.
Strange bright border around face of iPhone
When viewing any app or picture with a white background, my iPhone shows an odd inexplicable bright whitish border around the edge of the screen. This was not seen prior to iOS 11.1 and does appear in any screenshots taken with the phone but appears to be an issue with the phone itself. Any thoughts? (below are some screenshots taken with my iPad of my iPhone 5s)
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
If you use an iOS apple device and have kids (or know kids) who use these devices such as an iPhone or iPad this post may be of interest to you.
THE TRUTH ABOUT IN-APP PURCHASES
A quick browse of the Apple App Store presents us with hundreds of so-called “free” apps and games for download but many allow in-app purchases. Commonly these apps/games are referred to as Pay2Play games. Essentially this means if you want more features or to unlock features you have to pay for it.
What about the In-App Purchases? An in-app purchase is any purchase you can make using real money (from your bank account or credit card). These purchase links are commonly found within the app menu or even hidden within other areas of the game. Once the user touches the button or link a purchase is made allowing full access or more access to the game or app you have downloaded to your device. Often times touching on one of these links inside the game allows the removal of ads (supposing the game or app was free). Sometimes the in-app purchase will allow the user to purchase coins or the unlocking of various features of the game or app faster than in “free” mode.
FAKE MONEY OR REAL?
One big complaint I have found with In-App Purchases is that they can be hidden within the free content. Sometimes a “free” game will use coins or fake money within the game but real money can be used to “buy” or purchase more fake money. This is where it can be tricky to see the difference and it’s by design of course. For example, you may find your child (or yourself) playing a game and see areas to level up or unlock a character or feature of the game which looks to be part of the free game. But it’s not! All it takes is one accidental touch on the button link and you have made a purchase of $1.99, $5, $50 or more! Depending on the age of your kids they could have difficulty knowing when a real money purchase is being made or if pretend/fake money is being used as part of the game or app. As a parent I have even done this myself and thankfully In-App Purchases was disabled.
DISABLE IN-APP PURCHASES – 4 EASY STEPS TO AVOID THE ACCIDENTAL PURCHASE
This how you can disable in-app purchases for your portable iOS device if you haven’t already.
Touch SETTINGS on your iPhone or iPad.
Scroll down to RESTRICTIONS. You will need to type your pin number to enter the restrictions menu (or you will be prompted to enter a pin if you haven’t accessed it before.)
Once inside RESTRICTIONS scroll down to In-App Purchases. Make sure the “switch” to the right is switched to off (not showing green).
That’s all there is to it! You should now be able to touch anywhere within a game or app containing In-App Purchasing options and will not accidentally pay for something you are not intending to. (Note: Should you accidently touched one these purchasing links a pop-up note about in-app purchases being disabled will be displayed)
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