Called Apple Support, wish I hadn’t

Where did my songs go?

Over the past 2 weeks I have been struggling to get in to the App Store or iTunes on my iPhone without having to go to Settings and sign out of my Apple ID. When I sign back in it works, but I then have to go to Apple Music and re-enable iCloud Music.

It’s a pain to be honest and so I called Apple Support. After some fumbling around they advised me to sign out of iCloud and ‘Reset All Settings’ which I duly did.

Some time later I had re-input my fingerprints, re-activated my debit card in Apple Pay and re-enabled setting after setting until I was happy.

And then I realised that most of my apps are missing from the Notifications screen and are not notifying me. They are still installed, but no notifications.

Anyone have any advice on how to get around this besides re-installing almost every app?

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The iPhone SE is the most satisfying phone


Apple’s four-inch smartphone received a customer satisfaction score of 87 out of 100 to finish just ahead of Samsung’s 5.7-inch Galaxy S6 edge+ and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.

20 other smartphones, mostly including other iPhone and Galaxy models, received customer satisfaction scores of between 70 and 85, according to the ACSI results published today… More at MacRumors.

I’m not surprised by this at all because it is a wonderful product in my view. More than the 6 and 7 iPhones, it feels emotional and is something you simply want to hold.

How can the iPad replace your laptop?


Mouse support would turn the iPad and the Smart Keyboard combo into a true competitor to the laptop, as well as position it as a direct competitor to devices such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro… More at ZDNet.

No it wouldn’t.

Mouse support would make a big different, but to presume that this change alone would build a laptop competitor is pure folly.

The list is long to make the iPad replace a laptop and it reaches the point very quickly that you may as well buy a laptop anyway.

Full multi-tasking OS, multiple users, really good keyboard, tons of power and on and on and on.

The iPad is not a laptop and it never will be.

Apple hasn’t locked me in. I have locked myself in.


When I looked at the Galaxy S8 recently I was somewhat impressed by what I saw. Ignoring the fact that it is Android and that I am heavily invested in the iPhone, there is no way on earth that I would move to it at this time.

I am enjoying the Apple Watch and that won’t work with the S8 so to keep it I have to use an iPhone. I use iMessage all of the time and it is very useful to be able to send and receive them from my iMac so that is something else I do not want to lose.

Aside from countless apps and investments in accessories and a myriad of other purchases, there are some areas in which it could be perceived that Apple has locked me in.

Technically that is correct because I cannot use the Apple Watch with a non-Apple product. I cannot use iMessage on a non-Apple computer and so the list goes on of clever moves made by Apple that over time lock me in.

However, I look at it another way.

No one locks me in. I won’t let them.

Am I going to see my iPhone and buy an Android phone? No, why would I do that?

What current Windows PC will work better than my 2011 iMac for what I need to do? Crazily, there isn’t one.

What Android Wear watch will do a better job than my Apple Watch? Not one.

If Apple has locked me in, it is purely by making products that I get a lot out of and which have worked very reliably for many years. Nothing wrong with that kind of lock in if you ask me.

One More Thing: Apple’s new campus


Before the start of the meeting, Kris Wang, a Cupertino council­member, looked out the window at the back of the room and saw him walking toward the building. He moved with obvious difficulty, wearing the same outfit he had been seen in the day before when he’d introduced new products to the world—which is to say, the same outfit that anyone had ever seen him wear. When it was his turn to address the council, he walked to the podium. He began to speak, tentative at first before clicking into the conversational yet hypnotically compelling tone he used in keynotes… More at Wired.

Stunning article. The detail is just right and the presentation is wonderful.