MyAppleMenu - Thu, Jul 23, 2015

Thu, Jul 23, 2015The They-Failed Edition

Apple Music Is A Nightmare And I’m Done With It, by Jim Dalrymple, The Loop

I trusted my data to Apple and they failed. I also failed by not backing up my library before installing Apple Music. I will not make either of those mistakes again.

I’m going to listen to what’s left of my music library, and try to figure out all of the songs I have to buy again. I’ll also download Spotify and reactivate the account I cancelled with them a couple of weeks ago.

A Rough Ride For Apple Music, by Jason Snell, Six Colors

What those outages did is point out that with all the great convenience of having the world’s music library at your beck and call, if the servers go down when you want to listen to music, you’re out of luck. If Apple wants people to embrace streaming their music, and embrace Apple Music as the service that provides them with that music, its services need to be reliable.

Half-Assed, by Craig Hockenberry,

Apple needs to change its priorities for the Mac App Store or just shut the whole thing down. As it now stands, developers who are tired of being second-class citizens are making that decision for them and leaving on their own.

Apple’s Cloud Woes Continue With Game Center Games Disappearing, by Josh Hrach

Users and developers are both reporting that Game Center has removed active game data from various games.

Update: My LetterPress games were restored after two days of outage.

More Waiting

In Apple Watch Debut, Signs Of A Familiar Path To Success, by Farhad Manjoo, New York Times

Given this history, the question to ask about the Apple Watch isn’t how well it has sold so far, but how well Apple is following that script. Is it moving quickly to address the early criticism of the watch and to expand access to and functionality of the device?

The answer here is far more definitive than the murky sales figures: So far, Apple is following exactly the same playbook for the watch that it did for the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. If it sticks to that pattern — trying to add new capabilities to the device while perhaps lowering prices and expanding distribution — the future of the Apple Watch could be bright. The only catch is that determining success will take months, if not years.


Microsoft Send Puts An Instant Messaging Spin On Email, by Joseph Keller, iMore

Microsoft has launched a new take on email, Send, for iPhone. Send approaches email as though it were instant messaging, focusing on quick conversations, without the need for subject lines or other trappings of normal email.


Apple Pushes Small Flash Storage Firmware Update To 2015 MacBook Pro, by Dan Thorp-lancaster, iMore

How To Use Apple Music Without iCloud Music Library, by Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Apple Music and iTunes Match both offer access to iCloud Music Library, an uploading-and-matching service that lets you access all your Mac's songs from up to 10 of your devices. If you'd prefer not to use iCloud Music Library as part of your Apple Music subscription, however, here's how to go about it.

Keeping Dictation On A Mac Private, by J. D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

You can use the dictation feature without having to be online all the time or worry about your words flying to and from Apple’s servers. To do so, switch to the Enhanced Dictation option in the OS X settings. You will need to install about a gigabyte of additional software, but the update itself is free.

TextExpander 5.1, by TidBITS

The text expansion app now excludes most single dictionary words when suggesting snippets, and it adds a new preference for receiving notifications about snippet Suggestions.

Default Folder X 4.7.3 For Mac OS X Delivers Compatibility Updates, by MacTech

Okay, We Did Have Blink And Marquee Tags Though

I’ve been ranting about this for years. YOU DO NOT NEED JAVASCRIPT TO SHOW ME STATIC CONTENT ON THE WEB. We did it from 1993 to 2010.

— Brian P. Hogan (@bphogan) July 21, 2015

Movie Localization

All of the broccoli in #InsideOut was swapped w/ green peppers for Japan. Peppers are 'Disgust' there, not broccoli!

— David Lally (@davidmlally) July 22, 2015


Bug In Latest Version Of OS X Gives Attackers Unfettered Root Privileges, by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica

The proof-of-concept attack Esser included with his post is known as a local exploit. The typical scenario where these types of vulnerabilities are exploited is by developers of malicious applications who want to elevate privileges without prompting end users to enter a system password or by developers of remote exploits that on their own can execute malicious code as a regular user but not as root.

Apple's HomeKit Is Proving To Be Too Demanding For Bluetooth Smart Home Devices, by Aaron Tilley, Forbes

WiFi-enabled devices can handle these security requirements, but it seems devices running over Bluetooth LE are having some issues. The intensive processing demands for generating and sending these security keys is what’s likely causing these lag times, said Monica.

Official Third-Party Apple Watch Stands And Docks With Integrated Chargers On The Way, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple will soon let manufacturers in its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program include charging pads for the Apple Watch directly in their accessories, according to sources. Currently, dock makers can only offer charging by making unsightly openings in their docks for Apple’s official charger to sit, forcing users to bring their own cable and install it, and compromising an ideal design and user experience in the process.

Apple's Tim Cook Awaits Tax Decision To Repatriate Overseas Cash, by Tim Higgins, Bloomberg

On top of this, Apple has already assumed for accounting purposes that a lot of the cash has come home, suggesting that the impact of cash repatriation on future earnings would be minimal. At the end of its latest fiscal year, Apple estimated that bringing home the $US69.7 billion in earnings on which it hasn't taken a charge would cost about $US23.3 billion in US taxes.


I am having problems with the Messages app by Apple these few days. I have a surprising number of texts were send using SMS instead of iMessage, even though it seems to me the internet connection is fine. Also, a few texts from my wife failed to reach me.

Parting Words

When my podcast pauses before the phone rings, I think to myself, "There's a storm a-comin'."

— rstevens № ³ (@rstevens) July 22, 2015

Thanks for reading.