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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Interesting. I’ve had no problems on my iPhone 6 Plus, although I have fewer songs stored locally — around 3000-4000 tracks. In fact, Apple Music has been pretty solid for me since the very first iOS 10 beta.
That said, I’m also wondering if all of the iCloud Music Library problems from yesterday and earlier today may be having an impact. I was having some weird performance problems yesterday, and — for the first time — lost a bunch of my downloaded music and had to turn iCloud Music Library back on to resync it. During that time, it was painfully slow until it figured itself out and got caught up.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 14, 2016 at 4:02 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Offhand, my experience is that the new Apple Music app is buggy.  Performance is horrible.  Each button click takes 10 secs (no exaggeration) to respond.  Press pause, 10 secs later it pauses, press play 10 secs later it plays.  Press next track, 10 secs later it advances to the next track.  This is on an iPhone 6s with about 6000 songs downloaded locally to the phone.  I’ve never had performance issues before.

Posted by EricSteel on September 14, 2016 at 1:49 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Don’t hesitate to upgrade. I installed the update today on my 5s and it’s brilliant. Nice improvements and no discernible slowdown.

Posted by John Davis on September 14, 2016 at 5:14 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

I’m convinced Apple designs this app for someone with 50 songs in their library of which half of their songs are top-40 crap, and the other half are show tunes. Smart Playlists is a very strong feature and is only one of many features they could be implementing to make it a much better app. I could write all night about what bugs me about it and what they should be doing.

Posted by expopstar on August 14, 2016 at 3:02 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Yeah, I still do most of my real library management from iTunes on my computer anyway, and “Stations” are there in iOS Music now for listening to similar songs while on the go, and they work pretty well. I don’t mind going back to iTunes if I’m looking to create actual Genius playlists.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 28, 2016 at 9:08 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Thanks Jesse! Oh well, give me an excuse to use my computer alittle more. I also own an iPod Nano 7th Gen from 2012 and it’s still going strong. Heck it’s the only portable device that I can sync my Genius Mixes to for on the go listening and it
‘s the only FM radio receiver I have for now, (except for my vehicle).

Posted by Jason on July 27, 2016 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Unfortunately, the Genius feature appears to be gone for good — at least on the iOS side. You can still create Genius playlists in iTunes, and they will sync to an iOS 10 device via iCloud Music Library or a direct iTunes sync. Synced Genius playlists also show at the top of the Playlists section with the Genius icon, but they otherwise behave just like any other playlist.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 27, 2016 at 9:58 AM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Anyone with iOS 10 know if one can still create Genius Playlists or is that feature fully abandoned?

Posted by Jason on July 22, 2016 at 10:59 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost

Not much appears to have changed just yet, although it may be something of a work in progress — the tvOS Music app didn’t get overhauled until the second beta that just came out yesterday, so I’m remaining cautiously optimistic that they’ll do something for the Apple Watch Music app as well.
About the only glimmer of hope right now is that the ability to place the Music app in the Dock keeps it running in the background, so it will more effectively remember your last source setting, even after you exit the app, but it otherwise still defaults to your iPhone library.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on July 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost


Posted by jv on July 1, 2016 at 7:13 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

I agree, and that really is unfortunate.  Every time I see a headline about the Music app getting a major update (iOS 8.4, and now 10), I have always been hopeful that they have finally fixed Smart Playlists in iOS, and every time have been disappointed.  Maybe it is time for me to begrudgingly give up hope on it every happening.  I have filled out a couple “bug reports / feature requests” on requesting this too.
On the bright side, I did find an app called SmartPlaylist that is updated fairly frequently that works well.  It is great for making smart playlists on the fly in iOS, but they cannot transfer back to your actual music library, and it isn’t the most intuitive app, but it is very powerful. Would be nice to have it done by Apple and actually part of the Music app though.

Posted by Derron Bohne on June 24, 2016 at 4:36 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

I wondered the same thing for several years, but I came to the conclusion about two or three years ago that Apple has simply given up on Smart Playlists. I’d sort of hoped that the redesign of the Music app would improve this, and it brought back some limited support if you’re syncing via iCloud Music Library, but it’s nowhere near the level of sophistication that it once was at.
Then again, so many of the things that made Smart Playlists great — things like granular ratings, play counts, and last played times — have basically also fallen by the wayside and don’t work as well as they once did. This is a scenario where Apple has clearly been gradually reducing its music apps to the lowest common denominator for a while now, leaving a few things in place for us old hands but not really putting their heart into them.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 24, 2016 at 4:04 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

Smart Playlists were one of the great features of the original iPods, and a feature they touted pretty heavily.  I just don’t understand how this feature is so neglected in iOS.  Not only can you not create or edit smart playlists in iOS like you can in iTunes on the computer, but smart playlists don’t even update automatically; they don’t update until you re-connect the iOS device to iTunes on the computer.  I don’t understand how this has remained “broken” this long?!?

Posted by Derron Bohne on June 24, 2016 at 1:48 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers 'clarity and simplicity'

now if they will only let me move music from my Mac to my phone instead of have them download what they THINK I want, I’ll be happ(ier).

Posted by Andrew Steinhouse on June 23, 2016 at 7:47 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost

Any changes to the Music app? I like listening to music directly from the watch through bluetooth earbuds but the app defaults to playing music from the phone’s library, even when bluetooth is off on the phone. Not the biggest problem, but an annoyance to always have to change the source from phone to watch.

Posted by jv on June 18, 2016 at 12:24 PM (CDT)

What's New In iOS 8 For iPad, iPhone + iPod touch

Nice discussion ! For what it’s worth , people are wanting a FEC Form 7 , my colleagues discovered a fillable form here

Posted by MaritaLint1 on May 26, 2016 at 8:26 AM (CDT)

Restoring iCloud backup to a second iPhone

I would like to recommend irefone for mac
according to my using experience, because it is fast and it recovers
perfectly. Download it now and follow the step-by-step to get the work
How to export data from iTunes backup selectively and transfer to another iPhone
First of all, you need to make sure that you have iTunes backup file, if you don’t have one, back up your old iPhone right away.
1. Install and run iRefone for Mac.
2. Connect your new iPhone to your computer.
3. Choose the recovery mode of “Recover from iTunes Backup”.
4. Select an iTunes backup from the interface listing all the iTunes backup files on your computer.
Note: If you cannot find the iTunes backup file which you want to export
contacts from, please find the button titled as “Select more” to browse
your computer to locate the iTunes backup file that you need.
5. After you select an iTunes Backup file, you will be brought to
the screen listing all the supported data categories. Choose the data
you want to scan selectively from the interface by clicking on the
certain icon.
6. The data scanning and analyzing may take quite a while if you have bulky contacts storage, please wait patiently.
7. After the data scanning process is finished, all the data like
notes, contacts will be presented in a list, please select all or
whatever you need to transfer to your new iPhone by clicking on “Recover
to Device”.

Posted by julietzhu520 on May 20, 2016 at 12:18 AM (CDT)

Problems deleting pictures in Photos app

i can’t delete the real old photos from my iphone6 the trashcan has disapeared please help

Posted by bill on May 16, 2016 at 3:41 PM (CDT)

Determining which carrier an iPhone is locked to

Get a paper clip use the little circle-ish part on it push it into the little hole on the RIGHT SIDE of your  / APPLE iPHONE;  You Will Now See Rhat The Sim Card Tray Has Poppoed Out Of It’s Slot In Your iPhone;  Take / Put / Place It In Your Hand Carefully;  If You See THE LITTLE WHITE SIM CARD IN THE SIM CARD TRAY;  LOOK AT WHAT / THE CARRIER LOGO ON THE WHITE SIM CARD;  EXAMPLE(S): AT&T ,  VERIZON ,  T-MOBILE ,  SPRINT .

Posted by Anthony Meklaus on May 5, 2016 at 3:36 PM (CDT)

Restoring Text Messages from an iCloud Backup

Forgot password for restrictions disabled FACE TIME. I want to restore it so I backed up Iphone 5 using ITUNES. It worked returning it to FACTORY SETTINGS FACE TIME ICON returned and was ok. But…when I restored from back up it put the restricted password that I dont know and I’m back to square one…Any suggestions?? I also used IBOT but it did the same thing…

Posted by Joe on April 13, 2016 at 3:02 PM (CDT)

Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple's home automation system

Good for Netatmo for stepping into this.  However, a good move would be for other weather-station hardware and software companies to get on the bandwagon.  Seems a big oversight that Acurite and other weather-station kit companies weren’t on the ground floor of the implementation of Homekit.  I’ve written these companies asking whether they are going to add Homekit.  Thus far none have chosen to indicate they are.  Too bad, I’m certain I and many others will wait until some of these manufacturers get a clue that folks aren’t buying a Homekit-less experience.

Posted by terryo on April 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2

I think there’s a bug with the screensaver. I tried setting “my photos” as the screensaver, but it doesn’t seem to stick. Instead you can navigate to individual photos or albums, which is sort of pointless. You select any photo, it pops up, but all you can then do is back out, and the screensaver stays set to whatever it set to last, like Aerial or whatever.

Posted by JonYo on March 24, 2016 at 11:22 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3

iOS 9.3 has been bricking my iPad 2 since 9.21 it stinks.  Every other update has been no problems on the iPad 2 including all betas not a single one worked on the ipad2 no betas since 9.21.  I have not tried the newest 9.3 I’m sure it will brick it.  But I sent in feedback every time after every beta update.

Posted by Raymond J Sidwell on March 24, 2016 at 9:17 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3

I doubt there will ever be a 9.3 update article as comprehensive as this one :-)

Posted by benjitek on March 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM (CDT)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Great article - the lack of motion sensors and a dedicated Apple HomeKit app is why, despite my love of Apple products, I went with a different HA solution for our new house.

Posted by Dribbler on March 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM (CDT)

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