The Apple buzz is shrinking

I fell in love with Apple when I bought my first iPhone in 2010. A few years later I bought a MacBook Pro, and I’m still using it. It’s a fantastic machine.

But as the time came nearer for me to replace my desk PC, I was itching for awhile for an iMac. But lately, I’ve been feeling the Apple buzz diminishing.
Now that 4K video is available on Windows machines (because once you get used to the retina display, it’s hard to look at anything less), and the designs of the new all-in-ones (especially from Dell) are very fetching, I think I’ll be sticking with Windows for my desktop.

Windows 10 is a great OS. So is Mac’s current OS, but it seems like the pace of improvements coming from Microsoft is much quicker these days.

Possible fix for iOS 7 glitch

Recently I told you about upgrading my iPhone to iOS 7 and a glitch I’d found where syncing between the phone and my desktop won’t complete.

I believe I’ve found a possible fix.

Go into voice memos on your iPhone and delete all the stored memos you may have recorded. Then delete any voice memos stored on your desktop in the iTunes software.

Reconnect and try to sync again. It should complete the sync and get past the dreaded “waiting for changes to be applied” hang.

If that doesn’t work, while your phone is connected, go into the phone settings in iTunes on your desktop and make sure “manually manage music on this phone” is checked. What should happen on the next sync is that all your music will be recopied onto the phone. This should also clear the syncing issue. Then, if you wish, you can un-check “manually manage music” and go back to the way you were doing it before.

I’m not sure which step actually fixed my particular issue. I have a feeling it was the voice memos. Sometimes if saved memos become corrupted it can hang the sync.

Upgrading to iOS 7

I’ll probably be waiting awhile to replace my iPhone, but in the meantime I’ve got a whole new operating system to play with — iOS 7 on an iPhone 4S. (Yes, I skipped the iPhone 5.)

The new operating system looks great – I actually like the new “flat” look. Gone are the fake textures and shadows. I’ve also noticed a little more quickness in how some of the phone’s basic apps work. Mail, for example, seems to respond faster.

But I have noticed some glitches.

One isn’t really a glitch, it’s a change Apple made to the music player and I don’t like it at all. I use my iPhone as my primary music player in my car, and with more than a thousand songs loaded, I do lots of shuffling. Mostly, I choose a music genre and shuffle play from there.

The new iOS 7 apparently has gotten rid of that ability. I can no longer play from a genre. Now I have to create a new “smart playlist” on my computer and sync it to the phone — but that’s a problem (more on that in a second).

Building playlists is a little harder now. Used to be you could create a new list, and then select entire albums or artists to add in one swoop. Apparently, you can’t do that anymore – you have to select each song one at a time. 

And there are syncing issues. This is a real glitch that a few others seem to be having as well. Syncing between the new iTunes computer software and the phone will not complete. It constantly hangs on the final step — “waiting for changes to be applied.” Rebooting, restarting, cycling the phone on and off, nothing fixes it. I’ve trolled the Internet far and wide and no one seems to have an answer yet.

I’m using the new version of iTunes on Windows 7, but this problem appears to be happening across different devices on both Macs and PCs.

Usually, I wait a couple of weeks before upgrading my phone’s software to give them a chance to fix the bugs, but this time I was impatient. I’ve learned my lesson… there’s nothing wrong with waiting a little while and let Apple catch and fix these nagging early-release problems.

Read – Upgrading To IOS 7