Happy New Year! Normally I like to start off the new year with a lofty goal. This year, nothing significant is planned yet. The main reason for the uncertainty is because of the “Widgets app”. Each update requires a substantial amount of work — and the app is not considered to be done. Therefore, January 2021 is kicking off with another update to the “Widgets” and “Apparatuses” apps. If you’re into Chemistry, the new “Elements” widgets were made to help you.
The progress on the Reminders widget is quite nice. As an example, the sorting is robust. By default, the reminders are sorted alphabetically and then by date. That way, the most important reminders rise to the top. Events can also be sorted by completion (checkmarks) and by category. There’s only one sort left — sorting by priority. There’s a problem here. It has to do with the numbers 0… 1… 5… and 9.
Wow, I was livid with Apple. But on Friday, a Good Friday, I received a series of strange messages from Apple. “Your app (iOS) status is in Review”, “Revisions: New Resolution Center Message”, “Your app (iOS) status is Developer Removed From Sale.” and “The status for your app, Revisions (460834674), is now Ready for Sale.” I had forgotten about the “Revisions” app, figuring that Apple wouldn’t approve it. I was in the process of making new arrangements. I was preparing to leave the Apple ecosystem. But now that my app is approved, the mission continues!
About eight years ago, I started working on iOS development. Back then, my apps would sit in Apple’s review queue for weeks, only to get rejected on some small technicality. Today, things are way different. Now, Apple is much faster at rejecting my apps. But despite the tedium and frustration, I managed to get back into the game. For the first time in years, a new Photics app is available on the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store.
On September 19, 2017, Apple launched iOS 11. It’s a significant update, as it adds some new features. There is some apprehension when updating the operating system to my iPhone or iPad. Will this new software make my devices feel better or worse? During the last five days, or approximately 120 hours later, I’ve been using iOS 11. Overall, I like it. Here’s a review of what’s good and what’s bad about iOS 11.