March 10, 2012
Apple's got a lot going on all of a sudden — and as a result, so do I
The first thing that happened was Wednesday's product announcements.
Predictably, I ordered the new iPad (sticking with AT&T mostly out of inertia), a new Smart Cover (light blue like the one on my iPad 2), and Apple TV 3.
The acknowledgments from Apple said I'd receive the iPad and Apple TV next Friday, March 16, and the Smart Cover next Wednesday, March 14.
Good thing I'm compulsive and 1) printed out the sheet that lets you pre-sign so the FedEx guy will leave it at your door rather than require your live signature, then 2) taped it to my front door even though delivery wasn't scheduled until four days from today.
Because when I returned home from Bodo's after running the Martha Jefferson 8K (44:47 = 9:01/mile) earlier this morning, the piece of paper was gone and a Smart Cover-shaped flat box was sitting in front of my door.
Nice: Apple exceeded expectations.
But I bet a lot of people aren't quite as compulsive as me and didn't print out the "leave it on the doorstep" delivery sheet and so got a notice from FedEx that they tried and failed to deliver and will try again Monday.
But wait, there's more.
Apple stealthily improved the Smart Cover unbeknownst to me and perhaps everyone: instead of the inside being matte gray, it's now the same light blue as the outside, but with an ultra-suede-like texture, very nice.
Much more attractive, especially when rolled into positions of function, where you now see only the one color instead of the inner gray.
While I'm on the subject of iPads, I noticed that today my iPad 2 said "No SIM card" when I was out and about, though nothing's changed — except for the fact that iOS 5.1 is now installed.
I'm thinking that part of the software update included AT&T disabling the unlimited data plan I was grandfathered in with when I switched the SIM card from the original iPad to iPad 2.
No matter, actually, since undoubtedly the new iPad would never have accepted the old SIM card and its unlimited data plan.
So I'll have to sign up for a more expensive, limited plan once the new iPad arrives.
No problem really: once you start drinking the Kool-Aid, why would you stop?
But there's still more stuff.
My iPhone 4S now says "4G" instead of "3G" up top, another result of the iOS update.
I know this because I read about it yesterday — as well as learning that nothing in terms of speed has changed, it's just old 3G wine in a new 4G bottle.
Still more: a few minutes ago my Air screen started looking funky (see screenshot up top), with the upper menu bar dark but still functional.
I took the pic, then restarted, and now everything looks normal.
If you don't take a picture or print it out, it never happened, is the thing you have to remember when it comes to computers.
Bits are virtual foam, they come and go like quantum ships in the night.
Which brings me to another, related subject – but I'll save that for another post.
Note added at 2:55 p.m. today: More blowback from the iOS 5.1 update. The hard keyboard dock for iPad, which came out the day the original iPad was introduced some two years ago, worked fine with the iPad 2 — until this week, when the update to iOS 5.1 rendered it a brick.
Sometimes Kool-Aid leaves a bad aftertaste.
Note added at 4:06 p.m. today: After reading PT's comment on this post about how his iPhone 4S starting giving him a "No SIM card" message after he'd had it for seven months, the penny suddenly dropped.
When something involving electronics starts acting funny, unplug it and then plug it back in.
Works with TVs, cable and satellite boxes, computers — why not do the equivalent with my iPad 2's SIM card?
So I dug out that little thingie that makes the card pop out, did the deed, counted to seven (you have to count to seven — never six or eight, it must be a single-digit prime number that's not 1 or 3 or evenly divisible by 5, but of course you already knew that — put the SIM card back in, and all of a sudden I'm back on the network and Bob's your uncle.
Of interest is that it says it's on AT&T's 3G network, unlike my iPhone five feet away that says 4G.
Way, way above my TechnoDolt®™© pay grade.
Thanks for nudging me, PT, with your comment.
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Xim: drink the Kool-Aid.
The days of the Android OS are numbered. J. Posner has telegraphed the trial outcome. Google infringed Apple's patents. You are enjoying a subset of Apple's work - but, when the trial is over - you will own a pretty, electronic brick.
Windoze 8? Really?
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Mar 12, 2012 1:37:12 PM
Hah, perfect example of average apple customer vs. android/winmo customer. Apple customer is willing to pay a fortune for a device, be lied to about the connectivity type, and end up in the end sign an additional contract for 100s of dollars and they smile and take it for "micro-suede" because "Nice: Apple exceeded expectations". Android customer tethers tablet to phone, actually gets 4G when stated, at 4G speed, and gets grandfathered into or starts with unlimited data without being forced out by 4G upgrade. I love your blog but this was a sad post.
Posted by: xim | Mar 12, 2012 10:35:45 AM
D'oh. I just read Kool-Aid Drinker's comment of a moment ago and connected my iPad 2 and hard keyboard dock again. Voilà: it works. In fact, I'm typing this comment on it.
There's a reason "Take my advice, I'm not using it" is one of my favorite sayings.
Posted by: bookofjoe | Mar 10, 2012 10:44:29 PM
Quote: When something involving electronics starts acting funny, unplug it and then plug it back in.
Try the hard keyboard dok for iPad again, after unplugging and plugging in again.
I had the same experience after updating an iPad2 to iOS 5.1: keyboard didn't work. I took the iPad out and plugged it back in and all systems go.
Posted by: Kool-Aid Drinker | Mar 10, 2012 10:33:40 PM
But, Virginia, Grey Cat is on the lookout. Top-of-the-foodchain predators are nothing to mess with!
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Mar 10, 2012 8:31:35 PM
Joe, after announcing that you're hanging the no signature necessary sign up, I have a feeling someone might be looking up your name in Charlottesville to find out which door to keep an eye on Friday. Just saying!
Posted by: Virginia | Mar 10, 2012 6:09:21 PM
My spouse's new iPad is en-route. The 2nd Gen iPad cover was white leather (it is a tatty, smudged shade of off-white these days) and the 3rd gen cover will be Red.
1st Gen keyboard works with 1st Gen iPad - 2nd Gen iPad works just fine with my 12" G-4's mini Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (used that to control presentations) and the Origami base.
My Apple TV 2nd Gens have upgraded to 1080p and I have several 3rd Gens on the way (plan to use the mirror feature professionally).
Apple's iCloud now streams 1080p copies of movies that I purchased at 720p.
Everybody know that the camera icon on the bottom of the iPhone needs only a swift swipe to open the new camera app? No password required.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Mar 10, 2012 5:28:04 PM
About 7 months after I got my iPhone 4S it started displaying "No SIM card" sometimes--not all the time.
I took it to the Apple Store. They gave me a new iPhone. Could your problem be similar?
BTW, I found the store in the mall by dictating, "Apple Store" into the Map app while I sat in the parking lot. Then I moved my pulsating-blue-dot-butt around the map till my dot found the store. Amazing.
Posted by: PT | Mar 10, 2012 2:59:22 PM
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