When I updated from an iPhone 12 Pro to an iPhone 14 Pro* a few months ago, something apparently went wrong and the connection (aka “Visual Voicemail”) to the voice mailbox with the carrier broke. One of my contacts asked whether I had received their voicemail — I hadn’t and surprise, when I manually dialed in to the voicemail, I had 17 new messages. That sucked, because there were obviously some important messages among them.
After updating my iPhone to iOS15, I noticed that remote images in new post notifications from my own website (sent via MailPoet, but that part is irrelevant) would not load, no matter which of the new “Mail Privacy” settings in iOS 15 I chose.
The inevitable has happened – I have a new iPhone. My iPhone 7 Plus is/was four years old and still working quite well actually. The latest iOS 14 runs smoothly on it… but some things were beginning to get in the way.
We had some administrative stuff to tend to in Los Angeles today, and the office Shuwen needed to visit is in LA’s “Koreatown”, in an interesting building called Wilshire Colonnade.
According to this Wall Street Journal article, we unlock our phone ~80 times per day: How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds (I hope you can open the article without getting stuck at the WSJ’s paywall; it works for me at the time of writing this). The article then goes on to describe the detrimental effects smartphones have on us. Read it. It’s frightening.
The voice quality of Siri was really shitty after I updated to iOS 11*. The voice sounded highly robotic and not natural at all, when it was supposed to sound more natural according to a number of news articles I found. That was particularly annoying for driving directions, where the low quality voice is really annoying over the car’s stereo system.