8 Things That (Still) Bug us in iOS 6
Now that we've been living with iOS 6 for a while, we've realized (to our chagrin) that it still comes with a few quirks that bugged us in previous versions and still aren't fixed. Herewith eight of the surviving features and flaws that bother Macworld editors the most.
Mon, September 24, 2012
Now that weve been living with iOS 6 for a while, we've realized (to our chagrin) that it still comes with a few quirks that bugged us in previous versions and still aren't fixed. Herewith eight of the surviving features and flaws that bother Macworld editors the most.
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Cant easily pull files from a Mac
You're on the couch with iPad in lap and recall the ebook file you downloaded to your Mac earlier in the day. Awesome as it sounds to walk downstairs, fire up iTunes, select your iPad, click on the Apps tab, locate the iBooks app, drag the ebook file to the apps storage area, and sync your device, wouldnt it be better still to simply tap on your Macs icon on the Home screen to mount it, navigate to the ebook file, and download it directly to the iBooks app?
Without a third-party app, this kind of transfer is impossible. Though iOS devices can now wirelessly sync, you have to feed them from within iTunes.
But, speaking of third-party apps, here's how it's done: Download a copy of Stratospherixs $5 FileBrowser app. FileBrowser allows you to rummage through any Mac, PC, or server on your local network for which you have a login ID. Find the file you want, tap the blue icon next to it, and tap the Open In button. The file will download to your device and open in the app you selected.
Alternatively, when downloading such a file to your Mac, drop it in your Dropbox folder. Tucked away there you can then access it from any Dropbox-compatible app on your iOS device.Christopher Breen
No screen capture
For years now, there have been apps for jailbroken iOS devices that allow you to capture videos of what's happening on the screen. But iOS 6 still doesn't allow you to do that. Its not a feature that everyone needs, but its absence drives many of us at Macworld nuts.
There is an old-fashionedand extremely clumsyworkaround: Point a camera at your device and shoot the video that way. Alternatively, you can use the $15 AirServer application, which allows you to mirror an iOS devices display to your Mac. Once on your Mac you can then use a screen-capture utility (QuickTime X, for example) to capture the mirrored image. And you can use an Elgato Game Capture HD (though some of us still prefer the image-quality of the AirServer solution). But it'd be really, really nice if iOS 6 had this capability built-in. Christopher Breen