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8 things that (still) bug us in iOS 6

Macworld Staff | Sept. 25, 2012
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.

Now that weve been living with iOS 6 for a while, weve realized (to our chagrin) that it still comes with a few quirks that bugged us in previous versions and still arent fixed. Herewith eight of the surviving features and flaws that bother Macworld editors the most.

Cant easily pull files from a Mac

Youre 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, heres how its 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 whats happening on the screen. But iOS 6 still doesnt 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 itd be really, really nice if iOS 6 had this capability built-in.Christopher Breen

Siri cant change Settings

I use Siri every day. I use it to set reminders, send iMessages, perform searches, create meetings, and launch apps with the voice recognition assistant. But one thing I cant doand wish I couldis use Siri to toggle settings. You can ask, of course. But Siri will politely refuse.

 

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