I wonder whether what’s failing is actually the data.
Saturday 23 November:
This is one of the first pictures I took in India, in the area of the parliament building and government ministries in New Delhi. I was overwhelmed at how poor the air quality was, even though I’d been warned that Delhi has the worst air quality in the world.
Rickshaw driver near India Gate
Sunday 24 November:
Kids on a bus (stopped in traffic)
Monday 25 November:
The above three are all from a walking tour of Delhi’s Old City.
Tuesday 26 November:
Three of the Taj Mahal
Wednesday 27 November:
Leaving Fatehpur Sikri
On the road from Fatehpur Sikri back to the highway
Rickshaw ride in Jaipur
Thursday 28 November:
Elephants on the march to Amer Fort
Friday 29 November:
This rickshaw driver remained insistent on driving us even after we’d already gotten into our hired car.
Police officer in Nahargarh Fort
One tree at the entrance to Jaigarh Fort
Monkeys in Jaigarh Fort
Jal Mahal (my second try – this time with neutral density filter)
See the rest here.
It’s 22 November and whoever is responsible for the music at Heathrow airport has already started with the Xmas music.
I walk to and from work every day, and have since a couple of months before I got an Apple Watch in 2015. The only exceptions are the rare occasions when I have an appointment in the morning before work, or when I go somewhere after work that’s not my home. One thing I never do, however, is drive to work.
Apple Watch has to know this, because every morning, about ten minutes into my 25 minute walking commute, I get a tap on my wrist asking me if I am doing an outdoor walk and if I want to start a workout (answer: yes, and yes).
So why does Siri on Apple Watch think it’s a good idea to give me a notification twice a day (since iOS 13) about the traffic that I would be facing if I had a car and drove it to and from the office?
I don’t exactly expect Apple to know that I haven’t driven a car in over eight years, but the facts that I don’t own a car and that I definitely don’t ride in cars as frequently as every month, let alone every day, have to be data that they record – right?
Thanks, Apple Watch, for reminding me of that time that I went to visit (null) last weekend. That was a really memorable experience for all involved.
For the past week that I’ve been using an Apple Watch with an iPhone on iOS 13, I wake up every morning to this notification on my wrist:
watchOS 6.0 is now available. This update can be installed overnight when Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi and charging.
I’m given three options:
Remind Me Later
Every morning, I select Install Tonight. Then I get this message:
Cannot Install Update
To install the watchOS update, your Apple Watch needs to have at least 1.3 GB of available storage. You can free up storage by deleting apps using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
The only option I’m given is:
This is one of the most user-hostile “error” type messages I’ve seen in a long time, and one of the most un-Apple-like exchanges I’ve ever gotten from Apple. Here are some of the ways that it pisses me off:
- It pops up every morning when I put the watch on, blocking me from doing whatever I was about to do.
- It doesn’t remember from day to day that I’ve already “accepted” the update multiple times in the past, and that the update has repeatedly failed.
- It gives no context whatsoever about “1.3 GB.” How much storage is on my Apple Watch in total? How much of that am I currently using? How many apps would I need to delete to free up space? Can it recommend any apps for me to delete that I haven’t used recently?
- There’s no notification at all on my phone that corresponds with what I’m seeing on my watch. Once I click past the notification on my watch, it’s gone forever until I get it again the next morning.
- The iPhone can be updated, even when it is very short on free storage space, by connecting it directly to a Mac via USB, but there is no option to do this on the Apple Watch, because under normal circumstances it only connects via wireless technologies. Yet Apple has for some reason decided to require a very large update and also to require that it be done over wifi, and to require 1.3 GB of free storage for it.
- Why the hell does my watch require a software update that takes up 1.3 GB? That is about a thousand times heavier than what I would expect for an update.
I was delighted when Apple announced a new version of the Apple Watch that supports an always-on screen (“finally”), and consider this to be an example of the Apple Watch having reached feature parity with mechanical watches that have been “always on” for centuries (the “automatic watch,” which does not need to be wound daily, was invented in the XVIII century).
But this sort of garbage is why I still can not recommend the Apple Watch uniformly to normal people.
The status of my apartment building: smells like garbage.
The status of my apartment building: smells like garlic knots.
The status of my apartment building: smells like Windex.
The status of my apartment building: smells like roast potatoes.