Lot’s of safety/security/privacy stuff in these so make sure to install them as soon as possible.
These updates fix a lot of very important security bugs. Install ASAP.
I have tried using an external keyboard with an iPad since 2010 and while it is possible, it’s nowhere near as good as on MacOS. I have tried various keyboards over the years, including Apple Wireless Keyboards, Magic Keyboards, third-party keyboards, but I am currently using a mechanical Doro67, which is fully user-programmable, connected via USB-C.
Below are some immediate gripes and comments I have regarding external keyboard implementation in the current beta of iPadOS 13:
- Sometimes, when I
Cmd + Tabinto an app, e.g. into Ulysses from Safari, I can immediately continue writing where I left off. The keyboard is active and the cursor is waiting for input. At other times it is not. There is no key that I can press to resume writing without first physically touching the screen with my finger.
Cmd + Tabbinginto Safari, sometimes everything works as intended and I can use the
Cmd + Lshortcut to input the address I want to open or
Control + Tabto the Tab I need. I can then use the arrows, PgUp, PgDn or Spacebar keys to navigate webpages. Unfortunately, sometimes iPadOS and/or Safari behave as if there is no keyboard connected and I have to touch the screen to make it active again.
- Sometimes the keyboard just behaves like it’s not connected at all and I have to touch the screen to get it to work.
- When switching between apps, there is a small delay, which I need to wait out before I can start typing. This delay is extremely frustrating.
- Sometimes iOS/iPadOS thinks the
Cmdkey is stuck, especially after quickly
Cmd + Tabbingthrough your list of previously used apps.
- When using the
Alt/Option + Shift + Left/Right Arrowto select text in e.g. Ulysses, the selection stops at the end of a word, omitting the space and/or punctuation marks after the word. When doing the same thing in Safari (editing text in WordPress), the word and the space behind it are selected. If there’s a comma or full stop after a word, and then a space, those get selected automatically too. This is inconsistent and Safari’s implementation is wrong. Perhaps this has something to do with WordPress and is not Safari’s fault but I don’t know that.
- The above problem also happens when moving the cursor when editing text. E.g.
Cmd + right arrowwill move the cursor to the end of the word in Ulysses (correct) or to the beginning of the next word in Safari (wrong).
- Ulysses has a typewriter mode, which often loses my set position. iA Writer has the exact same problem. I hope it’s not something the developers of those apps can’t fix.
- My PgUp and PgDn keys often don’t work, e.g. in text editors such as Ulysses.
Fn + Arrowsdon’t work either. Curiously, Safari is fine.
- It is (mostly) possible to use both MacOS and Windows without taking your hands off the keyboard. There’s basically a way to do almost everything without using a mouse or trackpad. I have been a keyboard-shortcut user for the past three decades, since the DOS days, just because it’s faster. iOS is woefully behind in this regard.
- I use the character picker almost constantly on MacOS (
Control + Cmd + Space, to add arrows, etc. when needed. There is no way (that I know of) to do this under iOS/iPadOS (the emoji keyboard doesn’t have all of the symbols that I use, e.g. the arrow I used below).
- If you use an external keyboard with your iPad, please make sure to go into Settings → Keyboard → Hardware Keyboard to turn auto-capitalisation and auto-correction on or off (off in my case).
- If you use more than one keyboard language in iPadOS, you can use the
Control + Spaceshortcut to switch between your languages — just hold
Controland tap the
Spacebarto cycle between them.
Keyboard support has been getting better over the years but it’s getting there at a glacial pace and is still far behind MacOS. I really hope they focus more on it in the future, perhaps even before iPadOS 13.0 rolls out this Autumn.
Photo: 11-inch iPad Pro with a Vortex Race 3.
A new build of iOS was released over the weekend, addressing an iMessage bug, amongst others.
This version has the fix for the Group FaceTime bug. Go get it ASAP.
The latest and greatest iOS and MacOS updates are out. If you need the IPSW files for the former, you’ll find them below.
You can find the latest iOS bug fix update download links after the break.
I still rely on Resilio Sync (formerly BitTorrent Sync) to sync my files between Macs, an iPad, and an iPhone. It works perfectly but I have been considering switching to iCloud Drive ever since I upgraded to the 2 TB storage option (please give me a cheaper 500 GB and 1 TB option Apple — I don’t need 2 TB at this point in time).
I was trying to transfer an edited photo from my iPad to my MacBook Pro a few minutes ago. I saved it to iCloud Drive and went to look for it on my Mac. Not there. I checked my iPhone and verified it was synced. So I restarted my Mac. Nope, nothing.
Want to know what triggered the sync process? I created a new folder in Finder.
The quality of software Apple ships shows what Apple considers good enough quality. Including the marzipan apps in the released OS signals the state they are in now is officially good enough quality for macOS software as far as Apple is concerned. That’s worrying.
They are absolutely ‘good-enough’. Apps updated day and date with iOS? With the complete, up-to-date featureset? This is leagues beyond what we usually get from Apple’s work on macOS. I am not worried about macOS actually getting software on par with iOS, because that’s a step up.
Personally I’m horrified at what these apps look like and how they function. They appear to be foreign entities among all the software designed for MacOS. Despite understanding Apple’s reasoning behind shipping them now and not when their backbone is ready, I cannot quite fathom who said: ‘Yes, this is good enough.’ Not at Apple in any case.
Apple chose their own path. Two separate operating systems, with their own look and feel, with some points of overlap. We’re in the middle of an evolution of both OSes, waiting to see where they’ll both end up. Maybe it’ll be better but it sure as hell feels that it’ll get a lot worse in the short-term.