Monday, 10 April 2017

Serious rants at apple now

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  1. Nothing seems to use the phonetic alphabet. Have you got something that accepts it RevK?

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    1. "Other people" when talking on the phone, mostly. But given how it works it would be trivial for them to accept it. All the staff have to know it, and it is used a lot for postcodes.

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  2. Starting to notice a common theme here, despite claims, apple doesn't "just work", it /just/ works

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  3. You need to calm down a bit ;) Apple TVs suck clearly. I don't think that your vids really change anything.

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    1. Make me feel a fit better :-)
      Also, if I go in to the apple store to try and sort it I can show them the problem rather than just having to try and explain it.

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  4. Seriously, if it accepted the phonetic alphabet, almost nobody but you would notice, and people who *had* e.g. 'oscar' in their password would get annoyed :( but holy hell is that ever a terrible UI: every part of it is wrong.

    Accepting the 'brand alphabet' in preference is unbelievably tacky, I'll grant you that.

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    1. Slightly missing the point - this is to "spell" a password. It does not allow normal words like dictation (odd that it picks up some brands then). So your password being oscar would not allow you to say "oscar", you have to say "oh ess see aye arr" now. So nobody would have a problem with phonetic alphabet and they could add UK and US at the same time with no problem even.

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    2. I was assuming from the brand-spelling thing that you could say arbitrary words and it would recognize them. Only brand names?! How bizarre.

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    3. indeed, it is crazy, but as you see it did not actually put the phonetic alphabet words or pretty much any others that I said. Only those that are the name of a letter (and things like "dot" and "capital") plus some brand names!

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    4. I use the dictation thing on my Apple TV 4th Gen and it just works using normal "a" "b" if you want to do letters, it's also pretty good with words for me. It's about the only time I use speech dictation on anything, mostly because as you point out (and I do agree with) the stupid remote is a classic but increasingly common example of Apple completely forgetting ease of use and reliability in the expected behaviour in favour of bling.

      Also, I certainly don't have to provide the Apple ID password constantly, in fact I can't remember barring first setup ever doing so.

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  5. Does it ask if you buy something? I think the never ask password in settings and iTunes account is only purchases?

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    1. That I can indeed turn off, but is asking every time I play something!

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  6. Maybe not a perfect answer but try the remote app on the iphone. Cursor (trackpad) and keyboard. Works quite well really.

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  7. Wow, how awful.

    This is like an advert for piracy, Plex has a much better interface, and when used with Sonarr, Couchpotato, and PlexDVR it can automatically get/record ota all your shows.

    Combine with a Firestick or a Chromecast and it seems a much better solution... for free.

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  8. No offence Adrian but you maybe want to do something about the angle of the camera as it makes you look like a basement dweller with a shotgun just out of view ;)

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  9. I can't remember - but there might be a way to do this from an iPad / iPhone with the Remote control app.

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  10. Btw is it possible that parental controls got put on - or something similar in settings got SNAFUd? That could be why it's prompting you for passwords all the time?

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    1. Tried all that - they ask for a PIN anyway. Turned them on, and off, and not help.

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  11. See also settings > general > restrictions on the Apple TV 4.

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    1. Yes, tried all that - they ask for a PIN anyway. Turned them on, and off, and not help.

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  12. I also noticed this 'nuclear option' suggestion from Apple about fixing the constant prompting thing https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7317881?start=0

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    1. Tried that - several times - does not help.

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  13. What is left then? A test with a different new Apple ID ? After a wipe of the Apple TV itself.

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  14. My suspicion is that you've misstepped somewhere with the account / administrative level account / restrictions and it's behaving correctly requesting authorisation. In itunes accounts review your account, additional IDs, the ones being used, restrictions in force, etc.

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  15. Hi.

    There's something wrong. My ATV hasn't asked me for my password since the day I set it up!

    Bizarre that the factory reset hasn't solved things.

    In the meantime, use the 'remote' app on your phone. Whenever you're in a text field on the Apple TV, it will pop up the actual keyboard on your phone so you can type quickly and see what's going on.

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