Saturday, November 27, 2021
Apple Mac App Store: "Unable to download item. Please try again later": The problem may be that you are not the purchaser.
Friday, November 19, 2021
How to mitigate SMS spam in iOS 15: filter unknown AND disable notifications for unknown senders
I do not understand why it took Apple so long to do basic management of text message (SMS) spam. I don't understand why the solution appeared over two releases. I don't get why the implementation is so obscure. And I don't get why I had to write this; even knowing the two necessary settings I can't find a good article on it. Apple's own documentation doesn't mention disabling notifications.
Anyway, as of iOS 15 you can finally turn off notifications for SMS sent from an unrecognized number. This is in addition to iOS 14 enabling sorting of unrecognized number SMS into a separate tab. (I think iOS 13 you could only filter iMessages, which is basically useless.)
First enable "Filter Unknown Senders". Unrecognized SMS messages go into a separate tab.
Saturday, November 06, 2021
Using Apple Locator devices (AirTags) with an older iPhone
AirTags will work with older iPhones but things are a little different.
The trick is that they work by Bluetooth with a range of about 20 to 30 feet. The last known location showing in Find My tells you roughly where they are. The next step is to try activating the sound feature. If you see that it's working you know the lost AirTag is within about 20 to 30 feet. If it doesn't work keep moving until you start to see it working. Now you can try to listen for the sound. It can be faint. It's also short-lived. You may have to keep tapping the sound icon. Eventually you'll find the missing AirTag.