Today is patch tuesday again, and it’s also release date for iOS 11.4.1, so here we go.
I received some odd results from the first upgrades, first of all an error message stating I need an adult in the family to approve my shell experience. Whatever this now is, it has started occurring every now and then on one of the PCs. But everything seems to be working and the error disappears after first login, so I’m sure it’s just another bug along with all the others that doesn’t seem to get fixed soon.
On top of this, Office365 is also behaving oddly, both computers upgraded so far claim to have all the most recent software versions, but they’re running different versions. But as long as they work I’m sure it will sort itself out in a short while.
There was also an odd network problem today, completely unrelated to this, but the fiber cable to the whole town was cut this morning. Twice. So after some lengthy repairs by our ISP we’re back online again now in the evening.
This morning it finally arrived, iOS 11.4 and Messages in iCloud. Finally I was going to be able to sync up all my devices where messages had been scattered over time. Partly because purchasing a new phone and not restoring backups, and partly due to some glitch for a short while causing all replies to SMS:es sent from my phone to end up on my iPad only.
And it worked. Right out of the box.
Now I haven’t counted every single SMS since they’re from 4-5 years at least, but it looks like most messages got over from the old, otherwise unusable, phone to the new one, and the messages from the iPad as well. Oddly though, messages does not seem to have synced to the iPad. But I can live with that.
For this one feature, this was the best iOS upgrade in a very long time.
In my attempts to secure my account from the oddness that happened a few weeks ago where my devices in short order became untrusted, several times in a row even after being re-authenticated by me, I’ve activated the new 2-factor-authentication from Apple (the previous one is now called 2-step-authentication).
It seems to work great, I get approval requests for most login attempts, but so far I’ve seen two occasions where 2FA-login is not working or not respected.
The first and most annoying is that Apple TV does not seem to support 2FA-login. So I’m unable to login to my Apple TV for now. But so far it’s not a big problem since I can stream everything through my iPad or iPhone. But it’s still a glitch.
The second is maybe intentional, but when upgrading to iOS 11 I noticed that after the phone restarts and you’re asked to login, even if it’s not on the primary phone used for approving authentication, but a secondary phone, the 2FA approval request is not required, only username and password and then you’re logged in. Luckily I can see logged in devices through the account page, but I consider this a glitch as well.
I’ve upgraded my things to iOS 11, and so far I can only see positive news in this.
It’s really incredibly faster on an iPhone 5S, and the new graphical design on the iPad is actually useful, even if not absolutely necessary.
I do miss updates on a few apps like Facebook and YouTube to allow them to run in the new multitasking, Side by Side or SlideOver modes, but hopefully that will come at some later point.
All in all so far the upgrade is great. It almost make me forget how nice the old iOS design looked like, before all this flatness happened.