Alright, I’m a huge nerd. I love that Apple finally has incorporated a system that looks like the Blackberry system, only better. Yet, the iOS5 has some bugs, issues, and quirks that are bound to frustrate people. In order to help, I’ve decided to come up with a list of simple solutions so that you don’t have to deal with the stress of perusing blogs for hours!
Problem 1: iMessage
I’m going to give you two points of view: one from the users of multiple devices (iPads, iPhones, iTouches) and then those that just use iPhones.
First, read this!
That’ll explain how to sync all your devices (whether you have 1 or 3). Make sure you use your Apple ID (Steve.Jobs@apple.com) as your primary if you have multiple devices. If you have just the iPhone, leave your “caller ID” as your phone number.
Now that the hard part is over with…
“My dad has both the iPad and iPhone. When he sends a text from his phone, it comes through as his contact, “Dad” which shows all our previous conversations. But when he sends me a “text” from his iPad, it comes through as “Tim Fier.”
How frustrating! Well, there is good news and bad. The good news: you can combine the contacts into one. The bad? For now, until Apple releases some kind of patch in the next 2-3 months, if it bothers you that much, you’ll have to delete all those texts from before!
If you’re impatient like me, here is what you do:
1. Go to your “Dad” contact. Add his Apple ID email to his contact card.
2. Delete the previous text thread.
This should solve the issue. You’ll lose that precious conversation, but until then, that’s the only way to handle it. Now, the most important thing:
When you go to “text” dad, make sure you select his apple ID as the contact. Now, it’ll be synced into one message thread. Does that make sense? Good!
Problem 2: I’m a poor college student or parent who is behind the times. I don’t have Mac OS X Lion yet…so will the iCloud work for me? Yes and no.
You’ll get some benefits, but you won’t get the massive overhaul in the system preferences of your computer. Here is the link to a great blog explaining that.
Problem 2a: Okay, I either have Lion or Snow Leopard, but now I’m getting issues of calendar items and contacts doubling up…what do I do?
Ah, now that’s the hard one because it takes busy work.
Take a look at this screen shot:
For me, I’ve decided to sync my contacts because I don’t have an iPad and therefore don’t have to worry about doubling up contacts. This is a surefire way to make sure my “Address Book” on my computer has the files…
Update: I actually went ahead and enabled my contacts to sync via “The Cloud” (said in Toy Story Alien Voice).
I went ahead and unchecked the option in iTunes. Make sense? Yay!
Problem 2b: What about my Calendar? That keeps doubling up too!
This was the most frustrating thing because my Calendar has a LOT of detail and I was having double events reoccur. I thought if I deleted the double, including the reoccurring events, problem would be solved…wrong. Because Apple is trying to address this, it ended up deleting my whole calendar from the “Cloud” resulting in me trying to, and having to, recreate everything. Then I realized I could do this through iCal.
Now you will see this under “Calendars”:
I was stupid and deleted my computer calendar file because it bugs me to see doubles. I should have done a backup first. Why? Because iCloud is going to eventually get a site you can log into, and manage everything from there. If it ever goes down, and I cant reach the server, I’m screwed. Haven’t looked into seeing if I can “download” the file.
All that said, you have to copy and paste events into the new “icloud” server and then remake your calendar.
Conclusion: That’s the basics of issues people have been running into. Some had issues updating their phones to the new iOS5 but that seems to have been resolved. Let me know any specific questions.