I firmly believe by now that Universe gave me an iPhone to teach me things, like patience and acceptance. Using iPhone and iOS is like crash landing on another planet. It’s mostly great – my neural synapses are firing like mad and new pathways are laid out in my brain preventing early Alzheimer’s. And whenever I make a discovery about how iPhone works (usually when it stops working), I feel close to euphoria which I think early explorers felt when they saw new lands after months in the ocean.
So… Here is what I learned this week. First, I now commute daily, and yes, I make my poor eyes read from my tiny iPhone 4 screen. Today in our company’s meeting (I work for a very cool digital agency), my iPhone was actually shown on the ‘smartphone evolution’ slide as something that preceded the ‘proper’ smartphones of today *sigh* Anyway. So the task of the month for me was to understand how to transfer anything from and to the iPhone. In this case, PDFs from my PC to iPhone (I download a lot of ebooks on marketing). And here is the handy guide I found, steps 4-5 were a revelation.
I am yet to figure out how to transfer MP3 podcasts from my PC to iPhone, in order to listen to those interesting screenwriting podcasts I downloaded from the Industrial Scripts.
Another discovery – not so pleasant however – was about my iPhone’s WiFi capability, or rather inability. For months, since upgrading to iOS 7, my WiFi signal kept dropping. And I am not the only one. I read numerous threads, with crazy solutions like putting an iPhone into a fridge or heating a specific part of it with a blow dryer. This post finally explained the problem to me. The gist of it is that apparently Apple smartphones have a prehistoric WiFi security protocol (WEP) which confuses most of the modern WiFi routers. So the only solution is to downgrade the security of your WiFi connection (!!!) and ‘upgrade’ downwards to iPhone’s level.
Google Nexus, my sights are firmly set on you. You have a big screen, a great price tag and apparently your WiFi has no problem connecting.