The screenshot above is of the advisory popup dialog you get when you’re about to sign in with your Facebook account in the iPad Settings app – to link your Facebook account more seamlessly throughout iOS.
Here’s the big catch though: the dialog above lets you know that signing in will do this:
Download your Facebook friends to the Contacts app and keep their information up to date.
For me, that’s a deal breaker right away. I don’t want all my Facebook friends chucked into my Contacts app. Partly because the last time I recall using some clever app that brought Facebook friends into my address book it made a huge mess – resulting in contacts with wrong phone numbers and similar issues.
Also, there are a lot of my Facebook friends who I really only ever communicate with via Facebook. Old friends who live half a world away for example. For most of them, I don’t know their phone number or sometimes even their email address. I talk to them via Facebook messages or maybe an occasional Skype call. Contacts to me is a place for family, friends, work colleagues, numbers for frequently used services and so forth.
I know this clearly a ‘first world problem’ type complaint and not worth getting knickers in a twist over, but I wish Facebook would make this optional – as Twitter does with a similar sort of feature. Then those who find this useful could go ahead and bring their Facebook friends into Contacts; and people like me could agree to sign in to Facebook – because I can’t at the moment.
Update: My mistake on this on; I didn’t read the fine print properly. As a few people have pointed out in the comments, you can disable the Contacts sync (and Calendar sync) once you sign in – with just a quick tap on toggle buttons. Apologies for my error on this.
Yesterday Apple released iOS 7.0.4 – the latest update to the iPad’s iOS operating system. The update is available via the Software Update (under General) section of the Settings app.
This update is a minor one with mostly unspecified bug fixes and improvements, and a fix for a FaceTime issue with failed calls experienced by some users.
The update applies to iPad 2 and above models, iPhone 4 and above, and 4th and 5th gen iPod touch models.
I’ve never had any FaceTime call issues so I can’t verify whether that particular fix looks good on my iPad.
Last night Apple capped off a very busy day and released iOS 7.0.3 for iPad and other iOS devices.
This latest iOS update brings the new iCloud Keychain feature and better password management in Safari, along with numerous bug fixes – including some related to issues with iMessage and Siri.
An update to Settings brings more relief for those users that have been troubled by the motion effects in iOS 7, as MacStories’ Federico Viticci reports:
A subset of users asked Apple to reduce the motion of the OS as it was causing motion sickness for them; a setting that the company had included in the Settings app wasn’t enough, as it disabled the parallax effect of iOS, but not the new animations.
Apple has listened, and iOS 7.0.3 the Reduce Motion setting (available in General → Accessibility) now truly reduces animations: switching to apps and back to Home screen, unlocking the device, and moving between folders is now a cross-fade that is much faster than Apple’s animations with Reduce Motion turned off.
There are also bug fixes for some some well-known security issues and patching of vulnerable areas.
True multitasking, AirDrop, Control Center, new Notification Center, iTunes Radio – all impressive new features in iOS 7. But perhaps none of those would win a public poll for Most Popular New iOS 7 Feature.
I’d wager that this one would be at the very least a good dark horse bet:
You can now put Newsstand in a folder.
Yup, you can send Newsstand into exile with prejudice; chuck it in a folder, call it whatever you like, and never have to lay eyes on it again.
As with any built-in iOS app, you can’t delete Newstand – but at least now you can banish it to a folder, something that a whole lot of users have been wanting ever since Newsstand first appeared on iPad and iPhone home screens.
Personally, I don’t mind Newsstand too much and have a few titles I subscribe to that make it worth having around – but I know that many of you have already sent it away or will soon after you read this.
Have you banished Newsstand yet?
Here’s another neat little feature that iOS 7 has added for those of us who use an iPad with cellular data capability. You can now see cellular data usage for all your individual apps in the Settings app.
This was possible before with a few 3rd party apps, but it’s handy to have this information available right within the Settings app.
You can find it in Settings > Cellular Data, in the new ‘Use Cellular Data For’ section. Apps are listed alphabetically an each shows its data usage in the current month. You can also use the button next to each app’s name to turn on or off its ability to make use of cellular data.
I spotted this via Mac OS X Hints.