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1680: iPhone recommendations for seniors, unsticking iCloud Drive sync, iOS bug turns off devices at night, iOS 16 security fixes

We lead off with news of a weird bug causing iPhones and iPads to power down at night and restart in the morning, potentially causing users to miss alarms and calls. Those still using iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 have updates to 16.7.1 to eliminate a couple of security vulnerabilities. Adam Engst distills several TidBITS Talk discussions to recommend iPhones and configuration approaches that may help those whose physical and cognitive capabilities have declined. Finally, Glenn Fleishman tells the months-long story of data refusing to sync with iCloud Drive from only one of his two Macs. He shares numerous techniques for unsticking iCloud Drive syncing, though the solution to his problem required intervention from Apple engineering. Notable Mac app releases this week include GraphicConverter 12.0.7, Scrivener 3.3.4, and DEVONthink 3.9.4.

Adam Engst 21 comments

iPhone Recommendations for Senior Citizens

Many people find themselves helping older friends or family members with reduced physical or cognitive capabilities. Adam Engst distills advice from a pair of TidBITS Talk discussions that asked about the best iPhone and simplifying the iPhone experience for older people.

Glenn Fleishman 43 comments

Cloudy with a Chance of Insanity: Unsticking iCloud Drive

As with all its services, Apple offers no real troubleshooting when iCloud Drive synchronization stalls in macOS. Glenn Fleishman encountered a problem that took months to diagnose and fix. In the process, he went through the wringer of trying nearly everything suggested online, via Apple support, and from colleagues. In the end, the magic that fixed it was undisclosed engineers.