Broken Apple #31 Custom lyrics not showing iOS 11.2 (fixed in 11.3)

When iOS 11.2 arrived I was still hoping it would fix some of the outstanding issues I was seeing since updating to iOS11.

Instead iOS 11.2 added another problem: on iOS no longer showed any song lyrics. At first there was some glitchy workaround by dancing around the menu structure and long-pressing a song and then if you were lucky the option for lyrics did show up. That problem got worse over the 11.2.x releases up until 11.2.6 no longer showed any song lyrics at all and no workaround doing anything.

The Apple Discussion Custom lyrics not showing iOS 11.2 has over 1100 users also affected by this issue as of april 2018.

Good news: iOS 11.3 fixes this problem. I hope Apple adds this element to the list of things to check for QA before releasing an iOS update.


Broken Apple #30 Apple killing

It’s fascinating to what degree Apple, on a regular basis, manages to break essential functionality for users. An example would be local contact & calendar sync from macOS to iOS which they removed in 10.9 and then added again in 10.9.2.

Now someone at marketing at Apple thought it would be wise, to just kill all core functinoality of

apple killing server app

„This Fall, Apple plans to cease bundling the open source services (Calendar Server, Contacts Server, Messages Server, Mail Server, DNS, DHCP, VPN Server, and Websites) in macOS Server“


Sorry, but I want my money back.

Thinking of switching to Nextcloud. What do others think – what’s a good CardDAV / CalDAV alternative?


Broken Apple #28 Fritz!App Fon + Bose Soundlink Mini II

Heute trägt Apple keine Schuld. Ob AVM oder Bose hier nachbessern müssen ist noch zu klären. Es geht um das Zusammenspiel von

  • Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Speaker [1]
  • Fritz!App Fon v3.0.1 unter iOS [2]

Das Bose Bluetooth Mini II fungiert als Lautsprecher und eignet sich, dank integriertem Mikrofon, auch als Freisprech-Einrichtung bei Telefonaten. Von iOS wird das Gerät erkannt und bei Telefonaten über Facetime oder die native Telefonie-App klappt es auch mit der Freisprechfunktion.

Die Fritz!App Fon von AVM (der Fritz!Box Hersteller aus Berlin) kann Telefonate vom Android- oder iOS-Gerät führen. Der Witz daran ist, dass dann das Mobilgerät als Festnetz-Telefon agieren kann. Also wenn beim Telefonvertrag kostenlose Festnetz-Telefonie enthalten ist, kann man so z.B. das iPhone genau dafür verwenden. Telefoniert wird dann von der Fritzbox aus über IP-Telefonie, also WLAN-Verbindung (oder 3G/4G/LTE) zum iPhone.

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Das Problem

Fritz!App Fon in Version 3.0.1 schafft es nicht, eine Verbindung zum Bose SoundLink herzustellen. In der Auswahl der Tonausgabe taucht das Bluetooth Gerät zwar auf, bei Anwahl hüpft die App allerdings sofort auf die Default iOS Tonausgabe zurück.

Das ist ganz klar ein Bug der AVM Software, da es mit Facetime und nativer Telefonie-App problemlos funktioniert.

AVM: Bitte hier nachbessern. Es gibt bestimmt einen Mitarbeiter in eurem Haus, der der Entwicklungs-Abteilung sein Bose SoundLink für eine Woche leiht.


Habt ihr es geschafft, die Fritz!App Fon mit dem Bose SoundLink zu betreiben? Falls nicht, schreibt in den Kommentaren und – ganz wichtig – gebt Feedback an AVM, damit die Firma versteht, dass hier ein Fehler in ihrer Software ist.

[1] Bose Website for Soundlink Mini II
[2] iTunes Store link to Fritz!App Fon

Broken Apple #27 – iOS 8.4 kills Home Sharing without telling users

There’s two things, Apple is really good at: 1. Making money and 2. Breaking existing functionality and workflows without informing customers.

We’ve seen this time over time and it is astonishing, Apple doesn’t take more heat from its customers. In OS X e.g., suddenly offline syncing of contacts and calendar data was gone. Users were forced into the insecure and privacy corroding cloud or use workarounds like setting up OS X server software which costs 19,99€. Functionality has returned after a fight, but oh boy was that annoying to deal with and unnecessary in the first place.

iTunes 12 Home Sharing

So, Apple did it again!

Home Sharing, a feature allowing users to share access to an iTunes library and stream that content to all iOS devices on the same WiFi, has been removed from iOS 8.4 without notice. Apple always misses the opportunity to be upfront about such things and inform users of changes in the release notes, where such things belong. While this is not the end of the world, it leaves users with a broken setup, scratching their head, why the f*** Apple just killed a great feature without telling them.

29$ Workaround

The Apple allows you to control various iTunes libraries residing on OS X. But how do you stream the sound to your iOS device? You can buy Airfoil for your mac and then install the free Airfoil Speakers Touch iOS app (which has not been updated since 2012). This workaround is expensive, annoying to use, but it works.

Provide feedback to Apple!

If you are as annoyed as I am or have another workaround you’d like to share, do let me know in the comments. And as always: make sure to let Apple know that this move was a bad idea by sending them the following text:

Dear Apple,

I was really looking forward to the iOS 8.4 update. But after installing I discovered, that Home Sharing functionality was just gone. This is unacceptable. Whenever you do kill functionality, please do let users know, what will be missing, when they install a software update. iOS and OS X updates have become a big gamble – you never know what workflow will be broken or what key feature will be missing.

I urge you, to re-implement Home Sharing, since that is extremely useful functionality and I am severely missing it!

Thanks for listening to your customers!