2 NEWS UPDATES: News of the New iPhone Event | News of YubiKey for ios


Dedication to my Nephew
Above: The small iPhone image above is from idownloadblog’s Wallpaper post.

The New iPhone Live Event Will be on September 12, at 10 am Pacific Time

Below: 9to5Mac.com’s August 30th Post Reveals Leaked iPhone Xs Image

New iPhone Xs


For months before Apple’s September Live event, people around the world begin to speculate about what form the new iPhone will take. Rather than write one more such speculative post, I’m including links to and descriptions of the best ones so you can decide which you’d like to visit and read yourself.

Also, it just so happened that some pretty big Yubikey news also recently hit the stands. So I’m including a brief overview of that, also with links for readers to find out more.

1st: New iPhone Live Event News | Sources: Apple Insider & 9to5 Mac

The photos shown above and below are from 9to5 Mac, (the only source we know of to find Apple’s leaked iPhone Xs images…presumably streamed publicly by accident when Apple tested a stream for the live event.)  Apple Insider’s August 30th update is the most comprehensive one I’ve found. They describe in detail what users should expect from the new iPhone Event scheduled for September 12.

In their August 30th post, Apple Insider includes iPhone Xs model speculation, new Apple Watch images and thoughts, as well as speculation on the likelihood of other product announcements such as iPads or MacBooks.

9to5 Mac’s Most Recent Coverage

In addition to discovering the leaked images of Apple’s new iPhones, 9to5 Mac’s ongoing coverage may be the most frequent with updates as well as the most detailed in terms of their speculation…while concurrently providing perhaps the most plausible speculation available.

Today Chance Miller, who may be 9to5 Mac’s most prolific Apple writer, shares a ‘concept video’ created by Korean Lee gunho, which aims to show off the new gold finish better.

To read an entirely different take on the upcoming event and the devices to be announced on September 12th, Gizmodo in Australia offers a unique viewpoint and extensive coverage.

Do You Want to See Apple Announce the New iPhone Lineup Live?

Below: Info.About Watching the iPhone Xs Event Live

Here’s a link to Apple’s live event page where you can view past live events in their entirety or where you can watch live as new events unfold. Here’s one more link in case the first one doesn’t work correctly. In addition to watching the event live here using any Apple device, you can also watch it on newer Apple TVs by downloading Apple’s Live Event app to Apple TV.

Some iPhone Xs Wallpapers Have Already Been Created

Below: Birch Tree’s @mattbirchler has already created some great new wallpapers based on this 2018 invite.

idownloadblog is where I discovered these cool wallpapers.

Below: tips for using these wallpapers.

“For the following set of wallpapers by @mattbirchler, keep in mind they will fit for most screens, including up to 4K monitors. The resolutions are 3840 x 3840, which means you can set them on either of your devices and simply scale, or place it as you prefer. In fact, it looks pretty cool just to have a partial Apple Park ring on your iPhone.”


2nd The Tech Crunch Report: Yubikey for iPhone & iPad gets better.

The Tech Crunch Article can be read in full here: Yubico launches an SDK that lets iOS devs add support for its NFC keys.

At the end of May 2018, Yubico (maker of the popular YubiKey) announced plans for a new ios SDK, making Yubikey the only hardware authentication device officially supported on all major platforms with SDK’s.

Above: This is what a YubiKey Looks Like

What is a YubiKey?

YubiKey is a newer, better way to secure data for our devices.

You may have read stories about how passwords aren’t necessarily going to be our best way to protect digital data in the future. There are a few reasons why that might be true. Some of the reasons are concerned with the ability to create ‘unhackable’ passwords in the future. As our current technology continues advancing in capabilities, breaking the passwords that protect them becomes easier and easier.

Another concern is that as social engineering techniques grow more sophisticated, more and more people may get duped. The end result is that using only digital means of securing important data is slowly becoming less secure.

One possible solution for better future security involves the use of a hardware authentication device. The YubiKey is one of the best in this new class of device. You can learn a little bit more about how YubiKey’s work in the video below. .

YubiKey Video Introduction

How YubiKeys Work

Everyone is probably familiar with 2 factor authentication by now. Using 2 factor requires the use of first a password, and then another means of proof that you are who you say you are. Oftentimes this second form is received in a text message or an email. But looking towards the future…because those can be readily hacked…that 2nd form will be a separate piece of hardware that you carry with you, and that no one else has access to. That’s what YubiKey is..the 2nd factor in 2 factor authentication…in the form of a little piece of hardware that only you have access to.

YubiKeys & Mobile Devices

Since different mobile devices utilize different hardware technology, fashioning YubiKeys for the plethora of device types out there can prove challenging. Yubico does have a method that ios users can utilize currently for employing the use of YubiKeys…but it’s very limited.

That’s why their May announcement is important.

In May 2018 Yubico Made an Important Announcement About YubiKey & ios Integration

The best way to see this news is with Yubico’s Vimeo video which both breaks the news and demonstrates how the new YubiKey will work with ios in the very near future.

The announcement says that Yubico is developing a new SDK for ios developers. This SDK will allow ios developers to easily link with and incorporate all the cool features YubiKeys employ in apps for Apple mobile devices.

The Tech Crunch Announcement

Yubico’s May announcement has now been realized which is why Tech Crunch shared this most recent news with readers. What the news means is that the SDK for Apple Developers is now available.

But users will need to wait a bit longer for Apple Developer’s to write the necessary code to work with Yubico’s keys. This will more than likely be available to us in the form of apps.

Yubico makes many different YubiKeys. My guess is it’s more than likely that any new code will be created for their newest mobile friendly key, the Neo first. I say this because Neo is already available for Android users.

Wrap Up for YubiKey

In closing I thought readers might be interested in knowing more about how they can benefit from using YubiKeys. You can read about how they can protect individuals data and accounts here. Yubico has this cool tool which helps you to determine which YubiKey might be best for you. I ran the tool through it’s paces and the screenshot below shows my result.

Later in the same day that I read the Tech Crunch announcement, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Wired Magazine offers a free YubiKey to every new subscriber.

While reading about that I ran across this list of YubiKey benefits and features that Wired created…shown in the screenshot below.

That concludes my highlights of what I believe to be the 2 most important news items for Apple mobile users as August 2018 drew to a close.


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Find Any Apple Link…Apps, Books, Media…even without an Apple Device!

I almost couldn’t believe this tool existed when I discovered it today! I’ve been using Apple devices from almost the very beginning of Apple’s existence. I’ve been writing about them for upwards of 3 years.

So how could I have not known about this tool?  The only thing I can conclude is that if I didn’t know about it, it’s a safe bet many others don’t too!

Link builder works for a lot of countries

Link builder works for many different countries

Introduction to Apple’s Link Builder Site

Link to Apple’s Link Builder Tool

Bloggers, vloggers, writers, and even regular people need to find links to apps, songs, iBooks, podcasts, TV shows, movies…and more. This tool helps anyone quickly find any Apple link regardless of whether or not you’re an Apple user yourself.

A huge part of bloggers and writer’s work involves writing about things that Apple sells through what’s known as iTunes. In reality, the iTunes moniker is sort-of a catch-all phrase that refers to all of the various stores where Apple sells many different kinds of content and media to their users. To say that there are a lot of stores included under the iTunes umbrella would be a gross understatement. Virtually every device Apple sells has its own App Store, and many have multiple stores like music and book stores too. Even less obvious devices like Apple Watch and Apple TV have their own stores. More recently Apple launched a separate store just for text messages (called iMessages in Apple-speak.)

It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Apple makes a significnt and growing portion of their profits from selling content and media. These profits are rapidly gaining on those from hardware sales.

Yet finding and adding those links to documents, webpages, emails or texts can be one of the more onerous tasks facing online writers and regular people alike!

Adding to the complexity of the task is the fact that historically it was next to impossible to find links for Apple content while using non-Apple hardware. That level of difficulty is unique to Apple content since most other platforms stores can be accessed even if you aren’t using one of their devices.

A Detailed Look at Why This is So Unique

If you’re writing about Android for example, and you’re using an Apple device…let’s say for the sake of argument, an iPad. Things won’t be too difficult for you link-wise because the Google Play Store is accessible to anyone using any kind of device. That’s perhaps in part due to Google’s ubiquitousness…also to its open source nature.

See...I'm able to access the Google Play Store from my iPad.

See…I’m able to access the Google Play Store from my iPad.

But if you intend to do the reverse…write about Apple devices using an Android…you might be in for a bit of a rough time. That’s due in part to a difference in attitudes about how Apple views their customers versus how Google does. Apple takes a very paternalistic approach. One that keeps a constant focus on safety. That is precisely where the notion of Apple’s sand boxed approach comes in. No doubt you’ve heard the phrase Apple’s sandbox…at least in passing. But, do you really know what’s meant by it?

What’s Apple’s Sandbox?

Truth be told, Apple’s approach utilizing sand box principles is kind-of a metaphor..and a very apt one at that!  What sand boxing really means is that Apple alone decides and polices what privileges and limitations their users have with regards to their data.

Apple does this by delineating the outer confines of a conceptual (or virtual) sand box. Then they make sure that users don’t stray beyond its protective walls. (In many ways Apple resembles the kind of strict parent that you may remember from your teenage years.) Whether or not you function well in Apple’s more restrictive environment can in all likelihood be determined by how you functioned as a teenager in an environment domianted by an authoritative parent or adult.

Getting back to my example, if you’re writing about Apple content, be it apps, tunes, books or whatever, and you happen to be using a non-Apple device to do so…you’ll have you’re work cut out for you. Because Apple will only let Mac, iPad, iPhone and iPod users access apps in their own App Stores. The same holds true for all the App Stores even Apple TV and Watch.

That’s why Apple’s iTunes Link Builder is such a huge find!

I'm able to access the Windows Store from my iPad too.

I’m able to access the Windows Store from my iPad too.

The Standard Method of Finding App Store Links

The most typical method of finding a link for an app is to access it from the App Store of that device type. So, an ios app link can be found using an iPad, iPhone, iPod or iPod touch.

Below are 3 examples of app store links:

First is an example of what a link from the ios App Store would look like in its ‘raw’ or original form:

App Link in ‘Raw Form’

NodeBeat – Playful Music by AffinityBlue https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nodebeat-playful-music/id428440804?mt=8


App Link ‘Prettified’

What I usually do after I paste this link somewhere is to format it a little like this:



App Link from Apple’s Link Builder Site

Link to Apple’s Link Builder Site for App Links

When I use Apple’s Link Builder Tool the Link Looks Like This:

Direct Link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nodebeat-playful-music/id428440804?mt=8

Apple's Link Maker Returns with a Link

How to Use the Link Builder Tool

When you first arrive at Apple’s link making site using this link, you’ll see this:

Apple's Linnk Maker Home Page

You just tap or click on the words ‘Apple Music’ in blue and then tap or click on the appropriate media type in the drop down dialog box. As you can see there are many different kinds of links which are available.

For the sake of example, let’s say we’re looking for an ios app for photo editing called Photoshop Express. After changing the search selector to ios App…just type Photoshop Express into the search box and hit Enter or Return or Go.

Below:  Entering the name of the app I’m looking for

Entering the name of the app I'm looking for

Below:  Apple’s tool displays several options.

The options the tool returns with

Below:  Select the one you want and then find the link

This is the results returned.

Other Ways that Link Builder Can Save You Time

Apple’s Link Builder was created specifically for use by their affiliate partners who earned tiny commissions on the sales of apps and content they recommend.  I say ‘earned‘ because in August 2018, Apple informed all of their affiliate partners that they would be dropping app commissions from the affiliate program in October 2018. Since apps are the primary source of income for many affiliate partners, this has caused quite an online controversy amongst the thousands of publishers who’ve relied upon that income for a very long time. For some smaller sites app sales have been their only source of income.

Hopefully, Apple will find a way to not destroy the livelihoods of these small businesses like YouTube did when they destroyed thousands of small businesses last February.

Also hopefully, Apple won’t remove this great link building tool too!

I mention the affiliate aspect because it adds context to the other features that Link Builder offers. Once you’ve found a link, you can utilize the tool to create banners and App Store Buttons which take readers directly to the apps in their appropriate app store. The tool also provides code for those features which affilate partners can use to add directly onto their webpages too.

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How to Get the Lowest Price When Buying from Amazon


The number of Amazon Prime members has sky rocketed in recent years. According to a recent article in Time Magazine customer numbers have increased from around 304 million annually in 2015 to today, where roughly half of all American households hold a Prime membership (as of August 2018!)

Shocking right?

Money Magazine’s great article & video shown below offer many more tips for saving money too.

Many Prime members like myself tend to buy much of their online merchandise from Amazon because their combination of free and fast shipping along with their vast array of products make shopping there so fast and easy.

Amazon has strengthened customer bonding even more through many novel features like voice purchasing using Alexa, and Dash buttons (which are little WiFi buttons you place near replenish-able resources you buy regularly to quickly reorder when you’re running out.)

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But everyone who does purchase from Amazon frequently knows that they need to be diligent about checking prices because they tend to fluctuate…a lot! That’s where camelcamelcamel.com comes in.

What’s Camel Camel Camel?

Camel Camel Camel is a brilliant web Service that acts as a price tracker which provides buyers with all sorts of tools they can use to make sure they get the best price Amazon has to offer when making a purchase. This is accomplished through the use of several tools which are described on their ‘Feature’s’ page.

Below: The brains behind Camel Camel Camel…3 guys who together comprise it’s ‘parent organization ‘Cosmic Shovel.’

According to Wikipedia…Camel Camel Camel was voted as the most popular price tracking tool among Lifehacker readers in 2015. They are referring to this great Lifehacker article which talks about the best price-tracking tools available in 2015.

Camel Camel Camel Availability

You can use Camel Camel Camel if you live in one of the countries below and it’s available in the languages shown below too.


Links to Countries

How to Use Camel Camel Camel (aka CCC)

Using Camel Camel Camel is really fast and simple but you might not figure that out when you first visit their website..

That’s the main reason why I’m writing this short guide. I just recently discovered this great service but found it confusing getting started. So after spending a little time researching it, I’m including what I think are the easiest ways to use it along with tips on the main types of devices you can use with it too.

Don’t be fooled by the brevity of this  guide. While brevity isn’t a usual characteristic of my posts, the fact that this guide is short should tell you that with my tips anyone can quickly be off and running using CCC.

Using it on a Computer

CCC calls their price history tools Camelizers. If you’re using a computer…either a desktop or laptop…there are 2 options for automatically using CCC’s Camelizer while shopping at Amazon.

Install a Browser Extension

CCC offers browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. You can find the browser extensions here.

Install a Bookmarklet

If you’re not used to using browser extensions you may find the use of a bookmarklet simpler. You’ll find the bookmarklet here. This bookmarklet works with any browser. You install it by dragging the three camels to your browser’s toolbar (see illustration below.)

Using it With Mobile Devices Like Cell Phones and Tablets

Neither of the alternatives above works well on mobile devices. Probably the easiest method of using CCC on any mobile device is to simply bookmark their Home Page and use the search bar at the top to paste the Amazon URL for the product you’re interested in into the search bar which appears at the top.

Note: Camel Camel Camel includes the Amazon price search box on virtually every page of their website.

When you hit enter you should see something like the 2nd screenshot below that I generated to see the price history of Echo Spots. The Echo Spot is in my opinion the most versatile Echo device Amazon currently makes for the best price. It combines the features of the original Echo along with the touch screen features of the Echo Show (which is my 2nd most favorite Echo device)…all in a small, attractive looking package.

I’m researching Echo Spot’s price history because I’ll be buying a large quantity of them as Christmas presents for all our nieces, nephews and our own kids to use as a super easy way of video chatting with their Grandparents. Since Amazon always offers various deals for Echo devices, I wanted to compare whatever deals they offer currently to the lowest historic price of Echo Spots.

As you can see in the next 2 screenshots, the best price I can currently purchase Spots for is $109.99, by buying them in quantities of 2. Whereas the lowest historical price for 1 Spot was $99.

The $99 price was during Amazon’s annual Prime Day sale which I wrote about here. I actually did buy the 6 Spots then, but 6 was the most that Amazon allowed one customer to buy and I need more than that. Given the information CCC is showing me, $109 may be the best price I’ll see before Christmas. But I think I’ll wait a bit longer because the price of Echo Show has come down so much since its launch, and I suspect that the Spot, which is their newest device may do the same. Plus that, now that I know about CCC I can set up a price alert for the Echo Spot!

If you’re wondering why I’ve grown somewhat obsessed with these 2 devices prices (aside from the fact that I’m buying quite a few of them) it’s because somewhat ironically the Show, which is a much larger device, originally sold at $299 (this is the price I paid for my first one.) But it’s now being sold for the exact same price as the Spot…$129.99! This very low Show price however, is a shopping trip-term back-to-school special that Amazon is currently running which ends September 1.

Mobile Apps for Camel Camel Camel

A Developer who isn’t affiliated with Camel Camel Camel created apps that work in conjunction with Amazon’s mobile shopping app for Android. Try Camel is the app most users turn to if they use an Android device. Try Camel is free and is used in conjunction with the Share icon on Android.

You’ll find Amazon’s mobile shopping app for Android cell phones here, Android tablets here.


Apple’s ios users aren’t quite as lucky. No one makes an app that interfaces to CCC’s database of information. There are however other price tracking apps that do work with Amazon. Price Alert for Amazon by Alexandros Koutsonasios appears to be the most popular. While it’s free like Camel Camel Camel is…they do offer paid versions too, which means some tools and features are withheld from basic users.

The primary focus of this app appears to be receiving price alerts and the biggest user gripe is that the $3.99 paid version is only available on a subscription basis. While $3.99 isn’t expensive, there are many users like myself who hate subscription based apps and generally won’t get them at all. I do realize that developers need a way to incentivize themselves to keep their apps up-to-date, yet unless it’s a very complex utility or unique service that the app offers, I just can’t seem to justify all those ongoing small charges which can quickly add up to very expensive without my even noticing. Generally I’ve found that no app is worth an expensive ongoing and recurring charge to me. That definitely seems to be the case here because the app has very limited utility of a fairly common kind and there seem to be a lot of quirky glitches or oversites too.

That’s why utilizing CCC’s online price history checks, price alert tools and other unique features seems to be the far superior route to go.

Some Other Cool Features Camel Camel Camel Offers

You can see Amazon largest price drops arranged by category…the same product categories that Amazon uses…on a daily basis here.

You can set up a Price Alert so that you receive a Twitter message or an email when a product you’re watching drops in price. There are different options for doing this which you can read about here.

You can synchronize any Amazon Wishlist so that you can watch for price drops on a whole group of products you’re interested in here.

I’m not entirely certain how this feature works yet, but I think that you can see other sellers’ prices outside of Amazon too.

You can also use Camel Camel Camel to assist your search for the best prices at Newegg and Best Buy.

Another Interesting Utility I Ran Across While Doing Research on CCC

Who among my readers is familiar with Product Hunt? Product Hunt is a great social networking app that assists new products to make it to market. It has a huge following of the techiest and nerdiest amongst us. That’s why, when I failed to find a true CCC ios app I decided to expand my search utilizing Product Hunt.

As always, Product Hunt didn’t disappoint!

Welcome to Waatcher

After I’d perused several promising apps at Product Hunt I choose Waatcher as the one to seriously consider. Waatcher offers a very unique solution to the whole ‘waiting for the best price’ problem.

I really love the simplicity of Waatcher…but please understand that it’s a service which is brand new to me…I have no track record with using it.

The main jist of Waatcher is this. You indicate a price for a specific product and sign into your Amazon account with the app (the app doesn’t see your Amazon user credentials.) If or when that price is realized Waatcher places an order for that product for you.

That’s pretty much it for Waatcher. It performs this one function for you because price alerts apparently can change so frequently and at such inopportune times that CCC users oftentimes are sleeping when a long-awaited price decline occurs and they miss it completely. Watch a tutorial about using Waatcher here.

Links to Written & Video Tutorials

AMZ Finder recently wrote this great guide.

Fulltime FBA has written a great guide to understanding the pricing shown at Camel Camel Camel.

Fulltime FBA’s Video Guide to Understanding Pricing

Fulltime FBA’s Video Guide to Using with a PC and Chrome

Video Guide for Using the Android App

Getting Help

Here’s a link to CCC’S Help and FAQ’s Page.

You can read all about how Camel Camel Camel’s price checking system works here.

You can ask questions about using CCC at Amazon’s seller’s forum.

You can email CCC’s support team at support@camelcamelcamel.com.

You can follow CCC on Twitter at the 3 handles shown in the screenshot below.

Price Watching Has Reached Almost Epidemic Proportions

It never ceases to amaze me how often I end up running across many other mainstream articles when I’m researching what I think is a relatively obscure topic that I’m writing about. In this instance, in addition to the Money Magazine article mentioned in my introduction I found this great and very recent CBS News article that talks about Amazon being the subject of investigation because of its potential use of ‘surge pricing,’ (like Uber.)

Amazon Affiliate Disclosure

I’m an Amazon Associate which means that I earn a very small commission when someone purchases an Amazon product using a link I provide. You can read more about what the affiliate relationship and commissions entail in the screenshot below.

Amazon Disclosure


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Fix an Apple Notes Problem Where the Default Switches to the ‘On My iPad’ Notebook

Above: I  knew I had finally solved my problem when I saw this. Read on for the solution.

What Did Work?

Upgrading to ios 11 was the only way I managed to remove the ‘On my iPad’ 1/2 grayed out setting.

I thought things were finally fixed until I tried to save a photo to a note. That’s when I discovered I had another of the ios 11 bugs…the ‘Your Notes Aren’t Upgraded Error!

Luckily I’d encountered and defeated that one previously on another iPad…and most important I remembered to write a post about it so I could find it again if need be!

Fix Your Apple Notes Need to Be Upgraded Bug

Also…I just realized that my notes aren’t being shared via iCloud from this iPad…still.

Removing and then reinstalling the Notes app 2 more times solved these problems. But of course my iPad notes had reverted back to just the ‘on my iPad‘ notebook.

Updating to ios 12 didn’t seem to have any impact. But then I remembered to go into settings to check and make sure that Notes was turned on for iCloud. It was off again, so when I turned it back on all my notes suddenly began to repopulate the nots app.

I’m cautiously optimistic that these notes problems are finally resolved for good :-)

Below Are All the Things I tried Over Many Weeks That Didn’t Work

Introduction| The Problem & Why I’m Still Using ios 10

Ever since Apple released ios 11 I’ve had on-again off-again problems with Apple Notes. My first problem concerned constant crashing, freezing and generally slow speeds when using the Notes app. I believe the severity of these problems were increased because of the large volume of notes I keep in the Apple notes app. Upwards of 5000. The problem was so severe that I refused to upgrade many of my favorite devices to ios 11.

It seemed like right around the time that 11.3 came out that many of these kinds of problems were finally ironed out. But by then I realized that I seriously hated the way multi-tasking works in ios 11. I use multi-tasking constantly. That was one more reason to not want to upgrade. But the final and most compelling reason for me was that ios 11.4 seemed to break Air Drop. Air Drop is another feature I use constantly so as things stand right now, I’ll probably remain on ios 10 until 12 is released in about a month’s time.

My Most Recent Problem: The Default Notebook in Apple Notes Seemingly Switched of its Own Accord

What brought about this problem was a severe Notes issue on one of my other iPads…one that is still on ios 10. I don’t remember exactly what the issues were because I use so many iPads and I’m always working on at least 5 different things at the same time. Much of my work is done sort-of on auto-pilot. So, when I encountered some serious deficiency in my ability to use Apple Notes on one of my ‘work horse‘ iPads, I instantly deleted the app and then reinstalled it. That of course is the recommended method for fixing all kinds of problems with apps.

Upon reinstalling Notes my notebooks didn’t immediately repopulate. But I wasn’t worried because there are so many of them that I figured it was just a matter of slow bandwidth and timing. I assumed when sufficient time had passed and bandwidth had improved my notes would repopulate.

It wasn’t until the next day when I began to use that iPad again that I realized that Notes still hadn’t repopulated! Worse yet was the reason why.

It seems the default Notes account in Settings had switched from ‘iCloud‘ to ‘On my iPad.’ No amount of messing around with it seemed to make any kind of a difference in getting this back to the way it had been before I reinstalled the Notes app.

Later that same day I finally did figure out a way to change the default back. But I did it on the fly and I didn’t pay a lot of attention to what I actually did to fix it. All I could remember was that it was something within the Notes app itself as opposed to in Settings. I distinctly remembered that aspect because in the Settings app it appeared that I was locked into using this new Notes default…any of the usual alternatives were either ‘grayed out,’ or simply not even present.

The Problem Resurfaces on All My Devices

I really thought my problem was resolved when I ultimately discovered that this obnoxious new default had reverted to all of my other ios devices too!

So I began to search for a consistent solution. No real solutions emerged. That’s why I decided to write a post about it myself because I discovered that other people were experiencing this problem too, and I was certain I’d be able to figure it out.

In the Photo Gallery Below I’ve Added Screenshots Which Illustrate the Problem.

What Didn’t Work to Correct the Problem

The first thing I tried was researching the problem. This osxdaily article suggested one thing that helped me to remember what I’d done previously to solve the problem, which was navigate back to the iCloud notebook in the Notes app. Try as I might there simply wasn’t anything available to navigate too this time…see the screenshots below.

The next thing I tried was my old fallback solution…when in doubt reset. So I did a Hard Reset by holding down the power button and the home button until I saw the Apple icon. I was bored so I took a picture of my iPad when the  icon appeared (which I ‘grungified’ using the Snapseed editing app.)

Sadly…resetting had no effect either.

Something I’d read in the osxdaily.com article made me think that there might be a problem with iCloud…so I went back into settings to check that. Eureka! That’s when I finally realized what was causing the problem and I now knew how to fix it!

Below: This is what I discovered in Settings

The Steps I Took to Correct the Problem

Here’s what I did to fix the problem.

Once I realized that for some unknown reason* iCloud syncing had been turned off for Notes…I just turned it back on. As soon as I did the magic began to happen!

I went back to Notes in Settings and found this now.

Remember earlier I’d only seen this?

The problem in Settings

The next thing I did was go back to the Notes app. At first I was disappointed because I just saw the same thing as before. But when I navigated backwards this time I discovered the iCloud Notebook was once again accessible to me! When I tapped to open it is when I triggered all my notes to begin repopulating within the app. I have a sneaking suspicion that they weren’t on my iPad when the problem was present…but I forgot to check beforehand and now there’s really no way to do so.

So my sad and frustrating tale has a happy ending after all…but not really…because although this was fixed…I couldn’t save anything to any iCloud notebook…only to then ‘on my iPad’ one.

*Upon further reflection I think I may know how iCloud got turned off. My son is visiting us right now and he uses and Android phone.  I was not able to send him text messages because my iPads would only send messages to him as iMessages. But, when I did what I thought I needed to do in settings on my iPhone to correct the situation it didn’t correct  the situation at all.

I was really annoyed that I couldn’t send him text messages from any of my iPads!  I figured that if I turned iCloud off for messages then my iPad would have to use text messages instead of iMessages. So that’s what I tried. I don’t remember exactly how I did that…but I now suspect that I turned off iCloud for much more than just messages.  If anyone knows what the solution to my problem of not being able to send text messages to my son from my iPad is, I would love to know the solution!


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