iOS 11 Apple Pay NFC Switching in Action

It’s interesting being back in America, somehow I envisioned Apple Pay availability being the same as it is in Tokyo. It’s not, at least not in Salt Lake City. The payment terminal infrastructure is pretty creaky too. Those fancy Flight Holdings Incredist payment terminals would be a welcome sight.

It is fun using the iOS 11 Apple Pay NFC switching feature. My Docomo dCARD/Mastercard ‘just works’ for Apple Pay everywhere. How boring, as it should be. It would be nice if it worked that way for everybody everywhere too.

Docomo dCARD Mastercard is Global NFC

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macOS iMessage Location Mystery

One thing I forgot to add to my WWDC18 Wish List was restoring a Location selection to the macOS iMessage account settings. Apple has done a good job integrating iOS and macOS functions over the years, global copy/paste, Handoff, etc., but there are strange and frustrating omissions such as Location in macOS iMessage.

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Apple ID has a default Location setting that used to be determined by the iTunes account credit card issue country. This isn’t the case anymore, and the country setting in Apple ID settings doesn’t seem to change it either. It’s not a problem on iOS because Location settings in FaceTime and iMessages override default Apple ID country settings to correctly format local country iPhone numbers so they display and message without any problem. iOS iMessage says it best: “Choose a country or region to allow iMessage to message local numbers in your address book.”  I guess Apple means Contacts but we get the meaning.

Once upon a time macOS iMessage had Location selection but it was removed in OS X El Capitan and has not reappeared since. macOS iMessage is basically unusable unless all the iMessage contact numbers are formatted with country codes.iMessages comparison iOS vs macOS

Of course Apple Support advice is: format all of your contact numbers with international prefixes.

No thank you. iOS handles everything flawlessly with a Location setting, please fix macOS iMessage so that it does too.

WWDC18 Wish List

WWDC18 is almost here with the usual wish lists appearing everywhere. Here is mine.

1) CoreText Reboot: as said before it’s time for Apple to revisit their long convoluted advanced layout architecture story yet again and rewrite it. Make Unicode rendering  secure, offload rendering to the GPU, intelligently integrate OpenType Variable Type font capability, not via the creaky, crappy OS X era font pallet, and for goodness sakes migrate real vertical layout and other advanced typography goodies high level as possible across iOS and macOS. You know, the GX Vision thing. And don’t tell me Apple you don’t know what that means.

2) Apple Maps Cartography Reboot: the Justin O’Beirne era cartography must die before Apple Maps can be reborn into a fulfilling useful life. Also please use Japanese data suppliers that actually know how to read and write Japanese, and have been to Japan.

3) Japanese kana sorting that actually works in iCloud Music Library across iOS and macOS.

And please please pretty please fix the iPhone X Suica bug.

iPhone Stock App Loses Japanese Language Ability

The Old Yahoo Inc. backend for the iPhone Stock app was changed recently and has completely lost the ability to search Japanese stocks in Japanese and display Japanese company names. The only way to add Japanese stocks is the English company name or the stock number which is the only ticker information displayed now. Unless you trade Japanese stocks for a living, nobody remembers them by code number.

In addition to those changes there is now a 20~30 minute lag before Japanese stock market prices are updated. The iPhone Stock app used to update Japanese market info within a minute or so and was very handy. Not anymore.

If this is Verizon’s idea if a stock market app backend for Japan, Apple needs to find a replacement ASAP.

iOS 11.4 Beta 4 Does Not Fix The iPhone X Apple Pay Suica Error Problem

Just a public service announcement that iOS 11.4 beta 3 (15F5071a) does not fix the iPhone X Suica Problem.

Unfortunately this will be my last direct iPhone X Apple Pay Suica field test result for a while as I will be visiting family in the USA. I’ll be in contact with fellow Apple Pay Suica test elves and report their field results until I get back.

At this late stage of the 11.4 beta it looks like iPhone X Suica users will still get the fuzzy end of the lollipop but internal Apple testing of a iOS 11.4.1 update is already underway, maybe we’ll finally get lucky.

Maybe.