Trying out WordPress 2.7 for iOS

Wow – what an improvement! I can actually type without the app bogging down! Not sure how it’ll fare with longer posts, but the comparative speed of typing this short post is somewhat encouraging. Way to go, guys!

As an extra note, I’ve just seen the app fail gracefully while trying to post this entry when the 3G signal dropped out. The app remained stable, and kept the content ready for me to update and re-upload. That’s fixed one of my pet-hates of previous versions. Awesome.

WordPress for iOS 2.7 Now Available (via WordPress for iOS)

Just a quickie to say that I’ve been assured by the devteam that this app really is an answer to the reliability and speed issues I reported on my iPhone 4, which should make posting on the move somewhat more bearable. I’m very much looking forward to trying this out to see if it holds to its promise.

WordPress for iOS 2.7 Now Available After three months of development, WordPress for iOS 2.7 is now available in the App Store. This version fixes over 100 bugs, which means better performance and fewer crashes. Reliability Updates The main focus of this release is to improve the app’s performance and reliability. The app has been moved to Core Data, which is a much improved way of managing information locally on the device. Also, the methods used to communicate over XML-RPC have b … Read More

WordPress for iPhone improvements?

So here I am wondering whether the latest WordPress app is any quicker to use on the iPhone than previous versions.

It is a little quicker for sure, but even as I type this it feels like it’s getting slower to respond to each key – and slows down even more when the autocorrect shows up, or when having to backspace to correct something manually.

That said, the text scrolling issue seems to be solved, and I can now tilt the phone sideways and have it switch smoothly to the horizontal mode and back again.

It’s slowly getting better, folks. Bring on CoreData!

iPhone Emergency!

Over the weekend, Sarah managed to drop her beloved iPhone into a toilet.  Ironically she was trying to remove it from a pocket to prevent it slipping out into the bowl, but someone clearly had other ideas.  We have no idea whether this was a cry for help on the iPhone’s part.

Since we had arranged to go for dinner that Friday evening, some hours had passed between the total submersion (luckily only into uh… “clean” water – the incident occurred before any other toilet-related activity had taken place) and the recovery process starting in earnest back at home.  All Sarah could do in the meantime was pick the phone up out of the water and dry it off with paper hand-towels.

Since the battery isn’t easily removable in these phones we could only turn the unit off in the usual way and hope that nothing had fried.  We had both heard about the healing properties of rice, so Sarah had bought some plain uncooked rice from the supermarket on her way to meeting me for dinner.

We filled a glass bowl with the rice, and buried the now-comatose phone in the rice.  The theory has it that the rice will absorb the water from the air surrounding the iPhone.  So it doesn’t “suck” the water from the phone, but it does absorb whatever naturally evaporates from the phone.  Since the flat was at a relatively steady pleasant room temperature, we left the phone bowl out on the worktop for a couple of days.

Sure enough, after around two days, we recovered the phone from the rice and powered it up.  Some slight water-smearing was apparent behind the screen, but the phone was working normally – success!  Of course, we dumped the rice afterwards – the thought of eating rice that had now been infused (however slightly) with even “clean” toilet-water was hardly appetising, nor was the rice expensive enough to be worried about!

Over the next day or so the screen smearing disappeared, so the phone looks and works like nothing had ever happened.