Reverting to “Classic Skype” on macOS

In the middle of December 2017, Microsoft rolled out New Skype. Although the look and feel is simple and fun, it removed a lot of the options power users were used to. Reverting to previous software versions can be tedious and even hazardous depending on where you get the older version. Fortunately, Skype openly offers Classic Skype for those wanting to go back to the Skype they had before the December 2017 update.

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iOS 11.1.2 Update Available

iOS 11.1.2 is out. What does it include, and should I update?

Last Thursday (16-Nov-2017), iOS 11.1.2 came out. This update addressed several issues with the iPhone X.

iOS 11.1.2 includes bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad. This update:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

You can read more details on iOS 11 updates on Apple’s site.

The question arises, should I update my iPhone and iPad? The answer is almost always, yes. The reports of issues with iOS 11.1.2 have been few and are minor. Most issues can be fixed by restarting your phone.

Can’t Update Apps

Updates in the App Store are failing, but there’s a temporary fix.

I updated to iOS 11.1.1 earlier this week, and ever since, I have had a hard time updating the apps in the App Store on my iPhone 7 Plus. When I went to the “Update” tab in the App Store, I noted that there were 13 updates available. I tapped on “Update All.” All 13 listed apps showed spinning circles at the far right, but none of them started to download. This persisted for more than 10 minutes with no progress.

I double-tapped the Home button and swiped up on the App Store to force quit the app. I relaunched the app and experienced exactly the same issue. None of the apps would update.

I restarted my iPhone. That didn’t fix it. I did a two-button forced restart (this process varies from device to device). Even that made no difference.

Ultimately, I was able to update the apps one at a time. I had to let each app finish updating before starting the next. I don’t know if iOS 11.1.1 is the source of these woes, but the timing suggests that.