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iOS 9: Keep off the Grass!

It's that time of the year again when Apple releases a new iOS, I warn people not to update production devices they rely on, and everyone ignores me or brands me a heretic. Last year's changes to IAA, and subsequently Audiobus, created a lot of unforeseen woes. To this day there are still many people plugging away on iOS 7 because they just don't want to deal with it. iOS 9 promises a lot of interesting new features though, including Split Screen multitasking, so the temptation to upgrade this time will be quite high!

Just Say No!

Let's get the warning out of the way. If you rely on your iOS devices for your music production you should not be updating willy-nilly. There has never been an OS update on any platform that didn't ruin someone's day. This is true across all platforms, I'm not just shitting on Apple here. I skipped Windows 8 entirely and will probably hold off on Windows 10 for at least 6-9 months so they have time to iron out the kinks. If you rely on a computing device: Do not frivolously update it.

Meth: Not Even Once

One of the most compelling iOS 9 features for musicians is the promise of split-screening two different apps side-by-side. Unfortunately you won't be doing any of that unless you are on an iPad Air 2 or an iPad Mini 4.

There is also "Slide Over" multitasking which is a smaller split screen providing some functions from apps specifically tailored to work with it. The Slide Over functionality is limited to iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4.

So unless you're running on the bleeding edge hardware, or have apps updated to support Slide Over, you won't see any major benefit to updating today.

Crack is Whack

And it may take a while for you to see apps updated for iOS 9. As with every iOS update the reviewers at iTunes Connect are swamped, slowing down the approval process. Further gumming up the works this year, Apple didn't allow developers to submit apps built on the latest iOS 9 SDK until the 12th of this month. Developers have had less than a week to gain approval before iOS 9's release today!

Korg is among those developers affected, and has issued a statement warning of crashes on iOS 9 for Gadget, Module, and iM1.

Mary Jane Ruins The Brain

Audiobus' iOS 9 update is also awaiting approval from Apple. I spoke with developer Sebastian Dittmann and he assures me that although there may be some quirks, iOS 9 should not be fatal.

There will be some new nuisances, but these are a "feature" of iOS 9 and not Audiobus bugs. In response to abusive apps launching other apps without permission, Apple has had to implement a new system requiring user's consent. Launching other apps is a big part of what makes Audiobus' workflow so great, so Apple's new pop-up will become quickly tiresome.

This pop-up will occur once per-app to each app connection. For instance:

"Do you want to open Nave from Audiobus?"

You'll recall that a function of Audiobus's app launching is that after the app succesfully launches it takes you back to Audiobus... so you'll get a new pop-up:

"Do you want to open Audiobus from Nave?"

Perhaps you're playing around in Nave and decide you need more reverb:

"Do you want to open AUFX: Space from Audiobus?"

And then of course...

"Do you want to open Audiobus from AUFX: Space?"

I want to stress that the pop-up will only occur once per each app connection. Launching a previously approved app from a previously approved app launcher will not cause the pop-up. This still seems like it will be quite annoying.

Above the Influence

Over the last month I've been getting reports from readers that they are unable to play videos and click on some links here on the site. After a lot of research I concluded that this only happens on iOS 7, irregardless of the browser used. Unfortunately I haven't been able to figure out what is causing it. I hadn't made any changes to the site code when the problems were reported. Even if I totally remove all of my custom code the site is still wonky as fuck on iOS 7. I have always gone out of my way to make sure the site runs smooth on mobile, but I just can't figure out what's happening on iOS 7. I sincerely hope that iOS 9 will be a solid OS we can all update to without losing too many legacy apps.

Reader Comments 26

Argh "irregardless" is not a word! Just "regardless" is good (without regard to...). Sorry, my only grammar bugaboo.

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Graham

The ios9 feature I want the most right now is getting back the storage space on my 16gb ipad that has been stolen by ios itself for some time now. However, gadget/module/im1 are the things I use most so I'll just have to hold off.

September 16, 2015  | person_outline ThomasF

Irregardless originated in dialectal American speech in the early 20th century. Its fairly widespread use in speech called it to the attention of usage commentators as early as 1927. The most frequently repeated remark about it is that “there is no such word.” There is such a word, however. It is still used primarily in speech, although it can be found from time to time in edited prose. Its reputation has not risen over the years, and it is still a long way from general acceptance. Use regardless instead.


And yes I'm more interested in the origins of the word or non word "Irregardless" than ios 9 which I sure will completely fuck up my poor ipad3.

September 16, 2015  | person_outline hacked_to_pieces

I love the English language. I was an English Minor. I'm very glad I wasn't an English Major though, because they seem to get annoyed by everything. It is a living language, and changes all the time! Even Chrome's often pedantically picky spell-checker thinks it is a word.

Irregardless of that though; I agree, it's useless. "Regardless" means what I want to mean, so adding an "ir" is not only useless, but confusing. However, it's not quite up there with, "I couldn't care less." in terms of confusion.

A similar, and surprisingly common mistake in America, is "acrossed" which is totally not a word and adds unnecessary tense-confusion. I picked that one up somewhere in childhood, but I was able to break the habit quickly. I should probably do the same with irregardless, irregardless of whether or not it is a word. ;)

@tim // English Minor or not, i have to applause how subtly you used the title and subtitles of the post to convey the idea that updating to iOS9 (as Apple's propaganda want us to) is similar to taking drugs. Thx for warning us not to "drink the Kool Aid". It's time to break the habit and be free (at last).

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Klx

Warning musicians with drug references...?

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Hammy Hamster

Super helpful little article. Thanks.

I know Apple must have some principle about very few preferences, or preferences only when absolutely life & death. But in the case of nagging about one app opening another, it seems pretty fucking stupid. Just have a little check box that says "Never ask me about this again." For fuck's sake.

September 16, 2015  | person_outline stub

The irony was intended Hammy! Just like the anti-drug propaganda, I fully expect most everyone to ignore me. I tried to illustrate that in a way that hopefully makes some people think twice.

And before anyone says so: I know I use ironic incorrectly, but I do it ironically.

Shut up and stick it in my vein!

September 16, 2015  | person_outline KDub

hehe I too was being ironic! And even now! I am like a cat with buttered toast strapped to it's back spinning in mid air!

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Hammy Hamster

Thank god I stayed ios7 nearly everything I do or like either doesn't work or has some little problem with ios8 and I don't believe for quite a while or never these problems will be sorted.Its more like you just give up on those apps and ways of using them and use what you have and the good things with ios9.I will get a new device for ios9 after a few months and I've made my mind up on what one

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Andre

I'm listening and fully intend to follow your sage advice (ir)regardless of apples blandishments!

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Sniffy

irregardless? you American journalist!

September 16, 2015  | person_outline JeezLouise

So, just like the apple, IOS 9 is plague ridden filth! Maggots

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Nonentity bastard

Sorry Tim, but it seems to me that "irregardless" isn't just confusing, it's a double negative, changing its meaning... But I "could care less".... ;)

September 16, 2015  | person_outline Matt Brown

Tim, so glad you published the KORG app warning; now I am going to hold off on iOS9 for my mini2 until Module, iM1, and Gadget are fixed.

P.S. Mary Jane does not ruin the brain (that much).

September 17, 2015  | person_outline Toz Bourne

ear ache my eye!

September 17, 2015  | person_outline Zenzilla

Korg was fixed hours ago...

= waiting for the "Alina" link... tick • toc [com'on, let's make money!]

September 17, 2015  | person_outline Zenzilla

Re: ios 7 and links not opening: For me, this happened with post containing youtube videos. I had to click the youtube window first, then the post would open. This was not only on discchord.

But have now installed ios 8 on my mini before the release of 9. Somehow I have stopped caring about this, as I now mainly have moved to pc (win 8). I don't trust ios (and apple) anymore after last year's ios 8 crap.

September 17, 2015  | person_outline Rune

I updated my iPad Air 1. No problems at all other than Audiobus needs to be updated which is in the works. Korg apps worked fine and have been updated since. Why all the hooplah?

September 17, 2015  | person_outline anickt

Trying to load Chordion as IAA in Audioshare...doesn't work anymore...damned, I like when it hurt !!

September 17, 2015  | person_outline HG

All this talk about English grammar is literally killing me! And by literally, I mean figuratively of course, which apparently is now one of the official definitions of "literally", irregardless of the fact that "literally" and "figuratively" are literally antonyms...

September 17, 2015  | person_outline Matt Newby

@Rune: Thank you very much! You're right it only happens on articles with the YouTube embeds! I've still got iOS 7 on my iPad 3 so I've been testing it out. The non-responsive links also happen on the main page, because I often have several YouTube embeds throughout the day. But if I click through to an article without a video there are no problems at all.

Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about that. There is some custom code on the site that automatically resizes YouTube and Vimeo videos, but I just tried disabling that and the problem still occurred. It really bugs me knowing there is a problem for many people reaching the site. :/

Thank you very much for helping me pinpoint the problem though! Now I wonder why it started. I'm guessing there was some change YouTube made to their embed code.

"I was an English Minor. I'm very glad I wasn't an English Major"

Sorry, Physics, then Music Composition. I couldn't take all that deconstruction of literature.

September 18, 2015  | person_outline Graham


September 19, 2015  | person_outline Mister Pickle

LOL! Yeah, I remember that one. Man they made so many terrible anti-drug commercials.


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