Gadgets are like people. They are getting old. slow down.
Gadgets do it faster, so there is a certain expectation that after 18 months, your phone will simply not be the same.
I thought my iPhone 12 was a reasonably powerful thing. Until then, she was starting to lose her energy like a backup guard that had been traded 13 times.
Something strange was going on. My iPhone has usually had excellent battery life for me; I probably didn’t have to charge it all day.
And one Sunday morning, I got an alert from Apple. I’ve subscribed to alerts to monitor screen time, hoping I can reduce it.
This alert told me that I had been using my iPhone for more than 17 hours a day in the previous week.
I might have some issues – regular readers will know they are many – but I was pretty sure I wasn’t staring at my phone screen all but seven hours. You ignored the alert, of course. I was busy. Clearly, Apple got it wrong. Apples don’t get it wrong sometimes, right?
The following Sunday, I got another alert telling me that my iPhone usage had risen to 18 hours a day. I began to wonder if I was accidentally ingesting harmful substances that alter my sense of time.
It occurred to me that the culprit might have been a nefarious app, as suggested by my colleague Adrian Kingsley-Hughes in his comprehensive analysis of iPhone battery drain issues. However, I couldn’t think of an app that might have caused this to happen. I use apps in moderation – I can’t think of any apps to use for a drastically extended period of time.
However, I tapped into my iPhone’s Screen Time activity data, and see: I apparently enjoyed over 100 hours of The New York Times last week.
I felt that this did not happen. I’m sure no one enjoys more than 100 hours of The New York Times A week, not even the people who work in the New York Times. Fortunately, Apple has a tool that allows you to limit the amount of time you spend on any site. I concluded that five minutes of times There was enough time in the day.
But screen time wasn’t dropping.
The following week, I seem to have had an obsession Variety – 100 hours a week obsession. Please, I have enough drama in my life already. Why do I want more? repeatedly, diverse He was put on a five-minute diet.
However, as the weeks went by, my iPhone insisted that I spend too much time on YouTube, and The Wall Street Journal, Even an Australian news site news.com.au.
None of this happened. Or, at least, none of it has happened to my knowledge. This all went on for a five minute diet, and my screen time numbers magically dropped. Temporarily.
Two days ago on Sundays, I approached screen time to scream. Apple told me I apparently watched 115 hours clumsy In a week.
I tried to discover the common denominator between all these sites. This was like trying to figure out the common denominator among the victims of a serial killer on a TV cop show.
Here’s what I concluded: I watched a video on each of these sites via Flipboard. Oftentimes, I start watching a video and quickly decide that I know where it’s headed. So I flip away from that page and keep browsing other miserable news.
However, this appears to have allowed the videos on these sites to auto-play infinitely advertisment – much to the delight, the dry humorists believe, for the ad sales team.
This cannot be blamed on Flipboard or any of these sites. In technology, random events occur, despite the best efforts of engineers.
However, I contacted Flipboard to inquire about this joy. A company spokeswoman told me the company had never heard of this happening before. She was clear that this should not happen, and kindly opened a ticket for the engineers to investigate.
I am now told that engineers are testing a potential fix.
I now still have to monitor not only my Screen Time activity but also change the flipping behaviour.
Meanwhile, my iPhone looks at me and snores: “Look, it wasn’t me.”