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iOS 11 bugs are so common they now appear in Apple ads

If you blink during Apple’s latest iPhone ad, you might miss a weird little animation bug. It’s right at the end of a slickly produced commercial, where the text from an iMessage escapes the animated bubble it’s supposed to stay inside. It’s a minor issue and easy to brush off, but the fact it’s captured in such a high profile ad just further highlights Apple’s many bugs in iOS 11.

9to5Mac writer Benjamin Mayo spotted the bug in Apple’s latest ad, and he’s clearly surprised “that this was signed off for the commercial,” especially as he highlighted it months ago and has filed a bug report with Apple.

It’s just one of many quirks in iOS 11, including strange UI problems in the Music app, regularly misaligned text in the App Store, vanishing docks, and rotation issues.

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It’s easy to dismiss all of these small problems because they’re not the types of Apple security bugs that have hit the headlines recently, but they all add up to a frustrating experience at times. Chris Pirillo has been documenting iOS animation bugs for years now, highlighting the many bugs that have sneaked into iOS recently. “iOS has been performing in an inexplicably jarring manner since iOS 7,” says Pirillo in an open letter to Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi. “Iterations don’t seem to help much, major or minor. Frame drops are now par for the course — irritations that we once slammed Android for.”

There are signs that Apple is finally about to focus on reliability and performance in iOS 12 over new features, though. Reports suggest Apple is delaying some major iOS additions, and planning to root out bugs from its software.

Hopefully that will mean less of the embarrassing bugs that crash iPhones, but also far less of these weird animation and UI problems that iOS clearly struggles with at times.

We’ll probably find out once we hear more about iOS 12 in June.

Adult Swim’s new music video for Run the Jewels’ Oh Mama is like a mini Rick and Morty episode

Adult Swim’s hit animated show Rick and Morty finished its third season back in October, and we might not get season 4 until 2019, according to one of the show’s writers. To tide us over, Adult Swim just released a music video for Run The Jewels’ song “Oh Mama,” featuring the mad scientist and his grandson.

The video is directed by Rick and Morty director Juan Meza-Leon (he was responsible for episodes like “The Rickshank Rickdemption,” “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy,” and “The ABC’s of Beth”), and it plays out a bit like a regular episode of the show: Rick and Morty fly off to a random planet, crash a club full of insectoid Gromflamites, and carnage ensues. They steal a briefcase and head out, only to encounter some additional problems, trippy animation, and an ending with a neat twist.

It’s like an entire episode condensed into just a couple minutes.

The network is using this video to promote its first Adult Swim Festival, set to take place in Los Angeles, California, on October 6th and 7th, with Run the Jewels as the headlining act.

Adult Swim hasn’t shied away from using its popular show for other such cross-promotional stunts: last year, it released a short Alien crossover to promote Alien: Covenant.

Vergecast: explaining a Spotify trial, Siri, and a whole bunch of gadgets

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, and Paul are back in New York City after being at SXSW last weekend. To kick off the show, they welcome back senior writer Sarah Jeong to explain a £1.6 billion lawsuit between Spotify and Wixen Publishing.

In the second half of the show, the trio discusses recent reports of the inner workings of Siri — including the history and how it stands today.

There’s a lot more in between that — like the segment Paul does every week, “Untitled” — so listen to it all, and you’ll get it all.

02:27 – A £1.6 billion Spotify lawsuit is based on a law made for player pianos

31:45 – What went wrong with Siri

47:38 – Paul’s weekly segment “Untitled”

48:45 – Never forget a letter value with this Scrabble-themed keyboard

49:13 – These gargantuan ‘headphones’ massage your ears

49:43 – Google’s NSynth Super is an AI-backed touchscreen synth

50:28 – BreadBot is an insanely over-engineered gadget just for baking loaves of bread

51:03 – This Japanese startup is making a hover backpack to augment jumping ability

52:05 – Bose is developing augmented reality glasses with a focus on sound

57:04 – Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the £199 Versa

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to hear more audio from The Verge, well you’re in luck. Season 2 of Why’d You Push That Button hosted by Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman is here!

This week’s episode is about ghosting. You can subscribe anywhere including on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, and our RSS feed. And get caught up on season 1 if you missed out.


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