Tethered iPhone to Mac not getting any internet / self-assigned IP?

On the Mac, go to Network -> Locations -> Edit Locations and add a new location (e.g. Work, Home, whatever) and then save. Try tethering again and the Mac should pick up the iPhone with a working connection. This took me a good 45 minutes to figure this out.

Hopefully it should stop people from going mad like I did. Wibble. Moo. Honk Honk.

Apple’s bug-ridden Apple ecosystem strikes again!

An Apple wish list for 2024 (hardware, software & services)

  • Apple TV store: TV shows on parity with films – e.g. offer 4K TV programme along with iTunes Extras for TV programmes (audio commentaries, featurettes, documentaries, and so on)
  • Apple Watch/Mac: Unlock Mac by having to double-tap side button of the Watch rather than simply just be within the distance of the Mac. I’ve locked the Mac and came back to find it already unlocked because it picked up on the Watch a while away. We need the double-tap to unlock to make (or at least feel like) the system is secure. Double-tap works already with the likes of 1Password – so why can’t this be implemented for unlocking the Mac when waking it up?
  • Apple TV store: Protection of purchased films and TV shows. If a distributor stops offering the film through Apple, Apple will gurantee to protect your purchase and make it available for streaming and download to your Apple devices even if it’s no longer for sale. This one is more of a legal/contractual issue with the studios and distributors, but an important one – especially in the age of streaming and fewer physical releases. I’m sick of getting screwed by third party distributors while my contract is with Apple (the film, Attila Marcel was removed from my Apple TV library after the UK distributor went bust – so I had to buy it on DVD instead).
  • Phone app: Better tools for managing nuisance/spam phone calls, including a global (or at least country-to-country) database of cold callers and spammers and filtered by reputation. Users have the ability to submit phone numbers as spam and the more reports – the greater the chance it’ll get blocked by phones everywhere. In other words, let’s apply RBLs and email fighting techniques to phone calls. This has become a real problem for me, and I’m looking to keep changing my phone number every few years as a result.
  • Phone hardware & Camera app: Give the iPhone multiple microphones and have the ability to record spatial audio in Dolby Atmos format. Add the ability to control the direction of the microphone, and reduce any background noises (like the camera operator’s breathing, etc.). Also offer the option to record HDR in different format other than Dolby Vision (e.g. HDR10).
  • External monitor: Cheaper (for them ~£1,500) Apple monitor that supports Dolby Vision HDR and at least 120Hz refresh rate. It’s embarrassing that barely any consumers can edit HDR video because of a complete lack of affordable Dolby Vision monitors.
  • Phone hardware & Camera app: I suspect this one is coming given the current rumours, but having a dedicated camera shutter button on the bottom right-hand side of the phone would be useful when shooting photos or video in horizontal mode. And even a camera shutter button on the top right-hand side in addition would be good too – for those that like to shoot vertically (or are left handed – the buttons should be treated like action buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max).