Confession time — I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t even text. I do have a couple of iPod touches and an iPad, and 99% of the time I have access to a network. Last week I almost caved, but our own Terry White came to my rescue.
The problem? My husband was stuck in the hospital for a few days, so I was spending a lot of time with him. The hospital in question does have an open network for patients and visitors, but something is configured to block incoming and outgoing mail from the iPad’s Mail app. Now, normally I’d just use Safari to access my .mac account to check my email. Works great on my iMac & MacBook. iPad version? Nope. Used to work before I upgraded to iCloud. It will access my Gmail & RoadRunner accounts, but try to access my .mac account and all it does is ask if I’d like to set up iCloud access on my iPad. Uh, Apple? I set it up a long time ago.
I tried a couple of other browsers that I have on the iPad, but still no luck. After doing some unfruitful web searches, I posted the problem on our own iBBS (still one of the best sources for support!) and Terry suggested iCab Mobile, with Browser ID set to Safari 5 (Mac). It worked. Best $1.99 I’ve spent in a long time. It can mimic a whole bunch of browsers/platforms.
Will Apple address this tiny problem? I doubt it’s high on the priority list. Should they? Yes. Along with the limits of photo streaming. And the need for operating systems other than Lion to access iCloud. Please, Apple. You’re supposed to make things simple.