SanDisk G-Drive ArmorATD with macOS Monterey

I recently purchased a new 24” iMac (in purple, with 16GB of RAM) and wanted to replace my ancient Time Machine drive with something newer that supported USB-C. While I was ordering a few other items from Best Buy, I noticed they had a 4TB SanDisk G-Drive ArmorATD for a reasonable price, so I bought one to use for Time Machine backups.

The drive arrived today and when I plugged it into the iMac, the only thing it did was flash its light at me repeatedly. It wouldn’t mount, and I couldn’t format it in Disk Utility.

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Speaking of annoying iPhone issues…

While I’m on the topic of annoying iOS bugs, one thing I just noticed with iOS 15 (I don’t run the betas on my phone, just the iPad(s)) — it looks like Apple got rid of the “Navigation Voice Volume” setting for driving directions in Maps. That sure made it fun trying to hear Siri tell me which way to go while we were driving in Philly the other day 🙄

It looks like there’ve been quite a few complaints about this since beta 1 back in June, which is good… it seems like a ridiculous feature to remove. Hopefully it’ll be added back in a future update.

If Unlock with Apple Watch isn’t working on your iPhone 13

Apple has identified an issue where Unlock with Apple Watch may not work with iPhone 13 devices. You might see “Unable to Communicate with Apple Watch” if you try to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask, or you might not be able to set up Unlock with Apple Watch.

This issue will be fixed in an upcoming software update. Until the update is available, you can turn off Unlock with Apple Watch and use your passcode to unlock your iPhone 13.

I’m being bit by this bug, and it sucks. Hopefully they can fix it and get the update out the door quickly.