Why WordPress for iPhones won’t upload videos? Part 2: The Prophecy

On June 17, 2014, I had learned a horrible truth regarding WordPress vlogging on iOS devices. No, I hadn’t discovered a mentor a Sith Lord. Rather, my iPhone was no longer capable of uploading videos without syncing through my MacBook. The inconvenience had driven my fingers searching across the internet searching for an answer. “What a creative buzz kill,” I had internalized reading the developers’ GitHub explanation for dropping video.

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Asking when this function might return, the developers had quickly responded in a few weeks; however, the expectation for delivery had slipped from a month, then to a season and now over a year. With so much time passing between updates, I had already forgotten about ever returning to WordPress for vlogging. Instead, I had periodically thrown up a few videos elsewhere, specifically Facebook or nothing at all.

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Last Thursday, checking my email at work on break, a curious entry had filled my view. Re-reading the email two more times ensuring my comprehension, I was bewildered. A developer update had just come through when video uploads might be returning. To my surprise, the phrase being used was “imminent.” Apparently, I wasn’t the only curious soul to the inquire,” What does that exactly mean?” Another follow-up email from a fellow GitHub follower had solicited these responses;

“..Subject: Re: [WordPress-Editor-iOS] Re-enable support for uploading videos (#14)

@richardmax Videos are imminent (wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS#3503)! As of right now, they are slotted in for the WPiOS 5.1 release.

Thanks for sticking with us!

@richardmax Roughly, sometime in the middle to end of May.”

Reading these responses, I had hastily verified my iPhone for the version of WordPress iOS Editor being 5.0. It was like winning a pie eating contest. Better yet, it had equaled the joy of watching the newly released Star Wars Force Awaken teaser trailer like a giddy childhood nerd.

Now, the only thing remaining was cautiously waiting in anticipation.

Read More:
Why WordPress for iPhones won’t upload videos? (garzafx.com)

Why WordPress for iPhones won’t upload videos?

Recently, I was confounded on why WordPress for my iPhone had stopped uploading videos to my blog. Having an iPhone 5s for about a year now, the best selling point for the device was leveraging iMovie and the onboard GPU to quickly edit and upload raw video from various road trips. In the beginning, I had casually shrugged off the experience as being something to do with full onboard storage. Amongst this all, I had shifted a bit of video editing to my MacBook and another Mac from work for larger files from a GoPro camera.

After taking spare time during a workday, I had started my journey with an update to iOS 8.0. Perhaps, that was going to help? Plus, I had wanted to gain access to new imaging capabilities in this upgrade. After a failed installation launching most of the onboard media to non-existence, I had tested again with the same result. No harm, no foul, my files were backed up to my MacBook. Soon after the release of iOS 8.0.2, I had performed an upgrade with the same inability to access iPhone videos. Third, removing a work related Mobile Device Management package had netted the same result. Lastily, I had noticed a new update for WordPress for iOS being available, 4.3.1 to be exact. Still no dice, I was unable to upload any videos from Photo app. As for pictures, I was only able to upload four at time. This other peculiar behavior had led me instinctively to Google.

In returned search results, I had found similar reports of the same “bug” handling media in WordPress for iOS; however, still I had no answers. Searching further now, I had ended up on Github.com. In their forums, I had struck information gold. The developers for WordPress-IOS-Editor had explained a few things.

#1. astralbodies commented Jun 17, 2014

“In the last major version of the app, we added a new media picker to the editor (for uploading images), but we disabled video uploads because they weren’t working very well.”

#2   bummytime commented Sep 30, 2014

“As of right now, the new, visual editor is our highest priority. We are anticipating releasing that in the next month or so. As soon as that is released and stable, we are going to attack all things media…including videos! ”

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Having answers, I had felt somewhat relieved; however, the best part was connecting on GitHub. Now, I was able to get meaningful development updates on an application that makes this blog happen.

“And that had made all the difference” – Robert Frost

Read More:
Re-enable support for uploading videos #14 (github.com)

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A long goodbye for my iPhone 3GS

“Good night! Parting is such a sweet sorrow, that I’ll say good night til it be morrow.” – Shakespeare from “Romeo and Juliet”

Time had moved on my Iphone3GS like persistent waves upon a shore. Slowly, it had been losing responsiveness and luster, both visually and literally. For people, injuries maybe like a torn acl, bum shoulder, bad back or broken wrist, had served as a reminder,”Nothing is forever.” Today, marking a new phase of tech for myself, I had placed an order for a new mobile phone. Having this phone for over five years, had seemed like forever. As Prince had stated eloquently,“..forever and that’s mighty long time.”

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The reason for holding onto iPhone 3GS so long, symbolism. It had  meant emotionally quite a few things. At my last job, it had been a reward for job well done. In a world full of Blackberries, it had morphed into “being different” when everyone thinking it a toy. Lately, it had been an expression of patience and utility. The last rational had been the promise of something new on the horizon. Through the past few weeks, those reasons had waned with basic functionality.

This desire for functionality had driven my choice back to IOS and ATT.  After trying T-Mobile, I had migrated back to ATT’s grandfathered unlimited data and decent national coverage. T-Mobile had been quite inexpensive but, lacking signal consistently on road trips. The reasoning for the IOS, it had simply worked after numerous upgrades across five years. Over time, I had spent plenty of money on different gadgets like TVs, DVD players, digital cameras, PCs, iMacs, and accessories. Some had delivered on their promise like this iPhone 3GS. Others, like my old Nike MP3 player, had fallen apart in months. My current phone had seen lots of action, ranging from drop in a pool to  flung across parking lot to overheating on my hip from sweat. Still, the phone had a earned a certain rugged charm and respect. Any expectation of functionality on a new device had one thing left to execute on, potential.

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Placing an order this morning at 3 am, I had wondered on that promise. On deciding what device you had wanted to purchase next, keep this in mind,”Does this address my needs today?” Forget Apple marketing and high school trolling commentary, this kind of decision had been about your daily productivity. After that, I had thought,”Don’t spend a dollar more!” In the Queen song, “Who Wants to Live Forever,” there had been a line that epitomized technology, “What is forever anyway.” For time to the next big thing had never been that far around the corner.

As for the iPhone 3GS’s ultimate fate, it had been designated for MP3 player detail until death.

Here had been the other phones, I had used this century.

Nokia 1100 Series (4 years)
Blackberry 7230 (4 years)

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See More:
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince (Wikipedia)
Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen (YouTube)