Very similar - what doesnt make sense is that on my iPhone, I see names/faces. On my MBP, I see phone numbers. I see similarly confusing randomness on my iPad. It leads me to the conclusion that the cloud is NOT the cloud... ALSO, I just noticed that when trying to add the number to an existing contact, the number is already there, but the issue is:
- A person in my contacts has msged me
- Their number is showing up as: 1234567890
- Their number in my contact is: +1 (123) 456-7890
iMessage cannot see that this is the same number, so I get bewildering messages from people that are in my contacts and all I see is a phone number... I am constantly diddling with contacts when I switch devices because my iPhone X might say Anne Marie, but my laptop says 1234567890 (sometimes with the person's picture!), then neither of my iPads has any idea who it is..
I have had lots of Apple devices (starting with the iPhone 3s and iPad 1 back in 2009), and perhaps over time the whole thing has become a hot, steaming mess, but it's just annoying enough to frustrate me, and not painful enough to take a day (or a week) to blow everything away and start over...