Slow iPhone? Apple’s iOS updates aren’t to blame

Apple's updates to its iOS operating system do not cause its phones to slow down over time, according to new research that debunks claims the company intentionally slows down iPhones with software updates. According to data from more than 100,000 devices running iOS, Apple's system updates do not cause phones to slow down. The research from Futuremark shows Apple has in fact kept most of its iPhone processors running at similar speeds to when they were first released. While the release of new iPhone updates, such as iOS 11, often cause users to speculate their devices have slowed down, the researchers found that devices running iOS 9, 10 and 11 operated at consistent speeds. Across the iPhone series, from the 5s to 7 Plus, Apple has maintained a consistent level of speed even after new iOS updates, Futuremark's test that measured the performance of internal processors showed.  "Rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices," said Futuremark. The researchers added that a number of factors could affect the perception of speed. Updates can add features that use more processing power. New apps developed for the latest iPhones may not perform as quickly on an older device. This means, while the processing speed remains the same, the actual power needed to complete tasks could increase. There have, however, been claims that the most recent iOS 11 update has had a negative effect on battery life for some iPhones.  Analysis from mobile security company Wandera found the average battery decay for an iPhone running iOS 10 under constant use is 240 minutes. For devices that have upgraded to iOS 11, the decay time is just 96 minutes. However, recent patches to iOS 11 appear to have limited the battery drain. Wandera analysed the battery decay of 50,000 iPhones and iPads on its network that were used Continue Reading

Apple iOS 11.2.6: iPhone X Update Addresses Telugu Character Bug

Apple is now addressing a Telugu character bug that’s causing some iOS apps to crash on iPhones and other devices. The rollout of the new software update comes days after the issue was widely reported by users.  The Cupertino giant started rolling out iOS 11.2.6 Monday to iPhone and iPad devices. The eleventh official update to iOS 11 is important because it comes with the fix for the bug that caused many devices to crash when they received messages containing a specific character in the Indian language, Telugu, as per MacRumors. IBTimes reported late last week about the complaints users raised regarding a bug that caused Messages and other apps to freeze up whenever they sent, received or encoded a particular Telugu character. Some of the apps affected by the bug were Safari, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.  The bug annoyed many iPhone and iPad owners since their devices would freeze up and become unresponsive. Furthermore, the only way for their devices to return back to normal was by deleting the conversation that contained the Telugu character.  In the release notes of iOS 11.2.6, Apple specified that the software update fixes the problem. “Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash,” an entry in the notes said. Also indicated in the notes is the update’s ability to fix “an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories.” To update to iOS 11.2.6, users must download the software over-the-air via the Settings app. To do this, they need to head to the Settings app, then click General. Once inside the General settings options, they should tap Software Update so the device could start downloading the latest update.  The release of iOS 11.2.6 comes around a month after the launch of iOS 11.2.5, which brought support for Apple’s smart speaker, HomePod, as well as a slew of updates for Control Center, Siri and many others. Aside from Continue Reading

iPhone battery: This iOS update that will let you stop Apple from slowing down your phone

Annoyed at Apple over its response to older batteries? Its promised software fix is here.When Apple issued an apology late last year for slowing down iPhones with older batteries, the company not only said it would drop the price of out-of-warranty replacement batteries to $29 from $79 but would also issue an iOS software update that would give you greater visibility into the health of your iPhone battery.The new software would also let you disable the throttling feature Apple says it put in place to protect devices with weak batteries from sudden, unexpected crashes.The episode not only resulted in rotten publicity but also spawned litigation from consumers who argued Apple broke the terms of their contract. Some felt Apple intentionally sabotaged the older phones to generate fresh sales, which Apple steadfastly denied.People such as me who ordered the $29 battery for my daughter’s iPhone 6 have had to play the waiting game for the replacement, sometimes for several weeks. In the meantime, though, the promised battery health feature arrived last week as part of the latest build of iOS 11.3, available to consumers comfortable with installing prerelease public beta software, which always comes with a modicum of risk. More: Apple apologizes for slowing down old iPhones, drops price for battery replacements More: I tried Apple's improved Health app. Here's what I found More: Apple shows what's coming in iOS 11.3: battery control and more Animojis Start by making sure you back up your phone so that you can roll back the device to a pre-existing state in case the beta runs amok. Then head to to enroll your phone in Apple’s beta program. Once the beta is installed on your phone, tap Settings, tap Battery and then tap Battery Health (Beta).One of the first things you’ll notice inside Battery Health is a measure of your battery’s capacity relative to Continue Reading

iOS Update News: Apple Could Soon Support Apps For Macs, iOS Devices

Apple could soon release apps that work across iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, according to a Bloomberg report released Wednesday. Currently, developers have to design to separate apps, one for iOS gadgets and another for Mac computers. Apple is reportedly changing that up starting early next year. The company will soon allow developers to design a single app that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad. The single app system means applications will be able to work with an iOS device and on a Mac computer, sources told Bloomberg. Apple’s move is an effort to allow developers to expand iOS apps to Mac computers. Some customers have complained about the lack of apps on the Mac App Store. Many of the programs for Macs are also outdated. For example, the Twitter app on iOS includes the latest features, while the Mac version has not seen a refresh recently. Rolling out universal apps will give all Apple device users access to the latest features. The new universal app system could be announced during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference during the summer, when the company usually tends to reveal upcoming software improvements. The changes could launch in September for the iOS and macOS updates. However, the new system, dubbed Marzipan, could be changed or canceled, sources told Bloomberg. The report did not specify whether the single app system would also work with other Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, Apple TV and the upcoming HomePod speaker. Apple’s app system changes would follow Microsoft. The company merges mobile and desktop apps with its Universal Windows Platform. After pushing the system, Microsoft discontinued the Windows software for mobile devices. The Universal Windows Platform allows developers to create a single app that works on all devices, whether it's a tablet, smartphone or computer. Besides mobile gadgets and computers, Microsoft universal apps work with IoT devices, the xBox game system and Continue Reading

Apple Delays Several Key iOS Updates to 2019 (Report)

Company will focus on support issues and augmented reality tech in 2018, says Axios Sean Burch, provided by Published 12:38 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Apple Delays Several Key iOS Updates to 2019 (Report) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery iPhone users will have to wait until next year for an updated home screen. Several new iOS features have been pushed back to 2019, including a new home screen design, better photo editing tools, and an updated mail app, according to a new report from Axios. “In-car user interfaces” for the iPhone have also been bumped to next year. Apple will focus on device functionality and decreasing support issues as it works towards its major iOS update, which typically released in the fall. Improving augmented reality — something CEO Tim Cook has made clear is a priority — is also on the agenda. Apple’s recently launched ARKit allows developers to create AR apps for iOS. Also Read: Apple Invests $390 Million in Facial Recognition Tech The change in plans was announced by Apple VP of software engineering Craig Federighi to employees earlier this month, according to Axios. Apple is set to release its latest quarterly earnings on Thursday. The world’s biggest tech company has seen its stock jump about 33 percent in the last year, thanks in large part to healthy iPhone sales. But tepid demand for iPhone X, its top-line smartphone, has the company scaling back its production, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Entertainment Channel Now Playing: Now Playing ShowBiz Minute: Super Bowl, Bowen, Jenner Associated Press Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' presents idea of body-swapping immortality Associated Press Justin Timberlake's divisive halftime show Associated Press Jenna Dewan Tatum Publicly Discusses Sex Life with Channing; TMI? JS Hollyscoop This Is The Real Reason Why The Royals Can't Sign Continue Reading

Old iPhones slow down with iOS updates, study finds

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iOS bug alert: not updating your Apple device allows evil Wi-Fi networks to brick your iPhone, iPad

Careful, your most reliable public Wi-Fi networks might be evil. Two security researchers recently discovered a bug on iPhones and iPads that allows maliciously configured Wi-Fi networks to brick the device. The malware being transferred over the unsafe network will reconfigure a device to set the time and date as January 1, 1970 — which is an old trick people used to deliberately brick their phones. People connecting to these evil networks wouldn't think twice about it being safe or not since attackers are naming the signals after popular connection spots such as "attwifi" or "TWC." When an iPhone connects to AT&T's public Wi-Fi it'll cache the network details and automatically connect the device to the network every time it's within the vicinity. Attackers take advantage of that process and trick users by creating fake networks of the same name. "From an attacker's perspective, this is a golden opportunity. Why? He only needs to advertise a fake open network called 'attwifi' at a spot where large numbers of computer users are known to congregate," Brian Krebs, cyber-security blogger, explained in a post. There is a fix to the bug, though. Apple has patched the issue with its latest iOS update. To make sure a device is safe from evil networks just download and install iOS 9.3.1. Otherwise, your device is still at risk. Continue Reading

Apple will automatically install Beats Music on all phones with iOS update

Apple is expanding its list of forced content on all iPhones. Apple will release a new iOS update that will automatically install the Beats Music app to all iPhones in March, according to Financial Times. Beats Electronics and Music was bought by Apple in May for $3 billion. In order to capitalize on the investment, the company will push the subscription-based music streaming service to all its customers. This is not the first time Apple has made a similiar push. Earlier this year Apple bundled their new app, iBooks, with the new IOS 8 update. Along with that, U2's latest album was automatically delivered to all music libraries. It caused uproar. The new streaming service will have two different subscription plans $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. It will bring competition to music streaming market leader Spotify, which has a similar monthly pricing, but no year subscription. According to Midia, Beats Music has about 110,000 subscribers, which is rather low compared to the 10 million Spotify subscribers and 200 million iTunes users. Pre-installing the app will serve as a fast track to reaching new customers and make them sign up for the new service. Beats Music will also trump the lackluster iTunes radio, which was automatically installed with the iOS 7 update. Streaming music online has been a hot-button topic lately with Taylor Swift pulling her catalogue from Spotify. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Why an old iPad can’t get iOS 9 transit directions

Q. I upgraded my first-generation iPad mini to iOS 9 and everything seems to have gone well--but the Maps app isn’t offering transit directions. What happened?A. This happened to me earlier this week when I downloaded Apple’s latest iOS update on the afternoon of its release. It was the most perplexing experience I’ve had with this iPad mini since I bought it in the fall of 2012: Instead of offering the advertised transit directions, Maps made the same suggestion to install a third-party app for transit guidance as iOS 8’s version.So I did what most users do — I thought I’d done something wrong and tried to make it right. I reset my iPad’s settings while keeping my apps and data, then wiped the tablet and restored it from a backup, then factory-reset it as a new device.Each time, Maps would only offer driving and walking directions in the cities where it’s supposed to offer transit help (in the U.S., only Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington). I’ve since found reports of the same problem from users of older iPhones and an older iPad.Apple’s description of iOS 9, from the press release to its sales pitch for Apple Maps to its listing of iOS 9-compatible devices, doesn’t mention any device-specific hangup with transit navigation.That last page does warn iOS users that Siri and some multitasking options don’t work on vintage devices, so it’s not as if Apple doesn’t know to give a heads-up about compatibility issues on devices of a certain age.Apple PR confirmed that transit navigation is confined to a subset of iOS 9-capable devices: the  iPad Air and newer versions, the iPad mini 2 and its successors, the iPhone 5 and subsequent models, and the sixth-generation iPod touch.Why that wasn’t spelled out on Apple’s site Continue Reading

Own an iPhone 5? It’s time to retire it if you want the latest iOS 11 apps

 LOS ANGELES — If you have an old iPhone 5 model you've been using for several years, now it's time to upgrade. Apple's new mobile operating system update, iOS11, will be released later this month, and it includes new features that won't work with some older iPhones. The cutoff is the iPhone 5, the phone that was first introduced in 2012 and pulled off the market 12 months later, and the 5C, released in 2013.Any phone afterward — iPhone 5S, 6, 6S, 7 and SE — can run the latest operating system. But the very niftiest features, particularly the augmented reality apps that will bring Pokémon Go-type digital overlays onto your physical world — will only work with later model phones.  More: 11 changes coming to iPhone with Apple's iOS 11 More: Get ready for thousands of augmented reality Apple apps    If you're hanging on to an original iPhone 5, here are some of the new operating system changes you'll miss. Also note that later operating systems are more secure from cybersecurity breaches. —Apple Pay for friends. Riffing off the popular Venmo app, where millions of students split pizza bills and rent notices via the peer-to-peer app, Apple is bringing the same technology to its text message network, Messages. The advantage over Venmo: no app to install, and Apple already has your banking information on file. —Do Not Disturb. To help curb distracted driving, Apple's new feature lets you turn off notifications and other disturbances while you drive. First you have to agree to turn it on. —New filters and compression for photos. Always running out of room to take new pictures on your phone? IOS11 introduces a new system that effectively makes the file size of your photo smaller, but retains the quality, enabling you to take more photos. Apple also has new filters to jazz up your image. — A redesigned lock screen that promises Continue Reading