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Apple has admitted that a manufacturing fault has been causing some iPhone 6s devices to switch off at random even when they have a significant amount of battery. 

Apple said it would fix the iPhone 6s handsets that shutdown unexpectedly for free. It added that the problem affects some devices manufactured between September and October 2015.

The fault, which affects the batteries on a small number of iPhone 6s devices, can be resolved by replacing the battery.

"Apple has determined that a very small number of iPhone 6s devices may unexpectedly shut down," the company said. "This is not a safety issue and only affects devices with a limited serial number range that were manufactured between September and October 2015." 

Apple has added a tool to its website where customers can check if their phone is affected. It will change the battery on all affected models for free. 

Those who have replaced their batteries at their own expense can also contact Apple about getting a refund. 

Check if your phone is eligible for a fix

To check if your iPhone 6s is one of the affected models go to the Unexpected Shutdown Issues page on Apple's website.

Find your device's serial number by going to General -> Settings -> About. Then enter the country where you bought the device and the serial number on Apple's site and hit Submit. Apple will tell you if it is an affected model. 

If it is, the company will replace your battery for free so long as your phone is in working order. Apple advises customers to take their faulty iPhone 6s to an Apple Store, Apple Authorised Service Provider or to contact its Technical Support team. It also said customers should call their service provider in advance to check availability for replacements, and to book ahead of time on its website for appointments at the Apple Store. 

Before taking your phone for battery replacement, Apple advises that customers back up their data to iTunes or iCloud, turn off Find my iPhone, and erase data and settings. You can do this last step by going to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Erase all Content and Settings.

Phone that are damaged in anyway, such as having a cracked screen, will need to be fixed beforehand or at an additional cost during the replacement process, Apple said.

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Love them or hate them, you've likely had an iPhone at some point -- and if not, someone you know has one. Probably a lot of someones. And it really isn't a major surprise, what with all they are capable of handling in our day-to-day lives. Phone, email, texting, tweeting, surfing, banking, planning, photography, music...there is so much available out of the box that many of the hidden features are never discovered by most users.

We've compiled a list of what we think are the most handy tips and tricks to get even more out of your iPhone -- and some of them may actually astonish you. Either because you didn't know you could be doing things much more easily than you do now, or that you didn't know your phone was paying that much attention to you. I honestly didn't know #17 was a thing. I was shocked.

1. Putting Your iPhone In Airplane Mode Will Charge The Battery Considerably More Quickly. Just Be Warned That While This Recharge Sprint Is Active, You Will Not Be Able To Make Or Receive Calls Or Texts.

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3. Might Sound Too Good To Be True, But Your iPhone Is Basically An Etch-a-Sketch. If You Mess Up A Text, Email, Or While Editing A Photo, Just Shake It Out And Start Again.
4. Don't Want To Open Twitter To See What Your Favorite Tweeter Is Up To? No Problem. Just Ask Siri "What's Diply Saying?" And She'll Show You A List Of Our Most Recent Tweets.
5. You Can Swipe In Your Text Messages To View Timestamps

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6. You Can Control The Scrubbing Speed Of Audio/Video By Moving Your Thumb Down While Scrolling, For More Precise Tuning And Quicker Searching.

7. Add Web Suffixes Like ".com" By Simply Holding The "." Key While Typing In A URL In Your Browser.

8. Your iPhone Can Double As A Level To Help You Hang The Perfect Picture. Just Open The Compass App And Swipe To The Right - BAM! Level Up!

9. By Holding Down The Capture Button In The Camera App, Your Phone Will Take A Series Of Shots So You Can Get The Perfect Picture.

10. While We're Talking About The Camera, You Can Use Your Volume Buttons To Take Pictures Whilst In The App.

11. Oh And Another Thing, You Can Turn Off That Annoying Autofocus By Holding Down On The Screen In Camera Mode Until You See AE/AF LOCK Display In Yellow. This Is Especially Useful When Shooting Panoramic Or Video Footage. 

12. Create A More Complex Password As Opposed To Just The Four-Digit Pin. Navigate To Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Turn Off Simple Passcode. A Keyboard Will Prompt You For Your New Password And Will Do So When Unlocking Your Phone.

13. Instead Of Switching To The Numerical Keypad, Just Hold The 123 Button And Slide To The Numbers You Want. The Keypad Will Return Immediately And You Can Keep Typing.

14. Like Browsing On Your Phone At Night, But Don't Want to Keep Anyone Else Awake? We've Got You Covered. Invert The Display Colors By Going To Settings > General > Accessibility And Turning On Invert Colors. Not Only Will It Cause Less Eye Strain, It's Kind Of Cool To Look At.

15. Guided Access Is A Very Useful Feature, Especially When Letting Children Play With Your Phone. Guided Access Keeps Users From Clicking Or Tapping Somewhere They Aren't Meant To Be (Like Making In-App Purchases). Just Go To Settings > General > Accessibility > Turn On Guided Access.

16. You Can Use Your iPhone Or iPad As A Personal Laptop By Pairing It With Any Bluetooth Keyboard. This Could Be A Lifesaver For Students Or Traveling Business People.

17. And What May Be The Creepiest Thing Your Phone Does? Your Phone Will Figure Out Where You Live, Work, And Frequently Visit And Be Prepared To Share That With Anyone. Go To Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services And Look At Frequent Locations. Spooky!

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to drop an amazing set of handsets next year. These include the iPhone 8 and a few new iPads as well. Analysts are certain the company will focus on gadgets that defy its norms, an opinion driven by a few factors. One of these is the significance of the 2017 flagship. It will mark 10 years of iPhone production and, for this reason, experts are sure the firm is out to make a revolutionary device for next Fall. Apple also has investors on edge over declining sales. Wall Street has emphasized the tech giant’s need to produce innovative products that will offset its reliance on iPhone sales. However, instead of pushing out all-new product lines, Tim Cook and his company are more likely to focus on making existing devices like their iPads, MacBooks and Apple Watches a lot more appealing.

It is already mid-November and 2016 is coming to an end. Consumer tech giants are more or less done with new releases too, now set on making the most of the holiday-shopping season. So what can we expect from Apple next year? Well, analysts believe the iPhone 8, along with the next range of iPads and MacBooks, will be huge on display tech.

New edge-to-edge iPads from Apple

Industry analysts were holding out for new iPads to land this fall. Reports now suggest Apple’s next iPad, or range of iPads, will land in March 2017. They will get a recognizable face-lift and a long-awaited upgrade in screen tech. Right now, the company pushes out iPads in three screen variants. They come in 9.7- and 7.9-inch display sizes, with the giant iPad Pro offering a whole 12.9-inches.

But a few changes are said to be coming to the iPad, of which the most talked about is an edge-to-edge display. Apple is suspected to be doing away with the bezeled design on all its handsets next year. There is also talks of a new screen sized iPad that bridges the gap between the mega iPad Pro and its smaller compadres. Apple could unveil the new 10.9 inch iPad in March.

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The alleged arrival of the edge-to-edge screen iPad is highly contested. While experts at Barclays say the new design will be seen in the coming months, the likes of KGI Securities — a trusted conveyor of Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) happenings — says iPad fans will probably see these slick new iPads some time in 2018.

Apple takes OLED

Pushing the excitement for Apple’s next iPhone — thought to be the iPhone 8 — is the tech firm’s adoption of OLED technology. Apple has long been critisized for not making the most of its screen tech. The company’s defenders point out that OLED comes with its own set of drawbacks like not retaining its clarity over time. However, Apple has been working on its own screen innovations for years and it thought to finally be making the switch to OLED next year.

Experts predict OLED screens to feature on most of the company’s devices, from the iPhone to the iPad. Even the next Apple Watch is expected to see a great OLED screen upgrade.

OLED offers a few benefits over LCD and other screens. Plastic OLED is a lot more flexible and resilient. This means the screens are less likely to crack when dropped or scratch over time. They also allow better color contrasts due to how they relay pixels. Simply, dark colors gain a lot of depth while bright colors become noticeably more vivid.

Big edge-to-edge OLED iPhone 8

It is speculated that the iPhone 8 will ship in bigger screen sizes too. This is according Blayne Curtis and Chris Hemmelgarn, two analysts at Barclays. Compared to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’s respective 4.7- and 5.5-inch display sizes, the experts stated this week that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will have 5- and 5.8- inch screen sizes.

Adding to the aesthetic, Apple Inc. is reportedly taking a page from Samsung’s flagship smartphones. The iPhone 8, like the next set of iPads, could come with an edge-to-edge display. This adds weight to the speculations over OLED. Edge-to-edge touchscreen designs demand displays that aren’t opposed to bending. OLED would be Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) most ideal choice in this regard as it allows for curved edges without the bezels.

However, Apple has made no official confirmation. The alleged design changes are derived from expert speculation and rumors. Whatever Apple has in store for it’s 2017 editions, the public can be sure it will be tightly held secret until the devices are officially unveiled.

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The MacBook Pro may have found success straight out of the starting blocks, but it’s unlikely to change Apple’s focus. Cupertino’s future does not feel like it is focused on the classic laptop form and macos, but on sealed Pro tablets running iOS.

Apple CEO Tim Cook previews a MacBook Pro during a product launch event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

The mobile market is where Apple’s strength lies. Although Android commands the lions’ share of the market (approaching a global share of ninety percent, depending on the analyst), that share doesn’t translate ninety percent of the profits. Apple takes over one hundred percent of the market’s profits. Arguably Google’s value is not in the hardware sales but in capturing the Android users into its cloud where it can monetize each user.

Now look at the difference in the laptop market. Here Apple commands a similar market share of between seven and eight percent. It is generally found in fourth or fifth place in the top manufacturers list but with a share of the profits more in line with the market numbers.

Apple has a strong and stable presence in the laptop ecosystem. With the new MacBook Pros now on sale, Apple should be able to extend that position. It’s just a shame that Apple’s true focus is on pastures new.

Last year at the launch of the iPad Pro, Tim Cook asked “Why would you buy a PC any more?” Why indeed? It’s possible to carry out many of the day-to-day task that would normally be done on a laptop on a tablet – web browsing, social networks, music and video playback, note taking, document editing, messaging, and more. iOS has matured to point where the third-party ecosystem can cover the majority of tasks required by the majority of users.

The challenge in part is to convince consumers that think ‘laptop first’ to think ‘tablet first’. That continues to be the role of the iPad Pro in Apple’s portfolio. With the smart keyboard covers, long battery life, and Cupertino’s focused marketing the iOS tablets continue to perform strongly.

Yes, there is a pent-up demand for a new MacBook Pro, but it’s noticeable that the internal hardware design of the MacBook Pro, last year’s MacBook, and the venerable MacBook Air owe more to the fixed-specifications single-board sealed designs of the iPad than the user-accessible modular approach taken by older designs such as the superstar MD101LL/A non-retina MacBook Pro from 2012. These are no longer computers designed to be updated and maintained by a user, but as machines designed to be disposable and require replacement within two or three years.

The trick for Apple is to keep the die-hard user-base of the MacBook Pro on-side while transitioning as many as possible to the more profitable iPad and iPad Pro machines. Could touch be added to macos and Apple’s laptops? Yes. Would it be useful? Given my experiences with Windows 10 my answer is yes. But it would mean that one of the biggest points of differentiation between the iPad Pros and MacBook Pros would be diluted, hampering the transition efforts.

Apple Inc. iPad Pro 9.7 inch, center, is displayed at the company’s Omotesando store (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

This is not as drastic as Steve Jobs killing the iPod Mini at the height of its retail power. There will always be a small core of users that actually need a high-end portable macos devices and an iPad Pro is not a functional 1 to 1 replacement. Yet Apple has already decided what happens now that it rules the laptop space.

It’s going to let it slowly slide into a niche product line for a handful of power users as it moves the public towards the walled-garden flexibility of iOS and the iPad.

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Apple hasn't yet managed to keep up with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus demand, suggesting that the company's new iPhones are a hit. In fact, iPhone sales in the September quarter came in slightly higher than Wall Street was expecting, even though supply of both new models was severely constrained. But even though Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been so far, demand for next year's new iPhones is expected to dwarf this year's models thanks to a massive iPhone redesign that Apple fans have been waiting for.

As exciting as next year's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sound, however, new evidence suggests that Apple is working to bring an exciting new feature to its iPhone lineup that could be the biggest smartphone game-changer the world has seen since the first iPhone was released nearly a decade ago in 2007.

According to a number of solid early reports, next year's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are going to feature huge improvements in a number of key areas. First, they'll sport the first big iPhone redesign since 2014, when Apple released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Since then, Apple has used roughly the same design on 2015's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as on the new iPhone 7 series.

In 2017, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will supposedly feature a fresh new design with a glass front and back that are connected by metal around the edges. The display, which is believed to be an OLED screen for the first time ever on an iPhone, will reportedly take up much more of the iPhone's face thanks to the removal of the home button on the front of the phone. A next-generation Touch ID fingerprint scanner will then be embedded beneath the display, and 3D Touch gestures will take care of the rest of the home button's functionality.

Apple's upcoming new iPhones are expected to feature plenty of other enhancements as well, such as better cameras and a new A11 Fusion processor that is even faster than the A10 Fusion chip in Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But mounting evidence suggests that the company is working on the biggest game-changer that the smartphone industry has seen since the very first iPhone was unveiled nearly 10 years ago at the Macworld convention in January 2007.

When someone asks you about your biggest pain point, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Survey after survey suggest that battery life is at the top of most lists. Even the iPhone 7 Plus, which is among the best smartphones in the world when it comes to battery performance, needs to be charged at least once each day. Many phones won't even carry you through a full day of usage without needing to be recharged.

Fast-charging tech is great and current wireless charging solutions are nifty as well, but what if you never had to even think about charging your smartphone again?

Earlier this year, we turned your attention to some early evidence that suggested Apple was working with a company called Energous to build next-generation wireless charging into future iPhones. When I write "wireless charging," I'm not referring to the technology that's already on the market in a number of Android phones and other devices. This is something completely different, as I mentioned almost two years ago when I first previewed the tech.

Using technology developed by Energous, a smartphone or just about any other gadget can be charged wirelessly from across the room. A small chip on the phone's main board connects wirelessly to a base station and can charge a device's battery from distances of 15 feet. In other words, a view strategically placed base stations in your home and office could ensure that your iPhone is charging constantly while it's in use or sitting in your pocket, on your desk or anywhere else.

Ahead of Energous' third-quarter earnings report on Monday, new evidence surfaced that seems to further suggest the company may be working with Apple to build this exciting new technology into iPhones in the near future. I don't need to go back through all of the earlier indications that tie the two companies together, but in a nutshell: Energous has repeatedly stated on earnings calls that it is working with a "tier 1" smartphone manufacturer, and all signs in the past have pointed to Apple.

Now, the company announced that it is has taken a $10 million strategic investment from Dialog Semiconductor, a company that builds power management solutions for consumer electronics. As noted by technology analyst and Disruptive Tech Research founder Louis Basenese, Dialog Semi's top customer is Apple. Energous also took an investment earlier this year from Pegatron, another major Apple partner.

The other possible partner that has been tossed around as the mysterious "tier 1" smartphone maker Energous keeps referring to is Samsung, but that's looking less likely as time moves on.

"According to Bloomberg data, 68.56% of Dialog’s sales come from Apple (AAPL)," Basenese wrote in a note to investors on Monday. "The next biggest contributor is Panasonic at 1.23%. Samsung checks-in at a scant 1.03%. So this is another [Energous] partner that is a major AAPL supplier. You’ll recall, Pegatron, which WATT announced as a partner in March 2016, derives 52.98% of sales from AAPL and 0% from Samsung. The evidence in support of APPL as the Tier 1 continues to outweigh evidence pointing to Samsung."

Again, this is all just speculation until Energous or Apple confirm something. Also, the biggest question surrounding this potential partnership remains unchanged: Why wouldn't Apple simply acquired Energous for peanuts (the company's market cap was about $280 million as of Monday's close, and that was after a big spike from these new rumors) and lock in exclusivity?

Only time will tell if these rumors pan out, but don't expect anything to materialize from this supposed partnership in 2017 with the iPhone 8. If and when Apple does add long-distance wireless charging to its iPhone lineup, however, it will be the biggest disruption the industry will have seen in more than a decade.

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Republican Donald Trump is now the president-elect in what's being called the biggest upset in American political history.

Silicon Valley figures are already freaking out, but there's one company in particular that soon might find itself in President Trump's crosshairs.

Apple, the world's most valuable company by market cap, was mentioned specifically by Trump several times during his campaign. And Apple CEO Tim Cook actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton, hosting a fundraiser earlier this year and apparently holding a private meeting with her campaign chairman, John Podesta, in 2015

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Institutions around the world are holding emergency meetings to discuss the ramifications of a Trump presidency. Here's what Cook and his executive team are most likely discussing now:

Tax repatriation

Tax is a critical issue for Apple, and tax reform is the No. 1 issue the company lobbies for in Washington.

It's here that Trump's stated policies might end up working out in Apple's favour. Apple has about $US200 billion in cash and marketable securities stashed overseas, and it would have to pay 35 per cent in American taxes to bring it back to the US.

Trump has proposed slashing the tax rate on income held overseas to 10 per cent, most notably during a speech at the Economic Club of New York in September.

Donald Trump has promised that "we're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, ...
Donald Trump has promised that "we're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries."  Photo: AP
 

"This wealth that's parked overseas, nobody knows how much it is, some say it's $US2.5 trillion — I have people that think it's $US5 trillion," Trump said. "We'll bring it back, and it will be taxed only at the rate of 10 per cent instead of 35 per cent. And who would bring it back at 35 per cent? Obviously nobody, because nobody's doing it."

The largest beneficiaries of the move would be the big American technology groups," the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

"Honestly, I believe the legislature and the administration will agree that it's in the best interest of the country and the economy to have tax reform," Tim Cook said in an interview with The Washington Post earlier this year. "And when we bring it back, we will pay 35 per cent federal tax and then a weighted average across the states that we're in, which is about 5 per cent, so think of it as 40 per cent. We've said at 40 per cent, we're not going to bring it back until there's a fair rate."

Moody's says US companies outside the financial sector hold $US1.2 trillion overseas. Apple is the largest hoarder.

There is also the possibility that a Trump administration might retaliateagainst the European Commission, which earlier this year ordered Apple to pay at least $US14.5 billion in taxes. Ireland is appealing the decision.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. 

American manufacturing

Throughout his campaign, Trump repeatedly called for Apple to build its iPhones in the US. Today, iPhones are assembled in China from mostly Asian components.

"I'm going to bring jobs back," Trump said in March. "I'm going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China. How does it help us when they make it in China?"

Trump is not the only president or president-elect to challenge Apple to produce a made-in-USA iPhone. President Barack Obama asked former Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the topic in 2011.

It turns out that such a move would be unlikely for a variety of reasons:

  • Logistical challenges because many of Apple's parts makers are in Asia.
  • A lack of manufacturing skills in the US.
  • Significantly lower overall costs in China. Some estimates find that American assembly could add over $US50 to the cost of making an iPhone, which would make the device significantly less competitive in the global market.

Still, there are ways Trump could encourage Apple to build phones in the US. He once called for a 45 per cent tariff on Chinese imports, which would reshape the American economy in unprecedented ways.

Encryption and privacy

Trump called for a boycott of all Apple products over the company's stance on encryption and so-called backdoors that became a hot-button issue earlier this year when the FBI asked the company to break into an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, California, mass shooting.

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Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal

"Apple ought to give the security for that phone, OK?" Trump said at a rally in February. "What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number. How do you like that? I just thought of it. Boycott Apple!"

"I use both iPhone & Samsung," Trump tweeted earlier this year. "If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info." (Trump has been paid to speak at Samsung corporate events.)

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I use both iPhone & Samsung. If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info.

Though the issue over the San Bernardino iPhone has been resolved, and Apple was not forced to create a work-around to crack passcodes on the iPhone, encryption remains a controversial topic, and the issue could come up again the next time law-enforcement officials seek to recover information from a password-protected iPhone.

It's also worth noting that James Comey, the FBI director, who led the bureau's battle against Apple, made a surprise announcement 11 days before the election that the bureau was renewing its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Though Comey and the FBI are nominally nonpartisan, the Obama administration believes his actions may have helped Trump win the presidency, and Comey is likely to continue serving his 10-year term under a Trump administration.

Trump could well encourage Comey to bring the encryption fight back to Apple, and the FBI could once again seek a way to break through the iPhone's security.

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The ongoing debate between Android and Apple users just got a little more complicated. While both surely have qualities that appeal to all kinds of smartphone users, Apple’s staple characteristic of being more “user-friendly” may or may not be a load of false advertising. With its almost too-simple interface, iPhones have essentially remained the same since their origination. However, with every new edition of this popular device, there also comes a few major and minor updates – many of which we may not even realize exist.

Apple engineers may be patting themselves on the back for their progressive shifts in this user-friendly phone, but perhaps they should have a word with the advertising department first. While Apple is constantly advertising the sleek, new designs of their latest iPhones, they oftentimes overlook some notable customized updates. What’s the advantage of having the newest user-friendly iPhone if the user doesn’t even know all of the things their products can do? That’s right, below is a list of 15 iPhone tricks that users everywhere are completely unaware of. Perhaps if Apple started advertising these new, customized editions to the iPhone, we wouldn’t have a debate with Android users in the first place. Either way, the following tips will completely upgrade and reinvigorate your iPhone experience, so test them out, see what you think, and tell your friends – even if they are sworn Android users.

1. Create a timer for your music.

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Ever wish you could listen to your favorite sleepy-time playlist before bed without having to worry about turning off your music in the middle of the night? Well, there’s actually a setting for that in the Clock app. Just go to your timer and set the ringtone to “Stop Playing.” This allows you to set a time limit for your music!

2. Customize a vibration pattern for texts, alerts, and phone calls.

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Instead of sticking to the standard vibration pattern for your text messages, create your own! If you head to your phone's settings and navigate through Sounds > Ringtones > Vibration, press the section labeled “New Vibration.” This update allows you to create your own vibration pattern with the touch of your finger.

3. Flashing alerts.

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If you’ve ever had a hard time recognizing that your phone received a phone call or message, you’re certainly not alone. For those of us who need a little extra reminder, this update allows you to use your camera’s LED light for flashing alerts. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and enable this great feature.

4. Made a mistake while typing? Just shake it off.

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Instead of waiting for your phone to slowly delete the contents of a misworded text message, shake your phone to start fresh. Doing so will completely erase the contents of your message, kind of like an Etch-A-Sketch!

5. Speed up your phone by clearing up your RAM.

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In order to do this, just press and hold your power button as if you were about to turn off your phone. However, when the “slide to power off” screen appears, press and hold your home button to clear up your RAM.

6. Clearing your cache without the hassle.

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If clearing up the RAM didn’t help, try opening any one of the App Store, Podcasts, Music, or Game Center apps to clear up your phone’s cache. Just open one of these apps and tap any icon near the bottom 10 times.

7. When did I send that text message? 

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Instead of checking the clock every time you respond to someone’s message, just drag your thumb to the left to reveal the time stamps. These time stamps mark every single message you and your receiver have had.

8. View your recently closed tabs in Safari.

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Every time you exit out of Safari, the app remembers where you were last. To see the last tabs you had open, just press the “+” icon.

9. Your iPhone doubles as a level.

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So you have a calculator, a compass, and a flashlight. Pretty cool, right? Well, if you open up the compass app and swipe left, your iPhone transitions into a level as well! iPhones: the toolbox of the future.

10. In case of an emergency, your iPhone may be a lifesaver.

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For those of us who have a lock on our screens, it’s easy to worry about the prospect of someone calling 9-1-1 in an emergency. However, by filling out important health information in your health app prior to an emergency, anyone will be able to provide doctors with the information you need to survive.

11. Only show unread emails in your inbox.

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Mailbox clutter is a real and annoying aspect of any phone. However, for iPhone users, limiting your inbox to only unread emails is as simple as pressing the “edit” icon.

12. What flight just passed by overhead?

Cult of Mac

Siri knows. Just ask her what plane just passed by above you and she’ll provide you with in-depth information.

13. Wi-Fi too slow? Don’t settle.

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Switching your phone from Wi-Fi to LTE access is as simple as scrolling through your settings.

14. Night Shift and Low Power Mode can now be used at the same time.

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Once again, this can be done by simply asking Siri. No more late-night, power-sucking Facebook scrolling. This update will help you stay up without draining your iPhone’s power.

15. Hard reset.

Evo Central

Ever wish you could give your phone a time-out when it’s acting up? Just hold down the home and lock buttons for five seconds. It’ll get the message.

Don't forget to SHARE these important tips with your friends and family.

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Apple's Safari is a great web browser, but there are many reasons why you may want to use another one on your iPhone or iPad (or even on your Mac). You may use Google services a lot, and find that Chrome helps you be more efficient; or you might want to use another browser because it's faster, or because it offers more privacy.

It's easy to switch browsers on OS X, but it's not that simple on iOS. You can't change the default web browser on Apple's iPhone or iPad devices, so any links you tap will open in Safari. But you can use another browser when you manually search, enter addresses, use bookmarks, or by copying links instead of tapping them, and then pasting them into the browser of your choice.

Here's a look at seven web browsers for iOS. I compare their specific features, and review why you might want to use one of these alternatives instead of Safari. Try them out and see which one works best for you!

Google Chrome

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If you're an inveterate Google user, then you may want to switch to Google Chrome on your iPhone or iPad. Chrome syncs across your devices, so, if you sign into your Google account, you can access your bookmarks, and open tabs you've opened on other devices, including your Mac, PC, iPhone, or iPad. Its Incognito Mode lets you surf privately, without saving your browsing history. You can also use Google voice search.

The feature I like best is the Data Saver. If you turn this on, Chrome compresses web pages before loading them. If you use your iOS device on cell networks a lot, this will save time downloading data, and save money (or make your data plan last longer). Chrome is fast and easy to use, and free.

iCab Mobile

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The $2 iCab Mobile is chock full of interesting features. In fact, at first glance, it seems like it has a bit too many options. It has URL filters to block web ads (which can save you time and data), has a download manager, supports multiple users, private browsing, fullscreen reading, and tabs. It has a built-in RSS reader, cookie manager, and you can save web pages for offline reading. It's stable and reliable, and is regularly updated. It also installs a share service, so you can view a web page in Safari, tap the Share button, and choose to open that page in iCab.

iCab Mobile can be a bit complex to get used to, and its buttons and settings can be a bit off-putting. But it's definitely a browser for power users. If that's you, then iCab Mobile might be the browser you need.

Opera Mini

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The free Opera Mini is probably the only web browser that works on all mobile phones. There are iOS, Android, and Windows Phone versions, and it even works on "basic phones." You can create an Opera Link account and sync bookmarks across your devices. One of this browser's marquee features is its Video Boost feature, which compresses videos, saving you time and data. It also compresses web pages, making slow connections a lot faster, with one of two settings: Opera Mini and Opera Turbo.

Opera Mini also has a Discover feature, which is a built-in selection of news articles by topic. It's not as detailed as, say, Flipboard or Google News, but you may find that it gives you the news you need.

Opera Coast

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Opera also has another iOS browser, Opera Coast. It does away with all the widgets other browsers have: there's no address bar, there are no buttons (you swipe to move around), and you save your favorites sites as tiles on its home screen. You can search using Google, of course, but the power of this browser lies in the way it gives you easy access to the sites you visit most. Opera Coast is uncluttered, and, if you only visit a handful of sites, it's a great way to access the web.

Ghostery

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Ghostery, a free browser, is for users who are annoyed by how much they're tracked on the web. When you load a web page in Ghostery, you tap the app's ghost icon to see a list of trackers on that page. You can turn off tracking for any of the specific trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons, then reload the page. Over time, Ghostery develops a list of the trackers you don't like and prevents them from loading.

Turning off trackers not only protects your privacy, but it can also make web pages load more quickly. When you load a page, your browser has to contact every server that provides content to the page. If there are a couple dozen trackers, you need to connect to that many servers. Ghostery isn't the most feature-laden browser; it does one thing, and does it well.

Intego Rook

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If you've got kids, you might not want them to be able to browse just any website, and you may want to monitor their browsing activity. These days, it's common for parents to control what their children can see online, only allowing content that's age-appropriate by limiting access to sites you've approved. Rook, part of Intego's Family Protector parental controls for iOS, lets you choose exactly what your kids can access on the web. You can configure it on a website, from any computer or mobile device, and you can see where your kids have been browsing.

Intego Rook filters web content, blocks web pages you don't want your kids to see, and lets you even turn off web access when your kids should be doing their homework. And, with Intego Family Protector, you can do much more to control what your kids can do with their iOS devices.

Source : intego

Categorized in Search Engine

The iPhone 7 has one major feature that Apple is still keeping secret. And so does the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. According to new findings, Apple happy just making its own CPU for the iPhone — one that has no rival in the smartphone market for the time being — but it has also quietly been working on its own mobile GPU customizations. Unlike A series chips, Apple has not acknowledged its effort with graphics chips at all. But the company has been gradually moving from licensing PowerVR graphics to making its own.

The new graphics processor first shipped with the A8 chip, Real World Technologies’ David Kanter says. The A9 and A10 Fusion chips then received upgraded versions of Apple’s GPU chips...

Kanter said in his analysis that a modern GPU has three major components: “The first is the fixed-function graphics hardware, which is responsible for tasks like processing API commands, triangle rasterization, and raster output. The second is the shader core, which is the heart of the GPU and executes programmable shaders (e.g., vertex, geometry, pixel, and compute shaders). Last, the graphics driver is the software that runs on the CPU and ties everything together, coordinating the activities of the GPU. The driver transforms graphics applications written in the Metal or OpenGL ES APIs into a series of commands for the fixed-function hardware and programmable shaders that execute on the shader cores.”

Imagination Technologies, which makes the PowerVR chips Apple uses in its iOS devices, provided Apple the fixed-function graphics hardware, the shader cores and the drivers for previous-generation iPhones. But Apple has created its own shader cores and its own driver and compiler in recent years. The company has never documented the changes, but Kanter compared available information from WWDC 2016 sessions to basic PowerVR manuals and discovered that shader cores in Apple’s GPU are different from the ones in the PowerVR line.

On of the themes of Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote was increased performance and power efficiency for a variety of components, including the CPU and GPU in its new smartphones.

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Apple was once rumored to be considering an acquisition of Imagination Technologies, but the iPhone maker denied those claims. The company did hire at least two dozen employees from the British company, including former COO John Metcalf, as MacRumors reminds us. Furthermore, Apple has hired engineers from AMD, Google, Intel and Nvidia, creating its own GPU design and graphics driver teams.

However, Apple is not ready to give its GPU a formal name. And Apple has special terms for all the iPhone bits and pieces it wants to talk about. The iPhone 7’s CPU is called A10 Fusion, while Metal is the name of the new graphics framework Apple introduced with iOS 8. The iPhone 7’s GPU might be called the G9, a name that appeared briefly in GFXBench tests for the phone before being removed.

The advantages are clear to Kanter. “The most obvious benefit is that Apple’s GPU is better (i.e., faster and more efficient) than the mobile competition, which includes GPUs licensed from ARM or Imagination, as well as proprietary designs from Qualcomm. Superior performance directly translates into a better user experience and battery life for gaming, as well as for imaging and machine learning applications,” he wrote.

Going forward, Apple will likely improve the performance and efficiency of its iPhone and iPad GPUs in a way rivals can’t imitate.

Source : bgr

Categorized in Science & Tech

Cybercriminals are targeting people using Apple products as they are more likely to have disposable income, a security expert has warned.

Blogger Graham Cluley said that while malware was more common on Windows, Apple customers could not "afford to be lackadaisical" about security.

On Monday, hereported a text message scamthat tried to trick people into handing over account information.

Apple's supportsite warns customersnot to enter details on spoof sites.

The text message scammers sent out alerts to victims' smartphones, claiming their Apple ID accounts were going to expire. The message encouraged people to visit a fake website where they were asked to enter their account information.

"It tried to grab personal information and credit card details with the aim of committing identity theft," said Mr Cluley.

"They deliberately took advantage of people's trust in the Apple brand to steal information.

"Avoid clicking on links in emails because they might take you somewhere phishy. Instead go to the website directly and log in that way." Spoof Apple website

The spoof website has since been blocked by web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.

Apple's support website says customers "should never enter Apple account information on any non-Apple website".

"In general, all account-related activities will take place in the iTunes application directly, not through a web browser," it explains.

On Tuesday, Mr Cluley reported on a second scam disguised as an update to Adobe Flash, which encouraged victims to install a new version of the software.

In a blog about a discovery by the security firm Integohe wrote: "The best advice for many users may be to ensure that you have configured Adobe Flash Player to automatically update itself."

Apple's Mac OS X operating system does have a safeguard, enabled by default, that prevents people installing software written by unknown developers. However, it appears the attackers were able to circumvent this.

"The fake Flash update attack appears to have used a stolen Apple Developer certificate, suggesting that some third-party Mac developers may be being sloppy about their own security and putting the rest of us at risk as a result," Mr Cluley told the BBC.

"The truth is that criminals will go where the money is.

"Apple products cost more than some of their competitors so it's likely that their customers have more disposable income. That's cash which the bad guys would like to have filling their pockets."

Source : bbc

Categorized in Market Research

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