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It has taken seven betas, but Apple AAPL -0.22% has finally released iOS 10.3. The new update has caused some scares, but also brings essential optimisation. So should you upgrade? 

Here’s everything you need to know…

Apple iOS 10.3 is finally here.

Who Is iOS 10.3 For?

iOS 10.3 targets all iOS 10 compatible devices: the iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4 or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Pro range and the 6th generation iPod touch or later.

You should be prompted to upgrade to iOS 10.3 automatically, but if that hasn’t happened it can be triggered manually by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS updates differ in size depending on your device. In the case of iOS 10.3 it is a medium-sized update weighing in at up to 600MB, and it’s an important one.   

Apple 10.3 has been released for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch. Image credit: Apple
Apple 10.3 has been released for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.

The Deal Breakers

iOS 10.3 will break any jailbroken devices. In recent years jailbreaking teams’ game of cat and mouse has been decidedly one sided with Apple consistently retaining the upper hand and iOS upgrades making jailbreaks less important than they once were. That said, if you value having a jailbroken device, steer clear.

Secondly there is an ongoing argument at Apple’s official Support Communities over whether iOS 10.3 (and its previous betas) truly fixes the 30% Battery Bug which Apple claimed it had addressed in iOS 10.2.1 (which in truth was only a partial success).

The argument from those who are skeptical is that Apple has changed how it reports the battery percentage (an ‘artificial meter’), rather than fixing the underlying cause. Whether this is true remains to be seen, but the fact is - fixed or not - this should not stop users upgrading if they are already affected.

Aside from this there are some isolated reports in Apple Support Communities about failed updates (impatience can actually be a factor) and Bluetooth connectivity issues (12) but nothing has shown any sign of wide scale problems. I’ll update should that change.

So What Do You Get?

Being a ‘major point upgrade’ iOS 10.3 is a feature rich update, the highlights of which include:

  • Find My iPhone - track lost AirPods by requesting a sound is played from them (you’ll need a relatively quiet environment, but it works well)
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Find My AirPods arrives in iOS 10.3.
  • Siri - support for paying and checking bill status in payment apps, scheduling in ride booking apps, access the functionality of car maker’s apps
  • CarPlay - shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to recent apps, Apple Music Now Playing gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album, daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
  • iTunes - movie rentals (finally!)
  • Settings - a unified view for Apple ID account information, settings and devices V
  • Maps - Hourly weather using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature, searching for your ‘parked car’
  • Calendar - delete unwanted invites and report them as junk (vital given this has been a method for spam)
  • Home - support for ‘scenes’ using accessories with switches and buttons, battery level status in accessories
  • Podcasts - support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows, episodes now shareable to Messages with playback support

In addition to this the biggest news is the introduction of the Apple File System (APFS). APFS replaces the ancient HFS+ (launched back in 1998) which itself is based on HFS (launched in 1985!). APFS is more efficient so it saves space (expect 1-7GB depending on the storage size of your device), enables better backups, is more secure and optimised for solid state storage - which was what all iOS devices use.

An Apple engineer also revealed that Apple has quietly optimised system animations to make navigation feel faster.

Meanwhile on the security side of things iOS 10.3 is now actively warning users if they have 32-bit apps installed. iOS moved to 64-bit several years ago and now Apple is hunting down outdated apps which have yet to make the change. In addition to this around 100 vulnerabilities have been fixed, including a high profile Safari flaw which allowed hackers to stop users browsing the web and demand payment through an endless stream of pop-ups.

A full list of Apple’s numerous security fixes in iOS 10.3 can be viewed here.

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iOS 10.3 ushers in a new, potentially more stable, era with the arrival of APFS and it saves space too as this before/after shot shows

Apple iOS 10.3 Install Verdict: Upgrade

iOS 10.3 is one of the most impressive updates Apple has released in some time. Switching the entire file system of around one billion compatible devices is a huge task and all signs are it has gone smoothly, while also saving users space and improving performance. No doubt there is also room for further optimisation with time.

In addition to this the new features are useful, practical and in some cases (iTunes movie rentals) overdue. A cloud still hangs over Apple’s lack of transparency regarding the 30% Bug and affected users are still reporting it isn’t a perfect cure (and are doubtful about the methods Apple has employed to ‘fix’ it), but overall iOS 10.3 is a very good step forward for all compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod touch.

The Road Ahead

In a curious move Apple has announced iOS 10.3.2 is now in beta testing with no sign of iOS 10.3.1. Perhaps iOS 10.3.1 will be a minor update/bug fix and Apple feels there is no need to test it first, but I don’t remember out of sequence testing occurring before.

Making things more curious is iOS 10.3.2 Beta 1 suggests it is also focused on fixes not features. A quick release for iOS 10.3.1 could clear this up, but for now it’s odd.

Meanwhile, despite still being six months away, speculation is already growing about iOS 11 and some vague claims are floating around that it brings upgrades to Siri. I’d take these with a pinch of salt at this stage and simply hope that the seamless introduction of APFS in iOS 10.3 marks a return to the rock solid updates we saw prior to iOS 7.

No longer using a file system based on a core which is 32 years old has to be a good sign...

Source : forbes.com

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After releasing roughly 437 different iOS 10.3 betas to developers over the past few weeks alone, Apple has finally released iOS 10.3 to the public. The new mobile software is available as an over the air (OTA) download or as a download through iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC, and it’s compatible with 19 different Apple devices dating as far back as the iPhone 5, 4th-generation iPad, iPad mini 2, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.

Should you be excited? Should you rush to download and install iOS 10.3 on your iPhone or iPad as soon as possible? In this post, we’ll run through all of the top new features Apple introduced in iOS 10.3.

Find My AirPods: The most talked-about new feature in iOS 10.3 is Find My AirPods, which obviously only matters if you own a pair of Apple’s hot new AirPods. They’re still next to impossible to find in Apple stores, so Amazon is really your only hope if you want AirPods anytime soon.

There’s now a new option in the Find My iPhone app that can track down your AirPods, but it’s nowhere near as accurate or as useful as it is for iPhones and iPads since AirPods don’t have a GPS radio or the ability to connect to any networks. Instead, this is basically a log that will show you the last location where your iPhone was connected to your AirPods.

If you forget your AirPods somewhere, this nifty new feature could definitely help you find them. If you haven’t connected to them in a while or if they’re stolen, you’re pretty much out of luck.

App Transition Animations: You might not even notice this one, but Apple made a subtle change to the transition animations that are shown as apps open and close in iOS 10.3. They now have slightly more rounded edges, which is definitely not a big deal. But they also seem to move a bit faster, which is a big deal since it speeds up the interface a bit.

Weather in Maps: In the Maps app, users can now 3D Touch the weather icon to see a local forecast for the area.

Apple ID Profile: There is now a new Apple ID profile section in the Settings app that you’ll see at the very top of the first screen. It gives you access to a single page where you’ll find your full contact profile, security settings, payment information, iCloud account details, App Store settings, Family Sharing settings and a bit more.

Also of note, this page displays every Apple device where you’re currently signed in.

iCloud Storage: You’ll now find a new section at the top of your iCloud settings page with a breakdown of how your iCloud storage is being used.

New File System: This is a big one, though it takes place completely behind the scenes so you won’t even realize it’s happening. Installing iOS 10.3 will automatically update your iPhone or iPad to use Apple File System (APFS) instead of HFS+. APFS is better optimized for NAND flash storage so files can be accessed more quickly, and it also supports stronger encryption.

Voice Call Continuity for Verizon: This is obviously a new feature that will only be appreciated by Verizon Wireless subscribers, but iCloud calling features are now finally supported if you use Verizon. That means you can make or receive voice calls on your Mac, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

Podcasts Widget: You know that widgets panel you never use? There’s a new Podcasts widget available now (it’s actually a pretty cool addition for podcast fans).

Author : Zach Epstein

Source : Bgr.com

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Dozens of iOS apps that are supposed to be encrypting their users' data don't do it properly, according to a security researcher.

Will Strafach, CEO of Sudo Security Group, said he found 76 iOS apps that are vulnerable to an attack that can intercept protected data.

The developers of the apps have accidentally misconfigured the networking-related code so it will accept an invalid Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate, Strafach claimed in a Monday blog post.

TLS is used to secure an app’s communication over an internet connection. Without it, a hacker can essentially eavesdrop over a network to spy on whatever data the app sends, such as login information.

“This sort of attack can be conducted by any party within Wi-Fi range of your device while it is in use,” Strafach said. “This can be anywhere in public, or even within your home if an attacker can get within close range.”

Strafach discovered the vulnerability in the 76 apps by scanning them with his company-developed security service, verify.ly, which he's promoting. It flagged “hundreds of applications” with a high likelihood of data interception.

He’s so far confirmed that these 76 apps possess the vulnerability. He did so by running them on an iPhone running iOS 10 and using a proxy to insert an invalid TLS certificate into the connection.

Strafach declared that 43 of the apps were either a high or medium risk, because they risked exposing login information and authentication tokens. Some of them are from “banks, medical providers, and other developers of sensitive applications,” he said.

He's not disclosing their names, to give them time to patch the problem.

The remaining 33 apps were deemed low risks because they revealed only partially sensitive data, such as email addresses. They include the free messaging service ooVoo, video uploaders to Snapchat and lesser-known music streaming services, among many others.

In all, the 76 apps have 18 million downloads, according to app market tracker Apptopia, Strafach said.

It’ll be up to the app developers to fix the problem, but it only involves changing a few lines of code, says Strafach, who’s been trying to contact the developers.

He included some warnings for developers in the blog post.

“Be extremely careful when inserting network-related code and changing application behaviors,” he wrote. “Many issues like this arise from an application developer not fully understanding the code they’ve borrowed from the web.”

Users of affected apps can protect themselves by turning off the Wi-Fi when in a public location, Strafach says. That will force the phone to use a cellular connection to the internet, making it much harder for any hacker to eavesdrop unless they use expensive and illegal equipment, Strafach said.

Author : Michael Kan

Source : http://www.itworld.com/article/3166529/security/dozens-of-ios-apps-fail-to-secure-users-data-researcher-says.html

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There is a reason why so many of us simply can’t live apart from our smartphone or tablet, actually several reasons. These reasons are apps. As Steve Jobs used to say “Software is the soul of a hardware”, without it any smartphone or tablet is just a piece of metal. Despite the genius of Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Jonathan Ive, that makes iPhone design so exceptional, when it’s turned off, it’s useless, the iOS operating system is what makes it tick. Forgive us for repeating this metric once more, we know you’ve heard it countless times, but here it is – there are more than 3 million iOS and Android apps combined. By 2015 iOS apps in particular, were downloaded more than 100 billion times. To put this number in perspective, there are only 26 million songs on the iTunes store and up-to-date they’re downloaded 25 billion times. In fact, it’s really hard to find other example of a digital content that can compete with mobile apps in terms of quantity and diversity.

Number of  iOS apps downloads  from 2008 to 2015
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All those apps have a particular reason for their existence, a particular problem to solve or just to entertain and, as with any market, the majority of those apps, to put it mildly, aren’t spectacularly good. You see, it’s about human’s talent and creativity, some people are exceptionally bright, some are absolutely ok with just following the flow and imitating others. But in the ocean of these apps there are handful that over the years have managed to win the greatest number of user hearts and they become part of our daily smartphone or tablet usage routine.

Checking some of those apps is the first thing we do in a morning, before drinking coffee or anything else, some of them make us smile or sad as we learn about what’s going on in the world around us. Let’s look at the TOP 10 apps that, according to AppAnnie app intelligence platform report, to date were downloaded more than other apps and became super popular.

The Full List

Without a further ado, let’s walk through each app on this list and dig into a bit of its history.

Facebook
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In a sense this app has become even more essential than many iOS native apps. In fact, Facebook app in many cases is the reason why people reach out their smartphone in the morning – to check what’s new in their Facebook feed. The app is available in 27 languages and there are countries where the majority of population has an account on Facebook and on the other hand it’s prohibited in China, what certainly limits its user base growth, which is by Q4, 2015 reached 1,59 billion. On average people spend on Facebook at least 20 minutes a day. The top three countries with the great number of accounts on Facebook are US (151M), India (109M), Brazil (70M).

Key Facts:

F8 2015 – Facebook on iOS: Inside the “Big Blue App”


Facebook Messenger

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In August of 2011 Facebook released a standalone app to separate instant messaging communication between Facebook users into a standalone app. This Facebook’s move had a mixed reception but ultimately the app took off and by April, 2016 it had 900M users. The most distinctive feature that sets Facebook Messenger apart from other instant messengers is chatbots support, that allow businesses to build a communication channel with their customer via Facebook Messenger. Countries where the app is popular the most are US, Canada, Sweden and Australia.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – August 9, 2011
  • Current version average rating – 3.0 stars
  • Category – Social Networking
  • Data point – as of mid April, 2016 it had 35 chatbots already

Introducing Video Calling in Messenger

YouTube
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If you asked people 10 years ago about what popular video sharing websites did they watch, they would tell you that it was DailyMotion, Vimeo and YouTube. Ask this question today and people will smile at you because the answer is obvious – YouTube only. It was one of the apps that iPhone was introduced with by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, it was a time when the App Store didn’t exist and iPhone users app choice was limited with a handful of apps. In 2012 Apple decided to drop YouTube from the set of native apps with introduction of iOS 6 and soon after Google released its own app, which since has gone through 11 major iterations and today proudly sits on the third place of the Top 10 Most Popular iOS apps.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – June 2008 (an iOS native app), September 2012 (a standalone app)
  • Current version average rating – 2.5 stars
  • Category – Photo and Video
  • Data point – people upload on YouTube 300k hours of videos daily, which is 24 TB of data.

YouTube app iOS 9 recent update review

Instagram

Online photo sharing took off with an introduction of services like Yahoo Flickr, Google Picasa and others back in 2004-2005. Later with iOS and Android ecosystem introduction, photo sharing services went mobile and as of today you’d have a hard time trying to find more popular photo sharing app than Instagram. On a contrary from many popular apps that are a mobile extension for a website service, Instagram was initially conceived as a mobile app. It was launched in 2010 and in 2o12 it was acquired by Facebook for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock. Today the app is available in 25 languages and allows users to share both photos and videos, it’s got an advertising solution for businesses that provides among others a mobile app user acquisition solution. The top 5 countries where the app is most popular are US, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and UK.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – October, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 4.5 stars
  • Category – Photo and Video
  • Data point – the most popular hashtags on Instagram are #love and #selfie.

Introducing Photos of You

Skype

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Take any popular instant messaging app and most likely it has a video calling capability but as with any popular feature there is one particular app that set it on a trajectory to become popular at some point in a past. For video calling it was definitely the Skype app and even though Google HangoutsFacebook MessengerApple’s iMessageViber apps provide video calling feature, still Skype is the major choice for people when it comes to placing a video call and it rightously occupies the fifth position on the Top 10 Most Popular iOS Apps chart. Skype has more than 47M in US alone and more than 300M worldwide.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – summer of 2009
  • Current version average rating – 4.0 stars
  • Category – Social Networking
  • Data point – Skype Translate can translate calls on-fly in 7 languages: Chinese Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese

Skype Conversations Of The Future

WhatsApp Messenger

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If ICQ instant messaging application name doesn’t ring your bell, it’s ok – today people hardly remember about it but back in the day it was The instant messaging application you could find on any desktop computer or a laptop. Today’s reincarnation of the same concept is WhatsApp Messenger app, it’s a cross-platform instant messaging app that allows people on iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry and Nokia phones communicate freely and it has over 1 billion users worldwide. Aside from a phenomenal number of users that rivals with its current parent company, Facebook Inc., the price that Facebook paid in February 19, 2014 to acquire the company – $19.3 billion.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – January, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 4.0 stars
  • Category – Social Networking
  • Data point – WhatsApp team has crossed 1Billion downloads on Android with 4 engineers (and 1 guy overseeing it), in their own words they’re 4.25 people vs 1Bn+ android users.

WhatsApp: Voice Messages

Find My iPhone

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In its own right, this app is the most important of all ten on the list, meaning how would you able to use all those apps if you’ve lost your iPhone? Well, seriously speaking this iOS app has a great record of being really useful for iPhone owners in situations, ranging from having their beloved device stolen, lost or simply put somewhere in the house by their kids and they wouldn’t find it quickly without this app. It’s one of those apps that you better not turn up to be in a situation when you need it but you better have it when you do.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – June 15, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 3.5 stars
  • Category – Utilities
  • Data point – Activation lock function, part of the Find My iPhone service, has decreased iPhone theft by 40% in San Francisco and 25% in New York.

Find My iPhone iOS app

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Google Maps

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Another app that debuted on iOS platform as one of the native apps that was developed by Apple in collaboration with Google and than, with iOS 6 introduction, became a third-party app developed solely by Google. Even though the initial reaction on this Apple’s move was controversial but looking back now in retrospective, we can say that eventually all parties have won. Apple managed to decrease its dependency on services of its rival in mobile arena, Google got more freedom for developing the app the way the company wanted to and iOS devices owners got more choice of high quality navigational apps. One thing was clear about the Apple’s own maps app from a get-go that it’s going to require a big effort on Apple’s part to compete with Google that had years of a head start with mapping technology. As of today Google Maps continue to rule the mobile navigational apps space and it’s number eight on the chart of Top 10 Most Popular iOS Apps.

  • Release data – Dec 12, 2012
  • Current version average rating – 3,5 stars
  • Category – Navigation
  • Data point – Google Maps covers over 25% of the world’s land surface and over 60% of the world’s population in sub-meter high resolution.

Experience 36 Hours through Google Maps

Twitter


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Conceived initially as a service to help families and friends to inform each other about updates in their lives, today Twitter has become so much more than that. It’s become the major source for news people can pick up in a matter of minutes after they being reported on Twitter by regular usrs or media outlets. Twitter is the place for celebrities, politicians and hundreds of millions of regular users to share and consume information. Even though Twitter has apps for for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows 10, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Firefox OS, and Nokia S40, its iOS app for iPhone continues to be the flagman for new features to be implemented on and, along with the Android app, contributes the bulk of usage among Twitter users worldwide.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – April, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 4,5 stars
  • Category – News
  • Data point – 347,000 tweets are sent every minute.

How to use Mute on Twitter

iTunes U

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Aside from Apple’s achievements with hardware and software oriented towards consumer and Enterprise markets, its ongoing effort with digital education is what sets Apple aside from other tech giants. On May 30, 2007 Apple introduced a new section on iTunes – iTunes U, to host audio and video courses from universities for people to download free of charge. This was a tremendous step to make educational materials accessible to people who wouldn’t be able to get a hold of them otherwise. As of today iTunes U iOS app concludes the Top 10 Most Popular iOS apps chart and demonstrates people’s thirst of knowledge. It’s a good example of how solutions like iTunes U can be a great digital campaign for universities curriculum and increase education efficiency.

Key Facts:

  • Release data – April, 2010
  • Current version average rating – 3,5 stars
  • Category – Education
  • Data point – In February, 2013 iTunes U crossed 1 billion content downloads mark.

Understanding iTunes U

Conclusion

When we look at the list of these ten apps, we see distinctive patterns. Number one – almost all of them are from the Social Networking category, it bolsters one of the major trends for mobile apps, which is that they feed our necessity to communicate, we are social creatures, we need to be able to share information whenever we want to and, in a current fast-forwarding world, it’s not an easy task. Trend number two – these apps are extensions of a previously existing desktop service and their enormous success can partly be explain by that.

Hence a takeaway lesson for app developers could be that to launch and sustain a successful app, they need to apply a complex approach – an app should be one of the channels to reach out their audience with the service they provide.

Author : Artyom Dogtiev

Source : http://www.businessofapps.com/top-10-popular-ios-apps-time/

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Here is a quick rundown of some of the new features contained in the latest iOS 10.2 update that you might have missed.

While most of these features should be available on all devices that support iOS 10, some will only be available on newer devices.

ALLOW SELECTED CONTACTS TO BYPASS DO NOT DISTURB 

The VIP system for allowing selected contacts to still call you has been improved dramatically in iOS 10. Now you can pick out contacts that can make your phone ring individually.

Go into Contacts, select a contact, and click Edit. From there, you can set the ringtone and text tone to Emergency Bypass On.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?

Fire up Apple Maps to find where you parked your car. If it's not immediately obvious from the little car icon on the map, you can search for Parked car.

SEND SMALLER PHOTOS IN IMESSAGE

Go to Settings > Messages and enable Low Quality Image Mode.

If you send a lot of photos and you're either having poor signal or you're not on an unlimited data plan, this can be really helpful.

TIME FOR BED

This is a weird feature that people will either love or hate. If you're the sort of person who likes to have a certain number of hours of sleep before your alarm goes off, you can now have your iPhone remind you when to go to bed. (I know, how did we manage before such things?)

To enable this feature, open the Clock app and tap Bedtime.

CONVERT TEXT TO EMOJIS

The Messages app will highlight the words you can swap out for an emoji in orange, and you can emojify a message by simply tapping on the words.

PRIORITIZE APP INSTALLATIONS

If you're recovering your iPhone or installing multiple apps, you can control which apps are installed first by doing a long press on any app waiting to be downloaded on the home screen and then tapping the Prioritize Download option.

This requires a device with 3D Touch.

BETTER IMESSAGE READ RECEIPTS

Now you can set your read receipt preferences by clicking on the "I" icon found at the top-right of iMessage window, then turn read receipts on or off.

This setting syncs across all your devices.

JAZZ UP YOUR MESSAGES

If you're sending a message to other iPhone or iPad users using iMessage then you can animate the message to give it a bit more impact. Just press and hold the send message blue arrow to uncover Bubble and Screen options.

DRAW YOUR MESSAGE

Again in iMessage, rotate your device by 90 degrees to get access to an option that allows you to draw your message and send it to other iMessage users.

FIND YOUR APPLE WATCH

I know a lot of people requested this feature, and now it's present as part of Find My iPhone.

MAKE UNLOCK WORK THE WAY IT USED TO

Apple tweaked the way you unlock your iPhone with the Touch ID sensor, but if this new feature annoys you there is a way to make it work like it did in iOS 9.

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and enable Rest Finger to Open.

DELETE THOSE UNDELETABLE APPS

Apple's own apps used to be a fixed feature, and the best you could do was hide them from view. But now you can delete apps such as Main, Stocks, and Weather just like you'd delete any other app (and if you change your mind, they're in the App Store).

BRIGHT LIGHTS!

You can now alter the brightness of the flashlight by using a long press on the flashlight icon in Control Center to choose between Bright Light, Medium Light, and Low Light.

This requires a device with 3D Touch.

GET TO THE CAMERA -- FAST!

The icon might be gone, but you can still get to the camera from the lock screen. All you need to do is swipe left.

SEARCH YOUR PHOTOS

From Memories in the Photos app you can search for photos containing particular objects. 

Mail automatically floats unsubscribe links from mailing list emails to the top, so you can find them easily.

AVOID TOLL ROADS

If you're a heavy user of Apple Maps and want to save yourself a few bucks then you might want to go into Settings > Maps > Driving & Navigation to turn off the tolls.

SAVE ON STORAGE SPACE

If you're low on space you can get iOS 10 to remove music you've not listened to in a while by going to Settings > Music > Optimize Storage and enabling Optimize Storage. From here you can pick how much free space you want to try to keep on your iPhone or iPad.

Author : Adrian Kingsley

Source : http://www.zdnet.com/article/ios-10-2-tips-and-hidden-secrets/

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Sticking to your guns is often seen as a good thing, but sometimes it can do more harm than good. Especially when it means persisting with a mundane process in full knowledge that it will cause new problems…

In short: today Apple AAPL -0.70% stopped signing iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1. What this means is Apple servers will not recognise either update as legitimate anymore so iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can no longer downgrade to them from iOS 10.2, which Apple released last week. Apple typically stops signing old versions of iOS within a week or two of launching a new version.

And yet persisting with this seemingly simple housekeeping exercise makes no sense whatsoever given the problems iOS 10.2 is exacerbating with the so-called ‘30% battery bug’.

Apple iOS 10.2. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Apple iOS 10.2. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

First reported by me last month, the 30% bug can affect every iOS 10 compatible iPhone with the exception of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and it causes the phone to die suddenly when the battery is around the 30% mark. To date Apple has acknowledged the problem initially with a small batch of iPhone 6S models (a batch size it then increased), but says it has found no evidence of this happening to any other model.

This stance has been maintained despite a 62 page long thread in Apple’s official Support Communities forum, frustrated tweets from iPhone 6S Plus owner Tony ‘Father of the iPod’ Fadell and a stern warning from the Chinese Government which argues the numerous reports it has received of the problem across multiple models mean Apple is failing to “meet basic consumer needs for normal wireless communication.”

The Big Signing Problem

So where does the issue arrive from Apple’s decision to stop signing iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1, especially since many peg these updates are responsible for the 30% bug’s creation in the first place? It’s quite simple: it is because iOS 10.2 is consistently reported as making the problem even worse.

“Same here, iOS 10.2 actually made the problem worse,” says Apple Support Communities poster ricardo jb in response this growing theme on thread. “The battery percentage seems to get stuck at some level for a while, even with battery draining apps such as pokemon go running, then it drops different percentages at different moments, it's really random.”

Since I first pointed this out I have also been contacted numerous times over email and social media by users empathising with this situation:

Complaints on Twitter mirror the same frustration expressed by users on Apple Support Communities. Image credit: Twitter

Complaints on Twitter mirror the same frustration expressed by users on Apple Support Communities. Image credit: Twitter

Furthermore iOS 10.2 is actually introducing the 30% bug to previously unaffected iPhones which is why some had found downgrading to iOS 10.1.1 or iOS 10.1 to be a good temporary fix. Forum poster IHIP699 spells out this situation and perfectly sums up the subsequent frustration at Apple’s decision to prematurely stop signing these releases:

iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1 were seen as a safe haven for many troubled iOS 10.2 users - but not anymore. Image credit: Apple

iOS 10.1 and iOS 10.1.1 were seen as a safe haven for many troubled iOS 10.2 users - but not anymore. Image credit: Apple

Hope On The Horizon?

So with Apple’s bizarre decision to maroon users on iOS 10.2 should we all be picking up our lanterns and pitchforks and descending on Apple HQ? Not yet. Because there are two pieces of potentially good news.

Firstly, while holding out on admitting to the wider battery problem, Apple did introduce a battery diagnostics tool in iOS 10.2 which it declined to list in the release notes. Apple also declined to tell me how the tool works, what it collects or where the data is sent but it is at least an attempt by the company to try and investigate what is going on.

Further to this we have iOS 10.2.1 which Apple currently has in beta testing right now. Again Apple has declined to list any features of iOS 10.2.1 to beta testers, but some have noticed significant improvements to the 30% bug while trying it:

Some Apple Support Communities users have seen improvements with iOS 10.2.1. Image credit: Apple

Some Apple Support Communities users have seen improvements with iOS 10.2.1. Image credit: Apple

Yes, that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it offers hope - especially with more iOS 10.2.1 betas likely to come before release. It is also worth pointing out that (as large, powerful and self confident as Apple is) the growing pressure from users coupled with the frustration of a vocal Chinese government surely must mean the company is moving quickly behind the scenes.

I know cynics will call this hokey optimism, but I think the combination of the diagnostics tool and early iOS 10.2.1 reports gives us enough reason to be hopeful. Even if Apple, in stubbornly sticking to process and cutting off the downgrade path from iOS 10.2, has affected users banging their heads against the wall right now…

Author : Gordon Kelly

Source : http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/12/21/apple-ios-10-2-iphone-battery-problems/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#295b51c24f2c

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iOS 10 is only three months old but with iOS 10.2 Apple AAPL +0.16% is already onto its fifth update (sixth if you include iOS 10.0.1 which Apple quickly bolted into the original release) and iOS 10.2.1 is already in testing. Why? Because ladies and gents, while iOS 10.2 does contain a fun surprise, it doesn’t bring the crucial fixes many users crave and instead carries something else you might not have been expecting…

‘Great Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

Apple iOS 10.2. Image credit: Gordon Kelly

Nasty Surprise #1: ‘30% Bug’ Made Even Worse

Remember the ‘30% Bug’ I brought attention to in November? It is a problem which causes many models of iPhone to die when their battery reaches about 30% of charge remaining. The problem was subsequently referenced by the Chinese Government’s watchdog the China Consumers’ Association in a warning to Apple as it was failing to “meet basic consumer needs for normal wireless communication.”

Well iOS 10.2 brings no fixes for this issue. Given Apple continues to deny any model other than the iPhone 6S is affected (though it has widened the range of affected 6S model numbers entitled to free battery replacements), this is probably no surprise.

That said this also won’t do much to pacify affected users, notably on Apple’s official Support Communities forum where the 11 page thread I previously reported on has now ballooned to 50 pages. Moreover some users are reporting iOS 10.2 makes the problem even worse on their devices.

“Same here, iOS 10.2 actually made the problem worse,” says Apple Support Communities poster ricardo jb in response this growing theme on thread. “The battery percentage seems to get stuck at some level for a while, even with battery draining apps such as pokemon go running, then it drops different percentages at different moments, it’s really random.”

Many users claim the issue began with iOS 10.1.1 and it can affect all iOS 10 compatible iPhones (the iPhone 5 and above). So perhaps a fix can indeed be made in software without the need for a battery replacement, but if so then iOS 10.2 isn’t it.

Nasty Surprise #2: New Tracking Telemetry Is On Your Device

The plus side to the 30% Bug is Apple has promised to look into it and said it would release a software update this week which would track the battery consumption on iPhones to help the company get to the bottom of the problem.

That’s all well and good but – surprise – it turns out the tracking software is baked into iOS 10.2 and no mention of this was made in the release notes. Apple exclusively confirmed the integration of the telemetry tool with iOS 10.2 to me today and that it is installed on every compatible device, regardless of whether they are affected by the bug.

Concept render of the 2017 10th anniversary iPhone alongside current models - what Apple should be focusing on but for ongoing battery issues. Concept image credit: Veniamin Geskin

Concept render of the 2017 10th anniversary iPhone alongside current models – what Apple should be focusing on but for ongoing battery issues. Concept image credit: Veniamin Geskin

Needless to say that’s good news for some, but there’s no transparency here. Many would have expected the tool to be its own separate update and some users do not want new forms of tracking software on their phone – whether through personal preference or professional need. Especially when no specifics have been officially disclosed as to how it works, exactly how it tracks, where the information it gathers is sent, if it is anonymised or how long the data will be kept.

There’s no reason to believe Apple is doing something deliberately nefarious here, I suspect the intentions are well meant – it’s just good manners to ask first.

And, at the very least, to put the inclusion of the tracker on the release notes. After all if “Fixes an issue where VoiceOver users could not re-order items in lists” was deemed important enough to make it then so should “[Temporary anonymised] battery tracking telemetry to investigate battery problems as reported by users/Forbes/the Chinese government’s consumer watchdog”.

Update: Apple has contacted me to say the battery data reporting software is a diagnostic tool not a tracker and is for users who have opted into diagnostic tools.  If it provides further information on how the software works or why it was left out of the release notes I will update again. 

Nasty Surprise #3: Broken EarPods Stay Broken

Another Apple Support Communities hot topic, this 11 page thread has grown to 24 pages since I reported on it two weeks ago and affected users have been complaining about it since September. In short: the microphone from Apple Earpods is malfunctioning during calls due to a software glitch.

Ending and restarting calls can temporarily rectify the problem but not for long and even a full Factory Reset has not solved the issue for affected users. Posters say Apple Support has only suggested they keep restarting their devices for now, so there were high hopes iOS 10.2 would provide a better solution – but the response is pretty uniform:

Apple Support Communities users consistently point our there is no improvement in iOS 10.2 for their EarPod problems. Image credit: Apple
Apple Support Communities users consistently point our there is no improvement in iOS 10.2 for their EarPod problems. Image credit: Apple

As such, while iOS 10.2 brings niceties like ‘TV’ (which replaces the ‘Videos’ app) and 100s of new emoji, it seems a smaller number of more pressing issues will have to wait for the arrival of the iOS 10.2.1 – at the earliest…

Author:  Gordon Kelly

Source:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/12/14/apple-ios-10-2-battery-tracking-bluetooth-problems/#2620dafb2499

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In the battle of the virtual assistants, Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, the latter hasn’t had much success off the Windows 10 platform — its iOS app is ranked No. 1,295 on the top charts, for example. In an effort to give its assistant broader appeal, Microsoft is today announcing a redesign of its smartphone application, which is now focused on making it quicker and easier to perform tasks and get information.

The revamp was announced alongside the debut of the Cortana app in the U.K.

When Cortana first launched last year on iOS and Android, it sported a black-and-white user interface that didn’t really look all that different from the PC version. You could set reminders, search the web, track flights and perform the same voice-powered searches that Cortana could handle on Windows 10, among other things.

The larger goal with Cortana, of course, has been to connect your Microsoft account, including your Notebook, personal interests and other settings, across all your devices. But Cortana can also operate like a more bare-bones alternative to Google’s assistant, which was just updated this week within the Google Search app, in fact.

Cortana doesn’t offer the breadth of features that Google does, but it can track your missed calls, help you manage your schedule, remind you to do things and look up information. On Android, you can even kick off searches by saying “Hey Cortana.”

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Above: old Cortana

In the older version, Cortana’s circular blue logo would hover above the home screen’s main feed of news, weather and other personal updates, like your commute time.

To take a specific action — like setting a reminder or sending a text, for example — you would tap a button to the left of the search box.

With Cortana’s makeover, the more popular “quick actions,” as they’re called, have been given a more prominent position. While you still access them with a tap from the main screen, those things you do the most — like viewing your day, viewing or setting reminders, checking meetings and reading the news — have moved to the front of the experience.

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Gone, too, is the black-and-white theme in favor of a very purple one. This is the most noticeable change, in terms of the made-over app.

When you ask Cortana for information, it’s now presented in a cleaner layout, with full-page answers for easier consumption, the company says. 

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And, under the hood, Microsoft has made speed improvements so the app feels faster than before.

The update is rolling out now on Android, while the iOS app update will follow in the weeks ahead.

Source : https://techcrunch.com

Auhtor :  Sarah Perez

Categorized in Internet Technology

It might not be tomorrow. It might not even be five years from now. But some day, Apple’s iOS platform will support home screen widgets. Apple’s unique iOS widget implementation is thought of by some as offering the best of both worlds. Widget support is there and it’s somewhat versatile, but widgets are buried off screen, forcing users to swipe to the right on either the lock screen or the first home screen in order to access the widget pane. On one hand, this allows iOS to support widgets without causing a big drain on the battery. On the other, it means zero-touch access to information, which is arguably the best thing about mobile widgets, is not possible.

Since iOS 10 widgets are hidden off screen, many people don’t even both using the feature. But we’re here to tell you that it’s time to give widgets another shot on your iPhone — and in this post, we’ll show you 10 iOS 10 widgets that should be installed on every iPhone.

recent thread on Reddit made me realize how often I actually do use widgets. I was pretty skeptical of how useful iOS widgets would be when Apple first introduced them, considering how limited their utility was (and still is). Though they are indeed limited compared to Android widgets, iOS 10 widgets can still be incredibly useful.

Whether or not you currently use any widgets on your iPhone, you’ll find links to 10 different iOS 10 widgets that you should definitely check out below.

AirLaunch Pro

This is easily one of my favorite iOS 10 widgets. It allows you to create a wide range of custom actions that are all accessible with a single tap from within an AirLaunch widget. Examples of how I use the widget include accessing the iPhone’s hotspot and VPN features each with a single touch, and copying my address to the clipboard so I can quickly and easily paste it into an email or elsewhere. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this nifty app.

Nearby Traffic

Everyone uses the Google Maps app, but did you know there are a bunch of useful iOS 10 widgets baked in? The Nearby Traffic widget gives you instant access to information about traffic around your current location.

Nearby Transit

Another great iOS 10 widget baked into Google Maps is the Nearby Transit widget, which makes it insanely easy to find public transit nearby.

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The best calendar widget in the App Store, hands down.

Copied

Copied is a great clipboard manager that saves things you copy to your clipboard so you can access more than just the last text you copied.

Workflow

Workflow is an endlessly useful automation app, and the widget is just as endlessly useful as the app itself.

Deliveries

This app makes it incredibly simple to track all of the packages en route to your home or office, and now you don’t even have to open the app to get updates.

Stocks Widget

This free widget lets you see what your entire portfolio is doing in near real time with a single swipe to your widget panel.

MiniStats

This nifty widget shows you information such as how much cellular data you’ve used in your current billing cycle.

Dark Sky

The best iOS weather app also packs one of the best iOS 10 weather widgets. Instead of blasting you with all kinds of weather data you don’t need, Dak Sky shows you the current weather conditions, the day’s high and low, and the likelihood of precipitation for the next hour.

BONUS

I didn’t list this among the 10 widgets above since not everyone has an August Smart Lock, but if you do have one, you absolutely must check out the widget. Instead of having to fumble with the app on your phone or your Apple Watch, the August widget lets you either lock or unlock your Smart Lock with a single tap.

Author:  Zach Epstein

Source:  http://bgr.com/

Categorized in Internet Technology

iOS 10 problems continue to plague iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as we head into 2017. If you’ve run into an iOS 10 problem on your device try a fix from this list before taking your device down to the local Apple Store.

The iOS 10 beta killed off some nasty bugs but iOS 10 problems slipped through the cracks. To combat these issues, Apple’s released several bug fix updates including iOS 10.1 (a major update) and the iOS 10.1.1 update (a minor bug fixer).

The software is improved from where it was in September but iOS 10 problems continue to linger on the latest version of the operating system.

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise. iOS updates, even updates that go through Apple’s extensive beta process, are always riddled with problems. Problems with services, apps and performance are extremely common.

iOS 10.1.1 owners are reporting these problems and a host of others and today we want to help them (and you) solve your issue.

We don’t know when Apple will release its next iOS 10 update. So, if you’re dealing with a problem on iOS 10, iOS 10.0.1, iOS 10.0.2, iOS 10.0.3, iOS 10.1, or iOS 10.1.1 you’re on your own until Apple pushes out whatever is next. (An iOS 10.2 update is confirmed and will likely arrive in December.)

This list of common iOS 10 problems comes with fixes that have been passed down over the years. All of them are proven fixes. Dig into these before you take your device down to the local Apple Store.

How to Fix iOS 10 Installation Problems

The most common installation issue is one where the download/installation process gets stuck/frozen. A number of prospective iOS 10 users already encountered this problem and we expect the issue to be a problem throughout the iOS 10 update’s lifespan.

Fortunately, there’s a very simple fix that should jumpstart the installation process on your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch.

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If your iOS 10 download gets stuck, hold down the home button and the power button (volume down and power button on the iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus) at the same time to perform a reset. Your device should power down automatically within 10 seconds.

It will then turn itself back on and you should be able to get through the iOS 10 download/installation process.

How to Fix iOS 10 Bluetooth Problems

Bluetooth problems are among the most common iOS issues and we’ve already seen a ton of complaints about iOS 10 Bluetooth issues in the early going.

iOS 10.1.1 users are reporting broken Bluetooth connections with speakers, headsets, and Bluetooth audio in the car. These problems can be a bit tricky to fix but we do have some remedies that should dislodge the issue(s), at least temporarily.

First, try forgetting your Bluetooth connection. To forget a Bluetooth connection on your device go to Settings > Bluetooth > Select your connection using the circular blue i tab > Tap Forget this Device. After this is complete, try reconnecting.

If you still can’t connect, it’s time to take more drastic measures. First, try resetting your device’s network settings. To do that, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. It will take a few seconds to complete and your device will forget known Bluetooth devices. Reconnect and try again.

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If it’s still busted, reset all of your settings. This has worked for us and others in the past and it’s worth a shot if nothing is working.

To do this go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. The will take a few minutes to complete and after it’s done your device’s settings will be restored to factory defaults. Make sure you have Wi-Fi passwords handy because your device will forget them.

If these steps fail you, consult the manual for your Bluetooth device, and if you need to, the manual for your car.

If you’re having issues with Bluetooth in your car and you can’t find a manual fix, you might need to bring it into a dealer/specialist to see if they can diagnose the problem. You might need to do more than forget Bluetooth networks.

How to Fix iOS 10 Battery Life Problems

Surprise, surprise. Some iOS 10 owners are running into battery life problems after installing the latest update. Battery life problems are among the most common iOS problems and they will plague iOS 10 users for months to come.

If you’re seeing iOS 10 battery life issues and you just downloaded iOS 10, wait a few days before doing anything major. It sometimes takes a couple of days for new updates to settle in.

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If for some reason you notice abnormal battery drain on your iPhone or iPad after two days or so, it’s time to take action.

We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iOS 10 battery life problems. These fixes have worked for us and many others and they’re worth a look if you want to fix the problem from your computer chair rather than at an Apple Store.

If you’re dealing with a busted iPhone 6s battery, you might be able to get a replacement from Apple. To determine if you’re eligible for a replacement, check Apple’s guide to see if you’re eligible.

How to Fix iOS 10 Wi-Fi Problems

iOS 10 users are running into an assortment of problems with Wi-Fi. Here’s how you can try and fix broken Wi-Fi on iOS 10.

Before you start fiddling with iOS 10 and your settings, we recommend looking into your router/modem situation.

If you suddenly run into problems on a known network, try unplugging the router for a solid minute before plugging it back in.

You might also check to see if there is a firmware update though many routers will install updates automatically. Each router is different so you’ll need to consult your manual on how to do this.

If you can’t access the router or you’re positive it has nothing to do with it, it’s time to dig into iOS 10 on your device.

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If you run into Wi-Fi problems on iOS 10 you’ll first want to forget the network causing you problems and try reconnecting to it. Go into your Settings > Wi-Fi > Select your connection > Tap Forget this Network at the top of the screen. Reconnect if you can and check speeds.

If this fails, it’s time to reset your network settings. To do this, head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

It should only take a few seconds to complete though you’ll lose your known passwords. Make sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy before you do this.

If none of these fixes work for you, you can head here for some other potential fixes. Apple’s also got its own guide to Wi-Fi problems available so make sure to look there too.

How to Fix Touch ID Problems

If your Touch ID starts acting up after installing the iOS 10 update, don’t panic. Touch ID issues are extremely common and there are potential fixes for fingerprints not reading and issues with Touch ID in the App Store.

If your Touch ID suddenly stops working with iOS 10, the first thing to do is re-train your fingerprints. Make sure dirt and sweat are removed from the Touch ID sensor and that oil is removed from your hands. You want a nice clean print.

After that’s done go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Enter your Passcode. On the next screen swipe from right to left on each fingerprint to delete them. When this is complete you can tap on Add a Fingerprint… to re-train your Touch ID.

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If your iOS 10 Touch ID problems pertain to the App Store, here’s a possible fix. First go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Enter your Passcode.

After that, turn off iTunes & App Store. Reboot your iPhone or iPad. Go back to Touch ID & Passcode in Settings and turn iTunes & App Store back on. This has fixed Touch ID issues for us, and others in the past.

If Touch ID stops working altogether, you can try resetting the phone by holding down the home button and the power button (volume down and power button on an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus) for 10 seconds or until the phone restarts.

If that quick fix fails, you might want to try a factory reset. The instructions can be found at the bottom of this page. It’s a long process but its a known fix for major Touch ID problems.

How to Fix iOS 10 Data Problems

iOS 10 users are already complaining about cellular data problems and we expect complaints to pick up (as they always do) in the weeks ahead.

These, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issues, can be difficult to nail down and fix but there are a few remedies to try if you start experiencing trouble.

First, you’ll want to make sure your service provider isn’t experiencing an outage. Outages are common and you’ll want to check social media and your carrier’s website for details.

If you’re positive it’s not an outage, try restarting your device. Power it down and then power it back on to see if that helps.

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If it doesn’t flip on Airplane Mode for 30 seconds before turning it off. Airplane Mode kills all connections on your device and this quick fix has settled cellular data issues for some users in the past.

We also recommend toggling off Cellular Data and/or LTE to see if that helps alleviate your problem. To shut LTE down temporarily, go into Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE > Off. Turn it back on when/if you need it.

To shut off Cellular Data completely without turning off any other services go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data > Toggle Off. Toggle it back on a 30 seconds later to see if things have improved.

How to Fix iOS 10 Touchscreen Problems

If your device’s screen stops responding with iOS 10 on board, you don’t need to head to an Apple Store. Yet.

Touchscreen issues are common and they can pop up at any time. If you start experiencing issues with iOS 10 and your device, take these steps.

If your iPhone/iPad’s screen stops responding to touches and swipes, you’ll want to hold down the power button and home button (volume down and power button on an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus) at the same time. Your phone will reboot in a few seconds and the problems should be gone.

If it doesn’t work the first time, try it again until it works. In the past, its taken three hard reboots for touchscreen lag issues to disappear on our devices.

How to Fix iOS 10 App Problems

iOS 10 and some apps aren’t getting along. In some cases, developers are telling iPhone and iPad users to avoid the update completely until fixes can be found. Others have already rolled out support updates for Apple’s new software.

If you’re running into a problem with a third-party application, you’ll want to check to see if there is an iOS 10 support update lurking on the App Store. There’s a good chance the developer’s issued an update that comes with iOS 10 features and fixes. Just make sure you read reviews from iOS 10 users before you install.

If you’re on the latest version and you’re running into issues you can’t fix, try reinstalling the application. Make sure all of your data is backed up before you do this.

If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to contact the developer and report the issue so that it can fix the problem in a future update.

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If your problem is with an app download from the App Store, try restarting your device. If you’re connected to the internet and your app isn’t downloading, hold down the power button and home button (volume down and power button on an iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus) and restart your phone or tablet.

If the download is still stuck, rapidly tap “Update” on an app before the “Open” symbol appears. It might take 10 times or more for the download to get unstuck so you’ll need to be patient.

How to Improve iOS 10 Performance

If you are dealing with iOS 10 performance issues like lag, you’ll want to consult our list of tips to improve the fluidity of iOS.

These can be difficult to fix, particularly on older devices like the iPhone 5, and you might just have to bite the bullet and perform a factory reset.

How to Fix iOS 10 Messages Problems

The iOS 10 update brings new features to the Messages app though many of the iOS 10 Messages problems we’re seeing are old and extremely common.

If Messages starts acting up in any way, we recommend shutting it off for a minute and turning it back on. Go into Settings > Messages > Toggle iMessage off then back on.

If you’re still having issues sending or receiving messages, restart your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to see if that helps.

If it doesn’t, head into your settings and reset Network Settings. Head into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Have your Wi-Fi passwords handy because this will cause your device to forget them.

How to Fix iOS 10 Problems If Nothing Else Works

If your iOS 10 problem isn’t listed here or these fixes don’t help, there are a few other solutions we recommend.

If you want to continue to try and diagnose the problem from your chair, head to Apple’s discussion forums and ask for help. Just make sure you do it in the right place. If you’re unable to find a fix there, it’s time to take a more drastic approach.

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You can try downgrading to a previous version of iOS to see if that improves performance. There’s no guarantee that it will but there’s also no guarantee that it won’t.

If you’re fed up and still don’t want to move from your chair, you can do a factory reset or restore from a backup.

A factory reset will wipe everything on your phone or tablet and return it back to the way it was when you first bought the device so you’ll need to make sure anything and everything you care about (photos, videos, etc) is backed up properly.

To perform a full on factory reset on iPhone or iPad go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this should only be used as a last resort.

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If you’re fine with leaving the house, we recommend taking your device into your local Apple Store. Schedule an appointment at the Genius Bar and see if the geniuses there can diagnose your iOS 10 problem.

If you’d rather get in touch with Apple online, ping Apple Support via its Twitter account.

Install iOS 10.1.1 If You Want Better Security

If you failed to make the move to iOS 10.1 before the iOS 10.1.1 release and you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider the iOS 10.1.1 update.If you failed to download iOS 10.1 know that iOS 10.1.1 brings iOS 10.1's 12 security patches along with it. These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. Most people do.Apple's iOS 10.1.1 update comes with those patches and it also brings the patches from Apple's previous versions of iOS 10. If you haven't downloaded iOS 10 yet, you'll get all of those baked in. This is important, particularly for those of you on something older than iOS 9.3.5. If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.1.1 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered earlier this year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.If security is important to you, iOS 10.1.1 is probably worth a download right now.

Author:  ADAM MILLS

Source:  http://www.gottabemobile.com/

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