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  • How to Downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.2 Without Losing Any Data

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    Is new always better? While the conventional wisdom in technology is that it’s always better to update, you might have recently tried out iOS 11 and decided that it just isn’t for you. Sound like you? Well, we have some good news: you can actually downgrade back down to iOS 10.3.2 without any major hassles.

    You should note, however, that this solution won’t last forever. Once iOS 11 becomes the officially supported release in a couple of months, Apple will stop distributing old versions of iOS — which means that you won’t be able to downgrade unless you saved your SHSHS2 blobs. But don’t worry, you have time. Until then, you’ll be able to downgrade to iOS 10.3.2 with ease. What you’ll need is a Mac or Windows PC and a couple minutes. What’s even better is that you’ll be able to save your apps and data - it’s flawless! So, let’s get started.

    You have two well established methods for downgrading to iOS 10.3.2. You can either ‘update’ to iOS 10.3.2 or restore from an iCloud Backup. We’ll cover both in the sections below.

    Downgrade to iOS 10.3.2

    You’ll need to download the iOS 10.3.2 IPSW file for your device. This is a firmware file that’ll allow you to downgrade your operating system. Once you download the file, you’ll need to connect your Apple device to your computer using a lightning cable. Then, open iTunes, though it should open automatically.

    Once in iTunes, you’re going to click the phone icon that you’ll see on the top-left corner of the iTunes window. A window will open which will list, on the left-hand side, a variety of options. You’re going to select the Summary tab. If using a Mac, hold down the Option key on your keyboard. For Windows, hold down the Shift key. While holding down the key, at the same time click on ‘Check for Update’. A window will appear that’ll be a file browser. In this browser, search for IPSW file that you downloaded previously and when you find it, click Open.

    After a couple seconds, a window will pop up which will inform you that iTunes will install iOS 10.3.2. On your device tap Update on the pop up itself . It may take some time, to complete the process so make sure you won’t have to use your iPhone for at least 30 minutes.

    After the process is completed, your device will automatically reboot. Disconnect your device from the computer and follow the instructions on your device itself.

    If you’re using a beta profile (except the Golden Master), you’ll need to uninstall it. To do this, go into Settings on your Apple device and scroll down to find Profile. Then, select your beta profile and then tap on Delete Profile. This way, your device will not automatically install iOS 11 when it comes out in September.

    Restore from an iCloud Backup

    Your other option is to restore from an iCloud backup. This option should only done if your Apple device is bugging out after you’ve downgraded to 10.3.2. While this shouldn’t be something that occurs normally, it does happen on some rare occasions. Before starting, you should know that by using this method it will delete your existing apps and data, thus, you’ll have to reinstall those apps again.

    Connect your device to your computer and open iTunes to view if your data is backed properly. Then, you’ll want to disable Find My iPhone. To do this, go into Settings, tap on your name at the top of the screen and tap iCloud. Then you’re going to tap on Find my iPhone. Make sure that the toggle is switched off. Once these steps have been completed you should then re-download the IPSW file for your Apple device. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Open iTunes
    2. Select “device” menu
    3. Select “summary” tab
    4. Hold the Option key (Mac) or shift key (PC)
    5. Click restore iPhone
    6. Open IPSW file
    7. Click restore to confirm

    Once that’s done, you’ll want to restore data from iCloud. That means that you’ll have to go through the initial setup, just as you would with method one. Select Set Up as New if you want to start from scratch or select Restore from iCloud Backup which will give you all your previously used apps and data. Voila! You’re back on iOS10. Enjoy!

  • Tips to Troubleshoot Your Bluetooth Problems Away

    You may have encountered some problems when trying to connect your iPhone to Bluetooth, but don’t worry, this happens to the best of us. You may be thinking you’ll have to take your phone to the repair shop, however, don’t go just yet. You have various solutions to fix this problem. But before you try to fix it, here are some things you need to check on your iPhone.

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    Before trying to fix this problem, make sure you check these things:

    • Check to see if your Bluetooth is connected. To do this, go to settings and then Bluetooth.
    • Make sure you iPhone and the device you’re trying to pair it with are both charged.
    • Make sure your iPhone and Bluetooth device are close together.
    • If your Bluetooth device was paired with another device, you’ll want to disable the Bluetooth on it as it may be accidentally trying to connect with that device instead of the new one.

    Now that you checked all these things, if it’s still not working, try these methods below.

    Toggle Bluetooth

    This is the easiest thing you can do which will usually solve the problem. What you need to do is turn off your Bluetooth, wait for a couple seconds and turn it back on again. To do this, open your control center by swiping up the bottom of your screen, tap on the Bluetooth icon,  which will turn Bluetooth off and on. Then, wait to see if there’s a Bluetooth connection.

     

    Toggle Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode

    This is another easy way to fix your Bluetooth connection. What you need to do is open your control center on your iPhone by swiping your home screen from the bottom of the screen upwards.

    Once you’re on the control screen, tap on the Wi-Fi icon and turn it off. Then tap on it again to turn it on. Now, if it connects, great. If this doesn’t solve the problem, try to disable and enable Airplane mode. Go to your control center and tap on the Airplane icon. Leave Airplane mode on for a minute and then turn it back off by tapping the icon again.

     

    Restart your iPhone and your Bluetooth device

    Now, after all of this, restart your iPhone. To do this, you need to press and hold the sleep/wake button. An icon will appear that’ll say “slide to power off”, when that appears, drag the slider. When you’re iPhone is off, wait a couple seconds and then hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears. It’s also a good idea if you restart your Bluetooth device as well.

     

    Hard reset

    If you’ve tried out all the methods above and nothing seems to work, you’re going to have to try a hard reset. To do this, press and hold the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time. Hold these two buttons down for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears. Then go to settings and tap Bluetooth. Turn it off and then back on again.

     

    Forget the network device

    This is a common problem for iPhone devices, but by forgetting the device and pairing it up again may solve the problem. Here’s what you need to do. Go to settings and tap on Bluetooth. Then, you’ll see a list of Bluetooth devices. You’ll want to find the one that you cannot connect and tap on the info button (i). The tap “forget this device”. Now repair Bluetooth to your iPhone.

     

    Update the software

    Many people forget to update the software on their iPhones which is usually the problem of why it can’t connect. So, to update your software, you’ll want to make sure your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network and a power source. Then, go to settings, tap on general and then software update. Tap on Install now. Then, it’ll update the software. Try to restart your iPhone again and reconnect to Bluetooth.

     

    If none of these options work, then you should call Apple and see if there are some other methods you can use to try to connect Bluetooth to your iPhone. If all else fails, then it’s time to take your iPhone and Bluetooth device to a repair shop and get them to see what can be done.

     

  • What to Do When Your iPhone Won't Connect to Wi-Fi

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    Having problems connecting to your Wi-Fi network? You’re not the only one. Unfortunately, iPhones are somewhat prone to issues when connecting to Wi-Fi networks that aren’t powered by routers that have been ‘Designed in Cupertino’, if you catch our drift.

     

    Luckily for you, we’ve compiled the techniques that work the best for troubleshooting a spotty wireless network. Just follow these steps in order to determine whether or not the issue is related to your device’s hardware.

     

    Turn Your Device’s Wi-Fi Off and On

    This should be your go-to move if you’re having connection issues. Before doing anything else, try to simply turn off and back on your Wi-Fi. To do so, swipe up from the bottom of your screen which will open the control center. Once there, you’ll want to tap on the Wi-Fi icon which will turn it off. Wait 10 seconds and then tap the icon again to reactivate your Wi-Fi. To access your Wi-Fi, you can also go to “Settings”, tap on “Wi-Fi” and then tap the switch beside “Wi-Fi”. If that doesn’t fix the issue then continue reading below.

     

    Turn off Your Bluetooth

    Your iPhone’s Bluetooth could be another reason as to why your Wi-Fi isn’t working properly. Believe it or not, Bluetooth can sometimes cause an interference with the Wi-Fi connection. So, to see if the problem is Bluetooth, you’ll want to deactivate it. To do so, swipe up from the bottom of your screen which will take you to Control Center. Once you’ve done that, Tap the Bluetooth icon and you’ll turn it off. You can also access this by going to Settings, tapping on General and then turning off your Bluetooth.

     

    Toggle Airplane Mode

    Come back from a trip, recently? Listen, we’ve all forgotten to turn off Airplane Mode — it’s really nothing to be ashamed of, really. If Airplane Mode is on, your phone won’t be able to connect to any network. But, if you turn this off, your problem will be immediately solved.

    To do so, you’ll want to go into Settings and turn Airplane mode on. Then, you’ll want to wait 3 seconds before turning it back on. Once you’ve done this, try to connect to your Wi-Fi network once again.

     

    Toggle Wi-Fi Assistant

    If you have iOS 10 installed on your iPhone, then you might know about the Wi-Fi Assist feature introduced in iOS 9. With this feature, you’ll be able to secure a stable internet connection in no time. What’s great about this feature is that even if you have Wi-Fi but the connection is slow, your device will automatically switch you to cellular. Wi-Fi Assist solves many of the Wi-Fi connection issues that are frequent in iPhones. To activate this feature, you’ll want to go to settings, then tap on Cellular. Scroll down the screen turn “Wi-Fi Assist” on and then back off.

     

    Restart Your iPhone

    Sometimes your phone just needs a reboot. To reboot completely, you’ll want to press and hold down the sleep/wake button. A “slide to power off” button will appear on the screen, slide it to turn off the phone. Wait a couple seconds, press and hold the sleep/wake button to turn your phone back on.

     

    Forget the Wi-Fi Network

    If you’re still having problems, try to forget the Wi-Fi network and connect to it again. Simply go to Settings, tap on Wi-Fi and then tap on the information button (i) that’s beside the network you’re currently connected to. Then press “forget this network” and confirm your action. Once that’s done, try to connect back to the network by pressing on it and entering the password.

     

    Check Your Router and Modem

    Sometimes the problem isn’t with your phone, it’s with your router and modem — so give it the ol’ restart! Unplug your router and modem and wait for 30 seconds. Plug them back in, wait a couple minutes and then try to reconnect to your Wi-Fi.

     

    If you’re still having problems, then we recommend passing by a Myscreen store near you. Our specialists will be happy to help you solve your Wi-Fi issue!

  • Messages Thet Keep Showing Unread? This is how you get rid of them!

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    It’s normal for your iPhone to occasionally have a technical twitch, this is expected with any type of technology. Though, usually, it’s something that can be easily fixed or will even go away on its own. With the iPhone, sometimes, it’ll display that you have a message when you don’t. Your message app will display a “+1” which shows that you have an unread message in your app. However, when you open the app, you don’t have an unread message. Is this a big problem? Of course not, however, it is annoying to see that you have an unread message when you don’t. There could be a number of reasons as to why this is happening. When you know why then you’ll know how to fix it.

     

    Why your iPhone is showing that you have unread messages

    Sometimes, the reason isn’t so obvious. However, try looking at these options as to why your iPhone is displaying unread messages.

    • If you place your finger at the top of the screen a swipe down, it’ll display a list of unread messages, emails, texts and events. From there, you’ll be able to see if anything unread is being shown.
    • If you’re in a group message, you’ll have a number of recipients all in one SMS conversation. The “unread message” you’re being shown could be because there’s an unread message within the group message. In order to check, you’ll have to open each group message you have and scroll through to find the unread message within the group message.
    • Try to close your SMS app. You can easily do this by going to your task manager. By doing this, you can double click the home button where you’ll see a row of icons appear. One of those icons will be your SMS app which is a green colored app. Holder your finger down on the SMS app until a red minus appears. Select the red minus symbol and it will close the app for you. Then, go back to your home screen and re-launch the app. If the “unread” message doesn’t appear, you solved your problem.
    • Try sending an SMS to yourself. It could simply be a glitch in the system, so if you send yourself a message and open it, you may solve your problem by getting rid of the “+1” symbol.
    • Restart your iphone. If you hold the sleep/wake key with the home key for 10 seconds, you’ll be able to turn off your phone. Then, it’ll restart on its own.

    If your iPhone is displaying unread messages on your mail app

    Sometimes, your iPhone will show that you have unread emails on your mail app. Firstly, make sure by checking your mail that you don’t have any unread emails. To make sure you don’t, open your mail app and go into your inbox. Once there, you’ll want to select “edit” at the top-right of your screen and then select “Mark All” and then select “Mark as Unread”. This will ensure that you actually do not have any unread messages. If the mail app still shows you that you have unread messages, you’ll want to follow the steps below.

    In order to fix the unread mail count on your iPhone, you’ll want to go to settings. Once there, select “Mail, Contact, Calendars.” Then, select the mail account that is displaying unread messages. Once you selected the correct mail account, you’ll want to turn “Mail” to “off”. Once that’s completed, you’ll want to turn your iPhone. In order to do this, hold down the power button for 5 seconds and then slide the power off. Wait for 30 seconds before turning your iPhone back on. When you turn it back on, go to “Settings” and select “Mail, Contact, Calendar”. Then, select the respective mail account and turn “Mail” to “On”.

    Go back to your homepage and see if it’s still displaying unread messages. This should do the trick. If this didn’t work, you’ll want to contact Apple and get further assistance.

    This is usually fixable without needing the help of Apple, so, give this a try and hopefully it works for you!

  • How to Backup iOS Before Repairs

    Backing up your device is important. Period. Whether you have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, conducting regular backups of your device’s contents is important so that you won’t ever experience any loss of personal data should something happen to said device. You’ll especially want to backup your data before you take your device in for repair — after all, some repairs might end up wiping any data stored on the device itself!

    Luckily for you, we live in 2017 and there’s an easy way to backup your device(s). Nowadays you can store your information either on iCloud or iTunes, depending on which is more convenient for you.

    If you’ve chosen to back up to iCloud, you’ll need to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network. Then go to Settings > [your name] and click on iCloud. Once you tap on iCloud, you’ll enter the main page. Tap again on the “Back up Now” slider and make sure that you stay connected to Wi-Fi until the process is completed. To make sure that you backed up your information, go back to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage and then click on your device. You’ll be shown the time and the backup size that was just completed.

    Now, if you’re backing up with iTunes, you’ll need to open iTunes on your computer and connect your device. Once connected, you’ll then want to select what device you’re using. Before getting started, it’s important to note that if you're backing up information that's regarding Health and Activity, you’ll be asked to encrypt your data, which means you’ll need to make a password to protect this. If you’re not backing up Health and Activity information, you can directly back up your information without any encryption. Simply click “Backup Now”.

    Once completed, go to iTunes Preferences > Devices where you’ll be able to see the time and size of your backup.

  • What's New in iOS 11

    Apple fan? Then you probably already know that iOS 11 was announced by Tim Cook recently at WWDC 2017. With a breadth of new features, it’s sometimes a bit overwhelming when a new version of iOS comes out. After all, the days of marquee features like copy and paste are now long gone. In its place are a number of smaller, quality-of-life-focused additions that Cupertino promises will vastly improve your overall experience. Let’s take a look, shall we?

    Synchronized Conversations Hallelujah, Synchronized Conversations are finally here. While in the past your messages would be sent to all of your devices, users would often complain that when they would delete a conversation on their tablet, for example, that the deleted message would still show up on a phone or Mac. Now you’ll never have to worry about losing your messages them or having to delete them twice. What’s more, your messages will be stored on iCloud so you’ll be able to retrieve them whenever you’d like.

    Peer-To-Peer Transactions You probably noticed peer-to-peer transactions becoming a mainstream hit. Naturally, Apple jumped on this opportunity and decided to expand their peer-to-peer transactions on Venmo and Square Cash. iOS 11 will be introducing the Apple Pay Cash Card where you’ll be able to receive funds from peer-to-peer transactions and have that money transferred to your bank account.

    Siri Another favorite of the Apple features is Siri. Well, Apple’s been working on Siri and has made the voice sound more natural when speaking to users. What’s the amazing part of Siri now, is that it’ll be able to translate from English to Chinese, Italian, German, Spanish or French. In addition, Siri is also becoming “smarter.” Siri will be able to use on-device learning which means it’ll be able to learn the topics or phrases you browse most often on Siri.

    Updated Camera Everyone loves the iPhone for its camera, and we don’t blame them. Most publications agree — the iPhone’s camera is the best on the market right now. iOS 11 brings with it an updated Camera app that’ll allow users to take Portrait mode images with optical image stabilization either by using flash or HDR. It’ll also include new loop and bounce effects that you’ll be able to use on live photos. In addition, the HEIF Apple is using will be able to essentially shrink the amount of storage your photos need on your iPhone, so you’ll be able to store more photos than before.

    Redesigned Control Center iOS 11 has a completely redesigned control center that is broken up into various “panels”. One panel will highlight your most frequently used icons and settings and another will be entirely dedicated to music. Looks like Apple is staying true to its iPod roots after all. Oh, and say goodbye to the frosted glass look. The new Control Center is all clear, baby.

    New Dock and Drag and Drop This new feature is exclusively for the iPad. iOS 11 makes it so that the iPad’s dock will function very similarly to how it does in macOS. This means that you’ll be able to add more apps to it and even customize it to your liking. The new drag and drop feature will also allow you to move media around from one side if the split-screen to the other. Finally!

    Simplified Files App With iOS 11, you’ll be able to easily access your files on your device and see the ones that are also stored on your iCloud, OneDrive and Dropbox. It’s not a huge addition, but it’s a nice feature to have on your iPhone or iPad.

    Indoor Maps Apple is featuring indoor maps of airports and shopping centers in selected cities. You’ll be able to receive the layouts for these cities: Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo, Washington, DC, Hong Kong, Boston, LA, New York and Philadelphia. You won’t have to waste time finding your way through a busy airport or crowded shopping mall - Apple is helping you out.

    Updated Maps Apple is hoping that iOS 11 will bring you back to Apple Maps. The new update brings speed limits, land guides and a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature. This “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature prevents texts from annoying you to no end while you hit the pavement. Waiting for something urgent? Senders will also be allowed the option to send “priority” messages in case you really need to see that text.

  • How to Set up Auto 'Do Not Disturb' Notifications on iOS

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    If you don’t want to be awakened in the middle of the night by alerts on your iPhone, then you need to know how to use the Do Not Disturb feature on your iPhone. So, without any further-ado let’s dive straight into this handy feature, shall we?

    First of all, you’re going to have to go into your phone’s settings by clicking on the app icon on your home screen. Once you enter settings, scroll down until you see a button that says “Do Not Disturb”. Tap on that button and you’ll enter the settings page for “Do Not Disturb”. On the top of that screen, you’ll also find a slider labeled “Scheduled” which will be turned on.

    You’re going to want to slide it to “Off” and in order to reveal additional settings to choose from. Once you have a box will appear which will have “From” and “To” written inside. Click the “From” inside the box and you’ll be shown a slide where you can manually adjust the hour and minutes for when you want your phone to start to disable alerts. Then click the “To” line, where you can then adjust the time for when you want the “Do Not Disturb” to end.

    Once completed, to save your changes press the back button which will be on the top left-hand corner of your screen. Press the back button again and it’ll take you back to the settings menu. There you have it! Once you do this, your alerts will be put on silent and you won’t be disturbed.

  • Top 7 iPhone 8 Rumors

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    Another year, another iPhone. If Apple decides to follow the pattern they’ve established over the past couple of years, then we’ll probably get to see a new phone sometime this Autumn. With a new iPhone just around the corner, you’re probably wondering what features the iPhone 8* could possibly boast over the previous models. Furthermore, since 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, you know that Apple will want to mark the occasion with something big. And since it’s Apple we’re talking about, you probably also know that the rumor mills are churning in over time as we head into the summer. So without further ado, here’s everything we know so far.

    Radical Redesign

    Every iPhone that comes out has a new, sleek design to go along with it. When it comes to the iPhone 8, the rumors have all been consistent in saying that it’ll be a much more marked redesign than the “incremental approach” sported by the “not-that-different-than-the-iPhone-6”, iPhone 7.

    So what exactly will be new about it? How does an edge-to-edge display sound to you? Imagine the possibilities afforded by a full-screen display that actually takes up every piece of physical real estate on your device!

    The device is rumored to be keeping the same dimensions as the iPhone 7 (4.7 inches) and 7 Plus (5.5 inches) except that the iPhone 8’s base model’s screen will be as large as the 7 Plus’ due to the (implied) fact that it won’t sport a bezel.

    It’s also rumored that the aforementioned screen would be curved on both sides just like the Samsung Galaxy S7, but new information has been released that suggests that it’ll look similar to the iPhone 7 albeit with a slight curve.

    Flexible Plastic OLED

    Typically, the iPhone came with an LED screen, however, rumors suggest that Cupertino has decided to opt for a flexible plastic OLED screen instead. This allows the device to be thinner in size and consume less battery which, in turn, will allow the display to be brighter and display even more realistic colors.

    Typically, the iPhone came with an LED screen, however, rumors suggest that Cupertino has decided to opt for a flexible plastic OLED screen instead. This allows the device to be thinner in size and consume less battery which, in turn, will allow the display to be brighter and display even more realistic colors.

    Touch ID

    There won’t be the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that was featured at the bottom of the bezel with previous models. Instead, it’ll be built directly into the display. What this means is that there won’t a physical Home button that you’ll be able to press. Instead, you’ll have your fingerprint scanned right on your screen and everything on this phone will be accessible via virtual buttons on your screen.

    Glass Body

    Apple is allegedly deciding to move away from the aluminum body that was used in the iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7 and SE models, making a triumphant return to the use of glass. If you forgot what the glass body iPhone looked like, it’ll likely be somewhat similar to the design of the iPhone 4/4S models. The glass body will be built around a stainless steel frame, a design cue which they’ve used previously when building the Apple Watch.

    Water Resistant

    Not completely revolutionary given that the iPhone 7 is water resistant as well. However, Apple is reportedly making going further than it did with its previous device. While the iPhone 7 was IP67 rated, the new iPhone 8 should be able to withstand rain, submersion in water, and all manner of splashes.

    Not completely revolutionary given that the iPhone 7 is water resistant as well. However, Apple is reportedly making going further than it did with its previous device. While the iPhone 7 was IP67 rated, the new iPhone 8 should be able to withstand rain, submersion in water, and all manner of splashes.

    Wireless Charging

    Palm Pre fans, rejoice. The one feature that was the hallmark of webOS devices half a decade ago has finally made it to Apple devices, should the reports be believed. The iPhone 8 is supposedly going to have a 10-nanometer chip that’ll make the phone work faster and perform better. That same chip will also allow the phone to charge on a pedestal-type device. That’s right, the iPhone 8 may not even include an in-wall charger in the box.

    Palm Pre fans, rejoice. The one feature that was the hallmark of webOS devices half a decade ago has finally made it to Apple devices, should the reports be believed. The iPhone 8 is supposedly going to have a 10-nanometer chip that’ll make the phone work faster and perform better. That same chip will also allow the phone to charge on a pedestal-type device. That’s right, the iPhone 8 may not even include an in-wall charger in the box.

    3D Sensing Front-Camera

    Undoubtedly, the best feature of the iPhone is its camera. Apple’s phones produce shots that are clean, crisp, and always featuring eye-popping colors. So, with that being said, rumor has it that the front-facing camera will have 3D sensing capabilities that’ll use PrimeSense technology. What does that mean? By using PrimeSense technology, the iPhone 8 will be able to find the location of a given object or person as well as achieve facial and iris recognition. It’ll even know how far away objects are from the camera! In addition to working on PrimeSense tech, they’re also trying to improve the front-facing FaceTime camera as well as exploring the idea of a vertical rear camera.

    Undoubtedly, the best feature of the iPhone is its camera. Apple’s phones produce shots that are clean, crisp, and always featuring eye-popping colors. So, with that being said, rumor has it that the front-facing camera will have 3D sensing capabilities that’ll use PrimeSense technology. What does that mean? By using PrimeSense technology, the iPhone 8 will be able to find the location of a given object or person as well as achieve facial and iris recognition. It’ll even know how far away objects are from the camera! In addition to working on PrimeSense tech, they’re also trying to improve the front-facing FaceTime camera as well as exploring the idea of a vertical rear camera.

    While hundreds of other rumors exist, we’ve brought you the ones we think are most likely to be included with the new 2017 iPhone. Knowing how unpredictable Apple can be, however, be sure to expect some surprises.

     

    What feature do you want to see on the new iPhone 8? Make sure to leave a comment below.

    *Logic would dictate that this phone should be called the iPhone 7S. Still, since it’s the 10th year anniversary of the first iPhone, many on the internet have taken to calling it the iPhone 8.

  • Fixing Issues with Your iPhone's Mic

    Nothing is more frustrating than an iPhone which you can’t use as an actual phone. If you’re having problems with your mic, you’ll want to get that fixed as soon as possible. Before taking it to the repair shop, however, you’ll want follow these money-saving tips which just might fix your microphone. It might just save you a couple hundred dollars.

    First things first, it might seem obvious but you’ll want to start by testing the microphone on your phone. By doing this, you’ll be ruling out any potential problems with the hardware on your device. It’s also important to note that every iPhone, comes with two microphones by design: one on the rear side of your phone and one of the front side of the device itself. If you’re looking at your phone at this very moment, you can see both of the microphones close to your device’s camera.

    To test the functionality of your microphone, you’ll need to open the Voice Memos. Once you’re in, tap on the record icon. Talk into the microphone and tap the play icon to replay the recording back to you. If your microphone is working properly, you should be able to hear your own voice in the recording.

    If your voice appears to sound muffled or faint, you need to make sure that your microphone isn’t being covered by something. Try removing your screen protector or case from your phone and try doing another recording. The muffled sound could be from debris getting stuck between the case and microphone.

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    After ensuring that nothing could be covering or otherwise obstructing your smartphone, restart your iPhone and make sure that you have the latest updates of iOS.

  • Is Siri Overrated?

    Is Siri Overrated?

    I’ve been talking about a number of different new features for iOS 10 the past couple of weeks. However, I‘ve been neglecting some of the longer-standing features that have been included in iOS for years now. Specifically, I’d like to talk about Siri, the digital personal assistant that has become a standard on iOS devices the past few years. While I understand the popularity of the system, is it just a little overrated? Let’s take a look.

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    Wait, What?

    OK, before you storm my house with torches and pitchforks, let me voice my honest opinion: I’ve never really used Siri that much. I realize that the system can be useful, but I just never really got into it. And, if you will please un-light your torches and put your pitchforks back in your garage, may I give you the main reason I think that way? Thank you.

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    The Reason

    Looking at the recent iOS 10 update, Siri can do some pretty amazing things these days, such as book a flight or manage your texts. However, I’ve noticed that people mainly use it for pretty much one thing: looking things up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people use Siri only to settle when a celebrity was born or who won a sports championship with Siri, and not really use it for anything else. And the weirdest part is that it doesn’t take that much longer to actually look something up. Maybe I’ll even time the difference someday. After I’ve had a good nap that is.

    45.2

    The Bottom Line

    So perhaps it’s not so much that Siri itself is overrated, it’s that people don’t usually use it in the best way. By this I mean that people pretty much take this incredible piece of tech and use it to Google things for them. And, to be honest, I’m no better! I’m definitely guilty of using the wonderful piece of tech for nothing more than Googling when movies are coming out. So does that make me some kind of hypocrite? Yeah, probably.

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