After an iOS update back in 2015, "Error 53" caused some Apple devices to freeze up. At least 275 Australian customers affected by the bug were told by Apple they couldn't get a refund if they used a third party to try and fix the problem. But that's not how Australian Consumer Law works.
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On May 30, security research Ian Beer, well-known in the industry for uncovering bugs in Apple software, announced the discovery of two new exploits in iOS — specifically 11.3.1, which until recently was the most up-to-date build. Shortly afterwards, the jailbreaking community went bonkers, the promise of an updated jailbreak for Apple gadgets, both new and old, seemingly around the corner. But, here we are, well into June, with no public jailbreak in sight. So, what's going on?
Apple showed off a raft of new features for the Mac, Apple Watch and iPhone at Tuesday's WWDC keynote. So many that the company breezed through most announcements and still talked for over two hours. I've had a chance to dive deeper into some of the announcements and pull out my favourite features, coming soon to a device near you.
We've heard this riff being played before. Apple is about to release a new version of iOS and a new iPhone will follow. Folks download the update and discover that their previously OK iPhone is slowed down so they feel that they are being pushed towards an expensive upgrade by Apple as part of a program of planned obsolescence. Naturally, Apple has denied this. And what they have to say on the matter is an interesting contrast with Samsung's recently stated view during a court case.
At WWDC Apple debuted the next version of its iOS operating system, iOS 12. After dealing with issue after issue in iOS 11 for the past year, the company's shied away from a visual overhaul, opting to fix what ails the OS and add some features that, while not revolutionary, are welcome additions to iOS 12 (and hopefully mean fewer bugs in the long run).
Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (or WWDC if you want to save a bunch of letters) hits on Tuesday and we fully expect the company to spill the beans on a great many things, including iOS 12 - the next major update for its mobile OS. In preparation for the event, here's what you should be looking out for in particular.
The last iterations of the iPhone, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have only been out for a few months but rumours of what the next iPhone will bring are already swirling. While iOS 11.4 was released this morning, bringing AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud, those were all expected and clear the way for a bunch of new features. So, what is expected and what are we hoping for?
More and more phones are adding wireless charging capabilities, but if you're using an older handset or one that still needs a cable to juice up — hello, Google Pixel 2 — you don't have to be left out of the party. Here's a straightforward guide to the kit you need to charge up any phone by just placing it down on a surface.
Talk to enough developers and you'll hear the same line: Apple users pay more for stuff than their Android equivalents. As a result, there's a ton of games that gets developed for iOS first, or iOS exclusively.
So if you have doubled down on the Apple ecosystem: good news, because there's some solid strategy games that Android fans don't have just yet. Here's ten.
Android/iOS: Sometimes when you show pictures to a friend or relative, they start rudely swiping to other pictures. We have a hack for that. But what if they start opening other apps? Good Lord! I was shocked to hear people do this. But you can stop them. Here's how to enable the Guided Access shortcut and easily lock people into one app when they borrow your phone. You can even use it to entirely freeze your phone on one screen.
iOS: Apple's iOS recently joined Android in offering a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode. Unlike the normal iOS "Do Not Disturb", this mode also lets you auto-respond to anyone who texts. And you can activate it any time, not just when you're driving.
By all accounts, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Apple iPhone X are dann good smartphones. Both come packed with the latest and greatest tech, especially in regards to the camera...which means it doesn't come cheap.
If you're looking at upgrading your phone this year but the S9 and iPhone X seem a little out of reach, then here are some alternatives that you should consider.
For the past five years, a woman (read: angel) named Germaine has been cutting my hair. I booked an appointment with her after my former hair stylist moved away, and we talked for a least 30 minutes about how she was going to cut my hair before she picked up a pair of scissors back in 2013.
It was great. She was great. And every subsequent time I went to see her, she would confirm I wanted the same thing and then go to town, always giving me the perfect haircut. Now Germaine is having a baby.
Today's "I'll believe it when I see it" iPhone rumour-mongering concerns not the iPhone itself, but its charger - the most important accessory you'll find in its meticulously crafted packaging. As the speculation goes, Apple is allegedly considering bumping up the default charger for the iPhone 9 or iPhone X2: from 5W to 18W.
iOS: Stop the presses. One of the main reasons why I don't organise my iPhone's apps is because it takes too much time to long-press on an app, wait for it to wiggle, move it to a folder, and repeat the process for its 60 other friends. But thanks to geniuses over at Finer Tech, there's a much, much easier way to shuffle around your apps.