New Patch Arrives On Your iPhone Today

Today Apple is rolling out a new over the air (OTA) update for all iOS 10 users. Arriving as version 10.3.1, the latest patch isn’t a substantial one like iOS 10.3 which introduced important new features such as Find My AirPods, the Apple File System, and enhancements to Siri. Instead, the patch note simply states that “iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad.”

A closer look at Apple’s security page sheds light on some of the content of the new update. A discoevred Wi-Fi flaw has apparently been fixed. It appears that this vulnerability could have allowed “an attacker within range” to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip of your phone or tablet.
Apple releases iOS 10.3.1: See what's included in the new update10.3.1 is available as a free OTA update for anyone on iOS10, while you can also download it by connecting your device to iTunes. It weighs in at less than 30MB, so a Wi-Fi connection isn’t really all that necessary.

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Apple’s iOS 10.3 Arrives with Little Fanfare

Today Apple delivered iOS 10.3 to compatible devices, adding a small number of new features.

This is the 4th updated to iOS 10. The original iOS 10 release shipped back in September and brought with it some new features and was followed up by iOS 10.1 in October and again iOS 10.2 arrived in December.

Each of those two most recent updates came with a single marquee feature – Portrait mode (for iPhone 7 Plus only) in iOS 10.1 and the new TV app in iOS 10.2. iOS 10.3 is no different in that there is nothiing really flashy here. This time the marquee feature is Find My AirPods, which is a little ridiculous (if you ask me).

In addition to “Find my AirPods”, iOS 10.3 adds a single Apple ID profile interface in Settings, a Touch 3D-compatible weather icon in Maps, and various CarPlay improvements. There’s new file system called Apple File System (APFS) that is better optimized for the NAND storage used in i-Devices. In other words, not much. Or, as BGR puts it, iOS 10.3 is “packed with new features.”

Apple also shipped even less interesting updates to macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So if you’re using Apple devices, be sure to fire up Software Update to get the latest software.

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Streaming Superbowl 51

It’s Superbowl Sunday and you are in a pickle. You either cancelled your cable (cord cutter) or you on the road. If you are in one of the situations… don’t panic. Their are options to catch the game. I do realize that my mighty Broncos are not in this year’s affair – and that’s OK because they can’t be in every year. I am sure the Broncos will be back in full force next season. This year we have the Patriots & the Falcons.

Here are some tips for catching the game if you don’t have cable or if you are on the road.

Over-the-air

If you have a digital antenna, you can (probably) catch the game, in HD, over-the-air. The channel varies with your local area, but it’ll be broadcast on your local Fox affiliate in some 170 local viewing areas.

Web, Phone, and Tablet

FoxSportsGo.com will host a free livestream of the event, complete with commercials. (Almost) any device with a web browser — smart TVs, laptops, and set-top boxes — can watch the game on the Fox Sports website with no need to log in, or to enter details about your cable package.

The one caveat here is that you can’t watch it on a smartphone, although who really wants to watch the game that way anyway? If you really want to tune in to the action on your smartphone, you’ll need to be a Verizon wireless subscriber. If that’s you, you can grab the app for either Android or iOS devices and stream via the NFL Mobile app.

If you’re on an iOS, Windows, or Android tablet (or Kindle), you can stream the game from the Fox Sports Go app for iOS, Windows, Android, or Amazon.

Set top boxes and video game consoles

SlingTV and PlayStation users are out due to licensing restrictions with the Fox network in Denver, but Xbox, AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast, AndroidTV, and FireTV users are in luck. You’ll have to download the Fox Sports Go app on your respective device, but you’ll be able to see all the action from your device.

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Apple’s iOS 10.3 Released to Beta Testers

This morning I downloaded and installed the beta release of iOS 10.3 on my iPhone 7. This is a promising update and it looks like there are many valuable and useful updates coming to your iPhone. I have a sneak peak here so if you have an iPhone keep on reading!

On the face of things, iOS 10.3 beta 1 doesn’t look to be a huge step forward for the platform, but does actually contain a number of interesting and exciting improvements. First and foremost, Apple has furnished the Find My iPhone app with the ability to locate lost AirPods, meaning you don’t have to worry about losing one of the lose little Pods. Apple has also improved the ability of Siri, much to the pleasure of cricket fans, by allowing Siri to check and report back international and Indian Premiere League cricket match scores. Improving Siri also seems to be hot on the agenda with a number of improvements to SiriKit to bring additional functionality, like paying bills, scheduling (instead of just ordering) rides with Uber and Lyft, and even checking the status of payments.

Apple has also made some smaller improvements, such as adding Reduce Motion support into Safari, bringing a new Podcasts app widget, and even adding HomeKit enhancements, as well as a new hourly weather forecast via 3D Touch actions in Maps app.

iOS 10.3 also means that the iPhone and iPad will be the first devices to adopt Apple’s new file system, APFS.

For a complete list of changes, head on over to our post here: iOS 10.3 Beta 1: All Changes And New Features In One Place.

iOS 10.3 Public Beta 1

Those who are registered on Apple’s Beta Software Program are able to grab iOS 10.3 public beta 1 right now from Settings > General > Software Update. For those who aren’t enrolled yet, head to beta.apple.com to get started.

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iOS 10.2 Beta Arrives

Public iOS beta testers have received iOS 10.2. I upgraded my iPhone 7 to iOS 10.2 this weekend and found that this continues to improve the iPhone’s newest operating system.

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iOS 10.2 beta includes several upcoming features like a preview of the new TV app, Unicode 9.0 emoji, iPhone 7 wallpapers, and new camera features.

iOS 10.2 will be released to everyone next month.

These are the changes discovered in iOS 10.2 beta so far:

  • Three new wallpapers in iOS 10.2 beta (only for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus)
  • New widget for Videos app
  • New Preserve Camera setting
  • New emoji (looks like Unicode 9.0 update/also on macOS 10.12.2, watchOS   3.1.1)
  • New ‘Press and Hold to Speak’ menu under Home Button Accessibility settings
  • New ‘Celebration’ Messages screen effect
  • New ‘Show Star Ratings’ option under Music Settings
  • New headphone icon in status bar for Bluetooth audio devices (previously seen with the Beats Solo3)
  • TV app now included on iOS 10.2 beta, Videos app still present
  • TV widget joins Videos widget
  • SOS feature similar to Apple Watch when clicking power button 5x (which may be a requirement in India next year)
  • Music now points to relocated shuffle and repeat controls (which have a button look now)

If you have upgraded to iOS 10 I highly recommend installing this when it is made available early next month to everyone.

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Installing iOS 10 Made Easy

Apple is pushing its latest operating system iOS 10 from today.

Apple iOS 10 will be available to download from September 13, around 6pm. As is common with big updates like this the timing may vary depending upon the respective time zones.

Is this upgrade something you should do? The short answer is “Yes”. I have been using the public beta for a couple of months now and after a bumpy start in July iOS 10 and steadily improved and is a worthy upgrade to iOS 9.

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Apple’s latest upgrade to iOS 10 is packed with a range of features, from ‘raise to wake’, a feature that will turn on the iPhone’s lock screen without even touching the home button, to hide stock apps, allowing users to remove pre-installed stock apps.

The iOS 10 will be rolled out to iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPod touch 6th gen, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad 4th generation and iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro devices.

In order to install the software, go to Settings >General > and check for any software update. If the upgrade is available click to install and accept the terms and conditions.

This upgrade will put your phone out of service for about 45 minutes so be sure to plan accordingly and make sure your battery is at least 70-80% full. Also backup your iPhone beforehand using either Apple’s iCloud or iTunes.

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The iPhone 7 Arrives Next Week

Today Apple officially announced that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available for pre-order this Friday, September 9 and can be in our hands on Friday, September 16. What’s the buzz and is there anything to be excited about here?

Does it Arrive with iOS 10

Of course it does. No update needed.

There is a New Color

It’s called “Jet Black.” Apple has redesigned the exterior of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with an aluminum casing that is covered with a high-gloss glass exterior. The antenna is embedded into the body of the case for better reception quality. It is sleek, shiny, and not entirely unlike the models prior to the iPhone 4.

Almost Waterproof

Although it is not waterproof it is more water-resistant than ever before. So, if you fall in the pool (or drop it in the toilet), you won’t be up a creek without a paddle.

A Big Risk – Goodbye Headphone Jack

I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but the 3.5mm headphone jack is no more on iPhones starting with the #7. I am not sure about this move. I really question this being retired at this time. I am not sure if audio technology is ready to abandon cables. As is typical with Apple  there is a work around here. That is because you can still listen to wired headphones, thanks to the included Lightning to 3.5mm adapters with digital-audio converters that come with every new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

If you aren’t particularly interested in Bluetooth headphones, you can still listen to your favorite tunes and talk on the phone, hands-free, with Lightning headphones. Apple will also include Lightning headphones with every new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Screenshot of Apples new “AirPods”

Apple has also announced the new AirPods, which are wireless earbuds specially designed for the iPhone 7 and iPhne 7 Plus. They use a W1 chip, which is a high-quality wireless processor. the AirPods only play when they are in your ear. You can access Siri with a double tap. Voice accelerometers capture your voice while you are talking. It comes with a wireless charging case that keeps your AirPods charged. The charger can keep your AirPods juiced for up to 24 hours and the AirPods can work continuously for up to 5 hours before needing to be recharged. It also connects automatically to your Apple Watch.

AirPods will cost $159.

New Beats wireless headphones also take advantage of the new W1 wireless chip.

Two Cameras – Kind Of

The iPhone 7 Plus is getting the dual-lens treatment, while the iPhone 7 has been relegated to the one-camera corner. The new dual-camera feature on the iPhone 7 Plus features two cameras side-by-side that shoot as one for high-resolution optical zoom. One camera is a ƒ/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens, while the other is a built-in ƒ/2.8 aperture 2x zoom telephoto lens. A new button will be available on the iPhone 7 Plus that will allow you to tap the screen to quickly zoom in with the telephoto lens. Additional internal software on the iPhone 7 Plus will make it possible to zoom up to 10x.

Apple has also upgraded the iSight camera in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with better optical image stabilization that is three times better than iPhone 6s. It has a wider sensor for capturing more light, and the 12-megapixel lens is 60% faster and 30% more efficient. The True Tone Quad-LED flash provides 50% more light and a new “flicker sensor” identifies flickering light. The image signal processor is also faster.

The FaceTime camera has been updated to 7 megapixels and video is 1080p HD, with wide color capture and image stabilization.

There is a new option in the Camera on the iPhone 7 Plus called “Portrait” that creates a shallow depth-of-field.

The screen is 25% brighter with a wide color gamut and Cinema standard, so you can see colors pop in a way that wasn’t available before.

A Slightly Better Home Screen 

From what I have learned, the Home button now has a taptic engine so you can get a little buzz on your finger when you do certain things. Thanks to force touch sensitivity, it can access quick actions, messages, notifications, ringtones, and third-party apps. It is also customizable. I am not sure what that means at this point.

A Better Battery!

You will get at least one hour more on iPhone 7 Plus than its predecessor and at least two hours more on iPhone 7.

Better Speakers

Speakers are now stereo with increased dynamic range. Maybe that’s why Apple got rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack?

Is it Worth The Upgrade

If you have a new iPhone 6 or 6S and it is working fine I probably would wait a little bit before spending the money on an upgrade. If your smartphone is more then two years old and you can get a good deal on an upgrade, and you are happy with your old iPhone this might be worth the cost.

I will write a complete review once I get my hands on one – so be sure to standby.

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iOS 10 Arrives on September 13

I have been using iOS 10 for a couple of months now and it has had it’s up and downs and so have I. In fact after the first beta I actually downgraded back to iOS 9 for a few weeks before eventually installing iOS 10 again.  Now everyone is on the verge of experiencing this updated operating system (OS) on their iPhone.

Today Apple made it official and stated that the upgrade will arrive to everyone next week. So what should you expect if you have an iPhone?

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Home

The updated OS brings a new space called ‘Home’ to view and manage all your HomeKit devices, as well as the ability to adjust multiple devices grouped into ‘Scenes’ at once.

Improved Siri

Siri will also get a boost, as the voice-activated personal assistant has been upgraded with support for extensions to plug into other apps and services. You’ll be able to do things like request a Lyft with just a voice command.

Notifications

The interface will allow you to preview your notifications by simply raising your phone, use 3D touch to interact with notifications and adjust audio settings from the Control Center.

Improved iMessage

In addition, iMessage is also being overhauled to support rich link previews for images and video, and also display large emoji. Users can also react to individual messages and insert emoji quickly using the baked-in advanced keyboard.

You can also pepper your conversations with stickers and full-screen animated effects.

Apple Photos

If you take a lot of pictures, you’ll be glad to know that Apple Photos is getting the ability to automatically create slideshows, and a ‘Memories’ feature for looking back at old images.

Camera Improvements

The OS also brings support for RAW camera image formats and Wide Color capture for more vivid results when shooting pictures. It also adds a new zoom shooting mode for the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual cameras, which include a telephoto lens for up to 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

For iPhone 7 Plus users, the camera app will offer a new portrait mode that takes advantage of the 56mm focal length telephoto lens to create shots with depth of field and bokeh effects. You’ll able to see a live preview of this before you snap the shutter. This feature will be available as a free update to the OS later this year.

WiFi Hacker Protection

iOS 10 will also warn you when you connect to an Wi-Fi network that could allow hackers to snoop on your online activity, and allow you to request medical records and have them delivered straight to your iPhone.

If you have an iPhone you can expect to be prompted to update your iOS. Should you do this? I would wait a week or two and go ahead and take the time. You can expect your phone to be out of service for about 30-45 minutes during the update.

 

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One Day with iOS 10

It’s been about one full day with iOS 10. I was not sure if I wanted Apple’s public preview on my primary mobile device but I was bored at the shore and decided to give it a whirl. I know – installing a public preview of an operating system on your primary mobile device while on vacation is not the smartest thing to do – and I would not advise any of you to live that dangerously but that’s why I am here. I accept the danger – you get the information.

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So what do I think of the new iOS operating system, iOS 10 after one day of use.

First Impressions

It’s a step forward, but those calling for more widespread changes will probably be disappointed. There’s no split-screen on the iPhone 6S Plus, which has far too much wasted space, and the multi-tasking view on the iPad is woefully frustrating and restrictive.

The static home screen is as grid-like and boring as ever, and there’s still no file system that would prove ever so useful on the iPad Pro. Even more annoyingly there’s no multi-user support – one of the most requested features that Apple constantly ignores.

The new iOS appears to be a good step forward, but while it makes a decent number of changes in certain areas, it feels like a half-completed job, which is to be expected.

Bluetooth Woes

This is probably just me because I have been unable to conform other related problems with the beta. As I said, I had put on my brave face and installed the beta while at the shore. Once installed everything was going OK until I wanted to kick back and relax with a podcast and music. The audio streaming to my bluetooth device would periodically pause forcing me to open the app and resume the play. I have two blootooth devices and this occurred on both of them, even after I disconnected and re-paired them. I will have to see if this continues to happen when I am home or was just there something in that sea air.

ALso – the public beta is only a day old so maybe some similar reports will come in. As with Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program there is an easy way to report these issues which I of course did.

Some Major Visual Changes & Widgets Front & Center

Boot up iOS 10 and the visual changes are instantly noticeable. Gone is the once iconic “Slide to Unlock” message, replaced by “Press home to unlock”, and you can swipe left to enter a widget view and swipe right to quickly launch the camera.lockscreenAdding lockscreen widgets is nothing new, we’ve seen it appear and disappear with Android, but Apple has implemented it well here. With a glance I can see the weather, any upcoming calendar events, news and so on. These can be edited and expanded, and they’re far more useful than the iOS widgets of old.

Lockscreen notifications have been spruced up, too. They’re now rounded grey boxes – a theme that runs through iOS 10 – and 3D-Touching them brings up a useful quick-reply option.

3D Touch finally feels like it’s come of age in iOS 10, and I can find no good reason that Apple decided against adding it to the iPhone SE other than keeping the price down. It’s dotted across the OS and it no longer feels like something I need to remember to use, but actually want to use.

You can now clear all notifications by hard-pressing the “X”; doing the same to a folder lets you rename it. Plus, the row of shortcuts in the Control Center have added functionality. 3D pressing the torch alters the intensity of the beam, for example.

Introducing HomeKit

Apple’s HomeKit smart home standard finally seems to be taking off, and iOS 10 adds in a simple yet handy app to control devices like Nest and Hue bulbs. The biggest benefit here is that you’ll no longer have to dive into a myriad of different apps to control your home; Home lets you turn up the heat, switch off the lights and control a connected plug socket from a single app.

It also provides a quick overview of all the devices that are turned on – useful if you’re concerned you may have left something on while on holiday. As long as everything is HomeKit-compliant, of course.

A New Messenger 

I’m not quite sure where I stand regarding the new Messages app. First – most of the new features can only be used when the person you are messaging is also using iOS 10. There are not many of out there right now. The new features added in iOS 10 range from useful additions, like easier video sharing, to the gimmicky changes, like bigger emojis and stickers. As a result, it the new app feels like a bit of a mess.

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If I send “Part Time” to someone, their conversation view will turn into an explosion of fireworks & baloons – that feels like a 15 year old MSN Messenger feature. In my opinion, it appears that Apple has thrown every possible feature at the Messages app in the hope that one of them sticks, but the only real addition needed was Android support – but that’s nowhere to be seen.

Music & Photos Enjoy Improvements

Apple Music is faster, cleaner, easier to see which songs you have downloaded, and quicker to find playlists that you actually want to listen to. I’m on board with the new font scheme – a visual feature that jumps to the News app too – and the reliance on bold lettering, minimal text and high-resolution album art. It’s what Apple Music should have been from the start.

I love Google Photos. It’s easily the best photo cloud service around, and it seems Apple agrees since its latest Photos update plucks a number of Big G’s coolest features.

Photos now automatically groups together similar faces and cleverly combines photos taken together into slideshow albums, complete with music. Both are nice additions, although some of the algorithms aren’t quite as accurate as Google’s.

It’s still in beta, however, so these issues will likely be sorted in time. Right now, however, it struggles to differentiate between siblings, for example, and always adds in a few unrelated photos to albums. It remains a step in the right direction nonetheless.

Siri Opens Up

Siri seems to receive an update every year, but in iOS 10 it’s the most substantial chageyet. Third-party apps can now talk to the personal assistant; so you can ask her to order you an Uber.

It’s a big change, but one that won’t be fully realized until iOS 10 hits the public and the relevant apps are updated.

Goodbye Apple Stock Apps You Don’t Want!

Finally! With iOS 10 you will be able to delete most of those useless Apple apps that you had hidden away in a folder somewhere.

Let me clarify here: you can’t get rid of every app – Settings (of course), Safari, Phone, Messages and Photos are here to stay, but pretty much everything else can be deleted.

Obviously, this is great news – hands-up if you ever actually used the Tips app?. However, you still can’t alter the default apps, so if you delete Mail then you won’t be able to have Gmail act as your one and only email client. If you click a link that tells the phone to open the Mail app, it will simply ask you to reinstall it.

When Will iOS 10 Be Ready for the General Public?

The iOS 10 beta appeared on 7th July, however the full stable release will land when the iPhone 7 is released in September, at least if Apple follows history. The current public beta is just for iPhones at the moment, so you’ll have to wait if you want to update your iPad.

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