iOS 11.1.1 Arrives with Bug Fix

Apple has released iOS 11.1.1 for all iPhone and iPad customers. The latest software update includes bug fixes and improvements including a fix for the notorious ‘i’ autocorrect bug that resulted in an A and [?] character appearing.

Users can find the update available through the Settings app under General and Software Updates. The fix has already been available for developer and public beta testers running iOS 11.2 beta.

Apple previously asked customers to create a text replacement workaround for the ‘i’ autocorrect bug as a temporary fix. With iOS 11.1.1 and later, the workaround solution is no longer required.

Here are the full release notes:

iOS 11.1.1

iOS 11.1.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update:

  • Fixes an issue with keyboard auto-correct
  • Fixes an issue where Hey Siri stops working

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Viewing Your iTunes Purchases History Made Easy

Starting this week Apple is making it easier for users to view purchase history directly from their iOS devices. The company revealed in an updated support document that you can now view your App Store and iTunes purchase history in the Settings app on iOS.

Previously, as the support document notes, this functionality was only available through iTunes on Mac and PC. While you could view purchase history via the App Store and iTunes Store on iOS, it was purely for re-downloading purposes and didn’t show detailed pricing information.

In order to view purchase history on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, simply head into the Settings app and follow Apple’s steps below:

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Tap your Apple ID, then tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to authenticate your Apple ID.
  3. If you use Family Sharing, you’ll see in your purchase history what you bought using your Apple ID, but you won’t see what other family members bought. To see what other family members bought, sign in with their Apple ID.
  4. Scroll to Purchase History and tap it.

Apple further explains that purchase history is grouped by “the date that they were charged to the payment method that you have on file.” Items that have not yet been processed by your bank will appear under a “Pending” heading at the top of the interface.

If you tap on an item in the purchase history ledger, you’ll see more details such as the purchase/download date and the name of the device from which the content was purchased. You can also easily address discrepancies by clicking the “Report a Problem” button.

Furthermore, you can request a new email receipt to your inbox by tapping the “Resend” button, should have you accidentally deleted the first one.

For more details about this new functionality, head to Apple’s support webpage now. This is certainly a welcome change as having all of the information in one place makes managing your purchases and downloads considerably easier.

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Spell Check with iOS

Spelling and grammar check is a staple feature of any word processor. Pages, Google Docs, and Word all have spelling and grammar check. In fact, productivity apps that aren’t word processors include this feature too. For example Outlook, OneNote, and PowerPoint all have a spelling and grammar check feature. If you use predictive text on iOS, then you know it helps you correct your spelling. If it reads a misspelled word, it highlights it in red. It’s not very good at predicting the correct word once you’ve misspelled it. If you’re looking for better, smarter spelling and grammar check in iOS, install the Grammarly keyboard.

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Grammarly is a very old, very famous writing tool. It’s particularly popular among writers but a lot of people outside that niche use it as well. Some even consider it to be better than the system wide spell check on both macOS and Windows 10. The service constantly learns from how its users type and it’s pretty intelligent. They’ve just released a keyboard for iOS which can run a spelling and grammar check on any text you type, as you type it, on your iPhone or iPad.

Enable Grammarly Keyboard

Install the Grammarly keyboard app and sign in. Once you’ve signed in, you need to enable the keyboard. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General>Keyboard. Tap Add keyboard, and select Grammarly. Once Grammarly has been added as a keyboard, tap it again and turn on Full Access.

Spelling & Grammar  Check

Open any app that you can type in, for example, the Notes app. Switch to the Grammarly keyboard; tap and hold the globe icon on the on-screen keyboard. From the little menu that appears, select Grammarly. Start typing. Every time you make a mistake, the G in the prediction bar shows a red badge and begins to count the mistakes in the text. With each mistake, the keyboard gives you an alternative that fixes it.

To replace your incorrect word with the one Grammarly suggests, simply tap the suggestion. If you change your mind later, you can tap the undo button. Grammarly can handle multiple mistakes at once i.e. you can type an entire sentence or paragraph and the keyboard will keep a list of all the mistakes in it. Once you’re done typing, you can go back and review the suggestions from Grammarly.

The keyboard is pretty smart but a bit slow so it’s best to type what you need to, and then review the spelling and grammar mistakes in the end. By then, Grammarly will have found them all, and it will have taken the time to understand the context the words are used in.


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iOS 11.1 Arrives with New Emojis & More

Apple has released iOS 11.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest software update adds hundreds of new emoji characters including new expressions, vampires and zombies, dinosaurs and many more. Other changes include the return of the 3D Touch gesture for multitasking, a smoother scroll-to-top animation, and other bug fixes and improvements.

Apple first previewed these new emojis over the summer then teased them again in recent betas. Now iOS 11.1 is available to all customers. You’ll need iOS 11.1 to both send and receive the new emoji characters, otherwise you won’t find them in the keyboard picker and you’ll only receive generic blocks and broken up emoji in place of the new characters.

iOS 11.1 also restores the popular 3D Touch multitasking gesture on iPhone 6s and later. This lets you touch the left edge of the display with pressure to enter multitasking or pull with pressure from left to right to switch between two apps. Apple previously removed this gesture (which works differently on iPhone X) but modified it and restored it with iOS 11.1.

Reachability has also improved so you can reliably double tap the Home button to lower the screen in more places, and there’s a smoother animation when tapping the top of the display to return to the top of a window.

Stay tuned for full release notes and grab the latest software update from the Settings app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Be prepared. This update can take up to 45 minutes. So plan accordingly!

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Getting to Know iOS 11’s Control Center

Among the most exciting iOS 11 features for iPhone is the fully revamped Control Center. Not only look visually better, not to mention it’s only one page now, but it gives us something that only Android users and jailbreakers could get before — a way to customize what controls actually appear in the swipe-up menu.

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In iOS 11, Apple has finally given us a little of what we wanted, with a customizable Control Center by default. It’s a welcome addition that’s long overdue. Better late than never, and it might even be enough to dissuade many towards the risky proposition of jailbreaking their devices, thus keeping the iOS ecosystem more secure as a whole.

What’s Different in iOS 11’s Control Center

The Control Center on iOS is markedly different from the other versions that came before. The first thing that catches the eye is its overall dark theme and more compartmentalized layout. The second thing you’ll notice is that it’s only one page, which is way less clunky than the two-page Control Center that came before it. That means the Music player is now a tile you can long press or 3D Touch on to expand, versus being on a separate page.

And for the first time, you are now presented with many more custom tiles that let you toggle, adjust, and access a variety of applications that were absent in previous iOS versions. The most notable standard additions are the Volume, Cellular Data, and Personal Hotspot, which can now be switched on and off on the fly.

As you can see below, the new Control Center in iOS 11 (middle) looks way better overall than the iOS 10 version (left). Doing a long press or 3D Touch on the upper-left box opens it up to more tiles that you can toggle on and off (right). And yes, you heard that right … long pressing actually works now for non-3D Touch devices.

And it doesn’t end there! In iOS 11, users are now able to add more tiles to the bottom of the Control Center to tailor their device to their needs as never before, so let’s go over that next.

Customizing Your Control Center

It’s incredibly easy to add shortcut tiles (or quick setting tiles, to steal from Android) into your iPhone’s Control Center in iOS 11. Simply head over to the Settings page and choose Control Center. From there, you can freely choose which tiles you’d like to add in, then just exit once you’re done.

There are some options you can’t remove or reorganize, though, including Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, Personal Hotspot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirDrop, AirPlay, Volume, Do Not Disturb, Rotation Lock, and the Music player.

The ones you can add/reorganize includes Screen Recording, Alarm, Do Not Disturb While Driving, Notes, Accessibility Shortcuts, Apple TV Remote, Guided Access, Low Power Mode, Magnifier, Stopwatch, Text Size, Voice Memos, and Wallet. Hopefully, this list grows to third-party apps one day.

As briefly mentioned before, quick actions are not limited to just 3D Touch-enabled devices. For instance, doing a long press on the Flashlight tile paves the way for an adjustment bar that in turn lets you fine tune its brightness. If you have an iPhone 6S or higher, you can use 3D Touch instead to perform this action.

A hard tap or 3D Touch on other icons like the Timer and Camera gives you more quick options that you can choose from, such as adjusting the time limit and quickly starting the timer with a tap of a button, or choosing a specific function for the camera to perform and save you from the hassle of scrolling through modes within the app itself. And there’s more too, so go ahead and explore. We won’t ruin all the fun for you!

The Control Center on iOS 11 shows a great deal of promise, and will likely improve as the software matures. And as great as this feature is, it’s just the tip of the iceberg as we delve deeper into the latest and greatest iOS yet, so stay tuned as we find more juicy tidbits. What other tweaks do you wish for Apple to tack on as they further refine the Control Center? As always, feel free to post in the comment section below and share your thoughts.

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Closing Stuck iOS Apps

For whatever reason, iOS apps sometimes become unresponsive. There’s no way to know if or when the issue might arise, but when it does, it’s annoying.

Sensibly, Apple has included a way (along with all the other major operating system like Android and Chrome OS) to force close apps that stop working. It’s the iOS equivalent of pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows.

In this article, I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to close unresponsive apps on your Apple mobile device.

First, A Word of Warning

Some people (and I’m guilty as charged) obsessively close all their mobile apps. I’m ashamed to say that I go through and close all the apps I have open at least once per day.

In reality, doing so is completely pointless. I do it because I don’t like the clutter, but the action has no positive effect at all on the way iOS runs.

In fact, the opposite is true! Background apps are frozen — they don’t consume any system resources — and reopening them uses more battery and computer power. Switching apps will be slower, and battery life will be worse.

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How to Force Close Apps on iOS

If you need to force close an app, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Double press the Home button.
  2. Swipe left or right to find the app you want to close.
  3. Press and hold on the app’s thumbnail.
  4. Swipe up to close the app.

That’s it! Easy. And remember, in more severe cases, you can also force the iOS operating system to reboot:

  • iPhone 8: Press and release Volume Up, press and release Volume Down, press and hold the Power button.
  • iPhone 7: Press and hold Volume Down and Power for 10 seconds.
  • iPhone 6 and earlier: Press and hold Home and Power for 10 seconds.

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iOS 11.0.3 Arrives

Apple has pushed out the latest version of iOS, 11.0.3. As the name suggests, it’s the third update since iOS 11 was released for all customers on September 19th.

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This update is all about the bug fixes and restoring old features. It corrects an issue for some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, where audio and haptic feedback wasn’t working. It also fixes a problem with some iPhone 6s displays, which were unresponsive to touch in some instances.

The full release notes detail all the changes Apple has publicly commented on, although I’m sure we’ll find some weird fixes under the hood:

iOS 11.0.3 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad.

This update:

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not services with genuine Apple parts

Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use Apple parts. See for more information.

All the iOS 11 updates issued so far have been in response to security issues or bugs. iOS 11.0.1 fixed a security flaw, and came a week after iOS 11.0 came out. iOS 11.0.2 fixed a crackling audio issue on the new iPhones, and was out a week after that. Just one week later, and we’ve got more bug fixes, which goes to show just how quickly Apple pushed iOS 11.0 out the door.

There are still more major updates to come in iOS 11. The first big changes are expected in iOS 11.1, which is already in beta and should hopefully be out later this month. It enables peer-to-peer Apple Pay transactions, as well as returns the 3D Touch app switcher.

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Apple Releases Second Patch for iOS 11

Apple has just released iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. This marks the second bug fix update since iOS 11 launched in September. The build number is 15A421.

It looks to be another round of bug fixes and performance improvements, including a fix for crackly audio during phone calls on iPhone 8, a bug that caused some photos not to show up in user’s libraries and resolves an issue relating to attachments in encrypted email.

Apple states that iOS 11.0.2 brings various ‘bug fixes and improvements for iPhone and iPad’.

The minor update is available now for all iOS 11 devices (including the sixth-generation iPod touch).

Apple released iOS 11 on September 19, followed by iOS 11.0.1 a week later. iOS 11.0.1 addressed problems relating to Microsoft email accounts not being able to connect to the server in the stock Mail app.

To update, open Settings on your iOS device and navigate to General → Software Update. You will need at least 50% battery to perform the update, or be connected to a power outlet.

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iOS 11 Gets a Fast Patch

Apple today issued a small update to the millions of iPhones and iPads that have already upgraded to iOS 11. It fixes an Exchange connectivity bug in that release.

“You might not be able to send email with an, Office 365, or Exchange account until you update to iOS 11.0.1,” an Apple support document notes.

The bug impacts email hosted by Microsoft on or Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016. You’ll know you have the problem if you see the error message “Cannot Send Mail. The message was rejected by the server.”

As with all iOS updates, iOS 11.0.1 will be offered to you automatically. But you can install this update immediately by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.

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4 Things to Now About iOS 11

If you have an iPhone, this week’s iOS 11 brings a lot of changes. Here are 4 changes to be aware of before you upgrade yours.

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The iOS 11 update brings a variety of enhancements, including a new voice and functionality for the Siri virtual assistant and a new photo format to reduce file sizes.

I would consider waiting a few days in case unexpected problems emerge. The update will work with iPhones and iPads going back a few years, but older models won’t get all the new features.

Once you get iOS 11, here are four things to look for.

Look and Feel

The Control Center offers easy access to the flashlight and other tools with a swipe up from the bottom. It got separated into multiple pages last year to increase the options available, but the extra swipes got annoying. With iOS 11, it’s back to a single page. The extra options remain available, and Apple now lets you customize further, such as by adding an Apple TV remote or one-touch access to the voice recorder.

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After taking a screenshot, you’ll now see a thumbnail in a corner. Tap on it for the ability to quickly annotate and share it. Need to remember where you parked your car? Just screenshot a map and draw an arrow.

The update brings additional camera filters to tweak your photos. To find them, you can now swipe up as you’re taking the shot; swipe down when you’re done. With camera improvements, the iPhone 8 models automatically use an exposure-balancing technology called HDR and no longer save unadjusted versions. You can restore that in the settings, though it’ll use more storage.

Apple Maps now offers speed limits and lane guidance on highways and indoor maps for some airports and shopping malls.

And a new feature detects when you’re driving and keeps notifications from appearing on your lock screen, so you’re not tempted to check. You can override that if you’re in the passenger’s seat — or traveling by plane or train, both of which can make the phone think you’re driving.

New Types of Apps

Remember last year’s gaming sensation “Pokemon Go “? For many people, it was their first taste of augmented reality , the blending of virtual images with real-life settings. More augmented reality apps are coming with new tools Apple is including with iOS 11 . Among other things, you’ll be able to see how furniture will look in your real living room before you buy it.

Apple already has had artificial-intelligence software for cataloging photos and other internal features. It’s now making those tools available to third-party developers. Such apps might now automatically identify food in an image and offer nutrition information.

Speaking of apps, Apple has also redesigned its app store to separate games from other apps and make recommendations more prominent.

For the iPad

As Apple tries to market its iPad Pro tablets as a laptop alternative, the iPad’s software takes on characteristics resembling the Mac computer.

A Dock at the bottom offers quick access to recent and frequently used apps. The iPad gets new drag and drop capabilities to make it easier to move text and other content between apps. For instance, you can drag a location on a map into an email. Recent iPad models can now run three apps side by side, rather than just two.

Coming Soon

Apple’s payment system, Apple Pay, already lets people buy items at a retail store with a tap of the phone. It also enables web orders and charity donations. Coming soon is the ability to pay friends back for dinner or drinks, much the way PayPal and Venmo work.

Money you receive will go into an Apple Pay Cash account, automatically created if you don’t already have one. Apple is hoping you’ll use the balance to buy things with Apple Pay, though you can move money to a bank account. There’s no fee when using a debit card or an existing balance. To encourage its use, the Apple Pay option will appear when texting about owing money.

Also coming later is the ability to sync Apple’s Messages app between devices. Such syncing was previously inconsistent. Apple says that while syncing will now use its iCloud servers, it will keep all data encrypted and won’t have access to the keys.

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