Posts Tagged ‘apple’

apple Apple confess that some iPhone 6S handsets are rubbishNot all iPhones are the same. In fact, some are crappier than the rest, and Apple have confessed this is the case, which is why some iPhone 6S models have a shorter battery life than others. Why? Well, it is something to do with processors being made by two different chip makers.

Apple said that handsets using TSMC-built 16nm A9 processors will have a longer battery life than those powered by Samsung-built 14nm A9 CPUs. One good thing, according to Apple themselves, is that the difference is smaller than suggested.

If you’re really bothered about the difference between 2nm units, then there’s a tool you can use to see if you have a TSMC or a Samsung-built chip in your phone. Get at it here.

“Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, varies within just 2-3 per cent of each other,” said an Apple spokesperson.

However, while Apple are playing it down, independent tests have shown that the difference between the two could be as big as 7%. You’d notice that, even if it does seem small. That said, Apple are still palming it off, saying that the tests undertaken by others aren’t relevant.

“Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state,” said Apple. ”It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life.”

Shout out to the conspiracy theorists who read this and thought that Samsung are messing around with one of their rivals, trying to make their phones less good.

apple How to easily disable iOS 9s content blocking in SafariIf you’ve upgraded to Apple’s iOS 9, and found that a load of stuff you want to look at online is suddenly blocked (hey, we’re not here to judge you, okay?), there’s a really easy way of getting around it, so you can fill you boots with whatever you like.

Apple’s content blockers are enabled or disabled through the Safari section of Settings, as you’d imagine, but if you only want to do it temporarily, and quickly while looking at something you wouldn’t normally get stuck into, then there’s a nice shortcut you can employ.

If you tap and hold on the reload button in Safari, it will give you an option to ‘Reload Without Content Blockers’, which means you can quickly look at a page as the developers of the page intended. With this method, there’s also an option to look at the desktop version of the site, if that’s your thing (you might want to hit a ‘submit’ button on Tumblr, which isn’t available on the mobile app, or whatever).

Either way, it is as easy as that. If you want to turn off content blocking completely, then go into your settings and mess around in there.

amazon logo 300x298 Amazon to ban sale of Apple, Google video streaming thingsAmazon are being weird babies again, this time, they’re going to stop selling media-streaming gadgets from Apple and Google. Why? Well, they don’t want to sell things that aren’t easily compatible with their own video service. Honest.

Amazon sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers, which said that it will be stopping selling Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast, because those gadgets don’t “interact well” with Prime Video. Keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner, and a lot of people will be wanting to buy Google and Apple products, you almost have to admire the brass balls on Amazon.

Also keep in mind that, if you’re not the sort of person who can root things, Amazon’s tablets don’t run on the proper Android OS, which means if you get a Fire HDX or whatever, you won’t be able to download Google apps like YouTube, the Google Play store and the like. You can’t get the BT Sport app either. So it looks like Amazon are fencing themselves in, and trying to only flog their own stuff, which is a risky move.

This isn’t the first time Amazon have tried this. They got in a row with the Hachette Book Group, over the sales of print and digital books. Basically, Amazon blocked pre-orders for some of Hachette’s books, and a load of authors got angry and said the whole thing was anti-competitive.

Now, with that, you could argue that not selling Google and Apple stuff could fall under anti-trust rules, which means this could get very messy for Amazon. Even if it doesn’t raise these concerns, it is unusual for a company to send a load of potential customers elsewhere, if they want premium or popular products.

Either way, if you want Apple TV or Chromecast, you won’t be finding it at Amazon – mercifully, loads of other retailers are available.

Picture 22 300x208 New iPhone feature that’s eating your data allowance   heres how to turn it offIf you’ve bought yourself a new iPhone, or updated to iOS9, you may have noticed that your data allowance is being ravaged. That’s nice, especially if you’ve only just been able to switch your phone back on after it kept bloody crashing all the time.

If you have noticed (or haven’t, in which case, you might have an unpleasant surprise when you get your next bill), there’s an easy workaround for the problem.

The issue is to do with a new feature called ‘WiFi Assist’, which switches your phone to 4G when your WiFi connection is rubbish. This has been an Android feature for a while, but new to Apple, hence the potential for a horrible surprise come bill time.

To switch off the service, here’s how:

Go to Settings from your home screen. Then, click on ‘Mobile Data’ (if you’re in America, you should hit ‘Cellular’) and then scroll to the bottom of the list, and underneath your apps you’ll find ‘WiFi Assist’ where you can toggle with the settings. Obviously, you’ll be wanting to switch it off.

And that’s it. You can leave WiFi Assist on for a bit to see how you go on, but if you find your data is being blitzed, then at least you know how to stop that from happening again in the future.

Apple fix iOS 9 cock-up

September 24th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

When Apple released iOS 9, little did they know how much bother it was going to cause them. Users angrily tweeted about how it had completely borked their phones and some had to do factory resets to get everything working again.

Basically, once iOS 9 has downloaded, a glitch meant that some people’s devices froze after users were prompted to “Slide to Upgrade.”

However, Apple seem to have fixed everything now, which is good news for those of you with an iPhone or whatever. And the update looks like this.

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So what have they sorted out? Well, the new update fixes the issue where some couldn’t complete setup after updating. It also sorts out the issue where alarms and timers failed to sound off.

It also fixed the issue in Safari and Photos where pausing a video could cause the paused frame to look like a mess. It also sorted out the problem where some people with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose data.

You can download and install iOS 9.0.1 by opening Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device.

Apple confirm hack

September 22nd, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple confirm hackApple, who have been the bastions of cleanliness and righteousness (in their own minds) for such a long time, are having a ‘mare. An update has been making people’s iPhones crash (here’s how to fix it), Apple accounts have been stolen, and the camera borked (how to fix that, here).

Now, they have confirmed that malicious code has found its way into a number of official apps that are being sold in the App Store.

In a statement, Apple said that they’d found and removed apps that included a malicious program called Xcode Ghost, which is a fake version of Apple’s software development program Xcode. This thing hides malware in legit apps, and Apple said: “We are working with the developers to make sure they’re using the proper version of Xcode to rebuild their apps.”

One of the popular apps that were affected was WeChat, where bad versions of it appeared and were available globally. WeChat themselves, said that the issue affected an older version of their program, so if you’ve been keeping it up-to-date, you should be fine. The company say that, thus far, they’ve not found anyone who has had their personal information swiped.

So, another public black eye for Apple, as they’ve been letting so many apps with nasty code through their normally watertight development stage. They need to sort it out, quickly.

Apple have a joke on their page… can you spot it?

September 22nd, 2015 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Companies like making little jokes when they’re talking at the public. Apple are no different. On the Apple Watch site, they’ve included a sly little meme  for everyone, but blink and you’ll miss it.

You can see if you can spot it on this page. Or, if not, you can look at this image which we stole from it, and see if you can spot what’s going on. It is quite subtle. This is from the Digital Touch section.

Have a look at the image before scrolling down to the text below it.

watch friends watchos2 Apple have a joke on their page... can you spot it?

As you can see on the Apple Watch, there’s the initials of your pals, circling the central icon. However, if you read them properly, you’ll see it spells something out.

On the thing that tells you how to use ‘Digital Touch’, which is the feature that allows you to send your pals messages by vibrating their Apple Watch, you will note that Apple have RickRolled everyone.

If you don’t know what a RickRoll is, firstly, have you been living up a tree for the past few years? Secondly, it is when someone surreptitiously makes you listen to or read Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ hit. There’s other ways of RickRolling, but they always feature our Rick.

Fair play Apple.

rotten apple 243x300 Apple Crashgate: How to fix your iPhone if the update cocked it upThere’s been a lot of chat about iPhones crashing thanks to Apple’s latest update. People have been saying that their phone is bricked. Thanks stupid Apple.

The problem is the Slide to Upgrade screen isn’t responding, so here’s some thing you can do to fix everything. Kinda.

Apple have said that they’re going to release a new update soon, which will sort everything out, but if you’re in a rush and can’t wait for Apple to pull their finger out, here’s some workarounds.

What To Do If Your iPhone Won’t Work After Updating

You need to connect your iOS device to a computer that you’ve previously synced with iTunes and make sure that iTunes is open.

Then, you need to select your device and if you don’t see it listed, you’ll have to do a ‘Force Restart’. You do that by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears. You drag the slider until your device turns off, and then, when it has done that, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo.

If you did a backup of your device before updating to iOS 9, then restore it to the previous OS. If you don’t know how to do a backup of an Apple device, click here to see how. Hopefully, that should do it.

If not, and you’re still seeing the Slide to Upgrade screen and everything is borked, then you’ll need to restore your device.

If you don’t see your phone on your computer, press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home button for 10 seconds or so, until your device restarts and appears in iTunes. Then, it’ll prompt you and you’ll choose Restore. Basically, this is a factory reset, so your phone will be as good as new, but you might lose some stuff if you haven’t backed things up or saved them to a cloud.

From now, thanks to Apple being a regular glitchfest, it’d be worth doing sporadic backups of everything, just in case this all happens again/

Apple’s iOS 9 keeps making things crash

September 18th, 2015 9 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sad apple logo Apples iOS 9 keeps making things crashWe told you what Apple have in store for the new iOS 9 update, but it isn’t all good. A lot of people have been noting that the update is making their devices crash. Apple have been having a lot of glitches lately, haven’t they? ‘Just works’ indeed.

On social media, some have said that they’ve been unable to use their phones at all, while others have just lost patience and done a factory reset, losing all their non-backed up data in the process. Ideally, Apple would fix it and issue an update, stat.

People with older iPhones have noticed that their phones are seizing up on a “swipe to upgrade” page, even though Apple deemed this upgrade as ‘friendly’ to older devices.

Another problem here is that iOS 8 was a glitchfest too, and some of the bugs in that weren’t ever properly fixed. Apple are risking annoying a lot of people who have paid a lot of money for a ‘premium’ product. If they keep this up, their customer base could drop.

So what should you do if you haven’t upgraded yet, but are thinking of doing so? Well, it’d be a good idea to wait a few days, and let Apple sort their mess out and iron out the bugs that are in their system at the moment. You’re in no rush.

Apple iOS9 – what’s good?

September 16th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple iOS9   whats good?Do you have an iPhone or whatever? Well, there’s the new iOS9 knocking about and you might be wondering whether or not you should update to it. You invariably will do this anyway, but if you want to read some words first, here we go.

What’s new with the latest update?

Well, you can download it today and for starters, you can get a new app on the Home screen which will pull in the news from a variety of places. That’s really boring though as you can already download loads of apps like that anyway.

You’ll be more interested in the Notes app, which now comes as standard on the iPhone and iPad. It has also been tinkered with as well. As well as having to-do lists, you can put photos in it, sketch things with your finger and add maps.

Speaking of maps, the Maps app has been updated as well. Remember when it was a disaster and everyone laughed at it? Those were good times. Anyway, the iOS9 update of will give you details about public transport and that. As tech companies make loads of money from you spending money and sharing your behaviour with them, Maps will now pinpoint the nearest shops to you, and such.

There’s the iCloud Drive too, which is supposed to make it easier for you to find files and the like. You can also organise apps without leave the drive, and on the iPad, you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re currently using.

Apple have messed with the search screen as well, which you get at by swiping right on the home page.

For those on Android, who have been eyeing up an iPhone, you can now migrate your Android phone to Apple, in the ’Move to iOS’ app. That’ll fling all your messages, contacts, photos, and mail accounts to your Apple device.

Does that sound good? Great. Get updating. Does that sound like a load of shit? Don’t bother updating. We really don’t care either way.

apple logo Apple launch: the only 10 things you need to actually know about itThere’s a lot of think-pieces and muttering going on about the new Apple launch, so to save you time and irritation, we’re going to tell you what happened in the shortest way we know how.

Can’t be bothered wading through yesterday’s liveblogs and don’t want a load of bloody analysis. Well, basically, here’s a list with some jokes in it.

1. Apple CEO Tim Cook still looks like Paul O’Grady.

2. There’s two new iPhones out. One is called the iPhone 6s and the other one is called the iPhone 6S Plus. Apple reckon they’re better than the old iPhones. They would say that though.

3. There’s an iPad Pro. It is large. Again, Apple reckon it is miles better than the other iPads.

4. There’s also an Apple Pencil. Steve Jobs ranted about the humble stylus in 2007, but Steve Jobs is dead, so there’s no point in referring to what he likes and dislikes constantly.

5. The Apple Watches will have straps and that, made in collaboration with Hermès. You might not have heard of this particular company, but you can Google them to see if you care. Or just look at this picture and you’ll get the idea.

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6. Everything we assumed about Apple TV was correct. It’ll have Siri, a remote that acts like a controller from Nintendo’s Wii, and it’ll have a new interface which looks like Netflix.

7. That ’3D touch’ thing we’ve been going on about, where you can do different functions on your devices by pressing down harder on your screen? They did it. It is totally a thing.

8. They’ll still be more expensive than other phones. Apple fans don’t mind that. It is better news for Android fans who like complaining about the price of Apple products.

9. OneRepublic played at the event. They sound like this.

10. There’s a new OS due. You don’t need to know anything else, so shut up.

Apple TV could be a gamers dream

September 7th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

Picture 22 300x208 Apple TV could be a gamers dreamApple haven’t really been too much of a fixture in the living rooms of the world, but that could be set to change as they’re amping up their television service.

Apple TV will have a brand new operating system, and will be able to host a variety of third party apps. While a lot of the talk about next Wednesday’s Apple event has focused on a new iPhone, it is the set-top TV box that will be seeing the biggest improvements.

Naturally, you’ll be able to watch loads of shows and films with the new box, but also, it looks like it’ll be a big device for gaming.

Apple launched a new Twitter account last week, called App Store Games, and Apple TV’s remote control looks like it will be getting a microphone too, which could be incorporated into games (or at least make it easier for you to get through the menus without moving your fingers much). The remote will invariably have accelerometers, which means you could be thrashing around like you’re playing Wii Tennis or whatever.

It seems that Apple are going after casual gamers, rather than the hardcore who play games on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console… and not forgetting the gamers on PCs.

It looks like the new Apple TV will cost around £150, as a starting price.

apple Apple come up with idea for battery that lasts for weeksIf you’re disgruntled about the rumours of a rubbish battery in the new iPhones, prepare to be completely gruntled about the latest patent from Apple for a fuel cell system which could give power to the devices of the future ‘for weeks’.

The application looks at technology which would invariably end up being used in MacBooks, and the document states that the power system could keep the laptop running “for days or even weeks”. Bold claim, but then, you can say almost anything about the future, no matter how outlandish. Such as ‘Bitterwallet will be really good in the future’.

The patent talks of a “portable and cost-effective fuel cell system for a portable computing device”, which could use many different energy sources to give the gadget power. So, rather than recharging, you’d replace the device’s power cartridge with a new one when it had run out. Sounds expensive, so obviously, Apple will love this.

The document says: “The fuel source comprises at least one of: sodium borohydride and water; sodium silicate and water; lithium hydride and water; magnesium hydride and water; lithium borohydride and water; lithium aluminum hydride and water; aluminum hydride; an amine borane complex; a hydrocarbon; lithium aluminum hydride; magnesium borohydride; a magnesium borohydride-amine complex; compressed hydrogen gas; and liquid hydrogen,” in what has to be the worst rendition of the coat of many colours song from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

There you go though. The future – it is battery based.

New iPhone to have rubbish battery?

September 2nd, 2015 4 Comments By Mof Gimmers

iphone battery 300x208 New iPhone to have rubbish battery?The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is, according to rumours, going to have a battery that has a reduced capacity compared to the current iPhones on the market.

These mutterings are coming from China, where cnBeta say that the iPhone 6s will feature a 1715 mAh battery and the 6s Plus a 2750 mAh battery. In plain speaking, that means a drop of 5.3% and 5.5% respectively for each phone.

However, Apple have previously said that the new iOS 9 will be more energy efficient, and it’ll have a Low Power mode, which means it shouldn’t need to use as much battery. However, if people feel like their phones are dying more frequently than before, there’s going to be a lot of whining online. This is a bold move from Apple.

There’s other good looking stuff on the new iPhones. Both are going to be getting a new 12MP camera, which is capable of shooting 4K video, and more.

They’ll also have Force Touch technology, which lets you do different actions depending on how hard you press your screen. Very fancy.

Apple has been sending out press invites for an event on Wednesday September 9th, so we’ll no doubt hear more about these phones then, as well as news on an updated Apple TV. Lunatics, start queueing up at your local Apple shop now.

Apple to fix your iPhone camera

August 24th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple Apple to fix your iPhone cameraIs the camera on your iPhone, to use the common vernacular, a load of shit? You may recall that, last year, the iPhone 6 Plus had Apple’s best ever smartphone camera, but for some, their pictures were coming out rubbish and blurry.

Well, Apple have decided to fix that. Over the weekend, Apple said that they’re doing a replacement programme for faulty iSight cameras on the iPhone 6 Plus.

It seems that some phones have a faulty component in it, and Apple have identified what and where the problem is, and it concerns phones sold between September 2014 and January 2015.

So what do you need to do? Well, you will have to check your phone’s serial number on Apple’s designated site about this issue. If you find your phone is on the list, you’re in business.

You’ll be able to get your faulty module sorted out at an Apple Store. Apple don’t seem to be doing a phone swap though, so if you’re smart, you’ll backup the contents of your phone before taking it in.

While you have a little time to get this sorted, what with Apple covering this issue for three years from the time you purchased your phone, it is worth remembering that Apple are on the brink of releasing a load of new bits, including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, which means they’re going to be rammed and busy… so better to get this sorted out sooner, rather than later.