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New iOS 11.2.6 Update Provides iPhone Bug Fix

Apple, Apps, iPad, iPhone, New Technology, Smartphone Tips, Smartwatches, Uncategorized

Remember when just receiving a certain text message could crash your iPhone? There have actually been a few instances of such text message bugs throughout Apple’s history.

Apple’s first iPhone-crashing text message bug came in the form of a link which would crash your iPhone regardless of whether or not you clicked on the link. All it took was a text message including the link! This first bug was known as ChaiOS. Cute.

The next bug to crash iPhones was another text message exploit. If you were to send someone a white flag emoji, the number “0”, and a rainbow emoji in one text message, their iPhone would crash regardless of their reading the text.

Next, a certain string of Arabic characters sent as a text message was to blame for crashing iPhones. Again, whether or not you opened the text message, your iPhone would crash if you received a text message containing a particular set of Arabic characters.

Apple fixed all the aforementioned bugs, but a new iOS-crashing bug recently manifested. Displaying a specific character from the Telugu alphabet crashes devices operating on iOS 11, but Apple’s new iOS 11.2.6 update introduces a fix. iOS 11.2.6 prevents the crash bug initiated by receiving text messages containing the specific Telegu character.

You can now download Apple’s iOS 11.2.6 software update. If you have any further questions, please visit any of our stores in Topeka, Kansas City, Lawrence, or Leavenworth, Kansas.

Apple offers consumers a preview of iOS 11.3

Apple, Apps, iPad, iPhone, New Technology

Apple’s new iOS update, iOS 11.3, is slated for a Spring release, but the curious consumer may preview iOS 11.3 on Apple’s website. Here’s a rundown of what is new in the iOS 11.3 update:

Battery Usage
iPhone 6’s and above will feature a new setting allowing for iPhone owners to see if their iPhone batteries are in need of a replacement. If you’ve had problems with unexpected shutdowns, iOS 11.3 may be the solution. iOS 11.3’s solution to unexpected shutdowns is an update to the maximum performance management feature. iPhone users will not only be able to see if the power management feature is on, but now users will also be able to turn that feature on or off.

Animojis
iOS 11.3 offers iPhone X users a new selection of animojis within the Messages app. A lion, a bear, a dragon, and a skull will all see their debut in the iOS 11.3 update.

ARKit 1.5
iOS 11 introduced augmented reality (AR) experiences to iPhone users. Along with iOS 11.3, ARKit 1.5 will be available to developers. ARKit 1.5 is a developers dream, allowing developers to map irregular surfaces and recognize vertical surfaces. ARKit 1.5 will also feature the ability to recognize and develop for 2D images. AR apps will even look much better than they did before ARKit 1.5 thanks to camera resolution and auto-focus optimizations.

Health Records
Health Records is a new feature that will be introduced in iOS 11.3. Through the Health app, iPhone users will be able to use the Health Records feature to access their available medical records from multiple healthcare providers. Some participating medical institutions will even go as far as to notify iPhone users of medication information, lab results, and health conditions.

A beta version of iOS 11.3 will be available for iPhone users in the Spring. Check back here at iGurus for further news regarding Apple’s iOS 11.3.

We’ve Lowered Our iPhone Screen Repair Prices

Apple, Cellphone Repair, iPhone, Smartphone Damage

With the new year comes new iPhone screen replacement prices. We’ve lowered the prices of screen replacements for a number of different iPhone models.

Our new prices:

iPhone 5 – 69.99
iPhone 5C – 69.99
iPhone 5S – 69.99
iPhone 5SE – 69.99
iPhone 6 – 74.99
iPhone 6S – 79.99
iPhone 6+ – 74.99
iPhone 6S+ – 79.99
iPhone 7 – 79.99
iPhone 7+ – 79.99
iPhone 8 – 79.99

These new prices are standard at each iGurus location. If you have any further questions about an iPhone screen replacement either call or visit your local iGurus.

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Apple cites a shortage of iPhone 6 plus batteries as reason for delayed battery replacement

Apple, Cellphone Repair, iPhone, Uncategorized

In December Apple announced they planned to offer discounted $29 battery replacements for any iPhone 6 or above throughout 2019. The discounted price came as a result of customer uproar over Apple’s admission to slowing operation on older iPhones with each newer iOS update. Apple began offering the discounted battery replacements in late December, a week earlier than planned, but Apple’s discounted battery replacement service has already encountered a couple problems.

Initially, consumers with iPhone batteries able to maintain at least 80% of the original capacity were told they couldn’t get the discounted battery replacement because their batteries held enough of a charge. The problem was Apple never told consumers their batteries must be in a certain state in order to be replaced. Apple has since apologized and offers discounted battery replacements regardless of charge capacity.

Unfortunately, customers have encountered another problem with Apple’s discounted battery replacement offer.

High battery replacement demand has resulted in a shortage of iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s Plus batteries. Consumers seeking a discounted battery replacement for their iPhone 6 Plus will now have to wait until March or April in order to be able to get their batteries replaced in store. Consumers seeking a battery replacement for their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s Plus will have to wait 1-2 weeks for a battery replacement.

Apple is still offering the discounted $29 price for battery replacement, but if the battery you want to replace powers either an iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus you will have to wait before you can access the $29 battery replacement.

 

Apple releases updates to stifle Spectre CPU exploit

Apple, iPad, iPhone, New Technology, Uncategorized

The recent discovery of Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs has given the tech industry quite the fright. It’s said most devices produced in the last 20 years are subject to the security flaws resulting from the Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs. Apple recently announced all iOS and Mac devices (except for iWatches) are affected by Meltdown and Spectre, and promised consumers an update fix would soon be on the way to protect devices from Meltdown and Spectre.

That update has arrived.

Actually, those updates have arrived. Apple released three updates today; an update for iOS, another for macOS, and an update for Safari. These updates protect devices from being exploited through the Spectre bug. Given that updates were released just days ago to protect consumer devices from Meltdown, Apple’s devices are now safer from Meltdown and Spectre attacks… as far as Apple is concerned. Whether or not further updates will be required to make Apple devices impervious to Meltdown and Spectre attacks is yet to be seen.

 

Confirmed: Meltdown and Spectre bugs plague Mac devices

Android, Apple, Apple TV, Apps, Cellphone Repair, Computer Repair, HTC, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Smartphone Tips, Smartwatches, Sony, Uncategorized, Windows

Discovery of two different CPU security bugs has recently taken the tech world by storm. Named Spectre and Meltdown, these two bugs are to blame for an unprecedented vulnerability lying dormant in the majority of all devices produced over the last 20 years.

Spectre and Meltdown make it easy for people to steal information on any infected device. The Meltdown bug allows data thieves to “melt down” the isolation between user applications and memory. Basically, through Meltdown, a data thief can access the passwords or any other information contained within user applications. Spectre, like Meltdown, allows data thiefs to access data on device applications and memory, but Spectre does so by “tricking applications into accidentally disclosing information that would normally be inaccessible”. Check out the previous link for TechCrunch’s Devin Coldeway’s Meltdown and Spectre FAQ if you have further questions regarding how Meltdown and Spectre exploit CPUs and what you can do about the two exploits.

Apple has recently confirmed their devices (all but the Apple Watch) are affected by Meltdown and Spectre. That’s right, your MacBook and your iPhone are affected by Meltdown and Spectre. Apple’s advice for avoiding a malicious attack through Meltdown or Spectre? Simple. Apple recommends “downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store” because using Meltdown or Spectre exploits on Apple devices requires the use of third-party software.

Click on the link above to access Apple’s official statement regarding Meltdown and Spectre exploits on Apple devices. Apple also promises to release patches in the near future in attempt to prevent malicious attacks through Meltdown and Spectre.

Apple is now offering $29 iPhone battery replacements

Apple, Cellphone Repair, iPhone, Uncategorized

Originally projected to begin in February, Apple’s year-long discount on iPhone battery replacements has begun one month early. Apple’s $29 battery replacements are available to users of devices falling within the iPhone 6 line and above.

iPhone owners flocked to Apple stores after it was announced less than a week ago that Apple would begin offering a discount on iPhone battery replacements a month early. Unfortunately, Apple Geniuses were disqualifying devices which were still able to retain at least 80% of their original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles, and users seeking a reduced price on battery replacements were turned down on account of the ineligibility Apple didn’t mention in the initial announcement of the discount. Apple has since confirmed with MacRumors the discounted price will be offered to iPhone 6 and up device owners from this week until the end of the year, regardless of the condition of their device’s battery.

While it may sound as if you can walk into any Apple store and get your iPhone battery replaced at a discount you should be aware of other potential qualifiers for disqualification. Apple will not replace iPhones that have after-market components or iPhones that have either internal or external damage.

Oxygen OS beta brings face unlock to OnePlus 5 owners

Android, New Technology, Uncategorized

OnePlus 5 users can now access a Face Unlock feature by downloading the OxygenOS open beta from OnePlus’ official website. The Face Unlock feature accessible from the OxygenOS beta allows users to unlock their devices using facial recognition technology. OnePlus originally implemented the Face Unlock feature on the newer OnePlus 5T, and reviewers responded positively, but not without criticism.

One criticism of OnePlus’ Face Unlock feature is the inability of Face Unlock to see users’ faces in conditions with rapidly uneven or inconsistent lighting. Of course, in the event Face Unlock doesn’t work, users are still able to use their fingerprint to unlock their OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 5’s Face Unlock feature, running on the Oxygen OS beta, has a similar quirk, but is still able to utilize fingerprint scanning as an unlocking method where facial recognition fails.

OnePlus’ Face Unlock technology functions in a similar manner to Apple’s Face ID only in that Face Unlock and Face ID can both be used to unlock devices, but while Face ID can be used to do other tasks outside of unlocking devices (like authorizing payments), Face Unlock can only unlock a users’ devices.

If you’re a OnePlus 5 user and would like to access the Face Unlock feature, download the OxygenOS open beta using the above “open beta” link.

 

Google’s Fuchsia OS is available on Google’s Pixelbook

Android, Apps, New Technology, Uncategorized

Google’s Fuchsia OS, their third operating system following Android and Chrome OS, is now available for use on Google’s newest laptop, the Pixelbook. Google has released Fuchsia OS with little fanfare, and encourages developers to familiarize themselves with Fuchsia OS through use. Google also encourages developers to contribute to Fuchsia OS’ open-sourced development.

Fuchsia OS has been in development for only a year and was created not from the Linux kernels used to build Android and Chrome OS, but from the Google-built Zircon Microkernal. Fuchsia OS is the only Google operating system built from the new Zircon Microkernal.

Installing Fuchsia OS on your Pixelbook will require the use of a USB drive – preferably one you don’t mind losing. Google’s recommended method involves using a USB drive to upload Fuchsia OS to your Pixelbook, but the installation process is said to damage the USB drive, leaving the USB drive a useless piece of plastic and metal once the installation is complete. Besides Google’s Pixelbook, Fuchsia also supports the Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop.

If you’re interested in installing Fuchsia OS on your Pixelbook or Acer Switch Alpha 12 laptop, click on the provided “Installing” link above. There’s currently little indication of Fuchsia OS succeeding Android or Chrome OS.

Google is no longer selling the Pixel C tablet

Android, New Technology, Uncategorized

It appears Google has forsaken its Pixel C tablet for their Pixelbook. Google’s Pixel C was first first introduced to consumers two years ago. An android tablet, Google’s Pixel C is no longer available for purchase from Google.

Google’s explanation for ending sales of the Pixel C follows:

“As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C and it is no longer available for sale. However, we are committed to updating and supporting it, including the recent update to Android 8.0, so customers can continue to get the best out of their device. Our newly launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device.”

Google recommends consumers interested in the Pixel C will find a quality substitute in their newer Pixelbook. Unfortunately, the Pixelbook costs $999, $400 more expensive than the Pixel C $599 price point. Google’s new Pixelbook forgoes Android for Chrome OS.

If you’re interested in purchasing a Pixel C, it’s likely you’ll have to buy one secondhand.

 

 

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