Archive for the ‘iphone’ Category

“Error 53” – could an iPhone update turn your phone into a brick?

February 8th, 2016
Broken the home button on your iPhone? It contains the Touch ID security module, so be careful who replaces it!

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Report: Apple to reveal smaller iPhone and new iPad Air at March 15 event

February 2nd, 2016

Enlarge / The iPad Air 2. A new version could bring over multiple features from the iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Mark your calendars: A new report from Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski says that Apple is planning a product event for March 15, its first since the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, and Apple TV event it held back in September. Paczkowski's sources have reliably predicted the dates of multiple iPhone and iPad events in the past, and 9to5Mac's sources have also pegged March 15th as the event date.

Apple's plans could change, but as of this writing, Apple is expected to make a couple of (literally) small announcements. The most significant is the "iPhone 5SE," a 4-inch iPhone that combines the approximate size of the iPhone 5S with many features from the iPhone 6 and 6S. Current rumors say that Apple Pay support, an Apple A8 or A9, upgraded LTE, and a lightly modified design will be the most significant features and that the phone will replace the iPhone 5S at the bottom of Apple's iPhone lineup.

Rumors also suggest we'll see an iPad Air 3 at the event and that it could inherit a lot of features from the iPad Pro. An upgraded four-speaker design, a Smart Connector, Apple Pencil support, and a rear LED flash are all supposedly in the works. We haven't heard anything about internal specs, but an Apple A9X (possibly paired with less RAM than the iPad Pro's 4GB) seems like a distinct possibility. The 9.7-inch iPad hasn't been updated since October of 2014—it wasn't refreshed when Apple introduced the iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 last year.

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Shootout redux: Smartphone camera vs tricked-out DSLR, one year later

January 31st, 2016

Enlarge / Was this image taken with an iPhone or a DSLR? Spoiler: this one's from a DSLR, on a tripod, with a long exposure and a fair amount of post-processing. This is Gordon Cooper's "Faith 7" Mercury capsule, on display at Space Center Houston. (credit: Lee Hutchinson)

"The best camera," goes the old saying, "is the one you have with you." It’s true, too—spend just a few minutes browsing places like /r/pics and you’ll find stunning image after stunning image taken on a wide variety of cameras, from DSLRs with telephoto lenses all the way down to smartphones. A modern smartphone is equipped with a hell of a lot of picture-taking power and can spit out pro-looking images without a whole lot of effort, and nearly everyone has one on them all the time. Does that mean, then, that the best camera today is a smartphone?

We explored this in our October 2014 "iPhone vs. DSLR" shootout—and we learned a lot. The first lesson was, at least according to a whole lot of people, that I suck at photography. And that’s all right—I do suck at photography. Most of the images I take are properly called "product photography," done inside in studio conditions with lots of lights and not necessarily a lot of variation in settings. Shooting in the real world is a lot more complicated.

More importantly, we proved conventional wisdom right. A smartphone does take awesome pictures, so you don’t need a DSLR, two bags of gear, and a tripod unless you really need an expensive DSLR, two bags of gear, and a tripod.

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Apple to Introduce Wireless Charging Technology with a Different Approach

January 30th, 2016

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Apple is working on wireless charging technology with aim to

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Report: Apple working on long-distance wireless charging for future iPhones

January 29th, 2016

Enlarge / The Apple Watch charger is Apple's first foray into wireless charging, although functionally it might as well be a wired charger. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple is actively working on a wireless charging method for future iPhones, according to "people familiar with the plans" speaking to Bloomberg Business. Apple is hoping that the technology, which could be ready for public consumption by 2017, will be more efficient than current wireless charging methods. Today, Apple uses wireless inductive charging for the Apple Watch, but the watch still needs to sit directly on top of its magnetic cradle to charge.

Competing Android and Windows Phone handsets have included support for wireless charging for some time, though even now it's hardly a standard feature. Most low-end phones don't support it, and the feature comes and goes in high-end phones depending on what the phone is made of, which company made it, and which wireless carrier is selling it. And even when wireless charging is supported, the fact that there are multiple competing standards hasn't helped (though some companies are working on that).

The biggest problems with the technology are that, despite ongoing advancements, your phone and charger still need to be very close together to work, and wireless charging isn't very efficient compared to a good old wire. Apple isn't the only company looking to solve both of those problems—a Ukranian startup named XE has already shown off a wireless charger with a radius of 16 feet (5-ish meters), large enough that simply being in the same room with the charger could deliver power to your devices. XE plans to offer cases that support today's iPhones once the tech makes it to market.

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Dad found not guilty for taking away his daughter’s iPhone

January 29th, 2016
She was reportedly organizing an attack on another kid, so he took it away as punishment. Jailed though he was, he's still got the phone.

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Police destroy evidence with 10 failed passcode attempts on iPhone

January 28th, 2016
They tried to blame it on the iPhone owner's having erased data via a cloud service, but an independent forensics company told another tale.

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Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

January 27th, 2016
Proposed State Bans on Phone Encryption Make Zero Sense

Legal and tech experts argue a New York or California ban on smartphone encryption would be a futile and possibly unconstitutional "logistical nightmare."

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Avoid Clicking! It Crashes Android, iOS Devices + Web Browsers

January 26th, 2016

By Waqas

Some trolls have been using short URLs to trick users

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Hack Brief: Don’t Be Trolled by This iPhone-Crashing Link Meme

January 25th, 2016
Hack Brief: Don’t Be Trolled by This iPhone-Crashing Link Meme

Pranksters are passing a link to "" around social media, which immediately crashes iPhones and iPads.

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