6 great Android features missing from iOS 11

 

Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago.

Indeed, the new version of iOS brings such enticing features as a revamped App Store, a customizable Control Center, and drag-and-drop for iPad users, plus such catch-up features as one-handed typing and easy person-to-person payments.

But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I’ve grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever’s onscreen at a given moment.

Read on for six awesome Android features that iOS 11 has yet to match, starting with..

Multiple user profiles

Given all the innovations coming to the iPad courtesy of iOS 11, from the ability to drag-and-drop elements from one side of the split screen to the other and the new, persistent app dock, you’d think Apple would toss in a feature that’s been standard on Android for years: user profiles, perfect for letting family members in a one-iPad household create their own personal iPad spaces.

Multiple user profiles

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If you’ve been waiting for Android-like user profiles to arrive on iOS, bad news: they’re still missing in iOS 11.

For whatever reason, though (privacy concerns, perhaps?), Apple has yet again passed on adding user profiles to the iPhone or iPad. That means if you share your iPad with your toddler or teenager, you’re sharing all your iPad data, too, including your e-mail, your open browser tabs, your Facebook app, everything.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

Android has really spoiled me with its “automatic rules” for Do Not Disturb mode. With automatic rules, you can set up multiple Do Not Disturb schedules for weeknights, weekends, meetings, and any other scenarios you dream up. For example, I have Do Not Disturb set to turn itself off early (as in 6 a.m.) on weekday mornings, while on weekends, Do Not Disturb keeps things quiet until about 8.

Multiple Do Not Disturb schedules

 

Apple iOS 10.3.2 Is Causing New Problems

Apple AAPL +0.38% iOS 10.3.2 is a deceptively important update, but unfortunately it also carries a serious problem – and Apple has just made it a lot worse…

What Apple has done is what it normally does after an iOS release: it stopped signing the previous version. This means users running iOS 10.3.2 can no longer downgrade (eg to iOS 10.3.1) because the ‘sign off’ an upgrade looks for on Apple’s servers before installing will no longer be given.

Why is this a problem? Because of both iOS 10.3.2’s importance and its problems.

Apple iOS 10.3.2 update is important, but can also potentially cause problems

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Apple iOS 10.3.2 update is important, but can also potentially cause problems

As explained in my upgrade guide, iOS 10.3.2 addresses multiple, serious security flaws. In fact Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 security page lists 23 categories of exploit with over 20 related to WebKit (aka Safari browsing) and two in iBooks which lead to the execution of arbitrary code that can take over your device.

So you should install iOS 10.3.2, but equally you may need to uninstall it promptly because the upgrade contains a serious battery problem which can kill iPhone battery life in well under an hour.

I exclusively reported this back in May and I’ve been contacted by numerous users and witnessed a lot of complaints across both social media and the official Apple Support Communities website (sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20… you get the picture).

 Apple iOS 10.3.3 is coming soon

Of course it is impossible to scientifically gauge the true global scale of the bug (I know iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are unaffected), but putting more meat on the bones for me is reader Kamlesh Parmar, a technical support lead at a major enterprise services specialist.

He told me his affected iPhone 6 would even lose 10-20% within minutes of unplugging from a full charge and then switch off with up to 40% charge still remaining: “I’ve spoken to friends and they all report the same issue. I did a factory reset and then restored my iPhone, however I still have the issue.”

The only cure? Yes, you’re ahead of me: downgrade to iOS 10.3.1.

Apple iOS 10.3.3 is coming soon

As such Apple’s decision to stop signing iOS 10.3.1 causes a lot of problems. Those wary of upgrading because of the battery issue will not now try the update and gain its critical security fixes because of the lack of an escape route if they are affected. While those already affected on iOS 10.3.2 can no longer downgrade and escape it – great.

But there is some good news: iOS 10.3.3 may not be far away.

Today Apple released iOS 10.3.3 beta six to both developers and the public. That’s an unusually high number of betas for a minor point release (some have no beta testing at all) and suggests Apple knows the importance of getting this update right. Surely one of the things on its hit list is addressing the battery problems of iOS 10.3.2.

As such, while I think Apple should not have stranded users on iOS 10.3.2 before the release of iOS 10.3.3, a solution may not be far away. And if your iPhone has been running out of battery within an hour or two since iOS 10.3.2 was released in May, that can’t come soon enough…

 

iPhone 8 Prototype Spotted in Video, Expected in Four Colour Variants

 

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  • iPhone 8 tipped to come in a mirror-like finish
  • The prototype video tips iPhone 8 to be taller and wider than iPhone 7
  • Another leak claims wireless charging tech will be delayed

iPhone 8 launch is inching near, and credible sources are now pouring in information about the smartphone regularly. John Gruber, Unbox Therapy and Benjamin Geskin have all leaked additional information on the iPhone 8 revealing a fresh prototype, colour options, and some details on wireless charging.

Starting with Unbox Therapy, the tipster has published a video showing off an alleged prototype of the iPhone 8. It corroborates with all the information about the smartphone in the past, with a bezel-less display, the top panel loaded with sensors, the vertical dual camera setup, the elongated power button, and the recent no Touch ID rumour. He backs Ming-Chi Kuo’s claims of Apple ditching the fingerprint scanner altogether to exclusively use facial recognition for unlocking, authentication, and other security-related features.

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The iPhone 8 prototype is a bit taller and wider than the iPhone 7 – it is said to sport a 5.8-inch display – instead of the 4.7-inch one seen on the predecessor. However, it is significantly smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus in size, a smartphone that sports a 5.5-inch display. This is possible because Apple has reduced the bezel on the iPhone 8 from all sides to achieve a large display in a smaller form factor. The tipster also compares it to the current generation Samsung Galaxy S8 to show how Apple has managed to hit the sweet spot in display and size potential. See the full iPhone 8 prototype video below.

Furthermore, tipster Benjamin Geskin has released more information on the iPhone 8 claiming that it will be available in four colour options – with one being a mirror-like finish seen on old iPad models. The finish will either be in silver or black, and the tipster has failed to reveal the other three options. This comes after Kuo predicted that the iPhone 8 will come in fewer options, and will have a ‘boutique’ branding.

Lastly, John Gruber has brought some bad news, claiming that the iPhone 8 rumoured wireless charging technology may not be ready on launch day, and will launch a little later – just like the Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus. The tipster claims that it may be released with the launch of iOS 11.1 perhaps. Furthermore, he claims that the wireless charger will be sold separately for all the three iPhones, something that has been reported earlier as well.

Apart from all these features, the iPhone 8 is also expected to come with an OLED display, a fast A11 chip, and better waterproofing as well.

 

iPhone 8 could feature a rear-facing laser system for AR and better autofocus

 

Moreover, with the use of the laser system, depth detection for AR apps would be easier as well. The report further states that Apple has bought vertical-cavity-surface-emitting-laser components for use with the VCSEL system expected on the phone. As per sources, the Cupertino-giant would have to spend only $2 extra per device. So, on Apple’s side, it would prove to be beneficial. However, the report says, “Whether the sensor will be included in that phone, or a 2018 iPhone, depends on the progress the Apple engineers make in integrating the laser system into the phone”.iPhone 8 could feature a rear-facing laser system for AR and autofocus

This means even though Apple employees are working hard, we may not see the laser system in this year’s edition of iPhone. Moving on to the iPhone 8’s front-facing camera, it is expected to come with a 3D sensor and facial recognition technology. As some of you may know, renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said that this camera would be ‘revolutionary’. Besides this, the report says that the iPhone 8 would arrive with a Touch ID. However, it doesn’t specify whether the fingerprint scanner would be embedded into the display or it would be placed on the rear panel of the device. Contrary to this report, yesterday a publication claimed that Apple will ditch the fingerprint scanner on iPhone 8. Instead, it would rely on a face recognition system.

Now, truth to be told, so many rumors emerge every day that it is hard to keep a track. Also, the authenticity of this information as questionable since it comes from unofficial sources.

 

iPhone 8 does NOT exist, new Apple leak reveals

 

The iPhone 8 does not exist.

Apple will not launch a next-generation smartphone with the long-rumoured iPhone 8 branding this September, it has been claimed.

Instead, the new flagship phone will be marketed as iPhone Edition, according to a new report from reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

The iPhone Edition brand would reportedly be used to signal that the smartphone is a higher-end model, similar to the top-of-the-range Apple Watch, which also carries the Edition moniker. Previous rumours suggest iPhone Edition could start at an eye-watering $1,000, roughly £820.

The latest report from Mac Otakara also claims Apple is still testing a number of different prototypes for the new flagship iPhone.

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple is purportedly experimenting with a number of different display technologies and materials.Prototypes being tested in Cupertino include some iPhone Edition models with an LCD display, while others use an AMOLED panel.

Other prototypes are being passed around the Apple campus with and without physical Home Buttons, the report adds.

Apple is also believed to be experimenting with glass, aluminium and white ceramic chassis for the device.

Apple is purportedly experimenting with a number of different materials, including an all-glass bodyIMRAN TAYLOR • BEHANCE

Apple is purportedly experimenting with a number of different materials, including an all-glass body

In fact, the other features Apple is reportedly certain of are the new five-inch display size, wireless charging and dual camera set-up.That display size refers to the primary touchscreen area, which will be around 5.15 inches, according to the latest whispers from Cupertino.

Meanwhile, the rest of the touchscreen – which will reportedly bleed to the very edges of the phone – will be reserved for a row of virtual on-screen buttons.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the overall footprint of the smartphone will be similar to that of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone 7, which all have a 4.7-inch LED display.

Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreenDRIBBLE • ALHASAN HUSNI

Concept artists reveal the new Function Area at the bottom of the five-inch touchscreen

Apple purportedly plans to debut an edge-to-edge display in an effort to keep the physical size of the device down, while simultaneously increasing the size of the display.Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is reportedly designing the phone so that it resembles “a single sheet of glass”.

Apple is hotly-tipped to ditch the physical Home Button from the front of the smartphone, so that it can reduce the bezels around the display.

But the dramatic changes planned for the next iPhone will not just be surface-deep.

According to a new research note from UBS, Apple has put together a team of more than 1,000 engineers working on Augmented Reality (AR) technology ready for the iPhone.

Augmented Reality sees artificial elements – like video footage, CGI animation or GPS data – placed on-top of real-world elements.

The so-called iPhone Edition will have a curved display and smaller physical footprintIMRAN TAYLOR • BEHANCE

The so-called iPhone Edition will have a curved display and smaller physical footprint

Pokémon Go is probably the best known example, which lets players use the camera to search for CGI monsters within the world around them.Apple CEO Tim Cook is very interested in AR and has spoken at length about the potential for the technology.

“I regard it as a big idea like the smartphone,” Mr Cook said in an interview earlier this year.

“The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic or country or vertical market: It’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge.”

According to Business Insider, Apple now “may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR”.

The same UBS research note claims Apple will include Augmented Reality technology inside its best-selling smartphone as early as the iPhone 8, or iPhone Edition.

If Apple keeps to the same schedule as previous years, the new iPhone will be launched in September.Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims Apple will incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, usually located in physical Home Button, beneath the glass display in the next iPhone.

According to Kuo, the current system Apple uses for its fingerprint recognition functionality will not allow for its revolutionary all-glass design.

Instead, Mr Kuo claims, the new fingerprint sensor will require optical sensors to read the print resting on the display.

The complicated new display set-up, which presumably will still need to incorporate the pressure-sensitivity debuted with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, will require a number of new, custom solutions from the panel manufacturers.

However the KGI Securities research report states that Apple has enough clout within the industry to get the system built ready for the new iPhone.

Alongside the new fingerprint recognition technology, the iPhone Edition could also see Apple introduce facial tracking sensors into its flagship smartphone, Mr Kuo has claimed.

These could be used to scan users’ faces to help verify identification.

Concept images reflect Apple's rumoured decision to drop the iconic Home ButtonREDDIT • FLOCKMANN • CONCEPTSiPHONE

Concept images reflect Apple’s rumoured decision to drop the iconic Home Button

Mr Kuo believes the fingerprint recognition system will “ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system” in an effort to make the iPhone even more secure.”However, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, we believe a combination of fingerprint and facial recognition is another possible solution,” he writes.

Elsewhere, Apple is reportedly looking to distance itself from the curved aluminium design language it has used for the past three generations of iPhone, first introduced with iPhone 6.

With the Home Button gone, Apple can extended the display to the bottom of the phone – reducing the chunky bezels around the screen, and shrinking the overall footprint of the device.

Apple is expected to debut its new industrial design language early next year with a refresh of its iPad range.

 

Apple Makes an Uncharacteristic Move

 

Apple decided to let reporters in on a secret this week: a new Mac Pro is coming sometime next year. ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES

Apple is famously tight-lipped between product announcements, preferring to let fans merely speculate about what’s to come.

The company made an exception Monday, when its marketing chief Phil Schiller invited a group of reporters to the hallowed grounds where the company develops Mac prototypes.

The conversation focused on the Mac Pro, according to Tech Crunch, which attended the meeting. The current version of the computer, casually known as the trash can for its cylindrical shape, hasn’t been a particularly strong seller. Apple loyalists have questioned whether the company was going to abandon the professional market altogether.Apple decided to let reporters in on a secret this week: a new Mac Pro is coming sometime next year.

“We are in the process of what we call completely rethinking the Mac Pro,” Schiller said. That means a new Pro and a new external display — just not in 2017. Apple last updated the Mac Pro in 2013. The new machine, though, won’t have a touch screen, as Microsoft’s pro computer, the Surface Studio, does.

Apple also said that it would be coming out with new iMacs later this year that would have better specs — presumably making them more appealing to customers who use a lot of professional apps.

Is this a signal that Apple will be more forthcoming in the future? Probably not. While the company pointed out that its Mac business is close to having the revenue of a Fortune 100 company, desktops just don’t move the needle much in this iPhone world. We expect Apple to stay quiet on the big stuff.

Big Picture: Apple offered a rare view into its upcoming Mac plans.

 

Apple Malware Appears to Be Skyrocketing

 

If you’re a Mac user, you might want to look out for an increase of unwanted advertisements popping out from your web browsers.

Security firm McAfee released a report this week that showed a big jump in 2016 regarding malware hitting the Mac operating system. The McAfee report said there were 460,000 malware instances affecting the Mac OS in the fourth quarter of 2016, an over 700% jump from the previous year during the same quarter.

McAfee’s new report confirms similar research by other cybersecurity firms in recent years that show an increased prevalence of malware affecting Apple computers. Essentially, as more people buy Apple (AAPL, -0.19%) computers, there are more possibilities for malware to infect the machines.Image result for Apple Malware Appears to Be Skyrocketing

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But while an over 700% surge in malware may sound frightening, it should be noted that “the big increase in Mac OS malware was due to adware bundling,” the report’s authors wrote. Adware refers to software that automatically displays online advertisements to users when they surf the web.

Adware, while annoying and obtrusive to some users, is considered by security researchers to be relatively harmless compared to the kinds of computer viruses that can help criminals hack into people’s machines.

One way people can protect themselves from accidentally downloading adware is by only downloading apps from Apple’s approved online store instead of installing software from less reliable sources.

In January, cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes said that it discovered a new type of malware that could freeze Apple computers.

Nokia 9 could rival the iPhone 8 in more than one way

 

New Nokia smartphones, the kind that run a nearly pure version of Android, are going to launch soon in some markets. However, the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3 that were unveiled at MWC aren’t flagship handsets. If you’re looking for Nokia-branded handsets that will rival the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8, then you’ll have to wait for the Nokia 9, a device that HMD Global is yet to make official. But while we’re still waiting for the full launch, Nokia 9 rumors abound, complete with early specs, release date, and pricing details.

A few days ago, a report from NokiaPowerUser revealed some of the alleged Nokia 9 specs a few days ago. The same tipster told the site that the Nokia 9 will be unveiled at the end of July or early August, and will launch by the end of the third quarter or even later.

The handset is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and that’s precisely why the phone might see some delays. Currently, the Galaxy S8 is the only smartphone to have access to Qualcomm’s newest high-end chips.Nokia 9 Rumors: Release Date, Price, and Specs

NokiaPowerUser also says the Nokia 9 will be priced at around €749 in Europe or around $699 in America.

Chinese leaker KK, who often posts mobile leaks on Weibo, listed the alleged specs of the Nokia 9. According to him, the phone will feature a 5.5-inch 4K OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage, 22-megapixel rear camera, 12-megapixel selfie camera, 3,800 mAh battery with Quick Charging 4.0 support, Nokia OZO sound, IP68 dust and waterproof certification, and it’ll run Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the gate.

In case any of that sounds familiar that’s because it matches NokiaPowerUser’s report from a few days ago.

Red iPhone 7 goes on sale in India, receives price cut as well

The (Product) Red edition of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus has been launched in India. The models, which were unveiled and launched in the US last month, are now available for purchase in India through Amazon.Image result for Red iPhone 7

Interestingly, the retailer is already offering discounts on these variants. While the red iPhone 7 is currently going for INR 66,000 (around $1,025), the Plus variant is listed for INR 78,000 (around $1,210) – an INR 4,000 (around $60) price cut for each.

Retailer Infibeam will start selling/shipping the models tomorrow. For more information, head to the Source links below.

iPhone 7 Was the World’s Bestselling Smartphone in Q1 2017: Strategy Analytics

 

Apple iPhone 7 has emerged as the worlds bestselling smartphone model in the first quarter of 2017, with an estimated shipment of 21.5 million units that captured six percent market-share worldwide, a new report said.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus, with a bigger screen and higher price, shipped 17.4 million units for second place and 5 percent market-share worldwide in first quarter of 2017, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

“Global smartphone shipments reached a robust 353.3 million units in first quarter of 2017. The top-five most popular models together accounted for 1 in 6 of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director Strategy Analytics, in a statement on Wednesday.

Apple today accounts for two of the world’s top five smartphone models.iPhone 7 Was the World's Bestselling Smartphone in Q1 2017: Strategy Analytics

Meanwhile, Apple iPhone 5s has emerged as the top premium smartphone in seven states of India while other versions of iOS-driven devices occupy the top five premium spots in non-metro states.
Oppo R9s was declared as the star performer, shipping 9 million units globally and becoming the world’s third most popular smartphone model.

Oppo R9s shipped 8.9 million units for third place and 3 percent market-share worldwide in first quarter and is a popular brand in China and growing rapidly across India.

“Samsung was still gearing up for the launch of its new Galaxy S8 portfolio, but managed to get two models in the top five during first quarter of 2017,” noted Linda Sui, Director Strategy Analytics.

Samsung Galaxy J3 captured 2 percent global smartphone market-share and fourth place, while Galaxy J5 took 1 percent global share to become the world’s fifth most popular model.

“Samsung’s J3 and Galaxy J5 are midrange devices that sell very well across Europe and Asia and they helped to offset Samsung’s troubles with the Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco in the quarter,” Sui added.