Apple has announced another event that is set to take place on March 25th, 2019. Rumor has it they will be announcing a new subscription news service. There has also been talk about Apple developing a news streaming service similar to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime,etc At this point, we can only speculate on what Apple is going to unravel. Maybe cheaper iPhones or maybe a new Oscar. You never know with Apple these days.
Yes, you’ve read that headline right. Apple just released another version of iOS 12. This is the fourth release of an iOS 12 version since Apple first released iOS 12 back in September. It is an urgent release for all iOS compatible devices which are iPhone 5s or later, iPad mini 2?or later, 6th generation iPod touch or later. Compatible devices should be automatically prompted to upgrade. This upgrade is assumingely designed to fix problems with FaceTime and emojis. The size of 12.1.4 is 500MB which is surprising huge for a big fix. It had been reported by numerous sources that this fix does fix certain problems but also introduces new problems as well.
In all of the years of Apple iOS, never have I’ve seen so many version of iOS introduced in a such a short amount of time. But never had iOS had so many features either. Windows for instance gets updated with patches at least once every month because features and attacks it gets. I think it is safe to assume that the bigger iOS gets and the more features get added to it, the more security updates it will need going forward.
So there has been a story lately about the default of Facetime used specifically for iPhones. If you use it, there is a chance you are being spyed on by hackers. Even if your iPhone is turned off, you are still being watched. Or at least that’s the rumor. Still investigating this. Be sure to take appropriate precautions in this situation. More to follow, stay tuned.
This past week, the Mac turns 35. In 1984, the Mac said hello to the world for the first time. It was an amazing machine for it’s time and an evolution in the computer world.
So iOS 12.1.2 was released last week. The update seems to have caused cellular data to stop working on some of the iPhones. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to be an issue that has spread to far. The victims of this issue have complained that they have been unable to make calls, send texts, or access the internet unless they are connected to Wi-Fi. Here are a few possible ways you can address this issue:
(1) Go to Settings in your iPhone to turn off Wi-Fi calling. It seems that something in that setting is conflicting with the update and that could be causing the problem.
(2) Revert back to an older version of iOS ( 12.1, essentially). To do this, you will probably have to connect your device to a computer, navigate through iTunes to device settings and restore from there.
(3) Contact Apple Support to see if they have any solutions that can help you out.
Hopefully some of these issues will help you out if you are experiencing this issue. And hopefully the next version of iOS will fix these issues which will hopefully be in the near future.
From December 1st through the 14th, Apple stores are hosting free classes to teach people how to code. Each of these sessions will takes place for only an hour over the two week period. For kids 6-12, the sessions will involve coding with robots. Everyone 12 and up will be given a tutorial on Swift, the Apple programming language used on most Apple products. If you are interested in doing this and/or bringing your children into it, check with your local Apple store for class times and to sign up.
So I got a chance to check out the iPad Pro this weekend and let me just say it is sexy as hell!! It’s so slender, you can’t even put a headphone jack in it. She’s also expensive. When you buy the keyboard folio, the magnetic Apple Pencil 2, and the iPad itself, you are easily over $1600.
But it does supersede a comparable laptop in many ways. It has True Tone, adaptive liquid retina display, an eight core A12x Bionic chip which is 7nm small, the smallest processor ever, and 7 GPUs. So it is fast as hell. Faster than 92% of all laptops sold this past year, according to Apple. No doubt the iPad Pro is the computer of the future.
The negative part however is that iOS is too underwhelming to take advantage of all that power. In other words, things you should be able to do, like add an external hard drive or keyboard, you can’t do that. Sure, some creatives people will be able to harness the power, but for most, you end up paying a ton of money for an overpriced Netflix machine.