iOS 11.3: Five features worth the upgrade

Today we’re taking a peek at 5 reasons why iPhone and iPad users should update their iOS device to iOS 11.3 immediately. These features range from performance to autocorrect – from the most important features for the average user to features ever-so-slightly less important. No matter how you splice it, the update’s free, and it’s just about Easter weekend, so make an evening of it.

5. Performance Manager Switch

Users can access a new “Battery Health” option to stop the software’s automatic performance throttling to avoid unexpected shutdowns. This is not something I recommend doing, unless you absolutely, positively need your smartphone to run AS FAST as possible. Chances are you’re not one of the very, very few people in this world that need that top performance at all times. If you DO, head to Settings – Battery – Battery Health (Beta).

4. App Review Sorting

For those users that take their app downloading and buying seriously, sorting reviews has arrived. “Four options now allow you to sort the customer reviews on the product pages: the most useful, the most favorable, the most critical or the most recent.” Now we’ll see if people review apps with highest or lowest ratings just to top the list. That’d be not so great.

3. Name and Password Autofill inside apps

Users that don’t just log in to apps using Facebook or Twitter, there’s this. Names and Passwords can be saved to Apple’s memory for the user, then recalled in in-app web views. This applies to webpages that’ve been opened in an app, for example – now they work just like a standard browser like Safari or Chrome for autofilled names and passwords.

2. Your Health Records (Yes, really)

Inside the Health app, users are able to access their health records – just so long as your health system is in the mix. Health Records data is “encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.” This feature was previously available only to those users that’d joined the Apple Beta Software Program. A full list of institutions that are now part of this Health app initiative can be found below.

1. Autocorrect Capitalization Bug Fix

Autocorrect’s most devious plan for destroying every sentence I type included not just correcting my spelling, but adding a capital letter, too. According to the iOS 11 release notes from Apple: “Fixes a problem that could cause the capitalization of the first letter of some words by the automatic correction feature.” At last!

To update your device, head to Settings and tap General – Software Update – Download and Install. From there you should have to wait a while, tap the update button again, and you’ll be good to go.

 

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iOS 11.3: Five features worth the upgrade

Today we’re taking a peek at 5 reasons why iPhone and iPad users should update their iOS device to iOS 11.3 immediately. These features range from performance to autocorrect – from the most important features for the average user to features ever-so-slightly less important. No matter how you splice it, the update’s free, and it’s just about Easter weekend, so make an evening of it.

5. Performance Manager Switch

Users can access a new “Battery Health” option to stop the software’s automatic performance throttling to avoid unexpected shutdowns. This is not something I recommend doing, unless you absolutely, positively need your smartphone to run AS FAST as possible. Chances are you’re not one of the very, very few people in this world that need that top performance at all times. If you DO, head to Settings – Battery – Battery Health (Beta).

4. App Review Sorting

For those users that take their app downloading and buying seriously, sorting reviews has arrived. “Four options now allow you to sort the customer reviews on the product pages: the most useful, the most favorable, the most critical or the most recent.” Now we’ll see if people review apps with highest or lowest ratings just to top the list. That’d be not so great.

3. Name and Password Autofill inside apps

Users that don’t just log in to apps using Facebook or Twitter, there’s this. Names and Passwords can be saved to Apple’s memory for the user, then recalled in in-app web views. This applies to webpages that’ve been opened in an app, for example – now they work just like a standard browser like Safari or Chrome for autofilled names and passwords.

2. Your Health Records (Yes, really)

Inside the Health app, users are able to access their health records – just so long as your health system is in the mix. Health Records data is “encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.” This feature was previously available only to those users that’d joined the Apple Beta Software Program. A full list of institutions that are now part of this Health app initiative can be found below.

1. Autocorrect Capitalization Bug Fix

Autocorrect’s most devious plan for destroying every sentence I type included not just correcting my spelling, but adding a capital letter, too. According to the iOS 11 release notes from Apple: “Fixes a problem that could cause the capitalization of the first letter of some words by the automatic correction feature.” At last!

To update your device, head to Settings and tap General – Software Update – Download and Install. From there you should have to wait a while, tap the update button again, and you’ll be good to go.

 

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Why PUBG on Android is better than Fortnite on iPhone

Android users rejoice, for the gaming experience in PUBG mobile is better than that of Fortnite mobile. This should quite obviously be understood as an entirely subjective sort of declaration, but my reasons are basic and, I believe, pretty universal. When I play Fortnite mobile, I die right away, and when I play PUBG mobile, I don’t die nearly quite so quick.

I Die

The intricacies of the game in Fortnite for iOS are encouraging. This is easily one of the most involved and awesome online games created for the mobile platform. Those gamers given the opportunity to play Fortnite mobile via invite are lucky, because this game is incredible. But there’s a big problem with this game, for me: I die.

I die right away, and I die pitifully. I get crushed pitifully early, and I rarely find the time to loot enough to put up a decent defense. This game is mobile, sure, but for me it’s too quick. Games on smartphones and tablets should be potentially quick. But with these games, I feel as though there’s a necessity that there be a LITTLE bit of a chance to live, or maybe even knock another player out.

I Live

With PUBG, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, for iOS and Android, there’s a chance for glory. There’s certainly still a chance that I might get headshot in the first 5 minutes, but there’s plenty of time for me to get out there and find a helmet. I can find my way into a building, suit up – or at least find a weapon – and be back out on the run before someone else spots me.

Over at Kotaku, author Cameron Kunzelman has similar thoughts on the PC and console-based versions of these same games. There, Kunzelman suggests that PUBG is slow, and that’s a good thing. When it comes to mobile, I say that’s doubly true.

On Small Bots

In Fortnite, the world feels too small. The chances are too high that I be killed in a span of time less than that of the span I waited for the game to begin. That’s just frustrating. In PUBG, even IF their strategy for new players is to put them up against what Reddit suggests are low-level bots, it’s working. It’s making me feel like I’m at least OK at the game, and the more time I play, the more I feel I have to lose if I don’t continue.

You Android gamers still waiting for the Android release of Fortnite, don’t worry. You’re not missing a lot. Not yet, anyway. We’ll be continuing to play both games well into the future, so we’ll let you know if anything changes.

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Foldable devices: why we’re excited and cautiously optimistic

So everyone’s going into foldable phones, even Apple it seems. But while Apple’s take isn’t due until 2020, or maybe even until much later, the news will undoubtedly make you wonder what the fuss is all about. And if the only examples of foldable phones you’ve seen are the ZTE Axon M and the even older Kyocera Echo, you will definitely be puzzled at the excitement it’s generating. Here are some of the reason why foldable phones and tablets are really the future and why you shouldn’t be holding your breath just yet.

Expanding views, maximizing space

Fold it any other way, foldable phones and tablets is really about the screen real estate. A phone that unfolds into a tablet means you have double the screen space. On the other hand, a phone that folds down to half its size means you need less space to store your phone. Tablets might even be able to fold out into a bigger canvas.

Smartphones have pretty much reach the apex of screen size. Any bigger and they cease to become usable phones. That’s why manufacturers are so obsessed with bezel-less screens, trying to reclaim even the smallest millimeter of space to increase the total screen area without increasing the phone’s size.

Everyone wants larger screens. No one, however wants larger devices. Foldable phones and tablets offer the best of both worlds, presuming they’re done properly.

Conforming to our needs

Smartphones have become so important in our lives that we are more likely to change ourselves to fit the device, be it fashion or habits. We are pretty much at the mercy of what form factors and sizes companies push on us (ironically citing consumer demand) and we move our life around those. But no one size fits all and smartphone size preferences are no different.

Foldable devices would at least give us some reprieve. Of course, we’d still be limited to a few fixed size configurations but, in the future, even those might give way to deformable, not just foldable, devices. Want a bigger screen? Simply unfold your phone rather than having to switch devices. Want to squeeze your device into your slim pocket? Simply fold it up and go. Devices will finally be able to change to fit our needs rather than the other way around.

Pushing boundaries

Foldable devices inspire the imagination and get creative juices flowing not just because of the near-impossibility of the hardware. They also tickle our fancy because of the almost magical things we might be able to do with these kinds of devices. Yes, they will still be touch-driven, maybe even stylus-driven, but they would still go beyond the user interfaces and interactions we currently have. We could have two different screens at the same time, seamlessly interacting with each other. Or have one gigantic screen instead.

That said, we also hit upon one of the big hurdles to this foldable future. The ZTE Axon M comes close to that dream but is tripped up by more than just a thin bezel in the middle. Our software, be it Android or iOS or even Windows, is far from ready for a dual-screen reality. Considering it took almost a decade for mobile platforms to accept go beyond the “one screen per app” model, it might take just as long for them to catch up with this upcoming trend.

Beyond current capabilities

One reason why platform makers aren’t in a rush to prepare software for that future is because they know the hardware isn’t even ready yet. Foldable devices are really pushing everything we know and have, both software and hardware, beyond their limits. Samsung and others have been working for years on foldable displays, and they’re not even close to getting it right.

And the display is just one, but an important, part of the equation. We will eventually reach the point where we’ll have to make other non-rigid components. And then we’ll hit on the most volatile and most explosive of them all: the battery.

Awkward first steps

Foldable devices are coming. They are inevitable though some will come later rather than sooner. The market wants it thought the market isn’t sure it’s ready to pay for it just yet. The first ones, however, will probably be disasters. They’ll be a far cry from the ideal future that manufacturers themselves have tried to paint. Some will be sold, many will be scrapped. Some might even give up. Hopefully they won’t, because foldable really is the future. It’s just a matter of how soon we’re willing to make it happen.

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Isn’t Apple’s big secret obvious?

In the past few weeks we’ve seen some real crazy rumors about what Apple will present today at their big education event. They’ve included cheaper iPads, a new MacBook Air, and even a new iMac Pro. One wildly maniacal rumor suggested Apple was making a new iPad to fight the last vestiges of resistance in the Android tablet market. But what’s most obvious – and most likely – isn’t what Apple’s hiding. It’s what Apple’s already made plainly obvious.

Apple’s holding an event in Chicago that’s not live-streamed and IS low key. Or as low key as a real Apple event is able to get. Apple’s session today will be largely visceral, centering in on the feeling educators get when they find a tool they can use, and afford, and have the opportunity to attain.

Holding the event at a school makes Apple one of the people – a group of motivators for the buyers, but straight to the students. Apple’s doing what Google did with the Chromebook Tablet, but out in the open. They’re making a show of their visit to the education market, where their next big release will be.

Above you’ll see the “What’s a computer” advertisement from Apple about the iPad Pro. It’s there that you’ll find your answer. It’s there that Apple’s already revealed what they’ll bring to schools in the near future. They already have the technology schools need to expand their horizons – now they just need to make the connection with the cash the schools in the USA just… don’t really have.

Watch our coverage of the Apple event throughout the day today, or if you’re reading this later on, hit up our Apple Hub. There you’ll find Apple’s next big step into the education market, on a distribution tip, and at the connecting point. The iPad Pro is about to change – or at least SEEM to change – the way Apple works with students, teachers, and everyone in-between.

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iPad 2018 vs iPad 2017: New product, old hardware

Today we’re having a peek at the new iPad compared to the old iPad, specs on specs. These two devices are exceedingly similar to one-another, looking a whole lot like each-other on the outside save one minor detail. It’s what’s inside the counts, in a big way. It begins with the Apple Pencil, a device which works on the new iPad, but does not work with the old.
The new iPad does not have a number of features one might expect from a “new iPad.” If it were an iPad Pro, we’d expect 2nd-gen Touch ID, a Smart Connector, True Tone technology, a wide color P3 display, and ProMotion. Instead we’ve got a lot of parts that, on their own,

The body for this iPad was first introduced 5 years ago, and hasn’t changed in any significant way since. The Apple chip inside was first revealed 2 years ago, and the cameras are at least nearly identical to those released 4 years ago. The display isn’t at all new, nor are the colors – save one.

The ONE different element on the exterior here is the color gold in which you’re able to get this iPad. Where before we had the option of gold, we now have the option of gold*. That star represents the conglomeration of what very much appears to be gold and rose gold, making some sort of hybrid gold. Above you’ll see the newest lineup of iPads, with the iPad Pro on the left showing the old Rose Gold, and the iPad mini on the right showing the old Gold, and the iPad in the middle showing the NEW Gold.

The iPad now has the ability to work with the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil itself has not changed, but there IS a device that’s similar, but will only work on this iPad. It’s called the Logitech Crayon, and it might just as well have been designed by Apple, it looks so Apple-like.

BONUS: The cameras can detect bodies now. So just in case you wanted to detect a body and not just a face, that’s here now, at last.

The new iPad is made of old iPad parts, but it’s new now, and costs the same as the old. It’s $299 for schools and $329 for everyone else. So what are you going to do about it?Probably just buy it, or don’t. Do whatever you want, I’m not your dad.