Thursday, September 25, 2014

iOS8 Update Recalled Following Rampant Problems


Apple has stopped providing an update to its new iOS 8 mobile operating software, following complaints that the update interferes with users' ability to make phone calls.

The iOS 8.0.1 update released Wednesday morning was intended to fix some earlier glitches in the new software for iPhones and iPads that Apple released last week.

But along with blocking calls, some users have also complained the update interferes with Apple's Touch ID system, which lets people unlock their phones with their fingerprint.

Apple says it's pulling back the update as it investigates the reports. The company says it plans to issue advice to users "as quickly as we can."

Meantime, users are still able to the upgrade older phones to last week's version of iOS 8.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bendgate puts Apple in awkward position


Apple pitched its new iPhone range as its "thinnest-ever", but some users have found that to be a serious drawback.

The iPhone 6 Plus is not only thin, but its body is made of aluminium, which bends quite easily compared to plastic and glass.

The controversy has been labelled 'Bend-Gate', and it's not limited to people deliberately mistreating their pricey new devices. 
Some have reported their phones curving after merely being left in a jean pocket for a while.

"In one example, a new 6 Plus was bent during a day of 'dancing, dining, and driving to a wedding'," reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Others have found their phones developing kinks after barely even bumping them.

"I've had significantly harder impacts to my 4s and never had any type of breakage or bending problems," one user told Apple fansite MacRumors.

The iPhone 6 Plus' screen is 5.5 inches across diagonally, and only 7mm thick. Most previous iPhones have been made of glass and/or plastic.

It's not the first phone with a tendency to bend however – MacRumors says owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1 and the Blackberry Q10 have had similar problems.
"Any phone made of metal is still subject to the laws of physics," the site claimed.
Apple sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices in its first weekend on sale.