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Headaches Continue With iOS 11.0.3: Users Still Suffering From Poor Performance, Rapidly Draining Battery Life

Apple is in even deeper trouble with its customers after iOS 11.0.3 again failed to solve the most prominent problems of the latest version of its mobile operating system.

Various iOS 11 features give it potential to be a truly great software, but that promise has been obliterated by the headaches that the mobile operating system has given to iPhone and iPad owners ever since it was launched.

Apple rolled out iOS 11.0.3 last week, claiming that the update will fix non-functioning audio and haptic feedback on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices, as well as address the issue of unresponsive iPhone 6s displays that were not serviced with genuine Apple parts.

Many iPhone and iPad owners were hoping that the update will fix at least some of the problems that have plagued the iOS 11, including poor performance and rapidly draining battery life. The problems, present since the original iOS 11 release, were still present in iOS 11.0.1, and for some users, became even worse in iOS 11.0.2. Will iOS 11.0.3 finally be the update that provides the solution?

Sorry iPhone and iPad owners, the wait continues. iOS 11.0.3 is still causing problems, and continuing the trend, it made things even worse for some users who have installed the update.

Since the start of the iOS 11 problems, there were recommendations for users to hold off on installing the mobile operating system’s updates until it was sure that the problems would be solved. Apple customers who took that advice should breathe a sigh of relief, as iOS 11.0.3 has caused headaches.

There have been numerous complaints across various online sources, including tweets through the official Twitter account of Apple Support, complaints on Apple’s official forums, and posts made on the Apple subreddit. Most of the users who are experiencing problems are using previous-generation devices, with very few cases involving the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple has not been able to fix the prevalent iOS 11 problems, so users have been looking for a way to take matters into their own hands and solve the issues themselves.

Unfortunately, there has been no answer. When Apple rolled out iOS 11.0.2, the company also stopped signing iOS 10.3.3, which meant that there was no way for users to downgrade to the last version of the mobile operating system before iOS 11.

Users who are still on iOS 10.3.3 should hold off on upgrading to iOS 11, while users who have already moved to iOS 11 should think about not installing the recent updates, as things might get even worse.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.3, another quick update for mobile devices

The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo June 26, 2014.REUTERS/Yuya Shino

After the couple of quick patches to its new iOS 11, Apple released yet another update to its mobile operating system. The update is meant to fix certain issues with iPhone 6S, 7, and 7 Plus.

According to Apple, iOS version 11.0.3[1] included a fix for an issue where audio and haptic feedback stopped working on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units. The patch also addressed the problem where touch input became unresponsive on iPhone 6S devices that were not serviced with genuine Apple parts.

The new update is compatible with devices starting from iPhone 5S, iPad mini 2, and the 6th generation of iPod touch to their newer iterations. The patch is around 276 MB in size. This brings the total size of the iOS 11 updates to around 3GB in just three weeks.

The new version[2] does not add anything to the operating system’s security. However, this is not a complete surprise, given that Apple usually updates its iOS security features every month or two.

The good news is that initial feedback confirmed that the two issues that Apple specifically released the update for have been fixed for most users.

However, these specific issues are not the main complaint of iPhone users over the iOS 11. Since its release, users have noticed a clear declined in their phones’ battery performance. Overall sluggishness and crashing have also been observed, things that were very seldom occurrences in the previous iOS version.

Overall, the user feedback for the patch has not been positive. Users have taken to social media and Reddit forums to share the continued crashing, poor battery life, and slow performance of their iPhones after the 11.0.3 update. It seems that Apple has not addressed these major problems that have risen since the roll out of iOS 11.

While iPhone users will still need to wait before they can get a fix for the issues that many of them have been complaining about, Apple is now working on another major update on the operating system, the iOS 11.1.

References

  1. ^ version 11.0.3 (9to5mac.com)
  2. ^ new version (www.forbes.com)
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T-Mobile announces ‘Premium Device Protection Plus’ for $15 per month

Time was you could pay a few bucks per month for phone insurance through your carrier and that was the end of it. Now, there are a myriad of different tiers with varying costs based on the phone you use. Yikes. T-Mobile is adding to the confusion today with a new device insurance tier called Premium Super Pro Protection Plus Extreme. I’m kidding, but the real name is only slightly less ridiculous—Premium Device Protection Plus.

This new service sits above the previous top-of-the-line insurance option. For $15 per month (for most phones) you get the usual stuff like protection from loss, theft, physical damage, and so on. In addition, you get some services that are of dubious value. There’s McAfee Content Protection, which is an anti-malware tool for phones and PCs (you get 10 licenses). Then we have McAfee ID Protection, a service that helps you prevent identity theft with 24/7 support and $1 million in insurance.

 

Premium Device Protection Plus also includes Apple Care (for Apple hardware, obviously), and Tech PHD (Personal Help Desk) for advanced technical assistance. Along with this plan, there’s a new version of Jump called Jump Plus. It’s the same as Premium Device Protection Plus, with the addition of Jump device swaps. The new insurance options[1] are live on May 7th.

Bellevue, Washington—May 5, 2017—T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today raised the bar again—this time by introducing Premium Device Protection (PDP) Plus, the new gold standard in device protection, service and support. PDP Plus builds on T-Mobile’s lineup of Premium Device Protection services now adding McAfee® Security for T-Mobile with ID Protection. And PDP Plus goes even further, giving you VIP-level assistance from Tech Personal Help Desk for all your other devices that connect to the Internet via your T-Mobile phones, tablets or hotspots. PDP Plus is available starting May 7, 2017 to customers buying a new device and adding a new line of service.

For just $15 a month you get:

  • Identity theft protection tools with 24/7/365 dedicated agents to provide Lost Wallet and ID Restoration services backed by $1 million insurance for qualifying recovery expenses.
  • Data Protection against viruses and online threats and including privacy protection for up to 10 compatible devices, including phones, tablets and even your PCs and Macs. Also includes a password manager and anti-theft features like a capture cam capability that takes a photo of whoever is trying to unlock your phone (after 3 failed attempts) and emails you their location!
  • Device Protection provides coverage for accidental damage and hardware service—for any mechanical breakdown—as well as lost and stolen devices.
  • AppleCare Services for a newly purchased or financed iPhone or iPad provides 24/7 priority access to AppleCare technical support (via chat or phone); low service fees—like just $29 for iPhone screen damage and free battery service; Apple-certified repair or replacement at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers; hardware service with genuine Apple parts; software support for iOS, iCloud, and Apple-branded iOS apps; and hardware repairs and service backed by Apple, the people who know iPhone and iPad best.
  • Tech PHD (Personal Help Desk) provides VIP-level access to immediate, personal technical and diagnostic support via online chat, phone and self-serve resources for devices that connect to your T-Mobile phones, tablets and Hotspots – like printers, routers, TVs and game consoles.

In addition, customers who have purchased a new device and added a protection plan in the last 60 days are eligible to upgrade to the new JUMP! Plus, which includes PDP Plus. With JUMP! Plus, you get the best device upgrade program in US wireless – letting you upgrade when you want – and unparalleled protection for your device and virtually everything on it. This includes customers on T-Mobile ONE, Simple Choice, T-Mobile ONE No Credit Check and Simple Choice No Credit. No matter your device protection needs, the Un-carrier’s got you covered!

References

  1. ^ new insurance options (uncarrier.t-mobile.com)

T-Mobile gets into the insurance game with Premium Device Protection Plus

“That’s a real nice phone you got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.”

Let’s face it: it’s a dangerous world out there for a nerd and their Android phone. Our lives are on these pocketable computers and they’re up against a big bad world of malware, phishing, identity theft, device theft, bugs, breakdowns, and screen-shattering drops. If you feel the need for some more security for your phone — and your peace of mind — T-Mobile[1] has a new service to sell starting May 7.

Behold, T-Mobile’s Premium Device Protection Plus[2] or PDP Plus for short. The service bundles a whole heck of a lot of security and support-based services and shoves them under that mouthful of a name for a monthly fee. McAfee Security for T-Mobile and VIP tech support are a few of the headliners in this security smorgasbord.

Seriously, though, look at this laundry list of services being shoved under this $15/month service:

  • Identity theft protection tools with 24/7/365 dedicated agents to provide Lost Wallet and ID Restoration services backed by $1 million insurance for qualifying recovery expenses.
    Data Protection against viruses and online threats and including privacy protection for up to 10 compatible devices, including phones, tablets and even your PCs and Macs. Also includes a password manager and anti-theft features like a capture cam capability that takes a photo of whoever is trying to unlock your phone (after 3 failed attempts) and emails you their location!
  • Device Protection provides coverage for accidental damage and hardware service—for any mechanical breakdown—as well as lost and stolen devices.
  • AppleCare Services for a newly purchased or financed iPhone or iPad provides 24/7 priority access to AppleCare technical support (via chat or phone); low service fees—like just $29 for iPhone screen damage and free battery service; Apple-certified repair or replacement at Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers; hardware service with genuine Apple parts; software support for iOS, iCloud, and Apple-branded iOS apps; and hardware repairs and service backed by Apple, the people who know iPhone and iPad best.
  • Tech PHD (Personal Help Desk) provides VIP-level access to immediate, personal technical and diagnostic support via online chat, phone and self-serve resources for devices that connect to your T-Mobile phones, tablets and Hotspots – like printers, routers, TVs and game consoles.

If you want this cyber cornucopia, it’s available to T-Mobile customers buying a new phone and adding a new line of service. If you just bought yourself a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8[3] — or any other new T-Mobile smartphone in the last 60 days — you can upgrade to JUMP! Plus, the new level of the JUMP! device upgrading program that comes with PDP Plus.

Which unlimited plan should you buy?[4]

References

  1. ^ T-Mobile (www.androidcentral.com)
  2. ^ Premium Device Protection Plus (newsroom.t-mobile.com)
  3. ^ Samsung Galaxy S8 (www.androidcentral.com)
  4. ^ Which unlimited plan should you buy? (www.androidcentral.com)

Apple’s Plan for In-house Mobile GPU Design Could Lead to Imagination Technologies Patent Fight

It’s no secret Apple likes using its own chips in products like the iPhone and iPad, and Imagination Technologies is learning that in a painful way. Apple currently uses Imagination’s GPU chips in its mobile devices, but that’s changing within two years when they move to in house designs—and that could lead to a patent fight.

Apple dropping Imagination Technologies for its own mobile GPU chip design

Apple ditching Imagination for iPhone and iPad GPUs could lead to patent fight

According to Imagination, it’s very likely some if its technologies will be necessary for Apple to make its graphics chip design work. So far, Apple hasn’t been interested sharing technical details to prove it won’t infringe on Imagination’s patents, and that could lead to a legal battle.

The company said in a statement[1],

Apple has asserted that it has been working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products and will be reducing its future reliance on Imagination’s technology. Apple has not presented any evidence to substantiate its assertion that it will no longer require Imagination’s technology, without violating Imagination’s patents, intellectual property and confidential information. This evidence has been requested by Imagination but Apple has declined to provide it.

That sounds a lot like legal speak for Imagination saying Apple’s own GPUs could trigger a patent infringement lawsuit. The company goes on to say, “Imagination believes that it would be extremely challenging to design a brand new GPU architecture from basics without infringing its intellectual property rights.”

Imagination’s public statement looks a lot like legal posturing, which is a pretty good indication the talks with Apple aren’t going well. If they were, the company would most likely announce its status change with Apple by saying there’s a change in major clients and might not mention Apple by name.

Instead, it look slike Apple may not be overly interested in making a licensing deal come together and is willing to go to court should Imagination file a lawsuit.

Imagination supplies chips for a long list of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, so it isn’t like Apple is its only revenue source. Still, it’s an excellent reminder that being an Apple parts supplier is great, all they way up until it isn’t.

References

  1. ^ statement (www.imgtec.com)