iPhone Settings Changes That Will Help Your Battery Life Last Longer

Our iPhone batteries never last long enough because we rely on it for nearly everything. From searching up places to eat, to ordering an Uber, to relying on our device for hours of scrolling through social media – we never have enough battery life that lasts for an entire day. To combat quick battery drainage, there are small adjustments you can make to your phone just from a few Settings adjustments! Switching to Low Power Mode, turning off your location services, turning off automatic downloads, lowering your screen brightness and disabling push notifications all help you save more power to get the most use out of your phone. 

Another modification you can make to your iPhone is limiting the Background Refresh feature. With this feature you have the option to turn it off or only use Wi-Fi. To do this you would first go into your Settings, and then tap on General, and click on Background App Refresh. You could also pick and choose which apps you want to refresh instead of having all of them refresh automatically. To do this, just follow the same steps as above, but instead of clicking the Background App Refresh, start scrolling down to see the apps that are on your iPhone and turn off/on the ones you want!

To check which apps take up most of your battery life, you would go to your Settings app, then click on Battery, and then scroll down to the subsection where it states Battery usage by app. This shows you the percentage of the apps you use and how much of your battery life each app is eating up.

A few other small tips to help with your phone’s battery are: 

  • Enabling airplane mode in areas with poor reception
  • Using Wi-Fi instead of cellular internet when you have access to it (However, be wary of Unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Avoid conducting online business that involves inputting personal or sensitive information when on public Wi-Fi).
  • Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you are not using it 
  • Turning off your Location Services

Overnight Phone Charges Could Be Harmful for Your Device’s Longevity

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Charging our phones overnight is a lot more harmful than we thought. It could actually shorten the lifespan of your phone instead of extending it or helping it. Most phones nowadays have a system in place that stops your phone from overcharging. Many smartphones do not stay at one hundred percent for too long.

Leaving your phone charging after it has hit 100% could impact your phone negatively. Business Insider’s Antonio Villas-Boas stated, “As a lithium-ion battery ages, the chemistry within changes and becomes less efficient at storing and delivering power to your device.” As batteries age and since we use our phones daily, their batteries begin to decay due to these reasons.

Phone companies don’t see overcharging your phone as an issue. Apple talks about their lithium-ion batteries in their iPhones, but has never really mentioned overcharging effects on its devices. Google claimed that overcharging is a dated issue. Since technologies are constantly updated, overcharging should not be an issue since their phone’s battery stops charging when it hits 100%.

Phone makers claim that phone’s battery should not be at 100% when you plan on not using them and store them away. If you plan on not using your phone for a while, it is recommended to store your phone away at 30% to 50% because that is when it ages the slowest. Samsung and Apple both stated to keep your phone around 50% for such purposes.

If you’ve been noticing your phone’s battery life deteriorating much quicker than its aging, it’s a good idea to set aside those overnight charges. Accumulated damage from such charges may cause shorter battery life span on a phone you plan to keep for a while. However, it does not matter how careful you are with your phone charger, it will deteriorate overtime regardless. Many phone makers now give you the option to replace your battery for a small price.

iOS 13 Features iPhone Users Can Look Forward To

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This year’s WWDC Conference showcased Apple’s newest features for the upcoming iOS 13 update set for release this Fall. A bunch of new tools are on the way, including a dark mode, swipe-able keyboard for easy texting, photos application redesign and plenty more.

Here are some updates all iPhone users can look forward to with the new iOS 13 software:

DARK MODE

One exciting feature – dark mode for iPhone – will allow users to switch to a visually appealing dark aesthetic that’ll be great for using your phone during nighttime. Dark mode appears to be implemented across the entire iOS system as demonstrated in apps such as music, photos, maps, and calendar.

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SWIPE-TO-TEXT KEYBOARD

iPhone users are well aware that swiping for text writing was essentially nonexistent…until now. Apple unveiled the swipe-able keyboard, calling it “QuickPath Typing”, which is said to work just as well as regular keyboard tapping. The QuickPath typing feature also comes with spelling suggestions as well.

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PHOTOS AND CAMERA APPLICATIONS

Apple’s iOS update also brings new features of photo editing to its photos application, allowing iPhone users to change light intensity in portrait lighting, for example. Other editing features include vignette, vibrance, and noise reduction. Users can also change video orientation if a video was shot incorrectly.

Photos will also organize your images in a more easy-to-find design: by sorting photos by year, month, and date. As you scroll through your photos, live photo captures and videos also play.

FIND MY

Apple has combined two of its applications – Find My Friends and Find My Phone – into its new application named Find My. If a user loses his/her offline device, a secure Bluetooth beacon may be used to locate a missing or stolen phone.

SIGN IN WITH APPLE

Apple is adding a privacy feature – Sign-in with Apple – for apps that ask you to log in using an account. The purpose of this feature is to block any third party applications from accessing or tracking user data. Authentication of user credentials during app logins will be done through Face ID check through using Sign-in with Apple. Users also have the option of hiding their email address and instead using Apple’s randomly generated email that will forward information to your actual email address, thereby limiting any application’s access to your real email.

Apple also added a feature to block location tracking via WiFi and Bluetooth.

SIRI VOICE UPDATE

The newest iOS promises a more natural sounding Siri voice assistant, as Apple has used AI to smooth out Siri’s voice responses with less speech gaps.

To view more iOS 13 features, check out Apple’s iOS 13 preview page here.

How to Minimize Your Chances of Receiving Spam Calls on Your iPhone

The amount of spam calls have increased over the years, as 29.2% of all calls placed in 2018 were spam (compared to 3.7% in 2017). Now in 2019, nearly 50% all calls placed will be robocalls. Since there is no current permanent solution to not receiving robocalls, there are easy ways to prevent it.

A few options are:

Set your number in the Do Not Call Registry:

Placing your number in the National Do Not Call Registry prevents your phone from being reached by telemarketers who honor the Registry. Marketers are legally obligated to refrain from calling you. It may take up to a month to be eliminated from spammer’s call lists. However, charities and similar organizations can still contact you.

Let an app screen your calls:

Certain phone service providers offer services or apps for iPhones to help block spam calls. These are a few providers that offer apps:

  • T-Mobile: Scam Block
  • Sprint: Premium Caller ID
  • Verizon: Call Filter
  • AT&T: Call Protect

There are also third party applications to block robocalls such as YouMail, Truecaller, Hiya, and RoboKiller.

Block specific phone numbers on your iPhone:

iPhones provide you with the option to block phone calls. Side note: it is a manual process, so you have to block the numbers one by one. Here’s how to do it:

  • Start from the home screen, and click on the phone call icon
  • Go on to the Recents tab
  • Click on the i on the side of the phone number
  • At the bottom, tap on Block this Caller

Rely on iPhone’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature:

This is your last option as another feature your iPhone has: the Do Not Disturb function. When you turn on this feature, you will not receive any type of notification besides the ones you allow. Here’s how to turn on the Do Not Disturb feature:

  • Start from the home screen and click on the Settings icon
  • Click on the Do Not Disturb
  • Tap on “Allow Calls From” and click on “All Contacts” unless you decide you want to pick and allow specific contacts
  • Go back on to the main page and you are good to go!

Foldable iPhones Could Be Apple’s Next Project

Apple’s recently published patent application has sparked some interest from iPhone enthusiasts. The patent images reveal blueprint images of an iPhone drawn with a folding mechanism concept. Apple’s patented design was filed last October, and while there is no official announcement of a foldable iPhone in the making, the patent’s images reveal that the company has also been thinking of its own take on the folding phone trend.

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Foldable phones have been a project many companies have been undertaking, such as Royole and their Flexpai phone, Xiaomi with their double folding prototype, and the recently released Samsung Galaxy Fold that’ll cost consumers a hefty price of $1980.

In a series of images provided within the published patent, Apple’s folding design relies upon use of hinge mechanisms either allowing the depicted device to fold in half or in thirds. Apple’s patent states how “[i]t would be desirable to be able to use [the] flexible display technology to provide improved electronic devices.”

This released patent information indicates that perhaps foldable iPhones may indeed be a device in development, although Apple has yet to confirm this. Back in March of 2018, CNBC had released a report that revealed how Apple was planning on releasing its own foldable phone in 2020.

6 Security Tips to Keep in Mind When Using Device Apps

Nowadays, data breaches are happening more and more frequently, and an app you’ve once entrusted to keep your data and privacy safe can put your information at risk of being stolen through malicious hackers using security exploits, or through the developers’ means of using a third-party application to harvest your data. As you download your favorite applications from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store, you’ll want to keep these security tips in mind:

  1. Using a password manager can help keep your accounts secure

Password manager applications are there to assist us when there are many accounts to keep track of. Often times, users rely upon using the same passwords which puts them at risk during massive data breaches. Easy-to-guess passwords like “Password” and “123456” are still among the top worst choices for users’ accounts, and slightly changing passwords to include a symbol or number is not always the best line of defense against hackers guessing your codes.

Using a password that is created by a random string of numbers and letters is assuredly a strong way of protecting your accounts. However, remembering these passwords comes as another issue at hand.

To help store your passwords in a secure and encrypted space, users can take advantage of password manager apps.

  1. Use a VPN when you use public WiFi

A virtual private network (VPN) can help keep your data secure when on public WiFi. VPNs can secure transactions and keep users anonymous when on the internet, ultimately masking any data transmissions.

When looking for a VPN provider via an app store, make certain you read the app’s data collection policies.

  1. Be aware of what permissions you grant to applications

Users should always be wary of what information apps ask to gain access to, such as contacts lists, location, and photos. A good form of practice is to always question an app’s request for certain permissions. For instance, if a note-keeping application asks for photo access, users should question the app’s motives in harvesting photo data.

It is also important to take note of any unusual behavior after certain application downloads. If your battery life performance drops or you notice your phone acting slower than usual, the malicious app could be collecting data in the background.

  1. Do your research on specific applications you want to download

Before you decide to download an app onto your phone, another good practice is to search the application on Google and see if it was involved in any recent data breaches or scams.

If previously involved in a data breach, take note of the way a company/developer handles the occurrence. A developer should take extreme precautionary measures to make certain this does not affect its users again, while also making sure the app’s security is heightened after a breach has already happened.

  1. Keep your phone’s software updated

Often times, OS updates are released to patch any device vulnerabilities that may allow hackers to access your data via malicious application downloads. By updating your device regularly, you can reduce the risk of hackers using data exploits to their advantage.

  1. Download legitimate applications from a trustworthy source, such as Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store

Most applications found within Apple’s and Google’s stores “meet a standard quality of data protection and [are]…required to produce a dedicated privacy policy [to]…protect your data,” says Stephen Hart in an interview with CNET.

It is better to avoid any untrustworthy sources outside of reputable app stores, as a user runs the risk of downloading an app that may contain a virus onto their device.

Well-Known iPhone Apps Record Your Phone Screen Without Your Knowledge

Recent investigative reporting through TechCrunch revealed that a third-party application–Glassbox–has been assisting companies in collecting screen sessions (i.e. recording your screen) from users’ iPhones without their consent. This “session replaying” is essentially programmed into the application one uses on their mobile device, and can record your every press and swipe, even taking screenshots of what you’ve engaged with on the mobile app.

Travel sites such as Air Canada or booking sites like Expedia and Hotels.com are all guilty of utilizing Glassbox–a finding that is alarming considering the fact that such sites have users input personal and financial information during ticket or booking reservation purchases.

TechCrunch also revealed how such sites failed to mention the technology used for screen recording in their privacy policies. Neither of the apps also ask for user consent in collecting screen sessions. TechCrunch’s investigation stems from the App Analyst’s discovery on Air Canada’s Glassbox use. As no information is disclosed to these application users, who is to say that other apps–both within iOS and Android–are not engaging in similar practices?

What is interesting–and particularly scary–to see is how session replay data is not masked, as sensitive information inputted by the user is susceptible to an interception cyber attack. In the previous year, Air Canada had suffered a data breach of its own mobile application, which exposed 20,000 users’ passport information.

Glassbox provided comment to The Verge:

“TechCrunch’s piece was interesting but also misleading. Glassbox and its customers are not interested in ‘spying’ on consumers,” the company said. “Our goals are to improve online customer experiences and to protect consumers from a compliance perspective. Since its inception, Glassbox has helped organizations improve millions of customer experiences by providing tools that record and analyze user activity on web sites and apps. This information helps companies better understand how consumers are using their services, and where and why they are struggling.

We are strong supporters of user privacy and security. Glassbox provides its customers with the tools to mask every element of personal data. We firmly believe that our customers should have clear policies in place so that consumers are aware that their data is being recorded — just as contact centers inform users that their calls are being recorded.”

12 Apps You Should Download on Your iPhone in 2019

Choosing which applications to download from Apple’s App Store could be a frustrating and daunting task since there are about two million apps available. Luckily, we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 12 useful applications you can download for free today on your Apple iPhone!

1. Citizen: Ever wanted to know what’s going on around your neighborhood? This app shows you where there are crimes near you. It alerts you with emergencies and keeps you informed with crime and safety notification updates.

2. Duolingo: Ever wanted to learn a new language? Duolingo makes it fun and easy! Every lesson is personalized to your level of mastery, and you can even have a conversation with a brainy bot. 

3. Google Duo: Always wanted to FaceTime a friend, but they don’t have an iPhone to do so? The Google Duo app allows you to video chat with non-iPhone users.

 

4. Foursquare City Guide: This application helps you find the best places to eat, drink, and shop nearby. You can keep track of all the places you’ve visited or bookmark them for later!

 

5. Google Keep: Ever had something on your mind and wanted to jot it down really quickly? Google Keep helps you jot down notes and make lists. It provides many types of note-taking tools without the need for pen and paper.

6. Google Photos: Need more storage for your photos? This app provides unlimited space to upload your photos. It also offers automatic backup and sync for your photos.

7. Libby: Need help finding and renting books? With this app, you are able to rent books from a library nearby.

8. Marco Polo: Marco Polo is an entertaining video chat application that allows you to use filters and doodles. It makes video chatting amusing!

9. Mindbody: If you’re ever looking for fitness classes near you, Mindbody can help you find classes for yoga, boxing, cycling, etc. This app can also help you locate any wellness services–like spas and salons–nearby!

10. MTB Project: For those who need to find more biking trails to explore on, this app helps you both locate and navigate on trails while you are either hiking or biking. MTB Project works even when you’re offline.

11. MyFitnessPal: This app helps count daily calorie intake. It tracks your diet and motivates its application users to exercise.

12. Shazam: Have you ever heard a song in a department store and wanted to find out what song it is? This application helps you identify the song that you are hearing. Just click on the Shazam homepage, and the app will identify the song in about 10 seconds.

iPhones Set to Upgrade to 5G by 2020

As the saying goes: out with the old, and in with the new. 5G connectivity is coming to wireless carriers soon, as Motorola, LG, and OnePlus all plan to make the shift in 2019. As for iPhone users, 5G may not be available until 2020, as reports suggest. The upgraded cellular network system is said to have faster download speeds, a feature we all can appreciate.

A report from Fast Company places the timing for the new phone release in 2020, further stating that an Intel 8161 5G modem chip is to be used rather than the 8060 5G chip. Sources stated that the 8060 5G chip was causing heating issues for the phone, to which Apple still needs to address. As a backup solution to implementing 5G, Apple has been working with MediaTek for potentially using their chips instead.

The 2018 iPhones currently use Intel’s modems, but reports state that the 2020 models will discontinue using Intel’s Bluetooth and WiFi chips.

In a comment to The Verge, Intel explained how their 5G plans with Apple “have not changed for 2018 through 2020,” further saying that they “remain committed to [their] 5G plans and projects” with their customers.

Time will tell which chips Apple decides to use for their future iPhone models, but for now we’re excited to hear about this change in cellular networking.

South Korea Expected to Resell 2009 iPhone 3GS

Remember way back in 2009 when navigation started to make its debut on phones, Apps were beginning to boom in production, and netbooks were all the rage? Well, climb aboard this technology time machine, as South Korea prepares to resell one of Apple’s oldest iPhones: the 3GS model.

South Korean carrier SK Telink found a fresh batch of unused, unopened 3GS iPhones at a warehouse, as VentureBeat reported. The phones will be retailed at about $41 (44,000 won) a piece, including its original packaging and with no contract attachment. Back when the iPhone model was first introduced in 2009, the 8GB model sold for $99 (AT&T contract included).

Because the devices had been untouched for almost 10 years, SK Telink plans to test each phone to check on battery life/performance and then repackage it for distribution. Even while the battery may show proper performance, the old model will have much slower data speeds and won’t be able to support current iOS apps. Repairs may also be difficult if the phone breaks, as the 3GS model was the last of the iPhones to include plastic casing before the implementation of metal and glass.

If you need a simple phone to make phone calls and send texts, the 3GS is the perfect device for you.

Back in 2009, the 3GS model–priced at $299 for its 32GB model–was one of the “must-have” phones of the year, boasting numerous features like Find My iPhone and its 3-megapixel autofocus camera (compared to today’s iPhone X camera with dual 12-megapixel cameras, new color filter, and up to 10x optical zoom). Today’s cheapest iPhone at 32GB SE can be purchased for a whopping $349.

One thing is for sure: The iPhone 3GS still has its retro good looks.

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