IPHONE XR LOCKED UP

I have not written so much lately, I do have to mention my WONKY iPhone XR lock out and SOS EMERGENCY “feature”.

THANK JONNY IVES for this stupid battery procedure of glueing batteries into iPhones and laptops since 2012. Glad he has quit Apple (note: I have little fondness for him at ALL).

*****WARNING*****

At 1:07 am this morning my XR…

….sent out SOS EMERGENCY calls to my emergency contacts list! FIVE people (and 911) got an alert in the middle of the night. Phone was completely locked, buttons did nothing, could not access or restart. I could not even answer the phone when 911 tried to call me. While a nice feature, getting the damn phone to turn OFF might be a higher priority, than a damn thin-ass phone! My brother had a heart attack and bypass surgery a few weeks ago, so all of the people on my list have been on high alert since. Might be upsetting to get an alert that I had moved and had a critical health situation evolving.

I am old, so I suffer many ailments as I get older. Consequently, I am awake at odd hours. Unlike most of my “peers”, I should know every in and out of Apple iPhone use. I take them apart for GRINS and to figure out or replace parts (like a screen or battery).
I’ve stopped doing battery replacements for clients iPhones. Turns out to be a fairly dangerous process to change batteries in a 2014 15″ MacBook Pro. I discovered about Apple’s glued-in batteries.

“THEY SUCK”!!!

You see, thanks to Sir Ives obsession with “thinness” Apple glues the batteries into laptops and most of their products, since 2012, I think. I bought the replacement battery. Then discovered it was bonded to the chassis. Many of you can remember when we could swap batteries, years ago?

I have access to Apple Online tech support, But I really had to dig to find the info about the darn batteries and how dangerous it was dealing with the adhesive.

Macsales.com and iFixit.com both have excellent repair guides. If you have patience and can follow online instructions & video, you might be able to do it. < still don’t recommend you try this as your 1st repair foray >

WHAT a pain in the butt.

So why is it such a pain? The claim for the Lithium battery is that they don’t get a “memory”, meaning repeated charging lowers the battery units ability to hold a charge at least until they start to wear out, but Catcha-22 there is no zero charge! So you have to very carefully slide something thin under the battery, to release the adhesive. And it’s really friggin’ strong adhesive, made stronger by the heat charging the battery produces. Wound up creating my own wooden non-conductive pries, from a tongue depressors like doctors use. Metal strong and sharp enough might puncture the cells of the battery. The batteries are actually six varied rectangular rubber coated, different sized pieces wired together. Yes, lithium is highly explosive, and can catch fire, even in a highly depleted electrical charged state. So a puncture battery is bad and can short to the chassis while attempting removal. This is one project definitely not in DIY territory!

Magnetic Power Connections

ATTENTION ~ LESSON LEARNED!

**WARNING**

Not just for Power connection, really applies to all ports.

This was really bad of me for not checking more regularly. I don’t do much field work any more, or really go anywhere much less lugging a laptop.

Shorted out a new power-brick by not checking the port before connecting. I found out that the magnetic port had picked up some tiny metal particles causing the port to short and fry the supply. You can see the one darkened pin. Finally had to get some plastic tweezers, and pluck the 6 particles from port. Suppose I should have taken a “before” photo but realizing what they were I became worried they might further damage the machine.

So how’d they Get there!

Took the computer into the workshop and set it on the work bench. Pretty good about keeping a clean workbench (right). Must have been some filings on the bench the magnet of the port must have grabbed.

Fortunately for me, it didn’t fry the 15″ MacBook Pro. It is my only laptop at tge moment. Suppose I better start snooping around for something newer. So I suppose this is just a heads up to always check plugs and ports before connecting. Cost me at least one, possibly two power supplies.

iPad-The Toughest Repair



My grandkids iPad 2 got dropped and shattered the screen. iPad is the nastiest repair if it has a broken or a shattered screen. The screen is adhered by sticky tape which has to be carefully lifted with pry tools that look like guitar picks. Those were included with the screen kit. Finally had to resort to a razor blade to lift the shattered pieces which sent shreds flying all over my desk, even though I put packaging tape over the entire screen. 

Care must be taken not to go in to far with the blade. I did in one area, and cut the Wifi cable loose from it’s card. Wifi board was only $5.00 to replace and the screen was $60.00. Altogether put in about 3 hours, really taking my time. Final stage was to clean the display digitizer which was not damaged, and get free from any dust, then a few drops of crazy glue in loose areas.  Not a repair for the faint hearted. It was very messy and I am still finding tiny glass chards around my repair desk.



[REALLY ALL NOTIFICATIONS do] GRINDS MY GEARS!

Anyone can complain without any solution for the complaint. The brilliant folks at Apple bring us great products without a doubt. Also without argument we have more computing power in just one of our little iPhones, than NASA engineers of the 1960’s had to power an entire fleet of space shuttles!

Apple engineers have brilliantly come up with NOTIFICATIONS, now present in MAC and IOS7/8 are just arduously annoying to me. Jim Lynch penned an article why he isn’t buying an Apple Watch which he sees as essentially a glorified (and expensive) “wrist notifier” that something is happening on your iPhone.


  As Family Guy Peter Griffin exclaims,
“this stuff really GRINDS MY GEARS!


NOTIFICATIONS always seem to pop up at the most inopportune moments, when I’m writing a text an email or post! on a Mac the aren’t so obtrusive, but on my iPhone they obscure the top of the screen (using banner mode). There is a way to make them disappear automatically but for some reason mine always default to making me physically CLOSE them before I can continue my text or post.

While it’s good to keep informed and aware, I’m sure having NOTIFICATIONS running all the time is using up CPU power and battery power better used elsewhere. Likewise, I think Notifications have been crashing my phone.

Like Peter Parker’s uncle told him, “…with great power, comes great responsibility…” It should be up to us, the consumer to decide how to use the products we buy. Apple has had the philosophy for years, “…let’s show people what they want from our products, and they will buy them, anyway…” It’s proved mostly true what they think but eople buy other smartphones so not everyone drinks the “KOOLAID”!

I myself have queued up (more than once) on a long line overnight, anxiously awaiting the Apple Store to open on a release date for an iPhone or iPad. “The Simpsons” made an hilarious episode mocking the “Mapple” experience, a few years ago. I wrote about it back then, you can read my article here. (an Apple commercial aired during the show!) the owner of Mapple was Steve Mobs!

I do buy into the Apple ecosystem, I’ve made a decent living supporting the products. While not expert at every product, I do try to learn important features, advantages and disadvantages alike in order to support my clients.

Fortunately there is a tweak to toggle notifications on and off.

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Then there is when you upgrade to the latest shiniest IOS version. One of the GCMAC USERS reported this:

May 4, 2014, at 5:29 PM, Laura wrote:

I was installing the latest software to the iPhone 5, and after the software installed, the phone went to Recovery Mode. It now says I can’t use it till i Restore—which I don’t want to do! The forums all say it’s a done deal; can I do anything before I have to restore to the last backup?
Laura 

Pretty much a given (I wrote to) Laura as we have discussed on this listserv. Before performing ANY Mac OS and now especially ANY IOS update, make sure you have a current BACKUP and perhaps a BACKUP of your BACKUP.

I’ve learned a couple of times the hard way, about iPhones. Losing important data I thought I had backed up, by performing a quick “RESTORE” without first double checking the date of the backup.

Mac OSX will allow you to apply a major OS upgrade on top of an existing installation. As I have repeatedly stressed, I don’t use SOFTWARE UPDATE for a major OS upgrade, except perhaps to test to see what happens if there are reported issues using this method.

That ONLY on a non-essential backup hard drive, again to check the “frailty” of this method. Definitely not on my main production machine HARD DRIVE. I’m down to one MAC these days, but I have all flavors of older OSX set up on boot hard drives to trouble shoot problems for clients.

IOS on the other hand upgrades in a completely different and in my opinion an unwelcome method.

Plugging into iTunes strongly suggests making a backup before proceeding. Not just because it’s a good idea. Upgrading IOS wipes everything from the phone.

When the iPhone first came out, Apple said to developers, “you can only develop web applications.” Of course there was an uproar from the fledgling developer community. “How can you release a new operating system without the tools for developers to program software (ie. software they could sell)? About 3 months LATER APPLE came out with developer tookits, WEBKIT software programming tools.

Ironically, as smartphones grew in in popularity, the “CLOUD” shared computing idea began to grow at just as fast a rate. Having the cloud now meant new handheld devices could synchronize with your desktop. These apps ARE ALL WEBKIT BASED APPS. Every time you turn around one company or another has new mobile APP. Developing custom company apps using Apple’s original WEBKIT tools is the quickest and fastest way to deploy new software.

On the iPhone, usually it’s installing new firmware at the same time as upgrading or updating IOS. Firmware being software that updates the HARDWARE. This usually requires the system isn’t there during the FIRMWARE update process. Firmware usually improves the performance of the hardware additionally adding security features Apple had discovered since the last update to the previous IOS version. So the process wipes all of the data stored in memory down to the core hardware.

That is why “RESTORE” becomes necessary from a backup.
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I have written my strong opinions about supporting Jailbreaking of iPhones. It is something Apple does not want the end user to do. So these “Security Updates” are often a result of reverse engineering the Jailbreak community uses in order to inject the unlock code into an iPhone.

In a recent article I wrote, I called out Apple once again, for being a bully to its customers.

Steve Jobs believed he created products people wanted. Even though they didn’t know that they wanted them.

I have never doubted his genius and impressive astute mark on our society because of his personal vision. But I feel that the “pioneering adventure” that started with the “two Steves” in Jobs’ parents garage, is long gone and intentionally been abandoned in the name of profit.

I think Steve Jobs learned a painful corporate lesson when he was ousted from control of Apple by John Sculley in the 90’s. That being, “money talks and bullshit walks!”

I don’t have to go into the maniacal behavior Jobs exhibited and was the concern of Apples board of directors. That has been reported ‘ad nauseum’. To say some of Jobs’ ideas were way out there as they were way ahead of its time. He was dreaming of a palm held computer phone and tablet computers in the 90’s. That board was only concerned with the bottom line, and not forward thinking.

Okay, getting off my SOAP BOX. To reiterate Backup, BACKUP, Backup. Having a fail safe is just a good sense overall idea.

Last bit: “APPLE, WHERE IS YHE ADVENTURE”?!? They do show some pretty incredible stuff you can do with the 5S iPhone. I bought one, so I must think its a pretty good tiny computer. And, IT IS. !!

IPhone 6 Guessing (???) Designs Proliferate And A New Scam Is Born

Has anyone else seen this new scam?

The iPhone 6 is not even announced yet, and I’m already getting spam to pre-order my new phone, before Apple has even hinted at the product release! Not from eBay or Amazon, but from some third party resellers offering ridiculous discounts by “pre-ordering” an iPhone 6. I blame this on all of the pre-release hype!

During a recent earnings call for investors…Apple CEO Tim Cook stated,
“We care about every detail and it takes us a bit longer to do that. That’s always been the case,” he said. “It means more to us to get it right than to be first…”

“There’s to dog-gone darn much speculatin’ going on here!” – Elmer Fudd

I blame this “rush to promote” on all of the pre-release hype. I know it’s a scam, but it’s annoying and suggests un-savvy buyers could fall prey.

It’s more than a little distracting, anticipating the release of a new Apple product. The distraction is the lure and promise by Apple iPhone 6 prognosticator artists, rendering ad quality video and guessing (with action video) as to what the new models will look like. They base their renderings on photos supposed to be authentic pre release parts or production molds leaked from Chinese manufacturers.

I think all of this gives spammers and crooks a new bit to try and steal from the unsuspecting. After all, these “fake” ads look as if Apple made them. Edited out of context, and you have something truly believable.

I sold my iPad 4 in order to purchase the iPhone 5S was a good move, I think. Many of my followers know that I try to cycle my Apple products routinely. I try to gauge the market for resale so I can get current Mac and iPhone models. I don’t buy when products are released as a rule.

Regurgitating the hype of new releases has become a yearly obsession by the media, Apple Watchers and investors. No shortage of people writing and trying to guess what Apple will offer. (Now I’m writing about it, too!)

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I’ve taken to writing this blog text on my iPhone 5S. This is the fastest and best iteration of this form factor. Having had a 4, 4S, skipped the 5 then bought a deeply discounted 5S from Virgin Mobile ($349).

“The iCloud” is now working pretty well as an adjunct repository for Apple devices sharing data, video, music and photos. So I have not found that the higher memory model iPhones have been necessary, for me. I don’t need to use my local storage if I choose not to, or my own severs for music or photos at all. I send backups regularly up to “the (i)Cloud”, sync my 1Password, Safari Bookmarks, contacts across the cloud, and minimize music and photos on my iPhone so it works well within the 16gigabyte storage on the least expensive 5S.

We resisted cloud storage and network dependency for a long time, because I feared privacy invasion or security risks. Then I acquiesced, rationalizing that Apple, the NSA or the “Blacklist” can find me, get any information they want about me, very easily.

I’ve put myself out there JUST buying an iPhone (and into the Apple ecosystem), going on Facebook, buying in eBay and Amazon. And it’s amazing how both Amazon and eBay know my buying habits so well, they both tempt me with exactly the products I long for or drool over.

I do also keep backups at home locally on my own hard drives, to be safe. You never know when the cloud is going to explode, Implode or vaporize!

WEARABLE APPLES

from iPhoneHacks……
“Apple Drops Biggest iWatch Hint: Extending Apple’s trademark to cover Jewelry and Watches”

 


Tim Cook said, “…that Apple sees the wearable devices market as an area of “profound” interest, and the iWatch is reported to be Apple’s first product in this new category of devices”.

Apple has also filed many patents for jewelry, watches and all sorts of Apple “wearable” tech stuff. According to rumors and speculations, the iWatch will be a smartwatch with a focus on health and fitness, thanks to an array of on-board sensors.” Apple has been hiring many high tech people that have biometric specialties. That should tell us all something big is on the horizon.

In My Not So Humble Opinion, iWatches need to come in wide range of multiple price points, right from the beginning. That is if Apple wants to truly break into this wearable market and pin it down.

Many punidiots have made the conclusion there will only be one model in two sizes priced at $1000 which may not tank.. Or will it? Releasing other models a few months after the initial release, that are less expensive is an Apple tradition.

However, I think Apple should release a full line. Men’s Women’s and kids. Yes Kids. A watch with GPS tracking so parents know where their children are and can instantly connect to them.

A $99 security watch with a couple health monitors. A $99 watch that can automatically monitor a kids diabetes or kids subject to anaphylactic syndrome, or just where the heck Jack & Jill are?.

An entry level $129 smart Health Monitoring watch that doesn’t necessarily need to sync with anything but can via Bluetooth, Wifi and GPS. Maybe fewer radios, Bluetooth, Wifi, but no CDMA, GSM cellular phone radio.

LETS face it, our privacy is willingly compromised if you carry a smartphone. So why not make wearable devices that maximize the technology? We all are trackable anyway. I can see parents using the devices to help keep their kids safe in a very strange often violent world. Privacy abuse aside the Matrix knows all anyway. Take the RED PILL.

Then if you must put all of the bells and whistles into the darn things Apple, a $349 smaller 38mm model $50 more for the 42mm model. Then if you must an ULTRA model that can tell you before you need a bathroom or about to have a heart attack, is solid 18 carat gold model for $10,000 up to $17,000 for “rose gold”.

Older men like myself often need that alert as our bodies don’t always cooperate. Didn’t your mother always say just before a car trip, “Don’t you have to go the bathroom?”

Quick take an aspirin so you don’t have a heart Attack! 

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