How to Find the SNES Classic in Stock

How to Find the SNES Classic in Stock is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Nintendo SNES Classic will almost certainly be a hot commodity ahead of the holidays so it’ll be important to keep an eye on stock as we push toward its release in September.

Nintendo’s NES Classic was extremely difficult to find. And while the company is reportedly planning to ship “significantly” more SNES Classics, we expect stock shortages to strike as soon as pre-orders go live in the United States. The device recently went on sale at Amazon UK though the site is now saying it’s “Temporarily Unavailable.”

If you’re interested in buying an SNES Classic ahead of its September 29th release date it’s important to keep tabs on pre-orders and stock at popular retailers if you don’t want to pay premiums at resellers like Craigslist and eBay.

The device isn’t available to pre-order on Amazon or Best Buy in the United States but we expect that to change soon. Here’s how to prepare for pre-orders and how to find an SNES Classic in stock when and if it starts to sell out.

We show you how to find an SNES Classic ahead of its September release date.

NowInStock will track the stock of the SNES Classic and it also will track the start of SNES Classic pre-orders by monitoring popular retailers like Amazon and Best Buy.

The site lets you setup alerts so that you’re notified when pre-orders start and when new SNES Classic stock is available.

You can’t sign up for alerts just yet. Once stores add the product pages NowInStock will add them to the page and you can then sign up for an alert. It’s very likely that product pages will go live before orders start. Here’s how to setup alerts.

  1. Sign up for a free NowInStock account
  2. Add your phone number and email.
  3. Verify your phone number.
  4. Visit the SNES Classic tracker page.
  5. Click on Add/Manage Alerts.
  6. Click on Add Item for the stores you want to track.
  7. Click on the phone spot on the Delivery section to get a text alert.

Depending on the option you choose, you can receive a text, a computer alert or an email. You can also manage these settings in your NowInStock account.

Remember, if you put in a pre-order through Amazon, you won’t be charged until your SNES Classic ships. You can also cancel your pre-order at any time.

The SNES Classic arrives in late September with a solid list of games including Star Fox 2:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Yoshi’s Island

It also includes two controllers.

How to Find the SNES Classic in Stock is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The 2017 Ford Fusion is an excellent mid-size sedan and the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid manages to keep a lot of what we love about the Fusion, as well as delivers better fuel economy with only two real trade-offs.

The 2017 Fusion Hybrid promises and delivers great fuel economy with 43 city mpg and 41 highway mpg, this is double the city fuel efficiency of the standard Fusion.

New for 2017, the Ford Fusion Hybrid gains Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, new safety features and a Platinum trim level that takes luxury up another notch.

We like the 2017 Fusion Hybrid style.
2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Pros
Excellent design inside and out.
Impressive fuel economy without trying.
Great technology options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Top notch driver safety and convenience features
Cons
Slow acceleration when in the default Eco mode
Lose some trunk space due to batteries.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers excellent fuel economy, impressive technology, top-notch safety features and an excellent design, but accelerates far too slow in eco mode.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid starts at $25,295 for the Ford Fusion Hybrid S and goes up to $37,130 for the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum that we spent the week driving. For comparison, the base 2017 Fusion starts at $22,110 and is available in up to the Platinum trim package for $36,750. The 2017 Fusion Sport is $33,605.

Our daily driver is the 2013 Ford Fusion, which shares the main body style with the 2017 Fusion, but there are many technologies and safety upgrades on the 2017 model. One of the first things we noticed is that Ford switched from capacitive buttons to real buttons for many car and stereo functions, which is a very good thing.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Driving & Performance

The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid drives nicely, but accelerates too slowly.
The 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid drives nicely, but accelerates too slowly.

The 2017 Ford Fusion is easy to drive around town, on the highway, into and out of parking spots and is generally an all around good car. But with Eco mode activated, acceleration is incredibly slow. Press the button to go from Eco to Normal and you’ll gain back a little edge and acceleration that feels better for merging onto a highway. Overall though, the acceleration is still toned down compared to our gas-only Ford Fusion. While we don’t expect sport-like acceleration in a hybrid like this, the 0 to 60 acceleration was too slow for us to comfortably use while driving on the highway.

Though it lacks in acceleration, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers big time in fuel economy. We achieved 42.7 mpg when driving on the highway with Eco mode on and during our week with the car in the city and on the highway recorded 39.0 mpg for mixed driving. Both numbers represent normal real world driving with no special attempts to extend the range.

The regenerative braking is very good. This is what helps recharge the battery anytime you lift your foot off the accelerator or press the brake. Unlike some hybrids, this felt very smooth. Road noise is kept to a minimum and Ford even pipes in some active noise canceling through the speakers to help keep road and car noise to a minimum.

Handling is very nice, even around windy roads which are still fun in Normal driving mode. There is no Sport mode to turn on for an extra boost of power or changes to shift points. In fact, the transmission in the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid shifts continuously, so you won’t even feel the shifts happening like you do in many cars. When the car switches from battery to gas power you hear a slight change, but you won’t feel a change in power or any kind of lurch. It’s a smooth transition both ways, so you can forget about it and simply drive. Overall the car drives nicely and, outside of acceleration, handles much like the gas version we drive every day.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Design & Features

We like the 2017 Fusion Hybrid style.
We like the 2017 Fusion Hybrid style.

Ford continues to slightly tweak the exterior design of the Ford Fusion since introducing the current style in 2013. Overall the car looks the same on the outside, with a sharp grill that straddles the line of bold and refined. The Fusion design aged well, and the new LED headlights and new wheel options help upgrade the looks.

The interior of the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is spacious, easily fitting four adults. Legroom is good in the backseat, though headroom may be a little cramped for very tall passengers on longer trips. Ford added the new Platinum trim level that takes the interior up a notch. Compared to the Titanium level this new trim adds a more upscale look to the cabin. While not as luxurious as more expensive cars, it is a nice option to see. The Platinum trim level seats and accents on the doors use a quilt pattern that definitely looks more suited for an older buyer than a millennial.

The Platinum trim level interior is very nice.
The Platinum trim level interior is very nice.

Ford added the new Platinum trim level that takes the interior up a notch. Compared to the Titanium level this new trim adds a more upscale look to the cabin. While not as luxurious as more expensive cars, it is a nice option to see. The Platinum trim level seats and accents on the doors use a quilt pattern that definitely looks more suited for an older buyer than a millennial. One thing drivers of all age groups will appreciate is the ability to customize the accent lighting color throughout the car using the on-screen controls.

Heated and cooled seats are standard with the Platinum trim and available on other packages as an option. Dual Zone Climate control makes it easy to keep the driver and passenger comfortable.

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The trunk space is limited by the battery that takes up a chunk of the room near the front of the trunk. We hauled groceries with no problem, but you’ll definitely feel the pinch when trying to pack luggage in. The battery area doesn’t go all the way up, so you can still fold the seats down and slide in a long but slim object that you need to use part of the backseat to haul.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Technology & Safety

With Ford Sync 3 and a slew of driver safety and convenience features, the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid is at the top of its class. I’ve already detailed why I’m ready to upgrade to Ford Sync 3 and a week with this new system only reinforces that desire.

Sync 3 looks modern and works brilliantly with easy to find functions and a good amount of user control. Ford fixed many of the complaints with My Ford Touch and adds on to deliver a system that is easier to use and very responsive. The Premium Sony 12 speaker system sounds great; it’s an upgrade that we highly recommend if you enjoy listening to music in your car.

The new Sync 3 system is very nice and includes support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
The new Sync 3 system is very nice and includes support for Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.

In addition to the built-in navigation and software, you can also plug in an iPhone or Android phone and get access to CarPlay or Android Auto. These both let you use a car-friendly version of your phone’s software. You can’t use all of your apps on-screen, but they deliver a very nice way to interact with common phone functions, texting by voice, navigation and music.

Ford’s Smart Key technology allows you to unlock the car by touching the door handle when you are next to it and to tap the top of the door handle to lock the car. You can also start the car by pushing a button with the key in your pocket, which is very handy. The key fob includes a remote start function and a LED that lets you know if the car successfully started.

Ford packs in a ton of safety and driver convenience features on the Platinum trim level, many of which are available on other trim levels. Lane Keeping will help alert you when you are about to go out of your lane and can help guide you back into your lane. The Adaptive Cruise Control will automatically slow you down when someone in front of you is driving slower, without the need to tap the brakes or adjust your cruise settings. Ford’s version even supports Stop and Go, so your car can come to a complete stop and then resume without you interacting with the cruise or pedals.

There are a number of useful safety and driver convenience features.
There are a number of useful safety and driver convenience features.

With Parking Assist, the Fusion will identify if a parking spot is big enough and then do the steering to park you. All you need to do is shift, accelerate and brake. When you need to exit a tight parking spot, you can use a park out option, moving you back and forward to help you get out of the parking spot. New for 2017 is support for backing into a perpendicular parking spot, like at the grocery store. Side Sensors will also help you avoid catching the side of your car on something while navigating tight parking garages.

The Blind Spot Monitor alerts you if someone is in your blind spot with a small indicator on your mirrors. If you put your turn signal on while someone is in your blind spot, you will get an audio alert. This system also lets you know if a car is coming from the right or left when slowly backing out of a parking space.

With Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, the Fusion alerts you with a red light up a warning on the windshield and an ear-catching sound. When this happens the brake pre-charges to help you stop sooner and if you don’t quickly act, the car will automatically brake for you.

A rear backup camera is standard on the 2017 Ford Fusion. For an added $190 you can upgrade to rear inflatable seat belts to help reduce the risk of injury in a crash.

2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

6 Google Pixel 2 Features We Want in 2017

6 Google Pixel 2 Features We Want in 2017 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

These are the new Google Pixel 2 features and design changes we want to see from the 2017 Pixel. Recent Pixel 2 rumors aren’t saying much but we still have a good idea about what’s coming. With talks of a dual camera system, bezel-free displays like the LG G6 to waterproofing and bigger screens.

It’s still early, but all signs point to Google once again offering two Pixel phones in 2017. One with a traditional screen size, and another Pixel XL to take on the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8.

Read: Pixel 2 Release Date, Features, Specs & Rumors

The original Pixel proved Google could create an excellent smartphone experience that rivals the competition. And it did in a very short time frame. Now that the creators of Android have an entire year to plan another phone, potential buyers are extremely excited.

If the Pixel left you wanting something more and you passed on the Galaxy S8, here’s a list of Pixel 2 features and design changes we want to see and expect.

Fan-made concept of the Pixel 2

So far all signs are pointing to Google releasing two Pixel phones again this year. Early rumors suggested three were coming but the mid-range option got canceled. Additionally, those rumors claim HTC will manufacture the smaller device for Google, while LG is in charge of the bigger Pixel XL 2.

We expect to see the Pixel 2 release date in October, which lines up with the annual Google Nexus and Pixel offering. While it’s too early to choose a specific date that’s the expectation. However, the release is subject to change with big phones like the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 rumored for September.

Right now, it’s unlikely that Google will deliver all the features we want, but there is a good chance that most on our list will make the cut. The Pixel 2 is an important release for Google and we suspect this phone will deliver one of the best Android experiences to date.

Pixel 2: A Better Design

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Pixel 2: A Better Design

The Google Pixel design is something many users complained about in 2016. That said, HTC made a great phone that's extremely durable and felt great to use. The design grew on my over time, and we've seen similar comments around the web. 

Although, some still claim it looked too much like the iPhone. Or that the glass panel and window on the back was unnecessary. There were no front-facing speakers like the Nexus 6P either.  

For those that don't know, Google scrapped a Nexus phone at the last minute and simply chose HTC to create two phones that became the Pixel and Pixel XL. The development cycle was rushed, and even though it was sold as the first phone "made inside and out by Google" that just isn't the case.  

In 2017, Google now has an entire year under its belt, a full development cycle, and plenty of time to truly create its vision for the first Android 8.0 smartphone. At the same time, will Google keep to the design so buyers know it's indeed a Pixel device? The Nexus lineup never stuck to one design language, so nothing would surprise us here.  

Still, Google's Moto X is a phone millions loved, the Pixel is still popular, and if the company truly designs the Pixel 2 inside and out we can expect big things.

With that all out of the way, here's what we want. A premium design that's even more polished and has its own identity. Bring back dual front-facing speakers, or at least stereo speakers. The design could even leave room for dual cameras on the back and a fingerprint sensor built into the glass. Add all of that to a fancy titanium or ceramic body, and we'll be extremely interested. 

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6 Google Pixel 2 Features We Want in 2017 is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

6 Best 2017 Surface Pro Accessories

6 Best 2017 Surface Pro Accessories is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

You may have purchased the 2017 Surface Pro to draw, work on documents and stay productive anywhere. To do all those things effectively on your new tablet you will need these Surface Pro accessories.

Owners of the 2017 Surface Pro need extras because of big changes Microsoft made to the Surface line-up. The company only sells the Surface Pro 4 with a free Surface Pen. Only the Surface Book and Surface Studio come with keyboards.

You need a keyboard accessory or Type Cover for Surface Pro to truly replace your laptop. Keyboards add a trackpad for navigating Windows 10 and physical keys to replace the on-screen keyboard. They also protect your device’s screen.

The new Surface Pen is your best option for writing and drawing on the tablet. Surface Pro can detect when you tilt your hand and 4,096 different levels of pressure as you write.

Read: 2017 Surface Pro vs Surface Pro 4

Other 2017 Surface Pro accessories enhance more than writing and typing. A Surface Dock is the only way to connect accessories and charge your device with a single cable. There’s a Surface keyboard that adds more storage and a solid keyboard deck closer to what a laptop has. You need a Mini DisplayPort adapter before you can connect your Surface to a television or monitor without a dock. Cases protect your 2017 Surface Pro from scrapes and scratches.

These 6 2017 Surface Pro accessories make your new device more useful and protect it from harm. Buy them immediately if you’re interested in drawing, writing and using your Surface Pro for work and play.

Best 2017 Surface Pro Accessories

  • Surface Pen
  • Surface Dial
  • Brydge Surface Keyboard
  • Amazon Basics Mini DisplayPort Cable
  • Surface Dock
  • BX2 Edge for Surface Pro

Surface Pen - $99.99

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Surface Pen - $99.99

The 2017 Surface Pro knows when you tilt the new Surface Pen in any direction. It’s also the only stylus that lets the Surface Pro detect 4,096 different levels of pressure as you write and draw. A button under the eraser cap opens your favorite drawing app or OneNote notebook instantly. You can adjust how your pen feels on the Surface Pro's glass screen by switching out the Surface Pen tips.

Microsoft sells platinum, black, burgundy and blue Surface Pens online for $99.99. Those are the same colors the Surface Type Cover comes in. Each comes with a pack of removable tips. 

Buy the Surface Pen from the Microsoft Store for $99.99 

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6 Best 2017 Surface Pro Accessories is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know

iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are excellent smartphones but they’re far from perfect. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems continue to popup every day.

Since their launch in September we’ve been hearing and seeing complaints about various iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems Some users are running into minor bugs, others are running into more serious issues with their device.

Apple’s refined its software with bug fixes and patches but iOS 10.3.2, the most up-to-date version of iOS 10, is causing problems for many users.

Today, we want to take a look at the current state of iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 problems. We also want to make sure that you’re prepared for the future, just in case you run into an issue with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone issues can popup out of nowhere.

This roundup offers a look at the issues themselves and some steps to take if you do happen to run into a problem with your device.

iPhone 7 Problems

The earliest iPhone 7 problems centered around iCloud Restore and Activation issues. These were the same issues that affected the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at launch.

Complaints about these issues have died down in the months since the iPhone 7 launch but if you do happen to run into an activation or iCloud Restore problem, head here for more on these problems and potential fixes.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus problems go beyond iCloud Restore and activation issues. We’re also seeing complaints a variety of other bugs.

We’re hearing about odd battery drain, issues connecting to Wi-Fi, problems connecting to Bluetooth (which is a big problem given the two phones don’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack), touchscreen issues, an odd hissing issue, problems with various applications, issues syncing photos, and more.

It’s impossible to predict what you might run into during your time with the iPhone 7 so you’ll want to occasionally make a backup of the files stored on your phone.

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If you don’t know how to do that, we’ve put together a guide that will take you through the backup process using Apple’s iTunes software.

If you don’t want to use iTunes, we also have a guide that details the backup process via Apple’s iCloud service.

We’ve also put together a list of things to do before installing a new iOS update on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and it’s worth a look if you’re new to iOS and iPhone or if you simply need some additional help.

Where to Find Feedback

If you need additional help, there are a number of other places to look for fixes and feedback about iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus performance.

We’ve taken a look at reasons to and not to install the iOS 10.3.2 update. Start there. We’ve also put together our impressions of the iPhone 7 iOS 10.3.2 update and it’s a great resource if you want to keep tabs on performance.

We've taken a look at iOS 10.2 performance on the iPhone 7.
We’ve taken a look at iOS 10 performance on the iPhone 7.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about Apple’s iPhone 7 and its iOS 10 updates.

How to Fix iPhone 7 Problems

If you do run into a problem with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, there’s no need to panic. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to fix the issue from the comforts of your computer chair.

You can fix iPhone 7 problems from home.
You might be able to fix your iPhone 7 problem from home.

We’ve put together a list of fixes for common iPhone 7 problems and it offers fixes for battery life issues, problems with Wi-Fi, issues with Bluetooth, and more. We’ve also put together some tips to help you improve performance.

It’s important to note that some iOS-related iPhone 7 problems will likely dissipate after a couple of days of use.

For instance, battery life tends to settle after a few days with a new device or iOS update. If you continue to experience problems with battery life or something else after more than two days of use, you’ll want to take action.

If you’re experiencing cellular data problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, and you failed to download the iOS 10.0.3 update, you’ll want to download the iOS 10.3.2 update.

The iOS 10.0.3 update delivered “fixes bugs including an issue where some users could temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” This fix is baked into Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iOS 10.2 update could fix your Bluetooth issues.
The iOS 10.3 update could fix your Bluetooth issues.

If you’re running into Bluetooth problems on your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus note that Apple’s iOS 10.1 update improved Bluetooth connectivity with third party devices.

If you failed to download iOS 10.1, the iOS 10.3.2 update will bring these bug fixes to your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Your last line of defense is Apple itself. If you can’t fix your iPhone 7 problem on your own, you have a couple of options.

You can get in touch with Apple on Twitter and see if its support can help. You can also get in contact with Apple Support via the company website.

If customer service can’t help you, and you still can’t fix your issue, you might think about taking your phone into an Apple Store.

Make an Genius Bar appointment and have them run diagnostics on your device to see if they can pinpoint the problem. Your iPhone 7 is under warranty so they might offer you a replacement if they can’t fix the issue.

Downgrade

If you recently downloaded an update on your iPhone 7 and you start experiencing problems problems, you might be able to downgrade back to an older version.

Downgrading isn’t a guaranteed way to fix performance issues but it’s an option if you decide you’ve had enough of your device’s poor performance.

Apple typically keeps the downgrade loophole open for a week or two after a new update’s release so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to make the move back down.

The downgrade is currently open. Apple is currently signing off on iOS 10.3.1 which means you can downgrade from iOS 10.3.2 if it starts giving you trouble.

For more on the downgrade process, please take a look at our guide.

What’s Next

Help from Apple should arrive soon.

Apple’s confirmed a new update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus called iOS 10.3.3, and it’s currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date.

The iOS 10.3.3 update should be a maintenance upgrade which means it will probably come with patches and bug fixes for lingering issues.

An iOS 10.2.1 update is confirmed for iPhone 7.
An iOS 10.3.3 update is confirmed for iPhone 7.

If you want to test the iOS 10.3.3 update’s performance on your device, you can do that via the iOS 10.3.3 beta. If it causes problems, you can always drop back down to iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 10.3.1.

For more on the iOS 10.3.3 update and its beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It will take you through everything you need to know ahead of its release.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 10.3.2 & 9 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

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Install iOS 10.3.2 If You Want Better Security

If you value your security, you'll want to seriously consider downloading the iOS 10.3.2 update on your iPhone or iPad. 

iOS 10.3.2 brings (by our count) 23 security patches for a potential exploits. That's a ton for a small maintenance update and a great reason to install iOS 10.3.2 in the near future.

Your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring even more security features if you failed to download previous versions of iOS.

If you skipped iOS 10.3.1, your iOS 10.3.2 update will bring its security patch. If you skipped iOS 10.3, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring its monster list of patches as well. 

The iOS 10.3 update delivered over 60 known patches for potential exploits. That's substantial, even for a milestone upgrade. The previous version of iOS 10, iOS 10.2.1, brought 14 known patches.

If you skipped the iOS 10.2.1 update and/or the iOS 10.2 update, know that iOS 10.3.2 brings their security patches with it as well. Again, the iOS 10.2.1 update had 14 important patches on board. You can see them all right here

If you failed to install Apple's iOS 9.3.5 update, iOS 10.3.2 will also bring the three crucial security patches it delivered last year. These patch up serious security problems that could potentially expose your calls, contacts, texts, and emails.

These patches enhance the security on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch making them ideal for those of you who store sensitive files/data on your device. 

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iPhone 7 Problems: 5 Things Users Need to Know is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.