Here’s When to Expect the iOS 11.3 Update

Here’s When to Expect the iOS 11.3 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

Apple’s got at least two more iOS 11 updates in its pipeline and one of those upgrades could be a milestone iOS 11.3 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Next week, Apple plans to release a new version of iOS 11. The company hasn’t confirmed the version, but most expect the company to pull the iOS 11.2.5 update out of beta and release it to the general public.

iOS 11.2.5 is likely going to be a maintenance release with bug fixes and security patches though it could have at least one new feature on board. It’s an exciting update, but it’s probably not going to be as big as the update Apple pushes into its beta programs in February.

Apple typically doesn’t confirm iOS releases unless it announces plans on stage, but Tim Cook decided to give iPhone and iPad users an early heads-up about an incoming iOS 11 update earlier this week.

During a recent interview with ABC News (around the 4:30 mark of the video), Cook was asked about Apple slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries. In response, Cook confirmed plans to release a new iOS 11 update that will give users more insight into the state of their device’s battery.

Cook also says this new version of iOS 11 will give iOS users the option to disable the throttling the company uses to maintain normal CPU performance. While disabled, devices will be at risk of unexpected shutdowns.

This promise comes shortly after the company was forced to issue a statement about the iPhone slowdown issues that’ve engulfed the company in early 2018.

In its statement, the company promised to release a new iOS 11 update in “early 2018” with “new features that give users more visibility into the health of their iPhone’s battery, so they can see for themselves if its condition is affecting performance.”

With the iOS 11.2.5 update now on its seventh beta and a release expected to take place next week, it probably won’t deliver these features. And given that Apple typically reserves x.x upgrades for new features, there’s a good chance it won’t be iOS 11.2.6 bringing these features to users in February.

Apple generally releases three milestone iOS upgrades during an iOS update cycle.

Last January, the company pushed the first iOS 10.3 beta to developers ahead of a public release in late March. In 2016, Apple released the first iOS 9.3 beta in mid-January ahead of an official release in late March. Apple declined to offer iOS 10.4 or iOS 9.4.

Both milestone updates arrived in and around the company’s semi-annual spring launch event (In 2017 it announced new products via a press release). And with rumors pointing to a potential iPhone SE 2 launch this spring, we could see the iOS 11.3 release tie-in with any hardware Apple’s cooking up for early 2018.

If Apple releases an iOS 11.3 beta to developers and testers in the public Beta Software Program in February, you can expect the final version of iOS 11.3 (or whatever Apple calls this update) to emerge sometime in March.

For now, consumers must contend with iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.5, and battery throttling while we wait for Apple to cook up one of the last (if not the last) big iOS 11 updates.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 11.2.2 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 11.2.2 for Better Security

Install iOS 11.2.2 for Better Security

If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.2.2 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.2.2 will come with a lot more.

Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.

The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.

Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.2.2.

If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.2.2 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.

The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."

Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.2.2 if you skipped iOS 11.2. 

If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.2.2 update. 

The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.

If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.2.2 update will come with additional security features.

Apple's first iOS 11 update delivered several patches for potential exploits. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices.

In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.

If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.2.2 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.

Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."

If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11.2.2. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.2.2.

If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11.2.2 soon.

This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.

Here’s When to Expect the iOS 11.3 Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

[Opinion] Let’s face it: Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro was always doomed in the US

Huawei had the wind at their back and was planning a coup d’état of the US smartphone market with the Mate 10 Pro. It’s an excellent device, and AT&T was willing to work with the global manufacturer to strike a deal to officially bring the phone to one of the nation’s largest networks. It was the […]

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Apple CarPlay Finally Arrives with 2019 Toyota Avalon

Apple CarPlay Finally Arrives with 2019 Toyota Avalon is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon is a massive upgrade for the refined bigger brother of the Toyota Camry. The 2019 Avalon is also the first Toyota to support Apple CarPlay, which is huge news.

During the 2018 Detroit Auto Show Toyota unveiled the new Avalon with a focus on a premium ride and style and a new Entune 3.0 system that supports Apple CarPlay. This is important because Toyota previously stuck with their Entune system and did not support CarPlay or Android Auto. With the new Avalon, all trim levels will include Apple CarPlay support, but there is no mention of Android Auto. Avalon’s 9-inch touch screen also comes with upgraded tech so you can touch it, pinch to zoom and control it just like you would a smartphone.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon is the first Toyota vehicle with Apple CarPlay support.
The 2019 Toyota Avalon is the first Toyota vehicle with Apple CarPlay support.

Toyota did not mention any kind of Toyota Entune update to add CarPlay to the Camry and other vehicles. While it is possible that we will learn more about a CarPlay update for the Camry, Tacoma and other vehicles, this may be a feature that only comes to 2019 and newer Toyotas. CarPlay is a feature we think should be available on all new cars in 2019, along with many others on our list of must have car features.

In addition to adding CarPlay to the 2019 Avalon, Toyota also includes smartwatch and Amazon Alexa integrations so you can lock or unlock doors, start the engine or check the fuel level using your voice to check with Alexa or by using an app on your smart watch. Remote Connect comes with a six month trial, and will require a paid subscription to use the watch controls or Alexa controls. Unlike BMW, there is no annual fee to use Apple CarPlay.

The new Entune 3.0 system includes a WiFi connect system that is powered by Verizon so you can connect devices to your car’s hotspot. There is a 2GB, 6 month trial included and after that you can subscribe to a plan that meets your needs.

For sound, the entry-level comes with eight speakers, but there is a 14-speaker, 1200-watt, 7.1-channel surround system that Toyota says engineers built after benchmarking vehicles two classes above the Avalon so that owners get premium audio not typically found in this class. Combine this with CarPlay and the new noise reduction measures and you should be in for a ride that is as quiet as you want or as loud as your musical tastes demand.

The 2019 Avalon is assembled in Kentucky and will go on sale later this year. There is no specific pricing for the 2019 Avalon, but expect it to be similar to the outgoing model. It’s unclear if the newfound support for this feature will result in a Lexus CarPlay announcement this year.

You Need These 10 Must Have Car Features: Find Out Why

Smart Cruise Control

Smart Cruise Control

Do you hate constantly adjusting your cruise control, or giving up on cruise control because of traffic or due to a driver in front of you who keeps changing speed? You need a smart cruise control system.

Smart cruise control goes by many different names. You may see it listed as Radar Cruise, Adaptive Cruise or Intelligent Cruise control. Whatever it is called, it will allow you to set your cruise control and then stay with the flow of slower traffic.

Here's why we love it and why you need it. You get on the highway and set the cruise at 76 miles per hour. You also set the distance you want kept between you and the car in front of you. There are typically three or four settings so you can be close or keep a lot of space. Now you simply steer and your car will go 76 mile per hour when traffic allows it or there is no one in front of you. When someone is in front of you going 73 mph, the car automatically slows down to keep you the distance you choose from that car. This is indispensable in traffic and on long road trips. 

Not all smart cruise control systems are the same. Some of work at all speeds, while others only work above a specific limit. Some systems can bring you to a complete stop in traffic and then restart without you needing to touch a pedal. 

You can find adaptive cruise control on cars as cheap as $18,500 like the Toyota Corolla, and as an option on many cars below $30,000. Even on pricier cars you may need a higher trim level or special package to get this feature. 

Apple CarPlay Finally Arrives with 2019 Toyota Avalon is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo seeking mini LED-backlit panels due to OLED shortage caused by Apple

Smartphone displays are a complicated industry. LCD and OLED have both been improving at a rapid pace, but the supply side of the equation matters. Even though OLED is regarded as the technologically superior solution, it still hasn’t completely replaced LCD because of various issues, the most critical being a shortage of supply.

Samsung is said to have supplied 50 million OLED panels to Apple for the iPhone X, and this number is expected to increase in 2018. Now, a Digitimes report states that China-based smartphone vendors including Xiaomi, Huawei, and Oppo are planning to adopt mini LED-backlit panels as an alternative to AMOLED for smartphones launched in the second half of 2018. It adds that that the vendors have asked Taiwan-based makers to start producing mini LED-backlighting in June 2018.

The reason for the mass adoption of mini LED-backlit panels is that vendors are speculating Apple might source AMOLED panels for its 2018 iPhone models, which will constrain Samsung Display’s AMOLED supply.

Digitimes added that the number of mini LED chips for 6-inch smartphone panels could decrease from 9,000 to 4,000 through technological improvement and product design, which will cut production cost and increase the willingness of smartphone vendors to adopt mini LED-backlighting.

According to Epistar, the largest Taiwan-based epitaxial wafer and a chip maker poised to produce mini LED chips, an increase in mini LED-backlighting shipments 15 million smartphones in 2018 — equivalent to 1 percent penetration — would boost global demand to 60 billion chips in the year, which is equivalent to 100,000 mini LED epitaxial wafers monthly. Epistar also noted that production of mini LED-backlighting for smartphones and TVs is likely to begin in the second half of this year, and specifications will be decided in the first half.

The report’s based on unnamed sources which might be incorrect, of course. However, it shows the supply ramifications of Apple’s decision to go all-in with OLED on the iPhone X. As we’ve explored in the past, a lack of competition in the OLED industry is leading to searches for alternatives such as LG’s P-OLED displays.

Here’s hoping that competition increases in the display manufacturing industry, so that more smartphones can be equipped with great displays.

Source: Digitimes