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Apple accused again of slowing down the iPhone with the latest iOS releases

Gizchina.com 16 July, 2021 - 05:39am

You must remember the scandal surrounding the artificial slowdown of the iPhone with worn-out batteries. Initially, Apple denied the accusations; but after a series of independent research and widespread publicity, it was forced to admit guilt. As a result, the company had to pay a lot of money to the “victims”.

And it seems that the situation began to be forgotten, the company stopped slowing down the iPhone and returned to that topic less and less. But new claims have appeared against Apple, and they again relate to the forced slowdown of smartphones. Moreover, the company is slowing down newer models, including the iPhone 12 according to the new accusations.

The consumer protection society in Spain said that there is reason to believe that Apple continues to artificially slow down smartphones and we are talking about such models as iPhone XS, iPhone 8, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. The company returned to the practice of slowing down in iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1 and iOS 14.6.

The consumer protection organization believes that Apple’s actions have “significantly damaged consumer devices,” “drastically reduced processor speed,” and reduced battery life. The slowdown also affected autonomy, which decreased by 20-30%. They demand an explanation from Apple and then decides whether to go to court.

For its part, the Cupertino-based company asked to justify “insufficient performance” and it regards the accusations themselves as a reason to start a dialogue and find “the best way to compensate consumers.” A number of experts say that Apple did not commit any malicious actions, but there is a common bug, which led to problems in the operation of devices. If so, the company should soon release an update to fix the bug.

OCU threatens to take the case to court if Apple’s response isn’t satisfactory.

The letter sent aims to stablish a dialogue with Apple to find a way to compensate its consumers. Whether Apple does not respond properly, other actions could make effect in the national courts to enforce consumer rights.

The statement published by the private consumer protection organization from Portugal allegee that Apple manipulated iPhone users:

Apple deliberately manipulated, and without informing its users, the performance of its most popular devices, the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus. In doing so, Apple forced several users to replace the battery of their devices or to buy a new smartphone.

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iOS 15 beta bugs: Watch out for these problems after updating your iPhone

CNET 16 July, 2021 - 02:30am

The iOS 15 public beta is now live, for those who just can't wait to try out Apple's latest iPhone software update before its general release in the fall. (Here's how to download the iOS 15 public beta and how to check if your phone is compatible.) But as is the case with all beta versions, this iOS 15 early release has a number of bugs that Apple disclosed in its release notes -- and there are likely more that aren't yet listed. 

As always, we never recommend downloading a beta version of any software on your primary device due to bugs. In the case of iOS 15, you should only download this public beta if you have a second iPhone that you can use for testing -- not on your main device. 

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Here are some of the problems to watch out for in the iOS 15 public beta and some workarounds from Apple. (If you download the beta and decide you don't like it or are having too many issues with battery life and other bugs, you can restore your iPhone to iOS 14.)

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Here are a few of the bigger issues you may find in iOS 15, according to Apple's developer release notes

If you install the iOS 15 public beta using Restore Images, your Finder may not work properly. Apple's workaround is to install device support for iOS 15 beta, available from Apple's Beta Software Downloads page. 

In the camera app, live text may be unavailable. And if your iPhone is in Low Power mode, Panorama mode "might produce unexpected results," according to Apple. It did not list any workarounds. 

If you choose Open in New Window for a file, that file may quit unexpectedly. 

In the iOS 15 beta, Notify When Left Behind isn't supported for Intel-based Macs or Apple Watches. Also, the text indicating that the Find My network is active when your iOS device needs to be charged only displays if your device language is set to English. 

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You may have some issues with the Find My network in the iOS 15 public beta.

Apple noted a few different issues with widgets in the public beta. When you select a category in the widget gallery, you might see the wrong category appear, in which case you should dismiss and reopen the gallery. The home screen might also quit unexpectedly when you drag a widget from the gallery. 

Apple noted several different problems with SharePlay in the beta, including that it might appear to be unavailable. (Try signing out of FaceTime and signing in again if that happens.) If more than five people are on a call, performance might drop. On some devices, your FaceTime camera may turn off when a screen-sharing session begins. 

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iOS 15 beta 3 changes unveiled: Safari tweaks, widgets and more

Tom's Guide 16 July, 2021 - 01:00am

Developers already have this version of the iOS 15 beta; it's coming to the public soon

iOS 15 developer beta 3 hit phones Thursday (July 14), giving developers time to work with the changes Apple's added before the new version becomes available to the general public. Should the beta prove stable, Apple will then roll out those same changes to public beta testers anywhere from a few days to a week later.

If you're using the iOS 15 public beta, what should you expect the latest version to bring? The biggest changes appear to be in Safari, as Apple responds to early feedback on the mobile browser's new look. The widget for Apple Music gets a new look, too, And you'll find some minor tweaks here and there that seek to fine tune iOS 15's look.

Here's a closer look at some of the changes coming to iOS 15, via the beta 3 update.

It's the MacOS version of Safari that gets some fairly substantial changes, led by tabs now becoming available on the standalone bar in the Mac version of Safari. But the iOS 15 Safari for the iPhone sees some changes, too, chiefly in the way the combined search field and tab bar behave.

Previously, when you tapped on the tab bar to search for something in iOS 15 Safari, the search field appeared at the top of your iPhone screen. When you switch to beta 3, the search field remains at the top of the keyboard, close to other controls. Search results also look more streamlined and less cluttered in the new beta.

When you want to refresh a web page, you can now long-press the left side of the tab bar to bring up a pop-up menu with a refresh option. The old beta required you to tap on the tab bar and then hit the Go button again to reload, so this should save you some tapping.

iOS 15 introduces a number of new widgets, though the Apple Music widget is a holdover from iOS 14. Still, beta 3 introduces a modification to the widget's look. The widget will change color to match the album cover of the track that's playing.

It's a subtle change, to be sure, with the background of the widget shifting shifting from gray for Parliament's Mothership Connection album to something with a green hue to match the Asylum Street Spankers. On the original Apple Music widget, the color remains red no matter what's playing.

There's one other change to the Music widget in beta 3. It will now indicate when a track has been paused.

You'll find a few other changes in iOS 15 beta 3 if you dig deep enough.

The text editing menu in the first iOS 15 beta added a Text From Camera option that taps into iOS 15's Live Text feature, letting you capture text with your iPhone's camera and then paste into a note, message or email. That feature's still there in iOS 15 beta 3, but you now access it by tapping the same icon that appears in the Photos app to activate the Live Text feature.

Within the Settings app, the Reset menu has been renamed the Transfer or Reset iPhone, and the commands on that screen are geared more toward prepared your current device for transferring over to a new iPhone.

An App Store splash screen highlights what's new in the iOS 15 version of the app. App Store now features in-app events and Safari extensions. There's also a new App Store widget.

In Notification Center, the buttons for managing and clearing notifications are now separate.

Assuming you already have the iOS 15 public beta installed, when the new version becomes available for the public in the coming days, you can just head to the Settings App and tap General, followed by Software Update. (Remember, beta 3 has only reached developers at this point.) Once beta 3 is available to you, it will appear on that screen, with instructions for downloading and installing the update.

Of course, if you haven't tried out the iOS 15 public beta yet, we have instructions on how to sign up for Apple's beta program and download the iOS 15 beta on your phone.

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Spain Consumer Protection Organization accuses Apple of slowing down newer iPhones after iOS 14.5 update

9to5Mac 15 July, 2021 - 11:07am

- Jul. 15th 2021 9:07 am PT

Apple could soon be hit with another lawsuit over alleged iPhone planned obsolescence. The Spain Consumer Protection Organization has sent a letter to the Cupertino company on behalf of users who say Apple is slowing down iPhones 12, 11, XS, and 8 with recent iOS 14.5, 14.5.1, and 14.6 updates.

As reported by Spanish website iPhoneros, the Consumer Protection Organization (OCU in Spanish) sent a letter to Apple asking the company to offer a way to compensate iPhones 12, 11, 8, and XS users for allegedly slowing down their phones after iOS 14.5, 14.5.1, and 14.6 updates.

OCU threatens to take the case to court if Apple’s response isn’t satisfactory.

The letter sent aims to stablish a dialogue with Apple to find a way to compensate its consumers. Whether Apple does not respond properly, other actions could be taken in the national courts to enforce consumer rights.

Alongside OCU, Altroconsumo, Deco Proteste, and Test-Achats participated in the statement as well. Early this year, Deco Proteste in Portugal accused Apple of “planned obsolescence:” The statement published by the private consumer protection organization from Portugal allegee that Apple manipulated iPhone users: 

Apple deliberately manipulated, and without informing its users, the performance of its most popular devices, the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus. In doing so, Apple forced several users to replace the battery of their devices or to buy a new smartphone.

What’s different this time is that OCU says that even the current iPhone 12 is already slowing down after the latest iOS updates. After the iPhone battery controversies a few years ago, Apple implemented the Battery Health indicator, and starting later this year, users can choose whether they want to upgrade to iOS 15 or stay in the current iOS 14 system with only new security patches.

Also, for another year, the company is maintaining support to the same iPhones with iOS 15: all the way from the iPhone 6s to the newer ones. With this change, Apple can continue to provide support for many more years to come to older phones, very different from what Google and other manufacturers do with Android phones.

As of now, Apple in Spain hasn’t responded to the letter, and we’ll let you know whether this case goes to court.

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Members of the Euroconsumers Group have sent a letter to Apple asking it to address allegations of excessive iPhone battery drain in iOS 14.5 and later software updates.

On July 9, the Spanish Organization of Consumers and Users, along with groups like Altroconsumo and Deco Proteste, penned a letter to the Cupertino tech giant over alleged "planned obsolescence" affecting recent iPhone models like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11.

The consumer groups cite reports of battery drain and degraded performance reported by some users after downloading certain versions of iOS 14. Specifically, it names iOS 14.5, iOS 14.5.1, and iOS 14.6.

Back in June, a lawsuit levied at Apple attempted to connect reports of battery drain and performance bugs with allegations of planned obsolescence. Consumer reports, however, only indicate issues with battery life draining faster than expected, rather than performance hits.

The Euroconsumer member organizations, however, draw a connection between the battery drain reports and Apple's past performance management systems. Lawsuits against Apple have been filed in a number of European countries alleging that the company intentionally slowed down iPhones.

Back in 2017, Apple quietly introduced a battery management feature that could stave off random shutdowns and other issues on devices with chemically degraded batteries. The feature, which slowed performance on devices with aged batteries during times of peak power draw, caused controversy, despite proving a device that functioned, instead of one that would crash seemingly at random, and be completely unavailable to the consumer while in the crashed state.

According to the OCU, the purpose of the letter is to "create a dialogue with Apple to establish the best way to compensate consumers." The OCU did threaten to take the matter to court if Apple doesn't provide "an adequate response."

It isn't clear what an "adequate response" entails in this case. There is no clear indication of a universal faster battery drain induced by the operating system updates cited by the organization. For any claim of "planned obsolescence" to stick or be legally relevant, it would have to span a large array of consumers — and it doesn't appear to be doing so, at this time.

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iOS 15 lets you change departure and arrival times in Maps

iMore 15 July, 2021 - 06:00am

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When Apple revealed iOS 15 for the best iPhone, there was a lot of hype surrounding some big changes coming to FaceTime, Focus, Safari, Maps, and more. But while Apple focused more on the fancy new interactive globe and new maps, it didn't talk about how you can now set custom departure and arrival times when you get directions in the Maps app.

That's right — iOS 15 now lets you choose what time you want to leave for your destination and even select what time you want to arrive for the optimal driving or transit experience.

Here's how to set departure and arrival times for directions in Maps on iPhone and iPad.

If you need to get directions but aren't planning to leave right this second, then the Maps app allows you to change your departure time to something else, whether it's later in the day or even tomorrow. Here's how to change your departure time for getting directions.

Tap Directions.

Tap Done.

Your directions will be updated to reflect the new departure time. All routes will be based on predicted traffic at your selected time.

When you need to get to a specific location by a certain time, it may be better to change the arrival time instead of departure. This ensures that you get there by the time you specify, and you get an idea of the best time to leave. Here's how to change your arrival time for directions.

Tap Directions.

Tap Done.

Again, much like changing the departure time, the directions are based on predicted traffic. So while it should be good when you leave, things can also change depending on actual traffic reports.

As you can see, it's easy to change your departure and arrival times for directions in Maps on iPhone and iPad. Do you have questions about this new iOS 15 feature? Let us know in the comments.

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