Read the fine print from Apple if you’re buying the Jet Black iPhone 7

Read the fine print from Apple if you're buying the Jet Black iPhone 7

Apple launches iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with two brand new colors, the glossy Jet Black and matte Black. The Jet Black model is featured prominently by Apple and is the most popular color judging from the shipping date of preorders. 

The new iPhone 7 do not look very different from its predecessor. You need to get the Jet Black model if you want to let people know that you bought a new phone. There must be a large group of iPhone buyers who wants to stand out. And Apple marketing knows it pretty well as there is no 32GB option for the Jet Black model. Apple wants you pay for the higher margin 128GB or 256GB model if you want the Jet Black iPhone 7.

iPhone Jet Black has a high gloss finish, looks gorgeous but is extremely susceptible to fingerprints and smudges. So much so that Apple has a foot note fine print to warn you about it:

The high-gloss finish of the jet black iPhone 7 is achieved through a precision nine-step anodization and polishing process. Its surface is equally as hard as other anodized Apple products; however, its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use. If you are concerned about this, we suggest you use one of the many cases available to protect your iPhone.

What’s the point of having a shinny looking Jet Black iPhone 7 covered in a case? If you can’t stand scratches on your phone, it may be better to get the matte Black model.

iOS 10 changes how you unlock iPhone by removing slide to unlock

Apple makes a dramatic change to how you unlock your iPhone in iOS 10. There is no longer an option to “Slide to unlock”. Instead you have to press the Home button. Then Touch ID will be used to unlock the phone. If Touch ID is not enabled or failed to unlock, you get the option to enter the passcode.

Previously, those with Touch ID enabled can simply rest their finger on the home button, without pressing, to unlock. If you’re fed up with this additional press-home-button-to-unlock, you can switch back to the way it used to work in iOS 9.

iOS 10 changes how you unlock iPhone by removing slide to unlock

Go to Settings app > General > Accessibility > Home Button. Turn on the “Rest Finger to Open” switch. That’s it.

How to close all tabs at once for Safari in iOS 10

After all these years, Apple finally realise there is a need to allow Safari users to close all open tabs at once. You can now close all open tabs in Safari in one fell swoop in iOS 10.

How to close all tabs at once for Safari in iOS 10

Simply tap and hold the Tab button, and select the option to close all open tabs from the popup menu. If you’re already in the tab view interface, just tap and hold the “Done” button to access the same popup menu.

How to Type the é in Pokémon Go

How to Type the é in Pokémon Go

The é in Pokémon Go is the accent é which you can copy and paste here. But a quicker way to enter the character on OS X and iOS is to press and hold down the “e” key, and select the correct “é” from the little popup menu.

How to opt out of WhatsApp’s data sharing with Facebook

WhatsApp has just changed its terms of service to allow it to share user data with parent company Facebook for ads targeting. This is alarming as WhatsApp has committed to keeping user information separate when the company was bought.

If you launch WhatsApp and see an updated Terms of Service page, do NOT tap on the “Agree” button. Instead tap the bottom bar “Read more about the key updates to our Terms and Privacy Policy”. You will now see a new section that reads “Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook to improve my Facebook ads and products experiences. Your chats and phone number will not be shared onto Facebook regardless of this setting” at the bottom with a switch. Turn OFF the switch and tap the “Agree” button.

How to opt out of WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook

If you did not pay attention and accepted those new terms, you can still opt out within 30 days by going to Settings tab > Account. There you will find a “share my account info” switch that you can revoke your permission.

WhatsApp has a FAQ page if you need more info. 

Tweet in the dark with night mode in Twitter for iOS

The official Twitter for iOS app now comes with a “night mode”, essentially a dark theme with light-text-on-dark background. This feature should make it easier to read and tweet at night or in dimmer environment.

To enable Night Mode, on the Me tab, tap the gear icon. Tap “Turn on night mode” from the popup menu to turn the feature on.

Firefox 48 for Mac comes with multi-process support

Mozilla has released Firefox 48 for the desktop which includes the long-awaited multi-process feature. Multi-process separates each web tab into its own process. Thus if a web page is crashing or consuming large amount of CPU, the other tabs will remain responsive. This feature has been made available with Safari and Chrome browsers for a while, and has finally made it to Firefox.

Mozilla however is rolling out multi-process feature to all Firefox 48 users in stages over the next few weeks. To find out if your copy of Firefox 48 has it enabled, enter “about:support” on the URL bar.

Firefox 48 for Mac comes with multi-process support

Look for the entry “Multiprocess Windows” to check if multi-process is enabled. There is no settings to enable this feature yourself, so you just have to wait.

Apple is selling 4 year old Macbook Pro or why it is not a good time to buy a Mac

The Verge just published an article that highlights the fact that Apple is still selling a 2012 Macbook Pro. Yup, the non-retina version of Macbook Pro Apple is currently selling as new is a 2012 product.

The non-Retina Macbook Pro is not the only Mac that is outdated. In fact, the 12-inch Macbook is the only one Mac that got an update this year. Reading MacRumors’ Buyer’s Guide is depressing if you’re a Mac fan. Apple’s best selling Macbook Pro Retina  is 446 days since its last release in May 2015. The Macbook Air is 517 days since its last update in Mar 2015. The Mac Mini is 661 days since its last update in Oct 2014. The Mac Pro is 962 days since its first release in Dec 2013.

Apple is selling 4 year old Macbook Pro or why it is not a good time to buy a Mac

The standard PC industry practice by everyone else is to update product range when there is a new generations of Intel CPU. The Macbook Pro is basically two Intel CPU generations behind notebooks by Dell, Lenovo, Asus etc. If you’re into VR, please note that none of Mac is able to drive the graphics requirement for VR.

Many wonder and are curious to know why an admired high-tech company is selling outdated tech. And happily so as these outdated Macs are making tons of money for Apple. 

Now is not a good time to buy a new Mac, unless you’re aiming for the 12-inch Macbook. Just hold-on for a month or two. Apple is expected to update its Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac mini, Mac Pro and iMac this fall. 

Should I install iOS 10 beta on my iPhone?

Should I install iOS 10 beta on my iPhone?

Apple has just released iOS 10 Beta 4 this week to developers, together the same release is issued as iOS 10 Third Public Beta which is open to everyone. One question on people keen to try the shinny new OS is how stable is the release.

iOS 10 beta has been the most stable beta we’ve seen compared with iOS past major releases. The current Beta 4 has proven to be stable enough to be in use in some of our main iPhones. For our usage, all major apps are running fine without issues. If you’re keen to run it on your main phone, first check to make sure that critical apps that you depends on can run on it. As with most beta software, codes are not fully optimised for speed, size and battery usage as it is meant for testing. 

Keeping up with Rio Olympics 2016 with Google search

Keeping up with Rio Olympics 2016 with Google search

With tons of events happening, it is tough to keep track of everything with the 2016 Summer Olympics. If you’re not downloading the official Rio 2016 iPhone app or using the official website, you can make use of Google instant search results to get quick updates.

  • Enter “rio 2016″ or “olympics” to get back instant search result of an overview.
  • Search for “rio 2016 today” or “rio 2016 schedule” to see today’s schedule.
  • Search for “rio 2016 archery”, “rio 2016 football” etc for specific sporting event.
  • Search for “rio 2016 usain bolt”, “rio 2016 michael phelps” etc for schedule and results of specific athlete.
  • Search for “rio 2016 medal count” for the latest medal standing. 
  • Search for “rio 2016 japan medal count” etc for medal detail of a specific country.