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Apple has just pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPods. It’s the second iOS 11 update in two weeks, and it fixes a problem that was found with calls made using the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

 

Both iPhone 8 and 8 Plus owners reported issues of crackling noise when making calls using cellular networks. This update is meant to fix that, as well as two other issues – ‘an issue that could cause some photos to be hidden’ and ‘an issue where attachments is S/MIME encrypted emails would not open,’ according to the release notes.

 

Last week’s iOS 11.0.1 update fixed an Exchange email server problem, but neither was there any mention of a fix for the battery performance issue that users have reported with devices running iOS 11.

 

 

The Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center have always allowed users to disable their respective radios since iOS 7. However, this is not the case for iOS 11.

 

According to security researcher Andrea Barisani and Motherboard, toggling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off in iOS 11’s Control Center will only disconnect your iOS device from their respective accessories. Barisani told Motherboard that this new interface is not ‘obvious at all’ and makes the user experience more ‘uncomfortable’. If the user unknowingly keeps the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection on, it increases the exposure to potential attacks to the hardware, firmware, and software of the device.

 

While you might think that this is a software bug, it isn’t. In fact, Apple deliberately designed them to function this way. According to its support documents, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will continue to be available so that you can use important features such as AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Handoff, and Instant Hotspot. If you want to disable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi completely, you have to go to Settings to do so. Even if you have done so, both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will be enabled automatically at 5AM the following morning.

 

 


 

Apple’s latest A11 is currently the most powerful mobile chipset in the market, but do you know what and how its name ‘Bionic’ came about? Well, Apple just wanted the A11 to sound cool, according to a writer from The Verge. 

Apple told me it’s called Bionic because the company realized names like A8 and A9 weren’t particularly exciting compared to its competitors chip names, so it added ‘Fusion’ to the A10’s branding last year. So this year it’s ‘Bionic’.

 

So what ‘exciting’ names have Apple’s competitors come up with? Samsung’s processors are marketed as Exynos, while Huawei brands its chipsets as ‘HiSilicon Kirin’. Qualcomm consolidates its mobile platforms under the ‘Snapdragon’ branding. In the computing space, there are more interesting names, such as Intel’s ‘Coffee Lake’ CPUs and AMD’s Ryzen 3 processors. 


 

Apple is likely to lead the 3D sensing technology space for the next two years as there is reportedly no rival with comparable capabilities at the moment.

 

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the adoption of 3D sensing technology among Android OEMs will be delayed by Qualcomm’s inability to develop and ship similar products. In fact, Qualcomm is said to only make significant shipments from 2019. Xiaomi is said to be the only potential Android OEM to adopt Qualcomm’s technology. It is gauging consumers’ response to Apple’s 3D sensing technology on the iPhone 8 before going ahead to implement similar technologies on its devices.

 

Kuo previously reported that the advanced 3D sensing technology and algorithms related to the 3D camera sensor on the iPhone 8 would help Apple stay ahead of the competition by a few years.