Disabling Siri on an iPhone lockscreen

There has been a couple of recent stories where someone can access an iPhone without having your password. While the probability could be unlikely, it may be a good idea to disable the option of using Siri with a locked screen.

You can disable Siri on your iPhone’s lockscreen by going to Settings, choosing Touch ID & Passcode, and selecting Disable Siri on the Lockscreen.

While even less likely on an iPad, it still maybe a good idea.



Wiping an iGadget’s contents for disposing

When it’s time to get rid of your iGadget [what I call any of the gadgets from Apple – iPhone, iPad, etc. that use iOS], you must wipe the data off your iGadget before you dispose of it [which will end up in some Chinese landfill but hopefully actually recycled instead] or giving it to someone to use.

The following instructs will wipe your data. Note that as iOS changes, these instructions may not be exactly the same.

HUGE WARNING: This involves wiping out the data on your iGadget. You won’t be able to get the data back [or at least not so easily]. So make sure you have a copy of what you need.

  1. Perform a full backup of your iGadget either to a computer or through the This will allow you to restore your data if you are migrating to a newer iGadget.
  2. On the iGadget, tap Settings | iCloud. Scroll down and tap Sign Out.
  3. You will be required to confirm, so tap Sign Out again. Note that this will remove iCloud access completely and all the data associated with that account on the current iGadget. This includes disabling Turn off my iPhone service, which is also known as Activation Lock.
  4. Go to Settings | General, and tap Reset.
  5. At the Reset screen, tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  6. If a passcode is configured [hopefully it is], you’ll be required to enter your passcode.
    Tap Erase iPhone [or equivalent] when prompted.
  7. The iGadget will reboot and display the Apple logo with a progress bar below it indicating how far the wiping has been completed.
Note: Make sure the iGadget is kept on to make sure the wiping is completed correctly. If needed, plug it in to keep charged.

iOS 9 upgrade for some turns Apple gadgets into bricks

If you have ever replaced your iPhone’s screen but not repaired by Apple, you may wish to hold off on upgrading to iOS 9.

It seems the upgrade software will detect that your screen is non-standard and the upgraded dies with “error 53” and bricks your iPhone. [The term brick is primarily an Apple term (but not from them) where the device is rendered useless.]

The company says, when a system check during a software update reveals the iPhone or iPad Touch ID sensor doesn’t match the device’s other components, the update fails – but miserably. Apple says to restart the device but in most cases, it won’t start. In that case, you need to contact Apple support or go to a store. Because of the issue, some have waited in excess of an hour before being told that the gadget is a brick.

Apple says if you had your gadget repair, but not by Apple, Apple can repair it at out of warranty costs – expect it to be quite a bit.

Some users have complained that they lost data on their gadget because of this issue.

There are already some reports of possible class action lawsuits in the US an UK over the issue, saying the company acted illegally [most likely for excluding third party hardware from being allowed]. If the hardware worked fine with iOS 8, why not with iOS 9?

Maybe the death of the tablet

[Well, they said the same thing about the PC.]

In case you never noticed, I have never been a fan of these “research” firms who speculate about the various trends. Most seem to look at something and say “Oh it increased by 10% this year. OK next year it will be 20% and 30% the following year.” Generally with little to back up their “research” [in my opinion]. Maybe it’s because of my math background, who knows.

If you haven’t noticed, things are beginning to reverse what was happening the last few years. In the greater PC market [laptops, desktops, tablets, etc.], up until recently, the desktop and laptop markets were in a bit of a decline while tablet sales were taking off.

Let’s go back to August of 2013. Forrester research announce [or predicted] that tablets will become a mainstay of households in developed markets by 2017, with 60% of online consumers in North America and 42% in European owning one by 2017. Or by percentage, roughly a 25.6% increase compounded annually to maybe 381 million by 2017.

A few months prior, IDC said that the increase would be even larger – at 410 million by 2017.

Now who was it that said that the “PC” [as in laptops and maybe desktops] is dead?

The latest sales figures have tablets dropping 16% since September and grew just 7% all year according to that same “research” company IDC. Tablets grew 53% last year.

7” tablets declined 40% since September. Not surprising. Screen is too small for most.

iPad sales have shrunk three straight quarters and the sales in the last quarter was the smallest in two years. [On the other hand, Apple’s iPads are released in the fall every year. So we’d expect a decline as the new models are about to be released.] Apple though they’d get a boost with the two new models iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 – but that didn’t happen.

Interesting to note that of all things, the Microsoft Surface tablets are doing well in the last three months with a 11% increase – but they could really only go up.

Regarding these so-called “research” companies, let me put it in another way: In 2007, came the netbook. Small, low cost but not too fast. Call them the precursor to the tablet. According to ABI Research, in 2013, 139 million would be sold. In fact very few were as the netbook lines by Asus, Acer and others died. In 2013, they were dumping their leftover inventory. ABI pulled their research from their web site in 2011 as they probably were too embarrassed to keep it. ABI claimed that sales would double by 2013.

What killed the netbook? Tablets, economy, other light weight laptops with more power, profits for the manufacturer.

What is killing the tablet? Good question. Maybe the fact that some found out that tablets can’t do everything. Maybe everyone who bought one don’t need another one.


Wait a bit before updating your iPhone and iPad

If you have an iPhone or a iPad, iOS 8 should be available from Apple. If it is like previous releases you may want to hold off a bit for a number of reasons:

  • The amount of people trying to upgrade their devices.
  • Verify the compatibility between iOS 8 and your applications.
  • Do you really want to be a guinea pig? Judging from previous versions, there has always been some issues.
  • Over The Air [ITA] upgrading requires you to have extra disk space. Upgrading to iOS8 requires between 4.7 GB and 6.9 GB of space available on your device.
  • If your iPhone is not owned by you, you may need to check with your company’s IT department before upgrading.
  • You cannot go back to the previous iOS version once you upgrade.
  • Older models [the ones that barely made the upgrade cut] may not work as fast as they use to be.
  • The OS may still have some quirks or bugs that weren’t found in the testing cycle.

A good suggestion is wait a week or two while the dust in the upgrading settles. By that time, the majority of issues should be made public and then you can decide to upgrade or wait for the first update.

Of course the fanbois and fangurls who want the latest and greatest won’t care.

Apple stocks drops below $400 after peaking over $700

For the first time since December 2011, Apple stock today dropped to under $400. In just seven months since its peak at $700 a share mark in September 2012, Apple has lost more than 40 percent of its market cap.

Some suggested that any time Apple chief executive Tim Cook said anything, the company’s price would drop during or immediately after.

Apple shot themselves in the foot. Many users with aging MacBooks have probably decided that buying a $1200+ toy just to surf, check Email, show off pictures and some videos figure it ain’t worth that price are instead sticking with Apple but buying iPads and iPad Minis – at least 50% cheaper than buying a MacBook where they barely use 10% of the features [and is bulkier].

Analysts [you know how much I like them!] believe that the number of iPhones for the current quarter will sell maybe a million fewer and also drop from the initial prediction of 32 million to 25 million in use. Part of which is because of the expected new batch of smartphones including the “iPhone killer” Samsung Galaxy S 4.

Apple releases iOS 6.1.3

If you didn’t get notified yet [assuming you have an iPhone or an iPad], Apple has released iOS 6.1.3 to fix the problem with the slide lock and other issues [ https://ebraiter.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/apples-ios-6-1-continues-to-cause-problems/] but it took 34 days to fix the problems.

Wondering how long it will take for 6.1.4 to come out to fix problems 6.1.3 caused? June? July?

[Starting to remind me of the fixing the fixes issues of the Chrome browser.]