Expanding your iPhone’s memory

15 01 2018

As you might know, the memory of Apple’s iThings (iPhone, iPad) cannot be expanded internally after you purchased a specific memory configuration. Furthermore it’s not possible to directly access and transfer data from an external flash drive. But there are apps for that coming with these well-known flash memories

  • ADATA AI920
  • Kingston DataTraveler Bolt
  • Leef iBridge 3
  • Sandisk Sandisk iXpand V2

They all have a Lightning as well as a USB connector.

What you need to know …

• You will be prompted to download the developer’s iOS app as soon as you plug in the drive. To share files with another iOS user, that person has to do the same. The app itself weighs between 40 and 160MB depending on your drive you choose.

• The iOS apps provided from the manufacturers have exclusive access right to the drives’ content. They handle pretty much everything from media playback to Camera Roll backup and restore.

• If you plan on carrying files larger than 4GB, pick a drive that supports exFAT. Even though you can still format it into exFAT on your PC or Mac, there’s no guarantee that the app will recognize the file table.

• Files that aren’t natively compatible with the manufacturers’ bundled apps have to be first copied to your iPhone or iPad before a third party app can attempt to open. This kind of defeats the purpose of having external storage; having said that, this limitation only applies to unsupported file format.

• Apple iOS can neither import nor play DRM-protected media from these USB sticks. This might not be a deal breaker unless you want to play your iTunes-purchased movies and TV shows directly from these drives.

• Depending on the size of your photo library, a complete backup of the Camera Rolls is clearly a test of one’s patience, not to mention the toll it will take on the iDevice’s battery life. For this reason, we recommend you only use these drives as an intermediary storage for your media, especially if you plan on recording 4k video.

• You will want a drive whose app continues to receive updates on a regular basis whether to fix bug or to keep up with iOS requirements. Note these updates, however, might stop coming as soon as the company stops the production of their drives.

Details …

Flash Memories Lightning-USB

Thanks Ian Chiu for a comprehensive overview.

Martin Luther King Day

15 01 2018

Really important things in our world
are definitely not Apple’s mobile devices.

So today it’s Martin Luther King Day.

Hey Mr Trump, you can learn a lot from him.

Terry Gou Tai-Ming

8 01 2018

Terry Gou Tai-Ming,
what‘s your take on these accusations?

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (鴻海精密工業股份有限公司), aka FOXCONN, is Apple’s biggest supplier and the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, including a spate of suicides in 2010 at its Chinese factories, blamed on its treatment of employees and working conditions.

To assess the problems one should know:

  • Nearly all globally acting companies make use of cheap labor.
  • The manufacturers themselves are primarily responsible for enforcement of human rights. Countries, their legislation and their authorities, are under obligation to avoid infringements of generally accepted human rights.
  • There is not enough good-paying work in a world where everything gets automated and demand languishes. This leads to a situation that even children already have to support their parents for fighting against poverty.
  • If prices would be adjusted to fair wages of labor we would have a world-wide crisis and crowds of people in third-world countries would loose their jobs.
  • Economic exploitation happens primarily in authoritative countries where people have no chance to claim their rights.


Production at Foxconn

Thanks for reading.

Bigger than bigger

2 01 2018

Rumors and wishes for 2018

was Apple’s slogan for the iPhone 6/6 Plus models. With the edge-to-edge display the slogan got a redefined meaning. The X is not the end of Apple’s long way to a “perfect” mobile device.

Well ”Better than bigger” would be the slogan I’d like to see in 2018.

5.8, 6.1, and 6.5. Meh.

I miss an edge-to-edge display in the 4” housing of a “Smaller than bigger” iPhone SE with a “Cheaper than wickedly expensive” price, 110g (3.93oz) weight, and Touch ID on the backside.

Here’s what NIKKEI, the world’s largest financial newspaper has followed up with something even bigger.

The details …

iPhones in 2018

Happy New Year 2018

1 01 2018

Again Apple’s Industrial Design Group will play an essential role in 2018.

“Imagine objects that don’t exist and guide the process that brings them to life. And so that includes defining the experience that a customer has when they touch and feel an Apple product.“

(Christopher Stringer, Designer at Apple)

My wish …

2018 should also become a year of largely improved software quality. Engineers should remember the slogan words “It just works”. And, by the way, please do it with less dongles, adapters, cables, and bugs.

Have a happy and healthy New Year.

Bugs bug lots of users

26 12 2017

Apple, where’s your quality management?

Here is what you can do yourself to fix a problem with an iOS device. Try it out in that order.







If you can’t fix the problem with these procedures please contact the Apple Support, an Apple Store, or an authorized repair center. Note, you don’t have other options. Don’t trust in what you found on the Internet.

It cannot be excluded that it’s not your device but a bug in iOS that causes the problem. So please read what’s posted here about bugs or visit the

Apple Support Communities

Discussions about Apple Products

Hopefully your brain isn’t buggy too.

Got a new iPhone?

25 12 2017

What’s inside every iPhone?

Do you remember these words?

This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for two-and-a-half years. Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. … Apple’s been very fortunate. It’s been able to introduce a few of these into the world. …

The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls.
The second is a revolutionary mobile phone.
And the third is a breakthrough Internet communications device.

So, three things: a widescreen iPod with touch controls; a revolutionary mobile phone; and a breakthrough Internet communications device. An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … Are you getting it?

These are not three separate devices, this is one device, and we are calling it iPhone.”

In 2007 the iPhone started its way around the world and its name is still a synonym for a mobile device. Best build quality, easiest way to use it, and the highest prices which sadden many people.

What’s inside every iPhone

Merry Christmas.

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