The Agony of Choice 2018

15 10 2018

Apple revamped its lineup of iPhones on September 12, 2018. The devices are really great but I recognized some shortcomings.

  • Discontinued iPhone SE
  • No iPhone below €500
  • Pointless memory size for the 7/7 Plus with 32GB and the much appreciated 64GB discontinued
  • No second biometric authentication system
  • Ridiculous 5W Charger even for the €1,649 device (without tax in Germany it’s €1,386 which equals $1,563!).
  • Headphones with Lightning connector so that it cannot used for any other device and it’s likely that we need an adapter again if the company moves over to USB-C
  • Inconsistent technology because 3D-Touch is missing on the XR
  • Adapter Lightning-3.5mm headphone jack is not included in delivery
  • Silicone cases of the X can’t be used for the XS because of a slightly different camera position

Not to talk about the ever increasing price. I‘m sure we’ll have a $2,000 device soon. Hopefully not with a 5W Charger.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

Hardware is nothing (but a conglomerate of expensive materials) without software. With iOS 12 Apple is supporting devices as far back as 2013’s iPhone 5s, so if you have an older iPhone this new update is definitely worth a shot before deciding to go out to buy a new phone.

Enjoy the map. Hope it helps.





Emergency Aid

1 10 2018

Your beloved iThing doesn’t work as promised. In case of this life-threatening disaster do not follow Albert Einstein’s saying “The only real valuable thing is intuition”. Instead read this DIY post.

Try it out in that order.

Before you start make a backup

via Settings – [your name] iCloud – iCloud Backup – Backup now or backup your device to iTunes using a password. Only using a password ensures that the backup includes sensitive data like mail account or bank login data, etc.

0 Battery

Some problems can be caused by a weak/damaged battery. So please go to “Settings – Battery – Battery Health” and look for any hints which might point to your problem. More details on

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If that didn’t help or isn’t possible, try …

1 Restart

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If that didn’t fix the problem, try …

2 Restore

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_If that didn’t fix the problem, try_ …

3 Recovery

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If you’re faced with device activation problems or forgot your passcode …

4 Activation

Find my iPhone Activation Lock …

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If you can’t activate …

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5 Forgotten passcode

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If you can’t fix the problem

with the aforementioned procedures please contact the Apple Support, an Apple Store, or an authorized repair center in your country.

Believe me, you don’t have other options. Don’t trust in what you find on the Internet published by semi-professionals. You’ll waste your time.

It cannot be excluded that it’s not your device but a (hidden) bug in iOS or a hidden damage of your device that causes the problem.

You may also visit the

Apple Support Communities

to look for further information.

Thanks for reading and good luck.





Move to iOS

24 09 2018

After the Apple event Android users might consider to switch to the iOS platform if they are convinced that Tim Cook’s pulls the rabbit out of the hat.

Apple devices live in a closed ecosystem?
Definitely NOT.

Google as well as Microsoft offer app lineups which let you stay where you came from. And more. Microsoft Office for example beats Apple iWork in my opinion.

With 10m downloads Move to iOS is one of the top apps on Google’s Play Store (but I think it doesn’t reflect the real number of users switching from Android to iOS).

Many people don’t have a reasonable amount of data in proprietary file formats (if so, it would cause a long lasting headache disorder) but like to take their contacts with them.

Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it. With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app. No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. The Move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you:

  • Contacts
  • Message history
  • Camera photos and videos
  • Web bookmarks
  • Mail accounts
  • Calendars

Move to iOS also offers app suggestions from the App Store based on apps installed on your Android device

• Matching free apps are offered for download during the transfer

• Matching paid apps are added to your App Store Wishlist

• Supported when using Move to iOS with a device running iOS 9.3 and later

When you choose to migrate your data, your new iPhone or iPad will create a private Wi-Fi network and find your nearby Android device running Move to iOS. After you enter a security code, it will begin transferring your content and put it in the right places. Just like that. Once your content has been transferred, you’re ready to get going. iOS will also set up your default mail account. That’s it – you can start using your new iPhone or iPad and experiencing its endless possibilities. Enjoy.

Move to iOS is supported on all phones and tablets running Android 4.0 and later.

Happy switching.

Be sure, you need more money than ever before to add a brand new iPhone to your eLoot.