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.

Nasty Journalism

8 10 2018

Clickbait at its best
Suddenly, Confirmed, Nasty, Serious
Master of the rumor mill’s confirmed fake news

“‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features and biggest problems hidden behind the headlines”,

says Gordon Kelly about his work as a journalist.

To avoid TL;DR here are just some examples. I could easily add a bazillion more.

You mustn’t read the posts, just the headlines to understand what I mean and why I’m criticizing this kind of journalism.

Keep in mind, everything was posted before this year’s Apple event on September 12.

Apple Leak Suddenly ‘Confirms’ Expensive iPhone XC
Sep 9, 2018

‘iPhone XS Max’ Name Revealed In New Leak
Sep 6, 2018

Apple’s New iPhones Have A Nasty Surprise
Sep 14, 2017

iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus Have A Nasty Surprise
Nov 2, 2017

Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem
Sep 2, 2018

Apple’s iPhone 9 Has More Compromises Than Expected
Auf 28, 2018

Apple’s New iPhones May Have Underwhelming Performance
Jul 3, 2018

Apple’s New iPhones Have An Expensive Surprise
Apr 12, 2018

Just replace “Apple” with “Samsung” or “Microsoft” and “iPhone” with “Galaxy” and you’ll get the headlines for Gordon’s other surprising articles. Keep on reading about Apple’s nasty surprises, serious problems, and alleged confirmations. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not always fake news but it shouldn’t be called news either.

Sorry Gordon.
Lots of colleagues do a better job.

Btw, it also casts a poor light on Forbes.

Serious research?
Abiding by the Copyright or Fair Use policy?

No, that’s not the way you get attention today. Quality of journalism today seems to be measured by clicks and followers not the published content.

To be fair, there are also some articles (despite the headline) which raise hope. Here’s one:

Apple’s iPhones Years Away From In-Display Readers
Sep 4, 2018

Yours truly, Thomas.

Gordon Kelly’s
reaction on Google+ wasn’t a nasty surprise for me. He restricted his Google+ profile immediately after I criticized one of his posts so that I’m not able to comment any longer.

Thanks for reading.

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.