Category Archives: iPhone News

What to do if your iPhone is hit by the Black Spot of Death Message

Published: 14th May 2018

Updated: 20th May 2018

Picture Credit: Everything Apple Pro

Users of iPhone have been warned of an iMessage bug that will cause your phone to become completely unusable.

Dubbed the “Black Dot Of Death” when received the message will overload your iPhone with thousands of hidden Unicode text.

You won’t be able to re-open the messages app to delete it and there is no easy way to delete the message once you receive it.

If you receive the message and all it contains is a black dot, when you click on the dot it will make the screen go completely blank until Apple issues a fix for you.

Picture Credit: Everything Apple Pro

If you have been hit with the Black Dot of Death, there are a few ways you can delete it.

One is to force close the messenger app, use 3D Touch from the home screen to select a new message, then cancel out of it. From there you should be able to go to the list of conversations on iMessage and safely delete the conversation containing the Black Dot.

If your phone doesn’t have 3D Touch, you can use Siri to reply to the message until the original “Black Dot” message is pushed out of the visible part of the conversation on the screen. Then you will safely be able to delete the conversation.

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New iPhone SE 2 renders reveal gorgeous glass back

New renders of the upcoming iPhone SE 2, which depict it’s gorgeous glass back, have been revealed by a popular case-maker.

Olixar is already producing accessories for the device based on information it has gleaned from sources in China. It’s new screen protector indicates the iPhone SE 2 will be a big surprise, with a edge-to-edge display like the iPhone X.

The iPhone SE certainly isn’t the most popular smartphone in Apple’s lineup, but it remains hugely important. Not only is it significantly more affordable than it’s siblings, but the only iPhone that hasn’t been supersized to meet the demand for larger displays.

In a effort to keep it’s price low, Apple has made minimal to the iPhone SE in recent years. The device still carries the same design introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012. But this year’s model could look a whole lot different.

iPhone SE 2’s new glass back revealed

Olixar has published more renders of the new iPhone SE based on information it has obtained from partners in China. They reveal a new glass back — just like that on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X series — which will likely allow wireless charging.

We’ve heard a number of times before that wireless charging will be one of the biggest improvements to the new iPhone SE. Olixar also expects the device to have a edge-to-edge display. with a notch, just like iPhone X. But that seems even more unlikely now.

Apple won’t give the iPhone SE 2 Face ID as that would drive the cost up and defeat its purpose. That means it will have to stick with its trusty Touch ID sensor, but there’s no sign of that in the pictures Olixar has provided of the front and back of the device.

With that in mind, we suggest you take these renders with a pinch of salt and don’t get your hopes up for a iPhone SE with a edge-to-edge display this year… or for the foreseeable future.

The only official Snapchat instruction manual is buried in its IPO filing

Snap Inc. filed to go public today, and part of the paperwork involved in setting up its initial public offering includes visual descriptions of how the Snapchat app actually works. This is neat development, if only because Snap has long prized its obtuse design as a hip badge of honor for younger smartphone owners. Now, these illustrations are offering a fascinating inside look at how every facet of Snapchat is built and to what end. It will surely be useful for the many Wall Street investors who have likely never used Snapchat and would be incapable of wrapping their heads around it even if they tried.For all the flak CEO Evan Spiegel and crew have gotten over the years for “bad design” or “crappy UI,” these descriptions also make clear that every part of the app has a distinct purpose and every screen a carefully constructed layout. Here, for instance, is how Snapchat constructs its home screen, which notably was the first mainstream social app to open straight into a camera:

Credit: Snap Inc


It’s also a testament to the ever-expanding complexity of the app that Snap put together multiple versions of these diagrams to fully explain every bit of the software. There’s illustrations detailing how lenses work, including sponsored lenses from companies like Taco Bell. There’s also detailed breakdowns of the “send to…” screen and the chat window.

Here’s the rest of the illustrations found in Snap’s S-1 filing, which you can read in full here

By Nick Statt – The Verge

Apple Removes Tool to Check if an iPhone or iPad is Activation Locked

Apple has removed its Activation Lock status checker on iCloud.com at some point in the past few days. The tool enabled users to enter the serial number or IMEI of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and find out if the device is secured with Activation Lock, helping buyers avoid purchasing a device locked to another user.


A user purchasing a used iPhone on eBay or another website, for example, was able to request the device’s serial number and use Apple’s tool to verify that Activation Lock had been turned off. If the device was still locked, or if the seller refused to provide the serial number, then it was likely lost or stolen.

The iCloud page where the tool was available now returns a “Not Found” page aka 404 error. Apple also removed the following reference to the tool from a related Find My iPhone support document earlier this week:

How do I check for Activation Lock before purchasing a used device? When you buy an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, it is up to you to ensure that the device is erased and no longer linked to the previous owner’s account. You can check the current Activation Lock status of a device when you visit icloud.com/activationlock from any Mac or PC.

Apple has not explained why it removed the page. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Activation Lock, enabled automatically when you turn on Find My iPhone, is designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch if it is ever lost or stolen. A device with Activation Lock enabled requires the owner’s Apple ID and password before it can be used, even if it is erased or reactivated.

Last year, a number of users who purchased a brand new iPhone experienced an Activation Lock issue where their device was locked to someone else’s Apple ID. Apple disabled Activation Lock for affected users upon being provided proof of purchase, but it is unclear if the strange issue factored into the page’s removal.

Activation Lock was introduced alongside iOS 7. The tool to check the Activation Lock status of a device had been available since October 2014.
By JOE ROSSIGNOL – MacRumors

Do This One Thing On Your iPhone To Save Your Life

Aren’t iPhones incredible? Not only can you look at the Internet all day long, your iPhone is capable of so much more. For example, ‘Word Lens’ means you can point it over a foreign word and get it translated in real time… plus your iPhone could save your life one day.
Doctors are urging iPhone users to do this one small thing immediately for one simple reason – it could be a lifesaver.

What is it?

It’s basically the Emergency app – in the bottom left hand corner you can dial 999 but it lets you store all your Medical ID – like your blood type, any allergies you may have – and also a next of kin.

Doctors can access all this info even if your phone is locked.

Most people who end up in hospital with a locked phone and no info in their Medical ID – and having that info to hand could save precious minutes in an emergency.

It only takes two minutes – so update this info on your phone ASAP!

But before you go praising your iPhone and cuddling it into your chest, remember cell phones aren’t just lifesavers. They can have some negative effects too.

They make us more stressed – which is ironic as they’re supposed to make things easier and make us feel more connected than ever.

But they make us feel like we can never “switch off” and unwind – so try and have a digital detox once in a while and you’ll realise how much you were missing out on.

Mobile phones can also cause chronic neck and back pain.

Uh oh! It’s all that hunching over the phone, scrolling for hours on end, going from Instagram to Snapchat to checking your emails then back to Facebook. Remember to stretch once in a while.

People are also reporting increased migraines, headaches and blurry vision.

Like with your laptop of computer, you should try and look up every ten or fifteen minutes from the screen. This lets your eyes adjust. Being on your phone right before bed can also lead to sleeping problems – if you can try and put it down an hour before bed, that would be idea. If that’s just never going to happen, you can put it on “Night Mode” – it’s in Settings. You can even time it to go into Night Mode at night. It changes the colour of the screen and it will help your eyes and your sleep.

Apparently there is more bacteria on iPhones than toilets.

Gross! Considering we put it to our ear every day, give it a wipe with antibacterial spray every so often.

And mobile phones also cause car accidents.

Goes without saying that you shouldn’t use it when you’re driving.

Words Laura Hamilton

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Apple Releases iOS 10.2.1 With Bug Fixes, Performance Improvements

Apple today released iOS 10.2.1 to the public following several weeks of testing. iOS 10.2.1 also comes more than a month after the release of iOS 10.2, the second major update to the iOS 10 operating system.

iOS 10.2.1 is a free over-the-air update available to all iOS 10 users. It can also be downloaded and installed on iOS devices using iTunes on a Mac or PC. The update is still rolling out and may not be immediately available on all devices.


No outward-facing changes or new features were discovered during the beta testing process, suggesting the update focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements.

The iOS 10.2.1 update will soon be followed by a new iOS 10.3 beta, if rumors are correct. The first iOS 10.3 beta, with a new “Theatre Mode” was rumored to be coming out on January 10, but has not yet appeared.

By Juli Clover – MacRumors

Apple and Foxconn weighing $7 billion display plant in U.S., report says

Apple’s main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, is considering the possibility of a $7 billion joint investment in an automated display production facility in the U.S., the latter company’s chairman said on Sunday.


“Apple is willing to invest in the facility together because they need the [panels] as well,” Terry Gou told the press following a year-end party in Taiwan, according to Nikkei. The proposed facility, first rumored earlier this month, would allegedly create between 30,000 and 50,000 jobs.

Although U.S. electronics manufacturing is typically more expensive — due to currency values, and higher labor and operational costs — Gou claimed that growing demand for bigger display panels makes U.S. production a better option than importing parts from China.

Foxconn is also said to be planning a new molding plant in the U.S., with Pennsylvania being a possible target in the wake of investment talks with the state. In fact, a representative from Pennsylvania’s trade office is said to have attended Sunday’s party.
The decision to increase U.S. manufacturing is potentially a response to President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise of growing domestic jobs, and has threatened to renegotiate NAFTA as well as make it expensive to import Chinese goods. Gou noted that a Canadian interactive display company, Smart Technologies, could be relocated to the U.S. because of Trump’s NAFTA plans.

He urged the U.S. government to offer concessions on land and electricity to encourage manufacturing, warning that products could otherwise become unaffordably expensive.

“In the future they [shoppers] may be paying some $500 more for products, but those do not necessarily work better than a $300 phone,” he said.

Trump has claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook could bring iPhone manufacturing to the U.S., perhaps lured by the promised of a “very large tax cut” for relocating jobs. In November Nikkei said that Apple had asked Foxconn to consider the possibility.
Gou commented however that Foxconn will continue expanding in China. One such effort is believed to be an Apple prototype facility located in Shenzhen.

By Roger Fingas – AppleInsider