Reboot or Force Restart Your iPhone 5/SE/6/7/8/X

Do you remember the days when rebooting (or force restarting) your mobile phone involved popping off the back cover of your phone, pulling the battery out for a few seconds and then putting the battery back in? The hardest part may have been getting the back cover off or the battery out!

With sealed batteries, rebooting your phone typically requires pushing buttons in a specific sequence for a certain length of time. In addition, as devices and mobile phone operating systems change, so too do the procedures to reboot or force restart the phone. 

Apple’s iPhone is no exception. If you’ve routinely upgraded your iPhone, you’ll be quite familiar with how the procedure has changed. Let’s take a look . . . 

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 5/5s?

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the top right (your right) of the iPhone 5/5s AND the Home button (circular button on the front of the iPhone) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone SE?

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the top right (your right) of the iPhone SE AND the Home button (circular button on the front of the iPhone) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 6/6 Plus and iPhone 6s/6s Plus?

Starting with the iPhone 6/6 Plus series, Apple moved the power on/off (sleep/wake) button from the top right to the right side of the iPhone.

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the right side (your right) of the iPhone 6/6 Plus or iPhone 6s/6s Plus AND the Home button (circular button on the front of the iPhone) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 7/7 Plus?

Starting with the iPhone 7, Apple removed the physical Home button and replaced it with the taptic engine.

Press and hold down both the power on/off (or sleep/wake) button located on the right side (your right) of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus AND the volume down button on the left side (your left) for at least ten (10) seconds until the Apple logo appears then release the buttons.

How to reboot / force restart the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X?

Starting with the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, the side power on/off (sleep/wake) button in conjunction with the volume up/down buttons are used for the Emergency SOS feature.

On the left side (your left) of the iPhone 8/8 Plus or iPhone X, press and quickly release the volume up button. Next, press and quickly release the volume down button. Lastly, press and hold the power on/off (sleep/wake) button on the right side (your right) until the Apple logo appears.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

Apple released the iOS 11.0.3 update on Wednesday, its third update in the last few weeks since the launch of iOS 11.

According to the software update release notes, the iOS 11.0.3 update:

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts

iOS users can update to iOS 11.0.3 wirelessly on their iOS devices by going to Settings | General | Software Update then clicking on “Download and Install” or by connecting their iOS devices to their computer and downloading and installing the update through iTunes.

As a best practice, you should always perform a current backup of your iOS devices before installing iOS updates.

Adjusting ringer volume using iPhone side control buttons in iOS 11

If you’ve upgraded to iOS 11, you may have noticed that the side volume control buttons no longer adjust the ringer volume when you press the up and down keys. Instead, they only adjust the general audio volume.

If you prefer to have the side volume control buttons function the way they did in iOS 10, you can easily make the change. To do this, go to “Settings” then “Sounds & Haptics.”

In the “Sounds & Haptics” screen, go down to “Ringer and Alerts.”

You will notice a new toggle switch labeled “Change with Buttons.”

Slide the toggle switch to the on position (green) and the side volume control buttons will once again allow you to adjust the ringer volume like they did in iOS 10. In addition, when you are playing audio or video, those side control buttons will automatically change from controlling the ringer volume to the general audio volume so that you can adjust the sound as you did in iOS 10.

If you prefer the default setting in iOS 11, you can always change the ringer volume by using the volume slider in the “Ringer and Alerts” section.

How to change the default startup action in Logic Pro X?

If you’ve ever used Apple’s GarageBand, you’ll know that when you launch GarageBand, it will open the last or most recent GarageBand project that you worked on. This is the default startup action which cannot be customized.

While this startup action can be nice, there are often times when you don’t want the last or most recent project to launch at startup. Instead, you might want to start by creating a new project or opening a different existing project.

Apple’s Logic Pro X, the professional level upgrade from GarageBand, functions similarly. However, Logic Pro X does allow you to customize the startup action when you launch the application.

If you want to change the startup action for Logic Pro X:

Launch Logic Pro X.

In the menu bar, select Logic Pro X | Preferences | General.

Logic Pro X Preferences

In the Preferences window under “General,” go to the “Project Handling” tab. Under “Project Handling” there will be an option for “Startup Action.” Next to “Startup Action” will be a drop-down list where you can choose the action that you want Logic Pro X to take when the application is launched.

Logic Pro X General

Choose the startup action that you want Logic Pro X to take at launch then close out of the Preferences window (click on the red circle in the upper-left hand corner) which will save the changes.

Logic Pro X Startup Action

Close out of Logic Pro X completely then re-launch the application.

The new startup action will take effect upon launch.

 

ThinkPad goes retro for 25th Anniversary

Lenovo is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ThinkPad with the release of a limited special edition retro-designed ThinkPad aptly named ThinkPad 25

The first ThinkPad was released back in 1992 by IBM. IBM ultimately sold their personal computer division, including the ThinkPad brand, to Lenovo in 2005. ThinkPads are popular business machines and are known for their performance & durability.

ThinkPad 25

The 25th Anniversary ThinkPad 25 is a fine blend of ThinkPad retro-design with modern technology. The ThinkPad 25 is a variation of Lenovo’s current ThinkPad T470 series.

The ThinkPad 25 comes in one configuration at the base price of $1,899. The ThinkPad 25 features include:

  • A 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (2.70GHz 4MB)
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit OS
  • 14.0″ FHD PPS AntiGlare Multitouch LED (1920×1080) Display with Integrated Camera
  • 16.0GB DDR4 SODIMM (2133MHz) RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 940MX Graphics Card with 2GB RAM
  • Bluetooth Version 4.1
  • 3 cell Li-Ion (Fixed) + 3 cell Li-Ion (Removable) Batteries
  • Fingerprint Reader
  • 7-row Classic Backlit English Keyboard with Blue Enter key
  • Intel Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2)
  • 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 1 x 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Special Edition ThinkPad 25 logo and special ThinkPad 25 packaging

The 25th Anniversary ThinkPad 25 is on sale now. As this is a special anniversary edition ThinkPad, the ThinkPad 25 will be available for a limited time and in limited quantities. 

For more information, visit Lenovo’s website – http://www.lenovo.com.

Apple releases macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update; patches security flaws

Apple released a macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update today which “includes improvements to the stability, reliability and security of your Mac,” according to the software update release notes.

The release notes further state that the update:

  • Improves installer robustness
  • Fixes a cursor graphic bug when using Adobe InDesign
  • Resolves an issue where e-mail messages couldn’t be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail

macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

The supplemental update also patches two significant security flaws recently identified in macOS High Sierra.

macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update

The first security flaw involves Disk Utility and APFS encrypted volumes where a password could be improperly stored as the hint if a hint was setup in Disk Utility during the creation of an APFS encrypted volume.

Apple’s article regarding the security content of macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update states “If a hint was set in Disk Utility when creating an APFS encrypted volume, the password was stored as the hint.”

The second flaw could allow hackers to use malicious third-party applications to extract keychain passwords. According to the same article “A method existed for applications to bypass the keychain access prompt with a synthetic click.”

Apple recommends all macOS High Sierra users install the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update. Users can download and install the free update by going to the App Store, selecting “Updates” and then clicking on “Update” next to the macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update.

Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1; addresses watchOS 4 LTE/Wi-Fi connectivity bug

Even before Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE hit the shelves, Apple acknowledged an issue with the new LTE devices.

In a statement to The Verge, Apple stated:

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release.” 

If you are experiencing this issue with your Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE and are awaiting a fix or you decided to hold off on buying an Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE until the bug was fixed, you don’t need to wait any longer!

Apple released watchOS 4.0.1 today which addresses this bug.

For instructions on how to update your watchOS, refer to the Update your Apple Watch support article from Apple.