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.

Tech Tip: Rebooting iPhone 7

Have a brand new iPhone 7 and need to give it a reboot?

Well, if you’ve tried the long-standing method of holding down the Power/Lock button and the Home button, you may have realized that your iPhone 7 isn’t rebooting. While the iPhone 7 appears to have a Home button, it’s not actually a button at all. The Home button on the iPhone 7 is actually static. It is force sensitive and utilizes force touch in order to give it functionality.

So, how do you reboot your iPhone 7 without a real Home button?

Apple has assigned the previous reboot function of the Home button to the down Volume button. So, if you hold down the Power/Lock button along with the down Volume button for several seconds, you will see the Apple logo appear and your iPhone 7 will reboot like prior models.

One note though . . . When you hold down the down Volume button to reboot the iPhone 7, you will notice the ringer volume go down on the screen. This also means that when you complete the reboot, you will need to turn up your ringer volume back to the previous desired level.

Although it is not a big deal, it would be nice if iOS 10 recognized that you were attempting to reboot the phone by holding the two keys and not adjust the ringer volume settings. Perhaps Apple will adjust this functionality in a future iOS update or release.

Apple’s Sept 7th Event Recap – Part II

Photo Credit/Source: Apple Website

As Apple September events are typically reserved for iPhones, it goes without saying that Tim Cook and the team at Apple planned to announce new phones . . . and they did not disappoint.

Phil Schiller was invited onto the stage to talk about iPhones, specifically, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Schiller touched on ten key points related to the next generation of iPhones.

Design

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while resembling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come in a new glossy Jet Black finish and Black Matte finish. It will also come in Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. The integrated antennas have been redesigned on the new iPhones.

Home Button

The home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has been redesigned and is now force sensitive, utilizes the taptic engine and is customizable.

Enclosure

The enclosure for the new iPhone 7 series is both water and dust resistant.

Camera

The iPhone 7 series include a brand new 12MP camera, optical image stabilization, large f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, high-speed sensor which is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient, Quad-LED True Tone Flash, Apple designed image signal processor, Live Photos stabilization and editing and a 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

The iPhone 7 supports up to 5x digital zoom. The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP cameras: one wide-angle and one telephoto lens and supports up to 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom.

Retina HD Display

The iPhone 7 series includes a Retina HD display which is 25% brighter, has a wide color gamut, cinema standard and 3D Touch.

Speakers

The iPhone 7 series include stereo speakers (one on top and one on the bottom) which are 2x louder than the iPhone 6s series.

EarPods

As rumored, Apple has eliminated the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of connections over the lightning jack. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will include EarPods with lightning connector (Apple retail cost: $29) as well as a lightning to 3.5mm adapter (Apple retail cost: $9) in the box.

Wireless

Apple will start shipping Apple AirPods in October. The Apple AirPods are a “breakthrough in wireless design” according to Phil Schiller. The AirPods utilize the Apple W1 chip. Sensors in the AirPods will be able to detect when the AirPods are in your ears and be able to automatically start or pause playing. The AirPods also contain a beamforming microphone.

The AirPods will provide one-step setup across all your Apple devices. “No buttons, no pairing, no switching” according to Schiller. You will simply need to open the case and press connect on your device to get the AirPods to work with your Apple devices.

The AirPods will provide up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge and charging via the AirPods case will allow for up to 24 hours of total listening time.

The AirPods will cost $159.

Apple Pay

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will bring Apple Pay to Japan starting in October.

Performance

The new iPhone 7 series will have the new A10 Fusion chip with M10 motion coprocessor. The A10 Fusion chip is the “most powerful chip in a smartphone” says Schiller with a 64-bit four core CPU. The chip contains two high-performance cores which are 40% faster than the A9 chip and two high-efficiency cores which utilize 1/5 the power of the high-performance chips. The four core CPU is 120x faster than the original iPhone. The new iPhones also have an Apple designed performance controller and a six core GPU which is 50% faster, 2/3 power of the A9 chip and 240x faster than the original iPhone.

Battery

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will have the “longest battery life ever in an iPhone” says Schiller with the iPhone 7 lasting two hours more than the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 Plus lasting one hour longer than the iPhone 6s Plus.

Pricing & Availability

The iPhone 7 will start at $649, come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and be available in Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. The Jet Black will come in 128GB & 256GB capacities.

The iPhone 7 Plus will start at $769, come in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and be available in Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold. The Jet Black will come in 128GB & 256GB capacities.

Both will be available for pre-order on Sept. 9th and be available on Sept. 16th.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will still be available in 32GB & 128GB capacities.

Closing The Keynote

Songwriter and music sensation Sia closed out the Apple keynote performing her new single “We Are Your Children” and her hit song “Chandelier”.

While there was no talk about macOS Sierra, the Apple website does show that it will be available on Sept. 20th. In addition, there was no mention of a new MacBook Pro so we may see another Apple event before the end of the year.

To watch the entire Apple keynote presentation, go to http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2016.

 

All Eyes On Apple: Sept 7th Event

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Photo Credit/Source: Apple Website

With Apple’s now confirmed September 7th event on the calendar, all eyes await to see what Apple will announce at its eagerly awaited September event. The rumors have been building and piling on for months following Apple’s WWDC event in June.

What we can expect at this point is an announcement for a new iPhone, likely being the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many rumors have circulated indicating the next iPhone will likely carry on a similar appearance and size to the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus series while receiving upgrades to the chip and potentially dropping the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. With the iPhone’s ten year anniversary coming in 2017, speculation has it that Apple will save any major redesign & overhaul for its ten year anniversary iPhone series.

We can also expect Apple to provide more specific details as well as the potential release dates for macOS Sierra and iOS 10, both of which are currently in beta/preview release and possibly announce the release of Apple Watch 2.

There has also been much talk about Apple overhauling and refreshing the MacBook Pro line which has not undergone a major overhaul or refresh since 2012. Apple released a minor refresh to both the MacBook and MacBook Air lines earlier this year. Rumors are going around that the new MacBook Pro will be thinner and lighter, utilize Intel’s Skylake processors and have an OLED touch panel above the keyboard. With the September event typically reserved for the iPhone, macOS and iOS, there’s been speculation that Apple may hold a separate October or November event for any new MacBook Pro announcement.

While much of what we know remains in the rumor mill, the bright side is we only need to wait a few more days before Tim Cook takes the stage and puts some of these rumors to bed. Stay tuned for more following the Apple September 7th keynote!