Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

After updating an iPhone, maybe it’s stuck. Doesn’t happen much, but it can happen. When it does, it’s great if you’ve got a backup of your phone. And those traditional means of restarting, resetting, and restoring don’t work any more. Or at least they do, but they’ve moved.

If you need to DFU or restore your device, starts by plugging the phone into a computer running iTunes. Then press and hold the power button down for 3 seconds and press the volume down button while you’re holding that power button. Hold both down for about 10 seconds and let go of the power button, holding the volume down button for 5 more seconds.

This process is pretty specific and I’ve often had to do it 3-4 times to get it just right. If you see the Apple logo at boot, the device is just rebooting (and that’s usually all I’ve needed). But if you really need it to go into restore or DFU-mode, you’ll want to see the screen that says Plug Into iTunes. Once you see that, you are in restore mode. If you want to be in DFU mode, you’ll want it right in the middle, where the screen is black.

April 11th, 2017

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September 9th, 2016

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App Store Stats and Fun Stuff

  • 17,000,000!
  • 900,000,000 lighting connector devices
  • 10 year anniversary of the Apple Music Festival, with Britney
  • 140 billion app downloads
  • 106% YoY download increases
  • 2 times the “nearest competitor”
  • 1/2 million games on the store
  • Mario: Super Mario Run
  • Mention ConnectEd!
  • Everyone Can Code
  • iWork
    • Real Time Collaboration (only behind Google by how long?)
    • But it’s prettier than what Google does
    • Apple is the 2nd largest watchmaker now, and largest smartwatch maker


  • WatchOS 3
    • New dock
    • New faces
    • Tapback messaging
    • Animated stickers in messages
    • Full screen effects, just like in Messages for Mac
    • Breathe
    • Emergency Messaging
    • Developers
    • Pokémon Go for watch
    • 500,000,000 downloads of Go, 4.6 Billion KM
  • Apple Watch Series 2: $369, Series 1 is $269
    • 50 meters, new seals, new adhesives, speaker ejects water
    • Redesigned SiP, 2nd gen display, 2x brighter
    • 1,000 nits, great for sun
    • Built-in GPS – exposed to the API
    • Available in ceramic
    • NikePlus watch

iPhone 7: $629 with Plus starting at $729

  • Over 1 Billion devices, with the best selling product “of its kind” in the history of the world
  • A video that left no dry eyes in the audience
  • New design
  • Jet black finish, black finish (my style btw), gold, silver, rose gold
  • Force sensitive, solid state, taptic Engine-driven home button
  • Homekit, home app, Works with “Apple HomeKit”
  • Messages: Stickers, confetti, etc
  • Water and dust resistant
  • New dual camera, stabilization, f/1.8 aperture sense for 50% more light, six-element sense, 12 megapixel sensor, true tone flash, with 4 LEDs (50% brighter, with a flicker sensor to compensate for artificial lighting), 2x the throughput of the image signal processor (called by Phil Schiller “the supercomputer of” digital photos), depth of field
  • Front-side camera: 7MP FaceTime HD camera, wide color capture, image stabilization
  • 1x to 10x zoom
  • 25% brighter display, wide color gamut, Instagram sent a rep
  • Stereo Speakers on the phones
  • Headphones via lightning or bluetooth, comes with a free adaptor
  • Wireless: Apple AirPods, W1 Apple-designed wireless chip, intelligent high-efficiency playback, infrared sensors detect you, voice accelerometers target the source of your voice, and reduce external noise. 5 hours per charge, 24hours of life off the case, with incredible sound “a technical tour de force”
  • LTE up to 450Mbps
  • Apple Pay goes to Japan
  • Performance: “Apple’s chip team is killing it”
  • A10 Fusion: 64 bit, four-core processor, 40% faster than A9, 2x faster than A8, 120x faster than iPhone1. 2 high performance cores, two high efficiency cores, for longer battery life, with a performance controller, new 6 core graphics chip in the A10, for 3x faster GPU of the A8, for a total of 240x the performance of the original iPhone.
  • 7 and 7 plus now go from 32 to 256GB of storage (yowza)
  • iPhone Upgrade Program, includes a new iPhone every year, choose your carrier, starts at 32/mo and includes AppleCare Plus, now expanding to the UK and China

iOS 10 drops on September 13th 2016, OS X on September 20th, 2016.

Things not discussed re: iOS 10:

  • Siri API (e.g. Wink, but also options for when I’ll use the Home app vs Wink – and waiting for Wink to integrate with HomeKit)
  • All the fun new Messages options:
    • Sketches
    • Annotations on photos and videos
    • Bigger emoji
    • Effects in messages
    • Messages app store
    • Memories in Photos like I have in Facebook
  • Better Apple Music and Maps
  • The ability to manage the following with MDM:
    • Callkit: managing the default app for Calls
    • Moving some restrictions to Supervised mode (differentiating Corporate vs personally owned devices
    • Notification APIs

September 7th, 2016

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