Autofocus issue on Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus fixed with update to iOS 11.2.1

A bug that was making it impossible for the rear camera to autofocus on some models of the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is easily exterminated by installing iOS 11.2.1. The latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system launched yesterday mainly to return certain features to the unreleased Apple HomePod. The release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month opened a security vulnerability on the HomePod, which could have allowed a stranger to hack into the system and open a smartlock that was part of Apple’s HomeKit accessory line.

Closing the vulnerability was done with a server-side …

Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 to restore a feature on the unreleased HomePod

Back on December 2nd, a crazy bug was causing certain iPhone models powered by iOS 11.1.2 to continuously crash in a loop. The models with this problem were receiving preset local notifications from certain apps. Apple was forced to rectify the issue by disseminating iOS 11.2 about a week early in order to kill the bug. There were some other goodies involved in the update including three new live wallpapers for the iPhone X, support for faster 7.5W wireless charging on compatible iPhone models, enhanced stabilization for video recording and Apple Pay Cash.

Today, another bug forced Apple …

While iOS 11.2 allows you to delete Apple Pay Cash, you won't get it back

It was just last weekend when Apple pushed out iOS 11.2 to stop a bug related to the date of December 2nd, from continuously crashing certain iPhone models powered by iOS 11.1.2. The affected units were receiving set notifications from certain apps, that were coming from inside the user’s iPhone. While iOS 11.2 stopped the madness, it also added new features such as three new live wallpapers for the iPhone X, faster wireless charging for compatible iPhone units, and Apple Pay Cash. The peer-to-peer payment system didn’t actually start up until the following Monday.

Some new revelations about …

Important changes coming to Pokemon GO for Android and iOS after latest update

Pokemon GO is still a phenomenon, as millions of people all over the world continue to play and enjoy Niantic’s game. However, in order to keep players engaged for a longer time, the developer needs to add new content, gameplay features, as well as improvements as often as possible.

The newest update for Pokemon GO arrives on both the Android and iOS platforms and promises some important enhancements to the game. For example, no less than 50 additional Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region can now be caught.

Also, the real-world weather conditions …

VLC media player for iOS updated with iPhone X and 4k videos support

It’s been less than a week since VLC, one of the most popular media players for mobile devices, received an important update on Android, and the iOS version is getting the same treatment.

As expected, the new update brings support for iPhone X, but also some fixes that should prevent the app from acting erratically on devices powered by iOS 7 and iOS 8. On top of that, the update adds support for HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding ) 4K videos. Some general bug fixes have been implemented too, so you should have a smoother experienced now.

If you haven’t yet …

Microsoft updates Skype for iOS with iPhone X support, new design

If you own an iPhone X then you know that many iOS apps don’t offer support for Apple’s newest flagship. However, since the smartphone was announced a few months ago, many developers have been trying to optimize their apps to fit the iPhone X’s screen.

The last company to join the “notch” bandwagon is Microsoft. The Redmond announced that a new update is now available for Skype on iOS devices, which brings support for iPhone X. Basically, this means that Skype users will now be able to benefit from the whole screen when using the app.

Microsoft also confirmed …

Apple announces the best iOS apps and games of 2017

Apple has revealed its 2017 best-of list of apps, games, music, books, and movies sold across the company’s various online storefronts. The iPhone app of the year title goes to meditation and sleep app Calm, while adorable puzzle game Splitter Critters takes the top spot in the games category.

Moving to the iPad, Apple has named excellent photo editing app Affinity Photo as app of the year, while the title for best game goes to first person puzzle-exploration game The Witness. As for the most downloaded apps and games on the App Store, the …

That one game that will make you rage: Getting Over It now available for iOS

Every now and again, there’s an indie game that really pushes the status quo. It’s either too hard, too simple, too stylistically outlandish, or has button combinations that can’t possibly be pressed in succession by seasoned game journalists.

A new game has just popped up on the iOS App Store, which is a mix of weird style, extremely simple mechanics, but a difficulty level that it will make you “Feel new types of frustration you didn’t know you were capable of” — the game’s own motto.

It’s called Getting Over It and it’s a single player experience that …

Nokia's Steel HR hybrid watch (compatible with Android and iOS) is now available in the US

Nokia today started selling the Steel HR, a hybrid wearable device
that combines the elegance of an analog watch with (some of) the features of a
smartwatch. Available to pre-order since November, the Nokia Steel HR isn’t
exactly a new product, being a rebranded Withings Steel HR – a watch that was
first announced last year, shortly after Nokia acquired Withings.  


Unlike regular smartwatches, which usually have full digital
displays, the Steel HR only has a small digital screen, the rest of its front
being analog. The watch comes with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking
features, …

iOS 11 installation rate reaches 59 percent, adoption lagging behind older versions

iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now installed on 59% of iOS devices. The latest information comes from statistics that were shared on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. 
This number is rather impressive, especially when compared to the adoption rate of Android Oreo (0.3% distribution as of November 9th). Still, we have to note that the adoption of iOS 11 is slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. For comparison, iOS 9 was running on 67% of devices by mid-November 2015, while iOS 10 …