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Flappy Bird Can’t Be Played On iOS 11

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017


Flappy Bird, the frustratingly popular game that took the world by storm a couple of years ago, still exists. Many of us have since been over the game once the hype died down but if you’re one of those who continues to play this game, keep in mind that Flappy Bird cannot be played on an iOS 11-powered device. This has been confirmed by the game’s creator Dong Nguyen himself.

Flappy Bird was launched back in May 2013. The game crossed 50 million downloads by February 2014. It caused so much controversy that Nguyen decided to take the game off of the App Store later that month.

Since then, iPhone users have been able to use various methods to keep the game alive on their handsets even after updating their phones. Nguyen hasn’t supported the game since. “My responsibility of supporting this app was finished since 2014,” he said in a Facebook comment.

Nguyen has confirmed that Flappy Bird won’t be compatible with iOS 11. That’s because Flappy Bird is a 32-bit app whereas Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has switched over to 64-bit apps. Nguyen could update Flappy Bird to 64-bit if he wanted and then it would work just fine with iOS 11. He’s not going to do that, though.

Nguyen has confirmed via his Facebook page that the original Flappy Bird title can not be played on an iOS 11 device. If you’re a Flappy Bird fan using a device that can be updated to iOS 11, the only option that you have is to not update to the latest and greatest iteration of iOS.

I’m not sure that would be a wise idea, though.

Flappy Bird Can’t Be Played On iOS 11 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple TV 4K Dolby Atmos Support Arrives Later

Adnan Farooqui September 21, 2017


Apple’s new set-top box is capable of streaming content in 4K. At launch, the device will not be shipping with Dolby Atmos surround sound. However, the company has confirmed that support will be launched in due time. It’s going to release a firmware update down the line which will enable Dolby Atmos surround sound on the new Apple TV 4K. The new set-top box has the same A10X processor that powers the current iPad Pro models. It starts at $179.

Dolby Atmos is the next generation surround sound format, better described as “object-based surround.” It’s unlike conventional surround which routes specific tracks of audio to specific speakers. Atmos enables audio engineers to position sound objects in 3D space and the compatible devices then figure out how to best recreate it.

Support for Dolby Atmos isn’t missing from the Apple TV 4K at launch due to any hardware restriction. The company confirmed to The Verge that there’s no hardware limitation due to which Dolby Atmos support isn’t present at launch.

It added that support is on the roadmap so the firmware update that flips the switch on Dolby Atmos support should be out soon.

Apple hasn’t confirmed when it’s going to release this update so we’ll have to wait and see when that happens.

Apple TV 4K Dolby Atmos Support Arrives Later , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iPhone X Final Production Has Reportedly Not Yet Begun

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

When Apple announced the iPhone X, they also revealed that unlike the iPhone 8 that is expected to be released this month, the iPhone X would instead be released in November. This is in line with earlier reports that suggested that the iPhone X could be facing some production issues, and a new report from Barron’s has seemingly confirmed it.

According to Raymond James’s chip analyst Chris Caso, “While our checks are ongoing, initial feedback from our meetings suggests that final production of iPhone X has not yet begun, with production expected to commence in mid-October. That production start is about a month later when compared to expectations a month ago, and about 2 months later than expectations at the end of June.”

Caso’s report is similar to what we have been hearing recently, which is that mass production of the iPhone X could only begin in October or November. As to the reason behind the delay, it is said that the complexity of the iPhone X could be the main reason why, like with the display in which Samsung has to change their manufacturing process just for Apple.

We’ve also heard from other analysts that the iPhone X could still be facing some supply issues well into 2018, so if you are thinking about getting the phone, then maybe you’ll want to pull the trigger ASAP or risk waiting a long time for your order to arrive.

iPhone X Final Production Has Reportedly Not Yet Begun , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facial Recognition Startups Claim Renewed Interest After iPhone X

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

With the iPhone X introducing facial recognition technology in the form of Face ID, many are curious to see if the feature will indeed live up to the hype, or whether it will end up falling flat. However it seems that the introduction of Face ID has also had an impact for others, such as facial recognition startups who are claiming renewed interest in their technology.

We have seen similar effects in the past, like when Apple introduced Touch ID, it definitely created a boom in the industry and saw many other companies introduce fingerprint scanning tech in their phones, which is why it isn’t surprising to see the same happening with facial recognition systems.

According to George Brostoff, chief executive officer of SensibleVision Inc., “We now have a leader like Apple acknowledging that this makes sense. This makes companies like Motorola, like LG come knocking on the doors of companies like ours.” That being said, we suppose we’ll have to wait and see how Face ID performs before we see other phones start incorporating similar features.

After all while Touch ID might have been a success at introducing fingerprint scanning tech to phones, 3D Touch did not have the same success with pressure-sensitive displays. There was a lot of hype but the feature never did quite become as mainstream as Apple would have liked.

Facial Recognition Startups Claim Renewed Interest After iPhone X , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iOS 11 VS iOS 10.3.3 In Speed Test

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

With every major iOS release, Apple touts various improvements made to speed and performance as one of the reasons why users should update. If you’re wondering about that yourself, the folks at EverythingApplePro have put together a video that demonstrates the speed of iOS 11 compared to the previous release, iOS 10.3.3.

The best part is that the speed test is conducted across all the iPhones, or at least all iPhones that are eligible for the update. This means that even if you’re using an older iPhone, you should be able to see how iOS 11 handles compared to the previous iOS 10.3.3 update, and whether or not it is worth upgrading.

Now right off the bat it is obvious that iOS 11 performs the best on the newer devices like the iPhone 7, simply because the handset features more RAM and also a new quad-core processor. However interestingly enough despite being tested on older devices like the iPhone SE, it seems that while iOS 11 will lag in some areas compared to iOS 10.3.3, the differences aren’t too obvious, meaning that it isn’t as if your phone would end up being completely unusable.

Of course your mileage may vary depending on the condition of your phone and the type of apps you plan to do and the features you want to take advantage of, but either watch the video above and decide for yourself whether or not the new features and changes in iOS 11 is worth updating to.

iOS 11 VS iOS 10.3.3 In Speed Test , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iPhone 8 Pre-Orders Reportedly Lower Than The iPhone 6, iPhone 7

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

For the past several quarters, Apple’s iPhone sales have been on the decline which some are attributing to the market being saturated, while others are saying that Apple hasn’t really done anything new to the iPhone in the past three generations. However it is expected that Apple’s new iPhones are meant to bring back a period of a super cycle for the company.

Unfortunately that might not be the case, at least as far as the iPhone 8 is concerned. According to a report from Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang, it seems that iPhone 8 pre-orders aren’t as hot as one might imagine, and that apparently it is lower than that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. It is possible that overall sales could overtake that of its predecessors, but for now pre-orders aren’t looking so hot.

This is based on pre-orders taken on JD.com where in the first 3 days, only 1.5 million iPhone 8 pre-orders were taken compared to the 3.5 million of the iPhone 7. Since this is just one source, we would say that it doesn’t necessarily reflect pre-orders for the rest of the world, but this isn’t the first time we’re hearing that iPhone 8 pre-orders aren’t doing as well as it could.

Recently another analyst has suggested that the iPhone 8’s pre-orders are being affected by the iPhone X, where the iPhone X is expected to be released in November and that customers are opting to wait for it rather than purchase the iPhone 8, although there are reports to suggest that they could be in for a long wait as supply is said to be constrained well into 2018.

iPhone 8 Pre-Orders Reportedly Lower Than The iPhone 6, iPhone 7 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Older Apple Watches Won’t Be Supported On The AirPower Charging Mat

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

With the announcement of the new iPhones, Apple also announced that the new iPhones and a couple of other Apple products would finally be supporting wireless charging. As expected Apple also introduced their own wireless charging accessory in the form of AirPower which is basically a wireless charging mat for your devices.

In the photos we’ve seen, the AirPower mat will support wireless charging for the iPhone, the AirPods (if it’s equipped with the wireless charging case), and the Apple Watch. Unfortunately for owners of older Apple Watch devices, it seems that the AirPower will only play nicely with the Apple Watch Series 3.

This is according to Apple’s own website in which the comparison page between the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 3 lists support for AirPower as being one of the main differences. Prior to this it was speculated that because the Apple Watch uses induction charging that it could support wireless charging, but we guess not.

The AirPower charging mat is only expected to arrive in 2018 and supposedly uses a new charging standard that will support multiple devices, which is why despite Apple using the Qi wireless charging standard in their iPhones, there are claims that the AirPower charging mat won’t work with other devices.

Older Apple Watches Won’t Be Supported On The AirPower Charging Mat , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Toggling Off Bluetooth & WiFi In iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Fully Disable It

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

With Control Center, Apple is bringing users quick access to certain features of the operating system, like toggling on/off Bluetooth and WiFi. Now you would think that turning these features on/off via Control Center would do what it’s meant to do, but apparently that is not the case because despite being toggled off in Control Center, they aren’t fully disabled.

You might think that this is a bug but in a support document posted on Apple’s website, it seems that this was done on purpose. According to Apple, “In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories.”

However they note that Bluetooth and WiFi will continue to be available for use with certain features of the iOS device, such as AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity features, like Handoff and Instant Hotspot, Instant Hotspot, and Location Services. Users who want to fully disable Bluetooth and WiFi will have to go into the Settings menu to do so, and not via Control Panel.

We suppose this could be rather confusing for some users so it’s something to take note of if for whatever reason you want to fully disable Bluetooth or WiFi on your iOS device.

Toggling Off Bluetooth & WiFi In iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Fully Disable It , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iOS 11 Installed On 10% Of iOS Devices 24 Hours After Its Release

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Apple’s iOS 11 was released the other day and as expected, it seems that it did not take iOS users long to update their devices because according to a report from Mixpanel (via MacRumors), iOS 11 has since been installed on 10% of iOS devices after the first 24 hours of the update being released.

However this is considered “slow” compared to previous iOS releases. For example iOS 10 managed to hit an install base of 14.45% after the first 24 hours of release, while iOS 9 managed to hit 12.6%. As MacRumors notes, iOS 11 does not seem to have run into any installation issues unlike some previous iOS releases, but it seems that those bad experiences might be the reason behind the slightly slower adoption as some users might be holding out until the reviews are in, and any potential issues might have been addressed.

While iOS 11 is hardly a bug-free release, so far nothing major has been reported save for sending emails using the Mail app if you’re using Outlook.com or Exchange, but otherwise the update seems to be doing just fine. Also what’s worth noting is with iOS 11, Apple is dropping support for 32-bit apps.

This means that there could be some apps that are older and no longer updated that users still rely on which could be why they might be holding out from updating as well. It is possible that things could pick up later, especially with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X being released.

iOS 11 Installed On 10% Of iOS Devices 24 Hours After Its Release , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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News: Toshiba nears deal to sell chip business to group that includes Apple

Dan Pye September 20, 2017

Toshiba has chosen a group led by Bain Capital — which includes Apple — to buy its ailing chip business, The Wall Street Journal reports. Toshiba has outlined a plan to stay involved in the business after the estimated $18 billion sale, signing a “nonbinding document saying they intended to reach a deal by September 30.” The deal still has to clear a review from antitrust regulators and objections from Toshiba partner Western Digital,…

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