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Friday, May 9, 2014

How To Boost The Battery Life Of Your iPhone Running iOS 7.1.1

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One of the major issues since the iOS 7 update has been with reduced battery life. While a recent analysis of battery life levels on various iOS iterations suggested that the 7.1.1 update has brought improvements to the area, it is always good to know how to maximize the life of your device between charges.

A new how-to from MacRumors offers some suggestions, with the jist available below:
  1. Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi if you're not using them and LTE if you don't live in a market that supports it.
  2. Turn down the brightness of your device.
  3. Check if you have a bigger issue:
  4. Go to Settings > General > Usage and write down the Usage and Standby times.
Put your device to sleep for five minutes then check the numbers again. If everything is working correctly, your standby time should be five minutes more than previously and Usage should be the same (give or take one minute). If Usage is up more than one minute, however, you may have an issue.
Make sure to read the full report via MacRumors.

According to recent reports, battery life isn't the biggest concern you should have with 7.1.1, as the update features a bug that prevents emails saved on a user's device from being properly encrypted, ZDNet reports.
The issue has been brought to Apple's attention, though the Cupertino-based company did not indicate an approximate date when the fix could arrive. The tech giant did release a statement saying, "We're aware of the issue and are working on a fix which we will deliver in a future software update."

According to security researcher Andreas Kurtz the bug has been confirmed on iOS 7.1, iOS 7.1.1 and iOS 7.0.4.

Kurtz explained how he verified that iOS 7 doesn't encrypt email attachments (via 9to5Mac):
"I verified this issue by restoring an iPhone 4 (GSM) device to the most recent iOS versions (7.1 and 7.1.1) and setting up an IMAP email account1, which provided me with some test emails and attachments.
Afterwards, I shut down the device and accessed the file system using well-known techniques (DFU mode, custom ramdisk, SSH over usbmux). Finally, I mounted the iOS data partition and navigated to the actual email folder. Within this folder, I found all attachments accessible without any encryption/restriction:"
While the iOS 7.1.1 update has been praised for fixing issues with Touch ID on the iPhone 5S and battery drains brought on with the previous iOS 7 iterations, the update also features a new bug that is more concerning for users than the issues it's fixed.

GSMArena reports that a new video has surfaced showing how Siri can be used to bypass either a pass code lock or Touch ID lockscreen by simply asking the personal assistant for a little help. The bug allows a person to unlock the device's contact list and make calls to any of the listed numbers. As you can see in the video below, all one would need to do to bypass the lockscreen is ask Siri to make a call. The video's uploader, Sherif Hashim, also notes that the issue gets worse, as a person could edit, copy or share the contact list, as well as send a message or e-mail any of the contacts, GSMArena reports.

Unfortunately, for now it appears the best you can do is simply turn off Siri until Apple addresses the bug.

Source : designntrend