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iPhone 8.2 Update Fixes Little, Adds Another Forced App, and Ignores ‘WiFried’

If our iPhone apps were clan members on a season of Survivor, several of them have had the coveted status of immunity for far too long – and another app is being added to that untouchable list.

In preparation for the Apple Watch release, set to drop on April 24th at a range of prices ($350 all the way to $17 000[!!]), Apple has been updating its (read: our) iDevices with iOS version 8.2; this update comes with a number of stability fixes and app optimizations, as well as the aforementioned addition of a new app that iUsers are incapable of deleting: Apple Watch.

Those of us that have updated our iPhones since 8.2 arrived have been treated to the following message / free advertising from Apple:

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Why did no one think to plaster U2’s newest album cover on the screen?

While this in and of itself is not especially irritating, largely because the Apple Watch requires iOS 8.2 or later, the fact that this new app is un-deleteable puts it firmly in a never-opened ‘utilities’ folder on my phone that contains similarly useless, yet immune, apps like ‘Tips,’ ‘Stocks,’ ‘Compass,’ ‘iTunes Store,’ and ‘Passbook.’  This, by the way, is not to say that these apps are entirely useless – they just are to me on my iPhone.

Furthermore, in what will come as a surprise to almost no one, this update has ignored a major problem that has been brought to Apple by – wait for it – thousands of people.  In addition to those speaking up about the problem on Apple’s forums, one particular thread has been viewed more than six hundred thousand times.  What is this issue, you ask?

It’s called WiFried and it’s, essentially, a bug that breaks your iDevice’s ability to connect to WiFi and decimates its battery functionality, leaving some users with mere hours of phone use after charging it to max capacity.  Forbes.com has further reported that a number of users are outright accusing Apple of not only deliberately ignoring the ongoing issue, but erasing some of their posts on the Apple forums in order to quell the community’s ongoing rage and discontent with the situation.

While I personally have not experienced issues with WiFried (yet – dammit, where’s some wood to knock on), this must be frustrating for a great number of people; several websites have popped up to help people, though I cannot attest to their effectiveness.  If these and other fixes don’t work, and major issues persist for much longer, however, Apple may have to Watch their back.

See what I did there?

Good luck iCommunity – we can get through this together.

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Would-be iPad Thief Forgets to Turn off ‘Photostream’ – Hilarity Ensues.

With technology developing leaps and bounds over itself in matters of months it’s no surprise, perhaps, that stealing another person’s gadget is becoming harder and harder as well.  As most people know, iPhones now come with the feature to find themselves via any computer with internet access so long as the “find iPhone” switch is toggled ‘on’ in your settings.  This goes for iPads and iPods too as well as several other non-Apple related devices.

Suppose, however, that you lost a device that had the ‘find’ option turned off – or that the person who took your toy had a good thief’s common sense to turn off that feature; what then?  Well, when Allen Engstrom (of Little Rock, Arkansas) left his iPad on an airplane in February he was soon to find this out; the person that stole his iPad (stole used here because his name and contact information is physically etched into the back of his iPad and has thus far been ignored by the beneficially of his forgetfulness) began taking photos with her new toy which, ultimately, were uploaded his his Apple ID’s photo stream automatically, becoming available on his phone, computer, and iPod instantly.  When Engstrom realized what was happening, and just how hilarious the situation was becoming, he began posting the photos to Facebook for commentary and any information that might lead to contacting the woman for the retrieval of his iPad.

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This is the face of a criminal mastermind.

Even though the posts have yet to yield a direct connecting the the thief, Engstrom has apparently been contacted by someone with ‘information’ to share.  Here’s hoping the evil genius behind this crafty iPad heist is brought to justice – and at the very least for that shirt.

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mmmHmmm, I dun stole this iPad, derrrrrr.

…. and that hair.

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