How To Update Your iPhone

iPhone iOS 10 Update

 

In this blog post I am going to be showing you step by step how to update your iPhone to the latest iOS. It’s always good to check if your iPhone is up to date as your iPhone can be effected otherwise. You always want to make sure that you have time to update your iPhone as it can sometimes take a few minutes to fully update. Lets get started…

 

1. Finding “Software Update”: 

Go to Settings > General > Software Update 

 

2. Is Your Software Up To Date?

2a. If your software is up to date then a similar screen to the one shown below will appear and it will say “Your Software Is Up To Date”

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2b. If your software is not up to date then it will ask you to update it. It will either say “Download and Install” or “Update”

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3. How To Update It

Click on “download and install” or “update” > Enter your iPhone’s passcode > Agree to Terms and Conditions > Update will then begin to download

 

4. The update may take a few minutes to download

 

5. Your iPhone will then turn off and a white screen will appear this means that it is updating

Once it has finished updating you may notice a few differences to your iPhone such as the way it functions for example. If you are unsure how to work your iPhone after you have updated it there are always plenty of videos where people show you what new features there are.

We always recommend having your iPhone updated to the latest iOS as it has the latest security which means that your device’s protection is more secure. It also solves any bug issues that the previous iOS may be suffering from. In the next few weeks we will be uploading lots more videos for both Apple & Android devices. Keep an eye out on our blog, Facebook & Twitter for more updates.

iPhone 7 Screen Repairs

iPhone 7 Screen Repairs

We are happy to announce that we are now offering screen repairs and liquid damage diagnosis & repair on the iPhone 7. We can help you out with a wide range of screen issues such as broken glass, faulty LCDs or maybe the screen is just not turning on. We also carry out liquid damage diagnosis for the iPhone 7.

Our screen repairs take half an hour to complete and comes with a 1-Year warranty as standard. We only use the highest quality screens for our repairs and this is why we can confidently offer all our customer our one year warranty as standard.

Our liquid damage diagnosis can take between 1 to 3 hours to complete. What does our liquid damage diagnosis involve? Our techs will open your device up & put it through our ultrasonic cleaner which will clean under all the chips on the logic board to get rid of any liquid residue. We will then close the iPhone back up and test the device to make sure it is fully working.

Getting your iPhone 7 fixed with us couldn’t be simpler, you can either walk-in and get your repair done while you wait or you can book an appointment on our website in advance to guarantee the quickest turn around time. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 3397 7407.

A Bit About Your iPhone 7
The iPhone 7 was released on the 16th September 2016 & comes in Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black, Jet Black. It comes in three different capacity’s 32GB, 128GB & 256GB. It has a 4.7″ retina HD display and a 1334×750-pixel resolution. Both the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus have the A10 chip & a 12MP camera.

It has up to two more hours of battery life compared to the iPhone 6s. It has been a popular phone ever since it was released with a big emphasis on the advanced new camera system. Not to mention the fact that it is splash and water resistant.

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The Smallest Smartphone In The World?!

From a far this may look like an Apple watch however it’s actually a smartphone. You can insert a sim card into the back of it to be able to call people from it. It can allow you to send messages, check the weather, use Facebook and even make calls. It is currently the smallest touch screen smartphone in the world.

Although there is a big market for high-tech smartphones that can do everything there is equally a big market for smaller devices that can do the same amount of activities as sometimes top branded smartphones can be seen as a luxury item when most of us just want a device that will get the job done. The Vphone S8 is about the size of a matchbox and has a 1.54-inch TFT touchscreen, that has a 2.5D curved glass around it to protect it.

It’s not the highest quality as it only costs around £27.54 so for that price you can’t expect the quality that you get from an iPhone. The smartphone has an unlock button, a charging port, a sim card, a microphone and a speaker. The Vphone S8 is 46.7 mm x 37.3 mm x 9.9 mm in terms of size and only weighs 30 grams. You can either get the smartphone in black or grey depending on what colour you prefer.

As it is a smartphone it can do all of the things a usual smartphone does without having to be connected to another smartphone or a tablet. It has a 64MB RAM and 128MB ROM you can obviously increase the amount of storage space by putting an 8GB for example into the T-flash card slot. At the moment the smartphone only supports 2G with hopes that it may increase to 4G one day.

Overall for the price that you are paying the smartphone that you get is not bad at all. It functions as well as any other smartphone can. Of course there are restrictions to what you can do on there and the available coverage settings. However, if you are looking for a basic smartphone to keep costs down then this may be the one for you.

iPhone 6s VS Hot Wax

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Tech Rax is back at it again with his iPhone experiments this time he has decided to put an iPhone 6s into a pot of wax to see what happens. You can see beforehand that the iPhone is fully functioning as he makes sure to test it before placing it into the pot. He then tests the wax to make sure that it is ready for the iPhone. He then drops the iPhone into the wax and leaves it there for a few moments.

Once he takes the iPhone out for the first time you can see that the screen is still on underneath the wax as the iPhone hasn’t turned off. The iPhone at this stage is still working as the YouTuber tests it by pressing one of the buttons on the screen. Only some of the apps are working which means that only parts of the screen are working. The ability to swipe is no longer working as the wax has stopped this from functioning. However, as the wax is removed from the iPhone you are able to swipe up and down.

The iPhone is then placed into the hot wax once again once it has been cleaned off to see how a second round will affect the iPhone. The second time around the iPhone is shown to be working properly. The temperature of the wax is then increased and the iPhone is placed back into the pot. However, this time as soon as it’s put in the temperature warning screen comes on meaning that you aren’t able to use the iPhone properly at that moment in time. Once it has cooled down though the iPhone is back up and running which means that you can use it properly once again. The results of this test indicate that the iPhone 6s can work after having been put into a pot of hot wax numerous times.

iPhone 7 VS iPhone 2G

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The iPhone 7 came out a few weeks ago in this video you can see it being compared to the 2G which is Apples first iPhone. You can see that the iPhones are different in size straight away as the iPhone 7 is a lot larger but also thinner than the iPhone 2G.

First of all the iPhone 7’s touch ID home button which isn’t really a home button as it doesn’t actually click. On the other hand, the iPhone 2G has a button that clicks but doesn’t have touch ID. The iPhone 7 doesn’t have a headphone jack but the iPhone 2G does although it’s positioned at the top of the iPhone instead of at the bottom near the charging port. As you can see both devices have a different charging port as the iPhone 2G is much larger than the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 is water and dust resistant whereas the iPhone 2G is not. The other differences include the speaker sound which is a lot better on the iPhone 7 compared to the iPhone 2G. The screen sizes are different as well as the 2G has a 3.3″ size screen compared to the iPhone 7 which has a 4.7″ screen. The resolution, colours and sharpness of each screen are completely different to the other with the iPhone 7 having a better screen overall which you would expect from a newer device.

The iPhone 2G had a ARM 11 processor, 128 MB of RAM & you could choose from 4, 8 or 16 GB of storage. In contrast to this, the iPhone 7 has the A10 fusion processor, 2GB of RAM, 32, 128 or 256 GB of storage. You can  see how different they are in terms of specifications as well as the design. The iPhone 7 is 120x faster than the first iPhone which makes it one of the fastest iPhones around. The original iPhone still works well even using it today which shows that from the beginning Apple knew what they were doing when it came to smartphones.

iPhone 7 Plus VS iPhone 6S Plus Speed Test

The iPhone 6s Plus is still quite a popular smartphone but how does it compare to the 7 Plus? This video tests both the iPhones out so that you can see which one is fastest.The iPhone 6s Plus was released in September 2015 whereas the iPhone 7 Plus was released in September 2016. The iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 6s Plus both have a 5.5″ screen & 1920×1080 pixels. This means that they are very similar in terms of specifications but how do they differ when it comes to speed?

The iPhone 7 Plus has an A10 chip processor whereas the iPhone 6s Plus has the A9 chip. The iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM compared to the 2GB of RAM that the 6s Plus has. The first speed test that the devices were put through was which one would start up first? The first one to start up was the 6s Plus as the 7 Plus took several more seconds to load up.

When it comes to the unlock screen once the passwords had been entered again the iPhone 6s Plus managed to open the screen faster than the 7 Plus. In terms of opening apps such as Instagram, Snapchat etc..both opened at the same time. When it came to opening games such as Angry Birds the iPhone 6s Plus always opened them first.

We can see that throughout the testing that the iPhone 6s plus is a lot faster than the 7 Plus despite the 7 Plus having a faster chip installed. The 6s Plus could be loading up faster as a reflection of a software update as you would expect the iPhone 7 Plus to load faster as it is a newer model.

Both iPhones are a popular choice for iPhone users as they both have great qualities about them. The iPhone 6s is a good iPhone for those who want something easy to use whereas the iPhone 7 Plus is great for budding photographers.

iPhone 7 VS S7

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The iPhone 7 and the S7 are both leading phones within the smartphone industry. But which one is better? I guess that depends on who’s using it as each person has their own preferences. This video compiles some of the similarities as well as the differences between the smartphones. The iPhone 7 was released in September 2016 whereas the S7 was released in March 2016.

The iPhone 7 has a 4.7 inch 1334×750 display whereas the Galaxy S7 has a 5.1 inch 2560×1440 display. Both devices have a 12 mega pixel rear facing camera. The iPhone 7’s front facing camera has 7 mega pixels when the S7 only has a 5 mega pixel front facing camera.

Both phones are water resistant however, the S7 is more durable with an IP68 rating. The IPhone 7 has a new A10 fusion chip which is a higher processor than all other mobile processors. The Galaxy S7 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 020. You can get the iPhone 7 is available with 32,128 or 256GB of internal storage. On the other hand, the Galaxy S7 is available with 32and 64GB options.

With the Galaxy S7 you can expand the amount of storage on your smartphone through the micro SD card slot. The S7 also still has a headphone jack whereas the iPhone 7 does not have one anymore. Instead, you have to use headphones that have the same design as a charging cable. The iPhone 7 cost from £599 whereas the S7 costs from £308.99. You can get both devices at almost any mobile provider as they are popular in the current market.

Here at Phone Heroes we have a mixed opinion on which phone is better as some of our team members have iPhone 7’s whereas some of them also have the S7 as well. We have found that both smartphones are equally as good but that each one has positive and negative aspects to them as well.

Crazy iPhone 7 Headphone Jack DIY

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The iPhone 7 has been a popular phone with Apple users, however, the only major difference between the iPhone 7 and previous iPhone generations is that there is no headphone jack. This means that you have to use the charging port for both functionalities. You are able to get special iPhone 7 headphones as well as adaptors in case you want to use your old headphones.

In our opinion, it’s a lot more hassle to buy new headphones or an adaptor to fit your own headphones. Lots of people seem to just go with it and don’t mind paying more for new headphones or an adaptor. However, one guy who is a YouTuber decided that he wanted a headphone jack in his iPhone 7 so he drilled his own one instead.

Whilst drilling the hole into the iPhone 7 it didn’t seem to affect the iPhone in any way as the screen was still showing an image while the hole was being drilled. Once the hole had been drilled apart from the roughness of the hole it looked in place and like it had been there all along. It did work although you could hear the music a lot so the sound didn’t all go to the headphones.

It was easy to create the headphone jack as all you needed was a drill. Anyone could do this to their iPhone 7 if they wanted to however, we would recommend not trying anything. Why would you want to waste a £500+ phone just for the sake of creating a headphone jack. There are many ways to resolve this issue by using special headphones for the iPhone 7, using an adaptor so that you can use your old headphones or even using Bluetooth headphones which will save you the hassle of having loads of wires. Being creative when it comes to being able to listen to music on the iPhone 7 doesn’t mean that you should ruin it. There are many tech accessories that can solve your problem for you and for a reasonable price as well!

Top 10 features for the new iOS 10

Have you updated to iOS 10 yet? In our opinion it’s like having a whole new phone. As there are so many new features many people are undecided whether they like it or not. Some examples of the new features of iOS 10 are that you can now send your iMessages with effects. For example, you can send a message with invisible ink, gently, loud or slam. You can also send a message with an onscreen effect with balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks and a shooting star.

You can also send particular emojis when you type certain words. If you type a word and then it is highlighted orange you just click on the word and then a selection of emojis relating to that word show up. In iMessage you can draw things to send to your friends or family similar to when you draw something on SnapChat. As well as this you can access the app store and music directly from iMessage.

The whole of the interface has changed like when you unlock the iPhone you can swipe left to see all of your notifications and then swipe right to take photos or videos. The way that photos are stored are now different to before as you can see memories in chronological order. Maps have been redesigned so that you can access more information when looking for a particular place.

The update has been both positively received as well as negatively. Many people have been pleased with the new additions but some people also dislike how much has changed. The next update may be even bigger as Apple are getting closer and closer to their ten year anniversary. Each update will no doubt include things people like as well as things that people don’t like. Whether Apple will change a number of features in the next iOS who knows.