Today’s topics include how Apple’s new iOS update disables some users’ iPhones and iPads, Samsung’s plan to limit Galaxy Note 7 phone charges to 60 percent of capacity to try to reduce the chances of battery fires, how a year-long Cisco and Apple partnership contributed some new business capabilities to iOS 10, and Seagate Technology’s latest addition to its line of rugged LaCie storage appliances.
Apple says it was able to quickly fix a glitch that showed up in iOS 10 soon after it started rolling out the latest edition of its mobile operating system to iPhone, iPad and iPod devices on Sept. 13.
Some users reported glitches that left their devices “bricked,” or in other words totally nonfunctional. The iOS 10 bricking issue began surfacing just after users started downloading and installing the iOS 10 on their devices, according to a Sept. 13 story by 9to5mac.com.
Their devices were disabled when some users tried to perform over-the-air updates on their hardware, rather than plugging the devices into a computer to download the updates, the story said.
Samsung is proceeding with its global recall of its Galaxy Note7 smartphones, which have experienced at least 35 cases of battery fires or explosions.
But in the meantime the company is pushing out a software update that will limit Note7 battery charging to 60 percent of a full charge to try to prevent further fire incidents.
The Samsung Note7 software update was revealed in a Sept. 13 story by The Associated Press, which noted that the battery charge limits are intended to prevent overheating of the batteries. Samsung notified users of the software update through a front-page ad in a South Korean newspaper, the story reported.
Cisco Systems and Apple are showing the first results of their year-long collaboration with new business communications features built into Apple’s newly released iOS 10 mobile operating system.
Apple unveiled the new OS Sept. 13, and Cisco officials outlined a range of new capabilities that they said will make it easier for iPhone and iPad customers to use their devices for business and to connect with Cisco collaboration applications.
“The network is the foundation for digital transformation, and mobility has never been a more important part of the customer and employee experience,” Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Internet of Things and Collaboration Technology Group, wrote in a post on the company blog.
LaCie, Seagate Technology’s premium line of storage appliances, on Sept. 12 unveiled a new product in its line of Rugged mobile drives that features USB-C connectivity and up to 4TB in storage capacity.
The LaCie Rugged USB-C is designed specifically for next-generation PCs, such as the latest Apple MacBook and new PC models from HP Inc., Dell and Lenovo.
The Rugged USB-C is equipped with USB-C cables that are fully reversible in orientation and direction, with no up/down or left/right orientation, so there is no wrong way to connect the drive to a network.
LaCie Rugged USB-C is also Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 backward-compatible, thanks to its USB-C to USB type A adapter. It also features transfer speeds of up to 130M bps, a capacity of up to 4TB and fully bus-powered capabilities.