My brand, spanking, new iPhone 7 Plus arrived just this week and I have now had a few days to play with it.
I must say that I do really like the 'Haptic' Home Button - which replaces the 'real' Home Button of my previous iPhones. It is so clever how it feels like you are pressing a button, even though your aren't!
And, I am LOVING the speed of the new phone - it is certainly an improvement on previous iPhones.
Even the battery seems to be lasting longer than my iPhone 6S Plus (after I fixed a problem that is outlined in the article: Battery problems after upgrade to iOS 10 - and how I fixed this).
When problems occur on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
I was having a problem with one of my 'website monitoring' apps on my new iPhone (it was crashing every time I logged in). Additionally, my Commbank business banking app was crashing every time I processed a payment.
I suspected that the problem was with the Apps themselves (i.e. that they needed to have something updated to handle iOS 10), but I wanted to rule out any other problem on the iPhone.
So, decided I would try to do a 'forced reboot', to see if this made any different to the performance of these apps.
Forced Reboot no longer works using the 'standard' buttons
Now that the Home Button on my iPhone 7 Plus is not a 'real' button, the usual method of 'force rebooting' my iPhone does not work! Instead, this method just activated Siri or put my iPhone to Sleep!
(For those who don't know, the 'usual' method of 'force rebooting' is to hold down the Sleep and Home Buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds, until the Apple symbol appears. Let go when the Apple appears, and your device will eventually fire up again, and take you to the Lock Screen. Be patient - it might take a little while sometimes. In most cases, this fixes whatever problem you were having on your older-than-iPhone-7 iPhone or iPad.)
Because of the change to the Home Button on the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus, a 'forced reboot' requires a different combination of 'hardware' keys.
'Sleep' and 'Volume Down' are the new combination
After a bit of research, I discovered that the combination of buttons that I now need to use to do a Forced Reboot.
To Force Reboot an iPhone 7 / 7 Plus, press and hold the Sleep and Volume Down buttons concurrently for about 10 seconds, until the Apple appears, then let go.
The Volume Down button is the lower of the two volume buttons on the left side of the iPhone.
Some Handy Hints about 'Troubleshooting'
Handy Hint of the Week 22/11/14.
With the introduction of iOS 8 and it's subsequent updates, many users of iPads and iPhones have been finding their devices are mis-behaving a little (or perhaps a lot) more than under iOS 7.
Even after upgrade to the latest version of iOS 8 (iOS 8.1.1) this week, I have had Safari freeze and crash on me many times. Maybe it is just the combination of my iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 8 that has issues. I would be interested to hear from anyone else who has also found that iOS 8.1.1 is still causing issues.
Especially for those of you on the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2 and even the first generation iPad Mini, you might be finding your i-Device frustratingly slow and suffering other problems after upgrade to iOS 8.
iOS 8.1.1 is supposed to have relieved some of these problems for these devices, but press reports (refer below links) indicate that the new iOS is still drastically impacting performance of these older devices.
Hopefully, version 8.2 (which is currently being tested) will do more to improve things for owners of these older devices - and for others as well, including my brand new device!
For those of you interested in reading more about the performance on iOS 8.1.1 on various models of i-Device, here are some articles 'scooped' today on the iTandCoffee Scoop.it page.
What do you do when your device mis-behaves?
What do you do when you iPhone or iPad is not just slow - when and app or the entire device 'freezes', or just won't do something that it should do!
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The Home Button didn't work - single OR double-click. My usual trick of bringing up the task switcher and closing the mis-behaving app was just not possible. Even turning off and back on seemed to leave it in a knot.
What do you do when your iPad just won't respond!?
Sometimes, you need to do what in called a 'force re-boot'.
Just hold down the Sleep and Home buttons together for about 10 seconds, until the screen goes black and you see the white Apple symbol pop up - then let go of both. It may take a minute or so, but your device will then come back to the lock screen. You should then be able to unlock it, and all should then be well in your iPad world! Same applies for iPhones and iPod Touches
So far, this has always resolved my mis-behaving iPad problems!
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