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5 Flaws of iOS 8 Everyone Should Know

5 Flaws of iOS 8 Everyone Should Know

Applying software updates is a lot like playing a low stakes version of Russian Roulette–sometimes it will leave your technological device worse off than it was before. Last year, owners of the iPhone 4 experienced this when iOS 7 essentially took a functioning device and made it slower than old ketchup in a glass bottle. This year, no iPhone is safe from the numerous flaws and bugs present in this year’s iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 8.

As an owner of the iPhone 4S, I was reluctant to download iOS 8, especially after seeing what happened to the iPhone 4. Right now I’m thanking my lucky stars that I had the foresight to stick to iOS 7, because, as you’ll see, Apple still has a lot of work to do to optimize iOS 8.

1. It will slow down your iPhone 4S.

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    Last year’s update, iOS 7, pushed the then-two-year-old iPhone 4S to its limits. The latest update only serves to throw it off the proverbial cliff. Though you might see comments across the web saying stuff like, “My iPhone 4S runs fine after iOS 8,” don’t listen to them. That is buyer’s remorse, because who wouldn’t want to shield themselves from the harsh truth that they downloaded an update that essentially put their phone on its last legs?

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    As the image from ArsTechnica reveals above, the facts reveal the truth. While a .89 second difference in opening Safari might not seem like much on paper, that difference builds up over time, and in terms of real world use your once snappy 4S will feel like it’s chugging along for dear life. Is this all a ploy by Apple to get you to upgrade your phone? Probably not. I’d argue that they’re doing the best they can to apply the latest updates to old technology, but doing so in a poorly executed manner. With proper optimizations, iOS 8 could run just fine on the 4S, as its dual core processor and graphics processing unit aren’t too shabby even by today’s standards.

    It’s possible that Apple will release an update in the future that applies these optimizations, but until then, stick to iOS 7, or even 6, if you own a 4S.

    2. It’s designed for iPhone 6’s larger screen.

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      At 4.7″ and 5.5″, the two new iPhones blow previous versions out of the water when it comes to screen size. What is the consequence of that? One of the major ones is that iOS 8 is designed with those larger screens in mind, meaning the iPhone 4S, 5, and 5S will experience a few problems due to the sole fact that they are equipped with 3.5″ and 4″ screens, respectively. As can be seen in the image above, the screen is more cramped on older iPhones, thanks to both the new notification system and the way that apps are programmed to be used with the larger screen on the iPhone 6. On the 4S, the new keyboard makes things nearly unusable in some instances. For example, in the e-mail app you’ll now only be able to see one line of text when composing a new message. Speaking of the keyboard, let me add a little aside: many users have reported instances of it actually disappearing entirely within apps. So, good luck with that!

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      3. It requires an obscene amount of free space to install.

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        Let’s forget for a moment that iOS 8 will slow down your phone and quite possibly make some apps unusable, or at the very least, unwieldy. Even if you wanted to install the update (which would make sense if you have a 5 or 5S), it’s nearly impossible to do so unless you first delete nearly everything you have on your phone. If you have a 32GB or 64GB model, you’ll be fine (probably, but who buys those anyways). If you are, however, unfortunate enough to have acquired an iPhone with only 16 or, heaven forbid, 8 gigabytes of storage, you’re pretty much out of luck. If you have a 16GB model you’ll probably be able to eke out enough space to install the update, though just barely. I make a point of deleting every app and photo on my phone that I no longer need or have made backups of on a regular basis, and I would still barely make the cut.

        It is true that you can download the update through iTunes, but even then, you’ll need at least a gigabyte of free space, which would still be quite an accomplishment these days on the 8GB models.

        4. It might ruin your iPhone’s ability to use wi-fi.

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        iOS8flaws#4

          Though this has been an issue with previous iOS updates as well, it seems to be far more prevalent with this one. There’s not too much to say about it, other than that many iPhone owners have been experiencing wi-fi issues after updating their phones. These range from not being able to connect to any wi-fi, to cases where they can connect, but it’s such a slow connection that it might as well be useless. It’s likely that Apple will fix major issues like this in a forthcoming update, much like they did with iOS 7 (I’m hoping at least).

          5. Battery life may take a hit.

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            This one is a bit ironic, considering that one of the major new features of iOS 8 is the implementation of a “Battery Usage” monitor, pictured above, that lets you see what’s eating up your battery. Turns out what eats the most battery is the very update that gives you the battery monitor.

            Folks over on the Apple forums have already been talking about this issue and, curiously, it seems to be afflicting not only older models, but the iPhone 6 as well. That means that this may be more than an instance of older hardware struggling to keep up with a newer operating system. Indeed, what this reveals is that there are likely problems inherent to the operating system itself that are causing the battery to drain far faster than usual.

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            As always, Apple is likely to release some sort of update that fixes or at least tries to address this battery drain issue and the other problems listed above. That being said, it would have been nice if they had ironed these things out before deciding to release a buggy update to millions of iPhone owners. Software updates are always a bit of a crapshoot, at least initially, so know that your iPhone may have zero issues with iOS 8. Still, I think it’s best to not take any chances.

            If you own a 5, 5C, or 5S, do yourself a huge favor and wait until Apple releases an update to iOS 8 that fixes the major bugs and issues people have been experiencing. If you own a 4S, don’t even bother updating your device; iOS 7.1.2 is about as good as it’s going to get for us, and trying to force iOS 8 on your 4S won’t do it much good performance-wise anyways. Besides, you’re probably due for an upgrade relatively soon if you still have a 4S, so just hold on for a few more weeks/months. If you have an iPhone 6, all you can do is weather the storm (your phone luckily doesn’t suffer from some of the problems listed above anyways).

            How has your iOS 8 experience been so far? Find any flaws while using it? Comment below!

            Featured photo credit: iPhone 6 front / thronx via flickr.com

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            19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

            19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

            Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

            There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

            This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

            1. Todoist

              Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

              Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

              If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

              Download: Todoist

              2. 1Password

                You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                Download: 1Password

                3. Bear

                  Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                  It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                  Download: Bear

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                  4. Hazel

                    Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                    For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                    Download: noodlesoft

                    5. Alfred

                      Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                      For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                      It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                      Download: Alfred

                      6. TextExpander

                        TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                        For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                        An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                        Download: TextExpander

                        7. Backblaze

                          If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                          Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                          Download: Backblaze

                          8. Keyboard Maestro

                            Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                            Download: Keyboard Maestro

                            9. Snagit

                              There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                              Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                              10. Bartender

                                Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                Download: Bartender

                                11. Otter

                                Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                Download: Otter

                                12. Flux

                                  Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                  Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                  Download: Flux

                                  13. PDFpen

                                  If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                  PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                  Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                  14. OmniFocus

                                    OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                    It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                    A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                    Download: OmniFocus

                                    15. Franz

                                      It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                      Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                      Download: Franz

                                      16. MindNode

                                        If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                        The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                        Download: MindNode

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                                        17. Focus

                                          The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                          This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                          Download: Focus

                                          18. CleanMyMac

                                            Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                            Download: CleanMyMac

                                            19. Grammarly

                                              A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                              This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                              A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                              Download: Grammarly

                                              The Bottom Line

                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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