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Related : 25 annoying problems with iOS 8 and how to fix them Click on an issue to jump to it: Problem: Red screen Glitch: Enlarged image or icons filling screen Issue: Can’t hear during calls Problem: iPhone 6 won’t charge Glitch: No SIM card error Problem: Bent iPhone 6 Plus Issue: Cracked screen Bug: No service, no Touch ID Glitch: Bluetooth not working Issue: Touchscreen unresponsive Problem: Camera not working Glitch: Landscape keyboard Bug: Random crashing and boot loop Problem: Dye coloring the plastic strips Issue: Headphones crackling or odd behavior Problem: Home button not working Problem: Incoming call screen not displaying Glitch: Music app crashing, other weird behavior Issue: Overheating iPhone Problem: iPhone won’t turn on Issue: Won’t connect to Wi-Fi or drops Bug: Gray bar in Messages app Problem: iTunes restore error 53 Glitch: Email not updating Issue: No alert sound for incoming messages Next problem: Red screen Problem: Red screen A number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners have reported a problem in which the screen goes red. 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It’s also possible that this is a hardware failure of some kind and in that case you’re going to have to contact Apple or visit an Apple Store and arrange a replacement. It can help to record the red screen using another device and take that with you, just in case your iPhone 6 decides not to perform when you take it in for an assessment. Next problem: Enlarged image or icons filling screen Glitch: Enlarged image or icons filling screen It’s fairly common to hear reports about enlarged images or icons on the iPhone screen making it difficult for people to see properly or navigate. There’s a good chance that this has been caused by the accessibility feature, Zoom , and it’s easy to fix. Solution : Hold three fingers together and double tap the screen and you should see things return to normal. To make sure that it doesn’t happen again go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn Zoom off. Next problem: Can’t hear during calls Issue: Can’t hear during calls Quite a few people have run into an annoying issue where they can’t hear the other caller during a phone call. They can make and receive calls as normal, but they can’t hear the person on the line, or they sound muffled even when the volume is turned up. Potential solutions : Try using the Volume up button and make sure that the ringer volume appears on screen when you press it and not headphones. Make sure that nothing is covering the speaker grill. A screen protector, a case, or even dust can have a big impact. Use a brush or a blast of compressed air to make sure it’s free of any blockages. Make sure that you don’t have anything plugged into the headphone port. It can be worth plugging in headphones and taking them out again just to test if that helps. Try turning Bluetooth off via Settings to make sure that you aren’t connected to a headset or car system. If you regularly use a Bluetooth device try connecting to it and then disconnecting to see if it makes a difference. You could try going in to Settings > General > Accessibility and making sure that Phone Noise Cancelation is turned off, some people have found that this helped. Try toggling speakerphone on during a call and see if the issue persists. After you’ve tried the solutions above, hold down Sleep/Wake and Home together for 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo to reset the iPhone 6. If you’re still having the problem after trying all of these potential solutions then it’s time to talk to Apple and/or your carrier. Next problem: iPhone 6 won’t charge Problem: iPhone 6 won’t charge We’ve heard a few iPhone 6 owners complaining that they are unable to charge their device up. They plug it in as normal and nothing happens. Potential solutions : Make sure that you are using the cable and wall charger that came with your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. If the charger or cable you’re trying to use isn’t Apple certified then that could be your problem right there. Try using a different wall socket, a different cable, and a different charger. Take a look at the connector on your cable and the port on your iPhone. Make sure that they’re clean and free of dust. You can blow or blast a little compressed air into the port to clean it out. There are reports that if you keep your Lightning cable in a humid or wet environment the connector can get corroded. If it’s wet then you should never plug it in because you could also damage the port on the iPhone. If it looks corroded or there’s something on the connectors that you can’t remove with a microfiber cloth then it’s worth taking the cable into an Apple Store to show them, they may just give you a replacement. Try resetting your device while it’s plugged into the charger by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for 10 seconds or so until the Apple logo appears. Next problem: No SIM card error Glitch: No SIM card error A few people have run into a glitch where the iPhone 6 keeps complaining about the SIM card. It might say “Invalid SIM” or “No SIM card installed”. There are a few things worth trying. Potential solutions : Try toggling Airplane mode on and off again. Restart your iPhone by turning it off and on again. If you recently inserted the SIM card and started getting the error then there’s a chance it’s damaged or dirty. Try popping it out and taking a look. You can use a pencil eraser to clean the gold contacts and then blow away the debris before putting it back in your iPhone. Make sure that your software is fully up to date via Settings > General > About . Try the SIM card in another device if you have a compatible device, or try a different SIM card in your iPhone 6. If the problem persists then contact your carrier or Apple. Next problem: Bent iPhone 6 Plus Problem: Bent iPhone 6 Plus The bent iPhone 6 Plus problem has stirred up a storm of coverage online, but Apple claims it’s not common and that only nine people have actually contacted the company to complain about a bent iPhone 6 Plus. We suspect there will be more in the coming weeks. The thin design and larger body obviously make it a lot more likely to bend than last year’s model, but if you look after it and don’t try to bend it, then it’s not likely to happen to you. Whether you believe it’s a big issue or not, there’s only one thing to do if it happens to you. Solution : Contact Apple or take it into an Apple Store and they’ll inspect it and decide whether to offer you a free replacement. Next problem: Cracked screen Issue: Cracked screen A lot of people report that the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are easy to damage when dropped. There’s always a risk when you drop your smartphone that the screen is going to crack. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a protective case. If you’ve got a broken iPhone 6 screen, then here’s what to do: Potential solutions : Run through our guide on how to repair your smartphone for DIY advice, repair shops, and services. Go directly to Apple where an iPhone 6 screen repair will cost you $109, or $129 for the iPhone 6 Plus. Next problem: No service, no Touch ID Bug: No service, no Touch ID It seems that Apple released the 8.0.1 patch a little too early and introduced a bug that killed service and Touch ID functionality for a number of iPhone 6 owners. It was quick to roll the update back and suggest users return to the previous version, but it has now created an 8.0.2 update that includes a fix for the no service and Touch ID bug, as well as the fixes that were in the original 8.0.1 update. Potential solutions : Make sure you have backed up your device and that it’s fully charged. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap Download and Install . You can also do it via iTunes by plugging your device into your computer and selecting it in iTunes, and then clicking Check for Update on the Summary. If you are still experiencing problems after updating to 8.0.2, then you could try rolling back to version 8. You’ll need to download the right IPSW file, here they are for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Plug your iPhone 6 into your computer and back up in iTunes. On Windows you need to hold down Shift and hit the Restore option, then choose the IPSW file you downloaded. On a Mac you should hold the Alt key and click Restore and then choose the IPSW file. Next problem: Bluetooth not working Glitch: Bluetooth not working A lot of new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus owners are having trouble connecting with Bluetooth devices, particularly systems in cars. Some people can’t get the in-car call system to work, while others are having trouble establishing any connection at all. It doesn’t seem limited to any specific manufacturer. 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This seems to manifest as a keyboard problem where it’s sluggish and certain keys don’t seem to work in portrait mode, but some reports talk about the whole side of the screen being unresponsive. Potential solutions : The first thing to try is restarting your iPhone 6 by holding down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together until you see the Apple logo. The problem might return. Some owners had success after trying Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings (you’ll need to re-enter passwords, change wallpaper, set up Touch ID again, but it won’t delete your data). Others report success after a factory reset, but you’ll lose everything if you do this, so back up first. You may need to set up your iPhone 6 as a new phone rather than restoring, a few people found that restoring from an iTunes or iCloud backup brought the problem back again. Next problem: Camera not working Problem: Camera not working There seems to be more than one problem with the iPhone 6 camera. 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They should replace it for free if there’s a problem. Next problem: Landscape keyboard Glitch: Landscape keyboard Some people have complained that there are problems with the keyboard when they switch the iPhone 6 to landscape view. The top row of letters and the text prediction row are being superimposed on top of each other. Sometimes other graphics are being superimposed making it difficult to type accurately. Some of the keys don’t seem to respond. This is happening mainly in iMessages and SMS with the native keyboard. There are also reports about part of the text field on the right being blank and cutting off the test that people are typing. Workarounds : Try turning the iPhone off and on again. The problem might be temporarily gone. Try going to Settings > Messages and turning Raise to Listen off because it might be that the audio message prompt is being triggered when you rotate the iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn Button Shapes That seems to have helped some people. Try going to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn Zoom Use a third-party keyboard instead. Related : 14 iOS 8 keyboards Potential solution: It may be because of previous settings from a backup. If you had an older iPhone and restored from a backup you made. Try going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings and see if that makes a difference. It won’t delete any data, but you’ll need to re-enter some passwords and set certain things up again. Next problem: Random crashing and boot loop Bug: Random crashing and boot loop A few iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners have run into an issue where their iPhone repeatedly crashes without any apparent reason. For some people the iPhone 6 is then getting stuck in a boot loop where it repeatedly turns itself off and on again. It might happen when launching an app and it might display a blue or red screen. This seems to be largely confined to models with larger storage capacity and there’s speculation that the flash storage components could be to blame. Potential solutions : There’s a chance that this is down to old settings or specific apps. You could try a factory reset and then set the iPhone up as new and reinstall apps selectively, but that’s quite a radical step and there’s no guarantee it will work. If this is genuinely a hardware problem, then you’re going to need to get a replacement handset from Apple. Take it into an Apple Store if possible and they’ll probably try a restore. If the problem persists they should offer you a replacement. The trouble is that if the flash storage is to blame the problem is going to reoccur on your replacement handset. It could be a software problem in which case a future iOS update might solve it. Keep checking in Go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap Download and Install when you see a new update. Next problem: Dye coloring the plastic strips Problem: Dye coloring the plastic strips The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have plastic strips in the svelte body to ensure that the antennas can hold a signal. Unfortunately they are a necessary evil, though plenty of people find them ugly. Some owners have found that slipping the phone into a tight jeans pocket results in some of the dye sticking to the white plastic on the gold model and discoloring it. This has happened with many other smartphones in the past (like the white HTC One X), so it’s not a new or exclusive problem. Workaround : Put a case on your iPhone, it’s a fragile device that’s going to break easily if you drop it, so it’s worth considering a case anyway and it should prevent this problem or hide it. Wear white jeans (just kidding … although it would work). Potential solution : Start with a damp cloth and work your way up the cleaning products until you manage to remove the marks. Just be careful not to get any cleaning fluid on the screen or the rest of the iPhone body. Next problem: Headphones crackling or odd behavior Issue: Headphones crackling or odd behavior Quite a few people have had trouble getting their headphones to work perfectly with their new iPhone 6. It seems that there are a couple of different issues here. One relates to the headphones poking out the top and crackling noises. The other concerns Siri auto-launching and other strange behavior like music stopping or volume controls on the headset not working. Potential solutions : Start by blasting a little compressed air or blowing into the headphone port and clean the headphone jack to make sure there’s no dust or dirt causing this problem. If you’re using the headphones that came with the iPhone 6 or another official Apple set and you’re getting crackling then check to see that they’re properly plugged all the way in. There shouldn’t be any metal visible at the top. It may feel tight, but it should snap all the way in. People using third-party headphones, especially if they have a microphone, seem to be inadvertently triggering Siri, or experiencing frequent cut-outs. This could be because the metal at the top of the plug is touching the iPhone body. Some people report success by using scotch tape, plastic, or even dental floss wrapped around the top of the headphone jack. Just make sure you don’t use something that could get stuck in the port. If the problem persists there’s a chance it’s a hardware fault. Go to Apple and have them take a look. If they can’t resolve the issue then you should be able to get a replacement handset. Next problem: Home button not working Problem: Home button not working If pressing the home button on your iPhone doesn’t always get a response, then the device may have a problem, even if the issue is intermittent. Solution: Apple is apparently aware of a manufacturing issue with the Home button on some iPhone models. 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Next problem: Music app crashes Glitch: Music app crashes The music app is causing a few problems on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with users finding it will crash, restart, stop playing, or randomly shuffle songs, all without warning. Potential Solutions: The first thing to do is check the settings under Settings/Music. Check Shake to Shuffle and Sound Check are both disabled. If not, they may be the source of your problems. Some users have found success by removing all stored music, performing a reset by holding down the Sleep/Wake key and the Home button until the Apple logo appears on the screen, then syncing the device with iTunes again. Other users have found the crashes only occur if you use Smart Playlists. Disabling these and syncing music without them may also cure the problem. Next Problem: Overheating iPhone Issue: Overheating iPhone Smartphones get warm to the touch when charging, or if you’re playing a graphically intensive game, but they should never get burning hot. 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Here’s what to do: Potential solutions: Start by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together. Keep holding them down, for up to 30 seconds. It might feel like a long time, but keep holding them. You Apple logo should eventually appear. There could be a problem with the Sleep/Wake button itself, but you should be able to feel or see the fault. You’ll obviously need a repair it if it seems to be damaged. If that doesn’t work, then the battery is probably dead. Plug your iPhone into the charger and leave it for half an hour, before trying to turn it on again. If it still doesn’t respond, then try plugging your iPhone into your computer and launching iTunes. You may find it recognizes your iPhone and indicates that it’s in recovery mode. If so, you should try restoring it. If nothing works, then it’s time to visit an Apple Store or contact Apple regarding a repair. Next Problem: Won’t connect to Wi-Fi or drops Issue: Won’t connect to Wi-Fi or drops A lot of people have had trouble with their Wi-Fi connections and the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. If you find that you can’t connect to a Wi-Fi network, or that your connection frequently drops or slows down, then there are lots of things you can try. Workarounds: Toggle Wi-Fi/Airplane mode : You might find that it temporarily comes back if you toggle Wi-Fi off and then on again. Alternatively, you could switch on Airplane mode and then turn it off again. Swipe up from the bottom to open the Control Center and toggle these settings. Reboot : Some people report temporary success by switching the device off and on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button for 10 seconds or so, until you see the Apple logo. Your Wi-Fi may work again for a while. Potential solutions: Set up connection again : Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap on the problem network, then choose Forget this Network and tap Forget . If you go back to the Wi-Fi page, you should now be able to choose your network and set up a fresh connection. Reset Network Settings : Try going to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings . This has worked for a few people, but the problem might return. Turn off Wi-Fi Networking : Try going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and under System Services you need to toggle off Wi-Fi Networking . Turn off Wi-Fi Assist : It’s designed to switch you to your mobile data network when Wi-Fi is patchy, but it could be causing your problems. Go to Settings > Cellular and scroll down to toggle Wi-Fi Assist . Toggle 2.4/5GHz : If you have a two-channel router, then try changing from 5GHz to 2.4GHz. Generally speaking 5GHz is faster, but with a shorter range. 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You can also get rid of the gray box by going to Settings > Messages and turning iMessage  off. Once the box is gone, go back in and turn it on again. Potential solution : This is listed as one of the bug fixes in iOS 9.1, so if you haven’t updated, then you might consider doing so. Next Problem: iTunes restore error 53 Problem: iTunes restore error 53 Quite a few iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners have encountered error 53 upon plugging the iPhone into a PC or Mac and attempting to restore through iTunes. It effectively leaves your iPhone in a reboot loop where it goes into recovery mode, prompting you to plug it in, and then iTunes says, “The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (53).” Potential solutions : There’s really only one course of action open to you if you encounter error 53, and that’s to contact Apple or visit an Apple Store. If you haven’t done anything to invalidate your warranty, then they should offer you a replacement iPhone. 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Click on an issue to jump to it: Problem: Red screen Glitch: Enlarged image or icons filling screen Issue: Can’t hear during calls Problem: iPhone 6 won’t charge Glitch: No SIM card error Problem: Bent iPhone 6 Plus Issue: Cracked screen Bug: No service, no Touch ID Glitch: Bluetooth not working Issue: Touchscreen unresponsive Problem: Camera not working Glitch: Landscape keyboard Bug: Random crashing and boot loop Problem: Dye coloring the plastic strips Issue: Headphones crackling or odd behavior Problem: Home button not working Problem: Incoming call screen not displaying Glitch: Music app crashing, other weird behavior Issue: Overheating iPhone Problem: iPhone won’t turn on Issue: Won’t connect to Wi-Fi or drops Bug: Gray bar in Messages app Problem: iTunes restore error 53 Glitch: Email not updating Issue: No alert sound for incoming messages ————— Previous updates: Updated on 11-4-2015 by Simon Hill : Added problems with not turning on, Wi-Fi connectivity, and gray bar in Messages. 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  • The controversy over J.K. Rowling’s new African wizard school, explained

    J.K. Rowling is in trouble over her plan to expand the Harry Potter world into "Africa" — as her official Harry Potter site put it. Last week, at the Celebration of Harry Potter event in Orlando, actress Evanna Lynch (who plays Luna Lovegood in the films) announced that Rowling had added four new wizarding schools to the Harry Potter universe. The official announcement of the expansion, on the Rowling-sanctioned fan site Pottermore, located the four schools in North America, Japan, Brazil, and ... Africa.

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  • Breathtaking Photos Show the Undeniable Beauty of Freckles

    In 2012, photographer Brock Elbank was playing in a weekend-league football match in Sydney when a spectator caught his eye. It was his teammate’s son, Eddie, 10 at the time, with “an incredible face full of freckles, like I’d never seen before,” he says.

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