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The U.S. caseload has surpassed 1,000. As the nation scrambled to understand the scope of the escalating public health crisis, the number of known cases of coronavirus infection in the United States surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday night, signaling that the coronavirus was spreading widely in communities on both coasts and in the center of the country.

America’s first known coronavirus case was announced on Jan. 21 in Washington State. Six weeks later, the number of cases had risen to 70, most of them tied to overseas travel. But since then, new case reports have poured in, first by the dozens, then the hundreds.

  • A majority of the cases have been in Washington State, California or New York, where everyday life swiftly began to change. Businesses closed. Colleges canceled class. Governors urged people to avoid crowds.
  • But the virus is now found in every region of the country, including Massachusetts, where dozens of new cases were announced on Tuesday, and South Dakota, where the governor announced the state’s five first cases, including one man who died. The number of states with no reported cases now stands at about a dozen.
  • Thirty-one deaths across the country have now been linked to the coronavirus. Officials in Sacramento County, Calif., said on Tuesday that a woman in her 90s died after contracting the illness.

Britain’s health minister says she is infected.

Nadine Dorries, the British health minister, confirmed reports late on Tuesday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. She had attended a reception at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence two days earlier.

Ms. Dorries said in a post on Twitter that she had felt “pretty rubbish” but hoped that the worst of the viral illness had come and gone. British news reports said she was the first member of Parliament to test positive.

Health officials were rushing to trace her contacts, which included dozens of constituents and lawmakers, as well as co-workers at the Department of Health and Social Care, according to British news outlets. She was at 10 Downing Street, Mr. Johnson’s residence, on Sunday for International Women’s Day.

The news sparked discussion in Britain about whether Parliament would need to be suspended. Lawmakers meet in the cramped House of Commons, sitting shoulder to shoulder on green leather benches and often spilling into the aisles and standing room areas, creating fertile conditions for illness to spread.

Ms. Dorries started feeling ill on Friday as she was signing a statutory instrument that declared coronavirus to be a “notifiable disease,” a step that allowed British companies to obtain insurance coverage.

Some observers noted that Ms. Dorries appeared to have voted in the House of Commons about a week ago, meaning she had at least brief contact with other lawmakers at a time when she may have been contagious.

But her most dangerous contact may have been with her 84-year-old mother, who is staying with her, Ms. Dorries wrote on Twitter late Tuesday night. “Thanks for so many good wishes,” Ms. Dorries wrote, adding that her mother had developed a cough.

Delays in testing set back the U.S. coronavirus response.

Dr. Helen Y. Chu, an infectious disease expert in Seattle, wanted to repurpose tests from a flu research project to monitor the coronavirus after the first confirmed American case landed in her area in late January.

But nearly everywhere she turned, state and federal officials repeatedly rejected the idea, interviews and emails show, even as weeks crawled by and outbreaks emerged in countries outside of China, where the infection began.

By Feb. 25, Dr. Chu and her colleagues could not bear to wait any longer. They began performing coronavirus tests, without government approval.

What came back confirmed their worst fear. They quickly had a positive test from a local teenager with no recent travel history. The coronavirus had already established itself on American soil without anybody realizing it.

“It must have been here this entire time,” Dr. Chu recalled thinking with dread. “It’s just everywhere already.”

In fact, officials would later discover through testing, the virus had already contributed to the deaths of two people, and it would go on to kill 20 more in the Seattle region over the following days.

Federal and state officials said the flu study could not be repurposed because it did not have explicit permission from research subjects; the labs were also not certified for clinical work. While acknowledging the ethical questions, Dr. Chu and others argued there should be more flexibility in an emergency during which so many lives could be lost. On Monday night, state regulators told them to stop testing altogether.

The failure to tap into the flu study was just one in a series of missed chances by the federal government to ensure more widespread testing during the early days of the outbreak, when containment would have been easier. Instead, local officials across the country were left to work blindly as the crisis grew undetected and exponentially.

Washington State prepares to restrict gatherings as U.S. crisis grows

Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington State will announce on Wednesday a prohibition on community gatherings of 250 or more people in the Seattle area as the state takes extraordinary steps to contain a coronavirus outbreak, according to a person involved in the discussions.

The announcement, according to the person involved, is expected to target events such as sporting and entertainment gatherings while offering exceptions to things like retail stores. Schools will not be affected, but districts will be expected to review things like sporting events that may draw significant crowds.

Washington State and the Seattle area have adopted increasingly stringent controls as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has approached 300 — the most in the country — and the number of deaths has reached 24.

Santa Clara County, Calif. — which includes the city of San Jose and much of Silicon Valley — has already banned large public gatherings, and man employers have temporarily closed down or asked people to work at home. On Tuesday, Google recommended that tens of thousands of its North American employees work from home. Previously, it had only extended that policy to workers in the Seattle area.

In addition, Ohio State University and Harvard University joined the growing list of universities and colleges that have suspended in-person classes — just one of many fronts in the battle to slow the spread of virus across the United States.

Harvard, whose spring break begins on Saturday, asked students not to return to campus when the break ends on March 23, a decision few schools have made so far. On Monday, Amherst College asked all students to leave campus by as early as next week.

Some of the best-known fixtures in higher education have mandated a switch to online-only classes to keep people apart, hoping it will slow the spread of the virus: Cornell University, New York University, Columbia University, the University of Washington, Stanford University, American University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Barnard College, Hofstra University, Rice University and the University of California, Berkeley.

No audience for the debate in Arizona on Sunday.

There will be no live audience. No spin room. Virtually no traveling members of the press. This is a presidential primary debate in the age of coronavirus.

CNN and Democratic officials announced on Tuesday that “at the request of the campaigns and out of an abundance of caution,” the Democratic debate in Phoenix on Sunday between former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders would be a significantly pared-down affair.

The live audience — whose jeers and cheers can be a major variable for the candidates onstage — will be missing. Instead, Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders will debate each other in an empty theater, joined only by a handful of moderators and television crew members.

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EXPECTED SMARTPHONES OF 2020

EXPECTED SMARTPHONES OF 2020

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  • A revolutionary year for smartphones, which introduced such gems as Huawei P30 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, and Apple iPhone 11 and similarly we expect 2020 even better and advanced in the era of Smartphones.
  • This year has flooded with heavy rumors about advancement in Smartphones, which may introduce iPhone 12, OnePlus 8, and P40 Pro, along with a handful of other intriguing-looking handsets.

Let us have a look for the incoming smartphones having advanced technology:

SAMSUNG GALAXY S20

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S20 which includes the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra along with the base model.
  • Identical front aside from screen size – 6.2in, 6.7in, and 6.9in respectively – with a Note 10-esque punch-hole camera cutout at top center. The screen is pretty much flat this time. They are of QHD+ displays with 120Hz refresh rates, but you can only hit that super-smooth peak if you opt for Full HD resolution instead.
  • On the back, there are more differences like three cameras on the S20 and four on the other two models, but the S20 Ultra bulks up with a beefier back camera array that includes a 10x hybrid zoom/100x digital “Space Zoom” feature (the others do 3x/30x). All three of them shoot 8K video, too, so expect sterling footage.
  • Carrying a large battery packs (ranging from 4,000-5,000mAh) and 5G support across the board, except on an optional base LTE model, they’re as perk-packed as we’ve come to expect from Samsung phones. The Galaxy S20 sells for £799 (LTE)/£899 (5G), the GS20+ goes for £999 (5G), and the Ultra pushes up to £1,199, and most likely they all will be available during March / April 2020.

APPLE iPHONE 12

  • We are very hopeful that after 3 versions of the bold and inventive iPhone X design, this year may come up with another best bof best iPhone, however, it’s too early to speculate.
  • The future iPhone 12 may carry screen face while adopting a flattened metal frame that’s more akin to the classic iPhone 4, not to mention the current iPad Pro. Screen sizes could shift a bit too, going to 5.4in, 6.1in, and 6.7in (as opposed to the 5.8/ 6.1/ 6.5 in of present iPhones).
  • As far as notch is concerned, a mix plate is on the offing. No consensus have developed so far, some suggestions revealed that no notch at all will be seen rather all of the sensors packed into the slim upper bezel. Whereas others claim Apple will redesign the notch. Rumors also point to a four-eye design on the back, with a time-of-flight camera added to the current trio of the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max.
  • September 2020 will reveal all aspects of iPhone 12 after its launch. Prices will surely be very high comparatively since apple has a strong brand name.

ONEPLUS 8

  • With a new phone out every five or six months, it’s no surprise that we’ve already heard some things about the OnePlus 8. Expected to launch in late spring, the standard OnePlus 8 looks to swap the current water drop notch for a Galaxy S10-like punch-hole camera in the upper left of the screen.
  • We are not sure yet whether the OnePlus 8 Pro will stick with the pop-up selfie camera from before, but we are eager to find out. And rumors suggest that the OnePlus 8 will finally incorporate wireless charging, one of the only flagship features that the company has skipped to date, but we’ll have to see how that impacts price if true.
  • As usual, OnePlus is drip-feeding official details – and the first is a confirmed, super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate for the screen, beating the excellent 90Hz screens of its 2019 models.

ONEPLUS 8 LITE

  • According to one of the leak, OnePlus will launch a mid-ranger, too. They point to a handset that a centered punch-hole cutout on what looks to be a flat screen, and a left-side rectangular camera module on the back with two sensors.
  • Still, OnePlus has routinely offered flagship-level phones during its existence, so we’re curious to see what a trimmed-down edition looks and feels like if this leak is legit. The screen is expected to be about 6.4 – 6.5 in and will likely pack in an in-display fingerprint sensor, but beyond that, there aren’t a lot of details on specs.

GOOGLE PIXEL 4A

  • The Google Pixel 3a was one of last year’s most surprising phones, bucking Google’s high-end trend to deliver a flagship-quality camera paired with mid-range specs – at a reasonable price. We’re expecting that trend to continue in 2020 with the release of a Pixel 4a, and have produced concept renders based on what they’re hearing. The images show a phone that skips the huge, sensor-packed “forehead” bezel of the standard Pixel 4 and instead opts for a Galaxy S10-like punch-hole camera cutout on the front.
  • The back has what looks like a smaller square camera module, and the fingerprint sensor returns. It’s like a hybrid of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 4, really, which sounds pretty appealing. Most likely, it will launch in early summer like the Pixel 3a did last year, and we’re hoping to see similar mid-range price points again.

APPLE IPHONE SE 2

  • Haven’t been keen on Apple’s recent shift to extra-large devices? You might be in luck in 2020, as building leaks and rumours suggest that Apple will finally, finally release a successor to the smartly pint-sized Apple iPhone SE 2
  • However, this one will reportedly take after the iPhone 8 instead, which means you’ll get a 4.7in LCD display, the familiar rounded shape of Apple’s last-gen handsets, and a Touch ID sensor. At least it’s expected to pack Apple’s latest and greatest processor, the A13 Bionic, so it will be comparable in performance to the iPhone 11 models.
  • Leaks point to a late March launch and early April release. There’s potential for “iPhone 9” branding rather than iPhone SE 2, too, with a price point that we’d guess to be in the £400-450 range. That’s a total guess, however.

MOTOROLA MOTO G8 POWER/MOTO G STYLUS

  • We already got the Moto G8 Plus in late 2019, but that won’t be the extent of Motorola’s latest generation of budget contenders. Motorola also recently announced a Moto G8 Power alongside the intriguing Moto G Stylus.
  • The Moto G8 Power is sort of a hybrid of the philosophies of past Power and core G models, with a large 6.4in 1080p display and a massive 5,000mAh battery cell, along with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip and 4GB RAM onboard. With a punch-hole camera cutout on the screen and a triple-camera main setup on the back, it maintains the Moto G’s tendency to replicate flagship trends about a year later (that’s not a negative).
  • Meanwhile, the Moto G Stylus keeps similar design and specs, albeit with a smaller 4,000mAh battery – but it adds in a Galaxy Note-esque pop-out stylus, albeit at a fraction of the cost of Samsung’s very luxe flagships. This ought to be a compelling alternative for those unwilling to pay triple for a Note, and while the Moto G Stylus hasn’t yet been confirmed for a UK release as of this writing, we expect that it’ll arrive sometime this spring alongside the Moto G8 Power.

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ABOUT BACKGROUND UPDATES IN macOS

ABOUT BACKGROUND UPDATES IN macOS

Your Mac automatically installs background updates for the security configuration and data files used by macOS.

  • Keeping your software up to date is one of the most important things you can do to maintain the security of your Mac.
  • That includes installing all available macOS software updates, including Security Updates and the background updates described in this article.
  • Background updates include security-configuration updates and system data files, which are automatically installed by default.
  • They don’t cause your Mac to restart, but some take effect only after you restart.

Background updates include:

  • Security-configuration Updates, which help make your Mac more secure by identifying malicious software and preventing its installation. When you restart your Mac, these updates also remove any malicious software that is identified but already installed.
  • System Data Files, which provide new word lists, speech-recognition assets, voice assets, better suggestions for contacts and events, and more. Some system data files are installed only when you turn on or use features that require them.

NOTE:

  • To make sure that you always get these background updates promptly, keep the “Install system data files and security updates” setting enabled in Software Update preferences.

  • Go to System Preferences > Software Update, then click Advanced.

VIEW BACKGROUND UPDATES ON YOUR MAC

  • System Information lists most Apple and third-party software that has been installed manually or automatically. 
  • Choose Apple menu () > About This Mac then click the System Report button.
  • From the Software section of the sidebar, select Installations and click the Install Date column to sort by date.

Security-configuration updates

These security-configuration updates are installed in the background:

  • Core Services Application Configuration Data: Blocks incompatible apps from being launched
  • EFI Check Allow List All: Verifies that Apple provided the firmware for your Mac
  • Gatekeeper Configuration Data: Helps protect your Mac from apps created by unidentified developers
  • Incompatible Kernel Extension Configuration Data: Blocks incompatible kernel extensions that may adversely affect your Mac
  • MRT Config Data: Removes known malware
  • TCC Configuration Data: Improves compatibility of specified software with macOS security features.
  • X Protect P list Config Data: Prevents known malware from running

SYSTEM DATA FILES

These system data files are installed in the background:

  • Updated fonts
  • Updated system voice-dictation services
  • New or updated vocabulary words for the Dictionary app
  • Improved language models, autocorrect, spell check, input methods, transliteration of Roman to international characters, and more
  • Enhanced suggestions for adding new contacts and calendar events in macOS apps, and improved time-to-leave alerts
  • Improved discovery of Bluetooth devices and communication with them
  • Improved automatic routing of network requests based on traffic
  • Improved updating of iCloud Keychain credentials and passwords across your Apple devices
  • Support for new top-level domains in Safari
  • New and improved website suggestions, available as you type in the Smart Search field in Safari
  • Updated definitions for SSL certificate types
  • System-level support for more digital camera RAW formats
  • Improved tuning of Portrait mode images captured on iOS devices and viewed in the Photos app on Mac
  • Updated instructional videos in System Preferences
  • Updated information about support for media formats
  • Firmware updates for built-in trackpads and external trackpads, mice, keyboards, and displays
  • Firmware updates for Apple power adapters
  • Firmware updates for Siri Remote development in Xcode
  • Updated information to help automatically block incompatible kernel extensions (kexts)
  • Updated information to help automatically identify and block incompatible apps from opening or being migrated to a new Mac.

HOW TO UPDATE THE SOFTWARE ON YOUR MAC

SOFTWARE UPDATE ON YOUR MAC

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macOS updates improve the stability, performance, and security of your Mac, and they include updates for Safari, iTunes, and other apps that are part of macOS.

HOW TO GET UPDATES FOR MACOS MOJAVE OR LATER

If you’ve upgraded to macOS Mojave or later, follow these steps to keep it up to date: Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Software Update to check for updates.

  1. If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click “More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.
  2. When Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, the installed version of macOS and all of its apps are also up to date. That includes Safari, iTunes, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime.


NOTE:

  • To find updates for iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and other apps that were downloaded separately from the App Store, open the App Store on your Mac, then click the Updates tab.
  • To automatically install macOS updates in the future, including apps that were downloaded separately from the App Store, select ”Automatically keep my Mac up to date.”
  • Your Mac will notify you when updates require it to restart, so you can always choose to install those later.

HOW TO GET UPDATES FOR EARLIER MACOS VERSIONS

If you are using an earlier macOS, such as macOS High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, or earlier,* follow these steps to keep it up to date:

  1. Open the App Store app on your Mac.
  2. Click Updates in the App Store toolbar.
  3. Use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed.
  4. When the App Store shows no more updates, the installed version of macOS and all of its apps are up to date. That includes Safari, iTunes, iBooks, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime. Later versions may be available by upgrading your macOS.


NOTE:

  • To automatically download updates in the future, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click App Store, then select ”Download newly available updates in the background.” Your Mac will notify you when updates are ready to install.

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UPDATE YOUR APPLE WATCH

UPDATE YOUR APPLE WATCH

  • Use your iPhone to update your Apple Watch software.
  • After you upgrade to watchOS 6, you can update software directly on your Apple Watch

Check compatibility with watchOS 6

  1. watchOS 6 is compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 and later.
  2. Upgrading to watchOS 6 requires an iPhone 6s or later running iOS 13 or later.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

  1. Update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS.
  2. Make sure that your Apple Watch is at least 50 percent charged.
  3. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
  4. Keep your iPhone next to your Apple Watch, so that they’re in range. 

It could take from several minutes to an hour for the update to complete. You might want to update overnight or wait until you have time. 

UPDATE YOUR APPLE WATCH USING YOUR IPHONE

  • When a new update is available, your Apple Watch notifies you.
  • Tap Update Tonight in the notification, then go to your iPhone to confirm that you want to update overnight.
  • At the end of the day, leave your Apple Watch and iPhone charging overnight so the update can complete. 

To check for updates manually, use these steps: 

  1. Keep your Apple Watch on its charger until the update completes.
  2. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab. 
  3. Tap General > Software Update.
  4. Download the update. If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter it. 
  5. Wait for the progress wheel to appear on your Apple Watch. It could take from several minutes to an hour for the update to complete. 

Note:

  • Leave your Apple Watch on its charger while the update completes.
  • Don’t restart your iPhone or Apple Watch, and don’t quit the Apple Watch app. When the update completes, your Apple Watch will restart on its own.

UPDATE DIRECTLY ON YOUR APPLE WATCH

If you’ve upgraded your Apple Watch to watchOS 6, you can install subsequent updates without your iPhone:

  1. Make sure that your watch is connected to Wi-Fi.
  2. On your watch, open the Settings app.
  3. Tap General > Software Update.
  4. Tap Install if a software update is available, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Note:

  • Leave your Apple Watch on its charger while the update completes.
  • Don’t restart your iPhone or Apple Watch, and don’t quit the Apple Watch app. When the update completes, your Apple Watch will restart on its own.

IF YOU NEED HELP UPDATING

Try these steps:

  1. Make sure that your Apple Watch connects to its charger. 
  2. Restart your Apple Watch. Press and hold the side button until you see Power Off, then drag the slider. To turn your watch on again, press and hold the side button.
  3. Restart your paired iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, then drag the slider. To turn your iPhone on again, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.  
  4. Try to start the update again. 

If the update won’t start, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap General > Usage > Software Update, then delete the update file. After you delete the file, try to download and install watchOS again.

IF YOU INSTALLED AN iOS OR WATCHOS BETA OR DEVELOPER SEED

  1. Before you update, remove the beta profile from your device. To view and remove profiles:
    • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, then go to General > Profiles. Tap the beta profile that you want to remove, then tap Delete Profile. Enter your iPhone passcode if requested. 
    • Open the Settings app on your iPhone, then tap General > Profiles & Device Management. Tap the beta profile that you want to remove, then tap Delete profile. Enter your iPhone passcode if requested. 
  2. After you remove the profiles, restart both devices and check for the update again.

To continue using the public beta of iOS, you can install the beta profile again.

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UPDATE TO iOS 13 OR iPADOS

Update to iOS 13 or iPadOS

  • iOS 13 introduces a dramatic new look for iPhone with Dark Mode, new ways to browse and edit photos, and a private new way to sign in to apps and websites with just a tap.
  • iOS 13 is faster and more responsive with optimizations across the system that improve app launch, reduce app download sizes and make Face ID even faster.

Note:

That after a software update is installed for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS, it cannot be downgraded to the previous version.

  • Latest version of iOS and iPadOS is 13.3.1.
  • Learn how to update the software on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Note:

That after a software update is installed for iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS, it cannot be downgraded to the previous version.

HOW TO UPDATE YOUR IPHONE, IPAD, OR IPOD TOUCH

  • How to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS — wirelessly or using your computer.
  • You can update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS wirelessly.* If you can’t see the update on your device, you can update manually using your computer.

Before you update

  • It is recommended to make a backup of your device using iCloud or your computer before you proceed with updates.

HOW TO UPDATE WIRELESSLY

When you receive a message that an update is available, tap Install Now. You can also follow these steps: 

  1. Plug your device into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to Settings > General, then tap Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install. If a message asks to temporarily remove apps because the software needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS or iPadOS will reinstall apps that it removed.
  4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
  5. If asked, enter your passcode. If you don’t know your passcode, learn what to do.

If you see an error or need more space when updating wirelessly

  • If you see an error message while trying to update your device wirelessly, asking for a need of more space for a wireless update, you can update using your computer or delete content manually from your device. 
  • Whether you use your computer or update wirelessly, you’ll have the same amount of free space on your device after you update.
  • Some software updates aren’t available wirelessly. VPN or proxy connections might prevent your device from contacting the update servers.

How to Update Automatically

  • With iOS 12 or later, or iPadOS, you can have your device update automatically.
  • To turn on automatic updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update, then tap Automatic Updates.
  • Your device will automatically update to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. 
  • Some updates might need to be installed manually.

Update Your Device Using Your Computer

  • In case you can’t update wirelessly on your device, you can update manually using a computer that you trust. 
  • If your computer is using Personal Hotspot on the device that you’re updating, connect your computer to a different Wi-Fi or Ethernet network before you update.
  1. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes.
  2. Connect your device to your computer.
  3. Locate your device on your computer.
  4. Click General or Settings, then click Check for Update.
  5. Click Download and Update.
  6. If asked, enter your passcode.

If You See Error Messages On Your Computer Or Need More Space To Update

  • Get help if you see error messages while updating your device with your computer. 
  • Or if you need more space for an update, you can delete content from your device manually.

NOTE;

* Upgrading to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS software provides the latest features, security updates, and bug fixes. Not all features are available on all devices or in all regions. Battery and system performance may be influenced by many factors including network conditions and individual use; actual results may vary.

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ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF A CELLPHONE

Essential Pros and Cons of Cell Phones
Cell phones have become an extremely popular gadget used for daily living and, in most cases, have replaced landlines when it comes to communication. Becoming more technologically advanced, these devices can take and send pictures and videos instantly, as well as connect to the web for surfing. Many people, even children, now have their own cell phones, with the potential to do an endless number of tasks, such as looking for answers to certain questions. However, they can also expose us to unfavorable situations.
As we might notice, everywhere we go, you can see a lot of people with their eyes glued to the small screens, which gives some people a unsightly view on our future. Some of us are even obsessed with checking our Facebook accounts, uploading images on Instagram and tweeting about what a good time we are having, instead of actually having a good time.
All of these mean that responsible individuals, such as parents, guardians and teachers, need to be aware of both the pros and cons of cell phones before allowing anyone to use them at their own will.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CELL PHONES

ADVANTAGES OF CELL PHONES
1. Quick Access to Web browsing
  • Almost all of the smart phones have the ability to connect to internet and carry on web browsing.
  • The same is really beneficial to get to the required data and information as and when desired.
2. Provide Quality Access to any Topic
  • Cell Phones with internet facility can get you the best notes and desired narratives for fulfilling the education needs.

3. Financially Viable
  • Cell Phones carry a number of features, which facilitate distant audio and video calls and exchange notes in no time.
  • Most of the providers include convenient features of calling and text messaging free of cost.
  • Cell Phones carry a number of features, which facilitate distant audio and video calls and exchange notes in no time.
  • Most of the providers include convenient features of calling and text messaging free of cost.
4. Ensures Connection Between Loved Ones especially Parents and Children
  • Cell phones have become an essential part of life of all individuals.
  • Cell phones will always give access to remain connected with each other at all times.
  • It has given a relief to the parents and children to stay in touch, if stuck up in any situation and away from each other.
  • Cell phones can also be helpful in emergencies when parents needs to quickly get in touch with their children or vice versa.
5. Render assistance in Emergencies
  • Cell phones have become an essential part of life of all individuals.
  • Cell phones will always give access to remain connected with each other at all times.
  • It has given a relief to the parents and children to stay in touch, if stuck up in any situation and away from each other.
  • Cell phones can also be helpful in emergencies when parents needs to quickly get in touch with their children or vice versa.
6. Easy to carry - Movability
  • Landlines have been replaced with cell phones merely because of its movability and smaller in size.
  • The cell phone, unlike landlines can be used anywhere in the world without any worry of losing services.
7. Location Tracking
  • Cell phones are installed with tracking devices thereby one can easily track the location of loved ones.
Note:

 Withstanding the above, Cell Phones have built in a number of other features such as Picture taking, videos making, calendars, calculators etc providing ease / comfort in our life. It has a never-ending advantages / benefits, provided cell phones are used with the same spirit and zeal.

DISADVANTAGES OF CELL PHONES

1. Electronic Devices Gets Obsolete Frequently
  • One desires to have latest version of cell phone having best tech specs, which put the manufacturers on a race to introduce devices on yearly or Half Yearly basis with a minute / changes in specs.
  • Thus, previous versions with a tone of millions of units get obsolete each year.
  • Cell phone coatings are formulated with lead, and these devices’ lithium-ion batteries can explode if exposed to direct sunlight or high temperatures.
  • The recycle process cannot cope up with frequency of Electronic waste.
2. Kids Gets Deviated from Main Stream of Life
  • Most of the children got deviated / distracted from the meaningful use of Cell Phone having internet facility.
  • The unwanted and unethical material on internet has attracted children which resulted their distraction away from educational ethical use.
3. Inconvenience
  • The Cell Phone has become a very very inconvenient device since you can receive a call at any time and from any one.
  • In fact, Cell Phones has no respect for one’s privacy, as there is no silent hours for cell phone, until you purposefully switch off or put the same on silent mode.
  • Notwithstanding, keeping the phone switched off or on silent will deprive you from any emergency call from well-wishers as well.
4. Addiction
  • The Cell Phone has become an integral part of one’s essential tool kit without which life gets so boring and starts craving badly for its early possession.
  • People have become addicted with its use.
  • It has also been welcomed in toddlers and minor children, using the device very professionally and efficiently.
  • Parents have found themselves relief as mobiles phones keeps the kids busy for a good length of time.
  • However, the amount damages incurred are beyond imagination since excessive use affects eye sight besides addicts these minor kids as they grow old.
5. A Source of Cheating at School Level
  • Children have developed use of Cell Phones as an easy way of cheating.
  • Children passes answers and other relevant material of answers to one another using Cell phones, thus reduced the tendency of reading / preparation for exam at his own.
  • Devices with internet facility has made finding answers easier.
  • Schoolchildren can find out the answers using a search engine on their phones.
  • These young lot cannot appreciate the consequences, if caught while cheating through Cell Phones.
6. Cell Phones Are Expensive
  • The monopoly of Cell Phones have risen the prices very high and Cellular phones, especially smartphones, are beyond the financial reach of individuals.
7. Causes Major / Fatal Incidents
  • A number of severe accidents were found as a result of using Cell Phones during driving.
  • Moreover, texting / messaging while driving has result in massive fatal accidents.
  • Although, some cellular phones have been integrated with voice-navigation and hands-free capabilities, yet the threat of accidents from using these devices while driving could not be totally eliminated.

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PASSCODE RECOVERY INCASE YOU FORGET

What if one forgets the passcode for his iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, or either device gets disabled

When you forgot your passcode, or you receive a message saying that your device is disabled, it implies:

Entering / repeating a wrong passcode too many times will also display a message that your device is disabled.
If you can’t remember your passcode, you'll need to erase your device, which deletes all of your data and settings, including the passcode.
Unless you made a backup before you forgot your passcode, there isn't a way to save the data on your device.

Steps to be followed for removal of passcode:

How to Remove a Passcode
  • Restore your data and settings after restoring your device, provided you have backed up your device.
  • On the contrary, if you never backed up your device before you forgot your passcode, you won’t be able to save the data on your device. 

 You will need a computer to follow these following steps.



  1. Ensure that your device isn’t connected to your computer, then choose any of your device below and follow the steps:

a) iPhone X or later, and iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus:

  • Press and hold the Side button and one of the volume buttons until the power off slider appears.

  • Drag the slider to turn off your device.

  • Connect your device to your computer while holding the Side button.

  • Keep holding the Side button until you see the recovery mode screen.

b) iPad with Face ID:
  • Press and hold the Top button and either volume button until the power off slider appears.
  • Drag the slider to turn off your device.
  • Connect your device to your computer while holding the Top button.
  • Keep holding the Top button until you see the recovery mode screen.
c) iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPod touch (7th generation):
  • Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears.
  • Drag the slider to turn off your device.
  • Connect your device to your computer while holding the Volume down button.
  • Keep holding the Volume down button until you see the recovery mode screen.
d) iPhone 6s or earlier, iPod touch (6th generation or earlier), or iPad with Home button:
  • Press and hold the Side (or Top) button until the power off slider appears.
  • Drag the slider to turn off your device.
  • Connect your device to your computer while holding the Home button.
  • Keep holding the Home button until you see the recovery mode screen.

2.  When you see the option to Restore or Update, choose Restore. Finder or iTunes will download software for your device. If it takes more than 15 minutes, your device will exit recovery mode and you’ll need to repeat steps 2-4.

3.   Wait till the process to finish. Thereafter you can setup and use your device.

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