Practical tip for iOS users: How to make Siri understand you even better?

Apple’s voice assistant on the iPhone, iPad and Mac always listens, doesn’t it? Well, there are cases when Siri “closes his ears”. With the following tip, however, we eliminate a common communication problem – works with both iOS and iPad OS on Apple’s tablet.

 With the voice command “Hey Siri” , Apple’s voice assistant comes to life and easily listens to requests and questions. Hassle free? However, Siri does not always really listen , namely when the iPhone or iPad with the display is lying on the table or when the screen is covered. Siri then pretends to be deaf and ignores users. Why is this?

Siri doesn’t always listen on iPhone and iPad, here’s how to help each other on iOS
This behavior is intended by Apple , because if the user lays the iPhone and iPad “prone” on the table , this avoids double Hey Siri calls , for example if there is another HomePod in the room. In short: Actually not a bug, more of a feature. Provided that you know about it and don’t just discover the functionality by accident. But there should also be situations in which you don’t want this , then Siri should always be listening. Is this even possible?

The solution is hidden here
Let’s do it, the way leads once again via the operating aids . We can find them in the settings of iOS and iPad OS . We scroll down to the point just mentioned and get to the “special” Siri settings. Once there, we discover the option “Always pay attention to “Hey Siri””. Disabled by default, we flip the switch without further ado. Now Siri is always listening on iPhone and iPad, even when the screen is facing down or covered.

This could prove to be practical in emergencies , for example , when users are unable to get to their iPhone and still want to call for help using Siri. If we activate the feature, we will be better prepared for such cases in the future.

Tap to Pay on iPhone: Apple introduces new payment method

With Apple Pay you can pay in-store with your iPhone. Soon it might also work at the weekly market. Apple has now laid the foundation for this.

Apple’s Apple Pay payment service usually works wherever you can pay with a credit card – especially in larger shops. With Tap to Pay on iPhone, the company will soon be turning many iPhones into payment terminals. According to the press release , all you need is an iPhone XR (or a more recent model) and the right partner app, and any iPhone can accept payments via NFC. The central component of the tap-to-pay-on-iPhone function is of course Apple Pay, but contactless payment should also work with other services, wallets, credit and debit cards in the future.

iPhone replaces Terminal

Convenient for customers: you don’t have to change at all. Instead of an NFC terminal, you are simply given an iPhone to hold your cell phone or Apple Watch or (NFC-enabled) credit card to complete the traction. As with Apple Pay, all transactions made with Tap to Pay on iPhone are encrypted. According to Apple, it does not know what you bought where and when.

When will Tap to Pay on iPhone be available?

First, Apple wants to work with leading payment platforms and app developers from the payment service provider and eCommerce industry to enable Tap to Pay on iPhone merchants in the US. The Stripe platform is the starting point. More services are to follow later in 2022. In order for companies to be able to adapt their apps accordingly, Apple wants to integrate Tap to Pay on iPhone in an upcoming beta version of iOS. That doesn’t sound like an early start in Germany.

Apple Event in early March. There will be a new iPhone SE and iPad Air

Apple is preparing very seriously for the upcoming premieres. Rumors suggest the company will introduce the largest number of new devices in history in one year. The next event is to additionally feature cheaper equipment, which may result from the difficult market situation.

According to Bloomberg, Apple wants to allay any fears that supply chain problems will hurt sales. On the other hand, however, it is known that the company has strongly focused on cheaper devices, which may be caused by further problems with the supply chain.

Upcoming premieres

According to reports, Apple is working intensively on updated versions of the iPhone SE and iPad Air. The new iPhone SE is to allow the use of 5G, have an improved camera and a faster processor. The project itself, however, will be similar to the current version, which debuted in April 2020.

The situation is similar with the new iPad Air, which will be an update to the previous model. The equipment will receive a faster processor and 5G support. Bloomberg sources also report that Apple is planning a new Mac with Apple-designed chips, which are also likely to be unveiled at an upcoming event.

The upcoming Apple Event is expected to take place around March 8. In addition to new devices, fans of the brand can also expect the announcement of a larger iOS update, which will add Face ID support for people wearing masks.

After the spring event, Apple will probably be getting ready for the Worldwide Developers Conference, but the most important premieres will probably come in the fall. It is then that the company will announce the new iPhone 14 and Mac computers.

Xiaomi has a problem: the flood of smartphones has stopped working

In the fourth quarter of 2021, Xiaomi has nothing to smile about

Xiaomi certainly imagined things differently: In the fourth quarter of 2021, the Chinese manufacturer will be treading water, while Apple and Samsung will be the winners. For Xiaomi, the question arises as to whether the previous strategy still has a future. A commentary by Kaan Gürayer.

Xiaomi fails to increase smartphone market share
The numbers that the market researchers at Canalys have compiled for Xiaomi are oppressive: In the recently completed fourth quarter of 2021, the busy electronics group secured a 12 percent share of global smartphone sales – just as much as in the previous year . Gold and silver medals go to Apple and Samsung (Source: Canalys )

Notorious optimists, who always see the glass half full, would now object: “Neither improved nor worsened, it fits!” But things are not that simple for Xiaomi. The manufacturer seems to be bringing new smartphones onto the market every week , which are intended to attract customers with an even more aggressive price-performance ratio. Given that, these numbers are more than sobering, especially since things are not going well for smartwatches either .

With this “a lot helps a lot” strategy, Xiaomi is reminiscent of Samsung’s former business practices. Up until a few years ago, the South Koreans also flooded the market with countless, almost indistinguishable smartphones.

Model Samsung
However , the industry leader has got the curve , now relies on “class instead of mass” and has caught up massively, especially in the area of ​​software and ecosystem. Hardly any other manufacturer, apart from Google itself, delivers Android updates so quickly and so long. And the interaction of the different devices – from smartphones and tablets to smartwatches and in-ear headphones – is making enormous progress and is now almost as good as the big Apple model.

Smartphones are just a playing field of Xiaomi:

How to configure the new Focus mode in Apple iOS 15?

Focus mode allows users to more easily and conveniently adjust their ‘Don’t Disturb’ mode in Apple products. (Photo: Internet)

Apple has recently introduced a new feature called Focus Mode in the iOS 15 update for its operating system.

This feature has made Donut Disturb mode more functional and improved. In fact, Apple has improved the old DND mode by adding some new features, including the creation of a filter for calls and messages and the auto-reply feature with automatic and multiple customizations in case of your unavailability.

Focus mode gives users more convenience so they can adjust their ‘Don’t Disturb’ mode more easily and conveniently.
Interestingly, Focus Mode will work equally well on Apple Mac, Apple Watch and iPad, let’s see how Focus Mode works and how to configure it.

How to configure Focus mode in iOS 15?

First make sure to update iOS 15 to your iPhone or iPad, then go to ‘Settings app’ and select ‘Focus’ option. Here you will see some of the existing options. These include Do Not Disturb, Driving, Sleep and Work. Along with these options, the ‘+’ button will appear on the right side. You can create a custom focus mode by touching the ‘+’ button.

Then you have to find the Share Across Devices option, which is below it. In which you will see the Focus Status and Phone Calls options, through which you can determine which application should be given access to Focus Mode and how to manage calls while Focus Mode is enabled.

You can see the fitness, gaming, mindfulness and reading options by tapping the ‘+’ button. From here, you can customize them by adding them to the Focus Mode list.

Creating custom focus mode

Select Custom by tapping the ‘+’ button to create Custom Focus mode. Then choose a color and icon by giving it a name. Then you have to select the people in your phone book who you want to be able to receive your notifications while still in focus mode.

Select the Calls From option and select one of the given options Every One, Nine One, Favorites and All Context. And then tap the Allow button. And if you don’t want to allow someone, then tap the Allow None button.

In the next step, you need to select the app that you want to allow to display notifications. Tap the ‘+’ button to add apps from the list provided, you can tap the Allow button by activating the Time Sensitive option. Like contact notifications, here you can choose not to allow any app to be notified.

Once you have completed these settings, your focus mode will be ready.

Features of the iPhone 13 series.

Apple launched iPhone 13 series on September 14. Like previous launches, Apple Apple unveiled its latest generation of iPhones at the California Streaming event. 

These beautifully designed smartphones have been launched in five new colors. 

Apple fans will be happy to know they will get an advance dual camera in iPhones. It will come with a new wide camera offering bigger pixels and sensor-shift optical image stabilization. This will enable them to capture photos and videos in low light. 

The new A15 Bionic chip has made iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini super fast and power-efficient. It gives phones longer battery life and a brighter Super Retina XDR display. They will love to see stunning content on their new iPhones. 

The new A15 has 15 billion transistors and features a dedicated neural network. This 16-core Neural engine can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second. 

Apple has used a new image signal processor in the phones which gives them improved computational photography capabilities.

iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch screen and the iPhone mini comes with 5.4-inch display. Apple has given a ceramic shield on the front. Both models have an industry-leading IP68 rating for water resistance, which enables them to withstand spills from the common liquid.

Super Retina XDR OLED displays in iPhones series will give you an incredible contrast ratio for true blacks and a 28 percent increase in max outdoor brightness at 800 nits.

Calling and messaging can be done without network in iPhone 13

This is a symbolic file photo of the iPhone 13.

Apple is launching iPhone 13 series next month. However, before the launch there are many reports about the phone. One leaked report said that the iPhone 13 model could be offered with Low Earth Satellite Communication Mode (LEO) connectivity. This has been disclosed by Chi Kuo. With this feature in-built, calling and messaging can be done without 4G or 5G connectivity in the phone.

LEO satellite is satellite connectivity located in low earth orbit. It does not use tower connectivity. This keeps your phone directly connected to the satellite. However, it has a higher latency rate. This service is expensive as well as slow. However, companies are working fast in this direction. In this, the name of Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service Starlink appears.

According to a report by The Verge, Qualcomm’s customized X60 baseband chip can be used for Satellite connectivity in the iPhone 13. With the help of this, iPhone 13 users will be able to make messages and calls without 4G and 5G connectivity in the phone. At present, satellite connectivity facility is offered by an American based communication company, so that the upcoming iPhone 13 series smartphones can be connected. According to the report, the Satellite Communications Technology Service has been optimized by Apple.

Apart from Apple, satellite connectivity can be used by other smartphone companies. However, this is still very early stage. In such a situation, one should wait for the launch of Qualcomm’s X65 baseband chipset coming in the year 2022. However, it is being claimed that Apple may become the first smartphone brand to offer satellite connectivity. Qualcomm’s customized chip should be used by Apple.