How to Reset an iPhone 7

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A hard reset basically force-reboots your iPhone, which is useful if the device is freezing, throwing up errors, or has stopped responding completely. DFU mode, on the other hand, restores an iPhone if a reset or standard Recovery Mode doesn’t solve the problem you’re experiencing.

The iPhone 7 has a different hard reset and DFU mode activation process to earlier iPhones because the physical-click home button has been replaced with a Force Touch-based Taptic Engine, which is rendered unresponsive if the OS isn’t functioning properly.

So here’s my little guide to show you how it’s done on a new iPhone 7.

How to Use 3D Touch Actions in iOS 10

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With iOS 10, Apple focused on expanding 3D Touch functionality to make it more relevant to users, in the hope that they eventually come to see it as second nature. If you have an iPhone 6s or later, there are a wide range of 3D Touch gestures that you can test out in iOS 10, particularly from the home screen.

I compiled a list of native app icons that now support 3D Touch, as well as a handful of other useful functions, for my latest MacRumors how-to guide. You can read it here.

Beoplay H5 Bluetooth Earphones Review

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In June, premium audio heavyweight brand Bose debuted a wireless version of its flagship over-the-ear headphones with the QuietComfort 35’s. Not to be outdone, in September Danish audio big hitter B&O entered the fray with its Beoplay H5 Bluetooth buds, a pair of high-end magnetized earphones designed “for music lovers who live to move.”

You can read my review of the Beoplay H5 earphones here.

B&O Beoplay A1 speaker review

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Last month, B&O PLAY announced the Beoplay A1, the latest portable Bluetooth speaker in its family of luxury home audio products. B&O PLAY is a brand subsidiary of Danish high-end audio and video manufacturer Bang & Olufsen, known for its principled attention to design (which some say inspired Apple).

I decided to take a look at the A1 ultraportable speaker for MacRumors to see if the device justifies its $249 price tag, which places it at the premium end of the Bluetooth speaker market.

How to back up your Mac using Time Machine

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I recently became a contributing writer for MacRumors, which attracts a broad audience of both consumers and professionals interested in the latest Apple technologies and products.

Aside from covering breaking Apple news, I’ll also be reviewing hardware products and writing tutorials on Apple software. My first guide to go live on the site shows how to back up your Mac using Time Machine.

How to get fit with Apple Watch fitness apps

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One of the attractions of the Apple Watch is its built-in activity tracking features. The proprietary Activity app enables you to track your movement, exercise and standing frequency over time, while integrated feedback helps you to improve on long-term activity goals.

Apple’s efforts are commendable, but a little basic for the committed fitness freak, which is why there are third-party Apple Watch fitness apps available that specialise in these areas and which may serve your needs better than the stock option.

In this article I take a closer look at the Apple Watch implementation of three third-party fitness apps and walk you through some typical usage patterns.

TechRadar link.