Category Archives: Smartphones

Apple announces release of iPhone 14 and iOS16

Apple released its new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro smartphones with eSIM cards and Emergency SOS via satellite.  Apple also released its new Watch Series 8, Watch SE, and Watch Ultra smartwatches.

iOS 16 is available on September 12, 2022 for download. This version makes the Fitness app all iPhone users, and includes messages and map changes. WatchOS 9 is also available on September 12 and has several new updates, including Compass and workout app changes.

Wireless carriers shutting down 3G networks in 2022

A.T.&T. has shut down its 3G wireless network as of February 22, 2022.  T-Mobile will shut down its 3G network during the spring and summer of 2022, and Verizon has its 3G network shutdown date as December 31, 2022.

The FCC has more information and resources available at its 3G page. This transition may affect older smartphones, tablets, smart watches,  vehicle GPS and road assistance devices, alarm systems, and medical devices.  Some vehicles may also lose Automatic Crash Notification due to the 3G shutdown.

Apple Self Service Repair option

Apple has announced a new Self Service Repair for customers who want to repair their Apple devices with genuine Apple parts.   This program will be available in the U.S. starting in early 2022 and will first include iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 parts, with additional devices and service areas to be added later.

Update: Apple’s Self Repair program is now available as of April 2022. This includes a repair tool kit rental option. Self Service Repair is available for Mac notebooks starting August 23, 2022.

Apple device repair programs for recent issues

Apple has reported that a small number of iPhone 11 models are experiencing issues with touch screen capability.   A free repair is available for phones with a valid serial number that are having this problem.

Apple also has a repair program for the small percentage of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models with sound issues.

Apple also has a repair program available for a small number of 13-inch MacBook Pro units with backlight display issues.

Apple is providing free repairs for users having sound issues with AirPods Pro.

Apple releases new iPhone 12 smartphones and iPad Air

Apple announced the release of its new iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, and iPad Air devices.  These devices feature the new A14 Bionic chip  and the smartphones include 5G service.  These phones can be charged  with the MagSave wireless charger, but items such as credit cards and other magnetic cards must not be placed between the phone and charger.

Android custom distributions (ROMs) for smartphones and tablets

Android custom distributions (ROMs) are replacement operating systems for Android smartphones and tablets.  This allows users to customize older devices that may not have available Android updates and extend their service life.   This may erase data and void your device’s warranty.  Available security updates are usually based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).  More information is at