Samsung has expanded its device self-repair program in the U.S. and other countries for phones, tablets, TVs and other devices. This program now includes foldable devices as well.
Samsung support and documentation is available at www.samsung.com/us/support/.
Apple has added a new security feature – Stolen Device Protection – that helps protect a stolen iPhone and passcode. Stolen Device Protection is available starting with iOS 17.3 and this feature must be turned on before the device is lost or stolen.
Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Phone Link for iPhone users for Windows Insider users with Windows 11. Phone Link will allow you to pair your iPhone and Windows PC over Bluetooth in order to provide limited iPhone functions such as calls and messages on your computer.
This is one of the new features that Microsoft is introducing with Windows 11 updates, including adding new AI-powered Bing to the Windows taskbar, video screen recording in Snipping Tool, and multiple tabs in Notepad.
Facebook has reported finding more than 400 malicious Android and iOS apps intended to copy Facebook login credentials from users who run these apps. Facebook contacted Apple and Google regarding these apps found in their app stores. A list of the apps may be found here.
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.
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 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. The Self Repair program is also now available in Europe.