Apple Issues #ChargeGate Solution for New iPhones, But Some Problems Still Unsolved

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I bet most of you who clicked into this article aren’t an iPhone user. Even if you’re one, you don’t have the latest iPhone.

You’re here just to laugh at the fellows who queued overnight for the latest iPhone XS series.

Because the first version, as expected, were filled with bugs.

Here’s an image of a cat for you to laugh at.

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Okay, done with your laughter? Let’s begin.

iPhone XS Series Charging Issue

In case you’ve no idea what your Android friends are laughing about, here’s a recap: in the latest additions to the iPhone family, some of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models have an issue known as #ChargeGate.

So basically, the phones won’t automatically charge when you plug the lightning cable into the phone when the device is on idle: you’d have to wake the phone up for it to charge.

YouTuber Unbox Therapy uploaded a video that showcased the problem:

It’s a nightmare for some, especially if this problem wasn’t known in advance: imagine plugging in your phone before you sleep, expecting it to be fully charged in the morning only to realize you’d have to read a book on your way to work that day.

Also, it turned out that even older iPhones that have upgraded to iOS 12 face this issue as well.

Apple hasn’t officially announced anything about it, but it turns out that they know about this problem: the latest iOS update explicitly mention a fix about this issue.

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Problem Fixed in iOS12.0.1

A few days back, iOS 12.0.1 was released. For a layman like me, here’s a basic explanation of what the number mean: usually, if there are three digits (1.1.1), the first digit change (the one on the left) means a major update that could mean a large overhaul, the second digit change means it’s a major upgrade and the last digit change means it a minor upgrade, usually to fix bugs or introduce minor upgrades.

So, from 12.0.0 to 12.0.1 means it’s a rather minor upgrade.

But the fix for the #ChargeGate is there.

Image: YouTube (Unbox Therapy)

And according to Unbox Therapy, it is indeed fixed.

However, there are still some bugs that seemed to have siam-ed the long arms of Apple developers.

According to a Forbes report, the phone sends iMessages to the wrong people (OMG).

However, a Twitter user has allegedly been told that it’s done on purpose, as the same Apple ID would combine the messages into a thread.

Another issue that has plagued some iOS 12.0.1 users is broken calls. Users allegedly couldn’t make or receive calls. I mean, yes, I know that a phone’s main feature isn’t to make phone calls, but still…

Also, there has been reports of Bluetooth connectivity issue, WiFi connectivity issue and battery life issue. We won’t deny that they might be isolated cases, but still…Android users can’t help but to

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It’s the same cat #HAHAHA

Apple Suddenly Got into Social Media

If you’re a marketing or PR student, you would know that Apple has a rather unique strategy on how to handle social media.

Instead of viewing them as a platform to create more touchpoints (i.e. publicity) for free, they are still spending countless dollars on traditional advertising, which many have speculated that they did not want online feedback to devalue their brand.

Which is why before 13 September 2018, if you go to Apple’s Facebook Page, you’ll see that it has well over 11 million Likes but no video at all. Their wall is like a dead wall with no posts, too.

But on 13 September, they posted their first and only video, and even allowed comments, leading to a whopping 16 million views.

Not sure what’s this new direction means, though.

But you’re not here for this, aren’t you?

You’re still laughing.

I know, because I’m an Android user #HAHAHA

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