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Apple iOS 13.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?



Apple iOS 13.2 has arrived and it’s a dumpster fire. Following the multitude of iOS 13 launch problems, Apple’s fifth rapid-fire update not only ignores serious issues but introduces new ones. All of which is a great shame, because iOS 13.2 delivers some big new features. 

Tip: bookmark this page because I keep it up to date if new problems are found. I will deliver my final verdict in a week (if Apple hasn’t issued more releases by then). 

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Who Is It For?

iOS 13.2 is for all iOS 13-compatible devices. This means the iPhone 6S and newer and the current iPod touch 7th generation. Upgrade notifications are usually automatic but if you need to trigger them manually go to Settings > General > Software Update. Beta testers, if you are running a latter version of iOS when you read this (more in ‘The Road Ahead’ section below), remember to unroll your iPhones or iOS 13.2 won’t show up. 

iPad owners, Apple has moved you to a new dedicated platform: iPadOS.

The Deal Breakers

The headline news is iOS 13.2 has been bricking the Apple HomePod. Working in unison with a new version of the speaker’s audioOS, HomePod owners have found that connecting to iPhones upgraded to iOS 13.2 breaks Apple Music and if they try to reset their HomePods they are stuck in an endless boot loop. Apple has now issued a warning about this and pulled the respective updates. What a mess. 

For everyone else, iOS 13.2 seems no better. Dropped call problems continue and the battery life bug continues to frustrate:

“@AppleSupport I am glad to learn that the iOS13 battery drain is not a hardware defect but an iOS thing. I updated (iPhone 6s) today to the latest 13.2 and the problem is as bad as before. #fixbatterydrain” – source

“Updated to iOS 13.2 after 13.1 in hope that the battery drain issue would be fixed. Now it is worse! Really not a great experience” – source

“@AppleSupport the battery drain is still crazy bad on 13.2 and iPhone SE. Is this a sneaky way to force me to upgrade?” – source

Mail problems are also unresolved (“@AppleSupport I downloaded iOS 13.2 on my iPhone 8 and now I cannot see any emails – source, “#iOS 13.2, and Mail app is stupidly still broken. Thanks @apple @AppleSupport for the $700 useless communication device – source) and Messages still has issues

So What Do You Get?

While it seems Apple didn’t spend much time trying to fix existing problems in iOS 13.2, it does introduce a lot of new features. They are as follows:

  • Deep Fusion for ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ 
  • Change video resolution directly from the Camera app for ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌
  • Over 70 new or updated emoji
  • AirPods Pro‌ support
  • Siri‌ can read your incoming messages to AirPods‌
  • HomeKit‌ Secure Video to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras
  • HomeKit‌ enabled routers to control ‌HomeKit‌ accessories over the internet or in your home
  • Siri privacy settings to stop Apple storing audio of ‌Siri‌ and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your ‌Siri‌ and Dictation history from ‌Siri‌ Settings

The headline here is Deep Fusion. This is a new form of image processing which shoots multiple images at different exposures then fuses them together (much like the technique Google Pixels use). It’s an automatic mode, so you can’t manually select it, but when enabled it has the potential to produce significantly better texture and detail for photos taken in mid-to-low light. 

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Official Apple Deep Fusion image sampleAPPLE

iOS 13.2 also sees Apple step up its HomeKit efforts after they had started to stagnate and the new Siri modes are essential after the Siri privacy debacle.

Apple has also been working on things under the hood. The company’s official security page lists 26 security fixes (14 of which are for WebKit) and Apple has actually quashed some bugs, just not the big ones: 

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
  • Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
  • Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
  • Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher

Helpful as these are, the serious ongoing problems with Mail, Calls and Battery Life need to be treated as a priority at this point.

Apple iOS 13.2 Verdict: Upgrade From iOS 13, Avoid From iOS 12

With the exception of HomePod owners who need to avoid this update like the plague, existing iOS 13 owners should upgrade since they have little to lose at this point. iOS 13.2 has a lot of new features (particularly for iPhone 11 series owners) and the security and bug fixes are worth having, even if the big issues continue to slip by Apple’s attention. 

Meanwhile, iOS 12 owners should continue to stay put. Deep Fusion isn’t available to older iPhones so only emoji addicts and owners of AirPods Pro need make the move. Right now the grass on the other side is not greener. 

The Road Ahead 

I had high hopes for iOS 13.2 delivering more substantial bug fixes, but their absence means I suspect we will see iOS 13.2.1 very soon. In fact, I’d be surprised if it is not released within a week. There are simply too many ongoing problems with iOS 13 and a lot more ‘minor point’ dedicated bug fixes are needed. 


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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: Inspired by fans, for the fans




Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has revealed the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE), the newest member of the Galaxy S20 series. Galaxy S20 FE is a premium flagship smartphone that includes innovations Galaxy fans told us they love most, and it is also made available at an accessible price point. COVID-19 disrupted the world as we knew it and technology is now playing a more crucial role in our lives and that is why we created Galaxy S20 FE; to deliver flagship experiences to more consumers.

Samsung took select features of the Galaxy S20 series, such as the super smooth scrolling display, an AI-powered camera, advanced chipset, hyper-fast connectivity, all day battery, expandable storage, with a streamlined premium design, in order to create the all-new Galaxy S20 FE.

“The S20 FE is an extension of the Galaxy S20 family and is the start of a new way to bring meaningful innovation to even more people to let them do the things they love with the best of Galaxy.” Says Mr. Caden Yu, the Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa.

All you want, to do what you love
Express the best of yourself when out on a day trip or at night catching fun with a pop of color that reflects your personal style, attitude and personality. The S20 FE comes in variant colors of Cloud Red, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Mint and Cloud Navy.

With the S20 FE, the fun never stops. The pro grade camera and 30X Space zoom help you capture memorable moments whether near or far at day time.

Plus, the night mode multi-frame and powerful performance gets you through the fun nights and the 4500mAH battery keeps you on all day with little in between time to recharge using the 15W fast charging.

And since life can be unpredictable, the Galaxy S20 FE is water and dust resistant; IP68 rated. Better yet, when accidents happens, one can rest easy knowing the 24 months warranty and Screen repair offer that comes with Pre order has got your back.

Pre order
The S20 FE is available for pre order from the 9th of October with a Wireless Bluetooth earphones, Clear Standing cover and Screen repair offer. You also get a 4 month Free Subscription on YouTube premium. Trade In Discount Offer also available from Pre order. Trade in your old phones and enjoy discount on the S20 FE

The S20 FE would be officially available in the market from the 23rd of October. Visit any of our Samsung Experience Store nationwide for an amazing and pleasurable experience.

Device Specifications
With its variants of colors, S20 FE comes with a 6GB RAM/128GB ROM, a long lasting battery of 4500mAh with 15W fast charging, a 32MP selfie camera and a 120Hz Super-Amoled display.

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FIFA 21: No demo for upcoming game, EA Sports confirm




The company says it will instead focus on perfecting the latest iteration of the series ahead of release

EA Sports has announced that the company will not be releasing a demo for FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 is set to be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Friday, October 9, having being pushed back from its usual September release date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, the game will also be eventually released on the upcoming Sony PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, making this year’s release one of the most important in recent years.

Typically, EA Sports release a demo for each year’s game around three weeks before the official release, allowing players to test out the gameplay in one-off matches featuring some of the game’s top teams.

The demo is then typically followed by an early access period for those that are EA Play members, offering players a chance to play the full game for a limited time before release.

However, EA confirmed on Monday that this year’s game will not have a demo, with the company instead focusing on making sure the full game is prepared for its October 9 release date.

“We aren’t releasing a demo for FIFA 21. Instead we’ve made the decision to focus our development team’s time on delivering the best full game experience for current & next-gen consoles,” EA said in a statement.

“We look forward to EA PLAY members jumping in 10 days from now and launching the game Oct 9.”

In recent weeks, EA has begun to unveil the list of the highest-rated players in the game, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski earning the top three places on this year’s rankings on the men’s side with U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe leading the way for the women.

This year’s game will feature improvements to career mode, new attacking systems such as Agile Dribbling, Positioning Personality and Creative Runs and improvements to the highly-popular Ultimate Team mode including FUT Co-Op gameplay and increased club customisation options.

Additionally, the game will feature a series of new icons: Eric Cantona, Ferenc Puskas, Xavi, Nemanja Vidic, Petr Cech, Samuel Eto’o, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm, Fernando Torres, Ashley Cole and Davor Suker.


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Editing HTML Like A Boss In VS Code




Here’s a seven minute video from Caleb Porzio that focuses on some of Emmet‘s HTML editing features. You might think of Emmet as that thing that expands abbreviations like table.stats>tr*3>td*3 into glorious, expanded, and perfect HTML. But Emmet has other HTML editing trickery up its sleeve. My favorite is “wrap with abbreviation” (which happens to be Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + A on CodePen), but there are more, like expanding your selection inward and outward and tag changing.

If you haven’t seen it, the Emmet 2 preview on CodePen is pretty neeeeat. It shows you what you’re about to expand into before you do it:

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