Apple TV is a perfect option to stream content if you're already a user of Apple products. However, like any other smart TV or streaming device, it can sometimes experience issues like slow streaming and poor video quality. Whether you're encountering trouble streaming video content or having connectivity issues between your Apple TV and other devices, resolving the cause of these problems is essential if you want the best possible experience with your Apple streaming machine.
Fortunately, you can troubleshoot many of the issues that impact Apple TV's streaming performance and connectivity at home without the help of a professional, so you shouldn't have to visit your local Genius Bar to get your device up and running again, according to Apple. As with most streaming devices experiencing video quality issues, the cause of the problem usually relates to a slow internet connection in your home, either resulting from firmware issues or other router and modem problems. For example, you may be experiencing poor video quality if too many of your other devices are taking up network bandwidth. On the other hand, if you're having problems connecting your other Apple products to your Apple TV, you may need to make sure both are up to date with the most current firmware version.
Frequent buffering and slow-loading apps are some of the most common symptoms associated with Apple TV Wi-Fi issues. These problems can severely impact your ability to watch and enjoy content on your Apple TV, so fixing them is essential. Given the constant strain from your other devices on your home network, resetting your network and Apple TV in tandem is always a good place to start. To do this:
If you're still running into Wi-Fi issues, consider using an ethernet cable with your Apple TV. Physical distance and structural obstructions between your Apple TV and Wi-Fi router can contribute to poor video quality and slow-loading apps.
It's also important to note that you should consider disconnecting other streaming devices taking up bandwidth on your network. This method is an excellent way to Boost video quality and reduce buffering times.
As with all electronic devices, ensuring your Apple TV's firmware stays updated is vital. Your firmware has an enormous impact on everything from how well apps run to your device's connection with other Apple products and services like the 4K Siri remote. As a result, you should consider it a prime culprit if your Apple TV is running slowly.
If you don't want to install updates manually, you can toggle your Apple TV to install updates when they're available automatically. Automatic updates are a great option if you often forget to update manually.
Apple also recommends completing updates with an ethernet cable to help expedite the obtain process and to ensure that updates are completed correctly.
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The AirPods Max has been out for a while and has been a polarizing product for many Apple fans. The overhead headphones have come back in a massive way and have become a huge fashion trend in 2022. It’s polarizing due to a few reasons: some claim that the wireless headphones aren’t a great fit for some head types, and others also complain about the price point. On the other hand, many love its minimalist aesthetic, good sound quality, and portability.
However, there seems to be a lurking AirPods Max flaw that Apple hasn’t fixed until now, despite the product coming out years ago. What’s scary about this flaw is that it could happen to anyone’s pair, and Apple won’t fix it for you. If you’re looking for more information about this AirPods Max flaw, read on below.
The AirPods Max flaw has been around since the product’s inception and is when condensation, sweat, or water builds up inside the earcups when they’re warm. This happens either because of the aluminum construction of the AirPods Max, which stays cool, making the air around it hit its dew point, or because of a lack of ventilation. There’s a hole on the inside of the earcup that contains a disconnect release for the headband. Once liquid in any form travels down this hole in noticeable amounts, then it can destroy the power and audio connectors for the device. Once that’s destroyed, you have no way of using your AirPods Max headphones.
This has been a known issue for quite a while, with users in this Reddit thread from two years ago highlighting the problem. The user in this thread goes into extreme detail as to how exactly their pair of AirPods Max headphones broke. To fix this AirPods Max flaw, they state that you can tape the hole inside the earcup to prevent any water from seeping through. This can help, but customers shouldn’t be paying for a product only to have to take measures to prevent issues by themselves.
It’s unclear why Apple isn’t fixing this AirPods Max flaw. Customers claim that when they take their pair into the Apple shop for repair, the team didn’t acknowledge the issue and would send them off to a remote repair center. Many of the time, these customers would bring AirPods Max headphones that are under warranty, too.
One user claimed that they would have to pay approximately $280 to repair the broken headband connector issue. Therefore, it seems as if the Apple repair team are aware of the glaring issue but not the underlying causes. It could be that Apple is, in fact, aware of the condensation issue but is also aware that it’s a major design flaw present in all models. Admitting a major flaw would mean a mass recall, which would be extremely costly.
Despite this particular AirPods Max flaw, many consumers still express satisfaction with the product (perhaps because they haven’t experienced the condensation issue themselves). Here’s a breakdown of whether or not the AirPods Max is worth it:
The AirPods Max is not cheap at all. It’s $549, so while it’s not the most expensive pair of wireless headphones on the market, it’s definitely comparable to other high-end competitors. Those familiar with Apple products understand that the company does charge a more premium price because of its branding, user experience, and aesthetics. If you’re only considering the price, $549 may not be worth it, as you can get other wireless headphones for cheaper. The real differences come with the sound quality and functionality.
The AirPods Max headphones are very portable, seeing as you can fold them and package them in the carrier. The carrier transforms your headphones into a carrier, which you can hold like a handbag when you’re not using them. Apart from that, you can link them up with all Apple products easily, and there are various controls that help you streamline your experience with the digital crown. If you have a pair of AirPods, then the AirPods Max will feel native to you. There’s not much more you can ask for in a pair of wireless headphones, but Apple doesn’t skimp on the functionality of these.
The AirPods Max sound profile is described as clean and balanced, not leaning too much into the bass but definitely providing users with some pounding depth if required. Some say that the AirPods Max headphones have the same sound signature as the AirPods Pros, so if you already have a pair or are aware of how music sounds on them, then you can imagine that just in over-ear form. It has active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and spatial audio to help you immerse yourself in your sound.
Of course, as is the case with most Apple products, the AirPods Max looks stunning if you like minimalistic aesthetics. The smooth, brutalist concrete-esque construction fits over your head great and can fit with literally any outfit you put on. It’s unassuming, more of a suggestion than a statement. And that is the appeal of these headphones. The wireless headphone market has plenty of choices, but from a design and aesthetic point of view, none of them hit the spot like the AirPods Max.
Ultimately, though, design and aesthetics are always going to be subjective. Some don’t enjoy the metallic brutalist design of the headphones. If that’s the case, you may enjoy the AirPods Pro, as they have a similar sound profile and are more subtle.
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Almost nine months after launching its Self Service Repair program in the US, Apple is now making it available in some European countries. With that, customers in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK can purchase genuine Apple parts and tools.
As of now, the Self Service Repair program is available for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups and MacBooks with Apple silicon. According to Apple, its Self Service Repair Store provides access to more than 200 individual parts and tools, as well as repair manuals.
“We believe the best technology for our customers and for the planet is technology that lasts, which is why we design our products to be durable and rarely require maintenance or repair,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “But when a repair is needed, we want customers to have many options for safe, reliable, and secure repair. That’s why we’re excited to launch Self Service Repair in Europe, giving our customers direct access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and manuals.”
Apple says that the tools available to customers in the Self Service Repair Store are custom designed to help provide “the best repairs” for Apple products, and are engineered to “withstand the rigors of high-volume, professional repair operations where safety and reliability are the utmost priority.”
Apple will offer tool rental kits for $49 so that customers who do not want to purchase tools for a single repair still have access to these professional repair tools. The weeklong rental kits will ship to customers for free.
Over the past three years, Apple says it has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and training, including more than 4,000 Independent Repair Providers. A global network of more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers supports more than 100,000 active technicians.
As a result, eight out of 10 Apple customers are located within 30 minutes of an authorized service provider across Europe.
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Since iOS 15, Apple has allowed users to use the Health app to share their medical information with both other users they know, and with their medical providers remotely. Here's how to do it.
In iOS 16 there are two ways you can share your medical info collected in Apple's Health app on iPhone or Apple Watch: the first is to share your Health app data directly with others from your iPhone over the internet. The second way to get it done is to allow your healthcare provider's system to access the same data stored in the Health app on your iPhone.
There are two conditions which must be met first, however, in order to do either.
If you try to run the Health app and tap on Sharing without iCloud first being on, you'll see a notice at the top telling you to turn it on in Settings:
To share your Health app data with another person you know, first you must have iCloud turned on in the Settings app on your iPhone, and you must also have iCloud turned on for the Health app itself.
There are preliminary steps you'll need do first before you can share your Health data with others.
Location Services is only required if you want to share your health data with your healthcare provider. You can also access these settings from the Settings->Health->Location section of the Health app directly.
Now when you go back to the Health app and tap Sharing you'll see a button titled Share with Someone. If you tap it, your Contacts will appear in which you can select someone you know to receive data stored in your Health app. The recipient must also have iCloud and Health turned on in their Apple ID account settings on their phone.
Once you've selected a recipient, you'll be able to select which data to share via the next pane which displays health data categories and a switch next to each. Apple has a support article with a little more info. You can also later return to the same pane to toggle individual data categories on and off.
As the Health app on your iPhone or Apple Watch collects health and activity data from the device(s), it will automatically from time-to-time update that info on the phone of anyone you have shared it with. They can also select whether or not they want to be notified of any changes.
In order to send an invite to someone to share your health data, you must be running iOS 16 or later.
Assuming your healthcare provider participates in Apple's health data sharing programs, you can also share your Health data with them. First, head back to the Health pane in the Settings app.
If on the Health pane, you tap the Data Access & Devices row at the bottom, you can set which of your devices will collect health info, and for each device you can set what kinds of data each collects. You can also delete all collected current Health data for each device by tapping its name, then tapping the Delete All Data From button at the bottom of the pane.
Also be sure in the Health pane that your personal details have been filled in on the "Health Details" pane under "Medical Details". You can also set up an emergency Medical ID here, if you wish. The Medical ID info contains your personal emergency medical info such as medication, allergies, and conditions for emergency responders to view, should you become incapacitated. It can be accessed without unlocking your phone.
Once your personal medical info has been set in Settings, head back to the Health app. Tap on the Sharing button at the bottom, then tap on Share with your doctor
You'll see a pane describing how sharing health data with your doctor works. Data is shared both ways — your doctor's medical data provider system will obtain your health data from the Health app and integrate it with their records, and you can obtain any records your doctor already has on you so you can view them.
Apple also maintains a current list of third party healthcare providers which support Apple's Health app.
Tap the Next button. In the search box at the top of the next screen search for your healthcare provider. Remember that Location Services must be turned on for this search to work. As you type, any matches will appear in a list.
Once you locate your healthcare provider in the list, tap it and it will appear on its own pane with a description. Tap Connect Account at the bottom:
What happens next depends on how your healthcare provider's records system is set up - some healthcare providers have their own records system, but more often than not, they farm that support out to third party "portal" records system providers such as EPIC, OnPatient, MyChart, or others. These companies design, maintain, and deliver electronic records systems to your healthcare provider.
If your provider uses one of these third party records providers, you'll be prompted to log in:
The credentials you use to log in should have been provided to you by your healthcare provider — and you'll want to keep those safe. This login data is never shared via any other part of the Health app, nor with any individuals you shared your health data with in the steps described previously.
Once you've logged in to your healthcare provider's portal, you'll have access to your medical records. How each system provides that data to the Health app varies — usually there is a menu item or button to obtain the data to the health app, but you'll need to check with your provider for exact details on how to obtain your records.
Some systems automatically obtain your records to the Health app as soon as it connects. Here's one such example.
Apple also has a support article which describes how your Health data is secured on Apple devices.
There are a few other interesting tidbits in the Health app. It's possible to manually add health data in the Health app itself by going to the Browse tab, then to a category/subcategory, then tapping "Add".
You can also allow third party apps to add their data to the Health app by tapping on your profile icon in the upper-right corner, then tapping Privacy. Most apps will automatically start adding their data when you obtain them - assuming they support Apple's HealthKit API in each app. You can check this for each app under the Privacy tab.
You can also browse a list of HealthKit compatible apps from the Privacy tab as you type. To obtain one shown in the list, simply tap its name to go to the App Store. Apple has a support article on how to do both of the above.
Apple's Health app has come a long way since its introduction in 2014. Both on iPhone and on Apple Watch, the Health app can be used to track your fitness goals, monitor for dangerous conditions, and coordinate your data with your healthcare provider.
Apple has today launched its Self Service Repair program in eight European countries, giving people the chance to fix their own devices using official Apple parts and Apple-certified tools.
The announcement means that customers in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK can now hire Apple tools and buy parts to repair the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models as well as Mac notebooks that have Apple silicon inside.
The Self Service Repair Store provides access to more than 200 individual parts and tools, as well as repair manuals. The program enables customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices the opportunity to complete their own repairs, using the same manuals, parts, and tools as Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
Customers can hire tool kits for $49 for the week, while repair manuals are now available online for free. Those who would still prefer to have a professional carry out the work can instead choose to go to an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider just as was the case before.
While the iPhone 14 lineup isn’t part of this repair program just yet, that will no doubt change in due course.
However, iPads and Apple Watches are not included at all so you’ll still need to seek help should one of those need attention.
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Need to make a repair on your Samsung phone? The company might soon have an app for that.
As reported by SamMobile, Samsung has made a trademark filing for a new app that has sparked rumors the company could take on repair companies like iFixit for its own devices. The trademark filing, among other things, makes mentioned of a new “Self Repair Assistant” app.
The trademark filing describes “Self Repair Assistant” as a “computer application software for mobile phones for self-installation and self-maintenance of smartwatches, tablets, mobile phones, and earbuds.” It’s supposed to provide “consultancy and information services relating to self-installation and self-repair” of various mobile device types.
If the company releases such an app, it could help the company expand its self-repair program which, despite being launched over the summer of 2022, has also added a few devices to the program to enable consumers to repair certain aspects of their devices.
At launch, the Samsung Self-Repair program covered only a handful of devices, including the Galaxy S20 series, the Galaxy S21 trio, and the Galaxy Tab S7+. And not much has changed since. These remain the only devices covered by the program.
Samsung is the second major phone company to launch a self-repair program to bring such concepts in-house. Apple has already launched its own self-repair program and continues to add devices that customers can purchase parts and tools for in order to make their own repairs as opposed to taking it to an Apple Store or third-party retailer.
If it does launch such an app, it could enable the company to support more devices for self-repair more quickly. It also poses a threat to third-party repair companies like iFixit, whose business is based on helping customers repair their devices themselves. With a Self Repair Assistant app, Samsung could be looking to get into that business.
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Apple says Self Service Repair is now available in eight European countries, providing repair manuals and genuine Apple parts and tools through the Apple Self Service Repair Store.
Customers who wish to complete their own repairs will be able to perform many of the most common repairs for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and Mac notebooks with Apple silicon.
The Self Service Repair Store provides access to more than 200 individual parts and tools, as well as repair manuals. The program enables customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices the opportunity to complete their own repairs, using the same manuals, parts, and tools as Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Service Providers, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
He says that every genuine Apple part is designed and engineered for each product, and goes through extensive testing to ensure the highest quality, safety, and reliability. The parts are the same ones — at the same price — as those available to Apple’s network of authorized repair providers. Customers can send replaced parts back to Apple for refurbishment and recycling, and in many cases receive credit off their purchase by doing so.
The Apple tools available to customers on the Self Service Repair Store are custom designed to help provide the best repairs for Apple products, and are engineered to withstand the rigors of high-volume, professional repair operations where safety and reliability are the utmost priority, according to Williams. The tools offered through Self Service Repair include torque drivers, repair trays, display and battery presses, and more.
Apple will offer tool rental kits for $49, so that customers who do not want to purchase tools for a single repair still have access to these professional repair tools. The weeklong rental kits will ship to customers for free.
Over the past three years, Apple has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and training, including more than 4,000 Independent Repair Providers. A global network of more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers supports more than 100,000 active technicians. As a result, eight out of 10 Apple customers are located within 30 minutes of an authorized service provider across Europe.
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San Francisco: Apple on Tuesday announced that its self service repair programme is now available in eight European countries. Users can now buy genuine Apple parts and tools for the iPhone 12, iPhone 13 lineups and Mac notebooks with Apple silicon in 8 countries of Europe.
The program aims to help customers who experience complexities with repairing their Apple devices. The Self Service Repair Store provides access to more than 200 individual parts and tools as well as repair manuals.
“We believe the best technology for our customers and for the planet is technology that lasts, which is why we design our products to be durable and rarely require maintenance or repair,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
“But when a repair is needed, we want customers to have many options for safe, reliable, and secure repair. That’s why we’re excited to launch Self Service Repair in Europe, giving our customers direct access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and manuals,” he added.
Apple will offer tool rental kits for $49, so that customers who do not want to purchase tools for a single repair still have access to these professional repair tools. The weeklong rental kits will ship to customers for free, said the company.
“For the vast majority of customers who do not have experience repairing electronic devices, visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians who use genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get a repair,” it added.
In August, Apple had expanded its self service repair programme to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks with the M1 family of chip. Over the past three years, Apple has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and training, including more than 4,000 Independent Repair Providers.
A global network of more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers supports more than 100,000 active technicians. As a result, eight out of 10 Apple customers are located within 30 minutes of an authorized service provider across Europe.