Apple’s mobile operating system was originally named iPhone OS when it was first released to the public in 2007. It is used on all mobile iDevices, and is one of the most popular mobile operating systems in the world. It is based entirely on the concept of straightforward, easy, and intuitive usage. Nearly half of all tablets run iOS, and about a fifth of all smartphones.
Common software issues and their solutions
Problem: Screen lags, is unresponsive, or is choppy. This usually happens because one of your apps is taking up too much memory, or you have too many apps open. Specifically, certain apps or combinations of apps can cause your system to become unstable.
Repair process: Take your device to an experienced technician at iRepair. He or she will then identify what app is causing the issue and either remove it for you or explain why it is causing the problem. In some cases, malware or a virus of some sort may be present. This could require an iPad recovery mode fix. Luckily, iRepair can also assist you with backup and data recovery. iPad data recovery is most useful when frequent backups are made, so be sure to do that with iCloud.
To avoid it in the future: Only download official apps from the store, and keep track of your most recently installed apps so that you can try uninstalling them one at a time.
Problem: iTunes error message encountered when trying to perform a task.
Repair process: Write down the error message and number and deliver it to your repair technician. Each repair varies widely. These errors are rarely ever serious enough to warrant an iOS data recovery, but on rare occasion it may be necessary.
To avoid it in the future: There is no surefire way to completely avoid errors – they happen to everyone. Many of them deal with a faulty internet connection, so if anything, make sure your internet is functioning properly before accessing anything in iTunes.
Problem: Forgot passcode to unlock device.
Repair process: This happens to many people. If you have synced with a computer, unlocking a locked iPad is easy – simply connect it and you can reset the passcode. If you have not synced it and don’t otherwise know how to bypass lock code on iPad, iRepair can help you go through recovery mode to do so.
To avoid it in the future: Write your password down, and be sure to sync to a computer at least once. Also if you are purchasing a used device, make sure the previous owner performed an iPad iCloud unlock or you will be completely unable to use it. There is no passcode bypass for this.
Jailbreaking: what it is and why you should (or shouldn’t) do it
Many users feel that iOS is too limiting and sometimes causes more harm than good. Jailbreaking is a way of getting around these limitations. Jailbroken iPads can:
● Install more apps, including non-certified ones, using software such as Cydia or Rock;
● Access the device’s file system directly;
● Modify the operating system or, in some cases, install an entirely new one;
● Change the theme of your iPad;
● Use your iPad as a mobile Wifi hotspot for other devices, as long as it is 3G enabled;
● Play more formats of videos on your iPad;
● Keep apps running in the background while you do other tasks – such as Pandora.
While jailbreaking your iPad is not illegal, it does void your warranty with Apple. If your warranty was purchased outside of Singapore this may not matter much anyway, as you can only utilize the warranty in the country it was purchased. When performing a jailbreak iPad owners who are not familiar with the process should bring the device to iRepair.
5 interesting facts about the iPad
1. There are over 1.2 million apps in the iTunes app store to-date.
2. Apple’s trademark earbuds can be used as remote triggers for the iPad’s camera – simply press the volume + button on a pair while it is plugged in to activate the shutter.
3. All Bluetooth keyboards should be compatible with your iPad. Combined with a docking accessory, this can turn your iPad into an efficient workstation in seconds.
4. Eight people in the world own a useless app that does nothing but display a gem on the screen. It was removed from the iTunes store a day after release. This app costed $999.99 and was called “I am rich”.
5. Apple does not own the trademark for the name iOS. It is licensed from Cisco Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of various networking products. IOS in this case stands for Internetworking Operating System.