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Apple iOS 11’s Control Center doesn’t let you switch off Wi-Fi

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With the release of iOS 11, Apple users have been rejoicing because of added features and improved functionality for their iPhones. Not all new OS features were received warmly, however. One particular change has iPhone users peeved and worried. 

It seems that Apple has changed the way the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons on the Control Center work. With its new look comes a change that isn’t so apparent.

Previous versions of iOS allowed users to switch off Wi-Fi capabilities from the Control Center without having to go into Settings. iOS 11 doesn’t seem to do that despite still having the same Wi-Fi button on it; you can only disconnect your present Wi-Fi connections.

Let me illustrate:

Apple iOS 11's Control Center doesn't let you switch off Wi-Fi

Notice that after tapping the Wi-Fi button on the Control Center, Wi-Fi is still turned on when viewed in Settings.

Apple iOS 11's Control Center doesn't let you switch off Wi-Fi

Like mentioned earlier, this only disconnects your current Wi-Fi connection. This means that despite being disconnected to whatever hotspot you were on, your phone’s radio signal is still on. According to Apple, the auto-join feature is disabled on this mode until you turn on Wi-Fi in Control Center, connect to a Wi-Fi network via the iPhone Settings menu, walk or drive to a new location, restart your device, or it’s 5AM local time.

The same thing happens when you tap the Bluetooth button:

Apple iOS 11's Control Center doesn't let you switch off Bluetooth

New connections will be disallowed unless you click Allow New Connections. Apple says your iPhone will “disconnect from any accessory it’s connected to, except for the Apple Watch, Instant Hotspot, Apple Pencil, and Continuity features, like Handoff.”

Apple iOS 11's Control Center doesn't let you switch off Bluetooth

In contrast, tapping Airplane Mode from the Control Center clearly turns everything off, including the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio signals.

Airplane mode on iOS 11

The good news: The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disconnect features are there — they just don’t work the same way they used to. Apple designed these settings in iOS 11 to allow for continued functionality of other iPhone features like AirDrop, AirPlay, and Location Services; even your Apple Watch and Apple Pencil stay connected.

And, the bad news: If you’re turning off Wi-Fi capabilities for battery-saving purposes, you can’t use the Control Center shortcut anymore. You need to navigate to your phone’s settings and turn it off from there. Security experts have also warned against what this new setting entails — leaving your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on all the time can be a potential security risk.

SEE ALSO: 8 new Apple iOS 11 features that will rock your world

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?

BEAST!

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Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this, but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant

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Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!

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Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

READ ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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