iOS 17 is now available

So are iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17



Part of the excitement from a new iPhone launch is the release of the next major iOS update. As with every year, the latest version of iOS, usually released before the new iPhone, will leverage the device’s new hardware to bring new features for Apple users. If you’re giddy for the new iPhone 15 series, you can get a small taste today. iOS 17 is officially out.

It’s been a while since Apple announced iOS 17. Going as far back as WWDC 2023, the iOS 17 announcement promised improvements over the goodies introduced in last year’s iOS 16 update.

One of the biggest features coming this update, users will be able to create custom stickers from their own photos. The new feature allows users to lift subjects from photos and stick them wherever they choose. A similar Messages feature is the Check In ability. With the feature, users can alert friends and family members when they reach a planned destination.

There will also be better compatibility for MagSafe chargers. In iOS 17, users can turn their phones horizontal for a new StandBy mode which turns the iPhone into a night light or an alarm clock. Users can also seamlessly share their information with one another through an improved AirDrop and NameDrop feature.

For a full list of features, check out our coverage here. iOS 17 is available now.

iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, tvOS 17

Similarly, Apple has also launched the new operating systems for its other devices. iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17 are now available for download.

iPadOS 17 introduces the personalization of the iPhone to the larger screen. In iPadOS 17, users can finally customize their screens to fit the design philosophy introduced in iOS. It also allows for different widgets to grace the screen.

watchOS 17 redesigns Apple’s gallery of wearable apps for better readability while on the go. It features new watch faces including a Snoopy-themed one.

Meanwhile, tvOS 17 redesigns the Control Center for the Apple TV, allowing for better control over content. Additionally, users can now use FaceTime straight from the Apple TV 4K.

SEE ALSO: YouTubers React to the iPhone 15 Pro Series


OnePlus Open and OPPO Find N3 are the exact same phone

OnePlus confirmed it



If you’re shopping for a foldable phone in the future, you can cross one device off your list — when considering only specs, at least. OnePlus has confirmed that its upcoming foldable smartphone is the exact same device as OPPO’s upcoming foldable.

In an announcement emailed today, OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau stated that OnePlus and OPPO have co-developed a foldable device in tandem. Despite being only one device, it will be released as two smartphones, released under both OnePlus’s and OPPO’s banner. To differentiate between the two brands, each device will cater to two different markets.

Lau has not confirmed what these smartphones are. However, given the teases we’ve received from both brands so far, it’s fair to assume what they are. OnePlus, for example, teased a OnePlus Open back in July. OPPO, on the other hand, is set to launch the OPPO Find N3 soon. There is also no confirmation as to which markets will receive the phones. If anything, the Find N3 will likely be a China exclusive when it launches.

In previous rumors from months ago, the foldable device will likely carry a 7.82-inch screen. The secondary screen might extend to 6.31 inches. Inside, it will reportedly have a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, complemented by 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It might also have a triple rear camera combination comprised of a 48-megapixel main shooter, a 48-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus teases a more waterproof screen than the iPhone 14

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The iPhone 15 is overheating, and Apple knows about it

A fix is coming soon



If you couldn’t wait for Christmas and got yourself a new iPhone 15 already, you might have noticed a flaw with your new phone. While using it in certain ways, the smartphone reportedly heats up to uncomfortable levels. Apple has now confirmed that the problem is real. The company is now working on a solution for the issue.

Since the iPhone 15 series launched late last month, several users have reported that the devices in the series can get uncomfortably hot in certain situations. At the time, Apple didn’t know what was causing the issue.

Over the weekend, Apple figured it out. According to Forbes, the company has linked the heating issue with three things: increased background activity, an iOS 17 bug, and some third-party apps.

The first cause is not an issue. During device set-up, the smartphone usually loads up a lot of background processes at once. Naturally, it goes on overdrive, causing the increased temperature.

On the other hand, the next two reasons are noted issues. “We have also found a bug in iOS 17 that is impacting some users and will be addressed in a software update. Another issue involves some recent updates to third-party apps that are causing them to overload the system. We’re working with these app developers on fixes that are in the process of rolling out,” Apple said.

The iOS 17 update should be coming soon. However, the third-party fixes will be dependent on the developer. Asphalt 9, Instagram, and Uber are already confirmed for the flaw, but only Instagram has received a fix so far.

At the very least, Apple confirms that it’s not a hardware issue. If you’re worried about the potential for hardware failure, you can rest assured that it’s just a software issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 15 Pro + 15 Pro Max Review: Huge Leap Forward

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UAAP Season 86 is FREE on Smart LiveStream App

Available on the App Store and Google Play



UAAP Season 86 | Smart LiveStream App

Want to keep up with the UAAP Season 86 games? You can do so with the Smart LiveStream App.

Much like what SMART did with FIBA World Cup 2023, the telecommunication company is giving its subscribers free access to watch UAAP Season 86 games through the Smart LiveStream App. The games are available both live and on-demand.

Smart subscribers can stream all the UAAP Season 86 games on the Smart LiveStream App using their smartphones or tablets while connected to Smart mobile Internet or their PLDT Home WiFi. Smart subscribers are able to stream for free — no subscription needed.

The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Stream on TV?

Yes, you can do so. The Smart LiveStream TV App is available on Google-certified Android TV Android 8.0 version. It’s downloadable from the Android TV Google Play Store and linking their Android TV to the app. To do this, subscribers simply need to open the Smart LiveStream Mobile App, go to Menu, click Link Device, and enable the camera to scan the QR code displayed on the Android TV.

Alternatively, Android TV users may go to to sign into their account, then go to Menu, click Device Management to add their Android TV by entering the code displayed on the TV and activate their Smart LiveStream TV App.

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