10 Myths and Truths About the iPhone

The popularity of the iPhone is undeniable, and so it’s no wonder that there are many doubts and legends about Apple’s cell phones. The maker is responsible for 51% of worldwide smartphone sales and is in the top 3 of the best selling handsets in Brazil, according to Strategy Analytics.

This is a list of the ten most common statements that everyone has heard about the iPhone. The following article explains 10 myths and truths regarding Apple’s smartphone.

1. Close apps save battery?

MYTH. Apple itself revealed in an interview with The Verge that this practice is the legend. Aside from not saving battery, you can degrade the performance of your phone.

The manufacturer has clarified that not all applications are actually open and running in the background. They go into a standby mode so the user can navigate and perform functions simultaneously on the iPhone and so, according to Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple, you do not save battery power by forcing them to close.

This is only advisable if the application stops responding, according to the manufacturer.

2. Can I go back to a previous version of iOS?

IT DEPENDS. Updating iOS on the iPhone and getting used to the new version of the OS may be a problem for some people. However, even if the user regrets it, he will hardly be able to downgrade, that is, install an earlier version of the operating system already installed. This is only possible if it is testing a beta or just released.

The practice of downgrade is discouraged by Apple. The manufacturer has a subscription system that only allows installing versions of the operating system authorized by it. Usually, the subscription of the older versions is available for a short time. Once canceled, they can no longer be installed.

3. No virus for iPhone

MYTH. Although much is said that Apple’s cell phones are immune to viruses, this statement is just legend. IOS is less likely to be hit than other operating systems on the market. But, rare though, the iPhone is not safe from a virus or malware attack.

Despite being a closed system, of which Apple has extensive control, there are still gaps for infections. There are cases of infected applications and websites on the iPhone. It is also vulnerable to hacker attacks through Wi-Fi networks in public places.

It is important to remember then that although more unusual, virus or malware infections can happen, and the user must follow cybersecurity procedures to prevent such attacks.

4. Is Touch ID not secure?

MYTH. In practical terms, it is quite safe. Although the Touch ID, like all biometric identification, has its flaws and it is generally known that it can be hacked, the likelihood of this happening is minimal.

Therefore, the Touch ID can be considered secure, ensuring that your personal information is not easily accessible.

5. Generic Chargers Will Spoil Your iPhone

MYTH. Generic chargers may seem like an interesting option compared to the original accessories at the lowest cost. The chargers, even generic, high-quality chargers that offer adequate amperage are reliable and can be used without damaging the cell phone. The only detail is that they can load more slowly than the original.

Chargers can only cause damage to the iPhone if poor quality materials are used or if the amperage settings are inadequate (insufficient or exceeding battery requirements). They would be the so-called “pirate” shippers. In such cases, there may be overheating and even short circuit.

6. You should not leave your phone charged all night long.

MYTH. In the past, the batteries were not smart enough to notice when they were fully charged, and therefore overloading them repeatedly led to a shortening of their life span. But this is no longer true.

The lithium-ion batteries that are currently in use are not affected by this problem. Once your phone is fully charged, it stops pulling power. So there is nothing to worry about. You can leave the cell phone while you sleep.

7. Charging up to 100% and letting the battery run out will damage the iPhone

TRUTH. Ideally, start charging your iPhone between 20% and 15%. It is not necessary to allow the battery to charge to charge it, since the lithium-ion batteries that are used today are not “addicted”.

Getting to 100% is also not the healthiest for the battery life. There is a consensus among technology experts that it would be ideal to keep the charge of your device between 80% and 20%.

8. Turning off the iPhone is beneficial

TRUTH. Pause your phone. It is normal that we leave the iPhone on 24 hours a day, every day. And as harmless as it sounds, the cell phone needs to be turned off once in a while to work properly.

By doing this, you can eliminate redundant background processes and “clean” the cache, while maintaining high performance. In addition, it is possible to preserve the battery life.

However, it is not necessary to always restart it. Once a week would be enough, according to Apple employees’ recommendations.

9. iPhone batteries are sensitive to extreme weather conditions

TRUTH. It is a scientific fact: very hot or very cold climates can harm your iPhone. Apple says zero degrees Celsius is the recommended minimum for the device.

The ideal, then, is to avoid climates with extreme temperatures (very hot or very cold). Otherwise, both the processor and the battery may be impaired.

Therefore, do not leave your iPhone exposed to the sun (or snow), or leave it indoors, such as cars, which conserve the temperature (whether hot or cold).

10. We can not use iPhone while charging the battery

MYTH. The iPhone, or any other smartphone on the market, can manage the amount of power so that the user can charge and use the device at the same time. Using it during charging will not cause explosions or damage battery life. What can lead to these facts is the use, as already mentioned above, of poor quality chargers.

However, keeping many applications open in multitasking or very heavy applications can overheat the iPhone.



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