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Save your iPhone battery: Delete Facebook and Messenger

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Facebook has worked hard to force iPhone owners to install their messaging app. First they blocked private messages in their main app, then they blocked them on their mobile website. This forced most users who wanted to communicate with their friends and family via Facebook to install the Messenger app in addition to the main Facebook app. Unfortunately all Facebook apps are known to be both a battery drain and storage hogs, and most iPhone owners would be better off without them.

How to check if your apps will work in iOS 11

App Compatibility

The 32-bit apocalypse is right around the corner. In case you missed the memo, Apple will stop supporting 32-bit apps with the release of iOS 11. This means 32-bit apps will not open on devices running iOS 11 or later. Instead users will see a pop-up informing them that the app needs to be updated to 64-bit for it to work on their device.

While most apps will not be affected, and some developers have promised to issue updates, other developers like Plants vs Zombies creator PopCap have announced they will be pulling older titles from the App Store. Apps deleted from the App Store will still appear on your device however, so you may want to check which ones will become useless in a few weeks when Apple is expected to launch iOS 11.

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DIY iPhone 7 repair with Fix Kits

iFixit Fix Kit iPhone 7 battery

Anyone interested in repairing an iPhone has probably heard of the extensive DIY resources available at iFixit. Now the same site that offers a multitude of tutorial videos, repair guides and device teardowns offers iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Fix Kits. Fix Kits are packages which include all of the needed tools and parts for a specific repair.

How to use Background App Refresh

How to manage background app refresh on iPhone and iPad.

Starting with iOS 7, iPhone and iPad apps have been able to run in the background, refreshing even while not in use (prior to this only location services and music playback would run in the background). This allowed apps to update often instead of only updating when opened, so for example, you could get notifications from apps like Twitter and Facebook Messenger without having to launch them.

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