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Apple’s iOS 11.1.2 fixes the cold weather input bug on the iPhone X

By Samuel Axon

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Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads this afternoon. It’s a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago.

iOS 11.1.2’s patch notes are short and sweet. The update fixes just two problems. The first is “an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.” Last week, some iPhone X owners began reporting on Reddit and elsewhere that their touchscreens became temporarily unresponsive when going outside into the cold.

Apple shared the following statement with The Loop:

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OnePlus 5T hands-on—OnePlus offers $800 design at a $499 price

By Ron Amadeo

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OnePlus is back with another end-of-year “T” upgrade for its flagship. Last year it bumped the OnePlus 3 to “3T” with a slightly newer processor and a bigger battery. This year, there’s not much in the way of new specs to boast about, but the OnePlus 5T has an all-new front. OnePlus has taken a big leap with the 5T and modernized the design with slim bezels, software navigation buttons, and a rear fingerprint reader. This makes it look a lot like every other 2017 flagship, but the key for OnePlus is that the 5T is only $499 (€499, £449). This means you get flagship-class specs and design for $300 less than the competition.

OnePlus’ slim bezel design means the front is now sporting a 6-inch, 2160×1080 OLED display with an extra-tall 18:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus describes this as an “AMOLED” display, which is a Samsung trademark, so this is a Samsung display. Sure enough, you get a high-quality, crystal clear image even at low brightness, with none of the issues that have been plaguing LG-made OLED displays. Slimming down the bezels means removing nearly everything from the front that isn’t made of pixels, so in addition to moving the fingerprint reader to the back, the OnePlus 5’s capacitive navigation buttons are gone, replaced with on-screen buttons. The result is that OnePlus can upgrade from a 5.5-inch screen to 6 inches while keeping the phone body essentially the same size. In person, the OnePlus 5T looks every bit as good as an $800-$1,000 flagship smartphone.

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Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential Phone

By Darrell Etherington

Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there’s a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it’s broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out pre-release software. Read More

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OnePlus engineering APK exposes backdoor to root access

By Ron Amadeo

Enlarge / The OnePlus 5. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

A Twitter user by the name “Elliot Alderson“‏ has discovered a root backdoor in OnePlus devices—one that has apparently been shipping for years. OnePlus has been shipping a Qualcomm engineering APK (an Android app file) in its devices, which with a few commands, can root a device.

The app—called “EngineerMode”—is partially exposed to users through a secret “*#808#” dialer command, and you can also launch the full app through an Android activity launcher or the command line. The app contains production-line tests for various phone components, a root checker, and lots of information readouts. The important part, though, is a “DiagEnabled” activity with a method called “escalatedUp.” If this is set to “true,” the app will allow root access over Android Debug Bridge, Android’s command-line developer tools.

The method for gaining root is password protected, but the password lasted all of three hours once the method was discovered. With the help of David Weinstein and the Now Secure team, the group discovered the magic word is “angela,” which is possibly another Mr. Robot reference, just like the “Elliot Alderson” handle. (We swear this is real and not a Mr. Robot AGR.)

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Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS 11.2 beta

By Valentina Palladino

Enlarge / The control center has a new interface for adjusting brightness.

Unbeknownst to many, the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles in the Control Center in iOS 11 don’t do what you expect. Rather than completely disabling those features, they only partially disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. To clear up any confusion, Apple appears to have added explainer pop-up messages when either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi is toggled off, as first detailed in a report by MacRumors. The messages appear in the newest iOS 11.2 beta and they explain that both features will only be temporarily disabled when turned off from their Control Center toggles.

The first time a user turns off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from the Control Center on their device, they’ll see a pop-up window that will say “disconnecting nearby Wi-Fi until tomorrow” or “disconnecting Bluetooth accessories until tomorrow.” The messages also explain that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are not totally disconnected in this case, however, they will still function to allow some features and devices to work with that iDevice. Bluetooth will still be available for the Apple Watch, Apple Pencil, Personal Hotspot, and Handoff, while Wi-Fi will still be on for AirDrop, Personal Hotspot, and location accuracy.

While the Control Center toggles turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi temporarily, there are a few cases detailed in an Apple support document that will turn both features back on automatically. Wi-Fi will turn back on when you connect to a Wi-Fi network via the Settings app; when you walk or drive to a new location; when it’s 5am local time; or when you restart your device. Bluetooth is similar: the feature will turn back on when you connect to a Bluetooth device via the Settings app; when it’s 5am local time; or when you restart your device. In order to fully disable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, you’ll have to use the dedicated toggles in the Settings app.

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