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Shit happens
To revive your iThing here are some useful tips.

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Apple, your signature please.

Every once in a while (next shortly after Apple’s Keynote next week) we can read news like this:

“Apple has stopped signing iOS X.y.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners who have upgraded to the latest version will no longer be able to downgrade to earlier versions of iOS.”

iOS versions - like all other software coming from reliable sources - are distributed over the Internet only because media like the old fashioned Floppy Disk with IBM DOS on it are a bit outdated. Today’s Internet users need assurance that they can trust web sites and downloads because of the potential damage or piracy that software can cause.

A Code Signing Certificate allows IT developers like Apple to digitally sign their software before it’s distributed over the Internet. With it they add a layer of assurance that tells users that their software can be trusted, isn’t modified since it was signed and does not come from a malicious source.

Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

How does “Signing iOS X.z” work?

A small piece of software adds a certificate issued by a Certificate Authority (CA, here it’s Apple) to the Software to be signed. It generates a one-way hash value (see below) of the software and uses the private key issued to the developer from the CA to encrypt this hash and bundles the hash and certificate with the software. From now on the software and the certificate are an entity.

When a user receives the software, he (isn’t able to do it but a feature in his operating system) verifies it by decrypting the hash using the public key in the certificate, creates a new hash of the downloaded application and compares the new hash with the hash that was signed with the certificate. If the two hashes match, the user knows that the application has not been modified since it was signed and its source is the developer who once applied for his personal certificate.

A HASH function is any function that can be used to map data of arbitrary size to data of a fixed size. A cryptographic hash function allows to easily verify that some input data - an iOS version or the modified parts - maps to a given hash value. A very, very simple and not very secure hash function would be to count the number of words in my post. The app I use to write posts tells me: 410 words. If you contact me and it’s not the number I tell you, the post was modified by someone else.

Thanks for reading.

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Emergency Aid

Your beloved iThing doesn’t work as promised. In case of this life-threatening disaster do not follow Albert Einstein’s saying “The only real valuable thing is intuition”. Instead read this DIY post.

Try it out in that order.

If possible make a backup before you start
via Settings - [your name] iCloud - iCloud Backup - Backup now or backup your device to iTunes using a password. Only using a password ensures that the backup includes sensitive data like mail account or bank login data, etc.

0 Battery
Some problems can be caused by a weak/damaged battery. So please go to “Settings - Battery - Battery Health” and look for any hints which might point to your problem. More details on

If that didn’t help or isn’t possible, try ...

1 Restart

If that didn’t fix the problem, try ...

2 Restore

If that didn’t fix the problem, try ...

3 Recovery

If you’re faced with device activation problems or forgot your passcode ...

4 Activation
Find my iPhone Activation Lock ...
If you can’t activate ...

5 Forgotten passcode

If you can’t fix the problem
with the aforementioned procedures please contact the Apple Support, an Apple Store, or an authorized repair center in your country.

Believe me, you don’t have other options. Don’t trust in what you find on the Internet published by semi-professionals. You’ll waste your time.

It cannot be excluded that it’s not your device but a (hidden) bug in iOS or a hidden damage of your device that causes the problem.

You may also visit the
Apple Support Communities
to look for further information.

Thanks and good luck.

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If you’re confused about how to upgrade your Apple Music subscription from an “Individual” subscription to a “Family” subscription for family sharing, you’re not alone…

It’s confusing. The exact process can vary depending on whether you already have an Apple Music account, and/or if you’ve set up a “Profile” in Apple Music.

In my case, I had an Individual Apple Music account (with no “Profile” set up in Apple Music), and I just wanted to upgrade to a “Family” subscription to allow family sharing.

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Move to iOS

There’s an Apple event rumored to be on September 12 and Android users might consider to switch to the iOS platform if they are convinced that Tim Cook’s pulls the rabbit out of the hat.

Apple devices live in a closed ecosystem?
Definitely NOT.

Google as well as Microsoft offer app lineups which let you stay where you came from. And more. Microsoft Office for example beats Apple iWork in my opinion.

With 10m downloads Move to iOS is one of the top apps on Google's Play Store (but I think it doesn't reflect the real number of users switching from Android to iOS).

Many people don't have a reasonable amount of data in proprietary file formats (if so, it would cause a long lasting headache disorder) but like to take their contacts with them.

Everything about iOS is designed to be easy. That includes switching to it. With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app. No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. The Move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you:

Message history
Camera photos and videos
Web bookmarks
Mail accounts

Move to iOS also offers app suggestions from the App Store based on apps installed on your Android device

• Matching free apps are offered for download during the transfer
• Matching paid apps are added to your App Store Wishlist
• Supported when using Move to iOS with a device running iOS 9.3 and later

When you choose to migrate your data, your new iPhone or iPad will create a private Wi-Fi network and find your nearby Android device running Move to iOS. After you enter a security code, it will begin transferring your content and put it in the right places. Just like that. Once your content has been transferred, you’re ready to get going. iOS will also set up your default mail account. That’s it — you can start using your new iPhone or iPad and experiencing its endless possibilities. Enjoy.

Move to iOS is supported on all phones and tablets running Android 4.0 and later.

Happy switching.
Be sure, you need more money than ever before to add a brand new iPhone to your eLoot.

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Perhaps this will be helpful to someone

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We need to talk about Apple Pencil pairing.

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