iOS 10 Device Compatibility

Its that time again.  When our hard working friends over at Apple release their new iOS version.  This time its version 10.  The question I asked myself and I am sure many are asking… Will my older devices be compatible to the new OS.

This is what I have found:


  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad 3rd generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini


  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

Source: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios-10/


Ask Siri “What is zero divided by zero.”

Looking for something to do? Sure you are.

Grab an iPhone, iPad device that has Siri installed and ask it one question.

The question you will ask is: “What is zero divided by zero.”

Siri then gives you the following answer:

Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get?
See? It doesn’t make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies. And you are sad that you have no friends.

Now that is funny; good one Apple dev’s


How to Stop Other Devices Ringing When iPhone Gets a Phone Call

My wife has left the android world and has gone iPhone. After updating her phone to the latest iOS version we noticed something odd yet cool happening with all other iOS devices we have here at home.

In our case it was iPads.  Each started to ring as her phone started ringing. This cool feature is part of the iCloud and Facetime features.

So now the question is how to shut this off

To stop the iPhone from ringing your other devices with an incoming call, you need enter the Settings of the iPhone with the shared account

Open the settings for “FaceTime”

Toggle the switch for “iPhone Cellular Calls” and flip it to the OFF position
Exit out of Settings

OS X Yosemite / iOS8 Wi-Fi Issue

Re posted from Lifehacker

OS X Yosemite has had a slew of issues with Wi-Fi, namely that connections are randomly dropping out or slowing down.


The problem seems to stem from how Yosemite handles its Wi-Fi connection with AirDrop using a connection called AWDL. And if you’re affected by this, developer Mario Ciabarra has a Terminal command that’ll fix the issue.


Simply disable it using the following Terminal command:

sudo ifconfig awdl0 down

Note:  This will disable AirDrop


What about IOS8

To correct this problem, requires you jailbreak your ipad, iphone. Once jailbroken you need to acquire the software WiFried – Link  https://github.com/mariociabarra/wifried


Additional Info / Notes

What is AWDL?

AWDL (Apple Wireless Direct Link) is a low latency/high speed WiFi peer-to peer-connection Apple uses for everywhere you’d expect: AirDrop, GameKit (which also uses Bluetooth), AirPlay, and perhaps elsewhere. It works using its own dedicated network interface, typically “awdl0″.

While some services, like Instant HotSpot, Bluetooth Tethering (of course), and GameKit advertise their services over Bluetooth SDP, Apple decided to advertise AirDrop over WiFi and inadvertently destroyed WiFi performance for millions of Yosemite and iOS 8 users.

How does AWDL work?

Since the iPhone 4, the iOS kernels have had multiple WiFi interfaces to 1 WiFi Broadcom hardware chip.

en0 — primary WiFi interface
ap1 — access point interface used for WiFi tethering
awdl0 — Apple Wireless Direct Link interface (since iOS 7?)

By having multiple interfaces, Apple is able to have your standard WiFi connection on en0, while still broadcasting, browsing, and resolving peer to peer connections on awdl0 (just not well).

2 Channels at the same time!

At any one time, the wifi chip can only communicate at one frequency. Thus, both interfaces would need to be on the same channel when attempting to use both interfaces at the same time. This typically works well when 2 devices are near each other, as they are more than likely connected to the same access point using the same channel.

I did do some tests having 2 devices connected to different channels (one 5ghz and one 2.4ghz) and they were still able to AirDrop successfully (impressive), albeit with obvious transfer chunking and at about 1/2 the normal transfer rate when both devices are on the same channel.

P2P device services happen in discoveryd

discoveryd, previously named mDNSResponder, loads the D2D plugins located in /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DeviceToDeviceManager.framework/PlugIns/. The specific one causing issue is the WiFiD2DPlugin.bundle.

Currently there are 2 plugins, one for WiFi and one for Bluetooth. As I mentioned above, some services, such as Instant Hotspot, broadcast over the Bluetooth interface while others such as AirDrop, AirPlay, and GameKit may broadcast on multiple interfaces including the Bluetooth, AWDL, and of course, standard en0 WiFi interfaces.


SB Viz: Time to get in the game

Are you ready to experience the Super Bowl like never before? Now you can with this extremely impressive new app made by Infragistics.


As a guy who hasn’t followed spots much this app’s release is sure to get me into the game, just in time for Super Bowl 48.

Outside of this app looking cool. SB Viz is completely “Free” with no advertisements and you can get it from the App Store. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad running iOS 7.0 and later so get it now, show your friends and enjoy.

Infragistics really has put the users first with this display of data visualization focused around football stats, and they shared with all of us. For the first time ever, I am excited to watch the game.

Go Team Infragistics

The official SB Viz Site is located here: http://www.sbviz.com

How to Get VLC For iPhone and iPad

VLC For iPhone and iPad is awesome and there is no doubt about that. Complete with AirPlay support, multiple ways to load files into the video app, real-time video filters, playback speed manipulation, subtitles and more (DropBox Support).

It seems that its not yet available in the US App Store as I have found out this evening. However from what I can tell from a few blogs its being rolled out. If you have connections who will allow you to VPN into a network in another country you can download this now, or simply wait; which I did not.

VLC for iOS requires iOS 5.1 or later. It runs on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, including the first iPad

Here are some of the features

  • Play all files, in all formats, including exotic ones, like classic VLC media player.
  • Play MKV, multiple audio tracks (including 5.1), and subtitles tracks (including SSA!).
  • Support for network streams, including HLS, MMS or RTSP.
  • Include video filters, playback speed manipulation, and fine seeking.
  • A video media library, with WiFi Upload, Dropbox integration and optional passcode lock.
  • Integration for bluetooth headsets and AirPlay.
  • Supports iOS 5.1 or later including the first iPad.
  • Completely free, libre and open source.

Outlook Web Access (OWA) app for iPhone and iPad

I now have another real use for my iPad.


Microsoft has released an Outlook Web Access (OWA) app for iPhone and iPad, providing those with Exchange OWA and 365 subscriptions access to their email, calendar, and contacts. Hello again to productivity.

Via their official blog they write “… we are excited to announce the availability of OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad, which provide even more value to organizations on any Office 365 subscription that includes Exchange Online. OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad are mobile apps that offer the same email, calendar and contact functionality you get in Outlook Web App on the browser, but with additional capabilities that are only possible through native integration of the app with mobile devices”

I’ve read that you need to be a 365 customer, however found out via my attempt to log in, that I could set my Exchange OWA settings manually and I had the access to my account.

Head over to the App Store and grab yourself a copy


Today, software controls company Infragistics released a tool set of solutions to the world that has embraced the the idea of bring your own device (BYOD) called NUCLiOS.

This tool set delivers the core controls you need to create high performance, highly visual, totally native iPad and iPhone applications. Built with performance and style in mind, NUCLiOS offers an advanced Data Grid and a powerful set of versatile charts perfect for mobile applications in the consumer marketplace or the enterprise.

So head on over to the App Store and grab yourself a free sample

Upcoming Apple Event: iPhone

Hello my jermsmit.com visitors,

I am hoping you are all stoked about the Apple event that is going to happen tomorrow.  The new iphone will possibly be relieved. We wont know for sure until then.  So keep your fingers crossed and hopes up.

The event is going to be at Apple’s Cupertino Campus, and Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook will be giving the keynote.

Here are the times for the event:

Event Times:

7:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
1:00PM – Eastern
6:00PM – London
7:00PM – Paris
9:00PM – Moscow
2:00AM – Tokyo (October 5th)

Enable XML-RPC Posting

Looking for a way to post to WordPress from my iPhone, I downloaded the WordPress application.  Soon after running the app and attempting to connect to my site, I was notified that I need to enable XML-RPC remote publishing.  That being said, I went to my site and made the following changes:

If your blog runs WordPress 2.6 or later; in my case 3.1.1, you must explicitly enable the XML-RPC remote publishing interface.

[Step 1] Log in to your blog with the admin account, and go to Settings, and then Writing.

[Step 2] Check the box next to “XML-RPC” on the Writing options page, and save the settings.