iOS 15.2 is almost a month old. This update added privacy reports which, for many users, is a big deal. It allows them to see how apps are accessing their information and which domains they communicate with. The SOS functionality has been updated as well where you can now press the side button to send an SOS call. Lastly, Legacy Contacts have been added; a legacy contact is someone you select and in the event of your passing, they can access you Apple ID and the information stored in it. The next update for iOS that’s scheduled to for release is iOS 15.3.
iOS 15.3 release date
iOS 15.3 is in beta and no release date has officially been announced for it. That said, there is normally a 7 week gap between iOS updates. iOS 15.2 was released on December 13, 2021. We can expect iOS 15.3 to arrive in or around the end of January or the start of February. Betas for this version are already available. If you’ve enrolled in the Public Beta program, you can try iOS 15.3 out early.
Features in iOS 15.3
The first beta of iOS 15.3 has been released but it does not contain any new features. This doesn’t mean that iOS 15.3 will be nothing but bug fixes. It’s just too early to say for sure what will be included in this version of iOS.
For these smaller versions that release after a major iOS update like iOS 15, the change log usually contains delayed features. For example, App Privacy was announces as an iOS 15 feature but it did not arrive until iOS 15.2 did.
Some of the features that are still pending release include ID cards and Universal Control. Both are some of the most highly anticipated features of iOS 15 but they’re also complex which is probably why they’ve been delayed. Normally, several different versions of an iOS release are seeded during the beta phase and when the next version arrives, we may be able to get a better idea as to what’s in it.
Over the years, Apple has been delaying the release of more and more features when a new iOS version is released. A few years ago, when a major iOS version was released, it normally had every feature that was originally announced. If anything was left out or delayed, it was only one or the most two features. With iOS 15, quite a few features were left out at the time of release. That said, iOS 15 is supported on fairly old iPhone models (the iPhone 6S and later are all supported). Maintaining compatibility for certain features on older phones itself can be a challenge so it makes sense for certain features to be delayed.
How to force restart your iPhone 13 Pro
When the iPhone was first released, it changed how phones were designed. Instead of entire keyboards or multiple hard buttons, the design worked with a single Home button. There were, and continue to be, hard buttons on the side but over the years, the Home button too has been retired.
Force restart iPhone 13 Pro
The iPhone 13 Pro is the newest iPhone model (at present) and it as such, it has no Home button. In terms of design and the functionality of the buttons, they’ve changed quite a bit from the first iPhone to the iPhone 8 models. Up until that point, the side button on these iPhones could be used to restart an iPhone. It now activates Siri if it’s held down.
How to force restart iPhone 13 Pro
There are two ways to force restart an iPhone 13 Pro; you can go through the Settings app, or you can use the hard buttons on the side of your device.
Method 1: Settings app
The Settings app has a built-in option for restarting your iPhone. If the phone’s UI is responsive, this is the easiest method to restart an iPhone.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to General.
- Scroll all the way down and tap Shut Down.
- Use the on-screen slider to power the iPhone off.
- Once the phone is off, press and hold the side button/Siri button to turn it on.
Method 2: Hard buttons
If you’re phone UI is not responsive, or it’s slowed down for whatever reason, you can use the hard buttons on the side of the device to restart it.
- Press the Volume up button and release it.
- Press the Volume down button and release it.
- Press and hold the side/Siri button until you see the power off slider.
- Use the power off slider to turn the phone off.
- Once the phone is off, press and hold the side/Siri button to turn it back on.
iPhones, or rather iOS does not have a restart option. You will always turn the iPhone off first, and then turn it on after. If you’ve been using an Android phone, you may be used to having a Restart option in the power menu but iOS does not follow the same approach. There are no other ways to trigger a phone shut down unless you allow the battery to drain completely. If you’re having trouble with your iPhone after taking it in for repairs, you may need to have it checked again. A force restart may be of little help. For now, it’s best to always take the device to Apple if you want to have something fixed.
How do I find my friends on Minecraft?
Minecraft was never big on needing an account to play it. Users needed to create a Mojang account to purchase the game but nothing beyond that. This changed after Microsoft bought Minecraft. You now need a Microsoft Live account to play Minecraft. The good news is, a Microsoft Live account works with Xbox’s services and its network of games and players.
Find friends on Minecraft
Minecraft is an open world game that you can play online with multiple players. You have the option to join any online server and there will be other players there. If you’d rather not play with strangers, you can always play with your friends. The trick is finding them and getting them all on the same server.
How to find friends on Minecraft
There are different ways to find your friends on Minecraft. If you’d like to go with the simplest route, you can simply share the server that you’re playing on and have them all join it. You won’t be ‘connected’ to your friends but you will all be on the same server where you can play together.
Find gamer tags
Before you can invite your friends to play Minecraft with you, you need to add them. Friends are added via a gamer tag. A gamer tag is obtained from the Xbox app. Anyone that plays Minecraft has a Microsoft Live account and by association, they have a game tag.
Ask your friends for their game tag. Once you have the tag, you can add it directly when you invite friends to play a Minecraft game or you can add them on the Xbox app (you don’t need to own an Xbox). You can get the app on your mobile device or on Windows 10.
Once you have the Xbox app, follow these steps.
- Open the Xbox app.
- Sign in with the same Microsoft account that you use to sign in on Minecraft.
- Go to the Social tab.
- Enter your friend’s gamer tag in the search bar.
- Select them from the results and click Follow.
- Have your friend follow you back.
- Once you’re mutually following each other, the other person will appear as a friend.
Add friends on Minecraft
- Open Minecraft.
- Select a world to play in.
- Once the world has loaded, go to world’s settings.
- On the right, click the Invite to game button.
- Select a friend from the list and send the invite.
If you haven’t added your friends on Xbox, but you have their gamer tag, you can invite them directly in Minecraft.
- Open Minecraft.
- Select a world to play in.
- Once the world has loaded, escape/exit to the game’s settings.
- Click the Invite to game button.
- Click Add friend.
- Enter your friend’s gamer tag.
- Send the invite.
Friends on Minecraft are connected via the Xbox network which you automatically join when you create a Microsoft Account. You will need to generate a gamer tag for yourself but that’s all you need. The gamer tag is essential for adding friends on Minecraft. You do not need to purchase Xbox related services.