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iOS 15 might finally drop iPhone 6s, iPhone SE (2016)

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Apple is known and highly-praised for its commitment to support years-old smartphones, tablets, and computers, something that, unfortunately, hasn’t caught on in the Android world. Even Apple, however, sometimes has to eventually cut off some older devices, though still not as fast or as often as even Google. Soon, that culling period might be happening again this year with the release of iOS 15 which may no longer support devices that are more than five years old by the time it rolls out.

iOS 15 won’t be released until later this year, of course, so there’s no reason yet to panic. Even if does end support for some iPhones and iPads, those devices will continue working anyway, though with no guarantees of security fixes for even the most critical exploits. By then, owners who don’t want to upgrade will be doing so at their own risk.

According to French site iPhone Soft, iOS 15 will spell the end for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, both launched in late 2015, as well as the first-ever iPhone SE from 2016. The common element between these phones is the use of the Apple A9 chip which probably serves as the marker for the end of support. The iPhone 7 from 2016 launched with an A10 processor.

If that’s the case, iPads running on chips older than the Apple A10 will also be cut off this year. In fact, the report says that iPadOS 15 will no longer be compatible with the iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad 5, which used the A8, A8X, and A9 silicon, respectively. In this regard, there will be no changes for the iPod Touch as the last mode, the iPod Touch 7 from 2019, already ran on an A10 Fusion chip.

These changes are still not set in stone and could still change before the June announcement for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. That said, this isn’t the first time this rumor has come up and each new tip raises the likelihood of that being the case.

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OnePlus 7 and 7T Android 11 update is reportedly very buggy

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OnePlus has been making great strides and making big promises regarding its Android updates but it might need a bit more work when it comes to the quality of those updates. Though fortunately not the norm, OnePlus has been known to have pushed updates with rather notable issues, some of them worse than others. That is the unfortunate experience that OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T owners are reportedly having after the Android 11 and OxygenOS 11 upgrade brought not only new features but also bugs that remain unfixed more than a month later.

OnePlus has had rather problematic upgrades but it seems that the OxygenOS 11 update, which also brings Android 11, is taking the cake. There have been reports about problems with the latest update across many of OnePlus’ phones, including the OnePlus Nord, but owners of the company’s 2019 models are the ones that seem to have gotten the short end of the stick.

A growing number of complaints on Reddit as well as OnePlus’s own forums reveal the rather unfavorable situation regarding the update. Those complaints are all over the place, from greater battery drain to dropped frames that could affect mobile gaming. There are also worrying reports of overheating, at least more than usual, which could raise red flags when it comes to safety.

Given the wide range of issues, there is no single known source of the problem other than the Android 11 update. Of course, other phones on Android 11 don’t report such problems and OnePlus users are quick to blame OxygenOS 11 as the real culprit. It doesn’t help that this version of OnePlus’s custom Android experience isn’t exactly that popular because of the heavy changes that the company made.

OnePlus already pushed a minor update to these phones but it doesn’t seem to have addressed the problems to users’ satisfaction. Unfortunately, the only way to get around the problem is to downgrade back to Android 10, which is also impractical for many OnePlus 7 and 7T owners.

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Windows Holographic 21H1 update brings major new features to HoloLens

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Windows 10’s first major feature update of the year is already being prepared for rollout but it seems that the HoloLens 2 is getting dibs on its own major update before PCs. In fact, this update might be even more feature-packed than Windows 10’s May 2021 update itself. Windows Holographic version 21H1 is now available for download and it finally brings Microsoft’s better version of its Edge web browser, the one based on Google Chromium, of course.

Microsoft has been pushing its Chromium-based Edge rather aggressively wherever it can, replacing the old edgeHTML version as if it never existed. It isn’t just on PCs, of course, and even its mixed reality platform is getting the new Microsoft Edge web browser. And it isn’t just about having a shiny, modern web browser either.

The new Edge also enables WebXR experiences that the older web engine couldn’t support. Perhaps more importantly, it also allows PWAs or Progressive Web Apps to be installed alongside proper Windows apps from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft has also been pushing these web apps hard in an attempt to fill in the gaps left by its UWP platform.

Windows Holographic version 21H1 also pushes some changes to the operating system’s settings UI. One very notable change is the power menu that now behaves and looks more similar to the ones you see in Windows 10 on desktops. That includes the orange dots that indicate an update will occur when you restart or shut down the device.

The upgrade also makes handling multiple users less painful, now showing a list of users on the login screen to save you from typing user names over and over again. For devices in Kiosk mode, visitors can also be automatically logged in, though that default behavior can also be turned off by the device administrator. Windows Holographic 21H1 is available for the HoloLens 2 and also marks the end of support for the old version 1903 from two years ago.

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Google Docs performance upgrade could break Chrome extensions

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There was a point in time when the war between Google, Microsoft, and even Apple was just over productivity suites. While Microsoft Office probably still reigns in that market, Google Docs and its siblings have definitely eaten a large chunk of that pie, partly thanks to being browser-based as well as the surging popularity of Chromebooks. The platform’s age, however, may be starting to show and Google is giving it an important upgrade that could, in turn, make third-party Chrome extensions for Google Docs stop working properly.

Given its reliance on the Internet and the Web, Google naturally pushes Web standards and technologies more heavily than some. It is, for example, a strong proponent of HTML-based content in contrast to those that require plugins like Flash. For Google Docs, it used an HTML-based approach to display documents, one that it is now abandoning for a canvas-based alternative.

Canvas, which is still part of the HTML standard, is designed specifically for drawing and displaying things that go beyond text and images, for example, videos and diagrams. Google says that switching to a canvas-based approach will significantly improve the performance and consistency of the way Google Docs displays documents, especially across different platforms. End users shouldn’t notice any change in functionality, other than Docs feeling faster, not unless they happen to use some third-party Chrome extensions.

Google warns that those extensions could suddenly break if they happen to depend specifically on how a Google Doc is structured with HTML. This might be especially true for companies that develop internal Chrome extensions specific to their needs, in which case they will need to update their software, which might not be a small undertaking at all.

Fortunately, the migration from HTML-based to canvas-based rendering will be happening slowly over the next months, giving those developers time to adjust. Either way, Google recommends that developers use its Google Workspace Add-on framework to make sure those extensions will work even when Google changes things like it often does.

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