Apple Acknowledges iPad Pro Freezing Issue, Advises Users to Force Restart


Apple has acknowledged an issue affecting some iPad Pro units making the tablets unresponsive after charging. The company advises users facing a similar issue to try force restarting the device to make it functional again.

Not long after the iPad Pro was launched, several users took it to Reddit, and Apple Support Communities forum to report that their iPad Pro unit is becoming completely frozen after charging, rejecting any touch input and other interactions.

“I got my iPad Wednesday, spent the evening getting it all setup. Restored from back up, ensured everything was there, wiped my iPad air 2 (sold it), deleted its back up and went on with my normal routine,” a user wrote.

“At night it was down to 40 percent so I charged it and went to bed. When I woke up it was “dead”. It wouldn’t wake up. I needed to perform a hard reset to get it to come to life. Worked on it for a couple of hours and had to run an errand. Plugged it back in as I was going to need a full charge later that day. Came back to it, same thing. Dead. I needed to perform a hard reset to get it to turn on.”

The Cupertino-based company has responded to such complaints with a support document. The company says that it’s investigating the issue, but in the meanwhile, users can hard restart their iPad if they face this issue.

For those unfamiliar, you can force restart your iPad or iPhone by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds until the Apple logo is seen.

This is the first issue to have been reported about Apple’s iPad Pro. The company unveiled the iPad Pro, its largest tablet to date, at its September event alongside the launch of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

China Reportedly Mulling Its Own ‘Secure’ Smartphones


As China, the world’s largest smartphone market, grows wary of US surveillance, it is mulling its own “secure” smartphones in an attempt to insulate them from surveillance.

The effort – another step in the country’s quest to build a homegrown tech industry – would involve state-owned companies as well as some of the private players, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has joined with China’s ministry of public security to develop a mobile operating system for police officers that it bills as more secure.

The country’s largest chip-design company, Spreadtrum Communications Inc., separately said it would begin mass producing a set of chips that run a Chinese operating system by year-end.

In China, almost all handsets are either iPhones or are powered by Google’s Android operating system – something not to the liking of Chinese officials.

Even the Chinese-made ZTE Nubia Z5 smartphone runs on Android and includes a Qualcomm Inc. processor.

Now, ZTE Corp. is working on a secure smartphone for government agencies using an operating system developed in-house, and a processor chip from a Chinese supplier, a company spokesperson was reported as saying.

However, ZTE’s secure phone reportedly would not boast of features like camera, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections to minimize security risks. But without these features, the phone is not likely to appeal to the general public.

At the same time, a ZTE spokesman said that it was not possible to use exclusively Chinese-made hardware and software in a smartphone, but to meet the needs of government agencies it is trying to use domestic suppliers as much as possible.