Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Do Not Disturb: IPhone hacks lock people out of their phones

The IPhone was a revolution, it changed the way people communicated,  did their business and their pleasure. Now out there have always been haters, people who didn’t want the IPhone to be the thing that people waited in line for. They wanted you to wait in line for something important, like a celebrity, or a horrific crime scene. Because of these haters the IPhone has been riddled with bugs. Apple works tirelessly to correct these mistakes, most of which people don’t exactly notice. Except for Apple maps, that was just awful. The haters seem to be losing ground but then they hit the IPhone where it lives, keeping people from being in touch.

On January 1st a bug went out into the ether and attacked IPhones with something so evil you would think it was a Bond villain. It attacked people’s Do Not Disturb settings. The DND as it is called came with the new IOS 6 for all versions of Apple products. It allowed people to have their phones on but still be blocked from being tweeted at, CCed, text messaged, or called until they were ready. An alternative to the completely non-silent, silent mode that buzzes like a “massager” on full Ryan Gosling while you’re sitting in a meeting,family dinner, awkward first date.

This was great innovation for the IPhone. In a world where my Facebook tells me you’ve read my response even if you haven’t replied yet, it’s nice to just have a way to say I’m just unavailable. This is a subtle but still got the job done feature, and easy fix to a problem that many have. Actually interacting with people is a harder and harder commodity to come by, and the IPhone was using the DND to give people an out. Sorry boss I can’t answer, Do Not Disturb, can’t talk to you girl/boy I’m too cowardly to break up with/no longer talk to the phone says DND. Nothing I can do. You’re just gonna have to wait.

DND was working to make the world a slightly better place.  But then the hackers got ahold of it. And for many who saw DND as godsend/ way to avoid conflict (I once saw a guy jump out of a moving car to avoid telling his girlfriend’s he didn’t want to go see Mamma Mia. It was going slow but still.) were thrown for a bit of a loop. The hackers made it so that either the feature turned it on without the IPhones users knowledge (waiting for that job interview time after being unemployed for 2 years, keep waiting sucker!), or the opposite, leaving it off when it was very important moment to maintain silence, like your father’s wake.

IPhone users went into attack mode on both sides of the argument. On one hand diehards said the IPhone has given you so much this bigger than usual glitch did not affect their love.  While others who were already feeling the strain of all that they had to put up with IPhones, like being an AT&T subscriber. Grumbled about another thing that they had to deal with. They saw the DND as another stupid measure added to help but mostly just hindered.  

Apple  usually has been able fix the problems before they scare the general public but this time they didn't seem to be able to get ahead of it like they have in the past. This maybe just because information flies so much faster now.  The fix is easy, all you have to do is turn the phone off and back on and it fixes the problem. Of course the info. that you missed or were made far too aware of has already happened.