Like any high-tech device, the iPhone is designed to be as trouble-free as possible, and most people will own one for years without ever experiencing a serious issue.
But sometimes things can go wrong, and if your iPhone is unresponsive – and all other troubleshooting steps have failed – then you might need to enter recovery mode.
Here are some reasons why you might need recovery mode:
Your iPhone’s display shows nothing but the Apple logo for a long time and never fully turns on.
During an iOS update, the phone gets stuck in a loop of continuously restarting.
The phone won’t turn on, turn off, and is completely unresponsive.
Recovery mode is a troubleshooting tool that connects your iPhone to a computer and lets an app – either Finder or iTunes – diagnose and fix the problem.
How to put your iPhone into recovery mode
The method you use to activate recovery mode will differ depending on whether you’re using a newer version of macOS, an older version, or a PC with Windows.
1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC with a USB charging cable.
2. If you’re running macOS Catalina or newer, open a Finder window. If you’re running macOS Mojave or older or Windows, open iTunes.
3. You’ll need to press and hold buttons on your iPhone to activate recovery mode.
On an iPhone 8 or newer, press and quickly release the Volume Up button, and then the Volume Down button. Then press and hold the Lock button until the recovery mode screen appears.
On an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, press and hold the Lock and Volume Down buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.
On an iPhone 6s or earlier, press and hold the Lock and Home buttons until the recovery mode screen appears.
4. In Finder, click on your phone in the left sidebar; or in iTunes, click the iPhone icon near the top-left corner of the window.
5. You’ll be asked if you want to Update or Restore your iPhone. Click Update – this will try to fix your phone without erasing the data. If the recovery finishes and your phone still isn’t fixed, try it again but click Restore.
Once you’ve gone through the recovery process, your phone should exit recovery mode on its own. Turn it back on and set it up.
If recovery mode didn’t work, and your iPhone is still malfunctioning, then you’re probably out of options you can perform at home. Try contacting Apple directly for more help.
Thursday brought two big numbers for the American economy: Another significant rise in inflation, and the lowest level of weekly jobless claims since the onset of the pandemic.
They show the paradox that is the current economic recovery. Goods are still getting pricier – although inflation shows signs of cooling down soon – and fewer people are losing work and remaining on unemployment. The White House says its recovery plan is working.
In a statement, Brian Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, said the recent economic data “reinforce that US fiscal policy and vaccination progress are positioning the economy for growth and job creation.” Deese also noted that the jobless claims come “as independent analysts project that economic growth in the United States will outpace growth for our peer nations and reach the fastest pace in nearly four decades.”
On Wednesday, a day ahead of the jobless data release, Heidi Shierholz, the director of policy at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute and an Obama Labor Department veteran, broadly agreed with Deese.
“Things are getting back to normal,” Shierholz told Insider. “I think the key is we don’t want to make drastic policy changes at this point.” When it comes to relief and recovery measures for this recession, “we are doing it so right,” she said. But she warned that could still change.
Shierholz said she expects to see a quick bounceback and strong recovery, but changing course could threaten that. “If we start pulling back with those measures now, we’re going to just cut that off at the knees,” she said.
One thing that could weaken the recovery is the move to prematurely end federal unemployment benefits in 25 states, where GOP governors cited labor shortages as a reason to pull the plug on benefits and get workers back. Both the jobless claims and May’s jobs report show the recovery happening even with enhanced benefits. As Insider’s Ayelet Sheffey reported, payrolls saw a strong increase even as benefits remained intact.
The decision to prematurely end unemployment benefits will impact about 4 million workers, according to an estimate from Andrew Stettner at the liberal-leaning Century Foundation. Some of those workers, who receive benefits through federal programs that expanded both the eligibility and duration of benefits, will lose all benefits – not just the additional $300 weekly.
Some advocates and politicians have argued that the Labor Department is legally required to continue to pay out Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which expanded eligibility for benefits to gig workers, among others. However, the Department of Labor has concluded it’s probably unable to pay those out.
The White House has signaled acceptance for benefits ending. Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the GOP-led states that are cutting off benefits “have every right” to do so.
Shierholz said many people that have been unable to find work or are unable to return due to health concerns. Cutting off benefits would also cut off the money those people have been spending in the economy.
“Cutting them off too early deeply unnecessarily increases human suffering,” she said. “It also weakens the recovery.”
The motion picture and sound recording industry continues to have a hard time adding jobs and moving closer back to where employment was before the pandemic.
April’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was not what economists expected to see. The consensus estimate was for an addition of 1 million more payroll jobs in April, but last month’s gain was only 266,000. Even worse, nonfarm payroll employment gains were revised down in March from 916,000 to 770,000.
At the industry sector level, leisure and hospitality was the biggest winner with 331,000 jobs added. The second-largest gain was in government, which saw 48,000 jobs added last month.
Even with monthly gains and declines, we can look at how April employment in various industries with different typical wages compares to employment from before the pandemic. The following chart shows the percent change in employment between February 2020 and April 2021. We also included each industry’s median hourly wage as of May 2020 from the BLS’ National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates program along the horizontal axis.
The motion picture and sound recording industries, which fall into the information sector that gained 1,000 jobs in April, lost 3,100 jobs last month. The motion picture and sound recording industry has been around 40% below February 2020 employment since September. The performing arts and spectator sports industry, which has similarly been far below pre-pandemic employment throughout the pandemic, is 31.3% below pre-pandemic employment as of April 2021.
“The lack of job growth in many industries most harmed by the pandemic was disappointing,” Nick Bunker, an economist at Indeed, said in a email to Insider. “Hopefully the pandemic continues to recede and these industries will be able to add more jobs on a sustainable basis.”
The couriers and messengers industry had mainly seen jobs added each month during the pandemic as people ordered things for delivery while staying at home during lockdowns and while working remotely. Couriers and messengers, however, saw a decline of 77,400 jobs in April. This sector was 23.1% above February 2020 employment in March 2021 after 13,900 jobs were added that month. But that difference fell to 14.3% above the pre-pandemic level in April after the industry lost jobs for the first time since December.
“One possibility is that demand for these services are declining as more in-person services and activities reopen. Employers might be letting workers go because they are uncertain that pandemic-era trends will last much longer,” Bunker said.
Although the March jobs report shows employment is continuing to rise as more people could be eligible to get a vaccine soon and industries that were hard hit last spring are starting to recover, it still could take some time for some of the harder-hit subsectors to get back to where they were before the pandemic.
“It’s great to see progress there, but I think you look at that list and it’s very clear that the big constraint there is the virus, the pandemic,” Nick Bunker, economic research director at Indeed, told Insider about industries that are still below pre-pandemic levels. “Movie theaters and hotels aren’t going to be able to get back to any semblance of health until we have this pandemic under control.”
He added that for those industries, it really depends on how quickly people can get the coronavirus vaccine and when some of the industries that have had constraints throughout the pandemic, like movie theaters, can safely fully reopen.
The following chart highlights the percent change in employment from February 2020 to March 2021 across industries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics along its vertical axis. We also included median hourly wage data as of May 2020 from the BLS’ National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates program along the horizontal axis.
As has been the case throughout the pandemic, many low-wage industries have seen bigger hits to employment, while most high-paying subsectors are near or even above their pre-pandemic employment levels:
As seen in the chart, motion picture and sound recording industries are one of the groups that are still far below where it was before the pandemic. With only 2,900 more jobs added last month, that industry was still 40.3% below February 2020 employment in March 2021.
Although leisure and hospitality saw employment increase by 280,000 last month, the industries that make up this sector are still below their pre-pandemic level of employment. Accommodation and food services is still 16.8% below February 2020 employment and arts, entertainment, and recreation is down 28.3%.
Within accommodation and food services, food services and drinking places saw a monthly gain of 175,800, but is 14.7% below February 2020 employment. Accommodation, which includes businesses like hotels, has even further to go before it recovers, with employment 29.5% below its February 2020 employment level of 2.1 million.
Even though several industries are still slowly recovering, others are actually seeing gains. With a total of over 1 million jobs in March, couriers and messengers are 23.3% above February 2020 employment of 882,800.
Bunker said the question is whether these industries that have supported the work from home economy, like couriers and messengers, will continue to do well once people start to return to work, people are vaccinated, and people feel that it’s safe to go on vacations or eat in-person at restaurants.
“So I guess the question is, are we all going to keep enjoying, keep wanting to buy, like, at-home workout equipment, or are we going to want to go back to classes?” Bunker said as an example. “Are we fine with delivery services or are people really excited to get out to restaurants, and how much do we shift away from some of the things we’ve been doing since March of 2020? “
The 10-year Treasury yield pushed close to its highest level in a year on Monday, as the outlook for economic recovery prompted investors to continue selling bonds and search for higher-yielding assets.
The yield hit 1.352%, just shy of a 12-month high of 1.374% logged on Feb. 24, 2020.
The yield on the note has climbed about 43 basis points since the start of the year when it was at 0.92%. Yields rise when prices fall.
The move is part of a broader rise in global bond yields that reflects expectations for further economic recovery and a related pickup in inflation as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
The latest signal of growth in the US economy arrived Monday from the Conference Board. The business think-think said its Leading Economic Index rose by 0.5% in January to 110.3, better than the 0.3% consensus estimate from Economy.
“As the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 accelerates, labor markets and overall growth are likely to continue improving through the rest of this year as well,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, the Conference Board’s senior director of economic research, in a statement. The group now expects the US economy to expand by 4.4% in 2021 following its contraction of 3.5% in 2020.
The 10-year breakeven inflation rate, which measures the market’s inflation expectations, was at 2.14% and recently hit its highest level since 2014, according to Bloomberg data. The breakeven rate is the difference in yield between 10-year Treasuries and 10-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS.
Bank of America on Monday said US yields have already reached its year-ahead targets, including the 10-year surpassing 1.30% and the 30-year bond yield above 2.16%.
“This is now realized, but it is over? The biggest risks to current trends include the long-term support levels nearby (yield resistance),” the investment bank said in a note Monday. As well, weekly resistance strength indexes are “starting to flash oversold” signs and bonds are looking undervalued against small-cap stocks “similar to the dot com and [Global Financial Crisis] era,” it said.
Investors ditching bonds have been putting money broadly into equities, fueling a 15% year-to-date surge in the Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks.
A few months ago, a young athletic guy came into my clinic where I’m an infectious disease physician and COVID-19 immunology researcher. He felt tired all the time, and, importantly to him, was having difficulty mountain biking. Three months earlier, he had tested positive for COVID-19. He is the kind of person you might expect to have a few days of mild symptoms before recovering fully. But when he walked into my clinic, he was still experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and he could not mountain bike at the level he was able to before.
Tens of millions of Americans have been infected with and survived COVID-19. Thankfully, many survivors get back to normal health within two weeks of getting sick, but for some COVID-19 survivors – including my patient – symptoms can persist for months. These survivors are sometimes dubbed long-haulers, and the disease process is termed “long COVID” or post-acute COVID-19 syndrome. A long-hauler is anyone who has continued symptoms after an initial bout of COVID-19.
Numerous studies over the past few months have shown that about one in three people with COVID-19 will have symptoms that last longer than the typical two weeks. These symptoms affect not only people who were very sick and hospitalized with COVID-19, but also those with milder cases.
Long COVID is similar to COVID-19
Many long-haulers experience the same symptoms they had during their initial fight with COVID-19, such as fatigue, cognitive impairment (or brain fog), difficulty breathing, headaches, difficulty exercising, depression, sleep difficulty and loss of the sense of taste or smell. In my experience, patients’ symptoms seem to be less severe than when they were initially sick.
Patients who were hospitalized for COVID-19 are the most likely to have persistent long-term symptoms.
In a study published in July 2020, Italian researchers followed 147 patients who had been hospitalized for COVID-19 and found that 87% still had symptoms 60 days after they were discharged from the hospital. A more recent study, published in January, found that 76% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, China, were still experiencing symptoms six months after first getting sick.
This Wuhan study was particularly interesting because the researchers used objective measures to evaluate the people reporting lingering symptoms. People in the study were still reporting persistent breathing problems six months after getting sick. When researchers performed CT scans to look at the patients’ lungs, many of the scans showed splotches called ground-glass opacities. These likely represent inflammation where SARS-CoV-2 had caused viral pneumonia. Additionally, the people in this study who had severe COVID-19 could not walk as fast as those whose illnesses were less severe – these lung problems reduced how much oxygen was moving from their lungs into their bloodstream. And remember, this was all measured six months after infection.
The medical community still does not know just how long these symptoms will persist or why they occur.
According to recent research that has yet to be peer-reviewed, many long-haulers cannot return to work or do normal activities because of brain fog, pain, or debilitating fatigue. Before my patient got sick, he would bike up a mountain in our Colorado town almost every day. It took him four months to recover to the point where he could climb it again.
SARS-CoV-2 hurts people in more ways than the medical community originally recognized. At Colorado State University, my colleagues and I are studying long-haulers and exploring whether immune system imbalances play a part in their disease process. Our team and many others are diligently working to identify long-haulers, to better understand why symptoms persist and, importantly, to figure out how the medical community can help.