iPhone Apps Stuck on ‘Waiting’ During Download? Here’s How to Fix It

Nothing is more annoying than seeing an iPhone app that is stuck on “waiting” during installation. You could cancel the download and retry, but the issue may still persist. There are many different reasons why this problem may happen, but luckily it can be fixed.

In this tutorial, we will show you the different methods of fixing an iOS app that is stuck at “Waiting” on iPhone or iPad.

How to Fix Apps Stuck “Waiting”

Check Your Network Connection

First and foremost, make sure that you have a proper network connection, especially when you’re using 3G/LTE. Open Safari or any other browser on your device and go to a webpage such as Google. If the page loads fine, then there’s no issue with your network connection. If not, wait until the connection is stable, after which you can delete the app and re-install it from the App Store.

Pause and Resume the Download

Usually the issue is fixed by pausing the download and then resuming it. Tap once on the app’s icon on the Home screen to pause the download. Now tap on it again to resume. This simple method usually fixes the “waiting” error and allows the app to proceed with downloading the remaining files.

Re-download the App

One of the common fixes of this issue is to re-download the app from the App Store. This usually works in most cases and allows the app to be installed successfully. Therefore, delete the app from your device and then download it again from the App Store.

Check the Remaining Space on Your iPhone/iPad

When you’re installing an app, there should be enough space on your device for the download to complete successfully. Go to Settings > General > About, and view the “Available” field to see how much storage space is left.

If there isn’t much space remaining, you can export some of the photos and videos from your device to the computer to free up space. Then restart your iPhone and proceed with re-downloading the app. Learn more ways to clear up storage space on your iPhone here.

Hard Reset

Hard reset is simply a forced reboot that is used to troubleshoot the common problems on your iPhone or iPad, such as when you can’t interact with the touchscreen.

  • Delete the app that is stuck on “waiting”.
  • Now hold down the Power and Home button together for a couple of seconds until your iPhone restarts and the Apple logo appears. On iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you have to hold down the Home and Volume Down button instead.
  • Once the Lock screen appears, go to the App Store and download the app again.

Sign Out of the App Store

Try signing out of the App Store and logging in again. To do so, open the App Store and scroll to the bottom of the Featured page. Tap on your Apple ID and choose Sign Out. Now log back into your account and re-download the app.

Delete “Documents & Data”

  • Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Tap on Manage Storage.
  • Find the partially downloaded app in the list and open it.
  • Tap on the Delete App button.
  • Now go back to the App Store and try downloading the app again.

Reset All Settings

If after trying all the methods above, the problem still persists then you should reset your device’s settings. This doesn’t remove any data from your device. It simply resets all the settings to factory defaults, such as network settings, App Store settings, and so on.

  • Go to Settings > General.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap on Reset.
  • Tap on Reset All Settings and confirm to proceed.
  • Once the reset is complete, restart your device and re-download the app.

These are the different methods of fixing an iOS app that is stuck at “Waiting” during installation. If the problem still persists, the last thing to do would be to restore your iPhone, or update to the latest iOS firmware (if available).

Which of these methods worked for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Here’s What the End of ‘Net Neutrality’ Means for You

Going by the most basic definition, net neutrality is the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally by service providers. On one side, proponents of net neutrality argue that the regulations prevent ISPs from playing favorites — throttling or outright blocking certain data, while giving priority and speed boosts to firms that have paid for quicker access. On the other hand, critics of the regulations say that they ultimately snarl innovation and investment.

The battle lines are pretty clear-cut, too. Democrats, consumer advocacy groups, and tech giants like Facebook and Google often argue in favor of net neutrality rules — stating that equal access to data helps to democratize the internet. Republicans and internet service providers, on the other hand, argue against net neutrality, citing the fact that some services — such as video streaming platforms — clog their infrastructure with the sheer amount of data they use. If ISPs could charge data-hogs more, they contend, then they’d be able to invest in better infrastructure, like high-speed fiber networks. Of course, the latter argument is the one that Trump-appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pai cited in favor of rolling back those regulations.

Increase of Zero-Rated Services

One of the most direct effects consumers may see as a result of net neutrality regulations being dismantled is an increase in the number of “zero-rated services” — that is, access to unlimited content like video streaming that doesn’t use up any monthly data. Because of that, tech columnist Christopher Mims writes in the Wall Street Journal, many consumers will love the end of net neutrality — but only at first.

Prioritized Access

The end of net neutrality could be the start of prioritized access — which could ultimately stifle competition in the content creation industry. It works like this: big corporations can afford to pay ISPs to give faster access to their content. Smaller companies with shallower pockets, such as startups, won’t have the funds to pay for faster access, meaning that their content could be throttled or load at slower speeds. No one likes video buffering or content that loads slowly.

Internet Monopolies

According to media executive Sergey Denisenko, this could result in a domino effect: small businesses lose their audience, then lose their advertisers, and finally lose the funding necessary to create new content.

If the smaller companies lose their ability to fairly compete, then there could be a monopolization effect in which we really will only see content created by one or two larger corporations. There’s a reason why social media companies like Snapchat are worried about the end of net neutrality, and what it could mean for their long-term prospects. But this all may be a worst-case scenario. Indeed, the idea that all data should be treated equally has always been a core principle of the internet — and even opponents of net neutrality think we should keep some provisions of those regulations around. In the wake of the FCC’s decision, ISPs and cable companies have pledged to continue providing “an open internet experience,” according to Bloomberg.

While the FCC made its vote today, the rules aren’t being adopted right away — instead, the proposal is now open to public comments. And if history is a judge, millions of people are likely to voice their arguments in keeping the net neutral. In addition to that, like other attempts to gut or set net neutrality rules, any final regulations are likely to end up being challenged in court, NPR reported.

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iOS 11 Concept Envisions Enhanced UI with Drag-and-Drop Feature

Apple is gearing up to unveil the next-generation of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, during the keynote address of its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017. And while we’ve heard plenty of rumors about what the platform might bring to the table for iPhone and iPad users, a fresh iOS 11 concept that was showcased this morning is one of the most realistic and exciting embodiments of what the OS will look like — particularly for iPad users.

Designed by Sam Beckett and uploaded Friday to the official MacStories YouTube channel, the iOS 11 concept primarily focuses on productivity features that Apple could bring to iPad in order to make the tablet a more competent PC competitor. The concept boasts a number of design tweaks, including better support for extensions in the Safari browser, improvements to Notes, Control Center, and much more.

Potential iOS 11 Features

The first major feature shown off in the video is an enhanced, system-wide implementation of drag and drop functionality, allowing users to seamlessly drag files, photos and other content from one app and place it directly into another. To be fair, a drag and drop function already exists in certain capacities on iOS — however Beckett’s iOS 11 concept envisions a much more robust version of drag and drop, which would certainly stand to make the iPad a more powerful computing tool.

Complementing drag and drop is an all-new “Shelf” feature, which would be accessible, as shown, by merely dragging content such as files, photos, songs and more to the top of the display. Once there, the content would effectively be stored on “the shelf,” allowing users to save it for easy access at a later time by merely swiping down from the top of the screen.

A completely redesigned app picker further takes advantage of the iPad’s Split-View functionality. Instead of presenting a vertical, scrollable list of options like the current app picker option on iOS 10, the re-envisioned concept would for example allow users to select apps from an “application grid” — complete with Apple’s Spotlight search feature to help easily locate open apps without having to scroll through an exhaustive list of them.

Last but not least, Beckett’s iOS 11 concept imagines that Apple will bring a macOS-style Finder app to the iPad, which would enable users to more easily browse their files, photos, folders and more — similar to how Finder operates on OS X and macOS computers. Apple has been hesitant about bringing a filesystem to the iPad, however, arguing that the tablet is a device exclusively marketed towards consumers in the “Post-PC era.” With the introduction of features like iCloud Drive for iOS, though, it’s become increasingly apparent that a Finder app for iOS could ultimately provide users with a more fluid and easy-to-navigate interface for managing their files, photos, music and more.

While not historically an event to showcase new hardware, it’s been looking increasingly likely that Apple could use WWDC 2017 to unveil its all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which would of course be a beautiful canvas upon which to showcase all the new features destined for iPad owners when iOS 11 touches down later on this year.

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5 Most Important Announcements from Google I/O ’17

Google is currently in the midst of its I/O developers conference, and to kick off the event, CEO Sundar Pichai made a number of exciting announcements at the event’s day one keynote yesterday. While he covered a lot of ground during it, here are the most important highlights and takeaways.

5. Google Photos Enhancements

5 Most Important Announcements from Google I/O '17

Google announced that its Photos app is getting a slew of new sharing options. Through a feature called “Suggested Sharing,” Photos will now automatically recommended that you share photos with people that it identifies in them. You can also create an online family photo album via the new “Shared Libraries” feature. If you’d prefer a physical photo album to a digital one, Google does that now, too. You can create and order printed books of your photos — starting at $ 9.99. Of course, if you’re shilling out money, you only want the best photos. On that note, it was also announced that Photos will soon gain the ability to automatically remove unwanted items in your pictures (such as a fence covering up a baseball game).

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Windows 10 Might Steal One of iPhone’s Most Useful Features

A forthcoming update to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system might include one of iOS’ most treasured features, according to a since removed blog post that was published Thursday morning to the official Windows Blog.

Though the original post was abruptly removed, a screenshot of the alleged ‘Control Center’ feature was nevertheless captured by Windows Central early this morning, revealing what appears to be an iOS-styled Control Center utility that may soon be coming to Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. As you can see below, by simply clicking on the Settings cog from the Windows 10 desktop, a future version of the OS will present users with a menu of options boasting many, but not all, of the same useful shortcuts currently available to iOS users when they swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Windows 10 Might Steal One of iPhone's Most Useful Features

The Windows 10 ‘Control Center’ will potentially be coming in a future update to the Redmond, Washington-based PC-maker’s latest operating system — and will constitute just one of the major changes that are meant to make Windows 10 even more user-friendly and easily-controllable. While the feature will enable certain shortcuts such as a display brightness meter, toggles for certain connections such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and more, unlike the iOS Control Center, Windows’ version is said to be fully-customizable.

“In the screenshot, you can see that Control Center basically does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing the user to control system actions,” the site explains, while adding that “The Control Center is entirely customizable, allowing the user to change what shows up there, with additional options that allow you to reorganize some of the settings to your liking.”

The alleged Control Center feature, which could potentially debut as part of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators software update due out this fall, has yet to be confirmed by Microsoft — despite having been shared by the official Windows Blog. So while it’s highly likely the feature will debut sometime in the near future, keep in mind that Microsoft could change course at any time — and potentially even scrap the Control Center feature, altogether.

A Control Center was first introduced as part of iOS 7 back in 2013, and allows users to simply swipe their finger upwards from the bottom of the screen to reveal an extensive list of toggles and controls — providing quick access to important connections like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and more, as well as useful features like an LED flashlight, camera, calculator, and clock. The iOS Control Center also allows users to control display brightness, and in more recent releases of the OS, boasts toggles to enable or disable Night Shift, AirDrop receiving, AirPlay mirroring and more.

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Steve Jobs Once Asked Jeff Goldblum to Be ‘the Voice of Apple’

Somewhere in an alternate universe Jeff Goldblum is the voice of Siri – sadly in the real world he isn’t, but at one point Steve Jobs did ask Jeff Goldblum (well-known for his roles in Jurassic Park and Independence Day) to be “the voice of Apple.”

Goldblum revealed that interesting piece of trivia in a recent interview on the Today Show in Australia. “Steve Jobs called me up a few decades ago to be the voice of Apple,” Goldblum told Richard Wilkins. “That was early on, and I did not know it was Steve Jobs.” We don’t know much else about that contact between the late Apple cofounder and the Jurassic Park star, since Goldblum didn’t offer any more specifics on the exact timing of the call.

Of course, we’re not sure exactly what being “the voice of Apple” would have entailed. Contrary to CNET’s suggestion, it’s pretty unlikely that Jobs wanted Goldblum to be the voice of Siri, specifically. Apple didn’t acquire Siri, Inc., the startup behind the digital voice assistant, until April 2010. Maybe Jobs had envisioned a digital voice assistant all those years ago, or maybe he had something else entirely in mind. Maybe if Jobs had had his way, Goldblum would have become the main spokesperson for the brand.

Of course, life finds a way: Goldblum actually appeared in a number of Apple ad spots in the 90s promoting the iMac with his signature brand of quirkiness that has solidified him an internet darling. Whether or not he could have been the voice of the now ubiquitous digital assistant, those iMac ads are pretty entertaining, and certainly worth a watch.

While he never became the voice of Apple, Goldblum did snag a job as the face of another brand: Menulog, a food-ordering app. In fact, that’s the reason why he’s in Australia, to tour and promote the new delivery service, according to AdWeek.

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Google’s AI Invents New Sounds Humans Have Never Heard Before

Google is using artificial intelligence to synthesize sounds that no human has ever heard before, with the goal of expanding the musician’s toolkit and by extension our soundscape. The project, called NSynth, takes samples from real instruments, analyzes and blends them using the mathematical characteristics of the notes they produce in order to create a brand new “instrument”.

It’s not the same as layering the sound of one instrument atop that of another. Rather, the resulting sounds are unique hybrids of instruments that we are already familiar with, such as the flute or the glockenspiel. Here are some samples of brand new sounds created by NSynth, courtesy of Wired:

NSynth (short for neural synthesizer) was only announced in April. It’s the product of Google Magenta, a team of AI researchers whose stated aim is to generate music and art using machine learning and deep neural networks. Last year, Magenta debuted a 90-second piano melody, which was its first piece of algorithmic art. The team has since expanded its efforts to encompass creating entirely new sounds.

“Unlike a traditional synthesizer which generates audio from hand-designed components like oscillators and wavetables, NSynth uses deep neural networks to generate sounds at the level of individual samples,” the Magenta team explains in a blog post. It gives artists “intuitive control over timbre and dynamics and the ability to explore new sounds that would be difficult or impossible to produce with a hand-tuned synthesizer.”

Magenta was inspired by DeepDream, a Google project to visualize what deep neural networks were learning that yielded fascinating (and somewhat disturbing) images that were highly publicized back in 2015. Its success prompted Google to wonder, “Can we use machine learning to create compelling art and music? If so, how? If not, why not?” These are the questions Magenta has been tasked with answering.

And why not? Music critic Marc Weidenbaum tells Wired that blending instruments is an age-old practice that has been part and parcel of the evolution of music. “Artistically, it could yield some cool stuff, and because it’s Google, people will follow their lead,” he says.

So far, NSynth is working with a database of musical notes collected from about a thousand instruments, yielding countless hybrids of markedly different instruments– ranging from the flugelhorn to the bass, and everything in between. On top of that, the Magenta team has built a two-dimensional interface that works with samples from four instruments at once, further pushing the boundaries of musical composition.

Google hopes to build on Magenta’s work to one day create an open source community of artists and machine learning researchers. Magenta’s open-source infrastructure is built around TensorFlow and its code is published on Github, to help artists connect with machine learning models. In the meantime, you can check out a live demo of NSynth at the upcoming Moogfest, an annual music and arts festival, which will be held in Durham, North Carolina.

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