With the recent release of the iPhone 15, it was time for Apple to do an iOS update. When the update arrived, it proved to be troublesome even for many users of both new and old iPhones.
A Problematic iPhone Update
The new iOS 17 didn’t go down well. Many people had problems including crashes and overheating. Owners of old and new iPhones both had issues, especially a bad battery drain. There were a lot of complaints, and some users even tried to delay updating their software.
The high battery drainage was the main issue, however, with users joking online that even running a high-brightness screen is enough to send the battery spiraling. Some iPhone 15 owners were so disappointed they said that older phones would last longer. One iPhone 14 user complained their battery drained in just 2 hours!
Serious Battery Drain Issues
There were some good reports for the new iOS, however. Even with problems, users generally liked the new iPhone 15. One user wrote that it was far better than iOS 16. They added that their battery was doing great, while another shared they had an excellent battery life on their iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Apple certainly didn’t think there was a real problem as it had advertised a better, all-day battery life. While the iOS 17 may have had a bumpy start, things are getting better. There already were several updates to fix known problems, and more are expected soon.
The task of advancing space exploration to match science fiction falls under the responsibility of Mike Lapointe and his colleagues. As part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program, also known as NIAC, they invest in high-risk and high-reward projects. Recently, 14 teams were awarded grants to investigate and develop their imaginative ideas.
NASA Awarded Its NIAC Grants
It is acknowledged that not all projects will be successful. However, some ideas, such as the lunar oxygen pipeline or the space telescope mirror that’s built in space, have the potential to revolutionize the field. The program is considering a wide range of ideas, from early-stage concepts to those that are yet to be developed. These ideas are focused on improving and enabling new types of NASA missions in the next 20-30 years.
NASA awards annual grants to academic researchers in the US for Phase 1 projects, which receive $175,000 for a nine-month study. A select few move on to Phase 2, receiving $600,000 for a two-year study. One exceptional project receives $2 million for a two-year Phase 3 study. Some may secure opportunities with NASA or commercial partners, while others may contribute to space exploration by developing new technologies.
An Oxygen Pipeline on the Moon
A proposal to design a habitat assembled from building materials grown on Mars using substances generated by fungi and bacteria has been selected as one of the winners this year. The project explores the idea of self-growing building blocks that start small but gradually grow filaments and tendrils to fill the space available to them, thus reducing the prohibitive launch cost. It is referred to as self-healing materials, next step is to develop self-growing materials. The growing process could be more cost-effective on Mars, and the study aims to determine if it can be accelerated, as well as the materials’ survival capabilities in the harsh Martian environment. The project will focus on using different minerals formed by the fungus, such as calcium carbonate.
A Flying Boat for Titan
The Artemis program aims to send astronauts to the moon by 2026. This year’s NIAC winners include a proposal for a giant pipeline on the moon that could deliver oxygen to future lunar bases. The study will explore the logistics of transporting oxygen from mining sites to the base, including the use of rovers and compressed canisters. The team’s proposal is to figure out how to build a five-kilometer pipeline connecting two areas. Another project is developing an in-space manufacturing technique called bend-forming. It involves bending a single strand of wire at specific nodes and angles, then adding joints to make a stiff structure.
Other projects among the other winners include a proposal to deploy a seaplane to fly on Titan and one for a heated probe to penetrate the ocean of its neighbor, Enceladus. All these projects will help NASA test the bounds of the feasible.