Earlier this year, Apple announced the Sidecar feature available with the installation of MacOS Catalina and iPadOS 13. Essentially, this allows your compatible Mac and iPad to work together using the iPad as an external touch monitor and more.
The “features” include: Extending or mirroring the desktop via wired or wireless connection, Multi-Touch gestures on the iPad, Touch Bar support even if your Mac does not have it, use of Apple Pencil for Mac apps that support drawing tablets and more.
Apple has published a Sidecar White Paper PDF available for viewing and download. You can also read more about set up and the system and hardware requirements here.
You can modify Sidecar functionality from the Mac System Preferences > Sidecar. These allow you to choose where to show the sidebar and Touch Bar on your iPad screen, and allows certain supported features when you double-tap on the side of your Apple Pencil (2nd generation).
A requirement that is sometimes overlooked is that both compatible devices to be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. Also, if using the feature wirelessly, both devices need to have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on, be within 10 meters of each other and neither the iPad is sharing its cellular connection nor the Mac is sharing its Internet connection.
Yesterday, Apple released the latest iOS and iPadOS version 13.2. A short time later, it was noticed that if you had a HomePod there could be a problem and NOT to follow the steps related to resetting your HomePod. Users were warned that if you had already reset or removed your HomePod from the Home app to contact Apple Support.
If you remove your HomePod or reset it, you could render the device unusable.
Long story short, don’t reset or remove your HomePod if you have version 13.2 until a fix is released.
The latest version of iPadOS and iOS are now available from Apple. To update your device, follow these directions. Don’t forget to make a backup first either with iCloud or via a computer. The update includes the latest security updates as well.
According to Apple, the latest update for iPadOS is as follows:
iPadOS, the powerful operating system with a new name to recognize the distinctive experience of iPad. iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad. This update features new ways to work with multiple apps, presents more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen, makes using Apple Pencil feel even more responsive along with a new way to instantly mark up anything, provides a dramatic new Dark Mode, allows a simple way to sign in to websites that protects your privacy, and gives new tools to edit and view your photos. iPadOS is faster and more responsive with optimizations across the system.
Today Widgets on the Home screen for at-a-glance information
A new layout to put even more apps on each page
Slide Over with support for multiple apps to access your favorite apps from anywhere in iPadOS and quickly switch between them
Multiple windows from a single app in Split View to work with two documents, notes, or emails, side-by-side
Enhanced Spaces to open the same app across multiple spaces
App Exposé to quickly see all of the open windows for an app
Lower latency with Apple Pencil, making it feel more responsive than ever
Redesigned tool palette, with a fresh new look, new tools, and the ability to drag to any side of the screen
A new gesture to mark up anything with a swipe from the bottom right or left corner of the screen with Apple Pencil
A new full page option to mark up entire web pages, Mail messages, iWork documents, and Maps
Scrollbar scrubbing to directly drag the scrollbar for quickly navigating long documents, web pages, and email conversations
Faster and more precise cursor navigation—just pick it up and move it to where you want
Text selection improvements for easier selection by just tapping and swiping on the text
New gestures for cut, copy, paste—pinch in once with three fingers to copy, twice to cut, and pinch out with three fingers to paste
Undo across iPadOS by just double tapping with three fingers
New floating keyboard leaving more room for your content—drag it anywhere you like
QuickPath on the floating keyboard lets you slide to type for easy one-handed typing
Custom fonts are available from the App Store for use in your favorite apps
Font management in Settings
External drives supported in Files to access and manage files on a USB drive, SD card, or hard drive
SMB support to connect to a server at work or a home PC
Local storage for creating folders on the local drive and adding your favorite files
Column to drill down into nested folders
Preview pane with high resolution file previews, rich metadata, and Quick Actions
Zip and Unzip support for creating and expanding Zip files
New keyboard shortcuts to manage your files even faster with an external keyboard
Desktop-class browsing in Safari with websites automatically optimized for the large Multi-Touch display iPad display
Web platforms like Squarespace, WordPress, and Google Docs now supported
Download manager to access downloads quickly and check the status of a file you’re downloading
Over 30 new keyboard shortcuts to navigate the web even faster with an external keyboard
Updated start page with favorites, frequently visited, most recently visited websites, and Siri suggestions
View options in the Smart Search field for quick access to text size controls, Reader view, and per‑site settings
Per‑site settings to choose Reader view, and enable content blockers, camera, microphone, and location access for individual websites
Option to resize when uploading photos
A beautiful new dark color scheme that delivers a great viewing experience especially in low-light environments
Can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset, at a certain time, or turned on from Control Center
Four new system wallpapers that automatically switch appearances with Light and Dark Mode
An all-new Photos tab with a curated view of your library making it easy to find, relive, and share your photos and videos
Powerful new photo editing tools that make it easier to edit, adjust, and review photos at a glance
Video editing with over 30 new tools, including Rotate, Crop, and Enhance
Sign in with Apple
A private way to sign in to participating apps and websites with the Apple ID you already have
Simple account setup with only your name and email address
Hide My Email to share a unique email address that is automatically forwarded to you
Built-in two-factor authentication to protect your account
No tracking or profiling by Apple as you use your favorite apps
App Store with Arcade
Unlimited access to groundbreaking new games with one subscription, no ads or additional purchases
An all-new Arcade tab in the App Store to browse the latest games, personalized recommendations, and exclusive editorial content
Available to play across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV
Option to download large apps over your cellular connection
Ability to view available app updates or delete apps from the Account page
Support for Arabic and Hebrew
An all-new map rolling out in the US featuring broader road coverage, improved address precision, better support for pedestrians, and more detailed land cover
Look Around to explore cities in a high-resolution, interactive 3D experience
Collections for the lists of places you love and can easily share with friends and family
Favorites for quick and easy navigation to the places you visit daily
All-new design with more powerful and intelligent ways to create and organize reminders
Quick toolbar to add dates, locations, flags, attachments and more to reminders
New smart lists—Today, Scheduled, Flagged and All—to easily keep track of upcoming reminders
Subtasks and grouped lists to organize your reminders
More natural Siri voice, particularly while speaking longer phrases
Personalized Siri Suggestions in Apple Podcasts, Safari, and Maps
Over 100,000 live radio stations from around the world available with Siri
Shortcuts app now built-in
Suggested automations in the Gallery personalized to your daily routine
Personal and home automations for automatically running shortcuts based on triggers
Home app support for shortcuts as advanced actions in the Automation tab
Memoji and Messages
New Memoji customization options including new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, and piercings
Memoji sticker packs in Messages, Mail, and third‑party apps and available on iPad mini 5, iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation), and all iPad Pro models
Your name and photo, or even Memoji, now optionally shared with your friends
Search enhancements to easily find messages with intelligent suggestions and categorization of results
People Occlusion for apps to place virtual objects naturally in front or behind people using iPad Pro (2018), iPad Air (2018), iPad mini 5
Motion Capture for apps to understand the body position and movement of a person so you can animate a character or interact with virtual objects using iPad Pro (2018), iPad Air (2018), iPad mini 5
Multiple face tracking for AR content on up to 3 faces at a time so you can have fun with your friends using iPad Pro (2018)
AR Quick Look to view and interact with multiple AR objects at the same time
Block sender to move all email messages from a blocked sender directly to the trash
Mute thread to stop notifications from an overly active email thread
Format bar with easy access to rich text formatting tools and attachments of all kinds
Font support for all system fonts, as well as new fonts you download from the App Store
Gallery view with your notes as visual thumbnails helping you find the note you need
Shared folders to collaborate with others giving them access to entire folders of notes
More powerful search for visual recognition of images inside your notes and text in items you’ve scanned
New checklist options to easily reorder checklist items, indent them, or move checked items to the bottom of the list automatically
Time-synced lyrics make listening more fun with perfectly timed lyrics
Over 100,000 live radio stations from around the world
30-day usage data to compare Screen Time numbers over the previous weeks
Combined limits to include multiple app categories, specific apps, or websites in one limit
“One more minute” option to quickly save your work or log out of a game when a Screen Time limit is met
Privacy and Security
Allow Once location permission with the option to share your locations with apps only once
Background tracking alerts now notify you when an app is using your location in the background
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enhancements help prevent apps from accessing your location without your consent
Location sharing controls give you the option to easily omit location data when sharing photos
Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories selection in Control Center
A redesigned, unobtrusive volume control in the top middle
Full-page screenshots for web pages, Mail messages, iWork documents, and Maps
Redesigned share sheet with intelligent suggestions to share content with just a few taps
Audio Sharing for two sets of AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo3, BeatsX and Powerbeats3 to share a single stream of audio
Dolby Atmos playback for a thrilling surround sound experience from content with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, or Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks on iPad Pro (2018)
Support for 38 new keyboard languages
Predictive input in Cantonese, Dutch, Hindi (Devanagari), Hindi (Latin), Najdi Arabic, Swedish, and Vietnamese keyboards
Separate emoji and globe keys make it easier to quickly switch between languages and select emoji
Automatic language detection for dictation
Bilingual dictionary support in Thai and English and Vietnamese and English
A dedicated QR code mode in Camera, accessible from the Control Center, for improved QR code performance, a flashlight option, and enhanced privacy
Junction View in Maps for drivers in China to more easily navigate complex roadways
Adjustable handwriting area on the Chinese keyboard
Cantonese predictions on the Cangjie, Sucheng, Stroke, and Handwriting keyboards
All‑new Indian English male and female Siri voices
Support for all 22 official Indian languages with the addition of 15 new keyboard languages
Bilingual keyboard for Hindi (Latin) and English keyboard, including typing predictions
Typing predictions on the Hindi (Devanagari) keyboard
New Indian language system fonts for Gujarati, Gurmukhi, Kannada, and Odia for greater clarity and ease when reading in apps
30 new document fonts for Assamese, Bangla, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu
Contacts with hundreds of new relationship labels to help more accurately label your contacts
A new way to control your iOS devices, entirely with your voice
Comprehensive navigation with just your voice to open apps, search the web, tap, swipe, pinch, zoom, press the Home button and more
Accurate dictation using the Siri speech recognition engine
Rich text editing to make corrections using just your voice, or select from word and emoji suggestions
Custom words, such as legal or medical terms, to ensure Voice Control recognizes words you commonly use
Seamless transitions from text dictation to voice commands
Attention Awareness to keep Voice Control off when you turn your head away from True Depth camera on supported iPhone models
On‑device processing so your personal data is kept private
Up to 2x faster app launch*
Up to 30 percent faster Face ID unlocking on iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)**
60 percent smaller app updates on average*
Up to 50 percent smaller apps from the App Store*
Other features and improvements
Low Data Mode to reduce your data usage over your cellular network or specific Wi-Fi networks you select
PlayStation 4 and Xbox Wireless Controller support
Find My iPhone and Find My Friends combined into a single app with the ability to locate a missing device even if it can’t connect to a Wi-Fi or cellular network
Apple Books reading goals help make reading a daily habit
Apple News+ options to remove downloaded issues, follow a title, or browse the back catalog from the More button in the My Magazines section
Stocks app with business stories from Apple News+
Calendar supports adding attachments to events
Home app redesigned controls for HomeKit accessories with a combined view for ones with multiple services
Pinch-to-zoom for more precision when editing recordings in Voice Memos
*Testing conducted by Apple in May 2019 using iPhone XS supporting normal peak performance and iPad Pro (11‑inch) with iOS 12.3 and prerelease iPadOS and iOS 13, using third‑party apps repackaged in a preproduction App Store server environment; smaller app update download size based on averages from a collection of the most frequently updated apps. Performance varies based on specific configuration, content, battery health, usage, software versions, and other factors.
**Testing conducted by Apple in May 2019 using iPhone X and iPhone XS Max supporting normal peak performance, and iPad Pro (11‑inch) with iOS 12.3 and prerelease iPadOS and iOS 13, using the side or top button to wake the device. Performance varies based on specific configuration, content, battery health, usage, and other factors.
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Apple has announced Active Noice Cancellation wireless AirPods. They are available starting October 30, 2019. The new in-ear wireless headphones “internally tapered tips conform to your ear shape, keeping AirPods Pro secure.”
There are two microphones to help with noise cancellation. The outward facing microphone detects external sound and then cancel it before you hear it. There is also an inward facing microphone that listens inside your ear for unwanted sound to eliminate. The noise cancellation is continuously adjusted at 200 tines per second. The H1 chip enables real time noise cancellation.
There is an Adaptive EQ to automatically tune music to the shape of your ear.
The Wireless charging case is compatible with Qi-certified chargers.
Flow by Moleskine is not just another app for those wanting to get ideas down on paper, it’s a productivity tool that allows you to fine tune what you want to capture on “paper” when inspiration strikes. This universal iOS app recently won an Apple 2019 design award.
The app features different drawing tools that can be fined tuned to your liking and saved. You can change nibs and ink flows. There are a wide variety of combinations and colors available and easily selectable. You can choose between different paper styles and colors.
Although there are some limits placed on tools and paper, there are more than enough combinations available. You can also export and share your work. The ability to undo in a variety of ways also makes this app useful.
The app is free to try for a few days. After that, there is a monthly or annual subscription price. Right now, following WWDC 2019, there is a 60% discount on the subscription. ($1.99 per month / $11.99 per year) It is not clear how long that may last.
You can also sync between iOS devices when you use the same Flow account.
So, this alternative to Paper is certainly worth trying.
Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference will take place in San Jose, CA June 3-7, 2019. The keynote address is Monday June 3 at 10 am pacific time. Typically, Apple uses this event to introduce its latest operating system that is in the works and to highlight recent activity. The event is also expected to be streamed live.
Ulysses is a great app for writers and others trying to get thoughts down and for publishing blogs. Using iCloud, you can work on your Mac and pick up where you left off on your iOS device and vice versa.
V 16 has new features and fixes. The new features include the ability to publish articles to the Ghost platform and a full featured iPad split view. So, in landscape orientation, you can keep two editors open at the same time or see an export preview while editing.
The ability to sync between iOS devices and your Mac requires a subscription.