Posted in Accessories

Wireless AirPods and Charging Case


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Apple has announced the much anticipated AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $199. According to Apple, “Now with more talk time, voice-activated Siri access — and a new wireless charging case — AirPods deliver an unparalleled wireless headphone experience. Simply take them out and they’re ready to use with all your devices. Put them in your ears and they connect immediately, immersing you in rich, high-quality sound. Just like magic.”

Based on Apple’s web page, the AirPods are second generation with 5 hours of listening time and up to 3 hours of talk time on one charge. If you put the AirPods in the case for 15 minutes, you get up to 3 hours of listening time and 2 hours of talk time.

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What you may not have noticed is that if you already own AirPods, you can buy just the Wireless Charging Case for $79 that should be compatible with existing AirPods.

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Posted in Commentary

iCloud Issues ? Check the System Status


If you are having problems with iCloud accounts (or someone, like a family member, has called you to help them figure out why they can’t log in to iCloud) before spending a bunch of time retyping your password over and over, you may want to look at Apple’s system status page.

This could save you a bunch of time and determine that the issue is not you, but Apple’s servers.

If you are dealing with development, there is a separate page to determine the system status.

 

 

Posted in App

Ulysses 15 Arrives – Writing App Gets Better


Ulysses, a writing environment for your Mac and iOS device, turns version 15. Ulysses uses the idea of a sheet that can be combined with other sheets to write an article, story or book.

You can access your sheets from your iOS devices and Mac using the subscription service. You can try the app for free for 14 days. During this time you can write.

If you have a subscription to Setapp, the subscription will activate not only on your Mac, but on your iPhone and iPad as well.

The latest updates includes the ability to have the option to split the editor so you can display two sheets / pages next to each other and scroll through both. This way you can read one page and write on another. It’s a great way to do research.

If you like working in Dark mode, you won’t be disappointed.

There is enhanced keyword support as well that allows you to organize, search and even change the keywords colors, rename or delete them.

The ability to sync between devices is included in the subscription service. To learn more you can visit the tutorials web page.

A trailer that shows the app in action is below.

 

Posted in Tips

Keyboard Text Replacement Shortcuts – A Real Time Saver


A built in iOS feature that many do not use is the Keyboard Text Replacement. This feature allows you to create a keyboard shortcut to type in text, including frequent replies to email and messages.

The idea is simple. Let’s say you find your self always typing out text like your email address, phone number or mailing address. Instead of typing all that information repeatedly, you can create a keyboard text replacement.

For example, “eml” can be made to type out your email address or “htn” can be made into “I am heading there now. I should be there in a few minutes.”

To create your Keyboard Text Replacements, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement > +.

After typing the + you can enter your Phrase and Shortcut.

Type the phrase you want to have the shortcut type out and type in the shortcut phrase that will create it when you type it in the future. Then press save. Try not to use the beginning of real words as that can cause problems.

Now, when you are in any app that uses text, you can type the shortcut and it will be converted to the full text. Create several shortcuts and begin using them.

Posted in Specs, Tips

iOS 12.1.1 Released


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Apple today released the iOS update to address several issues. This minor update adds features and fixes bugs for applicable iPhone and iPad models. The fixes include:

  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, XS and XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation.

Further, several security issues were addressed.

To update your device, Apple has information at this website.

Posted in App

iWork for iOS Updated


  

With the release of iOS 12, Apple has released updates for the iWork suite of apps including Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. They are all updated to version 4.2

Numbers has the following updates:

• Use Smart Categories to quickly organize and summarize tables to gain new insights.
• Group your data based on unique values and date ranges, including day of week, day, week, month, quarter, and year.
• Instantly show count, subtotal, average, maximum, and minimum values for columns in each group.
• Create charts of your summarized data.
• Easily reorder categories to see your data in a different way.
• Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
• Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
• Numbers now supports Dynamic Type.
• Enhance your spreadsheets with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Performance and stability improvements.

Keynote has the following updates:

• Adjust text size in presenter notes and invert colors while presenting.
• Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
• Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
• Keynote now supports Dynamic Type.
• Enhance your presentations with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Performance and stability improvements.

Pages have the following updates:

• Animate your drawings and watch them come to life in a document or book.
• When using Smart Annotation, lines connecting text to annotations in the side margins stretch and move with edits.
• Annotations now anchor to table cells.
• Easily save drawings to Photos or Files, or share them with others.
• Support for Siri Shortcuts. Requires iOS 12.
• Adjust the line spacing before and after a paragraph, and set the width for columns of text.
• Pages now supports Dynamic Type.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Performance and stability improvements.

Posted in App

Shortcuts Now Available


Apple has released an update to Workflow, the productivity app Shortcuts will work with iOS 12 and Siri. The app allows you to create personal shortcuts or a series of steps from your favorite apps. There are over 300 built in actions that work with Contact, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, Health and other apps that support Siri Shortcuts.

The Shortcuts user guide is available here.

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According to Apple, you can use the Shortcuts app to:
* Get directions home, send your ETA and start listening to the news, just by asking Siri
* Add a home screen icon that calls a loved one
* Make animated GIFs
* Make PDFs from Safari or any app with a share sheet
* Get directions to the nearest coffee shop in one tap
* Tweet the song you’re listening to
* Get all of the images on a web page
* Send a message including the last screenshot you took

The app works with iPhone and iPads that support iOS 12. To learn more about the the release, you can review Apple’s support page.