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iOS 13.5 Update


Apple has released iOS 13.5. There are a few updates related to COVID-19 including Face ID enhancements.

The update is supposed to speed up access to the passcode field on devices with Face ID when wearing a face mask. There is also an option to control automatic prominence of video tiles on Group FaceTime calls.

There are other bug fixes and improvements.

You can read about them here.

As usual, before you update, make a backup.

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Working from Home – Take Control Of Free Book


Take Control Books, a great resource for e-books to help you learn various apps and how to work with devices, has made a book Working from Home Temporarily available for free.

The book helps explain how to set up a home office and balance work and home life for those not used to it.

All Take Control Books are delivered in 3 ebook formats, PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket (Kindle).

So, whether you are trying to learn more about the Mac Command Line with Terminal, How to Use Apple TV or 1Password, there is probably an ebook for you.

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13.2 Runaway…HomePod


(Credit Apple Inc.)

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.

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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.

 

 

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iOS 12 Release – Today


iOS 12 is set to be released today. The update will work on select iPhones and iPads (all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air) to allow you to have new features and improvements. According to Apple, performance should be improved for keyboard display and camera swipe to open.

The promised FaceTime feature with up to 32 people has been postponed to later this fall.

(credit Apple Inc.)

With the right iPhone, you can create “Memojis” or animojis of yourself to use in Messages and FaceTime. There are also 4 new Animojis available including koala, tiger, ghost and T.rex.

Camera effects have also been improved to liven up conversations. These include filters, animated text effects, fun stickers and more.

With the right iOS devices, you will experience better Augmented Reality.

To learn more about all the available features and how to use them, check out the Apple page on iOS 12.

 

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iOS 11.1.1 Released


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Apple has released an update to iOS 11 to address an issue with the keyboard auto-correct and where “Hey Siri” stops working.

To update, connect to a Wi-Fi network and tap on Settings > Software Update and download and install. As usual, it is always best to back up your device first. You can read more about the update process here.

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Apple Special Event Today


Today, September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT, you can watch the keynote presentation where it is widely believed the new iPhone X will be introduced. Along with the new iPhone, there may be some new information about when the new iOS will be available. There may also be some news about any new or updated hardware for devices like the iPad.

You can watch the presentation livet here.

While waiting, you can learn more about iOS 11 here.