Apple has updated iOS to version 12.2. The latest version provides support for Apple News+, adds the ability for Siri to play videos from your iOS device to Apple TV, and includes four new Animoji. There are also bug fixes, improvements and security enhancements.
To check for an update for your compatible device join a WiFi internet connection, tap on Settings > General > Software Update. Of course, before updating, you should make a backup.
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.
With the introduction of the new iPhones, there are new wallpapers coming. If you want to download those, 9TO5Mac has a web page that makes them available. For the iPhone XR and Xs, there is one page, for the iPhone Xs, you can download them here.
With the release of iOS 10.3, MacOS 10.12.4, and updated iWork apps, collaboration is now even better. It is now possible to collaborate – work with others – on various iWork documents.
From your iOS device, you can “share” or collaborate with others using iCloud and the iWork apps in real time.
In the iOS iWork document, tap on the 3 dots and select “Collaborate With Others” and choose the way you want to share document. You can “Add People” to collaborate and choose a way to send the invitation to collaborate. You can invite people via Messages, Mail, and other methods.
Make sure you choose “Share Options” which allows you to set the permissions of who can access and what they can do with the document – edit v. read. The options you select determine who can read the shared document as well as who can edit it. Choose the parameters you want.
While working, you can see who you are working with and view changes in real time. PC users can access the documents via a PC web browser.
To read more about collaboration with iWork documents, click here.
Sometimes, when using an iOS device, you may quickly go through your camera photos and delete an image or video by accident. It may even be a few days before you realize you want the image or video back. There is a quick and easy way to recover recently deleted videos, photos and images on an iOS device for up to 30 days.
First, tap on the photos icon. Next, tap on the Albums icon at the bottom right next to the Shared icon.
The last album on the right is called “Recently Deleted.” It has a trashcan icon. Tap on it.
Then, you will see photos that have been deleted and the number of days remaining before it is permanently deleted.
To recover the image, tap on the photo(s) you want to restore and then, at the bottom right, tap on “Recover.”
The image is now restored to your camera roll available in Photos.