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Five Tip Friday ~ New gestures, modes, Apple Watch and more


1/ Use one-handed zoom in iOS 11’s Maps — As you may know, we’ve long had the ability to double-tap on the Maps screen (and elsewhere around iOS) to zoom in. Each double tap brings you closer to the point on the map you’re focused on until you can zoom in no more.
You can also use the pinch-to-zoom method, but iOS 11’s got a great new zooming feature for one-handed iPhone users; this lets you zoom in easily without juggling the device or endlessly double-tapping the screen. What you’ll do is double-tap but hold on the second tap, then when you drag that finger up and down on the screen, you zoom in and out. Drag up to get closer and down to pull farther out.
This works on any iDevice running iOS 11, and it’s worth practising and getting used to, as it’s really useful, but, for big spenders, there’s a similar gesture …

2/ Use fast app switching on the iPhone X — The iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, so there’s a new way to use fast app switching.  To see the App Switcher on the next gen iPhone, you swipe up from the bottom of its screen and pause while still touching the display. When the App Switcher appears, you can lift your finger. Now you can swipe right or left to switch back and forth between apps.

(Image from this tip’s source at the Mac Observer)

3/ Create an Ultra Low Power Mode on iPhone X — Now that there’s an iPhone with an OLED screen, battery juice can be saved by even using black wallpapers. But you can go further. Even though iOS already has a Low Power Mode, there are additional settings to tweak for create an Ultra Low Power Mode.
Apple has provided a pure black wallpaper as a default: Settings>Wallpaper>Choose a New Wallpaper>Stills. Set it as the wallpaper for the home screen and lock screen.
To go even further, turn on greyscale. Find this in Settings>General>Accessibility>Display Accommodations>Color Filters. Turn the switch on and select ‘Grayscale’ at the top.
While in Accessibility, scroll down until you see Accessibility Shortcut. Set the shortcut to ‘Smart Invert Colors’. You can turn it on and off by triple-clicking the home button but since the iPhone X doesn’t have a home button, you can assign it to the sleep/wake button.
Finally, turn on iOS’s built-in Low Power Mode. On the iPhone X, swipe down from the right ear at the top to find Control Center. Tap on the battery icon.
No one has quantified exactly how much this will stretch out your battery life, but the next time you’re in a situation where you need ultra low power mode, try this to extend your iPhone X’s life.

4/ Select and move several apps at once — Speaking of gestures, iOS 11 has a cool feature that lets you select and move multiple apps at the same time. It makes organizing your apps a little easier, which is great since that’s not available in iTunes 12.7. However, I think tis only works on iPhone 6s and later, since I can’t do it on my 6. Watch TMO’s video tip at this link to see how it works.

5/ Share Apple Watch Activity progress with friends & family — Launch the Activity iPhone app, then tap the Sharing tab in the lower right. After then hitting Get Started you’ll see a plus symbol in the upper-right, used to add contacts.
The app will then prompt you to type in a person’s contact information, and/or pick from a list of suggested people. You can share with as many individuals as you like, but there is a catch: everyone has to have an Apple Watch, since the Activity app is built around it anyway. People on the opposite end will receive an invite, which they can accept through the Sharing tab.
Returning there, you’ll now see daily summaries for each person including their Move, Exercise, and Stand rings, as well as Move progress broken out into percentages and calories. Select the “Name” button in the upper-left and you can sort by different break-out data.
Similar information is available on your Watch. From the watchOS 4 Activity app, swipe left to get to the Sharing screen, then tap on any person’s name. Initially you’ll just see their Activity rings, but using the digital crown you can scroll down to see more. You’ll note that when scrolling down to the bottom of a summary or the Sharing screen, there’s a shortcut to send an iMessage.
By default, your Watch will automatically notify you whenever someone finishes a workout, wins an achievement, or closes all three rings. These notifications include an option to send a preset reply, whether for boasting or cheering someone on.
If this all gets bothersome, there are a few options. From any daily summary in the iPhone app, you can choose to mute notifications from that person, or remove them as a friend entirely. (Should you decide you need some privacy, there’s also a Hide My Activity option.)

Extra — Freeing up space. This tip is so long, I have just linked it.

[At this point I have published over 585 tips on Mac NZ!]

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iOS 11 is here, TestFlight and Playgrounds, OmniFocus, goodbye 32-bit, iPhone 8, TV app, watchOS 4


Apple has releases lots of iDevice updates today, including tvOS 11

iOS 11 is [almost] here! And before you upgrade, it’s important to back up your device. If you sync with a Mac, you can back up in iTunes. You can also [slower] back up to iCloud. There are also two ways to install iOS 11. The first allows you to do it directly on your iPhone or iPad. The second lets you do it by connecting your device to your Mac. The upgrade process will take several minutes, and you should probably use a Wi-Fi connection so you don’t eat up your data allocation with your service provider. [Not available in NZ at 6:30am, but it should show up soon.]
There are lots of new features, and Apple’s Control Center has become modular and customisable. It also brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2 and more.

Apple updates TestFlight & Swift Playgrounds for iOS 11’s new tech — In conjunction with the release of iOS 11, Apple has also released new versions of TestFlight and Swift Playgrounds, redesigning the former’s interface and adding an things like an Augmented Reality challenge to the latter.

OmniFocus update exploits powerful new features in iOS 11 — The latest version from the Omni Group updates for iOS 11 compatibility, but also takes advantages of changes to Siri and adds drag and drop.

How to find the 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad that won’t work in iOS 11 at all — The day has come: Apple will disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS 11. If you haven’t updated because of worries of incompatibility, AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit allowing you to decide if you want to upgrade or wait.

iPhone 8 wireless charging speed will improve with future firmware update from Apple — At launch, the iPhone 8 will recharge via inductive wireless technology at a rate comparable to the standard 5-watt charger that ships with the handset. But Apple plans to improve that speed with a future software update.
This video shows everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus,

Fun in PCalc — A new update for the app uses iOS 11’s ARKit feature to bring augmented reality into your number-filled world. Just tap the info button on the calculator keypad, choose Help, then tap About PCalc. Once you see the floating 42 badge tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the AR controls so you can throw marbles, dice, and bananas into your virtual world.

Apple launches tvOS 11 for Apple TV, adding live news & sports in TV app — As promised Apple on Tuesday released the finished version of tvOS 11, build 15J381, an update for fourth-generation Apple TVs that brings mostly evolutionary improvements, the most significant being groundwork for live news and sports features in the TV app. Apple has rolled out tvOS 11 with AirPlay 2, which offers multi-room audio support. It also includes the ability to automatically switch between light and dark interface modes.

TV availability in tvOS spreading — Apple began the rollout of TV app in Australia, Canada ahead of iOS 11 & tvOS 11 debut. tvOS 11 release, which will deliver the one-stop streaming hub to seven additional countries later this year. Apple is expanding availability of the TV app to seven countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway and the UK — by the end of 2017.
Apple TV owners running the latest tvOS software in Australia [which may include NZ, does anyone know? Since NZ is administered mostly from Sydney] and Canada discovered the TV app, or at least its icon, on their home screen earlier today and took to Twitter to note the the change. On fourth-generation Apple TV units, the TV app seems to be a placeholder instead of a functional app, but its presence hints at an imminent release likely timed to coincide with tomorrow’s iOS 11 and tvOS 11 launch. The TV app acts as a central hub for browsing, discovering and managing streaming content across a variety of providers and owned media.

Apple launches watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with improved Activity & Workout tracking, revamped Music app, Siri watch face — The Apple Watch interface has been refined and improved with today’s launch of watchOS 4, including a new vertically scrolling app dock, the ability to view installed apps in a list view instead of grid, and new watch faces including a Siri smart assistant and characters from the iconic “Toy Story” films.

watchOS 4 no longer lets you browse iPhone music library on your Apple Watch — In a major change to how the Apple Watch operates, users can no longer browse their iPhone’s music library after updating to watchOS 4, and instead can only view songs stored on the watch itself.

Apple Watch 3 starts at NZ$529


(Image from Apple NZ’s Watch page)

Apple Watch 3 available from September 22 — Apple has also announced the new Apple Watch 3 with built-in cellular. The Watch will now show heart rate throughout the day, a resting heart rate, and will warn of a high heart rate when you’re not active. The Watch will also look for arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation as part of the Apple Heart Study. watchOS 4 will be out on September 19.
You’ll be able to stream 40 million songs to your AirPods with Apple Music, without an iPhone nearby. It has a dual-core processor and a barometric altimeter. The display is the antenna, and the company uses an electronic SIM card.
New bands will be out from Apple and Hermes, and Nike Plus will have an all new app that takes advantage of the new capabilities. It will be available on September 22 at NZ$529/US$399 for the cellular model and US$329 for a non-cellular model. Pre-orders begin September 15.
[Would it use the same phone number as your iPhone?]

Tomorrows’s big event, iPhone evolution, hints of new iPod touch, AI and sleep for Watch


(Image from Apple’s event live-streaming page for September 2017

Where to watch the Apple event livestream tomorrow — Tomorrow’s Apple event (13th September in New Zealand is 12th September in the US) should prove to be one of the most interesting product reveals in the history of the company, even if this weekend’s leaks took a bit of the surprise out of what we expect to see. Live streaming uses Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology and HLS requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 9.0 or later, a Mac with Safari on macOS v10.11 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
Apple has the livestream page all ready to go, and you can even add an event to your calendar to remind you to watch. There’s the Apple Events app on Apple TV (streaming via Apple TV requires an Apple TV 2nd or 3rd generation with software 6.2 or later or an Apple TV 4th generation).

I will be updating this site from 7am NZ time — I gather together multiple sources and try and publish the most cogent information. Initial posts may be followed by additional posts with, for example, more information and NZ prices/availability. [But I have a prediction: 20-50% of any new features will hardly be used by anyone.] 

Phone X event at Steve Jobs Theater frames the future of Apple, Inc reckons Daniel Eran Dilger at Apple Insider — “Next Tuesday, Apple is expected to unveil its largest array of new product introductions ever, ranging from iPhone 8 and a premium new iPhone X to a new 4K/HDR Apple TV, new Apple Watch Series 3, revamped AirPods and the new HomePod appliance–as well as its new Apple Park campus. Here’s why it all matters, focusing on the new lineup of iPhones.” [Er, doesn’t every announcement ‘frame the future of Apple’, Daniel?]

Evolution of the iPhone — Gadgets Desk has a good infographic tracing the evolution of the iPhone, from the original iPhone to current rumors for Tuesday’s iPhone 8/iPhone X launch. It’s an interesting walk down memory lane that includes specs and pics for each iPhone model (minus iPhone 5C and iPhone SE).
And an infographic from Decluttr shows how the Internet reacted to the iPhone over the years.  You’ll have to scroll for a while to get to the iPhone 7/7 Plus, but the comments are well worth your time.

A new iPod touch may be coming soon — Along with all of the other goodness found in this weekend’s leak of the iOS 11 golden master, it appears that the iPod touch may finally get an update. Leak source Benjamin Geskin found reference to a device labeled as “iPod8,1” in the code, which may point to an all new iPod touch.

Bodymatter, Inc. today announced the latest version of their iPhone and Apple Watch app, Sleep Watch — The company breaks new ground with the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in its popular sleep tracking app to empower individuals with unparalleled insight and control over their own sleep habits and general wellbeing.
Bodymatter’s AI is presented to users through the Discover feature, which provides users with feedback on how certain behaviors are influencing indicators of their sleep. The app gathers data as the user wears their Apple Watch and it finds statistically significant relationships between users’ habits (including exercise) and the quality of their sleep. The data is then shared with each user through Discover. By providing individualised insight on behaviors, users can then make smarter, and hopefully healthier, choices every day. Cost is NZ$4.49/US2.99.

iPhone ownership analysed, iZotope Spire recording, more ARKit demos, Watch loads Frogger


The iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through wi-fi to control a multi-track recorder

The UK averages one iPhone for every two people — finder.com, a personal finance comparison website with over three million users worldwide, has shared research with Apple World Today with some interesting stats about iPhones to celebrate the upcoming release of the iPhone 8. Apple doesn’t release UK sales numbers, finder.com estimates 32 million iPhones have been bought in the UK since 2011. That’s one Apple smartphone for every two people in the UK. However, as much as the UK loves Apple, finder.com also finds that iPhones, on average, cost £36.40 more in the UK than the U.S. The website estimates that British buyers have spent £1.2 billion more than U.S. customers in total. (Apple has offered no concrete explanation for these pricing differences that I know of).

iPhone users like the Wall Street Journal, H&M and Forever 21 (plus more interesting tidbits) — Cambridge Analytica – a data analytics firm with a database of demographic, consumer, lifestyle and psychographic data on over 220 million Americans – has identified some of the personal preferences of consumers and how they correlate to preferences in iPhones vs Android users. This data is based on favoured hobbies, clothing brands and car brands. [Wasn’t this the company that helped Trump win the US election?]
According to Cambridge Analytics, iPhone users are more interested in reading and politics/current events compared to their Android using counterparts.

iZotope Spire Studio portable multi-track recorder exclusive to iPhone, iPad — The new iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through wi-fi to control a multi-track recorder, allowing for nearly any space to be used as a convenient recording studio. Spire Studio will be available for US$349, and at select retailers in the northern autumn.

Latest ARKit demos show hand-tracking beer pong, visualised audio trails — New demonstrations using Apple’s ARKit may suggest some of the possibilities of the augmented reality platform, including the integration of hand tracking.

Propelling Star Wars iPhone-connected high performance battling drones — Through a mix of attention to detail, fan service, and miniaturised technology, Propel has made a flying toy that intends to delight both children and longtime Star Wars fanatics. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new high-performance battling drones in an initial hands-on.

Apple Watch loads Frogger onto an Atari 2600 — Niles Mitchell (AKA napabar on YouTube) is using a Starpath Supercharger plugged into an Atari 2600 game console, connected to a small Bluetooth receiver that’s linked to his Apple Watch. With a tap on the Apple Watch, he quickly loads Frogger onto the Atari console and away we go!

Five Tip Friday ~ Some tips for iOS and Watch users


Welcome to September, the month Apple launches an all-new iPhone! Until then lets rev up our existing iPhone use a little. 

1/  Selectively control Read Receipts for iMessage in iOS 10 — A read receipt in iMessage is simply a feature designed to let your contacts know when you’ve read their message. You can go into Settings to turn this on and off at will, but on iOS 9 and before, this setting turned it off for all contacts. With iOS 10 however, it’s possible to control read receipts for each of your contacts if they also have iPhones (otherwise the option is simply not available). Now you can let your boss know when you’ve read her message, while turning the feature off for that weird guy you met on Tinder [to quote Mac Observer!].
Open up a message from one of your contacts. In the upper right part of the screen, tap the blue circle with an ‘i’. There you can share your location, see a history of images and attachments with that contact – and control read receipts.]

2/ Modify AirPods behaviour — Once iOS 11 ships, which may be as soon as 12th September, you will have more options. For now, in iOS 10, you can change how your AirPods react when you double-tap on them, or switch what happens when you put them in your ears. You adjust these options on your iPhone or iPad. To get started, open your AirPods’ case or take them out of it, then visit Settings > Bluetooth on your paired iOS device.
There you’ll see a list of all of the Bluetooth devices you’ve added. If you don’t see Connected next to your AirPods, tap their name to connect.
Within this option, you can disconnect your AirPods (or have your device forget them entirely), change their name, or set what happens when you double-tap one of them. This is probably the most useful adjustment, as you could configure your AirPods to play/pause instead of invoking Siri with a double-tap.
Also on this screen are Automatic Ear Detection, which you can turn off if you don’t like your audio automatically being sent to your AirPods when you put them in your ears—and the Microphone setting. This lets you configure which AirPod you’d like to always be your microphone.

3/ Using 3D Touch in Spotlight — With a recent iPhone (6s/6s Plus or 7/7 Plus), you’re probably accustomed to your favourite uses for 3D Touch: looking at notifications within folders, opening new private tabs in Safari etc. You can also use Spotlight searches to find apps, and then if you press on a result within the Spotlight interface, you’ll get the same options you’d get by 3D-touching the app itself.
Start by swiping down on your home screen to open the iOS Spotlight search function, then type the name of an app into the search field at the top. Press with a little force on the app in the results to get the same Quick Action choices you would get from using 3D Touch on the app icon on the Home screen. You can use this, for example, to quickly find the Camera app and use its Quick Actions.

4/ In iOS 11, set up and customise Do Not Disturb While Driving — For those already beta-testing the next generation of iOS, you can do this now For the rest, you can do this soon. iOS 11 will add Do Not Disturb support for driving so you won’t get distracted while you’re cruising around town. You don’t have to use it, but if you do, it’s easy to set up and customise. Once iOS 11 is installed on your iPhone there’s a good chance you’ll get a dialogue asking if you want to turn on DND when you’re driving. The dialogue will pop up after you move off in your car.
Just tap Turn On While Driving and you’re set. Your iPhone will automatically go into DND mode when you’re in a moving car – it then mutes all incoming calls. You also won’t see other alerts and notifications while your car is in motion. (Of course, it won’ know if you’re driving or a passenger.)
DND While Driving can activate automatically when connected to your car’s Bluetooth, or manually. If you choose Manually, you will need to use the Do Not Disturb button in Control Center to activate the feature.
DND While Driving can auto-reply to text messages too. It’s your business who gets those messages, so you can change the settings and make your own custom reply:
Launch Settings on your iPhone
Tap Do Not Disturb
Choose Auto-Reply To
Select No One, Recents, Favorites, or All Contacts.
If you set your auto-reply to Favorites, it only goes to those people you’re in contact most. If you don’t want anyone to know when you’re in the car, choose No One.
To set an auto-reply, launch Settings on your iPhone
Tap Do Not Disturb
Choose Auto-Reply
Enter a custom reply message.
If you need to get a message through to someone who has DND While Driving active, follow up your first message with a second that only says ‘urgent’.

5/ How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app — Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. At other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there’s not much you can do with it other than dismiss it.
Here’s how to quickly tell the difference — it’s all in the shape. App icons on watchOS are circles, and when you get a notification from an app that is native to the Apple Watch, tapping on it will open the corresponding app. When an alert arrives, or you are browsing through past ones in Notification Center, the corresponding app icon is located in the upper left. If it’s a circle, tapping once will provide quick options like reply or dismiss, and tapping a second time will open the corresponding app.
But if the icon is a square, that means it’s simply an iPhone notification because app icons on the iPhone are rounded-corner squares.
There aren’t as many options for dealing with notifications not from native watchOS apps. Tap and you’ll have an option to dismiss, with no second tap to open the app, because the app is only on your iPhone.
This subtle distinction of round or square is an easy way to tell what you can do directly from your wrist, without the need to pull your phone out of your pocket.

Ridiculous driving lawsuit thrown out, Swift curriculum, disabling Watch passcode


(Image from GenStock)

Court throws out lawsuit blaming lack of texting ‘lock-out’ technology in iPhone caused car accident — A Californian judge has thrown out the suit brought against Apple by the father of a college student killed in a road accident by a texting driver, one where it was claimed Apple had failed to incorporate technology into the iPhone that would prevent it from working while the user is driving. [Because if you text on a phone while driving, you’re a bloody idiot, and it’s not the manufacturers’ fault. And I still see this all the time, even last night with the woman driving behind me to Auckland Airport.]

Apple’s Swift curriculum coming to over 30 community colleges, select high schools — Apple on Friday said that over 30 US community college systems will offer its App Development with Swift curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year, expanding on the original six that Apple announced in May.

How to disable the passcode on an Apple Watch — In the event that you no longer want to use the passcode on your Apple Watch, it’s easy to disable it. On the smartwatch, go to Settings app → Passcode → Disable Passcode and (read the rest at Apple World Today).

Five Tip Friday ~ for iOS and Apple Watch


1/ Change the Playlist pictures in iOS Music — By default, playlists within the Music app use the albums’ artwork as their identifying image. But you can take a picture to use or grab one from your Photos library: here’s how on iPhone/iPad.
Open the Music app, and then click on the Library tab to visit the Playlists section.
Touch the one you’d like to change the picture on, and tap the Edit button at top right on the subsequent screen.
In this editing mode, you’ll see a small photo icon appear on the playlist’s image at top left – tap that.
You’ll be given an option to either take a photo or choose one from your library.Choose, or take, and tap Done to finish the job.
The change will sync to your other devices if you’re using iCloud Music Library. Cool, right?

2/ Use your Apple Watch to auto unlock your Mac — Apple added a feature in macOS Sierra and watchOS 3 called Auto Unlock. This lets you automatically unlock your Mac by waking it up. It’s handy to use and easy to set up if you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 3 and a mid-2013 or newer Mac running macOS Sierra 10.2 or newer.
First you’ll need to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, as this doesn’t work with two-step verification. Apple has a support page to switch from verification to authentication (Mac Observer has an article on setting up 2FA here).
Once that’s set up, turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your Mac. You’ll also need to be signed into your Watch and Mac with the same Apple ID and your Mac can’t be using Internet Sharing. Check to make sure in System Preferences > Sharing. Next, go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy.
Both your Mac and Apple Watch need to be set up with a passcode. On your Watch, go to Settings > Passcode > Turn Passcode On. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Change Password.
Now on your Mc, click on the Apple icon () in the upper left corner of your screen.
Click System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General.
Check the box next to Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.
It will take a couple of seconds to activate. Now, the next time you need to wake up your Mac, Apple Watch auto unlock will automatically unlock it. It’s just magic.

3/ Ditch the Honeycomb App Grid in watchOS 4 — Along with the Developer Beta 1 of iOS 11, Apple also recently released the first preview version of watchOS 4. This developer beta (so still not generally available to everyone) brings some under-the-hood enhancements, new watch faces and more intelligence and fitness features. It also includes something that wasn’t announced – you can now ditch the awkward honeycomb app grid and instead get a list of your installed apps:
Press the Digital Crown to get to your Apple Watch Home screen. Then, Force Touch the screen and a brand new configuration panel shows up.
Choose between grid view or list view.
Once you’ve made the switch, you can scroll normally through your apps in a list, sorted alphabetically. You can also rotate the Digital Crown to move through your apps, which are sorted alphabetically.
There isn’t any way to rearrange your apps in List View, at least for now. Bear in mind, though, this is still only Developer Beta 1 of watchOS 4 so more changes may be yet to come in future beta versions of the wearable operating system. The developer beta is available now, and the full release is expected in northern autumn 2017.
(It’s also worth noting that watchOS 4 will leave some iPhone owners out in the cold. It requires a paired iPhone 5S or later with iOS 11 to download and install. This is because Apple has removed 32-bit device support in iOS 11. Devices like the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C are only 32-bit devices, so they aren’t supported by the latest version of the operating system.)

4/ iMazing — You know how getting files off an iPhone or iPad onto a Mac can be a mission, mostly because AirDrop only works sometimes? An app for macOS called iMazing changes all that. It’s not cheap though: a single license for iMazing costs US$39.99, a universal license is US$49.99, or you can get five licenses US$69.99 (for both Windows and Mac). all you need to do to unleash this power is plug your iPhone/iPad into your Mac with the charge cable (since it’s USB at the end that goes into the power charger). For example, via iTunes, it’s easy to transfer music from Mac to iPhone or iPad. What if you want to export tracks off your iOS device? That’s not possible in iTunes, but it’s a snap with iMazing: select the media files you want, whether they’re songs, movies, TV shows, podcasts, or audiobooks, then click Export to Folder, and iMazing will happily transfer them to your hard drive. It’s even smart about it, recognising the tracks you already have in iTunes and leaving them alone.

5/ Archive and even print Messages — If you want to save your text messages and iMessage conversations to your desktop, or even print them, with iMazing you can. It doesn’t matter if you want a PDF, text document, comma-separated values (CSV, like a spreadsheet) file, or a full printout of your messages, this app can handle it. You can also export attachments separately, for those times when you want to get a bunch of images out of your text message history.

There’s lots more about this app at Mac Observer.

iMazing Mini, high-end ’buds


‘Time Machine on iPhone’ with iMazing Mini — Time Machine on macOS is an amazingly elegant backup solution. When it comes to iPhone backups, there really hasn’t been anything like Time Machine. The team behind iMazing recognised this, and have recently released the public beta of software that brings Time Machine to iOS. iMazing Mini is available for download now, and it’s a free app. With iMazing Mini, you can take ‘snapshots’ of your devices. These are incremental backups that you can roll back to at any time.

Nike VaporMax Flyknit Apple Watch Bands have already sold out — Nike just started shipping their new Nike+ VaporMax Flyknit Apple Watch bands, but good luck getting one because they’ve already sold out. The new bands match Nike’s Day to Night VaporMax Flyknit running shoes, but until they’re back in stock you’ll have to live in a colour mismatched world.

Audeze debuts Apple store exclusive iSine 10 Black/Steel Edition — High-end earphone company Audeze this week announced a new addition to its growing product with the iSine 10 Black/Steel Edition, a custom version of its over-the-top in-ear planar magnetic headphones made exclusively for Apple. [And what’s not to love about that?!] The Audeze iSine 10 Black/Steel Edition is on sale now at Apple retail stores [which we don’t have in NZ, and they also don’t appear in the NZ online Apple Store] and through Apple.com (in the US) for US$399.95.

Five Tip Friday ~ 3 for iOS, 2 for Apple Watch


1/ Make Home Button Touch ID work like it used to — iOS 10 brought a big change to the way the Home Button worked by requiring users to press it, even after your fingerprint has been recognised. But there’s a feature under Settings>General>Accessibility that allows you to make your Home Button work like it used to – it makes your iPhone or iPad with Touch ID unlock with just a touch from the lock screen.
In Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll down until you see the Home Button menu item. Tap it.
In this area, you can change the click speed of the Home Button, and control whether Siri or Voice Dictation activates when you press and hold. But at the bottom, you’ll see a switch called Rest Finger to Open. Tap that. Once enabled, you can open your iPhone with Touch ID the old way: just press your finger against it, instead of having to press it first. This isn’t a full return to iOS’s Slide-to-Unlock, but many users might find it more natural than the default way of doing things.

2/ Vibrate Only for certain events — On your iOS devices, there are settings that control which sounds play for which events, like when an email comes in or you get a text. with an iPhone, you can also choose for certain events to have no associated sounds but to vibrate your device instead. For me, this is really useful: you might like to know right away when you get a text, say, so you will have a sound associated with that, but for emails, no. You can set those to vibrate only (actually, I have email alerts turned off on iPhone, that way I only get them when I check them, which suits me better).
Open the Settings app on your iPhone, then tap Sounds & Haptics.
Under that section are some very useful choices. At the top you can configure whether your device will vibrate when it’s ringing or when it’s on silent. Scroll down a bit to set up which sounds you’d like to hear for which events.

3/ Backing up Voice Memos — Sometimes you can’t beat a quick Voice Memo to record a thought, tune or to-do. But since there is no Voice Memo folder in iCloud Drive, and while memos are part of your iPhone backup (and they also back up to iTunes on Mac./PC if that’s what you prefer as your backup), we can also make use of the share sheet put them somewhere specific.
You can create a folder in iCloud Drive (or your cloud provider of choice) for audio clips. For apple’s free iCloud Drive online storage, chick iCloud on your Mac in the left side of a Finder window and choose New Folder from the File menu. Another option is to create a note or folder in Apple Notes dedicated to voice memos.
On iPhone, go into the Voice Memos app, tap on a recording and hit the share button (shown below). From here, you can select Add to iCloud Drive or Add to Notes.

You can also straight AirDrop them. Tap on a recording and then the share button as above, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone and Mac, and you can look for your Mac’s account photo under AirDrop.
If your audio recordings are large in size, using iTunes is another way to share. Connect your iPhone to your Mac, and click the phone symbol on the upper left. Next, click on Apps in the sidebar, and scroll all the way to the bottom until you see Voice Memos. You can then drag and drop your audio clips to any location in your Mac.

4/ Combine watchOS 3.2 ‘Theater Mode’ with ‘Wake Screen on Crown Up’ to discreetly check time on Apple Watch Series 2 — Here’s how to combine the two features. All current Apple Watch hardware has access to the watchOS 3.2 update, which adds the new Theater Mode option in Control Center. To access it, simply swipe up from the bottom of the display on a watch face, and choose the icon depicting comedy and tragedy masks.
But while all Apple Watch users can access theater mode, the next part of the tip is specifically limited to Series 2 hardware. Since the second-generation hardware debuted last September, it has exclusively offered a new feature known as Wake Screen on Crown Up. To enable this feature, open the Apple Watch app on a connected iPhone, choose General, and then Wake Screen. By default, new Apple Watch Series 2 units ship with Wake Screen on Crown Upenabled.
Theater Mode prevents your Apple Watch display from lighting up when your wrist is turned, which can be annoying in a dark movie theatre, for example. Users must instead tap the display in order to check the time.
However, when Wake Screen on Crown Up is enabled, users can also slowly brighten the display by turning the Digital Crown. As the digital crown is rolled forward, the Apple Watch Series 2 screen becomes gradually more visible, allowing users to keep the light from their watch dim – a particularly handy feature for politely checking the time without bothering others, while in a movie theatre or at a play.
After checking the time, users can either roll the Digital Crown back toward them to dim the display until it goes dark, or simply wait about three seconds for the screen to automatically go black.
If you roll the Digital Crown further upwards, the display will become fully “on,” at the normally set brightness, and will not automatically dim as long as your wrist is facing you. In this situation, simply turn your wrist away from you as you normally would, and the display will automatically shut off. Because Theater Mode is enabled, the screen will not automatically turn back on regardless of the orientation of your wrist.
(If you want to be extra polite while at the movies, you can also create a low-light watch face that will make the display even less noticeable. Simply create a new Modular face, set it to red (which helps preserve night vision), and disable all its watch face complications.)

5/ Reining in watchOS — You don’t have to automatically Install Apple Watch Apps. Some of the apps that go along with it may not be that relevant to you. Depending on when you set up your wearable device, it may automatically install all new apps to the Apple Watch. You don’t have to automatically install Apple Watch apps. Apple Watch has a limited amount of storage space, and any music and photos you have take up some of it, so you may want to limit how many apps you install. Secondly, not all of the Watch apps are incredibly useful and you might find yourself wanting to get rid of them.
Open the Watch app on your iPhone
Scroll down and tap General
Flip the toggle switch next to Automatic App Install so it is no longer green
Remove the Apps You Don’t Use
Once you’ve turned off Automatic App Install, you might want to clear out some of the apps you aren’t using. Return to the My Watch screen, and scroll down until you see your list of third-party apps. If you see Installed next to an app, it’s already there. Tap on the apps one at a time. You’ll see a toggle switch for each labeled Show App on Apple Watch. Flip that switch so it’s no longer green. Apple Watch will uninstall that app. When you come across an app you do want to install, just flip that switch so it’s green. Apple Watch will install the app for you to use.

Apple Watch SOS helps student, Watch warranty extended


Apple Watch Emergency SOS helps student In car crash — Apple Watch Emergency SOS has saved another life. Casey Bennett, a college student in Maryland, was driving to class earlier this month. Another driver hit his Jeep, and Bennett flipped over. His iPhone dropped out of reach, but he was wearing an Apple Watch: “I was trying to figure out if I could get out, and I was like nope, you’re just going to have to hang out here…I just pressed down this side button on here for six seconds and it called 911.”
Apple added the Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature in the watchOS 3 update. When you hold down the side button for several seconds, an option appears on the screen to call 911, or the corresponding emergency service in your country.
[Reader Hawon Nguyen has reported that his Watch dialled emergency three times by mistake; if this is happening to you, it’s possible to turn this feature off.]

Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with swollen batteries — Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.
According to an email sent out to Apple Authorized Service Providers, a copy of which was obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple is extending repair coverage for first-generation Apple Watch devices impacted by swollen batteries. With the new policy in place, users are provided two years of service beyond the gratis one-year limited warranty. (Note that Apple has not made an announcement regarding the Apple Watch repair extension, suggesting the issue is not widespread.)

iPad Pro and Pencil, Home app webpage, Apple TV 2, Watch success


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New Apple iPad Pro spot shows power of Apple Pencil to sign documents — Apple has a new entrant in its iPad Pro commercials where the company responds to tweets from real people. The new one is called No more printing, and shows how to use iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to sign documents. This is the fifth spot in the series, making it likely they’re performing well for Apple.

Apple updates Home app webpage with new promotional video, design — In an update to its webpage on Wednesday, Apple refreshed the design of a mini-site dedicated to iOS 10’s Home app and debuted a video showing off some of the smarthome software’s best features.

Apple declares second-gen Apple TV ‘obsolete,’ halts most hardware support — Apple this week added the second-generation Apple TV to its list of vintage and obsolete products, rendering it ineligible for repairs in most parts of the world.

IDC: Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 are a ‘magnificent success’ — The worldwide wearables market reached a new all-time high as shipments reached 33.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016 (4Q16), growing 16.9% year over year. Shipments for the entire year grew 25% as new vendors entered the market and previous champions refreshed their product lineups. Apple’s Watch had its best quarter ever.

79% iOS 10, Instagram app, Apple Watch battery life


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iOS 10 now installed on 79% of Apple’s mobile devices — A little over 5 months after the update’s release, iOS 10 had made it onto 79% of iOS devices, according to official Apple statistics shared with developers.

Instagram’s iPhone app adds support for uploading multiple photos & videos in one post — Facebook’s Instagram on Wednesday announced support for uploading up to 10 photos and videos in a single post, potentially radically changing how people use the social network.

How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer — For some heavy Apple Watch users constantly checking their wrists, Apple’s wearable device may not quite provide the 18-hour battery life the company advertises. For Apple Watch addicts, AppleInsider offers a handful of simple things you can do to squeeze some extra time out of your battery.