Tag Archives: Control Center

iPhone X news, Apple’s next decade, Control Center, iPhone 8 growth, 8+ compared to Lumix, YouTube TV app


Apple shares up on reports of strong iPhone X sales — Apple shares were up 0.66% premarket after analyst reports show high iPhone X demand after preorders started on Friday. The first units are due to arrive this Friday, November 3.

Early iPhone X video roundups examine build quality, Animoji, gestures — Early examinations of the iPhone X have started to pop up on YouTube, with everybody who has seen the device as a result of early delivery or at retail commenting on build quality and speed of the phone.

Original iPhone early reviewer Steven Levy heralds iPhone X as kicking off Apple’s next decade — One of the first four reviewers of the original iPhone has been granted permission to publish his assessment of Apple’s effort 10 years down the road —the OLED iPhone X. [‘Permission’ from who? Journalists need permission now? And I’m starting to think Apple is moving into the luxury goods market, and away from consumers. Is that what the next decade offers? Apple is the Leica of computing; the Gucci of carry-tech? I’d be interested to see how prices stack up vs average incomes compared to former big Apple releases.]

How to customise the Control Center in iOS 11 — iOS 11 lets you customise the redesigned Control Center so you can change the settings for the things you do most. [I figure this is worth repeating.]

Apple’s iPhone grows by 40% after six consecutive quarters of decline in China — Chinese smartphone shipments registered another quarter of decline as the market contracted 5% in the third quarter of  017 to 119 million units, according to Canalys. Apple’s declining streak in China has come to an end, as shipments grew 40% from eight million in quarter three 2016 to about 11 million this quarter. [At least one country likes the 8, which is an awesome iPhone, imo.]

Comparison: 4K 60fps video shot on iPhone 8 Plus vs Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera — With iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple introduced the ability to capture 4K video at 60 frames per second, a major accomplishment for such a small device, but how does the compact lens and camera module fare against a proper prosumer rig? AppleInsider takes a closer look by pitting iPhone 8 Plus against Panasonic’s GH5 mirrorless camera in this video.

YouTube TV coming to the Apple TV in ‘coming weeks’ — YouTube TV will a get a native Apple TV app within “coming weeks,” according to The Verge. It will also be rolling out on the Roku device and smart TVs from Samsung, Sony, and LG, the article adds.

Five Tip Friday ~ since iOS 11 is so new, here are some more details of its new features


1/ Manually implement Do Not Disturb mode in iOS 11 — The Do Not Disturb feature of iOS  designed to help users stay more focused while they’re behind the wheel of an automobile. It usually kicks in automatically, but you can set it manually.
Do Not Disturb limits notifications on demand or during a schedule you set up. Along with limiting or muting notifications, it can also reply to contacts who send you messages while you’re driving, giving them a heads-up that you’re on the road.
Open the Settings app, tap Do Not Disturb, scroll down to Do Not Disturb While Driving. Tap on “Activate” to choose how you want Do Not Disturb While Driving to be turned on.
If you don’t want to use Do Not Disturb While Driving, set it to manual.

2/ Using the new Messages effects — A couple of new effects are available under iOS 11, dubbed “Echo” and “Spotlight.” To see them, you’ll first type your message, then press with a little force (if your device supports 3D Touch) or press and hold briefly (if it doesn’t) on the blue sending arrow. You’ll then see two tabs at the top for the types of effects you can use: Bubble and Screen.
The Bubble effects only animate the message bubble itself, not the whole screen. Invisible Ink, for example, will require your recipient to tap your message to reveal it.
The new iOS 11 effects are under the Screen section, though, so touch that tab to open it. Once you’re there, you’ll see the first new effect: Echo.
The second new screen effect is called Spotlight – you’ll see it when you swipe from right to left.
When you’re satisfied with the effect you picked, just touch the blue sending arrow again, and your recipient will see your creation.
Be sure, though, to listen to these with your volume up at some point, too, because the sound effects are pretty amusing.

3/ Choose which Control Center widgets to use — The old iOS Control Center had a specific set of controls: Airplane mode button, a Do Not Disturb toggle, a flashlight button, a timer shortcut, and so on. Now, it you don’t want a particular button showing up in Control Center? Just remove it using the Customize setting [sorry about all the US spellings but sic].
For sample, if you want to keep the  Control Center flashlight but could do without the Calculator shortcuts, tap Settings, Control Center, Customize, then start tweaking.
To remove a setting from Control Center, find it in the Include section, tap the red circle next to its name, then tap the Remove button. To add a control, scroll down to More Controls, then tap the green “+” button.
You can rearrange your custom Control Center buttons by holding and dragging the three-line handles next to their names.

4/ Tap and hold a Control Center button to see more options — Simply tapping the Flashlight button in Control Center on an iPhone toggles the flashlight on and off. But if you tap and hold (or “deep press” on an iPhone 6s or later) the Flashlight button, you reveal a five-level slider that lets you adjust the brightness of the flashlight.
Tap and hold the Brightness slider, and you’ll find a button for Night Shift, the sleep-friendly iOS feature that adjusts the color of the screen to warmer, eye-soothing temperatures.
Tap and hold the Timer button and you’ll get a slider that lets you change the length of the timer by swiping up or down.
If you tap and hold the Camera button, you’ll reveal a pair of handy shortcuts: one for Take Selfie, another for Record Video.
Tap and hold others to reveal more hidden Control Center functions.

5/ Turn off iOS 11 Smart Punctuation to avoid data entry problems — An unexpected side effect of Apple’s new Smart Punctuation feature in iOS 11 has manifested and is causing some problems with apps that use Core Data to store strings. Here’s how to turn off Smart Punctuation, and why you might want to for now.
First spotted by SongSheet app developer Gabriel Hauber, Smart Punctuation is periodically inserting a null byte. Specifically, if the user enters two dashes, it generates an en-dash. If the user enters three, then the en-dash is displayed, but a null-byte is appended after the en-dash.
The null byte insertion prematurely ends a string, which as a best case causes a truncation of data —but can also lead to instability and crashing.
In all likelihood, Apple is already working on a fix, and given a brief perusal of developer documentations, it appears to be able to be temporarily disabled by app developers. However, to fix the problem on your personal devices and sidestep the issue for now in its entirety, here’s how to turn off the feature.
In Settings, tap General. Then, tap Keyboards, and toggle Smart Punctuation to off.

iMessages platform, iOS 10 kernel open, Control Center, Swift Playgrounds for iPad


iMessg

iOS 10 turns iMessage into a platform — Messages in iOS 10 opens to developers for the first time, and that’s major. Apple’s big changes to Messages in iOS 10 look mostly cosmetic: giant emoji, full-screen fireworks, handwritten scrawls across photos and videos and stickers galore. These are features lifted straight from Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Line, and all the other messaging apps that are resonating with teenagers and, even if they won’t admit it, their parents.
But the biggest change to Messages is more behind the scenes. Facebook Messenger and WeChat are taking over the world, but Apple’s decision to open up iMessage to developers makes it clear that the company isn’t yielding to the dominant messaging apps—in fact, it has an advantage.

Apple leaves iOS 10 beta kernel unencrypted in potential bug — In a bold move (or by egregious error) Apple has left the kernel of its recently released iOS 10 beta exposed, laying bare potentially exploitable security flaws ahead of a wide public release this fall.

Inside iOS 10: Control Center expands to three panes, offering quick access to Music & Home — Apple’s quick-access Control Center has seen a number of significant improvements in iOS 10, most notably the ability to swipe over for new menus dedicated specifically to music controls and smart home accessories.

Apple’s new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a killer app for teaching code — At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a “revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun.” A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.

UE updates Boom 2, Megaboom Bluetooth speakers with Siri trigger support — Logitech-owned Ultimate Ears has announced a software update for its Boom 2 and Megaboom Bluetooth speakers, letting users trigger Apple’s Siri or Google Now without having to reach for their phone or tablet.
After downloading improved Boom or Megaboom iOS apps, people will be able to tap the Bluetooth buttons on each speaker to trigger Siri on paired devices, Ultimate Ears said. The speakers accept voice input through built-in microphones.