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Preordering iPhone X, fixing iOS 11, Indian shipments double, Family Sharing, 3rd party keyboards, and how to ‘Sketchnote’


How to preorder iPhone X with Apple’s battle-tested Apple Store app — Apple’s iPhone X is by far the most hotly anticipated device of 2017. With all signs pointing to a quick sellout of initial stock, prospective buyers will have to go into Friday’s preorder process with a game plan.
Apple changed the preorder dynamic when it introduced the Apple Store app for iOS. The software grants quick and easy access to Apple’s online storefront. Over the past few major hardware launches, the app has proved to be the most stable and often most responsive channel for placing orders. [Has anyone tried this here in NZ? I doubt it works since we don’t have Apple Stores.]

How to fix problems with iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad — For some, iOS 11 has proven to be problematic, but not for everyone, and not on every device. Here are a few things to try to (hopefully) clean up some issues before Apple issues a fix in software.
While some of these steps may seem obvious, when a device you rely on for whatever the reason is not functioning well, you might skip a step. Here, in order of least to most intrusive, are some troubleshooting steps to try to clear up iOS 11 issues.

iPhone shipments in India more than double in the third quarter — India’s smartphone market shipments grew 23% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 to reach just over 40 million units. India has now overtaken the US to become the world’s second largest smartphone market after China, according to the Canalys research group.

How to set up Family Sharing in macOS High Sierra — With macOS High Sierra, you can share a single iCloud storage plan, and give everyone in the family their own private space to store their backups, documents, and photos.

How to Install Third Party Keyboards on your iPhone in iOS 11 — There are plenty of great third party keyboards on iOS, but installing them may not be obvious. There are several steps to get started aside from downloading the app. Keyboards can be installed on your iPhone and iPad. Here’s how to install them on either type of device.

Sketchnoting in educational settings: using your iPad as a window — During the opening day of the 2017 Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), Vanessa Perez, technology integration and library media specialist for Clinton Public Schools, Clinton, Oklahoma, presented a session on using Sketchnoting as a different way of taking notes.

Apple RED raised 20m, Family Sharing, djay Pro, The Song, forensics and iCloud


Apple has released a follow-up video to The Song
Apple has released a follow-up video to The Song

Apple raised more than $20 million in holiday Product (RED) campaign — As part of its Product (RED) campaign, Apple partnered with well-known iOS developers for its Apps for (RED) promotion, which was highlighted in the App Store. Developers created Product (RED)-themed apps with the proceeds from app and in-app purchases going to the campaign. Apple also donated a portion of its online and retail sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Family Sharing is convenient, but comes with its own risks — No Mac is an island, and every iPad is part of the main. But Apple has, for many years, had trouble with letting a group of allied people — let’s call this group a ‘family’ — make best used of shared devices and shared digital purchases. Family Sharing is the latest attempt by Apple to facilitate families’ sharing (if not caring). It comes with a hidden curse, though, as Macworld explains.

Algoriddim djay Pro comes to Mac, TurboTax debuts new iOS app for tax season — Popular music tool djay Pro has made the leap from iOS to OS X with a new app on the Mac App Store, competing with the likes of Traktor. In addition, TurboTax on Thursday introduced an all-new iOS app ahead of tax season, allowing taxpayers to conveniently file wherever they are.

Apple profiles the musicians behind its new The Song holiday advertisement — Apple this weekend released a new holiday advertisement called The Song that told the story of a young woman who remastered a love song sung by her grandmother to her husband before he left for military service. To promote its commercial, Apple yesterday released a follow-up video that profiles the musicians in the clip and details how the video was created.

Forensic software gets around Apple’s iCloud security features — A Russian software company has updated its forensic software to work-around the security features Apple recently added to iCloud and increased what information can be extracted from the cloud storage service.

Five tip Friday ~ More iOS 8 features explored


(Please excuse the lateness, I had appointments this morning.)

The iOS 8 Share Pane lets you share things the way you like to – and it's customisable, like most things in the Apple world, once you know how.
The iOS 8 Share Pane lets you share things the way you like to – and it’s customisable, like most things in the Apple world, once you know how.

1/Rearrange your Share Pane — iOS 8 introduced Share Pane, which enables sharing for specific apps. This is the screen you get when you tap the share icon (the portrait orientation rectangle with an up-arrow in it). You can actually rearrange the layout so the options you tend to use come up first: tap the icon, hold your finger on it, drag. The other way is to tap More and rag the slider-drawer icon things up and down (to sort the order).

2/ Family Sharing — The previous icloud default mode was Family Tearing (its hair out), but now, if you have two or more iCloud accounts in your family, you can still share items purchased on one with the other. You first need to decide who will have the “main” iCloud account – I’d pick the person with the biggest bank account and/or who does the most online iTunes purchasing.
That person: tap Settings, iCloud, then tap ‘Set Up Family Sharing.’ (The other users don’t need to do this). Type in your partner’s iCloud email address, follow the prompts, and they’re added as a family member under your iCloud account.
Once that’s done, you and your husband will be sharing apps, videos and music you’ve bought from iTunes and the App Store, but you’ll have your own contacts, your own Safari bookmarks and be able to track each other (or not, if you choose) using Find My Friends. [I’m not sure if this works with non-iCloud email addresses, but in my tests, it doesn’t.]

You can hide items you have purchased
You can hide items you have purchased

3/ Hide App Store purchases — Choose the Updates menu, then tap Purchased. If you have Family Sharing enabled, choose “My Purchases,” and downloaded applications — both free and paid — are listed. These can be sorted by “All” or those “Not on This iPhone.”
Simply swipe an app to the right to display the red HIDE option. Tapping this removes the application from the Purchased view.
Doing so hides, but does not remove, the application from past purchases which are all automatically recorded by iCloud, so the app can always be re-downloaded for free: searching for it in the App Store will still show an iCloud redownload button.

iOS 8 lets you hide photos in the Photos app
iOS 8 lets you hide photos in the Photos app

4/ iOS 8 lets you hide (-ish) photos — Users now have can greater control over their privacy with Apple iOS 8. Pictures can be hidden from the Years, Collections, and Moments views in the Photos app by simply long-pressing a picture. This pops up a menu with options to ‘Copy’ or ‘Hide’ the image.
Once ‘Hide’ is tapped, iOS 8 presents a warning informing users that “This photo will be hidden from Moments, Collections and Years but still visible in Albums.” Users can then choose to verify they wish to hide the picture, or cancel.

5/ Load desktop versions of sites when browsing — Load a website in Safari on your iDevice, then tap the address bar to bring up the Favorite menu. Now swipe downward on the icons to reveal the new “Request Desktop Site” button. (On mine, I have to tap in the URL bar and then flick downwards to get this item – Apple Insider has more detail.)

iPhones 6 success, benchmarks, camera; Skype, Chrome updated; Family Sharing


iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked
iPhone 6 slo-mo video uncorked

Apple sells record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units in first weekend of sales — Apple has announced it sold 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets in the first full weekend of sales since the device launched on September 19. This compares to five million first weekend sales of the iPhone 5 and nine million for the iPhone 5s and 5c.

[From Apple’s PR release: “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will roll out worldwide to more than 20 additional countries on 26 September, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.]

iPhone 6 tops competition in benchmarks, battery life — The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are currently being put through their paces by the benchmarking gurus at AnandTech, and preliminary results show that Apple’s newest pair of smartphones are among the best of the best on several popular graphical tests as well as web browsing battery life.

The iPhone 6 won’t beat a DSLR, but it’s still excellent — Serenity Caldwell took her 64GB iPhone 6 out and about to stress-test some of its new camera features and see if she could get some similar results to Apple’s promo photography. Here are some initial reactions. Also check out the slo-mo feature here (that’s a frame, above).

Skype for iPhone, Google Chrome updated with iOS 8 enhancements — The avalanche of app updates bringing compatibility with Apple’s latest mobile operating system continued with offerings from two of the world’s largest companies on Monday, as Microsoft brought interactive notifications to Skype for iPhone and Google added app extension support to Chrome.

How to double your free OneDrive storage to 30GB — Good news, OneDrive users: a mere three months after Microsoft doubled the free storage tier from 7GB to 15GB, the company’s ready to double your gratis storage space yet again — but only if you act quickly.

Apple surreptitiously adds HomeKit support to recent Apple TVs — In addition to a revamped user interface and a new Beats Music app, Apple is said to have given third-generation Apple TVs an intriguing under-the-hood tweak in last week’s software update: compatibility with the company’s new HomeKit home automation technology.

Get to know iOS 8 — Family Sharing sets your iTunes purchases free.

iOS has Kill Switch, iPhone 6, lots of iOS notes, iWork updated, Apple TV


The iPhone 6 Cinematic Stabilisation demonstrated vs a point-and-shoot
The iPhone 6 Cinematic Stabilisation demonstrated vs a point-and-shoot

iOS 8 has Kill Switch — Apple has become the first smartphone maker to enable by default a kill switch that can lock and secure a stolen phone. The software is capable of remotely locking and disabling a phone if it’s stolen, only allowing the handset to be unlocked with a correct password. That action essentially makes a phone useless, reducing the resale price to close to zero.

Cinematic video stabilisation on the iPhone 6 is incredible, says Yoni Heisler — The video from Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch really drives the point home. It was put together as part of his iPhone review and provides a split-screen comparison going on a ride at Disneyland looks like recorded with an iPhone 6 versus a point and shoot. (The point and shoot video footage was taken a couple of years ago.) The video can’t be embedded so you have to check it out directly here (that’s a frame, above).

Apple TV gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing — Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8’s Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and continued in iOS 8.
The Apple TV update is a free download, but the Beats Music channel is available only on the third generation model. You can find the update by choosing Settings on your Apple TV, then go to General > Software Update.

iOS 8 enabled WebG, which means you can play Quake and Doom in mobile Safari — WebGL allows the Safari browser to harness the power of the phone’s GPU using HTML 5 and Javascript. Now with iOS 8, iPhone and iPad owners can render 3D WebGL content in their browser, including these awesome online demos of Quake III and Doom III models from Google WebGL developer Brandon Jones.

iOS 8 notes, tricks, tips — Can’t install iOS 8 over the air because it’s too big? Do it via iTunes (as I recommended yesterday). How to install and activate third party keyboards, new Camera tricks and a major overhaul of Photos, how to auto-delete old texts and silence annoying conversations in iOS 8,  taking full advantage of interactive notifications, why business users (and IT departments) will be happy,  Apple says it’s incapable of decrypting iOS 8 user data, even for government agencies, and Apple has updated iMovie for iOS with new filters, speed controls, Photo app integration, more.

Apple updates iWork for iOS suite with support for iOS 8, stability fixes — Apple has  rolled out updates for its iWork productivity app suite, bringing the titles up to speed with the company’s latest mobile operating system.

EyeEm Camera gets a host of new features in time for iOS 8 — There will be flood of iOS app updates, but the latest from photography app EyeEm is sure to inspire photo fiends to get clicking. The update introduces a reworked camera function that combines your camera roll and camera to show images in their proper aspect ratio as you snap.

Productivity apps, Family Sharing, Microsoft celeb tracker, Shogun, 1Password


Apple is showing off productivity apps in a sale
Apple is showing off productivity apps in a sale

Apple highlights 20 ‘amazing’ productivity apps with App Store sale — Apple recently kicked off a new limited-time sale on the top 20 productivity apps in a section of the App Store aptly titled “Amazing Productivity Apps.” The promotion highlights popular titles such as Scanner Pro by Readdle, Scanbot and Tydlig Calculator. Some discounts are as high as 50%.

Apple adds Family Sharing support information to iOS, Mac App Store listings — Apple on Friday activated a new iOS and Mac App Store asset that notifies customers of compatibility with the company’s upcoming Family Sharing program, which will allow family members to share purchased content.

Microsoft releases celebrity tracking app for iPhone — Microsoft has [somewhat bizarrely] launched a free new iOS app called Snipp3t (pronounced “snippet”) that lets you subscribe to your favourite celebrity, thereafter providing a personalised stream of headlines and social media feeds about them. You can also offer your own thoughts about these famous people and see what other fans have to say. [Stalk away.]

Total War Battles: Shogun — The Total War series is an exceptionally popular strategy series that combines real-time tactics with turn-based strategy. Eschewing cartoonish violence and gimmicks for complex strategy and patient gameplay, the Total War series is revered as much as it is many ways the opposite of what you’d expect from an iOS game. While most iOS games favour quick play sessions and dumbed-down gameplay, Total War Battles: Shogun, developed by Sega and the Creative Assembly, requires patience, a mature understanding of tactics, and a deft hand.

1Password for iOS/Mac gets temporary price cut, upcoming iOS 8 version to be free update — Popular iOS and Mac password management app 1Password is on sale for a limited time, and that a future built-for-iOS 8 version with Touch ID support will be available as a free update for existing users.

Formula Force Racing — There are a few other downsides to the game. There are no in-race sound options. Instead, you have to exit to the main menu to change the volume. Also, unlocking modes and cars is not clear. There is an option to pay to unlock all of the championships and car classes, but it greatly lowers replay ability but the art is beautiful in even the simplest tracks and even more amazing in other complex ones. For NZ $1.29, it is worth the download, reckons TUAW.