iOS 10.3 can save you some serious storage space — One of the main features of iOS 10.3 is the new Apple File System. Apple needed a new more modern file system and Apple File System should suffice for years to come and brings a common file system to all Apple products from the Mac to the Apple Watch. (The Mac will receive this updated file system later this year.)
Before iOS 10.3 Marty Edwards had 210.26 GB free on his iPhone. A few hours later Marty had gained about 5GB and by the next morning available space was up to 222.1 GB.
Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries — With the release of iOS 10.3 on Monday, Apple has also extended Wi-Fi and VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) calling to more carriers worldwide, most notably enabling both options for the U.K. branch of O2.
Wi-Fi calling, enabled through the Phone menu in the iOS Settings app, may be particularly important to some iPhone owners. On its own it can improve call quality, but in some cases calls can also be redirected to Macs, iPads, iPods, and Apple Watches associated with the same Apple ID, even if the iPhone itself isn’t nearby.
How to identify all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone running iOS 10.3 — The day is rapidly approaching where Apple will just disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS, maybe as soon as iOS 11. AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit – and points out some problems that Apple needs to rectify before that day comes.
1/ Search tabs in Safari — The iOS 10 version of Safari lets you open up an unlimited number of tabs while you’re browsing. That does bring its own problems though, including not being able to keep track of your browsing, and that’s where tab search comes in.
Rotate your device into landscape mode (it will not work in portrait) then tap the tabs button. A new search box appears in the top left corner. (You may have to swipe the screen downwards and ‘bounce’ it to make the icons appear).
Enter your search terms and Safari filters out the tabs as you go. Bear in mind you’re only searching through the titles of the tabs and not the actual web pages. When you’ve found what you’re looking for, tap to open the tab.
2/ Set your preferred contacts — Apple finally lets you set the default communication method for each category (call, message, video, mail): press and hold on the relevant blue iconic the Contacts app. This will initiate a call or a message or whatever, so just be ready to cancel it. But iOS 10 keeps this as the default for next time.
Confusingly, this doesn’t change the default communication method if your contact is already listed as a ‘favorite’. Pick ‘Add to Favorites’ to set your preferred option, then head to the Favorites screen itself to ensure it’s the only choice for that contact.
These listed favourite options are the ones Siri uses when you ask it to initiate a communication with someone.
3/ Edit contacts in-line in Mail — You have long been able to tap a contact’s name in email headers to view their details. In iOS 10, you can now edit them right there, as long as they’re listed in Contacts. If they aren’t, you can use the typical add/update contact option, then edit in-line.
4/ Answer Messages from the Lock screen, or not — Under iOS 10, we can now reply to messages without unlocking our devices, which is really convenient. The text that shows up shows ‘Press for more’ on iPhone 6s and 7, and ‘Slide for more’ on earlier iPhones. You can turn this feature off if you’re worried about others replying to your messages from your iPhone while it’s on lock – the option is under Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Allow Access When Locked, and it’s labeled ‘Reply with Message.’ If you turn that off, pressing or sliding on an incoming message will not work.
5/ Reduce Motion affects Message effects — An unintended side effect of the Reduce Motion option in Settings>General>Accessibility is that it disables all Screen and Bubble Effects in the new Messages app. Users with Reduce Motion enabled cannot access the Effects interface, and no Effects associated with incoming messages will be displayed.
To check your own iOS device, head to Settings>General>Accessibility. In the Vision section is an option labeled Reduce Motion. Tap it to reveal the option’s toggle and set your desired preference to disable or enable it. So if you long ago enabled the Reduce Motion option and are now wondering why you can’t see these new Message Effects, this is probably why.
Air NZ puts total ban on Samsung Note 7 — Air NZ has banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from all aircraft. The national carrier is placing a total ban on the phones from 5am, following a decision by the United States Department of Transportation to ban them from all US aeroplanes. The Note 7 has also been banned from all US Flights as Hazardous Material. “Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States.”
Samsung is now estimating its losses for dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will climb well over its earlier projections (US$5.3 billion) and could go higher than its latest expectation.
iCloud Family Sharing users can remotely wipe each other’s devices — iCloud Family Sharing is great for letting your family share apps, videos, music, photos, and more without sharing an Apple ID. If you’re using Find My iPhone along with iCloud Family Sharing, however, there’s a chance someone could accidentally, or intentionally, remotely erase your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
iPhone 7 offers a virtual home button in case of physical button’s failure — As a backup if its non-mechanical home button fails, the iPhone 7 can offer a software button akin to some versions of Android, owners have discovered.
1/ Ch-ch-changes —The iOS 10 changes to notifications depend largely on whether the device is equipped with 3D Touch. Swiping left on a message now offers View and Clear on non-3D Touch devices; just Clear on 3D Touch devices. Users can now also view photos and videos or respond to messages directly from notifications without having to open the app itself.
On 3D Touch devices (iPhone 6s onwards), press on the notification to reveal the notification actions menu. For example, a Calendar notification hard-pressed will now show your day-long view when you get a meeting reminder. Overall, users can now use 3D Touch to gain a compact view of the app a notification is sent from, such as message content from an email in Mail or the last few messages from a contact. This works similarly if a device is unlocked and a notification banner shows up on the top of the screen. Now, with 3D Touch, users can hard press that notification to open the message and interact with the notification without opening the app.
For non-3D touch devices, hitting View will open the alert and allows interaction with the notification.
2/ With Apple TV — Apple TV Remote gained greater utility in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 thanks to rich notifications. Instead of relying solely on Siri Remote and the clunky tvOS keyboard interface, rich notifications let users quickly enter text directly from the iOS lock screen. Notably, the system works even while browsing tvOS with Siri Remote.
tvOS sends a push notification to a connected iPhone whenever the onscreen cursor hits a text entry box. For example, navigating to the search bar in YouTube’s tvOS app will trigger a push notification on iOS.
Interacting with the rich notification through a 3D Touch press on iPhone 6 and 7 series devices summons a text entry box with familiar iOS keyboard. After entering text and tapping “Go,” control is returned to Siri Remote.
Rich notifications appear in the lock screen and as banners or alerts when iPhone is unlocked. As a true push notification, the interactive alerts show up even when Apple TV Remote isn’t running in the background. The feature is enabled by default and can be configured in the iOS Settings app under Notifications > Apple TV Remote Keyboard. From here, users can opt to allow notifications, show alerts in notifications center, enable sounds, activate lock screen access and select their desired alert style. (Apple’s legacy Remote app —the former text entry mode of choice —is incompatible with fourth-generation hardware.) Apple TV Remote is a free download from the iOS App Store.
3/ Change the volume of your messages — Sometimes you want to whisper; other times you need to shout. No problem. Tap and hold on the send icon, then make your choice of loudness or quietness from the subsequent screen (main picture, above). The available options are gentle, loud, and slam. Plus, there’s an invisible ink option that means the recipient has to rub to reveal the text. Alternatively, switch to the Screen tab, and you can add some animated effects including balloons, confetti, and fireworks.
4/ Share your location more easily — A feature to let you do this is now built right into the Messages app. Tap the tiny info icon (an “i” in a circle) in the top right-hand corner of any conversation window, then opt to send your current location (as a one off) or share your location for a longer period of time. People who don’t use Apple Messages get an embedded maps link on a contact card.
5/ Filter people — Head to the front page of Messages and you should see two headings at the top: one says ‘Contacts & SMS’ and another is ‘Unknown Senders’. Anyone who’s not already in your address book who tries to send you a note in Apple Messages automatically gets dumped into the second category.
If you don’t like the way this works you can turn it off through the Messages screen in the iOS Settings app (look for the Filter Unknown Senders switch).
To give someone the all-clear for messages in the future, just add his or her details to your Contacts app.
The iPhone and Google Pixel are taking a bite out of Samsung’s decline consumer base — The fall of the Galaxy Note7 has Samsung’s smartphone customers seeking new brands. Now, 40% of current Samsung consumers say they won’t buy another phone from the brand — that’s a 6% increase since the first week of the phone’s U.S. recall on September 15. Corporate culture and haste seems to have been at the core of Samsung mishandling of Note 7 situation. [That’s speculation – how would Apple or anyone else have handled such a disaster?]
Apple debuts Apple Music ad touting revamped UI, custom playlists, Beats 1 — Apple on Wednesday shared a fresh ad spot focusing on new and refined features included in the revamped Apple Music app, which launched in September as part of iOS 10.
Apple made big changes to actionable notifications in iOS 10 — How users view, clear and interact with notifications works differently in iOS 10 than its earlier counterparts. These interactions also change depending on the device used. Here’s how to take full advantage of the new capabilities.
Apple Watch is most precise wrist-worn heart rate tracker at 90% accuracy, study says — It appears Apple’s bet to pack a bespoke heart rate sensor into Apple Watch instead of off-the-shelf technology paid off, as Cleveland Clinic researchers recently found Apple’s Watch to be the most accurate wrist-worn fitness tracker on the market.
How to play music from an iPhone using your Apple Watch — You can use your Apple Watch to listen to music on your iPhone, since when your paired iPhone is in range, you can use your smartwatch to control what’s playing on your iPhone.
The iPhone 7 Plus makes up 30% of new model iPhone sales — Survey data from Fiksu indicates that the iPhone 7 Plus now makes up 30% of iPhone 7 sales, the highest percentage ever for the Plus models. The ratio may go even higher for the December quarter.
Samsung Discontinues Galaxy Note 7 manufacturing and sales — This just in: Samsung has officially discontinued manufacturing and sales of the Galaxy Note 7. With repeated incidents of the devices, and replacement devices, catching fire, the company announced on Tuesday it would cease making and selling them. [Well, if you bought one from Spark …]
Apple AirPods: a strategy of ambience and scarcity — UBS financial analyst Steve Milunovich has presented an interesting theory about Apple’s Ambient strategy: “…different input/output methods that can be flexibly utilized depending on the situation (sitting, walking, running, driving). Collectively these devices offer the capability of earlier products … delivered as a seamless user experience.” In addition, the notion of created and evolving scarcity punctuates the Apple strategy.
Official Apple figures peg iOS 10 adoption rate at 54% — Apple this week released the first official statistics on iOS 10 adoption since the OS went live in September, revealing more than half of compatible devices are now running current generation software.
Dropbox gets Messages app, new widget & more for iOS 10 — Later today Dropbox will release a major iOS update, adding features like a new widget and a Messages app for iOS 10, and the beginnings of better multitasking support on iPads.
Facebook launches Slack competitor Workplace with iOS, Android & Web apps — Facebook on Monday officially introduced Workplace, a long-in-testing collaboration tool for businesses and other organizations, aimed at challenging similar offerings from the likes of Slack.
Potential Apple Watch snooping: a not-so-paranoid cyberespionage risk — UK ministers have reportedly been barred from wearing the Apple Watch in sensitive meetings. It sounds paranoid, but the next time you enter a highly confidential meeting, leave your smart watch behind. It’s possible the device could be spying on you. Ministers in the UK have recently been banned from wearing Apple Watches during cabinet meetings on fears that the devices could be hacked by Russian cyberspies, according to The Telegraph.
Earlier this year, researchers found that Apple Watches can be theoretically hacked to record a user’s hand movements, and even steal PIN numbers typed into ATM machines. [Theoretically. So far, the Apple Watch has not become a real target for malware.]
Phish’s Big Boat contains a song recorded entirely on an iPhone — Phish released Big Boat, their 13th studio album, and it turns out one of the songs was recorded entirely on the iPhone of keyboardist Page McConnell. Phish made multiple versions of the song before agreeing that nothing topped the original low-fi version, recorded on Mr. McConnell’s iPhone, sitting atop a Wurlitzer piano in his living room. The Wall Street Journal has more, for the real Phish phans.
Latest Alton Brown cookbook features food photos shot entirely on Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus — Celebrity chef, food scientist, and Food Network star Alton Brown exclusively utilised an iPhone 6s Plus for the photography in his most recent cookbook Everyday Food.
[But his books aren’t in the NZ iBooks Store …]
Apple reveals more international launch dates for iPhone 7 & Apple Watch Series 2 — Apple has confirmed more international launch dates for the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2, making the announcements through its local websites and third-party vendors. iPhone 7 will arrive in Jordan and Oman on October 15. Israel will get both the new iPhone and the Watch Series 2 on October 20, while Maurice, Madagascar, Maroc, and Uganda will see the iPhone 7 on October 21. That same day Apple will be releasing the iPhone 7 and the Watch Series 2 in Thailand.
iPhone 7 just launched in India. The next batch of international iPhone rollouts is taking place October 14, including Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, and Turkey. South Korea could be set for an October 21 iPhone launch, but that date hasn’t actually been confirmed.
Apple to expand iOS Developer Academy in Italy, partner with five universities — During an informal commencement address at Apple’s first European iOS Developer Academy in Italy, VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson announced an upcoming expansion to the program that will serve 800 students next year.
Samsung has to pay $120M for Apple’s Unlock Patent after all — Samsung’s on-again-off-again fine for infringing on Apple’s slide-to-unlock patent is back on again. A US Federal Appeals Court overturned its own ruling on Friday that Samsung didn’t have to pay the fine, so now the smartphone maker owes Apple US$119.6 million for infringing on the unlock and autocorrect-related patents.
ExoLens introduces PRO and PRIME accessory lenses for the iPhone 7 — ExoLens has launched the ExoLens PRO and PRIME ranges of accessory lenses for the iPhone 7. Each line is designed for a specific consumer and using ZEISS glass.
Developer Feral Interactive dishes on Apple Metal graphics pros and cons — While Metal may be the future of Apple’s graphics APIs, third-party developers and developers are seeing both advantages and disadvantages to the technology, as detailed by the developer of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch — With macOS Sierra and watchOS 3.0 you can unlock your Mac using your Apple Watch. To do this, you’ll have to enable Apple’s new two-factor authentication and make sure your Mac is running macOS Sierra and your Apple Watch is running watchOS 3.0.
X-ray of Apple’s iPhone 7 Lightning headphone adapter finds mystery circuit, likely for DAC — Apple’s new Lightning to 3.5-millimeter headphone adapter , bundled with every new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and also sold separately for US$9, features a unique integrated circuit, the purpose of which cannot be verified, but has likely been deduced. The repair experts at iFixit and Creative Electron took an X-ray view of Apple’s new cable, finding a surprising amount of circuitry inside of Apple’s diminutive adapter. In particular, the Lightning connector is accompanied by a “mystery” integrated circuit identified only by an Apple part number: “338S00140 A0SM1624 TW.”
How to set up two-factor authentication is different to two-step verification — Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you’re the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It’s a useful feature – and one that’s necessary if you plan to use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac.
Google’s Pixel XL priced like an iPhone 7 Plus but half as fast, lacks many key features — Google’s latest effort to show off its vision for ‘Pure Android’ hardware costs the same as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks Optical Image Stabilization, a telephoto lens, weather resistance, support for wide color gamut and stereo speakers. [Maybe that is Google’s vision for the future?]
Apple Music app updates help users manage tracks across devices — Apple’s newly released iOS 10 features a revamped Music app and updated Apple Music service. These changes make life a bit easier in terms of listening to, and accessing, music on Apple devices.
Rome:Total war for iPad — Feral Interactive has announced pricing for ROME: Total War. The popular PC and Mac real-time combat and turn-based economy and politics game is scheduled for an “autumn” release. It requires iPad Air or newer or iPad mini 2 or newer. It’s been rebuilt for iOS, including developing gesture-based controls to replace the mouse-driven controls of its desktop beginnings. It’s going to cost US$9.99 on iPad, so about NZ$15.
Turner is launching its FilmStruck video-on-demand platform on iOS, Apple TV, other platforms — More good news for cord cutters and would-be cord cutters: global media company Turner plans to launch FilmStruck, the company’s first domestic subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, on Oct. 19. It will be exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices at launch, and on Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months.
Siri turned five years old on Tuesday — it was launched on October 4th, 2011. She’s changed a lot in that time, grown up a bit. But she’s not too old to appreciate people singing to her (above).
Apple: we would never use secret tools to spy on users — Reuters’ Joseph Menn reported yesterday that Yahoo had reportedly created custom software that would scan all incoming emails in real-time, and flag any that contained certain pre-defined keywords. Yahoo hasn’t denied it, saying in a brief statement only that “Yahoo is a law-abiding company and complies with the laws of the United States.”
But Apple – and Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter – said they never have, and would never do, such a thing. Apple, which is known for its strident privacy stance, says it has never been asked to do anything like this. “We have never received a request of this type. If we were to receive one, we would oppose it in court,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
Nostalgic free-to-play Micro Machines — Codemasters and Chillingo have revived the mostly-dormant brand for a fresh mobile entry that recalls the fun of 25 years back. Micro Machines rolls up a handful of classic toy brands in one amusing free-to-play game, delivering a nostalgia blast that doesn’t require any form of payment.
Google’s Pixel phone — Soon after Apple’s iPhone 7 event, Google held an event of its own, announcing several new products including two new Android phones (the Pixel and Pixel XL), an updated Chromecast dongle (the Chromecast Ultra), a VR headset (the Daydream View), and some connected-home devices (Google Home and Google Wifi). Macworld has a slideshow of 8 times Google burned Apple in the announcement. So who cares? iPhone 7 performance leaves Google Pixel far, far behind.
Kickstarter idea lets you stream iPad/iPhone pictures to a tiny wireless drive — iLuun Air would be the world’s first wireless flash drive created to work not just with your computer, but also with your smartphones and tablets. With the iLuun Air, you can wirelessly access your photos and files, stream videos and music, and transfer your media content to and from your mobile device. [Seems like a good idea, right? Especially for travelling where you can’t get decent wifi.]
Say goodbye to Apple’s third-generation Apple TV —Apple confirmed it was discontinuing the set-top box in an email to staffers obtained by 9to5Mac.
Photographer showcases upcoming Portrait mode using Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus at wedding — Reddit users claiming to be professional photographers proclaim the iPhone 7 Plus in Portrait mode in iOS 10.1 an excellent, high-quality photography tool when coupled with the appropriate user skillset.
Professional photographers are impressed too, according to Time Magazine,and Wired tested it in low light.
Apple TV’s universal search comes to five more countries, expands in US & Australia — Apple has enhanced access to its universal search feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV, bringing it to five new countries, and adding more supported services in the US and Australia. The new regions include Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands. At the moment their local search results mention only iTunes movies and Netflix – even iTunes TV shows aren’t covered.
Google Pixel revealed by resellers, shows remarkable similarity to iPhone design — While Google would have likely preferred the details remain secret until Tuesday’s announcement, assorted retailers have leaked specifics about Google’s new phone line — the Google Pixel.
Microsoft halts sales of Band fitness trackers, says no new model in 2016 — Microsoft has pulled its Band fitness trackers from its online store, and confirmed that it won’t have a new model out in 2016, suggesting that the company is rethinking its approach to a wearables market largely dominated by Fitbit and Apple. [Late to the party like it was with Windows Phone, and look what happens again.]