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Five Tip Friday ~ New capabilities in iOS 11


1/ iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button — This is  handy in the case of random hardware failures and other glitches. A long press and hold on the Home button is normally used to bring up the power off screen, though other methods can be used in emergency situations and simultaneously pressing and holding the sleep/wake and home button on iPhone models without force sensitive home buttons will reset the device.
On iPhone 7, Apple introduced a static, non-moving home button that use force-sensing components to work, similar in function to 3D Touch displays. Without a mechanical home button, Apple changed the reset procedure to incorporate the volume down button, meaning users simply had to squeeze both sides of their handset to force restart.
iOS 11 brings a new software option: Navigate to the Settings app and tap on General, then scroll down to the bottom of the menu.
Tap on the Shut Down option highlighted in blue font. The usual iOS shutdown screen will immediately appear.
Slide the large power button to the right along the slide to power off track to shut down your device. Alternatively, you can cancel the action by pressing the X button at the bottom of the screen.

2/ Make new Notes from an iPad Pro Lock Screen — If you have an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and want to quickly jot a note you don’t need to unlock your tablet first. You can make new notes from the lock screen without a passcode. Read on to learn how.
First you’ll need a 12.9-inch or 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and an Apple Pencil that’s already paired. Now tap on your iPad’s lock screen with the Apple Pencil to launch the Notes app.
Tap your iPad Pro lock screen with your Apple Pencil to start a new note
You’ll see a locked down version of the Notes app, which makes sense because you don’t want just anyone looking through your notes. Anything you write or draw, however, will be added to your Notes library. To disable the feature, launch Settings, tap Notes, tap Access Notes from Lock Screen and choose Off. That stops your Apple Pencil from showing the Notes app from the lock screen.

3/ Turn on iOS Automatic Reader Mode in Safari — In macOS High Sierra, there are Safari website controls that let you automatically turn on Reader mode for individual websites. But you can do the same thing on iOS.
iOS Automatic Reader Modeis one of the long-press Safari shortcuts. (To learn more about these, check out the Mac Observer’s iOS: Long Press Icons For Safari Shortcuts.)
To enable iOS automatic Reader mode, navigate to a website for which you want to turn automatic Reader mode on. In the address bar you’ll see the Reader icon on the left – it consists of four horizontal lines. Tap it to turn Reader mode on or off. To get Reader mode to automatically activate, long-press the icon. A dialog box appears, asking if you want to use it on that website, or all websites.
This handy feature lets you hide ads on a website without using an ad blocker, too.

(Image from the Mac Observer source article)

4/ See your Purchased Apps List in the App Store — The App Store got a major redesign in iOS 11, and one of the things that changed is the purchased apps list. It’s in a slightly new location, and it may not be intuitive for everyone since it’s different than iOS 10.
In iOS 10, you could find the list by tapping the Updates icon at the bottom, then the Purchased tab at the top. In iOS 11, there are different tabs at the bottom, and the list is hidden.
In the upper right corner, you should see your profile picture. Your photo shows up no matter which tab you tap (except search).
In the profile section, you’ll see a tab to view your Apple ID, the Purchased tab, and ways to redeem a gift card or code.
Once you tap on the Purchased tab, you’ll see a list of all of the apps you’ve purchased, and ones that aren’t on your phone at the moment. If you have Family Sharing enabled, you can also see the apps your family members purchased. In your purchased apps list, you can swipe right on each app to hide it from the list. You can tap on the cloud icon to re-download them too.
To find an app you’ve bought in the past, there is a handy search bar.

5/ Draw in Mail messages and send ’em— To add a quick sketch to an email message you’re crafting on your iPhone or iPad you don’t need to make a trip over to the Notes app first. iOS 11 lets you draw right in the Mail app, but it takes a few taps to make it happen.
Launch Mail and start a new message
Tap-and-hold in the message body area to show the ‘Select’ pop-up, then tap the pop-up’s right arrow until you see Insert Drawing.
Tap Insert Drawing
Use the markup tools to create a sketch, then tap Done to add your sketch to your Mail message
Tap Insert Drawing. Your drawing will appear in your Mail message. There are, however, a couple limitations: you’re limited to the same markup tools you see in the Notes app, and you can’t crop your drawing to get rid of extra white space.
Limitations aside, it’s an easy way to quickly include a sketch to your email messages without needing to use another app and then tack the drawing on as an attachment.

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Inside iPhone 8, inside iOS 11, inside Apple Watch 3, best ARKit apps for iOS 11


Inside iPhone 8: Apple’s A11 Bionic introduces 5 new custom silicon engines — Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip used in iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X packs in an array of processing cores and sophisticated controllers, each optimised for specific tasks. We only know a bit about these, let alone what else is packed into this SoC. Here’s a look at the new Apple GPU, Neural Engine, its 6 core CPU, NVMe SSD controller and new custom video encoder inside the package.
Apple’s first internally-designed GPU, built into the A11 Bionic Application Processor, claims to be 30 percent faster than the Imagination-based GPU used in iPhone 7 models–which was already the leading graphics architecture in smartphones. First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design changes. iPhone 8 has survived a harsh scratch and bend test in a new Apple video.
iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever, iPhone X expected to be better. Apple says it studied famous painters & photographers for Portrait Lighting on iPhone X & 8 Plus – Apple looked at lighting by photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon – and painters like Johannes Vermeer – when building the Portrait Lighting feature found on the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus, the company claimed in an interview published on Friday, coinciding with the launch of the iPhone 8 line.
Apple’s new video ad is 8 things to love about iPhone 8, looking to hook viewers on its latest smartphone, shipping today. After decade of iPhone launches, there was still a line in San Francisco. This unboxing shows all three colours of iPhone 8.

Inside iOS 11 — iOS 11 rocketed to over 65 of internet usage in just two days after launch, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that iOS 11 reached 6.2% of all iOS versions worldwide Wednesday. iOS 11 has some big changes for iPhone and iPad users, one of which involves the photos we take thanks to HEIF, an image format supported by both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.In older versions of the operating system our photos were saved as JPEG, but in iOS 11 they’re saved as HEIF.
HEIF (for high efficiency image format) is an image file format that offers some advantages over JPEG. Image files are about half the size of comparable JPEG images and compared to the same shots saved in the older format are higher quality, too.
Apple debuted a new safety feature in iOS 11 with Do Not Disturb While Driving. AppleInsider corralled a co-pilot to test it out – here’s how it works. (Even if not connected to a car, it can detect that the car is moving, and enable the feature accordingly. Regardless, CarPlay functionality stays live. Navigation and music playback still work.)
iOS 11 has a new one-hand keyboard option for iPhone that lets you do exactly what it says: type with just one hand. It’s easy to get at, but a little confusing why you may not see it.

Unboxing both Apple Watch Series 3 Edition models … at once — Apple released its all-new LTE-connected Apple Watch Series 3 lineup on Friday, including two Edition models sporting sleek ceramic cases. AppleInsider presents a special dual unboxing of the high-end wearables, in both gray and white. A new app dock scrolls vertically, offers access to all apps.

How to control music on your iPhone using watchOS 4 — You can use your Apple Watch and watchOS 4 to control music on your iPhone, or you can enjoy music on your Apple Watch without the smartphone. and here’s how to pair your Apple Watch with your new iPhone without losing any data.

First look: Apple TV 4K with tweaked Siri remote design — If you owned the previous fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri remote, you’ll be hard pressed to find any differences with the new fifth-generation Apple TV 4K, aside from a white, raised ring around the Menu button on the remote. [The new model starts at NZ$299.]

The best ARKit apps you can download now on iOS 11 — One of the most hyped features of Apple’s new iOS 11 update is ARKit, a series of tools for developers that make it easier than ever to create augmented reality apps. with ARKit apps now available on the App Store, AppleInsider gives you some of the best options you can test out right now.

Five Tip Friday ~ If you’ve made the jump to iOS 11, here are some tips for you


1/  A Safari finger gesture opens links in the background Immediately — In iOS 11 there is a way to open links immediately in the background while browsing Safari. You’ll need to go into Settings>Safari and turn on Open Links, and choose to open links in the background.
Now you can long-press the link, or 3D Touch the link. This lets you open web pages without navigating away from the current page. (This feature may have been around at least since iOS 10, and it works on iPhone and iPad).
(If you don’t have 3D Touch, try tapping the link with two fingers.)

2/ Using AirDrop in iOS 11 — The first, and arguably easiest, way to toggle AirDrop in iOS 11 is through the Control Center. Open the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The platter in the top left corner will show you Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Data, if you have it on your iOS device.
If you long-press or 3D Touch deep press on that platter, it will open up a couple more options (left) for you. One of those is AirDrop, which you can just tap on.
Then, choose whether you want the feature off, available to everyone, or available to just your contacts.
If you prefer, you can also find the toggle for AirDrop in the Settings app. Open Settings -> General -> AirDrop.
Then you can find the same configurations for AirDrop as in Control Center: Everyone, Contacts Only, or Off.

3/ Focus Lock the iPhone’s default camera — The iPhone’s default camera app is good, but sometimes there are one or two features you’re looking for that it doesn’t have, such as locking the focus or shooting in RAW. But it turns out that you can focus lock the camera, it’s just hidden away behind a gesture. Focus lock means that the camera will stay focused on a certain object even when you move around. Here’s how to do it.
Locking the focus isn’t new in iOS 11, but since the user interface is different it’s time for a refresher. You may already know that when you’re taking a photo with the default camera app, you can tap on the screen to focus on something specific in your frame. Now, to focus lock, you have to press and hold anywhere you want to focus on for a second.
The yellow reticle will flash a couple of times, and it will lock onto the object until you close the app or tap on another part of the screen.
After you lock the focus you can tap on the sun icon and swipe up or down to control the exposure. Swiping down will darken the image and lower the intensity of highlights so you get more detail.

4/ Turn Photos into custom Apple Watch faces — You’ll need at least one photo, but you can use up to ten for your custom watch face. Open the Photos app on your iPhone to get started. Now do this:
Select a photo you want to use as your custom watch face. You can pick up to 10.
Tap the Share icon in the bottom left corner of the screen
Choose Create Watch Face from the Share locations
Tap the Share icon (left) then the watch face icon (right) to turn your photo into a custom watch face
If you chose a single photo now you can set it as a Photos or Kaleidoscope watch face
Fine tune your custom watch face settings
Next, you can set where the time shows and if any complications are visible
Tap Add
Now head over to the Watch app to select your custom watch face
Now head over to the Watch app and select your new custom watch face. If you included multiple photos in your custom face they’ll change when you lift your watch.

5/ Customize taps for each of your AirPods — Take your AirPods out of their case (or just open it), launch your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, and then touch Bluetooth.
Under that section, you should see your AirPods by name. Touch the “i” next to them first.
On the subsequent screen, there’s a “Double-Tap on AirPod” section, now separated into left and right.
So just touch the side you want to configure, and you’ll see your choices.
Tap the behaviour you want, go back to set up the opposite AirPod, and then you’ll see what you’ve chosen out on the previous Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods screen.

iPhone 8 starts at NZ$1249


(Image from Apple NZ’s iPhone 8 page)

The iPhone X was the ‘But wait, there’s more’ moment: before that, Apple introduced iPhone 8 — This new iPhone a new glass front and back, with an aluminum trim around the sides. It is a very durable glass, and microscopically sealed for water and dust resistance.
The device has a True Tone display for the first time, as well as an all new A11 Bionic System on Chip. The A11 Bionic has six cores, two of which are performance cores and four of which are efficiency cores.
Of course, the camera has been improved! A new 12MP sensor is in the iPhone 8, and two sensors are found in the iPhone 8 Plus. Apple has added a feature called Portrait Lighting to the iPhone 8 Plus. It provides lighting effects for photos in real time, and the effects can be changed after you’ve taken the photo.
Video will now be 4K 60 frames per second (or 1080p 240 frame per second slo-mo), and 2 million image tiles are analyzed each second. As you are shooting, the video is analysed.
Augmented reality is a huge area for Apple, and today Phil Schiller noted that the iPhone 8 is the first smartphone optimized for AR.  MLB AtBat will actually superimpose player stats onto players in real time. Amazing stuff! Several other AR apps were demonstrated during the show. As expected, the iPhone 8 will support wireless charging using the Qi standard. Qi chargers will be sold in the Apple retail stores.
It will be available in 64GB and 256GB configurations, with the iPhone 8 starting at NZ$1249/US$699 and the iPhone 8 Plus available at NZ$1449/US$799.
(iPhone 7 starts at NZ$999 for the 4.7-inch display and NZ$1219 for the Plus with 5.5-inch display.)
The phones can be pre-ordered on September 15 and will be available on September 22. (iOS 11 will arrive on September 19th.)

Touch ID Encryption key, new security features in iOS 11 and screen inversion


Encryption key for iPhone 5s Touch ID exposed, opens door to further research — Just prior to a hacker’s conference, a participant has revealed that the iPhone 5s Secure Enclave has been hacked, and the decryption key for it has been revealed. However, at present, there is nothing for iPhone users immediately worry about.

New security feature in iOS 11 will allow users to temporarily disable Touch ID, quickly call 911 — The latest beta release of iOS 11 includes a new security feature, with a few button presses making it impossible to unlock your phone with Touch ID, as well as giving a quick option to dial 911. Here’s how to use it. iOS 11 will also introduce a new Smart Invert viewing mode, which you can see in this video. It intelligently inverts all screen colours except for those in displayed media, such as photos, videos, and icons. The feature might be used to extend battery life on an upcoming OLED-equipped ‘iPhone 8.’

Portrait mode, Titanfall Assault, Ristar, AirPlay 2, Wicked Brainstorm allows brainstorming within Messages


Apple’s Portrait Mode in iPhone 7 Plus and iOS 11 exits beta, allows effect to be turned off after the fact — In the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple has taken the Portrait Mode camera setting out of beta, and has altered how the camera roll handles the pictures to allow for the effect to be removed from a picture using it at any time.

Titanfall: Assault real-time strategy title lands on iPhone, Sega Forever drive expands with Ristar — Two major titles have arrived on iPhone and iPad as free-to-play titles this week, with Nexon’s Titanfall: Assault introducing real time strategy to the battlefield-based franchise, while Ristar has been ported to iOS a full 22 years after its first release on the Sega Genesis.

Watch: AirPlay 2 delivers speaker integration with HomeKit, Siri support, more — When iOS 11 launches this fall, Apple will roll out a revamped version of its AirPlay protocol featuring speaker support for HomeKit, multi-room audio, shared up-next playlists, Siri integration and more, as you can see in the video at this link.

Wicked Brainstorm lets you brainstorm up a storm in iOS Message — It can be very handy to be able to brainstorm with folks. However, it hasn’t been practical using Messages on your iPhone or iPad.
Now it is, thanks to Wicked Brainstorm. Before using the app, brainstorming buddies would see all ideas mixed in with every other text message. With Wicked Brainstorm, those ideas are gathered together, yet still kept within Messages. When you’re done, you can turn the brainstormed list into a checklist and even vote as a group on the best ideas. It’s a free app, too.

 

iOS 11, new games, iPhone document scanning, Firefox update


Hands on with iOS 11, which we will all have soonish — With the newly revamped iPad app dock in iOS 11, Apple introduces a completely new interaction experience more in line with macOS. Check out the new UI, which supports in-the-dock app interactions and drag-and-drop gestures, in this AppleInsider video.
Apple is also completely revamping the App Store in iOS 11, adding a number of new features and under-the-hood enhancements, while at the same time streamlining the platform’s user interface. AppleInsider goes over all the changes in this in-depth video.
Other changes include Augmented Reality Maps.

Augmented Reality added to Maps in iOS 11 will show landmarks in real time in the distance

Full Throttle Remastered and Layton’s Mystery Journey arrive for iPhone, iPad — Two notable puzzle-oriented games have become available to download from the iOS App Store today, with Full Throttle Remastered bringing a classic adventure game up to date, while Layton’s Mystery Journey lands on iPhone and iPad months before the Nintendo 3DS edition goes on sale.
Requiring iOS 9.0 or later and taking up 3.9GB of space, Full Throttle Remastered is available to purchase from the iOS App Store for NZ$7.49/US$4.99. (The Mac version of the game is NZ$21.99/US$14.99.)
Layton’s Mystery Journey requires iOS 9.0 or later, takes up 1.14GB of storage, and is priced at US$15.99.

How to turn your iPhone into a document scanner (and when you shouldn’t) — Nothing can beat having the iPhone’s camera with you but many, many tools can better how that camera shoots documents and what you can do with them later. AppleInsider staffers show you what apps and hardware we use to scan everything from single receipts to the contents of a history archive.

Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, adds QR code reader and night-reading mode — Mozilla has upgraded Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, with the latest edition of the mobile web browser altering the way it handles tabs, as well as introducing new features including a built-in QR code scanner and a Night Mode that makes Firefox more useful for late night browsing.

ESPN iPhone 7 cover shoot, iOS 11, iOS 11 development course, free photo editing tools


ESPN uses iPhone 7 for 9th annual ‘Body Issue’ cover shoot — ESPN The Magazine’s hotly anticipated ‘Body Issue’ hit newsstands on Friday, and at least one of the covers (a portrait of Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez) was shot using Apple’s iPhone 7 handset. [Above. Crikey.]

iOS 11 adds Live Photos editing tools, new effects and more — Apple’s iOS 11 will deliver a handful of new Live Photos editing tools and special effects when it launches this fall. Take an early look at the upcoming feature set in this AppleInsider video.

iOS 11 is coming: Take advantage of our pre-sale on The Complete iOS 11 Development Course and Master Bundle — iOS 11 will be here soon, and developers need to get ready to take advantage of all the new features of Apple’s mobile operating system. We’re doing a pre-sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for The Complete iOS 11 Development Course and Mastery Bundle, where you can get the whole shebang for just US$29. If you wait to get the course, you could find yourself paying up to US$1299 for the same classes.

Enlight 2 offers more iPhone photo editing tools for free — Lightricks unveiled Enlight 2 late last week, giving iPhone users an updated version of the already capable photo editing app. Version 2, now called Enlight Photofox, lets you blend together multiple photos, included editing layers, includes drawing tools and loads of filters, supports 16-bit and Raw images and more. It’s great for turning your photos into artistic works and just touching up your vacation pics. The new version is free and for US$3.99 a month, US$19.99 a year or US$39.99 for a perpetual license you can unlock additional image editing features. Enlight Photofox is available for download at Apple’s App Store.

More on iPad Pro, iOS 11, HomePod, new faces for watchOS 4


iPad Pro gains a 10.5-inch model, vastly improved power— Apple today unveiled new iPad Pro models. The 9.7-inch model is no longer an option, but there’s a new 10.5-inch version to take its place. he 10.5-inch model is genius, providing 20% more screen real estate than the 9.7-inch model at the same weight of the older model. The addition of the more powerful camera and the A10X Fusion chip will make both the iPad Pros quite a bit more useful as well. But the big difference will come this fall with the special features for iPad that are built into iOS 11.
The new customizable Dock makes iPad Pro with iOS 11 so much more like an Mac laptop with a touch screen that it’s not funny. Coupled with improved multitasking, Spaces on iPad, the Files app, multi-touch drag and drop, a document scanner for Notes and more integration with the Apple Pencil, and suddenly the iPad Pro gains functionality that is pretty incredible.
The new 10.5-inch Pro is physically almost exactly the same physical dimensions as the previous 9.7-inch Pro, just without the bezels. Now that the front of the tablet is almost entirely screen, it could be nearly an inch larger without being harder to hold. Or heavier.
You can watch the new iPad Pro commercial here.  The NZ prices appear to be from NZ$1099 for the new 10.5 inch and from BZ$1299 for the 12.9-inch.

Using iOS 11 — There’s quite a bit to explore in this new version of the mobile operating system, but here’s what Jeff Butts found in his first 30 minutes of having the beta installed on his iPhone 7 Plus. Here are the 9 key features.

Apple’s HomePod speaker — Apple also took the wraps off its much-rumoured HomePod, a competitor to so-called ‘smart speakers’ like Amazon Echo, later offering WWDC attendees a closer look at the device prior to an expected debut in December.

watchOS 4 adds new faces, updated Workout app and more — watchOS 4 will provide new watch faces, one of which will be powered by Siri intelligence. This will all be part of a free update in three months or so. The Siri face provides data that changes as the day progresses, with a rotation of the digital crown providing a 3D-list of what’s been going on.

iOS 11, App store redesign, watchOS 4 has Siri face


Apple unveils iOS 11 with P2P Apple Pay transfers, a new sound for Siri, AirPlay 2, more — The next major update for iOS is turned up to 11, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook joked while unveiling the software update. It includes a revamped Control Center with deep 3D Touch support, the ability to directly transfer money to friends with Apple Pay, a new voice for Siri, and multi-speaker support with AirPlay 2.

Apple focuses on Discovery with App Store redesign — Apple is revamping the iPhone and iPad App Store to improve discoverability, and we got our first look during the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2017 keynote on Monday.
Apple focuses on discoverability in App Store redesign
The redesigned App Store is using a tab metaphor to show product categories such as Today, Apps, and Games—and each app gets its own page. The new app pages show details about each title, and can highlight in-app purchases, which should make developers happy. The new App Store is part of iOS 11, which is shipping as a free update for the iPhone and iPad in a few months.

Apple announces watchOS 4 for Apple Watch with Siri watch face, connectivity with gym equipment — The next generation of Apple Watch software has just been unveiled in the form of watchOS 4, a major update that will include new watch faces, including one driven by the Siri personal assistant. Other additions include connectivity with gym equipment, and support for syncing multiple playlists.