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Five Tip Friday ~ times a few: transfer files; lock your Mac down, iPhone 6s, Siri Remote, iOS 9.3, Apple Watch, Launchpad on Mac

Transfer files between Macs: 1/ File Sharing — The basic way to share files between Macs is to use File Sharing. To use this feature, you must activate it in the Sharing pane of System Preferences.

On your Macs, check File Sharing in System Preferences
On your Macs, check File Sharing in System Preferences>Sharing

If you want to only share specific folders, or allow certain users to access them, add folders to the Shared Folders list, and then select a folder and add users in the Users list. If not, any user with an account can access your files.
To access another Mac’s files in the Finder, choose Go > Network, double-click one of the computers or devices that displays, and enter your username and password. You can then browse that Mac’s folders and files, and drag files to and from that computer.

2/ AirDrop — In the Finder, choose Go>AirDrop on both Macs; the one you want to send files to, and the one you’re sending from. Drag a file onto the icon of the computer you want to send a file to. Unfortunately, AirDrop isn’t always reliable, and it does need to be active on both Macs, so you can’t easily copy files to a server or other computer, but it can be easier that messing with File Sharing if you only need to send files occasionally. [It’s great when it does work.]

3/ Email — If you have one or more small files you need to send to another Mac, you can send them as attachments to an email message. Just create a new message and address it to yourself, and then add the files. When you get to your other Mac, open your email client and download the message and its files.
This is a good way to send files to a Mac that’s not currently running.

4/ iCloud Drive — Apple’s iCloud Drive is mostly designed for apps to store files, but you can add files to it as well, which you can later access from another Mac. Choose Go > iCloud Drive in the Finder, and you’ll see a number of folders. Just add a file to the top level of the iCloud Drive hierarchy or create your own folder, and you’ll be able to access the file on your other Mac. This works best for small files, as well as files you may want to access on iOS devices.

4/ Dropbox — If you use Dropbox (free, but you can pay to add more storage to the default 2GB) to store some of your files in the cloud, it seems obvious that you can easily transfer files from one Mac to another by placing them in your Dropbox folder. But you may think that, when you need to transfer large files, such as videos or large software installers, it isn’t practical to put them in the cloud and then download them.
Dropbox has a feature called LAN Sync that allows Dropbox to sync them across your network to other devices. It still uploads them, but if you have a bunch of files to transfer from different folders, just drop them all in a Dropbox folder, and let them sync to the other devices. When you’ve got the files on the second Mac, move them out of your Dropbox folder, so they don’t stay in the cloud. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t always reliable, so it may not work for you. Dropbox also lets you send files between Macs and PCs and other devices, which can be super-useful.  [These came from Macworld, which adds a few more suggestions.)

Transfer between Macs and iPads/iPhones/iPod touch: 1/ AirDrop
airdrop — AirDrop is Apple’s technology for sharing files across devices. You can use it to transfer files from one Mac to another, but also use it to transfer files from a Mac to an iOS device, or from one iOS device to another. On your Mac, choose Go>AirDrop in the Finder (or click it, if it’s visible, in folder sidebars), and then, on your iOS device, make sure AirDrop is activated in the Control Center (swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access this setting). You can choose to allow transfers from Contacts Only or from Everyone; it’s safer, of course, to choose the former.
Your iOS device needs to be awake for AirDrop to be active. On the Mac, drag a file onto the icon for your iOS device in the AirDrop window. On your iOS device, you’ll see a menu offering to open the file; this menu lists the apps that can open the file type.
For some types of files, AirDrop isn’t very helpful. For example, if you try to send an AAC audio file from a Mac to an iPhone, the latter offers to open it with apps such as Voice Memos, Evernote, Dropbox, etc but not with the iOS Music app, or other music player apps.

2/ Email — Using email is a good way to send small files to an iOS device. Just create a new email addressed to yourself and add the file(s) as attachment(s) to the message. Tap the attachment in the message to download and then open the file. Depending on the file type, you may or may not be able to open files on your device. Naturally, you’ll want to do this when you’re on a Wi-Fi network to avoid potentially using a lot of cellular data if you’re sending large files.

3/ Dropbox or other cloud services — If you have the (free) Dropbox app on your iOS device (or apps for other cloud services, such as Google Drive, Box, etc) you can add files to your cloud and then access them on your iOS device. As with email, you’re limited as to which types of files you can open. If there are specific files you need to access on your iOS device, you may need to find apps that can read them. For example, if you need to read Excel spreadsheets, you’ll need either Microsoft Excel for iOS, Apple’s Numbers, or another app that can view (and perhaps edit) these files.

4/ iCloud Drive — Apple’s own iCloud Drive is a bit different from the other cloud services. It stores files that you’ve opened with specific apps in dedicated folders. You can add a file to iCloud Drive and create your own folders, or just copy files to the top level of iCloud Drive. To do this on your Mac, choose Go>iCloud Drive in the Finder (or click it in the sidebar of folders if it’s there), then add the files to the location you desire. If you’re adding a file that you can open in a specific app that already has a named folder, you can add it directly to that folder. On iOS, either open the app that can view the file, or open the iCloud Drive app, tap the file, and then tap the Share button to see your options for opening the file.

5/ iTunes File Sharing — Some iOS apps can use iTunes File Sharing, a way of adding and managing files in iTunes so these apps can access them. It’s clunky and has largely been superseded by AirDrop, but it still works.
To use iTunes File Sharing, connect your iOS device to your Mac, select it in iTunes, and then click Apps in the sidebar. When you click Sync at the bottom of the window, iTunes will copy that file (as well as copy any other items selected to sync, such as music, apps, etc.). You can also delete files by selecting them in the File Sharing dialog and pressing the Delete key.
With some apps, you have to click + or Import, and choose to import the file(s) from iTunes. This is the case even if the files have been copied to your iOS device. Other apps may show the files immediately.

Lock down your Mac, iPhone, and online accounts if you expect trouble ahead: 1/ Tune up — Mac and iOS users can be a bit smug about the security of their devices – often, that’s justifiable. But because of Apple’s architecture, there’s little to nothing you can do in iOS, and little to nothing that’s useful in OS X.
So don’t open email you don’t recognise, and if you do, certainly don’t click any links or open any attachments.
Don’t click links on dubious-looking websites.
Don’t accept messages in iOS or OS X to install custom profiles when you haven’t sought them out.

2/ Monitor Macs — In OS X you can install software that monitors what is talking to your computer and what service your computer is accessing. There’s the Internet Security X8 package from Intego and Objective Development’s Little Snitch, for example.
[I don’t personally use these myself on the premise that if there’s real malware for Mac, it will been the news and it would be such a surprising event, and then I’d act accordingly, meaning I avoid the intrusion and system performance hit in the meantime.]
Little Snitch lets you know which apps are trying to access the Internet and why. This can be useful when you’re on networks you don’t know and trust (ie when you’re travelling), so you can see the kinds of behavior originating from the network around you — and potentially alert a café owner or a store manager if you see someone engaged in malicious activity.

3/ VPN — Using a virtual private network (VPN) whenever you’re outside your comfort zone — which can include some kinds of activities on your home network — effectively locks down your internet traffic to anyone who can intercept data over a local Wi-Fi or ethernet network and at points between that and the other end of the VPN connection in a data center somewhere. None of this assures that people can’t break in, but it reduces points of weakness, and that’s always good. [I found VPN Unlimited and bought a several-year subscription when it was offered at a discount.]

4/ Lock down — Everywhere you can, enable two-factor authentication (2FA) or token-based logins. Most cloud-based and social-networking services now offer some variant of it. Apple’s 2FA, upgraded last year, relies on sending information to iOS or OS X devices registered to the same Apple ID, and using SMS or voice as a fallback. A second factor prevents someone who obtains or guesses your password from using that from anywhere in the world to log into your account. If your services offers login alerts, which warn you whenever a new device is added or a login occurs, enable that too.
Check all social networking, email, financial, and other services you use beyond 2FA to examine privacy options. Some networks will let people who have some information about you find out more (‘social mining’), or look you up by email address even if there’s no public listing that associates you. They may be able to let a friend of a friend to obtain your phone number or physical address; you might consider wiping that data or further restricting it. Even Facebook now supports two-factor authentication.
Glenn Fleishman also recommends changing your passwords comprehensively across all services you use. While it’s a pain, if you either can’t recall the last time you swapped a password, or you use the same password at multiple sites, the time is ripe.

How to back up and restore an iPad differently — You can swap to an iCloud backup with a single flip of a switch. You can switch from an iTunes to iCloud backup at any time. If you have only the free 5GB iCloud service, you may have to bump up to a paid tier to have enough storage, however. The iCloud backup doesn’t count any Apple-purchased or Apple-cloud-stored data as part of the backup size, but it can still easily exceed 5GB. Go to Settings>iCloud>Backup, and flip the iCloud Backup switch to on. Backups occur automatically when an iOS device is on Wi-Fi and plugged in, but you can also tap Back Up Now from that setting screen to force an immediate backup.
There’s some risk that if you have content stored uniquely on your iPad that you’re not sure you have anywhere else that you won’t be able to recover it. That seems unlikely these days, given that most apps let you sync data through iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and other services, or are working off a copy stored elsewhere.
One place iTunes shines over iCloud backups is that any app downloaded via iTunes gets restored locally instead of having to come down again from the cloud. [There’s considerably more detail on all this at Macworld.]

How to switch apps on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus without touching the home button — Press and swipe from the left edge of the screen to switch to the next app (this only works on the Force Touch enabled iPhone 6s and 6s Plus).

Pair a Siri Remote with a 4G Apple TV — Sometimes a Siri Remote stops working. You’re sure it has a good battery charge, but it may have become unpaired with the 4G Apple TV. Place the Siri Remote within 75 mm of the Apple TV and point it at the Apple TV.
Hold down the MENU and VOLUME UP buttons together for 5 seconds. (These buttons are placed diagonally from each other, so you might need two hands.)
Quickly look at the top righthand side of your TV screen. If all went well, you’ll see a message ‘Remote Connected’; this message disappears after a few seconds.

New in iOS 9.3: 1/ Night Shift — The new iOS release, 9.3, introduces Night Shift, a new setting that warms up the display colours on your iPhone or iPad so that the blue light element of the display doesn’t keep you awake at night. Even though the actual science behind this is not yet conclusive, it’s a more pleasant way to use your phone right before bed. Open settings, tap Display & Brightness and enable it; the setting can choose the sunrise and sunset times as they change with the seasons or set your own schedule.

2/ Lock notes — You now have the ability to add a password lock in the Notes app. Once you set a password for Notes, don’t forget to click on the actual lock icon to keep your most precious (or embarrassing) ramblings private.

3/ Stills from Live Photo — In iOS 9.3, now you can extract the still image from any Live Photo. In the Photos app, simply pull up the Share sheet, and you will now get the option to duplicate the Live Photo or just the still image.

How to force restart an Apple Watch — If you ever find your Apple Watch unresponsive, press and hold the side button and the digital crown until it restarts.

Launchpad on Mac — Launchpad is a slightly neglected OS X feature that shows a visual, iPad-like display of available applications on your Mac. I don’t use it, myself., If you do, some improvements were made to the interface, then it stalled …
With Launchpad active (it’s an app in your Applications folder, if you can’t see it in your Dock), you can just start typing — you don’t need to move the cursor into the search field — and the app shows matching items, which you can mouse or arrow through to select and run. [Note this also works in the Applications – and any – folder. Know a folder or app starts with ‘w’? Type ‘w’.]

OK, that’s over 20 tips, to make up for my neglect of you all while travelling. Sorry!

NVS Premium Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 6/6s


I’ve managed to scratch my iPhone 6 screen in the 14 months since I bought it, so I was glad when this tempered glass screen protection showed up. Scratch resistant with a 9H hardness, bubble-free (the plague of plastic screen protectors) and it’s also, theoretically, shatterproof. Shipping with, simply, a cleaning cloth, it’s easier to apply than most since it only has plastic on one side. Most have it on both: peel one off, stick that face to the screen, peel the other off.
On this product by NVS (designed in New Zealand and made in China) you just peel off one cover of plastic and stick that surface straight to the cleaned iPhone screen, then use the same supplied cloth (which then becomes a great screen and glasses cleaner) to smooth it on.
The adhesive that sticks it to the glass, which is totally translucent and invisible, is what offers the shatter protection.
A nano coating gives a smooth surface and minimises fingerprints; it seems better in this regard than the actual iPhone screen itself (a 6, in my case).

The NVS shield has a cutout for around the Home button and a slot for the speaker of the iPhone (the one that goes by the ear on phone calls) and that’s it. Very slimline and flexible, once on it’s super clear and I always feel better with extra protection – tempered glass is far superior to the plastic we used to have to use, no matter how tough that professed to be. As the 6 series of iPhones has a screen that curves slinkily off at the edges, this glass shield is designed to finish at the edges before it curves, which leaves a slight rim you can feel, but the glass is so slim it’s not a major issue. It’s so thin, in fact, that the iPhone 6 even fitted into a Lifeproof nüüd case with the screen on, although ILifeproof would not recommend this as it interrupts the seal top and bottom – the iPhone would no longer be fully submersible, but I’d never do that anyway. (The nüüd case comes with a plastic shield that fits within the edge-seals of the case, should you choose to use it.)

Conclusion — A good entry into the market for keeping your iPhone screen clear and unbroken. Very clean and clear in use.

What’s great — Straightforward and easy to apply compared to some.

What’s not — Slight lip around the edge, but preferable to trying to seamlessly fit a curving glass shield all around (it’s only .33mm thick). Apple has stated that as long as a glass screen protector is 0.3mm thick or less it should work with Force Touch; in this case this NVS probably won’t, then, but I wasn’t able to test that.

Needs — Anyone keen to make their iPhone last

NVS Premium Glass Screen Protector, NZ$29.99

More information — NVS Cases

Five Tip Friday — iPhones in pockets everywhere may need a few capability reminders


1/ Change your iPhone’s video capabilities — Apple’s default is the “1080p HD at 30 fps” choice. Go to Settings> Photos & Camera>Record Video. There’s a handy approximation (in yellow) for how much space you’ll be taking up with each configuration. So if you only have a 16GB iPhone, it’s probably not that wise to record only 4K video unless you plan on clearing off your Camera Roll approximately every day of your life. If you select any of the other options, your device will helpfully inform you of that whenever you’re taking videos from then on.


If you’re on the default setting, though, you won’t see any info in that spot.

2/ Stop your screen rotating — Does your phone switch orientations on you at random, just because you tilted it slightly too far in one direction or another?  To prevent this sort of annoyance (in my case, reading in bed is the best time to lock screen rotation). Luckily iOS has screen rotation lock: wake your iPhone if it isn’t already, then slide your finger up from the bottom edge to bring up Control Center. Tap the Orientation Lock button (the lock icon with a circular arrow surrounding it at top right) so it turns white. Slide the Control Center pane down again to hide it, and your screen’s contents will no longer rotate as you turn your device on its side.

3/ Lock rotation on iPad — The rotation lock works pretty much the same on the iPad, but with an added caveat: you can switch the Mute button toggle on the left side of the device to function as the orientation lock switch instead. Go to the Settings app, tap General, then tap Lock Rotation under the “Use side switch to:” heading. When you switch the side toggle to function as the rotation lock, the Mute function takes the rotation lock’s place in Control Center.

4/ Remember that Siri is more intelligent — You can now say things like  you can ask things like “Remind me to take my coffee off my roof when I get in the car,” because Siri knows when you get into your car. It’s almost like actually having a human helper. (Moreover, thanks to the new frugal M9 co-processor, you can call Siri from a locked screen even on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.)

5/ iOS 9 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus — If you have the latest version of Apple’s iPhone, remember that pressing harder on apps gives all sorts of other capabilities, and it can do Live Photos (which animate for a few seconds) but they take up lots more space. If you have an ‘s’, check out Mac Observer’s catchup page to remember all its new tricks.

Apple TV 4, 3D Touch productivity, Facebook Androids, James Bond’s iPhone, iPhone/Watch bundles, Instapaper 7


Apple TV good, but no revolution — Apple finally updated its Apple TV set-top box, which had remained virtually unchanged for years, since going 1080p in 2012. The new version is faster, easier to use, and less frustrating, at least most of the time. What it isn’t is a revolution—everything Apple added already existed in its competitors.

6 iPhone apps that use 3D Touch to make you more productive —
The new iPhone 6s let you hard-press app icons to unlock features that will boost your efficiency and productivity. Here are six iOS apps that use 3D Touch to help you save a few seconds here and there and be more efficient. Also see 14 hidden tricks and tips for an iPhone 6s.

Facebook is  forcing some team members to switch from iPhone to Android — Although the iPhone is an incredibly popular and revenue-generating platform, there are still many more Android phones in existence than iPhones. Facebook’s chief product officer is requiring some team members who currently have iPhones to switch to Android smartphones in order to give them experience in how most mobile users interact with Facebook.

Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in “Spectre” because ‘James Bond only uses the best’ — Internal Sony communications indicated that “Spectre” star Daniel Craig and the movie’s director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond. [Who wants ‘James Bland’?]

iPhone/Watch bundles — Apple is offering limited-time, limited-area iPhone-Apple Watch bundles in some Apple retail stores, giving a US$50 discount for buying an iPhone and an Apple Watch at at the same time. The offer is good through November 15th in some US Apple Stores.

Instapaper 7 review: excellent read-later app only gets better on iOS 9 — Instapaper 7 packs in a variety of subtle improvements, such as a navigation menu that slides over the article list, rather than underneath it.

Yesterday’s event, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPad Pro vs MacBook, iOS 9.1, new videos, Microsoft Office features, Paper by FiftyThree, Apple TV


Everything announced at the Apple event — Here’s the full list. The whole event has been made available online by Apple, but here’s what we didn’t get at the event

iPhone 6s — There have been some complaints [of course] that the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus aren’t innovative. Not true. Just because they look pretty much the same as the iPhone 6 and 6s doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of impressive under-the-hood improvements. Apple’s efficient M9 coprocessor will let your iPhone 6s track pace, make ‘Hey Siri’ always on. It borrows new fitness capabilities from the Apple Watch, by estimating your walking or running pace, and here’s how Apple’s new Retina Flash, which was 5 years in the making, brightens up selfies on the iPhone 6s.

Apple axes gold colour, 128GB options for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models — After announcing its new iPhone 6s lineup on Wednesday, Apple has apparently discontinued gold and the 128GB configuration options for previous-generation iPhone 6 devices, leaving only Space Gray, silver and 16GB and 64GB versions left.

iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard vs. MacBook: A hypothetical smackdown — Would an iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard hypothetically kick the petite rear end of the 12-inch MacBook or any other MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? Because the iPad Pro is positioned to take on the laptop market.

Apple seeds first iOS 9.1 beta to developers, adds new taco, burrito & unicorn emojis — In tandem with the GM releases of iOS 9, watchOS 2, and OS X El Capitan on Wednesday, Apple also issued the first-ever beta of iOS 9.1.

Apple posts new iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Apple TV and Apple Watch videos — Following a big hardware blowout in San Francisco on Wednesday, Apple has uploaded ad spots and product reveals for the new iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Apple TV and Apple Watch to its official YouTube channel.

New Microsoft Office features — Microsoft unveiled new Office for iPad features on Apple’s stage when a Microsoft exec really demoed new Office features.

Paper by FiftyThree Comes to iPhone — FiftyThree’s Paper is my go-to drawing app on the iPad, and now it’s available on the iPhone, too. Along with support for the iPhone 5 and newer, as well as the iPad and iPad mini, Paper 3.0 lets you create text notes and check lists, import photos from your camera roll, and export to Keynote, Powerpoint, and PDF. You can also share drawings with other apps and your camera roll, Dropbox, and social networks like Twitter.

New Apple TV ships in the northern  Fall with Games, Siri Remote, and Apps — Apple pulled out all the stops with Apple TV during Wednesday’s Hey Siri event, introducing new hardware, a new interface, a new remote, voice controls that are amazing, a new operating system called tvOS, and an SDK for developers to make their own apps (but it won’t have 4K support). Users can also use their iPhones for as game controllers in multiplayer games. Apple TV ships later this NZ spring starting at US$149 with 32GB of storage and US$199 with 64GB (no official NZ date or pricing yet).

New iPhones, new iPads, new Apple TV, NZ pricing and availability


New iPhones are faster and include a rose-colored model
New iPhones are faster and include a rose-colored model

Apple announces US$199 iPhone 6s & US$299 6s Plus with 3D Touch, A9 CPU, rose gold colour, coming September 25th — Apple’s new iPhone 6s series will offer users an entirely new way to interact with their handset, sensing pressure from fingertips to enable entirely new shortcuts in iOS 9. It also boasts an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera, a souped-up A9 processor that nearly doubles performance over the iPhone 6, and a new rose gold color option. The iPhone 6s brings Apple’s Taptic Engine from the Apple TV to the handset, with new vibrations the ‘mini-tap’ and a ‘full tap’ that will give users tactile feedback when interacting with the iPhone 6s.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus includes a new third-generation 64-bit A9 chip with a new transistor architecture. Apple says the A9 is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at graphics tasks than the iPhone 6 and its A8 processor. Apple also spent a considerable amount of time boasting of the camera capabilities of its new iPhone 6s series. It includes a 12-megapixel lens and larger image sensor. [NZ prices, availability will be posted as soon as I have them.]

NZ prices, availability —
• iPhone 6s will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a recommended retail price of NZ$1199 inc. GST for the 16GB model, NZ$1399 inc. GST for the 64GB model and NZ$1599 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
• iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a recommended retail price of NZ$1399 inc. GST for the 16GB model, NZ$1599 inc. GST for the 64GB model and NZ$1799 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
• The new iPhones will be available from apple.com/nz; through Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees and additional carriers; and from selected Apple Authorised Resellers.
• The new iPhones will also be available through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers with a range of financing plans and payment options.
• Both models will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and US beginning Friday, 25 September, with pre-orders beginning Saturday, 12 September.
• Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours and Lightning Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes will also be available.

iOS 9 — It will be available as a Free Update for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch users from 16 September PDT.

Apple Announces iPad Pro, with Keyboard and ‘Apple Pencil’ Stylus — Apple just announced the iPad Pro during Wednesday’s Hey Siri! event. The device features a 12.9-inch display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048, and a new processor that Apple claims is 1.8 times faster than the processor in the iPad Air 2.
Apple also announced a snap-on keyboard accessory called Smart Keyboard. This keyboard snaps on magnetically (think Surface), and it has the same dome-shaped keypad mechanism first used in Apple’s MacBook.
Apple also introduced another much-rumoured device, an accessory called Apple Pencil. This stylus features a variety of digital and electronic enhancements designed to make iPad Pro and Apple Pencil an amazing tool for artists, CAD designers, and more. US prices are iPad Pro from US$799 (available in November), Smart Keyboard US$169, Apple Pencil US$99. (NZ prices/availability TBA).

Apple announces new iPad mini 4 with iPad Air 2 internals — At the tail end of the iPad Pro presentation this morning, Apple announced an updated iPad mini with a slimmer profile, lighter weight, and higher-performance internal components.
The iPad mini 4 packs the same internals as the iPad Air 2: Apple’s A8X processor, M8 motion coprocessor, Touch ID sensor, and 1 gigabyte of built-in RAM.

iPhone 6 most popular iPhone model, adopted faster than iPhone 5s, analytics firm says — The iPhone 6 is the most popular iPhone model in use, and both it and the 6 Plus have been adopted at a faster rate than either the 5s or 5c, analytics firm Localytics claimed on Tuesday.

New Apple TV will have Siri, games, new remote, and Apps — Apple pulled out all the stops with Apple TV during Wednesday’s Hey Siri! event, introducing new hardware, a new interface [thank God!], a new remote, voice controls that are amazing, a new operating system called tvOS, and an SDK for developers to make their own apps.

iPhone 6s, iOS 8.4.1 is critical, iPhone moviemaking, Speedo watch, speech recognition


German ‘iPhone 6s’ launch pegged for September 18, in line with Apple’s usual release schedule — German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next flagship handset — typically known as the ‘iPhone 6s’ — on September 18th, a date in line with a rumoured press event earlier in the month.

Apple’s iOS 8.4.1 Update is packed with critical security fixes — Apple seldom goes into great detail in its most public description of iOS (and OS X) updates. In this case of iOS 8.4.1, what seems like a minor update is packed with critical security fixes, and all users should update immediately.

How to make a movie with an iPhone: an interview with Tangerine director Sean Baker (plus the five tools you need to make your iPhone footage look cinematic) — Tangerine is a movie so vivid and real you feel like you’re walking the streets of Los Angeles with its main characters. The film takes place on Christmas Eve, which in Hollywood is just another warm day, and the cinematography radiates that heat. But as you trail behind best friends Sin-Dee and Alexandra as they search for Sin-Dee’s cheating boyfriend, you’d never realise that with an iPhone, you too could create that scene.

Misfit brings a Speedo-branded swim tracker to the Apple Store —
The US$80 Speedo Shine counts laps and syncs to Speedo’s swim tracking app, though it lacks the smart home controls of Misfit’s cheaper activity trackers.

Nuance pushes speech recognition to iOS (and Android) with new Dragon Anywhere — Nuance’s popular dictation app is now a cloud-connected service that works in tandem with updated versions for the Mac and PC.