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Five Tip Friday ~ New gestures, modes, Apple Watch and more


1/ Use one-handed zoom in iOS 11’s Maps — As you may know, we’ve long had the ability to double-tap on the Maps screen (and elsewhere around iOS) to zoom in. Each double tap brings you closer to the point on the map you’re focused on until you can zoom in no more.
You can also use the pinch-to-zoom method, but iOS 11’s got a great new zooming feature for one-handed iPhone users; this lets you zoom in easily without juggling the device or endlessly double-tapping the screen. What you’ll do is double-tap but hold on the second tap, then when you drag that finger up and down on the screen, you zoom in and out. Drag up to get closer and down to pull farther out.
This works on any iDevice running iOS 11, and it’s worth practising and getting used to, as it’s really useful, but, for big spenders, there’s a similar gesture …

2/ Use fast app switching on the iPhone X — The iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, so there’s a new way to use fast app switching.  To see the App Switcher on the next gen iPhone, you swipe up from the bottom of its screen and pause while still touching the display. When the App Switcher appears, you can lift your finger. Now you can swipe right or left to switch back and forth between apps.

(Image from this tip’s source at the Mac Observer)

3/ Create an Ultra Low Power Mode on iPhone X — Now that there’s an iPhone with an OLED screen, battery juice can be saved by even using black wallpapers. But you can go further. Even though iOS already has a Low Power Mode, there are additional settings to tweak for create an Ultra Low Power Mode.
Apple has provided a pure black wallpaper as a default: Settings>Wallpaper>Choose a New Wallpaper>Stills. Set it as the wallpaper for the home screen and lock screen.
To go even further, turn on greyscale. Find this in Settings>General>Accessibility>Display Accommodations>Color Filters. Turn the switch on and select ‘Grayscale’ at the top.
While in Accessibility, scroll down until you see Accessibility Shortcut. Set the shortcut to ‘Smart Invert Colors’. You can turn it on and off by triple-clicking the home button but since the iPhone X doesn’t have a home button, you can assign it to the sleep/wake button.
Finally, turn on iOS’s built-in Low Power Mode. On the iPhone X, swipe down from the right ear at the top to find Control Center. Tap on the battery icon.
No one has quantified exactly how much this will stretch out your battery life, but the next time you’re in a situation where you need ultra low power mode, try this to extend your iPhone X’s life.

4/ Select and move several apps at once — Speaking of gestures, iOS 11 has a cool feature that lets you select and move multiple apps at the same time. It makes organizing your apps a little easier, which is great since that’s not available in iTunes 12.7. However, I think tis only works on iPhone 6s and later, since I can’t do it on my 6. Watch TMO’s video tip at this link to see how it works.

5/ Share Apple Watch Activity progress with friends & family — Launch the Activity iPhone app, then tap the Sharing tab in the lower right. After then hitting Get Started you’ll see a plus symbol in the upper-right, used to add contacts.
The app will then prompt you to type in a person’s contact information, and/or pick from a list of suggested people. You can share with as many individuals as you like, but there is a catch: everyone has to have an Apple Watch, since the Activity app is built around it anyway. People on the opposite end will receive an invite, which they can accept through the Sharing tab.
Returning there, you’ll now see daily summaries for each person including their Move, Exercise, and Stand rings, as well as Move progress broken out into percentages and calories. Select the “Name” button in the upper-left and you can sort by different break-out data.
Similar information is available on your Watch. From the watchOS 4 Activity app, swipe left to get to the Sharing screen, then tap on any person’s name. Initially you’ll just see their Activity rings, but using the digital crown you can scroll down to see more. You’ll note that when scrolling down to the bottom of a summary or the Sharing screen, there’s a shortcut to send an iMessage.
By default, your Watch will automatically notify you whenever someone finishes a workout, wins an achievement, or closes all three rings. These notifications include an option to send a preset reply, whether for boasting or cheering someone on.
If this all gets bothersome, there are a few options. From any daily summary in the iPhone app, you can choose to mute notifications from that person, or remove them as a friend entirely. (Should you decide you need some privacy, there’s also a Hide My Activity option.)

Extra — Freeing up space. This tip is so long, I have just linked it.

[At this point I have published over 585 tips on Mac NZ!]

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Tuesday Talk ~ iPhone X or ex iPhone?


(Image from Wired)

iPhone X … I guess I’ve made it pretty clear I think it’s too expensive. Even if the technology it encompasses is worth it, I’m not sure it’s worth paying that much to have that technology. On the bell curve of the law of diminishing returns, I find this is well over the hump, although who knows, if I actually had a play with one, instead of just reading about it, I might think different. (Apple used to come over here and show us such things; this seems to have been suspended or at least curtailed, these days. Having an expert show you how things worked made a huge difference to how tech journalists comprehended, and responded to, its gear.)

I remember back when the iPhone first came out, people were saying ‘that’s a ridiculous amount to pay for a phone’. At the time I sanguinely pointed out that the phone part was almost the least-used part of the device for me. It was a camera, a searcher, a maps provider, a recorder, an email and text communicator … I probably made and took one or two calls a week in those days.
Sure, iPhone X represents another leap forward, but it feels like a leap forward for the select few. Even though I earn good money these days, by my standards, it feels like a leap too far for me.
On the other hand, of course, you need real power to serve AI and VR properly in a convincing manner on a pocketable device. But iPhone 8 ticks these boxes.

However, I haven’t joined the ranks of the haters. Far from it. This group of, essentially, tech biggots likes to proclaim the sky is falling in every time Apple releases a new product. You know how it goes: just because they want something doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
But I do feel really critical of Apple’s responses to tax complaints, as I have always made clear, and I feel increasingly critical of the glib Jony Ive, Apple’s rather amazing designer who likes to craft solid gold examples of Apple’s wares for oligarchs. For it looks like Apple is starting to create what appear to me to be Gucci-level geegaws for the ultra rich. We don’t all need or even want a Rolex – I just need a watch to tell me what time it is, actually.
And time is moving along. I feel Apple is skating ever closer to a critical tipping point –once the hoi poloi abandons Apple, a few ultra-rich and sanctimonious tax-avoiding a-holes like U2’s Bono (an Apple favourite, and also implicated in the Paradise Papers) won’t be buying enough Apple products to keep the company afloat.
Tim Cook’s responses that Apple hasn’t done anything ‘illegal’ doesn’t mean Apple hasn’t done anything clearly, and by most people’s standards, immoral.

Apple’s direction looks like it’s increasingly dictated by shareholders. An expensive product gives them higher profit margins.
Taking the vision from the visionaries and handing it to the greedy is a terrible idea, Apple.

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