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Five Tip Friday ~ Some tips for iOS and Watch users


Welcome to September, the month Apple launches an all-new iPhone! Until then lets rev up our existing iPhone use a little. 

1/  Selectively control Read Receipts for iMessage in iOS 10 — A read receipt in iMessage is simply a feature designed to let your contacts know when you’ve read their message. You can go into Settings to turn this on and off at will, but on iOS 9 and before, this setting turned it off for all contacts. With iOS 10 however, it’s possible to control read receipts for each of your contacts if they also have iPhones (otherwise the option is simply not available). Now you can let your boss know when you’ve read her message, while turning the feature off for that weird guy you met on Tinder [to quote Mac Observer!].
Open up a message from one of your contacts. In the upper right part of the screen, tap the blue circle with an ‘i’. There you can share your location, see a history of images and attachments with that contact – and control read receipts.]

2/ Modify AirPods behaviour — Once iOS 11 ships, which may be as soon as 12th September, you will have more options. For now, in iOS 10, you can change how your AirPods react when you double-tap on them, or switch what happens when you put them in your ears. You adjust these options on your iPhone or iPad. To get started, open your AirPods’ case or take them out of it, then visit Settings > Bluetooth on your paired iOS device.
There you’ll see a list of all of the Bluetooth devices you’ve added. If you don’t see Connected next to your AirPods, tap their name to connect.
Within this option, you can disconnect your AirPods (or have your device forget them entirely), change their name, or set what happens when you double-tap one of them. This is probably the most useful adjustment, as you could configure your AirPods to play/pause instead of invoking Siri with a double-tap.
Also on this screen are Automatic Ear Detection, which you can turn off if you don’t like your audio automatically being sent to your AirPods when you put them in your ears—and the Microphone setting. This lets you configure which AirPod you’d like to always be your microphone.

3/ Using 3D Touch in Spotlight — With a recent iPhone (6s/6s Plus or 7/7 Plus), you’re probably accustomed to your favourite uses for 3D Touch: looking at notifications within folders, opening new private tabs in Safari etc. You can also use Spotlight searches to find apps, and then if you press on a result within the Spotlight interface, you’ll get the same options you’d get by 3D-touching the app itself.
Start by swiping down on your home screen to open the iOS Spotlight search function, then type the name of an app into the search field at the top. Press with a little force on the app in the results to get the same Quick Action choices you would get from using 3D Touch on the app icon on the Home screen. You can use this, for example, to quickly find the Camera app and use its Quick Actions.

4/ In iOS 11, set up and customise Do Not Disturb While Driving — For those already beta-testing the next generation of iOS, you can do this now For the rest, you can do this soon. iOS 11 will add Do Not Disturb support for driving so you won’t get distracted while you’re cruising around town. You don’t have to use it, but if you do, it’s easy to set up and customise. Once iOS 11 is installed on your iPhone there’s a good chance you’ll get a dialogue asking if you want to turn on DND when you’re driving. The dialogue will pop up after you move off in your car.
Just tap Turn On While Driving and you’re set. Your iPhone will automatically go into DND mode when you’re in a moving car – it then mutes all incoming calls. You also won’t see other alerts and notifications while your car is in motion. (Of course, it won’ know if you’re driving or a passenger.)
DND While Driving can activate automatically when connected to your car’s Bluetooth, or manually. If you choose Manually, you will need to use the Do Not Disturb button in Control Center to activate the feature.
DND While Driving can auto-reply to text messages too. It’s your business who gets those messages, so you can change the settings and make your own custom reply:
Launch Settings on your iPhone
Tap Do Not Disturb
Choose Auto-Reply To
Select No One, Recents, Favorites, or All Contacts.
If you set your auto-reply to Favorites, it only goes to those people you’re in contact most. If you don’t want anyone to know when you’re in the car, choose No One.
To set an auto-reply, launch Settings on your iPhone
Tap Do Not Disturb
Choose Auto-Reply
Enter a custom reply message.
If you need to get a message through to someone who has DND While Driving active, follow up your first message with a second that only says ‘urgent’.

5/ How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app — Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. At other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there’s not much you can do with it other than dismiss it.
Here’s how to quickly tell the difference — it’s all in the shape. App icons on watchOS are circles, and when you get a notification from an app that is native to the Apple Watch, tapping on it will open the corresponding app. When an alert arrives, or you are browsing through past ones in Notification Center, the corresponding app icon is located in the upper left. If it’s a circle, tapping once will provide quick options like reply or dismiss, and tapping a second time will open the corresponding app.
But if the icon is a square, that means it’s simply an iPhone notification because app icons on the iPhone are rounded-corner squares.
There aren’t as many options for dealing with notifications not from native watchOS apps. Tap and you’ll have an option to dismiss, with no second tap to open the app, because the app is only on your iPhone.
This subtle distinction of round or square is an easy way to tell what you can do directly from your wrist, without the need to pull your phone out of your pocket.

Five Tip Friday ~ Notifications in iOS, and more for Messages


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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.

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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.

App Store refresh, IBM AppleCare, widgets, iCloud Drive, Lego Movie Game


The Mac App store goes flat (visually) – it's still by far the best place to hunt for Mac software
The Mac App store goes flat (visually) – it’s still by far the best place to hunt for Mac software

Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for OS X Yosemite — Apple is rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release. The Mac App Store moves further toward a flat design aesthetic with the removal of shading and skeuomorphic assets like lighting effects left over from past Apple software.

New AppleCare for Enterprise website features IBM IT support, suggests imminent rollout — More than three months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership for business solutions, Apple has posted to its website a new AppleCare for Enterprise page touting onsite hardware repairs from IBM Global Technology Services, now a worldwide Apple Authorized Service Provider.

5 cool widgets for Yosemite’s Notification Centre — With Mac OS X Yosemite, Apple has largely left Dashboard behind. Instead, it’s replaced the tired apps that once lurked to the left of the home screen with polished and useful widgets in the updated Notification Center. To access these widgets, just click on Notification Center in the top-right of the Mac’s menu bar or, if you’re using a trackpad, swipe left with two fingers from the right edge and, in no time, you’ll be checking the weather, performing some quick math or zipping through your email.

iCloud Drive is backing up files you haven’t saved yet — The line between local and remote storage started blurring long ago…

Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac, Handoff, Repair extension, more — Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple’s latest OS X Yosemite features.

LEGO Movie Game comes to the Mac — The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop. It’s NZ$38.99.

Five Tip Friday ~ If you’ve made the jump to iOS 8, these are for you. If not, find out what to expect.


The Camera in iOS 8 has new features
The Camera in iOS 8 has new features

If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 8 yet, have a quick scan through these and see what you’ll soon be able to do.

1/ New Camera features — Apple also added a slew of new Camera features including time lapse, shutter timers (tap the little timer icon to choose from Off, three seconds and 10 seconds, and then tap the Shoot button to see a large on-screen countdown to the photo being taken). Meanwhile, on the front of the iPhone, the flash blinks for every second passed. The Camera also got advanced exposure controls …

2/ Advanced exposure — You can still tap on the screen to set the focus and exposure point of your photos on iPhone (and iPad and iPod touch 5th gen) but iOS 8 adds a slider you can drag up and down to set overall exposure yourself.

3/ Time Lapse — Found to the left of Video mode on the rotating mode selector, Time-lapse is a set-it-and-forget way to capture long sequences of video. Select Time-lapse, set your focus point and exposure, and then press the red button. iOS dynamically adjusts the frequency of the photos it takes for Time-lapse mode, depending on the action in the scene. The only limit to the length of a time-lapse video is your iPhone’s storage capacity and charge.

4/ Hey Siri! iOS-only features like Siri have also been drastically improved, with the virtual assistant now supporting Hey Siri hands-free operation when plugged in to a power source – which also means on your car’s charger. In other words, yelling Hey Siri at your iPhone boots it up.  (And voice responses have been tweaked to sound more natural).

5/ Interactive Notifications — Interactive Notifications means you can deal with them right in the Notifications window – now it’s a dialogue.  For example, in Messages, when your device is unlocked and a message banner comes in, simply pull down on the banner and you can send a response without leaving the current app. (But follow-up messages will not be shown to you, which is especially important to know if you’re responding to someone who likes to send multiple messages in a row.)

With Yosemite, you'll be able to accept calls to your iPhone right there on the Mac screen in front of you.
With Yosemite, you’ll be able to accept calls to your iPhone right there on the Mac screen in front of you.

Extras coming soon — When OS X 10.10 is released ‘soon’, iOS 8 will be able to integrate seamlessly through ‘Continuity’. You’ll be able to answer phone calls on your Mac, continue text conversations and if there’s a Web page open on your Mac, it’s open on your iPad (which could be embarrassing for some people). Documents will be able to be picked up and continued via Handoff. Perhaps most excitingly, AirDrop currently works Mac to Mac and iDevice to IDevice, but with Yosemite and iOS 8, you can AirDrop device to Mac and vice versa, too.

AirDrop iDevice to Mac once you have Yosemite
AirDrop iDevice to Mac once you have Yosemite