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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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MagBytes 92 is here, just before iPhone X finally appears. News, tips, tricks and views, plus some new software and hardware. Enjoy – as always, MagBytes is free to download, pass on and keep.

Download MagBytes 92 from this link —> Issue 92 October 2017

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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.

Five Tip Friday ~ For those other Apple devices (AirPods, Apple TV, Watch)


1/ Set separate controls for left and right AirPods in Apple’s iOS 11 — Installing iOS 11 also updates the functionality of connected AirPods, giving users the ability to set separate, customisable controls for each wireless earpiece. Apple’s AirPods are more functional in iOS 11, thanks to new options found in the Settings app.
Open Settings on a connected iPhone or iPad, then choose Bluetooth. Find your AirPods in the list and tap the ‘i’ button to the right while connected. There you’ll find new control options, including the ability to set different controls for the left and right AirPod. For example, the left AirPod could be set to play or pause a track, while the right one could invoke Siri.

2/ Arrange, hide and delete Apple TV apps in tvOS 11 — If you’ve downloaded an app to your Apple TV, but don’t use it any more and are tired of seeing it take up space on the tvOS interface, you can move and hide apps with ease.
On your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, hold down the Touch surface until the app starts to jiggle.
To move the app on Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, swipe left, right, up, or down.
When you’re finished, press the Touch surface or press Select.
Repeat these steps to move other apps.
To delete an app: Highlight the app you want to delete.
Hold down the Touch surface or Select until the app starts to jiggle.
Then press the Play/Pause button and choose Delete or Hide.
Repeat these steps to delete other apps.

3/ Create folders in tvOS 11 — With a fourth or fifth generation Apple TV and tvOS 11, you can create folders in which you can collect similar apps. To create a folder:
Navigate to one app that you want in the folder.
Press down and hold the Siri Remote or Apple Remote to select the app. It will jiggle when selected.
Drag your finger lightly on the trackpad to move the app and hover over a second app that you wish to place in the same folder. A new folder will automatically appear.
Press the trackpad on the Siri or Apple remote to drop it into the newly created folder.
Press the Home button on the Siri Remote to go back to the Home screen in tvOS.

4/ Adjust your Move goal on the fly — Open the Activity app on the Watch itself and press with a little force on the screen shown at left, and you’ll see a couple of new options. Weekly Summary is pretty cool in and of itself, but the choice we need here is Change Move Goal.
Touch that, and you can use the plus and minus buttons to move your calorie target around.
When you’re satisfied, touch “Update,” and your new move goal will be applied. So you can start reaching for the stars! Or reaching for the couch, I guess, depending on which way you adjusted your goal.

5/ Activate the Flashlight Strobe and Red Light Modes —  Bring up the control panel as usual by swiping upwards from the bottom of the watch face. Look for the flashlight icon. Tap it. The first pane is the normal flashlight mode. It will pause briefly at low brightness, then change to a higher brightness. Swipe to the left on the watch face to get to the strobe mode. This is useful when you want to be noticed. For example, walking or running in the evening. Swipe one more time to the left to get to the red light mode. This is most useful when you need some light but want to retain your nighttime dark adaption. (Red light doesn’t affect your dark adaption.)
As usual, the three dots at the bottom of the display indicate where you are in the three modes.
The red light mode also has two levels of brightness. Thightfully shows the time of day. To change between two brightness levels in any mode, tap the center of the watch face. To exit, just press the Digital Crown.

MagBytes 91 is here with tips, tricks, news and views


Crikey, MagBytes 91 already!

MagBytes 91 is here, with all the news about Apple’s new iPhone 8s, the iPhone X, iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, new Apple TV, new Watch Series 3 and Apple TV, new operating systems for Watch and TV and more.
With a host of handy tips and three new products, this handy PDF reference should make your day.

Download it from this link ——>> Issue91September17