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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.

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.

Tuesday Talk ~ Not on my watch


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Is it time to admit Apple Watch is a success? Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated the last holiday period was the company’s “best quarter ever” for Apple Watch, both in units and revenues, “with holiday demand so strong that we couldn’t make enough.” Yet the tech community seems to think it’s not doing well, or even that it’s a failure.
John Gruber just thinks it should be considered a watch, rather than a ‘smartwatch’. In September last year, Gruber points out, Apple Watch sales were second only to Rolex. Strangely, perhaps, when I tried the first version of the Apple Watch, what put me off was the lag in many operations. Once I had to send a unit back, I found the thing I missed the most was having the time on my wrist at all, so I went out and bought a watch which cost me just NZ$100 (about US$73). Couldn’t be happier.
Of course, I never got to try the second version of the Watch (Series 2), so I never got to compare. Which at least spared me from spending another few hundred dollars on something with an Apple logo on it. What did impress me was superb build quality and very clever design, I loved being able to choose my Watch faces, and I loved the wonderful ease of changing straps – still a finicky mission on a normal watch.
I figured I would have got used to all the great features if it wasn’t for those little lags that, eventually, stopped me even trying to do things, although I understand the latest versions are significantly faster, by up to 50%. But if you’re still not satisfied even after updating to watchOS 3, which also added speed enhancements, it is possible to speed a Watch up via various settings.
Series 2 has its own GPS which means you don’t have to have your iPhone on you to track fitness etc – this never actually bothered me as I cycle and walk with my iPhone in my pocket anyway.

But hey, I’m not wearing an Apple Watch. I’m wearing a Timex Weekender. What about you?

iPhone call logs, new CarPlays, US-made iPhones, Watch sleep app


Bodymatter has made an automatic sleep-tracking app
Bodymatter has made an automatic sleep-tracking app

Apple automatically uploading iPhone call logs to iCloud, reckons forensics firm — Any iPhone user with iCloud Drive enabled is having their call logs automatically uploaded to Apple servers —without their consent, and whether or not they have backups enabled, a Russian security firm said on Thursday. [Hands up who trusts Russian ‘forensics firms’.]
Apple has released a statement about this:
 “We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices. Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data. That’s why we give our customers the ability to keep their data private. Device data is encrypted with a user’s passcode, and access to iCloud data including backups requires the user’s Apple ID and password. Apple recommends all customers select strong passwords and use two-factor authentication.”

Audi, Kia & Genesis announce new vehicles ready for Apple’s CarPlay — Several automakers have announced new CarPlay-ready vehicles in anticipation of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, among them Kia, and luxury brands Audi and Genesis. [Genesis?! Never heard of it. It’s a US company, apparently.]

Foxconn reportedly studying the possibility of making iPhones in the US — Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the US, according to Japanese website Nikkei Asian Review. [Trump that.]

Sleep Watch by Bodymatter — This the first and only sleep monitoring app for Apple Watch that lets users collect their sleep statistics without the need to open apps at bedtime or upon rising. The app automatically detects and monitors estimated sleep time, awake time, sleeping heart rate and sleep quality while allowing  users to manually adjust their results to more accurately track their patterns. Sleep Watch for Apple Watch and iPhone is  available now for download from the App Store for NZ$7.49/US$4.99.

No-wires Beats, Dark Knight, Watch emergency services


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Apple’s Beats debuts celebrity-laden ad promoting new wireless headphones — Apple-owned Beats has premiered a new video ad on Twitter, promoting the brand’s latest wireless headphones: the BeatsX, Solo3 Wireless, and Powerbeats3 Wireless. Set to the Pinocchio song I’ve Got No Strings by Disney —a major Apple business partner — the ad otherwise features a montage of celebrities wearing the products, including musicians DJ Khaled, Pharrell Williams, and Nicki Minaj, and actors Rebel Wilson and Steve Buscemi.

Decide the Dark Knight’s fate in the compelling Batman: The Telltale Series — Telltale’s choose-your-own-adventure game approach has become a formula, but it’s a reliably strong one that seems to work with nearly any kind of story. It really soared with The Walking Dead, which has spanned two core seasons (with a third starting next month) and a spinoff mini-series, but has since been applied to everything from Game of Thrones to Minecraft: Story Mode. Now The Dark Knight is the star of his own Telltale series: a five-part affair that lets you play as both Batman and Bruce Wayne as you navigate an original storyline that deviates sharply from the classic comic narratives.

Fox ’toon characters in game — The Quest for Cards uses some truly surprising source material: the characters and jokes from five different Fox cartoon series. [Isn’t Trump a Fox cartoon character?]

How to get help in an emergency with your Apple Watch — Apple Watch has SOS feature in watchOS 3. Unfortunately, this only works if your iPhone is nearby. If it is, you can call emergency services this way: press and hold the side button on your watch until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
Continue to hold down the side button. Wait for a countdown to begin and an alert to sound. You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider.
When the countdown ends, your watch automatically calls emergency services. [Does anyone know if this works in New Zealand? I don’t have an Apple Watch.]

iPod touch or iPad mini? Amazing apps, Watch, Podcasting milestone


(Image: Apple In's NZ iPod touch page.)
(Image: Apple Inc’s NZ iPod touch page.)

New iPod touch or iPad mini? Apple’s new iPod touch, which packs the same A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is an exceptionally compelling product, and one that could force prospective iPad mini buyers to think twice about their decision. AppleInsider compares and contrasts Apple’s best iPod and smallest iPad. [Surely it comes down to which screen size is better for you?]

Apple spotlights ‘amazing apps’ in latest ‘If it’s not an iPhone’ ad — As part of Apple’s new iPhone ad blitz, the company on Sunday released a 30-second spot highlighting user access to the iOS App Store and its more than 1.5 million titles, reminding consumers that “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.”

“Why the Apple Watch actually is my most personal Apple device” — After delivering so many products that do such great things, it can be strange to have a product that excels at doing so little [gosh, it sounds like the NZ National Party]. And that’s what makes the Apple Watch so great. Meanwhile, its customer satisfaction even surpasses iPhone and iPad at 97%.

More than 80% of mobile podcast listeners use Apple’s iOS devices — Amid a surge in podcasting popularity, new data suggests that Apple continues to dominate the online broadcasting industry it helped create, with more than 8 out of every 10 podcast listeners using the company’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to tune in.

Watch, Watch-bands, Human Interface Guidelines, Ulysses for iPad


Apple has added to the Human Interface Guidelines for Apple Watch
Apple has added to the Human Interface Guidelines for Apple Watch

Over a week after launch, Apple Watch still draws long line of buyers at Colette in Paris — It’s been over a week since retail sales of Apple Watch began at a select few boutique stores around the world. In Paris, an exclusive location for obtaining one is still managing a line of over 70 people waiting to buy.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, new Interface Guidelines — Apple’s new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

Ulysses for iPad 2.0 review: powerful, feature-filled text editor hampered by file sync — The app’s developer has updated the OS X app to version 2 and introduced an iPad app. The US$20 Ulysses for iPad attempts to reproduce the OS X experience — interface and features — on an iPad, and does so quite well.