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Apple has made the task of choosing a new iPhone that much harder this year, with the announcement of the release of 3 new phones - the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (where the X is pronounced 'ten').
Normally I would upgrade to the latest iPhone as soon as it arrives, so that I can provide informed commentary on its capabilities.
So I could order the iPhone 8 Plus now, to replace my 12 month old iPhone 7 Plus. I'm just not sure that the iPhone 8 is a big enough improvement on the iPhone 7 for me to justify the expense so will skip this upgrade.
Here's an article from Macworld that compares these two phones:
So the next question then is whether I will purchase the iPhone X, which will be available for pre-order on October 17, and available from November 3?
Is it a good idea to get the 'first generation' version of this new type of iPhone, or should I wait until they refine it and then get the next version.
The price difference between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X will be about $350 (for the 256GB model that I would get) - $1579 vs $1829.
That makes the iPhone X only $150 cheaper than what I would pay for a 256GBN MacBook Pro 13in at JB HiFi today. (JB has a 10% discount on Macs until Sunday July 24th.)
Here's an article from Macworld about these two phones, and why you might consider the 8 instead of the X.
It's such a lot of money to spend on a phone! I'm glad I have a few more weeks to think about this!
iOS 11 was released a few days ago, on Tuesday September 19th, and it is full of fantastic new features.
We will be providing more details on many of these features over the next weeks and months, so keep an eye on this iTandCoffee Blog.
I have downloaded and installed iOS 11 and have been using it for on my iPhone 7 Plus for the past few days.
For those keen to upgrade at this early stage, iOS 11 does seem relatively stable (so far - touch wood!).
Everything seems to be working well on both my iPhone 7 Plus and iPad Pro.
I did find that the Notes app kept crashing on the iPad last night, but a forced reboot fixed this.
And I must say that I LOVE so many of the new features on the iPad - the new Dock, the changes to multi-tasking and split screen functionality, the ability to drag and drop, the new iPad keyboard and more
What is in iOS 11?
I have compiled a very long list of the new features and changes that have arrived with iOS 11.
iTandCoffee Club members can view this list by selecting the button below. (If you are not yet a member of the iTandCoffee Club, find out more here.)
We discussed these new features and changes at the club's Free Friday on Friday 22nd September at iTandCoffee. (We may probably repeat this season in October as well, depending on level of interest.)
If you are interested in seeing a short video of what a session like this is like, watch the start of the September Free Friday session here:
The full video of the Free Friday session is available below, for iTandCoffee Club members* who were unable to attend and would like to learn more about iOS 11.
* Plus, Online and Premium plan members only
Should you upgrade to iOS 11 yet
My recommendation to most iTandCoffee clients and subscribers would be to wait a couple of weeks (at least) for the 'dust to settle' on iOS 11, and to see if an early update is released to fix problems found by the 'early adopters' (like me!).
I will report again in the next newsletter (around Oct 8) on whether the 'coast is clear' to go ahead with the upgrade.
If you ARE thinking about going ahead with the upgrade before then, here are some things to consider.
Do you have Exchange, Office 365, or Outlook.com
If you have an Exchange, Office 365 or Outlook.com mail account, you may want to hold off.
There is a known problem with sending mail and replying to mail in the native Mail app - a problem that both Microsoft and Apple are aware of, and working on.
Battery performance issues after upgrade
If you do upgrade, you may notice degraded battery performance at first, as your device busily does a heap of 're-indexing' and other background processing and updates following the upgrade.
My battery is definitely draining faster than usual at the moment - but I am hoping this will settle down in the next couple of days.
Have you done a backup?
As always, make sure you have a complete, recent backup before you proceed with this upgrade. This can either be an iCloud backup, or an iTunes backup.
iTandCoffee can help you with this if you are not sure how.
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iTandCoffee has been very busily re-recording the video tutorials from the 'Getting to Know your Mac' class series. These tutorials cover all the topics that are presented in the regular class series that we run at iTandCoffee - PLUS many extra topics that we don't get time to cover during those face-to-face classes.
We are very proud of this new set of videos, which offer a great way to learn about your Mac.
A popular tip from the Getting to Know Your Mac class series
A particular topic from the Files, Folders and Finder class in this series always gets a lot of appreciative comments from those present.
It covers how you can easily 'preview' files in Finder without having to open the file.
Here is the topic tutorial from that class, available for anyone to view:
We are about 70% through recording of the Getting to Know Your Mac video tutorials - you can see the full set of what is currently available here.
Here are some more sample video tutorials
If you are interested in getting a further taste of the style and content of our Mac video tutorials, here are some samples for you.
From Class 1: A Guided Tour of the Mac
In part 1 of the 4-class series, we go on a 'guided tour' of the Mac so that you can find your way around, and find the things you need. We look at preferences, key areas, features and options, and more - a great way to get started!
From Class 2: Files, Folders and Finder
In part 2 of the 4-class series, we look at managing all your files on your Mac. Get a better understanding of your Finder app, as we look at where to store your files, how to organise them, how to view, share, ad print them, and more.
From Class 3: Backups, Apps and Preferences
In part 3 of the 4-class series, we look at backing up your Mac to protect your data, managing and navigating application 'Windows', and an overview of some of the key apps - Safari, Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
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I was on a website yesterday that started one of those annoying videos that automatically plays.
I really dislike the intrusion of the noise of these videos, and the waste of my internet data that goes with streaming them.
While I can simply 'mute' the autoplay video - by clicking the little speaker symbol that appears in the Safari address bar (on the right) - I would rather completely stop these videos from playing automatically.
In MacOS High Sierra, there will be a setting that makes it easy to turn off this 'autoplay' for each page you visit.
But if you can't wait for High Sierra, there is a way to turn off 'autoplay' on earlier versions of MacOS (or OS X).
Here is an article that describes how to do this.
It definitely works! I have enjoyed the peace and quiet it has brought to my own web browsing!
If you are a viewer of the ABC's 7:30 program, you might have seen a story on Wednesday 13/9/17, part of which was filmed at the iTandCoffee shop in Glen Iris. It featured one of our gorgeous clients, Wilma Grogan.
For anyone who missed it, here is the link to the video and transcript of the story on the 7:30 website.
The story was about the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, and Wilma represented the 'savvy seniors' who are getting into technology because of the iPhone.
Below are some pictures taken during filming.
Thanks so much to Natalie, Maria, Ann and Marijke who also joined in the fun of filming. Sorry you didn't all make the 'final cut' that went to air.
And thanks especially to Wilma - you are such a star!
Disappointing that there was no mention of the iTandCoffee name (or anything else about iTandCoffee), but it was a great experience despite that.
This one nearly made me click! Have a close look at these emails (click to enlarge) and see if you can spot the differences - the things that indicate that one is a fake.
Having only recently received a real email from ASIC about the renewal of the iTandCoffee business name, I really had to look twice (and three times) at the 'same' email that I received this week.
Given that I have registered two business names, my initial reaction was to believe that the email was real. Can you tell which one is real?
Working out which is legitimate
But, as I always do with any email before clicking on any links or opening/downloading any files, I had a look at who the email was from (by clicking on the email address) - and it was definitely not ASIC.
The address attempted to look like an ASIC address - firstname.lastname@example.org - so could easily catch out many people.
Another giveaway was that there was no mention of my name, or business name in the email - it seemed very generic.
I also used the 'Quick Look' feature in my Mac Mail to preview the web page associated with the 'Pay now' link. (Hover to the right of the link and click the 'down-arrow'. You can also just hover the mouse over the link to see what website it links to. On the iPad or iPhone, hold your finger on the link to see a screen that shows the link's website address at the top.)
And boy, did the preview look authentic. But the giveaway was that the website shown at the top (see the red arrow above) was NOT ASIC.
What would have happened if I 'clicked'?
In fact, the 'Pay now' link did actually 'redirect' to the real ASIC website (after first taking me to the eoaclk.com website). Obviously the scammers want you be believe they are ASIC, so that you will click the 'renewal notice' link a bit further down.
Clicking the 'renewal notice' link would have downloaded malware, a virus, or even ransomware - so I dared not click it on my Mac to find out which! (I could see on my iPhone that this link would have downloaded a ZIP file to the computer - I'm sure containing all sorts of 'nasties'.)
Here is the article on the ASIC website, describing this scam.
Be alert to scam emails like this. Always be sure the sender is legitimate before clicking any link or downloading/opening any file in an email.
Do you need further help?
We have a free video that demonstrates how to detect a fake email - here is the link:
If you need further help in assessing whether an email is real or a fake, you can forward the email to iTandCoffee (at email@example.com) and we will check it for you to let you know if it is safe.
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If you are a regular reader of this iTandCoffee blog/newsletter, you will know that we finally had our NBN connection completed at the start of August - nearly 6 months after it was first supposed to be connected.
I must say that we have remained very impressed with the speed that we get from our new NBN HFC connection - download speeds of around 100Mbps and upload speeds of up to 40Mbps. A huge improvement on our ADSL line.
Did we speak too soon?
But this week saw the iTandCoffee shop without internet for 1½ days.
On the first day, visiting the Telstra Service Status webpage showed that there was an 'outage' in our area.
Thank goodness for my Personal Hotspot!
As frustrating as that is, there is not much anyone can do in that situation - other than regularly checking to see when the service is back online, and using your mobile phone's 'personal hotspot' temporarily to provide internet connectivity.
(Here's a past article on this: Lend your mobile internet to your Wi-Fi only device - using your Personal Hotspot)
Even the backup 'dongle' failed!
In saying this, as a business customer, we had a mobile backup device attached to our Telstra modem - one that was supposed to 'cut in' whenever the NBN service was not working.
Unfortunately, this mobile device failed to work. It turned out that this was because the technician who visited in August had installed the wrong SIM card in that mobile device.
Diagnosing and fixing this problem involved over 2 hours on the phone with Telstra on the first day of our outage.
While this mobile backup 'dongle' could provide internet to a couple of attached devices in our building, it could not handle the number of Wi-Fi devices we needed to connect so was not really workable. So we resorted to hotspotting.
Day 2 Woes
On the next day, however, the Telstra Service Status showed there was no outage in our area. This meant that, supposedly, we should have internet again.
Given that we had a class that morning, we very pleased to see this!
Unfortunately, we very occasionally had internet - very, very slow - but it kept cutting in and out. It was not usable.
We figured the problem must be at our end, so went through all the requisite steps of restarting our various devices and then checking our connection again. Still no good.
Yet another call to Telstra
A call to Telstra just before the class (after a 15 minute wait on hold) confirmed there was no Telstra outage. Further pressing about our issue revealed that there was, however, an NBN upgrade underway for our area - and that this would most like be the cause of our problems.
When I asked the Telstra representative why the information about the NBN upgrade (and its impact) was not showing on the Telstra Service Status web page, he said that this was because it was nothing to do with Telstra! Telstra did not have have an outage, and was not doing an upgrade. Go figure.
On that merry-go-round again
When I asked how long the outage was likely to be (due to the upgrade by NBN), the Telstra rep told me I would need to contact NBN.
I did go to the NBN website to look for a number or a web page. On that website it said that, for any faults and outages, I had to contact my internet provider.
Around and around I was being sent again, in yet another frustrating example of how NBN and Telstra 'pass the buck' to each other.
More time on the phone to Telstra
I called back Telstra (after a class with no internet), and waited another 15 minutes to be connected. The next representative confirmed that there was no way of contacting NBN about such an upgrade, but that NBN did provide that information to Telstra (and other retailers).
Again I pressed him about why this information was not on the Telstra website, and got the same response as previously - not a Telstra upgrade or fault!
He told me that he could see that this NBN upgrade would be in progress until September 13th (and we were having problems on September 7th!)
So we just had to wait it out.
Great news (not) for a business that is completely reliant on an internet connection.
Finally! It's back!
We finally got back a workable internet connection at 2pm on the second day, and have not been impacted since.
I just wonder at the volume of calls to the Telstra call centre that could have been avoided by simply showing on the website the information that they had available to them.
And my 4-5 hours over two days spent on the issue and on the phone to Telstra could have, once again, been used for more productive purposes!
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Today we were discussing kids and technology, and the issue of teenage sleep being disrupted by technology. In particular, the discussion was around the impact of screen brightness on sleep.
Melbourne psychologist Tena Davies writes about this in her blog article: Night time technology use and sleep.
A key suggestion Tena makes is to be sure that all iPhones and iPads in your household use a feature called 'Night Shift' at night.
The Night Shift feature changes the colour spectrum of your iPhone's/iPad's screen to a warmer, less blue 'temperature'.
It is not just teenagers who benefit from using this feature.
I had a client recently who told me she had found she could not read at night on her iPad because of the impact the device's light had on her sleep pattern. She would find herself waking up very shortly after falling asleep.
After showing her the Night Shift feature, she was able to once again use her iPad for reading at night - it made all the difference!
Once you have used the Night Shift feature at night, you will be amazed at how bright the screen looks when it is not in Night Shift mode.
Setting up Night Shift on your iPad and iPhone
Night Shift can be set up to turn itself on and off according to a schedule.
This is done in Settings -> Display and Brightness -> Night Shift.
Slide the Scheduled setting to On (green), then set the from and to time that you would like Night Shift to start and end.
You can also adjust the Colour Temperature slider if needed. I just leave mine at the 'maximum warmth' setting. You can see in the image above the difference in the screen lighting.
Night Shift can also be manually turned on and off at any time during the day from the Control Centre (accessed by swiping up from below the bottom of the screen).
You have probably seen all the press recently about the big event that Apple has scheduled for September 12th (or 13th Aussie time).
At this event, Apple will be launching the next iPhone, or series of iPhones. The rumour mill is predicting a brand new phone that will be called the iPhone 8, iPhone X, or iPhone Edition. Also predicted are updated versions of the iPhone 7 (perhaps a 7S and 7S Plus).
Other rumours suggest there may be a new Apple Watch launched as well.
So if you are thinking of purchasing an Apple product, it may be worth waiting to see what is announced on Wednesday - and to hopefully get cheaper pricing for the superseded devices.
Operating systems are also about to be updated
Also expected to be launched on that date (or shortly after) will be updates to all of the Apple operating systems -
Will all existing devices be able to be upgraded?
Not every iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac will be able to be updated to the latest version of the applicable operating system. Here is the list of compatible devices:
iOS 11 will be able to run on
macOS High Sierra will be able to run on
How to find the year and model of your Mac, iPhone or iPad
If you are curious to find out the year your Mac was made, you can enter your device's serial number on this Apple page:
If you don't know how to work out the serial number, here is an Apple Support page that tells you where to find it:
For iPads and iPhones, here are another couple of pages that help identify the model of your device
Should you install the upgrades straight away?
While these new operating systems will be available for free shortly after the announcements on Sept 13, I would recommend 'holding fire' on downloading and installing these upgrades - for a few weeks at least.
The first release of an operating system upgrade will often be a bit 'buggy', so it is best to let others discover those problems and wait for fixes to be released.
Needless to say, iTandCoffee will download and install the upgrades as soon as they are released, and will let you know via the fortnightly newsletter when 'the coast is clear' to download and install.
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If you are a user of macOS Sierra, you may have unintentionally turned on a new feature from Apple, one that allows you to store your Desktop and Documents folders in iCloud Drive.
This does have a couple of great benefits:
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