Club member Kate S has asked how she can watch an instructional DVD using her Mac - a newer iMac that doesn't have a slot for CD's and DVD's!
There's a simple and relatively inexpensive solution to this for any computer that does not have a built-in CD/DVD drive.
This query came from a client this week, whose 16GB iPad had filled up.
He wanted to know if it is possible to 'plug in' something to add to the storage capacity of the iPad.
The quick answer is that no, there is no way to extend the internal storage capacity of the iPad (or iPhone). You are stuck with the storage capacity that you purchased, so it is very important to ensure you purchase adequate storage right from the start.
It is therefore very important to know how to manage the storage of your device - how to remove the apps and content that you don't really need. Below is a link to a handy hint in the iTandCoffee club's Handy Hint Library (for members of The iTandCoffee Club).
Having said that there is no way to expand the internal storage of the iPad and iPhone, I should mention that there IS a way of using an external device to 'offload' some of your device's photos and videos.
It can also offer a great solution accessing movies, photos and other files without having to store them permanently on you iPad or iPhone. When you are on holidays, it offers a way of backing up your photos from your iDevice.
The device is call an iXpand Flash drive, by SanDisk. I have one of these myself, and love it.
It can plug into the USB port of a computer, or the lightning connection on the iPad or iPhone.
I love it so much and have had so much interest in it from the various clients that I have shown, that we have purchased a batch of these devices.
We have them for sale at the shop for $75. The price for iTandCoffee Club members is discounted to $70.
If you are interested in purchasing one, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 885 420.
How cute is this!
Here is a charger for your Apple Watch that looks like an old Mac computer from the 80's - one that I remember using in my job in about 1986, to draw flow charts and other diagrams!
Here's an article that provides more details about this cute accessory.
There has been such a lot of press about the iPhone 7's lack of headphone jack. Yesterday, was the first day that I put one of the key issues to the test.
We were hosting an event at our home, and I had prepared a playlist using Apple Music that would run for about 5 hours.
The problem was that I needed to plug my iPhone into our stereo speakers to play this music, so would not be able to charge the phone at the same time. I was concerned that I should have planned ahead and purchased an adaptor.
(I could have used Airplay to stream the music over Wi-Fi so that I could charge at the same time, but this can be flakey when the microwave is on! We had catering happening in the kitchen, so this would have caused the music to cut in and out while zapping things, which is annoying.)
Would my battery die during the 5 hours of music playing?
Something that I have not seen mentioned in the press when talking about the missing headphone jack is that playing music from your iPhone 7 uses so little battery (when that's all your device is doing, of course)!
All those hours of music playing last night only used a few % of battery. I was amazed.
Now, I know that the combined charging and earphone port would cause a problem when watching videos using headphones for an extended period. But that is something I would rarely do on my iPhone.
For now, I am not going to rush out and get that adaptor - I don't think I'll need it.
But if I do decide to get one like that shown here from Belkin, it will set me back about $40.
Did you see this accessory described by an article in The Age on Saturday 23rd July?
It was in the Technology section (of which I am an avid reader - sad, I know), so you may have missed it!
It is a two port USB charger for your car that can automatically 'talk' to your smart phone and 'tell it' to store details of where you parked.
When are looking for your car, the corresponding App (allegedly) gives you directions back to your car.
I have ordered one today at a cost of $39.48, which includes delivery, so that I can try it out and see if it really does work well. I will report back soon on my findings, so stay tuned.
If anyone else is interested in getting this device, here is the link of the online store from which I purchased. But maybe wait until I report back on findings before outlaying nearly $40 for it.
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23/4/2016 0 Comments
If you struggle with storage on your iPad and iPhone and would like the option of easily 'offloading' some its content to an external storage device, then this may be something that interests you.
I saw this week that a new SanDisk device has been released that has a 'lightning' adaptor - so that it can connect to your iPad and iPhone.
Apparently, they have also updated the app that goes with it, so that there are a lot of new capabilities associated with this device - capabilities that are very limited on similar devices (one of which I have trialled recently and found quite limited, especially when it comes to videos.)
Here is a link to an article about this product
UPDATE AUGUST 2017: I have a couple of these now and LOVE them. They are in a purse in my bag and travel with me everywhere. They are great for storing files and photos, and for transferring between my i-Devices and computer.
If you are interested in purchasing on of these special USB sticks, iTandCoffee has a limited quantity in stock at The iTandCoffee Shop in Glen Iris (34 High Street). Visit our website store for more information.
Hopefully you all saw the article published a few weeks back, about the recall of faulty Apple power adaptor. Here it is, just in case.
I must say that I have been a bit slack, and not replaced my own faulty power adaptors - mainly due to a lack of available time to get to an Apple Store or and an Apple Certified repairer.
Well, there is another option for replacing the faulty adaptors that doesn't even involve leaving the house.
A replacement can be ordered online - here is the link to the relevant Apple web page.
You will need to supply the Serial Number of your Apple device. Here's how to work this out.
I spoke to a client just this week who had used this online service, and found it extremely easy and convenient.
If you haven't yet swapped your adaptor, why not give this a go.
I tried it myself today, but got the below message for every older iPad and iPhone that I tried. Let me know if you manage to succeed where I have failed!
Something tells me that the 'Geniuses' at Apple are going to be heavily booked over the next few weeks and months.
I wonder if Apple Stores will have enough stock to service the adaptor replacement needs of so many people!
Now I need to go on a search of my home and office, to track down each of the the dodgy adaptors in our possession, and pay a visit to Apple.
Alternatively, I might go to one of Apple's registered re-sellers, such as Pentagon Digital, at 546 Whitehorse Rd, Surrey Hills VIC 3127.
Perhaps phone Pentagon first (9895 2960) to make sure they have some replacement adaptors in stock - at the time of writing this article (1/2/16), Pentagon is waiting for more stock to arrive mid to late this week.
28/11/2015 2 Comments
Are you constantly battling a full iPad or iPhone, struggling to free up storage so you can download new apps or take photos and videos?
Do you need a way of 'offloading' photos and videos without needing to use a computer or 'the cloud'?
Would you perhaps like to take a heap of kids movies away on a holiday to keep them entertained, but don't have room to store them on your iPad and iPhone
I really love my iPhone 6 Plus, which is coming up for its first birthday.
On Thursday this week, Apple announced a newer version of this phone (and of the iPhone 6), called the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, which will be available in stores from Sept 25th.
Pre-orders open today (Saturday 12th) at 5:01pm.
Here is an article from The Australian today, outlining the features of this latest/greatest phone from Apple.
For those of you who don't want to read the full article, here is a quick summary of the new features.
The question for me is, are the new features offered by the 6S sufficient to warrant an upgrade - especially given that the price of the 64GB equivalent to my current phone will be a whopping $1379. That's nearly the same price as a 13in Macbook Air with 128GB!
Pricing for outright purchase
At the time of writing this article, there is no news on any price reduction for earlier model iPhones. Presumably, this will be announced of the next few days. That's be a topic for next week's newsletter.
Pricing for iPhone 6S on a plan
Telcos announced their pricing for plans for the new iPhone 6S after 5pm on Saturday 12/9/15.
For those interested in a comparison of the plans on offer from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - including ALL models of iPhone currently available from these Telcos - check out the below article just put together by iTandCoffee.
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