In the 'Bring your Busy Life Under Control using the iPad and iPhone', we look at lots of tips about how to make the most of your Apple mobile devices.
One of my favourite tips relates to how to avoid typing on the iPad and iPhone! It's amazing what you can achieve without having to hit those sometimes tiny keys. If your fingers are as fat and crooked as mine, you'll really appreciate this one.
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This week has seen another set of updates to the operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
All of the updates - iOS 10.3.2, MacOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.3 - bring some fixes and security updates, but no new features.
As usual, it is best to download and install these updates, as they keep you safe from security breaches.
Here is a Macworld article on this topic:
How up to date is your device? Is it protected from malicious attacks?
Apple's regular updates of operating systems iOS and MacOS can be hard to keep up with. Microsoft also regularly updates the Windows operating system.
For many iTandCoffee clients, limited internet plans makes it almost impossible to 'afford' the data required by these updates.
Added to that issue is that updates / upgrades can sometimes go wrong - what do you do if this happens.
All of the above mean that many users of technology are hesitant about proceeding with updates on their own.
Unfortunately, this can leave them vulnerable to malicious attacks like those described in the press recently, where downloading of a file from and email (or clicking link in an email) led the thousands of computers being infected with 'ransomware'.
Last week (on March 28th), Apple released another major update to to our iPhone and iPad operating system iOS - iOS 10.3. Hot on the heals of that major update came another update overnight on April 4th - a 'fix' release, iOS 10.3.1.
If you visit Settings -> General -> Software Update, you should notice that the latest version awaiting download and install is 10.3.1 (which will incorporate 10.3 if you hadn't already installed that update).
iOS 10.3/10.3.1 provide some new functionality, a major overhaul of the 'file system' that manages everything on your device, as well as some significant changes in the location of some very important Settings.
See later in this article for details of what is included in these latest updates.
Should you update now?
Updating to this latest iOS version can be done at any time, with a couple of major warnings that need to be heeded before proceeding.
Where have iCloud settings gone?
Having updated to iOS 10.3 on March 28th, I had not yet had a chance to review the changes that it brought.
I was therefore surprised this week when I went to Settings to look at my iCloud setup, and found that the iCloud settings were no longer where they used to be. Drat. More changes to iTandCoffee guides and presentations!
It took me some time to work out just where they had gone.
Your settings for iCloud are now found at the very top of the Settings screen.
You should see your name with an > on the right-hand side.
Tap on this to view all sorts of information about your Apple ID, payment method, iCloud, iTunes and App Store, Family Sharing, and the devices that are using your iCloud (as shown in the first image of this article).
What is in iOS 10.3 and 10.3.1?
Here is the information on iOS 10.3 and 10.3.1, provided by the Apple Support page.
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are being warned in press articles that an update to iOS 10 - iOS 10.2.1 - is now available and should be installed as soon as possible.
It is a security update that addresses some serious security risks in iOS 10, when using Safari and even in some Apps.
To apply this update, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update and choose 'Download and Install'.
Here is an article on this: Apple's iOS 10.2.1 fixes potentially devastating security bugs.
Make sure you are connected to WiFi and have sufficient charge before any such update.
At the Free Friday held last Friday (18/11) for iTandCoffee Club members, we covered part 2 of the Exploring the features of iOS 10 topic.
(Here is the video from that Free Friday session - for iTandCoffee Club members only.)
While going through all the great new features of iOS 10, there were some attendees who found that they did not have all the features that we were exploring.
For anyone with an iPhone 5 or 5C, certain features of iOS 10 are not available. Here is an article on this topic for anyone who has one of these iPhones.
Here is a useful article from Macworld with lots of information about iOS 10 - installing it, which devices are eligible to run iOS 10, and which of the older devices may struggle a bit with it.
In past versions of iOS 10, it was very easy to save one or more images that were attached to an email.
You simply pressed the 'Reply/Forward' symbol, and chose the Save Image option. Here is how it used to look.
I had not noticed until this past week that this Save Image option no longer appears in the 'Reply/Forward' list of options.
So how do you now save photos that you receive in your Mail to your Photos?
Just touch and hold on the image in the body of then email until you see the 'Share' menu pop up.
In the list of options along the bottom, you will see 'Save Image'.
If there are (say) 3 images you will also see 'Save 3 Images'.
Tap either of these options to save your photo (or photos) to your Photos library on the iPad or iPhone.
You will find that the saved image/s will be in your Photos app, and will be the last photo/s in your Camera Roll album (or in your All Photos Album, if you have turned on iCloud Photo Library).
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If you have like to keep your mail organised - by filing your mail in your own set of Mailboxes - iOS 10 has made your task just that much easier.
But let's rewind first, for those who have not yet discovered the joy of being able to organise all those emails.
iOS Mail includes the capability to set up folders/subfolders for mail, and to then move/file mail messages in this set of folders (known as Mailboxes).
We have previously covered how to do this in the handy hint for iTandCoffee Club members:
iOS 10 has now added a really handy new feature that I have found a great help when filing messages that are in my Inbox - making this task much quicker.
A new short video that shows how to create Mailboxes (and Mailboxes within Mailboxes), and highlights the new iOS 10 feature, has now been added to the members only area for iTandCoffee Club members.
See this new Handy Hint here:
Other iOS 10 features for Mail
For those of you who have been waiting for the go-ahead on iOS 10, it might now be time to think about updating.
On Oct 27, Apple released a 'major' update to iOS 10, iOS 10.1.
Then, hot on the heals of this iOS 10.1 release, Apple released a 'fix' for iOS 10.1 this week - so the latest version of iOS 10 is now (as at 5/11/16) iOS 10.10.1.
For those of you who had already installed iOS 10, 10.0.1, 10.0.2, 10.0.3 or 10.1, please do go ahead with this latest update, as there will be fixes for lots of little issues with the earlier releases of iOS 10 - as well as the new features described below.
For those who had not yet updated to iOS 10, I think that the upgrade and its updates have now 'bedded down' sufficiently for you to feel quite safe in going ahead with the update.
Below we look at some of the features that are worthy of mention in iOS 10.1 (and 10.1.1).
For anyone who is an iTandCoffee Club member, our next Free Friday on Nov 18th at 9am will be part 2 of 'Discovering the new features of iOS 10', where we will look at more of the great new features of iOS 10, and answer questions relating to iOS 10. Book here to reserve your place - seats are filling fast, so don't delay.
The video from the October Free Friday (where we looked at part 1 of 'Discovering the new features of iOS 10') is available here, for viewing by any iTandCoffee Club members who couldn't attend or who would like to refresh what we covered.
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I haven't had much time recently to have a close look at the new features of MacOS Sierra on my Mac, but one in particular really stood out to me when I was organising my photos.
It is a feature of the Photos app that allows you to search for 'things' in your photos. And the best thing is that is works in Photos on the iPhone and iPad too (in iOS 10).
I wanted to put together an Album of photos, one of photos of our cat and the other of our dog.
I found that I can now type dog into the search field to find all photos in my library that have a dog in them. Similarly, typing cat gives me all photos that have cats in them.
I found photos that I had so many forgotten photos existed in amongst my 30,000 photos!
I can look for animal, tree, water, house and all sorts of other 'things'.
Do you want to learn more about Photos on your iPad, iPhone or Mac?
For anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Photos app on the iPad, iPhone or Mac, we have some great classes coming up in November at iTandCoffee. Details of these classes can be found by selecting the below links.
Videos of these classes can be viewed on the iTandCoffee Website
For those who have already attended any of the above classes, a video of the class is be available on this website - to help you revise and refresh all the things you learned at the class/es.
If you are an iTandCoffee Club member, you can gain access to these videos FOR FREE - just email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your access.
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During the past week, Apple has released another 'fix' update for iOS 10.
Not much information is provided about the content of this update, apart from to say that it fixes some cellular issues with iPhone 7's. Here is Apple's 'update' page.
For those of you who are already on iOS 10, it is OK to go ahead and download and install this update as soon as you like.
For those who have not yet upgraded to iOS 10, it is now very much up to you whether you 'jump in' now and upgrade. The 'coast is pretty clear', as there an not really major problems with the release.
You might, however, find yourself a bit confused by some of the changes, especially when it comes to some 'navigation' changes. The most significant of these is the change to the 'Slide to unlock', which has caused a lot of confusion for many.
To assist with this, iTandCoffee now has a new iOS 10 guide available for purchase from the iTandCoffee shop - a guide that will help you to 're-orientate' yourself after upgrade to iOS 10.
It is the iOS 10 edition of the guide 'Introduction to the iPad and iPhone - A Guided Tour'.
If you are interested in purchasing a hard copy of this guide for $20, contact iTandCoffee on 1300 885 420 or email email@example.com.
This guide is also available for download as a PDF for $13.90. Here is the link to the relevant 'Store' page, if you would prefer to grab this digital version. It can be saved to your iBooks for reading on the iPad.
In a recent iTandCoffee article, the 'Raise to Wake' feature of iOS 10 was mentioned as a possible culprit for excessive battery drainage.
This feature (and potential problem) were discussed at the iTandCoffee Free Friday session on October 21st, where several people highlighted that they don't actually have that feature on their own iPhone.
Sorry for not having mentioned in the previous article that the 'Raise to Wake' feature is only available on newer iPhones - ie. the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus.
If it is still not working, it may be necessary to check another setting called Frequent Locations.
Visit Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations and make sure this setting is also On (green).
Let us know if you are still having problems
If none of the above suggestions seem to help fix your problem with this feature, just let iTandCoffee know in the comments below.
We will then look into it further, to see if there is any other known issue with this feature.
Sending the message Happy new year will send fireworks with your message! There are 3 other effects available at the moment - Confetti, Lasers, and Shooting Star. I am sure there will be even more in future.
I know you will be asking "How do I add these other effects to my Message?"
Here is a really good article that gives you step by step instructions.
Have fun playing with these new effects.
Are you hating the new 'Press home to unlock' feature of iOS 10? Here's how to go back to the 'old way' of unlocking with your fingerprint.
Find out more in this week's Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members. If you are a member, view this Handy Hint here››
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iOS 10 tips for iTandCoffee Club members
In the first week after downloading and installing iOS 10, I had a really frustrating experience, where my battery went from 18% to zero in a matter of seconds.
We were away for the weekend, and I had been taking lots of photos. My battery had been going down faster than usual, so that by about 4pm I got my first 'low battery' warning for the day.
We were nearly finished our sight-seeing, so I wasn't too worried about this, thinking I would still get in a few more photos. (Here are some from that day!)
I was taking a photo of a beautiful garden scene when my iPhone 6S Plus just died - one second I had 18%, then next I had nothing.
I tried turning it back on. When it came 'alive' again, it showed 30-something percent, then promptly died again, and wouldn't come back on until I charged it. Very strange.
The next day, we set out for another day of sight-seeing and I found that, once again, my battery was draining very quickly.
It was then that I realised that one of the new features of iOS 10 may have been the problem.
The 'Raise to wake' feature is enabled by default when you upgrade. This feature means that your screen comes on without any need to press a button - just by raising the phone.
This is normally a great feature. The problem was that I was walking around with my phone in my hand, and was therefore 'waking it up' at times that I didn't mean to. This was causing the screen to come on over and over when I wasn't using it.
Given that they device's display is one of the biggest users of the battery, I figured that the constant turning on of the display might be to blame - so I turned off the 'Raise to wake' in Settings -> Display and Brightness -> Raise to Wake.
This made a HUGE difference, and my battery survived the second day without a problem.
So, if you too are finding your battery is draining faster than usual after upgrading to iOS 10, try turning off this setting.
Feel free to leave a comment if you too have found battery problems after upgrade to iOS 10. I would love to hear if turning off this feature help your battery life too.
I have had lots of questions over the past fortnight about whether it is a good idea to update to iOS 10 on the iPad and iPhone, and to MacOS Sierra on the Mac.
While it is still early days for MacOS Sierra, iOS 10 has now been out for nearly 2 months.
Let's deal with iOS 10 first.
There are just so many occasions where I want to save the content of an email to somewhere other than one of my mailboxes on my iPhone or iPad.
For example, when I am arranging a trip, I like to keep all the confirmation emails in my Evernote, so that I can have everything relating to my trip stored in the one Notebook. This makes finding what I need SO easy.
To date, I have used a 'Premium' (i.e. paid!) feature of Evernote that allows me to 'forward' emails to my Evernote account.
While this has worked, in iOS 10 I have discovered a better way - one that does not require a 'Paid' subscription to Evernote, and that allows me to save ANY email as a PDF to Evernote, iCloud Drive, Notes or anywhere else that I choose.
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Our next FREE FRIDAY will cover 'What's New in iOS 10?'
The next Free Friday session is scheduled for Friday October 21st at 12:30. This one-hour session will have a 'topic of the day', which will be "What's new in iOS 10".
This members-only session is filling fast, so members should get their bookings in as soon as possible to avoid missing out.
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Readers of this blog will know that I recently featured a clever little device that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter, has 2 USB ports, and can store the location of where you park your car.Well, today I discovered that Apple has now rendered my nifty little device almost redundant with one of the new features of iOS 10.
My iPhone can now tell me where I parked my car - even without that additional device that I purchased! I can ask Siri 'Where is my car?'. How good is that!
This is just one of the features that I have found noteworthy in iOS 10.
Below are some others that I will definitely make use of - and I am sure there will be more to come, as I play with iOS 10 more and more. iTandCoffee Club members can tap/click on 'More Details›' for some of the items below to find out more about the feature. (If you are not yet a member, find out more about The iTandCoffee Club here.)
An upgrade to iOS for our iPhones and iPads is coming next week. Should you install it straight away?
You have most likely heard the news this week that Apple has announced its next iPhone model, as well as an next generation Apple Watch.
In addition to these new products, Apple also announced that its next major upgrade of iOS on hour iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. iOS 10 will be released on September 13th.
Here is information from local and international press about iOS 10 and what it will offer.
Is my device going to be able to be upgraded to iOS 10?
When should I upgrade?
As usual, iTandCoffee recommends that, unless you are super-keen the grab the 'latest and greatest', it is best to hold off for at least a couple of weeks (or perhaps longer) before downloading and installing the upgrade.
Quite often, the initial versions of an upgrade have teething problem - and you may prefer to allow other people to discover these problems and wait until Apple has released its subsequent 'update' release (or releases).
The fortnightly iTandCoffee newsletter will keep you updated on news of the stability (or otherwise) of iOS 10, and will provide a recommendation on when it is safe to go ahead and upgrade.
Apple has rushed out another security update for iOS (for our iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches), and has advised that devices should be updated as soon as possible.
iOS 9.3.5 apparently patches a potential security hole - one that, in reality, is unlikely to effect the likes of you and I, but one can never be too safe in this internet connected world.
Here is an article about this update from Macworld for those who want to read more:
"When used together, the exploits allow someone to hijack an iOS device and control or monitor it remotely. Hijackers would have access to the device’s camera and microphone, and could capture audio calls even in otherwise end-to-end secured apps like WhatsApp. They could also grab stored images, tracking movements, and retrieve files."
To apply this update, go to Setting -> General -> Software Update, and choose 'Download and Install' or "install'. Make sure you are connected to a WiFi network when you do this - updates cannot be done over 3G/4G.
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