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“The new iPad is built to inspire in the classroom and beyond” There’s something magical about Apple events – the whirring rumour mill in the build-up, the expectation in the auditorium and ultimately the Keynote itself that is delivered with precision and panache. As you know, Apple took an excursion to the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago for its latest reveal – the 9.7-inch iPad. This is the first non-Pro iPad to be compatible with the Apple Pencil, is powerful enough to multitask and showcase the very latest state-of-the-art AR apps, and is built to inspire in the classroom and beyond. We put the device through its paces and bring you the full report on page 50. Also this issue we solve all of your macOS High Sierra problems in our drop-in tech clinic and bring you the usual array of creative tutorials to help you get the most out of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, Apple TV and HomePod, including ways to clean your iCloud, how to make music in iOS 11 and the best methods of saving space on your iPhone and iPad – ideal for older models when storage is tight. Enjoy the issue!
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This issue, our iOS expert shows you how to make your HomePod more secure and connect it to your Apple TV, and finds out if Google Assistant is a valid alternative to Siri.
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Our creative expert demonstrates how to make the most of your iPhone’s Burst mode and apply awesome spot colour effects to your Final Cut Pro X movie projects.
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30 iMovie • Create more natural looking colours in your movie clips
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Clean up your iCloud – best ways to claim back essential space
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• Clean up your iCloud • Use Calendar and Automator to schedule your emails • How to completely empty a thumb drive • Master iTunes’ Visualizer • Use split-screen on your Mac
58 iOS • Master file management • Learn how to configure your iPhone and iPad backups • 10 ways to save space on iOS • Add GIFs to your emails • How to make your HomePod more secure • Use Google Assistant natively on your iPad • Make music on iOS 11 using Music Memos • Organise your TV bingeing with iShows TV
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reasons why you need iOS 11.3 right now
iOS 11.3 is packed with features to make your iOS device even better
Apple’s big news this month was of course its new iPad aimed at Microsoft and Google’s classroom market share, and we’ve packed this issue with everything you need to know about the fresh tablet. Under the radar then was the release of iOS 11.3 into the wild after months in development beta phase. This isn’t one of those incremental updates that just offers a couple of security patches, but a fullblown release that makes your iPhone and iPad even more powerful and even more useful. Don’t believe us? Here’s five killer reasons why you need to download iOS 11.3 right now… 8
1New AR experiences
iOS 11 became the world’s biggest AR platform when it was released to hundreds of millions of iOS users last year. Ever since, developers have been showcasing the platform’s amazing capabilities, building market-leading apps with Apple’s accompanying ARKit. Now they’ve got even more experiences to play with. With iOS 11.3, apps can now deliver AR experiences that use vertical surfaces like walls and doors, in addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, and more accurately map to irregularly shaped surfaces. Using advanced vision
techniques to recognise the position of 2D images such as signs, posters and artwork, ARKit can integrate these real-world images into AR experiences such as filling a museum with interactive exhibits or bringing a movie poster to life. And what’s even better is the view through your device’s camera now has 50 per cent greater resolution and supports auto-focus.
That’s not a real word we hear you say. Well, turns out it is. An amalgamation of animation and emoji no less. This new
“The new feature shows you the overall health of your battery and alerts you if it needs to be serviced”
The Battery menu in Settings now lets you see the overall performance of your battery.
5 Data and privacy Health Records is a new US feature that makes it easier to securely access your medical records.
feature is one for iPhone X users, but showcases exactly where Apple sees the world of emojis going. These four new animoji bring to life your own facial expressions as either a lion, bear, dragon or skull. The A11 Bionic chip and TrueDepth camera give users the ability to record and send Animoji messages (and even create Animoji karaoke videos) using their voice and more than 50 different facial muscle movements. Impressive stuff.
3 Battery performance
Apple’s relationship with its iOS batteries has been headline news in recent months, so it’s no surprise to see it add a new feature to your Settings app to boost transparency. The new feature, found in Settings>Battery and available on iPhone 6 handsets and later, shows you the overall health of your battery and alerts you if it needs to be serviced. Don’t forget that
Apple will replace any battery for a small fee if it fails a diagnostic test in 2018. Additionally, users can now see if the power management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, is on and can choose whether to turn it off.
4 Health Records
This is one for our army of US readers. The new Health Records feature in iOS 11.3 helps patients of more than 40 health systems, including Duke, NYU Langone, Stanford and Yale, view their medical records right from their iPhone. With these inclusions, patients have greater access to their medical information including lab results, medications, conditions and more. And fear not, Health Records data is encrypted and protected with a passcode. Which leads on to new feature number 5…
iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 introduce updated data and privacy information. A new privacy icon and detailed privacy information will pop up whenever Apple asks for access to personal information to enable features, secure Apple services or personalise an iOS experience. It’s a small thing, but it’s nice to know what’s going on in the background. Additional features include Business Chat, a new Messages feature providing users with a way to communicate directly with businesses, reach a live person to ask a question or make a purchase using Apple Pay. Apple Music now streams music videos uninterrupted by ads, News has a new video option in the For You section and the Apple TV app is going live in Brazil and Mexico. Pretty impressive stuff, right? Well, Apple isn’t stopping there. Initial developer betas for iOS 11.4 have been released already…
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Apple acquires digital magazine service Texture Apple news
Texture, the US equivalent of Readly, has been bought by Apple from Next Issue Media for an undisclosed fee. The service gives users unlimited access to their favourite titles for one monthly subscription fee. “We’re excited Texture will join Apple, along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. 10
The next generation of Apple’s operating systems will be unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which will this year be held in San Jose the week beginning June 4, 2018. This year will be the 29th developer conference Apple has hosted. It is traditionally the event when we get previews of the next versions of iOS,
macOS, watchOS and tvOS, but is also where developers discover what’s new in Apple APIs like SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and CoreML. Last year at WWDC Apple debuted ARKit, and since then, developers have embraced inventive ways to engage customers with virtual experiences overlaid in the real world. Apple has debuted products at WWDC before we’re not expecting anything this year.
Apple snap up top Google AI employee Apple news In the face of reports that suggest Apple’s digital assistant Siri is falling behind market leaders Google and Microsoft, the Cupertino giant has swooped to hire Google’s head of search and artificial intelligent unit,
John Giannandrea. In an email sent out to Apple employees, Cook had high praise for Giannandrea. “John shares our commitment to privacy and our thoughtful approach as we make computers even smarter and more personal,” he said.
It’s off to San Jose for this year’s eagerly-anticipated Worldwide Developer Conference
New Apple Watch bands releasedApple Watch Apple has released a new Spring-inspired range of Apple Watch bands, fuelling rumours new bands will be made available for every season. Naturally, the new range features vibrant colours and unique designs and is made for the standard Apple Watch as well as the Nike+ and Hermés models. This season’s updates include Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white with colour for a crisp, clean look, exclusive Nike bands that colourmatch with the latest Nike running shoes and a striking new paint colour for Apple Watch Hermés bands. These new bands are available now.
New Apple ID site to launch Apple news
It’s hard to ignore Facebook’s fall from grace with regards to what it does with your personal information, so it’s no surprise to hear that Apple is working on a new Apple ID site that will let users download a copy of all the personal information Apple holds about them. Users will be able to download data like their contacts, photos and much more. According to Bloomberg, Apple also plans to allow users to permanently delete an Apple ID. The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25. 185
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potlight, Apple’s in-house search engine that is built into all of its products is surprisingly versatile, a lot more so than you would think. Rather than using it to find files and documents on your Mac or iOS device, it can also be used as a bottomless pool of knowledge. Here’s how to get the most out of it on your device.
Quick and easy tools 1
One of the best things about Spotlight is that you can get it to perform the tasks of specific apps on your iPhone without launching the respective app. You’ll be surprised at how much time it can save you but you may need to set it up first.
1 Go to Settings
Go to Settings>Siri & Search and then scroll down to the various apps that use search. Tap each one you want to add.
2 Enable search
When you tap on an app the ‘Search & Siri Suggestions’ option will be visible. Make sure it is enabled to include the app.
3 Start using app
Once an app has been enabled, such as Calculator, it will be added to search results. In this case you can do sums.
Finding local businesses 2
What’s impressive about Spotlight on iOS is that it is linked with other apps, such as Maps so that when you search for a specific place, like a local business, you can get essential info and even directions instantly.
1 Start searching 2 Tap result
3 Get directions
1 Check weather 2 Check flights
3 Define words
Swipe to access Spotlight and then enter the name of a local business into the search field and press ‘Search’.
Results will appear as you type. Tap on the results under the ‘Maps’ category for a pop-up information box.
As well as opening hours and the address, you can also tap ‘Directions’ to be taken straight to the business.
Make full use of your Spotlight 3
Since the release of macOS High Sierra, your Mac’s Spotlight search has been given added versatility to search for a variety of things well beyond your Mac. Here are just some of the cool things you can do with it.
If you want a quick weather report for your local area then just type ‘weather’ into Spotlight and you’ll get a ten-day forecast.
For holidays, if you want the latest flight information then type in your flight number. It can also handle currency conversions.
Rather than going to websites like dictionary.com, you can type in any word preceded by ‘define’ to get a definition.
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