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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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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…
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.
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The Baattery 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
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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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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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lthough often meticulously trialled, bug-tested and deemed good to go, sometimes a mass roll-out of a new Mac operating system can stir up previously unnoticed gremlins that hamper certain areas in one way or another. Apple usually addresses early teething problems with more updates to enhance
and bolster the macOS still further (the latest being 10.13.3), but these won’t always fix everything. Though it is a secure and stable environment in which to create great things and manage the more mundane aspects of life with ease, you may still encounter odd issues with macOS High Sierra. As with all technology, there will be times when problems occur and you
need a little help to get things working as they should… which is where we come in. We hope to be able to offer solutions to your common problems and also those that are quite rare, with an emphasis on getting everything sorted in double-quick time so that you can go back to enjoying your Mac safe in the knowledge that if it happens again, you will have the answers you need.
Is your macOS up to date? How to quickly check you are running the latest macOS Since it was released on 25 September, macOS High Sierra has had three updates to fix various issues that users encountered. If you are still experiencing any
problems then your first port of call should be to ensure you are running the latest version (10.13.3). Here’s how you can check…
Update your Mac
1 Click Apple menu
Click on the Apple menu to the far-left of the menu bar and select ‘About This Mac’. The Overview tab will tell you what version of macOS High Sierra is running.
2 Software Update
Click on ‘Software Update’ and your Mac App Store app will open to check for updates. You can also go straight to the App Store and click on the ‘Updates’ tab.
3 Download and update
If a macOS update is available it will appear here, along with the relevant information. Simply click on the ‘Update’ button to download and install the update.
Connection issues How can I identify problems with my Mac? To troubleshoot macOS problems you need to understand what is in your Mac and what exactly you are dealing with. There is one place where you can look to find out all of the technical information you need to start fixing any
issues that may arise and within it you will also be able to spot some problems immediately. All you have to do to get started is click on the Apple menu, which is situated in the top-left corner of the screen, to the far-left of the menu bar.
The main panel
In the ‘File’ menu you can also send information to Apple so it can help you troubleshoot remotely, refresh all of the data and even speak the serial number if required. There’s a lot to help you here.
Click the Apple icon top left and ‘About This Mac’. Click ‘System Report’ and a panel will appear with a plethora of information and a list of topics in the left column. Click any topic to view more detail.
What is wrong?
Grab the data
Certain topics give clear indicators as to what’s wrong. For example, check if memory is dislodged by seeing what is available when clicking ‘Memory’. Always check System Information first.
The data can be used in many ways to find specific solutions to problems as you can easily copy what is included to then use in a web search. Use as many specifics as possible to narrow down your search.
Why won’t my Bluetooth device connect? Bluetooth can be a fickle technology and from time to time you may experience connection problems. With so many wireless technologies floating around near your Mac it is understandable that problems
may occur, but there is an easy fix that will cure almost all connectivity problems every single time and it only takes a few seconds of your time to complete, as we will now demonstrate.
Fix Bluetooth connections
1 Find the offender
Go to System Preferences and click the ‘Bluetooth’ icon to see every previously connected device listed. Find the one that is failing to connect and click the ‘x’.
2 Forget the device
Click ‘Forget Device’ and it will be removed from the list which should resolve whatever the software problem was that was causing the failed connections in the past.
3 Time to pair
You can now go through the process of pairing the device again and the problem should be resolved. If it isn’t, there may be a hardware problem in the device itself.
To remove or rename devices from your Bluetooth list, go to System Preferences>Bluetooth and then right-click on a device for options.
My Bluetooth is still not working properly… why? If you find that disconnecting and reconnecting a Bluetooth device or multiple devices does not work, there are other options that will let you change settings at a deeper level. If it is a problem with the
Bluetooth chip itself, for example, then these potential fixes could resolve all of your Bluetooth problems for good. All you have to do to get started is hold down the Shift key and click on the Bluetooth menu.
Reset the module
1 The deeper menu
Hold down Shift and Option and click the Bluetooth icon for a new settings menu. Be careful when using Bluetooth-connected keyboards and mice during this process.
2 Time to reset
3 A final fix
1 Install the app
2 The first scan
4 Going deeper
5 Use the data
Click ‘Reset the Bluetooth module’ and then accept the warning message that appears. You will need to restart your Mac once the reset is complete for it to work.
If the reset does not work, click ‘Factory reset all connected Apple devices’ which will take them all back to their original Bluetooth states. No data will be removed doing this.
How do I fix Wi-Fi signal problems? Understanding the performance of your Wi-Fi network is not easy because it is by and large invisible. With an app like NetSpot, however, you can quickly survey your current and local networks and get a glimpse of the Wi-Fi quality and even fix some problems with the data provided. Some technical knowledge will greatly help the process.
3 Real-time monitoring
Select a network and click ‘Discover’ to view your network performance in real time. You will quickly see if there is a lack of consistency in the signal.
Go to netspotapp.com and download and install the app. The install process is surprisingly simple considering the potential this app offers for data gathering.
The ability to survey your network is the main benefit of NetSpot. Click ‘Survey’ and follow the instructions that appear. Try to use an accurate map of your home or office.
The app now scans all of the available networks in your locality. You will see a grid displaying various data points including signal and noise levels for comparison.
You will be able to use the data that comes from the survey to position routers for the best signal and to check for dead spots in your network. It works well.
Battery problems Why is my MacBook’s battery performance poor? MacBook batteries will naturally lose usable capacity over time and there are ways to try to breathe new life into them, but the first step will be to look deep into what they have been put through. If you
can understand how many charging cycles they have completed, you can start to see why the performance may be lower than expected. Here’s our quick guide to checking on battery health…
Analyse your battery
1 Go grab an app
Go to the Mac App Store and search for ‘Battery Health’. Download and install the Battery Health 2 app and a new icon will appear in the status bar.
2 Check the data
When you left-click the icon at the top you will be presented with full battery health information such as cycle count and the health percentage. It’s useful information.
Saving power If your MacBook battery power is low, you can make instant savings by turning off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
3 Regular checks
There are minimal settings within the app, but a periodic check is worthwhile to ensure that your battery is not failing and to offer you some peace of mind.
connections. You should also quit any open apps you aren’t using and reduce the brightness of the screen by going to System Preferences>Displays.
Can I quickly fix my battery?
button, hold down ShiftControl-Option (left-hand side of the keyboard) and then release all of the keys. Press the power button one more time to restart your Mac and it may just help to resolve the battery issue. There will be no visual indicators at all that this has happened, but the process is quick to undertake and is well worth trying.
The System Management Controller controls power usage and sits on the logic board of your Mac. If you are experiencing battery problems we would suggest resetting it as a last resort if everything else you have tried has failed. You need to shut down your MacBook and then plug it into power. While pressing the power
It’s worth knowing that you can conserve battery power by turning on Private Browsing in Safari as the browser will no longer access your hard drive.
Why won’t my Mac start up? There are few things more concerning than not being able to start your Mac properly. You may see a blue screen which is legendary in the fear it invokes or you may see error messages, but either way you will want to do what you can to bring back a smooth startup process in the future. The first thing to try is starting up in Safe Mode which will strip down the processes used to the bare minimum and which is more likely to put you in a position where you can begin to fix the problems. With your Mac powered down, turn on your Mac as normal and then press and hold the Shift key. Release Shift when the Apple logo appears and wait for macOS to boot in the new Safe Mode. You may need to log in as normal, but when done you will now be in Safe Mode for the duration of the session. If you use the ‘Restart’ option you will return to normal mode when it restarts again which gives you the chance to fix the problem first.
Can I make my battery last longer? It may be that after you check your battery health you realise that it is a bit long in the tooth, but is not quite at the level where you need to pay to have it replaced. There are ways in which you can maximise
your daily battery performance and greatly increase the usability of your Mac in the process. So if you need to squeeze a little extra juice out of your battery, consider these quick and easy power-saving methods.
Maintain the charge
1 The Energy Saver
Go to System Preferences and open ‘Energy Saver’. Set the ‘Turn display off…’ setting to as low as possible and enable the other options in the ‘Battery’ panel.
2 The right balance
When on Power you can leave the Energy Saver preferences set for best performance to gain the right balance. Full usage will limit the life of some components.
3 Other obvious options
Remember that keeping the screen brightness low and turning Wi-Fi off when it is not needed will both greatly increase your daily battery performance.
Responsiveness problems How can I speed up my Mac? Perhaps the most common problem on a Mac is slow performance and the spinning beachball that can appear when the system is struggling to cope with what is being asked of it. You can use apps to quickly free up RAM and give the system a temporary boost, but using the Activity Monitor makes for a better long-term approach
3 Memory is vital
Click the ‘Memory’ tab to see if there are hogs slowing your Mac. This is the most likely area that will cause performance problems, especially with third-party apps.
1 Open the Monitor
2 CPU first
4 Quit the hog
5 Look deeper
Go to Applications>Utilities and open Activity Monitor. Give it a few seconds to scan the system and you will see a sortable grid appear on the screen.
Click the ‘x’ at the top when an app or process is highlighted to quit it. This will help speed up performance immediately, but may not be a complete fix.
The first panel shows the CPU load with the most power-hungry processes and apps at the top. It may be that one stands out way above the rest to investigate.
Click the ‘i’ when an app is highlighted to view more information about its performance and the impact it is having on macOS and your hardware.
What is causing my Mac to not start? The first area to look at when your Mac is struggling to start up as it should is the login items. If you upgraded to High Sierra, it is likely that your previous login items remained and in the case of some
third-party apps they may be incompatible which could stop the system in its tracks. Here we show you how to access your startup items and go about removing them so that they don’t hamper performance.
Remove login items
1 Where are they?
Open System Preferences and then click ‘Users & Groups’. Make sure your user name is highlighted on the left and that you have the right privileges to proceed.
2 Open the lock
Click the lock at the bottom and then enter your password to make the changes required. This is needed in many areas within System Preferences for your own security.
3 Remove them all
Click ‘Login Items’ and then the ‘-’ against any in the list that you believe may be problematic. You can stop them all to be on the safe side in the first instance.
If your Mac is unresponsive to keyboard commands or has frozen, simply hold down the power button until it shuts down and then press it again.
Can I export my data? The most important part of your macOS setup will be your personal data because this is unique and cannot be â€˜fixedâ€™ using technical methods. If all else fails, you can use
the migration assistant to move your information to another Mac or even retrieve it from your failing Mac to a new model. It works extremely well.
Open it up In Applications>Utilities you will find Migration Assistant. Click the icon to open it and to begin moving your data to a new computer. The app will log you out and close all apps before it starts the process.
One continual process Make sure your Mac is connected to power throughout the migration process. It is highly recommended to ensure that it goes smoothly and that you keep all of your data.
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You can also transfer data from a Windows PC or to another Mac on the same network. No matter what your physical computing situation, Migration Assistant has an option that will help you secure your data.
Choose the top option if you are looking to move data from your broken Mac to a new model and if it is connected to the same network. Cleverly, no wires are needed for the Migration Assistant to work.
Force-restarting An alternate way of force-restarting a frozen or unresponsive Mac is to hold down the Ctrl+Cmd keys and then
press the power button. If you are using an iMac then the power button is situated around the back in the lowerleft corner of the display.
Unresponsive apps Why is iCloud so slow and unresponsive? Just because data is stored in iCloud does not mean that it is immune to corruption problems. You may experience slow performance in any app that uses this data or even loss of information, but there is a way to completely clean your iCloud space and to get back up and running smoothly again.
Clean your iCloud
1 Back it up
We will use Notes as an example which are hard to back up. Go to the Mac App Store and download Exporter. Select a destination and your Notes will be backed up automatically.
2 It takes time
Depending on the volume of notes, it may take time for the export process to complete. Remember that your notes retain some formatting, but will not include media.
3 Check your notes
Take some time to check the exported notes, but everything should be present that is required. Some titles may need manually adjusting later on in the Notes app.
4 Delete and delete
You now need to select all of your notes in the Notes app and then click Edit>Delete. Once done, repeat the process in the â€˜Recently Deleted Itemsâ€™ folder.
5 Time to restore
The plain text nature of your backup should remove any corruption. Select File> Import to Notes and go to backup folder. Notes should be restored without corruption.
App problems can also be solved by going to Go>Library>Preferences and dragging app preferences files to the desktop and then restarting the app.
Why are some apps running slow? has already fixed. Keeping your apps updated safely requires common sense and a couple of sensible rules. Here we show you how to keep your apps up-to-date automatically and more…
With third-party apps, and even those provided by Apple, it is good practice to ensure that you are using the latest versions so that they do not become slow or suffer from glitches that the developer
Update your apps
1 Automated updates
Go to System Preferences>App Store and tick the ‘Automatically check for updates’ box. Now tick all other boxes within this section to receive instant app updates.
2 Avoid the betas
Avoid beta macOS versions unless you have a very specific need to install them. They are much more likely to have small issues that could affect performance.
Disk permissions If an app fails to start then its disk permissions may be damaged. You can fix this problem easily – launch
3 Third-party updates
When you install apps from outside the Mac App Store take advantage of automatic checking for updates if available. If it is not, check for new versions regularly.
your Mac’s built-in Disk Utility app and then run its ‘Repair Disk Permissions’ options. This shouldn’t be an issue if your macOS is higher than El Capitan.
Why are my apps sometimes not responding? If you use any computer on any platform you will experience apps freezing on occasion. This is unavoidable because third-party developers can only do so much to make their software as perfect as possible,
but there is a simple process that will let you force quit an app and get your Mac running again at full speed. This simple key combination is worth remembering as you may have to use it a lot!
Restart frozen apps
1 A quick combination
If an app freezes, press OptionCommand-Escape and a small panel will appear. Select the app that is stuck and then click ‘Force Quit’ at the bottom.
2 A double check
A warning message will appear that you need to confirm to quit the app. As a general rule, only use the force quit process when absolutely necessary.
3 Up and running
You should now be able to open the app again and with a bit of luck it will run as it should. Often this simple process is all that is required.
Other macOS problems Is my Mac disk damaged? Disk problems can be complex and are best approached with a very cautious mind. We would not recommend using third-party apps initially, but rather the Disk Utility built into High Sierra to quickly
check for and repair any problems that may be present. It is a relatively quick process which is always worth a try in the first instance. Here we show you how to use Disk Utility to identify and solve disk problems.
Analyse your disk
1 The Disk Utility
Go to System Preferences>Utilities and open ‘Disk Utility’. Select your disk from the list that appears and then click the ‘First Aid’ icon at the top of the panel.
2 Let it run
The process may take some time, especially on larger disks, but let it run until complete for the best results. Be patient and you will be rewarded.
Fixing water damage If your Mac gets wet, disconnect it from its power supply, tilt it to remove excess water and then seal it in a bag with
3 First Aid required?
Hopefully you will see a positive all clear message, but if not the software will then attempt to fix the problems automatically which may resolve the issues permanently.
uncooked rice (to absorb the moisture) and place it in a warm, dry place such as an airing cupboard for several hours to dry out.
How can I get my Mac running smoothly again? There may be external factors that affect the way your Mac and connected services work so please do not discount the possibility that your Mac is running perfectly fine. Always check externally first to
make sure that the problem is not something that you have no direct control over. If the problem is internetrelated then there are ways to check before you start panicking and pointing the finger at your Mac itself.
1 Your internet speed
Use an online service to check your internet speed. It may not be your Wi-Fi that is causing slow speeds, but a problem with your service provider.
2 Is iCloud up?
You should always check the Apple services status at https://www.apple. com/uk/support/systemstatus/ before undertaking any intrusive troubleshooting.
3 Check your router
Slow speeds/intermittent connections could be related to your Wi-Fi router so find the admin settings and research what to do to make sure everything is working correctly.
If your Mac gets wet, try to remove the battery and any other parts that can be easily disconnected before going about drying it out.
How can I free up space on my Mac hard drive? A lack of space on any Mac hard drive can cause the computer to run slowly and will obviously limit the amount of data you can store in the future. There are, however, many ways in which you can free up space without losing any of the information you need to access on a daily basis.
3 Check your space
Click the Apple logo and the ‘Storage’ tab to see the state of your hard drive. Now click ‘Manage’ to undertake a quick cleansing process to free up more space.
1 Use the cloud
2 Sync and save
4 Use all options
5 Finder will help
Use a cloud service such as iCloud or Dropbox to free up space by storing files you do not use often online. There will likely be a subscription charge attached.
You will now see a selection of options that you can try to free up space. Most take a conservative approach and will only delete data that is no longer required.
In Dropbox go to preferences and click ‘Sync’. Click ‘Choose folders to sync’ to limit how much space is used on your Mac. Synced folders still take up Mac space.
The final approach will be to use Finder and manually delete large files and applications, It will take time, but you have full control at all times while doing this.
Why can’t I empty the trash? There will be times when specific files cannot be removed from Trash because they are being used by another process or app. It can be difficult to work out exactly what is causing the issue, but there is a
way to override this and empty the trash anyway. Make sure the files are not too important to the system before deleting them though – a good idea is to always move them to a separate folder before deleting outright.
Remove it all
1 The powerful Terminal 2 Empty the trash When the trash will not empty, go to Applications>Utilities and open the Terminal app. This app, when learned, is vital to keeping your Mac running well.
Now type ‘rm -rf ~/.Trash/*’ and hit the enter key. You will see no discernible change in Terminal, but you will now have an empty trash can as the system will have cleared it.
3 A clean slate
It may only be a physiological change, but for some there is nothing better than seeing a virtual trash can as completely empty. It’s a good feeling.
Extra help How effective is Apple Support? Problems will appear occasionally that do need professional support, but fortunately Apple offers a level of aftercare that few other companies can compete with. No matter what problem you are experiencing, you can expect
a fast and complete experience which will eliminate all possible failures and almost always in a professional and friendly manner. Here we guide you around the main options available for getting support with your Apple device.
Within the standard warranty period you can expect the best level of care, but if your Mac is crucial to your work you may want to invest in AppleCare. It could be more than worth the price.
You can contact Apple by phone, email, instant chat or most importantly by arranging a visit to an Apple store. This gives you the reassurance that your hardware can be fixed at the time of your choosing.
Fix it yourself
Support for all
Before jumping to support, if you solve the problem on your own you’ll increase your knowledge of macOS. You’ll also be reassured you can fix anything with the right information.
Every single Apple product is supported from Macs to iPhone all the way through to iCloud and individual apps. No matter what problem you have, you can expect an answer of some kind from Apple Support.
How can I secure my Mac? There are simple and advanced ways to secure your Mac, but as a first step you should utilise the tools built into macOS. The operating system is extremely secure by default, but a few extra steps will
give you peace of mind and help to ensure that your valuable data does not get stolen in the future. Heed these simple tips and you can help ensure that the contents of your Mac remain private.
Protect your data
1 Be careful with apps
Go to System Preferences>Security & Privacy and click the lock to make changes. Make sure that only App Store apps are downloadable within the ‘General’ tab.
2 Use the Firewall
Depending on where you use your Mac, the Firewall could be worth enabling. This is particularly true when using it in public or in an unsecured work environment.
3 Check the rest
In the ‘Privacy’ tab, take time to see what third-party services are tracking your location. Check as many options as possible within ‘Security & Privacy’.
If you want to replace an old Mac, try trading it in or selling it. Even broken Macs sell on eBay for spare parts so donâ€™t just bin them.
Should I trash my Mac? There may come a time where you simply cannot make your Mac perform at an acceptable level for long periods due to its age. While we do not always recommend memory cleaning apps, they certainly have
a place when all other solutions fail and can offer a short-term fix. Here we demonstrate how easy it is to use third-party memory-cleaning apps to clean up your hard drive and enhance the performance of your Mac.
Quick memory fixes
1 Choose an app
Go to the Mac App Store and download a memory cleaning app such as Memory Clean 2. Install it as normal and launch it to see what features are available.
2 Clean your memory
Find the option to clean the memory and let the app perform its main task. It can take a little time, but the performance improvement should be immediate.
Apple trade-in Apple runs its own trade-in service for old Macs. You can take your old MacBook to an Apple store for instant
3 Monitor usage
You will see stats to show how much memory has been freed up and you can also refer to the other data on offer to see which apps are hogging your precious resources.
credit or get an estimate online, send your machine off and then receive an Apple Store Gift Card by email that you can use against a new Mac.
Problems are rare. Donâ€™t panic! It may seem, when you read a feature which details a variety of macOS problems, that you are likely to suffer from many of them; but the opposite is true. macOS is incredibly reliable and for the vast majority of users there will be very few occasions when actual issues occur that stop them using their Macs. Indeed, it is likely that
for the first few years of ownership of your Mac everything will work exactly as it should. If, however, you do experience the occasional glitch these tips may come in handy and help you get up and running in no time at all. In our opinion there is no more reliable operating system than macOS and millions of users will agree with us.
Beautiful bursts Capture the perfect moment by shooting and editing with your iPhone’s rapid fire mode Difficulty
hen shooting stills on an iPhone there can be a slight delay between pressing the shutter button and capturing the photograph. During that delay you may miss a photo opportunity, such as capturing your child scoring their first goal. When shooting a family portrait you may find that some of the subjects are blinking, so their eyes are closed in the group photo. Fortunately your iPhone’s Burst mode can help you capture the perfect moment by shooting a series of shots in quick succession. You can then use Apple’s Photos app to select the best action shot from a sporting event, or find a family photo in which everyone has their eyes open! Here’s how to use it…
Learn how to use your iPhone’s Burst mode to ensure you never miss a good action shot!
Quality control Choose your best shots and delete the duffs Swipe through Click here to flick through the contents of a burst in the main window. Alternatively you can swipe left or right on your Magic Mouse or use your MacBook’s touchpad.
Quality control Once you’ve ticked the best shots in a burst, click ‘Keep Only Selection’. The remaining photos are no longer in the Bursts album. Access your favourited shots in All Photos.
Knowledge base Photo Stream View bursts After double-clicking on a thumbnail in the Burst album you can view the contents of the burst in Photo’s large display. All the photos in a burst appear as consecutive thumbnails here.
Make your choice of shots By viewing images on your Mac’s larger screen you can tell if a shot is in focus more clearly than you can on an iPhone. If you like particular shots then tick this circle.
If your iPhone is set to automatically upload images and clips to your Photo Stream, it may not include all of the images in a burst. To fix this, go to your iPhone’s Settings. Click on Photos. Scroll down and make sure that the ‘Upload Burst Photos’ option is turned on. Now all shots in a burst will automatically upload.
If you can’t use AirDrop, plug your iPhone into your Mac. Click on iPhone icon in Photos. Shift-click to select all photos in a burst. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Step-by-step Shoot and edit in bursts
1 Capture a burst
2 View the burst
3 Select all shots
4 Share the shots
5 Import using AirDrop
6 Import into Photos
7 Go to Bursts album
8 Select a shot
9 Edit your favourites
When shooting with your iPhone camera, hold your finger down on the shutter button to capture a quick series of shots. A counter indicates the amount of photos captured.
Go to Moments. All selected shots from the burst are now visible as individual images. Tap ‘Select’. Swipe over the shots to quickly select them. Tap the Share icon. Tap ‘Next’.
After importing the contents of a burst via USB cable or AirDrop, Photos will stack them into a pile indicated by a thumbnail. Access imported bursts by clicking the Bursts album.
In your iPhone’s Photos app, tap ‘Albums’. Here you’ll find a Burst folder gathering all the bursts you’ve shot. Tap on a burst’s thumbnail then tap ‘Select’ to view its contents.
Tap the AirDrop icon to send the burst collection to your Mac. (Make sure your iPhone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on in the Control Centre so you can use AirDrop.)
Double-click a burst thumbnail. Click ‘Make a Selection’. Tick the best images. Click ‘Done.’ Click ‘Keep Only Selection’ to favourite the best shots and lose the rejects.
Instead of choosing favourite shots on the small screen, tap every shot in the burst to select it. Tap ‘Done’ to keep every image for viewing later on your Mac’s larger display.
Drag the shared photos from Downloads onto the Photos app icon in the Dock. Tick ‘Import All New Photos’. The shots appear as a burst collection in Photo’s Last Import album.
You’ll find your favourite burst shots as individual images in All Photos. Tweak their colours, tones and composition on your Mac’s bigger display by clicking Edit Photo.
Counteract colour casts Warm up or cool down your iMovie clips to create natural-looking colours Difficulty
ideo recording devices such as your iPhone attempt to capture accurate colours automatically. However in mixed lighting conditions such as direct sunlight and shade, some colours may have a cold blue colour cast. Or your colours may be too warm, causing certain skin tones to look orange. Shots may also suffer from green or magenta tints. DSLRs and camcorders have a range of White Balance (WB) presets such as Daylight or Cloudy. This helps the camera warm up or cool down colours to make them look more natural. You can also set the camera to Auto White Balance to help it capture true colours in any lighting scenario. If your camera does add a colour cast or tint to a clip you can balance the colours in iMovie.
Create correct colours Master colour balance tools Colour balance The Color balance icon gives you access to a suite of tools that can counteract cold or warm colour casts produced by your camera’s incorrect white balance settings.
You’ll fine all of the tools you need within iMovie to help tone down colours to look more natural
Skin Tone The Skin Tone Balance tool’s eyedropper lets you warm up a cold-looking clip without creating oversaturated orange skin tones. Follow Steps 4 and 5 to master this useful tool.
Match Color This handy colour correcting tool enables you to replace cold or warm colour casts in one shot with the correctly balanced colours from another clip.
Knowledge base Colour Temperature White Balance The White balance tool’s eyedropper analyses whether a clip is too cold (blue) or too warm (orange). It then warms up or cools down the sampled area’s colour cast.
Different light sources have a different colour temperature, which is measured in Degrees Kelvin (K). For example, daylight has a colour temperature of around 5200K. Tungsten light has a temperature of approximately 3200K. Daylight is cooler than tungsten light, so it can make a clip look too cold and blue. Warmer tungsten light can add an orange hue to the subject.
iMovie’s Color balance panel has a Magic Wand that can perform an Auto White Balance operation. This can warm up or cool down colours in a click.
Step-by-step Remove colour casts and tints
1 Import clips
2 Add to timeline
3 One click wonder
4 Healthy skin tones
5 Take a sample
6 Too warm
7 Cool it down
8 Match colour
9 Manual adjustments
In My Media, click on iMovie Library. Choose File>New Event. Label this ‘Colour Correction’. Click ‘Import Media’. Browse to our supplied start clips. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Drag the Skintone clip into the timeline. This shot looks cold too, but if we warm it up with the white balance eyedropper we could make the skin tones look too orange.
Click on the Color balance icon, then click the White Balance button. Click to sample an area that should be grey/white (such as the door). This will cool down the colours.
Drag the Cold Cast clip to the timeline. This shot suffers from a cold blue colour cast. To fix it, click the Color balance icon above the viewer. Click the White Balance button.
Click the Skin Tone Balance button. Click to sample a patch of skin. iMovie will warm up the clip to lose the cold colour cast but will avoid over-warming the skin tones.
Drag Match 01 and Match 02 into the timeline. Click on the cold Match 02. Click ‘Match Color’. Click on the warm Match 01 clip to transfer its correct colours to the cold shot.
Click the eyedropper tool on an area that should be a neutral grey or white. The eyedropper sees that the area is too cool and warms it up to create neutral, tint-free colours.
Drag Warm cast into the timeline. This shot’s indoor lighting has added a warm wash of colour to the scene. We can cool down the colours to make them look more natural.
Add Mixed Lighting to the timeline. If you warm up the blue fountains you’ll make the sunlit building too orange. Click on ‘Color Correction’. Drag the Temperature slider right.
Final Cut Pro X
Produce a spot colour effect Enable a coloured object to move through a black and white environment using colour curves and masks Difficulty
ne way to draw attention to an object in a clip is to remove all the colour information from the scene apart from the colour of the main subject. The coloured object will then stand out against its black and white environment. This is known as a spot colour effect. The latest version of Final Cut Pro X boasts a Hue/Saturation Curves tool that enables you to produce the spot colour effect with ease. However, the challenge arises when other parts of the scene share the same colour as the main subject. In our supplied video clip tourists are wearing clothes that match the bus’s red paintwork. We’ll show you how to use masks to remove the desired spot colour from specific parts of the scene while preserving it in others.
Playing with spot colours Use the Hue/Saturation Curve to isolate colours Black and white A parallel black and white layer hides the selective spot colour layer below. We can then use a mask to reveal the red buses while hiding other unwanted red objects.
Adding a spot colour effect can make objects or people in a scene really stand out
Sampled colours After sampling a colour with the Hue/Saturation Curve effect’s eyedropper tool you’ll see a collection of control points that indicate the sampled colour. These three points indicate a range of red pixels from the bus.
Knowledge base Multiple control points Mask control The black and white layer hides all the red on the layer below. By dragging the mask’s control handles we reshape and reposition it until the red buses are visible but other red objects are hidden.
Curve control By pushing the Hue/ Saturation Curve’s control points downwards we can selectively desaturate unwanted colours in a clip. Here we’ve desaturated all the colours apart from the reds.
We used the LUMA vs SAT curve’s eyedropper to sample a narrow range of red pixels on a bus. You can sample multiple colours by clicking the eyedropper elsewhere. New control points will appear on the curve LUMA vs SAT to show all sampled colours. This allows you to keep some colours visible while desaturating others.
To quickly add an Event’s clip to a project, press W. This will instantly place the selected clip by the playhead in the timeline.
Step-by-step How to create spot colour effects
1 Import footage
2 Hue/Saturation Curves 3 Grab the eyedropper Press Cmd+5 to summon the Effects browser. Click on ‘Color’. Drag the Hue/ Saturation effect onto the clip. In the Inspector you’ll see a Hue/Saturation Curves 1 label.
In the Color Inspector, double-click on ‘Hue/Saturation Curves 1’. Scroll down to the LUMA vs SAT curve. Click to select the eyedropper tool at the right of the curve.
4 Take a sample
5 Desaturate non-reds
6 Add a new layer
7 Desaturate top layer
8 Add a shape mask
9 Reshape the mask
Choose File>New>Event. Label it ‘Spot Color Event’. Choose File>Import>Media and browse to spot ‘colour_start.mov’. Click ‘Import Selected’. Drag clip into timeline.
Click the eyedropper on the bus. Three control points will appear on the LUMA vs SAT curve. These indicate which parts of the curve correspond to the sampled colour.
We need to remove red from the tourist’s clothing. Click on the Black & White effect in the Color Effects category and drag it onto the top layer in the timeline to desaturate it.
Click on control points at the left and right of the curve and drag down. Click to place a control point to the right of the three red points. Drag that down to remove non-red colours.
Click on Effects browser’s Mask category. Drag Shape Mask onto the top layer. Click the Video Inspector icon. A Shape Mask panel will appear. Control handles will appear on the clip.
Click on the clip in timeline and choose Edit>Copy. Place the playhead at the end of the clip and choose Edit>Paste. Drag the copied clip onto a layer above the original clip.
Drag inside the mask to reposition it over the tourists on the bench. Drag the green control handles to reshape so that the buses remain red but the tourists are desaturated.
Create loops from audio regions We take a look at how seamless, repeatable sections of audio are formed in GarageBand Difficulty
s defining characteristics of digital music production go, ease of repetition is huge. The role of computers in ‘looping’ a section of a digitised waveform, a job that previously entailed cutting and splicing together analogue tape, has been revolutionary. Indeed, GarageBand is wholly built on this speed and convenience in manipulating audio loops to construct awesome songs on Mac, iPad and iPhone. So in this guide we’re going back to basics with a look at the techniques for identifying a section of an audio region and isolating it to become a loop. Using the cycle area and region resizing, we illustrate the simplest method for looping a section of a real recording to repeat seamlessly over multiple bars in your project.
Repeated viewing Highlighting the most important editing tools for resizing audio regions into loops
Looping sections of your track is easy using the builtin toolset and can help flesh out your tunes
Cycle Area This yellow strip is toggled on in the tracks ruler via its control bar button (C). It’s so-called for cycling playback of active tracks positioned below, between its start and end points.
Loop Pointer This loop pointer appears on hovering the mouse cursor over the top-right corner edge of a region. Clicking, holding and dragging this will extend out or retract back the audio as a looping section instead.
Loop Browser This shows the contents of GarageBand’s loop library and is opened via View> Show Apple Loops or with the O key. Custom loops can be dragged into here from the tracks space.
Knowledge base Creating Apple Loops Resize Pointer The resize pointer shows when you hover the mouse cursor over the lower left or right edge of a region. Click and drag in or out to shorten or lengthen according to the desired duration.
By dragging your looping region to the Loop Browser panel (O) you can add it to GarageBand’s library. This then opens the “Add Region to Apple Loops Library” dialog that allows a custom name, type, scale and genre to be defined, while the Instrument Descriptors list and “mood” buttons make searching for the new loop easier.
Regions can be quickly archived for future reuse by selecting within the tracks area and choosing File>Add Region to Loop Library from the top menu.
Step-by-step How to create loops
1 Region ready
2 Cycle mode
3 Cycle area
4 Preview part
5 Drag start
6 Drag end
7 Loop icon
8 Extending out
9 Iterative editing
To start, youâ€™ll want GarageBand launched with a project open that has at least one track that contains an unbroken, unedited audio region you want to make a loop out of.
Mute any other tracks where desired before pressing the Play button or the space key. Tweak the cycle area into a position that produces a seamlessly repeated section.
Perfectly cycled loop now isolated, toggle off the cycle area. Move the region along the track as required and hover the cursor over the top-right edge to see a loop icon.
Toggle on the Cycle mode via its button next to the record button in the control bar, or with the C key. This shows a yellow strip-like cycle area within the project ruler.
With loop section now found, we can edit most simply by resizing the region. Move the cursor over the lower-left edge and drag right to match the start of the cycle area.
Now click and drag out the region along the track to extend the loop over however many bars. Notice the ridge points denoting the start and end of each loop section.
Click and drag this yellow cycle area so it covers the whole region you wish to loop or just a desired section, grabbing the left or right edge to extend or reduce it.
Similarly, we can now edit the end point of our loop by hovering the cursor over the lowerright edge of the region and dragging in left to match the end of the cycle area.
Finally, preview playback to ensure the looped region is seamless. If not, drag it back in and repeat the trim editing from steps five and six until it cycles correctly.
Logic Pro X
Using the File Tempo Editor If your track tempo needs tweaking, then you’ve come to the right place… Difficulty
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ogic Pro’s File Tempo Editor is a new feature introduced as part of its Smart Tempo technology. With Smart Tempo, audio files are analysed so that you can either match the project tempo to variations in the tempo of imported or recorded audio, or adjust the tempo of the audio file to match that of the project. The analysis works well most of the time, with the time signature, tempo and downbeats usually interpreted correctly; but there are times, particularly with tricky audio material without an obvious downbeat, when you might need to roll your sleeves up and give the software a helping hand. That’s where the File Tempo Editor comes in, allowing you to tweak the analysis of the audio files being processed and get the result you want.
Smart tempo tweaking Fine-tune your tempo markers for more accurate results
At your command
Knowledge base Project vs region In the Actions menu, you can either conform the project tempo to the changes in the tempo of the audio region (step 9), or conform the audio file to the set project tempo with the ‘Adapt Region Tempo to Project Tempo and Align to Downbeat’ command. This option is useful for conforming freelyrecorded audio to a rigid tempo grid.
The detected tempo at the current playhead location shows here. The Double/ Half Tempo buttons can be used to quickly double or halve the detected tempo of the entire file.
If you hold down the Command key while dragging a beat marker with the Move Marker handle, it should snap automatically to the nearest significant analysis point or transient.
The File Tempo Editor lets you jump in to make manual adjustments to the track timing…
This upper part of the display always shows the entire audio file. The visible area of the file shown in the main display is highlighted with a white rectangle.
Used to play/loop the audio file and enable/disable the metronome, to monitor the timing of your edits. The slider works as a volume balance control between the two.
Any adjustments made in File Tempo Editor, plus the overall tempo analysis, are stored with the audio file, so are accessible when used in other projects.
Step-by-step Editing with the File Tempo Editor
1 Get organised
2 Tempo fugit
3 Waveform display
4 Feeling upbeat
5 Marker respect
6 Get a handle
7 Move all
8 Zoom and tweak
9 Push the tempo
First, drag the audio file ‘Org Riff.wav’ from the Tutorial Files folder onto an audio track. We don’t want its tempo information imported, so click ‘Don’t Import’ if asked.
Our organ riff contains an upbeat – a note that occurs before the downbeat of the first bar. Since it’s the first transient in the file, Logic has misinterpreted this as the downbeat.
The lowermost marker is labelled ‘Move All’. Click-hold and slide it one beat to the right to shift the downbeat onto the correct transient – the next one to the right.
Open the File Tempo Editor by doubleclicking on the audio region and choosing the File Tempo tab from the Editor pane that pops up in the lower half of the screen.
There are two ways to adjust the tempo markers: you can click this button to play the audio file, then tap your Mac’s D and T keys to denote downbeats (D) and beats (T).
This will have displaced all the other markers slightly, so use the slider in the top right to zoom in horizontally, then realign each marker using its ‘Move Marker’ handle.
Click the ‘Analyze’ button to analyse the file. The audio waveform appears with orange markers where Logic thinks the beats should be, with downbeats shown in bright orange.
Alternatively, you can manually edit beat markers in the main display. Hover over a marker with the cursor and a set of handles will appear, each with a different function.
Now we can conform the project tempo to the tempo of our audio file by selecting ‘Adapt Project Tempo to Region Tempo and Align to Downbeat’ from the Actions menu.
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Clean up your iCloud Remove files and data no longer used from iCloud to free up space and keep it tidy Difficulty
pple provides 5GB of online storage in iCloud and it sounds a lot, but when you start using it, the free space disappears very quickly. You can’t afford to waste it with files, folders and data you no longer use. Many apps store files and data on iCloud and when you no longer use the apps, the data should be cleared to free up the space. Even if you have paid for extra storage and don’t mind wasting a gigabyte or two, you might want to keep iCloud tidy. It just feels good to have organised storage that is clean and uncluttered. It makes finding files easier and it means you don’t have to rely on search so much. Let’s put iCloud under the microscope.
It’s good practice to clear out unwanted and unused files from your iCloud to free up space
Step-by-step Spring-clean iCloud storage
1 View iCloud storage
2 Unhide files
3 Relaunch Finder
4 See more iCloud
5 Local iCloud files
6 Add to Dock
Open a Finder window and select iCloud in the sidebar to see the folders and files it contains. It looks neat and tidy, but that is because many items are hidden from view.
Open Finder and select ‘iCloud Drive’. Hidden folders are shown, including some for apps deleted a long time ago. Unfortunately, Finder won’t delete junk folders. Try it.
Open the Utilities folder and then Terminal. Enter ‘defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE’ to enable Finder to show hidden files. (Reverse it with FALSE).
iCloud syncs files on the disk with files online so where are they on the disk? Click ‘Go’, hold down Option (Alt) and click ‘Library’. Mobile Documents is iCloud. Open it and see.
Finder must be restarted in order for the new setting to be applied. Go to the Apple menu and select ‘Force Quit’. Select Finder in the list and click the ‘Relaunch’ button.
Drag the Mobile Documents folder to the Dock. Click the folder and you can access the contents of iCloud. Notice the junk folders. Unfortunately, they will not delete.
Using Terminal to set hidden files to TRUE or FALSE is the best way to show or hide them. A less powerful method is Shift+Cmd+. (full stop).
Manage iCloud files
Show hidden files
See hidden files and clean the junk
There are many hidden files on the disk and iCloud that Finder never shows. However, typing this command into a Terminal window makes them visible. To hide them, change the TRUE to FALSE.
Hidden junk Folders created by apps no longer on your Mac, iPhone or iPad appear and they are irritating if you like to keep your storage clean. There does not appear to be a way to delete them.
Knowledge base Find unused apps iCloud in System Preferences provides some clean-up functions and on the left are items created by apps on the Mac, iPhone or iPad. You may see some that you no longer have installed.
7 iCloud preferences
There is a lot of junk that can’t be cleaned, but fortunately, some can. Open System Preferences and then click the iCloud icon. Click the ‘Manage’ button in the corner.
iCloud storage Clean the junk Files and data are kept just in case you want to reinstall an app on your Mac, iPhone or iPad. If you will never use this again, click ‘Delete Documents and Data’ to recover the storage.
8 Delete old backups
If you are on your second or third iPhone or iPad, you may have backups for devices you no longer have. Select ‘Backups’ and delete ones not needed to free up the space.
iCloud is more of a sync service than an online storage service where you can keep files. If you have the disk space, everything on iCloud is stored on the disk in Library/Mobile Documents. You can’t store a file only on iCloud or choose which folders are synced. It is still useful to have, but for extra storage is essential.
9 Clean app storage
Browse the list of apps and you will find ones you deleted ages ago. Select them and then click the ‘Delete Documents and Data’ button. They are then removed from iCloud.
Schedule emails Using Calendar and Automator you can schedule emails to be sent at a certain date and time Difficulty
here may be occasions where you want to send an email, but not right now, later, next week or in a month. Perhaps you want to email someone on a certain date, such as their birthday, an anniversary, and so on. The Mail app cannot schedule an email to be sent in the future and you could write one and save it as a draft, but then you might forget to send it on the day. A brilliant solution is to use Automator to create a tiny app to send your email and Calendar to create an event that runs the Automator app. It works perfectly, but only with local calendars stored on the Mac and not iCloud calendars. That’s a shame, but you can still use your iPhone and iPad for iCloud calendars.
Open apps from calendar Create an app in Automator to send emails Create an event Create a new event in the calendar when you want to send an email. Set the alert event to open a file and then select the one you created in the Automator app.
Creating a small app in Automator enables you to schedule emails using the Calendar app…
Add messaging Select Mail in the library to see all the modules for working with emails or type ‘message’ into the search box to see messaging functions. Drag ‘New Mail Message’ to the right.
Send mail New Mail Message adds an email to the Mail app, but does not send it. Drag ‘Send Outgoing Messages’ and add it to the end to make Mail send your message.
Knowledge base Open any file We created a calendar event to open a file called Send Email.app at a particular time and day. Calendar can open any file and you could, for example, create a repeating event to open your favourite music track at the end of the work day. Unfortunately, if you enable iCloud calendars in System Preferences events like this stop working.
Write an email The New Mail Message module displays this email form. Type in the recipient’s email address or click the Contacts icon on the right. Fill in the subject line and the message box.
Another advantage of local calendars instead of iCloud is grouping. Create calendar groups on the File menu and drag calendars into them to organise them.
Step-by-step Use Calendar to schedule an email
1 Turn off iCloud
2 Create a calendar
3 Create an event
4 Custom alerts
5 Open a file
6 All finished
1 Pick a project
2 Build your app
iCloud calendars must be turned off to schedule emails, so open System Preferences and click the iCloud icon. Clear the Calendars checkbox and close System Preferences.
Just before the date and time of an event is reached, Calendar alerts you so you don’t miss it. Click the alert menu, ignore all preset times and select the ‘Custom’ option.
Open the Calendar app. You should find that there are some local calendars on the Mac at the top of the sidebar, but if there are none, go to the File menu and create one.
Set custom event options as shown here: Open file, Send Email.app and At the time of event. The boxout and annotated image shows how to create the Send Email app.
Double-click in the calendar on the day you want to send an email. Type in a name for the event in the pop-up and then click the time to set when the email is to be sent.
The event is set up and clicking it shows the details. On the day and time specified, it will open Send Email.app. The event can be dragged to another day to reschedule.
How to create an Automator app Send Email.app is used to send the email message and Calendar is simply used to set the date and time of the event. You must create Send Email.app yourself. Don’t worry, this is very easy and can be done in two minutes using the Automator app in macOS. Automator enables apps to be built by dragging and dropping prebuilt modules that perform functions. It is a bit like Lego and you slot modules together to build an app. Here’s how to do it…
Start Automator from Applications and select the option to create a new document. For the type, select the Application icon. This enables you to create your own app.
Search for New Mail Message and drag it to the right. Create an email in the Mail app. Drag Send Outgoing Messages and drop it below. Save it to disk as an application.
Empty a thumb drive completely Deleting files only hides them on a drive, but with a free utility you can really delete them Difficulty
hen files are deleted in Finder they are not removed from a drive, they are really moved to a hidden Trash folder. You must empty the Trash to recover the disk space. This is fine for big drives, but Thumb drives (USB flash drives) are small and when files are deleted, they continue to use space. Deleted files can fill the drive! You can empty the Trash of course, but this deletes all Trash, even on the Mac’s disk, so you might not want to use this nuclear option. What are the alternatives? Here we show you how to empty the Trash on an external drive while keeping Trash on the Mac’s internal drive. First we show you how Finder can do this and then we use a free utility called Curb which is easier.
Avoid the Trash
Curb provides a handy means of freeing up space on thumb drives without emptying your Trash
Drag and delete
Don’t let Trash build up
If you run out of space on a thumb drive, which is easy because of their low storage capacity, drag the drive to Curb. Only the thumb drive’s Trash is emptied, not the Mac’s.
Delete Immediately If you really don’t want files and don’t want the option to restore them from the Trash, go to the File menu and hold the Option (Alt) key. You’ll see ‘Move to Trash’ becomes ‘Delete Immediately’.
Knowledge base The thumb drive problem Deleted files continue to use disk space until you empty the Trash. This is not a problem with external drives that have 1TB or more of storage. What’s a few gigs? A thumb drive may be as small as 16 or 32GB and deleted files, like videos, can use a large proportion of this. That’s why Curb is needed.
Delete files What you delete on an external drive stays on the drive unless you remember to choose ‘Delete Immediately’. You may forget and deleted files use up valuable storage space on thumb drives.
Curb settings There are not many settings, but there are a couple that are useful and one is to ask if you are sure before deleting the Trash. The other is to move the Trash to the Mac.
Remember that Curb empties a drive’s Trash, so you cannot recover deleted files. Use it only if you are sure you don’t want the files.
Step-by-step Avoid Trash on thumb drives
1 Delete files
2 Check the space
3 Open the Trash
4 Delete the Trash
5 Plan ahead
6 Curb your drives
1 Get Curb
2 Configure Curb
Let’s delete the files on an external drive, such as a thumb drive. Open a Finder window and select any or all the files. Ctrl+click the selection and click ‘Move to Trash’.
If you can find the files that were on the external drive in the Trash, Ctrl+click them and select ‘Delete Immediately’. This removes them and frees up the drive space.
After deleting all the files, select the drive on the desktop and press Command+I. Look at the used space and 1.61GB of space is still used – all of the files we deleted.
When deleting files from a thumb drive, select them, go to the File menu, hold down Option (Alt) and select ‘Delete Immediately’. This does not move them to the Trash.
Open the Trash from the Dock and in the top-right corner is Empty. It deletes the Trash on the thumb drive, but also deletes everything else and you might need the files.
The simplest option is to use a free utility called Curb. Open it and then drag the thumb drive to it. The Trash on the drive is emptied without affecting the Mac’s Trash.
Download and install Curb Curb is a free utility for the Mac that enables you to delete the Trash on a removeable drive without deleting the other files in the Trash, which you may want to keep, just in case. Curb is an old utility, but it works fine and is perfect for thumb drives. Because it is outside of the Mac Store you may need to Ctrl+click it and select ‘Open’ and ‘Open’ again. This is only needed the first time it is run. Here’s where to find Curb and how to install it…
Go to mrrsoftware.com/curb and click ‘Download’ to save Curb to disk. Doubleclick the zip file to extract the contents and then drag Curb.app to the Applications folder.
Open Curb. A window is displayed onto which you can drop drives. Click the gear icon to open Preferences and tick ‘Prompt before emptying trash’ for a safety net.
Master iTunes’ Visualizer Use the hidden options to create the perfect visual accompaniment to your music Difficulty
f you’re an experienced iTunes user then you will no doubt be familiar with the Visualizer – the mode that generates visual effects to accompany the music that you’re playing. However, you probably didn’t realise how versatile this pulsing kaleidoscope of colour can be thanks to a hidden menu of options that you can use to get the most out of it. In iTunes 12 there are also two different Visualizer modes – a standard version and a ‘classic’, which generates a much more colourful and diverse selection of shapes and images to play in time with your music. In this tutorial we show you how to access the hidden options and use them to create the perfect visual backdrop to your top tunes.
iTunes’ Visualizer projects pulsing fractal images in time with the music that you’re playing
Step-by-step Control your Visualizer effects
1 Launch Visualizer
2 View options
3 Toggle modes
4 Display track info
5 View frame rate
6 Get creative
While playing music through iTunes, press Cmd+T or go to View>Visualizer>Show Visualizer. As your music plays, colours and images will pulse and move in time with it.
Tapping the I button will display current track info, including artists, album and artwork. This is handy if you are listening to playlists or music you are unfamiliar with.
Visualizer is best used in full-screen mode. While the spectacle is going on, press the ‘?’ key to view a menu of commands that will appear in the top-left corner of the screen.
If you want to view the current frame-rate, press the F key. The figure will be displayed in the lower-right corner of the screen. Tap the same key again to hide it.
Pressing the M key will cycle through the various Visualizer modes, altering the patterns that are pulsing in time with the music. There are many different styles to try.
Tap the P key to cycle through the colour palette, the N key to toggle the background nebula off or on, and the L key to lock the camera in a certain position.
If you press the ‘?’ key in iTunes Classic Visualizer to display the hidden options, you can tap it a second time to display another page of options.
Hidden Visualizer options How to get the most out of Visualizer
Knowledge base Music videos If you use the Visualizer with a playlist that includes music videos then the Visualizer will show the videos by default. You can disable this option at any time by going to View>Visualizer and then selecting the ‘Show Videos’ option in this menu to disable it. Simply repeat the process to turn it back on later, if you wish.
Options menu The hidden menu of Visualizer options can be displayed at any time while in Visualizer mode simply by pressing the ‘?’ key. The menu of options will be displayed in the top-left corner of the screen.
Track info Useful when listening to playlists or unfamiliar music, you can tap the I key to display the artist/ album info in the lower-left corner of the screen. This will fade out after a few seconds.
Exiting fullscreen mode Visualizer is best displayed in full-screen mode for the most impact. Right-click on the Visualizer window for various display options. While in full-screen mode you can right-click to get back out of it.
Frame rate If you want to get nerdy about the info that is displayed then you can tap the F key to display the frame rate information in the lower-right corner of the screen. This will be displayed permanently until you tap the key again.
Enabling ‘classic’ Visualizer mode You actually have two choices of Visualizer in iTunes 12 and you can switch between them by going to View>Visualizer and then choosing ‘Classic Visualizer from the menu. So what’s different? Well the ‘Classic’ version has a great deal more variety in the patterns displayed, many of which are slightly retro-looking. The patterns also change in style more frequently as the music blares so are a lot more engaging if you’re using it as a cool party backdrop.
1 Going ‘Classic’
You can toggle between the standard and Classic iTunes Visualizer by going to View>Visualizer. The ‘classic’ version has more varied, retro-looking patterns.
2 Display options
Like the standard Visualizer, the ‘classic’ has a set of options you can access with the ‘?’ key. These options are slightly more limited but they’re still fun to play around with.
View apps sides by side in Split View Fill your Mac screen with two apps, without having to manually move and resize windows Difficulty
ull-screen mode has been a feature since OS X Lion, so no doubt you’re used to working with apps filling every inch of your Mac’s screen. But did you know that you can also use two apps in split screen? Known as Split View, this screen-tidying feature is ideal for you when need to ping pong between two apps to complete a task. For example, when you’re browsing recipe ideas in Safari you can have Notes open to make a shopping list for ingredients. If you’re already working with an app fullscreen, you can quickly switch to Split View by pressing Ctrl+Up Arrow to enter Mission Control, then drag a window from there onto the thumbnail of the full-screen app in the Spaces bar. Read on to find out how to launch Split View from scratch.
Step-by-step Start using Split View
1 Press and hold
Hold down the full-screen button in the upper-left of corner of an open app. The app will shrink and you can then drag it to left or right of the screen.
2 Select second app
With your app in Split View, other open, non-minimised apps will appear as thumbnails in the other half of the screen. Release the button and select a second app to use.
3 Use Split View
Choose an app to work in by clicking anywhere in that app. Switch to other apps or your desktop with Mission Control or to exit Split View, just press Esc.
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or its latest big announcement, Apple took a field trip from Apple Park, California, and crossed country to Lane Tech College Prep High School, Chicago. The campus location was key because, not only was the announcement based around education, but Lane Tech is responsible for graduating the highest number of PHD students in the country – displaying levels of excellence that Apple hopes to inspire further with its latest incarnation of the iPad.
Armed with the 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, children will become curators of fresh, creative content…
Built to inspire The new 9.7-inch iPad takes everything that people love about Apple’s most popular sized iPad and makes it even better for inspiring creativity and learning. Apple itself proclaims the device to be “the ultimate tool for education” thanks to its beautiful, large Retina display, its advanced front and rear cameras for photos, videos and FaceTime video calls, its amazing array of sensors, including gyroscope and accelerometer, its faster LTE capabilities so that you can go anywhere and stay connected, and its all-day, ten-hour battery life. And it only weighs one pound, making it super-portable
Now with Apple Pencil support, the new 9.7-inch iPad is geared towards the classroom with new apps and services taking full advantage of the tech…
and capable of sliding easily into any school bag. Apple has also upgraded the chip to the super-fast A10 Fusion, providing a massive boost in processing and graphics horsepower. This hike was important as students and teachers alike are creating complex projects and are using the enhanced multitasking capabilities built into iOS 11 to run multiple apps at the same time. They are also using the video and graphics-intensive apps that make learning so much more immersive and so engaging and with the A10 Fusion, the new 9.7-inch iPad is more powerful than most PC laptops and virtually every Chromebook on the market.
even more people, so now Apple’s most affordable iPad also has support for its most creative tool! The high-resolution touchsystem with sub-pixel precision of the new iPad will enable ultra-low latency Pencil support and the same tilt and pressuresensing that has made Apple Pencil so successful amongst the professional creative types. And it’s so versatile for the things that children do every day at school, like taking notes.
Apple Pencil works wonderfully well with iOS’s built-in Notes app and it’s incredibly easy to use the system’s markup capabilities to annotate a worksheet, assignment or screenshot. Of course, the great education apps, like Explain Everything, that already support Apple Pencil, will work with this iPad. There’s a new, incredible universe of apps designed for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro that will now be available to everyone and, armed with
Old apps have also been enhanced for the classroom, like GarageBand, which now has new instruments and animal sound effects.
Pencil support Apple Pencil and iPad Pro have become the creative tools of choice for the world’s most demanding professional artists, illustrators and designers. The stylus is incredibly fast, fluid and precise and, more importantly, feels completely natural to use. The aim with the new 9.7-inch iPad was to bring that experience to
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iWork for free Apple releases free updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote that support Apple Pencil Three of the most popular apps in education are from Apple’s own iWorks suite consisting of Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and to coincide with the launch of the new iPad, Apple released updated versions that support Apple Pencil. In these updates, students can now add drawings or notes right inside their projects, giving them a completely different look and feel, and even create complete digital books. The end result is much more unique-looking documents with plenty of
personality shining through as kids now have more tools at their disposal to showcase what they are learning. In addition to supporting drawing with Apple Pencil, the Pages app also supports a beta feature called ‘Smart Annotation’. This lets students and teachers annotate straight into the Pages document. And these markups aren’t just superficial layers of ink, they actually stay anchored to the words and sections that they are referring to.
Powered by the A10
Thin, light and durable
AR on a grander scale
With its 64-bit architecture, four-core design and over 3.3 billion transistors, the A10 Fusion Chip is at the heart of the new iPad and provides all the power you need for multitasking, editing 4K video, playing graphics-intensive games or experiencing the latest AR apps.
The new iPad can deliver two-times faster cellular data connections, so you’ll find it is even easier to stay connected anywhere. And with Apple SIM, customers can connect to wireless data plans when travelling in more than 180 countries and regions.
Weighing in at just one pound, the new iPad is effortless to carry around and at just 7.5mm thick, it is slim enough to fit into any school bag or briefcase – so you really can take it anywhere with you. It is also available in three colours to suit your style.
Augmented Reality (AR) is the latest technology that brings virtual objects into the real world and every aspect of the new iPad – from the display and processing power to the cameras and motion sensors – is designed to make AR apps more captivating than ever.
this tool, children will become creators of content rather than mere consumers of information.
AR overload Augmented reality is about combining digital with the real world and iOS is currently the largest AR platform in the world. Apple believes that AR is going to bring an entirely new dimension to the classroom, enabling new ways to learn. And with the A10 Fusion chip, its large Retina display and advanced cameras and sensors, the new iPad will open the door to new AR experiences that are simply not possible on other devices. We are already seeing some amazing, creative AR apps available to aid learning (see Outstanding AR Apps). Take Boulevard AR, for example. This brings precious works of art straight to the classroom (no need for teachers to endure the logistical headache of organising a class excursion to a museum), you can simply hold up your iPad and the work of art will be hanging right there in front of you in the classroom for you to approach and scrutinise in amazing detail
Apple believes that AR apps, like Froggipedia, will bring an entirely new dimension to the classroom…
as if it were really there. The advantage of using AR in this way is that you can get close enough to the painting to pick out each individual brushstroke – something you would never be able to do in the real world. AR allows students to study concepts more closely and more deeply than they ever could before and the new iPad is built to accommodate and drive this exciting technology.
iPad in the classroom Some schools provide an iPad for every student, others share a pool of iPads amongst a group of students – and for that purpose, Apple created Shared iPad. This software lets any student pick up an iPad off the trolley, tap in their name and, once they log in, that iPad becomes theirs, with their own apps, their own books and their own documents ready to go. And at the end of the class, that same student can log out and
the iPad will be ready for the next student to log into within one minute. Setting up school iPads is also easy because Apple has created Apple School Manager to give the IT teams a onestop shop to set up devices, download apps and create Apple IDs for everyone in the school (either individually or in bulk). Incredibly, you can create enough Apple IDs for a school of 1,500 in under one minute and the system is flexible
Apple also announced that it is bringing the Classroom app to the Mac and that a Beta will be available in June.
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Schoolwork is a cloud-based app that allows teachers to closely monitor the progress of their students.
enough to add or remove new IDs when students join or leave the school. To further aid iPad’s integration into the classroom, Apple has also increased the size of the amount of free
iCloud storage space with every Apple ID from 5GB to 200GB for schools – so there is plenty of room to store all of the rich creative content that each student produces.
Outstanding AR apps The best apps for showcasing the new iPad’s augmented reality capabilities
Boulevard AR This app brings to life one of the most celebrated paintings from the world-renowned Tudor collection in London’s National Portrait Gallery – the Portrait of Sir Henry Unton – and uses ARKit 1.5 to show the work in detail on the wall in front of you. Users are introduced to the painting by the collection’s curator, who then guides you through nine individual vignettes and allows you to independently explore this fascinating work of art.
Froggipedia Dissecting frogs used to be an integral part of biology in order to teach students about anatomy, but in this app ARKit 1.5 enables students to see a virtual, life-like frog appear right in front of them. What’s more, users can dissect the frog using an Apple Pencil instead of a scalpel, providing a more ethical and cost-efficient alternative to traditional lab dissection.
iPad for teachers
As the best products alone can’t create great learning experiences, Apple believes that teachers are the heart of the classroom and it takes dedicated teachers to fuel the student’s curiosity and to guide them to their full, creative potential. Apple wants to help teachers to create engaging and personal learning experiences for all kinds of learners and have so developed a few new tools to help. The Classroom app, for example, lets teachers guide their students and keep them focused and on-task, even when not all of the students are doing the same thing. Teachers can see what students are doing on iPad, and click in on a specific student to make sure everything is okay.
As every student is different and some may require more focus, attention and guidance than others, Apple has also developed the Schoolwork app, which will become available in June. Schoolwork is a free cloud-based app that makes it easy to assign handouts and to tap into the power of the apps that make iPad invaluable in the school and give visibility to each student’s progress. In Schoolwork you can see all of your classes as well as any upcoming assignments. It’s easy to create handouts for your class with PDFs, weblinks or documents and you can also send out reminders for trips or homework as easy as sending an email. Although Schoolwork lets you point students towards a certain
Everything about the new iPad, from the display and the processing power to the cameras and the motion sensors, is designed to make AR apps more enthralling than ever before. Here are the four best apps to showcase this…
GeoGebra Augmented Reality Useful for understanding maths and science, this app allows you to place 3D graphs and objects on any surface, then walk around them and take images from different angles. As users edit the equations, the graphs and objects change shape in real time, demonstrating complex concepts in a simpler, more visual way. With millions of users already around the world, the new iPad will allow even more students to benefit.
WWF Free Rivers This app used ARKit 1.5 to project an intricate, table-top model of a free-flowing river landscape onto any flat surface. The technology then allows users to interact with the scene, discovering how it adapts to rain, the building of a dam and testing more sustainable approaches to energy development. Telling the story of the world’s remaining free-flowing rivers and what we can do to save them, this app is utterly immersive and highlights serious issues.
Everyone Can Create helps teachers integrate creative areas like music and video into their existing lesson plans.
app, Apple felt this wasn’t enough so now you can assign specific activities within apps – and with one tap students can go straight to that activity – it’s so easy. And it’s just as easy to check on their progress too as a single tap brings up a more detailed view of a particular student’s work.
Apple Teacher Another way Apple is supporting teachers in the classroom is with Apple Teacher. A free and self-paced online professional learning program, Apple Teacher lets you build skills with Apple products, show progress by earning badges and be inspired by what is happening in your classroom or by seeing what other teachers are doing. Apple also believes that coding is a fundamental literacy in today’s world and its Everyone Can Code programme is designed to not only help youngsters become coders, if they so desire, but more importantly to teach students valuable skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. Everyone Can Code uses Swift, a powerful learning language that was developed by Apple and is the fastest-growing programming language in the world. Swift was used to create Swift Playground, a fun
easy to use app that teaches younger kids to code. Through this technology kids can also program drones and robots using iPad. Swift is just part of the Everyone Can Code curriculum. There are also lessons that go from basic coding concepts all the way up to kids building fully-functioning apps of their own. Apple is currently also building a brand new curriculum to inspire a new kind of learning experience called Everyone Can Create. This program is designed around the idea that technology can unleash kids’ creativity to better demonstrate what they have learnt in any subject. Like Everyone Can Code, teachers have access to free learning resources that they can use to help integrate music, video, photography and drawing into their existing lesson plans for any subject. Everyone Can Create will become available this autumn and is designed to take advantage of the new 9.7-inch iPad. And although this new device is available to consumers now for £319/$329, schools can purchase them for £289/$299, underlining Apple’s mission objective of getting them into every classroom. Because with iPad and the creative minds of children, anything really is possible.
Best Apple Pencil apps Recommended apps for getting the most out of Apple Pencil on your 9.7-inch iPad As the new 9.7-inch iPad is the first non-Pro model to be compatible with the Apple Pencil, we highlight a selection of practical apps to help you get the most out of the stylus.
Linea Sketch Capture your thoughts and ideas effortlessly with Linea Sketch’s easy colours, minimal UI and simplified set of layers.
Pixelmator This powerful layer-based image editor lets you touch up and enhance pictures, sketch, paint and create advanced image compositions.
GoodNotes 4 Take handwritten notes, search for them with ease and even drag and drop them into other apps to automatically convert them into typed text.
Notability This sturdy app lets you write, annotate documents, record lessons, sketch and draw perfectly straight lines for graphs and designs.
MyScript Nebo Originally created especially for iPad Pro, this app lets you handwrite, draw, edit and format your notes quickly and transport them as digital documents.
MyScript Calculator A calculator app with a difference, this one lets you write calculations and drag and drop numbers to and from the canvas, memory bar or to another app.
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Which iPad is right for you? We compare the new 9.7-inch iPad with last year’s iPad Pro To see exactly how the new 2018 iPad compares to the 2017 iPad Pro, we have compared the specs and dimensions of the
Wi-Fi-only versions so you can see, at-a-glance how they shape up and exactly what you get for your money.
10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) Price Colour
64GB/ 256GB/ 512GB Height: 250.6mm (9.8 inches) Width: 174.1mm (6.8 inches) Depth: 6.1mm (0.24 inches) Weight: 469 grams (1.03 pounds) 10.5-inch (diagonal) Retina display, LED-backlit with MultiTouch, 2224x1668 resolution 264 pixels-per-inch (PPI), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Fully laminated display, Anti-reflective coating, ProMotion technology, Wide colour display (P3), True Tone display
A10 X Yes
Smart Keyboard compatible?
Yes 12-megapixel photos, f/1.8 aperture, Optical image stabilization, Live Photos with stabilization, Quad-LED True Tone flash, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Backside illumination, Six-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure control, Auto HDR for photos, Body and face detection, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo geotagging
4K HD video recording (3840x2160), Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps, Time-lapse video with stabilisation, Cinematic video stabilisation, Continuous autofocus video, Body and face detection, 3x video zoom, Backside illumination, Video geotagging
FaceTime HD Camera
7-megapixel photos, Live Photos, Retina Flash, 1080p HD video recording, Auto-HDR for photos and videos, Backside illumination, Body and face detection, Burst mode
Silver/Space Grey/Gold/Rose Gold
Apple Pencil compatible?
£619/$649 (64GB)/ £769/$799 (256GB)/ £969/$999 (512GB)
Four-speaker audio Touch ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer Up to 10 hours (surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watch videos or listening to music)
9.7-inch iPad (2018) ÂŁ319/$329 (32GB)/ ÂŁ409/$429 (128GB) Silver/Space Grey/Gold
32GB/ 128GB Height: 240mm (9.4 inches) Width: 169.5mm (6.6 inches) Depth: 7.5mm (0.29 inches) Weight: 469 grams (1.03 pounds) 9.7-inch (diagonal) Retina display, LED-backlit with Multi-Touch, 2048x1536 resolution, 264 pixels-per-inch (PPI), Fingerprintresistant oleophobic coating
A10 Yes No 8-megapixel photos, f/2.4 aperture, Live Photos, Backside illumination, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus, Tap to focus, Exposure control, HDR for photos, Body and face detection, Panorama (up to 43 megapixels), Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo geotagging
1080p HD video recording, Slo-mo video support for 720p at 120fps, Time-lapse video with stabilisation, Video stabilisation, Tap to focus while recording, Body and face detection, 3x video zoom, Backside illumination, Video geotagging 1.2-megapixel photos, Live Photos, Retina Flash, 720p HD video recording, HDR for photos and videos, Backside illumination, Body and face detection, Burst mode Two-speaker audio Touch ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer Up to 10 hours (surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watch videos or listening to music)
Master file management Move files to other online storage, share files, tag files and more using the iOS 11 Files app Difficulty
he Files app on the iPhone and iPad is a powerful tool for managing the files and folders on iCloud. It is like Finder for iOS and, while it looks different, it has many of the same features and you can move, delete, rename, tag, share and perform other actions on files. Nearly everything you do on the Mac can be done on an iPhone or iPad. If you store the Desktop and Documents folders on iCloud on the Mac, you can move files around your Mac. The Files app can access other online storage, so you can perform advanced tasks like moving a file from Google Drive to the Mac’s desktop all on your iPhone on the go. Get to know the Files app and manage your Mac’s files…
Files know-how Manage iCloud files like a pro
Create new folders If you need a new folder to store files, tap this icon. It creates a new folder in the current location, which could be the root or a subfolder. You are asked to name it.
The iOS 11 Files app is a versatile system for managing your iPhone and iPad documents
File functions toolbar Press and hold and then let go to display the toolbar. It is different for files and folders and this one is for folders. Tap ‘Favourite’ to add it to the Locations screen.
Tagged files/folders This coloured dot indicates that this item has been assigned one or more tags. Tap ‘Sorted by’ at the top of the screen and select ‘Tags’ to sort files/ folders by their tags.
Knowledge base Using cloud storage We copied a file to OneDrive in the tutorial and Google Drive was also an option. Files works with whatever online storage apps are installed. If you do not have OneDrive, you will not see it on the Locations screen. Files can be moved within iCloud but are copied to and from other cloud storage. Delete the original to move it.
Show recent items One of the best ways to find files and folders you recently used is to tap ‘Recents’. In addition to showing recent items, it shows any files and folders organised by tags.
Some items may have a cloud icon next to them and this indicates that they are stored online but can be downloaded to the iPhone or iPad.
Step-by-step Learn file management tasks
1 Drag and drop
2 Use file functions
3 More file functions
4 Add file tags
5 Share files
6 Share with people
7 Manage deleted files
8 Move cloud files
9 iCloud to OneDrive
Move files in iCloud storage using the iOS Files app. Press and hold on a file and then drag it to another folder. Files dropped in Desktop appear on the Mac’s desktop.
Tags are synced with the Mac, so the colours and names displayed are whatever you use on the desktop. Tap one or more tags to add them and then press ‘Done’ in the corner.
Press ‘Locations’ in the top-left corner and then press ‘Recently Deleted’. Files are not kept forever, but if you don’t leave it too long, press, hold, let go and tap ‘Recover’.
Press and hold a file for a second or so, then lift. A toolbar is displayed with common file management functions like Copy, Duplicate and Rename. Tap the arrow for more.
Suppose you want to share a file on iCloud with someone else. This is easy and to begin long-press on a file and let go. Tap the right arrow in the toolbar and press ‘Share’.
There are many cloud storage services, such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. Files can copy or move files from one service to another. Press a file and tap ‘Move’.
Now the options are Move, Delete, Share, Tags and Info. Tags are useful for marking files and folders and for organising them. Let’s add some tags. Tap it in the toolbar.
Press the Add People icon to go to this screen where you can choose how to share a link to the file and the people to share it with. Press ‘Mail’ for example and email them.
The Locations screen automatically appears and iCloud, Drive or OneDrive can be selected. Expand the location and then press the Copy or Move button in the screen corner.
Configure iPhone/iPad backups Everything you need to know about backing up the iPhone and iPad to iCloud and how to configure it Difficulty
hat would happen if your iPhone was stolen or you dropped your iPad and it broke? Would you lose any photos, apps, messages or settings? Not if the iPhone and iPad are backed up. Don’t worry, they probably are being backed up to iCloud, but you should check that this is really happening and that there is sufficient space for backups. If you are struggling with the 5GB of free iCloud storage or if you simply want to streamline backups, it is possible to choose what information is included. Sometimes apps are backed up that don’t need to be, like Netflix. The worst that could happen is that you have to download the app again and sign in. By eliminating unnecessary data it is possible to shrink backups.
Backup basics What you need to know about the backup screen
Backing up regularly is essential for preserving all of your important documents and data
Dates and sizes If you are about to install an iOS update, you may want to check when the iPhone or iPad was last backed up. The date and time is here and the size of the backup is shown.
Configure backups If you are short of space on iCloud, remove apps from the backup if they are unimportant. This one is not and neither is Chrome below it. The apps contain no essential data.
See more apps This is clearly not the complete list of apps on the device and there are many more. Tap ‘Show All Apps’ to see the full list and choose whether they are backed up or not.
Knowledge base iTunes backup iCloud backups only save app data, whereas, if an iPhone or iPad is plugged into a Mac, iTunes makes a full system backup. This can be seen in the size of the backups and the length of time taken. Select the iPhone in iTunes and select the option to back up to the computer. It is worth performing a full backup occasionally.
Delete the backups If you are short of iCloud storage space or are disposing of the device, delete the backups by pressing this link. New backups are made if you continue to use the device.
iCloud Photo Library is a sync service, not a backup. Deleted photos are deleted everywhere, which is why it is useful to have a Google Photos backup.
Step-by-step Configure backups and choose what is backed up
1 Open Settings
2 Cloud backup status
3 Back up now
4 View iCloud usage
5 Select the device
6 Configure the backup
Open the Settings app and tap your name and icon at the top to display your Apple account. You could tap the device in the list at the bottom, but we will tap iCloud.
Go to Settings>your name>iCloud> Manage storage to see a list of the apps using iCloud. The size of the backups is displayed in the list. Press it to get more details.
Back up photos The photographs taken on your iPhone are valuable and could record onceonly events like weddings. Losing them would be a disaster, so how can they be backed up? iCloud Photo Library is one option, but the 5GB of free iCloud storage is insufficient and you must sign up for one of the subscription plans. A free alternative backup solution is Google Photos. Install the app and it will store all your snapshots online free of charge.
The status of iCloud Backup is a little way down the list among all the other apps and services that use iCloud. Whether backup is turned on or not, tap it to continue.
All backups are displayed, but only the device you are using can be configured and you need to repeat these steps with every device you own. Press ‘This iPhone’ or ‘This iPad’.
Press the switch if iCloud Backup is not turned on to enable automatic backups. Before installing an iOS update you might want to back up first. Press the link to start.
Details about the backup are shown at the top. Below is a list of apps and data that are available for backup. Turn off any that are unimportant or are backed up elsewhere.
Enable iCloud 1photos
Configure Google 2 Photos
Open the Settings app and press ‘Photos’. If you have paid for extra iCloud Storage, turn on the iCloud Photo Library switch at the top. If you have just the basic free iCloud storage, turn the switch off.
Open Google Photos, press the menu button, press the gear icon, then ‘Backup & sync’. Turn on Backup & sync and set the upload size to High quality (16MP photos and HD resolution video).
10 ways to save space on iOS Solve your storage problems with these top space-saving tips for the iPhone and iPad
ot so long ago, Apple was selling iPhones and iPads with 16GB of storage, and if you have an old model you are probably struggling for space. Even some new iPhones and iPads only have 32GB and it is easy to run out of space when adding games, shooting videos, downloading movies, syncing music and so on. Here are our top tips for coping with limited storage on an iPhone or iPad. It is possible to work comfortably in 32GB and it is even possible to keep old devices running that little bit longer if you are extra careful about how you use it. The trick is to make use of online services like streaming and storage instead of keeping everything on the device. Let’s get clearing some space.
Manage the storage on the iPhone Find out what is using the storage and clean up
Storage usage Go to Settings>General> iPhone Storage to see how the device’s storage is being used. The largest user of this iPhone’s storage is apps, but it may be different on your iPhone or iPad.
Delete old messages
Apps vary in size and some require negligible storage space, but others may be huge, especially games. Long-press on apps and tap the ‘X’ icon to delete any that you have not used in the last month. iPhone and iPad apps can always be reinstalled if you ever need them again.
Do you really need to keep chat messages you sent last year or even older ones? Go to Settings>Messages>Keep Message and select ‘1 Year’. If you really need the space, select ‘30 days’. Old messages and media attachments are deleted to free up space.
Offload apps Some apps are used daily but others might only be used occasionally. Tap a large app you don’t need and then tap ‘Offload App’.
App data Some apps store data on the iPhone and Google Maps stores maps locally so they can be accessed offline. Photo editors and music services may also store data. Open the apps and clear data.
iOS photo storage iOS monitors the available storage and automatically optimises it by performing various actions. Photos for example, can be stored online and replaced by lower resolution ones that take up less space. However, storing photos in Dropbox, Google Drive or some other storage enables even more space saving because even the low-resolution images can be removed. Every saving helps.
Old messages iMessages, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and other messaging apps may contain photos and videos attached to messages. Open them and delete the media files in messages to save space.
Downloading a big file, like a movie, forces iOS to clear storage space for it and it is a great trick for freeing up space for other apps.
If you have saved movies and TV programmes, delete them to free up space. Open the TV app for example and go to the Library. Tap ‘Downloaded’, tap a movie/ programme and long-press for an option to remove the download.
Some apps cache (store) music, video, photos, web pages etc. To clear caches, for example, go to Settings>Safari>Advanced> Website Data>Edit and delete sites not needed. Go to Settings> Music>Downloaded Music and tap ‘Edit’ to delete tracks.
If deleting apps feels too drastic and you want to keep some, they can be offloaded instead, which keeps them in iCloud, not on the iPhone/iPad. Tap Settings>General>Storage and select an app that is using a lot of space. Press ‘Offload App’.
At one time we had to transfer music from the Mac to the iPhone and iPad in order to play it and it took up gigabytes of valuable space. You don’t need to waste space on music storage now – you can stream it using the Apple Music app.
Use Google Photos
Google Photos has free, unlimited photo storage. After it has uploaded all your photos, tap ‘Free up space’. Every photo that has been backed up online is deleted from the iPhone/iPad to recover the storage space.
Download a movie
Podcasts can use a lot of storage space. Delete them after listening to them. Open the Podcasts app and tap ‘Library’ at the bottom. Select a podcast to see the episodes and then swipe right to left over ones you no longer want.
iOS manages the storage on the iPhone to accommodate what tasks you want to perform. Download a movie from the iTunes store and it makes space for it. Delete it and the space it occupied is available for other apps/data.
Delete read iBooks
When books are read in the iBooks app, they are downloaded and stored on the iPhone/iPad. To recover the space after you have read them, go to My Books and press ‘Select’. Select books and tap ‘Delete’. 185
Add funny GIFs to emails Make your emails stand out by inserting amusing GIFs into them. Just don’t email your boss! Difficulty
mails do not have to be boring – they can be funny and entertaining. Just insert an animated GIF and when the email is opened, instead of dull text, the recipient gets to laugh at an animation or film clip of a funny moment. We would not recommend sending funny emails to your boss at work, but your family and friends will find it a laugh. The Mail app on the iPhone cannot do this on its own and it needs a helper app in the form of Google Gboard. This is a keyboard that can be called up whenever you want to do something special, such as insert an animated GIF into an email. Gboard is free and has a library of clips you can use in emails.
Gboard provides a quick and easy means of adding extra personality to your iOS emails
Step-by-step Email GIFs with Gboard
1 Add a keyboard
2 Third-party keyboards 3 Allow full access Google Gboard is listed in the section for third-party keyboards and before it can be used for typing on the iPhone or iPad, you must press it in order to enable it.
This returns you to the previous screen, but now Gboard is listed as a keyboard. There is one more step to enable it. Press Gboard and allow full access or it may not work.
4 Create an email
5 Switch to Gboard
6 Browse the GIFs
Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for Gboard. Install it and afterwards, set it up by going to Settings>General> Keyboard>Keyboards>Add New keyboard.
Return to the home screen and press the Mail icon to open the app and create a new message. Long-press the globe button to see a list of keyboards and then select Gboard.
The Gboard keyboard is displayed and it looks similar to Apple’s, but it has some extra features. The GIFs are accessed through the emoji button, so press the smiley face.
If you see emoji, press the GIF button at the bottom of the screen and a strip of thumbnails appears. Swipe left and right to browse them all and to watch the animations.
Animated GIFs are best used occasionally and they can become irritating if used too much. Don’t drive your friends nuts with them!
Make emails fun! Insert amusing GIFs in emails GIF suggestions Insert a GIF
Gboard analyses the text you type into an email and then makes suggestions for animated GIFs. For example, we typed ‘What’s up?’ and the GIF below was suggested. Watch out for these suggestions.
An animated GIF cannot be automatically inserted into an email by Gboard. It must be copied and then you must paste it. Long-press to show the bar with editing tools and select ‘Paste’.
Search for GIFs
Knowledge base What is an animated GIF? GIF is a type of image file format that has been around for years. One of its best features is that files can contain multiple images. It can be configured to show them one after the other like cartoon or movie frames. Not all software can show animated GIFs, but web browsers, email programs and some messaging apps can.
7 Copy a GIF
Below the thumbnails are GIF categories. Swipe to browse them and tap a category to view the GIFs. When you see a GIF you want to use, press it to copy it to the clipboard.
GIF categories Categories of GIFs are displayed in a horizontal bar. Swipe left and right to see them all and tap a category to see the GIFs. Swipe left/right across the thumbnails to see them.
8 Paste the GIF
The animated GIF does not appear automatically in the email, but it is on the system clipboard. Position the text cursor where you want the GIF and long-press. Paste it.
If you cannot find a suitable GIF to use from the thumbnails below, try searching. Type a word or short phrase into this box and Gboard will respond by showing matching GIFs. Select one.
9 Type and send
The GIF is inserted in the email and the cursor can be positioned before or after it to enter the rest of the email message. Type a subject and then press the ‘Send’ button.
Make your HomePod more secure Apple already promises that the HomePod is as safe as houses but there are further steps you can take Difficulty
s soon as the first smart speakers rolled off the production line, people began to question how secure and private they were. There is a general wariness around devices that listen to your commands, potentially eavesdropping on conversations that they shouldn’t. But while, in truth, we have little to worry about, that doesn’t mean you should simply accept what comes out of the box. Thankfully, the HomePod has a few settings to consider when setting up and using the device. You can make decisions over collected data and location sharing. You can also determine whether HomePod can access your messages, notes and reminders whenever your connected iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network. Here we show how you can get some extra peace of mind. You have the freedom to stop your HomePod listening out for commands and much more…
Step-by-step Manage your HomePod privacy
1 Stop HomePod listening 2 Allow listening again Don’t want HomePod to listen out for “Hey Siri”? Turn it off by saying, “Hey Siri, stop listening”. You’ll now need to touch and hold the top of the HomePod to talk to Siri.
Reactive the HomePod’s ability to listen for “Hey Siri” by opening the iOS Home app before touching and holding the HomePod icon. Tap ‘Details’ and ‘Listen For Hey Siri’.
3 Stop sharing analytics
To stop usage/location data being sent to Apple, open Home in iOS, touch and hold the HomePod icon, tap ‘Details’, select ‘Analytics’ and toggle ‘Share HomePod Analytics’.
If your iOS device is away from the network used to connect your HomePod then Siri cannot call out your notifications via the speaker
Setting up personal requests Should you allow this function on your HomePod?
Does Apple know what I’m saying? When you talk to Siri on your HomePod, anything you say is encrypted and kept anonymous to protect your identity. It means any data that is received by Apple’s servers for processing is private and secure. Similarly, no-one is constantly listening in to your conversations since the detection of “Hey Siri” happens on the HomePod (not in the cloud) and Apple is not sent anything until it hears that trigger.
Connected to Wi-Fi For a HomePod user to access your messages, reminders and notes, your iOS device has to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your HomePod. The iOS device also needs to be sharing your location via Find My Friends.
Turning off Personal Requests Don’t worry if you have Personal Requests turned on. Turn them off by opening the Home app, tapping the location button (top-left) and selecting your name, before toggling Personal Requests.
Accessing Messages Setting up When you set up your HomePod using your iPhone, you’ll be asked if you want to Enable Personal Requests. If you share your home, you may want to tap ‘Not Now’.
If you enable personal requests, anyone would be able to hear your messages by saying, “Hey Siri, read the message”. They would also be able to compose by saying, “Hey Siri, send a message to X saying X”.
4 Turn off Location Services 5 Remove listening history 6 Reset your HomePod You may not want your HomePod to know your location even though it’s used for weather/traffic info. Go to Home>HomePod> Details, toggling ‘Location Services’ off.
If you don’t want music you play appearing in your profile and influencing For You recommendations, turn off ‘Use Listening History’ in Home>HomePod>Details.
To erase all contents and settings on your HomePod, just reset it. Go to the Home app in iOS and select HomePod>Details. Scroll down, choose ‘Remove Accessory’ and confirm.
Use Google Assistant natively on your iPad Google Assistant’s app for iPad lets you ask questions, make calls and control your home Difficulty
nlike Siri, rival voice assistants from the likes of Google and Amazon are keen to appear on as many platforms as possible. It is why Google Assistant found its way on to iPhones last year and it is why Google has now decided to make it work natively on an iPad, bringing with it the benefits of using a larger screen. Google Assistant has much functionality. It hooks up with your smart home devices, allows you to cast to your television, reminds you of any vital tasks and even lets you call or text family and friends by pulling information from the iOS address book. You can also write emails, play music and get answers to those burning questions. What’s more, thanks to the iPad’s multitasking, you can have the assistant running while you get on with other things.
Google Assistant works very well on iPad and is a serious alternative to Siri…
Step-by-step Get started with Google Assistant
1 Install the app
Visit the App Store on your iPad and search for Google Assistant. Install the app, select ‘Open’ to launch and tap ‘Sign In’ to enter your Google username and password.
2 Allow the microphone 3 Ask a question Google Assistant will ask if it can send you notifications and whether you want to be kept up-to-date with emails. It will also ask if it can access the mic. Allow this.
When you are ready to ask a question, tap the microphone icon at the bottom of the screen. A series of four-coloured dots will appear to indicate the Assistant is listening.
Say “tell me about your day” to get a weather summary, reminders and details about your commute and next meeting. Configure what you’re told in Settings.
Using Google Assistant How Google Assistant makes use of the iPad’s larger screen
Edit your query If Google Assistant gets something wrong, hold down on your request and tap ‘Edit Query’ or hit ‘Delete Request’.
Explore the possibilities Tap this icon to see what you can do with Google Assistant. Select the threedot menu and Settings to alter your preferences or set up voice matching.
Knowledge base Set up your services Input options Although it’s not as accessible as Siri, you can ask Google Assistant a question by tapping this microphone icon or select the keyboard to type it in.
4 See the answer
Your query will be translated into text just like with Siri and the answer will be displayed. Google Assistant then lists other related queries you may be interested in.
Multitasking Google Assistant takes advantage of multitasking so you perform other tasks at the same time. Just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and drag Google Assistant from the Dock.
5 Use the keyboard
If you don’t want to speak to Google Assistant, you can type your query instead. Just tap the keyboard button in the bottom-left of the screen and the keyboard will appear.
Tap the blue icon, select the three-dot menu and choose Settings. Under Services, tap ‘Music’ to choose Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play Music. Tap ‘Home Control’ and ‘+’ to add smart devices. Tap ‘News’ for news outlets or ‘Videos and Photos’ for Netflix or Google Photos.
6 View your options
Tap the blue button (top-right) to visit the Explore page and see what Google Assistant can do and the new options available. The three-dot menu lets you view your settings.
Record tunes with Music Memos Get the sounds in your head down instantly and edit your tracks on the move with Apple’s Music Memos Difficulty
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e have been long-time champions of Apple’s Music Memos app because of its simplicity. If an idea for a new guitar lick or chord sequence pops into your head then Music Memos provides all of the tools you need to get it down quickly and easily before the thought and the impetus is lost. You can use the app fairly primitively simply by humming tunes into it, or you can use external adaptors to connect your kit more professionally and go to town recording track after track until you nail it. You can then employ the app’s simple set of track management tools to rename it, label it and rate it and even remove the flab by tapping on the crop icon. All tracks can be instantly exported to other third-party music apps such as Sound Cloud and Apple’s own GarageBand app or uploaded to iCloud so that you can grab them on your Mac. The app is free to download from the App Store and if you’re constantly hearing music in your head then it’s the perfect outlet.
Apples Music Memos app is a handy tool for recording music ideas quickly and easily…
Step-by-step Record and edit music instantly
1 Start recording
Whether you’re humming it or strumming it, position your iPhone within easy reach, tap the Record button and start doing your thing. Tap the same button again to stop recording.
2 Set it to Auto
Tap the ‘Auto’ button in the top-left corner. Now, whenever you start playing, the app will start recording immediately and stop when you stop – ideal for multiple takes.
3 Access your recordings
You can now tap on the tray icon at the top of the interface to access your recordings. They will all be listed in chronological order and you can tap on the generic title to rename it.
You can save your tracks to iCloud but if you want to export them and use them in GarageBand then tapping Share>GarageBand is the quicker option.
Your portable studio All of the basic tools, at your fingertips… Track management You can tap the name of your track to rename it, label it using the tag icon and even rate it by tapping on the stars for future reference. Tap the trashcan to bin the project.
Auto-record Enabling this option will set the app to start recording whenever it detects a tune, which saves you having to fumble around pressing Record and setting your iPhone down.
Instant editing Tap on the waveform to reveal more options, such as those to crop the track and share it. You can easily export it to other apps such as GarageBand.
Knowledge base Connection method Music Memos works fine wirelessly, but if you have an iRig adaptor, such as iRig Pro I/O, you can connect a guitar/ keyboard to your iPhone for a cleaner signal and sound. Go to Products> Interfaces on ikmultimedia.com. If you are serious about making music they are worth buying and they work with other apps like GarageBand too.
4 Play it back
Select a track and press Play, then tap on the waveform. All of the chords will be identified above the waveform. You can edit the tempo and chords on this screen too.
Add the band If you tap on the bass guitar icon and/or the drumkit icon then the app will detect the key and tempo of the track and then add musical accompaniment to suit.
5 Edit your track
Tap on the crop tool and you will be able to perform basic cuts to your track. Simply drag the red handles to adjust the area you want to keep and then tap ‘Trim’.
6 Add accompaniment
Tapping the bass guitar and drumkit icons at the bottom will add background accompaniment to your track to give you an idea of how it could work fleshed out.
Organise your TV bingeing with iShows TV Struggling to keep track of all the shows you’re trying to keep up with? We’ve got your back Difficulty
here has been a recent explosion in choice for us television fans, with major TV show events happening on an almost weekly basis. Between Netflix, HBO, Sky, Amazon Prime, or good’ol BBC (other broadcast options are available), the output of new series is more than we could ever fit into our lives. Therefore, the need to keep on top of what we want to watch is greater than ever. However, if you’re anything like us, you will more than once (and more than twice) have happened onto Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while browsing through Netflix, which you watched halfway through but then lost track of, even despite having loved the half you actually saw. Then you’ll have discovered, to your dismay, that series only stay on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time, so you completely missed out on The Night Manager, which you were always going to binge over a weekend. The solution: get an app to help you stay on track. And that’s where iShows TV comes in.
The iShows TV app lets you build up a collection of favourite shows and track what you watch
Step-by-step Organise your TV watching collection
1 Sign up with trakt.tv
You can use the free version to track a few series, but if you are a TV addict like us, you’ll want to link it with trakt.tv for unlimited access. iShows Premium is £4.99, but is worth it.
2 Build your collection
Start browsing to add shows to your tracker. The Trending and Popular tabs help you find top shows but in the top-right, you can search or browse for a specific show or genre.
3 Expand the collection
Now that you’ve started, you can begin to expand your library. Keep your favourites separate by long-holding the main image and adding the show to your Favourites tab.
The iShows app is powered by trakt.tv, and setting up an iShows Premium account (£4.99) will give you unlimited access to both resources.
Navigate iShows with ease The interface is simple but offers a lot of options
Go to your collection Tap the iShows logo in the bottom-left to return to your collection. You’ll see a ‘Discover’ suggestion, but closing that will take you to your home area.
Use this to filter your search Overwhelmed by the volume of shows? Just tap the three dots in the top bar to filter the shows by genre to home in on your interests.
Quick additions Quickly add shows to your tracker by tapping the little plus symbol below each image. Tap on the image to open up the show and either add to your tracker, seen shows or to rate it.
Knowledge base iShows Movies and Games If you also need to keep track of your film-watching or gaming collection, rejoice, for there is also a dedicated app for each of these, powered by trakt.tv. Your iShows Premium account covers those apps as well as iShows TV, and the interface is almost identical, so you can get to grips with them using this tutorial.
4 What have you seen?
Tap a series image and mark off episodes you’ve seen by tapping the eye symbol under the image. Swipe left to get a dropdown list of episodes, which you can tick off individually.
Searching for a show Know exactly which show you’re looking for? Just tap the bottom-right magnifying glass and look it up.
5 When is it released?
To help you track ongoing series, iShows will tell you when the next episode is on. You can choose to get notifications to remind you before each episode starts.
6 Rate your shows
To help trakt.tv and iShows recommend new series to you, or to help yourself remember what you liked and didn’t like, you can rate each episode from one to five stars.
Make sense of heart rate data Get a detailed picture of your heart’s health with a free app that makes use of your Watch data Difficulty
s all Apple Watch owners know, the wearable is able to monitor your heart rate. But making good sense of its data and what it means for your overall health is just as important. The heart rate monitoring app, Cardiogram, uses the Watch data to tell you what it means. You are able to get a graph of your heart rate in real time on your wrist and see details of any spikes related to diet, stress or exercise on your iPhone. What makes Cardiogram even more worthwhile is the amount of research its makers are carrying out at the University of California, San Francisco. Although you can contribute data to this, it has already shown that the Apple Watch can detect the signs of diabetes with 85 per cent accuracy and that it can detect heart irregularity with 97 per cent accuracy. You can also tag your own spikes to chronicle and identify potentially abnormal rhythms and share your data with others.
Cardiogram makes sense of your Watch data and can help identify diabetes and irregular beats
Step-by-step Get in-depth heart rate statistics
1 Download the app
Install Cardiogram from the App Store to your iPhone. Then open the Watch app, tap ‘MyWatch’ and install Cardiogram to your Watch. Now launch Cardiogram on your iPhone.
2 Allow access to data
Create an account using Facebook, Twitter or email and decide which Health data Cardiogram can access. At the very least grant access to your Heart Rate. Tap ‘Allow’.
3 View the data
After Cardiogram syncs with the Health app, you will see a graph representing the peaks and troughs of your heart rate together with your resting and peak beats-per-minute.
Tap the Metrics tab (to the right of the heart) and compare your statistics with other users, giving you a good indication of whether you should be concerned.
Monitor your heart rate in real time Cardiogram keeps a constant eye on your heart rate Continuous mode Swipe left on the Watch face and you can activate the continuous mode which works well during a workout. If you start a workout using the Workout app, you don’t need to select Start on the Cardiogram Watch app.
View the graph Here you can see data between 50 and 100bpm and where you’re at during a time period. Orange bars show a rate of between 60 and 100bpm (red is above 100, blue below 60).
Knowledge base Encourage good habits If you select the Habits tab (to the left of the profile button at the bottom of the screen), you can choose from a number of activities aimed at keeping you fit and healthy. For example, selecting Meditation looks at reducing your stress levels while pledging not to drink coffee after 2pm is aimed at improving your sleep quality. Your data can also be used in heart health studies.
4 Account for changes
If you can recall what you were doing at a particular time, you are able to log it. Zoom into the graph using your fingers and tap the Journal button (it looks like a tag).
Current heart rate You can instantly see what your current heart rate is in the standard beatsper-minute. By default, the Apple Watch collects heart rate data every five minutes but you can view in real time.
Independent working You don’t need to have your iPhone nearby when you’re exercising to record your heart rate data.
5 Select an icon
A blue line will appear beneath the graph. Use the handles to select the time frame. Now choose one of the icons at the top of the screen to indicate the activity taking place.
6 Add a friend
You can invite and challenge friends, and compare yourselves in the Daily Leaderboard. Swipe left in the graph area showing your bpm, tap ‘Add Friend’ and send an email or SMS.
Apple TV Settings
Use your HomePod as an Apple TV speaker Since HomePod uses AirPlay, you can use it as a ‘sound bar’ for your Apple TV Difficulty
pple’s HomePod does a fantastic job of pumping out your favourite music and giving you a feeling of listening ‘live’. But did you know that you can also get amazing sound from your movies and TV shows? As long as you have a third, fourth or fifth generation Apple TV, you can hook the two together and use the HomePod almost like a sound bar. Making this possible is AirPlay – Apple’s method of streaming audio and video content. It lets you direct the sound from Apple TV away from your television speaker or other output device and into the HomePod so that you can take advantage of the cutting-edge methods the smart speaker uses to fill your room with sound. It’s just a shame that it works poorly with games, where lag between becomes noticeable. Here’s how to get your TV connected to the HomePod…
You can connect the most recent generations of Apple TV to your HomePod for stunning audio…
Step-by-step Connect HomePod to Apple TV
1 Open Settings
First, ensure your HomePod is powered and set up – which means it’s connected to your Wi-Fi and iCloud account. Then launch your Apple TV and open the Settings app.
2 Select Audio option
The Settings app on Apple TV allows you to directly select your HomePod speaker by picking up its presence in your home. Scroll down and select the option Video and Audio.
3 Choose the output
We want to direct the sound from your Apple TV to the HomePod so scroll down the list of options on this next screen and, under the heading Audio, select the Audio Output.
Siri can be used on the HomePod to turn the volume up and down. You can also use the controls on top of the HomePod.
Using the audio settings of Apple TV Adjust the audio output of Apple TV via the Video and Audio menu Surround Sound HomePod will already seek to fill your room with virtual surround sound so this option can be left alone.
Reduce Loud Sounds Connect HomePod and you don’t need to worry about this option as it ensures sound doesn’t split your ears; it also plays Apple TV audio at around 80 per cent max volume.
Choose the subtitle language Should you want to have subtitles playing as well as the audio, then you can select the language they appear in with this option.
Knowledge base Disconnecting the Apple TV If you don’t want your HomePod to play audio from your Apple TV, open Settings on your Apple TV, go to Video and Audio and select Audio Output once more. Go to Other Speakers and click the HomePod from the list of available devices to deselect it.
4 Click your HomePod
Since the HomePod uses AirPlay and is connected to your Wi-Fi, the device will appear in the list of available speakers. Select the HomePod so it becomes the default speaker.
Navigation Clicks Don’t like the clicking sound you hear when you are flicking through the menu items on the Apple TV? Turn them off by clicking here.
5 Use another method
It is also possible to select the HomePod as the speaker for Apple TV direct from the Apple TV home screen. To do this, just hold the Play/Pause button on the Siri remote.
6 Make your choice
Now choose the HomePod from the menu which appears. This is a quicker method of flicking between your HomePod and other audio output devices you may have available.
Play retro games on Apple TV Enjoy a huge number of games from days gone by on your television by emulating old consoles Difficulty
lthough there are many games available in the app store on Apple TV, there may be titles from your past you long to play again. Maybe you loved Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario and spent your youth on a NES, SNES, Sega Master System, Mega Drive or a cool handheld. Retro gaming is a popular hobby and it’s possible to emulate systems such as those on more up-to-date devices, including the Apple TV. An app called Provenance is available, based on OpenEmu which we covered in a previous iCreate. You can’t find it on the App Store – you need to sideload it using Xcode on your Mac. The only extra you need is a USB-A to USB-C cable (or, if you own a recent MacBook or MacBook Pro, a USB-C to USB-C cable).
Step-by-step Install Provenance to Apple TV
1 Install Xcode
2 Connect Apple TV
4 Choose Apple TV
5 Enter Bundler identifier 6 Finishing off
In the Mac App Store, search for Xcode and install it. Then, in Finder, go to Applications>Utilities>Terminal. Type: git clone https://github.com/jasarien/Provenance.gitt
In the top-left corner, to the right of play and pause will be a gamepad icon and the word Provenance. Choose ProvenanceTVrelease and select ‘Apple TV’ under device.
Use the USB-A to USB-C (or USB-C to USB-C) cable to connect Apple TV to the Mac. Now launch Xcode and, in Finder, locate the Provenance folder that you’ve just downloaded.
Click Provenance (left menu) and blue square (main window). Select ProvenanceTV. In Bundle Identifier, replace provenance-emu with any term. Click ‘Team’. Choose your account.
3 Select the file
Click the white icon called Provenance. xcworkspace. From the Xcode menu bar, go to Xcode>Preferences and select the Account tab. Click ‘+’ then select ‘Add Apple ID’.
Click ‘TopShelf’ under Targets. Repeat Bundle Identifier change (use same term and team as Step 5). Xcode will index. Press the Play button to install Provenance to Apple TV.
You can play Sega Mega Drive, Game Gear, Master System, Sega CD, SNES, NES, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance ROMs.
Import games to Provenance Launch Provenance on Apple TV by clicking the icon which will appear following installation
Importing games To start importing games, click Import/Export. When you do this, the screen will display an IP address. Go to that address in Safari on your Mac.
You can, if you wish, use a Made for iPhone (MFi) game controller (select it under iCade Controller). But you can also play your games using the Siri Remote.
To reach this screen, press Menu on the Siri Remote and select Settings. Scroll down the screen until you see Actions.
Knowledge base Is it legal? Emulating retro consoles is a legal grey area depending on what you are doing. Grabbing games from the internet – certainly if you do not own the original – is classed as piracy, even though it is widespread, and if any money exchanges hands or if you decide to pass on those games to someone else, then you can find yourself in trouble. If it feels wrong, don’t do it.
Using a Mac Via Safari on the Mac (on the page accessed via the IP address), select the Roms folder and click Upload Files. Once uploaded, they’ll be available on Apple TV.
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It is easy to check which apps have been used the most in Settings>Battery
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AirDrop This is an ad-hoc service for Apple’s macOS and iOS systems that enables the transferral of files among supported devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without apps.
HomePod This is Apple’s smart speaker that is powered by Siri and can be placed around the home to play audio, answer questions and provide whatever information you require.
I know that my daughter is on her iPhone when she should be working! How can I check which apps she is using? Shelly Lewis
Lightning (connector) This is the eight-pin cable used to connect Apple’s mobile devices, like iPhones and iPads to power supplies and host computers.
Widget These are accessible by swiping right from your iPhone’s home screen and provide access to certain features from built-in and third-party apps that you have installed.
1 Open Settings
If you want to check which apps are taking up most of your daughter’s time, go to Settings> Battery and then wait a few moments for the ‘Battery Usage’ section to become populated.
2 View the apps
By default, Battery Usage will show the proportion of battery used by your apps. To find out exactly how much time has been spent on certain apps, tap on the clock icon.
3 See the times
You can now see how many hours each app has been spent in active use as well as how long it has been running in the background. The apps are displayed in battery usage order.
If you don’t want music purchased on your iOS device appearing on your Mac, go to iTunes>Preferences>Downloads and disable Auto Downloads.
I take pride in my iTunes music collection but something has gone wrong and it’s showing duplicates of every song! Ian Smith The problem you are having relates to a recent update of iTunes that changes the way that your songs are displayed. If you subscribe to Apple Music then the duplicates are merely displaying that you have an
original version of the song that you downloaded from iTunes and a matched Apple Music version that you haven’t downloaded. If the fact that there appear to be duplicates bothers you, you can simply disable it.
1 Why duplicates? 2 Check the list Go to your iTunes Library and then click on ‘Songs’ in the left column. Now right-click on the ‘Name’ bar and select to display the two iCloud options.
You can now see what the duplicate songs and their icons relate to. Click the cloud icon in the menu bar to group them and batch-delete ‘Removed’ tracks.
3 Change view
To simply remove the duplicate tracks from view, go to View>Only Downloaded Music and, as if by magic, the problem will go away!
I am concerned about security on my iPhone, how can I control and limit what Siri can access? Michelle Kean Stop listening Lockdown Siri If you’d rather that Siri didn’t divulge personal details about you to people that don’t have your passcode, turn off this option.
While ‘Hey Siri’ is great for hands-free use, if you find that Siri is always interrupting your day with unintended requests turn ‘Listen for “Hey Siri”’ off.
Delete user data If you toggle Ask Siri off and go to Settings> General>Keyboard and slide ‘Enable Dictation’ off, Apple will delete all of the information your device has collected on you.
Silence Siri If you’d rather read Siri’s responses than hear them, tap ‘Voice Feedback’ and switch to ‘Control with Ring Switch’ or ‘HandsFree Only’ modes.
Apple Expert The one-stop column for Genius advice I have both an older (but upgraded) MacBook of my own and an iPad Pro (given to me by my mother). The only reason I am keeping the Macbook is as a backup device to store some files, photos and apps, which I have on an external drive to plug into the laptop should my PC ever fail me. Because the MacBook can run WhatsApp it would be handy for my mother (I believe that WhatsApp doesn’t run on iPads?) My question is, is there a way to use an external hard drive with the iPad, perhaps via a USB to Lightning adapter? Will the iPad recognise a drive this way, thereby allowing me to still be able to access my backup hard drive and pass the MacBook on to my mother? Any help would be appreciated. Verbatim (verbatimeurope.co.uk) produce a neat portable drive called the iStore ‘n’ Go USB Drive. Available in 16, 32 and 64GB versions, this device will plug into the Lightning port on your iPad to provide additional storage (via its own file management app). Other similar drives are probably available but we scored this one five stars back in issue 173.
Is it possible to make adjustments to files from the ‘Save As’ screen on my Mac? Thomas O’Grady
The one-stop column for Genius advice I have a Bose Soundtouch and when I try to use AirPlay from iTunes there is no sound. Both the app and the sound wave say playing but still no sound. Any ideas? This is a tricky one without checking all of your settings. However, a common sound issue we experience occurs when the volume bar within the iTunes app gets accidentally clicked and muted. Also click on the AirPlay button to the right of the iTunes volume switch and ensure that the right device is selected and that the separate volume control there is at a sufficient level. If this fails to address the problem then try connecting via Bluetooth to see if that helps. Good luck. Is there any way to find out the pixel size of an iPad photo? I can’t see any options within the Photos app to do this. That’s because there are no options! Go to the App Store and search for a free app called Photo Investigator. This provides detailed metadata for all of your photos and is very useful to have to hand if you’re after more complex information such as pixel size. Hopefully Apple will incorporate such detail into its Photos app soon.
Expand options When saving a new file you can expand the Save As dialogue box by clicking on the arrow icon to the right of the ‘Save As’ field. Do this so that you can see your files and folders.
Right-click files When the Save As dialog box has been expanded, right-click on the name of any file within the box and you will see a small menu of options.
How do I change the search engine in Safari on my Mac? I was hoping to switch to an engine that provides a little more privacy. Mark King While in Safari, go to the Safari menu and choose ‘Preferences’. When the Preferences window appears, click on the ‘Search’ tab and then click on the menu next to the Search Engine option. This will display your available search engines. If it is more privacy you are after then the ‘DuckDuckGo’ option is probably your best bet. Pick this from the menu and close the Preferences window. DuckDuckGo will block advertising trackers and keep your search history and personal data private.
Rename files If you click on the ‘Rename’ option then you will be able to change the name of the file within the Save As dialog, which could save you time.
Whenever I want to play an album from my iTunes music collection the songs are shuffled and play out of sequence, why is this? Christopher Salter Most likely because you have the ‘Shuffle’ button enabled. You can easily check if this is the case by looking at the playback controls window at the top of the iTunes interface while your music is playing. If the Shuffle icon (which is in the top-left corner of the playback controls window, directly above the track running time) is in a solid block then it means that Shuffle mode is enabled and the tracks you play from an album will be mixed up. If you click on this icon then you will turn the mode off and normal service is resumed.
Shuffle mode could have been triggered accidentally…
If you are currently playing different music on your iPhone and HomePod, the Control Center lets you transfer playback between devices in a single tap.
I recently bought a HomePod. How can I control what music is played from my iPhone? Spencer Flately Use Control Center Device selection is handled by Control Center, so swipe up to use it.
Select your options
Select your HomePod
Expand your music playback options in Control Center by tapping the corner.
Select your HomePod from your list of possible AirPlay devices.
I have heard that there is a predictive text feature that is accessible in certain macOS apps. How can I access and utilise this? Natalie Combes There certainly is and this feature can be utilised in many native macOS apps such as Text Edit and Notes, as well as the iWorks suite of apps including Pages, Numbers and Keynote. It is very handy if you are unsure of the
1 Start typing a word
If you want to write a particular word and are unsure of the exact spelling, simply type the first few letters and then press the Alt+Esc keys together.
spelling of a particular word as you can start typing the first few letters before utilising this hidden feature and being presented with a list of possible word matches that should include your intended word. Hereâ€™s how to do itâ€Ś
2 See the options
A list of possible word matches will now be displayed which will, hopefully, include the one that you want to type. Hover your cursor over the list to select a word option.
The complete word will now be added to your text. Not only can this help with spelling, it can also be a great timer-saver as you get more accustomed to using it.
Genuis Bar How can I disable my activity status in Instagram so people can’t see when I’m ignoring them? Craig Southall
I have heard that it is possible to stop explicit content from playing through the HomePod. How can I do this so that the children don’t hear bad words in songs? Philip Jackson All you have to do is go to the Home app on your iPhone and then press and hold on the HomePod icon. Next, tap on ‘Details’ and then scroll down to see a range of options controlled by toggle switches. One of these options is called ‘Allow Explicit Content’ and to prevent explicit content from being played, all you have to do is move the toggle switch for this option to the ‘Off’ position to prevent your HomePod from turning the air blue.
1 Go to Settings 2 Scroll down 3 Access and In the Instagram app, tap on the person icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and then tap on the Settings icon (the cog).
Scroll down through the various Instagram settings options and you will see one called ‘Show activity status’, which is ‘On’ by default.
Turn this option to the ‘Off’ position and the Instagram app will no longer announce that you are active or when you last used it.
I have heard that there is a way to check the health of my iPhone battery. How can I do this? Tilly McGrath New to iOS 11.3
Is there a way to control what music iTunes is playing using my Apple Watch? I think this would be useful but don’t know if such a feature exists. Do you know? Sheila Montecute
The Battery Health feature is a new Beta addition to the iOS 11.3 update. Designed to add more transparency to the battery reliability of older iPhones, it provides useful, at-aglance information to your current battery state.
Max Capacity Make sure your Watch and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network and then launch the Remote app on your Watch and tap the ‘+’ icon to begin adding your Mac as a device. Launch iTunes on your Mac and enter the four-digit code that is presented on your Watch to pair both devices. Finally, click on the Remote icon in iTunes and enter the next code.
This is a measure of battery capacity relative to when your iPhone was new. This iPhone is one year old and the capacity has dipped 12 per cent during that time (if it was 100 per cent to start with).
Peak Performance This setting will determine if your iPhone battery is currently operating at peak performance. If not then it is time to get it replaced at your local Apple store.
You can make calls straight from Safari on your Mac, Just highlight a phone number on a webpage and choose the ‘Call Using iPhone’ option.
A friend told me that it is possible to make phone calls straight from my Mac. This could prove a massive time-saver for me so how do I go about using this feature? Gemma Whitehead
Apple Expert The one-stop column for Genius advice I have forgotten the passcode to unlock my iPad and now I will have to reset it. Will I lose all of my pictures if I do this? If your pictures aren’t backed up to iCloud then yes, you will lose them unfortunately. This is why it is a good idea to schedule iCloud backups regularly. To do this, go to Settings>iCloud>iCloud Backup and then ensure that the feature is on.
1 Connect to Wi-Fi 2 Enable on iOS
3 FaceTime prefs
4 Prepare to call 5 Making a call
6 Other methods
To start with, make sure that you are logged into the same Wi-Fi network on your Mac and iPhone. Go to System Preferences>Network.
While in the FaceTime app on your Mac, click on the ‘Audio’ tab in the main window and then click on the handset icon of a previously-called number.
On your iPhone, go to Settings>iPhone>Calls and then tap on ‘Calls on Other Devices’. Make sure this feature is turned on and your Mac is selected.
A menu will appear, choose ‘FaceTime Audio’ and your Mac will start calling the number. When connected, a small console will appear.
On your Mac, open the FaceTime app and then click on the FaceTime menu and choose ‘Preferences’. Ensure the ‘Calls From iPhone’ option is enabled.
You can also make calls on your Mac straight from the Contacts app. Just navigate to the correct contact card and click on the ‘Call’ button.
Is it possible to disable swipe across access to the camera from my iPhone 8’s lock screen? We know of no way to do this, which is annoying, especially if you accidentally swipe to your camera in your pocket. Do any of our readers out there know of a way to do this? I recently upgraded to the iPhone X and most of my contacts didn’t carry across, help! Did you restore from backup? If not, connect your old iPhone to iTunes on your Mac and on the ‘Summary’ screen, choose to backup to ‘This computer’. Once done, connect your iPhone X to the same Mac and choose the ‘Restore Backup’ option. If this doesn’t work then you can always send your contacts to your new iPhone via AirDrop.
Naim Uniti Atom £1,999/$2,995 Key features
Just look at it! Naim’s Uniti Atom is an all-in-one audio system that is designed to connect easily to your home Wi-Fi to enable you to enjoy a world of music from any source you could imagine. You can stream music in high-resolution from your Mac via Bluetooth, browse and play millions of songs through the popular streaming services such as Spotify Connect, Deezer and TIDAL, AirPlay music from your iOS device and
From the finned aluminium heatsinks to the mesmerising LCD panel, the Naim Uniti Atom is a hunk of unquestionable beauty…
connect directly to thousands of Internet Radio stations. It even has a built-in Chromecast! All you have to do is add your own speakers of choice and the Atom will steer you out onto a formidable sonic highway. Designed and engineered in Salisbury, the Uniti Atom is a weighty hunk of extreme beauty. Crafted out of brushed black aluminium with extruded fins running down the side to extract heat, the unit somehow manages to be both
inconspicuous and attention-grabbing at the same time. This could also have something to do with the swirling confetti five-inch LCD display and the illuminated oversized volume dial on the top (a signature feature of the range) that pulsates as if representing the beating heart of the system. And it’s almost like the system IS alive because the screen boasts proximity sensors and wakes up whenever someone approaches. When active, the screen displays images of album artwork, music metadata and audio input information. A small vertical strip of buttons down the edge of the front panel lets you stop and play the music and select your favourites. It is undoubtedly a true masterpiece of industrial design.
Input overload As you would expect from a high-end sound system, the Uniti Atom comes completely decked out with connection ports. On the rear you will find two optical TOSLink (up
to 24bit/96kHz) ports, a coaxial RCA (up to 24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs) port, an HDMI ARC port, RCA ports and two USB-A sockets (front and rear). There are also options to expand the system. For example, you can add external power amplifiers like Naim’s own NAP 100, separate subwoofers and, if you have an extensive CD collection, the Uniti Core music server. Internally, the Uniti Atom utilises the same powerful 40-watt A/B-class amplifier technology as Naim’s iconic NAIT integrated amps. Additionally, the finest-quality SMD circuitry and premium Burr Brown DACs deliver Naim’s signature pace, rhythm and timing. A free app provides quick and easy control over your multiroom Naim units and also your music, but any reason not to physically walk up to, touch, and admire the Uniti Atom is a negative as far as we’re concerned. In terms of sound, this obviously depends very much on what speakers you connect to it (we used Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers and QED cable). But as long as you provide the Uniti Atom with the finest tools to do its job then you’ll not fail to be completely blown away by the quality of audio it produces. From the moment you feed power into the Uniti Atom’s divine unit and the LCD panel kicks into life you know that your money has been well spent on a high-end product. Also in the box is a chunky remote that replicates the build quality and sensory illumination of the main unit. If you’re looking for an all-in-one sound system to connect all of your Mac and iOS devices to then this is probably the only one you will ever need. Breathtaking.
The illuminated volume control dial has an ultra-pleasing action and provides a beautiful, pulsating aesthetic…
proximity sensors so that it is awake and alert whenever you approach…
You can connect it to anything and it even provides local storage to house up to 20,000 songs ready for streaming
Verdict The audio system of the gods, Naim’s Uniti Atom looks incredible, connects to anything and processes your sounds phenomenally well.
BlinkXT Smart Home Security System £239/$249 Key features
This set, consisting of two Blink XT batterypowered cameras and a Sync Module is all you need to set up a basic home security system. Oh, and your iPhone, of course. To get set up and started, all you have to do is plug in the Sync Module, download and install the free Blink Home Monitor app and use that to connect your iPhone to the Sync Module box and then that to your cameras. The whole process takes about five minutes, after which you will be fully connected and good to go.
Quality control Through the app you can add further Blink XT cameras to your network and then give them individual names to cycle through the feeds at will and then see what they see on your iPhone
screen. The quality of the feed is very impressive, will a full-colour, 1080p HD display being relayed to your iPhone screen. It also presents a 110-degree viewing angle and infrared night vision, so you never miss a thing. This set also comes with a wall mounting bracket so that you can position one of the cameras exactly where you want – on the wall next to the front door, for example, so you can see exactly who is calling. Each camera measures 71x71x34mm and each one requires two AA batteries that are inserted by removing the back of each camera (which is probably a lot harder to do than it should be). The app is incredibly easy to use but be warned that your feed will be very stop/start if your Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch. You can also add to your system at any time.
Each camera captures full colour 1080p HD footage and you can add more into your set-up for full home coverage
Each camera produces a 110-degree viewing angle and also provides an infrared night vision feed
Verdict A quality security system that is easy to set up and use. The detail captured by the cameras is stunning and their field of vision and night vision mode ensure that you’ll never miss a thing on your iPhone.
The Sync Module plugs in to a power point via USB and syncs the Blink Home Monitor app with your camera(s)
Denon Envaya Pocket DSB-50BT £89/$99 Key features
For the price, it would be hard to find a better portable speaker than Denon’s latest Envaya model. This attractive unit is an extremely manageable size and, on a full charge (which takes an admittedly lengthy charging time of over two hours), boasts an impressive ten hours of uninterrupted listening. The Bluetooth system is very simple to use – one touch of a button on your iPhone and you’re connected – and the range is an extremely impressive 30 metres, which is particularly handy as you can move the speaker around with you without having to bring your iOS device or Mac with it. The sound quality of the Envaya Pocket is superb. The speaker produces thick, bassy tones
which provide the listener with a rich, powerful musical experience, and two units can also be paired together for true stereo sound.
Available in black or grey, the speaker is water and dust proof and small enough to be taken anywhere
Wall of sound Featuring two 40mm full range drivers, a passive radiator and a high efficiency digital amplifier (2x6.5w), considering its size, you’d be hard pushed to find a wireless Bluetooth speaker that can produce sound much louder than this unit. The sound also stays largely intact at the higher volumes, which is rare in speakers of similar proportions. The robust polymer and hardwearing fabric construct means that you can take this anywhere, making it the perfect party piece.
A simple button set on the side of the speaker lets you power on, pair, adjust the volume and take calls
Verdict Don’t let its unimposing size fool you – Denon’s pocket-rocket is capable of summoning sound that will blow you away. A brilliant piece of tech.
A pull-away flap on the back of the unit conceals a 3.5mm AUX socket and the micro USB charge point
These active bookshelf speakers from Edifier were an unexpected joy. Compact, yet punchy, they would look and feel equally at home in your lounge as they do straddling your iMac and come with RCA, AUX, USB, optical, coaxial and Bluetooth connection options for you to connect wirelessly or through a desired port (the USB, optical and coaxial inputs have a sample rate of up to 192KHz).
Each speaker contains a 19mm dome treble tweeter unit made from highly-polished titanium laminate, providing a bright, clean performance, and the addition of 3.75-inch metal diaphragm
mid-range bass units add a satisfying rumble to your sonic landscape. The bass units are housed in an aluminium frame that allows for higher power and minimal vibration for crossover. The result is exceptionally sharp sound that can be projected or retracted through the room thanks to the built-in amplifier. As well as all of the connection cable options, the S880s also come with a remote control unit. However, unlike other active speaker controls that are small, plastic and feel like an afterthought, this one is round, sturdy and made of metal. Small, yet incredibly versatile, with four EQ modes, the S880DB active speakers are worthy of consideration for all of your audio needs.
Standing at a little over 23cm (9in) tall, these bookshelf speakers are far from imposing physically, but they kick out great, crisp sound that belies their size and price point.
Marshall Mid A.N.C. £239/$259 Key features
In March Marshall added to its everexpanding family of impressivelyengineered headphones with these, the Mid A.N.C. active noise cancelling headphones. They utilise four microphones to continuously measure and pinpoint ambient noise to block out everything that you don’t want to hear – and the results are stunning.
Fingertip control The design of the headphones is minimalistic and consists of a plush headband wrapped in soft microfibre, black anodised metal detailing and iconic, brass-plated Marshall logos. The
headphones can be connected wirelessly to your Mac or iOS device via Bluetooth (with a range of 10m) or with a supplied 3.5mm jack. A small brass analogue button on the left can allows you to control the music and phone functionality and a switch on the right can lets you toggle the noise cancelling capabilities on or off. Turning it off can heap an additional 10 hours of playtime onto the already impressive 20 hours that the headphones give you with ANC enabled. The 40mm dynamic drivers provide a kneetrembling tsunami of sound that perfectly marries clarity with just the right amount of bass, making the Mid A.N.C.s an epic, all-round set of cans.
Verdict Expertly engineered to deliver superior wireless audio while dampening unwanted outside noise, Marshall’s Mid A.N.C. headphones provide style, effortless control and exceptionally good sound.
The Mid A.N.C.s feature black anodised 3D hinges that rotate freely and adapt to your head for an ergonomic fit
A switch lets you turn off the noise cancelling capabilities to get more playback time from the charge…
The headphones come with a guitarinspired travel case lined in rich red velvet that is collapsible when not in use
Accessories Summary 15” Laptop Sleeve £29.99/$29.99 stmgoods.com Made from water-repellant fabric, STM Goods’ 15” Summary laptop sleeve is like a personal bodyguard for your MacBook – a lightweight, durable Kevin Costner hellbent on protecting your pride and joy whatever the cost (in this case a very reasonable £29.99). Available in four colours (black, granite grey, royal purple and dark navy – reviewed here), the sleeve looks good, is very well made and its asymmetrical zippered design provides easy access to your Mac when you need it.
Invizbox Go £105/$150 invizbox.com The Invizbox is a portable VPN router that allows users to secure all internet traffic and view blocked content while using Wi-Fi anywhere in the world. Additionally, it also functions as an ad-blocker, Wi-Fi coverage extender and portable power bank, making it a very useful travelling companion. Measuring 13x7cm, the unit is pocketsized and comes with a zip-up case for protection. It is also very easy to set up and use and features light displays on the side to relay essential charge and Wi-Fi strength information. A must-have.
Brainwavz S0 Noise Isolating Earphones £35.99/$49.99 brainwavzaudio.com Brainwavz is committed to producing quality audio products at competitive prices and its S0 IEM noise isolating earphones are probably its greatest creation to date. The 9mm dynamic drivers create a rich range of sound and the all-metal casing and flat, tangle-free cabling provide a sleek look and ensure you’ll never have to waste time unpicking knotted wires. The headphones also come with a microphone and remote for incoming call and audio control.
Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear Headphones £159/$189 libratone.com Designed for all iPhone and iPad models with Lightning connector ports, these headphones feature adjustable noise cancelling that doesn’t require a cumbersome battery pack. Users can control exactly how much of the outside world they let in and the headphones come with a selection of different sizes of buds to fit all ears. They sound phenomenal and look the part in four different colours. A real sound sensation!
ROCCAT Khan AIMO Headset £119.99/$129.99 roccat.org Part of the AIMO Illumination series, ROCCAT’s Khan AIMO Headset boasts high-quality 50mm drivers that deliver Hi-Res audio and a microphone that covers the full vocal spectrum, and it is supremely comfortable. It also comes with a built-in 7.1 sound card, features passive noise cancellation and lights up like an end of pier fairground to suit any mood or environment. Perfect for Mac and iOS gaming, this headset will really take you to a different world!
Stay on T-RackS The package includes 39 individual high-end mixing and mastering processors from T-RackS 5
Bomb the Bass Total Studio 2 MAX also offers the largest and most authentic collection of guitar and bass gear available…
Total Studio 2 Max Total FX The inclusion of software such as SampleTank provide access to over 16,000 sounds and effects
“The collection pools together resources from IK’s expansive collection of music-making apps” 94
Quite possibly the world’s most complete studio collection of software instruments and FX, Total Studio 2 Max brings together 94 products in a single suite and provides music composers, producers, performers and sound engineers with all of the tools needed to take music making and processing to a whole new level. Included in the package are over 16,000 sounds, 39 high-end mixing and mastering processors and over 350 of the most soughtafter guitar and bass models – considerably more than any other collection on the market. The collection pools together resources from IK Multimedia’s expansive collection of music-making apps – including SampleTank, Syntronik, MODO
Bass, T-RackS and Amplitube – giving the user a formidable arsenal of samplers, sequencers and virtual instruments with which to realise their musicmaking fantasies. We know that these products are all of the highest quality because we have sampled and reviewed them individually before, but to have them in one box is a salivating prospect although, understandably, this collection doesn’t come cheap. To buy the full version from scratch will cost around £999.99. However, if you own portions of the package then you can pay a significantlyreduced ‘upgrade’ cost to grab the bits that you don’t currently possess. Of course, the one-off price also includes updates, so the whole package is future-proofed for indefinite musical bliss.
Verdict The ultimate compendium of digital music-making tools that draws together the cream of IK Multimedia’s esteemed collection. Essential.
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Pythonesque The look of the game, at times, comes from the Terry Gilliam school of Monty Python humour
Flatpack joyride The game draws on many gaming styles, like Jetpack Joyride, Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Tetris
Funny oddities You will meet all manner of strange creatures on your quest for the cherry, all can be interacted with
“It sails around a selection of gaming styles with anarchic abandon…” 96
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It’s hard to find a true original in the games market these days but that is one categorisation that is easy to apply to Chuchel. Describing exactly what type of game it is, on the other hand, is headscratchingly hard as it sails around a selection of styles with anarchic abandon, though each one is perfectly realised. Brought to us by the makers of Machinarium, Chuchel is an adventure game of sorts that flits between point-and-click puzzles and arcade-style action. As the eponymous hero, the game plays out as one big superiority contest as you have to beat your rival, Kekel, to the precious cherry. The way it transpires is a series of static screens in which you have to interact with certain items in a certain order to trigger key scenes and progress
through the story. These scenes then give way to more conventional arcadey sections with Jetpack Joyride-style spacebar-mashers to stylish parodies of Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Tetris before the action is slowed down again. It is brilliantly paced and genuinely humorous with plenty of Pythonesque mimicry in attendance. The downside with the game is that the puzzles aren’t taxing enough to keep you thinking for long and clues are on hand to help you out in the rare event that you do get stuck. As such, you often find yourself idly clicking at things on the screen until the right pieces fall into place. And while we loved the variety in the gameplay, it’s all stuff you’ve played before, albeit dressed up in pastel colours. It is pretty damn funny, though.
Verdict It’s really hard not to like this game – a mashup of gaming styles mixed with good humour. However, there just isn’t enough here to keep you laughing for long.
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