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“The iCloud is a brilliant thing, but not
everyone will need to enable much of it”
Apple’s iCloud is undoubtedly a brilliant thing – an
invisible floating mesh that binds all of our Apple devices
together, keeps them in sync and provides the easy
transferral of files, documents and images. However, it
still isn’t as straightforward as it could be. For example,
not everyone will need to enable many of its features,
such as iCloud Photo Library, and, bafflingly, we seem
to unwittingly gorge our way through the free 5GB
allocation and receive prompts to purchase more space.
This is why we have put together the Ultimate iCloud
Masterclass to clear up any confusion and help you get
the most out of this essential service.
Also this issue we look at ways in which we can
protect younger Apple users. Many households have a
shared Mac and more and more youngsters are using
iOS devices, so we take you through the various
Parental Controls and restrictions that you can apply to
Apple products and third-party apps to ensure that your
kids aren’t exposed to unsuitable content and
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Apple’s next
generation of coders
The Everyone Can Code initiative is going global in a bid to
boost the booming app economy. Here’s how…
apps is big
business. There
have been
over 180 billion
downloads from the App Store
since its launch in just 2008,
and during that time Apple
has paid out over $70 billion in
royalties to developers. There
are more than 500 million
unique customers from 155
countries every week visiting
the App Store. Apple describes
its library of apps as the
RMIT alumni Jason Fabbri and
Greg Curcio used Swift to build
their first iOS app
world’s most vibrant software
marketplace – and virtually no
one can argue against that. This
is a booming economy that
shows no sign of crashing any
time soon, and the race to be
the next millionaire developer is
fascinating to watch.
suggest, Apple has – to put it
mildly – done very well from its
App Store. So it is no surprise
that the Cupertino giant is
doing its best to increase the
number of young coders across
“Last month Apple expanded its
Everyone Can Code initiative to over 20
countries outside of the United States”
the globe, and pushing Swift,
Apple’s own powerful and
intuitive programming language
for macOS, iOS, watchOS and
tvOS, to curriculums across
the globe.
Last month Apple expanded
its Everyone Can Code
initiative to over 20 countries
outside of the United States.
These universities and
colleges will now offer the
App Development with Swift
Curriculum, which is a full-year
course designed by Apple
engineers and educators to
teach coding and app design
to students of all levels and
backgrounds. The initiative
began in early 2017, and its
contents were made available
as a free iBook on the iBook
Store. Before long, nearly 40
community colleges in the
States were offering the course
to nearly one million students.
“We launched the Everyone
Can Code initiative less than
a year ago with the ambitious
goal of offering instruction
in coding to as many people
as possible,” said Tim Cook,
Apple’s CEO, on the day the
news of the global expansion
broke. “Our program has
been incredibly popular
among US schools and
colleges, and today marks an
important step forward as we
expand internationally.”
RMIT University, Australia’s
largest higher education
institution, is the biggest name
among the new intake of
educators. The university will
The App Development with
Swift Curriculum teaches
students the fundamental
skills they need to pursue
careers in the app economy
“We expect more educational institutions
to start offering the Swift Curriculum”
offer the App Development with
Swift curriculum online, and
a new vocational course will
be taught on campus. RMIT
will also offer scholarships for
teachers who want to learn
coding, and a free summer
school course will give younger
students the chance to learn
the basics of coding.
“App Development with Swift
will play a crucial role in helping
RMIT’s students use their
creativity and entrepreneurship
to prepare for success in the
21st century workforce,” said
Martin Bean, RMIT University
vice chancellor and president.
“These are the sort of skills
Australians need for the jobs of
the future, and we’re thrilled to
work with Apple to deliver this
important curriculum.”
RMIT joins more than 20
international universities who
are also offering the curriculum
to students this year, including
Mercantec in Denmark,
Hogeschool van Arnhem en
Nijmegen in the Netherlands,
Unitec Institute of Technology
in New Zealand and Plymouth
University in the UK.
Tim Cook is understandably
delighted to be introducing
Swift to students all over the
world, adding: “We are proud
to work with RMIT and many
other schools around the
world who share our vision
of empowering students
with tools that can help
them change the world.” We
can expect more and more
educational institutions to start
offering the Swift Curriculum
as educators look to bolster
digital literacy.
And the students are thrilled
by the opportunity to master
Apple’s own programming
language too. “I’m so excited
to have the chance to begin
learning with Apple’s App
Development curriculum, and
for the opportunities it could
open for my future,” says
Tenisha Fernando, a fourth
year RMIT student. “The Swift
programming language is used
by developers to create some
of the world’s best apps, and it
would be great to join them in
sharing my own ideas.”
The amount of incredible
apps available on Apple’s App
Stores is already the stuff of
legend. With a new diverse
army of ambitious developers
about to embark on careers in
app development, the future
of the world of apps is looking
very bright. Apple is arming
them with everything they need
to succeed, and we can’t wait
to see what they create.
The full-year course uses Swift,
Apple’s popular and easy-to-use
programming language
Things we learned
this month
Apple Cash is coming
very soon iOS 11
Production cost of the
iPhone X revealed iPhone X
iOS 11.2 beta users in the United States have been
getting a sneak peek at Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s
peer-to-peer payment feature, ahead of its upcoming
release. And it turns out it’s pretty simple to use. It all
works in your Messages app through a new Apple Pay Cash app,
and it’s the perfect way to transfer money to friends, family and
work colleagues, whether that’s for a coffee, lunch or round of
drinks. You send money using whatever card you want, and any
money you receive is housed in an Apple Pay Cash card in iOS
11’s Wallet app. What could be easier?
Ever wondered how much
profit Apple makes on an
iPhone? Well, estimates
sourced from TechInsights and
then posted on Reuters suggest that the
iPhone X costs around $357.50 to make.
With the premium iPhone costing $999,
that means Apple’s gross margin is an
eye-catching 64%, which is a rise from
the iPhone 8’s estimated 59%. For
example, the 5.8-inch edge-to-edge
display costs an estimated $65.50,
compared to $36 for the 4.7-inch display
of the iPhone 8.
Tim Cook has previously been very
critical of breakdown costs. In 2015 he
said: “I’ve never seen one that is anywhere
close to being accurate.”
Clips introduces
Selfie Scenes for
iPhone X
Clips, Apple’s free iOS app
that lets you make fun videos
to share with friends and
family, has added a big new
feature called Selfie Scenes,
which places users into animated, 360-degree
scenes when recording selfies. Using the
iPhone X’s amazing TrueDepth camera, you
can land yourself in bustling cities, serene
landscapes and even the Millennium Falcon!
“Clips users love how quick and easy it
is to create amazing videos on iPhone or
iPad,” explained Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice
president of Apps Product Marketing. “And
we’re making it even more fun with Selfie
Scenes. By harnessing the incredible new
TrueDepth camera system on iPhone X, users
can now record selfies against a variety of fun
and whimsical backdrops with just a tap.” The
update is available now so head to the App
Store, download it and let the fun begin.
“Using the iPhone X’s
TrueDepth camera you
can land yourself in
bustling cities and even
the Millennium Falcon!”
GarageBand for iOS updated
to version 2.3 GarageBand
GarageBand for iOS 2.3 has landed and brings with
it a wealth of new, cool music-making features. The
free update for iPhone and iPad musicians includes
a brand-new Sound Library and includes a new Beat
Sequencer instrument inspired by classic drum machines. The new
Sound Library enables you to select and download a variety of free
sound packs featuring new instruments and loops, while the Beat
Sequencer is sure to be popular with fans of Hip Hop and electronic
music. The Drummer feature has also been updated with six new
players. As far as updates go, this looks like a cracker.
Apple hits top wearable spot… again
Apple Watch
Strong sales of the Apple Watch in the third quarter of the financial year
has lifted Apple back above Xiaomi and into top spot in the wearables
market sector. New data from analyst Canalys suggests Apple sold 3.9
million smartwatches in that period – a huge increase on the 2.8 million
units shipped during the same time last year. That equates to a 23% market share,
and puts Apple above Xiaomi, Fitbit and Samsung. “Strong demand for the LTEenabled Apple Watch Series 3 has dispelled service providers’ doubts about the
cellular smartwatch not appealing to customers,” said Canalys analyst Jason Low.
You can use your iOS devices to capture a wealth of special
moments with photos, videos and Live Photos and then edit
and store them as memories to treasure forever on your Mac.
Improvements in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra ensure that
your photos can easily be edited to a much higher standard than
before, so this month we’ll show you how to take a Live Photo on
your iPhone, transfer it to your Mac and then edit it.
How to take a
Live Photo
As well as an
image, Live
Photos also
capture snippets of video
and sound at the time
the photo was taken to
provide more fleshed-out
memories. These can
then be edited in iOS 11
or macOS High Sierra.
1 Launch
the camera
2 Choose
Live Photo
3 Take the
Any iPhone
from the 6s
model up to
the 8 Plus is
capable of
taking Live
Photos. Start
off by launching
the Camera
app on your
Make sure the
camera is set
to ‘Photo’ at
the bottom of
the interface
and then you
will see a circle
icon next to the
HDR option at
the top of the
interface – tap
on this.
When you tap
the icon it will
turn yellow and
the word ‘Live’
will appear
below it briefly.
You can now
take the picture
as normal and
the video and
audio will also
be captured.
Turn on your
Photo Stream
Photo Stream
is a neat feature
of iCloud that
automatically uploads
photos taken on your
iPhone to your Mac
(or any other device
connected to the same
iCloud account) when
connected to Wi-Fi.
1 Go to Settings
2 Enable ‘My Photo Stream’ 3 Your iCloud Photo library
This is a feature that you may wish to
turn on or off depending on how much
free space you have on your devices.
Start off by launching Settings and
tapping on ‘Photos & Camera’.
By moving the slider next to the
‘Upload to My Photo Stream’ option to
‘on’, any photos taken will be pushed
to your other devices too. Make sure
this option is enabled on your iPhone.
If you have limited space on your
device but plenty of iCloud space
then enable the ‘iCloud Photo Library’
option to have all photos stored in your
iCloud for ease of accessibility.
1 Go to Live Photos
2 Click to Edit
3 Check out the results
In your Photos app, click on the new
‘Media Types’ album in the sidebar and
you will see a section dedicated to Live
Photos. Double-click on the Live Photo
that you wish to work with.
Click on the ‘Edit’ button in the topright corner of the interface and you
will then see options beneath the Live
Photo. Click on the ‘Live’ menu and
then select the ‘Long Exposure’ option.
The app will then apply the variation of
the exposure to the image (which may
take a little while) and present your
new image. Tap on ‘Done’ to apply the
changes to the photo.
Create a long
exposure shot
One of the new
features in the
High Sierra
Photos app is the option
to create a long exposure
shot from a Live Photo.
Provided your iPhone is
still when taking the Live
Photo then the effects can
be very striking.
Sign in to iCloud
Apple ID
Keep me signed in
What is it? How does it work? And do you need it? Everything you always
wanted to know about iCloud in one complete masterclass!
Cloud is an unusual feature within the
Apple eco system because it works
in the foreground at times, but will do
most of its work in the background. It
is visible, invisible and as important a piece
of your computing jigsaw as any other so
it makes sense to understand as much
about it as possible. It is in fact the most
important part of the Apple software setup
for those of you who own multiple Apple
devices because it links them all together in
a seamless way, it ensures that your most
valuable data is backed up and it adds
genuine functionality that would otherwise
require manual intervention to achieve.
If iCloud was taken away tomorrow the
list of features that would either no longer
exist or not work as they do now is huge.
Apple Music, iMessage, Notes, backups,
files, app states, bookmarks, browsing
histories and reminders are just the tip of
an ever growing iceberg and to be without
them would make iPhones, Macs and
all other Apple devices feel stripped of
their goodness. It is also often said that
the ‘Cloud’ is just a computer owned by
someone in a different location and that is
indeed true, but with iCloud you get a level
of security that when paired with Apple
products offers the kind of peace of mind
you will not find elsewhere.
As the platform has become more
stable and quicker, Apple has been able to
develop new uses for it and we will do our
best to explain what iCloud can do and how
you can make the most of it.
How does iCloud work?
iCloud is effectively a group of services
that are collectively referred to by one
name. The various services are designed
to let you store information in a remote
place so as to save space on your
individual devices while simultaneously
allowing you to access that data wherever
you are in real time. Provided you have a
working internet connection, whether fixed
or mobile, you will be able to access this
data when required.
When data is stored, a premium set is
held that when changed will be displayed
on all of your other iCloud connected
devices. As changes are made on each
device, they will be shown when any other
device connects. A contacts list can be
updated at any time and for some services
the granularity of what can be tweaked
goes even deeper. For example, individual
Apple Notes can be amended by more
than one device and the changes will be
available to anyone using that account.
The remarkable thing is that very few
people suffer with corrupted data and in
essence it works as it should all of the time
which makes it an ideal platform to base
many of your Mac and iOS usage upon.
Even better, third-party developers are
able to leverage the clever software and
hardware within iCloud to give you
the same speedy and secure experience
you are already used to in the default
Apple apps.
The initial setup
Setting up iCloud could not be any
easier because Apple has ensured that
it is baked into iOS and macOS, and
that you have automated access to the
platform as long as you have an Apple
ID set up. When you use any Apple
device it is almost impossible to use
it properly without an Apple ID so the
chances of you avoiding iCloud are low
which means that the initial setup will
be child’s play for anyone.
“A premium set is held that is
displayed on all your devices”
1 A secure password
Go to and sign in with
your Apple ID. Now click ‘Change password’
and input a new one that is as complex and
secure as possible.
2 Your account details
Open System Preferences on your Mac
and then click ‘iCloud’. Now click ‘Account
Details’ and make sure that all of the
information is correct. Pay close attention to
the linked devices.
3 Manage iCloud apps
Click ‘Options’ next to ‘iCloud Drive’ and
then scroll through the list of apps that can
use iCloud. Untick any that you do not want
to have this access.
iCloud preferences
The iCloud preferences, on a Mac and an iOS device,
have been kept deliberately simple so that you can
concentrate on exactly what is needed and not have
to delve into a multitude of complex settings. You will
be able to set up iCloud in seconds and then make
simple changes whenever you need to in the future.
iCloud web
Don’t overdo it
Some of the settings and functionality
are available in a web environment
which should give you access to your
data no matter where you are. The
options are almost limitless.
Try to limit the apps you want to
enable iCloud for to just the ones you
need to use. However, you can in
theory use any default or third-party
apps and you should run into no
problems at all.
Get it right
Space is important
You will need to spend some time
ensuring that all of the account
information is correct for your iCloud
account, that only the right devices
have access to it and that your
security is set up as it should be.
Set up
iCloud apps
When setting up iCloud you will need to
tweak the settings for individual apps to
ensure they work as you need them to. It
won’t take long and the process is simple.
This tutorial will give you the pointers you
need to get started with tweaking iCloud to
your exacting preferences.
Keep an eye on the amount of
iCloud space you have available and
upgrade the storage if you need to.
The costs are surprisingly low for the
amount of storage and functionality
on offer.
1 iCloud
Go to Settings
>Photos and
make sure that
‘iCloud Photo
Library’ is
enabled. This
will ensure that
your photos
are available on
every device
and backed up.
2 Turning
it off
When you opt
to turn iCloud
off for a specific
app you will
receive a warning
that certain
data will not
be available.
only do this
if absolutely
1 The setup
Set up
Go to iCloud in Settings and look
for the ‘Family Sharing’ option.
When you tap it you will be guided
through steps which have
recently been made much
easier to follow.
There are many reasons to set up Family Sharing
if you have children or simply want to simplify
your usage, but perhaps the main one is the cost
savings. Apple has recently allowed the purchased
space to be used by all family members and you
can also manage how your children use their
devices for extra security and privacy.
2 A new member
3 Add some detail
4 Ask to Buy
5 Share your space
When you click ‘Add Family
Member’ you then get the choice
to invite someone via iMessage
or in person or to create a child
account. Make your choice
to proceed.
For a child account you will
need to input the date of birth,
create a new Apple ID and
accept some basic terms and
conditions. It only takes a
minute to do.
Crucially, you can enable a
feature that ensures your
child cannot make purchases
without your authorisation. The
purchasing process is still quick
and easy for the child.
Once the family is set up you
can go to the main iCloud
settings and share one storage
plan with all members which
will save on monthly costs
going forwards.
3 iCloud
If you enable
‘iCloud Music
Library’ in
you will be
able to access
your tracks and
playlists from
every device
using the same
Apple ID.
4 Save
5 Multiple
some space
In Photos you
can enable
a setting
to optimise
storage which
means that the
full resolution
images are
stored in iCloud
while saving
space on your
iOS device.
In Settings>
iCloud you can
enable and
disable multiple
apps by
selecting them
from the list of
iCloud capable
apps that is
presented. It
takes seconds
to manage.
The Files interface
Files looks like a simple file manager at first glance.
However, behind the simple interface and
controls is a tool that will give you access
to all of the data you need in the
remote file systems you use
and at any time.
Full files
These are not cut down files or
previews, they are fully functioning
artefacts that can be used in
compatible apps and edited as
required. There is nothing cut back in
Files because you can do whatever
you need to.
Ultimate access
You can access the iCloud Drive,
Dropbox and other connected
locations from your iPhone, iPad or
Mac with ease. Files effectively brings
all of your collected data together in
one place and makes managing your
documents much easier.
Build a system
Tag anything
You can create folders and build
new nested folders to store your
files in a logical and organised
fashion. The interface is designed
to make you think.
The coloured tags will help you
understand what is important, what is
incomplete and what does not require
your attention. For big projects, Files
will help you to visually understand
what would otherwise be a complex
mass of data.
iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive can link all of your devices
together and act as a repository for all of
your most valuable files. Whether you need
to access them on your Mac or iPhone, the
contents of the drive will be updated in real
time and accessible to all instantly, just like
all of the other iCloud services.
1 Enable the drive
2 Your desktop
In iCloud settings tick ‘iCloud Drive’ to
enable it and then click ‘Options’ to dive
deeper into the tools you can use to
customise it to your needs.
If you tick ‘Desktop & Documents
Folders’ the content from these locations
on your Mac will be synchronised to the
iCloud Drive ready to use from anywhere.
iCloud Backup is just one line
in iCloud settings from a visual
perspective, but it is vitally
important in the grand scheme
of your daily computing life.
When you consider the amount
of personal information and app
settings held in an iPhone or iPad
you’ll realise just how important it
is to keep it all safe.
1 Protect your data
Go to Settings and search for
‘Backup’. You will be presented
with a screen and within it the
option to ‘Back Up Now’. The
last backup details will also
be displayed.
2 Select from
your backups
3 Use your storage
space wisely
Tap the iCloud storage option and
then ‘Backups’ to view all of the
available historic backups. You
can then delete one or restore
directly from it.
If you back up multiple devices
you can expect to see the
backups taking up a lot of space.
Be prepared to upgrade your
storage to allow Backup to work.
What apps use iCloud?
Almost all of the default Apple apps
use iCloud to help you undertake
specific tasks and to share information
and media with others. From contacts
to your calendar to Photos, iCloud is
there in the background powering the
advanced features along as you go
about your daily business. The easiest
way to see what apps are using iCloud
on your account is to go to Settings on
an iOS device and tap your name at the
top of the screen. Now tap ‘iCloud’ and
4 Access
files from
3 A new drive
Now head to Finder on your Mac and
open the ‘iCloud Drive’ folder to see
the files that are stored in there. It could
become your biggest drive of all.
When you
open the ‘Files’
app on an iOS
device you will
be able to view
and manipulate
the same files,
including your
Mac Desktop
and Documents
data. Handy.
all of the apps that can use iCloud will
be listed. It is then up to you which ones
you want to enable for future use.
The good news is that third-party
apps accessing your iCloud data will
have to use unique passwords and
two-factor authentication must also
be enabled to set this up. When you
consider just how much important
personal information can be stored in
iCloud, the minor inconvenience this
offers will be well worth the effort.
5 Device
to device
You can create
new folders on
your iPhone
and then
access them
from your Mac
and vice versa.
iCloud Drive
has to be one
of the most
powerful Apple
tools of all.
iCloud Keychain
Dealing with passwords and user IDs for
multiple sites and accounts can be timeconsuming and sway you from taking
security precautions. With iCloud Keychain
you can automate the input process while
taking advantage of iCloud’s security. As
you use Safari more, the Keychain will grow
to cover all of your accounts.
Safeguard your photos
iCloud Photo Library can be
enabled with just one click, but
the uses it offers are incredibly
beneficial and you will be offered
software and hardware advantages
that are hard to measure. It could
save you from buying a device with
more memory and it also ensures
that your precious memories are
kept safe and secure at all times.
1 Enable the Keychain
Enabling the Keychain is as easy as searching for
the feature in iCloud and then tapping an icon.
From there it will do most of the hard work for you.
1 One click
2 Tap to enter
2 Snap and save
3 Save your memories
When a user ID and password is saved in the
Keychain you will be offered them and just need to
tap once to enter both. It could not be quicker.
Now when you capture a new photo
on an iCloud-connected device it will
be automatically uploaded to iCloud for
viewing and editing on any of your devices.
Your memories are also created
automatically and viewable on all your
iCloud devices. Throughout Photos, it feels
highly automated and easy to use.
4 Share albums
5 Save space
Albums can be shared with others and
viewed at any time by the recipients. It
makes for a new twist on the holiday photo
evenings we all used to dread.
You can store the originals in iCloud and
save space by only holding optimised
images on your iPhone or iPad. This is a
major benefit in itself.
3 Manage your passwords
You can view and manage all of your passwords
in the iCloud settings which is useful as an extra
security check if you need to remove some.
Go to the iCloud settings and click
‘Options’ in Photos. Here you can tick
‘iCloud Photo Library’ and the entire
setup is now complete. How easy is that?
Find my iPhone
Tap to find
iCloud can protect your data in a variety of ways, but it can also give
you the potential to retrieve lost hardware as well. Find my iPhone
works with iPads, Macs and even AirPods as well and will show you
the location of your devices whenever you think one may be lost.
You ‘must’ enable it for so many good reasons.
You will also see each device
displayed on a detailed map.
Tap any device to be given more
options that will display at the
bottom of the screen. The entire
system offers every feature you
will need.
is listed
All of your iCloudconnected devices will
be listed in the Find my
iPhone app with the last
time they were found
displayed alongside the
distance they are from
you. This alone offers a
great deal of reassurance.
Lost Mode
Navigation included
When you tap ‘Lost Mode’ your
data will be secured and your
contact details will be displayed
on the device. You can still track
its location, but please do not
blindly go looking for it for your
own safety.
Tapping this icon will open Maps
and offer you directions to drive
or walk to your device if you have
dropped it somewhere. You have
the potential to save a fortune
with this simple trick.
iTunes is everywhere
iTunes in the Cloud sounds like a fancy feature that
has to be set up to be used, but it is in actual fact
available to you if you are using iCloud already. The
benefits will soon become clear once you realise that
you can watch movies and play music on any device
no matter where you are.
1 iCloud Music Library
2 Automatic downloads
3 TV as well
You can enable iCloud Music Library in
iTunes>Preferences>General. You will then be
able to access your tracks from any device that
is available at the time.
In the same menu go to the ‘Downloads’ tab
and then decide if you want to download films,
TV shows and music automatically to all of
your devices.
With iTunes in the Cloud your Apple TV will also
have automatic access to your purchases and
downloads. It easily encompasses every device
and all of your media.
Using is so much more than just a website. When you view
data that is held within it you can consider it to be the true state for
notes, calendars and any other app using iCloud. It is also capable
of helping you to create new documents and to get things done no
matter which computer you are using.
Extra settings
You can also manage iCloud
settings on From
restoring files and contacts to
signing out of all browsers and
managing devices, just click once
and you have access to various
tweaks that you can make.
Pages, Numbers and
Keynote are available as
full web apps in iCloud.
com and can be used to
get work done when you
are in a remote location.
The end results will
naturally be available on
all of your devices.
A lifeline
Raw data
Find My iPhone on
can be a lifeline if you have lost
your phone and only have access
to a computer in your time of
need. It can help you safeguard
your precious data and retrieve an
expensive device.
The data displayed when an app
is opened in can be
considered to be the master data.
For example, you should expect
to see the same Notes on every
iCloud-enabled device you use
match up.
2 iOS
Continue work
Few features create as obvious a link
between your devices as Continuity and
of course iCloud is at the heart of how the
technology works. With little effort you can
set it up in minutes and over time it will
become a feature that you use in multiple
apps without even thinking about it. It
brings everything together perfectly.
1 Set it up
On your Mac go to System Preferences>
General and make sure ‘Allow Handoff
between this Mac and your iCloud
devices’ is ticked.
On your iPhone
or iPad you will
need to go to
Handoff and
ensure that
the option is
enabled. This
will ensure it
works with
your Mac.
Work when mobile
The web apps within iCloud have the potential to be the
tools you use above the full apps that reside on your
Mac and iOS devices. When you start to explore what
they can do, it soon becomes clear that the functionality
included is easily enough to get work done no matter
where you are and which computer you have access to.
2 It’s all there
When you open any web app, for
example Keynote, you will notice
how familiar the interface looks
and how easy everything is to
manage. You can also jump to
the full app.
1 The Drive
Make sure you have iCloud Drive enabled
because this will make the process of saving
newly-created files much easier. They will be
saved there by default in future.
3 Advanced features 4 Share and
The more advanced features
such as graphs in Keynote and
complex calculations in Numbers
are also present to help you deal
with more detailed projects. The
implementation is complete.
3 Manage
all your
One of the
better uses for
Continuity is the
ability to send
and receive
messages on
multiple devices
and to jump
between them
to carry on a
5 Name and save
You can share files as you are
creating them and the invited
people will be able to make
changes as well. It brings full
collaboration to any projects.
You can name the file by
clicking on ‘Untitled’ at the top.
Then when you jump to iCloud
Drive you will find it is there
ready for you to work on from
any device.
4 Carry on
You will find
Continuity in
Safari, Mail,
Messages and
many other
apps. You may
be surprised
how quickly
you get used to
managing tasks
on multiple
5 It is secure
You will see confirmation messages
whenever you link multiple devices using
iCloud as an added security measure.
The whole system is very secure.
iCloud storage
Changing your iCloud storage plan takes
seconds and there are options available
for every need. You get 5GB for free,
50GB for £0.99, 200GB for £2.99 and 2TB
for £6.99 per month. The pricing is very
competitive, but you should still ensure
that the plan you are using is right for you
in terms of cost and space available.
1 Find the settings
2 What’s being used?
Go to System Preferences>iCloud and look
for the ‘Manage…’ option at the bottom of
the screen. Click it to check your current
iCloud storage usage.
Take some time to see where your space
is being used. It is possible that you can
change your usage pattern and not need to
upgrade your plan at all.
3 Change your plan
4 You can downgrade
5 You are warned
Click ‘Change Storage Plan…’ and you will
be offered new plans which offer more space
than you are currently using. Click one if you
want to upgrade to more storage.
Click ‘Downgrade Options’ to see what plans
are available to help you save a little each
month. The entire process is as smooth as
you would expect it to be.
You will see a warning if you choose a new
storage plan that is below the amount of
space you are currently using. You should
avoid downgrading too far.
“There are iCloud storage
options for every need”
iCloud Drive
vs Dropbox
Your iCloud problems, solved
iCloud, like any other product, will suffer
glitches from time to time, but as a
general rule it is extremely reliable and
you will rarely need to seek support or
make any changes yourself. If something
does crop up, however, here is a selection
of tips that may help you get over iCloud
humps a little quicker.
Single device failures
Q My iPad is not working well with Notes,
but they work fine on my iPhone and
Mac. What is causing this?
If you experience a single device failure,
it is possible that there is a corrupted
file or setting that is causing freezes or
slowdowns in Notes. This can happen
in other iCloud apps as well, but there
is a simple trick to resolve things. Go to
iCloud settings and look for the app. Tap
the green enabled icon and accept the
warning. Your data will stay safe in iCloud
so you can safely disable it. Then you can
enable it again and it should work fine.
It’s not backing up!
Q My devices are no longer automatically
backing up to iCloud each day and even
manual backing up is failing.
You should see warning messages
explaining why this is happening, but
the first thing to check is the amount of
space you have available. If you don’t
have enough space, this would explain
the inability to back up on all of your
devices. Also, try backing up over a mobile
connection and not Wi-Fi to ensure your
fixed connection is not causing a problem.
Remember that backups will not occur
while songs or apps are being downloaded
so a backup could be skipped if lots
of media is being downloaded over an
extended period of time.
The last resort
It would take a long time to detail
every difference between iCloud
Drive and other online storage
solutions such as Dropbox, but there
are two important differences to
focus on when deciding what to use.
You cannot currently share folders
from iCloud Drive which may be a
hindrance for those of you who have
a requirement to complete projects
and then share them with colleagues.
Also, the synchronisation of files
works differently with Dropbox being
somewhat quicker in day-to-day use.
However, iCloud Drive is designed
to help you deal with large amounts
of data and media, and to integrate
deeply with your Apple products.
As we have shown, the benefits
are very clear and for anyone with
Apple products there is no doubt that
iCloud is an essential resource.
We would advise you to use iCloud
day-to-day and, if you have specific
requirements related to the sharing
of multiple files and folders, to also
use a service like Dropbox or Google.
There is no reason why you cannot
get the best of all worlds from the
various services available.
Q I am having problems with iCloud
functionality over a number of apps and
cannot work out what is ca
ausing it.
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to occur before you reach o
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that, because iCloud is bundled
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Make selective colour adjustments
Discover how to adjust the hue, saturation and lightness of individual colours
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The Photos app’s Colour slider boosts all the colours in a shot
equally. However some areas, such as a pale blue sky, might
need a stronger boost in saturation to give them more impact
while skin tones could look too orange if you increase their
saturation. Fortunately the latest incarnation of Photos (macOS
High Sierra) boasts a more versatile colour tweaking panel
called Selective Colour. As well as enabling you to adjust the
saturation of individual colours, it also allows you to lighten or
darken them. By selectively darkening the blues of a sky you
can make clouds pop out. You an also make more creative
adjustments by selectively changing a particular colour’s hue.
Step-by-step Target and tweak selective colours
1 Import start file
2 Boost the blues
3 Darken the sky
Go to File>Import and browse to Color_start.
CR2 image. By editing a Raw format file you
can produce results with less compression
artifacts. Click ‘Review for Import’.
Double-click on the imported shot’s
thumbnail and click ‘Edit’. Toggle open the
Selective Colour panel. Click the darker blue
colour swatch and drag Saturation to 40.
With the blues still selected, drag Luminance
left to around -25. This darkens the blue sky
and its reflection. Increase range to 1.50 to
allow a wider range of blues to be adjusted.
4 Adjust hue
5 Target the reds
6 Share the shot
Drag the Hue slider left to around -20.00.
This shifts the natural blues to a more stylised
cyan tint. This is a look that’s popular in many
movies and magazine shots.
Click the red swatch. Push Saturation to
50. Increase Range to 1.50 to include more
warm colours. Drag Luminance to 30 to
lighten the orange buildings.
When you’re happy with the photo’s colours
go to File>Export>Export 1 Photo. Set the
Photo Kind dropdown to JPEG to make a file
suitable for sharing. Click ‘Export’.
Compare the edited version with the original by holding down the M key.
Click ‘Revert to Original’ to start editing from scratch.
Creative colour control
Find your way around making selective adjustments
Knowledge base
If you shoot in JPEG format then your image files
will be compressed. Compression artifacts can
appear as jaggy blocks of colour, especially after
making selective colour adjustments. By shooting in
Camera Raw format (such as the Canon .CR2 Raw
file we supplied for this lesson) you’ll produce better
looking results.
Adjust hue
The hue slider shifts the tint of the
currently selected colour. In this
example we’ve adjusted the hue
of the blue sky to give it a more
green appearance. You could
adjust the hue of green grass so
it has a browner, more autumnal
look for example.
Choose a colour
Click on a colour swatch to select
the colour that you want to adjust
in the image. Alternatively you can
click the eyedropper icon and then
click on the photograph to sample
a specific colour to tweak.
The Luminance slider enables you
to lighten or darken a selected
colour. In this image we’ve darkened
the blue sky to make it look
more dramatic. We’ve selectively
lightened warmer red colours to
make the buildings stand out more
in contrast.
This slider enables you to apply
hue, saturation and lightness
adjustments to a wider or narrower
range of similar colours. Here
we’ve dragged it to the right to
include lighter and darker areas of
blue sky in the adjustments.
Spot colour
Thanks to its powerful new Selective Colour Panel,
Apple’s Photos app can now give high-end apps
such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom a run
for their money when it comes to being creative
with colour. We’ll show you how to create a black
and white shot that retains a particular colour. This
spot colour effect helps draw attention to specific
objects in a shot, such as an iconic red London
double-decker bus.
“Photos gives high-end
apps a run for their money”
1 Import image
2 Change saturation and hue
Import our supplied Spot_start.jpg file and
click ‘Edit’. Click on the yellow, green, blue and
pink colour swatches in turn and reduce their
saturation slider to 0. This desaturates most of the
colours in the scene.
Click on the red swatch in the Selective Colour
panel. Drag the Saturation slider right to 50 for
more vibrant reds. Drag the Hue slider right to 10
to create warmer russet reds. Compare our two
images to see the difference it has made.
Make the right moves
Add rostrum camera moves to enhance statically framed clips
When the camera zooms in on a subject during an interview
it brings the audience closer, as if they are leaning forward to
hear what’s being shared. A pan or tilt can draw the eye to
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important parts of a scene. However, it can be a challenge to
add professional camera moves to your footage in-camera. If
you shoot on an iPhone then you can’t zoom in while filming.
DSLR camera users can manually twist the lens to zoom in, but
this will be a jerkier than the smooth movement produced by a
professional video camera’s servo motors. Fortunately iMovie’s
Crop tools enable you to create professional-looking zooms,
tilts and pans to add motion to statically framed footage.
Add precise camera moves
Create zooms, tilts and pans
A click on the Swap icon causes the
Start and End frames to swap with each
other. This enables you to quickly turn a
tilt up camera move into a tilt down for
example (or a zoom in to a zoom out).
Ken Burns effect
The Ken Burns section of the
Cropping window enables you to add
professionally smooth camera pans,
tilts and zooms to tour statically framed
footage. The Ken Burns effect is named
after a famous rostrum camera operator.
Pans and tilts
The yellow arrow indicates the direction
of your camera as it moves between
the Start and End frames. Here we’re
panning left while tilting down. As the
End frame has a tighter composition, the
camera will zoom in too.
Knowledge base
Key frames
To create a camera move you need to
define the start and end point of the
move. Drag a corner handle to change
the size of a Start or End frame. Drag
within a window to change the position
of the Start or End frame. iMovie will
then animate the camera to move
between the two key frames.
HD versus 4K
When you zoom in on footage using the Ken Burns
effect, iMovie needs to add extra pixels to enlarge
the image. Therefore, if you zoom in too far then the
footage will start to look fuzzy. Most devices shoot
at an HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, though you can
set some cameras to shoot in 4K (3840 x 2160).
With larger files you can zoom in more closely
without the image looking too fuzzy.
After creating a camera move, choose Edit>Copy. Select a new clip and
choose Edit>Paste Adjustments>Crop to add the same move to this clip.
Step-by-step Add slick camera moves to footage
1 Add to timeline
2 Improve composition
3 Apply the crop
Add clip to the timeline. As this is
a 4K clip you can zoom or crop in tightly with
no noticeable drop in quality. Let’s start with a
crop to improve composition…
Click on the clip in the timeline. Click on the
Cropping icon above the viewer. Click ‘Crop
to Fill Style’. Drag the corner handles to lose
the concrete path at the right.
Click the blue tick to apply the crop. The area
within the crop window will fill the frame. We
now have a closer look at the geese while
losing unwanted detail to the right.
4 Make a move
5 Zoom out
6 Test the move
The cropped image looks better, but is still
statically framed. To add a zoom, click on
the Cropping icon again. Click the Ken Burns
button. A Start and End box will appear.
The Start box is in the same position that we
created using Crop to Fill. Click to select the
End box. Resize and reposition it to make the
camera zoom out from close to wide.
Click the blue tick to see your camera move.
The camera starts in close and zooms out
until it fits your chosen End frame. It also pans
right as it follows the yellow arrow’s direction.
7 Zoom in
8 Tilt up
9 Add moves to stills
Once you’ve made a Ken Burns move it’s
easy to modify it. To zoom in to the geese,
click the Cropping icon. Click the Swap icon
to swap the Start and End windows.
To tilt the camera without zooming, resize the
Start window to the same size as the End.
Drag within the Start window to reposition it
above the End. The camera now tilts down.
Click on your Photos Library icon. Click
the ‘+’ icon to add a still to the timeline. By
default a Ken Burns move will be added.
Click Cropping to fine-tune the move.
Final Cut Pro X
Create dreams and flashbacks
Enhance footage with surreal effects to evoke dreams, nightmares and memories
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Since dreams and flashbacks in a movie occur in the mind of
its characters, filmmakers tend to add stylised effects to the
dream or flashback footage to differentiate it from the look
of the main narrative. Final Cut Pro X’s Effects browser has
a dedicated Dream effect, but this simply desaturates the
clip’s colours and creates bland, washed-out tones. You can
create far more attractive and surreal dreamlike sequences
by combining a range of effects and then modifying their
properties in the Inspector. We’ve supplied you with a couple of
colourful clips to work with, but you can have fun experimenting
with your own footage to create dreamlike scenes.
Dream effects
Add surreal dream signifiers
Control handles
Motion blur
The Visual Echo effect mimics the
motion blurred look produced by a
camera that’s shooting on a slow shutter
speed setting. This creates streaks of
blur on moving subjects, while static
objects (such as the plants) remain
sharp. It’s perfect for creating an
ephemeral memory effect.
Most effects have a control handle
that you can position manually to
fine-tune which layers are distorted
and which are untouched. This
enables you to make the effect suit
the composition of your clip.
Effects browser
The Effects browser offers plenty
of ways to alter a clip’s colours
and tones to create a more stylised
version of reality. Effects are
organised into handy collections such
as Distortion.
Knowledge base
Pick and mix
Flashback transition
Final Cut Pro X’s Flashback transition
mimics the movie cliché of making the
footage ripple and distort to signify
that we are heading into a flashback or
memory sequence in our show.
All of the Effect layers in the Inspector adjust your
dream or memory footage in non-destructive ways.
Tick and untick the box next to a particular effect
to see what it adds to the look. You can also drag
effects above or below each other in the Inspector
to change the way they blend together.
Once happy with a collection of effects, click on the clip and choose
Edit>Copy. Click on another clip and choose ‘Paste Effects’ to stylise it.
Step-by-step Create dream and memory scenes
1 Bokeh effects
2 Modify the effect
3 Add motion blur
Import our source clips into a new Event.
Drag the ‘Dream start clip’ into the Timeline.
Press Cmd+5 for the Effects browser. Go to
Blur and drag Focus onto the clip.
By default too much of the scene’s edges
are blurred due to an elliptical shape. Go to
Focus in Inspector. Set Height to 75 to create
a circular blurred edge around the subject.
To add a more ephemeral dreamlike motion
blur effect to the moving subjects, go to the
Tiling section of Effects. Drag Visual Echo
onto the clip in the Timeline and play it.
4 Slow shutter effect
5 Light beams
6 Flashback effect
Go to the Visual Echo panel in the Inspector.
Drag the Amount slider to 100 and increase
the duration to 0.25. This mimics blur effects
from a camera set to a slow shutter speed.
Go to Looks in Effects and drag Glory onto
the clip. In the Inspector, set Amount to 34
and Threshold to 0.5. This creates bleached
colours and surreal light streaks.
To move into a flashback or dream, go to the
Transitions browser. Go to Movements. Drag
Flashback before the dream or memory clip
to create a classic wavy transition.
7 Nightmare effects
8 Modify the distortion
9 Sinister symmetry
For a scarier, more surreal dream look, drag
‘Nightmare start clip’ to the timeline. Go
to the Distortion collection in the Effects
browser and drag Fisheye onto the clip.
In the Inspector, drag the Fisheye Amount to
-30 to make the footage bulge inwards. Drag
Radius to 0.5 to make the distorted image fill
the frame (and lose black edges).
Drag the Mirror effect into the timeline to
create a symmetrical version of your distorted
nightmare scene. When a figure crosses the
central vertical line they will vanish.
Import demos with Music Memos
Share demo compositions over to GarageBand on Mac for further editing
GarageBand now makes it very easy to move its song projects
across all of Apple’s platforms. By using iCloud, users can
centralise project access before importing special versions
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between devices. Having previously looked at how the latest
update to the macOS app exports iOS-compatible projects,
here we look at the demo-sharing prowess of Music Memos.
This companion iOS app enables musicians to capture scratch
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compositions quickly, while intelligently adding drum and bass
accompaniments. These can then be saved out to iCloud for
opening on macOS for more comprehensive development,
keeping the audio recording and smart tracks intact.
Open in GarageBand
With a complete project shared and imported,
we examine how it appears within tracks view
Drummer track
Audio Recording
The first blue track is your
original Music Memos recording
– the ‘idea’ you captured via
your iOS device input. If you
shared the idea without any
drum or bass accompaniment
the project will only contain this.
Any smart drum track added to your
idea by Music Memos is translated
into a yellow Drummer track once in
GarageBand. Here you will see that it
consists of multiple regions that can be
edited as normal.
Bass accompaniment
The smart bass track applied to
a song idea in Music Memos is
converted into a green software
instrument or MIDI region. This allows
you to then perform note-by-note
edits as desired.
Knowledge base
Sharing via iTunes
Patches and edits
You can of course use the Library panel
on the left to apply sound patches to
audio and MIDI tracks, or indeed switch
the default Drummer. Similarly, the Smart
Controls or Editors panel facilitates
advanced editing.
Music Memos not only lets you share to iCloud
Drive, but also to iTunes on Mac. This option is
useful for those without iCloud access and follows
our method closely, but instead shares a mixdown,
an audio file, or a GarageBand project during
iTunes syncing. With Music Memos selected, the
idea then appears within the Documents list of the
File Sharing area.
For those wanting to work on a song idea on the same device, Music
Memos allows you to share the project straight into GarageBand for iOS.
Step-by-step Import song ideas from Music Memos
1 Tap an idea
2 Add accompaniment
3 Share options
To start, you’ll need Music Memos open on
your iOS device. Here we have the main
‘ideas’ browser and you’ll need to tap the
one you want to access the sharing options.
The idea now shows in the details screen.
Before sharing, in this example be sure to
turn on and tweak the smart Bass and Drum
tracks using the button controls below.
Tap the blue Share button in the top-right
corner to view the options dropdown.
Provided you have iCloud access, next tap
the ‘Save to Files’ icon in the bottom row.
4 Save to Files
5 Save location
6 Share success
The Save to Files popup now shows three
options. We will open the idea in GarageBand
macOS, so tap the third option to export as a
compatible project with separate tracks.
The next prompt asks where you wish to
send the .band project. Tap to select the
top of the ‘iCloud Drive’ item or browse any
folders to save it in a specific location.
The idea is then shared to iCloud Drive as a
.band project compatible with GarageBand.
You can check the save has been successful
within the Files app on your iOS device.
7 Launch GarageBand
8 Locate and open
9 Save prompt
Moving to your iCloud-connected Mac,
launch GarageBand and click the ‘Open an
existing Project…’ button at the bottom-left
of the initial Choose a Project dialog.
In the following Finder window, navigate
down to the iCloud Drive location in the left
column. From here find the shared project,
click to select, then click ‘Open’.
Prior to opening you must name and save
the imported project locally. Click the ‘Save’
button and the complete project will open in
GarageBand’s workspace.
Logic Pro X
Using Note Repeat in Logic Pro X
Logic Pro X contains a handy hidden feature for intricate programming
Introduced in Logic Pro 10.1, the Note Repeat feature is a bit
of a hidden gem. It’s only accessible either by a little-known
keyboard command or an icon on the toolbar that’s not visible
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unless you’ve both revealed the toolbar in the first place and
then ticked the box to display the feature. Once you know it’s
there though, it’s an incredibly useful tool for crafting rhythmic,
gated-style synth parts or programming tricksy, multiple-speed
patterns. Not to be confused with the Note Repeater
MIDI FX plugin, although it has a similar function, the Note
Repeat tool can be used to change the note repeat rate on the
fly as you record in your parts. Here’s how it works…
Repeat business
Produce drum-machine like repeated sequences with Note Repeat
When using a sound with a definable
length or sustain, such as a keyboard
sound, use the Gate parameter to
lengthen or shorten the duration of each
repeated note. Lower values produce
shorter, more clipped notes, higher
values produce longer notes.
With ‘As played’ selected, the notes are
generated at the same velocity at which
you hit the keys initially. To generate a
stream of notes at a fixed velocity, enter
the required velocity value into this box.
Blue bar
Triplet and
dotted buttons
These are used to include
triplet and dotted note values
when using the modulation
wheel. Simply click to make
these options appear as you
move the wheel.
You can assign different repeat rates
onto different keys by grabbing the
centre of the blue bar and moving
it left and right. This allows you to
adapt the setting to the size of your
controller keyboard.
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Continuous control
You can assign any MIDI continuous controller
to vary the repeat rate, velocity or gate values by
selecting the required controller’s number from the
menus. These controller messages are generated
by the knobs and sliders on your MIDI controller,
giving you a means to change the values via your
hardware controls while you record your MIDI parts.
You can also set the Note Repeat window to open via a dedicated keyboard
command. Go to Preferences>Key Commands to reveal and/or adjust this.
Step-by-step Using the Note Repeat feature
1 Open project
2 Boutique hats
3 Show Toolbar
To begin, download the Note Repeat
example project from FileSilo and load it into
Logic. The project contains an audio file of a
basic drum beat (no hi-hats) at 108bpm.
We’re going to use Note Repeat to add
some hi-hat parts. Load an instance of
Ultrabeat onto a new software instrument
track and select the ‘Boutique 808’ preset.
Select View>Show Toolbar and you should
see the Note Repeat button in the toolbar.
If not, choose View>Customize Toolbar and
tick the Note Repeat box.
4 Repeat please
5 Sweet sixteenths
6 Eighth wonder
With the Ultrabeat track selected, click the
Note Repeat button to bring up the initial
Note Repeat dialogue box. Any note you play
will now repeat at the set rate.
Initially, Note Repeat shows just Rate, Velocity
and Gate parameters. The default rate is
16th notes – hold down the F#1 key to get a
constant stream of 16th-note hi-hats.
Switch the repeat rate to 1/8th notes and
hold down F#1 to hear the difference. The
notes are now repeated at a rate of eight
to the bar.
7 Home on the range
8 Mod control
9 Enable remote keys
Click the disclosure triangle to reveal more
advanced options. You can set maximum
and minimum ranges for when each
parameter is adjusted via a hardware control.
Tick the box to enable Modwheel control.
You can move your keyboard’s modwheel
to change the rate as you play, resulting in
intricate, trap-style patterns like this one.
Tick this box to reveal the remote keyboard
display. You can switch rates on the fly using
the lower section of your MIDI keyboard. Just
tap a key to switch to the displayed rate.
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Master Messages on Mac
How to get the most out of the new advanced features of the High Sierra Messages app
Last issue we explored how to track family members using the
iOS 11 Messages app, so this issue we are following that up
by exploring some of the great features tucked away within the
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macOS High Sierra version of the app. For example, you can
access the same ‘Tapback’ reactions present in the iOS app
and, of course, still send emojis and audio messages. Best of
all though, like the iOS app, you can also track the location of
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loved ones, as long as they share their location with you. In this
tutorial we will showcase some of the lesser-known options
within the macOS Messages app and guide you through
pinpointing the location of your family members on a map.
Step-by-step Get the most out of Messages
1 Message details
2 Contact options
3 Using emojis
If you click on ‘Details’ in the top-right corner
of a Messages conversation you can trigger
key actions, such as ‘Do Not Disturb’ and
‘Send Read Receipts’ by ticking the boxes.
There are three icons in the top-right corner
of the Details menu that allow you to call,
FaceTime or share your screen. Screen
sharing is handy for project collaboration.
To use emojis in your messages, simply click
on the smiley face icon to the right of the text
entry field and a list of emojis will appear –
click on the one you want to include.
4 Send an audio message
5 Using Tapback
6 Choose a reaction
Click on the microphone icon to the right of
the text entry field and you can record audio
messages. Click ‘Stop’ when done and you
can either ‘Cancel’ or ‘Send’ the audio file.
You can also use ‘Tapback’ which lets you
send instant reactions to your messages.
Right-click on a received message and select
‘Tapback’ from the menu.
A pop-up Tapback menu now appears above
the message. Click on a preferred ‘reaction’
and it will be relayed back to the message
sender. There are six to choose from.
Right-clicking on individual messages displays other options. For example,
if a word is highlighted you can get instant definitions or look it up in Google.
Location sharing
Like in the iOS 11 Messages app,
you can use the Messages app
in macOS High Sierra to display
the location of friends and family
members (who share their location
with you) and then get directions
straight to them.
Exploring the various
options on offer
Other options
Take time to explore the various
menu items too. For example,
by clicking on ‘View’ you will find
options to make the text bigger
or smaller – which is useful as it is
displayed quite small by default.
Details menu
Clicking on ‘Details’ reveals a
menu of useful options, including
‘Do Not Disturb’. When activated
you will not receive any alerts for
that particular conversation. You
will also see various buttons to
make contact.
Knowledge base
Sending weblinks
Tapback icons
You may find that you regularly copy and paste
weblinks into Messages, in which case you will
discover that this is exceptionally well implemented.
When you copy a link into a message the header
will be displayed underneath a picture, followed by
the web source – far more sophisticated than the
bare link text of old.
Right-clicking on a message and
choosing the ‘Tapback’ option
will allow you to choose and send
instant responses. Whatever
response you choose will then be
applied to the message and sent
back to show your reaction.
Just as in the Messages app in iOS 11 (which
we explored in last issue’s iCreate), you are able
to view the location of your various contacts
through the macOS High Sierra Messages app.
For this to happen, however, the other person
must first go to Settings>Privacy>Location
Services>Share My Location and enable the option
and then, in Messages, select your conversation,
tap the ‘i’ icon in the top-right corner of the
screen and tap ‘Send My Current Location’.
Here’s how to use the function…
1 Viewing location
2 Get directions
When the person you are having a conversation
with in Messages chooses to share their location
with you, you can click on the ‘Details’ option
within Messages and that person’s location will
appear in the Details menu.
If you then double-click on the blue dot that
represents the person’s location, your Mac’s Maps
app will automatically be opened with the location
displayed. You can now click on the ‘Directions’
button to get directed straight to them.
How to ‘Type to Siri’
Enable and use typed text to ask Siri questions in macOS High Sierra
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The recent release of macOS 10.13, codenamed ‘High Sierra’,
didn’t bring with it a massive sackful of enhancements to an
already highly functional operating system. Instead it refined
many of the existing features while adding only what was
genuinely necessary. One of the additions, thankfully, was the
option to type your questions to Siri instead of asking them.
Many of us still feel a little self-conscious about talking to a
computer and so this new feature allows us to fully enjoy the
benefits of Siri and the way in which it has been integrated into
the operating system without feeling awkward verbally asking
the questions. Here’s how to set it up…
Step-by-step Set up ‘Type to Siri’
1 Open System Preferences
2 Accessibility options
3 Enable option
Make sure your Mac is updated to High
Sierra (macOS 10.13) and open System
Preferences. Instead of clicking on ‘Siri’ as
you might think, click on ‘Accessibility’.
The Accessibility preferences relate to the
ways in which you can make your Mac easier
to use if, say, you have limited eyesight,
hearing or mobility. Scroll down to ‘Siri’.
In the Siri Accessibility preferences you will
see ‘Enable Type to Siri’ – click this to enable
it. You can also jump to the Siri System
Preferences from here by clicking the button.
4 Launch Siri
5 Type to Siri
6 Type, don’t speak
To test it out, launch Siri by selecting it from
your Dock or by clicking on the menu bar
item if you have it enabled (you can tick this
option in System Preferences>Siri).
When the small Siri console appears in the
top-right corner of your screen, the text ‘Type
to Siri’ is now visible beneath the standard
Siri greeting, ‘What can I help you with?’.
For the more self-conscious amongst us,
typing out the questions for Siri is a great
option and Siri will respond exactly as if you
were asking the questions verbally.
Find out more about the Siri System Preferences (or any preferences) by
clicking on the ‘?’ icon in the lower-right corner of the Preferences pane.
Your Siri
System Preferences
Make Siri work better for you
Create a
keyboard shortcut
Siri is easy to launch and if you
create a shortcut there will be
three ways of doing so. To create
a shortcut, either select one from
this dropdown menu or choose
‘Customize’ to create your own.
Show in menu bar
As well as selecting Siri from
your Dock or creating a keyboard
shortcut you can also tick this box
to ensure that a clickable Siri icon
also lives in the menu bar at the
top of your screen.
Siri voice
Currently there are six different
voices that you can choose for Siri
– male or female with either British,
American or Australian accents.
Simply select your preferred choice
from this menu.
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Changing languages
As you will have discovered, Siri has six different
voices to choose from when responding in English.
However, by clicking on the ‘Language’ menu within
the Siri System Preferences you can also choose
many other languages from around the world and
some, like French, also boast a multiple array of
voices to choose from.
Voice feedback
If the ‘Voice Feedback’ option is
enabled then Siri will continue
to speak the answers to your
questions, regardless of whether
you have ‘Type to Siri’ turned on.
Turn this to ‘Off’ to silence Siri.
Siri makes
As you know, Siri has been woven into the very
fabric of macOS and so it is able to learn from and
then make suggestions based on the default apps
you have on your Mac (and this also applies to an
increasing number of third-party apps).
However, you do still have full freedom to
determine which apps can and can’t feature in
Siri’s suggestions and you can deselect any that
you don’t want to include in Siri’s responses in
the Siri System Preferences pane, as we will
demonstrate here.
1 Go to Preferences
2 Find out more
Go to System Preferences>Siri and click on ‘Siri
Suggestions & Privacy’. The list of apps that Siri
will learn from and make suggestions based on
will then be displayed. Go through the list and
deselect any you don’t want to be included.
You can find out more about how Siri works and
the privacy policy involved by clicking on ‘About
Siri & Privacy…’. This will reveal the policy relating
to asking Siri questions and what Siri suggests in
response. Click ‘Done’ when you wish to return.
Create an invisible desktop folder
How to create a folder on your Mac that cannot be seen by anyone
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If you share a Mac with other family members within the same
household then you may not want to keep switching accounts
whenever someone else wants to use it. But what if you have
lots of important work stored on the Mac that you don’t want
anyone else to see or interfere with? One solution is to create
an ‘invisible’ folder that only you know about and only you
know the whereabouts of. In previous Mac operating systems
this could be done by creating a folder, opening your Terminal
app, typing ‘chflags hidden’ into Terminal and then dragging
the folder into the Terminal window to make it vanish. However,
there is an even simpler way, which we will demonstrate here.
Step-by-step Create a hidden folder
1 Create a folder
2 Take a screenshot
3 Delete image
Click on your desktop and go to File>New
Folder or press Shift+Cmd+N to create a new
folder. When the folder has been created you
can call it whatever you want.
The next step involves opening any image
in the Preview app, so to speed things up,
just take a screenshot (Shift+Cmd+3) of your
desktop and then double-click it.
When your screenshot has opened in
Preview, press Cmd+A to ‘Select All’, in this
case all of the image, and then press Delete.
The image should now become a grey void.
4 Copy and paste
5 Get folder info
6 Paste image
Now, with the screenshot still open, press
Cmd+A again to ‘Select All’, in this case the
empty grey void, then press Cmd+C to copy
it to your clipboard. Close the screenshot.
Click once on your folder and press Cmd+I
to ‘Get Info’. In the pop-up window that
appears you will see a thumbnail of the folder
in the top-left corner. Click to highlight it.
With the folder icon highlighted, press
Cmd+V to paste the grey void onto the folder
thumbnail. As you will see, both the icon and
the physical folder will vanish – like magic!
You can also rename your folder by highlighting it, pressing Cmd+I and then
typing a name in the ‘Name & Extension’ box. Close the window to apply.
Your invisible archive
Protect your files from prying eyes
Folder info
Highlighting the folder and then
pressing Cmd+I will bring up an
info window – this is where you can
highlight the folder thumbnail and
replace it with an invisible image.
Finding the folder
When you have created an invisible
folder, you can position it where
you want on the desktop – drag
it and then click and hold on the
desktop nearby and drag over it to
find it again.
Moving items inside
Double-click to open your invisible
folder and then you can drag any
other files and folders from your
desktop inside to help protect
them from prying eyes.
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Hide other folders
Renaming folder
Once created, you can use your invisible folder as
a gateway to access other non-invisible folders on
your desktop. Simply drag other files and folders
into your invisible folder and they will not only be
safe from prying eyes, but your desktop will be nice
and tidy too!
You can also rename the folder
within the ‘Get Info’ window. By
replacing letters with spaces you
can make the folder invisible.
Now simply close the window to
apply the changes.
Make the
folder totally
If you gave your folder a name (or left it as the
default title) earlier then only the name will be
visible on your desktop. You can now make the
folder totally invisible by renaming it. The downside
of this is that the folder will be hard to locate
again unless you know where to look (this also
underlines what a good security measure it is).
You can get around this by clicking, holding and
dragging over the area where the folder is.
1 Rename your folder
2 Finding the folder
Click to highlight the folder and then click
again on the name. This should now become
highlighted, inviting you to type alternate text over
the top. To make the folder completely invisible,
name it by tapping Space three times.
Drag the folder to a preferred position on your
desktop and then click elsewhere on the folder
to make it invisible. Locate it again by clicking
and holding on the desktop near to the folder and
dragging over it to highlight it.
Configure websites in Safari 11
There is a new Safari browser with an exciting feature. Here is how to use it…
Safari 11 is here and if you have upgraded to macOS High
Sierra you will have it by default; but even if you have not yet
upgraded, with automatic updates on, it will be installed in
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macOS Sierra too. It has a fantastic new feature that enables
you to configure the permissions and settings of websites,
not just globally, but individually. Using the new configuration
settings in Safari you can tell it to always use Reader mode for
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one website or to always zoom in or out a little on another site.
Annoying content can be blocked on one website, but allowed
on another where it is not so bad or is even useful. So now you
can set up websites to work just the way you want them to.
Step-by-step How to configure website settings
1 New menu
2 Settings shortcut
3 Tick the options
Go to any website, such as,
and there is a new item on the Safari menu
called ‘Settings for This Website’. It enables
you to configure this website.
There is a quick way to access the settings
for a website and that is by Ctrl+clicking the
URL in the address box. Select the item on
the menu, ‘Settings for This Website’.
A panel is displayed below the site URL and
the contents depends on the site. Use the
checkboxes at the top to choose whether to
use Reader mode and content blockers.
4 Set the zoom
5 Block unwanted media
6 Set permissions
The other items do not look like they are
clickable, but they are. Click the Page Zoom
setting for example, and select the zoom
from the menu of options that is displayed.
Audio and video on web pages can be
irritating and are often nothing more than
advertising. Click the Auto-Play setting in the
panel and set the site to ‘Never Auto-Play’.
Websites may want to access hardware like
the camera and microphone, but you have to
wonder why. Set them to ‘Deny’. Location is
best set to ‘Ask’ as it may be useful.
You do not need to configure every website you visit. Choose the default
setting in Safari preferences and then only configure the exceptions.
Safari’s new Websites tab
Check out the new settings in Safari
The Websites tab
Change the settings
This tab is completely new in
Safari 11 in macOS Sierra and
High Sierra. It enables you to
configure the default settings
for all websites and sites with
exceptions to them.
There are two parts to the sites list and
the top part shows the currently open
tabs. Select a category on the left, then
choose the settings you want for each of
the websites.
Default settings
When visiting new websites
not yet configured, what
default settings are applied?
Down in the bottom-right
corner is the default applied
when visiting other websites.
Set it as you prefer.
Site settings
Select each section in turn
and if a website has been
configured differently to the
default setting, it will appear
in the list on the right. You
can then change the setting
or reset it.
Knowledge base
Content blocking
The content blockers feature in Safari is
controversial because it can block adverts to make
web pages less irritating. Website owners don’t
like it because it reduces their income and adverts
pay for many sites. Safari’s content blockers do
indeed block some adverts, but not all of them.
You will still see some ads and it appears to only
block the worst.
in Safari
Go to the Safari menu and select Preferences.
Then select the Websites tab. This is new in
Safari 11 and it enables you to see all the sites
you have configured and their settings. It shows
the tabs that are open too. Using the controls
in Preferences you can reset options you have
changed back to the default, select new options,
and set the default action when new websites
are visited. This is a great new feature in the
web browser.
1 Website settings
2 Default setting
Go to Websites in Safari preferences and there is
a list of categories from Reader to Notifications.
Select one of the items, such as ‘Microphone’,
to see the websites that have been configured.
Change the setting on the right.
Select any of the items on the left, such as ‘AutoPlay’, and down in the bottom-right corner is
‘When visiting other websites’. You don’t have to
configure every site individually and this setting
applies to all websites.
Apple gifts
Use your Mac to create stunning
gifts for friends and family
There’s nothing better than giving a
creative, thoughtful gift. Your Mac comes
with all the tools you need to show your
loved ones how much they mean to you…
Back in the halcyon days of Apple, when Steve Jobs had turned
the company around, he used to refer to Apple in a very specific
way. He placed the company and its philosophy ‘at the crossroads
between technology and the liberal arts’. To this day, that
philosophy is baked into the software. Some of the apps give you
the chance to be as creative and thoughtful as Steve Jobs was
about positioning Apple all those years ago. Inside macOS there
are options for creativity that you just don’t get on other platforms.
We are going to show you how to unleash some of this creativity
and use it to share your own sense of style, so you can give
something back to the people that you love this gift-giving season.
Greetings card
Showing off your photos
and sending out a personalised
card is simplicity itself using your
Mac. From the Photos File menu
select ‘Create Card’ and follow
the prompts. There are a slew of
options and you never need leave
the comfort of the Photos app.
Create a calendar
A personalised calendar is
a thoughtful gift and making it
on your Mac couldn’t be easier
using the File menu in Photos.
Add pictures and text, highlight
significant dates or add personal
messages of positivity before
ordering with a click of a button.
Create a stunning photo book in minutes
A simple interface makes for easy editing and one-button purchasing…
Add photos
One window fun
Everything you need to create a great
book is right in this window. Select
images, change content and even buy
the book without having to leave the
Photos app.
If you can’t see all the pictures you
need, or there’s one in another album
that would suit better, just use the Add
photos button and you can access all
your other snaps.
Drag and drop
The templates are flexible and easy to
rearrange. Just drag and drop pages
here there and everywhere until you are
happy with the format. To change the
pictures in the frame, just drop a new
one in its place.
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Buy Book
In typical Apple fashion, the purchasing
portion of the project is as simple as the
rest. Use your iTunes/iCloud account
and within seconds your purchase will
be sent and print date arranged.
Good quality
It’s hard to convey just how good the finished books
look when you order from Apple. You will have to
take our word for it that the paper quality, binding,
cover and all other elements are worth every single
penny. Try yours today.
Don’t feel rushed into finishing a project in one sitting. Photos saves your
progress automatically so you can finish your book at any time.
Photo books
Tucked inside the Photos app are a host of book-making options so you
can curate your memories into a slick, stylish photo book. There are three main
purchasing options and a total of 27 templates to get you started. They are really
easy to use, stunning quality and great value.
Tease a trailer
You don’t have to be Martin
Scorsese to make use of Apple’s
built-in movie maker app iMovie. The
Trailer templates are so simple to use
that anyone can create a cool video
to share with friends and family in
minutes. iMovie will grab video from
your Photos app, so just follow
the prompts.
Share your sound
Even the least musical amongst
us can use the loops in GarageBand
to create a cool jam to share with
friends. Keep it under 30 seconds and
you can give the gift of a personalised
ringtone that friends and family can
load on their iPhones.
Send a slideshow
Order prints
Sometimes physical gifts
just can’t convey the feeling, so
use Photos slideshow maker to
create something with a little more
substance. Select the photos you
want to use before hitting the ‘Create
Slideshow’ option in the File menu.
Then add themes and music.
In a digital world, sometimes
just holding a memory is enough.
Photos comes with some pretty cool
printing options so you can get those
memories off the Mac and into frames.
Apple has thought of everything –
square prints for your Instas and giant
sizes for those epic panoramas.
Give music
Cleverly built into iTunes is the
ability to instantly gift vouchers.
These can be spent in the iTunes
Store or the App Store once redeemed
through email. These are a great
gift for tech savvy relatives who love
using everything from their iPhones to
Mac computers.
Create a certificate
Pages is your Mac’s entry-level
publishing app and it comes packed
with cool features. From the template
menu, choose one of the certificates
and celebrate your love for friends
and family. Add pictures, a heartfelt
message and you’ve created a gift
they will cherish forever.
Give organisation
For the more organised gift
giver, there is the option to share
calendars from within the Calendar
app. Populate all the significant dates
in the year to come (don’t forget your
birthday) and within moments your
friends and family can enjoy the fruit of
your ultra-organised mind.
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ldren are becoming
becoming more and
more tech-literate and can often
figure out new operating systems,
apps and services in no time at all, while
us oldies are left scratching our heads in
bewilderment. But the advancements in
technology that bring knowledge to our
fingertips, limitless films and TV shows to
our smartphone and tablet screens and
up-to-the-minute updates on our every
waking move also create new avenues
for unsuitable content to flood onto our
screens and unsavoury people to make
contact. This isn’t a huge problem for
adults, but what about our children?
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d news is tthat
hatt our M
acs come
with a built-in set of controls (System
Preferences>Parental Controls) that allow
us to monitor and limit what our children
are exposed to online, and most thirdparty entertainment and social media
apps for our iPhones and iPads also
come with built-in settings that allow us to
tighten privacy and prevent minors from
accessing unsuitable content – we just
need to able to find them and understand
them in order to make them work more
efficiently at protecting our children.
Over the following pages we will help
you get better acquainted with your Mac’s
Controls as well as all of
built in Parental Contro
the restrictions you can impose on the
iOS devices that your children use. We
will also turn the spotlight on the most
popular social media and streaming apps
to help ensure that your children don’t
unwittingly access content that they really
shouldn’t be watching and come into
contact with people with bad intentions.
Above all else though, we recommend
that you talk openly with your children
about the possible dangers they may face
online and be extra vigilant with regard to
the many security settings that modern
technology offers.
On your Mac you can also go to System Preferences>Security &
Privacy>General to only allow apps to be downloaded from the App Store.
Create a new
user account
In order to start using your Mac’s
Parental Controls, you must first create
a new user account for your child that
you can police through these settings.
Here’s how…
Open System Preferences
Launch System Preferences and then click
on the ‘Users & Groups’ pane. All of the
current user accounts will be listed in the
column to the left with the main account
being an Admin.
Add account
Click on the padlock icon and enter your
administrator’s password to make changes
and then click on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom
of the listed users column to start creating a
new account for your child.
Add details
You will now be able to fill in various
required info, such as a name and password
for the new account user. Also, click on the
‘New Account’ menu and then change it to
‘Managed with Parental Controls’.
Child protection
Introducing Parental Controls
How to start limiting what content your child can access on your Mac
Now that you have successfully set up a
new user account for your child, you can
go about applying various restrictions to
that account in order to protect your child
from unsuitable online content and much
more. To do this, you need to go to System
Preferences>Parental Controls, click the
padlock icon and enter your administrator
password, and then click on your child’s
account in the left column.
Now you will be presented with a row
of tabs at the top of the window that relate
to the various categories of restrictions
which you can apply. Let us examine
each one in turn…
App controls
These restrictions apply to Mac
applications in general and you
can also tighten restrictions in
specific apps such as Mail
Allow joining Game
Centre multiplayer games
Children can potentially come into
contact with all manner of unsavoury
types playing online multiplayer
games, people who can then contact
them privately. By default the joining
of multiplayer games is prohibited.
Limit Applications on this Mac
By ticking this box you can place restrictions
on the apps that your child can use while on
the Mac. When the box is ticked you will be
able to view all available apps on your Mac in
the box below and then tick the ones that your
child can use.
Allow use
of camera
Limit Mail to
allowed contacts
The built-in iSight camera of
modern Macs is a way for
strangers to view your child
through certain apps and
services but, thankfully, in
restricted accounts this box
has to be ticked to allow this.
This handy feature lets your child
exchange Mail only with the addresses
you specify in the Allow Contact list,
thus eliminating exposure to spam and
unscrupulous types.
How to set
Mail contacts
Make sure only approved
contacts are able to email
your children
By ticking the ‘Limit Mail to
allowed contacts’ option in the
Apps section of Parental Controls
you will be able to determine
exactly whom your child can
exchange emails with.
Click ‘Manage’
When the ‘Limit Mail to allowed
contacts’ option has been
ticked, if you click on the
‘Manage’ button to the side
of the option, a new window
will appear.
See requests
Tick the ‘Send requests to’
box and then enter your email
address to be notified when
your child exchanges messages
with a contact not on the
approved contact list.
Add contacts
To add contacts to the
‘approved’ list, click on the ‘+’
icon and enter contact names
or email addresses. You will not
be notified on correspondence
from these people.
Clicking on the ‘?’ icon will open up Mac Help, which provides a lot more
insight into how the Parental Controls’ System Preferences work.
Web restrictions
You can use the Web pane of Parental Controls
to help prevent your children from viewing
Did you know…
inappropriate content on the internet
The web section of
Try to limit access
to adult websites
Allow unrestricted
access to websites
With this option selected Safari
‘tries’ to filter inappropriate
internet content.
When this option is selected
your child will have access to
all Safari internet content.
Parental Controls only
relates to the Safari
web browser.
How to add
‘safe’ websites
You can patrol exactly which sites your
children can access by selecting the
‘Allow access to only these websites’
option and adding sites to the list.
Here’s how…
Select option
Ensure that the ‘Allow access to only these
websites’ option is selected and the list
underneath will become active. To add to it,
click on the ‘+’ icon underneath.
Customise sites
Allow access to only
these websites
By far the safest option, when
ticked, this option will only allow
your child to access specific
websites that you have ‘cleared’
by adding to the list.
If you select ‘Try to limit access
to adult websites’ and click the
‘Customize…’ button you can add
safe URLs to the ‘Always allow these
websites’ list (by clicking the ‘+’
button) and unsuitable sites to the
‘Never allow these websites’ list.
Add bookmark
Now select the ‘Add Bookmark’ option from
the pop-up menu and then type a bookmark
name and webpage address into the fields
provided before clicking ‘OK’.
Monitor activity
View exactly what your child has
been doing on your Mac
A useful option within the Parental Controls’
System Preferences lets you see what your
child has been up to on your Mac over a
period of time. By clicking on ‘Logs’ in the
lower-right corner of the window you can
see which applications they have been
using (and for how long) as well as their
web activity. Use ‘Show activity for’ to
select the time period you wish to assess.
Add folders
You can also add bookmark folders to the
list by selecting the applicable option after
clicking ‘+’. To remove items from the list,
simply highlight them and click ‘–’.
“You can patrol exactly
which sites your
children can access”
Child protection
Store restrictions
If you don’t want your child downloading apps, games,
music and ebooks without your knowledge then you can
disable downloads and restrict store access
Remotely manage
Parental Controls
How to impose restrictions
from another computer
Disable stores
Here you can disable access
to the iTunes Store and the
iBooks Store (as well as iTunes
U content that is accessible via
the iTunes Store). Simply tick
the box next to the store you
would like to disable access to.
Setting boundaries
Restrict content
In the Stores section of Parental
Controls you can also place
various restrictions on store
content – such as music and
books with explicit content.
Again, tick the box next to the
option to enforce it.
Certain options, such as
Movies, Apps and TV Shows
have dropdown menus that
allow you to specify what
level of content your child can
access. For example, you can
ban access to any movies over
a ‘PG’ rating.
Family Sharing restrictions
If you use iCloud Family Sharing then there are a couple of options
that also help you restrict what you child can access
Go to Family Sharing
Go to System Preferences>iCloud>Manage
Family and then click on the name of
the child that you would like to impose
restrictions on in the left-hand column.
Ask to buy
You should now see the ‘Ask to Buy’ option,
which means that approval is required from a
parent for all purchases in the iTunes, iBooks
and App Stores – tick it.
Once you have created separate
accounts for your children, you can
apply or change the Parental Control
settings remotely from another
computer as long as you know the
administrator name and password for
the account of the Mac that they are
using and both computers are on the
same network. To set this up, when
you first click on the Parental Controls’
System Preferences pane (before the
padlock has been unlocked) you will
see the main Parental Controls screen.
Click on the padlock icon and enter
the administrator’s password and then
tick the ‘Manage parental controls from
another computer’ box. When you
access these preferences on a different
Mac you will see the option to ‘Manage
parental controls on another Mac’ –
select this.
Stop sharing purchases
Now click on the ‘My Apps and Services’ tab
and you will see the ‘Share my purchases
with family’ option. Untick this to keep your
own purchases separate.
In order to make changes and apply restrictions to the various user
accounts, first click on the padlock and enter the administrator’s password.
the Privacy
Some apps and games
will sometimes ask for
access to certain data,
such as location,
contacts etc, but if this
isn’t absolutely required
then you can prevent
this access…
“You can disable
apps from obtaining
location data by
unticking ‘Enable
Location Services’”
Privacy settings
Manage Privacy
Make changes
While in Parental Controls’
System Preferences, click on
‘Privacy’. In ‘Allow changes to’
untick the boxes of the various
apps and services to prevent
new apps accessing them.
Click on ‘Manage Privacy…’
to go to the Privacy System
Preferences that allow you to
manually select the games and
apps that will be able to access
data from your child.
Click on the padlock icon
and enter the administrator’s
password to make changes.
Once done, go through the
Location Services list unticking
any apps here.
Disable all
You can instantly disable
all apps and services from
obtaining location data by
unticking ‘Enable Location
Services’ at the top, though this
does disable Find My Mac.
Click on ‘Advanced…’ and
select ‘Log out after…’
to choose a specific time
of inactivity to secure the
computer if your child leaves it
for a certain amount of time.
Select ‘Require an administrator
password’ to prevent anyone
being able to change system
preferences on your child’s Mac
account without entering an
administrator’s password.
Time restrictions
One of the best things about the Parental Controls settings
is that they also allow you to enforce limits on how much
time your kids spend on the computer
Weekday use
During the week your children
will most likely have to contend
with school in the daytime and
homework in the evening, so
it is a good idea to keep them
focused by limiting computer
use. Tick the ‘Limit weekday
use to’ box and set the time.
Setting bedtimes
If your child is using a laptop then it can
be hard to monitor when they hop onto the
computer, so setting computer curfews are a
good idea to effectively disable their account
between certain hours. Tick the ‘School nights’
box and then you can determine the hours
when the account is disabled and re-enabled.
Weekend bedtimes
Weekend use
You may wish to relax the
rules a little at the weekend to
allow for more computer time,
so tick the ‘Limit weekend use
to’ box and set the time using
the slider, or simply provide
unlimited time by leaving the
box unticked.
Again, you may wish to ensure that your
children aren’t staying up later than you playing
on the Mac, so tick the ‘Weekend’ box and set
a cutoff point for when they will no longer be
able to use the computer.
Child protection
Other restrictions
The last page of the Parental Controls’ System
Preferences is a throw-together collection of
other Mac-related options that you might want
to restrict. Let’s go through them…
Block CD and DVD
burning in the Finder
Turn off Siri & Dictation
This prevents your child from accessing
Siri (using the Dock icon, menu bar icon
or keyboard shortcut), probably to prevent
them from asking something rude.
Presumably to stop your
children from running off pirated
CDs and DVDs to sell in the
school playground – resourceful
little devils!
Disabling editing of
printers and scanners
Prevent the Dock
from being modified
It can take an age of sweat and
frustration to successfully set
up a printer, so the last thing
you would want is for a child to
unwittingly change the settings.
If you have your Dock arranged
just how you want it then
ticking this option will prevent
your children from adding and
removing items.
Restrict explicit
language in Dictionary
Use Simple Finder
This prevents access to many
of Finder’s more advanced
features, keeping a simple
and restricted environment for
your children.
Half the fun of being a child
was looking up rude words.
However, ticking this box will
filter inappropriate words from
the Dictionary.
Set up iOS
If you want to limit how your
children use their iPhones then
restrictions can be applied easily
through the Settings app
“If there are any apps that
you prefer your child not to
use then you can turn off
the switches”
Go to Settings
On your child’s iPhone,
go to Settings>General,
scroll down and you
will see ‘Restrictions’
– tap on this and then
tap on the ‘Enable
Restrictions’ option.
Enter a code
To start setting up
restrictions you will
have to first enter a
passcode. Enter a
four-digit code and
then re-enter it for
verification purposes.
You can now scroll
down deciding exactly
which apps to allow. If
there are any apps that
you prefer your child
not to use then turn off
the switches.
Allow content
In ‘Allowed Content’
you can determine
what content your child
can access through the
iTunes and App Stores
– tap next to each
option to change.
If your child has an iPhone then go to Settings>Emergency SOS to make
them aware of this useful feature if they get into trouble while out alone.
Setting up iOS restrictions
If your child is lucky enough to use an iPhone for
everyday use then the good news is that you can
impose restrictions on how they use iOS too.
Read on to find out how…
Store use
By applying certain restrictions
you can decide what level of
content can be accessed from
the iTunes and App Stores and
whether or not content can
be downloaded at all. You can
even determine whether apps
can be deleted from the
iPhone or not.
Using Guided
The Settings app is your gateway
to applying various restrictions
to your Child’s iPhone. Go to
Settings>General>Restrictions and you
will be able to restrict what apps are
used, which features are accessible
within apps and so on…
A great way to keep your
child focused
If your child has a
limited attention span,
for whatever reason,
and they are using their
iPhone for school work
purposes then you can
help to keep their mind
and focus on track by
enabling Guided Access.
Once enabled, this mode
will keep the iPhone in a
single app and allows you
to control which features
are available. Go to
Access to turn it on and
then triple-tap the Home
button once you are in the
app you want to use.
Web activity
In ‘Websites’ tapping
on ‘Limit Adult Content’
limits access to many
websites but you can
also manually add sites
to the ‘Always Allow’
and ‘Never Allow’ lists.
Also under the
Restrictions are the
privacy settings. You
can disable each
option to ensure a
completely safe iPhone
experience for kids.
Under ‘Allow Changes’
you can prevent
changes being made
to, for example, your
Mobile Data or account
info – that could really
mess things up!
Volume settings
If your child listens to a lot of
music on their iPhone through
headphones then you can also
set a safe level for the volume
and then passcode-protect it
so that it cannot be boosted
by the child and risk damaging
their hearing.
Safe browsing
In Restrictions you can determine
which websites are safe and which
websites cannot be accessed
by your child’s iPhone, providing
sound peace of mind that your
child cannot access unsavoury
content online.
Lock volume
If you tap on Volume
Limit and choose
‘Don’t Allow Changes’
then you can lock the
volume of the device at
a safe limit for listening
through headphones.
Lock settings
Go back to the General
settings and now
every time someone
taps on ‘Restrictions’
a passcode will be
required to access and
change the settings.
Child protection
Streaming and social media
How to protect your children while viewing and socialising online
It seems that children of all ages are
spending more and more time hunched over
their devices – social media won’t update
itself, after all. But what steps can we, as
adults take to protect who or what they
are subjected to? Here we offer up some
ways to best protect your children on social
media and various streaming services.
How to set
up Parental
Guidance in
BBC iPlayer
The free BBC iPlayer app is a great
way to catch up on TV, but not all of it
is appropriate for children. Thankfully
there is a simple solution…
Netflix is a wondrous viewing portal with access to thousands of
films and TV shows, but not all of it is suitable for children. Here
we show you how to create a child-friendly profile
Tap Menu
Launch the BBC iPlayer app and then tap on
the menu button in the top-left corner of the
interface. You will then see a small cog icon in
the top-right corner of the menu, tap on this
to access the main app settings.
First, access
the menu
Add profile
You should now see a ‘Who’s
Watching?’ screen that
Launch the Netflix app, tap
displays your regular profile
the menu icon that is in the
name and an option to ‘Add
top-left corner of the main
Profile’ – tap on this and you
Netflix interface and you
should see your regular profile will be able to start off by
name at the top of the menu – choosing an icon for the
new profile.
tap on this.
Go to the
account settings
Now go back to the main
Netflix interface and tap on
the menu icon in the top-left
corner once again. Now scroll
down through the menu until
you see the ‘Account’ option
and then tap on it.
You will now be redirected to
the Safari app. Scroll through
the Netflix account settings
screen and tap on ‘Parental
Controls’. You then have to
enter your account password
before making changes.
For Kids
Next, type in a name for the
new profile and then move
the ‘For Kids’ slider to the
‘On’ position (you can also
change the icon at this stage
if you want). Once you are
happy to proceed, tap on the
‘Save’ button.
Select Parental Guidance
The settings relate to various location and
‘Auto-Play’-related options, but you will see
one called ‘Parental Guidance’. Tap on that
and you will see further options relating to
security and suitability.
Add a PIN
You will now be able to create
a four-digit PIN to add an
extra level of security to the
account. Type it in and then
tap the line underneath to
select the age up to which
you wish to implement the
PIN, then tap ‘Save’.
Set up a PIN
Ensure that ‘I am aged over 16’ is ticked and
then set up a 4-digit PIN to control who can
watch BBC content with the Guidance label.
Once done, tap ‘Activate’ and the PIN will be
required to watch adult content.
If your children use PINs to secure their iOS devices then make sure you
know how to unlock them in the case of an emergency.
Strictly speaking, nobody under the age of 13
can create a Facebook profile and the default
security settings are different for a 13-year-old
than someone who is 18. But you can still take
steps to tighten security for your child when
using social media.
Go to
In Facebook, tap
on the menu icon
in the lower-right
corner and then
scroll down to the
Settings section.
Here you will find
three options, but
for now you want to
tap on the ‘Privacy
Shortcuts’ option.
You will see an
option at the top of
the screen called
‘Privacy Checkup’. This is a useful
three-point checklist
to ensure you are
sharing with the
right people, so
make a point of
going through it.
You will be able to
get more thorough
by scrolling down
and tapping on the
‘Who can see my
stuff?’ option. Tap
on each category to
select the audience
who can see your
posts. Stay away
from ‘Public’.
Go to
Next, tap on the
‘Who can contact
me?’ option and
consider changing
this to the ‘Friends
of friends’ option to
add an additional
layer of authenticity
to any friend
requests that
you receive.
Restrict the rest
You will now
have access
to a far more
comprehensive set
of privacy options
including search
options that stretch
beyond Facebook.
You will also find
the ‘Manage your
Profile’ option here.
Go back to the menu
screen and choose
Settings to find a
more extensive list
of options relating
to all aspects of
your Facebook
account. Tap on the
‘Privacy’ option.
Simple ways to restrict content in other streaming services
All 4
Tap the menu icon in the top-right corner and then
choose the ‘Parental Controls’ option. You will now
be able to create a four-digit PIN number that must
be entered to view adult content.
Tap on the cog icon in the top-right corner of the
interface and then choose the ‘Parental Control’
option. You will now be able to set up a PIN that
can be used at one of two levels – 16+ and 18+.
First, register an account by tapping on the person
icon in the top-right corner then tap on the menu
icon in the top-left. Now tap on MY5>Account
Details and you will see the PIN option – tap ‘Set’.
Share documents
from the Files app
Attach cloud-based files to emails and messages
or collaborate on your iCloud Drive documents
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The new Files app in iOS 11 grants you direct access to
documents not only stored in iCloud Drive but within third-party
cloud-based services too. Plus it lets you share those files with
other people using AirDrop, Messages, and Mail, along with
numerous other methods, making it a rather flexible app.
It also comes with a bonus: the ability to collaborate on
iWork documents stored in iCloud Drive with others in real time.
Selecting this option lets you add people one by one, colourcoding them so you know who is taking part and marking
documents. Here’s how to get going…
Step-by-step Share a document from iCloud Drive
1 Go to Files
2 Search for docs
3 Select a file
Launch the Files app on your iPhone or iPad
and tap ‘Locations’ in the top-right corner.
You’ll be able to choose from your cloud
services. We’re going to select iCloud Drive.
You should now see the folders you have
within iCloud. Since you can’t share a folder,
you need to tap the one that contains the file
you wish to share in order to open it.
Tap and hold a document then tap ‘Share’
in the menu that appears. Alternatively tap
‘Select’ (top-right), choose your files and hit
the Share button in the bottom-left corner.
It’s worth noting that you are only able to invite people to collaborate with
Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents via iCloud Drive.
Manage the
share options
Share Options screen
You will reach this screen if you tap
‘Share Options’ at the bottom of the Add
People screen. It allows you to alter the
level of access and permissions.
When you seek to collaborate
on a file, you may want to
exercise some control over
what others are able to see
and do with it
Granting access
If you select the first option, then only
the people you invite can access your
document – by signing into iCloud using
their Apple ID. The other option allows
anyone with the link to access it.
View only
This option still allows people
to print the document but they
will not be able to make any
alterations to it.
Knowledge base
Using third-party cloud services
As well as being able to use iCloud Drive within
Files, you can also access third-party services such
as Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. You’ll
need to have these installed and set up on your
iDevice but once you’ve done this, just open Files,
select Locations and tap ‘Edit’. You should see a list
of your cloud services along with sliders that let you
activate them in the Files app.
Allow for changes
By selecting ‘Can Make
Changes’, all of those permitted
by you to access the document
will be able to edit and print it.
4 Choose a method
5 Collaborate with others
6 Readying the doc
You can now select how you wish to share
the document. You can AirDrop it or send
it via Message, Mail or even have it open in
another app. Simply tap the required option.
By storing files in iCloud, you can invite
others to collaborate on docs. Tap ‘Add
People’ and select how to send the invite.
You can manage the share options too.
Once you’ve selected the person you wish
to share with, the doc will be prepared and a
link to the file (rather than an attachment) will
be sent, letting them view and edit.
Save website articles as PDFs
Keep web pages forever by converting them to PDF files and saving them to iCloud
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Although you can sa
ave web pages as bookmarks, there is no
guarantee they will still
s be available in the future – the page
may be taken down. To save valuable information on the web
permanently, save pages as PDF files. You then have your
own original copy forever. What would you save? You may
want to save news stories
of significant events and we’ve
saved the iPhone X press
release as an example. It’ll be fun
reading in five years’ time! You could save tutorials, stepby-step guides and information on websites, and read
them any time, even when you are offline. Here we show
how to create a PDF
F file from a web page using Safari
on the iPhone and save it online in iCloud Drive.
“You can save tutorials
and step-by-step guides
to read even when offline””
Step-by-step Save a page as a PDF
1 Open Safari
2 Create a PDF
3 View the PDF
4 PDF options
Almost any web page can be
saved as a PDF file. When you
come across one that you would
like to save when browsing the
web with Safari, press the share
button at the bottom.
Let’s save this news story about
the launch of the iPhone X. When
the share button is pressed you
must swipe left over the bottom
row of icons and then press
‘Create PDF’.
This appears to take you back to
viewing the web page, but this
is a PDF. Press ‘Done’. (See our
guides on the opposite page
for how to annotate and share
your PDFs.)
The PDF can be deleted if you
change your mind, but we want
to save the file, so tap the ‘Save
File To…’ button. This will allow
us to choose where to store the
new PDF.
Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that the editing tool to annotate PDFs
is the same as the one used to annotate screenshots.
Annotate PDF files
Draw notes on PDFs before saving them
Open the editor
After creating a PDF of a web page in ‘Step 3’, you can
annotate it before continuing with ‘Step 4’ and saving it.
Press this button to open the PDF annotation tool.
Exit and continue
After annotating the PDF, press the button in the top-right
corner to exit the editor. Then press ‘Done’ to save the PDF
or the share button to share it.
PDF files
You might come across a web
page that would be useful for
someone else and a bookmark
could be sent to them, but there is
also the option of sending them a
PDF file. Once the PDF is created
we saw how it could be saved,
but in ‘Step 3’ of the tutorial you
could press the share button at the
bottom of the screen and use the
usual iOS sharing features instead.
Here’s how they work…
More annotation tools
Press the ‘+’ button in the bottom-right corner and there are
more tools to use. Add text or a signature, or use the bottom
row of buttons to add arrows and various shapes.
Draw on the PDF
The annotation tools include a pen, broad marker, a pencil
and an eraser. Tap the drawing tool you want to use and then
press the colour blob to select a colour from the palette.
1 iOS sharing options
After creating a PDF file of a web
page you want to save, press the
share button at the bottom of the
screen. The options are similar to
sharing a web page, but you are
sharing a PDF. Press ‘Mail’.
5 Select a location
6 Select a folder
2 Email the PDF
It is possible to save PDF files
to the iPhone’s storage, but it
is more useful to store them
online. Press ‘iCloud Drive’, or
any other online storage, such
as Google Drive.
Browse the folders on iCloud and
select the one you want to save
the PDF file to. Press the ‘Add’
button to save it. The filename
can be seen just above the
folder list.
Emailing a copy of the PDF to
someone is straightforward and a
new message is created containing
the file. Tap in ‘To’ box and enter an
email address or contact. Edit the
default subject and press ‘Send’.
Control Centre
Adjust the brightness
of your iPhone torch
Find out how to employ 3D Touch as a means to
brighten or dim your iPhone’s torch light
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As the winter nights draw in, we may come to rely on our
iPhone torches to illuminate dark pathways and help us find
dropped car keys. As you know, you can access iPhone’s torch
function by swiping up to enable your Control Centre and then
tapping the torch icon (which will turn on your iPhone’s camera
flash to act as a makeshift light). But did you know that you can
also adjust the brightness of the torch? This is useful if your
iPhone is low on power as a dimmed torch won’t consume as
much juice. To do this you must employ 3D Touch, whereby
you press down hard on an app icon to quickly access
particular features of an app instead of launching the app itself.
Step-by-step Adjust the torch brightness
1 Swipe up
2 Hold torch
3 Adjust brightness
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to
access your Control Centre. This has been
tweaked in iOS 11 and has expanded options
in Settings to display your choice of modules.
Instead of tapping the torch icon, hard-press
and hold on it to apply 3D Touch, whereby a
meter will appear on the screen that indicates
the current brightness of the torch.
Now swipe your finger up or down the meter
and the torch function will be activated and
the brightness increased or reduced. To go
back, simply tap the Home button.
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iOS 11
Use Slide Over and Split View
Have up to three app panes open on your iPad at any one time
Split View and Slide Over have been around for a while but they
are now more functionable thanks to the use of drag and drop
(covered elsewhere in this issue) and some new tweaks for iOS
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11. You can now have a smaller window to the left if you wish
(previously you could only have it to the right). It is also possible
to add apps to Split View and Slide Over simply by dragging
on their icons, whether that be from the Home screen, the
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Dock or even through the Spotlight Search. What’s more, you
can add a third pane as a Slide Over too. On older iPads, this
causes the Split View to grey but on the latest iPads, all three
panes are active.
Step-by-step How to add a second app
1 Add from home screens
2 Create a Slide Over
3 Have a Split View
You can select two apps to sit side by side
from any of your home screens. Tap the icon
of the first app and start to drag it. Then,
keeping hold, tap the second app’s icon.
If you want the Slide Over view – which slides
the dragged app in front of the other – drag
the icon on to the screen and release it. It will
automatically position right.
If you prefer a Split View – which puts the
apps side by side – simply drag the icon as
far left or right as you can. A black area will
appear for you to release it into.
4 Add within apps
5 Drag the app
6 Making adjustments
You can also drag a second app on to the
screen via the Dock while another app is
open. Start by swiping from the bottom of
the screen to call the Dock into view.
Now tap, hold and drag the icon you want,
deciding between Split View or Slide Over as
before. Here we can see how the Slide Over
view will look once the icon is released.
And here we see the Split View. If you wish
to adjust how much space each app gets,
use your finger to hold the divider cutting the
screen in two and move it left or right.
When you’re dragging the first app from the home screen, make sure you
drag it far enough, otherwise the other apps will wiggle.
with your apps
Convert Slide to Split
Pull on the app’s handles at the top
of the screen and you can hold and
drag them from Slide to Split, and
Split to Slide.
Make the most of your iPad’s screen by having as
many as three apps displayed at the same time
Removing the panes
To remove a Split View app pane,
tap and hold this edit handle on
the divider and move it left or right.
Swipe right along the top of Slide
Over panes to remove those.
Swap out apps
You can call up the Dock with a
swipe and swap one of the open
apps with another if you wish just by
dragging, holding and releasing it.
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Swap the positions
In the Split View you will have one app to the left
and one to the right (for instance, Safari left and
Notes right). To swap them over, drag the Edit
handle of the right pane down, converting it into
a Slide Over window. Then swipe along the top
of it, moving it left. Once it’s in position, drag the
Edit handle up.
Add a third app
Already have a Split View with
your two apps on screen? You can
introduce a third simply by using
Slide Over. Just drag an extra app
to Split View’s app divider to add it.
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Drag and drop items across apps
Quickly and easily transfer photos, files, links, text and more from one app to another
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We’re all used to cutting and pasting within iOS – after all, it was
introduced way back in 2009. But what about dragging and
dropping? It may feel like a natural progression yet it is fair to say
that it has taken its time in coming. Now it is here, however, we
couldn’t imagine an Apple-focused life without it. It speeds up
productivity and makes you far more efficient.
Of course, drag and drop allows you to move items within an
app simply by holding them down and sliding them across the
screen. More crucially though, you can also move them
from one app to another: dragging text from Safari
to Notes for example. The feature works within
many integrated apps including Messenger,
Spotlight, Files, Reminders, Calendar,
News and Pages. Here’s how to use it…
“You can move items from one
app to another: dragging text
from Safari to Notes for example”
Step-by-step Drag and drop on the iPad
1 Highlight content
2 Lift the content
3 Move it elsewhere
Find content that you wish to move around –
whether it’s an image, file or calendar event
– and then touch and hold the item (see the
opposite page if dealing with text).
Now drag your finger away. You’ll see that
the content is moveable and you’ll find you
can place the item elsewhere within the app
if it allows you. Simply move and let go.
You can also move the item you’re holding
to another app. One method for this involves
swiping up with another finger to display the
Dock and selecting a destination app.
When you are selecting multiple items to drag and drop, look out for the
numbered badge which indicates how many items you’re looking to move.
Drag and drop in Split View
Arguably the most useful
function of drag and drop is
the ability to open a couple
of apps side-by-side and
move items between the two
Highlighting the text
The two apps
Here we have used Split View to
open Safari and Notes with the
intention of dragging and dropping
some text from the web.
Dragging it across
To drag and drop some text, you
must tap to select it first. Move the
selection handles until you have
the words or sentences you need,
then tap and hold.
By having two apps open at once,
dragging and dropping is made
much simpler. As the text moves
across, the ‘+’ symbol will appear,
showing that you’re able to place it.
Knowledge base
Drag and drop on iPhone
It is also possible to drag and drop items on an
iPhone, although the options are far more limited
since it can only be used within individuals apps.
Still, you can drag and drop files between different
folders in the Files app. It is also possible to drag
and drop multiple apps into a folder on the home
screen by pressing, holding and dragging on one
while selecting others with another finger.
Scrolling documents
As well as being able to use your
other finger to control both of
the apps while you’re holding the
selected text, you can also drag
to the bottom or top of a long
document to scroll the screen.
4 Open another app
5 Drop into position
6 Select multiple files
If the app you want to drop the content to
is not in the Dock, then keep holding on to
it but press the Home button with another
finger and select the app of your choice.
With the destination app open, you can drop
the content wherever you want by letting go
of the item you are holding. If the app allows
drag and drop, the item will be placed.
Now you’ve mastered drag and drop for
single items, try multiple files. Tap, hold and
pull a file then tap others with another finger.
Move the bunched items as before.
Use iOS Notes to
scan documents
How to scan receipts and documents using
the iPhone and store them in the Notes app
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The camera on the iPhone is so good it can be used as a
scanner to scan documents, receipts and other paper-based
items. It means you will not lose them, they won’t fade, and
they are easier to find and organise when you need them. They
can also be carried with you in your pocket. There are dozens
of scanner apps in the Store, but do you need one? Apple has
upgraded the Notes app in iOS 11 and it now includes a great
scanning feature. It enables you to scan all your paperwork and
store the images in notes on your phone. With iCloud syncing,
of course, you can then access the scans on your Mac if you
need to. It is an excellent feature. Here’s how it works…
“With iCloud syncing, you
can access the scans on
your Mac if you need to”
Step-by-step Scan receipts and documents
1 Create a note
2 Show the menu
3 Scan the document
Open the Notes app on the
iPhone and create a new note.
It is a good idea to enter some
text at the top because it is used
as a title and it helps you to find
scanned items.
There is more to the toolbar
above the keyboard than is
shown. Tap the plus button
to open a menu containing
additional options. Press ‘Scan
Documents’ at the top.
Place the document on a
dark background and point
the iPhone at it. Follow any
instructions displayed at the
bottom of the screen and a scan
is automatically recorded.
Watch the screen for instructions and tips when scanning items. It will tell
you to get closer or to put the next document under the iPhone.
The scanning screen
your scans
Familiarise yourself with the scanning controls
Documents, photos and receipts
can be scanned and saved in any
note, but you might want to create
a special folder to store them in.
Organising your notes can make it
easier to find the items you need
and it keeps everything in one
place. Here we show how to create
a folder for your scans and how to
find your scans.
Auto shutter
The scanning app can automatically take the photo when it
detects the document in the picture. Press here and turn this
off if you want to use the Scan button at the bottom.
Flash options
Press this icon to access the camera flash settings. It can
be on, off or set to automatic mode. Usually automatic is the
best option, but it may depend on the lighting and document.
Colour options
The scan can be taken in several different modes and
tapping this icon lets you choose the one to use. There is a
photo mode, colour scan, greyscale and black and white.
Save the scan(s)
Multiple documents can be scanned in one go. Just keep
putting them in front of the camera. Save all the scans to the
note by pressing this button when you have finished.
1 Create a folder
Open Notes and if you are in a
subfolder, press the back button
in the top-left corner. Press ‘New
Folder’ at the bottom and enter a
name for the folder. We called ours
Scans, but you could use Receipts.
4 Scan and crop
5 Scan and save
6 Edit and save
Most of the time the scan is
automatically taken and the
background is cropped for you.
Occasionally you must manually
take the photo and drag the
corners to crop it.
Place the next document or
receipt in front of the iPhone
camera and let the app scan
it. When you have scanned all
items, press the ‘Save’ button in
the bottom-right corner.
The scanned items appear in
Notes and can be tapped to
view them, enter more text,
format, draw on and more.
When you have finished, press
‘Done’ at the top.
2 Find your scans
When browsing the notes you
have made, press the button in the
bottom-left corner of the screen to
display attachments to notes. Our
scans are in the Scans folder and
tapping ‘Show All’ displays them.
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Top 10 AR Apps
Augmented reality is already here and you
can experience it today
Augmented reality is not new, but the launch of ARKit, a
framework that allows developers to create apps and games using
the technology, means that we are about to see an explosion in
the way it is used. Apple has a habit of taking technology that
is already present and bringing it to the masses and there is no
doubt that the same will happen here. You can, however, already
experience augmented reality on your iPhone or iPad. There are
apps and games available that use augmented reality and some
will surprise and amaze you in equal measure. When you take a
look at the apps listed in the top ten you will likely be wanting to
test out the technology further by seeing what else is available.
This is just the start of a whole new way to interact with apps.
“The launch of ARKit means that we
are about to see an explosion in the
way augmented reality is used”
Night Sky
Night Sky has been
developed over time to help inform
you of what is in the dark sky
above. Using just your iPhone or
iPad, you can point to the sky and
immediately see references to
exactly what you are looking at. It’s
educational, clever and great fun
to experience.
3-in-1 Ruler
There are times
when you need a ruler and just
don’t have one, but with this app
you can measure objects using
your phone camera and see an
instant result. It uses AR in a
highly practical way which is not
designed to amaze you, but to help
you undertake small tasks.
Get into AR
AR in action, as demonstrated
by the Night Sky app…
Tap for more
AR or not
Some apps will let you work with
augmented reality in a more simplified
form if you do not need the full features.
You have the option to use exactly what
you need to.
In the detail
The level of detail available is quite
astonishing when you consider how
many objects you can view at any time.
It’s like an encyclopaedia of the sky in
your pocket.
Tap the ‘i’ in Night Sky to see much
more detail about what you are looking
at. It’s a simple mix of moving objects,
accurate locations and a tap or two to
gain information.
AR apps are likely to grow in depth and complexity in the near future thanks
to the iPhone X and other new products, so keep an eye out for new ones.
Visualising a heart is usually a leap of
the imagination, but here you get to
view it in various states within a real
environment. You simply scan your
surroundings, let the app build a wire
human, and see the heart in glorious
detail, complete with blood flow
simulation. It’s impressive.
IKEA Place
Tiny Talking
In this very cute app your children
will get to interact with four different
talking monsters who can be
manipulated in a variety of clever
ways to jump, kiss, dance, zombie
walk, hide, run away and more. Even
better, they will appear in the location
the child is playing to add even more
realism and emotion to the experience.
try tattoo designs
in augmented reality
Getting a tattoo wrong is a ‘no going
back’ event unless you are prepared
to spend lots to undo it. With this app,
however, you can preview a range
of tattoos on your body and using
augmented reality see how they look
in many different situations. It really
does work.
Why would you not
want to add holograms of animals,
celebrities and other interesting
objects to the world around you and
then photograph or video the realistic
effect? Well, if this is your thing the
Holo app will do just that and it really
is good fun to play with.
Here we have a highly
practical use for augmented reality.
Using the IKEA Place app you can
scan your room, choose a specific
location and then select some
furniture to see how it will look in
your house instantly. It will save you
from a long trip to the store and is
very easy to use.
ARSoccer Augmented
Reality Soccer Game
Augmented reality gaming will improve
in the near future to the point that
any other gaming may start to feel
too shallow. ARSoccer will give you a
glimpse of the future now as you have
fun juggling a virtual football.
AR Plane
Point your phone to the sky and see
the planes above you. Tap on one
and you will be provided with basic
detail about the airline carrier and the
journey it is on. Tap again to see even
more detail. This is close to the perfect
use for augmented reality.
Space AR
Draw some shapes on your screen and
they will stay in place no matter where
you point your phone. As you walk
around the drawings will stay in the
exact same positions which means you
can create a real-world artwork and add
personality to any space you want to.
Apple Watch
sing your Watch
Witth watchOS 4, you can dial numbers not already in
ur contacts without the need for a third-party app
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Ever since the Apple Watch was introduced, we’ve become
used to being able to call up our contacts and accept or
decline calls from the comfort of our own wrist. But if you
have ever felt frustrated that the Phone app has restricted you
to dialling your own contacts or anyone who recently called
you, then the good news is that Apple appears to have been
listening. With watchOS 4, Apple has introduced a keypad
that lets you dial a new number and make a phone call from
scratch. It also allows you to tap in any phone extensions
that you may require, and it lets you navigate automated
phone systems too.
This makes it a truly useful addition, ensuring you won’t now
have to reach for your iPhone whenever you are being asked to
“Press 1” for whatever reason that you are given. What’s more
– as you would expect – it is extremely easy to use. Here we
take a look at how you can activate it.
Step-by-step Make use of the keypad
1 Open Phone app
2 Select the Keypad
3 Use the numbers
To make calls to any number that isn’t already
in your contacts, you will need to download
and install watchOS 4 to your Watch. Once
you’ve done that, tap the Phone app icon.
You’ll see a new addition called Keypad at
the bottom of the app’s main menu (under
Favourites, Recents and Contacts). When
you’re ready to call, tap this.
You can start dialling the number that you
wish to call. As well as having the numbers 0
to 9, you can also make use of + should you
wish to make an international call.
Don’t forget that if you need to make an emergency call, you can press and
hold the side button and drag the Emergency SOS slider to the right.
Enter an extension number
If you are mid-call and you’re asked to input an extension
number, then you can bring up the keypad to do just that
Input a number
No deletion
If you need to input an extension,
then all you need to do is tap the
relevant numbers and they will
be immediately sent to the phone
system you’ve dialled
Have you inputted a wrong number?
Unfortunately – just as when you dial
from your iPhone or a landline – you
can’t use the keypad to delete. You’ll
have to hope that the phone system
gives you a chance to rectify it.
Extra keys
The keypad which appears during
calls includes two extra keys:
star and hash. These allow you
to interact with any automated
systems that make use of them.
Knowledge base
Use Siri to dial
If you don’t want the hassle of having to manually
tap in a number on the keypad, you can get Siri
to dial any number you wish instead. Just activate
Siri in the usual way and say: “Dial 020 7042 4000”
(obviously stating the number that you want). You’ll
then be swiftly connected.
Swipe up
You can activate the keypad whenever
you are on a call by swiping up from
the bottom of the Watch screen. This
displays an option marked Keypad
which you need to tap.
4 Make the call
5 Wait to be connected
6 Finish a call
As you dial the number, it’ll appear at the top
of the Watch screen. If you make a mistake,
simply tap the red delete button. When
you’re ready to call, tap the phone icon.
Just as when choosing a contact, favourite
or recent number, your call will attempt to
connect. You can adjust the volume of calls
or mute them using the onscreen buttons.
When you want to end a call, simply tap the
red button in the usual manner and you’ll be
taken back to the main menu. You’ll then be
ready to dial another number if you need to.
Iff you have Hive’s range of smarthome products, you
can now control many of them using your Watch
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Hive Connected Home is one of the biggest names in smart
home devices, particularly in the UK. Fitted by British Gas,
it has expanded from a thermostat to lights, smart plugs,
cameras, motion detectors and window and door sensors. The
idea is that you can control all of these using your smartphone.
Now, however, you can use your Apple Watch too.
The Watch app is not perfect by any means. It is limited in
function and it only lets you manipulate a few devices. But you
can at least activate your lights, boost your home’s temperature
and turn various appliances connected to Hive plugs on and
off. The benefit is that you don’t have to reach for your iPhone.
Here we will take a look mainly at the Watch app, since
Hive fitters tend to talk people through the iPhone version.
Where it can make life easier on the Watch, though, we will
also touch on some of the vital functions that can only be
completed on the iPhone.
Step-by-step Use Hive on Apple Watch
1 Install Hive app
2 View the temperature
3 Boost the temperature
Ensure the Hive app for iOS is installed on the
iPhone synced to your Apple Watch. Now,
open the Apple Watch app on your phone,
tap My Watch and select ‘Install’ next to Hive.
Open the Hive app on your Watch and, at
the top of the screen, you’ll see the current
temperature in your home and the target
temperature you’ve set on your iPhone.
If you want to instantly warm a chilly home,
tap ‘Boost’. By default, this increases the
temperature to 22 degrees for one hour. You
can end this sooner by tapping ‘Stop Boost’.
The Hive app for Apple Watch doesn’t let you dim or brighten your lights.
We do hope this will feature in a future update.
Master the Hive interface
The Hive app is a rather simple list of your devices
so getting to grips with it shouldn’t take long
Offline device
You may see some devices are offline.
That means they are switched off in your
home. Offline lights must be physically
turned online using the room switch
otherwise the app can’t alter them.
On and off
Any white coloured entries in the Hive
app list on your Apple Watch mean
these devices are currently switched
on so tapping will turn them off.
Limited devices
Don’t break a sweat wondering
where your Hive cameras, motion
detectors, and window and door
sensors are: the Hive app on Watch
is limited to heating, hot water,
lights and plugs.
Knowledge base
Changing the temperature
Although you can boost the temperature of your
house using your Watch, you can’t indicate exactly
how hot or cold you want your home to be. For that,
you still need to use the Hive app on your iPhone,
tapping the heating circle and scrolling until you
reach your desired level. The same goes for Boost:
you can only alter this temperature and timing via
the iPhone too.
Identify your devices
Have more than one Hive bulb or plug?
It’s useful to name them. Open the Hive
app on your iPhone, tap the menu,
select ‘Manage Devices’, tap a device
and click the pencil icon to rename.
4 Find your lights
5 Turn them on/off
6 Activate your plugs
The Hive app for Apple Watch also lets you
turn your lights on and off. You’ll see a list of
your Hive bulbs and whether they’re online or
offline. Find the light you need.
As long as the light is online, tapping will turn
it either on or off. You’ll know when a light is
on because it will be coloured white. Black
shows the light is off.
If you have any Hive plugs inserted into your
electric sockets, you can turn them on and
off direct from the Apple Watch app too.
Identify the one you wish to alter and tap.
Apple TV
Use iOS’ Control
Centre with Apple TV
Navigate Apple TV’s menus and enjoy your media
content using the Apple TV Remote app
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We love the fact that we can sit back on the sofa and use our
remote to control what we’re watching but we hate turning the
air blue when we can’t find it. At the same time, we applaud
the creation of an Apple TV Remote app for iOS but still find
searching for it on our multiple home screens a bit of a pain.
Step forward a new way. With iOS 11, Apple has added an
Apple TV remote to the Control Centre which means you only
need to swipe up and tap a button to use it. That certainly cuts
out a lot of hassle and it comes with the bonus of replicating
virtually every feature found in the main Apple TV app.
Step-by-step Add Apple TV Remote app
1 Launch Settings app
2 Allow access
3 Customise the controls
To use the Apple TV remote that is now built
into the Control Centre of iOS 11, you need
to add it. To do this, open the Settings app
and tap the option ‘Control Centre’.
You will see a slider next to an option that is
labelled ‘Access Within Apps’. Simply slide
this to green so that your apps are allowed
access to the iOS Control Centre.
Now tap ‘Customise Controls’. This takes
you to a screen full of controls that you can
add or remove. In our case we want to add
Apple TV so scroll down and look for it.
If the Apple TV control in iOS 11 notices that you may need to enter some
text, it will automatically call up the keyboard for you.
Using the
Apple TV remote
Call up the Control Centre, tap the
Apple TV icon, select your device
and input the code you’re given.
You’ll then see this screen
Control area
This section is your touchpad and you
can use your finger to swipe in the
necessary direction to navigate around
Apple TV. You can tap the screen to
select items.
Forward and back
Tap either of these buttons when your
media is playing and you can go forward
or back by ten seconds. You can play or
pause using the bottom-left button.
Ask Siri
You can press the Menu button to go back
a level. You can also press Siri if you want
to give Apple TV a verbal instruction.
Knowledge base
Playing games
Unfortunately, the Apple TV remote in Control
Centre doesn’t have a game mode which means
you are unlikely to want to use it when you’re ready
to kick back and have some fun. For that, you’re
better using the Apple TV app which lets you tap
a Game button, flip the iOS device into landscape
and use the buttons and touchpad to play.
Home button
Tap the Home button to reach the
home screen of Apple TV. Doubletap for Apple TV’s app switcher. Hold
it down for the option to put Apple
TV to sleep.
4 Tap add button
5 Move Apple TV
6 Check the control
Once you have found Apple TV, you need to
tap the green ‘+’ button which you will see to
the left-hand side of the screen. It will appear
within the top section marked ‘Include’.
You can now reposition the Apple TV control
wherever you would like it to be within the
Control Centre. Just tap and hold the threeline icon before dragging up and down.
Tap ‘Control Centre’ in the top left-hand
corner to finish off and then go to the home
screen of iOS. Swipe up and you should see
an icon for Apple TV towards the bottom.
Apple TV
Improve your Apple TV interface
Turn the background of Apple’s TV interface opaque and make it easier to view
Apple has created a range of accessibility features to make
viewing Apple TV much more of a pleasure. One of the most
useful functions is the ability to increase the screen contrast to
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ensure the items you want to use prominently stand out against
the background. There are two settings involved here. One
makes the background less transparent and the other enables
you to better highlight selected items. By turning both on, or
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experimenting to see which combination suits you best, you
should find items easier to see. We also look at making the
text bolder and reducing the potentially sickening background
motion effects.
Step-by-step Adjusting the Apple TV interface
1 Go to Settings
2 Select Accessibility
3 Increase the contrast
If you find the background of the Apple
TV interface a bit too busy, you are able to
increase the contrast to make the icons stand
out more sharply. Open the Settings app.
Click on the top option, General, and
then scroll down the menu, selecting
‘Accessibility’. Here you can make multiple
tweaks to improve your Apple TV experience.
We are going to increase the contrast so,
under the heading Interface, select ‘Increase
Contrast’ and you will see two options:
Reduce Transparency and Focus Style.
4 Prevent blurring
5 Better highlighting
6 Have bold text
By default, the Apple TV interface has a
blurred, transparent image background.
To make this more opaque, click ‘Reduce
Transparency’. This increases the contrast.
You can also ensure that any items you
navigate to are more boldly highlighted with
a white border placed around them. Click
‘Focus Style’ and select ‘High Contrast’.
For even easier viewing, you can make the
text bold. Go back to the Accessibility menu
and select this. You’ll need to restart your
Apple TV in order for this to take effect.
Want to switch between the dark and light themes? Just go to Settings>
General>Appearance. Select Automatic to tie in with the time of day.
How increased contrast
makes a difference
“You can limit the user
interface animations by
selecting ‘Reduce Motion’”
After you increase the screen contrast, you should
find the icons and media images stand out more
Stronger backgrounds
Highlighted cursor
With reduced transparency, the background
elements of the Movie and TV Show pages as
well as the menu tabs now appear solid, making
the foreground elements more prominent.
With High Contrast activated under Focus Style
you can see a white border is placed around the
icons and other elements as you move around
the screen.
Knowledge base
Reducing the motion
Non-highlighted cursor
Again, this default view shows how
Apple TV simply enlarges an icon when
you usually navigate the onscreen
options and it is therefore more subtle.
Transparent background
This is the default view of Apple TV,
with the background transparent and
appearing brighter which lessens the
contrast with the foreground elements.
If you suffer from vision sensitivity, you are likely to
find that any background movement on Apple TV can
lead to motion sickness and headaches. Thankfully,
you are able to limit the user interface animations and
make the screen infinitely clearer by finding ‘Reduce
Motion’ within General>Accessibility and ensuring that
it is turned on.
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then stalls – how can I fix this? Phillipa Hinton
Graphics used as visual
representation of words
(happy, sad, etc) that you
can use as shorthand
when sending messages,
emails, etc…
1 Try a Force Quit
2 Repair library
3 Select a library
If the Photos app is still
unresponsive after about an hour,
press Cmd+Alt+Esc to bring
up the Force Quit dialog. Select
Photos (which may appear red).
Open a new Finder window and
locate the Photos app. Open it
with the Cmd+Alt keys held down
and this dialog should appear.
Click on the ‘Repair’ button.
If the dialog isn’t shown, quit
Photos and re-open it with the Alt
key held to select the library you
want. Repeat the second step
and if this fails, use a backup.
Go to System Preferences>iCloud and tick the ‘iCloud Photo Library’ option
to ensure that all of your photos are safely backed up to your iCloud.
I have tried to connect a set of Bluetooth speakers to my
Mac but the sound doesn’t come out, why? Christian Wicks
Visual clue
Click AirPlay
If Bluetooth is turned on
and you are connected
to a paired device then
the Bluetooth logo
in your menu bar will
display three dots…
In the iTunes app, click on the
AirPlay icon to the left of the
playback controls and make sure
that your Bluetooth speaker is
selected and this should resolve
the problem.
Make sure that Bluetooth
is turned on (System
Preferences>Bluetooth) and
that you are connected to
your desired speaker.
When I want to add an emoji to a text in Messages, some of the
words in the text change colour. Why? Sophie Dundas
1 Composing a text
2 Convert to emojis
3 All possibilities
When you have composed
a text and tapped the emoji
keyboard some of the words will
turn orange. Tap on one of the
words in question…
By tapping on one of the
highlighted words it will instantly
convert the word into the emoji
representation of that particular
word. Clever, huh?
As long as there is an emoji
available (you can tell when one
appears in your suggestions bar
as you type) then you can tap to
convert before sending.
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column for
Genius advice
I accidentally purchased
an app from the
App Store when my
iPhone screen froze.
Instinctively, this
prompted me to press
the Home button but
then this took my
thumbprint to confirm
a purchase that I didn’t
really want. Is there any
way to possibly get this
money refunded?
You should be emailed
an electronic receipt
for any purchases that
you make through the
App Store or the iTunes
Store. Check this when it
comes through and you
will see an invitation to
‘Report a problem’. State
in here that you made the
purchase accidentally,
and how, and Apple
should be sympathetic to
your plea and arrange for
the money to be refunded.
I would like to change
the email address
associated with my
Apple ID but when
attempting to do this I
got a message saying
that ‘Your Apple ID
cannot be updated at
this time. Please try
again later’. How can I
get around this?
You’re not the only person
to have this issue and we
have contacted Apple
for a definitive answer
that so far hasn’t been
forthcoming. Hopefully we
will provide an update in
the next issue.
Genius Bar
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
We use iPads at the
college where I work
and some of the
students are having
trouble backing up the
data on the iPad since
updating to iOS 11. In
iOS 10 they could go to
Settings>iCloud and see
how big the next backup
file is likely to be. How
can you see this data
now? Also, where do we
turn off the backup for
individual apps because
if the students don’t
have sufficient iCloud
space for the backup
then obviously their
important data cannot
be backed up? Turning
off the backup for
individual apps was a
way for them to free up
space previously.
Go to Settings and tap on
your Apple ID at the top
of the left column, then
tap on the ‘iCloud’ option.
Ensure that the ‘iCloud
Backup’ option is enabled
and then scroll up to the
‘Storage’ section at the
top (that displays how
much iCloud storage you
are using) and then tap
on the arrow to the right.
Now tap on the ‘Manage
Storage’ option and tap
on the name of your iPad
under the ‘Backups’
section. The next page
will display the next
backup size and also list
all of the apps that use
iCloud – simply move the
sliders to ‘Off’ to freeze
them out of the backup.
I heard that you can insert tables into Notes in macOS High
Sierra. How would I go about doing this? Jason Johnston
Table gadget
In the macOS High Sierra Notes app
you will see this little tool in the top-left
corner. Click on it and a basic four-cell
table will be added to your note. You
can start populating the cells with text
by clicking on them and then typing
what you want.
Manipulate cells
If you click on the little
gadget above or below the
table then you will highlight
the row or column and can
drag it up, down or across to
a desired position by clicking
and holding on the gadget.
Adding rows
If you click on the small arrow
icon within the gadget then you
will see options to ‘Add Row
Above’, ‘Add Row Below’ or
‘Delete Row’. Sadly there is no
apparent shortcut at present to
quickly add rows or cells without
having to go through this menu.
I thought I read in your magazine a little while ago that
Apple was releasing an updated set of emojis on Mac? I
just checked and haven’t seen any new ones that I haven’t seen
and used before. What’s the deal? Michael Bird
You’re not the only person who has enquired about this. Well the
good news as that they’re already out there! After you wrote into us
Apple released the macOS 10.13.1 update that includes the new
emojis. Go to
App Store>
and install
the update
then press
Space to
access your
new emojis.
The new emojis
come with the
macOS 10.13.1
update, out now!
I take quite a few
screenshots on my
iPhone 7 but the screen
protector on my device
makes my Home button
slightly spongy and I keep
triggering Siri instead of
taking the screenshot. Can I
turn this off? Dean Fisher
Start off by going to Settings>
General>Accessibility and then
scroll down to the ‘Siri’ section.
Here you will find various useful
options to tailor Siri to suit your
needs, including the removal
of Siri functionality from your
Home button. Simply change
the Voice Feedback option
to ‘Control with Ring Switch’
and you will no longer have to
worry about triggering Siri.
To find your iPhone with your Apple Watch the iPhone must be nearby. If
not, go to and then use the Find iPhone feature.
I have heard that you can use your
Apple Watch to find your iPhone…
How is this done? Mark Draper
Open your
Control Centre
If you lose your iPhone
then press the Digital
Crown on your Watch
and swipe up from the
bottom of the watch
screen to access the
Control Centre.
Light it up
If the sound alone
doesn’t help you locate
your iPhone then you
can press and hold the
Ping button to make
your iPhone light up.
Ping it
From the Control Centre
you can then access
the Ping button. When
pressed this will cause
your connected iPhone
to make a sound.
I regularly watch live TV through the BBC iPlayer app but the news
programmes are always London-based – how do I change this? Jill Patterson
By default, the BBC iPlayer app is set to a specific region,
so any local news coverage that is scheduled to be
shown on the BBC will be taken from the region to which
it is set – in your case London – when you are watching
live TV through the app. There is a very simple way to
change this though and it involves tapping on the ‘Menu’
button and then going to the BBC iPlayer’s Settings page.
In theory, you can set the app up to get local news from
anywhere – which is handy if you are on holiday and want
to keep track of affairs closer to home.
1 Open the menu
2 Go to settings
3 Change location
Launch your BBC iPlayer app and then tap
on the ‘Menu’ button in the top-left corner
of the main interface. A menu of options will
now drop down from the top of the screen.
In the menu, tap on the small cog icon in
the top-right corner and you will see various
settings relating to the app, including one
called ‘Change Location’ – tap on this.
You will now be able to select your region
from an extensive list and this will have a
bearing on all local news coverage. Select a
new region and it will be saved.
Genius Bar
My friend’s children were playing with my iPhone and
re-arranged my Home screen. Can I restore it? Sid Carter
Is there a quick and easy way to
share locations from my
iPhone? I am organising a surprise
party for my husband and want to
ensure everyone knows where the
location is. Becky Webb
Launch the Maps app on your iPhone
and then search for the location that you
wish to share. This will then be added
to your recent searches that you can
access by pressing on the search bar and
dragging it upwards. Now simply swipe to
the left on the location name and you will
see options to ‘Share’ or ‘Remove’. Tap
‘Share’ to bring up methods of sharing.
1 Go to Settings
2 Reset option
3 Tap to confirm
There is the option in iOS 11
to restore your Home screen
to its default factory layout
but not a custom one. Start
off by going to Settings.
In the General section you
will see an option called
‘Reset’. Tap on this and then
tap on the ‘Reset Home
Screen Layout’ option.
Once tapped, a warning
message will pop up. Tap
on the ‘Reset Home Screen’
option and quit the app to
see the effect.
I have recently upgraded to an iPhone but the autocorrect is driving me mad! How can I turn this off or at
least make it provide better alternatives? Sue Garner
Open Settings
Too much motion on your iPhone screen?
Then you can reduce it in Settings
My iPhone is making me feel
sick – literally! I think it is to do
with the way in which the Home
screen moves slightly when I tilt my
phone. Is there any way to make it
stop doing this? Cheryl Johnston
You’re not the first person to experience
motion sickness while using their iPhone.
The good news is that this feature
can be easily disabled in the Settings
app. Launch the app and then go to
the ‘General’ section. Now tap on the
‘Accessibility’ section and you will see
an option called ‘Reduce Motion’ – tap
on this and you will be able to move the
slider by ‘Reduce Motion’ to the ‘On’
position. Hopefully this should resolve it.
To start tweaking the
auto-correct settings,
launch your Settings
app and then go to
General>Keyboards. This
will present a wealth of
options relating to all
aspects of typing.
By moving this slider
to the ‘Off’ position
you will prevent your
iPhone from correcting
words on your behalf,
which can be a
blessing. With practice
you can really make
auto-correct work for
you, though…
Tap on this option and
you will be able to add
your own text shorthand
– so you can type, say, a
few letters to represent
a phrase and the whole
phase will appear in your
text. Tap ‘+’ to add more.
More options
There are plenty more
useful typing options
to explore as well,
including the full-stop
shortcut that, when
enabled, will add a full
stop to the end of a
sentence automatically
when you double-tap
the space bar.
You can reduce the transparency effects on your iPhone by going to
Settings>General>Accessibility>Increase Contrast.
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I have found that when
using my external Apple
keyboard with my iPad
Pro I frequently lose
connection. Usually
the problem fixes itself
when I reposition the
magnetic attachment
bar, although sometimes
the problem comes
back very soon. How
can I fix this?
If your iPad doesn’t detect
your Smart Keyboard or
you see an ‘Accessory not
supported’ alert then first
make sure that there is
no plastic covering on the
Smart Connector pins on
the keyboard or the Smart
Connector on the iPad
Pro. If this fails to address
the issue then remove
the keyboard, restart
your iPad Pro (hold down
the sleep/wake button)
and reconnect the Smart
Keyboard. Then doublecheck that your iPad Pro
and Smart Keyboard are
in the ‘Type’ position.
Since updating to
macOS High Sierra my
Mail preferences keep
getting reset every time
I launch the app. How
can I ensure that my
settings stick?
Try restarting your Mac
while holding Cmd+R.
When your Mac restarts,
select ‘Reload macOS’
and hopefully this should
resolve the issue. If not
then it is likely a glitch that
should be resolved in the
next update.
I used to be able to ‘follow’ my favourite bands in the Music app
but I can’t find the option anymore! Where has it gone? Peter Smart
1 Go to ‘For You’
2 Scroll down
3 Tap on ‘Following’
This feature still exists, it’s just
moved around a bit. Launch your
Music app and then tap on the
‘For You’ option at the bottom.
Scroll down and you will see
the ‘Connected Posts’ section
featuring updates from the artists
that you currently follow.
You should see the ‘Following’
option over to the right, tap on
this to see the bands and artists
that you currently follow.
4 Find more…
5 Auto-follow
6 Stop following
You will see an option called
‘Find More Artists and Curators’.
Tap on this and tap the ‘+’ icon
next to any artist to add them.
If you go back to the ‘Following’
screen you can enable the option
to ‘Automatically Follow Artists’
when you add their songs.
You can stop following artists by
tapping on the ‘–’ icon next to
an artist that you currently follow,
after which it will change to a ‘+’.
Each speaker houses a 178mm bass
driver plus 116mm mid-range and 19mm
NdFeB tweeter drivers
As well as dual digital (optical and
coaxial) inputs, the speakers also have
dual analogue (RCA and 3.5mm) inputs
Edifier R2730DB
Speaker System
A small remote control lets you switch
connections and adjust the volume –
just try not to lose it!
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The R2730DB active bookshelf speakers are
reassuringly contemporary in design – unlike
some of the more ‘out there’ designs in Edifier’s
extensive range – and they are loud enough to
entertain your entire street. Each unit houses
a tri-amp setup consisting of a 178mm bass
driver (with a calibrated, front-mounted reflect
port to extend the response), plus 116mm
mid-range and 19mm NdFeB tweeter drivers
all housed in MDF enclosures to minimalise
acoustic resonance.
They’re also incredibly versatile in terms of
connectability, featuring coaxial and optical
connection ports as well as the standard RCA
and AUX sockets. And if you prefer to go wireless
then they can be effortlessly paired with your Mac
or iOS device via Bluetooth.
Whatever your preferred connection method,
the R2730DBs certainly pack a punch. With a
total power output of 136 Watts they can easily
fill spacious rooms with sound and are highly
capable of handling the output of your main
sound system, never mind your computer. Dials
on the side of the powered speaker allow for
minute adjustments to the bass and treble, and if
the bass isn’t boomy enough for you then there is
a standalone bass signal output available for you
to connect your woofer of choice.
Although the sound that the R2730DB
speakers produce is very well balanced (and you
have the freedom to tweak it to your personal
preference), we struggled to find the right balance
for movie watching making these a recommended
buy for music fans only.
With the amount of connection ports on offer and the control panel that lets
you make fine adjustments to the sound, Edifier’s R2730DB speakers are
great for music but lack the rumble needed to make movies come alive.
W830BT Wireless
Stereo Headphones
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The conventional, yet sleek, design of the
W830BT headphones from Edifier complements
a superb piece of engineering. Just by looking
at them, you can tell that they ooze quality and
professionalism. Both the headband and ear
cups are lined with a soft leather that renders
the headphones extremely comfortable to wear;
perfect for long stints of musical enjoyment.
Functionality is very important when choosing
a pair of headphones, and the 90-degrees swivel
ear pads help to optimise movement while
maintaining comfort for the user. The headset is
provided with a standard 3.5mm audio jack but
can also be used wirelessly through Bluetooth.
With just a couple of button-taps on your headset
and iPhone you can listen to music up to ten
metres away from your device. While operating
wirelessly, up to 95 hours of continuous music is
supported in one battery life of the headphones.
Once you put them on and press play, you are
suddenly made unaware of the room around you.
The bass pulsates powerfully through the drivers
and creates an incredibly immersive listening
experience. Percussion is also notably crystal
clear; this is imperative in high-end headphones.
These headphones are suitable for all genres
but they particularly come into their own for rock
music – you almost feel like you’re seeing the
artist live! The only practical drawback is the
cable. It seems to lack durability and feels rather
flimsy. However, if you make use of the Bluetooth
capabilities this will not be a concern for you.
A very sharp-looking, comfortable pair of headphones. The bass and
percussion quality that they generate is virtually unparalleled and they
provide an immaculate listening experience.
When fully charged, Edifier’s W830BT
headphones can play continuously for
up to four days!
Joints in the cup arms allow the cups
to pivot to provide greater freedom of
movement and comfort…
The headphones come with a microUSB
charge cable and 3.5mm AUX cable so
that you can use them wired
Voice One
Smart Speaker
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Take heed, if you’re wanting to set up this device
discreetly somewhere then make sure there is
sound-proofing because Alexa’s voice will bark
out the setup instructions like she’s testing the
PA at a Metallica concert. It doesn’t help that the
volume controls on the unit itself aren’t obvious so
you’re jolted into pressing anything to get her to
shut up. For the record, volume can be adjusted
by twisting the outer surround of the LED ring.
In case you hadn’t realised, KitSound’s recently
released Voice One Smart Speaker utilises
Amazon’s Alexa to answer your questions,
fulfil your requests and control your home, and
setting up requires that you download the free
KitSound Player app in order to connect it to
Wi-Fi and link Alexa to your Amazon account.
The front of the unit features an LED
display, twistable volume controls and
other buttons to mute and select modes
The device can also be controlled with
a small remote – but ultimately all you
need is your voice
Ports on the back of the unit let you
connect the speaker to other devices
via USB or AUX…
The glowing ring on the front of the unit lets you
know when Alexa is awake and listening and
there is a simple set of controls below it that let
you select the mode (Bluetooth, AUX and Wi-Fi)
and play/pause your music. There is also a button
above the LED ring that lets you mute the mic to
maintain your privacy.
In terms of responsiveness and sound quality,
this speaker is faultless. A hallow bass reflex
within the unit enhances the bass to amplify the
sound and the dual drivers kick out quality audio
at high volumes that seems to fill every nook
of the room. You can also link up to eight units
together throughout your home to enjoy music
in every room. The only issue we have with the
speaker is the look, but that’s subjective, right?
Responsive and attentive as a smart speaker, the Voice One shouldn’t be
overlooked as a Bluetooth music player too as the quality of
sound it produces is mightily impressive for its size.
The cups of the MS301 headphones fold
up neatly into the headband for easy
stowing when not in use
Mixcder MS301
Wireless Headset
Discreet buttons in the right casing
allow you to power-on the headphones
and skip tracks…
Key features
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“Power on”, the monosyllabic female voice booms
through the cans to declare that Mixcder’s latest
MS301 wireless headphones are indeed ‘on’ and
ready to use. She then proclaims that Bluetooth
pairing has been initiated and before you know
it we are listening to our headphone-testing
songs of choice (the first being Central by John
Frusciante – so many sounds, so much going
on) and the 40mm ultra large-aperture backed
dynamic drivers (with advanced AptX low latency
and shock sound) are really kicking in.
These headphones were designed to provide
a high quality of sound at a reasonable price
and we were certainly impressed with how the
MS301s performed. They feature an aluminium
alloy shell with a smooth glossy metal finish on the
outer ear cups to avoid unnecessary vibrations.
The adjustable headband is crafted out of durable
stainless steel and the cups fold inwards for easy
portability. Also included is a 3.5mm AUX cable,
if you prefer your cans wired, and a microUSB
charging cable. The built-in 500mAh battery can
provide up to 20 hours of music playback or talk
time and a standby time of 2,220 hours. Controls
built into the right cup allow you to skip tracks
and a versatile power button also lets you take
hands-free calls.
With a deep, penetrating bass, detailed
midrange and extended treble, the MS301s
provide high level audio at an entry level price,
looking every bit the high-end headphones that
adorn the heads of Premier League football stars
as they saunter into away grounds. We’d say that
was mission accomplished for Mixcder.
The headphones are charged via a
supplied microUSB cable and provide
up to 20 hours of music
There’s really everything to like here; a premium-looking set of wireless
cans that deliver a pleasing spectrum of sound at an entry level price.
Highly recommended for casual music lovers on a budget.
A small control module lets you instantly
mute the mic, adjust the volume and
ramp up the vibration…
The earcups come with a metal mesh
finish and they also light up when
connected to your Mac
Edifier G4
Gaming Headphones
The left cup houses a retractable and
flexible boom microphone so you can
communicate with other players
Key features
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What you want from a gaming headset is full
immersion. You want to feel at one with what
you’re playing and be completely oblivious to
outside distractions and even that a real world
beyond your screen exists. Edifier’s impressive G4
headset delivers this experience and much more.
Compatible with Mac, PC and PlayStation 4, the
G4s have 40mm neodymium drivers and a built-in
sound card for 7.1 surround sound, and the result
is stunning – you can hear everything with crystal
clarity, enabling you to get the edge over online
opponents trying to creep up on you and feel truly
at one with your in-game surrounds. And they
look the part too…
The earcups have a metal mesh finish and,
when they’re connected, light up like a Christmas
tree thanks to built-in LEDs (you can go for
a green, blue or red colour scheme). The left
cup houses a retractable (and flexible) boom
microphone – handy for team tactics or trashtalking your online opponents. Providing a strictly
wired set-up (with USB connectivity), a small
control module on the wire lets you mute the mic,
adjust the volume and ramp up the vibration to
make your games even more immersive.
The only real criticism we have with the G4
headset is that you can’t really hear your own
voice while using it which is slightly disconcerting.
However, we guess that this is also testament to
the fine job that these cans do of blocking out
external noise. If you’re a serious gamer then the
G4s certainly seem to tick all of the right boxes in
taking you closer to the action while making you
look like the boss!
Looking good and sounding incredible, Edifier’s G4 7.1 multi-channel
gaming headphones put you into the heart of the action while
providing controls to let you personalise the experience.
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Mophie’s Powerstation USB-C
XXL pocket-rocket is capable of
powering your MacBook for 14
hours, your iPad for 20+ hours
and your iPhone for over 100
hours. Weighing in at 391g, the
unit isn’t exactly lightweight, but
the size makes it easily portable.
It features a built-in LED battery
indicator and two charging ports
– a USB-C PD 30W Fast Charge
and a USB-A 2.4A Quick Charge –
and is finished in a quite delightful
premium fabric wrap.
Zypp Power Case
Mobile power banks are handy things to
have, but their bulk sometimes makes
them a problem to carry around. The
Zypp Power Case neatly addresses
this issue by incorporating a method
to top up your iPhone battery into the
case itself. Compatible with the iPhone
6/6S/7/8 and X, you can use the Zypp
Power Case as a standard protective
surround for your iPhone or attach
an additional plate to the back that
comprises of an external battery, twin
stereo speakers, LED charge indicator
and Lightening port. A great idea that is
exceptionally well implemented.
Foxwood iPhone 8
Hardshell Case
If you have just invested heavily in an
iPhone 8 then you’ll want to pamper it
with a quality case, preferably at a very
good price. Well Foxwood have just
released a range of hardshell cases clad
in some very appealing surrounds, like the
luxurious leather offering pictured here.
The sleek design is lined with microfibre, it
provides easy access to all of your iPhone
8’s controls, it feels lovely and smells
incredible. Foxwood’s cases are also
available for iPhone X and we wouldn’t
hesitate to wrap our top-of-the-range tech
in one of these.
Hive X Bluetooth Speaker
KitSound’s weighty and rugged 20 Watt portable wireless
speaker delivers a crisp, pleasing tone that belies its relatively
small size. You don’t have to press anything to pair the
speaker with your device via Bluetooth – just turn it on and
it will be discoverable – and it is also NFC compatible for
a smooth, easy setup. When fully charged the Hive X can
provide up to 20 hours of playback and a detachable strip of
hexagonal cells on the back reveals USB, microUSB and AUX
ports for charging and alternative connection purposes. You
can also pair two of these units together for true stereo.
Mophie Wireless
Charging Base
Incorporating the very latest Qi technology and delivering
fast-charging speeds up to 7.5W, it is little wonder that Apple
has adopted Mophie’s Wireless Charging Base for use with
its latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X range. The non-slip surface
of the base means that your device always remains perfectly
placed and it comes with a power adaptor that plugs into the
wall – so not completely wireless then! Fast and very efficient.
Lens correction
This new tool lets you address
Edit history
Aurora HDR 2018
Dodge and Burn
direct the eye to a certain area…
“The app really
ramps up the
new features
to make for a
more complete
Learn more
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Mac App Store
Whether you like to capture unparalleled aspects
of realism in your photos or you just want to get
creative, Aurora HDR 2018 builds on the previous
version considerably and really ramps up the new
features to make for a more complete package.
If it is realism you crave then next-generation
tone mapping has been made possible thanks to
new algorithms that ensure your merged photos
start out looking as realistic as possible. And no
matter what camera lenses you own, various
optical problems that you may encounter, such as
barrel distortion, vignetting and perspective issues
that could tarnish an otherwise great image, can
be addressed easily with the new Lens Correction
tool. Then there is the HDR Enhancer tool. This
slider helps to bring out the detail and texture in a
photo, making it sharper and more eye-catching
in an instant – in fact even the most subtle of shifts
will noticeably lift any HDR photo.
Other new features include an HDR Transform
tool to effortlessly scale, rotate and shift your
image and a massive speed hike (this version
is reportedly 200 per cent faster than its
predecessor). What’s more, a new ‘history’ panel
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Hack terminals
You can switch lasers to hack into
terminals and enemy crafts to gain
entry or control…
Scene shifter
classic Asteroids game
RIVE: Wreck, Hack,
Die, Retry!
Boss battles
You will need to ensure your tank is
“If there is a story
then we didn’t
pay too much
attention to it
as the action is
so compelling”
Learn more
Available from
Mac App Store
Loud, brash and incredibly explosive, RIVE is a
360-degree shooter/platform hybrid that puts
you in control of a heavily tooled-up spider tank.
You’re shoved out into side-scrolling levels that
you must traverse and negotiate a route through,
all the while being attacked on all sides and
from all angles by all manner of hostile drones
and gunships. Using the mouse to control your
targeting cursor and the arrow keys to control
your movement, you’re constantly having to
switch your aim to fend off fast-approaching perils
from the air while simultaneously dodging hazards
on the ground – it’s relentless!
What really works about this game is how the
action flits between land, zero gravity (making it
reminiscent of the classic Asteroids game) and
underwater, and how you can hack into your
enemies to make them fight on your behalf. If
there is a story then we must admit to not paying
much attention to it, but this is because the action
itself is so fluid and compelling that you just want
to get on with it. Scrap metal gathered from fallen
enemies can be saved up to purchase upgrades
for your tank and additional challenges (as if any
were needed) come in the form of Speedrun
and Single-Credit modes. There are also daily
challenges and battle arenas to hone your skills
and keep you sharp.
Great fun, addictive and well-paced, RIVE gets
you pumped up for destruction and indulges your
lust for carnage at every opportunity. However, it
does get exhausting before too long.
Full-throttle destruction on a screen-shuddering scale. Great fun to dip in and
out of but prolonged periods of play will turn you into a nervous wreck!
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