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“The iPhone 8 kind of shuffled sideways
and gestured for its coat”
Apple’s September announcements presentation made
for fascinating viewing. If the microphone for the cellular
data-enabled Series 3 Apple Watch was as clear from a
distance as implied by the live link then great. Getting
HDR movie upgrades to enjoy through the new Apple
TV 4K box, brilliant. And then there was the new
iPhone… well, iPhones – two big new handset releases
in very quick succession. Now we’re used to Apple
products being superseded and made obsolete in time
but that was the first time we have seen one – in this
case the hotly-anticipated iPhone 8 – apparently made
redundant before the end of the Keynote!
Such was the might of the iPhone X that the iPhone 8
kind of shuffled sideways and gestured for its coat. But
should it be overlooked in favour of the far sexier 10th
anniversary model? We have five good reasons why not
starting on page 8. We also have the full lowdown on
the villain of the piece, the iPhone X, and reveal the 100
best iOS 11 secrets to help you get accustomed to the
intricacies of the big update. Enjoy the issue.
Ryan Butt Editor
Meet the experts
Roland Waddilove
Shaun McGill
George Cairns
An all-round expert in all things Mac and iOS,
this month Roland has been hacking into the
Mac’s Safari and Disk Utility apps to uncover
secret menus and commands.
This issue, our tech expert has compiled the 100
greatest iOS 11 secrets to help you understand
everything offered by the update and discover
new ways to use your iPhone or iPad.
Our creative expert helps you sex up your
Photos, iMovie and Final Cut Pro projects by
applying creative cropping, making the most of
transitions and employing cool sketch effects.
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sFind out how to switch your
Apple TV interface
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including all the Apple announcements
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Is it worth upgrading
to the iPhone 8?
Here are five reasons why the iPhone 8 could be the smartphone you’ve been waiting for
The queues
outside Apple
stores across the
world, or lack
of, on iPhone
8 release day
tell you everything you need to
know about Apple’s ‘cheapest
new smartphone’. It looks like
everyone is saving up to buy
the iPhone X. But is it wise to
toss the iPhone 8 to the side?
Well, that would be a pretty
terrible idea. It may not have the
wow factor that the iPhone X is
excitingly littered with, and you
could call it a boring update or
label it the ‘7s’, but the iPhone
8 and iPhone 8 Plus have a
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reasons why the iPhone 8 could
be your next upgrade.
1: Glass design
For anyone thinking that the
iPhone 8 is the same phone
as the iPhone 7 (and it does
look identical, we’ll admit) – it’s
actually an all-new design.
That’s because the iPhone 8
and 8 Plus are covered front and
back in glass, and come with
a colour-matched, aerospacegrade aluminium band. The glass
back gives the iPhone 8 a more
premium feel, and the new twotone gold version adds another
touch of class. There are new and
improved space grey and silver
options too. For those worried
about the fragility of glass – and
who can blame them – Apple was
quick to describe the glass used
as the most durable ever used
in a smartphone. It’s water and
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dust resistant like before, which
is always a bonus.
2: A11 Bionic chip
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
have the same chip powering
them as the iPhone X, making
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as Apple’s vision for the future
of smartphones. The A11 Bionic
chip is the smartest and most
powerful chip ever used in an
iPhone. The chip features a
six-core CPU design with two
performance cores that are
25 per cent faster, and four
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used in the iPhone 7. In layman
terms, the A11 Bionic chip offers
industry-leading performance
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4: Wireless charging
5: Best-in-class cameras
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iPhone X. That glass back
that we talked about earlier
enables wireless charging too.
Wireless charging won’t be as
quick to boost your battery as
a Lightning cable, but it will be
a lot more convenient. As the
technology becomes more and
more available you’ll be able
to charge your iPhone 8 or 8
Plus in hotels, cars, cafés and
airports around the world with
a compatible wireless matt or
station. The technology works
with the industry-standard Qi
charging mats, so don’t think
Apple is forcing you to buy more
into its own product ecosystem.
Apple is, however, update by
update, pushing users towards a
wireless future. But while the lack
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many people, we can’t see the
option to charge wirelessly being
quite as unpopular!
It’s already the most popular
camera in the world, and it gets
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MP shooter (remember: Apple
doesn’t get involved in the specs
race like its Android rivals) but
there is an entirely new sensor
that is larger and faster. There’s
also advanced pixel processing,
wide colour capture, faster
autofocus in low light and better
HDR photos, while a new quad
LED True Tone Flash results in
more uniformly lit photos. The
new camera also delivers the
highest quality video capture
ever in a smartphone with better
video stabilisation, 4K video up
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charging too. Apple is, update by update,
pushing users towards a wireless future”
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True Tone technology, which
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balance (via a four-channel
ambient light sensor) to match
the light around you. This will give
you a better viewing experience
in different light conditions.
True Tone helps to reduce eye
strain because it creates a more
natural, paper-like, viewing
experience. Everything, from
photos and videos to games and
browsing, will look more colourful
and vibrant than your existing
iPhone too, because of the wider
colour gamut and best-ever
colour accuracy.
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Things we learned
this month
iPhone X production is slower
than planned iPhone
According to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, Apple is
playing a dangerous cat-and-mouse game in predicting
how many iPhone X handsets will hit the market on
launch day in November. The DigiTimes report suggests
that iPhone X production is much slower than originally planned.
Apple has previously had problems with its supply chain, and been
unable to meet high demand on launch day. Let’s hope they get it
right this time around, especially with rumours of huge 40-50 million
preorders for the much-vaunted iPhone X. Pre-orders begin October
27, followed by in-store availability in limited quantities starting
November 3. Get them while they’re hot!
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4K support added to Apple TV
Apple has added 4K and
HDR functionality to the
Apple TV for the first time,
bringing a true cinematic
experience to your living room. With a
compatible 4K TV, movies and TV
shows will look better than ever, featuring
sharp, crisp images, and richer, more
true-to-life colours. “Customers will
Apple TV
love watching stunning 4K HDR movies
from an impressive catalogue on iTunes,
while also getting automatic upgrades of
4K HDR movies already in their iTunes
library and enjoying 4K content on services
like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video,
coming soon,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s
senior vice president of Internet Software
and Services.
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Apple releases
Apple Watch
Series 3
Apple has released the thirdgeneration of its smartwatch,
Apple Watch Series 3,
highlighted by built-in cellular
functionality. This means you
can stay connected, make calls, receive texts
and more, even without an iPhone nearby.
“We believe the addition of cellular will
transform the way people use Apple Watch,
providing a new sense of freedom since they
can stay connected with or without their
iPhone,” says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief
operating officer. “Apple Watch Series 3
combined with the power of watchOS 4 is the
ultimate device for a healthy life.” Apple Watch
Series 3 also features a redesigned Music
experience, an updated Heart Rate app, a
new S3 chip that promises quicker app launch
times and smoother graphics.
“With the built-in cellular
you can stay connected,
make calls, receive
texts and more, without
an iPhone nearby”
iTunes 12.7 scraps built-in
App
pp Store
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unes
It seems like we get major updates to iTunes pretty
frequently, and Apple’s media streaming service has
undergone another facelift for version 12.7. If you’ve
already updated iTunes, you’ll have noticed that the
built-in App Store has been scrapped in favour of focusing on music,
movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks. The Ringtones section
of iTunes has also been banished, while Internet Radio is now part
of Music and iTunes U can now be found in the Podcasts section.
What do you think of the changes? Is Apple finally getting it right with
iTunes? Let us know!
IKEA launches wireless charging
ad campaign iPhone
Inspired by the iPhone 8’s new wireless charging capabilities, furniture giant
IKEA has launched a new ad campaign to raise the profile of its existing
wireless charging range. The brainchild of ad agency Acne and scheduled
to coincide with the release of the iPhone 8, the tribute campaign references
classic Apple catchphrases. So for ‘This Changes Everything’ see ‘This Charges
Everything’ or for ‘Think Different’ see ‘Link Different’. You get the idea. Because the
new iPhones support Qi charging, you’ll be able to charge your new phone with IKEA’s
range of smart lamps, which retail from £59.99/$69.99.
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MINUTE PROJECTS
As the seasons change you may consider swapping your sunny
summer Home screen or Mac desktop to something autumnal or
wintery. Thankfully, there is a wide range of stock options available on
your iPhone, iPad or Mac and, if there isn’t something there to take your
fancy, you can simply use your own image. Here we guide you through
the process of switching your wallpaper to freshen up your device and
explore the various options available.
Set a new
stock wallpaper
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Your iPhone will
have a variety of
stock wallpapers to
choose from and more tend
to be released with each
new system update. You can
choose between animated
Dynamic or Live images or
apply something static and
seasonal for your screen.
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2
1 Go to
Settings
2 Choose
a style
3 Set a
still image
Launch your
Settings app
and then scroll
down to the
Wallpaper
settings. Once
open, select
the ‘Choose a
New Wallpaper’
option to get
started picking
a new one.
You will now
be able to
pick between
the Dynamic,
Stills and Live
styles. Dynamic
images move
of their own
accord and Live
images need
to be pressed
to animate.
As battery life
issues tend
to plague the
iPhone, it is
probably wise
to choose a still
image to help
preserve your
charge. Tap an
image to select
it and then tap
on ‘Set’.
Use your
own pictures
2
You can also use
your own images
as wallpapers on
your iPhone or iPad. It is just
a case of trawling through
your photo library to find
an appropriate image to
use, and you can do this
from within the Wallpaper
settings, as seen here…
1 Go to Wallpaper Settings
2 Find an image
3 Adjust to fit
Again, go to Settings>Wallpaper and
you will be able to choose the style of
image you wish to use. Ignore the stock
styles and tap on Camera Roll.
Scroll through your Camera Roll to view
all of your images and then when you
find one that you would like to use as a
possible wallpaper, tap on it.
You will now be able to pinch and drag
the image to move and scale it to fit the
dimensions of the screen. When you are
happy, tap ‘Set Home Screen’.
1 Open System Preferences
2 Choose an image
3 Find secret images
Open System Preferences by selecting
it from the Dock or by selecting it from
the Apple menu and then click on the
Desktop & Screen Saver pane.
You will be able to pick a desktop
wallpaper from a variety of stock images
or use the left column to choose one of
your own pictures to use.
If you type ‘default collections’ into
Spotlight then you should find four
folders of secret images stored on your
Mac that you can also use.
Find hidden
images on Mac
3
You can set a new
wallpaper on your
Mac desktop by
going to System Preferences.
Also, as you will discover, you
can find secret image folders
which are stored on your Mac
and set an image from there
as your wallpaper by rightclicking on it.
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All of the must-know intricacies of Apple’s
new mobile operating system revealed
T
he wait is over and iOS 11
is now officially out there
for everyone to download,
install and enjoy for free on
compatible iOS devices. So, how
much do you know about the new
system update? Apple has naturally
highlighted the standout changes in
iOS 11 because these are the ones
that catch the eye and potentially
the money needed to develop
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such complex operating systems.
However, in daily use it is the small
things that add up and which greatly
enhance the experience over time.
Some of them are barely noticeable
because of the way they have been
implemented, but rest assured that
they have been included to help you
get more out of your iPhone or iPad
and the more you understand about
them the better.
As you will see over the coming
pages, there are many changes in
iOS 11 that may seem unimportant at
first, but bring them all together and
you have a much more refined and
efficient mobile experience than ever
before. So read on to get fully cluedup on all of the intricacies of iOS 11,
to see exactly what it can do and how
it can improve the way you use your
mobile devices.
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When Airplane mode is on and you trigger Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, iOS 11 will
remember your settings and let you trigger Airplane Mode independently.
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News
Spotlight
Tab
Redesigned
Podcasts app
The Podcasts app is now much
easier to navigate and more
pleasing to look at. This is just
the change the app needed
to gain more users.
The new Spotlight
tab in the News app
offers a selection
of curated articles every
day that relate to the same
subject. Over time, it is likely
to become a daily visit for
you because the content
is genuinely interesting and
immersive enough to keep
you coming back for more.
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New
Keyboards
For those who need
new languages, the
addition of Kannada,
Malayalam and Odia
keyboards will be essential
when using their iPhones and
iPads. A vital small addition
for a subset of users.
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Record
your screen
There is a
new screen
recording
tool that you can
add to the Control
Centre. Tap it and a
three-second
countdown starts –
then everything you
do on your device
will be recorded.
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iCloud
Family
Storage
Smarter colour
inversion
Select
‘Invert
Colours’ in
Accessibility and
you can now select
smarter features,
offering the perfect
balance between
necessity and
making the facility
more usable.
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You can now share
your iCloud storage
with anyone in your
family group which
will ease the costs a little
and ensure that everyone
has the space they need
for regular backups and
anything else they need
to do. This is a welcome
addition in iOS 11.
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Advanced
drag and drop
Type to Siri
Control
Centre
Controls
You can now change
the intensity of the
flashlight or the
brightness and sound levels
using touch on some icons in
the Control Centre. They are
quick, easy and will become
instantly familiar.
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You may
already be
aware of
the advanced drag
and drop additions
for iPad users in iOS
11, but did you know
you can also drag
and drop on an
iPhone in apps such
as Files? Handy…
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It would be easy
to miss this new
feature, but in the
Accessibility options you
will now see a Type to Siri
feature which you can enable
with one tap. This is a useful
feature for everyone and may
be preferable to speaking in
many situations.
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“Enable the Type
to Siri feature
with one tap”
Fancy
new icons
Some
Apple
apps,
including the
Calculator, iTunes
and the App Store,
have new icons in
the latest iOS
release – one of few
visual indicators that
things are different.
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Ea
asy Home setup
The setup process
for HomeKit is
much improved
– you can
c set up devices
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with just a tap. Yet another
example of Apple looking
deep under the hood for
small improvements.
A new
flashlight
The iPad Pro
9.7” has gained
a flashlight in the
Control Centre that can
be graduated for intensity.
You may not use this
option often, but it is a
nice feature to have
just in case.
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News
in
video
Advanced Wi-Fi
management
iOS 11 will stop you from autojoining Wi-Fi networks that are
substandard or do not conform
to the performance required
to make the experience
worthwhile.
Create
a family
It is now much easier
and more logical to
create a Family Sharing
setup in iOS 11. Previously the
process was somewhat clunky
and difficult to manage without
needing to refer to specific
instructions. Now it just works.
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Video clips are now
available to be viewed
directly from the Today
screen. You can simply tap play
and they will stream without the
need to enter the full News app.
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A new Calculator
Double-tap zooming
Optimising storage
One-handed Keyboard
The Calculator has been
completely redesigned and is
reminiscent of the original
iPhone interface. The iOS 11 version is
simple to view and effortless to use,
making it a highlight of the secret iOS
11 changes.
In some apps, including
Maps, you can now use one
hand to zoom. Simply doubletap the screen, but continue to hold
your finger or thumb in place. Now
move in any direction and the display
zooms in and out. An elegant solution.
In Music and Photos you
can now optimise the storage
used by enabling this one
setting. This will ensure that you
never run out of space because of
media which you do not need to
access every day.
On an iPhone you can now
press and hold the emoji icon
and be presented with options
to display a one-handed keyboard. It
offers options for left-handed and
right-handed people and really does
make one-handed typing a reality.
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The top stories in News are now heavily personalised. It’s not a feature you
notice until you use it for some time, but trust us it works extremely well.
New
iMessage
effects
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iCloud Messages
The evolution
of Messages
continues with
the addition of some new
iMessage effects. This
may appear to be a tiny
improvement, but you likely
use the various effects much
more often than you ever
expected to.
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Messages can now be stored
in iCloud so when deleting a
message on one device the
action will be replicated on all
others. The inconsistency
of conversations was a
problem before.
“Look out for
some new
iMessage effects”
Emergency
SOS calls
Press the
power button
five times in
quick succession to
make an Emergency
SOS call. This, at some
point, should become a
familiar process for
most phone users so
you can get help when it
is really needed.
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Wi-Fi password
sharing
When you try to
access a new
Wi-Fi network
from your iPhone/iPad,
you can automatically
request access by
bringing your device
close to one already
connected to it. It is an
elegant process that
remains completely
secure throughout.
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A new wallpaper
There is just
one new
wallpaper
available in iOS 11 and
it is a sweet addition.
Apple is most probably
being conservative in
this area in the
knowledge that so
many people prefer
to add their own
wallpapers anyway.
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Scan QR codes
You can now
scan QR codes
using just the
default Camera app.
There is a one-tap
option in the Camera
app which, once
enabled, will do the
magic for you. This
would be an easy
feature to miss but is
going to be a really
useful addition for many.
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New PIN screen
The UI
for the
passcode
entry screen has
been slightly
modified to provide
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a much cleaner
interface for when
you are in a hurry.
Once again, lttle
changes can
mean a lot.
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The
Siri UI
Shut it
down
The Siri interface
has been
smoothed and
tweaked, and is a more
pleasing visual experience
than previously. Despite the
fact that it is a voice-based
feature, it is nice to see a
more streamlined panel to
ask questions within.
In Settings>
General you’ll find
there is a new
‘Shut Down’ option at the
bottom of the screen. This
is one of those tweaks that
may go unnoticed by many
but if, for example, you
have a power button fault
this could come in handy.
Web to
PDF
The iPad
dock
Safari has a very
useful new feature
which lets you
create PDFs from websites
by simply using a sharing
option. This could be useful
in many different situations
and could well become a
very popular feature in the
business world.
The iPad dock
can hold many
more apps
than previously and will
persistently show recently
used apps. This is a simple
tweak that will make a
big difference to the way
you use your iPad on a
daily basis.
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“The iPad dock can hold many
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Share
Message
URLs
Sharing URLs in Messages
just got a lot easier if you are
using an iOS device with 3D
Touch support. Simply hold
and new options will appear
which are ideal if you need
to share information when
in a hurry.
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No Dock
labels
There are no longer
any labels below the icons
in the Dock. This adds
some extra clarity to the
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interface and makes sense
because you will likely know
the docked apps inside out
anyway. It highlights that
every single area is being
improved where possible.
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Accounts
and
Passwords
A new ‘Accounts and
Passwords’ section in
Settings will help you if you
forget a password or need
secure information in a hurry.
As expected, security has
been focused on throughout
the implementation.
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Enhanced
volume slider
The
tweaked
volume
slider in the Videos
app is an incredibly
small change, but
one that will make
adjusting the sound
during playback just a little easier. No
stone has been left unturned in iOS 11.
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Video zooming
Being able
to zoom
into videos
in the native player
is a sweet trick that
feels alien at first.
The end result is an
experience that
really does enhance
certain aspects of the video playback an
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You can now add effects to Live Photos and edit them in different ways. You
can choose a specific frame to use as the thumbnail for your Live Photo.
32-bit apps
The removal of
support for 32-bit
apps cannot be
mentioned too many times
because you may need to
ask the developers of your
favourite apps to upgrade
them or you may need to find
alternative solutions. 32-bit
device support has also been
removed in iOS 11.
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No home screen
New Notes
backgrounds
With the
enhanced
handwriting
capabilities in
iOS 11 there are
some new Notes
backgrounds to play
with as well. These
should make the entire Notes experience
e
much easier to work with and in our testts
they really do add some useful depth.
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Sensibly, Apple has removed
the home screen from the app
switcher. Think about it and you
will realise that it was never
needed anyway as you can
simply press the home
button to get to it.
Instant Music
The Music
widget has
been
redesigned and is
now easier to use.
Potentially, you can
use it throughout
the day without ever
needing to jump into
the actual Music app itself.
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Contextual Siri
Siri is now
able to
work with
context so if you ask
a question and then
follow up with
another that is
related Siri will
understand what
ave
you need. This enables you to almost ha
a full conversation with Siri!
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Press for Siri
Siri and Search
Press for Siri can now
be disabled in Settings
which was something that
was not previously available. It
certainly appears that Apple is
looking to offer as much flexibility as
possible for every user in this latest
release, and it is succeeding in
almost every area.
You’ll now find that the
Siri and Search settings
are housed in the same
area within Settings. Over time
the iOS Settings have grown
exponentially and so it makes
sense to start combining the areas
such as these where there are less
options available.
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Enhanced Memories
in Photos
Your photo memories will
be curated much more
efficiently in iOS 11 and
with better results. This means
that you’ll need to spend even
less time collecting images into
groups that relate to each other in
a variety of ways.
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FaceTime
Live Photos
During FaceTime calls
you can tap an icon
to quickly snap a Live
Photo and then carry on the
call as normal. The resulting
mini-movie will be saved to your
Camera Roll ready for you to
view and edit later.
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Cloud
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Health
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data
Your Health data
can now be set
to synchronise
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be
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who have specific health
wh
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When you use Flyovers in Maps you can now experience a virtual reality
scenario by moving your iPhone or iPad around.
iPad dock
continuity
Faster Safari scrolling
The scrolling has been
tweaked in Safari to provide
a more natural and much
smoother experience. It has been
brought into line to work in the same
way it does across the rest of iOS.
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Continuity is now
fully supported in
the iPad dock which
h
means that you can tap
the new icon that appears
containing the device icon
within it and access real-time
content as it changes.
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Maps
speed
limits
Speed limits are
now displayed in
Maps in a way that
ensures you will not miss their
meaning. Alongside the new
‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’
feature, this will help to ensure
added safety while driving.
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The addition of WebRTC
support in Safari is
potentially very important
because it will allow websites to not
only send information from servers,
but to also communicate in real time
using data from other users’
browsers. The potential is huge here.
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HomeKit timers
You are now able to specify
timers for certain activities
that your connected devices
undertake in HomeKit. This is ideal
for turning lights on and off, and for
many other tasks that you need to
manage when away from the home.
HomeKit just got a lot more useful.
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Purchasing
apps
When you
purchase apps and
games on the App
Store you will now see a new
panel which is very similar
to the standard Apple Pay
authentication visual. Nice to
see more consistency being
added to iOS throughout.
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VoiceOver image
descriptions
When the accessibility
feature is enabled,
VoiceOver will be able to
read aloud text embedded in images
and also describe certain objects
such as trees and dogs. This is a
very clever development that will be
vital to some.
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“The new panel is
like Apple Pay”
Safari
videos
The Safari video
player has received a
makeover and is less
defined than before. It feels
more suited to a standard
browser interface and the
volume controls take up less
space in the playing window.
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Expanded Braille Editing
When your iOS device is
used with a Braille display, it
will now be able to display
the text being edited in context.
Many actions can also be
customised and converted between
Braille and printed text.
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iBooks
PDF
annotation
Many users will be
pleased to learn that
the ability to annotate
PDFs in the iBooks app has
been added within iOS 11.
This is a good example of just
how many of the core iOS
features are starting to make
their way to various apps and
how they are slowly starting
to work together. The future is
looking bright.
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Four apps
Four apps can be multitasked on an iPad with
4GB of RAM onboard.
These would be made up of two
side-by-side plus a floating app and
a video playing in a small window.
This is impressive multitasking for
such a slim tablet.
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Hidden photos
Hidden photos will now only
be shown in the Hidden
album and not in the
Camera Roll itself. This should help
to hide the images that you do not
want others to see.
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An AirDrop icon
You’ll find there’s now a
new AirPod icon in the
dock on the iPad which is
reminiscent of how it works in
macOS. This is a brilliant option for
transferring large files and it is good
to see it become more visible.
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Localised additions
New localised features,
including Maps entrances
to landmarks in China,
Chinese traffic camera alerts,
Russian and English bilingual
dictionaries and a phone number as
the Apple ID in China, highlight
Apple’s focus on the regions the
company sells to.
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A flat photo
If you snap a photo when
the phone is flat, the camera
will now display a spirit
level which is perfect for when you
are trying to take photos of the sky
or when facing the camera
downwards at the floor.
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A new
remote
There is now a full
Apple TV remote in
the Control Centre
which you can use by simply
pulling from the bottom of the
screen. This is yet another
icon that you can remove
from your home screen.
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Improved
animations
New status
icons
Bars now display
your current
signal strength
which seems to be more
obvious than the previous
dots. There is also a slightly
redesigned battery icon,
but most other parts remain
the same.
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“Bars now display
signal strength”
There are new
animations when
apps are launched
and for when the lock screen
fades. It is quite possible that
you will not even notice them,
but they are there and appear
to be quicker than before.
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Third-party
passwords
Do you find you are
constantly forgetting
your passwords for
apps? If so you’ll be pleased
to hear that with iOS 11
passwords can now be filled
in automatically within thirdparty apps which will complete
the circle as far as convenient
security is concerned. This is
another feature that will become
invisible, but will be vital every
single day.
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Flexible split view
On a compatible iPad, the
split view can now work in
three grades: 20-80, 50-50
and 80-20. This will make it much
easier to work with multiple apps
using a variety of different styles.
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SMS fraud extension
Apple has added an SMS
fraud extension which works
in the background to help
ensure that you are less likely to
get scammed by messages that
you really do not need to receive.
Apple’s focus on privacy and security
is unrelenting.
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Album dragging
Photos can now be dragged
and dropped into albums in
the Photos app which brings
with it a more natural experience
which has been missing until now.
The touch improvements within iOS
continue with each new release.
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Android Live Photos
When Live Photos are
edited using the Loop or
Bounce effects, they can
be shared with Android users as
MP4 files. The feature is a little
buggy currently, but it offers a
glimpse of future alternative
OS compatibility.
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Timer
seconds
Seconds have been
added to the Timer
view in the Clock
app which is a nice touch.
The implementation means
that you can simply ignore
them if you have no need for
this new feature.
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Create
watch
faces
If you own an Apple
Watch, with iOS 11
Apple has made it
possible for you to easily create
new watch faces using the
sharing function in Photos.
This is a very efficient way to
add some personalisation
to your Watch display and
means you can also try out the
new Kaleidoscope feature
in watchOS.
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Developers now have access to the NFC chip in iOS devices. It is already
used for Apple Pay, but can be used for many other tasks.
Light
guidance
There is an option
in Maps to be
lightly guided while
navigating. This will help to
reduce the potential for the app
to continuously nag you which
could be particularly handy on a
very long journey.
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2-factor
authentication
2-factor authentication is now
mandatory which makes a great
deal of sense given that this
valuable feature is so easy
to use and extremely
secure.
Answer calls automatically
Weather app tweaks
Pay your peers
Background App Refresh
In Accessibility you can now
have incoming calls answered
automatically which will be a
huge benefit for some. It could also
make sense to enable this when you
are on long journeys or busy doing
other things.
The Weather app has
received a bunch of minor
tweaks that will make the
experience more fluid without you even
noticing it. Think of it as the finishing
touches to a work of art that only the
artist will notice.
You can now pay friends and
family using Apple Pay which
has the potential to stop many
arguments and squabbles over who
owes what. We can see this being
used millions of times a day around the
world from day one.
New options for the
Background App Refresh
feature are now available
in iOS 11. You can choose between
Off, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi & Mobile Data
which will be handy in a variety of
different situations.
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Apple Pencil
enhancements
There are a variety of
Apple Pencil integration
enhancements that will
be obvious whenever you try to
use it with your iPad. From the
Notes app to many other areas,
give it a try and see what works.
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FLAC Audio
Playback
In iOS 11 you can
play FLAC music recordings
because they are now
natively supported. With
zero compression, this is
the preferred format for
many music lovers and the
support will be welcomed.
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Bolder
typography
Throughout iOS
11 you will see a bolder
font used to make the text
easier to read at a glance.
It is especially noticeable
in apps like Notes where
the text is the most crucial
aspect of the interface.
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iCloud photo
syncing
iOS 11 users now
have some manual control
over the synchronisation
process of their iCloud
photo libraries. They are
now able to manually
resume syncing when it is in
a paused state.
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Your location
When an app is using your
location, you will now see more
informative alerts on the home
screen. This helps ensure you
don’t have apps running that
shouldn’t be tracking
you then.
Recent
documents
On an iPad you
can now long press on an
icon to see a pop-up panel
appear displaying the recent
documents related to the
app in question. You can
then select one and start
working again in an instant.
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iCloud Drive
The fact that
iCloud Drive has
been replaced by Files is far
from a secret, but it helps
to be aware so as to avoid
confusion. Files is a much
more complete solution that
will help you deal with your
data in a more natural way.
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Animated GIFs will now automatically play in Photos which makes a lot of
sense as you will be able to properly preview them before sharing.
Handwritten
emails
In Mail you can now insert
handwritten drawings by
simply tapping and holding
the screen until the copy/paste
dialogue appears. Scroll to the right
to find the ‘Insert Drawing’ option
and start scribbling your message.
It adds a bit of personality to your
sent messages.
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“You can now
insert handwritten
drawings in Mail”
Mute
conversations
You can easily mute
Messages conversations
by sliding to the left within
any conversation and selecting
‘Hide Alerts’. You will still see the
messages when you open the app,
but you won’t need to be bothered
by overly talkative people.
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Move
multiple
apps
The ability to move
multiple apps at
the same time on
the home screen has been
a long time coming, but it is
now possible. The process is
slightly fiddly at first, but once
you understand how it works
you will likely use it often.
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Camera and
Microphone
A new option in
the Safari settings can be
enabled to stop any website
from accessing the camera
or microphone. As websites
get more sophisticated, this
is an excellent option to
help give you more privacy.
Flight
statuses
AirPod
skipping
Typing in a flight number in
the Safari search bar will
now populate the exact
flight status before you even confirm
the search parameters. This also
applies to certain other data so try it
and see what is returned.
You can now skip tracks
using AirPods with just a
tap which will prove useful
when Siri-style communication is not
ideal. It is good to see that AirPods
can be improved with simple
software tweaks.
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Improved
Portrait Mode
The iPhone 7 Plus
will benefit from added
features in iOS 11. The flash
can now be used and HDR
capability has been added
so you should see improved
results when taking Portrait
Mode stills at night.
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Camera
settings
The Camera
settings now sit in their own
area in general Settings.
Previously they were housed
with Photos which may
suggest that the camera will
become more flexible and
advanced in the future.
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No social
networks
Built-in integration
for Twitter, Facebook,
Vimeo and Flickr has been
removed in Settings. It is
hard to be sure why, but is
maybe suggestive of trying
to encompass all social
networks equally.
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Mobile data
tracking
If your mobile
provider allows Apple to
access the required data,
you will be able to check
your usage and remaining
data at any time by going
to Settings>Mobile Data.
Extremely handy.
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Photos
Get creative with cropping
Improve a photo by losing unwanted objects, changing aspect ratio
or creating a more pleasing composition
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When you compose a photograph you make a creative
decision about what to include and what to leave out, in
effect cropping the subject. In Photos you can perform post
production cropping to, say, lose unwanted objects at the edge
of the frame, such as a stray finger obscuring the lens. The act
of cropping enables you to mimic the result of a powerful zoom
lens by getting a closer view of your subject. You can also
change the balance of the composition. We’ll show you how
to use the crop tool’s Rule of Thirds grid to create a photo with
the pleasing proportions of a classic composition.
Before
After
Improve composition
Crop, rotate and change shape
Rule of Thirds
In classical paintings the eye is drawn to
specific parts of the frame. The Crop tool’s
overlay helps you create more balanced
and aesthetically pleasing compositions
that conform to the Rule of Thirds (See
Steps 8-9).
Corner handles
Drag either of the four corner handles to
choose the size of your cropped shot.
Areas that will be removed in the final crop
will be greyed out. Drag inside the brighter
part of the crop overlay to fine-tune
the composition.
Straighten the horizon
Click and drag in this circular dial
to rotate the image by a range of
subtle increments. This enables
you to counteract tilted horizons
and create a more considered
composition instead of just a
quick snap.
Knowledge base
Aspect ratio
Some social media apps
automatically crop your photos
to fit a particular shape such
as the square aspect ratio in
Instagram. Auto cropping can
cause key details in your image
to become obscured. The
term aspect ratio refers to the
relative proportions of a photo’s
width and height. A square
has an aspect ratio of 1:1. A
landscape is 4:3.
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Aspect
Click here to choose a new shape
for your cropped shot. A 16:9
aspect ratio will create a cropped
landscape-oriented photo that will
fill the frame of a wide screen TV
for example.
On location rotate your camera to capture both a portrait and landscape
version of the scene. This will save you the hassle of cropping in Photos.
Step-by-step Change shape and improve composition
1 Import image
2 Take a closer look
3 Zoom and crop
Choose File>Import. Browse to Shift click on
our three supplied start files. Click ‘Review for
Import’. Click on each of the three thumbnails
and then click ‘Import All New Photos’.
Double-click on the cow thumbnail to maximise
it. There’s half a cow leaving the edge of the
frame on the right. The main points of interest
(the two running calves) are too far away.
Click the Edit Photo button. Click Crop tool.
Click on Aspect and choose ‘Original’ to keep
the shape of the cropped shot. Drag the corner
handle to lose the stray cow. Click ‘Done’.
4 Analyse the beach
5 Go straight
6 Crop as portrait
Tap the right arrow key to browse to the
landscape-oriented shot. There’s too much
empty space at the right. The horizon is tilted. A
portrait shape will suit this subject better.
Click the Edit Photo button. Click the Crop tool
icon. To counteract the tilted horizon click in the
rotate dial and drag down. An overlay grid will
help you get your horizon looking horizontal.
Click on Aspect. Click on ‘Original’. This will
help the cropped shot match the shape of noncropped images from the same shoot. Click the
portrait icon to crop the image vertically.
7 Fine-tune composition
8 Choose the next shot
9 Rule of Thirds
Drag inside the crop window to reveal the key
details. For balance, place the bucket near the
bottom centre and have the girl and the sign
post on either side of the frame. Click ‘Done’.
Tap the right arrow key to browse to our portrait
image. Click ‘Edit Photo’. This shot is OK, but
we can fine-tune the composition to obey the
Rule of Thirds. Click on the Crop tool icon.
Set Aspect to Original. Drag top right corner
handle to crop so overlay grid’s lines intersect
on the child and post. The eye is naturally
drawn to these points in a composition.
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iMovie
Terrific transitions and creative cuts
Create a montage where transitions and cuts complement your clips’ content
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One way to create a smooth flowing sequence from a series of shots
is to use transitions. iMovie’s transition effects cause the beginning
and end of adjacent timeline clips to blend together in a variety of
creative ways. Transitions range from a classic analogue style cross
dissolve that indicates the passing of time to a more complex digital
mosaic effect. We’ll demonstrate how to choose transitions that
complement the content of your clips. For example, you can use
wipes that echo vertical or horizontal lines in a clip’s composition,
or apply wipes that follow the movement of your subject. These
complementary transitions help your sequences flow more smoothly.
We’ll also demonstrate creative cinematic cutting techniques that
mimic the effect of a transition, to help add variety to your montages.
Smooth operator
Create a smoother flowing sequence
Transitions browser
Click here to peruse a default
collection of 24 transitions (or see
our Knowledge Base to discover
how to find extra ones). To
preview a transition’s behaviour
simply slide the cursor across
its thumbnail.
Animated
effects
Here we’ve added a
Mosaic effect that breaks
both clips into animated
tiles. The tiles flip to hide
the first clip and reveal the
second in a striking way.
The tiles echo the bricks in
our first clip’s building.
Hidden transitions
Here we’ve added a Cross
Dissolve to make our traffic lights
change more quickly between
amber and red. In this case the
transition should be unnoticeable
to the viewer.
Knowledge base
Reveal extra transitions
By default, iMovie displays 24
transitions in the Transitions
browser, ranging from wipes that
can signify a change of location (as
we see in most Star Wars movies),
to a Ripple transition that is perfect
for introducing a flashback or dream
sequence. To access extra animated
transitions click on Settings in the
timeline and choose a Theme.
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Cool cuts
By cutting between two
subjects that are moving
in the same direction you
can make two clips flow
together without using
a transition. Try and use
transitions sparingly to give
them more impact.
Double-click on a transition to alter its duration. You can only increase the
duration if both clips are long enough, so always film a bit extra.
Step-by-step Combine cuts and transitions
1 Import assets
2 Split the clip
3 Hide a jump cut
In the Projects panel, click ‘Create New’ and
choose ‘Movie’. Go to File<New Event. Label it
‘Movie Montage’. Click ‘Import Media’, browse
to our clips and click ‘Import Selected’.
Add shot 01 to the timeline. Scrub the playhead
to 3 sec. Press Cmd+B to split the clip. Trim
the start of the second section to just before
the light changes from amber to red.
The windblown trees jump at the edit point. Go
to Transitions browser. Drag Cross Dissolve
between the two clips. Now the lights change
from amber to red without a jump cut.
4 Cross Zoom
5 Add a wipe
6 Complement composition
The Cross Dissolve helped us speed up the
traffic lights in a subtle way. Drag Cross Zoom
between Shot 01 and Shot 02 to add dramatic
movement to the statically framed shots.
Place Shot 03 in the timeline. As the boat is
floating right, drag the Wipe Right transition
between Shot 02 and 03. The direction of the
wipe complements the boat’s movement.
Add Shot 04 to the timeline. Drag the Wipe
Down transition between the end of Shot 03
and the start of 04. The horizontal line of the
wipe echoes the horizontal lines of the bridge.
7 Get creative
8 Match cut
9 Link it all together
Add Shot 05 to the timeline. Pop the Mosaic
transition between 04 and 05. This breaks up
the clips into blocks that reflect the brickwork of
the building in a creative way.
Add Shot 06. Trim the end of 05 to place the
red car in the middle of the frame. Trim the start
of 06 so the pigeon is flying in. The movement
of car and bird helps the clips flow at the cut.
Go to the Jingles folder in the Audio browser.
As our sequence is around 38 seconds find a
music track long enough to link our clips and
transitions together, such as 44th Street Long.
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Final Cut Pro X
Create an artistic sketch effect
Combine and customise multiple effect layers to make footage look like animated art
Difficulty
Time needed
20
Download available
Download available
Final Cut Pro X’s Effects browser provides a variety of ways to
stylise your video footage in creative ways. Once you add an
effect to a clip you can fine-tune its properties to customise the
look. By building up multiple layers of effects you can create
unique looking art effects. By adding texture, colour and artistic
artefacts such as cross hatched pen strokes to a clip you can
create an animated sketch effect perfect for an eye-catching
title sequence. We’ll also show you how to re-time the clip to
add a more animated look to our stylised footage and finish off
with a vintage photo border.
Step-by-step Apply artistic animation effects
1 Import clips
2 Access effects
3 Simplify colour and details
Choose File>New Event. Tick ‘Create New
Project’ and click ‘OK’. Set Frame Rate to
25p. Choose File>Import Media. Browse to our
Sketch.mov start file. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Drag the clip to the timeline. Press Cmd+5 to
summon the Effects browser. Click on Stylize
label to help you focus on the artistic effects.
Drag the cursor across an effect to preview it.
Drag Cartoon onto timeline clip. This simplifies
details and fills areas with blocks of colour.
Each effect has its own editable properties in
the Inspector, such as Amount. Leave it at 100.
4 Pen strokes
5 Sketch effect
6 Rough it up
Drag the Cross Hatch effect onto the clip. The
default pen strokes are too strong. In the Cross
Hatch section of the Inspector, drop Intensity to
30.66. Increase Sepia Amount to 0.41.
Add the Sketch effect to the clip. Play the clip
to see animated pen strokes texture bring
static areas to life. Drop the Inspector’s Sketch
Intensity slider to 20 for a more subtle effect.
To emphasise the sketched nature, drag Aged
Paper onto the clip. This adds a faded, stained
paper look. Drop Amount to 80. Set Mask Size
to 50 to fade the clip’s edges.
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Once your Inspector is full of Effect layers double-click at the top of the
Inspector to enlarge it. It will extend downwards over the Effects Browser.
7 Layer stacks
8 Photo Border
9 Retime the clip
The effect layers in the Inspector are stacked in
the order added. By dragging the Aged Paper
to the top of the stack you can change the way
the layers mix and add more colour.
Drag Simple Border onto the clip. This makes
the stylised sketch look like a retro photo that
suits the vintage subject matter. You can adjust
the thickness of the border in the Inspector.
Hand-drawn animations might not play at the
same speed as real-time video footage. Go
to Modify>Retime>Custom Speed. Set the
Custom Speed to 80 for a slower pace.
Add effect layers
Combine stacks of artistic effects
Mix it up
Each effect layer has its own editable
attribute in the Inspector. By changing the
order of the layer stack you can alter the
way the separate effects mix together and
fine-tune the look of your sketch effect.
Editable attributes
After adding an Effect to your clip, check
out the Effect’s unique adjustable properties
in the Inspector. The sliders here enable you
to customise an effect to help create a more
effective artistic look.
Change of pace
To add a more stylised hand-drawn
pace to our clip we’ve used Final
Cut Pro X’s Retime tools to slow
down the action a little. This helps
create an animated look.
Knowledge base
Non-destructive effects
Adding effect layers to a video clip
in the timeline is a bit like mixing
paint. Fortunately you can tick or
un-tick a particular effect layer in
the Inspector to temporarily turn
it off or on. This non-destructive
adjustment technique enables
you to understand exactly how a
particular effect layer is altering
your footage.
Art effects
All the sketch effects used in this
tutorial came from the Stylize
section of the Effects browser.
You can search for specific
effects by typing their name into
the text field at the bottom of the
effects browser.
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GarageBand
How to build a better bass rig
Discover how the Bass Amp Designer can be accessed and customised
Difficulty
Time needed
6-18
GarageBand is lauded for its brilliance for electric guitarists,
with its built-in amp modelling capabilities giving players
real choice in shaping their sound. However, these qualities
translate just as effectively for electric bass guitarists. With a
resurgence of interest in the bass as a lead focal point in a mix,
thanks to bands like Royal Blood, this is worth highlighting. So
in this guide we push the bass guitar into the spotlight and give
centre stage to how bass rigs can be customised. Learn how
to go beyond Smart Controls to use the Bass Amp Designer
for tweaking the more advanced settings and discover how
cabinets and microphones can light up low-end plucking.
Step-by-step Building your bass rig
1 Designer displayed
2 Plug-in presets
3 Model selection
With a bass track selected already, show the
Smart Controls panel and click the small Open
Amp Designer button in the top-right corner to
view the Bass Amp Designer.
In the top left, by the standby button, is a
dropdown for plug-in presets. These are a
useful starting point for a rig, before you start
customising the various elements.
Rather like the presets, the Model dropdown in
the left bottom corner picks between Modern,
Classic and Flip-Top rigs with set amp, cabinet
and microphone configurations.
4 Amp alternatives
5 Cabinet choices
6 Output slider
The ‘Amp’ dropdown swaps three bass heads
across Classic, Modern and Flip-Top. Each
provides front-facing input and effects controls
you must adjust to shape the output.
Use the ‘Cabinet’ dropdown to change the
speaker cabinet. Modern and classic models
of varying sizes can be picked along with going
Direct from the PowerAmp/PreAmp out.
In the bottom right corner is an Output slider,
which acts as a final control for the overall
output level for the rig signal, including amp,
cabinet and microphone too.
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With a bass rig customised, you can save it as a patch by clicking the
‘Save…’ button in the right corner of the Library panel.
Amp heads up
Exposing the Bass Amp Designer window and highlighting the core rig building controls
Additional EQ
Effects Settings
Extra EQ controls are shown via
the button on the right edge.
The Type switch flips between
Graphic and Parametric EQ,
providing frequency sliders for
adjusting each band or Gain, kHz
and Q knobs instead.
Effects knobs control
bass, mids and treble
EQ frequency ranges,
along with adjusting the
compressor. The Low,
1-2-3 and High switches
affect each EQ knob’s
behaviour, while the Hard/
Soft toggle applies subtler
or stronger compression.
Model settings
These three dropdowns
choose a predefined setup
that consists of amplifier,
cabinet and microphone.
The Amp and Cabinet
ones then change either
independently to find new
sonic combinations, with
both influencing the output.
Knowledge base
Microphone matters
As you’re dealing with capturing an
amp signal, GarageBand gives you
choices on the microphones used. On
the right side of the Bass Amp Designer
window you have a ‘Mic’ dropdown
selector where Condenser and Dynamic
microphones can be picked. Hover the
mouse above, and drag the puck to
place the microphone where desired in
front of the cabinet speaker.
Amp Settings
The controls at each end of
the amp switch between active
and passive channels, while
adding brightness via the
‘Bright’ switch. Gain applies
preamplification to the signal
while the Master knob makes
things suitably louder.
Signal flow
explained
The Bass Amp Designer actually blends two channels,
one from the complete amplification setup and the
other from something called the Direct Box. The latter is
effectively a virtual digital interface that sends the electric
instrument straight into GarageBand’s mixing console.
You can view it instead with the Direct Box button and use
the slider to control how the blend of channels is being
split. Here we’ll examine this ‘signal flow’ concept and
look at the Direct Box’s own controls.
“The Direct Box is effectively
a virtual digital interface”
1 The Direct Box
2 Isolated or paralleled
Click the Direct Box button to show the unit.
Controls here include a Boost for setting input
gain and HF Cut for toggling a noise reducing
high-pass filter. The Tone knob moves between
six EQ presets offering varying tonal colours.
The slider between the Amp and Direct Box
buttons dictates how much of each channel
is sent within the signal. If positioned far left
(Amp) or far right (Direct Box), then either is sent,
otherwise they are blended in parallel.
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Logic Pro X
Using Drummer Loops in Logic Pro X
Logic Pro X 10.3.2 brings a new type of Drummer-powered Apple loop
Difficulty
Time needed
20
Download available
Representing a fusion between a normal Drummer track and
Apple loops, Drummer loops are auditioned in the Loop library
browser and dragged into your project in the same way as
regular Apple loops, but once they’re in your timeline they can
be edited and manipulated just like regular Drummer regions.
How does this benefit? Well, it means multiple Drummer tracks
in a single project, giving you unprecedented freedom to layer
up big, beefy rhythm tracks. There are several loops supplied
for each Drummer profile, and you get the chance to check
out how each pattern’s sounds before you add it to your song.
And with the addition of three new percussion specialists in this
update, things have never looked groovier in Logic land.
Step-by-step Working with Drummer Loops
1 Download new sounds
2 Mellow yellow
3 Next please
When you update to Logic 10.3.2, you may find
you need to download some additional Apple
Loop library content, including the Drummer
loops. Just follow the onscreen prompts.
After the loop library has reindexed, you’ll
find the Drummer loops in the Loop Browser,
labelled with yellow icons, amongst the green
MIDI loops and blue audio loops.
Drummer loops are also distinguished by the
fact that they are named after the drummer that
plays them, and each drummer has a variety of
patterns. Click on one to audition it.
4 Drag over
5 Mix n match
6 Open editor
To add a Drummer loop to your project, just
find one you like the sound of and drag it into
an empty part of the tracks area. Here we’re
adding ‘Glowstick’ from Magnus.
We can keep the project running while we
audition another loop to go along with it. Let’s
add a loop from Kyle, an acoustic drummer, to
complement Magnus’ electronic sounds.
Drummer loop regions can be edited in the
Drummer editor just like those generated on
regular Drummer tracks. Just double-click a
region to reveal the editor window.
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If Drummer Loops are greyed out in the Loop Browser, download and install
them by clicking on the small arrow button to the right of the Loop’s name.
Stay in the loop
Logic’s latest update adds new, Drummer-powered Apple Loops
Just browsing
In addition to clicking this button,
the Loop Browser window can
be opened and closed simply by
pressing the letter ‘O’ on your
computer keyboard.
Knowledge base
Infinite loops
While you can add Drummer loops
played by different drummers to the same
project, you can only combine them on the
same track if they’re the same type of kit
(Acoustic, Electronic or Percussion). This
may also cause the second loop to sound
different to the preview, as the part will
be played by the sounds associated with
the first drummer – a cool way to expand
their repertoire!
New groove please
Hovering your mouse pointer over
the right edge of a Drummer region
reveals this small yellow ‘+’ button.
Click this to generate a new region
directly after the existing one.
Drummer
loops only
To show only Drummer
Loops in the Loop
Browser, select
‘Drummer’ from the
Loop Packs pop-up
menu at the top of the
Loop Browser pane.
Perc up
New percussion instruments,
including cabasa, cajon, woodblock
and shakers are available under the
guise of new drummer profiles Finn,
Isabela and Quincy.
7 Customise pattern
8 Some Finn special
9 Track down
You can edit the part by moving the puck
around in the editor to blend the drummer’s
playing style between simple and complex
or soft and loud.
To home in on the new percussionist loops,
click the Percussion tab in the upper section
of the Loop Browser – we’ve gone for the ‘Tin
Roof’ loop by Finn to add to the mix.
To help when layering loops like this, you often
need to mute individual kit pieces. Clicking this
triangle button separates out the tracks within
the loop so you can do this.
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Safari
Secret Safari menus and functions
Enable access to hidden menus in Safari and use its advanced functions
Difficulty
Time needed
10
Safari is a great web browser and it probably does more than
many people realise. When did you last explore all the menus?
Some features and functions are actually hidden and there
are two menus that aren’t even on the menu! One is easily
uncovered and is fairly well-known, but there is a second
hidden menu that few people know about.
The Develop menu is most useful for people with a blog or
website for checking website compatibility on various devices,
but it also has features anyone can use, such as for fixing faults
and speeding up web browsing. The hidden Debug menu
is very advanced, but there is a brilliant function that blocks
annoying auto-playing video ads on web pages.
Step-by-step Uncover hidden menus and functions
1 Advanced preferences
2 Solve site problems
3 Fake a browser
Go to the Safari menu and select ‘Preferences’.
Click the ‘Advanced’ tab and down at the
bottom, tick the option to ‘Show Develop menu
in menu bar’. Now there’s an extra menu.
If you are having problems with a website it can
sometimes help to empty the caches, which
contains old content. Select Develop>Empty
Caches and then try the site again.
If you have a website or blog, you can see how
it works with other browsers by selecting one
on the Develop>User Agent menu. Safari can
pretend to be Internet Explorer.
4 View on iOS
5 More mobile functions
6 Browse faster
Does a website work on mobile? Safari can
show you, which is great for bloggers and site
owners. Select Develop>Enter Responsive
Design Mode and then click a device.
Click a mobile device once to select it, then
click again and it switches to landscape mode.
Keep clicking an iPad and the view cycles
through multitasking Split View modes.
Many web pages contain too many images and
they are too large. If you just want to read the
text, disable images on the Develop menu and
you can browse the web much faster.
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‘Disallow Inline Video’ on the Debug menu stops auto-playing videos like
adverts. If you really want to watch a video, just click its Play button.
Get geeky with Safari
Access extra menus and advanced features
Mobile views
Advanced Debug menu
The Debug menu is shown with a
Terminal command and it contains
advanced functions for experts.
However, there is one simple
command for blocking auto-playing
videos that is very useful.
How does a website look
on mobile devices like the
iPhone and iPad? Show
the Develop menu and
select ‘Enter Responsive
Design Mode’ to see.
Click any of the devices
to emulate it.
Fix faults
Safari saves web pages in
a cache and occasionally
problems can occur with
sites. If a site won’t work
properly, close all tabs,
open the Develop
menu and then click
‘Empty Caches’.
Knowledge base
Clearing caches
Web browsers store the contents
of web pages on disk so if
you visit one again, it can be
reloaded from disk quickly. The
downside is that you see old
content which may be out of
date. Clearing the caches on the
Develop menu clears the stored
web content so when a page is
visited, a fresh copy is fetched.
Hide/unhide Debug
This complicated command is
used to show the Debug menu.
The number at the end determines
whether Debug is made visible
(1) or is hidden (0). Take care
when entering it.
Show the
Debug menu
There is an extra menu that is not very well known and it
contains some very advanced functions. They are designed
for experts, especially website developers and the functions
on them should not be used by novices because it can cause
Safari to misbehave. You might make Safari worse instead
of better. However, there is one function on the Debug menu
that everyone can benefit from and it blocks those irritating
video ads on web pages.
“One function blocks irritating
video ads on web pages”
1 Unhide Debug
2 Block annoying videos
To show the hidden Debug menu in Safari, go
to the Utilities folder and open Terminal. Very
carefully, enter ‘defaults write com.apple.Safari
IncludeInternalDebugMenu 1’. (Replacing the one
at the end with zero hides the Debug menu.)
Open Safari and there is a new Debug menu
with some scary stuff on it. Go to Media Flags
and select ‘Disallow Inline Video’. This prevents
videos within web pages, such as adverts, from
automatically playing. You’ll love this feature!
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diskutil
Use hidden Disk Utility commands
Go beyond Disk Utility and access features available from a command prompt in Terminal
Difficulty
Time needed
15
Download available
Disk Utility is a well known, useful tool in the Utilities folder for
formatting disks, erasing them and so on. This is basically just a
nice graphical interface for a more powerful system command
called diskutil. Here we look at some of the simplest functions
diskutil can perform as an introduction to what is a mighty tool
for experts. It is accessed from a Terminal command prompt
and while getting to know it, you should try out functions on
a USB disk drive or USB thumb drive, which is the last listed
in step 2. Do not use any commands on the Mac’s boot disk,
which is the first listed. Always ensure you have a backup too.
Step-by-step Access disk functions with diskutil
1 Get help
2 List the disks
3 Get disk info
Open the Terminal in the Applications/Utilities
folder and type ‘diskutil’ at the command
prompt. This displays a brief description of
every function that can be performed.
The most used command is ‘diskutil list’. Enter
it to see every drive and partition. Compare the
NAME column with the disks in Finder or the
desktop and match them up.
To get detailed information about a drive or
partition, enter ‘diskutil info X’ where X is one
of the items in the IDENTIFIER column in the
previous step, such as disk2s2.
4 Check a volume
5 Check a disk
6 Erase a disk
Are the volumes healthy? Check a partition for
errors with ‘diskutil verifyvolume X’ where X is
an IDENTIFIER (step 2) corresponding to a disk
in Finder or on the desktop.
Disks can be divided into partitions, such as
a Recovery HD, a volume for files and so on.
Check the structure with ‘diskutil verifydisk X’
where X is disk0, 1, 2 (step 2).
Suppose you want to erase all the files on a
volume. Type ‘diskutil reformat X’ where X is
the IDENTIFIER for a volume (step 2). Doublecheck you are erasing the right one!
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Experiment with a USB drive or USB flash memory drive you don’t need
when learning to use diskutil and its advanced functions.
7 Unmount a disk
8 Read the manual
9 Erase free space
Disk volumes on the desktop and in Finder,
can be unmounted (ejected) with ‘diskutil
unmountdisk X’ where X is a drive. Use mount
instead of unmount to enable them again.
diskutil has many functions and to see them
type ‘man diskutil’. We have been using some
of the simpler functions and you might want to
try some of the more powerful ones.
The free space on a hard disk drive (not solid
state drives) can be securely erased with
‘diskutil secureErase freespace 1 X’ where X is
the volume IDENTIFIER (step 2).
List drives with diskutil
Get to know the output from ‘diskutil list’
Volume names
The NAMES column contains
the friendly names used by icons
on the desktop and in Finder
– see Finder on the left. Some
items are hidden from Finder,
such as the Recovery HD.
Internal disk
Type ‘diskutil list’ to see the drives
inside and outside the Mac. This
one is a physical drive that is
internal, but down at the bottom
is an external drive, which is our
USB drive.
Disk identifiers
In every diskutil command you
must specify a disk or partition
from the IDENTIFIER column. Our
500GB external USB disk drive is
disk2 and the items below are the
disk partitions.
Knowledge base
Disks, partitions
and volumes
A drive is divided into sections
called partitions and some
contain system information,
like Recovery HD, and are
hidden. Others are volumes
that appear in Finder and you
can store files and apps on
them. If disk2 is a disk then
disk2s1 is the first partition,
disk2s2 is the second and so
on. Some diskutil commands
work with disks, and others
with partitions.
Disk volumes
At the top of the IDENTIFIER
column is the name of the drive,
disk2. Below are the partitions or
volumes. Look in Finder and in the
NAME column, disk2s4 is a volume.
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iBetterCharge
Monitor iPhone and iPad batteries
See the battery charge of iOS devices on your Mac and get alerts when they need charging
Difficulty
Time needed
5
How common is this? You are rushing out and grab your phone
to take with you, but discover it is down to 20% charge; or you
sit down to watch Netflix on your iPad only to see the battery is
about to run out. It is frustrating when you need to use your iOS
devices, but then realise they need charging. The solution is to
monitor the charge on your Mac. iBetterCharge is a free utility
that shows the battery charge of iOS devices in the menu bar
on your Mac. Once set up, it works wirelessly and you can see
whether devices in your home need charging. You can even set
alarms to alert you when they need recharging. This is a brilliant
utility and it is so simple.
Step-by-step Monitor the charge on iDevices
1 Download and install
2 First run
3 Add a device
iBetterCharge is free, but is not in the Mac App
Store. Go to softorino.com/ibettercharge
and download it. Double-click the zip file and
then drag the app to Applications.
Start iBetterCharge and the first time it is run
some introductory screens are displayed. Click
through until you get here and click ‘Start’.
Notice the new menu bar icon.
Either click ‘Start’ in the previous step or click
the iBetterCharge menu bar icon and select
‘Add new Device’. This window appears and
you must plug in your iPhone or iPad.
4 Trust your device
5 Sync over Wi-Fi
6 View your devices
When an iPhone or iPad is inserted,
iBetterCharge detects it and this message
appears. You may need to wake the iDevice,
unlock it and tap through the trust message.
iTunes may start automatically when your
iPhone or iPad is plugged in but, if not, open it
and select the device. Tick the box in Options
to sync the device over Wi-Fi.
Once a device is set up iBetterCharge works
wirelessly and shows the battery charge
wherever it is in your home or office. Add all
your devices using the iBetterCharge menu.
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If you can only see your iPhone or iPad when it is plugged in using a USB
cable, you forgot to enable Wi-Fi syncing in iTunes.
Watch your iDevices batteries
All you need to know about using iBetterCharge
Monitor your
battery levels
Add New Device
Use the ‘Add new Device’
menu to add an iPhone
or iPad to monitor. Any
number of devices can be
added provided they sync
with your Mac. You can’t
add devices that aren’t
yours though.
Click the iBetterCharge icon in
the menu bar to see the battery
charge of your devices. Here
we have added an iPhone and
iPad and it is easy to see if they
need charging.
Connect the cable
When setting up an iPhone
or iPad it must be connected
to the Mac using a USB
cable. This needs to be done
only once and then it can be
unplugged afterwards.
Knowledge base
Limitations of
iBetterCharge
The main limitation of iBetterCharge
is that it only works with your own
iPhone and iPad. Any number of
devices can be added, which could be
useful for schools or offices, but they
must all sync with the same account
in iTunes on the Mac. You cannot
monitor someone else’s iPhone which
syncs with a different account.
iBetterCharge
preferences
Click the iBetterCharge icon
and select Preferences to set
up notifications to alert you
when the battery is too low. This
means you will never forget to
charge your devices again!
Set up notifications
Being able to see the charge status of your iPhone
on the Mac is useful, but it is even better with shared
devices like the iPad, which may be used by a partner
or kids and left around the house with little charge.
Set up iBetterCharge to display notifications when the
battery falls below a certain level and you can take
action before it becomes a problem. Now there is no
excuse for a flat battery in your iOS devices.
“Set up iBetterCharge and
there will be no excuse for
flat batteries in your devices”
1 Configure warnings
2 Ignore devices
Click the iBetterCharge icon and select
Preferences in the menu. Select the Notifications
tab and drag the slider to set the warning level
between five and 50%. Tick the boxes to show
notifications, sounds and animation.
You probably only have one or two devices and
probably want to monitor them all. However, it is
possible to ignore devices. For example, you may
just want to monitor the kids’ iPad. Select devices
to ignore on this tab.
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macOS
Power up your
MacBook
You can easily add flexibility
to your sparse MacBook
The MacBook is Apple’s smallest complete Mac product
which gives you a great quality screen, a highly usable
keyboard and all of the power you need in a package
that can be carried anywhere. Besides the fact that it is
a design classic, in our eyes, some compromises have
had to be made to reach a form that feels consistent and
perfectly proportioned throughout. The single port is the
main concession to size and so is the keyboard in the eyes
of some, but we will now show you some accessories and
software that can greatly improve the flexibility and power
of your MacBook. This will hopefully give you the best of
both worlds: the portability when you need it married to the
power to get the job done. There is a reason it is nicknamed
the ‘MacBook Adorable’.
1
Add multiple ports
The USB-C Digital AV Multiport
Adapter from Apple looks slightly
clunky at first glance, but it does offer
a standard USB port, an HDMI
connection and the default USB-C
charging cable. It isn’t cheap, but it
could be the only accessory you will
need for your MacBook.
2
Manage the battery
If the battery fails on your
MacBook, the entire bottom case
assembly has to be replaced which can
be costly. Our advice would be to do
all you can to keep your battery healthy
and apps like Battery Health 2 can
help you look after it over extended
periods of time.
MacBook upgrade options
You can power up your MacBook instantly
A growing breed
More accessories for the MacBook are
being released by the day and you can
now purchase everything from cables to
cases to specialist devices that use the
USB-C interface. The choice is yours.
Be careful
We strongly recommend
that you only use
certified accessories
when it comes to power
and other devices that
attach directly to your
MacBook. You will want
to guarantee that your
MacBook will serve you
over time.
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Simple app solutions
There are a variety of small utility
apps that will enhance the MacBook
experience. From protecting the
battery to saving memory, you will
be able to find some gems in the
Mac App Store.
Make sure that a MacBook has the potential to offer the features you need
before you make your purchase in place of a MacBook Pro.
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8
Keep it protected
A protected screen
You should also consider a screen
protector for your MacBook. This
will not only help to protect it from
scratches and dust, but if you opt for
an anti-glare product you will be able
to use it in bright conditions and still
benefit from the glorious Retina display.
The MacBook is extremely
portable and with this comes the need
to protect it when travelling. There are
many different cases and hard shells
available for the latest MacBooks and
we would advise you to consider some
form of protection to protect your
valuable investment.
4
Add some memory
You don’t have to use cables to
connect third-party accessories to
your MacBook because new USB-C
products are launching all of the time.
One example is the SanDisk 64GB Dual
Drive USB-C Flash Drive which includes
standard USB and USB-C connectors
for ultimate flexibility.
5
Keep it simple
One of the simplest and cheapest
ways to add extra flexibility to your
MacBook is with the USB-C to USB
Adapter. This highly portable accessory
lets you connect your iPhone, a flash
drive and many other devices to your
MacBook when you need to and it
works perfectly.
6
Portable power
You can consider the new
MacBooks as similar to an iPhone or
iPad in terms of power. There are many
power packs available that can charge
the MacBook through the USB-C
port meaning you will have battery life
wherever you go and whatever you
need to do. A worthy upgrade.
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Add a HyperDrive
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Entertainment
everywhere
A HyperDrive from Hyper gives you a tremendous amount of added flexibility
through a device that sticks to your MacBook. You get a microSD port, 2 x USB 3.0
ports, a USB-C pass-through charging port and a standard SD port. Your MacBook
will get every port back instantly.
It would be remiss of us not to mention
the AirPods or BeatsX earphones
offerings from Apple which will ensure
that you can watch videos, play music
or listen to podcasts whenever you have
your MacBook with you.
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Desktop solution?
With a dedicated stand, you
have the potential to also add a 4K
screen and full-sized keyboard to your
MacBook for when you need to sit down
at a desk and focus for long periods.
Your MacBook has the potential to be
anything you want it to be
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OCRTOOLS
Convert text images to digital text
You can now snap a picture of some text and use an app to convert the words to digital text
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There is still a wealth of literature out there that is not easily
available in digital form. Old books, magazines and newspaper
articles are hard to digitise and the same is true for their newer
counterparts. We do so much with digital text today that it feels
strange to use anything else, but there is an easy and efficient
app called OCRTOOLS that lets you take text from images and
automatically convert the contents to a copy and pastable form
for use in reports and other computer created works. We will
show you how to use it and also how to make the most of it by
using some simple tips to ensure accuracy every single time
you convert images to text. It’s surprisingly simple.
Power and simplicity
A traditional interface hides serious power
No needless
options
The focus of the app
is on the functionality
it offers. There are no
unnecessary preferences
or options with just a few
icons to click at the top
of the main interface.
The right image
Any image that includes text can be
used in OCRTOOLS, but you will
need to make sure that the text is
legible for it to work accurately. Most
images will work fine.
Just the start
The converted text could be just the
start of a big project or any task you
need to complete. You can use the
text in any other app that supports
standard text formatting.
Knowledge base
On the level
The results
You can see and check the
conversion and translation text
results instantly because they
are always on view. The app is
designed for clarity above all else
and it works brilliantly.
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In our tests we found that one
of the most important aspects
for achieving accurate results
is to import an image that is as
straight as possible. Provided
the text is legible, you will need
to make sure that you have the
image level otherwise you may
end up with spurious text in the
resulting translation. So take a
few moments to frame it right.
Always test other apps if you find that OCRTOOLS is not for you. This is an
area where many solutions fail to live up to their hype.
Step-by-step Convert images to text
1 Buy the app
2 Three panels
3 Select an image
You will need to go to the Mac App Store and
purchase the app to install it. Following our
tests we can confirm that it is good value and
does what it should do with ease.
When you first open the app you will see three
empty panels to work with. This may seem
unusual, but once you start using it things will
begin to make much more sense.
Click the ‘Open image’ icon on the right and
choose the file you want to use. It could be a
photo of a newspaper or a scan of a document.
Legibility will be key here.
4 Convert the text
5 Use the text
6 Flat works best
Now click the ‘Recognize’ icon and let the
software do the work for you. The conversion
process can take some time for harder to read
images but it will complete.
You can now use the text in other documents
by simply copying and pasting the same way
you would in any other app. It’s very simple,
efficient and highly effective.
Trying to convert text from an image where the
text is not straight can produce some unusual
results so try to only use images with straight
and clear text within them.
Translate the text
OCRTOOLS is also capable of translating the text you
capture in up to 37 languages. You can choose which
languages to use and even capture text that is printed on
an image in a foreign language and then convert it while
translating at the same time. This feature alone can prove
useful in a variety of different situations and will likely be
used time and time again so it makes sense to understand
exactly how it works.
“OCRTOOLS can translate
the text you capture in
up to 37 languages”
1 Select a language
2 Copy as before
Once some text has been converted you can click
the right-hand language icon and then choose
what language you want the text translated to.
Once again, give it a little time and the results
should be exactly as required.
You can deal with the text in exactly the same
ways as you can with the converted text. Note
that you can also set the OCR language as well to
capture foreign language text from an image
in an instant.
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Mirror for Samsung TV
Send your Mac screen to a TV
Using your Mac with a TV screen offers many benefits you may not have considered
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You are likely used to AirPlaying videos and music to your
TV through an Apple TV, but did you know that you can also
mirror your Mac screen on a smart TV using a simple app that
effectively turns your TV into an extremely capable monitor.
This is great for sharing what you are doing on your Mac with
others and for playing media without the need for any cables
which would otherwise hamper the experience. We will detail
the steps you need to follow to set up the mirroring, which are
surprisingly easy, and then offer tips on making sure you can
create the best possible experience. Your Mac may be about to
gain a whole new lease of life through your TV…
Step-by-step Create a Mac TV monitor
1 Test the connection
2 Try it out
3 A quick connection
Go to airbeam.tv and search for the software
you need for your brand of smart TV. It will of
course need to be connected to the same
Wi-Fi network for this to work.
Once downloaded and installed, you will see
a new icon in the status bar at the top of the
screen. Click it and then click the ‘Try’ option to
ensure it is working.
Your TV should now be detected and you will
see your Mac desktop appear immediately.
There is a small delay, but each move you
make will be mirrored in real-time.
4 Matching resolutions
5 Manage the audio
6 Near universal compatibility
Don’t forget that the resolution of your TV will
need to be in tune with the resolution of your
Mac. A Retina display will bring out the best
view of your Mac desktop.
Click the ‘How to Enable Sound on TV’ link
in the main interface to download the driver
which will enable the Mac audio to play directly
through the TV speakers.
Almost all smart TVs are compatible with your
Mac which is why we suggest trying the app
from the website before purchasing it. All
well-known brands have apps available.
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There is a small delay in the sound when mirroring which may affect the
accuracy of audio synchronisation when playing videos from the Mac.
Instant TV mirroring
Zero setup
Build a huge high-definition Mac monitor
You do not need to mess around
with technical settings of any kind
because the app will make the
connection provided both devices
are on the same home Wi-Fi network.
Pay and play
The app is a once-only
payment affair and will
work with your Mac and
TV going forwards. It’s a
very cheap way to create
a huge Mac monitor
from nothing.
Enabling the sound
It makes sense to download the
free associated audio driver so you
can get your Mac sound on your
TV speakers. The experience is
greatly enhanced by following the
simple process.
Knowledge base
Aspect ratios
Don’t panic if the mirroring of the
Mac screen does not completely
fill your TV display. The aspect
ratio of your Mac will be taken
into account and can leave black
bars either side of the desktop,
but you can change the display
resolution on your Mac if it really
bothers you. The ‘Picture size’
TV settings may also help.
It really works
When you first set it up, you may be
surprised by how effective the Mac
mirroring is. It really does feel like a
huge monitor that you can use for a
variety of different purposes.
Every possibility
covered
Not all TVs are made equal and even those from only a
few years ago may lack the smarts needed to take full
advantage of the wireless solutions available today. In
light of this, the developer has also created apps that will
work with devices attached to your TV such as a Roku or
Amazon Fire TV, but you can also mirror your Mac desktop
to an Apple TV without the need for any extra apps.
“Mirror your Mac to an Apple
TV without any extra apps”
1 The AirPlay option
2 Time to mirror
First off, you need to click the AirPlay icon in
the status bar and select ‘Apple TV’ to start the
process of connecting your Mac to your Apple
TV. You now need to wait a few seconds for the
connection to take place.
Now you simply need to click ‘Mirror BuiltIn Retina Display’ and it will immediately be
displayed on your TV via the Apple TV. You can
even use your TV as an additional screen for
added flexibility.
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iTunes
Set up a profile in iTunes 12.7
Get to know the update and discover how to connect with people
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In the excitement of Apple’s 12 September announcements,
you may have missed the fact that a new macOS version of
iTunes was released immediately afterwards (launch your Mac’s
App Store and click on ‘Updates’ to get it). But what does
this new, enhanced High Sierra version of iTunes bring to the
table? Not much, truth be told, but it does allow you to create
a profile so you can be easily identifiable and findable to family
and friends, and share playlists and the music you are currently
listening to. It makes iTunes a more fun and sociable place.
There are also subtler changes to the iTunes interface that we
will also explore here, but generally the update is a tightening of
bolts to make an already intuitive interface run smoother.
What’s new in iTunes 12.7?
Subtle changes you might not have noticed…
Your profile
iTunes U content
If you are looking for your
iTunes U collections then
these will now appear in
the Podcasts section of
the iTunes interface.
Select it from the menu
here to access it.
As we have explored here,
you can now create an
iTunes profile so that you can
connect with your friends
and share your musical finds,
what you’re listening to,
playlists and more.
No App Store
Sidebar addition
While in the Library tab,
you will notice that ‘Internet
Radio’ has been added
to the sidebar options so
that you can access your
favourite iTunes radio
stations more easily.
Eagle-eyed iTunes users will have
noticed that the iOS App Store is
no longer a part of the interface.
The handling of apps is now done
exclusively on your iOS device.
Knowledge base
Unlocking Internet Radio
If the Internet Radio option isn’t
displayed in your iTunes Library
sidebar, simply move your cursor
to the top of the sidebar in the right
corner and you should notice that an
‘Edit’ option appears. Click on this
and you will be able to choose what
is displayed in the sidebar by ticking
and unticking the various options.
Ensure that ‘Internet Radio’ is ticked
to display it.
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While in your iTunes profile screen, click on the ‘…’ icon to choose an
alternate method of sharing your profile, including email, message or Twitter.
Step-by-step How to create an iTunes profile
1 Click on ‘For You’
2 Get started
3 Add a photo
After updating iTunes to version 12.7, launch it
and click on the ‘For You’ tab at the top. You
will see the ‘Start Sharing with Friends’ flash in
the top-right corner; click on this.
Click ‘Get Started’ on the pop-up and you will
be able to start entering information into your
profile. Your name should already be entered so
enter a username to accompany it.
Click on the round photo icon and then select
a location to obtain an image from in the lefthand column. Choose ‘Camera’ and you can
take a new picture through your Mac’s camera.
4 Choose who follows
5 Find and follow friends
6 Good to go
By clicking ‘Next’ your details will be checked
and if your username/handle is already in use
then you will have to enter a different one. Next,
choose who can view your activity.
You will be invited to sign into your various
social media accounts to find people you know
and tailor your iTunes notifications. Once you
have finished, click ‘Done’ to finish up.
Your iTunes profile will now be set up. Now,
whenever you click on ‘For You’, it will display
your profile information along with the music
that you have recently listened to.
iOS File Sharing
Another new feature of iTunes 12.7 becomes apparent
when you connect an iOS device. If you connect an
iPhone or iPad and then click on the icon that appears in
the top-left corner, the subsequent screen will reveal the
‘File Sharing’ addition on the Settings column. This allows
you to transfer documents from the listed apps between
your iOS device and your Mac, which can be useful if you
don’t rely on iCloud.
“File Sharing allows you to
transfer documents from the
listed apps to your Mac”
1 Select an app
Click on one of the apps listed in the left-hand
column and all of the documents associated
with it will be listed in the space to the right.
Click ‘Add’ to copy all of the associated files
to your Mac.
2 Copy documents
You can also highlight individual folders and
files and then click on the ‘Save to…’ option to
transfer them all. You will then be offered the
option to choose a destination to save them
to on your Mac.
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INTRODUCING
iPHON
APPLE’S MOST ADVANCED – AND
EXPENSIVE – SMARTPHONE TO DATE.
BUT DOES IT HAVE THE X-FACTOR?
I
t’s not often that Apple announcements feel
like an anticlimax, but that was the peculiar,
alien feeling we had when talk turned to
iPhones at Apple’s 12 September ‘Special
Event’ at the freshly unveiled Steve Jobs
Theater in Apple Park, the new corporate
headquarters of Apple Inc. The problem was
we knew what we were itching to see, we had
seen leaked images of it in the days preceding
the event, but what we were seeing on the big
screen wasn’t it. What we were seeing was
the iPhone 8 – pretty exciting in its own right,
granted – but it didn’t look too dissimilar to the
iPhone 7. It had bezels, it had a Home button –
it simply wasn’t what we really wanted to see.
And then there was ‘one more thing…’
What was then showcased was a completely
different looking iPhone. The iPhone X
(pronounced ‘iPhone Ten’) is Apple’s biggest
iPhone redesign ever that coincides with the
tenth anniversary of the iPhone’s launch. The
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handset features an edge-to-edge screen
made out of the most durable glass ever used
on a smartphone, a new OLED ‘Super Retina
Display’ with a 2436x1125 resolution and,
crucially, no Home button (an intuitive set of
gestures is used to combat this omission). This
was it – the future of smartphones incarnate
– and in the days after the announcement,
we were able to process the plethora of new
features and get hands-on with the handset.
All screen
To hold, the iPhone X feels very comfortable
thanks to the curvature of the all-glass casing
that is held together with a polished, surgicalgrade stainless steel band that seamlessly
wraps around the device to reinforce it. The
increased screen size makes you forget you
are gripping an iPhone initially and the lack of
a Home button does take a little getting used
to (as do the new gestures needed). However,
half an hour in its company and everything
feels as natural as it always has, aided by the
sharp display, super responsiveness of the
touchscreen and the new features that iOS 11
brings to the party.
Of course, the main bone of contention is
the price, and with the boast of being the most
advanced smartphone ever coming with the
unfortunate by-product of also being the most
expensive smartphone ever, can the iPhone
X justify its lofty price tag? Certainly when you
consider that, from the processing speed to the
battery life, everything is faster, better and more
efficient than previous models, and if you factor
in the huge advancements in the photographic
and video-capturing capabilities, then there are
justifications for the additional spend.
Over the coming pages we will run through
the iPhone X’s killer features in more detail to
give you plenty of food for thought ahead of the
November release date.
NE X
GETTING
TO KNOW
THE NEW
GESTURES
So how does the iPhone X function
without a Home button? A series of
intuitive gestures have been adopted
and incorporated into the new iOS
11 operating system to replace the
conventional button press. Here’s
how they work…
Unlocking your iPhone X
Raise your iPhone and look at it (and you
will see the padlock icon unlock), then
swipe up to unlock it.
Go to Home screen
Instead of tapping a Home button, you
can now swipe up from the bottom of the
screen to ‘go home’.
Multitasking
An extension of the ‘go
go home’
home gesture
means that if y
you swipe up and then hold,
y will be able to switch between all off
you
your
open apps. You can also scroll throug
y
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them by
y swiping
g left or right
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g the
bottom
screen.
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Control
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Centre
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P
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l accessed
db
by swiping
i i up, you ca
an
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access your
Control Centre by
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y
y swipin
ng
d
down
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from
the
h status indicators
i di
i the
in
h toppright
r g corner of the display.
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Activate
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Y
digitall personall assistant
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can now be
activated by
y holding
g the button on the side
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of the device, which is now bigger
gg ((or y
you
can
c simply
y say,
y “Hey
y Siri”, as before)..
5
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iPhone X
From cosmetic enhancements to the increased power behind the hood, herre
is an at-a-glance guide to what is new in Apple’s most advanced iPhone
e yet
1 TrueDepth
Camera System
This collection of cameras
and sensors is housed on a
‘lip’ that eats into the screen
n.
This doesn’t interfere with
movies or apps, however.
1
8
8 ‘All screen’
The design of the iPhone X
is ‘all screen’ and the displa
ay
fits edge-to-edge, top-tobottom and it goes into eac
ch
corner where it follows the
tight curve of the design.
10
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2 Side button
9 The frame
This button can be held
down to summon Siri
or double-tapped
to authenticate
The frame of the iPhone X
e
is made from surgical-grade
stainless steel that is highly
durable and polishes to a
beautiful finish.
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2
3 Speakers and Mic
10 Highly resistant
Situated at the bottom of
the casing are two built-in
stereo speakers and the
built-in microphone.
The device is designed to be
water and dust resistant at a
microscopic level.
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11 The finish
4 Lightning
connector
Despite the inclusion of
wireless charging, there is
still the option to do it ‘oldschool’ with the Lightning
connector port. This is also
used to connect the supplie
ed
EarPod headphones.
The iPhone X comes in
two finishes – Space Grey
and Silver. Each has great
depth and an incredible
pearlescence to the glass.
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9
12 The battery
5 Dimensions
The iPhone X has a height of
5.65” (143.6mm), a width off
2.79” (70.9mm) and a depth
h
of 0.30” (7.7mm). It weighs
6.14 ounces (174 grams).
5
13 The chipset
It uses Apple’s brand-new
A11 Bionic chipset, which iss
six-core and Apple’s fastestt
mobile chipset to date. It is
unknown how much RAM th
he
device has at present, but
the rumour is it is 3GB.
6 Super Retina
HD display
The HDR OLED Multi-Touch
h
display measures 5.8” on
the diagonal and boasts
a resolution of 2436x1125
at 458 ppi.
7
6
14 Volume up/down
As before, buttons on the
w
left side of the handset allow
you to turn the volume up or
down or take pictures.
7 Highly durable
Like the new iPhone 8,
the iPhone X is encased,
front and back, in the most
durable glass ever used
in a smartphone, finished
with a fingerprint-resistant
oleophobic coating.
15 Ring/Silent
11
4
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The built-in rechargeable
lithium-ion battery lasts up
to two hours longer than the
e
iPhone 7 and works with Qii
chargers to charge wirelesssly.
3
You can quickly mute/unmu
ute
your phone’s ringtone by
flicking this switch.
Introducing Face ID
The new way to unlock your handset and authenticate purchases
Any third-party
apps that
worked with
Touch ID will
now work with
Face ID
Without a Home button the obvious question
is how to unlock the iPhone X. The answer lies
in a complex series of sensors and cameras
on the front of the device called the TrueDepth
camera system. This system is made up of an
infrared camera and dot projector (amongst
many other components). Every time you
glance at your iPhone X it detects your face
with the Flood illuminator, even in the dark. The
IR camera then takes an infrared image and the
dot projector projects out over 30,000 invisible
dots to map your face. The IR image and the
dot pattern are then pushed through neural
networks to create a mathematical model of
your face, which is then checked against the
stored version to create a match.
Face ID learns your face, even if you change
hairstyle, grow a beard, wear glasses or a
Face ID requires full user attention
to unlock. If your eyes are shut
or you are looking away it is not
going to work.
hat, and adapts to you as your face changes
over time. It also cannot be fooled by photos
or by wearing masks. What’s more, your face
data is protected by a secure enclave and all
processing is done in real time on the device
itself (not sent to a server). This is made
possible thanks to Apple’s development of the
first ever neural engine – specialised hardware
built for a set of machine learning algorithms.
Named the A11 Bionic Neural Engine, this
dual-core engine can process over 600 billion
operations a second to make Face ID possible.
Setting up is easy. You just follow the
onscreen instructions in Settings (moving your
head slowly to complete a circular scan) and
once done the information will be safely stored
on the device. Face ID also works with Apple
Pay, much like Touch ID did previously.
iPhone X Tech specs
Chipset
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iPhone X
12 Animoji
characters will
be available
initially with
more to
follow later
The TrueDepth camera system
tracks more than 50 of your facial
muscle movements and applies
them to your chosen character.
Introducing ‘Animojis’
The new quirky way to express yourself in Messages
“Animojis are animated
emojis that you control
with your face”
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Emojis have really taken off in a big way over
the past couple of years, especially amongst
the younger generations of iPhone users. And
who could forget that Hollywood saw fit to
plough money into a film to capitalise on the
popularity of emojis – okay, it was so bad that
many of us probably already have! But however
fun emojis are, they only have a limited amount
of expressiveness to them. This is why Apple
has maximised the TrueDepth camera system
of the iPhone X to create ‘Animojis’ – animated
emojis that you control with your face.
Animojis are available via an app within
Messages and include a dozen different
characters – mostly animals like a fox, chicken
and panda, but also fantastical characters such
as a unicorn, alien or pile of poo. Once opened,
the app will instantly start tracking more than 50
of your facial muscle movements and applying
them to your chosen character. You can take
‘stills’ from the animations by dragging them
and applying them as stickers to existing text
messages or you can record the animations
and audio and send them as standalone
messages – it’s very easy and lots of fun.
Apple has also included this face recognition
and animation software to extend its AR kit
and allow third-party apps to benefit from
its incredible new face-tracking capabilities.
The results are impressive with apps such as
SnapChat building a 3D mesh of your face to
create stunningly detailed masks and effects.
Picture perfect
Portrait Lighting produces
impressive studio-quality
lighting effects.
Take professional-standard selfies and incredibly
detailed action stills with the iPhone X’s built-in cameras
We have already explored the new Face ID
feature of the iPhone X, but what about the
hardware behind it? Face ID is made possible
thanks to the FaceTime camera of old being
replaced by the front-facing TrueDepth camera.
This comprises an infrared camera, flood
illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light
sensor, speaker, microphone, 7MP camera
and a Dot projector that is
capable of mapping 30,000
points on your face. Other
features of the front-facing
camera include wide colour
capture for photos and
Live Photos, auto image
stabilisation, exposure
control and portrait mode for selfies (including
Portrait Lighting for some truly amazing effects).
Add to this f/2.2 aperture and 1080p HD video
recording and you have an incredible frontfacing camera setup that takes selfies like
professionally captured portraits with stunning
depth-of-field.
However, what’s on the front is nothing
compared to what is attached to the back of
the iPhone X in terms of the high-quality,
professional-looking images that you can take.
Here you will find two 12MP cameras: one
wide-angle, the other telephoto. Both sport
optical image stabilisation (OIS) which means
that you can capture clearer, sharper shots
even in low-light situations when the subject
is highly animated thanks to a f/2.4 aperture
on the telephoto camera. The quad-LED
True Tone flash offers twice
the uniformity of light and
includes Slow Sync to ensure
that the backgrounds look
more vibrant and natural in
low-light conditions.
The potency of the
cameras coupled with new
gyroscopes and accelerometers make for
more accurate motion tracking and this aspect,
along with the processing power of the A11
Bionic CPU and the GPU that is capable of
enabling incredible graphics at 60fps, means
that the iPhone X is custom-tuned for the
ultimate Augmented Reality (AR) experience.
It will certainly be interesting to see how iOS
developers harness the capabilities of the
hardware to offer new, immersive gaming
experiences that go far beyond the screen.
“Optical image
stabilisation means
you can get clearer,
sharper shots”
The iPhone X
WILLCOMEINTWOSIZESn
64GB and 256GB and will
start at £999/$999.
Pre-orders open on
27 October with the
phone launch on
3 November
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MaxCurve
Improve your photos
with MaxCurve
Add personality and amazing effects to your
photos with a simple and powerful photo editor
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There are literally hundreds of photo editing apps available for
iOS which makes it difficult to know which one to pick when
you are trying to improve or add personality to your photos.
We cannot of course advise which is the best one because we
all have different needs and to even try them all would take a
lifetime so instead we will show you what MaxCurve is capable
of and how you can use it to transform an average image into
something you will want to keep forever. The real beauty of
the app is in the way it works because by manipulating the
curves that are presented onscreen you can see the changes
happen in front of your eyes and make snap decisions as to
what to keep. This means that you can experiment with edits
as much as you like.
“MaxCurve lets you make edits
and will leave the original intact”
Step-by-step Enhance your photos in seconds
1 Choose a theme
2 Import a photo
3 Time to play
When you first open MaxCurve you get the
opportunity to choose a dark or light theme.
The choice you make will depend on your
preferences because they both work well.
When you select a photo, it may take some
time to import. MaxCurve lets you make edits
and will leave the original intact within your
photo library. Edit without worrying.
You can now tap any of the options at the
bottom of the screen and then play with the
tools that pop up. Take time to understand
what each tool does before you edit.
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MaxCurve is capable of importing and exporting images from and to
Photoshop using a Wi-Fi connection – handy when working on the move.
The photo
dominates
Real-time changes
No matter how many changes you make,
they will be displayed on the main screen
as you tap and swipe. The speed of the
app is instant meaning multiple edits are
entirely possible.
The pop-up tools are
extremely powerful
The curve
At the heart of the app is the curve which
when pulled in any direction will change
the attributes of the photo. It is a simple
way to make powerful changes.
So many options
At the bottom of the screen you will see a
plethora of options. Tap one and then use
the tools that appear to create the perfect
image for your needs.
Knowledge base
A professional’s dream
MaxCurve is capable of saving images in their
full resolution and includes support for RAW,
TIFF and other obscure formats that you may
not see often. The EXIF and GPS information
for each image will also be preserved and
you can exactly define the export quality.
This could be the perfect tool for professional
photographers who need to edit quickly.
Advanced data
As changes are made you will be able to
view the exact data for the image. This is
perfect for those of you who are seriously
into your image editing.
4 Feel the curve
5 Your editing history
6 Beautiful presets
Most of the tools will present a curve for you
to manipulate. Simply tap it and move in any
direction to see the changes happen. It really
could not be any easier to use.
Tap the ‘History’ icon to see a series of squares
appear with descriptions in each. You can now
jump back to any edit you have made and start
again from a particular spot.
If you are looking for quick image
improvements, tap the ‘Preset’ icon and
choose from the thumbnails offered. These are
some of the best we have seen to date.
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Picniic
Organise your
family with Picniic
Organising a family can be time-consuming and
difficult, but it just got a little easier
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When any group of people is involved there are bound to
be times when appointments get missed, tasks fail to get
completed and not everyone knows what is happening all of
the time – and families are no different. So it would be handy to
try a new method and automate much of the communication
that family life involves. Picniic lets you set up a family group
and then deal with all of the important aspects of your lives
using the technology we use most often today. Notifications of
new tasks will be sent instantly and everyone attached to the
same group will be able to add reminders and fun stuff that will
make their relatives smile.
Step-by-step Create an informed family group
1 Experience for free
2 Build your family
3 A logical interface
Download the app to your iPhone for free and
set up your profile which includes supplying
an email address. Ensure the data you add is
accurate and as complete as possible.
You now need to spend a few minutes adding
each family member you want to be involved,
and again an email address for each is
required. This defines the entire experience.
Once the setup is complete, you will be
presented with the main interface of Picniic.
Take some time to familiarise yourself with the
panels – it’s logical and colourful.
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You can even build a handy meal plan so that everyone knows what to
expect. Recipes can also be stored for quick reference.
Everything
in one place
Get help
Pia adds a whole new dimension to the organisation
experience and can be fun and useful for each member of the
family. Simply speak and you will be served.
A new digital family home
Real-time updates
Have some fun
The creation of one calendar entry or task can be set for
everyone to be reminded or just for select members. It’s
efficient, configurable and easy to use.
Photos will likely be available in the near
future to bring some personality and fun to
the experience. The service could actually
bring you all closer together.
Knowledge base
Every base covered
Unlock it all
Shopping lists can be created as a group, to-dos can be
allocated to individual family members, real-time location
tracking lets you keep an eye on your children and there are
many other features that can be utilised to make everything
run smoother and to give you time for the fun activities.
Make it your own.
Some features are unavailable until you sign
up to unlock them all. As a whole, the feature
set is very complete and should help you all
keep in sync.
4 A shared entry
5 A clever assistant
6 The full experience
When you tap, for example, the calendar panel
and add a new entry, remember that it will be
seen by the whole family. Consider what should
be included and what is personal.
Pia is the name of the intelligent assistant who
will help your family work and play together
using clever voice interactions. It adds a whole
new dimension to organisation.
To use all of the advanced features, you will
need to purchase a premium subscription. The
price may seem high, but consider the benefits
it offers and make your decision.
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Settings
Hear who is trying
to call you
Don’t want to keep looking at your phone when
someone calls? Get Siri to announce the caller
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Siri does much more than simply answer your queries and tell
you jokes. It can also be used to announce who is trying to
contact you, interrupting the ringtone for a brief moment to tell
you their name. As well as being useful if you have problems
with your vision, this feature means you don’t always have to
fish around for your phone in your pockets or bag to look at
the display. It’s great if you are in the car too, ensuring you’re
not tempted to take your hands off the steering wheel. Also if
you’re listening to music on AirPods or headphones you can
hear who is trying to interrupt you. Let’s take a closer look…
Step-by-step Set up call announcement
1 Go to Settings
2 Select ‘Announce Calls’
3 Make your choice
If you want Siri to announce who is calling you
whenever your iPhone rings, then you need
to go to Settings and scroll down the screen.
Look for the Phone option and tap it.
On the Phone settings page, you will see a list
of options under the heading of Calls. The one
that you need to tap is ‘Announce Calls’ which
will display ‘Never’ by default.
Now you can select one of the options. You
can get your iPhone to always announce when
a call is coming through or you can specify one
of two other particular circumstances.
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Own an Apple Watch? If so, whenever anyone tries to call your iPhone, you
can raise your wrist and see who it is on the Watch display.
Listen out
for a caller
Always announce calls
As long as the volume isn’t muted, Siri will
always tell you who is calling. The sound
will come from your iPhone’s speaker –
which may not be as private as you’d like.
Discover which option you
should choose to suit your
particular circumstances and
when to avoid it
Knowledge base
Assign ringtones to contacts
If you want another way of finding out if a special
person is trying to get hold of you, you could decide
to assign a unique ringtone to him or her. You
can do this by going to the Phone app, selecting
Contacts and tapping the person you want. By
pressing ‘Edit’ and tapping ‘Ringtone’ you can find
a tone that enables you to instantly identify them.
Announcing calls
When someone calls your iPhone, assuming
you haven’t selected ‘Never’, Siri announces
the caller’s name once following a ringtone or
two. It will say ‘Unknown Caller’ if the person
isn’t in your contacts.
Using headphones
Using ‘Headphones & Car’
Don’t have Bluetooth in your car or you’d
prefer not to have your caller’s name
announced to your passengers? Then
just have Siri announce calls privately via
your headphones.
It is illegal to touch your iPhone while
you are driving, not to mention dangerous,
so by selecting this option, you can
remain hands free and get Siri to tell you
who is calling.
4 Use in a car
5 Use with headphones
6 Accepting a call
If your car has Bluetooth and you would like Siri
to announce who is calling you when you drive
via your vehicle’s speakers, then you are able to
select ‘Headphones & Car’.
The car option will also announce calls through
headphones. But if you only want Siri to
announce calls when you’re using headphones,
then you can select ‘Headphones Only’.
Now when the phone rings, Siri will tell you who
is calling you. This means you don’t have to
pick up your phone to see who it is. You can
then accept or decline the call.
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DiaryZapp
Teach your kids
many new skills
A cleverly designed iOS app can improve
your children’s creativity and dexterity
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Few apps are able to teach your children
a variety of new skills by simply being
thoughtfully created, but DiaryZapp is one
of them. It is designed to make the entire
experience as much fun as possible within
an environment that is easy to use. It is very
entertaining for kids as they can create unique
characters which can take on any physical
traits they enjoy. The characters form part of
the memories they build in the app and will
be there for them every step of the way. We
will show you how your children can learn in
DiaryZapp and also give you the detail you
need to assist them in their new adventure.
Step-by-step Build a child-friendly diary
1 A good start
2 Create a Zappicon
You will notice from the start that DiaryZapp is tailored perfectly for
children. Everything about the language and the interface is friendly and
instructive enough to understand.
Zappicons are the friendly guides that will instruct your children as they
create their first diary. Your children get the chance to name them and to
give them a unique look.
3 A strange creature
4 A new diary
You may want to help your child with the controls initially, but it is
important that they choose how each part of the Zappicon looks so that
they feel it is their own creation.
Once the Zappicon has been created, your child will be instructed to
start their first diary. They will be guided on how to create new entries
throughout the entire process.
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Shared entries are never made public and can only be viewed by the
intended recipient which should add some peace of mind for parents.
5 A blank page
6 Words and colours
They will be presented with a blank page to create their first entry with
some simple controls over to the left. Again, a little instruction from you
may help at the start here.
To create an entry, all your child needs to do is choose a colour and
write the words on the page. They can change the width of the pen and
interact with each object easily.
7 Page backgrounds
8 Open their minds
Tapping the icon with two squares in it will let you child choose from
a variety of backgrounds to help make important days stand out. The
visuals really do add to the experience.
Tapping the Zappicon while creating a new entry will help to bring
forward new ideas. The main goal of this app is to inspire children to
think about the world around them.
Extra DiaryZapp features
Sort your security, sibling accounts and set goals
“The milestones give kids
something to aim for”
1 Add some security
2 Sibling diaries
3 Set some goals
Creating a chief adult account within the app lets
you check the usage when they share entries
with friends and family. It also unlocks many more
features for your children to play with.
The ability to create more than one diary is available
which makes it perfect for keeping siblings educated
and entertained during slow times. They can even
compete with each other to write the best entries.
It can be hard to get children to concentrate on one
thing for long, but the included milestones will give
them something to aim for. The app will likely be
used more because of them.
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Photos
Turn a Live Photo
into a still
Convert the animated live action shots you have
taken on your iPhone into a still image
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If you have an iPhone 6s, an iPhone SE or newer, you can take
two types of photograph: a still image or one that captures a
small amount of live action. The latter turns a standard image
into a mini movie clip, capturing a second before and after a
shot to bring some added dynamism to your photo. But what
if you’ve taken a Live Photo by mistake? Or what if you later
decide that you want both a Live Photo and a still version of it?
With the editing suite built into Photos, you can quickly toggle
between live and still images and you can also have the two
versions sitting side-by-side. So you can keep Live Photos
activated on the Camera app and make your decision later.
Step-by-step Produce still images from live photos
1 Find a Live Photo
2 Edit your image
3 Tap to convert
Open the Photos app on your iPhone and find
a Live Photo you’d like to turn into a still. The
simple way to do this is to tap the Albums tab
and select the Live Photos folder.
You’ll know the image is not already a still
because the word ‘live’ is placed in the top
left-hand corner of the screen. Now tap the Edit
icon located to the left of Trash.
You will now see an icon that is made up of a
series of circles in the top left-hand corner of
the screen. When this is blue, it indicates the
image is live. Tap this icon.
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If you duplicate a live image as a still, the newly created photo won’t appear
in the Live Photos album. It will go into All Photos but you can move it later.
Edit any of
your images
Auto-enhance your image
Tapping the Auto-enhance icon will instantly improve the
exposure, contrast and saturation of any image. It’s always
worth tapping just to see what kind of difference it will make.
Whether live or still, you can
enhance any of your photos
on your iPhone
Filters, light and colour
These two icons allow you to play around with filters – giving
your images a vastly different look – and manually adjust the
lighting and colour.
Editing screen
When you select a live or still image, tapping
the Edit icon takes you to this page. This
icon will be coloured blue if you are using a
live image and white for still.
Knowledge base
How to take Live Photos
Not sure how to take a Live Photo in the first place? Don’t
worry, it’s very easy. When you open the Camera app, you’ll
see a white circular icon at the top of the screen. Tapping this
will turn it to yellow which means that the camera will snap
a live image. All you then need to do is focus on your image
and press the shutter button.
Cropping and straightening
Is your image a little wonky? You can correct
it by tapping this icon and using the grid tool
to perfectly crop the image or the wheel to
straighten the photo.
4 Create a still
5 Duplicate as a still
6 Make the choice
The icon will now turn white. This means the
Live Photo is now a still one. Simply tap ‘Done’
and the image will remain converted. This
process can be reversed at any time.
If you want a still image of your Live Photo but
want to retain the original, find and select a Live
Photo but this time tap the Share icon. Select
‘Duplicate’ from the options.
You will see two options, one to just duplicate
the Live Photo as another Live Photo and one
to duplicate as a still photo. Tap the latter and
the image will be converted.
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Copy and Paste
Copy and paste
iPhone content
Copy an image or some text from your iPhone
and paste it to another iDevice or Mac
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Download available
Of all of the features of iOS, very few were as warmly received
as copy and paste back in 2009. Introduced in iPhone OS 3.0,
it performed just as you’d expect. In iOS 10, Apple decided to
go a little further and allow you to copy text or an image on one
Apple device and paste it on to another. For anyone working
across devices, it makes life even easier. The feature uses the
Universal Clipboard and it works with anything from iPhone 5
upwards. It also works well with the iPad 4th generation, iPad
Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Pro and iPod touch 6th generation, and
with a host of Macs running at least macOS Sierra. Working via
iCloud, it is very easy to set up and get going…
Step-by-step Set up and use Universal Clipboard
1 Sign into iCloud
2 Turn on Bluetooth
3 Find some text
To make use of the Universal Clipboard, your
devices must be signed into iCloud. On iOS,
open Settings, tap Sign in to your [device] and
enter your Apple ID and password.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi need to be turned on
too. You can do this quickly in iOS by swiping
up from the home screen and tapping the
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi icons, turning them blue.
Go to the text that you wish to copy from your
iPhone to another device. It could be some
words in Notes, a URL or a text message, for
instance. Touch the text and hold down.
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If you have trouble when trying to copy and paste, check you haven’t got
Airplane Mode turned on and keep the two devices close by.
Copy an image
As well as text, you can also effortlessly
copy images from one device to another
Select ‘Copy’
Your selected image
Go to the Photos app on your iPhone
and select the image that you want to
copy and paste elsewhere. Then tap the
Share icon to get to this screen.
Using AirDrop
Here on the bottom line is ‘Copy’: the
magic button that you’ll need to press.
Once you tap it, the image will be
copied to the Universal Clipboard.
Rather than copy and paste an image,
you could consider using AirDrop
instead. As long as both devices have
access to it, pressing that button makes
transfering simple.
Knowledge base
Enabling a Mac
Copying to a Mac
Aside from signing into iCloud and needing to have
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, if you want to copy
an iOS image to your Mac, then you also need to
activate a feature
feature called Handoff.
Handoff You can do this
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device’ is ticked.
After you’ve copied an image, you can
tap ‘Home’ to close the Photos app. If
you decide you then want to copy the
image to your Mac, open Preview on
your computer before going to File and
selecting ‘New From Clipboard’.
4 Select the text
5 Copy the text
6 Pa
Pasting the text
How you select text varies. In Notes, for
instance, select a single word or Select All. In
Messages, touch and hold a message before
tapping ‘Copy’, to copy the whole message.
Now all you need to do is se
elect ‘Copy’
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the text you have selected to
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select ‘Paste’.
‘P
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eBay
Never miss a sale
on eBay
Ensure that you are alerted as soon as your dream
items are listed on eBay
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eBay provides a global marketplace for anyone in any field to
sell items to like-minded enthusiasts making it easy to find what
you want with a simple search. Maybe you are restoring an old
car, bike or instrument and need one final vintage component
to complete your build… However, there may be times when
the exact item you want isn’t listed, so what do you do? Hope
that it becomes available the next time you launch the app and
availa
able
search? No – with just a few simple taps youDownload
can ensure
that
you get notifications – via email or direct to your iPhone screen
– as soon as an item that matches your search criteria is listed.
Step-by-step Get eBay search notifications
1 Perform a search
2 Tap to save
3 Name the search
Type keywords into the search field to perform
an eBay search as normal. Try to be as
thorough as possible in your description to drill
down to the exact item you want.
When you conduct the search, all of the
possible matches will be listed based on your
search criteria. But instead of scrolling down,
tap on the ‘Save’ option.
You can now type in a custom name for the
search to make it easily identifiable in your
saved list. However, of far more importance
here are the other options on this page…
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You can also delete saved searches by going to My eBay>Searches tapping
on a search then tapping ‘Saved’ in the top-right followed by ‘Delete’.
Manage
your searches
Saved searches
After tapping on ‘Saved’ in ‘My eBay’
you will see a list of your saved searches.
Tap on the ‘Edit’ button and you will be
able to change various aspects…
How to view all of your
saved searches
Getting notifications
Tap on either the envelope or the iPhone
icon to toggle your search alerts on or off.
By enabling email and phone notifications
you will make it very hard for you to miss
new listings.
Deleting searches
If you want to remove older searches
from your saved list, simply tap ‘Edit’
and then tap on the item you wish to
remove. You can then press the red
‘Delete’ button to erase them.
Knowledge base
Enabling notifications
If you wish to enable phone notifications for eBay
searches then you will need to make sure that the
eBay app is authorised to send notifications to
your phone. To do this, in your Settings app, tap
on Notifications>eBay and then turn on ‘Allow
Notifications’. You will then be able to determine
exactly how the notifications appear on your screen.
My eBay
If you tap on the ‘My eBay’ button at the
bottom of the interface you will be able
to see all of the items you are watching,
bidding on and have bought, as well as
your searches in the ‘Saved’ section.
4 Enable email alerts
5 Get flash alerts
6 Save search
If you enable the ‘Email alerts’ option then
you will be sent emails whenever new items
matching your search criteria are listed in eBay.
Ideal if you are after rare items.
If you are desperate to get hold of a particular
item then you should consider enabling the
‘Phone alerts’ option too as this will send alerts
for new listings straight to your iPhone screen.
When you have applied your desired options to
your search, tap on the ‘Save’ option to store
it. You will now receive notifications as soon as
items that match your criteria are listed.
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iOS 11
Mark up screenshots
in iOS 11
Explore one of iOS 11’s many new features and
make instant markups on your screenshots
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As you’ll discover by reading through our huge feature on page
14, there is an incredible array of new features to explore in
iOS 11; but we thought we would go into more detail on one of
the more intriguing here – namely the new screenshot mode.
Now, whenever you take a new screenshot on your iPhone it
will temporarily be available for selection via a thumbnail in your
Dock. Tap on it and you will open the image in Markup mode
where you will be able to annotate it. If you tap on the ‘+’ icon
you can also add shapes, speech bubbles, signatures and
more. You can save the updated version to your camera roll.
Step-by-step How to markup screenshots in iOS 11
1 Take a screenshot
2 Mark it up
3 Save image
Start off by taking a screenshot of your iPhone
screen by pressing the side/lock button and
the Home button together. You will then see a
thumbnail of the image in the Dock – tap on it.
The screenshot you took will now be opened in
Markup mode whereby you will be able to use
the available tools to make annotations to the
image. You can also tap ‘+’ for more options.
When you have finished marking up your
screenshot, tap on ‘Done’ in the top-left corner
and you will be able to save the screenshots to
your Photos app or delete them.
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Watch whether it is directly or via the syncing process
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Your Apple Watch stores personal data so be careful about
keeping both the watch and the information on it as safe as you
can. Make sure you use a passcode and set up a way to track
your Watch if you mislay it. There are also some other settings
you should pay attention to, such as those related to health. In
addition, the Watch and your iPhone sync your data, meaning
the privacy on your phone needs to be considered too. Since
there is always a danger that someone could use your Watch
to buy something with Apple Pay without your phone nearby,
security is something you should take very seriously.
Step-by-step Review your Apple Watch’s security
1 Check your privacy
2 Alter the settings
3 Turn off Fitness data
Since the Watch will share the health settings,
location services, contacts and analytics
collected by your iPhone, open the Settings
app on your phone and tap ‘Privacy’.
You can turn Location Services off and see
which apps request access to your contacts
and health data. Under Analytics, you can turn
off ‘Share iPhone & Watch Analytics’.
You can also stop your Watch sharing your
motion and fitness data. To do this, open
the Watch app on your iPhone, then tap My
Watch>Privacy and select ‘Motion & Fitness’.
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You can use a passcode that is longer than four digits but in order to do this,
you have to unlock the Watch with your iPhone and input the code on there.
Set a passcode
for Apple Watch
Sure, passcodes are annoying but
they help to protect your device
so set one up on your Watch
Change your passcode
There’s always a chance someone
can look over your shoulder as
you tap in your passcode so its
worthwhile changing your passcode
every so often.
Knowledge base
Unlock with iPhone
For greater convenience you could
have your Watch unlock whenever
you unlock your iPhone. If this is
something you’d like, then just slide
this to green.
Set up Find My iPhone
If your Watch does not have
the Activation Lock activated,
then you need to set up Find My
iPhone. You do this by going to
the Settings app on your iPhone
before tapping your name at
the top of the screen, selecting
iCloud and scrolling down to
Find My iPhone. Tap it and make
sure the slider next to the feature
is green. Then enter your Apple
ID and your iPhone, along with
your Apple Watch and AirPods,
will be set up.
Set a limit
Think about it: if someone stole
your Watch, they could try
10,000 times to crack those four
digits. Slide this and your Watch
will erase all of its data after 10
failed attempts.
4 Move the sliders
5 Check the Activation Lock
6 Disable the Watch
You’ll see two options: one which allows the
Watch to collect your heart rate and another
that determines your step and fitness levels.
You can turn both of these off.
Protect your Watch against theft by ensuring
the Activation Lock is on. Tap ‘My Watch’,
select your watch name and tap ‘i’. See ‘Find
My Apple Watch’? The Lock is activated.
If those words don’t appear, see above for how
to set up Find My iPhone. By logging in when
prompted, you can remotely erase your Watch,
play a sound or enter lost mode.
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Apple TV
Auto-install iOS apps on Apple TV
Some apps made for the iPhone and iPad also have an Apple TV version.
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If you own an Apple TV and you install a lot of apps on your
iOS devices, then you may be selling yourself short. That’s
because many of those iOS apps have companion versions
for Apple TV but it’s likely that you haven’t got around to
installing them yet.
There are many reasons for this. Perhaps you didn’t
realise that a tvOS version existed or maybe you just forgot.
It could be that you weren’t next to your Apple TV at the
time you installed an app to iOS and you just couldn’t be
bothered booting it up.
Luckily help is at hand. Built in to every Apple TV is a
function which allows you to automatically install any tvOS
version of the iOS apps that you download for your iPad,
iPhone and iPod touch. It means you only have to install
the app once and your Apple TV will ensure that you get the
most out of it.
Step-by-step Get your iOS apps on your TV
1 Go to Settings
2 Click Auto Update
3 Select auto-install
If you wish to make full use of your iOS apps
on your Apple TV without having to manually
check whether a version is available, open the
Settings app and navigate to Apps.
The first setting you see is ‘Automatically
Update Apps’. By turning this on, you won’t
need to manually check for updates, ensuring
your apps are always on the latest versions.
Next, highlight ‘Automatically Install Apps’. By
default, this feature – which allows new iOS
app purchases to be automatically installed on
Apple TV – is off. Turn it on.
4 Enter your password
5 Install iOS apps
6 Auto-install on tvOS
You need to be logged in using your Apple
ID account in order to enable automatic
downloads so enter your password (using the
keyboard or verbally) before selecting ‘OK’.
Before you install a new app on your iOS
device, keep an eye out for the words ‘Offers
Apple TV App’ below the header on its
information page. Now select ‘Get’ and install.
As the app gets on with the task of installing on
your iDevice, as long as you’re logged in with
the same Apple ID, it will also install a version
on your Apple TV too.
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When you turn on ‘Automatically Install Apps’, it will only auto-install the
tvOS versions of the iOS apps that you buy from that point on.
Find your missing apps
Purchased apps
Instantly check which of your iOS apps
have a companion tvOS version
To reach this page, open the
App Store on your Apple
TV and then select the
Purchased tab which you’ll
find located at the top of
the screen.
Not on this Apple TV
All of the iOS apps that have
a companion tvOS version are
shown under ‘Not on this Apple
TV’ as long as you have them
installed on your iPhone, iPad or
iPod touch.
Knowledge base
Can I auto-install
shared apps?
If an iOS app has been bought
by someone within your Family
Sharing group, then it won’t be
auto-installed. Instead, you’ll find
the tvOS version (as long as its
available on Apple TV) listed under
Family Sharing in the TV’s App
Store. Simply select the user and
look through their purchased apps
before deciding whether or not to
manually install them.
Number of apps
Next to the option ‘Not on this
Apple TV’, you’ll see a number
which tells you how many iOS
apps have a tvOS version ready
for you to install.
Clicking an app
By clicking on any of the apps that
are shown in this section, you can go
straight to the app’s information page
where you will see an option to install
it to Apple TV.
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Apple TV
Auto-switch between light
and dark interfaces
Make Apple TV’s menus more bearable when you’re viewing them at night by
letting tvOS determine their brightness
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Being able to switch between dark and light
interfaces on your Apple TV is nothing new. It
was introduced in tvOS 10 with the intention
of making the interface less blindingly stark
when you’re sitting back to select your favourite
content at night.
But in order to switch between the light and
dark appearances – going for light during the
day and dark at night – you had to delve into
the settings and manually change it each and
every time. Now, however, you don’t need to do
that. It may be late in coming, but Apple TV has
gained a new automatic option.
By selecting this and allowing your location
and time zone to be shared with Apple, tvOS
11 will determine the local times for sunrise and
sunset. This makes the change without you
having to lift a finger.
“tvOS 11 will determine the local times
for sunrise and sunset. This makes the
change without you having to lift a finger”
Step-by-step Activate Apple TV’s light/dark auto-switching
1 Go to Settings
2 Navigate the options
3 Click on Appearance
To get the Apple TV to automatically switch
between the dark and light interface – which
it will do depending on the time of day – you
must activate it. Go to Settings.
If you’ve been using Apple TV for a while, then
you will see that the opening Settings page in
tvOS 11 looks familiar to those in the previous
version. Select General.
You now need to select Appearance.
Depending on what you have selected prior to
updating Apple TV to the latest version, this will
either display Light or Dark as the default.
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Don’t forget that in order to see the option for automatic switching between
light and dark, you must have updated Apple TV’s software to tvOS 11.
Let Siri make the switch
If you want more control over when the screen switches
from light to dark then you can count on Siri
Tell Siri to switch
Override
your defaults
Simply tell Siri that you want
to “Change to dark mode”, or
light mode if you prefer. You
can also say “Enable dark
mode” or even shorten to
“dark mode”.
It doesn’t actually matter what
setting you have chosen for
the appearance since Siri is
able to override it when you
ask it to.
Microphone button
Great for movies
Activate Siri by pressing the
microphone button on your
Apple TV Remote and then
keep the button held down as
you speak your instruction. It’ll
then carry it out.
The dark mode is particularly
good if you’ve got the lights
dimmed at night, the popcorn
ready and a good movie or TV
boxset lined up.
Knowledge base
Will it change the apps?
So you’ve changed from the light
mode to dark and you’ve opened an
app only to find it’s bright and garish,
hurting your eyes. Unfortunately the
Appearance settings only affect the
interface and they don’t actually
have any influence on the apps or
content you wish to enjoy. Only the
app or content makers have the
power to alter this.
4 Choose Automatic
5 Activate location services
6 Sit back and relax
There are three options. You can continue to
manually select a light or dark appearance but
if you want Apple TV to do this for you, simply
scroll and click ‘Automatic’.
Apple TV must know where you are and the
time zone you use otherwise it can’t figure out
when it’s sunset and sunrise. If they’re turned
off, you’ll be prompted to ‘Turn on Both’.
Now when the sun sets, Apple will
automatically darken the TV interface, lightening
it again when the sun rises. It makes viewing
the screen more pleasurable day and night.
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3D Touch
Touchscreen technology
first introduced with the
iPhone 6 and 6s Plus
that lets you access new
features depending on
how hard you press down
on the screen.
4K
This is a new type of TV
and monitor standard
that is replacing HD and
is so-called because it
will have around 4,000
horizontal pixels. Although
actual resolutions vary,
the most common is
3840x2160.
Apple Script
Easy-to-learn macOS
programming language
created by Apple to help
automate programs.
When I try to plug an external flash drive into my Mac it doesn’t
seem to register or show up anywhere. Can you help? Rose Moser
Bluetooth 4.0
This incorporates a
low-power standard
which means that it can
be activated and left
on without causing a
significant drain on your
iPhone’s battery. Also
applies to AirDrop.
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1 Finder Preferences
2 Run Disk Utility
3 Run First Aid
Go to your Finder Preferences
and in General make sure that
the ‘External Disks’ box is ticked
so that the disks show up on the
desktop when mounted.
Also try opening Disk Utility. If you
can see the disk in Disk Utility
check underneath for a volume. If
it is there, click on it and then click
on the ‘Mount’ option.
If the disk still fails to mount then
you should consider running First
Aid to repair the volume. In a worst
case scenario, click on the Restore
or Erase options to reformat it.
When at an app’s notifications screen, tap on ‘Repeat Alerts’ to limit it to
‘Once’ rather than have your alerts repeatedly flashing up onscreen.
I don’t like the way that message content is displayed when I
receive a new message – can I prevent this? Sandy Hewitt
App notifications
From within the Notifications
settings you can also tailor
the options for each app. For
example, tap on Messages.
Notifications
You can easily prevent this
from happening. Just go to
Settings>Notifications and you
will see an option called ‘Show
Previews’ at the top of the
screen. By default this will be set
to ‘Always’, but you can tap on it
and change it to ‘When Unlocked’
or ‘Never’, if you prefer. Make
your selection and then tap
‘Back’ to save the change.
Show on
Lock Screen?
If you are worried about
security then you can turn
off the option to display
Message notifications
on your Lock Screen by
moving this slider to the
‘Off’ position.
Show Previews?
Like we said, you can tailor the options
for each individual app. If you tap on the
‘Show Previews’ option then you can
change this to ‘When Unlocked’ or ‘Never’
so that message content will never be
viewable to other people whenever a new
message is received.
How can I set up new text responses for when I can’t take calls? I
can’t find anything in the Messages settings. Harriett Savage
1 Phone settings
2 Respond with text
3 Set new messages
That’s because these settings
aren’t located in the Messages
section! Launch your Settings app
and then scroll down and tap on
the Phone section.
The following screen will present
a vast array of settings (including
‘Announce Calls’). Tap on the
‘Respond With Text’ option about
halfway down the list.
You will now see three different
messages. If you would like to
change one, simply tap on it and
a keyboard will appear to let you
type over the existing message.
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I recently updated
iTunes on my Mac to
version 12.7 and now all
of the mobile apps and
custom ringtones that
I had stored on my Mac
have been delated.
Why is this?
It appears that Apple
will no longer use the
iTunes app to sync your
apps and ringtones to
your iPhone or other
iOS devices. So far, we
haven’t figured out how
to rectify this problem
but, if anyone is likely
to encounter the same
problem and hasn’t
updated yet then either
refrain from doing so for
now or make a copy of all
of your mobile apps and
ringtones and move them
to a separate folder.
How do I stop my Apple
Watch from sending
Message read receipts?
Since you cannot turn
off read receipts on
the Watch itself, open
the Watch app on your
iPhone and then go to My
Watch>Messages. Once
on the Messages settings
page, tap on the option
marked ‘Custom’ – this
will allow you to make
bespoke changes rather
than just mirror your
iPhone settings on your
Watch. Now scroll down
and turn off the ‘Send
Read Receipts’ option
before closing the app.
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I am using Handbrake
to enhance some
videos using the MP4
H.265 format but the
videos won’t play
using QuickTime or
Quick Look in macOS
High Sierra – which is
supposed to have H.265/
HEVC support. How can
I fix this?
This issue should be
resolved over time as
new updates are released
to combat the upheaval
caused by macOS High
Sierra. However, for now
your videos should play
fine in the VLC app or
through iTunes.
I have got a disk full of
digital movies from a
friend. They are in the
AVI format and when I
try to play them on my
Mac they don’t work. Is
there anything I can do
to get them running?
If a movie format exists
then the VLC Media
Player app will play it.
VLC is open sourced
software and free to
download and use
I normally open iTunes
from a desktop shortcut
but recently it has
been taking about two
minutes to open – help!
Go to the App Store and
make sure there aren’t
any updates available for
iTunes. If not, try opening
it from Launchpad to see
if that improves things.
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Is it true that you can change the clicking style of your Home
button on iPhone? If so, how is this done? Jonathan Fargher
General settings
There is an option for this
tucked away in Settings.
Start off by going to
Settings>General and then
about halfway down you will
see an option called ‘Home
Button’ – tap on this.
Pick a number
You will now see three
numbers that relate to the
different styles of clicks
available. Tap on a number
and it will position itself
above your Home button.
Run through each style in
turn and see which one
works best for you.
Tap Done
When you have tried all of
the numbers and picked your
favourite, leave it in place over
your Home button and then tap
‘Done’. Note this only works on
the iPhone 6 and above.
I would like to update my iMac to macOS High Sierra but the
update isn’t appearing in the ‘Updates’ tab of my Mac App
Store window. How can I update? Stuart Frasier
Yes we noticed this too. Just go to the ‘Featured’ tab and you should
see a High Sierra hit as one of the main featured apps at the top of the
screen (alternatively, you can simply locate it using the Search field in
the top-right). Click on this and you will see the option to ‘Download’ in
the top-left corner. Although this update is free to download and install,
make sure
that your Mac
has enough
storage space
(4.80GB) to
accommodate
the update
and is currently
running macOS
10.8 or later.
The macOS High
Sierra update
doesn’t appear in
the Updates tab
When my daughter
sends me a photo
taken with her iPhone the
picture seems to be in a very
low resolution. The last one
was only 128KB. Is there a
way to set the iPhone to a
better resolution?
Dean Turner
If your daughter emails you the
photos it is likely that she has
reduced the image size when
attaching it. When sending
images you will be asked
what size you wish to send it.
Options include Small (around
32KB), Medium (82KB), Large
(436KB) and Actual Size (which
is typically about 2MB). Next
time, ask her to choose either
the Large or Actual Size option.
Be vigilant when applying Parental Control restrictions. You can, for
example, deny access to the camera by apps under the ‘Apps’ tab.
Can you please shed some light on
how I can access the new Live Photo
effects in iOS 11? Jamie Fenton
Taking photos
To capture a Live photo,
make sure you tap on
the circle icon at the top
of the camera interface
before taking your shot.
It will say ‘Live On’.
Launch Photos
After taking a Live
photo, all effects are
applied in the Photos
app. You can launch this
quickly by tapping on
the photo thumbnail.
Pick effect
Swipe up
While your Live photo is displayed in the
Photos app, swipe up from the bottom of
the image (not the bottom of the screen)
and you will see various options.
You will now be able to
apply various effects to
your Live photo, such as
Loop, Bounce and Long
Exposure. Simply tap on
the one you want.
I have heard that it is possible to limit how long my son spends on the
internet without having to turn off the Wi-Fi on the Mac – how? Peter Kirby
If you take a moment to explore the Parental Controls
settings in System Preferences then you will find many
ways in which you can restrict what your children are
subjected to while using the Mac. Make sure that your
children have separate user accounts by going to the
Users & Groups System Preferences and then clicking
the ‘+’ icon in the left column to set up a new user. Then,
by going to Parental Controls you can apply restrictions
to individual users. Use the tabs at the top to display the
options for the various categories.
1 Open Parental Controls
2 Go to ‘Time’
3 Set bedtimes
Go to System Preferences and then click
on the Parental Controls pane to see what
restrictions you can apply to user accounts.
Click on the ‘Time’ tab and then you will be
able to set time windows relating to when they
can use the Mac.
You have full freedom to specify the times
when the Mac can be used, preventing access
at other times. Click the lock icon to finish.
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I love using the Instagram app on my iPhone but would be a
much more prolific poster if I could upload photos and videos
from my Mac. Is there a way to do this? Debbie Blackburn
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I seem to remember
hearing that iOS 11
would automatically
decrease the size of
photos and videos
that you capture on
your iPhone to free up
more storage space.
However, so far I haven’t
really noticed much
difference. Why is this?
The new HEIF/HEVC
format isn’t actually
applied to your images
by default. Instead you
have to go to Settings>
Camera>Formats and
then tick the ‘High
Efficiency’ option.
Staying with the ‘Most
Compatible’ format
option will continue to use
JPEG/H.264 formats.
Since updating my
iPhone to iOS 11
it is having trouble
connecting to my
Bluetooth headphones.
What can I do to rectify
this problem?
Try going to Settings>
Bluetooth and tapping on
the blue circle icon next
to your previously paired
headphones. Now tap
‘Forget This Device’ and
then try reconnecting. If
that doesn’t work, go to
Settings>General>Reset
and then select the ‘Reset
Network Settings’ option.
In doing this all Bluetooth
connections will be
forgotten by your device.
Now try reconnecting to
see if this resolves things.
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1 Go to the website
2 Click Safari menu
3 Advanced tab
Start off by pointing your Mac
Safari web browser towards
instagram.com and then log into
your account as normal.
You won’t be able to start
uploading content yet. Instead,
click on the Safari menu and then
choose ‘Preferences’.
When the Safari Preferences
window opens, click on the
‘Advanced’ tab and tick ‘Show
Develop menu in menu bar’.
4 Select iPhone
5 Mobile site
6 Click camera
Now click on Develop>User
Agent>Safari – iOS 10.3 (eg) –
iPhone from the menu and the
Instagram site will reload.
Instagram should have reloaded
with the mobile version of its
site complete with full upload
functionality – splendid!
Now click on the camera icon
and you will be able to browse for
content to upload straight from
your Mac with ease.
In the Control Centre settings you can also turn off the ‘Access Within Apps’
feature to avoid calling up the Control Centre by mistake.
I have heard that you can customise the Control Centre in
iOS 11 but I can’t find a way to do this. Is there a way to
add features, for example? Jennifer Spence
Go to Settings
Disable controls
On your iOS 11-enabled
iPhone, launch your
Settings app and then tap
on the ‘Control Centre’
option. Once there, tap on
the ‘Customise Controls’
setting and you will be
taken to this screen where
you can start customising.
If there are controls
for various features
displayed in the current
Control Centre setup
that you don’t need and
will probably never use,
you can remove them
by tapping on the red ‘–’
icon next to the feature in
question and then tapping
on the ‘Remove’ button.
Add controls
All of the controls not
currently displayed in
your Control Centre
will be listed at the
bottom of the screen.
If you see something
that you would like to
add then tap on the
green ‘+’ icon next to it
and it will be instantly
added to the list of
included controls.
Re-arrange
You can re-arrange
the way in which the
controls are presented
within your Control
Centre by pressing
and holding on a list
icon and dragging it
up or down the list.
Is it possible to mute someone’s posts in Facebook –
preferably without totally ‘unfriending’ them? Karen Hughes
Autoplay videos can be turned off in the
iTunes & App Store settings…
I generally like the new-look App
Store in iOS 11. However, I don’t
like it when videos start playing
automatically. Is there any way that I
can turn this off? Chris Raferty
Yes, any autoplay videos can be annoying,
and just think of the additional power it takes
to run them! You can, thankfully, disable this
feature simply by going to Settings>iTunes
& App Stores. On this page you will see
an option called ‘Video Autoplay’ – and
this is set to ‘On’ by default. Simply tap on
this option and you will be able to turn it
off completely or set it to Wi-Fi only, so at
least viewing the videos won’t eat into your
monthly data plans.
My job requires complex
mathematics and so far I have
been very disappointed that the iPhone
Calculator app doesn’t possess many of
the features that I need. Can you
recommend a decent scientific
calculator app? Mark Ellis
1 Select person
2 Tap ‘Following’
3 Still friends
Tap on the name of the
person you would like to
‘Mute’ from your feed or
friends list and tap on the
‘Following’ option.
A menu of options will now
appear. Tap on the ‘Unfollow’
option to the left and you will
effectively ‘mute’ the person
from your feed.
As long as this option is
enabled you will no longer see
any posts from the person in
your feed but you will remain
Facebook friends.
You’re probably going to kick yourself
Mark, but if you simply rotate your iPhone
to the landscape orientation while using
the Calculator app then all of the scientific
functions will become apparent. Remember
also that if you make a mistake, instead of
tapping ‘C’ to clear everything, just swipe left
or right over the display.
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BB-series astromech droid in the service of the First
Order, a political and military faction in the new Star
Wars films. BB-9E will be seen on our screens for the
first time in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi this
December and this is the latest addition to Sphero’s
range of phone-operated droids that also includes
BB-8 and R2-D2.
The perfect gift for the tech-savvy Star Wars fan
in your life this Christmas, BB-9E can be controlled
via a free app for your iPhone and the sophisticated
technology housed within its spherical, apple-sized
unit allows it to roll and move its dome head around
with big-screen authenticity. Also included in the box
is a micro-USB inductive charger pad and a Droid
Trainer Pad that you can sit the droid in to avoid the
risk of it running amok while you get accustomed to
the app-based control system.
Through the app you can control the droid by
adjusting the direction in which it is pointing and then
guiding it in full 360 degree movement by dragging
the onscreen cursor. You can also draw out onscreen
patterns for the BB-9E to follow and, for added
fun, explore holographic simulations from the Star
Wars galaxy together via the app. BB-9E will also
interact with other Sphero droids, if you have any, and
physically react when you view certain films from the
Star Wars saga side-by-side.
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and freaking out pets and has enough intrigue and
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The danger with gadgets such as this is that the enjoyment evaporates after a few days.
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content to enthrall you for weeks. And it is impossible not to love it.
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The style of the Classic/S is something
of a mixed bag with a backlit LED
display sitting behind a front grille panel
Geneva Classic/S
A comprehensive set of touch controls
adorn the top of the unit. It also comes
with a sizeable remote control
£279/$299
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We were bowled over by Geneva Touring/S Bluetooth
speaker back in issue 174, impressed by the pintsized potency and sexy design of the portable
powerhouse. Big brother, the Classic/S is a slightly
different proposition as it is designed to take up
permanent residency on your desk rather than be
taken down the beach to blast out your Apple Music
playlists. The unit slightly misfires on the style front,
though, as you initially have to double-take to make
sure it isn’t a miniature microwave oven (though we’re
sure this unfortunate resemblance is limited only
to the white version that we tested (red, black and
walnut finishes are also available).
As well as Bluetooth, the Classic/S incorporates
DAB+/FM radio (a detachable antenna plugs into
the rear panel) and kicks out the sound thanks
to twin three-inch drivers. The unit itself is very
minimalistic. The front features a backlit LED display
housed behind a grille cover and the back panel is
devoid of any inputs besides the power cable, the
aforementioned antenna and a line-in port. A set
of touch controls adorn the top of the unit, which
are duplicated on a supplied remote control, so you
can control the music from a reclined position on
your office chair.
We certainly enjoyed the mellow, balanced tones
that the Classic/S generates, and the volume can be
scaled right up with no discerning rattle or distortion.
So really everything hinges on the look of the unit –
marooned as it is between retro chic and modern
contemporary. So while it’s difficult to picture the ideal
desk environment for it, it sounds superb regardless.
The back panel is very stark, featuring
just power-in, a detachable antenna and
a line-in port…
Verdict
The aesthetics leave it wide open to scrutiny and the remote control
is perhaps miles too big, but as a sound system the Classic/S
purrs out your music with remarkable tone and clarity.
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Edifier R1010BT
Multimedia Speaker
£79.99/$99.99
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With these bookshelf speakers Edifier serve up
satisfying, studio-quality sound thanks to dome
tweeters that articulate the highs with a crisp clarity
and ceramic-paper cones for delivering a powerful
rumble of bass. Fashioned out of 15mm MDF that
does a good job of dampening any unwanted
vibration and finished off with a classic woodgrain
appearance, they look good. They look even better if
you remove the front covers to expose the pulsating
drums behind. Thanks to a yellow finish of the bass
drivers you could almost imagine that you’re staring
at a pair of KRK Rokits.
One of the units houses a panel of controls on
the back which comprises of dual integrated line-in
jacks to allow you to connect to other audio devices
(they actually work really well with a vinyl turntable)
The speakers feature dual integrated
line-in jacks and tone controls that
encompass bass and volume
The dome tweeters and ceramic-paper
bass cones deliver articulate highs with
a nice healthy rumble of bass
The front panels can be removed to
display a far more visually pleasing
studio speaker-style design
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and tone controls that encompass bass and volume
together with a dynamic treble enhancement on
the A-channel. While we applaud the controls being
kept out of the way so as not to hamper the cool
aesthetic, if you are placing them on shelves they
become a bit fiddly to reach – we guess these really
would have benefited from a remote control. The
R1010BT speakers are also Bluetooth-compatible
so you can effortlessly pair them up with your Mac or
iOS device for a mostly wireless audio experience.
The sound quality that the R1010BTs produce is
warm and well-balanced and they can kick up to high
volumes before you start to experience any sort of
buzz or distortion. We would definitely recommend
them as fine-looking, great-sounding additions to
your home office.
Verdict
Combining a satisfying sound with a great look, with the added versatility
of Bluetooth, Edifier’s R1010BT multimedia speakers would make
a great addition to any home office – especially at that price!
Audiofly AF240
Headphones
£199/$199
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Constructed with a sexy polycarbonate body and
sturdy alloy arms, the AF240 headphones from
Audiofly feel durable and capable of withstanding
the rigours of nuclear war, let alone a daily commute.
What initially strikes you about the headphones
though is the simplicity of their design. There are
no control panels encased in the cans, no flashing
lights and no blingy colour schemes. If anything, the
AF240s look primitive. The headband is crowned by
a rough cut of leather and the arms feel as though
they have been recycled out of old iron railings. Even
the Audioflex cable is an external plug-in. Coated in
durable Cordura braid, this cable measures 1.5m in
length, is tipped with a 3.5mm gold-plated jack and
houses a small mic and control button for taking calls,
controlling your music and using voice prompts.
Sound is delivered by two 40mm dynamic drivers
and kept permanently in your ears’ orbit thanks to
noise isolating memory foam that circles the cups
and isolates up to 20dB of outside noise without
compromising the sound. This foam also moulds to
the contours of your head for maximum comfort over
time. They sound great with a lush spectrum of sound
coming through loud and clear. Like other high-end
sets of cans, the sound quality also improves through
continual use – in much the same way that flavours
are ‘locked’ into a well-used wok.
Though the headphones don’t fold up neatly like
other sets, they do come with an attractive waxed
canvas carry bag to ferry them in but, judging by their
sturdy appearance, they look as though they can take
care of themselves.
Verdict
A great-sounding set of headphones that are durable and very comfortable
to wear. Obviously they lack the versatility of Bluetooth but you’ll not
really care once you start wearing and listening through them.
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New from Pioneer, the Rayz Plus headphones and
Rayz Rally conference mic are sold separately,
provide exquisite sound for different purposes and
have both been developed exclusively for iPhone.
Let’s start with the headphones…
Now we must kick off by saying that it was actually
a shame to take these out of the box because the
way in which they were packaged was an art form in
itself. This did bode well as a representation of their
quality, however. The Rayz Plus headphones not
only look brilliant, they’re packed full of interesting
features too. For example, they possess Smart
Noise Cancelling that you can calibrate via a free
accompanying app. Then there is HearThru mode,
that lets enough ambient sound through your noise
cancelling for greater awareness of your environment
and AutoPause, which pauses your music the
moment you remove so much as one earphone. They
are also great for taking calls with a set of controls
built into the cable plus additional features – such as
one that mutes your mic if you don’t talk for a while.
The Rayz Rally is a plug-in conference speaker that
is a lot louder than it looks. This also utilises the same
free Rayz app as the headphones but generally you
just plug this in when taking a conference call and it
will amplify other people while a smart button allows
you to play/pause, mute/unmute the audio. Both
devices come with lightning connectors to allow them
to plug straight into your iPhone and both provide
exceptional sound quality that you can adjust via the
app to suit your own requirements. Both also come
highly recommended by us.
Verdict
The perfect audio pairing for those who demand high-quality ear pieces to
play music and anyone who wants to hear the participants of their
conference calls loud and very clear.
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Accessories
Dash 3 Stylus
£39.99/$49.99
adonit.net
Adonit’s ‘sequel’ to the Dash 2 (reviewed in issue 171)
reconstructs the tip with new and improved materials for
increased drag and a more natural writing experience. It is
always ready to use; simply click the button on the top and
you’ll be able to start writing instantly. It can last up to 45
minutes on a single charge and you can use the supplied
USB stick to top it up when needed. Fashioned out of
brushed aluminium, it feels lovely to hold and produces
spectacular results, for writing and drawing, every time.
Mini Keyboard KB3
£89.99/$89.99
penclic.se
We have kicked Penclic keyboards in the past for being
too plasticky and ugly to appeal to Apple users, but this
latest offering is a vast improvement. Sturdy, durable and
fashioned out of gorgeous aluminium, the KB3 has a soft,
spongy typing action and is nicely low profile enough to
be a great wireless accompaniment for your iMac or iPad.
Pairing it via Bluetooth is quick and easy and it is fast and
responsive to use. Available in black, pink or gold.
92
Shell iPhone Cases
£35/$45
cover-up.com
Cover-Up’s new Shell range of iPhone cases are
hand-crafted from real shell and combine the
natural beauty of iridescent mother of pearl with
a protective, high-quality polycarbonate case.
The cases come in seven different shell styles,
including the Green Abalone and Black Mother of
Pearl models featured here, are very comfortable
to hold and provide commendable levels of bling
and protection to your iPhone 6, 6S or iPhone 7.
Gear4 Oxford
iPhone 7 Folio
Case
£34.99/$44.99
gear4.com
Available in four colours, Gear4’s
Oxford iPhone 7 folio case provides
full wraparound protection for your
device and doubles as a useful prop
stand for when you want to watch
something. The case is fashioned
out of D30 material, which is soft and
flexible yet locks on shock – such
as when you drop your phone – to
provide all of the protection your
device needs to come out unscathed.
The case also provides easy access
to all necessary ports and comes with
two slots for cards. It feels great to
hold and fastens up securely when
closed.
Terra Laptop
Sleeve
£83/$112
buckleandseam.com
Now this is simply gorgeous, a
premium quality sleeve to help protect
and ferry your MacBook around.
Fashioned out of genuine vegetabletanned leather, the sleeve will develop
a unique patina as it ages to become a
truly unique item. The sleeve we tested
snugly housed a 13” MacBook Air and
the protective flap folds over the top
and is then held in place by a band
before you carry it around under your
arm. The quality is exceptional and the
sleeve as a whole is definitely a headturner.
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Reviews
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94
Learn more
Available from
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Mac App Store
Let’s get the unpleasant bit out of the way first.
Despite what the App Store tells you, Ulysses isn’t
‘free’. While there is a ‘free’ 14-day trial, beyond
the expiry of that you will have to pay for a monthly
or annual subscription for the privilege of using the
app (which costs £5 or £35 respectively). We do
fully appreciate what Ulysses is trying to do though,
providing a clean and simple interface so that
writers can hunker down and get on with the task of
composing prose without getting distracted by fancy
formatting and lost documents.
As such, all of the documents that you create in the
app reside in a single library; they can’t be relocated.
However, the app does embrace iCloud so that you
can access your files on your Mac or iOS device at
any time. As a word processing app Ulysses works
very well. It resembles the look and feel of the macOS
Notes app but with some worthwhile additions. For
example, the ‘Statistics’ button provides instant,
at-a--glance information regarding your current
document, including a word and character count as
well as the speed of your typing. You can also set
yourself goals, which is particularly handy if you are
working on an assignment or you wish to ensure you
meet daily quotas while writing your memoirs.
The app’s export capabilities are also highly flexible
to cover a wide range of needs. For example, you
can transform your texts into beautiful PDFs, Word
documents or fully fledged eBooks – you can even
export HTML code that is ready to use anywhere
across the internet, making this perfect for bloggers.
The big question then is whether the subscription
you have to eventually pay to use this app is worth
the outlay, especially as there are so many free word
processing apps and services available for free? We
absolutely loved the clean interface, snappy toolset
and self-contained library system though, so wouldn’t
hesitate in offering a double thumbs-up.
Verdict
Ulysses presents a wonderfully minimalistic, clutter-free writing environment that
seems to translate well to writing. Try it out and set your imagination free!
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If you are looking to play a particular song on your
electric guitar and replicate the sound that the original
artist achieved then it can be time-consuming, not
to mention costly, to research the amp setup and
pedalboard configuration and then buy the necessary
kit. Enter this free offering from Ultimate-Guitar, our
go-to website for tabs and chord charts. With a
database of over 9,000 songs, you simply find the
song you want to play, connect your guitar to your
Mac and then the app will provide the tones and
effects, as per the original recording, to help you
recreate the same sound. If you have ever used the
AmpliTube app then the effect is very similar, except
this focuses on individual songs rather than different
pieces of equipment.
Finding songs is easy as a column to the left of
the interface presents several categories, including
Top Presets, Popular Fresh Tones and Collections.
A built-in search engine also lets you enter artists or
song titles to help find the tracks you wish to emulate.
When you select a song you will be presented with a
single onscreen stomp box decorated with artwork
relating to the track or artist and the effect will be
instantly enabled ready for you to pick up your
connected guitar and play. A single button on the box
lets you turn the effects off and on and two dials let
you adjust the volume and the potency of the effects.
You can also click on the ‘Open Tab’ button to
instantly get the tabs to the respective song through
the Ultimate-Guitar website.
As long as you have a means of connecting your
guitar to your Mac (such as an iRig or 6.3mm jack to
USB cable) and a decent connected sound system
to feel the full force of the effects then you will get a
lot of pleasure out of this app. And the database of
song presets that you can get instant access to is
staggering, making it a very safe bet to find exactly
what you’re looking for in order to rock out in style.
Verdict
By providing instant access to the effects and tones of your favourite tracks,
this is a great app for kicking back and rocking out to.
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You take the job of a night
watchman at Freddy Fazbear’s
pizzeria. It all looks innocent enough
from the advert, right?
When things go awry and the
mechanical displays start moving,
you have to track their positions
using the security cameras…
Five Nights at
Freddy’s 2
£2.99/$4.99
Requirements
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There are various objects that you
can use to stop the metal creatures
from getting to you, such as fans,
musical boxes and even masks
“It’s a terrifying
experience and
the difficulty level
ramps up if you
make it through
the first night”
96
Learn more
Available from
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App Store
Basic in concept, genuinely unnerving in execution,
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is a stalker simulation unlike
anything you will have played in quite some time –
except perhaps the first FNAF game. Employed as
a night watchman at a children’s pizzeria you simply
have to get through to the morning to pick up your
lousy pay-cheque. However, all is not quite as it
seems and during the witching hour and beyond,
the previously inanimate animatronic displays that
adorn the various rooms of the establishment twitch
and flinch into life and start shambling through the
darkened corridors towards your position.
Are their movements real? Is this really happening?
Or is it just some bizarre sleep deprivation-meetsextreme-caffine-hit-hallucination? Either way, you are
rooted to the spot and must rely on grainy camera
feeds to track the positions of the mechanic creatures
and then prevent them from getting to you by
scaring them off with flashlights, fans, musical boxes
– anything that is within easy reach of your desk.
It doesn’t help that there are multiple entry points
into any room and the creatures seem to get more
active closer to dawn. Thankfully a new tool has been
implemented into the game to add an interesting
dynamic – namely the Fazbear mask. When wearing
this the marauding mechs will think of you as one of
them and refrain from goring you. The downside of
this is that you cannot check the security cameras
while wearing it, which presents the spiky conundrum
of temporary self-preservation or enemy awareness.
It’s a genuinely terrifying experience and the
difficulty level is ramped up considerably if you make
it through the first night alive. Sadly though there are
only so many ways in which you can play the game
and, certainly, once you have made it through the
week unscathed apart from drenched in sweat, there
is little compulsion to play it again. That said though,
you will not forget the experience in a hurry.
Verdict
A thrilling and terrifying game that is worth three quid of anyone’s money. Although the
replay value is severely lacking, the experience will stay with you for quite some time.
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