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Manage storage
How to play the hottest
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iCreate 172
“You will warmly embrace some of our
expert tips like long lost relatives…”
My children are always moaning that they never have
enough space on their iPhones. Whatever the base
storage figure is, it’s seemingly eaten up by photos,
videos and apps in no time at all – so much so that
downloading new apps and even taking one extra,
solitary selfie is denied. So we figured it was time to
round up all of the quickest and easiest methods of
freeing up valuable iPhone storage, and to present them
in one insightful feature to help everyone get the most
out of their iOS devices.
In this issue we also celebrate the Mac and showcase
the numerous shortcuts that are hidden within the latest
Sierra operating system to help improve the efficiency of
your machine and boost your productivity while using it.
You may be aware of some of our expert tips, have
forgotten about others and embrace several more like
long lost relatives thanks to the extra ease they will add
to your working days. As always, we are also keen to
hear your own tips for maximising your Mac, so please
get in touch and share them with us. Enjoy the issue!
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Meet the experts
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This issue, our tech expert helps you ‘Maximise
your Mac’ by providing tips to help boost your
computer’s efficiency and aid your productivity.
Check out the fruits of his labour on page 14.
George specialises in creative visual apps and,
as well as providing tutorials for Final Cut Pro X
and Photos, also demonstrates how to shoot
and edit drone footage in iMovie on page 26.
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26 iMovie
sShoot and edit stunning
drone footage
28 Final Cut Pro X
earn how to program EDM
eats with Drummer
sExperiment with creative
camera effects
30 GarageBand
sLearn how to program EDM
beats with Drummer
32 Logic Pro X
sUsing software instruments as
sidechain sources
36 macOS
ay PlayStation 4
ames on your Mac
Manage your cards
and passes in Wallet
sStream your music to
Bluetooth speakers
sView your Mac’s webcam on
r iPhone and iPad
ay PS4 on your Mac
eate and share projects
with MindMaple Pro
sCreate and publish a website
with Sparkle
sHow to rename multiple files
in batches
58 iOS
sManage your cards and
passes in Wallet
sGet to know the latest
iOS 10.3 features
sHighlight and share book
extracts with Booklights
sManage your time with
Vantage Calendar
sSend content to your Kindle
to read offline
sGet help with the Apple
Support app
70 watchOS
s10 little-known Apple Watch
tricks to master
sListen to podcasts offline
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08 Trending News
We preview what’s expected at
Apple’s WWDC17 in anticipation of
some huge announcements
10 5 Things
Find out what we discovered this month,
including all about the iOS 10.3 release
12 5-Minute Projects
Quick tips on how to get more out of your
macOS and iOS apps and settings
14 Maximise your Mac
New ways to enhance the efficiency of
your Mac and boost your productivity
50 Free up your iPhone
Quick and easy ways to claw back vital
storage space on your device
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What to expect
from WWDC 2017
Apple’s annual event has some big treats in store for its loyal users
For us Apple
enthusiasts, we’re
fast approaching
the best time of
the year. WWDC
is Apple’s annual developer
conference, where hundreds
of loyal users gather together
and celebrate the launches
arriving soon from the tech giant.
Last year saw the debut of an
assortment of new hardware
and software which, once again,
helped keep Apple ahead of the
WWDC17 is fast approaching and the
rumour mill is in full swing about what
we can expect Apple to announce
competition. This year looks set
to be no different and, if all the
insider information is correct,
we’re in for a treat. From new
software updates across Apple’s
entire portfolio, to a brand new
iPhone, here’s everything you can
expect to see from WWDC 2017.
New hardware is always the
most exciting aspect of WWDC,
and this year is no different. Lots
has been said about what the
iPhone 8 will bring to the table,
and there’s undoubtedly a lot of
intrigue about some of the new
features. Updates to both the
core processor and battery life
should give users more power
for a longer period of time, while
a revamped display should help
optimise the colour palette a
little more. Keen snappers will
rear-based camera, with a new
lens system to help improve
the overall quality of the images
that you take. Of course, all this
change won’t be cheap, and as
ever the basic iPhone 8 models
will start from just under the
£600. It’s time to get saving!
iOS 11 preview
As well as the launch of the
iPhone 8, an early preview of
iOS 11 is expected. At the time
of writing, it’s believed that this
will be one of Apple’s biggest
updates ever. At the heart of
the new update will be adapted
software to work in conjunction
with Apple’s new wireless
AirPods. This will also involve a
new Bluetooth feature suite, and
it’s believed that further changes
will be made to improve the
stability of AirPlay. On the app
side of things, added integration
of sources into News will take
centre-stage, and AirPodexclusive features will also make
their debut in the Music app.
Arguably the most exciting new
is the all-new function bar, which
freelance technology analyst,
Luke Bateman, believes will be
a game changer: “The Function
Bar likely to make its debut in
iOS 11 will be a new take on the
iOS users are accustomed to.
It’ll allow for easier use with iOS
apps, and provide deeper Siri
usage with many of the iPhone
8’s new features. However, we
are yet to know how it’ll actually
As ever, there’s always some
hidden extras that we can’t wait
to explore within iOS 11, and
you can expect a preview to be
available shortly after WWDC for
developers and a small number
of users to get hands-on with.
Looking past iOS, tvOS is the
other major software update
we’re expecting at WWDC.
The core Apple TV app will
be getting a massive visual
overhaul, especially to its menu
system, which is in dire need
of an update. Automation will
also play a big role in the tvOS
update, and it’s rumoured that a
new automated playlist feature
will be introduced. This is likely
to include one of Siri’s new tvOS
uses, which will undoubtedly get
isn’t overly likely to be unveiled
at WWDC though – the next
generation Apple TV is set for a
debut later in 2017.
For your wrist, a new Apple
Watch – with cellular connectivity
will undergo some changes as
well. A new wireless system
will be introduced into the next
watchOS update to help improve
connectivity with your iPhone,
while a call function will also
be added allowing you to make
“A preview of
iOS11 is expected
and it’s believed
it will be one of
Apple’s biggest
updates ever”
calls from your wrist. We’re
expecting Apple to implement
other wireless functions into
watchOS, but due to not knowing
the exact shape and style of the
chip that will be implemented, it’s
not known the type of wireless
features this will include.
Any surprises?
WWDC is an exciting few days
– there’s always an array of
new hardware and software
announced, and despite the
Apple still manages to surprise
us from time to time. This event
in particular will be of great
importance to Apple, especially
considering the news that
Android is now the number one
operating system in the world,
overtaking Windows. Apple will
want to gain some traction on its
nearest rivals, so is sure to pull
out all the stops this year.
Biggest app updates
expected from WWDC
Updates will be plentiful in some of
your favourite iOS apps
If you’re a fan of the
News app you’ll be
pleased to hear new sources
are set to be integrated with
your current News feed,
allowing you to explore more
topics and headlines from
places all over the world in the
palm of your hand.
A revamped
feature will make its
debut, while added
functions to better
coincide with Apple’s
AirPods are also
expected in the form
of a new wireless
optimisation system.
The relatively
new Bedtime
feature is going to be
improved upon, making
it easier to optimise
your sleeping schedule
at night. It’s likely this
will work better with
the onboard Alarm
system as well.
Don’t expect core
changes in the
Reminders app, but integration
with other automation apps is
likely. Workflow will be synced
directly with Reminders,
helping you manage both
accounts simultaneously.
Safari always seems to
get some improvements in
various areas, and this year will see
its bookmarking feature get some
much needed love. It’ll be easier
than ever to sync your Safari account
between phone and desktop.
Things we learned
this month
iOS 10.3
gets full
It may have taken over six beta releases
to perfect, but the latest iOS update is
finally available for download. iOS 10.3
targets a wide range of devices, including
the iPhone 5 or later, iPad 2 or later and the 6th
generation iPod Touch or later. Depending on your
device, the size varies, with a more miniscule update
being applied to iPod Touch devices. Overall, the
update isn’t overly large, requiring just 600MB of
storage across Apple’s iPhone range.
Looking into the choice of new features that are
now available, arguably the biggest addition is the
new Find My AirPods app, which is used to help you
track down your all-new Apple wireless headphones.
In other improvements, 3D Touch has now been
expanded to work with more iOS native apps, and Siri
can provide deeper sport integration than before.
Interested users should head to Software Update
under the General section of the Settings app to
download the iOS 10.3 update right away.
“Arguably the
biggest addition is
the new Find My
AirPods app”
Workflow app
snapped up by Apple iPhone/iPad
Apple Pay makes
debut in Taiwan
Workflow has been one of the best apps out there
when it comes to automating common actions on
your iPhone and iPad, garnering a user base that
is now in its millions. It’s no surprise then that it’s
the latest app to be snapped up by Apple, with the tech giants
removing the £2.99 price tag and making the app free for users
to enjoy. However, the one omission since the takeover is that
Workflow will now no longer work with the likes of Pocket,
Telegram and Uber apps.
Apple’s recent spurt in
opening up availability
of their Pay system in
other territories is continuing with the recent
expansion in Taiwan. As far as expansions
go, it’s one of the biggest yet, with Taiwan’s
seven leading banks already signed up for
the service. In terms of retail support, Apple
Pay will be supported in the vast amount of
retail outlets, primarily for
both MasterCard and
Visa owners. Moreover,
as we get closer to the
annual WWDC event, it’s
expected that Apple Pay
will soon be announcing
further expansions.
“It’s one of
the biggest
Third-gen Apple
Watch to add
SIM support Watch
New patent shows
iPhone-laptop hybrid iPhone
Apple isn’t shy of a patent or two, but its latest venture is
a little different. The all-new patent shows how an iPhone
could be integrated into a laptop shell, allowing users to
make their own DIY MacBook hybrid. It’s believed that the
iPhone would become the main crux of the unit, and that it wouldn’t
run macOS, instead sticking to its iOS roots. If the plan comes to
fruition, it should offer users a cheaper way to get their hands on an
Apple branded laptop, but it’s yet unknown how the product will be
manufactured or distributed.
One of the most requested
features of the Apple Watch
is the integration of cellular
connectivity, which is set to be
introduced in the third-generation wristwear
later this year. To add the connectivity,
it’s believed that the Apple Watch will be
completely remodelled, allowing for direct
SIM card access and an additional LTE
chip to be integrated. It’s unknown yet how
this may change the overall sizing of each
unit, but users will be pleased to have the
chance to leave their iPhone at home and
make calls from their wrist.
This month’s projects have a Maps theme running through them. We
felt this appropriate as there is so much you can do in this app that you
may not realise. For example, you can turn on live traffic reports to see
how congestion or roadworks may impact on your journeys, add new
locations and submit them to Apple to add to the app, and plot routes
on your Mac and send them straight to your iPhone to direct you every
step of the way like a sat nav.
Turn on live
traffic in Maps
The iOS Maps app
is very useful for
plotting journeys.
Just enter a place name or
address into the search bar,
tap on ‘Directions’ and you
can get a route from ‘A’ to
‘B’ in your chosen mode of
transport. But what if the
roads are congested?
1 Enter a
2 Turn
on traffic
When you
have entered
a destination
and requested
directions, tap
on the small
‘i’ icon in the
top-right corner
of the Maps
Tapping this
will bring up the
Map Settings
screen where
you will see
the ‘Traffic’
option. Move
the slider to the
‘On’ position to
activate it.
3 Pick an
You can now
zoom in on your
route to see if
it is affected
by traffic
congestion or
roadworks and
then pick a
different route.
Add a
new location
Whether it’s a new
business address,
workplace or home
location, you can add new
locations to the iOS Maps
app quickly and easily. Just
locate the address on the
map, add in all required
details and then send it to
Apple to add to the app.
1 Add a place
2 Add details
3 Send to Apple
While in the Maps app, tap on the small
‘i’ icon in the top-right corner of the
interface and then select the ‘Add a
Place’ option.
Now select what type of place you
would like to add from the menu
of options, such as ‘Business or
Landmark’ or ‘My Work’.
Now pan the map to position the
marker over the new location, add a
name, photo (if required) and choose a
category. Once done, hit ‘Send’.
3 Pick up
on iPhone
Send directions
to your iPhone
Exploring the Maps
app can be more
comfortable on your
Mac. The screen is larger
and you have a mouse to
negotiate the expansive
terrain. So why not plot your
journeys on your Mac and
then send the directions to
your iPhone?
1 Find the location
2 Tap the share button
Plot your route on your Mac by typing
the location or address into the search
field. Once located, click on the blue car
icon for a list of directions.
Now tap on the share button to the right
of the search field and choose the ‘Send
to iPhone’ option from the share menu.
The details will then be sent.
Then, within
seconds you
should receive
a notification
from Maps on
your iPhone
you that the
directions to
the specified
location have
been received.
Maximise your Mac
Make your working day easier with our time-saving tips to
enhance your Mac’s efficiency and boost your productivity
Be more productive…
ne area that Macs are considered
excellent for is productivity.
Whether you want to create
artworks or write a book, the
third-party app selection and the
built-in software give you all you need to get
things done. There are, however, many ways in
which you can increase your productivity. Our
simple tips will give you everything you need to
get things done quicker and with better quality.
From creating a smart mailbox, through using
a split screen and curing a slow performing
machine, we’ve got it all covered, so let’s jump
in and get our Macs working up to speed…
Change default apps
One useful tweak you can make with files is to
change the default app for all files of one type.
This is extremely useful if you tend to deal with
image files or documents and have an app that
you prefer above all others. Just right-click a
file of the format you want to use a specific app
with and then click ‘Get Info’. Now go to the
‘Open with’ option and choose the app you
want all files of this type to open with. Next,
click the ‘Change All…’ icon and then click
‘Continue’ to default all files of this type when
they are opened in the future.
Lock specific files
You can lock specific files with just a couple
of clicks and with this comes added security
and the reassurance that you will not lose any
important work. To lock a file to stop it being
accidentally deleted, right-click it in Finder and
select ‘Get Info’. You should then click the
‘Locked’ box and it will be secured to the point
of needing an admin password to unlock.
Email BIG
files using
iCloud option
If you try to send a very large
email from the macOS Mail app
and have set up Mail Drop, you
will be offered the option of
using iCloud to store and send
it. Every possibility is covered.
Attaching files
When you attach a very large
file to an outgoing email, it may
take some time for it to upload
to iCloud, but the file will remain
available in iCloud for 30 days
for the recipient to download.
Set up Mail Drop
Go to and open
the Mail section. Now click the
cog at the bottom and then
the ‘Composing’ tab. Make
sure that ‘Use Mail Drop when
sending large attachments’ is
ticked and you will be set up.
units with
Auto-formatting text
In many other Apple apps, there are features
included that you may not be aware of, but
which can save you a huge amount of time if
you use them often. Pages, for example, lets
you automatically deal with the case of the
words you are typing and you can even autocapitalise any text as you type it. Open a new
document and then click the ‘Format’ icon
on the right. Make sure that the ‘Style’ tab is
highlighted and then click the small cog next
to the BIU icons. Click ‘Capitalisation’ and then
select ‘Title Case’ to automatically type every
word with a capital letter at the start. The more
you play around with features like this, the
more you will discover which means that your
productivity will increase exponentially. The last
thing you want to do when creating text is to
fiddle around with settings all of the time which
will just get in the way of the flow you are trying
to build up. Pages has the potential to be the
very best word processor you have ever used if
you take the time to explore what it offers.
Change default Finder view
Finder is obviously the best solution for
managing and making edits to all of the files
on your Mac, but the temptation to just accept
the way it works is great. You can, however,
change the default Finder view for any folder
that is in view using a very simple technique.
Right-click on a folder and then click ‘Show
View Options’. If you want to default to a set
view, make sure that it is active first and you
will then be able to select ‘Always open in xxx
view’. The options to arrange and sort icons
are also present so a little bit of time spent
customising the folder views to your needs
will pay dividends in the future. It is also worth
The ability to use
Spotlight obviously
speeds up your
productivity because of its
wide-ranging nature, but
you may not be aware that
it can do many things that
are unexpected such as
unit conversions. Simply
type a value and a unit
in Spotlight, such as 16
stones, and a selection of
conversions will appear
automatically. It will try
to cover every possible
base and currency
conversions are especially
handy because Spotlight
uses the latest published
rates to ensure that
the conversions are as
accurate as possible.
remembering that you may want to use different
views for different folders depending on the
content they hold. For example, thumbnails
makes sense for folders containing images and
you can also right-click the view icons at the
top to access more options that are otherwise
hidden. In theory, Finder can work in any way
you like and you have the ability to truly make it
perfect for your needs.
“Pages has the
potential to be the very
best word processor
you have ever used”
Create a Smart Mailbox
Disable automatic assists
Another feature that does not appear obvious
is the ability to manage how certain apps work
and to take away some of the automated help
which may not work for you when undertaking
specialist tasks. One example is in Safari where
you can disable Safari suggestions when
searching for new topics. All you need to do
is go to Safari Preferences and then click the
‘Search’ icon. Now untick the ‘Include Safari
Suggestions’ option and you will receive the
results without a list of suggestions appearing.
You can also remove other search features
which can get in the way if you are researching
unusual or highly specialised topics.
In an opposite way, you can also enable
features on a Mac that do automate some of
your tasks. Smart Mailboxes in Mail can help
you to gather messages together no matter
where they are located and, when you consider
the huge number of emails we all receive these
days, this alone could make you much more
productive. In Mail, click ‘Mailbox’ at the top
and then ‘New Smart Mailbox’. In the small
panel that appears you can then give it a title
and insert some simple rules which will define
which emails appear in the folder. Whether you
use a date range or specific subjects, you will
now be able to see all of the related emails in
one list whenever you need to access them,
and this new mailbox will not disturb your
current folder setup.
Adding signatures
As we continue to look at simple tweaks that
can make you more productive, there are tools
built in that will let you add a personal touch to
emails and documents. In some instances, the
ability to add your real signature to a document
or email can make all the difference in whether
it is classed as acceptable or not, and all you
need to do is capture it through your Mac’s
camera. To start, open a PDF file in the Preview
app and then click the toolbox at the top.
Now click the signature icon and then hold up
your written signature on a piece of paper to
your Mac camera. When you are happy with
what you see, click to accept it and you can
now position it anywhere in your PDF file. Now
save it and you have a real signature that you
can use in any other app. In Mail, for example,
you can insert the image into your standard
signature for use in every email you send.
Step-by-step Deal with screen brightness by time of day
When you find yourself working for long periods on your Mac, you should take care of yourself so that fatigue is
kept to a minimum. It is all too easy to cause headaches and eye strain which over time could become serious
problems if you are not careful. There is a solution, however, that may help your eyes a great deal…
Step 1 Install f.lux
Step 2 Set your preferences
Step 3 Extra options
Go to and download the
free app. Simply double-click the ZIP file
and it will be installed in the normal way. It
only takes a minute to complete.
Click the new f.lux icon in the status bar and
then click ‘Preferences’. Enter the time you
wake up and let the app do the rest for you
based on your location.
The screen will adjust automatically as
sunset arrives, but you can still make extra
changes using the ‘Options’ item in the
drop-down menu. Your eyes will thank you.
Make your
Mac more
hen you start to explore the
various options available in
macOS, you quickly start to
realise that the potential is
unlimited with regards to the small changes you
can make and the way in which you can tweak
each part of the system to suit your particular
workflow preferences. Check out our tips and
tricks here, including some useful keyboard
shortcuts, how to make a virtual touchbar,
using split-screen view on the Mac and saving
your Siri answers for reference.
Jump between windows
Perhaps the quickest way to navigate a Mac
is with the keyboard because it cuts out a
lot of interaction when there are many apps
and windows open. You can of course jump
between apps by holding the Ctrl key and then
pressing the Tab key until you find the app you
want, but did you know that you can jump
between windows of the same app? If, for
example, you have multiple instances of Safari
running, hold down the Ctrl key and press ‘`’ to
switch between just the Safari windows. This is
a great time-saver that will make your workflow
easier in various apps.
Step-by-step Create a virtual touchbar
Step 1 Download the apps
Step 2 Accept the permissions
Step 3 Time to connect
Download the Quadro app from the iOS App
Store and install it on your iPhone or iPad.
Now go to and download and
install QuadroSync on your Mac.
You will now need to accept the
requirements that the app needs to work.
There is nothing unusual in what it asks for
and all of these are needed.
Make sure that your iOS device and your
Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network and
then follow the steps on your iPhone or iPad
to make the connection.
Step 4
View your
virtual bar
Step 6
Explore the
The virtual
touchbar will
now be active on
your iOS device.
You can now
tap on the large
‘Search’ icon
to begin and
then check your
Mac screen for
a response.
You can
the bar in any
way you like
and you may
be surprised
at what can
be done. Your
iPhone or iPad
are now part of
your Mac setup.
Step 5 It really works
You should now see a search field on your
Mac screen. Start typing and the results will
appear as normal. The flexibility on offer
with this solution is immense.
Quick tips to enhance the
flexibility of your Mac
Taking screenshots
Hold down the Shift and Command keys and then
press 3 to capture a full-sized screenshot or hold
down Shift and Command and then press 4 to
capture a particular area of the screen.
Use split-screen
If you have two apps that you want to use
and they are open, click and hold the green
maximise screen button and then drag the
app to the right or left. When you let go of the
mouse or trackpad the app will take up 50% of
the screen. Now do the same with the second
app and you will have a full split-screen view
to work within. If you want to focus in more on
one of the apps, you can move the vertical bar
in the middle to give preference to one app and
both will still take up the entire Mac screen.
You’ll find your work environment is cleaner this
way and you get to focus on what you need to
do. To come out of this view, move the mouse
to the top and pick the correct option to go
back to the normal view to gain access to the
Dock and so on again.
“You can move the
vertical bar to give
preference to one app”
Preview trashed files
Right-click any file in Trash and select ‘Quick
Look…’ to preview it. Use the icons at the top of
the panel to re-open the file in an associated app
or share it over a variety of services.
Save Siri results
Siri on the Mac is a fairly recent arrival, but it
has the ability to completely change the way
you work and gain information. However,
although it has often been seen as a temporary
feature where you ask a question, get the
answer and move on, you can pin a Siri answer
to refer to later on. All you need to do is ask a
question where the answer is populated in the
Siri panel and then look for a small ‘+’ icon.
Clicking this doesn’t offer any visual changes,
but it means that the answer has been saved
and is ready for you to access again. When you
next open the Notifications panel, the answer
will be pinned to it and visible at the top of the
list. You can either just read the detail or look
for a small Safari icon which will take you to the
source of the original result. At this point you
could copy the information you need and you
can then continue with what you need to do.
Re-open websites
Click and hold the ‘+’ in the tab bar and select a
recent site from the list to re-open a recently closed
site in Safari. You can also right-click on any open
tab in Safari to see other options.
Insert unusual characters
To quickly select an emoji, hold down the Control
and Command keys and then press the space bar.
For accents over letters, just hold down the key in
question and an even smaller panel will appear.
Maximise your Mac
Speed up your Mac…
here are many ways in which you
can speed up any Mac for real-world
usage and few of the methods have
anything to do with the processing
power or the overall specification of your
machine. Familiarity with where everything is
will save you more time than anything else, but
there are still some useful tricks you can employ
to make your general usage quicker and more
obvious in daily use.
Never lose your mouse
Pop-up definition
In a busy environment when you have many
apps open, it can often be the case that the
mouse gets lost. All you need to do is shake
the mouse and the pointer will grow much
larger so that you can find it immediately. If
for some strange reason you want to disable
this feature, go to System Preferences>
Accessibility>Display and untick the ‘Shake
mouse pointer to locate’ option.
As you consider new ways to speed up
your day to day Mac usage, take some time
to consider the smaller tasks that you use
without really thinking. Word definitions, for
example, can be required multiple times
a day and you can actually launch the
dictionary directly from the keyboard. While
hovering over any word in a document or on
a website, press Command, Control and D at
the same time and the definition will appear
instantly. Don’t forget that you can also go to
System Preferences>Keyboard and click the
‘Shortcuts’ tab to create new ones to speed up
certain processes on your Mac and to check
which ones are currently activated.
Step-by-step Cure slow performance
Step 1 Open Activity Monitor
Step 2 Close app hogs
Step 3 Be very careful
Go to the Utilities folder and look for
‘Activity Monitor’. Open it and then wait for
the running apps to fully populate the list.
Click the titles to sort them.
If you see apps that are using too much
memory or CPU, you can click the ‘x’ icon at
the top and then ‘Force Quit’ to close them
down immediately.
Only close apps that you know well and do
not touch tasks such as kernel_task. You
should manage performance instantly by
closing apps and not unknown tasks.
Shortcuts to Safari
Another very simple way to speed up your Mac
usage is to consider what tasks you do most
often and then make your most visited places
easy to access. It is likely that browsing is very
high up the list and that consequently there will
be a sub-set of websites that you visit every
day, but did you know that you can create a
website Dock shortcut? In Safari, when you
are visiting a site, click and hold the URL at the
top and drag it to the right side of the Dock.
You can now position it wherever you like and
you will have one-click access to the website
whenever you want to visit it. You can also
create and add a folder to the Dock by simply
dragging it from Finder and then moving all of
your most visited website links to it which will
help to keep the Dock cleaner and easier to
use. Click the folder in the Dock and they will
appear in a list to choose from. To remove any
of these shortcuts, right-click one and select
‘Remove From Dock’.
“You will have one-click
access to the website
whenever you want it”
your work
Merge open windows
Another simple tip is to merge open windows
and create tabs of each to work in one window.
This trick works in many default apps and all
you need to do is go to the ‘Window’ option at
the top and click ‘Merge All Windows’. Again,
we are looking at a few seconds of saved time,
but when you consider the efficiency that may
follow as you use just one window, a lot of
time can be saved. Tips like this are all about
keeping your Mac environment as simple and
visually clean as possible.
Allow permission
Automator has the potential
to literally run a host of tasks
without any intervention from
you so you do need to allow all
of the permissions it requires.
Automated work
Choose actions
A huge number of actions and
variables can be chosen in
Automator and they will each
perform a very specific task. It’s
like programming without the
coding knowledge.
As you record the actions you
have placed in the right-hand
panel, you will be building an
automated workflow that you
can use time and time again.
Maximise your Mac
Manage your Mac storage…
o Mac has unlimited storage,
but there are ways to make what
you have go a lot further. Regular
checking is a good idea as you
will not want your hard disk to get full, and
in our experience if you can keep a decent
amount of memory free your Mac will run
faster and is less likely to suffer crashes.
Think of it as being similar to servicing a car
– prevention is always better than cure.
your hard
drive with
Disk Map
Clever integration
You can show files and
directories in Finder by
right-clicking any box. Also
included in the simple list
is the ability to compress
directories and to zoom
straight in so you can see
even more detail.
Ease of use
Every single folder
As you navigate through your
folders, you will always have a
view of where you are and the
exact structure that makes it
up. It is, in effect, Finder but
with visual cues to help you
understand where you are.
The icons at the top are
designed to help you
take actions with a single
click when you find a
file or directory that you
want to deal with. The
entire interface has been
designed for efficiency.
Visualise your space
The app is designed to let you
visualise exactly which files and
directories are using up space on
your Mac. The bigger the box, the
more space it will be using which
means you can free it up immediately.
Three recommended apps to
aid your Mac’s security
Optimise storage
If you find that you are close to running out
of memory often and do not have time to
think about manually deleting files, there is
an Optimise Storage feature that can be run
which does all of the hard work for you. Click
the Apple logo top left and then select ‘About
This Mac’. Now click the ‘Storage’ tab and
then the ‘Manage’ icon. You will see an option
called ‘Optimise Storage’ which is designed
to remove movies that you have watched and
older email attachments, which can take up a
huge amount of memory over time.
You may be aware that people put tape over their
webcams to counter the possibility that someone
is able to hack their computer and see through the
lens, but an easier and safer option is to use an
app called Oversight which can be downloaded
from It lets you monitor your
webcam and microphone in order to check if any
suspicious activity is spotted.
Empty your store cache
Use iCloud Drive
From time to time problems will occur and
one of them may be the inability to download
new apps from the Mac App Store. At first you
may think that you have run out of memory
or that there is a problem with your internet
connection, but there is a fix which has proven
to work for many people. You need to delete
the Mac App Store cache which should
resolve the problem and this will mean heading
over to Terminal. Enter the command ‘open
$TMPDIR../C/‘ and wait
for a small Finder window to appear. You
should move these files to a new location and
then relaunch the Mac App Store at which point
the downloads should work again.
Apple has also considered that you may want
an online storage solution that automates every
part of the saving process and of course the
solution is iCloud. Open System Preferences
and head to the iCloud section. Make sure that
‘iCloud Drive’ is ticked and then click ‘Options’.
You now need to tick ‘Desktop & Documents
Folders’ at which point the process will begin
to move the contents online. The files will be
synchronised over a period of time, but you
will still have full access to them. This is an
ideal solution if you are paying for extra iCloud
storage to keep your iOS devices backed up
and want to find a use for the free online space
available to you.
When you think about the accounts that you have
set up and how important they are to your daily
life and your Mac, having them compromised
could destroy all of the good work you have put
in to maximise your Mac experience. 1Password
(available from enables you to
choose extremely long and complex passwords
and it works over all of your devices so that
everything is kept in sync at all times.
Available from, this free app will
clean and optimise your Mac, prevent unwanted
access to your confidential files and provide
customer support for any other issues you have.
Process a picture for sale
Overcome common reasons for stock photo rejection
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Online sites such as Shutterstock enable you to sell your
photographs as stock images for use in websites, magazines and
even on book covers. However, to make your shots available for
sale online they’ll need to get past the eagle eyes of the stock
site’s quality control inspectors first.
We’ve provided an unprocessed RAW file for you to work with.
The lifestyle subject should make a sellable stock photo, but the
shot suffers from a host of problems that would get it rejected by
inspectors, including over-exposure, poor composition due to a
tilted horizon, a cold colour cast and the presence of sensor spots.
We’ll fix these common picture problems in our walkthrough.
Step-by-step How to improve your shot
1 Import photo
2 Improve composition
3 Boost Brilliance
Drag our downloadable Stock_start.NEF image
onto the Photos icon in your Mac’s Dock. It will
appear in Photos. Double-click on its thumbnail
and click the ‘Edit Image’ button.
Click the Crop icon. Straighten the horizon with
the angle slider. Click ‘Aspect’ and choose
‘Original’ to retain the shot’s shape. Drag the
crop handles for a more balanced composition.
Click the ‘Adjust’ button to see the cropped
version. Increase the Brilliance slider to 0.28.
This brightens midtones but darkens highlights,
clawing back more colour in the lighter sky.
4 Adjust shadows/highlights
5 Boost contrast
6 Improve colour
Drag the Highlights slider left to -0.50. This
reveals more colour and detail in the brighter
areas. Selectively lighten the backlit girl by
pushing the Shadows slider right to 0.25.
The photograph’s overall contrast is flat. To
help make the girl and the distant washed-out
islands stand out, boost the Contrast slider to
0.34. Increase Black Point to 0.43.
A more vibrantly coloured shot will help catch a
customer’s eye amongst a sea of thumbnails.
Increase Saturation to 0.25. Push Cast right to
0.17 to create warmer, more tanned skin tones.
For a typical stock portfolio see
These 1,000 photos and 500 video clips earn an average of $68 per month.
Fix common photo problems
Correct your shot’s colours, tones and composition
Tweak tones
The unprocessed start image
suffers from flat, washed-out
tones. Fortunately Photos
has plenty of tone-tweaking
tools that make objects such
as the distant hazy islands
stand out more effectively.
Sensor spots
Specks of dust clinging to the
lens or the camera’s sensor can
manifest in the image as soft
grey smudges. Fortunately these
reasons for stock photo rejection
can be removed in a click thanks
to the Retouch tool.
Knowledge base
Stock shooting tips
To take the best possible
stock photos, shoot with your
camera set to capture RAW
format files. This uncompressed
format enables you to capture
more information about the
scene’s colours and tones.
Apple’s Photos app will then
be more successful at restoring
a RAW file’s missing tonal and
colour detail while keeping
compression artefacts at bay.
Our unprocessed start image on the
left has a tilted horizon and lacks
balance because the woman is off
centre. By using the Crop tool we
can create a more centred figure and
straighten the tilted horizon, producing
a more considered composition.
Colour enhancements
Our start image’s colours are rather drab.
In the edited version we’ve boosted the
saturation to create more attractive and
eye-catching colours. We’ve also warmed
up the shot using the Cast slider to create
a more sun-tanned subject.
7 Enhance midtone detail
8 Dust bust
9 Export your photo
Click the Add button and choose Definition. A
new slider will appear. Drag the Definition slider
right to 0.27 to increase midtone contrast and
make the delicate ocean ripples pop out.
The ugly sensor spot at the top will still
guarantee a rejection! Click the ‘Retouch’ icon.
Increase the Size slider and click to replace the
spot with an adjacent patch of clear sky.
Click ‘Done’ to finish editing. To create a
version suitable for uploading to a stock site
go to File>Export>Export 1 Photo. Choose the
maximum JPEG settings. Click ‘Export’.
Drone cinematography
Create Hollywood-style camera moves using your drone
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Many Hollywood movies are shot with constantly moving
cameras, which adds energy and helps hold an audience’s
attention. These camera moves are made using a range of
specialist (and expensive) equipment. A steadicam rig enables
the operator to provide smooth flowing footage. A tripodmounted camera on rails can track the action horizontally
(or dolly forwards or backwards for dramatic effect). A crane
lets the camera swoop down from a high angle. A helicopter
enables a bird’s eye view of the unfolding action.
You may not have a Hollywood budget but you can replicate
all of these camera moves using a drone and iMovie…
Make the right moves
Shoot and edit drone footage into a slick sequence
Health and safety
Get the actor to become familiar with
the presence of the drone before you
start filming. They need to be able to
trust your piloting skills so that they can
ignore its presence as they perform.
Camera moves
For this project we’ve
provided a range of clips
featuring classic camera
moves such as tracking
shots, crane shots, dolly
shots and point of view
shots. All of these can be
captured on one gadget –
your drone.
No sound
Our drone-sourced clips
contain no audio due to
the whine of the drone’s
propellers. By adding
a sound effect from
iMovie’s Ambience folder
we can link the separate
shots together into a
seamless sequence.
sThanks to drone operator Chris Schmidt for this project’s footage
Quick Trim
Use the trim handles to fine-tune
where a clip starts and ends. By
trimming Shot05’s start point we can
use the drone’s tracking movement to
create a vertical wipe to the actor as
he appears from behind a tree.
Knowledge base
Drone shooting tips
When shooting your own drone
material use a location that avoids
(or minimises) contact with members
of the public. If your drone has a
Tripod mode use it, as that enables
you to make more subtle camera
moves that are easier to control. If
possible shoot in 4K resolution. This
gives you more opportunities to crop
the footage and change composition
in iMovie.
If you don’t have a drone you can try handheld tracking and dollying camera
moves. iMovie’s Stabilization tools will help you iron out wobbles.
Step-by-step Create a drone-sourced sequence
1 Import assets
2 Crane down
3 Add a mix
In the Media tab click ‘iMovie Library’. Choose
File>New Event. Label it ‘Drone Event’. Click
‘Import Media’. Browse to our project assets,
select the clips and click ‘Import Selected’.
Choose File>New Movie. Drag Shot01 into
the timeline. By dropping the drone vertically
we can introduce both our location and our
protagonist with a Hollywood-style crane shot.
Add Shot02 to the timeline. Trim five seconds
from the end of Shot01. Trim three seconds
from the start of Shot02. Add a Cross Dissolve
transition between the clips for a smooth mix.
4 Reverse tracking shot
5 Add a POV
6 Create a wipe
Add Shot03. This reverse tracking shot would
traditionally be captured by a steadicam
operator. A drone is in less danger of tripping
over tree roots while travelling backwards.
Add Shot04. By flying the drone forward along
the forest path at eye level we’ve created a
classic POV (Point of View) shot that helps add
texture and variety to our sequence.
Drop Shot05 into the timeline. Trim the start of
the shot so the man first appears from behind
the tree. Trim the end of the shot so he’s hidden
by the tree. The trees act as wipe transitions.
7 Crane up
8 Walk on water
9 Sound advice
Add Shot06. Because the man in the previous
shot became hidden by the tree we can cut
straight to him in this shot without any jarring
changes in his size or position.
Add Shot07. Traditionally this shot would be
filmed either from a boat or using a camera
mounted on a boom arm. Our drone has no
trouble dollying in to the subject across water!
The whine of the drone makes it impossible
to record dialogue or atmosphere. Link all the
shots together into a sequence using a sound
effect from the Audio tab’s Ambience folder.
Final Cut Pro X
Produce creative camera effects
How to add, customise and animate a range of camera viewfinder effects
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One way to add texture to a video production is to present
the action as if it is being observed through a viewfinder. For
example, the ‘Found Footage’ genre often shows clips that
have been overlaid with a video camcorder’s flashing REC
symbol. Dramas show a character being watched through
the sights of a night vision sniper rifle. You can also cut to
the viewpoint of an SLR camera, which can be a fun way to
enhance wedding videos. All these in-camera viewfinder effects
can be found in Final Cut Pro X’s Effects browser. Most of
them have editable attributes that you can customise in the
Inspector. You can layer effects together and animate them too.
Use special effects
Combine effects as layers to create viewfinder looks
Some of an effect’s properties can be
animated. If you adjust a slider’s value
and click its adjacent ‘Add a keyframe’
icon you can change the look of the
effect over time. Check out Steps 6-9 for
more details on this cool technique.
Knowledge base
Find effects fast
Final Cut Pro X ships with
125 different effects. Effects
are collected into themed
categories such as Looks or
Nostalgia, which can help you
find particular effects. You can
also type in a name (such as
SLR) into the search field at the
bottom of the Effects browser. To
preview an effect on a timeline
clip, slide the cursor across the
effect’s thumbnail.
Combine effects
The Bad TV effect degrades the
image and adds artefacts that
you might see on older tapebased camcorder footage. It’s an
effective way of complementing
the Camcorder effect that we’ve
also added to our clip.
Effects browser
The Effects browser provides a range
of different in-camera viewfinder looks
such as the Camcorder and Bad
TV effects that we’ve applied to our
example clip. Simply drag an effect onto
a clip in the timeline.
Most effects can be
modified to customise
their look. Here we’ve
reduced the level of our
virtual camcorder’s battery
with a quick drag on
this slider. You can also
change the default REC
text by typing in the box.
You can re-arrange how effects are layered in the Inspector by
dragging them above or below each other, changing the look.
Step-by-step Add camera viewfinder effects
1 Add camcorder effects
2 Modify camcorder effects
3 Add night vision
Drop a clip into the timeline and press Cmd+5
to summon the Effects browser. Go to the
Stylize section of the Effects browser. Drag the
Camcorder effect onto the timeline’s clip.
Press Cmd+4 to summon the Inspector. In
the Inspector’s Effects section is a Camcorder
section. Here you can modify the effect to have
a lower battery level and add scan lines.
To equip a war or spy drama’s character with
night vision binoculars, go to the Looks section
of the Effects browser. Drag the Night Vision
effect onto the clip in the timeline.
4 Modify properties
5 Get on target
6 Add SLR effect
You can modify the Night Vision effect in the
Inspector for a range of looks. Tweak the
Binocular Offset slider to create a less clichéd
and more realistic binocular view.
To turn your night vision binoculars into a
sniper’s infrared scope, set the Scope dropdown effect to Circle. Add Overlay 1. Increase
Skin Infrared to make skin and highlights glow.
If you want to display footage as if it’s being
viewed through an SLR camera’s lens, go to
the Stylize section of the Effects browser and
drag the SLR effect onto a clip.
7 Add a keyframe
8 Animate the effect
9 Take the shot
The SLR effect adds a focus ring and a camera
gate border. To animate these properties place
the Playhead at the start of the clip and drop
Defocus to ‘0’. Tick ‘Add a keyframe’.
Scrub the timeline’s Playhead forward a few
frames. Increase the Defocus slider to add blur.
This automatically creates a new keyframe that
animates the focus effect from sharp to blurred.
To add an animated shutter effect, set a
keyframe next to ‘Take A Picture’. Scrub
forward and set ‘Take A Picture’ to 100%. The
shutter will close between the two keyframes.
Program EDM beats with Drummer
Use Drummer’s players and synth-based percussion controls for electronic and urban music
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As most of us know, GarageBand’s Drummer is invaluable
when it comes to generating diverse drum patterns. The roster
of virtual stick swingers gives composers access to more
organic and dynamic backing tracks, with special controls for
how kits are played. However, this might be great for rock,
blues and country where acoustic studio percussion is required
but what about more contemporary styles? Well thankfully pop,
urban and EDM music are also catered for in a similar way with
drum machine performers instead. So in this guide we’ll look
specifically at tweaking the particular Drummer Editor controls
for electronic and hip-hop genres when designing beats.
Step-by-step How to create EDM beats
1 Choosing the genre
2 Electronic players
3 Editing a preset
With a default new Drummer track added to a
project, first show the Editors panel by pressing
the E key. Next click the Genre pop-up menu to
choose the Electronic option.
A number of ‘EDM’ type players are available
depending on your preferred style. Here we’ll
pick Magnus as an example offering a selection
of House presets to work with.
In the Drummer Editor, we first pick a Preset
pattern from the list. As always this is shaped
by dragging the X/Y pad’s yellow puck to define
how loud or complex it performs.
4 Drum kit controls
5 Variation sliders
6 Performance controls
The difference with Electronic Drummers is
that their ‘kit’ controls are single icons for
percussion, shakers, cymbals etc. Toggle them
on (yellow) or off by clicking each.
Three sliders are used to choose variations
between how those ‘kit’ pieces feature within
the drum pattern, giving additional say over
how the beat sounds within the region.
Lastly, the knob for Fills applies a percentage of
rolls and fills in the playing while Swing tends to
be better suited for adding natural shuffles on
8th or 16th notes.
The ‘Swing’ knob in the Drummer Editor applies a shuffling feel more
synonymous with real acoustic players than regimented drum machines.
Big beat basics
Picking out GarageBand’s core UI areas and tools most essential to building EDM rhythms
Follow Rhythm
Electronic Drum Kit
This little checkbox is important and
is used to lock the Drummer region
to the rhythm of another track. So if
you already have a bassline or guide
drum loop in the project you can
follow it with this.
The Library panel lists 20 patches
within the Electronic Drum Kit
category, which crucially define
which drum machine model is
applied to your Drummer track. By
manipulating Smart Controls you
can then save a custom patch.
Knowledge base
Project tempo
The song tempo you choose
for your project will obviously
impact directly on how your
drums perform. Typically, EDM
tracks range from 120-150 beats
per minute (bpm) and stick to
a common 4/4 time signature –
which GarageBand defaults to
for new projects. Both can be
changed within the top LCD by
click-holding and dragging, with
any tracks or loops observing
that adjustment.
Drummer Editor
Electronic players
Showing as the Editors panel for
yellow Drummer tracks only, the
Drummer Editor changes slightly for
Electronic players. Instead of using
kit controls you click toggle on/off
the icons for percussion elements
while adjusting the sliders.
In the main, the Electronic genre is
where you’ll find EDM-like virtual
players such as Magnus, Leah and
Julian. Other styles span dubstep and
of course hip-hop, with each boasting
their own pattern presets.
Custom patches
The patches you apply to a Drummer track are important for
achieving the sounds you have in mind. Show the Library
panel via the button in GarageBand’s top-left corner, with
View>Show Library or via the Y key shortcut. Here you’ll see
patches within the Electronic Drum Kit category, all of which
can be interchanged across your Electronic Drummer track.
Each applies Smart Control presets that can be tweaked.
“The patches you apply to a
Drummer track are important
for achieving your sounds”
1 Smart Controls
2 Saving the changes
With a chosen patch applied, show the Smart
Controls by hitting the B key. You’ll then see more
typical drum machine controls for that patch,
allowing you to make more direct adjustments to
the various ‘kit’ elements and any effects.
The available Smart Controls change with each
drum machine patch to reflect the various models
and you’ll lose those edits when you switch
patches. However, use the ‘Save…’ button at the
Library panel bottom to save custom patches.
Logic Pro X
Sidechain with MIDI tracks
Get your blood and your Logic tracks pumping in sync
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If you listen to pop or dance music you’ll have heard
sidechaining many times before – the rhythmic pumping in
volume of a synth or bass part in time with the track. All you
need to recreate this is a compressor with a sidechain input,
which Logic has always included; however, up until the 10.3
update, the compressor’s sidechain input was limited to the
use of audio tracks as triggers. This meant that if you wanted to
use a MIDI track to trigger the compressor, you had to render
it as audio first. Now though, you can assign any software
instrument track in your project instantly as a sidechain input,
making sidechaining much quicker, easier and more flexible.
Step-by-step Triggering sidechains with MIDI tracks
1 Import audio
2 Import MIDI
3 Synth you’re here
We’ll start by importing the audio file named
‘Software Sidechain Drums.aif’ (found in the
Tutorial Files folder) into an empty Logic project
at 126bpm.
Next, import the two MIDI files ‘Software
Sidechain Synth.mid’ and ‘Software Sidechain
Kick.mid’ onto two new Software Instrument
tracks in the same project.
Reset both MIDI tracks’ channel strips
(Steinway>Reset Channel Strip). Click the synth
channel’s Instrument slot and select ‘Alchemy’.
Load the ‘Analog Stack Synth’ preset.
4 Get your kicks
5 Disable output
6 Insert compressor
Select the kick drum track and open the Library
by clicking the button in the top left of the
toolbar. Choose the Electronic Drum Kit>Drum
Machine>Boutique 909 preset.
Solo the track and press play. You should
hear a 909 kick drum – fine for triggering the
compressor, but we don’t actually want to hear
it, so set the channel strip to ‘No Output’.
Back on the Alchemy track, click the Audio FX
slot and choose Dynamics>Compressor from
the menu. Load the Keyboards>Piano Hard
Compressor preset.
Because you’re using a MIDI track as the sidechain trigger, you can easily
change the rhythm of the compressor effect by editing the MIDI part.
Pump up the volume
Now you can trigger sidechains from MIDI tracks
Purple gain
Filter tip
The Sidechain button allows
sophisticated filtering of the signal
being sent to the sidechain input.
You can also alter the detection
mode that is used to analyse the
incoming signal.
The channel strip has a built-in
gain-reduction meter linked to
any Logic compressor present
in the FX chain, so you can keep
an eye on the pumping even
with the plug-in window closed.
Knowledge base
What is sidechaining?
In normal use, a compressor is
used to restrict the volume of an
audio signal by a set amount (ratio)
whenever it goes above a certain
level (threshold). It usually reacts
to the volume of whatever track
you’ve inserted the compressor on.
However, sending a different signal
to the sidechain input overrides this,
forcing the compressor to react to
the volume of the sidechain signal.
Graphic detail
Response time
The compressor’s Attack and
Release controls tailor the speed of
its response, and so can be used for
precise adjustments to the timing of
the pulsing effect.
Switching to the
compressor’s graph
display shows how the
kick drum beats (shown
in white) are rhythmically
reducing the gain of the
sustained synth chords
(shown in grey).
7 Set sidechain
8 Pump pump!
9 Blend the rules
In the top right of the compressor’s plug-in
window, set the sidechain input to ‘Inst 2 –
Kick’. The compressor’s gain reduction circuit
will now be triggered by the 909 kick.
Now hit play and the synth chords should be
pumping in time with the drums. Adjust the
compressor settings to taste – we’re aiming for
at least 10dB of gain reduction.
Use the compressor’s Mix control to finetune the amount of pumping in relation to the
unaffected synth part. Turning it to the left will
lessen the pulsating effect.
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Stream music to a Bluetooth speaker
How to connect to a Bluetooth speaker and control your iTunes library remotely
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As we speed ever closer to a world without wires, Bluetooth
speakers are becoming increasingly popular. But connecting
your devices to them isn’t always straightforward and even if
you can connect effortlessly, you may not know all of the tricks
you can employ to make it easier to control the media you are
streaming to your Bluetooth speakers. In the following tutorial
we will not only help you connect to a Bluetooth speaker and
stream your iTunes music to it, we will show you how to control
the volume and even maintain full control over your library – in
terms of what to play next and the output volume – by adding a
third device (your iPhone or iPad) into the equation.
Step-by-step Stream your music via Bluetooth
1 Turn on Bluetooth
2 Pair with speaker
3 Menu bar controls
Turn on your Bluetooth speaker. Go to System
Preferences on your Mac, click on Bluetooth
and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on and
tick the ‘Show Bluetooth in menu bar’ option.
The name of the Bluetooth speaker should
appear in the Devices window. When it does,
click on the ‘Pair’ button next to it and your
Mac will connect to the Bluetooth speaker.
You should now notice that the Bluetooth icon
in the menu bar changes to show that you are
connected. Click on this icon and you will be
able to control your paired speaker from here.
4 Open iTunes
5 Play your music
6 Disconnecting
Open your iTunes app, queue up the music
you want to play and then click on the AirPlay
button at the top of the iTunes window to
ensure you are connected to the right speaker.
Now press Play or double-click on the track
you wish to play and it should be streamed to
your Bluetooth speaker. You can control the
master volume from your Mac.
Stop the stream and redirect the music through
your Mac’s speakers at any time by clicking on
the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, selecting
your speaker and choosing ‘Disconnect’.
You can also use the Remote app (free from the App Store) to control
streamed films, rentals, podcasts, TV programmes, internet radio and more.
AirPlay menu
Bluetooth basics
Clicking the AirPlay button will allow you to
select which devices to wirelessly connect and
share content with. This can include Bluetooth
speakers, Apple TV and other devices. You can
also control the master volume from here.
Beaming your iTunes library via Bluetooth
Master volume
There are numerous ways to
control the volume of the music
being played on your Bluetooth
speaker. Perhaps the quickest
and easiest method is to just
use the standard volume control
slider within the iTunes interface.
Remote button
Bluetooth menu
If you are using the Remote app
on your iOS device to control
your music then click on this
button and enter the code
generated by the iOS app to pair
the two devices. You will then be
able to select tracks and control
the volume etc remotely.
By enabling the ‘Show
Bluetooth in menu bar’ in the
Bluetooth System Preferences
pane, you will be able to
connect and disconnect from
your Bluetooth speakers from
here, which is quicker and
easier than going through
System Preferences.
Knowledge base
Sound control
If you have the Sound menu
bar item enabled (go to Sound
in System Preferences), then
you can select your Bluetooth
speaker from the Sound menu
bar item and directly control
the output volume from your
Mac – which is just one of many
ways in which you can adjust the
volume of the music played on
your Bluetooth speaker.
Control your
music remotely
If you are streaming music from your Mac to your
Bluetooth speaker then you may not want to keep
returning to your computer to change tracks. To get
around this, download Apple’s free Remote app for
your iPhone or iPad and then ensure that Home Sharing
is turned on for your Mac (in iTunes, go to File>Home
Sharing>Turn on). You will then be able to pair the iOS
app with your iTunes library and manage it remotely
from your iOS device.
1 Pair devices
2 Remote play
Launch the Remote
app on your iPhone
or iPad, turn on Home
Sharing on your Mac
and then click on
the Remote button
that appears next to
the media menu in
iTunes. This will then
prompt you to enter
a code generated by
the iOS app.
Once the devices
have been paired,
you will be able to
control the music
being beamed to the
Bluetooth speaker
using the Remote
iOS app. Use this to
select tracks, queue
up music and control
the output volume of
the speaker.
AtHome Video Streamer
View your Mac’s webcam remotely
Stream your Mac’s camera to your iPhone or iPad and monitor your home or work
Step-by-step Set up Mac video streaming
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AtHome Video Streamer is an
app that sends video from the
Mac’s camera to an iOS device
of your choosing and it’s great for
monitoring what is happening in
front of your Mac while you are
away. When you are at work, at
the bus stop or on the train, you
can get out your iPhone and see
what your paranoid pets are up to,
you can check on your kids when
they get home from school, see
what your partner is doing, and so
on. You can view a live video feed
from the Mac’s camera.
You don’t need to constantly
watch it, however, as the Mac can
detect when there is movement
and automatically begin recording,
or you can set it to record at
certain times of the day.
1 Download AtHome
2 Start the app
There is useful information about video streaming
apps at the website, but the
AtHome Video Streamer is a free download in the
Mac App Store. Install it.
Open the app. The Mac’s screen does not need to
be on, but you might need to go to Energy Saver
in System Preferences and set Computer Sleep to
‘Never’ to keep it awake.
“The Mac can
detect movement
and automatically
begin recording”
3 Use your iPhone
4 Add a streamer
5 The camera status
Go to the App Store on your
iPhone or iPad and get the free
AtHome Camera app, not AtHome
Video Streamer. AtHome Camera
is used to view AtHome Video
Streamer on the Mac.
Tap ‘Add First Streamer’ or tap
the ‘+’ button to add an AtHome
Video Streamer camera. Press
‘Add Camera by QR Code’ and
then point the iPhone at the Mac’s
screen to add it.
It takes almost no time at all to
add the Mac’s camera and it is
possible to add more cameras.
Install AtHome Video Streamer on
your iPad and then add it in the
same way.
AtHome Video Streamer won’t prevent your Mac from being stolen, but by
enabling motion detection you might record the thief as they take it!
Control your Mac
Tap to talk
The microphone
button enables you
to speak through
your Mac. You must
leave the Mac with
the speakers on and
the volume turned
up though. Use the
speaker icon on the
left to listen.
Everything you need to control your Mac is on your iPhone
Night mode
When the light level is low,
pressing this button to enable
Night Mode can help. It boosts
the sensitivity of the Mac’s
camera and brightens the
image. You can’t see in the
dark, but it helps.
Knowledge base
Streamers & cameras
The AtHome Video Streamer just
sends video and is controlled
by AtHome Camera on another
device. There are AtHome Video
Streamer and Camera apps for
iPhone, iPad and Android. This
enables them to send or receive
video depending on which app
is run. There isn’t an AtHome
Camera app for the Mac though.
Record and save
Video recordings can be made
according to a schedule or using
motion detection, but you can also
record at any time by pressing the
Record button. The button to the
right saves a screenshot.
Streaming quality
There are three streaming quality
settings to choose from – High,
Good and Low. If you are using
3G/4G data on your iPhone you
can lower the quality to reduce
the data that is used.
6 Watch your pets
7 Videos and Settings
8 Configure camera
9 Record the action
Tap a camera to open the video
stream and see what your Mac
can see. Hold to Talk and speak
to your confused cat, or press
Record and save videos of
whatever’s going on.
Exit back to the camera list and
press the down arrow next to a
camera. The Videos button is used
to watch videos that have been
saved. First though, press the
Settings button.
There are no controls in the Mac
app and everything is configured
remotely using the iPhone or iPad
app. There are motion alarms and
scheduled recordings. Tap on
‘Motion Alarms’.
You can’t watch constantly, so
capture interesting events by
setting motion detection. Turn
on the switch and set the hours
and sensitivity. You can opt in for
notifications if you like.
PS4 Remote Play
Play PlayStation on your Mac
Download and install the PS4 Remote Play app and enjoy console gaming on your Mac
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If the TV your PlayStation 4 games console is connected to is
being used by another member of the family then you usually
have two options: (A) unplug it and carry it to a different TV in
another room, or (B) sack your gaming session and endure
whatever is on TV with your arms grumpily crossed. However,
there is now a third option: by downloading an app, you can
leave your PS4 hardware where it is and connect remotely on
your Mac to enjoy hours of gaming without bothering anyone
else. See our first step for how to download the PS4 Remote
Play app. Your Mac and PS4 will need to be on the same Wi-Fi
network and your PS4 must be on for the service to work.
Your Remote Play interface
How your PS4 looks on your Mac
Command bar
If you move your cursor around
the PS4 Remote Play window this
hovering bar of options will appear.
You can click on the PlayStation
buttons, which mimic those of the
Dual Shock Controller, to perform the
same functions.
Connection status
This icon will appear here if
the Wi-Fi connection to your
PS4 isn’t particularly strong.
This could mean a lag in
the game and a dip in the
frame rate if you are playing
remotely on your Mac.
Toggle mic
You can click on the microphone
icon to switch between using the
mic on your PS4 or switching to the
one that you’re remote-playing on.
This is particularly handy if you are
playing online games and need to
communicate with others.
Knowledge base
Play PS4 on iPad
You can also play PS4 on your
iOS device. Go to
on your Mac and download the
TeamViewer software. Set this
up and then use our tutorial to
remote-play your PS4 on your
Mac. When you have connected,
download the TeamViewer
Remote Control app on your iOS
device and connect to your Mac.
Screen size
Click on this icon to quickly switch between fullscreen and window view mode. You can, of course,
also do this by moving your cursor to the top of the
screen and clicking on the green circle icon in the
top-left corner.
If you install the official PlayStation App on your iOS device you can connect
it up to your PS4 and use it as a second screen in games that support it.
Step-by-step Connect your Mac to your PS4
1 Download the app
2 Auto set-up
3 Configure preferences
Go to
remoteplay/lang/en/index.html and click on
‘Mac’ to download the PS4 Remote Play app.
Then go through the simple installation process.
Turn on your PS4. Using a USB to micro USB
cable, attach your PS4 Dual Shock controller to
your Mac and launch PS4 Remote Play. When
prompted, press ‘Options’ on the controller.
During the connection process you can click
on ‘Open Preferences’ to tailor various options.
Here you can change the resolution (set to
540p as standard) and frame rate of the app.
4 Accessing the interface
5 Start playing
6 End session
Once you have connected to your PS4, you will
be able to access the main interface using the
Dual Shock Controller connected to your Mac.
Here you can launch games as per normal.
With a game disc inserted into your PS4 select
it to launch the game as per normal. You can
hover your cursor over the play window to bring
up buttons of the controller to click on as well.
When you want to wind up your session,
press the PlayStation button, go to the ‘Power
Options’ and you can close down your PS4
remotely before the remote play session ends.
Register manually
If you are having trouble connecting the PS4 Remote Play
app with your PS4 over the internet, you can pair them up
manually. This involves going into the Settings app on your
PS4 and scrolling down to the ‘Remote Play Connection
Settings’ option. Choose this, followed by ‘Add Device’ and
then make a note of the 8-digit code it supplies. Now use the
following steps to get your console connected to your Mac.
“You can also pair up the PS4
Remote Play app with your
PlayStation 4 manually”
1 Manual option
2 Enter the code
On the connection screen in the PS4 Remote Play
app, while it is searching for the PS4, click on
the ‘Register Manually’ option in the lower-right
corner of the box. This will bring up a box into
which the code must be entered.
Type the 8-digit code that was supplied by your
PlayStation 4 console into the space provided
and within a few seconds you should get
connected to your PS4 system and a window of
the PS4 interface will appear.
MindMaple Pro
Create and share projects
Mind mapping is a brilliant tool for creating complex workflows, and it just got easier…
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Mind mapping is a system that works well on computers and
also on paper, but when used on a Mac it feels as though you
can manipulate every part of a complex workflow until it is
perfect. MindMaple Pro gives you all of the tools and flexibility
you need to display your thoughts in a way that works for
you and also for those you want to share your ideas with. It
does not have built-in sharing on macOS at this time, but the
process to collaborate on the same project is still efficient and
it is unlikely that a team of people will trip over each other when
working together. By the end of this tutorial, you will likely view
MindMaple Pro as a genuine contender for idea creation.
Visually perfected mapping
The tools are hidden until needed
The minor details
You can tweak everything
from the size of the boxes to
the colour and shape of the
connecting arrows. There is a
huge number of visual tools
included which help to make the
maps unique.
Knowledge base
Mobile mind mapping
Minimal settings
There are very few settings that
need tweaking in MindMaple
Pro because all of the tools have
been designed to work exactly
as you need them to. This makes
for great stability and a very
speedy experience.
MindMaple Pro also works on
iPads and iPhones and both
apps offer rich functionality.
You can make basic maps,
add notes and share files using
iCloud, and the price is very
low just like the macOS version.
Potentially, this means that you
can edit and manage mind maps
wherever you are which will
greatly aid productivity.
What you see…
The mind maps which you
create will look identical to
anyone that you share them
with. This ensures that everyone
understands what the map
means and can help focus minds
on a complex project.
Your work environment
The toolbar can be customised to the
way you work which makes sense
because you will likely find that you only
need a sub-set of what is on offer. You
can minimise the options.
The mind maps you create can be used for task management, project
overviews and much more. The potential in this app is unlimited.
Step-by-step Create complex projects with ease
1 A busy start
2 A new map
3 Add a note
When you first open MindMaple Pro, a complex
mind map will be displayed. Take some time to
play around with it to understand how each of
the various tools and boxes works.
Click File>New to be presented with a blank
page. Now click in the ‘Central Topic’ box
and choose a name for your project. Click the
‘Topic’ icon and choose ‘Subtopic’.
Notes are important for adding more depth
to the mind map so click any box and then
the ‘Notes’ icon at the top. Now add all of the
information you want to include.
4 It’s coming together
5 Extra features
6 Importing and exporting
As you use the various visual tools, the mind
map starts to take on a form of its own. Pay
particular attention to the priorities which help
others to see important areas.
You can also add links, files, images, icons and
ClipArt to each box which will all be annotated
and available to view with one click. Try not to
overdo the attachments.
MindMaple Pro is compatible with
MindManager, FreeMind and XMind files so you
can automatically import them. You can also
export to many different formats such as PDF.
Sharing mind maps
The process for sharing your mind maps and letting others
collaborate is not automated online when using the macOS
app, but it is perfectly manageable. We will show you how to
manage this and it really does work well thanks to the simple
way it is built. It is as familiar as saving and sending a file and
then letting other parties make their changes. A traditional
method for sure, but one that is guaranteed to work reliably.
“It is as familiar as saving and
sending a file, then letting other
parties make their changes”
1 The map file
2 A perfect copy
When you save the mind map, it will be created
as a .emm file which can be opened by anyone
who uses MindMaple Pro. If you are collaborating,
it is worth checking that all parties involved own
the app first.
When opened, the map will be displayed with
everything in place and it will visually be identical
to the map which you have created. When your
collaborator saves the file and sends it back, it
will remain exactly as they have saved it.
Boost the Mac’s clipboard with iPaste
Store multiple items on the macOS clipboard and paste them wherever you need them
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What is the most used feature of macOS? Could it be the
clipboard? It is hard to imagine working without it. However, it is
also limited and every time something is copied it replaces what
was previously there. There is only one place on the clipboard
for items. iPaste changes all that and the free version of the app
enables you to store three items on the clipboard. In addition to
this, you can also pin another three items, making six in total.
The Pro version extends this to 20+ items. Using iPaste you
can copy multiple items to the clipboard one after the other and
then select which one you want to paste. It is an excellent utility
that makes the clipboard much more useful.
Step-by-step Enhance the clipboard with iPaste
1 Install iPaste
2 Copy some text
3 Copy an image
Open the Mac App Store and enter iPaste into
the search box. Install the free app and then
run it. It adds an icon to the menu bar, which
shows the clipboards when clicked.
Let’s see how iPaste works by copying text
from a web page, such as Wikipedia. Click
and drag over the text in Safari, right-click the
selection and click ‘Copy” from the menu.
If you see an image you want to copy, such as
from a Google image search, right-click it and
select ‘Copy Image’ from the menu. It is added
to the items on the clipboard.
4 Paste the text
5 Paste images
6 Pin clipboard items
Text and images copied to the clipboard are
added to the iPaste menu. Click the icon and
select the item to paste. Text can be pasted
with formatting or as plain text.
Images might appear on the iPaste menu as
images or, if they are copied from a web page,
as URLs. Select a URL to paste the image it
links to into a TextEdit document.
Click the i‘Paste’ menu bar icon to show the
menu and then hold down the Option key. Click
one of the three items at the top of the menu to
add it to the pinned section below.
iPaste free is useful, but limited to three items and three pinned items.
Upgrade to Pro in Preferences for £4.95 to extend it.
iPaste shortcuts
Knowledge base
Learn how to access iPaste features fast!
Persistent clipboard
Copy something to the macOS
clipboard and it is only temporary.
It is wiped clean when the Mac is
restarted. iPaste is not like that and
it remembers what is stored on the
clipboard permanently. It survives a
reboot and you can continue pasting
in items that you previously saved.
This makes it even more useful than
the macOS clipboard.
Clipboard contents
Press Shift+Command+V to show
the items stored on the iPaste menu.
Three items can be stored for free
and pressing 1, 2 or 3 inserts the
corresponding item into the application.
Pinned clipboard items
Show the iPaste menu, hold down the
Option key and click one of the three
clipboard items to pin it permanently to
this section. Press the letter next to an
item to instantly paste it in.
Paste plain text
Copy text from a web page or
word processor document and it
will contain formatting information
such as fonts, sizes, colours and
styles. Strip it out with ‘Paste as
Plain Text’ if it’s not needed.
Menu bar option
Are you the sort of person that
can touch-type and likes to
keep their fingers hovering over
the keyboard? Select this menu
option to hide the menu bar icon
and use the keyboard shortcuts.
Settings and formats
iPaste is a simple utility that performs a single function, but
there are a few settings you can tweak to make it even more
useful. For example, if the menu bar on the Mac is very
cluttered, it is possible to remove the iPaste icon to free up
space. Click the icon, go to the ‘More’ menu and clear the
tick against ‘Menu bar Icon’. To access iPaste with no icon,
just press Shift+Command+V. Here are more settings.
“If the menu bar on the Mac is
very cluttered, it is possible to
remove the iPaste icon”
1 Configure Preferences
2 Wide support
Click the iPaste icon and select More>
Preferences. On the General tab, set iPaste to
start at login so it’s available all the time. The
clipboard count can be increased to 20 items by
upgrading to the Pro version.
iPaste supports many other types of clipboard
content in addition to text and images. For
example, select a file in Finder and press
Command+C to copy it. It’s added to the menu
and can be pasted elsewhere.
Create and publish a new website
You can now build and publish websites in one app
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This tutorial will not show you how to build a well-designed
website, but how an app called Sparkle can save you lots of
time and help you to build an online presence in no time at
all. The idea behind the app is to let you create every part of a
website, from the text content to the design and the imagery,
and to then publish it to any hosting service of your choosing.
You can purchase an add-on which will give you the hosting
that you need which only adds to the simplicity, and we have to
say that for sheer ease of use Sparkle is a hard app to beat. If
you are looking to build an online presence then Sparkle could
be the perfect solution for you.
Step-by-step Build a website in minutes
1 Two small screens
2 A new page
3 The title
After installing the app, you will see two small
screens. One highlights the add-ons you can
buy to enable integrated hosting and the other
is a standard Finder screen.
Click ‘New Document’ in the Finder screen
and the main Sparkle interface will appear. The
‘More’ panel should be active to give you some
guidance from the start.
Click ‘Text’ at the top and then click the top of
the right-hand column. Now choose ‘Title’ and
start typing. You can then adjust the font and
colour as you need.
4 Add an image
5 Insert some links
6 Preview your site
Click the ‘Image’ icon and then select one
as you would in any other app. You can now
position it precisely using the mouse and it will
stay exactly where you left it.
Inserting links is as easy as adding text and
then double-clicking a word or phrase. Now go
to the ‘On Click’ option over to the right and
select ‘Go to External Link’.
Click ‘Preview’ top right and you will be able
to see exactly how your site will look to other
people. It means you can easily check your
progress time and time again.
It is easy to insert pre-written HTML code snippets using the ‘Embed’
option. This is ideal for adding advanced features and editing.
A visual feast
Complex editing
Multiple fonts are built in as is
the ability to manage line heights,
HTML tags and text formatting.
Everything you need to create a
unique website is included in every
part of the app.
Create web code with clicks
A true site
You can create as many pages
as you need and the structures
will be worked out for you by
Sparkle. This alone makes
the app worth looking at for
complex sites.
Knowledge base
Complete flexibility
You have a blank page when you
open Sparkle and what you do
with that page is completely up
to you. From image placement to
menus to the pages you want to
build, the end result will always
be unique because you are not
using themes that many other
web apps and services offer as
the main starting point.
Be social
Social networks are
also supported and so
is the ability to create
navigation menus in
seconds. Consider
just how long all of
this would take to
code and the benefits
of Sparkle become
clear straightaway.
Clever formatting
It is easy to add shadows to
images and place them wherever
you like. Sparkle will manage the
code behind each visual move
you make so that the preview
mirrors the end product.
7 The website icon
8 Automatic device formatting 9 Almost too simple?
In ‘Settings’ you can add a small image which
will be your official website icon in the search
bar. You can also insert your Google Analytics
data here for stats tracking.
Your website can be formatted to work on PCs,
tablets and phones with just a couple of clicks
via ‘Device’. All of the hard work is done for you
behind the scenes.
From images to videos to complicated page
layouts, Sparkle lets you include them all using
simple clicks. No coding knowledge is required
to build sophistication.
Rename multiple files in batches
You can save lots of time by renaming files in batches. The feature is built in to Finder
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Finder is designed to hide the complexity of file structures
within macOS, but allows advanced file management if
needed. Novices and hardened macOS users can both get a
lot from what is one of the key parts of the operating system
and the more you look into what Finder can do, the more
benefits you will find. One of these benefits is the ability to
deal with batches of files and to make changes to them all
simultaneously that would otherwise take you a long time if
you were to do it individually.
We will show you in this tutorial how to rename a batch
of files all at once which can be very useful for sorting files
in a specific way or for grouping them together when you
are working on projects. The number of renaming options
available is surprising.
Step-by-step Rename multiple files in seconds
1 Highlight and select
2 Experiment a little
3 True file management
Select multiple files in a Finder window and
then right-click to see further options. Click
‘Rename x Items’ and a smaller panel will
appear with options to select from.
You can now replace specific text in each file
name to make them searchable or even change
the format so that they can be processed as
one single batch by another app.
Once you have changed the file names as
a batch, you can now right-click and select
‘New Folder with Selection…’ to create a fully
renamed batch of files to work on.
t some point or other all
iPhone owners come up
against the storage problem;
you go to download a new
app and a message flashes
s ying you have insufficient storage to
co modate it. Or, worse, you go to take
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nt and your iPhone won’t let you
ca e it is completely full! But rather
an t mad, there are plenty of ways
to get ven, to show your iPhone who’s
ss b purging unused apps, ditching
unne ed files and freeing up essential
space use for more useful purposes.
er he following pages we pinpoint
e us l problem areas where you can
waste tal space on your iPhone if you
aren’t c reful and suggest ways in which
you can rectify the problem and free up
as muc of your device’s capacity as
ssible for the things that matter most.
your apps
We don’t mean all of them – just
the ones you barely use. We’re
not knocking your intentions –
you may very well have installed
the 7 Minute Workout app to
get fit, but circumstances, and
a love of cheeseburgers, may
have hindered the amount you
actually use it. No matter, we’re
not judging, just get rid of it and
any more like it and you’ll be
immediately off the mark in the
‘freeing up space’ stakes!
preinstalled apps
1 Long-press
2 Tap ‘X’
3 Reinstalling apps
First, if you long-press on the
app that you would like to delete,
after a second you’ll find that all
of your onscreen apps will start
to shake.
Tap on the small ‘X’ icon in the
corner of the app icon and a
message will appear asking if
you wish to remove the app. To
delete an app, tap on ‘Remove’.
Press the Home button to return
your screen to normal. If you
need to reinstall apps later,
search for them in the App Store
and tap the cloud icon.
View your apps
by consumption
1 Manage your
2 View your apps
3 Delete apps
Seeing exactly how much space
your apps are taking up may
prompt you to remove them
from your device.
Go to Settings>General>Storage
& iCloud Usage and, under the
Storage section at the top of the
screen, tap on ‘Manage Storage’.
Apps will be listed in accordance
with how much space they use.
Tap on the arrow next to an app
to see how much space the
documents and data take up.
If you see an app listed that
takes up valuable space and you
can do without it, you can tap on
the ‘Delete’ option to instantly
remove it.
Since the release of iOS 10, you
have even been able to delete
previously bolted-on Apple apps.
Here’s how…
the space
Now that you have removed apps
that you no longer use, it is time
to see how much space your
remaining apps take up – and
this in turn may prompt you to
remove them if they only narrowly
escaped the initial cull. You can
do this by going to the Storage &
iCloud Usage settings (outlined
in this tutorial) and getting the
rundown of exactly how greedy
your apps are when it comes to
valuable storage space.
Free up space
Turn off ‘Keep
Normal Photo’
Evaluate your
photo taking
Many of us use our iPhone as our
primary photo-taking equipment.
Its size and portability make it
the perfect device for whipping
out in an instant and capturing
those special moments, but the
downside is that an abundance
of photos can soon eat into
those valuable capacity reserves
if we’re not careful. Aside from
scrutinising your photo gallery
and removing any unwanted
photos on a regular basis,
there are also many other ways
in which we can adapt our
snapping behaviour to help
conserve space on our devices,
as outlined here.
HDR mode captures
better photos by blending
the best parts of three
exposures into a single
photo while keeping the
normal versions. This is
handy for older iPhones
with slower cameras, but
less so on newer iPhones
so there is less reason to
keep the normal photos.
Go to Settings>Photos &
Camera to turn the ‘Keep
Normal Photo’ option off.
Use the
volume button
Instead of using the
onscreen shutter button,
you could use the volume
up button on the side
of your iPhone to take
photos. This makes it
easier to capture images
with a single click instead
of accidentally using
Burst Mode.
Watch out for
Burst Mode
By holding down the
shutter button, you will
initiate Burst Mode, which
captures a series of shots
in quick succession so
you can choose the best
ones. You cannot turn
this off so may need to be
cautious with your taps.
Delete extra
shots on the fly
Take time to review your
photo gallery. If you use
Burst Mode you will have
lots of similar-looking
shots, so go through
them and edit them by
deleting any that aren’t
up to scratch. Tap here to
remove them on the fly.
“An abundance of
photos can soon
eat into valuable
capacity reserves”
Also try… Other ways in which you can quickly free up space
1 Clear
your cache
This won’t make a
huge difference to the
amount of storage
you claw back, but
every little helps.
When using Safari,
your iPhone may be
storing web data that
you don’t need, so go
to Settings>Safari and
scroll down to ‘Clear
History and Website
Data’. Tap on this and
then choose ‘Clear
History and Data’.
2 Erase your list
When using Safari,
you may save pages
to your Reading List to
check out offline later.
But if you have already
read these you can
save some storage by
clearing your list. Go
to Settings>General>
Storage & iCloud
Usage, and, under
Storage, tap Manage
Storage>Safari and
swipe left over the
‘Offline Reading
List’ option.
3 Manage
your music
Music can steal
quite a lot of space
on your iPhone so
if you don’t listen to
particular albums or
tracks then why keep
them on there? To
delete them, go to
Storage & iCloud
Usage then, under
Storage, tap Manage
Storage>Music and
swipe left over albums
or tracks.
Okay, we have explored how to
identify which apps are using up
the most space on your iPhone
so, short of deleting the entire
app, what can you do next? Well,
if you see that an app has a lot of
data associated with it that greatly
increases the amount of space it
takes up on your device, such as
the BBC iPlayer app, then you can
go into the actual app itself and
start having a spring clean.
Clearing out app data
Discover how to reduce the size
of apps by clearing out unneeded
documents and data…
2 Launch the app
3 Check results
In the ‘Manage Storage’ section,
tap on an app that uses a lot of
space. Here the BBC iPlayer app
is using 527.8MB of space.
Launch the app in question and
start clearing out documents and
data that you no longer require,
such as downloads in the BBC
iPlayer app.
When you return to the Storage
& iCloud Usage settings you will
see that, with the removal of
documents and data, the space
the app uses is instantly reduced.
1 Go to Settings
2 Select a timeframe
3 Check the storage
Go to Settings>Messages, and
then scroll down through the
various settings available. Under
‘Message History’, you will see
‘Keep Messages’ – tap this.
Here you can choose to keep
messages for 30 days or a year
and all older messages will be
deleted. Select an option and then
tap ‘Delete’.
Go to Settings>General>Storage
& iCloud Usage>Manage Storage
and you will be able to see how
much space you have saved next
to the ‘Messages’ listing.
1 Check on
Documents & Data
Ditch your
Messages can encroach on
your iPhone’s storage capacity
somewhat stealthily without you
really realising it. You may have
message threads stretching back
months – sometimes even years.
What you may not necessarily
know though is that you don’t
have to go through painstakingly
deleting messages individually; you
can delete them in batches to save
time. It’s very simple to do – here
we show you how…
Delete old messages
Here’s how to batch-delete your
old messages…
Free up space
Turn off your
Photo Stream
When you take a photo on one
device, such as your iPhone,
Photo Stream is an option that
automatically sends that photo to
all of your other devices too, such
as your Mac or iPad, as long as
they are connected to the same
Apple ID. With this option enabled
on your iPhone, any pictures you
take on your iPad will be sent to
your iPhone, eating up precious
space. So it’s probably best to turn
off this feature.
Disable Photo Stream
Save space on your iPhone by
turning off ‘My Photo Stream’.
1 Go to Settings
Launch your Settings app and
then scroll down to the ‘Photos &
Camera’ section. This is where you
will find all the options relating to
your Photos and Camera apps.
2 Turn off
Photo Stream
If the ‘My Photo Stream’ option
is enabled, move the slider to the
‘Off’ position to disable it and a
message will instantly pop up.
3 Delete images
Turning off Photo Stream will
delete all Photo Stream photos
from your iPhone, so tap on
‘Delete’ to confirm this and space
will be freed up in an instant.
Use external cleaning services
One option for helping you free up space on your iPhone
that you may not have considered is using third-party
applications that specialise in this field. One such app is
called iMyFone Umate, which is available for Mac or PC
from Though you will have to pay to
enjoy all the benefits of the application, trial versions are
available for free, so download one of the versions and give
it a go and see how it can help you claw back vital storage
space on your device.
To use iMyFone Umate, simply launch the app on your
Mac and then connect your iPhone to your computer. Next,
you just need to hit the ‘Quick Scan’ button and the app will
then explore every aspect of your device looking for ways to
free up as much space as possible. When the result of the
scan is revealed you will be presented with an overall figure
of how much space you can free up and certain categories
will be listed, such as ‘Junk Files’, ‘Temporary Files’ etc,
each with a figure showing how much space they take up.
If you then go ahead and click on the ‘Clean’ button next
to a category you will instantly free up the space previously
taken by those files.
“Hit the ‘Quick Scan’ button
and the app will explore every
aspect of your device looking
for ways to free up space”
Backup to cloud
If your iCloud is full of essential data for your favourite apps that you
don’t keep on your iPhone, then there are plenty of other really good
cloud storage apps that you can download and use for free that
provide multiple gigabytes’ worth of space to use to back up your
photos, for example. The Dropbox app is particularly good for this
because you can set it up so that any photos you take are instantly
uploaded to your Dropbox account, after which you can delete them
straight off your iPhone.
Connect to your Mac
Your storage allocation
Dropbox offers a certain amount of free
online storage space when you create an
account and you can see how much of
your allocation you are using by tapping
on the cog icon in the top-left corner of
the interface to access this screen.
By tapping on the ‘Connect a
Computer’ option, you can go through
the process of downloading the app
for your Mac and linking it to your
iOS app so that you can manage the
content from your desktop.
Also try…
Other ways in which you
can quickly free up space
Delete old books
If you have an entire
virtual library of eBooks
downloaded in your
iBooks app, ask yourself
if you really need them on
your device. You can only
read one at a time and
any books you purchase
will be available to
instantly download from
the Cloud on demand.
Free up space by tapping
on ‘Select’ on the All
Books page, highlighting
books to remove and
tapping ‘Delete’.
smaller videos
your storage
Instant uploads
If you turn on the
automatic upload
options for photos and
videos then they will be
instantly uploaded to
your Dropbox account,
meaning that you can
delete them straight off
your device in order to
free up space.
If you are constantly
uploading photos to
your Dropbox account
then you may need to
upgrade your storage
to accommodate them.
Tap on this option and
you will be able to
select a different plan.
This will cost a monthly
or annual fee, but it
could well be worth it.
“You can set it up so
any photos you take are
uploaded to Dropbox”
Videos take up a great
deal of space, especially
if they are comparable in
length to War and Peace.
But a simple adjustment
can ensure that the
videos you record take
up less space by default.
Go to Settings>Photos
& Camera and tap on
‘Record Video’. Now set
this to ‘720p HD at 30 fps’
and you will save around
70MB of space per one
minute of recording.
Close apps
and restart
Though apps running in
the background shouldn’t
necessarily take up
memory, it can be good
practice to close any apps
you aren’t using (doubletap the Home button and
swipe up on an open
app) and restart your
device from time to time
to help clear temporary
files and ensure that it
runs efficiently. To do this,
simply long-press on the
Sleep/Wake button.
Free up space
Turn off Automatic Downloads
Automatic Downloads means that any music, apps and books
purchased on other devices will be downloaded straight to your
iPhone. Though usually a handy feature, this can obviously impact
on your storage space, so go to Settings>iTunes & App Stores and
then turn off the Automatic Downloads for each type of media. If
you wish to, you can download purchased content manually to your
iPhone at any point. Here we show you how…
Downloads can
impact on your
storage space”
Download music
Manually download music that you
have purchased on other devices.
Either launch your iTunes app and
go to More>Purchased>Music and
tap the ‘Not on This iPhone’ tab, or
launch the Music app and, on the
Library page, scroll down and tap on
the album artwork.
Find app purchases
Apps that you have purchased
on other devices can manually
be downloaded to your iPhone
by launching the App Store app
and then tapping on the ‘Updates’
option. Then tap on ‘Purchased’ at
the top of the screen followed by
‘My Purchases’. Now simply tap the
cloud icon to download apps.
Re-download books
Books and audiobooks purchased on other
devices can be re-downloaded on your iPhone
by launching the iBooks app. Now tap on ‘My
Books’ and all of the books you have purchased
will be displayed in your library, with a cloud icon
in the corner of those not on your iPhone. Tap the
cloud icons to re-download them.
Turn off app auto-update
Though it can be handy having apps autoupdate whenever a new version is released,
this can leave you perilously short of
storage space if the new update happens
to be a big one. You should definitely
consider turning the ‘Updates’ option off
and then manually updating through the
App Store when you have a moment.
Use magic!
This method of freeing up space
was exposed a while ago and it
can be used to free up anything
from 100MB to over a gigabyte
of space that you never knew
was available. How does it do it?
Magic, that’s how! Okay, not really,
but it does seem that your iPhone
pulls out all of the stops and finds
free space from somewhere at
the prospect of your spending
money in the iTunes Store. To
witness this phenomena, go to
Settings>General>About and
then make a note of the figure
next to the ‘Available’ category.
Now follow these steps to see the
magic happen…
1 Go to iTunes
2 Choose to rent
3 See the magic
Open your iTunes app, go to
the Films section and search
for a movie, the size of which
far exceeds the amount of free
storage you have available.
Once you’ve found a suitably long
film, tap on the ‘Rent…’ option
and, before too long, a message
will appear telling you that you
don’t have enough storage.
From the message, tap on
‘Settings’ and navigate back to
General>About. You should notice
that your ‘Available’ figure has
increased! You can even repeat it.
If all else fails…
Why not try backing up your iPhone and then erasing it to start afresh?
1 Launch Settings
2 Make a back up
3 Start resetting
4 Erase iPhone
Start off by going to Settings>iCloud
and then scroll down to the bottom
of the list of apps that use iCloud
and tap on the ‘Backup’ option.
Once in the Backup options you will
see the option to ‘Back Up Now’.
Tap on this and your iPhone will
start backing up its data to iCloud.
Now go to the General settings and
scroll down to the bottom. Here you
will find the ‘Reset’ option. Tap this
to see a wide range of options…
Tap on ‘Erase All Content and
Settings’ and ‘Erase iPhone’. Now
restore it using your backup which
will clear unnecessary files and data.
Manage cards and
passes with Wallet
The Wallet app goes far beyond being a simple
hub for all things Apple Pay
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The Wallet app has gained notoriety for being the go-to app for
all things Apple Pay. Not only is it the hub for all your payment
card information, it’s also used as a base for all Apple Pay
transactions. However, it goes far beyond this one function.
Using Wallet you can systematically manage bookings and
event preparations from hundreds of compatible apps. These
apps create passes in Wallet, allowing the user to manage
various aspects of them and set up manual updates. You can
even scan your own passes into the app – all you need is a
document with the Wallet app icon present. Here we’ll show
you how to manage both your cards and passes within Wallet.
Step-by-step Take control of the Wallet app
1 Add a new pass
2 Download and import
3 Manage your pass
Open the Wallet app from your device’s Home
screen, before selecting the ‘+’ icon next to
the Passes option. From here, select the ‘Find
Apps for Wallet’ tab that’s provided.
Download any of the apps you’ve bookings
with. Now open one of these apps in question,
load your booking and select the ‘Add to Apple
Wallet’ button that will be shown.
Head back to the Wallet app and select your
pass from the list using the ‘i’ symbol at the
bottom right. Here you can toggle to receive
updates and lock screen access.
It’s not just debit cards that are compatible with the Wallet app – users can
add all the details of any credit cards they may own.
Master Wallet
pass options
Knowledge base
Scan your own codes
Certain printable booking passes are compatible
with the Wallet app if they’ve the Wallet icon on
your booking somewhere. Select the ‘Scan a Pass’
option from the Wallet app, and use the camera to
frame the barcode on your pass. The details of it
will automatically import into the app, which you
can then confirm before adding it.
Enhance how you manage passes
in Wallet with these simple tips
Stay updated
Enable the ‘Automatic Updates’ option to
make sure you get timely notifications as
your event comes closer. You can also use
the Notifications menu in the Settings app to
toggle how often you get these notifications.
Share with friends
Direct links to your pass can be sent to
other iOS users. Select the ‘Share Pass’
option, enter an email for the recipient
and they’ll get a direct import link for it.
Add to lock screen
For on-the-spot updates to your
bookings, make sure to use the
‘Suggest on Lock Screen’ option.
This is the best way to discover any
potential changes to your passes.
Remove when done
You don’t want to keep a backlog of
passes you’ve used. Use the ‘Remove
Pass’ option that’s provided to delete the
pass completely from the Wallet app.
4 Remove a pass
5 Switching to cards
6 Manage your card
Once you’ve used your pass, open this
same menu again and scroll directly to the
bottom. Select the ‘Remove Pass’ option to
permanently delete it from the Wallet app.
Press back on your device to open the home
page and select the ‘Add a Card’ option. Enter
the details of your debit card when prompted,
and confirm them on the next screen.
Select the ‘i’ symbol on the card listing and
select the ‘Transaction’ option from within. Use
this menu to view all Apple Pay transactions
made with your stored Wallet app card.
Using the new
features of iOS 10.3
Dig into the latest iOS update and make sure you
are getting the most from your device
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iOS 11 may be just a few months from its first reveal at
WWDC in June, but iOS users don’t have to wait until then
to get a slight upgrade to their operating system. iOS 10.3
was released a few weeks ago and adds a number of small
tweaks to your iPhone and iPad – some of which you might
not even have noticed.
However, although the changes may seem minimal,
this update is actually fairly significant, because Apple has
changed the way in which iOS organises the files on your
device. The old system, HFS+, has been changed to APFS,
and this should make your device feel snappier and more
responsive as the operating system can access data more
quickly. Of course, there are also several other big changes
in iOS 10.3, so we’ve dug into the update to find out exactly
what they are and how they will affect you…
Step-by-step Get more from your iOS device
1 Podcasts widget
You can now add a Podcasts
widget to the Spotlight section of
your iPhone. Tap the ‘Edit’ button
at the bottom of the page and
tap the green ‘+’ icon next to the
Podcasts option.
2 Access your
podcasts fast
The Podcasts widget will display
your most recently played
podcasts. You can tap one of the
podcast icons and it will instantly
start playing the show in question.
3 Check the weather
4 Enjoy extra storage
If you have an iPhone 6S or 7 with
Force Touch enabled, you can
now use a firm touch on the Maps
app and you will be able to get a
quick update on the weather in
your local area.
The new file system that iOS 10.3
uses actually means that you might
find you have a little bit of extra
storage space on your device.
Tap Settings>General>Storage &
iCloud Usage to see it.
If you don’t have enough space for the update, your iPhone will ask you if it
can temporarily remove large apps to make space for the download.
more cool
1 Find my AirPods
2 Check cricket scores
3 Review within apps
If you have the Find My iPhone app,
and a pair of Apple’s AirPods, you
can now track the location of the
headphones using the app, and make
them make a noise if they’re lost.
An update to Siri means that you can
now ask the smart assistant about
cricket, as well as other sports. You
can ask about specific teams, or about
overall results.
You can now also review apps
without having to leave them and be
redirected to the App Store. A new
pop-up will appear giving the option
to review the app within the pop-up.
7 Check your
iCloud storage
8 Check on your
other devices
To get an overview of your iCloud
storage, tap the iCloud option in
the Apple ID screen. A new screen
will show your iCloud storage at
the top, with other details below.
Scroll down on the Apple ID
screen and you’ll be able to see all
of the devices registered with your
Apple ID, and any other devices
that your iCloud family users own.
5 Check Apple ID
6 Update Apple ID
In the Settings app, you’ll see a
new section right at the top of the
main screen. Here you can quickly
get an overview of your Apple ID
information – just tap it to get to
the new screen.
Here, you can also update your
Apple ID details. You can change
your name, phone numbers and
email, update your password, or
change your payment information
all from here.
Highlight and share
book extracts
Share the best parts of your favourite books
in the simplest way possible with Booklights
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very well. Its task is to let you share paragraphs from any
book you are reading, whether it be an eBook or paperback,
to social networks in an instant. When you highlight extracts,
the app will let you search for the book title and then
populate all of the required details for others to purchase it,
and perhaps the most impressive part is the professional
way the extracts are displayed. It works exactly as you
would want it to and is highly efficient.
Step-by-step Share book highlights in seconds
1 You need Twitter
2 Capture the extract
3 Select the book
When you first open the app, you will need to
sign in to your Twitter account in order to use it.
This will then let you share your book extracts
with a couple of taps.
The next step is to tap the ‘+’ icon and then
select the photo or screenshot you want to
use. Drag it around and then re-size the box to
capture the entire extract.
You can now search for the book title and then
add your thoughts in the main panel. Tap the
‘tweet?’ option and the highlight will be shared
on Twitter immediately.
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Vantage Calendar
Manage your
time with Vantage
Your timeline of current and future events should be
visual, and Vantage makes them more so than ever
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Your life should be fun so when you are choosing a calendar
you really shouldn’t look to organise yourself within a bland
environment that merely lists what you need to do next.
Vantage Calendar solves this problem by adding more fun to
the experience of getting organised with stickers, customised
fonts and an interface that perfectly lays out what you need
to do now and what the future looks like. It is an entirely new
take on the calendar which adds depth and meaning while
remaining simple to understand.
In our tutorial we will take you through the process of using
Vantage Calendar, showing you how to get the most out
of it and taking a look at the add-ons that are built in. This
innovative calendar app could completely change the way
you organise yourself and add more than a little fun to the
experience as well.
Step-by-step Manage your days in style
1 Useful visual
2 Select your
When you first open Vantage, you
will take a quick tour of the various
options on offer. Check them out
to see what you can do and how
they will help you get organised.
Any calendars active on your
iPhone will be displayed in Vantage
Calendar by default. Tap the topleft icon in Vantage’s main screen
to select the ones you want to use.
3 A different look
4 Days and months
When the calendar view appears,
it can be a little jarring because it
looks so unusual, but we would
advise you to spend some time
exploring what all of the different
visual cues mean.
You can tap on any day to see
the entries within it and tap the
chevron at the top to pull down a
handy month view. There are many
visual options available to help you
look ahead.
When you create a new entry, you can highlight it with a colour if
it is important – yet another visual tweak that works very well.
The extra bits
1 Fonts and stickers
The included fonts and stickers let
you customise each entry so that
they stand out in the 3D timeline.
The personality this feature adds
actually helps to make the entries
easier to view.
2 Custom repeats
The custom repeat feature is
ideal for creating entries that
occur every week or on specific
days each month. The way it is
implemented ensures that it can
cover every requirement you have.
3 Carefully considered
touch panels
Throughout the app’s interface,
you will see that large touch
panels are used to let you change
times and to create new entries.
The entire focus is on quick
and easy calendar viewing and
event creation.
5 Change the look
6 The visuals matter
7 A traditional view
8 The final tweaks
If you tap the top-left menu icon
it will bring up a panel showing a
variety of options. Now you can
tap ‘Color Packs’ to completely
change the look of the calendar
interface in an instant.
Find the colour scheme that
works best for you and then try to
stick with it. You’ll notice how the
amount of information included
on screen is deceptively complete
and simply laid out.
When you have the month view
active, you can tap the chevron
again to quickly revert to a
traditional month view. This is
useful to check what the next few
weeks hold for you.
You can also explore the settings
and set up the app to work
perfectly for your needs. Certain
hours can be hidden from the main
view and you can also include
useful countdowns.
Send web content to
Kindle to read offline
Add a Share to Kindle function to iOS and send
webpages and documents to your Kindle
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Although iOS is blessed with some great offline-reading
apps such as Instapaper and Pocket, many users have been
frustrated that there hasn’t been an easy way to send web
articles and documents to a Kindle. Thankfully, the situation has
changed. Amazon has finally incorporated a ‘Send to Kindle’
feature within its latest iOS app, bringing it into line with its
Android offering. Tap the Share button within Safari and other
apps to quickly send content to Kindle for offline reading. It will
convert your saved content and put it into the same library as
your Kindle eBooks, giving it reader-friendly presentation and
making it more likely you’ll actually read the stuff.
Step-by-step Add Kindle’s read-it-later feature
1 Visit a website
2 Widen the options
3 Find the button
With the latest Kindle app installed on your
iDevice, open the Safari app and navigate to a
website that you wish to send to Kindle. While
on the page, tap the Share icon.
You’ll see three rows within the Share window.
Swipe your finger across the middle row and
keep going to the end. Now tap the ‘More’
button to call up a long page of options.
Scroll down the list until you see ‘Send to
Kindle’ and toggle the switch to green. When
you tap ‘Done’, the Kindle icon will appear in
the middle row as one of the available options.
To reposition ‘Send to Kindle’ in the Share menu, tap ‘More’ in the middle
row. Press and hold the three-line button next to the icon to move it.
Viewing your
saved items
Move through
the text
As well as moving the
slider left and right
to flick through the
text, you can tap the
bookmark icon in the
top-right corner to
save specific pages.
Enjoy your saved content in
the iOS Kindle app
Select the content
Your saved content can be found in the
Library of the Kindle app or in the list on your
Kindle device. If you can’t see it, tap ‘Sync’.
Change font sizes
Webpages and documents are converted
to the Kindle format. Tap ‘Aa’ to resize and
change the font, alter the page colour, adjust
line spacing and make the screen brighter.
Manipulate the text
Knowledge base
Which formats
can you use?
The ‘Send to Kindle’ feature isn’t
exclusive to webpages on Safari.
It’ll appear in the Share window
on iOS on numerous other apps
and it will allow you to send text
documents in txt, rtf, doc and
docx formats to your Kindle as
well as jpeg, png, gif and bmp
images. As you’d expect, it
will also support mobi and azw
Kindle files. All of these are autoconverted for use with the Kindle
except for PDFs which can be
left as they are.
You can highlight and copy text, create notes and hold
down on words to find their dictionary definition. You can
also translate words and look them up on Wikipedia.
4 Send to Kindle
5 Edit the title
6 Choose specific devices
Now whenever you come across a webpage or
anything else that you like such as a document
or image, you can simply tap Share, swipe
along and tap the ‘Send to Kindle’ button.
You can edit the item’s title and the name of the
author. Keeping ‘Save in Kindle Library’ turned
on means the content is sent to all devices
linked to your Amazon account.
To deliver content to specific devices, turn off
‘Save in Kindle Library’. Tap the arrow, choose
your devices and tap ‘Send’. The content will
be available to view via Kindle.
Apple Support
Get help with the
Apple Support app
Connect with Apple stores and technical support,
and get help for your product in minutes
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Apple support is legendary within the tech industry and is
widely recognised as the benchmark for customers who need
help with products that are important to them. When you go
to the main Apple website, the tech support area is cleanly laid
out and fairly easy to navigate, but there are still some hurdles
to jump over to reserve an appointment or to get direct help.
With the new Apple Support iOS app, however, things just
got even easier. The app knows which device you are using
and can automatically send the correct details, it lists all of the
devices you have assigned to your Apple ID and the entire
experience just feels more natural and is much quicker.
Step-by-step Get Apple device support
1 It knows you
2 What’s the problem?
3 Select an option
When you sign into the Apple Support app, any
device that is associated with your Apple ID will
be listed. Tap the one you need help with to
begin the support process.
Once you have selected the device, you can
now navigate through a range of categories
which should cover the vast majority of
potential problems. Select the one you need.
You will now be given the option to schedule a
call, choose to call Apple Support later or read
a related article which may solve the problem
for you immediately.
You can even select any official Apple app, such as Pages or iMovie, and
then schedule a call within the app in order to get some help.
A brilliant
Automated admin
The annoying things you need to check such as the
Apple device serial number and warranty coverage
are all available within the app with just one tap.
All of the help you need
Knowledge base
Everything you own
If a device, be it an iPhone, Apple
Watch or iMac, is connected to your
Apple ID, it will be listed in the app
ready for you to request support.
History and location
Tapping the top-left icon from the main screen lets
you quickly see a history of any support requests
you have made. You should also enable location
services for the app so that it can offer the nearest
physical locations to get your device fixed. The app
will do anything else that is technical for you.
Multiple subjects
You’ll find most subjects are covered
in the categories on offer and you can
also search for keywords at the top
to ensure that you are requesting
support correctly.
Extra information
You will also see article links under each category
which can be useful to gain knowledge quickly and
to potentially solve the problem in an instant.
4 Help on hand
5 In person
6 Check your coverage
If you choose to receive a call, select the time
and you will see a confirmation screen and an
option to add it to your iOS calendar. Everything
is arranged for you.
For appointments at an Apple Store, you can
select the nearest service centre to you on a
handy map. You will then be offered a selection
of available appointments.
When you tap ‘Product Details’ below any
device name, you can check your warranty
coverage, serial number and the IMEI number
for iPhones. The information is built in.
Apple Watch
10 little-known
Apple Watch
tips and tricks
Your Apple Watch can do
more than you may realise
The Apple Watch interface, and default apps, have to work in the
simplest ways possible because of the small screen. This lets you
easily glance at the watch to see what is happening, but it can lead
to a sense that some flexibility is missing. However, it most certainly
is not. If you take some time to explore what the Apple Watch can
do, it may be a surprise to realise that you can customise many of
the functions and even change the way some apps work to suit
your needs. Apple has deliberately hidden these features so that the
majority work with their Apple Watches in a consistent way, but the
ease at which you can make wholesale changes and save time every
day is hugely beneficial. Hopefully our selection of secrets will inspire
you to find some more that will prove useful to you.
Discreetly check time
If you own a Series 2 Apple Watch,
you may not realise but you can
discreetly check the time by turning the
digital crown. Rather than lifting up your
wrist, which could come across as rude
if you are in certain situations, you can
simply turn the crown and the screen
will gradually increase in brightness to
show the time.
Manage your time
In the Time option in Settings,
you can set the Apple Watch to
show a different time to the real
one. Notifications and alarms
sound accurately, but this could
help if you are often late.
A new look
The ability to change
the way many apps look
and work is available
with a Force Touch in
many default apps. For
example, you’ll find the
Stopwatch app can take
on multiple personalities
at your command.
the look
Hidden flexibility
The Apple Watch
screen is naturally
small, but changing
the Text Size in
Settings means that
most apps will offer
the size of text that
you find easiest to
read. It can make life
much easier.
A lot of functionality is hidden by the simple Apple Watch interface
Safety and
You should always lock your Apple
Watch with a passcode, but you can
save time by having it unlock whenever
you unlock the connected iPhone. Go to
the Watch app on your iPhone and then
to Passcode. Now simply tap ‘Unlock
with iPhone’ to enable the feature for
future use.
Try using Force Touch in every app if you are not happy with the way they
are working. You may be surprised at the hidden secrets you uncover.
Clear all notifications
Notifications is an area where
the Apple Watch quickly becomes a
necessity because they are so useful
and efficient; it can be a fiddle to clear
them all, however. The quickest way
to manage them all at once is to Force
Touch and then select ‘Clear All’. It
takes two seconds.
Pause your workouts
When you are on a workout,
accuracy is key to gaining the stats
you need. In the Watch app you can
go to Workout and then tap ‘Running
Auto Pause’ to have the tracking stop
whenever you stop running. This saves
you having to keep tapping the screen
while working out.
Change your goal
The ‘Move Goal’ in the Workout app
looks static at first, but you can Force
Touch within it to bring up the ‘Change
Move Goal’ option. You will then be able
to use the digital crown to move the
goal up or down, but we would advise
making it as challenging as possible.
Transfer a call
If you have answered a call on
your Apple Watch, but decide you
would prefer to carry it on through your
iPhone, you can just tap the green bar
at the top of your iPhone screen and
the call will be transferred immediately.
This gives you excellent flexibility in a
variety of situations.
apps directly
You don’t have
to use the iPhone
Watch app to delete
apps. Push in the
digital crown to
display installed
apps and long press
on the screen to see
the familiar delete
app ‘x’ tags. Now
tap any app you
want to delete and
it will be removed.
Stocks apps are
not affected.
Send your location
While sending a message, Force
Touch the Apple Watch screen to see a
variety of hidden options appear. One of
them is ‘Send Location’, which you can
use to quickly let the other party know
exactly where you are. There are lots of
hidden features available in other apps.
your iPhone
You can easily find your
iPhone with your Apple
Watch if they are relatively
close to each other. Swipe
up from the main screen and
tap the bottom-left icon to
ping the iPhone. A sound
should emit and you will be
able to pick up your phone
and breathe easy again.
Cover to Mute
In the Watch app on your
iPhone, you can go to Sounds &
Haptics and then enable ‘Cover
to Mute’ to make it easier to stop
notifications interrupting your day.
You can then hold your palm over
the Apple Watch screen in order to
mute new notifications at any time
in the future.
Apple Watch
Download podcasts
to your Apple Watch
Transfer podcasts from your iPhone to your Watch
and listen to them offline when you’re on the go
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When the Apple Watch was launched, it promised convenience
yet having to take your iPhone around with you when you want
to use it is a bit of a pain. If you’ve longed to listen to podcasts
while you’re out and about without having the hassle of your
iPhone weighing you down, then you’re in luck. Watch Player
by Peter Knapp lets you download podcasts to your iPhone
and transfer them to the Watch. What’s more, the Workout app
can still be active.
It’s very easy to use thanks to a simple interface and few
buttons. The latest update also allows you to transfer video
podcasts, although watching them on such a small screen
isn’t much fun. The main problem you’ll find is that the transfer
process is painfully slow but with a bit of patience and only
transferring one podcast at a time, you’ll surely find a great use
for it. It’s also free, although there is a button that allows you to
send a 99p tip to the developer.
Step-by-step Download and transfer a podcast
1 Download the app
2 Find a podcast
3 Use a link
Download the free app Watch Player on to
your iPhone by going to
kTWXfb.i (don’t be confused by a paid-for app
called Watchplayer). Now open the app.
You will need to add a podcast to the app
so tap the icon in the top right-hand corner.
Search the iTunes library by pressing the
magnifying glass and inputting some words.
As well as selecting a podcast on the search
results page, it is also possible to input the
direct URL of a podcast. Tap the ‘Link’ icon
instead and input a web address.
To delete a podcast on your iPhone, swipe left and tap ‘Delete’. You can
also remove them on your Watch using a Force Touch on the play screen.
Play podcasts
Get to grips with the Watch Player interface
Watch video podcasts
As well as audio broadcasts (which
have icons that let you go forward
and back by five seconds at a time)
you can also view video podcasts
offline using the Watch Player.
Knowledge base
Watch Player
not appearing?
If the Watch Player is not
showing on your Apple Watch,
then you’ll need to delve into
the Watch app on your iPhone.
Tap ‘My Watch’ and scroll down
the screen until you see an entry
for Watch Player. Tap this and
ensure the option next to ‘Show
App on Apple Watch’ is green. It
will install the app to your Watch.
Check the time
As well as displaying the timing of the
broadcast, audio podcasts will show
the title of the file you’re listening to.
When you’re finished, tap ‘Done’.
Alter the volume
Tap the ‘–’ and ‘+’ icons
to turn the volume up and
down. You’ll see the level
it is at by looking at the
yellow line. You can also
use the Digital Crown.
Play and stop
The interface should be familiar to anyone
who has used playback controls. Once
a podcast is open, simply tap the round
circle to Play and Stop the audio file.
4 Download the file
5 Select start time
6 Listen to it
Once you have selected a podcast, it will
download to your iPhone. This can take a short
while. As it does this, go to your Watch and tap
the Watch Player icon to open it.
You can alter the start time of the podcast by
tapping the episode and cycling through the
number wheels. Ready to copy? Just tap the
upload button to the left.
The podcast will slowly transfer to your Apple
Watch. You will see the progress on your
Watch. When it’s complete, tap the podcast
episode to hear it through the Watch speaker.
Facebook Video
Watch Facebook videos on Apple TV
Get to know the new Facebook app for shared video and live streams
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Watching videos is one of the greatest pleasures of Facebook
so it’s no surprise that the social media giant has decided to
shine the spotlight on them in its latest app. Facebook Video
works on fourth generation Apple TVs and is intended to
replace the old method of sending videos to the device via the
iOS app. It lets you watch footage from your feed on the big
screen and is packed with recommendations and live streams.
Each video autoplays, complete with sound, and videos
continue to play one after another until you stop them. There’s
no search facility as yet nor any ability to make comments, but
you can view what others are saying and look at user profiles.
Watch channels and alter video settings
When watching a video, swipe down to see a selection of viewing options
View a channel
Check Settings
Selecting Channel takes you to a user’s
profile, allowing you to see what other
videos they have for you to watch.
You’ll see those they have shared and
those they have made themselves.
The Settings section gives you
options to show and hide captions,
comments and reactions on any
videos that you watch. A tick is
placed next to the active settings.
Save a video
If you want to keep a video, you can
select this button to save it. It will be
placed on the home screen for you to
view whenever you wish.
Knowledge base
See your profile
When you are on the home
screen of the Facebook Video
app, press the Menu button.
You’ll see three options: Home,
Profile and Settings. The latter
is limited to sending feedback
and reading the terms of service,
data policy and logging out but
selecting Profile lets you view
the videos that you have shared
with others. You can also see the
videos you’ve produced.
Profile lowdown
The profiles tell you how
many people have viewed
a video, its status – public
or private – and a brief
description of what you
are watching.
When you are watching a video in full screen, swipe up on the Touch surface
of the Remote and more videos related to the one you’re viewing are shown.
Step-by-step Getting started with Facebook Video
1 Setting up Facebook Video
2 Confirm your account
3 Allow Facebook access
Go to the App Store on your Apple TV and
search for Facebook Video. Click the Install
button to download the app and open it. Now
click the ‘Log in with Facebook’ button.
A code will appear. Enter it at
device on a computer connected to the same
network or open the Facebook app on your
mobile and tap the notification.
Facebook will ask you to confirm that the Apple
TV app can receive your public profile. Select
‘Continue’ and you’ll see the Facebook for
Video app appear on your television.
4 Viewing the videos
5 Watch full screen
6 Control the video
The first section you will see contains videos
shared by your friends. Swipe left and right
on your remote to view them. The videos will
autoplay and you’ll see who shared them.
To see a video in full, click the Touch surface of
the remote. The name of the video and a time
progress bar will appear momentarily. Press the
Touch surface again to pause.
When paused, swipe the Touch surface left and
right to move back and forth through a video,
watching the preview for the spot you want.
Press Menu to exit full screen viewing.
7 See other categories
8 Watch live videos
9 Recently watched videos
On the main page, swipe down to view other
categories. You are able to see videos from the
people and Pages that you follow and there are
also videos recommended by Facebook.
Swipe down again and you will see a selection
of videos which are broadcasting live. You will
see how many are watching and you’ll be able
to read comments from other users.
Facebook Video picks up on what you’ve
watched via your account, regardless of the
device you used. You will see these listed in the
category at the bottom of the home screen.
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A new type of TV and
monitor featuring
4,000 horizontal pixels,
compared to the 2,560 x
1,440 currently found on a
27-inch iMac display.
A motion detector sensor
that detects which way
up you are holding your
device so that the screen
can rotate accordingly.
Technology used to
wirelessly transmit data
between two devices. You
can use it to connect a
keyboard and mouse to
macOS and iOS devices.
Run Wireless Diagnostics
to find out what may be
interfering with your Wi-Fi
My Mac keeps losing the Wi-Fi connection. Is there anything
I can do to prevent this from frequently occurring? Michael Strachan
Apple’s integrated display
system that is provided
as an optional extra
when buying a new car.
It features a large display
that sits on your car’s
dashboard to which you
can connect your iPhone
to use Maps and ask Siri
to send messages, make
calls, and so on.
1 Run diagnostics
2 Check performance
3 Monitor quality
Hold down the Option (Alt) key and
then click on the network icon in
your Mac’s menu bar. Choose the
‘Open Wireless Diagnostics’ option
from the menu and run the utility.
While in the Wireless Diagnostics
utility, click on ‘Window’ in the
menu bar and then choose the
‘Performance’ option. Monitor the
graphs it presents over time.
Keep an eye on the middle graph
(Quality) as this will indicate any
noise that may be interfering with
the signal (such as microwaves).
You may have to move the router.
Don’t forget to utilise the Clock app’s new ‘Bedtime’ mode to work out how
much sleep you require and get notifications when it’s time to turn in.
I have recently upgraded my Mac to
Sierra and everything was fine, apart
from Photos. My photo library was on an
external drive and now I can’t access it
since updating. Michelle Creese
You’ll be glad to know that the solution is quick
and easy. Simply quit the Photos app, if you
have it open, and then hold down the Option
(Alt) key while relaunching it. Now, from the
resulting menu that should appear, click on the
‘Choose Library’ option and then direct the app
to your external HD.
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Hold Option (Alt) while relaunching Photos to pair it with a library
I want to change my Apple ID email address without losing all of
my apps and music purchases. Can you help? Victoria Moon
1 Go to the website
2 Click to edit
3 On your iPhone
Start off by heading to the website and
then sign in using your existing
Apple ID and password.
Click on the ‘Edit’ link in the
Account section and then click on
‘Edit Email Address…’. Now enter
a new address and save.
If you have an iPhone with the
latest iOS 10.3 update installed
then you can also go to Settings>
Name>Phone Numbers>Email.
I like to listen to music as I go to sleep and have heard that I can
make my iPad stop playing it after a while… How? David Almond
Set the timer
Use these scroll
wheels to determine
the amount of time
that you would like to
elapse before your iPad
automatically stops
playing the music. This
really depends on how
long it normally takes
you to get to sleep.
Press Start
Once everything is set up,
tap the ‘Start’ button, exit
the Clock app and then
launch whatever app you
use to play music. Now
drift off to sleep safe in
the knowledge that your
iPad’s battery won’t be
drained by the morning!
Select ‘Stop Playing’
Tap this icon here, which determines
the sound that is usually played to
signify the end of a programmed
timer counting down, and then scroll
down and select the ‘Stop Playing’
option at the bottom.
Use the Timer option
To stop playing music after a period
of time that you determine, open the
Clock app on your iPad and then
select the ‘Timer’ option at the bottom
of the interface.
I created a GarageBand
project on my iPhone
and then uploaded it
to my Mac version of
GarageBand via iCloud
Drive to make some
edits. However, when I
try to move the project
back to my iPhone it
says I can’t open it.
Why is this?
Sadly, you cannot send
GarageBand projects
back to your iPhone if you
modified them on your
Mac as the Mac version
has features that cannot
be reproduced on iOS. Try
sharing the Mac project
as an audio file to iTunes
and sync the audio file to
your iPhone. You should
then be able to add this
file to a new GarageBand
project on your iPhone.
After seeing your
tutorial on how to
record my iPhone
screen using QuickTime
Player, I decided to try it.
However, the message,
‘The operation could not
be completed’ appeared
when I tried to change
the video source. Why?
This problem seems to
apply to the recent iOS
10.3 update and, more
specifically, to models
of iPhone older than an
iPhone 6. Apple may be
working to resolve the
issue but users of thirdparty screen-capturing
software are also
reporting problems.
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If I was to use the
USB-C to Thunderbolt
adaptor to connect the
new MacBook Pro to the
Thunderbolt port on a
2011 iMac, will it charge
the MacBook?
No. The Thunderbolt port
on your iMac won’t send
out anywhere near the
required wattage. This
adaptor is designed to
send out data and power,
not receive it.
How do I run two
applications side-byside on my iMac?
You mean in splitview? Simply open one
application, click and hold
on the green circle icon
in the top-left corner of
the window and then drag
the window to one side
of the screen. Now open
another app and drag it to
the other side.
How do you right-click
using the Magic Mouse?
Go to System Preferences
and click on the Mouse
pane. Now click on the
menu pointing to the
right side of the mouse
diagram and change
it from ‘Primary’ to
‘Secondary’. Alternatively,
when you wish to rightclick on something,
simply hold down the Ctrl
button on your keyboard
and then click normally
and this should produce
the effect of right-clicking
on something.
I would like to change the colour of the strikethrough bar in Pages
when using Helvetica Neue from black to red, or even red bold as
the standard black is not noticeable in short words! Paul Fletcher
1 Call up fonts panel
2 Select strikethrough 3 Pick your colour
Open your Pages document,
highlight any word within it and
then press Command+T to bring
up the fonts panel.
In the fonts panel, click on the
strikethrough icon to bring up a
menu and then select the ‘Color’
option to bring up the picker.
Use the colour picker to select
your desired red and then click on
the strikethrough menu again and
this time choose ‘Single’.
4 Close windows
5 Click to add
6 Add style
A red strikethrough will now
appear in the selected word. You
can now close the fonts panel
and colour picker windows.
Now click the ‘Format’ button in
the top-right corner followed by
the ‘Text’ tab, then click the down
arrow followed by the ‘+’ icon.
Your new red strikethrough style
will be added to the list. Rename
it by clicking the arrow next to it
and choosing ‘Rename Style’.
The free Music Memos app provides a handy means of recording rough
musical ideas, such as guitar riffs, and moulding them into songs.
Is there a way to export sound files created in
Apple’s Music Memos app to GarageBand? Johnny Fisher
Right-click and choose ‘Get Info’ to find
the location of song files on your Mac
1 Select memo
2 Tap to share
3 Select app
In the Music Memos app, tap
the file icon at the top of the
interface and then select the
track that you would like to
export to GarageBand.
Once selected, tap on it again
to view the waveform and this
should reveal the share icon
in the top-right corner of the
interface. Tap this.
Now simply swipe left through
the various apps and you
will see GarageBand as an
option. Tap this to add the file
to the ‘My Songs’ browser.
I am trying to locate a song file
in my iTunes library that doesn’t
seem to be stored in my iTunes Music
folder? How can I find out where on my
computer the song is located?
Matthew Carrol
As just typing the name of the song into
Spotlight will simply highlight the song in
iTunes, instead find the song in your iTunes
library, right-click on it and then choose the
‘Get Info’ option. This should then bring
up a window with a row of tabs across the
top. Click on the ‘File’ tab and, listed next to
‘Location’ should be the exact whereabouts
of the song file on your Mac.
Can you explain what the Advertising options in my
iPhone’s Privacy settings relate to and what I should
do about them? Jane Batstone
the settings
Limit Ad
Go to Settings>Privacy
and then scroll down
to the bottom of
the page to find the
Advertising options.
Tap on this option to
bring up this page.
Ad Tracking provides
information to internet
advertisers in regards
to which ads you view
and engage with so
that the adverts you
see can be tailored
to your interests. By
turning on this option
you are opting out of
targeted ads
The Advertising
Identifier is an
anonymised tracker
that advertisers can
use to monitor your
interest when showing
their ads in apps and
websites. If you see
ads that you feel know
you a little too well, hit
this option.
View Ad
If you haven’t opted
out of Ad Tracking then
the information which
is used by Apple to
deliver more relevant
ads to you will be
displayed here.
I used to have the option of
locking the orientation of my iPad
in my Control Center, but now it seems
to have vanished. Do you know why this
may have happened? Jo Brookes
The chances are that you have just changed
the functionality of your iPad’s side switch
in Settings. Go to Settings>General and
you will see an option called ‘Use Side
Switch To:’ and this can be set to Lock
Rotation or Mute. If this is set to the Lock
Rotation option on this settings page then
the alternative option will be what appears in
your Control Center. For example, if you tap
on ‘Mute’ and then swipe up, you should
see that Lock Rotation option has returned.
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What distance away
from your Mac or
iPhone/iPad can you use
the new AirPods?
They connect via
Bluetooth, so the
standard distance is
around ten metres.
Can the Apple Remote
be paired with a
MacBook Pro Retina 13”
as I would like to use it
to control a presentation
that I am giving soon?
Apple Remotes (made for
computers, not Apple TV)
work with infrared, not
Bluetooth, so your laptop
would need to have an
infrared receiver for the
remote to work. Older
MacBooks (such as the
2010 MacBook Pro) came
with receivers built in, but
the newer MacBooks
don’t have these. A
simple solution is to buy
an infrared USB receiver
and connect that way.
I recently updated my
iMac to macOS Sierra
10.12.4 and noticed that
a red circle has
appeared next to the
System Preferences
icon in the Dock. What
does this mean?
Open System Preferences
and you should be taken
straight to the feature that
this alert refers to. It will
likely be a prompt to
enable Two-Factor
authentication to protect
your iCloud data.
I have an iMac 21.5” (mid 2011) and
would like to add more RAM to speed
it up. How easy would this be to do myself?
Mark Carter
The good news is that RAM is very easy to install
in these Macs and you can do it yourself with the
minimum amount of fuss. The model of iMac you
have has four memory slots available and 4GB of
base memory which can be upgraded with up to
in each slot for a total of 16GB. Removing e
RAM and replacing it with new should only take you
about 15 minutes and the only tools you need are
a Phillips #1 screwdriver and a Spudger – although
you can probably improvise with the latter. Here’s
how to do it…
1 Loosen the screws
2 Remove access door
Start off by loosening the three Phillips screws
securing the access door, which is situated on the
bottom edge of your iMac.
When the screws have been sufficiently loosened,
remove the access door. The screws will remain
captive within the access door.
3 Pull out the tabs
4 Remove the old RAM chips
Use the tip of a spudger to hook under the black
plastic RAM tab within the memory bay and then
carefully pull it out.
Pull the unhooked black plastic RAM tab away from
your iMac and you should start ejecting the RAM
chip from the port.
5 Grab and pull
6 Reverse the process
As the old RAM chip is exposed, grab it by its
edges and then carefully pull it straight out of its
slot. Repeat if two RAM chips are installed.
Now simply insert the new memory into the slots
available until it clicks into place, carefully fold the
black plastic tabs inside and then reseal the door.
The front panel of the new iPad is glued to the rest of the device, greatly
increasing the chances of cracking the glass during an attempted repair.
The new iPad looks very enticing, but as the starting price is quite
low, I was wondering, what’s under the hood? Darren Copeland
Starting at just £339, the latest iPad is designed for web-surfing and is pitched towards the education
and enterprise markets. However, like the iPhone SE before it, it appears to be somewhat under-spec’d,
boasting a third-generation 64-bit A9 processor with embedded M9 motion compressor, a 9.7-inch multitouch Retina display, 32GB or 128GB of storage and a 8-megapixel 1080p rear-facing iSight camera (with
a 1.2-megapixel 720p front-facing FaceTime HD camera). So what does this mean for self-repairing? Is it
easy to do in an emergency? Can parts be fused with older iPads, for example? We joined iFixit on their
expedition inside the new iPad to try and find out.
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Inner tech
Battery power
The new iPad features the same
32.9 Wh battery as the iPad Air 1.
This provides around ten hours of
power and trumps both the iPad
Air 2’s 27.6 Wh battery and the
27.9 Wh battery contained within
the iPad Pro 9.7”.
Aside from the same A9 chip found in the iPhone 6S,
the new iPad also features two Broadcom BCM5976
touch controllers (used in the full iPhone 5 and 6
ranges) and the same NXP 67V04 NFC Controller as
used by the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.
The outer casing
LCD and digitiser
Touch ID
Touch ID is present in the new iPad and the button itself
is still actually a button – unlike on the iPhone 7. The
presence of Touch ID hardware makes self-repairing
tricky as the sensor is uniquely paired to its logic board
at the factory. Also, the fact that the Touch ID button
is larger than a regular Home button almost certainly
confirms iPad Air 1 digitiser incompatability!
These are unfused, meaning that
they can be replaced separately
if need be. What’s more, the
connectors for the LCD and
digitiser from an iPad Air 1 fit,
although it is not certain yet if
they actually work.
The casing of the new iPad lacks
a lock switch and the microphone
slots have been shrunken down
to holes (reducing the chances of
fluff clogging them up). But the
headphone jack is thankfully still
present and correct.
If you would like more help with upgrading your Mac, visit the gadget
surgeons at, who kindly contributed these photos.
Group test
1 Promate Natty
In-Ear Sports
2 Alfa Genus V2
Earphones w/
tuning filters
There’s no shame in opting to
leave your expensive AirPods at
home while out running, so these
over-the-ear buds provide a nice
cheap alternative for when your
heavy panting is starting to drown
out the music anyway. They are
very lightweight, remain locked to
your ears in the most testing of
conditions and are comfortable
enough so that you forget you’re
wearing them before too long. And
the sound quality is actually pretty
decent considering the budget
price point.
These earphones from Rock
Jaw come with the added bonus
of detachable tuning filters that
allow you to actively change
the dynamic of the sound from
Natural to Bass to Treble – and
the difference is very noticeable.
Also included in the box are three
different sizes of interchangeable
silicon buds, so you can ensure
that the headphones stay in your
ears, and a bag to carry them in.
The sound quality is very good and
they’re ideal for commutes and
listening while at your desk.
3 SoundMagic
E10 In-Ear
4 Ghostek
Bluetooth Headset
5 Samsung S7
In-Ear Fit
6 Veho
ZS-2 Sports
What initially impressed
about these earphones
was the crisp, balanced sound
that they provide with a mere tickle
of bass. Okay, that’s not good if
you prefer bass-heavy tones, but
you’d certainly be hard-pushed
to find better, all-round sound
quality for the same price. They
also provide noise isolation for less
external distractions and have a
lush, gunmetal finish. They come
with an array of interchangeable ear
pieces and a zip-up carry case.
The surprising thing about these
wireless headphones is how
flexible they are. Although they look
quite rigid in the packaging, as
soon as you remove them they
coil up. Their pliability makes them
easy to manoeuvre onto your
head and pairing them with your
iPhone using Bluetooth 4.1 is
quick and easy. The sound they
generate, however, is muggy and
hugely disappointing, especially
when compared to cheaper
Out of all of the earphones tested
here, these are by far the most
comfortable to wear thanks to
the ergonomically designed ear
bud and shackle mount. They
slot into your ears as though
they were crafted specifically
to your unique dimensions and
the sound is audio crystal – well
balanced, no distortion and a
pleasing thump of bass. If you’re
on a tight budget and want a set
of earphones that reliably stay
in while working out, get these.
These earphones, complete with
ear hooks, anti-tangle flex cord
and noise isolating technology,
were designed very much with
sport and activity in mind – just
as long as the active wearer
isn’t too fussed about the sound
quality. We were expecting these
to produce something punchy to
help motivate us while working
out, but the sound they produced
was disappointingly tinny and very
underwhelming. Go for Promate
Natty’s sporty numbers instead.
Edifier M1380
Multimedia Speakers
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This entry-level 2.1 speaker system from Edifier
consists of two satellite speakers, subwoofer and
wired remote control – all for less than £50. Of
course, the trade-off for such a relatively low price
point is the look. It is instantly apparent that this
system is big, boxy and not too aesthetically pleasing,
obviously aimed at a PC market that favours instant
audio gratification over a marriage of audio clarity and
design beauty. We could rip further into the M1380’s
alarming appearance (the bass reflex port on the front
of the subwoofer unit looks like it could suck you in at
any given moment), but we’ll move swiftly on to what
we like about the system…
The remote control, though wired, has a nice feel
about it and the rotatable volume wheel has a very
pleasing action. The remote unit also features a
headphone socket and a kill switch to instantly mute
the volume, which can come in very handy when
you need to take a call or converse with someone.
The system is very easy to get up and running and
you can connect it to your Mac or iOS device via the
3.5mm connector cable.
The sound quality of the M1380 system is balanced
and clear at a reasonable volume. But if you start
to push it too high things start to sound distorted,
especially with the more beat-heavy genres of music.
It’s nice to have full control over the bass levels,
thanks to a knob on the side of the subwoofer, but
the position of this could cause issues, especially if,
like us, you prefer to house your subwoofer out of the
way under your desk as you’ll need to fumble around
blindly trying to find it.
If you’re operating on a tight budget and want
a sound system for your Mac or iOS device that
delivers crisp sound at conservative volumes then
this setup is worth listening to. However, if you like
to ramp up your music then the M1380 2.1 speaker
system simply struggles to deliver.
If you are prepared to accept the M1380’s limitations for the price
then it’s a sound buy, but for high volumes it simply can’t cut it.
Sengled Element LED +
Smart Control
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The Sengled Element combines the complete
requirements needed for easy management of all the
lighting in a smart home. Remotely controllable using
the ZigBee standard, these LED lights can be easily
integrated into the WLAN network of your home
simply by connecting them up and logging into the
free app. Included in the box are two 9.8W bulbs, the
Element hub and an Ethernet cable. To start setting
up, you have to connect the hub to your Wi-Fi router
via the supplied cable and power it up. Then, by
downloading and logging into the free Element Home
app (which is available from the App Store), you will
be steered through the process of connecting the
hub to your network and pairing it with the supplied
bulbs. Once the hub has been set up, you can screw
the two bulbs into any E27 light socket around your
home and then control them through the app itself.
Control goes far beyond simply turning the bulbs
on or off too. After assigning the bulbs to a room in
your house, you can then select them independently
through the app and adjust the brightness and
even their colour temperature, subtly changing their
ambience to suit your mood. You can also schedule
a routine for when the lights turn on or off when you
are away from the home and get a series of energy
statistics, meaning that you can access an overview
of all consumption data and savings at any time.
It’s a fun system to play around with and the hub
supplied here supports up to 50 bulbs, so you can
keep adding them into your control chain at any
time. The level of lighting adjustment that you can
go through for each bulb, via the app, is impressive.
The bulbs themselves are very energy efficient, and
Sengled’s environmentally-friendly policy means that
for every bulb purchased, a new tree is planted. If you
want to modernise the lighting in your home to make
it customisable to your mood, the Sengled Element is
a great way to go.
Easy to set up and use, this energy-conscious lighting set
provides wirelessly-controlled, next-gen illumination at an affordable price.
Edifier M2280
Multimedia Speakers
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Having reviewed Edifier’s ‘out there’ looking, yet
impressive-sounding Exclaim Connect Bluetooth
Speakers last issue, it’s back to the real world
this month, in terms of design, for their more
conventional-looking M2280 desktop speakers. There
is no Bluetooth connectivity here, just the standard
3.5mm auxiliary input and the controls are limited to
an on/off button and volume buttons on the side of
the right active speaker. The round plastic bases tilt
!SETOFRUBBERBUTTONSFOUNDONTHESIDE the speakers slightly upwards to project sound out
of the right speaker controls the power
into the room. So how good is the sound that they
on/off and the volume
produce? Just decent, really. They produce 12W of
you connect these speakers with your
Mac or iOS device easily
audio output from two 70mm speaker drivers and the
quality is crisp and well-balanced enough, just a little
too light on the bass for our liking.
Decent quality 2.0 speaker systems are quite hard
to come by as most are simply too cheap with too
puny a sound while the others are too high-end and
consume too much power. The M2280s sit exactly
where you’d want them to be – low wattage at a
modest price. The sound they produce is perfect
for gaming and casual music listening at neighbourfriendly noise levels. Take them too high though and
they start buzzing and distorting, which is probably
exactly what you would expect from a £30
set of speakers. But keep the volume
conservative and they produce warm
tones that please rather than astound.
The only area in which the M2280s
really disappoint is in the build
quality. They feel far too cheap and
lightweight. So much so that you
ultimately know what they’re going
to sound like as soon as you remove
them from the box. Sometimes it’s
nice to be surprised by a product
but you can instantly feel that these
uprights aren’t going to pack any
punch of note. Think Prescott rather
than Pacquiao, unfortunately.
tilt them upwards slightly to help project
the sound out into the room
The sound they produce is
decent enough but they’re
never going to ignite your
iTunes collection.
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Defense Lux iPhone 7 Case
With a rubber, shock-absorbing inner layer housed within
a durable, anodised aluminium frame, X-Doria’s Defense
Lux cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus offer
assured protection for your device from a drop height of
up to two metres. You can slide open the lower section of
the case to insert your iPhone and then lock it into place
for a snug, secure fit and it’s finished off very stylishly with
a wood effect, ultra-hard polycarbonate back shield and
machined metal button covers.
Snap Stylus
If last month’s group-test didn’t provide the stylus solution
you were looking for then here is a late contender worthy
of consideration. Adonit’s Snap stylus is made specifically
for smartphones and attaches magnetically to your
iPhone for easy access when you need it. The 1.9mm tip
provides precision writing and drawing and you can even
connect it to your iPhone via Bluetooth and use it as a
remote control to operate the camera. It requires charging
occasionally but otherwise this is a truly great stylus!
Prime 13” Laptop Backpack
MacBooks aren’t designed to be slung in any
old rucksack. Your investment requires VIP treatment
when being ferried between your home and the office
– a service that this bag provides. When inserted, a
padded sling suspends your laptop from the base of the
bag and the corners are wrapped in additional padding.
Panelled foam cores and soft mesh also provide plenty
of comfort for the wearer.
MP280 Speaker
If you’re well aware that you don’t back up
your important data as often as you should,
then you’ll want a solid state drive on hand
that makes the task as effortless as possible.
Freecom’s mSSD MAXX comes with 512GB
of storage space – plenty for all of your
photos and documents – and a USB3.1 Gen2
connection that delivers incredible transfer
speeds of up to 700MB/s. It doesn’t harm its
desirability that it also comes in a brushed
aluminium finish and fits easily in one’s
pocket for easy transportation. Although it is
expensive, this is certainly one of the fastest
portable external SSDs that we
have experienced.
The perfect accompaniment to beach days
and camping out at festivals, this funkylooking Bluetooth speaker from Edifier
can really kick out the soundtrack to your
summer. The cylindrical design provides full
360 degree sound to ensure everyone in
your party feels the effects and the ten hours
of continuous playback that it provides will
ensure that your outdoor gatherings are never
short of sonics. The speaker is also microSD
and AUX compatible and, if your iPhone is
running dangerously short of power, you can
even use it as an emergency charger. The
MP280 comes in red, blue or black
and provides great value.
3 Key Features
Simple video capture
Creating stop motion is as easy as
tapping Capture but there are lots of
tools to help achieve perfect shots
Great editing functions
Speed up the movies, edit
frame-by-frame and add more
footage, images and music
iMotion Pro
Manage your movies
The latest version lets you rename
and duplicate movies you create, so
you can make different edits
“There’s an
option for timelapse footage
– great for
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If you’ve tried stop motion animation, you
may have been daunted by the patience
needed to do it justice. Reproducing
Wallace and Gromit or even the 1933
version of the ape in King Kong takes lots of time and
a steady hand. But with iMotion Pro for iOS, much
hassle is removed. The latest version, 4.0, is entirely
intuitive. Select to start a new movie and you’re taken
to the settings page where you can choose to shoot
square or widescreen footage in 720p or 1080p by
rotating your iDevice. You can select manual control
with a single tap (the go-to for stop animation) or alter
the threshold of the microphone to capture audio.
There’s an option to shoot time-lapse footage which
is great for speedy-moving cloudscapes and the
shutter interval can be set from as little as 0.1 of a
second to an entire day. It’s all very slick.
Such ease of use extends to the shooting of the
videos. You’re given access to a range of tools such
as a light, a series of grids for lining up your shots,
and both exposure and white balance. While you can
manually focus, autofocusing works well in adjusting
the camera before snapping away, and there is no
limit on how long the movies can be. Use a tripod
and you should get some nice results.
The accompanying iMotion Remote app lets you
use another iOS device to control the camera. This
means you can control everything within the app,
from the focus to the exposure to the grid, making it
far more convenient and useful. Editing is strong too.
Aside from speeding up footage and deleting and
reordering frames, you can add images and audio –
music from your iTunes library must be saved to your
device and unprotected by DRM, though.
Still, the new ability to duplicate and rename your
videos is welcome and the export facilities remain
strong, thanks to a wealth of options. All in all, it’s a
fun and highly usable creative tool.
With simple methods of motion and time-lapse capture and intuitive frame-by-frame
editing, iMotion Pro will have you churning out stunning animations in no time.
3 Key Features
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iOS App Store
As our Photos tutorial demonstrated
last issue, RAW is a far more preferable
shooting format for photographers who
want total control over their photos,
and the 9.1 update for Camera+ enhances the
RAW capabilities considerably. Now, when you set
Camera+ to save RAW photos, options have been
added to either keep the JPEG/TIFF and RAW
portions together or separate them when you save
them. You can also choose to export just the JPEG/
TIFF portions or the RAW portions to your iPhone’s
Camera Roll – which is done by either the action
button in the RAW lab or via 3D Touch on the save
button in the Lightbox.
Developer tap tap tap LLC has also splurged other
3D Touch functions throughout the app too, such as
on the Lightbox icon to access your most recent
photo instantly – it helps make the app more
intuitive as you can perform basic features on
the fly without having to jump into respective
sections of the app. You can also now save
either revertible or non-revertible images
to your Camera Roll. By saving revertible
images, you’re able to undo any edits to your
photos, even after you’ve saved them.
The enhancements take the Camera+ app
to new levels of brilliance, making a mockery
of the relatively low asking price. However,
if you’re coming to this review never having
experienced the app before then there is much
to fall in love with if you’re a prolific iPhone
photographer. The app is better laid out than
your iPhone’s standard Camera app, keeping
an uncluttered shooting interface, yet with
everything you need – such as a macro,
stabilizer and timer – all within easy
“The enhancements
take the app to
new levels of
brilliance, making
a mockery of the
relatively low price”
reach; and the Lightbox, where you perform your
photo edits, saves and shares, offers unrivalled levels
of depth. Of course, you can add filters, frames and
adjust levels like in any other camera app, but it is the
minuteness of the edits you can perform that make
Camera+ a must-buy.
An incredibly versatile photography app
with untold levels of depth. Apple, if you
want inspiration on where to take your own
Camera app, here’s the blueprint.
Intuitive design
All the key functions are kept away
from an uncluttered interface, yet
remain within easy reach
Filters and effects
A vast array of cool effects can be
applied to your images and plenty
more can be purchased in-app
New RAW capabilities
Now, when you are saving images
you can separate the JPEG/TIFF
and RAW elements
3 Key Features
Recovery options
Primo can compare files on the
iPhone with files in the backup and
show what is different
Recover to Mac
You can select all files and save
them to the Mac or select only
the files you want
Primo iPhone Data
Recovery v2.0
Repair tools
If the iPhone isn’t working and
won’t boot to the home screen,
Primo attempts to fix it
“Everything we
deleted was
from an iTunes
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macOS Sierra
Have you ever accidentally deleted contacts,
messages, photos, and other items on your iPhone?
It happens sometimes and it is very frustrating not
having an undo function. Photos aren’t too bad and
you might be able to recover them from the Recently
Deleted folder, but when other things are deleted,
they are gone. However, they are only gone from your
iPhone and there will be a backup in iCloud or on
your Mac through iTunes.
Primo iPhone Data Recovery is a Mac utility that
enables you to recover deleted or lost items by
comparing what is on the iPhone with what is stored
in the backup. You can then recover items to the
Mac or the device. The app lists contacts, call history,
messages and attachments, calendar appointments,
notes, Safari history and bookmarks, and photos.
Selecting a category displays all the items in it and
checkboxes enable you to choose what to recover. If
you choose to save items to the Mac, they are saved
in subfolders in Documents. Most recovered items
are stored as text or html files and can be viewed
in Safari. Everything we deleted on the iPhone was
recovered from an iTunes backup.
There are also recovery tools that attempt to repair
a non-functioning iPhone, but it wasn’t possible for us
to test this. It is worth trying, however, if your iPhone
is stuck in a reboot loop.
A major problem with the software, and it could
be a deal breaker, is that it doesn’t work with Apple
security. To access iCloud backups you mustn’t have
two factor authentication turned on. If it is, it must be
disabled. iTunes backups cannot be accessed if they
are encrypted and you must disable encryption and
create a new backup. When the security was lowered
on iCloud and iTunes backups, the software worked
okay and we were able to recover lost (deliberately
deleted) items, but not everyone will be comfortable
with lowering their security.
If you are willing to work with unprotected backups and your Apple account,
this utility can recover files lost on iOS devices.
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3 Key Features
Menu options
Choose the layouts and groups for
Mosaic to display when clicking and
dragging windows on the desktop
Design layouts
Design window layouts to suit you
in the app preferences. Keyboard
shortcuts can be assigned
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Create groups
Layouts you design can be added to
groups. Then choose which group
appears when dragging windows
“You can create
your own
window layouts
that suit the way
you work”
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Mosaic is a useful utility that automates the
positioning and resizing of app windows. An earlier
version of the app called Window Tidy is in the
Mac App Store for 99p and the ratings are almost
entirely five star. It is simple, yet useful, and for 99p
a no-brainer. Could this souped-up version be even
better than the original?
The app is a helper tool for organising the Mac’s
desktop when it becomes cluttered with app
windows. It adds a menu bar icon, but that is just for
when you need to access the configuration options.
To use Mosaic all you have to do is click and drag
a window. This causes a panel to appear near the
top of the screen that contains icons representing
window layouts. Drop the window on one of the icons
and it is moved and resized.
There is a collection of ready-made layouts, such
as centred, fill the left or right half of the screen, fill
the right one third or two thirds, fill the bottom third
or two thirds, and so on. If you have several windows
on the desktop you can quickly drag and drop them
into position. There is even MacBookPro Touch Bar
support and an iOS app.
Mosaic is simple, but the developers have taken
it further than you can imagine and there are a large
number of configuration options. For example, you
can create your own window layouts that suit the way
you work and add them to groups. You can switch
groups depending on what project you are working
on and select the layouts in the Mosaic panel.
In addition to resizing and positioning windows,
there are also icons to capture and copy, and capture
and save. These take screenshots of the window that
is dropped on them.
We recommend the five-user Pro Edition, which
works out at £5 a Mac and is brilliant. The Standard
Edition is priced too high, however, and doesn’t have
the best features.
Find four friends and get the Pro edition of this brilliant tool that saves
time and effort positioning and resizing windows.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends
3 Key Features
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iOS App Store
The big problem with heavyweight card
games such as Hearthstone or Magic:
The Gathering can be that, if you’re just
starting out, you’ll find yourself at an
automatic disadvantage against other players who’ve
had ages to learn their stuff and hone their decks. It’s
pleasing then to discover a relatively new card-based
game where everyone’s still getting to grips with it
and working out the secrets of a killer deck, so the
playing field is just a little more level. And things are
even better when it’s one as brilliantly executed as
The Elder Scrolls: Legends.
Based in Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls universe, this is
a one-on-one card battle that, if we are reducing it
down to the basics, involves you playing cards and
attempting to batter your opponent’s health down
to zero. Beyond that it all gets a little complicated,
however, with different creature classes, items to use,
support characters that can buff your creatures or
weaken the opposition, and the use of two lanes to
divide the play area, one of which, the Shadow lane,
gives any creature summoned there cover for one
turn, making it safe from immediate attack.
And that’s barely starting to scratch the surface.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends is an astonishingly deep
and nuanced game of cards, with an awful lot you’ll
need to learn if you want to stand a chance in battle
against real human opponents. Thankfully, though, it
leads you in nice and gently through its story mode.
The story bit we can take or leave, but the battles
along the way do a splendid job of introducing you to
Legends’ concepts, rules and interactions. If anything
it’s a little too gentle – you’d have to make an effort
to play a particularly bone-headed game if you really
wanted to lose.
And, as it’s free to play, The Elder Scrolls: Legends
is a very easy game to recommend wholeheartedly;
just mind you don’t suddenly find yourself flashing the
cash when you’ve become hopelessly addicted and
need just a few more cards.
Meet your enemy
Your next opponent. He might look
tough but he’s all mouth and no
trousers. Literally, no trousers
Handy guide
If it all gets a little confusing there’s
a handy glossary that’ll explain
everything you need to know
Easy to grasp, beautifully presented and blessed with fathoms of depth,
The Elder Scrolls: Legends plays its cards just right.
Clear the decks
You don’t need to worry about it at
first, but sooner or later you’ll have
to do some deck management
“The Shadow
lane gives
any creature
there cover for
one turn”
It doesn’t take long to realise that
there’s a girl involved, with her
ghostly apparition hinting at a
more emotive story
The objective doorways that end
each level are often locked with
pressure pads, blocked by lights you
must toggle strategically
Pavilion: Touch Edition
iOS 9.0 or later, 64-bit devices: iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPod Touch 6th gen+
Often locations must be swiped
beyond the screen edges to explore
all options and interact with objects
in precise order
“This game
is a visual
from start
to finish”
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Every now and then, a contemporary
games market that has been reinvigorated
by mobile touchscreen platforms, delivers
something quite magical. Pavilion is
described as a fourth-person adventure puzzler, with
this new ‘Touch Edition’ version porting VisionTrick
Media’s already successful game over to 64-bit
iPhones and iPads. But on paper this only says so
much about an experience that demands to be seen
and enjoyed. The premise is deceptively simple:
dropping a tiny stick-thin protagonist into an isometric
world you must manipulate in certain ways to permit
his successful passage. You don’t know why and
you don’t directly control the character’s movement,
instead tapping light beacons on or off and sounding
bells to guide him toward doorway objectives. With
each new screen the pathways become increasingly
complex, requiring objects to be moved, gate keys
plucked from drawers and environmental interactions
performed in specific combinations. Ghostly visions
offer a tantalising glimpse of what he is chasing, but
the dream-like mystery of it all does a great job of
keeping players guessing without it being frustrating.
While the challenge grows harder across the threehour average playtime, the genius of the level design
ensures that logical exploration always wins through.
Plus the quick resumption option makes it easy to
put down and pick up at your leisure. That’s if you
can successfully pull your eyes away from Pavilion:
Touch Edition’s biggest draw – the graphics. This
game is a visual masterpiece from start to finish and
the many awards it has garnered for the sumptuous
neo-gothic 2D artwork are wholly justified. Joined by
atmospheric audio from composer Tony Gerber, the
stunning presentation pops from every screen size.
In short, Pavilion: Touch Edition is an unmissable
artistic achievement that eclipses its own ingenious
gameplay with puzzling brilliance.
This Touch Edition of Pavilion enhances the enjoyment of an innovative puzzler that
ignites the imagination with frankly awe-inspiring visuals.
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