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“The new iPad is built to inspire in the
classroom and beyond”
There’s something magical about Apple events – the
whirring rumour mill in the build-up, the expectation in
the auditorium and ultimately the Keynote itself that is
delivered with precision and panache. As you know,
Apple took an excursion to the Lane Tech College Prep
High School in Chicago for its latest reveal – the 9.7-inch
iPad. This is the first non-Pro iPad to be compatible with
the Apple Pencil, is powerful enough to multitask and
showcase the very latest state-of-the-art AR apps, and
is built to inspire in the classroom and beyond. We put
the device through its paces and bring you the full
report on page 50.
Also this issue we solve all of your macOS High Sierra
problems in our drop-in tech clinic and bring you the
usual array of creative tutorials to help you get the most
out of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, Apple TV
and HomePod, including ways to clean your iCloud,
how to make music in iOS 11 and the best methods of
saving space on your iPhone and iPad – ideal for older
models when storage is tight. Enjoy the issue!
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This issue, our iOS expert shows you how to
make your HomePod more secure and
connect it to your Apple TV, and finds out if
Google Assistant is a valid alternative to Siri.
Our resident tech expert solves all of your
macOS High Sierra problems this month.
From bad connections to unresponsive apps,
Shaun will get you up and running in no time.
Our creative expert demonstrates how to
make the most of your iPhone’s Burst mode
and apply awesome spot colour effects to
your Final Cut Pro X movie projects.
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iOS 11.3 is packed with features to make your iOS device even better
Apple’s big news this
month was of course
its new iPad aimed at
Microsoft and Google’s
classroom market share,
and we’ve packed this issue with
everything you need to know about
the fresh tablet.
Under the radar then was the release
of iOS 11.3 into the wild after months in
development beta phase. This isn’t one of
those incremental updates that just offers
a couple of security patches, but a fullblown release that makes your iPhone and
iPad even more powerful and even more
useful. Don’t believe us? Here’s five killer
reasons why you need to download iOS
11.3 right now…
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1New AR experiences
iOS 11 became the world’s biggest AR
platform when it was released to hundreds
of millions of iOS users last year. Ever
since, developers have been showcasing
the platform’s amazing capabilities,
building market-leading apps with Apple’s
accompanying ARKit. Now they’ve got even
more experiences to play with. With iOS 11.3,
apps can now deliver AR experiences that
use vertical surfaces like walls and doors, in
addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and
chairs, and more accurately map to irregularly
shaped surfaces. Using advanced vision
techniques to recognise the position of 2D
images such as signs, posters and artwork,
ARKit can integrate these real-world images
into AR experiences such as filling a museum
with interactive exhibits or bringing a movie
poster to life. And what’s even better is the
view through your device’s camera now
has 50 per cent greater resolution and
supports auto-focus.
2 Animoji
That’s not a real word we hear you
say. Well, turns out it is. An amalgamation
of animation and emoji no less. This new
“The new feature shows you the overall health of your
battery and alerts you if it needs to be serviced”
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The Baattery menu in Settings now lets you see
the overall performance of your battery.
5 Data and privacy
Health Records is a new US feature that makes it easier
to securely access your medical records.
feature is one for iPhone X users, but
showcases exactly where Apple sees
the world of emojis going. These four
new animoji bring to life your own facial
expressions as either a lion, bear, dragon or
skull. The A11 Bionic chip and TrueDepth
camera give users the ability to record and
send Animoji messages (and even create
Animoji karaoke videos) using their voice
and more than 50 different facial muscle
movements. Impressive stuff.
3 Battery performance
Apple’s relationship with its iOS
batteries has been headline news in recent
months, so it’s no surprise to see it add a
new feature to your Settings app to boost
transparency. The new feature, found in
Settings>Battery and available on iPhone 6
handsets and later, shows you the overall
health of your battery and alerts you if it
needs to be serviced. Don’t forget that
Apple will replace any battery for a small
fee if it fails a diagnostic test in 2018.
Additionally, users can now see if the power
management feature that dynamically
manages maximum performance to prevent
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4 Health Records
This is one for our army of US readers.
The new Health Records feature in iOS
11.3 helps patients of more than 40 health
systems, including Duke, NYU Langone,
Stanford and Yale, view their medical
records right from their iPhone. With these
inclusions, patients have greater access
to their medical information including
lab results, medications, conditions and
more. And fear not, Health Records data is
encrypted and protected with a passcode.
Which leads on to new feature number 5…
iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4
introduce updated data and privacy
information. A new privacy icon and
detailed privacy information will pop
up whenever Apple asks for access
to personal information to enable
features, secure Apple services or
personalise an iOS experience. It’s
a small thing, but it’s nice to know
what’s going on in the background.
Additional features include
Business Chat, a new Messages
feature providing users with a
way to communicate directly with
businesses, reach a live person to
ask a question or make a purchase
using Apple Pay. Apple Music now
streams music videos uninterrupted
by ads, News has a new video
option in the For You section and the
Apple TV app is going live in Brazil
and Mexico.
Pretty impressive stuff, right?
Well, Apple isn’t stopping there.
Initial developer betas for iOS 11.4
have been released already…
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unlimited access to their favourite titles for one monthly
subscription fee. “We’re excited Texture will join Apple,
along with an impressive catalog of magazines from many
of the world’s leading publishers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s
senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.
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The next
generation of
Apple’s operating
systems will be
unveiled at the
company’s Worldwide Developer
Conference, which will this year
be held in San Jose the week
beginning June 4, 2018.
This year will be the 29th developer
conference Apple has hosted. It is
traditionally the event when we get
previews of the next versions of iOS,
macOS, watchOS and tvOS, but
is also where developers discover
what’s new in Apple APIs like
SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit,
MusicKit, ResearchKit, and CoreML.
Last year at WWDC Apple debuted
ARKit, and since then, developers
have embraced inventive ways
to engage customers with virtual
experiences overlaid in the real world.
Apple has debuted products at
WWDC before we’re not expecting
anything this year.
Apple snap up top Google AI
employee Apple news
In the face of reports that
suggest Apple’s digital
assistant Siri is falling
behind market leaders Google and
Microsoft, the Cupertino giant has
swooped to hire Google’s head of
search and artificial intelligent unit,
John Giannandrea. In an email sent
out to Apple employees, Cook had
high praise for Giannandrea. “John
shares our commitment to privacy
and our thoughtful approach as we
make computers even smarter and
more personal,” he said.
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It’s off to San Jose for this year’s
eagerly-anticipated Worldwide
Developer Conference
New Apple Watch bands
released Apple Watch
Apple has released a new Spring-inspired range of
Apple Watch bands, fuelling rumours new bands
will be made available for every season. Naturally,
the new range features vibrant colours and unique designs
and is made for the standard Apple Watch as well as the
Nike+ and Hermés models. This season’s updates include
Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white
with colour for a crisp, clean
look, exclusive Nike
bands that colourmatch with the
latest Nike running
shoes and a
striking new paint
colour for Apple
Watch Hermés
bands. These
new bands are
available now.
New Apple ID site to launch
Apple news
It’s hard to ignore Facebook’s fall from grace with regards to
what it does with your personal information, so it’s no surprise
to hear that Apple is working on a new Apple ID site that will let
users download a copy of all the personal information Apple holds about
them. Users will be able to download data like their contacts, photos and
much more. According to Bloomberg, Apple also plans to allow users to
permanently delete an Apple ID. The European Union’s new General Data
Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25.
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potlight, Apple’s in-house search engine that is built into all
of its products is surprisingly versatile, a lot more so than you
would think. Rather than using it to find files and documents on
your Mac or iOS device, it can also be used as a bottomless pool of
knowledge. Here’s how to get the most out of it on your device.
Quick and
easy tools
1
One of the best things about
Spotlight is that you can get it
to perform the tasks of specific
apps on your iPhone without
launching the respective app.
You’ll be surprised at how
much time it can save you but
you may need to set it up first.
1 Go to Settings
Go to Settings>Siri & Search
and then scroll down to the
various apps that use search.
Tap each one you want to add.
2 Enable search
When you tap on an app
the ‘Search & Siri Suggestions’
option will be visible. Make sure it
is enabled to include the app.
3 Start using app
Once an app has been
enabled, such as Calculator, it
will be added to search results. In
this case you can do sums.
Finding local
businesses
2
What’s impressive about
Spotlight on iOS is that it is
linked with other apps, such
as Maps so that when you
search for a specific place,
like a local business, you can
get essential info and even
directions instantly.
1 Start searching 2 Tap result
3 Get directions
1 Check weather 2 Check flights
3 Define words
Swipe to access Spotlight
and then enter the name of a
local business into the search
field and press ‘Search’.
Results will appear as you
type. Tap on the results under
the ‘Maps’ category for a pop-up
information box.
As well as opening hours
and the address, you can also
tap ‘Directions’ to be taken
straight to the business.
Make full use
of your Spotlight
3
Since the release of macOS
High Sierra, your Mac’s
Spotlight search has been
given added versatility to
search for a variety of things
well beyond your Mac. Here
are just some of the cool
things you can do with it.
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If you want a quick weather
report for your local area then just
type ‘weather’ into Spotlight and
you’ll get a ten-day forecast.
For holidays, if you want the
latest flight information then type
in your flight number. It can also
handle currency conversions.
Rather than going to
websites like dictionary.com, you
can type in any word preceded
by ‘define’ to get a definition.
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lthough often meticulously
trialled, bug-tested and
deemed good to go,
sometimes a mass
roll-out of a new Mac
operating system can stir up previously
unnoticed gremlins that hamper
certain areas in one way or another.
Apple usually addresses early teething
problems with more updates to enhance
and bolster the macOS still further (the
latest being 10.13.3), but these won’t
always fix everything.
Though it is a secure and stable
environment in which to create great
things and manage the more mundane
aspects of life with ease, you may still
encounter odd issues with macOS High
Sierra. As with all technology, there will
be times when problems occur and you
need a little help to get things working
as they should… which is where we
come in. We hope to be able to offer
solutions to your common problems and
also those that are quite rare, with an
emphasis on getting everything sorted
in double-quick time so that you can go
back to enjoying your Mac safe in the
knowledge that if it happens again, you
will have the answers you need.
Is your macOS up to date?
How to quickly check you are running the latest macOS
Since it was released on 25 September, macOS High
Sierra has had three updates to fix various issues that
users encountered. If you are still experiencing any
problems then your first port of call should be to ensure
you are running the latest version (10.13.3). Here’s how
you can check…
Update your Mac
1 Click Apple menu
Click on the Apple menu to the far-left
of the menu bar and select ‘About This
Mac’. The Overview tab will tell you what
version of macOS High Sierra is running.
2 Software Update
Click on ‘Software Update’ and your
Mac App Store app will open to check for
updates. You can also go straight to the
App Store and click on the ‘Updates’ tab.
3 Download and update
If a macOS update is available it
will appear here, along with the relevant
information. Simply click on the ‘Update’
button to download and install the update.
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Connection issues
How can I identify problems with my Mac?
To troubleshoot macOS problems you need to
understand what is in your Mac and what exactly you
are dealing with. There is one place where you can look to find
out all of the technical information you need to start fixing any
issues that may arise and within it you will also be able to spot
some problems immediately. All you have to do to get started
is click on the Apple menu, which is situated in the top-left
corner of the screen, to the far-left of the menu bar.
Extra options
The main panel
In the ‘File’ menu you can
also send information to
Apple so it can help you
troubleshoot remotely,
refresh all of the data and
even speak the serial
number if required. There’s
a lot to help you here.
Click the Apple icon top
left and ‘About This Mac’.
Click ‘System Report’ and
a panel will appear with a
plethora of information and
a list of topics in the left
column. Click any topic to
view more detail.
What is wrong?
Grab the data
Certain topics give clear
indicators as to what’s
wrong. For example,
check if memory is
dislodged by seeing what
is available when clicking
‘Memory’. Always check
System Information first.
The data can be used in
many ways to find specific
solutions to problems as
you can easily copy what
is included to then use in a
web search. Use as many
specifics as possible to
narrow down your search.
Why won’t my Bluetooth device connect?
Bluetooth can be a fickle technology and from
time to time you may experience connection
problems. With so many wireless technologies floating
around near your Mac it is understandable that problems
may occur, but there is an easy fix that will cure almost
all connectivity problems every single time and it only
takes a few seconds of your time to complete, as we will
now demonstrate.
Fix Bluetooth connections
1 Find the offender
Go to System Preferences and click
the ‘Bluetooth’ icon to see every previously
connected device listed. Find the one that is
failing to connect and click the ‘x’.
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2 Forget the device
Click ‘Forget Device’ and it will be
removed from the list which should resolve
whatever the software problem was that was
causing the failed connections in the past.
3 Time to pair
You can now go through the process
of pairing the device again and the problem
should be resolved. If it isn’t, there may be a
hardware problem in the device itself.
To remove or rename devices from your Bluetooth list, go to System
Preferences>Bluetooth and then right-click on a device for options.
My Bluetooth is still not working properly… why?
If you find that disconnecting and reconnecting
a Bluetooth device or multiple devices does not
work, there are other options that will let you change
settings at a deeper level. If it is a problem with the
Bluetooth chip itself, for example, then these potential
fixes could resolve all of your Bluetooth problems for
good. All you have to do to get started is hold down the
Shift key and click on the Bluetooth menu.
Reset the module
1 The deeper menu
Hold down Shift and Option and click
the Bluetooth icon for a new settings menu.
Be careful when using Bluetooth-connected
keyboards and mice during this process.
2 Time to reset
3 A final fix
1 Install the app
2 The first scan
4 Going deeper
5 Use the data
Click ‘Reset the Bluetooth module’
and then accept the warning message that
appears. You will need to restart your Mac
once the reset is complete for it to work.
If the reset does not work, click ‘Factory
reset all connected Apple devices’ which will
take them all back to their original Bluetooth
states. No data will be removed doing this.
How do I fix
Wi-Fi signal
problems?
Understanding the performance
of your Wi-Fi network is not
easy because it is by and
large invisible. With an app like NetSpot,
however, you can quickly survey your
current and local networks and get a
glimpse of the Wi-Fi quality and even fix
some problems with the data provided.
Some technical knowledge will greatly help
the process.
3 Real-time monitoring
Select a network and click ‘Discover’
to view your network performance in real
time. You will quickly see if there is a lack of
consistency in the signal.
Go to netspotapp.com and download
and install the app. The install process is
surprisingly simple considering the potential
this app offers for data gathering.
The ability to survey your network is the
main benefit of NetSpot. Click ‘Survey’ and
follow the instructions that appear. Try to
use an accurate map of your home or office.
The app now scans all of the available
networks in your locality. You will see a grid
displaying various data points including
signal and noise levels for comparison.
You will be able to use the data that
comes from the survey to position routers for
the best signal and to check for dead spots
in your network. It works well.
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Battery problems
Why is my MacBook’s battery performance poor?
MacBook batteries will naturally lose usable
capacity over time and there are ways to try to
breathe new life into them, but the first step will be to
look deep into what they have been put through. If you
can understand how many charging cycles they have
completed, you can start to see why the performance
may be lower than expected. Here’s our quick guide to
checking on battery health…
Analyse your battery
1 Go grab an app
Go to the Mac App Store and search
for ‘Battery Health’. Download and install
the Battery Health 2 app and a new icon will
appear in the status bar.
2 Check the data
When you left-click the icon at the top
you will be presented with full battery health
information such as cycle count and the
health percentage. It’s useful information.
Saving power
If your MacBook battery power is
low, you can make instant savings by
turning off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
3 Regular checks
There are minimal settings within the
app, but a periodic check is worthwhile to
ensure that your battery is not failing and to
offer you some peace of mind.
connections. You should also quit any
open apps you aren’t using and reduce
the brightness of the screen by going to
System Preferences>Displays.
Can I quickly
fix my battery?
button, hold down ShiftControl-Option (left-hand
side of the keyboard)
and then release all
of the keys. Press the
power button one more
time to restart your Mac
and it may just help to
resolve the battery issue.
There will be no visual
indicators at all that
this has happened, but
the process is quick to
undertake and is well
worth trying.
The System
Management
Controller
controls power usage
and sits on the logic
board of your Mac. If you
are experiencing battery
problems we would
suggest resetting it as a
last resort if everything
else you have tried has
failed. You need to shut
down your MacBook and
then plug it into power.
While pressing the power
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Browsing in Safari as the browser will no longer access your hard drive.
Why won’t my
Mac start up?
There are few things more
concerning than not being able to
start your Mac properly. You may
see a blue screen which is legendary in the fear
it invokes or you may see error messages, but
either way you will want to do what you can
to bring back a smooth startup process in the
future. The first thing to try is starting up in Safe
Mode which will strip down the processes used
to the bare minimum and which is more likely to
put you in a position where you can begin to fix
the problems.
With your Mac powered down, turn on your
Mac as normal and then press and hold the
Shift key. Release Shift when the Apple logo
appears and wait for macOS to boot in the new
Safe Mode. You may need to log in as normal,
but when done you will now be in Safe Mode
for the duration of the session. If you use the
‘Restart’ option you will return to normal mode
when it restarts again which gives you the
chance to fix the problem first.
Can I make my battery last longer?
It may be that after you check your battery health
you realise that it is a bit long in the tooth, but
is not quite at the level where you need to pay to have
it replaced. There are ways in which you can maximise
your daily battery performance and greatly increase the
usability of your Mac in the process. So if you need to
squeeze a little extra juice out of your battery, consider
these quick and easy power-saving methods.
Maintain the charge
1 The Energy Saver
Go to System Preferences and open
‘Energy Saver’. Set the ‘Turn display off…’
setting to as low as possible and enable the
other options in the ‘Battery’ panel.
2 The right balance
When on Power you can leave the
Energy Saver preferences set for best
performance to gain the right balance. Full
usage will limit the life of some components.
3 Other obvious options
Remember that keeping the screen
brightness low and turning Wi-Fi off when it
is not needed will both greatly increase your
daily battery performance.
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Responsiveness problems
How can I
speed up
my Mac?
Perhaps the most common
problem on a Mac is slow
performance and the spinning
beachball that can appear when the
system is struggling to cope with what
is being asked of it. You can use apps
to quickly free up RAM and give the
system a temporary boost, but using the
Activity Monitor makes for a better
long-term approach
3 Memory is vital
Click the ‘Memory’ tab to see if there
are hogs slowing your Mac. This is the
most likely area that will cause performance
problems, especially with third-party apps.
1 Open the Monitor
2 CPU first
4 Quit the hog
5 Look deeper
Go to Applications>Utilities and open
Activity Monitor. Give it a few seconds to
scan the system and you will see a sortable
grid appear on the screen.
Click the ‘x’ at the top when an app or
process is highlighted to quit it. This will help
speed up performance immediately, but may
not be a complete fix.
The first panel shows the CPU load with
the most power-hungry processes and apps
at the top. It may be that one stands out
way above the rest to investigate.
Click the ‘i’ when an app is highlighted
to view more information about its
performance and the impact it is having on
macOS and your hardware.
What is causing my Mac to not start?
The first area to look at when your Mac is
struggling to start up as it should is the login
items. If you upgraded to High Sierra, it is likely that your
previous login items remained and in the case of some
third-party apps they may be incompatible which could
stop the system in its tracks. Here we show you how to
access your startup items and go about removing them
so that they don’t hamper performance.
Remove login items
1 Where are they?
Open System Preferences and then
click ‘Users & Groups’. Make sure your user
name is highlighted on the left and that you
have the right privileges to proceed.
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2 Open the lock
Click the lock at the bottom and then
enter your password to make the changes
required. This is needed in many areas within
System Preferences for your own security.
3 Remove them all
Click ‘Login Items’ and then the ‘-’
against any in the list that you believe may
be problematic. You can stop them all to be
on the safe side in the first instance.
If your Mac is unresponsive to keyboard commands or has frozen, simply
hold down the power button until it shuts down and then press it again.
Can I export my data?
The most important part of your macOS setup will be
your personal data because this is unique and cannot
be ‘fixed’ using technical methods. If all else fails, you can use
the migration assistant to move your information to another
Mac or even retrieve it from your failing Mac to a new model. It
works extremely well.
Open it up
In Applications>Utilities
you will find Migration
Assistant. Click the icon
to open it and to begin
moving your data to a new
computer. The app will
log you out and close
all apps before it starts
the process.
One continual
process
Make sure your Mac
is connected to power
throughout the migration
process. It is highly
recommended to ensure
that it goes smoothly
and that you keep all
of your data.
Other options
From your Mac
You can also transfer
data from a Windows
PC or to another Mac on
the same network. No
matter what your physical
computing situation,
Migration Assistant has an
option that will help you
secure your data.
Choose the top option if
you are looking to move
data from your broken
Mac to a new model and
if it is connected to the
same network. Cleverly, no
wires are needed for the
Migration Assistant
to work.
Force-restarting
An alternate way of force-restarting a
frozen or unresponsive Mac is to hold
down the Ctrl+Cmd keys and then
press the power button. If you are
using an iMac then the power button is
situated around the back in the lowerleft corner of the display.
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Unresponsive apps
Why is iCloud so slow
and unresponsive?
Just because data is stored in
iCloud does not mean that it is
immune to corruption problems.
You may experience slow performance in
any app that uses this data or even loss of
information, but there is a way to completely
clean your iCloud space and to get back up
and running smoothly again.
Clean your iCloud
1 Back it up
We will use Notes as an example which
are hard to back up. Go to the Mac App
Store and download Exporter. Select a
destination and your Notes will be backed
up automatically.
2 It takes time
Depending on the volume of notes,
it may take time for the export process to
complete. Remember that your notes retain
some formatting, but will not include media.
3 Check your notes
Take some time to check the exported
notes, but everything should be present that
is required. Some titles may need manually
adjusting later on in the Notes app.
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4 Delete and delete
You now need to select all of your notes
in the Notes app and then click Edit>Delete.
Once done, repeat the process in the
‘Recently Deleted Items’ folder.
5 Time to restore
The plain text nature of your backup
should remove any corruption. Select File>
Import to Notes and go to backup folder.
Notes should be restored without corruption.
App problems can also be solved by going to Go>Library>Preferences and
dragging app preferences files to the desktop and then restarting the app.
Why are some apps running slow?
has already fixed. Keeping your apps updated safely
requires common sense and a couple of sensible rules.
Here we show you how to keep your apps up-to-date
automatically and more…
With third-party apps, and even those provided
by Apple, it is good practice to ensure that
you are using the latest versions so that they do not
become slow or suffer from glitches that the developer
Update your apps
1 Automated updates
Go to System Preferences>App Store
and tick the ‘Automatically check for
updates’ box. Now tick all other boxes within
this section to receive instant app updates.
2 Avoid the betas
Avoid beta macOS versions unless you
have a very specific need to install them.
They are much more likely to have small
issues that could affect performance.
Disk permissions
If an app fails to start then its disk
permissions may be damaged. You
can fix this problem easily – launch
3 Third-party updates
When you install apps from outside the
Mac App Store take advantage of automatic
checking for updates if available. If it is not,
check for new versions regularly.
your Mac’s built-in Disk Utility app and
then run its ‘Repair Disk Permissions’
options. This shouldn’t be an issue if
your macOS is higher than El Capitan.
Why are my apps sometimes not responding?
If you use any computer on any platform you will
experience apps freezing on occasion. This is
unavoidable because third-party developers can only do
so much to make their software as perfect as possible,
but there is a simple process that will let you force quit
an app and get your Mac running again at full speed.
This simple key combination is worth remembering as
you may have to use it a lot!
Restart frozen apps
1 A quick combination
If an app freezes, press OptionCommand-Escape and a small panel will
appear. Select the app that is stuck and then
click ‘Force Quit’ at the bottom.
2 A double check
A warning message will appear that you
need to confirm to quit the app. As a general
rule, only use the force quit process when
absolutely necessary.
3 Up and running
You should now be able to open the
app again and with a bit of luck it will run as
it should. Often this simple process is all that
is required.
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Other macOS problems
Is my Mac disk damaged?
Disk problems can be complex and are best
approached with a very cautious mind. We
would not recommend using third-party apps initially,
but rather the Disk Utility built into High Sierra to quickly
check for and repair any problems that may be present.
It is a relatively quick process which is always worth a try
in the first instance. Here we show you how to use Disk
Utility to identify and solve disk problems.
Analyse your disk
1 The Disk Utility
Go to System Preferences>Utilities and
open ‘Disk Utility’. Select your disk from the
list that appears and then click the ‘First Aid’
icon at the top of the panel.
2 Let it run
The process may take some time,
especially on larger disks, but let it run until
complete for the best results. Be patient and
you will be rewarded.
Fixing water damage
If your Mac gets wet, disconnect it from
its power supply, tilt it to remove excess
water and then seal it in a bag with
3 First Aid required?
Hopefully you will see a positive all clear
message, but if not the software will then
attempt to fix the problems automatically
which may resolve the issues permanently.
uncooked rice (to absorb the moisture)
and place it in a warm, dry place such
as an airing cupboard for several hours
to dry out.
How can I get my Mac running smoothly again?
There may be external factors that affect the
way your Mac and connected services work so
please do not discount the possibility that your Mac is
running perfectly fine. Always check externally first to
make sure that the problem is not something that you
have no direct control over. If the problem is internetrelated then there are ways to check before you start
panicking and pointing the finger at your Mac itself.
Check everything
1 Your internet speed
Use an online service to check your
internet speed. It may not be your Wi-Fi that
is causing slow speeds, but a problem with
your service provider.
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2 Is iCloud up?
You should always check the Apple
services status at https://www.apple.
com/uk/support/systemstatus/ before
undertaking any intrusive troubleshooting.
3 Check your router
Slow speeds/intermittent connections
could be related to your Wi-Fi router so find
the admin settings and research what to do
to make sure everything is working correctly.
If your Mac gets wet, try to remove the battery and any other parts that can
be easily disconnected before going about drying it out.
How can I free
up space on
my Mac hard drive?
A lack of space on any Mac hard
drive can cause the computer
to run slowly and will obviously
limit the amount of data you can store in the
future. There are, however, many ways in
which you can free up space without losing
any of the information you need to access
on a daily basis.
3 Check your space
Click the Apple logo and the ‘Storage’
tab to see the state of your hard drive.
Now click ‘Manage’ to undertake a quick
cleansing process to free up more space.
1 Use the cloud
2 Sync and save
4 Use all options
5 Finder will help
Use a cloud service such as iCloud or
Dropbox to free up space by storing files you
do not use often online. There will likely be a
subscription charge attached.
You will now see a selection of options
that you can try to free up space. Most take
a conservative approach and will only delete
data that is no longer required.
In Dropbox go to preferences and click
‘Sync’. Click ‘Choose folders to sync’ to
limit how much space is used on your Mac.
Synced folders still take up Mac space.
The final approach will be to use
Finder and manually delete large files and
applications, It will take time, but you have
full control at all times while doing this.
Why can’t I empty the trash?
There will be times when specific files cannot
be removed from Trash because they are being
used by another process or app. It can be difficult to
work out exactly what is causing the issue, but there is a
way to override this and empty the trash anyway. Make
sure the files are not too important to the system before
deleting them though – a good idea is to always move
them to a separate folder before deleting outright.
Remove it all
1 The powerful Terminal 2 Empty the trash
When the trash will not empty, go to
Applications>Utilities and open the Terminal
app. This app, when learned, is vital to
keeping your Mac running well.
Now type ‘rm -rf ~/.Trash/*’ and hit the
enter key. You will see no discernible change
in Terminal, but you will now have an empty
trash can as the system will have cleared it.
3 A clean slate
It may only be a physiological change,
but for some there is nothing better than
seeing a virtual trash can as completely
empty. It’s a good feeling.
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Extra help
How effective is Apple Support?
Problems will appear occasionally that do need
professional support, but fortunately Apple offers a
level of aftercare that few other companies can compete with.
No matter what problem you are experiencing, you can expect
a fast and complete experience which will eliminate all possible
failures and almost always in a professional and friendly
manner. Here we guide you around the main options available
for getting support with your Apple device.
Hardware help
Instant contact
Within the standard
warranty period you can
expect the best level of
care, but if your Mac is
crucial to your work you
may want to invest in
AppleCare. It could be
more than worth the price.
You can contact Apple
by phone, email, instant
chat or most importantly
by arranging a visit to an
Apple store. This gives you
the reassurance that your
hardware can be fixed at
the time of your choosing.
Fix it yourself
Support for all
Before jumping to
support, if you solve
the problem on your
own you’ll increase your
knowledge of macOS.
You’ll also be reassured
you can fix anything with
the right information.
Every single Apple product
is supported from Macs to
iPhone all the way through
to iCloud and individual
apps. No matter what
problem you have, you can
expect an answer of some
kind from Apple Support.
How can I secure my Mac?
There are simple and advanced ways to secure
your Mac, but as a first step you should utilise
the tools built into macOS. The operating system is
extremely secure by default, but a few extra steps will
give you peace of mind and help to ensure that your
valuable data does not get stolen in the future. Heed
these simple tips and you can help ensure that the
contents of your Mac remain private.
Protect your data
1 Be careful with apps
Go to System Preferences>Security &
Privacy and click the lock to make changes.
Make sure that only App Store apps are
downloadable within the ‘General’ tab.
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2 Use the Firewall
Depending on where you use your Mac,
the Firewall could be worth enabling. This is
particularly true when using it in public or in
an unsecured work environment.
3 Check the rest
In the ‘Privacy’ tab, take time to see
what third-party services are tracking your
location. Check as many options as possible
within ‘Security & Privacy’.
If you want to replace an old Mac, try trading it in or selling it. Even broken
Macs sell on eBay for spare parts so don’t just bin them.
Should I trash my Mac?
There may come a time where you simply cannot
make your Mac perform at an acceptable level
for long periods due to its age. While we do not always
recommend memory cleaning apps, they certainly have
a place when all other solutions fail and can offer a
short-term fix. Here we demonstrate how easy it is to
use third-party memory-cleaning apps to clean up your
hard drive and enhance the performance of your Mac.
Quick memory fixes
1 Choose an app
Go to the Mac App Store and download
a memory cleaning app such as Memory
Clean 2. Install it as normal and launch it to
see what features are available.
2 Clean your memory
Find the option to clean the memory
and let the app perform its main task. It
can take a little time, but the performance
improvement should be immediate.
Apple trade-in
Apple runs its own trade-in service
for old Macs. You can take your old
MacBook to an Apple store for instant
3 Monitor usage
You will see stats to show how much
memory has been freed up and you can also
refer to the other data on offer to see which
apps are hogging your precious resources.
credit or get an estimate online, send
your machine off and then receive an
Apple Store Gift Card by email that you
can use against a new Mac.
Problems are rare.
Don’t panic!
It may seem, when you
read a feature which
details a variety of
macOS problems, that
you are likely to suffer
from many of them; but
the opposite is true.
macOS is incredibly
reliable and for the
vast majority of users
there will be very few
occasions when actual
issues occur that stop
them using their Macs.
Indeed, it is likely that
for the first few years of
ownership of your Mac
everything will work
exactly as it should.
If, however, you
do experience the
occasional glitch these
tips may come in handy
and help you get up and
running in no time at all.
In our opinion there is no
more reliable operating
system than macOS
and millions of users will
agree with us.
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Photos
Beautiful bursts
Capture the perfect moment by shooting and editing with
your iPhone’s rapid fire mode
Difficulty
Time needed
10
W
hen shooting stills on an iPhone there can be a
slight delay between pressing the shutter button and
capturing the photograph. During that delay you
may miss a photo opportunity, such as capturing your child
scoring their first goal. When shooting a family portrait you may
find that some of the subjects are blinking, so their eyes are
closed in the group photo.
Fortunately your iPhone’s Burst mode can help you capture
the perfect moment by shooting a series of shots in quick
succession. You can then use Apple’s Photos app to select the
best action shot from a sporting event, or find a family photo in
which everyone has their eyes open! Here’s how to use it…
Learn how to use your iPhone’s Burst mode to ensure you
never miss a good action shot!
Quality control
Choose your best shots and delete the duffs
Swipe through
Click here to flick through
the contents of a burst
in the main window.
Alternatively you can
swipe left or right on your
Magic Mouse or use your
MacBook’s touchpad.
Quality control
Once you’ve ticked the
best shots in a burst, click
‘Keep Only Selection’. The
remaining photos are no
longer in the Bursts album.
Access your favourited
shots in All Photos.
Knowledge base
Photo Stream
View bursts
After double-clicking on
a thumbnail in the Burst
album you can view the
contents of the burst in
Photo’s large display.
All the photos in a burst
appear as consecutive
thumbnails here.
Make your
choice of shots
By viewing images on your
Mac’s larger screen you
can tell if a shot is in focus
more clearly than you can
on an iPhone. If you like
particular shots then tick
this circle.
If your iPhone is set to automatically
upload images and clips to your
Photo Stream, it may not include all
of the images in a burst. To fix this,
go to your iPhone’s Settings. Click on
Photos. Scroll down and make sure
that the ‘Upload Burst Photos’ option is
turned on. Now all shots in a burst will
automatically upload.
If you can’t use AirDrop, plug your iPhone into your Mac. Click on iPhone icon
in Photos. Shift-click to select all photos in a burst. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Step-by-step Shoot and edit in bursts
1 Capture a burst
2 View the burst
3 Select all shots
4 Share the shots
5 Import using AirDrop
6 Import into Photos
7 Go to Bursts album
8 Select a shot
9 Edit your favourites
When shooting with your iPhone camera,
hold your finger down on the shutter button
to capture a quick series of shots. A counter
indicates the amount of photos captured.
Go to Moments. All selected shots from
the burst are now visible as individual images.
Tap ‘Select’. Swipe over the shots to quickly
select them. Tap the Share icon. Tap ‘Next’.
After importing the contents of a burst via
USB cable or AirDrop, Photos will stack them
into a pile indicated by a thumbnail. Access
imported bursts by clicking the Bursts album.
In your iPhone’s Photos app, tap ‘Albums’.
Here you’ll find a Burst folder gathering all the
bursts you’ve shot. Tap on a burst’s thumbnail
then tap ‘Select’ to view its contents.
Tap the AirDrop icon to send the burst
collection to your Mac. (Make sure your
iPhone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on in
the Control Centre so you can use AirDrop.)
Double-click a burst thumbnail. Click
‘Make a Selection’. Tick the best images. Click
‘Done.’ Click ‘Keep Only Selection’ to favourite
the best shots and lose the rejects.
Instead of choosing favourite shots on
the small screen, tap every shot in the burst to
select it. Tap ‘Done’ to keep every image for
viewing later on your Mac’s larger display.
Drag the shared photos from Downloads
onto the Photos app icon in the Dock. Tick
‘Import All New Photos’. The shots appear as a
burst collection in Photo’s Last Import album.
You’ll find your favourite burst shots as
individual images in All Photos. Tweak their
colours, tones and composition on your Mac’s
bigger display by clicking Edit Photo.
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iMovie
Counteract colour casts
Warm up or cool down your iMovie clips to create
natural-looking colours
Difficulty
Time needed
15
V
ideo recording devices such as your iPhone attempt
to capture accurate colours automatically. However in
mixed lighting conditions such as direct sunlight and
shade, some colours may have a cold blue colour cast. Or your
colours may be too warm, causing certain skin tones to look
orange. Shots may also suffer from green or magenta tints.
DSLRs and camcorders have a range of White Balance (WB)
presets such as Daylight or Cloudy. This helps the camera warm
up or cool down colours to make them look more natural. You
can also set the camera to Auto White Balance to help it capture
true colours in any lighting scenario. If your camera does add a
colour cast or tint to a clip you can balance the colours in iMovie.
Create correct colours
Master colour balance tools
Colour balance
The Color balance icon
gives you access to a
suite of tools that can
counteract cold or warm
colour casts produced by
your camera’s incorrect
white balance settings.
You’ll fine all of the tools you need within iMovie to help
tone down colours to look more natural
Skin Tone
The Skin Tone Balance
tool’s eyedropper lets you
warm up a cold-looking
clip without creating oversaturated orange skin
tones. Follow Steps 4 and
5 to master this useful tool.
Match Color
This handy colour
correcting tool enables
you to replace cold or
warm colour casts in one
shot with the correctly
balanced colours from
another clip.
Knowledge base
Colour Temperature
White Balance
The White balance tool’s
eyedropper analyses
whether a clip is too cold
(blue) or too warm (orange).
It then warms up or cools
down the sampled area’s
colour cast.
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Different light sources have a different
colour temperature, which is measured in
Degrees Kelvin (K). For example, daylight
has a colour temperature of around
5200K. Tungsten light has a temperature
of approximately 3200K. Daylight is cooler
than tungsten light, so it can make a clip
look too cold and blue. Warmer tungsten
light can add an orange hue to the subject.
iMovie’s Color balance panel has a Magic Wand that can perform an Auto
White Balance operation. This can warm up or cool down colours in a click.
Step-by-step Remove colour casts and tints
1 Import clips
2 Add to timeline
3 One click wonder
4 Healthy skin tones
5 Take a sample
6 Too warm
7 Cool it down
8 Match colour
9 Manual adjustments
In My Media, click on iMovie Library.
Choose File>New Event. Label this ‘Colour
Correction’. Click ‘Import Media’. Browse to our
supplied start clips. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Drag the Skintone clip into the timeline.
This shot looks cold too, but if we warm it up
with the white balance eyedropper we could
make the skin tones look too orange.
Click on the Color balance icon, then click
the White Balance button. Click to sample an
area that should be grey/white (such as the
door). This will cool down the colours.
Drag the Cold Cast clip to the timeline.
This shot suffers from a cold blue colour cast.
To fix it, click the Color balance icon above the
viewer. Click the White Balance button.
Click the Skin Tone Balance button. Click
to sample a patch of skin. iMovie will warm
up the clip to lose the cold colour cast but will
avoid over-warming the skin tones.
Drag Match 01 and Match 02 into the
timeline. Click on the cold Match 02. Click
‘Match Color’. Click on the warm Match 01 clip
to transfer its correct colours to the cold shot.
Click the eyedropper tool on an area
that should be a neutral grey or white. The
eyedropper sees that the area is too cool and
warms it up to create neutral, tint-free colours.
Drag Warm cast into the timeline. This
shot’s indoor lighting has added a warm wash
of colour to the scene. We can cool down the
colours to make them look more natural.
Add Mixed Lighting to the timeline. If
you warm up the blue fountains you’ll make
the sunlit building too orange. Click on ‘Color
Correction’. Drag the Temperature slider right.
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Final Cut Pro X
Produce a spot colour effect
Enable a coloured object to move through a black
and white environment using colour curves and masks
Difficulty
Time needed
15
O
ne way to draw attention to an object in a clip is to
remove all the colour information from the scene apart
from the colour of the main subject. The coloured object
will then stand out against its black and white environment.
This is known as a spot colour effect. The latest version of Final
Cut Pro X boasts a Hue/Saturation Curves tool that enables
you to produce the spot colour effect with ease. However, the
challenge arises when other parts of the scene share the same
colour as the main subject. In our supplied video clip tourists are
wearing clothes that match the bus’s red paintwork. We’ll show
you how to use masks to remove the desired spot colour from
specific parts of the scene while preserving it in others.
Playing with spot colours
Use the Hue/Saturation Curve to isolate colours
Black and white
A parallel black and white
layer hides the selective
spot colour layer below.
We can then use a mask to
reveal the red buses while
hiding other unwanted
red objects.
Adding a spot colour effect can make objects or
people in a scene really stand out
Sampled colours
After sampling a colour
with the Hue/Saturation
Curve effect’s eyedropper
tool you’ll see a collection
of control points that
indicate the sampled
colour. These three points
indicate a range of red
pixels from the bus.
Knowledge base
Multiple control points
Mask control
The black and white layer
hides all the red on the
layer below. By dragging
the mask’s control handles
we reshape and reposition
it until the red buses
are visible but other red
objects are hidden.
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Curve control
By pushing the Hue/
Saturation Curve’s control
points downwards we
can selectively desaturate
unwanted colours in a clip.
Here we’ve desaturated
all the colours apart from
the reds.
We used the LUMA vs SAT curve’s
eyedropper to sample a narrow
range of red pixels on a bus. You can
sample multiple colours by clicking the
eyedropper elsewhere. New control
points will appear on the curve LUMA
vs SAT to show all sampled colours.
This allows you to keep some colours
visible while desaturating others.
To quickly add an Event’s clip to a project, press W. This will instantly place
the selected clip by the playhead in the timeline.
Step-by-step How to create spot colour effects
1 Import footage
2 Hue/Saturation Curves 3 Grab the eyedropper
Press Cmd+5 to summon the Effects
browser. Click on ‘Color’. Drag the Hue/
Saturation effect onto the clip. In the Inspector
you’ll see a Hue/Saturation Curves 1 label.
In the Color Inspector, double-click on
‘Hue/Saturation Curves 1’. Scroll down to
the LUMA vs SAT curve. Click to select the
eyedropper tool at the right of the curve.
4 Take a sample
5 Desaturate non-reds
6 Add a new layer
7 Desaturate top layer
8 Add a shape mask
9 Reshape the mask
Choose File>New>Event. Label it ‘Spot
Color Event’. Choose File>Import>Media and
browse to spot ‘colour_start.mov’. Click ‘Import
Selected’. Drag clip into timeline.
Click the eyedropper on the bus. Three
control points will appear on the LUMA vs SAT
curve. These indicate which parts of the curve
correspond to the sampled colour.
We need to remove red from the tourist’s
clothing. Click on the Black & White effect in
the Color Effects category and drag it onto the
top layer in the timeline to desaturate it.
Click on control points at the left and right
of the curve and drag down. Click to place a
control point to the right of the three red points.
Drag that down to remove non-red colours.
Click on Effects browser’s Mask category.
Drag Shape Mask onto the top layer. Click the
Video Inspector icon. A Shape Mask panel will
appear. Control handles will appear on the clip.
Click on the clip in timeline and choose
Edit>Copy. Place the playhead at the end
of the clip and choose Edit>Paste. Drag the
copied clip onto a layer above the original clip.
Drag inside the mask to reposition it over
the tourists on the bench. Drag the green
control handles to reshape so that the buses
remain red but the tourists are desaturated.
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GarageBand
Create loops from audio regions
We take a look at how seamless, repeatable sections of
audio are formed in GarageBand
Difficulty
Time needed
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A
s defining characteristics of digital music production
go, ease of repetition is huge. The role of computers in
‘looping’ a section of a digitised waveform, a job that
previously entailed cutting and splicing together analogue tape,
has been revolutionary. Indeed, GarageBand is wholly built on
this speed and convenience in manipulating audio loops to
construct awesome songs on Mac, iPad and iPhone. So in this
guide we’re going back to basics with a look at the techniques
for identifying a section of an audio region and isolating it to
become a loop. Using the cycle area and region resizing, we
illustrate the simplest method for looping a section of a real
recording to repeat seamlessly over multiple bars in your project.
Repeated viewing
Highlighting the most important editing tools
for resizing audio regions into loops
Looping sections of your track is easy using the builtin toolset and can help flesh out your tunes
Cycle Area
This yellow strip is toggled
on in the tracks ruler via
its control bar button (C).
It’s so-called for cycling
playback of active tracks
positioned below, between
its start and end points.
Loop Pointer
This loop pointer appears
on hovering the mouse
cursor over the top-right
corner edge of a region.
Clicking, holding and
dragging this will extend
out or retract back the
audio as a looping
section instead.
Loop Browser
This shows the contents of
GarageBand’s loop library
and is opened via View>
Show Apple Loops or with
the O key. Custom loops
can be dragged into here
from the tracks space.
Knowledge base
Creating Apple Loops
Resize Pointer
The resize pointer shows
when you hover the
mouse cursor over the
lower left or right edge of
a region. Click and drag
in or out to shorten or
lengthen according to the
desired duration.
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By dragging your looping region to
the Loop Browser panel (O) you can
add it to GarageBand’s library. This
then opens the “Add Region to Apple
Loops Library” dialog that allows a
custom name, type, scale and genre
to be defined, while the Instrument
Descriptors list and “mood” buttons
make searching for the new loop easier.
Regions can be quickly archived for future reuse by selecting within the tracks
area and choosing File>Add Region to Loop Library from the top menu.
Step-by-step How to create loops
1 Region ready
2 Cycle mode
3 Cycle area
4 Preview part
5 Drag start
6 Drag end
7 Loop icon
8 Extending out
9 Iterative editing
To start, you’ll want GarageBand launched
with a project open that has at least one track
that contains an unbroken, unedited audio
region you want to make a loop out of.
Mute any other tracks where desired
before pressing the Play button or the space
key. Tweak the cycle area into a position that
produces a seamlessly repeated section.
Perfectly cycled loop now isolated, toggle
off the cycle area. Move the region along the
track as required and hover the cursor over the
top-right edge to see a loop icon.
Toggle on the Cycle mode via its button
next to the record button in the control bar, or
with the C key. This shows a yellow strip-like
cycle area within the project ruler.
With loop section now found, we can edit
most simply by resizing the region. Move the
cursor over the lower-left edge and drag right
to match the start of the cycle area.
Now click and drag out the region along
the track to extend the loop over however
many bars. Notice the ridge points denoting
the start and end of each loop section.
Click and drag this yellow cycle area so
it covers the whole region you wish to loop or
just a desired section, grabbing the left or right
edge to extend or reduce it.
Similarly, we can now edit the end point of
our loop by hovering the cursor over the lowerright edge of the region and dragging in left to
match the end of the cycle area.
Finally, preview playback to ensure the
looped region is seamless. If not, drag it back
in and repeat the trim editing from steps five
and six until it cycles correctly.
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Logic Pro X
Using the File Tempo Editor
If your track tempo needs tweaking, then you’ve come to
the right place…
Difficulty
Time needed
20
Download
available
L
ogic Pro’s File Tempo Editor is a new feature introduced as
part of its Smart Tempo technology. With Smart Tempo,
audio files are analysed so that you can either match the
project tempo to variations in the tempo of imported or recorded
audio, or adjust the tempo of the audio file to match that of the
project. The analysis works well most of the time, with the time
signature, tempo and downbeats usually interpreted correctly;
but there are times, particularly with tricky audio material without
an obvious downbeat, when you might need to roll your sleeves
up and give the software a helping hand. That’s where the File
Tempo Editor comes in, allowing you to tweak the analysis of the
audio files being processed and get the result you want.
Smart tempo tweaking
Fine-tune your tempo markers for more accurate results
Tempo display
At your command
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Knowledge base
Project vs region
In the Actions menu, you can either
conform the project tempo to the
changes in the tempo of the audio
region (step 9), or conform the audio
file to the set project tempo with the
‘Adapt Region Tempo to Project Tempo
and Align to Downbeat’ command. This
option is useful for conforming freelyrecorded audio to a rigid tempo grid.
The detected tempo at the
current playhead location
shows here. The Double/
Half Tempo buttons can
be used to quickly double
or halve the detected
tempo of the entire file.
If you hold down the
Command key while dragging
a beat marker with the Move
Marker handle, it should
snap automatically to the
nearest significant analysis
point or transient.
The File Tempo Editor lets you jump in to make manual
adjustments to the track timing…
Waveform
overview
Metronome/
playback
This upper part of the
display always shows the
entire audio file. The visible
area of the file shown in the
main display is highlighted
with a white rectangle.
Used to play/loop the audio
file and enable/disable the
metronome, to monitor the
timing of your edits. The slider
works as a volume balance
control between the two.
Any adjustments made in File Tempo Editor, plus the overall tempo analysis,
are stored with the audio file, so are accessible when used in other projects.
Step-by-step Editing with the File Tempo Editor
1 Get organised
2 Tempo fugit
3 Waveform display
4 Feeling upbeat
5 Marker respect
6 Get a handle
7 Move all
8 Zoom and tweak
9 Push the tempo
First, drag the audio file ‘Org Riff.wav’ from
the Tutorial Files folder onto an audio track. We
don’t want its tempo information imported, so
click ‘Don’t Import’ if asked.
Our organ riff contains an upbeat – a note
that occurs before the downbeat of the first
bar. Since it’s the first transient in the file, Logic
has misinterpreted this as the downbeat.
The lowermost marker is labelled ‘Move
All’. Click-hold and slide it one beat to the right
to shift the downbeat onto the correct transient
– the next one to the right.
Open the File Tempo Editor by doubleclicking on the audio region and choosing the
File Tempo tab from the Editor pane that pops
up in the lower half of the screen.
There are two ways to adjust the tempo
markers: you can click this button to play the
audio file, then tap your Mac’s D and T keys to
denote downbeats (D) and beats (T).
This will have displaced all the other
markers slightly, so use the slider in the top
right to zoom in horizontally, then realign each
marker using its ‘Move Marker’ handle.
Click the ‘Analyze’ button to analyse the
file. The audio waveform appears with orange
markers where Logic thinks the beats should
be, with downbeats shown in bright orange.
Alternatively, you can manually edit beat
markers in the main display. Hover over a
marker with the cursor and a set of handles will
appear, each with a different function.
Now we can conform the project tempo
to the tempo of our audio file by selecting
‘Adapt Project Tempo to Region Tempo and
Align to Downbeat’ from the Actions menu.
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iCloud
Clean up your iCloud
Remove files and data no longer used from iCloud to
free up space and keep it tidy
Difficulty
Time needed
15
A
pple provides 5GB of online storage in iCloud and it
sounds a lot, but when you start using it, the free space
disappears very quickly. You can’t afford to waste it with
files, folders and data you no longer use. Many apps store files
and data on iCloud and when you no longer use the apps, the
data should be cleared to free up the space. Even if you have
paid for extra storage and don’t mind wasting a gigabyte or two,
you might want to keep iCloud tidy. It just feels good to have
organised storage that is clean and uncluttered. It makes finding
files easier and it means you don’t have to rely on search so
much. Let’s put iCloud under the microscope.
It’s good practice to clear out unwanted and unused files
from your iCloud to free up space
Step-by-step Spring-clean iCloud storage
1 View iCloud storage
2 Unhide files
3 Relaunch Finder
4 See more iCloud
5 Local iCloud files
6 Add to Dock
Open a Finder window and select iCloud
in the sidebar to see the folders and files it
contains. It looks neat and tidy, but that is
because many items are hidden from view.
Open Finder and select ‘iCloud Drive’.
Hidden folders are shown, including some for
apps deleted a long time ago. Unfortunately,
Finder won’t delete junk folders. Try it.
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Open the Utilities folder and then
Terminal. Enter ‘defaults write com.apple.finder
AppleShowAllFiles TRUE’ to enable Finder to
show hidden files. (Reverse it with FALSE).
iCloud syncs files on the disk with files
online so where are they on the disk? Click
‘Go’, hold down Option (Alt) and click ‘Library’.
Mobile Documents is iCloud. Open it and see.
Finder must be restarted in order for the
new setting to be applied. Go to the Apple
menu and select ‘Force Quit’. Select Finder in
the list and click the ‘Relaunch’ button.
Drag the Mobile Documents folder to the
Dock. Click the folder and you can access the
contents of iCloud. Notice the junk folders.
Unfortunately, they will not delete.
Using Terminal to set hidden files to TRUE or FALSE is the best way to show
or hide them. A less powerful method is Shift+Cmd+. (full stop).
Manage iCloud files
Show
hidden files
See hidden files and clean the junk
There are many hidden
files on the disk and
iCloud that Finder
never shows. However,
typing this command
into a Terminal window
makes them visible. To
hide them, change the
TRUE to FALSE.
Hidden junk
Folders created by apps
no longer on your Mac,
iPhone or iPad appear and
they are irritating if you like
to keep your storage clean.
There does not appear to
be a way to delete them.
Knowledge base
Find
unused apps
iCloud in System
Preferences provides
some clean-up functions
and on the left are items
created by apps on the
Mac, iPhone or iPad. You
may see some that you no
longer have installed.
7 iCloud preferences
There is a lot of junk that can’t be cleaned,
but fortunately, some can. Open System
Preferences and then click the iCloud icon.
Click the ‘Manage’ button in the corner.
iCloud storage
Clean the junk
Files and data are kept
just in case you want to
reinstall an app on your
Mac, iPhone or iPad. If
you will never use this
again, click ‘Delete
Documents and Data’ to
recover the storage.
8 Delete old backups
If you are on your second or third iPhone
or iPad, you may have backups for devices you
no longer have. Select ‘Backups’ and delete
ones not needed to free up the space.
iCloud is more of a sync service
than an online storage service where
you can keep files. If you have the
disk space, everything on iCloud is
stored on the disk in Library/Mobile
Documents. You can’t store a file only
on iCloud or choose which folders are
synced. It is still useful to have, but for
extra storage is essential.
9 Clean app storage
Browse the list of apps and you will find
ones you deleted ages ago. Select them and
then click the ‘Delete Documents and Data’
button. They are then removed from iCloud.
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Calendar
Schedule emails
Using Calendar and Automator you can schedule emails
to be sent at a certain date and time
Difficulty
Time needed
10
T
here may be occasions where you want to send an
email, but not right now, later, next week or in a month.
Perhaps you want to email someone on a certain date,
such as their birthday, an anniversary, and so on. The Mail app
cannot schedule an email to be sent in the future and you could
write one and save it as a draft, but then you might forget to
send it on the day.
A brilliant solution is to use Automator to create a tiny app to
send your email and Calendar to create an event that runs the
Automator app. It works perfectly, but only with local calendars
stored on the Mac and not iCloud calendars. That’s a shame,
but you can still use your iPhone and iPad for iCloud calendars.
Open apps from calendar
Create an app in Automator to send emails
Create an event
Create a new event in the
calendar when you want
to send an email. Set
the alert event to open a
file and then select the
one you created in the
Automator app.
Creating a small app in Automator enables you to schedule
emails using the Calendar app…
Add messaging
Select Mail in the library
to see all the modules for
working with emails or type
‘message’ into the search
box to see messaging
functions. Drag ‘New Mail
Message’ to the right.
Send mail
New Mail Message adds
an email to the Mail app,
but does not send it.
Drag ‘Send Outgoing
Messages’ and add it to
the end to make Mail send
your message.
Knowledge base
Open any file
We created a calendar event to open a
file called Send Email.app at a particular
time and day. Calendar can open any
file and you could, for example, create
a repeating event to open your favourite
music track at the end of the work day.
Unfortunately, if you enable iCloud
calendars in System Preferences
events like this stop working.
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Write an email
The New Mail Message
module displays this
email form. Type in the
recipient’s email address
or click the Contacts
icon on the right. Fill in
the subject line and the
message box.
Another advantage of local calendars instead of iCloud is grouping. Create
calendar groups on the File menu and drag calendars into them to organise them.
Step-by-step Use Calendar to schedule an email
1 Turn off iCloud
2 Create a calendar
3 Create an event
4 Custom alerts
5 Open a file
6 All finished
1 Pick a project
2 Build your app
iCloud calendars must be turned off to
schedule emails, so open System Preferences
and click the iCloud icon. Clear the Calendars
checkbox and close System Preferences.
Just before the date and time of an event
is reached, Calendar alerts you so you don’t
miss it. Click the alert menu, ignore all preset
times and select the ‘Custom’ option.
Open the Calendar app. You should find
that there are some local calendars on the
Mac at the top of the sidebar, but if there are
none, go to the File menu and create one.
Set custom event options as shown here:
Open file, Send Email.app and At the time of
event. The boxout and annotated image shows
how to create the Send Email app.
Double-click in the calendar on the day
you want to send an email. Type in a name
for the event in the pop-up and then click the
time to set when the email is to be sent.
The event is set up and clicking it shows
the details. On the day and time specified, it
will open Send Email.app. The event can be
dragged to another day to reschedule.
How to create an
Automator app
Send Email.app is used to send the email
message and Calendar is simply used to
set the date and time of the event. You
must create Send Email.app yourself.
Don’t worry, this is very easy and can be
done in two minutes using the Automator
app in macOS.
Automator enables apps to be built by
dragging and dropping prebuilt modules
that perform functions. It is a bit like Lego
and you slot modules together to build an
app. Here’s how to do it…
Start Automator from Applications and
select the option to create a new document.
For the type, select the Application icon. This
enables you to create your own app.
Search for New Mail Message and drag
it to the right. Create an email in the Mail app.
Drag Send Outgoing Messages and drop it
below. Save it to disk as an application.
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Curb
Empty a thumb drive completely
Deleting files only hides them on a drive, but with a free
utility you can really delete them
Difficulty
Time needed
10
W
hen files are deleted in Finder they are not removed
from a drive, they are really moved to a hidden Trash
folder. You must empty the Trash to recover the disk
space. This is fine for big drives, but Thumb drives (USB flash
drives) are small and when files are deleted, they continue to use
space. Deleted files can fill the drive!
You can empty the Trash of course, but this deletes all Trash,
even on the Mac’s disk, so you might not want to use this
nuclear option. What are the alternatives? Here we show you
how to empty the Trash on an external drive while keeping Trash
on the Mac’s internal drive. First we show you how Finder can do
this and then we use a free utility called Curb which is easier.
Avoid the Trash
Curb provides a handy means of freeing up space on thumb
drives without emptying your Trash
Drag and delete
Don’t let Trash build up
If you run out of space on
a thumb drive, which is
easy because of their low
storage capacity, drag
the drive to Curb. Only
the thumb drive’s Trash is
emptied, not the Mac’s.
Delete
Immediately
If you really don’t want
files and don’t want the
option to restore them
from the Trash, go to the
File menu and hold the
Option (Alt) key. You’ll see
‘Move to Trash’ becomes
‘Delete Immediately’.
Knowledge base
The thumb drive problem
Deleted files continue to use disk space
until you empty the Trash. This is not a
problem with external drives that have
1TB or more of storage. What’s a few
gigs? A thumb drive may be as small
as 16 or 32GB and deleted files, like
videos, can use a large proportion of
this. That’s why Curb is needed.
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Delete files
What you delete on an
external drive stays on the
drive unless you remember
to choose ‘Delete
Immediately’. You may
forget and deleted files use
up valuable storage space
on thumb drives.
Curb settings
There are not many
settings, but there are a
couple that are useful and
one is to ask if you are
sure before deleting the
Trash. The other is to move
the Trash to the Mac.
Remember that Curb empties a drive’s Trash, so you cannot recover deleted
files. Use it only if you are sure you don’t want the files.
Step-by-step Avoid Trash on thumb drives
1 Delete files
2 Check the space
3 Open the Trash
4 Delete the Trash
5 Plan ahead
6 Curb your drives
1 Get Curb
2 Configure Curb
Let’s delete the files on an external drive,
such as a thumb drive. Open a Finder window
and select any or all the files. Ctrl+click the
selection and click ‘Move to Trash’.
If you can find the files that were on the
external drive in the Trash, Ctrl+click them
and select ‘Delete Immediately’. This removes
them and frees up the drive space.
After deleting all the files, select the drive
on the desktop and press Command+I. Look
at the used space and 1.61GB of space is still
used – all of the files we deleted.
When deleting files from a thumb drive,
select them, go to the File menu, hold down
Option (Alt) and select ‘Delete Immediately’.
This does not move them to the Trash.
Open the Trash from the Dock and in
the top-right corner is Empty. It deletes the
Trash on the thumb drive, but also deletes
everything else and you might need the files.
The simplest option is to use a free utility
called Curb. Open it and then drag the thumb
drive to it. The Trash on the drive is emptied
without affecting the Mac’s Trash.
Download and
install Curb
Curb is a free utility for the Mac that
enables you to delete the Trash on a
removeable drive without deleting the
other files in the Trash, which you may
want to keep, just in case.
Curb is an old utility, but it works fine
and is perfect for thumb drives. Because
it is outside of the Mac Store you may
need to Ctrl+click it and select ‘Open’ and
‘Open’ again. This is only needed the first
time it is run. Here’s where to find Curb
and how to install it…
Go to mrrsoftware.com/curb and click
‘Download’ to save Curb to disk. Doubleclick the zip file to extract the contents and
then drag Curb.app to the Applications folder.
Open Curb. A window is displayed onto
which you can drop drives. Click the gear
icon to open Preferences and tick ‘Prompt
before emptying trash’ for a safety net.
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iTunes
Master iTunes’ Visualizer
Use the hidden options to create the perfect visual accompaniment to your music
Difficulty
Time needed
10
I
f you’re an experienced iTunes user then you will no doubt
be familiar with the Visualizer – the mode that generates
visual effects to accompany the music that you’re playing.
However, you probably didn’t realise how versatile this pulsing
kaleidoscope of colour can be thanks to a hidden menu of
options that you can use to get the most out of it. In iTunes
12 there are also two different Visualizer modes – a standard
version and a ‘classic’, which generates a much more colourful
and diverse selection of shapes and images to play in time
with your music. In this tutorial we show you how to access
the hidden options and use them to create the perfect visual
backdrop to your top tunes.
iTunes’ Visualizer projects pulsing fractal images in time
with the music that you’re playing
Step-by-step Control your Visualizer effects
1 Launch Visualizer
2 View options
3 Toggle modes
4 Display track info
5 View frame rate
6 Get creative
While playing music through iTunes,
press Cmd+T or go to View>Visualizer>Show
Visualizer. As your music plays, colours and
images will pulse and move in time with it.
Tapping the I button will display current
track info, including artists, album and
artwork. This is handy if you are listening to
playlists or music you are unfamiliar with.
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Visualizer is best used in full-screen
mode. While the spectacle is going on, press
the ‘?’ key to view a menu of commands that
will appear in the top-left corner of the screen.
If you want to view the current frame-rate,
press the F key. The figure will be displayed in
the lower-right corner of the screen. Tap the
same key again to hide it.
Pressing the M key will cycle through the
various Visualizer modes, altering the patterns
that are pulsing in time with the music. There
are many different styles to try.
Tap the P key to cycle through the colour
palette, the N key to toggle the background
nebula off or on, and the L key to lock the
camera in a certain position.
If you press the ‘?’ key in iTunes Classic Visualizer to display the hidden
options, you can tap it a second time to display another page of options.
Hidden Visualizer options
How to get the most out of Visualizer
Knowledge base
Music videos
If you use the Visualizer with a playlist
that includes music videos then the
Visualizer will show the videos by
default. You can disable this option at
any time by going to View>Visualizer
and then selecting the ‘Show Videos’
option in this menu to disable it. Simply
repeat the process to turn it back on
later, if you wish.
Options menu
The hidden menu of
Visualizer options can be
displayed at any time while
in Visualizer mode simply
by pressing the ‘?’ key.
The menu of options will
be displayed in the top-left
corner of the screen.
Track info
Useful when listening
to playlists or unfamiliar
music, you can tap the I
key to display the artist/
album info in the lower-left
corner of the screen.
This will fade out after
a few seconds.
Exiting fullscreen mode
Visualizer is best displayed
in full-screen mode for the
most impact. Right-click
on the Visualizer window
for various display options.
While in full-screen mode
you can right-click to get
back out of it.
Frame rate
If you want to get nerdy
about the info that is
displayed then you can
tap the F key to display
the frame rate information
in the lower-right corner
of the screen. This will be
displayed permanently
until you tap the key again.
Enabling ‘classic’
Visualizer mode
You actually have two choices of Visualizer
in iTunes 12 and you can switch between
them by going to View>Visualizer and
then choosing ‘Classic Visualizer from
the menu. So what’s different? Well
the ‘Classic’ version has a great deal
more variety in the patterns displayed,
many of which are slightly retro-looking.
The patterns also change in style more
frequently as the music blares so are a lot
more engaging if you’re using it as a cool
party backdrop.
1 Going ‘Classic’
You can toggle between the standard
and Classic iTunes Visualizer by going to
View>Visualizer. The ‘classic’ version has
more varied, retro-looking patterns.
2 Display options
Like the standard Visualizer, the ‘classic’
has a set of options you can access with the
‘?’ key. These options are slightly more limited
but they’re still fun to play around with.
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System Preferences
View apps sides by
side in Split View
Fill your Mac screen with two apps, without
having to manually move and resize windows
Difficulty
Time needed
5
F
ull-screen mode has been a feature
since OS X Lion, so no doubt you’re
used to working with apps filling
every inch of your Mac’s screen. But did you
know that you can also use two apps in
split screen?
Known as Split View, this screen-tidying
feature is ideal for you when need to ping
pong between two apps to complete a task.
For example, when you’re browsing recipe
ideas in Safari you can have Notes open to
make a shopping list for ingredients.
If you’re already working with an app fullscreen, you can quickly switch to Split View
by pressing Ctrl+Up Arrow to enter Mission
Control, then drag a window from there onto
the thumbnail of the full-screen app in the
Spaces bar. Read on to find out how to launch
Split View from scratch.
Step-by-step Start using Split View
1 Press and hold
Hold down the full-screen button in the
upper-left of corner of an open app. The app
will shrink and you can then drag it to left or
right of the screen.
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2 Select second app
With your app in Split View, other open,
non-minimised apps will appear as thumbnails
in the other half of the screen. Release the
button and select a second app to use.
3 Use Split View
Choose an app to work in by clicking
anywhere in that app. Switch to other apps or
your desktop with Mission Control or to exit
Split View, just press Esc.
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announcement, Apple
took a field trip from
Apple Park, California,
and crossed country to
Lane Tech College Prep
High School, Chicago. The
campus location was key
because, not only was
the announcement based
around education, but
Lane Tech is responsible
for graduating the highest
number of PHD students
in the country – displaying
levels of excellence that
Apple hopes to inspire
further with its latest
incarnation of the iPad.
Armed with the 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, children will become curators of fresh, creative content…
Built to inspire
The new 9.7-inch iPad takes
everything that people love
about Apple’s most popular
sized iPad and makes it even
better for inspiring creativity
and learning.
Apple itself proclaims the
device to be “the ultimate tool
for education” thanks to its
beautiful, large Retina display,
its advanced front and rear
cameras for photos, videos
and FaceTime video calls,
its amazing array of sensors,
including gyroscope and
accelerometer, its faster LTE
capabilities so that you can go
anywhere and stay connected,
and its all-day, ten-hour battery
life. And it only weighs one
pound, making it super-portable
Now with Apple Pencil support,
the new 9.7-inch iPad is geared
towards the classroom with
new apps and services taking
full advantage of the tech…
and capable of sliding easily
into any school bag.
Apple has also upgraded
the chip to the super-fast A10
Fusion, providing a massive
boost in processing and
graphics horsepower. This hike
was important as students
and teachers alike are creating
complex projects and are using
the enhanced multitasking
capabilities built into iOS 11 to
run multiple apps at the same
time. They are also using the
video and graphics-intensive
apps that make learning so
much more immersive and so
engaging and with the A10
Fusion, the new 9.7-inch iPad
is more powerful than most
PC laptops and virtually every
Chromebook on the market.
even more people, so now
Apple’s most affordable iPad
also has support for its most
creative tool!
The high-resolution touchsystem with sub-pixel precision
of the new iPad will enable
ultra-low latency Pencil support
and the same tilt and pressuresensing that has made Apple
Pencil so successful amongst
the professional creative types.
And it’s so versatile for the
things that children do every
day at school, like taking notes.
Apple Pencil works wonderfully
well with iOS’s built-in Notes
app and it’s incredibly easy
to use the system’s markup
capabilities to annotate a
worksheet, assignment or
screenshot. Of course, the great
education apps, like Explain
Everything, that already support
Apple Pencil, will work with this
iPad. There’s a new, incredible
universe of apps designed
for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro
that will now be available to
everyone and, armed with
Old apps have also been
enhanced for the classroom,
like GarageBand, which now
has new instruments and
animal sound effects.
Pencil support
Apple Pencil and iPad Pro have
become the creative tools of
choice for the world’s most
demanding professional artists,
illustrators and designers.
The stylus is incredibly fast,
fluid and precise and, more
importantly, feels completely
natural to use. The aim with
the new 9.7-inch iPad was
to bring that experience to
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iWork
for free
Apple releases free updates to Pages, Numbers and Keynote that support Apple Pencil
Three of the most popular apps in education are from Apple’s
own iWorks suite consisting of Pages, Numbers and Keynote,
and to coincide with the launch of the new iPad, Apple
released updated versions that support Apple Pencil.
In these updates, students can now add drawings or notes
right inside their projects, giving them a completely different
look and feel, and even create complete digital books. The end
result is much more unique-looking documents with plenty of
personality shining through as kids now have more tools at
their disposal to showcase what they are learning.
In addition to supporting drawing with Apple Pencil,
the Pages app also supports a beta feature called ‘Smart
Annotation’. This lets students and teachers annotate straight
into the Pages document. And these markups aren’t just
superficial layers of ink, they actually stay anchored to the
words and sections that they are referring to.
Powered by
the A10
Staying
connected
Thin, light
and durable
AR on a
grander scale
With its 64-bit architecture,
four-core design and over
3.3 billion transistors, the
A10 Fusion Chip is at the
heart of the new iPad and
provides all the power
you need for multitasking,
editing 4K video, playing
graphics-intensive games
or experiencing the latest
AR apps.
The new iPad can deliver
two-times faster cellular
data connections, so
you’ll find it is even
easier to stay connected
anywhere. And with Apple
SIM, customers can
connect to wireless data
plans when travelling in
more than 180 countries
and regions.
Weighing in at just one
pound, the new iPad is
effortless to carry around
and at just 7.5mm thick,
it is slim enough to fit
into any school bag or
briefcase – so you really
can take it anywhere with
you. It is also available
in three colours to suit
your style.
Augmented Reality (AR)
is the latest technology
that brings virtual objects
into the real world and
every aspect of the new
iPad – from the display
and processing power to
the cameras and motion
sensors – is designed
to make AR apps more
captivating than ever.
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this tool, children will become
creators of content rather than
mere consumers of information.
AR overload
Augmented reality is about
combining digital with the real
world and iOS is currently
the largest AR platform in the
world. Apple believes that AR is
going to bring an entirely new
dimension to the classroom,
enabling new ways to learn.
And with the A10 Fusion
chip, its large Retina display
and advanced cameras and
sensors, the new iPad will open
the door to new AR experiences
that are simply not possible on
other devices.
We are already seeing some
amazing, creative AR apps
available to aid learning (see
Outstanding AR Apps). Take
Boulevard AR, for example.
This brings precious works of
art straight to the classroom
(no need for teachers to endure
the logistical headache of
organising a class excursion
to a museum), you can simply
hold up your iPad and the
work of art will be hanging
right there in front of you in the
classroom for you to approach
and scrutinise in amazing detail
Apple believes that AR apps,
like Froggipedia, will bring an
entirely new dimension to
the classroom…
as if it were really there. The
advantage of using AR in this
way is that you can get close
enough to the painting to pick
out each individual brushstroke
– something you would never
be able to do in the real world.
AR allows students to study
concepts more closely and
more deeply than they ever
could before and the new iPad
is built to accommodate and
drive this exciting technology.
iPad in the
classroom
Some schools provide an
iPad for every student, others
share a pool of iPads amongst
a group of students – and for
that purpose, Apple created
Shared iPad. This software lets
any student pick up an iPad
off the trolley, tap in their name
and, once they log in, that iPad
becomes theirs, with their own
apps, their own books and their
own documents ready to go.
And at the end of the class, that
same student can log out and
the iPad will be ready for the
next student to log into within
one minute.
Setting up school iPads is
also easy because Apple has
created Apple School Manager
to give the IT teams a onestop shop to set up devices,
download apps and create
Apple IDs for everyone in the
school (either individually or
in bulk).
Incredibly, you can create
enough Apple IDs for a school
of 1,500 in under one minute
and the system is flexible
Apple also announced that it is bringing the Classroom
app to the Mac and that a Beta will be available in June.
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Schoolwork is a cloud-based app that allows
teachers to closely monitor the progress of their
students.
enough to add or remove new
IDs when students join or leave
the school. To further aid iPad’s
integration into the classroom,
Apple has also increased the
size of the amount of free
iCloud storage space with every
Apple ID from 5GB to 200GB
for schools – so there is plenty
of room to store all of the rich
creative content that each
student produces.
Outstanding AR apps
The best apps for showcasing the new iPad’s
augmented reality capabilities
Boulevard AR
This app brings to life one of the
most celebrated paintings from the
world-renowned Tudor collection in London’s
National Portrait Gallery – the Portrait of Sir
Henry Unton – and uses ARKit 1.5 to show
the work in detail on the wall in front of you.
Users are introduced to the painting by the
collection’s curator, who then guides you
through nine individual vignettes and allows
you to independently explore this fascinating work of art.
Froggipedia
Dissecting frogs used
to be an integral part of
biology in order to teach students
about anatomy, but in this app
ARKit 1.5 enables students to
see a virtual, life-like frog appear
right in front of them. What’s
more, users can dissect the frog using an Apple Pencil instead of
a scalpel, providing a more ethical and cost-efficient alternative to
traditional lab dissection.
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iPad for teachers
Classroom apps
As the best products alone
can’t create great learning
experiences, Apple believes
that teachers are the heart of
the classroom and it takes
dedicated teachers to fuel the
student’s curiosity and
to guide them to their full,
creative potential.
Apple wants to help teachers
to create engaging and personal
learning experiences for all
kinds of learners and have so
developed a few new tools to
help. The Classroom app, for
example, lets teachers guide
their students and keep them
focused and on-task, even
when not all of the students are
doing the same thing. Teachers
can see what students are
doing on iPad, and click in on
a specific student to make sure
everything is okay.
As every student is different
and some may require more
focus, attention and guidance
than others, Apple has also
developed the Schoolwork app,
which will become available
in June. Schoolwork is a free
cloud-based app that makes it
easy to assign handouts and to
tap into the power of the apps
that make iPad invaluable in the
school and give visibility to each
student’s progress.
In Schoolwork you can see
all of your classes as well as
any upcoming assignments.
It’s easy to create handouts for
your class with PDFs, weblinks
or documents and you can also
send out reminders for trips or
homework as easy as sending
an email.
Although Schoolwork lets you
point students towards a certain
Everything about the new iPad, from the display and the processing
power to the cameras and the motion sensors, is designed to make AR
apps more enthralling than ever before. Here are the four best apps to
showcase this…
GeoGebra Augmented
Reality
Useful for understanding maths and
science, this app allows you to place 3D graphs
and objects on any surface, then walk around
them and take images from different angles. As
users edit the equations, the graphs and objects
change shape in real time, demonstrating
complex concepts in a simpler, more visual way.
With millions of users already around the world,
the new iPad will allow even more students to benefit.
WWF Free Rivers
This app used ARKit 1.5 to
project an intricate, table-top
model of a free-flowing river landscape
onto any flat surface. The technology
then allows users to interact with the
scene, discovering how it adapts to
rain, the building of a dam and testing
more sustainable approaches to energy development. Telling the story
of the world’s remaining free-flowing rivers and what we can do to save
them, this app is utterly immersive and highlights serious issues.
Everyone Can Create helps teachers integrate
creative areas like music and video into their
existing lesson plans.
app, Apple felt this wasn’t
enough so now you can assign
specific activities within apps –
and with one tap students can
go straight to that activity – it’s
so easy. And it’s just as easy to
check on their progress too as
a single tap brings up a more
detailed view of a particular
student’s work.
Apple Teacher
Another way Apple is
supporting teachers in the
classroom is with Apple
Teacher. A free and self-paced
online professional learning
program, Apple Teacher lets
you build skills with Apple
products, show progress by
earning badges and be inspired
by what is happening in your
classroom or by seeing what
other teachers are doing.
Apple also believes that
coding is a fundamental
literacy in today’s world and its
Everyone Can Code programme
is designed to not only help
youngsters become coders,
if they so desire, but more
importantly to teach students
valuable skills such as critical
thinking and problem solving.
Everyone Can Code uses Swift,
a powerful learning language
that was developed by Apple
and is the fastest-growing
programming language in
the world. Swift was used to
create Swift Playground, a fun
easy to use app that teaches
younger kids to code. Through
this technology kids can also
program drones and robots
using iPad. Swift is just part
of the Everyone Can Code
curriculum. There are also
lessons that go from basic
coding concepts all the way up
to kids building fully-functioning
apps of their own.
Apple is currently also
building a brand new curriculum
to inspire a new kind of
learning experience called
Everyone Can Create. This
program is designed around
the idea that technology can
unleash kids’ creativity to
better demonstrate what they
have learnt in any subject. Like
Everyone Can Code, teachers
have access to free learning
resources that they can use
to help integrate music, video,
photography and drawing into
their existing lesson plans for
any subject. Everyone Can
Create will become available
this autumn and is designed
to take advantage of the new
9.7-inch iPad. And although
this new device is available to
consumers now for £319/$329,
schools can purchase them for
£289/$299, underlining Apple’s
mission objective of getting
them into every classroom.
Because with iPad and the
creative minds of children,
anything really is possible.
Best Apple Pencil apps
Recommended apps for getting the most out
of Apple Pencil on your 9.7-inch iPad
As the new 9.7-inch iPad is the first non-Pro model to be
compatible with the Apple Pencil, we highlight a selection of
practical apps to help you get the most out of the stylus.
Linea Sketch
Capture your thoughts and ideas effortlessly with Linea
Sketch’s easy colours, minimal UI and simplified set
of layers.
Pixelmator
This powerful layer-based image editor lets you touch up
and enhance pictures, sketch, paint and create advanced
image compositions.
GoodNotes 4
Take handwritten notes, search for them with ease and
even drag and drop them into other apps to automatically
convert them into typed text.
Notability
This sturdy app lets you write, annotate documents,
record lessons, sketch and draw perfectly straight lines
for graphs and designs.
MyScript Nebo
Originally created especially for iPad Pro, this app lets you
handwrite, draw, edit and format your notes quickly and
transport them as digital documents.
MyScript Calculator
A calculator app with a difference, this one lets you write
calculations and drag and drop numbers to and from the
canvas, memory bar or to another app.
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Which iPad is right for you?
We compare the new 9.7-inch iPad with last year’s iPad Pro
To see exactly how the new
2018 iPad compares to the 2017
iPad Pro, we have compared
the specs and dimensions of the
Wi-Fi-only versions so you can
see, at-a-glance how they shape
up and exactly what you get for
your money.
10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)
Price
Colour
Capacity
Dimensions
Display
Chip
64GB/ 256GB/ 512GB
Height: 250.6mm (9.8 inches)
Width: 174.1mm (6.8 inches)
Depth: 6.1mm (0.24 inches)
Weight: 469 grams (1.03 pounds)
10.5-inch (diagonal) Retina display, LED-backlit with MultiTouch, 2224x1668 resolution
264 pixels-per-inch (PPI), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic
coating, Fully laminated display, Anti-reflective coating,
ProMotion technology, Wide colour display (P3), True Tone
display
A10
X
Yes
Smart Keyboard
compatible?
Yes
12-megapixel photos, f/1.8 aperture, Optical image stabilization,
Live Photos with stabilization, Quad-LED True Tone flash,
Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Backside
illumination, Six-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus with
Focus Pixels, Tap to focus with Focus Pixels, Exposure control,
Auto HDR for photos, Body and face detection, Panorama (up
to 63 megapixels), Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo geotagging
Video
4K HD video recording (3840x2160), Slo-mo video support
for 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps, Time-lapse video
with stabilisation, Cinematic video stabilisation, Continuous
autofocus video, Body and face detection, 3x video zoom,
Backside illumination, Video geotagging
FaceTime HD Camera
7-megapixel photos, Live Photos, Retina Flash, 1080p HD
video recording, Auto-HDR for photos and videos, Backside
illumination, Body and face detection, Burst mode
Audio
Sensors
Battery life
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Silver/Space Grey/Gold/Rose Gold
Apple Pencil compatible?
Camera
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£619/$649 (64GB)/ £769/$799 (256GB)/ £969/$999 (512GB)
Four-speaker audio
Touch ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor,
Barometer
Up to 10 hours (surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watch videos or
listening to music)
9.7-inch iPad (2018)
£319/$329 (32GB)/ £409/$429 (128GB)
Silver/Space Grey/Gold
32GB/ 128GB
Height: 240mm (9.4 inches)
Width: 169.5mm (6.6 inches)
Depth: 7.5mm (0.29 inches)
Weight: 469 grams (1.03 pounds)
9.7-inch (diagonal) Retina display, LED-backlit with Multi-Touch,
2048x1536 resolution, 264 pixels-per-inch (PPI), Fingerprintresistant oleophobic coating
A10
Yes
No
8-megapixel photos, f/2.4 aperture, Live Photos, Backside
illumination, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Autofocus, Tap
to focus, Exposure control, HDR for photos, Body and face
detection, Panorama (up to 43 megapixels), Burst mode, Timer
mode, Photo geotagging
1080p HD video recording, Slo-mo video support for 720p at
120fps, Time-lapse video with stabilisation, Video stabilisation,
Tap to focus while recording, Body and face detection, 3x video
zoom, Backside illumination, Video geotagging
1.2-megapixel photos, Live Photos, Retina Flash, 720p HD video
recording, HDR for photos and videos, Backside illumination,
Body and face detection, Burst mode
Two-speaker audio
Touch ID, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor,
Barometer
Up to 10 hours (surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watch videos or
listening to music)
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Files
Master file management
Move files to other online storage, share files, tag files and
more using the iOS 11 Files app
Difficulty
Time needed
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T
he Files app on the iPhone and iPad is a powerful tool for
managing the files and folders on iCloud. It is like Finder
for iOS and, while it looks different, it has many of the
same features and you can move, delete, rename, tag, share
and perform other actions on files. Nearly everything you do on
the Mac can be done on an iPhone or iPad.
If you store the Desktop and Documents folders on iCloud on
the Mac, you can move files around your Mac. The Files app can
access other online storage, so you can perform advanced tasks
like moving a file from Google Drive to the Mac’s desktop all on
your iPhone on the go. Get to know the Files app and manage
your Mac’s files…
Files know-how
Manage iCloud files like a pro
Create
new folders
If you need a new folder
to store files, tap this icon.
It creates a new folder in
the current location, which
could be the root or a
subfolder. You are asked
to name it.
The iOS 11 Files app is a versatile system for managing your
iPhone and iPad documents
File functions
toolbar
Press and hold and then
let go to display the
toolbar. It is different for
files and folders and this
one is for folders. Tap
‘Favourite’ to add it to the
Locations screen.
Tagged
files/folders
This coloured dot indicates
that this item has been
assigned one or more
tags. Tap ‘Sorted by’ at
the top of the screen and
select ‘Tags’ to sort files/
folders by their tags.
Knowledge base
Using cloud storage
We copied a file to OneDrive in the
tutorial and Google Drive was also
an option. Files works with whatever
online storage apps are installed. If you
do not have OneDrive, you will not see
it on the Locations screen. Files can be
moved within iCloud but are copied to
and from other cloud storage. Delete
the original to move it.
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Show
recent items
One of the best ways to
find files and folders you
recently used is to tap
‘Recents’. In addition to
showing recent items, it
shows any files and folders
organised by tags.
Some items may have a cloud icon next to them and this indicates that they
are stored online but can be downloaded to the iPhone or iPad.
Step-by-step Learn file management tasks
1 Drag and drop
2 Use file functions
3 More file functions
4 Add file tags
5 Share files
6 Share with people
7 Manage deleted files
8 Move cloud files
9 iCloud to OneDrive
Move files in iCloud storage using the
iOS Files app. Press and hold on a file and
then drag it to another folder. Files dropped in
Desktop appear on the Mac’s desktop.
Tags are synced with the Mac, so the
colours and names displayed are whatever you
use on the desktop. Tap one or more tags to
add them and then press ‘Done’ in the corner.
Press ‘Locations’ in the top-left corner
and then press ‘Recently Deleted’. Files are
not kept forever, but if you don’t leave it too
long, press, hold, let go and tap ‘Recover’.
Press and hold a file for a second or so,
then lift. A toolbar is displayed with common
file management functions like Copy, Duplicate
and Rename. Tap the arrow for more.
Suppose you want to share a file on
iCloud with someone else. This is easy and to
begin long-press on a file and let go. Tap the
right arrow in the toolbar and press ‘Share’.
There are many cloud storage services,
such as Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
Files can copy or move files from one service
to another. Press a file and tap ‘Move’.
Now the options are Move, Delete, Share,
Tags and Info. Tags are useful for marking files
and folders and for organising them. Let’s add
some tags. Tap it in the toolbar.
Press the Add People icon to go to this
screen where you can choose how to share a
link to the file and the people to share it with.
Press ‘Mail’ for example and email them.
The Locations screen automatically
appears and iCloud, Drive or OneDrive can be
selected. Expand the location and then press
the Copy or Move button in the screen corner.
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Settings
Configure iPhone/iPad backups
Everything you need to know about backing up the iPhone
and iPad to iCloud and how to configure it
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W
hat would happen if your iPhone was stolen or you
dropped your iPad and it broke? Would you lose
any photos, apps, messages or settings? Not if the
iPhone and iPad are backed up. Don’t worry, they probably are
being backed up to iCloud, but you should check that this is
really happening and that there is sufficient space for backups.
If you are struggling with the 5GB of free iCloud storage or if
you simply want to streamline backups, it is possible to choose
what information is included. Sometimes apps are backed up
that don’t need to be, like Netflix. The worst that could happen
is that you have to download the app again and sign in. By
eliminating unnecessary data it is possible to shrink backups.
Backup basics
What you need to know about the backup screen
Backing up regularly is essential for preserving all of your
important documents and data
Dates and sizes
If you are about to install
an iOS update, you may
want to check when the
iPhone or iPad was last
backed up. The date and
time is here and the size of
the backup is shown.
Configure
backups
If you are short of space
on iCloud, remove apps
from the backup if they are
unimportant. This one is
not and neither is Chrome
below it. The apps contain
no essential data.
See more apps
This is clearly not the
complete list of apps on
the device and there are
many more. Tap ‘Show All
Apps’ to see the full list
and choose whether they
are backed up or not.
Knowledge base
iTunes backup
iCloud backups only save app data,
whereas, if an iPhone or iPad is
plugged into a Mac, iTunes makes a full
system backup. This can be seen in the
size of the backups and the length of
time taken. Select the iPhone in iTunes
and select the option to back up to the
computer. It is worth performing a full
backup occasionally.
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Delete
the backups
If you are short of iCloud
storage space or are
disposing of the device,
delete the backups by
pressing this link. New
backups are made if you
continue to use the device.
iCloud Photo Library is a sync service, not a backup. Deleted photos are
deleted everywhere, which is why it is useful to have a Google Photos backup.
Step-by-step Configure backups and choose what is backed up
1 Open Settings
2 Cloud backup status
3 Back up now
4 View iCloud usage
5 Select the device
6 Configure the backup
Open the Settings app and tap your name
and icon at the top to display your Apple
account. You could tap the device in the list at
the bottom, but we will tap iCloud.
Go to Settings>your name>iCloud>
Manage storage to see a list of the apps using
iCloud. The size of the backups is displayed in
the list. Press it to get more details.
Back up photos
The photographs taken on your iPhone
are valuable and could record onceonly events like weddings. Losing
them would be a disaster, so how
can they be backed up? iCloud Photo
Library is one option, but the 5GB
of free iCloud storage is insufficient
and you must sign up for one of the
subscription plans. A free alternative
backup solution is Google Photos.
Install the app and it will store all your
snapshots online free of charge.
The status of iCloud Backup is a little
way down the list among all the other apps
and services that use iCloud. Whether
backup is turned on or not, tap it to continue.
All backups are displayed, but only the
device you are using can be configured and you
need to repeat these steps with every device
you own. Press ‘This iPhone’ or ‘This iPad’.
Press the switch if iCloud Backup is
not turned on to enable automatic backups.
Before installing an iOS update you might
want to back up first. Press the link to start.
Details about the backup are shown at
the top. Below is a list of apps and data that
are available for backup. Turn off any that are
unimportant or are backed up elsewhere.
Enable
iCloud
1photos
Configure
Google
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Photos
Open the Settings
app and press
‘Photos’. If you have
paid for extra iCloud
Storage, turn on the
iCloud Photo Library
switch at the top.
If you have just the
basic free iCloud
storage, turn the
switch off.
Open Google
Photos, press the
menu button, press
the gear icon, then
‘Backup & sync’.
Turn on Backup
& sync and set
the upload size to
High quality (16MP
photos and HD
resolution video).
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Settings
10 ways to save space on iOS
Solve your storage problems with these top space-saving tips for the iPhone and iPad
N
ot so long ago, Apple was selling
iPhones and iPads with 16GB of
storage, and if you have an old model
you are probably struggling for space. Even
some new iPhones and iPads only have 32GB
and it is easy to run out of space when adding
games, shooting videos, downloading movies,
syncing music and so on.
Here are our top tips for coping with limited
storage on an iPhone or iPad. It is possible
to work comfortably in 32GB and it is even
possible to keep old devices running that little
bit longer if you are extra careful about how you
use it. The trick is to make use of online services
like streaming and storage instead of keeping
everything on the device. Let’s get clearing
some space.
Manage the storage on the iPhone
Find out what is using the storage and clean up
Storage usage
Go to Settings>General>
iPhone Storage to see how
the device’s storage is being
used. The largest user of
this iPhone’s storage is
apps, but it may be different
on your iPhone or iPad.
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Delete apps
2
Delete old
messages
Apps vary in size and some require
negligible storage space, but others may
be huge, especially games. Long-press on
apps and tap the ‘X’ icon to delete any that
you have not used in the last month. iPhone
and iPad apps can always be reinstalled if
you ever need them again.
Do you really need to keep chat messages
you sent last year or even older ones? Go
to Settings>Messages>Keep Message and
select ‘1 Year’. If you really need the space,
select ‘30 days’. Old messages and media
attachments are deleted to free up space.
Offload apps
Some apps are used daily
but others might only be
used occasionally. Tap a
large app you don’t need
and then tap ‘Offload App’.
App data
Some apps store data on
the iPhone and Google
Maps stores maps locally
so they can be accessed
offline. Photo editors and
music services may also
store data. Open the apps
and clear data.
iOS photo storage
iOS monitors the available storage and
automatically optimises it by performing
various actions. Photos for example, can
be stored online and replaced by lower
resolution ones that take up less space.
However, storing photos in Dropbox,
Google Drive or some other storage
enables even more space saving
because even the low-resolution images
can be removed. Every saving helps.
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Old messages
iMessages, Facebook
Messenger, WhatsApp
and other messaging
apps may contain photos
and videos attached to
messages. Open them and
delete the media files in
messages to save space.
Downloading a big file, like a movie, forces iOS to clear storage space for it
and it is a great trick for freeing up space for other apps.
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Delete movies
If you have saved movies
and TV programmes, delete them
to free up space. Open the TV app
for example and go to the Library.
Tap ‘Downloaded’, tap a movie/
programme and long-press for an
option to remove the download.
3
Clear caches
Some apps cache (store)
music, video, photos, web pages
etc. To clear caches, for example,
go to Settings>Safari>Advanced>
Website Data>Edit and delete
sites not needed. Go to Settings>
Music>Downloaded Music and
tap ‘Edit’ to delete tracks.
4
Offload apps
If deleting apps feels too
drastic and you want to keep
some, they can be offloaded
instead, which keeps them in
iCloud, not on the iPhone/iPad.
Tap Settings>General>Storage
and select an app that is using a
lot of space. Press ‘Offload App’.
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Stream music
At one time we had to
transfer music from the Mac to
the iPhone and iPad in order to
play it and it took up gigabytes of
valuable space. You don’t need
to waste space on music storage
now – you can stream it using the
Apple Music app.
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Use Google
Photos
Google Photos has free, unlimited
photo storage. After it has
uploaded all your photos, tap
‘Free up space’. Every photo that
has been backed up online is
deleted from the iPhone/iPad to
recover the storage space.
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Download
a movie
Delete
podcasts
Podcasts can use a lot of storage
space. Delete them after listening
to them. Open the Podcasts app
and tap ‘Library’ at the bottom.
Select a podcast to see the
episodes and then swipe right to
left over ones you no longer want.
iOS manages the storage on
the iPhone to accommodate
what tasks you want to perform.
Download a movie from the iTunes
store and it makes space for it.
Delete it and the space it occupied
is available for other apps/data.
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Delete
read iBooks
When books are read in the iBooks
app, they are downloaded and stored
on the iPhone/iPad. To recover the
space after you have read them,
go to My Books and press ‘Select’.
Select books and tap ‘Delete’.
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Gboard
Add funny GIFs to emails
Make your emails stand out by inserting amusing GIFs into them. Just don’t email your boss!
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mails do not have to be boring – they can be funny and
entertaining. Just insert an animated GIF and when the
email is opened, instead of dull text, the recipient gets to
laugh at an animation or film clip of a funny moment. We would
not recommend sending funny emails to your boss at work, but
your family and friends will find it a laugh.
The Mail app on the iPhone cannot do this on its own and
it needs a helper app in the form of Google Gboard. This is
a keyboard that can be called up whenever you want to do
something special, such as insert an animated GIF into an email.
Gboard is free and has a library of clips you can use in emails.
Gboard provides a quick and easy means of adding extra
personality to your iOS emails
Step-by-step Email GIFs with Gboard
1 Add a keyboard
2 Third-party keyboards 3 Allow full access
Google Gboard is listed in the section
for third-party keyboards and before it can
be used for typing on the iPhone or iPad, you
must press it in order to enable it.
This returns you to the previous screen,
but now Gboard is listed as a keyboard. There
is one more step to enable it. Press Gboard
and allow full access or it may not work.
4 Create an email
5 Switch to Gboard
6 Browse the GIFs
Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad
and search for Gboard. Install it and afterwards,
set it up by going to Settings>General>
Keyboard>Keyboards>Add New keyboard.
Return to the home screen and press the
Mail icon to open the app and create a new
message. Long-press the globe button to see
a list of keyboards and then select Gboard.
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The Gboard keyboard is displayed and it
looks similar to Apple’s, but it has some extra
features. The GIFs are accessed through the
emoji button, so press the smiley face.
If you see emoji, press the GIF button
at the bottom of the screen and a strip of
thumbnails appears. Swipe left and right to
browse them all and to watch the animations.
Animated GIFs are best used occasionally and they can become irritating if
used too much. Don’t drive your friends nuts with them!
Make emails fun!
Insert amusing GIFs in emails
GIF suggestions
Insert a GIF
Gboard analyses the text
you type into an email and
then makes suggestions
for animated GIFs. For
example, we typed
‘What’s up?’ and the GIF
below was suggested.
Watch out for these
suggestions.
An animated GIF cannot be
automatically inserted into
an email by Gboard. It must
be copied and then you
must paste it. Long-press
to show the bar with editing
tools and select ‘Paste’.
Search for GIFs
Knowledge base
What is an animated GIF?
GIF is a type of image file format that
has been around for years. One of its
best features is that files can contain
multiple images. It can be configured
to show them one after the other
like cartoon or movie frames. Not all
software can show animated GIFs, but
web browsers, email programs and
some messaging apps can.
7 Copy a GIF
Below the thumbnails are GIF categories.
Swipe to browse them and tap a category to
view the GIFs. When you see a GIF you want
to use, press it to copy it to the clipboard.
GIF categories
Categories of GIFs are
displayed in a horizontal
bar. Swipe left and right
to see them all and tap a
category to see the GIFs.
Swipe left/right across the
thumbnails to see them.
8 Paste the GIF
The animated GIF does not appear
automatically in the email, but it is on the system
clipboard. Position the text cursor where you
want the GIF and long-press. Paste it.
If you cannot find a
suitable GIF to use from
the thumbnails below, try
searching. Type a word or
short phrase into this box
and Gboard will respond
by showing matching GIFs.
Select one.
9 Type and send
The GIF is inserted in the email and the
cursor can be positioned before or after it to
enter the rest of the email message. Type a
subject and then press the ‘Send’ button.
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HomePod
Make your HomePod
more secure
Apple already promises that the HomePod is as safe
as houses but there are further steps you can take
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s soon as the first smart speakers rolled off the
production line, people began to question how
secure and private they were. There is a general
wariness around devices that listen to your commands,
potentially eavesdropping on conversations that they
shouldn’t. But while, in truth, we have little to worry about,
that doesn’t mean you should simply accept what comes
out of the box.
Thankfully, the HomePod has a few settings to
consider when setting up and using the device. You can
make decisions over collected data and location sharing.
You can also determine whether HomePod can access
your messages, notes and reminders whenever your
connected iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network. Here
we show how you can get some extra peace of mind.
You have the freedom to stop your HomePod listening out
for commands and much more…
Step-by-step Manage your HomePod privacy
1 Stop HomePod listening 2 Allow listening again
Don’t want HomePod to listen out for
“Hey Siri”? Turn it off by saying, “Hey Siri,
stop listening”. You’ll now need to touch and
hold the top of the HomePod to talk to Siri.
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Reactive the HomePod’s ability to listen
for “Hey Siri” by opening the iOS Home app
before touching and holding the HomePod
icon. Tap ‘Details’ and ‘Listen For Hey Siri’.
3 Stop sharing analytics
To stop usage/location data being sent to
Apple, open Home in iOS, touch and hold the
HomePod icon, tap ‘Details’, select ‘Analytics’
and toggle ‘Share HomePod Analytics’.
If your iOS device is away from the network used to connect your HomePod
then Siri cannot call out your notifications via the speaker
Setting up personal requests
Should you allow this function on your HomePod?
Does Apple know what
I’m saying?
When you talk to Siri on your HomePod,
anything you say is encrypted and kept
anonymous to protect your identity.
It means any data that is received
by Apple’s servers for processing is
private and secure. Similarly, no-one
is constantly listening in to your
conversations since the detection of
“Hey Siri” happens on the HomePod
(not in the cloud) and Apple is not sent
anything until it hears that trigger.
Connected
to Wi-Fi
For a HomePod user to
access your messages,
reminders and notes,
your iOS device has to be
connected to the same Wi-Fi
network as your HomePod.
The iOS device also needs
to be sharing your location
via Find My Friends.
Turning off
Personal Requests
Don’t worry if you have
Personal Requests turned
on. Turn them off by
opening the Home app,
tapping the location button
(top-left) and selecting
your name, before toggling
Personal Requests.
Knowledge base
Accessing
Messages
Setting up
When you set up your
HomePod using your
iPhone, you’ll be asked
if you want to Enable
Personal Requests. If you
share your home, you may
want to tap ‘Not Now’.
If you enable personal
requests, anyone would be
able to hear your messages
by saying, “Hey Siri, read
the message”. They would
also be able to compose
by saying, “Hey Siri, send a
message to X saying X”.
4 Turn off Location Services 5 Remove listening history 6 Reset your HomePod
You may not want your HomePod to
know your location even though it’s used for
weather/traffic info. Go to Home>HomePod>
Details, toggling ‘Location Services’ off.
If you don’t want music you play
appearing in your profile and influencing For
You recommendations, turn off ‘Use Listening
History’ in Home>HomePod>Details.
To erase all contents and settings on your
HomePod, just reset it. Go to the Home app in
iOS and select HomePod>Details. Scroll down,
choose ‘Remove Accessory’ and confirm.
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Google Assistant
Use Google Assistant
natively on your iPad
Google Assistant’s app for iPad lets you ask
questions, make calls and control your home
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nlike Siri, rival voice assistants from the
likes of Google and Amazon are keen
to appear on as many platforms as
possible. It is why Google Assistant found
its way on to iPhones last year and it is why
Google has now decided to make it work
natively on an iPad, bringing with it the
benefits of using a larger screen.
Google Assistant has much
functionality. It hooks up with your smart
home devices, allows you to cast to
your television, reminds you of any vital
tasks and even lets you call or text
family and friends by pulling information
from the iOS address book. You can also write
emails, play music and get answers to those
burning questions. What’s more, thanks to the
iPad’s multitasking, you can have the assistant
running while you get on with other things.
Google Assistant
works very well on iPad and
is a serious alternative to Siri…
Step-by-step Get started with Google Assistant
1 Install the app
Visit the App Store on your iPad and
search for Google Assistant. Install the app,
select ‘Open’ to launch and tap ‘Sign In’ to
enter your Google username and password.
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2 Allow the microphone 3 Ask a question
Google Assistant will ask if it can send
you notifications and whether you want to be
kept up-to-date with emails. It will also ask if it
can access the mic. Allow this.
When you are ready to ask a question,
tap the microphone icon at the bottom of
the screen. A series of four-coloured dots will
appear to indicate the Assistant is listening.
Say “tell me about your day” to get a weather summary, reminders and details
about your commute and next meeting. Configure what you’re told in Settings.
Using Google Assistant
How Google Assistant makes use of the iPad’s larger screen
Edit your query
If Google Assistant gets
something wrong, hold
down on your request
and tap ‘Edit Query’ or hit
‘Delete Request’.
Explore the
possibilities
Tap this icon to see what
you can do with Google
Assistant. Select the threedot menu and Settings to
alter your preferences or
set up voice matching.
Knowledge base
Set up your services
Input options
Although it’s not as
accessible as Siri, you
can ask Google Assistant
a question by tapping
this microphone icon or
select the keyboard to
type it in.
4 See the answer
Your query will be translated into text just
like with Siri and the answer will be displayed.
Google Assistant then lists other related queries
you may be interested in.
Multitasking
Google Assistant takes
advantage of multitasking
so you perform other tasks
at the same time. Just swipe
up from the bottom of the
screen and drag Google
Assistant from the Dock.
5 Use the keyboard
If you don’t want to speak to Google
Assistant, you can type your query instead.
Just tap the keyboard button in the bottom-left
of the screen and the keyboard will appear.
Tap the blue icon, select the three-dot
menu and choose Settings. Under
Services, tap ‘Music’ to choose
Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play
Music. Tap ‘Home Control’ and ‘+’
to add smart devices. Tap ‘News’ for
news outlets or ‘Videos and Photos’
for Netflix or Google Photos.
6 View your options
Tap the blue button (top-right) to visit the
Explore page and see what Google Assistant
can do and the new options available. The
three-dot menu lets you view your settings.
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Music Memos
Record tunes with
Music Memos
Get the sounds in your head down instantly and edit
your tracks on the move with Apple’s Music Memos
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W
e have been long-time champions of Apple’s
Music Memos app because of its simplicity. If
an idea for a new guitar lick or chord sequence
pops into your head then Music Memos provides all of the
tools you need to get it down quickly and easily before the
thought and the impetus is lost. You can use the app fairly
primitively simply by humming tunes into it, or you can use
external adaptors to connect your kit more professionally
and go to town recording track after track until you nail it.
You can then employ the app’s simple set of track
management tools to rename it, label it and rate it and
even remove the flab by tapping on the crop icon. All
tracks can be instantly exported to other third-party music
apps such as Sound Cloud and Apple’s own GarageBand
app or uploaded to iCloud so that you can grab them on
your Mac. The app is free to download from the App Store
and if you’re constantly hearing music in your head then
it’s the perfect outlet.
Apples Music Memos app is a handy tool for recording
music ideas quickly and easily…
Step-by-step Record and edit music instantly
1 Start recording
Whether you’re humming it or strumming
it, position your iPhone within easy reach, tap
the Record button and start doing your thing.
Tap the same button again to stop recording.
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2 Set it to Auto
Tap the ‘Auto’ button in the top-left
corner. Now, whenever you start playing, the
app will start recording immediately and stop
when you stop – ideal for multiple takes.
3 Access your recordings
You can now tap on the tray icon at the
top of the interface to access your recordings.
They will all be listed in chronological order and
you can tap on the generic title to rename it.
You can save your tracks to iCloud but if you want to export them and use
them in GarageBand then tapping Share>GarageBand is the quicker option.
Your portable studio
All of the basic tools, at your fingertips…
Track
management
You can tap the name of
your track to rename it,
label it using the tag icon
and even rate it by tapping
on the stars for future
reference. Tap the trashcan
to bin the project.
Auto-record
Enabling this option will set
the app to start recording
whenever it detects a tune,
which saves you having to
fumble around pressing
Record and setting your
iPhone down.
Instant editing
Tap on the waveform to
reveal more options, such
as those to crop the track
and share it. You can easily
export it to other apps
such as GarageBand.
Knowledge base
Connection method
Music Memos works fine wirelessly,
but if you have an iRig adaptor, such as
iRig Pro I/O, you can connect a guitar/
keyboard to your iPhone for a cleaner
signal and sound. Go to Products>
Interfaces on ikmultimedia.com. If
you are serious about making music
they are worth buying and they work
with other apps like GarageBand too.
4 Play it back
Select a track and press Play, then tap
on the waveform. All of the chords will be
identified above the waveform. You can edit
the tempo and chords on this screen too.
Add the band
If you tap on the bass
guitar icon and/or the
drumkit icon then the
app will detect the key
and tempo of the track
and then add musical
accompaniment to suit.
5 Edit your track
Tap on the crop tool and you will be able
to perform basic cuts to your track. Simply
drag the red handles to adjust the area you
want to keep and then tap ‘Trim’.
6 Add accompaniment
Tapping the bass guitar and drumkit
icons at the bottom will add background
accompaniment to your track to give you an
idea of how it could work fleshed out.
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iShows TV
Organise your TV bingeing
with iShows TV
Struggling to keep track of all the shows you’re trying
to keep up with? We’ve got your back
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here has been a recent explosion in choice for
us television fans, with major TV show events
happening on an almost weekly basis. Between
Netflix, HBO, Sky, Amazon Prime, or good’ol BBC (other
broadcast options are available), the output of new series
is more than we could ever fit into our lives. Therefore, the
need to keep on top of what we want to watch is greater
than ever. However, if you’re anything like us, you will more
than once (and more than twice) have happened onto
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while browsing through
Netflix, which you watched halfway through but then lost
track of, even despite having loved the half you actually
saw. Then you’ll have discovered, to your dismay, that
series only stay on the BBC iPlayer for a limited time, so
you completely missed out on The Night Manager, which
you were always going to binge over a weekend.
The solution: get an app to help you stay on track. And
that’s where iShows TV comes in.
The iShows TV app lets you build up a collection of favourite
shows and track what you watch
Step-by-step Organise your TV watching collection
1 Sign up with trakt.tv
You can use the free version to track a few
series, but if you are a TV addict like us, you’ll
want to link it with trakt.tv for unlimited access.
iShows Premium is £4.99, but is worth it.
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2 Build your collection
Start browsing to add shows to your
tracker. The Trending and Popular tabs help
you find top shows but in the top-right, you can
search or browse for a specific show or genre.
3 Expand the collection
Now that you’ve started, you can begin
to expand your library. Keep your favourites
separate by long-holding the main image and
adding the show to your Favourites tab.
The iShows app is powered by trakt.tv, and setting up an iShows Premium
account (£4.99) will give you unlimited access to both resources.
Navigate iShows with ease
The interface is simple but offers a lot of options
Go to your
collection
Tap the iShows logo in the
bottom-left to return to
your collection. You’ll see a
‘Discover’ suggestion, but
closing that will take you to
your home area.
Use this to filter
your search
Overwhelmed by the
volume of shows? Just
tap the three dots in the
top bar to filter the shows
by genre to home in on
your interests.
Quick additions
Quickly add shows to your
tracker by tapping the little
plus symbol below each
image. Tap on the image
to open up the show and
either add to your tracker,
seen shows or to rate it.
Knowledge base
iShows Movies and Games
If you also need to keep track of your
film-watching or gaming collection,
rejoice, for there is also a dedicated
app for each of these, powered
by trakt.tv. Your iShows Premium
account covers those apps as well as
iShows TV, and the interface is almost
identical, so you can get to grips with
them using this tutorial.
4 What have you seen?
Tap a series image and mark off episodes
you’ve seen by tapping the eye symbol under
the image. Swipe left to get a dropdown list of
episodes, which you can tick off individually.
Searching
for a show
Know exactly which
show you’re looking for?
Just tap the bottom-right
magnifying glass and
look it up.
5 When is it released?
To help you track ongoing series, iShows
will tell you when the next episode is on. You
can choose to get notifications to remind you
before each episode starts.
6 Rate your shows
To help trakt.tv and iShows recommend
new series to you, or to help yourself
remember what you liked and didn’t like, you
can rate each episode from one to five stars.
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Cardiogram
Make sense of
heart rate data
Get a detailed picture of your heart’s health with a free
app that makes use of your Watch data
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s all Apple Watch owners know, the wearable is
able to monitor your heart rate. But making good
sense of its data and what it means for your overall
health is just as important. The heart rate monitoring
app, Cardiogram, uses the Watch data to tell you what
it means. You are able to get a graph of your heart rate
in real time on your wrist and see details of any spikes
related to diet, stress or exercise on your iPhone.
What makes Cardiogram even more worthwhile is the
amount of research its makers are carrying out at the
University of California, San Francisco. Although you can
contribute data to this, it has already shown that the Apple
Watch can detect the signs of diabetes with 85 per cent
accuracy and that it can detect heart irregularity with 97
per cent accuracy. You can also tag your own spikes to
chronicle and identify potentially abnormal rhythms and
share your data with others.
Cardiogram makes sense of your Watch data and can help
identify diabetes and irregular beats
Step-by-step Get in-depth heart rate statistics
1 Download the app
Install Cardiogram from the App Store
to your iPhone. Then open the Watch app,
tap ‘MyWatch’ and install Cardiogram to your
Watch. Now launch Cardiogram on your iPhone.
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2 Allow access to data
Create an account using Facebook,
Twitter or email and decide which Health data
Cardiogram can access. At the very least grant
access to your Heart Rate. Tap ‘Allow’.
3 View the data
After Cardiogram syncs with the Health
app, you will see a graph representing the
peaks and troughs of your heart rate together
with your resting and peak beats-per-minute.
Tap the Metrics tab (to the right of the heart) and compare your statistics with
other users, giving you a good indication of whether you should be concerned.
Monitor your heart rate in real time
Cardiogram keeps a constant eye on your heart rate
Continuous mode
Swipe left on the Watch
face and you can activate
the continuous mode which
works well during a workout.
If you start a workout using
the Workout app, you don’t
need to select Start on the
Cardiogram Watch app.
View the graph
Here you can see data
between 50 and 100bpm
and where you’re at during
a time period. Orange bars
show a rate of between 60
and 100bpm (red is above
100, blue below 60).
Knowledge base
Encourage good habits
If you select the Habits tab (to the left of
the profile button at the bottom of the
screen), you can choose from a number
of activities aimed at keeping you fit
and healthy. For example, selecting
Meditation looks at reducing your stress
levels while pledging not to drink coffee
after 2pm is aimed at improving your
sleep quality. Your data can also be
used in heart health studies.
4 Account for changes
If you can recall what you were doing at
a particular time, you are able to log it. Zoom
into the graph using your fingers and tap the
Journal button (it looks like a tag).
Current heart rate
You can instantly see what
your current heart rate
is in the standard beatsper-minute. By default,
the Apple Watch collects
heart rate data every five
minutes but you can view
in real time.
Independent
working
You don’t need to have
your iPhone nearby when
you’re exercising to record
your heart rate data.
5 Select an icon
A blue line will appear beneath the graph.
Use the handles to select the time frame.
Now choose one of the icons at the top of the
screen to indicate the activity taking place.
6 Add a friend
You can invite and challenge friends, and
compare yourselves in the Daily Leaderboard.
Swipe left in the graph area showing your bpm,
tap ‘Add Friend’ and send an email or SMS.
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Use your HomePod as
an Apple TV speaker
Since HomePod uses AirPlay, you can use
it as a ‘sound bar’ for your Apple TV
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pple’s HomePod does a
fantastic job of pumping out
your favourite music and
giving you a feeling of listening ‘live’.
But did you know that you can also
get amazing sound from your movies
and TV shows? As long as you have
a third, fourth or fifth generation
Apple TV, you can hook the two
together and use the HomePod
almost like a sound bar.
Making this possible is AirPlay –
Apple’s method of streaming audio
and video content. It lets you direct
the sound from Apple TV away from
your television speaker or other
output device and into the HomePod
so that you can take advantage
of the cutting-edge methods the
smart speaker uses to fill your room
with sound. It’s just a shame that it
works poorly with games, where lag
between becomes noticeable.
Here’s how to get your TV
connected to the HomePod…
You can connect the most recent
generations of Apple TV to your HomePod
for stunning audio…
Step-by-step Connect HomePod to Apple TV
1 Open Settings
First, ensure your HomePod is powered
and set up – which means it’s connected to
your Wi-Fi and iCloud account. Then launch
your Apple TV and open the Settings app.
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2 Select Audio option
The Settings app on Apple TV allows you
to directly select your HomePod speaker by
picking up its presence in your home. Scroll
down and select the option Video and Audio.
3 Choose the output
We want to direct the sound from your
Apple TV to the HomePod so scroll down the
list of options on this next screen and, under
the heading Audio, select the Audio Output.
Siri can be used on the HomePod to turn the volume up and down. You can
also use the controls on top of the HomePod.
Using the audio settings of Apple TV
Adjust the audio output of Apple TV via the Video and Audio menu
Surround Sound
HomePod will already seek
to fill your room with virtual
surround sound so this
option can be left alone.
Reduce Loud
Sounds
Connect HomePod and
you don’t need to worry
about this option as it
ensures sound doesn’t
split your ears; it also plays
Apple TV audio at around
80 per cent max volume.
Choose the
subtitle language
Should you want to have
subtitles playing as well
as the audio, then you can
select the language they
appear in with this option.
Knowledge base
Disconnecting the Apple TV
If you don’t want your HomePod to
play audio from your Apple TV, open
Settings on your Apple TV, go to Video
and Audio and select Audio Output
once more. Go to Other Speakers and
click the HomePod from the list of
available devices to deselect it.
4 Click your HomePod
Since the HomePod uses AirPlay and is
connected to your Wi-Fi, the device will appear
in the list of available speakers. Select the
HomePod so it becomes the default speaker.
Navigation Clicks
Don’t like the clicking
sound you hear when you
are flicking through the
menu items on the Apple
TV? Turn them off by
clicking here.
5 Use another method
It is also possible to select the HomePod
as the speaker for Apple TV direct from the
Apple TV home screen. To do this, just hold
the Play/Pause button on the Siri remote.
6 Make your choice
Now choose the HomePod from the
menu which appears. This is a quicker method
of flicking between your HomePod and other
audio output devices you may have available.
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Provenance
Play retro games on Apple TV
Enjoy a huge number of games from days gone by on your television by emulating old consoles
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lthough there are many games available in the app store
on Apple TV, there may be titles from your past you long
to play again. Maybe you loved Sonic the Hedgehog
or Mario and spent your youth on a NES, SNES, Sega Master
System, Mega Drive or a cool handheld. Retro gaming is a
popular hobby and it’s possible to emulate systems such as
those on more up-to-date devices, including the Apple TV. An
app called Provenance is available, based on OpenEmu which
we covered in a previous iCreate. You can’t find it on the App
Store – you need to sideload it using Xcode on your Mac. The
only extra you need is a USB-A to USB-C cable (or, if you own a
recent MacBook or MacBook Pro, a USB-C to USB-C cable).
Step-by-step Install Provenance to Apple TV
1 Install Xcode
2 Connect Apple TV
4 Choose Apple TV
5 Enter Bundler identifier 6 Finishing off
In the Mac App Store, search for
Xcode and install it. Then, in Finder, go to
Applications>Utilities>Terminal. Type: git clone
https://github.com/jasarien/Provenance.gitt
In the top-left corner, to the right of play
and pause will be a gamepad icon and the
word Provenance. Choose ProvenanceTVrelease and select ‘Apple TV’ under device.
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Use the USB-A to USB-C (or USB-C to
USB-C) cable to connect Apple TV to the Mac.
Now launch Xcode and, in Finder, locate the
Provenance folder that you’ve just downloaded.
Click Provenance (left menu) and blue
square (main window). Select ProvenanceTV. In
Bundle Identifier, replace provenance-emu with
any term. Click ‘Team’. Choose your account.
3 Select the file
Click the white icon called Provenance.
xcworkspace. From the Xcode menu bar, go
to Xcode>Preferences and select the Account
tab. Click ‘+’ then select ‘Add Apple ID’.
Click ‘TopShelf’ under Targets. Repeat
Bundle Identifier change (use same term and
team as Step 5). Xcode will index. Press the
Play button to install Provenance to Apple TV.
You can play Sega Mega Drive, Game Gear, Master System, Sega CD, SNES,
NES, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance ROMs.
Import games to Provenance
Launch Provenance on Apple TV by clicking the icon which will appear following installation
Importing games
To start importing games,
click Import/Export. When
you do this, the screen will
display an IP address. Go
to that address in Safari on
your Mac.
Gamepad
Settings screen
You can, if you wish, use
a Made for iPhone (MFi)
game controller (select it
under iCade Controller).
But you can also play
your games using the
Siri Remote.
To reach this screen, press
Menu on the Siri Remote
and select Settings. Scroll
down the screen until you
see Actions.
Knowledge base
Is it legal?
Emulating retro consoles is a legal grey
area depending on what you are doing.
Grabbing games from the internet –
certainly if you do not own the original
– is classed as piracy, even though
it is widespread, and if any money
exchanges hands or if you decide to
pass on those games to someone else,
then you can find yourself in trouble. If
it feels wrong, don’t do it.
Using a Mac
Via Safari on the Mac
(on the page accessed
via the IP address),
select the Roms folder
and click Upload Files.
Once uploaded, they’ll be
available on Apple TV.
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It is easy to check which apps have been
used the most in Settings>Battery
The place to come
for key terms
made easy
AirDrop
This is an ad-hoc service
for Apple’s macOS
and iOS systems that
enables the transferral of
files among supported
devices over Wi-Fi and
Bluetooth without apps.
HomePod
This is Apple’s smart
speaker that is powered
by Siri and can be placed
around the home to play
audio, answer questions
and provide whatever
information you require.
I know that my daughter is on her iPhone when she should be
working! How can I check which apps she is using? Shelly Lewis
Lightning
(connector)
This is the eight-pin
cable used to connect
Apple’s mobile devices,
like iPhones and iPads to
power supplies and host
computers.
Widget
These are accessible by
swiping right from your
iPhone’s home screen
and provide access to
certain features from
built-in and third-party
apps that you have
installed.
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1 Open Settings
If you want to check which
apps are taking up most of your
daughter’s time, go to Settings>
Battery and then wait a few
moments for the ‘Battery Usage’
section to become populated.
2 View the apps
By default, Battery Usage
will show the proportion of
battery used by your apps. To
find out exactly how much time
has been spent on certain apps,
tap on the clock icon.
3 See the times
You can now see how
many hours each app has been
spent in active use as well as
how long it has been running in
the background. The apps are
displayed in battery usage order.
If you don’t want music purchased on your iOS device appearing on your
Mac, go to iTunes>Preferences>Downloads and disable Auto Downloads.
I take pride in my iTunes music collection but something has
gone wrong and it’s showing duplicates of every song! Ian Smith
The problem you are having relates to a recent update
of iTunes that changes the way that your songs are
displayed. If you subscribe to Apple Music then the
duplicates are merely displaying that you have an
original version of the song that you downloaded from
iTunes and a matched Apple Music version that you
haven’t downloaded. If the fact that there appear to be
duplicates bothers you, you can simply disable it.
1 Why duplicates? 2 Check the list
Go to your iTunes Library
and then click on ‘Songs’ in the
left column. Now right-click on
the ‘Name’ bar and select to
display the two iCloud options.
You can now see what the
duplicate songs and their icons
relate to. Click the cloud icon in
the menu bar to group them and
batch-delete ‘Removed’ tracks.
3 Change view
To simply remove the
duplicate tracks from view, go to
View>Only Downloaded Music
and, as if by magic, the problem
will go away!
I am concerned about security on my iPhone, how can I
control and limit what Siri can access? Michelle Kean
Stop listening
Lockdown Siri
If you’d rather that Siri
didn’t divulge personal
details about you to
people that don’t have
your passcode, turn off
this option.
While ‘Hey Siri’ is great
for hands-free use, if you
find that Siri is always
interrupting your day with
unintended requests turn
‘Listen for “Hey Siri”’ off.
Delete user data
If you toggle Ask Siri
off and go to Settings>
General>Keyboard and
slide ‘Enable Dictation’ off,
Apple will delete all of the
information your device
has collected on you.
Silence Siri
If you’d rather read Siri’s
responses than hear them,
tap ‘Voice Feedback’ and
switch to ‘Control with
Ring Switch’ or ‘HandsFree Only’ modes.
Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I have both an older
(but upgraded)
MacBook of my own
and an iPad Pro (given
to me by my mother).
The only reason I am
keeping the Macbook
is as a backup device
to store some files,
photos and apps,
which I have on an
external drive to plug
into the laptop should
my PC ever fail me.
Because the MacBook
can run WhatsApp it
would be handy for my
mother (I believe that
WhatsApp doesn’t run
on iPads?) My question
is, is there a way to use
an external hard drive
with the iPad, perhaps
via a USB to Lightning
adapter? Will the iPad
recognise a drive this
way, thereby allowing
me to still be able to
access my backup
hard drive and pass
the MacBook on to
my mother? Any help
would be appreciated.
Verbatim (verbatimeurope.co.uk) produce a
neat portable drive called
the iStore ‘n’ Go USB
Drive. Available in 16, 32
and 64GB versions, this
device will plug into the
Lightning port on your
iPad to provide additional
storage (via its own
file management app).
Other similar drives are
probably available but we
scored this one five stars
back in issue 173.
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Expert
Is it possible to make adjustments to files from the ‘Save
As’ screen on my Mac? Thomas O’Grady
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I have a Bose
Soundtouch and when
I try to use AirPlay
from iTunes there is no
sound. Both the app
and the sound wave
say playing but still no
sound. Any ideas?
This is a tricky one
without checking all of
your settings. However,
a common sound issue
we experience occurs
when the volume bar
within the iTunes app
gets accidentally clicked
and muted. Also click
on the AirPlay button to
the right of the iTunes
volume switch and
ensure that the right
device is selected and
that the separate volume
control there is at a
sufficient level. If this fails
to address the problem
then try connecting via
Bluetooth to see if that
helps. Good luck.
Is there any way to find
out the pixel size of an
iPad photo? I can’t see
any options within the
Photos app to do this.
That’s because there are
no options! Go to the
App Store and search
for a free app called
Photo Investigator.
This provides detailed
metadata for all of your
photos and is very useful
to have to hand if you’re
after more complex
information such as pixel
size. Hopefully Apple will
incorporate such detail
into its Photos app soon.
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Expand options
When saving a new file you
can expand the Save As
dialogue box by clicking
on the arrow icon to the
right of the ‘Save As’ field.
Do this so that you can
see your files and folders.
Right-click files
When the Save As dialog
box has been expanded,
right-click on the name of
any file within the box and
you will see a small menu
of options.
How do I change the
search engine in Safari
on my Mac? I was
hoping to switch to an engine
that provides a little more
privacy. Mark King
While in Safari, go to the Safari
menu and choose ‘Preferences’.
When the Preferences window
appears, click on the ‘Search’ tab
and then click on the menu next
to the Search Engine option. This
will display your available search
engines. If it is more privacy you
are after then the ‘DuckDuckGo’
option is probably your best bet.
Pick this from the menu and
close the Preferences window.
DuckDuckGo will block advertising
trackers and keep your search
history and personal data private.
Rename files
If you click on the
‘Rename’ option then you
will be able to change the
name of the file within the
Save As dialog, which
could save you time.
Whenever I want to play an album from my iTunes
music collection the songs are shuffled and play out
of sequence, why is this? Christopher Salter
Most likely because you have the ‘Shuffle’ button enabled. You
can easily check if this is the case by looking at the playback
controls window at the top of the iTunes interface while your music
is playing. If the Shuffle icon (which is in the top-left corner of the
playback controls window, directly above the track running time) is
in a solid block then it means that Shuffle mode is enabled and the
tracks you play from an album will be mixed up. If you click on this
icon then you will turn the mode off and normal service is resumed.
Shuffle mode could
have been triggered
accidentally…
If you are currently playing different music on your iPhone and HomePod, the
Control Center lets you transfer playback between devices in a single tap.
I recently bought a HomePod. How
can I control what music is played
from my iPhone? Spencer Flately
Use Control
Center
Device selection is
handled by Control
Center, so swipe up
to use it.
Select your
options
Select your
HomePod
Expand your music
playback options in
Control Center by
tapping the corner.
Select your
HomePod from
your list of possible
AirPlay devices.
I have heard that there is a predictive text feature that is accessible in
certain macOS apps. How can I access and utilise this? Natalie Combes
There certainly is and this feature can be utilised in many
native macOS apps such as Text Edit and Notes, as well
as the iWorks suite of apps including Pages, Numbers
and Keynote. It is very handy if you are unsure of the
1 Start typing a word
If you want to write a particular word
and are unsure of the exact spelling, simply
type the first few letters and then press the
Alt+Esc keys together.
spelling of a particular word as you can start typing the
first few letters before utilising this hidden feature and
being presented with a list of possible word matches that
should include your intended word. Here’s how to do it…
2 See the options
A list of possible word matches will now
be displayed which will, hopefully, include
the one that you want to type. Hover your
cursor over the list to select a word option.
3 Auto-type
The complete word will now be added
to your text. Not only can this help with
spelling, it can also be a great timer-saver as
you get more accustomed to using it.
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How can I disable my activity status in Instagram so
people can’t see when I’m ignoring them? Craig Southall
I have heard that it is possible
to stop explicit content from
playing through the HomePod.
How can I do this so that the children
don’t hear bad words in songs?
Philip Jackson
All you have to do is go to the Home
app on your iPhone and then press and
hold on the HomePod icon. Next, tap
on ‘Details’ and then scroll down to see
a range of options controlled by toggle
switches. One of these options is called
‘Allow Explicit Content’ and to prevent
explicit content from being played, all you
have to do is move the toggle switch for
this option to the ‘Off’ position to prevent
your HomePod from turning the air blue.
1 Go to Settings 2 Scroll down 3 Access and
In the Instagram app,
tap on the person icon in the
bottom-right corner of the
screen and then tap on the
Settings icon (the cog).
Scroll down through the
various Instagram settings
options and you will see one
called ‘Show activity status’,
which is ‘On’ by default.
Turn this option to
the ‘Off’ position and the
Instagram app will no longer
announce that you are active
or when you last used it.
I have heard that there is a way to check the health of
my iPhone battery. How can I do this? Tilly McGrath
New to iOS 11.3
Is there a way to control what
music iTunes is playing using
my Apple Watch? I think this
would be useful but don’t know if
such a feature exists. Do you know?
Sheila Montecute
The Battery Health feature
is a new Beta addition
to the iOS 11.3 update.
Designed to add more
transparency to the battery
reliability of older iPhones,
it provides useful, at-aglance information to your
current battery state.
Max Capacity
Make sure your Watch and Mac are on
the same Wi-Fi network and then launch
the Remote app on your Watch and tap
the ‘+’ icon to begin adding your Mac
as a device. Launch iTunes on your
Mac and enter the four-digit code that
is presented on your Watch to pair both
devices. Finally, click on the Remote icon
in iTunes and enter the next code.
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This is a measure of
battery capacity relative
to when your iPhone was
new. This iPhone is one
year old and the capacity
has dipped 12 per cent
during that time (if it was
100 per cent to start with).
Peak
Performance
This setting will determine
if your iPhone battery is
currently operating at peak
performance. If not then it
is time to get it replaced at
your local Apple store.
You can make calls straight from Safari on your Mac, Just highlight a phone
number on a webpage and choose the ‘Call Using iPhone’ option.
A friend told me that it is possible to make phone calls straight
from my Mac. This could prove a massive time-saver for me so
how do I go about using this feature? Gemma Whitehead
Apple
Expert
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I have forgotten the
passcode to unlock
my iPad and now I will
have to reset it. Will I
lose all of my pictures
if I do this?
If your pictures aren’t
backed up to iCloud then
yes, you will lose them
unfortunately. This is
why it is a good idea to
schedule iCloud backups
regularly. To do this, go to
Settings>iCloud>iCloud
Backup and then ensure
that the feature is on.
1 Connect to Wi-Fi 2 Enable on iOS
3 FaceTime prefs
4 Prepare to call 5 Making a call
6 Other methods
To start with, make sure
that you are logged into the
same Wi-Fi network on your
Mac and iPhone. Go to System
Preferences>Network.
While in the FaceTime app
on your Mac, click on the ‘Audio’
tab in the main window and then
click on the handset icon of a
previously-called number.
On your iPhone, go to
Settings>iPhone>Calls and then
tap on ‘Calls on Other Devices’.
Make sure this feature is turned
on and your Mac is selected.
A menu will appear, choose
‘FaceTime Audio’ and your Mac
will start calling the number.
When connected, a small
console will appear.
On your Mac, open the
FaceTime app and then click on
the FaceTime menu and choose
‘Preferences’. Ensure the ‘Calls
From iPhone’ option is enabled.
You can also make calls
on your Mac straight from the
Contacts app. Just navigate to
the correct contact card and
click on the ‘Call’ button.
Is it possible to disable
swipe across access
to the camera from my
iPhone 8’s lock screen?
We know of no way
to do this, which is
annoying, especially if
you accidentally swipe
to your camera in your
pocket. Do any of our
readers out there know of
a way to do this?
I recently upgraded to
the iPhone X and most
of my contacts didn’t
carry across, help!
Did you restore from
backup? If not, connect
your old iPhone to iTunes
on your Mac and on
the ‘Summary’ screen,
choose to backup to
‘This computer’. Once
done, connect your
iPhone X to the same
Mac and choose the
‘Restore Backup’ option.
If this doesn’t work then
you can always send your
contacts to your new
iPhone via AirDrop.
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Naim Uniti Atom
£1,999/$2,995
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Just look at it! Naim’s Uniti Atom is
an all-in-one audio system that is
designed to connect easily to your
home Wi-Fi to enable you to enjoy
a world of music from any source you could
imagine. You can stream music in high-resolution
from your Mac via Bluetooth, browse and play
millions of songs through the popular streaming
services such as Spotify Connect, Deezer and
TIDAL, AirPlay music from your iOS device and
From the finned aluminium heatsinks to the
mesmerising LCD panel, the Naim Uniti Atom is a hunk
of unquestionable beauty…
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naimaudio.com
https://audience.org.uk
connect directly to thousands of Internet Radio
stations. It even has a built-in Chromecast! All you
have to do is add your own speakers of choice
and the Atom will steer you out onto a formidable
sonic highway.
Designed and engineered in Salisbury, the
Uniti Atom is a weighty hunk of extreme beauty.
Crafted out of brushed black aluminium with
extruded fins running down the side to extract
heat, the unit somehow manages to be both
inconspicuous and attention-grabbing at the
same time. This could also have something to do
with the swirling confetti five-inch LCD display and
the illuminated oversized volume dial on the top
(a signature feature of the range) that pulsates as
if representing the beating heart of the system.
And it’s almost like the system IS alive because
the screen boasts proximity sensors and wakes
up whenever someone approaches. When active,
the screen displays images of album artwork,
music metadata and audio input information. A
small vertical strip of buttons down the edge of
the front panel lets you stop and play the music
and select your favourites. It is undoubtedly a true
masterpiece of industrial design.
Input overload
As you would expect from a high-end sound
system, the Uniti Atom comes completely
decked out with connection ports.
On the rear you will find two
optical TOSLink (up
to 24bit/96kHz) ports, a coaxial RCA (up to
24bit/192kHz, DoP 64Fs) port, an HDMI ARC
port, RCA ports and two USB-A sockets (front
and rear). There are also options to expand the
system. For example, you can add external power
amplifiers like Naim’s own NAP 100, separate
subwoofers and, if you have an extensive CD
collection, the Uniti Core music server.
Internally, the Uniti Atom utilises the same
powerful 40-watt A/B-class amplifier technology
as Naim’s iconic NAIT integrated amps.
Additionally, the finest-quality SMD circuitry
and premium Burr Brown DACs deliver Naim’s
signature pace, rhythm and timing.
A free app provides quick and easy control
over your multiroom Naim units and also your
music, but any reason not to physically walk up
to, touch, and admire the Uniti Atom is a negative
as far as we’re concerned. In terms of sound, this
obviously depends very much on what speakers
you connect to it (we used Q Acoustics Concept
20 speakers and QED cable). But as long as you
provide the Uniti Atom with the finest tools to do
its job then you’ll not fail to be completely blown
away by the quality of audio it produces.
From the moment you feed power into the
Uniti Atom’s divine unit and the LCD panel
kicks into life you know that your
money has been well spent on
a high-end product. Also
in the box is a chunky
remote that replicates the
build quality and sensory
illumination of the main unit. If
you’re looking for an all-in-one
sound system to connect all of
your Mac and iOS devices to then
this is probably the only one you will
ever need. Breathtaking.
The illuminated volume control dial has
an ultra-pleasing action and provides a
beautiful, pulsating aesthetic…
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alert whenever you approach…
You can connect it to anything and it
even provides local storage to house up
to 20,000 songs ready for streaming
Verdict
The audio system of the gods, Naim’s Uniti
Atom looks incredible, connects to anything and
processes your sounds phenomenally well.
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BlinkXT Smart Home
Security System
£239/$249
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This set, consisting of two Blink XT batterypowered cameras and a Sync Module is all you
need to set up a basic home security system.
Oh, and your iPhone, of course. To get set up
and started, all you have to do is plug in the
Sync Module, download and install the free Blink
Home Monitor app and use that to connect
your iPhone to the Sync Module box and then
that to your cameras. The whole process takes
about five minutes, after which you will be fully
connected and good to go.
Quality control
Through the app you can add further Blink XT
cameras to your network and then give them
individual names to cycle through the feeds at
will and then see what they see on your iPhone
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screen. The quality of the feed is very impressive,
will a full-colour, 1080p HD display being
relayed to your iPhone screen. It also presents
a 110-degree viewing angle and infrared night
vision, so you never miss a thing.
This set also comes with a wall mounting
bracket so that you can position one of the
cameras exactly where you want – on the wall
next to the front door, for example, so you can
see exactly who is calling. Each camera measures
71x71x34mm and each one requires two AA
batteries that are inserted by removing the back
of each camera (which is probably a lot harder to
do than it should be). The app is incredibly easy
to use but be warned that your feed will be very
stop/start if your Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch. You can
also add to your system at any time.
Each camera captures full colour 1080p
HD footage and you can add more into
your set-up for full home coverage
Each camera produces a 110-degree
viewing angle and also provides an
infrared night vision feed
Verdict
A quality security system that is easy to set up and use. The detail
captured by the cameras is stunning and their field of vision and night
vision mode ensure that you’ll never miss a thing on your iPhone.
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portable speaker than Denon’s latest Envaya
model. This attractive unit is an extremely
manageable size and, on a full charge (which
takes an admittedly lengthy charging time of over
two hours), boasts an impressive ten hours of
uninterrupted listening. The Bluetooth system is
very simple to use – one touch of a button on
your iPhone and you’re connected – and the
range is an extremely impressive 30 metres,
which is particularly handy as you can move the
speaker around with you without having to bring
your iOS device or Mac with it.
The sound quality of the Envaya Pocket is
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which provide the listener with a rich, powerful
musical experience, and two units can also be
paired together for true stereo sound.
Available in black or grey, the speaker is
water and dust proof and small enough to
be taken anywhere
Wall of sound
Featuring two 40mm full range drivers, a passive
radiator and a high efficiency digital amplifier
(2x6.5w), considering its size, you’d be hard
pushed to find a wireless Bluetooth speaker that
can produce sound much louder than this unit.
The sound also stays largely intact at the higher
volumes, which is rare in speakers of similar
proportions. The robust polymer and hardwearing
fabric construct means that you can take this
anywhere, making it the perfect party piece.
A simple button set on the side of the
speaker lets you power on, pair, adjust the
volume and take calls
Verdict
Don’t let its unimposing size fool you – Denon’s pocket-rocket is capable
of summoning sound that will blow you away. A brilliant piece of tech.
A pull-away flap on the back of the unit
conceals a 3.5mm AUX socket and the
micro USB charge point
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were an unexpected joy. Compact, yet punchy,
they would look and feel equally at home in your
lounge as they do straddling your iMac and
come with RCA, AUX, USB, optical, coaxial and
Bluetooth connection options for you to connect
wirelessly or through a desired port (the USB,
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your sonic landscape. The bass units are housed
in an aluminium frame that allows for higher
power and minimal vibration for crossover. The
result is exceptionally sharp sound that can be
projected or retracted through the room thanks to
the built-in amplifier.
As well as all of the connection cable options,
the S880s also come with a remote control unit.
However, unlike other active speaker controls that
are small, plastic and feel like an afterthought, this
one is round, sturdy and made of metal. Small,
yet incredibly versatile, with four EQ modes,
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the Mid A.N.C. active noise cancelling
headphones. They utilise four microphones to
continuously measure and pinpoint ambient noise
to block out everything that you don’t want to
hear – and the results are stunning.
Fingertip control
The design of the headphones is minimalistic
and consists of a plush headband wrapped in
soft microfibre, black anodised metal detailing
and iconic, brass-plated Marshall logos. The
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headphones can be connected wirelessly to your
Mac or iOS device via Bluetooth (with a range
of 10m) or with a supplied 3.5mm jack. A small
brass analogue button on the left can allows you
to control the music and phone functionality and
a switch on the right can lets you toggle the noise
cancelling capabilities on or off. Turning it off can
heap an additional 10 hours of playtime onto the
already impressive 20 hours that the headphones
give you with ANC enabled.
The 40mm dynamic drivers provide a kneetrembling tsunami of sound that perfectly marries
clarity with just the right amount of bass, making
the Mid A.N.C.s an epic, all-round set of cans.
Verdict
Expertly engineered to deliver superior wireless audio while dampening
unwanted outside noise, Marshall’s Mid A.N.C. headphones provide
style, effortless control and exceptionally good sound.
The Mid A.N.C.s feature black anodised
3D hinges that rotate freely and adapt to
your head for an ergonomic fit
A switch lets you turn off the noise
cancelling capabilities to get more
playback time from the charge…
The headphones come with a guitarinspired travel case lined in rich red velvet
that is collapsible when not in use
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Accessories
Summary 15”
Laptop Sleeve
£29.99/$29.99
stmgoods.com
Made from water-repellant fabric, STM
Goods’ 15” Summary laptop sleeve
is like a personal bodyguard for your
MacBook – a lightweight, durable Kevin
Costner hellbent on protecting your pride
and joy whatever the cost (in this case a
very reasonable £29.99). Available in four
colours (black, granite grey, royal purple
and dark navy – reviewed here), the sleeve
looks good, is very well made and its
asymmetrical zippered design provides
easy access to your Mac when you need it.
Invizbox Go
£105/$150
invizbox.com
The Invizbox is a portable VPN router that
allows users to secure all internet traffic
and view blocked content while using Wi-Fi
anywhere in the world. Additionally, it also
functions as an ad-blocker, Wi-Fi coverage
extender and portable power bank, making
it a very useful travelling companion.
Measuring 13x7cm, the unit is pocketsized and comes with a zip-up case for
protection. It is also very easy to set up and
use and features light displays on the side
to relay essential charge and Wi-Fi strength
information. A must-have.
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Brainwavz S0
Noise Isolating
Earphones
£35.99/$49.99
brainwavzaudio.com
Brainwavz is committed to producing quality
audio products at competitive prices and its S0
IEM noise isolating earphones are probably its
greatest creation to date. The 9mm dynamic
drivers create a rich range of sound and the
all-metal casing and flat, tangle-free cabling
provide a sleek look and ensure you’ll never
have to waste time unpicking knotted wires. The
headphones also come with a microphone and
remote for incoming call and audio control.
Libratone Q Adapt
In-Ear Headphones
£159/$189
libratone.com
Designed for all iPhone and iPad models with
Lightning connector ports, these headphones
feature adjustable noise cancelling that doesn’t
require a cumbersome battery pack. Users can
control exactly how much of the outside world
they let in and the headphones come with a
selection of different sizes of buds to fit all ears.
They sound phenomenal and look the part in four
different colours. A real sound sensation!
ROCCAT Khan AIMO
Headset
£119.99/$129.99
roccat.org
Part of the AIMO Illumination series, ROCCAT’s
Khan AIMO Headset boasts high-quality
50mm drivers that deliver Hi-Res audio
and a microphone that covers the full vocal
spectrum, and it is supremely comfortable.
It also comes with a built-in 7.1 sound card,
features passive noise cancellation and lights
up like an end of pier fairground to suit any
mood or environment. Perfect for Mac and iOS
gaming, this headset will really take you to a
different world!
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Stay on T-RackS
The package includes 39 individual
high-end mixing and mastering
processors from T-RackS 5
Bomb the Bass
Total Studio 2 MAX also offers the
largest and most authentic collection of
guitar and bass gear available…
Total Studio 2 Max
Total FX
The inclusion of software such as
SampleTank provide access to over
16,000 sounds and effects
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Quite possibly the world’s most
complete studio collection of software
instruments and FX, Total Studio 2 Max
brings together 94 products in a single
suite and provides music composers, producers,
performers and sound engineers with all of the
tools needed to take music making and processing
to a whole new level.
Included in the package are over 16,000
sounds, 39 high-end mixing and mastering
processors and over 350 of the most soughtafter guitar and bass models – considerably
more than any other collection on the market.
The collection pools together resources from IK
Multimedia’s expansive collection of music-making
apps – including SampleTank, Syntronik, MODO
Bass, T-RackS and Amplitube – giving the user a
formidable arsenal of samplers, sequencers and
virtual instruments with which to realise their musicmaking fantasies.
We know that these products are all of the
highest quality because we have sampled and
reviewed them individually before, but to have
them in one box is a salivating prospect although,
understandably, this collection doesn’t come
cheap. To buy the full version from scratch will cost
around £999.99. However, if you own portions
of the package then you can pay a significantlyreduced ‘upgrade’ cost to grab the bits that you
don’t currently possess. Of course, the one-off
price also includes updates, so the whole package
is future-proofed for indefinite musical bliss.
Verdict
The ultimate compendium of digital music-making tools that draws together
the cream of IK Multimedia’s esteemed collection. Essential.
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Pythonesque
The look of the game, at times, comes
from the Terry Gilliam school of Monty
Python humour
Flatpack joyride
The game draws on many gaming
styles, like Jetpack Joyride, Space
Invaders, Pac-Man and Tetris
Chuchel
£9.99/$9.99
Funny oddities
You will meet all manner of strange
creatures on your quest for the cherry,
all can be interacted with
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It’s hard to find a true original in the games market
these days but that is one categorisation that is
easy to apply to Chuchel. Describing exactly what
type of game it is, on the other hand, is headscratchingly hard as it sails around a selection of
styles with anarchic abandon, though each one is
perfectly realised.
Brought to us by the makers of Machinarium,
Chuchel is an adventure game of sorts that flits
between point-and-click puzzles and arcade-style
action. As the eponymous hero, the game plays
out as one big superiority contest as you have to
beat your rival, Kekel, to the precious cherry. The
way it transpires is a series of static screens in
which you have to interact with certain items in a
certain order to trigger key scenes and progress
through the story. These scenes then give way to
more conventional arcadey sections with Jetpack
Joyride-style spacebar-mashers to stylish parodies
of Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Tetris before
the action is slowed down again. It is brilliantly
paced and genuinely humorous with plenty of
Pythonesque mimicry in attendance.
The downside with the game is that the puzzles
aren’t taxing enough to keep you thinking for long
and clues are on hand to help you out in the rare
event that you do get stuck. As such, you often
find yourself idly clicking at things on the screen
until the right pieces fall into place. And while we
loved the variety in the gameplay, it’s all stuff you’ve
played before, albeit dressed up in pastel colours. It
is pretty damn funny, though.
Verdict
It’s really hard not to like this game – a mashup of gaming styles mixed with good
humour. However, there just isn’t enough here to keep you laughing for long.
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