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Master the
Watch 4
Back up your Apple gear Create spam defences
Recover lost files Which storage plan is right for you?
projects for
Mac and iOS
Compile an
Instapaper library
Make and print
a photo book
Write your
first novel
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iCreate 192
“iCloud is brilliant, but it can also be
befuddling and bewildering”
Apple’s iCloud service is a powerful force that links all of
our devices together, synchs content, backs-up our
important data and lets us store important files that can
be accessed anywhere. It is brilliant. But it can also be
somewhat befuddling and bewildering – especially as
new features are being added all the time. So we are
here to help you get a handle on it once and for all with
53 essential tips and lesser-known secrets. We’ll show
you how iCloud can be used to create email spam
defences, how to recover lost files and help you decide
which storage plan is right for you.
Elsewhere we get hands-on with the Series 4 Watch
to showcase all of the amazing things that it can do,
and if you have just updated to macOS Mojave then
we’ll take you through your first steps and show you
exactly what you need to do. We’ve also got a highly
creative collection of tutorials to help you get the most
out of your devices, including how to make physical
photo books, how to go about writing your first novel
and how to compile an Instapaper library!
Ryan Butt Editor
Meet the experts
David Crookes
Shaun McGill
George Cairns
This month our mobile tech mastermind
shows you how to add a second Face ID in
iOS and demonstrates the handy method of
auto-filling Apple TV passwords from iPhone.
This issue, tech expert Shaun has splashed
out on a Series 4 Watch and can’t wait to
show you all of the amazing things that you
can do with it. Turn to page 50 now!
Our creative expert demonstrates how to
animate text in Final Cut Pro, add multiple
picture-in-picture effects in iMovie and fix
exposure problems in Photos.
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Everything You
Can Do With a
Series 4
Discover the best
features of Apple’s latest
wearable tech and how
it can improve your life
Get more from your devices
24 Photos
฀Tackle exposure problems
by adjusting the levels
26 iMovie
฀How to overcome iMovie’s
two layer limit
28 Final Cut Pro X
Become an instant expert in the
best new features of Mojave
฀Discover how to animate text
and graphics
30 GarageBand
฀Integrate Audio Unit
Extensions into your projects
32 Logic Pro X
฀Learn how to use Logic’s
built-in MIDI Arpeggiator
36 macOS
Write your first novel using the
Scrivener app
฀Mojave essential first steps
฀Animate your own character in
CrazyTalk Animator 3.1
฀Create your own Photo books
฀Write a novel with Scrivener
฀Using Continuity Camera
฀How to record and edit audio
in Pages
฀10 new features in Safari 12
60 iOS
Create your own long-form
Instapaper library
฀How to add a second user
to FaceID
฀Create your own long-form
Instapaper library
฀10 essential Apple apps
฀Discover ho to manage Do Not
Disturb in iOS 12
฀Create a photo collage
฀Master Bedtime
฀Re-download past app
74 watchOS
฀Manually connect your Apple
Watch to Wi-Fi
฀Customise your Control Centre
78 tvOS
฀How to auto-fill Apple TV
passwords from your iPhone
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new emojis coming with iOS 12.1
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80 Genius Bar
Fix your common Apple problems
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98 Time Machine
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Adobe’s Photoshop
is coming to iPad
In 2019, the iPad will finally get its hands on the
all-conquering image-editing app
Being able to work remotely with an
app as powerful as Photoshop CC is a
huge boost for iPad Pro users
Soon, we might finally
be able to answer the
long-standing question
as to whether an iPad
could ever replace a
desktop machine. Professional creatives
have always been sceptical, and rightly
so. Industry-standard professional
software hasn’t ported over to tablet
operating systems – until now. At
October’s Adobe MAX 2018 – Adobe’s
equivalent of Apple’s WWDC – the
company behind the Creative Cloud
software announced that Photoshop
CC was coming to iPad in 2019 with a
view to “usher in a new era of multisurface creation while complementing
workflows across Adobe’s existing
flagship desktop applications.”
The app has been completely
redesigned to fit the touchscreen
experience you get with iPad and the Apple
Pencil, but promises to feature the power
and precision creatives are used to on
Mac. You’ll be able to open – and, more
importantly – edit PSD files using a decent
selection of tools that make up the desktop
version of Photoshop CC. Being able to
use Photoshop’s famed Layers tool looks
like a killer feature that goes to show this
new app isn’t some kind of ‘Photoshop
Lite’. With Photoshop CC across devices
you will be able to start your work on an
iPad and seamlessly round all of your edits
with Photoshop CC on the desktop via
Creative Cloud.
Super-easy retouching
Admittedly, not every feature will be
ported over and it seems that Adobe’s
software engineering team have focused
on retouching. In an interview with The
Verge, senior product manager at Adobe
Jenny Lyell says: “The features we’re
bringing in first really focus on compositing
workflows – bringing in images, combining
and manipulating pixels to blend together.
The features we have in the app right now
are around layers, transforming, selections,
masking, brushing.” Also talking to The
Verge was Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief
product officer: “From my experience using
the early, early version of this new product
that we just shared, I don’t see why I would
go to the desktop to do a retouching type
of workflow,” Belsky says. “It’s powerful,
it’s somewhat faster, and it’s super easy
and native with a touch experience as
opposed to a cursor.”
Photoshop CC for iPad will be part of
the Creative Cloud subscription, which
means those who subscribe now to the
desktop app won’t have to pay anything.
Standalone pricing hasn’t been announced
(neither is there an exact release date)
and it isn’t sure whether Photoshop CC
for iPad will be a one-time buy or need
a subscription.
In a bumper announcement, Adobe also
unveiled Project Gemini, a brand-new app
designed to speed up drawing and painting
workflows across multiple devices. Gemini
will combine raster, vector and dynamic
brushes into a workflow built specifically
for drawing. Users will be able to sync their
favourite Photoshop brushes, and even
files, seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
Rush-ing in
It wasn’t just the iPad that had big
announcements either. Adobe have taken
note of the rise of video on social media by
adding Premiere Rush CC to its enviable
Creative Cloud line-up. Rush is engineered
so that social media managers don’t have
to be video, colour or audio experts to
publish high-quality video. Harnessing
the power of Premiere Pro CC and After
Effects CC, Premiere Rush offers built-in
access to professionally designed Motion
“It’s powerful, somewhat faster, and it’s super easy and
native with a touch experience as opposed to a cursor”
Graphics templates in Adobe Stock and
features an auto-duck tool to adjust music
and level sounds with a single click.
Publishing to YouTube and Instagram
will be seamless.
Adobe continue to dip their toes into
Augmented Reality, too. We caught a first
glimpse of Project Aero on stage at WWDC
in June this year, and Adobe continued
to show it off at MAX. Project Aero is a
cross-device AR authoring tool that lets
creators design their own AR experiences,
empowering them to place digital content
in the real world. As an example, Adobe
showcased an AR-powered retail store of
the future, revealing exciting possibilities
that AR has the potential to supercharge.
But it’s still Photoshop coming to the
iPad that is the big news. Love it or hate it,
Photoshop coming to iOS is a huge boon
for both Apple and its tablet. In particular
iPad Pro, which now becomes a serious
option in the long-standing tablet versus
desktop battle. What’s next? Maybe we’ll
be designing this very magazine with
InDesign on iPad and an Apple Pencil.
iOS 12.1
coming soon
Look forward to over 70 new emoji with iOS 12.1
Things we learned
this month
You might
have only just
downloaded the
iOS 12 update,
but its first major
incremental update is already
round the corner. More than 70 new
emoji will be coming soon to iPhone,
iPad, Apple Watch and Mac thanks
to iOS 12.1, including new characters
with red, grey and curly hair, a new
emoji for bald people, more emotive
smiley faces and additional emoji
representing animals, sports and
food. The update is available as a
public beta now. In the meantime,
make sure you download the iOS
12.0.1 update that is available now
– especially if you have a brand new
iPhone XS. iOS 12.0.1 includes a fix
for those iPhone XS devices that
did not immediately charge when
connected to a Lightning cable, as
well as a few other minor bug fixes.
Just a small selection of the new emojis
coming to an Apple device near you that
covers animals, people and sport
Everyone Can Create curriculum now
available on Apple Books Apple Books
Everyone Can Create
teaches kids to develop and
communicate ideas through
drawing, music, video and photos on
iPad, and is now available in a series
of free projects on Apple Books.
“We believe Apple technology can
help unleash every child’s creative
Apple offers free coding
lessons across Europe Apple news
You can’t fault Apple’s commitment to spreading
the knowledge of coding, and its latest initiative
was to offer free in-store coding sessions
throughout its European stores in aid of EU Code Week in
October. Coding sessions were open to all and designed
to help people of all ages and skill levels learn to code.
“Coding is a critical skill that gives people of all ages the
chance to create and share their ideas with the world,”
says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple has long believed
coding is the language of the future, and we’ve created a
range of tools to make it fun.”
genius,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s
senior vice president of Worldwide
Marketing. “Working closely with
teachers, we have built the Everyone
Can Create curriculum to help bring
creative expression and the arts into
the classroom, and to help students
stay engaged through creativity.”
Acquisition of Shazam
complete Shazam
Apple’s buyout of Shazam, the ever popular
music discovery app, has now been finalised.
Shazam has already been downloaded over
one billion times around
the world, and users
identify songs using the
Shazam app over 20
million times each day.
It’s no wonder Apple
was so keen to get its
hands on the service
– which will eventually
be completely ad free.
“Apple and Shazam have
a long history together.
Shazam was one of the
first apps available when
we launched the App
Store and has become a
favourite app for music
fans everywhere,”
says Oliver Schusser,
Apple’s vice president
of Apple Music.
Apple on the defensive against
Bloomberg claims Apple news
After what Apple described as 12 months of unfounded claims
regarding the tech giant’s security by news organisation
Bloomberg, Tim Cook and Co. released a strongly worded
statement rubbishing the claims. On October 8, 2018 Bloomberg published
a report claiming Apple had found ‘malicious chips’ in servers on its network
in 2015 as part of an elaborate Chinese intelligence operation that had eyes
on iCloud data. Despite going on the record to deny these allegations,
Bloomberg went ahead and published its claims. Apple’s response was
swift and to the point: “Apple has never found malicious chips, hardware
manipulations or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server.”
hortcuts can be very beneficial for saving us time, energy and
brain power – essential elements that need preserving after a
heavy day at work. In iOS 12 there is even a new Shortcuts
app to make your own time-savers (covered this issue), but for now,
here are some of the more traditional methods for Mac and iOS.
Apply the
AssistiveTouch is one of your
iPhone’s many Accessibility
settings that places an everpresent button on your screen
that you can use to access
various shortcuts and even
create your own gestures. It’s
worth experimenting with.
Create a gesture
Turn it on
Enter shortcut
Turn on option
Go to Settings>General and
tap ‘Accessibility’, then turn on
AssistiveTouch. Here you can
customise the menu.
Scroll down and tap on
‘Create New Gesture’. You can
now swipe or long-press to
create a new shortcut gesture.
Access menu
Shake to undo
Use shortcut
Tap the floating button at
any time to reveal a menu of
shortcuts. This can be edited in
the previous Settings screen.
Shake to
undo actions
This trick has been built into
iOS for as long as we can
remember, but it is never
something that has been well
advertised. So if you are new
to iOS, here is a recap of the
quickest and most effective
method of undoing mistakes.
Open Settings
Go to Settings>General and
then scroll down and tap on the
‘Accessibility’ section. Here you
will find ‘Shake to Undo’
Tap on the option and
then move the slider to the ‘On’
(green) position. You can now
quit Settings and carry on.
Now, whenever you make
a mistake that you would like to
correct, simply shake your device
to undo the last action.
Create new
text shortcuts
If you find yourself writing the
same things over and over
again, like messages to kids,
emails, etc, then creating a
text shortcut means that you
can input entire sentences just
by typing a few letters. Here’s
how to set it up…
Go to Keyboard
Open System Preferences
and then click on ‘Keyboard’.
Now select the ‘Text’ tab and
click on the ‘+’ icon.
In the field provided, input
your shortcut followed by what
you really want to type, such as a
full sentence, then press Enter.
Now, whenever you type
your text shortcut, the full
sentence will appear below for
selection. It is a great time-saver.
Available at WHSmith,
or simply search for ‘T3’ in your device’s App Store
Become an instant iCloud expert with our definitive
collection of essential tips and lesser-known secrets
pple’s iCloud service
offers users a wealth
of benefits, such as
backing up your devices,
online file and photo storage
and behind-the-scenes
syncing for your calendars,
contacts, notes, reminders,
emails and settings. We’re
all given 5GB of online storage
for free, but if you plan on
exploiting the iCloud service to
the max then that figure can be
eaten up in seconds.
While you will undoubtedly
need to upgrade your storage
plan to get the most out
of what iCloud can offer,
there are still steps you can
employ to maximise your
storage space and tailor your
iCloud account so that you’re
only using it for the essentials.
We’ll outline these steps in this
definitive collection of iCloud
tips and secrets as well as
introduce you to,
the highly-versatile online
version of your iCloud account
that can be used to make
your life easier in so many
different ways.
One of the great things about iCloud is
that it can be accessed anywhere through
a web browser. Go to and log
in using your Apple ID and you’ll be able to
access everything from photos to contacts,
emails and the contents of your iCloud Drive.
There are also a few cool tricks that you can
perform through this service.
You can call up a comprehensive guide to iCloud by clicking on the ‘?’ icon in
the top-right corner of the main interface.
1 Explore
Using iCloud’s online interface
Log in online
You can log into your iCloud account
from any web browser on any
computer by going to and
signing in. This makes it highly flexible
for all of your cloud storage needs.
Apps and services
All of the key Apple apps and
services that use iCloud will be
displayed as panes in the main interface. You can click
on any pane to access the app or
service, such as Pages, to create and
work on new documents.
iCloud Settings
The Settings pane lets you manage your
iCloud account (Apple ID, storage, etc),
Family Sharing and devices. You can also
come here to restore lost files, contacts,
bookmarks and more.
Logging out
When you have finished your iCloud online
session, click on your Apple ID in the topright corner of the interface and then choose
the ‘Sign Out’ option from the menu to
securely log out of your account.
2 Create email spam defences
Most services online or in the physical world
like to collect as much data as possible on their
customers – email addresses to which they forward
newsletters, offers or just spam – and this can clog
Open iCloud online
Go to in your web browser,
log in using your Apple ID and click on the Mail
pane to open your iCloud mail. Now click on
the cog (Settings) icon in the lower-left corner.
up your inbox, making it hard to see the emails that
matter. The solution is to create email aliases that
you can dish out on request instead of your primary
address. Here’s how to set one up.
Open Preferences
From the resulting menu, choose
‘Preferences’ to see a window of settings. Click
on the ‘Accounts’ tab and then click on the
‘Add an alias…’ option in the left column.
Create alias
You can now add the name of your alias
account and a label. Note that the address
may not be available. If so, think of something
else. Once you have finished, click ‘OK’.
iCloud Tips & Secrets
Restore lost files
If you accidentally delete
files, contacts, bookmarks
or calendar items from your
iCloud account then you can
restore them through the iCloud
website. Click on the Settings
icon and then scroll down to
the ‘Advanced’ section and you
will see links that you can click
on to restore various items.
You will need to act fairly fast
though as files are only kept
here for 30 days.
Upload files
If you are working on a
document on a computer you
don’t own (such as a Windows
PC), instead of emailing the
document to yourself, log into in any web browser
and click on the iCloud Drive
pane. Click on the Upload icon
at the top of the iCloud Drive
interface and you will be able to
navigate to the document and
upload it. You can then access it
on any device.
Browse versions
If you want to use icloud.
com to work on your Pages,
Numbers or Keynote documents
but want to revert back to
a previous version of the
document then there is a feature
built into that allows
you to do this. For example,
click on the Pages pane and
highlight a document, then click
on the ‘…’ icon and choose the
‘Browse All Versions…’ option
from the menu.
Mass sign-out
If you have been using
several computers to access
your online iCloud account and
are worried that you may still
be logged into one, simply go
to and then click
on the Settings pane. Scroll
down to the bottom of the page
and you should see an option
called ‘Sign Out Of All Browsers’
– click this and you will be
securely logged out of every
connected computer.
8 Control
your Mail
Mail Rules let you apply criteria to all
incoming emails across all of your devices,
helping you gather emails from a specific
person or organisation and filter them into
sub-folders. The only drawback is that you
have to remember to check these folders to
see the emails. You can set this up by going
to, logging into your account
and then clicking on the Mail pane.
Set criteria
Click on the menu under ‘If a message’
and choose from the options. Next, under
‘Then’, choose ‘Move to Folder’ and then
select the folder to move it to.
Access options
Go to, log into your account
and then click on Mail. Next, click on the cog
icon in the lower-left corner and then choose
the ‘Rules’ option from the menu.
Finish up
You can create a new folder from the
menu, so do so and then name it something
applicable. Click ‘Done’ when finished and
the folder will appear in the sidebar.
Add new rule
While in the Rules tab, click on ‘Add a
Rule…’ and then create a new rule. You will
now be able to set the rule criteria from the
menu of options.
The new folder will be instantly synced
to iCloud and appear in the Mail app of all of
your connected devices – just scroll down
through the Mailboxes to ‘iCloud’.
Using iCloud
Expert tips for getting the most out of
Spacesaving tips
iCloud on your Mac
We now shift our attention to using iCloud on your Mac,
where you have greater freedom to determine exactly
which apps work with iCloud (and store data) and you
can really start to manage your storage and tailor the
preferences to meet your needs.
Delete documents
Ditch drive files
All of the apps and services that
use iCloud will be listed in the column to the
left. Click on one to see how much storage
space it is using and then, if necessary, click
on ‘Delete Documents and Data’.
Clicking ‘Other Documents’ tells
you how much space files on your iCloud
Drive take up, but you’ll need to delete
unwanted ones manually. In Finder, click
Cmd+N>iCloud Drive to start culling old files.
Send large emails
The mail app on your Mac will only send
attachments under 40MB, but there is a
neat little iCloud workaround if you need to
send large attachments regardless. In your
Mac’s Mail app, attach the file to an email
To reserve storage for the apps/services essential to you, go to System
Preferences>iCloud and untick any apps you don’t want to use iCloud.
If you find your iCloud storage
is being pushed to the max
consider deleting any files you
don’t need. For the most part
you can do this through your
iCloud System Preferences.
Click on the iCloud pane and
click on ‘Manage’ in the lowerright corner to get started.
Disable photo library
Trim your mail
If you have enabled the iCloud Photo
Library feature, copies of every photo you
take on your Mac/iOS device will be stored
in the cloud. If you don’t need this, click on
‘Disable and Delete’ to remove them.
Every received email takes up space
in your iCloud, even junk and trashed emails.
Open your Mail app, right-click anywhere in
the Mailboxes column and choose ‘Erase
Deleted Items…’ and ‘Erase Junk Mail…’.
Delete old backups
Disable documents
Click on ‘Backups’ and recent
backups of all of your devices will be listed.
If you want to remove any, click on one
to highlight it and then click on the small
‘Delete’ button underneath.
Go to System Preferences>iCloud
and click on the ‘Options’ button next to
iCloud Drive. You can now untick apps that
you don’t want to store documents and data
in your iCloud Drive.
and click to send. You will get a message
asking if you would like to use Mail Drop –
do so and the attachment will be uploaded
to iCloud, from where the recipient can
download it. They can be retrieved for up
to 30 days.
iCloud Tips & Secrets
Add to sidebar
The good thing about
iCloud Drive is that it can be
opened in Finder and you
can move files to and from
your Mac freely. To make it
visible as an option in your
Finder window sidebar, go to
Finder>Preferences>Sidebar and
tick the ‘iCloud Drive’ option.
This will make your iCloud Drive
appear as a selectable option
in the sidebar of every Finder
window that you open.
Easy access to
iCloud Drive
To access your iCloud
Drive even more quickly
in Finder, simply go to
and then click on the ‘New
Finder windows show:’ menu
and choose ‘iCloud Drive’.
This will allow you to instantly
access your iCloud Drive every
time you press Cmd+N to open
a new Finder window, saving
you even more time.
Move open
As you can open iCloud Drive
as a Finder window, it is easy
to move files freely. However, if
you have a document open then
you can move it easily as long
as the app uses iCloud. Click
on File>Move To…’ and then
select a new destination from
the menu. Alternatively, click on
the arrow next to the document
name at the top and select a
destination there.
Use handoff
Handoff is a relatively
new iCloud feature that allows
you to start work on one device
and then pick up exactly where
you left off on another device.
Both devices must be linked to
the same Apple ID, connected
to the same Wi-Fi network and
have Bluetooth turned on. Go
to System Preferences>General
and ensure that ‘Allow Handoff
between this Mac and your
iCloud devices’ is ticked.
20 Access
your desktop
on iOS
Although iCloud Drive connects all of your
macOS and iOS devices together for the
seamless moving of files between devices,
there may be times when you forget to
copy a document from your Mac into your
drive. Thankfully there is a feature you can
enable to get around this in the future, but it
will require a bigger storage plan than your
default 5GB allocation. Here’s how it works.
View files
You’ll see that all of the folders and
documents on your Mac desktop have now
been moved to a new folder called ‘Desktop’
in your iCloud.
Access options
Go to, log into your account
and then click on Mail. Next, click on the cog
icon in the lower-left corner and then choose
the ‘Rules’ option from the menu.
Be patient
It may take a while for the contents
of your desktop to be uploaded to iCloud.
Progress is displayed next to the iCloud
Drive sidebar icon in Finder.
Turn on option
Access on iOS
Here you will see the ‘Desktop &
Document Folders’ option. Tick the box next
to it to enable it and you will receive an alert.
Click ‘Show in Finder’.
Open the Files app on your iOS device,
navigate to your iCloud Drive and you will
be able to access your Mac’s Desktop and
Documents from the folders.
Desktop &
If you no longer use the Desktop
& Documents Folders feature
you can turn it off at any time
by going back to System
Drive Options and unticking it.
Just be aware that you will need
to drag and copy the contents
of the Desktop and Documents
folders in your iCloud Drive back
to your Mac desktop.
Handoff must also be enabled on your iOS devices to effectively use this
feature. Go to Settings>General>Handoff on your iPhone or iPad to turn it on.
Optimise Mac
If you have plenty of storage
space the full contents of your
iCloud Drive will be stored on
your Mac. If you wish to enable/
disable this feature go to System
Drive Options and tick/untick the
‘Optimize Mac Storage option
at the bottom of the window.
Older content will be displayed
in iCloud-only if storage space is
short on your Mac.
Save Mac
If space is getting low on
your Mac then you can free
up space by moving certain
content to your iCloud, such
as files, photos and messages
and only keeping the most
recent versions. Go to Apple
Menu>About This Mac>Storage
and then click on the ‘Manage’
button. Now click on the top
option (‘Store in iCloud’) and the
changes will be carried out.
Use Family
Beyond its many uses to the
individual Apple user, iCloud
can also be used to benefit
family members. Go to System
Preferences>iCloud and you will
see the option to set up Family
Sharing. Now, under the ‘Family
Members’ tab you will be able to
set yourself up as the Organiser
and then add extra family
members by clicking the ‘+’ icon
and entering their details.
Explore Family Sharing
Check out the benefits of setting up Family Sharing
26: iCloud Storage
With Family Sharing you can also share
iCloud storage space. Click on this
option and it will assess your needs and
recommend an upgrade. Changing your
plan to 200GB (for £2.49 a month) should
be enough for your family, but bigger
storage plans are also available.
27: Apple Music
Sadly, if one member of the family
subscribes to Apple Music then the
others cannot use it as well, but there is
another option. The Apple Music family
membership grants instant access to
everyone, at a heightened cost. There is a
free trial, though…
28: Purchase Sharing
By ticking the ‘Share my purchases with
family’ option, all iTunes, Apple Store and
iBooks purchases you make will be shared
with your family too. Shared payment also
means that spending is controlled by the
person who set up Family Sharing.
29: Location sharing
This is a very useful option in
Family Sharing as you can monitor
the current location of everyone
in your family in apps such as
Messages and Find My Friends.
Share your own location here and
ensure that everyone on iOS goes
to Settings>Privacy> Location
Services>Share My Location to
turn the option on.
iCloud Tips & Secrets
Using iCloud
on iOS
How to make iCloud work
for you on iPhone and iPad
Like your Mac, iOS devices have their
own set of options for iCloud, and
the way in which you manage your
iCloud account and adjust the various
options varies slightly. You also have
access to the Files app, which is the
iOS equivalent of your Mac’s iCloud
Drive Finder window.
Still in the ‘Manage Storage’
section, tap on ‘Backups’ and
then see which backups are
stored. If you want to delete
an old one, tap on it in the
list and then tap the ‘Delete
Backup’ option.
Go to settings
Launch your Settings app and tap on
your Apple ID at the top of the screen. Next,
tap on the ‘iCloud’ option to be taken to the
main iCloud screen.
In the main iCloud settings screen
all the apps that use iCloud are listed. Scroll
through the list and turn off the switches
next to any apps you don’t want to use with
iCloud and no more data will be synced.
Manage apps
Although you can
turn off iCloud access for the
bolt-on apps, you can’t yet do
it for third-party apps. Instead,
go to ‘Manage Storage’, scroll
down and tap on an app and
then tap the ‘Delete Documents
& Data’ option.
36 Back up
your device
Disable apps
While in your iCloud settings, tap
on ‘Manage Storage’ and then tap ‘iCloud
Drive’. You can now remove unwanted
documents and data from your iCloud Drive
by swiping left on one and tapping ‘Delete’.
Manage your
In the main iCloud settings
screen, tap on ‘Photos’ and
consider: do you need to upload
every new photo you take to
iCloud? And do you need your
entire photo library with you? If
not, turn off these options.
Typically, the contents of our Macs are so
vast that we need to back them up to an
external hard drive using Time Machine.
However iOS devices have much smaller
Manage docs & data
Tap iCloud Backup
Scroll down and tap on the iCloud
Backup option at the bottom of the ‘Apps
using iCloud’ section. Make sure the iCloud
Backup option is turned on.
Share iCloud
If you have an abundance of
space in your iCloud then why
not share with your family?
Go to ‘Manage Storage’ and,
if you have Family Sharing set
up, tap on the ‘Share With
Family’ option.
storage capacities which can be backed
up to iCloud whenever you want. Here we
show you how to quickly and easily back up
your device.
Back up now
Your device will back up to iCloud
automatically when connected to Wi-Fi,
locked and charging. You can also back up
instantly by tapping ‘Back Up Now’.
When tracking a device in Find My iPhone, select it from the ‘All Devices’ and
the current battery status will also be displayed for your reference.
Space-saving tips
As we have demonstrated on Mac, there are quick and easy ways
to free up storage in your iCloud, and the same is true for your iOS
devices – though the methods are slightly different. Start off by opening
the Settings app, then tap on your Apple ID at the top and then tap the
‘iCloud’ option. Now check out tips 30-35 to help you save space.
Privacy policy
If you want to know more
about Apple’s iCloud service and the
policy in regards to how your data
is managed then go to Settings and
tap on your Apple ID. Now tap on the
‘Name, Phone Numbers, Email’ option
and scroll down to the bottom. Here
you will find the ‘See how your data
is managed…’ option. This includes a
comprehensive iCloud section for you
to digest at your leisure.
Create a keychain
If you own multiple devices
then iCloud Keychain is a means of
securely storing all of your sensitive
passwords and credit card information
and making them accessible to
every connected device. Go to
Settings>iCloud>Keychain and turn
this feature on. You will also need to
authorise all of your other connected
devices by proving your credentials to
share passwords and other data.
Find My iPhone
If you misplace your iOS device then finding it in
your home can be time-consuming. But thankfully
a feature exists within your iCloud Settings that
allows you to track the location of your device
and even get it to play a sound so that it is easier
to find. Here’s how to set it up…
Turn on feature
Go to
Track device
Go to Settings>Apple ID>iCloud>Find My
iPhone and turn it on. You can also enable the
‘Send Last Location option’ as another safety net.
The wonders of iCloud make it
possible for music, apps and books
purchased on other devices to be
automatically downloaded to your
device. To set this up, go to Settings>
Apple ID>iTunes & App Store and then
turn on the sliders in the Automatic
Downloads section. You can also turn
on ‘Updates’ to ensure your apps
auto-update to the latest versions.
in iCloud
Messages was recently added to
your iCloud options so all of your
conversations in Messages show in the
same app on your connected devices
as well. This option will need to be
turned on by going to Settings>Apple
ID>iCloud and then activating the
slider next to ‘Messages’. Once done
your Messages app will operate much
like an email app.
On your nearest web browser, go to
and log in using your Apple ID. Once in, click on the
‘Find iPhone’ option.
A map screen will now be displayed. Click on
‘All Devices’ at the top and then select your missing
device. Click ‘Play Sound’ to help locate it.
iCloud Tips & Secrets
Using the
Files app
45: Move files
To move files between folders
in your iCloud Drive, tap on the
‘Select’ option in the top-right
corner and choose the item.
Then tap on the folder icon at
the bottom, followed by ‘iCloud
Drive’, and then select the
destination folder.
Discover how to access
iCloud Drive on iOS
43: File locations
When you first use the app, select a
location to view. Tap on ‘iCloud Drive’
and the contents of your drive will be
presented like an iCloud Drive Finder
window on your Mac, making it easy
to manage your files.
44: Create new folders
46: View recents
Options at the top of the iCloud
Drive interface let you create a new
folder to store in your drive, sort the
contents of the drive by criteria, such
as name, date, etc, and view the
contents as a list.
Save files to drive
If you want to save files from your
iOS device onto your iCloud Drive then this
is all done via the Share icon. For example,
if you select an image in your Photos app
that you would like to upload to iCloud, tap
on the Share icon followed by the ‘Save
to Files’ option. You will then be able to
choose ‘iCloud Drive’ as the destination and
complete the process. This file will then be
accessible on any device.
Tap on the ‘Recents’ option in
the lower-left corner and you will
be able to view the documents
that you have been working on
most recently, as well as any
documents that you have shared
with other people.
Manually download
items from iCloud
If you don’t have Automatic Downloads
turned on (see tip 40), then you can
manually download content purchased on
other devices later. For example, open the
Books app and check your library. Books
not currently on your device will display a
cloud icon next to them. Tap on the ‘…’ icon
and then choose the ‘Download’ option to
get them on your device.
Remember to enable
your newest apps
Newer apps such as Shortcuts also use
iCloud. In this instance, any new shortcuts
that you create through the app, or any
others that you download from the Gallery
on a particular device can be synced with
your other devices across iCloud. Go to
Settings>Apple ID>iCloud and turn on the
‘Shortcuts’ iCloud option and this will all be
done behind the scenes.
If you want to change the default email address used when sending emails
from your iCloud account go to Settings>Apple ID>iCloud>Mail.
storage plan
Upgrading to a bigger storage
plan is quick and easy. Go
to Settings>Apple ID>iCloud
and tap on ‘Manage Storage’.
Now tap on ‘Change Storage
Plan’ and you can select and
purchase a larger storage plan.
storage plan
If you don’t need as much storage
space as your current, paid-for
plan offers you can downgrade.
Go to Settings>Apple ID>iCloud>
Manage Storage and tap ‘Change
Storage Plan’, then tap on
‘Downgrade Options’.
53 Use Find My Friends
best of all it can be used to notify you when a loved
one reaches a specific location. Here’s how to set
up this latter feature.
Find My Friends is a handy iCloud app for checking
in with your friends and family. It can be used to
see who’s nearby when you are out and about but
Locate your family
Open the Find My Friends app and anyone
who has shared their location with you, such
as family members through Family Sharing, is
displayed on a map. Tap on one from the list.
Tap the option
Tap on the ‘Notify Me’ option at the top
and then you will be able to add a location and
then tick either the ‘Leaves’ or ‘Arrives’ option
to get notified on the person’s movements.
Send notification
If you tap on ‘More’ in the top-right corner
of the map you can send a notification to the
person you are tracking. This can be to check
in at a location or when you arrive or leave.
Which iCloud Storage plan is right for you?
Find out which iCloud monthly subscription best fits the amount of space you need
Apple currently offers four different storage plans for iCloud. The
basic 5GB package is free and is fine if you only sync documents
and data. However, if you want all of your photos accessible from
anywhere and back up lots of different devices then invest in a
paid-for plan. To upgrade your storage plan on Mac go to System
Preferences>iCloud >Manage and click ‘Change Storage Plan…’.
Includes contacts,
calendars, mail, notes
and reminders
฀ ฀
Includes iWorks documents
and music projects
Includes your recent iPhone,
iPad and Apple Watch
backup files
If you have Photo Stream
and iCloud Photo Library
options enabled
Includes every track that
you upload
Makes content on your Mac
accessible from iCloud
You opted to share your
iCloud storage space with
family members
฀ ฀
Ideal for businesses that use
iCloud as a work server or
professional graphic artists
and photographers who
deal with large quantities of
hi-res images
Tackle exposure problems
Make selective tonal adjustments by adjusting levels and curves
Time needed
hen set to Auto, your camera can struggle to decide
which part of a shot is important. It may set the
exposure to reveal shadow detail, causing the brighter
sky to become overexposed. If the camera exposes to reveal
the sky then the underexposed shadows can lose detail. In
our high-contrast start file, the sky is overexposed with the
shadows underexposed. Fortunately, the Photos app’s Light
panel enables you to adjust shadows or highlights independently
of each other. If this doesn’t reveal enough missing shadow or
highlight detail then you can call upon the Curves panel to target
problem tones more accurately. We’ll also look at how the Levels
panel provides an alternative way to make tonal adjustments.
The Light panel in Photos allows us to adjust shadows and
highlights independently of each other…
Step-by-step Target tones using Curves
Import photo
Add curve control point
Import our supplied raw format Curves_
start.CR2 image. Click the Review for Import
button. Double-click on the photo’s thumbnail.
Click the ‘Edit’ button to access Photo’s tools.
In the Curves panel click the Add Points
icon (to the right of the eyedroppers). Click on
the underexposed driver’s uniform. A control
point will appear near the bottom of the curve.
Summon histogram
Adjust the curve
Choose View>Show Histogram. The
graph is peaking at both ends, indicating very
dark shadows and bright highlights. There’s
little midtone detail visible in the middle.
Drag the curve control point up to
brighten the shadows and reveal more detail.
The curve will bulge upwards and lighten
some of the midtones and highlights too.
Make tone adjustments
Adjust brighter areas
Go to the Light panel and drag Highlights
left to -0.50 to reveal some of the missing sky.
Drag Shadows right to 0.50 to reveal some of
the missing shadow detail.
Click on ‘Add Point’. Click to sample
some light clouds. This places a new control
point near the top-right of the curve. Drag the
point down to restore detail to the highlights.
After you use Curves to reveal missing detail, boost the shot’s Saturation
slider to enhance drab colours that were hidden in the shaded areas.
Use Curves and Levels
Selectively lighten shadows and darken highlights
Add control point
This tool enables you to add control
points to a curve more accurately.
Click on this icon and then click on a
problem part of the photo (such as the
under-exposed engine). A control point
will appear on a section of the curve
that controls the sampled tones.
The control handles
under the Levels panel’s
histogram also enable
you to make selective
adjustments to shadows,
midtones and highlights.
Go to Adjust Levels below
for more information on
this technique.
Knowledge base
Using HDR mode
One way to capture detail in a highcontrast scene is to set your iPhone to
shoot in HDR (High Dynamic Range)
mode. This snaps three differently
exposed photos, attempting to capture
both shadow and highlight detail. The
shots are merged into a composite
image that shows more detail in the
brighter and darker parts of the scene.
Adjust control points
Darken highlights
By dragging a control point
upwards you brighten the tones
on the underlying histogram.
Here we’re mainly lightening
the shadows towards the left of
the histogram to reveal missing
shadow and midtone detail.
This control point overlaps the
brighter parts of the histogram.
By dragging it downwards
we can darken a spread of
highlights and midtones to
reveal missing detail.
Adjust Levels
A photo’s shadows, midtones and
highlights are reproduced using a series
of greyscale tones. These tones are
measured in levels. The darkest, blackest
shadows have a level of 0. The brightest,
whitest highlights have a level of 255.
The rest of the shadows, midtones and
highlights have levels that fall between
these two extremes. You can use Photo’s
Levels tool to remap incorrectly exposed
tones to have lighter or darker levels.
This is another powerful way of making
selective tonal adjustments.
Access Levels
Import Levels_start.CR2. From the graph
we can see that this misty shot lacks strong
shadows at the left and strong highlights at
the right. Toggle open the Levels panel.
Remap tones
The five handles at the bottom of Levels’
histogram control a range of shadows,
midtones and highlights. Drag them as shown
to remap the tonal levels of the image.
Multiple picture in picture effects
Overcome iMovie’s two layer limit with our simple work around
Time needed
ince iMovie is a free video editing app it’s no surprise that
many of its functions are limited when compared to those
of its big brother – Final Cut Pro X. In Final Cut Pro X you
can have multiple parallel video layers running in the timeline,
enabling you to create complex picture in picture sequences.
iMovie confines you to using two video parallel layers, so you
can only have one clip as your main background and a smaller
clip inserted anywhere onscreen as a picture in picture (PIP)
effect. In this walkthrough we’ll show you how to combine three
video clips onscreen at the same time by exporting two layers to
flatten them into one, and then reimporting the flattened layer so
that a third picture can be added to it.
As you can only import and run two video parallel layers in
iMovie, we’ll show you how to cheat and add more
Step-by-step Create multiple video layers
Import assets
Resize and position
Click the My Media tab. Choose File>New
Event. Label the Event ‘PIP’. Click the Import
Media button. Browse to our three clips. Shiftclick to select them. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Resize the default picture in picture clip by
dragging the blue corner handles. Drag inside
it to reposition the clip. Yellow guides pop up to
indicate the centre of the frame.
Add clips to timeline
Add a border
Drag the Lake03 clip into the timeline. This
scenic clip has lots of space so will make a
good background for our two inserted pictures.
Drag Lake02 onto a parallel video layer.
Click to add a thick border to the
clip. Click the Border Colour icon. Use the
eyedropper from the Colours panel to sample a
blue from the background layer. Tick Shadow.
Add PIP effect
Trim the clip
Click on the top video layer in the timeline.
Click on the Video Overlay icon at the top-left
of the viewer. Set the Cutaway dropdown
menu to Picture in Picture.
By default a PIP layer will dissolve (or fade)
in above the background layer. Drag the start
of the PIP layer so that it fades in just as the girl
on the background leaves the frame.
The PIP layer has a fade handle at the start and end of the clip. Drag one of
these handles to change the speed of the picture as it fades in and out.
Add extra video layers
Create multiple picture in picture effects
Video overlay icon
After dragging a clip onto the
timeline’s top layer click on the Video
Overlay icon. This gives you access
to the Picture in Picture effect in
the dropdown menu and editable
properties such as colour borders and
drop-shadow effects.
Drag the blue corner
handles to resize a PIP
layer’s clip. Drag inside the
clip to reposition it. Handy
yellow guidelines pop up
when a clip intersects the
centre of the frame.
Knowledge base
Quality control
Border control
The eyedropper enables
you to sample colours
from any video layer. This
enables you to colour the
PIP borders so that they
complement the colours in
the background layer.
Flatten the layers
Choose File>Share>File. Label it ‘PIP
flattened’. Keep Resolution at 1080p. Set
Quality to Best (ProRes). Set Compress to
Better Quality. Click ‘Next’. Click ‘Save’.
Flattened layer
After adding a picture in picture
effect you can export the
layered clips as a flattened
version and then reimport it.
This enables you to add another
PIP effect to the project and
see three clips onscreen at the
same time.
Import flattened clip
Select and delete the layered clips in the
timeline. Choose File>Import Media. Browse to
the PIP flattened clip. Click ‘Import Selected’.
Drag the flattened clip into the timeline.
As you can choose a high-quality
compression setting for your flattened
layer there will be a negligible quality
drop when you reimport a clip. In
theory you could export the end
result of our walkthrough with its two
picture in picture inserts, reimport that
flattened clip and then insert another
PIP layer to it. The end result will look
fine on a social media feed.
Add third clip
Drag Lake02 onto the timeline as a
second layer. Repeat steps 3 to 6 to resize and
reposition the clip and then add a border and
shadow. You now have three clips onscreen.
Final Cut Pro X
How to animate text and graphics
Use keyframes to make graphic components move across
the screen and apply preset moves to animate text
Time needed
hanks to Final Cut Pro X’s ability to work with layers you
can add movement to still images and create animated
sequences for your projects. In this walkthrough we’ll
show you how to import photos of bi-planes and animate them
using layers and keyframes. A keyframe enables you to set the
size and position of a plane at the start and end of the sequence.
Final Cut Pro X then moves and scales the image between the
two keyframes so that the plane flies across the screen and
shrinks into the distance. We’ll be keyframing Scale and Position,
but you can also keyframe other properties such as Rotation.
We’ll show you how to quickly animate text by adding preset
moves to your letters too.
Make some moves
Animate a photo’s size and position
To make a plane fly in and out of shot
you’ll need to work in areas outside of
the Viewer’s screen. To do this click on
the numerical icon at the top-right of
the Viewer and set the magnification
to 50%.
Final Cut Pro lets you use layers and keyframes to animate
still images…
The Transform tool enables you to
adjust properties such as Scale
and Position between two points
in the timeline. Click a diamondshaped ‘add a keyframe’ icon to
record scale and position at a
particular point in the timeline.
Knowledge base
Transform tool
By pressing Shift+T you can
activate the Transform tool.
This places a box around the
selected object in the timeline.
Drag inside the box to move
the object about. Drag the
corner blue control handles to
scale the object.
Image formats
Thin red line
After transforming a layer’s
scale and position between
two keyframes a thin red line
will indicate the direction and
angle in which your layered
object will travel when you
play the animation.
We created the bi-plane graphics in
our walkthrough in Photoshop. The
isolated planes were surrounded by
transparent pixels. We exported the
aircraft images from Photoshop in .png
format. This format allows Final Cut
Pro to recognise the transparent parts
of each graphic so they can mix with
other images in a multi-layered project.
Only click the Add a keyframe icon once. When you move the playhead and
transform the layer’s scale or position new keyframes are added automatically.
Step-by-step Animate layer content using keyframes
Import clip
Animated background
Add background plane
Choose File>Import Media. Choose
‘Import Selected’. Drag Background to the
timeline. Use a 1080HD preset for the project.
Extend the still’s duration to 10 seconds.
A diagonal red line indicates the move
between the two keyframes. Play the clip. The
keyframed Position transformation makes the
image pan from the sky to reveal the ground.
Drag AttackPlane02 below the HeroPlane.
At frame 1 place the plane out of shot at the
right. Set a Position keyframe. In the last frame
drag the plane to the far left to animate it.
Transform size/position
Position the plane
Animate a title
Press Shift+T to activate the transform
tool. In the Transform panel, set Scale All to
150%. Set the Viewer to 50% and drag the
resized shot so we see more of the sky.
Scrub to frame 1 and drag the HeroPlane
onto the top layer. Extend it to 10 seconds.
Press Shift+T then use the Transform tool to
place the plane at the top-left of the frame.
Click on the Show Titles Sidebar icon.
Drag Basic 3D onto the timeline. In the Titles
Inspector set the Animation Style menu to
Tumble Zoom Up to add movement.
Add keyframes
Keyframe position/scale
Add texture to title
Scrub the playhead to frame 1. In the
Inspector, click Position’s Add a keyframe icon.
A yellow keyframe will appear. Scrub to 9:24.
Drag inside the image to show more ground.
In the Inspector click to set keyframes for
Position and Scale All. Scrub to the end and
drag the plane to the bottom-right. Set Scale
All to 50%. The plane will fly across the screen.
Click on the Text Inspector. Click ‘Normal’
and pop down to 3D Styles. Choose Old Steel
to add a texture to your 3D letters. Type a
caption for your movie into the text box.
GarageBand iOS
Integrate Audio Unit Extensions
Discover how compatible third-party instruments and InterApp Audio effects can be used in your GarageBand projects
Time needed
hile exploring the main Sound Browser menu for
GarageBand iOS, you will have doubtlessly noticed
an External option. This confusing option for novices
is hugely significant the more advanced users become, as it
expands the app’s native capabilities by harnessing the potential
of other installed music apps to add new instruments and effects
into its mix. Known as Audio Unit Extensions (AUE) or Inter-App
Audio, these compatible apps are available via the App Store
from a dazzling array of third-party developers. Still confused?
Well, in this guide we will explain the concept in practice by
looking at how one external app called Noise functions as an
instrument, while Duplicat works as an input effect.
Effect examination
You can use Audio Unit Extensions to expand your range of
sound options in your GarageBand projects
Record button
An overview of the kind of Inter-App UI you can
expect from an effect such as Duplicat
From Record you can initiate and halt
the recording action on the instrument
without leaving the Inter-App Audio
effect’s interface. Recordings are then
committed to track as normal.
GarageBand icon
Functioning as a button
to tap and return into
GarageBand, this toggles
back into the previous
Smart instrument
interface. In Effect mode,
access is given to the
native UI typically opened
via the standalone app.
Knowledge base
Finding the apps
There are countless superb Inter-App
and Audio Unit Extension apps in
the App Store. We have scratched
the surface of how two integrate with
GarageBand. To explore them in further
detail, Noise can be downloaded for
free (, while
Lofionic Duplicat is an affordable effect
found at
Play/Rewind buttons
These buttons very simply provide
controls for previewing the project
and the latest recorded track for the
current instrument. This of course
allows you to monitor the audio
while manipulating the Inter-App
Audio effect’s controls.
Native controls
Each differs completely, but every
Inter-App Audio effect is granted
access to its native controls. In
Duplicat’s case, we get a 1960’s
tape delay unit with three variations
and multiple knobs for setting tape
speed etc.
Inter-App Audio effects can modify the sound of an Audio Recorder, Amp, or
Sampler Touch Instrument when recording its input through GarageBand.
Step-by-step Audio Unit Extensions explained
Available extensions
Control switching
Browse to External on Sound Browser
and tap Audio Unit Extensions. In our
example we have Noise installed, so tap the
relevant AUE app icon to begin.
Also, you can typically switch views
beyond the keyboard. This gives access
to the app’s own performance controls for
playing sounds, such as Noise’s touchpads.
Keyboard ready
Recording Noise
Select Duplicat as input
Next you will see the AUE app brought
into the GarageBand UI, so here Noise has
had its default preset sounds mapped to the
synth keyboard ready for performance.
Both views will allow you to now record
a performance using the AUE app and its
sounds, just as you would normally, by
pressing GarageBand’s record button.
Sounds selection
Tracks View
Track plug-in
Any sounds that your AUE app has
within it are now available. With Noise, they
are accessible by tapping ‘All Sounds’ or the
pack icon to toggle between them.
Flip into Tracks View and AUE
recordings appear in the new project track,
able to be edited, looped and subjected to
the same track settings adjustments.
Inter-Audio effects
Alongside Audio Unit Extensions like
Noise, which are often standalone musicmaking apps in their own right, there are
those created specifically as plugins.
Falling into two categories, instrument
or effect, they regularly only function
meaningfully within GarageBand. One
example is Lofionic Duplicat by developer
Chris Rivers, which applies a 1960’s tape
delay effect to your GarageBand input
signal. Using it as our Inter-Audio effect
example, we’ll illustrate how to apply it to a
recording input or as a track plugin.
Any Inter-App Audio effect can be applied
to the signal of a recording Smart instrument.
In Audio Recorder, Amp or Sampler go to
Input>Inter-App Audio>Effect>Duplicat.
In Tracks View go to Track Controls>
Plug-ins & EQ>Edit. Next tap the Add Plug-in
button, then ‘Audio Unit Extensions’ to select
the desired Audio Unit effect from the list.
Logic Pro X
Logic Pro’s MIDI Arpeggiator
Logic’s Arpeggiator plugin delivers
bespoke rhythms with a unique twist
Time needed
hen it comes to creating a drum track for your Logic
project, there are plenty of ways to go about it – you
could use the Drummer track feature, plunder the vast
depths of the onboard Apple Loop library, or you could exploit
third-party online resources, such as sample packs and sound
libraries, for inspiration. If you’re after something totally bespoke
though, there’s no substitute for creating your own rhythms
from scratch, and once again, you’re not short of options. From
Ultrabeat to the Step Editor, Logic offers a range of rhythmic
tools. But if totally original and serendipitous beats are what you
seek, one method you may not have considered is to use Logic’s
built-in Arpeggiator MIDI plugin as a beat pattern generator.
See ya later, Arpeggiator
Try this for an unorthodox way to program beats
Preset company
As an alternative to drawing
your own patterns, the
Arpeggiator has a large
selection of built-in preset
patterns to choose from.
These make excellent starting
points if inspiration is in short
supply. Click Custom>Factory
to access them.
Why not try Logic’s built-in Arpeggiator MIDI plugin to
generate new and original beats for your projects?
Running patterns with odd
numbers of steps against
patterns of 4, 8 and 16
steps can give fascinating
polyrhythmic effects. The
pattern will loop seamlessly
around the steps you draw in.
Options open
Open the Options panel to
discover a whole new world of
possibilities, including swing
– perfect for those tricksy little
two-step vibes – along with
options to randomise velocity
and note length values.
Escape velocity
The different heights of the
bars on the Arpeggiator’s grid
represent different velocity
values. The higher the bars,
the higher the velocity, and
the louder the notes. This
allows you to create patterns
with some intricate dynamics.
Knowledge base
Stack attack
The Arpeggiator only works across
single MIDI tracks, so you need to
use a different track for each separate
sound that makes up your arpeggiated
rhythm track. This means that if you
select a kit that uses Track Stacks like
we have here, you have to insert the
Arpeggiator across the channel of the
first track in the stack.
Try this technique for making Apple Loops. Bounce off the finished rhythm as
an audio file, then select Export>Region to Loop Library from the File menu.
Step-by-step Build a rhythm with Logic’s Arpeggiator
Disco down
Get your hat
Start over
Create a new Software Instrument track in
an empty Logic project. From the Library pane,
load up an instance of Drum Machine – we’ve
gone for the Indie Disco kit preset.
All the sounds in the Indie Disco kit will
now be played repeatedly with the velocity
pattern we just drew. Play the F#1 key on your
MIDI keyboard to hear the hi-hat.
Select the Indie Disco track again and
Press Cmd-D to duplicate the track. Click on
its Arpeggiator and alter the grid pattern, then
find a new sound to play it with.
Open Track Stack
Whoa, trigger
Layer up
Click the triangle in the Track Stack’s
header to reveal the individual channels. On the
Kick track’s channel insert, click where it says
‘MIDI FX’ and insert an Arpeggiator.
Record in some MIDI trigger notes for the
arpeggiated hi-hat. Play around with the preset
pattern by playing short trigger notes rather
than simply holding down long ones.
To start layering up parts, record in some
triggers for the new sound as before – we’ve
gone for a kind of electronic percussion sound
in this example.
Tighten up
Feel the rhythm
We’re going to start with a hi-hat pattern.
In the plugin window, click on the Grid button
and, using the mouse pointer, draw in a pattern
like the one shown above.
Quantise the part to eighth or sixteenth
notes to ensure that everything plays in time.
This doesn’t quantise the notes the arpeggiator
plays, just the ones that trigger it.
Keep building up rhythmic layers, using
a duplicate track with a different pattern
and sound each time. Soon you’ll have a
sophisticated groove that’s totally unique!
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macOS Mojave
Mojave essential first steps
What to do once you have upgraded to macOS Mojave
or bought a new Mac with it installed
Time needed
pgrading to macOS Mojave is a no-brainer – it is a
massive step forward in features and usability. Once it
is installed there are several tasks you should perform
and there are many new settings that need to be customised
to get the best out of the operating system. Some settings are
not obvious and you must dig into System Preferences and find
them. The new privacy options are one example and as the main
screenshot shows, permissions are now similar to iOS in that
you can choose which apps have permission to access which
features. Also, Software Update now has a section in System
Preferences and lots of useful control options.
There are some great new features in Mojave and in this
tutorial we’ll show you how to start utilising them
Step-by-step 9 essential tasks for Mojave
Check for updates
Get Safari extensions
Immediately after installing macOS Mojave
you must check for software updates. Not for
Mojave, but for other apps on your Mac. They
may need them to improve compatibility.
The old Safari extensions gallery has gone
and now extensions are browsed and installed
using the redesigned App Store. Open Safari
and click Safari>Safari Extensions.
Create a backup
Choose the desktop
Once Mojave is up and running and you
know everything is working properly, make
a backup. Time Machine can be used, but a
utility like SuperDuper! can clone the disk.
The sand dunes is one of two dynamic
desktops that automatically change throughout
the day. Go to System Preferences>Desktop &
Screen Saver. Try the alternative for a day.
Go dark
Configure the Dock
Open System Preferences>General and
select ‘Dark’. There are two more options
below: Accent colour and Highlight colour.
Select your preferred colour scheme.
Like the iPad, Mojave has a new section
that shows icons for recently used apps. Is this
useful or not? Disable or enable it in System
Preferences>Dock, bottom checkbox.
You can customise accessibility features in System Preferences. Select
keyboard to opt for an onscreen keyboard that fades to semi-transparent.
Configure Mojave
Finder extensions
Customise your favourite Mojave settings
Select View>Show Preview to
show large previews of files in
Finder. Click More>Customise
to choose which buttons
appear here. Drag actions up or
down the list to set the order.
Pick the colours
Select the Light or Dark
appearance for macOS.
Click one of the colours
in the palette below to set
the accent colour. This
also sets the highlight
colour, but afterwards it
can be set independently.
Knowledge base
Customise permissions
Set up your
Screenshot options
The new Screenshot tool replaces
the Grab app. Press Shift+Cmd+5
to show this toolbar and click
Options to select the screenshot
type, then select the menu option to
remember the settings.
Finder extensions
Finder has new extensions. Go to System
Preferences>Extensions and select Finder on
the left. Use the checkboxes on the right to
choose which extensions you want to use.
Customise the Dock
Ctrl+click an empty part of
the Dock and go to Dock
Preferences. This enables the
recent apps section of the Dock
to be turned on or off. Remove it
if it is not needed.
Use Stacks
Stacks tidies up the desktop by organising
files into groups. Ctrl+click the desktop and
select ‘Use Stacks’. Ctrl+click again and select
‘Group Stacks By’ and select an option.
The permissions system is new and
needs visiting often to check what
hardware and personal information
apps have access to. Go to System
Preferences>Security & Privacy>
Privacy. Select each item on the left
and a list of apps with access is shown
on the right. This is empty at first, but
grows as you install and use apps.
Use Screenshot
If you have been using Grab to take
screenshots, it’s gone! Run Screenshot from
the Utilities folder or just press Shift+Cmd+5.
Set the options, like the screenshot type.
CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 Pipeline
Animate your own character
Discover how to bring your CrazyTalk Animator characters
to life using six Photoshop body parts
Time needed
razyTalk Animator is one of the most intuitive 2D
animation software suites around that enables users
to create professional-looking animations quickly and
easily. CrazyTalk Animator 3 comes with built-in character
templates, motion libraries plus a comprehensive set of
simple-to-master tools, including a 2D bone rig editor, facial
puppets and audio lip-syncing tools to help you create
captivating characters for your videos, websites, games, apps
and presentations.
In this tutorial we will demonstrate how easy it is to customise
and animate 2D characters in CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 Pipeline.
After the six sprite-based body parts (head, torso, legs and
arms) are created, you can then use the CTA3 PSD template
instructions on how to create an instantly animatable PSD
character. In order to animate your PSD character you will need
to watch out for pivot point alignments and layer orders.
animation tips
While we have used CrazyTalk
Animator 3.1 Pipeline for this
tutorial, which costs £299/$299
to purchase, Standard and
Pro editions are also available
(for £69/$69 and £179/$179
respectively), although they don’t
offer the same number of features.
To find out if CTA is suitable for
your needs you can also go to and download a free trial.
Here are some expert tips for
fine-tuning your animations.
the pelvis
Place pivots
in order
Don’t worry if your character
has different proportions,
the important thing is the
pelvis point. Make sure it’s
centred properly. Once
they are centred, the rest of
the individual parts are all
collated. Also make sure that
the edges of the sprites are
rounded off as it makes them
easier to move and rotate.
Make sure that the pivot points
are placed in order. In the
template, there is a RL image
folder, and inside there are
subfolders for arms, hands,
head and hip. Bring each
individual sprite layer into its
folder, as these folders are
going to set the hierarchy for
all the body parts that CTA 3
will follow.
CrazyTalk Animator 3 comes with an intuitive set of tools to
bring your 2D animations to life…
Go to to
download the template, then open it and grab the character.
Step-by-step Animate a character
Prepare in Photoshop
Face and body pivots
Leg pivot points
Use your custom character created in Photoshop. Note: you
may use any other tool that edits PSD file folders. In this example, the
character is segmented with different sprites. There are six layered parts:
head, left and right thigh, the hip (torso), left arm and the right arm.
Delete the initial picture. Notice that we have all the pivot points for
the face. Align the pivot points we have, with the joints in the top and
bottom of the head, then the bottom of the neck. Align the torso and the
pelvis followed by the arms, elbows, wrists and the end of the hand.
Align the pivot points for the knees (left and right shank). For the
bottom one, you will see the crosshair, so select all of them and bring
them up. The red line is the guide for the floor. Put the blue line vertically
through the character. When you are ready, save it as a PSD file.
Apply PSD template
Pelvis pivot points
Import into CrazyTalk
Open the template (see tip above) and grab the character. Realign
it, centre the pelvis point, and then start playing with the individual parts.
In the template you will see a RL image folder and a subfolder for arms,
hands, head and hip. Bring the individual sprite layer into the folder.
Now let’s align the Pelvis pivot points. In order to better see it, you
can drop the opacity to see the rounded area of the upper leg. Go to
Opacity and drop it for the torso; that way you can see the pivot point.
Put that joint right at the radius of that semicircle. Adjust the pelvis.
Open CTA3 and open a G3 free Bone character on the left side of
the toolbar. Choose the file you saved. As soon as you open it, the bone
structure will be set. When previewing you can play with the individual
body parts and you can do this with any character you create.
Create your own photo books
Discover how to create personal photo projects in Mojave
and get them printed and delivered to your door
Time needed
he recent macOS Mojave update brought many good
new features to our Macs… but it also took a few away.
One such feature is the option to print photo books,
calendars and cards direct from the Photos app, which many
people still use every year – especially for seasonal gifts.
Mercifully though, Mojave does include third-party integrations
for Photos and so RR Donnelley, Apple’s global supplier of print
services since 2005, has just launched Motif, a service built on
Apple intelligence that will continue to allow you to create your
own personal gifts for loved ones. You will need to download the
app from the Mac App Store but, once installed, it will allow you
to create personal photo projects just as you always have.
The Motif project interface
Understand the tools at your disposal
to make personal photo projects
Install Motif and grant it permission to access your photos –
after that it is integrated seamlessly into your Photos app
Purchase your project
Once your project is finished and
you have populated all of the image
frames, click on the ‘Checkout’ button
to purchase a physical version, which
will be printed and sent to you.
Your projects
Projects that you create
will automatically be stored
in the sidebar for easy
access, just as the system
used to work before the
release of macOS Mojave.
Knowledge base
Expected delivery
Once you have created your photo
project and gone through the checkout
process you can choose the delivery
method and speed at which the
physical copy arrives – and there are
options to suit many timeframes. They
range from next day delivery to 6-11
working days and the price will vary
depending on which option you go for.
Project pictures
Images that you want to use in
your project can be dragged into
the project icon straight from your
photo library. They will then be
accessible from the bottom of
the interface.
Formatting options
You have full freedom to adjust
and change the layout of the
project and format the text and
colour scheme to suit your needs.
Invest a little time and you can
create masterpieces!
There is no timeframe on when you have to complete a project by. They are
all stored under Projects in the sidebar for you to go back to whenever.
Step-by-step Create new photo projects
Select a project
Choose a theme
To start creating photo projects, go to
File>Create and choose a project. All of the
projects will now point you towards the App
Store as the feature has been removed.
Each project comes with a variety of
themes to help you get started. You can also
choose a totally blank template if you want to
create something truly original.
Download plug-in
Add photos
Add a title
Download and install the Motif app and
restart Photos. Click on File>Create again
and, while choosing certain projects, you
should see the Motif option – choose this.
Your project will now be saved under
‘Projects’ in the sidebar. Use the sidebar to
navigate back to your photo library and drag
images into your project icon in the sidebar.
Select project option
Drag and drop
In-app edits
Depending on the type of project, there
may be format options to select before
you can begin. Click ‘Create’ and grant
permission for Motif to access your photos.
Now reopen your project and all of your
imported images will be displayed at the
bottom. You can drag and drop them into the
frames to populate them.
Get creative with
your projects
Anyone who has ever used the built-in
project creation and printing featuring in
Photos will be right at home with Motif – it
is from the same company that handled
this feature when it was built into macOS,
after all. Any templates and themes that
you pick can be fully customised to your
own needs and the toolset is akin to
Pages in its intuitiveness. A built-in tour
will also help you get up to speed with
using the interface.
By default your project will be titled
‘Untitled Project’. Click and highlight the
project name in the top-right corner and you
can call it what you want.
Click on a picture frame or text box for
options to reformat the text and add masks
to the images. You can also click on the text/
layout icons to add text boxes and images.
Scrivener 3
Write a novel with Scrivener
Every tool you need to create something great using the
trusted methods you prefer to write with
Time needed
riting a novel, or even a long research paper, is
daunting at the best of times. You don’t want the
hassle of having to worry about what tools to use and
how you are going to work on multiple devices, and you most
certainly do not want to have to worry about keeping all of your
research in order to save you time later on. Scrivener takes care
of the annoyances and can keep your entire workflow together
in a space that is logical and accessible at all times, leaving you
the time and space to get down to creating something worth
reading. With some useful instruction you could be writing your
very first novel today.
Scrivener has all of the tools you need to plan, focus and
achieve your aim of writing your first novel!
Everything you need
Multiple tools in one app
A structured story
A sublime interface
Scrivener offers a writing
interface that can be as complex
or as clean as you require. You
can hide the myriad of features
when you need to concentrate
on creating excellent prose.
The left panel structures chapters,
notes, characters, places and every
other part of your story. One click and
you can jump to what you need to
view while writing a specific page.
Knowledge base
Work anywhere
You can keep the flow moving by using
Scrivener on an iPhone or iPad as well,
and there is also a version available for
Windows. Your projects will always stay
up to date and can be managed on any
device that you have available at the
time. It could make all the difference to
your productivity levels.
Deep research
Web pages can be
imported and organised
in a structured way to
ensure that all of the facts
you include are accurate
and easily accessible
at any time. You won’t
miss a thing.
Real-time notes
When an idea hits you, the
feature for adding a quick note
is always visible and this helps
to ensure the moment doesn’t
pass you by. The more you
use Scrivener, the more useful
it becomes.
Scrivener can be purchased outright without the need for an expensive
subscription. This will help you to budget as well as create great work.
Step-by-step Research and write a novel with Scrivener
Download the app
A new folder
Head to the Mac App Store and search
for ‘Scrivener’. Download it and you can now
take advantage of the free trial period to start
understanding how the software works.
To add new chapters, click Project>New
Folder while a section is highlighted and then
click on it to rename it. Now drag it to the
parent folder you want to position it in.
A new project
Accurate research
Check your targets
Click File>New Project and then browse
the various templates to see which one best
fits the kind of story or project you are about
to work on. You can choose a blank one.
In the Research or Places section, or
any other, right-click and then click Add>Web
Page to paste in the currently copied URL.
It’s perfect for accurate research.
Analyse the column
Change the sections
Gain consistency
The left-hand column is the portal to the
entirety of your project and can be used to
organise your chapters, notes etc. Take some
time to see what is stored here.
You can also right-click on any section
and then click ‘Section Type’ to change its
parameters. This means you can adjust as
the structure of your novel takes shape.
Set yourself targets
and use text tools
Scrivener lets you set a target for the
amount of writing you wish to do at any
point which is useful because it is known
that the more consistently you write the
better the output will be. You can also
jump to the Full-Screen Writing mode
which will allow you to focus purely on
the writing and no other part as you try
to perfect a certain part of the novel. It’s
motivational, clean and useful throughout
the entire experience.
Click Project>Show Project Targets for a
panel displaying the Draft Target and Session
Target. You can overtype each number to
choose the exact target you want to hit.
Click ‘Options’ to choose on which days
you work, what exact text is counted and
if notifications will be sent to remind you to
write. It works perfectly.
Using Continuity Camera
Insert a photo or scan into a spreadsheet using Continuity Camera with an iPhone and a Mac
Time needed
hen you are working on a document, spreadsheet or
presentation on your Mac and need to insert a photo
or scan, it requires several steps. You must get your
iPhone, open the Camera app, take the photo, transfer it to the
Mac, find it and then insert it. Continuity Camera streamlines the
process and makes it much quicker and easier to insert photos
or scans on the fly. It is a new feature that is supported by
many Apple applications, including Numbers, Pages, Keynote,
TextEdit, Mail, Notes and more. From within an app on the Mac,
you can remotely activate the camera on an iPhone or iPad. Pick
it up, take the shot and it appears in the document on the Mac.
It is brilliant and so easy to insert photos and scans.
Continuity Camera makes it easy to add images to your
documents and presentations
Step-by-step Insert photos with Continuity Camera
Import from iPhone
Resize the image
In Numbers, or any supported app, go to
the Insert menu and click on the new option
‘Import from iPhone or iPad’. Then click ‘Take
Photo’ on the device to use.
As soon as the photo is taken, it appears
in the document. It is probably the wrong size
and in the wrong position, so click and drag
the corners to size and position it.
Ready to shoot
Style the image
An iPhone or iPad can be used if running
macOS Mojave and iOS 12. A message pops
up telling you to use the selected device, but it
can be cancelled if you change your mind.
In the panel on the right, select the Style
tab and select an image style, such as a
mirror, shadow and so on. Use the Border,
Shadow and Reflection options as usual.
Take a photo
Zoom and crop
In our Numbers home improvement
budget we want a photo before starting work
and the iPhone’s camera is ready and waiting.
Just point and shoot, then tap ‘Use Photo’.
Double-click the photo in the document
and a control appears below it. Select each
of the buttons on the left and use the slider to
zoom in and crop the image. Click ‘Done’.
Continuity camera requires macOS Mojave, iOS 12, and the latest Numbers,
Pages, Keynote and other applications. Make sure everything is up to date.
Insert scans into Numbers
Store receipts and more with Continuity Camera
Photos and scans
This menu shows all iPhones and
iPads you are logged into and there
are options to take a photo or scan
documents. Scanning automatically
crops the item from the background
and scans multiple items.
the image
Whether inserting a
scan or a photo into a
document, at each corner
and in the middle of each
side are handles – black
squares. Click and drag
them to resize the item in
the document.
Knowledge base
Connect Mac and iPhone
Continuity Camera requires the iPhone
and Mac to be wirelessly connected
for them to work together. On the
iPhone, go to Settings>Bluetooth and
turn it on. On the Mac, go into System
Preferences>Bluetooth and enable it.
Both Mac and iPhone should then see
each other, although you might need to
tap the Mac on the iPhone to connect.
Style an image
Crop and zoom
Show the Inspector panel
on the right and select
the Style tab to access
the image styling options.
There are several border
and effects options.
Select them and use the
controls below.
Double-click a photo or
scanned document to
display this control below it.
Click the buttons on the left
and drag the slider to zoom
in or to crop the image.
Show only what is relevant.
Insert scans using
an iPhone
Continuity Camera provides two options.
One is to insert a photograph taken on
an iPhone or iPad and the other is to insert
a scan. What is the difference? Both use
the iPhone/iPad camera, but a scan looks
for a light rectangle on a dark background
and crops it to show just the document.
The image quality is the same, but not
having to crop saves some time and effort.
There is also support for scanning
multi-page documents.
Scan a receipt
To help track spending, store receipts
in a spreadsheet. Go to Insert>Import from
iPhone or iPad>Scan Documents. Frame the
receipt and it is captured automatically.
Size and crop
Drag the scans to where you want them
and resize them by dragging the handles on
the corners. Double-click a scan to adjust the
zoom and then crop it as required.
Record and edit audio in Pages
Discover how to record audio directly into Pages documents
with a great new feature…
Time needed
pple recently updated its office applications, Pages,
Numbers and Keynote, and added some great new
features. It is now possible to record audio directly from
within a document. There is no need to use a separate app to
record and edit the audio, and then insert the media file.
What could you put into a document? How about
explanations and narration for images and information within
the content? You could also record yourself playing a musical
instrument, and since the iOS apps also have this feature, you
can record anywhere. Not only can you record audio, it can be
edited within the document too. The controls are basic, but it is
possible to clean up problems, trim and edit the soundtrack.
Edit audio recordings in Pages
How to use the full audio editor
Select audio
Drag the blue bars at
either end of the audio
recording to select a
section. The selection is
used in different ways and
it depends on which of the
buttons is clicked below.
Audio can now be recorded straight into your documents,
which is great for image narration, etc.
Delete audio
If there is something in the
recording that you don’t want,
like a cough or an iPhone
notification chime, select it
with the blue bars and click
the Delete button. Everything
inside is cut.
Knowledge base
Save the audio
Audio recordings are saved with the
document, but suppose you want to
save it elsewhere, play it outside of the
document or share it with someone.
Select the audio in the document and
on the Audio tab in the panel on the
right is the filename. Click and drag it
out to the desktop or Finder window to
make a copy.
Record audio
Trim the ends
It is hard to create audio
recordings perfectly the
first time we try and there
may be mistakes. Select a
section of audio that is not
right and overwrite it by
clicking the Record button.
Click and drag the blue
selection bars at each end
to select just the section
of audio that you want and
click the scissors button.
Everything outside of the
selection is then removed.
There are two audio editors and the small recording box provides simple
tools, but click the Edit link in the box to open the larger editing window.
Step-by-step Insert and edit audio in Pages
Insert media
Record more
Go to the Insert menu or click the Media
button in the toolbar and on the menu is a
new item, Record Audio. You no longer have
to do this in a separate app. Click it.
You don’t have to record everything at
once. Stop, think about what to say, and then
click the Record button to continue. Drag the
vertical bar to the start to preview it.
Record Audio box
Record over mistakes
Record in Pages
A box appears on the page and it can
be dragged and dropped wherever is the
most convenient. At this stage it has a single
control, a big red button. Click it to record.
Don’t worry if you make a mistake. Drag
the play position indicator to just before the
mistake and then click the Record button to
overwrite what follows with new audio.
Record audio
Loop the audio
Edit audio recordings
Speak, play an instrument, whatever
you want. The scrolling red waveform shows
that recording is taking place and it gives an
indication of the volume. Click Stop.
When you are happy with the recording,
click the Insert button to save it and drag the
speaker icon wherever you want it. Set the
None/Loop option in the right panel.
Record on
the iPhone
The audio feature has been included in
the Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps
everywhere, even on the iPhone and
iPad. It enables you to record directly into
documents, spreadsheets and slideshows
on the go. The best feature of the iPhone
version is the device’s portability. You can
pull up a document and record live audio
directly into it, whether you’re at a concert,
meeting or other event. The possibilities
are endless and it is very easy to do.
Here’s a quick guide…
Open Pages and select a document.
Press the ‘+’ button at the top to display the
Insert menu and tap Record. A microphone
icon appears at the bottom. Tap to record.
Editing audio recordings is similar to
on the Mac. Drag the handles at either end
and click the scissors to trim. Tap ‘Delete’ to
remove a section or record over it.
10 new
features in
Safari 12
Discover the best new features in Safari
for macOS Mojave and High Sierra
website icons
If you are like us, you
probably browse the web
with a dozen tabs open
at a time. Go to Safari,
Preferences>Tabs and there
is now an option to show
website icons on tabs. It is
just a tiny tweak, but it makes
tabs a bit more colourful.
here is a new version of Safari and it has some great
new features that improve privacy and security when
browsing the web. macOS Mojave comes with Safari
12 built in but it is also available on its own as a software
update if you are still running High Sierra. Nearly all the
features here apply to both versions, although one or two
are specific to Mojave, like the dark interface.
Some new features are obvious and there are settings
in Preferences that enable them to be turned on or off, or
configured. Some features work behind the scenes and are
not easy to see, like reduced tracking by advertisers and
others online, but they help to keep you safe. Let’s take a
look at our pick of the new features.
New Safari features
Our pick of the best of what’s new…
New extensions
Support for old-style Safari
extensions has ended and
there are new ones in the
Mac App Store. There is
only a small collection at the
moment but there are sure to
be many more added.
The problem with good
passwords is that they
are difficult to create and
impossible to remember.
Apple has made it as easy
as possible by automatically
generating passwords
and storing them in
iCloud Keychain.
Block pop-ups
Blocking pop-up windows
used to be a global setting
that was applied to every
website. Now you can
choose whether you want
to have pop-ups on specific
websites and customise them
in preferences.
Knowledge base
Get automatic updates
Super strong
Many people reuse old
passwords across websites,
which is a security risk. Safari
highlights those passwords
that have been used more
than once in the preferences.
The next time you register
at a website, Safari will
detect the password box. It
generates a strong password
and automatically fills it in.
Just click the button.
Whenever a new version of an app, or
even the operating system, is released
there are often one or more updates
that swiftly follow. Make sure you grab
the updates. Go to Software Update in
System Preferences, click ‘Advanced’
and tick all the boxes. This will ensure
that problems are fixed and you will get
new features as they are added.
You’ll notice that we took our screenshots for this feature using macOS
Mojave… but Safari 12 is for everyone running High Sierra too.
Hide your Mac
Some websites show irritating ads in pop-up windows,
but others require pop-ups, such as for login. Go to
Preferences>Websites>Pop-up Windows and you can set on
a site-by-site basis which sites are allowed to show pop-up
windows and which are not. You have a finer degree of control.
Although Safari can generate
unique passwords, you may
have used old ones already.
Go to Safari>Preferences>
Passwords and unlock it. It
then displays an icon next to
websites and services where
you have used the same
password more than once.
Advertisers and other
companies want to track you
as you browse. Safari 12 has
improved privacy over Safari
11 by reducing the ability of
tracking tools to track you.
Go to Preferences>Privacy
and tick the checkbox
‘Prevent cross-site tracking’.
Block pop-up windows
battery power
Plugins can be added to
Safari to add new features,
which is great, but they may
add to the Mac’s workload,
so Safari can stop them
draining a MacBook’s
battery. Go to Preferences>
Advanced and enable ‘Stop
plug-ins’ to save power.
Advertisers on the web use a variety of techniques to try
to identify you and track you. Safari 12 makes it more difficult
for them to uniquely identify your Mac. Go to Preferences>
Privacy>Manage Website Data and delete advertiser cookies
to remove old data that may identify you.
Stop bad
Safari 12 monitors the activity
of extensions and if it detects
that they are negatively
impacting browsing
performance, it will turn
them off. Go to Preferences>
Extensions and check your
extensions. Are they all OK?
Have any been turned off?
These days we expect
more security, more privacy
and better performance from
extensions. The old Safari
Extensions Gallery and its
contents are gone. Go to
Safari>Safari Extensions and
the new App Store opens with
better, more secure extensions.
Dark mode
Although it was previously possible to change the
menu bar to black, there is now a completely dark theme for
macOS. Apple apps like Safari support it and it transforms
the look of the browser. Go to System Preferences>General>
About and select the Dark theme.
Everything You
Can Do With a
Series 4
The Series 4 Apple Watch is the
biggest upgrade to the product
yet and there is a lot of new
goodness to enjoy and explore
any people felt that the
Apple Watch Series
4 overshadowed the
latest iPhones when announced
because it is so different. It
brings an iPhone X edge-to-edge
screen in place of the previously
wide bezels, and with this comes
an array of advantages that are
enhanced on what is still the
smallest of all Apple screens. More
complications can be displayed
at any one time, photos are now
perfectly viewable from the wrist
and the new form means that it
feels more like a watch than ever.
With slightly larger dimensions
aligned with 0.7mm less depth,
which does not sound like much,
we actually end up with a watch
that has less mass than the Series
3 model. These minimal changes
make a big difference to the overall
experience on the wrist and in our
view the Series 4 feels more natural
than the previous incarnations
which will likely lead you to want to
do more with it.
New watch faces, futuristic
health features, a reengineered
digital crown and a new electrical
heart sensor allow you to do things
that are unique to Series 4, but all
of the older features are present
and many are now easier to
undertake, and in some cases work
as you always wished they would
in the past. There is a lot that is
new here, despite an overwhelming
sense of familiarity in the way
the operating system works, and
once you dig a little deeper and
learn what is available, you should
start to understand why Series 4
is such a leap in terms of design,
practicality and wearability.
Almost all smartwatches today
feel like mini computers on the
wrist and they take effort to use for
even the most simple tasks, but
Apple Watch Series 4 actually feels
like a watch and can be used for
almost any task you like, whether
you are trying to get fit, want
some audio entertainment or just
need a little extra help in keeping
organised and connected. By the
end of this feature you should know
everything there is to know about
the Series 4 Watch and, crucially,
you will understand exactly how
to use the new features to gain the
biggest benefits.
Everything Watch Series 4
Just breathe
The Breathe app just became even more focused through the
addition of three beautiful new watch faces to help you relax
On the face
There are three new Breathe watch
faces. They look beautiful and require only
one tap to start the exercise at any time.
Follow the instructions
When you first use the app some
simple instructions appear. Read them once
and you’ll understand what to do forever.
A slow heart
At the end of the exercise you can
check your heart rate to see how effective it
was. The lower the rate the better.
The Infograph
Apple has crammed a wealth of information into one
watch face and retained a true sense of style throughout
The Infograph watch face has grabbed the most
attention to date and with good reason. It can fit an
astonishing nine complications alongside the time and
is capable of giving you all of the information you need
with just a quick glance. Your favourite contacts can
be added (1) which can then be tapped and a phone
call made or a message sent in an instant. For all of
us, there are one or two people who dominate our
communications and this simple feature will save you
a lot of time. The outer complications (2) use the larger
screen very well and allow the clock to be the main
focus while retaining enough prominence to be useful.
If you place the Calendar complication at the top (3)
it will cleverly display the next event in a ring around
the clock face which again offers useful information
without dominating the action. Even better, many of the
complications have been enhanced to not just show
numbers or words, but to visually represent what is
happening (4). For example, the temperature range is
displayed in a curved line as is the remaining battery,
and even third-party apps, such as Pedometer++, can
perform the same trick. If you take some time to create
a balance between usefulness and simple visuals,
Infograph could be your most used watch face of all.
Everything Watch Series 4
A bigger Siri
Keeping time
The time is displayed in big bold
numerals at the top until you start
to scroll down. It then quietly moves
out of the way to let you focus on
what is happening in your day.
There is no new functionality in the Siri
watch face that you won’t find in Series 3
watches and even the Series 1, but there
are significant advantages to using it on
a Series 4 Apple Watch. The big screen
offers more information at any one time and
the faster processor ensures that it works
smoothly and efficiently at all times, making
it one of the most informative and proactive
data options you carry with you each day.
Everything is clear
The bigger screen really does make
everything much clearer, no matter
how many Siri tiles you have to
scroll through. It takes no time at all
to get familiar with how it works.
The information
you need
Siri will automatically order
the information you need to
see when you need it. This
means that over time it will
learn your needs and be there
before you even think about
what’s coming next.
Timely reminders
Lift the watch to your mouth
and you can start talking to Siri
immediately. Reminders can be
set, data retrieved and so on. With
the improved Series 4 speaker the
vocal feedback is now much louder.
Improved heart tracking
Apple is doing some amazing things with the new and improved heart tracking technology
Apple’s commitment to health is well known, but in Series 4 the
company has taken things much further. Some of the features
will be coming in the future because official approval is required,
High and low
In the ‘Heart’ section of the Watch app
you can set high and low rates. Series 4 will
detect abnormal readings and notify you.
but the potential here is huge. If you can buy a product that
will potentially alert you to ongoing health problems, and then
subsequently even save your life, the cost suddenly drifts away.
Throughout the day
Series 4 will monitor your heart rate
throughout the day and will check for any
unusual readings.
When approval has been made, you
will be able to take a basic ECG on your
Series 4 Watch. That could change your life.
Everything Watch Series 4
A modern Walkie-Talkie
At first glance Walkie-Talkie looks like a novelty, but it does offer real-world benefits
Imagine being at a concert or simply wanting a one-to-one
conversation with someone in a way that feels more personal and
slightly retro at the same time. Walkie-Talkie fulfils that aim and
Suggested friends
Change the volume
When you first open Walkie-Talkie you
will see some instructions above a list of
suggested friends. These should be people
who are set up to use the feature and who
can talk straightaway.
You can change the volume using
the digital crown at which point the tiny
speaker icon will turn green. A green
volume bar will then appear as you make
the changes you need.
once you are used to how it works you may find yourself using it
more and more. The Series 4 speaker makes the feature even more
usable and closer to the experience of walkie-talkies of old.
Hold and speak
See their status
After inviting a contact you will be able
to hold down the large ‘Talk’ button and
then speak at the same time. Truth be told,
it does actually feel a little odd the first
time you try it.
Your friend’s status will be displayed
in the app with a yellow tile if they are
online and available to talk. It just takes
a glance to understand if they can talk
at any time.
A conversation
Go offline
As the other person speaks, an
animated circle pulses and will completely
change once they lift their finger or thumb
from the button their side. The entire
process is very natural in use.
If you need to go offline for a while
and do not want to be disturbed you can
simply scroll up to the top and then tap
the ‘Available’ icon to go dark. Minimalist
and quick.
Everything Watch Series 4
A better weather experience
On occasion a third-party developer has a better solution than Apple. Dark Sky is an example…
Dark Sky is a revered app in the iOS world and especially on the
iPhone, but the developer has made great strides in making the
app work in a different way on an Apple Watch. On the Series 4 in
It’s so obvious
From the moment you open the app
you can quickly see the current weather
conditions with no effort at all. It could not
be clearer.
particular the interface works very well and takes advantage of the
extra pixels in the best ways. Indeed, it is arguably better than the
Apple Weather app in many areas.
The day ahead
Scroll down and you will see the
conditions and temperatures laid out in
a list for the day ahead. It is accurate
and informative.
The week ahead
One more scroll and the next seven
days will be presented to you. It feels
completely at home and natural on the
Apple Watch.
Work it out!
Working out just became more inclusive for most Apple Watch models and the Series 4 brings
specific improvements that make the hard work just a little easier when the going gets tough
Yoga and Hiking
Your gym equipment
Yoga and Hiking are now included
in the workout list. These are common
activities which will suit many more users.
Connectivity has been greatly
improved so connecting to wireless gym
equipment will be much easier.
Automatic detection
Splits and cadence
The Series 4 can now detect when
you are exercising automatically. Useful if
you forget to start the app first.
When you run you can now track your
cadence for steps per minute and also
splits for the preceding mile.
Track your swims
At a glance
Series 4 is waterproof to 50 metres
and can now track indoor and open swims
with ease. The crown ejects water after.
The larger Series 4 display means you
can see much more data at a glance than
before. It’s easier to use.
Everything Watch Series 4
Manage the Dock
The Dock on the Series 4 is quicker and more convenient
than ever thanks to the extra power available
While it is true that the Dock on the Series 4 Apple Watch
is fundamentally the same as on previous models, it does
work differently thanks to the larger screen and the faster
processor. It is a difficult change to describe, but once
you have it customised to your preferences you may
find it to be something you use multiple times a day. You
can choose to have the tiles ordered by recents or your
favourites (1) and you can quickly change the order of
the tiles (2) based on how many times you find yourself
accessing a particular app. It is likely that what you believe
to be your most used apps may not necessarily be so
and this is where the Dock can help you to understand
your usage better. We would advise you to exclude any
apps that you do not use often (3) and to keep the list as
small and relevant as possible. Removing an app (4) you
rarely use will enable you to focus on what you need more
easily and will greatly improve the efficiency of the Dock
itself. With the Series 4 the Dock feels more relevant and
accessible than it ever has and Apple has done very well
to maintain the familiarity of the software interface that has
always been there.
Time in motion
The Vapor watch face brings a new sense of motion to your Apple Watch experience
Historically Apple has focused on a limited selection of watch
faces. Almost always there is a practical benefit to each face, but
in Vapor we have something new that is more typical of Apple’s
Make a choice
In the iPhone Watch app go to Face
Gallery and select ‘Vapor’. Choose a colour
and a shape to use. Full Screen works best.
attention to detail than any other part of the Series 4. Believe it or
not, Apple created a big Apple Watch and filmed the effects using
special materials to create the reactions you see on your watch.
You can use complications in the
circular option on older models but not with
the Full Screen mode on a Series 4.
Enjoy the view
Now enjoy watching the effects bounce
off the edges as they subtly highlight the
hour markers and other indicators.
Everything Watch Series 4
Analyse a workout
Apple Watch Series 4 is capable of tracking every single aspect of your workouts
With health and fitness being focused on more
than ever before in the Series 4 it makes sense to
look closely at the Workout feature. You now have
the ability to look at what you have done in great
Find your workouts
Heart rate recovery
Go to the Activity app on your iPhone
and then tap the Workouts icon at the
bottom. You will see a list of all of your
workouts – tap one to see more detail for
the activity.
If you swipe to the left you will see
your heart rate recovery stats. These should
get better the more you work out and the
fitter you become. It’s a useful indicator of
overall fitness.
detail and to then analyse your performance to see
if you are improving, and to consequently aim for
better times in the future. Here’s our quick guide to
tracking all your hard work…
The numbers
See your route
You will see a selection of numbers
at the top of the screen which include the
calories burnt, distance, average pace
and the total time the workout took. These
numbers are very important.
Tap the map at the bottom to see the
route of your workout if you were walking
or running. This visual guide is surprisingly
accurate and highlights the power of the
Series 4 GPS chip.
Your heart rate
Share your success
Your heart rate fluctuations are
displayed in the centre bar and should
highlight a gradual increase if you are
running or working out at the same pace.
Check for large spikes in the rate.
You can easily share details of your
workouts with others if you want to have
a little boast or are in a competition with
someone else. It is inclusive as well as
highly motivational.
Everything Watch Series 4
Challenge a friend
You can challenge a friend using your Apple Watch to compete over fitness. It’s motivational
The improved fitness sensors in Series 4 will ensure that the
workouts and movements you undertake are tracked as accurately
as possible and you can use this functionality to compete with
friends over set periods using the competitions in the Activity app.
Time to share
In the Activity app on your iPhone, tap
the ‘Sharing’ icon and choose a friend. Now
tap ‘Compete with (name)’ to invite them to
the challenge.
It is easy to set up and if the other participant accepts your invite
you can start competing immediately. Even better, the points basis
of the competition means that all of your activity is accounted for
which is better than just counting the steps you have both taken.
Time to wait
The screen will show a message at the
bottom which will remain the same until
your challenge is accepted. You will then
be notified.
Count the points
Move or save
You can now start competing over the
points you earn. It is amazing how easily
this makes you work harder to win and to
get fitter.
Get the news
Apple News on the Series 4 is capable of displaying
lots of timely information whenever you need to read it
The latest five
When you open Apple News on the
Series 4 a thumbnail will be displayed with
an overview of the story below.
Scroll down
Scroll down to read more detail. It
offers just enough information to get your
news fix anywhere.
At the bottom of the story you can
either jump to the next one or tap ‘Save For
Later’ to read it on your iPhone.
Everything Watch Series 4
Set up Fall Detection
Fall Detection is a remarkable new feature which takes a few seconds to set up
For Fall Detection to work you will need to ensure you have created
your emergency contacts just in case the worst happens. The
rest of the process is quite straightforward and once built you
Emergency contacts
In the Health app on your iPhone, go
to ‘Medical ID’ and add your emergency
contacts. Three is an ideal number.
can completely forget about it. It will only become apparent if you
genuinely fall – we have tried many fake falls without triggering it.
The quicker you can get help the better – it could just save your life.
Turn it on
Go to the iPhone Watch app and
navigate to ‘Emergency SOS’. When you
activate Fall Detection a pop-up appears.
Just in case
How to travel
Step by step
Enable ‘Hold Side Button’ in case of
an emergency. Hold the button down to
automatically dial the emergency services.
Much clearer navigation
The larger Series 4 screen ensures that many tasks are now clearer and easier to use, but
none more so than Maps. You can now see and hear what is happening while travelling easily
Find a place
Visual mapping
Open the Maps app on your Watch
and tap the ‘Search’ button. You can now
dictate a place to find it instantly.
The Series 4 screen is large enough
to display an overview of the route with
relative clarity. It works perfectly.
Select and go
Tap to start
Tap the required result and a new
screen will appear. The entire process is
very quick and efficient throughout.
Tap the blue icon to begin your
journey. You may not need to use your
iPhone for navigation in the future.
Now select your desired form of travel
from the list. Note the estimated journey
times next to each option.
The minimalist interface ensures that
each step of the route is displayed clearly
and is very easy to read.
Add a second
user to Face ID
Allow another person to unlock your iPhone with
their face – or add an alternative look for yourself
Time needed
o you often hand your iPhone to
someone else to use? Or do you need
another person to be able to access
your device should you be unable to? If the
answer to these questions is yes then you’re
in luck since iOS 12 now lets you add another
visage to Face ID so that the operating system
can recognise two people and unlock the
handset for you both.
This new feature can also be useful for you –
indeed, this is the primary reason why it’s been
created. We don’t always look the same each
day: sometimes we wear glasses, sometimes
we don’t; one day we could sport a beard (or at
least the male readers among us) and the other
we’re cleanly shaven. Having the ability to create
an alternative Face ID makes life easier. Here’s
how to set it up…
Adding a second Face ID is handy if your look changes or
another person needs to access your device…
Step-by-step Set up an alternative appearance
Open Settings app
The option to add a second person to
Face ID was introduced in iOS 12 so ensure
your iPhone is up to date – open Settings,
scroll down and tap ‘Face ID & Passcode’.
Enter passcode
When prompted, use the onscreen
numerical keypad to enter your passcode.
Doing so allows iOS 12 to verify that you have
permission to access the Face ID settings.
Set up a new Face ID
Scroll down and tap ‘Set Up an
Alternative Appearance’. It is designed to
input a different likeness of yourself but it can
be used to set up someone else.
Think carefully before turning Require Attention off: it can make Face ID less
secure since your iPhone will unlock without you staring directly at it.
Manage your Face ID options
Turn off Face ID
Use Face ID for unlocking
your iPhone, accessing
iTunes/App Store, using
Apple Pay or autofilling
your passwords. Or turn it
off with the relevant sliders.
Determine what Face ID can do and how it should operate
Check app access
You can allow third-party
apps to access Face ID for
verification purposes (banking
apps are a typical favourite).
Be sure to keep a check on
these by tapping ‘Other Apps’
to manage access.
Reset Face ID
If a Face ID is not working
properly or you want to
erase any previous efforts
(perhaps you only intended
a second person to use
Face ID temporarily), you
can reset and start over.
Knowledge base
Accessibility options
If you have physical limitations, you
can tap ‘Accessibility Options’ during
the Face ID setup process. Face ID
will then capture a specific pose rather
than have you move your head around
the screen, making unlocking more
convenient. It does mean you have to
position the iPhone in a very specific
way each time you access it, however.
Get ready
If you do want to allow someone else to
gain access to your iPhone via FaceID, then
hand them your device at this stage. Either
way, to continue, simply press ‘Get Started’.
Require attention
Do you want Face ID to
operate only when you’re
looking at the iPhone? If so
keep this on green. Slide it
off and it’ll then unlock with
your eyes closed or when
you’re wearing sunglasses.
Move your head
Position your head within the camera
frame (or get the other person to) and follow
the onscreen prompts. Move your head in
various angles to fill the outlying circle.
Finish off
You (or the other person) will go through
two stages of head movement and scanning
before you’re told that Face ID is finally set up
for an alternative appearance. Tap ‘Done’.
Create your own
long-form library
Build a perfectly-presented, personalised library of
long-form fact and fiction to read anywhere
Time needed
here are alternatives to reading eBooks on your
iPhone or iPad and when it comes to saving longform articles for reading later, the process is largely
free. With a few different offerings competing for your time
it can be hard to choose, so we would suggest that you
try them all out and decide which you prefer.
In our case Instapaper rules because of the way it
consistently converts articles, with all of the artefacts
intact, and we also really like how it displays the content
in a simple and easy to read way. Over time, and by using
the various capturing tools available, you will be able to
build up a wide-ranging library of long-form content to
read whenever you have a few spare minutes. It really is
well worth the effort. In this Instapaper tutorial, we’ll show
you how to create an account, save articles, customise the
display and more.
Instapaper converts articles, keeping all of the artefacts
intact, and displays the content in an easy-to-read way
Step-by-step Build the perfect reading repository
Create account
You can create a new
account from inside the app or
on the Instapaper website. The
process takes a few seconds to
complete, but still includes the
security layers you will need.
Learn to save
Tap the top-left icon and then
the cog at the bottom. Tap ‘How
to save’ and read the instructions
for doing so in the app or on
the web in Safari. Once learned,
saving is instant.
Your first save
When you find an article you
want to read later, tap the sharing
icon and then select ‘Instapaper’.
You should see ‘Saved’ appear
in a small bar at the very top of
the screen.
Almost ready
Now go to the Instapaper
app and pull down to refresh your
content. The article will appear
with ‘Downloading…’ displayed
and when complete you can tap
to start reading it.
Don’t forget that all of the articles can be read when you have no internet
connection. It’s perfect for the daily underground commute.
Premium upgrade
The Premium edition offers more
article customisation and sharing
Go Premium
If you upgrade to Premium
you can save unlimited notes, use
text-to-speech, speed read and
search through any of your saved
articles. For serious users, this is a
useful set of features.
A clean article
Notice how clean the text
presentation is and how well
the images are displayed in a
proportional manner. It is much
easier to read in the Instapaper
app than in mobile Safari.
Share your saves
In Settings you can connect
any of your social network
accounts and then change your
profile to ‘Public’ to automatically
share the articles that you like in
the future. It works both ways.
Make it yours
You can now customise the
display for your needs. Tap the
article and then tap ‘Aa’ at the
bottom of the screen. Now play
around with the fonts and sizing
until you are content.
Customise it
Tap ‘Advanced’ in settings to
re-download all of your articles,
limit the number of downloads
and change how the app updates
and how the gestures work. You
can change almost every aspect.
More options
Tap ‘More options’ while
in the ‘Aa’ screen to adjust the
spacing and width of the text.
Try to make the most of the
iPhone or iPad screen, but keep
the display comfortable.
In the Settings go to ‘Scroll
Mode’ and choose how you want
to navigate the articles. ‘iBooks
Pagination’ offers a particularly
alluring effect which works very
well indeed.
10 Apple apps
Apple’s other apps for iPhone
Check out Apple’s other apps that don’t come preinstalled on your device
our iPhone and iPad come pre-installed
with a variety of Apple-developed apps
that are all integrated into the operating
system (iOS) and work seamlessly together
behind the scenes. But did you know that there
are many other Apple apps available from the
App Store that don’t come pre-installed on
your device? One such app is Shortcuts which,
when you consider that it was touted as one
of the marquee features of iOS 12, seems a
strange omission. However, like all of these
apps, it can be downloaded for free from the
App Store. Generally the other Apple apps offer
services beyond iOS, such as remotes for other
hardware, and utilities for internet, music, etc. All
work brilliantly and are well worth investigating.
Create your own shortcuts
How to use the iOS 12 Shortcuts app
Tweak shortcut
Each one can be finely-tuned
to meet your specific needs.
For example, if you choose
to ‘Set A Reminder’ then
you can lock it to a specific
location. Take time to explore
each option and how it can
help you.
Knowledge base
New to iOS 12, the Shortcuts
app allows you to create
personal shortcuts with multiple steps
to run with a tap or by asking Siri. By
implementing just a few of the possible
apps and actions you will be able to
radically speed up your productivity.
Music Memos
Music Memos is a recording
app for riffs and melodies to help
ensure that no impromptu jamming session
goes to waste. Connect your instrument
directly to your device with an iRig or tap
Record and set it down next to you as you
play. You can also add bass and drums.
Shortcut settings
Tap this icon and you will be
able to name your shortcut,
create a unique icon for it
and then set various options,
such as adding it to Siri or
displaying it in your Share
sheet options.
Find a shortcut
Swipe up and scroll through
the list of possible shortcuts.
These all relate to native iOS
apps, such as Calendar, Mail,
Health, Maps and more. Tap
on an option from the list to
select it and create a new
related shortcut.
Check out the Gallery
Tap on the Gallery option at the bottom
of the main Shortcuts interface and
you’ll be able to view the Shortcuts
store, a place where you can explore
and grab new and imaginative
shortcuts. For example, the ‘Morning
Routine’ shortcut tells you exactly
when you have to leave for work
based on traffic.
Further info
Tap on the small ‘i’ icon next
to a shortcut and you’ll be
able to mark it as a favourite,
add to it and get the full lowdown of exactly what the
purpose of the shortcut is.
You can easily share your created shortcuts with other people, such as family
members, by tapping the familiar Share icon and choosing a method.
Apple TV
The best place to
stay informed on all
of the latest news from Apple’s
Worldwide Developer Conference,
this app lets you watch live as
events unfold and also provides
quick and easy access to followup videos and news stories.
It can be hard work
using the supplied Apple TV
remote. With this app you can
swipe to navigate the menus on
your TV and tap the screen to
select. Entering text is easier too –
just type using your iOS keyboard.
Logic Remote
This app turns your
iOS screen into a
touch interface for your Mac’s
Logic Pro and GarageBand
apps and provides new ways to
record, mix and even perform
instruments. Use it in portrait or
landscape orientations.
iTunes Remote
This app lets you
connect to your iTunes
music library and control music
being streamed in your home from
your iOS device. If your Mac is
connected to a Bluetooth speaker
it saves you using your Mac’s
iTunes app to control it.
This handy app helps
you troubleshoot common
problems with your Apple devices
and it can use your location to
put you in touch with the nearest
Apple Store if you want to get
face-to-face assistance.
If you are an app
developer, author, musician or
movie-maker, this app allows you
to access the products you have
made available for download
from the iTunes Store and see
how well they are performing.
AirPort Utility
If you use Airport
Express, Extreme and
Time Capsule units, this app lets
you manage your Wi-Fi network/
base stations. You get a graphical
overview of your network and
devices and you can change base
station/network settings..
iTunes Movie
This app places access
to all of the latest movie trailers
and HD images in the palm of your
hand. When you view a trailer you
love, tap the Share button and you
can add it to your favourites that
you can access easily any time.
Manage Do Not
Disturb in iOS 12
Make use of the new options available when you need
some peace and quiet or are otherwise engaged
Time needed
ith iOS 11, you could turn Do Not Disturb on in
the Control Centre but there was every chance
that you would then forget to turn it back off
again. Having to constantly remember when you need
your iPhone or iPad to be silenced can be a pain – and if
you’re in a meeting when a call flashes on your iPhone, it
can also be a tad embarrassing.
Now Apple has added extra options in iOS 12, letting
you determine how long Do Not Disturb should be on. It
even works based on your location: slip away from the
building where a meeting is being held and the calls can
start flooding in again. Here we look at how you access
those options. We also explain how you can schedule
Do Not Disturb and allow certain people to contact you
regardless of whether it’s on or off.
You will need to turn on Location-Based Alerts in your
Privacy settings to utilise this feature…
Step-by-step How to use Do Not Disturb
Access Control Centre
Open the Control Centre by swiping down
from the upper-right-hand corner of the screen
if you have an iPhone X or later (or by swiping
up from the bottom on other models).
Select the icon
Now look for the Do Not Disturb icon
which looks like a crescent moon. You can tap
this to turn Do Not Disturb on or off, but to see
the range of options, hard-press the icon.
Make a choice
You can activate Do Not Disturb for an
hour or until the morning, afternoon or evening
depending on the current time. You can also
keep it on until you leave your location.
As well as activating Do Not Disturb via the Control Centre, you can use Siri.
Say “Turn on Do Not Disturb”, and instruct it to turn off when done.
Customise Do Not Disturb in Settings
Continue to allow some calls to get through and
determine when your iPhone should be silenced
Do Not Disturb can silence your iPhone
whether it is locked or unlocked (tap
‘Always’). To allow disturbances when
it’s unlocked, tap the option ‘While
iPhone is Locked’.
Allow some callers
Having activated Do Not Disturb, if you
still want to hear from some people,
select ‘Allow Calls From’ and choose
Favourites. Anyone favourited in your
contacts list will be allowed through.
Don’t silence repeat calls
Is someone trying desperately to
get hold of you, so much so that
they’ve tried again within three
minutes? Keeping this option on will
prevent the second incoming call
from being silenced.
Knowledge base
Specify certain people
It is possible to allow specific
individuals to call and message you
while you have Do Not Disturb on. This
is different from letting anyone in your
Favourites through. To specify certain
people, open Contacts, select a person
and tap ‘Edit’. Tap ‘Ringtone or Text
Tone’ and toggle Emergency Bypass at
the top of the screen.
Work with events
If you have a timed event set in your
Calendar, you’ll see an option for that too.
Do Not Disturb will remain on until the event
finishes. To select any option, just tap.
Silence your iPhone
Set your driving options
You can limit your notifications while
driving and set Do Not Disturb so
that incoming calls are only allowed
if your iPhone is connected to your
vehicle’s Bluetooth.
Schedule a time
If you wish, you can schedule a regular
Do Not Disturb time slot. Tap the Schedule
button to go straight to the Settings page,
then turn Scheduled on using the slider.
Set the times
Simply use the carousel to select the start
and end times and click Back. The feature will
automatically activate during those times until
you turn it off in Settings.
Create a
photo collage
Showcase a collection of your favourite images by
arranging them into an interesting grid of photos
Time needed
photo collage is a great way of bringing together
images of a similar nature but until now you’ve had
to download a dedicated app. With a new shortcut
built into the Shortcuts app, however, you can now
make them within iOS, bringing a fresh and tidy way of
presenting any images you’re looking to share with others.
The Photo Grid shortcut is also perfect if you’re looking
to compare a couple of images – perhaps to show before
and after shots. What’s more, it can be tailored to suit
your needs. Simply view the actions which make up the
shortcut and you can alter the way they are displayed,
selecting either side-by-side or grid. You can also show
them horizontally or vertically and put spaces between the
images. It’s certainly worth having a play around with.
The Photos Grid shortcut lets you present your favourite
images in an effective, eye-catching way…
Step-by-step Create a cool Photo Grid
Open Shortcuts app
In order to make a photo collage, you
need to use one of the shortcuts available to
you within iOS 12. Download the Shortcuts
app and open it. Then tap the Gallery tab.
Find the shortcut
Scroll down the screen until you reach the
section that’s marked Photography. Now scroll
along horizontally until you find the shortcut
called Photo Grid and tap on it.
Add the shortcut
You’ll see a synopsis of what the shortcut
does as well as details of the app it works
with, in this case Photos. Tap ‘Get Shortcut’
and it will be added to the Library tab.
For the best results, try arranging your images in collage combinations of
two, four, six, nine and 12.
Save and share collages
What to do once you’ve created your collage…
Open your options
Tap this button in the top-right
corner to show the options that
are available to you whenever
you use the shortcut to create a
collage from your images.
AirDrop it
If you wish, you could
AirDrop it to another device
such as your Mac. As long
as AirDrop is turned on, this
will appear as an option
at the top of the option
screen. Tap to activate.
Post to social media
Collages can be sent straight
to your social media account,
whether it’s Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter or something
else entirely. You can also send
them as a message or email.
Knowledge base
Add Photo Grid to your
home screen
For easy access to the Photo Grid,
you can add it as an icon to your home
screen rather than go to the trouble of
opening Shortcuts first. Open Photo
Grid in the Shortcuts app first, then
tap the options button in the top righthand corner. Now select ‘Add to Home
Screen’. You can even choose the icon.
Activate Photo Grid
Tap the Library tab and select the entry
for Photo Grid. Now tap ‘Allow Access’ at the
top of the list of actions. This lets Shortcuts
access the images stored in Photos.
Save your image
At the very least, you should
seek to store your collage in
your Photos app. Do this by
tapping ‘Save Image’ in this
second row of options.
Start the process
Tap the Play button at the top of the
screen (or hit Done and re-tap Photo Grid).
This will open the Photos app, allowing you to
see and select images for your collage.
Select your images
Tap the images you would like to include
in your collage and tap ‘Done’. You will now be
able to see your resulting image which you can
then use in multiple ways.
Master Bedtime
Discover how to set up and use Bedtime, the health-related
feature lurking within the iOS Clock app
Time needed
ou might not have expected the Clock app to receive
any major updates – after all, what else could be put
in it? However, Apple recently come up with a brilliant
new feature called Bedtime and it serves several purposes. One
is to remind you to go to bed, which could be useful if you are
someone who likes to binge-watch your favourite Netflix shows
late into the night and will ensure that you won’t be so blearyeyed at work the next day. Another use is as a morning alarm.
A standard alarm could be set, but Bedtime combines other
functions to make it more useful. The Bedtime app also records
sleep cycles and helps make sure you get the rest you need. It is
much more than a simple alarm and it’s a great feature.
Configure Bedtime options
Set up Bedtime for a good night’s sleep
Enable DND
Do Not Disturb has been
in iOS for some time and
it silences the iPhone by
preventing the beeps and
chimes of notifications.
Enable it so you are not
woken at night.
Bedtime is a worthwhile addition to the Clock app that lets
you control and monitor your sleep patterns
Lazy weekends
The days of the week are
listed here. Tap them to
light them up and Bedtime
will be active on those
days. Turn off Bedtime on
weekends when you don’t
need to get up.
miss bedtime
If you have a habit of
watching late-night movies
you might forget to go to
bed and wake up too tired
for work. Set yourself a
Bedtime reminder.
and vibrations
Press here to choose the
sound to wake you up in
the morning and whether
to include vibrations too.
Drag the slider below to
set the alarm volume or
preview it.
Knowledge base
Track your sleep
Some apps and some watches and
wristbands can track your sleep by
monitoring your movements throughout
the night. They can store each night’s
sleep hours in the Health app and
Clock can access it. If you don’t have
a device to automatically record sleep
hours, just input the data manually. It
only takes a minute.
Bedtime is basically a type of custom alarm and you are reminded when it is
close to bedtime and an alarm wakes you in the morning.
Step-by-step Start tracking your sleep cycles
Go to Bedtime
Time for bed
Track your sleep
Open the Clock app and there is an icon
at the bottom called Bedtime. Press it to open
the tab. At the top is a master on/off switch.
Turn it on to enable Bedtime to be set up.
Do you want to be reminded when to go
to bed? How far ahead do you need to know?
Press Bedtime Reminder on the Options
screen and select a time from the list.
If you track your sleep habits, swipe up
the Bedtime screen to view the hours slept this
week. The top and bottom lines are the times
set in Bedtime. Press ‘More History’.
Set the hours
Pick a sound
Further sleep analysis
Bedtime lights up and a clock face is
displayed with an orange bar. Drag the icons
at the start and end to indicate the usual times
you go to bed and wake in the morning.
Bedtime wakes you up in the morning
at the time set on the clock. Press ‘Wake-Up
Sound’ on the Options screen and choose the
sound to be woken by. You’ll hear a preview.
The Health app opens in the sleep
section. Use Apple Watch or other devices to
record sleep hours, or press ‘Add’ to add them
manually. Press ‘Data Sources & Access’.
Set the days
Good vibrations
Allow data sources
The Options link in the top-left corner is
easily missed, but it is an important part of the
app. Press it. Select the days Bedtime should
be used at the top of the screen.
When the morning alarm sounds, the
iPhone can also vibrate. On the Wake-Up
Sound screen, press Vibration and choose an
option. It plays a preview when selected.
These apps are able to read and write
sleep hours in the Health app. Clock should
be enabled so that it can be used to track your
sleep. Return to the Bedtime screen.
App Store
Re-download past
app purchases
How to find previously-purchased apps and reinstall
them on your iOS device
Time needed
ike us, you have probably owned many iOS
devices through the years, and it’s easy
to lose track of which apps you have used
and loved in the past. There may be apps that
you installed on previous iPhones and iPads and
then forgot to re-download when you switched
hardware, such as games and entertainment apps
that you only dipped into now and again. But there
is a way to quickly browse every app that has ever
been purchased on your Apple ID in the App Store
and re-download them for your current device. If
old apps are no longer available (indicated by a
greyed-out iCloud icon) then you can hide them by
swiping to the left on the name and tapping ‘Hide’.
Here’s how to access your old apps…
Step-by-step View your past purchases
Open App Store
Launch App Store. On the main ‘Today’
page (or any other), tap on your account icon
in the top-right corner. This will allow you to
access all areas of your account.
Tap Purchased
On this screen tap on ‘Purchased’
followed by ‘My Purchases’ and every app
that has ever been downloaded using your
Apple account will be listed.
Apps no longer available will display greyed-out
iCloud icons. You can swipe left on these to hide
them from the list…
Re-download apps
Tap on ‘Not on this iPhone/iPad’ and
apps you have downloaded in the past, but
not on your current device have iCloud icons
next to them. Tap the icon to re-download.
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Connect your Apple
Watch to Wi-Fi
Connect directly to a Wi-Fi network when your iPhone is
out of range via a new setting introduced in watchOS 5
Time needed
hen your iPhone is out of range, fear not.
You can still connect your Apple Watch to
an available Wi-Fi network and do anything
from communicating with Siri and using Walkie Talkie to
checking the weather and setting reminders.
It is also possible to hook up to Wi-Fi networks that are
not listed on your iPhone by having the Watch scour the
airwaves for suitable connections that you can then join
by entering the correct password. This gets around the
previous niggle of being unable to enjoy a network that
you hadn’t already joined on your iPhone and it’s another
step towards independence for your wearable.
The process is a relatively straightforward one which
entails identifying a network and using the Scribble pad
to enter your password, while taking care to ensure you’re
using the right case of letter. This feature won’t, however,
work on the original Apple Watch since it requires the
latest watchOS 5.
With watchOS 5, you can now manually connect to
Wi-Fi networks without the need for your iPhone
Step-by-step Manually hook up to Wi-Fi
Launch Settings app
Open Settings on your Apple Watch and
navigate to the new option for Wi-Fi. Tap this
and you will see a toggle that you must switch
on if you want Wi-Fi to be enabled.
Choose network
Your Watch will begin to search for a
Wi-Fi network. When it finds one or more, it
will list them on the screen. You need to go
down the list and select a network to join.
Enter a password
Use the onscreen Scribble pad to draw
each one of the letters of your password,
checking the line at the top of the screen to
ensure that you are entering it correctly.
The Watch can connect to a 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network. It won’t
connect to 5GHz Wi-Fi or public networks that need profiles, logins etc.
Manage your network connection
Check the symbols
There are a couple of options available to
you once you have a Wi-Fi network connection
Here you can see how strong
your Wi-Fi signal is and you
can also check if the network
is a secure one by looking out
for the closed padlock symbol.
Network name
You’ll reach a display like this
by tapping Settings>Wi-Fi and
the name of your connected
network. The name of the
network will be displayed at
the top of the screen.
Forget the network
Useful if you’re on a public
network, you can tell your
Watch to forget a Wi-Fi
connection, forcing a
password to be reentered if it
is encountered in the future.
Knowledge base
Check the Watch face
Your Watch will only make use of a
manually and directly-connected Wi-Fi
network if your paired iPhone is out of
range. The rest of the time it uses the
Wi-Fi network currently used by your
iPhone. Similarly, the Apple Watch will
prioritise the cellular data connection of
a compatible, in-range iPhone over any
Wi-Fi network you connect to.
Check for caps
Wi-Fi passwords tend to be case
sensitive so bear that in mind when entering
your password. If you make a mistake, tap the
delete button in the bottom right-hand corner.
Should you want your Apple
Watch to connect to a Wi-Fi
network whenever it is
encountered, then ensure
the toggle for Auto-Join is
switched on.
Find the letters
Having trouble getting the letters right?
Tap the arrows to the right of the text box and
use the Digital Crown to find the correct ones.
You can also locate special characters.
Join the network
Once you have finished entering your
network password, tap ‘Join’ in the top righthand corner and the Watch will check that it’s
correct before connecting your device to Wi-Fi.
With watchOS 5 you are able to edit and custtomise
the Control Centre for the very first time
Time needed
h users have
ver the past few years, many Watch
crossed their fingers in the hope that Apple would
ol Centre.
finally allow them to edit the Contro
S 5, which lets
Now that time has come thanks to watchOS
you alter the order in which the toggles display. You can
place your most often used options towardss the top of the
screen and relegate the ones you don’t use that often to
the bottom. How you order the toggles depe
ends on your
personal choice.
That said, it’s worth taking a little bit of tim
me to think
about how you could make your life easier. D
Do you really
need Airplane Mode to be higher than Do Not Disturb?
Are you a regular cinema goer who prefers tthe theatre
mode to be above the cellular data toggle (a
assuming you
have a compatible Watch)? Why not rearrange the toggles
to suit different tasks? Perhaps you’re going
g camping and
would like the torch to be at the top. Above all,, it’s your
Watch, your choice.
Take a moment to assess which controls should take
priority and then arrange them to suit…
Step-by-step Reorganise the Watch Control Centre
Swipe up
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen
to view the Control Centre. If you’re doing this
within an app (as of watchOS 5), hold your
finger at the bottom for a split second first.
View the order
The idea is that you are going to put your
most used controls towards the top of the
screen. To begin doing this, scroll all the way
down to the bottom of the screen.
Edit Control Centre
Tap the ‘Edit’ button. As you do this, all of
the toggles will become greyed out and they
will begin to wobble. This allows you to start
moving them around the Control Centre.
If you want to close the Control Centre, you don’t have to swipe down: you
can just press the Digital Crown which can be a little quicker.
Useful Control Centre toggles
Most of the toggles, such as Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode and
battery life, are obvious but others may be a little alien to you
Cellular data
If you have a Watch that allows for
a cellular connection (removing
total dependency on your
iPhone), then you will be able to
use this toggle to turn it on or off.
Delete the backups
Tap this toggle if you wish to
connect your Apple Watch to
an audio device such as your
AirPods or a Bluetooth speaker.
Water Lock
An Apple Watch Series 2 or later
can make use of the Water Lock
icon. Tapping it prevents water
from accidentally activating the
wearable as you swim.
Knowledge base
Check the Watch face
You can see which toggles are
activated on your Watch without
opening the Control Centre itself. Just
look at the status icons at the top of the
screen and you will see icons such as
Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Theatre Mode,
Do Not Disturb and Water Lock. You’ll
also be able to see when the Watch is
charging and when power is low.
Tap and hold
Select a toggle that you want to move
to a different location by tapping and holding
it. You will know that the toggle has become
moveable the moment you see it turn white.
Play a sound
Mislaid your iPhone and need
help retrieving it? Then tap this
toggle and it will play a sound.
You can touch and hold the toggle
to make the iPhone flash its light.
Move it around
Now with your finger still held on to the
screen, drag the toggle, placing it into your
preferred position. When you are satisfied,
simply let go and it will secure its place.
Continue organising
You can tap and hold another toggle and
repeat the process, continuing until all of your
toggles are in the positions you want. Scroll
down again and tap ‘Done’ when complete.
Apple TV
AutoFill Apple TV
passwords from
your iPhone
Do you have saved passwords on your
iOS device? Then you can autofill account
passwords on Apple TV
Time needed
sernames and passwords are
necessary but they are also mindnumbingly frustrating, particularly if
you’re prone to forgetting them. Trouble is, the
average user has so many accounts that it’s
hard to keep track, which is why securely saving
your login details has proven to be so popular.
You can do this in iOS 12 by opening the
Settings app, tapping ‘Passwords & Accounts’
and ensuring AutoFill Passwords is turned
on. But that’s not all, you can now make use
of those saved credentials in tvOS 12, too,
automatically filling the relevant boxes you
encounter on an Apple TV with the press
of a button.
It’s certainly better than entering text on the
Apple TV’s onscreen keyboard and preferable
to manual entry because it eliminates error. Life
has suddenly become so much easier.
Using your iPhone to autofill passwords is far
easier than using the onscreen keyboard
Step-by-step Use Password AutoFill on Apple TV
Allow notifications
Before you can begin to input passwords
in Apple TV, you should check that keyboard
notifications are enabled on your iOS 12
device. Go to Settings and tap ‘Notifications’.
Flick the toggle
Look down the screen for ‘Apple TV
Keyboard’ and tap it. On the next screen,
ensure Allow Notifications is turned on. Tap
‘Back’ and quit Settings.
Launch an app
Open an app on your Apple TV and,
assuming it requires a password, use your Siri
Remote or the Apple TV control within iOS to
navigate to the Login button.
Don’t have your password saved? Just use the iOS keyboard to manually
enter them or press Siri on the Apple TV remote to speak it letter by letter.
Quickly log into Apple TV apps
If a password isn’t suggested, there is still a way
of finding the right one from your saved list
Manage notifications
Tap this menu and you can
manage how the Apple TV
Keyboard notification appears.
There’s an option to Deliver Quietly
– that is, not on the lock screen or
accompanied by a sound.
Find your passwords
If Apple TV cannot find an associated
password, you can tap this Passwords
option and look through your list of
iCloud Keychain passwords for a
suitable entry to use.
Verifying for security
To ensure that someone is not
trying to gain entry to an Apple TV
app without permission, the iOS
device will verify you using FaceID
on an iPhone X or later or TouchID.
Knowledge base
AutoFill on ‘alien’ Apple TVs
What if someone else wants to log
into an app on your Apple TV? Do
they have to manually input their
passwords? No. Apple TV can now get
the Siri Remote to search for nearby
iPhones, allowing people who have
never used a specific Apple TV to use
their iOS keyboard. When they tap the
prompt, they’ll need to enter the PIN on
the Apple TV screen and use FaceID or
TouchID to access their passwords.
Start logging in
This takes you to the login screens where
you are typically asked for your username or
email address and a password. Typing them
via the Apple TV keyboard is cumbersome.
Use the keyboard
Even simply using the keyboard
within iOS will be quicker than
messing around with the Siri
Remote and the cumbersome
onscreen Apple TV keyboard.
Grab your iDevice
When you click the text entry boxes on
Apple TV, a keyboard notification will appear
on your iPhone or iPad. Tap this and a
keyboard will open up on the iDevice screen.
Select a password
You should see password options for
the service you’re trying to access in the
QuickType bar. Tap the relevant entry and
verify with TouchID or FaceID.
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made easy
This is a command line
interface (CLI) app that
comes on all Macs and
allows users to modify
various characteristics
of their Macs, including
fonts, files and certain
aspects of the desktop.
This is a relatively new
type of connector for
delivering data and power
to and from devices.
Because the plug is
symmetrical in shape it
can be inserted any way
up and the latest versions
of USB-C are capable of
delivering super-fast data
transferral speeds.
To send group emails, you must first create
the groups in your Contacts app
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This Apple-developed
application is free to
download from the
Mac App Store and is
essentially a suite of
tools for developing
software for macOS, iOS,
watchOS and tvOS. It
supports source code for
a range of programming
languages, including
C++, Java and Swift.
Open Contacts
The group will need to be
created in your Contacts app
first. Open it and then click on
View>Show Groups to reveal a
sidebar displaying your various
groups. Now click the ‘+’ icon.
Create group
Select the ‘New Group’
option from the menu and then
name it. Now click on the ‘All
Contacts’ group, and highlight all
of the contacts you want to add
by holding the Cmd key.
Send email
Drag the highlighted
contacts into the group in the
sidebar and then when you have
finished, right-click on the group
name in the sidebar and select
the ‘Send email to…’ option.
To delete contacts quickly, select the name in the sidebar, press Delete and
press Enter to confirm. It beats right-clicking and selecting ‘Delete Cards’.
I have heard that a new QR code reader option has been added
to Control Centre. How do I access it? Elizabeth Catelli
This feature is a new addition to iOS 12, so make sure
that you have updated, otherwise you won’t have this
option. Essentially, the ability to read QR codes is built
into your iPhone or iPad camera, but you have to go to
Open Settings
Go to Settings>Control
Centre and then tap on the
‘Customise Controls’ option.
Now scroll down to the ‘More
Controls’ section.
Settings>Camera and turn on the ‘Scan QR Codes’
option to enable it. Once set up, the new Control
Centre shortcut will launch your Camera app, so just
point it at a QR code and the magic will happen.
Add option
You should now see that
‘Scan QR Code’ has been added
as a possible control. Tap on the
green ‘+’ icon to add it to your
personal Control Centre.
Quick select
Now swipe up to access your
Control Centre and then tap on
the Scan QR Code icon. This will
instantly launch your Camera app
ready for action.
How can I protect my iPhone from being hacked by external
devices? My last one was stolen and hacked! Mel Ferro
Open Settings
Other options
Start off by going to
Settings>Touch ID &
Passcode and then scroll
down through the various
options until you come to
the ‘Allow Access When
Locked’ settings.
Take time to weigh up
exactly what apps and
services can be accessed
when your device is
locked. Anything you
disable will aid security.
Disable USB
To prevent your device
from being hacked by an
external device if stolen,
make sure that the ‘USB
Accessories’ option is
turned off.
Erase data
Enabling this option means
that if your passcode is
attempted and failed ten
times then the contents
of your device will be
automatically erased.
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
I am part of a
WhatsApp group and
want to add more
members. Can I do
this myself or does the
person who originally
created the group need
to do it?
Anyone in the group can
do it. Just go into the
group chat and then tap
on the group name at the
top of the screen to be
taken to the main group
options screen. Scroll
down and tap on ‘Add
Participants’ and then,
as long as the people
you want to add have
downloaded the app and
have a phone number in
your contacts, you will be
able to select them and
send an invite to join the
group. The rest is down
to them…
Why has the Bluetooth
icon vanished on
my iPhone? This is
annoying because
I can’t tell if I am
connected or not!
Don’t panic! If you have
updated to iOS 12 then
the Bluetooth icon is no
longer displayed, even if
Bluetooth is turned on.
You can go to Settings>
Bluetooth to check if you
are connected but the
quickest way is to swipe
up to access your Control
Centre and then if the
Bluetooth icon in the
top-left is coloured in
blue it means you are
currently connected
to Bluetooth.
Genius Bar
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
How do I manage my
app subscriptions on
my Mac?
This option is still a bit
clunky and can only be
done in iTunes. Open
your iTunes app and
then, from the menu bar
at the top of the screen,
choose Account>View
My Account. Now sign in
with your Apple ID and
click ‘View Account’.
On the Account
Information page, scroll
to the Settings section
and, to the right of
Subscriptions, click
on ‘Manage’. If you
would like to cancel a
subscription, click on the
‘Edit’ button next to it
and then you can either
change the conditions
of the subscription or
cancel it completely.
I made an accidental
purchase on my iPhone
as my thumb was
resting on the Home
button and now I have
forked out £80 for a
subscription I don’t
want. Is there any way
to cancel it and get my
money back?
Some subscriptions
provide a trial period so go
to Settings>iTunes & App
Stores, tap on your Apple
ID at the top and choose
‘View Apple ID’, then sign
in, tap ‘Subscriptions’ and
cancel it. Alternatively,
go to
and fill in the form to get
your money back.
How can I back up my
photo library as I don’t
have an external HD big
enough to back up the entire
contents of my Mac? Stu Wicks
First, go to System Preferences>
iCloud and then disable all of the
iCloud options and quit Photos.
Next, open a Finder window and
go to your Pictures folder and
locate your Photos library. Once
found, plug in a USB drive and
drag the library file across to
copy it. Now hold down OptionAlt and open your Photos app.
Keep holding until a window
appears and then select the library
on the USB drive. You should
then get a message, so click
on ‘Delete Incomplete Items’.
When the library opens, go to
Photos>Preferences>General and
then click on the ‘Use as System
Photo Library’ option.
Is there any way to edit the accent colour on my
Mac? At present the colours are limited to either
blue or graphite but surely there must be a way to
add more colour to my menus? Jeff Spencer
Update your system software! We’ve been lumbered with blue or
graphite for years but macOS Mojave finally provides more colour
options for your accents. Once you have updated to Mojave, go
to System Preferences>General and you’ll see that you now have
eight different accent colours and you can mix and match with the
highlight colour. For the latter, you can even choose a completely
bespoke colour by selecting ‘Other’ and using the colour picker.
Mojave provides more colours to better
personalise your Mac…
Do you have any tips for fixing a bad internet
connection on my Mac? Cal Hall
Wi-Fi menu
Click this icon and make
sure the right wireless
network is selected, or try
a different one. Alt+click it
to see more network info
or to open the Wireless
Diagnostics menu.
Apple menu
There are three things
here and both Log Off and
Restart may fix problems
with the internet. Go to
System Preferences, click
on the Network pane and
check the DNS settings.
Ping a site
Select Wireless
External Tool>Network
Utility. Select the Ping tab,
enter a URL and then click
‘Ping’. It should say 0.0%
packet loss below.
Diagnostics tips
After running the Wireless
Diagnostics utility, see
what it says about the
network. The advice is
often useful and clicking
the blue ‘i’ on the right
displays more info.
You can revert to older AirPort firmware versions by going to a device’s
summary page, holding Alt and then clicking on the version number.
I have been using an AirPort Extreme as my home router for years and
wondered how I would go about updating it? Chris Cox
This can be done through the AirPort Utility app. Type
this into Spotlight to find the app quickly and if you are
intending to update it through iOS then you will need to
download the AirPort Utility app from the App Store. It’s
Open AirPort Utility and
it should automatically start
checking for updates. If an
update is available then the
device will display a red dot.
worth doing as well because version 7.8 of the AirPort
software adds AirPlay 2 support, enabling your choice
of speakers to be part of a multiroom sound system that
you can control from your Mac or iOS device.
Backup settings
Before you update a device,
back up its settings in case a
problem requires a hardware
reset. Click ‘Edit’ in the summary
then File>Export Config File.
Update firmware
On macOS, click ‘Update’
in the right of the current
firmware number. On iOS, tap
the Version row then tap on
‘Download and Install’.
Wait for install
AirPort Utility will download
the update, install it to the
selected device and then restart
it. The whole process should
only take a few minutes.
I often struggle with the small icons displayed on an Apple Watch
screen! Is there any way that I can enlarge them? Jayne Green
The way in which you can tap on an app to
magnify it while pushing the rest of the app icons
to the edges of the screen is all for show. You can
make all of the icons the same size by going to
Larger icons
To turn on the zoom
feature, go to the Settings
on your Apple Watch,
tap ‘General’, select
Accessibility and choose
‘Zoom’. Simply toggle it to
the ‘On’ position.
Press and hold
If you press and hold down
on the screen, you can
also choose between this
grid view and a list view:
the latter may make it even
easier to find apps.
Settings>General>Accessibility and then turn on the
‘Reduce Motion’ option. This will stop the magnification
and keep things balanced. Read on to discover how to
turn on the handy zoom feature.
Same size icons
When you zoom, the icons
will still be varying sizes
and they will animate so
it’s best to turn on Reduce
Motion at the same time to
avoid any motion sickness.
Zooming in
When Zoom is activated,
you can double-tap with
two fingers. By rotating
the Digital Crown you are
able to adjust your view
of the screen. It all works
surprisingly well.
Genius Bar
I have heard that it is possible to AirDrop login details
to other people – how is this done? Debbie Bloomfield
I am notoriously bad at
keeping up to date with the
latest operating systems on
my iPhone, but I have heard it can
be updated automatically. How do I
enable this option? Meeta Harley
All you have to do is go to Settings>
General and then tap on ‘Software
Update’. Here you will see the Automatic
Updates option – simply tap on it
and then move the switch to the ‘On’
position. Your device will now download
new software updates when connected
to Wi-Fi and install them overnight when
you aren’t using your device. It’s certainly
one less thing to think about!
Open Settings
Start off by opening
your Settings app and then
scroll all the way down to
the ‘Passwords & Accounts’
option. Tap to open it.
There are a variety of guidelines you
can use in the Notes app. Go to
Settings>Notes and then tap on the
‘Lines & Grids’ option. You will now be
able to choose from six different line/grid
layouts. After choosing one, the next time
you launch your Notes app and tap on
the Markup icon you will see your chosen
page style in effect.
Now tap on the
‘Website & App Passwords’
option and scroll through
the alphabetic list of website
logins to find one to share.
Tap to AirDrop
Tap on the login you
want to share and then
tap on the username or
password. Now tap the
‘AirDrop’ option to send it.
How can I choose what is displayed at the main
Mailboxes screen in the iOS Mail app? Richard Wilcox
Show Unread
I prefer to write content in my
iOS Notes app by hand, but
was wondering if it is possible
to get lines, like in school exercise
books, on my pages to help make my
notes easier to read? Chris McClure
Find details
This is the most useful
inbox filter and should be
enabled. It shows only
unread messages so you
can quickly identify which
emails are new. Press and
hold on the line icon to the
right to move it.
Thread alerts
When you set an email
to notify you (swipe left
over an email and tap
More>Notify Me), the
message and its replies
appear in this mailbox for
easy access.
Go to Mailboxes
Launch the Mail app on
your iOS device and then
go to the main Mailboxes
screen. You will see the
‘Edit’ option in the topright, so tap this to reveal
all of the hidden options.
See all
If you add this option
to the Mailboxes
screen you can
tap it to filter all
emails that have
attachments. Perfect
if you are expecting
a particular file.
To find emails quickly, swipe right on your iPhone home screen to search,
type your query and then press ‘Search in App’ to the right of Mail.
How do I update my Mac to Mojave? I have checked the App
Store for updates and nothing is showing up – does that mean
it isn’t compatible with my Mac? Thomas Burke
The one-stop
column for
Genius advice
Check your Mac
Click on the Apple menu
and choose About This Mac>
Overview and then check that
your Mac is compatible (Macs
made after 2012 should be fine).
When you’re on the Mojave
App Store page, simply click
on the ‘Download’ button in
the top-left corner to start
downloading the update.
Open App Store
Now open the Mac App
Store and click on the ‘Updates’
tab. As you can see, the update
doesn’t appear here, as it usually
would. Click ‘Featured’.
Open update
Once the update has
finished downloading, the button
will change to ‘Open’. Click this
and then you’ll be taken through
the updating process.
Search for it
If a Mojave banner doesn’t
appear by default, simply type
‘Mojave’ into the search field and
you should be able to belatedly
find the update.
Sit and wait
Updating your Mac to
Mojave takes about an hour, so
make sure that you have cleared
all pressing tasks on your Mac
before you start the process.
If I delete my Apple ID
and create a new one,
will it affect the service
on my phone?
If you change your Apple
ID then you will lose
access to your purchases
made using the old Apple
ID. Perhaps you should
just consider changing
the email address? To do
this, go to
com and sign in. In the
Account section, click
‘Edit’ and under your
Apple ID, click ‘Change
Apple ID’. You will then
get a list of emails to
choose from that you
can use as your Apple
ID. You can only use
email addresses that are
already associated with
your account and to see
these addresses, check
the ‘Contactable At’
section under Account.
Before you change your
address you will need to
sign out of every Apple
service and device that
uses your Apple ID and
you can only change your
Apple ID to an @icloud.
com, or @mac.
com email.
My Apple ID is
disabled. How do I
restore it?
Go to
and you will be able to
unlock your account with
your existing password
or reset your password.
Your account will remain
locked after multiple
unsuccessful attempts to
log in, so be careful.
Arcam CDS50
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but can’t quite bring yourself to
consign your extensive CD collection
to the attic just yet, then Arcam’s new
CD/SACD Network Player offers the best of both
worlds. It plays all disc formats, including SACD,
CD-A, CD-R and CD-RW, and supports a wide
range of audio formats, including FLAC, WAV,
AIFF, OGG, MP3, AAC and WMA. The only thing
it doesn’t do is Bluetooth, but you can connect
the system to your home network and stream
music services through Arcam’s MusicLife app
(which is free to download from the App Store).
Optimum audio quality
The sturdy unit measures 42.9 x 28.3 x 8.7cm
and features a front-loading CD drawer, basic
playback controls and a round power button
which emits a pleasing ‘clunk’ when
it fires up. The digital display is
similarly minimalistic.
The build quality of the CDS50
is exquisite and it looks great
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The sound quality is dictated by the amp
and speakers that you connect the CDS50 to
(we used Arcam’s companion piece SA20 amp
connected to a set of Revel Concerta2 M16
speakers), but the CDS50 contains hardware
that processes the sound for optimum output
quality. It features a 32-bit Digital to Analogue
Converter (DAC), which translates the binary code
into audible sound energy at a high bit-depth,
meaning that none of the sound detail from
digital formats is lost.
The CDS50 also
proudly boasts the total
harmonic distortion + noise figure of 0.002%. So
connect this high-end player to comparable kit
and all of your music will sound exactly
how the artist intended and you
will doubtless hear detail and
texture that you have
never noticed
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favourites and getting to know them afresh in
startlingly richer depth.
Stream music
The only thing we didn’t like about the CDS50
is the setup menu system. The instructions for
connecting the unit to your Wi-Fi are painfully
vague and it is all done through the supplied
remote and the letterbox digital display on the
unit itself. It’s in no way straightforward and will
take a little time, patience and head-scratching
before you successfully connect. Of course,
once you do, the audio streaming possibilities
are endless, from compatible apps, such
as Deezer, Tidal and Napster to your own
iTunes library. We should also mention that
you can bypass the Wi-Fi connectivity
issue by going for a wired ethernet
connection but, seriously, who wants to
do that in this day and age?
If you are intending to use the CDS50
primarily as a CD player then we would
recommend going with the Super Audio CD
(SACD) format that offer a much higher resolution
of audio than ordinary CDs (comparable to
24-bit music files). We preferred the versatility of
streaming whatever audio takes our fancy and the
CDS50 is compatible with UPnP and CIFS audio
streaming standards. You can also connect USB
devices and play audio from them. Thanks to the
optical and coaxial digital inputs on the back of
the CDS50, it can also be used as a standalone
DAC, meaning you can connect your TV, set-top
box or games console to it and enjoy a boost in
sound quality. Perfect for audiophiles who want to
get the very best out of their CDs while opening
the doors to high-end audio streaming.
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system, the Arcam CDS50 is a versatile unit which
mixes old-school CD with modern streaming.
AirPulse A300 Active
Speaker System
Key features
The latest addition to AirPulse’s high-end active
speaker range, the A300s follow on the heels of
the A200s, reviewed in issue 184 of iCreate, and
feature many of the same features, albeit on a
slightly grander scale.
Designed to impress
The A300 Active Speaker System continues
AirPulse’s partnership with esteemed audio
designer and bass guitar veteran, Phil Jones,
and inherits the same look of the A200s, but
with larger cabinets, larger woofers and an
Xmos XU216 16-core processor that provides
the energy to fill even larger rooms with allencompassing sound that really brings out the
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finer details and textures in the music. Each cab
contains a unique horn-loaded ribbon tweeter,
proprietary 6.5-inch aluminium cone, low
distortion mid-woofer and low-frequency driver.
The weight alone provides hints that there’s
some serious hardware packed within these
cherry wood units, but any doubt is instantly
banished when you connect them to your device
or sound system and start ramping up the
volume. On a side note, these speakers come
boxed with all of the cables you need to connect
them to other audio devices and pairing with them
via Bluetooth is a quick and easy operation that
only takes a minute or two. Big, bulky but, bloody
hell, they do belt it out!
We’re not huge fans of the A300s’ aesthetics, but the sound quality that
they produce could fill a stadium. Good enough and durable enough to
last a lifetime, which somewhat justifies the sky-high price.
Dynaudio Music 7
Key features
Dynaudio’s Music 7 is the pinnacle of its home
audio systems, a huge monolithic slab of a
speaker designed to take centre stage in your
largest room. It doesn’t matter where you place
it in your largest room because the Music 7
uses digital signal processing (DSP) to sense
exactly where it has been placed in the room and
optimises its performance to fit the space. Even
if you move it, the balance is addressed and the
audio is tailored to suit the conditions, adjusting
itself for varying noise levels. It’s a clever slab.
Inside the speaker are two one-inch tweeters,
two three-inch midrange drivers and twin fiveinch woofers. Combined they certainly pack a
punch, projecting the sound out to every corner
so that no matter where you sit to appreciate it,
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the impact never lessened. The unit also features
an HDMI connection with Audio Return Channel,
so you can use it as a soundbar for your TV (it
comes with an optional wall bracket).
You can connect to the Music 7 via Bluetooth
from your Mac or iOS device or you can connect
it to your Wi-Fi network and enjoy nine months of
free streamed music from Tidal, via the Dynaudio
Music app. Controlling the unit can be done
from your device, the supplied remote or via the
buttons on top of the speaker. We particularly
loved the motion sensors that automatically turn
the speaker on when they sense you moving your
hands above it, as if beckoning it awake.
In terms of sound quality, the Music 7 is
up there with the very best and deserves
consideration if you are looking for a richsounding speaker that delivers what you pay for.
Motion sensors on the top of the speaker
sense when you move your hands above
it and automatically awake the beast…
The Music 7 comes in four different
colours (light grey, dark grey, blue and red)
and measures 20.1 x 81.9 x 18.5cm
Whether operating as a wireless sound system or as a TV soundbar, the
Music 7 adjusts itself to generate peak-performance audio every time.
Each button is assigned a different
connection, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
and you can control the unit via an app
Mini Pano
Also available from Ezviz is the
ez360 Mini Pano camera but,
unlike the C6T, which is designed
for use in the home, this one is
best suited to outdoor use. The
ez360 features a premium fisheye
lens and 3-mega pixel HDR
sensor to support 360 degree
omnidirectional monitoring and has
four viewing modes: panoramic,
expanded, dual-split screen and
quad-split screen. In regards to the
latter, it can capture and display up
to four assigned areas of coverage
and allows users to navigate within
each individual display as required.
Also equipped with a 3MP starlight
level sensor, resolution of up to
1344x1344, the ez360 captures
crystal-clear, vibrant images and
even stays sharp in the dark. It
costs a little more than the C6T
at £139.99/$149.99, but it’s a
durable and reliable addition to
your home security.
ezviz C6T
Internet PT Camera
Key features
If you’re seeking a little extra home security then
this Wi-Fi pan-tilt camera from Ezviz combines
360 degree horizontal panorama and smart
tracking to provide full-room coverage and clear
1080p FHD video in rich colours and sharp detail.
Easy connect
After unboxing and connecting the C6T to a
power supply, you can then download the free
Ezviz app from the App Store and effortlessly
connect to your camera over Wi-Fi (it also comes
with an ethernet cable if you are still living in
the dark ages). Once connected, a live feed is
beamed straight to your iOS device so that you
can monitor what is going on in your home.
You can place the camera anywhere and still
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see the whole room as it includes an expansive
field-of-view coverage with 340 degree horizontal,
80 degree vertical upward and ten degree vertical
downward rotations.
The C6T is also responsive to movement, and
when any is detected in its field of vision, it will
automatically capture and track the motion while
delivering notifications and video recordings in real
time to the app. A privacy shutter allows users to
turn the lens off whenever they want. The camera
also features infra-red night vision up to ten
metres and two-way talk so that you can talk to
pets or loved ones while you are away from your
home. It’s a wonderful gadget that seems very
reliable and responsive to control from miles away.
Peace of mind, at a very affordable price.
The C6T provides crystal-clear hi-res feeds to the accompanying iOS
app and can easily be controlled and interacted with remotely to provide
security for your home. It’s also great fun!
Dynaudio Music 5
Key features
The scaled down, smaller sibling to the behemoth
reviewed on page 89, Dynaudio’s Music 5, like
the Music 7, employs digital signal processing
(DSP) to sense where it is placed in the room
and automatically adapt its output to suit its
surrounds. It is constantly working behind the
scenes, measuring the varying noise levels of
its environment and making subtle adjustments
to compensate. The sound that it delivers is
consistently detailed and consistently brilliant.
Big sound
Contained within the unit are two one-inch softdome tweeters, two three-inch midrange drivers
and one five-inch woofer – one less woofer than
the Music 7 but, incredibly, it seems to do the
job of two! It’s a cliché to say that it brought out
previously unheard textures in our music, but
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it absolutely did – and we have tested many
speakers across the same spectrum of sounds!
You can connect to the Music 5 easily through
Bluetooth or connect it to your Wi-Fi network and
stream music from the free Dynaudio Music app
(the free nine-month Tidal subscription still applies
here). For a wired connection there is one solitary
Optical input (no HDMI), but obviously you can still
connect it to your TV via Optical to employ it as a
soundbar, should you wish.
Small differences aside, the Music 5 is very
much just a slightly scaled down version of the
Music 7. The design is the same, as are the
controls on top of the unit. We’re also glad to
report that the motion sensors that you can hover
your hand over to wake the speaker from standby
are also present and correct. The Music 5 is an
absolute powerhouse of a speaker.
The design and control layout of the
Music 5 is identical to its big brother, the
Music 7, just smaller…
The Music 5 comes in four different
colours (light grey, dark grey, blue and red)
and measures 20.1 x 65.9 x 18.5cm
What it gives up in size to the Music 7, the Music 5 doesn’t seem to
budge an inch on sound quality. High performance at a good price.
You can use the buttons on top of the
speaker to select the input, adjust the
volume and control the music
Reviews Bluetooth headphones
Group Test
What are the best AirPod alternatives on the market?
Groov-e AirBuds
Minim Wireless Earbuds
Key features
Key features
Touch control? Yes Playback time? 3 hours Built-in mic? Yes
Charging case? Yes (providing additional 7 hours playback)
Touch control? Yes Playback time? 4 hours Built-in mic? Yes
Charging case? Yes (providing additional 8 hours playback)
Though at the cheaper end of the scale, Groov-e’s AirBuds
provide a very good quality of sound – though not on the
same scale, in terms of detail and texture as the E8s – and
employ Bluetooth 4.1 technology to connect to devices up
to ten metres away. There is an obvious dip in quality of the
charge case build compared to the other earbuds featured
here, though it does an almost as admirable job by providing
an additional seven hours of playback on the move. They’re
better-looking than the Minim Wireless Earbuds, but the sound
quality isn’t quite up to the same standard.
Offering style and sophistication on a budget, Avanca’s
stunning Minim Wireless Earbuds feature Bluetooth 4.2
connectivity and, like the Apple AirPods, enable you to use
your mobile device with one (mono) or two (stereo) earbuds.
Each earbud weighs 4.5g, slightly heavier than the official
AirPods, but they’re very well engineered and fit tightly in the
ear. They come in a cylindrical, slide-out charge case and
this, when fully charged, can top up the buds three times for
a total of 12 hours of playback on the move. They also sound
remarkably good, considering the low price.
pple’s AirPods are
tailormade for your Mac,
Watch, or iOS device,
providing instant connectivity
straight from the case. Their
wireless construction means
that they sit comfortably in your
ears and provide great quality
What they’re up against
audio. The only thing is they’re
a little expensive. This is why
we thought we’d road-test the
alternatives to see if you can
get the same features for less
(minus the iconic design, of
course), or if there are better
wireless earbuds out there.
Apple AirPods retail at £159/$159
and connect instantly with your Mac,
iOS device or Watch straight from the
charge case. They provide five hours
of playback on a single charge or up
to 24 hours with the case.
Group Test
B&O Play E8
Jabra Elite 65T
Key features
Key features
Touch control? Yes Playback time? 4 hours Built-in mic? Yes
Charging case? Yes (providing additional 8 hours playback)
Touch control? Yes Playback time? 5 hours Built-in mic? Yes
Charging case? Yes (providing additional 10 hours playback)
Coming from audio stylistics, Bang & Olufsen, you will
probably be expecting a weighty price on these wireless
earbuds (no disappointment there), but do they justify it? Oh
yes. Each earbud contains a 5.7mm electro-dynamic driver
that delivers audio of exceptional quality, the integrated touch
controls are seamless and responsive and the leather snapshut charge case that they come in looks like something out of
a highbrow jewellery store. They use Bluetooth 4.2 to connect
to your device and provide up to 12 hours of playback with
top-ups from a fully-charged case.
Though these are the biggest and most clearly visible buds
when in use, they are surprisingly light and provide probably
the most comfortable fit out of their competitors featured
here. They also provide exceptional audio and the microphone
performance, when taking calls, is excellent, providing plenty
of protection against wind distortion. The Elite 65Ts are easy
to pair with your Mac and iOS device and utilise Bluetooth 5.0
for optimum sound quality over distance. The only drawback
is that the charge case isn’t the easiest to snap open, but for
everything else Jabra’s Elite 65Ts kick ass.
Rack ’em up
The app feature six separate modules:
tuner, pedleboards, amp, effects loop,
cabs and post effects
Place the mics
Two moveable microphones allow you
to mic the cabinets exactly like studio
and live environments
AmpliTube MAX
Fully stocked studio
AmpliTube Max lets you loose on 80
different amps, 92 cabinets and 88
stompbox effects…
“You can obtain
Slash’s wailing
Gibson screams
with a cheap
strat copy”
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We are long-term fans of IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube
apps, virtual guitar studios that allow you to
assemble your own pedleboards to mimic the
sounds of your idols, experiment with a vast array
of modern and vintage amps and record your
noodlings every step of the way. AmpilTube MAX
is essentially the entire Mac suite, including the
AmpliTube 4 app and a wealth of expansions,
including the rig setups of Slash and Jimi Hendrix,
Fender and Orange amps and plenty more, a kind
of one price gets all type of deal.
Needless the say that the asking price is
significantly lower than the cost of buying every
pedal and amp in their physical forms but,
incredibly, the tones you hear played back through
your Mac speakers are unquestionably authentic.
You can obtain the same souring solo sound as
Hendrix or Slash’s wailing Gibson screams with any
cheap strat copy when played through AmpilTube.
This is made possible thanks to the Dynamic
Saturation Modelling (DSM) and Volumetric
Response Modelling (VRM) technology utilised by
the app to obtain hyper-realistic emulation of the
real world gear of the greats.
You will need an iRig interface to connect your
electric guitar to your Mac via USB, but if you really
want to maximise the app’s potential then you
should consider splashing out for the iRig Stomp
that enables you to operate the AmpilTube pedals
authentically with your foot and apply the right
amount of ‘wah’ – something that feels wrong
when done using a mouse.
Essential for guitarists looking for the right effects and amp tones, AmpliTube MAX
places a fully stocked studio on your desktop and invites you to run riot!
Artistic flair
The app uses simple on-screen controls
that enable you to select a precise
colour of ink with optimum ease
Wheel of fortune
There’s a wealth of styles at your
fingertips and each time you tap one,
the image instantly makes the switch
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When Banksy swiftly converted his Girl With
Balloon painting into Love Is In the Bin, the
collected jaws of art lovers promptly hit the floor.
Fire up Inkwork on an iOS device and the effect
is much the same. It may not involve shredding
your original images, but it will take any photo and
transform it into a stunning-looking piece of art.
That it does so within a split second is what
makes this app so amazing, achieving results that
you can then crop and modify to perfection. The
real trick up its sleeve is a range of more than 90
variations, which you call upon with the tap of a
brush icon. They allow you to effortlessly cycle
through various ink style as comic, thin, abstract,
bold, wash, graphic, loose, hatch, minimal,
scribble, flow, rough, outline, drip and experimental,
each of which contain numerous options for
maximum flexibility.
It really is a joy to use, managing to keep things
simple while allowing for some advanced options.
Apart from a crop button which works in much the
same, intuitive way as the one within the Photos
app, you can tap the left-side colour option and
pick from dozens of inks. You can then select a
slider and make some fine alterations, ensuring
you get the exact tint you’re after. Likewise, you
can change the paper colour, choosing from many
pastel shades that, again, you can tweak further.
From there, you’re able to share your art on
social media but where the app truly excels – aside
from being optimised for iOS 12 and later iPhone
and iPad models in particular – is the ability to have
it printed and shipped to your door via a company
called CanvasPop. Here you can select a size and
see exactly what you’ll pay. There was no option to
include a shredder, however.
Inkwork is a gem of an app that makes light work of producing
stunning, adjustable works of art from any photograph
Intricate nature
The app is particularly good at
distinguishing shapes, and the end
results are stunning…
“Inkwork keeps
things simple
while allowing for
some advanced
Follow the girl
The game initially feels like a bit of a
plod… until you discover that the Shift
key makes you run!
Ghosts of the past
You get the feeling that the scenes you
encounter are slowly revealing a very
grave story…
Doors of perception
All puzzles seem to revolve around
doors being opened, but the solutions
are never obvious
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“An eerie and
adventure that
centres around
a mysterious girl
haunting your
Winner of multiple awards, BestLuck is an eerie
and engrossing story-driven adventure that centres
around a mysterious girl haunting the dreams of
the nameless main protagonist. Every night she is
there, floating like a spectre and pointing into the
middle distance. What is she pointing at exactly? It
is your aim to find out.
The action largely takes place within these
dreams, which is the perfect excuse to get creative
with the visuals. As such, we’re transported to a
misty forest that is illuminated by Aurora Borealis
style colours, with orbs of light bobbing around –
you know you’re in a dream all right. Never far from
your side is the mysterious girl doing that pointing
thing, so you have to wander in the direction she
is pointing until you stumble across one of many
door-related puzzles that you will have to solve.
What do the doors mean? A representation of life
choices perhaps? The puzzles are by no means
straightforward and the game employs a clever
tactic of requiring precise movement to shift the
forced camera into a certain position to reveal a
glimpse of the solution. For example, in one case
the player has to stand behind six random doors
in turn in such a way that a number on the back of
the player, when viewed through the door windows,
betrays the order in which the doors must be
opened. After each puzzle is solved, the player and
the girl unite to open a door together that reveals a
key moment in the past that picks apart the story
of who she is and how you both arrived at this
moment. It’s an unforgettable experience.
A captivating and engrossing adventure tinged with great sadness and loss, and with
puzzles that are tantalising cryptic, but very satisfying to solve.
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