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ITWIOS 006 Learn Something New

 

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We talk about how you can always learn something new whether it be from Apple by way of their new workshops or from friends all across the globe sharing tips. Use coupon code: intouchwithios for $30.00 OFF your Macstock2017 ticket.

• Topics:
“Today at Apple” “I tried one of Apple’s new free photography classes — here’s what I learned” via Business Insider

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts on The New In-Store Experience” via LinkedIn SlideShare

How to Shoot on iPhone 7” is a YouTube channel playlist created by Apple with tips on using the camera on iPhone.

Article: “Apple to discontinue iPad mini as device gets squeezed from both ends” via BGR

We have our first listener feedback from Knightwise of knightwise.com regarding our last episode topic of using data and iOS devices while traveling. He shares some great advice for us all.

• Apps & Tips:

PDF Expert $9.99

iOS 10 Safari: Close All Tabs at Once” via David Chartier’s Finer Things in Tech


iPhone 101: Deleting numbers in the iOS Calculator app” via engadget

• News:
Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use” via macworld

WWDC will take place June 5–9 and we recommend you tune in to see all the announcements as it will be streamed live. Look for a new icon on your Apple TV closer to the time.

Join us at Macstock 2017! This is the third annual Macstock where Dave and Melissa will both be giving presentations. Don’t miss it! Use Coupon Code: intouchwithios  for $30.00 OFF your ticket.

• Contact:
Comment on our blog, comment on our Facebook page, Tweet @TheMacMommy or @daveg65

• Meta:
ITWIOS 006 Learn Something New was recorded May 24, 2017. [Disclaimers: “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 “In Touch with iOS” or “ITWIOS” is an independently produced podcast, publication and social identity and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. All other Apple Inc. trademarks discussed are property of Apple Inc. A full list of Apple trademarks is available here. Sometimes we use affiliate links for products in show notes. Unless otherwise noted, these products or services are not a sponsor. Your patronage helps to support our content production at no additional cost to you and does not alter our honest opinion of said product or service.]

ITWIOS 005 Party Line

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Kids get Siri to say the funniest things and they are better at it, too. On Apple Watch, sharing is caring, except when it isn’t sharing…so friends come to the rescue! Questions to ask your carrier before traveling abroad with your iOS device. iWork and iLife are now free for all. Listen to our podcast in a new podcast player, we have recommendations! Use coupon code: intouchwithios for $30.00 OFF your Macstock2017 ticket.

• Tips:
Celebrate Spring with some iOS Easter Eggs! Here are some ways you can interact with Siri:
• Say, “Hey Siri” then ask your question right away with only a brief pause.
• Say, “Hey Siri” then wait for the audio prompt (two quick tones) and then ask your question out loud.
• Press and hold the home button down while asking your question out loud and then release the home button for the response. You will see a visual indication that your device heard you and is about to respond.

Here are some “Siri” phrases or commands you can speak out loud:
“Flip a coin.” “Roll the dice.” or “Rock, paper, scissors, shoot!”
Spoken in your best Batman voice, “Hey, ‘Puter.”

Dave’s new toy: TASCAM’s US-2×2 USB Audio/MIDI Interface

Adventures in Troubleshooting Sharing Issues with Apple Watch!

If you see this error message, it’s time to try signing out of iCloud then signing back in to resolve the conflict.

Dave helps a friend with a new iPhone and we talk about the merits of the iPhone SE model.

Are you traveling abroad with an iPhone or iPad? We talk about different plans, carriers, and options to consider when you’re taking a trip. Send us YOUR tips or feedback and we’ll share it on the next episode! @In Touch with iOS on Twitter or reach us on our Facebook Page.

• News:
iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new Mac and iOS users” via Ars Technica

Join us at Macstock 2017! This is the third annual Macstock where Dave and Melissa will both be giving presentations. Don’t miss it! Use Coupon Code: intouchwithios  for $30.00 OFF your ticket.

• Apps:
Castro: Podcast Player by Supertop is Melissa’s “crush” of a podcast player right now and Dave still likes Downcast best because it manages video. Melissa is enjoying Castro’s “triage” method for consuming podcast audio.

• Contact:
Comment on our blog, comment on our Facebook page, Tweet @TheMacMommy or @daveg65

• Meta:
ITWIOS 005 Party Line was recorded April 19, 2017. [Disclaimers: “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 “In Touch with iOS” or “ITWIOS” is an independently produced podcast, publication and social identity and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. All other Apple Inc. trademarks discussed are property of Apple Inc. A full list of Apple trademarks is available here. Sometimes we use affiliate links for products in show notes. Unless otherwise noted, these products or services are not a sponsor. Your patronage helps to support our content production at no additional cost to you and does not alter our honest opinion of said product or service.]

ITWIOS 004 What Happens in Vegas


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Melissa’s family Spring Break vacation was in sync with Dave’s March Madness vacation, so they all met up in Las Vegas, NV to take in the sights. Of course they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the local Apple Store where they had a great time chatting with “Apple Store Steve.” He showed them some great new tips and they will share them with you! Use coupon code: intouchwithios for $30.00 OFF your Macstock2017 ticket.

Dave, “Apple Store Vegas Steve,” and Melissa

Tips from Vegas
1. Super-fast print to PDF: pinch out in the print sheet to save a PDF

2. Audio AND visual ways to ping iPhone from Apple Watch: long-press the iPhone ping button on Apple Watch and the torch will flash along with a single tracking sound

3. Catch an incoming call on Apple Watch and place it on hold to answer it on iPhone: turn Digital Crown to scroll up then tap ‘Answer on iPhone.’ Your caller will be greeted by your “Digital Assistant” and placed on hold while you retrieve your iPhone.

Use Digital Crown on Apple Watch to scroll up when a call comes through.

Tap “Answer on iPhone”

While the call is on hold, you can even ping your iPhone in the event you can not locate it. Same as the previous tip, tap and hold the iPhone ping icon and it will also flash the light to make it easier to locate by sight.

New Gear
A new iPad was released! Compare tech specs for iPad Pro (2 sizes) and iPad or iPad mini 4

There are 3 screen sizes and this refers to the measurement taken from one corner to the other diagonally: 12.9 inches, 9.7 inches, and 7.9 inches

Vegas was not a good place to rest, but thankfully SleepPhones® Effortless came to the rescue!

SleepPhones® Effortless
SleepPhones® Wireless

News & Updates:
iOS 10.3.1 was released along with watchOS 3.2, tvOS 10.2

A tour of iOS 10.3: Checking out APFS, the Settings app, and other tweaks” via Ars Technica

The 8 best new features Apple added to your iPhone in iOS 10.3” via BGR

Then 10.3.1 was released.
iOS 10.3.1 includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad” via Ars Technica

Apple’s iOS 10.3.1 Update Fixes Critical Broadcom WiFi Security Flaw” via The Mac Observer

watchOS 3.2 Adds Theater Mode, SiriKit” via The Mac Observer

Apple Releases tvOS 10.2 with Watch Anywhere Video Rental Support” via The Mac Observer

APFS in iOS Isn’t Any Faster Than on the Mac” via The Mac Observer

64bit file system and apps are end of the road in 32bit: “How Do I Know Which Apps Will Not Be Compatible With iOS 11?” via AppAdvice

Pages, Numbers, & Keynote for Mac and iOS add editing features & Touch ID for password protected docs” via 9 to 5 Mac

Apps:
Puffin Web Browser (free)

Puffin Academy (free)

Downcast ($2.99)

Join us at Macstock 2017! This is the third annual Macstock where Dave and Melissa will both be giving presentations. Don’t miss it! Use Coupon Code: intouchwithios  for $30.00 OFF your ticket.

• Contact:
Comment on our blog, post on our Facebook page, Tweet @TheMacMommy or @daveg65

• Meta:
ITWIOS 004 What Happens in Vegas was recorded April 5, 2017. [Disclaimers: “Please Listen Carefully” by Jahzzar is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 “In Touch with iOS” or “ITWIOS” is an independently produced podcast, publication and social identity and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. All other Apple Inc. trademarks discussed are property of Apple Inc. A full list of Apple trademarks is available here. Sometimes we use affiliate links for products in show notes. Unless otherwise noted, these products or services are not a sponsor. Your patronage helps to support our content production at no additional cost to you and does not alter our honest opinion of said product or service.]

ITWIOS 003 What’s New?

Use Coupon Code  intouchwithios  for $30.00 OFF your Macstock2017 ticket! Dave and Melissa have some catching up to do so they discuss their most recent gear upgrades, tips, and software recommendations.

Check out Suburban Chicago Apple Users where Dave is President and hosts SIGs (Special Interest Groups).

What are the advantages and disadvantages of syncing our music and photos in the cloud compared to storing your iTunes Library on an external drive? Dave and Melissa discuss managing music on a road trip. We would like to hear your ideas as well.

How do you name your external drives? Do you have a specific naming convention you find helpful? Leave us a comment.

Melissa discusses her first Apple Watch Series 1 purchasing experience and first impressions.

Milanese Watch Band

Melissa’a 4th Generation Apple TV first impressions and favorite game

Sketch Family TV for Apple TV

SketchParty TV Free free, IAP: Premium Word Lists $1.49 and IAP: Custom Word List Editor $5.99

SketchParty TV $7.49 for both features combined

The Jackbox Party Pack 3

The Jackbox Party Pack 3 for Apple TV

Melissa’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar first impressions

iMazing Mac app to the rescue! You can try it out for free here.

Melissa’s experience with the iPhone 6s Program for Unexpected Shutdown Issues and how it adds value to an aging iPhone

Tip: To enable the new Magnifier tool in iOS 10 on currently supported iPhones, go to Settings then General then Accessibility then Magnifier and switch it ON. When you want to magnify something, triple-click the iPhone Home Button.

AppBox Pro : Useful 26 Tools in One by AllAboutApps lets you take magnifying with your iPhone to the next level by capturing photos. It’s free to try and $4.99 IAP to remove ads.

Join us at Macstock 2017! This is the third annual Macstock where Dave and Melissa will both be giving presentations. Don’t miss it!

Use Coupon Code: intouchwithios  for $30.00 OFF your ticket.

Count Some Sheep

ITWIOS 002 Easy Bake iPhone

Dave and Melissa discuss some new hardware, software updates, security, and workflows. Listen to find out more about interesting use cases for the apps and services they recommend. Do you like meatloaf?

• Hardware: 

Apple’s $39.00 Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter is a very versatile tool compared to the $29.00 non-power-out Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

-vs-

It’s all John Gruber’s fault that we like meh.com.

• Updates: 

Melissa discusses developing workflows, challenges and tips for using Apple TVs with projectors in an education environment connected to an enterprise network.

Apple TV Remote

Apple TV Remote app

iTunes Remote

itunes remote app

Dave reviews iOS 10.0 beta

iOS 10 Beta 5 Tidbits: New Lock Screen Sound, Widget Tweaks, and More” via MacRumors

• Security: 

Melissa and Dave discuss Social Engineering and what to look for along with some good advice for avoiding scams.

This Is What Apple Should Tell You When You Lose Your iPhone” via Hackernoon

Don’t Let Your iPhone Spill The Beans” via TheMacMommy

• Apps: 

Calendars 5

calendars 5 app

Melissa uses Siri a lot. It even plays “Bad Cop” in parenting scenarios.

siri app

Melissa discusses user experience differences in Apple Maps vs Google Maps while driving.

google maps app

Grocery Gadget is something the whole family can use in both practical and not-so-practical ways.

grocery gadget app

Cost: free with $1.49 IAP subscription fee to remove ads

iAllowance (Allowances, Chore Charts & Rewards)

iallowance app

Cost: free with limitations or $5.99 full version

Advanced Chore Charting: iAllowance App Review” via TheMacMommy

• Workflows: 

Melissa wants to find a better way to get video files off her iPhone and onto a teacher’s PC when she volunteers at school for recording projects. Is the iXpand Flash Drive the right tool for the job?

Cost: varies

Better sleep with SleepPhones wired or wireless — our critiques and wishes

Cost: varies

Dave talks about his Apple Store experience in getting his wife’s replacement iPhone case which comes with a one-year warranty.

• Tips: 

We discuss how to get the best value from Apple’s iCloud service in our homes for our family members. Dave recommends purchasing iTunes Gift Cards when they go on sale. Melissa’s uses the iAllowance app to manage iTunes Gift Card balances among family members.

Did you know you can send iTunes Gift Cards by Email?

• Meta: 

ITWIOS 002 Easy Bake iPhone was recorded August 9, 2016. This episode was sponsored in part by meatloaf.

ITWIOS 001 Introductions

Click the triangle play button to listen. This is our first episode, so bear with us while we work out the details and polish our audio. We will post show notes and updates here along with recordings.

In our first episode, we introduce ourselves and provide some background on what makes us so passionate about our subject matter. We discuss the gear we currently use in our everyday lives, work, and play.

• Equipment:
Dave currently uses: iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Pro 9.7, Apple TVs — both 3rd and 4th Generation models, and 2014 MacBook Pro 15-inch. His wife has an iPhone 6 Plus.

Melissa currently uses: iPhone 6s, iPad 4th Generation, Apple TV 3rd Generation, and 2009 MacBook Pro 15-inch. Her husband uses an iPhone 5s and her children use an iPhone 4s each in addition to an iPhone 3Gs for games. Melissa enjoys supporting her family and their gadgets along with repurposing older tech wherever she can.

• News:
We discuss the rumors surrounding the elimination of the headphone jack and what that means to us. We both like to use corded SleepPhones, but what will happen when there is no longer an audio port?

AcousticSheep’s SleepPhones Classic
Video reveals what Apple’s iPhone 7 headphones may look like via BGR
Possible iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5 mm Adapter Surfaces in New Photos via MacRumors

• Retro:
Melissa likes to repurpose older tech and Dave talks about how he recoups resale value by selling off older devices to put the money towards a new device.

How will iPhone users like Melissa’s Dad locate their misplaced iPhones if they ditch their landline service and don’t have reliable access to the Find My iPhone app? We discuss alternatives to consider for those who want to keep a landline. Dave recommends OOMA as an IPT (Internet Protocol Telephony) home phone or landline option.

• Beta:
Melissa talks about how she’ll soon have a blind client and what that may mean for learning more about interface features of the Mac and iPhone operating systems.

Our new friends in the Accessibility Community: Allison Hartley and Dr. Robert Carter host The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast. They both gave presentations at Macstock 2016.

Dave discusses Apple’s Beta Program for iOS 10 and working with public betas. We don’t advise it unless you’re one of the Crazy Ones! Dave’s favorite new beta feature is Safari Split Screen View.

• Meta:
Dave is recording with Blue Microphone’s The Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter and Mic Preamp.
Melissa is recording with Audio-Technica’s ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone. ITWIOS 001 Introductions was recorded July 31, 2016.