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In Touch with iOS is a podcast for sharing tips, apps, and gear for iPhone and iPad with related technologies to help you use iOS in fun, productive, and meaningful ways.

Jan 12, 2018

Dave and Melissa catch up and ring in the new year with some new gear as well as updates to user experiences and operating systems. Full show notes are at

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Apple to Offer $29 iPhone Battery Replacements, More Battery Health Info in iOS — MacRumors

Apple Releases iOS 11.2.2 With Security Fixes to Address Spectre Vulnerability — MacRumors

Melissa is loving her new iPhone 8 Plus and Portrait Mode in the new camera.

Dave covers High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF)

HEIF is the new image compression technique used by Apple in iOS 11 to reduce the size of photos you capture on your iPhone in a move to conserve storage space. Suppose you have a JPG photo with a 5 MB file size, it will be reduced to 2.6 – 3 MB, as a result of HEIF compression. With this technique, there’s no sacrifice on image quality at all, and that’s probably why Apple decided to implement this in the latest iOS version.

Melissa shares her experience and some considerations to be aware of with iCloud Family Sharing.

Apps & Gear: 
iMazing HEIC Converter
A tiny and free desktop app for Mac and PC which lets you convert Apple's new iOS 11 photos from HEIC to JPG or PNG

iMazing HEIC Converter app

MultiTimer: Multiple timers
So many different types of timers to help you manage time on tasks and for making your time count.

MultiTimer app

The latest update to this app adds the ability to transfer applied edits between images.
Camera+ app

Silk iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus Wallet Case - VAULT Protective Credit Card Grip Cover - "Wallet Slayer Vol.1"

Wallet Slayer Vol 1 iPhone Case Orchid

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