Siri Turns 5 Years Old, Feel Free to Sing to Her

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Siri's birthday in macOS Sierra

Siri turned five years old Tuesday, having been launched on October 4th, 2011. She’s changed a lot in that time, grown up a bit. But she’s not too old to appreciate us singing to her.

New Apple Touch ID Patent Hints at iPhone Home Button's Demise

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple full-display Touch ID patent

A just published Apple patent shows Touch ID sensors embedded throughout a device display, which means iPhone and iPad users could potentially touch anywhere on their screen to unlock with their finger print. Touch to unlock is currently a Home button feature, but if this patent finds its way into shipping products, it could be the demise for our little clickable friend.

How to Control Which Messages Photos Save to Camera Roll

· Bryan Chaffin · How-To

iOS 10 Messages save images to Camera Roll option

Messages in iOS 10 changes a fundamental way your iPhone (or iPad) camera works: if you take a photo from the preview camera, it doesn’t save to your camera roll. But if you use the full camera app, it does. Here’s how to understand, manage, and control what gets saved where and what doesn’t get saved.

iOS 10: Turning Off "Raise to Wake"

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about the new “Raise to Wake” feature in iOS 10. It’s cool, it’s handy, but if you get notifications that are private or potentially offensive, it’s less than ideal. Wanna turn it off? We’ll tell you how.

iOS 10: Managing Siri's Third Party App Voice Control

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Siri App Control

iOS 10 opens Siri to third party apps so you can say things like, “Hey Siri, get me an Uber.” If you don’t want Siri calling rides for you—or Siri says it can’t—it’s time for a trip to your iPhone’s Settings to manage which apps Siri can control. Read on to learn how.

watchOS 3: Configure Your New Dock

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Got an Apple Watch? Then you’ll need to know how to access and edit the new watchOS 3 Dock feature, which’ll put your favorite apps just a button click away. We’ve got your answers in today’s Quick Tip!

iOS 10: Save a File as PDF to iBooks

· John Martellaro · Tips

In iOS 10, you can now Print to PDF, just as we’ve been doing with OS X/macOS. But there’s also another nice trick in the Sharing option. “Save PDF to iBooks.” It’s simple and fast. John likes this feature a lot.

iOS 10: Print to PDF With and Without 3D Touch

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

iOS Screenshot showing save to PDF

One of the new features in iOS is the ability to natively print to PDF, similar to what you can do with macOS. It’s relatively simple, but not necessarily obvious. It involves getting the print preview up on the screen, and then switching to share mode in order to generate a PDF. We’ll show you the steps!

How to Set Up Universal Clipboard for Your Mac and iOS Devices

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

Universal Clipboard sharing text from iOS 10 to macOS Sierra

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra support a new feature called Universal Clipboard that lets you copy text or graphics on one device and paste them into documents on another. It really is as simple as copy-and-paste—assuming everything is configured correctly. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re set up to use Universal Clipboard.

macOS Sierra: Using Tapback in Messages

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about how to use those funny little Tapback icons from iOS 10 within the Messages app in Sierra, too. So if you’ve just gotta give someone a thumbs up or a heart, you can do that, and we’ll tell you how.

iOS 10 Maps 'Overview' Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Maps Overview Button

The Maps app got a major overhaul in iOS 10. It has a new look and feel (that I like), as well as a new layout. One of the basic changes is that the Overview button moved from the main interface to the drawer at the bottom of the screen.  Bryan Chaffin shows you where to find it.

iOS 10: How to Optimize Downloaded Music Storage

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Optimize Storage

One of the many new features in iOS 10 is the ability to “Optimize Storage” of the locally-cached data from your iCloud Music Library. When turned on by the user, this feature instructs your iPhone or iPad to remove local copies of your music if your device gets low on storage space. Don’t worry, only the local copies of those songs are removed. They still remain in the cloud.

iOS 10.0.2 Fixes Headphone Audio Controls, More

· Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 10.0.2 Screenshot

Apple released iOS 10.0.2 Friday. The headline feature is a fix for an issue that kept some headphone audio controls from working. A Photos bug was also fixed, as well as a problem with app extensions.

iOS 10: Apps are Gaining 3D Touch Widgets and They're Freakin Sweet

· David Chartier · Quick Tip

3D Touch is pretty useful, though you might need to spend some time learning new muscle memory for it. In iOS 10, it gets even more useful with a new trick when strong pressing an app’s icon: 3D Touch widgets.

Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music

· John Kheit · Devil's Advocate

Apple Music favors streaming over owning music

John Kheit is in a frothing-at-the-mouth rage about iTunes in iOS and macOS Sierra. From missing ratings to iCloud downloads for songs that should be local, he’s fighting mad.

Save Bandwidth with iMessage Images Using Low Quality Mode

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iMessage Low Quality Mode

iOS 10 has something called Low Quality Mode for images you send out in iMessage. When active, Low Quality Mode reduces any images you are sending out to approximately 100K. This can save you a lot of cellular data usage, especially if you’re sending out photographs you take on your iPhone.

Where Did Music Controls in iOS 10 Control Center Go? - Swipe Left, Dude

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

iOS 10 Control Center Music

One of the many changes in iOS 10 is Control Center. The most striking change is that controls for music are gone. Well, it turns out they aren’t gone, they’ve just been moved. To access them, swipe left in Control Center.  Bryan Chaffin has pictures, with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

iOS 10: How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Lens

· Jeff Gamet · How-To

iOS 10 magnifying lens feature in action

If you really stretch the whole “the best camera is the one you have with you” thing, you can say the same about magnifying lenses, too. Since your iPhone is always with you—hence, the best camera line—why not use it as a magnifying lens, too? That’s exactly what you can do in iOS 10.

Read This Before You Install Any Point Zero OS

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

macOS Sierra

Dr. Mac has strong opinions about installing the point-zero release of an operating system. So, before you pull the trigger and install iOS 10 or Sierra, you might want to read Rants & Raves Episode #193, the descriptively-titled Read This Before You Any Point Zero OS.