Mary’s X Files, January 2019

New Ways to Navigate your iPad
~MacFormat
The iPhone X revamped the way you get around Apple’s smartphone, and iOS 12 brings its more fluid navigational gestures to the iPad too. This is great news if you have an iPad and one of Apple’s newer iPhones, because you don’t have to adapt your thinking as you move between devices. Additionally, the clock has beween moved to the top-left corner of the screen, which matches iPhone X. There’s no setting to move it back to the middle, though.

How to Navigate:

1. Review Notifications: Like in iOS 11, notifications can be reviewed by swiping down from the screen’s top edge – but avoid the right end, because…

2. Relocated controls: The top-right corner is now reserved for Control Center. Like on the iPhone X, swipe downwards from the icons there to reveal it.

3. A cleaner app switcher: As in iOS 11, you still swipe upwards from the bottom edge to around the middle of the screen to enter the app switcher. Notice, though, that the switcher now displays nothing more than other tasks you can switch to – there are no controls or shortcuts on its right side.

4. Return to Home: A quick flick upwards from the screen’s bottom edge will take you back to the Home screen – faster and less involved than pinching four or five fingers together, and great news if you iPad’s Home button is on its last legs.

5. Reveal the Dock: The slight drawback to the Home screen gesture is you need to be more deliberate when revealing the Dock within an app. Drag your finger upwards from the bottom edge a little more slowly, as if you’re literally pulling the Dock into view.

Measure up your World
~MacFormat
There’s a brand-new app in iOS 12, Measure, and it’s available on iPhone and iPad. The app uses Apple’s augmented reality (AF) tech, ARKit 2, to measure the distance between points on flat surfaces.

Third-party apps beat Apple to this task when ARKit was first introduced, but the point is Apple now bundles an AR app with iOS.
Note that while the app can measure distances between points on flat surfaces, it can’t be used to measure the length of an arc on a curved surface, say.

1. Find a surface: You’ll be asked to move your device around, so the app can find flat surfaces in the view. A circular overlay will align with the detected plan and follow your aim.

2. Measure things: Tap the + to mark a point in space, point the camera elsewhere on the surface – distance is shown as you do – and tap + again to record the measurement.

3. Take note: The app will snap to an existing point if you aim it nearby. The arrow undoes a step, Clear starts over, and the other white circle takes a photo of the current view.

How do I turn my iOS keyboard into a trackpad?
~iCreate
Now for all!

This feature used to be reserved for owners of 3D Touch-enabled iPhones, but with the release of iOS 12 the feature has been extended to all devices.

1. Hold spacebar
To access the trackpad feature, simply press and hold on the spacebar and the rest of the iOS keyboard will fade out to the background…

2. Move cursor
Still pressing and holding on the screen, you can swipe your finger around to manually position the onscreen cursor anywhere within your text.

Create custom message responses on my Apple Watch
~iCreate
It’s all done through the Watch app on your iPhone. Launch the app and then tap ‘My Watch’, then scroll down to the list of apps and then tap on ‘Messages’. Now select ‘Default Replies’ and you will be presented with a list of default replies. Simply tap on any one of them and replace the text with whatever you want. You can also tap on ‘Add Reply’ to create a new response that will be added to the list. Tap ‘Done’ when you have finished to save your new messages and they will be synced to your Watch.

Increase the size of the text in Safari websites on the Mac
~iCreate
This is surprisingly easy to do within the Safari app itself. Simply go to the website that you want to read, right-click on the URL bar and then choose the ‘Settings For This Website’ option. You will now be able to adjust the zoom for individual sites. If you want to zoom in on every site you visit then go to Safari>Preferences> Page Zoom and then increase the zoom percentage next to the ‘When visiting other websites’ option in the lower-right corner of the window. This will then be applied to all sites going forward.