Mary’s X Files, December 2018

Which iPhone or iPad do I have?
~Essential iPhone & iPad Magazine
To identify which model of iPhone or iPad you have, go to Settings > General > About and look for the Model listing. Tap this listing and you’re shown a reference starting with ‘A’, followed by a four figure number. Write it down. In Safari, go to https://apple.co/1ALK0r4 (iPads) or http://www.apple.co/1BLyiHU (iPhones). These pages, from Apple’s support site, list every model and their identifier numbers. Look for your own identifier number here.

Can My Phone or Pad run OS 12?
~Essential iPhone & iPad Magazine
iOS 12 is compatible with the following models of iPhone and iPad. System requirements are the same as for the previous version of iOS, so if you’re running iOS 11, you can run iOS 12.

iPhone:
iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s

iPad:
12.9-inch iPad Pro, 2nd gen. 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st gen. 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro,
iPad 6th gen., iPad 5th gen., iPad Air 2, iPad Air,
iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2

iPod:
iPod touch 6th generation

Translate More
~MacFormat Magazine
Siri in iOS12 is able to translate between more than 40 language pairs. Not sure if one you need is available? Just say “Translate” to Siri and it’ll return a list of the languages it works with.

HOW TO Search more precisely using Spotlight
~Mac|Life Magazine
1. Search by kind
Typing a single word is unlikely to pinpoint the exact file you want; adding the file’s kind can help. If you include extensions in your filenames, searching for things like ‘dog jpg’ may work; if not, try: ‘dog kind:image’.

2. Include the date
If you know the date you made a file, use the format ‘created:dd/mm/ yy’. To widen the search, type a range – say, ‘created:1/5/18-31/5/18’. You can search modification date, and before or after a date, too.

3. Edit and combine
You can combine criteria to be more specific – separate them with spaces. You can also use logical operators – AND, OR and NOT – to refine searches. For example, ‘kind:image NOT PSD’.

How to scan QR codes with your iPhone or iPad
~MacWorld Magazine
QR codes can be really handy. A grid of seemingly random black-and-white squares can hold enough information to store website URLs, contact information, email addresses, pre-defined SMS text messages, and even your Wi-Fi SSID and password.

Put a QR code on your business card, and people can copy all your contact info into their phone in a heartbeat. Post a QR code somewhere in your house, and guests can use it to instantly sign on to your Wi-Fi network. You used to need a third-party app to scan QR codes, but, with iOS 11, Apple built it right into the camera app. It couldn’t be easier to use.

How to Scan a QR Code:

1. First, open the Camera app.
2. Then, point the camera at a QR code so it can see it clearly.

That’s it! A notification should pop up with an action based on the QR code scanned. If it contains a Wi-Fi SSID and passcode, you can join the network with just a tap without the need for typing or tinkering with the Settings menu. If it contains contact info, you’ll be prompted to add the person to your iPhone’s Contacts.

QR codes won’t scan? Make sure it’s enabled in your Camera settings.
If you’re not seeing a notification well-lit and clearly in view, check to make sure the feature is enabled. Head to Settings, then Camera. Make sure Scan QR Codes is enabled (and it should be on by default).

Sign and Share Documents Digitally
~iCreate Magazine
If you need to sign a document, scan and send it digitally, then this is made easy with Preview’s built-in toolset. But in order to sign documents digitally, you must first create a signature. Go to View>Show Markup Toolbar and you should see a signature icon — click on this and then choose the ‘Create Signature’ option that appears. You should then be able to add a new signature by either using a trackpad or signing a piece of paper and then holding it up to you Mac’s camera.

1. Apply a Signature
When you have a saved signature, open the PDF and click on the Sign icon in the Markup Toolbar and choose your signature. It will be automatically placed in the document.

2. Position and Resize
Click and hold on the signature to move it into the desired location, and then click and drag one of the corners to resize it, scaling it down to fit if need be.

Betty’s Bookmarks, December 2018

http://bit.ly/2TZRSAW
Be the life of the party when you ‘doctor-up’  your photos with Markup Tools that are included in Mac OS. Simple instructions here. Show off your creativity and soon you’ll have everyone yukking or at least giggling.

http://bit.ly/2P8pYPw
Apple Watch owners! That is Series 4 Apple Watch owners! It’s finally here – well almost! ECG functionality is expected to be released any day now. So keep an eye out for Watch OS 5.1.2.

http://bit.ly/2AzH8A3
Here are reviews and some buying advice for best VPN (virtual private network) services. Good explanation in the article of just what a VPN is. There is a lot to learn in this article.

http://bit.ly/2zvVpy3
You’re paying for iCloud storage for your photos and now you’re thinking of saving the $$$ and storing your photos locally??? Well, make sure you follow this HOW-TO before you downgrade your iCloud storage.

http://bit.ly/2BFl5d9
Here’s another tip for Series 4 Apple Watch users. Apple does not have a built-in sleep tracking function YET. However, until Apple steps up to the plate you can use a 3rd party app keep track of everything you slept through.

http://bit.ly/2zuye7v
Each year I like to listen to the MacPower User’s podcast called Geek Gift Guide. You can listen to the podcast directly at the link above. Then follow the links to every Geek Gift. You may even find stuff you want and didn’t even know you wanted it.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204506
Are $$$ slipping through your fingers as the holidays get closer? So why not make it easier but safer as you do your shopping. No more losing your wallet or your purse. No more leaving a store and forgetting your credit card. Leave all those worries on the door step and begin feeling the ease of Apple Pay. Keep a firm grip on your phone!

https://www.imore.com/two-factor-authentication
We repeat – use a password manager! However, add another layer of security with 2-Factor Verification or Authentication. Here is the Ultimate Guide to all you need to know and do to give you a sense of security that you don’t have when you just use a password or a security question at sites you visit.

Mary’s X Files, November 2018

Mark up your screenshots on iOS
~iCreate
When iOS 11 was released this time last year, it introduced a system where you could start annotating screenshots taken on your iOS device as soon as the image is taken. This certainly saved the time of having to open them in your Photos app.

1. Take a screenshot Press the side/lock button and the Home button together and you will see a thumbnail of the image in the Dock – tap it. 2. Mark it up The screenshot that you took will now be opened in Markup mode. Use the tools available to add annotations.
3. Save image When you have finished, tap ‘Done’ and you will be able to share or save the modified screenshot to your Photos app.

Markup photos on Mac
~iCreate
Marking up photos on your Mac follows a similar method to iOS, but you have far more tools at your disposal, such as the option to draw freehand shapes that are auto-corrected into more professional-looking versions. There is much to try.

1. Select Edit In the Photos app on your Mac, double-click on an image to open it and then click the ‘Edit’ option in the toolbar.

2. Click Extensions Now click on the ‘…’ Extensions icon in the top-right corner and select ‘Markup’ from the menu of options.
3. Get creative The Mac Markup tools allow you to draw freehand shapes that then snap into more professional versions and much more…

Arrange your desktop automatically in Mac OS Mojave
~iCreate
If you use the Desktop as a quick way to manage often-used files, the new Stacks feature will save you lots of time and make your virtual filing cabinet more organized 1. Locate the option Open Finder and then minimize the main window. Now click ‘View’ to see new options appear for the desktop.

2. Enable Stacks Click ‘Use Stacks’ and you will see the desktop icons immediately move to the right in a uniform and logical order.
3. Cleaning up Your desktop just took on a new order that literally took you no time at all to create. It’s magic.

4. Choose how to view Back in the View menu, click ‘Group Stacks By’ and then choose your preference from Date Modified, Taps, etc. 5. Extra personalization You can still select View>Show View Options to customize icon size and grid spacing to your preferred view.
6. Expand Stacks When you click on a Stack it will open and display the files within it. Click again to immediately close the Stack.

How do I set up Apple Pay on my iPhone?
~iCreate
Open your Wallet app and then tap on the blue ‘+’ icon in the top-right corner. You can now add a card by framing it in your camera or by entering the details manually. When this is done you will receive a verification code from your bank. Once set up, go to Settings>Touch ID & Passcode to enable this.

Increase the size of the text in Safari websites
~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.

Betty’s Bookmarks, November 2018

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209055
https://www.macworld.com/article/3309404/iphone-ipad/the-best-shortcuts-for-iphone.html
https://www.imore.com/siri-shortcuts-faq
https://9to5mac.com/guides/siri-shortcuts/
iOS 12 gave us Siri Shortcuts. If you haven’t tried Shortcuts, let’s do it. I’m working on it – seems like a mountain not a hill! Here are four websites that will potentially give us the help we need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NJAUmc4y-A
Whew! Shortcuts aren’t for SISSIES! Watch and rewatch this video like I did.

https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/manage-keychain-passwords-iphone-ipad/
Instructions are here – to see and manage Keychain Passwords on your iPhone or iPad.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/17/how-to-download-your-apple-data/
A step in the right direction: Apple is now allowing U.S. customers to download a copy of their data. I attempted a small download but still waiting for results. Update: still waiting. Give it a try. The directions are easy to follow,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=223&v=YZzua6QoXHo
Use your airpods as hearing aids – watch this video and give it a try. Next time you’re partying and can’t hear what anyone is saying it may be beneficial.

http://www.documentsnap.com/how-to-export-your-data-out-of-evernote/
Evernote users – this is for you! Your data is yours – so if you want to feel confident that your data is accessible and in your control – download your files. Here’s how to do it.

Mary’s X Files, October 2018

Listen to your music on a countdown timer on iPhone
~iCreate
If you enjoy listening to music as you try to fall asleep then you don’t have to worry about it blaring unattended when you nod off because you can set it to end on a timer. To do this, open the Clock app, select timer and then, under ‘When Time Ends’, choose the ‘Stop Playing’ option. Now, if you set a timer for, say, 20 minutes, any music will stop playing when it expires.

Charge quicker on iPhone
~iCreate
This tip seems to work across every iOS device, regardless of what iOS it is running. If you want to reduce the amount of time your device spends connected to a power source then simply swipe up to Control Centre and turn on Airplane mode (make sure all connections are off). With no power-hungry services on, it will charge noticeably quicker. Handy to know if your time at a plug socket is limited.

Flash to notify on iOS
~iCreate
If you want a more visual alert from your iPhone when a new notifications comes through then go to Settings>General>Accessibility and then activate ‘LED Flash for Alerts’. Your iPhone’s flash will now illuminate to herald a new notification, making it even harder to miss. This will drain your iPhone battery faster, though.

Sign and share documents digitally using Preview
~iCreate
If you need to sign a document, scan and send it digitally then this is made easy with Preview’s built-in toolset. But in order to sign documents digitally you must first create a signature. Go to View>Show Markup Toolbar and you should see a signature icon – click on this and then choose the ‘Create Signature’ option that appears. You should then be able to add a new signature by either using a trackpad or signing a piece of paper and then holding it up to your Mac’s camera.

1. Apply a signature
When you have a saved signature, open the PDF and click on the Sign icon in the Markup Toolbar and choose your signature. It will be automatically placed in the document.

2. Position and resize
Click and hold on the signature to move it into the desired location, and then click and drag one of the corners to resize it, scaling it down to fit if need be.

Share Wi-Fi passwords in iOS
~iCreate
To ensure that only one member of your party has to go through the hassle of typing in a password to access a wireless network, Wi-Fi passwords can be shared with nearby devices. As long as both devices are running iOS 11, go to Settings>Wi-Fi and tap on the wireless network that you want to join – the ‘Enter Password’ screen should now be displayed. Now move your device closer to the connected one and a prompt should appear on their screen to ‘Share Password’.

Delete digits in Calculator on iPhone
~iCreate
If you accidentally enter the wrong digit while inputting figures into the iOS Calculator app then you don’t have to press ‘C’ to start again. Simply swipe one finger either left or right across the display and the last entered digit will be instantly deleted.

Swipe pages in iOS
~iCreate
In Safari, in iOS, while viewing web pages you can swipe left or right to go backwards or forwards a screen respectively. This is certainly quicker than using the onscreen arrows.

Betty’s Bookmarks, October 2018

https://bit.ly/2y67qsJ
Mojave is in the house! Read why you should upgrade now.

https://www.relay.fm/mpu/449
Mac Power Users podcast with David Sparks and Katie Floyd is here. Listen to their discussion of Mojave.

https://www.imore.com/macos-mojave-review
https://www.imore.com/macos-updates
More reading on Mojave.

https://www.imore.com/doing-clean-install-your-iphone-ipad-heres-what-youll-bring-over-and-what-youll-lose
Thinking of a  ‘clean install’ when moving from an old iPhone or iPad? Learn about it here.

http://bit.ly/2RhiM61
Here’s a how-to! Move Photos library to an external drive.

http://bit.ly/2P11HeS
Here’s a situation you can learn from when trying to free up space on an internal drive when copying Photos libraries to an external drive.

http://bit.ly/2NeRzgY
Until there is a better solution – good passwords are the best answer to securing your accounts. Good password habits are a must.

Mary’s X Files, September 2018

How to edit your Today view on iPad
~iCreate
We all lead such busy lives that it is easy to forget things, miss appointments and lose track of what we’re supposed to be doing, which is why your Notification Centre is so important. It relays all the important information for the day ahead and you can tailor it to meet your needs, as we’ll demonstrate.

You can swipe down and then right to see what’s happening on your Today view and you can also determine what is displayed and the order. The process is much like the Mac version and only takes a minute to edit.

1. Tap Edit – Swipe down and then right and then scroll to the bottom of your Today view where you will see the ‘Edit’ button – tap it.

2. Edit items – You can add or remove items by tapping the green ‘+’ icons and the red ‘–’ icons. Only add ones you need.

3. Arrange items – Press and hold on the list icons next to an item and drag it up or down to change the running order.

Customize Notification Center on Mac
~iCreate
Your Mac Notification Centre, accessible by clicking on the list icon in the top-right corner, displays new notifications and what’s going on for the current day. You can edit the info displayed and arrange it to meet your needs.

1. Click Edit – Click on the icon in the top- right corner of the menu bar to access your Notification Centre and click ‘Edit’ at the bottom.

2. Add/remove – Click on the red ‘–’ icons to remove existing items and the green ‘+’ icons to add new content to your feed.

3. Re-arrange – You can change the order in which items are displayed by clicking, holding and dragging on the list icons next to each item.

Edit your notifications on iPad
~iCreate
You have full freedom to determine exactly which apps send you notifications and how they are displayed. Every app that wants to send you alerts will be listed under Settings> Notifications and you can tap on them to tailor the alerts.

1. Open Settings – Go to Settings>Notifications and all of the apps and services that send you notifications will be listed. Tap on one.

2. Turn it on – Make sure that the app is enabled and then make sure the ‘Show in Notification Centre’ option is turned on.

3. Select style – Now select the style of notification (for example, ‘Banners’) and they will flash up in your Notification Centre.

Type to Siri in iOS
~iCreate
If you don’t like talking aloud to your iOS device then you can type instead. Go to Settings>General> Accessibility>Siri and then toggle on ‘Type to Siri’. Now, whenever you use Siri, type your commands into the text box provided and then tap ‘Done’ and the results will be pulled up. You can also adjust the voice settings to ‘Control with Ring Switch’ – which means that Siri will only show you query results and not speak them out loud.

Save parking locations in iOS
~iCreate
If your car is modern enough to have Bluetooth or CarPlay then go to Settings>Maps and ensure that the ‘Show Parked Location’ option is enabled. Now, if you forget where you have parked it will be clearly marked on a map for your reference.

Return to top of page in Safari in iOS
~iCreate
This is a little-known iOS classic, but if you want to quickly return to the top of a web page or any other scrollable content then simply tap on the time display at the top of the screen. You will be taken there instantly.

Betty’s Bookmarks, September 2018

https://bit.ly/2opMeJK
Some security for you iPhone here. Take a look.

https://www.imore.com/how-back-your-icloud-contacts-and-calendar-data
If you worry that the cloud may fail you at some time? Back up your iCloud contacts and calendar data to your Mac. Here are the instructions.

https://tidbits.com/2018/08/08/macos-hidden-treasures-secrets-of-the-system-preferences-window/
Learn some hidden treasures in your System Preferences.

https://tidbits.com/2018/08/27/nas-what-you-need-to-know-before-buying/
Learn about NAS (network-attached storage) here.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3299447/iphone-ipad/what-to-expect-from-apples-september-event.html
SAVE THE DATE! September 12 is the date of Apple’s next event. Read about what we can expect to hear about that day.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3298858/data-center-cloud/one-workaround-for-merging-two-apple-id-accounts.html
Do you have 2 Apple ID accounts? Not a good idea but here’s a workaround for for to merge them.

https://www.relay.fm/mpu/445
You can listen to a podcast here. It’s called HomeKit Intensive. So much to learn. While you’re on the website, look at other podcasts or subscribe and get them using iTunes or another podcast app.

https://www.imore.com/how-use-family-sharing-photos-icloud
With summer coming to an end you may need to gather all the summer vacation photos and share them with family members. Learn just exactly how to do it here.

Mary’s X Files, August 2018

Improve Siri Functionality in iOS
~iCreate
Siri has its own dedicated section in Settings where you can enable functionality for individual apps. You can also educate Siri about yourself, including key locations and family members. Here’s how it’s done…

1. Open your Contacts app and then find your own personal contact card in your directory. Tap to open it,
2. Add More Details – Tap the ‘Edit’ option in the top-right corner and then add in as many details as possible, including family members.
3. Select Card – Go to Settings>Siri and tap on the ‘My Info’ option. Now simply locate and select your personal card for Siri to use.

Lauch Wireless Diagnostics on Mac
~iCreate
How to Locate and Launch your Mac’s Built-in Signal Scanner – If you suspect that the wireless connectivity issues you are suffering are the result of a poor signal then your Mac’s Wireless Diagnostics app can help. Strangely, this mythical app doesn’t reside in your Launch Pad by default and locating it is almost akin to summoning spirits! Once open, the app will scan your wireless network and highlight any issues that arise.

1. Access the app – The easiest way to launch the Wireless Diagnostics app is to hold the Alt (option) key before clicking on the Wi-Fi menu bar icon and choosing ‘Open Wireless Diagnostics’.

2. Check Performance – Before clicking on ‘Continue’, go to Window>Performance (or hit Alt+Cmd+5) and three graphs will be generated that gauge your Wi-Fi connection.

3. Monitor Graphs – Leave the app running so that your Wi-Fi connection can be monitored over time and the graphs should highlight possible dips and spikes.

Your Wi-Fi performance charts
~iCreate
While in the Wireless Diagnostics app, you can bring up the following Wi-Fi performance chart by going to Window>Performance. Here’s a guide to what the graphs mean…

1 This graph displays the data rate of your wireless network in Mbps. Monitor this graph over the course of a few hours and if you see noticeable dips or a complete drop of signal then it indicates that there is a problem somewhere.

2 The middle chart, labelled ‘Quality’, displays the ratio of signal to noise. All being well, this line should be relatively straight with slight spikes and dips. If it frequently dips then it indicates that something is interfering with your Wi-Fi signal.

3 The lower graph, marked ‘Signal’, highlights both the signal strength and measured noise, both of which are measured in Decibel- milliwatts (dBM). Ideally, you should be looking at a signal of between -60 to -10dBM and noise below -75dBM.

4 Monitor all three graphs over time to get a clearer picture of how your Wi-Fi is performing. In the lower graph, the two lines should be close together if all is good. If they’re not then try to eradicate the noise by repositioning
the router.

Change the navigation icon in Google Maps
~iCreate
Although Apple Maps has improved greatly since it made its debut six years ago (and let’s face it, it could hardly have got any worse), many still swear by Google Maps. We won’t go into the ins and outs of why that is but if you do make use of this wonderful app on your iPhone, then you’re in for a little treat.

Rather than follow a blue navigation arrow while you’re driving, you can now add some fun to even the dullest of journeys by swapping it out for a vehicle instead. While it’s admittedly cosmetic, there are currently three to choose from (a saloon, truck or 4×4), each of a cartoon-like nature. We reckon we’ll see more of them in the future as word gets around about their inclusion.

Betty’s Bookmarks, August 2018

https://bit.ly/2AynZ4O
Mojave will be available soon for you to install. Be ready by knowing exactly how to create a bootable macOS Mojave installer drive.

https://bit.ly/2KnNju5
More for you to know before you perform Mojave system update. Apple has moved it – read this article to find out where it is.

https://bit.ly/2vwQU3H
More How To Do It before you have iOS 12 and Mojave ready for installation. This one is Continuity Camera. I think you’ll like it.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ios-12/
Here’s what’s new in iOS 12. You’ll be so ready for it.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macos-10-14/
Here’s what’s new in macOS Mojave. This will really get your excitement up.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/2018-iphones/
Read the rumors about Apple’s 2018 iPhones. It won’t be long now!!!

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/watchos-5/
Apple Watch will have watchOS 5 released soon. Bring it on!

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204389
Sharpen your Siri skills here. She is amazing – you’ll wonder where she’s been all your life.

https://www.lifewire.com/iphone-sos-emergency-calls-4159596
Learn how to use Apple SOS.

https://www.lifewire.com/two-factor-authentication-on-iphone-4148483
If you aren’t using Two Factor Authentication – here’s another chance.

https://www.lifewire.com/set-up-personal-hotspot-on-iphone-2000120
Using Personal Hotspot on your iPhone – set up instructions here. You’ll use it in so many situations.

https://www.apple.com/shop/trade-in
Here’s a simple and possibly a better way to part with your favorite device. Use Apple GiveBack.