Apple Maps have come along way since Scott Forestall first introduced them with iOS 6 in 2012. I prefer them over Google Maps most of the time, especially with regard to navigation. However, as one might suspect, they still are not on the same playing field with Google Maps when it comes to search results from within the app. This might not be the case for you, and even though you may know that you have countless alternative options when it comes to competing map programs–you do have options. There is actually a quick and easy way to navigate to an address from within a different mapping app if you already have the address loaded into Apple Maps–here’s how.
Apple makes it so easy, you don’t even have to have the alternative app downloaded to your iPad prior to starting this process. Like I mentioned previously, you need to have your address, or pin drop (approximate location) already loaded in Apple Maps. Once entered, the location (address) will show a pin on your iPad screen with a label defaulting to the driving directions and the estimated time it will take to navigate the that location. When you tap on that label you will see a split screen showing a satellite view of the location and options to drive to that location or to use that location as your starting point. Selecting either will give you itemized turn-by-turn directions. You can then select the “Route” button in the top right of the screen to see the full route on a map.
Ever wonder how much storage space your iPad has available? How about how many apps you have installed on your device, or how much space those apps occupy? Ever want to know what apps take up the most space, or how you can manage all of the above in one place? Look no further–app management doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here’s how to manage the storage on your iPad.
First, open your Settings app–> then select General–>Usage–> Manage Storage. Here you will get a comprehensive list of the available and used storage space on your iPad. In addition, you also will see a break down of ALL the apps you have installed on your iPad in order from largest to smallest.
Among the most successfully argued benefits of owning an iPad–mobility has always been near the top. The ability to use your iPad as a replacement device for desktop or bulkier laptop computer definitely has it merits–as Federico Viticci illustrated quite effectively. Unfortunately, though, for this theory to work to it’s fullest potential you undoubtedly need to pair your iPad with your favorite Bluetooth keyboard. Luckily there are no shortages of keyboards to choose from. In fact, your toughest challenge for using your iPad as your primary productivity device might actually be in choosing the keyboard to use.
No matter what you end up going with, the process of pairing your iPad with a wireless keyboard remains the same. Start by opening the Settings App, then select Bluetooth. Turn the feature on so that your iPad is discoverable by other compatible devices. One your Bluetooth Keyboard is turned on and is impairing mode, (follow instructions for your device) it will become visible in the “Devices” list on your iPad. When this happens, select your device. You will now be prompted with a pairing code that needs to be entered on the Bluetooth Keyboard. Key in the code, and press enter.
I love To-Do lists and Productivity apps in general. Some may say I love them to a fault. See if this sounds familiar–you want to find the perfect To-Do / Productivity list app. You try so hard, and you invest so much time in researching your needs against what is available that you never can decide on just the right one. This has been a problem form me for years–and I’m sure part of the problem is me and my indecisiveness with regard to this issue. However, there has to come a time when you decide to either [email protected] or get off the pot.
I always enjoyed using Wunderlist, but it never quite fit my needs with regard to how I _wanted_ to use it, and the support and integration it had with other apps was lacking for me. So, a few month ago I started using Evernote as a task manager/To-Do list/repository of all things important from my work, my writing and my personal life. Thomas has already written extensively on the merits of such a move.
Now, again, I’m reconsidering my choice. Wunderlist CEO Christian Reber announced major changes coming to the Wunderlist platform this year–and they all sound great!
Privacy is a big deal–especially these days. Luckily with iOS 8 you’ve got options when it comes to personalizing your privacy settings. One of the more configureable settings within Privacy is Location Services. Location based services are a hot topic these days, especially as we become more and more dependent on our mobile devices to navigate through our roads and our lives. As with any service, the more informed we are about our choices the better prepared we will be to make decisions.
Here’s how you configure your own Location Services on your iPad. First, open Settings–> Privacy–> Location Services. If not already on, slide the tab over to activate. Location services use Bluetooth and crowd sourced Wi-fi locations to determine your location, so obviously these settings need to be turned on as well to best determine your location.
Notification Center has an all new look in iOS 8. Configuring how and which notifications you receive from your arsenal of downloaded apps doesn’t have to be rocket science. If you are new to iOS, are having difficulties setting up notifications on your iPad, or you have no idea what Notification Center is all about–you’ve come to the right place.
What is Notification Center?
First things’s first–do you know where to find Notification Center on your iPad, and what is it used for? No matter what page or app your are viewing, you can access Notification Center at any time by swiping down from the top of the screen. It can be the middle, left or right side–it doesn’t matter it all works the same. When you swipe down to reveal Notification Center you will notice two viewing options–the “Today” view, which shows you all of your selected widgets, and your collection of system-wide notifications.
One of the lesser known feature settings in iOS is Do-Not-Disturb. First introduced in iOS 6, Do-Not-Disturb is a very useful utility that is easy to configure, and provides users with one unique function. iPad users can choose when and what notifications and calls they receive. Here’s how to set-upon your iPad.
Open the Settings app, and select Do-Not-Disturb (the icon with the crescent moon). At this point you can either turn the Manual controls on–which will keep all alerts from coming through, or you can schedule when you would like to have your notifications and FaceTime calls muted.
We all have the need to transfer files between our devices from time to time. Sometimes it’s easy, and we have a number of viable options available to us. Other times, not so much. Perhaps our files are too large, or too many in number for the usual methods we use. For times like these we now have a new option available to us, and it’s called Weafo. Well, actually it’s called Weafo – Transfer voice memos, pages, keynote, csv files and other contents instantly via WiFi, but we’ll just call it Weafo for short.
The premise is simple. With iOS 8, you now have the ability to share files, pictures, voice memos, etc via Apple’s new extension share feature. Some of the more notable features in Weafo include…
- No need to open any app, just use iOS8 Share Extension to transfer files.
- Transfer everything: Excel, pdf, word, power point, link, text, map, image, contacts, notes, sound, video etc…
- Easy to Use: No need to install app on your computer(or other devices) just open a browser and enter the IP address Weafo gives you.
- LARGE Size Files: Transfer large size files fast and simple
- Cable Free: Transfer files to your computer without using USB cable.
- Group Transfer: You can transfer files to more than one device simultaneously.
- Weafo Compression: If you want more speed, if you want to stay organized, Weafo compresses several files into a single ZIP archive for you.
- Safe transfer: You can set a password before start transferring to prevent strangers access your data.
With their latest update to the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word & PowerPoint) Microsoft has finally added the ability to save and interact with your documents in your iCloud Drive. As long as you are running iOS 8 you can now open, edit and save your work to iCloud Drive, as well as share your documents between multiple apps. This is a welcome addition to the existing locations you could already save your document to, which included a local version on your device, SharePoint locations, and cloud options like OneDrive and recently added Dropbox.
To open and edit a document that is already saved in iCloud, simply launch the app, tap on the Open folder and select from the more option. When More is selected your iCloud Drive panel screen will open revealing all your current folders.
Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.
Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.
This week’s pick is ESPN, now _finally_ optimized for the the iPad, along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Released as an all new, updated version of the previously named SportsCenter app, ESPN now provides an easy, convenient way to follow your favorite teams no matter what screen you are viewing in app. ESPN describes the app like this:
The ESPN App gives you up-to-the-minute scores and news with loads of video highlights, all while beautifully optimized for the iPhone 6, 6+ and the iPad! Sign in and customize the ESPN App with your favorite teams to get all of your favorite teams’ scores, news and alerts as fast as a Kam Chancellor pick six.
With iOS 8 Apple introduced Family Sharing. This feature might not be for everyone, as Thomas demonstrated for us in his early review back in October. However, for my family it has been an excellent way to track and approve my 12 year old son’s app purchase requests. In addition, we now have a calendar that was automatically created for our whole family to share. The Family Sharing Calendar isn’t our default calendar for keeping all of our important appointments and meetings in. Our personal calendars are ridiculously overloaded with information, so we choose to make use of seperate iCloud calendars for each member of the family for that purpose. However, if we have a special event, or quick change of plans that the whole family need to be aware of, the Family Calendar serves that purpose well.
While we’re on the subject of the measurable utility of shared calendars, it is important to point out that you can also share your iCloud calendars with other iCloud users–even those not in your Family. Shared calendars can be seen in their entirety by others, but you can also limit the user’s access and permissions, too. Since it is your iCloud calendar, you can decide who can add or change event within the calendar as well as if you want to share a read-only version for reference purpose only.