Tis the season to get unsolicited calendar invitations to your iOS devices via your iCloud account. I never knew this was a “thing” until I recently became part of a large spamming exercise to lure unsuspected individuals in to view Black Friday offers. I’m not sure how long I had the invite in my Calendar since I use Calendars 5 by Readdle as my daily driver on my iPhone, and therefore have push notifications and icon badges turned off on Apple’s Calendar. It was when I glanced at my iPad’s “Apple” folder this afternoon that I thought I may have been spammed.
Many of you already know the importance of backing up your device, whether it be an iPad or an iPhone. If this is you, I apologize if you’ve heard this before, and I’m happy to hear that you are taking the few minutes it takes to protect your data. If you’re hearing this for the first time, or if you still haven’t ever backed up your device, pay close attention. These few easy steps are so painless and important. Unfortunately, for some reason many iPad and iPhone owners fail to _ever_ backup their devices. I have sen this happen time and time again. Just today I texted a friend of mine who wasn’t sure who I was because he washed his iPhone in the laundry and had lost all his contacts. I asked him when the last time he backed up his device, and her said never. Don’t let this happen to you. It is completely avoidable and only takes a few minutes.
The most widely used email client on iOS is the default Apple Mail app. Sure there are other email apps out there that are much more feature rich and great to use. However, the masses typically go with default programs that come pre-installed in their devices. In addition, if you aren’t the type of user who dives down deep into your settings, you generally miss out on some clever, helpful little tips on occasion. This is one of them. Did your know that in Apple Mail you can add additional mailboxes and personalize your views to show only the mailboxes and sub mailboxes you’d like to see? Surprisingly, I was unaware of this feature and accidentally stumbled across it one day.
In order to add or edit mailboxes start by opening the mail app and selecting “edit” in the upper right corner. Once you do this you will see a collection of new mailbox that can be added to, or replace any of your current mailbox views. These can be supplemental, or organized in the order and preference you choose.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Siri? A dictation assistant? A way to get help with directions? Someone to talk to and ask all sorts of ridiculous questions? Well, turns out, she is all that and so much more. When Apple introduced the “Hey Siri” feature in iOS 9 it increased the popularity of the service and made it a more personable interaction–as if you were having a conversation with a friend.
I have to admit, I’m a little old fashioned. I never have really taken full advantage of Hey Siri. Instead, most of the time I choose to physically interact with my phone rather than use voice commands to initiate actions. Perhaps it’s because I never took the time to discover all that Siri can do. When you launch Siri on your iOS device, but don’t initiate any dialogue right away, Apple pages through a series of lists that contain popular use cases. That’s good and well, but how useful is that for the average user–and will you really remember them in the future presented this way? Probably not.
During WWDC last month, Apple introduced an amazing new App that will be available to iPad owners running iOS 10 this fall. The App is called Swift Playgrounds, and it presents a unique way for users of every age and experience level to easily learn how to code in Apple’s Swift coding language at their own pace. iPad owners can follow through the lessons in natural progression, or jump around to specific topics depending on there interest level. In addition, every level can be repeated in any order at any time.
Even if you have no idea what coding is about, or have zero experience writing code of any kind, Swift Playgrounds makes the learning process extremely easy, intuitive and immediately rewarding. There will be additional Playgrounds/Lessons available after the official launch along side iOS 10. However, users who have access to either the Public or Developer betas will automatically have the app downloaded to their iPad and be able to immediately start exploring and mastering the concepts in this interactive programming Playground.
At WWDC last month we got our first glimpse of what Apple has planned for iOS 10 on the iPad. There will most likely be additional changes and unannounced features saved for when it’s released to the public. Having said that, the most notable new addition to iOS 10 on the iPad has to be Safari Split View. Just like its name suggests, Safari Split View lets you have two Safari windows open side-by-side.
It’s very similar to the regular Split View that can be used between two different apps. However, Safari split-view only lets your open half of the screen. Both windows have the same ratio that, at the moment, can’t be changed.
It happens to the best of us. Despite our best efforts, every once in a while our most prized Apple products either become lost or stolen. Luckily, you already added your Mac, iPhone or iPad to find my iPhone–right? If you did, then you have the ability to remotely erase your device(s). Before you consider wiping your device clean, make sure that you are unable to locate or track it on the Find My iPhone Map, and that playing the identifying sound does not reveal its location. If it’s not already apparent, erasing your device(s) will remove these actions as available options for you.
How to Erase your Device
To erase your iPad, first sign into your iCloud account on another one of your iOS devices, or via any supported web-browser. Next, view the list of your the available devices you have included in Find my iPhone, and select the name of the device that needs to be erased. Then tap the Actions button and select Erase iPad. You will next be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password. In addition, all iOS devices running iOS 7 or later have the ability to add a call back phone number and a short message to be displayed on the screen after the erase has been completed.
Backing up your iPad is the most important habit you should try to keep with regard to routine maintenance of your device. It’s the first step in your line of defense before ever attempting any trouble-shooting measures. Furthermore, it is a prudent operation you should take prior to updating to a different device. By backing up your iPad you instantly have a fail-safe to fall back on in the unlikely event that your iPad is lost, stolen, or has to be replaced for other various reasons. With back-ups you have a snapshot of the information on your device that makes it possible for you to transfer your data to another iPad.
So this then begs the question–how do you back-up your iPad, and which method will work best for you? Not all back-up are created equal, so it’s important to know the differences between the two methods.
Accessibility features on iOS are available to any user from the moment you buy your iPad or iPhone. Simply turn on your device and there are built in gestures that are immediately available to you. These can be invoked by either (triple) clicking the home button (to turn on VoiceOver) or via simple swipe gestures (double-tap the screen with three fingers to turn zoom off and on).
You can manage a variety of accessibility features on your iPad. To get started and see which features met you needs and are accessible to you, open the Settings App–> General–> Accessibility. Here you will find numerous options separated out by feature set.
Over time iOS has developed and matured into the most robust mobile operating system available today. With the addition of various accessibility features, Apple has made iOS available to a population that hasn’t previously been represented or adequately provided for. These built-in digital tools are very useful for those needing help with accessibility on their iPad or iPhone. Unfortunately, though, most iPad owners are unaware they are available, much less know where to look to find them if they wanted to take advantage of their benefits. Today we are going to focus on VoiceOver, and how this powerful accessibility feature can make navigating your iPad much easier.
How to Access VoiceOver on your iPad
Let’s start with how you can access and turn on VoiceOver. First, open the Settings app on your iPad and select General–> Accessibility–> VoiceOver. At this point you have many different options available to you. Simply turning on VoiceOver makes it possible to speak the items on your screen. The following, is how you activate this feature…
Whether you’re the occasional traveler, or you frequently leave the country for work excursions, even the most seasoned veteran commuters can become flummoxed when it comes to using your iOS device without incurring unexpected charges on your phone bill. So, what can you do as an iPad owner to ensure that all your available options are explored and checked off before you begin your trip?
Do you have access to Wi-Fi?
Before you use your iPad internationally, the first thing you need to do is to turn data roaming off. This will keep your iPad from using data altogether, even when connected to a local network. To turn off data roaming, open the Settings App on your iPad and select Cellular–> Turn Data Roaming off–if it isn’t already. When Cellular Data and Data Roaming are off, the cellular-data icon shouldn’t appear in the status bar.