About 18 months ago, I wrote a blog post called, Why I Stopped Wearing an Apple Watch. 18 months later, the Apple Watch has returned to my wrist. Why? I enjoyed wearing mechanical watches. I really did. I bought, (and sold), several different models as I explored the types of watches that I thought I might like to wear. I read blog posts, watched YouTube videos and joined online watch communities to learn as much as I could. However, I ultimately decided that the best watch for me is the Apple Watch. Ironic, right? Here’s why I went full circle and returned to the fold.Continue reading Why I Started Wearing an Apple Watch…Again
When iPads and MacBooks started to work their way into classrooms, so did the Apple TV. Why? It was an easy way for teachers to project their device wirelessly to a projector using AirPlay. The Apple TV could sit, unnoticed, on top of an LCD projector and remain idle until it was needed. The only problem, was the cost. At $149 for an Apple TV HD, it was not an insignificant outlay, particularly if you were buying 50 or more for all the classrooms in your school. However, an Apple TV isn’t the only way to use AirPlay in your classroom. You can use a Roku instead.Continue reading How to Use AirPlay Without an Apple TV
Live Photos are a great way to add life to moments of joy that you capture with your iPhone or iPad camera. When a photo isn’t enough, but a video is overkill, the Live Photo is exactly what you need. They are enabled by default on all iOS devices, but they are easy to turn off by mistake. In this guide we will look at how to enable, edit and convert live photos so that you can take full advantage of this fun file format!
Recently, when I upgraded my iPhone to a newer model, I noticed that the battery percentage was gone. This was a little unsettling. I love seeing the battery percentage on my iPhone. Without it, the small, white battery icon is just not precise enough, and it rarely serves to give an accurate representation of how much longer my iPhone will last. However, I soon learned that the battery percentage was not gone, it just moved, and in the latest version of iOS there are multiple ways for you to show your iPhone battery percentage. Here are five of my favorites.
The release of iOS 14 brought hardly any changes to the Safari web browser, but it did include one notable feature that Apple is sure to build on in future releases. Website translation is now possible when you visit sites that were written in one of seven different languages. This is useful if you are trying to see how news is reported in different countries, or if you are traveling and want to keep up with the latest information in that region. In this post, I am going to show you how that works, and give you some options on what else you can do if you are looking for a language outside of the seven that Apple currently supports.Continue reading How to Translate Websites on iPhone or iPad with Safari
The iOS Shortcuts app is one of Apple’s best kept secrets. It might seem a little intimating, but with practice, Shortcuts will open up a whole new way for you to use and interact with your iPhone or iPad. This app expands the functionality of your device so that you can do things that you never thought possible, and it will save you time on repetitive tasks. Best of all, you don’t need to be a programmer or have any technical knowledge in order to get started using them today.
If you have an iPhone or an iPad then the chances are high that at some point in time, you have wished for the ability to set default apps. It’s easy to do on an Android device, but it always seemed like a glaring omission on iOS, and it never seemed to be much of a priority for Apple. The release of iOS 14 changed that because you can now set your default email client and web browser. This means Chrome, Firefox, or DuckDuckGo could be your default browser, while Gmail, Outlook, or Spark Mail could be your default email client. If you don’t want to use Safari or Mail, you don’t have to.
On Tuesday, Apple unveiled two new iPads. The eighth-generation iPad, and the fourth-generation iPad Air, replace existing models in the lineup and are undoubtedly important models for Apple. The $329 base model, is Apple’s best-selling iPad and a popular choice for schools, while the iPad Air is a tempting stepping stone for those who want more for their money without splurging on an iPad Pro. The only question that remains then, is whether or not these new models are a big enough upgrade to warrant any real attention. Let’s find out.Continue reading New: The 8th Generation iPad and 2020 iPad Air
When Apple released iOS 13.4, it included the ability to use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad. At first, it seems strange to use a mouse with an iPad, but you will be surprised at how quickly you get used to using one, especially if your main device is a laptop or desktop computer. It’s easy to get started, but the nuances of customizing it to meet your needs are hidden a little deeper than you might expect. In this post I will show you how to connect a mouse to your iPad and give you some options to customize it to work the way you want. Here’s what you need to know.Continue reading How to Use a Mouse With an iPad & Customize Controls
At WWDC this year, Apple unveiled its annual slew of software updates for iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS and tvOS. However, the update for the Mac may well be one of the biggest changes in recent memory. MacOS 11, or Big Sur as it was dubbed, could very well change how future Macs are defined. It has big implications for schools, families and everyone else who is using Apple devices as part of their daily routine. Here’s why.Continue reading Thoughts on MacOS 11: Big Sur, Big Changes