Tips and Help

How to Get Back to Siri’s Web Results Quickly

If you ask Siri a question and she searches the Web for the answer, you’ll get five results back from Google (Siri does not use Bing anymore!). Tap one of the results and it opens in Safari. But what if that page doesn’t contain the information you want? How do you get back to Siri’s results? The easy way is to tap the little Siri button that appears in the top-left of the screen. Or you can activate Siri again, but instead of speaking, swipe down on the screen until “What can I help you with?” disappears and your recent Siri queries appear with your last search results in view.


Apple News

In the Loop: Jony Ive on Apple’s new HQ and the disappearing iPhone

The pictures alone are worth the trip to reading this article. But there is more.

“The carbon-fibre roof, tested, built and unbuilt in Dubai, was made the same way you make the hulls of racing yachts and weighs just 80 tons. ‘This is the first time in the history of mankind that this has been done,’ says Behling.”

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Tips and Help

Merge Recognized Faces in Photos in Both iOS and macOS

An extremely welcome feature for your photos in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra is that the Photos app facial recognition syncs across iCloud Photo Library. Previously, people you identified on one of your devices remained unidentified on others. But what if Photos now identifies the same person twice, such that they have two separate entries in the People album? Just drag one entry on top of the other, in either the Mac or iOS version of Photos, and agree that they’re the same person when Photos asks. And with iOS 11 and High Sierra, these merged albums will sync across all your devices!


Noteboom News

What’s New in iOS 11 on the iPhone available in the iBooks Store

What’s New in iOS 11 for the iPhone is now available in the iBooks store! Over 1 1/2 hours in videos on how to use iOS 11’s new features on the iPhone. Get it today for only 99¢ USD! Not sure if it will help? Download a free sample!

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What's New in iOS 11 on the iPhone iBook

Noteboom News

Download What’s New with iOS 11 on the iPhone

I’m happy to announce you can now download our tutorial on What’s New in iOS 11 on the iPhone! The downloadable tutorial is in the iBook format, so you want view the lessons, over 1 1/2 hours, on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. If you are using iCloud, and I hope you are, once you download the iBook to your Mac, it will also be on all your other devices, it’s that easy.

Lessons included in the iBook:

  • What's New in iOS 11 on the iPhone iBookInterface Changes
  • Drag and Drop
  • Control Center
  • Screen Recording
  • Saving Screenshots
  • Notifications
  • New in Siri
  • Storage Management
  • Notes
  • Safari
  • Keyboard
  • Messages
  • Maps
  • Mail
  • News
  • Photos
  • Camera
  • New Files App
  • iCloud Storage and Sharing Files
  • App Store
  • Do Not Disturb while Driving
  • Emergency SOS and Medical ID

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Tips and Help

Siri learns new Languages for Translation


While you were enjoying your summer, Apple kept Siri busy by giving her intensive language classes. In iOS 11, Siri can now translate English words and phrases into Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. So if your next vacation takes you to Paris, you can now ask Siri for help you with commands like “How do I say ‘where can I find a bathroom’ in French?” or “Translate to French: ‘How much does the baguette cost’?’” Even better, tap the triangular play button to have Siri read the translation aloud so you can mimic it or let a someone hear Siri say it for you.


What's New in iOS 11 on the iPad

What’s New in iOS 11 on the iPad now Available

What's New in iOS 11 on the iPad

What's New in iOS 11 on the iPadI’m happy to announce I have a new tutorial available – What’s New in iOS 11 on the iPad! This tutorial includes 22 video lessons on iOS 11 on the iPad. Lessons cover what’s new in the interface, the redesigned Control Center, screen recording on the iPad, marking up screenshots, and the new Files app. The tutorial also covers the new features in Siri, iCloud, Notes, Safari, the keyboard, Messages, Maps, Mail, News, Photos, the camera, and the App Store. The tutorial is over 1 1/2 hours of video training and help for iOS 11 on the iPad.

Lessons include:

  • Interface Changes
  • New Screenshot Options
  • What’s New in Notifications
  • Control Center and Switching Apps
  • Recording your Screen
  • What’s New with Siri
  • New Storage Options and Offloading Apps
  • What’s New in Notes
  • What’s New in Safari
  • What’s New in the Keyboard
  • What’s New in Settings
  • What’s New in Maps
  • What’s New in Mail
  • What’s New in News
  • What’s new in Photos
  • What’s New in the Camera
  • New Files App
  • New iCloud Sharing and Storage
  • What’s New in the App Store
  • The New Dock
  • Slide Over and Split View
  • Drag and Drop on the iPad

Not a member? The tutorial includes free previews! Take me to the tutorial!

Tips and Help

New Shortcut for accessing the Camera in iOS 11


We’ve all done this. We are in a mad rush to open the camera on our iPhone as quickly as possible to catch the perfect action shot or incriminating video. You may know Apple lets you get to the camera in multiple ways: by swiping left on the Lock screen, using the Camera button in Control Center, and tapping the Camera icon on the Home screen. Well with iOS 11, Apple added another shortcut that could be useful: try this from within any app – swipe down from above the top of the screen to display the Lock screen, and then swipe left to get to the camera. I’ve been ‘training’ myself to open the camera using this technique as it’s a simple two-step process from within any app.


Tips and Help

7 New Features to like in watchOS 4


With watchOS 4 now arriving on Apple Watch users’ wrists, it’s time to make sure you aren’t missing out on any of the important and fun features the new watchOS has. watchOS 4 works on all Apple Watch models, even the original Apple Watch. It does require iOS 11, so if you’ve been waiting to upgrade the iOS on your iPhone, you’ll need to update it first.

#1: View Apple Watch apps in List View
This is my favorite feature. While selecting an app on the Apple Watch looks impressive, it can be challenging to locate and tap a specific app. What icon do I press? Now you can show all the Apps in a List view, accessed by force-pressing the App screen. No more selecting the wrong icon when trying to open an app.


#2: Dock Scrolls Vertically instead of Horizontally
This is a close second on favorite new features! The dock now scrolls vertically instead of horizontally. It seems much more natural. Just press the side button to see the Dock, and you’ll notice that it now scrolls vertically—this makes sense since one of the ways to scroll it is by turning the digital crown. You can also now arrange Dock items based on either your favorites or which Dock items were used most recently. You set this via the watch app on the iPhone.

#3: Siri Watch Face
The new Siri watch face doesn’t add new speech capabilities, but it does show timely information, pulling in personal details and suggestions from apps such as Calendar, Reminders, and News. It also shows Now Playing controls when you’re playing audio on your iPhone, along with Apple News headlines and stock tickers. You can customize what data is shown in the Watch app on your iPhone. I really like this new watch face.

There is also a new Toy Story face and a Kaleidoscope face that changes slowly as time goes by—you can speed it up by turning the digital crown.


#4: Flashlight on Your Wrist
You can now use your Apple Watch as a flashlight. Just swipe up to find and tap the new Flashlight button in Control Center. When you select this, your Apple Watch turns the screen bright white. Out walking or running at night? Swipe left to access a flashing option. Press the side button or digital crown to turn the flashlight off. You can also swipe left again to turn the display to red.

#5: More Fitness Encouragement and Options
Need a little encouragement for the day? Or to close your rings in the evening? The Activity app is now more chatty and will make suggestions in the morning to inspire you. It will also remind you at night if you are close to closing a ring.

Apple gave the Workout app some nice attention, too. Starting a workout is easier than before: it now requires only one tap, Do Not Disturb turns on automatically, and your default playlist can even start playing. With the workout underway, you can now switch easily to a different workout type (swipe right and tap the + button), and see a multi-workout analysis at the end of the entire session.


Swimmers using an Apple Watch Series 2 or 3 can now track sets and rests, pace for each set, and distance for each stroke type. Apple also has added a High Intensity Interval Training workout type.

Finally, your Apple Watch can connect with some gym equipment, like ellipticals and indoor bikes, allowing it and the machine to share data. Look for an NFC label on your machine, and tap it with your watch.

#6: Multiple Playlists On the Go
Do you have AirPods and listen to music from your Apple Watch? With watchOS 4, you can sync multiple playlists and albums via the Music settings in the iOS Watch app. In previous versions of watchOS, you could only sync one playlist. Plus, for Apple Music subscribers, your automatically generated favorites mixes can sync automatically.

#7: More App Enhancements: Phone, Timer, and Camera
This is not necessarily a single features, but Apple also made improvements in other apps in watchOS 4. I use the Timer quite a bit and now the Timer now has a Repeat button, so you can repeat a timer with a single tap. I find myself using this more often than I thought. You can dial phone numbers manually with a new keypad in the Phone app. And the Camera app offers some new remote options, including support for starting and stopping videos.


All-in-all, watchOS 4 is a solid upgrade, and the changes will make your Apple Watch both more useful and easier to use. Look for an all new tutorial soon on watchOS 4 showing these new features and more!

What's New in iOS 11 on the iPhone

New Tutorial: What’s New in iOS 11 on the iPhone

What's New in iOS 11 on the iPhone
I’m happy to announce I have a new tutorial available after a long break – What’s New in iOS 11 on the iPhone! This tutorial include 22 video lessons on iOS 11 on the iPhone. Lessons cover what’s new in the interface, the redesigned Control Center, screen recording on the iPhone, marking up screenshots, the new Files app, and Do Not Disturb while Driving. The tutorial also covers the new features in Siri, iCloud, Notes, Safari, the keyboard, Messages, Maps, Mail, News, Photos, the camera, and the App Store. The tutorial is over 1 1/2 hours of video training and help for iOS 11 on the iPhone.

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Tips and Help

What’s New in macOS 10.13 High Sierra

macOS High Sierra

In Apple’s macOS High Sierra, the most noteworthy features are behind the scenes. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t new features to play with in High Sierra. I’ll share some of my favorite features below.

Let’s first talk about the invisible features. Apple’s invisible, under-the-hood changes modernize the Mac. The new APFS file system significantly improves how data is stored on your disk. It replaces the HFS+ file system, which dates from the previous century. You’ll notice the switch to APFS when you look up the size of a selected folder or duplicate a large file because the operation should run much more quickly. APFS also provides better FileVault encryption and reduces the chance of file corruption.

Also new is HEVC. This is one of my favorite invisible features. Why? Saves space. HEVC is a new video compression standard that will let videos stream better and take up less space on your drive. This is great for videos. But what about photos? Apple is introducing HEIF, an image format that boasts significantly better compression to keep photos from overwhelming your drive. HEVC and HEIF have other advantages too, but they’re so embedded into High Sierra (and iOS 11) that all you’ll notice is more space. Are these new formats compatible with other devices and online tools? Yes, when you drag images and videos out of Photos, they’ll come out in familiar formats suitable for sharing with other devices and online apps. All you’ll notice is your photos will start taking up less space. As a side note, the new format does not convert your old photos and videos, it only applies to new photos and videos.

Photos 3
What else is new in Photos? The sidebar on the left side of the window is always-on so it’s now easier to browse your photos. Photo editing is also more streamlined, with the Edit screen now separated into three tabs: Adjust, Filters, and Crop.

You can now edit Live Photos! Look at the bottom of the Adjust tab for controls for picking any frame as the static “key” frame, trimming the video, and applying special effects. Apple also added new effects. The most interesting effect blurs the Live Photo by turning the 3-second mini-movie into a single long exposure.

Those who are into tweaking photos by hand should check out the new Curves and Selective Color options on the Adjust tab. Or, if you’d prefer that your Mac do the heavy lifting, try the new filters on the Filters tab.

High Sierra features Photos
Faces now syncs with iCloud. Now when you train Photos to recognize faces, these new albums can be found on all your other devices too!

Lastly, Apple added the ability to edit your photos in third party apps such as Photoshop while keeping the photos in the Photos App. In the past, once you edited the photos in a third party app, Photos would not recognize the format.

Safari 11
Safari has a few new features. Safari now let’s you specify Web sites that should always open in Safari’s clutter-reducing Reader View, block some ads and auto-play videos, let you set the zoom level on a per-site basis, and more. You’ll find the settings for these new features in Safari Preferences. If you want to tweak these options for the current Web page, choose Safari > Settings for This Website to open a popover with the necessary controls.

High Sierra features Safari
Safari now offers Intelligent Tracking Protection (ITP), which limits advertisers’ cross-site tracking of where you’ve been online.

Notes 4.5
In Notes you can now add basic tables and the ability to pin your note which puts the selected note at the top of its list rather than listing it by order last edited.

High Sierra features Notes
Mail 11
Apple Mail messages got some love behind the scenes. The message storage takes 35% less space.

More obvious is how Mail revamped its behavior in full-screen view. Instead of the message-composition area overlapping most of the Mail window, the screen splits, and your new message appears at the right. This layout simplifies viewing an older message while drafting a new one.

FaceTime 4
A fun new FaceTime option is taking a Live Photo of your call. It’s a perfect way to record mini-movies of far-away relatives. If the person you’re chatting with allows Live Photos in FaceTime’s preferences, hover over the FaceTime window to see and then click the round Shutter button.

New in High Sierra, you can enter an airline flight number in Spotlight (click on the magnifying glass in the menu in the upper right hand corner of your display) to see oodles of flight-related info.

High Sierra features Spotlight
High Sierra won’t radically change how you use your Mac, but the features Apple has added will make the experience better for some apps. On top of that, you’ll save space in the future and your Mac will perform better. Not a bad upgrade! Look for a tutorial on macOS High Sierra this fall!

Tips and Help

Is iOS 11 the Most Important Version Yet for iPad Users?


The short answer is yes. Apple has long argued that you can use the iPad for productivity but hasn’t backed that claim up with the necessary features in iOS. That is until now with the new iPad-centric capabilities of iOS 11. These changes mske an iPad running iOS 11 more like a Mac, and that’s a good thing for those who want to do be more productive with their iPad.

Dock and Multitasking
Just like before, the new iOS 11 Dock is easy to find at the bottom of the Home screen. But more Mac-like than before—the left side shows apps or folders you’ve placed there by dragging them on (no need to touch and hold until icons shake anymore!) while the right side helps you get around more quickly by displaying recently used apps and any Handoff apps from your other Apple devices.

iOS11 iPad Dock

Most importantly, you can now view the Dock within any app, Just like the Mac. You no longer need to return to the Home screen as in previous iOS versions. Just swipe up slightly from the bottom of the screen in any app, and the Dock appears so you can switch apps with a single tap right away.

Or—this is great!—drag the app up from the Dock to where you want to go Dock to go–in Slide Over or Split View. Now you can easily work back and forth between two apps at once on the same screen.

The dock also holds more apps as favorites! Unlike the Mac, when you place an app in the Dock, it does remove it from the grid of other apps. On the Mac, you may recall, any app in the Dock is still found in the Applications folder, or wherever it is placed. So if you have an app in the Dock on your iPad, don’t look for it anywhere else.

Control Center and App Switcher
Switching apps with the Dock like you do on the Mac is easy, just swipe up to show the Dock and select the app you want to switch to. But when you invoke the App Switcher by swiping up to see the Dock and then continuing to swipe up (or by double-pressing the Home button or swiping up with four fingers), it now shows large thumbnails of the four most recent apps (or Slide Over or Split View screens) on the left, and the new Control Center to the right. Tap any app to switch to it. Swipe to the left to view more apps that are open. Tap on any Control Center button to toggle it. On most buttons, you can long press to view more options.

iOS11 iPad App Switcher

Don’t like all the buttons on your Control Center? You can now customize the buttons that appear in Control Center—visit Settings > Control Center > Customize to make it look the way you want.

Drag and Drop
With iOS 11, Apple finally brought drag and drop to the iPad! Touch and move text, graphics, or files between apps—you can even pick up an item with a finger and use your other hand to reveal the Dock and switch to your destination app before dropping the data.

Use this maneuver in situations where you would previously have used copy and paste or the awkward Share sheet—or just given up! Practice a few times to accustom yourself to the two-handed process. Once you get used to it, you’ll wonder how you did without it.

Just like the Mac, the iPad now provides a single place to browse and open all your files, and you can open a file with a single tap. All this happens in the new Files app, which replaces the iCloud Drive app. The new Files app includes a broader view of your files, providing access not just to iCloud Drive, but also to files on your device and in other cloud sharing services like Dropbox and Google Drive. (To add a sharing service whose app you’ve installed, tap Edit in the left-hand Browse panel).

iOS11 iPad Files app

Keyboard Flick
This is one of my favorite features. On iPads other than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iOS 11 simplifies typing on the virtual keyboard. You can now type numbers and many punctuation characters by swiping down on the appropriate key, rather than switching keyboards. Swipe down to see the key turn gray and show only the desired number or character, and then lift your finger.

iOS11 iPad keyboard

Apple Pencil
In iOS 11, the iPad Pro’s Apple Pencil becomes even more useful. Want to start a note? Just tap the Lock screen and start writing. Want to search your handwritten notes? Pull down on the Notes list to type your query, and Notes will find handwritten terms… as long as your handwriting is legible.

A new scanning feature in Notes makes it easy to bring a paper document into the iPad, where you can sign it with the Apple Pencil and send it on its way. We also like the new Instant Markup feature that lets you write on a PDF or screenshot easily—tap the Pencil icon at the upper right of the screen to start writing and to access the controls for color and tip below.

iOS11 iPad Instant Notes

With iOS 11, Apple has finally acknowledged that the iPad is not just an iPhone with a larger screen, they acknowledged the iPad needs its own features to be a productivity machine. With a little practice, you can be using an iPad, particularly an iPad Pro, for all sorts of serious tasks like email, word processing, Web research, and more. I know I am.

Dan Wassink

Tutorial and Health Update

Dan WassinkYou may be wondering where the tutorials are for the new watchOS 4 and iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad. In short, they are coming! They are delayed for a few reasons, one being I am still recovering from three surgeries in the last 6 months. More on that later. But also there are other reasons. With the Apple Watch, I want to cover the newest watch with LTE and I am going to do this with the Nike Apple Watch. Unfortunately, this is not available yet. Once it is available, I’ll order it and I’ll get that tutorial out for you! With iOS 11, I like to create the tutorials with the final release, not with the betas, so that means I am going to start recording these tutorials shortly.

What about macOS High Sierra and the iPhone X? Those are coming too! With High Sierra, I am also waiting for Screenflow to be updated. Currently Screenflow (the software I use to record the tutorials) does not support High Sierra. They tell me an update is coming soon. Of course, with the iPhone X I need to wait for it to be released – in November.

In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few tips to help you with these new OS’s.

On to my health, some of you may know that I was diagnosed with appendix cancer, a very rare form of cancer. This was first diagnosed after emergency surgery in March. Since then, I’ve had two more surgeries including the ‘mother of all surgeries’ (HIPEC). The good news is my wonderful doctor believes he got all the cancer! I am back at home after nearly a month in the hospital and I am slowly recovering (it’s a very slow recovery for this type of surgery). As you can imagine, this has put a delay on the tutorials. But the worst is behind me, recovery is going well, and I’m feeling good! Good enough to get back to work for you!

So to sum it up:

  • macOS High Sierra: Waiting for High Sierra to be released and an update to Screenflow so I can record the tutorial.
  • Apple Watch and watchOS 4: Waiting for the Nike Apple Watch to be released.
  • iOS 11 for the iPhone: I am working on the tutorial.
  • iOS 11 for the iPad: I am working on the tutorial as well.
  • iPhone X: Waiting for the new iPhone to be released.
  • I am cancer free and in recovery mode. Feeling good!

New tutorials are coming soon, but I first must wait for hardware for a few of these. My health is good and the doctor believes I am cancer free.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask, and thanks for your patience!

Dan Wassink

Tips and Help

iOS 11 Features You’ll Want to Try

New in iOS 11
Not buying a new iPhone this year? You can still enjoy a number of the “New and Improved” features Apple’s iOS 11 includes. There are quite a few new features and improvements in iOS 11, let’s take a lok at a few of these.

Getting Started
You’ll notice a few things right off after you install iOS 11. Dock icons no longer have names, and many Apple apps now have the bold text design Apple brought to the Music and News apps in iOS 10.

Although the new Automatic Setup feature won’t help you today, when you next get a new iOS device, it can transfer many settings from an older iOS 11 device automatically. Similarly, the new Share Your Wi-Fi feature lets you send your Wi-Fi network’s password to another iOS 11 device that tries to connect.

Need to recover precious space? Don’t want to buy a new iPhone with more storage? Choose Settings > General > iPhone/iPad Storage and you can offload unused apps (while keeping their settings and data), delete old Messages conversations automatically, and see how much space each app consumes. Deleting music from the Music sub-screen (tap Edit) will help too.
iOS 11 iPhone Storage

Special Screens
Apple redesigned the Control Center, which most people still get to by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (iPad users keep swiping up after the Dock appears, and iPhone X users will have to swipe down from the right-hand top of the screen). It’s back to a single page of icons, and you can access additional options by pressing and holding on any set of controls. Even better, you can add (and remove) controls in Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
iOS 11 Control Center

In the car? The Lock screen is all you’ll see by default now, thanks to the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature. This new feature blocks notifications and prevents you from using your iPhone while at the wheel. Your iPhone will also auto-replying to people who text you. Calls still come through to your car’s Bluetooth system, and texts from people designated as favorites can break through the texting cone of silence. Are you a passenger? You can disable Do Not Disturb While Driving easily from a notification on the Lock screen.
Do Not Disturb in iOS 11

Smaller Changes and App Updates
Here are a few smaller changes that you’ll appreciate include:

Siri sounds more natural, can do translations, and uses on-device learning to understand you better and provide more useful results.

On an iPhone, press the Sleep/Wake button five times quickly and swipe the Emergency SOS button, a new Emergency SOS feature will call 911 and notify your emergency contacts of your location. Tap Settings > Emergency SOS to set this up.

The password auto-fill feature now suggests stored login information for many apps right from the QuickType bar above the keyboard—manage this in Settings > Accounts & Passwords > App & Website Passwords.

Many of iOS 11’s built-in apps receive significant changes as well:

Camera: New file formats will make your videos and photos take up less space. There are a few new filters, and Camera can finally scan QR codes, which simplify loading Web sites, getting contact info, and connecting to Wi-Fi networks.

Photos: You can now apply looping, bouncing, and long exposure effects to a video in a Live Photo. Photos can at long last play animated GIFs and has a new Animated smart album to hold them.

Files: This is a major new app that replaces the iCloud Drive app. Look in Files for access not just to iCloud Drive, but also to files on your device and in other cloud sharing services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Think of it as the Finder from your Mac for your iPhone and iPad.

Messages: A new app drawer at the bottom of the screen tries to entice you to use iMessage apps. Most are just stickers, but some are useful and Apple provides a new Apple Pay app here (coming our with a later update to iOS 11) that lets you make person-to-person payments.
iOS 11 Messages app
Maps: Apple has added indoor maps of some airports and malls to Maps. Maps also now provides lane guidance on more complicated roads.

Notes: The new Instant Notes feature make starting a note as simple as tapping the Lock screen of an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, or the optional Notes button in Control Center. A note can now look like lined paper or graph paper (tap the Share button, then tap Lines & Grids). You can also now scan a document. The idea is that you then sign it with the Apple Pencil and send it on its way. Notes can also now find text in Apple Pencil handwriting.

Take some time to explore—we’re liking these new features and we think you will too!

Apple News

Apple responds to ad group’s criticism of Safari cookie blocking

Apple is introducing a new feature in Safari with macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 – Intelligent Tracking Prevention. We’ve all seen it, you visit a site and then move on to another site. While on the new site, you see ads for products on the site you were just on. These advertisers are tracking you. With Intelligent Tracking Prevention Apple uses machine learning to keep trackers, namely ad trackers and third-party data trackers, from following users as they browse from site to site. This brought some criticism from advertising organizations. Apple is not backing down and responded in a statement to The Loop. Kudos to Apple!

“Apple believes that people have a right to privacy – Safari was the first browser to block third party cookies by default and Intelligent Tracking Prevention is a more advanced method for protecting user privacy,” Apple said in a statement provided to The Loop.

Read more at The Loop.