iOS 12 Lets You Use Google Maps or Waze in CarPlay

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Prior to iOS 12, Apple Maps was the only mapping app you could run on the dashboard with CarPlay. This is nice if you use Apple Maps, but what if you use another map app such as Google Maps or Waze? The good news is with iOS 12 and the most recent updates to Google Maps and Waze, you can now use these maps instead of Apple Maps. Just upgrade your iPhone to iOS 12 and update to the latest version of Google Maps or Waze for iOS, you’ll be able to use those apps on your CarPlay screen.

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Apple iPhone XS Vs iPhone XR: What’s The Difference?

A very interesting comparison between the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. If you are looking at upgrading or purchasing one of these new iPhones, I highly recommend you read this. You may be surprised at some of the differences and if they matter.

Apple iPhone XS Vs iPhone XR: What’s The Difference?:

Those determined (or able) to live on the cutting edge can opt for the iPhone XS series but for everyone else, the iPhone XR is the model to buy. It’s the most interesting iPhone Apple has made in years…

Tutor for Stocks on the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

I have a new tutorial ready for you! Learn all about the all new Stocks app on the Mac in Tutor for Stocks for the Mac.

Tutor for Stocks on the Mac – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

Apple introduced the Stocks app in macOS Mojave. With the Stocks app, we can watch our favorite stocks, view the most recent news on our stocks, and even view our stocks using the Today view on the Mac. In this tutorial we look at the major features, as well as some minor features of the new Stocks app with Tutor for Stocks on the Mac.

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Exploring Custom watchOS Watch Faces – David Smith, Independent iOS Developer

A fun read on the idea of developing watch faces for the Apple Watch. It’d be interesting to see what developers would come up with if Apple opened up watch faces. I really like his Weather face.

Exploring Custom watchOS Watch Faces – David Smith, Independent iOS Developer:

I spent the better part of this week making my own watch faces, and it was glorious! This is the most fun I’ve had in development in a long time.

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CVS Pharmacy Now Accepting Apple Pay in Stores – Mac Rumors

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CVS Pharmacy has officially launched support for Apple Pay nationwide this week, a few months after Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the retailer would be accepting Apple Pay later in the year. CVS has been gradually rolling out support for Apple Pay at its stores in recent weeks, and now it appears to be officially complete.

Features of macOS 10.14 Mojave You Won’t Want to Miss

With last year’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra, Apple made no big changes to the Mac OS, instead, they focused on refining the OS and bug fixes. In keeping with their alternating cycle of releases, this year’s macOS 10.14 Mojave includes plenty of new features in addition to bug fixes. Let’s take a look at a few of these.

Dark Mode and Dynamic Desktop
Mojave features a new Dark mode that reverses the standard black-on-white look with light gray text on a dark background throughout the interface. To change it, go to your System Preferences > General. If you find the white window backgrounds too bright on your Mac, Dark mode will be the way you may want to go.

With Dynamic Desktop, your wallpaper or desktop picture will change throughout the day. It really is just eye candy, but it is kind of nice to see the subtle change throughout the day. Select either Mojave or Solar Gradients in System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop, and your wallpaper will change throughout the day.

Finder Stacks and Groups
Turning to more practical changes, Mojave’s Finder boasts a few new features to help you better navigate a cluttered Desktop and overflowing folders. Control-click the Desktop and choose Use Stacks, and the Finder will combine all the related icons on your Desktop into stacks. It collects them by kind by default, but you can instead have it group them by various dates or even by tags. Click a stack to see what’s inside. This is one of my favorite features!

Quick Actions in the Finder and Quick Look
The Finder’s new tricks go even further, with Quick Actions. Controlled in System Preferences > Extensions > Finder, these quick actions let you rotate or mark up a document within the Finder’s preview pane or a Quick Look window (select a file and press the Space bar). Other quick actions let you create PDFs and trim video.

Most useful of these is the Markup quick action, which gives you most of Preview’s editing tools—cropping, annotating, and more—right in a Finder or Quick Look window. With this feature, you don’t have to open up an app to markup a document. Very useful for marking documents up!

Still and Video Screen Captures, with Editing
Markup also features prominently in Mojave’s new screen capture interface. You’ve long been able to press Command-Shift-3 for a screenshot of the entire screen and Command-Shift-4 for a portion of the screen. Now, press Command-Shift-5 for an interface to those capabilities, plus video screen recording, which was also possible before with QuickTime Player.

These features may not be new, but they’re a lot easier to use in Mojave, and there are a few new options, such as being able to keep the same size selection across multiple screen captures and include the pointer in screenshots.

Continuity Camera with iPhone
Have you ever wanted to insert a photo or scanned page into an email message or document? Mojave makes this easier with Continuity Camera, a feature that lets you use your iPhone within a Mac app. In Notes, for instance, start a new note, and then choose File > Insert from iPhone > Take Photo/Scan Documents. Either way, your iPhone immediately switches to the appropriate photo or scanning mode, and the resulting photo or scan lands in your note. This works with multiple apps including the iWork app and Mail.

iOS Apps: News, Stocks, Voice Memos, Home
Apple has been emphatic that it is not planning to retire macOS in favor of iOS. However, the company does want to make it easier for developers to write apps that run in both operating systems. As the first phase of that strategy, Apple has ported four iOS apps to the Mac: News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.

They look a little different from the iOS versions, as they should, but they work similarly, and you can sync their settings and data between your devices via iCloud (look in System Preferences > iCloud on the Mac and in Settings > Your Name > iCloud in iOS).

If you’d like to see more or see some of the features in action, check out my tutorial on What’s New in macOS Mojave.

Make More Space for Documents by Putting Your Dock on the Side of Your Mac’s Screen

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Apple locates the Dock at the bottom of the Mac’s screen by default. That location may interfere with you seeing as much of your document windows as you’d like. You may know you can set the Dock to appear only when you move the pointer to the bottom edge of the screen. But there’s a better way: There is plenty of room on the side of the screen to put the Dock and it won’t get in the way of most document windows. To move your Dock, Open System Preferences > Dock, and select Right or Left from the Position on Screen radio buttons.

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Apple iPhone XS Max review: Flagship imaging power – DxOMark

Lots of information and photos from the iPhone XS Max Camera.

Apple iPhone XS Max review: Flagship imaging power – DxOMark:

The Apple iPhone XS Max comes with one of the best mobile cameras we have ever tested, and in many areas offers noticeable improvements over last year’s iPhone X. Both still and video image quality in bright light are excellent, with a very wide dynamic range and good detail. Autofocus and image stabilization work swiftly and efficiently, and the camera is very reliable overall, consistently delivering good results.

What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPad – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

I have a new tutorial available online – What’s New on the iPad with iOS 12.

What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPad – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

Are you new to iOS 12 on the iPad or do you want to learn what is new before you upgrade your iPad to iOS 12? I can help with What’s New in iOS 12 on the iPad. The lessons cover major features new in iOS 12 including the new screen time and battery usage, schedule Do Not Disturb to turn back off automatically and using Shortcuts. I also cover minor features such as sharing photos with a link and showing icons in Safari tabs. See what’s new in iOS 12 with the iPad with this tutorial.

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iPhone XS: Why It’s A Whole New Camera – Halide

I found this to be an interesting article on the software behind the iPhone’s new camera.

iPhone XS: Why It’s A Whole New Camera – Halide:

The iPhone XS doesn’t just have a bigger sensor: It has a whole new camera — and the biggest change is its reliance on computational photography.

A Hidden Trick that Lets You Navigate Your iPhone with One Hand

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Depending on the size of your iPhone, you may not be able to reach an app or feature you need without using another hand. But sometimes one hand is all you can spare. If you find yourself in such a situation, give Reachability a try. On an iPhone with a Home Button, tap (don’t press) the Home button twice to slide the iPhone’s interface halfway down the physical screen, bringing everything into reach of your thumb. On the Face ID–equipped iPhone X it’s a little more tricky but once you get it, it’s not that bad. You put your thumb in the bottom of the screen — about at the top edge of the Dock if you were on the Home screen — and swipe down. You can use apps normally for a tap or two, and then they’ll expand back to the full screen to show the full interface. If Reachability is off (or if you want to turn it off), go to Settings > General > Accessibility.

See it in action on an iPhone with a Home Button or on an iPhone X.

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Top Features of iOS 12 to Take Advantage of Right Away

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Are you feeling left behind because you don’t have the latest iPhone or iPad? Don’t, because Apple’s new operating system, iOS 12, promises to increase performance, particularly for older devices as far back as the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Also, iOS 12 offers more than just a speed boost. Sure there are some fun features, but iOS 12 helps you use your device less. That’s important, as it becomes increasingly obvious that many people spend more time than they’d like on addictive social media apps, games, and cat videos.

Screen Time
The big feature for helping you control device usage is Screen Time. Found in the Settings app, Screen Time reports on how much time you spend using different apps, how often you pick up your device, and how many notifications interrupt you. You can check it anytime and get weekly reports, and use this information to help you reduce undesirable usage.

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In addition to viewing your time on your iOS device, Screen Time has two helpful options, Downtime and App Limits. With Downtime, you can specify a time period when you can only receive phone calls and use specific apps you set in Always Allowed. App Limits let you set how long you may use certain categories of apps.

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Even better, you can set Downtime and App Limits for a child’s iPhone or iPad, ensuring that they can’t play games after bedtime or text their friends during dinner.

Notification Management
It’s easy to become overwhelmed with notifications, especially if you have chatty friends in messaging apps. iOS 12 can reduce the impact of non-stop notifications. On the Lock screen, iOS 12 now groups message threads and multiple notifications from the same app. Tapping a group expands it so you can see the details.

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Plus, with a feature called Instant Tuning, you can change notification settings for an app right from a notification – I love this new feature. Swipe left on a notification and tap Manage. Instant Tuning also lets you send notifications to Notification Center silently so they don’t interrupt you but are available later.

Do Not Disturb
IOS 12 DND 768x838In the “it’s about time” department, iOS 12 beefs up Do Not Disturb so it works more the way people do. When you bring up Control Center and force-touch or tap and hold on the Do Not Disturb button, it expands to let you turn on Do Not Disturb for 1 hour, for the rest of the day, until you leave your current location, or until a scheduled meeting is done. The beauty of these new options is that they disable Do Not Disturb automatically so you don’t have to remember—and potentially miss important notifications. Plus, a new Bedtime option in Settings > Do Not Disturb dims the display and silences overnight notifications until you unlock your device in the morning.

Siri Shortcuts
Another new feature, Siri Shortcuts, aims to help you use your device more effectively. As Siri learns your routines, it will start suggesting shortcuts for common actions, either on the Lock screen or when you pull down on the Home screen to search. You can see its suggestions in Settings > Siri & Search > All Shortcuts, and for those that seem useful, record a custom phrase that will start the shortcut. Plus, a new Shortcuts app that you can download from the App Store lets you create more complex shortcuts that can run multiple steps at once.

Smaller Changes
Those may be the most significant changes in iOS 12, but they’re far from the only ones. Here’s a sampling of other refinements you’ll notice:

  • Apple has redesigned the iBooks app and renamed it Books. Look for a tutorial on this soon.
  • The News, Stocks, and Voice Memos apps also received redesigns, Stocks and Voice Memos are now available on the iPad, and all three have made the jump to the Mac in Mojave, with their data synced via iCloud. Look for tutorials on these soon as well.
  • A new Measure app uses augmented reality to help you measure objects in the real world.
  • In Settings > Battery, iOS 12 shows graphs of battery usage and activity for the last 24 hours or the last 10 days.

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Tired of PDFs or Other Documents Opening in the Wrong App?

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When you double-click a document, macOS will open that document in a default app. macOS uses the document’s file extension to figure out which app should open the file. As an example, by default, a PDF file called lighthouses.pdf opens in the Preview app because the Finder knows that everything with a .pdf extension should open in Preview.

But what if you would prefer to open .pdf files in Adobe Reader, or you want comma-separated value (.csv) text files to open in Numbers by default? To change any mapping or what app a document will open in by default, select a file of the type in question, so to change what PDFs open in, select a PDF, any PDF. Then choose File > Get Info to open the Info window. In the Open With section, click the pop-up menu to choose the desired app that you want that type of document to open in and then click the Change All button. So in my example, you’d select Adobe Reader and then click on the Change All button if you want all your PDFs to open in Reader instead of Preview.

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What’s New in macOS Mojave – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials

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I have another tutorial ready fo you! Hope you find it helpful!

What’s New in macOS Mojave – Mac, iPad, and iPhone Tutorials:

In this tutorial, I take a look at the major new features in macOS Mojave as well as some of the smaller features. Lessons include viewing recent apps in the Dock, the new privacy options macOS Mojave offers, using Desktop Stacks (I love this new feature), taking screenshots, using a Dynamic Desktop for your background picture, inserting photos with Continuity Camera, what’s new in Mail, what’s new in Safari, and more.

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Meet the People Helping Tim Cook Run Apple – Bloomberg

An interesting read on key executives at Apple.

Meet the People Helping Tim Cook Run Apple – Bloomberg:

Cook is the face of Apple. And design supremo Jony Ive is arguably the next-most important executive. But more than 100 other folks collectively help run the world’s most valuable company.