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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.

Spotlight
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!

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

iOS11-photo

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.

Files
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!

Sincerely,
Dan Wassink

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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!

Dan Wassink

Personal Note

Dan WassinkHello everyone! You may have noticed that there hasn’t been a lot of activity on the site over the last couple months. Why? Well back in March I had emergency surgery and they discovered I had appendix cancer, a very rare form of cancer. The good news is they are treating it as ‘curable’ but it took a couple more surgeries in July and August. The surgery in July was a big one as I had what they call the ‘mother of all surgeries’ (MOAS). This involves the HIPEC procedure where they pump chemo in my abdomen for 90 minutes. After this surgery, the doctor was very pleased with the outcome. On my last checkup he told me he believes he got all the cancer. I am recovering now and I plan on starting to update the site on a more regular basis again. Look for more news, tips, and tutorials soon! Thank you for for your support and patience!

– Dan