Live Text Digitizes Text in Photos in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey

The most magical feature of Apple’s latest crop of operating systems—iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey—may be Live Text. You’re probably familiar with the concept of optical character recognition (OCR), which turns all the text on a scanned page into normal text you can select, copy, and edit. Live Text does exactly [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:37:21-04:00January 21st, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Live Text Digitizes Text in Photos in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey

Set Custom Text Sizes on a Per-App Basis in iOS 15

In previous versions of iOS, you could change the systemwide text size to make all apps—at least those that support Dynamic Type—display text at larger or smaller sizes. (Most people who use this feature want the text larger so it’s easier to read with aging eyes.) In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, however, Apple [...]

By |2022-01-05T16:24:55-04:00January 18th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Set Custom Text Sizes on a Per-App Basis in iOS 15

Apple’s Evolution of Do Not Disturb Helps You Focus

Between texts, alarms, reminders, calls, and myriad other notifications on our iPhones, iPads, and Macs, it’s a miracle we get anything done at all. To free us from this onslaught, Apple previously provided Do Not Disturb, which let you set times during which you could be free from interruption. In iOS 15, iPadOS 15, [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:34:22-04:00January 14th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple’s Evolution of Do Not Disturb Helps You Focus

Should You Use Apple’s New Password Manager in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey?

We continually recommend that every Apple user rely on a password manager like 1Password or LastPass for creating, managing, and entering passwords securely. What we haven’t encouraged as heavily is relying on Apple’s built-in password management features. Although they’re free, they’ve been too basic and hard to use over the years, relying largely on [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:32:47-04:00January 7th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Should You Use Apple’s New Password Manager in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey?

Avoid Inclement Weather by Enabling Notifications in iOS 15’s Weather App

Thanks to Apple’s 2020 acquisition of weather company Dark Sky, the iPhone’s Weather app has learned some new tricks in iOS 15. (It still isn’t available on the iPad, oddly.) Most obvious is its addition of weather maps that can show precipitation, temperature, and air quality. More subtle are the notifications that can alert [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:27:37-04:00December 28th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Avoid Inclement Weather by Enabling Notifications in iOS 15’s Weather App

FaceTime Gains Cool New Features in Apple’s Latest Operating Systems

It’s no exaggeration to say that videoconferencing went mainstream during the pandemic. However, Apple’s FaceTime didn’t stack up well against Zoom and others due to its emulation of the telephone call experience, questionable interface decisions, and lack of cross-platform compatibility. However, with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS 12 Monterey, Apple has nearly brought [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:31:00-04:00December 17th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on FaceTime Gains Cool New Features in Apple’s Latest Operating Systems

Pay Attention to the iPhone’s Emergency SOS Auto Call Feature

Did you know that pressing and holding the side button and one of the volume buttons on an iPhone 8 or later brings up a screen that lets you power your iPhone off, show your medical ID, and invoke Emergency SOS? (On earlier iPhones, press the side or top button five times.) Slide Emergency [...]

By |2021-12-02T17:24:46-04:00December 14th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Pay Attention to the iPhone’s Emergency SOS Auto Call Feature

Use Visual Look Up in Photos in iOS 15 to Identify Plants, Pets, and More

Have you ever wanted to identify a plant, flower, or pet breed, or find out what that famous painting is called? Us too. In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple added a new AI-driven feature called Visual Look Up that provides more information about photos of plants, flowers, pets, books, artworks, and landmarks. When [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:58:43-04:00December 7th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use Visual Look Up in Photos in iOS 15 to Identify Plants, Pets, and More

Apple Provides Temporary iCloud Backup Space for New Device Transfers

When you move from an old iPhone or iPad to a new one, the easiest approach is often the Quick Start device-to-device transfer. But if that doesn’t work, or if you have to give up one device before receiving the other, iCloud Backup is a fine alternative. Fine, that is, if you have enough [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:49:04-04:00November 30th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Apple Provides Temporary iCloud Backup Space for New Device Transfers

With Apple Watch Faces, Too Much Choice Can Be Confusing

The Apple Watch has a lot to offer older people, including heart rate monitoring, atrial fibrillation detection, fall detection, and electrocardiogram recording. But if you are—or are helping someone who is—of the generation where watches once did nothing beyond telling the time, too many options can be overwhelming. Adding to the confusion is how [...]

By |2021-11-01T17:47:23-04:00November 23rd, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on With Apple Watch Faces, Too Much Choice Can Be Confusing
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