Welcome to a new screencast on The Mac Quad. In this post I will show you how to have iOS auto turn your pages in a book, making it much easier for motor impaired users to read an ebook.
How to auto turn pages in a book on iOS
Ensure General is selected the tap Accessibility
Flick down and tap on Accessibility Shortcut
Tap on Voice Over
Go back to main accessibility screen
Flick up and tap on Voice Over
Drag Speaking Rate to between one quarter and one third
Return to Homepage
Once on the page you wish to start at triple click home button, Voice Over is now activated
Start continuous reading by doing a two finger swipe down
Turn iOS volume down to zero
When Voice Over reaches the end of the page it will turn
To stop Voice Over and auto page turn triple click home button
You can return to the homepage as usual
I hope this video has enabled you to get more out of your iOS device and made reading books easier.
A blind draw was made today with all of the entries that I received for the iMazing Giveaway entered,the three winners were:
Congratulations to the three winners, hope you enjoy the software and find it as useful as I do.
Thank you to everyone at DigiDNA (the makers of iMazing) for generously providing the three copies of iMazing and also, thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.
The iMazing Giveaway has now closed
This week I have been very kindly given three Single iMazing 2 Licenses by my friends at DigiDNA to give away. If you have read my post about how to Use iMazing to Check the Health of an iPhone Battery you will be aware of some of the features available in the full version of iMazing but there is so much to this great piece of software.
iMazing 2 is for personal iOS device management, empowering users to simply do more with their Apple devices. It has been downloaded by over 10M users and is the number one software to transfer and save music, messages, and data from any iOS device to a computer. iMazing 2 introduced a safer way to back up, backups are automatically archived, so that digital memories are safe, and browsable in just a few clicks. It works with all iPhone, iPad and iPod models, on both Mac and PC.
- Old iPhone to a new one
It's easy to copy the content of any iPhone or iPad to a new one. Users can choose what data and apps they want to save and transfer.
- Safe backups on any Mac or PC
Any iOS device can be securely backed up via WiFi or USB. Backups can also be browsed and edited before being restored.
- Simple message transfers
Text messages, MMS, iMessages and attachments can be safely stored on any computer. Conversations can then be browsed and printed.
- Easy access to music, photos and videos
Media files can be moved between any iPhone or iPad and a computer. Favourite pictures, homemade videos and music can be saved and shared, without using iCloud or iTunes.
- Full iOS 10 and 11 support
- A time machine for iPhone
- Battery health check
- Photos to Device
- Console and Logs
- Manage iBooks
- Install iOS
- Automatic Wi-Fi Backups
- Download and Manage Apps
As stated above I have three Single iMazing 2 Licenses to give away each of which is worth £34.99 and gives access to a License for 1 computer (Mac or PC), All iMazing 2.x updates and 24/7 support.
All you need to do to enter for a chance to win one of these licenses is to use the link below to send me an email with iMazing Giveaway in the Subject Line, please only one entry per person.
The iMazing Giveaway has now closed
I will conduct a blind draw to determine the three winners.
All entries must be in by 09.00 GMT on Thursday 8th March 2018. Winners will be posted on the website over the weekend of 10th & 11th March, I will also contact the three winners by email over the same weekend.
Thank you to everyone at iMazing by DigiDNA for their generosity in providing these codes. If you are not lucky enough to win please visit the iMazing website and see what this great piece of software can offer you.
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Apple released an iOS patch (11.2.2) last week.
This patch reduces the risk associated with the Spectre chip vulnerability. It will make your iOS device more secure but will not completely eradicate the issue (this can probably never be completely dealt with via a software fix as the vulnerability is within the chip itself)
Apple has said there maybe a small impact on the performance of the iPhone by installing the 11.2.2 update but tests have shown it may be as little as 2.5 %, in my view, a hit worth taking for increased security.
Macworld has an article about the performance hit which can be viewed here.
I would advise installing this update as soon as possible, better to be safe than sorry.
With recent news about Apple throttling the speed on older iPhones with batteries that are degraded and the subsequent announcement that they have put in place a program to replace any battery in an iPhone 6 or later that requires it for £25.00 instead of £79.00 (see Apple’s Message) it is probably the appropriate time to check your iPhone’s battery health.
There are not, in my view, any reliable apps installable on iOS that will show the health of the battery due to the fact Apple does not make this information available to owners or third party apps. However, there is a great program that works on Mac and PC that can give this information, it is iMazing, which I have been using for several years.
The program iMazing (https://imazing.com) is £34.99 for a single machine license but offers so much more than just checking an iPhone’s battery. Other features include copying media between your iOS devices and your Mac or PC, app management (not possible in the latest version of iTunes), backup your iOS device and selectively restore information for specific apps, save and browse also print your iPhone messages, access the file system on your iOS device and much more.
The primary focus of this post is check the battery health of the iPhone and if you choose to use iMazing the process extremely quick and easy.
Once iMazing is purchased and installed, launch it and plug your iPhone into your Mac or PC via the Lightning to USB cable, the window displayed is relevant to your individual OS device. Now click on the battery icon in the lower right of this window (img.1).
The battery information is then shown in a pop up window which can be scrolled to show further battery statistics (img.2).
Battery health is clearly shown and further down the number of charge cycles is displayed, which is a good indication whether your battery is becoming degraded, the average life of an iPhone battery is 400 - 500 charge cycles.
This will give a good indication if you need to take your iPhone in and request a battery replacement under the £25.00 program.
Live Photos is a feature on recent iPhones that adds a small video clip before the still image and also a small video clip after the still image when taking a picture with the camera app.
Live Photos can be a great feature, especially when editing (enabling the still image to be changed e.g. if the subject’s eyes are closed, to open in another frame) however, some people either do not like Live Photos or cannot afford the extra memory they consume. In iOS 11 turning off Live Photos in the camera app only lasts for the current session of camera use and automatically turns back on the next time the camera app is activated.
There is a setting that can prevent this and permanently disable Live Photos.
Select the settings app on your iOS device (img.1).
Once the setting screen is displayed scroll down until the camera settings option is visible then tap this (img.2).
In the camera settings select the Preserve Settings option (img.3).
Now turn on Live Photo, this sounds counterintuitive but this setting tells the iPhone to remember the state you have chosen for Live Photos (img.4).
Leave the settings app and enter the camera app, make sure the photo mode is showing then tap the Live Photo icon so it appears white with a strike through (img.5).
Live Photos is now disabled for every future use of the app.
One of the biggest complaints about iOS devices (mainly iPhone) is battery usage, often this can be due to ‘run away apps’ (apps that are using large amounts of battery in the background) some of which may rarely be used. But how can it be determined which apps may be affecting battery life? There is a solution built directly into iOS 11.
Select the ‘Settings’ option on the iOS device (img.1).
Once in ‘Settings’ scroll down and select ‘Battery’ (img.2).
Then scroll down a little and you will be able to view your battery usage for each app over the last 24 hours or last 7 days (img.3).
From this it can be determined if an unused app is hogging battery and therefore it can be deleted of if it is an app that is utilised maybe an alternative can be found on the App Store.
This is an easy way of checking what is happening to an iOS battery.
Price: Basic Free - Premium $28.99 per year
Task management is a subject that consumes many column inches in technology blogs and numerous minutes in Mac podcasts. The general consensus being that OmniFocus is the go to application for all task management needs. I however, have come to a different conclusion. Yes, I think that OmniFocus is an amazing piece of software for major project management (I will always open it up if I have a big project I am working on) but I find it quite unwieldy for basic day to day tasks, to do lists, shopping lists, etc. Reminders is great for shopping lists but a basic feature, repeating events, is not included. Therefore, I have been looking for an application to fill this middle ground and is where Todoist more than excels.
At a basic level Todoist is a to do list application with all the features you would expect, such as the ability to add projects and then add tasks within those project, add dates, add times and have notifications but there are several things that make Todoist stand out. The first thing that grabbed me was the look of the application, it is completely integrated with the look and feel of macOS Sierra and at first glance looks basic and unintimidating (an intimidating look is an issue many people have with OmniFocus) but this friendly user interface belies vast power underneath the hood which becomes apparent once the user begins to dig deeper. After the initial download from the Mac App Store there is a brief registration process primarily to enable sync of your tasks between multiple devices and platforms, then you are ready to go without spending anything, yes the basic applications and service is free.
As stated previously I was looking for a task management application for day to day events, so as a technology geek I like to charge up my external batteries once a month to make sure I'm not caught with a flat battery while out and about, so I wanted a monthly recurring task to remember to do this. The Todoist interface made this simple, I added a Technology project and then clicked one button within the project to add a task, typed the description of the task and then, a feature I love, in natural language added when it should be a task e.g. Every month starting on 4th June 2015 and my recurring task was added. I now have separate projects for my different recurring tasks as well a To Do project in order to add one off tasks. These tasks can be added, completed, changed around and altered anywhere as Todoist has apps and access across multiple platforms, I have used the Mac App, the iOS App and the browser interface and the syncing between them has been without a hitch, there is also an Apple Watch App.
There is much more to this application and service than basic task management though. For a subscription of $28.99 per year numerous additions are opened up. The ability to collaborate on shared projects and tasks with up to 25 family members, friends or work colleagues, to send tasks to your task inbox via an email address, to add files and notes to tasks, to add labels and filters to your tasks and projects as well as have reminders (including location based).
For Mac and iOS users there is the benefit of a today widget on both and notifications so that tasks are not easily missed.
My search began looking for a middle of the road task management application but what I found in Todoist was an extremely powerful application/service which is simple and unintimidating to use, is reliable and looks great. What more could anybody want from a task management system.
We all have different ways of organising our apps and keeping what is important to us handy on our iPhone Home Screens and by way of introducing this new blog I thought sharing mine may be interesting. The screen shot below shows how my home screen looks today, however, it probably won’t be long before it changes.
Many people like to keep a minimal home screen or follow the latest trend of leaving the lower row empty but as you can see I don’t subscribe to either of these ideas. I like to have my most used and favourite apps in easy reach.
The screen shot (img.1) has some Apple default apps on the top row and I’m sure there is no need for me to explain what these are or what they do. My folder row comes next, the folders on my home screen only contain one page of apps, once again for quick access. My Personal folder contains two of my must have apps OmniFocus (for task management) I do also use Apple’s Reminders but mainly for shopping lists etc. and 1Password (my password manager that I could not live without). The Social folder is pretty self explanatory as are my News and Sport folders.
Next are some productivity utilities, I’ve used several note apps including Notebooks, Evernote and Bear but have now reverted to Apple Notes since it’s recent enhancements. Ulysses is a great writing app and is where many of the posts for The Mac Quad will start. Drafts is an app for quickly capturing small amounts of text and shipping them off to different places once you’ve decided where they need to be. Lastly on that row Scanner Pro is my favourite document scanning utility with excellent capture and export options.
Starting with Sky Go are some entertainment and video apps followed by Audible and Apple’s Podcasts app, two of my most used apps. I love audiobooks, being paralysed it is much easier to listen to audio than access a physical book or continuously be looking at a screen to use an ebook. I listen to many podcasts and after using many different podcast apps have settled on the native Apple one for about 6 months, maybe not feature rich but recently the sync to iTunes has been extremely stable and enables me to organise my podcasts on the Mac. The audio theme continues with the Economist app, my main news subscription, which includes a complete audio version of the printed edition. I think everyone is aware of Sonos while Radioplayer is predominantly for UK stations. Many people complain about Apple’s Music app but I find it easy to use and as an Apple Music subscriber fully integrated.
Lastly comes the obvious Phone, Messages and Mail apps, I’ve tried several third party email clients such as Airmail and Spark but despite it’s limitations find Mail the most reliable. My current calendar app is Fantastical which now boasts travel time.
I hope this gives some ideas for apps and it would be great to her from you about your home screens.
The fact that Apple will not open WiFi Scanning to 3rd party apps means there seems to be nothing on the App Store that can do this job and most people resort to walking around their house (or wherever they need to scan) with a laptop in their arms, not the most convenient option.
However, there is a simple solution using a native Apple iPhone app which few iPhone users are aware of. WiFi scanning on the iPhone can be done using the AirPort Utility app.
The first step is to download the AirPort Utility app from the App Store, it’s free of charge so the price is right! Once the app is downloaded to your iPhone select settings (the small grey icon with circles on it) and scroll down to the setting for the AirPort Utility app and select it. The screen below (img.1) will be visible, as shown on the screen shot turn the WiFi Scanner option on.
When this is done go to the AirPort Utility app and tap on it to load it in. The screen below will be displayed (img.2) with the option at the top to WiFi Scan. Now tap the WiFi Scan option.
The screen below will then be shown (img.3). If you are scanning around the house for signal strength, noise, channels, etc. it’s probably best to keep the scan on Continuous. Then just tap scan.
This will then scan for information about WiFi networks that are within range and will be displayed as below (img.4).
Once you have obtained the information required you can then return to AirPort Utility settings to switch off the WiFi Scanner option in order to maintain battery life.
The above steps give you access to a free convenient WiFi Scanner.
This is a very simple and quick tip for iOS devices. You may wish, or need to, have a record of what is on the screen of your iPhone or iPad, the quickest way of doing this is using iOS’s built in method of taking a Screenshot.
1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button.
2. Press and release the Home button.
3. Your will hear the shutter sound.
4. You can then release the Sleep/Wake button.
5. The image will be stored in your Camera Roll.