Learn All about iOS 11 wIth Take Control of iOS 11

TCoiOS11 1 1 coverApple’s iOS 11 is out today, and you’ll find tons of new and improved features for your iPhone or iPad. But it’s still a big job trying to find out what’s new and what’s changed, and how to do what you want quickly and easily.

Take a spin through the newest features of iOS 11 with Take Control of iOS 11 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. Whether you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you’ll find lots to explore in this book, from major changes to Control Center, to new Instant Markup features, to the Files app, which offers access to files stored in iCloud and on your device. Learn how iOS 11 is a game-changer for the iPad, with new multi-tasking capabilities that take it one step closer to being a peer to the Mac.

Other aspects of iOS that have seen changes in this new version are: the Lock Screen, Control Center, the Home Screen, Files, Siri, Keyboard, HomeKit, the App Store, the Camera, Maps, Messages, Photos, Notes, and Settings. As you dive into the details, Josh also shows you how to customize iOS 11 to fit your needs, helping you decide which settings and apps would be most useful to you.

If you need a refresher on everything that iOS can do, you’ll also find that in this book. Josh provides extensive guidance about the ins and outs of using iOS, including how to:

  • Manage the Lock Screen, Home Screen, and Control Center
  • Search with Spotlight
  • Switch between apps and use Handoff to transfer your work
  • Use Siri effectively
  • Master Keyboard tasks (typing, dictation, emojis, autofill)
  • Use Share Sheets
  • Make use of iCloud services
  • Optimize the App Store
  • Turn on Family Sharing
  • Make the most of special iPad features like drag and drop
  • Take photos and organize them
  • Manage Messages
  • Make calls and use FaceTime and Voicemail
  • Search in Safari
  • Use Maps, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends
  • Organize your Wallet and use Apple Pay
  • Control your home with HomeKit and Siri
  • Learn about privacy settings
  • Manage data usage and battery life

Get Take Control of iOS 11 now!

Apple’s iPad Sales are Up, But…

Apple’s latest quarterly earnings show an increase in iPad sales. This follows the release of new iPad Pro models, which were widely praised in the tech press. However, it’s not these new iPads that have led to an increase in sales.

As Jason Snell highlights in his article on SixColors, year-over-year sales of the iPad have increased 15%. However, iPad revenue only increased 2%. In addition, the average selling price of the iPad decreased to $435. What this means is that, in spite of two new higher-priced iPad models, what has led to the increase in sales is Apple’s low-end model. In March of this year, Apple replaced the iPad Air 2 with a cheaper version starting at $329. Compare that to the starting price for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro which is twice as expensive at $649.

Yesterday’s numbers were interesting because they show that sales of the new, more expensive iPads are not necessarily stellar, but that Apple made a savvy decision by releasing a less expensive model. It’s likely that people with older iPads finally decided to upgrade at this more affordable price.

Apple does not have a history of competing by price. Their products are generally premium products at premium prices. There have been exceptions over the years, with low-and laptops, and cheaper versions of the iMac, and maintaining an older model in the product line as a teaser, but in general Apple’s prices generally do not compromise. But the company has seen that offering a low-price model of the iPad is extremely effective. It probably doesn’t bite into their high profit margin very much, and it keeps users in the Apple ecosystem. It’s worth noting that this iPad is not an older model, but an update to an older model with a new, faster processor; it’s not like when they still sell the iPhone 6 when the iPhone 7 is the current device.

Apple also saw this when they released the iPhone SE last year. The company was clearly unprepared for the success of this phone, which has proven popular both because of its low price and its diminutive size.

With two such low-priced successes, will Apple continue to offer some of its products at lower prices? It clearly makes sense for the bottom line.

Apple to discontinue iPad mini as device gets squeezed from both ends – BGR

First introduced in 2012, Apple’s iPad mini was a welcome alternative to the much larger, thicker, and heavier 9.7-inch iPad. There was no 5.5-inch iPhone Plus, so the iPad mini made a great choice for light reading and effortless web browsing, email, and gaming. The market doesn’t stand still, however, and we’re now looking at a redesigned iPad Pro to be launched this summer that should offer everything the current 9.7-inch iPad features, but in a smaller footprint with a larger 10.5-inch display.

On the other side, there’s the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus, which is large enough to negate the need for a tablet for many users. The device you take everywhere, that’s always with you, that has the best camera, and that has everything else you need. The device that you already own. Therein lies the problem, and that’s why we have heard from a source close to Apple that the iPad mini is being phased out.

That’s a shame. I love my iPad mini. I use it to read ebooks in bed, because the larger iPad is much too heavy. The iPad mini is the paperback to the iPad Pro’s hardcover. It’s a bit bigger than a Kindle, but the typography is so much better…

It’s also used a lot in education with small children for whom the full-sized iPad is too large. And I’ve seen stores where people use it as a point-of-sale device.

I understand that it’s a niche device, but it would be a shame if they kill it off.

Source: Apple to discontinue iPad mini as device gets squeezed from both ends – BGR

iPad (2017) review: With a stripped-down iPad for $329, you may not need to go pro – Macworld

Amazon sells a Kids Edition of its Fire tablet, which is the exact same tablet they sell for adults, but in a kid-friendly case, with a year’s worth of the FreeTime Unlimited service for kids apps and content. Apple does not do this. But at $329 for 32GB of storage, the new iPad is pretty close. This is a great iPad at its most family-friendly price, and certainly a better buy for kids than the $599 iPad Pro.

I think this iPad is a very good deal. But… There’s one thing missing which, for me, would tip the balance. The 9.7″ iPad Pro has four speakers; two on the top, two on the bottom. If you’re watching videos, that means there are two speakers on each side. I often watch Netflix or Amazon Prime Video on my iPad Pro in bed, and the sound that comes out of that device is astonishingly good. It’s good enough that I don’t use headphones, which I always did with the previous iPad Air models.

So if you do watch videos on an iPad, I’d think twice about going for the cheaper model. If you’re happy to wear headphones, then it’ll be fine, but it’s much more comfortable to not wear headphones and use the four speakers in the iPad Pro.

Source: iPad (2017) review: With a stripped-down iPad for $329, you may not need to go pro | Macworld

How to Free up Storage on an iPhone or iPad

In a recent article, I told you how you can clean up your Mac, removing files you don’t need and freeing up space. While this is important on any computing device, it’s even more essential on an iPhone or iPad, where your storage is limited.

On your Mac, you may have an SSD with, say, 256 GB, or a hard drive with hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes of storage. On your mobile device, you have, at most, 256 GB, and most iOS devices have much less storage than that.

So, how do you make more storage on your iPhone or iPad? In this article, I’m going to show you some ways you can free up storage on your iOS device, so you have more room to add apps, music, and more. Let’s get started!

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.