Apple Introduces New iPad with Apple Pencil Support, Updates iWork


At a special education event on March 27th, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad that offers faster performance, support for the Apple Pencil, and a few new camera-related features. The company also released new versions of the iWork apps—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—that let users draw, sketch, and write with the Apple Pencil.

Sixth-generation iPad

For the most part, the new sixth-generation iPad is the same as the fifth-generation model it replaces. Its physical dimensions are unchanged, so existing cases and accessories should continue to work. It comes in the same three colors: silver, gold, and space gray. Even the pricing and options remain the same, with a 32 GB model starting at $329—the jump to 128 GB adds $100, and cellular capabilities add $130.

What sets the sixth-generation iPad apart from its predecessor is its support for the Apple Pencil stylus, which was previously restricted to the iPad Pro line, which started at $649. Thanks to a high-resolution touch sensor in the iPad’s Retina screen and palm-rejection technology, you can now use the $99 Apple Pencil in compatible apps. As with the iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil is sensitive to pressure and tilt so you can vary line weight and shading, much as with a traditional pencil.


Also new in the sixth-generation iPad is Apple’s A10 Fusion chip, with its embedded M10 coprocessor. The company claims that the new processors provide up to 40-percent faster CPU and 50-percent faster graphics performance. 

The extra performance may also be related to the iPad’s new camera capabilities. Unlike the previous iPad, the sixth-generation iPad can take Live Photos and supports body detection in images along with the previously supported face detection. Also new is support for the Retina Flash feature that turns the screen into a giant flash when taking selfies.

iWork with Apple Pencil Support

If you haven’t been using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on the iPad, the latest updates may encourage you to try Apple’s iWork apps—remember, they’re available for free in the App Store. Notably, the three apps allow you to draw, sketch, and write directly within documents. Even more interesting, though, is Apple’s Smart Annotations feature, currently in beta. With it, your comments and proofing marks anchor dynamically to text, and stay with the text they were attached to even as the document changes.


Smart Annotations are particularly welcome for those who take advantage of the real-time collaboration features built into the iWork apps. This was an education event, and it’s clear that Apple is building tools that will allow teachers to mark up and comment on student documents. But the same capabilities are equally as useful in the business world. For business users, Apple also announced that the real-time collaboration features in the iWork apps now work on documents stored in the Box file sharing service. Previously they were available only for documents stored in iCloud, which has little adoption in the enterprise.

Finally, the iPad version of Pages gains features that help users create ebooks in EPUB format. And Apple added a new Presenter mode to Pages, which lets you turn your iPhone or iPad into a teleprompter for distraction-free reading.

In the end, if you’re interested in using the Apple Pencil, the combination of the sixth-generation iPad and the updated iWork apps will let you do more for over $300 less than before.

Time to Say Goodbye to Old Apps in iOS 11

Now that Apple has released a public beta of iOS 11, we have confirmation that Apple is kicking some old apps off the back of the train. If you’ve been using an iPhone or iPad for more than a few years, it’s possible that some of your apps won’t even launch in iOS 11. Here’s what’s going to happen, and what you can do about it.

Through the iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, original iPad mini, and fifth-generation iPod touch, Apple used 32-bit processors. However, in 2013, Apple instead began putting 64-bit chips in all new iOS devices. The company encouraged developers to make their apps run in 64-bit mode but kept iOS 7 compatible with older 32-bit apps. Starting in 2015, Apple required apps to run in 64-bit mode to receive App Store approval. And iOS 10 initially warned that 32-bit apps might slow down your device and later said that 32-bit apps would need to be updated.


First off, don’t worry about what 32-bit and 64-bit mean—all you need to know is that 32-bit apps are old and won’t run in iOS 11, and that 64-bit apps will continue to work as they always have.

How do you know which of your apps are 32-bit? For apps that you use regularly, you’ve probably seen one of those warnings. But other apps you may open only occasionally—how can you figure out which of those are destined for the chopping block?

In iOS 10.3, Apple added a feature to call out these apps. Navigate to Settings > General > About > Applications to see a list of 32-bit apps that don’t have direct updates available (if Applications isn’t tappable, either you still need to upgrade your device to iOS 10.3 or your device doesn’t contain any 32-bit apps). Tap an app in the list to load it in the App Store, where you may be able to find more info or a support link for the developer. Unfortunately, many old apps aren’t in the App Store anymore.


Now that you know which of your apps won’t survive the transition to iOS 11, what should you do? You have a few options:

  • Delete the app. If you haven’t used an app in years, or don’t remember what it does, there’s no reason to keep it around. To get rid of it, back on the Home screen, press and hold on any app icon until all the icons start to wiggle, and then tap the X badge on the icon you want to delete. Press the Home button to stop the wiggling.
  • Look for an update that’s a new app. Because Apple doesn’t let developers charge for updates, many developers have been forced to make their updates into new apps so they can afford future development. To see if this has happened, search in the App Store for the app and see if a new version appears. Or look for information on the company’s website.
  • Look for an alternative app. Few iOS apps are truly unique, so you may be able to find an alternative that does basically the same thing.
  • Don’t upgrade to iOS 11. Or, at least, don’t upgrade right away. In general, you should stay up to date with new versions of iOS to ensure that you’re protected from security vulnerabilities that Apple has discovered and patched. But there’s no harm in delaying an upgrade for a little while as you wait for an app to be updated or look for an alternative.
  • Stick with an older device. If you have an extra iOS device that can’t run iOS 11 anyway, keep the app on that device. This approach may not work for an app you need on your primary iPhone, for instance, but it would for an old game that you could play on an elderly iPad 2.

Take a few minutes now so you won’t be surprised if one or more of your favorite apps can’t make the transition to iOS 11 when it ships in a few months!

Must-Know Tips & Tricks for OS X Yosemite

If you have upgraded to Yosemite you've seen some changes visually but may not know the benefits of the update. If you haven't upgraded to Yosemite, we recommend backing your computer up before you upgrade. There are a ton of new features included in this update that make life a little sweeter and make your friends looking through windows jelly.  Here is just a pinch of what you can now do.

#1. Answer and make phone calls

If you have an iPhone (5 or later), you can now make and receive phone calls on your Mac computer. Simply make sure you're on the same Wi-Fi network and are using the same iCloud account on both devices.

When you're in the Messages app, go to Preferences -> Accounts and make sure your number is checked. Now, anytime you receive a phone call, you'll get a notification at the top right of your computer screen where you can choose to accept or decline it.

To make a call, go to FaceTime and either enter the number you want to call or hit the phone icon next to a recent number under the Audio tab.

Bonus: In addition to Yosemite, Wi-Fi calling via iPhone also works on the iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.

#2. Receive & Send SMS Text Messages

While you've been able to send iMessages to other iOS users directly from your computer, regular text messages were still relegated to your iPhone. Now, thanks to SMS Relay, you can send text messages directly from the Messages app on your Mac.

Set up the iMessage app on your Mac with your iCloud credentials. Leave the app open on your Mac and, on your iOS device, navigate to Settings -> Messages -> Text Message Forwarding. Once you see your device listed, toggle it on. You may also be required to input a verification code, so make sure to leave iMessage open on your Mac to receive it.

#3. Name Your Group Messages When we’re talking with a group of friends, it’s usually about something specific, you can now label your conversations accordingly. Click the Details button inside a group message and you’ll see an option to give it a name. It’ll also sync the title with all of your other devices, so you won’t lose track of it.

#4. Stop blowing up my phone Sometimes you just don't want to be bothered by the onslaught of a back-and-forth group message. In Yosemite you won’t have to anymore. Inside the Details window are two ways to put a stop to the distractions: Turn on Do Not Disturb to stop getting notifications every time someone has a reply, or leave the conversation entirely. And like everything else, whatever you decide will be reflected on all of your devices.

#5. Smarter Spotlight Search Spotlight has been greatly enhanced in Yosemite, evolving from a simple system searcher to a full-fledged information center always at the ready. Just press Command-Space and the behemoth search field will automatically pop up in the middle of the screen. You can use it to hunt for long-lost files hidden in dark corners of your hard drive and it can find just about anything else you may be looking for: maps, trailers, definitions, songs, phone numbers... even pictures of The Fonz on his Triumph, if you're looking to be cool like him.

#6. New Tricks for Spotlight Spotlight can help you in a variety of new ways: Need currency conversion? Or maybe you need to know how many miles are in 24 kilometers or what 211 degrees Fahrenheit looks like in Celsius? How about movie times? Spotlight's got you covered.

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#7. Find your Safari Favorites Apple has ditched the bookmark bar in Safari 8 for a cleaner browsing experience. Of course, you can still get to them with the dropdown menu or the sidebar, but Apple has given us a much easier method in Yosemite: just click inside the address bar and a "grid" of your favorites magically appear. If you want, you can still have the "old-fashioned" bar, bring it back in the View settings.

#8. See All of Your Open Tabs is Safari Tabs have always been a part of our multitasking workflow, but Yosemite will make us more productive than ever.  With a nod to iOS, a click on the new tabs icon or keystroke "Command + Shift + \",  instantly brings you into a screen where you can see all of the open tabs on your machine, arranged neatly and grouped by site so you can quickly switch between them.

#9. Send Links to Social Media and Recent Recipients Share a link with the world with the share icon (the box with an arrow pointing  up) or, If you’re constantly sharing links with your friends, Safari will help you send them out even faster. At the bottom of the sharing menu, you’ll find a list of recent recipients; just click one and it’ll open the appropriate message with the “To” field already filled out.

#10. Safari Sync History When we you a bookmark on your iPhone you expect it to pop up when you log into Safari on our Mac, but in Yosemite Apple has a new trick up iCloud’s sleeve. No longer do we have to leave tabs open to access sites between devices; when you browse using Safari in Yosemite, your history will automatically sync with your other devices, including anything you may have cleared. Now that's cools.

 #11. Annotate Attachments in Mail Mail is a versatile message manager, and things only get better in Yosemite. If you want to highlight something on a photo, or make a note on a PDF, you no longer need to do your work in an image editor first; after attaching it, click on the small arrow in the top-right corner of the photo and you’ll get a menu of editing options, including type, lines, shapes, and drawing tools.

#12. Fix Your Crude Drawings in Markup It's not easy to make neat lines using a trackpad is it? So, rather than letting you send scribbles that look like they were done by a monkey, Markup will instantly recognize what you're trying to draw. To use it, click the menu button that appears in the top-right of the attachment when you mouse over it.

#13. Sign PDFs in Mail While OS X has offered the ability to sign PDFs since the days of Leopard, Apple has streamlines it with Yosemite. Users previously had to open documents in the Preview app to sign a PDF, now it's part of Markup in Mail; simply click the new "add signature" icon in the pop-up menu and you’ll be able to sign your document, either by using the trackpad or scanning your Herbie Hancock with the camera.

#14. Pick up Where You Left off with Handoff Apple has integrated iOS and OS X like "Bam!", and nowhere is that more evident than in the Handoff feature. If you're working on something in a supported app on your iPad or iPhone, you'll see an icon appear on the left of the Finder; click on it and your work will instantly be beamed to your Mac, letting you pick up right where you left off. And when you're done, you can send it right back.

Share a list in Reminders

Share Reminders 1 Not only is it easy to create and edit reminders, but you can also share and collaborate on lists with anyone else in the world, even if they don’t have an Apple Device with them. All they need is an iCloud account.

To be clear, you cant invite others to share your Reminders lists from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You have use your Reminders app on the OSX version 10.8.2 or later. If you don’t use a Mac computer, you can access Reminders from Just log in using your iCloud account information. Most people’s iCloud account is the same as their Apple ID (the account info and password used to buy music and apps).

The steps:

1. Launch Reminders app on OSX or

2. Create a list you want to share with others.

3. Hover over the right side of the list you want to share and select the broadcast icon that appears

4. Enter the iCloud connected email address for anyone you want to invite to the list.

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Once you’ve shared a list, the person or people you are sharing with can see all of your archived items, plus the current list. They can also edit the list. So, if you share a grocery list with your spouse, the two of you can add or remove any items. It is as if you are sitting in the kitchen together while making the list.

When a person accepts your invitation to share a Reminder list, you will receive an alert on all devices that feature the Reminders app.

All changes that are made to your list will be immediately viewable in our iOS Reminders app. So, if your spouse makes a note on one of your items, you’ll know about it before putting it in the cart.

You can remove someone just as easily as you invited them. Hover over the broadcast icon again and click on their name. Select “Remove” and you're done. They will no longer have access to your list. However, all of their changes will remain on your list.


How to pin an app to a specific Mission Control Desktop

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You can assign an app to a specific desktop in Mission Control—perfect for keeping your programs in their proper “spaces,” particularly when you’re booting up your Mac.


Before we begin, something to keep in mind: this trick applies only to apps running in standard  “windowed” mode. Programs running in “full screen” automatically get assigned to their own desktops.


Related: Desktop "Spaces in Mission Control


Are you ready to start “pinning” your apps to specific desktops? Here we go…

Just select “This Desktop” to pin an app to a specific Mission Control desktop.

▪ First, navigate to the desktop where you’d like a particular program to call home. If, for example, you want Calendar to sit in Desktop 2, launch Mission Control, then click on Desktop 2 from the overhead Mission Control view (or create a second desktop if there isn’t one already).

▪ Launch the app you want to assign to the desktop—again, let’s use Calendar as our example.

▪ Go down to the Mac desktop dock at the bottom of the screen, find the icon for Calendar, and right-click it.

▪ In the menu that appears, select Options, then select “This Desktop” under the “Assign to” heading.


Now, let’s test. Go ahead and close the app you just assigned to a desktop, navigate to Desktop 1 in Mission Control, then launch the app again—and when you do, it should launch in the desktop you assigned it to.


Also, if the app you’ve pinned to a desktop opens automatically when you start up your Mac, the app will now launch in its assigned window.



OK, but what if you want to “unpin” an app from a desktop? Just right-click its icon in the dock, select Options, then select “None” under “Assign to.”

Desktop "Spaces" in Mission Control

Mission Control 103 Did you know that there’s more than one desktop on your Mac? Yep, it’s true, you can pretty much have as many desktops as you want, each filled with its own assortment of open documents and applications.

Most of us are used to having a single desktop on our systems—you know, the one that’s directly in front of us. The idea of have more, “virtual” desktop spaces with open windows that you can’t see can take a little getting used to. Once you get the hang of it, these additional desktop spaces—which you manage in Mac OS X with a new feature, dubbed “Mission Control”—can become addicting, even essential. Let’s take a quick tour of the desktop spaces in “Mission Control”—and keep in mind that older versions of the Mac operating system also have the “spaces” feature, which you can manage in the System Preferences panel under the Apple menu.

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1. First, activate Mission Control by clicking its icon in the Mac OS “Dock,” or swiping up with three fingertips on your MacBook trackpad. You can also turn Mission Control on by hitting the F3 key on your keyboard.


2. Now, you’ll see an overhead view of all your open applications, windows, and spaces. On your desktop, you may have five applications open—Mail, iPhoto, iCal, iTunes, and Safari, not to mention a total of three Safari open windows at once. Things may start to get a little crowded.

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3. Time to spread out a little bit. Activate Mission Control again, click and hold the app window you want to move to a different “desktop”, and then drag it up and over to the upper-right corner of the screen—where all of a sudden, a new “space” with a big “+” sign appears.

4. Drop the app into your new space, and presto! Now you have another desktop with just the one application open. To visit your new space, just activate Mission Control and click the Desktop icon, which immediately zooms in and fills your screen.

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5. Now go ahead repeat with more open applications. To switch between your desktops, open Mission Control and click the desktop space you want to jump to. You can also scroll though them one-by-one with a sideways three-finger swipe on your trackpad, or by tapping a left or right arrow key on the keyboard while holding down the Control key.

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6. Want to clean up your spaces? Activate Mission Control, then hold your mouse over the space you want to close until a circle with an “x” appears on its corner. Click the “x,” and the space will disappear, with any open windows safely sliding over to one of your remaining spaces (so don’t worry, you won’t lose any work).

Give it a try!

Keep Your Hands at 10 and 2

Did you know that you can switch between apps with a key command.  Command (⌘) + Tab then release allows the user to switch to the previously used application.  If you are doing research between two applications this simple step is great.  This interface is more flexible than it seems at first. For instance, if you bring the App Switcher up and hover your cursor over an icon then release “Command (⌘)”, it will go to the application you highlighted. App Switcher

Also, when you have an application highlighted, you can do a few other things: press Q to quit an app instantly; press H to hide an app from view; or press the up or down arrows to see the highlighted app’s open windows in Mission Control.


One last thing that I find helpful with the App Switcher is that you can scroll back and forth to choose the app you want with your left pinky.  Command (⌘) + Tab goes left to right and Command (⌘) + Tilde ( ~ ) will go right to left once the App Switcher is activated.

My Favorite App for Family Game Night

When I was a kid, we didn’t have all of these fancy smart phones, tablets, personal computers, cable television, or even a VCR.  I had a bicycle, two big brothers, a lake nearby to swim, UHF, a few card games (Euchre was a favorite) and some board games.  

We engaged with one another all of the time, face to face, nothing to hide behind like the internet.  Sure there was limitations to who we could connect with, dad sure wasn’t going to pay for a long distance telephone call to my cousin.  Besides, I wanted to play a game or ride bikes with him, not talk on the phone.


Today is a different age, a digital age where we connect via Instagram and Twitter. Where we post, like posts and repost things that make us laugh on Facebook.  Thanks to most cell phone plans, we can now talk to almost anyone without making a collect call (I had to explain what that was to my teenagers).   We engage each other through a series of 1’s and 0’s and our face is seen on a screen we hold in the palm of our hands (pretty cool really). Enough with the stories from yesteryear,  I really wanted to tell you about my favorite app. An app that gets the whole family involved, Sketch Party. Remember Pictionary? Image that for the digital age.  The rules are basically the same and everyone gets to draw twice.  What makes this app so great?!


  1. It’s like modern bowling, It keeps the score for you.
  2. Each play is only 2 minutes so the game doesn’t last forever
  3. Like modern bowling, it tells you who's turn it is
  4. The best part… It’s all displayed on your Apple TV.  The iPad is your canvas, but thanks to the Apple TV, everyone guessing doesn’t have to look over a shoulder or through your hand to see what you're drawing.


I don’t buy many apps but I’m glad I spent $5 on this one.  We play the game when grandparents and/or friend come over.  But I really look forward to Christmas gatherings this year. We husbands are going to put a smack down on the wives. Loser cleans the kitchen. Who are we kidding, you darn well I’m going to have the kids do it.

SketchParty  Available at the App Store


Dictate text using Enhanced Dictation

We all know we aren’t supposed to text and drive.  Reason being, people take their eyes off of the road for 5 seconds at 60 miles and hour and you’ve just driven 1 1/2 football fields.  So we’ve use Siri to read the text to us and to dictate a text back without ever taking our eyes off the road. But what about when your on the computer and you just want to get your thoughts out, but your fingers can keep up.  Did you know that your Mac OS 10.9 has enhanced dictation?  That right, talk to your computer and let it do the typing for you.

If this is something you would like to use, we recommend downloading the 800MB option, which moves the voice recognition to you local computer without the need of an internet connection, making it must faster and more reliable.

Enough of the mumbo jumbo.  Let’s turn this on so that we can use it already.

Setup. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Dictation & Speech. Turn on Dictation then check the box for “Use Enhanced Dictation”. Once it has downloaded you are ready to rock-n-roll.

How to Use. This is difficult so pay attention.  Place your curser where you want to insert your text.  Then press the function key (fn) twice. Speak. Press the function key (fn) again (but only once) to end.  OK, maybe it wasn’t that hard.  You can use words like “period” “exclamation mark” and “new paragraph”.  If there is a question about the dictation, it will be underlined in purple. Right click the purple underlined words to see other things dictation thinks you might have said.


Families and Apple ID's

Dear Dad, Mom, and children, Do you ever get frustrated with your Apple Devices sharing content, pictures, texts, and apps with other family members? We examine a few scenarios and give some sound advice to solve these conundrums.

[quote author="Mom" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]Every time my daughter downloads an app, it shows up on my phone too.  How do I prevent that?[/quote]

[quote author="Dad, Mom, and Teens" bar="true" align="left" width="full"]I have a warning on my phone that says there is not enough space to back up.  What does this mean? How do I take care of it?[/quote]

I get questions like these quite often from families that visit our stores.  I almost always reply with a question, “Do you share the same apple id”?  Usually the answer is yes.

I’m a husband of one and a father of three.  We’ve gone through this headache as well.  I’ve discovered, along the way, a 3 simple steps that can be done to keep everything easy and uncomplicated.


[toggle title="1. New ID for Jr."] Create an Apple ID for each person in the house.  In order to do this, each person will also need an email address. [/toggle]

[toggle title="2. Protect the Password"] Do not tell your child the password to the apple ID. This does a few things. First, it forces them to have to come to you for approval of purchase. This is really nice if you have your credit card attached to the Apple ID. Secondly you know what they are viewing, listening to, and playing.  Some of you may not want to have your credit card associated with your child’s Apple ID. That’s fine, set them up with an iTunes gift card.  You can even pay your children for work performed or reward them, with iTunes gift cards. Then, when they run out of money on that gift card, but want to purchase something, you have an opportunity to teach them something that even the government should learn.  That you can’t spend what you don’t have. [/toggle]

[toggle title="3. Take it With You"] When your child grows up and leaves the house, they can take their music, apps, books and a financial understanding with them, and there is no arguing over who owns what. [/toggle]


I know that to some this may seem like a hassle, but when you set this up early, you can avoid headaches later.  Each person has their own iCloud backup so you wont be trying to connect 5 devices to one iCloud that would eat up the 5GB of free space extremely fast.

[quote author="Husband and Wife" bar="true" align="left" width="full"] I don't want to separate our Apple ID's, it's just the two of us. [/quote]

Some of you just don’t want to go that route, perhaps there is only two of you in the house and that’s fine.  The question still remains though, how do you separate who gets what on which device?  There are some steps that actually work.


[toggle title="Scenario #1 My wife or child gets all of my text."]

Let’s clear the air just a bit so there is no confusion.  Text Message and iMessage are not the same thing.  The typical text message is sent through a cellular data service provider (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or whoever), and is transferred to the recipient. Depending on your cell phone plan, you could be charged for the text message. But then there is iMessage, when you send a text message to someone that has an Apple ID, the Messages app automatically recognizes that person’s Apple ID and routes the message through Apple’s servers instead of using the cell phone carrier and avoids texting charges from the carrier.

To be clear, your wife or child is not intercepting all text messages, just the iMessages.  To prevent that from continuing, we need to make an adjustment.

On your device go to

Settings > Messages > Send & Receive

Then select or deselect how that device can receive iMessages.  You can choose the phone number associated with the phone, the Apple ID, or any email address you choose.  If you do decide to use a different email follow the instructions on our Alternate iMessage Email guide.


[toggle title="Scenario #2 When my child/husband downloads an app, it appears on my device."]

Simply turn off automatic downloads option. On your device select

Settings > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads

This section has the option to have Automatic Downloads turned on for Music, Apps, Books and Updates.itunesAppstore-iconibooksAppstore-icon[/toggle]

[toggle title="Scenario #3 We want to share music, but not all of it."]

Like Scenario 2, you need to turn off automatic downloads first. There are two ways to go about this.  First you can stream via the cloud. Your music will not actually be on your device, but is available to stream if you have a wifi connection or a cellular connection.  Remember though, rates may apply.  The second choice is to sync the music you want through itunes on your computer.  See our Syncing via iTunes blog for further instructions.


[toggle title="Scenario #4 (Almost Explicit Content) My 7-year-old son has seen questionable pictures of us. What do we do?"]

First, flush your sons eyes out with water. Second, explain that this is what married couples only do. Third. Turn off photo stream on his iPad.  Then set up a shared stream for only you and your wife.


Settings > iCloud > Photos

Make sure that photos are turned off here on the device you do not want your Almost Explicit Content to go to.

To create a shared stream for you and you spouse go to your photos on your device.  Then select Shared at the bottom followed by the + new shared stream… Name the stream and select next.  You will be prompted to invite someone to view these photos.  Note that in order for them to participate, they must have an apple ID.


Weather Apps

  Punxsutawney Phil might be a weather forecasting groundhog but who has time to wait on him.  Lets look as some great iPad apps that will keep you informed of what to wear when you go outside.



Magical Weather

Magical Weather [button href="" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$0.99 Buy[/button]

Magical Weather gives a balance between beautiful presentation and informative content.  Displaying a week’s worth of temperatures in a transparent pane over an animated background and users can swipe to reveal an hourly forecast. Magical Weather focuses on the important information, like highs, lows, chance of rain, wind, humidity, pressure, and UV index.  A top pick for an app that shows you the weather and still offers something lovely to look at.


Intellicast HDIntellicast HD [button href="" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$free Buy[/button]

Intellicast HD includes a lot of impressive information and features for a free app, with only a small advertisement to mar the display.  This app display a full forecast for the next 10 days, charts, graphs, and hourly forecast for the current day, sunrise/set time, moonrise/set time, moon phase, a dada, storm cell tracking, wind direction, and a wether blog making it an app you can’t afford to miss.


Weather LiveWeather Live [button href="" target="_blank" size="small" left_icon="" color="#4bb048" caption=""]$1.99 Buy[/button]

Weather Live can be used on iphone and ipad and should appeal to users with basic and more advanced weather needs. Open the app to a single customizable screen with basic weather info such as temperature, feels like temperature, weekly forecast, humidity, precipitation, pressure, visibility, etc. An animated background relevant to current conditions is displayed behind the “widgets” with the temperature information.  The app also includes a section with maps displaying clouds, radar, satellite, and rain.  Making this the app to beat.


The Best iPhone Summer Food Apps

bigstock-two-chefs-working-in-a-busy-re-1345006Summer is better with food. And food—glistening fresh produce, ice-cold cocktails and grill-seared meat—is better during the summer. To maximize your food life this summer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best iPhone food apps. Bon appétit!

Farmstand Come summertime, it’s time to ditch the produce section at your local big box grocery store. Why? Because it’s farmers market season. Farmstand, a free iOS app, helps you find nearby markets (as well as displaying their hours, and user-submitted photos).

Mixology On 90-degree days, there’s nothing quite like nursing a quality cocktail. Mixology is a  99-cent, elegantly designed app that features recipes for drinks suited to all of summer’s special occasions (try the Strawberry Bourbon Fix).

Epicurious Have an upcoming dinner party? Whip up something especially summery with Epicurious, a free recipe and shopping list app. Though it has a range of meal offerings, its summer desserts, cocktails and dinners special section are particularly tasty (we’d like to try the Abiquiu Smoked Chicken Sausages, for starters).

Urbanspoon If nothing else, summer is a loose collection of road trips—to the beach, to the lake, to visit friends in a different city. Along the way, the location-based Urbanspoon app can help you find the best places to eat—local favorites—so you can avoid the humdrum chains. The popular app’s “Discover” feature aggregates user reviews to show you what places are the talk of the town.

Evernote Food If you’re a die-hard foodie, you snap photos of every Instagram-worthy meal you eat. Evernote Food helps you keep track of your favorite finds and meals. The app can also help you store your favorite summer recipes.

3 Best iPhone Apps for Runners

Urban runningIt’s about to get crowded in Indianapolis. This Saturday, approximately 35,000 runners will descend on the city for the annual OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the largest half marathon in the nation.

Want some extra motivation, or to track your progress during the run? Give one of these iPhone running apps a try.

1. Nike+ Running 

When it comes to run-tracking and mapping apps, this one is the uncontested gold standard. From mapping your runs using GPS to receiving encouragement from athletes such as Tim Tebow, this app just works. Each workout, it tracks your runs, calories burned and average pace.

The app also allows you to share your runs with your social media networks. It even allows you to log the weather conditions during your run.

Cost: Best of all, the app is free in the App Store.

2. RunKeeper

More than 17 million people use the RunKeeper app, which allows you to track your runs and long-term progress in a visually friendly manner. A bonus for Indy Mini runners: The premium version of the app allows friends and family members who can’t be at the finish line on race day to watch live maps of your progress.

Cost: Like Nike+, RunKeeper is also free. However, more advanced versions such as RunKeeper Elite, which offers premium features like the live run broadcast, start at $4.99 a month or $19.99 a year.

3. Zombies, Run!

For some, the only thing that can make running more enjoyable is zombies—especially when they aren’t chasing you. At least in real life.

A less data-heavy running app than Nike+ and RunKeeper, Zombies uses the idea of zombies chasing you to create optimum conditions for interval training. It boasts more than 500,000 users who have logged 11,000,000 kilometers on missions to collect and save virtual supplies and lives. Runners can choose from 60 different missions.

Cost: $3.99

What’s your favorite running app? Which ones did we miss?

5 Great Kid Apps for iPad

Kid Friendly Apps for iPadiPads are great for kids. It’s probably not wise for children to play on them all day, but when they do, here are some ideas for fun, entertaining and educational apps for their curious minds. 1) 123 Color HD: Talking Coloring Book Learning numbers, letters, shapes and colors has never been so exciting. This app allows children to color by number while learning four different languages. Voice-overs, music, sound effects and animation add to its entertainment value.

2) Star Walk HD - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide This constellation app allows you to gaze at the stars without going outside. Wherever you point your iPad, the screen will fill up with constellations that are in that area of the sky. It might be designed for an older audience, but even 5 year olds will know how to use and enjoy the app.

3) Stack the States This app makes it fun to learn about U.S. geography. While playing, kids learn state capitals, state facts, state abbreviations and state locations. Elementary-school students will love the app, and their parents will, too.

4) Mathtopia+ Needless to say, this game app is about math. It’s a race against the clock to identify multiple equations that share the same answer (for example: [3+1], [2x2], [4/1]). The sounds and colors will make math enjoyable!

5) Fruit Ninja This app isn’t exactly educational, unless you count building “finger-eye coordination.” The premise is to slice every piece of fruit that appears on the screen and earn points. It has appealing graphics, and it is easy enough for a 3 year old.

Free Apps for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

AppsWant some help sticking to your New Year’s Resolution this year? Your iPhone and iPad have apps that are built to help you stay on track in 2013. Here are a list of common resolutions, like saving money, losing weight or quitting smoking, as well as the best free app that will help you along your journey. Save Money Mint - The quintessential budgeting app, Mint connects with your credit cards and bank statements and shows you where your money is going. You can set a monthly food and drink budget, clothes or entertainment budget and more, and then track your purchases in one easy app.

Lose Weight Lose It! - In one app, you can track your calorie budget by tracking how many you are eating as well as how many you are burning off during exercise. Scan barcodes from the food you buy at the grocery store and all nutritional information will be pulled directly into the app.

Quit Smoking My Quit Coach - Set goals for quitting smoking by going cold turkey or by setting up a path that gradually decreases your smoking habit. Motivational tips and photos will help keep you on track.

Organize Your Life Astrid - We all need help remembering tasks in our daily life. Pay the bills, pick up bagels for the morning meeting, etc. Astrid syncs between your Google Tasks and iCal and sends alerts an hour before your task is due so you won’t forget.

Learn A Foreign Language Babbel - Learning a foreign language is extremely difficult; however, Babbel’s simple design and flexible learning methods are a good start. Choose from 11 languages including German, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian and Swedish, and get ready for your upcoming overseas business trip or vacation.

Most Popular Apps of 2012

Apple iPhones really brought the idea of apps into American culture, helped by the successful “There’s an app for that” commercials (seems so long ago, doesn’t it). Now with millions of apps being created, downloaded, updated and used every day, apps for shopping, cooking, photo-ing, listening, creating and more have become second nature.

Looking back on 2012, here is a list of the most popular apps for iPhone and iPad.

(Bonus: Here is a roundup of Mashable’s top apps for the Mac.)


iPhone Top Free

  1. YouTube
  2. Instagram
  3. Draw Something Free
  4. Flashlight
  5. Facebook
  6. Pandora
  7. Temple Run
  8. Pinterest
  9. Twitter
  10. Skype

iPhone Top Paid

  1. Angry Birds Space
  2. WhatsApp Messenger
  3. Draw Something
  4. Camera+
  5. Where’s My Water?
  6. Angry Birds Star Wars
  7. Fruit Ninja
  8. Angry Birds
  9. Bejeweled
  10. Tetris

iPad Top Free

  1. Skype
  2. Temple Run
  3. Facebook
  4. Netflix
  5. The Weather Channel for iPad
  6. Draw Something Free
  7. Kindle
  8. Pandora
  9. Angry Birds HD Free
  10. Calculator Pro for iPad Free

iPad Top Paid

  1. Angry Birds Space HD
  2. Where’s My Water?
  3. Pages
  4. Draw Something
  5. Notability
  6. Angry Birds Star Wars HD
  7. iPhoto
  8. Minecraft — Pocket Edition
  9. Where’s My Perry?
  10. Words With Friends HD

So which ones do you have? What was your most indispensable app of 2012 that you just can’t live without? Let us know in the comment section.

Must-Have Holiday Survival Apps for Your iPhone

Balloon Christmas TreeThe holidays are upon us and we’re more than a little excited. And, well, a little nervous because the holidays can be stressful. Buying gifts, traveling, finding the best deals, decorating, and handling all of the people coming into one of our four MacExperience stores looking for the best Christmas gifts (ok that last one just applies to us) we’re going to be busy. So to help with your holiday needs, we’ve compiled this quick list of must-have apps for the holidays. These are good year-round, but from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, these could save you a lot of time and money.


This is one of the most popular apps for remembering and taking quick notes. You can sync with your desktop Write down that amazing gift idea you had for someone or keep track of your holiday parties more efficiently than ever.

Kayak / Skyscanner

These two travel apps are great for finding flights. They offer great filters for price and departure time and cover most of the big airlines.

Find My iPhone

We’re always pushing people to set up Find My iPhone (as well as iPad, MacBook, etc) because they’re so important. And especially with all of the traveling, coat changing, car sharing, and grandma’s couch sitting you’re going to be doing this holiday season-- you’re probably going to misplace your phone somewhere. Set up Find My iPhone today or you might regret it later.


This $.99 app offers some handy little features and filters to help take top-notch photos of all your Ugly Christmas Sweater shindigs and New Year’s Eve soirees.

Price Check by Amazon / RedLaser

Make sure you’re getting the best bargain when shopping for gifts with one of these apps that easily scan barcodes and find the best prices for what you want to buy. Save some money when buying for others so you can stop into The MacExperience and load up on accessories for your new Apple gifts this winter.

Happy Shopping!

Awesome Apptivity App Making Old Toys New Again

There’s no shortage of kid-friendly apps in the App store. With them, kids can read books, make pancakes, and more. But what about the old classic action figures Hot Wheels? They can make a digital comeback with the great Apptivity app from Mattel. See it in action.

With customized toys that are safe for the iPad screen -- made with a plastic that won’t scratch -- the app is included for free.

Games include the Hot Wheels racing you see above as well as WWE Rumblers, Batman and more coming soon. Even the digital classics like Cut The Rope, Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja can be played with a hands-on action figure.

So if you’re thinking of buying your kid an iPad for Christmas, or maybe letting them keep your old one if you are the lucky beneficiary of a sweet new iPad this December, consider getting the Apptivity toys and apps as well.

And don’t forget to stop by The MacExperience for iPad cases, accessories, stands and headphones to round out your Apple gear shopping list this season.

3 New(ish) Must Have Song Apps for iPad and iPhone

Sure Spotify, Pandora and Shazam were probably some of the first music apps you downloaded when you first cracked open that immaculate Apple packaging and took out you first iPhone or iPad. And while those three consistently rank at the top of the most-downloaded apps, there are a few others you should probably be paying attention to now that offer additional features and controls that let you get the most out of your love of music.

A good music app will do one of three things for you: store your music, give you access to more music and/or help you find more music you love.

Pandora has been the gold-standard for finding new music and ease of listening to your favorite bands and styles. Well last summer a new kid on the block came in and is challenging Pandora’s dominance.

Songza is an app that works very similar to Pandora though with a unique twist. Instead of putting in your favorite musician or song and having the app play similar music, Songza lets you pick the setting you are in and plays music for that with their music “Concierge.”

Working out on Thursday morning, cooking breakfast, singing in the shower? Songza plays music for you.

Next there is the iHeart Radio app that lets you listen live to more than 1,500 stations or create your own custom stations. The streaming is really good on this app. Recently moved and feeling homesick? This is great for listening to your old town’s (or the town you wish you were from’s) morning show.

Finally we have which is a “radiozine” that has curated fresh tracks from various music blogs, magazine and DJs.s. Find emerging music and follow underground bands as they become the next big thing with this app.

Why You Should Set Up Find My iPhone Today

Everyone loses his or her iPhone every now and then. Usually it turns up in the car, stuck in the couch cushions or somewhere your inquisitive toddler decided to hide it this week. Most of the time, it is recovered without much worry. But that sinking feeling when you realize you have left it at a restaurant, on the bus or in class is something that happens to thousands of people every day.

That’s why The MacExperience strongly recommends setting up all of your iPhones, iPads and iPods and Macs with the Find My iPhone app.

Once you have the app installed and register your Apple ID on the device, you will be able to see its location on a map and display a custom message on the screen like “Please call (***)***-**** if you find this phone for a reward.”


Additionally, you can have the device beep at full volume for two minutes, even if it is set to silent mode.

As more and more important documents, data and images are saved on your phone, the dangers of someone accessing that information increases. That’s why Find My iPhone allows you to lock your iPhone or you can even wipe all personal data from your phone remotely.

The new iOS 6 installs this app automatically, but you’ll still need to register your Apple ID and an iCloud account.

Install it now, if you haven’t already, and test it to make sure it works. Play the sound, try a custom message and lock the device.

If you have questions about security of your Mac products or want additional backup and protection, the Apple Certified specialists at The MacExperience can answer any questions you may have. Visit one of our four Indiana locations at the Greenwood Park Mall, Bloomington, Downtown Indy by IUPUI or our newest location at Hamilton Town Center.