Have you ever looked over your spouse’s shoulder and thought, “Hey, that’s a cool app.”? If you set up Family Sharing (in System Preferences > iCloud on the Mac, and in Settings > Your Name in iOS), you can download almost any app that someone else in your family has purchased on either the Mac App Store or the iOS App Store. How you find these shared apps depends on the platform. On a Mac running macOS 10.14 Mojave, open the App Store app, click your email address at the bottom of the sidebar, and then click the name next to “Purchased by” to see another family member’s purchases. In iOS 12’s App Store app, tap your icon at the upper right, tap Purchased, and then tap a family member to see their purchases (note that you can select Not on this iPhone/iPad to narrow the choices). Click or tap the cloud icon to download a purchased app.
Smartphone addiction is real. Do you check your iPhone before you get out of bed? During family dinners? Right before you go to sleep? Constantly during the day even when you’re on vacation? If you—or your family members—feel that you’re disappearing into your phone too often or at inappropriate times, it may be time to do something about it.
To start, you might want to quantify the problem, and for that, you can turn to a free iPhone app called Moment. Written by developer Kevin Holesh, Moment is designed to track three key pieces of data:
- How often you pick up your iPhone every day
- How much time you spend on your iPhone
- Which apps you use the most
It then uses that information to paint a picture (well, not literally) of your iPhone use. Most people underestimate how much time they spend on their iPhones by about 100% (the average Moment user uses their iPhone for nearly 4 hours per day!). Knowing how much time you spend is the first step toward using your phone intentionally, rather than as a conduit to a constant stream of social media updates (look at the stats shown below), email messages, and quick-hit entertainment.
To get started, use the App Store app to install Moment, and then launch the app. It starts tracking your usage immediately, although once per week you’ll need to take screenshots of Settings > Battery so Moment can figure out how long you use each app. Then ignore Moment for a few days so it can gather some data.
On the main Screen Time screen, Moment shows how much time you’ve spent on your phone today, along with a scrolling bar graph of how much time you spent every day since you installed Moment. Don’t get too hung up on these raw numbers, though, since Moment tracks every second the screen is on. You probably aren’t concerned about time spent reading an ebook or working out with an app that talks you through a routine.
To view both a breakdown by app and a timestamp for each time you picked up your iPhone, tap any day’s entry, and to see how much you use a particular app on average, tap it in the day view. You can answer a Yes/No question about whether you’re happy with how much you use the app, which informs the Time Well Spent aggregate data about which apps people are and are not concerned about.
All that is helpful, but for a more useful overview, tap Insights and then Week. You’ll see graphs of your usage patterns for screen time, waking life, pickups, most used app, and sleep (this depends on your first and last pickups of the day, so take its data with a grain of salt). Tap any graph to see more detail, but wait until you’ve used Moment for a while.
Everything we’ve described so far is free, but Moment offers additional features for a one-time $3.99 in-app purchase. They let you exclude certain apps from the app-use detection, if you don’t want to be dinged for using apps that are necessary or otherwise positive. You can receive quick reminders about your usage, and set daily time limits. There is even a 14-day Phone Bootcamp course that helps you rethink your relationship with your phone.
More interesting for parents is Moment Family, a subscription service ($26.99 for 6 months or $44.99 for 12 months) that allows you to monitor your entire family’s screen time with Moment, set phone-free dinner times, and enforce daily limits.
So if you’re perturbed by the amount of time you spend using your iPhone every day, give Moment a try. On its own, it won’t solve your problem but by showing you exactly how often you turn to your phone—and for what apps—it can help you regain control over your usage patterns. And if others in your family have trouble putting their iPhones down at dinner or to do homework, Moment Family could be the answer.
If you have 20/20 vision or are still wondering why your parents have reading glasses, count yourself lucky. But if you’re like many people—over 60 percent of the population by some estimates, including most people over 45—reading the tiny text on your iPhone or iPad screen might be impossible if you don’t happen to have the right pair of glasses handy.
What we really want is a screen that corrects automatically for its user’s individual vision problems—research into such technology has taken place at UC Berkeley and the MIT Media Lab, but real-world products are probably years off. Until then, those of us who need a little help seeing our screens will have to rely on features Apple has built into iOS. Try these options:
Increase Text Size
Although not every app supports it, Apple has a technology called Dynamic Type that lets you set your preferred text size. In Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size, you’ll find a text size slider, and you can see how it affects text in the iOS interface by moving around in the Settings app or looking at Mail.
If you want a size even larger than is available from the Text Sizes screen, you can get that in Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text. Turn on Larger Accessibility Sizes, and the size slider adds more options.
Sometimes, the problem isn’t so much the size of the text, but how light it can be. In Settings > Display & Brightness, there’s a switch for Bold Text. Turn this on, and all the text on the iPhone will become darker. Oddly, enabling Bold Text requires restarting your device, but there’s no harm in doing that.
If you have difficulty with aspects of the screen other than text, you can use iOS’s Display Zoom feature to expand everything by a bit. The trade-off is that you’ll see less content on the screen at once, of course, but that’s a small price to pay if it makes your iPhone easier to use.
To enable Display Zoom, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > View. Once there, you can compare the difference between the standard and zoomed views in three sample screens by tapping the Standard and Zoomed buttons at the top—notably, you’ll lose a row of icons on the Home screen. If you think zoomed view might be better, tap Zoomed and then tap Set. Your iPhone has to restart, but it’s quick. Unfortunately, if you decide to switch back to standard view, you’ll need to rearrange your Home screen icons again.
The iPhone’s full Zoom feature is particularly useful in two situations. First, it’s easy to invoke and dismiss if you need a quick glance while wearing the wrong pair of glasses. Second, if Display Zoom doesn’t magnify the screen as much as you need, the full zoom may do the job.
Turn it on in Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom and zoom in by double-tapping the screen with three fingers. By default, the Zoom Region is set to Window Zoom, which gives you a magnifying lens that you can move around the screen by dragging its handle on the bottom.
Tap the handle to bring up a menu that lets you zoom out, switch to full-screen zoom (which can be harder to navigate), resize the lens, filter what you see in the lens (such as grayscale), display a controller for moving the lens, and change the zoom level. To get back to normal view, just double-tap with three fingers again.
So, if you want to be able to use your iPhone more easily when your reading glasses aren’t handy, try the features described above and find the right mix for your eyes.
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!
When it’s an option at a cash register, Apple Pay is faster, easier, and safer than using a credit card. But accessing it from the Wallet app is way too slow! Here’s the trick to pull up Apple Pay quickly. In Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay, under “Allow Access When Locked,” enable Double-Click Home Button. Then, when you want to pay in a checkout line, double-click the Home button from the Lock screen of your iPhone to bring up Wallet instantly. If you have trouble with your thumb unlocking the iPhone instead, use another finger that isn’t registered with Touch ID, and then use your thumb to authenticate once Apple Pay comes up.
If you're not using the wonder that is Do Not Disturb, stop whatever you're doing and read on. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than being woken from a sound sleep by a notification from your iPhone, particularly when it’s something annoying like a robocall. On the Mac, notifications won’t generally wake you up, but they can be distracting when you’re trying to focus. Or, imagine the embarrassment if you get a text message from a snarky buddy while you’re giving a Keynote presentation. Do Not Disturb to the rescue!
In both iOS and macOS, you can engage Do Not Disturb manually at any time. That’s perfect if you want to make sure your iPhone doesn’t make noise in the theater or prevent your Mac from showing notifications while showing your latest work to your boss.
- In iOS, either go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and toggle the Manual switch, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center and tap the Do Not Disturb button. You can also ask Siri to “Turn on Do Not Disturb.” A crescent moon icon appears in the status bar at the top of the screen when Do Not Disturb is on.
On the Mac, click the Notification Center icon in the top-right corner of the screen, scroll up to reveal the Do Not Disturb controls, and toggle the switch. For a quicker way, Option-click the Notification Center icon. In Sierra, Siri can control Do Not Disturb as well. The Notification Center icon is light gray instead of black when Do No Disturb is on.
You can turn Do Not Disturb off manually (which is a good idea if you’ve disabled it on your iPhone during a doctor’s appointment, for instance). On the Mac, it turns off automatically at midnight.
No one wants to enable Do Not Disturb manually every night. Happily, both iOS and macOS can turn it on automatically on a schedule.
- In iOS, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb, turn on the Scheduled switch, and tap the From/To times to adjust when it should turn on and off automatically.
- On the Mac, open System Preferences > Notifications > Do Not Disturb, select the checkbox next to the time fields, and enter from From and To times.
The Mac offers a few welcome options that automatically engage Do Not Disturb when the display is sleeping (usually a no-brainer) and when mirroring the display to a TV or projector (which should prevent notifications during presentations).
In iOS, you can choose which calls can break through Do Not Disturb’s cone of silence. On both platforms, you can allow repeated calls through — if someone wants to get in touch badly enough to try twice in quick succession, it’s probably important.
Nearly everyone should be using Do Not Disturb, so if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, check it out now, before an errant phone call or iOS notification wakes you in the middle of the night.
The iPhone’s flashlight is one of its most popular low-tech features, but have you ever wished you could make it brighter or dimmer? Now you can, at least on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models in iOS 10! Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center, and then 3D Touch (press hard) the Flashlight button to reveal Bright, Medium, and Low Light options. Tap the one you want to get that brightness level. iOS 10 remembers your last setting, so if the level isn’t what you want the next time, you may have to adjust it again.
Summertime = vacations. And vacations = lots of pictures. Here is a tip on maximizing space on your iPhone or iPad.
Under Settings on your iOS device, you have the option to turn on your iCloud Photo Library. This allows Apple to automatically and securely upload all of your device's images and video up to iCloud*. If your Apple ID is linked to more than one Apple device, you will be able to see your images and videos on each device.
- Launch Settings
- Tap Photos & Camera
- Turn on iCloud Photo Library
- Select Upgrade Options if more iCloud storage is needed
- Select Optimize iPhone Storage
Once you complete this step, iCloud will automatically replace full-resolution photos and videos with optimized versions, storing only the most recent images locally**.
*Apple now offers 50GB of extra iCloud storage for $0.99 a month. **It does take some time for these changes to take place, depending on the amount of photos you have. Once you have completed the above steps, give it at least 24 hours to show a difference in storage space available.
Did you get a new device this holiday season? Perhaps it was something that you purchased for yourself - a tablet, a phone, a TV, laptop, etc. But your question is: now what do I do with this? How can I accessorize my new favorite device and utilize it for all its worth? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite accessories for your holiday devices.
Most of your devices came with a cable, but let’s face it, you can never have enough of them. If it’s for your phone, you need one in your bedroom, the car, your purse, next to the computer, and an extra one because you know one of them might grow legs and simply walk away.
Getting extra lightning cables for your iPhone/iPad is a no brainer, but consider trying out the Moshi lightning cable for a little style and have the same one-year-warranty as the Apple brand.
You got the new Apple TV but it didn’t come with a HDMI cable and you need one to make it work. Did you know that when you AirPlay to the AppleTV it doubles your local traffic? Get yourself an ethernet cable to connect your AppleTV directly to your router for the fastest speed.
Your new iOS device has a nice battery life, but it won’t always be like that. If you plan on going camping, traveling on a plane, or going beyond the range of an outlet, then you’re going to want to get some power on the go. The Moshi Ionbank 5K comes with an integrated Lightning cable to charge your iPhone, and a USB cable to charge itself. The extra USB port on IonBank 5K allows for a second device to charge, whether it be another iPhone or even an Android device.
Your new device looks pretty sweet and you should keep it that way. With the i10 Pixel glass you can keep the glass scratch-free as it reaches to the top corners of your phone from the bottom corners. For full phone protection, look at the cases from Moshi. They range in design from sleek to rugged, and even offer a wallet folio case. These cases keep your devices safe and in style.
Your computer should be protected from scratches as well. The Speck see-thru lets your Apple logo light glow through the case and gives it the protection needed from daily wear and tear, like sliding it into your full backpack.
What about a folio for the businessman/woman to look professional and have protection? The Tucano Palmo and Leggero are a great protective solution with a style that says, "Look out, I look good, I look important, I am successful." If you are looking for a folio that has a keyboard, look no further than the Moshi Versa Cover with keyboard; this bad boy turns heads.
You’re probably going to lose these in a pocket, in the wash, in the car, leave them at a friend's house... you get the idea, you're going to lose them. And the headphones that came with you iPhone are average at best. The Moshi Mythro headphones are your answer to the average headphones; they're only $29.95 and according to CNet, they are the best headphones under $50.
No one likes fingerprints on screens, and the germs on your computer aren’t very attractive either. Apple Juice screen and device cleaner provides you with cleanliness, and it smells like apples.
You have the devices but don’t know all the ins and outs of how to utilize them most effectively. Understanding the benefits of iCloud seems beyond your grasp, and how to make a document look like you hired someone to make it is something weighing on your mind. ME.Training can give you the advantages you’ve been looking for. Sign up for a private class with a trainer and get the undivided attention you deserve.
Did you know when you protect your device with a case, it maintains its value better than if left unprotected? When our technicians value a computer or any device for trade in, we run a lot of tests on it, but we also look at the condition of the device. The better it looks, the more it's worth. Let's be honest, no one wants to buy anything used that looks like it's been through the ringer. If you're going to spend your hard-earned dollars on a MacBook or an iPad 2 or keep track of your whole life on your iPhone, you really should protect it.
That's why we offer cases for your devices, from see thru Speck cases to the Moshi Overture wallet cases.
Searching for information is great! We have it right at our fingertips with a web search engine on our smartphones. But have you ever wanted to look for something specific inside of a webpage itself on your iPhone? Safari, the web browser on your iPhone can do just that. Let's say you want to find Sarah Connor mentions from within a Terminator: Genisys review. Just visit the page in Safari, tap the address/search box at the top of the screen, tap the little “x” button to clear out the URL, then type “Sarah.”
At the bottom of the search results, you’ll see an “On This Page” heading. Tap “Find ‘Sarah’” to highlight every mention of the word on the page. From there you can tap the arrows at the bottom of the screen to cycle through each mention.
Let's get something straight, we love Thanksgiving but we're not big fans of Black Friday. Therefore we're closed on Black Friday at both locations. Don't worry though, we're still having a sale. It's just going to be a day late and you're going to be OK if you're a dollar short, because we're having a Super spectacular Saturday Savings Sale of the Season. On Saturday November 28th we're going to help you save money when you shop at our Castleton or Bloomington location. Save 10% on a computer with purchase of ME.Complete or 20% on all accessories*.
We look forward to seeing you Saturday.
*While supplies last. In store only. Excludes Apple brand accessories.
What do you spend the most amount of time doing on your Mac or iPhone? The real answer might be play games, text, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest, but let's pretend that it's surf the web. You might even find yourself reading blogs like this one, or catching up on the news. And because you spend so much time on the internet reading, you might like the Safari Reader Fonts option. If you're not familiar with Reader in Safari, it's allows you to view news stories and other articles in a layout that’s optimized for easy reading. Reader lets you focus on the text without being distracted by ads. Reader is available where there is a 4 line icon on the left side of the search bar.
And now you can customize your view by selecting your font size and style, and choose Sepia and Night themes. Simply select "Reader" and then select the "AA" on the right side of the search bar.
You’ve downloaded iOS9 and seem some fancy new tricks right? But did you know that Wi-Fi Assist is one of those new features? For most users it’s a great addition to Apple’s mobile operating system, to others, maybe not. What is Wi-fi Assist and why is so great? Did you know most users experience a few moments of connectivity loss as they walk or drive away from their Wi-Fi network? This happens as the last wisps of Wi-Fi connectivity fail but before the iPhone can recognize and switch to the cellular data connection. With Wi-Fi Assist, the iPhone will detect that the Wi-Fi network signal is degrading and actively switch over to the cellular connection before a complete loss of the Wi-Fi signal. This should create an experience that is seamless to the user and allows them to continue their Internet use without interruption as they leave the house or office. Pretty cool right?
However, there may be times in which Wi-Fi Assist may “booger up” the user experience. In terms of data usage, Wi-Fi Assist doesn’t just help maintain interruption-free connectivity when the user leaves home; it also activates the cellular data connection whenever a user’s Wi-Fi signal gets weak. If you have a large data cap you may not mind this, but for those on a more limited data plan, might not want their cellular data connection kicking in without some kind of warning. If a Wi-Fi signal is still available, even a poor one, you might want to continue using it to save your limited data.
Then there are some mobile apps that require a connection to a specific Wi-Fi network for security and functionality purposes, particularly in enterprise settings. In this case, Wi-Fi Assist may switch the user to a cellular connection sooner than they want or anticipate, resulting in a total loss of connection for a particular network-dependent app, instead of just having slow speeds on the existing Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi Assist, by default, is enabled when a user upgrades to iOS 9, without providing any prompts or warnings that it has done so. Thankfully though, it’s easy to disable Wi-Fi Assist if you decide it’s not right for you.
To disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9, head to Settings > Cellular. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see an entry for Wi-Fi Assist. Tap the toggle switch to set it to Off (white).
Watch this short video to see how to disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS9.
We're relocating our downtown location to our existing Castleton location, on November 1st.
We're also bringing back someone you might remember from our past. No, it’s not Steve Jobs. We can’t bring back the dead, but we are bringing back a powerhouse of a player. One of the originals: Tom Egan. Boom!
Thank you for your continued support.
On November 1st, downtown customers will be able to find us at:
Located near Castleton Mall, at the intersection of 82nd and Craig.
Mon—Fri: 9am to 6pm; Sat: 10am to 5pm
The short list of the Apple Event yesterday. Those of us that were watching struggled with the video feed., but we pushed through and learned of all the new “killer” products.
Apple announced that they want to control of your wallet with Apple Pay, a contactless payment technology coming this October.
They announced 2 new phones, the iPhone 6 with a 4.7” screen, and iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5” screen. We have a full comparison of the iPhone line.
iOS 8 will be available on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
But wait there’s more. The new wearable, Apple Watch. With three models available and prices starting at $349.
The 2 hour event was ended with U2 playing the first track from their new full length album, “Songs Of Innocence”, released with a free download at iTunes.
Due to the high volume of iPhone 5 battery requests: batteries may not be available for immediate replacement. For our iPhone technicians to perform Apple-required diagnostics, you must make an appointment at MacExperience.com/iPhones. [hr]
How do I determine if my iPhone 5 is eligible?
Apple has provide this link to assess whether your iPhone is among the models included in the battery replacement program. Simply type your serial number in the provided space and Apple will let you know if your iPhone eligible. If Apple determines that your iPhone 5 battery does not qualify, you may inquire for a paid replacement.
Where do I find my iPhone serial number?
Step 1: Tap on the gear icon 'Settings,' then tap 'General.'
Step 2: Once in 'General,' then tap 'About.'
Step 3: Once in 'About,' then scroll down to find your serial number.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. Please have your phone backed up and set up an appointment here:
[button href="/iphones"]Set up an iPhone Appointment[/button]
What if my iPhone 5 is not included in the battery program but I am still having issues?
There are a lot of factors that can lead to a shortened battery life. If you believe you are experiencing battery issues and your iPhone does not qualify for the Apple battery replacement program, our technicians can still assist you in diagnosing the issue.
What else do I need to know?
1. Your phone may be eligible but not qualify for the battery replacement.
2. Due to the large volume in demand, batteries may not be available for immediate replacement. We will order a replacement battery and notify upon arrival.
3. Remember to back your phone up before arriving at your appointment.
Have you ever been interrupted while composing and email on your iPhone or iPad. You hit cancel, and then propted with “Delete Draft or Save Draft” But getting to that draft can be overwhelming.
Step 1: Hold down the compose button. You will be prompted with "New Message" and PREVIOUS DRAFTS.
That's it. Lesson over.
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 iCloud.com. 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).
1. Launch Reminders app on OSX or iCloud.com
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.
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.