The Next Iteration of iOS Wants & Desires

This may come a little late to the table for iOS 9, but wanted to make it public. What do we need in the next issue?  

“Hey, Siri”, to work all the time.  Come on Apple, Google has had this going for ages.  Or at least make it so it works when being charged in your vehicle. Hands Free Folks.  

Inside the Health App, have the ability to take photos of your insurance cards and have them available for viewing. Just makes sense. 

Multi Task with two apps in view on iPhone 6+ and iPad.  News and rumor is this is coming in iOS 9.  Let’s hope so. 

Tap or gesture that will put your iOS device in “Meeting Mode”. No noise, No flashy light & No Vibrating (still makes sound). This needs to be one touch or tap from lock screen or home screen. Not a bunch of taps to get into “Do Not Disturb” mode. 

Can I have your card?  Another one tap or touch to send someone your “business card”. Not bumping fists, or waiving your phone in a counter clockwise circle three times with your left hand. Just hit an icon, and up pops a space for the person’s phone number. Input it. Hit send. They have your business card, Name, Company Name, Address, Phone Numbers, E-Mail Address, URL, Title, & Note.  I know, I know you can do that now in contacts. It is the slowness of it in a networking situation. Come on, bits and bytes are cheaper than dead trees. 

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Setting Up Touch ID

 Touch ID is a very useful feature on iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 plus models, as well as iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. You can set it up to work as a password to your phone and App Store purchases, as well as use it in apps like 1Password as an identification tool. The Touch ID button recognizes your fingerprints, up to five of them, and gives you easy and seamless access to your device without having to enter a number or word password.

In fact Touch ID button will recognize a toeprint as well as a fingerprint. Yes, a friend tried it and found that her big toe worked just fine.  Me either! But just saying.  

But how do you even set it up in the first place? Well, if you skipped the “Set up Touch ID” screen in your initial iDevice set up, you can set up Touch ID by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. To get to the settings, enter your passcode you have set on your device.

Once you’re past that screen, you can see the settings to use Touch ID for iPhone Unlock and/or iTunes and App Store purchases. Under these options, you’ll see the Add a Fingerprint option. 

To set up a new fingerprint, tap “Add a Fingerprint” and follow the prompts for adding a fingerprint. Just place your finger on the Home button, don’t press! And make sure to move your finger in all directions around the Home Button so you’ll always be able to open your phone, no matter which way your finger is facing. You’ll have to place your finger on the Home Button multiple times to get it stored in your phone. You’ll feel vibrations when you’re calibrating your fingerprint, so you’ll know when to lift and place your finger. Make sure you add at least one finger from each hand. You can also have your significant other add a fingerprint if you want them to have access to your iPhone or iPad. 
Once you’ve added your fingerprint Touch ID will automatically be enable for iPhone Unlock, Apple Pay (for the 6 and 6 Plus), and iTunes and App Store purchases. Toggle off any of those you don’t wish to use Touch ID for.

To name your fingerprints, tap on the fingerprint name in the list above the Add a Fingerprint option and then type the new name. This can be handy for knowing which fingerprint to delete and redo if it stops working; especially when multiple people have added a fingerprint, such as might be the case for a family iPad.

One thing to remember is that if your Touch ID isn’t working (due to rain on your screen, or the fact that you’re wearing gloves), or someone else needs to access your phone, your iPhone can still be accessed via the passcode.

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How To Answer Incoming Calls On Speakerphone By Default

Do you find yourself mostly using the phone in speaker mode? Well, there’s an easier way than tapping buttons. You can set your iPhone settings to answer in speaker mode automatically. Here’s how:

On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. From here, scroll down to Call Audio Routing. Tap on that and then select the Speaker option. Your calls will automatically be answered with speakerphone from now on.

To take a call without speakerphone, answer the call & then tap the speaker icon to go back to the regular iPhone speaker sound.

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Delete Frequently Visited Sites in Safari

Is there a site you visited frequently in Safari for a while, but now no longer need to visit, such as ssa.gov as you prepare to begin drawing your Social Security, or consumerreports.org to figure out which washing machine you needed? Rather than wait for them to eventually disappear from your Frequently Visited list or get replaced by other sites, you can easily delete any sites you don’t want to see anymore right away.

To start, open Safari. Tap the new tab icon (the double square on the bottom right of the window) and tap the plus sign icon in the middle of the bottom of the screen to get a new tab. Here, you’ll see your Favorites and below that a list of Frequently Visited sites. 

To remove a Frequently Visited site, tap and hold the icon until it expands, then release. A delete option should appear above the website icon. Tap Delete to remove the site from your Frequently Visited list.

Have a question? Want to learn to do more with your iPhone and iPad, then contact us at:  loutechtutor@gmail.com        Twitter:  @loutechtutor  

Now Give Your Mom Tutoring To Use That iPad

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It may have slipped your mind when you got mom that iPad for Mother’s Day yesterday.  Now you or someone needs to teach her how to use it.  That is what we can do for you to make that iPad the best gift ever.  

You probably got it set up for her and even fielded 2 or 3 phone calls.  Now it is time to  contact us to set up a introductory tutoring session so she can get the most out of her iPad.  

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
e-mail: LOUTECHTUTOR    We do a 2 hour introductory tutoring session to really get you going. We leave time to answer questions and we will show her specific items she wants to know how to do.  That session is less than the cost of a good case for your iPad.

We Tutor You On Your iPad or iPhone

As we head into the Spring storm season you can use your iPad for a NOAA weather radio. I have it on mine, and there is little more powerful than being in an afternoon meeting and having the NOAA storm alert sound go off on it. I instantly have everyone’s full and undivided attention. I was helping a relative recently with their iPad and they are not a touch typist, so they type biblically, that is seek and find a letter. When I showed him he could dictate to his iPad and have it printed out on screen for editing he was all smiles. I expect a book by summer from him. Those are the kinds of things we tutor here at Louisville TechTutor. Useful things that make your iPad so much more than a book reader and e-mail box. Custom tutoring, and working with seniors & the technology challenged is our specialty.

CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR TUTORING SESSION
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TODAY’S TIP: Save Battery Power
If you turn off PUSH EMAIL you can save a lot of battery power, especially if you are using a cell connection.
Open SETTINGS, MAIL, FETCH NEW DATA
Turn off PUSH
You can set FETCH to download manually, then to receive emails open the MAIL App and wait for them to download.

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Five Best Ways To Use Spotlight Search On Your iPad

Spotlight Search is probably one of the most under used tools on the iPad.  I know I have taken it for granted for years.  I know it’s there.  I know it can be a very useful search tool, and I know that it was enhanced with iOS 8. But, how often do we really ever use Spotlight Search on our own without being prompted?  If you’re anything like me, the answer is probably close to never.  I know there have to be some seasoned veterans out there who take full advantage of the powerful search capabilities of Spotlight Search–and that’s great.  Most of us, however, don’t.  So I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite benefits of this built in utility, in no particular order.

Wikipedia Search:  Type in a term like “Florida Caverns State Park” and you’ll get a snippet of the Wikipedia article, including a picture and a summary. Select “see full article” and Spotlight takes you to the full article in Safari.

Local Restaurant Search:  Looking for a place to eat dinner with the family?  Simply enter the name of a restaurant, and Spotlight Search will show the restaurant website and the closest one nearby–including the phone number and address. Tap on the Maps selection, and you will get a info card that lists the phone number, webpage address, restaurant address, a quick map view, and the option of selecting “directions to or from here” in the Map App.  In addition, if you scroll down farther on the info card you will see the restaurant hours, the food category, delivery and reservation info, pictures of  food from the restaurant, and reviews submitted on Yelp.

App Store Search:  Looking for a particular app you are considering purchasing in the App Store?  Just begin typing the name of the app in the search field and Spotlight searches the App Store to give you the best available options.  When you elect an app from the search, you will see a typical App Store summary with the option to open and purchase the app in the App Store.  In addition, if you forgot that you already have a particular app downloaded to your iPad, Spotlight Search will show you where it is located (if in a folder) and will give you the option of launching the app right from the search results.

Search Websites:  Start typing the name of a website or a topic you would like to read more about, and Spotlight Search will give a a list of the top hit for a suggeted websites to open.

Search Movie Showtimes:  To search for a particular movie, type the movie name, and Spotlight Search will list the closest local movie theaters and showtimes where your movie is playing.  Select the result, and Fandango will open in Safari with a more detailed listing of local movie times, details about the movie, and published fan reviews.

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