How to Adjust Click Speed of Side Button on iPhone X

How to Adjust Click Speed of Side Button on iPhone X

How to Adjust Click Speed of Side Button on iPhone X

The iPhone X side button performs an impressive array of functions, working as a power button, a screen lock button, a summon Siri button, summoning Apple Pay, accessibility shortcuts, part of the snapping screen shot sequence, part of a steps to force restart and more. That’s a lot of work for a single iPhone button! Some of the those features require double pressing or triple pressing the Side button on iPhone X in rapid succession, and while the default speed may seem acceptable to most users, others may wish to adjust the click speed of the side button on iPhone X to be a bit slower to perform those same double and triple-press actions.

This tutorial will show you how to adjust the click speed of the side button on iPhone X.

How to Adjust Click Speed of Side Button on iPhone X

1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone

2.Go to “General” and then to “Accessibility”

3.Tap on “Side Button”

4.Adjust the click speed as desired by tapping one of three options:

•Default – the standard double-press and triple-press speed, which is fairly fast

•Slow

•Slowest – allows for notably slower double-press and triple-press of Side button to activate those related features

Exit Settings when satisfied

The click speed of the side button changes immediately, which allows you to test out the difference right away without leaving Settings app. You can also return to the Settings to re-adjust the Side button click speed at anytime of course.

For many users leaving the default setting is appropriate, but some other iPhone X users may appreciate having more leeway and forgiveness when double pressing and triple pressing the side button of iPhone X. You may also find that reducing the click speed actually helps to stop accidentally summoning some of the features, like Apple Pay or the Accessibility shortcut, since the press speed is a little more deliberate. Try it out yourself and see what works best for you.

By default, a double press of the side button on iPhone X will bring up the Apple Pay shortcut screen and a triple-press of the side button will bring up the Accessibility shortcuts. You can also adjust either of those specific settings or turn them off completely if they’re not working out for you as implemented.

Obviously this relates to iPhone X, which has a redesigned enclosure that is thus far unique to that specific hardware. Presumably this will apply to other iPhone and iPad models that go with a full-screen and ditch the Home button, which seems like the inevitable design direction Apple is going for iOS hardware.

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Apple applies for patent that lets riders virtually fight zombies or hang glide in self-driving cars

Apple applies for patent that lets riders virtually fight zombies or hang glide in self-driving cars

Apple applies for patent that lets riders virtually fight zombies or hang glide in self-driving cars

Apple has applied to patent a VR system for autonomous cars that would use interior screens and VR headsets to alter the interior of the vehicle.

The patent, applied for in September 2017 and published last week, is framed as a way to “address problems with vehicles in motion that may result in motion sickness for passengers” by replacing views of the real world with virtual environments. On top of that, the patent proposes at least one VR controller that generates virtual content for projection and a mechanism for projecting onto windows of the vehicle.

The visuals could then sync with an “active seat” and motion sensors, integrating the physical effects of driving (like turning around corners or stopping at a red light) into these virtual environments. Augmented reality is also mentioned, where content is displayed in a view of the real world in the front of the vehicle. As far as uses for all this?

These experiences can be interactive and shared with multiple passengers. In one example, the patent says regarding the hang glider experience, “The passengers may drop virtual water balloons onto features in the environment.” It also mentions more practical applications for productivity, like holding a virtual meeting with avatars around a table.

There have been rumors of Apple developing self-driving cars under the codename “Project Titan” since 2015, with apparent test vehicles spotted in October 2017. The company did apply for and receive a permit for testing autonomous cars on public roads in California, but reports say that efforts to build a car from scratch have been scrapped in favor of focusing on autonomous software existing automakers can use. Last July, CEO Tim Cook confirmed in an interview that Apple is currently “focusing on autonomous systems.”

Apple isn’t the first company to consider what to do with the interior real estate of autonomous cars. Late last year, Intel said it was teaming up with Warner Bros. to create “in-cabin, immersive experiences in autonomous vehicle settings.” At the time, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the company imagined riders “enjoying immersive experiences never seen before, courtesy of in-cabin virtual reality and augmented reality innovations.”

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Apple Over Ear Headphones Concept Images

Apple Over Ear Headphones Concept Images

To go along with the AirPods and the HomePod, Apple is rumored to be working on a set over high end over ear headphones that, like its other two products, will be Apple branded rather than Beats branded.

Apple Over Ear Headphones Concept Images

The rumor originated in a February report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who often accurately predicts Apple’s plans. Kuo says Apple is planning to launch high-end over-ear headphones that marries the convenience of AirPods with better sound quality.

Designers over at Curved.de have taken these rumors and created renderings imagining what Apple-branded over-ear headphones could look like.

The headphones take design elements from the HomePod, such as the acoustic fabric covering and the touch panel that includes a visible Siri waveform, and existing Beats headphones like the Solo3.

Apple Over Ear Headphones Concept Images

On headphones, of course, you wouldn’t see the waveform while wearing them so this may not be an entirely realistic concept, but it’s interesting to see the HomePod design distilled down into headphones.

Curved.de has imagined the headphones in both black and white, with the touch panel also able to display other graphics like a rainbow Apple logo, and there’s a simple wireless charging stand included in the concept.

Apple Over Ear Headphones Concept Images

Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple could release the headphones as soon as the fourth quarter of 2018, which is fairly late in the year, so we could see them delayed until 2019. Kuo’s rumor has been corroborated by Bloomberg, with the site adding that noise-canceling features could be included.

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Apple’s Revamped Mac Pro to Launch in 2019

Apple’s Revamped Mac Pro to Launch in 2019

Apple’s redesigned, modular Mac Pro aimed at professionals is set to launch in 2019, according to an update Apple recently provided to TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, who took a trip to the company’s Cupertino campus.

The team responsible for revamping Apple’s pro product efforts was there to provide updated details both on the Mac Pro and how Apple is shaping it to meet the needs of real professional users.

Apple’s Revamped Mac Pro to Launch in 2019

Employees in the meeting included John Ternus, VP of Hardware Engineering, Tom Boger, Senior Director of Mac Hardware Marketing, Jud Coplan, Director of video Apps Product Marketing, and Xander Soren, Director of Music Apps Product Marketing.

Panzarino was told in no uncertain terms that the Mac Pro will not be arriving before 2019 as the product is still in development. From Tom Boger:

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.” In addition to transparency for pro customers on an individual basis, there’s also a larger fiscal reasoning behind it.

Apple wants customers to know that the Mac Pro isn’t coming in 2018 so those who are planning to make a purchase decision for a pro machine like the iMac Pro won’t hold off in the hopes of a Mac Pro materializing later in the year.

In the time since Apple announced major changes for the next-generation Mac Pro last year, it has put together a “Pro Workflow Team” led by John Ternus, where employees who focus on pro-level products all work together.

Apple has also been hiring award-winning artists and technicians in an effort to understand the real workflows that creative professionals use to better tailor its products to them. The individuals shoot real projects and then use Apple’s hardware and software to find “sticking points that could cause frustration and friction” for pro users.

Apple’s Pro Workflow Team finds and addresses the issues that come up, even down to tiny details like tweaking a graphics driver, and it’s not just Apple’s products that benefit – the company’s employees are also working with third-party apps.

From Tom Bogar, senior Mac marketing director:

“We’ve gone from just you know engineering Macs and software to actually engineering a workflow and really understanding from soup to nuts, every single stage of the process, where those bottlenecks are, where we can optimize that,” says Bogar.

The Pro Workflow team, in addition to improving current Apple products, is also an essential part of Mac Pro development. Their work is “definitely influencing” what Apple’s planning for, with Apple achieving a “much much much deeper understanding” of pro customers, their workflows, and their needs. This understanding is “really informing” the work Apple is doing on the Mac Pro,” according to Bogar.

No details were provided on the shape of the Mac Pro or the internal components that it might include, but Apple is still planning on a modular machine, as announced last year, so plans have not changed. Apple back then said that it was “completely rethinking” the Mac Pro, and that it is “by definition” a modular system. Apple at the time also said a pro display was in development alongside the new machine.

Apple’s Revamped Mac Pro to Launch in 2019

Panzarino says we’re not likely to hear any additional detail about the Mac Pro at WWDC in June, and that he expects Apple will keep quiet about the machine until next year.

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Apple Hires Googles Former AI Boss to Help Improve Siri

Apple Hires Googles Former AI Boss to Help Improve Siri

Apple Hires Googles Former AI Boss to Help Improve Siri

John Giannandrea, Google’s former head of search and artificial intelligence, is joining Apple. The hire, first reported by The New York Times, comes one day after the executive announced he was stepping down from his role at Google, itself a surprise move amid a broader executive reshuffle that now makes much more sense in hindsight.

Giannandrea, a machine learning expert who joined Google back in 2010, is a huge get for Apple, which has struggled for years to make progress in fast-moving and increasingly important AI fields like computer vision and natural language processing. Giannandrea will report directly to CEO Tim Cook as the leader of “machine learning and AI strategy,” according to the Times.

Both Facebook and Google, and to a lesser extent Amazon and Microsoft, are powerhouses in AI, employing hundreds of researchers working across a number of different domains that routinely publish substantive papers that help inform internal products and the collective AI research community at large.

Apple, though it helped define the early market for voice-based digital assistants with Siri, has had neither the access to data nor the research talent and resources to approach AI development with the same level of intensity as its rivals.

Siri remains the butt of innumerable jokes about AI’s lacking sophistication. The general conception of the Siri platform is that it remains behind the quality level of Google Assistant, which uses some of the same game-changing algorithms that power Google Translate and Google Image Search, and also lags behind Amazon’s Alexa, the smart home industry leader.

Not until December 2016 did Apple even allow its own employees to publish research in AI, a common practice among even the most top-level of AI researchers at Facebook and Google, it also took the company many months to join a ethical AI research consortium co-founded by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM. Industry insiders say Apple’s approach to data collection and user privacy, while commendable from an ideological standpoint, hamper its ability to keep pace with other Silicon Valley heavyweights.

With Giannandrea joining the fold, however, Apple may be able to recruit more top-level talent and improve its algorithms, a feat the company has long said it wants to achieve without violating its stance on privacy, yet because neural networks — the backbone of deep learning techniques for developing self-improving software — require large amounts of data to be trained on, Apple is necessarily at a disadvantage because it only has access to publicly available sets. Facebook and Google, on the other hand, operate large-scale data collection operations with billions of users around the globe.

For Google, the loss of Giannandrea is not likely to have a big impact on its AI efforts.

Taking Giannandrea’s place is Google veteran Jeff Dean, widely considered to be the most talented and trusted figures in the coding world. An anonymous source inside Google told The Verge that the general feeling in the company was that Dean has a “stronger rapport” with the community, employees, and management.

Dean co-founded Google Brain, the research unit behind some of the field’s most significant advances of the last 10 years. He’s now in charge of Google’s entire AI unit, which has been separated out from the search team, with a focus both on how AI will be implemented into products and long-term research.

Facebook recently enacted a similar executive shuffle to better align its AI research and applied AI product teams under a single executive.

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How to Save Webpages as PDFs and Annotate on iPhone and iPad

How to Save Webpages as PDFs and Annotate on iPhone and iPad

How to Save Webpages as PDFs and Annotate on iPhone and iPad

How to Save Webpages as PDFs and Annotate on iPhone and iPad

There are a variety of scenarios where it’s helpful to create a PDF version of a webpage or article. While doing this on a Mac may be more widely known, there’s an easy shortcut on iOS for the functionality as well.

It can be easy to overlook some of the options in the iOS share sheet, particularly on iPhone. And that’s exactly where you’ll find the button to create a PDF from a webpage.

How to save webpages as PDFs and annotate on iPhone & iPad

 

1 Once on the webpage or article you’d like to convert, tap the share sheet icon

2 If you don’t see Create PDF, swipe from right to left over the icons like Add BookmarkAdd to Reading List, etc.

3 Tap Create PDF

4 Tap the markup icon

5 Tap Done in the top left corner and choose where you’d like to save the file

When it comes to choosing a location to save your PDF, note that you’ll need Pages or another compatible app to be able to choose the On My iPhone option.

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Sixth Generation iPad Receives The Teardown

Sixth Generation iPad Receives The Teardown

Sixth Generation iPad Receives The Teardown

Sixth Generation iPad Receives The Teardown

iFixit today published their teardown of Apple’s sixth-generation, education-focused iPad and found that the tablet shares many of the internals of the fifth-gen iPad. The teardown crew also looked at the new iPad’s potential for durability and repairability in an education environment by comparing it to competitors in the field.

The new iPad’s lack of waterproofing, non-replaceable charging port, zero upgradeability, and use of glue throughout the internals added up to a “repair nightmare.” iFixit then pointed towards the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 tablet, which got a perfect repairability score of 10 out of 10, summarizing that “Apple’s ‘education’ iPad is still a case of won’t — not can’t.”

Looking into the iPad’s internals, the two major updates in the new tablet are an upgraded A10 processor and Broadcom chips for Apple Pencil support. iFixit got a peek inside the iPad using Creative Electron’s X-ray imaging software, discovering “only minor differences” when compared to a similar X-ray of the previous iPad.

Sixth Generation iPad Receives The Teardown

One of the iPad’s advantages in terms of repairability comes in the form of its digitizer panel easily separating from the display. iFixit pointed out that in the event that either component should break, repair will be easier for schools and educators.

In the education space, Apple has some stiff competition in the form of low-cost, Google-powered laptops. How does this iPad, er, stack up against a Chromebook from HP or Asus? Given that schoolkids can be a bit rough on their electronics, here’s an iFixit take on it:

iPad’s glued-glass display is more vulnerable to drops. Thankfully, this is the one iPad that retains an air-gapped digitizer panel—not as visually impressive as other recent iPads, but it’s much cheaper to replace cracked glass that isn’t LOCA-bonded to the display panel underneath. Separate accessories like the keyboard and Pencil add to the cost and are easier to lose—but are also easier to replace if damaged. (Note the missing key on our HP’s keyboard.)

Eventually, iFixit got down to the logic board and discovered the iPad’s A10 Fusion processor and two Broadcom touch screen controller chips, previously found in the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. iFixit theorized that the new iPad’s Apple Pencil support “comes in part thanks to this “Pro”-grade chip.”

The sixth-gen iPad has the same battery as the previous model, with 32.9 Wh capacity. iFixit noted that while this allows Apple to reuse existing manufacturing lines to reduce waste, the battery is still locked behind a “repair-impeding adhesive” that greatly reduced the iPad’s repairability score. Apple has provided easy battery removal before, in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but iFixit hasn’t seen anything like it since.

Ultimately, iFixit gave the 2018 iPad a repairability score of 2 out of 10, favoring the fairly easy repair options of its air-gapped, non-fused display and digitizer glass, but taking marks off for its heavy use of adhesive and sticky tape. To read the full teardown, visit iFixit.com.

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How to update HomePod

How to update HomePod

How to update HomePod

How to update HomePod

You are no doubt already familiar with the process for updating your iPhone, iPad, or even Apple TV, but with the HomePod receiving its first update today, it’s likely that many people are not aware of how to get iOS 11.3.0 onto their new smart speaker.

If you have a HomePod, and need to update it now or at any point in the future, here’s the process you need to follow.

Step 1: On your iOS device, open the stock Home app.

Step 2: Select the “Home” tab from the bottom.

Step 3: Now tap on the arrow in the top-left corner of the screen.

Step 4: Scroll down and under SPEAKERS, you should find Software Update section. Tap on it.

Step 5: Now, if there is an update available for your HomePod, it will be listed here. If an OTA update shows up, just hit the Install button and you’re off to the races.

That’s all there is to it; once the process completes, your HomePod will be all updated and running the latest version of the OS.

You can, of course, set your devices to automatically update, too, should you prefer to just let the system work its magic silently. I like to know exactly when updates are being applied, but it’s your choice entirely.

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How to Disable True Tone on iPhone Displays

How to Disable True Tone on iPhone Displays

How to Disable True Tone on iPhone Displays

The latest iPhone models include a feature called True Tone, which automatically adjusts the iPhone display white balance to better match the ambient lighting surrounding you.

In practice this means the screen gets warmer in warm lighting, and cooler in cool lighting, sort of like how Night Shift works but not quite as dramatic and not limited only to the evening.

Chances are if you have an iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, or iPhone X, you’ll likely want to keep the True Tone feature enabled, but some users may want to disable True Tone on their iPhone screen.

Obviously the iPhone must have a True Tone display to disable or enable the True Tone feature,. Currently that is only on the newest model devices, with iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus having the feature, whereas older iPhone models do not have True Tone displays.

How to Turn Off True Tone on iPhone Display

 

You can quickly turn off True Tone display on iPhone with device Settings:

1.Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone

2.Go to “Display & Brightness”

3.Locate “True Tone” and toggle the switch OFF to disable True Tone

With True Tone off, you may notice the color shift slightly as the device readjusts screen colors to what the default state would be without True Tone enabled.

If you have seen an iPhone screen prior to the latest models, that’s basically what a display with True Tone disabled will look like.

Many users will not notice the difference either way, as True Tone is fairly subtle.

How to Enable True Tone on iPhone Display

 

Want to enable True Tone if it was previously disabled? That’s simple:

1.Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone, then go to to “Display & Brightness” settings

2.Locate “True Tone” and flip the switch to the ON position to enable True Tone

Re-enabling True Tone will likely cause the displays colors to subtly shift, though the strength of the True Tone effect depends on ambient lighting conditions.

Why disable True Tone on iPhone?

The most likely reason to disable True Tone on a display is for color accuracy, perhaps for proofing a design, looking at a picture, watching a video or movie, or something similar. Of course it’s also possible you just don’t like the feature at all, in which case turning off True Tone will stop the display from adjusting lighting warmth as light conditions change around you.

Note that the iPad Pro also includes the True Tone display feature, if you have one of those devices you may also appreciate toggling True Tone on and off with iPad too.

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Apple unveils new privacy tools ahead of EU law

Apple unveils new privacy tools ahead of EU law

Apple unveils new privacy tools ahead of EU law

An new report from Reuters states that Apple is introducing new tools that will allow consumers to control how their data are used and deactivate their Apple ID accounts, as tech companies strive to bring their services into line with a tough new EU data protection law.

Tech companies have long been scrutinized for how they protect their customers’ data and Facebook is currently embroiled in a huge scandal where millions of users’ data were improperly accessed by a political consultancy.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force on May 25 and is the biggest shake-up of privacy rules since the birth of the internet. It introduces stiff fines of up to 4 percent of global turnover for companies found to be in breach.

Apple users worldwide will see a new data privacy information page when they update the software from Thursday on their iPhones explaining an icon which will appear when an Apple feature collects personal information.

The icon will not appear on features such as Apple’s Maps or Siri, for example, because they do not collect user data, whereas it will appear on the App Store or iTunes.

From May the device-maker will introduce new privacy management tools on the Apple ID website allowing users to get a copy of all their data held by Apple, request a correction, deactivate or delete their account.

Facebook has also announced some privacy changes ahead of the entry into force of the EU law which is seen as raising standards worldwide as companies introduce changes globally.

Apple has distanced itself from the likes of Google and Facebook who collect user data to serve them targeted advertising, saying its customers are not the product.

Apple’s changes are designed to give users the right to data portability, a new right introduced by GDPR, by allowing them to get a copy of their data which can be transferred to another service.

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