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Behind every product Apple ever releases at WWDC, there are shortcuts. Little steps you can take to speed up how you work with them: methods to do things faster, to skip steps you don't need. They never get mentioned, except for now: our favorite tips are now in the new MacNN Pointers: Work Smarter with Shortcuts e-book, now available on Kindle and iBooks.
On Monday, we covered a range of tips in our last Pointers that are designed to help keep your identity and files safe, along with a few tips for avoiding the obvious scams. This time, we'll discuss some of those in more depth, add a few new ones, and bring up the most vulnerable point of attack on your security -- anyone having physical access to your machine. As Mac or iOS device owners, we enjoy a pretty strong level of security -- but as we use our computers and mobile devices more and more for important data and secure transactions, it becomes ever more important to be vigilant. Internet freedom isn't free, to borrow a phrase.
If we saw you out and about with one of the new MacBooks, we would ask you about whether you're happy with the pink -- sorry, rose gold -- color long before we'd talk about the screen resolution. That pink is surprisingly good, isn't it? You're always able to spot your MacBook in a crowd. However, when we're using one for ourselves, we do think about screen resolution and we do change it.
Last Wednesday in this space, I documented five iOS tips that I had discovered mostly by accident -- seeing someone else use it, or finding it inadvertently, and in one case tracking it down like a stalker once I knew it could be done. In that spirit, this time I'm offering five tips for OS X (some are El Capitan-only, however) that I mostly discovered by chance, which is one of the best (or, sometimes, frightening) ways to find out about stuff that is largely undocumented.
This is another case of it being easy when you know how. It's also another case of being vaguely aware of a feature but only really finding it by accident. All of which means that this is a case of being inspired by Charles Martin's Pointers last week, about Five tips for iOS I learned by accident
Death, taxes, the fact that you haven't plugged your iPhone into your Mac since the dawn of time and the other fact that you have so many apps that your phone seems heavier. These are the four certainties of life and Pointers can do something about two of them –– plus get you an extra added bonus for your trouble.
It's been quite some time since we did a checklist of five cool little general tips for iOS devices, and of course such a list also acts as a pop quiz to see how much of an "expert" user you are, but these are all tips I discovered either out of necessity or by accident, so maybe there's some here you haven't already found. Next Wednesday, we'll run another set of five "eureka" moments for OS X, but the following tips should work in iOS 7 and later on both iPhones and iPads (or individual ones as appropriate).
It's called "scraping" a website, and that's a word that sounds painful. It is. If you scraped MacNN.com for instance, you'd not only be off our Christmas card list, you'd never get balloons again from any other reader: while you scrape a site, you're hammering away at it, and that slows everything down for everybody. It's not nice, but sometimes it's necessary.
Since 2014 and iOS 8, we've had the ability to swap Apple's regular on-screen iOS keyboard for ones made by other companies. You would think that by 2016 and iOS 9, the kinks would be worked out. Yet they're not, and while some of this is for sensible reasons, others are just a pain -- and one that developers exacerbate. This was tested on iPhone because while you can install these third-party keyboards on iPads, it just hasn't become a thing.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE