Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 108: iPad vs. MacBook: is iPadOS a game changer?

With the release of iPadOS, the iPad has become a serious competitor to a laptop. While you can’t do everything on an iPad that you can on a laptop, the gulf between the two is getting slimmer. We talk with Ian Schray, a dedicated iPad user, about replacing a laptop with an iPad.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Problems Opening Files from iCloud in iOS 13.2

It’s fair to say that this year’s release of Apple’s operating systems has been a lot less comfortable than in the past. There are always bugs in operating systems, but there have been a number of serious bugs both on macOS and iOS that have led many seasoned Apple users to be very critical of these releases. Developer Marco Arment has notably been quite vocal about these issues:

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It’s worth noting that the latest iOS 13.3 beta seems to fix the problem, mentioned above, where apps quit when in the background.

One such issue that has arisen since the release of iOS 13.2 is a situation where it is impossible to open files from iCloud. Here are three users discussing this on Twitter:

Ian Humm of Information Architects, developers of the iA Writer, the text editor I use for most of my writing, told me that he’s been getting a lot of support questions about this, since iA Writer stores files on iCloud Drive, by default. He said that restarting the iOS device where there are problems always fixes the issue, and that:

Reading through a sysdiagnose we received it appears that there isn’t actually a deadlock, but file reading fails with NSFileReadUnknownError.

I asked him if there was a commonality where all affected users has been running beta versions of iOS, as other developers had reported data loss early in the iOS 13 beta campaign, but he said that it is unlikely that all affected users were running iOS betas.

I have not seen this issue myself, but given that it seems fairly widespread, it’s worth highlighting. If you are experiencing this issue, get in touch with the developers of the apps where it’s happened, but it doesn’t look like it’s something they can fix. If anyone is running iOS 13.3 and has seen whether this issue is resolved or not, post a comment below.

There Are Too Many Gestures on iOS; Apple Needs a Gestures App To Help Users

iOS has always been dependent on gestures for accomplishing certain tasks, and this is even more the case with iPadOS. But these gestures are hard to discover, and even harder to remember. Do you know how to make the proper three-finger pinch to copy text on your iPad?

Much of the power of iPadOS comes through new gestures, and while Apple offers a Tips app, this app only shows a couple of the new gestures, and none of the older ones. macOS features visual assistance for gestures on the trackpad or mouse, and you can view them in System Preferences > Trackpad, or System Preferences > Mouse. (Of course, you have to know to look there.)

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It would be useful if iOS and iPadOS came with similar instructions. They could be in the Settings app, or there could be a dedicated Gestures app, to which users could refer when they want to refresh their memories about how to do something, or to learn about gestures they aren’t aware of. Apple does offer detailed user guides for iOS and iPadOS, but their descriptions of the gestures may not be sufficient for people just learning how to use these devices. The little videos in the macOS preferences, as in the above screenshot, are much easier to understand.

It is a bit of a shame that these powerful features are so hidden. It wouldn’t be that difficult for Apple to provide a more efficient way for users to discover them and get more out of their iPhones and iPads.

Use Timed Lyrics in the iOS Music App to Sing Along to Your Favorite Songs

I’ve always liked having lyrics available when I listen to music. I don’t look at them often, but there are times when I want to know exactly what the words of a song are. Sometimes when I’m listening to Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, and want to be precise. (I still haven’t memorized all the lyrics; but it’s more than ten minutes long.)

A nifty new feature in the iOS Music app is Timed Lyrics. When a song offers this, you see the lyrics, each line highlighted as it is sung.

You’ll probably see this in the Music app the first time you play a song that offers the feature, if you have your iOS device’s screen on with the Music app up front.

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Tap the Lyrics button at the bottom of the Music window and enjoy.

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What’s New in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Apple has released iOS 13 for the iPhone and iPod touch, and the newly-named iPadOS 13 for the iPad. This is the first year that the company has created differently named versions of its mobile operating system for different devices, and there are a number of new features specific to the iPad.

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Here are some of the new features in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 101: New Features in iOS, Smart TVs Spying on You, and More

As iOS 13 is out, Josh and Kirk discuss its new features and what you can look forward to. They also discuss how smart TVs spy on you, sending data about everything you watch. They also discuss a new SIM card flaw, and an iOS 13 lock screen bypass.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

How to Delete Apps on an iPhone or iPad Running iOS 13

A lot of people are getting confused by one of the changes that Apple made in iOS, the method for deleting apps. Previously, you would tap and hold any app icon, then wait until the icons wiggle, then tap the little x on the corner of the icon.

In iOS 13, this is different. When you tap and hold an icon, you no longer see the icons wiggle. Instead, you see this:

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Tap Rearrange Apps, and you then see the wiggling icons:

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The word “rearrange” is a bit confusing, because most people simply want to delete apps, not move them around.

If you press, hold, then move an app’s icon, apps immediately switch to wiggle mode, and you can quickly reposition it, or just tap the x icon to delete.

Apple Removes Black and White Photo Conversion Tool in iOS

Black and white photography has a long history, and black and white conversion is one of the powerful tools available to photographers to create striking photos. Monochrome photos have a great deal of meaning, and offer a way of showing a reality that is present, but that we do not see.

In the beta versions of Apple’s iOS 13 – and we are nearing release, so the current versions are nearly finished – the Photos app has a new set of editing tools, but there is no black and white tool. Currently in iOS, if you select a photo, tap Edit, then tap the adjust button, you have access to a black and white adjustment tool, as you can see below.

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The slider below the photo lets you choose how Photos converts the photo to black and white, making certain tones in the photo darker or lighter.

In iOS 13, the only option you will have is to fully desaturate your photo, then work with adjustments such as shadows, highlights, contrast, and black point. While I sometimes use these adjustments to create monochrome versions of my photos, the color-based conversion is a standard tool, and is often ideal to find the appropriate contrast.

iOS 13 has also removed the global Light adjustment, which lets you change the appearance of a photo by dragging one slider, which then affects the brilliance, brightness, exposure, shadows, highlights, and more. This uses an algorithm that ensures that when you want a photo to be “brighter,” that brightness is balanced, because, for example, more exposure in a photo often requires more contrast to compensate for the additional light. That one-drag adjustment is very easy, and ideal for those who don’t understand the more arcane adjustments available.

It is surprising that Apple has removed these two adjustment tools. For the first, because black and white photos are an essential type of photo, and for the second, because the simplicity of this single slider makes it very easy for anyone to make adjustments to the brightness of their photos. Both of these tools remain in the Mac version of Photos, and, while Apple has added more adjustment tools to Photos for iOS, it’s odd that they would remove these two.

Again, iOS 13 is still a beta, and it’s possible that these tools will be restored, but given that it is nearly ready to ship, I doubt they will be. This is a big loss for those who want to edit their photos on iPhones or iPads.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 87: Privacy Policies Can Be as Complicated as Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason

We discuss running iOS and macOS betas, the new iPod touch, Firefox’s coming subscription service, Safari auto-submitting user names and passwords, and how some companies’ private policies can be as complicated as Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 86: New Security and Privacy Features in macOS Catalina and iOS 13

Apple announced their new operating systems early this week, and we take a close look at the many interesting and useful new security privacy features that will soon be available on your Mac and iOS devices.

Check out the latest episode of The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.