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  • Remote help to an iPhone or an iPad

    Posted on November 29th, 2020 at 16:02 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Michael Horowitz shared his experiences with remote control of an ipad:

    TeamViewer comes in many flavors, and the free QuickSupport version, when installed on iOS allows remote viewing. To the techie (you and me) the connection process is the same as when TeamViewer is installed on a Windows PC. I tested it on iOS 13 and 14 and it worked. But, the process of setting up the connection is, in my opinion, too hard for a non-techie. There are too many steps and its a bit confusing. Then too, the same applies to the process of ending the connection. And the documentation on this from TV is quite poor, to be kind.

    Hoping for a better experience I also tried AnyDesk for remote viewing of an iPad from a Windows PC. The experience was very similar to TeamViewer Quick Support which leads me to believe they are both using a function built into iOS.

    He said he went on to try Zoom’s remote viewing as well:

    I tried zoom and it worked fine. Interestingly, the remote viewing on zoom has a user interface very much like the other two. But, its a bit easier to start up the remote viewing once a zoom meeting is in progress. I tested zoom using my free account, so remote viewing of an ipad is not something you need to pay zoom for.

    Good to know!

  • Apple’s “Time Flies” September 2020 event: The bottom line

    Posted on September 16th, 2020 at 07:16 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This just in from Nathan Parker:

    Apple showed its “Time Flies” September 2020 event on September 15. Here is the “bottom line” of Apple’s new product and service offerings:

    • Apple Watch Series 6: Now offers Blood Oxygen support, Brighter Screen, Always On Altimeter, New colors include (PRODUCT)RED and Blue, New “Solo Loop” option, New Watch Faces; No 5G on Cellular model, No Ceramic option
    • Apple Watch SE: More Affordable Apple Watch option, No ECG or Blood Oxygen sensor, Series 3 still available as a low-cost option as well
    • Apple Watch Family Setup: Works with Series 4 or later running watchOS 7, makes it easier for parents to manage children’s watches and communicate with family members with Apple Watches
    • Apple Fitness+: New monthly or annual service (one month free for all Apple Watch users and three months free for new Apple Watch purchases), workouts that integrate with Apple Watch and workout videos that work across iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV; Coming late 2020, Apple Watch Series 3 or later required
    • New iPad Air: New All-Screen design similar to iPad Pro, Touch ID built into power button (no Face ID), A14 Bionic Chip, Apple Pencil 2 support, Magic Keyboard support, New Colors include Green and Sky Blue; Coming in October
    • New iPad: The low-cost option now includes A12 Bionic Chip and Apple Pencil support
    • iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 will be available September 16
    • Apple One: Apple Services bundle, Three tiers; Individual (Includes Music, TV+, Arcade, 50GB iCloud Storage), Family (Everything in Individual plus 200GB iCloud Storage and Family Sharing included), Premier (Everything in Individual and Family plus 2TB iCloud Storage, News+, and the forthcoming Fitness+)

    I watched the event, and I came away impressed – and wondering if the time has come to start wearing a watch. That iPad Air looks mighty sweet, too. Let’s hope Apple has better luck with iOS 14 stability than they did with iOS 13.

  • iPad guide for Windows users who want to switch

    Posted on February 26th, 2020 at 14:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Another amazing, hard-knocks rundown from Nathan Parker, edited by @PKCano.

    If you’re thinking of moving from Windows to an iPad, there are many tricks — and your knowledge of Windows can help.

    See the full guide in AKB 2000021.

  • Have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or Older iPad Model? Time to Update It

    Posted on October 31st, 2019 at 07:24 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathan Parker:

    We have been discussing on the AskWoody Lounge that owners of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or
    some older iPad models need to update to iOS 10.3.4 (iPhone 5 and fourth generation cellular
    iPad) or iOS 9.3.6 (iPhone 4s or a handful of older cellular iPads). Apple provides more info
    here.

    For those who do not update their devices before November 3, there will be issues with GPS
    on these models. This issue does not affect iPod touch or any iPad models that have Wi-Fi only.
    It also doesn’t affect iOS devices newer than those listed in the support article.

    If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by November 3, 2019, customers will be required
    to back up and restore using a Mac or PC in order to update because over-the-air software
    updates and iCloud Backup will not work.

    So for those with these devices, it’s time to ensure they’re up-to-date.

    Apple has also recently launched a series of updates for devices this week, including macOS
    Catalina 10.15.1 and iOS 13.2. We’re tracking the latest updates on the AKB, and let us know
    anytime with your Apple questions!

  • Parker: Apple announcements – the Bottom Line

    Posted on September 11th, 2019 at 06:41 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    From Nathaniel Parker:

    Yesterday Apple’s “special event” included lots of announcements of interest to AskWoody readers. Here’s my take on the bottom line.

    iPhone 11: Available September 20, Preorder September 13. Successor to iPhone XR. New dual-camera system with ultra wide lens and night mode, improved portrait mode and smart HDR, QuickTake video recording, slow-mo selfie, all-day battery life, increased water resistance, A13 processor, and ultra wideband U1 chip. Also includes: spatial audio, Dolby Atmos, Wi-Fi 6, and dual-SIM with eSIM. Available in purple, yellow, green, black, white, and Product red. Price starts at $699. Available unlocked on launch day.

    iPhone 11 Pro: Available September 20, Preorder September 13. Successor to iPhone XS. New triple-camera system with telephoto lens and ultra wide lens, night mode and smart HDR, QuickTake video recording, slow-mo selfie, enhancements to OLED display, increased battery life,  increased water resistance, A13 processor, and ultra wideband U1 chip. 3D Touch has now been replaced with Haptic Touch. Also includes: spatial audio, Dolby Atmos, and Wi-Fi 6. Available in gold, space gray, silver, and midnight green, all with matte glass instead of gloss glass on the back glass. Finally includes USB-C charger and cable in box. Available unlocked on launch day.

    Apple Watch Series 5: Available September 20. Successor to Apple Watch Series 4. Now offers always-on Retina Display, built-in compass, plus the return of ceramic (white) and new titanium (silver and space gray) Apple Watch Edition models in addition to aluminum and stainless steel. There’s also a new way to purchase the Apple Watch color and band color combination customers want with Apple Watch Studio. No more purchasing an Apple Watch with a hideous band color and buying a separate band at purchase.

    iPad with 10.2” Display: Available September 30. Successor to the lowest-cost 9.7” iPad. Mainly good as an entry-level iPad or for educational use, which the iPad website seems to heavily promote as an educational iPad. New 10.5” Retina Display, now supports the Smart Keyboard, still supports first-gen Apple Pencil, comes with A10 Fusion chip.

    Updates on Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Apple TV+ coming November 1. $4.99/month after one week trial. One year of Apple TV+ also free with every new major device purchase (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV). Apple also announced some of the shows that’ll be on Apple TV+ on launch day, as well as what is coming soon. Apple TV+ will also work on the web on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Apple Arcade coming September 19. $4.99/month after 30 day free trial. Apple also previewed some of the games that will be on it.

    Updates on Apple operating system release dates: macOS Catalina arriving in October, iOS 13 available September 19 with iOS 13.1 available September 30, iPadOS arriving September 30, watchOS 6 arriving September 19 for the Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 (delayed for older models).

    Apple also discontinued the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 4, released new cases for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, priced the Apple Watch Series 3 now at $199, and rolled out a new 1M Apple Watch USB-C cable. Apple also releasing a Filmic Pro app and Apple Research heath study app later this year.

    I own an iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 3 (LTE). Apple’s new models are nice refinements, but I’ll be hanging onto my current Apple gear for the time being. I am glad to see Apple continue to improve their products, and I am most excited about the new Apple operating system upgrades on their way. In terms of services, I may take a trial of Apple TV+ just to see how it goes (Snoopy in Space would be fun to watch). The price is quite inviting and one Apple has priced well if it wants to drive adoption of it. In terms of Apple Arcade, the price is also inviting for heavy gamers, but I don’t play games, so I’m likely not interested in it.

  • Nadella gives away the store with new ‘Microsoft everywhere’ strategy

    Posted on November 7th, 2014 at 09:33 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a whole new strategy: Give away the blades, sell the razor.

    And it just might work.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch

  • Top iPad apps for Windows users

    Posted on August 18th, 2011 at 07:56 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yes, I love my iPad2. I admit it.

    Windows Secrets Newsletter.

  • Apple doesn’t need Samsung any more

    Posted on August 11th, 2011 at 20:54 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    At least, that’s what I surmise, reading the tea leaves.

    And if I’m right, it’s good news for iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

    InfoWorld Tech Watch.

  • Microsoft takes a swing at the iPad and misses by a mile

    Posted on January 25th, 2011 at 22:22 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    See my latest InfoWorld Tech Watch post.

  • The iPad’s halo effect on corporate Mac sales

    Posted on July 27th, 2010 at 08:09 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Apple’s rolling over the slate market, but at the same time, it’s selling more Macs than ever. Gartner says that in 2Q 2010, 9.8% of all PCs sold in the US were Macs. I’m betting that number will increase significantly in 3Q. See why in my InfoWorld Tech Watch blog.

  • Good iPad review

    Posted on January 28th, 2010 at 12:24 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I haven’t seen the iPad yet, but it looks like a sweet little machine.

    Excellent review at AnandTech.