You can magnify an element of an image using a tool that exists in Photo on both Mac and iOS systems. This is useful if you want to focus attention within the image.
How to magnify part of an image in Photos
This is how to get to and use the Loupe/Shapes tool on both Mac and iOS devices:
- Select the image and tap Edit
- Tap the Extensions (…)button
- Select Markupand click the Shape button, then the Loupe button (Mac)
- On iOS, you should tap the Plusbutton and then choose the Magnifierbutton after selecting Markup
Now drag the loupe to the area of the image you want to magnify, you can also make the selected area larger by dragging the circles.
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If Apple really does plan to enable Apple Pencil support on iPhones it absolutely must make one important change to the product – it has to improve pairing so it becomes more stable, and should try to make it possible for the pencil to work with both an iPhone and an iPad.
Apple Pencil pairing is tedious
The biggest problem I have with using an Apple Pencil and an iPad is pairing.
Not only do I find that pairing seems to stop working if I leave the pencil alone for too long, (Apple says pairing will last until you restart your iPad, turn on airplane mode, or pair with another iPad), but I always find it a little tedious making everything work together again once pairing does break.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying its egregiously tedious, just annoying.
The claim is that Apple will make it possible to
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Bet they use it…
Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving setting is invaluable. Every driver should make sure it is enabled, but how can you let people know you’re not ignoring them when you don’t respond to their text message fast?
Just tell them
Do Not Disturb While Driving has a handy little setting that lets you create and automatically send a message that tells people trying to contact you that you are unable to get into a message chat because you’re driving.
- You enable this in Settings>Do Not Disturb
- At the bottom of the page you’ll find the Auto-Reply controls
- Set Auto-Reply To to: Recents
And then create your chosen message in the Auto-Reply box – you can use Apple’s standard message, or select and delete that existing text and create your own.
My Apple Watch has become part of me. I wear it daily and use it regularly for tasks such as paying for public transport, monitoring messages from VIPs in Mail, making calls and keeping an eye on my (low) physical activity levels. The one thing I really dislike about Apple Watch?
Software updates on Apple Watch take an age. I can’t believe how long they take. The way it currently works is that in order to install an update you must first download it to your iPhone and then update the watch.
That sounds reasonable, but it can take up to an hour to get the watch updated (older models take longer, newer ones don’t take quite as long). That’s an hour in which you can’t disconnect your watch from power and during the process you must also keep your iPhone nearby. What about when you need to
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Apple has shipped its second developer beta for iOS 12 this week, following the withdrawal of Monday’s beta release, with developers now able to download its replacement, the eighth beta.
There’s a thriving market for unofficial, aftermarket iPhone parts, and in China, there are entire massive factories that are dedicated to producing these components for repair shops unable to get ahold of parts that have been produced by Apple.
The entire Apple device repair ecosystem is fascinating, complex, and oftentimes confusing to consumers given the disconnect between Apple, Apple Authorized Service Providers, third-party factories, and independent repair shops, so we thought we’d delve into the complicated world of Apple repairs.
The Aftermarket Factories
Our exploration of the repair ecosystem was inspired by a video sent to us by a trusted source that MacRumors has worked with in the past, who captured footage inside one of the many facilities in China that are dedicated to creating aftermarket iPhone parts.
This is a small scale operation where workers appear to be creating an aftermarket touch screen digitizer for the iPhone, a thin
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Apple is considering ways to allow Siri to provide personalized results for specific users speaking to it, by making the digital assistant recognize the user’s identity, with the added possibility of limiting queries to just one user’s voice.
The latest iOS 12 beta 7 over-the-air update has been made temporarily unavailable as Apple investigates reports of unexpected performance issues associated with the release.
We hope you weren’t planning a group FaceTime chat the very moment iOS 12 and macOS Mojave reached your devices. The release notes for Apple’s latest iOS 12 and Mojave developer betas reveal that group FaceTime won’t be available in either operating system on launch, and will instead arrive in an update “later this fall.” Much like Apple Pay Cash, you could be waiting weeks or months to try the tent pole feature.
Apple’s Group FaceTime feature apparently isn’t ready for prime time, and won’t be available to the general public when iOS 12 is made available to customers in the fall.
While it isn’t incredibly obvious how to do so you can actually use your HomePod to make and take calls, though the process is perhaps a little cumbersome as you still need to use your iPhone to do it.
What does and doesn’t happen
When you want to take a call it would be nice if you could say “Hey Siri, take this call on the HomePod”. It would also be nice if you could say to Siri, “Hey Siri, call Mom”. Unfortunately, you can’t do either of these things – what you can do is transfer a call from your iPhone to your HomePod once it is taken or a call picked up.
How to take a call on your HomePod
When a call comes in on your iPhone you answer it in the usual way. Once you do, you can transfer it to your HomePid, just tap the
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Apple’s remarkable success in iTunes and its App Stores bears striking similarity to another example of a platform developer investing in its own ecosystem: transit Value Capture. App Store Value Capture has changed the game for Apple, and is now fueling a faster rate of revenue growth for the company than all of its hardware segments combined.
Apple on Friday released a new beta version of its Shortcuts app to developers for testing, and while the update is light on big feature additions, some users who are concurrently running the latest build of iOS 12 beta have reported limited HomeKit integration.
Audio specialists Denon and Marantz began rolling out promised support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 on Thursday, providing owners with firmware updates that bring certain AV receivers in compliance with the wireless streaming protocol.
If you want to get a sense of the kind of features Apple Maps may provide tomorrow, I think you should look at Sygic, which will introduce support for Apple CarPlay this fall when iOS 12 ships. It’s one of the first third-party navigation services to announce plans to support CarPlay and will work even when you are offline.
Who are Sygic?
Sygic may not be a household name, but the vehicle manufacturers it works with certainly are: Jaguar Land Rover, Volswagen, Honda, Peugot, Skoda and Ford. The company says that over 200 million drivers use the service, which uses maps provided by TomTom and other providers.
How Sygic works
Unlike Apple Maps, Sygic stores its maps on the device rather than downloading them on request. The company says its app will offer full functionality on CarPlay, including information on speed limits, lane assistance, voice navigation, real-time traffic data.
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Improvements to the way Siri recognizes names of small businesses and local points of interest are due to the use of language models designed for specific locations, Apple’s Machine Learning Journal reveals, helping the virtual assistant understand local names for nearby places.
Local search is gold dust for small retailers and will define the next phase of digital transformation, as we begin to rely on connected solutions for answers to small questions, not just big ones.
If you like, it’s the time when rather than looking for big names like Amazon, we’re going to want to find local services like mom + pop shops, great bistros and cool, independent bars. These days, 40 percent of search queries chase local information like this.
And they’ve all got weird names
As local search becomes increasingly important (I wrote about it here and here) it will also become super-important that the search results you get are accurate and that voice assistants can understand words they may not have come across before. We can’t all be searching for Starbucks, I hope – why would we?
It’s also going to become super-important to local businesses that
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Apple Watch is already your airline boarding pass, if used with an iPhone and the Wallet app. You can already use it to pay for items using Apple Pay. There are places in which the watch is already part of a highly secure door entry system.
Passports are ripe for disruption
As long ago as 2015, Apple’s iTunes/Apple Pay chief, Eddy Cue, said Apple’s ultimate ambition is for the iPhone to replace your passport.
As Apple combines everything inside your wallet inside of iPhones, there’s no reason not to expect it to make these items also available inside Apple Watch. This, after all, is what it has been doing so far.
In the UK there have already been discussions around turning iPhones into driving licenses. These discussions are taking place globally, so there seems little reason this can’t extend to an Apple Watch, given both carry biometrics to some
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