How to magnify part of an image in Photos on iOS and Mac

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.

Also read: A useful Photos printing shortcut

Apple must improve Apple Pencil pairing for iPhone

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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Short tip: Tell people you can’t text because: Driving

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.

Every Apple Watch user needs this tip

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

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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Inside the iPhone Repair Ecosystem: Where Do Replacement Parts Come From and Can You Trust Them?

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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Just like iOS 11, Apple is delaying a key feature of iOS 12: Group FaceTime

Enlarge / Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Apple released the seventh beta build of iOS 12 today. The update is focused on performance improvements on older devices—a tentpole promise of iOS 12—but the beta release notes reveal something unexpected about the public release of iOS 12 later this year: the Group FaceTime feature won’t make the cut.

Demonstrated prominently in Apple’s WWDC keynote event earlier this year, Group FaceTime would allow more than two people to participate in a FaceTime video call at once, with a presentation similar to that of longtime conference-call staple Google Hangouts. Apple has said Group FaceTime will support up to 32 simultaneous participants and that it will be supported on both macOS and iOS.

Apple’s iOS 12 beta 7 release notes (PDF) note the removal of Group FaceTime from the beta (and from the eventual public release) with the

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iOS 12 won’t launch with FaceTime group chats

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.

Source: 9to5Mac

How to use HomePod to make and take calls

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 Services and the ecosystem of value capture

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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.

Does this CarPlay navigation app show the future of Apple Maps?

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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How Apple made Siri smarter about where you are

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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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InfoWars app will stay in the iOS App Store—here’s Apple’s reason why

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Apple will continue to allow the InfoWars mobile app on its App Store even after removing almost all of the podcast episodes associated with Alex Jones’ conspiracy-theory website from its platforms. The iPhone maker released a statement to BuzzFeed News explaining its decision to allow the InfoWars app to remain downloadable from its store.

“We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and follow our clear guidelines, ensuring the App Store is a safe marketplace for all,” the company’s statement said. “We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously.”

The decision comes after Apple removed five out of the

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Your Apple Watch will be your passport

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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