I've had the experience of finding a smartphone and having a hard time figuring out who the owner is. It always seems urgent, since I know the owner is desperately looking for it. Should you find a lost iPhone or iPad, you can simply ask Siri who the owner is. Siri will tell you the owner and show contact information. But you need to phrase the question the right way.
As I noted in an earlier tip, Reader Mode in Safari is a great way to reduce the clutter on a web page in order to make it easier to read. When you enable Reader Mode, Safari strips away all the ads and sidebars and other extraneous material, and just shows you the article itself and accompanying images. iOS 8 has added a helpful feature to Reader Mode: the ability to adjust the text size.
Lucky journalists who get to have an Apple Watch long before anyone else. Now they're beginning to post their reviews, having used it for a week or more. Mostly they're very positive, but say that it takes time to get familiar with the new interface. Also, they say that this is clearly a first-generation device. In general, they seem agreed that the Apple Watch is opening up a new way of doing things.
iOS 8 has a neat feature that lets you color code emails that you're sending to help you avoid information falling into the hands of the wrong person. You've probably had the experience of inadvertently sending an email to the wrong person — and the problems that can cause. Apple's Mail now has a feature that lets you identify a particular domain and alerts you with a red color if you're sending an email outside of that domain. For example, if you want to make sure you don't inadvertently send your work-related emails to someone outside your company, you can stipulate your company's domain. Recipients within the company will have their email address appear blue in the To field, and the email address of recipients outside the company will appear red.
On Thursday a new app from Microsoft that turns your iPhone into a versatile scanner launched in the App Store. Office Lens (free) lets you take a photo of a wide range of documents and convert them into to editable Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files.
Apple has begun posting Guided Tour videos of the forthcoming Apple Watch, with four videos currently available and at least seven more coming soon. A five-minute introductory video again refers to the Apple Watch as being intimate and personal and talks about the technologies it uses and the sorts of interactions it offers.
One of the special features of the forthcoming Apple Watch is Force Touch: the device senses the level of pressure of your touch. It can distinguish between a light tap and a firmer press, with the latter triggering a contextual menu. This feature has also now been included in two of Apple's new laptops. And rumors are flying that it will also be in the forthcoming iPhones.
If you use Apple Maps to get around and you have identified specific locations you want to travel to, you can save those locations as Favorites in Maps. Then when you need to travel to that location, you can simply tap on the name in Favorites and then tap Directions. It can be a real convenience, especially if you're planning a route with multiple stops.
Until Tuesday Apple had only allowed a select group of apps with Apple Watch compatibility to be available in the App Store. But the floodgates have been opened, and Apple has invited all 1.2 million iOS third-party developers to go ahead and submit for review their updates that include Apple Watch functionality. This is where it really gets interesting. The success of the Apple Watch will depend in large part on the response of developers — and how cool their apps are. All indications so far are that we'll be seeing a ton of great apps, including some real game changers. Keep in mind that for now, Apple Watch apps are simply extensions of the same app on one's iPhone. The app resides on the iPhone and pushes functionality to the Apple Watch.
The next generation of iPhones is likely less than six months away, and it's high time we start getting some serious rumors. One that keeps popping up is that Apple is going to come out with a new four-inch iPhone, the iPhone 6c.