EP12: Manage Notifications

Welcome to Unpacking iOS. My name is Jonathan Wylie, and this week’s episode is all about notifications and how to manage them so you only get the ones you want … so, let’s start unpacking. 

Right now, it’s the middle of summer and people are either on vacation or they have vacations coming up in the next few weeks. This is exactly the time that people start to think about turning off notifications on their iPhones and iPads so that they can disconnect for a while and take a break from work. It’s easier said than done, but it’s a great time to review the notifications on your devices and make sure that you are only getting the ones you need.

Every time you install new apps, you often unwittingly add to your notification count because the first time you launch the app you get that pop-up requesting permission to send you notifications and I don’t know about you, but I’m never 100% sure what to do, but it looks like a promising app, why else would you download it, so we tend to give it the benefit of the doubt and allow it to send you notifications. Over time, this adds up, and it adds up a lot.

Time for an intervention. Time to take control of the notifications on your devices. Chances are, you get far more than you think you do. In fact, if you have screen time turned on, you can see exactly how many notifications you get each day by going to Settings > Screen Time, and tapping on the name of your device. This screen tells you which apps you use most, how many times you pick up your device, and yes, the total number of notifications you get each day.

If that number seems high, well, don’t worry. Help is at hand. There are settings in iOS that will let you fine tune the notifications you want to get and disable the ones you don’t want to get, and that’s what we are looking at in this episode. 

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EP11: iPadOS Preview

Welcome to Episode 11 of Unpacking iOS. This episode is all about iPadOS, and there’s a lot to talk about here … so, let’s start unpacking!

If you have been an iPad user for any length of time, you probably already know that the software that runs on the iPad was originally designed to run on the iPhone. Apple have just adapted it a little bit here and there to make it run well on a larger screen. However, that is beginning to change because the iPad has carved out its own unique position in the market, and it’s a different from the iPhone.

Now, sure, Apple have added iPad specific features in the past, but they have always fallen under the umbrella of iOS. This year is different. This year we get to experience iPadOS. It’s still a modified version of iOS, but the name alone is giving people a lot of hope.

Why? It suggests that Apple is finally committed to developing the iPad as a platform that is no longer dependent upon what happens to the iPhone. It is a standalone package like WatchOS, TvOS, or MacOS, and so with any luck, we won’t have to wait the customary two years until new features are added to the iPad.

So, here are the features that I am most looking forward to in iPadOS.

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EP10: iOS 13 Preview

Welcome to Episode 10 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I talk about iOS 13, the next generation of software for iPhone and iPad … so, let’s start unpacking!

Last week at WWDC, Apple unveiled its vision for what the future of iOS looks like on iPhone and iPad. iOS 13 will be available in the Fall as a free update if you have an iPhone SE or newer. This is the same generation of phones as the iPhone 6s. iPad users can update their software if they have an iPad Air 2 or later, but there is actually a bigger story for the iPad and I will talk about that a little later.

Until then, here are some of my favorite features in the new iOS 13.

Blog post: What’s New in iOS 13 for iPhone & iPad

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EP9: Camera Tips

Welcome to Episode 9 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I am talking about the iPhone camera. I have ten tips for taking better pictures on your phone. Let’s start unpacking!

Blog post: The iPhone Camera: Tips & Tricks for Better Photos

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EP8: Phone Calls

Welcome to Episode 8 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I have some tips for how you can use your iPhone to make and receive phone calls on your iPad or your Mac. So, let’s start unpacking!

Blog post: Connect an iPhone to Make Phone Calls on iPad or Mac

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EP7: iPad Pro

Welcome to Episode 7 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I am taking a look at Apple’s iPad lineup and thinking about the role of the iPad Pro? Who exactly needs and iPad Pro and what advantages does it have over the other iPad models?

Blog post: What Can You Do on an iPad Pro? Worth the Upgrade?

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Writing Apps: – Drafts – Ulysses – Microsoft Word – Scrivener – GoodNotes – Notability – OneNote – Evernote

Artistic Apps: – Procreate – Affinity Designer – Autodesk SketchBook – Concepts – Adobe Illustrator Draw

Photography Apps: – Affinity Photo – Pixelmator – Snapseed – Lightroom – Darkroom

Videographer Apps – iMovie – LumaFusion – Splice – FiLMiC Pro

Musical Apps: – Garageband – Blocs Wave – Minimoog – AudioShare – Reason Compact – Launchpad – Tize – Auxy

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EP6: Remind Me

Welcome to Episode 6 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I talk about the Reminders app. It has lots of great features like the ability to create lists, schedule tasks and even the option to set location based reminders … so, let’s start unpacking!

Blog post: How to Set Reminders on iPhone & iPad

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