EP17: Apple CarPlay

Welcome to Episode 17 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode it’s time to head out on the highway, because I am here to talk about CarPlay, Apple’s in-car entertainment system … so, let’s start unpacking!

Blog post: How to Use Apple CarPlay: Updates & Latest Features

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EP16: New Safari

Welcome to Unpacking iOS. My name is Jonathan Wylie, and this week I am back to talk about one of my favorite topics, the Safari web browser. It got a lot of new updates recently so … let’s start unpacking!

I have talked about iOS 13 and iPadOS in previous episodes, and I have even touched upon some of the new features that Safari inherited as a part of those updates, but in this episode I want to dive a little deeper and give you a more nuanced look at some of the new things that Apple added to the default web browser on iOS. I have 11 new things in Safari to share with you today. Some of them are pretty obvious, but others are hidden in plain sight, so let’s dive in and take a look.

Blog post: Tips & Tricks: Safari Web Browser for iPhone & iPad

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EP15: New iPhones

Welcome to Episode 15 of Unpacking iOS. In this episode I talk about upgrading your iPhone, but maybe not in the way that you might think … so, let’s start unpacking!

This week, new iOS devices are shipping to people all over the world. That’s because every September, almost like clockwork, Apple announces the latest iterations of it’s flagship device – the iPhone. It’s one of the best selling smartphones ever, and it changed a lot about how we use our phones. The new iPhone 11 models feature the fastest processors, the best cameras, and the most battery life of any iPhone.

However, as interested as I am to hear all about new iPhones, I’ve never bought one. You see, I’ve owned lots of different iPhones, but none of them have been the latest model in the lineup. I have always opted to buy an older iPhone because, for me, the best iPhone, is actually last year’s iPhone, and it might be for you too. In this episode, I will tell you why.

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EP14: Mail Tips

Welcome to Unpacking iOS. My name is Jonathan Wylie, and in this week’s episode I have ten top tips for those of you who want to get more out of the Apple Mail app … so, let’s start unpacking.

Nobody really likes email, at least I don’t think they do, but it seems destined to be one of those things that is going to be with us for many years to come. It’s free, easy to use, and can be a relatively efficient medium for communication. There are dozens of email apps in the App Store to help you master your email, and each one has a variety of unique features, but the Apple Mail app that comes on your iPhone or iPad is no slouch. It has some tricks up its sleeves that you may not be aware of, and that is what I am talking about today. Ten tips for mastering the art of email with the Mail app on iPhone or iPad.

Blog post: Top 10 iOS Mail Tips for iPhone & iPad

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EP13: Second Display

Welcome to Unpacking iOS. My name is Jonathan Wylie, and this week’s episode is dedicated to some of the different ways that you can use your iPad as a second display … so, let’s start unpacking.

You don’t need to be a productivity guru to take advantage of a two screen setup on your desk. The extra real estate is good for everyone and gives you more options for how you want to work. While you could buy an extra monitor to meet this need, you can also just use your iPad. It has a great, high resolution screen and it’s small enough that you can throw it in a bag and continue working at a coffee shop.

You can use your iPad as a second display with Mac or Windows computers because there are apps for both platforms. Once installed, it is a simple as dragging the window you need to your tablet. You can use the keyboard and mouse on your computer to control the content in that window, while some apps will even allow you to use your Apple Pencil as well. Here’s how.

Blog post: How to Use an iPad as a Second Screen Display

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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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