Apple iPhone Event Scheduled for Tuesday September 9, 2014

iOS 8Last week, Apple sent out invitations to members of the press for a special event scheduled for September 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm eastern standard time. As usual, Apple was cryptic in the invitation, and simply stated the date, and ‘Wish we could say more.” It is expected that Apple will reveal new versions of the iPhone at next week’s event, and also unveil the final version of iOS 8 that has been in beta testing over the summer. Since the invitation was sent, there has been speculation that Apple may also unveil a wearable device (iWatch?) and a new mobile wallet system (with American Express, Mastercard and Visa all linked as partners).

Based on parts released in the wild, it is now expected that Apple will at least announce a 4.7″ and 5.5″ version of the iPhone. It is not known what these devices will be called, especially since they are both expected to carry high-end components (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6xl?). If the rumors hold true, it will be the first time that Apple releases two flagship models at the same time (last year’s introduction of the 5c at the same time as the 5s, was based on the prior generation iPhone 5 components).

No matter what is being introduced, the event is going to be bigger than most recent Apple announcements. It will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, which notably has a much larger capacity than the normal venues used by Apple. In addition to the larger auditorium, Apple is also constructing a large structure adjacent to the Flint Center that spans near three stories. The Flint Center is also where Steve Jobs initially announced the original Mac 30 years ago.

Although none of us at iPlug Delaware were considered important enough to Apple to be sent invitations to the event, we will definitely update the site with new information as it is announced. If the past is any predictor for the future, it is likely that any newly announced iPhones could be available for purchase as soon as 10 days after the event. Stay tuned….

Update (September 9, 2014): Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus AnnouncedApple Pay Announced; Apple Watch Announced. More coverage to come.

Ultimate Guide to Using Siri on iPad and iPhone

Ultimate Guide to Siri

When Siri was initially released for the iPhone and then the iPad it did a few things, but its functionality was limited. Over the years since it was released it has become much more feature rich. The problem is that although Siri has grown to have much more functionality, Apple has turned its attention away from publicizing these features. Luckily, iMore has an excellent article describing everything you can do with Siri on the iPad and iPhone.

If you haven't used Siri recently on your iPad or iPhone, I recommend browsing through iMore's article for reminders on some of things you can do. The good news is that with iOS 8 even more functionality will be added, including being able to launch Siri hands free while your iPad or iPhone is being charged.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.


Managing Notifications and Alerts on Your iPhone and iPad

There are many different ways that apps can notify you on your iPad and iPhone, but it isn’t always easy figuring out how to manage those notifications. In iOS 7, notifications are managed in the settings app. Most notifications are stored in the notification center, but they can also be shown in the lock screen, and you can be notified by a pop-up alert, a sound, or a banner. The wonderful thing is that iOS 7 gives you complete control of your notifications.

The first thing to understand is the Notification Center Settings. This is where you control all aspects of your notifications. You access these settings by going into the Settings app, and tapping on Notification Center. There is no way to disable Notification Center when your device is unlocked, but you can disable the ability to see Notification center on your lock screen. Notification Center itself is a pull down screen you access from swiping down from the top of the taskbar on the iPhone or iPad.

The Notification Center settings control what you see in this swipe down screen, but also all other ways that apps notify you on the iPhone and iPad. By default, when you install any new app, it is included in the notification center. You can tell if an app is included by looking to see whether it is in the “Include” or “Do Not Include” section of the settings panel. If it is in “Include” the app’s notifications will appear in the Notification Center.

To control an individual app, and the way it notifies you, tap on the name of the app you want to control. Within these settings, you can remove the app from the Notification Center by swiping the selector next to “Show In Notification Center”. In addition to deciding whether to show in the Notification Center, you can choose whether to show 1, 5, 10, or 20 Recent Items. Disabling in Notification Center does not remove all alerts from the app, it only removes the alerts from showing in Notification Center.

Within the individual app settings in Notification Center, you also select how you want to be notified of individual alerts (again, this is independent of whether the apps show in Notification Center). You can select None if you do not want to be interrupted by a notification from an app (but it will still show in Notification Center if you haven’t disabled the Show in Notification Center alert). You can also select to have a Banner notification (which just briefly displays on the top of your screen) or an Alert (which pops up on your screen and must be acted on to be dismissed from your screen). This is also where you decide if you want a sound played when the app alerts you (just swipe next to Sounds to enable or disable the audible alert), and whether to Badge the App Icon (place a number in the upper right corner of the app icon showing how many alerts the app has sent since you last accessed it).

Examples of Banner notification and pop-up Alert notification:

The final option that you have is whether notifications are shown on the lock screen. For example many attorneys would not want to show email in the lock screen. If you do not want an app to be able to notify you when your device is locked, disable the Show in Lock Screen setting by swiping it so it no longer has green next to it. Be aware that even if you have Show in Lock Screen disabled, there would still be an audible alert if you have sounds enabled.

Lock Screen Alert

Although these are the basic settings that you see for all apps, some apps, like Mail, FaceTime, and Messages do have additional options. For example, Messages and FaceTime allow you to choose the sound used to alert you. Mail allows you to set different alert options for any email account you have setup, and also to choose different options for VIP messages. Messages also allows you to only be alerted for contacts, to show previews of your messages, and whether to repeat alerts.

I hope this helps with better understanding the types of alerts that you can receive on your iPad and iPhone and how to manage the alerts that you receive. Although iOS 8 will make some changes to the Notification Center, most of the settings discussed will remain the same in the next version of the iPhone and iPad software.



Apple Previews iOS 8 at WWDC 2014

iOS 8 Preview

Apple announced iOS 8 yesterday at the Worldwide Developers Conference (“WWDC”). iOS 8 is a free update that will be available in the fall for iPad 2 and newer and iPhone 4s and newer. According to Apple, iOS 8 is the biggest release since the App Store was launched.

Most notably, the new version of iOS 8 introduces iCloud Drive, a DropBox competitor that can be accessed by all apps on your device, enhancements to messaging (including the ability to reply to texts within the notification center or the lockscreen), predictive typing for the built-in iOS keyboard (allowing the keyboard to auto-complete your sentences), and app extensions that will allow you to even install a 3rd party keyboard on your iOS device.

In addition to the major additions noted above, iCloud Photo library has been enhanced to allow all of your photos to be stored on your iCloud account (instead of photo streams limitation of your last 1000 photos), the cost of buying additional storage on iCloud has been substantially reduced, group messaging has been enhanced to allow the sharing of time limited audio and video, and muting of conversations (or even exiting a conversation if it becomes too noisy).

The new version of iOS allows users more freedom that has ever been available without Jailbreaking your device. The app extensions allow developers to make it easier to share between apps, and to extend the capability of existing apps with ease. Examples shown during the keynote included the ability to pin an item to Pinterest without leaving the web browser, and to edit a photo using a third party app without physically leaving your camera roll. iCloud Drive for the first time provides a central location to share files with all apps on your device.

Other new capabilities of the operating system include Family Sharing (which allows you to share iTunes purchases, photos and calendars with other family members that use separate iTunes accounts), a new health app (that allows metrics from devices like Fitbit and Withings scales to be shared in one location), and HomeKit (that will allow home automation gear to be controlled from within a single application).

Although not all of these changes have uses that are pertinent to the practice of law, the app extensions should increase productivity and billable hours for most practicing attorneys. I am eagerly anticipating this release as a way to lure me back to using an iPhone as my primary mobile device.

For more information, view the 2 hour WWDC keynote video, or visit Redmond Pie for its iOS 8 walk-through.

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