Earlier today, Apple released an update to iOS 8 that promised to fix many of the issues that were in the operating system after its general release on September 17th. Unfortunately iOS 8.0.1 was not properly bug tested and caused owners of the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus to be unable to use TouchID or connect to a cellular network. Fortunately, the issues were discovered before must people were aware of the update and Apple has since removed the update.
If you were unlucky enough to install the update and you have one of the new iPhones, iMore.com has instructions for restoring your phone to iOS 8. If you have not installed iOS 8.0.1, do not install it until any issues have been resolved by Apple.
iOS 8 was recently released for the iPad and the iPhone. Among the exciting new features of this operating system update is the ability to use a third-party keyboard in place of Apple’s stock keyboard. This allows users of the iPhone and iPad to now install a keyboard that can use new methods of inputting text to increase productivity. Busy legal professionals can now use keyboards from Swiftkey and Swype to quickly add or edit text by sliding their fingers across the screen.
I created a video that explains how to download, install, and activate both Swiftkey and Swype on your device. There are currently a number of free and paid keyboard apps available in the app store, but Swiftkey and Swype have been around for years on Android, and have had a head start in the field of creating alternative keyboards. Once you figure out how to install the keyboards, they are simple to use, and you always have the option of quickly switching back to Apple’s native keyboard.
My only complaint with the third-party keyboards thus far, is that you lose the ability to dictate when a third-party keyboard is selected. The little microphone that is usually present on the bottom of the screen goes away, and the only way you can get it back is to switch back to the native keyboard.
If you have updated your device to iOS 8, don’t delay, download a new keyboard and see how you like it!
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 a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.
On September 17, 2014, Apple will roll out iOS 8 to the iPhone 4s and above, and the iPad 2 and above. Although iOS 8 promises great improvements in your experience using an iPad and iPhone, it is still not perfect. If you are looking for some detailed thoughts on things that Apple could add to iOS 8 to improve it, check out my article on Mobile4Law.com. I still love iOS, and think that an iPhone and iPad are the best options for most attorneys (especially with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus), but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that could be improved.
See ‘What’s Still Missing from iPhone/iPad after iOS 8’ for more thoughts: http://mobile4law.com/whats-still-missing-from-iphoneipad-after-ios-8/
Apple today announced a new payment system that is called Apple Pay. Apple Pay is available as a payment option using the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, every day in the United States $12 billion is spent in over 200 million credit card transactions. He discussed the difficulty of using credit cards today and the fear that consumers have in losing their cards (or card data). Apple Pay is built using a combination of TouchID, NFC and a Secure Element on the device to allow you to use your iPhone to make secure purchases.
When you open passbook on an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you have the option of using a credit card that is already stored in iTunes or adding a new credit card. Your credit card number is not actually stored on the device, instead when you register a new card, a token is stored on your device that dynamically changes. If you lose your device, you can use Find My iPhone and it disables payments using your iPhone.
It will start in the US using American Express, Mastercard and Visa. It will work with the top 6 banks in the US to begin with and will work with 83% of cards (your bank must be a partner in order to use Apple Pay). Retail partners include Walgreen’s, CVS, Subway, Toys R’ Us, Macy’s, Panera, McDonalds, Disney and Apple Retail stores to begin, with more to come. It will be as easy as touching your device to the payment terminal to make payments.
Loyalty programs are also being added to Apple Pay. You will be able to use third party apps from Target, Groupon and OpenTable to make payments through Apple Pay. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to make purchases without having to touch your actual wallet.
Apple Pay is a new service that Apple hopes will revolutionize the way that you make payments. More to come….
Control Center is a feature on the iPad that allows a user to quickly select some basic settings without having to launch the iOS settings app. It was introduced in iOS 7, but I am often surprised that many attorneys do not know it exists. Control Center is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of your screen on your iPad, and it only takes up a small portion of your screen. I have created a short YouTube Video showing how to use Control Center, and describing all the functions that you can access with it:
In the video, you will learn how to launch Control Center, how to change settings on your device using Control Center, and how to customize when Control Center is used. As an attorney, I often use Control Center while traveling to switch Airplane Mode on and off, while presenting to enable Airplay, AirDrop, and Do Not Disturb, and when listening to Podcast or Audiobooks to quickly pause titles, skip around tracks, or to change the volume. Control Center is a useful tool that allows you to quickly access functions without leaving an application, and has often helped save valuable time.
iOS App maker Readdle is currently celebrating its 7th anniversary by offering deep discounts on some of its most popular apps. PDF Expert 5, a great universal PDF viewing and annotating app for iPhone and iPad is being offered at $4.99, 50% off of its standard price of $9.99. This is also your opportunity to get other great apps from Readdle, including Scanner Pro ($2.99), PDF Converter ($1.99), and Printer Pro ($2.99). These are all on my list of highly recommended apps for any attorney that wants to use their iOS device for productivity.
The sale will only last for 48 hours (according to Apple Insider the sale will end at 1:00 am eastern time Saturday August 2, 2014), so don’t wait to add these apps to your device.