iOS 9 and watchOS 2 Due to Be Released This Afternoon

Apple’s previously announced updates for the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch are supposed to be released later today (September 16, 2015). iOS 9 is a new update for all iPad 2 or newer devices and iPhone 4s and newer devices. The Apple Watch will receive its first major software update since being released with watchOS 2. These updates are normally available for download beginning around 1:00 pm eastern time.

It is important that your current devices are cleaned up and ready for the new update. I usually recommend that you apply all App updates from the App Store before installing new versions of iOS. It is also important that you have backups of your devices. I recommend doing both an iCloud backup, and more importantly, plugging your device into your computer and doing an iTunes backup (if for any reason you need to restore your backup, iTunes normally takes only a couple hours at most, where iCloud restore can take multiple days).

Most Apple major software updates have had some issues for early adopters. If there is no killer feature that you absolutely need to have immediately, it is normally a good idea to wait 48 hours after iOS 9 is released before installing. Normally, if there is any major issues, you should hear about them by that time.

Stay tuned to iPlugDelaware for more details about iOS 9 and watchOS 2 after they are released later today.

Apple’s September 9, 2015 iPhone Event May Include New iPads

Apple September 9 2015 Siri EventApple last week announced an event scheduled for September 9, 2015 at 10:00 am Pacific Time (1:00 pm here on the East Coast), titled, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” The rumor blogs immediately indicated that the event would introduce the world to new iPhones called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and a new version of the Apple TV set-top box that will include 3rd party Apps and an App Store for the first time. It is also projected that the new Apple TV devices will also include a motion sensing remote that allows force touch and speech input. The new iPhones are also expected to include Force-Touch functionality and an upgraded camera.

Today, reports have surfaced that Apple may also be ready to introduce a long-rumored iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is expected to go on sale in late October, with availability in early November. The iPad Pro is rumored to be 12.1 inches and include a stylus with force touch capabilities. It is also expected that a revamped iPad Mini 4 will be introduced alongside the iPad Pro. The iPad Mini 4 is expected to adopt similar internals to last year’s iPad Air 2.

Updates will be posted on on September 9th. If you would like to watch the event live, Apple will stream it on Safari for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and the Mac. Streaming will also be available on Apple TV and if you have Windows 10, on the Windows 10 Edge Web Browser. Let us know on our Facebook Page or Twitter Feed what you would like to see at the upcoming event!

iPlugDelaware August Meeting on August 18, 2015 at 7:30 am

Screenshot 2015-08-17 14.38.06The August monthly meeting for iPlugDelaware will be held at 7:30 am on Tuesday August 18, 2015, at the Panera Bread in the Fairfax Shopping Center (2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803). The meeting will be held in the community room in the back of the restaurant. Meetings normally last about one hour and are held on the third Tuesday of each month. As a reminder, our meetings are free to attend, no registration is needed, and the meetings are open to anyone that works in the legal community.

This month we will again discuss the upcoming release of iOS 9, the recent update of iOS 8.4.1, and rumors about the next version of the iPhone (expected to be announced next month). We will also show off some of our favorite productivity apps, and have plenty of time for questions or demonstrations of apps from those in attendance.

We look forward to another great meeting, and encourage anyone that has been considering attending, to stop in for your first meeting. Please feel free to attend even if you do not currently have an iPad or iPhone, but you are curious on how the devices may improve your practice.

View/Record Your iPad Screen on Your Mac

Screenshot 2015-07-24 08.49.11Recently Apple released a public beta of iOS 9. I am involved with various user groups (including this one) that discuss the use of the iPad in the practice of law. Several of the groups I am involved with use WebEx/GoToMeeting for our monthly meetings. After I updated my iPad Mini to iOS 9, I ran into a bit of a problem. I was no longer able to use Reflector or AirServer to Airplay my iPad to my computer screen (for some reason iOS 9 beta will only AirPlay sound to these software receivers). This meant that I was unable to demo some of the new features of iOS 9 beta in meetings earlier this month.

After having problems using Airplay with the Mac and PC applications that work as an AirPlay receiver, I seemed to remember that there was some way to do this natively using a Mac. The problem is that when I tried to search for instructions, I was only finding links to using Reflector and AirServer. Finally after Googling many different search terms, I located instructions for recording my iPad Screen on my Mac. How-To Geek has simple step-by-step instructions for displaying and recording your iPad screen using QuickTime for Mac OS X Yosemite (or above). This will also work with iPhone and iPod Touch.

I highly recommend reading the How-To Geek article, but for those of you that want the quick simple instructions for viewing your iOS device screen on your Mac, here are the steps:

  1. Plug your iPad/iPhone running iOS 8 or higher into your Mac using your lightning USB charging cable (your device must have a lightning connector for this to work).
  2. Open QuickTime Player.
  3. While in the QuickTime Player, choose the “File” menu, then select “New Screen Recording”.New Screen Recording
  4. A window will pop up, there will be red record button with volume controls next to it. Next to the record button is a drop-down menu. Click on the drop-down menu and select your iPad in the camera options.Select iPad for Camera
  5. If you want to record your screen, press the record button and begin to record what you are doing on your iPad (your screen will appear even if you do not record, which is great for sharing your screen in presentations).

This is a nice feature for anyone running iOS 8 or higher on their iOS device who is also running a Mac with OS X Yosemite or higher installed. Although AirServer and Reflector are wonderful products, they rely on WiFi and AirPlay for broadcasting your screen, and if you are trying to demo for a group of people, they can experience problems if the WiFi connection is not reliable.

Steven Butler EsquireThis article was written by Steven Butler. Steven is an attorney at Linarducci & Butler, PA in New Castle, Delaware that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Steven is also a frequent presenter on using Technology in the Practice of Law.

iPlug Wilmington March Meeting – March 17, 2015 – Let’s Talk Time

March  2015 Wilmington Delaware iPlug Meeting

What better way to start your Saint Patrick’s Day than talking about the iPad, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch. Our March iPlug meeting will be held on Tuesday March 17, 2015, at the Panera Bread in Fairfax at 7:30 am. Panera is located at 2311 Concord Pike, Wilmington Delaware. The meetings are held in the back room of the restaurant. Normally meetings last about 1 hour. 

As always it is free to attend our meetings and no registration is necessary. If you have never attended a meeting, they are informal and are a chance for users in the legal community to share their experience using mobile technology in their practice and to learn from the experiences of others. It doesn’t matter if you are an attorney, a Judge, a paralegal, a law student or other support staff, if you are associated with the legal community and you are interested in mobile technology, please join us Tuesday morning. 

Last Monday’s Spring Forward announcement by Apple will be thoroughly discussed, including initial thoughts on the Apple Watch, the new 12″ MacBook, ResearchKit, and the price reduction of the Apple TV. We will also discuss the release of iOS 8.2 and Apple’s public beta program for iOS. As always, the floor will also be open for attendee questions, discussion, and demonstrations. 

Since our last meeting, we have also created a Facebook page and a Twitter account in order to provide even more updates to those interested in mobile technology. If you enjoy updates from iPlugDelaware, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so you can interact with us on a more frequent basis. These new accounts make it even easier for you to communicate with us, ask questions, and share information. 

Microsoft Adds iCloud Support for Office for iOS Apps

Microsoft released new versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel for iPhone/iPad today that allow users to open, edit, and save to iCloud. This comes on the heels of Microsoft making these apps free, adding Dropbox support, and expanding storage space on OneDrive for subscribers of Office 365. Microsoft seems to be fulfilling its promise to concentrate on getting users using Microsoft Services and software without forcing them to get locked into one platform. 

If you are already using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPhone/iPad, just check the App store for the free update. Otherwise search the App store to download these apps for free. 

You Don’t Have to Be a Developer to Test iOS Anymore

iOS 8 Public BetaApple began rolling out its first Public Beta of iOS today by making iOS 8.3, Beta 3, part of the AppleSeed Public Beta Program. To join the Public Beta, you must have an Apple ID and an eligible device. The initial invites have been going out to users that have been publicly testing OS X Yosemite. To sign up for access, login to If you only see the OS X Yosemite beta at this time, it is being reported that invitations will be slowly slowly rolling out.

9to5 Mac reports that the installation is made available over-the-air. Users first are instructed to backup their device using iTunes, then directed to download a configuration profile from the AppleSeed website that makes the beta available in the normal Software Update screen. Instructions are also provided for restoring your device to a previously released non-beta version of iOS.

As always, be careful before installing beta software on your device. It is not recommended that a beta be installed on a mission-critical device, and it is possible that functions of your iPhone or iPad may not work properly with the beta software installed.

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