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Restoring Text Messages from an iCloud Backup

Forgot password for restrictions disabled FACE TIME. I want to restore it so I backed up Iphone 5 using ITUNES. It worked returning it to FACTORY SETTINGS FACE TIME ICON returned and was ok. But…when I restored from back up it put the restricted password that I dont know and I’m back to square one…Any suggestions?? I also used IBOT but it did the same thing…

Posted by Joe on April 13, 2016 at 3:02 PM (CDT)

Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple's home automation system

Good for Netatmo for stepping into this.  However, a good move would be for other weather-station hardware and software companies to get on the bandwagon.  Seems a big oversight that Acurite and other weather-station kit companies weren’t on the ground floor of the implementation of Homekit.  I’ve written these companies asking whether they are going to add Homekit.  Thus far none have chosen to indicate they are.  Too bad, I’m certain I and many others will wait until some of these manufacturers get a clue that folks aren’t buying a Homekit-less experience.

Posted by terryo on April 2, 2016 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 9.2

I think there’s a bug with the screensaver. I tried setting “my photos” as the screensaver, but it doesn’t seem to stick. Instead you can navigate to individual photos or albums, which is sort of pointless. You select any photo, it pops up, but all you can then do is back out, and the screensaver stays set to whatever it set to last, like Aerial or whatever.

Posted by JonYo on March 24, 2016 at 11:22 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3

iOS 9.3 has been bricking my iPad 2 since 9.21 it stinks.  Every other update has been no problems on the iPad 2 including all betas not a single one worked on the ipad2 no betas since 9.21.  I have not tried the newest 9.3 I’m sure it will brick it.  But I sent in feedback every time after every beta update.

Posted by Raymond J Sidwell on March 24, 2016 at 9:17 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 9.3

I doubt there will ever be a 9.3 update article as comprehensive as this one :-)

Posted by benjitek on March 24, 2016 at 11:45 AM (CDT)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Great article - the lack of motion sensors and a dedicated Apple HomeKit app is why, despite my love of Apple products, I went with a different HA solution for our new house.

Posted by Dribbler on March 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM (CDT)

Resuming incomplete iCloud backups

Get rid of Pictures! 27GB???  Useless duplicate high GBs of precious pictures, causing everyone’s iphones to crash….

Posted by Miguel on March 15, 2016 at 3:40 PM (CDT)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

I use the app “Home - Smart Home” app by Matthias Hochgatterer to integrate some of my Homekit devices.

Posted by bruintoo on March 14, 2016 at 7:42 PM (CDT)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

I’m a fan of Hue functionality but balk at the cost, UI, and aesthetics. Bathroom fixtures have as many as six globe-style bulbs that just wouldn’t look right with Hue bulbs, besides being costly to replace them all with LEDs, not to mention smart LEDs. The dining room chandelier has 9 bulbs and would cost even more.
LEDs and smart lighting systems make much more sense during initial design and construction, and in some cases for retrofit. In our sleep center, for example, the only way we could justify painting the ceiling black for the design look we wanted was to replace the old halogen bulbs with LEDs. That gave us the ability to compensate by adding many more lumens without adding wattage. And of course we used warm-colored bulbs, the cheapest we could find with the characteristics we wanted, just not smart bulbs.
We do plan to include Hue in some table lamp applications to demonstrate “smart bedroom” functionality where lighting at night eliminates as the color blue and in the morning has a full spectrum rich in blue. We preach about the impact lighting has on sleep, health, and daytime performance, but I still have concerns with the smart home & automation industry. I’ve seen too often where someone buys a home and then rips out most of the automation the previous owner installed. It’s because the UI is not yet ready for many (most?) people.

Posted by Wayne Caswell on March 12, 2016 at 11:02 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Many before Apple have tried the simple all inclusive Home Automation solution but what Apple is doing is much more enlightening.  Just like with HealthKit,  Apple is providing a common language for all the providers/manufacturers to work with each others but Apple is willingly not muting or limiting the breath of experiences.  Home Automation is too big and too diverse for users to all rally behind one single product line or user interface.  You can get a quick win with this strategy but it always fades eventually.  Users needs evolve fast, they want the latest and greatest gadget and want a multitude of choices but they also want simplicity and integration (SIRI, Apple TV…) and this is the true value of HomeKit, an ecosystem where various solutions can grow and evolve but still stay coherent.
HomeKit is at its birth stage, most of the Apps and Manufacturers are just getting started and are not yet mature enough to be dismissed.  Amoung the HomeKit Aggregators Apps, PowerHouz has the most advanced features and others will come with different user experiences to fill the various needs of this fast growing market.

Posted by Denis Zysman on March 11, 2016 at 3:22 PM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Asking Apple to create one App to manage Home Automation would be like asking for a single Game App to answer all entertainments needs….  Home Automation has so many facets, devices and applications that it cannot be summarized in a single App.  It would then be just one more attempt to dum it down for the users and create limitations that would eventually make the product obsolete.
Many before Apple have tried the simple all inclusive Home Automation solution but what Apple is doing is much more enlightening.  Just like with HealthKit,  Apple is providing a common language for all the providers/manufacturers to work with each others but Apple is willingly not muting or limiting the breath of experiences.  Home Automation is too big and too diverse for users to all rally behind one single solution and user interface.  You can get quick wins with this strategy but it always fades eventually.  Users needs evolve fast, they want the latest and greatest gadget and want a multitude of choices but they want all of them to be simple and integrated with all their devices (iOS, Siri, Apple TV, Apple Watch…) and this is the true value proposition of HomeKit.
HomeKit is at its birth stage, most of the Apps and Manufacturers are just getting started and are not yet mature but are developing quickly.
Regarding HomeKit Aggregators Apps, PowerHouz is a good example and others will come with different user experiences to fill the various needs of this fast growing market.

Posted by Denis Zysman on March 11, 2016 at 1:54 PM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

I have been using home automation for the past 5 years and continue to be disappointed with all the different protocols.  I bought into z-wave when I moved into my new home and it continues to work well but never had a user friendly interface.  I added a few Hue lights and loved the features and flexibility but as was mentioned was always frustrated with needing to make sure the switch was always left on so that I could control the light scenes via the App or through a timer.  Invariably someone else would just shut the light switch off and then I lost all scene and timer control!
I was excited when I started to read about Revolv and their one hub and App to control many of the different protocols.  It finally seemed like there was a way to control everything via one interface that looked user friendly and cross platform.  Just as I was about to transition from my Vera hub to Revolv they were purchased by Google and folded into the Nest platform and their hub has never been heard from again.  Just a shame.
I hoped Apple’s entrance into the market would change everything and finally make it all “just work” but I am still waiting.

Posted by Carl Peluso on March 11, 2016 at 1:28 PM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Our approach in our ConnectSense app has been to support all the HomeKit profiles.  Obviously not everyone has this philosophy but we believe that to offer the best HomeKit experience you need to do this.  A lot of the WoW and deeper things you can do with HomeKit (Scenes, Triggers, groups, etc) requires this full support.  Can Apple do this better then third party developers?  We will see if they go this route but if they don’t I think manufacturers and third parties will continue to innovate here and provide great HomeKit experiences for customers.

Posted by Adam Justice - ConnectSense on March 11, 2016 at 11:54 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

I agree. But its more that just moving the smart. I use a handful of Belkin’s WeMo switched outlets. I’d like to try their wall switches, but am afraid a bad firmware update could leave me in the dark.

Posted by Jonathan Bruck on March 11, 2016 at 10:43 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

The thing is that iOS 9 was expected to add the HomeKit triggering capabilities, and Elgato indicated when Eve was released that firmware updates would be coming to add this support, although these haven’t yet materialized.
I agree with your point, however, that an Apple app might make some of these omissions even more conspicuous. Location-based triggers don’t yet seem to be as reliable as they should be either, which may explain why relatively few vendors have incorporated this feature into their apps.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 11, 2016 at 10:18 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Ditto here on that one. The Philips Hue Dimmer Switches were really the missing piece in the equation for lighting control, since they’ve basically replaced all of the traditional switches in rooms where Hue bulbs are in use.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 11, 2016 at 10:16 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Good points, but voice control changes all this. Voice is the primary means of light control at our house. We also use the $25 Philips Hue Dimmer Switches as an alternate means of control, the smart switch you suggested. (They don’t change color or color temperature, but they do dim, and one switch controls up to 10 bulbs.) With childproof locks on the old switches to remind people not to turn the current off, it all works well for us. Other households will have other needs, but smart lighting has solved a lot of issues for us.

Posted by JD Roberts on March 11, 2016 at 10:12 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

I suspect Apple is still waiting until the battery-powered sensor problem is solved. Right now these sensors, including Elgato, cannot act as triggers for automatic scenes. So even though Apple examples say a motion sensor can trigger a light to come on, there’s no way to do that with the existing devices. Similarly you can open the app and see if a contact sensor is open, but the sensor opening can’t trigger anything. An Apple HomeKit app would make the missing pieces, which are huge for home automation, just too obvious.

Posted by JD Roberts on March 11, 2016 at 9:57 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Fair point, although I think for most end user purposes, the BT/Wi-Fi discovery is a key part of the process, and what differentiates HomeKit from most previous proprietary implementations, which also sort of speaks to the point of this article on why Apple needs close the loop in the form of a central app, or at least a common API for the discovery process that something like Eve can tie into.
In other words, I suspect that for most users, installing the vendor’s app to associate their device with HomeKit in the first place probably makes more sense than going through a manual pairing and then using Eve to add them to the home.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 11, 2016 at 9:33 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Hi Jesse, PowerHouz is claiming to take the HomeKit Central App positioning.  It also integrates security and communication functions as add ons to Home Automation

Posted by Denis Zysman on March 11, 2016 at 7:31 AM (CST)

Opinion: Why Apple needs a dedicated HomeKit app

Thanks for the kudos, Jesse! I’d like to clarify the point you made about the Eve app’s capabilities to set up non-Elgato HomeKit devices.
The Eve app can set up all HomeKit accessories, with two exceptions: first, with bridges that require vendor-specific setup such as the Philips Hue, you need to make the bulbs HomeKit-available in the Hue app before Eve (or any other HomeKit app for that matter) can see them.
Second, for Wi-Fi accessories that use Apple’s Bluetooth/Wi-Fi discovery auto-setup, the Eve app can add them to the home, but can’t do the initial “bring me into my Wi-Fi” part. You can use the iOS Settings app to do this, or of course by using the vendor’s app.

Posted by Adam Steinberg/Elgato on March 11, 2016 at 5:16 AM (CST)

Is there a point to having both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream enabled?

Well, one other possible solution would be to turn OFF “iCloud Photo Library” and perhaps just use “iCloud Photo Stream” or transfer your photos via a USB connection.
Turning iCloud Photo Library OFF on your iPhone will remove any photos that have not been fully downloaded to your device, but will keep them in iCloud. It also basically “unlinks” the two libraries, so you can then delete photos from your iPhone without losing the iCloud copies.
The only challenge then will be getting new photos and videos that you take uploaded to your Mac. iCloud Photo Stream will handle this for photos but sadly doesn’t cover videos, so you may find it’s simpler just to use a traditional USB connection to transfer them to the Photos app on your Mac and then delete them from your iPhone in the process.
Of course, this assumes you want to stay with iPhoto or Photos. There’s certainly no requirement to do so, and as you say it sounds like you’d just prefer to drop them into a folder. In this case, there are a few options. If you only want them on your computer but not in the cloud, you can use Image Capture, which is built into your Mac, to transfer them from your iPhone over a USB connection, and put them into whatever folders you want.
Flickr should also be a realistic option unless you have an absolutely massive photo library — they now give away 1TB for free to pretty much everybody, and the iPhone Flickr app can be configured to automatically upload all of your photos to the service, although they’ll be left in the cloud. If you want local backups, you’ll have to get a third-party utility to download them from Flickr back to your computer, or transfer them separately from your iPhone before deleting them.
You can also look to other services like Google Photos or Dropbox. With Google Photos, you get unlimited storage for free as long as your photos aren’t any larger than 16MP or your videos aren’t larger than 1080p, and it integrates into Google Drive somewhat, so you could use that to sync the photos onto your own computer with the Google Drive app. Plus, the Google Photos app can automatically clear the photos from your iPhone once you’ve
In the case of Dropbox, you n’t free 2GB would probably suit you well as a conduit for merely transferring photos, so you wouldn’t have to pay for storage. You’d run the Dropbox client on your Mac, and just move the photos from the “Camera Uploads” folder on Dropbox to your own set of folders on your external hard drive. There are third-party tools that can do this for you as well — personally I use a Mac app called “Hazel” which is designed to watch folders and automatically rename, move, and reorganize files as they come in. It does everything from cleaning up my downloads folder to filing away screenshots I take on my Mac into a date-based folder structure.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on March 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM (CST)

Is there a point to having both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream enabled?

What you said about deleting all copies is a problem for me.  I want to delete everything off my phone….photos and videos….but I don’t want to lose them. I still want to be able to edit and keep them and I’m not sure what is the best way to handle it.  Windows had pretty good picture editing and I have not found anything yet that works as well with MAC for that…If I had I guess I could cull and edit and then save the pictures externally….deleting from all my devices….but I was hoping that the software that came with MAC would include software for this… I will look into Adobe Bridge I guess and see if it is an answer…thanks.

Posted by Shirley Sloan on March 1, 2016 at 11:52 AM (CST)

Is there a point to having both iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream enabled?

Shirley, don’t give up on your Mac just yet. :-) I think where iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream excel is on the “front end”. It’s really nice being able to capture a photo on the iPhone while on vacation, and have it immediately backed up and available for editing / sharing on your laptop or iPad.
One caveat, Photo Stream may be the better backup tool, because if I accidentally delete a photo from my iPhone, the backup is still available in Photo Stream. In contrast, Photo Library appears to be a true mirror that deletes all copies if I manually delete from one device.
I’ve never found iPhoto or Photos useful for managing a large library. I use Adobe Bridge to manage decades of photos, which is nice because Bridge simply accesses folders as I’ve chosen to arrange them in the Finder on the hard drive. So my workflow is to capture, cull and cleanup new photos with the Apple tools, then move the files I want to keep from Photos into my own folders as soon as possible. I can selectively copy photos back into Apple Photos if I want to share them with others.

Posted by Skyprogress on February 28, 2016 at 4:28 PM (CST)

Phone number inactive in iMessage

I recevive text messages instead of imessages from my iPhone coz the cellphone number is greyed out. y cant I receive normal I messages?

Posted by portia on February 22, 2016 at 1:16 AM (CST)

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