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Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

iTunes 12.7 has broken the 1st gen Apple TV. iTunes can still airplay audio to it but impossible to sync. Apple TV cannot be upgraded (receiver needs optical audio).

Posted by GeneMaster on September 19, 2017 at 2:34 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

I have still been able to manually move files in and out of the Word App through iTunes.  Is this some functionality we will likely loose in the future, or will there be a new file management routine for apps?

Posted by David Brown on September 19, 2017 at 12:53 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

In fairness I do agree. It has become slow and unintuitive to use but I think what it was trying to achieve was perfect. Just the implementation is poor. I have wondered in the past if Apple’s attitude is, if we aren’t smart enough to improve something, just get rid of it. That might be doing the developers are dis-service. I don’t know.

Posted by Rob White on September 19, 2017 at 12:51 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

Thanks for your comment. It’s interesting to hear from folks who are missing these features, as one of the most common complaints I’ve heard over the past decade is that iTunes was getting too complicated, slow, and awkward, but there’s definitely been a quieter group out there on the other side of that debate.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 19, 2017 at 12:37 PM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iTunes 12.7

I know we all use our Apple products differently but for me removing App management is ridiculous. iTunes may have originally been an app for managing music but it’s evolved because apple products have evolved to do more things. Admittedly the interface and menus have stupidly been messed about with over the years and could cause some confusion and not everyone one will want to use all the features but to describe certain things as bloatware is stupid. I suspect the bloatware mentally has come from Android users that don’t see the potential benefits. I’ve tried moving away from my iPhone many times but always came back because I liked having everything organised. Now because iTunes will be like other library syncing products I don’t have the USP to keep me.

Posted by Rob White on September 19, 2017 at 12:16 PM (CDT)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Roku ROCKS!!!  I have both and I never use my AppleTV, it seems antiquated. They need to get on board with all the channels.  I am cutting the cable and I am going to stream everything through either Sling or PlayStation Vue.  I will save at least $60 a month and not be compromised by missing anything I had with cable. The only thing Apple TV is getting on board with is Direct TV.  If you have Direct TV you will be able to get it on your ipad…..or just use someone elses account oops did I say that?

Posted by Monica Arrache on August 22, 2017 at 12:54 PM (CDT)

Inside the betas: iOS 11 HomeKit adds timers, multi-person occupancy support

Multi-person location is a game changer.

Posted by QandnotU on June 11, 2017 at 1:00 PM (CDT)

Accessing FaceTime call history on a Mac

In the iOS FaceTime app, you can tap the “i” to the right of the name and you’ll be taken to a contact detail screen that shows you the call history for that contact, including call durations. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to do this in the macOS FaceTime app, which seems an odd oversight on Apple’s part.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on June 7, 2017 at 9:13 AM (CDT)

Accessing FaceTime call history on a Mac

How https://uploads.disquscdn.c… can I tell what time an audio history call and duration are

Posted by Lisa Herzog Niskar on June 7, 2017 at 12:42 AM (CDT)

iPhone prompting for old Apple ID

Ipad asking to sign in to old apple ID. My ipad suddenly started to repeatedly ask to log in to old an Apple ID. One that was old AND discontinued. Apple Chat could not work it out or stop it. Then the next Apple help session said it will be an app on that ipad that was set up under the old ID trying to update. Even though we udated all apps it still happened. Then i deleted what i thought were the oldest apps - and it stopped. So it was an v old app trying to update

Posted by Owain Jones on March 24, 2017 at 4:51 AM (CDT)

Phone numbers for iMessage on an iPad and iPod touch

How can I find my iMessage number on iPad Pro?

Posted by Susan cook on March 21, 2017 at 10:29 AM (CDT)

Why do I have two separate conversations with the same person in Messages?

Make sure all your iDevices are signed in to iCloud in the messages settings and you only use one phone number to be reached at for all your devices. That way no matter which device you use you always send and receive the same way.

Posted by Brandon on March 20, 2017 at 11:06 PM (CDT)

How do I cancel a print job on iOS?

They are using Disqus because it gets rid of most of the trolls.

Posted by beduke on March 7, 2017 at 1:47 PM (CST)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Dove is nice - $4.99 / month

Posted by Jt Russum on February 16, 2017 at 9:03 PM (CST)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Direct TV offers $30 subscription for apple TV.  I am now paying $126 for the same subscription.

Posted by Jt Russum on February 16, 2017 at 9:03 PM (CST)

Whether to include specific apps in iCloud backups

Sadly, there’s no easy answer to that, as it depends entirely on the specific app and how they’ve chosen to store your data. The answer is that this should be the case — assuming the photos aren’t otherwise synced to a cloud service (e.g. when using something like Google Photos or Flickr).
According to Apple’s iOS Data Storage Guidelines, apps should include local data that is stored only on your device in iCloud backups. It’s a safe bet that any reputable app does this, as most developers would have to take specific steps to avoid it.
On the other hand, data that can be re-downloaded from a cloud-based service is usually not backed up to iCloud. This makes sense, since with only 5GB of free iCloud backup storage, you probably don’t want to be using it up with content that can be re-downloaded from elsewhere. This applies to most of the cloud-services apps such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Photos, Flickr, etc. The same is true for Apple’s own Photos app if you’re using iCloud Photo Library — your photos are already stored in iCloud, so there’s no point in backing them up to iCloud a second time.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on December 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM (CST)

Whether to include specific apps in iCloud backups

Say I have a photo app with most of my pictures on it, will the pictures/videos be on the app once it is backed up?

Posted by Hecox on December 21, 2016 at 9:23 PM (CST)

The Complete Guide to Apple TV Channels

Agree with Leslie, If I had cable or satellite service I wouldn’t have Apple TV. If I had known that many shows are locked out, I might now have purchased Apple TV.

Posted by Helen Adams on December 15, 2016 at 2:25 PM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Great review. I never would have found out about Magnifier without reading this. Thx!

Posted by Herojig on November 21, 2016 at 9:15 PM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Yup, it’s almost definitely coming back. It’s fair to say that if it’s in the beta releases, it will land in the iOS 10.2 release unless something really weird happens before then.
See my recent tweet for what it looks like.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on November 15, 2016 at 10:16 AM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

I have not had any problems either, but am very disappointed that they have removed the star rating for songs - you cannot view or change the ratings on songs anymore, just the “love” and “dislike” buttons.  However, it looks like this is being fixed in 10.2, the star rating is back in the beta releases so far..

Posted by Derron Bohne on November 15, 2016 at 9:54 AM (CST)

Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit

I can give testimony on the ecobee 3 units…they are wonderful! We purchased 2 units, one for each floor. The sensors are invaluable because they really do help you adjust temps so that your bedroom stays cool when the den (main thermostat) may not need it, for example.
And being able to digitally “lock” the units keeps the kids from constantly turning it up & down is great, but also lets us remotely adjust their upstairs thermostat without leaving our bedroom. :)
The HomeKit works pretty well but lacks many of the advance features & settings of the excellent ecobee app.
Now if only our Chamberlain garage opening will add HomeKit, then we’re set!!

Posted by D9 on November 11, 2016 at 4:17 PM (CST)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10

Mt TV did not update automatically as I set it. I selected UPDATE , and it said it was updated. It is not….more crap to mess with today, No!

Posted by Tom Watson on October 18, 2016 at 5:50 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10

Now I’m humming Tom Sawyer.

Posted by iEndure on September 15, 2016 at 12:02 AM (CDT)

Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10

Interesting. I’ve had no problems on my iPhone 6 Plus, although I have fewer songs stored locally — around 3000-4000 tracks. In fact, Apple Music has been pretty solid for me since the very first iOS 10 beta.
That said, I’m also wondering if all of the iCloud Music Library problems from yesterday and earlier today may be having an impact. I was having some weird performance problems yesterday, and — for the first time — lost a bunch of my downloaded music and had to turn iCloud Music Library back on to resync it. During that time, it was painfully slow until it figured itself out and got caught up.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on September 14, 2016 at 4:02 PM (CDT)

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