How to update your iPad or iPhone to iOS8 using iTunes

With the release of the much talked about iOS update happening this week you properly want to upgrade to see what the fuss is about. However many people have found that the update is to large to do directly on their device. There are two solutions to this. You could either delete lots of apps, photos and music to free up nearly 7GB of space or you can follow my video below showing you how to do the upgrade using iTunes. This not only saves you from deleting anything it also has the advantage of doing a full backup before upgrading incase anything goes wrong. You just need a windows computer or Mac with the latest version of iTunes installed from here and a usb to lightning cable. Good Luck

If you would like to see whats new in iOS8 before you upgrade, heres the list of updates and features from Apple.

This update contains hundreds of new features, including the following:

  •   Messages improvements
  • ◦  Tap to Talk to send your voice, a video or a photo with just a swipe
  • ◦  Group messaging options to name a conversation, add a contact, remove a contact or leave a conversation
  • ◦  New details view with Do Not Disturb, location sharing and attachments view
  •          Photos improvements
  • ◦  Smart editing tools to adjust light and colour with a swipe
  • ◦  Fine-tune controls to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more
  • ◦  Search by date, location or album name, or use smart suggestions
  • ◦  Smart albums for Slo-mo videos, Bursts, Panoramas and Time-lapse
  • ◦  Third-party photo filters and editing tools supported directly in Photos
  • ◦  Your photos and metadata from iPhoto will be migrated to Photos. Books, Journals and Slideshows will be converted to albums containing only photos. iPhoto for iOS is not supported on devices running iOS 8 or later.
  •          Camera improvements
  • ◦  Time-lapse mode
  • ◦  Capture timer
  • ◦  Adjust exposure with a simple nudge to lighten or darken a photo prior to capture
  • ◦  Burst mode on front-facing camera on iPhone 5s
  • ◦  Panorama for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display
  •          QuickType keyboard
  • ◦  Predictive typing personalised to your writing style, and customised based on the recipient and the app
  •        ◦  Predictive typing is available in English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish and Thai
  • ◦  Third-party keyboard support
  •          Health
  •   ◦  New Health app with easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data
  • ◦  Ability to share health data with apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness
  • ◦  Add a Medical ID with information about allergies, medical conditions and more, with the option to make this accessible from the Lock screen
  • ◦  Available on iPhone and iPod touch
  •          Family Sharing
  • ◦  Share iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases with up to six members of your family.
  •     ◦  Pay for family purchases with a single credit card and approve purchases by children with Ask to Buy
  • ◦  Easily share family photos, a family calendar, locations and more
  •          iCloud Drive
  • ◦  Store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC
  • ◦  Share the same file across multiple compatible apps
  • ◦  Edits you make on one device update on all your devices automatically
  •          Continuity features so your iPhone, iPad and Mac work together more seamlessly
  • ◦  Handoff to continue what you’re doing as you move from one device to another
  • ◦  Make and receive calls and send and receive SMS or MMS messages on your iPad or Mac
  • ◦  Instant Hotspot to automatically use your mobile connection to get online with your other devices
  • ◦  AirDrop compatibility with OS X Yosemite
  • ◦  Available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation)
  •          Spotlight improvements
  • ◦  Displays suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, films (US only), popular web sites, App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store
  • ◦  Safari also supports Spotlight suggestions alongside Top Hit and search suggestions
  • ◦  Supported for local languages in US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland
  •          Mail improvements
  • ◦  Easily jump between drafts and your inbox with a simple swipe down on the draft
  • ◦  Intelligent suggestions for Calendar events and Contacts
  • ◦  VIP threads
  •          Siri improvements
  • ◦  Improvements to responsiveness, reliability and accuracy
  • ◦  “Hey, Siri” option to initiate Siri using just your voice when your device is plugged in
  • ◦  Streaming voice recognition
  • ◦  Works with Shazam to answer “What song is playing?”
  • ◦  Purchase content from iTunes Store
  •          Safari improvements
  • ◦  DuckDuckGo search engine support
  • ◦  Private browsing per tab
  • ◦  Subscribe to RSS feeds in Shared Links
  • ◦  Use Camera to scan and enter credit card info
  •          Maps improvements
  • ◦  Flyover city tours
  • ◦  Maps place cards in Phone and Contacts
  • ◦  Inline map view and travel time notifications for Calendar events
  •          App Store improvements
  • ◦  New Explore tab for easier category browsing
  • ◦  Top trending searches displayed in Search tab
  • ◦  Scrolling search results
  • ◦  App video previews
  • ◦  Editors’ Choice badges
  •          Quick access to key contacts in multitasking view
  •          Interactive Notifications for Messages, Mail, Calendar, Reminders and enabled third-party apps
  •          New Tips app to help you do more with your iOS devices
  •          iBooks app built into iOS, now with auto night mode and new organisation for book series
  •          Podcasts app built into iOS
  •          Battery usage by app
  •          iCloud Keychain can use saved website passwords to easily sign in to associated apps
  •          FaceTime Audio call waiting
  •          Rich text editing in Notes
  •          Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
  •          Enterprise features
  • ◦  Expanded data protection to Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Reminders and Notes in addition to Mail and third-party apps
  • ◦  Per-message S/MIME email controls
  • ◦  Improved UI to make it easier for users to understand the remote management of their device
  • ◦  Automatic reply for Exchange
  • ◦  Free/busy lookup for Calendar invitations
  • ◦  MDM Managed books can be automatically pushed to users
  •          Accessibility features
  • ◦  Redesigned Zoom with one-handed control and multiple zoom modes including picture-in-picture
  •    ◦  Built-in timer and Touch ID support for Guided Access
  • ◦  Speak Screen to read out contents of the screen via gesture or Siri command
  • ◦  VoiceOver improvements including Alex voice option and Braille input support
  • ◦  Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids to seamlessly switch from one paired iOS device to another
  •          Features for China
  • ◦  Vector-based maps
  • ◦  Turn-by-turn navigation
  • ◦  Lunar calendar support
  • ◦  Improved predictive input
  •   ◦  Improved weather data
  •          Expanded language support
  • ◦  Dictation support for 22 additional languages: Croatian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese
  • ◦  New keyboards for English (India), Bengali, Filipino, Marathi, Slovenian and Urdu
  • ◦  Hindi localisation
  • ◦  Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai and Turkish
  • ◦  Spanish-English bilingual dictionary
  • ◦  Spell check for Turkish
  • ◦  Hebrew language support for Text to Speech and VoiceOver
  •          New developer capabilities, including
  • ◦  Extensibility, giving apps new sharing options and the ability to create widgets, photo filters and editing tools in Photos, and third-party keyboards
  • ◦  Metal, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices
  • ◦  SpriteKit and SceneKit for improved 2D and 3D games
  • ◦  HealthKit, so health and fitness apps can share their data with each other
  •      ◦  HomeKit, a new way for you to control supported devices in your home using Siri
  • ◦  Touch ID support so you can sign in to third-party apps with just your fingerprint
  • ◦  CloudKit, offering a complete and scalable back-end solution, helping developers eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers
  •          Bug fixes

Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

 

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Apple Configurator and Locked Device

Today I ran into a few problems when trying to setup an ex employees iPad for a new employee. You could say the problem was caused by myself for not getting the ex employee to remove their passcode but it’s helped me learn a new trick and I thought I’d share it with you.

The Problem
I have an iPad with a passcode on which I don’t know so I can’t access the iPad and I want to use Apple Configurator to set it up for someone else. This problem was made more complicated as ‘Find My iPad’ was enabled on the device. So Apple Configurator came up with an unable to check iOS error.

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The Solution
To resolve this issue I had to put the iPad into recovery mode. To do this you need to follow these steps.
– Turn off the iPad in the normal way and disconnect all wires from the iPad.
– Setup Apple Configurator in Prepare mode making sure to select update this device when in recovery mode and tick erase device.
– Now with the iPad still turned off press and hold the home button on the iPad and plug in the lightning/USB adapter.
– Apple Configurator should now recognise the iPad and the iPad screen should be showing the iTunes icon with a cable.
– Now you can tell Apple Configurator to prepare the device and let go off the home button.
– The iPad will now be configured as a new device but will still not function correctly as the device is still registered with the old users Apple ID. You may get an unable to apply error due to activation error. See image below.

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– If the Apple ID is an email address on your domain you can setup a forwarder or reset the users password to gain access to the email address for the next step. Otherwise you will have to talk to Apple.
– You now need to goto appleid.apple.com and click reset your password.
– Type in the Apple ID and click next.
– Select email authentication and click next. An email will be set to the ex users email address and hopefully you can access this either by logging into their email with a password reset or from a forwarder to yourself.
– Follow the instructions in the email on how to reset the Apple ID.
– On the iPad now work through the setup screen and you will come to an activation message saying the iPad is locked to that account.
– Fill on the details with the Apple ID and password you just reset. Complete the setup process.
– Now the iPad can be used as normal and setup for a new user via Apple Configurator without any errors.

Good Luck

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The Flitlits iPad Apps Review

This week I have had the privilege of reviewing 3 new and exciting apps for the iPad titled the Flitlits.

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These are more than just book apps. The series includes main adventures that are supported by comprehensive educational content that aids young readers to improve their literacy skills. They were researched and created by curriculum content creator, Eiry Rees Thomas over a period of 3+ years with the support of the Welsh Government and in collaboration with educational enthusiasts. The illustrations are by award winning illustrator James Field and the apps have been developed by Chaos Trend Ltd.

App 1 titled The Funny Fair and it tells the story of a Fair coming to Fussbut, Seldom See. It follows Jester Bit and his friends on their adventures through the fair ground.

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App 2 titled A Ferry To Airy follows Jester Bit on an unexpected journey through the No Zone Space to the Island of Airy. At the Island of Airy he finds himself face to face with some Nutty Folk. Will Jester Bit’s uncle Doctor It take time out from dreaming up mistakes to help him save the day?

App 3 titled A Shine Show Shock sees Jester Bit trying to win the Star of Stars at the Shine Show. However a mixture of friendships and rivalries leads to an unexpected ending.

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The series of apps take you on a journey of language and discovery through the land of Fussbut, Seldom See. They are designed as a cross curricular resource and an educational guide is provided both in the apps and on the Flitlits website. This makes them perfect for use in the classroom or at home and encourage creativity, the study of language, script writing, roll play and much more.

Each app offers a choice of Welsh, English and US English versions of text and narration. The apps have been accredited by Mums With Apps meaning they have been checked for privacy and protections for children. The apps are priced at £2.99 each which makes them less than your standard book!

For a more in depth look please see my video review below.

To conclude I’d fully recommend these apps for the following reasons:-
– Appealing to both boys and girls.
– Cross curricular content aids the thematic approach to learning.
– The Flitlits offer valuable curriculum content.

Thanks for reading and your likes, comments and shares are much appreciated.

If you have an app you would like reviewing please get in contact and I’ll see what I can do.

Meraki MDM Updated To Support Apples New Deployment Program (Device Enrollment)

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Yesterday Meraki updated their MDM system to release a BETA version of their Device Enrollment Program (DEP). This means you can now have your iPads auto enrolled over the air (wifi) into the Meraki MDM System Manager and the profile can not be removed. However unfortunately this is only available in the US at the moment and only if the devices are purchased directly from Apple in bulk. But still it’s a start to what could be a really useful tool.

More info is available by following the link below.

https://meraki.cisco.com/blog/2014/03/granting-your-wildest-mdm-dreams/

 

Microsoft Office arrives on the iPad

Today as was rumoured Microsoft has finally released the Office Suite on the iPad. Microsoft have gone with creating separate apps for each of its products meaning you’ll need to download each one individually. The apps are free to view documents but you will need an Office365 account to create and edit documents. Microsoft have also decided to update the OneNote app to match the newly released apps thus completing the suite.

I’m currently investigating if this will work for educational office365 accounts. What are your experiences?
UPDATE According to zdnet you need one of the following paid accounts to edit or create documents:-
Office 365 Home Premium, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 365 University. Once it’s available, the just-announced Office 365 Personal plan will also qualify.
So this means if you use the education A2 plan you won’t be able to use these apps unless you upgrade to the A3 version which is £3+ per staff member per month!

Use the links below to find the apps on the App Store now.

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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-word-for-ipad/id586447913?mt=8


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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-excel-for-ipad/id586683407?mt=8


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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-powerpoint-for-ipad/id586449534?mt=8


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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-onenote-for-ipad/id478105721?mt=8

IPEVO Whiteboard App for iPad

IPEVO Whiteboard App Review

A video review of IPEVO Whiteboard App for iPad. This app has been designed to mainly work with their range of document cameras, but to be honest it works perfectly well without. The idea of the app is to allow you to annotate over a live image, which in a classroom takes the idea of a visualiser to the next level. To find out more watch my quick video review below.

iOS 7.1, Apple TV 6.1 and Apple Configurator 1.5 released time to update and get new features

After a long wait and many rounds of developer releases Apple have finally released iOS 7.1 to the public.

Here is the information about the update from Apple.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
CarPlay
iOS experience designed for the car
Simply connect your iPhone to a CarPlay enabled vehicle
Supports Phone, Music, Maps, Messages, and 3rd-party audio apps
Control with Siri and the car’s touchscreen, knobs, and buttons
Siri
Manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button while you speak and releasing it when you’re done as an alternative to letting Siri automatically notice when you stop talking
New, more natural sounding male and female voices for Mandarin Chinese, UK English, Australian English, and Japanese
iTunes Radio
Search field above Featured Stations to easily create stations based on your favorite artist or song
Buy albums with the tap of a button from Now Playing
Subscribe to iTunes Match on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free
Calendar
Option to display events in month view
Country specific holidays automatically added for many countries
Accessibility
Bold font option now includes the keyboard, calculator, and many icon glyphs
Reduce Motion option now includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations
New options to display button shapes, darken app colors, and reduce white point
New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s
iCloud Keychain support in additional countries
FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device
Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash
Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition
Improved performance for iPhone 4
Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000
Continued user interface refinements
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Although it’s not mentioned on here there’s also hope that this will fix the long standing airplay issues. At present I’m still to test this but once I have I’ll update.
Update
Reports are coming in that this issue has now been fixed and AirServer have confirmed this on there support article about the issue here.

iOS 7.1 update

A word of warning although the update is only 200Mb in size to download the device actually needs 1.9Gb of space to install. So once again if you are only using a 16Gb device you will most likely need to tidy up your photos and video or remove some of those unused apps. If you do remove apps remember the data goes with it unless it’s backed up to iCloud. Once you have installed the update you can re download the apps if you wish.

Along with the iOS update Apple also released an update to Apple TV taking it to version 6.1. This brings features like hiding items from the main menu, remote app, security options to verify devices and airplay over Bluetooth support. More information can be found here.

Finally if you are managing multiple devices Apple have released an update to Apple Configurator taking the version to 1.5. This adds support to enrol unsupervised and supervised devices in an MDM via URL.

Apple configurator 1.5 update features

AirServer Review. Apple TV Airplay Alternative

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Following on from my Reflector Review I decided to spend the last few weeks trialling out Airserver on the PC. Airserver is another true alternative to Apple TV and in education where you don’t need the extra apps found on the Apple TV then it’s also a much cheaper option.

Installation
The installation process for Airserver is fairly simple but it does need iTunes or Bonjour installing first. This obviously means it uses some of these features to connect. After the installation you need to enter your activation code (you can get a 7 day free trial) and then it asks if you want all users to have access to the software. Selecting yes means who ever logs onto the machine can easily connect their iOS device. A bonus feature of Airserver is that it installs as a service. This means it can run from windows boot allowing it to be always ready for a connection.

Connecting the iPad
Connection the iPad to Airserver works in exactly the same way as if you are using a normal Apple TV. A quick flick up at the bottom of the iPad and you’ll find your computer name in the list under Airplay. Mirroring also works in the same way by selecting it under the computer name.

Video and Sound
Just like a normal Apple TV, Airserver outputs up to full 1080p HD video and 5.1 surround sound. What you actually gets does depend on your computer system and what app/video you are playing on the iPad. I’ve not had any lag issues with Airserver and if you have a slow network there is a an option to allow for this in the settings ensuring the connection doesn’t drop.

Other Features
Airserver works by displaying the iPad in a normal window. This means you can resize the output to fit with your work. Airserver also allows your to connect multiple iPads at one time. Airserver doesn’t have any recording features built in, however there are many free programs on the Internet allowing you to do this.

To find out more visit the Airserver website here.

Reflector AirPlay Receiver Review

Over the last month I’ve been trying out reflector as a way to get my iPad screen projected for the whole class to see. At first I was a little sceptical about using software to mirror my iPad screen but due to the difference in cost when compared to an Apple TV I had to give it a go.

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Reflector AirPlay Receiver

Installation
As with any software you need to install reflector first. It’s worth noting at this point I installed the 32bit version of reflector onto a 6 year old Windows PC with 1GB of RAM and a 1GB wired network connection. I felt if it worked on this machine it would work on anything. Reflector also comes in a 64bit Windows and Mac version.
The actual installation was very simple and quick. It’s not bloated with extra unnecessary software or wording. I think I only clicked twice during the whole installation! So this is a big bonus as no cables, usernames etc needed to be connected/entered before I could get started.

First Launch
The first time I ran reflector I was asked for a serial number. As I was only trialling the program I just clicked ‘Try’. I actually received this message every time I ran the software, but if you registered the software this wouldn’t show again. The trial version also only runs for 10mins before closing down. This was a little frustrating but it didn’t stop me having a good play with the software. Now the software is running and I have a little icon in my task bar which I can use to make any changes.

Connecting the iPad
This is where I thought the app would let me down but I’m pleased to say this blew me away! On the ipad I just dragged up from the bottom (ios7) and selected Airplay. Bang there was the name of my PC. I selected it making sure mirroring was turned on and my iPad screen appeared in front of me. It always connected showing a nice iPad frame which I wanted to remove and I found a quick right click gave me full access to the options allowing me to make it full screen and remove the frame.

Lag
To be honest I fully expected this to have some lag especially after using an Apple TV which suffered from it occasionally. However I’m pleased to report that so far after many hours of use. I’ve never experienced lag even when watching videos from YouTube etc. So another big tick for this software.

Video Resolution and Sound
Reflector allows you to choose the resolution using the options menu this means you can display at full 1080p as long as all the other hardware your using supports it! Also sound works really nicely without any lag.

Extras
As reflector displays your iPad on to the PC, this allows you to record your iPad screen using a screen recorder. Also reflector has the ability to display more than one iPad on the screen at a time. This is really cool as you can use it to compare things or have a video playing on one side and taking notes on the other etc.

Alternatives
There are only two main alternatives to Reflector and they are Apple TV and AirServer. Depending on your usage and setup would depend on which one you go for. However if you are happy to display your iPad on a screen via either a PC or Mac then reflector is the way forward me.

If you need more information or pricing then visit the reflector website here.