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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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.

Reflector AirPlay Receiver Logo

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.

Transferring Photos and Videos from Computer to iPad, iPad to iPad, iPad to Computer using SimplTransfer. How To?

Today a teacher asked how she could get a video file from her computer to the class iPads. You may think just use YouTube but due to the age of the children the school filters YouTube for her class.
So here we go.

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1. First you’ll need a free app called SimplTransfer. You can upgrade this via in app purchase to get more features or to support the developer.

2. Now you need to load the app. On first load it will ask you to allow access to photos and videos. Accept this otherwise the app won’t work. You should now be presented with a screen like this.

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3. If you want to transfer between computer and ipad please read on otherwise goto step 6 for using it between iPad and iPad or iPhone. Leave the app open and running. On the computer you need to open you web browser.

4. In the address bar type the web site address given to you on the iPad screen. It will be something like http://000.000.000.000 (the 0s will be numbers relating to your device . Tell the browser to go.

5a. Now you will be browsing your photos and videos from the iPad on your computer screen. To upload a video or photo to the iPad press the upload button on the top left. Browse to your photo/video and open it. It will now be uploaded to your iPad and saved in the camera roll. If you upgrade the app you can upload to any album or create a new album to upload to on the iPad by selecting them from the dropdown menu to the right of the upload button.
5b. To download click into the photos and find the one you want. You can select more than one by clicking the selection box below a photo or you can select all by pressing the select all button in the top left corner. Once you have selected the photos/videos click the download button at the top left.

6. That’s it for transferring between computer and iPad. If you want to transfer between iPad and iPad or iPhone then read on. First you will need the app open and running on each device. Now at the bottom select device.

7. You will get a new screen on the iPad allowing you to select a device from a list. Press the device you want to transfer to.

8. Now you will need to select an album where the photo/video is stored. In the free version you can only send the top 50 items from an album so if your photo is number 51 or above you will need to create a new album in the photo app and add your video/photo to it. Alternatively you can purchase the upgrade.

9. After touching an album you will see all the photos and videos in the album. Touch each photo/video you wish to transfer.

10. Now press send at the bottom left and all the photos/videos you have selected will be transferred to the other device.

11. Job done, good luck transferring photos and videos between devices.

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Using Apple TV with a Windows Tablet and AirParrot

This week I tasked myself with displaying a Windows 8 tablet on a projector wirelessly. The only problem I had was no money or time to buy anything new and very old projectors. Then I thought to myself I wonder if I could use the Apple TV in the Heads Office to wirelessly connect using Airplay.

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So a quick google search leads me to a piece of software called AirParrot. The first thing to note this software does cost money but you can download a free trial. The free trial gives you 20 mins of airplay time before closing. You then have to open the program again to get a further 20 mins.

After a quick download and install I was ready to give it a try. The program sits in your task bar and when you need to connect you just right click the little AirParrot icon and select the Apple TV you wish to connect to. A few seconds later and bang your windows screen is on your projector via Apple TV. It even lets you connect to an Apple TV which is pass code protected.

To be honest I was very surprised when I started trying different metro apps and programs. I was able to draw on the screen in Fresh Paint and it replicated on the projector without lag. I also tried watching videos and again no lag.

AirParrot also has tools to allow you to alter frame rate etc to improve performance if you do have trouble.

So if you don’t have a modern projector or TV with wireless then this bit of software with an Apple TV may help you out.

Mac Mini First Impressions

This week I finally decided to purchase a Mac Mini for the school. The main reason behind this was for the use of Apple Configurator (I’ll explain more about this in future posts).
So the first thing that surprised me was its size. I know it’s a mini but it really is small, I don’t even notice it on my desk.
What’s really impressive is what’s packed into this tiny box. The model I have is only a basic one but it still packs a 500gb hard drive and a core i5 2.5ghz processor with 4gb ram. This so far has shown plenty of power for doing the standard web browsing and running apps etc.
The other impressive thing is the connections available. It has a mini Hdmi port, 4 USB ports a network port and a thunderbolt port. One thing to note is it doesn’t have a VGA port or the old style mouse and keyboard ports. It also doesn’t come with a mouse or keyboard so you need to get hold of these yourself. A standard keyboard works fine but its worth noting not all the special character keys are in the same place. Finally to get round the lack of VGA port you need a thunderbolt to VGA adapter which will allow you to use any standard monitor or TV.
Software wise it comes with the latest OS installed and the setup process was very quick and simple. I was able to connect to the network via wifi or cable in seconds and setup a new apple ID. In all I was downloading my first app within 5mins. What’s also nice is that the OS can be upgraded to the server version if you require it at any time in the future. This does cost but only £13.99 from the App Store.
So overall not a bad bit of kit for the price, however which spec you go for depends on what your using it for. For us the lower end spec is fine as will only be using it for a few basic things like Apple Configurator.