iFive for the iPhone 82 (Transcript)


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WELCOME TO IFIVE FOR THE IPHONE, EPISODE 82….. THIS IS THE SHOW WHERE WE SCOUR THE APP STORE FOR HANDY NEWS APPS, TIPS & TRICKS, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO… I'M SARAH LANE, YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THINGS IOS. AND THIS SHOW'S SO CHALK FULL OF CRAP, IT'LL KNOCK YOU STRAIGHT INTO NEXT WEEK. HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS.

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#1 - IOS 7.1 IS HERE!

LET US REJOICE, THE STARTUP SCREEN OF DEATH IS NO MORE! THAT'S BECAUSE APPLE FINALLY PUSHED OUT IOS 7.1 - THE FIRST BIG UPDATE SINCE IOS 7 LAST YEAR - THAT ADDRESSES THE RANDOM RESTART ISSUE SO MANY OF US HAD ON AN ALMOST DAILY BASIS. CHEERS TO THAT. YOU'LL ALSO NOTICE TOUCH ID WORKS LIKE A CHARM - MAJOR CHEERS TO THAT, BUT IOS ALSO LOOKS AND FEELS A BIT DIFFERENT TOO. NEW ROUNDED BUTTONS SHOW UP IF YOU MAKE OR RECEIVE A PHONE CALL, OR TURN OFF YOUR DEVICE… SOME NIFTY SLIDER FADE BEHAVIOR TOO. SPEAKING OF BUTTONS, IF YOU JUMP INTO SETTINGS, GENERAL, AND THEN ACCESSIBILITY, THEN TOGGLE ON SOMETHING CALLED "BUTTON SHAPES", YOU HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER HOW YOUR NAVIGATION BUTTONS LOOK. EITHER ARROW BASED, OR GRAY BOXED. ALSO IN ACCESSIBILITY SETTINGS IS THE INCREASE CONTRAST FEATURE, WHERE YOU CAN REDUCE TRANSPARENCY IN THE DOCK AND FOLDERS, DARKEN THE OVERALL COLOR PALETTE SLIGHTLY, OR EVEN BRING DOWN THE BRIGHTNESS BY REDUCING THE WHITE POINT. PRETTY MINOR TWEAKS BUT WORTH EXPLORING FOR YOURSELF. PASSCODE SETTINGS ARE NO LONGER BURIED UNDER GENERAL, THEY'RE IN THEIR OWN SETTINGS CATEGORY RIGHT ABOVE PRIVACY. CAR-PLAY ISN'T OFFICIALLY A THING WITH IOS YET, BUT THE SETTINGS ARE ALREADY SHOWING UP - IN SETTINGS UNDER GENERAL AND RESTRICTIONS, MY CARPLAY'S TOGGLED ON BY DEFAULT. CAN'T WAIT! THESE ARE THE JUST SOME OF THE FEATURES IN IOS 7.1 - I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE ALL DAY, I UNDERSTAND. ONE THING I DO NOT LIKE, AND I KNOW I'M NOT ALONE HERE, IS THE NEW CAPS LOCK NONSENSE IN THE KEYBOARD. I TEND TO YELL A LOT VIA TEXT OR ON TWITTER AND SO I TOGGLE MY CAPS LOCK ON AND OFF CONSTANTLY. WHAT THE HELL, APPLE? COULD THIS BE ANY LESS CLEAR?

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#2 - IOS 7.1 SIRI IMPROVEMENTS

A NEW FEATURE THAT REALLY DESERVES ITS OWN SPOTLIGHT - SEE WHAT I DID THERE - IS SIRI. IT USED TO BE THAT WHEN SIRI THOUGHT YOU WERE DONE WITH A COMMAND OR DICTATION, SHE'D START PROCESSING YOUR REQUEST. BUT WE'RE HUMANS AND SOMETIMES WE PAUSE TO THINK OR WHATEVER. SO IT COULD BE FRUSTRATING. NOW WITH IOS 7.1, SIRI NOW SUPPORTS WHAT'S BASICALLY PUSH TO TALK. IF YOU'RE THINKING OF THE PERFECT MESSAGE TO SEND AND NEED A MOMENT, AS LONG AS YOU'RE HOLDING DOWN THE HOME BUTTON, SIRI WILL WAIT FOR YOU BEFORE PROCESSING YOUR REQUEST. EVEN IF YOU'VE ALREADY STARTED AN INTERACTION LIKE "TEXT MY BOSS"… YOU CAN HOLD DOWN THE HOME BUTTON WHILE YOU'RE THINKING OF THE PERFECT EXCUSE FOR WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE FRIDAY OFF, AGAIN, AND SIRI WON'T INTERRUPT YOU UNTIL YOU'RE DONE. THANKS, DOLL!

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#3 - MOPHIE SPACE PACK

HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT WE HAVEN'T COVERED IN A WHILE? ACCESSORIES. THIS WEEK'S MUST HAVE IS THE MOPHIE SPACE PACK. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY AN IPHONE CASE THAT'S BOTH EXTRA BATTERY AND EXTRA STORAGE. JUST ATTACH THE MOPHIE AROUND YOUR IPHONE AND INSTANTLY YOU GET A 1700MAH OF EXTRA BATTERY. THAT MEANS ROUGHLY 10 EXTRA HOURS OF VIDEO PLAYBACK, OR A HUGE BOOST IN YOUR IPHONE'S BATTERY LIFE IF YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT ALL DAY AND NOWHERE NEAR YOUR CHARGER. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE SPACE PACK ALSO ADDS AN EXTRA 32GB OF LOCAL STORAGE. SO YOU COULD DOUBLE YOUR 32GB IPHONE CAPACITY IF NEEDED FOR A TON OF PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR SONGS. THAT'S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. NOW, SINCE TECHNICALLY IT WORKS AS AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE, MOPHIE SPACE ALSO HAS A COMPANION APP THAT MAKES SENSE OF WHAT YOU'VE SAVED ON THAT EXTRA STORAGE PACK VERSUS WHAT'S ON YOUR IPHONE ITSELF, PLUS EASY SYNC CAPABILITIES FOR STUFF LIKE VIDEOS, OR EVEN YOUR CAMERA ROLL. AND OF COURSE YOU CAN CONNECT THE SPACE PACK TO YOUR COMPUTER VIA USB TO TRANSFER FILES AND CHARGE THE BATTERY. I'VE HAD MOPHIE PACKS OVER THE YEARS AND THEY'VE ABSOLUTELY SAVED ME ON BATTERY LIFE, AND WITH EXTRA STORAGE, THE SPACE PACK IS AN ABSOLUTE NO-BRAINER. IT'LL DEFINITELY ADD SOME BULK AND WEIGHT TO YOUR IPHONE, BUT IT'S MADE WELL AND 100% WORTH THE PRICE, IMHO. OH BY THE WAY, THAT PRICE? $150.
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#4 - DUH TIP: DELETE SELECT MESSAGES

HERE'S A FUN LITTLE DUH TIP THAT LEO AND I SHOWED OFF ON IPAD TODAY - YOU DO WATCH IPAD TODAY, RIGHT? WE TALK ABOUT ALL THINGS IPAD AND WEAR FUNNY HATS EVERY MONDAY - TWIT.TV/IPT, IT'S LIKE THE BEST SHOW EVER, ANYWAY - ON IPAD TODAY WE DISCOVERED A HANDY WAY TO SELECTIVELY DELETE MESSAGES IN AN IMESSAGE CONVERSATION. JUST TAP AND HOLD A TEXT BLURB, CHOOSE MORE, AND THEN SELECT AND DELETE YOUR MESSAGE OF CHOICE. NOW, THIS OF COURSE CAN CHANGE THE WAY THE HISTORY OF A CONVERSATION READS. I IMMEDIATELY JUMPED TO WAYS I COULD REWRITE HISTORY SO THAT MY FRIENDS APPEARED TO SAY THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT REALLY SAYS ABOUT ME, BUT HONESTLY I CAN'T THINK OF AN ACTUAL PRACTICAL REASON I WOULD USE THIS FEATURE BESIDES FOR BLACKMAIL. IF YOU KNOW OF ONE, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AT IFIVE@TWIT.TV. BY THE WAY, THIS LITTLE DUH TIP HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE IOS 7 LAUNCHED LAST FALL.

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#5 - iOS 8 RUMOR MILL

FINALLY, I KNOW IT FEELS LIKE A WORLD AWAY, BUT WE'RE ALREADY STARTING TO SEE LEAKS FOR WHAT'S AHEAD IN IOS 8. YESTERDAY ON MY DAILY NEWS SHOW TECH NEWS TONIGHT - BY THE WAY, HAVE YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THAT SHOW YET? IT'S REALLY GOOD, I ACT LIKE A GROWN UP NEWS PERSON AND TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE DAY'S BIG TECHNOLOGY STORIES AND TALK TO VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS - GO TO TWIT.TV/TN2 AND SUBSCRIBE IF YOU LOVE ME - AAAAANYWAY, ON YESTERDAY'S SHOW I SPOKE WITH 9TO5MAC'S MARK GURMAN ABOUT A BRAND-NEW APPLE MAPS IN IOS 8. SOUNDS LIKE TIM COOK AND THE TEAM ARE FINALLY READY TO TAKE ON GOOGLE MAPS AFTER APPLE MAPS BECAUSE THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF DIRECTIONS WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED IN IOS 6. ACCORDING TO ANONYMOUS SOURCES, MAPS IN IOS 8 WILL FINALLY UTILIZE TRANSIT DIRECTIONS, WITH HELP FROM COMPANIES APPLE HAS ACQUIRED, LIKE HOPSTOP AND EMBARK - TWO APPS WE'VE COVERED POSITIVELY ON IFIVE BEFORE. NOT JUST THAT, BUT IMPROVED COVERAGE FOR INDOOR MAPPING AND ENHANCED CAR INTEGRATION - I REALLY CAN'T WAIT! ANOTHER RUMOR COMING FROM 9TO5MAC THIS MORNING IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT ITUNES RADIO WILL BE BROKEN OUT FROM A TAB IN THE MUSIC APP INTO ITS OWN STANDALONE APP TO BETTER COMPETE WITH THE PANDORAS AND THE SPOTIFYS OF YOUR HOME SCREEN. NOW, THIS ISN'T A SURE THING YET BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE IT HAPPENS. ITUNES RADIO IS ACTUALLY A GREAT PRODUCT, BUT IT'S TOO EASY TO FORGET ABOUT. ALL MY MUSIC COMING FROM STREAMING SERVICES THESE DAYS, AND WHEN I THINK OF THE MUSIC APP, I THINK OF LOCAL MUSIC STORAGE I KNOW I DON'T HAVE. SO I'M NEVER IN THERE, AND SO I NEVER USE ITUNES RADIO. MAKING IT PRE-LOADED IN IOS 8 AND GIVING IT PRIME REAL ESTATE ON THE HOME SCREEN IS A GENIUS WAY FOR APPLE TO REMIND US THAT ITUNES RADIO EXISTS.

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IF YOU EVER SEE OR HEAR OF A GREAT APP OR TRICK ON IFIVE AND WANT TO GO BACK OVER IT OR PASS IT ALONG TO A FRIEND? JUST HOP OVER TO OUR SHOW NOTES AT TWIT.TV/IFIVE. THAT'S WHERE ALL OUR LINKS LIVE, AND ALSO WHERE YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FINE SHOW WITH THE FEED OF YOUR CHOICE. OR JUST ADD OUR SHOW TO YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST APP. EMAIL US AT IFIVE@TWIT.TV, LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL AT (614) ON-IFIVE, OR SEND US A VIDEO WITH AN APP REVIEW OF YOUR OWN! I'M SARAH LANE, THIS IS IFIVE FOR THE IPHONE, AND I'LL SEE YOU ALL NEXT WEEK! . THANKS FOR WATCHING,