Updates, Upgrades - Oh my!


The updates are coming!


It’s that time of year - Apple is releasing a new crop of hardware - iPhones and Apple Watches - as well new operating system software for those devices and Macs. We all love shiny new things. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about the latest gadget or software. The reason I can jump into those waters is because I do so prepared and you should too.

There are a few very simple steps to take before applying any major upgrades to hardware or software is you want the process to be painless. Don’t take my word for it, Apple is very clear about what you need to watch out for and you can read about here: https://support.apple.com/ios/update and https://support.apple.com/macos/high-sierra for macOS.

New hardware: iPhone XS, XS Max, XR (pronounced “Ten-ess”, etc.)

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New software:

iOS 12 for the iPhone, watchOS 5.0 for the Apple Watch, and macOS 10.14 Mojave for the Mac (coming Sept 24)

Here are the basics

  • Make sure you have a good backup. iCloud back up is good. I mean it - don’t upgrade if you don’t have a back up. Just. Don’t. Please.

  • Have your iCloud login handy (have you started using 1Password?)

  • Check that the apps you use every day will function with the new operating system. Don’t expect all apps to just work.

  • Make sure you have enough space on the device to go through the upgrade process.

  • Plan to start when you have time and are relaxed and rested - don’t expect it to finish before you run out of the house to work. It generally takes anywhere from 30 min to an hour. You want to be fresh so you aren’t stymied by some of the steps in the process.

When you get through all that - there are some fun new things in iOS 12 (I’ll talk about Mojave another time):

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Me! in Memoji

Measure app

Measure app

  • Faster and more battery efficient https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12/

  • Measure app https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208924

  • More detail in Maps https://www.apple.com/ios/maps/

  • Improvements to Portrait mode https://support.apple.com/en-mt/HT208118

  • Group Facetime

  • Better battery statistics

  • Screen time data (this one can be an eye opener for sure!) and the ability to place limits on app usage

  • Do Not Disturb with new Bedtime Mode

  • Grouped notifications

  • Siri now works with with third party music streaming services like Spotify

  • 1Password integration

  • 4 New Animoji and Memoji - create a custom version of you

  • iMessage - add shapes, texts, filters, and stickers to their photos

  • Scan documents

  • Built-in Thesaurus

  • Voice Memos app is still simple but now offers a few interesting edit choices

  • Live Listen - use the Airpods as makeshift hearing aids

Here’s a longer list from Apple: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-12/features/