The new Mac Pro is still cooking, while Apple unveiled some new educational products. Meanwhile, here are some practical tips to use the versatile, but sometimes confusing, Control Center on the iPhone and iPad.
Spring is a time of anticipation for those of us who follow Apple and its ecosystem of products. It is too early to get excited about what will be announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference, which is being held in early June, but the company has not been in stealth mode lately.
In this column, I want to touch some interesting news from Apple and then switch to the practical part of things looking at the versatile, but sometimes confusing, Control Center on the iPhone and iPad.
New Mac Pro is still cooking
Last year at this time, Apple revealed that, in fact, had not abandoned the Mac Pro, which has not changed for years. The expectation at that time was that it would arrive in 2018, but now it looks like a 2019 release.
Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch met with several teams at Apple that are working on the new machine, which is being redesigned from scratch as a modular system. What that means in practice is still behind the frosted glass in the company, but it is encouraging to see the broad approach that Apple is taking to address the professional market that Panzarino describes.
New iPad and educational software
At an education event at a school in Chicago, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad model, a Starting at $ 329. One of the most notable improvements is Apple Pencil support, previously a feature only for iPad Pro models.
Logitech also unveiled its Logitech Crayon, a $ 49 stylus that uses Apple Pencil technology less sensitivity to pressure, which is only available to teachers at this time and works only with the new sixth-generation iPad, not the iPad Pro.
new teaching software to manage work in class, use instructions based in the cloud and managing devices in the classroom to compete against Google's foray into education (a field dominated by Apple for years)
iOS 11 redesigned Control Cent ro, which is the convenient location to control various functions on an iPhone or iPad. You have probably used it to activate the flashlight function in the dark, or to change the brightness of the screen or the volume level. However, there is much more.
To access the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen on the iPad and on most iPhone models. If you have an iPhone X, slide down from the upper right edge of the screen; On the iPhone X without buttons, swiping from the bottom takes you to the home screen.
Some controls must be familiar, such as to quickly run the Calculator application or the Camera application.
Some controls do more than they seem. For example, touch and hold (or press hard on an iPhone) the panel that includes the Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Data buttons (depending on the device). The panel opens to reveal more options: on the iPhone, you can also see the AirDrop and Personal Hotspot buttons. They also show your status: the Wi-Fi button tells you what network you are connected to, which is useful when you are in an area with many overlapping networks.
Some controls work a little differently than in the past. Pressing the Wi-Fi button disconnects from the current network for a day, but does not turn off the Wi-Fi radio. For that, you need to go to the Configuration application.
Likewise, open the playback controls to reveal other audio sources, such as nearby Bluetooth headsets, Apple TV or HomePod. I use this all the time when I want to move quickly to listening using my AirPods.
Opening the flashlight button reveals the ability to change the light intensity, while pressing the camera button offers options to take a selfie, record video, record video in slow motion or open in portrait mode.
Did you know that there are more options that are not visible initially?
Go to Settings> Control Center and touch Customize controls to see all options. Here are some that I have added and use:
• Home that controls the HomeKit accessories that I have marked as favorites in the Home application.
• Magnifier turns your device's camera into a magnifying glass for when you need to look at something close up, such as restaurant menus with small prints.
• Apple TV Remote allows me to control my Apple TV without having to locate the physical remote control, and without having to start the Apple TV Remote application.
• Screen recording makes a movie of what is happening on your device. Have you ever discovered that it is easier to show someone how to do something on the iPhone than to try to explain it to you by text message or phone? Make a quick screen recording and send it.
Other options include quick access to items in the Wallet app, a way to record voice memos, shortcuts to set alarms and timers, a button to enter low power mode and more. 19659004] It would be nice if Apple made these controls easier to discover, but now that you know them, you can save a bit of trouble in the future.