I would like to use two lightning-connections on my new iPhone that only has one lightning-connector. Are the available lightning-splitters any good ?
Yes and No.
Yes, if you only want to use a pair of wired headphones and charge your iPhone at the same time, all lightning-splitters I’ve tested are up to the job. And if you have a USB-headphone (or a mini-jack-to-USB-adapter) you could even use the Apple Lightning Camera Connector.
But if you want to connect anything else, the lightning-splitters that I’ve found won’t do the job… even the ones that claim to support data syncing didn’t support in iOS 12 in my testing…
So, for now it’s only power&audio-splitters…
Here‘s an in-depth comparison [open attached file] of the lightning-splitters I’ve tested :
Whenever I wanted to take a screenshot of my iPhone’s screen, I used to press the Home-button and the ON/OFF-button simultaneously, and I would have my screenshot. Since I now have a new iPhone without the physical Home-button, I can no longer do that… but I haven’t figured out how to take screenshots now…
What should I do ?
On the new iPhones that no longer have a Home-button, like the iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR, the buttons to press to get a screenshot have slightly changed :
press the ON/OFF-button (right) and the VolumeUp-button (left) simultaneously for more than a second, and you’ll hear the ‘camera-shutter-sound’ and see the screen flash ; this means the screenshot has been taken and you’ll see it appear in reduced size bottom-left on your screen… and it will be placed in your Photos.app
I’ve set up FaceID on my new iPhone, and it seemed to work just fine at first. But now, it doesn’t seem to work most of the time… most of the time I have to eventually unlock my iPhone with the access code.
I’ve already tried to update the face-scanning by creating new reference face scans, but that hasn’t led to any improvement in the situation…
This is getting very annoying…
Is there any way to fix this ?
Having iOS 12 make new face-scans to be more accurate and more forgiving doesn’t seem to help… instead, do this :
put your iPhone further away from your face (for FaceID to work, you need to havealmost your entire face in viewing range of the frontal selfie camera)
if your iPhone is on the table, pick it up and hold it in your hand, or move your head directly above the frontal selfie camera, this will vastly increase your chances of being recognised (if you are used to reading with the iPhone above or besides your breakfast/lunch/dinner-plate, your drink, your newspaper or your work, your face is only partially in front of the camera and therefore not detectable for FaceID)
swipe up from the bottom of the screen one extra time (don’t bother if the screen is already showing the keypad to unlock the screen using your 6-digit-code) it’s odd, but it works about 50% of the time…
I just upgraded to a new iPhone that should be able to do animoji, but when I start up iMessage and click on the ‘new message’ icon to start a new conversation, the AppStore-icon stays greyed-out, and when I click it the toolbar with the Monkey-button (the animoji-button) doesn’t appear…
How can I activate animoji in iMessage ?
You might encounter this problem especially if you just upgraded from an older iPhone to a new iPhone X, XS or XR.
To solve this problem, do this :
on your iPhone, open the Settings app
then go to Messages
make sure that ‘Send as SMS’ is switched OFF
then swipe-up to exit the Settings app
open the iMessage app
click on the ‘new message’ -icon (top right ; the pen&paper-icon)
type any addressee in the ‘To:’-field
now the extra toolbar with the Monkey-button (animoji-button) will appear
clear the ‘To:’-field so you won’t accidentally send a message to someone
swipe-up to exit the iMessage app
open the Settings app
go to Messages
switch ‘Send as SMS’ back ON if you want
exit the Settings app
…and from now on, you will have the animoji available in iMessage
I just got a new iPhone X without a Home button. On my previous iPhone I always used to shut down apps that were needlessly running in the background by double clicking on the Home button which brought up the underwater-screen where I could go through all apps that were open in the background and just pick the app and swipe up to close it…
But now, without a Home button, how do I do that ?
as you would expect, it’s simple…
but as you have already experienced, it’s not intuitive for anyone who has grown familiar with using the Home button… since the release of iOS 12, it basically comes down to :
“swipe-up & hold”
to be more precise :
make sure the iPhone is unlocked (using FaceID or maybe even your unlock code)
then swipe upward from the bottom of the screen and keep your finger on the screen
now the underwater screen that you were searching for will appear and you can browse through all open apps and swipe up to close the ones you aren’t using (it actually looks less and less like an underwater screen, it’s more like the Cover Flow feature in iTunes and Finder on macOS)
we used to do this on older iPhones to regain RAM space to keep your iPhone running smoothly… on new iPhones that’s possibly less relevant, but it still feels good to know you can do this when you need to 😉
My children have seen all the raving YouTube-reviews about the painting game Passpartout The Starving Artist by Flamebait Games. Now they want to play the game themselves, but they don’t have a Mac or a PC…
Is there a way to play Passpartout The Starving Artist on their iPad ?
Yes, there is an official iOS-version of the Passpartout The Starving Artist game for sale on the iOS App Store :
UPDATE : the procedure outlined in this post still works for new iPhones with iOS11 and iOS12 (like the iPhone 7, 8, X, XS and XR) even though it was originally written for new iPhones running iOS10 (like the iPhone 6 and 6s)
I just got a new iPhone 7, and now I want to transfer my photos from my previous iPhone 6 onto my MacBook. I was hoping to use iCloud for this, but my MacBook is rather old and can’t run any version of OSX newer than MacOSX 10.6.8 “Snow Leopard” which doesn’t have iCloud installed, just it’s predecessor MobileMe…
What can I do ?
Theoretically, you could also go online from your Mac and get access to your photos through the iCloud.com website… but since the latest versions of Safari, Chrome and Firefox don’t support MacOSX 10.6.8 any longer (Opera does for now, but that’s about to change also), this route is not a future-proof solution.
The most future-proof solution is using a USB-connection like this :
on your Mac, open the Applications-folder and open the Image Capture app
now connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB-cable
you will get this error message [ Photos in the Camera Roll on “…” cannot be viewed or imported because the iPhone is locked with a passcode”
click on OK
then unlock your iPhone with your fingerprint (or type your 6-digit unlock code)
on the iPhone you will get this message [ Trust this computer? ]
click on Trust
then in Image Capture, under Devices, click on iPhone
now all the photos on your iPhone will be listed and/or displayed on your Mac
from the pulldown list at “Import to:” select a folder to import the photos to (the default folder is your Pictures-folder, but you can also choose iPhoto or create a new folder at “Other…”)
then select the individual photos you want to import and click on Import, or click on Import All to import all your iPhone’s photos onto your Mac