Battery Health

Many of us struggle to make the battery on our iPhones last all day, our phones are becoming used more daily. The average person's screen time is around 3 1/2 hours daily!

If you have an older device, your battery will be more susceptible to failing. This is because, over time, batteries do degrade and are only capable of roughly 500 cycles. If you want to verify the health of your battery just pop into store and we will a provide a free battery test as well as advice on what to do next.

To do a more simple at home battery test, simply go into 'Settings' and then 'Battery' from here you can open 'Battery Health' where you'll be shown the general health capacity of your phone. Now, if your battery is fine but still isn't lasting as well as it should here are ways you can improve it.

Firstly, reduce your brightness. It may not seem like much but a high brightness level uses a lot of battery consumption so even lowering it a little can increase how long your battery lasts. Enabling ‘Low Power Mode’ in the battery settings will do this for you automatically when it senses you're in a lower light area. Other beneficial functions of enabling ‘Low Power Mode’ include it to temporarily reduce background activity like downloads and mail fetch until you can fully charge your phone.

Two other things that do cause a lower a lot of peoples batteries to die quicker is 'Raise to Wake' which firstly allows the screen to come on as it senses someone has picked up the phone. Although this feature is handy many times this will activate in people's pockets and bags thus using an unnecessary amount of battery. The next way to optimise your battery is turning auto-lock down, now this feature allows users to have their screen turn off after an X amount of time of not using your device but within this setting, you can turn 'Auto-Lock" to never which means your phone won't automatically lock itself and could potentially stay open/use all day without you realising it, so we really advise that 'Auto-Lock' should be set to 1 minute. Both these features are found within "Display & Brightness' where you can alter each setting.

The last way to save your battery is to see what Apps are using it up the most as well as Apps that are still running in the background. Clearing your most recent apps is one way to ensure you save battery life. Did you know that Apps that require Wifi and GPS tracking for example 'Snapchat" uses a ton of battery!

IOS 13

Maps received another massive update, it will feature more precise addresses, areas they cover as well as an improved pedestrian data. Although the more improved apps is only available in some certain cities and will be coming to more countries in around a year.At the conference we got a look at the look around feature in Maps and the amount of detail is astonishing making it so much easier to see and find your favourite shops or restaurants. One thing that I love is the the new Memoji stickers, meaning that poeple who don’t have facial recognition can have there own personalised character to send in messages, mail and more.  One of the other long awaited things was the iPad having its own separate update or IOS. For ages the IOS updates have been the same for iPhone and iPad and some updates weren’t specific enough to each device. Now, with iPadOS we can expect to see a new Home Screen, have two windows from the same app open at once as well as being able to pull out your daily view widgets.

Maps received another massive update, it will feature more precise addresses, areas they cover as well as an improved pedestrian data. Although the more improved apps is only available in some certain cities and will be coming to more countries in around a year.At the conference we got a look at the look around feature in Maps and the amount of detail is astonishing making it so much easier to see and find your favourite shops or restaurants. One thing that I love is the the new Memoji stickers, meaning that poeple who don’t have facial recognition can have there own personalised character to send in messages, mail and more.

One of the other long awaited things was the iPad having its own separate update or IOS. For ages the IOS updates have been the same for iPhone and iPad and some updates weren’t specific enough to each device. Now, with iPadOS we can expect to see a new Home Screen, have two windows from the same app open at once as well as being able to pull out your daily view widgets.

From Apple’s recent WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) that happened on June the 3rd they showcased a whole range of things they plan on releasing, on of them was IOS13. Generally this update will be faster and more efficient. As well App updating, App launching and Face ID have been significantly improved.

One of the long awaited options is the new systemwide Dark Mode. We’ve seen this previously on Mac with macOS Mojave, and finally we get to see this on our iPhones. You can set to have Dark Mode on 24/7 or allow it to be automatically activated to come on at sunset. Now, all of Apple’s built in apps support the dark mode but third-party apps may not.

Now, the photo app has had a new design. Your albums are more easily segregated into years, months, days, we no longer have a ‘camera roll’ as such now all our images are put into the ‘All Photos’ department. Apple has made it so each photos is organised via locations or person, making it easier to see the photos you love the most. There has been a few improvements for the video editing tools, now you are able to rotate , crop, and apply filters to videos.One thing that has been improved, which I am most excited about is the more streamlined volume heads up display. Before, when turning up the volume it will come up in the middle of the screen blocking videos you’re viewing bu now the control option appears on the side.

With the old IOS, find my friends and find my phone was separate but with 13 Apple have integrated. It now allows your to track every one of your devices such as your MacBook or Apple watch and shows you their last location.

CarPlay will have a new display view in IOS13, making it easier to view all your music, maps, calendar as well has allowing for Siri support for your third party music apps.

Another small update, Siri now has a new voice. Now Siri sounds so much more realistic and natural.

At the moment IOS 13 is only available for developers as there is still bugs and minor tweaks Apple will make before the finalised release. The actually release will happen around autumn time.

I’ve only covered some of the topics from this event, so to find out more visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psL_5RIBqnY

Apple Arcade

What is the Apple Arcade?

Well its Apple’s subscription service which allows you to play brand new games from a range of indie developers across your various Apple products e.g. iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.

There is over 100 new games featured and all are included with one subscription and wit each game having the full experience such as content there will be no in app purchases as well as zero ads. Once you’ve purchased the service can be used for up to six family members who can play offline. Anytime, anywhere.

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Some of the games that we can expect to see include

  • “Sonic Racing”

  • “Beyond a Steel Sky”

  • “Lego Brawls “

  • “Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm”

  • “Projection: First Light”

  • “Enter The Construct

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Apple Arcade plans to launch later this year in over 150 countries. To learn more, visit Apple.com

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Apple WWDC19

Earlier this week Apple sent out invites for its keynote that is happening on June 3rd. This keynote will give a in-site into some of the new software Apple plans to debut this year. This includes

  • iOS 13

This includes a dark mode, general updates as well as a new interface.

  • macOS 10.15

It’ll bring software to allow its users to use an iPad as a second display as well as other features. It’ll further Apples “Marzipan” cross platform project (blog post coming soon)

  • watchOS 6

This update will bring a App Store sole for the Apple Watch plus new watch faces.

  • tvOS 13

There is possible rumours of Apple planning to reveal the new Mac Pro. Although this isn’t a certainty as they could leave the overall induction to a later date. The annual Worldwide Developers Conference will take place in the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre which around 5,000 developers attend. Each ticket costs $1,599 and were sent out earlier this year.

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Apple Trade in

Many of us have older generations of Apple iPhones we no longer use but with Apple’s Trade in program you can have a simpler way to get the most out of that phone before a purchasing your new one.

By visiting the link below you can choose to trade in the device you no longer want which you can turn into an Apple Store Gift Card. You have to answer a few questions about your device and you’ll get an instant price for how much its worth.

The overall device age and condition comes into how much value its worth. There is even an option for them to recycle the device even it isn’t eligible for credit. One other thing Apple offers with this program is to use your current device and use the credit its worth to upgrade to an iPhone XR or iPhone XS, all you to do is visit your nearest Apple Store.

Did you know that trading in your old device actually helps the planet too?

https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/trade-in?afid=p238%7Cs5yuHWYVV-dc_mtid_187079nc38483_pcrid_346394038977_&cid=aos-uk-kwgo-brand--slid--bran-apple+trade+in-e-product-

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