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How to plug an iPhone 7 or 8 into a sound desk or stereo.

I just got caught out for the first time by the missing headphone jack in the new iPhone. I was with some friends and we wanted to listen to a song from one of their iPhones. I went to plug it onto our PA system… no headphone jack in the phone!  But it won’t happen again!  Here’s my recommendation, if you are a club, a church, a school, a recording studio, anyone who has a sound system, grab yourself one of these Apple lightning to headphone jack dongles from the Apple store and leave it near your mixing desk.

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iphone

Does your iPhone give you sore thumbs?

I tend to get sore thumbs from over-using my iPhone. Here’s something interesting that I noticed when I used an Android phone for 6 months. My sore thumbs disappeared. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really notice this until I switched back to the iPhone again, then after about 1 week my sore thumbs reappeared.

On both phones I was using my thumbs to type. So I think the difference is the iPhone home button.

It’s not a huge force that is required to press the home button, but because it needs to be pressed  reasonably hard, and it is used a lot (every time you open a new app) it seems to give me sore thumbs.

So I’m excited about Apple’s move to get rid of the home button altogether with the iPhone X. Looks like they will be using an up-swipe to go back to the home screen. In the meantime, if you get sore thumbs, I’d suggest trying this trick.

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problems

iPhone “cannot be synced because there is not enough free space to hold all of the selected items”

I just went to sync my iPhone and I was given this message. This ‘lack of space’ is not a lack of space in your computer, the ‘lack of space’ is on the iPhone. This is somewhat of a bug. I think it is because iTunes is wanting to do some updates to the iPhone and there’s not enough room on the iPhone for this to happen. Whatever the cause, the solution is quite easy. Just uninstall some stuff from your iPhone (e.g. movies, music or photos), sync it, then put the stuff back on. Here’s how.

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hardware

How to add a software ‘home button’ to your iPhone or iPad screen

The home button is the button on the bottom of your iPhone that takes you back to the home screen. It requires a hard press to make it ‘click’. You can turn on a ‘soft’ equivalent button that appears on your screen. I can think of 3 reasons that you might want a ‘soft’ home button on your iPhone home screen:

  1. The home button on your iPad or iPhone has broken. (This is a common problem).
  2. You get sore thumbs from pressing the iPhone home button.
  3. You have switched from Android and prefer a ‘soft’ home button.

Here’s how to turn on a ‘soft’ home button on your screen.

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google

iPhone vs Android 6 months along.

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An update on my Android vs iPhone experiment. At the start of this year I purchased a Google Pixel phone for review and I ended up keeping it because it was so good. So how am I feeling about it 6 months later? The novelty of the Google phone is wearing off but I still prefer it over the iPhone – just. I have however switched back to the iPhone simply because it’s easier to stay in the one ecosystem. It was educational to use an Android phone for 6 months.

In the end it doesn’t come down to hardware features like camera resolution or processor speed. It seems to be the small details that swing me one way or the other. Turning silent mode on and off. Getting back to the home screen easily. Copying a text. Changing a setting. The feel of typing. Apple and Google would do well to learn some lessons from each other in these areas instead of trying to outcompete in the larger areas.

Here’s what I’m finding are the most noticeable differences after 6 months of use.

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iphone

‘Which Bank’ doesn’t work with Apple Pay?

That’s right, it’s the Commonwealth Bank. Currently there are 50 banks in Australia that support Apple pay but three out of the top four banks do not. Read on for which banks do and don’t support Apple Pay in Australia.

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reviews

Google Pixel phone – the review I didn’t want to write.

Google pixel phone

Over the past 3 months I have been trialling a Google Pixel Phone. I’m not sure why.  I started getting attracted to the Google apps on my iPhone.  I found myself using Google Inbox for my email, Google Play for my music,  and the Google calendar app instead of Apple’s calendar app. So when Google released their Pixel phone I took the plunge and purchased one to see if it would play nicely with Apple. It’s been a challenging a few months because I can’t get myself back onto my iPhone.  I’ve tried three times and  I simply cannot go back to the iPhone. The Pixel is a great phone and it works very well with OS X. Google have really nailed the cross-platform syncing.  In fact,  when it comes to music and photos it syncs more easily with OS X than the iPhone does.  So this article is not really a review of the Pixel phone. This my experience transitioning from iPhone to  Pixel phone.

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iOS

Still no copy from SMS

Today Apple released iOS 10.2 and sadly we are still stuck with this childish cartoon popup when you click on a word in a text message. I have had numerous people complain about this so I’m not the only one who thinks it turns the iPhone into a very expensive kid’s toy. You can’t copy part of a message so if you need to copy a verification code or address into another app – too bad. For a workaround look here.