What was Published, and Links of Note

Here is a list of articles we published this week. You can keep up to date with Apple Resource by following us on Twitter or Signing Up to our weekly update e-mail.

How to Clear All Apple Watch Notifications in a Swipe and Two Taps

Ever noticed the red dot at the top of your Apple Watch screen and wondered what it means? Or even swiped down to see a load of notifications and you wonder how to clear them all? This article will show you something very few people know!

How to Preserve iOS9 Battery Life: Part One Background App Refresh

If you wish your iOS device battery life was better then this series of posts is for you. It will show you a range of practical tips to help maximise your battery life without making your phone a dumb phone again.

Links of Note

Jawbone Ceases Production of Their Fitness Trackers

If you have a Jawbone fitness tracker then this article might interest you. Hardly surprising but somewhat annoying for owners.

Apple Employees Face Death Threats

An interesting anonymous report by a UK Apple employee showing that its not all rainbows and glitter working for Apple.

The Best TV Tracking App

A good app review and comparison for TV tracker apps. Spoiler alert the best one was Television Time which you can see HERE

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How to Preserve iOS 9 Battery Life: Part 1 Background App Refresh

I've had my iPhone 6 Plus for about 1.5 years now, initially the battery life was amazing. More recently I've noticed that it rapidly drops off, this is in part due to the age of the device but it's also in part due to several factors that I will cover in a series of posts about preserving iOS 9 battery life. I expect these tips will remain valid even with subsequent iOS versions.

Background App Refresh was a feature introduced in iOS 7 and for the best summary of what it does I refer to an Apple support article:

...Apps can continue to run for a short period of time and are then set to a suspended state so they are not actively in use, open, or taking up system resources. They will instantly launch when you return to them. Certain tasks or services can continue to run in the background. To lessen the effect on battery life, normal app background refreshing is scheduled for efficient times, such as when your device is connected to Wi-Fi, plugged into a power source, or being actively used. When Background App Refresh is on, apps that take advantage of this feature can refresh themselves in the background. For example, an app can check if new content is available and download the updates, or retrieve the updated content in the background when it receives a push notification, so the new content is ready for viewing when you launch the app. Apps can also schedule background refreshing based on your location. If you force an app to quit by dragging it up from the multitasking display, it won't be able to do its background activities, such as tracking location or responding to VoIP calls, until you relaunch the app. iOS learns patterns based on your use of the device and tries to predict when an app should be updated in the background. It also learns when the device is typically inactive, such as during the night, to reduce update frequency when the device is not in use.

You will read many articles on the internet that tell you disable all Background App Refreshing to save battery life and others that will tell you not to bother at all as it makes no difference. 

Apple Resource's advice is to go through the list and make a conscious decision as to how much you use each application and how much you'd value it updating whilst in the background. It's perfectly OK to leave apps that you value and use all the time as active due to the intelligent way Background App Refresh works. What you don't want is every single app using it if you rarely use them. Although it was first introduced in iOS 7, apps taking advantage of Background App Refresh will have percolated through over time, which is why you may have a shock when you open up the Background App Refresh found at:

Settings -> General -> Background App Refresh 

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How to Clear All Apple Watch Notifications in a Swipe and Two Taps

How to Clear All Apple Watch Notifications in a Swipe and Two Taps

I consider myself an advanced user of Apple products, but just yesterday I learnt a trick about clearing notifications on my Apple Watch that I never knew. When you see a red dot on the top of your watch face this indicates that you have waiting notifications. Swiping down with your finger you are presented with a list of all your notifications.

What if you don’t want to read them all but want to clear them ready for new notifications, how do you do that? Here’s how:

1. From the watch face swipe down from the top of the watch face showing all of your notifications.
2. Press on the watch screen and an icon will appear on your screen saying ‘Clear All’.
3. Tap ‘Clear All’ and you are all clear of notifications.

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What was Published, and Links of Note

Here is a list of articles we published this week. You can keep up to date with Apple Resource by following us on Twitter or Signing Up to our weekly update e-mail.

Note: Apple Resource will move from three weekly posts to two. I hope the two we provide will be more unique and in depth than any other Apple related sites providing you with more unique content going forward. As always, I want to know what you as a reader is looking for. Please drop me a line on Twitter with anything you’d like to see published.

How to Enable iOS Night Shift Mode and Why You Should

iOS now comes with a blue light reduction feature. This not only aids your ability to sleep when using your devices close to bed time but it has medically proven health benefits as a result. This article shows you how to enable and use the feature.

How to Make an Online Backup with iCloud

Backup is one of the most critical things you can do with your technology today. Don’t be one of the people that turns up at the Apple Genius Bar in tears! As well as local backups you should be enabling cloud backups. Apple’s iCloud is a great offering, but don’t get caught short with its initial 5GB limit!

Links of Note

How to Backup iOS Devices Before Upgrading

To compliment Apple Resources backup article I’ve linked to The Sweet Setups post on backing up. It doesn’t added to much beyond the Apple support articles linked to here but its a nice article none the less.

Uber Enters Race to Perfect Driverless Vehicle Technology

MacRumors has posted an article on Uber entering the driverless car space. I think this is probably one of the most exciting tech areas going forward. From an Apple perspective they could do really well here, from my productivity side (DavidJMoore.com) a driverless car could really increase your productivity if you could work or rest whilst the car does the driving!

Apple Working on OS X 10.12 Feature Allowing Macs to Be Unlocked via iPhones Touch ID

It’s been two years since I provided feedback to Apple to make touch ID available on the Mac range. This will be somewhere in between, maybe somewhat gimmicky depending on how you use your desk space or mobile devices.

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How to Make an Online Backup with iCloud

How to Make an Online Backup with iCloud

In the wake of multiple updates from Apple this week, including iOS updates it is a pertinent time to remind everyone the importance of backing up. You should be backing up your iOS device both locally and online.

Apple has an excellent online guide that shows you how to backup both locally with iTunes and online via iCloud.

But here is a really important message I want to impart on you. iCloud online comes with 5GB of online storage, you need to be aware of this. For your average iPhone user snapping pics and videos this will be used up rapidly. 

Apple has a range of very affordable monthly tariffs for iCloud storage, make sure you invest and upgrade. It will cover all of your iOS devices and ensure that your devices are backed up every night as they are plugged in to charge.

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Related and Similar Posts of Interest:

How to Enable iOS Night Shift Mode and Why you Should

Review: Verbatim MediaShare Wireless - Stream Files, Movies and other Data Wirelessly to Your Tablet and Smart Phone

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What was Published, and Links of Note

Here is a list of articles we published this week. You can keep up to date with Apple Resource by following us on Twitter, Facebook or signing up to our weekly update e-mail.

Review: Verbatim MediaShare Wireless - Turn a Hard Drive into a Wireless Hard Drive and Stream Files, Movies and other Data Wirelessly to Your Tablet and Smart Phone

The Verbatim MediaShare Wireless is a wireless hub that allows you to access USB hard drives and SD cards on up to 5 devices on its local wi-fi connection.

How to Name Locations in Apple's Find My Friends App

Ever wished that your contacts locations in Find My Friends app and system wide where in friendly names that you easily recognise? This 'How To' will show you how to give your contacts locations friendly names. 

How to Remove Connect from Apple Music

Here is a simple guide to remove the Apple Music Connect button from your Apple Music app.

Links of Note

Automating OmniFocus on iOS

Omni Group has released a new version of OmniFocus that can now interface with template files to create project templates on iOS. Thanks to David Sparks for highlighting this use case.

Mac Power Users Podcast Episode 320: Always Good Advice

My favourite podcast, this episode is listener feedback, well worth a listen if you are a Mac/iOS user with an interest in using your devices better.