Go to the Dark Side with IOS 13 – It’s Just Cool

by | Nov 25, 2019

One of the new features of IOS 13 is Dark Mode.  Dark Mode is the iPhone feature that will reverse the color palate of your standard iPhone apps and essentially give you white text on a black background.  Dark mode seems to be occupying the technology red carpet as one of the today’s hottest tech trends.  

There might be some benefits.  On phones with newer OLED screens (currently iPhone X, iPhone XS, and  iPhone 11 Pro,) Dark Model will save battery life.  It may reduce eye strain.  It is certainly less disruptive if you are reading your iPhone in bed next to your partner.  

But after reviewing some of the hard facts you might conclude that any benefits to health or cognition might be a little soft.  That’s OK.  How about if we just call it cool.  

And those of you who worked on green screen computers or terminals decades ago might shrug and say, “I’ve seen dark backgrounds before.”  Another case of what goes around comes around.  

In either case, try it out yourself on your iPhone or iPad.  Use the  Control Center to make it easy.  It is the topic of this week’s featured Nugget.

Featured Recipe 

Dark Mode is a new feature in IOS 13 where the background color is reversed. This Nugget will show you two ways to implement. ....Continue Reading

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IOS 13.3.1 – Recommended

by | Feb 18, 2020

IOS 13.3.1 is recommended for iPhones 6s and later.   It was released on January 28, 2020 and is intended to fix a number of bugs and improvements.  No significant features were added to the release.  For a full list of fixes, click here for the Apple release notes.

I  found no issues with the update and the process took about 20 minutes.   I also found no issues in the week following the release. 

We recommend the update particularly to get the security fixes that come with the release.  For example, it fixes an issue where some contact information could be displayed from the devices lock screen.  It’s not likely that this would impact you but it is a good idea to update in order to get these security fixes.  

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

iPadOS 13.3.1 – Recommended

by | Feb 20, 2020

iPadOS 13.3.1 is recommended for newer iPads (see list below.) It was released on January 28, 2020 and is intended to fix a number of bugs.  No significant features were added to the release.  For a full list of fixes, click here for the Apple release notes.

I  found no issues with the update and the process took less than 20 minutes.   I also found no issues in the days  following the update. 

We recommend the update particularly to get the fixes that come with the release.  This is includes a number of security related fixes.  

Which iPads support iPadOS 13

12.9-inch iPad Pro
11-inch iPad Pro
10.5-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPad (7th generation)
iPad (6th generation)
iPad (5th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad Air 2

You can learn which iPad you use in the Setting app.  Tap General, About and look for the Model Name on the display.

 

IOS 12.4.5 – Recommended for older iPhones and iPads

by | Feb 20, 2020

IOS 12.4.5 – Recommended

This IOS update is for older devices and includes important security fixes that could allow malicious code to run on the device.  This update is highly recommended for security. 

The devices that can support this update are:   iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

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