Hidden iPhone gems

If you have an iPad that can run iPadOS 13 […and if you haven’t updated your OS lately, PLEASE DO!], here are some “hidden” features you might find useful.

1. Optimized Battery Charging

This will prolong your battery life.



2. New Scroll Bar in Safari

When you’re scrolling a webpage in Safari, a new Scroll Bar shows up on the right side of the screen. Only instead of just being a handy way to see where you’re at on a page, you can now use it to scroll faster. Try it out by starting to scroll on a page, then long-press on the scroll bar and drag it up or down. The faster you drag, the faster Safari will scroll. 

3. Scan documents with the Files app

The revamped Files app now lets you scan documents and save them directly to your device or cloud storage with little effort. Open the Files app, select the Browse tab, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, then Scan Documents. Hold your device over the document you want to scan, and it should automatically capture the page. You can scan multiple pages into one PDF file and then save to iCloud, or import it into another app once you’re done. 

4. iMessage search now works well.

To try it, open the Messages app, swipe down to reveal the search field and type.

5. Use a mouse with your iPad

As of iPadOS 13.4, you can use a mouse or trackpad to navigate your phone or tablet. Apple added support with the latest update, and it’s a much-improved experience over the somewhat hidden mouse support we previously saw. 

Pair a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad in the Bluetooth settings, just like you would a pair of wireless headphones, and then you’ll see the new pointer show up on your iPad’s screen. Customize how it works in Settings > General Mouse/Trackpad.

6. Safari has a download manager now

You can now download files when using Safari on an iPhone and iPad. The Download manager icon won’t show up unless you have an active (or recently active) download. Your download is automatically saved to a Downloads folder in your iCloud Drive account, which you can access in the Files app.

7. Long screenshots of websites

If you’ve ever had to take multiple screenshots of a webpage in order to capture the text of an article, you’ll be happy to know that iOS 13’s screenshot tool has a new trick. Open Safari and take one screenshot of any website and immediately tap on the thumbnail preview. Above the screenshot will be two options: Screen and Full Page

The feature works in Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, or Apple Maps.

Selecting Full Page will turn the entirety of the webpage you’re viewing into a PDF file that you can then crop, annotate and save to the Files app.

Original Article is at

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/14-hidden-iphone-and-ipad-gems-screenshots-trackpad-better-battery-charging/

What to do if your iPad needs to be repaired

These are the things MDS Tech does to prepare your iPad for replacement. During this eLearning season, the process needs to change.

Make sure you take care of these things, if your iPad is operational:

1) Confirm that Notability files are being backed up – in Notability, click the gear icon, bottom left. Select Autobackup, and make sure there’s a checkmark beside Google Drive.if there isn’t check it, login, and let the backups commence.

2) Fire up Google Photos. Make sure your photos and videos are backing up to Drive. Click the “hamburger menu” – the three horizontal lines at the top right.

3) if you have anything else that you’d like to keep – Textilus documents, iMovies, etc – find a way to stash them somewhere. You could send them to Drive, or email them to yourself. Each app has it’s own solution.

Then contact MDS Tech to arrange a time to meet in the ARC. We are working partly on campus and partly from home.

Note that the standard policies apply here – there is a $100 charge for the repairs [which usually cost much more than that]. The business office will send an invoice in due course.