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Apple has released iOS 12.0.1 for the iPad & iPhone

This iOS release is an update to Apple's iOS 12 which was released September 17, 2018 and was perhaps the most notable update than previous generations; it offered more stability, was faster and packed with a lot of goodies. Apple's iOS 12.0.1 release will work on any iPhone which is iOS 11 compatible, meaning it will work on the iPhone 5S and later, iPad mini 2 and later and the 6th generation iPod touch and later.  If your device is iOS 12.0.1 compatible, you should receive a notification there is an update available.  If you do not have this feature turned on, you can trigger the update by going to "Settings", "General" and "Software Update". 

If you have updated your device to iOS 12 and are experiencing no issues, you may want to wait a week and see if there are any bugs reported, but if you are have problems related to one of the issues noted below, update your device and see if it resolves your issues.  I was extraordinarily happy to see that Apple decided to restore the original position of the ".?123" key on the iPad keyboard.  I found the switch to be very awkward and was spending more time correcting errors made as a result of the reverse of the ".?123" and the "emoji" keys with iOS 12.

iPad Keyboard

Here are Apple’s official release notes: 

  • Fixes an issue where some iPhone XS devices did not immediately charge when connected to a Lightning cable 
  • Resolves an issue that could cause iPhone XS devices to rejoin a Wi-Fi network at 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz 
  • Restores the original position of the “.?123″ key on the iPad keyboard 
  • Fixes an issue where subtitles may not appear in some video apps 
  • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth could become unavailable 

For more information, Apple software and security updates can be found here.

Mojave macOS and the transition to 64-bit technology

macOS Mojave was released Monday, September 24th and it is amazing. I have been waiting for a very long time for a "dark mode" because I must admit, my eyes need relief since I spend many hours a day on the computer working and gaming.

Apple has been encouraging developers to develop 64-bit software since 2017 and it possible that Apple will prohibit 32-bit software from running on macOS as soon as 2019. Starting with High Sierra version 10.13.4, users will be alerted to update said software to a 64-bit version in preparation for compatibility with future macOS.   So, if you have a 32-bit version of your favorite software, you might want to consider contacting the software developer and asking if and when they will be providing an update.  You can find contact information for your app (when opened) by going to the Menu Bar and clicking on the application name and then "About".  In the meantime, you will be able to use your applications but will receive the following alert every 30 days when you open the app.

64-bit on Mac

How do I find out what applications are 32-bit or 64-bit on my Mac?
  • Go to the Apple Menu and select "About this Mac".
  • Click the "System Report" button.
  • From the "System Report" scroll down to "Software" in the left sidebard and then select "Applications".
  • The right pane is split horizontally into two panes. You can scroll through your applications in the top pane. The bottom pane will contain several fields of information. If the field, "64-bit (Intel)" says "no", the software is a 32-bit version; if "yes, the software is a 64-bit version."
  • If you have already upgraded to Mojave, scroll down to "Legacy Software" in the left sidebar to see all apps which have not been updated to 64-bit processes.

Spark - A Smart Email App

There are a handful of apps I really love for their productivity and ease of use.  Spark, a free download, by Readdle, Inc. is one of them. I understand that Apple's Mail App works for the general population at large, but if you need a mail app with more options to assist with your workflow and productivity, Spark is the answer.

Spark Mail App

Spark handles multiple email accounts and can be set up to sync those accounts among your devices. Like Apple's Mail app, you can view all your emails in one "inbox" or you can view each account's inbox independent from each other. However, Spark also sports what is called a "Smart Inbox," a unified inbox which knows the difference between personal email, a notification or a newsletter. This allows you to see your incoming email on cards; new, notifications, newsletters and pins (or flagged). Notifications can be set up to swipe left to archive, delete or mark your emails as read.

Choices while reading an email include pinning the email and/or scheduling the task for another day (the snooze option). There are also quick replies, such as "like", "thanks," or an emoji smile among others plus you can also edit the list to include your own. Add the calendar widget to see event invitations and respond and save them to your phone's calendar. Other options include print (if you have an air printer), save, move, archive, delete, view details, mark as spam, as well as save to PDF and share on social media, send to notes or other applications which you may have on your iPhone. OmniFocus support is one of my favorites.

Emails can also be scheduled to be sent later in the day when they are most likely to be read by the recipient and you can set up Reminders to follow up on email if you don't get a reply.

Setup signatures for use by each individual email account in settings and then swipe between signatures to choose the right one for your email. I personally love this option since I have several email accounts, including personal and business. Spark will also automatically detect and will add your most used signatures to your list.

Smart search uses natural language which makes it easier to sort through emails in all of your mailboxes. If you type "emails with attachments" you can view emails sent to you with attachments during the month. "Attachments" is also an option in the menu list. Save searches by hitting the star icon in the header. You will note a recent and saved option in the quick bar. How many times have you had to enter the same search information for a client or vendor? Now you can save those searches and save time.

Use the calendar widget to view and respond to invitations and save them to your phone or iPad calendar with just a tap.

If you have just sent an email and forgot to send the attachment, you have five seconds to undo the send action. If you are working on an email and you need to attend to another task, you can choose to save the email and come back to it later.

Connect to and save or send attachments using the following services: Dropbox, Box, Readability, Evernote, Instapaper, Google Drive, OneDrive, Pocket and OneNote.

Supported email services include Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo!, iCloud, Outlook and Kerio Connect.

Spark Mail app can be viewed in either vertical or horizontal format depending on your mobile device. This is something I especially enjoy on my iPhone 8Plus.

Spark for Apple Watch allows you to look at your inbox, see the number of unread emails, and displays the sender and subject for the last received email. You will also see the number of pinned emails for the day. You can reply to emails using dictation or use one of Spark's "quick replies" without using your iPhone. Any emails you have designated as important will alert you with a tap on the wrist and you can then decide to read it, reply to it, or pass on it for later. Emails that are too lengthy for the Apple Watch will be passed off to your iPhone for you to continue reading or writing a reply. All in all, they have done an excellent job of making the Spark Apple Watch App very intuitive and user friendly.

Spark mail app is available for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac but is planning a cross-platform email client soon. Spark for Teams offers collaboration allowing disccussion and sharing of emails with colleagues.

Website:  https://sparkmailapp.com
Download for Mac: https://itunes.apple.com/app/spark-love-your-email-again/id1176895641?mt=12
Download for iPhone and iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/app/spark-by-readdle/id997102246?mt=8


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