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Accessibility features in Apple devices

Apple features accessibility in all devices
Apple features accessibility in all devices

Apple designs products like iPads and iPhones with assistive features that allow people with disabilities to access the functions of Apple devices to increase their capabilities. These innovative technologies are built in iOS devices to make them powerful. Apple provides a set of tutorials explaining how to use the accessibility features. Assistive technology ensures accessibility of iOS devices to the aged, disabled and even blind. Apple accessibility features include:

Siri

vision_siriThis is Apple’s intelligent virtual assistant. It helps you do with your daily schedule. All you have to do to get its help is ask. It can send messages, leaves voicemails, turn VoiceOver on and off and schedule meetings. It can access all the other apps in an Apple device. All you have to do is give a directive which is something like “Remind me of my meeting on Sunday 10 am”.

Voiceover

This is a screen reader that helps you navigate on your iPhone or iPad screen even if you cannot see.

Speak Screen

Having a hard time reading texts on your screen? You can use speak screen to read your books or emails. You send a command to Siri to turn on Speak Screen for you and have all your documents read to you. It has features such as highlighting, adjusting speaking rate and changing voice dialect.

FaceTime

FaceTime video calls lets you catch every gesture and facial expression. It enables you to communicate in many ways. FaceTime is very useful to people who cannot speak. It is a high quality video with a fast frame rate. All Apple devices are equipped with FaceTime.

Hearing Aids for iPhone and iPad

Apple has collaborated with manufacturers who have designed hearing aids. They are efficient with a very high quality audio experience to help you have a wonderful iPhone or iPad experience.

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How to Get the Most Out Of Your Battery

One of the biggest concerns for people buying new phones and laptops is the device’s battery life. New devices are batterysporting longer and longer battery life. Apple even claims that their 13-inch Macbook Air can last for up to 12 hours! You need to be able to rely on your device when you’re on the go, so here are a few tips to make the most out of your battery life.

1. Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

If you don’t need them at the time, try turning off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are usually set to be looking for potential networks or connections, so by stopping them from doing that, you’re limiting a whole lot of background activity. They both also use a lot of energy while connected. So if you’re not browsing the web or using your bluetooth mouse, for example, try switching them off to see some extended usage time

2. Turn off Location Tracking

The same thing goes for GPS and Location Services. These are constantly tracking your location in case an app requires it. Making sure these are switched off should see a big drop in background activity and battery drain.

3. Lower Screen Brightness or Keyboard Backlight

This one’s probably pretty obvious. The brighter your screen and keyboard light need to shine, the more power they’re going to use. It may be hard to drop the brightness sometimes, especially if you’re outside. However this is one of the biggest power consumers your device has. So drop the brightness as low as you can, and you should see a much longer battery life. Also be sure to switch off any auto brightness settings, as these will keep trying to make your screen brighter, even though you’re trying to save battery

4. Enable Battery Saver Mode

Look for your devices battery saver mode, most devices have one. This may seem like a bit of a no brainer, but can sometimes be overlooked. Battery saver modes are absolutely essentially if you’re taking your device off charge for a long period of time. You may see a slight decrease in the performance of your machine, but the extended battery life will almost surely make it worth while.

5. Look for Battery Draining Applications

Most phones or laptops give you a way to check what’s using the bulk of your device’s power. Accessing ‘Battery’ from your iPhone settings for example, will tell you exactly what is draining your battery. It can show you as a percentage, what has used the most power in the last 24 hours or the last week. By analysing these lists, you can try to cut down on certain applications or programs in order to give you the most out of your charge.

6. Look for Background Battery Drainers

These same lists will also often show you how much of that power drain was while on screen, and how much was in the background. This is also important to make note of when trying to cut down on app usage. You may have to restrict apps from using your location while outside the app, sending push notifications or whether it can use your cellular connection. Background battery drain is usually the most overlooked when trying to save battery life, so make sure you look into it.

7. Service Battery

Finally, if you’re still noticing low battery life after all these steps, there could be an issue with your battery. If you take your device to an Authorised Service Provider, they are able to run the necessary tests to find out if there really is something wrong with your battery. If there is an issue, you can then take the necessary steps to have your battery serviced and get it back up and running.

Running out of charge while out and about can cause any number of issues like being out of contact with family or missing out on catching a rare Pokemon. You need to be sure that when you need it, your phone or laptop is going to be there for you. So by following these steps, your faithful mobile companion should be with you the whole entire day.

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My phone got wet! What will I do?

Liquid damage is something we see come through the store incredibly often. It can cause extremely widespread damage throughout a device, sometimes ending its life.

What to do if your phone gets wet
What can you do if your phone gets wet?

But should the worst happen, with a couple of easy steps, you can try to stop the damage from spreading.

  1. The first most obvious step is to remove it from the source of liquid. If it is sitting in a pool of water be sure to move it to a dry area to begin trying to save the device.
  2. Allow the liquid to drain from anywhere that it can. If it’s a phone, try standing it up and leaning it against something so that the liquid can hopefully drain from the bottom. If it’s a laptop, try laying a towel on the side of a table, placing the laptop keyboard down onto the towel and letting the screen hang off the edge. This will allow the liquid to drain out through the keyboard and away from the main components.
  3. If you are able to, set up a small fan to blow air onto the device. You can use things like a hair dryer to try to evaporate the liquid, but extended heat on the device can cause issues, so be sure to not use it for too long.
  4. Leave the device be. It can be tempting to start up the device to check if it’s working, but starting up the device while it is still wet can cause it to short out. To be safe, if it’s best to leave the device to dry out for 2-4 days.
  5. After that time has passed, see if the device works. If the unit does boot up, then you may be in luck. However, even if the device is working now, liquid damage can present issues later down the track. Corrosion on the internal components can mean that the device may stop working weeks or months down the track. Be sure that your data is backed up, because it could die at any time.
  6. Lastly, get the machine looked at. If you bring the machine to us for diagnosis, we can assess if liquid has damaged your machine and if so, how badly. We are able to provide an in depth diagnosis and even an insurance report if you’re looking to claim with your home and contents insurance. Unfortunately, liquid damage does void most warranties, but diagnosis fees are often reimbursed by your insurance company.

Liquid and your electronic devices are definitely not friends. The best thing to do is to prevent liquid damage before it happens. Keep liquids away from your machines, or use a bottle with a seal if you need some water nearby.

But if your devices do come in contact with liquid, remember these steps, and you can hopefully save their lives.

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What you need to know about Apple repair 

1. Warranty

All new Apple devices have a one year warranty which covers any hardware fault.  Software issues and accidental damage are not covered.  If you have home contents insurance, some incidents of accidental damage may be covered. Australian Consumer Law also applies.

2. AppleCare and AppleCare+

Apple offers extended warranty plans for all devices.  These plans vary in length and price depending on the device.  They include expert telephone technical support, additional hardware service options, software support.  Some plans also cover accidental damage although an excess may be required.  AppleCare products need to be purchased within 60 days of purchasing your new device.  Talk to our staff about the AppleCare options available for your new device.

3. In warranty repairs

You can take your device to any Authorised Service Provider.  It doesn’t have to go to the Apple Retail Store.  Our technicians are required to have the same certifications as those who work at the Apple Store, we run the same diagnosis tools and access the same source for parts and replacements. The good things about many ASP locations like us is that we don’t need you to make an appointment and you are supporting local, Australian, family owned businesses.

4. Out of warranty repairs

We are able to diagnose your problem using the same diagnostic tools mentioned above and can access genuine Apple parts for your repair.  These are usually ordered from Sydney.

5. Extra services

In addition to Apple repair, we are also able to offer storage and memory upgrades, health checks and virus removal.

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Mac Finder Tips – Get More From Your Mac

Mac Finder Tips

7 Mac Finder Tips

At first glance the Finder app on your Mac may seem fairly straightforward. However there is a lot to uncover and learn.

The Finder app is the central system that manages the files saved on your computer. In this post we’ll walk you through 7 Mac Finder tips that will allow you to get more out of your Mac.

 

1. Set A Default Folder

When opening Finder you may discover that your regularly navigating to the same folder. In this instance you might like to set this folder as your “home page.” This will mean that every time you open Finder it will be this folder that appears.

To do this select “Preferences” from the Finder menu. Under “New Finder Windows Show” select the folder you would like to see on opening the app.

 

2. Return To The Home Screen

When navigating your way through folders you might find yourself at a dead end, needing to get back to your original Finder screen. Instead of working your way back through folders use Command > Shift > H. This short cut will take you immediately back to your first Finder screen.

 

3. Send It Straight To Trash

These two Mac Finder tips concern your trash can.

You can save yourself the trouble of dragging files to your trash bin by highlighting the files or folders you no longer need and pressing Command + Delete.

If you want to empty your trash bin then press Command + Shift + Delete.

 

4. Get Organised With Labels

Labels are one of our favourite Mac Finder tips because they are an easy to way quickly identify and organise your files. When you right click on any file or folder in Finder you will be given the option to apply a coloured label. This will distinguish it between the files around it. You can also arrange files in a folder by it’s colour label. This means that all the orange coloured files are grouped together and so on.

 

5. Make It Your Favourite

One of our other Mac Finder tips to gain greater efficiency is to use the “Favourites Sidebar” in Finder. It’s on the left side of the window and is a shortcut to your files. It will also include things like Air Drop and any devices that are plugged in like DVDs.

To add a file or folder to your favourites simply drag it across. To remove a short cut do the opposite and drag it out while you hold down the command key. You can drag the file or folder anywhere and it will disappear. You can always add it back in again at a later stage.

 

6. Take A Quick Look

Did you know that you can see a document or image up close without needing to open it first? All you need to do is hit the space bar when you have a file highlighted in Finder.

 

7. Take A Quick Look 2

Take Quick Look to the next level. You can get a slide-show preview of number of files. To do this select the files you want to preview and press Option > Space Bar. You will be able to scroll through the selected files. If you click the Index button you will see the selected files on one screen. By clicking on one you will see the document full-size, or hit the escape key to go back to Finder.

As always we’d love to hear from you. What are your favourite Mac Finder tips?