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iOS 14: How to Adjust Your Wake Up Alarm on iPhone and Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:20 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced new sleep features that let you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of sleep goals, bedtime reminders and a winding down process. When you set a sleep schedule in the iOS Health app or on Apple Watch, you also have the option to set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. Of course, some days you might want...

iOS 14: How to Set a Sleep Goal on iPhone and Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:12 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Sleep Tracking feature that lets you monitor how much sleep you're getting each night and improve your sleep habits with the help of bedtime reminders and a winding down process. In the Health app on ‌iPhone‌ or using an ‌Apple Watch‌, you can set up a Sleep Schedule with the amount of sleep you want to get each night. You can also select and adjust...

How to Customize Default Mail and Message Replies on Apple Watch

Monday August 17, 2020 10:08 am PDT by
Whenever you receive a message or email on your Apple Watch, you'll see a selection of options that you can use to respond to it with a few quick taps. You can use voice dictation, scribble, send an emoji, draw a picture, or respond with a preset default reply to an incoming message or email, without the need to open up your iPhone. It may not be immediately obvious, but you can customize ...

How to Install the watchOS 7 Public Beta on Apple Watch

Tuesday August 11, 2020 9:00 am PDT by
Apple doesn't normally release a public beta of its upcoming Apple Watch software, but with watchOS 7, the company appears to have had a change of heart. That means anyone with a compatible Apple Watch can get a taste of the latest new Apple Watch features, such as sleep tracking, new watch faces, watch face sharing, new workout types, and more. Before you rush to install the ‌watchOS 7‌...

How to Install the macOS Big Sur Public Beta

Thursday August 6, 2020 11:38 am PDT by
Apple in August released the macOS Big Sur beta for its public beta testing group, allowing them to test out the new software for Macs ahead of its release this fall. The macOS Big Sur Public Beta is available to anyone with a compatible Mac and it does not require a developer account. This guide walks you through the steps on installing the beta software. Note that you will need about 20GB...

iOS 14: How to Translate Webpages in Safari on iPhone

Wednesday August 5, 2020 12:48 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a Translate app that can translate several different languages in real-time, and Safari picked up new translation capabilities, too. Thanks to the new webpage Translation feature, Safari will automatically detect if it can translate a foreign webpage you visit based on your Preferred Languages list. Keep reading to learn how it all works. At the time of writing, ...

iOS 14: How to Use Guides in Apple Maps

Friday July 31, 2020 10:35 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple's Maps app got a handful of new features and refinements, one of which is the ability to explore places with the help of Guides. Guides provide recommendations for the best places to visit in a city, offering up suggestions on places to eat, shop, and explore. Some of Apple's partners for these Guides include Lonely Planet, the Washington Post, AllTrails, The Infatuation, and ...

watchOS 7: How to Use the New Apple Watch Handwashing Feature

Monday July 27, 2020 5:24 pm PDT by
In watchOS 7 for Apple Watch, Apple introduced handwashing detection, which helps users wash their hands properly to keep viruses and bacteria at bay. Washing your hands is one of the most important protections against getting sick and preventing the spread of germs. But only if you do it correctly – and most people don't. One study highlighted by Apple showed that as many as 95 percent of ...

iOS 14: How to Enhance Speech, Movies, and Music When Listening on AirPods and Beats

Saturday July 25, 2020 9:00 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple continues to build out its extensive accessibility features, and here we're going to show you how you can use the new Headphone Accommodations to amplify certain sounds if you're having difficulty hearing them. Headphones Accommodations works with Apple and Beats headphones, and is designed especially for those who are hard of hearing: It's able to amplify soft sounds and...

iOS 14: How to Reduce Loud Sounds When Listening Over Headphones

Friday July 24, 2020 2:14 pm PDT by
Last year in iOS 13, Apple introduced new hearing features in the Health app that are designed to help users avoid being exposed to high levels of sound when wearing headphones for an extended period of time. In iOS 14, Apple is advancing its hearing features by adding the ability to measure the volume level of what you're listening to in real time and reduce loud sounds. With the new Reduce ...

iOS 14: How to Use Conversation Mode in the Translate App

Friday July 24, 2020 2:12 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Translate app that's designed to give real-time translations for 11 different languages. It can translate to and from Arabic, mainland Chinese, English (US and UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The Translate app has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to select languages to translate to and from, and then...

iOS 14: How to Translate Text in Apple's Translate App

Wednesday July 22, 2020 1:35 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Translate app that's designed to give real-time translations for 11 different languages. It can translate to and from Arabic, mainland Chinese, English (US and UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The Translate app has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to select languages to translate to and from, and then...

iOS 14: How to Check the Definition of a Translated Word in Apple's Translate App

Wednesday July 22, 2020 1:31 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Translate app that's designed to give real-time translations for 11 different languages. Not only does it translate text, it can also speak translations out loud so that you can get the proper pronunciation or play the translation to someone who speaks a different language. Another neat feature of the Translate app is that it allows you to check the dictionary ...

iOS 14: How to Translate Speech in Apple's Translate App

Wednesday July 22, 2020 1:26 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Translate app that's designed to give real-time translations for 11 different languages. It can translate to and from Arabic, mainland Chinese, English (US and UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. The Translate app has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to select languages to translate to and from, and then...

iOS 14: How to Save a Translation to Your Favorites in Apple's Translate App

Wednesday July 22, 2020 1:24 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple introduced a new Translate app that's designed to give real-time translations for 11 different languages. Not only does it translate text, it can also speak translations out loud so that you can get the proper pronunciation or play the translation to someone who speaks a different language. Another neat feature of the Translate app is that it allows you to save translations as ...

iOS 14: How to Get Cycling Directions in Apple Maps

Tuesday July 21, 2020 10:43 am PDT by
Google Maps has featured detailed cycling directions for almost a decade now, and with the arrival of iOS 14, Apple Maps is finally introducing its own. The steps below show you how to make use of the new cycling directions in Apple's Maps app. If you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 7 or later, you can receive the directions you select right on your wrist, for easy at-a-glance navigation. ...

How to Ask Siri to Share Your ETA When Navigating With Apple Maps

Friday July 17, 2020 11:50 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple has greatly expanded the number of direct answers Siri can give you. The majority of these answers are thanks to enhanced web-based information, but some of it is also down to ‌Siri‌'s tighter integration with other Apple apps. For example, the Apple Maps app lets you share your estimated time of arrival when you're following turn-based driving directions, and now you can ask ...

How to Get Cycling Directions From Siri in iOS 14

Friday July 17, 2020 11:49 am PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple has greatly expanded the number of direct answers Siri can give you. The majority of these answers are thanks to enhanced web-based information, but some of it is also down to ‌Siri‌'s tighter integration with other Apple apps. For example, Maps in ‌iOS 14‌ has been updated to include cycling directions, and you can now ask ‌Siri‌ to provide you with cycling directions to a...

How to Get Siri to Transcribe Your Requests in iOS 14

Friday July 17, 2020 11:48 am PDT by
In ‌iOS 14, Apple's Siri voice assistant got a major update that introduced a more compact interface, with ‌Siri‌ appearing as an animating orb at the bottom of the screen instead of taking over the whole display. To keep the new interface as small as possible, ‌‌Siri‌‌ by default no longer displays the text of what you've spoken. If you found real-time transcription useful (to check that ...

iOS 14: How to Send an Audio Message Using Siri

Thursday July 16, 2020 12:21 pm PDT by
In iOS 14, Apple pared down the Siri interface so that it no longer takes over the whole of your iPhone's screen when you issue a voice command or query. Instead, a small ‌Siri‌ orb pops up at the bottom of the screen without obscuring what you're looking at. It's not just the interface that's been improved, though. ‌Siri‌ also picked up several new features, one of which is the ability to...