October 2016


Our iPUG website has been updated: see apps and links pages. Provide feedback: suggestions, corrections, additions.

Drew and Kandie invite everyone to see the Tucson Classics Car Show this Saturday: `Enjoy a Fun Family Day with over 400 Beautiful Classic Cars on the Grass'. The event raises funds for local charities.

iOS & Apple news

[ RUMOR ] New iPad Pro models are coming next year, with a little Pro replacing the iPad mini, reports Macworld.

[ RUMOR ] Bernie points us to a rumor about a possible Apple takeover McLaren.

Apple’s new spaceship campus update: it's coming along nicely.

AirPod demand is even higher than Watch demand.

Apple has added a new 2 TB option for iCloud storage, for $20.month. all other choices remain unchanged, including the free option for 5 GB, and 99 cents/month for 50 GB.

Eric points us to some other news: Apple has given go-ahead to start building its massive $1 Billion data center in Ireland, reports iDownloadBlog. `The facility will support Apple’s online services for customers in Europe, including the iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri.'

Walt Mossberg reviews the iPad Pro and the Logitech Create keyboard together: The Create keyboard finally helped the iPad Pro replace my laptop, he concludes, saying the setup is a pleasure to use.

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Woman recovers iPhone after 2,500-foot drop. Hard to believe anything can survive such a drop, but the iPhone fell on trees beneath, was found via `Find my iPhone’, and it is functioning.

Apple has filed a patent application for heart-monitoring wearable device, reports Investor's Daily.

From the abstract of the patent application: `A wearable device configured to acquire and process electrocardiographic measurements, detect lead inversion and correct the acquired measurements for lead inversion is provided. In one example, the wearable device can detect lead inversion by first assessing whether the P-wave of a given electrocardiographic measurement has a negative amplitude, and if the P-wave is found to be negative, the device can determine if the magnitude of the R-wave is smaller than the maximum of the magnitudes of the S-wave and the Q-wave. In another example, the device can be put through an enrollment procedure in which electrocardiographic measurements are taken with the device being worn at known locations on the body. Once the enrollment procedure is completed, when the device is being used, any electrocardiographic results obtained can be compared against the measurements taken during the enrollment phase, and the location of the device on the body can be determined.'

A very informative interview of Tim Cook by the Washington Post. It's a long read and a very worthwhile one.

David Sparks highlights some aspects from the interview about Apple's commitment to privacy, even at the expense of more services (such as Google's). A quote by Tim Cook: ``Privacy, in my point of view, is a civil liberty that our Founding Fathers thought of a long time ago and concluded it was an essential part of what it was to be an American. Sort of on the level, if you will, with freedom of speech, freedom of the press.''

Aloft Hotels will let you control your room with Siri, reports CNET.

iOS 10

The release of iOS 10 has come with a ton of goodies. So many new features, in fact, that many are hidden in plain sight. We will be discovering more over the next few months.

iMessages has gone from being a (very useful) app to being and app and a platform. Here is an overview of all the new features introduced with iOS 10’s iMessage.

Now that apps are available for iMessages, Words with Friends is an example that grew by 74%.

Some new offerings with iMessage, a list by Macworld.

Hidden features in iOS 10 you might not have discovered, says CultOfMac:

There are new Emoji with iOS 10. Bernie points us to Food and Drink emoji.

5 new features in iOS 10 that boost iPad Pro productivity. Macworld gives a nice overview.

10 new tricks to master with a new iPhone 6s or 7, coupled with iOS 10.

How to sell your older devices

See our own Links page for ideas.

If you are considering selling your older iPhone or iPad, eBay is a good choice to consider. To help you out, eBay has a page to help you estimate the price and list your iPad, as well as a page for iPone sales estimation and planning. Bookmark these.

Here are 3 best sites to sell your old cellphones, according to iHeartBudgets. They include eBay, Gazelle, and Swappa.

How to Sell your iPhone, by iMore. Comprehensive and excellent advice.


The new Portrait mode for iPhone 7 has not yet been released. But here is an excellent overview by a professional filmaker.

Scuba-ding with an iPhone 7, recording 4K video. How far can it go without a case?

Photojojo writes about testing iPhone 7 Plus' camera, with examples.

Tech journalist Jason Snell writes beautifully while looking back at iPhone photography evolution, through his family's events. An essay to be savored.

printing services

Below are some printing services that Olga has used multiple times and has been very happy with the results. She showed us examples of each service, using iPhone photos, iPad drawing and painting apps, as well as DSLR photos.

Moo.com offers cards, post cards, business cards, posters and others. You can use their templates or design your own. The results are professional and beautiful. Our own iPUG business cards are made by Moo.

Artifact Uprising offers prints, cards, photo books, and many more options. Their quality is impressive. Their goal is to bring back the printed photo, as an artifact that returns to reclaim its space in our lives.

Adorama Pix is a printing service offered by the renown camera store in NYC. Olga showed examples of Metal prints. They are a beautiful way to showcase a special photo or to make a gift. No framing needed.

Fracture offers beautiful prints directly on glass. Photos look very striking on glass. No framing needed.

Walgreens Photo offers simple prints, canvas prints, photo books, calendars and more. Olga used their website to create an 18-month calendar using iPhone photos. It was a great success as a gift.


A review of Apple Watch Series 2: it’s faster and brighter, says Macworld, in a very positive review.

watchOS 3 Guide: 15 essential tips to transform your Watch.

Apple Watch Series 2 has GPFS and can map your workouts. Great for runners and others. Here is a surfer tweeting his map: