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📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 #42

Greetings to all you Finer Folks. I have a good handful of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV ti
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺
📱💻 Finer Tech Newsletter ⌚️📺 #42
By David Chartier • Issue #42 • View online
Greetings to all you Finer Folks. I have a good handful of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV tips for you this week, as well as some good reads.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this issue or if there’s something you’d like to see covered in the future. If you know people who would enjoy this newsletter, I’ll owe you a beverage if you share this signup link and my Patreon link.

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💡 Tips
📱Safari for iPad: Get Split View with a gesture, keyboard shortcut
In iOS 11, Safari for iPad has its own Split View for viewing two sets of tabs next to each other. Simply tap and drag any tab down from the tab bar, then to the left or right of your iPad’s screen. A space will open up for you to drop it, similar to Split View for apps.
If you have a keyboard, press Command + N.
📱 Animoji can be stickers, too
Video isn’t your only option for sharing Animoji on an iPhone X. If you open the Animoji app drawer, pick a character, then make a face, you can tap it to send a sticker of that expression. You’re basically making your own stickers with nothing but your face.
Like other stickers, you can also tap and drag your Animoji, then to drop it onto an existing message.
Bonus Tip: The Animoji stickers you send get collected with other stickers in the Recent section of your iMessage app drawer.
⌚️ Make Watch apps more useful with the Dock
I know many Watch apps can be hit and miss. But I think one trick can make the good ones even more useful and easier to access: add them to your Dock.
Yeah, did you know your Watch has a Dock? In fact it has a dedicated button, right below the Digital Crown.
On your iPhone, open the Watch app, then go to the Dock section. There, try adding some apps you’d like to use more often. Next time you want to try an app, just press the Dock button.
I’ve found this to be much faster than scrolling around the app grid. And it might just be a placebo effect, but it feels like my Dock apps also perform a little better than they did before. I’m not sure if watchOS apps being in the Dock gives them some kind of performance priority over others, though. Do any of you folks know?
⌚️ Swipe between Watch faces like iPhone screens
Being able to create multiple Watch faces for different uses or situations is one of my favorite features. You can do it on the Watch or in the iPhone app, and I encourage you to experiment.
If you need inspiration, I wrote about the Watch faces I use, such as day-to-day, music, exercising, and ‘screw the rest of the world I’m relaxing the rest of the day.’
A great way to make these faces even more useful, and remove friction from switching between them, is to simply swipe across your Watch face. They’re stored horizontally next to each other, much like homescreen pages on your iPad or iPhone. Start a full swipe from the left or right edge of your current face, and you’ll instantly switch to the next adjacent one.
If you need to rearrange them, use the iPhone app. Just tap Edit to the right of My Faces at the top.
📺 Apple TV: Press Menu to start the screensaver
Sometimes I turn on our Apple TV just to watch those great slow-mo landscape screensavers our our shared family photo album. Sometimes it takes longer than I’d like to start, so I’m glad I discovered you can manually start the screensaver whenever you want.
As long as you’re on the homescreen, just press Menu on the Siri Remote (this might work on third-party remotes too; try whichever button you mapped to ‘Menu’).
Bonus Tip: If you do not currently have the left-most app in your Dock selected, the first Menu press will quickly take you there. Press it again for the screensaver.
🔗 Links
What smartphone photography is doing to our memories
Steve Jobs on the Post PC era
2018 iPad review: Drawn on an iPad! And edited, composed, and designed...
Activist Engineering
The rationalization of publishing
🤩 Thanks for reading
How did you like this issue? Was it useful and bite-size-y enough? Are there certain kinds of tips or apps you’d like to see here? Let me know what you think, and please help me spread the word about supporting Finer Things in Tech!
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David Chartier

Quick tips and exploring apps to help you work faster, shoot better photos, and do more with your iPad, iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, apps, and more. Also, some good weekly reads about tech and culture.

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