iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

iPad Weekend Sale: Save on the iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Pro | Digital Trends

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If you’re thinking about getting one of the latest models of Apple’s iPad, don’t miss this chance to get one with discounts from a weekend sale by Best Buy. With the popularity of these tablets, we’re not sure how long stocks will last, so take a look at the offers that we’ve rounded up here and make your decision on what to buy quickly because like with most iPad deals, these prices aren’t going to last forever.

Apple iPad Mini 2021 (Wi-Fi, 64GB) — $400, was $500

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The 2021 Apple iPad Mini is the oldest iPad in this list, but it’s still in our roundup of the best iPads as the best small iPad because it’s extremely portable with its 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display. Performance is still pretty quick by today’s standards as it’s equipped with Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor inside the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14, and the iPhone 14 Plus. The tablet features the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system for security, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage technology, and a battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Apple iPad Air 2022 (Wi-Fi, 256GB) — $600, was $750

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The 2022 Apple iPad Air is our top choice among the best tablets for several reasons, but it all starts with the amazing performance provided by Apple’s M1 chip. It’s the same processor in the 2021 Apple iPad Pro and the 2020 Apple MacBook Air, and even if you multitask between several apps, the tablet simply won’t slow down. The 2022 Apple iPad Air also features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Touch ID, a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, and a battery that can last up to 10 hours from a full charge.

Apple 11-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 128GB) — $749, was $799

The back of the iPad Pro (2022) in Space Gray.
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If you want the best performance that you can get from an iPad, you should go for the 2022 Apple iPad Pro with the M2 chip that’s also inside the 2022 Apple MacBook Air and 2022 Apple MacBook Pro. The smaller model with an 11-inch Liquid Retina display is still pretty large, which will give you a great view of the streaming shows that you’re watching and the projects that you’re working on. The tablet is protected by Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system, and it comes with a 12MP Wide back camera and a 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage.

Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2022 (Wi-Fi, 512GB) — $1,349, was $1,399

The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.
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For the largest display that you can get from an iPad, check out the 12.9-inch model of the 2022 Apple iPad Pro. The tablet’s larger model comes with all of the same features, expect for the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display that’s downright gorgeous for all purposes.

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How to enable Apple Music lossless audio on Apple TV | Digital Trends

How to enable Apple Music lossless audio on Apple TV | Digital Trends

Despite having spent hundreds of hours listening to lossless audio from Apple Music on my iPhone since the feature launched, I’ve done very little listening to the format via my Apple TV. Or at least, I thought I had done very little listening. As it turns out, I had done zero lossless listening via Apple TV, a fact that a video from Audioholics’ Gene DellaSala makes abundantly clear. Lossless audio is not turned on by default on that device.

Thankfully, the fix is easy and only takes a few clicks of your Apple TV remote. DellaSala’s video runs you through the steps, but I’ve reposted them here as a quick reference.

Unfortunately, these steps only apply to the three generations of the Apple TV 4K. Lossless audio from Apple Music isn’t supported on other Apple TV models.


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Switch the Apple Music audio quality setting from High Quality to Lossless

To get lossless audio from Apple Music on an Apple TV 4K, follow these five easy steps using your Apple TV remote or the Remote app on your iPhone.

Step 1: From the Apple TV 4K’s home screen, open the Settings app.

Apple TV 4K: Home screen with Settings app highlighted.

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Step 2: Scroll down and select the Apps menu item.

Apple TV 4K: Settings menu.

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Step 3: Scroll down and select Music under the App Settings heading.

Apple TV 4K: apps settings.

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Step 4: Take note of the current setting for Audio Quality under the Audio heading.

If it says “Lossless,” you’re already getting lossless audio quality from Apple Music, congrats!

If it says “High Quality,” move on to the next step.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music settings.

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Step 5: Scroll down and select Audio Quality from under the Audio heading.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music audio quality settings.

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Step 6: Highlight, then select the Lossless option.

The check mark should move from the High Quality option to the Lossless option. If it doesn’t, select the Lossless option again.

To confirm that the change worked, use the back button to return to the Music screen. You should now see “Lossless” in the Audio Quality field.

Apple TV 4K: Apple Music audio quality settings.

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Now that you’ve got lossless audio for Apple Music enabled on your Apple TV, we should point out one small caveat for audiophiles. While the steps above ensure that you’re getting the best possible audio quality from Apple Music on Apple TV, lossless audio isn’t actually Apple Music’s top quality level.

Included with every Apple Music subscription is access to the service’s collection of “hi-res lossless” tracks. These tracks are streamed in 24-bit/96kHz or higher resolution, but unfortunately, the Apple TV 4K is currently limited to regular Apple Music lossless quality of up to 24-bit/48kHz.

As DellaSala points out, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with 24-bit/48kHz. In fact, in many circles this resolution is considered the entry level for hi-res audio. Still, if you want to hear the very highest quality from Apple Music, you’ll need to use a hi-fi or headphone DAC that’s compatible with iPhones or Android phones. These will let you decode hi-res lossless tracks from the Apple Music mobile app.

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7 hidden iMessage features you need to be using | Digital Trends

7 hidden iMessage features you need to be using | Digital Trends

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Apple’s iMessage is a widely used messaging app with over 1 billion active users. It was launched in 2011 and is deeply integrated into Apple devices, allowing iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to exchange text messages, photos, videos, and more seamlessly across platforms.

Over the years, Apple has introduced many new features to the Messages app. You probably use some of them every day, but others are easy to overlook and forget about it. Below are a few of our favorite hidden iMessage features — and ones you should be using if you aren’t already.

Pinning messages

Screenshot showing pinning messages on iPhone.
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With iMessage, you can communicate with both individuals and groups. However, sometimes, it can be challenging to track meaningful conversations or specific content when you receive messages from multiple sources, such as organizations or companies. This is where message pinning comes in. This feature allows you to save essential conversations or specific content at the top of your Messages app to access them easily. Starting with iOS 14, Apple allowed you to pin up to nine conversations at the top of the Messages app.

To pin a conversation, drag and drop it to the top of the Messages app. Alternatively, you can long press on the conversation and select Pin from the pull-down menu.

Mark messages as unread

Screenshot showing how to market a message as unread on iPhone.
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We receive many messages daily, and when we see a new message, we often feel the urge to open it immediately. However, some messages require a response, which can sometimes be forgotten if we don’t reply immediately. Unfortunately, just opening a message can make it harder to remember to send a reply later since it can get lost in the shuffle.

One way to ensure important messages are not missed is to mark them as unread. This helps isolate them from other messages and serves as a reminder to address them later. To mark a message as unread on your iPhone, long press on it, then select Mark as Unread from the pull-down menu. Easy, no? A dot on the left side marks unread messages.

Message threads and tags

Screenshot showing how to reply to a thread on iPhone.
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Starting with iOS 14, Apple made it possible to reply directly to a message within a conversation. This allows you to highlight specific messages or people, and it’s especially handy if you’re in busy group conversations.

To do so, go into the conversation, then identify the message bubble to which you want to reply. Next, touch and hold that bubble, then tap the Reply button. Type your message as you usually do, then choose the Send button.

When replying this way, you also tag a specific person by typing their name. This person might be part of the thread, and they’ll receive this mention on their device.

Find deleted messages — and recover them

Recovering deleted messages in the Messages app on an iPhone.
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Have you ever accidentally deleted a message thread in iMessage? It can be frustrating, but don’t worry because there’s a solution. On your iPhone, you can view recently deleted messages for up to 40 days before the system permanently removes them from your device. If you act quickly, you can recover the messages you thought were lost forever.

To retrieve deleted messages on your iPhone, open the Messages app and tap the Edit button in the top-left corner. Then, tap Show Recently Deleted. Here, you’ll find a list of deleted threads and the number of messages lost in each thread.

Although you cannot read the thread from this page, you can recover it by tapping the circle to the left and selecting Recover at the bottom of the screen. After doing so, the messages will be restored to your main messages page. Alternatively, you can tap Recover All if you want to recover all of your deleted messages at once.

Bubble and screen effects

Screenshot showing how to add message effects on iPhone.
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Text alone might not be enough to convey a message. That’s where screen effects come in. The tools, which have been around for a few years, include bubble effects, full-screen effects, camera effects, and more.

To send a message with a screen effect, press and hold the Send button rather than tapping it. This displays two options: Bubble and Screen effects. This allows you to send a message with your bubble slamming into the screen, a fancy firework effect, and more. Only other iMessage users will see these effects, however, so they won’t work if you’re sending them to someone with an Android phone.

Shake to undo

screenshot showing what happens when you shake your iPhone in the Messages app.
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I’ll admit, the shake to undo feature is one I didn’t know about until I sat down to write this article. Regardless, it’s genius. If you type out a message and don’t like what you typed, you can delete it entirely. All you have to do is shake your iPhone and then respond to the prompt on the screen.

The feature works exactly how you’d expect, but it doesn’t work after sending the message. In other words, shaking your iPhone won’t unsend the message. However, even this is possible if you’re sending a message to another Apple user and less than 15 minutes have passed since you sent it.

Shift your keyboard

Screenshot showing how to activate the one-handed keyboard on iPhone.
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You may encounter situations where typing on a keyboard the length of your iPhone using both hands may not be practical, such as when you have only one free hand available. This is when the aptly named one-handed keyboard comes in handy.

Open the Messages app on your iPhone and start typing. Tap and hold the Smiley icon at the bottom left of the keyboard to access the keyboard settings. Choose the option to have the keyboard move to the left or right side of the screen, depending on which hand you prefer. This will allow you to type comfortably with one hand. You can use this tool anywhere the keyboard is on your device, not just the Messages app.

Hopefully, this list of hidden iMessage features will give you something new to try or remind you of a feature you might have forgotten. The Messages app is packed full of great features, so enjoy them, whether you have an iPhone 15 Pro or other Apple device.

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Apple may announce new iPads next month. Here’s everything we expect | Digital Trends

Apple may announce new iPads next month. Here’s everything we expect | Digital Trends

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When it comes to Apple, we expect a new product refresh annually at this point, including for the iPad. However, that didn’t happen in 2023. In fact, 2023 was the first year that Apple didn’t release a new iPad model at all, which means we haven’t had new iPad releases since 2022.

It’s unclear why we didn’t see any new iPads last year. However, that should also be an indicator that we can expect some big changes for the next generation of iPad models, which are rumored to come out this year. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has even said that we could see new iPads as early as March.

With that in mind, here are the biggest things that we could be seeing with Apple’s 2024 iPad lineup.

iPad Pro

Someone holding the 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro (2022).
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Since the iPad Pro is Apple’s top-tier tablet, this will have the biggest and most significant upgrades out of the entire lineup. This next iPad Pro could set the course for what we should expect from iPads in the years to come.

When Apple launched the 10th-generation iPad in 2022, it was the first iPad to relocate the front-facing camera to landscape orientation. This repositioned camera placement is much more natural when it comes to making video calls on the iPad, and it’s been rumored that this change will also make its way to the iPad Pro. However, since the Apple Pencil wirelessly charges along that edge, we might see a new docking position for it.

The next generation of iPad Pro is also expected to be upgraded to an OLED display. Currently, the 11-inch iPad Pro has an LCD display, while the 12.9-inch model uses mini-LED. With an OLED display, the iPad Pro will have much better color accuracy and contrast, and since OLED panels are actually more power efficient, it may have an effect on battery life too.

The next iPad Pro models might also be getting a slight increase in display size thanks to slimmer bezels around the screen. The 11-inch model could be bumped up to 11.1 inches, and the 12.9-inch version could go up to 13 inches. This would also help further differentiate the Pro models from the midrange iPad Air.

The iPad Pro (2022) sitting in the Magic Keyboard.
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Right now, the iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s in-house silicon in the form of the M2 chip. For the next-generation iPad Pros, we can definitely expect to see the M3 inside, and the storage could also be bumped up to 4TB. If that’s the case, then Apple might make the starting storage option 256GB rather than 128GB to retain the five-tier system (128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB currently).

So far, those are the biggest changes we are certain Apple will make to the iPad Pro. Other possibilities include a new four-pin connector on the top and bottom side edges that is different from the Smart Connector, MagSafe wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, a redesigned Magic Keyboard, and a new third-generation Apple Pencil.

Of course, if all of these upgrades for the iPad Pro are true, it would also mean a more expensive starting price.

iPad Air

The back of the iPad Air 5.
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The iPad Air has been a great value for a lot of people, as it offers most of the “pro” features of Apple’s higher-end iPad Pros, but at a more affordable price. This year, Apple could be bringing another “pro” feature to the iPad Air: a second, larger size.

Reports have circulated that Apple is planning to launch a 12.9-inch iPad Air in addition to the 10.9-inch size that it currently offers. This would make sense if Apple is planning to equip the iPad Pros with OLED displays, as the iPad Air could offer a larger size, but still be affordable by utilizing an LCD display.

Other than a second larger model, there aren’t other design changes rumored for the next-generation iPad Air. It would likely still have the Touch ID sensor in the top button, keeping Face ID as an iPad Pro-exclusive feature.

The price for a 12.9-inch iPad Air would likely sit somewhere between that of the 10.9-inch iPad Air and the 11-inch iPad Pro.

iPad mini

The Apple Pencil attaches to the iPad mini magnetically.
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The iPad mini has long been overdue for a refresh, as the iPad mini 6 came out in 2021. However, compared to what the iPad Pro and iPad Air may be getting, the iPad mini’s potential upgrades are a little less exciting.

Gurman, as well as popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, both believe we will see a new iPad mini this year, but not until the latter half of 2024. This would make sense since it has been three years since the last iPad mini.

Reports suggest the iPad mini 7 will have a faster chip, possibly the A16 Bionic, though it might even get the A17 or even an M-series chip. The front and rear 12MP cameras could see some improvements, and there should be support for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, both of which are standards that Apple has already added to other recent products.

The iPad mini 7 should also be getting new colors, but it’s unclear what those colors may be.

iPad

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Like the iPad mini, Apple isn’t expected to release an updated base-model iPad until the second half of 2024. While the 10th-generation iPad got some big changes in 2022 with a new design, larger display, USB-C, and other improvements, it appears this year’s update will be more iterative.

Since it just got a redesign, the 11th-generation iPad will still have the same design as its predecessor. Apple will, of course, add a faster processor and may improve the cameras just a bit, but otherwise, there aren’t any major new features to expect.

Big changes are coming

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This year will be a big one for Apple’s iPad lineup, no doubt about it. But it does look like the iPad Pro will be getting the biggest upgrades out of all of them, with a possible size increase, an M3 chip, OLED displays, and more.

Upgrades for the rest of the lineup are a bit more minor. The iPad Air is likely getting a bigger size option to choose from, and the iPad mini and iPad will get much needed spec bumps.

based on the timeline, it looks like we will see the iPad Pro and iPad Air next month, whereas the iPad mini and iPad will show up later this year.

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Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS | Digital Trends

Apple Sports app looks to rule live scores and stats on iOS | Digital Trends

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As if what it’s done with MLS Season Pass wasn’t proof enough that Apple is serious about sports, today we have another example. Enter Apple Sports, a new app for iPhone that aims to be the only app you’ll need for live sports scores, real-time stats, and more.

Apple Sports is available in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Inside it you’ll find the likes of MLS, NBA, college basketball, Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga, Liga MX, Ligue 1, and Serie A — and that’s just for starters. We’re still in the offseason for sports like Major League Baseball, the NFL and college football, and the National Women’s Soccer League and WNBA, but you’ll see them all in Apple Sports once games begin.

Apple is putting a premium on speed and simplicity in this free app.

“We created Apple Sports to give sports fans what they want — an app that delivers incredibly fast access to scores and stats,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of services, said in a press release. “Apple Sports is available for free in the App Store, and makes it easy for users to stay up to date with their favorite teams and leagues.”

There’s a fair amount of customization in Apple Sports. You can follow your favorite teams, entire leagues, or individual tournaments. And in addition to scores, you’ll find things like betting odds (you can turn these off, if you’d like), team stats, and lineups.

And Apple has added a button that’ll take you straight to the event in the TV app on your phone, which should then take you to the game on whatever service you have tied into the TV app.

The Apple Sports app also will sync with anything you have favorited on Apple News. So while Apple Sports may not completely replace other sports apps you have installed — not yet, anyway — it’s likely to find a prime spot on home screens pretty quickly.

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Apple Music just got a cool feature you won’t find on Spotify | Digital Trends

Apple Music just got a cool feature you won’t find on Spotify | Digital Trends

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The Apple Music Replay feature gives you a rundown of which songs and albums you’ve listened to on the service every year. But now, it’s getting a makeover that will make it more handy. Rundowns are being offered every month, allowing you to see your favorite tunes during the past 30-plus days — as well as how often you’ve listened to those titles.

The new monthly Apple Music Replay feature is only available through the web on the Apple Music Replay website, which is unfortunate, but unsurprising. The annual Apple Music Replay launches every December and is also a web-only feature.

With the new monthly feature, you can now view your listening history for January, including the total number of minutes listened, as well as top artists, songs, and albums. Your February list will most likely be released on Friday, March 1.

Apple Music Replay calculates your top songs, albums, artists, playlists, genres, and stations based on your listening history in Apple Music. This feature considers the number of times you have played a song, artist, album, playlist, genre, or station and the time you have spent listening to each.

The new monthly Apple Music Replay feature gives the service an advantage over its competitor, market leader Spotify. That company’s Spotify Wrapped feature, which is more comprehensive than Apple’s, is highly anticipated by its subscribers each year. Whether Spotify will also introduce a monthly version of its feature remains to be seen. To compete with Apple, it probably will.

Apple Music’s monthly recap is available now and can be accessed via its website from your phone, tablet, or any other device.

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How to hide apps on your iPhone | Digital Trends

How to hide apps on your iPhone | Digital Trends

People either love the iPhone‘s home screen or hate it. Unlike Android, which hides apps away in an app drawer, the iPhone proudly plops app icons down onto the home screen. This means apps are very easily accessible, but it can also lead to your phone feeling cluttered, especially if you’re an app-o-holic. The introduction of the App Library helped this by giving everyone a central place to keep their apps, but for most people, the home screen is still the place to keep apps.

Of course, this becomes a problem if you want to hide an app. Whether it’s not an app you need very often, a sensitive banking app, or anything else you want to keep hidden, having it proclaiming its presence on your home screen is a problem. Thankfully, Apple has included a number of quick and easy ways to hide apps away, without removing them from your phone.


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How to hide an app on your iPhone

Hiding an app on your iPhone’s home screen is simple, and very fast.

Step 1: Find the app you want to hide on your home page.

Step 2: Press and hold on the app in question.

Step 3: A box will pop up. Select Remove app.

Step 4: It’ll ask you whether you want to uninstall the app, or just remove it from the home screen. Choose Remove from home screen to hide the app without uninstalling it.

How to hide multiple apps at once

Sometimes you want a good old clean-out, and want to hide a bunch of apps from your home screen. Perhaps they’re purely cosmetic apps, and not useful day-to-day, or just want to streamline your experience. No matter why, it’s easy to sort it out.

Step 1: Press and hold on an empty portion of your home screen.

Step 2: Your home screen will enter “jiggle mode”, where all the app icons start jiggling, indicating they can be edited.

Step 3: Choose the Minus (-) icon by any app you want to hide, and go through the same process as for hiding a single app.

How to find a hidden app

If you’re hiding an app, rather than uninstalling it, then it’s a fairly good guess you want to access that app again. While it’s no longer easily accessible on your home screen, it’s not difficult to find that hidden app again. There are two ways of doing this, and both are very simple.

Step 1: Spotlight Search is a strong iOS feature, and it’s great for finding any app, not just hidden ones.

Step 2: To use it, swipe down from your home screen. Don’t swipe from the top of the screen, or you’ll open your notifications. Instead, swipe from the middle.

Step 3: When Spotlight Search appears, type in the name of the app you want.

The next method involves the App Library.

Step 1: Swipe to the left until you reach the end of your home screen, and your App Library opens.

Step 2: Choose the search bar at the top of the screen, then either scroll down the alphabetical list, or search for your chosen app.

How to hide apps in a folder

If you want to hide a particular group of apps, but still keep them accessible together, you can do so with folders.

Step 1: Tap and hold one of the apps you want to hide.

Step 2: Drag the app you’d like to hide onto another app and then let go of the app when it’s on top of the other app. This creates a new folder, which will automatically be named by your iPhone (according to the apps), but you can change the name to something more relevant.

Step 3: If you want to hide another app, drag it into the newly created folder. Repeat until you’ve placed all the apps you want to hide in this folder. You might want to place a few other apps in the folder to fill out the first page, or you can just leave it.

Step 4: Once you’ve transferred all your apps to the new folder, you can adjust their location to hide them on the next page. Doing this is easy; simply tap and drag the chosen app to the folder’s right side until it migrates to the second page. Repeat this method with any other apps you want to remain hidden.

Step 5: Finally, we suggest giving the folder a more modest title. We also included a few related apps on the folder’s first page. Remember that all the apps on the folder’s first page will still be noticeable from the home page; however, it will be much smaller than usual.

Step 6: If you decide you don’t need to hide your apps any longer, you can instantly move them elsewhere. All you need to do is drag them out of the hidden folder and put them back on the home page. To do this, just enable jiggle mode.

With that all said and done, you’re now an iPhone app hiding pro! Whether you use one of these methods or all of them, they’re at your disposal for hiding iPhone apps however you see fit.

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How to send a voice message on your iPhone | Digital Trends

How to send a voice message on your iPhone | Digital Trends

Typing out text messages to people is one of the simplest functions of your iPhone. However, there are times where you need to send a message but can’t easily type on your keyboard — whether you’re out grocery shopping, cooking, doing dishes, etc.

Luckily, your iPhone 15 or other iOS device has a tool that lets you record and send audio messages directly from the Messages app. Here’s how it works.


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How to send a voice message on your iPhone

To send a voice message on your iPhone, simply follow these directions:

Step 1: First, open the Message app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Choose an Existing message from the list or tap the Message icon at the top right to begin a new message. In that case, choose a New contact.

Step 3: Tap the + at the bottom left, then select Audio.

Screenshot showing how to start an audio file in Messages on iPhone.

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Step 4: Using your voice, Record a message.

Step 5: Tap the red square icon to Stop recording.

Screenshot showing how to record and send an audio message in the Messages app on iPhone.

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Step 6: Tap the Up arrow to send the message, or tap the + icon to add time to the message. Alternatively, tap the X icon to delete the message.

Step 7: You can listen to an audio message prior to sending it. To do so, after tapping the Red square icon to stop recording, choose the icon that shows a Right arrow to listen to the recording.

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Step 8: Tap the Pause icon to pause the recording.

How to save an audio message

After you send or listen to an audio message, you have two minutes to save it to your phone. Otherwise, it gets deleted automatically. To save it:

Step 1: Open the Message app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Choose the message that has the audio message.

Screenshot showing how to keep an audio recording in the Messages app on iPhone.

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Step 3: Tap Keep under the audio message to keep it. The audio message will remain in the Messages app.

Just like that, you’ve become a pro at recording, sending, and saving audio messages! You can send audio messages to other iMessage users and your Android contacts using SMS texting, so feel free to send audio messages to whoever you’d like.

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how to take a screenshot on an iPhone (any generation) | Digital Trends

how to take a screenshot on an iPhone (any generation) | Digital Trends

There’s no print screen button on your iPhone, but you can take a screenshot on an iPhone with just a couple of button presses. It doesn’t matter if you have the iPhone 8, iPhone 15, or any other model of iPhone — they can all do this. Using screenshots is a perfect way to share problems with smartphone updates, funny things you see on websites, or that weird text you just got. All you need to know is what the right buttons are, which we’ll cover here, alongside a few techniques to spruce up your iPhone screenshotting game.

Note: Are you a MacOS user? If so, we have also have a comprehensive guide on how to take a screenshot on a Mac.

Taking a screenshot is as simple as pressing two of the physical buttons at the same time, but which two buttons to press depends on which model of iPhone you’re using.

Taking a screenshot on newer iPhones

Here are the buttons to press if you have an iPhone without a home button. Which is to say you are using one of the best iPhones of today.

Step 1: The first button you’ll need to press is the button located near the top-right corner of your iPhone. This is the same button you normally press to turn your screen off and lock your iPhone.

Step 2: The other button you’ll need to press is Volume Up, located on the left side of your iPhone.


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Step 3: To take the screenshot, press the two buttons at the same time.

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Taking a screenshot on an iPhone with a “Home” button

If you still have an older iPhone, or just picked up a refurbished iPhone that’s on the older side, you will follow the same steps as above, but will press the home button as the second button described above.

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Capturing a screenshot using AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch allows the user to perform more complex touch-based commands on the iPhone — like pinching, multifinger swiping, or activating 3D Touch — through a simple menu that is just a few taps away. This is useful for a lot of things, but in this case it’s an alternative way to get screenshots if one of your buttons isn’t working properly of you’re unable to press both of them at the same time. Here’s how to set this up and use it.

Step 1: Navigate to the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap Accessibility.

Step 3: Tap Touch.

Step 4: Tap AssistiveTouch

Step 5: Toggle AssistiveTouch on. You’ll see the AssistiveTouch button appear on your screen, resembling a series of faded, concentric circles.

Step 6: Tap Double-Tap.

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Step 7: Scroll down and tap Screenshot.

Step 8: Swipe up to return to the Home Screen. The AssistiveTouch button should remain on screen.

Step 9: When you find a screen that you want to save an image of, double-tap the AssistiveTouch button. Your iPhone display will briefly flash white and you’ll also hear the same shutter noise that you do when taking a picture in the iPhone Camera app, as long as your device isn’t in silent mode.

Step 10: A thumbnail of the screenshot will appear in the bottom-left corner of the screen. After a few seconds, this will disappear and the screenshot will be automatically saved to your photo library. You can also swipe it away at any time to save it to your photo library immediately, or tap on it to crop, annotate, or share it using the steps described earlier.

Note that AssistiveTouch offers a number of other ways to do this as well. For example, if you prefer, you can assign the Screenshot shortcut to a Long Press instead of a Double-Tap. You can also single-tap on the AssistiveTouch button to open a menu that includes a wealth of other functions. You can also capture a screenshot from this menu by tapping Device > More > Screenshot, which could be useful if you’d rather assign the Double-Tap and Long Press actions to perform other tasks.

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Edit and annotate a captured screenshot

Once you successfully capture a screenshot, you’ll see a small preview in the bottom-left corner of your screen. This preview will automatically disappear in a few seconds, but you can also swipe it to the left to dismiss it. In this case, the screenshot gets tucked away safely in your photo library and you can carry on with whatever you were doing before.

However, you can also pull up the screenshot to make some quick edits and annotations before that happens. Here’s how.

Step 1: After taking a screenshot, tap on the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Your screenshot will open in a simplified editing window, ready to be cropped or annotated.

Step 3: If you would prefer to save only a portion of your screenshot, you adjust the cropping handles to draw a box around the portion you want to keep. You can also use the standard pinch-to-zoom gesture to enlarge a portion of your screenshot.

Step 4: You can also add markup and other annotations to your screenshot by drawing with your finger. A variety of different annotation tools can be found at the bottom of the editing screen. You can also find Undo and Redo buttons at the top of the screen so you can walk back any edits you don’t like.

Step 5: To add advanced annotations, such as a text box, magnifier loupe, or your signature, tap the Plus button in the bottom-right corner and choose the appropriate options from the pop-up menu.

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Step 6: When you’re finished making edits, tap Done in the upper-left corner.

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Step 7: Choose Save to Photos or Save to Files to save the resulting image to your photo library or iCloud Drive, respectively. You can also tap Delete Screenshot if you’ve changed your mind and don’t want to save it.

Note that if you take multiple screenshots in succession, they’ll all come up in the editing window at the same time. You can swipe left and right to move between them and edit each one individually. You can discard an individual screenshot from this editing view by tapping the Trash can icon at the top of the screen. Tapping Done will prompt you to save or delete the entire set.

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Share a screenshot

By default, screenshots are automatically saved to your photo library, where you can share them in the same way as any other photo. However, if you’re grabbing a screenshot specifically to share with somebody or post on social media, you can share it right away. This also lets you avoid saving a copy to your photo library if you don’t need to keep it around afterward. Here’s how.

Step 1: After taking a screenshot, tap on the thumbnail that appears in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

Step 2: Your screenshot will open in the annotation mode described in the last section.

Step 3: If you want to crop or annotate your screenshot before sharing it, go right ahead.

Step 4: When finished, tap the Share button in the top-right corner.

Step 5: The standard iOS Share Sheet will appear, letting you send the image out via text message or email, post it on social media, send it to another Apple device via AirDrop, or even save it somewhere else, like in Apple Notes.

Step 6: If you want to share your screenshot to another service, tap the Share button again. You can repeat these steps as often as you like to share to multiple places.

Step 7: When you’re finished sharing, tap Done in the upper-left corner.

Step 8: Choose Save to Photos or Save to Files if you want to keep a copy of your screenshot; otherwise tap Delete Screenshot. This option only affects whether the screenshot gets saved in your photo library or iCloud Drive —i t will still be sent or saved in all of the other places you’ve shared it to.

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Suppose you’ve settled into the backseat of a car to watch some Apple TV+ on your iPhone or iPad during a long road trip or during your commute to and from work. Don’t let things like poor wireless signal reception or a limited data plan spoil your binge session and download your favorite television and movie content before you hit the road. Whether you’re catching up on episodes of the latest dramas or keeping the kids occupied on the backseat with premium kid’s content, we’ll show you how to download them in a few easy steps.

Are you looking for the best content to watch with your Apple+ subscription? Be sure to check out our updated guides that highlight the best shows on Apple TV+ as well as everything that’s new on Apple TV+.

How to download movies and TV shows

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Whether you are on a device running iOS, iPadOS, or MacOS, the download process is the same. Take note that at this time, you cannot download content for offline viewing on Apple TV devices, smart TVs, and other streaming devices.

Step 1: Open the Apple TV app on your device.

Step 2: Search for the movie or TV show you wish to download.

Step 3: Tap or click the download button (a cloud with a downward-facing arrow) next to the TV show or movie. Note, on a computer the cloud icon will appear for TV episodes when you hover your mouse arrow over the individual episode.

Once your video has been downloaded, you can access it by navigating to the Library tab and then the Downloaded section from within the Apple TV app. To remove any downloaded content from an iOS or iPadOS device, tap any title that has an iPhone with a checkmark icon next to it and tap Remove Download. You can also just delete with a swipe or bulk delete via the Edit button right from your Downloaded folder. On a Mac, right-click the content and choose Remove Download.

What content can I download?

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If you’re subscribed to either Apple TV+ or an Apple TV channel, you can choose to download any TV show or movie for later viewing. The Apple TV+ later viewing ability is available for select Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Any content you download is available for up to 30 days, but Apple notes that some content may expire sooner. Some Apple TV channels may limit how many titles can be downloaded at a time; if you hit that limit, a message will give you a heads-up to delete some previous content.

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