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‘Floating Keyboard’ introduced with new iPad software

By Staff | Jul 18, 2019

Here are a few more features of the new iPad software.

New to iPadOS is what Apple calls a “Floating Keyboard” that you can activate by pinching the regular on-screen keyboard. The keyboard then shrinks, and you can drag it around the screen. This is handy because it allows you to type a quick note while keeping both hands on the iPad.

iPadOS also supports more laptop-like hardware, including Bluetooth mice and USB thumb drives. With USB thumb drive support, you can now easily access any photos or other documents you have stored.

If you have a printer that supports AirPrint, then printing from an iPhone is a walk in the park – and these days, many printers offer AirPrint compatibility. Make sure both the printer and your phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the file (picture, note, etc.) to be printed on your iPhone. Tap the “Share” icon, which is a box with an arrow pointing upward out of it. Select “Print” on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Tap “Select Printer” to find any AirPrint-enabled printers nearby, and tap your chosen device. Tap “Options” if you want to change the settings (color or black-and-white, and double-sided or single). Select “Print.” The AirPrint-enabled printer will now be added to your list of preferred devices and will come up as an option for printing whenever in range.

A new photos tab gives you access to some of the new tools Apple’s adding here. For example, you can now remove duplicate photos and highlight best shots. The editing tools also come to video, which means you can rotate a video if you accidentally shoot it in the wrong orientation. You can apply the new filters and video effects as well. The photo apps will automatically organize photos by year, month and date, which will make it easier for you to find photos. Live photos and videos play as you scroll. View photos based on each day, month or year.

Apple combined Find my Phone and Find My Friends into a single app called Find My. The tool is encrypted and anonymous, and it won’t let phone thieves install or reboot your iPhone unless you activate it. Apple also blocks apps to track your location from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and lets you decide if you’d like apps to ask your permission each time it requests your location data.

Many phone companies are ready to deploy an important tool to tackle robocalls effectively – a call-authentication technology called STIR/SHAKEN. It can be used to block certain calls, especially those with masked numbers intended to trick you into answering. Once that system is fully operational, it should eliminate these “spoofed” calls. But STIR/SHAKEN won’t automatically block the many calls that come from legal robocallers, such as bill collectors, political campaigns and some telemarketers. However, it will help label them so that you can better identify who’s calling and decide whether you want to answer.

STIR/SHAKEN also may not be fully effective with international calls. That’s because it can only authenticate calls from a country that has its own STIR/SHAKEN system.

The new software update, which Apple announced earlier this month at its Worldwide Developers Conference, is expected to introduce a setting for silencing unknown and spam callers. The new feature uses Siri to filter out calls from phone numbers that aren’t found in your iPhone’s Contacts, Mail, and Messages app, reducing your chances of answering your phone only to find an automated scammer on the other end. These screened calls are sent straight to your iPhone’s voicemail.

This capability isn’t on by default, but users can enable it in iOS 13 by launching the iPhone’s settings menu, scrolling down to the phone option, and toggling the slider next to “Silence Unknown Callers.”

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