Feb 7, 2018
Home Pod is finally coming to an Apple place near you, but neither Dave nor Melissa plans on getting one anytime soon. That won’t stop us from having some fun with all the virtual assistants we already know and love! We’ll give you some fun ideas to try out when training for your very own virtually assisted lifestyle. Full show notes are at InTouchwithiOS.com
Current Software Versions: iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5 for 4th Gen and later, macOS 10.13.3; Apple TV 3rd Gen is current at 7.2.2. It looks like Apple is still supporting this model somewhat because they pushed the Amazon video app to it.
Welcome to Home Pod — Apple
$349.00 US; available February 9, 2018
David Pogue’s sneak preview of the Apple HomePod — Yahoo! Finance
Virtual Assistants: we can learn to use them better by practicing skills with some tools you may already have:
• Apple TV: practice using the voice search to watch TV
AirPlay - what is it and how do you use it?
The Apple TV Remote app can be used to control one or more Apple TVs when both the devices and Apple TVs are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Multiple people in the same home and on the same network can control the Apple TV from their device. (You can set it to be locked with a code so that a local prankster can’t hijack the screen.)
Mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to your Apple TV to:
• share photos you took at an event with the family
• project online course material for a group
Phonewise is a course Melissa and her family are currently taking. She shares her iPad screen to her Apple TV so the whole family can watch the videos and engage with the course content.
• use an app like Paper or My blackboard for sketching out your ideas for all to see
Put a shortcut to the Apple TV remote on your iPhone in the Control Center: Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > tap the + sign to add Apple TV Remote. (Note: this does not work for Apple TVs prior to the 4th Generation. For older Apple TVs you must still use the app.)
Use Guided Access to lock the user into a single app or for using an iOS device in a kiosk to perform a specific task.
Melissa uses Guided Access as a parenting tool for her young children. She likes the ReColor app as a go-to.
Apps & Gear:
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