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In Touch with iOS, is a podcast that talks about iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and related technologies. Hosted by Dave Ginsburg and he is joined by different guests from the Apple Community.

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 

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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

Here are some obvious questions about the HomePod — The Verge 

Can Apple's HomePod outdo Echo, Google Home? — CNet 

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

  • Set up iTunes and Home Sharing so you can use the iTunes Remote app to control sound in your home from different devices. This should hold you over until a Home Pod makes more sense in your home. Other devices that have the iTunes Remote app installed can control audio playback. You can stream audio to different speakers throughout your home when connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Practice and learn spoken commands for using Siri — click the link or just say “Hey Siri, help.” and a list will be presented on your screen with topics

AirPlay - what is it and how do you use it?

Use AirPlay or Screen Mirroring on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — Apple

Get help with AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — Apple 

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

Use and customize Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch — Apple

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

iTunes Remote

iTunes Remote app icon

Apple TV Remote

Apple TV remote app icon

YouTube TV

YouTube TV app icon

Paper by FiftyThree

Paper by Fifty-three app icon
My blackboard

My blackboard app icon


 ReColor app icon

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