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iOS & iPadOS 13.3 Released for your iPhone & iPad

The updates are not stopping and will never stop so please embrace the fact you have more to do. Wherever possible I have "Automatic Updates" ON to save having to do these steps manually, but if your devices are yet to update please follow these steps and update now.

Yes updates are a pain but they help keep us secure, fix bugs and occasionally add some great functionality as well so don't delay. This update fixes quite a few bugs (and does add a few too!) Check them now. 


Make sure you have a current backup! Settings >Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup > ON

Once you can see a successful recent backup proceed with the update


Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates > ON 

Download and Install Now if the Automatic Update has not been applied yet.


You may need to re-enter your devices Passcode to proceed with the update

This update includes bug fixes and other improvements listed below...

  • Enables the creation of a new video clip when trimming a video in Photos
  • Adds support for NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-compliant security keys in Safari
  • Fixes issues in Mail that may prevent downloading new messages
  • Addresses an issue that prevented deleting messages in Gmail accounts
  • Resolves issues that could cause incorrect characters to display in messages and duplication of sent messages in Exchange accounts
  • Fixes an issue where the cursor may not move after long pressing on the space bar
  • Addresses an issue that may cause screenshots to appear blurry when sent via Messages
  • Resolves an issue where cropping or using Markup on screenshots may not save to Photos
  • Fixes an issue where Voice Memos recordings may not be able to be shared with other audio apps
  • Addresses an issue where the missed call badge on the Phone app may not clear
  • Resolves an issue where the Cellular Data setting may incorrectly show as off
  • Fixes an issue that prevented turning off Dark Mode when Smart Invert was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where some wireless chargers may charge more slowly than expected

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And for your Mac, Apple Watch & Apple TV more updates too.

4th generation or later Apple TVs have a new update  tvOS 13.3

‌tvOS 13.3‌, like all Apple operating system updates is a free update and can be downloaded through the Settings app on the ‌‌‌Apple TV‌‌‌.

Open the Settings App on your Apple TV and goto System -> Software Update. ‌‌‌ If you have automatic software updates turned on you may have already been upgraded to ‌‌‌tvOS 13‌‌‌.3.

The Apple Watch has had a minor update to WatchOS 6.1.1

There are no new features with this update (The update "provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.") but appears to be only for bug fixes and security updates.

To update your Watch it must be on its charger until the update completes.

On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab.  Tap General > Software Update.

Download the update. If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter it.

Most Apple Watch updates take 20 minutes so don't do this if you need to go out soon.

The Mac has not been left out of this update cycle. macOS Catalina has been updated to 10.15.2

You can check out Apple release notes here to see what new features have been added in this update.


Once again please make sure that you have made a backup with Time Machine before you start this update.

What to do in preparation for iOS13 & iPadOS

New iPhones, iPads and Software Updates Coming

Brand New iPhones Coming (And Some New iPads Too)

In the early hours of September 12th Australian time Apple will be revealing the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max. I also believe they will announce a new entry level iPad replacing the 6th generation model and may upgrade the specs in the two iPad Pro models.

Despite what has been written by many in the media these new iPhones promise to be the best Apple has released to date. In fact it's probably more appropriate to call them iCameras with phone capability as we seem to use our iPhone more for all it's other features, rather than as a phone!

Any shortcomings the iPhone has had in the past regarding low light photography should be well and truly put to bed with big improvements due to the already brilliant cameras. I should be able to sell my green screen too (if I make the upgrade) with the ability to replace the background or make the background transparent one of the features that has been discovered in the pre-release software.

I expect pre-orders to open at 5pm, Friday the 13th Australian time with the models officially available the 20th or 21st in Australia. The new iPads (if announced) will probably be available in October. If you have an iPhone 6 or earlier I would strongly suggest considering upgrading your iPhone. If you have an iPhone 8 or higher I do not believe you need to unless you simply want to have the latest and best.

New Software iOS13 & iPadOS Will Bring Big Changes To Your Existing iPhones & iPads

Whether or not you choose to buy a new model iPhone, Apple will also be releasing the new version of software called iOS13 (for the iPhone) and iPadOS (brand new software for the iPad). This update brings significant changes to both devices but the biggest changes have been made to the iPad which now has its own operating system.

There are far too many changes to list here but the changes to the iPad will blur the line for most seniors, if it hadn't already, about the need to have a computer at all.

I have been able to film all of the new videos for the online school with only the iPhone and the base model 6th generation iPad. I have been able to create the titles and edit the videos all on this base model. There is very little in my workflow that requires a computer anymore so the the vast majority of you not working can ask yourself.. "Do I still need a computer?" and for most of you the answer is now no!


With iPadOS you can finally plug in a USB device, an external hard drive and even a mouse!! There are fantastic updates to the Photos App, Mail and huge changes to Reminders. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of changes coming.

As with all new updates I strongly recommend that you DO NOT rush out to do it in the first days. In fact I recommend that you wait about 2 weeks to do the update. Every year there are still bugs that need ironing out and this year is no exception as the pre-release version still has plenty of bugs that have not been resolved.

What to do in preparation for iOS13 & iPadOS

The most important thing you can do before this update comes out is to make sure your iPad and iPhone are backed up. It is such a simple process to do. For 99% of you backup will already be on and fully automatic but please check.

Sometime backups fail when you run out of iCloud storage or are not connected to WiFi so if you are prompted to buy some more iCloud storage please don't ignore it.

You can check if your backup is working or has been done recently by going to Settings > "Your Name" at the top of Settings > iCloud > then scroll down until you see iCloud Backup and even if it is on tap "iCloud Backup" to see when it was last updated. 

If it has not been updated recently tap "Back Up Now" and make sure it completes.

There is no need to lose any data in today's age but as I write this I am trying to rebuild a clients photo collection from old CDs as their computer died and iCloud Photos was not on. To have all those memories potentially lost because of $1.49/mth or $4.49/mth not being paid can be devastating.

Please, if you do nothing else after reading this post make sure iCloud Backup is on and completing!

iCloud Backup

Have a Question about the new iPhones, iPads or Software Update?

The only silly question is the one you do not ask so don't be afraid to fill in your question below!

Episode #120 – Ask The iPad Man LIVE

Episode #120 - Ask The iPad Man - LIVE
Answering your questions...
- Dale Peart asks... What to do if your WiFi keeps asking for your password?
- Denise Skeldon asks... What App should I use to record on my iPhone?
- Lynn Sparks asks... How do I close all my Safari webpages at once?
- Betty Newell asks... Is it possible to send a scanned document straight to a file in Dropbox?
- Deniis Fitzmaurice asks... How to I recover deleted or archived items?
- Susan Holmes asks... Apple Music or Spotify?
- Kim Mcconochie asks... iBooks vs Kindle?

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Picked up so many clever and useful tips

Glynnis S – Little Mountain – 18th Sep

Really looked forward to each lesson that was delivered with clear and simple language. I had a basic knowledge of the iPad but picked up so many clever and useful tips. I learnt heaps!

You are a great teacher!


Before this session I had issues with putting emails into separate, named folders. You are a great teacher to many people and are very knowledgable. Well done!

Seniors Forum Sunshine Coast

I have been asked to participate in a Seniors Forum on the Sunshine Coast to help communicate the issues facing Seniors when dealing with technology and technology companies.

I would be grateful for your feedback on issues you have faced with buying technology products, updating or upgrading, learning about technology, dealing with your telecommunications company, security, scams, passwords etc

Or any other issue you would like me to raise or to help change.

Please leave your comments below and I will use them to make sure we focus on the most important issues you face when dealing with technology.

Please keep your comments on topic about issues facing seniors. Save questions about iPad questions for one of my Ask The iPad Man shows.

Many thanks.

Ask The iPad Man – LIVE #104

Ask The iPad Man LIVE - Episode #104

I will answer the number 1 question asked this week…. Is my Google account being shut down?

I will explain the email that every Gmail or Google account holder has received.

PLUS: Apple Pay comes to Commonwealth Bank and BankWest (but with some limitations!)

AND I will do my best to answer any other questions you may have.

The only silly question is the one you don’t ask!

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