iPhone X notch remover

I haven’t purchased the iPhone 10. Yet? I have read and listened to a lot of reviews on it though. One of the most controversial things about it is the notch at the top of the screen. Some people hate it, others are okay with it and some tolerate it.

Here’s a way to get rid of it. In the App Store, today there’s a new app Notch Remover. Notch Remover lets you remove the notch from the status bar. It modifies your wallpaper to adjust for the notch. You can check out some of the amazing results in the screenshots on the App Store.

I’ve also heard that using the black wallpaper that’s part of iOS 11 does a pretty good job of disguising it.

Web Finds for November 5, 2017

Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique, informative, and some of the coolest websites and apps that you may have never known existed. Enjoy!

How to Hide Recent & Suggested Apps from iPad Dock in iOS 11
One of the various new features introduced to iPad with modern iOS is a revamped Dock, complete with a new Recent and Suggested Apps section that appears on the far right side of the iPad Dock, delineated by a faint separator line.

Cardhop
Cardhop for Mac is a new way to deal with contacts. The magical parsing engine is incredibly intuitive, letting you search, add, edit, and interact with your contacts using a simple sentence!

Path Finder 7
Path Finder is a Mac Finder replacement with power user file management features. Path Finder is designed to work with a variety of different workflows. Whether you’re a power user who accesses, manages, and manipulates a bunch of files a day, or just a casual user who loves being on top of everything.

Affirm: Easy monthly payments
With Affirm iOS app, you can split almost any online purchase into easy monthly payments. Unlike a credit card, there are no hidden fees and no surprises. Just enter a few pieces of information for a real-time decision, then choose the payment schedule that works for you!

Previous Web Finds are here.

iPad – Can it replace my Mac update

I switched to Apple products about 4 years ago. My first device was an iPhone 6 that replaced an LG Android phone. Shortly thereafter I replaced my ailing Windows PC with a late 2013 21” iMac. Next came my early 2015 13” Retina MacBook Pro. And I recently upgraded my iPhone to a 7 Plus. With this setup, I never felt the need for an iPad. In fact, I recently wrote an article Can iPad replace my laptop.

So here’s how I’ve ended up with an iPad. Several months ago a friend gave me a B&H gift card that I had actually forgotten about. After rummaging through some stuff the other day I ran across it and realized it was going to expire on October 30 which was only a few days away. Not knowing what to get I decided on an iPad. So I placed an order for a 2017 iPad 9.7” with Retina display and 128 GB storage.

I’ve been using it now for a few of days. The setup was pretty straightforward. I installed all the apps that I want on it and purchased a Speck Slim Balance Folio case for it.

Now how does this iPad fit in with my iPhone and Macs? My computing needs are pretty simple. I write, read, browse the web and manage my finances. Knowing what I do, I am sure I wouldn’t want to completely switch to an iPad. So far I like the reading and web browsing experience on the iPad is. It’s lightweight making it easier to handle than my MacBook and easier to read on than my iPhone.

Writing is not so great. My writing workflows include apps like Keyboard Maestro, Alfred, PopClip, and Marked 2 that improve my productivity. There are no apps like this for iPad. I have to jump through too many hoops to do the same things (if at all) I can do on my Mac.

Here’s the bottom line. I like having an iPad but I certainly don’t need one.

PSA: Granting iPhone camera permissions allows apps to secretly take pictures and videos without you knowing

There’s been some buzz this week about a potential privacy issue with apps that you’ve granted access to your iPhone’s camera. They can take pictures and videos without you knowing. This is a privacy loophole discovered by security researcher Felix Krause.

You can read Krause’s technical paper here. Motherboard broke the story which you can read here.

Whenever you give iPhone apps permission to access your camera, the app can surreptitiously take pictures and videos of you as long as the app is in the foreground, a security researcher warned on Wednesday.

​What this means is that even if you don’t see the camera “open” in the form of an on-screen viewfinder, an app can still take photos and videos. It is unknown how many apps currently do this, but Krause created a test app as a proof-of-concept.

Again, this is not a bug or something you should be too worried about. But it’s good to be aware of how much power you’re giving apps when you grant them access to your iPhone’s cameras.

After reading this, I went into my iPhone’s Privacy settings to see what apps I’d granted access to my camera. It turns out I’ve only granted access to 3 which are apps I trust. With this information in mind, you may want to do the same. You’ll want to remove access to apps that don’t need access to your camera or that you don’t trust.

Hide the app icon row in the iOS 11 Messages app

I’m not into iMessage apps. So after updating my iPhone to iOS 11 and seeing a row of brightly colored app icons at the bottom of Messages ticked me off. Since I never use the iMessage apps they were distracting and a waste of screen space. How to get rid of it? It took me a few days but after doing some poking around I stumbled upon a way to get rid of the app icon row.

The method for hiding the icon row is not obvious and there’s no setting for it in the Messages app Settings. Hiding and showing the iMessage app row is in the Messages app itself. To show or hide the app icon row tap App Store icon next to the message entry field.

Turn off in app rating requests in iOS 11

Since installing iOS 11 I keep getting in-app popups asking for a rating. I find this annoying. If I want to rate an app I can go to the App Store to rate it. I don’t need a popup pestering me.

Here’s how I turned off in-app rating requests. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > In-App Ratings & Reviews and turn it off.

By the way, while I was there I also turned off Video Autoplay.

The Learn Ulysses course is available today

Amidst the controversy over pro writing app Ulysses moving to a subscription model Shawn Blanc of the Sweet Setup has been working on a course that is designed to help users get the most out of the app. After several months of hard work Learn Ulysses is finally available for purchase.

Learn Ulysses is on sale until September 5 for $23 and there’s also a Learn Ulysses (Basic) course of 5 videos for $19. It also comes with a 30-Day money back guarantee. If you want to become a Ulysses power user, go check it out.

Apple reportedly looking to price its next iPhone at $999

Price scoop, for the soon to he announced new iPhone, from Brian Chen of the New York times. Mixed in the middle of his article “Dear iPhone: Here’s Why We’re Still Together After 10 Years” is the starting price for the new iPhone.

​Brian X. Chen, writing for the New York Times

Chief among the changes for the new iPhones: refreshed versions, including a premium model priced at around $999, according to people briefed on the product, who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Apple made room for a bigger screen on that model by reducing the size of the bezel — or the forehead and the chin — on the face of the device. Other new features include facial recognition for unlocking the device, along with the ability to charge it with magnetic induction, the people said.

If this is true, the new iPhone carries a hefty price tag. This could be a breaking point for some folks. I think I’ll probably be sticking with my iPhone 7 Plus.