Google announces a new way to search, alongside a better look for translating text

At its 'Search On' conference (September 28), Google announced a bunch of improvements to its services, such as Multisearch which can combine queries into one search, and its Translate feature, which can remove the blurred box of the previous language, as if the poster was always English or another language to begin with for example.

The company has also been announcing a bunch of improvements to its search services at the conference, with better ways to shop for the right product. Alongside this, there's been improvements to Maps and better recommendations for places and businesses.

Google has been slow to adapt it products to the features that Microsoft and Apple have been bringing out lately, with iOS 16 and Windows 11's first major update showcasing LiveText and better accessibility features.

However, Search On was the company's stake in the sand to show just what its apps are capable of, and what it could be to its millions of users in the coming months.

Multisearch and Translate are the big highlights

Google Translate in iOS

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Multisearch allows you to search with an image and a block of text at once, so you can better find the result you need. This is currently rolling out in English globally, alongisde it coming to over 70 languages in the coming months.

With Google Translate, the company is introducing an update that will not only show the translated text, but will erase the previous text, and repaint the background using AI. This results in translated text that looks as though it's always been there without looking out of place, seeming more natural.

Google confirmed to us that this improvement to Translate will arrive later this year, both to iOS and Android devices.

There's been a bunch of improvements that have appealed to users, whether that's Live Captions or gestures for the Apple Watch, but with Multisearch and Translate rolling out to users soon, Google could have an ace up its sleeve.

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Wish you had the iPhone 14 Pro’s new Dynamic Island? Android has an app for that

Apple's Dynamic Island feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max has been available for a short while, and already a developer has made it into an app for Android devices.

The Dynamic Island is a seismic change to the iPhone, with this new feature replacing the notch with a cut-out that houses interactive notifications, but Android users needn't feel they're missing out.

With dynamicSpot, you will see a Dynamic Island-like feature appear near to the punch-hole or notch on your Android smartphone, and you can use this to interact with notifications or control your music.

dynamicSpot app on Android

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Installing the app is a simple affair, and you can customize how tall and wide this take on the Dynamic Island can be, so it can fit the punch-hole or the notch on your device perfectly.

There is a bug where duplicate notifications may appear, but there's a setting in dynamicSpot that can force-stop these regardless.

For an app that's only been available in beta form for a short time, it's an impressive feat that's already giving the impression that we could see this in Android 14 or another version from Samsung or OnePlus in due course.

However, it could also tempt you to switch to an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max for the full Dynamic Island experience, as you'll have access to iPhone apps that will have adapted to fully take advantage of the new feature.

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iOS 16.1 tweaks the battery percentage yet again – but I liked how it was before

The battery percentage feature in iOS 16 has become a popular topic since the update was made available to everyone on an iPhone 8 and above, but a preview version of iOS 16.1 is refining it further.

Instead of a constant value that's in front of the battery icon, the battery itself also runs down as it did before, so if your iPhone reaches 20% for example, the icon will show as it did before and in red, while the percentage will remain.

It's a small change but it will benefit those who wanted the best of both worlds - a battery icon where the percentage shows, while the battery itself runs down alongside the value.

You can see for yourself if you sign your iPhone up to Apple's Beta Software Program and install iOS 16.1, I prefer how it looks for now, especially as other iPhones are going to gain this feature once the update is out for everyone.

If it ain't broke...

iOS 16 Lock Screen with battery percentage

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The percentage value disappeared when the notch arrived with the iPhone X back in 2017 as there was too little space for both. But the feature first arrived in iOS 3 back in 2009, where anyone with an iPhone 3GS and above could flick a switch, and a numeric value would appear next to the battery icon.

However, Apple decided to bring this back in a new form with iOS 16, where the value would be on top of the battery icon. I was glad to see this return on my iPhone 13 Pro, as I've had to bring down Control Center from the top-right of the display to see it. Now, I can just glance at the value on the top right instead.

But you can't please everyone, which is why Apple is refining the icon to show the battery run down as it did before. Looking at this on my iPhone X running iOS 16.1, it looks cluttered to me now - you've got an ever-changing battery icon and a numeric value in the same place.

Yet we are in the beta period still, so this could still change before iOS 16.1 arrives, but it would be good to have more customization so any user could have the battery icon display how it does now, or how it may be in the future. Regardless, it's still nice to have a percentage value after so many years, but we'll have to wait and see until iOS 16.1 is available to anyone with an iPhone 8 and above.

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iOS 16 finally brings two features to Photos that I’ve been asking for

With iOS 16 available to users with an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE 2 and newer, there are plenty of smaller features that users are already discovering.

One particular such feature for me is found in the Photos app. There are moments when we're taking so many images at once with our iPhone cameras that we forget to delete the duplicates, and they eventually build up.

Since iOS launched in 2007 with the original iPhone, it's been a hassle to weed these duplicates out, until now. There are also some new safeguards involving FaceID for certain albums as well.

With pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro live, these features could be very useful when customers start to use the improved cameras that these both have.

I'm seeing double

iOS 16 Photos

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As long as you're on iOS 16, go to the Photos app, then scroll down until you see the Duplicates album.

Inside here, you can merge or delete whichever photos or videos that iOS has found, which will free up storage on your iPhone and iCloud account the more you look into this section.

So far I've managed to easily merge and delete around 50 images, mostly from when I got married, so I've already saved myself a headache compared to if I was still on iOS 15 or below.

Alongside this, however, the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums now require FaceID to be displayed, which could be useful for many. With so many images we send and receive to one another on messaging apps, alongside some that could be perceived the wrong way by others, having this extra security measure will be a haven for some users.

Regardless, it's great to finally see some features in Apple's Photos app that have long been requested by many iPhone owners - myself included, especially with the iPhone 14 line about to launch with improved cameras this year.

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Which iOS 16 features aren’t available for older iPhones?

While iOS 16 was confirmed to launch on September 12, bringing a redesigned Lock Screen, better safety features and other exciting goodies, some older iPhones won't have access to certain improvements.

It makes sense for the most part - the chips inside some iPhones will simply struggle with what's available in the latest iOS version, while some are missing the hardware required to make use of certain features, such as better Portrait photos for example.

As iOS 16 supports iPhone 8 and iPhone SE 2 and above, you'll be able to create your own lock screens with no issues, but you may find that some image editing features will be absent.

With this in mind, we've rounded up what's not available for certain iPhones, which may tempt you to start looking at the iPhone 14 or the iPhone 13.

iPhone with a notch

Battery icon

An image showing the battery percentage in the iOS 16 beta

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This is a unique omission from certain iPhones, as it only involves any iPhone that features a notch, due to the reduced space it gives to the top of the display.

Since the debut of the iPhone X and the notch in 2017, the only way to view your battery percentage was through Control Center, by swiping down from the top-right corner.

However, in iOS 16, there's a new setting that enables the number to show from within the battery symbol.

iPhone 8 and up

Joy Con support

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If you've got some spare Nintendo Joy Cons laying around, you can now pair them to your iPhone for games that support controllers.

iPhone XS and up

Lift subject from background

iOS 16 Lift subject from background

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Arguably another feature that's as important as the redesigned lock screen in iOS 16, allowing you to hold down a subject in a photo, and you can drag it to another app.

Editing a photo with this feature can be a big time saver if you only need your pet to use in another image for example, but it's only available for owners with an iPhone XS and above.

Dictation emojis

iOS 15.4 Emoji

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A straightforward feature - if you need to insert an emoji with your voice, in iOS 16 it's finally possible, but only with an iPhone XS and above.

iPhone 11 and up

Live Captions

FaceTime

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A new accessibility feature enables live captions on a FaceTime call, so someone with hearing impairments will be able to read what the recipient is saying to them.

iPhone 12 and up

Detections

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Another new accessibility feature where the LIDAR sensor is used in an iPhone 12 Pro and above, this is where it will scan and detect objects and people for those with visual impairments.

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iOS 16 launch live blog – when is it out, what does it have?

You've most likely been following the news of iOS 16 since it was announced back in June at WWDC 2022, and later today the latest update for your iPhone will be available, as long as you have an iPhone 8 and above.

However, as you may be waiting for the Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro if you've already pre-ordered, iOS 16 will already give your lock screen a refresh for starters.

With this in mind, we'll be live throughout the day to keep track of when the latest update will arrive, and which apps may be taking advantage of iOS 16 too.

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Hello, and welcome to the live blog of iOS 16's launch. I'm Daryl, Software Writer at TechRadar, and I'll be keeping you up to date throughout the day on iOS 16 and more.

iOS 16 Lock Screen

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If anything, the lock screen is one of the biggest changes in iOS in recent years. Our US Editor in Chief Lance Ulanoff spoke to Apple SVP of Engineering Craig Federighi back in June all about it.

Selfie on iPhone 8 Plus

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While iOS 16 will run on an iPhone 8 and above, that doesn't mean you'll get all the features available to someone on an iPhone 14.

With this in mind, I've written up exactly what won't be available on certain iPhones running iOS 16.

Obscura 3 widget on iOS 16

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If you've used Obscura 3 lately, we've got good news for you once iOS 16 arrives. 

While it's available on the App Store for $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99, a new update is releasing very soon which will bring a widget to the redesigned lock screen, allowing you to launch the app in a much faster fashion.

Twitter user FloWritesCode sent this to us:

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We couldn't agree more. While I still think it's slightly odd to have no way to change the flashlight and camera icons on the lock screen, it's great to have alternative ways to open other apps, or have glanceable information.

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Twitter Circle can finally help me tweet Spice Girls facts to a chosen few

Twitter has switched on a feature called Circle for all of its users, allowing you to tweet to up to 150 followers without feeling the shame of everyone finding out some facts that may be best kept to yourself.

We've all most likely been in a situation where we want to share some content that only a select few will understand – it's similar to a private joke that you and your partner could only laugh at. Twitter Circle is exactly that, which has been in testing since May.

While Elon Musk is relentlessly finding ways to get out of his deal to buy the company, it hasn't stopped the team at Twitter to look at ways to make tweeting easier for its users.

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Slowly rolling out to everyone on Android and iOS, it's a simple affair to create a Twitter Circle. Regardless of whether someone follows you or not, you can add anyone into the circle when you're about to compose a tweet, by pressing the 'Everyone' button.

The Circle option should appear if it hasn't already, and you can start adding those chosen users to read your guilty pleasures.

Already this is a feature that I know I'll be using. In the past I've been tweeting plenty of Sonic facts, Simpsons memes or Spice Girls facts to my followers, whether they want to read it on their Twitter timeline or not. But now I can treat a certain group with all of these.

Did you know that the third album from the Spice Girls was allegedly going to be a live album of previous and new songs for 1999 before Geri 'Ginger Spice' Halliwell left the group? Now you do – expect that and more to be in my Twitter Circle soon.

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Facebook update finally lets you create your own feeds on iOS and Android

Meta has announced an update to its Facebook app on iOS and Android, where a feeds tab will appear at the top of the app, allowing you to filter the feed for your friends, your Pages, or anything else.

As confirmed in a post by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, you can also add certain friends and pages to a new 'Favorites' list, allowing you to cut back from the memes and other bits of content you find yourself scrolling through subconsciously.

Whether you're on iOS or Android, you'll see this tab at the top or the bottom of the app where you can create these lists. There's also a 'Home' list in this tab, which shows you an overview of the latest posts when you launch the app.

This looks as though it's another concerted effort to give users on Facebook more control over what they see on the social platform, and it's further proof of Meta doubling down on helping users view what they want.


Analysis: Giving you more control over what you see

Friend Feed in tabs on Facebook app

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Customization in Facebook's app has been something that's been difficult to do. For too long, Meta has believed that users should trust its algorithm to curate the content it thinks you would like to see.

Recently, there have been ways to view your feed with the latest posts, or top posts, but that's all you've been able to do. With these new tabs, it's encouraging to see that there's more power being given to users to essentially create their own feeds, but Meta has made it clear that there will be ads in these regardless.

But after so long of users wanting these features, it may be a small price to pay to catch up with your friends in an easier-to-read feed.

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‘Move to iOS’ can now migrate your entire WhatsApp history from Android to iPhone

After being in testing, the ability to transfer your full WhatsApp chat history from an Android phone to an iPhone is available in an update to Apple's Move to iOS app.

This means that all of your photos, videos, voice messages, and chat history since you installed WhatsApp can now be moved over, alongside being able to do the same vice-versa.

It's a feature that's been long-requested by users, as before, you would have had to manually transfer your content to an iPhone, or use a third-party app on a laptop. However, Apple and Meta have clearly found a way to make this work on Move to iOS, free to download on the Google Play Store. It's going to mean much less of a headache when someone wants to switch from an iPhone to Android, or vice versa.


Analysis: A feature long awaited

WhatsApp

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In what almost feels like another life, I used to work at a phone store where I'd help to set up and transfer customers' data from their old phones to a new one, and WhatsApp was always a challenge to make sure everything transferred from one device to the other.

There were times when I'd have to transfer individual files from one Android device to another through Bluetooth, or if it was from Android to iOS, I'd try to transfer the media, but admit defeat that transferring the chat history was next to impossible.

Thanks to this update for Move to iOS, that's no longer a problem. It's now just an additional step in the app when you're transferring your contacts and other personal data.

WhatsApp has stated in a post that you must have your Android phone updated to version 5 at least, and your new iPhone at iOS 15.5, alongside the latest WhatsApp version on your Android device.

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iOS 16 beta 2 arrives with more improvements for Messages and backups

Apple released updates to the developer betas of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and watchOS 9 this week (June 22), where there's been some bug fixes and refinements for the new features it announced at WWDC.

While Stage Manager in iPadOS 16 has seen some improvements, by way of making it easier to resize windows, and being able to hide the dock, the Messages app is taking older software versions into account when editing messages.

There'll be two messages sent - one being the original, and the other the newly edited message.

There's also the ability to create backups over iCloud using your cellular data plan, but as other users are awaiting the public beta release of iOS 16 (along with other platform releases), we suspect the wait won't be much longer.


Analysis: when could iOS 16 public beta arrive?

iOS 16 Lock Screen

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Beta releases from Apple usually arrive two-three weeks after a previous version, whether that's a minor release such as iOS 15.6, or the tentpole releases of iOS 16.

At the time of writing, it's been two weeks since WWDC and when the first developer betas arrived. We usually see the public betas show up when beta 3 does. By then, there'll be a bunch of feedback given by developers who have been using the earlier releases, and all that has been applied to the features across the new software.

For example, WWDC 2021 was June 7, with the public beta arriving three weeks later, earlier than Apple's date of July. While the iOS 14 public beta arrived on July 8, just under three weeks after WWDC 2020 was hosted remotely.

This is why we suspect the public beta of iOS 16 and other updates will arrive around the week beginning July 4. That way, they're released after the federal holiday break, and users can get into how the new updates will benefit them, albeit with caution.

Regardless, these are still early, in-development versions of what will be on the majority of iPhones by the time 2022 wraps up. So be aware that you may encounter bugs and other issues if you do decide to install the public betas...when they arrive.

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Don’t do what I did and leave an iPhone out in the sun

I live in the United Kingdom, and when a heatwave arrives, it can get surprisingly hot and humid for a country that's not known for its heat, and my iPhone bore the brunt of this recently.

The small garden at my house gets the bulk of the sun across the day, so there's constant heat and sunshine as I listen to podcasts or scroll through Twitter or TikTok.

However, as I was working on my MacBook Pro in the garden, I had forgotten that my iPhone was taking the full force of the sun on the glass table beside me, and the music suddenly stopped. I thought I was getting a call, and it wasn't until I held the phone that the temperature warning was shown.

Granted, it's not just an iPhone that can suffer under extreme heat - there are Android devices and Windows laptops that also need to be operated under a cooler temperature. But when moments like these happen, there's a useful method to keep in mind to save the sun from damaging your electronics - something that I'll be doing next time.

How to keep your device cool like I didn't

Man staring into the sun

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Apple states that a good temperature for an iPhone is around 32° to 95° Fahrenheit / 0° - 35° Celsius. It's safe to assume that my iPhone was warm already due to the apps I was using at the time, and the heat from the sun only made this worse for the device.

First of all, don't do what I did and suddenly place it on a shelf in the fridge. While this will certainly cool the device, it could take it too far in the opposite direction, or lead to condensation and water vapor build up inside.

Instead, turn off the device and take it out of a case if it's in one. Put it in a cool area that's got plenty of airflow, and simply wait.

We use our smartphones every day in some way, and while we manage them through their software to keep apps working well, for example, it also helps to keep them at the right temperature.

While we're currently in warmer weather in the UK, across the world there are other places that will be heading towards that as the months pass. So make sure you keep your device at a cool temperature, and never put it in the fridge as I did.

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Apple’s heard your screams: iOS 16 will complete captchas for you

If you've come across a captcha that's stopped you from logging in to your email or another site, iOS 16 will be able to do this for you with some additional code for servers hosting websites and apps.

If you're not familiar, captchas are small popups that appear when you log in to a website. It may ask you once or twice to select six boats from nine pictures, and if you pass, you're allowed into your account. But these have annoyed many people over the years, mainly due to it being an overly complex problem that's seen as overkill to verify an account.

According to a developer video from Apple, iOS 16 is getting another small feature that can get rid of these frustrations on your iPhone. It also makes a big impact for those with accessibility needs, as this feature will let them into their account without having to solve a puzzle if they have hearing or visual impairments.

Apple is touting Private Access Tokens for this feature, which will be sent to the server of the website as a way of authentication, letting the site know that the user has passed a security check thanks to iCloud. While you can enable this by going to Settings > AppleID > Privacy and Security > Automatic Verification, Apple hasn't confirmed whether this will be coming to macOS Ventura.


Analysis: One small useful feature at a time

iOS 16 captcha replacement details

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Captchas are part of a legacy that needs to disappear forever on the internet. Other examples such as figuring out a maths problem, or placing a monkey's arm the correct way, are other ridiculous security methods that don't make sense to anyone.

Take banking apps for example. For some purchases, you'll need to log in to your banking app to approve a payment, then go back to the shopping app or site in question to complete the order. There's no captcha, and it just uses your face or finger (or PIN) to authenticate the purchase.

This is Apple's take on what banking apps are already doing, and it's a step in the right direction. However, what could make this a slam-dunk for users is that the code can be applied to a server that hosts a bunch of websites, such as Cloudflare and Fastly. This means that the addition of this feature could apply to all of the sites a server hosts in one swoop, hastening the decline of captchas.

Again, this is another small feature from iOS 16 that's going to make a big difference to many, especially those with visual impairments, and it makes us wonder what else could be coming from Apple to get rid of more irritants that we come across on the web.

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iOS 16 tells you what your cash is worth around the world without a Google search

Users are still uncovering little tweaks to the latest iPhone update in iOS 16, with easier ways to find out bits of information, such as currency, temperature, being some recent finds.

According to Federico Vittici, you can drop in a temperature or currency value and an underline will appear in a message or a calendar entry. If you press on this, other types of currencies or temperatures will appear to help save you time if you need to quickly convert them.

It adds weight to Apple's claims that there's a focus on productivity and personalization this year, and it's the small features that will go a long way for many users.


Analysis: Letting the little features make a big impact

Compared to the tentpole features for certain updates, the smaller features that aren't mentioned can make a big difference, and this is just one example from Apple across the years.

Take the trackpad feature that debuted in iOS 10, for example. Press down on the keyboard in an iPhone, and it transforms into a mouse that would enable you to move the cursor to correct misspelled words.

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This conversion feature is yet another little tool that will help a lot of users. Before this, you would have to rely on other apps or a query on Google or DuckDuckGo that would give you the answer.

Instead, it's cutting down the steps to bring you the information right away, and from within the app you're using on your iPhone.

Once the public beta arrives in July, which will allow more users to try out iOS 16, we may see similar features arrive, which will hopefully continue to make our iPhones easier to use.

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Sorry Apple, this DIY iPhone stand will finally give me a great webcam for my Mac

Unfortunately, Apple's webcams on its Mac computers have been a running joke in recent years due to their low quality, but a DIY stand looks to finally improve this once macOS Ventura is released.

Though we've seen improvements in the front cameras in Apple's iPhones in recent years, with features like filters, Portrait mode and more added, the lower quality on the Mac has remained the same.

This was put to the forefront when its Studio Display was released in March. While a software update tried to fix the bugs of webcam streams being blurry, it didn't seem to improve the quality much.

However, there's a new 3D-printed stand that can enable Continuity Camera in macOS Ventura, which uses your iPhone as a webcam for your Mac, and I can't wait to use it for my MacBook Pro.

Not long to wait

Joining a call through FaceTime links in macOS 12 Monterey

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While I've been loving using a Mac again after going iPad-only for several years, one takeaway from this change is how much of a step-down the webcam in the Mac is, compared to the FaceTime camera in the iPad Pro.

If I was in a Zoom or Skype call for example, the recipient would see me in high-quality, even with filters applied. But on the Mac, everything looks grainy, and while I thought it may be because the lens was smudged, I've since conceded that it's purely down to the webcam itself.

Which is why I'm looking forward to Continuity Camera in macOS Ventura. This one feature makes me look forward to the macOS update, as it lets me snap my iPhone to the back of the MacBook Pro, and use it for those important video calls each week.

But Jonathan Wight has already solved the issue of making us wonder when the accessory for clamping the iPhone to the Mac will arrive, thanks to his 3D-printed solution.

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I don't have a 3D printer, but there are some friends who do own one. With the public beta arriving in July according to Apple, it's tempting to install macOS Ventura, have the above printed out for me, and see how well the feature works.

On one hand, the new feature is an admission by Apple that they can't improve the Mac webcams fast enough, so this is the next best thing. But on the other hand, your iPhone has another use while you're working on your Mac other than charging.

Regardless of what the reasoning was behind Continuity Camera, it's one feature I'm looking forward to trying out, almost as much as the new lock screen in iOS 16. But do keep in mind, that this will only work with iPhone models with MagSafe, which allows peripherals to magnetically connect to the smartphone to charge, become a holder, and now, a camera.

If you're wanting to try this out and you have an older iPhone, there are some good deals for an iPhone 13 to make sure you're ready for Continuity Camera once macOS Ventura arrives later this year.

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iPadOS 16 is a brilliant update… but only on the latest iPads?

At Apple's WWDC conference on June 6, iPadOS 16 was announced with a focus on desktop-class features, something that users have been asking for, for years with the iPad.

The main feature from this was Stage Manager, which enables an iPad to use up to four apps at once, and you can resize these apps in any size you want, finally bringing windowed apps to the tablet.

Another benefit to this also enables external display support, so you can use up to eight apps at once, with four on each display, and using the left pane in Stage Manager, you can easily switch between the apps you want to focus on.

However, as good as this feature sounds, the catch to this is that it's only available on iPads with the M1 chip, except for the newest iPad mini.

M1 or bust?

Since the M1 iPad Pro was announced in April 2021, users were confused as to, why. Why was an Apple Silicon chip that was available in the Mac, coming over to the tablet when the software barely took advantage of it?

Some were hoping for WWDC in 2021 to take advantage of the M1 iPad Pro, but the most significant change in iPadOS 15 was widgets on the home screen.

As the months passed, the iPad Air and iPad mini would also gain the M1 chip, and users were wondering if there was any point to this, when the software clearly wasn't taking advantage of what the chip offers.

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But we got our answer with iPadOS 16, as it clearly enables Stage Manager to elevate the tablet into a machine that can extend to another display, and use the new multitasking features.

However, the other side of this brings issues to those who have an iPad without an M1 chip inside.

If you have an iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), or iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation), you can use Stage Manager, but if you don't, you're still restricted to the multitasking that we've had since iPadOS 13.

Alongside this, if you've recently bought an iPad mini with the M1 chip, you still don't reap the benefits of Stage Manager, but due to its 8.1-inch screen, it's understandable, but only just.

While this does extend the ability of the iPad, the feature is more than capable of being able to work on earlier iPad Pro models, such as the 2018 redesign that brought FaceID and an all-screen look to the line.

Limiting this to the latest iPads would mean that users will need to consider what they use their tablet for, and whether Stage Manager is the deal-breaker in them upgrading to a newer iPad, or waiting to see if Apple concedes and allows the feature to be used on some older models.

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