Shutting down your iPad

By Rebecca J. Hogue

There are two ways to shut down the iPad: (1) normal shutdown, and (2) force shutdown.

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normal shutdownUnder normal operations, you do not need to shutdown your iPad. However, if your iPad is operating slowly or a specific app is crashing or failing to load properly, you may wish to shutdown and restart your iPad. In addition, if you don’t expect to be using your iPad for an extended period  for example, a week while on vacation) , you may wish to shutdown the iPad to prevent the battery from draining.

To shutdown the iPad:

  1. Hold down the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off prompt appears.
  2. Touch and slide to power off.

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ForceShutdownIf while you are using your iPad, an app causes the device to lock up, and you are not able to close the app, you may need to force the iPad to power down. This type of force shutdown does not remove any data from your device, it simply powers down the iPad. You can then restart the iPad by holding the power button.

To force shutdown, hold both the sleep/wake button and the home button until the device powers off (about 3 seconds).

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Battery Saving Tips

By Rebecca J. Hogue

Contrary to popular belief, leaving apps running on your iPad has very limited impact on your iPad’s (or iPhone’s) battery life. There are a few things you can do to maximize your battery life: (1) turn down the screen brightness, (2) close apps the use location services, (3) use airplane mode when you do not need cellular or wifi, (4) drain your battery once a month.

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The brighter your screen is, the more battery power is required. To save battery life, turn down the brightness to the minimum you need to see the device clearly. In iOS7, you can easily adjust screen brightness using the Control Center, by swiping up from the bottom on the screen.

 

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LocationServicesLocation services are used by apps such as Google Maps. These are very convenient when you are using your device to navigate (e.g. as a GPS when doing house calls). However, location services drain the battery. You can tell when location services are being used by the location services icon (arrow) on the top right of the screen next to the battery indicator.

To maximize battery life, close any apps using location services immediately after using them. For example, after arriving at your destination, close the Google Maps app.

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AirplaneModeAirplane mode automatically turns off any send and transmit functions, including Cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth. After turning on Airplane mode, you can manually re-enable WiFi and Bluetooth.

If you know you will be in an area with limited cellular service, turning on airplane mode will prevent your device from constantly checking for service. This will significantly increase your device’s battery life; however, you will not be able to send or receive telephone calls with Airplane mode enabled.

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Apple recommends that you fully drain and recharge your devices once a month. This does not make the battery last longer, rather it re-calibrates the battery life indicator. This helps to keep the estimated batter life indicator more accurate.

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Closing Apps

By Rebecca J. Hogue

All apps remain open on the iPad, even after you navigate to the Home page or open a new app. However, there are times when you may wish to actually close apps. In particular, some of the medical education apps are memory intensive (e.g. Anatomy Atlas). Leaving these memory intensive apps open may slow down your iPad, or may prevent other apps from opening.

Leaving apps open has little or no impact on your devices battery life. If you are concerned about the battery life of your devices, see Battery Saving Tips.

To close apps, double click the home button. You can then scroll through the apps until you find the one you want to close. On the app you wish to close, swipe upwards.

Apps

By Rebecca J. Hogue

Apps (short for Applications) are programs that run on your iPad. Each apps is represented by an icon on the iPad home screen.

This section describes:

  1. How to purchase apps.
  2. How to delete apps.

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Unlike your desktop, all applications for the iPad are purchased and downloaded using a single application known as the App Store.

To purchase an app:

  1. Open the App Store by touching the App Store icon.
  2. If you know the name of the app, touch the search bar and enter the name.
  3. Touch Search.
  4. Touch the price of the app (e.g. if the app is free, touch FREE).
  5. Touch INSTALL.
  6. When prompted, enter the password associated with the displayed Apple ID. When the app has downloaded, the price button changed to OPEN.

When you purchase an app, that app is associated  with the Apple ID that was used to purchase the app. When you wish to update that app, you will need to know the password for the Apple ID for which it is associated.

Note: if you are not able to recover an Apple ID password associated with an app, the only way to update the app is to delete it and re-purchase it from the App Store using an Apple ID that you do know.

To check which Apple ID is being used by the App Store, see Settings > iTunes & Apps Store.

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To delete an app from the iPad:

  1. Begin by touching and holding the app. After a couple of seconds the apps begin to jiggle.
  2. You will notice an x in the top corner of any app that can be deleted. Touch the x to delete the app.
  3. Press the home button to stop the apps from jiggling.

Deleting an app from the iPad does not delete your purchase from the App Store. If you decide later that you want to re-install the app you can. This is useful if you need space on your iPad now, you can delete apps (even ones you paid for) to free up space, and re-install them later when you need them.

If you find that your iPad is automatically downloading apps even after you delete them, check your Settings for the iTunes & App Store. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store. There are buttons to toggle on/off the Automatic Downloads for Music, Apps, iBooks, and Updates.

Settings > iTunes & App Store

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Managing your Apple ID

By Rebecca J. Hogue

Your Apple ID is your identity in the Apple ecosystem. It allows you to buy apps in the App Store and update your iPad’s operating system. In addition, your Apple ID is used for messaging, iBooks purchases, and iCloud backup and file transfer.

When you initially configure your iPad, you enter one Apple ID; however, the iPad will allow you to use a different Apple ID for each service. For example, my husband and I share an Apple ID for our App Purchases. Most Apps allow you to install the App on up to 5 devices. Having a shared ID allows us to buy apps once. We each have our own unique Apple ID for messaging and for iCloud backups. The unique ID ensures that we are not sharing contacts, calendar, and device configuration data. For most people, I recommend two Apple IDs. One family ID for shared purchases and another unique per person ID for messaging data associated with individuals. Specifically, I recommend setting up the following using individual and family accounts:

Individual:

  • iCloud (to change the Apple ID associated with iCloud, you must delete the current configuration first)
  • iMessages
  • FaceTime
  • Game Center

Family:

  • iTunes & App Store – Note, you may be asked to confirm your credit card information. You can either confirm it or hit cancel. In both cases, your Apple ID will be updated
  • Music – Home sharing feature (if you change the Music Sharing setting, it also changes the Video sharing setting)
  • Video – Home sharing feature (if you change the Video Sharing setting, it also changes the Music sharing setting)

When you download an app, it is associated with your current App Store Apple ID. When the app needs to be updated, you will be required to enter the password associate with the Apple ID that was used to purchase (or download) that app. If you no longer have access to that Apple ID, you will not be able to update that app. If it is a free app, the easiest solution is to delete the app and then re-add it with your current App Store Apple ID.

Reference: iPad User Manual, section “Apple ID”

This video shows how to change your iCloud Apple ID.

 

 

 

iBook update

My last update submitted to the iBooks Store was April 21, and it is still listed as “under review” (so two weeks). I think the next time I submit it, I’m going to change the category to Medicine / Education – as the next version will have medical apps in it. Hopefully that will improve the turn-around time on the review process.

As I processed Jay’s presentations, I found myself struggling with the structure of the eBook. I wasn’t sure how best to layout the eBook so that it flowed. I’ve now moved the apps into a flow that aligns with the structure that Jay has been introducing in his presentation. First, apps that replace physical objects, then apps that enhance physical objects, and finally apps that do things we couldn’t do with physical objects. The idea is that one is not “better” then the other, it is just a progression that represents a way to think about different apps. The categorization helps when evaluating new apps.

With the creation of the eBook, I’m struggling with the structure of the website. I’ve been structuring the website to align more with the workshop structure (so Ice Breaker activities, Skills Lab Tutorials, and Case Vignettes). The eBook is more of a reference that flows from start to finish – so the Apps are just placed in the eBook based upon the categorization structure rather than activity structure. I think this is actually going to work / make sense – since people don’t read the website linearly – the website is really just a resource that is accessed when someone wants to look something up. I do visualize someone “browsing” through the pages of the eBook.

My goal for today is to finish the edits to the eBook for the workshop. With any luck, I’ll send in a new version / update to the Apple Store and cross my fingers that the update gets approved within a week. If I only knew what was causing the delay, I might be able to do something to help move it along.

Recording demos

I’ve been processing the video recordings from the first workshop, and when I attempted to write up some of the medical apps, it occurred to me that there was no way I’d be able to do the demos. I just don’t know the language. It would require a lot of memorization, but also would be very artificial. I needed to get one of the docs to record the demos.

I booked a 90 minute meeting in Jay’s office and asked him to record the demos. I’m thankful that he was up for the task. When I got there, of course there were some connectivity issues. They way I record demos is that I used an app called Reflector that uses AirPlay over shared Wifi to project the iPad on the screen. I then use Screencast-o-matic to record what is on the screen. Unfortunately, in hospital networks (and other organizational networks) the security on the networks prevents the broadcast that is needed for AirPlay. I planned on just using my laptop to create an ad hoc network, but that didn’t work – the iPad wasn’t showing the AirPlay icon. Fortunately, I have tethering on my iPhone – so I setup my iPhone as a hotspot, hooked up both my laptop and Jay’s iPad (I don’t have the apps installed), and we were ready to record.

In less than an hour we recorded five demos, which I shall write up and include in the iBook.

I am hoping that now that I have several demos recorded by Jay, that I can find other physicians willing to record demos. It would be awesome if we had a series of physician-led demos (chapters) for the eBook and website. For me, the collection of teaching tips that comes with the demos is one of the more useful / valuable aspects of this project.