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The Apple iClub website is to assist members with information about the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apple TV and Watch. We hope you enjoy exploring the various areas of the site.


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Logging on to WiFi at The Villages Regional Recreation Centers

Logging on to WiFi at The Villages Regional Recreation Centers

Follow these steps

  1. Tap on Settings app
  2. Tap on Wi-Fi,
  3. Under choose network, Tap on 
  4. A form will appear.
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Follow these steps

Fill out the form


Fill out the form with the following information

Type in your Golf ID, which is the number on your Villages ID Card. (1)

Type in your 4 digit golf pin # (2) (If you don’t know it, call one of these numbers. 753-3396, 750-4558 or ask at the rec center front desk)

After entering the numbers, you must scroll down and agree to the terms. (3)

Fill out the form

(The form above is via Art Fenn of the iPad Club)

At the top left of your display you should see the internet symbol next to the word iPad, now you are on the internet.

Note: This must be done on each visit.


If you want the pdf version tap or click here:Logging on to WiFi at the The Villages Regional Recreation Centers-

iPhone Medical Emergency and SOS Modes

There are two emergency modes that can help you when you are in trouble. The first allows anyone to make an emergency phone call to the local authorities or to one of your emergency contacts. It also shows critical medical information that can help someone help you. Another mode can be triggered by you to call for help.

Here is a video from MacMost explaining how to set up and use these important features.

iOS 11.1 update is here

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Apple releases iOS 11.1 with hundreds of new emoji, 3D Touch multitasking fix, more

Apple has released iOS 11.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The latest software update adds hundreds of new emoji characters including new expressions, vampires and zombies, breastfeeding, dinosaurs and many more. Other changes include the return of the 3D Touch gesture for multitasking, a smoother scroll-to-top animation, and other bug fixes and improvements.

Apple first previewed these new emoji over the summer then teased them again in recent betas. Now iOS 11.1 is available to all customers following a brief beta period. You’ll need iOS 11.1 to both send and receive the new emoji characters, otherwise you won’t find them in the keyboard picker and you’ll only receive generic blocks and broken up emoji in place of the new characters.

iOS 11.1 also restores the popular 3D Touch multitasking gesture on iPhone 6s and later. This lets you touch the left edge of the display with pressure to enter multitasking or pull with pressure from left to right to switch between two apps. Apple previously removed this gesture (which works differently on iPhone X) but modified it and restored it with iOS 11.1.

Reachability has also improved so you can reliably double tap the Home button to lower the screen in more places, and there’s a smoother animation when tapping the top of the display to return to the top of a window.

How to take great photos with the Camera app

Here is an article from MacWorld on using the camera app in iOS 11.

iOS 11: How to take great photos with the Camera app


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When it comes to photography with the new iPhones, all the attention goes to the hardware and the improved sensors that can reduce noise and produce photos with better definition in more circumstances. But let’s not overlook the software: iOS 11 offers at least one advantage to photographers across all recent iPhone models. And all these features require rethinking how you frame, time pressing the shutter, or use natural light with a shot.

Live Photo captures can now be manipulated and converted into video or a new kind of still in a few ways through Photos. This works for all iPhones and iPads that support the Live Photo option.

Apple has offered high-dynamic range (HDR) capture for years, which synthesizes a single image from rapid-fire different exposures. But in the latest release, Apple is confident enough about the quality on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that it no longer retains the “normal” photo by default. (You can re-enable this option.)

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus also had a seemingly small hardware upgrade to the Quad-LED True Tone flash system that makes flash photographs look fantastically better than with previous models, approaching something that previously required a separate flash on a mirrorless or DSLR camera.

Finally, the iPhone 8 Plus enhances Portrait mode with new studio lighting options that work best when you spend a little time finding the optimal background and light conditions.

Live Photo gets a kick

Live Photo seemed like a gimmick at first, but iOS 11 finally makes it into something worth experimenting with. Live images are still captured the same way: tapping the Live button in the Camera app (if it’s not already enabled and showing yellow) captures a total of three seconds of images before and after the point at which you tap the shutter-release button.

Once captured, you can edit in Photos in iOS by selecting the image and then swiping up. This reveals the four available options for Effects: Live, Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure. You can then tap Edit for additional controls, including changing the key image or trimming the long exposure range. Likewise in Photos 3 for macOS High Sierra, you double-click a Live Photo, click Edit, and then will see options in a popup menu at the bottom alongside the trim control.

The Live option retains the original crop of your photo as you saw it in the Camera preview. Switching to any of the other three modes, however, crops to a greater or lesser degree on each side to make sure the same area of the photo appears and is stable across all the frames, and the resulting video or exposure isn’t jumping all over the place or has jagged uncaptured edges.

This requires some planning, as you can’t capture in those modes. You have to visualize the crop while shooting. If you’re not trying to grab a unique moment, like a live event or a rare bird, you can shoot and then use Photos in iOS to view the effect to get a better sense of how it will be managed. Then, you can shoot the same scene again, or repeatedly, to nail down what you want.

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Long Exposure via Live Photo used to capture four different flows of water at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Long Exposure is a particularly interesting and difficult mode, because there’s no way to adjust the speed or duration of a Live Photo. As a consequence, only elements in a photo that move at a certain rate relative to the capture will create a long exposure that feels like it has a purpose.

You also need to consider camera movement. With better lighting, a faster shutter speed and larger aperture reduces the effects of camera movement, especially with optical stabilization on any iPhone equipped with it. In lower light conditions, a slower exposure already amplifies or blurs movement, making the long exposure much less crisp. For particular shots, using a monotype or tiny tripod could dramatically improve the effect for long exposure, as well as for Bounce and Loop videos.

I shot a number of Live Photo exposures at the Seattle Japanese Garden, a park near my home, as it’s full of light and dark, and moving and still water. Photos of a rapid trickle of water, a slower-moving area, and a large pool each produce different results: the rapidly moving water becomes a haze above rocks; the slower-moving rivulet shows whirlpools and motions; the pool’s ripples disappear and it becomes almost supernaturally still.

Long Exposure effectively makes a photo appear to have lower resolution, and zooming in reveals artifacts instead of detail. As a result, it’s better to use these for online display at smaller size instead of “hero” images that might fill a browser window or for printing.

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You can combine flash and Long Exposure to get interesting night-time effects.

HDR by default

I’ve been shooting with Apple’s HDR since it was introduced, but it’s only the change in the iPhoto 8 and 8 Plus to only retain the HDR image by default that has had me re-evaluate the way I frame, adjust exposure, and react to pictures with an extended dynamic range.

The iPhone can’t yet preview HDR, although I imagine that’s in the future, possibly requiring more advanced image processing hardware or a second wide-angle lens. (The future of smartphone photography is probably more than two lenses!) The Camera app shows only a single exposure, rather than a rolling combination of different exposures as in a post-processed HDR.

To get the best results for non-spontaneous moments, you should shoot and immediately look at the results to see how well the range gets captured, especially when very dark or light areas are in the frame. Shooting a daytime sky will almost always look blown out in the Camera preview, but the HDR result almost always shows a fair amount of tonal detail.

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HDR shots tend to capture images a little darker than I expect in iOS 11, often requiring some adjustment.

The Camera app doesn’t always shoot HDR: it only does so when it detects sufficient detail will be blown out or shifted to black. I’ve noticed that HDR in iOS 11 tends to be darker than I expect, especially when I’ve tapped to set exposure in the frame and then taken the picture, as the HDR synthesis overrides an exposure setting. This means with some shots, you’ll need to plan for post-capture tonal adjustment. However, because HDR provides more tonal range, you have more “space” out of which to carve the right balance without blowing out or filling in details.

Shooting with flash on an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

I confess I haven’t used the flash on an iPhone for years, until now. With every new model, I’ll shoot some tests and, dissatisfied, flip the switch from Auto to Off and leave it there. Tipped by pictures taken by Matthew Panzarino, the editor in chief of TechCrunch (and once a full-time professional photographer), I gave the new “Quad-LED True Tone with Slow Sync” a chance with an iPhone 8 Plus. Holy moley.

Slow sync is an old technique that effectively combines flash and a slow shutter speed. This illuminates a subject in the foreground with the flash, while the longer exposure time captures enough light from the background to show detail. Previously, the iPhone only used flash to flood a scene and take a shot exposed only as long as necessary to capture the closest foreground image.

This new feature, which essentially has no controls in Camera to modify, turns otherwise poor night shots that will be grainy or blurry into vibrant ones that have crisp detail. The deeper sensors in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (and X) cameras help here, too, as they reduce noise in low-light conditions.

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Even on a large outdoor shot at night, the slow sync flash created a less noisy image, while allowing a foreground highlight.

The right scenes work well with slow sync, especially if you have a person, animal, or object roughly 10 feet away from you and a background that’s recedes far further. For best results, you need a tripod or monopod or a way to brace yourself to avoid motion, and the foreground subject has to be relatively (but not perfectly still). The background can be still or have motion.

The flash also seems to work better in my testing even when it’s not dark indoors or out, providing some additional fill in the foreground without flooding the entire scene. Image stabilization pairs neatly with slow sync, because image stabilization effectively makes it easier to capture a sharp photo in low light even with a slower shutter.

Setting up for Portrait Lighting

Macworld’s Adam Patrick Murray, also a professional photographer, ran down head-to-head iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus comparisons on photographic strengths, like color and clarity. But I have a few additional tips after shooting in a number of informal settings, like a restaurant and at a small conference.

The two-camera iPhones capture images simultaneously, and then iOS calculates a depth map by identifying the diverging location of the same objects in receding planes. There’s some machine learning as part of this that assists in object recognition, because simple divergence wouldn’t allow for full boundary detection.

Apple’s depth map calculates nine layers as separate planes. Portrait mode uses onscreen cues to have you place your subject in the correct distance from the camera to be in one of those planes, but distinct enough from the background to distinguish the receding planes behind them.

For the various lighting effects only available in the iPhone 8 Plus, machine learning assists more than in the original Portrait option in the iPhone 7 Plus that’s still available there and in the 8 Plus. It adds a fake lowlight as a kind of visual effect onto a portrait to create the sense of studio lighting.

I’ve found in a variety of lighting and background conditions that you have to think like an AI about those planes to mentally preview how the camera will analyze them. Portrait works worse against a plain, uncluttered background, because there’s less to pick up on to separate depths into planes. A busier background actually works better, especially one that has varying lighting on it.

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Two captures in the same venue a few feet apart: at left, crisp and detailed; at right, digitally zoomed and blurry.

For Stage Light (color and mono), iOS is using some facial identification to ensure the right framing. I was trying at an event to take a Studio Light photo of a colleague who has a marvelous mohawk. She was in profile to show it off, and we couldn’t get the camera to recognize her. I had her shift to look head on, and it immediately worked in the same setting. However, in another setting, I was able to get a profile of a friend without any such problem.

Fellows with little hair like myself tend to fare badly, too. In photos a colleague has taken of me with an 8 Plus and I’ve taken of others with cropped or absent hair, the feature unkindly removes even more of our follicles, sometimes leaving us with lumpy heads.

Lighting matters quite a bit. In darker settings, Portrait can produce an image that looks blocky rather than crisp, as it’s making up for the telephoto lens’s relatively slow f-stop by dropping in digitally zoomed detail from the wide-angle lens. With enough light, though, the Portrait is crisp. I captured two friends in the same restaurant, and one was perfectly detailed and the other a blended blur.

iPhone Photo Hints

Here is video from the iPhone Photo Academy featuring 7 Hidden iPhone Camera Features That Every Photographer Should Use.

In this video you’re going to discover…

►One simple trick to never take a blurry iPhone photo again (this is a key feature of the iPhone camera that hardly anyone knows how to use)

►The secrets behind some of my favorite iPhone photos with over 2000 likes on Instagram (and the techniques I used to take these photos)

►Why your iPhone photos sometimes end up too dark or too bright (and a simple technique to help you control the brightness of your photos)

►Secret camera mode that allows taking up to 10 photos per second (this is how the best iPhone photographers always catch the right moment)

►An incredibly powerful iPhone camera feature for taking well-lit photos even in situations where DSLR cameras would struggle with exposure

►What AE/AF Lock is – and how you should use it to greatly improve the quality of your iPhone photos (it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds)

►One weird trick for staying unnoticed while taking candid photos ********** MORE TIPS AND TRICKS: Subscribe: Website:

Arranging Apps On Your iOS Device

You can no longer use your Mac to arrange apps on your iPad or iPhone home screens. But thanks to iOS 11, it is now much easier to do so directly on your iOS device. You can quickly and easily move one app. You can also select multiple apps and move them from screen to screen or into a folder.

Create PDF’s in iOS 11

With iOS 11 you can export documents from many different apps as PDFs using the Share function. Other apps have special save or export functions for PDF creation. But any app that can print can also create a PDF using a hidden feature in the AirPrint function. Here is a short video on how to make a PDF in iOS.

Scan & Sign Documents in iOS 11

A new feature in the Notes app in iOS 11 is the ability to scan documents using your iPad or iPhone camera. You can automatically capture pages in a multipage document and even sign the documents before sharing them or saving them out to iCloud Drive. Here is a video from MacMost describing how to use this new feature.

Exploring the iOS 11 Home Screen

iOS 11 brings with it new ways to re-arrange the icons on your home screen in bulk — no more dragging individual icons. You can now grab a bunch to move to a different screen, or even to create folders.

In this video from ScreenCastsOnline demonstrates how to use these new features.

Using the iOS Files App

The new Files app improves on the old iCloud Drive app in many ways. You can now access files in third-party systems like Dropbox and Google Drive. You can preview PDF, text, image, sound and video files. You can move, rename, duplicate and delete files. You can create new folders and organize your iCloud Drive files. Like Preview on the Mac, you can mark up PDF and image files. You can also look inside ZIP archives and even extract files. You can share files with iCloud Drive to collaborate or simply let others see your files. Here is a video from MacMost demonstrating this new iOS 11 app.


Using Drag & Drop in iOS 11

Here is a short video from MacMost on using the new drag & Drop feature in iOS 11

Welcome to the Apple iClub

The Villages Apple User Group (TVAUG)  has a sub group for iOS users of iPads, iPhones & iPod touches, called the Apple iClub, which meets on the second Monday of each month, at the Saddlebrook Recreation Center.In between meetings iOS  information will be available on this site with tips, tricks, news, tutorials and other odds & ends for and about iOS devices.

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Current Apple User Guides


Our Meetings

The meetings are open to members of the Villages Apple User Group that are  interested in iOS devices. If space is available, first time visitors are welcome.

Meetings will be at the Saddlebrook Recreation Center, 3010 Saddlebrook Lane, The Villages, FL 32162 off of N. Buena Vista Blvd., on the second Monday, of each month, at 6:30 pm.

The meetings are all about helping owners of Apple’s iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch. Each meeting will include a presentation from members about the various aspects of iOS devices and the iOS operating system.


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