#iOS 8

Posted by Brittany Vogel on May 11th, 2015

I’ve had my Watch for eighteen days now. Everyday I learn something new, and everyday the Watch becomes more apart of my everyday life. It keeps me on time for my meetings, has me connect to my friends on a more personal level, and it made me realize I need to cut out the large amount of caffeine I rely on. We put together a list of 18 features we have found to be useful that maybe you haven’t seen before!

1. Dismissing Notifications by Swiping Left or Force Touch

A few days after tapping on each notification to dismiss them, I finally stumbled across two easier ways to remove them.

Swiping to the left on your notification will give you the option to clear it.


Force Touch on the display in the notifications window will allow you to clear all.


2. The Outlook Mail app will send you notification.

If you use the Outlook Mail app, you will not only get a notification, you will get the option to Archive, Mark as Read, Delete, or Schedule for Later.


3. You can change the color for your Digital Touch drawing.

Drawing in Digital Touch is pretty fun, especially if you have a wide variety of colors. Tap and hold on a color until the chroma wheel comes up.


4. You can change your preset replies in Messages.

In the Watch app on your iPhone, if you navigate to Message, you can find the Default Replies and tap on them to change them.


5. Handoff between Watch and iPhone lets you handoff your calls.

If you answer a call on your Watch and want to switch to your iPhone, you can use handoff to switch over. Look at the bottom left corner of your iPhone lock screen, swipe up on the phone icon to switch your call over.


6. Change to Day view in Calendar.

You can switch between List and Day view in Calendar by using Force Touch in the Calendar app.


7. You can control your Apple TV with the remote app.

You can add your Apple TV to the Remote app by opening the app and on your Apple TV opening the Remote settings.


8. Take a screenshot.

Press both the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

9. Force Power-Off

Is your Watch not responding? Force Power Off by pressing and holding the digital crown and side button simultaneously.

10. Removing Pay from your Watch if it is lost or stolen.

Need to remove your cards from Pay? Log into iCloud.com and find your Watch in settings. You can remove all cards from there.

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11. Can’t find your iPhone? Ping it!

If you are like me, you seem to misplace your iPhone in the couch cushions. Good news, you can send a ping to your iPhone to play a sound.


12. Send your location in a message.

In a message, use Force Touch to send your location.


13. Delete, Flag, or Mark as Unread a Mail message.

While in a message in Mail, Force Touch the screen.



14. Choose Mailboxes you want on your Watch.

If you have more than one mail account, you can set custom settings in the mail settings for Watch.


15. Turn by Turn with Taptic.

This may be my favorite feature. I have a horrible internal compass and looking at my iPhone while driving is too distracting. Start your turn by turn directions on your watch or iPhone and you will receive a taptic response when you are near your next turn or exit.

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16. Change audio source in the Music app.

Need to change from listening to your music on your iPhone to your bluetooth speaker? Force Touch the screen while in the music app to change the source.


17. Switch to the last opened app.

Need to get back to your previous app? Double tap the digital crown!

18. Change emoji colors.

Sick of red hearts or the yellow smiley face? Use Force touch to change the color!


Posted by Charles Edge on December 13th, 2014

Instant Hotspot automatically connects your Mac to the Personal Hotspot running on an iPhone or iPad (with a Personal Hotspot account, of course) when you need a little Internet connectivity and there’s no other Wi-Fi. Super helpful when you’re on the road, at a coffee shop with crappy wi-fi or ice fishing out on the lake. And it’s super easy to setup. Just enable Personal Hotspot on your phone and then select it from the Wi-Fi menu on a Mac.

Enable Personal Hotspot on your Phone

On an iPhone, open the Settings app and then tap on the Personal Hotspot menu. Use the slider to enable the feature. Tap Wi-Fi Password to then set a password. There are additional options to connect via Bluetooth or USB. Directions to connect either of these ways can be found on this same screen within settings.

Turning on a Personal Hotspot in iOS

Select the Personal Hotspot on the Desktop

Once the Personal Hotspot is enabled, just click on your Wi-Fi menu and select it from the resultant list of options.

Finding Personal Hotspot in the Wi-Fi Dropdown

There you have it. Super easy, super useful, super fast. Thanks again, Apple!

Posted by Charles Edge on December 3rd, 2014

Apple released the Health app with iOS 8. This changes a lot when it comes to fitness tracking apps on iOS 8, as you now basically want the data from those to get aggregated into the Health app. So when the Health app showed up, it became apparent that there were a few app vendors that either directly or through partnerships are really primed for a lot of success on the iOS platform. Our top choices for now (keeping in mind there’s an Apple Watch coming) are as follows:

  • Nike+ Running: Available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nike+-running/id387771637?mt=8, the Nike+ Running app was one of the first apps to actually integrate directly with Apple’s HealthKit. Runs and earned Nike Fuel are synchronized to the Health app and Fuel can be tracked on the Dashboard of the health app.
  • MyFitnessPal: An older app that can track a lot of stuff, MyFitnessPal is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calorie-counter-diet-tracker/id341232718?mt=8. MyFitnessPal boasts over 4,000,000 foods in a database to choose from if you track calories. There’s also detailed information about foods, including nutrients, fat, cholesterol and other key factors that impact your health. Also tracks exercises, allows communicating with friends and goals. Annnnnd, integrates with some other apps so you can aggregate even more information in other places. One of those apps is, of course, the Health app!
  • Strava: Strava. available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strava-running-cycling-gps/id426826309?mt=8, has long been the gold standard of cycling apps. You can track rides, routes, etc. It also does running now,  and can track pace, speed, elevation, etc. The  power and cadence data collection is also awesome. Integration through HealthKit means you can also now track information through the Health app as well as integrate data with other apps!
  • Motion 24/7 Sleeptracker: There are a lot of sleep tracking apps for iOS. Motion 24/7 Sleeptracker, available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/motionx-24-7-sleeptracker/id505074676?mt=8, was the first to integrate with Healthkit and did a really good job. Sleep tracker also tracks heart rate, REM (no, not Mike Stipes) and other sleep information. And best of all, it integrates flawlessly with the Health app without requiring a wearable device (although you can rock one of those if you want).
  • WebMD: Available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/webmd-trusted-health-wellness/id295076329?mt=8, WebMD brings information from a number of activity trackers to Health, using WebMD as a hub. It also syncs HealthyTarget data to iOS, which adds another layer of goals without over-gamifying your health!

We specifically went for different categories of apps with this article. As of the writing, there are easily 20 to 30 more apps that integrate with devices, to Weight Watchers to scales. So look for the app that works best for you!

Note: Each wearable has its own app, with the UP and Withings already integrating with the Health app. If you have a FitBit, you can use SyncSolver to integrate your FitBit account with the Health app. 

Posted by Charles Edge on November 19th, 2014

At Bushel, we want you to have the best experience with iOS 8 that’s possible. iOS 8 comes with a lot f new features. While some are super awesome for many, they might be a bit much for the way you use your device. Here, we’re going to look at troubleshooting and optimizing your iOS 8 experience.


The classic step to make any computing experience is to reboot the device. To do so in iOS 8 is the same as with previous versions of iOS. To reboot your device, hold down the button on the top of the device and the home button at the same time until the screen goes black. Once it does, tap the home button again and viola, the device will start back up!

Note: The apps will still be in the same state they were when you shut the device down.

Battery Life

One easy way to make your iOS 8 experience better is to experience it more. The battery life in iOS 8 is a little different because the device can do much more. You can use the Battery Life options to keep track of what’s running your battery life down throughout the day. To access this screen, open the Settings app, tap on General, tap on Usage and then tap on Battery Usage. At this screen, you’ll see a list of apps over the past 24 hours or 7 days along with a percentage of the consumed battery life that was used by each.

iOS 8 Experience :: Battery Usage

iOS 8 Experience :: Battery Usage

Kill Battery Hogs

If an app is taking up a lot of your battery life then chances are the app is also killing performance of the device. Apps run in the background when they’re open. To see if an app that kills your battery is causing performance issues, double-tap your home icon and then take the big culprits and drag them up. This will force-quit the app. Once force-quit, try whatever might be giving you a problem again and see if it works like a charm!

Disable QuickType

I see a lot of people out there complaining that the auto-correct options in iOS are causing them to say silly things. There are entire websites dedicated to this. If you find that iOS 8 guesses incorrectly at what you’re trying to say, then simply disable it for a little while. To do so, open the Settings app, tap General and then tap Keyboard. Here, slide Predictive to Off and see if it improves your use of the device. You can always go back and turn it on if it doesn’t help!

Reset Settings

Old settings can cause weird little issues here and there when it comes to your iOS 8 experience. This can include slowly opening screens and having things just randomly close on a phone. You can reset just settings without deleting any content. When you do so, you will loose things like what Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to, but you’ll keep any actual data on the device. To do so, open the Settings app, tap on General and then tap on Reset All Settings. If you are using Bushel and have a passcode, you’ll then be prompted for it before clearing these settings.

iOS 8 Experience :: Reset All Settings

iOS 8 Experience :: Reset All Settings

Delete Some Stuff

New Apple devices have lots more space than they used to for an awesome iOS 8 experience. But if you’re running iOS 8 on an iPhone 5 or a 16 Gig model, you might be running into a problem when it comes to upgrades and downloading content. You can see how much space each app consumes and possibly remove an app or prune what’s stored in one by opening the Settings app, tapping on General, tapping on Usage and then tapping on Manage Storage.

iOS 8 Experience :: iOS Storage

iOS 8 Experience :: iOS Storage

Don’t Store So Much Mail

Do you really need a months worth of email for a great iOS 8 experience? I find that a week is usually ample. To reduce the amount of mail your device caches, and in the process free up some space and optimize the performance of your device, open the Settings app, tap on Mail then select an account. At the account screen, look for the Mail Days to Sync and set it to the appropriate amount of time for how you work!

iOS 8 Experience :: Reduce Mail

iOS 8 Experience :: Reduce Mail

Run the Latest Software Update To Improve Your iOS 8 Experience

Apple is always improving features, fixing bugs, bringing more security to the iOS platform and in general innovating. For most people, we should be running the latest version of iOS. To update open the General app, tap on Software Update and then tap on Download and Install.

iOS 8 Experience :: Update the iOS Software

iOS 8 Experience :: Update the iOS Software

Disable Handoff

Some people have reported that they don’t like it when they sit down at their desktop and get a prompt to open a web page they were just viewing on their iOS device, or an alert for Messages. This new feature, called Handoff is awesome once you get used to it. But if it’s messing up your specific workflow, you can disable Handoff. To do so, open the Settings app, tap on General and then tap on Handoff &Y Suggested Apps. Here, simply slide the Handoff feature to off. Hopefully you’ll re-enable it, as it’s pretty cool once you get used to it!

iOS 8 Experience :: Disable Handoff

iOS 8 Experience :: Disable Handoff

Worse Case: Reset

If you have issues with your device that simply aren’t resolving, consider resetting it. This means you’ll want a good backup as it will be brand spankin’ new when you’re done. To reset a device, open the Settings app, tap on General, tap on Reset and then tap on Erase All Content and Settings. You can also do this with Apple Configurator and update the device at the same time. This is pretty drastic, so treat as such!

Overall, we think that iOS 8 is a great upgrade and hope that you don’t throttle back any of the innovative new features that Apple introduced in iOS 8. But if you must, now you’ve got a guide to the ones that get you the biggest bang for your buck!

Posted by Charles Edge on September 25th, 2014

A common question we get is “We added our VPP apps to Bushel. How do we control who gets them?” The answer is simple: everyone gets prompted to install every app you put into Bushel. This doesn’t mean that users must accept apps, nor does it mean that users must keep apps that have been deployed to devices. So here are a few good points to consider:

  • You can deploy free apps through Bushel without setting up a VPP account with Apple but you cannot distribute paid apps this way.
  • Any app purchased in the VPP portal will be installed on all devices once you provide your VPP token in Bushel.
  • If you run out of purchased app licenses then Bushel will not install the app on subsequent devices.
  • We will let you know when you run out of licenses for any paid apps.
  • If a user (or you if you’re setting up the devices) does not accept an app, then the app isn’t counted as used on your device.
  • If a user accepts an app and then removes the app, you will still use a license code for that user for that app.
  • If a user unenrolls a device where the app was installed, the license for that app is reapplied to your VPP account and available for a different device.
  • You can only purchase licenses through Apple’s VPP portal.
  • Apps are included with the Managed Open-In functionality. If you need to move data between apps installed by Bushel and apps not installed by Bushel, you will want to disable the Managed Open-In feature in your Security Settings.
  • When you remove a device running iOS 8 we check to see if the Apple ID is unique. If it is, we revoke the license in that case as well.
VPP Apps in Bushel

VPP Apps in Bushel

Hope this helps to explain anything that might be confusing about how VPP apps work in Bushel. We’ll add some tool tips soon to make things more clear within the portal!