Bay Mac’s Help Desk – Helping you get the most out of your mac, iPhone & iPad

With Steve Paris

Q: OK. Convince me. What’s so special about the iPhone?

A: Oh gosh, what a question! I could talk about how it literally changed the world when it was announced back in 2007, how our current tech obsession is pretty much down to this invention (come to think of it, that’s not really a good thing), how they’re designed with security and privacy in mind, making them really hard to remotely hack or compromise (so much so the FBI isn’t happy with Apple about it – just make sure you never forget your passwords!!)

But since this is the 100th issue of the Bay, how about a bit of fun? The newest iPhones, those bearing an ‘X’ in their name, have face recognition technology. This is a proper secure system, not a gimmick like some other brands I could mention. The technology designed to secure access to your phone has also been used to create Animojis. By now we’re all familiar with emojis. Well Animojis are… animated emojis.

With iOS 12.2, Apple offers you 24 different ones to play with. You access them through the Messages app. Select one, and it mimics your expression, winks, frowns, laughs as you do, letting you send a recorded message while having a bit of fun in the process.

Even better, you can access them while talking to someone via FaceTime. Hit the Effects, choose the Animoji of your liking and your head is replaced, wherever you may be!

But what if you don’t want to be a shark, a ghost, a unicorn or any other creature? Well, you can create your own personalised Animoji, known as a Memoji. Choose your head shape, skin tone, eye colour, facial hair, glasses, headwear, etc. Once done, you’ll never have to worry about having a bad hair day when FaceTiming you friends, family, … or even your boss!

Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.




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