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How to Use Apple TV without Wifi

With the new Apple TV operating system iOS8, it is possible to project your mobile device on an Apple TV screen without a wifi connection. This is a significant development as it will help those who have a problem accessing wifi in their locality but still want to mirror their mobile devices on the Apple TV’s screen.

To be able to connect to your Apple TV without a wifi connection, you will require having an iPad, iPod or an iPhone whose operating system has been upgraded to iOS8. Your Apple TV will also require being the 3rd generation Rev A. To know if you have the right TV, you will check if the EMC number which can be found near the serial number is 2633. If you have all that is required, here are the simple steps that you will follow to connect your mobile device to your Apple TV without wifi:

  • Get a projector or a television set that has HDMI capabilities and connect your Apple TV to it.
  • Ensure that the mobile device you will be using has been updated to iOS8 and also ensure that the software of your Apple TV has been upgraded to the latest version.
  • Reboot your iPad, iPhone or iPhone and the Apple TV as well.
  • If your mobile device has a wifi connection at this point, ensure that it has been disabled using the settings option on the device.
  • Enable the Bluetooth functionality on both your mobile device and on your Apple TV.
  • Using the control center menu, swipe up from the lower end of your device to enable you to access AirPlay.
  • Once you press the AirPlay button, you should be able to view the Apple TV. If this is still not possible, you can try restarting both the mobile device and the Apple TV to see if they will work.
  • The last step will be to turn the “Mirror’ on and you will be able to use your Apple TV without a Wifi connection.

It is important to note that you will not be able to view YouTube videos without a Wifi connection. However, you can use the mobile network on your mobile device to access the internet if you still need to watch videos on YouTube. If you are yet to upgrade your Apple TV to the latest version, you will not be able to enjoy the privilege of using it without a wifi connects which will limit its use to only places where it is available.

How to Use Apple Pay on Your iPhone

When you go out for shopping, it will be no longer a necessity to have your credit card when making payment if you have an iPhone. To help you know how to go about it, here is a simplified procedure that you will follow:

  • Ensure that your iPhone is compatible and has the latest iOS version. Some of the mobile phones with iOS are iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 plus.
  • Make sure that your credit card or debit card has been added to the Wallet application. To add your card, you will need to get to the Wallet app, tap on the sign in button and then proceed to the ‘add another card option. There is a box above the ‘add card’ and using the camera, you will get the card’s details inside the box. If the details shown are correct, you will click to verify and if everything is correct, you will add the 3-digit security code at the back of the card. The support team at Apple will contact the card issuer and if everything is in order, the card will be added. Once you agree to the terms and conditions, you will be able to use Apple Pay to make payments.
  • Make a call to your bank as a way of verifying your card.
  • Select the default card that you will be using to make payments.
  • Hold the iPhone close to the payment terminal.
  • You will then be required to confirm your identity either using your fingerprints, a passcode or your FaceID for those using iPhone X.

Different iPhone models may have a unique process of setting up the payment based on how they have been configured. All you have to do is to follow the setting as you have been directed until you have successfully added your card to the iPhone.

For a person-to-person Apple Pay transfer, the transaction will be free but if you will be using your credit card to make a payment, there will be a 3% fee that will be charged on your card.

To ensure that every transaction is secure, there is an ID option on the device and if the fingerprints or the FaceID is not recognized, the transaction will be canceled. This means that using Apple pay is more secure than using a card though no payment is entirely secure.

Apple VR Headset Review

There is an ongoing rumor that Apple is in the process of making a VR headset that will be able to incorporate both the AR and the VR technologies. According to Apple’s chief executive officer Tim Cook, a virtual reality headset is of equal importance as the iPhone.

The project of making the VR has been codenamed T288 and though it is still in the preliminary stages, there are indications that the VR headset will be launched in 2020. It is claimed that Apple’s VR headset will be using a fast-speed wireless technology and will be connected to a dedicated box. This dedicated box will be powered using a custom-made Apple processor that will be more powerful compared to the processors that are currently being used in the other VR headsets.

Unlike other VR appliances like the HTC Vive where one has to have a base station installed in a room to know their location, the Apple VR headset will have all the controls done on the headset and the box.

Apple’s competitors like Samsung have partnered with Oculus, who are the manufacturers of the Rift and Go headsets where the VR headsets are operated using Samsung phones. Microsoft has also ventured into the virtual reality market through its HoloLens headset and Windows 1o mixed reality goggles.

Apple has not made its intention to come up with a VR headset public. Instead, the company has been hiring professionals behind the scenes. Patent rights have also been filed one of which is aimed at using virtual reality to help in getting rid of motion sickness as well as boredom for travelers while in the vehicle.

The wireless technology on which the Apple VR headset will be operated on is termed as 60GHz WiGig. There will also be a 2nd generation version termed as 802.11ay that will have a higher speed and will be more ideal for those who need high-end virtual reality headsets that will not be tethered to a computer.

Since Apple will have built its own chips, they will be able to remain in control of its VR features and be in control on when they will be introducing new devices into the market.

The images in Apple’s VR headsets will be more lifelike as a result of the 8K display and this will help to create a great experience when using the VR headsets. Virtual reality lovers and those who want to venture into the world of VR have a great invention to look forward to as far as Apple VR headset is concerned.