How to Use Dark Mode on iPad with iPadOS 13

Oct 21, 2019 - 1 Comment

How to Use Dark Mode on iPad

The optional Dark Mode appearance theme is a popular choice for many iPad users who want a darker look when using their device. Dark Mode transforms the bright white visual appearance of iPadOS into darker shades of black and grays. This may be preferential to some users, whether to reduce the brightness of the interface, or perhaps just because they prefer the look of the Dark Mode interface theme.

This tutorial will show you how to use and turn on Dark Mode on any iPad, including iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPad, or iPad Air.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Revised MacOS Catalina‌‌ Supplemental Update Released

Oct 21, 2019 - 5 Comments

MacOS Catalina

Apple has released a new revised version of the MacOS Catalina Supplemental Update that was initially released last week.

It’s unclear why a revised version of the supplemental update was made available, or if any new features or changes are included. Release notes accompanying the download remain the same, however.

The newly updated MacOS Catalina Supplemental Update brings macOS 10.15 to build 19A603 (whereas the prior weeks supplemental build was 19A602).

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 5 Comments

How to Turn Off iPad Pro

Oct 20, 2019 - 6 Comments

How to turn off iPad Pro

Want to turn off iPad Pro and completely power it down? Maybe you’re going to travel with iPad Pro and want to keep it powered off to preserve battery, or maybe you want to turn it off because you aren’t going to use it for a while. Whatever the case, you can easily turn off an iPad Pro.

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How to Disable Spotify Playing Videos to Music on iPhone, iPad, Android

Oct 19, 2019 - Leave a Comment


Wondering how to stop Spotify from playing music videos automatically? You’re probably not alone. Fortunately it’s easy to turn the visual loop and music video feature off with Spotify on iPhone, iPad, and Android.

The latest versions of Spotify on iPhone, iPad, and Android default to automatically playing short clips of music videos with many songs. Those music video clips play in a constant loop while the song is playing too. But if you don’t want Spotify to automatically play music videos of many songs, you can turn this feature off. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Reduce Motion on iOS 13 & iPadOS 13

Oct 18, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to use Reduce Motion on iPhone and iPad

Some iPhone and iPad users may find the onscreen animations that zoom and slide around to be a bit too much, distracting, or even nauseating, and therefore some people wish to disable those animations.

Turning off most interface animations on iPhone and iPad is possible with a feature called Reduce Motion, which will dramatically reduce the zooming, sliding, and panning that is visible on the device screens and when using apps.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Scan Documents with Files App on iPhone & iPad

Oct 17, 2019 - 15 Comments

Scanning Documents with iPhone or iPad Files app showing scanning viewfinder

Have you ever wished you could scan a document with your iPhone or iPad? You can easily do that right from the Files app and with your devices camera!

With the arrival of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 Apple has made the Files app much more useful. Not only can it now be used to access external storage devices and SMB shared locations, but it can also be used to directly scan documents to a folder as well.

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By Oliver Haslam - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta 2 Released for Testing

Oct 17, 2019 - 2 Comments

MacOS Catalina beta

Apple has released MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2 for Mac users enrolled in the system software beta testing program.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

Beta 3 of iOS 13.2 & iPadOS 13.2 Available for Testing

Oct 16, 2019 - Leave a Comment

Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Apple has released iOS 13.2 beta 3 along with iPadOS 13.2 beta 3 for users who are enrolled in the beta testing programs for iPhone and iPad.

Both a developer beta and public beta build (17B5077a) are available to eligible users.

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How to Hide MacOS Catalina from Software Update on Mac

Oct 16, 2019 - 27 Comments

How to hide MacOS Catalina update on Mac

Want to stop MacOS Catalina showing up in Software Updates on a Mac? Don’t plan on updating to MacOS Catalina anytime soon? Still up in the air about whether or not to update to MacOS Catalina 10.15?

If you don’t want the “MacOS Catalina” update to show as available to download in the Software Update section of macOS, you can use a terminal command to block and hide the software update from showing as available. This can be helpful if you’re avoiding installing MacOS Catalina for whatever, whether to avoid potential problems, or if you just don’t want to deal with updating to it anytime soon.

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iOS 13.1.3 & iPadOS 13.1.3 Update with Bug Fixes Released

Oct 15, 2019 - 11 Comments

iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3

Apple has released iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3 with bug fixes for iPhone and iPad.

The new software updates for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch aim to resolve a variety of issues on these devices, including fixing problems with Mail, iPhone not ringing or vibrating on incoming calls, Health app, resolves an issue where Voice Memos recordings weren’t downloaded properly, resolutions to issues with iCloud backup restores, a problem with Apple Watch not pairing, and more. The full release notes accompanying the downloads of iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3 are included further below.

Separately, Apple released MacOS Catalina Supplemental Update 1 for Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 11 Comments

MacOS Catalina Supplemental Update 1 Released with Bug Fixes

Oct 15, 2019 - 11 Comments

MacOS Catalina update

Apple has released the first bug fix update for MacOS Catalina, labeled as “MacOS Catalina 10.15 Supplemental Update”.

The first supplemental software update to MacOS Catalina aims to resolve some bugs and issues that some users have experienced with MacOS Catalina, including problems with initial system installation, an issue with accepting terms and conditions, and improvements to Apple Arcade game saving. Some of these issues are discussed in our overview of troubleshooting problems with macOS Catalina and appear to be resolved with this update.

Separately, Apple has also released iOS 13.1.3 and iPadOS 13.1.3 updates for iPhone and iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 11 Comments

How to Stop Spam Calls on iPhone with Silence Unknown Callers

Oct 14, 2019 - 8 Comments

How to silence unknown callers on iPhone automatically

Tired of your iPhone getting constant spam calls and junk calls? For many of us, a steady stream of spam calls plague our cell phones, and while you can block the phone numbers the call spammers are always a step ahead and typically use different phone numbers for each new spam call, making it a challenge to be on top of.

That’s where the iPhone feature for silencing unknown callers steps in, which does a great job of eliminating spam calls by sending unknown callers to voicemail.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 8 Comments

How to Update & Install MacOS Catalina

Oct 13, 2019 - 5 Comments

How to install MacOS Catalina

Want to install MacOS Catalina on a Mac? This article will show you how you can install and update MacOS Catalina upgrade on any compatible Mac. It’s a fairly straight forward process, and by following the steps you should be running the latest and greatest MacOS Catalina 10.15 in short order.

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How to Migrate to iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro from Old iPhone the Easy Way with Quick Start

Oct 12, 2019 - 7 Comments

How to transfer data to iPhone 11 from old iPhone data migration

Get a new iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro and want to transfer all data from the old iPhone to the new iPhone? With the latest versions of iOS, the process of transferring everything from one iPhone to another is easier than ever before thanks to a great feature called Quick Start and iPhone Migration which allows for easy direct data transfer between an old and new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, wirelessly. This is about as simple as it gets for migrating from an old to new iPhone.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

List of Macs & iPads with Sidecar Compatibility

Oct 11, 2019 - 9 Comments

Sidecar compatible Mac and iPad models

Wondering which Mac and iPad models support Sidecar? If you’re curious as to whether or not a Mac and iPad is compatible with Sidecar, you’ll find the list of supported devices below to be helpful. Not all Mac and iPad models support the feature, but most new models do.

Sidecar is the helpful new feature introduced in MacOS Catalina 10.15 and iPadOS 13 that allows an iPad to function as an external display for a Mac, with full touch screen support on the iPad as well as the ability you use Apple Pencil. Some MacOS Catalina users have attempted to use Sidecar but found it’s not working on their Mac and iPad combination, perhaps thinking it’s a problem with MacOS Catalina when in fact it’s just a matter of system compatibility. So let’s review which devices Sidecar works for.

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Beta 1 of MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 Released for Testing

Oct 11, 2019 - 5 Comments

MacOS Catalina beta

Apple has released the first beta version of MacOS Catalina 10.15.1 for beta testers, carrying build 19B68f.

The beta of MacOS 10.15.1 likely focuses on bug fixes and enhancements to the first release of MacOS Catalina 10.15, perhaps addressing some of the reported issues with MacOS Catalina that some users are experiencing. Some new additions to the Photos app and support for a new GPU are also included in the macOS 10.15.1 beta 1 release, apparently alongside new Emoji icons.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 5 Comments

Beta 2 of iPadOS 13.2 & iOS 13.2 Released for Testing

Oct 10, 2019 - 2 Comments

iOS Beta and iPadOS Beta

Apple has released iOS 13.2 beta 2 along with iPadOS 13.2 beta 2 for users involved in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.

The beta releases are available to download as developer and public beta versions, thus anyone enrolled in those programs can find the new beta build available now.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 2 Comments

Troubleshooting MacOS Catalina Problems

Oct 9, 2019 - 102 Comments

Troubleshooting MacOS Catalina problems

Some Mac users have reported a variety of problems with MacOS Catalina, ranging from installations getting stuck or taking abnormally long, to problems with some apps not working, to issues with certain printers or accessories no longer working, App Store difficulties, iCloud and Apple ID issues, amongst other nuisances.

While installing and using MacOS Catalina goes fine for most users, that is no solace if you are experiencing problems with a particular Mac and the new MacOS 10.15 release. Below we will discuss a variety of reported issues and problems with MacOS Catalina, and offer various troubleshooting methods to attempt to resolve those difficulties.

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