How to Clean Install macOS Sierra

Sep 26, 2016 - 10 Comments

How to Clean Install macOS Sierra

Some advanced Mac users may like to perform a clean install of macOS Sierra, which is essentially the process of erasing a hard drive and then starting fresh with a new clean installation of macOS Sierra 10.12. After the clean install is complete, a separate backup of any necessary files is manually transferred back over to restore personal data. A clean install can be desirable for many reasons, including to start anew, or as a troubleshooting method to extreme problems, but it’s really not appropriate for all Mac users.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Take Screen Shots in iOS 10

Sep 26, 2016 - 6 Comments

Take a screenshot in iOS 10

Have you noticed taking a screenshot is harder in iOS 10 and with iPhone 7? Maybe you tried to take a screen shot in iOS 10 only to discover that you either locked the device, sent it to the Home Screen, or summoned Siri instead? This is a fairly common occurrence when taking a screenshot with an iOS 10 device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and has led some users to think that the mechanism for how to take a screenshot with iOS 10 was changed. Well, screenshots have not changed, but the sensitivity seems to be slightly different which requires a minor adjustment for some users to successfully capture screenshots in iOS 10.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

How to Disable Widgets at Lock Screen in iOS 10

Sep 25, 2016 - 12 Comments

Hide widget and today screen from iPhone lock screen

With iOS 10 came the removal of Slide to Unlock, which now if the slide right gesture is repeated sends you to the Today view Widgets screen complete with weather, calendar events, tabloids and news, Siri app suggestions, stocks, maps, and whatever optional widgets you have enabled on the iPhone or iPad. This Widget screen is accessible from the lock screen by default on any iOS 10 device.

But what if you don’t want widgets available on the lock screen? Perhaps you’d prefer to maintain more privacy and not reveal anything about the device itself let alone the calendar or app suggestions, or notifications. For any reason, you can disable and hide the widget section of the lock screen completely. The end result is if you slide over from the lock screen, nothing happens, because there is nothing to swipe over to.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra Problems

Sep 24, 2016 - 81 Comments

Troubleshooting macOS Sierra problems

For most users, installing macOS Sierra has gone without a hitch and they’re left with a trouble-free Mac that works great with the latest macOS system software release. But, not everything goes smoothly for everyone, and sometimes updating to macOS Sierra can lead to a variety of problems.

We’re compiling a list of common problems in this troubleshooting guide to remedy issues with the macOS Sierra download, installation, update, and post-install process. Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for you readers), I personally have had the joy of encountering many of these problems during and after updating one particular MacBook Pro to Mac OS Sierra 10.12, so I have very recent extensive firsthand experience with troubleshooting much of what is covered here.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Troubleshooting - 81 Comments

How to Create a Bootable macOS Sierra Installer

Sep 23, 2016 - 28 Comments

Create boot installer for macOS Sierra

Some Mac users like creating a bootable USB install drive for macOS Sierra, which offers for a way to easily update multiple machines, perform clean installs, and to have just as a backup Mac OS Sierra installer should the need arise.

This walkthrough will demonstrate the exact steps necessary to create a boot installer drive for the final version of macOS Sierra using a USB flash key or a similar thumb drive.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 28 Comments

iOS 10.0.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes for iPhone & iPad

Sep 23, 2016 - 20 Comments

iOS 10 on iPhone

Apple has released iOS 10.0.2 (build 14A456), the small update includes multiple bug fixes for iOS 10 on any compatible iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 20 Comments

How to Restart iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Sep 22, 2016 - 6 Comments

iPhone 7 Plus in black

If you are an iPhone 7 owner, you may be wondering how to restart an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus given that it does not have a clickable Home button. It turns out that iPhone 7 models do not need the pushable Home button to forcibly restart the device, because they instead rely on the volume buttons.

Let’s review how to restart an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. It may be a little unusual at first if you’re accustomed to the old way of force rebooting other iOS devices with a clickable Home button, but it’s just as easy despite being a bit different.

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Fix Wi-Fi Problems in macOS Sierra

Sep 22, 2016 - 32 Comments

Fix Wi-Fi Problems in MacOS Sierra

Some Mac users are reporting wi-fi difficulties after updating to macOS Sierra 10.12. The most common wireless networking problems seem to be either randomly dropping wi-fi connections after updating to macOS Sierra, or an unusually slow or delayed wi-fi experience after updating a Mac to Sierra 10.12.

We’ll walk through some some-tested troubleshooting steps to resolve wireless networking troubles with a Mac running macOS Sierra.

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7 of the Best macOS Sierra Features That You’ll Actually Use

Sep 21, 2016 - 55 Comments

Best macOS Sierra Features

macOS Sierra has many new features and enhancements, some of which are significant and others that are more minor yet still nice to have. We’ve picked a handful of features new to macOS Sierra that you’re sure to enjoy and actually use, read on and check them out.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 55 Comments

Beta 1 of iOS 10.1, macOS Sierra 10.12.1, watchOS 3.1, tvOS 10.01 Released

Sep 21, 2016 - 8 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the first beta versions of iOS 10.1 (build 14B55c), macOS Sierra 10.12.1 (build 16B2327e), watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1.

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How to Prepare for & Install macOS Sierra

Sep 20, 2016 - 29 Comments

Prepare for macOS Sierra

With MacOS Sierra now available, Mac users can now get Siri on their computers, have improved iCloud integration, unlock their Macs with an Apple Watch, use Apple Pay on the web, and much more. Before you go diving right into updating to macOS 10.12 though, you should take a few precautionary steps to prepare for the software update.

We’ll walk through some simple steps to prepare for updating to macOS Sierra so that you can install the new Mac OS system software with ease.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 29 Comments

macOS Sierra Download Released, Get it Now

Sep 20, 2016 - 37 Comments

macOS Sierra available to download now

Apple has released macOS Sierra, the latest major update to the Mac operating system. Versioned as Mac OS 10.12, the new Macintosh system software release includes a variety of new features, enhancements, and improvements to the Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 37 Comments

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