How to Resume a Download in Safari on Mac

Jun 18, 2019 - Leave a Comment

Safari for Mac

Safari on the Mac can resume stopped downloads and restart failed downloads rather easily. For example, if you were downloading Xcode from Apple but your internet connection was interrupted and the download stopped, you can resume the download where it left off rather than restart the entire download over again. This is a great way to restart and resume incomplete downloads, regardless of the reason the file download failed, was interrupted or otherwise halted, and it’s available in the Safari download manager on Mac OS.

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MacOS Catalina Release Dates: Public Beta, Final Version

Jun 18, 2019 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Catalina

Mac users anticipating the next major release of MacOS Catalina may likely be wondering when the release dates are for the next operating system. As you may know already, MacOS Catalina is currently in developer beta, but when does the MacOS Catalina public beta start? And when does the final version of MacOS Catalina get released? Let’s review what is known about the release date schedules so far.

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MacOS Catalina Beta 2 Released for Download

Jun 17, 2019 - 1 Comment

MacOS Catalina beta

Apple has released macOS Catalina 10.15 beta 2 for users enrolled in the developer beta testing program for MacOS system software.

Separately, Apple has also released downloads for iOS 13 beta 2 and iPadOS 13 beta 2, along with beta 2 of watchOS 6 and tvOS 13.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 1 Comment

iOS 13 Beta 2 Download Now Available

Jun 17, 2019 - 2 Comments

iOS 13 beta 2

Apple has released iOS 13 beta 2 along with iPadOS 13 beta 2 for users enrolled in the developer beta testing programs for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The latest iOS 13 beta downloads require a configuration profile to be installed before the update becomes available on whatever device is currently running iOS 13 beta or iPadOS 13 beta.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 2 Comments

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPhone XR, iPhone XS & XS Max, iPhone X

Jun 16, 2019 - 1 Comment

How to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X

Sometimes an iPhone must be placed into Recovery Mode to be able to effectively troubleshoot the device. Usually this is only necessary when an iPhone XS, XR, XS Max or X is stuck on the  Apple logo for an extended amount of time and does not boot, is stuck on the iTunes logo with a USB cable, or if the computer is not recognizing the iPhone. When in Recovery Mode, the iPhone XS, XR, XS Max, or X can be restored directly with iTunes or macOS Finder (for Catalina and later).

The instructions for putting an iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone X into recovery mode as detailed here are different from prior iPhone models. If you have an older iPhone, then follow the instructions for putting older iPhone models into Recovery Mode instead.

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How to Enter Recovery Mode for iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

Jun 15, 2019 - Leave a Comment

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

If needed, you can put any iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 into Recovery Mode for troubleshooting purposes.

This is usually only used for troubleshooting purposes, particularly if an iPhone is stuck on the Apple logo screen for an extended amount of time, or the screen shows an iTunes logo with a connect to iTunes screen, or if the device is not being recognized at all by a computer and it’s otherwise unresponsive as well. You can also use often Recovery Mode for downgrading from iOS beta versions.

Regardless of why, sometimes you must put an iPhone into Recovery Mode to be able to restore the device or update it. This guide will show you how to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8.

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How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, Early iPad Pro

Jun 14, 2019 - Leave a Comment

Recovery Mode on iPad Air, iPad, iPad mini, and iPad with Home buttons

Sometimes an iPad must be placed into Recovery Mode before it can be restored or updated successfully with a computer. For example, if an iPad gets stuck on a black screen with an Apple logo for a very long time, Recovery Mode can usually remedy that. Typically Recovery Mode is used for a troubleshooting endeavor, but it can also be used for downgrading from iOS beta / iPadOS beta versions as well.

The instructions here will show how to enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and the earlier iPad Pro models with a Home button. Basically if the iPad has a Home button, the instructions detailed here will work to put the iPad into Recovery Mode. However, any newer model iPad Pro without any front buttons and with Face ID instead must use these instructions to enter Recovery Mode instead on iPad Pro 2018 and newer devices.

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How to Boot MacBook Pro Without a Battery (Older Models 2006 – 2011)

Jun 14, 2019 - 6 Comments

A MacBook Pro 2010 model

You may have noticed that sometimes you can not power on and boot a MacBook Pro when it doesn’t have a battery installed. Let’s say you had to remove the battery of an older MacBook Pro because it was swelling, or the battery failed for some other reason, but when you go to power on the MacBook Pro, nothing happens. (To be clear, this article is aimed at older MacBook Pro model years, like a 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, back when replacing a battery, hard disk, RAM, was all fairly easy to do by opening the bottom case).

In this situation, if a battery is removed or totally dead and you attempt to start the MacBook Pro, nothing happens – there is no sound, no system boot, no startup chime, nothing. It turns out that some model year MacBook Pro computers will not boot with a simple power button press after the battery has been physically removed or disconnected.

Of course if you happen to have a replacement battery then you can typically just replace the missing battery with a working battery and the MacBook Pro will boot, but that is not always an option. So let’s discuss how to boot an older MacBook Pro when there is no battery present at all.

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How to Put iPhone 7 Plus & iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode

Jun 13, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to put iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode

Knowing how to put an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 into Recovery Mode can be valuable knowledge, as it is sometimes necessary for troubleshooting purposes.

Typically the need to use Recovery Mode is limited to troubleshooting some more unusual scenarios like when a device is completely stuck on an  Apple logo, or if the screen shows a “Connect to iTunes” screen, but it can be used sometimes for downgrading of iOS versions too.

This tutorial will demonstrate you how to enter Recovery Mode on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This guide also applies to putting iPod touch (7th generation) into Recovery Mode too.

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How to Downgrade iOS 13 Beta to iOS 12

Jun 12, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to downgrade iOS 13 beta to iOS 12

Want to downgrade from iOS 13 beta back to iOS 12 stable builds? If you installed iOS 13 beta or iPadOS 13 beta onto a compatible iPhone or iPad and now want to revert back to a prior iOS 12 release, you can do so with the assistance of iTunes and a computer. And yes this applies to downgrading iPadOS 13 back to iOS 12 as well, since iPadOS is just iOS relabeled for iPad.

We’ll show you two different ways to downgrade iOS 13 back to iOS 12, the first approach will use ISPW restore to revert to a prior iOS build, and the second approach will cover downgrading iOS 13 using Recovery Mode.

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Beta 4 of iOS 12.4 & Beta 2 of MacOS 10.14.6 Available for Testing

Jun 11, 2019 - 5 Comments

macOS and iOS beta testing

Apple has released for testing iOS 12.4 beta 4, along with MacOS Mojave 10.14.6 beta 2.

These beta builds are entirely separate from the ongoing iOS 13 beta 1 and MacOS Catalina Beta 1, which are also in active beta testing for developers.

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How to Create a New Email Compose Shortcut for the Mac Dock

Jun 11, 2019 - 4 Comments

How to create a custom New Email Message compose shortcut for the Dock on Mac

Heavy email users may find it useful to have a handy Dock shortcut for creating new email messages on the Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll walk through setting up a simple Automator application that will compose a new email message with a set template whenever the app is clicked in the Mac Dock, from anywhere the Dock can be accessed.

This new email compose shortcut will be demonstrated with the default Mail app in Mac OS, but Microsoft Outlook can be used as well for the new email message compose shortcut, and many other email applications on the Mac can do this too as long as they support Automator actions.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Install iOS 13 or iPadOS Beta

Jun 10, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to install iOS 13 beta or iPadOS beta

Installing iPadOS 13 beta or iOS 13 beta is easy to do, and though most users should not install it right now, this tutorial will walk through the process for those who are interested in doing so and with access to the developer betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

iOS 12.3.2 Released for iPhone 8 Plus

Jun 10, 2019 - Leave a Comment

iPhone 8 Plus

Apple has released iOS 12.3.2 for iPhone 8 Plus. The limited iOS software update appears to resolve an issue where sometimes iPhone 8 Plus would take portrait mode photos but without the software depth effect which blurs the background of the image.

If you do not have iPhone 8 Plus, the iOS 12.3.2 update will not be available to you (yet, anyway).

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iOS 13 Release Dates: Beta, Public Beta, Final

Jun 9, 2019 - 1 Comment

Release dates for iOS 13 and iPadOS

Many iPhone and iPad users are excited about the upcoming features in iOS 13 and iPadOS (the rebranded iOS for iPad). Of course if you have a developer account, then iOS 13 beta and iPadOS beta are available to you right now, but that’s certainly not everyone. If you’re wondering what the release dates are for iOS 13 final and iPadOS final, along with the expected release dates of the iOS 13 public beta and iPadOS public beta, you’re certainly not alone.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Enable or Disable Attention Aware Features of Face ID on iPhone & iPad

Jun 8, 2019 - 1 Comment

Face ID camera can use Attention Aware Features on iPhone or iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad with Face ID you may want to toggle the devices Attention Aware Features setting to be enabled or disabled. The Attention Aware Features uses the iPhone or iPad camera to check if you are looking at the device before dimming the display, or lowering the volume of alerts on the device.

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

How to Stop an iCloud Restore on iPhone & iPad

Jun 7, 2019 - Leave a Comment

How to stop iCloud Restore from backup to iPhone or iPad

iCloud backup restores can be stopped at any time on newer iOS devices. This means that if you have chosen to restore an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iCloud backup, either when setting up a device with a prior iOS backup, or to restore a problematic device as a troubleshooting method, you can stop the iCloud Restore process at anytime. This article will explain how to stop an iCloud backup restore to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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How to Create a MacOS Catalina Beta USB Bootable Install Drive

Jun 6, 2019 - 6 Comments

How to make a MacOS Catalina beta bootable install drive

Advanced Mac users can make a bootable macOS Catalina beta installer drive using a USB flash drive. This offers a simple way to install the macOS 10.15 beta release onto a test Mac, either on a separate drive or partition.

Using a boot installer drive allows for easy formatting and partitioning of disks too, making it simple to perform a clean installation of macOS Catalina 10.15 beta onto a target Mac. Of course the boot installer can also be used to upgrade an existing installation to MacOS Catalina beta as well.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a bootable USB install drive for MacOS Catalina 10.15 beta.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

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