iOS 11.4 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Apr 2, 2018 - Leave a Comment

iOS 11.4 beta

Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 1 for iPhone and iPad users enrolled in the iOS beta testing program.

The first iOS 11.4 beta release comes a few days after the final version of iOS 11.3 became available for general users.

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April Fools: The Broken Screen Wallpaper Prank for iPhone, iPad, Android

Apr 1, 2018 - 3 Comments

The broken screen glass wallpaper prank for iPhone and iPad

It’s April Fools day, which means the internet is basically full of baloney and nothing ca can be trusted or taken seriously. But rather than feed you a lump of imaginary doo-doo, we typically like to share general Apple pranks for April Fools Day around here.

This year we’ve got a silly prank that works great for iPhone, iPad, Macs, or any other computer or device that has a lock screen… it’s totally harmless but can cause a brief freak-out to an unsuspecting person… it’s the good old fashioned broken glass wallpaper trick!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun - 3 Comments

How to Change the Key Photo of Live Photos on iPhone and iPad

Mar 31, 2018 - Leave a Comment

How to set Key Photo of Live Photos on iPhone and iPad

Live Photos are the fun animated images captured by modern iPhone and iPad cameras. Essentially each Live Photo is a still image attached to a short movie clip, and much like movie clips there is a key image that can be set to represent the picture as a thumbnail. Changing that key photo can be desirable if the Live Photo thumbnail preview doesn’t really capture the image well, and you can instead scrub around in the Live Photo for a thumbnail that better represents the image.

This tutorial will show you how to change and set a Live Photo key photo in iOS.

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iPhone X Ringer Volume Very Low? Here’s the Fix

Mar 30, 2018 - Leave a Comment

iPhone X ring volume very low and how to fix

Have you noticed the iPhone X ringer volume goes from loud to low? Often iPhone X users notice that the iPhone X ringtone will sound very quiet after initially sounding loud, but despite pressing the volume up buttons they can’t get the iPhone X ringtone to sound loud again, it’s just stuck quiet. Don’t fret and there’s nothing wrong with your iPhone X for exhibiting this behavior, in fact this is actually a feature.

If your iPhone X rings loud but then gets quiet and stays quiet, but you’d rather have the iPhone X ringer volume stay loud all the time when getting a call, read on to learn the proper settings adjustment to stop this behavior. The end result will be that iPhone X sounds loud on incoming calls all the time and the iPhone X will stop quieting the ringtone volume itself.

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MacOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Update Released, Security Update 2018-002 for MacOS Sierra & El Capitan

Mar 29, 2018 - 28 Comments

macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 download

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 for Mac users who are running High Sierra on their computers. Separately, Security Updates 2018-002 for MacOS Sierra and Mac OS X El Capitan are also available for Mac users running prior system software builds.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 28 Comments

iOS 11.3 Download Released, Update Now for iPhone & iPad [IPSW Links]

Mar 29, 2018 - 21 Comments

iOS 11.3 download update

Apple has released iOS 11.3 for iPhone and iPad. The final version of iOS 11.3 includes multiple bug fixes, performance improvements, and several new features.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 21 Comments

How to Set & Use the Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone and iPad

Mar 28, 2018 - 1 Comment

Use the Accessibility Shortcut on iPhone and iPad

The Accessibility Shortcut in iOS allows users to quickly enable and use various accessibility features on an iPhone or iPad, giving near instant access from just about anywhere to features like AssistiveTouch, Invert Colors, Color Filters, the Magnifier, Reduce White Point, Smart Invert, VoiceOver, and Zoom.

For example, a great usage for the Accessibility Shortcut is to quickly access the Magnifier feature of iOS, or to toggle Smart Invert on, or to temporarily turn the screen greyscale, or zoom the display to read some text or element that is too small to distinguish without that extra zoom level.

There are nine possible Accessibility Shortcut options to choose from in the latest iOS releases, we will show you how to set the Accessibility Shortcut to customize it for your own use, and of course we’ll show you how to use the Accessibility Shortcut on an iPhone and iPad as well.

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

MacOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Beta 7 Released for Testing

Mar 27, 2018 - 1 Comment

Beta macOS High Sierra

Apple has released the seventh beta version of macOS 10.13.4 to users enrolled in the Mac OS High Sierra beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Play MP3 or Audio Without Adding to iTunes Library on Mac

Mar 27, 2018 - 12 Comments

Listen to audio without adding to iTunes Library

Want to play an mp3, m4a, or audio file on a Mac, but you don’t want to add that MP3 or audio file to your iTunes Library?

There are a few different ways to accomplish this task; one approach allows you to play an audio file in an iTunes playlist without copying it to the iTunes music library, and that works in iTunes for both Mac and Windows, and two other approaches will allow you to play audio files and mp3s on a Mac without using iTunes at all, instead utilizing either Quick Time or Quick Look, thereby never adding those audio files into iTunes or any playlist.

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By Paul Horowitz - iTunes, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

9 of the Best Homebrew Packages for Mac

Mar 26, 2018 - 13 Comments

Top Homebrew packages for Mac

If you’re an advanced Mac user who spends a considerable amount of time at the command line, you likely have Homebrew installed by now. So, how about sharing a list of some of the best Homebrew packages available for Mac users?

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How to Make a Window Full Screen on Mac

Mar 25, 2018 - 12 Comments

Make a Window Full Screen on Mac

Want to take a single window and make it full screen on a Mac? This is a fairly common activity for Mac users, particularly if they’re used to the Maximize window button on a Windows PC. It turns out there are a few ways to accomplish the maximization of windows on Mac OS, it’s a deceptively simple task on a Mac, as the two methods we will discuss here are quite different from one another.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

How to Adjust Click Speed of Side Button on iPhone X

Mar 24, 2018 - 3 Comments

How to adjust Side button click speed on iPhone X

The iPhone X side button performs an impressive array of functions, working as a power button, a screen lock button, a summon Siri button, summoning Apple Pay, accessibility shortcuts, part of the snapping screen shot sequence, part of a steps to force restart, and more. That’s a lot of work for a single iPhone button! Some of the those features require double pressing or triple pressing the Side button on iPhone X in rapid succession, and while the default speed may seem acceptable to most users, others may wish to adjust the click speed of the side button on iPhone X to be a bit slower to perform those same double and triple-press actions.

This tutorial will show you how to adjust the click speed of the side button on iPhone X.

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

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