How to Change iPhone Bluetooth Audio While on a Phone Call, Without Losing the Call

Jun 28, 2017 - 1 Comment


If you ever use an iPhone to connect to a speaker system, car stereo, headphones, or microphone, or stereo via Bluetooth, you may have been in a situation where you have an active phone call on the iPhone but want to change from the Bluetooth audio source, be it speakers or headphones.

It’s easy to switch the iPhone from Bluetooth audio and continue the call uninterrupted, without losing the call, without losing any audio, without turning off Bluetooth, without disconnecting the Bluetooth device, and without having to hang up or call back. Done properly there will be no interruption as you disconnect from Bluetooth and switch back to the iPhone.

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

Beta 5 of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6 Out for Testing

Jun 28, 2017 - 3 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the fifth beta versions of macOS 10.12.6 and iOS 10.3.3 to users participating in the relevant beta testing programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 3 Comments

How to Speak Screen on iPhone and iPad to Have iOS Read Anything to You

Jun 27, 2017 - 5 Comments

Speak Screen on iPhone and iPad

Did you know the iPhone or iPad can read aloud anything that is on screen? The Speak Screen feature of iOS is helpful for many reasons, but in order to use it you must first enable the ability within the device settings, and then learn how to use the speak function.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Download iOS 11 Public Beta Now for iPhone, iPad

Jun 26, 2017 - 6 Comments

Download and install iOS 11 public beta

Apple has opened the public beta testing program for iOS 11, launching iOS 11 Public Beta to all users who are interested in running the latest beta system software on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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

How to Send Invisible Ink Messages from iPhone and iPad

Jun 26, 2017 - 2 Comments

Invisible Ink messages on iPhone and iPad

iOS Messages includes the Invisible Ink feature which allows people to send obfuscated messages to and from iPhone and iPad. The invisible messages arrive visibly obscured, and the content of the invisible message can only be revealed by swiping a finger on the blurred message(s) to temporarily reveal the message text, image, or video. And yes, that means invisible messages can send not just as invisible text, but also as invisible photos and invisible videos too.

Invisible Ink offers simple privacy in a fun way to share secrets or otherwise personal information through the Messages app of iOS without having them be visible to an onlooker. The feature is part of the Message Effects set and is available on releases of iOS for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

Watch 3 Interesting Videos on the History of iPhone

Jun 25, 2017 - 6 Comments

Video interviews about 10th anniversary of iPhone

If you’re a fan of Apple history and iPhone lore (the iPhone is 10 years old this year!), you’ll enjoy watching this trio of video clips featuring various interviews with some of the original iPhone team members who were tasked with developing the project.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 6 Comments

Tackling ‘Photos Agent’ Heavy CPU & Resource Usage on Mac

Jun 24, 2017 - 7 Comments

Photos Agent using huge amounts of Mac CPU and system resources

“Photos Agent” is a little Photos app helper process that often runs on the Mac, it’s for Photos app users and it handles background tasks like downloading and uploading to iCloud Photo Library, downloading and updating Photo Streams and shared streams, and other related iCloud Photos and Photos app tasks.

For users who don’t use Photos app on the Mac, nor any of the iCloud Photos or iCloud Photo Library features, you may find it annoying or problematic if the “Photos Agent” process appears and starts taking up a large amount of system resources, from CPU, to bandwidth, and disk I/O, and you may want to attempt to stop Photos Agent from consuming resources in such a matter.

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Access Maps from the Command Line Rendered in ASCII with Mapscii

Jun 23, 2017 - 4 Comments

Ascii maps command line

Have you ever wished you could access a mapping application from the command line? Now you can with Mapscii, which is sort of like Google Maps or Apple Maps but for the Terminal, with all of the mapping data rendered in ASCII text and characters.

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By Paul Horowitz - Command Line, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Check iCloud Drive File Upload Progress on a Mac

Jun 22, 2017 - 7 Comments

How to check iCloud Drive upload progress on Mac

Whether you’re moving a file over to iCloud Drive or copying a file to iCloud Drive from the Mac, you may want to know the upload progress as the file is transferred to iCloud.

Fortunately the Mac Finder makes this easy, and you’ll be able to see the status of uploads to iCloud Drive from several locations in the file system. We’ll show you four different ways to check iCloud Drive upload progress on the Mac so that you can watch file transfers as they go from the local file system to iCloud.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 7 Comments

Download iOS 11 Beta 2, macOS High Sierra Beta 2, and More Now Available for Developers

Jun 21, 2017 - 5 Comments

Download iOS 11 beta 2 and macOS High Sierra beta 2

Apple has released the second beta versions of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4. Each update is available now for users participating in the developer beta testing programs.

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

How to Search Safari Browser History on iPhone & iPad

Jun 21, 2017 - 1 Comment

Search Safari history in iOS

Did you know you can search through web browsing history in Safari on an iPhone or iPad? With the excellent Safari History search feature you can easily retrieve and find previously visited sites, webpages, and videos, whether from earlier in the day or even well over a year ago – assuming the searchable Safari history has not been removed anyway.

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

New iPhone TV Commercial “The Archives” Shows Off Memories Feature

Jun 20, 2017 - Leave a Comment

The Archives iPhone commercial shows off Memories feature

Apple is airing a new iPhone 7 commercial, this time focusing on the Memories feature built into the new Photos app of iOS.

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