iOS 12 Announced, Here Are The Main Features

Jun 4, 2018 - 1 Comment

iOS 12

Apple has unveiled iOS 12, the upcoming system software version for iPhone and iPad. The future system software version aims to have a significant focus on performance and optimization of iOS, but also includes a variety of new features, and brings along several new apps too.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 1 Comment

The Default Screen Saver Locations on Mac OS

Jun 3, 2018 - 2 Comments

Default screen saver location in Mac OS

The Mac has two general directories where screen savers are stored, one at the user level and for each user account, and one at the system level which stores all the default screen savers included on a Mac.

Knowing where the screen saver directories are located can be useful for various reasons, whether for installing a screen saver, removing one, editing one of the files with Quartz Composer, or various other purposes, so we’ll quickly show you where you can find the screen saver folders on a Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Enable Messages in iCloud on Mac

Jun 2, 2018 - 31 Comments

How to Enable Messages in iCloud on Mac

Messages in iCloud is now available for Mac users who are running the latest versions of Mac OS system software.

The Messages in iCloud feature allows Messages to be updated automatically on all devices using the same Apple ID by syncing all iMessages through iCloud. Essentially that means Messages are now syncing through iCloud, so if you delete a message from one device it will remove from others, and vice versa. This also means that Messages will be stored in iCloud, potentially saving some storage space on a Mac by offloading the Messages media like photos, videos, and conversations, into iCloud.

This tutorial will show you how to enable Messages in iCloud on a Mac.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 31 Comments

MacOS 10.13.5 High Sierra Update Released for Mac

Jun 1, 2018 - 30 Comments

macOS High Sierra  update

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update for Mac users running the High Sierra operating system.

Additionally, Apple has also released Security Update 2018-003 Sierra for macOS 10.12.6 and Security Update 2018-003 El Capitan for Mac OS X 10.11.6.

The new Mac software update includes mostly bug fixes and minor enhancements to the Mac operating system, but also includes MacOS High Sierra support for the Messages in iCloud feature, which is also now available for iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 11.4 (or later). Messages on iCloud requires that newer iOS build to be running on those devices, and Messages in iCloud must be enabled in iOS Settings in order for the feature to work as expected across iOS and macOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 30 Comments

How to Check SMART Status on Mac Hard Drives

May 31, 2018 - 18 Comments

How to check SMART status of Mac hard disk drives

Mac users can easily check the SMART status of their hard drives and internal disk storage by using Disk Utility in Mac OS, offering a simple way to see if the disk hardware itself is in good health or is experiencing a hardware issue.

This article will walk you through how to check SMART status on hard disks in Mac OS, and it works with both SSD and HDD volumes. Checking SMART status of a drive can give you actionable information about whether a disk is about to fail and therefore is in need of an urgent data backup and drive replacement.

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How to Enable Messages in iCloud on iPhone or iPad

May 30, 2018 - 24 Comments


iMessages in iCloud is a feature of the Messages app which lets you sync all iMessages through iCloud to other devices using the same Apple ID, offering some other nice benefits in that process. You may have thought that was already how iMessage worked on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but it turns out that’s not exactly the case. Instead, Messages in iCloud is a new feature that is available from iOS 11.4 onward.

This article will explain what Messages in iCloud is, as well as show you how to enable the feature on your iPhone or iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 24 Comments

iOS 11.4.1 Beta 1 & MacOS 10.13.6 Beta 1 Released for Testing

May 30, 2018 - Leave a Comment

Downloads of beta 1 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 and iOS 11.4.1

Apple has released a bevy of new beta system software versions for users enrolled in the Apple beta testing programs. iOS 11.4.1 beta 1, macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra beta 1, watchOS 4.3.2 beta 1, and tvOS 11.4.1 beta 1 have all been released together.

The new beta builds come right after iOS 11.4 update was released as a final version for iPhone and iPad users, along with final updates to watchOS 4.3.1 and tvOS 11.4.

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iOS 11.4 Update Released, Download Now for iPhone and iPad

May 29, 2018 - 12 Comments

iOS 11.4 Software updates

Apple has released iOS 11.4 for iPhone and iPad. The latest iOS software update focuses primarily on the inclusion of AirPlay 2 support, some HomePod updates, and the addition of Messages in iCloud support, though there are a handful of other features and bug fixes as well.

The full release notes are included below, along with a quick tutorial on how to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11.4, along with iOS 11.4 IPSW download links for more advanced users.

Separately, Apple also released tvOS 11.4 for Apple TV and watchOS 4.3.1 for Apple Tv. Additionally, macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 has been released along with Security Updates for Mac users.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 12 Comments

How to Find UV Index of Location on iPhone

May 28, 2018 - Leave a Comment

How to check UV Index on iPhone

Want to know what the UV index is of your current location, or somewhere else? Your iPhone can tell you the UV Index of anywhere, and you don’t even need any additional apps.

All you need to use is the default Weather app for iPhone, and with that you can check the UV Index of anywhere in the world, or even right where you’re located at that moment.

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How to Set an Automatic Vacation Responder in Gmail

May 27, 2018 - Leave a Comment

How to set an automatic responder email in Gmail

If you’re a Gmail user and you’re going to be away from email, on vacation, or out of the office for a while, you may want to set an automatic email responder message directly through Gmail.

Auto-Responders, “Out of Office” responders, and Vacation Responders work much like the names imply; when they’re enabled and someone sends you an email, they will get an automatic reply from your email account with a message of your choice, usually saying something like “I’m away from my office right now, please call my cell phone or contact someone else for assistance.”

This tutorial will walkthrough how to configure and setup an automatic email responder for a Gmail account, it can be set from any web browser on any device, including Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome OS, or anything else you can access the Gmail website from.

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How to Look Inside Airports with Apple Maps on iPhone and iPad to Plan Ahead When Traveling

May 26, 2018 - 21 Comments

Apple Maps lets you look inside airports to help travel planning

Airports can be hectic, and just about every traveler knows the stress of visiting an airport they have never been to before and trying to quickly navigate the maze of terminals to find their gate so that they can board a plane on time. A great trick that can ease the stress of travel and help you plan your travels better is to use Apple Maps on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, to virtually navigate within an airport beforehand.

With Apple Maps airport exploration mode, you can explore inside airports to find terminals, boarding gates, baggage claims, check-in counters, security checkpoints, bathrooms and toilets, restaurants, shops, and more. This makes travel planning a bit easier and takes some of the stress out, particularly if you’re visiting a huge airport, or one you’re just unfamiliar with.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 21 Comments

How to Snap Portrait Mode-Style Photos on Any iPhone with Focus Mode for Instagram

May 25, 2018 - 1 Comment

Instagram icon

Using Portrait Mode to achieve a depth effect on photos may be limited to certain iPhone models with dual-camera lenses, but a variety of third party apps are bringing similar portrait mode photography features to all other iPhones too. Instagram is one of them, with a “Focus” feature that captures pictures using a similar depth effect as Portrait Mode does.

While Instagram Focus mode isn’t perfect, it may be good enough for many iPhone users who want to have a depth effect with a blurred background behind their subject.

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

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