Beta 3 of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2 Released for Testing

Jun 21, 2016 - 4 Comments

Apple beta system software

Users who participate in the beta programs for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS will find new beta builds available for their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple TV hardware.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 4 Comments

How to Install MacOS Sierra 10.12 Beta Safely & Dual Boot El Capitan

Jun 20, 2016 - 18 Comments

Install MacOS Sierra and dual boot OS X EL Capitan

Creating a dual boot environment is an ideal solution for Mac users who want to install and try macOS Sierra but without interfering with their primary stable Mac OS X El Capitan installation. This tutorial will walk through the entire process of setting up such an environment, including partition a disk, and installing macOS Sierra 10.12 beta onto that partition to allow for a dual boot.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 18 Comments

How to Change Safari Reader Font, Text Size, & Color Theme on Mac OS X

Jun 20, 2016 - 2 Comments

Safari icon Safari Reader offers an alternate reading view for webpages which strips away most of a websites styling and reducing the page to just the content of the article. The Safari Reader feature is great for reading long articles on the web, and Mac users can further improve the Reader experience by customizing the look, font size, font, and colors of the Safari Reader view.

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

How to Remove iOS Beta Profile and Opt Out of iOS Beta Updates

Jun 19, 2016 - 10 Comments

Opt out of iOS Betas

Installing an iOS beta onto an iPhone or iPad places an iOS Beta Software Profile certificate onto the device, which allows that hardware to receive new iOS beta builds through Software Update. If you decide you no longer want a specific device to receive beta updates however, you’ll want to remove the iOS beta profile certificate from the device, which will effectively opt the device out of being in the beta program.

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How to Identify Touch ID Fingerprints on iPhone & iPad with an Easy Trick

Jun 18, 2016 - 12 Comments

Highlight and identify a matching fingerprint in Touch ID for iOS

For most of us setting up Touch ID, users go through the initial process of adding a fingerprint or two on their iPhone or iPad and don’t think much beyond it. Maybe you went through the process again to add the same finger a few times to make unlocking with Touch ID more reliable. For users who have added multiple different fingers to Touch ID though, if you didn’t name them to begin with, you may find that “Fingerprint 1” and “Fingerprint 2” aren’t the most descriptive names on the planet, and you have no idea which corresponds to your actual fingers in Touch ID.

Fortunately there’s an easy way to identify fingerprints in Touch ID and highlight a match with a super simple trick.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

Install iOS 10 Beta Right Now is Easy, But Should You?

Jun 17, 2016 - 31 Comments

Anyone can install iOS 10 beta but probably should not

With iOS 10 beta in the wild, literally anyone can install the iOS 10 beta on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch right now with little effort. All you need to do is download the iOS 10 beta IPSW file or get the beta profile to download it through an OTA update, there are no checks or requirements beyond that. Essentially this means if you’re an Apple dev or not, or have a friend in the developer program, or just have some access to the appropriate files, it’s that easy to install the beta right away on any device that supports iOS 10.

But just because anyone can technically install iOS 10 beta right now, that doesn’t mean they should.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 31 Comments

How to Downgrade iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9.3.3

Jun 16, 2016 - 53 Comments

How to Downgrade iOS 10 Beta to iOS 9

Are you running iOS 10 beta but have decided you’d like to downgrade and revert back to a stable iOS 9.3.3 release? That’s understandable since iOS 10 beta is sort of buggy, and it’s not intended for a prime time audience yet. We will show you exactly how to revert from iOS 10 beta back to iOS 9. The downgrading process is relatively simple, so if you have had finished testing iOS 10 beta or are just done with the bugs, you can quickly return back to iOS 9 on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 53 Comments

Download the iOS 10 Default Wallpaper for iPhone & iPad

Jun 16, 2016 - 2 Comments

iOS 10

Any time Apple debuts a new operating system to the world, a well-chosen and beautiful wallpaper accompanies it, and iOS 10 is no exception. With iOS 10, Apple adorned the iPhone and iPad home screen wallpaper with a beautiful overhead picture of an ocean wave breaking, but you don’t have to wait for the final release or use a beta version to get that wallpaper right now.

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

How to Make Bootable MacOS Sierra 10.12 Beta USB Installer Drive

Jun 15, 2016 - 9 Comments

How to make bootable MacOS Sierra Install USB Drive

Many Mac users interested in installing MacOS Sierra Beta may prefer to do so with the assistance of a macOS Sierra 10.12 bootable installer USB drive, typically on a flash thumb drive or a similar disk. The advantages to this method is that the macOS Sierra installer is portable, it can be booted from, and it’s easy to perform a clean install or a partitioned dual boot situation with.

We’ll walk through exactly how to create a macOS Sierra 10.12 bootable install drive using the current Public Beta or Developer Beta preview release and a USB flash drive.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 9 Comments

Download the MacOS Sierra Default Wallpaper

Jun 15, 2016 - 6 Comments

MacOS Sierra Default Wallpaper on a MacBook Pro

When Apple debuted macOS Sierra to the world, we all got a glimpse at the gorgeous wallpaper of a sunset alpenglow hitting a mountain range on the screens of the demo Mac. Apple has also given us a look at that beautiful mountain range wallpaper on their preview page for MacOS Sierra too. But you don’t have to download macOS Sierra 10.12 or wait the final release to get the wallpaper right now, and in fact you can get two slightly different variations of the same great desktop background.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS X - 6 Comments

The iOS 10 Compatibility List

Jun 14, 2016 - 43 Comments

iOS 10 compatible device list

iOS 10 will be released in the fall as a free download for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, assuming your device is compatible with the new iOS release, anyway. If you have been wondering what devices are supported by iOS 10 and will get all the fancy new Messaging features and redesigned lock screen, wonder no more, we’ll show you exactly which device models will be able to run the newest iOS release and which didn’t make the cut.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 43 Comments

The MacOS Sierra Compatibility List

Jun 14, 2016 - 63 Comments

MacOS Sierra compatibility list

The next version of Mac system software is called macOS Sierra, it’s versioned as Mac OS X 10.12, and it will be available as a free download for all compatible Macs in the fall. Of course this begs the question, which Macs are compatible with macOS Sierra? What Mac hardware can run the new operating system and enjoy features like Siri, Continuity Clipboard, and more?

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 63 Comments

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