How to Activate Reachability on iPhone X

Nov 11, 2017 - 4 Comments

Using Reachability on iPhone X

iPhone X offers the helpful Reachability feature, which shifts everything down from the top of the iPhone screen so that it can be more easily reached by a single finger or tap. Reachability was first unveiled on the iPhone Plus series and has a strong following of users, but if you want to use Reachability on iPhone X you’ll find it’s slightly different in how it works and how it must be activated.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Can You Use iPhone X Without Face ID? Yes! Face ID Questions, Answered

Nov 10, 2017 - 6 Comments

Use iPhone X without Face ID

There are a lot of questions out there about using iPhone X and the new Face ID feature, which scans your face to unlock your iPhone X. Some people want to know if they can use iPhone X without Face ID, and without the iPhone X ever using facial recognition for unlocking the iPhone and performing other verification tasks, like paying with Apple Pay or authenticating other logins. Or perhaps you’re wondering what you do instead if you choose not to setup Face ID.

If you don’t like the idea of Face ID or having your iPhone scanning your face for whatever reason, then you’ll be relieved to know the answer is yes, you an absolutely use the iPhone X without ever using Face ID, it is not required. You can absolutely use iPhone X without ever registering or scanning your face for any facial recognition purpose.

We’ll aim to answer a few common questions about Face ID and iPhone X, if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Security, Tips & Tricks - 6 Comments

iPhone Restore from iTunes Backup Taking Forever? Here’s the Fix

Nov 9, 2017 - 5 Comments

Fix excessively long iTunes restore backup times

Whether you’re setting up a new iPhone, migrating to an iPhone X from an old iPhone, or just restoring an iPhone through iTunes for troubleshooting or some other reason, the process of restoring an iTunes backup to an iPhone should not take an excessively long amount of time. But sometimes a peculiar situation can happen where the iTunes “Restoring iPhone from backup” process can offer an extraordinarily long time remaining, sometimes in excess of 20 hours.

If you see an excessively long time remaining estimate when attempting to restore an iPhone from backup, it may be the result of an error, and with a few troubleshooting steps you can remedy the problem and dramatically speed up the iTunes backup restore process.

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iOS 11.1.1 Update Available to Download, Fixes Question Mark Bug

Nov 9, 2017 - 9 Comments

iOS 11.1.1 software update

Apple has released iOS 11.1.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, a minor point release update with bug fixes. The update is recommended for all users running a prior version of iOS 11.

Notably, the iOS 11.1.1 software update aims to fix the prolific and annoying bug which causes the “i” character to be replaced with a question mark box. Additionally, the minor update apparently fixes an issue where Hey Siri voice activation stops working. It’s unclear if other bugs or issues are also addressed in the software update.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 9 Comments

How to Migrate to New iPhone X from an Old iPhone the Fast Way

Nov 8, 2017 - 11 Comments

Migrate everything to new iPhone X from old iPhone

Did you get a new iPhone X and now you want to migrate all of your data and stuff from an older iPhone to the new iPhone X? It’s easy to migrate everything from an old iPhone to a brand new iPhone X and transfer all of your data with you. This walkthrough will show how to get all data over from an old iPhone to the new iPhone X in the fastest manner possible.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks - 11 Comments

How to Disable Face ID on iPhone X (Temporarily)

Nov 7, 2017 - 2 Comments

How to disable Face ID on iPhone X temporarily

Want to temporarily disable Face ID on iPhone X? If you want to quickly turn off Face ID on iPhone X so that it can not use facial recognition to unlock the device, you can disable the feature with a variety of different methods.

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

Beta 2 of iOS 11.2 and macOS 10.13.2 Available to Download

Nov 6, 2017 - 5 Comments

Beta 2 of iOS 11.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta

Apple has released iOS 11.2 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users enrolled in the beta testing program, along with macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta 2 for Mac users participating in the beta programs.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 5 Comments

Hide the iPhone X Notch with a Wallpaper Trick

Nov 6, 2017 - 10 Comments

iPhone X notch hiding wallpaper

Don’t like the prominent black Notch across the top of the iPhone X screen? You can hide it with a little wallpaper trick.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 10 Comments

How to Stop Autocorrect “i” to “A [?]” on iPhone and iPad

Nov 6, 2017 - 13 Comments

i autocorrect to A square bug in iOS

Have you been trying to type “i” but it’s replacing itself with “A [?]” constantly on your iPhone or iPad? This is because iOS 11.1 introduced a curious bug for many iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users that causes the letter “i” to autocorrect to the letter “A” usually followed by a square symbol with a question mark in it, looking something like this: “A [?]”

Apple is aware of this curious bug and will apparently offer a bug fix software update to resolve the problem. But in the meantime, Apple also offers a workaround solution using the text replacement feature of iOS.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Troubleshooting - 13 Comments

How to Open Zip Files on Mac OS

Nov 5, 2017 - 4 Comments

How to Open Zip Files on a Mac

Zip files are archives that function as a single compressed package of a either multiple files, a folder, or a single item. Zip files are frequently encountered when downloading stuff from the web or elsewhere to a Mac, and while the Zip format used to be widely limited to the Windows world, .zip archives are often created and used on Mac OS now too.

If you get a zip file you may be wondering how you can open the archive to view what it is and extract the internal components of the zip archive. Wonder no more, it turns out that opening and unzipping files on a Mac is very easy thanks to the built-in Archive Utility tool.

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

How to Take Screenshots on iPhone X

Nov 4, 2017 - 5 Comments

How to screenshot iPhone X

Want to take a screenshot of iPhone X? Of course you can snap screenshots of iPhone X, but you’ve undoubtedly noticed by now that iPhone X has no Home button, and thus the familiar screenshot method pressing the Home Button and the Power Button no longer works to capture the screen of iPhone X.

Instead, iPhone X uses a new and different button pressing combination to snap screenshots. It’s equally simple as what you used to use for snapping screen captures of iOS devices, but because it’s entirely new it may take a bit of getting used to before the new screenshot method becomes habit for iPhone X owners.

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

How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving on iPhone

Nov 3, 2017 - 13 Comments

iPhone Do Not Disturb While Driving

Do Not Disturb While Driving is an iPhone specific safety feature available in modern iOS releases. As the name implies, when Do Not Disturb While Driving is activated on iPhone, no calls, messages, notifications, or alerts will come through to the iPhone, much like when the general Do Not Disturb mode feature is enabled. You can even enable automated replies to incoming messages, informing the sender you are driving and will contact them again when you’re done.

The excellent Do Not Disturb While Driving feature can be enabled to activate automatically when the iPhone is connected to a Bluetooth car stereo system, or when the iPhone detects motion activity consistent with driving a car, or, you can choose to enable the feature manually yourself.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 13 Comments

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