Fix “The password you entered to protect your iPhone backup could not be set. Please try again” Error Message

Sep 14, 2015 - 4 Comments

Password entered to protect iPhone backup can not be set, try again error message in iTunes

If you have attempted to enable backup encryption in iTunes for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may encounter this fairly frustrating error message; “The password you entered to protect your iPhone backup could not be set. Please try again.” Assuming you do try again, you wind up in an endless loop of entering a password that iTunes refuses to accept for setting for the encrypted backup.

With virtually no lead on how to resolve the error other than an infinite loop of entering passwords and seeing the same dialog again, it’s easy to get frustrated and give up on encrypting the backup, but you don’t need to do that, as it turns out there’s usually a fairly simple solution to fixing this ‘password could not be set’ error message, though it’s certainly not even close to obvious.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Troubleshooting - 4 Comments

How to Prepare for iOS 9 Update the Proper Way

Sep 14, 2015 - 15 Comments

Prepare for iOS 9

iOS 9 is the next major update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, bringing a variety of helpful refinements to iOS, some new features, a new system font, a handful of new wallpapers, and a bit more. While many users want to just tap on the update button without doing much else as soon as they see the new version available, we’ll cover a more thorough approach here.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

How to Find the Serial Number of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Sep 13, 2015 - 4 Comments

Find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Knowing an iOS devices serial number is useful for a wide variety of reasons, from checking warranty status, determining if it’s eligible for a free repair from Apple, checking unlock status, checking for iCloud Activation Lock, insurance purposes, repairs, registering a phone for a variety of services, amongst other reasons. We’ll show you how to quickly find the serial number on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

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

Mac Setup: The Accessible Workstation of a Journalist & Consultant

Sep 12, 2015 - 14 Comments

The accessible Mac Setup of a journalist and NGO chairman

This weeks featured Mac setup comes to us from Geoff Adams-Spink, a journalist and NGO chairman who has a great dual-desk workstation setup that makes good use of some practical accessibility components and a wide variety of apps. Let’s get to it and learn a bit more…

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By OSXDaily - Mac Setups - 14 Comments

How to Check the Time Remaining of a Time Machine Backup in Mac OS X

Sep 11, 2015 - 15 Comments

Check the Time Remaining of a Time Machine Backup in Mac OS X

If you have ever wanted to know exactly how much time Time Machine is going to take to complete a current backup of a Mac, you’ll likely have noticed the Time Machine menu bar item shows the progress, but not the time before the backup is completed. Instead, if you want to see the time remaining of a backup, you’ll need to dig a little further in OS X.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 15 Comments

Yes Anyone Can Install iOS 9 Right Now, But You Should Wait

Sep 10, 2015 - 49 Comments

iOS 9

Update: iOS 9 has been released, you can download it here or install from the Settings app. This applies to all users, no need to wait anymore!

Now that iOS 9 has reached the GM build, it can technically be installed on any compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch right now, assuming you have the proper iOS 9 IPSW file. Because it’s the final version of iOS 9, installation no longer requires a Public Beta profile or Developer UDID registration, but even so, you shouldn’t update right now.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 49 Comments

Humor: Siri Intervenes in White House Press Question [Video]

Sep 10, 2015 - 10 Comments

Siri answers question at White House press conference

As many iPhone owners know, sometimes Siri just starts talking out of no where, intervening into conversations seemingly at random. Well, guess what, Siri is now interjecting itself into official White House press conferences too!

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone - 10 Comments

OS X El Capitan GM Available Now, Public Release on September 30

Sep 9, 2015 - 60 Comments

OS X El Capitan

Apple has released the GM Candidate build of OS X El Capitan for Mac users participating in the Mac Developer Beta and OS X Public Beta programs. Additionally, Apple has announced that OS X 10.11 El Capitan will be available to the general public on September 30 as as free download.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, News - 60 Comments

iOS 9 GM & iOS 9.1 Beta 1 Released, iOS 9 Public Download on September 16

Sep 9, 2015 - 42 Comments

iOS 9 GM and iOS 9.1 beta 1

Apple has released the GM build of iOS 9, alongside the first beta of iOS 9.1. GM stands for Golden Master and represents the final build in a beta software production cycle, matching the final version that has been released to the general public as a download on September 16.

iOS 9 GM arrives as build 13A340, while iOS 9.1 beta 1 arrives as build 13B5110e, both are available now as IPSW downloads though the iOS Developer Center for compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch hardware. Additionally, public beta testers can get iOS 9.1 beta 1 through OTA directly on their devices.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, News - 42 Comments

iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus Released, Pre-Orders on September 12

Sep 9, 2015 - 2 Comments

The iPhone 6S

Apple has released the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with significantly revamped internal hardware, an all new 3D touch interaction model, notably impressive camera features, and a new pink rose gold color.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, News - 2 Comments

New Apple TV with Siri & App Store Announced, Release Due in October

Sep 9, 2015 - 6 Comments

The all new Apple TV and Apple TV tvOS UI

Apple has released an all new Apple TV with a completely redesigned interface, Siri interactivity for browsing and controlling the device, an App Store, and a new hardware controller with touch capabilities and motion detection.

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By Paul Horowitz - Apple TV, News - 6 Comments

iPad Pro with 12.9″ Display Debuts, Release Date Set for November

Sep 9, 2015 - 9 Comments

iPad Pro with smart keyboard

Apple has released the all new iPad Pro, which prominently features a large ultra-high resolution 12.9″ display and desktop class computing performance. Additionally, Apple has debuted a new Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro, and a separate stylus device called Apple Pencil.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, News - 9 Comments

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