Permanently Fix AirPlay “Unable to connect” HomePod Errors

Apr 1, 2023 - Leave a Comment

AirPlay Unable to Connect Error with HomePod Mini

If you have a HomePod or HomePod Mini and you attempt to connect audio streams to it through AirPlay, you’ve undoubtedly ran into the error message “AirPlay – Unable to connect to (HomePod)” with an OK button.

This is a very frustrating error message that makes the HomePod Mini and HomePod not particularly useful or reliable with AirPlay connections, ironic given the entire implementation is through Apple devices.

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How to Hide Recent Apps in Stage Manager on iPad

Mar 31, 2023 - Leave a Comment

Hide apps from the left side of the Stage Manager screen on iPad

If you do not wish Recent Apps to be shown on the left side of Stage Manager on iPad, you can choose to hide the display of Recent Apps in the multitasking screen.

Hiding Recent Apps in Stage Manager offers more visible screen real estate which may be helpful on smaller screen iPad models, or if you wish to simply have fewer distractions visible on the display as you work on iPad. The Recent Apps are what are shown on the left side when in Stage Manager.

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How to Change File Extensions on iPad & iPhone

Mar 30, 2023 - Leave a Comment

How to change file extension of files on iPad or iPhone in Files app

You can now change file extensions of any files, documents, or items contained within the Files app on iPhone or iPad.

In order to change file extensions on your iOS or iPadOS device you will first need to make sure you show file extensions in Files app on iPad or iPhone if you haven’t done that already.

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WWDC Set for June 5 – 9, iOS 17 & MacOS 14 Expected

Mar 29, 2023 - Leave a Comment

WWDC 2023

Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will take place on June 5, and run through June 9.

WWDC 2023 will primarily be an online event, but also have an in-person component held on the Apple campus for developers who wish to attend that.

The keynote presentations for WWDC are where Apple typically unveils upcoming major system software versions, revealing expected new features and changes that are coming in those system software releases. This year, it’s expected that iOS 17, iPadOS 17, MacOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17 will be unveiled.

Usually after the keynote speech, the first beta versions of upcoming system software versions are released to developers, and then usually about a month later the public beta program begins.

There are various rumors that Apple may unveil a rumored Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality headset at WWDC this year, and possibly updates to the Mac Pro to bring that machine onto the Apple Silicon architecture, and a highly anticipated 15″ MacBook Air. Rumors are best to take with a grain of salt, however.

In the Apple press release announcing WWDC 2023, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations said “WWDC23 is going to be our biggest and most exciting yet”, but it’s impossible to ascertain if that’s typical Apple marketing hyperbole (everything is always the best yet, right?), or if that alludes to some unknown features or products that may be coming.

If you are an Apple developer and you wish to attend the WWDC 2023 special event held at the Apple campus, you can request an invitation here at the Apple website.

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How to Reinstall MacOS Monterey

Mar 29, 2023 - 2 Comments

How to reinstall MacOS Monterey on Mac

Whether for troubleshooting or other purposes, you may arrive at a situation where you must reinstall MacOS Monterey onto a Mac that is presently running MacOS Monterey.

The most convenient way to reinstall macOS is to simply reinstall the macOS system software, without erasing other data on the Mac, and that is the method we are going to focus on here with a Mac that is running MacOS Monterey 12.x.

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Beta 1 of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, & MacOS Ventura 13.4 Available for Testing

Mar 28, 2023 - Leave a Comment

new beta versions of system software

Apple has issued the first beta versions of iOS 16.5 for iPhone, iPadOS 16.5 for iPad, and macOS Ventura 13.4 for Mac.

The betas arrive just a day after MacOS Ventura 13.3 update, iOS 16.4 update, and iPadOS 16.4 update arrived for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, respectively.

It’s not clear what the focus of iOS 16.5, iPadOS 16.5, or macoS Ventura 13.4 will be, but presumably the updates will offer minor enhancements, bug fixes, and security fixes for Apple devices.

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MacOS Monterey 12.6.4 & MacOS Big Sur 11.7.5 Released

Mar 28, 2023 - Leave a Comment

macOS Monterey update

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.6.4 and macOS Big Sur 11.7.5 for Mac users who are continuing to run the two prior generation Macintosh system software versions. The updates are available separately from the macOS Ventura 13.3.

Additionally, Safari 16.4 is available as a software update for Monterey and Big Sur users.

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iOS 15.7.4 & iPadOS 15.7.4 Updates Released for Older iPhone & iPad Models

Mar 28, 2023 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Apple has released iOS 15.7.4 for iPhone and iPadOS 15.7.4 for iPad for older iPhone and iPad models with important security updates.

Specifically, iOS 15.7.4 for iPhone and iPadOS 15.7.4 for iPad are available for iPhone 6s (all models), iPhone 7 (all models), iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation), when these devices are not running iOS/iPadOS 16.x.

Separately, Apple has released iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 for iPhone and iPad, macOS Ventura 13.3 for Mac, and other updates for older Macs, along with Apple TV, Apple Watch, and HomePod.

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iOS 16.4 & iPadOS 16.4 Update Released to Download

Mar 27, 2023 - 1 Comment

iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4

iOS 16.4 for iPhone and iPadOS 16.4 for iPad have been released by Apple. The software updates include new Emoji icons, security enhancements, bug fixes, and a few very minor features, like the inclusion of voice isolation support for cellular calls.

For users of older iPhone and iPad models, iOS 15.7.4 and iPadOS 15.7.4 is also available as a software update.

Separately, Apple also released macOS Ventura 13.3 update for Mac, along with software updates for MacOS Monterey, MacOS Big Sur, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod.

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

MacOS Ventura 13.3 Update Available to Download

Mar 27, 2023 - 2 Comments

MacOS Ventura update

The final version of MacOS Ventura 13.3 is available as a software update for all Mac users running the MacOS Ventura operating system.

MacOS Ventura 13.3 includes bug fixes, security enhancements, and new Emoji icons for use on the Mac.

Separately, Apple has released iOS 16.4 for iPhone and iPadOS 16.4 for iPad, along with software updates for watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod. Mac users running earlier versions of MacOS Big Sur and MacOS Monterey will also find security updates available to download.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, News - 2 Comments

“Export IPTC as XMP” in Photos for Mac Explained: What Does Exporting IPTC as XMP do?

Mar 26, 2023 - 1 Comment

Export IPTC as XMP in Mac Photos app

If you have used the “Export Unmodified Original” option in the Photos app on Mac to export images or videos from the Photos app or iCloud Photos, you likely have noticed an optional toggle to enable that says “Export IPTC as XMP”. And if you’re like many Mac users, you are likely wondering what the heck IPTC as XMP means in the first place, and whether or not you should use it. Let’s dive in and see what this feature does, and you can decide if you want to use it or not.

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How to Create Incredible AI Generated Art with Bing Image Creator

Mar 25, 2023 - 1 Comment

Bing AI Image Generator

AI generated artwork offers an incredibly easy way for anyone to create wildly impressive visual creations of almost any variety, even without any artistic ability. If you can describe what you want to generate, it will be created for you, and quickly.

Bing Image Creator offers one of the most strikingly impressive, fast, and free AI image generators out there, and you can use it to create AI generated artwork of virtually any variety you can dream of.

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

How to Protect Private Photos with Passcode, Face ID, or Touch ID on iPhone & iPad

Mar 24, 2023 - 2 Comments

Photos icon

The “Hidden” photos album on iPhone and iPad offers a place to put photos on your device that you don’t want hanging around in your general Photos camera roll. But since the Hidden album is still visible to anyone who knows where to find it, even if you hide the Hidden album, if you want some more privacy for your sensitive or private photos, you can make sure to enable authentication to access your Hidden photos album.

Essentially what you’ll be doing is protecting access to your private photos in the Hidden album with whatever method you use to protect your device and authenticate with it, whether that is Face ID, passcode, or Touch ID, and you can do this on both iPhone and iPad.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPad, iPhone, Security, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

Remove App Icons from Recent Apps in Dock on Mac

Mar 23, 2023 - 2 Comments

Remove an app from the Recent Apps section of the Dock on Mac

The “Recent Apps” section of the Dock on Mac shows the three most recently used apps that are not otherwise in the Mac Dock. This is a handy feature for returning to recently used apps, but if you wish to remove one of the apps from the Recent Apps section, you can do that too.

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

How to Add Gmail Account to iPhone or iPad Mail

Mar 22, 2023 - 1 Comment

Add a Gmail account to iPhone or iPad Mail app

Gmail is a very popular email service from Google, and if you have a Gmail account (or few) you may wish to add that Gmail account to the Mail app on your iPhone or iPad. Setting up Gmail to work with Mail on iOS and iPadOS is quite easy, and we’ll walk you through the steps.

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By Jamie Cuevas - iPad, iPhone - 1 Comment

RC of iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, MacOS Ventura 13.3, Available for Beta Testers

Mar 21, 2023 - 1 Comment

new beta versions of system software

The Release Candidate (RC) builds of iOS 16.4, MacOS Ventura 13.3, and iPadOS 16.4 have been released to users participating in the beta testing programs for Apple system software.

Release Candidate builds are typically the finalized version of a beta cycle before the software is released to the general public, suggesting that the final versions of macOS Ventura 13.3, iOS 16.4, and iPadOS 16.4 are set to be made available soon, perhaps between now and sometime next week, though Apple often releases software updates on Tuesdays making March 28 a reasonable guess.

iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 include bug fixes and enhancements, and some minor new features along with new Emoji icons. iOS 16.4 will include voice isolation for cell phone calls, and both iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 will add support for Safari push notifications (a feature the Mac has had in Safari for a long time).
iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, and macOS Ventura 13.3 all include 21 new Emoji icons, which include a donkey, ginger root, hair pick, goose, maracas, hand gestures, jellyfish, moose, pea pod, flute, amongst others.

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By Paul Horowitz - News - 1 Comment

How to Right-Click Without a Mouse/Trackpad on Mac

Mar 21, 2023 - 4 Comments

How to enable Mouse Keys on Mac to right-click using only the keyboard

You are likely already familiar with how to right-click on a Mac when using a Mouse or Trackpad, either by using the control+click, two-finger click, or a literal right-click, but what if you don’t have access to a mouse or trackpad, the batteries died on your mouse/trackpad, or you simply don’t use either? Thanks the Mouse Keys feature of MacOS, you can still move the mouse cursor around, click, and even right-click, using only the keyboard on a Mac.

This is useful for many scenarios, whether for accessibility purposes or when working on a Mac without a mouse or trackpad, or if the mouse or trackpad are not working for whatever reason. Let’s dive into how to right-click using just the keyboard on a Mac.
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

How to Download All Photos from iCloud to Mac

Mar 20, 2023 - 7 Comments

Download all iCloud Photos to Mac

If you have a bunch of photos and videos stored in iCloud Photos, you may be wondering how you can download all of your photos and videos from iCloud Photos to your Mac local storage, or to an external hard drive. For example, let’s say you have 40GB of iCloud Photos that you want to download to an external disk drive attached to your Mac, you can do exactly that.

We’ll show you the simplest way to download all photos from iCloud Photos to your Mac, and you can choose whatever destination you want them to save to, whether local Mac storage, or an external disk.

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

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