Steam, the popular gaming platform for Mac, Windows, and Linux, has an optional Big Picture Mode that takes over the screen of their device or computer, and changes the interface quite a bit. If you’re like many Steam users, you may at some point accidentally enter into Big Picture Mode, and then wonder how to escape Big Picture Mode in Steam so you can get back to the normal interface.
Recently I accidentally got stuck in Big Picture Mode on Steam and I discovered that exiting Big Picture Mode is curious and not exactly what I would have expected, and so I figured this is worth a writeup in case someone else runs into the same problem.
If you’ve already installed and updated to MacOS Sonoma, and you were previously in the beta testing programs (either public beta or developer beta), you may wish to no longer receive beta updates to your Mac.
If you don’t do this, and you were previously enrolled in the MacOS Sonoma beta testing program, you will be receiving beta updates, like Sonoma 14.1 beta, 14.2 beta, 14.3 beta, and so on.
If you were part of the iOS 17 beta test or iPadOS 17 beta testing programs, and now you’re on the latest stable build (iOS 17.0.2), you may wish to remove the beta updates from your iPhone or iPad, so that you no longer receive beta updates and stay on the stable builds of system software.
Leaving the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 beta programs is easy, removes future beta updates from showing up on your iPhone or iPad, and you can toggle participation in the beta programs at any time. We’ll show you how to do it.
Apple is working to bring additional features to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, and the betas of 17.1 are likely to include some of these apps and capabilities that were withheld from the initial software releases.
Additionally, the first beta version of MacOS Sonoma 14.1, tvOS 17.1, and watchOS 10.1 are also available for beta testers.
MacOS Sonoma includes some great new features and beautiful refinements to the Mac operating system, and if you just downloaded and installed MacOS Sonoma 14 you may be curious about what to explore with the upgraded system software version, or what is new. We’re here to help, covering the seven best new features of MacOS Sonoma.
Apple has released macOS Sonoma, versioned as MacOS 14.0, as a free download for all Mac users. The final version of macOS Sonoma carries the build 23A344, matching the second RC build that was released a week prior.
MacOS Sonoma features an all new redesigned Lock Screen, a snazzy moving wallpaper feature, over 100 new screen savers and wallpapers, the ability to place widgets on the Mac desktop again, many FaceTime improvements including gesture reactions and improvements for screen sharing, FaceTime Video Voicemail support, Safari Profiles support, changes to autocorrect, the ability to turn any website into an app in your Dock, improvements to Messages, inline text predictions, Gaming Mode, Lockdown Mode for Mac, and much more.
iOS 17.0.2 and iPadOS 17.0.2 have been released for iPhone and iPad, respectively. The updates include a bug fix to address an issue where data migration between devices can fail, causing the devices to brick and require a restore.
If you plan on purchasing any new iPhone or iPad in the near future and using the migration assistant to easily transfer your data between devices, like moving to an iPhone 15 Pro for example, it’s a good idea to download and install this update as soon as possible. If you’re not in the market for a new device, the update is less urgent.
If you’re a Mac user then you are likely excited about installing macOS Sonoma, particularly if you’re already running macOS Ventura. macOS Sonoma improves on its predecessor with new features and improvements, including beautiful new screen savers, a revised Lock Screen, Safari Profiles, desktop widgets, and much more.
Before you jump right into installing macOS Sonoma on its September 26 release date (update: Sonoma final is out!), you should take a few moments to prepare your Mac for the Sonoma release, so let’s review some processes to consider before installing macOS Sonoma onto your Mac.
Now that tvOS 17 is available, you probably want to update your Apple TV to the latest version so that you can blow everyone away with the new features. tvOS 17 includes great new features like the ability to make FaceTime calls from the Apple TV, which is easily the coolest Apple TV feature possibly ever if you are like many of us and spend a lot of time on FaceTime calls with loved ones. Plus, there’s a Split View option for SharePlay, karaoke, and a variety of other little neat changes like improvements to Control Center, and even more freakishly beautifully gorgeous screen saver options. What’s not to like about tvOS 17? Nothing, because it’s the best update for Apple TV yet.
We’ll show you how you can update your Apple TV to tvOS 17. However to get the most from tvOS 17, you will also want to update to iOS 17 on iPhone, because one of the best features of tvOS 17 is the ability to make FaceTime video calls on Apple TV, using your iPhone camera (or iPad with ipadOS 17).
watchOS 10 for Apple Watch features a redesigned interface (yet again, it seems like we get to learn and experience a new user interface frequently with Apple Watch as Apple continues to refine the user interface and user experience) and some exciting new features, and new Snoopy watch faces, and if you’re an Apple Watch user there is no reason not to update your device. Who doesn’t want more Snoopy watch faces, and widgets, and a new interface on their Apple Watch? Nobody with an Apple Watch, that’s who. So let’s do this, fellow Apple Watch fanatics, let’s install watchOS 10 on your Apple Watch.
We’ll run through the process of installing watchOS 10 update on Apple Watch, so you’ll have the latest and greatest on your wrist in no time at all.
Has your iPhone or iPad been feeling a bit sluggish since updating to iOS 17 or iPadOS 17? You’re not alone, this happens to many users after major system software updates. Normally, updating should make your device faster, but not right away, especially if you have an older device, or you have tons of stuff stored on your iPhone or iPad.
If your device feels slow after updating to iOS 17 or iPadOS 17, don’t worry. We’ll explain why and provide some tips to speed up your iPhone or iPad again.
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The M2 MacBook Air 15″ model with the big 17% discount is the 8GB RAM and 512 GB storage model, available in the full spectrum of colors:
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MacOS Sonoma Release Candidate 2 is available for Mac users involved in the beta testing programs for macOS Sonoma system software. The RC 2 build is 23A344, and is available for both developer beta and public beta testers. It’s likely that this RC 2 build matches the final version of macOS Sonoma, which is set to be released next week on September 26 to all Mac users.
MacOS Sonoma includes a variety of new features and improvements to MacOS, including a redesigned Lock Screen, widgets on the Mac desktop to easily see things like weather reports or your calendar, a fancy moving wallpaper feature, over 100 new screen savers and wallpapers, FaceTime Video voicemail support, Safari Profiles, improvements to autocorrect, and much more.
Aside from the macOS Sonoma RC 2 build, which is technically still in the beta track, Apple device users will find other software updates with security enhancements available for macOS Ventura, macOS Monterey, along with updates for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Apple has released the first software update to their newest operating systems for iPhone and iPad users, versioned as iOS 17.0.1 for iPhone, and iPadOS 17.0.1 for iPad. The software update contains important security updates and is therefore recommended for all users of the iOS/iPadOS 17 operating systems to install.
Apple has released macOS Ventura 13.6 to Mac users running the Ventura operating system, along with macOS Monterey 12.7 for Mac users running Monterey. The updates include important security fixes and are therefore recommended for all MacOS users to update to.
Separately, Apple has also released a series of security updates for nearly every other operating system in their lineup, including iOS 17.0.1, iPadOS 17.0.1, iOS 16.7, iPadOS 16.7, and updates to watchOS 10.0.1 and watchOS 9.6.3. Mac beta testers will also find a new RC build of macOS Sonoma.
Apple has issued important security updates, versioned as iOS 16.7 and iPadOS 16.7 respectively, to iPhone and iPad users who have not yet updated to iOS/iPadOS 17, or are unable to update due to incompatibility.
The updates include important security fixes for issues that are known to be actively exploited, and Apple recommends all eligible users install these updates onto their devices. No new features are included in iOS 16.7 or iPadOS 16.7.
Now that iOS 17 is here, you may have updated your iPhone to iOS 17, but now feel that your battery is draining faster than usual, or that iOS 17 has made your iPhone battery life worse.
iOS updates causing battery drain is a familiar story that happens every year when a major new iOS release is made available for iPhone, and iOS 17 is no different. The truth is, it’s entirely possible that iOS 17 is making your battery drain faster! But, the good news is, that’s usually just a temporary issue, and soon your iPhone battery will be back to normal again, even with iOS 17.
We’ll explain what is going on, and why your iPhone battery life may be worse after updating to iOS 17, and what you can do about it, and how you can fix it.