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How to Install iPadOS 17 Beta on iPad

Jun 9, 2023 - 2 Comments
How to install iPadOS 17 developer beta on iPad

Now that iPadOS 17 beta and iOS 17 beta can be installed right now by anyone without having to pay for the annual Apple Developer membership fee, there are undoubtedly many users who are interested in installing iPadOS 17 beta onto their iPad and running the new beta operating system. While we generally advise people … Read More

How to Install iOS 17 Beta on iPhone

Jun 8, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Install iOS 17 on iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user that is curious about installing the iOS 17 beta onto your iPhone, you might be happy to know that iOS 17 beta is available for everyone if they enroll their Apple ID in the now free developer program. Previously, users had to pay an annual membership, but Apple has now … Read More

Anyone Can Install iOS 17 Beta Right Now, But You Shouldn’t

Jun 7, 2023 - 3 Comments
Developer betas of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 are available to download and install by anyone who enrolls their Apple ID

It is possible for any Apple device user to install iOS 17 beta and iPadOS 17 beta right now, without paying for an Apple developer account, but most people shouldn’t do this.

You Can Install MacOS Sonoma Beta Right Now, But Don’t

Jun 6, 2023 - 4 Comments
Installing MacOS Sonoma beta onto a Mac

MacOS Sonoma beta is available to download and install by any Mac user for free, thanks to a recent change in the Apple Developer program. However, it’s important to remember this is an early developer beta of MacOS 14 that is buggy and less stable, so most Mac users should not install it at this … Read More

Help Prevent Evil Maid Attacks & Unknown Tampering of MacBooks with Nail Polish

Jun 4, 2023 - 2 Comments
Put nail polish on MacBook screws to help prevent tampering

For users who are concerned about an unauthorized person physically tampering with a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or MacBook, nail polish (yes, that kind of nail polish) can offer a bit of security, or at least demonstrate potential evidence that hardware has been fiddled with. Now of course this does not apply to the vast … Read More

iMessage for Windows is Here: Phone Link for iOS Brings iPhone Messaging to PC

Jun 3, 2023 - Leave a Comment
iMessage for Windows via Phone Link

iMessage is the messaging protocol that is limited to the Apple ecosystem – iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches – until now anyway. Thanks to Phone Link for Windows 11, you can now use iMessage on a Windows PC to text other iMessage and Android users back and forth, and you can even make phone calls … Read More

How to Connect External Display to iPad

Jun 2, 2023 - 1 Comment

Did you know that you can connect an external display to any modern iPad model? With any of the most current model iPads that has a USB-C connector, including newer models of iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad Mini, connecting the iPad to an external screen is really easy, and depending on the iPad … Read More

How to Opt Into Beta System Software on iPhone & iPad

Jun 1, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Opt into iOS or iPadOS beta updates

Modern versions of iOS and iPadOS have changed the way that beta system software is opted into on iPhone and iPad, abandoning the usage of profiles, and instead using a simples settings adjustment toggle on the device itself. Your Apple ID must be associated with a beta program to be able to toggle and use … Read More

How to Send Voice Messages on iPhone & iPad in iOS 16

May 31, 2023 - Leave a Comment
using Voice Messages on iPhone

Voice Messages are a great feature in Messages for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, that allow you to record yourself speaking and send that audio as a message. This can be fantastic for hands-free texting and communication (say, when walking, biking, driving, etc), if you simply prefer talking to texting, if you want to convey more … Read More

6 Reasons Why You Should Get an iPad Magic Keyboard

May 30, 2023 - 3 Comments
iPad Magic Keyboard tips

The iPad Magic Keyboard is ultra popular for good reason, and it’s easily the best accessory available for iPad. With the excellent functionality of a full-size backlit keyboard combined with a great trackpad, Magic Keyboard brings productivity potential to the iPad that is otherwise missing for many users. Plus, Magic Keyboard looks great, with a … Read More

How to Remove DS_Store Files from Git Repository

May 30, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Remove DS_Store files from git

If you use git on the Mac platform, you likely have come across DS_Store files in a git repository. These can be annoying and clutter a git repo, and you may even run into unnecessary conflicts due to .DS_Store files being maintained in git repos, where you may see error messages like “The files .DS_Store … Read More

How to Check AppleCare Warranty Coverage on iPhone & iPad

May 29, 2023 - Leave a Comment
How to Add AppleCare Warranty to iPhone or iPad

You can now easily check your AppleCare warranty coverage right on the iPhone or iPad, for not only your device, but also any other devices that are paired to it, like AirPods or Apple Watches. All Apple devices come with a one year limited AppleCare warranty, but many users opt to purchase the optional various … Read More

List a Macs Local IP Address History Over Time or from Specific Dates

May 26, 2023 - 3 Comments
Terminal in macOS

If you ever find yourself needing to know a history of a specific Macs assigned local IP addresses, you can find this potentially helpful networking information from the command line. This trick will report all local IP addresses which have been used by a Mac, and, very helpfully, it will also offer the specific date … Read More

How to Add Apps to MacOS Finder Toolbar

May 25, 2023 - 2 Comments
Apps in the MacOS Finder Toolbar

If you have some frequently used applications on the Mac that you routinely launch from the Finder, you can customize the Finder toolbar to include those apps. This offers a helpful alternative to launch frequently used apps that is Finder specific, and can be particularly handy for apps that you only use for drag and … Read More

7 Useful Reasons to Use AirPlane Mode on iPhone

May 24, 2023 - 10 Comments
When and why to use AirPlane Mode on iPhone

While AirPlane Mode for iPhone has been around since the earliest days of the device, many users still do not understand how the feature works, or why it is potentially useful. With that in mind, we’re going to review a variety of genuinely useful reasons you may wish to use AirPlane Mode on an iPhone. … Read More

How to Find How Many CPU Cores a Mac Has

May 23, 2023 - 2 Comments
Find how many CPU cores a Mac has

Knowing the number of CPU cores a particular Mac has can be useful for performance optimization, stress testing, compatibility, and to otherwise make informed decisions about system performance on a Mac. For example, maybe you want to make sure you have multiple cores available to run a virtual machine, or you want to spawn a … Read More

7 Battery Saving Tips for Gaia GPS for iPhone

May 21, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Gaia GPS

Gaia GPS is a popular app amongst outdoor enthusiasts, but one of the apps downsides is that it tends to drain a lot battery life on your iPhone. If you wish to save battery life and optimize how long you can use Gaia GPS for on your iPhone when out on an adventure, whether it’s … Read More

How to Access Bing GPT Chatbot from Microsoft Edge on iPhone & iPad

May 20, 2023 - Leave a Comment
Using the Bing AI ChatGPT chat bot in Edge for iPhone and iPad

The latest versions of Microsoft Edge web browser for iPhone and iPad, and the Bing search engine itself, include integrated AI-powered chatbots that can be accessed and queried at anhy time. Why not take advantage of these powerful AI features and give them a try yourself? The Bing GPT chatbot is highly competent, offering yet … Read More

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