iOS 18 Announced with Dark Mode Icons, AI Features, Control Center Customizations, & More

Jun 10, 2024 - 5 Comments

iOS 18

Apple has announced iOS 18, the next major version of system software for iPhone, with a host of new features, design updates, and changes. iOS 18 brings all new customization options for home screen icons including Dark Mode icons with color tinting, the ability to place icons and widgets anywhere on the Home Screen, a customizable Control Center, AI features called Apple Intelligence that can help with both writing and summarizing text, a dedicated Passwords app, new Messages features like any Emoji tapback, a redesigned Photos app, and much more.

iOS 18 debuted at WWDC 2024, alongside MacOS Sequoia, iPadOS 18, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, and visionOS 2.

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By Ali Khan - iPhone, News - 5 Comments

MacOS Sequoia Announced with iPhone Mirroring, AI, Passwords App, & More

Jun 10, 2024 - 16 Comments

MacOS Sequoia

Apple has announced MacOS Sequoia, the next major version of the Mac operating system. Versioned as macOS Sequoia 15, the future software update includes some intriguing new features, including iPhone Mirroring, a host of new AI features called Apple Intelligence, the inclusion of a Passwords app, new features to tile windows easier, new summary and highlights features in Safari, and more.

MacOS Sequoia was announced at WWDC 2024 alongside iOS 18, iPadOS 18, tvOS 18, visionOS 2, and watchOS 11.

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By Ali Khan - Mac OS, News - 16 Comments

Where’s the Calculator on iPad? Use Spotlight!

Jun 9, 2024 - Leave a Comment

You can use Spotlight on iPad as a calculator

Calculators are wildly useful tools for various obvious reasons, whether you need to perform simple math or complex calculations. One of the more curious iPad oversights on Apple’s behalf is the lack of a built-in Calculator app, which is missing on iPad, but has been included on the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch, since the introduction of those devices.

If you’re an iPad user and you need to use a calculator, there is a native solution on iPadOS, but it’s located within an unexpected location for some users; Spotlight. Yes, Spotlight, the on-device search engine on iPad, can function as a calculator.

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Watch a Video of John Sculley Discussing Steve Jobs Being Fired from Apple

Jun 8, 2024 - 1 Comment

John Sculley discusses Steve Jobs firing

Steve Jobs being fired from Apple, the company he cofounded, is both a famous moment in Apple history, and broader business history.

The story generally goes that Jobs was fired in 1985 due to a significant disagreement with the Apple CEO, John Sculley, and the companies board of directors.

Who better to discuss the firing of Steve Jobs than ex-Apple CEO John Sculley? In this candid 8 minute video from a Forbes conference in 2013, John Sculley discusses the firing and the circumstances surrounding the now infamous event where Jobs was let go from his own company.

The full video is embedded below and is a worthwhile watch if you’re a fan of Apple history, or have otherwise wondered about the situation where Steve Jobs was excused from his position.

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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, News - 1 Comment

How to Download & Install Windows 11 LTSC ISO

Jun 7, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Windows 11 LTSC installing into a virtual machine on Mac

Some advanced users, IT staff, and enterprise users may have a need to download, install, and use Windows 11 LTSC, whether that’s for installing into a virtual machine environment running on a Mac or PC, a dual boot situation with an Intel Mac using Boot Camp, or even installing directly onto a PC, medical device, point-of-sale, kiosk, or similar hardware.

Windows LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) versions are unique in that they’re designed for situations where stability and reliability are paramount, long-term support is critical, and changes or features updates are more limited. This is often the case for enterprise deployments, governments, mission-critical situations and applications, medical systems and networks, industrial machinery and environments, for fixed-purpose things ranging from ATM machines to Point-of-Sale terminals, automation systems, medical devices, thin clients, digital signage, kiosks, self-checkout stands, and to accompany other specialized equipment where long-term consistency and stability and more important rather than having the latest shiny features or changes, like Microsoft’s bizarre new feature which displays advertisements in the Windows Start menu.

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Can I Keep My MacBook Pro/Air Plugged in All The Time?

Jun 6, 2024 - 4 Comments

Can you leave a MacBook plugged in all the time or is that bad

Many MacBook Pro and MacBook Air owners use their laptops in dual use scenarios, functioning as a laptop computer when on the go, and a desktop computer when not. This leads some to wonder if it’s bad for the MacBook battery to leave the computer charging or plugged in, even if it’s not in use.

If your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air is at a desk, or mostly at a desk, is it bad to leave it plugged in all the time? Should you keep your MacBook Air or Pro plugged in and charging all the time? Is that safe to do, or is it bad for the battery and longevity of the laptop? Let’s dive in and explore these important questions!

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How to Share Folder from Windows in VMWare Fusion to Mac

Jun 5, 2024 - 2 Comments

Create a Shared Folder in Windows for VMWare to share to Mac

If you are running Windows 11 in VMWare Fusion on a Mac, you might want to setup a shared folder to easily transfer data from the Mac to the Windows virtual machine. There are a few ways to accomplish this, from using VMWare Tools, to using a networking approach, and we’ll cover the latter here.

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

15 Keynote Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

Jun 4, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Keynote for iPad keyboard shortcuts

The Keynote presentation app for iPad has a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts available to it that are only accessible when the iPad is connected to a physical keyboard. If you’re a regular Keynote for iPad user, and you have either a Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, keyboard case, or other external keyboard connected to the iPad, you’ll be sure to appreciate learning these helpful keystrokes for using iPad with the Keynote app.

From the basics like creating a new presentation and new slides, to duplicating slides, finding information, starting slideshows, showing transitions, navigating within the presentation, and much more, read along and you’ll learn a variety of handy keyboard shortcuts for the Keynote app on iPad.

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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, Tips & Tricks - Leave a Comment

How to Install Java on Mac with M3, M2, M1 Apple Silicon Chip

Jun 3, 2024 - 1 Comment

How to install Java on an Apple Silicon Mac

Some Mac users may need to install Java on their Apple Silicon equipped Mac – whether it’s an M1, M2, M3, or other M-series ARM chip – allowing them to run Java-based applications and software on their computers. Whether it’s to run specific enterprise software, use particular educational tools and compsci courses, run Java web apps, or to access and use Java development tools and the JDK (Java Development Kit), there are numerous reasons why installing Java in MacOS can be necessary, though it’s typically only advanced users and developers who require Java.

Modern Macs and modern versions of MacOS do not include Java by default and haven’t for quite some time, so if you need Java on an Apple Silicon Mac, you will have to install it manually. We’re going to demonstrate how you can install Java on an M-series Mac with an M3, M2, M1, or whatever Apple Silicon Mac you’re using.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Get the New M4 iPad Pro & M2 iPad Air Wallpapers

Jun 2, 2024 - 1 Comment

Default wallpapers for M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air

The powerful new M4 iPad Pro and M2 iPad Air series come equipped from the Apple factory with some pretty nice looking wallpapers, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a new iPad just to enjoy the appearance on your current devices.

The M2 iPad Air wallpapers feature bright shiny colorful abstractions based upon the color the devices that vaguely spell out ‘AIR’, while the M4 iPad Pro wallpapers are dark black yet still feature colorful abstracts that spell out “PRO” in a similarly discrete fashion. Whatever they say and whatever your device, they look pretty neat.

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By Paul Horowitz - Customize - 1 Comment

sysmond on Mac Using High CPU? Here’s the Likely Reason & How to Fix It

Jun 1, 2024 - 1 Comment

Understanding why sysmond using high CPU

sysmond, which as you may have surmised from the process name, is short for System Monitor Daemon, is part of Activity Monitor. Thus, if you use Activity Monitor to keep a watch on your Mac system resources, processes, CPU usage, Energy use, Disk, Network, and critical to our discussion here – Memory usage, you may find that sysmond is using a lot of system resources in and of itself.

Let’s dig into sysmond a bit to learn more about what it is, and why it sometimes uses a very large amount of CPU, and how you can correct that.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Troubleshooting - 1 Comment

Install & Run iTunes, Aperture, or iPhoto in MacOS Sonoma with Retroactive

May 31, 2024 - 12 Comments

Install iTunes, Aperture, or iPhotos on a modern MacOS Sonoma Mac

Do you miss iTunes for Mac? Do you really miss Aperture for Mac? Do you have fond memories of iPhoto in MacOS? What if you could run any of these three now defunct apps in modern MacOS Sonoma? With the help of an app called Retroactive, you can do exactly that, installing iTunes, Aperture, and iPhoto, onto modern Macs running MacOS Sonoma (or Ventura, Monterey, Big Sur, and Catalina).

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By Jamie Cuevas - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 12 Comments

17 Numbers Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad

May 30, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Numbers for iPad keyboard shortcuts

The Numbers spreadsheet application for iPad includes quite a few useful keyboard shortcuts for when the iPad is connected to an external keyboard.

If you use Numbers for iPad regularly, you’ll almost certainly benefit from knowing these keystroke combinations to perform various actions within the Numbers app. So grab your iPad keyboard and launch the Numbers app, and get learning!

We’ve got a broad range of keyboard shortcuts for Numbers on iPad to learn and master, and you’ll be glad to know many of these.

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How to Find a Misplaced Apple Watch with iPhone’s Ping My Watch

May 29, 2024 - 1 Comment

How to find a missing Apple Watch with iPhone Ping My Watch feature

If you’re an Apple Watch user, you should know about a convenient feature for iPhone that helps you to easily find a misplaced Apple Watch. Much like how you can ping an iPhone with Apple Watch to find an iPhone, you can now go the other direction too, by pinging your Apple Watch from your iPhone, which will cause a sound to play from the Apple Watch.

Pinging a lost Apple Watch from iPhone is super easy, but curiously enough, the feature is not available by default on iPhone even after it has been setup and paired with an Apple Watch. Instead, you have to manually enable this feature first, and we’ll show you how to do that, and how to use this handy ping feature to help find a misplaced Apple Watch by using your iPhone.

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By Jamie Cuevas - Apple Watch, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

PSA: Updating to MacOS Sonoma or iOS 17 May Enable iCloud Keychain

May 28, 2024 - 4 Comments

iCloud Keychain may turn itself on after software updates

Mac users, iPhone users, and iPad users, should all be aware that updating to macOS Sonoma 14, iOS 17, or iPadOS 17, may silently enable iCloud Keychain on their devices. Essentially this means that by updating to the latest iOS, iPadOS, or MacOS, you may be unintentionally enabling the feature and thereby uploading your saved keychain and login information to Apple’s iCloud servers. If you like and use this feature, obviously that’s not an issue, but if you don’t use iCloud Keychain and don’t want to use it, having it enable itself after updating system software may be considered problematic, or a nuissance.

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By Jamie Cuevas - News, Security - 4 Comments

How to Install VMWare Tools in Windows on VMWare Fusion for Mac

May 27, 2024 - 3 Comments

Installing VMWare Tools offers additional features and capabilities in VMWare including easy sharing options

VMWare Tools is an optional toolkit to install into a Windows virtual machine in VMWare that allows you to have easier sharing of files between the host Mac operating system and the Windows virtual machine, as well as some other useful features like time syncing between host and client, being able to pass data back and forth between the host and client, additional customization options, and more.

VMWare Tools isn’t necessary to simply run a VM, and it’s not needed for everyone, but advanced users, or those who want to have easy options to share files between a Windows VM and the host MacOS might particularly appreciate these features, and want them installed in VMWare Fusion on their VM.

We’ll show you two ways to install VMWare Tools into a Windows VM in VMWare; using the easy installer, and by installing it manually by ISO file.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

How to Change the Voice of ChatGPT on iPhone, Mac, iPad

May 26, 2024 - 2 Comments

ChatGPT icon and logo

ChatGPT for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, all include a very impressive Voice Chat feature, that lets you have voice chats and full on conversations with the advanced AI Large Language Model. One of the fun ways to customize Voice Chat with ChatGPT is to change the voice to something you prefer, and there are multiple options available to choose from.

We’ll show you how you can easily change the voice of that used in conversation mode of ChatGPT on iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Deals: M1 iPad Air for $399, M3 MacBook Air 15″ 16GB/512GB for $1499, & More

May 26, 2024 - Leave a Comment

Amazon deals

Amazon is back with offering some great deals on the M1 iPad Air M1 model, taking $200 off the $599 MSRP, bringing the final price to just $399. To round it out, there’s also nice discounts on the compatible Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, so you can get a full iPad Air setup at a great deal price.

Plus there’s some great deals on upgraded M3 MacBook Air models, AirTags, and AirPods, so check those out too. Stock changes quickly at Amazon with varying colors, so keep that in mind as you’re browsing, and you can always check back again later to see if a particular color or option is available.

iPad Air M1 5th generation for $399 (Save $200, 33% Off)

iPad Air M1

Amazon is offering a huge discount on the M1 iPad Air, bringing the 5th gen model down to just $399 from the $599 MSRP. iPad Air 5th gen features a speedy and power efficient M1 chip, 10.9″ Liquid Retina Display, 64GB storage, 12MP front and 12MP back cameras, Touch ID, all day battery life, and full compatibility with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2. The discount is available in Silverlight, and stock on other colors is shifting quickly.

The freshly released M2 iPad Air is also available at a small discount, but the M1 iPad Air is much cheaper and most users likely won’t notice any performance difference between the M1 and M2 models, so if you’d rather save a couple hundred bucks and put those savings towards accessories, that makes a lot of sense.

iPad Magic Keyboard for $249 (From $299)

iPad Magic Keyboard

You can save 16% on the iPad Magic Keyboard 11″ model, which works great with the iPad Air 5th gen. The iPad Magic Keyboard is arguably the best accessory you can get for an iPad, as it completely transforms the tablet into a laptop-like experience, with a fantastic trackpad and keyboard (with backlighting). Plus with the pass-through charging capacity for USB-C, you free up the port on the M1 iPad Air. You can get the deal price in either Black or White colors.

Apple Pencil 2 for $79 (Discounted 39%!)

Apple Pencil 2nd gen

The Apple Pencil 2 is available at a whopper discount and works great with the iPad Air 5th gen. Apple Pencil is perfect for taking notes, doodling, drawing, sketching, or just interacting with your iPad with a stylus. It charges magnetically by snapping to the side of your iPad Air.

You can build an entire M1 iPad Air bundle with Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil for just $728!

15″ M3 MacBook Air 16GB / 512GB for $200 Off

MacBook Air 15 inch starlight

The M3 MacBook Air 15″ upgraded model with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD can be had at a $200 discount on Amazon, while the M3 Air 13″ is available at a $150 discount:

Misc Apple Deals

You can also great some great deals on AirTags and AirPods from Amazon right now:

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