The Mac defaults to going to sleep after a while when the display is off, but if you wish to change this behavior you can prevent the Mac from sleeping when the display is off. How this is accomplished in MacOS Ventura is a little different than before, however, so if you’re running MacOS Ventura 13.0 or newer you’ll want to take note.
There are various reasons why users may want to prevent the Mac from sleeping when the display is off, but we’ll those aside and show you how to make the change on your MacOS computer.
Want to turn off AirDrop so you don’t get inbound AirDrop requests on your iPhone or iPad? That’s pretty easy to do once you learn how, but accessing AirDrop is unclear for many users.
AirDrop is a very useful feature that allows you to wirelessly transfer photos, contacts, files, and other data between iPhones and Apple devices. For example, you can easily wirelessly transfer 100 photos from an iPhone to another person iPhone with AirDrop, or from an iPhone to a Mac or iPad, or vice versa.
Some YouTube users on iPhone and iPad have noticed that videos fail to play at random, instead showing an error message that says “Something went wrong. Tap to retry”.
YouTube is apparently aware of the issue, as it is being commonly reported by many iPhone and iPad users on Twitter and throughout social media.
If you experience the issue, it’s fairly obvious. You go to play a video, and it will randomly not play and instead show a black screen with an error message that states “Something went wrong. Tap to retry”. If you tap to retry, either nothing happens and the error message stays, or it spins and reappears.
Update the YouTube App on iPhone / iPad
The first thing you should do is update the YouTube app on iPhone or iPad, since YouTube will undoubtedly be fixing this issue with a bug fix update.
Go to the App Store > Updates and install updates to YouTube app on your device.
Update iOS / iPadOS
You will want to make sure your iPhone or iPad is up to date on the latest system software version available for the device.
Go to Settings > General > Software Update and install whatever system software updates are available on your device.
Amazon is back with some nice end-of-holiday-season deals, this time with a great price on the all new M2 iPad Pro 11″ model in Space Grey with 128 GB storage, and the matching black Magic Keyboard for the 11″ iPad Pro. Why not treat yourself or a loved one?
The iPhone camera can measure a persons height, a feature that may be useful for a variety of purposes. Some users may wish to measure someones height from a photo, but with this iPhone trick you don’t need a photo at all, you just simply point the iPhone camera at the person you’d like to measure, and use a specific app to accomplish the measuring of height.
Some Mac users have discovered a “Confirm Mac Password” message in System Settings or System Preferences on their Mac, and while it can appear at random, it often shows up soon after installing a system software update. For example, perhaps you recently installed macOS Ventura 13.1 onto a Mac and now you see the “Confirm MacBook Pro Password” message in System Settings.
The full message reads something like “Confirm your device passcode to keep using iCloud. This passcode also protects access to data stored in iCloud”.
Finding this message requesting you to confirm the device passcode within the Apple menu > System Settings is a legitimate message, and it’s easy to resolve for the majority of situations.
HomeBrew, the command line package manager, has native support for macOS Ventura 13, so if you have recently updated to macOS Ventura or bought a new Mac with Ventura preinstalled, you’ll probably want to install Homebrew on the Mac running Ventura. Like most command line tools, HomeBrew is intended for advanced users that like to have a broad range of command line utilities available to them, this is really not something an average user needs to bother with.
If you have a multi-device household with different brand of AirPlay speakers, like a combination of Sonos speakers and Apple HomePod or HomePod Mini’s, you may be thinking it would be nice to be able to AirPlay music, podcasts, audiobooks, or other audio to all the speakers, despite them being different brands.
Thanks to AirPlay, you can do exactly that. It turns out that as long as the receivers are AirPlay compatible, it doesn’t matter what brands they are, so even mixed brand speaker households will be able to enjoy the lovely experience of either surround sound or audio playing throughout a house.
HomePod Mini and HomePod are setup to automatically install available software updates for the devices, but if you’re the type of person who likes to expedite system updates when they become available, or if you disabled auto-updates, you may be interested in manually updating the system software on your HomePod Mini.
Did you know you can AirPlay audio output to your Mac speakers and a Sonos or other AirPlay speaker system, concurrently, even if the Mac speakers are not directly AirPlay compatible?
Let’s say your Mac has some good shelf speakers connected to it through the audio port, and you also have a Sonos speaker or few in the house. With this trick, you can AirPlay your audio, whether it’s music, a podcast, radio, or whatever else, to all of those speakers concurrently, even the ones that are not AirPlay speakers but connected to your Mac through the audio jack. This is really great when you want your desktop computer speakers to be part of your home speaker system, since it adds yet another set of speakers to the audio output, as long as they’re connected to the Mac. And again, this works even if the speakers connected to the Mac are not AirPlay compatible, so even those that are hooked up with an AUX or audio out cable will be able to play the AirPlay audio.
Some Mac users have discovered that SSH is not working on their Mac since updating to macOS Ventura 13 or newer. Typically they’ll see an error message when attempting to ssh into another server along the lines of “no matching host key type found. Their offer: ssh-rsa“.
The apparent reason for this issue is that the version of OpenSSH that ships with MacOS Ventura disables RSA signatures by default, thus you can resolve the problem by either using a more secure hash, or by simply allowing for RSA signatures. We’ll show you how to do the latter.
Some Mac users who are attempting to use Sidecar with iPad may encounter an error that says “Unable to connect to iPad – The device timed out.” This error prevents Sidecar from turning the iPad into a second display on the Mac, and can be quite frustrating.
This article will run through a variety of troubleshooting steps and tricks to get Sidecar working with a Mac and iPad if you’re experiencing connection problems and to resolve the “device timed out” error.
AirDrop offers a fantastic wireless file sharing option for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users, but not everyone may want to have it enabled. If you’re a Mac user you may find yourself in a situation where you’d like to disable AirDrop on the Mac for whatever reason. Using AirDrop is super easy, and you’ll find that turning the feature off is simple too.
Whether you’re wanting to stop receiving inbound AirDrop requests for files, trying to avoid a networking conflict, troubleshooting, or just limit your network footprint, it’s easy to turn off AirDrop on MacOS.
Looking for some last minute Christmas gifts? Amazon has you covered, with many great Apple deals that can still arrive by Christmas!
Leading the way are AirPods Pro at a great discount, Apple Pencil 2 at a great discount, and the M2 MacBook Air at a nice discount, all of which are excellent gifts for Apple users, and they both can be delivered in time for Christmas.
By default, Stage Manager will also show the Dock while you’re active in the multitasking screen, but if you’d like to have a more minimal interface or less distraction, you can hide the Dock when in Stage Manger on iPad.
Tor, the web browser that allows users to browse the web anonymously without being tracked or surveilled, has updated the Tor client for Mac to have native Apple Silicon support.
Tor works by distributing your web traffic through a series of relays, thereby hiding the origin of the traffic. Its usage is often encouraged by privacy advocates who live or work in states with rampant state snooping or repressive governments, and for users who have a threat environment where their web browsing usage puts them at some sort of risk.
Amazon continues to offer great deals and discounts on various Apple products, so if you’re still doing some holiday shopping for a loved one or even yourself, it’s worth taking a look. Some items can still be delivered before Christmas, so take a look at delivery estimates as well, while others may arrive after the fact. Enjoy the discounts while they last!
M2 iPad Pro 11″ – $729 (Discounted 9% from $799)
You can save $70 with the biggest discount yet for the all new M2 iPad Pro in 11″ and with 128GB of storage, and it delivers before Christmas.
Apple Magic Keyboard for 11″ iPad Pro for $210 (Down from $299)
You can get either the white or black Apple Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro 11″ model at a 30% discount. This is a must-have accessory as it transforms the iPad Pro 11″ or M1 iPad Air 10.9″ into a stylish and functional laptop.
AirPods Pro feature active noise cancellation, head tracking, 6 hours of listening time on a single charge, water resistance, a MagSafe charging case, and much more, and they can be delivered before Christmas!