How to Use iMessage Effects on Mac

Oct 22, 2021 - 3 Comments

How to Use iMessage Effects on Mac

Someone celebrating an event or birthday? Bored in the middle of an iMessage conversation? Not sure what to talk about or just want to make things interesting? Using iMessage screen effects can help to emphasize and spice up your conversation, and you can use these right from your Mac Messages app.

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By Hamlin Rozario - Mac OS, Tips & Tricks - 3 Comments

Grab the 4 New MacOS Monterey / MacBook Pro Wallpapers

Oct 21, 2021 - Leave a Comment

MacOS Monterey wallpapers

The latest macOS Monterey RC release includes new four new wallpapers that also debuted on the newly redesigned MacBook Pro, but you don’t have to run macOS Monterey or get a new MacBook Pro to enjoy the desktop backgrounds.

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MacOS Monterey RC 2 Released for Testing

Oct 21, 2021 - Leave a Comment

macOS Monterey RC and iOS 15.1/iPadOS 15.1 RC

Apple has issued a second release candidate build for macOS Monterey, just days before the final version is to be available to all Mac users with a macOS Monterey compatible Mac.

The macOS Monterey RC 2 build is 21A559, and it’s reasonable to expect this will match the final version available next week for all users.

Separately, a new RC 2 build for iPadOS 15.1 is also available, but only for iPad Mini 6 users are this time.

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How to Search & Send GIFs in Messages for Mac

Oct 21, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Search & Send GIFs in Messages for Mac

Have you ever wanted an easy way to share GIFs while texting your friends on iMessage from a Mac? As long as your Mac is a modern version of macOS, you can find and send gifs right within the stock Messages app, just like you can from iPhone and iPad.

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Why is My Mac Draining Battery While Sleeping?

Oct 20, 2021 - 3 Comments

MacBook  battery draining when sleeping

Some MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook users may have noticed their computers are draining battery even when the Mac is sleeping and not in use. This seems like a peculiar issue, but it turns out there there may be an explanation.

A simple way to diagnose this issue is by going to  Apple menu > System Preferences > Battery, then choosing “Usage History”. When you see the battery level drop but the ‘Screen On Usage’ is nonexistent, you know the battery is draining when the Mac is not in use. The screenshot above demonstrates this in a severe case, where a MacBook Air drained the entire battery when not in use.

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How to Backup Voice Memos from iPhone

Oct 20, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Backup Voice Memos from iPhone

Do you use the built-in Voice Memos app on iPhone or iPad for recording your voice or other external audio? If you’re a regular Voice Memos user, you may want to back up all your recordings to make sure you don’t permanently lose them.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 1 Comment

Listen to This Song Made from 45 Years of Apple Sound Effects

Oct 19, 2021 - Leave a Comment

Start Up Apple Sound Effect Song

Apple played a fun song leading into their October 18 redesigned MacBook Pro debut event which was composed entirely of sound effects captured from 45 years of Apple products.

If you’re a longtime Apple fan you’ll undoubtedly recognize many of the sounds, from boot chimes, alerts, ringtones, chargers plugging in, and so much more.

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How to Get File Paths on iPhone & iPad Files App

Oct 19, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Get File Paths on iPhone & iPad Files App

The Files app for iPhone and iPad offers a file system for iOS and iPadOS, and though it’s limited, it does offer some advanced features like file paths. File paths may be familiar to Mac, Windows, and Linux users, as a file path points to exactly where to go find a file or folder in the file system. With Files app in iOS and iPadOS, you can find and get file paths.

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All New Redesigned MacBook Pro 14″ & 16″ Announced by Apple

Oct 18, 2021 - 7 Comments

New MacBook Pro with M1 Max and M1 Pro Chip

Apple has announced an all new redesigned MacBook Pro, available in either 14″ and 16″ mini-LED display sizes, and featuring new Apple Silicon processors, mini-LED display with ProMotion, a 1080p front facing web camera, an HDMI port and SD card slot, and the return of MagSafe for charging.

The new Mac models include powerful architecture aimed at professional users, including new Apple Silicon processors, which Apple calls the M1 Pro and M1 Max, ranging from an 8-core CPU on the lower end 14″ model, to 10-Core CPU’s on the higher end models, and up to a 32-core GPU. The new MacBook Pro can also be configured to have up to 64GB RAM and an 8TB SSD.

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Release Candidates for macOS Monterey, iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1 Available for Testing

Oct 18, 2021 - 1 Comment

macOS Monterey RC and iOS 15.1/iPadOS 15.1 RC

Apple has issued Release Candidates for macOS Monterey for Mac, iOS 15.1 for iPhone, and iPadOS 15.1 for iPad.

The RC builds are available now, and the final versions of these system software releases are set to be launched next Monday, October 25, when the newly redesigned MacBook Pro is available.

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How to Get an Apple ID Recovery Key on Mac

Oct 18, 2021 - 2 Comments

How to Create an Apple ID Recovery Key on Mac

Resetting an Apple ID password can be annoying, though it’s made much easier if you have access to a device that you are already signed into. Without another device though, the process of resetting an Apple ID account login can be frustrating, but a Recovery Key makes this situation easier. You can generate a Recovery Key for an Apple ID on a Mac, similar to how you can from iPhone or iPad, and so we’ll be focusing on this with macOS here.

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How to Use Low Data Mode in Netflix on iPhone

Oct 17, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Use Low Data Mode in Netflix on iPhone

Worried about using cellular data to stream Netflix content on your iPhone? Want to make sure you’re not burning through your allocated data within minutes? Well, Netflix allows you to do so with a dedicated low-data mode.

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How to End Free Apple One Trial Subscription on iPhone & iPad

Oct 16, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to End Free Apple One Trial Subscription

Did you give the Apple One subscription trial a try, but determined you not interested in paying for Apple One? Perhaps, you just wanted to check out all the services and changed your mind? In that case, you may want to cancel your free Apple One trial before it expires to avoid getting charged by Apple.

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How to Take & Share a Screenshot with Siri

Oct 15, 2021 - 2 Comments

How to Share a Screenshot with Siri

Taking screenshots is a common activity for iPhone users nowadays. Often people use screenshots to share things displayed on their screen, since it’s one of the fastest and most convenient ways to share content as an image. So, wouldn’t it be nice to use Siri to take screenshots and share them?

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Stop Sharing Calendars on Mac

Oct 15, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Stop Sharing Calendars on Mac

Want to stop sharing a calendar from the Mac? Maybe you’re trying to remove someone from your shared calendar? Removing someone from your iCloud calendar is as easy as sharing it using Apple’s Calendar app, and of course you can stop sharing a calendar completely too.

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How to Use Hide My Email for Signups from iPhone & iPad

Oct 14, 2021 - 2 Comments

How to Use Hide My Email for Signups from iPhone

Apple has introduced a neat new privacy feature called Hide My Email, which, as the name implies, hides your email during service signups. This feature was introduced alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates as part of the company’s new iCloud+ service that focuses on user privacy, and is included in all existing paid iCloud plans.

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By Hamlin Rozario - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 2 Comments

How to Make a Calendar Public on Mac

Oct 14, 2021 - Leave a Comment

How to Make a Calendar Public on Mac

Are you looking to share your calendar with a lot of people from a Mac? In that case, adding those users to your shared calendar one by one can be a hassle. In such instances, you can make use of the Public Calendar feature that the Calendar app on macOS has to offer.

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How to Copy & Paste Text from Photos on iPhone & iPad

Oct 13, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Copy & Paste Text from Photos on iPhone

Did you know that your iPhone and iPad can detect text in images? Thanks to a unique feature called Live Text that debuted in iOS 15, you can now copy text information from photos, and paste that text anywhere you’d like.

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