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Beta 4 of iOS 14.2 & iPadOS 14.2 Released for Testing

20 Oct 2020, 11:31 pmApple has released iOS 14.2 beta 4 and iPadOS 14.2 beta 4 for users engaged in the beta testing programs for iPhone and iPad system software. These beta releases are separate from stable versions that are available to all users. The most recent final stable build of system software for iPhone and iPad are the ... Read More

iOS 14.1 & iPadOS 14.1 Update Released to Download

20 Oct 2020, 3:47 pmApple has released iOS 14.1 for iPhone and iPod touch along with iPadOS 14.1 for iPad. iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 are the first major point release updates for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and include a variety of bug fixes and improvements, making it recommended for all users who are currently running a prior ... Read More

How to Change the Default Mail App on iPhone & iPad in iOS 14

20 Oct 2020, 11:15 amOne of of the more exciting new changes to iPhone and iPad is the ability to set third-party mail apps as default. This ability requires iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 or later. For now, you can change the default mail app to a different email client and change the default browser app too, so if ... Read More

How to recover iPhone and iPad data from a backup without the device’s passcode

20 Oct 2020, 7:00 am

Apple strongly protects data stored on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and macOS (with FileVault enabled or a T2 Security Chip, or both). However, there’s an exception for mobile devices that can be useful in extremis, such as if you’ve forgotten your passcode (say, for an older device), you’re helping someone who has forgotten it (possibly due to dementia or an accident), or you need to recover data that you’ve inherited or are working on on behalf of a family.

iOS and iPadOS backups aren’t nearly as secure as the data stored on devices. This means you may be able to retrieve a backup with all the data—even including stored passwords and other personal information—to another device under your control.

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How to Use Digital Touch in Messages on iPhone & iPad to Send Heartbeats, Doodles, etc

19 Oct 2020, 11:27 amThe Messages app on iPhone and iPad allows you to send regular text messages and iMessages, but did you know you can also send sketches, doodles, fireballs, and even heartbeats to your friends over iMessage too? Apple first introduced Digital Touch alongside the release of the original Apple Watch and it was and still is ... Read More

How to toggle location precision for apps in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

19 Oct 2020, 7:00 am

A modern smartphone uses navigational satellites—sometimes drawing from multiple orbital systems—as well as cellular towers, Bluetooth hints, and Wi-Fi router locations to produce an awfully precise location. My family’s iPhones are often tracked not just at our house but—when looking in the Find My app—to each of our nearly exactly locations in our home within a few feet.

That might be too much when you’re giving a third-party app your location even once, but especially whenever the app is in the foreground, or, for rare apps, continuously in the background. In iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple added a switch to let you choose to offer either precision or “fuzzed” locations to apps—and by extension to any third parties that the apps might work with, who receive location information as well.

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One AirPod Not Working? Here’s How to Fix Left or Right AirPods Not Working

18 Oct 2020, 11:25 amApple’s AirPods generally work fantastic and trouble-free, but every once in a while you may encounter a strange issue where a single AirPod stops working, while the other continues to work fine. These sort of connectivity issues are rare but can happen. This tutorial will help to walk through how to troubleshoot and resolve an ... Read More

Get preapproved for iPhone Upgrade Program before iPhone 12 sales start

15 Oct 2020, 12:27 pm

If you plan to preorder iPhone 12 Pro tomorrow, October 16, through the iPhone Upgrade Program, then do yourself a massive favor and get preapproved today. It will make the whole process quicker and easier. You have until 9 p.m. PDT today to submit your loan application to Apple. We’ll show you how. If you’ve […]

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How to cope with PowerPoint and Keynote limitations with videoconferencing software

15 Oct 2020, 7:00 am

Presentation software and videoconferencing tools mix like oil and water. That's a particularly unfortunate thing when tens of millions of teachers are forced to use PowerPoint or Keynote to remotely educate kids daily. These apps weren’t designed for interactive remote presentation, and about nine months into the pandemic, the seams aren’t just showing, but they’ve ripped out like a former shirt of Bruce Banner’s.

The fundamental problem is full-screen presentation mode. For in-person presentations, it makes perfect sense. With two screens—one a laptop and one a projector or being fed into a broadcast or webinar system—a presenter can view notes, use tools for markup, run builds and play videos, and see their next slide or even the set of upcoming slides. They don’t need another screen to also see participants, or they’re in an environment set up by the IT department with multiple computers to enable that.

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Caller ID verification could be coming to the iPhone soon

14 Oct 2020, 8:00 am

Most people are surprised that Caller ID isn’t verified in any real fashion. With the appropriate software or third-party service, a spammer, scammer, phisher, or abuser can set Caller ID to nearly any number that will then appear on your phone.

Or, at least, that was true until relatively recently, when a pair of systems referred to amusingly by their acronyms STIR and SHAKEN finally allowed carriers to use cryptographic means to track a phone call’s assigned number from its origin all the way to your phone. It requires a lot of moving pieces, as telecommunications firms all have to work together to let the verification chain occur, but the FCC has heavily promoted it.

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How to watch Apple’s October 13 ‘Hi, Speed’ event

13 Oct 2020, 12:58 pm

On Tuesday, October 13, Apple will be holding its “Hi, Speed” event, where the company will be revealing some new products. This will probably be the coming out party for the iPhone 12, while other products we could see include the rumored AirTags, a mini HomePod, and AirPods Studio.

The event will be broadcast online and is available to everyone to watch as it happens. It starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, and will probably go longer than an hour, so plan accordingly. You can add it to your calendar if you go to the Apple Events website and click “Add to your calendar”.

Listed below are the different ways you can watch the presentation. And if you can't watch it live, the full stream will be available for viewing afterward.

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How to watch the Oct. 13 iPhone 12 event almost anywhere

12 Oct 2020, 2:00 pm

We’re less than 24 hours away from the biggest Apple event of the year. In addition to the much-anticipated iPhone 12 lineup, it could bring the first Mac with Apple Silicon, new AirPods, and more. When the keynote kicks off on Tuesday, October 13, you’ll be able to watch it live online from almost anywhere. […]

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How to draw with shape recognition in iPadOS 14

6 Oct 2020, 7:30 pm

Most people’s drawing skills peaked in first grade. Which means the diagrams we include in handwritten notes often look like they were drawn by a moderately skilled raccoon. Fortunately, iPadOS 14 offers shape recognition, turning our scrawls into the neat geometric shapes we envisioned. Using this feature in Apple Notes or Email is easy. But […]

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How to see the huge AR easter egg hidden in Apple’s Oct. 13 event invite

6 Oct 2020, 1:45 pm

Hidden in Tuesday’s invite to the October Apple event is a hint that the company is about to make a big push into augmented reality. The graphic for the event invite is the Apple logo surrounded by bubbles. iPhone and iPad users can transfer that design to the real 3D world, and put it in […]

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How to leave the macOS Big Sur beta program before public release

5 Oct 2020, 5:35 pm

With the public release of macOS Big Sur right around the corner, it’s a good time to think about leaving the beta program — especially if you’ve been running the new release on your primary machine. Dropping out ensures you get stable releases and quick fixes as soon as they’re available, and prevents potentially buggy future […]

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Everything You Need to Watch Netflix in 4K on Your Mac

2 Oct 2020, 4:00 pm

When Apple launches macOS Big Sur later this year, the new Safari 14 update will finally allow Mac users to stream Netflix in 4K HDR. But while macOS Big Sur is going to hit a wide variety of Mac desktops and laptops, only a subset of them will actually have the necessary hardware to stream Netflix content in 4K HDR.


How to Get SMS Text Messages Across All Your Apple Devices

24 Sep 2020, 12:30 pm

If you have an iPhone, then you know the joys of iMessage. We love iMessage so much, we’ve covered how its features completely blow other messaging platform out of the water.


How to Change Your Slack Font

11 Sep 2020, 3:45 pm

With great power comes great responsibility. And I couldn’t emphasize that any more if I wanted to, because I am now going to give you a tool that you will be tempted to use in a silly way: a means to change the default font in Slack.


Should I Buy a PC or Mac for College?

4 Sep 2020, 9:00 am

Yes, we’re wading into these waters this week: The classic PC or Mac debate that spawned countless, hilarious ads from Apple and John Hodgman a decade-plus ago. (I’m sure Microsoft would beg to disagree with Apple’s interpretation, but I think the entire would would agree the Zune should have never been a thing.)


Stop Paying the Apple Tax

20 Aug 2020, 10:00 am

The Apple tax is no joke, but neither is a typical Apple owner’s fear of popping open their systems and feeding their Mac some extra-delicious low-cost memory. But here’s the thing: If you pay Apple for RAM that you can install yourself, you’re wasting money. Full stop.