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Consider USB Peripherals When Troubleshooting Mac Problems

If you’re experiencing a sporadic problem with your Mac, the sort of thing that happens often enough to be annoying but not so frequently as to be reproducible, allow us to suggest one little-known troubleshooting tip. Malfunctioning USB devices—keyboards, mice, hubs, printers, etc.—can sometimes cause truly inscrutable problems ranging from startup issues to kernel [...]

By |2019-11-02T11:13:44-04:00November 19th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Consider USB Peripherals When Troubleshooting Mac Problems

Data Backup Strategies Go Only So Far—What’s Your Plan If Your Mac Dies?

We assume you have a backup strategy. Hopefully, it includes a bootable duplicate to minimize downtime in the event of a drive failure, a Time Machine or other versioned backup to address the problem of a deleted or corrupted file, and offsite backup to ensure that you don’t lose everything in the event of [...]

By |2019-11-02T11:11:42-04:00November 15th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Data Backup Strategies Go Only So Far—What’s Your Plan If Your Mac Dies?

New 16-inch MacBook Pro Sports a Redesigned Scissor-Switch Keyboard

Responding to customer complaints and media mocking, Apple has introduced a new 16-inch MacBook Pro that features improves on its predecessor in several ways, most notably with a scissor-switch keyboard in place of the flaky butterfly-key keyboard. The 16-inch MacBook Pro replaces the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro at the top of Apple’s notebook line [...]

By |2019-11-14T13:30:37-04:00November 14th, 2019|Products, Releases|Comments Off on New 16-inch MacBook Pro Sports a Redesigned Scissor-Switch Keyboard

Be Careful in iOS 13’s Mail App—the Trash Button Is Where Reply Used to Be!

For unknown reasons, Apple redesigned the toolbar in the iOS 13 version of Mail. Such things happen, but this time, Apple made a big mistake and moved Mail’s Trash button to where its Reply button used to be. Lots of people who have become accustomed to tapping Reply are now finding themselves deleting messages [...]

By |2019-11-02T11:08:55-04:00November 12th, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Be Careful in iOS 13’s Mail App—the Trash Button Is Where Reply Used to Be!

Which Precise Mac Model Do You Have? Here’s How to Find Out

Apple likes to keep Mac names simple, but that’s not always helpful. For instance, if you want to add RAM to your Mac, it’s not good enough to know that it’s an iMac. You’ll need to know that it’s a 27-inch iMac with Retina display from late 2014. To find that out, choose About [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:16:44-04:00November 5th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Which Precise Mac Model Do You Have? Here’s How to Find Out

Everything You Need to Know about Multitasking in iPadOS 13

With this year’s operating system updates, Apple has formally acknowledged that the iPhone and iPad have different uses and different needs. To that end, Apple has given the iPad version of iOS 13 its own name—iPadOS 13. The big changes include a desktop-class version of Safari that works better with complex Web apps, a [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:27:14-04:00November 1st, 2019|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know about Multitasking in iPadOS 13

Beware Scammers when Selling Your Old Tech Hardware Online

Whenever Apple releases hot new hardware, it’s tempting to order the latest and greatest and then put your old Mac or iPhone up for sale on a classifieds site like Craigslist. If you do that, be cautious about potential buyers—it’s increasingly common for a scammer to request that you ship them the device and [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:13:27-04:00October 29th, 2019|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Beware Scammers when Selling Your Old Tech Hardware Online

What Does Having a T2 Chip in Your Mac Mean to You?

If you own an iMac Pro, or a Mac mini, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro model introduced in 2018 or later, your Mac has one of Apple’s T2 security chips inside. On the whole, having a T2 chip in your Mac is a good thing, thanks to significantly increased security and other benefits, but [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:25:13-04:00October 25th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on What Does Having a T2 Chip in Your Mac Mean to You?

Do You Put Dates in Filenames? Use This Format for Best Sorting

There are plenty of situations where it makes sense to put a date in a filename, but if you don’t use the right date format, the files may sort in unhelpful ways. For instance, using the names of months is a bad idea, since they’ll sort alphabetically, putting April before January. And although the [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:10:47-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Do You Put Dates in Filenames? Use This Format for Best Sorting

We Recommend You Delay Upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina

Dear clients, Apple plans to release macOS 10.15 Catalina sometime in October, and like all major operating system releases, Apple has been talking it up since it was introduced at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June. It will feature new Music, TV, and Podcasts apps to replace iTunes. A new Mac Catalyst technology [...]

By |2019-10-02T11:22:28-04:00October 18th, 2019|Mac Tips|Comments Off on We Recommend You Delay Upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina