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How Much Memory Do You Need in an M1-Based Mac?

If you’re thinking about buying a new Mac, you’re almost certainly planning to get one that uses a chip from Apple’s M1 family—the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra. Only the Mac Pro and one Mac mini configuration still rely on Intel CPUs, and they will likely be discontinued before the end [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:08:14-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How Much Memory Do You Need in an M1-Based Mac?

Reduce iPhone and iPad Data Usage with Low Data Mode

Do you need to be careful about how much data you use with your iPhone or iPad, either via cellular or Wi-Fi? That could be true for those with Internet data caps, people using an international plan while traveling, and anyone in an area with slow data speeds. To reduce your data usage, turn [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:01:21-04:00April 19th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Reduce iPhone and iPad Data Usage with Low Data Mode

Universal Control Arrives in macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4

With the recent release of macOS 12.3 Monterey and iPadOS 15.4, Apple shipped Universal Control, the last major technology promised in its 2021 operating system upgrades. Universal Control enables you to use the keyboard and mouse or trackpad attached to one Mac to control up to three other Macs or iPads—you can even copy [...]

By |2022-04-07T14:06:42-04:00April 15th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Universal Control Arrives in macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4

Use Face ID While Wearing a Mask in iOS 15.4

Shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple made it so your Apple Watch could unlock your Face ID-enabled iPhone when you were wearing a mask. Starting in iOS 15.4, the company has taken the next step and enabled Face ID on the iPhone 12 and later to work even when you’re wearing a [...]

By |2022-04-07T13:59:39-04:00April 12th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use Face ID While Wearing a Mask in iOS 15.4

Make Joining Your Wi-Fi Network as Easy as Scanning a QR Code

Whether you have guests who want to get on your home Wi-Fi network, customers who need to join your business network, or attendees who want to use your conference network, it’s always fussy to share the network name and password. If an iPhone user has your Apple ID email address in Contacts, their device [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:56:46-04:00April 8th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Make Joining Your Wi-Fi Network as Easy as Scanning a QR Code

Use Reduce Transparency for a Consistently Colored macOS Interface

For years now, Apple has made transparency a part of the macOS interface, which has the effect of blending the menu bar into the background and making menus and some windows take on the background hue, as you can see on the left side of the illustration below. For many people, transparency blurs the [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:47:32-04:00April 5th, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use Reduce Transparency for a Consistently Colored macOS Interface

How to Use Change Tracking Effectively When Collaborating on Documents

Long gone are the days of printing a document, marking it up with a red pencil, and sending it back to the author to input the changes. In the modern world, we use comments and change tracking to collaborate in word processors like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple’s Pages, and Nisus Writer Pro. The [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:55:18-04:00April 1st, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Use Change Tracking Effectively When Collaborating on Documents

Delete or Position iOS Apps from Search

In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple added a feature that would have been even more welcome before the advent of the App Library: the capability to manage apps from Search. But it’s still handy as a way to delete or position an app you can’t find on a Home screen page. Swipe down [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:45:09-04:00March 29th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Delete or Position iOS Apps from Search

Please Dispose of Old Electronics Responsibly—Not in the Trash or Standard Recycling!

We all have old electronics squirreled away in our drawers and closets. It’s hard to admit that a computer, phone, or peripheral that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars years ago has little or no value. That’s doubly true if it doesn’t work anymore. Once you’ve decided to get rid of that PowerBook [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:53:17-04:00March 25th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Please Dispose of Old Electronics Responsibly—Not in the Trash or Standard Recycling!

Extend Your Battery Life in macOS 12 Monterey with Low Power Mode

We’ve become accustomed to our iPhones and iPads switching into Low Power Mode to preserve battery life, and you can enable it manually if you want to reduce power usage for a day. New in macOS 12 Monterey for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a similar feature, though you must enable it [...]

By |2022-03-02T15:43:11-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Mac Tips|Comments Off on Extend Your Battery Life in macOS 12 Monterey with Low Power Mode
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