Here’s How the Exposure Notification System from Apple and Google Protects Your Privacy

Apple recently released iOS 13.5, incorporating a new Exposure Notification API in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve seen a few people freaking out about this, but seriously, calm down, folks. At best, the Exposure Notification API could lower contact tracing costs, reduce the spread of COVID-19, prevent life-changing health consequences, and save [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:30:23-04:00July 10th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Here’s How the Exposure Notification System from Apple and Google Protects Your Privacy

How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina

One of the most significant changes in macOS 10.15 Catalina was the breakup of the long-standing iTunes app into separate Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. But what about backing up iOS devices, which you also used to do in iTunes? In Catalina, Apple moved this function into the Finder. So if you’ve upgraded to [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:22:07-04:00July 3rd, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina

Stop Group FaceTime Video Tiles from Bouncing with Recent Apple OS Updates

Since iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave, Apple has supported Group FaceTime, which lets you have a video call with up to 32 people. However, as has become painfully obvious in today’s era of non-stop videoconferencing, Group FaceTime has a feature that some find obnoxious: automatic speaking prominence that causes the video tile for [...]

By |2020-06-16T12:14:40-04:00June 23rd, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Stop Group FaceTime Video Tiles from Bouncing with Recent Apple OS Updates

Do You Know Who Can Track Your Location? It’s Worth Checking Periodically

Sharing your location works well when you’re out with friends or family and want everyone to be able to see where everyone else is. It’s easy to enable in various spots in iOS 13—in Messages, in Contacts, in the Find My app, and so on. You can share your location for an hour, until [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:31:28-04:00June 16th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Do You Know Who Can Track Your Location? It’s Worth Checking Periodically

Want to Push Some Buttons? Make the Most of Control Center in iOS

Starting back in iOS 11, Apple made Control Center significantly more useful by letting you customize it more to your liking by adding and rearranging buttons. You can even remove a few of the default buttons if they’re just taking up space. Opening and Closing Control Center To open Control Center in iOS 11 [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:37:57-04:00June 12th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Want to Push Some Buttons? Make the Most of Control Center in iOS

Ever Wondered Which Words to Capitalize in a Title? Use Capitalize My Title!

When you’re writing a blog post or email newsletter, you’ll eventually hit the question of how to capitalize words in a title. There is no one right way, but just as with poor spelling and grammar, randomly capitalized titles can reduce reader trust in your knowledge, competence, and expertise. The trick is to pick [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:28:46-04:00June 9th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Ever Wondered Which Words to Capitalize in a Title? Use Capitalize My Title!

iPhone Not Charging Reliably? Clean Its Lightning Port with a Toothpick

If you’re plugging your iPhone in regularly but getting low-battery warnings when you shouldn’t, consider the possibility that something is preventing your iPhone from charging successfully while plugged in. If there’s no lightning bolt badge on the battery icon when the iPhone is plugged in, that’s a sure sign that no power is reaching [...]

By |2020-05-06T17:10:12-04:00May 26th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on iPhone Not Charging Reliably? Clean Its Lightning Port with a Toothpick

Try Using a Magic Trackpad 2 with Your iPad Running iPadOS 13.4

When Apple released iPadOS 13.4 recently, it came with an unexpected feature: trackpad and mouse support. Apple plans to release a Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro that has a built-in trackpad in May as well, but in the meantime, you can control an iPad entirely via a Magic Trackpad 2 (the wedge-like one that [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:26:23-04:00May 19th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Try Using a Magic Trackpad 2 with Your iPad Running iPadOS 13.4

You Can Now Export and Download Apple Card Statements

Apple’s credit card, the Apple Card, offers a nice mix of integration with Apple Pay, daily cash back, and an elegant interface in the Wallet app on your iPhone. Until recently, however, it was impossible to get your transaction data out of Wallet except in PDF form. Apple has now added exports in either [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:20:46-04:00May 12th, 2020|iOS Tips|Comments Off on You Can Now Export and Download Apple Card Statements

Need to Stay in Touch? Try One of These Videoconferencing Apps

With many people under stay-at-home orders, videoconferencing is going mainstream. If you work in a sufficiently large organization, you probably have already been indoctrinated into a recommended solution, whether it’s the built-in videoconferencing features of Slack or Microsoft Teams, or a dedicated videoconferencing system like Zoom or Webex. But what if you’re in a [...]

By |2020-04-25T16:18:08-04:00May 8th, 2020|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Stay in Touch? Try One of These Videoconferencing Apps