Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist: What Are They and How Are They Different?

Two similar-sounding iOS features generate quite a bit of confusion. Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist both aim to improve your connectivity by using the best network available, but they achieve that goal in diametrically opposed ways. Wi-Fi Calling leverages your Wi-Fi connectivity to replace weak or nonexistent cellular coverage, whereas Wi-Fi Assist uses your [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:28:15-04:00September 23rd, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist: What Are They and How Are They Different?

Remove Old-Style Today View Widgets from Your iPhone

In iOS 14, Apple overhauled widgets, allowing you to add them to your Home screen in addition to the Today View accessible by swiping right on the Home screen. App developers responded with a slew of new widgets, but old-style widgets that are limited to Today View remain available. If you no longer want [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:27:01-04:00September 20th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Remove Old-Style Today View Widgets from Your iPhone

Use Your iPhone to Identify Plants, Wildlife, and Birds with Seek and Merlin

Now and then, we run across iPhone apps that feel magical, and we want to share two of them: Seek and Merlin. They both use machine learning to help you identify something from the natural world using your iPhone. If you’re at all curious about the plants, wildlife, and birds you encounter outside, you’ll [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:25:29-04:00September 16th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Use Your iPhone to Identify Plants, Wildlife, and Birds with Seek and Merlin

Most Pantone Color Books for Adobe Creative Cloud to Require Pantone Connect License

Adobe says that Pantone Color Books will be phased out of Adobe Creative Cloud apps, starting with updates to Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop released after August 16, 2022. After November 2022, only three Pantone Color Books will remain: Pantone + CMYK Coated, Pantone + CMYK Uncoated, and Pantone + Metallics Coated. To access all [...]

By |2022-09-19T12:31:15-04:00September 13th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Most Pantone Color Books for Adobe Creative Cloud to Require Pantone Connect License

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16?

September is here, which means that Apple will soon start releasing major upgrades for all its operating systems. Note that we say “start.” Apple will release iOS 16 and watchOS 9 alongside new iPhones and Apple Watch models in September. However, Apple has now acknowledged that iPadOS 16 will ship later in the fall—perhaps [...]

By |2022-09-01T23:19:47-04:00September 2nd, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips, Releases|Comments Off on When Should You Upgrade to macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16?

15 Ways to Solve Call Failures on Your iPhone

Sure, we know that phone calls aren’t the most common thing people do on their iPhones—especially anyone under 30—but it’s still important to be able to make and take calls. There are a wide variety of reasons that outgoing or incoming calls might fail, so the solutions vary equally as widely. Some may seem [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:40:08-04:00August 26th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on 15 Ways to Solve Call Failures on Your iPhone

What Should I Do If I Get an “AirTag Found Moving With You” Message?

First, don’t panic. Most likely, you’re borrowing something with an Apple AirTag location tracker attached to it, or someone left something with an attached AirTag in your car. Second, tap the alert to open the Find My app, which displays a map showing where the AirTag has been with you, which might shed some [...]

By |2022-08-03T14:33:59-04:00August 16th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on What Should I Do If I Get an “AirTag Found Moving With You” Message?

How to Restore Missing SMS Two-Factor Authentication Codes

Many websites, from Adobe to Zendesk, let you receive two-factor authentication codes via SMS text messages. That’s good—any form of two-factor authentication is better than none—but you’re often effectively locked out of your accounts if those text messages don’t arrive. A simple fix is to call your cellular carrier and ask to have any blocks [...]

By |2022-08-01T16:55:01-04:00August 2nd, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Restore Missing SMS Two-Factor Authentication Codes

Manage Email Faster in Mail by Swiping

We all get too much email, and while Mail can’t help you get less (other than by making it easy to unsubscribe from mailing lists), it does provide shortcuts for processing your mail more quickly. Regardless of whether you’re using iOS, iPadOS, or macOS, you can swipe on messages in the message list to [...]

By |2022-07-01T18:56:03-04:00July 29th, 2022|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Manage Email Faster in Mail by Swiping

Find Apple Watch Apps Faster in List View

Every so often, we encounter someone struggling to find and launch an app on their Apple Watch because they have trouble seeing and interacting with the icon-centric grid view layout. If you’re in that camp, there’s a better way. In the iPhone’s Watch app, tap My Watch at the bottom, and then tap App [...]

By |2022-07-01T18:47:09-04:00July 19th, 2022|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Find Apple Watch Apps Faster in List View
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