After Upgrading to iOS 15, Check Do Not Disturb in Focus Settings

In iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple expanded the concept of Do Not Disturb to what it calls Focus. You can create a Focus for different types of activities, so only specific people and apps can break through your cone of silence at appropriate times. Focus subsumes the old Do Not Disturb functionality, and [...]

By |2021-10-03T12:06:18-04:00October 19th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on After Upgrading to iOS 15, Check Do Not Disturb in Focus Settings

Need to Share Files Securely? Try Password-Protected ZIP Archives

Imagine you’re staring at a file or folder—perhaps confidential employee information that you need to send to your accountant. If attaching it to an email message makes you think, “That doesn’t seem like a good idea,” award yourself a gold star! Sending sensitive files via email is a bad idea, partly because the email [...]

By |2021-09-02T12:00:46-04:00October 15th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Need to Share Files Securely? Try Password-Protected ZIP Archives

The Plug Is Mightier Than the Puck: Wireless Charging Is Wildly Inefficient

In 2017, Apple added support for Qi wireless charging to the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and with the iPhone 12 lineup, it introduced its own MagSafe wireless charging technology. There’s no denying the convenience of wireless charging, but keep in mind that it’s extremely inefficient compared to wired charging. Individually, that may not [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:58:40-04:00October 12th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on The Plug Is Mightier Than the Puck: Wireless Charging Is Wildly Inefficient

About That Worrying Message Saying Your Password Has Been Breached…

In iOS 14, Apple added a feature that warns you when one of your website passwords stored in iCloud Keychain has appeared in a data breach. We’ve fielded some questions of late from people worrying if the message is legitimate, and if so, what they should do. What has happened is that online criminals [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:25:24-04:00October 5th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on About That Worrying Message Saying Your Password Has Been Breached…

Share Files, Photos, and other Data between Apple Devices with AirDrop

It’s common to want to share files, photos, and other data between your devices—or with friends and family. When the desired person or device isn’t nearby, it’s easiest to use Messages or Mail. But what if you want to move a file between two of your Macs, from your iPhone to your Mac, or [...]

By |2021-09-02T10:50:54-04:00October 1st, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Share Files, Photos, and other Data between Apple Devices with AirDrop

Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding Apple’s Expanded Protections for Children

Apple’s recent announcement that it would soon be releasing two new technologies aimed at protecting children has generated a firestorm of media coverage and questions from customers. Unfortunately, much of the media coverage has been based on misconceptions about how the technology works, abetted by uncharacteristically bungled communications from Apple. It’s not inconceivable that [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:16:55-04:00September 24th, 2021|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding Apple’s Expanded Protections for Children

Sort Your Lists Differently in Reminders in iOS 14 and Big Sur

For many years, Apple’s Reminders app let you sort your lists, but in just one way that applied to all lists equally. That was a problem if you had a to-do list that you wanted to sort by Due Date and a list of foods in your freezer that you wanted to sort by [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:09:15-04:00September 21st, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Sort Your Lists Differently in Reminders in iOS 14 and Big Sur

Filter What’s Showing in Photos to Focus on Specific Types

You know you can make albums and smart albums in Photos, and do searches to find photos that contain particular objects. But what if you want to separate photos from videos, identify which images in an album have been edited, or pick out just the ones you’ve favorited? For that, use Photos’ filters. On [...]

By |2021-08-02T16:05:21-04:00September 14th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Filter What’s Showing in Photos to Focus on Specific Types

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15?

September is here, which means that Apple will soon start releasing major upgrades for all its operating systems. Apple previewed these releases at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and many people have been testing the public betas since. Once Apple judges macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:06:53-04:00September 10th, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips, Releases|Comments Off on When Should You Upgrade to macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15?

How to Take the Annoyance Out of Your Key Passwords and Passcodes

We constantly say, “Use a password manager!” for good reason. Password managers make it easy to generate, store, and enter strong passwords. You don’t have to decide whether or not your password is strong or weak, remember it, and type it accurately every time you log in to a website. Seriously, just get 1Password [...]

By |2021-08-02T15:59:59-04:00September 3rd, 2021|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on How to Take the Annoyance Out of Your Key Passwords and Passcodes
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