Adjust AirPods Options in the Settings App

If you sometimes have trouble configuring your AirPods, here’s the trick. The AirPods settings screen is available only when the AirPods are connected to your iPhone, so you must open their case or put them in your ears. Once you do that, a new item with the name of the AirPods appears at the [...]

By |2023-07-06T16:35:00-04:00October 31st, 2023|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Adjust AirPods Options in the Settings App

AirNow and Paku: Two Helpful Apps for Monitoring Air Quality

Smoke from wildfires is causing significant air quality problems for much of Canada and the US. It’s important to check the Air Quality Index (AQI) before spending a long time outside, and that’s especially true for sensitive populations (children, the elderly, anyone with asthma or other breathing issues) and for those exercising outdoors. Although [...]

By |2023-07-06T16:33:13-04:00October 17th, 2023|iOS Tips|Comments Off on AirNow and Paku: Two Helpful Apps for Monitoring Air Quality

The Hardware You’ll Need to Run Apple’s 2023 Operating Systems

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the company unveiled the upcoming versions of its operating systems: macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. They won’t be available until September or October of 2023, and even once they ship, we recommend waiting a few weeks before upgrading your smaller [...]

By |2023-07-06T16:39:07-04:00September 15th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on The Hardware You’ll Need to Run Apple’s 2023 Operating Systems

Avoid Confusion by Setting iPhone Password Autofill to Only One App

Let’s say you use 1Password (or another third-party password manager) on an iPhone or iPad. When that’s the case, it’s easy to end up in a situation where your device will present passwords from both 1Password and iCloud Keychain, possibly along with another app. That won’t break anything, but as you can see in [...]

By |2023-06-04T17:47:22-04:00September 5th, 2023|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Avoid Confusion by Setting iPhone Password Autofill to Only One App

Which Should You Use—a Mac, iPhone or iPad, or Web App?

Apps are everywhere these days, but it can be hard to remember that many exist in multiple versions. You can often run the same app on a Mac, an iPhone or iPad, and in a Web browser, each of which has benefits. Generally speaking, Mac apps: Have better-designed, more obvious interfaces that improve the [...]

By |2023-06-04T17:45:39-04:00September 1st, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Which Should You Use—a Mac, iPhone or iPad, or Web App?

Pay Attention to Unsolicited Facebook Password Reset Messages

We’ve seen an uptick in attacks on Facebook accounts that generate email messages like the one below. It’s saying someone is attempting to reset your Facebook password in order to access your account. If you didn’t ask to reset your Facebook password within the past 5 minutes, do not enter the provided code! In [...]

By |2023-06-04T17:42:45-04:00August 22nd, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Pay Attention to Unsolicited Facebook Password Reset Messages

Apple Starts Releasing Rapid Security Responses for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac

By now, you’ve probably seen a new form of update for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS: the Rapid Security Response. Early in May, Apple released the first instances of these updates, which the company had promised for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura when those operating systems were first announced. Let’s answer some [...]

By |2023-06-04T17:36:41-04:00August 4th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple Starts Releasing Rapid Security Responses for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Apple Is Shutting Down My Photo Stream—Switch to iCloud Photos

Apple has quietly announced that it is shutting down the My Photo Stream service, the company’s first iCloud-based effort at helping users sync photos between devices. My Photo Stream had numerous limitations but was free and didn’t count against iCloud storage quotas. If you’re still using My Photo Stream, note that photos will stop [...]

By |2023-06-04T17:33:42-04:00July 25th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Apple Is Shutting Down My Photo Stream—Switch to iCloud Photos

Make Apple Watch Apps Easier to Find with List View

With the original version of the Apple Watch, Apple introduced “grid” view, which shows tiny icons for each app in a random circular pattern, making them difficult to find for most people. Happily, at some point, Apple relented and gave us the more sensible list view, which shows all the apps—with their names—sorted alphabetically. [...]

By |2023-05-02T14:13:31-04:00July 11th, 2023|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Make Apple Watch Apps Easier to Find with List View

“Juice Jacking” Returns to the News but Still Hasn’t Happened

Much has been made in the media about a recent FBI warning about “juice jacking,” the theoretical act of installing malware on or stealing data from an iPhone connected to a public charging station. Researchers first demonstrated juice jacking in 2011 at the Defcon security conference. There’s no harm in following the FBI’s advice, [...]

By |2023-05-02T14:20:23-04:00June 23rd, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on “Juice Jacking” Returns to the News but Still Hasn’t Happened
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