Beware Executive Imposter Scams Aimed at New Employees

We’re hearing about new hires who receive an email or text from someone claiming to be the CEO of their new company, asking the employee to carry out some small task like sharing personal information, purchasing a gift card for a client, or wiring funds to another business. The new employee, eager to make [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:39:13-04:00January 23rd, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Beware Executive Imposter Scams Aimed at New Employees

When Should You Upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17?

September is upon us, so Apple will soon start releasing major upgrades for all its operating systems. Note that we say “start.” Apple will undoubtedly release iOS 17 and watchOS 10 alongside new iPhone and Apple Watch models in mid-September. The company hasn’t said when it will release iPadOS 17, although it’s likely to [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:26:02-04:00January 19th, 2024|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on When Should You Upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17?

Things You Need to Know Before Moving to a New iPhone

Are you among the millions of people planning to get a new iPhone 15? It’s exciting, we know, but don’t move too fast when getting started with your new iPhone, or you might cause yourself headaches. Instead, follow these instructions when you’re ready to transfer your data—and, for many people, much of your digital [...]

By |2023-09-13T16:23:59-04:00January 5th, 2024|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Things You Need to Know Before Moving to a New iPhone

Look Up Apple Device Details in Mactracker

It’s difficult for even those who work with Apple devices daily to remember all the details. What processors were available with the 2020 iMac? What resolutions did the Apple Thunderbolt Display support? What are the differences between the fifth and sixth generations of the iPad mini? To find the answers to these and many [...]

By |2023-08-04T11:24:32-04:00December 26th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Look Up Apple Device Details in Mactracker

How to Protect Your Child’s Hearing from Too-Loud Headphone Audio

Loud sounds are harmful to everyone, and many parents worry that their children are at risk for hearing loss due to too-loud headphone audio from iPhones and iPads. To lower the likelihood of this happening, Apple provides a Reduce Loud Sounds option in Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Headphone Safety for both iOS [...]

By |2023-08-04T11:22:03-04:00December 12th, 2023|iOS Tips|Comments Off on How to Protect Your Child’s Hearing from Too-Loud Headphone Audio

Legitimately Worried That You’re Being Targeted Online? Try Lockdown Mode

Most people fall into one of two extremes when it comes to device security. Many believe they’re not interesting enough to be targeted by online attackers and thus don’t take sensible precautions, like making sure every website account is protected with a strong, unique password. (Most attacks these days are bots, so whether you’re [...]

By |2023-08-04T11:35:22-04:00December 8th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Legitimately Worried That You’re Being Targeted Online? Try Lockdown Mode

Keep Your Apple Devices Cool in the Summer Heat

June 2023 was the hottest month on record for the planet, at least until July 2023. Among the many ill effects of such heat are what it does to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and other digital devices. Excessive heat shortens the overall lifespan of lithium-ion batteries and increases the likelihood of both transient [...]

By |2023-08-04T11:19:42-04:00November 14th, 2023|iOS Tips|Comments Off on Keep Your Apple Devices Cool in the Summer Heat

Use the Hidden Album in Photos to Hide Private Images

We’ve recently heard from people who have been embarrassed when they gave their iPhone to someone to swipe through some innocuous photos of a vacation, only to have the person swipe too far and end up at some NSFW (not safe for work) images. Ouch. Embarrassment might be low on the list of problems [...]

By |2023-08-04T11:29:01-04:00November 10th, 2023|iOS Tips, Mac Tips|Comments Off on Use the Hidden Album in Photos to Hide Private Images

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
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