Do You Know What the Scroller in a Scroll Bar Tells You£
Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:08:44 +0000
Whenever you view a document that’s longer than will fit onscreen, a scroll bar appears (often only if you’re actively scrolling). That’s true whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Inside the scroll bar is a control called a scroller that you can drag to scroll more quickly than by swiping or using keyboard […]
What We Can Expect from macOS 11.0 Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7
Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:31:56 +0000
Every year at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple lays out its roadmap for the next releases of each of its operating systems. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Apple to record its keynote presentation ahead of time rather than having it live, but the company doesn’t seem to have tempered its ambitions for macOS 11.0 Big Sur, […]
Macs Switching from Intel Chips to Apple Silicon—Answers to Your Questions
Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:30:41 +0000
At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, the company dropped a bombshell: in the future, Macs will no longer be powered by Intel chips but will instead rely on custom-designed Apple chips. As surprising as this is, the company has made such massive transitions twice before: first in 1994 with the move from Motorola’s 68000 chips […]
Stop Group FaceTime Video Tiles from Bouncing with Recent Apple OS Updates
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:08:08 +0000
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 the […]
Here’s How to Set a Default Printer on the Mac
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:07:07 +0000
If you have access to multiple printers, you probably know that you can choose one from the Printer pop-up menu at the top of the Print dialog. But macOS has a feature that should make it so you don’t have to switch printers manually as often. Open System Preferences > Printers & Scanners, and look […]
Find Files in the Finder Better by Specifying a Search Scope
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:06:01 +0000
This isn’t about periscopes or mouthwash—when it comes to searching, a scope is the area in which a search takes place. When you use the Search field in a Finder window to look for files and folders, you have the choice of two scopes: This Mac or the current folder. You can always switch the […]
Approve App Authentication Requests with Your Apple Watch in Catalina
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:05:07 +0000
Tired of typing your admin account password whenever you try to install software or change security settings on your Mac£ A new feature in macOS 10.15 Catalina removes that requirement for Apple Watch owners. In System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General, select the checkbox for “Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and […]
How to Ask for Tech Support So You Get Good Answers Quickly
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:04:00 +0000
Need help with something£ On occasion, we all need tech support. Speaking as the people who are sometimes on the other end of those requests for help, we have some suggestions on how to get the support you need as quickly as possible. For instance, think about what we have to do if we receive […]
How to Back Up an iPhone or iPad with Your Mac Running Catalina
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:03:18 +0000
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 Catalina […]
Here’s How the Exposure Notification System from Apple and Google Protects Your Privacy
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 18:02:54 +0000
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 lives. […]
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