Use Your Apple Watch to Unlock Your Mac, and Apps in Catalina

Published Friday, January 31, 2020

If you’ve resisted requiring a password on your Mac after it wakes up or comes out of the screen saver because it’s too much work to enter repeatedly, an Apple Watch can make authentication much easier. In previous versions of macOS, just wearing an unlocked Apple Watch is enough to enter your Mac’s password; in Catalina, the Apple Watch can also enter your password when prompted by apps. 


AirDrop Reception Not Working? Here’s the Likely Fix

Published Friday, January 24, 2020

AirDrop has become a fast and reliable way to transfer data from one iPhone to another that’s nearby. 


Did You Know You Can Drag the Scroll Bar in iOS 13?

Published Friday, December 27, 2019

In previous versions of iOS, a scroll bar would appear on the right edge of the screen while you were swiping through a long Web page, email message, or document. But the scroller was merely an indicator of where in the page you were and how much content there was (the bigger the scroller, the less content). 


The iPhone 11 Camera App’s Shutter Button Works Differently—Here’s How

Published Friday, December 20, 2019

With the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple changed the way the Camera app’s shutter button works in ways that could cause confusion. Tapping it once still takes a single still photo, but if you press and hold on the shutter button, it now captures a quick video.


Need to Import Photos from a non-iPhone or Want to Keep Images out of Photos?

Published Friday, December 13, 2019

Most Mac users rely on iPhones and iPads to take photos and store them in the Photos app, which happens automatically for those who use Apple’s iCloud Photos syncing service. But what if you want to import photos from a device other than an iPhone or iPad—say a Samsung smartphone running Android—and what if you don’t want those images in Photos? 


Make Sure to Test Your Backup System with Occasional Restores

Published Friday, December 6, 2019

Did you know that the word for the irrational fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia? Neither did we, but what that supposedly unlucky day is good for—whenever it rolls around—is reminding us to test our backup systems.


Be Careful in iOS 13’s Mail App—the Trash Button Is Where Reply Used to Be!

Published Friday, November 29, 2019

For unknown reasons, Apple redesigned the toolbar in the iOS 13 version of Mail. Such things happen, but this time, Apple made a big mistake and moved Mail’s Trash button to where its Reply button used to be.


Use the Driving ETA Feature in iOS 13’s Maps App to Share Your Arrival Time

Published Friday, November 22, 2019

A small but welcome new feature of iOS 13 is Driving ETA, which helps you share your estimated time of arrival with a contact whenever you’re navigating with the Maps app.