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Here we talk at length about Apple and its products, everything related to Apple, its apps, its functionalities and qualities of its computers, smartphones and other gadgets.

Apple’s MacOS Mojave (Available in October 2018)

The macOS Mojave is the fifteenth major release of macOS run by Apple Mac desktop computers. It was unveiled in June, 2018 at WWDC, but became available for the public only in October, 2018. The critical upgrade of the macOS Mojave relates to the graphics framework. Apple ceased supporting OpenGL and OpenCL and switched to Metal API instead. Metal libraries are more efficient when it comes to sharing the workload between a CPU and GPU. Since almost all Mac devices now feature the integrated GPU and support an external GPU, Metal seems to be an obvious choice. Although, it cut off the Macs back from 2011 and earlier.
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iPhone Chargers: How to Spot Fake vs. Original

For anyone who has an iPhone I am sure this is a very familiar struggle. Chargers tend to break so often… and you need them for every room, for your job, for your car, for your portable charger… the list continues. Buying enough chargers can seriously break the bank if you go ahead and purchase chargers straight from Apple. (more…)

APFS (Apple File System) Key Features

APFS (Apple File System) is a next-generation file system developed by Apple to meet the needs of today’s users. It was introduced at the Apple developers conference (WWDC) in June 2016, and was presented with iOS 10.3 a year later, on March 27, 2017.
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iOS 11: New Features

The eleventh major release of the Apple iOS is to be released this fall. The first beta version of iOS 11, announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, 2017, became available for developers after the presentation. A public beta release date was set for mid-2017. (more…)

How to Turn On Personal Hotspot on iPhone

The iPhone comes with a set of well-designed apps for everything, from e-mailing to keeping track of all your commitments. You can install third-party software that caters to almost every need imaginable.

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Simple or Complex Passcode for Your iPhone or iPad

Your iPhone’s sleek operating system, iOS, makes the incredible computing power hidden in the device easy to use. However, any system can be vulnerable to external attacks, so Apple introduced a sequence of characters that the user must type each time they unlock the iPhone from the lock screen. This sequence is called a passcode, and it prevents any unauthorized access to the device. To protect their iPhones, users can choose between a simple or complex passcode.

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Understanding Privacy When Using Siri

Siri is a voice-controlled personal assistant which provides an intuitive way to get tasks done on your Apple device. You do not have to open an app to activate Siri, as it can be controlled simply by your voice. As you may know, you can use Siri for everything from setting reminders and alarms, to placing phone calls, taking notes, dictating messages and more.
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Apple Pencil

On November 11, 2015, Apple introduced the Apple Pencil. This new tool allows users to work with precision, and makes tasks on the iPad Pro effortless. On the outside, it looks like a disposable plastic pen, however, the Apple Pencil is crammed full of tiny technology. (more…)

Apple’s Clips iOS App

Clips is a new iOS app which allows users to make fun videos on their iPhone and on iPad, and share them with friends and family members. Clips allows users to add text, graphics, visual and sound effects, and more. Adding content with Clips is quick and simple. The user just records it on the spot, and grabs a video clip or photo from her or his library. (more…)

iCloud Photo Library

With iCloud Photo Library, you can keep a lifetime worth of photos and videos stored on iCloud and up to date on your Mac, iOS devices, Apple TV and even your PC. Photo Library also helps keep your growing library organized and accessible. Powerful and intuitive editing tools help you perfect your images, and Memories displays the best images from your photo library in beautiful collections. (more…)

iCloud

Released on October 12, 2011, Apple’s iCloud is a cloud storage and cloud computing service which has about one billion users who can store their documents on remote servers for download to iOS, Macintosh or Windows devices. Users can also share and send data to other users, link accounts via AirDrop wireless, as well as manage their Apple devices if these devices are lost or stolen. iCloud replaced Apple’s MobileMe service as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, notes, reminders, iWork documents, photos, ringtones, Visual Voicemails and other data. (more…)

Time Machine

Introduced with OS X Leopard, Time Machine is an Apple’s backup software application distributed with the Apple MacOS. This application is designed to work with the Time Capsule storage product and with other internal and external disk drives. (more…)

Kaby Lake Processor

Announced on August 30, 2016, Kaby Lake – the new processor by Intel is now available in stores as both an OEM, or as part of desktop and mobile systems. Let’s look and see what that means for us. (more…)

Airbar Touchdown

We have already posted about the iPad as a second display for a MacBook. The contraption is interesting and reliable but cumbersome and requires an iPad in addition to the MacBook. Besides, working with two displays is a skill to learn and you risk to developing a divergent squint in the process. But tethering a tablet is not the only option. Really, I do not know why Apple is so touchy about touch screens, but their reluctance leaves the door open for other innovating companies. (more…)

iMessage (Messaging Service)

iMessage is a messaging service used for exchanging text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. Texts, multimedia messages, and even your location on the map can be shared with persons or groups. iMessage also supports video chats. (more…)

Duet Display

An additional display for a laptop is not a must-have for most chores, but every now and then, additional screen space makes multitasking much easier. For example, you can edit videos and check e-mails at the same time, or display some service technical info for reference while overclocking or coding. If you have a standalone display, then the task is simple: you just plug in your second monitor and go ahead. But, if your only other option is a tablet, having a second display can be a tricky thing to set up. The most popular interface for tethering both devices is Wi-Fi. But, the wireless connection is unstable at the very least, and the interchange between the windows on the two screens can be slow. The wired connection is much more reliable and developing the relevant iOS app was just a question of time. And a team of ex-Apple engineers now offers Duet Display, a nice app to tether your iPad to a MacBook Pro. (more…)

Apple File System: Everything You Need to Know

Let’s talk about what the Apple File System (APFS) is, and what it means for computers’ performance. We all know that our files are saved to the storage device, a hard disk drive, or a solid-state drive, or flash drive, whatever. But, the computer doesn’t see it the way that we do. First, it divides any file in little pieces and then stacks it on ‘shelves’, or sectors of the drive. The file system determines how large these sectors can be. Going on with the shelves metaphor, imagine bookcases too shallow, or narrow to house large thick volumes, but instead, fit for booklets. (more…)

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