Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?

— Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.5? — UPDATE: the Mac OS is up to 10.11.6 now. Here’s my article about the 10.11.6 update. The answer to “Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?” is easy if you’re already on 10.11.0, or 10.11.1, or 10.11.2, or 10.11.3, or 10.11.4. In those situations, the answer is definitely YES. Upgrade to 10.11.5 (using the 10.11.5 combo update, which I describe and link to further down). (Those of you who are not on 10.11 already: continue reading as I have advice for you as well.) I’ve been… Continue Reading Should I update my Mac to 10.11.5?

Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?

— Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update? — Easy answer: yes, unless you are thinking of updating an iPad Pro 9.7 inch. In that case, don’t. The iPad Pro 9.7 inch can, in some cases, become “bricked” (completely unresponsive) when the 9.3.2 update is applied. UPDATE:Apple has recognized the problem and for now the highest available iOS version for the iPad Pro 9.7 inch is 9.3.1. If you try to get 9.3.2 on an iPad Pro 9.7 inch you’ll be told that 9.3.1 is the highest version available. For now. UPDATE #2: Apple has… Continue Reading Should I install the iOS 9.3.2 Update?

How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone

— How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone — No, not that Sound of Music. I mean the sound of songs that you buy from iTunes and play on your iPhone. UPDATE: Boom for iOS had an update 6-8-2016. Interface improvements, more options for shaping the sound, and a built-in Help page. It’s only 1.0.2, but there’s a lot of polish in it. You know about Boom 2, the best way to get more sound out of your Mac. Now there’s Boom for iOS. Intended for use with headphones– any headphones, including… Continue Reading How to Improve the Sound of Music on your iPhone

WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug

— WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug — An iOS bug can cause iPhones and iPads and iPods to essentially self-destruct under certain conditions. Contrary to some of the more sensational headlines (This iOS date trick will brick any device from 9 to 5 Mac, and Setting the date to 1 January 1970 will brick your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from The Guardian), this problem only applies to 64-bit iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS 8.0 through 9.3. That means iPhone 5s or newer, the iPad Air, the iPad mini… Continue Reading WiFi security hack exploits the January 1st, 1970 iOS bug

Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3?

— Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3? — If your iPhone or iPad is already on any version of iOS 9, the answer is simple: YES, you should update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3. (Actually, you’ll be updating to 9.3.1 because Apple discovered a problem with 9.3 after it was released. That problem was fixed in 9.3.1.) UPDATE: there are more fixes in 9.3.2. You can’t get 9.3.1 anymore unless you’re on an iPad Pro 9.7 inch. The easiest way to update your device to 9.3.1 is “through the… Continue Reading Should I Update my iPhone or iPad to iOS 9.3?

Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4?

— Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4? — UPDATE: They’re up to 10.11.5. Here’s my article on updating to 10.11.5. The answer to “Should I update my Mac to 10.11.4?” is easy if you’re already on 10.11.0, or 10.11.1, or 10.11.2, or 10.11.3. In those situations, the answer is definitely YES. Upgrade to 10.11.4 (using the 10.11.4 combo update, which I will describe further down). (Those of you who are not on 10.11 already: continue reading as I have advice for you as well.) I’ve been testing 10.11.4 here since the day it came… Continue Reading Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4?

How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote

— How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote — Apple will hold a special event keynote Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 10 AM PDT. UPDATE: here’s the link for my June 13th, 2016 WWDC how-to-watch article. Watch the March 21st, 2016 keynote using your iPhone, iPad or Mac by clicking the big blue button. Hint: if you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, be sure you’re on WiFi so you don’t use up your cellular data. These events usually run about two hours and you don’t want to burn through your monthly data allowance… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s March 21st 2016 keynote

Mac OS X 10.11.3 update: don’t do it

I’m seeing a lot of problems with Apple’s 10.11.3 update. If you’ve already installed the 10.11.3 update and everything seems fine, consider yourself lucky; if you haven’t installed it, play it safe and don’t install it. I’ve never seen a more problematic update. UPDATE: the 10.11.4 update is out and I’ve seen zero problems with it. Read “Should I Update My Mac to 10.11.4” for more info. UPDATE #2: now we’re at 10.11.5. It too has no problems. See my article about how to install 10.11.5 the pro way. (Join the mailing list and get… Continue Reading Mac OS X 10.11.3 update: don’t do it

iPhone and iPad Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store

Hot on the heels of the Mac App Store’s 50% off sale on Productivity Apps, Apple’s put iPhone and iPad productivity apps on sale too. Choose from: Things: (to-do list/project organizer– syncs with Mac version) Clear: (another to-do list organizer– simpler than Things, syncs with Mac version) PCalc: (advanced calculator) … and several more. This is your chance to get productive on the cheap. Click the big blue button and explore. Last updated Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mac Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store

UPDATE: the sale is over. But, the apps are still great. Check them out and if you don’t get them now, put them on your wish list. Apple is discounting productivity apps by 50% for a limited time. Apps include: 1Password (best password manager– syncs with iOS counterpart) Magnet (tiles windows on your screen– neaten things up!) Things (to-do list/project organizer– syncs with iOS counterpart) Clear (simple to-do list manager– syncs with iOS counterpart) … and many more. This is your chance to get organized for cheap. Make it your late-January resolution. Click the big… Continue Reading Mac Productivity Apps 50% off at the App Store