iOS 12: First Impressions, and advice

Apple released iOS 12 September 17th, 2018 and I installed it right away on an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPad Pro. Installation went smoothly and there was a noticeable speed improvement on each device: apps launch faster, and the camera is ready to take a picture almost immediately. iOS 12 will work on any iPhone that can run iOS 11. If you were waiting for iOS 11 to finally be ready for prime-time, forget it– instead, move to 12. iOS 12 is not perfect; in a few days of medium use, the back button… Continue Reading iOS 12: First Impressions, and advice

How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event

UPDATE: the announcement is over. You can click here and watch a recording of the entire event. It’s time for another one of Apple’s announcement events. This one begins at 10 am PST on Wednesday September 12th, 2018. Use this link to add the event to your calendar. How to watch: On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using this link (iOS 10 or higher) On your Mac using this link (macOS 10.12.6 or higher, using Safari) On your Apple TV (2nd generation or higher, latest updates, using the Apple Events app) These shows usually… Continue Reading How to watch Apple’s September 12th 2018 Special Event

2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

— 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac — (If you find an error in this calendar please leave a comment and I will take care of it. Thank you.) UPDATE: I’ve added the TV stations to the summary of each event. (Thanks for the idea, Cecil!) I’ve created the 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Game calendar for you and your iPhone and iPad and Mac. Click here to get it. On iPhones and iPads and Macs, if you’re asked where to import the calendar, choose “New Calendar.” When you’re asked whether… Continue Reading 2017-2018 College Football Bowl Games Calendar for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Christian Boyce on the radio

I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 discussing Apple’s new iPhones. The Digital Village show starts at 7 pm Pacific time; my part of the show starts around 7:30 pm. UPDATE: here’s a recording of my part of the radio program. You can listen to the show live by tuning to KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles using something called “a radio.” (Kids, ask your parents.) You can stream the live show using this link on your computer or phone. And, if you miss the show, or just want to hear me… Continue Reading Christian Boyce on the radio

Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

UPDATE (9-12-2017): Apple introduced an updated Apple Watch, an updated Apple TV, and three new iPhones. You can watch the entire presentation using this link. You can watch the special iPhone X video, featuring Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, using this link. UPDATE 2 (9-12-2017): I’ll be on the Digital Village radio program talking about the new iPhones on Wednesday September 13th, 2017. Read about how to listen to the show (they do record it). It’s that time again– time for Apple to announce something exciting in one of their big Special Events. This event… Continue Reading Watch the Apple Special Event Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion

Apple launched their annual “Back to School” promotion this morning, offering free Beats Wireless Headphones with purchase of a qualifying Mac or iPad Pro. You have to purchase between July 12th and September 25th, 2017 and to be eligible you have to be a college student, a parent buying for a college student, or a faculty or staff member at any grade level. If you’re an elected or appointed member of a school board, or an elected or appointed officer of a PTA or PTO, you’re also eligible. Buy through the Apple Online Store for… Continue Reading Get Free Beats Wireless Headphones with Apple’s Back to School Promotion

27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon

It took a few weeks but Amazon now has the 27-inch iMac with the Retina display. You can click this link* to go straight there. The warranty is through Apple whether you buy from Amazon or the Apple Store, or anyone else, so you can simply shop on price. Comparing identical models, Amazon’s price is better than the Apple Store’s. Amazon also has the new Magic Mouse 2, which improves on the original Magic Mouse by having a built-in rechargeable battery (and you charge it using the included Lightning cable, same kind your iPhone uses–… Continue Reading 27-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard available at Amazon

Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens

— Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens — Apple has cut prices on the USB-C adapters (or “dongles”) designed to connect your existing peripherals to their new, all-USB-C MacBook Pro computers. They’ve also cut prices on Thunderbolt 3 accessories. Discounts in some cases are nearly 50%. This is the time to buy (because the prices will go back up January 1st, 2017). This USB-C to Lightning cable (handy if you want to connect your iPhone 7 to your new MacBook Pro) is now $19 (was $25). Apple has also reduced the price of… Continue Reading Apple reduces prices on dongles and LG screens

New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event

— New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event — Apple introduced new MacBook Pros today at a special event held at their Town Hall facility in Cupertino. Other than a preview of a new app for the Apple TV, there were no other product announcements– nothing about iMacs, nothing about the Mac mini, nothing about the Mac Pro. Maybe next time. You can watch the presentation by clicking this link. 82 minutes and 15 seconds in length. The new MacBook Pros feature a “Touch Bar” across the top of the keyboard, where the function… Continue Reading New MacBook Pros Introduced at Apple’s Special Event

What You Need to Know About Mac Ransomware

— What You Need to Know About Mac ransomware — Executive Summary: Mac ransomware is here, and you need to protect your Mac. Mac “ransomware” is in the news lately, and many people have been asking me, “Is this real?” Sorry to say, “Yes, it’s real.” Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself and your Mac. First, you need to know what ransomware is. Ransomware is software that locks your device (a smart phone, or a computer) and puts a ransom note on the screen, telling you where to send money to regain… Continue Reading What You Need to Know About Mac Ransomware