Four new versions of Apple’s operating systems are available this fall—iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. This handy FAQ will help you figure out what to do about these free upgrades. What’s a good rule of thumb about when to upgrade? Although details vary by operating system, it’s best to upgrade […]
iOS 12 should be popular, thanks to Apple’s focus on enhanced performance and new time-management features for both adults and children. Expected in September, the free update will work on all iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches that can run iOS 11, including the iPhone 5s and the original iPad Air. Speed Boost During its Worldwide […]
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There are two basic types of storage devices available today: hard disk drives and solid-state drives. For the lowest cost per gigabyte, you can’t go wrong with a hard drive, and they come in truly massive sizes—up to a whopping 8 terabytes. However, they’re relatively slow. For speed, you want a solid-state drive, also known […]
If your MacBook’s battery charge is dropping faster than you think is reasonable, it’s time to look for the culprit. Click the Battery icon in the menu bar and wait a few seconds for the Battery menu to display power information, including which apps are using significant energy. Obviously, you can’t quit apps you’re using, […]
A major change in macOS 10.13 High Sierra is the switch to Apple’s new Apple File System, or APFS. With any luck, you’ll barely notice the change, just as almost no one did earlier this year when Apple updated millions of iOS devices to APFS with iOS 10.3. But let’s unpack what APFS is, why […]
Quitting apps can help your Mac run better by freeing memory, but the opposite is true on an iOS device. On an iPhone or iPad, quitting apps usually makes the device run slower and consume more power. Here’s why quitters seldom win. When you’re using an iOS app—say, Safari—it’s accessing the CPU and radios and […]
We understand. That MacBook Pro you bought a few years back doesn’t seem like it should need replacing, but performance has started to lag, and you don’t have the money for a shiny new Touch Bar model. Adding RAM up to 8 GB can help, but the best bang for your buck in terms of […]