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Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

1 week 3 days ago

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. And the new MacBook Air has a pair of ports. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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Roman Loyola

New Apple Maps are rolling out to Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi

1 week 3 days ago

About a year ago, Apple announced a huge change to Apple Maps. It wasn’t about new features in the Maps app (though there are new features coming in iOS 13), but rather a complete overhaul of the fundamental map data. Buildings, rivers, roads, vegetation; it’s all vastly more detailed and accurate in the new maps.

Apple began rolling out the new mapping data to Northern California just after its announcement, with a promise to continue rolling out new maps to the rest of the U.S. “over the next year.” Southern California and Hawaii followed in late 2018, then parts of the southwest in April 2019.

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Jason Cross

How printing options in Photos for macOS work

1 week 3 days ago

Quick! First answer that pops into your head: When you press a Print button, what do you think will happen next?

It will print, right? Sure, but not when you’re using Photos for macOS. Printing in that app is a two-step operation missing a familiar cue in the first step about the sequence that follows.

When you select an image or images and select File > Print, the Photos print dialog appears with just a few options. You can select the printer, the paper format, and a prefab printing setup. For some layout choices, like Contact Sheet and Custom, additional options appear at the bottom.

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The first Print dialog seems like it will print the image when you click Print. Not so!

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Glenn Fleishman

Our 6 favorite new features of watchOS 6

1 week 3 days ago

Apple’s almost certain to introduce a new Apple Watch this September, just as it has done every year since the first Apple Watch was revealed. But you don’t have to necessarily buy new hardware to keep up with the latest improvements. Much as with the iPhone, many of the best Apple Watch upgrades come from Apple’s big yearly operating system updates.

When watchOS 6 lands this fall, it’s going to bring a lot of great stuff to your fancy little wrist computer. Now that we’ve used the beta for a while, we’ve come to recognize these as our favorite new features.

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Jason Cross

How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

1 week 4 days ago

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Roman Loyola

How to use synchronized lyrics in Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

1 week 4 days ago

Apple’s major new OS releases always come with a whole bunch of updates to its built-in apps. In iOS 13 and tvOS 13, the new marquee feature for Apple Music is the ability to show you song lyrics that sync with the music being played.

It’s just the thing to get ready for your next Karaoke night, or to host one with your Apple TV. Here’s how it works.

Synced lyrics on iPhone or iPad

You don’t need to do much to see synced lyrics on your iPhone or iPad, you just need to be running iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.

In Apple Music, tap the now playing bar at the bottom of the screen to show info about the song you’re playing.

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Jason Cross

Apple iPhone silicone case review: How well does it hold up after 10 months?

1 week 5 days ago

For almost 10 months now, I’ve kept my iPhone XS Max armored in Apple’s $39 silicone case, and now that we’re likely only a month away from the reveal of a new phone, it’s a good time to pass judgement. And, well, the situation is grim. Let’s put it this way: If I didn’t know I’d be getting a new phone next month, I’d already be in the market for a new case to replace this one.

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Here’s how it looked back in October of 2018.

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Leif Johnson

How to use Google Photos to back up your iPhone photos

1 week 5 days ago

There’s a good chance you are already backing up your photos and video from your iPhone through iCloud, Google Photos, or another service and that’s great, but I’m also sure you probably have a parent or sibling that isn’t, especially if they’ve already filled up their free allotted iCloud storage. It’s easy with Google Photos to get free protection from losing all your photos if your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken.

How to install Google Photos

1. Go to the app store and download Google Photos. Once that’s finished, go ahead and open it.

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2. You’ll need to allow Google Photos to access all your Photos.

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Dan Masaoka

How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing

1 week 5 days ago

Last week, Apple’s Q3 2019 financial results caused a bit of a hubbub because iPhone revenue was—for the first time in seven years—less than half of Apple’s overall revenue. The cause is a slowdown in iPhone sales combined with dramatic growth in two other areas: wearables and services.

But this is hardly the first time Apple has experienced a major change in the shape of its business. In fact, Apple is a company that’s rarely stood still in terms of its evolution.

To prove the point, let’s step through 20 years of Apple’s business, five years at a time.

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Jason Snell

Soulver 3 review: Mac app simplifies readable calculations and conversions

1 week 5 days ago

Calculations are for computers, but Soulver makes them human again. The app, overhauled for version 3, lets you type in readable and formatted arithmetic calculations, functions, dates, and unit conversions, and get results you can use.

It’s particularly useful if you’re constantly working among combinations of units, such as throughput over time (Mbps per hour), or frequently return to the same calculations into which you plug different values.

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Soulver handles conversions and calculations written nearly as we speak them.

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Glenn Fleishman
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