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Need to Merge Photos Libraries? Here Are Your Options

Photos makes it easy to create and switch between libraries. That’s good when photos need to be kept completely separate. For instance, an interior designer might want to keep personal photos separate from photos taken for work. But too much separation is annoying — you have to keep switching between libraries, and it’s easy to […]

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The Early Word on macOS 11.0 Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7

Every year at its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple previews the next releases of each of its operating systems. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Apple to record its keynote presentation ahead of time rather than having it live, but the company doesn’t seem to have tempered its ambitions for macOS 11.0 Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, […]

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Macs Switching from Intel Chips to Apple Silicon—Answers to Your Questions

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, the company made a major announcement: in the future, Macs will no longer be powered by Intel chips. Instead, they will run custom-designed Apple chips. As massive as this is, the company has made such transitions twice before: first in 1994 with the move from Motorola’s 68000 chips to […]

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Juneteenth: “an absolute equality of rights”

While Independence Day marked freedom for some Americans, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in America and represents the promise of freedom for all. On June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston Texas to free a quarter of a million Black people still enslaved following the end […]

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Do You Use Dates in Filenames? Try This Format for Best Sorting

There are plenty of situations where it makes sense to put a date in a filename, but if you don’t use the right date format, the files may appear out of order when you sort them a list view. Using the names of months doesn’t work, since they’ll sort alphabetically, putting April before January. And […]

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Got a Mac Laptop? Here’s What You Need to Know about Battery Health Management in Catalina

We all want Mac laptops that can run for days on a single charge and never need their batteries serviced. Sadly, we’re always going to be disappointed. Battery and power management technologies continually improve, but those improvements are matched by more powerful processors and smaller designs with less room for battery cells. Lithium-ion batteries are […]

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Buy Quality Cables to Avoid Possible Device Damage or Even Fires

Apple’s prices for Lightning, USB-C, and Thunderbolt 3 cables often seem high—$19 for a USB-C to Lightning cable or $29 if you want a 2-meter version? Unfortunately, when it comes to cables, you often get what you pay for. Happily, other reputable hardware manufacturers like Anker and Belkin make quality cables and often charge less […]

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Customize Your Mac’s Dock for Increased Productivity

By default, Apple populates your Mac’s Dock with all sorts of apps and arranges them in a particular order. But there’s nothing sacred about the defaults, and you shouldn’t be afraid to add, remove, and rearrange apps on your Dock. To add an app, drag its icon from the Applications folder to the desired spot […]

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A Quick Way to Check Battery Levels on Your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods

Apple’s Batteries widget is a little known but highly useful tool for quickly assessing which of your small Apple devices is lowest on power. To use it, switch to Today view on the iPhone by swiping right on the Home screen or Lock screen. If the Batteries widget isn’t already there, scroll to the bottom, […]

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Read Without Distractions on the iPhone with Safari Reader

Do you sometimes find it hard to read articles on your iPhone due to ads, banners, extraneous layout, social media icons, and too-small fonts? We often do, and there’s a quick fix! Reader view. Tap at the left of the site’s domain name in the address bar, then tap Show Reader View to switch to […]