Apple's fall announcement

Yes, fall is upon us. If the weather did not clue you in, Apple’s regular fall updates should.  They are as regular as the seasons.  Here are my thoughts on the new hardware and software.

New hardware

Of course, the big news every September are the new iPhone announcements.  Like clockwork.   This year there was not one, but two new iPhones announced.

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus - These should have been called 7s...

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Your aging Mac

I have had a flurry of questions and issues with aging Macs lately.  I thought I’d quickly go over what to expect of your Mac as it ages.

Macs are generally built with leading-edge technology at the time they are made.  Apple does a good job keeping up on this.  However, software in general and operating systems in particular demand more of hardware as time goes along.  So, it is inevitable that modern software will out-strip your aging Mac’s ability to run it effectively.

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Dropbox - what is it?

I get this question a lot.  After my description of it many people react with “Oh, that is cool.  I think I’d use that.”  Given that, I thought I would describe it to you here in this short blog.

Dropbox is a service (free or paid) that is similar, but better, than its competitors, including: Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, box.com, Amazon Cloud Drive and Apple’s iCloud Drive among many others.  Why is it better? 

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It's update day today!

Today Apple released the first major updates to its operating systems that were introduced last month - for Mac, iPad, iPhone and AppleTV.

If you have been dragging your feet on upgrading your Apple product for fear of getting a buggy system, you can fear no more.  Major issues have been addressed with these updates.  If you already have upgraded, make sure to do these updates.

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macOS Sierra (10.12) is here!

You have probably read about it and, in fact, your Mac may have actually downloaded the new operating system for you (but not installed it, unlike Microsoft’s practice).  Note that Apple has changed the naming of operating system for the Mac from OS X to macOS to better align with the other operating system nomenclature (iOS, TVOS, WatchOS, etc).

What features are there?  The big one is Siri on your Mac!  Also, you can copy something from your iPhone or iPad and paste it onto your Mac.

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iPhones & iPads Rejoice - iOS 10 is here!

iOS is the operating system that runs your iPad & iPhone.  It is its software engine and the software you interact with the most.  It is the soul of your device.  Its newest version, iOS 10, released to the public today.  It is free for all modern iPhones (5 and newer) and iPads (iPad 4, iPad mini 2 and newer as well as all iPad Airs & Pros).  

It is easy to upgrade: Settings > General > Software Update.  I recommend that you backup your device first (Settings > iCloud > Backup > Backup Now), then restart it before proceeding with the upgrade.

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How about the new iPhone 7?

Apple predictably announced the new iPhone 7 this week.  I will not go into great detail about the changes, but more focus on offering advice whether you should upgrade and how to upgrade.

What about the new 7?  Well, although there are lot of changes inside, the outside dimensions and shapes are identical to the 6 & 6s models of 2014 & 2015 respectively.  There are still 2 models:  iPhone 7 (4.7” screen) and iPhone 7 Plus (5.5” screen).  Here are the major changes:

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Last chance to upgrade your older Mac, iPad or iPhone

As has been the case for several years now, Apple will release new versions of operating systems for Macs, iPads & iPhones this month.  Also, as has been the case in the past, when the new versions are released, current versions of these operating systems will no longer be availalbe.

What is different this year is that these new operating systems will NOT be supported on fairly recent hardware.  

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OS X 10.11, El Capitan

A couple of weeks ago Apple released the newest version of its Mac operating system - OS X El Capitan.  It is numerically OS 10.11.  It is free and available in the Mac App Store (Apple menu > App Store…).  In this blog I will give an overview of El Capitan’s features and suggest a procedure to make sure your Mac is ready for the upgrade before you actually install El Capitan.

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Upgrading to iOS 9

iOS 9 has been officially released for just hours now and already I am reading about people having trouble upgrading.  I think many of these people had devices that were not working well under the hood before the upgrade (unknown to them) and the upgrade was problematic.  I have been using iOS 9 on my iPad since July (in a prototype "Beta" form) and it has been very reliable.  This blog will help you upgrade reliably, properly and safely.

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