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“We provide a host of tips and solutions to help get older Macs fighting fit” There comes a time in every Mac’s life when age catches up with it. The advent of larger applications and more demanding operating systems can take their toll on slower processors and less expansive hard drives – but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to upgrade. This issue we provide a whole host of tips and solutions to help get older Macs operating at peak performance as well as exploring if an iPad could be a worthwhile (and cheaper) alternative to a Mac. With more features and subtle nuances of iOS 11 coming to the fore in the months since its release, we felt it an appropriate time to round up the very best tips and tricks from Apple’s latest mobile operating system to help you get the most out of it – swipe to page 52 now to check them out. Also in this issue we help you recover lost passwords in High Sierra, cure you of your iPhone addiction, demonstrate how you can watch TV on your iOS devices and help solve all of your iPhone’s battery problems. All this plus we welcome Apple’s latest gadget, the HomePod, to the family. Enjoy!

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Why you can now get a cheap iPhone battery replacement A sinister ploy to force you into buying a new iPhone? We’re not sold on those claims Some people believe that Apple is ‘forcing’ users to upgrade their iPhones by slowing down older devices on purpose

Did you know that you can get a brandnew battery installed into your iPhone – in any official Apple Store – for the small fee of just £25/$29? If you have an iPhone 6 or later you are guaranteed a brand-new power source.


Apple will run a diagnostic test but, regardless of the results, it will replace the battery at a hugely discounted price. That’s even if your iPhone is outside the statutory two-year warranty period. So why is Apple feeling so generous? Well, it has been accused of deliberately

“Apple will run a diagnostic test but, regardless of the results, it will replace the battery at a hugely discounted price” degrading the performance of batteries in older iPhones, presumably in an attempt to get you to go out and buy a brand new one. Not a good way for Apple to kick-start its 2018 positive PR campaign.

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down. We apologise. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we would like to clarify and let you know about some changes we’re making.â€? It continued: “First and foremost, we have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.â€? Apple went into a detailed response about how batteries change over time. The explanation gets pretty ZJPLU[PĂ„JI\[LZZLU[PHSS`HSS rechargeable batteries are consumable components that become less effective as they chemically age and their ability to hold a charge

diminishes. Each iPhone battery is different and how different users use their device will have a big effect on its lifespan. As a battery grows older, it struggles to cope with the times when you put it under intensive pressure. This can cause your iPhone to shutdown unexpectedly. Apple says this is not acceptable, and in iOS 10.2.1 power management features, which improved performance during peak workloads to avoid unexpected shutdowns, were introduced. With the update, iOS dynamically manages the maximum performance of some system components when needed to prevent a shutdown. This is the move that has proved controversial, with some users saying that Apple is slowing down older devices on purpose. At present Apple doesn’t VMMLYHÄYZ[WHY[`ZVS\[PVUMVY checking battery degradation. However, we have found an alternative in a little-known Mac app called coconutBattery ^^^JVJVU\[ÅH]V\YJVT

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“A new Battery Health feature is being added to iOS 11.3 this springâ€? your battery, including its age, the number of times it’s been charged and its overall health in relation to when it was factory new. This will give you a good idea whether it’s worth a trip to your local Apple Store. But you won’t have to download a third-party app for much longer. In another sign that Apple is taking all this very seriously, a new Battery Health feature is being added to iOS 11.3 this spring. It’s currently in beta, but Apple says it offers even greater power management transparency for iOS users. (WWSLĂ„UPZOLKP[ZTLZZHNL to customers about battery performance by saying: “At Apple, our customers’ trust means everything to us. We will never stop working to earn and

Given how quickly Tim Cook and co came out defending [OLTZLS]LZHUK[OLZPNUPÄJHU[ measures they have taken to try and rectify any problems, this doesn’t seem like a sinister ploy where Apple is trying to trick you into buying a new handset. The vast majority of iPhones, when taken good care of, last for years and years. A new, data-hungry OS has historically always slowed down older iPhones and iOS 11 proved no different. If you’ve got an iPhone 5s or older, it’s probably about time to upgrade anyway. Shop HYV\UKHUK`V\SSÄUKZVTL brilliant offers, especially on the iPhone 7 range. Everyone else? Get down to your local Apple Store and get a new battery on the cheap.



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iOS 11.3 coming this spring Apple has previewed iOS 11.3, a major update to its mobile OS which will include a raft of new features. The headline feature is once again ARKit, which with iOS 11’s introduction became the world’s largest augmented reality platform. With ARKit 1.5 you can now recognise and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and you can more accurately


map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables. Elsewhere, a new Health Records feature has been added to the Health app, making it easier to see all your health data from a variety of sources, and Business Chat enables users to communicate directly with businesses right within Messages. iOS 11.3 is set to launch this spring, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Smart Tempo feature added to Logic Pro X Mac Logic Pro X, Apple’s pro music production studio has been given a new update, featuring a breakthrough new tempo detection technology and a number of powerful effect plug-ins, giving musicians even more creative control and flexibility with their projects. Smart Tempo is a new advanced tempo detection technology that automatically manages tempo across all the content in a project. It gives users the freedom to record naturally without a metronome or click track. Logic Pro X 10.4 is available as a free update for existing users right now or to buy for £199.99/$199.99 from the Mac App Store.

Apple’s proposed takeover of music discovery app Shazam has been hit by potential legal issues. After complaints from numerous countries in its jurisdiction, the European Commission has said it will assess the takeover on the grounds that it might “significantly hurt competition”. European-based companies like Spotify look set to lose out the most by being dropped as a partner by the app, but these types of assessments are common place in big takeover deals. Apple had announced the deal in December 2017 and sees Shazam, a widely successful iOS app downloaded well over a billion times, as a perfect match for Apple Music.

“Apple sees Shazam as a perfect match for Apple Music” Apple announces partnership to support girls’ education Apple Apple is to become the Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner, enabling a significant expansion of the fund’s effort to support girls’ education. Led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. With Apple’s support, the Malala Fund will extend secondary education opportunities to more than 100,000 girls. “My dream is for every girl to choose her own future,” says Malala Yousafzai. “Through both their innovations and philanthropy, Apple has helped educate and empower people around the world.” Tim Cook adds: “We share Malala Fund’s commitment.”

Everyone Can Code expanding across Europe Swift Playgrounds Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative is expanding across Europe with 70 new colleges and universities recently adding the coding course to their curriculum. These colleges and universities are adopting Apple’s App Development with Swift curriculum, equipping students with the skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy. “Coding is an essential skill for today’s workforce, and through Everyone Can Code, we’re giving people around the world the power to learn coding,” says Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Since launching Everyone Can Code two years ago, we’ve seen growing excitement for the initiative from schools around the world, who are increasingly incorporating the curriculum.”


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One of the topics we get asked about the most is how to protect children and limit exactly what they can access on Mac or iOS, from the content they watch to the websites they can access. Well macOS and iOS have the safety net already in place by providing an expansive set of options that you can use to apply restrictions to pretty much everything. Here we guide you through some of them to help you get accustomed to the limits you can go to.

Start setting up restrictions 1

If your child regularly uses an iPhone then you can place certain restrictions on what they can access through the internet, what they can view and what they can buy. Start off by launching Settings.



1 Enable the option

2 Allow or disallow

3 Restrict content

Go to Settings> General and then scroll down to the ‘Restrictions’ option. Tap on this and then tap on the ‘Enable Restrictions’ option and set a code.

You can now scroll down deciding exactly which apps to allow. If there are any apps that you would prefer your child didn’t use then move the respective switch to ‘on’.

Go to ‘Allowed Content’ and you will be able to determine what content your child can access through the iTunes and App Stores. Tap next to each option to make the changes.

Restrict kids’ web access 2

Although we try to trust that our children behave responsibly online, there may be times when unsuitable content finds them. Thankfully you have full freedom to determine what they can and can’t access online.

1 Tap on Websites

2 Limit adult content

3 Specific websites only

On your iPad, go to Settings>General> Restrictions, turn the feature on and then scroll down through the various options and tap on ‘Websites’ in the ‘Allowed Content’ section.

You now have three options – All Websites, Limit Adult Content or Specific Websites Only. Tapping on the second option lets you enter URLs for websites to never allow.

Tapping on ‘Specific Websites Only’, will limit the websites that your child can access to only those that you specify. Tap on ‘Add a website’ and enter a URL to expand the list.

1 Select user

2 Click on the web

3 Apply time limits

Go to the Parental Controls System Preferences pane and then click on the padlock in the lower-left corner and enter your administrator password to unlock the options, then click a user.

Click on the ‘Web’ tab at the top of the Parental Controls and you will see similar options to the iOS Settings. Again you can determine exactly which websites your child can access.

By clicking on the ‘Time’ tab you can also determine how long your child can stay at the Mac, setting specific bedtime routines and also restricting weekend use.

Enabling Parental Controls 3

Your Mac will serve up a slightly different set of restrictions but to enable them you must first go to System Preferences> Users & Groups and then set up a new user account for your child. Click the ‘+’ in the left column to add.



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at peak performance he rules for computing longevity are stretched when it comes to Macs because they are built using high-quality components and there is much evidence from millions of people to suggest that you can get many years of use out of any Mac. Tales of people using Macs for ten years or more are not uncommon and with careful use you can easily expect to manage normal tasks for at least five years without any significant problems. However, if you have an older Mac that is starting to show its age there are many ways to breathe some life back into it and here we offer as many cheap solutions as possible to help


you get a few more years from your loyal digital companion. You can in theory greatly improve the performance of an older Mac with just software and some time, but for relatively little cost you can also change the heart of the device to the point that it is at least twice as quick as before, so you will need to decide how much you want to invest from a value perspective. Don’t spend more than an old Mac is worth on components, but for a device that has proved to be reliable over a significant period of time a small outlay could be well worth it. There really is something special about using the same computer for many years and the sense of achievement in breathing new life into it will be a positive experience indeed. So take your pick from our tips and tricks‌


Turbo-charge your Mac Optimise your hard drive If your main disk is running low on space you will observe a variety of performance issues as the space gets smaller. Most Mac drives handle a lack of space well, but there are always limits and so it makes sense to lose unnecessary files and free up as much space as possible. Disk Map will help you do that.

1 Buy the app In the Mac App Store you should search for ‘Disk Map’ and purchase as you would any other app. Install it and launch to begin the process of freeing up space.

2 Click the plus

3 Time to scan

4 The disk map

5 Save the space

A small panel will appear prompting you to select a folder to view. Click ‘+’ and then use the resultant Finder window to select your main hard disc.

Once selected the app will scan the folder which could take many minutes if it is a large drive. Be patient and let it do the work for you.

A map of your hard drive will now be displayed with boxes. Hover over boxes for more detailed information and double-click to access.

You can now access any file or folder and add it to the delete queue to remove it at the end of the process. You will save lots of space.


The Disk Map interface Disk Map does one thing very well and that is help you free up space on any Mac drive. It lets you visually check to see which files take up the most

space and you can in theory save many gigabytes in a matter of seconds using a process that you should never find too complicated at any point.

“You can in theory save many gigabytes in a matter of seconds using Disk Map” Compression is useful If you have files that you do not use often, but which you need to keep, the ability to compress them is built into Disk Map. This simple process can also save you a lot of space.

The delete queue Deleting files will ultimately save you the most space and you can build up a queue of files to remove. This lets you analyse them before the final trashing to ensure you do not delete files in error.

Manage battery health For older Mac laptops it is highly likely that the battery will start to cause problems before any other component. The reality is that only a replacement battery will resolve this in the long run, but there are steps you can take to prevent the problems before they occur.

1 A simple monitor Battery Health 2 is available from the Mac App Store and acts as a simple tool to help you monitor current battery levels and the overall health of your unit.

2 The main panel When you open the app you will see a long panel displaying various stats such as the maximum mAh of the battery and what the battery is capable of now.

The memory hogs You can instantly see which files and folders are hogging the most memory using Disk Map. Just because they are big does not mean that they are required for future use so look at the biggest files first.

The full detail You can check the smallest of files as well in Disk Map. Potentially, an hour spent with this app could breathe new life into your hard disk and ultimately your older Mac. It could make all of the difference.

3 In the detail Take time to peruse the ‘Battery Details’ section to fully understand how many cycles it has undertaken and how much life you can expect from it in the future.


Turbo-charge your Mac Back up your Mac! If your old Mac is showing any signs at all that a hardware failure could occur, you really should take steps to start backing up the content. There are multiple options available and we will highlight just one that will ensure that if the worst happens before you save your Mac, at least all of your precious data will be safe.

Increase performance in minutes In terms of cost versus performance, adding more RAM has to be one of the most effective upgrades for an older Mac. The older machines tend to be easier to upgrade than new ones and you could effectively double the performance of your Mac using a simple and safe upgrade process that will take you mere minutes.

1 What RAM?

1 Setting up Backblaze Go to and click the ‘Try it for free’ option. You will need to enter a username and password, but can then download and run the installer for free.

2 Analysing your Mac Once activated the software may take some time to analyse your Mac drive, but you can let it do its work in the background while you get on with other things.

Click ‘About This Mac’ in the top-left corner and then click ‘System Report’. Now click ‘Memory’ to see exactly what RAM your Mac will accept. Ensure you check every detail.

2 Buy your RAM

3 Where is it?

When you buy new RAM, do some research to ensure that the components are of good quality. You do not need to buy Apple-branded RAM for an older Mac.

Older iMacs have the RAM below the screen under a panel you can unscrew. Laptops also sometimes have easily accessible RAM modules you can upgrade yourself.

4 Pull it out

5 Job done

The RAM will have a protector strip that you can pull up. You can now gently remove it from your Mac, but please be aware of static when touching any internal components.

Remember the orientation of the RAM modules and carefully, but with some minor force, push the new RAM into place. When you power up your Mac, check the system report first.

3 In the background The software will run in the background each day and once you have a full backup online you can move on to supercharging your Mac for future use.


Refresh your Mac Over time macOS and your older Mac fill up with content and system files you no longer need, but usually there is never a need to reinstall the operating system. However, for an older Mac that is struggling with performance this task can have an impact on system performance going forward.

1 What OS?

2 Disable the FileVault

Click the Apple logo and then ‘About This Mac’ to double-check the exact OS version you are using. Some older Macs cannot use the latest version available.

Go to System Preferences>Security & Privacy and disable FileVault if it is currently enabled. This is an advisory step that may make things easier, but it isn’t essential.

3 Restore your Mac

4 The utilities

5 Stay connected

Click the Apple Logo and then ‘Restore’. Hold down Cmd + R until the Apple logo appears which may take some time on older Macs with limited power.

When ‘macOS Utilities’ appears, select Reinstall macOS and the process will begin. Be prepared for a long wait while it runs through the explained steps.

Make sure that you are connected to Wi-Fi by clicking the top right-hand icon. You will need to enter the password again, but you can then let the system do the rest.

“Reinstalling macOS can help system performance”

A Mac-style iPad app Just because an app is designed for iOS does not mean that it is not highly capable. For many apps, the features included can easily supplant tasks that

you would previously use a Mac for. Take time to consider what you need to do and you may find that the iPad is a capable Mac replacement for common tasks.

Multiple levels Many apps offer levels of customisation that were previously not available on iOS devices. They cost a little more, but with some familiarity you may be surprised at what you can accomplish on an iPad with the right apps installed.

Every task covered From complex text formatting to coding, there are now apps available for the iPad that take full advantage of the larger screen and the sheer power in the high-end models. It is effectively a laptop in everything but name.

Keyboard options The onscreen iPad keyboard is perfectly usable and is supplemented by the ability to split the keys for even easier data input. There is also a variety of Bluetooth keyboards available that will make it feel like a mini laptop.

Innovative advantages With an iPad Pro you can also use an Apple Pencil to create in new ways. Potentially the iPad Pro offers more options in specific areas than even the most advanced Macs do. Consider your options carefully.


Turbo-charge your Mac 5 professional iPad apps Think carefully about what you use your old Mac for and then take a look at this selection of professional grade iPad apps. It is quite possible that you can replace much of your Mac usage if you take the time to adjust to the iPad way of working and thus give your old Mac even more life in the future.

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1 iA Writer If you need a word processor, but also want space to focus when creating imaginative works, iA Writer is an excellent option. You could write a full-length novel on your iPad.

2 Google Docs Google Docs is super-reliable and comes with all of the features and formatting options you could possibly need. It really is a joy to use on any iPad.


3 Pixelmator Image creation and photo editing reach a whole new level in Pixelmator. You will need to spend time familiarising yourself with the extensive feature-set, but the results are outstanding.

4 Workflow You can do almost anything with Workflow, from connecting to social networks to automating complex and repetitive tasks. The iPad is an excellent device to manage Workflow on too.

5 LiquidText PDF Reader PDFs are the most often used document format in many industries and LiquidText on an iPad will give you all the power and portability you need to get things done.

Minimise startup times One of the first failings you will notice with an older Mac that is struggling for resources is a slower than average startup time from cold. To minimise this you should limit the number of apps that run automatically and the good news is that the process to manage this is extremely quick and simple.

1 Access your account Open System Preferences and then select ‘Users & Groups’. Now click your account to see which options are open to you. Limited tweaks are available in the first panel.

Remove unwanted programs and widgets No matter what changes you make to an older Mac to speed up performance, you should also consider what is installed and what you really need. The fewer apps and widgets you

have installed the better for overall system performance and of course available space. Some regular housekeeping can make a big difference to day-to-day performance.

1 Remove apps

2 Remove widgets

3 Be thorough

The quickest way to remove apps is to navigate to the ‘Applications’ folder in Finder and to then rightclick followed by ‘Move to Trash’. Your password may be needed.

Hover over the Dock and then click the ‘Applications’ icon. Click ‘Dashboard’ and then the ‘–’ icon at the bottom. Now click ‘X’ on any widget to remove it instantly.

If you want to ensure that all apprelated resources are removed in the deletion process, apps like Delete Apps: Uninstaller can help you save even more space.

Reduce transparency and animations The areas that can be tweaked in macOS to speed up overall performance are almost unlimited. As you take time to disable certain features they will all add up over time and

TinkerTool TinkerTool ( is an app that will let you go much deeper with regards to the changes you can make to certain aspects of macOS. Use it with care and you will see even more performance benefits.

create a more streamlined and efficient experience every time you use your Mac. Each little step will be worthwhile even if it is not obviously noticeable.

Reduce motion Go to System Preferences>Accessibility and then click the ‘Display’ tab. Now click the ‘Reduce motion’ option to disable unnecessary motion-based effects. This is a useful task to undertake for those with balance or visual issues as well.

2 Check the items Click the lock icon and enter your password to allow changes to be made. Now click ‘Login Items’ at the top to see which apps open at startup.

Dock animations 3 Disable specific apps Highlight any apps that you do not want to open automatically at startup and then click the ‘–’ icon at the bottom to disable them. A simple tweak with great benefits.

You can also access the Dock preferences while in System Preferences to disable the animations that are used when opening apps. Visually it looks good, but on an older Mac you have to focus on performance above all else.

Reduce transparency Reducing the transparency may be preferable from a visual perspective for you, but it will also help a little with general performance. The improvements in speed may be minimal, but a second or two saved each time soon adds up.


Turbo-charge your Mac Remove desktop clutter Desktop content is stored in RAM and as such will use precious resources all of the time you are using your Mac. The system needs to display the content and make it easily accessible,

but do you actually need to load up your desktop in this way? It is easy to de-clutter the desktop and stay efficient in macOS. Here’s a few tips to help you on your way…

One folder If you are working on a project which is taking up much of your time, simply keep one folder on the desktop for it. That will give you quick access and de-clutter your desktop at the same time.

Minimal icons Try to keep the content stored in the desktop limited to just the files and folders you need to access at this time. You may not notice it at first, but this will free up more RAM for other tasks.

Search for files

Manage screenshots Screenshots will by default be sent to the desktop, but if you open Terminal and enter ‘defaults write location’ followed by a folder location they will automatically be saved away from the desktop in future.


Spotlight Search is incredibly quick and powerful now and works efficiently for finding the files you need. This will help you move away from multiple desktop files and folders that do little but slow your Mac down.

Change Finder views When you open Finder, it is likely that it will display a view of its choosing rather than what works for you. If the folder displayed by default happens to be crammed full of content you are again using resources for no real benefit and so it makes sense to change the default view to one that is more sparse.

Remove browser extensions It is likely that Safari is the app that you use most often on your Mac whether it be for work or play. With this comes the temptation to use multiple extensions to speed up your usage,

but on an older Mac you could be better off removing them and doing things manually. It is better to do something manually than have to wait due to slow performance.

1 Safari preferences

2 Ticking extensions

3 Uninstall the extension

When you open Safari preferences you will see a huge variety of areas that you can tweak. In general you can look to disable features for extra performance.

Click the ‘Extensions’ tab at the top and examine the list that is currently installed. Untick any extension that you no longer need to use on a daily basis.

You will also see an option to uninstall the extension. Click this and follow the process to ensure it is removed for good. It will help Safari performance just a little.

Clear the cache 1 The default view Every time you open Finder you are presented with a folder that is defined by the system. Changing this takes a couple of seconds and will save system resources going forward.

Clearing the cache in Safari is a simple process that can have a dramatic effect on the browser’s performance. You will need to do this on a fairly regular basis to have a real long-term effect and the benefits will become clear in a short period of time. Much of the cache content will not be useful and can be safely removed.

1 The Develop menu 2 Finder preferences Open the Finder preferences and look for the ‘New Finder window shows’ option in the ‘General’ tab. You will see a dropdown menu – click it to change to a less cluttered folder.

Open Safari preferences and click the ‘Advanced’ tab at the top. In the resultant panel you will see ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar’ at the bottom. Tick it.

3 Other Finder changes You can also minimise the number of locations that display in the sidebar. This is a tiny change, but as we keep saying they all add up to better performance.

2 Time to experiment

3 Empty the caches

You can use this new menu to play with Safari features and to access settings that would otherwise be off limits. Most importantly, you can improve the overall performance.

In the Develop menu, click ‘Empty Caches’ to free up more performance for your future browsing. There is no indicator at all that the process is complete, but it does work.


Turbo-charge your Mac Manage activity levels As time passes and the processor and RAM in your Mac start to struggle, it is likely that the apps and processes running are putting some strain on your system configuration. More RAM will help as will other hardware changes, but there are things you can do to keep your Mac ticking along in the short term.

1 The monitor Open the ‘Utilities’ folder within Applications and look for ‘Activity Monitor’. Now open it and take some time to study the information presented. The data is highly revealing.

2 Sort the data At the top you will see descriptive titles which are clickable. Click the left-hand title in ‘CPU’ to sort by the processes using the most CPU power.

3 Memory hogs

4 Kill a process

5 Be very careful

You can now do the same with the ‘Memory’ tab. It is possible that one or two processes are using an excessive amount of memory which will affect performance.

If a process is exerting too much strain, highlight it and then click the ‘X’ icon at the top. This will kill the process which will work as a short term fix.

Some processes, such as kernel_task, will use lots of Disk space and are required parts of the operating system. Make sure you know what you are terminating.


Free the power A contentious area in terms of Mac performance tweaking is the availability of memory cleaning apps. Some say that they offer little long-term benefit, but others swear by them for aged Macs that need continual help to perform acceptably. We would advise you to use one if all other options have failed to offer improvements for your Mac.

1 Download an app

2 A simple view

Go to the Mac App Store and search for ‘Memory Clean 2’. Download it and let it install as normal to start the process of cleaning your Mac regularly.

Once you click ‘Get Started’ you will be shown a simple panel with lots of specific memory information included. A new status bar item is also available to use.

3 Even more detail

4 Click the cog

Click a ‘?’ To see detailed descriptions of each set of data. This will help you to quickly understand the state of your Mac’s memory and where it may be failing.

Click the cog and then select ‘Clean Memory’ to begin freeing up precious RAM. The process only take a few seconds to complete and progress is displayed as it happens.

5 Instant power The results will be displayed and the main bar should turn green. The least this will do is provide temporary respite for the memory problems that you are suffering from.


Turbo-charge your Mac Extra tricks and tweaks We have covered the main changes you can make to supercharge, or at least keep running, an older Mac, but the list is potentially endless. macOS, like all operating systems, has many levels and infinite areas where tweaks can be made which means that you can chip away at the benchmarks to give yourself a faster machine over time.

1 Remove preference panes You may not be aware that extra preference panes are set up, but you can go to System Preferences and look at the bottom row. Right-click to remove superfluous ones.

2 Close apps Close apps that are running in the background and not being used. You can do this from the Dock or by pressing option / command / escape to see what is running.

3 Empty the trash

4 Trim Enabler 4

5 Restart regularly

General housekeeping is of course important whether you are running an older Mac or not and with this comes the requirement to empty the trash regularly. It really does help.

If your Mac has an SSD you should consider installing Trim Enabler 4 ( which will continually monitor and optimise disk health and keep things running efficiently.

It could be worth getting into the habit of restarting your Mac every day or shutting it down fully when it is not in use. This will greatly help performance every time you use it.


Verify your drive Not all issues that slow down an older Mac are obvious and so we would advise you to run some checks to ensure that your main hard drive does not

have permissions or other problems that need to be fixed. It only takes a minute or so to gain a lot of peace of mind or to fix newly-discovered problems.

1 Access Disk Utility

2 Open First Aid

3 It takes time

Open Applications and then Utilities. Now open ‘Disk Utility’ to access an app that can maintain and fix all manner of Mac disc problems in minutes.

Click the ‘First Aid’ icon at the top and then click ‘Run’ to start the process of checking your main Mac drive. Follow the instructions to get it started.

It may take time for the process to complete, but with luck everything will pass as it should. If it does not, you will be instructed on how to fix any errors.

Greater than the sum When you need to improve the performance of your Mac, or if you simply desire more power, there are many tricks you can employ to get the job done. While there is no doubt that exploring the entire software and hardware setup and then making multiple small changes will add up to a more streamlined macOS performance, you also need to do some research to decide what can reasonably be expected in terms of improvements. Adding an SSD in place of a traditional hard disc will offer huge performance gains, but will it be cost-effective if done on an older Mac with limited processing power and a relatively low RAM upgrade limit? You will need to decide if a hardware upgrade will give you the extra life you want or if simple software tricks will offer the benefits to keep your Mac performing until you decide to upgrade to a new machine. In an ideal world we would all like to buy the most powerful Mac available, but with so much scope to keep older Macs running for a decade and beyond that would be a needless waste of money unless very specialist tasks need to be accomplished. Our overriding advice would be to try a few of the tasks we have detailed and see how they improve everyday performance. The more you try, the faster your Mac will get and it could potentially feel like a new computer that will last for a few more years to come.


Create a correctly exposed shot Overcome common exposure problems with help from the powerful Histogram tool Difficulty

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Many of us shoot photos using our camera’s Auto metering mode, which can lead to over or under-exposed photos. On a sunny day your camera may struggle to create a balanced exposure that includes detail in both the shadows and the highlights. If a camera meters to reveal shadow detail, it may over-expose the highlights. If it meters to reveal highlight details, the shadows may be plunged into darkness. iPhone users can try using the HDR mode to capture detail in contrasting lighting scenarios but you may still end up with shots that need some tonal tweaking. Here, we show you how you can use the Histogram tool to fix under or over-exposed shots.



How to get a healthy exposure Use histograms to check the spread of tones Helpful histograms The histogram window’s undulating graph displays the strength and presence of shadows at the left, midtones in the middle and highlights at the right. In this processed shot we’ve brightened up an under-exposed photo, causing the graph to slide to the right.

Exposure The Exposure slider is definitely a good place to start, but as it makes global adjustments you need to be careful. If you use it to brighten up under-exposed shadows you can end up over-exposing brighter highlights.

Selective adjustments After using the Exposure slider to brighten up our shot we selectively lightened the under-exposed shadows even more with this slider. You can also selectively claw back missing highlight detail without under-exposing shadows.

Knowledge base HDR

Boost colour After brightening up under-exposed shadows you may find the colours in these areas look desaturated. Drag this slider to the right to create more vibrant looking colours.


High Dynamic Range photos are ones that feature detail in the darkest shadows and the brightest highlights. Your iPhone’s HDR mode performs this trick by quickly taking three separate shots. One shot captures shadow detail, the second captures midtone detail and the third exposes for the highlights. The three shots are then composited together to create a well-exposed HDR image.

Raw refers to an uncompressed image file. There’s no universal Raw format. Our .CR2 file is from a Canon camera. Nikon Raw files have a .NEF suffix.

Step-by-step How to use a histogram

1 Open image

2 Analyse histogram

3 Brighten it up

Choose File>Import. Go to Underexposed_ start.CR2. This is a Raw image which reveals more detail than a compressed .JPEG file. Click ‘Review for Import’.

Double-click on the shot’s thumbnail so it fills the workspace. Click ‘Edit’. The histogram graph is clumped towards the middle and left, indicating an under-exposed shot.

Drag the Exposure slider right to 0.40. The histogram graph slides right, indicating the presence of brighter highlights. Don’t go too far or you’ll over-expose the highlights.

4 Lighten shadows

5 Colour boost

6 Before and after

The under-exposed shadows are still lacking detail. To selectively lighten them without over-exposing the now brighter highlights, drag the Shadows slider right to 0.21.

To make delicate details pop out, push the Brilliance slider right to 0.25. The colours in lightened shadows can look drab. Drag the Color slider right for more vibrant colours.

Toggle Light’s tick on and off. The original histogram is clumped to the left. Now it stretches to the right, indicating brighter highlights and a wider spread of tones.

How to reveal highlight detail If a shot is over-exposed then the highlights may be burnt out (clipped) and lack detail. If your highlights are too over-exposed then there’s little you can do to recover detail in the brightest (clipped) areas, even if you shoot in Camera Raw. For the best results set your camera to meter the highlights of a scene. It’s then easier and more effective to lighten up the under-exposed shadows. In the following walkthrough we show you how to selectively recover highlight detail if a shot’s not too over-exposed…

1 Open image

2 Restore highlights

Import Overexposed_start.CR2 and take it into the Edit workspace. The histogram graph is peaking towards the right, indicating bright over-exposed highlights. The over-exposed shadows are mostly washed out midtones in the middle of the graph.

Drop Exposure to -0.33 to recover some highlight detail. We can’t drop Exposure too far or we’ll lose shadow detail. Selectively darken Highlights to -0.43. The histogram slides left to indicate a more correctly exposed photo. Push Brilliance to 0.29.



Combine video using layers Mix layered video clips using split-screen and picture-in-picture effects Difficulty

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One way to present your video footage in a more eye-catching way is to combine multiple clips onscreen at the same time. This is a fun way to create a mini montage that showcases the highlights of an activity such as a family day out in a more creative way. We’ll show you how to make your timeline clips zip in and out of the frame using split-screen effects, which are perfect for creating short and snappy video sequences to share via social media. You’ll also learn how to use the Picture-inPicture effect to make the main image shrink into the frame like a TV news-style insert. Plus, we’ll use music to knit our multiple layers and effects into a slick sequence.

Combine multiple clips Create a picture-in-picture effect Custom look You can use these options to add a border to your inserted picture, change the border’s colour and even add a drop shadow to make the insert stand out from the background.

Video Overlay Settings Once you’ve placed one layer of video above another clip in the timeline (as a cutaway layer), then you can click on this icon to access a range of video mixing, keying and combining options.

Transitions The transition dropdown menu enables us to make a shot zoom in to fill the Picture in Picture window, and then zoom out again. In this example we used the Swap command to make the background layer shrink to fill the insert.

Knowledge base Keying Dropdown menu Click this dropdown to choose a range of ways to combine your clips. Using Picture in Picture the clip on the top layer fills the screen, while the shot on the bottom layer is inserted into a smaller window.


As well as combining cutaway layers using Picture in Picture or split-screen effects, you can mix layered clips together using colour. Choose the Green/Bluescreen option from the Video Overlay Settings dropdown menu. You can then make blue (or green) sections on the top layer become transparent, revealing details from the clip on the layer below.

When searching through the Jingles folder click on the Time category, which sorts tunes according to their duration – useful for making a soundtrack.

Step-by-step Present video in multiple layers

1 Import clip

2 Add to timeline

3 Access overlay settings

In My Media, click on ‘iMovie Library’. Choose File>New Event. Label the event ‘Layer Movie’. Click ‘Import Media’. Browse to our supplied start clips. Click ‘Import…’.

Drag the ‘Beach’ movie into the timeline to create a background layer that establishes our seaside location. Drag the ‘Fetch’ clip onto a new layer above the Beach clip.

Click on the top layer ‘Fetch’ clip to target it. Click on the Video Overlay Settings icon above the viewer to access the Cutaway dropdown menu. Set that to ‘Split Screen’.

4 Set slide duration

5 Top dog

6 Split a clip

Leave the Position dropdown set to Left, as this suits the composition of the subjects in both layers. Set Slide duration to 1 second. The top layer slides in, plays and slides out.

Add ‘DiggingDog’ as the next top layer clip. Click ‘Video Overlay Settings’ and choose Split Screen. Set the Position to ‘Top’ and then set Slide to 1 second.

Once the dog layer has slid back out towards the top, place the cursor on the background ‘Beach’ layer. Right-click and choose ‘Split clip’ from the context sensitive pop-up menu.

7 Background to foreground

8 Fine-tune insert

9 Finishing touches

Drag ‘StoneThrow’ onto the top layer. Click ‘Video Overlay Settings’ and choose ‘Picture in Picture’. Set the dropdown to ‘Swap’. The ‘Beach’ clip becomes an inset picture.

Drag the ‘Beach’ shot’s corner handles to adjust its size. Drag inside the insert to reposition it. Add a border and drop shadow to make it stand out. Choose a border colour.

Drag the end of the top layer to make it shorter than the ‘Beach’ clip. This gives the ‘Beach’ clip time to zoom back in and fill the frame. Add music from the Jingles folder.


Final Cut Pro X

Make colour and tonal tweaks Take more control of grading using the powerful new Color Curves effect Difficulty

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Most video clips need a few tweaks to their colours and tones to create a better looking shot. They may be slightly underexposed or feature flat drab colours (as with our tutorial’s start clip). Until the upgrade to version 10.4, Final Cut Pro X users had to rely on the basic Color Board tool to adjust colour and tone. This enabled them to selectively adjust shadows, midtones or highlights by dragging one of three control points up or down. The new Color Curves tool in 10.4 enables you to selectively tweak tones by adding as many control points as you like to a curve. You can also creatively adjust colours by changing the shape of individual red, green and blue curves.

Grade with curve effects Improve contrast and adjust hue Colour curves Luma curve By default the Color Curve effect’s Luma (luminance or brightness) curve is a straight diagonal line. By using control points to create an s-curve shape we can darken the shadows and lighten the highlights to create more contrast.

By lifting the shadows and highlights of the Red curve we can warm up these tones and add a ‘golden hour’ style wash of colour to our initially cold looking scene. Dragging the Blue channel’s midtones down helps create a warmer look.

Original clip Here you can see the original clip without any changes to colour or tone. The colours look too cold and blue due to incorrect White Balance settings. The shot has a flat contrast and lacks strong shadows or highlights.

Knowledge base RGB The many colours in your video clips are created onscreen by mixing three colour channels together – Red, Green and Blue. By using the Color Curves tool to adjust the shape of individual RGB Color Curves you can also creatively change the hue of various colours. You can even make selective adjustments to colours in the shadows, midtones and highlights.


Hue/Saturation The Color Curves effect works well in conjunction with the Hue/Saturation effect. This enables you to quickly boost the colour saturation for more vibrant colours.

To apply the ‘golden hour’ look to other clips click the Save Effects Preset button. Label the preset ‘Golden Hour’ and store it in the Color category.

Step-by-step Adjust colour and tone using curves

1 Import footage

2 Choose a workspace

3 Apply Color Curves preset

Chose File>Import>Media and browse to our supplied clip – Click Import Selected and drag it into the timeline. The clip is underexposed and has cold drab colours.

Go to Window>Workspaces>Color & Effects. Tick View. Choose single panel. Click Scope>Histogram. It lacks strong shadows at the left and highlights at the right.

The Color effects category is displayed. Drag the new Color Curves preset onto the clip in the timeline. In the Inspector, click on Color Curves 1 ‘switch to color inspector’.

4 Darken shadows

5 Before and after

6 Too blue

Click to place a control point near the left of the Luma curve. Drag it down to darken the shadows. The shadow end of the histogram slides to the left, indicating darker shadows.

The histogram now shows a stronger spread of tones. The s-curve of the Luma curve has created a healthier contrast. Click the Color Curves 1 tick to see the before and after.

The clip looks cold and uninviting due to a cool colour cast. To create a warmer, more attractive ‘golden hour’ look, place a point in the middle of the blue curve and drag down.

7 Warm it up

8 Colour boost

9 Export your clip

Place a control point near the shadow end of the red curve. Slide it up to warm up the shadows. Add a point near the red curve’s highlight end and push that up too.

Drag the Hue/Saturation preset onto the clip. Click the Video Inspector filmstrip icon to see the Hue/Saturation preset’s editable properties. Boost Saturation slider to 0.55.

Thanks to Color Curves we’ve banished the blues to create warmer ‘golden hour’ style colours and a more striking contrast. Choose File>Share>Master File to export your clip.



How to tune a guitar and bass Learn how to use GarageBand’s built-in Tuner Difficulty

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As far as real instrumentation goes, GarageBand has been designed to support guitars as a most popular choice for users. Yes of course the connection too of a MIDI keyboard adds piano and synth control, but it’s the plugging in of an electric guitar or bass that is commonly how live performances are captured. So it stands to reason that both need to sound right so everything is harmonious in the mix. Thankfully a highly accurate digital Tuner is built in, allowing electric or acoustic guitars to be tweaked to the correct pitch before recording. In this guide we’ll look specifically at tuning a six-string guitar and four-string bass in standard tunings.

Step-by-step Using GarageBand’s Tuner

1 Open Tuner

2 Sharpen up

3 Flatten down

The project must contain at least one Audio track with sound input from your electric or acoustic guitar or bass. Select it and click the Tuner button in the control bar.

The Tuner shows over the workspace. Pluck a string to see its nearest detected keynote and if too low or the needle is left of centre (flat), wind the string up tighter.

Conversely, when the needle is right of centre the plucked note is sharper than the currently detected keynote and should be slackened incrementally to flatten it down.

4 Centre point

5 Tuning a guitar

6 Tuning a bass

When the needle hits the centre point as close and steady as possible, the plucked string is in tune with the keynote so the tuner display shows green instead of orange.

To tune a six-string guitar to standard tuning each string from the sixth, the thickest string, must run as E-A-D-G-B-e. Pluck each string in turn, and adjust to tune accordingly.

Common 4-string bass guitars are also tuned low to high as E-A-D-G, while 5-string basses add a lower B note to form B-E-A-D-G or a high C to tune to E-A-D-G-C instead.


At the bottom-right corner of the Tuner window you will spot a little ‘M’ icon that can be clicked to mute any detected signal.

Tackling the Tuner Familiarise yourself with the main elements of the Tuner’s display with our guide…

Graphic Tuning Display Tuner’s main gauge has a needle pointing to the detected sound’s tuning, versus the target keynote. Left or right of centre is flat or sharp respectively, with the display showing orange until it changes to green when tuned.

Reference Tuning Field Set at 440Hz for the note A above middle C by default, this ranges between 410-470Hz and can be dragged vertically to adjust. Western tuning is standardised at 440Hz so this needn’t really be altered.

Keynote display The closest pitch of the plucked string is detected and the nearest target keynote displayed here. This is the note you are trying to get as close to zero deviation from using the graphic display above.

Knowledge base Direction of travel

Tune Deviation display This displays the amount of cents deviating either side of the detected keynote. So a minus number means the keynote is flat, while a positive number above zero quantifies how sharp the note is.

Tuning a guitar is a process of tightening or loosening each string to achieve a desired note pitch. So turning the ‘tuning pegs’ clockwise tightens the string to sharpen the note, while slackening counter-clockwise flattens the note. You basically do this for each string independently until each is tuned to the target keynote, which on a sixstring guitar is standardised at E-A-D-G-B-e.

Sound detection The Tuner only functions when it detects a signal within a selected track. That track must have either a live input for the instrument or an acoustic microphone active to hear the pitch of a plucked string. It’s worth remembering that a direct electric signal therefore is preferable so no other background noise is detected to confuse the Tuner’s accuracy. Here we’ll examine where you need to look within your track to ensure the Tuner can detect a sound signal…

1 Direct input

2 Microphone input

With an Audio instrument track already added and selected in the project, view Smart Controls (B) and check Recording Settings in the inspector. Make sure your guitar or bass interface is selected under input and a sound signal is coming in.

You can also tune any acoustic instrument from a microphone. Have your acoustic track selected and view the Smart Controls inspector to ensure active input. Open the Tuner and you’ll see the needle flickering wildly to any background noise.


Logic Pro X

Get started with Smart Tempo in Logic Pro X 10.4 Be a speed demon with Logic’s new Smart Tempo feature Difficulty

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Logic users have had good cause to celebrate over the past few weeks, as Apple released a shiny new Logic Pro X update to coincide with January’s NAMM show. Logic Pro X 10.4 brings with it a plethora of new gadgets and toys, the most prominent of which is Smart Tempo, which equips Logic with a new set of extremely powerful tempo analysis and editing capabilities. Configured on a per-project basis in the Project Settings window, it works in two main ways. You can import or record a performance without a click track and have Logic automatically match the project tempo to what you’ve recorded, or you can maintain a fixed project tempo and have Logic instantly warp your recorded or imported audio to fit it.

Get smart Smart Tempo delivers unprecedented levels of timing flexibility Automatic mode With this selected, Logic will automatically switch between Keep and Adapt behaviour based on whether a tempo reference is present in the project. This could be the metronome being enabled or a region playing, for instance.

Trim start of new regions Checking this box automatically trims the start of new recorded or imported audio regions to the first detected downbeat in the audio file’s waveform.

File Tempo Editor You can use a variety of handles to adjust the placement of each tempo marker. From the top: Set Downbeat, Move Marker, Scale Selection, Scale Left Move Right, Scale All and Move All

Knowledge base Flex and Follow Align Bars and Beats This settings determines the resolution of the tempo analysis. You can elect to have Logic insert tempo markers at every bar line (Align Bars) or at every quarter-note beat (Align Bars and Beats).


Found in the Region Parameter box, the new Flex and Follow checkbox must be ticked for each region you want the Smart Tempo function to work on. It analyses the region’s base tempo and inserts tempo markers to conform to the project tempo when Keep mode is selected, or generates a corresponding tempo map when Adapt mode is selected.

In Adapt mode, when you move, copy, or edit audio regions, their tempo variations move with them, just like automation data.

Step-by-step Sync up audio with Smart Tempo

1 Mode select

2 Pane relief

3 Flex and follow

The three Smart Tempo modes – Keep, Adapt and Auto – determine the way each project behaves in relation to tempo. Click the word ‘Keep’ in the LCD display to get started.

Select this item to open the Smart Tempo Project settings pane. With the settings left as they are here, Logic will behave as it always did prior to the 10.4 update.

The behaviour of any future audio files imported or recorded to the project is set with these menus. We’ll set Flex and Follow to be on for all imported audio files as shown.

4 Import drums

5 Tempo file editor

6 Press Play

Drag the file LPX Drums.wav into the project. As we’re in Keep mode, Logic now warps it from its original 128bpm tempo to the current project tempo of 120bpm.

After analysing the file, Logic asks if you want to open the Tempo File Editor, allowing you to tweak the placement of the tempo markers created during the analysis.

Click ‘Don’t Show’ for now, as we can presume Logic has done a decent job of the tempo analysis. Confirm this by pressing Play to hear the loop played at the project tempo.

7 Switch to Adapt

8 Import new audio

9 That syncing feeling

Click on the word ‘Keep’ and switch to Adapt mode. Logic now displays the tempo track above the Tracks area, with the current tempo represented by a horizontal blue line.

Import the file LPX Guitar.wav onto a new audio track. This guitar part was recorded without a click, so Logic analyses the file and adapts the project tempo to fit its timing.

Hit Play now, and the two files are in sync, with the project running at the tempo of the freely-recorded guitar part. Switching back to Keep mode will preserve this tempo map.


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Duplicates Cleaner

Spring-clean your Mac’s drive Use Duplicates Cleaner to find and delete duplicate files on your Mac’s drive Difficulty

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If you have an iMac you probably don’t worry about storage space, but some MacBook models have as little as 128GB SSDs. That is severely limiting and even coping with 256GB can be a struggle. What can you do if the disk is nearly full and you are running out of space for new apps, photos and music? One way to gain more space is to delete duplicate files. Sometimes we accidentally make duplicates by downloading files twice, copying files as a backup, importing photos or music twice, and so on. Every disk has duplicate files and Duplicates Cleaner can find them and delete them. It is a free app in the Mac App Store, so install it and start cleaning!

Step-by-step Free up drive storage space

1 Open Disk Cleaner

2 Choose a folder

3 Scan results

Install the free Duplicates Cleaner app from the Mac App Store and run it. It displays this startup window and your first task is to select a folder on the disk to scan.

Click ‘Select Folder’ and it opens your home folder by default. Any folder on an internal or external drive can be selected, but the home folder is perfect. Click ‘Scan’.

Scanning SSDs in modern Macs is fast and the duplicates are organised by category. Click a category to view only those files or click ‘View Duplicates’ to see all files.

4 Sort by size

5 Preview files

6 Select and delete

Whether you select all files or a category, click ‘Sort By’ at the top of the file list and select Size>Descending to list the biggest files offering the most savings first.

Select a file to view a preview on the right, such as this video clip. Click the magnifying glass next to a duplicate below to open a Finder window to see it on the disk.

Tick the checkbox next to duplicates to delete or click ‘Multi Select Duplicates’ to auto-select all duplicates. If you are happy with the selection, click ‘Clean Duplicates’.


It is a good idea to check the duplicates before deleting them and ask yourself whether you really need them or if they are just wasting space.

Browse duplicate files View, preview and select duplicate files List duplicates File categories

The files in a category are listed here. Click ‘Sort By’ to list by size, date and so on. The numbers on the right are the number of duplicates and the number selected.

Select a category to see files of a particular type, such as music, video, photo and so on. The amount of space wasted in each category is shown so you can see the worst offenders.

Preview files Many types of files can be previewed and here is a music file. Listen to it by clicking the play button. Videos, photos, PDFs, documents, text and other files can also be previewed.

Knowledge base Recover deleted duplicates If you check the free and used disk space before and after using Duplicates Cleaner you will not see any difference. The reason is the deleted files are simply moved to the Trash folder. If you need a deleted duplicate, recover it from the Trash. To free up disk space you must empty the Trash to really delete the duplicates.

Duplicate files All the duplicates for a file are listed here. Hover the mouse over them to see the path, click the magnifying glass to open Finder, and tick the boxes to select them for deletion.

Some built-in safety features For various reasons, some file duplicates may be necessary and there is an obvious danger of deleting too much. A file with the same name may appear on the disk and in the Trash for example, and it should not be deleted. For this reason, the Duplicates Cleaner Preferences enable you to exclude certain types of files. These can be specified by size, folders, filename or extensions. Before you clean the disk, it is a good idea to check these settings and customise them.

1 Set the limits

2 Add exclusions

Open the app’s preferences and use the slider to skip small files that are not worth bothering with. If there are folders you do not want to include in the duplicates scan, click the ‘+’ button and add them.

The Folders and Extensions tabs have a lot of sensible exclusions by default, such as system files and folders, but if there are files you want to keep, select the Files tab, click the ‘+’ button and add the names.


System Preferences

Fix sound issues on your Mac What to do if you have problems with your Mac’s sound output Difficulty

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Step-by-step Find and fix audio problems

1 Turn up the volume

2 Check sound preferences

3 Check sound output

When there is no audio, the first thing to do is to turn up the volume. Yes, it is obvious, but it is worth checking. External speakers may have their own volume control.

Go to System Preferences>Sound>Sound Effects. Make sure both volume controls are turned up, the checkboxes are ticked and the Internal Speakers are selected.

Select the Output tab. Is the sound being routed to the wrong device, like an Apple TV? Could earphones be plugged in? Is the balance slider in the middle? Check it all.

4 Check web sounds

5 Muted web tabs

6 Headphone issues

Problems with hearing video or music online could be because the volume in the web player, like YouTube, is turned down. Turn it up. It’s independent of the Mac’s volume.

The volume may look like it is turned up both on your Mac and in the video/audio player, but if a tab is muted you will not hear anything. Ctrl-click a tab and unmute it.

To check whether there is an issue with the Mac’s internal speakers, plug in external speakers or earphones/headphones. Using external audio is one way to fix the problem.


Having broken speakers or a headphone socket is not the end of the world. Just use an alternative output device. The Mac can route audio elsewhere.

Check the audio Are the audio outputs correctly configured? Check here

Output device Check the output device on the menu bar or in System Preferences. Could you have left it on Apple TV or another external device or software? Set it to the internal speakers here.

Sound effects macOS plays sound effects and notifications when certain system events occur. The volume control for these is independent of the main volume control. Select this tab and check it and set it.

Audio devices If you have other output devices you may find them in this tool. Run ‘Audio MIDI Setup’ in the Utilities folder and check each of the devices in the sidebar. Make sure the output is speakers.

Knowledge base Fix hardware problems When there is a problem with the audio on the Mac, most of the time it is simply a setup problem. Hardware faults are rare, but if you do have a speaker problem, the easiest solution is to use an external audio device. For example, use external speakers or earphones. Both wired and wireless devices are at the Apple website.

Balance control The Mac plays stereo audio and the Balance slider should be in the middle. To check that both speakers are working, play some music and drag the slider to the left, then to the right.

Advanced tests and fixes Here we take a look at a couple of more advanced options for checking and repairing the audio on your Mac. Resetting the NVRAM will help, but another possibility is resetting the SMC (System Management Controller). The SMC affects several system functions, but according to Apple the audio is not among them. However, if you have tried everything else and are still having audio problems, reset the SMC. Go to HT201295 for full instructions.

1 Run audio tests

2 Reset NVRAM

Open Safari, go to and select ‘Audio Tests’ at the top. There is a great collection of test sounds that enable you to thoroughly test the Mac’s audio capabilities and they may help to identify problems.

Many system settings are stored in a special area of memory called NVRAM. Sometimes the wrong settings are stored or it becomes corrupted. Power on the Mac and hold down Option+Command+P+R to reset it.


Keychain Access

Find lost passwords on your Mac If you can’t remember passwords you use, find them in Keychain Access Difficulty

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Every website, service and app seems to need a password these days – far too many for us to remember. Fortunately, passwords can automatically be remembered for us. For example, switch on your Mac and it automatically connects to your home or office network, even though a password is required; and Safari stores usernames and passwords for website logins and automatically enters the information. It is easy to forget passwords when you never use them, however. What if a friend wants to connect to your home Wi-Fi and you can’t find the password? What if you forget the login details for a website? The answer is to look them up in Keychain Access.

Step-by-step Find forgotten passwords

1 Open Keychain Access

2 Check all items

3 Search for items

Open the Go menu and select ‘Utilities’. When the Finder window opens, double-click ‘Keychain Access’ to run it. This is a utility for viewing keychains, which store passwords.

Select ‘Login’ at the top of the sidebar and then select ‘App Items’ to see a full list containing everything. You may find it useful to select the Passwords category listing.

If you cannot find the item you need, click in the search box in the top-right corner and enter a word or part of a word. Here we entered ‘bt’ to list BTHubs used for Wi-Fi.

4 View the details

5 Authorise access

6 View the password

When you find the item you want, doubleclick it to open a window showing the details. It shows the name, the kind of information stored, and so on. Click ‘Show Password’.

To view the password for an item, Keychain Access asks you for a password. Enter it. This is, of course, an administrator password. System keychains require a username too.

The password for this item is shown in the password box. If a password is ever changed, it is possible to enter it here and update the stored one. Press Esc to close it.


Password managers like Dashlane, 1Password and LastPass do not store passwords in keychains, so this recovery method cannot be used.

Find lost passwords Forgotten your password? Here’s how to find it Select iCloud Keychains To see this website password open Keychain Access and then select the iCloud keychain at the top of the sidebar. Select Passwords for the category in the lower part of the sidebar.

Website login Visit a website that requires you to log in and if you have previously visited, Safari will have stored the password. It automatically enters the details, but what is the password? It is hidden.

Find the site All the websites you log into are shown in the list. Click the Name header to sort the items by name. Find the website that you want to see the password for and double-click it.

Knowledge base Beware of borrowers If you borrow someone’s Mac, iPhone or iPad so that you can browse the web and access websites, you should be aware that they could see your login details in Keychain Access. If someone borrows your Mac, iPhone or iPad, you might be able to access their login details. Always open a private browsing window and don’t save login details when visiting websites.

View the password Here is the website that Safari is automatically logging into. We can see the URL, the account name and, when the ‘Show password’ box is ticked, the password being entered.

How to see website logins One of the nice features of Apple devices is that they share information through iCloud. Something saved on one device is then available on other devices because it is synced online. This is true of passwords and it is possible to see on the Mac passwords that were stored on the iPhone. These may be Wi-Fi passwords or the login details for websites. For this to work, go to System Preferences and click iCloud, and then make sure that the Keychain box is ticked.

1 View iCloud items

2 View website logins

First, open Keychain and select iCloud in the Keychains list in the sidebar. All Items can be selected in the lower part of the sidebar, but you may find it easier to locate items by selecting the Passwords category.

Now scroll down the list of items until you come to a list of website addresses. These are sites you logged into using Safari on the Mac, the iPhone or the iPad. Double-click a site and click ‘Show password’.



Stream an old iPod via Bluetooth Ditch those old AUX cables for good and stream music from your old tech Difficulty

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If, like many, you have ditched your old wired music system in favour of a Bluetooth setup then you may not know that you can still use your old iPod to supply the music – and it doesn’t require connecting it with a 3.5mm AUX cable. It may be that in our ever-changing lives you find that you have music on your iPod that you don’t have anywhere else and so don’t want to cast aside your faithful old MP3 player any time soon. Well the good news is that you can still blast out your classic iPod playlists through your new wireless setup. All you have to do is connect your iPod to your Mac, locate it in iTunes and then turn on Bluetooth in your System Preferences.

Step-by-step Connect up your old iPod

1 Connect your iPod

2 Click on the icon

3 Select music

Start off by connecting your old iPod to your Mac. If you haven’t used it in a while, give it a few moments to charge and boot up and then launch your iTunes app.

A small iPod icon will appear in the top-left corner of the iTunes interface, click on it to select your iPod and you will be taken to the main Summary screen of your device.

In the sidebar, under the ‘On My Device’ section, click on ‘Music’ to display all of the tunes stored on your iPod. Now it is time to connect your Mac to your music system…

4 Turn on Bluetooth

5 Play music

6 Shuffle songs

Go to System Preferences>Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Look for your preferred sound system in the list of Bluetooth devices; connect your Mac to it.

Go back to the iTunes interface, queue up a song or album on your iPod and then press the Play button to start streaming. You can control the master volume from your Mac.

To shuffle the music played from your iPod click on the ‘Shuffle All’ option in the topright corner and tracks will be played and streamed from your Mac at random.


Remember, you can eject your old iPod from your Mac by clicking on the Eject button to the right of your iPod’s name in the iTunes sidebar.

Streaming from iPod

Bluetooth options If you go to System Preferences>Bluetooth and tick the ‘Show Bluetooth in menu bar’ option then you will be able to connect to your wireless sound system straight from your Mac’s menu bar.

Next-gen solutions from old-skool tech Connecting your iPod When you connect your classic iPod to your Mac you will be able to click on this icon to select your iPod, after which the main Summary screen of your iPod will be displayed.

Shuffling songs Clicking on the ‘Shuffle All’ option will play music at random from your iPod, which is handy if you have thousands of songs stored on your old device.

Knowledge base Removing old devices If you still have old Bluetooth devices listed in your Bluetooth System Preferences (and, subsequently, your Bluetooth menu bar item) then you can delete them and tidy things up by right-clicking on them and then choosing the ‘Remove’ option from the small menu of options that appears. A neat, wellorganised menu makes it easier to connect to your sound system quickly!

Navigating the sidebar All of the content on your iPod, including music and playlists, will be selectable from the sidebar that appears when you click on your old device. In this case go to On This Device>Music.

Switch sound systems The best thing about streaming tunes from your Mac is that the music doesn’t have to end if you switch rooms. If, say, you move out of the lounge, where your Bluetooth sound system is situated, and into your office, where your Mac is based, then you can click on a button within the iTunes interface to re-route the sound back to your Mac speakers. Here’s what we mean…

“The music doesn’t have to end if you switch rooms”

1 Disconnect speaker

2 Switch in iTunes

The more cumbersome option is to click on the Bluetooth menu bar option, highlight the Bluetooth speaker that you are currently connected to and then choose the ‘Disconnect’ option to re-route the sound back to your Mac.

Alternatively, click on the AirPlay button to the left of the playback controls in the iTunes interface and you’ll see all available sound systems listed. Click on ‘Computer’ and the sound will switch back to your Mac and its connected speakers.



Create your perfect Dock How to set up a High Sierra Dock that is perfect for all of your productivity needs Difficulty

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The Dock is a handy onscreen utility to aid productivity. From it we can launch our favourite apps, drag folders to it that we need to-hand and much more. You can drag items to your Dock to add them, drag them left or right within the Dock to re-order them and you can also tailor the Dock to some extent in System Preferences>Dock. But there’s much more you can do to it with your Mac’s trusty Terminal app. For example, here we show you how to use Terminal to move ‘Recent Items’ to your Dock for easy access. Usually found in the Apple Menu, Recent Items is useful for opening recently used documents and servers which wouldn’t otherwise live in the Dock.

Step-by-step Add a ‘Recent Items’ stack

1 Launch Terminal

2 Enter command

3 Restart Dock

Go to Launchpad and click Terminal or type ‘terminal’ into a Spotlight search to locate it. You can enter commands into the Terminal window to alter aspects of your Mac.

On a single line in the Terminal window enter: defaults write persistentothers -array-add ‘{ “tile-data” = { “list-type” = 1; }; “tile-type” = “recents-tile”; }’. Hit Enter.

Next, enter the following: killall Dock. This will essentially restart the Dock to allow the change to take place. Now take a look at your Dock – notice anything different?

4 Click to reveal

5 Right-click item

6 Drag to remove

A ‘Recent Applications’ item will appear next to your Trash. Click on it and all your most recent applications will fan out making it easy to launch them when you need to.

Right-click on Recent Applications to see ‘Recent Documents’, ‘ Recent Servers’, ‘Recent Volumes’ and ‘Recent Items’ too. You can also choose how these are viewed.

When you no longer require this item in your Dock, either right-click on it and choose ‘Remove from Dock’ or click and hold on it and then drag it out of the Dock.


Remember, if you have a folder that you regularly need to dip into, simply drag it into the Dock to make accessing it much easier.

Your Dock System Preferences Make adjustments the standard way

Set to scale

Kill the magnification

Again, opting for the ‘Genie’ effect when minimising windows is a waste of processing power and could slow your Mac down. Stick to the no-frills ‘Scale’ effect instead.

Ticking the ‘Magnification’ box will mean that any app icons you hover your cursor over will become enclosed. Save some processing power and keep this box unticked and your Dock gimmick-free.

Show indicators When this option is ticked a small dot will appear under the applications in the Dock that are currently open. This is handy because you may not realise some apps are open and using processing power, so you can close them.

Knowledge base Force-quitting apps Automatically hide

If a particular app is being unruly then you can easily force-quit it from the Dock. By clicking and holding or right-clicking on an app icon you will bring up a small menu of options, one of which is ‘Quit’. However, if you then hold down the Alt key then this ‘Quit’ option will become ‘Force Quit’. Select it to carry out the operation.

Tick this box and your Dock will be hidden when unused, which frees up space on your desktop. If you need to use your Dock, simply move your cursor to the bottom of the screen.

Add spaces If you find that your Dock has become a little too cluttered then you can space things out by employing a cunning Terminal trick. The following will create invisible tiles that can be positioned between app icons to space them out, but if you find later on that you no longer require them, simply click, hold and drag them out of the Dock as you would any other tile.

“Create invisible tiles to place between app icons to space them out”

1 Open Terminal

2 Rinse and repeat

Open your Terminal app and then enter: defaults write persistent-apps -array-add ‘{“tile-type”=”spacer-tile”;}’; killall Dock. Once entered, the Dock will disappear and then reload with an invisible tile that you can drag left or right.

You can enter the command as many times as you want to create an invisible tile to drag between each app icon in your Dock. As we said, if you find that you no longer need the spaces, simply drag them out of your Dock to remove.


System Preferences

10 ways to personalise your Mac Make your Mac your own with these quick and easy system alterations! Whenever we buy a new Mac or inherit an older one, they will be set up in a certain way, which means that you can either get used to it or instantly set about changing various System Preferences to make it your own and set it up in your preferred way. Here we will take you through ten quick and easy methods for instantly personalising your Mac, which involve diving under the bonnet to alter the appearance, applying your own time-saving methods via Hot Corners, deciding what elements are displayed in your Finder windows and much more besides. These tips are sure-fire methods to help you quickly deviate from your new Mac’s factory settings or to banish the ghosts of previous owners.


Apply custom wallpapers


Customise sidebar views

In System Preferences>Desktop & Screen Saver you can apply your own custom wallpaper by clicking on the ‘+’ icon and navigating to the image you would like to use. There are also ‘secret’ wallpapers on your Mac that you can find by typing ‘default collections’ into your Spotlight search. This should reveal four additional folders of images.

You can determine exactly what items are displayed in your window sidebars by going to Finder>Preferences and then clicking on the ‘Sidebar’ tab. Simply tick the boxes of the items you want displayed and untick the items you want to hide from view.

Explore System Preferences How to customise your Mac

General Preferences This should be your first port of call when looking to personalise your Mac as these options include colour schemes and general appearance preferences that relate to windows and your Mac’s menu bar.

Show/hide preferences If you click and hold on the grid button to the right of the arrows and then choose the ‘Customise’ option you can decide which System Preferences are displayed by ticking/unticking the boxes.

Language & Region Desktop & Screen Saver Nothing personalises a Mac like a custom wallpaper. Click on this preference pane followed by the ‘+’ icon to navigate to and select your own personal Mac desktop image, such as a favourite photo from your album.

This System Preferences pane allows you to change your region (for the App Store, etc), pick your preferred first day of the week, calendar style, time format and unit of temperature.

Knowledge base Advanced Click on the ‘Advanced’ button under the Language & Region System Preferences and you can go much further in terms of personalisation. Here you will find options to change the character used to separate numbers, switch the default currency and even the units of measurement. Tabs for ‘Dates’ and ‘Times’ allow you to create custom formats.


Some System Preferences require you to click on the padlock icon in the lower-left corner and then enter an administrator password to change.


Regularly change your desktop picture

Rather than having the same desktop image day in, day out, why not change it regularly? Go to System Preferences>Desktop & Screen Saver and then click on the ‘Change picture’ box at the bottom of the window. You can Set it to change automatically every day or even every five seconds!


Tailor menu bar

In System Preferences>General, tick the ‘Use dark menu bar and Dock to make them both a dark carbon colour and you can also tick the ‘Automatically hide and show the menu bar’ option to make it disappear when not in use. If you need it, simply move your cursor to the top of the screen and it will appear.


Customise your clock

Go to System Preferences>Date & Time and then click on the ‘Clock’ tab. Here you will be able to change your menu bar clock from the default digital style to analogue and even get a voice to announce the time at regular intervals and choose from a wide range of voices to do so.


Implement Hot Corners

In the Desktop & Screen Saver System Preferences, click Screen Saver>Hot Corners… for four dropdown menus (one for each corner of the screen). Click on a menu to assign a command to each corner – such as ‘Start Screen Saver’ or ‘Put Display to Sleep’.


Tailor Spotlight

Your Mac’s built-in Spotlight search leaves no stone unturned when it comes to finding files, documents and items on your Mac, but do you need it searching everything? Go to System Preferences>Spotlight>Search Results and untick any items you don’t want/need to include in a search.


Change your colour scheme

Go to System Preferences>General for options to switch the appearance (buttons, menus and windows) between Blue or Graphite and also change the highlight colour. To choose a custom colour, choose ‘Other’ and click on the colour you want to use.


Bring back Status Bar

Finder windows used to have a status bar at the bottom that provided at-aglance information like free space, the number of items in a folder, etc, but this was removed back in macOS 10.7 Lion. No problem, you can instantly bring it back by clicking on Finder>View and choosing the ‘Show Status Bar’ option.


Hide hard disk

There was a time when your Mac’s HD was a staple feature of your desktop, when you would give it a custom name and icon, but not these days. By going to Finder>Preferences>General you can untick ‘Hard disks’ to hide your Mac’s HD completely for a cleaner desktop.

Hints tips and tricks to get the most out of your iPhone operating system henever a new iPhone or iPad operating system is released there is a massive swirl of interest based on all of the hottest new enhancements and features that Apple showcased in its traditional pre-release Keynote. But once the latest

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iOS is ‘out there’ and a period of bedding-in takes place, lots of new little nuances come to light that weren’t necessarily highlighted early on. This is why we figured it was a good time to turn the spotlight back on iOS 11 and illuminate various features and enhancements that we have stumbled across in the months since release and show you how they can be used to make your life easier.

If you have an iPhone that doesn’t come with 3D Touch then you can still access certain quick actions within Control Centre by long-pressing on the various controls.

Extra torch setting

Type onehanded

You may not have realised that the iPhone torch has extra settings in iOS 11. To view them, make sure you have got the Torch enabled in your Control Centre (Settings>Control Centre>Customise Controls) and then 3D Touch (or long-press) on its icon after swiping up your Control Centre. You should notice that it now has four intensities (instead of the usual low, medium and high) giving you more control over the brightness of your iPhone flashlight.

While less dexterous iPhone users will always grip and type on their iPhones with two hands, iOS 11 nevertheless provides the option to type one-handed by presenting different keyboard layouts to facilitate this. You can access them by long-pressing on the emoji button in the lower-left corner of the keyboard when typing, after which you will be able to shift the keyboard to the left or right, depending on which hand you are using to type.

More from iOS 11… 1. Take Live Photos in FaceTime

2. More persistent notifications

3. Zoom in Maps using your thumb

In the same way that you can take still images while shooting video in the Camera app, you can now take Live Photos while using the FaceTime app. Go to Settings> FaceTime and turn on ‘FaceTime Live Photos’ to get snapping.

If you want more time to deal with notifications before they vanish from your screen, you can now go to Settings>Notifications and then tap on each app to enable the ‘Show as Banners’ notification style and tap on ‘Persistent’.

It can be awkward using two hands to pinch and expand on a map screen to zoom in or out to better gauge your surroundings. No problem – in iOS 11 you can just double-tap, hold and then swipe your thumb up and down to zoom in or out.

Customise your Control Centre How to set up the perfect layout for your needs The Control Centre has been a favourite with iOS users since iOS 7 and for good reason. It allows you to access key features on your iPhone or iPad, such as a torch and playback controls for your music, by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. More utilities were added

with iOS 11 and, as such, Control Centre now has its own section in Settings. Here you can make Control Centre unaccessible within apps (why?) and tailor which utilities are accessible within your Control Centre, thus being able to customise it to your own needs.

1. Open Settings

2. Add new controls

3. Re-order controls

Open your Settings app and then navigate to ‘Control Centre’. Now you will see an option called ‘Customise Controls’ – tap on this to get started.

You will see the controls that are currently included at the top of the screen. Scroll down and tap the green ‘+’ icon next to other controls to add them.

You can remove controls by tapping the red ‘–’ icons next to them at the top of the screen and re-order them by pressing and dragging the list icons next to them.


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Instantly edit screenshots How to instantly edit the screenshots you take Before iOS 11, when you took a screenshot (press the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together) you had to then open up your Photos app to edit, mark up or share the image. Now it can all be done instantly thanks

to a small yet worthwhile addition. When you take a screenshot in iOS 11 a thumbnail of the image will be displayed for a couple of seconds in the lower-left corner of the screen. If you tap on the thumbnail you will instantly open it up.

1. How to get simpler Maps guidance While navigating in the Maps app, if you don’t need full blow-by-blow, step-by-step guidance then you can now tap on the ‘Tap for overview’ option, which will provide an overview of your journey instead of the full sequence of directions.

1. Take a screenshot

2. Tap on thumbnail

3. Mark up image

Take a screenshot of whatever is currently displayed on your iPhone screen by pressing the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons together until you hear a shutter click.

A small thumbnail will then be displayed in the lower-left corner of the screen. Tap on the thumbnail and you will instantly open it up on mark-up mode.

Tap on the colour swatch to pick an annotation colour and then tap on one of the three writing/drawing implements to start marking up the image.

4. Duplicate areas

5. Adding elements

6. Share instantly

If you want to cut, copy, delete or duplicate a part of the image then tap on the lasso tool, marker out the area of the screenshot and then select an option from the toolbar.

If you tap on the ‘+’ icon to the right of the toolbar then you can add text boxes, signatures, magnify areas and even add shapes and arrows to the screenshot.

Tap on the Share icon to the left of the toolbar and you will be able to instantly share the screenshot across a wide range of apps and services. It couldn’t be easier.

2. How to move multiple items at once If you want to re-arrange your Home screen then there used to be a time when you had to move each app icon individually. Not any more. Just press and hold on one and then tap others to add them to the selection and move them in bulk.

Save storage 3. Use Siri to translate Siri in iOS 11 is much more versatile and it can now act as a tour guide. Simply ask Siri to translate words or phrases into certain languages and it will happily oblige, even speaking the phrases if you are playing them to someone else.


Those of us that can only afford base model iPhones where storage space is at a premium are constantly having to consider which apps we install, all the while keeping a close eye on the number of photos we take and suchlike. Mercifully there is a new feature in iOS 11 that helps you free up space. Go

to Settings>General>iPhone Storage and not only will you be able to get a detailed breakdown of how the storage space on your iPhone is used, but you can also get recommendations on how to free up more – such as offloading old apps you no longer use or deleting old conversations in Messages.

After taking a screenshot, you can either wait for the thumbnail to disappear or swipe it away to the left to speed up the process.

Set up ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ manually Setting DNDWD mode to kick in automatically isn’t a precise science, especially if you are the passenger and not the driver, so here’s how to do it manually One of the most well-publicised and beneficial features of iOS 11 is ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ mode. An extension of ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode that kills all notifications and alerts during specified periods, DNDWD mode can be set to kick in automatically when you get behind the wheel and ensures that no distracting texts, calls, alerts and notifications come in to risk diverting your full attention away from the road ahead when you are driving. Go to Settings>Do Not Disturb>Activate and then you can choose how you want DNDWD mode to kick in (Automatically, When Connected to Car Bluetooth or Manually).

Expanded iOS 11 Camera options Your iPhone’s Camera app gets a handful of brilliant new features in the latest operating system. Here we will guide you through the key enhancements that you can toggle on or off by going to Settings>Camera

1. Set to manual

2. Add control

3. Access and tap

Go to Settings>Do Not Disturb>Activate and then set the option to ‘Manually’. Now back out of these settings and then tap on the Control Centre settings.

Tap on ‘Customise Controls’, scroll down through the list and tap on the green ‘+’ icon next to the ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ control to add it to your Control Centre.

Now, whenever you need to manually enable DNDWD mode, simply swipe up to access your Control Centre and then tap on the car icon to instantly enable/disable it.

Preserve Settings Tapping this option will allow you to save your settings for the various modes. For example, you can preserve the last mode you used, such as Video or Square, keep the last filter you applied and keep the same Live Photo settings.

Scan QR Codes You can get rid of any third-party QR code-reading apps that you may have installed because this function has been incorporated into the Camera app in iOS 11. All you have to do is point your camera at a QR code and a prompt will appear.

Grid If you toggle on this feature then a grid will be overlaid on your camera viewfinder to make it easier to apply the ‘rule of thirds’ in your photographs. It will also enable a level in the form of thin white and yellow crosshairs that change colour to help you get your iPhone perfectly level when taking shots.

Formats The iOS Camera app used to shoot pictures in .jpeg and videos in H.264 formats, but iOS 11 introduces new HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) and H.265 formats that are designed to save you space. Go to Settings>Camera>Formats to select them.


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Convert websites to PDFs Transforming a website into a PDF is useful for marking up or reading offline…


Prior to iOS 11 we could only save websites as PDFs in iBooks but now we have the freedom to annotate them, share them or store them in

a location of our choice, either on our device or in iCloud. Here’s a quick guide to creating, marking up and sharing PDFs…

1. Navigate to site

2. Tap option

3. Mark up PDF

While in the Safari app, navigate to the webpage that you would like to save as a PDF and then tap the Share button in the toolbar at the bottom of the interface.

On the Share screen, scroll through the lower row of sharing options and you will see the ‘Create PDF’ option. Tap this and the page will be instantly converted.

You can now tap on the pen icon in the topright corner of the screen to enter markup mode. Here you can annotate it using the markup tools at the bottom of the screen.

4. Save PDF

5. Choose location

6. Share PDF

When you have finished marking up your PDF, tap on the ‘Done’ option in the top-left corner and you will be asked where you would like to save your PDF.

After tapping ‘Save File To…’ you will be able to choose a save destination, which is either in your iCloud Drive or on your iPhone. Pick a base destination and then a specific folder.

Alternatively, tap on the markup icon again and you will see a Share icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. Tap this to reveal the usual share menu.

You can change the still image used for Live Photos by tapping ‘Edit’, dragging the slider to the frame you want and then tapping ‘Make Key Photo’, then ‘Done’.

Type to Siri Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant, is undoubtedly a huge benefit of owning an iOS device, but many of us are still too self-conscious about speaking aloud to utilise it – especially if you are in a public place. No problem – in iOS 11 you can type your questions instead of asking them. To do this, go to Settings>General>Accessibility> Siri and then turn on the ‘Type to Siri’ option. Now, whenever you hold down the Home button to access Siri, a space to type in your questions discreetly will be present.

More from iOS 11…

1. Visit cities in VR

Record your screen One of the new controls that you can swap into your Control Centre allows you to record the screen of your iOS devices without the need to connect it to your Mac and use the QuickTime Player app. Go to Settings>Control Centre>Customise Controls and tap the green ‘+’ icon next to the Screen Recording control. The control will place a Record button within your Control Centre that you simply tap to record what is subsequently shown on your screen. This recording is then saved to your Photos app for you to edit or share as normal.

The Flyover and City Tours options have been a useful feature when exploring the world’s major cities in the Maps app for a while, but iOS 11’s new ARKit lets you move your iPhone around and explore in full VR, which is very impressive.

Create your own GIFs How to instantly transform a Live Photo into an animated GIF If you own an iPhone 6 or later then iOS 11 will enable you to create cool Live Photos that look like GIFs straight from the camera. When selecting Live

2. Share Wi-Fi passwords If a friend comes round to your house and wants to join your Wi-Fi network then you can share the password with them without them having to type it in. Make sure both devices are running iOS 11, have Bluetooth turned on and are close together.

Photos in your Photos app you can swipe up to reveal further options and loop or bounce the image to create a continuous animation. Here’s how…

3. New Message effects 1 Take a Live Photo

2 Open image

3 Swipe for options

While in the Camera app, tap on the circular ‘Live Photo’ icon in the middle at the top of the screen and it will turn yellow. Now point and click as if taking a normal photo.

When you have taken the Live Photo, tap on the thumbnail in the lower-left corner of the Camera interface and the image will be instantly opened in your Photos app.

Now tap on the image and swipe up to reveal extra options, including ‘Loop’ and ‘Bounce’. Simply select whichever one works best and tap Share to forward it on.

When sending a text in the Messages app, hold down the ‘send’ arrow, tap on the ‘Screen’ tab and then you will be able to experiment with an even wider range of visual effects to accompany your message, including Echo and Spotlight.


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Control centre extras Airplane mode remembers It’s probably the most subtle of iOS 11 enhancements but we thought it well worth pointing out. Now, after enabling Airplane mode (bring up Control Centre and then tap on the Airplane icon), any features you subsequently enabled while Airplane mode is on will be remembered the next time you turn on Airplane mode. For example, if you enable Bluetooth while in Airplane mode, the next time you enable Airplane mode Bluetooth will be automatically enabled within it.

1. Use your iPhone in Dark Mode When using your iPhone in bed it is a good idea to switch to a colour scheme that is easier on the eyes and you can do this by going to Settings>General>Accessibility> Display Accommodations and turning ‘Invert Colours’ on.

2. New Assistive Touch options If you go to Settings>General> Accessibility and tap on ‘AssistiveTouch’, you can turn the feature on to access another menu of options on any screen. You can also customise this menu with more options, such as one to ‘Restart’ your device.

Choose your music source Another worthwhile iOS 11 enhancement is the option to switch music sources within Control Centre. You will see an enlarged pane dedicated to your music controls within the Control Centre, but if you tap on the signal icon in the top-right corner of this music pane then an additional screen will be displayed that lists all of your available sources (such as Bluetooth speakers and Apple TV) – just tap one to select it. it

Set up your own panic button 3. Track flights in Safari If you are expecting some overseas guests or going on holiday yourself, you can type airline names and flight numbers straight into Safari and then you will be able to get up-to-the-minute information on that particular plane.


One of the best new features of iOS 11, from a safety point of view, is Emergency SOS. Go to Settings>Emergency SOS and then enable the ‘Auto Call’ option. Now, if you get into trouble and need assistance from the emergency services you can rapidly press the Sleep/Wake button five times and your iPhone will automatically call for help. There is a countdown prior to the call being made and you can cancel the call during this time.

In iOS 11 you can get Safari to define words for you without going to a special dictionary site. Just type ‘define’ followed by the word and the definition will appear.

Expanded iTunes and App Store options

Use Mobile Data If you have automatic downloads turned on then enabling this option will mean that your mobile network is used to download when away from a Wi-Fi network. This will eat up your mobile data so we recommend keeping this option off.

The App Store has been given a massive overhaul in iOS 11 and there are now more options that apply to it in Settings>iTunes & App Store. Here we will guide you through the key enhancements that you can toggle on or off… Video Autoplay In the new, revamped iOS 11 App Store, any app pages that you visit will automatically play a trailer video. However, if you prefer you can turn this feature off by going to Settings>iTunes & App Store and disabling ‘Auto Play Videos’.

In-App Ratings & Reviews It can be annoying while using third-party apps when a ‘rate this app’ pop-up appears. Mercifully you can disable this for most apps in iOS 11 by going to Settings>iTunes & App Store. Once there, simply disable this option.

Offload Unused Apps This option will effectively grant your iPhone permission to get rid of any apps that you haven’t used in a while to help free up space. Documents and data for these apps will be kept in the event of you downloading and using them again.

Automatically answer calls How to set up hands-free call answering on your iPhone If you are elbow-deep in a messy task, such as baking, then it can be problematic if a call comes through that you need to answer. However, iOS 11 neatly sidesteps this issue by allowing you to have your iPhone answer the call for you and put it through to speakerphone. Here’s how it works…

1. Open Settings

2. Set to Speaker

3. Auto on

Launch your Settings app and then go to General>Accessibility and scroll down to an option called ‘Call Audio Routing’. Tap to select it.

You will now see three main options which relate to how the audio is handled when a call comes in. If you know you won’t be able to pick up your phone, tap ‘Speaker’.

Finally, tap on the ‘AutoAnswer Calls’ option and turn it on by moving the slider. You can also set the duration of time to wait before the call is auto-answered.



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Many people find their iPhone operates more slowly as it grows older. It was thought that this was a deliberate tactic to force people to upgrade, but we now know the truth. Apple says that it slows down the performance of the iPhone when the battery is old in order to extend the battery life. The question is, are you affected by this? Is your iPhone, or iPad for that matter, running more slowly than it did when it was new because the battery is weak? We look at a couple of apps that provide information on the state of the battery in iPhones and iPads. It is easy to see when the battery is worn out and whether you need to take advantage of Apple’s battery replacement scheme.

Step-by-step Check the battery status in iOS devices

1 Check for devices

2 Add an iPhone

3 Trust your Mac

Download coconutBattery from www., unzip it and drag the app to the Applications folder on the Mac to install it. Run it and select the iOS Device tab.

Use the USB cable to plug an iPhone or an iPad into the Mac and then click the big Refresh button in the middle. It may say that access is denied. This is normal.

Look at the iPhone or iPad screen and there is a message asking if you trust this computer. Press ‘Trust’. This only happens once – the message is not displayed again.

4 View battery information

5 See phone details

6 Track the health

Information about the battery in the device is now shown. The important figure is in the bottom green bar. This iPhone 6 battery is down to 90.7% of original capacity.

Click the ‘Device details’ button to see the manufacture date of the device and other specifications. Down at the bottom is the cycle count and 236 is low for the age.

Press the ‘+’ button on the iOS Device tab to save the health and click ‘History’ to see the cycle count and capacity. Replace the battery when the capacity is under 80%.


The iPhone battery lasts for 500 charge cycles. A cycle is when you use 100% battery, which doesn’t have to be all in one go.

Monitor the iPhone battery

Full charge capacity The full charge capacity is the maximum charge that can currently be stored. This falls over time as the battery gets older and weaker. Compare it to the design capacity to see how bad it is.

Check the battery health over time

Device details Most of the information you need is on this screen, however, there is a bit more available by clicking the ‘Device details’ button. It shows the age in days, processor and charger information.

How bad is it? The lower bar in coconutBattery shows the battery health as a percentage. Here it shows the battery can hold 90.6% of the original design capacity. That’s good for such an old device.

Knowledge base Should I replace the battery? How bad does the battery need to be before it starts to affect the iPhone’s performance? When the lower bar in coconutBattery is above 90%, it is in good condition. Apple replaces batteries for free under AppleCare when it falls below 80% because the performance is limited. At 80 to 85% it is poor and it’s worth taking up Apple’s offer of a cheap replacement.

View the history Click the ‘+’ button on the iOS Device tab to save the health, then select the History tab and click ‘History Viewer for iOS Data’ to open this window. It shows all your iPhones and iPads.

iPhone battery apps You may think it is odd using a Mac to check the battery on an iPhone or iPad. Why not simply run an app on the device itself? We looked at a dozen battery monitor apps and only one could give any useful information about the health of the battery, Battery Life. Even this is not as accurate or has as much information as coconutBattery. Access to battery information seems limited on iOS devices.

“Battery information access is limited on iOS devices”

1 Get battery estimates Search for Battery Life by Victor Robinson in the App Store and install it; it is free. Open it, press the menu button and select ‘Runtime’. The battery time remaining for various activities, like talk time and video, is displayed.

2 How to show battery health information Press the menu button again and this time you need to select ‘Raw Data’. The bar at the top of the screen shows the current battery capacity compared to when it was new. Note, however, that the figure tends to be a bit over-optimistic.


Apple TV

Watch shows on the TV app Apple’s TV app for iOS devices brings your movies and TV shows together in one place Difficulty

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Apple’s TV app is a brilliant portal for numerous digital video streaming services. By using it, you don’t need to hop from one app to another to watch your favourite shows. Instead, the content is brought together in one place – not only saving time but increasing the opportunity of you stumbling across something new. The app’s interface is split into four sections: Watch Now has content you can view immediately via established services or iTunes; Library includes bought or rented iTunes content; Store lets you buy or rent new shows; and Search lets you look for content across services. So as long as you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV running iOS 11.2 or tvOS 11.2, you’re in for a televisual feast.

Step-by-step Watch your first TV show

1 Launch TV app

2 Find a show

3 Make a choice

The Apple TV app will have automatically rolled out to your iOS device (as well as on Apple TV). Simply tap the TV icon and, to view streamed shows, tap ‘Watch Now’.

Swipe up and down and you’ll see recommended programmes along with the best of major providers such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 5. Tap ‘See All’ to view more.

When you see a show that takes your fancy, tap its icon to open the information page. You will see age-ratings, episodes and the providers that have the show available.


Apple TV app supports BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, My5, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Hopster, MUBI, Curiositystream, Sundance, Shudder and Netflix.

Find the shows you enjoy

Discover TV series There are three available categories: TV series, kids shows and collections. Each one of these will allow you to sift through specific content, which makes finding enjoyable shows much easier.

Scroll down the screen when you’re in the Watch Now tab and you’ll see an option to browse by category

Manual search If you know the name of the show you want to watch, tap the Search icon and type it in. Search is universal and it’ll show all the places content can be watched.

Browse by genre You can select from one of five genres – comedy, drama, reality, documentary and sports – and in each case you will see a decent-sized list of related shows.

Knowledge base Pick up where you left off One of the best features of the Apple TV app is ‘Up Next’. It remembers the TV series you’ve been watching and lines up the next episode. It also displays content that you’ve just bought or rented from the iTunes Store. But it also stores content you have yet to finish. So if you are signed into the iTunes Store with the same Apple ID, you’re able to start watching on one device and finish on another.

View suggestions Continue to scroll and you will see some suggested categories/shows. Tap ‘See All’ next to these to open the full list or use your finger to swipe left and right through them.

4 Choose a provider

5 Download an app

6 Sit back and enjoy

To watch with the suggested video app, tap the Play button. Alternatively, select a different video app provider by tapping the three-dot menu button and making a choice.

The menu also lets you queue the content by choosing ‘Add to Up Next’ but if you’re ready to play, it will seek to open the relevant video app. Tap ‘Get’ if you don’t have it.

The app will install within Apple TV and the show will play in the video provider’s app once its ready. Use that app’s controls to play, rewind, fast-forward and so on.



Cure your iPhone addiction Turn your iPhone’s screen to black and white and you may actually start to use it less Difficulty

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Do you find yourself reaching for your iPhone far more often than you’d wish? Before you beat yourself up, it’s not your fault. According to design ethicist Tristan Harris, the colours displayed on our smartphone screens are too alluring. We are, in a nutshell, addicted and, if that wasn’t bad enough, emotionally attached. But don’t worry as it appears there is a solution – and no, it isn’t as drastic as turning the iPhone off. Instead, simply limiting the colour on your handset seems to be enough, with experts suggesting that greyscale makes our phones less appealing so we are less inclined to want to grab them every few minutes. Here is how to activate it…

Step-by-step Turn your iPhone screen grey

1 Launch Settings

2 Select Accessibility

3 Alter the display

Switching your iPhone from colour to greyscale is a straightforward process carried out within the Settings app. So go ahead and open it and then tap ‘General’.

Once you are on the General settings page, look down the list of options and select ‘Accessibility’. This menu lists lots of different ways to alter the look of your screen.

Tap ‘Display Accommodations’. You’ll see options aimed at people with colour blindness or other vision challenges but one of these is useful for what we aim to achieve.


Switching your display to grey also has another knock-on effect: it can eke a little more life out of your handset’s battery.

What’s in a colour?

Blue Blue is a well-used colour and you will tend to find it within icons and apps that are trying to appear dependable, professional and trustworthy.

How do developers make good use of colour to best capture your attention?


Knowledge base

Yellow is associated with happiness, energy and optimism which is perhaps why Snapchat has chosen the colour for its app icon.

Turn off the sound If you find that draining the iPhone’s screen of colour hasn’t achieved the desired effect of making you check your phone less, then you may want to consider turning off the sound as well. Thomas Z. Ramsoy, the chief executive of Neurons which uses eye-tracking technology and brain scans to study apps, says this reintroduces “controlled attention”, removing yet another potential distraction.

Green We have come to associate messaging and communication apps with the colour green and it is said to foster creativity and productivity. That doesn’t explain why the iOS message app icon is green but macOS’s is blue, however.

Red Red is an indicator of urgency and it also generates a feeling of excitement. It commands attention and catches our eye, hence its use for notifications.

4 Choose Colour Filters

5 Select Greyscale

6 Press Home

You will see that the option marked ‘Colour Filters’ is turned off by default. Since this contains the buttons that are needed for the greyscale mode, you need to tap it.

Now flick the Colour Filters switch into the ‘On’ position by swiping the slider to the right. Then ensure ‘Greyscale’ is selected from the options that are listed underneath.

Press the Home button and you’ll see your icons have turned grey. Tap an app and that too will be grey. Deactivate by repeating steps one to five, turning off Colour Filters.



Save GIFs sent in Messenger Like a GIF someone has popped your way? Save it to your iPhone and use it yourself later Difficulty

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GIFs may well be close to 30 years old but they are arguably more popular today then they have ever been. Funny, celebratory and often simply rude, they go down a storm on social media and on message networks but what if you like a GIF so much, that you want to keep it? With iOS, you can do just that, downloading GIFs to your phone for later use or just to look back on. But did you know that, thanks to a new folder within the Photos app, you can also view them in all of their moving glory? Here we take a look at how you can save, find, watch and then share any GIFs that are send to you on Messenger. You can also save GIFs via Safari, with being a particularly great resource for such things.

Step-by-step Create custom vibration patterns

1 Receiving a GIF

2 Swipe up

3 Find the GIF

GIFs can appear within the message threads of the iPhone’s Messages app. If you like a particular GIF and you’d like to keep it, then start by pressing down on the image.

If you’re using a 3D Touch iPhone on iOS 11, the image will pop from the screen – swipe up and tap ‘Save’. On non-3D Touch phones, the option appears without swiping.

The GIF will be saved in an album called Animated which is located within the Photos app. When you select the GIF, it will play. You can press the Share button and use it.


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Get the most out of Notes There is more to the Notes app than you might think… Difficulty

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On the surface the Notes app on the iPhone looks simple and straightforward, but it has hidden features that you may not have discovered. For example, there does not appear to be a way to enter coloured text in Notes, or to select fonts other than the default and monospaced. However, there is a sneaky way of using colours and fonts in Notes but you must first create a note on the Apple Mac that contains them. Open the Notes app, create a note, change the colours and select fonts, let it sync with your iPhone and you are ready to start. This Mac note is used as a source of fonts and colours.

Step-by-step Format with fonts, colours and styles

1 Apply styles

2 Copy a colour

3 Paste a colour

Notes lets you apply styles to text. Position the cursor within a line of text and press the ‘Aa’ button in the toolbar above the keyboard. Select the style, such as ‘Title’.

Coloured text cannot be created on the iPhone, but a note created on the Mac retains its colour. Double-tap one of the coloured words to select it and then press ‘Copy’.

Switch to the note you are writing and longpress to display the toolbar. Press ‘Paste’. We copied the Magenta word colour and it is inserted into the note exactly as it was.

4 Style the text

5 Create lists

6 Select a font

Enter the text you want and delete the original colour word. To style it, double-tap a word and press ‘Select’, then press the arrow and ‘BIU’. Tap the text style you want.

You may want to create lists with numbers, bullets and dashes. Type the first item in the list and then press the ‘Aa’ button in the toolbar. Tap one of the three lists styles.

Many fonts can be used in the Mac Notes, but only a small number appear correctly on the iPhone. Switch to the Mac note and copy some text in the font you want to use.


The iPhone and Mac sync notes, so the iPhone supports features even though it does not have the buttons and menus to create them itself.

Make notes stand out Add colour, fonts and images to notes Paste anything Not only can you paste text, the text formatting is pasted too. So if the text you copy uses a particular font or colour, it is pasted. Then you just edit the text and replace it.

Coloured text Create a note with different colours on your Mac, then copy and paste the coloured text into a note. Enter new text and delete the old text to replace it. You now have coloured notes.

Format text There are two ways to format text, but first you need to long-press to show the toolbar and then tap ‘Select’ to highlight the text. Press the BIU button to apply bold, italic and underline.

Knowledge base Advanced notes The Notes app on the Mac is more advanced than that on the iPhone and it has more features. As we have seen, it is capable of using colours and fonts for text. This is great, but what else can it do? Experiment with different formatting and view the note on the iPhone. Use the copy and paste trick like fonts and colours.

Apply styles The Notes app contains several ready-made text styles such as Title, Heading, Body, bullet lists and more. Select some text, press Aa and then press the style you want to apply.

7 Paste a font

8 Write with fonts

9 Add photos

Switch to the note you are creating, longpress in the note to display the toolbar and select ‘Paste’. The text and the font are pasted into the note. Now you can edit it.

We copied some text in Times New Roman and the font continues to be used as text is typed into the note. Go back and delete the font word that was pasted; it’s not needed.

Finally you may want to add an image to your note. Press the ‘+’ button in the toolbar and choose ‘Take Photo or Video’, or ‘Photo Library’. We added a cookie.


AirLaunch – Launcher Widget

Add a launcher to Today widgets Create shortcuts on the Today screen to launch your favourite apps and perform many useful actions Difficulty

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How useful is the Today screen on your iPhone? With AirLaunch – Launcher Widget you could make it a lot more useful and it could become the go-to place to start your favourite apps. It does more than simply launch apps and it can perform actions with apps and the contents of the clipboard. For example, instead of just launching the Facebook app, it could launch it with a page or group instead of the news feed. It can also search Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo with the contents of the clipboard, so you could copy some text in an app, pull down from the top for the Today screen, tap a button and see search results, even images and videos. Get AirLaunch from the App Store (

Customise AirLaunch Add your favourite actions to the Today screen Clipboard searches Add icons that perform actions like searching. This is the clipboard action ‘Search Google for clipboard content’ and below it is a Bing image search. Copy text and search with a tap.

Edit items Press the Edit button to change or delete items. A small cross is added to each icon and tapping it removes the item. Press an icon to change its action, text label and so on.

Open apps Many apps can be placed in the Today widget. This is a bundled iOS app, but others are supported, like Twitter, Facebook, Spotify and so on. Some have special actions.

Phone actions Add your favourite contacts to the Today widget and you can call them with a tap. Add an item, select ‘System Actions’, tap Phone and select ‘Call Someone’ to add an icon like this.


Knowledge base Customise the Today view Pull down from the top of the screen and swipe right to go to the Today view. Widgets can display information here and you may see the weather, calendar appointments and so on. Scroll right down to the bottom and press ‘Edit’. All the widgets are listed and you can tap the green and red icons to add or remove widgets.

Go to the Today view and tap ‘Edit’ at the bottom. Drag the icon at the right side of a widget up or down to reorder them.

Step-by-step Create shortcuts for favourite apps

1 Open AirLaunch

2 Add icons

3 Select an action

When the app is first run, it shows the AirLaunch Launcher screen. These are the icons shown in the widget when it is added to the Today view. Home is the home screen.

Press the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the screen and four types of icon can be added to the Today screen launcher. Let’s take a look at ‘System Actions’ first. Press it.

A long list of actions is displayed and these are all the apps bundled with iOS. Any or all of these can be added to the AirLaunch widget on the Today screen. Press ‘Maps’.

4 More options

5 Define an action

6 Add clipboard actions

Some actions simply launch an app, but others have several options. With the Maps app you can go straight to navigation or search nearby. Press ‘Search nearby’ to add it.

Enable a label for the icon and then enter the search term. Here we have chosen to search for petrol stations, but it could be anything. Press ‘Save’ to add it to AirLaunch.

Repeat steps 1 and 2, but this time select ‘Clipboard’ and choose an action. When text is copied to the clipboard, you can search the web, images and videos from Today.

Add AirLaunch widgets AirLaunch adds two widgets to the Today view – there is the app launcher and an information widget. We configured the launcher in the main tutorial and here we take a look at the information widget. Only three items are included in the free app, but more can be unlocked by buying them with diamonds. Press the diamond at the bottom of the home screen to see how many you have and to earn more for free.

“Unlock more items by buying them with diamonds”

1 Use AirLaunch Widget Press the title at the top of the AirLaunch screen to show a menu and select AirLaunch Widget. This displays three widgets and these can be seen on the Today screen if the widget is added. Press the ‘+’ button.

2 Add a monitor All of these monitors show the status of storage space, memory used or free, and network speed for uploads and downloads. Most are locked, but they can be unlocked with diamonds. You can get these for free.


Just Press Record

Record anything using Just Press Record With Just Press Record you can capture audio in any place and manage the clips in a variety of ways. Difficulty

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Just Press Record is based around simplicity, but that is a very good thing because here we have an app that is so easy to use that you may find it to be a tool that gets your attention multiple times a day. If you have a need to record people speaking or other sounds it will effectively give you an easyto-use voice recorder that offers a few benefits above and beyond what you may expect. As we describe what the app does and how to use it, you may not see how well it works and it is this that lifts it above much of the competition. Less is more in terms of the interface here and familiarity could soon make it essential for you.

Step-by-step Record anything at any time

1 Where to save

2 Give it access

3 Optional settings

4 Time to record

After installing the app, you will need to decide where to store all of your audio recordings. We would suggest iCloud Drive so that you have a backup and multiple device access.

The only other part of the setup process is allowing Just Press Record access to the microphone. This is obviously required for it to work properly and to capture quality audio.

You can adjust a few select parameters in the ‘Settings’ screen such as the output format. You can also switch on a dark mode option if you prefer a different kind of interface.

Tap the red Record button to begin your first recording. The screen will immediately change and you can pause the recording at any time with just one tap. Press Stop to end the capture.


Please remember to record responsibly. The temptation to record everything is great, but personal privacy should be of even greater importance.

Extra features

Share the results

Get organised

Always with you

When a recording is selected you can share it in any way you like. You also have the option of sharing the transcription and the audio file at the same time.

If you tap a file name, it will immediately change so that you can rename it. This is crucial for organising your recordings, but is not obvious at first.

With an Apple Watch you can use the app to capture audio no matter where you are and even if you do not have your iPhone with you. The recordings even sync automatically.

5 Set up transcription

6 Mic placement

7 See and hear

8 Your recordings

You will be alerted to a new permission that is required for the app to transcribe the words recognised in a recording. Enable it and then let the app use its tricks to transcribe.

The audio capture is excellent within this app, but for transcription to work you will need to ensure that the iPhone microphone is within range for the words to be heard clearly.

Experiment a little with microphone placement and record yourself to see how the transcription works. The results are much more accurate than you may be expecting them to be.

All of your recordings will be saved within the app and are easily searchable should you need to refer to them later. The app works equally as well in the short and long term.



Track your sleep quality with Apple Watch Discover how one of the best sleep tracking apps now comes with support for your Apple Watch Difficulty

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Perhaps Apple has simply not woken up to the benefits but we find it odd that the company hasn’t included a native sleep tracking feature in watchOS. Maybe it believes most of us charge the Watch overnight rather than wear it in bed but decent battery life on later devices now means kipping with your wearable is entirely feasible. For that reason, AutoSleep has included live sleep tracking for Apple Watch in version 5.0 of its app. Although it costs a whisker under three notes, it accurately assesses the time you spend sleeping rather than simply lying frustratingly awake. It also figures how much of that is quality and deep. You get an indication of your heart rate too. But what if you still want to charge your Watch at night? By telling the app of your intention, it will note when you put your Watch on charge. It will then generate its stats once you put the Watch back on or touch your iPhone, giving you an indication of the time spent sleeping.

Step-by-step See live sleep updates

1 Use Lights Off

2 Go to sleep

3 Begin to stir

With AutoSleep, you can keep an eye on how well you’re sleeping should you wake up at any point during the night. Open the app on your Watch and swipe up. Tap ‘Lights Off’.

Now get some rest. A timer will begin on your Watch, counting how many seconds, minutes and hours you will spend in bed. The app will detect when you finally go to sleep.

You can look at your Watch at any time during the night and it will tell you how much shut eye you’ve had so far compared to the amount of time you have spent lying in bed.


With AutoSleep you don’t have to press ‘Lights Off’ before you go to bed, but doing so ensures the app knows exactly when you’re preparing to kip.

Set your own sleep targets

Tap the dots By tapping this button you can set the number of hours of sleep that you reckon you need each night by using the + and – options. You can also set targets for quality and deep sleep.

AutoSleep includes default targets but you can make some alterations. Scroll down within the Clock tab to reach this screen

Change your profile Quality sleep

There are three different profiles depending on your level of fitness. If you’re very fit, choose Athlete. If you have heart conditions or a pacemaker, select ‘High’. Otherwise stick with the default.

Just because you’re asleep doesn’t mean you are properly resting. We can sleep lightly or become restless during the night. AutoSleep makes a note of the nocturnal dip in your heart rate.

Knowledge base Using the Watch complication AutoSleep also has a series of complications available for your Apple Watch. These are great for being able to monitor your sleep without having to open the app. You will be able to see how long you have slept along with the percentage when using larger complications. A timer is also displayed if you have activated Lights off.

Deep Sleep Your choice of profile will have an effect on how deep sleep is calculated. It will also influence the heart rate ring. This makes it more relevant and accurate for your body.

4 View the stats

5 Wake up fully

6 Check sleep quality

Swipe up to look more deeply at your stats. These show how much overall sleep you’ve had, the amount of quality and deep sleep, and your sleeping heart rate.

Tap ‘Done’ to turn off the timer and return to the main AutoSleep screens. You’ll see two rings. One displays your sleep last night while the other shows a seven-day average.

Even if you don’t use the Lights Off feature, the app updates automatically. This set of rings shows the time asleep, the percentage of quality sleep and the average heart rate.


Apple Watch

Increase your Apple Watch’s haptic feedback Make sure you never miss another notification by cranking the Watch’s haptic feedback to the max Difficulty

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As you will no doubt know, when you receive an alert on your Apple Watch, you can be notified by a few taps on your wrist. Sometimes, though, you may feel that the alerts are not intense enough, causing you to miss an important notification. At other times, you may feel the feedback is too intense. In either case, you are able to increase or decrease the haptic feedback and even make it more prominent by pre-announcing when something is about to come through. Here we look at how you can do this, both on the Apple Watch itself and via the iPhone app. It’s a straightforward process that helps you to control what is happening on your wrist and it is worth playing around with it until you get a vibration that works for you on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps crank it up when you are exercising or taking a stroll and reduce it again when you’re sitting.

Step-by-step Boost the haptic feedback intensity

1 Open the Settings

2 Scroll through options

3 Find the haptics

Grab your Apple Watch and press the Digital Crown button. Tap in your PIN if you need to and go to the Home screen. The haptic feedback options are in the Settings app.

You will see a long list of settings. Scroll down the list until you see the option for Sounds & Haptics. Once you’ve located it, simply tap to view the current settings.

The first thing you’ll see are a couple of options to alter the alert volume. Use your finger to scroll down to the next screen where you can view the haptic settings.


Bear in mind that if you have lots of notifications coming through and the haptic feedback is at its max, it could drain the battery more quickly.

Control your incoming notifications

Notifications indicator As well as receiving haptic feedback and/ or sound, you can keep a visual eye on your activity by having a red dot appear at the top of the Watch face when there are unread notifications.

You should also consider the kinds of alerts you wish to receive on your Apple Watch

Notification privacy Haptics allow you to receive notifications discreetly but you can go a step further and enable this privacy option: it will only show the details of a notification when you tap it.

Individual apps Tap on the individual apps to configure the alerts each one will send you. Some mirror the settings on your iPhone so you’d have to alter those via the iPhone’s Settings app (selecting Notifications).

Knowledge base Using your iPhone You can also alter the intensity of the haptic feedback via the Watch app on your iPhone. The same two settings – haptic strength and prominent haptic – are included and you can access them by simply opening the app, tapping My Watch and selecting ‘Sounds & Haptics’. You will see a slider which you can move left and right and the button that lets you activate Prominent Haptic.

Notification settings Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab. Select the Notifications option from the menu and you will see a list of your installed apps.

4 Increase intensity

5 Continue a notch

6 Play prominent haptics

Now you can make changes. You’ll see a bar in between two images of an Apple Watch. Tap the right picture to increase the haptic strength. You should feel it on your wrist.

If the feedback doesn’t feel intense enough, press the right image once more so that it is at full strength. Again, you will begin to feel a sample vibration on your wrist.

You can also move the slider next to Prominent Haptic. This adds an extra alert to introduce an incoming notification. In doing so, it will make doubly sure you can feel it.



Organise your podcasts into stations Ensure you can get to your favourite podcasts with ease by bringing them together under an easily identifiable label Difficulty

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Podcasts have become hugely popular over recent years. True crime podcasts such as Serial have caught the imagination while those based on sport, gaming and comedy continually top the charts. But although you can listen to all of these on your Apple TV, it’s easy to get carried away and subscribe to lots of audio goodies. That’s, however, where stations come into their own. Stations allow you to group podcasts together, just as you’d create playlists in the Music app based around your favourite tunes. You could put those football podcasts in one place, for example, and quickly access the updated episodes without scrolling through long lists. What’s more, each of your stations are synced across all of your devices. You can tailor them to best suit your specific needs too.

“Stations allow you to group podcasts together, just as you’d create playlists of your favourite tunes in the Music app”

Step-by-step Create custom podcast stations

1 Create a station

2 Name the station

3 Add all podcasts

Once you have a few podcasts, you may want to consider neatly organising them into stations. Open the Podcasts app, go to the heading Library and select ‘Create a Station’.

Now give your station a name which best describes the content of the podcasts it is going to contain. You can do this via the onscreen keyboard or by calling upon Siri.

On the next screen, you will see a list of all of the podcasts you have downloaded or are subscribed to. To include the whole lot within your station, select the top option.


You can remove a station by selecting ‘Delete’ in the Station Settings. You can also click and hold the station’s icon in the Library and select ‘Delete’.

Changing the station settings Want better control over your stations? Then simply delve into the settings for each one of them Playback order By selecting Play, you can change the way the podcasts are presented. As well as a manual show order, you can place them from newest to oldest and oldest to newest.

Viewing episodes By default, the most recent episode of a podcast shows in your station but you can change this to the most recent two, three, five or 10 episodes or select to show the lot.

Audio or video If you only want to view video podcasts or you prefer your station to only show audio podcasts, you can make that choice by selecting ‘Media Type’. You can also show both.

Knowledge base Refresh your station If you press and hold on a station’s icon then you can call up three main options. Arguably the most useful of these is the ability to click ‘Refresh’ to see the newest episodes – handy if they are not automatically showing. But you can also Play the station, starting from the first listed podcast, and go to that station’s settings.

Add more podcasts Select this option and you can select more podcasts for your channel, clicking any that take your fancy (they display ‘On’ next to their name when they are included).

4 Or choose some

5 Hear the podcasts

6 Add more stations

Otherwise go down the list of podcasts and click those you want to include. Doing so, displays the word ‘On’ next to the icon and title. Clicking again, turns it back to ‘Off’.

Click Menu a couple of times and you will see your station’s screen along with the included podcasts. To play one, just click. There’s an option for Station Settings too.

Once you have created your first station, you can then continue to add more. This is done by clicking on the ‘+’ icon within Stations. Follow the same procedure as before.


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Changing your home address for Maps needs to be done in Users & Groups…

The place to come for key terms made easy to understand 3D Touch Touchscreen technology first introduced with the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus that lets you access new features depending on how hard you press down on the screen.

Long-press Not to be confused with 3D Touch that relies on pressure, long-pressing simply means pressing down on part of your iOS screen for a second or two to access certain features.

Passcode Usually four-digit, passcodes are a means of securing your device and add an extra layer of security to other methods of unlocking your device, such as TouchID.

I recently moved house and wondered how I can change my home location in my macOS Maps app? Lee Wakeham

Widget These are accessible by swiping right from your iPhone’s home screen and provide access to certain features from built-in and third-party apps that you have installed.


1 Open Preferences

2 Open Contact card

3 Check in Maps

Start off by opening your System Preferences and then click on the ‘Users & Groups’ pane. Next, click on your user account name in the left-hand column.

You should now see a button marked ‘Open’ next to the Contacts Card option – click this and then edit your home address in the contact card.

Once completed, click ‘Done’ and then re-open your Maps app. Now simply type ‘home’ into the Search bar and check that the right location is pinpointed.

Find My iPhone at does more than show where your iPhone is located – it shows the location of all of your Apple devices.

How do I create custom vibration patterns on my iPhone? I heard that it was possible but can’t see how. Simon Kirby

Apple Expert The one-stop column for Genius advice

1 Select a contact

2 New vibrations

3 Tap it out

Open your Contacts app (or Phone app), pick a contact and then tap ‘Edit’ in the top-right corner of the screen. Scroll down and tap ‘Ringtone’.

Tap on ‘Vibration’ and then swipe down through the selection of vibration patterns until you come to the Custom section and then tap ‘Create New Vibration’.

Tap out your custom vibration pattern on the screen (holding down for longer vibrations). Tap ‘Save’, give it a name then choose it for a contact.

Is it true that my MacBook keeps track of all of the locations that I visit? Rebecca Morgan View a map Significant locations The Mac tracks your location and organises the places you visit into what it calls ‘Significant Locations’. These are places you visit and work at frequently.

Click the stored time and date for a location and the map zooms in to show exactly where it is. This is particularly handy for laptop users.

Clear stored data Go to Security & Privacy preferences On your MacBook, go to System Preferences>Security & Privacy and then click on the padlock in the lower-left corner and enter your administrator password to unlock the settings.

Knowing where your Mac is right now through Find My Mac could be useful but does your Mac really need to store months of location history? Clear it by clicking this button.

I’ve had my iPhone X since release day but whenever anyone calls me they say that I sound very faint at times or they can’t hear me at all. Is this a software problem or is there something fundamentally wrong with my phone? Do you use a flip case with your iPhone X? If so, check that when you fold it back it doesn’t cover the rear mic. If this happens then the iPhone will assume that your slightly muffled voice is background noise and try to cancel it out. Otherwise you should take it to your nearest Genius Bar for professional analysis. I am having trouble taking photos on my iPhone 7 Plus – they just end up looking really bad. Is there anything I can do to improve the quality of my pictures? Despite the iPhone 7 having improved low-light capabilities it is important to ensure that you have adequate lighting when taking a picture. Also, make sure that you’re focusing on your subject by tapping on it. We have also heard of a software issue in iOS 10 affecting photo quality with iPhone 7s, so consider updating to the very latest operating system to see if this helps.


Genius Bar Apple Expert The one-stop column for Genius advice The password has recently been changed on my Wi-Fi router. How do I update my Mac to recognise the new one? Simple, just go to System Preferences>Network and then click on the ‘Advanced’ button in the bottom right-hand corner. Next, select the Wi-Fi tab and then locate your Wi-Fi network name in the list of Preferred Networks. Select your Wi-Fi network and press the ‘–’ icon to remove it. Now click on the Wi-Fi icon in your Mac’s menu bar and connect to the Wi-Fi network again. You’ll be prompted to enter the new password. I worry about what my children could be subjected to online and wondered if there was any way to prevent access to adult content? Go to System Preferences>Users & Groups and set up an account for your children, then go to System Preferences>Parental Controls>Web and check the option to ‘Try to limit access to adult websites’ (or alternatively only allow access to websites specified in the list below). While in Safari you can also click on Safari>Safari Extensions… to see specific extensions for barring adult content in your Safari browser.


Please help! Is there a way to remount ejected USB drives without physically removing and re-inserting them? Sam Carter Use Disk Utility When the drive is inserted and mounted, launch your Disk Utility app and you should then see the drive listed under ‘External’ in the sidebar. You can remove the Disk by clicking on the Eject button that appears next to the Disk name when you hover your cursor over it.

Remount disk If you find that you want to remount the disk again then you don’t have to physically unplug it from your Mac and then plug it in again. Simply highlight the Disk in the sidebar and then click on the ‘Mount’ button at the top of the window.

I have heard that security flaws within Java leave it prone to hackers. How do I heighten the security on my Mac by turning Java off? Marcus Dickinson Launch System Preferences and at the bottom of the window you will see separate panes for, amongst other things, Java and Flash. Click on Java and a separate control panel will be launched. Now click on the ‘Security’ tab at the top of the window and uncheck the box at the top that says ‘Enable Java content in the browser’. Click ‘Apply’, close down your browser and Java will no longer run.

When I add comments to Pages documents it always displays my brother’s name instead of mine. How can I change this to my name? Wayne Johnston Simply open the Pages document then navigate to the Pages menu and select ‘Preferences’. Next, make sure that you are on the ‘General’ tab within the preferences page and towards the bottom of this page you will see the ‘Author’ box (which should have your brother’s name displayed inside). Replace this with your own name and all further comments should be credited to you.

Go to the Pages Preferences to change the name of the document author

If your WhatsApp message has a blue tick then press and hold on it and swipe to the left to see the exact time it was read.

Is there any way I can disable the ‘blue tick’ read receipts in WhatsApp? Paul Pellier Blocking You can also block certain numbers in the Privacy settings. Simply tap on this option and you can add numbers to stop them contacting you through the app.

Disable the Read Receipts Scroll down within the Privacy settings and you will see an option called ‘Read Receipts’ – turn this off. Blue tick read receipts will still be sent in group chats though.

Go to Settings In the WhatsApp interface, click on the Settings icon in the lower-right corner and then tap on the ‘Privacy’ section from the list of options that appear.

How do I securely empty my trash in macOS High Sierra as the option doesn’t appear when I right-click on it like it used to? Brian Shaw The ‘secure empty trash’ feature (which was done by holding down Alt when emptying the trash) was removed when macOS El Capitan was released because Apple couldn’t guarantee that all data could be securely deleted on connected SSD cards. There was a workaround which

involved typing ‘srm -v ’ (note the space after the ‘v’) into Terminal and dragging items into it, but even this no longer works in High Sierra. If you want to safely remove files on your Mac then your best bet would be to turn on FileVault, which we will guide you through here…

1 Go to System Preferences

2 Turn on FileVault

3 Create a recovery key

Launch System Preferences and then go to Security & Privacy>FireVault and click on the padlock icon to unlock it and enter your administrator password.

FileVault uses whole disk encryption to read and write every chunk of data securely, making your files unavailable to anyone else. Enable it by clicking ‘Turn On FileVault…’

The final step involves creating a recovery key to unlock your disk. You can either use iCloud for this or get your Mac to create a unique recovery key for you to use.


Genius Bar I have heard that there is a lot more to Safari than meets the eye! Could you explain some of the shortcuts to make surfing easier? Josh Scullion Reader options

Request desktop site

While viewing pages in Reader mode you can long-press on the Reader icon to bring up the option to apply it to all websites for an instant, cleaner viewing experience.

To access the desktop version of a site (instead of the mobile version), long-press on the Reload button to the right of the Search/URL bar and then select the ‘Request Desktop Site’ option.

While going through my iPhone’s Mobile Data settings recently I noticed a figure called ‘Uninstalled Apps’ that seemed to take up quite a lot of data. What is this all about? Lucy Williams Don’t worry, the apps that you have deleted aren’t coming back from the grave to steal your data! This just means that if you don’t reset your data usage statistics regularly (Settings>Mobile Data> Reset Statistics) then any apps that you have deleted since you last reset your stats that used mobile data while they were installed on your iPhone will be added to this total so there are no discrepancies in the data total.

Manage tabs Show history

Long-press on the tabs button to bring up options to close the current open tab or all other open tabs, open a new Private tab and open a new standard Safari tab.

Long-press on the back or forward arrows to view your page history and quickly find pages that you have visited previously.

How can I monitor how much mobile data I use as I always seem to exceed it in a month? Corrina Meyard

A friend was recently talking about using his Apple Watch to time travel! I know he doesn’t mean literally, but what does he mean? Michael Lewis He is referring to the option to twist the Digital Crown in order to see what is coming up (such as weather, scheduled appointments etc) or what has happened in the recent past. To activate this feature, go to the Watch app on your iPhone and tap the ‘My Watch’ icon at the bottom of the screen. Now scroll down and tap on ‘Clock’ and then turn on the slider next to the ‘Time Travel’ option.


1 Go to Settings

2 Reset your stats 3 Monitor data

Go to Settings>Mobile Data and scroll down to the Mobile Data section. The stat called ‘Current Period’ is the one to keep an eye on.

At the start of the month, when your data is refreshed, go to Settings>Mobile Data and then tap on the ‘Reset Statistics’ option.

Set a reminder to reset this option at the start of every month and monitor your usage over several months to see what you use/need.

If you opt to turn off Safari under the ‘Allow’ list in Restrictions then the entire app will vanish from the iPad home screen.

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My son recently saved up to buy an iPad but I am concerned about what websites he can access on it! Is there a way to monitor and restrict the sites he can view? Maxine Harris

The one-stop column for Genius advice I recently experienced a glitch whereby all of the Notes on my Mac vanished (they were still visible on my iOS devices though). They have since returned, but is there a way to back them up to a different location other than iCloud in case the same thing happens again? In Finder, click on the ‘Go’ menu and choose ‘Library’. Now open the ‘Containers’ folder and open a folder called ‘com. apple.Notes’. Now go to Data>Notes and then copy this folder to your backup disk. I have just upgraded my Mac and the Contacts are no longer syncing! What can I do? Go to System Preferences>iCloud and check that Contacts is selected for syncing. If it is, untick and then re-tick the box. If that doesn’t work, try signing out of your iCloud account and then sign in again. How do I display my Apple Watch apps as a list instead of icons? Start off by pressing the Digital Crown to go to the home screen and then press down firmly on the screen until you see a couple of options appear that relate to the view. Now simply select ‘List View’ to change the view.

1 Go to Settings

2 Enable Restrictions 3 Go to Websites

Start off by going to Settings> General and then scroll down the screen to an option category called ‘Restrictions’. Tap on this.

Tap on the ‘Enable Restrictions’ option at the top and then you will need to set a four-digit security passcode.

All of the options will be unlocked when you confirm your passcode, so scroll down and tap on the ‘Websites’ option.

4 Limit content

5 Allow sites

6 Disable Safari

Under ‘Allowed Websites’, tap on the ‘Limit Adult Content’ option and add websites you allow or never allow to the lists.

Alternatively, tap on the ‘Specific Websites Only’ option and then add the safe sites that your son can access to the list.

If you don’t want your son to surf the internet at all then go back to the main Restrictions page and turn off Safari under ‘Allow’.



Apple HomePod £319/$349

The HomePod has been made available in two colours: white and space grey. Both are wrapped in a seamless mesh

Apple says it has been working on the HomePod for six years, packing it with cutting-edge technology…

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In discussing the merits and otherwise of the HomePod, let us first address the elephant in the room: its price. There’s no getting around the fact that Apple’s smart speaker costs more than four times the second gen Amazon Echo and nearly two-and-a-half times a Google Home. But turn it on, set it up by bringing your iOS device close by and crank up those tunes from your Apple Music subscription, and the sheer quality of its sound will blow cobwebs off any argument that this speaker is not worth the outlay. It is, simply put, sensational and that is down to the incredible tech packed into its relatively small, minimally-designed casing. For starters, there are eight speakers, including seven tweeters arranged, unusually, at the bottom of the device pushing high frequency sound outwards and upwards, filling the room with great sound. There’s a four-inch woofer at the top, playing a deep, rich bass. And pulling the strings is Apple’s A8 processor – the same 64-bit ARM-based system-on chip that first appeared in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Externally, the HomePod is a very subtly styled device that is undoubtedly designed to slot inconspicuously into any location around the house rather than be a dominating focal point. Adorning its cylindrical design is a seamless mesh cover that comes in two colours – White and Space Grey – and atop it sits a glossy panel that displays Siri as a swirling ball of colour floating within that is utterly mesmerising. When you are playing music, two ‘+’ and ‘–’ symbols appear on the top panel to provide a quick and easy means of adjusting the volume and tapping the middle of the panel lets you play, pause, skip to the next track or play the previous track. It’s a neat system that allows the exterior of the speaker to stay minimalistic and completely button-free.

What is really clever about the HomePod is the way it senses where it is placed in a room. It knows if you’ve plonked it between a couple of books or against the wall and it spends a few seconds, using the first song you play, to adjust the sound to suit the environment. This means perfect sound no matter where you are sitting or standing and because there is no sweet spot, you can get on with other stuff – such as cooking – without fear that the audio quality will dip. You can crank the volume up and suffer no distortion too. If there is any disappointment then it’s down to Siri since it has limitations that rival systems don’t. While you can set single timers, listen to news briefings, transfer calls from the iPhone to the speaker and control HomeKit-compatible devices, Siri can’t distinguish between different voices, it has a reduced set of skills, and its voice control only applies to Apple Music: Spotify or TuneIn Radio users need to use the respective iPhone apps via AirPlay. It is also worth pointing out that HomePod doesn’t really get on with Android. Not only does HomePod not support Bluetooth, but you can’t even set one up without an iOS device. Yet the array of six sensitive microphones flawlessly picks up on utterances of “Hey Siri” and it recognises all sorts of tune-related commands. You can ask for more information about the music being played and indicate the songs you enjoy so that it learns your preferences. As you do so, a swirl of colours appears on the HomePod’s touch surface before the sound pumps into the room with great clarity as your request is carried out. And that, ultimately is what counts here. Just as we eschew MP3s for hi-res quality, so we shouldn’t put up with inferior sound from our speakers. For HomePod offers a level of crisp, audio detail that we simply haven’t found on other smart speakers regardless of price and that really is music to our ears.

Verdict Tapping the touch surface of the HomePod calls up a set of volume controls and lets you control playback


Siri isn’t the best digital assistant around but the focus on getting the best possible sound from the HomePod has been a smart move making this speaker highly recommended for anyone knee-deep in the Apple ecosystem.

What really impresses is that the HomePod knows where it is placed and ADJUSTSITSSOUNDACCORDINGLYx



Sonoro STREAM Bluetooth Speaker ÂŁ219/$229 Key features

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To just label the Sonoro STREAM a Bluetooth speaker does it a huge disservice. It is also an FM/DAB/DAB+ Internet Radio and Wi-Fi receiver that is capable of playing any audio youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d care to throw at it. When you fire the unit up a simple setup procedure will commence in which you can set time zones, connect it to your Wi-Fi etc, all of which is done through the STREAMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeous high-resolution 2.4â&#x20AC;? TFT colour display. Connecting the STREAM to your Mac or iOS device is as easy as selecting the Bluetooth setting on the display using the dial, after which it will become instantly discoverable. Inside the highly attractive wood and aluminium cabinet are two lateral passive radiators and these

produce a great depth of sound that really fills the room. The STREAM is actually the smaller brother of Sonoroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RELAX and MEISTERSTĂ&#x153;CK speaker units and up to five can be connected throughout your home for continuous, room-to-room audio. Built-in EQ controls let you tweak the treble and bass to suit the music (the latter is somewhat lacking initially until you manually unleash it), but generally it sounds fantastic out of the box. The unit also has AUX-in and USB ports for additional connections and, as you would expect from a DAB radio, a sleep timer, alarm and slumber modes. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after a decent Bluetooth speaker with the added bonus of instant access to over 25,000 radio stations then look no further.

For all of your internet radio needs, THE3ONORO342%!-INCLUDESPOP UP ANTENNASFOR&-$!"AND7I &I

A high-resolution 2.4â&#x20AC;? TFT colour display (with auto-dimming) and control panel adorns the front of the unitâ&#x20AC;Ś

Verdict A stylish unit with a wealth of versatility under the hood to efďŹ ciently deal with virtually any music source and service known to man. It sounds brilliant and is frighteningly easy to set up and use.


4HE3ONORO342%!-ISVERYWELLMADE and produces crystal-clear, expansive sound from just about any source

Marshall Monitor Headphones £179/$199 Key features

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Marshall has, yet again, upheld its glorious reputation with another line of truly remarkable headphones. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Monitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; piece of kit oozes with the quality, sleekness and heart-racing power that we have come to expect from the illustrious audio brand. Each cup has been specifically designed to mould to the shape of your head, resulting in maximum noise isolation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so you feel like it is just you and the music. The headphones are also surprisingly lightweight and slender, providing you with high levels of comfort while you listen to your favourite tunes. More importantly, the sound quality on the Monitor headphones is unbelievably good. In fact,

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unbelievably goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; does Marshall an injustice. Only superlatives can fairly describe the raw, bass-thumping, adrenaline-pumping power that these headphones can produce. Listening to genres such as rock and rap is primarily effective with this set of cans and can genuinely make you feel like you are front row at the concert. This pair from Marshall are also rather functional, something that is imperative for modern-day headphones. In the box comes a detachable, tactile 3.5mm audio cable that can be plugged into either cup to suit your preferences and the headphones are also collapsible and can be folded into a case that is provided for your travelling needs.


Verdict Combining comfort, functionality and unparalleled sound quality, Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monitors rank as some of the best cans on the market. 4HESTYLINGOFTHECANSISQUITEINDUSTRIAL nATHROWBACKTO-ARSHALLSROCK@NROLL HERITAGE PERHAPS






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Perfect for designers with a keen eye for detail and any professional on the lookout for an affordable high-spec display, BenQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PD2500Q is a versatile monitor with an ergonomic design that is best used in a dual setup. An extensive range of height, tilt, pivot, stroke and swivel adjustments allow you to customise its position to slot into any workstation and it serves up a slew of top-spec features for an unbelievable price. CAD/CAM mode accentuates the finest details in your images and provides superior contrast in the lines and shapes in your technical drawings, and Darkroom mode offers the optimal settings when working in darkened post-processing environments. Additionally, Animation mode enhances the brightness of dark areas without

overexposing existing brighter regions with up to ten different levels for you to cherry-pick the right brightness levels for your projects. The PD2500Qâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anti-glare matte finish keeps distracting reflections to a minimum and BenQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive eye-care Low Blue Light technology helps reduce eye fatigue if you have to burn the midnight oil. The monitor also includes built-in 2W speakers and ports for HDMI, DisplayPort (v1.2), MiniDisplay (1.2), DP out, four USB 3.1 Downstream hubs and one USB 3.1 Upstream hub (no USB-C, unfortunately). Certainly for the price, you would struggle to find a design monitor that offers a similar standard of colour and as great an array of features as this.



Incredible value for money, the PD2500Q offers precision clarity, a staggering depth of colour and a rack of useful modes and features for professionals who need to see every ounce of detail.

Polk Signa Solo £129/$129 Key features

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When something appears too good to be true then it usually is. However, we’re still trying to find the negatives regarding Polk’s Signa Solo soundbar and its ridiculously ‘too good…’ sub£150 price tag – it’s certainly not short of features. The Signa Solo utilises Polk’s in-house Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) surround technology to create an expansive field of sound well beyond the confines of the unit and also incorporates VoiceAdjust, which enables the listener to make fine adjustments to the bass and voice levels for clearer dialogue – perfect when using with budget TVs but less applicable when used as a meatier boom box for your Mac or iOS device. Contained within the Signa Solo are four 2.5inch drivers, which are hidden behind a fabric grille, with bass ports at either end to project the throbbing rumbles out into the room. On top are

five small round buttons for power, Bluetooth pairing, source selection and volume adjustment and around the back is a small selection of connection ports comprising only of optical and a 3.5mm AUX input. The unit can be wallmounted thanks to two keyhole mounts at either end. Also included in the box is a slightly tacky remote, though this does feature an abundance of buttons to let you switch sources and control the aforementioned VoiceAdjust features. Sound-wise the Signa Solo really impresses. The vocals take centre stage and, although it doesn’t have the range to really pull apart and separate the instruments, there is no noticeable distortion or deal-breaking rattles and hums. Close your eyes and you’ll never think that you’re listening to one the cheapest soundbars on the market. Highly recommended.

Buttons on top of the unit enable you to switch sources, pair via Bluetooth and adjust the volume…

A stylish fabric grille along the front of the unit conceals four 2.5-inch drivers and some central indicator LEDs

Verdict The sound quality could be better, there could be more connectivity and the remote sucks. All that aside, this is by far the best soundbar available for under £200. The remote feels cheap and tacky, but it does at least boast a wide array of buttons for fine-tuning the sound…

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Mous Limitless iPhone X Case

Toast iPhone X Cover

Brainwavz Delta Earphones

£29.99/$29.99 Proof that good iPhone cases don’t have to cost extortionate amounts of cash, Mous’s Limitless case boasts a suitably macho carbon fibre design and enough science behind the scenes to make a mockery of the modest price. The case is fashioned out of AiroShock, a material capable of absorbing tremendous impact by utilising micro crystals that turn into micro air pockets at high temperatures. Durable and desirable.

£34/$34 Made from real wood and lasercut with exacting precision for a perfect fit, Toast’s sleek wooden iPhone X covers are designed to provide protection without adding bulk to your handset. Sanded and finished to showcase the grain, they feel deliciously smooth and smell fantastic. The only downside is that they feature adhesive backing to stick to your phone and that doesn’t always stay stuck to curved contours.

£20/$27 Dispelling the myth that cheap headphones equate to flatsounding headphones, Brainwavz’s Delta IEM Noise Isolating Earphones feature dynamic 8mm drivers encased in an all-metal housing that make any music sound sharp and very pleasing. The earphones come with a cool carry case, replacement tips and the design features a built-in mic and remote in the cable. Incredible sound at an unfathomable price.

SRM Mouse £52/$62 The SRM Mouse from BakkerElkhuizen features a vertical ‘handshake’ grip that means that your wrist won’t bend sideways as much as with conventional mice and the lower arm requires less inward rotation. The result is much less muscle activity – and possibly strain – in the lower arm than when using a standard mouse. The unit features two buttons and a scroll wheel and has a powerful laser sensor and the option to choose between 400, 1600 and 3200 DPI. While it takes a little getting used to and is nowhere near as aesthetically-pleasing as an Apple mouse, this nevertheless will do wonders at reducing the symptoms and causes of RSI.

Avanca D1 Sports Headset £39/$49 Designed to withstand the rigours of sport and strenuous activity, Avanca’s ultra-light and flexible D1 Sports Headset comprises of two ear pods connected by a single wire strand designed to sit across the back of your head. You can connect the headset to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.1 and pairing is as easy as holding down the micro power-on button situated on the left pod. The sound is remarkably good and the headset can motor on for six hours on a full charge.

Bose Soundlink Micro £99.95/$99.95 While there is undoubtedly a Bluetooth speaker for every taste and listening scenario, we have never seen one as portable as Bose’s Soundlink Micro. Built for leisure and activity, the palm-sized pod features a tear-resistant strap that can be used to attach it to anything – a backpack, handlebars, belt buckle etc – and it is waterproofed enough to withstand a dip in the ocean, let alone a torrential downpour. While the sound it produces is fullblooded and clear, you can also download a free Bose Connect app for your iPhone to tailor it further. Brilliant.





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Although many of us like to keep tidy, organised Mac desktops, in reality we usually just create yet another folder to drag all of our desktop junk into to sort out later. But Unclutter goes one better by supplying a dropdown drawer into which you can drag anything from your desktop to store out of the way, as well as jot down quick notes and copy content to a viewable clipboard. When the app is launched you can move your mouse cursor to the top of the screen and then scroll down to access the Unclutter drawer. Alternatively it will drop down automatically when you drag items to the top of the screen. An accompanying menu bar item will also be present that you can use to tailor the appâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preferences to suit your needs. For example, you can set default locations for the files that you drag into the drawer or the notes that you make and also bump up the amount of items that your clipboard history keeps

from ten to 50. You can also alter the appearance of the drawer by changing the colour scheme if you prefer dark or slightly more conservative hues. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use any of the three panels within the drawer then they can be disabled to dedicate more space to the ones that you do use. For such a simple application the freedom you have to make it your own is impressive. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also worth noting about the app is that all of your dragged files and notes will auto-sync across all of your Macs via Dropbox without you lifting a finger. Unclutter is one of those apps that boggles the mind as to how it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already part of macOS. It is incredibly easy to use and tucks away out of sight when not in use so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there (especially if you disable the menu bar item). Knowing how congested our Mac desktops get in such a short space of time, this is exactly what we need to keep our key files accessible.

Verdict A simple and effective app that helps keep your desktop tidy while placing key utilities within quick and easy reach.


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While we eagerly wait for another Portal game after 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Portal 2 weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll happily gobble up anything, spin-off or otherwise, bearing the Portal name. Thankfully, this is a mash-up that really works. It manages to breathe new life into the old Lemmings-style game format while allowing players back into the Aperture Labs to have fun with the Portal Gun. The aim of the game is simple: you have to guide a constantly-moving vehicle across a set of obstacles to an extraction point by building bridges. The challenge comes in the correct positioning of the various ramps and towers to ensure that they can withstand the load, and, of course, in utilising your arsenal of portals to keep things motoring along nicely.

Things start off in a rudimental fashion with one barely having to engage the brain to breeze through the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial levels. But things soon get much tougher and you will need to fire off your portals with perspiration-inducing precision at just the right moment in order to succeed. And where at first glance the puzzles seem utterly mind-boggling, you can attempt them as many times as you want, allowing you to work through each stage of the puzzle in turn before you put your well-choreographed construction routines into practice. Progression feels very satisfying and once you master moving one vehicle through the level you can ramp up the difficulty to try and cope with a whole convoy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but how will the added weight affect your current build strategies?

Verdict The Portal factor certainly adds extra fun to an already enjoyable puzzle series. The result is a highly-challenging brain-teaser that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll struggle to put down.

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