Upgrade Or Replace Your Older (32-bit) Mac Applications

Have you recently started to see an alert indicating that one of your applications is not optimized for your Mac? This is a new alert that Apple added in macOS High Sierra version 10.13.4. This alert appears for older applications, what are called 32-bit applications. In 2017, Apple announced that macOS High Sierra would be the last version of the Mac operating system to support 32-bit apps without compromise. The meaning of the phrase “without compromise” is not entirely clear. It might mean that 32-bit applications will not work at all with High Sierra’s successor, or it could mean that they might work but with some limitations. Thus, it’s time to either upgrade or replace your older 32-bit Mac apps. Read More

How To Migrate To A New iPhone

Do you want to replace your older iPhone with a new iPhone? Here are some general instructions for accomplishing this task. Please be aware that this article provides a general description of the process but not precise, step-by-step instructions. I don’t do this because there are a number of variations depending upon exactly which model iPhone you currently have, which model you buy and if you’re also switching cell phone carriers. Before you start the migration or even buy your new iPhone, make sure you backup your iPhone. I recommend backing up your iPhone to both iCloud and to iTunes on your Mac. Next, buy the new iPhone. To migrate, two tasks need to be done.

  1. Transfer the backup of your previous iPhone onto the new iPhone.
  2. Transfer phone service from the old iPhone’s SIM to the new iPhone’ SIM.

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Entering your SMTP Password in Apple Mail Sierra And Newer

When you reset or change your email account password, you have to enter the new password in two places in your email account configurations in Mail. The first place is in the incoming mail settings. The second place is in the outgoing (SMTP) mail settings. In previous versions of Apple Mail it was tough to locate the proper place to adjust SMTP settings. In this newer version of Mail, Apple has made it easier since incoming and outgoing settings are right next to each other!

These instructions are for macOS Sierra and newer, that is, version 10.12 and higher. If you have an older version of macOS please refer to my older article on entering SMTP passwords.

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How To Take Screen Snapshots On Your Apple Watch

Did you know that you can take pictures of your Apple Watch’s screen? The procedure is simple. Press and hold the side button while simultaneously pressing and releasing the Digital Crown. The screen will flash briefly, when the photo is taken. You can read Apple’s illustrated article on how to take a watch screen snapshot.

The side button is, obviously, the oblong-shaped button on the side of your watch. The Digital Crown is the round knob on the side of your watch. In addition to twisting this knob you can press this button towards the body of the phone.  Read More

iPhone X Gestures You Need To Learn

Do you have a new iPhone X? Are you unsure about how to access certain features on the iPhone X since Apple removed the Home button from this model? If so, check out Apple’s iPhone X support article to help you learn how to use gestures to navigate around your iPhone X. Alternatively, you could check out MacWorld’s iPhone X article which includes the same information. The Normal Neilsen group offers a detailed report about the iPhone X and highlights the challenges of gestures including discoverability, memorability, and swipe ambiguity.

Customize Gmail’s Interface

Do you use Gmail? Do you access your Gmail account using Safari, Google Chrome or another web browser on your Mac? Do you like Gmail’s look and feel? I don’t like Gmail’s interface at all. Fortunately, Google lets you customize Gmail’s interface extensively. Here’s a list of the changes I made to make Gmail easier to use, at least from my point of view. Read More

Do I Need An Anti-Virus App On My iPhone?

Do you need an anti-virus app on your iPhone? The short answer is no, there is very little risk that your iPhone could get infected with malicious software, like a virus. However, one should continue to be vigilant and concerned about the security of one’s phone and the personal data on it. There are a few things you should do to keep your data and your phone as secure as possible. Read More

Does Your Mac Need More Memory?

Does your Mac need more memory? If you’re not sure of the difference between memory and storage please review my article about this. Briefly, a computer’s memory is a computer’s working space. The computer temporarily stores open files and open applications in memory. If your Mac doesn’t have enough memory then its performance can be negatively impacted. I’ll provide you an easy way to check to see if your Mac would benefit from having more memory. Read More