Apple Announcements – Did They Excite Me ?

At the Apple WWDC today Apple made some significant announcements as they do at the WWDC every year.

New operating systems are coming for Macs – High Sierra and iOS11 for mobile devices – iPhones and iPads but they will not arrive until later this year.

A new iMac Pro will arrive in December – this should be well received for those that need a top end powerful workstation and it is clear that Apple are listening to its users.

New iPads will be available – the 10.5 inch iPad Pro and an updated 12.9 inch iPad Pro – they are quicker , a lot quicker , brighter screen with improved colour , improved camera.

A redesigned app store

The HomePod a speaker with Siri integration and one that promises great sound – integrated with Apple music – which will be available in December.

I am looking forward to High Sierra and iOS11 – especially some of the features of iOS11 such as:

Do not disturb while driving  “iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.”

Will I buy a new iPad ? – Maybe , as an owner of an iPad Pro 12.9 , I have to weigh up the new features but maybe I will wait till iOS11 is out.

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The First Thing You Do To A Portable Drive When You Buy It

So you decide to buy a new portable hard drive , usb flash drive.

What is the first thing you should do?

Format the drive , that’s right wipe it as you have no idea what is on there and I know companies will try and put some sort of software that they claim may help you but from experience it is far better for you to NOT USE THEIR SOFTWARE.

In some systems it will be incompatible with the operating system , both Windows and Mac.

If you are using it as a backup then both Windows and Mac have built in backup programs and you could always buy a 3rd party program that will give you far less trouble than some out of date piece of software that shipped with that drive.

Stop Downloading The Mystery Solution To Fix Your Computer

Many people over the years would have looked for a program on the internet that will ” hopefully ‘ fix the issues on their computers.

These programs maybe something like:

  • Speed up my browsing
  • Speed up my pc
  • Registry Cleaners
  • Clean up my browser
  • Cookie Cleaner – internet not the biscuit

These programs will promise the world but will not deliver and your computer is FAR BETTER OFF by getting rid of these programs.

Many of these programs will also bring in malware when installed.

If you have an issue these programs will not help and for those that tried to install Windows 10 but did not succeed , in many cases it was because one or more of these programs were installed.

Windows or Apple it does not matter as many on the Apple side tried Mackeeper which should not be downloaded.

Issues With Your Computer , Tablet , Smartphone – The First Thing To Do

Restart Your Devices

Restart – yes – Restart

If you are having any issues with either your computer , tablet or smartphone – restart the device.

I increasingly come across people that do not ever restart their devices for weeks or months on end – this is not right.

Tablets or smartphones at least once a week , computers – Windows 7 – every day , Windows 10 every couple of days – Apple Computers – every couple of days

So what can restarting fix :

  • Software & Operating system updates
  • Network issues
  • Software not starting
  • Multiple issues

When in doubt restart

Do You Need Adobe Reader On A Mac ?

Apple computer owners – Do you need to install Adobe Reader for PDFs on your mac ?

The short answer is no – use Preview on the mac to do this

Preview is a great program and comes with Macs and saves you from the constant updating of another Adobe product

Want to learn all about the features of Preview – checkout this article from iMore – How to use Preview on Mac