• December 26, 2023

    Lift Objects from Photos on the iPhone

    Have you ever wanted to extract an object from a photo for use in another context? Starting with iOS 16 on a relatively recent iPhone, you can do that with many photos. In the Photos app, touch and hold the object, and if Photos can extract it, you’ll see a highlight run around its edges. Raise your finger, and a popover lets you copy the object, look up information about it, turn it into a sti... Read more
  • November 16, 2023

    Nine Tips for Switching from an iPhone with Touch ID to One with Face ID

    In 2013, Apple added Touch ID to the Home button of the iPhone 5S. Taking advantage of the uniqueness of fingerprints, Touch ID combines the Home button press to wake up the iPhone with a fingerprint scan to authenticate the user. But in 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone X with Read more
  • August 29, 2023

    Keep Your Apple Devices Cool in the Summer Heat

    June 2023 was the hottest month on record for the planet, at least until July 2023. Among the many ill effects of such heat are what it does to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and other digital devices. Excessive heat shortens the overall lifespan of lithium-ion batteries and increases the likelihood of both transient errors and hardware failures—iPhones warn you when they’re getting too h... Read more
  • August 22, 2023

    How to Protect Your Child’s Hearing from Too-Loud Headphone Audio

    Loud sounds are harmful to everyone, and many parents worry that their children are at risk for hearing loss due to too-loud headphone audio from iPhones and iPads. To lower the likelihood of this happening, Apple provides a Reduce Loud Sounds option in Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Headphone Safety for both iOS and iPadOS. Select it and set a limit, with 80–85 decibels generally cons... Read more
  • June 13, 2023

    Apple Starts Releasing Rapid Security Responses for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac

    By now, you’ve probably seen a new form of update for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS: the Rapid Security Response. Early in May, Apple released the first instances of these updates, which the company had promised for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura when those operating systems were first announced. Let’s answe... Read more
  • May 4, 2023

    Prevent Quick Screenshots from Cluttering Your Photos Library on the iPhone and iPad

    By default, when you take a screenshot (instructions for iPhone and iPad), it saves to Photos. But what if you don’t w... Read more
  • March 14, 2023

    Need to Back Up or Export a Messages Conversation? Try PDF or iMazing

    Occasionally, we hear from a client who needs to document a Messages conversation with timestamps, perhaps as part of a lawsuit. The only way to do that on an iPhone or iPad is to take a series of screenshots, but if you have a Mac, there are additional options. The easiest approach is to select the conversation, choose File > Print, and save it as a PDF. If you need a different format, try ... Read more
  • March 2, 2023

    What’s the Difference between Removing and Deleting an App?

    There are many reasons you might want to get rid of apps from your iPhone or iPad. To begin, touch and hold on a blank spot on a Home Screen to enter “jiggle mode.” Then tap the ⊝ icon for any app to see the question about whether to delete the app entirely or merely remove it from the Home Screen. Delete the app if you don’t want to use it anymore or need to reclaim the space it occupies. (You... Read more
  • February 23, 2023

    The Amazingly Convenient Way to Scan Documents Using Your iPhone or iPad

    On occasion, we all need to scan a document—an invoice, a recipe, instructions from a book—but far more people have an iPhone or iPad than a hardware scanner. Luckily, Apple has built a scanning capability into iOS, iPadOS, and macOS for some years now. The next time you’re faced with a piece of paper that you need in digital form, follow the instructions below.

    Scan Directly with an iPhon... Read more

  • February 2, 2023

    How to Share a Contact Card without Sharing Everything in iOS 16

    Apple makes it easy to share contact cards on the iPhone or iPad—just scroll down in a contact and tap Share Contact. But what if you don’t want to share every piece of data on that card? To avoid oversharing in iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, tap Filter Fields at the top of the Share sheet and deselect the private items. If the card has a lot of data and you want to share only a few items, tap Deselect A... Read more