Apple recently (and finally) brought Messages to iCloud, which we've written about a bit over the past month because it's just that useful and necessary of a feature. However, with all new, great things comes confusion; setting it up can be a bit of a head-scratcher and apparently, figuring out just what it's doing is equally question-inducing.
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With the public launch of iOS 11.4 earlier this week, Messages in iCloud is finally ready for prime time — and not a moment too soon. If you ever linked your phone number to Messages on multiple devices at once, you'd have to delete the same texts on each device over and over. Now, when your devices' Messages apps are all linked through iCloud, what you do on one synchronises to the others. Time saved; frustration reduced.
When Apple released AirPlay back in 2010 it was a revolutionary technology. The idea that you could send audio from one device to another was new and changed things significantly. But it was always a little limited as it's ability to send different audio to different speakers was non existent. Systems such as Sonos took the lead in offering affordable multi-room systems. But AirPlay 2 is here. Apple is pitching its benefits to the HomePod but I think it's going to be more useful for those using other speaker systems.
Using iCloud to monitor the location of your Apple devices is an easy way to keep track of your stuff, and lock it down when it's in the wrong hands. Just remember to say goodbye to iCloud before you sell that ageing iMac. Designer Brenden Mulligan signed into his iCloud account and found an old friend waiting for him among his list of devices: the iMac he had sold nearly three years prior.
Apple keeps giving us reasons to say goodbye. iOS 11 is buggy as hell, with the most recent error making iPhones almost unusable and the latest version of macOS briefly exposed Mac owners to a major vulnerability. As for the iPhone X, it may be pretty sleek for an iPhone, but Apple's still playing catch-up to its Android competition.
At WWDC 2017 Apple announced iOS 11, and with it a slew of space-saving features for smaller devices. Good on Apple for making 32GB the smallest storage in its iOS lineup, but it still isn't enough. A ton of people already spend time trying to reduce the size of their photos, apps, and other bits of data in order to save space and not meet the dreaded "Cannot take photo" alert when it's clutch time.
iOS: Every once in a while, Apple will push out a minor update that fixes some random little problem with its operating systems. This time around, it's the Apple ID page in 10.3, which finally has a more cohesive settings page with access to everything from two-factor authentication to serial numbers on your other devices.
Apple's iCloud has a long and troubled past, but the company keeps pushing it for iPhone and Mac users with every new operating system update. Don't be fooled. The service is an inconsistent mess and more trouble than it's worth.
Mac: If you just upgraded to macOS Sierra and your Dropbox app is acting up, you're not alone. Even with the latest version of the app, some users are experiencing strange behaviour -- error messages, confusing syncing icons and so on. Here's what you can do to mitigate the annoyances.
iOS 9 brought along a new version of the Notes app with a bunch of new features. However, oddly, if you start using it, you can't sync your notes that use those new features with OS X unless you're on the El Capitan beta. For now, you can use iCloud.com though.
Dear Lifehacker, We live in a world with multiple computers for one person, but I am having one issue. How can we keep everything in sync? I would like to work on my Mac at home. Close it, go to work and open my (different) Mac at work. I want the same configuration (yes, I do have some tendencies...), same files, same everything where I left off at home. Any suggestions?
Despite Apple's continued work on it, iCloud is still kind of a mess that's hard to understand. For example, at a glance using Finder, it seems like you can't recover hidden files. However, as Six Colours points out, if you hop into the web app (remember the web app?), you'll find a way to recover deleted files pretty easily.