Mac: Apple made Safari Technology Preview Release 58 available this week for people running macOS High Sierra and developers running the beta version of macOS Mojave. If you're already running a previous Safari Technology Preview then you can update your version from the Mac App Store's Updates tab. If you aren't, you can download it.
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With all the excitement of the iOS 11.3 release, you may not have noticed that Apple also unleashed macOS 10.13.4 on the world. The latest Mac update includes a bunch of smaller fixes, with a focus on "stability, performance, and security", but if you're using Duet Display you should avoid the newest version of macOS at all costs.
Mac: When it comes to updating your Mac, there's never a good time. Besides the intrusive and constant annoyance that is the update reminder (which, thankfully, you can deactivate), it often feels like a slog instead of what should be a few minutes of processing and a restart. If you're sick of waiting for the App Store and its sluggish interface, here's how you can speed up the process.
The MacBook Pro's Touch Bar just isn't that useful. Sure, its functionality changes based on the app you're in, but if you -- like me -- were expecting a second screen that you'd be able to customise, you're not the only one who's disappointed. You can, however, download the third party app 2Touch to create some bespoke shortcuts that will launch your favourite apps and services.
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.
It's easy to complain about something. "My coffee is too bitter! The office is too warm! The dog didn't let me give him a bone-crushing hug!" Sure, some gripes are minor, but when it comes to interacting with technology, it can be the little things that push us over the edge. Case in point, Apple. Beautiful products. At least to look at.
Mac: Software updates are usually a good thing. They can bring new features and important security updates to whatever device you're using with little to no effort on your part. If you have a Mac computer, however, you're probably sick and tired of seeing that same "Updates Available" notification pop-up on your computer every day.
Mac: If you're migrating from one iMac to another (shinier) one after the holidays, or helping someone set up their new MacBook Pro to replace their old MacBook Air, you might be tempted to use iCloud Drive to move some important files you need to access in a hurry. Unfortunately, if you're moving files from a Mac running Sierra to one running High Sierra, your documents, images and other files might lose some metadata in the process.
Whether you've seen it in action or received more than a few intrusive notifications from Apple, you've probably been directed to install the company's new macOS High Sierra on more than one occasion. Features such as improved photo management and the Apple File System are definitely enticing, but, as with many of the company's upgrades, the operating system isn't exactly optimised to run on the Mac you acquired back in 2012.
If you're curious about whether or not you should upgrade your Mac, here are a few factors to consider (as well as a way to make using your updated Mac a bit more appealing.)
Apple found itself rather red-faced last week when it was discovered that the root account of macOS High Sierra was accessible without a password. Yep, that's quite the security blunder. The company responded quickly with a patch, unfortunately, it turns out that patch can be overridden by macOS' normal update process.
Mac users running the latest version of Apple's operating system, High Sierra, are susceptible to a pretty huge flaw that could grant anyone with physical access to your Mac unfettered access to everything on your machine. The hack seems to be affecting only macOS High Sierra 10.13 and 10.13.1 versions. Luckily, Apple has now issued a fix.
Signing and sending PDFs via email is always a pain, especially if you think you need to print it, sign it, scan it, and email it back to someone in a timely manner. But you don't! Using a few apps and built-in software, you can save time, money, and the agony of finding and printing from the correct office printer.
Mac: Apple's new desktop operating system, High Sierra, is officially available for your downloading pleasure. Compared to Apple's iOS 11 update, which added a host of new features such as augmented reality, a new dock on the iPad, and improved multitasking support, High Sierra's improvements are mostly under the hood. You won't find many flashy additions, but you will notice upgrades to a variety of services you employ on a daily basis, upgrades that should make your experience with macOS snappier and more secure.
At its press event yesterday, Apple announced a slew of new products, including a trio of new iPhones (such as the $1579 iPhone X), an LTE-equipped Apple Watch, and an Apple TV capable of displaying movies in 4K HDR. The announcements also coincided with some software update news, namely release dates for iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, updated versions of Apple's mobile and desktop operating systems, respectively.