iPhone camera apps: 4 apps that take full advantage of iOS 10 and a photographers’ eye

The iPhone has a pretty powerful camera for a smartphone, and the iOS Camera app works well for most people. But if you’re a serious photographer and want more camera controls, you need to use a third-party camera app.Here are four camera apps that give photographers as much control as possible. In this round-up, we examine the more mature Camera+, … [Read more...]

Glif review: Tripod adapter should be part of every smartphone photographer’s kit

Studio Neat's latest tripod adapter, Glif, fits all phones (even non-Apple ones) in an attractive and well-made new design that uses a padded locking clamp and three mounting screw holes instead of one.This compact adapter is the perfect companion for a serious iPhone photographer looking for maximum flexibility, as well as a casual snapshotter who … [Read more...]

Why a Thunderbolt Display can’t power a new Thunderbolt 3 MacBook or MacBook Pro

Steve Dvorak writes in with a question about the 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display and the new MacBook Pro. While I can do the Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter for video and Thunderbolt accessories, I can’t use the power that comes from the display. There appears to be no adapter created that provides power from MagSafe 1/2 connectors to USB-C. Am I … [Read more...]

How to fix the spinner after login in macOS

A few days ago, after my 12-inch MacBook running the latest Sierra became sluggish, I restarted. After entering my account password, my Mac showed a white progress spinner that uses “spokes”—the kind of spinner you usually see at shutdown—would appear for several seconds, then disappear, replaced with a cursor that couldn’t be moved with the … [Read more...]

Wemo Mini Smart Plug review: Compact, smart, and inexpensive

This smart plug works over Wi-Fi and with the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and—come this fall, Belkin says—Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. … [Read more...]

How to use two-factor authentication for your Apple account without using an Apple device

Here’s a question we don’t receive often at Macworld, but it’s one to ponder. Rajeevan asks: I don’t own an Apple device currently, and I am operating my Apple account and mail from a Windows computer. Now how can I enable two-factor authentication from my Windows 10 computer and generate an app-specific password? This question likely popped up … [Read more...]

How to upload multiple Photos libraries to a single iCloud Photo Library

How to upload multiple Photos libraries to a single iCloud Photo Library Rob Rosenbaum has a slightly terrifying question. He’s been syncing photos from a single iPhone to two different Macs via USB—just importing them on each Mac. He is about to turn on iCloud Photo Library, but he wonders. Once I turn this on for the first time, will iCloud … [Read more...]

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display doesn’t work with a 12-inch MacBook’s USB-C port

While the USB-C connector type has a lot of advantages and it’s now guaranteed with Intel’s full support at being the dominant peripheral format for the next many years, there’s still a lot of confusion about the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.That comes up in an email from Simon Shaw, who can connect his 24-inch Apple Cinema Display to … [Read more...]

Why QR codes are important to iOS 11 and China

Why on earth would you want to use your iPhone’s camera to scan a two-dimensional block-and-dot code? How could this possibly have a benefit worth the trouble? Why would Apple have any interest in building this in as an automatic feature within its Camera app?Ask folks in China—and Japan, where advertisers, handset makers, and cell carriers … [Read more...]

Why Photos duplicates a description across a set of images

Have you had the description or title of a photo or video wind up duplicated across all the media in an album? It’s an easy thing to do by accident, judging by reader email.This was harder to do with iPhoto, where you’d need to use the Photos > Batch Change item after selecting images and videos. In Photos, it can be as simple as pressing … [Read more...]

How to reinstall macOS when the startup volume was erased

Rachel is trying to sell her Mac, but… My friend was wiping my Mac so I could sell it and I’m pretty sure they’ve deleted the start up disk? It’s not letting me reinstall the OS on a recovery startup. She wonders about a fix. There are a couple of options with an erased partition. Apple Recovery lets you install onto an erased partition, but only … [Read more...]

Photos for iOS and macOS: The limits of liked photos


Corey Henson has a perfectly reasonable request for iCloud Photo Sharing: My family just returned from a vacation and we took over 1,800 photos between us. (gasp!) I want to pare this monstrous quantity down to something reasonable for a slideshow, and figured the way to do that is to compile all the photos into one place and share that with the … [Read more...]

WWDC 2017 Wish List: New features we want in macOS 10.13


Everyone has their gripes about macOS, even if they mostly like it. It’s the rough edges on a product that’s matured and refined over time that keeps scratching at us, though, making us ask for better.I asked people what they’d like to see in macOS 10.13 and added my suggestions from my experience and from reading thousands of your emails over the … [Read more...]

How to show the All My Files icon in the macOS Sidebar


Reader JLA asks: I accidentally deleted the “All My Files” folder under Finder/Favorites. Now I can’t find it! Any way I can get that back? IDG You can re-enable special items that appear in the Sidebar via Finder Preferences. All My Files is one of the most useful features in the Finder for my virtual dollar. It shows all files on your Mac, … [Read more...]

Why the Apple LED Cinema Display doesn’t work with a Thunderbolt 3 adapter

Ross Mclauchlan writes in with a display problem: I recently purchased a MacBook Pro and have an Apple LED Cinema Display, and am perplexed that I can’t get the display to work. Ross is using an Apple Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter, but the trouble is the Apple LED Cinema Display models don’t use Thunderbolt 2. We’ve written about this before but it’s … [Read more...]

Want to recover a FileVault-encrypted drive without a recovery key? You’re out of luck


David S. writes asks about recovering a FileVault-encrypted drive. He says it was encrypted and then reformatted. Is it possible to recover any data from this drive since it was previously encrypted with FileVault 2 and the keys were unfortunately wiped? Do you have any recommendations or suggestions how to decrypt the drive and recover the … [Read more...]

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