Macs are usually reliable when it comes to a consistent level of performance. But there are exceptions to everything. If your Mac is old or filled with junk, there will be consequences. If you’ve been feeling that your Mac is getting slower – do the following things and all that frustration might just stop.
Mac Tips Tricks
If you search online to find a way to mirror your iPhone or iPad on your Mac, you’ll get several different results. Most are expensive, bloated software that you don’t need. Everyone seems to be quite hushed about a hidden feature built right into macOS that lets you mirror your iOS device. That’s right, you can do this already without any additional software and it’s totally free.
The way that we use our Macs for work, duplicates files are just a part of our life. You add something to iTunes and it gets copied over to iTunes directly (not moved). You want to sync something to your iPhone and you copy it over to Dropbox. You create a quick copy of something on the desktop only to forget about it a week later.
Every MacBook that Apple sells comes with an SSD. While SSDs are crazy fast, they don’t offer that much storage space. If you’ve been using a Mac for a while, chances are you’re still rocking that 128 GB drive. And that’s just not enough.
The side effect of the new MacBook Pro battery life fracas was the loss of the battery time remaining indicator. Apple removed in the macOS Sierra 10.12.2 update because it just wasn’t providing sane, real world numbers for the newer devices. Now, you’re only left with the percentage stat, just like iOS.
DNS servers, or Domain Name System servers, essentially allow you to browse the Internet in a user friendly manner. They provide your computer with the capability to recognize the web addresses you type in and connect to their places on the web. With Internet service, your computer automatically gets assigned a DNS server to use. Most users don’t ever have to think about DNS servers or changing them. Still, there are potential benefits to swapping out your assigned server for a new one, even on an iPhone or iPad.
If you’ve ever searched with Bing you probably know that the website features a gorgeous new background photo daily. The photos day after day are just absolutely breathtaking and Bing even includes a snippet on the bottom right describing the scene.
While your MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air itself can last you several years before it’s time to get a new one, the battery might not make it the entire way through. I bought my current MacBook Air five years ago and already replaced the battery once at the Apple Store. It didn’t die on me, but the health got so poor that I thought it was time for a fresh one.
With the new Late 2016 MacBook Pros with USB-C ports, we’re officially in the Apple Transition Phase. The new MacBooks are thinner and lighter. And USB-C is a versatile port. The future where all of our accessories use USB-C is going to be great. But we’re not there yet. To make it through this tough year or two, through the transition period, we’ll need the help of the unsung heroes – dongles and cables (or as Apple calls them – adaptors).
It’s not every day that Apple invents a whole new interaction model. The last big one was of course the multi touch iPhone screen. Now, Apple’s added a thin striped OLED display on the top of the keyboard on the new MacBook Pros, called the Touch Bar. But it’s glorified shortcuts bar. It could just be the next big thing. It’s a shame you can’t try it without spending $1799.