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How to Speed Up Your Apple Watch Updates

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The Apple Watch packs a lot of power into a small design. But for all of their speed and utility, performing certain tasks on one of them can still be painfully slow. Take updates, for example—they’re notoriously sluggish on Apple Watch. If you’re dreading how long your watchOS 8 update is going to take, you can tweak…

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How to Enable Center Stage on Your iPad

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When you’re on video calls for hours a day, sitting squarely in front of the iPad’s screen can get tiring. But if you want to move around (say, you want to show something, or if you’re cooking), it’s essentially impossible unless you have someone to follow you around.

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Every Multitasking Feature in iPadOS 15 Worth Knowing About (and How to Use Them)

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Recently, Apple has essentially released a new iPad multitasking system every two years or so. iPadOS 15 brings yet another overhauled multitasking system to the iPad and iPad Pro, but this time, Apple has actually made significant headway into making multitasking easier for new users.

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How to Use 'Separation Alerts' in iOS 15 so You Never Forget Your Phone Again

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If you’re like me, leaving the house is consistently a last-minute, out-of-breath dash as you desperately try to avoid being late to wherever you’re going. As such, things like keys, bags, even MacBooks are often forgotten, remembered only when it’s too late. If that’s true for you, you’ll want to take advantage of…

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How to Restore an iPhone Without the Password

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So, you forgot your iPhone’s password. It happens to the best of us. And you can guess all you want, but after too many attempts the system begins to lock you out. At first, it’s in short bursts, but after too many wrong guesses, your iPhone is locked for good. It might not be pretty, but here’s how to get yourself…

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How to Turn Your iPhone Into a Free High-Res Webcam

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Apple makes a mean iPhone camera, but when it comes to their Macs, it’s a whole different story. Sure, they’re getting better, with the M1 Macs having the best of the bunch, but there are a lot of Macs out there with subpar webcams. If you use an external display for your MacBook, you might not even have a good webcam…

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How to Check All Your Apple Devices' Battery Levels With One Widget

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Those of us fully entrenched in the Apple ecosystem have a lot of batteries to think about; you might have a MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and AirPods to boot, all of which are consuming precious portable power by just sitting there. Instead of constantly jumping among products to know whether you need them to…

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How to Move Safari's Search Bar Back Where It Belongs in iOS 15

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With iOS 15, Apple tried to revamp Safari’s traditional user interface. In some ways, it was an ambitious effort, like how the UI changes colors to match the website you’re browsing. The company’s decision to move the search bar to the bottom of the display, however, was not so well-received. Apple did add the option…

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How to Stop Apple From Scanning Your iPhone Photos Before iOS 15 Arrives

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Starting with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple is going to apply a new child-protection policy when it comes to scanning photos that you upload to iCloud. This policy will help Apple report illegal child pornography images to the authorities, and on the surface, it sounds like a good thing that Apple is doing. But there’s…

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How to Keep Your iPhone's Camera Settings From Resetting When You Close the App

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Your iPhone’s camera is chock-full of different modes and settings: Live Photos, slo-mo video, panoramic landscape shots, the list goes on and on. More often than not, you use the camera the same way, with the settings you like most, every time you snap a pic. Unfortunately, your iPhone seems to reset all of those…

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