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How to Install Beta Firmware on Your AirPods Pro (and Why You Should)

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In the wake of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, AirPods Pro have joined the ranks of Apple devices getting beta updates. Apple will now release regular beta updates for AirPods Pro that can be installed by anyone using an Apple Developer account.

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How to Hide Nudes, Personal Data, and Pictures of Your Ex on an iPhone or iPad

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It’s possible you have a few photos on your iPhone or iPad that you’d rather not stumble upon—or have anyone else stumble upon, such as a picture of your ex, a troubling memory, or other, uh, unmentionables. If you’re not ready to delete or offload them, but you don’t want them seen by the wrong eyes, you can hide

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How to Force Restart Any iPhone or iPad

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If your iPhone or iPad is frozen or not recognizing touchscreen inputs, a forced restart may be necessary to get it working again. The force restart method allows you to shut down and reboot the iPhone without using the touchscreen.

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How to Download Spotify Songs to Your Apple Watch Instead of Streaming Them

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Spotify has finally delivered what we once called the “Holy Grail of smartphone streaming”—the ability to download songs to your watch, so you can listen to them even when your phone is at home and you’re jogging through the woods without a data connection. The feature is rolling out now, although you’ll need a…

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How to Install tvOS 15 Public Beta on Your Apple TV

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While you might not think of the software that runs on your Apple TV too often, Apple does release a major update every year. In the fall of 2021, Apple will release tvOS 15, which brings some quality-of-life improvements to the Apple TV: You’ll finally be able to log in to apps using Face ID on your iPhone, for…

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How to Install the macOS Monterey Public Beta

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Somewhere in the fall of 2021, Apple will release the macOS Monterey update—and this is a big one. Shortcuts automation finally comes to the Mac, Universal Control lets you share a cursor with your iPad, not to mention the new FaceTime features for shared media playback.

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How to Install the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 Public Betas

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Every fall without fail, Apple releases a major new version of their operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. And as always, if you’re curious about the new features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, there’s a way to skip the line and try them out right now using the public betas.

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The iOS Message Effects You Thought You Knew How to Use but Really Don't

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If you send “congratulations” or “happy birthday” to someone using Messages on an iPhone, they’ll get a little surprise along with it: a shower of confetti or some celebratory balloons will rain down or float around on their screen along with your words. It’s a neat little trick embedded in the messaging platform—but…

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How to Enroll in the iOS 15 Developer Beta Right Now

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The public beta for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 starts sometime in July, but users can get their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating systems even earlier by installing the developer builds. These versions are less stable than the eventual public beta, and there are several requirements you’ll need to meet, but it’s the…

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How to Make Sense of What Apple Has Done to the Podcasts App

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In April, Apple made some long-overdue changes to its Podcasts app, part of an overhaul of the company’s general approach to the podcasting market that will allow podcasts makers to charge subscription fees for their content via Apple’s homegrown app. Unfortunately, the changes have proved frustrating to many longtime…

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