In With the New: New iPhones and Apple Watches are here along with iOS 10 for your iPhone and iPad and Mac OS Sierra for your Mac! With all things new, there are growing pains! Keep reading to make this process as painless as possible...
New iPhone 7: The iPhone 7 is available now and it's all about the new camera system. The new camera is 12 MP and has optical image stabilization, an ƒ/1.8 aperture, and a six-element lens for shooting photos and videos in low light. Wide color capture makes your photos look more alive and vibrant. This is the best camera EVER! The iPhone 7 also has longer battery life, immersive stereo speakers, and a brighter and better display. It is also splash and water resistant. It's not waterproof, but at least it's getting better. The audio jack is gone but an adapter is included in the box along with Lightening Ear Pods. Gone are the 8GB and 16GB choices of storage with 32GB the smallest which that is still not enough. If you are going to get the new iPhone 7, start at 128GB or better. You won't regret it but it will set you back $749 for this phone. I checked my plan and they will charge me $25 a month for 30 months, so that would be the best option for me because it's like a zero interest loan. I have to pay for the cell service anyway. Just call your provider to see if you can get into a new phone as easy as I can.
New Apple Watch: Now the Apple watch is not for everyone but I love mine. The new Apple Watch Series 2 is pretty much water proof, faster, brighter and better for working out with it's built in GPS so you can leave your iPhone behind when working out! Apples new AirPods let you workout to music with no wires or iPhone! Just the watch and the 2 little AirPods in your ears. You'll look like a total geek! Or an old person with a big watch and funky hearing aids if I did it :) The new Watch OS 2 operating system makes it even better! The new Apple Watch starts at $269.
What's Next: New Macs in as little as three weeks! If you need a new Mac, hold on for just a little longer and you will be glad you did!
New Operating Systems
I hope this helps you to feel more confidant in grabbing these new and wonderful enhancements to your Apple experience. Go ahead! You can do it!
- Mac OS Sierra: Apple finished with big cats a couple of years ago and now they put the X to rest. It's just called Mac OS for operating system. The name of this version is Sierra. The new operating system will run on:
- iMac – all models from late 2009, iMac 10,1 – 17,1
- MacBook – all models from late 2009, MacBook 6,1 – 9,1
- MacBook Pro – all models from 2010, MacBook Pro 7,1 – 11,5
- MacBookAir – all models from 2010, MacBook Air 3,1 – 7,2
- Mac Mini – all models from 2010, Mac Mini 4,1 – 7,1
- Mac Pro – all models from 2010, Mac Pro 5,1 – 6,1
- You can find this information under the Apple Menu in the upper left hand corner and then down to About This Mac. The Model identifier number is found when you click on the System Report button.
- What's New : Apple's goal is to make your iPhone, iPad and your Mac operate pretty much the same way and here's how they did it:
- Siri: So now Siri will be available on your Mac under Mac OS Sierra. Use this virtual assistant to create events, look up information, set an alarm, look for files, and on and on. Are you using Siri on your iPhone? You should be! Speaking a command is so much easier than typing or tapping.
- Universal Clipboard: You can now copy something from your iPhone and it will magically appear on your Mac!
- Auto Unlock: Automatically unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch! No more passcode needed!
- iCloud Drive: All the Documents and your Desktop will be available on your iPhone and iPad too!
- Apple Pay: Available for Web purchases right from your Mac.
- Optimized Storage: When your Mac is getting low on space and your hard drive is filling up, your Mac will magically make more room!
- There is even more! Do you see how your devices are starting to act like each other? To see everything new on Mac OS Sierra, click here: Mac OS Sierra
- Before you Upgrade:
- Make sure your Mac is compatible. (see the list above)
- You must have OS X10.8 or higher, at least 8GB of Memory and 20GB of Hard drive space left. Go to the Apple Menu once again to About this Mac to find out what you have.
- Back it up! I just had someone lose their entire hard drive when trying to upgrade without a backup. Please don't make this mistake! Just plug in an external hard drive and the Mac will ask you if you want to use it as a backup. Just say yes.
- For more information on exactly what to do before you upgrade, click here:Before you upgrade
- iOS 10: This operating system runs your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch if you have one. It is the evolution to what you already have with lots of cool new features. You can upgrade to iOS 10 on these devices:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 4th generation
- iPad 3rd generation
- iPad 2
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini
- iPod touch 6th generation
- What's New: Apple has tried to make this upgrade a whole lot smarter and more fun!
- Messages! It's all about the new Messages. You can send balloons in the background or laser lights or fireworks to your favorite friends. Send kisses and heart beats and stickers and all kinds of stuff! This upgrade has put the fun back into texting with friends! To activate the cool features, you have to go to Settings >General > Accessibility>Reduce Motion and make sure it is off!
- Home Kit: I've been waiting forever for this! It's been around but Apple didn't do anything with it until now. This App allows you to make your house a smart house with thermostats you can control and lightbulbs, door locks and all kinds of stuff. To see whole list of compatible items, click here: Home Kit
- Touch and Go: 3D Apps just got better! Just practice pushing an a photo or a word or anything! You'll be surprised at what pops up!
- Siri, Typing, News, Videos, Searching, Apple Pay, Everything just got a whole lot smarter and much easier! To check everything out, click here: iOS 10
- Before you upgrade!
- Check to make sure you have enough room. I checked someones iPhone the other day and they had 43MB left! I am surprised their phone sill worked! Go to Settings>General>About and look halfway down to Available, you had better have 1GB available. If not, you must delete some Apps or music or photos.
- Update your Apps! Launch the App Store App on your device, tap on Updates in the lower right hand corner, then tap on Update All in the upper right hand corner
- Back it up! Back up your iPhone or iPad via iTunes on your Mac or in iCloud. Go to Settings >iCloud>Backup and turn it on.
- For more information and step by step instructions, click here: Upgrade to iOS 10
These nasty things are what I am finding all over the place. It shows a pop up on your Mac telling you that you have a virus and tells you to call a number to fix it and give them money. STOP! Do not call the number! Do not invest in Security Software for the Mac either as this is a Scam NOT a virus! Here is what you need to do to remove it:
1. Quit or Force Quit Safari by holding down the Option Key and clicking on Safari in the dock and drag up to Force Quit.
2. Launch Safari while holding down the Shift key to start it in Safe Mode
3. Go up to the word Safari in the Menu Bar at the top and drag down to Preferences
4. Find Privacy in the Tool Bar and click on it.
5.Click on the bar that says Remove All Website Date
6. Quit Safari then launch it again as usual
The meeting for the South West Michigan Mac Users Group is this Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00pm at the South Haven Library. Come and learn more about your Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Jodi Spangler | Lakeshore Mac | 269-214-2356 | email@example.com | www.lakeshoremac.com