There is one iOS “tip” that I keep hearing and it is wrong. Worse, I keep hearing it from supposedly authoritative sources. I have even heard it from the lips of Apple “Geniuses” in stores.
(Via Fraser Speirs.)
I know several people who think they have to kill all the apps that are listed in the iOS multitasking bar (like Android users have to do). Fraser tells them otherwise.
If your phone battery is draining quick, it’s more likely the culprit is a runaway process, and the only real thing that will fix it is shutting down your phone and restarting it after waiting a few minutes.
Last week we warned that people be aware of potential Christmas scams, especially those involving Apple’s products as the company has become exceptionally popular in the past few years.
Via MacFixIt – CNET Reviews.
Just a quick reminder here, ALWAYS question emails you receive which mention ANYTHING about billing status or other personal information, and NEVER, EVER, EVER click a link in one of those messages. If in doubt, as the article says, browse to the company website by typing the URL yourself and log into your account from there.
Safe Boot is a special way to start when troubleshooting. Safe Mode is the state Mac OS X is in after a Safe Boot. To perform a Safe Boot, hold the Shift key immediately after your Mac starts up.
Safe Mode can be useful for troubleshooting. However, certain Mac OS X features do not work in Safe Mode.
Via Apple Support.
Continuing our theme of troubleshooting boot issues, this Apple support article explains exactly what “Safe Boot” is, how to do it, and what OS X features won’t work when you’ve started up using this method.
Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it).
Via Apple Support
As a follow-up to my Intel Mac Start-up Sequence Reference post last week, here’s a good Apple Support article for troubleshooting issues if your Mac seems like it’s stuck at some point on the gray startup screen.
If you’re still running Mac OS X 10.3.9 or earlier, then you’ll want to check out this article instead.
Mac OS X makes opening .zip files simple: you double-click them, and the OS quickly unzips them. But one thing has always bugged me: After I unzip it, the original .zip file—for which I no longer have any use—is still there. I’d rather my Mac clean up the zipped versions of files automatically after I expand them, instead of leaving me with one more thing to get rid of.
I used to end up letting a bunch of zip archives pile up in my Downloads folder, sometimes taking up gigabytes of precious disk space. This handy trick helped me to clean up after myself once and for all.