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A collection of tutorials from the 9to5Mac team helping you fix and get the most out of your Mac and iOS devices.

How To Stories October 6

AAPL: 155.30

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iOS 11: How to turn off your iPhone without the power button

There are some handy new features in iOS 11 that aren’t very sexy, but can be really useful when needed. One of these new features is the ability to power down your iPhone without the sleep/wake (power) button.

How To Stories September 29

AAPL: 154.12

0.84

When I first wrote about using solid state drives (SSDs) to radically improve the performance of older Macs, high-capacity SSDs were just beginning to become affordable. Replacing a Mac’s 500GB or 1TB hard drive with a same-sized SSD required at least $250 back then, but the benefits were tremendous: even an aging machine became markedly (5x) faster, silent, and — unexpectedly — more fun to use. All for much less than the price of a new Mac.

Today, high-capacity SSDs are more affordable than ever. Replacing your old 500GB hard drive with a same-sized SSD from a reputable manufacturer costs only $150, while 1TB drives are under $330, each $100 less than only a couple of years ago. Once unthinkably huge 2TB and 4TB SSDs are now commonly available, too, albeit at eye-watering prices.

With this week’s release of macOS High Sierra, Apple has officially made SSDs its preferred Mac storage solution, introducing the new APFS standard to further optimize SSD performance over Fusion and traditional hard drives. So this is a perfect time to revisit the topic of SSD upgrades; if you held out before, now’s the time to jump in!

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How To Stories September 26

AAPL: 153.14

2.59

watchOS 4 introduces a new Siri watch face on Apple Watch that intelligently updates to show you relevant content throughout the day. The Siri watch face pulls data from 14 different sources by default, but customizing these sources can help remove information from the timeline that you don’t need and make the watch face more useful.

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The best 4K & 5K displays for Mac

How To Stories September 17

AAPL: 159.88

1.60

The 69th annual Emmy Awards take place tonight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show is sure to be packed full of controversial winners and acceptance speeches, skits, and much more. Read on for a full breakdown of how to stream the 2017 Emmys live on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV…

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How To Stories September 4

AAPL: 164.05

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iOS 11: How to use the one handed keyboard

Another small feature in iOS 11 that will prove useful for a lot of users is the new option for one handed keyboards. Follow along for how to easily switch between the standard and one handed keyboards and also change the default option.

How To Stories August 10

AAPL: 155.32

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When Apple launched the iPhone 7 Plus, one of the biggest features was the dual-camera system’s Portrait Mode. The mode gives images a DSLR-like background blur, albeit with some hiccups occassionally. Sometimes the effect looks unnatural or just blurs key areas of the photo.

On iOS 10, if you didn’t have the option to keep the normal photo enabled under Settings, you might’ve lost a perfectly good moment. It may not have been perfect on day one, but Apple has been making improvements to the effect over various iOS updates.

On iOS 11, photographers will now be able to disable the depth effect even after the photo has already been taken without managing the setting. Let’s take a look how.

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