How to magnify part of an image in Photos on iOS and Mac

You can magnify an element of an image using a tool that exists in Photo on both Mac and iOS systems. This is useful if you want to focus attention within the image.

How to magnify part of an image in Photos

This is how to get to and use the Loupe/Shapes tool on both Mac and iOS devices:

  • Select the image and tap Edit
  • Tap the Extensions (…)button
  • Select Markupand click the Shape button, then the Loupe button (Mac)
  • On iOS, you should tap the Plusbutton and then choose the Magnifierbutton after selecting Markup

Now drag the loupe to the area of the image you want to magnify, you can also make the selected area larger by dragging the circles.

Also read: A useful Photos printing shortcut

How to Output Your Mac’s Audio to Two Pairs of Headphones at the Same Time

Next time you’re on a flight with someone and you both want to watch a video on your Mac without disturbing other passengers, try this convenient solution for sharing your Mac’s audio among two pairs of headphones.

The method described below should work regardless of whether you’re using one wired pair and one wireless pair of headphones, two pairs of Bluetooth headphones (i.e. two sets of AirPods), or even several pairs.

How to Output Mac Audio to Two Audio Devices

  1. Make sure that the headphones you want to use together are paired with your Mac over Bluetooth and/or connected via the headphone jack.
  2. Launch the Audio MIDI Setup app, located in Applications/Utilities.

  3. Click the plus (+) button at the lower left of the Audio Devices window and select Create Multi-Output Device.

  4. Right-click (or Ctrl-click) the Multi-Output Device in the list that you just created, and select Use

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Get Greater Security, Bandwidth with OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter

OWC has announced it is releasing its Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter for users who require greater security, bandwidth and higher transfer speeds. This adapter is faster than Gigabit Ethernet and stands up to the new data transfer standard. 

Bandwidth-intensive workflows are the norm for content creators and post-production shared storage workgroups. With this adapter, users can securely and cost-effectively connect their Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows PC to high-performance wired networks delivering up to 10 times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet. 

Key features:

  • Connects to any Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Blazing fast 10GBASE-T 10GbE connectivity
  • Bus powered, energy efficient
  • Easy setup:  Windows and macOS
  • 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter can also be used to connect to standard Ethernet connections; connect to any wired network via the RJ45 port. The adapter works with macOS 10.13.4 or later and Windows

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Inside the iPhone Repair Ecosystem: Where Do Replacement Parts Come From and Can You Trust Them?

There’s a thriving market for unofficial, aftermarket iPhone parts, and in China, there are entire massive factories that are dedicated to producing these components for repair shops unable to get ahold of parts that have been produced by Apple.

The entire Apple device repair ecosystem is fascinating, complex, and oftentimes confusing to consumers given the disconnect between Apple, Apple Authorized Service Providers, third-party factories, and independent repair shops, so we thought we’d delve into the complicated world of Apple repairs.

The Aftermarket Factories

Our exploration of the repair ecosystem was inspired by a video sent to us by a trusted source that MacRumors has worked with in the past, who captured footage inside one of the many facilities in China that are dedicated to creating aftermarket iPhone parts.

This is a small scale operation where workers appear to be creating an aftermarket touch screen digitizer for the iPhone, a thin

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RapidWeaver 8 Debuts Redesign, New Responsive Themes, Unsplash Support, and Improved Plug-In Management

RapidWeaver by Realmac Software got a significant update today. Starting from scratch or with one of over 50 Themes, RapidWeaver allows users to create highly-customized websites by offering a wide array of tools and properties that can be tweaked. The app also supports third-party plug-ins and Themes that can be used to extend the app even further.

RapidWeaver may remind you a little of iWeb, but the similarities end with the drag and drop, template-driven approach. The depth of RapidWeaver goes well beyond what iWeb could do before Apple discontinued it.

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iOS 12 won’t launch with FaceTime group chats

We hope you weren’t planning a group FaceTime chat the very moment iOS 12 and macOS Mojave reached your devices. The release notes for Apple’s latest iOS 12 and Mojave developer betas reveal that group FaceTime won’t be available in either operating system on launch, and will instead arrive in an update “later this fall.” Much like Apple Pay Cash, you could be waiting weeks or months to try the tent pole feature.

Source: 9to5Mac

How to boot Windows on a Mac in 10-seconds

Apple’s move to use high-speed I/O’s on its products opens up new ways to help enterprise and consumer users work in cross-platform environments on their Mac – and this new device, which lets you run Windows from a USB stick, seems like a great example of this.

Introducing Super Speed Blazer

Super Speed Blazer (SSB) is a USB 3.1 Gen2 stick which is capable of running Windows on your Mac – it may even be high-performance enough to handle gaming and will boot Windows on your Mac in just ten seconds! That’s what the South Korean developers behind the contraption say.

The team behind the product have provided a bunch of documentation that seems to show they mean business with their product, which has raised over $50k funding on Indigogo.

They also say this kind of solution has been made possible because Apple has chosen to use faster interconnects,

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Apple to introduce ‘inexpensive’ Mac notebooks

Quanta has been hired to manufacture a new and “inexpensive” Apple notebook in Q4 218,Digitimes claims, boosting expectation of an autumn Mac announcement.

What will this be?

Digitimes has previously predicted a 13-inch Retina display model may be the latest incarnation of Apple’s popular but now veteran MacBook Air range.

Additional reports emanating from Taiwan have speculated the new Macwill use Intel’s eighth-generation Kaby Lake Refresh processors.

The claim follows previous speculation from Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who have both predicted Apple will introduce a low-cost notebook this year. It needs to – PC sales are shrinking and while Apple is growing share in the space it is certainly seeing some weakness in Mac sales.

Despite the ‘inexpensive’ claims, we ‘ve recently seen a $999 or lower price tag bandied around, which still puts these machines in the upper class.

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Do you use this sometimes essential Mail tip?

Do you remember contacting all these people?

You’ve written to them before, you know you have, but for some reason you can’t seem to find their email address and you don’t seem to have added them to your Contacts. Disaster. Except, not really: there’s an app for that:

It’s in the Mail

Mail has a little feature you may never have thought about before: it remembers the email addresses of people who email you and also those of individuals you’ve written to in the past.

It’s called the Previous Recipients List, and that’s why when you write emails to people the To field autocompletes when you begin to type that person’s name.

If you use iCloud Contacts, this feature is available on all your other Macs (with OS X v10.8 or later) and iOS devices (with iOS 6 or later) that have iCloud Contacts turned on.The good news

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Windows Migration Upgrade Spotted in macOS Mojave Beta

Apple’s Migration Assistant tool that’s baked into macOS has long been an easy way to transfer your data from an old Mac or PC to a new Mac. Migration Assistant can be done a number of ways as we’ve listed below (you can read more in-depth about them here).

As 9to5Mac points out, the already useful Migration Assistant tool is now set to receive a facelift in macOS Mojave that will make switching from a PC even easier.

Among some of the new features spotted in the Mojave beta:

  • Transferring data from third-party apps such as Outlook
  • Migration accounts, documents, email, contacts, and calendars

It should be noted that things could change in the final release of

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Apple’s iOS ‘Health Records’ Feature Now Works With 75+ Providers

Apple’s Health Records feature, introduced in iOS 11.3, now allows iOS users to access their medical records from more than 75 different hospitals and medical providers in the United States.

Apple maintains a list of all of the healthcare institutions that support Health Records on the iPhone, which as VentureBeat points out, was updated in August ahead of a talk from Apple’s Clinical and Health Informatics lead Ricky Bloomfield, M.D. given at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum (via EHR Intelligence).

When the Health Records feature first launched earlier this year, it worked with just 12 healthcare providers, a number that Apple has been working to improve. Recent additions include Kaiser in Oregon and Washington, Baptist Health, Buffalo Health, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, UC San Diego Health, UCLA Health, and others.

Health record data is available in the Health app, and allows patients who have multiple

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Spotlight search tips for Mac users

These Spotlight search tips will help Mac users get so much more out of using the search tool built inside their Mac, making it indispensable.

Clear a search

Typed something incorrectly? Got another search term? Just tap backspace to clear the Spotlight search query and start again.

Open Search in Finder

You can search for items in Spotlight and then tap the ‘Show all in Finder’ option you’ll find at the bottom left of the results menu to look at them in Finder. The advantage of seeing results in Finder view is that you can then add additional search items to the task, as described here. The problem with this is that you had to open Spotlight, search, and tap to get to Finder.

Here is how to search and see search results in Finder in one fluid step.

Tap Option-Command-Space and a Finder window opens up with the cursor

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Popular Newton Email App for iOS and Mac Shutting Down in September

Newton, a popular email service for iOS and Mac, is shutting down on September 25, the company’s founder Rohit Nadhani announced today.

Newton is a subscription-based app that costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year, a business model that did not end up being successful. Nadhani says that the company explored “various business models” but wasn’t able to “successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term.”

According to Nadhani, the market for premium consumer mail apps is “not big enough” and faces competition from high-quality free apps from Google, Microsoft, and Apple. “We put up a hard and honest fight,” wrote Nadhani. “But it was not enough to overcome the bundling and platform default advantages enjoyed by the large tech companies.”

Starting today, Newton is disabling new sign-ups and will not be renewing monthly subscriptions. Customers who paid for an annual subscription will

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12+ Command tips every Mac user needs

New to the Mac or Apple veteran, every Mac user should be finger-familiar with these amazingly productivity-enhancing Command shortcuts that help you get more done faster on your Mac.


My favorite Mac tip of all – a direct route to a Spotlight search. You can use this to find stuff, open apps, do sums and so much more. (You can also use Command-F to find something inside whatever app you happen to be).

Command-X, Command-C, Command-V

Every Mac user needs to know this triptych of text tools, which let you cut, copy and paste (respectively) selected text.


Every Mac user needs to know that the fastest way to quit an app is Command-Q. Or use Command-Option-Esc: to Force quit.


Close that window. Or Command-H to hide all the windows of the application you are in – or Command-Option-H to hide all the open windows of all the

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How to use Migration Assistant to switch from Windows to a Mac

Apple has a tool that’s built inside every Mac to help Windows users migrate much of their most important data over to the new platform when they decide to upgrade to a far more secure and more robust macOS system.

What is Windows Migration Assistant?

Windows Migration Assistant is software that’s built inside every Mac. It works with Windows XP and later and. will install lots of stuff from your PC to your Mac, including desktop background, any e-mail accounts, contacts, bookmarks, iTunes music and other data.

There are some limits on some Windows installations which means the information Apple can bring across is dependent on which version of Windows you are running.

Here is Apple’s list of what it will migrate.

1.Back-up before you begin

Before you migrate to your new Mac, you should make sure you back-up all the data from your Windows system, ideally to an

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How to use Password Auditing in macOS Mojave and iOS

It’s very important to use secure passwords to keep your systems and data safe. In recent years, Apple has made it much easier to create and remember complex and unique passwords with its system-wide, iCloud-synced Password Manager. Now, in iOS 12 and Mojave it takes this one step further, introducing new Password Auditing tools that let you identify which (if any) of your passwords you have reused and should replace with more secure, unique ones.

How to use Password Auditing

You’ll find these Password Auditing tools inside both iOS and macOS. Here is how to get to them:

On a Mac

Seven Useful macOS Tips You Might Not Know

There are many hidden features in both macOS and iOS that often go under the radar, either because they haven’t received a lot of attention from Apple in marketing materials or they’ve been forgotten after a period of time.

In our latest video over on YouTube, we’ve done a second video in our macOS tips series, offering up some useful tricks and shortcuts you might not know about.

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  1. Custom Keyboard Commands – You can create custom keyboard commands for specific applications or for all of your apps by going to System Preferences –> Keyboard –> Shortcuts and choosing App Shortcuts. From here, click on the “+” button to add a new keyboard shortcut and a title for it. In our example in the video, we’ve replaced standard paste with paste and match style, which strips out formatting for copy pasted

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Why Macs matter to Apple, even when they aren’t selling well

Apple didn’t say much about the Mac on yesterday’s quarterly earnings call. Customers only bought 3.7 million Macs in the past three months, a 13 percent drop compared to the year prior. For those keeping track, that’s only the fifth quarter in the past eight years in which Apple sold less than 4 million traditional computers. Meanwhile, both IDC and Gartner released reports saying the past quarter was the best the PC market has seen in six years.

The Mac’s decline is vindicating to the Apple fans and professionals alike who have been on the soapbox discussing how the company’s current products don’t measure up in one way or another. The best example is surely the MacBook Pro, with its problematic keyboard, lack of legacy ports, recent thermal troubles, questionable touch bar and — of course — its sky-high price. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air, Mac Mini Continue reading “Why Macs matter to Apple, even when they aren’t selling well”

Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 62 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements

safaripreviewiconApple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced over two years ago in March of 2016. Apple designed the Safari Technology Preview to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

Safari Technology Preview release 62 includes bug fixes and feature improvements for Intelligent Tracking Prevention, JavaScript, Media, Rendering, Dark Mode, Web API, Web Inspector, SVG, Web Animations, CSS, IndexedDB, and Accessibility.

The new Safari Technology Preview update is available for both macOS High Sierra and macOS Mojave, the newest version of the Mac operating system that’s currently being beta tested by developers.

Apple outlines a few known issues in this release for the macOS Mojave version of the browser. Text does not render properly in the Smart Search Field in Dark Mode and there is no usable WebDriver implementation.

The Safari Technology Preview update is available through

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The Case for Low Power Mode on MacBooks

Marco Arment has revisited MacBook Pro battery life tests that he first ran in 2015 to see how his new 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.7 GHz i7 processor and his 2015 2.2 GHz 15-inch MacBook Pro would fare under similar conditions. In 2015, Arment used an app called Turbo Boost Switcher to disable Turbo Boost on his laptop. This time around, he replicated disabling Turbo Boost on his 2015 MacBook, but on his 2018 model, he also limited the laptop’s power consumption using Volta.

Based on the results Arment concludes that:

the gain in battery life is about as large as the loss in heavy-workload performance. That’s a trade-off I’d gladly make when I need to maximize runtime.

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