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Did You Get the (i)Message? Tapback, Digital Touch, Apps, and More

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Turn your phone sideways to handwrite a message.

When Dr. Mac sent his daughter an iMessage with iOS 10’s whizzy new stickers, full-screen effects, and animated GIFs, he was shocked when she replied: “Haha! I didn’t even know you could do all that.” He thinks it’s likely some of you in reader-land have yet to discover the joys of the iOS 10 Messages app. So in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #197 if you’re counting) the good doctor offers up a short primer on the interesting new features in Messages.

Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone

· Bob LeVitus · Product News

Kenu Stance Tripod

Stance, by Kenu, is a $24.95 compact tripod for iPhones that attaches via Lightning connector. Find out why it earned a spot on Dr. Mac’s keychain.

First Look: 'Portrait Mode' for the iPhone 7 Plus

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Depth-of-field preview on iPhone 7 Plus screen.

Dr. Mac’s been beta testing Apple’s new depth-of-field effect—which is coming soon to the iPhone 7 Plus (only) real soon. He says it does a phenomenal job of simulating the effect most of the time — so good, in fact, he’s threatening to sell his DSLR.

macOS Sierra and App Compatibility

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

macOS Sierra website

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus walks us through some of the compatibility issues some people (including him) are experiencing with Apple’s newest macOS Sierra. Keyboard wackiness, scanner issues, and other software problems are out there.

Dr. Mac's First Impression: iPhone 7 Plus

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

iPhone 7 Product Line

Dr. Mac got a new iPhone 7 Plus and shares his first impressions in this week’s thrilling episode (#194 for those keeping track) of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

Read This Before You Install Any Point Zero OS

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

macOS Sierra

Dr. Mac has strong opinions about installing the point-zero release of an operating system. So, before you pull the trigger and install iOS 10 or Sierra, you might want to read Rants & Raves Episode #193, the descriptively-titled Read This Before You Any Point Zero OS.

My Take on Apple's iPhone 7 Event

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Apple's media event for iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

This week in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves, read Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus’ thoughts on Apple’s big event last week in San Francisco including big reveals of Super Mario, Pokémon GO, the Apple Watch Series 2, and the iPhone 7.

Free High Quality Software? You Betcha!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Free high-quality apps? You betcha!

Dr. Mac has noticed a trend lately where software makers offer free, high quality basic versions, charging only those who wish additional features or services. Often known as “freemium” apps  (think “free but still premium”), these days freemium isn’t just for games and entertainment anymore.

Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

What kind of

Dr. Mac says he doesn’t  usually write about Apple’s minor operating system updates, but, if you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should update to iOS version 9.3.5 without delay. Read all about it in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #190:  Update your iOS 9.x Devices Now!

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Logitech's Create keyboard actually feels like you're typing on a real keyboard!

In a perfect world, Dr. Mac says he’d ditch his laptop and hit the road with just a svelte 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Two recent events make it possible; find out more in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves #189: The iPad Pro 9.7-inch Keyboard Case for Road Warriors

Dr. Mac’s Rules of Bargain Hunting

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Bargain Hunting

Dr. Mac likes a good bargain on anything, but he loves bargains on tech toys. His friends call him thrifty or conscientious but the fact is he’s a cheapskate. He’s obsessed with finding great products at rock bottom prices and shares his rules for bargain hunting this week in Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves.

Don't Install Point Zero Releases

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Man with a gavel

Dr. Mac always advises his friends and family not to install the first release of ANY new operating system, contending that it’s safer to wait for the inevitable “point-one” release (or even the point-two release), before pulling the trigger.

Make Your Mac Clipboard Work Smarter

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Mac on a clipboard

If you use a Mac you’ve surely used the clipboard many times. But do you understand what the clipboard is and how it works? More importantly, do you know the simple tricks — like keyboard shortcuts utilities that offer multiple clipboards — that make it work smarter? Dr. Mac has you covered.

Become a Maestro of Mac Macros

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

This macro remaps two keys I don't use to a key I use often.

Become a maestro of time-saving macros with Keyboard Maestro, one of Dr. Mac’s favorite all-time Mac productivity enhancers.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs. iPad Air 2

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Dr. Mac’s has been running an iPad Pro 9.7-inch and an iPad Air 2 side-by-side for the past month. Wanna know which one he’d buy?

Dr. Mac’s Guide to Apple Public Betas

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Yes, you will have to ERASE your drive to reinstall El Capitan (or whatever) to get rid of Apple public betas

Apple public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 came out last week. If you’re not totally clear on what it means to install a beta operating system on your Mac or iOS devices, here’s what you need to know:

How Not to Lose Your Apple Pencil

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

Apple Pencil holder PencilClipz

Dr. Mac loves using his Apple Pencil, but hates misplacing it. He shares three inexpensive solutions in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves…

Dr. Mac's High Points from Apple's WWDC

· Bob LeVitus · Columns & Opinions

WWDC - The Greatest Show on Earth

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus rounds up his highlights from Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), including macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS.

Elgato Eve, an App for Controlling Smart Devices

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac says he’s tried at least half a dozen apps for controlling his smart HomeKit devices, but the only one that checked all his boxes was the Eve app from Elgato. He’s got the lowdown in this installment of Rants & Raves.