Apple’s macOS High Sierra introduced enough performance enhancements that my dual-core, 2011 MacBook Air felt like it had new life breathed into it. Occasionally, though – and more and more frequently recently – events would cascade such that my CPU would run at full tilt for 5-10 minutes before finally settling in. When that was happening, Activity Monitor and/or iStat Menus would show two system processes chewing up CPU: tailspind and spindump. Thankfully, we now know how to stop that.
Getting a new Mac is exciting, and we’ll help you set it up.
You’ll use this ID on any Apple device you have, whether it’s an iPhone or a MacBook.
Not knowing where to go—or even where to start—to find friends doesn’t mean you have to spend your time alone. We found three apps to help you make friends without resorting to dating apps.
Lost your iPhone at home and don’t have an Apple Watch to ping it? Your Amazon Echo can fill in and call your phone and use the ringer to track it down.
You can combine a rule and a folder in iCloud Mail to emulate the smart mailboxes on macOS.
Amazon Prime Video is available for the Apple TV. Here’s how to install the app and get logged in.
Want to add money to your Apple Pay Cash account, or change the card it uses for payments? Read on to learn how to do both.
I noticed that in a lot of the files, there is some weird HTML formatting in the text. This is normal though, because images or other attachments don’t get exported.
Note: In order to start ripping Blu-ray discs, you’ll need an Apple SuperDrive to use with your Mac, or another DVD drive compatible with macOS and Blu-ray.
Several technical pieces must be in place before you can enjoy 4K/UHD as well as HDR content with your Apple TV 4K and Netflix. John shows how to do it.
Looking for some last minute help heading into the holiday season? The Mac Observer has you covered.
Want to get the most out of Portrait Mode’s Stage Light effect on the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X? Check out TMO’s tips.
Apple’s Clips 2.0 lets you make selfie videos with cool backgrounds, including the Millennium Falcon. Read on to learn how.
You can transfer just your health and fitness data from your old iPhone to your new one so you can get a fresh start with apps and data. Read on to learn how.
Note that this is used better with Spotlight. Siri doesn’t seem to be able to make use of file comments.
This works on the iPhone X, or other models as long as you’re running iOS 11.
No one has quantified exactly how much this will stretch out your battery life. But the next time you’re in a situation where you need ultra low power mode, try this tip to give it extra oomph.
Here’s how to fine-tune caching for your network configuration on macOS High Sierra.
Getting started with your new iPhone X, or just want a few tips? Check out The Mac Observer’s iPhone X Starter Guide.