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Retina MacBook, Port me away!

I'm looking at the MacBook Retina. I see it only has a USB C port. And there is a dongle from Apple that supposedly allows one to hook this thing up to hdmi. Please tell if you have used this because reviews are all over the place. Bonus: is there a dock or hub that has both ethernet AND hdmi? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on May 8, 2016 - 8 answers

iPad Pro or iPad Air 2?

My 2nd gen iPad has finally given up the ghost after half a decade. With tax rebate in hand, I am considering a purchase of a new one. But which? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on May 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Modify PPT deck on iPad; get it onto a flash drive?

Is there yet a way to edit a PPT deck on iPad and then get it quickly onto a standard flash drive? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Apr 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me wrap my head around photo organization, storage for Apple

I have a LOT of photos of travels, adventures, loved ones and my 14-year-old Boston terrier. I am trying to figure out the best way to organize and store those photos. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Apr 11, 2016 - 1 answer

How to fix this Automator script?

OS X Automator experts! I need help with an Automator script which will renames files to the name of the subfolder that contains them, move the renamed file to the main folder, and delete the empty subfolder. I've got it partially working but need help fixing it... [more inside]
posted by bluecore on Apr 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me rescue my treasured music from an ancient iPod

I lost hundreds of mp3s when Apple installed their Music app on my iPhone. I thought they were gone but then I realized they're still living on the the original iPod I have kicking around (we're talking the white click-wheel iPod). Help a non-techie seize his last chance to save his long lost musical loves! [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Apr 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Prepping a McBook Pro for sale.

I've got a 2011 MBP that I'd like to prep for sale. It's still running Snow Leopard (and I don't have the boot disks.) What's the easiest, most idiot-proof way to wipe it clean so I can sell it? Is it worth going to the Apple Store for this sort of thing?
posted by Tamanna on Apr 4, 2016 - 12 answers

What don't I understand about Apple Airport?

So, a while back we got an Apple Airport to try to extend Wifi in our apartment. It doesn't really work and I think perhaps I've misunderstood something fundamental about the airport. Help. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on Mar 30, 2016 - 18 answers

Why will MLB.com only play on one of our televisions?

We ordered an MLB.com season pass on our bedroom Apple TV. Now, we can't get it to play on our second TV. What are we doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 22, 2016 - 3 answers

Is it possible to restore 25 photos from a time machine backup

So I've got a macbook air. There is NOT a ton of room left on it. But somehow a bunch (like 25-30) photos I took were deleted. I'm still not sure how. And I want to restore JUST those photos. But as I understand it, I need to restore the entire library. And I don't have enough room for TWO libraries on this computer. So is it possible to just go back, look for the photos I want, and restore JUST those? If so...how? Latest mac OSX.
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Ordering old software on Amazon

So my work uses an old version of Numbers. I ordered a copy off amazon and it doesn't appear to have a serial number...but am I just missing something? [more inside]
posted by zara on Mar 21, 2016 - 2 answers

I am being gifted a new mac laptop and I need help choosing which one.

My macbook is from 2009. I haven't followed Apple news/updates for many years now so I am at a loss on how to prioritize the options available. [more inside]
posted by futz on Mar 20, 2016 - 26 answers

So what am I supposed to do about these tainted ads?

Please explain to me what I should be doing regarding the tainted ads mentioned in this thread from yesterday. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Mar 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Why Can't Spotify & Apple Music Play Nice?

Trying to copy an existing playlist that I created in Apple Music and share it with my niece who has expressed a very similar interest in that type of music. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 9, 2016 - 2 answers

How to keep mac Outlook 2011 folder structure after reinstallation

I will be reinstalling mac OSX Yosemite because of constant problems with it but I am looking to retain the folders that have been previosuly created to organise my mails. I am using Outlook 2011 as my mail client. Does using: File - Export - selecting outlook for mac data file (.olm), when imported back, retain the previous folder structure that I have used to organise my mails? If not could anyone suggest how I could keep the existing folder organisation? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Mar 7, 2016 - 1 answer

When are fuses required in UK plugs?

I've purchased an aftermarket UK "duck head", the plug adapter used with Apple chargers. I have an official Apple one and it includes a replaceable fuse in the adapter. The aftermarket one does not. This will be used in a 12w iPad charger only (without an AC cord), not a laptop charger. Since there is no AC cord, and the charger is an integrated 12w device, is the replaceable fuse required to meet UK regulations? [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Mar 2, 2016 - 11 answers

Sold an iPad without unlocking it

I sold an iPad on eBay and shipped it to the buyer, who then informed me that it's still locked to my wife's Apple ID. Is there any way I could work with the buyer to unlock it remotely, or does he have to send it back to me?
posted by dondiego87 on Feb 27, 2016 - 4 answers

Elderly Parents + iPad - Computer = ???

So, my parents have decided to join the rest of us here in the 21st Century and get Internet access and an iPad. As the free technical support of the family, it's fallen on me to get the device up and running and to keep it running. Difficulty level: they do not own a computer. Help me think this through from all angles so I'm not getting daily calls for assistance. [more inside]
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon on Feb 25, 2016 - 15 answers

Buying an New Computer (Apple Desktop). Looking for Options...

I am in the market for a new desktop, and would like an iMac. Wondering if there are other options (read more inside if interested). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 24, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I install El Capitan on my 2013 Macbook Air?

I have a mid-2013 Macbook Air with 4GB of RAM. It's currently running Mavericks, and I would love to just keep it that way, but more and more software doesn't work with Mavericks. I would update, but I hear so many people who say that 4GB isn't enough and you need at least 8GB to run both Yosemite and El Capitan well and that performance is worse than on Mavericks. [more inside]
posted by blub on Feb 21, 2016 - 12 answers

None of my mac devices will connect to the internet

Hello hive. A bit of a head scratcher here Suddenly none of my mac devices will connect to the internet on my network. I was working fine earlier This problem is both wired and wirelessly. My macbook air, iphone and ipad None will connect to the internet However my friend is able to connect with his devices. I deleted and re entered DNS address, restarted everything multiple times. Still no prize. My iphone and my ipad both connect to a 3g network no problem. The only thing these devices have in common is my apple ID What do you think?
posted by citybuddha on Feb 18, 2016 - 12 answers

Time Machine to Nowhere

I have a 3TB Apple HD that I’ve been *ostensibly* using, in conjunction with Time Machine, to back up my data for the past couple of years. I say “ostensibly” because it takes forever and never seems to fully complete. Please help me figure out a new approach. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Jan 31, 2016 - 10 answers

iTunes Alternative Please

I need an alternative to iTunes. I just want my music to be sorted by artist, album and song, make playlists and get all of that onto my iPod. I have Windows 10 and my iPod is an older one, appears to be version 2.0.5. I'm willing to pay for this. Please don't suggest Media Monkey, I couldn't figure how to work it and I think it was way too much for my needs.
posted by marxchivist on Jan 28, 2016 - 4 answers

why is the snow killing my phone's battery?

Snowmageddon has started, and now my iPhone 6 won't hold a battery charge. What's going on and how can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jan 23, 2016 - 25 answers

Why does my iPhone 6S keep hanging up on me?

I love my new iPhone 6S, but I have been experiencing an annoying issue in voice calls. The call randomly cuts out - it's as if my face is coming in contact with the red "end call" icon. I understand that all iPhones from the start have had a "proximity sensor" to prevent this issue, but it seems as if this sensor isn't doing its job. I never had this issue with my previous two iPhones. The software (iOS 9.2) is up to date as of today. Is there a setting I forgot about, or should I take it back to Apple? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Jan 9, 2016 - 8 answers

How to identify mystery "click-clock" sound on MacBook Pro (OSX10.11.2)

My 2011 15" MacBook Pro makes occasional "click-clock" sounds when I'm doing things. It sounds like the sound-effect of a radio button being changed or some other innocuous event, but it happens when I'm doing something else in another window (or even on another screen). It's not a sound I ever hear when I'm actually doing something that causes the sound. How can I figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Jan 8, 2016 - 12 answers

How to charge my MacBook Air from an external battery

I bought an external battery (20800 mAh) for my oldish Macbook Air. But there is one thing I didn't think of: How do I plug my Macbook into an external battery that only has USB outputs?
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Dec 29, 2015 - 12 answers

The internet of lights

My wife is tired of coming home to a dark house, and I want something to fiddle with. I'm thinking about getting a "smart" setup of some sort to control the lights (details inside). What's the best overall solution? We're exclusively a Mac/iOS household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I Buy An Apple TV?

Ok, so I posted this question a while back. I got some great responses and insight, however, I still haven't decided if I should purchase an Apple TV. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Dec 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Spinning ball of death on iBook G4

I have a first generation iBook G4 that I am trying to repurpose as a music player (all files stored on a portable drive). It has been off for years at this point (though has a new battery), and when I boot it up, I get the following message, accompanied by the spinning ball ... [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 22, 2015 - 4 answers

How do I swap pages in my Apple Photos book?

Trying to make a photo book using Photos 1.0.1, and cannot shift pages around the way you're supposed to be able to. Have you run into this? Details below. [more inside]
posted by miles per flower on Dec 12, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I read podcast episode descriptions?

I have an iPhone 5s. I have the apple podcast app. How do I view podcast episode descriptions? When I am on a podcast's "page" it has a list of episodes each with a snippet of description - "What happens when you combine an ax..." But I can't figure out how to read the rest! Any insight?
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Quality replacements for iBook G4 power supply?

I have a 1st generation iBook G4 whose power cable has worn out and whose battery is about shot. I'd like to get it working again for a project, but am a little bewildered by the number of options, many of which appear (based on reviews) to be crap. Apple people of Metafilter - what are some affordable, non-garbage solutions?
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Sharing only music/select apps across multiple Apple devices

Our kids are getting their own mini iPads for Xmas and I need help managing the Apple ID / Cloud syncing across our now numerous devices. Please walk me through it like I'm a 5- year old... [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Dec 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I return/exchange my new Macbook Pro?

I have a new Macbook Pro 13" that I purchased two weeks ago from the Apple store. It has had two minor (but possibly signs of something bigger?) issues so far, and today is the last day I can exchange it for another one. Would you exchange it in my position? See inside for the issues. [more inside]
posted by st elmo's fire on Nov 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Seeking simple album-oriented music player for my iPhone and iPad

I like to listen to albums and playlists from my music collection on my iPhone. I don't need a streaming service, or radio, or recommendations, or social networks. I just want a simple user interface that lets me pick out an album (or maybe a playlist) and listen to it. Does such a thing exist for iOS? The built-in music app has gotten way too complicated, and does not work well for me or my family. [more inside]
posted by alms on Nov 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Mac Pro or iMac 5k

I'm thinking of replacing my current 3+ year old Mac mini workstation for a 2015 27" iMac 5k but after doing some research I think the 2013 Mac Pro might make more sense. [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Nov 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Ringo no uta

It's time to buy some more lovely Apples. Can you help me decide which exact models of iPad or Air + iPhone to buy? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Nov 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Yet another iTunes question.

If I use Apple AirPort to stream iTunes to my television with iTunes TV, does it use up data on my home network plan? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Oct 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Moving from Apple to Android

I'm about to make the move from an iPhone to a Nexus 5X running Android. If you've made the iOS to Android switch recently, what was your experience like? What surprised you? What confused you? What did you forget to think about and do that you wish you had?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Transfer apps from iPhone to iPad

The title says it all, with two caveats: 1. Don't want to have to enter in all the passwords to various password protected apps. Number two is below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Mirror iMac monitor hotkey?

My spouse and I own an 27-inch iMac from 2011. Recently, the screen seemed to go briefly haywire and then black. Now, when the computer is turned on, it seems to boot fine, but nothing can be seen on the screen (the flashlight trick did not help). Is there a way to make the computer mirror itself to another monitor at startup so that we can access its contents? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Oct 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Friendly-sounding words?

In the “Steve Jobs” script by Aaron Sorkin, there is a little exchange between Jobs and Sculley in which the former says that the name “Apple” came from a “list of friendly-sounding words”. Regardless of why Apple is named Apple, do such lists exist? Is there any research on what makes a word sound friendly to people (phonetically, semantically, aurally, visually, ...)?
posted by omar.a on Oct 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Remote access for "tech support" on my dad's MacBook Pro

I just bought a new MacBook Air and I'm going to be giving my MacBook Pro to my dad. He will be a Mac newbie, so I'm going to end up being the "tech support" person. [more inside]
posted by moosedogtoo on Oct 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Digitize My Lab Log?

Is there an easy way to track hours, tasks or projected completed, and also be able to add notes in a single app? [more inside]
posted by gumtree on Sep 29, 2015 - 1 answer

Will I regret the iPhone 6s+?

It's phone upgrade time and I'm looking to switch out my 5S for the 6s+. I'm really excited about the larger battery life but am concerned that it's too huge for daily use. Am I better off getting the 6s? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Sep 20, 2015 - 19 answers

Help us choose an iPhone 6s model

My wife is interested in buying an off-contract new iphone and switching to MVNO service but I have questions about compatibility of the two different models. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ghharr on Sep 17, 2015 - 5 answers

switching from Android to iPhone: how does it work?

I am a Windows PC/Android person to the teeth, have never used any Apple hardware or software other than iTunes in my life, and am now suddenly in the position of having to use an iPhone 4S running iOS 8 as my main phone for the indefinite future. Everything about the iPhone is deeply confusing to me. Is there a way for me to recreate the Android (Lollipop) experience? If not, can you help me learn how to adjust? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Sep 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Massive time lapse project assembly on a Mac?

I've been shooting a long series of time lapse images at my job, where we're doing a massive tear down and build. The whole process will be roughly 7 weeks long total, for 8-10 hours a day, 5-7 days a week, one shot per minute for each of two cameras. Up until this point, I've been using iMovie to assemble the initial images in series, spitting video out and then loading it into the GoPro studio app and speeding it up 800-1000% (this will be used in a show and can't be longer than perhaps two minutes). [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Sep 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Equivalent of Baydin's Email Game, but for Apple Mail or for Outlook?

I use Baydin's Email Game (https://emailgame.baydin.com/) to process email. I just got a new job, and my new company is requiring me to use Outlook Express or Apple Mail instead of gmail. Baydin's website only works with gmail or with Google Apps. So I'm looking for some kind of plug-in or add-on for Express or Apple Mail that has similar functionality to the Email Game--especially a timer showing how long I've spent on each email. Does anybody know of anything like this?
posted by lotf629 on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

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