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Essential Apple User Magazine February 2021

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2 min
getting online with wi-fi or ethernet

Connected Mac 1 Make sure that your Mac is within range of your wireless router’s Wi-Fi signal, then click on the Command Centre icon in the upper-right of the desktop (next to Siri). If the Wi-Fi is indicating it’s off, click the icon to switch it on. 2 Within the Wi-Fi icon you’ll see the option for Other Networks, click this to list the currently scanned and available Wi-Fi networks. Click your Wi-Fi network and enter your access password. Consult your router/ISP for the Wi-Fi password. 3 Ensure that the Remember this network option is ticked, so you don’t have to keep entering the password every time you boot your Mac. When the Wi-Fi is connected, you’ll notice the radar-like icon on the menu bar at the top of the desktop; this indicates…

4 min
the macbook range

The M1 CPU Apple is no stranger to designing and manufacturing processors. It has been making chips for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for years. But the new M1 CPU, Apple’s most powerful chip yet, is its first designed for the MacBook. The M1 is an entire system on a single chip. In the past, a MacBook needed several chips running alongside the CPU. There was a controller for data transfer in and out, and another for the Thunderbolt ports alone. Solid state memory required more chips, as did the Apple T2 for security features. Not any more. The M1 combines all these technologies into a single unit, which is great for efficiency, and therefore, performance. The M1 chip uses five nanometer technology. What this means is an individual transistor, the…

2 min
split view screens macos multitasking

1 To use Split View mode, first open an app you want to use as a split-screen app. Here we’ve chosen Safari but any app that’s compatible will do. Just open the app window; there’s no need to open it as a full screen. 2 Click on the window’s top bar and drag it upwards, onto the menu bar. A strip appears, offering the current desktop image and a receptacle for the app you’re dragging. Drop the window onto the plus sign to make it a full screen app. 3 Go back to the desktop and open the second app you wish to use as a full-screen app in Split View mode. Here we’re using Apple’s own Pages word processor app, though once again, you can use almost any app on your…

1 min

Photogenic Ask most users what they love about their Mac and its operating system and they’ll probably come back with the way it displays photos. While the built-in Photos app may not be as sophisticated as say the Adobe products, it is one of the best free tools in any operating system’s built-in arsenal. You’re able to easily view through your photo library and see the images you’ve taken based on time and date. You can also zoom in and out quickly to get to the photos you want to look for in views across the Photos app – which includes Albums, Media Types, Import, Places and more. There are expanded editing capabilities, such as the Retouch Tool and you can apply the Vibrance effect to photos as well as adjust the intensity…

2 min
big sur and the new apple silicon processors

Apple’s latest version of its Mac operating system is macOS 11: Big Sur. Unsurprisingly, it plays very nicely with the new M1 processor. Apple Silicon and Big Sur were designed side by side, each getting the best from the other. If you have a Mac with an M1 CPU and Big Sur, it instantly wakes from sleep, just like an iPhone or an iPad. Apps launch almost instantly too. Safari also gets a boost, being 1.5x faster at running Javascript and 1.9x more responsive. Yet for all its strengths, the change-over in processors leaves a very important question in Mac users’ minds; will Apple Silicon Macs run existing software written for Intel processors? Thankfully, the answer is ‘yes.’ Apple fans can look forward to Universal Apps, that is, applications which include…

2 min
welcome to the desktop

1 Command Centre – The Command Centre is where you can access Bluetooth, Wi-Fi settings, display brightness, volume, keyboard brightness, Screen Mirroring and much more. 2 Apple Menu – From the Apple menu you can log out, shut down, restart or put the computer into sleep mode, get comprehensive information on the computer’s hardware and software, access the System and Dock preferences and open items you’ve recently closed. 3 Desktop Wallpaper – Why have a plain background when you can spruce it up with your favourite photo? If you’re bored with the same one day after day, set it to change regularly. You can even use your own photos as wallpaper. 4 Folder Icons – In macOS, folders work just like their real-world counterparts. You can use them to store files, data and…