Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac review: Metal makes this one for the gamers

Every year there are events we look forward to—the changing of seasons, favorite holidays—and those which evoke a sense of dread—filing taxes, standing in line to buy the latest iPhone. The now-annual upgrades to Parallels Desktop fall squarely into the former camp. That’s because new releases of this magical application …

Macworld’s October Digital Magazine: Is it time to replace your iPhone?

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.  In the October issue In the October issue see the 5 signs that you need to …

How to load a massive amount of data into Photos on a Mac set to Optimize Mac Storage

iCloud Photos lets you keep full-resolution versions of your images and videos in iCloud storage, while letting you choose to store just optimized versions—thumbnails and low-res video previews—on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. That’s great, especially when you have more media than storage. When you need the full image or …

How to refresh the tiny tab icons in Safari when they start disappearing

The wee little icon that appears for most websites in Safari tabs when you have Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show Website Icons in Tabs enabled is called a favicon. These micro-badges can help you identify a site by icon, instead of by tab name or other details. Sometimes …

Apple’s fall OS release schedule is weird—here’s when your device will be updated

Generally, Apple releases its big fall operating system updates at nearly the same time. We get the new iOS, tvOS, and watchOS all on the same day (or nearly so), and the new macOS within a week or two. Yes, there are further “point releases” to add features and fix …

AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple’s extended warranty program

Your Apple gear wasn’t cheap. And if you drop your iPhone, your iPad stops turning on one day, or you smack your Apple Watch into something and shatter it, getting it repaired probably won’t be cheap either. Apple includes a one-year limited warranty with all hardware so if there’s a …

Time Machine: No FAT or exFAT drives, only HFS+ and APFS

To judge by a recent spate of email, Mac users are using Windows and Unix/Linux compatible drives more than ever. Many people have asked why their external drive appears and is grayed-out in the Time Machine preference pane’s excluded list. (Open the Time Machine preference pane and click Options to …

How to manage the dance of disk images, Time Machine, and excessively large backups

Disk Utility lets you create disk images that are virtual volumes. They’re stored as a file on a disk, but can be mounted and managed just like a directly connected or network-mounted volume. You can even use Disk Utility to create an encrypted version using a popup menu when you …

Agenda 6 review: Note taking gets supercharged with calendar events, reminders

Apps for taking notes are plentiful these days, and often free. Apple Notes is one every Mac and iOS device owner owns but often overlooks, due in large part to its former reputation as a barebones, skeuomorphic scratchpad. Thanks to a slew of recent enhancements like text styling, formatting, attachments, …