How to revert back to OS X 10.9 Mavericks from 10.10 Yosemite

If you have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and think it’s a mistake, then you might want to downgrade back to Mavericks. This guide shows you how to move back to Mac OS X Mavericks from Yosemite.

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 How to downgrade from Mac OS X Yosemite to Mac OS X Mavericks.

Sometimes upgrading to the latest version of Mac OS X doesn’t work out so well. You’ve upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite and suddenly a vital work program no longer works, or a feature you rely on is now missing. Or you simply have to access Mavericks to be on the same system as other people.

In this instance you may decide you want to go back from Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite to Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Unfortunately this isn’t as easy as you might want, because Apple likes to get everybody to move in one direction. Once you’ve upgraded to Yosemite many apps and their libraries of data are now designed to work with Yosemite, and not Mavericks. And when Apple introduces a new operating system like Yosemite, it removes the old one from the App Store.

Fear not. We have the advice you need to downgrade from Mac OS X Yosemite to Mac OS X Mavericks.

First steps: Revert from Mavericks to Yosemite

First of all a couple of things you can’t do. You can’t just open the App Store and install Mac OS X Mavericks, even if you have previously downloaded Mavericks and have the file in your Purchased History. Attempting to do this simply brings up the warning that you can’t install an older version of Mac OS X over a newer one. Similarly you can’t boot into Recovery Mode (by holding down Alt during startup and selecting Recovery Disk) and reinstall Mac OS X. If you try to do this you’ll simply end up downloading the latest version of Mac OS X (Yosemite) and re-installing that.

Backup Mavericks using Time Machine first (if possible)

Before you begin this process is much better if you have a complete and working Time Machine backup of Mac OS X Mavericks that has not been upgraded to Time Machine in Mac OS X Yosemite. If you were wise enough to create, and remove, a Time Machine hard drive containing a Mavericks backup before updating to Yosemite then well done. If you are lucky enough to be reading this before upgrading to Yosemite, and think you might want to go back to Mavericks then please attach a new external hard drive to your Mac and create a Mavericks backup (then remove the drive) before updating to Yosemite. This will come in very handy.

Help! I don’t have a Time Machine backup of Mac OS X Mavericks

Find Mavericks installation on App Store

Don’t worry. This makes downgrading from Yosemite to Mavericks a bit trickier but not impossible. Be aware that you will have to wipe your Yosemite installation completely and start from scratch, so backup as many files as you possibly want or need. You can either back them up to an external hard drive, or USB Flash drive, or you can use a service like Dropbox or Google Drive to backup your files.

Make sure you have access to all the programs you need to reinstall. You should make a list of your vital software and make sure you have installation codes, or installation disks (if you are still using Optical Drives). Any programs you purchased from the Mac App store can be downloaded again after you have got Mavericks up and running again.

Reverting back to Mavericks: get a copy of Mac OS X Mavericks from the App Store

Revert to Mavericks from Yosemite

Follow these steps to get a copy of Mac OS X Mavericks:

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and Password and click Sign In (if App Store requests it).
  3. Click Purchases.
  4. Scroll down to find Mavericks.
  5. Click Download.

If you do not have a copy of Mavericks in your download history then you need to ask another person to lend you a copy (by asking them to sign in to the App Store on your computer).

Revert to Mavericks by creating a Mac OS X USB boot drive

Now that you have downloaded the Mavericks file you will find it inside Applications. Look for the Install Mac OS X Mavericks files. You can use this file to turn an 8GB USB Flash into a Mac OS X Mavericks boot drive. With this USB Boot Drive you can wipe the hard drive on your Mac, and install a fresh copy of Mac OS X Mavericks. If you have your Mavericks Time Machine backup, it can be used to reinstall all your files and programs (otherwise you’ll need to setup your Mac from scratch using the files you backed up to an external drive or cloud storage solution).

Follow this guide to create a Mac OS X Mavericks boot drive: How to create a bootable Mavericks Install Drive.

Using a Mac OS X Mavericks boot drive to perform a fresh Mac OS X installation

Now that you have created your Mac OS X boot drive containing a Mavericks installation, you can use it to format your Mac’s hard drive and install Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks instead of Yosemite.

  1. Shut down your Mac (Choose Apple > Shut Down).
  2. Insert the Mavericks USB Flash Drive into your Mac.
  3. Startup the Mac while holding down the Alt key.
  4. Choose the USB Flash Drive Volume.
  5. Choose Utilities > Disk Utility on the Install Mac OS X window.
  6. Select your main Volume in the sidebar. Now click Erase > Erase (warning, this removes everything on the volume).
  7. Click Disk Utility > Quit Disk Utility.
  8. Tap Continue on the Install OS X window.

This will now install a fresh copy of Mac OS X Mavericks onto your (freshly formatted) hard drive.


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First products from Apple-IBM deal to come next month

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The first products from Apple’s mobile enterprise partnership with IBM will roll out next month, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said the partnership “could change the way people work.”

The first products from Apple’s mobile enterprise partnership with IBM will roll out next month, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said the partnership “could change the way people work.”

In July, Apple announced an “exclusive” deal with IBM in which iPhones and iPads would be sold to enterprises backed by IBM’s cloud and analytics services. The first products will be for the banking, government, insurance, retail, telecommunications and travel and transport sectors, Cook said on a Monday earnings call.

Apple did not share specific products details, but the one-time PC rivals are working closely together. IBM is creating iOS-specific security, analytics and management tools and will resell iPhones and iPads. Apple will roll out new support services for businesses.

First out of the gate will be a set of iOS apps, according to Roger Kay, principal analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates.

“From what I understand, those products will be IBM apps developed with some help from Apple,” Kay said.

The deal was viewed as an odd marriage between the hip Apple and old-school IBM, but it could help both. Apple hasn’t had great luck with enterprises, while IBM is trying to expand its mobile footprint, Kay said.

The deal could help business users blend their iPads and iPhones easily into enterprises that use IBM software and systems, Kay said.

“The [deal] reassures IT managers that their employees using Apple products weren’t getting off the ranch and exposing data,” Kay said.

Apple is attracted to the enterprise market because device sales there could generate higher profit margins. In this case, IBM may be buying specially configured iPhones and iPads in bulk to resell to specific customers.

IBM is a bit more refined at hand-holding and customizing products for enterprise customers than is Apple, which makes products for the mass market, Kay said.

Apple during the earnings call tried to highlight its successes in enterprises. Chinese company Baidu has 20,000 employees using iPhones and has 30 internally developed iOS apps. Escalator company Schindler has deployed more than 20,000 iPhones and 20 apps. About 25,000 iPads were deployed in the Minnesota public school system.

And since the Apple-IBM partnership was announced, there has been a growing enterprise excitement about iPads and iPhones, Cook said.

But while iPhone shipments grew during the fourth quarter, iPad shipments declined.

Apple sold 39.27 million iPhones during the fourth quarter, increasing from 33.8 million units from the year-ago quarter. IPad shipments were 12.3 million, falling from 14.08 million units.


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How to make an iPhone hotspot: Turn your iPhone into a personal Wifi hotspot and share its 3G data with a Mac or iPad

How to create an iPhone hotspot and share your iPhone’s 3G/4G data connection with a Mac or iPad. Browse the internet as you go by creating a Wifi hotspot.

How do you turn your iPhone into a wifi hotspot?

How to create an iPhone hotspot: Why should I create a wifi hotspot with my iPhone?

Turning your iPhone into a wifi hotspot has many potential benefits. Let’s say you’re travelling with your iPhone and a Wifi-only iPad, or a MacBook. You’re stuck either working offline on the larger-screen devices, or going online on a 4in screen. Wouldn’t it be better to siphon your 3G (or 4G) internet connection from the iPhone to the iPad or MacBook?

Fortunately creating your own iPhone Wifi hotspot is easy. You can share your iPhone’s 3G (or 4G) data connection with a Mac or iPad and browse the internet on the larger-screen device remotely. This feature, known as making a Wifi hotspot, is great for working on the go: making an iPhone Wifi hotspot enables you to use the internet on a Mac without having to find a Wifi cafe or other public hotspot.

It’s easy to turn your iPhone into a Wifi hotspot, but you should check with your mobile phone carrier first (check the terms and conditions online). Some networks do not want you to turn the iPhone into a Wifi hotspot, and they may charge you extra (or limit your internet if they spot you setting up a hotspot). You should also be careful not to exceed your data allowance. If you have a limited allowance you should only use the Wifi hotspot for a short amount of time.

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How to create an iPhone hotspot

A Wifi hotspot turns the iPhone into a Wifi router (like the one in your home). The iPhone emits a Wifi connection that your Mac can connect to. The Mac connects to the iPhone using Wifi, and the iPhone connects to the internet using its 3G/4G cellular data connection. It’s clever stuff and a neat trick to know.

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Here’s how to make an iPhone hotspot/Wifi hotspot:

  1. Tap Settings and Mobile.
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot and set Personal Hotspot to On.
  3. Tap on Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  4. Tap Wi-Fi Password and enter a suitable password (this can be any password you choose, it’s not related to your Apple ID or usual Wi-Fi connection).
  5. Now check the name of the hotspot listed under To Connect Using Wi-Fi (we get “iPhone 5s”).
  6. Click AirPort in the Menu bar of your Mac and choose the Wi-Fi hotspot (iPhone 5s in our case).
  7. Enter the password from Step 4.

That should be it. You should now be able to browse the internet on your Mac (or Wifi iPad) using the connection provided by your iPhone.

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If you haven’t got the AirPort icon in the Menu bar of your Mac, open System Preferences, click Wifi and choose the iPhone Hotspot from the Network Name. While you’re here, you should place a tick in the setting marked “Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar”; this will enable you to access Wifi settings from the Mac’s menu bar.

You can now browse the internet on your Mac using the data connection from the iPhone. Your mileage may vary, however, depending on how good the iPhone’s network connection is. You might find the internet runs a little slower than you’re used to.

When you’ve finished, tap Settings > Mobile > Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and set it to Off.

How to create an iPhone hotspot: Dangers and warnings

What if someone tries to hijack your connection, burning through your data connection and/or accessing hooky sites and content?

You should be ok, because the iPhone hotspot is password-protected. (All the more reason not to choose the word password or something else that’s easily guessable.) And you’ll see a small notification at the top of your iPhone’s screen when a device accesses its hotspot, so you’ll get a warning if someone in your train carriage manages to guess your password.

A more important warning concerns data limits on your own surfing. It’s easy to forget, when accessing the web over a device that’s normally limited to Wifi connections, that you’re working against a 3G data limit. Remember that you’re on the clock, so to speak, and we’d suggest avoiding downloading large apps and similar.


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How to delete iPhone photos: Complete guide to selecting, deleting, removing and restoring iPhone photos

Want to know how to remove photos from your iPhone? Here’s how to select, delete and otherwise remove photos from your iPhone – and how to get them back if you change your mind.

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It’s easy to delete iPhone photos. Photos captured with the iPhone’s camera are saved to Camera Roll, and a few taps removes photos from your iPhone. In this tutorial, we’ll show all the different ways to delete or remote iPhone photos, and how to recover them afterwards if you change your mind.

How to delete photos from your iPhone: Why it’s important to remove unwanted iPhone photos

Why would you want to delete photos from your iPhone? Removing unwanted photos cleans up your Photo Collection, making it easier to show off the images you want. Deleting unwanted photos also frees up space on your iPhone, allowing you space to store more photos.

How to delete photos/albums from your iPhone easily with Syncios Manager.

Now and then, you may need to delete a number of photos on your iPhone. If you would like to turn your iPhone to someone else, you may need to delete all data including photos at once.

Syncios Manager is designed to delete photos on iPad, it enables iPad users to delete photos in a few clicks. You can get through the detailed steps to know about it. With Syncios iPad Photo Manager, you can simply delete selected iPad photos within 4 steps.

Step 1: Download and install Syncios Manager on your computer. Please note that iTunes must already be installed on your computer for running Syncios correctly. But you do not have to run iTunes when deleting photos from iPad with Syncios.

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Step 2: Connect your iPhone to computer with USB and launch Syncios.

Step 3: Go to the left panel of Syncios, Click Photo tab on the left panel.

Step 4: Select photos/albums you would like to delete and click Remove button to remove all selected iPad photos.

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How to delete photos from your iPhone: Deleting photos individually

Follow these steps to delete a photo from your iPhone:

  1. Tap to open the Photos app.
  2. If it’s not highlighted already, tap the Photos icon on the left of the bottom bar.
  3. Tap Select (top right).
  4. Tap on the images you want to remove. Each one selected will have a small blue tick on the bottom-right of the thumbnail image.
  5. Tap the Trash icon in the bottom right and then hit ‘Delete [x] Photos’ to confirm.

Note that the images are permanently deleted from your iPhone at this point. Despite the icon, there is no Trash folder on the iPhone like there is in Mac OS X – there isn’t an additional step where you empty the trash.

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How to delete whole photo albums from your iPhone

Sometimes you send whole albums to the iPhone; these can include pictures snapped on the iPhone, or synced with iPhoto on a Mac. You can remove whole albums from the iPhone. Follow these steps to delete an album:

  1. Tap on Photos
  2. Tap on Albums
  3. Tap on Edit
  4. Tap on the red Remove icon to the left of the album you want to remove
  5. Tap on Delete and choose Delete Album

Note that deleting albums does not delete the photos from Camera Roll or Photo Stream. It simply removes the copies of the photos that are stored inside the album.

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How to prepare for OS X Yosemite: Get your Mac ready to download & install OS X 10.10

Apple has made OS X Yosemite available to download on your Mac, following a special event that took place earlier this evening. Here’s how you can get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite, and how you can download OS X Yosemite onto your Mac.

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Apple has made OS X Yosemite available to download on your Mac, following a special event that took place earlier this evening.

OS X Yosemite is packed full of new functionality, the highlights of which are definitely the Continuity and Handoff features that allow users to see notifications from iOS devices, send and receive text messages, make phone calls, exchange files and URLs, and much more.

Here’s how you can get your Mac ready for OS X Yosemite, and how you can download OS X Yosemite onto your Mac.

How to download & install OS X Yosemite on your Mac

Apple has finally released OS X Yosemite. You’ll now find it on the Mac App Store. In order to download and install the new operating system, simply click here and follow the on-screen instructions. Before you do, though, you should prepare your Mac for the update by following the steps listed here.

How to prepare your Mac for OS X Yosemite

Just as with Mavericks (OS X 10.9), Yosemite is free and is pretty easy to install. However, before you perform any big update to OS X, you should complete a few tasks to ensure that your Mac is ready to go. Read next: OS X Mavericks vs OS X Yosemite.

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Apple Officially Unveils New Thinner iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3

Apple today introduced the iPad Air 2, its thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. Now just 6.1 mm thin and weighing less than a pound, iPad Air 2 features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in gold, silver and space gray, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with just the touch of a finger and make purchases easily and securely within apps using Apple Pay.

“iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than a pound, and at just 6.1 mm is the thinnest tablet in the world.” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.”

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iPad Air 2
Engineered for unmatched portability and ease of use, iPad Air 2 offers a beautiful, precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum for durability and a solid feel. The improved Retina display features a fully-laminated design that brings images and content closer to the user’s fingertips, resulting in an even more personal and intimate experience. A custom-designed anti-reflective coating reduces glare by 56 percent² for a clearer display in the office, the classroom or outdoors.

iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life³ users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web. Combined with Metal, the new graphics technology in iOS 8, the A8X chip unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. iPad Air 2 also includes the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

Innovations to the iSight and FaceTime HD cameras in iPad Air 2 enable better photos and videos, with an 8MP sensor and advanced optics in the iSight camera to help capture rich, detailed images and add new features including panoramic in Photos, time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light than iPad Air’s camera, and features burst mode as well as HDR stills and video. With thousands of powerful apps that take advantage of iPad’s amazing cameras and large Retina display viewfinder, iPad becomes a tool that can scan and annotate documents, help study the sky above and provide athletic performance analysis—all with just a tap.

iPad Air 2 delivers faster connectivity with 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology for 2.8 times the Wi-Fi performance of iPad Air at data rates up to 866 Mbps. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular integrates even more LTE bands and comes with expanded LTE for up to 50 percent faster cellular connections, plus support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+).

Touch ID gives iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 users a simple and secure way to unlock iPad with just the touch of a finger, plus the ability to authenticate within apps to better protect logins and data. Touch ID can be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store or iBooks Store, and with Apple Pay, when paying for physical goods and services within apps.

The new iPads come with iOS 8.1 including Continuity features across iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that enable all your Apple products to work together seamlessly. Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to another, and when your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network, you can make and receive phone calls right from your iPad.

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iPad Mini 3
The iPad mini line has been updated to include iPad mini 3 with Touch ID and iPad mini with Retina display, now called iPad mini 2 and starting at just $299, is even more affordable. Both iPads feature a stunning Retina display, amazing A7 chip, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless. iPad mini is also available at its most affordable price, starting at $249.

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Pricing & Availability
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 come in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray, and customers in 29 countries and territories can order online beginning Friday, October 17. Both iPads will be available starting later next week in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Availability in Croatia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Russia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and elsewhere around the world, will continue through the end of October with additional global availability in the coming months. iPads are sold through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 64GB model and $699 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 64GB model and $829 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of $399 (US) for the 16GB model, $499 (US) for the 64GB model and $599 (US) for the 128GB model. iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of $529 (US) for the 16GB model, $629 (US) for the 64GB model and $729 (US) for the 128GB model.

iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini, available in silver or space gray, are offered at now more affordable prices. iPad Air starts at $399 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, iPad mini 2 starts at $299 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model, and iPad mini starts at $249 (US) for the 16GB with Wi-Fi model.

To complement the new iPads, a colorful range of cases and covers offer both protection and customization with iPad Air and iPad mini Smart Covers available in seven bright colors and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini offered in five new elegant shades. Custom-designed polyurethane Smart Covers for iPad Air and iPad mini will be available for a suggested retail price of $39 (US) in black, white, blue, green, pink, yellow and (RED). iPad Air 2 Smart Cases are available in beautiful aniline-dyed leather in midnight blue, olive brown, black, soft pink and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) with Smart Cases for iPad mini available in those same colors at a suggested retail price of $69 (US). Smart Covers and Smart Cases are available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.


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How to send a group email: Quickly add a mail group on the iPhone or iPad

Creating groups in the iPhone/iPad Mail app was always helpful. You could set up a group for your family, or the team you work with, and email every member as a single contact. For some reason this handy function was removed. But this clever hack brings the feature back, and shows you how to send a group email quickly in iOS.how to send group email

This Contacts hack enables you to set up group emails again.

We miss the ability to set up and send a group email on the iPhone and iPad (or at least we did, until we discovered this clever workaround). Of course, we don’t mean group emails in the laborious sense – adding each recipient one by one to the To field. We’re talking about the handy shortcut where create a collection of people (say friends, or work colleagues) in advance, and then just enter the name of the group in the To field in Mail – a massive time-saver.

For some reason we can’t do this in iOS any more; tapping the plus sign and then Groups merely enables you to select groups created previously in Contacts.

But not to worry. We found a way to send group emails anyway. This trick uses the Contacts app to create a new contact with multiple email addresses; you call the contact ‘friends’ or ‘work’ and when you enter that term into the To field in Mail it enters all the email addresses.

See also: How to use Touch ID

Setting up Contacts and Mail to send group emails

Sending group emails in Mail on iOS a bit of a fiddly trick, but easy enough to get your head around. These are the steps you need to follow to send a group email in the Mail app in iOS:

  1. Open the Contacts app (it’s inside the Extras folder by default).
  2. Tap the Add (+) icon.
  3. Enter the name of the group (such as “friends” or “work”) in the Last field.
  4. Scroll down to the Notes section. We’re going to use this to write out the email addresses. You need to surround each mail address with greater than and less than symbols and place a comma between each one. For example <John@work.com>, <Jane@work.com>.
  5. Tap and hold the names to bring up the contextual menu. Tap Select All and Copy.
  6. Tap Add Email.
  7. Tap and hold the Email field and tap Paste.

That now creates a contact with a single name but multiple email addresses. Open the Mail app and tap New. Now enter the name of the group into the To field. It will turn blue, indicating that it is a contact. When you send the email it will go to all the people whose email addresses you added to Contacts.


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How to use Touch ID: best way to set up finger scanning on your iPhone so it always works

Discover how to set up Touch ID on an iPhone so you don’t have to enter passcodes. With Touch ID set up correctly you can tap your finger instead of entering a password to unlock the iPhone and use Touch ID apps.

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The best way to set up Touch ID on an Apple iPhone.

 Touch ID used to unlock your iPhone by scanning your finger (or thumb) prints. The Touch ID sensor sits in the home button of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 (and soon the new iPad if rumours are to be believed). With Touch ID set up you can unlock your iPhone just by placing a finger or thumb against the home button of Apple device.

You can also make purchases from the App Store without entering your App Store passcode, just tap your finger against the Home Button. Touch ID was always a cool feature, but it’s recently become far more useful thanks to iOS 8. In the latest version of Apple’s iPhone operating system developers can integrate Touch ID into their apps: using the Touch ID feature to allow access to an app, and its contents. This is a godsend for apps that contain sensitive information, such as your banking details or personal data. Using Touch ID enables you to boost the security across your iPhone, and still quickly access different apps.

In this feature we’re going to look at how to set up Touch ID, and how to use it to unlock the iPhone and using Touch ID with new apps.

How to set up Touch ID on an iPhone accurately

Setting up Touch ID on an iPhone couldn’t be easier. It’s typically set up for one finger or thumb during the initial start up process. If you own an iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 the iPhone will ask to scan one finger if you say yes to setting up a Passcode.

If you said no to setting up a Passcode (many people find entering the four-digit code annoying) then we suggest you quickly change your mind and set up Touch ID in the settings. Follow these instructions to set up Touch ID:

  1. Tap Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and Turn Passcode On.
  2. Enter and Reenter a four-digit code. Make sure it’s something you can remember, but not something another person will guess (such as your birthday).
  3. Set iPhone Unlock to On. A Touch ID screen will appear.
  4. Place the thumb or finger that you use most frequently against the Home Button. Do not depress the Home Button: rest the finger against the Home Button with pushing it.
  5. Place Your Finger. The iPhone will buzz and a new screen appears called Place Your Finger. Now repeatedly lift and place the middle of the finger or thumb on the Home Button. You may be asked to slightly move your finger or thumb (but generally aim for the middle of your fingerprint) Each time you tap your finger to the phone the thumb graphic in the middle of the screen fills up in red (signifying that the thumb is being scanned).
  6. Adjust Your Grip. When you have scanned your eight times a new window appears called Adjust Your Grip. The next window is called Adjust Your Grip and is used to scan the edge of the thumb, or finger. This helps improve the accuracy of the Touch ID sensor. Tap Continue.
  7. Now tap the inside of your finger or thumb that normally rests against the Touch ID sensor. If tapping your thumb on your right hand, for example, tap the inside left part of the thumb. If tapping a finger tap the forward part (just underneath the nail). Tap this same spot repeatedly until Touch ID has scanned it.

That’s how to set up Touch ID accurately. Touch ID is also activated for iTunes & App Store, but you can deselect this option in the Touch ID & Passcode settings. We find it handy to be able to download apps without having to enter the Apple Store password each time.

Add five fingers to Touch ID

Once you have set up Touch ID it is best to add multiple fingers. This enables you to access Touch ID using different hands, and when holding or tapping the phone on a surface. You can add up to five fingers using Touch ID, we usually add both thumbs and the index and middle finger on our dominant hand, and index finger on our non-dominant hand.

Here’s how to add more fingers to Touch ID:

  1. Tap Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and Add a Fingerprint
  2. Place your finger repeatedly on the Touch ID sensor.
  3. Place the edge of your finger repeatedly on the Touch ID sensor.

Now repeat this process for up to five of your fingers.

How to use Touch ID in apps

Touch ID now works with a range of different apps. You do not scan your finger into the apps again, instead they access the Touch ID system which authorises your finger. There are a few apps that support Touch ID, and most of them do so to enable you to access the app (and its data). Many apps also request a four digit unlock code, which can be different to the main unlock code on your iPhone.

This provides a second layer of support, with your iPhone requiring finger access to unlock and then the app requesting further authorisation to work.

Can developers scan my fingerprint?

No. Your fingerprint is stored at all times in a separate part of the iPhone processor, known as the Secure Enclave. Apple can’t get at your fingerprint, third-party developers cannot get at your fingerprint and as far as we know no hackers have managed to extract a fingerprint from the Secure Enclave (theoretically they shouldn’t be able to ever get at your fingerprint). According to Apple – even they cannot get past your passcode (even if the US government hands them a warrant). Your fingerprint is secure.


Recommend: You can use Syncios to free backup old iPhone before iOS upgrading or downgrading. You can also download and install apps into iPad/iPod/iPhone. There are Huge and growing collection of free gamesapps, wallpapers, ringtones for iOS devicesJust simply download and have a try.

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Reference: macworld
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How to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad in iOS 6 and iOS 7. Plus: iOS 8 jailbreak ‘on the way’

Here’s how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad in iOS 6 or iOS 7. And if you want to jailbreak iOS 8, there’s good news – an iOS 8 jailbreak is on the way.

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Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad is a risky process that we can’t unreservedly recommend, but it remains popular among those who wish to install unofficial apps (such as those on the Cydia marketplace) on their smartphone or tablet. Here’s how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad in iOS 7 – and iOS 6 and earlier. Updated 8 October 2014, with the news that the Pangu collective are working on a jailbreak for iOS 8.

(What is jailbreaking? In essence it means bypassing the locks put in place by Apple on its iPhones and iPads, and thus gaining access to a large number of apps that Apple hasn’t authorised. For explanations of this and many, many more Apple-related terms.)

Jailbreaking iOS 8: When is the iOS 8 jailbreak coming out?

As we touch on very briefly in our article Should you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8?, one of the downsides of upgrading to the new iOS 8 operating system is that you won’t be able to jailbreak it until someone cracks the code.

We’re still waiting for an iOS 8 jailbreak, but the good news is that we might not have to wait much longer. The Pangu collective, which found fame when it published widely used jailbreaks for the later versions of iOS 7, has confirmed on the Chinese social media site Weibo that it’s working on a jailbreak for iOS 8 – and Redmond Pie has interpreted the posting (which appears thoroughly garbled in translation but is reasonably clear in intent) to indicate that the group are well on the way to cracking the new OS.

Whether this means a matter of weeks or months we don’t know, but it shouldn’t be too long. Obviously we’ll update this article as soon as we hear more about an iOS 8 jailbreak – from Pangu or elsewhere.

How to jailbreak an iPhone: A warning

But first… Some of the unofficial apps that you’ll get access to after jailbreaking are pretty tempting, and may offer features you’d never otherwise be able to access; blocking a phone number on an iPhone, for instance, wasn’t possible officially until iOS 7 launched, but an app on Cydia (where you can download apps for jailbroken iPhones and iPads) let you do it easily.

How to jailbreak an iPhone: Cydia is the app that lets you browse and download further unofficial apps

So why doesn’t everyone jailbreak? Well, for one thing it’s by no means straightforward, as we’ll see shortly. Jailbreaking is also legally ambiguous, risky, and prone to void any warranties you have with Apple. We advise you to think long and hard before going ahead with the jailbreaking process.

Apple itself offers advice on the subject of jailbreaking (although you may feel that the company is biased in this respect, since it wants to continue getting its cut of the revenue from official app sales). In this tech note Apple suggests that jailbreaking your iOS device may lead to security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, unreliability, disruption of services and inability to apply future software updates. It may result in Apple denying service for your device.

Nonetheless, many Apple fans have been jailbreaking iOS devices for years without encountering these issues. But once they’ve jailbroken such a device, they understand that they should expect no help from Apple if it causes them trouble in the future. With choice comes responsibility.

How to jailbreak iOS 7 (and iOS 6 and earlier)

We had to wait for a bit, but the jailbreak tool for iOS 7 has been launched by the Evasi0n team. (The Evasio0n team offer one word of warning, however: “Over The Air updates of iOS 7 are known to create an issue and make the jailbreak fail. Some devices are then stuck on the Apple Boot Logo. Until we fix that, please restore your device to 7.0.4. with iTunes first.”)

UPDATE: iOS 7.1, which is still in beta, is set to close the loophole that allows Evasi0n’s iOS 7 jailbreak tool to work. Bear this in mind when considering whether to update your operating system to iOS 7.1 when the full version comes out.

Before you start, back up your iPhone or iPad, and switch off the passcode (at least for the duration of the jailbreak process).

backup iphone before jailbreak

Before jailbreaking, be sure to back up your data. Or you can backup with Syncios Manager. How to

You’ll need to download the Evasi0n7 tool, which is available for Mac OS X and Windows, and is compatible, the makers claim, with all models of iPhone and iPad running iOS 7.0 to iOS 7.0.4. The tool is available from mirrors on evasi0n.com. Double-click the .dmg file to decompress it and an evasi0n window will appear on your desktop. Drag the evasi0n application out of the window to the desktop and launch it.

Connect your iOS device and click the Jailbreak button. evasi0n will retrieve some information from your device. The device will then reboot and prepare itself for the jailbreak. Don’t do anything with your device during this stage.

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evasi0n begins its work

evasi0n will now install Cydia – the application that provides access to third-party apps – on your device. When instructed to by evasi0n, unlock your device by pressing the Home button and swiping the Slide to Unlock switch to the right. You should see a new Jailbreak icon on your Home screen. Tap it and evasi0n will carry on with the final stage of the jailbreak. You can now quit evasi0n by clicking the Exit button.

evasi0n

Don’t touch your device until evasi0n tells you to

Your device will reboot, briefly display the evasi0n screen, show the Apple logo, and then show the evasi0n screen again, which details the progress of the jailbreak installation. Finally, your device is ready for you to use in the normal way.

The one difference you’ll see is a Cydia icon on the home screen. Tap it and Cydia launches, prepares its file system, and then quits. To then use Cydia as intended, tap its icon once again, choose your user type (User, Hacker, or Developer), tap Done, and the Cydia interface loads.

The version of Cydia you’re using may need updating; older versions of Cydia may not support Cydia’s newer third-party apps. To do that, tap the Changes icon at the bottom of the screen and then tap Refresh in the top left corner. If any updates are available (as evidenced by green check marks) tap the Update button in the top-right corner of the display. Cydia will download the latest updates and reboot the device.

What you choose to install is entirely up to you. Some people choose to install OpenSSH so that they can remotely access the device’s file system via a standard FTP client. However, if you enable this feature, be sure to change your device’s root password from the default “alpine,” which is used by all iOS devices. Fail to do so and others around you could hack into your device. To learn how to change the password, tap the Root Password How-To link on Cydia’s About screen.

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Cydia is now in the house

How to jailbreak an iPhone: Future updates of jailbreaking tools

There was a decent wait between Apple releasing iOS 7 and a jailbreaking tool being released for the system – most likely because iOS 7 represented a more substantial update than most new versions iOS. As Apple releases minor and major updates to iOS, new jailbreaking tools (and updates to tools) will be released too, but there may again be a wait.

If you want to keep track of when jailbreak tools are launched in the future, two useful options are following @evad3rs on Twitter (that’s the account used by evasi0n), and checking out the jailbreaking section on Reddit.

In the mean time, look out for scammers. Lots of unscrupulous companies and individuals claimed to have cracked iOS 7 before a reliable tool was released by the Evasi0n team, and offered to give you the jailbreak for a sum of money – often $50.

How to jailbreak an iPhone: tethered and untethered jailbreaking

Finally, some words on jailbreaking terminology.

Jailbreaking has been in a largely dormant state since the release of iOS 6. In that version of the mobile operating system, Apple closed many of the avenues that had once been used to crack iOS open.

Tethered jailbreaks require you to attach your iOS device to your computer and run an application to jailbreak it. If you later power off the device and then restart it, the jailbreak is wiped out, and you have to repeat the entire process.

These kinds of jailbreak were the first to be developed. But what prospective jailbreakers wanted was an untethered method, where the hack would remain in effect even after the device was switched off and on again.

That untethered jailbreak arrived in the form of evasi0n. Like jailbreaks before it, evasi0n doesn’t unlock an iPhone (which would allow you to use the device with multiple carriers). Rather, it simply allows you to install third-party apps not approved by Apple via the Cydia store we mentioned earlier.


Recommend: You can use Syncios to free backup old iPhone before iOS upgrading or downgrading. You can also download and install apps into iPad/iPod/iPhone. There are Huge and growing collection of free gamesapps, wallpapers, ringtones for iOS devicesJust simply download and have a try.

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Reference: macworld
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How to set up a new iPhone

If you have just purchased a new iPhone or are about to do so, here are some useful tips and advice for setting it up. Complete guide to setting up a new iPhone for old iPhone users and ex-Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry users.

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If you have just purchased a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, here are some useful tips and advice for setting it up.

1) Are you upgrading from an older iPhone?

Yes. Go to step 2

No. Go to step 8

2) Make sure you back up your old iPhone first

If you’re upgrading from an older iPhone, you can transfer all its apps, data, and settings to your new iPhone. But to do so, you’ll need to make a backup (via iTunes or via iCloud or Syncios) of your information.

3) How to back up an iPhone using iTunes & iCloud

It’s worth checking that you are running the latest version of iTunes before you start. Select iTunes from the menu, and Check for Updates. To make a backup, or update an existing one using iTunes, connect your old device to the computer you normally sync it with via USB, open iTunes, select the device, and press the Sync button.

If you are running iOS 7 or iOS 8 chances are you will already be backing up on a daily basis via iCloud. Check that it has recently backed up: your device will automatically make an iCloud backup once a day as long as it’s locked, plugged in, and connected to a Wi-Fi network, and as long as you have sufficient space available in your iCloud account. It it’s not updated recently you can manually force a backup by opening Settings and navigating to iCloud > Storage & Backup, making sure iCloud Back up is on, and selecting Back Up Now. Backing up via iCloud may take longer than via iTunes, especially if it’s the first time, so if you are in a hurry it may not be the best option.

4) How to back up an iPhone using Syncios Manager

Backing up with iTunes is always the first choice of most upgrading. Because people think it is the only choice as well. However, Syncios break this situation with its stable and powerful backup feature. Here we will guide you how to backup your iDevices before upgrading with Syncios.

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Backed-up information includes purchased music, TV shows, apps, and books*; photos and video in the Camera Roll; device settings (for example, Phone Favorites, Wallpaper, and Mail, Contacts, Calendar accounts); app data; Home screen and app organization; Messages (iMessage, SMS, and MMS), ringtones, and more. Backup all of your data safely!

5) How to set up your new iPhone

Turn on your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus by pressing the oblong on/off button at the top right of the device. Once the device is on, swipe where it says ‘Slide to Set Up’. Apple will now take you through a number of options including language and country, connecting to WiFi, Enabling Location Services, and then the option to Restore from iCloud Backup, Restore from iTunes Backup or Set Up as New iPhone.

6) Restore your new iPhone from an iTunes backup or iCloud backup

Connect your iPhone the computer that you backed up your old iPhone to. iTunes will check that you want to restore from backup of set up as new. Select the Restore from this backup option. While the restore process is taking place the iTunes progress bar may pause, it may just need more time, so don’t unplug your phone. When the restore process is complete your new iPhone will start up. Keep the device connected to iTunes to sync your music and other media files.

If your old iPhone is backed up to iCloud you don’t even need to plug your iPhone into your computer, although you will want to plug it into a power source.  It also needs to be on a WiFi network. In fact, it is possible to set up your new iPhone without ever plugging it in to a computer. When prompted to set up, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup,” tap next, and enter your Apple ID and password. Select the backup of your old device and tap Restore. Wait until the device has finished restoring from the backup – this will take longer depending on how much data is contained in the backup and the speed of your internet connection. When the restore process is complete, your device will restart. If you want to sync data not contained in the backup (such as music, videos, apps, and so on) you will need to connect to iTunes. (That’s unless you have iTunes Match set up, that will allow you to download music from iCloud when required, similarly you will be able to download for free any apps you have bought but don’t appear on your device). Continue reading