Celebrate Apple's 40th anniversary with our 40 favorite memories

Apple celebrates its 40th birthday on April 1 and has shared a short video highlighting its major milestones. Join the party with our 40 favorite Apple moments.

1. "Hello, I'm a Mac."

Apple changed how we talk about computers. Traditional PC ads rely on tech specs to sell their wares. Apple presented deeper emotional choices through its advertising. You could join the revolution, become one of the crazy ones, snicker at John Hodgman as PC,... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

Apple goes small with trimmer iPhone SE and iPad Pro

Apple's former ad slogan was "Think different," but today's media event might have been tagged "Think small." Apple unveiled more compact versions of its iPhone and iPad Pro, plus new watchbands and updates to iOS and TVOS.

iPhone SE

The new 4-inch iPhone SE is a replacement for Apple's 4-inch iPhone 5S, which Apple released in 2013. Despite the success of its larger 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, Apple said the smaller model remains popular, especially with first-time buyers -- 30 million... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPad

Stop receiving calls and texts on your iPad, Mac, or iPod Touch

Since the release of Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 in late 2014, you can use Continuity to hand off a task from one device to another. So, for example, you can start an email on your MacBook and finish it on your iPhone, or vice versa. You can also use Instant Hotspot to connect your Mac to your iPhone's Wi-Fi.

Continuity is unquestionably handy, but one thing bugs me: I hate receiving phone calls and texts on my iPhone,... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , Mac , iPad , Mac OS X

5 steps to easy reading on your iPhone

Are you having trouble reading on your iPhone or iPad? Do you wish you could check your phone in bright light or in the dark and actually see something? The forthcoming Night Shift feature, currently in iOS 9.3 beta, aims to ease night reading by warming your display colors after sunset. While you wait for that release, here are five actions you can take right now to see text more clearly on your iPhone or iPad.

Adjust brightness

If you're in... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Unclutter your iPhone's home screen

Facebook becomes even more of a time suck if you're forced to fish for it in your app library, and Shazam is just a space waster if the deep-crate ditty that you're trying to identify is over before you can find the app. If your apps are in a random jumble, then it's time to tidy up your iPhone or iPad's home screen. There are several ways to get organized, but the first step is to delete unnecessary... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , iPad

Apps for getting creative on the iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is built to replace your laptop, with its impressive 12.9-inch Retina display, lightning-fast CPU, multitouch abilities, and hi-fi speakers. But you don't have to use all that screen space for Microsoft Office. Here are six apps recently optimized for the iPad Pro that'll give you a big canvas for your ideas.


Most of us can't go to museums or galleries every day to soak up inspiration. But you can make a habit of... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPad

How to use iOS's Text Replacement

Autocorrect and autocomplete have certainly done their part to speed up communication, but neither has done as much as iOS's Text Replacement (formerly called Keyboard Shortcuts). This often overlooked feature enables you to type common messages like "How's it going?" or "See you soon" with just a few characters, such as "hig" or "sys." You'll find this a major timesaver.

To set up Text Replacement, tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then Text Replacement, where you'll find preconfigured... Read More &raquo

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iPad

Apple's fall lineup

In San Francisco this morning, Apple unveiled its latest iPhone 6s, updates to the Apple Watch, a new Apple TV, and a wide-body tablet named the iPad Pro. With the new electronics comes new software, including iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 (both due September 16), El Capitan (possibly coming September 30), and TvOS and an app store for Apple TV (October). Apple's fall line highlights the path the company hopes to take into the living room and... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , Android , iOS , iPad , Windows software

Apple releases first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9

As promised at its developer conference last month, Apple today is opening the doors to prerelease versions of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Apple unveiled the upcoming revisions in June at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference and said it would release public betas of both OSes this month.

Apple's goal with public betas is to give users a chance to preview what's coming and to submit feedback prior to the final releases expected this fall. Apple... Read More &raquo

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , Mac , iPad , Windows software , Mac OS X

7 must-have apps for iPad

Just one month after announcing new iPhones and watches, Apple will unveil another set of new products on Thursday. While nothing is official yet, we're anticipating next-generation iPads and Macs, the final release of Yosemite OS, and perhaps an Apple TV update. For the iPad, there are rumors of fingerprint sensors and a new color. Whether or not you're ready for a tablet upgrade, our seven app picks will enhance your iPad experience.


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Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apple , apps , iOS , iPad , Windows software