How to Downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 on iPhone and iPad

How to downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10

Don’t like iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad? You can downgrade to iOS 10.3.3 if you act quickly. Maybe you don’t like the update, maybe you find iOS 11 battery life to be poor, or app compatibility to be a problem, or perhaps you think the performance is subpar. Whatever the reason, you can easily downgrade iOS 11 if you need to, but the ability to downgrade is only available for a limited time while Apple continues to sign the prior operating system release of iOS 10.3.3.

We’ll walk through how you can downgrade iOS 11 back to iOS 10 on an iPhone or iPad.

This guide requires iTunes and a computer, internet access, an iOS 10.3.3 ISPW file, and a USB cable. There is no way to downgrade iOS 11 without iTunes and a computer.

Important note: downgrading iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 can cause data loss, including the removal of important data or everything on your iPhone or iPad. Thus it is critical to have a backup that is compatible with iOS 10 available before downgrading (one should have been made prior to updating to iOS 11 in the first place), this is because iOS 11 backups are not compatible with iOS 10 or other prior releases. If you only have a backup for iOS 11, then downgrading to iOS 10 may require you to update again to iOS 11 in order to restore from that iOS 11 backup. If you don’t know what you are doing and do not have adequate backups, do not attempt to downgrade or you may experience permanent data loss on the iPhone or iPad.

We’ll cover two ways to downgrade, a simple way that should work for most users, and an approach that requires Recovery Mode if the first downgrade method fails.

How to Downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 the Easy Way

Be sure you have recent backups available of your iOS device to avoid potential data loss. An iOS 11 backup is only able to be restored to an iOS 11 device, thus you would need an iOS 10 backup to restore to iOS 10. Failing to have a compatible backup can lead to permanent data loss.

  1. Go here and download the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for the iPhone or iPad you wish to downgrade and save that .ipsw file somewhere easy to locate like the desktop
  2. Downgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 10 requires an IPSW file

  3. Open the iTunes app on a Mac or Windows PC
  4. iTunes

  5. Using a USB cable, connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you wish to downgrade to the computer
  6. iPhone USB charging cable

  7. Select the device in iTunes by clicking on the little device icon in the upper left corner of iTunes
  8. Select iOS device in iTunes

  9. Now under the device summary section of iTunes, click the ‘Update’ button using the appropriate modifier key to begin the downgrade process:
  • Mac OS: OPTION + click the “Update” button
  • Windows PC: SHIFT + click the “Update” button

Downgrade iOS 11 via iTunes

  • Select the iOS 10.3.3 .ipsw file you downloaded in the first step, and choose to update to that version
  • The iPhone or iPad screen will turn black as the downgrade begins, rebooting multiple times with a progress bar and Apple logo as the downgrade completes
  • When the downgrade has finished the device will boot back up into iOS 10, the process can take a while if the device has a large amount of used storage
  • The downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 should go without a hitch, assuming you chose the proper iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for your device, and assuming Apple is still signing the system software. Once Apple stops signing iOS 10.3.3 then downgrading to it from iOS 11 will be impossible.

    Some users have reported that sometimes data in iBooks, Notes, Music, and Messages may go missing with the “update” downgrade approach outlined above. If that happens to you, simply restore the device from an iOS 10.3.3 compatible backup once the device is back on iOS 10.3.3.

    Note that if you choose “Restore” in the above process and then select IPSW, then the device will be either restored from a backup made compatible with iOS 10.3.3 or setup as new like a standard restore process, which can then be restored with a compatible backup.

    If for some reason the above downgrade method fails, you can use the Recovery Mode approach to downgrading iOS 11 detailed next.

    How to Downgrade from iOS 11 with Recovery Mode on iPhone and iPad

    Rarely, the above downgrade process will fail or get stuck on an  Apple logo, or stuck on a black screen. If this happens, you can start the downgrade over again while the iPhone or iPad is in Recovery Mode or DFU mode*

    1. Launch iTunes on the computer
    2. Download the appropriate iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for your device that you want to downgrade
    3. Put the iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode using the instructions appropriate for your device:
    • For iPad, iPhone 6s and earlier with a clickable Home button, and iPod touch: Press and hold both the Power button and Home button at the same time. Continue holding the buttons down until you see a recovery mode iTunes connect screen (this happens after you see the Apple logo, just keep holding the buttons)
    • For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press down and hold the Power button and Volume Down button concurrently and continue holding until you see the recovery mode screen, this happens after you see the Apple logo so continue holding the buttons until you see the recovery mode indicator of the iTunes logo
  • With the iPhone or iPad in Recovery Mode, connect the device to a computer with iTunes
  • For Mac, OPTION click on “Restore” and for Windows SHIFT click on “Restore” and select the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file you downloaded in the second step
  • Restore the device to iOS 10.3.3, when the restore is complete choose to setup as new or restore a backup that is compatible with iOS 10.3.3 (note that iOS 11 backups are not compatible with prior iOS releases)
  • * You can learn how to put iPhone 7 into DFU mode here and how to put other iPhone and iPad models into DFU mode here. It’s unusual to need DFU mode to downgrade unless something has gone wrong and the device has become totally unresponsive.

    Help, My iOS 11 Backup Won’t Work on iOS 10!

    If you only have a backup from iOS 11, then it will not work with an iOS 10.3.3 device that has been downgraded. Instead, you will need to download the iOS 11 update or update the device to iOS 11 through Setting app, and then restore the iOS 11 backup to the device after it has been updated to a compatible version of system software. There is no way to make an iOS 11 backup compatible with an iOS 10.3.3 device as the iOS backups are not backwards compatible.

    What’s your experience with downgrading iOS 11? Why did you downgrade and how did it go? Share your experience in the comments below!

    macOS High Sierra release date, , new features and compatibility

    Apple gave us a preview of macOS High Sierra, the newest version of its Mac and MacBook operating system, at WWDC in June 2017. The updated software, which will launch to the public in September and is currently in beta testing, brings new core technologies, opportunities for developers looking to jump on the VR bandwagon, and refinements to apps such as Safari, Photos and Mail.

    In this article we’ve got everything you need to know about High Sierra: interface changes, new features and which Macs are compatible with the new OS.

    Release date

    The final verison of macOS High Sierra will be available to download on 25 September.

    The Gold Master beta version become available following the 12 September Apple event, find out what else Apple announced at that event here.

    If you want to decide whether or not the upgrade is worth it, check out our Sierra vs High Sierra comparison review.

    High Sierra beta versions

    You can run a beta verison of High Sierra now!

    Ahead of the launch, developers can get their hands on a beta of High Sierra from developer.apple.com and non-developers who sign up to Apple’s public beta program are also able to get a copy of the public beta from beta.apple.com.

    Find out how to install the beta version of High Sierra here.

    High Sierra problems

    Reports are indicating that those with Fusion Drives may experience some difficulties when the new macOS High Sierra operating system lauches. 

    This is because the new Apple File system (APFS), more on that below, will not support Fusion Drives at launch. 

    This shouldn’t affect anyone who hasn’t been running the beta version of High Sierra, but if you have been running High Sierra beta on your Fusion Drive equipped iMac then beware that you will need to follow Apple’s advice to convert your Fusion Drive back to the previous HFS+ format before installing High Sierra. 

    Apple’s instructions, which you can read here suggest that you should first make a Time Machine back up, then create a bootable installer of High Sierra, and reformat the drive before recovering your data from the Time Machine backup.

    Apple also outlines how to overcome this particular challenge using Internet Recovey, but advises that it is only for advanced users.

    New features in macOS High Sierra

    Sierra brought some big new features to the Mac, such as Siri and Apple Pay – so what’s new now?

    MacOS High Sierra brings changes with it that you might be unaware of because they are all happening ‘under the hood’.

    These changes to the core technologies include:

    • A new Apple File System that will change the way the Mac stores your data, as well as make copying files faster.
    • Improvements that will enhance 4K video playback (and reduce the space taken up by those videos).
    • The graphics capabilities will be improved, bringing VR to supported Macs.

    High Sierra reminds us of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard – two updates that built on the OS changes introduced in the previous year’s versions (Lion and Leopard respectively), and focused more on the underlying technologies, with fewer changes to the outside. Keeping Sierra as part of the name certainly seems to back this up.

    However, there are ways in which these core technologies will improve your Mac experience in a way you will notice. Speaking on 1 August, Tim Cook talked briefly about the “immersive gaming, 3D and virtual reality experiences made possible with the upcoming release of macOS High Sierra”.

    There are also some new features coming to some of the apps Apple ships with macOS, such as the ability to turn off autoplaying video in Safari, and new advanced editing tools in Photos.

    You can also expect to see updates to:

    • Mail
    • Siri
    • iCloud
    • Spotlight
    • Notes
    • Messages

    We’ll discuss the changes coming to all of those apps below, addressing the ‘core technologies’ later on in this article.

    Safari

    New features in Safari will help you personalise your experience when surfing the web. You can refine your settings for particular websites – making the text bigger for example on one site, or adjusting your location settings for another.

    Apple is determined to make surfing the web a more pleasant experience, much to the dismay of advertisers as a result there will be no more auto-playing videos and no more cookies tracking your surfing habits and aiding advertisers who want to target ads to your interests.

    Apple sells this as Intelligent Tracking Prevention which identifies trackers and keeps your browsing history between you and your internet provider rather than third parties.

    What this means to users is that in macOS High Sierra, Safari automatically blocks audio and video on every site visited unless you specifically tell Safari that you want to hear the audio/video playback. Once you’ve ‘told’ Safari that a certain website can play audio and video, it should remember that the next time you visit the site (because who wants to enable it for every YouTube video they watch?).

    As a final nail in the advertiser’s coffin, Apple will make all pages that support Safari Reader appear thus in your browser – with ads stripped out. For more information read How to use the new features in High Sierra. 

    Photos

    The Photos app for Mac is gaining some new organisation tools including an always-on side bar (like we had in iPhoto). This new side bar will make it easier to find things, or at least that’s Apple’s aim.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

    There will be a redesigned Edit view along with new editing tools including Curves for fine-tuning and Selective Color for making adjustments within a defined colour range. You’ll also find new professionally inspired filters.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

    Speaking of editing, Live Photos will gain a new Loop effect, so you can create a looping video, as well as a Bounce effect, which will play the action forward and backward.

    There’s also a Long Exposure effect coming which will use Live Photos to blur water or extend light trails for a slow-shutterspeed-like effect. You’ll also be able to capture Live Photos from within FaceTime.

    Your People Album will gets larger thumbnails and more accurate grouping of the ‘Faces’ (and this will stay in sync across all your devices if you use iCloud Photo Library.

    Apple’s also introducing lots of new Memories categories – including pets, babies, outdoor activities, performances, weddings, birthdays and sporting events, and you’ll be able to easily filter photo collections by your favourite criteria.

    Other handy changes in Photos include:

    • Viewing past imports in chronological order
    • The ability to do various functions right from the toolbar, such as rotate and favourite batches of images
    • The selection counter will tell you how many things you have selected
    • Filtering photo collections according to criteria
    • Photos will supports external editors, e.g. Photoshop can launch within Photos and save edits to the Photos library
    • Third-party projects extensions that let you order framed prints, create web pages and more

    Mail

    Apple has also tinkered with the Mail app for MacOS High Sierra.

    Updates will include improvements to search to make it easier to find what you are looking for amid our ever growing inboxes.

    Top Hits adds a section at the top of your search results that includes the messages deemed to be most relevant to your search. These Top Hits are based on the the mail you’ve read, the senders you reply to most often and people you have designated VIP status. According to Apple, the more you search, the smarter it gets.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Mail

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Mail

    Mail will also offer a long-requested feature; split-screen view when running the app full-screen.

    Essentially, if you’ve got the Mail app open full-screen in macOS High Sierra and you want to send a new email, the composition window will open on the right-hand side of the screen instead of a new window, as currently it does in macOS Sierra.

    Siri

    Apple remains the only major AI player to offer the choice between a male and female voice, and these voices are going to get even more natural in macOS High Sierra.

    Siri’s voice will be much more expressive and less robotic. You can expect more changes in expression and intonation.

    Siri is more than just a pretty voice, though. It will be taking on the role of DJ, learning your preferences based on what you listen to (if you’re an Apple Music subscriber) and making recommendations, as well as helpfully putting together playlists for you.

    Spotlight

    The main addition to Spotlight appears to be integration with flight information. You’ll be able to enter your flight number to see arrival and departure times, terminals, gates, delays, and more.

    Spotlight results will also include multiple Wikipedia pages when there is more than one answer to your query.

    Notes

    We think this one is a great addition – you’ll be able to Pin your most frequently used notes to the top so you can easily find them. This sure beats having to re-save a Note every time we access it so that it doesn’t get buried.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

    You’ll also be able to add tables to Notes.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

    Messages

    This is perhaps one of the most exciting elements of the new Mac and iOS operating systems.

    Your Messages are going to be stored in iCloud, so if you ever lose your phone you won’t lose all your messages, and more importantly, your Messages will be in sync across all your devices, so you won’t see alerts on your Mac for messages you have already read on your iPhone.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Messages

    macOS High Sierra latest news: Messages

    Because Messages will be stored in the cloud they won’t take up space on your Mac or iPhone either.

    Apple File System

    Now we’ve covered the fun stuff (i.e. the apps we use every day). Onto the under the hood changes that will hopefully enhance our overall experience on our Macs come this autumn.

    First up is the introduction of the Apple File System (APFS) on the Mac. APFS arrived on our iPhones earlier this year in an update to iOS 10, and when it arrived the first thing we all noticed was that we got gigabytes of space back following the update. This is because Apple has rearchitected the way it stores data on its devices.

    But APFS will do more than reduce the amount of space our data takes up. It will also make duplicating a file and finding the size of a folder instantaneous.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: APFS

    macOS High Sierra latest news: APFS

    It also keeps files safe with built-in encryption, helps protect data from power outages and system crashes, and offers simplified data backup, according to Apple.

    And perhaps most importantly, it is compatible with HFS drives and data, so you shouldn’t lose any data (although we’d always recommend that you back up!), and is designed with future advancements in storage technology in mind.

    Why is this so exciting for Mac users? In addition to offering increased security when compared to the standard HPF system and built-in drive encryption, it offers a dramatic speed bump in file transfer speeds – ideal for those that move/copy/duplicate large files.

    The introduction of APFS may even free up a bit of storage like it did for iOS users when Apple introduced it in iOS 10.3!

    Video

    High Sierra will also see Apple move to the H.265 video standard to support better 4K playback. H.265, also known as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) compresses video 40% more than H.264, and means high-def videos will take up less space on your Mac. High-quality video streaming will be possible too.

    It’s not just about watching videos, though. The hardware accelerations on the new iMac and MacBook Pros will make HEVC encoding and editing possible.

    (H.265 will also be arriving in iOS 11 for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the next iPhone.)

    Metal 2

    The Metal technology built into macOS makes it possible for apps to use the full power of the graphics processors. The incoming Metal 2 update brings new capabilities in machine learning, virtual reality and external GPU support.

    The API has also been refined, and Apple claims it offers improved performance.

    In conjunction with Thunderbolt 3, Apple will offer external GPU support on supported Macs (although this is expected to be a later addition, coming in Spring 2018).

    Apple is offering an External Graphics Developer Kit to developers of apps that use Metal, OpenCL, and OpenGL. It costs £749 and will furnish them with all the hardware and software they need to optimise their app, it includes:

    • Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply
    • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card
    • Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub
    • Promo code for $100 towards the purchase of HTC Vive VR headset

    Find out more about this here.

    macOS High Sierra latest news

    macOS High Sierra latest news

    Virtual Reality

    Apple will be offering support for VR content creation for the first time in High Sierra and as a result developers will be able to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac.

    These capabilities are limited to the new 2017 iMac with Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pro coming in late 2017 and any supported Mac paired with an external GPU (although the latter will be delayed until Spring 2018).

    Developers will be able to use peripherals like the HTC Vive VR headset and apps like Final Cut Pro X, SteamVR, Epic Unreal 4 Editor and Unity Editor to create immersive new worlds, says Apple.

    Regarding its own video suite – Apple says that Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree workflows with the ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video, “later this year”.

    Already, Steam is optimising their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, according to Apple.

    macOS High Sierra latest news: VR

    macOS High Sierra latest news: VR

    This is in part thanks to the new Metal 2 technology introduced as part of the update that’ll give the existing Mac range a hefty boost in terms of graphical power, and signifies a huge step in the VR world; only months ago, Oculus claimed its Mac support was on hold due to the power required to use the headset.

    Will this change now? Only time will tell, but we imagine it will be the case. 

    Read next: Can you use Oculus Rift with Mac?

    Which Macs can run High Sierra?

    Thankfully, every Mac that can run the macOS Sierra can run High Sierra. Those machines are:

    • MacBook (Late 2009 or later)
    • MacBook Air (2010 or later)
    • MacBook Pro (2010 or later)
    • Mac mini (2010 or later)
    • Mac Pro (2010 or later)
    • iMac (Late 2009 or later)

    Read about how macOS High Sierra compares to Windows 10.

    How to Downgrade iTunes 12.7 to iTunes 12.6

    Downgrade iTunes 12

    Some users may determine that iTunes 12.7 along with the removal of the App Store and other changes are incompatible with their particular workflow. With a little effort, you can downgrade iTunes 12.7 back to iTunes 12.6 on either a Mac OS computer or Windows PC.


    Most people should not downgrade iTunes nor attempt to downgrade, this is really only appropriate for advanced users who must use an earlier version for some particular reason. Before downgrading iTunes 12.7 you should know that you can manage and download apps on iPhone or iPad without iTunes, directly in iOS as detailed here, including manually copying apps to the iPhone or iPad via IPA files.

    You should backup your computer before beginning this process. Failure to backup could result in permanent data loss or data removal. Do not skip backing up your computer before beginning.

    This process is basically three parts: deleting iTunes, restoring the old iTunes Library file, and then downloading the older version of iTunes and installing it.

    How to Downgrade iTunes 12.7 to 12.6 on Mac

    Back up your Mac before beginning the iTunes downgrade process. Do not skip backing up your Mac or else you may lose data, apps, music, media, or general functionality.

    1. Back up the Mac if you haven’t done so already
    2. Quit out of iTunes
    3. Now open the Terminal application in Mac OS, found in /Applications/Utilities/ and type the following exactly, then hit return:
    4. cd /Applications/

    5. Now you’ll be in the Applications folder via command line, the next command syntax must be precisely entered to remove iTunes, make sure the syntax is exact:
    6. sudo rm -rf iTunes.app/

    7. Be absolutely certain your syntax reads the same, rm is unforgiving and will delete any file permanently it is pointed at. When certain you are pointing at iTunes.app/ only, hit return and authenticate with an admin password to completely delete iTunes
    8. Delete iTunes on a Mac to downgrade

    9. Now go to the Finder of Mac OS and visit your user ~/Music/iTunes/ folder and locate the file named “iTunes Library.itl” and move it to the Desktop, or another easily found location
    10. Still in ~/Music/iTunes/, now open the folder titled “Previous iTunes Libraries” and find the most recent dated iTunes Library file (these are labeled as whatever date you installed the latest iTunes, for example “iTunes Library 2017-09-12.itl” or similar) and make a copy of that file
    11. Restore old iTunes library file

    12. Drag the copy of “iTunes Library 2017-09-12.itl” to the ~/Music/iTunes/ folder and rename it to “iTunes Library.itl”
    13. Now go to Apple iTunes Downloads page here and locate “iTunes 12.6.2” and choose to download that to the Mac
    14. Install iTunes 12.6.2 on the Mac as usual, then launch iTunes once complete

    That’s it, you’re now back to the prior version of iTunes.

    To avoid downloading iTunes 12.7 again you may want to hide it from the Mac App Store or turn off automatic updates.

    How to Downgrade iTunes 12.7 in Windows

    Downgrading iTunes 12.7 can be done in Windows as well by uninstalling iTunes and then reinstalling the old version. You’ll still want to restore the old iTunes Library .itl file however.

    1. In Windows, navigate to where your iTunes Media folder is and open “Previous iTunes Libraries” and make a copy of the most recently dated iTunes Library.itl file in that directory
    2. In Windows, open Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features and go to “Uninstall or change a program”
    3. Choose “iTunes” and choose to Uninstall iTunes 12.7 from the Windows PC
    4. Uninstall iTunes in Windows to downgrade

    5. Download and install iTunes 12.6 from Apple using the following links (direct download links to exe files via Apple CDN), get the 32 or 64 bit version appropriate to your Windows installation :
  • Relaunch iTunes after installation has completed
  • It’s important to not skip the ‘iTunes Library.itl’ file process because if you do not restore the previous iTunes Library file you will get an error message stating “iTunes Library.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes”. Typically you can override those error messages by rebuilding an iTunes library, but if you can avoid that you may as well.

    How to Manage & Sync iOS Apps Without iTunes on iPhone & iPad

    Manage iOS Apps on iPhone and iPad without iTunes

    The latest version of iTunes removes the App Store and thus the ability to manage iOS apps on an iPhone or iPad directly through iTunes. Instead, Apple wants users to manage and sync their iOS apps directly on the iOS device itself through the built-in App Store.

    The removal of App Store and an Apps section from iTunes has confused some users, and annoyed others. But don’t distress, even if this change can take some adapting, because you can still easily manage apps, sync apps, and redownload apps and access apps through the App Store directly on an iPhone or iPad.

    It’ll be helpful to think of the concept of app ‘syncing’ as now more like app re-downloading from the App Store, since syncing apps to and from iTunes is largely gone and instead replaced with redownloading apps if need be over the internet. (I say largely gone because you can still sort of work with .ipa files, more on that below.)

    How to Redownload Apps to iPhone or iPad from iOS App Store, Without iTunes

    You can download existing and old apps, as well as manage apps directly on the iPhone and iPad by using the App Store Purchased section. The Purchased section of the App Store includes all apps you have ever downloaded or bought before at any time with the Apple ID in use, as long as those apps are still on the App Store. This redownloading iOS app ability has been around for a long time in iOS, but now it is perhaps more important than ever before.

    Here is how you can access Purchased and use it to download apps back to your iOS device, note the precise actions are slightly different on iPhone compared to iPad but the general behavior is the same:

    1. Open the App Store app in iOS
    2. App Store logo in iOS

    3. Go to the Purchased section of the App Store
    • For iPhone and iPod touch: Go to “Updates” and then “Purchased”
    • Access Purchased apps in iOS App Store for iPhone

    • For iPad: Tap your Apple ID account icon in the corner of the open App Store
    • Access Purchased apps in App Store on iPad

    • On iPad App Store, then tap “Purchased”
    • access apps to iPad via App Store Purchased section

  • Choose the “Not on this device” section
  • Tap the download icons alongside app names you wish to download to the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Downloading apps from the Purchased section of apps not on the current device

    This allows you to download and access apps that you have previously downloaded, owned, or purchased at some point, but that are not contained on the current iOS device.

    These purchase listings will be different per iOS device, changing from “Not on this iPhone” or “Not on this iPad” depending on what device you are using with the same Apple ID, and depending on what apps are on the active iOS device.

    Access and download purchased apps not on the iOS device without iTunes

    Arranging iOS App Home Screen and Icon Layouts on iPhone and iPad

    You can still arrange your iOS home screen as you like it to a custom icon layout, but now it must be done on the iPhone or iPad.

    Simply tap and hold on an app icon until all screen icons start to jiggle. Once the icons are jiggling on the iOS screen they can be moved around at will. Use this to arrange the Home Screen of an iPhone or iPad to suit your preferences.

    If you drag a jiggling icon to the edge of the screen, continue holding and you can move the app icon to a different Home Screen page.

    Removing Unwanted Apps from the iPhone or iPad

    Removing apps from an iPhone or iPad is a matter of uninstalling the apps from iOS, the easiest way is by the tap-and-hold and then delete method detailed here.

    Delete apps in iOS with a tap and hold

    You can also delete apps from an iOS device through the Settings > General section to manage storage.

    Manually Syncing / Copying Apps via IPA Files to iPhone or iPad with iTunes

    Interestingly, you can still drag and drop ringtones in .m4r format and iOS apps in .ipa file format into iTunes and to the target iOS device, and they should transfer over to the target iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

    If you happen to have a .ipa file of an iOS app, you can still manually copy it over to the iPhone or iPad via iTunes by using this drag and drop method. This is sort of like syncing, but it’s really just copying a file over from the local computer to the target iOS device by using iTunes.

    Apps stored as .ipa files, if you have any stored on a local computer, can be found within the iTunes Library locations on the Mac and Windows PC and a subfolder for Mobile Applications, typically the path would be as follows for Mac and Windows PC respectively:

    IPA file path in Mac OS:

    ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Mobile Applications/

    IPA file path in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10:

    My MusiciTunesiTunes Media

    With an iPhone or iPad connected to the computer via USB, simply drag and drop the IPA file into iTunes onto the iOS device in question through the sidebar.

    IPA files of iOS apps on a Mac

    It’s alway possible this particular IPA file feature will disappear from iTunes in the future with another software update, or that the IPA files stored on a computer will vanish if you don’t copy them elsewhere for backup purposes, so it’s probably wise to not depend on this particular ability too much.

    Do you know of any other tricks or helpful approaches to managing apps and iOS devices through iTunes or a computer, now that iTunes has removed the App Store? Let us know in the comments!

    Sublime Text 3.0 is released for download on MacOS, Windows and Linux » TechWorm

    Sublime Text 3.0 arrives in final version with new features

    There is some good news for lovers of the popular code editor, Sublime Text, as it has released the new final version of Sublime Text 3.0 Build 3143, which is now available for download on Windows, Linux and MacOS. In comparison to the previous release, the program is supposed to be better in every way, which makes it easy for everyday people to work with code.

    For those unaware, Sublime Text is a proprietary cross-platform source code editor with a Python application programming interface (API). It natively supports many programming languages and markup languages, and its functionality can be extended by users with plugins, typically community-built and maintained under free-software licenses. Sublime Text is available for Mac OS, Windows and Linux.

    There are a lot of changes in Build 3143 that practically affect every aspect of the application, such as appearance, functionality and performance. For instance, Sublime Text 3.0 will now consume much less resources and run much faster than version 2 in every aspect, such as launching a program, opening files, swapping words into a document, or scrolling through content. The new Sublime Text also has some interesting visual changes, which can be seen in the form of new icons, interface color scheme, adaptive theme and publisher fonts. In addition, compared to the last beta, 3.0 brings a completely new UI theme, a new syntax highlighting engine, Touch Bar for MacOS, touch input for Windows.

    Sublime Text 3.0 also includes better spell check, more efficient automatic indentation, GoTo Definition, and better customization of the interface to high resolution screens. Further, in order to make Sublime Text 3.0 one of the best programming IDEs for both amateurs and professionals alike, a number of problems and bugs have also been fixed.

    You can check the complete list of changes of Sublime Text 3.0 by clicking here.

    It is worth noting that the full version of Sublime Text 3.0 is applicable not only to new customers but also to those who have purchased a license for Sublime Text 2 from February 2013 onwards. For those who have license key for Sublime Text 1 or 2 can purchase upgrades.

    The near-final macOS High Sierra golden master has been seeded to devs

    Enlarge / High Sierra’s default desktop wallpaper.

    The golden master (GM) candidate of macOS High Sierra was released to developers today. The GM doesn’t add any significant new features over the previous beta version, but it can be helpful for QAing Mac software updates for High Sierra before the public roll-out, as minimal changes are expected between this seed and September 25’s public release.

    In general, High Sierra is a significant update under the hood, but it’s light on highly visible changes for general users. We’re looking at quality-of-life stuff and foundations for future developments. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing for Mac app and game developers to dive into, though. Features of the final version of High Sierra include a new proprietary file system, HEVC video support, the Metal 2 graphics API, and myriad tweaks to various apps and services. It will be the first update to macOS since 10.12.6 on July 19.

    The file system, called APFS, will be the new default file system in macOS. By default, it will convert any SSD Mac to which it is installed. APFS has numerous advantages over the current HFS+ file system, the original version of which was first introduced to the Mac in Mac OS 8.1 back in 1998. It offers improved encryption options and better SSD support. Ars has reported in detail about the snapshots feature, which now makes file system state saving far more space-efficient by only recording the changes, not copying an entire file.

    H.265, also known as HEVC, is the successor to H.264/AVC. It’s a relatively new video-compression standard that promises up to 40-percent better compression by increasing the maximum coding tree block unit from 16×16 pixels to 64×64 pixels, among other things. This makes things more efficient when working in 4K and 8K resolutions, in particular, as opposed to standard HD.

    Metal 2 promises a significant performance improvement over Metal, the graphics API that Apple is currently trying to push on Macs to get developers off of the less-than-ideal OpenGL and to compete with DirectX and now Vulkan. The improvements are expected to reduce required draw calls and make rendering on Macs more efficient in several ways. Apple had VR in mind when improving the pipeline, though this release essentially marks the very beginning of VR support in macOS, so there’s a lot of ground to cover.

    You can download the High Sierra GM now from the Apple developer site, provided you have an Apple ID in the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program.

    iPhone X preview – Macworld UK

    It’s ten years since the iPhone was first unveiled and Apple has marked the occasion with a new iPhone that doesn’t just jump one generation, it jumps six generations! Yes, Apple has leaped straight from iPhone 7 (via the iPhone 8, previewed here) all the way to iPhone 10, bypassing the iPhone 7s and leapfrogging the iPhone 9 altogether.

    To confuse everyone even more, iPhone 10 is written as iPhone X. Just like Mac OS X was Mac OS 10. The company likes Roman numerals. Unfortunately people tend to say what they see, so we expect there will be a lot of confusion about what this new iPhone is called.

    Naming conventions aside, how does the new flagship iPhone shape up? Is it going to revolutionise the smartphone again like the iPhone did, or is Apple just playing catch up with the rest of the industry. Here are our first thoughts, plus the opinions of our US colleague Jason Snell who was at the launch event and was able to get his hands on the device.

    Design & Build quality

    The first thing that will strike you about the iPhone X is that this is the first iPhone without the trademark Home Button. Does that mean it looks less like an iPhone?

    When you see the iOS home screen (which will be iOS 11 by the time the iPhone X ships) there will be no mistaking the fact that it’s an iPhone. On the side you’ll see the familiar volume control buttons and on/off switch, plus the Apple logo on the back of the device is another giveaway.

    The phone is also still available in the very Apple Silver and Space Grey. No Gold or Rose Gold to be seen though. There’s no such frivolity, this is a serious phone.

    The Home Button had to go because Apple has given us a display that stretches across the entire front of the phone. Apparently it has always been Apple’s vision to “create an iPhone that is entirely screen”, and it’s finally done so.

    It’s not only the front of the device that’s glass. The iPhone X also has a glass back to enable it to be charged wirelessly. The iPhone X (and the iPhone 8 models) will offer wireless charging using the Qi standard. This doesn’t mean that they will magically charge over the air, you will need to buy a Qi compatible charging pad to lay them on. We’ll talk more about wireless charging later.

    The screen

    Back to that screen. There is one key benefits to having a screen that covers the face of the iPhone. It means Apple can pack a 5.8in display into an iPhone that is actually smaller than the iPhone Plus (which has a 5.5in screen).

    The iPhone X measures 143.6mm by 70.9mm, while the iPhone Plus is 158.4mm by 78.1mm. We love the bigger screen of the iPhone Plus, but we do feel that the phone can be a little cumbersome to use, so this could be a real benefit.

    If you fancied the bigger screen but were put off by the size of the iPhone Plus then the iPhone X may be the answer to your prayers. The bigger screen is much more suited to watching videos and reading books, we’re even written the odd article in Pages on our iPhone Plus. Beware though, there is no going back once you start using the bigger screen, the standard iPhone display will end up looking so cramped.

    It’s not only the size of the screen that is a benefit here though. The iPhone X is the only iPhone to feature a OLED screen – and it’s a beauty. It has a million-to-one contrast ratio, is HDR, features True Tone – which means that it will adjust the white balance to match the surrounding light, and offers wide colour support.

    Apple has called the display Super Retina. Marketing terms aside that means it offers 2,436-by-1,125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi. That compares to the Retina HD display on the iPhone 8 Plus that offers 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi.

    That’s not the highest pixel density smartphone you can get though. We’re not wanting to steal Apple’s thunder here, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers a 522 ppi screen.

    If we were being really picky, our only real criticism of the screen would be the fact that there is a notch taken out of the top where the camera, speaker and microphone live. It’s a shame because the notch spoils full screen images, they are always going to have a chunk taken out of them. (It leaves less space for carrier branding too, but that will matter more to them than us).

    The presence of the notch matters most when it comes to watching video. As our US colleague said after his hands-on time with the new device: “Apple has built the TV app to properly frame a video without the notch – when holding the phone in landscape orientation, the video is sized so that the side that’s on the same side as the notch ends right at the notch. If you want to make the video bigger, you can double tap as usual, and it will fill the screen – which means that part of the film’s image will be masked off by the sensor area. You get to choose if it bothers you.”

    We imagine that if we were watching a movie on the iPhone X we’d be a little put off by the chunk of missing screen.

    No Home Button

    The other thing that we think we might struggle with is the fact that there is No Home Button on the iPhone X. Not only was the Home Button a trademark of the iPhone design, as we said above, it’s what we are used to.

    To accommodate the lack of Home Button Apple has redesigned iOS in order to replace its functions. You will need to swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen to reveal Control Center, rather than swiping up from the bottom, for instance.

    It means we are going to have to completely re-learn the iPhone interface after a decade with the Home Button. Perhaps we’ll be able to adapt to new ways of doing things but I predict that we will experience a lot of frustrations as we get use to the interface changes.

    Maybe it won’t be as bad as we are anticipating though. Our colleague over at Macworld US said that while they kept reaching down instinctively with their thumb to click the home button, which wasn’t there, they found that on remembering they were using an iPhone X they quickly redirected their thumb to swipe up from the bottom of the screen, just as they would today to call up Control Centre.

    Doing so would hide the current app and reveal the home screen. He said that the new gestures are intuitive, we’re not so sure but we are willing to be convinced once we get our hands on the new phone.

    Face ID

    It’s not just the interface that has to adapt to the removal of the Home Button. Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint recognition system introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013 as a way to secure your iPhone, and paving the way for Apple Pay, has vanished from the iPhone X too.

    We think that this is a failing on the part of Apple and a real shame. Apple says that it’s replacement Face ID is more secure than a fingerprint but we just feel that it is sure to be prone to error. We just don’t feel confident about Face ID working right now, and the fact that when Apple’s Craig Federighi tried to perform his live demo on stage at the keynote he had to go to his backup iPhone X because the first one didn’t recognise his face properly.

    We have so many questions about Face ID and how it will be implemented. For example, how util Face ID work when we are using Apple Pay at a payment terminal or on the tube? We’ll have to wait until we can test it in the real world to find out.

    InN the mean time our US colleague has at least been able to see Face ID in action. He said that while he couldn’t set up Face ID to recognise his own face, he saw an Apple employee use Face ID to unlock the phone and it worked when she looked at the screen.

    However, he said, she experienced some quirks. “Sometimes the screen would go to sleep before she unlocked the phone, and more than once she accidentally pressed the side button and triggered Siri,” he said.

    Of course by the time the iPhone X launches in November this will most likely have been fixed as these would have been early models.

    A few words on how Face ID works. It creates a precise depth map of your face, which means that it’s not just recognising a 2D image of you but a 3D image of you. This, we assume, is why Face ID doesn’t recognise photos or masks (so don’t bother printing out a photo of your other half to hack into their phone, it won’t work).

    On the other hand, if you are an evil twin looking to get into your sibling’s new iPhone you’ll be laughing.

    Wireless charging

    The other feature we touched on earlier is wireless charging. This one isn’t unique to the iPhone X though – the iPhone 8 will get it too.

    To charge your iPhone wirelessly you will need to buy a Qi compatible mat. Apple’s planning to release its own AirPower mat – but that won’t arrive until 2018.

    It’s worth noting here that if you want to wirelessly charge your iPhone you can actually do so now. You just need to buy a specially designed iPhone case or a device that plugs into your iPhone and a pad or mat on which you place your iPhone to charge. We have an article on how to get wireless charging on your iPhone here with some recommended products.

    We’re not that sure we care that much about being able to charge our iPhone wirelessly though. Sure it can be fiddly trying to plug in the lightening cable (and they are notorious for fraying around the plug which is a bit of a concern), but at least you can plug your iPhone in at your desk at work, or charge it in your car, and, crucially, plug your phone in and look at it while its charging. If you are wirelessly charging your iPhone it is actually tied down to one spot, rather than tethered by a cable. We can’t see how this is actually better.

    Camera

    The iPhone X camera, and for that matter the iPhone 8 camera, offers 12MP, just like the camera in the iPhone 7 generation did. However there are some improvements.

    The 12MP camera in the iPhone X (and that in the iPhone 8 Plus) has a new Portrait Lighting feature, with five different lighting styles to enhance your photos taken in Portrait Mode.

    Like the 7 Plus the portrait photo poker effect is made possible by the fact that there are two lenses, but the telephoto lens has a faster aperture in the newer models. With a ƒ/2.4 aperture joining the wide-angle ƒ/1.8 aperture, rather than the ƒ/2.8 aperture of the previous generation.

    The main distinction between the cameras in the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 Plus is the front facing camera in the X. Here we have a 7MP TrueDepth camera which offers it’s own Portrait Mode along with the Portrait Lighting feature. So you will be able to take spectacular selfies, as long as you are looking spectacular.

    There’s also improved video stablisation, with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 cameras all offering 4K up to 60fps (rather than last generations 30fps). And there’s 1080p slo-mo up to 240fps.

    Tech specs

    In terms of processor, RAM, storage and battery the iPhone X will offer the following. We’ll list the specs here for now, but when we get our hands on the new phone we will be benchmarking it fully.

    • A11 Bionic chip
    • Six-core CPU (Apple says this is the smartest and most powerful ever seen in a smartphone)
    • An Apple-designed GPU (which has three cores and is capable of powering AR at 60fps, as well as enabling new machine learning and 3D games.)
    • Storage of 64GB or 256GB
    • Battery life that’s two hours more than the iPhone 7

    Software

    The new iPhone X will run iOS 11, which is due to launch on 19 September.

    There are a few software features that will only be available on the iPhone X. These include the new Animoji. These are emoji that can mimic your own expressions. They are possible on the iPhone X because the TrueDepth camera on the front of the device (the one used for Face ID) can analyses more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions. There are 12 Animoji to choose from.

    Animoji I a fun feature, but we’re suspicious that it will be one of those use it once for a laugh and never again types of things. Like the Apple Watch emoji. But maybe that’s just us.

    You’ll also be able to enjoy some AR features thanks to the new gyroscopes and accelerometers that are incorporated for motion tracking. The TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X will enable some additional AR features.

    Release date

    You’ll be able to order the iPhone X from 27 October. The official release day is 3 November, although we are expecting supplies to be constrained initially.

    Pricing

    The iPhone X will cost $999 / £999 for the 64GB model. For the 256GB model you will be looking at paying $1,149 / £1,149.

    Visit Website URLs Faster in iOS Safari with Paste and Go

    Paste and Go a URL in Safari for iOS

    Safari in iOS includes a nice ability that detects when a URL is copied to the iPhone or iPad clipboard, and then allows you to quickly “Paste and Go” to that website link with a single action. The Paste and Go feature in iOS Safari works basically the same way a similar feature does on the Mac, except of course the action of copying and pasting in iOS is different.


    We recently discussed this for Safari on Mac, but some users were interested to hear the same Paste and Go ability exists on iPhone and iPad as well. So for example, if you have the website URL “http://osxdaily.com” stored in the clipboard, you can use Paste and Go to immediately load that URL in Safari.

    Essentially Paste and Go lets you use a website link that has already been copied to the clipboard to then immediately jump to loading that website in Safari, expediting the loading of the target webpage. With Paste and Go you choose that option and the website loads, rather than pasting the link, then hitting Go manually to load the target webpage. It’s simple, but it speeds things up and is really quite nice if you spend a lot of time copying and pasting URLs on the iPhone or iPad.

    Use Paste and Go in Safari for iOS to Visit URLs Faster

    1. Copy a website URL to the clipboard on an iPhone or iPad, or have a URL copied to the clipboard via Universal Clipboard
    2. Open Safari in iOS
    3. Tap and hold in the address bar, when the little pop-up menu option appears choose “Paste and Go” to immediately visit the webpage URL stored in the clipboard
    4. Paste and Go in Safari for iOS

    The webpage will attempt to load right away without having to paste, then choose to Go. So rather than two actions, it’s one simple quick action.

    Paste and Go to the URL in iOS Safari

    It’s not exactly a revolutionary feature, but it does speed things up for web browsing on an iPhone, iPad, or in Safari for Mac with “Paste and Go” support too, particularly for those of us who make regular usage of Universal Clipboard between iOS and Mac OS or between other shared iCloud devices.

    How to Disable Handoff on Mac OS

    How to disable Handoff on a Mac

    Not every Mac user will use the Handoff feature or want to keep it enabled, particularly if you share a Mac with a single login with other devices in the same household, then you may find Handoff to be unnecessary or unwanted as the little Handoff app resume icon appears in the Dock.

    Modern versions of Mac OS default to having Handoff enabled as part of the iCloud and Continuity suite, but if you’re not interested in using Handoff or don’t want it on for some other reason, then you will find it’s very easy to disable Handoff on the Mac. When you disable Handoff on Mac OS, you will no longer see any Handoff icons showing up in the far left side of the Dock when other iCloud devices have app sessions to resume or send to the Mac. Additionally, turning off Handoff on the Mac will lose a few other Continuity features too, but if you’re not using them then you likely won’t miss that.

    How to Disable Handoff on a Mac

    1. Go to the  Apple menu and choose “System Preferences” and then go to the “General” preference panel
    2. Near the bottom of the General preferences in Mac OS, look for “Allow Handoff between this Mac and other iCloud devices” and uncheck the box to disable Handoff

    Disabling Handoff on Mac

    That’s it, there is no need to disable Handoff on other iOS devices or Macs if you simply don’t want them sharing Handoff app sessions with that particular Mac, though if you want to stop the feature completely then you’d want to repeat the disable process on other devices too.

    While Handoff is excellent in that it lets users transfer and resume sessions within applications between one Mac and other Macs or iOS devices connected through iCloud, if you don’t use it then you might just want to disable the feature. It’s also really easy to turn back on again, so if you change your mind you can simply reverse the setting and use Handoff as you normally would.

    Keep in mind that by disabling Handoff you will also lose access to Universal Clipboard between a Mac and iOS device and obviously the ability to resume Handoff sessions in iOS as well.

    If you’re simply disabling Handoff because you aren’t sure how to use it with your Mac and another Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you might want to take the time to learn how to enable and use Handoff on a Mac and iOS, you will find that it’s a great feature that can get a lot of usage, making transitions between working on an iPhone and iPad devices and a Mac much more seamless.

    Mac OS High Sierra available this fall

    Get psyched, Mac fans! It’s that time of year again, and a new, free upgrade to your operating system is on its way from Apple (AAPL).

    Yes, Apple will unveil new machines this season, including the iMac Pro: the most powerful Mac ever made. Dark gray metal, 5K screen, an Intel Xeon chip with up to 18 cores, 128 GB RAM, 4 terabytes of solid-state storage, and a 10 GB Ethernet jack. $5,000 and up. A truly monster machine—and yet it’s not the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro; that’s coming, too, Apple says.

    No, the Mac OS High Sierra is coming to all of us, even with older Macs. The name suggests exactly what it is: a set of refinements to the current Mac OS, called Sierra.

    What you’ll soon discover is that (a) it’s a whole lot of miscellaneous, and (b) it’s a lot of stuff that’s also coming to iOS 11 on the iPhone next week.

    Still, there’s a lot of useful stuff. Here’s what you can look forward to.

    Safari

    Apple has continued to work on Safari, its web browser—and says that the new version will be the fastest desktop web browser in the world.

    It will also use less power. Apple claims that you’ll be able to watch Netflix (NFLX) for two hours longer in Safari than other browsers.

    Maybe even more thrilling to the world’s internet surfers (and less thrilling to advertisers), Safari will be able to auto-block auto-play videos. Now, no video will begin playing unless you click it. (You can grant certain sites permission to autoplay every time, if you like.)

    That’s not the only way Safari will frustrate advertisers. Apple says that “Safari now uses machine learning to identify advertisers and others who track your online behavior, and removes the cross‑site tracking data they leave behind.”

    This is cool, too: You can create different viewing settings for different sites. You might like the New York Times site to appear with larger text, ad blocking turned on for Dilbert.com, and so on. (Page zoom, location services, notifications, and ad blockers are among the settings memorized for each site.)

    And if you like the Reader view—which hides all ads, navigation stuff, blinking stuff, competing colors and fonts—you can now tell Safari to use it for everything. Every time you open an article that works with Reader, it pops into that format automatically. You end up with far fewer migraines from just trying to surf the web.

    Apple File System

    The file system is the underlying software that organizes all your documents, photos, mail, and so on. The one driving the Mac is now 33 years old.

    So the big-ticket item underneath Mac OS High Sierra is the Apple File System, developed for the new era of solid-state drives and increased security threats.

    All of this is probably very satisfying to programmers. But you, the average person, will probably notice only a couple of changes: First, when you duplicate a file or folder, it happens instantly.There’s no progress bar, no wait. Second, getting the size of a folder is also instantaneous.

    Photos

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Photos app has received a lot of work. Now, the left side has an ever-present sidebar, showing your photo groups. A new Imports view shows not just the latest batch of imported photos, but the batch before that, and the batch before that, and so on.” data-reactid=”32″>The Photos app has received a lot of work. Now, the left side has an ever-present sidebar, showing your photo groups. A new Imports view shows not just the latest batch of imported photos, but the batch before that, and the batch before that, and so on.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="You can now filter your view by Favorites, photos you’ve edited, only movies, only stills, and so on. The Faces feature, which knows who’s in each photo, has been improved, and the face-categorizing you’ve done on the Mac gets auto-synced to your phone.” data-reactid=”33″>You can now filter your view by Favorites, photos you’ve edited, only movies, only stills, and so on. The Faces feature, which knows who’s in each photo, has been improved, and the face-categorizing you’ve done on the Mac gets auto-synced to your phone.

    New editing tools bring Photos ever closer to Photoshop. You can now manipulate the Curves of a photo’s histogram, or edit only the reds (for example) in a photo. And, inevitably, there are now Instagram-style filters.

    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Better yet, you can now send a photo to Photoshop (or any other external program) for editing, just as you could in iPhoto. Better yet yet, the changes you make in that app are non-destructive—you can undo them at any time. In other words, you can use Photos for its superior organizational and sharing tools, but Photoshop for editing.” data-reactid=”51″>Better yet, you can now send a photo to Photoshop (or any other external program) for editing, just as you could in iPhoto. Better yet yet, the changes you make in that app are non-destructive—you can undo them at any time. In other words, you can use Photos for its superior organizational and sharing tools, but Photoshop for editing.

    The Photos feature called Memories (automatically grouped and curated slideshows with music) are much smarter now. Instead of grouping photos only by event or location, they now auto-recognize and auto-build slideshows of your pets, babies, outdoor activities, performances, weddings, birthdays, and sports games.

    Finally, Apple introduces some editing options to Live Photos: weird, three-second video clips that the iPhone can capture. In Mac OS High Sierra, you can shorten a Live Photo, mute its audio, or extract a single frame to use as a still photo. Photos can also suggest a “boomerang” segment (bounces back and forth) or a loop (repeats over and over). And it has a new Slow Shutter filter, which (for example) blurs a babbling brook or stars moving across the sky, as though taken with a long exposure.

    Notes

    The Notes app continues to develop:

    • Pin your best Notes. In the Notes app, you can now pin your most used notes (to do lists, grocery lists, etc.) to the top of the list, so they don’t get sorted down chronologically as they do now.
    • Tables. Yes! You can now add a table to a Note. Great for bake-sale assignments, sports scores, and so on.

    Misc

    • Smaller multimedia. Apple is adopting new file formats for photos (HEVC) and videos (H265), which look the same as they did before but consume only the half the space. (When you export to someone else, they convert to standard formats.)
    • Mail enhancements. When you search in Mail, a Top Hits section presents the messages Mail thinks are the best matches (based on Read status, senders you’ve replied to, your VIPs, and so on). Mail also offers a split-screen view when composing new messages in full-screen mode. And it stores your messages in 35% less disk space. More space is always welcome.
    • A new voice for Siri. The new male and female voices sound much more like actual people.
    • iCloud file sharing. Finally, you can share files you’ve stored on your iCloud Drive with other people, just as you’ve been able to do with Dropbox for years.
    • Capture a FaceTime moment as a Live Photo. You can snap a 3-second snippet of a video chat—a Live Photo—for later sharing. (You can’t do so secretly, however; the other person knows.)
    • Messages in iCloud. When you sign into any new Mac, iPhone, or iPad with your iCloud credentials, your entire texting history gets downloaded automatically. (As it is now, on a new machine, you can’t see your chat histories.) Saving the Messages history online also saves disk space on your Mac.
    • Family storage sharing. You can now share an iCloud storage plan with family members.
    • More Spotlight wisdom. The Spotlight search feature can now provide flight arrival and departure times, terminals, gates, delays, and flight maps. It can also return multiple Wikipedia results on a single screen.
    • Developer goodies. Apple now offers development kits for virtual reality and augmented reality, hoping to jump-start new apps in an area where Apple is now way behind. There’s a new version of Metal, too, the Mac software that addresses your graphics card.

    Hi, High Sierra!

    This is one of those off years, where Apple takes a breather (and gives us a breather). Instead of piling on new stuff to find and learn, it cleans up what it’s already got.

    There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, the world probably wouldn’t mind if more companies adopted that schedule.

    Head over to Yahoo Finance on Tuesday to check out our coverage of Apple’s “special event,” during which it’s expected to unveil its 10th-anniversary iPhone.

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    <p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="David Pogue, tech columnist for Yahoo Finance, is the author of “macOS Sierra: The Missing Manual.” He welcomes nontoxic comments in the comments section below. On the web, he’s davidpogue.com. On Twitter, he’s @pogue. On email, he’s poguester@yahoo.com. You can read all his articles here, or you can sign up to get his columns by email” data-reactid=”117″>David Pogue, tech columnist for Yahoo Finance, is the author of “macOS Sierra: The Missing Manual.” He welcomes nontoxic comments in the comments section below. On the web, he’s davidpogue.com. On Twitter, he’s @pogue. On email, he’s poguester@yahoo.com. You can read all his articles here, or you can sign up to get his columns by email