iCloud Photo Library vs. Photo Stream – What’s the difference?

I recently failed in an impromptu conversation when someone asked me to explain the difference between iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream.  So, I figured it out and posted this video overview of the basic differences.

The key point to remember is that iCloud Photo Library allows you to store ALL of your photos and videos in iCloud, while Photo Stream uploads new photos (NOT videos) and sends them to all of your devices where you have Photo Stream turned on. It only stores the most recent 30 days’ worth of photos (up to 1,000 photos).

MacHowDoI is now Everyday Apple

It’s time for a facelift around here, so I have changed the name of my YouTube channel and this blog to…

Everyday Apple

My goal is to create content for the average, ‘everyday’ user of Apple products because I get questions all the time about things that advanced users might take for granted.  I want to turn these bits of knowledge into bite-sized chunks so that you can find what help you need.

The url is EverydayApple1984.wordpress.com, which references the famous Apple commercial from the Super Bowl that year.  Just for fun, here’s that ad (I love it because it shows the Super Bowl score right before the ad starts 😊):

7 Best New Features of MacOS Mojave 10.14

I posted this video review of the top 7 best new features in the new macOS 10.14 Mojave. Below is a list of all seven covered:

① Dark Mode – Mojave has a Dark Mode and it looks amazing.

② Continuity Camera – Import into MacOS directly from the iOS camera!

③ Desktop Stacks – Group items on the desktop by type.

④ Edit in Quick Look – Images or video can now be edited within the Quick Look.

⑤ Screenshot Utility – Command-Shift-5 (which should replace all shortcuts you’ve previously used!)

⑥ Dynamic Desktop – Dynamic Desktop alters the look of the desktop picture throughout the day.

⑦ iOS Apps on Mac – News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and Home.

►►► You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/EverydayApple

The Top 5 Things You Should Do First When You Get a New Mac

The top five things you should do first when you get a new Mac.  Here is what I cover in this video for newer users (or those who recently upgraded to a new Mac from a very old Mac):

1 – Check your Settings for natural scrolling Try and stick with natural scrolling, but if you can’t adjust, here’s how to switch it back to the “old” way.

2 – Set up hot corners in your system preferences Everyone should be using this time saver! Here’s how to set it up.

3 – Download and install 1Password or a comparable password manager app Download at https://1password.com

4 – Choose a VPN service if you were mobile I use VPN Unlimited and have for a couple of years now. https://www.vpnunlimitedapp.com/en There are plenty of good options out there for VPN.

5 – Choose a backup method and use it. Start with Time Machine and an external hard drive (http://amzn.to/2sjeb9n)

Then use an online backup service…  I use Backblaze and love it (SIGN UP HERE: https://secure.backblaze.com/r/00b9pv) Also consider:

Woah Hey. 1Password 4 for Mac is Out!


Somehow I missed this from yesterday, but 1Password 4 for the Mac is available!  I use 1Password for my iPhone, iPad, and both the MacBooks we have at our house. It is MUST HAVE software.

If you aren’t using any password manager for your online activity, you probably have resorted to the use of 1 of the following three methods:

  1. You write (with a physical pen or pencil) your passwords down on a piece of paper or notebook that you keep track of.
  2. You keep them all in a note file on your Mac.  Perhaps you’ve made use of the Sticky Notes on your Mac Dashboard, or maybe the Notes app that syncs via iCloud.
  3. You only have two or three passwords that you remember and you use one of them them on every site.  Thankfully you have a memory like an elephant, so you’ll always have the password on the tip of your tongue when needed.

Sure, those methods are convenient, but you are just asking to get hacked.  The team at AgileBits Software put it best:

“Secure” and “convenient” never worked together in a sentence until we built 1Password.

Once I’ve had a chance to look over 1Password, I’ll post a full review, but I can let their web site sell you on it.  Go to AgileBits and check it out!

The iOS 7 and iPhone 4S Battery Saga


I love operating system updates.  I can’t resist. And I mean the x.0 updates.  I still have my OS X 10.0 box that I bought on March 24, 2001, the day that it was released.  Yes, I know they might be buggy and I should probably wait for a couple of minor updates before jumping in, but it’s like geek crack.  I cannot help myself.

When I updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 7 I was confident that I would enjoy the new operating system.   My iPhone 5  is plenty fast enough to handle any OS that Apple would send my way for the next 2-3 years.

I was right. I downloaded it and I like it. Some of the colors are a little bit too bubblegum for me but overall I am enjoying the change (I’m working on a post that highlights my favorite changes).

At my house I am always the guinea pig for new technology. Any big updates happen to my Mac or my iOS device first. The one thing I have to avoid is doing anything to my wife’s tech devices that would cause her to suddenly notice that she is using a modern tech device.  She must USE the iPhone, but she must not SEE the iPhone (if she could be a luddite, she would).  It’s very important that I not disrupt this very sensitive ecosystem, so I’m over-the-top cautious about updates on her devices.

The word “disruption” does not even come close to what I did next. Try “APOCALYPSE.”  Now we are getting close.

After three days with iOS 7 on my iPhone 5, I felt confident that she would enjoy the new operating system on her iPhone 4S, mostly because of the quick access to essential system settings that the Control Center provides. That was the main thing that I thought she would enjoy. And I was right: Brightness controls were right there at her fingertips, along with Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb mode. I was so happy!  Technology was really starting to get out-of-the-way.

And then without warning, it ran over her like a Mack truck hits a darting squirrel.

Only after I ran the update did I notice the heavy activity on Apple’s support forums.  I knew this was trouble:  iPhone 4S users are having serious trouble with their battery after they install iOS 7.

For an entire day the battery meter said she was at 1%. The phone lasted all day so I thought the only problem here is that the system isn’t reading the battery life properly. A simple x.x.x update from Apple should correct this. But then her phone completely ran out of juice and that was the last we heard from her.

INITIATE: worst-case scenario protocol. My wife would have to take her own phone into the Apple store 10 days after her warranty had expired and tell them that she would not leave without an iPhone that was functional.

Apple Store  skullcrossbones

Normally I would handle a situation like this myself. There’s no need for her to drag our kids into the mall just to get an iPhone replaced. But she was angry, and wanted justice.

“My iPhone worked perfectly, and then I did what Apple told me to do: I tapped ‘Update’ after I was prompted. There is no reason I shouldn’t get a repair or a replacement in this situation! Apple bricked my phone!”

At this point, I could only pray that the Apple associate didn’t offer her the option to purchase another iPhone. If that happened, I was pretty sure that her head would literally explode all over the kids who would certainly be playing on the iPads nearby.

Fortunately, I can summarize the end of the story in one sentence:


I was able to meet her at the Apple Store and join the conversation. By this time, her fiery determination had fizzled. She waited and waited while they made multiple attempts, probably using tiny defibrillator paddles, to resurrect her iPhone.  After 90 minutes, she just wanted to get out of there.*

My conversation with the abundantly helpful associate was fairly short: “Hi, my name is Jason. Apple blew up my wife’s phone, and I’m gonna need a replacement if you can’t fix it.”

The associate retrieved the manager, told him the situation, and then I heard best response I’ve heard from a supervisor in a situation like this:

“[To the team member who was helping me] What do you think we should do?”

“I think we should replace the phone.”

“Ok, then, let’s do it.”

Within 10 minutes, we walked out with a new iPhone 4S running the most recent version of iOS 6.

You can guess her response when I offered to upgrade it to iOS 7. Just think like a old sailor and start cussing.


* The 90-minute wait was only because she showed up very early for her Genius Bar appointment.  They were actually only 15 minutes behind the time she had scheduled. 

How Do I Create a Screenshot on the Mac?

There are a few ways to create screenshots on your Mac. Here is what I cover in this video:

Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop

Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

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