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Essential tasks when you have bought a second-hand Apple Mac

How to use recovery mode on the Apple Mac to erase the disk and reinstall macOS. Use it when you buy a second-hand Mac to start with a clean install

If you have just received or purchased a pre-loved Apple MacBook or iMac, what should you do? Before you begin using it there are some essential tasks to perform to ensure it runs perfectly.

Secure the files on a USB thumb drive in case you lose it

Secure the files on a USB flash drive by encrypting them using an Apple Mac

USB thumb drives (flash drives) are great for carrying around files, but they are easily lost. What if someone found your thumb drive? Follow these steps to secure your files and stay safe.

Now is a good time to buy an old Apple Mac and grab a bargain

The Refurbished Store on the Apple website is the place to get a cheap Mac

Many people have been complaining about the prices of Apple’s latest MacBooks, but it is worth pointing out (again) that there are some bargains to be found in the Apple Store if you know where to look.

Use this trick to speed up your old Mac and get it running like new

How to speed up the Apple Mac's disk drive - for old style mechanical disks

Operating system upgrades are interesting and macOS has some nice features, but there is a downside to them. You Mac runs slower and slower. However, you can use this trick to speed it up again.

The new Apple MacBook I want and the new MacBook I can afford

New Apple MacBook. The Touch Bar is a brilliant idea, but the technology comes at a price.

We have waited for a very long time for an update to the Apple MacBook and now it is here at last. There are some brilliant new models and if my lottery ticket comes up this week I’m definitely getting one.

Continuity and Bluetooth problems on the Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad

Continuity is the name Apple gives to a whole bunch of useful features that are used by Macs, iPhones and iPads. When it works, the features are brilliant, but the trouble is it sometimes doesn’t.

Back up your iPhone and iPad to your Mac for before updating iOS

Back up your iPhone before you upgrade it to the next version of iOS

Your Mac is the best backup device for your iPhone and iPad, but how many people bother to use it? It is essential to have a backup whenever a major iOS update is available, so get it done today!

What type of RAM does my Apple Mac need?

Apple MacBook, iMac and iPad

Operating systems and applications are getting bigger every year and sooner or later your Apple Mac will become short of memory. You want to upgrade it, but what type should you buy? Finding out is easier than you might think.

Secret Mac reset options to fix problems that won't go away

There are special keys you can hold down when the Mac starts up to fix a variety of strange problems with Apple's desktop and laptop computers. If you have tried everything else and problems persist, try these tricks. 

MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro – get the best deal

 Apple MacBook ProIf you need a cheap, small, light MacBook that will run all day on its battery, the 11-inch model costs just US $899 (UK £749) and is a bargain and there is nothing to compare. It is a different story with the 13-inch model though and there is an alternative to consider.

Should you buy the new budget iMac?

Apple iMacApple just launched a new iMac and it is a budget model that costs just US $1099 or UK £899. The obvious questions are what is different, apart from the price, and is it worth considering if you are thinking of buying your first Mac or upgrading from an older model? Is the new iMac a bargain you should immediately snap up, or would it be better to pay a bit more and get one of the other models?

Security fixes for Apple TV

When you hear about security flaws and patches, you immediately think about OS X, Safari, and other applications, but there are other gadgets and devices that can present security problems too. Apple has released two updates for Apple TV within a month, for example. Is yours up to date?

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