Some of the most innovative technology can be the most confusing, no matter how seamless the user experience has been designed to be. Steve Jobs did a phenomenal job at establishing the Apple legacy of consistently innovating products. The Macintosh (Mac) — named for Jef Raskin’s favorite apple, the Mcintosh — has been manufactured and released by Apple since 1984. The idea to eventually develop the body of the computer and sell it at a lower cost for at-home use drove the project initially.
This reinforced the need to re-release a better, updated product and beat all competitors to the market so often, the consumer hardly has time to get used to the current software and hardware updates before having to turn around and purchase another device or update their system.
While most would consider updates and new products every few months cutting edge, the speed with which everything is processed often leaves much to be desired when it does come down to the simplicity of the product for widespread use. There isn’t necessarily a “how-to” guide that helps you to seamlessly integrate your Mac computer into your life, no matter how detailed the technical writing gets in the user manual. So, we sought out some primo information for every Mac user. Keep the following tips in your back pocket, and those constant updates won’t phase you so much.
1. Mac users get (almost) infinity updates
As a multi-decade Mac user who has had to fumble through working with non-Mac devices for years on end and is not particularly a fan, I will say that the ability to update your computer for a free update after update is super specific to Apple. And, while the updates can be a little buggy and it is not always advised to update as soon as they are available, I do want to implore you to consistently update your computer. If you don’t, you might find yourself locked out of it, your operating system (Os) years old and no longer able to recognize your Apple ID, completely unable to use any of your technology.
Sadly, as products are phased out their ability to hold enough space to update the system becomes less and less likely. Just be sure to update when you can, and keep your tech squeaky clean and organized.
2. Mac owners can batch rename their files
If you use your computer for work or even just to handle a lot of files – we see you, soccer moms with your big cameras, audiophiles, and aspiring music producers – there is a chance you will be organizing your tech at some point. Whether it’s for organizational purposes, or to update a draft name on a file, you can actually save tons of time by rename multiple files at once. Make sure all of the files you want to rename are in the same folder, then select all of the files at once. Once they’re all highlighted, right-click and select the “Rename Files” option. The options and drop-down menus will help you create a new file track, then you can click “Rename” when everything is ready to go!
3. Your Mac can mirror your mobile device
iPhone and iPad users, rejoice! Long gone are the days that you were required to pop onto your mobile device every time one of your apps needed a little bit of attention. Sure, that was convenient for its time, and even came in handy between meetings and during your commute. Right now, fewer people are commuting. And even those who do commute don’t want to always risk fat fingering their in-app work. Lucky for all of us, because the new Mac systems all use Apple processors, you can actually sign into those super helpful apps directly on your desktop. This way, you can update on-the-go, or from your desk, and it will all sync perfectly.
4. iCloud will share information across Mac devices
Remember the days of constantly paying for Dropbox updates and outside cloud storage? Even with iCloud, it seemed like nothing was ever organized or easily accessible, so you had to go to outside sources to make sure your files and information could integrate across multiple technologies. iCloud has stepped up their game, however, and you can share folders across all Mac devices, including iPads and iPhones. Yes, there is the caveat that anyone seeking access to the files does require an Apple ID, but there are many reasons to have a free ID set up regardless of your technological preferences, if even just for professional reasons.
As always, limited data storage is free, with upgrades charged per month.
5. Take advantage of a detailed Maps upgrade
With the Big Sur update to your Mac, you’ll experience a pretty big Maps upgrade. Open the app to get more detailed information about your destination, including detailed maps of shopping centers, the lowdown on your local airport, 360-degree views of some locations (indoor and outdoor), electric car navigation tips, and more. Plus, you can create your own guidebook by pinning locations you intend to visit, or have visited yourself!
6. Mac hosts its own emoji keyboard
While we are largely on our Macs to be productive, there’s something to be said to adding a playful element to your workday. Just for grins, we tried out the updated emoji feature. That’s right. Anytime you’re typing – be it in a chatbox, Google Doc, Notes, or otherwise – just click “control + command + space bar” at the same time and hold. After a brief moment, a pop-up will appear with access to emojis and a search function to enjoy it at a faster pace!
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