Technical professionals. Trusted advisors. Certified expertise.

HCS Blog

Problem-solving by Apple Certified Professionals
Jul
01

The Hardware You’ll Need to Run Apple’s 2022 Operating Systems

The Hardware You’ll Need to Run Apple’s 2022 Operating Systems

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the company threw back the curtains on macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9. These operating systems won’t be available until September or October of 2022, and we usually recommend waiting some time to upgrade—particularly for macOS.

Even so, it’s not too early to think about how these operating systems might impact your plans to buy new hardware in the next six months. Any Apple device you buy now—or have bought in the last few years—will be able to run the new operating systems. But some devices that can run the current macOS 12 Monterey, iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 won’t be able to upgrade to their replacements later this year. And some older devices that can upgrade won’t support all the new features.

Continue reading
Jul
01

Do You Keep Losing Your Pointer on a Large Screen? Try This Tip for Finding It

Do You Keep Losing Your Pointer on a Large Screen? Try This Tip for Finding It

A large screen—or several screens!—increases productivity by helping you see more content at once. It’s a big help to refer to a Web page in one window while writing in another, for instance, or to check your calendar while composing an email. But the more screen real estate you have, the easier it is to lose track of the tiny pointer arrow. Happily, Apple added a clever trick for finding the pointer to macOS—quickly slide your finger or shake your mouse back and forth horizontally a few times to enlarge the pointer briefly.

(Featured image based on an original by iStock.com/Fanliso)

Jul
01

Manage Email Faster in Mail by Swiping

Manage Email Faster in Mail by Swiping

We all get too much email, and while Mail can’t help you get less (other than by making it easy to unsubscribe from mailing lists), it does provide shortcuts for processing your mail more quickly. Regardless of whether you’re using iOS, iPadOS, or macOS, you can swipe on messages in the message list to perform various actions—some of which you can customize. It’s an efficient way to work through email quickly.

Swiping on the iPhone and iPad

In iOS and iPadOS, when you swipe a short distance right on an unread message (from left to right), Mail displays a Read button. You can either stop swiping and tap it or keep swiping to the right to mark the message as read. If the message has already been read, that button changes to Unread. This swipe is great for those who like marking messages as unread to keep them around for later processing.

Continue reading
Jun
07

Apple Previews M2-Based MacBook Air and Updated 13-Inch MacBook Pro

Apple Previews M2-Based MacBook Air and Updated 13-Inch MacBook Pro

During its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on June 6th, Apple took a brief break from showing off new features in upcoming operating systems to throw back the curtains on its new M2 chip and a pair of laptops that use it: an all-new MacBook Air and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple said that both laptops will be available in July.

Next Generation M2 Chip Boosts Performance, Offers More Memory

Although we’re still wrapping our heads around the insane performance offered by a Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra chip, Apple is already introducing the next generation of chips to power the Mac line, beginning with the M2. It includes an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, and builds on the capabilities of the M1, increasing CPU performance by 18%, GPU performance by 35%, and Neural Engine performance by 40%. It also offers up to 24 GB of unified memory (16 GB max in the M1) and expands memory bandwidth by 50%. Impressive numbers, but still well under the capabilities of the M1 Pro. We expect Apple to release an M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra within the next year or so.

Continue reading
Jun
07

11 Features to Look Forward to in Apple’s 2022 Operating Systems

11 Features to Look Forward to in Apple’s 2022 Operating Systems

It’s that time of year again. Apple CEO Tim Cook and numerous Apple employees took the virtual stage again at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on June 6th to share what we can expect to see later this year in macOS 13 Ventura, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9. (Almost no mention was made of tvOS or the HomePod, but Apple will undoubtedly move them forward in small ways as well.)

The announcements came thick and fast, and like last year, many of the technologies cut across several of Apple’s operating systems. Before we dive in, however, remember that some older devices won’t be able to upgrade. Here are the basic system requirements, though certain features won’t be available on all devices:

Continue reading

Locations


New York

Connecticut
Florida
Louisiana
Chicago

Corporate Headquarters
New York

80 Orville Drive Suite 100
Bohemia, NY 11716
Tel: (866) 518-9672
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Connecticut

65 High Ridge Road #510
Stamford, CT 06905
Tel: (866) 518-9672
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Florida

3321 SW 194th Terrace
Miramar, FL 33029
Tel: (866) 518-9672
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Louisiana

218 Barksdale Drive
Broussard LA 70518
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chicago

4 Knollwood Place
Joliet, IL 60433
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

London

10 Grosvenor Court
Rayners Road
London SW15 2AX UK

Stay Connected

© Copyright 2020, HCS Technology Group. All Rights Reserved.