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How to Force Your MacBook's Battery to Fully Charge

  Matt Cone       April 13, 2022

Your MacBook ships with a setting called optimized battery charging. This setting is enabled by default and helps your MacBook optimize battery charging and usage. Optimized battery charging helps preserve your MacBook’s battery life, but it also tends to keep your battery charged at 80% capacity. That’s a problem if you’re planning to unplug your MacBook and use it on battery power. Fortunately, there’s a way to temporarily disable this feature and force your MacBook to fully charge the battery.

See How Much RAM is Installed in Your Mac

  Matt Cone       September 4, 2021

Do you know how much RAM is installed in your Mac? You should. RAM, or random access memory, stores the code and instructions for macOS and any applications open on your Mac. The more RAM you have, the more applications you can have open at once. Knowing how much RAM you have installed in your Mac is an important piece of information that could change how you use your computer.

How to Right Click on a Mac

  Matt Cone       August 30, 2021

Think you can’t right click while using a Mac? Let’s dispel that common rumor right away: You can right click on a Mac! Don’t let the single trackpad and mouse button fool you. Both the MacBook trackpad and Apple mouse can be configured to right click. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to right click on a Mac. What Right Clicking on a Mac Does If you have a Mac and you haven’t been right clicking, you’ve been missing out on a lot of cool functionality.

How to Find Your Mac's Serial Number

  Matt Cone       May 4, 2021

Every Mac is assigned a unique serial number. This isn’t something you’ll need to know under normal circumstances, but if you ever need to check your AppleCare status or have Apple repair your Mac, you’ll need to provide them with your Mac’s serial number. Here’s how to find your Mac’s serial number: From the Apple menu, select About This Mac. Your Mac’s serial number is displayed in the window, as shown below.

How to Check Your MacBook's Battery Health

  Matt Cone       May 2, 2021

If your MacBook’s battery life seems to be getting shorter and shorter, it might be time to check your MacBook’s battery health. All MacBooks ship with batteries that are designed to last for years, but depending on how you typically recharge your MacBook’s battery, the battery’s capacity can be reduced early leading to shorter battery life. Checking your MacBook’s battery health can help you keep an eye on things and make sure your MacBook’s battery isn’t defective.

How to Find Software Optimized for M1 Macs

  Matt Cone       April 9, 2021

Newer Macs use Apple’s M1 processor, a giant upgrade in terms of performance and power consumption. Since this processor is substantially different from the previous Intel chips that were used, developers will need to essentially rewrite their applications to take advantage of the M1 processor. Applications that haven’t yet been rewritten for the M1 processor can run very slowly, so it’s important to find applications that run natively on the M1.

How to Find Your iPad's Serial Number

  Matt Cone       April 8, 2021

Every iPad is assigned a unique serial number. This isn’t something you’ll need to know under normal circumstances, but if you ever need to check your AppleCare status or have Apple repair your iPad, you’ll need to provide them with your iPad’s serial number. Here’s how to find your iPad’s serial number: From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings. Tap General, and then tap About. Your iPad’s serial number is displayed at the top of the page, as shown above.

How to Check Your iPhone's Battery Health

  Matt Cone       January 24, 2021

If your iPhone’s battery life seems to be getting shorter and shorter, it might be time to check your iPhone’s battery health. All iPhones ship with batteries that are designed to last for years, but depending on how you typically recharge your iPhone’s battery, the battery’s capacity can be reduced early leading to shorter battery life. Checking your iPhone’s battery health can help you keep an eye on things and make sure your iPhone’s battery isn’t defective.

How to Find Your iPhone's Serial Number

  Matt Cone       January 7, 2021

Every iPhone is assigned a unique serial number. This isn’t something you’ll need to know under normal circumstances, but if you ever need to check your AppleCare status or have Apple repair your iPhone, you’ll need to provide them with your iPhone’s serial number. Here’s how to find your iPhone’s serial number: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings. Tap General, and then tap About. Your iPhone’s serial number is displayed at the top of the page, as shown above.

How to Find Your iPhone's IMEI Number

  Matt Cone       January 7, 2021

Your iPhone has a unique identifier known as an IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity number. This isn’t information you’ll need under normal circumstances, but this number can be used to unlock your iPhone and activate it with a different mobile carrier. You’ll need the IMEI number to unlock the iPhone and switch carriers. Here’s how to find your iPhone’s IMEI number: From the iPhone’s home screen, tap Settings.



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