How to be an Ap­ple Ge­nius

Fix any Mac or iOS prob­lem in sec­onds

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Lucy Hat­ter­s­ley, Luis Vil­la­zon Il­lus­tra­tion: Paul Blach­ford

Macs and iOS de­vices run smoothly and ef­fi­ciently, but noth­ing lasts for­ever and over time you will run into prob­lems. Bloated apps, up­grades that stretch your de­vice’s hard­ware re­sources, and more de­mand­ing apps and games can all make your Mac strug­gle. Even though OS X and iOS are in­cred­i­bly ro­bust op­er­at­ing sys­tems, you will even­tu­ally en­counter a prob­lem.

In this fea­ture, we’re go­ing to look at com­mon prob­lems and how to fix them. In many cases, rou­tine main­te­nance such as back­ing up and ar­chiv­ing old files and re­mem­ber­ing to per­form in­cre­men­tal up­dates to the op­er­at­ing sys­tem and apps makes a huge dif­fer­ence.

Re­source-hog­ging apps, stalled up­dates and back­ups that take days to com­plete are all easy-to-ad­dress is­sues which, once re­solved, will im­prove your Mac. We’ve got a slew of tips on how to fix sys­tem per­for­mance, file man­age­ment, and net­work nig­gles.

Some is­sues will only have reared their head when you made the leap of faith from one ver­sion of OS X to the next - al­most cer­tainly from Mavericks to Yosemite. Jump­ing to the up­com­ing ver­sion of OS X, El Cap­i­tan, is bound to re­veal ad­di­tional grem­lins.

Is­sues with pho­tos no longer be­ing where you ex­pect to find them, and other files seem­ingly go­ing miss­ing, are com­mon annoyances. Many users have re­ported on­go­ing Wi-Fi and net­work prob­lems in Yosemite, and iTunes 12 has also had some un­wel­come sur­prises for un­wary users.

With Yosemite still ex­hibit­ing prob­lems, and the beta ver­sion of El Cap­i­tan now avail­able, this is a great time to learn about com­mon Mac prob­lems and pre­pare your­self for any trou­ble that might arise.

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