Rumor has it that Apple plans to use capacitive touch fingerprint sensor into the wider selection of their devices. The sensor is used to identify the user and grant the access to a device using your fingerprint. This technology has already been used in a handful of devices: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3. The sensor if built in the home button and allows reading the data from your fingertips under almost any angle.

This technology is now making its way to portable computers, new MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air. Moreover, the sensor is very likely to appear in new multi-touch Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad.

But before you decide to break your porcelain piggy and count the money for the upcoming novelty to replace mundane password-entering with a sleek James Bond’s move, you will be happy to know the following. Apple is preparing a surprise for The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2016, which takes place this June. The new feature will be introduced into OS X with one of the nearest updates. The feature will allow using your iPhone to unlock the less portable devices as MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Pros. May your Mac be not the latest model, but it will gain an ability to use you iPhone to read fingerprint data to confirm your identity, unlock the device, or make a secure payment.

The new software feature will be using Bluetooth LE technology, that is known for low energy consumption. The same technology is used to unlock Apple Watch. The update is expected to arrive in the fall. Few more things will migrate from iOS into OS X with the new update. Siri and Apple Pay also will be seen on your computers fairly soon.

 

We are quite pleased to see that more and more people, who visit our Apple Mac London Repair Service, are aware of security threats and the way of protecting their computers. It wasn’t long ago when we’d get a defying stare in response to an advice to use protection on their Mac computer as a silent exclamation: “Macs do not have viruses! Are you stupid or what?” People have learned, and many of them – through their own unfortunate experience, that protection is needed even on Macs.

MacKeeper is a program that claims to protect you from everything that is out there, keeps your computer free from unnecessary stuff, and, as a result, makes it run faster. We bet that you know what we’re talking about, and some of you may even have it installed on your Mac. And no wonder. Because MacKeeper has been employing everything to get your attention: from legal advertisement, tech exhibitions to malware that infect your computer and persistently suggest you through pop-ups to try their software out. Oh, what a relief it was for a user, who have installed it, cleaned his computer with this software, and regained peace and tranquility (after paying for a monthly/yearly subscription).

Luckily, it hasn’t gone unnoticed and in 2014 users in the US sued the application’s former developer, Ukraine-based ZeoBIT. The claim was that MacKeeper would falsely trigger security alarms and performance problems in order to get consumers to pay $39.95 for the full version. Even there ZeoBIT has found a straw to cling on, claiming that at least the court has failed to prove that MacKeeper was “completely worthless.” Yes, people, we have lied to you and have taken your money, but we are proud to announce that our software is not completely worthless.

Inevitably, those events have led the company to the owner replacement. German corporation, Kromtech Alliance, have promised to undertake the actions to improve MacKeeper’s reputation. However, the cases of malevolent adware forcing you to install MacKeeper with every click you make we have personally witnessed throughout 2015.

 

Yes, we admit Apple produce very good computers (with just very few exceptions): they are reliable, robust, easy to maintain, and when you buy one you can be sure that it will last for a long time. In our Mac Repair London Service we still occasionally receive Macs that are 7-8 years old, that require a minor repair or an upgrade, after which they are good to run yet another mile. However, buying one of those brand-new Macs may force you into an ascetic lifestyle for a while – those treats can be quite dear. Luckily, there are a few smart ways to get hold of one of those Apple’s masterpieces.

Apple Finance

Apple Finance allows you to spread the cost over up to 24 months. However, it does not actually allow you to save money. Instead of quick painful operation are left with dull, but bearable pain for two years. Well, not exactly. The payment can be made in 6, 12, 18, and 24 months, but regardless of your choice, the fixed 14.9% (or flexible 17.9% for PayPal Credit) interest will be applied. Let’s do the maths: you can get a £1200-pound Mac paying only £57.60 per month for 24 months, overpaying  £182.38. That is not bad at all. Get that delicious piece of cake right here and now and dilute your payment with time.

Apple Refurb Store

In case, if your reserves of patience are greater than your financial reserves, you might want to consider the options of reducing your spendings. Apple Refurb Store offers an opportunity to buy a refurbished Mac for a discounted price. Apple refurbished Macs may be returned (as the part of the standard sale-and-returns procedure, or faulty and repaired) or reconditioned (former demonstration models, Macs used in teaching programmes, and etc) devices. But what is important, is that they are indistinguishable from the brand-new models that you can buy from Apple Store. The prices for reconditioned Macs are typically 10-20% less than the original price.

Ebay/Amazon Market

Buying a refurbished Mac on eBay used to be a riskier business, but not now. As any other online retailer, eBay provides 14-day return policy, plus sellers may provide their own warranty independently. If you are buying from a trusted seller eBay purchase is no riskier than the one from the Apple Store. However, the prices for “like new” models may be reduced by as much as 40%. Read more on buying refurbished Mac here But how can we neglect the opportunity to mention your humble servant, Bits and PCs? There is plenty of products in our  Online Store to fit any purpose and please you with a price.

A while ago Google introduced a new feature that allows offline access to documents on Google Drive. Hence, turning what used to be an online Microsoft office alternative into a powerful tool on its own. After that update Google Docs, Slides and Sheets enabled the user to edit the documents offline and synchronising them when the system got the access to the Internet, grabbing the best of both worlds. However, that function synchronised absolutely entire content of the Google Drive – whatever was stored in the Drive would be downloaded and stored on the system.

Now Google introduces a new feature that enables the user to select what is going to be synchronised and stored on the computer. The feature that Dropbox users have already known for six years. Better late than never.

To select which files to keep offline and which not, you will have to login into your Docs, Sheets or Slides home page through Chrome browser, right-click on the file and fiddle with the switch “Available offline” in the drop-down menu. However, there are limitations. The feature can be only configured with the desktop version of Chrome (mobile device users will have to wait).

Google feature

For full information on configuration click here. Feel free to come round into our London IT Support Service for assistance or information.

It turns out that one in three of our customers that take advantage of our repairs services for Apple Macs, who claim that they have everything backed up “somewhere in the cloud”, have actually backed up nothing. They have heard that there are some magical “clouds” and they keep their data, but they certainly overestimate technology assigning artificial intelligence to their computers and mobile devices. You will need to set up your backup before your computer will actually do it. Here we are going to explain how to actually backup your device.

How to check whether your computer is backed up?

Simple way №1: Have you set up the backup? No? – The chances are that your computer is not backed up.

Simple way №2: Do you pay for your iCloud storage? No? – The chances are that your computer is not backed up.

Or you can do the following:

On your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad go to:

(in iOS 8 or later) Settings > iCloud > Backup

(in iOS 7 or earlier)Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup

 

On your Apple MacBook, Apple iMac, or Apple Mac Pro/Mini go to:

Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud

 

How to Set up your iCloud Backup.

On your mobile device, after completing the previous step, simply tap the switch. It will turn to green – your backup is set! You can tap Back Up Now to complete backup immediately. Make sure you are connected to the Internet all this time.

On your Apple MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro complete previous step. Then sign in into your iCloud (or create an iCloud account first). On the next page select what you want to back up and click Next – that’s it! Done! You may click Manage to proceed to immediate backup or close the System Preferences window.

 

What does Apple iCloud actually Back Up

You have probably noticed that not exactly everything is being backed up.

Here’s what Apple iCloud backs up:

  • Purchase history.
  • Photos and videos
  • Device settings
  • App data
  • Home screen and app organization
  • Messages
  • Ringtones
  • Visual Voicemail password
  • Health data
  • HomeKit configuration

That is everything that you will need on your mobile device. However, it may not be enough for your Mac computer. In the case of failure, you will be able to recover applications purchased from the App Store, but not the software that you have installed from different sources. Adobe Creative Suite? Microsoft Office? – you will need to reinstall those manually. You must also make sure that you back up your Documents folder, otherwise, you may lose some your Microsoft Outlook emails and archives. Do you have software built for you on your computer? – you must find another way to back it up.

Apple provide only 5GB of storage for your backups for free. Again, that might be just enough for your phone. However, bigger devices may require significantly more space. iCloud pricing information may be found here.