Sep 29

I have an iPhone 13 and a new model 14inch m1 MacBook Pro. I’d love to copy the photo’s from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro. I can’t find a way to do it easily. The only option seems to be using a lightning to USB cable, but even then the processes painfully slow. There are some paid apps on the App Store that claim to allow transfer over wifi, which reinforces to me the idea that it can’t be done over wifi without extra software. I’ve done a lot of searching and can’t see that anyone has an answer yet. If you do find a solution, please let me know in a comment below.

wifi sync

There is an option from finder to do a wifi sync of a phone, but even I you select ‘Sync’ for photos it doesn’t’ copy the photos from the iPhone to the computer.

iCloud

iCloud is obviously Apple’s preferred way of doing it but it requires you to pay for extra iCloud storage space. I just want to transfer the photos directly form my iPhone to my laptop Photos library.

Plug-in lightning cable

Apple offer the ability to copy photos from an iPhone directly to Photos app. But to do so requires a physical connection, you can’t do it over wifi. I found the copy process to be tediously slow. I connected my iPhone to my laptop before I started writing this article half an hour ago and it’s still sitting at ‘Preparing to import from “Wayne’s iPhone”‘

Airdrop

Airdrop is an option that works, but you need to select the photos one by one, and it drops them into the downloads folder of you MacBook (not into the Photos app).

If anyone has found a way to do this, drop a comment below!

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Sep 27

Sometimes when I’m in a Zoom meeting I am a little far from my camera and wish that I could zoom in closer to my face without having to move the computer. I haven’t found a way to zoom or pan the built-in MacBook camera when you are using it as a camera in the Zoom meeting app. There are no settings in Zoom itself to control the level of zoom on your MacBook built-in camera. The good news is that there is a way to do it. You can zoom your camera by using a ‘virtual camera’. Here’s how.

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Aug 26

I have a list of contacts in a numbers document that contains their first name, last name, phone and email. This will also work for an excel file, or a CSV file. I wanted to import them into my Apple Contacts on my iPhone so I can email and ring them. This process was much more complex than I expected!

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Aug 13

There is no simple built-in way to change the folder colour in OSX. But this free app does it. Drag a folder onto it and it will change it’s colour!

Colourful Folder

You can download it form the Apple App Store here:

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/colorful-folder/id1576476152?mt=12

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Jul 18

The Apple refurbished store is a great way to buy as new Apple computers for 10% off. But sometimes it can be hard to get the computer you are after. My tip is to use ‘Changetower’ which monitors websites for changes and get it to email you an alert when your items appears.

Here’s a changetower alert letting me know when a 14 inch MacBook pro appears:

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Jul 08

Here I blogged about how great the Apple Reminders app is for managing tasks in the GTD workflow. What I didn’t mention is that you can drag emails straight into the reminder app and it will link the email to the task. Here’s how.

The Reminders app needs to be open. Grab an email from Apple mail and drag it into any list in Apple reminders. A new reminder will be created with the email subject as the reminder name, and a link back to the email will be embedded into the task.

Check it out, a reminder with an email in it!

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Jul 04

I’ve previously used Things by Cultured Code and Todoist, Wunderlist and others. But recently I’ve given Apple Reminders a run and I must say it’s surprisingly good. After 6 months, it’s become my favourite place to organise my tasks. It’s got great integration with Siri. ‘Hey Siri, add a reminder to plan for holidays.’ It has enough features that you can roll out all the GTD methodology, but nothing extra to clutter it up. Stable. Syncs across to iOS devices. And it’s free. Here’s how to streamline it for GTD.

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Jun 29

You can get previews of your images on the OSX desktop like this:

Mine were broken and just displaying the generic preview icon. Here’s how I fixed it.

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