What to Do When CarPlay Won’t Connect

CarPlay is great when it works, but when it doesn’t there are few things more frustrating! Unfortunately, no single method is guaranteed to fix CarPlay when it doesn’t connect with your iPhone. The truth is, there are a lot of variables at play here. There are many different types of cars and many different models of iPhones.

However, all is not lost. There are some things you can try. In this post, I go over a variety of methods you can use to find the fix for your car. You may need to try more than one, but these are the most common solutions so hopefully one of them will work for your situation.

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Which iPad Can Use the Apple Pencil?

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The Apple Pencil is perhaps the most popular accessory you can buy for the iPad. It was originally billed as a tool for artists but has since evolved into a versatile tool that anyone can use for notetaking, navigation and more.

Most newer iPads support the Apple Pencil, but not all iPads do. To make things more confusing, there are two different versions of the Apple Pencil and dozens of third-party alternatives.

In this post, I will show you which one is best for your iPad and give you some handy tips on how you can use the Apple Pencil to get the most out of your tablet.

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How to Use Your iPhone for Macro Photography

Macro photography used to require a DSLR, a set of expensive lenses, and some lighting equipment. However, you can now use your iPhone for macro photography. This makes close-up photography so much more accessible because it uses the camera that you always have with you—your iPhone! So, if you are ready for your close-up, here’s how to get started.

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What is Live Video in Keynote?

Apple’s Fall software updates are often dominated by updates for their mobile and desktop operating systems. However, this year, the often-overlooked iWork suite also got a significant update. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are still used less than their illustrious counterparts from Microsoft and Google, but they continue to include unique features that make them a compelling alternative. Live Video in Keynote is one such feature. Here’s how it works.

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Why Live Text in iOS 15 is Great for Schools

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In its annual update for its mobile devices, Apple has prepared a buffet of new features for iOS 15. There are lots of innovative ideas here, but the one that stood out the most for me is the new Live Text feature. I think it could be a great option for schools and anyone else that is looking to extract text from an image. In this post, I will show you how it works and why it could be a bigger deal than some people have given it credit for.

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Everything Announced at Apple’s September Event

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It’s September, and that only means one thing in Cupertino – new Apple products. In a live-streamed event, Apple unveiled a new iPad, a new iPad Mini, the Apple Watch Series 7, and the iPhone 13. So, will these new devices have you running for your wallet, or will you simply walk on by the next time you see an Apple Store? As always, the devil is in the details, so let’s dive a little deeper.

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How to Play Xbox Game Pass on iPhone and iPad

Did you know that you can now use your iPhone or iPad to play Xbox Game Pass games? Microsoft has been talking to Apple about this for years. They wanted to release an app, similar to what they have on Android, where iOS users could browse through the Game Pass catalog and then stream the games they want to play. However, Apple has steadfastly refused to allow that format on the App Store. They said it was a store within a store and that all games had to be listed separately. So, Microsoft found a workaround. Here’s how it works.

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Should You Buy the New Apple TV 4K?

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The second-generation Apple TV 4K was unveiled by Apple on April 20, 2021. On the outside, it looks exactly the same as the previous model. However, looks can be deceiving. On the inside, there are a number of notable improvements that make this model stand apart from previous Apple TVs. So, is it time for an upgrade? Here’s what you need to know.

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What Are Apple AirTags? Your Questions Answered

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The Apple AirTag is a small, personal tracking device that you can use to help you find the things that you are most prone to losing. If you are familiar with Tile trackers, then you will have already have a pretty good idea of what these devices can do. You attach one to your keys or slip one inside your backpack, and if it ever goes missing, you can use your iPhone to see where it went. It’s not a new idea, but Apple has included some unique features that make the AirTag stand out from the competition. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why I Started Wearing an Apple Watch…Again

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About 18 months ago, I wrote a blog post called, Why I Stopped Wearing an Apple Watch. 18 months later, the Apple Watch has returned to my wrist. Why? I enjoyed wearing mechanical watches. I really did. I bought, (and sold), several different models as I explored the types of watches that I thought I might like to wear. I read blog posts, watched YouTube videos and joined online watch communities to learn as much as I could. However, I ultimately decided that the best watch for me is the Apple Watch. Ironic, right? Here’s why I went full circle and returned to the fold.

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