What does your Mac do when it’s sleeping?

Modern computers are designed to go to sleep when you’re not using them. When you put your Mac to sleep, the display turns off and most of the computer’s activity ceases. This standby mode is designed to save power. However, your Mac is a light sleeper; a lot goes on when your Mac is not awake.

In this article, I will explain what happens when a Mac goes to sleep, what different types of sleep modes exist, and how you can find out precisely what is happening on your Mac when it isn’t awake. Then we’ll take a look at some security implications to keep in mind regarding sleeping Macs.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

The Complete Guide to Apple Watch Bands

One of the cleverest things Apple did when it released the Apple Watch in 2015 was to develop a system that allows users to quickly change watch bands (or straps, in the UK). Changing normal watch bands, using little spring bars, is difficult and delicate, so most people rarely change them unless they’re worn out. With the Apple Watch, you can change your band in seconds, so you can use a different band according to your mood or activity, or to match your outfit. This is especially useful if you want a waterproof band for swimming or working out, and a leather band for when you go out on the town.

To date, Apple has released more than 640 bands in more than a dozen different styles. Here’s a complete guide to all the Apple Watch bands that are currently available.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

How to Turn On Advanced Data Protection for iCloud

Data is encrypted on your iPhone or iPad, and on your Mac, assuming you’ve enabled File Vault. iCloud data is encrypted when it is sent to and from Apple’s servers, and at rest on Apple’s servers, but the company still has encryption keys, and can access some of your data when requested by law enforcement.

End-to-end encryption, however, removes any possibility of a third party accessing your data: you have the only keys to the data on your devices. Apple’s Advanced Data Protection enables this level of security, but there are some limitations to the way it works.

In this article, I’ll explain what Advanced Data Protection is, how to enable it, and whether you should turn this feature on.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

How to Use iCloud Drive and Get the Most Out of It

If you use a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you can store files in iCloud Drive, Apple’s cloud storage service. This is just one of the many iCloud features available, ranging from privacy and backups to cloud sync of your photos and music library.

iCloud Drive is especially useful if you have two Macs; you can sync your Desktop and Documents folders to iCloud Drive, so you can easily switch between working on a desktop Mac and a laptop. And you can even access these files on your iPhone or iPad.

In this article, I’ll explain how iCould Drive works, and tell you how you can get the most out of this service.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Everything You Can Do with iCloud – The Complete Guide

iCloud is the umbrella for Apple’s services that you can access with your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Not all of the company’s services; there are other services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and others, which you access with a paid subscription. But iCloud is the backbone of the services you use to manage your data and communicate with others.

In this article, I’ll explain what all the various elements of iCloud are, and how they work together.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

How to Use iCloud+, with Additional Security and Privacy Features, and More

As Apple has released iOS15 and iPadOS 15 this week, the service they announced in June, iCloud+, is also now available. iCloud+ provides three useful features that enhance security and privacy, plus one more feature that many people will find useful.

Here’s how iCloud+ works.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

How to Use iCloud Private Relay

With the next versions of macOS, iOS, and iPadOS, due to be released in the fall, Apple is introducing iCloud Private Relay, a new privacy feature designed to mask your devices’ IP addresses. This feature will be available as part of iCloud+, which is the new name for iCloud accounts where uses pay for additional storage.

Here’s how iCloud Private Relay works.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Apple’s Most Lucrative iPhone Feature Is Storage – Bloomberg

Apple is tackling a global smartphone industry slowdown by raising iPhone prices, offering new digital services, and wringing more profit from parts that are becoming more commoditized. Selling more storage with iPhones is a powerful example of the latter strategy.


Ponying up for extra storage could lead iPhone users to spend more in other ways, too. People who’ve become accustomed to having what seems like a bottomless pit in their phones are likelier to cram the devices with more music, apps, movies, and subscriptions, boosting Apple’s services revenue. And Apple is charging anyone who wants an iCloud plan to back up their entire 512GB phone an extra $9.99 a month for 2 terabytes (2,000GB) of remote storage.

It’s really ridiculous that Apple doesn’t increase the basic amount of iCloud storage you get, especially for those who have multiple devices.

Source: Apple’s Most Lucrative iPhone Feature Is Storage – Bloomberg

200 GB iCloud Storage for Students; What About the Rest of Us?

In Apple’s educational event yesterday, the company said that students would get 200 GB iCloud storage for free. I own – let’s see… – seven iOS devices and Macs, and I only get 5 GB.

Only students whose accounts are set up via schools will get this expanded storage, but it really is a kick in the teeth to all those users who have multiple devices and have to pay for extra storage just to back them up. Apple constantly touts how great the cloud is, but what would it cost them to increase the free tier to, say, 50 GB? And how much easier would it be for users? Lots of people don’t back up their devices rather than deal with the hassle of paying for extra storage. (I know, it’s only a buck a month, but still, this is friction for many people.)

And 200 GB is a lot of data. The only way students will use that much is if they may scads of videos. You couldn’t fill up 200 GB with photos very easily; that would be about 40,000 raw images at 50 MB each, or nearly one million images shot with an iPhone in HEIC format.

I’ve written about this countless times. That 5 GB was huge when it was first introduced back in 2011, but we stored much less data in the cloud back then, and bandwidth was such that retrieving it – at least on mobile devices – was expensive. But now that people have years of photos, and many people have multiple devices – say, a Mac, an iPhone, and an iPad – it just makes Apple look stingy.

Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading – TidBITS

However, there’s a nasty side effect of turning iCloud off and back on: iCloud Photo Library needs to re-upload all your photos. It does this in order to compare the library’s contents to the synchronization “truth” at iCloud. Fair enough, except that this process can take days, depending on the size of your Photos library and the speed of your Internet connection. Bad Apple! We don’t see that sort of poor performance with Dropbox or Google Drive, and this behavior is both unnecessary and driving people away from iCloud Photo Library.

I’ve had iCloud issues, and, when Apple support suggested I turn off iCloud and turn it on again, I refused. Because the last time I did that, I had to upload some 30 GB of photos, and it took a week. My photo library is now around 45 GB, and I have a 1 Mbps upload.

Adam suggests that not all the data is uploaded, but I watched it cripple my internet access for a week, since I could only allow it to upload overnight.

This doesn’t happen with iTunes Match or iCloud Music Library; they need to fix this.

Source: Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading – TidBITS