You can disable Dock app icon animations when opening Mac apps

When an app is launched on macOS, the app icon on the Dock will animate with soft bounces. This is a helpful visual indicator that the app is launching. The animation is on by default, but you can turn it off if you so choose to.

To disable the animation, go to System Preferences > Dock. Uncheck the box “Animate opening applications”.

How to force reboot of iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Apple is using a new method on how you forcibly restart an iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. If your new iPhone is not responsive or dead, this is how you force start the device:

Step 1: press the Volume Up button, and then release.

Step 2: press the Volume Down button, and then release.

Step 3: press and hold the side Power button until you see the  Apple logo appears. It might takes a while.

You must perform the steps in sequence in order for it to work.

How to check internet speed using Google search

You might be familiar with using tool such as Speedtest by Ookla to check the speed of your Internet connection. A more convenient method is to run the speed test directly using Google search. Simply search for “speed test” under Google.

Check your Internet speed with Google Search

On the top portion of search result, click on the blue button “Run Speed Test” to start the test.

How to Internet speed test with Google Search

The speed tool provided by Google search will carry out the usual upload and download speed test. Once completed, you will see the upload and download speed of your connection, the server used for the test and the latency.

Instagram shows your last activity status

For better or worst, the latest Instagram update brings a new “Show Activity Status” feature which you’d normally find on chat apps. Accounts that you follow or anyone you message will now be able to see when you were last active on Instagram.

Show Activity Status is turned on by default. If you have privacy concern about broadcasting when exactly you’re using Instagram, you might want to switch it off.

Open the Instagram app, go to the Account tab, and tap on the Settings icon next to the “Edit Profile” button.

Scroll down to look for “Show Activity Status” and tap to switch off the settings.

With this feature disabled, you also won’t be able to see the activity status of other people.

Batterygate: Apple apologizes and offer $29 battery replacement for iPhone 6 and newer models

By now you should have heard about the on-going controversy of Apple purposely and secretly slow down old iPhone. Apple introduced new power management feature in iOS 10.2.1 to slow down iPhone in order to avoid unexpected device shutdown when the battery is old and unable to delivery energy load.

This power management feature is implemented in iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. And it will likely make its way sometimes in the future to iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Performance is restored to normal when you replace the aged battery with a new one.

Apple has addresses our concerns in a letter to customers. Apple says that it would never “intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.” Die-hard Apple fanboys will gladly accept the apology. A number of furious you might already be preparing lawsuit against Apple. Law suits against Apple are starting to accumulate, and is spreading to other countries such as France and South Korea.

Apple should have more clarity on that power management feature in the first place. It is doing damage control by reducing out-of-warranty battery replacement fee from $79 to $29. This is a world wide programme starting end January 2018immediately to December 2018, price varies by country and is for iPhone 6 and later models. Apple will also release an iOS update in early 2018 to let us see more info about the health of device battery.

So is it stil a good Apple?

Updated: Apple has announced on 30 December 2017 that the battery replacement programme is available immediately instead of starting in late January 2018.

Apple begins automatic rollout of High Sierra to older Macs

If you’re running macOS 10.12 Sierra or earlier, and do not wish to upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra, be careful as Apple is now downloading High Sierra update automatically to your Mac in the background, making it all too easy to upgrade inadvertently.

This is a change of behaviour from Apple. In the past, only minor changes or security updates are forced into users like that. Apple explained this change in its support article:

If you’re using OS X El Capitan v10.11.5 or later, High Sierra conveniently downloads in the background, making it even easier to upgrade your Mac. When the download has completed, you receive a notification indicating that High Sierra is ready to be installed. Click Install in the notification to get started.

If you want to install High Sierra later, just dismiss the notification. Install it at any time by opening the file named Install macOS High Sierra from your Applications folder, Launchpad, or Spotlight. Or delete the installer by dragging it to the Trash. You can always get it again from the App Store.

Please note that this ‘convenience’ imposed by Apple is an automatic download of a 5.21 GB Installer in the background. Apple does not bother if you have limited disk space or bandwidth for the download. This could cause users some extra telco fees without them agreeing.

Please note that even if you’ve configured your Mac to prevent downloading updates in the background, the High Sierra Installer will still be forced into you.

If you’re not ready to upgrade to High Sierra, you may want to search under the Applications folder and remove the large “Install macOS High Sierra” file.

macOS High Sierra, together with iOS 11, are the most unpolished releases from Apple in recent years. It is advisable to upgrade to them when their .2 versions are released. Wait for macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra and iOS 11.2.

There is an app to hide the notch in iPhone X

There is an app to hide the notch in iPhone X

The notch in iPhone X is dividing Apple fans. Some even go to the extend saying that Steve Jobs will never approve such design. If you dislike the notch like many others but must get the iPhone X anyway, you might want to give the Notch Removal app a try.

Before you spend the $0.99 for the app, do realize that the app merely add a black bar to your selected picture that you can then assign as wallpaper in Settings app. So the notch will remain visible when you’re running an app.