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Apple Products You Might Want To Own

Apple Macbook Air

Apple pioneer and first CEO, Steve Jobs holds the very powerful MacBook Air notebook. Smaller, lighter, and very travel friendly for those on the go.

Apple iMac

Powerful/Playful all-in-one Apple Macintosh desktop model

Apple iPhone 5

The planet's number 1 selling smartphone

Apple Mac Mini

The world's smallest yet powerful desktop Macintosh computer.

Apple iPod Touch

Your music and more. Look at your friends as you talk to them with this device that is not a phone and it's free to make the call.

Apple iPad 4

The world's most exciting and visually amazing tablet.

Apple Mac Pro

Apple's premier desktop Macintosh computer. Whatever your pleasure, video, music, database management, desktop publishing, the Mac Pro is the easiest choice by professionals all over the world.

Apple iPod Mini

Carry your entire music library with you anywhere you go.

Apple iPad Mini

The iPad just got smaller and fits into your hand with ease.

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple's premier laptop/notebook with it's new stunning Retina Display is among the planet's best ever notebook computers.

Lesson 3

Tips and Tricks When Using Apple Products

Many of our family members and friends today have some Apple products that they have come to know and love. This lesson is designed to help you better understand some of these products and how to integrate them effectively. Why learn this? Everyone likes to know the shortcuts to tasks that they repeat often. Those of you who like to travel with your data constantly updated on your devices will never have to worry about syncing data to your different devices with external hardware or additional software. For example, you might be one who keeps your appointments on your calendar app on your iPad, but you don't take your iPad everywhere you go, but you'd like to have those calendar events with you on your iPhone when you travel without having to sync your devices before you leave.

In order to apply some of the tips and tricks, some hardware/software requirements are certainly necessary and must be met before any of these tehnological advances can be utilized. So here is a list of Apple products and software needed in order to begin thinking about integration:

Recommended system requirements

Meeting the following system requirements will allow you to take advantage of all the latest iCloud features and get the best overall user experience.

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
iOS 6 or later
iWork for iOS 1.7 or later: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote (for purchase from the App Store)

OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 or later
iTunes 11 or later (for iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match)
iPhoto ’11 version 9.4 or later or Aperture 3.4 or later (for Photo Stream)
Safari 6 or later (for, Bookmarks, and iCloud Tabs), Firefox 16 or later or Chrome 23 or later (for
iWork '09: Pages 4.3 or later, Number 2.3 or later, and Keynote 5.3 or later (for purchase from the Mac App Store)

Microsoft Windows 7 or 8
iCloud Control Panel 2.1 or later
iTunes 11 or later (for iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match)
Outlook 2007 or 2010 or
Safari 5.1.7 or later or Internet Explorer 9 or later (for and Bookmarks), Firefox 16 or later or Chrome 23 or later (for

Apple TV
Apple TV software version 5.1 or later

Minimum operating system requirements

You may also use iCloud with the following operating system versions:

iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
iOS 5*

OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later*

Microsoft Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)

* Note: Although you can use iOS 5 and OS X Lion as noted above, you will not be able to take advantage of some iCloud features, such as Shared Photo Streams, iCloud Tabs, Find My iPhone Lost Mode, Documents in the Cloud for iWork, and Find My Friends location-based alerts.

Ten Tips/Tricks Using Your Macintosh ( iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air)

(1) With any computer that you own my first tip is to acquire as much real RAM (Random Access Memory - memory ) as you can afford. Today the prices for RAM has come down dramatically and depending where you shop, online is the best choice, ram can be as low as $5.00 a GB. Look at your system configuration and see if you can upgrade your RAM first. Install it yourself. Today's machines are very easily accessable and you can do this yourself.

(2) Keep your operating system up-to-date with all Apple Updates from Apple by choosing Software Update....from the Apple Menu.

Note: The latest operating system for the Mac is Mountain Lion (Mac OSX 10.8.2) Before trying to upgrade your Mac's operating system, make sure your hardware meets the operating system's requirements.

(3) Learn the short-cut keys for the most common tasks that you do. On a Mac, learn where and how to use the power keys. (Ex: Command Key - located on both sides of the spacebar and looks like a four leaft clover and says command, Shit Key - located on both lower left and right side of keyboard and says "shift", and finally the Option Key - located next to the command key on both sides of the keyboard and says option/alt.

Short-Cut Keys (command+P=Print, command+O=Open, comannd+C=Copy, command+V=Paste, and especially command+Z=Undo. Trust me, you'll use these commands over and over and they are the fastest way to complete these simple tasks.

Power Keys Commands (Command+Option+Esc=Force Quit, Option+Drag=Copy to another location, command+shift=format keys. Force Quit will shut down an application that is having a problem. Copy to another location allows you to drag a copy of an icon to another location. The format keys allow you to format text with bold, italic, underline, increase size, decrease size etc. without having to find the commands on the menu.

(4) Take a Screen Shot of your screen for trouble-shooting purposes, educational purposes, or personal sharing by holding down the power keys command+shift+3 on your keyboard. Your computer will snap the picture and place it on your desktop called "screen shot with date and time attached.

(5) Adding icons to your Dock. Place icons of your favorite applications or files on your Dock for easy access. Just locate the icon in the Application folder, or find and icon anywhere in the system and simply drag it to your dock. The dock will open up a space for you to drop it onto.

(6) Removing icons from your Dock. Just point to the icon on the dock and drag it off onto the desktop and watch it go poof!

(7) Automate a backup routine for your most important files using the Mac OSX Time Machine backup application. (note: you must have some kind of backup media (external hard drive, flash drive etc) to use this feature.) Simply plug your backup media into the computer and Time Machine will ask you if you wish to use this device to backup your data. Say yes. That's it, the Mac will do the rest.

(8) Eject media (cd's, flash drives, external drives etc.) from your Mac. Select the media on the desktop by clicking once on it, and then tap the eject key on the top row all the way to the right. It has a triange with an underline below. You can also select the media icon on your desktop and simply drag it toward the trash can which will then change to an eject icon when you get there. Release the mouse and your media will eject.

(9) Dictate text anywhere on your Mac where text can be entered without typing it on your keyboard. In order to use Dictation, you must have the latest operating system (Mountain Lion). Set it up first. Go to System Preferences from your Apple Menu. Locate and select the Dictation & Speech icon. Turn Dictation On and close out the window. To use, simply load your application such as Microsoft Word or your email progam. Tap your FN key twice to bring up the dictation microphone. Dictate your text. Tap the FN key twice to turn off dictation.

(10) Use Stickies Notes. Use "Stickies" to keep important information such as passwords, serial numbers, account information, etc. If your Stickies icon is not on your dock, follow the procedure from tip # 4 above and place it on your dock.

To create a new Sticky, launch Stickies from the dock below. Choose File→New Note.

OS X Lion Stickies are supremely flexible:

Move them around on-screen (just drag ’em by their title bars).

Change their text to any font and color you desire by using the Note menu.

Make your Stickies any color you like by using the Color menu.

Collapse a Sticky by double-clicking its title bar.

Print a Sticky, and import or export text files from the Stickies application menu.

Tip: If you hover the cursor over a Sticky without clicking, the creation and modification dates and times pop up in a little tooltip-style window.

Anything that you type on a Sticky is automatically saved as long as you keep that note open. But when you close a note (by clicking its Close box, choosing File→Close, or pressing Command+W), you lose its contents forever. Fortunately, Stickies give you a warning and a second chance to save the note in a separate file on your hard drive. You can also export Stickies (choose File→Export Text) and save them as plain text, Rich Text Format (RTF) files, or as RTF with attachments (RTFD) files. The last two formats support fonts and other formatting that plain-text format does not.

Tip: To keep your stickies without having to save them to your hard drive, don't click the close box, just go up to the Stickies Menu and quit the program. The next time you turn on your stickies they will come back the way you left them.

Tip: Other Sticky goodies include a spell checker, spoken notes, text substitutions (such as Smart Quotes and Smart Dashes), and transformations (such as Make Upper or Lower case), all on the Edit menu. You’ll also find a Make a New Sticky Note command on the Services menu of many programs.

Set Up iCloud on Your Mac

In order to set up iCloud, you must have an Apple ID. You can go to Apple's website and set one up.

1. Make sure your Mac is running OS X v10.7.4 or later.

If you don’t have the latest version of OS X, you can purchase it from the Mac App Store. To get the most out of iCloud on your Mac, install OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8).

2. Turn on iCloud.

Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu on your Mac. Click iCloud, enter your Apple ID, and select the services you’d like to enable.

3. Enable Photo Stream in iPhoto or Aperture.

Open iPhoto ’11 (version 9.2 or later) or Aperture (version 3.2 or later) and click the Photo Stream icon in the left column. Then click Turn On Photo Stream. Shared Photo Streams require iPhoto 9.4, Aperture 3.4, and OS X v 10.8.2 or later.

4. Enable automatic downloads in iTunes.

To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps, and books, open iTunes and choose Preferences. Then click Store and select Music, Apps, and Books.* (Requires iTunes 10.5 or later.)

5. Turn on iCloud for the rest of your devices.

To get the most out of iCloud, set it up everywhere.

Set Up iCloud on Your PC

In order to set up iCloud, you must have an Apple ID. You can go to Apple's website and set one up.

1. Download the iCloud Control Panel.

To enable iCloud on your Windows PC, first set up iCloud on your other devices, then install the iCloud Control Panel for Windows (Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or Windows 7 required).

2. Turn on iCloud.

From the Windows Start menu, choose iCloud Control Panel.

Enter the Apple ID you used to create your iCloud account and select the iCloud services you’d like to enable.

For mail, contacts, and calendars, you can use or Outlook 2007 or later.

3. Enable automatic downloads.

To enable automatic downloads for your music, apps, and books, open iTunes > Edit > Preferences > Store and select Music, Apps, and Books.* (Requires iTunes 10.5 or later.)

4.Turn on iCloud for the rest of your devices.

To get the most out of iCloud, set it up everywhere.

Forty-Two (42) Tips/Tricks Using Your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5

Note: In order to use Siri you must have an iPhone 4 or higher

click here to view them

iPad/iPad 2/iPad 3 Tips/Tricks

A lot of you MCSYD.COM now have iPads or some other tablet to help you with your computing needs. What I've discovered is most of you never use even a fraction of the features your device offers. Yes, it does mean you might need to look at the manual and learn how to use them. For example: (If you have an iPhone G3S or better, or an iPod Touch, or an iPad 2 or better, some of your family members and friends who don't get to see you often would love to at least see you on their device, assuming both of you have built-in cameras which most of the devices have today). Sending photos of events etc. via any of the fore mentioned products is another nice easy thing to do. Why spend the money for these kinds of devices and not take advantage of their capabilites? Anyway click on the link below to go to a page with 50 Plus Useful Tips/Tricks for your iPad.

Note: Most of you have wireless connectivity now, so do learn how to use Facetime and look into some of the other video conferencing applications such as ooVoo, and tango that allow you to look at the person you're talking to without having to be on a wi-fi network or apple product.

Lesson 4 (Learning Microsoft Windows 8) Coming Soon!