Apple pushed out updates to macOS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2 today, bringing AirPlay 2 to the Mac and fixing bugs and security vulnerabilities. Also this week, Adam Engst shares a tip on how to compare edited photos in Photos to their originals, Josh Centers looks into the Google PhotoScan app and documents how to reset your admin password in macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and Julio Ojeda-Zapata reviews the Velop Wi-Fi mesh networking system from Linksys. Notable Mac app releases this week include Fission 2.4.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.14.
Apple has released macOS 10.13.6, iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2. macOS 10.13.6 brings AirPlay 2 support, but all the rest are minor releases aimed at fixing mostly unspecified bugs and security vulnerabilities.
Ever wished that you could compare an edited image in Photos with the original, without using Undo or Revert to Original? Read on for the trick in both the Mac and iOS versions of Photos, and for the even more hidden trick on the Mac that helps you compare cropping.
If you find yourself needing a digital version of a physical photo—as uncommon as that might seem in today’s modern world—Google’s free PhotoScan app may be the ideal tool, particularly if you don’t already own a scanner, or have one in your pocket.
Have you forgotten your Mac’s admin password, or need to help a friend or client who has lost it? Here’s how to reset it, but beware that doing so prevents access to the account keychain’s collection of login credentials.
With Apple’s AirPort line of base stations gone to that Wi-Fi network in the sky, the Velop wireless system from Linksys is a solid alternative. Unlike Apple’s base stations, Velop is “mesh” hardware, with multiple units working in unison to bathe a residence in bandwidth. Velop works well but is costly. Luckily, there are less expensive options.
Fixes a rare but serious bug that occurred when saving a ringtone or publishing to SoundCloud. ($29 new, free update, 9.0 MB)
Fixes a hang when switching between smart filters. ($49.99 new, free update, 7.8 MB)