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All of Apple's hardware is produced solely by Apple Inc., who determines internal systems, designs, and prices. Apple buys certain components wholesale from third-party manufacturers. The current Mac product family uses Intel x86-64 processors. All Mac models ship with at least 1 GB RAM as standard. Current Mac computers use ATI Radeon or nVidia GeForce graphics cards and include a dual-function DVD and CD burner, called the SuperDrive. Current Apple hardware includes the iPad, iPhone, iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook, iPod and Apple TV. Discontinued hardware includes the Apple I, Apple II, and the Apple III, the Lisa, the Newton, the Quadra, Performa, Centris, Macintosh II and LC series, the Power Macintosh, iBooks and the MacBook.

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In light of the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected millions of Windows machines, you might wonder if your Mac needs protecting. Yes, it does and here is how to do it.
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Turning on firmware passwords and encryption requires perfect password records and backup habits.
A dying encrypted drive is beyond my recovery skills.
I have dealt with the problems caused by both many times and have yet to deal with malware.
Adware, scareware, phishing, identity theft yes, I have been called to fix these.
But, I deal with individuals and small businesses.
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A professional opinion on which Apple product to buy, and a tidbit about the WWDC.
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How to take pictures with depth using iOS 10
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Does your iMac really need a hardware upgrade? Will upgrading RAM speed-up your computer? If yes, then how can you proceed?

Upgrading RAM in your iMac is not as simple as it may seem. This article will help you in getting and installing right RAM in your iMac
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A lot of new and distinct gadgets are making their appearance every other day. The latest gadget that has wooed the attention of all gadget lovers and non gadget lovers alike is the Smartwatch. This tiny gadget is capable of offering live access to certain kind of information with the help of its interesting features to help ones make life more convenient. Let us evaluate what a Smart watch is capable and what is not capable of.
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Useful Benefits of Smartwatches
  • A smart watch is extremely convenient. One gets any kind of notifications, can check emails, texts and many other things with this tiny gadget.
  • It acts as an accelerometer that assists one to keep a track of ones health and fitness regime
  • Few advanced Smartwatches contain specs which helps to even make calls with a Sim card independently
  • Package of advantages in a Portable device at an affordable price. Benefits that will help you so much and that too over your wrist 
  • With a Smartwatch you can easily get all the updates from live weather to playable versions of Space invaders 
Which SmartWatch Should You Opt For?
At present, there are just a handful of smartwatches that comes with various interesting specs. Let us give a look over some interesting specs and utility of few of the Smartwatch brands are:

The Pebble Smartwatch - Consisting of simple look and an …
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Apple Watch

Thanks to luck and dedication (hitting refresh every 5 seconds when the pre-orders were going live at midnight on April 10th) I managed to actually receive an Apple Watch on release day, April 24th. Which means I’ve been using it daily for just over a month now (including a serious test of using it for fitness tracking during a full marathon). Plenty of time to really settle in with it and form some solid impressions.


Quick Summary

The quick, high-level impression: I’m loving it! It’s definitely got a few downsides, but overall, the benefits easily outweigh the cons. It’s not as revolutionary as the original iPhone, but that’s mainly because smartphones at the time were terrible, whereas watches are actually pretty good.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s dig in a little deeper.


An Extension of my iPhone



I’ve always continued to wear a watch for its “at-a-glance” convenience. And the Apple Watch fills that role perfectly, except for much more than time.
 
I’ve frequently read about how cell phones got people to stop wearing watches, because they could just check the time by looking at their phone. But that always seemed annoying to me. Why would I want to have to dig into my pocket to see what time it is? So even though I had been an early adopter of cell phones, I’ve always continued to wear a watch for its “at-a-glance” convenience. And the Apple Watch fills that role perfectly, except for much more…
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Smartwatches: just a fashion accessory or a useful device for all? The Apple Watch was launched in April of 2015 and has become a new way for iPhone users to stay connected. Ranging from $349 to $17,000, the Apple Watch comes in different styles and models. The Apple Watch allows users to quickly access their apps, camera, music and much more through a simple touch on the watch.
 17078894786-ec2467b9e6-o.jpgThe Apple Watch Sport ranges from $349 - $399 and is available in 10 different models. The bands for this watch are durable, soft and flexible, making it comfortable for any user to wear while excercising or playing sports. Available in 20 models, the Apple Watch ranges from $549 - $1,099, depending on what kind of size and band you are looking to buy. 18-karat gold Apple Watches range from $10,000 - $17,000 and have 8 styles to choose from. 

applewatch.jpgSince the watch is connected with your iPhone, you will feel vibrations on your wrist from the watch every time you receive emails, phone calls, text messages or other notifications. This can be customized and the user can choose which notifications they receive on their watch. This could be extremely useful if you want to stay more connected with others; but how necessary can a smartwatch…
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Thanks you saved my money :)
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Then what is special about this product...?,oh got it. ShowOFF!!!
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How can this article save you time AND money?  In just a few minutes you may discover something you didn't know existed that is easy enough for you to fix yourself!
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There are other things that, I feel, should be mentioned here.

When removing unwanted or unused programs from your computer, the standard windows uninstaller frequently leaves files and registry entries that should have been removed.  This is also true for some 3rd party uninstallers.  One program that consistently removes everything, and gives you an option for uninstalling in safe, medium and advanced modes is the Revo uninstaller.  It will present a list(s) of left-over items and allow you to select the ones you want to remove.  Even Microsoft Help Desk personnel use this program when remotely working on someones pc.  It begins by using the standard uninstaller (either the software's own or windows) then collects left-over information and presents it to you.  Very user-friendly.  Left-over registry entries are included in items presented to remove.

You can go to the start menu and click or type run and a window will open.  Type in %temp% and click <ok>.  A window will be opened that presents a list of files.  Select all of them and delete them.  Some may be open and so just skip their deletion.

Go to your C:\ drive icon in My Computer or the file explorer and right click on it and run Disk Clean up.  Here, you can clean up system files as well, such as, windows log files, left-over windows update files, and others.

Additionally, just running the defragmentation program does not ensure that all files have been defragmented.  Go to the start menu or search programs and enter cmd and select the program.  A Command prompt window will appear that you may be familiar with if you have ever used the old DOS prompt, which is basically what this is.  Type in defrag ? and <ENTER>.  A list of defrag options will be presented that you can specify when you run the defrag command from this window.  Specify the ones you want and run the program.  NOTE: you may need to run this with administrator privileges.  Do this by right clicking the cmd prompt program and then click run as administrator.

Always remember, your computer may never become faster than it was when you first purchased it and opened the box.  If it was slow to start with, barring pre-installed software, it will usually be this slow to end with and you may need to just go ahead and purchase one with a faster processor etc.  One item that may make a difference here is more RAM.
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The following comes from Wikipedia.
 "A myth has arisen that RDC significantly slows local file transfers and should be switched off; a Microsoft TechNet Web page by a Microsoft Directory Services Team member comprehensibly debunks this with detailed timings, additional to the fact that a service which is not invoked by software cannot have any effect, detrimental or otherwise"
 I did not find the TechNet page but would like to see Microsoft's comments on RDC.

I have found the most common causes of slow computers are
1- malware
2 - slow hard disks especially 2.5" drives. They do not report as faulty but the tests take an exceptionally long time to complete. We use Spinrite to test them
3 - as mentioned earlier, all the crap software the manufacturer has auto starting on boot. Ccleaner is great for disabling them.
4 - also mentioned earlier - not enough RAM
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What's a UDID?

If you're involved in developing, testing, or even reviewing an iOS application that's in beta, then at some point you may need to know the UDID for any iOS devices that you'll be testing on. What's the UDID? It stands for Unique Device Identifier, and much like it sounds, is a unique identifier for each and every iOS device. Knowing this number is crucial for granting a specific device permission to run an app that's still in development and not yet released to the public. This way, developers can ensure that their unreleased apps aren't ending up on devices they shouldn't!
 

OK, I've Just Been Asked for Mine

Great! Let's assume you've been invited as a beta tester for some cool new app. (Lucky you!) The developer has asked you for your iPhone or iPad's (or even an iPod Touch's) UDID so that they can set the provisioning profile that'll allow your device to run the beta version of their app. It's easy. Here's what you do:


Step 1: Connect Device to Computer

Connect the device to a computer that's running iTunes. Ideally, you've already got a computer that you synchronize with or backup your iDevice to. Use that one. (If not, then you'll need to get iTunes on a system that you can attach the device to. Just head over to http://www.apple.com/itunes/ to get the iTunes installer. It's ok, I'll wait.)


Step 2: Launch iTunes

If iTunes hasn't launched already (in …
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Thanks for this.

Just for info you can also collect the Apple UUID from Windows' registry without iTunes installed - as the iPhone/iPad will identify itself via Plug'n'Play through the USB interface.

There are multiple registry entries but as an example:

[HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\WinUSB\Enum]"0"
="USB\VID_05AC&PID_12xx\<your 40 character UUID is here>"

"USB\VID_05AC&PID_12xx" relates to the Apple DeviceID so for example 129F would mean an iPad 2 (WiFi version) has been connected. (
See below for iPad/iPhone device codes)

The DeviceID and UUID are both used to check devices subscribed to beta projects by programmers.

This might be a useful adjunct to this piece if your readers can't for some reason install iTunes on the Windows device they have available to them.

iPhone/iPad DeviceIDs

12A8 	iPhone 5, 5s, all 6 variants
12A0 	iPhone 4s
129c	iPhone 4 (Verizon)
1297 	iPhone 4 (Telus)
1290 	iPhone Original
1292 	iPhone 3G
1294 	iPhone 3Gs
129A 	iPad
129F 	iPad 2 (WiFi)
12a2	iPad 2 (GSM)
12a3	iPad 2 (CDMA)
12a3	iPad 2 #2 (WiFi)
12a4	iPad 3 (WiFi)
12a5	iPad 3 (CDMA)
12a6	iPad 3 (GSM)
12ab	iPad 4 (All variants incl Mini)

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Thanks, MASQ! That's great info. I could definitely see that being useful if someone's in a situation where they can't get iTunes on the system available to them.
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Apple's line of laptop computers has made significant strides forward in the last few years. The biggest change being the switch to Intel processors in 2005. One thing about Apple hardware, especially that from a few years ago, is the tendency for it to last years. Despite the planned obsolescence designed into many Apple products and their ever-growing lack of support for items only a couple of years old, legacy iBooks can still be somewhat useful.

PowerPC-based Macs use a system for controlling direct hardware access by the system, called "Open Firmware". This performs in a similar manner to a PC's BIOS. The easiest way to circumvent access control mechanisms and the password protection of a computer's operating system is to go around them. Booting a computer to an alternate operating system can allow direct access to a computer's hard drive without any barriers. The BIOS has the ability to password protect the boot sequence as well as the boot device. Setting an Open Firmware password on a Mac will require anyone booting from a CD/DVD, Firewire HDD, or network location to enter a password.

If the Open Firmware password should be forgotten, recovery is not as straight-forward as setting a new Open Firmware password. Forgetting this password will not pose a day-to-day problem, unless one tries to reinstall Mac OS, or create an offline disk image of the hard drive. Passwords that are rarely entered, are the first ones forgotten.

WARNING: You may not be able to
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Thank you for your help in getting the article published.
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As usual, you have provided some good information. This article should be helpful to the EE Members.

"Yes" vote above.
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Apple iTunes - Move from PC to PC



First login to your old PC

1. Click on File.

2. Then click Library.

3. Now open the Export Library.

4. Save the .xml file to your desktop. This file will hold all of the information about your playlists, ratings and personal settings.

5. You will need to copy this file to the new computer.

6. Now it is time to transfer all of the music files.

7. If you select Edit.

8. Click Preferences.

9. Click the Advanced Tab.

10. If 'Copy Files to iTunes Media Folder when adding to library' is already ticked you know that all of your music is stored in:

Windows XP - c:\users\username\My Music\iTunes
Windows 7 - c:\documents and settings\username\My Music\iTunes Media

Tip: The 'iTunes Media' folder is typically the folder you will want to backup.

11. If the above setting is not ticked, you may have some music files in other locations. Right-click on a couple of songs in iTunes and select 'show in windows Explorer' or 'show in finder'. This will show you where the songs are located so you can back them up and transfer.


Now time to login to your New PC

1. Open up iTunes.

2. Now select Edit and then Preferences.

3. Click on the Advanced Tab.

4. Make sure 'Copy Files to iTunes Media Folder' when adding to library is ticked.

5. Now
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Cool,

But I hate iTunes. Using Transcopy to manage Music / Videos for the moment on my Apple iTouch.
http://www.copytrans.net/copytransmanager.php

Ravi.
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The most easy thing you can do is just copy the whole folder.
Open Itunes on the new pc, than just overwrite the new folder with the old data.
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How to extract the music from an iPod with freeware.

Freeware      Not for iTouch or iPhone only works under Windows.
iDump            http://www.softpedia.com/get/IPOD-TOOLS/Multimedia-IPOD-tools/iDump.shtml

Sadly, newer versions of iDump are no longer free.  For newer and more powerful versions, please follow this link for all your iDump needs www.escsoft.com or you can do a web search to find it.

I’ve tested it with a 5th generation iPod Video 160 GB -- it won’t recover the playlists.
If the iPod is not recognized by iDump you need to enable your iPod as a Hard Disk:

Without iTunes
    1.  Hold [MENU] & Select, the Apple logo should appear after a few seconds, 5~8.
    2.  Hold Play/Pause & Select, a check mark will appear
iPod as HDWith iTunes
    1.  Connect the iPod to the computer
    2.  Don’t let iTunes to synchronize or you may lose your music
    3.  Check the box [Enable disk use]
    4.  Close iTunes
iTunes
 
Download iDump (from here) and install it.

If you start iDump and the iPod is not connected or is not enabled as a hard disk you’ll get this screen.
Second
After the iPod is acknowledged, a green bar on the bottom right of the screen will show the progress.
FirstThen you’ll get the full list arranged by the selected playlist.  The check box on the left of each item lets you select the items you want to move to your computer.

The drop-down box is used to select the playlist, music movies, etc.
ThirdThe search box does what it says, it searches.
Fourth
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lherrou
Thanks for your quick response,
The reason for this tutorial is that I have answered a lot of questions on how to recover music from an iPod, probably since 2004 so I figured it's Ok.  if you search inside Experts-Exchange database you'll find several answers and references to different applications to backup an iPod.
I'll try to get non copywrited images, I may do them myself.
And if you have more specific directions about the typos I'll correct them.
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How to recover a playlist after moving the music from one location, folder or hard disk, to a new one, folder or disk.

Disclaimer
I have performed this procedure after moving my music from one hard disk to a second hard disk using Windows XP sp3, I don’t know if this works on MacOS.

Conventions
Words inside brackets {} refer to a path
{%UserData%} is the path to folder {My documents} of the current Windows user

Most iTunes users let iTunes manage their music, so they normally they have their music in;
{C:\%UserData%\My music\iTunes\iTunes Music}

If this is not the case for you, you need to change the default path for the music on iTunes so it points to the actual location.  To do it in iTunes; from the menu Edit>Preferences>Advanced- iTunes Music folder location

In the rare cases were people didn’t let iTunes manage the music, those people should know where their music is located.

For this example we’ll be using the default location

NOTICE: You cannot set the new path to a network location; you need to have a local disk, if you are using a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or any other type of remote storage you’ll need to map the drive before trying this.

Inside {C:\%UserData%\My music\iTunes} there are two files; {iTunes Library.itl} and {iTunes Music Library.xml}

The one with the extension .itl is the database.

Make a copy of both files
With a text editor open the .itl file
Delete its contents
Save it, be sure that the .itl extension is …
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This is a compilation of answers to a recurrent question, I think I've been the only one to provide this answer, I did search EE database and the only answers regarding the manupulation of files I found were awarded to me.
If there's somebody else that had provided this answer please reject the article.
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HOW TO PUT VIDEOS ON YOUR iPod
This article provides step-by-step instuctions on how to to use freely-available software tools to transfer video files to your iPod

[step=""]DISCLAIMERS:
* Please remember that making copies of copyrighted material is illegal.
* This is a translation of an old project, most likely there are new version of the software,
   but the basic steps will be the same as described.
[/step]

Used in this article:
   Handbrake (Handbrake-win-2.41.exe)       Website:  http://handbrake.fr/
   Free iPod Video Converter (version 1.32)  Website:  http://www.jodix.com/
   ffdshow (2002-06-17)                                    Website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow

All are Freeware.

From DVD to IPod

The direct method is using Handbrake, however commercial DVD’s may have antipiracy protections so these instructions won’t always work.

Using HandBrake
Install Handbrake
Open the application
Fig1After selecting [Browse] the following Windows will open
Fig2Select the DVD and then the VIDEO_TS folder, Click [Accept]
On this window click [OK] and the message will pop up.
Fig3When the process is completed and the Window has closed, from the menu select tools then options
Fig4Depending on your processor the number of processors will appear DO NOT change it
Fig5It is possible to change the priority level, I recommend Above Normal
Fig6Back to the main Window, select the longest title
Fig7
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Brilliant, was thinking about writing an article on that too but did not find the time :-))

I use CopytransSuite (free ipod video & music transfer) software with a combination of any video convertor (that too free)

http://www.copytrans.net/download.php
http://www.any-video-converter.com/download-avc-free.php

They work well,
subtitles are an option but I haven't given them a shot.

Ravi.
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Very heplpful article!
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The purpose of this Apple-hardware based article is to provide helpful information about an important component required of all Apple portable notebooks (Apple does not call them "Laptops" because they are too hot to sit on your lap), but is not often covered in great detail in regards to its calibration and general maintenance processes.

It is the notebook battery, or more specifically, the Lithium-ion and Lithium-ion polymer batteries which Apple employs in all its portables, from the iBooks, Powerbooks of the legacy portable notebook series, to the newer Intel-duo core processor based Macbook, Macbook Air and Macbook Pro series.

The Lithium-ion polymer is the battery of choice in the later generation of Apple portables.
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Some information about Apple's use of the Lithium-ion battery.

The Lithium-ion battery technology was implemented by Apple in its portable hardware line because of its excellent performance, reliability, longevity, quick recharge capability, and decent storage life at full charge. What is also beneficial about this type of battery is it good for having slow loss of charge.

Slow loss of charge with the lithium-ion battery, is paramount, for enabling any Apple notebook, to operate at its full capacity, handling the power draw, of various software and hardware functions running …
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"To attain maximum use of a lithium battery during its life cycle, it is advisable as well to allow the battery to run down to drain at least once or twice a month. This step, believe it or not, is crucial and very good practice to maintain a consistent full charge cycle of the battery over its life span.  (A simple step in preventive maintenance, is the point here)"

I find this surprising. Apple Store employees  say this same thing, fully charge your battery, run it down as low as possible, and then fully charge it up again.  I believe this is wrong. This was a good strategy for older NiCad batteries, but everything I have read on lithium batteries say to NOT do what Apple recommends.

For example, http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/charging_lithium_ion_batteries recommends NOT fully charging the battery to extend life, as that strains the battery and shortens the life. So while leaving it plugged in may be a bad thing (Apple should be able to adjust their charging current to prevent over charging), swinging it up and down seems to be very bad.

Also from Battery University, they say "A partial discharge reduces stress and prolongs battery life. Elevated temperature and high currents also affect cycle life." Again, this is opposite of what Apple says about fully discharging before charging.  In fact, several sites I went to said DO NOT fully discharge the battery, but to top it up some, and run it down some, but do not do a full swing.

Again, see http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries about running them down to the bottom.

The only reason to discharge and charge fully on a Mac product is to recalibrate the display of battery time. Perhaps this is why they recommend it.  

But I think this advice is shortening the life of a battery, which sells more batteries for Apple, which makes Apple more money.  Could this be their goal?
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Troubleshooting Apple Desktops has its challenges just like any component of high technology and innovation.

Some hardware issues within Apple Desktops, are fairly simple to resolve and have straight-forward procedures. With other hardware problems however, that you may encounter, a bit more hands on intensive work may be required.

This is why when troubleshooting a customer's Apple Desktop containing a stuck CD or DVD in the optical drive, the best corrective actions for resolving this problem, can be implemented fairly quickly.  Sometimes however, it is not so simple.

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As an Expert working with Apple computers, you may encounter a hardware problem like this. So, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can use to try and eject a stuck disc:

[u]Procedure #1 - Use Mouse to Eject Disc[/u]
If you are unable to eject the disc per these conventional methods first:

• Dragging CD or DVD onto the Trash which will turn into an Eject symbol
• Using Disk Utility or iTunes applications to eject the disc
• Right clicking or Control + Clicking (for single button mice) with your mouse and selecting  
 "Eject" from the menu.

Then you will need to implement this procedure below, which will require you to restart your computer:
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Although the iPhone has become an incredibly popular device in the cellular industry, the complex technology and software coordination required between Apple and the wireless carriers have seemed to leave many iPhone owners with technical issues.

While hardware problems (bad button clicks, not charging) often require professional solutions because of the iPhone's almost-impossible-to-open design, software issues have a variety of possible troubleshooting techniques, before you pull out big-gun tech support.

These steps are a great tool to solving issues including screen freezing, voicemail malfunctions, music playback problems, and synching.
 
You can take these six easy steps before you begin looking for serious help from Experts Exchange or other support providers.

Before you do anything, make sure your iPhone software is up-to-date with the latest release from iTunes -- UNLESS you have 'jailbroken' your phone, in which case updating the software can cause it to have even bigger problems.

After each of these steps, test your phone to see if your issue has been resolved.

The troubleshooting steps include the six 'R's.
Recharge
Restart
Reset
Remove
Reset Settings
Restore

1. Recharge
Recharging your phone entirely will ensure that your trouble isn't originating from battery power deficiencies.

While any power source that indicates your iPhone is charging works to some extent, some ways of charging are more powerful than others.

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All of Apple's hardware is produced solely by Apple Inc., who determines internal systems, designs, and prices. Apple buys certain components wholesale from third-party manufacturers. The current Mac product family uses Intel x86-64 processors. All Mac models ship with at least 1 GB RAM as standard. Current Mac computers use ATI Radeon or nVidia GeForce graphics cards and include a dual-function DVD and CD burner, called the SuperDrive. Current Apple hardware includes the iPad, iPhone, iMac, Mac Pro, Macbook, iPod and Apple TV. Discontinued hardware includes the Apple I, Apple II, and the Apple III, the Lisa, the Newton, the Quadra, Performa, Centris, Macintosh II and LC series, the Power Macintosh, iBooks and the MacBook.