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How do I update my old Mac to the newest OS

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Desktop operating systems have a long life. Unlike phones that seem to reach the end of their life fairly quickly when new software updates for them stop, desktop operating systems will continue to run for a much longer time on whichever system they’re installed on. This hold true for Windows and for macOS.

Update old Mac to newest OS

Apple is great when it comes to supporting older hardware for both its computers and phones. The iPhone 6S, which is a 6 year old model, can run the current version of iOS (iOS 15). In stark contrast,  many Android phones that are barely two years old have not received a single OS update since their release. The extended OS support holds true for Macs; iMacs, MacBooks, and Mac Minis. You will find that plenty of old models can run the latest version of macOS.

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Find compatibility 

The current version of macOS is macOS 12.1. It’s called Monterey and it is compatible with a large number of Mac models. You can find the complete compatible Macs list here.

To find which model you have, follow these steps.

  1. Click the Apple icon on the menu bar (it is omnipresent regardless which app is selected).
  2. Select About this Mac from the menu.
  3. The first line of specs will tell you the model your Mac is.

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How to update old Mac to newest OS

When you update an old Mac, you normally update it to the newest/latest version. You do not have to install all the version in between that you’ve skipped.

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Software Update.
  3. Allow the app to check if an update is available.
  4. Once the newest update is detected, click Update Now.
  5. The update will be downloaded and you will be prompted to install it.

Mac updates do not start autonomously. You will need to allow the update to install or it will remain downloaded on your system. 

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Conclusion

If your Mac is no longer supported, you may be able to upgrade to a slightly older version of macOS. The older version will show up when you check for updates. As for forcing the system to update to a version that it is not compatible with, it may be possible however you’ll need to use some sort of hack to do so. Hacks are not Apple approved. They may work but they may interfere with how macOS works. Certain apps or features may not work. It can also cause the system be unstable. It’s best to get a new Mac. They last quite a few years and Apple doesn’t slow them down.

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How to force restart your iPhone 13 Pro

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When the iPhone was first released, it changed how phones were designed. Instead of entire keyboards or multiple hard buttons, the design worked with a single Home button. There were, and continue to be, hard buttons on the side but over the years, the Home button too has been retired. 

Force restart iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro is the newest iPhone model (at present) and it as such, it has no Home button. In terms of design and the functionality of the buttons, they’ve changed quite a bit from the first iPhone to the iPhone 8 models. Up until that point, the side button on these iPhones could be used to restart an iPhone. It now activates Siri if it’s held down.

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How to force restart iPhone 13 Pro

There are two ways to force restart an iPhone 13 Pro; you can go through the Settings app, or you can use the hard buttons on the side of your device.

Method 1: Settings app

The Settings app has a built-in option for restarting your iPhone. If the phone’s UI is responsive, this is the easiest method to restart an iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Scroll all the way down and tap Shut Down.
  4. Use the on-screen slider to power the iPhone off.
  5. Once the phone is off, press and hold the side button/Siri button to turn it on.

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Method 2: Hard buttons

If you’re phone UI is not responsive, or it’s slowed down for whatever reason, you can use the hard buttons on the side of the device to restart it.

  1. Press the Volume up button and release it.
  2. Press the Volume down button and release it.
  3. Press and hold the side/Siri button until you see the power off slider.
  4. Use the power off slider to turn the phone off.
  5. Once the phone is off, press and hold the side/Siri button to turn it back on.

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Conclusion

iPhones, or rather iOS  does not have a restart option. You will always turn the iPhone off first, and then turn it on after. If you’ve been using an Android phone, you may be used to having a Restart option in the power menu but iOS does not follow the same approach. There are no other ways to trigger a phone shut down unless you allow the battery to drain completely. If you’re having trouble with your iPhone after taking it in for repairs, you may need to have it checked again. A force restart may be of little help. For now, it’s best to always take the device to Apple if you want to have something fixed. 

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How do I find my friends on Minecraft?

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Minecraft was never big on needing an account to play it. Users needed to create a Mojang account to purchase the game but nothing beyond that. This changed after Microsoft bought Minecraft. You now need a Microsoft Live account to play Minecraft. The good news is, a Microsoft Live account works with Xbox’s services and its network of games and players.

Find friends on Minecraft

Minecraft is an open world game that you can play online with multiple players. You have the option to join any online server and there will be other players there. If you’d rather not play with strangers, you can always play with your friends. The trick is finding them and getting them all on the same server.

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How to find friends on Minecraft

There are different ways to find your friends on Minecraft. If you’d like to go with the simplest route, you can simply share the server that you’re playing on and have them all join it. You won’t be ‘connected’ to your friends but you will all be on the same server where you can play together.

Find gamer tags

Before you can invite your friends to play Minecraft with you, you need to add them. Friends are added via a gamer tag. A gamer tag is obtained from the Xbox app. Anyone that plays Minecraft has a Microsoft Live account and by association, they have a game tag.

Ask your friends for their game tag. Once you have the tag, you can add it directly when you invite friends to play a Minecraft game or you can add them on the Xbox app (you don’t need to own an Xbox). You can get the app on your mobile device or on Windows 10.

Once you have the Xbox app, follow these steps.

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  1. Open the Xbox app.
  2. Sign in with the same Microsoft account that you use to sign in on Minecraft.
  3. Go to the Social tab.
  4. Enter your friend’s gamer tag in the search bar.
  5. Select them from the results and click Follow.
  6. Have your friend follow you back.
  7. Once you’re mutually following each other, the other person will appear as a friend.

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Add friends on Minecraft

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, go to world’s settings.
  4. On the right, click the Invite to game button.
  5. Select a friend from the list and send the invite.

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If you haven’t added your friends on Xbox, but you have their gamer tag, you can invite them directly in Minecraft.

  1. Open Minecraft.
  2. Select a world to play in.
  3. Once the world has loaded, escape/exit to the game’s settings.
  4. Click the Invite to game button.
  5. Click Add friend.
  6. Enter your friend’s gamer tag.
  7. Send the invite.

Conclusion

Friends on Minecraft are connected via the Xbox network which you automatically join when you create a Microsoft Account. You will need to generate a gamer tag for yourself but that’s all you need. The gamer tag is essential for adding friends on Minecraft. You do not need to purchase Xbox related services. 

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