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Every time a new iPad Pro is released, reviewers tend to ask the question: can it replace a laptop? That’s a valid question as Apple pitches the iPad Pro as the future of computing, even boldly creating the commercial last year that asks What’s a computer? I’ve spent 48 hours writing with iPad Pro and here’s what I think…

First and foremost, what am I using to replace my 2023 MacBook Pro? The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil. The last iPad I owned for an extensive period of time was the iPad mini 2. My 15-inch MBP was the top of the line model at the time, with 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, 2.9GHz Core i7 with the dedicated AMD GPU. But, for the most part, none of that matters for me.

See, the thing with the iPad Pro hardware is that it’s gotten so powerful over the years, seeing massive gains in performance every generation. However, the software has unfortunately not caught up yet. Despite this, I believe iPad Pro can be a great contender for replacing a computer for many people.

Within the last 48 hours I’ve been using iPad Pro as my main work machine. So far it’s been a pretty good experience.

The initial 48 hours

On a typical work day, I have our Slack chat running on the left side of my screen, and the 9to5Mac web portal running in Safari, split 50/50 evenly. In addition, I often have Tweetbot as a window over Safari to make sure I’m not missing any breaking news. I also have work email enabled and with notifications on all incoming mail through Edison (current mail client of choice). If I need to, I’ll swipe up a little from the bottom, drag Edison into the Safari slot and read/reply to email there if need be.

If I need to reference an email while typing out a post, I have Edison as a window and Safari on the right of the 50/50 split.

If it’s a news piece, I return back to Safari and start writing there. Over the last few days I’ve noticed some small issues such as the cursor not appearing, but for the most part it works just fine. For longer pieces (like this one) I use Ulysses to write. Other than updating its app to support the new iPad screen sizes, it works as expected with any other iPad.

I think the hardest transition is going from mouse/trackpad and keyboard to touch and keyboard. Most first-party apps and some iPad Pro specific third-party apps support keyboard shortcuts that are similar to what you’d find on a Mac. For example, pressing ⌘ + L on Safari for iPad gets you into the URL/search bar without moving your hand all the way to the top.

Adjusting to iOS

Admittedly, I haven’t spent too much time in Shortcuts or Siri Shortcuts. But from what I’ve seen and heard, this could be a potential game changer for getting work done on iPad.

Oh, and the new iPad Pro has USB-C now, which is great. However, for now it basically has the limitations of what Lightning did.

Sure, if you have a 4K USB-C monitor, you can plug it in and have it mirror the screen and charge your iPad at the same time, as well as use it as a hub for other accessories. But you could do that with Lightning as well, albeit not through a single cable (HDMI adapter with one USB-A and Lightning for charging, anyone?). While I’d love to have my monitor mirror my screen, I’d rather it extend it and maybe have more apps running at any given time. I also have the LG UltraFine 5K, which is Thunderbolt 3. So I can’t test that functionality.

The real benefit of USB-C is having one cable to rule them all. The iPad is now free of just “iOS accessories” and the door is open to other vendors building in support.

Lack of external hard drive support is weird to say the least. Plugging in a camera automatically launches the Photos app, naturally. So, one would assume plugging in an external hard drive or flash drive would automatically open up the Files app. Nope. Hopefully this changes in the future.


Obviously, it’s only been a few days and that isn’t enough time to make a firm decision on whether or not this could fully replace my computer (for work purposes) yet. With that being said, the iPad is starting to grow on me and I’d highly recommend others who primarily write for a living to give it a shot.

I’ll need a bit more time before I can make an informed decision, but the future is looking bright for the new iPad Pro so far!

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How To Control Apple Tv From Iphone, Ipad And Mac

Is your Apple TV Remote malfunctioning, lost, or damaged? You don’t have to spend over $50 on a new remote when you can control your Apple TV from an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac. These Apple devices ship built-in remotes that control your Apple TV, just like the physical remote. 

You can also use third-party apps to navigate an Apple TV without the remote. This tutorial covers all available techniques, apps, and tools to control Apple TV from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Control Apple TV From an iPhone or iPad

The Apple TV Remote is automatically added to your iPhone or iPad’s Control Center when setting up your Apple TV with your device. It’s also added when entering text with the Apple TV keyboard on your TV screen.

Nonetheless, you can manually add the Apple TV Remote to the Control Center without updating your device.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Select Control Center, and scroll to the “More Controls” section.

Tap the plus (+) icon next to Apple TV Remote.

Open your device’s Control Center and tap the remote icon to launch the Apple TV Remote interface.

If you have multiple Apple TVs linked to your Apple ID, tap the arrow-up icon at the top of the screen and select the Apple TV you want to control.

Understanding the Apple TV Remote Interface on iPhone and iPad

Swipe the Touch Area to move between apps and items. To select an item, tap anywhere within the Touch Area.

Note that additional controls will pop up within the Touch Area when playing content on certain apps. For example, when watching a movie on Netflix, the “Skip Back” and “Skip Forward” buttons appear on the remote interface. Tap either of the buttons to skip playback backward or forward by 10 seconds, respectively. 

The functions of other buttons are self-explanatory. 

The microphone button activates Siri and lets you search and control your Apple TV via your iPhone or iPad voice commands. 

Tap the button with a TV icon to go to the Apple TV Home screen. 

Press the TV button twice to open the Apple TV app-switching view and hold the same button to access the Apple TV Control Center. 

The Play/Pause button in the bottom-left corner pauses and resumes media playback. 

The Menu button is multi-functional: Tap it once to return to the previous screen, or hold the button to open the Home screen. Tap the Menu button while on the Home screen to activate your Apple TV screensaver.

Tap the Search button in the bottom-right corner to launch the Apple TV Search app. The Search button changes to a Keyboard icon afterward. 

Tap the Keyboard button to type your search query using the iOS or iPadOS keyboard.

Control Apple TV From Mac

Mac notebooks and desktops don’t have an Apple TV Remote, per se. All you can do from your Mac is to pause or resume media playback. You cannot search for TV shows, activate the Apple TV screensaver, perform voice searches, or navigate apps.

Follow the steps below to link and control Apple TV from your Mac. Before proceeding, confirm that your devices (i.e., Mac and Apple TV) use the same iCloud account.

Open your Mac’s System Preferences, select Apple ID, and check if the iCloud or Apple ID email corresponds with the address on your Apple TV.

Launch the Home app on your Mac.

You’ll need to grant the Home app access to your iCloud Keychain if it’s your first time launching the app. Then, select Turn On iCloud Keychain to proceed.

Check the Keychain box.

Select Continue.

Enter your Apple ID password and select Next to proceed.

Enter your Mac admin password and select OK.

Return to the Home app and select Turn on iCloud Keychain again.

Enter your iPhone or iPad’s passcode and wait for the Home app to load all accessories connected to your Apple ID.

Select Continue.

 If your Apple ID and Apple TV are linked, you should see a pop-up message prompting you to add yourself to Apple TV. Select Add Me to Apple TV to continue.

Your Apple TV should now appear in the “Home” or “Rooms” tab on the sidebar.

You can only control media playback on your Apple TV from the Mac Home app. Select the Apple TV to play or pause media playback. 

The Apple TV status will switch from “Playing” to “Pause” (and vice versa) when you pause or resume media playback.

Control Apple TV on Mac Using Third-Party Apps

There are third-party apps that offer more extensive control options than the Home app. Ezzi Keyboard, for example, has navigation controls and keyboard support—you can enter search queries on your Apple TV using your Mac’s keyboard. But it’s a paid app ($0.99).

CiderTV, on the other hand, is entirely free to use but lacks support for keyboard input. You can only use the app to navigate and select apps and items. It’s Bluetooth-powered and easy to set up and use to control Apple TV from your Mac.

Install CiderTV from the Mac App Store and launch the app.

Select Add on the sidebar to link the app to your Apple TV.

Select Open Bluetooth Preferences, turn on your Mac’s Bluetooth, and keep the Bluetooth preferences window open.

If your Mac doesn’t show up, turn off your Mac’s Bluetooth and turn it back on. Remember to keep the Bluetooth preferences window open during the pairing process.

Your Mac should display a connection request from your Apple TV. Select Connect to pair your Mac to the Apple TV.

Return to the CiderTV app and use the navigation controls to control your Apple TV.

Tap the arrow icons to navigate your Apple TV and tap OK to select apps or items. The Menu button will take you back to the previous screen or Home screen.

CiderTV should suffice for navigating your Apple TV. But if you often search for TV shows and apps, or simply fancy keyboard input, the Ezzi Keyboard app is worth the $0.99 investment.  

Navigate Apple TV Remotely

From experience, the iOS and iPadOS Remote work best when all devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. For example, we tried controlling an Apple TV on a Wi-Fi connection from an iPhone using a cellular connection. The iPhone remote worked on the first connection but stopped detecting the Apple TV after some minutes.

Feature Request: Logic Pro For Ipad (Pro)

Feature Request is a new regular 9to5Mac series where authors offer their opinion on how to improve popular hardware or software products.

With the introduction of iPad Pro, now is the time for Apple to finally bring Logic Pro to its tablet. Apple has long had Garageband available for iOS devices, offering what is essentially a feature for feature companion for the desktop Mac app, albeit with a user interface tweaked for the smaller touch display. But it’s not much help to pros that have their workflow in Apple’s professional audio editing suite for Mac, Logic Pro.

Especially with the iPad Pro aimed at a pro market and most app makers targeting pros, a Logic Pro suite for iPad would make the device much more attractive to audio pros like myself and a real valuable tool for in the studio and on the go.

Portable studio recording features:

At the minimum, what the app really needs to make it a useful standalone audio suite rather than just the remote for Logic on the Mac, is recording features.

Being able to record something quickly on an iPad, for example when out of the studio or on the road, and then have it synced to a session on the Mac via iCloud, is something that is currently a clunky experience at best using other audio recording apps on iOS. To make it a great experience, we need Apple to build Logic Pro for iPad (and or build APIs for iOS devs) with full cross-platform file support for syncing sessions and or tracks from within sessions between devices easily.

The ability to record some ideas when mobile and quickly transfer or sync to Mac is something we only currently have workarounds for. For now, we’re unfortunately stuck with bouncing tracks to audio out of third-party audio suites on iOS, and that’s far from ideal to say the least.

iPad Pro, Plugins and Split-screen apps:

And beyond just basic recording features, now that Apple has support for real audio plugins on iOS, split-screen apps, and the larger, faster iPad Pro, there’s even more potential for a full Logic Pro experience on the iPad.

With the iPad Pro’s larger display now in MacBook-size territory, audio plugins make a lot more sense— you can now have a plug-in open large enough to manipulate its controls while still having a full view of your session timeline or, for example, two or more plug-ins side-by-side. With all that extra real estate, fitting in a user interface with the complexity of Logic Pro and the plug-ins others make for it in general starts to become a reality.

It’s also likely going to make it easier to attract the popular plug-in makers from Logic on the Mac, many of which don’t have offerings on iOS, to build versions of their plugins that work on iOS too.

Controllers, customizable interfaces, touchscreen possibilities:

And likewise, the larger display iPad means lots of new possibilities for using the iPad as a virtual controller. The more screen real estate means the more potential for MIDI controllers with inventive and or customizable user interfaces. We could get a lot closer to a knob-per-function user interface for our favorite synth apps.

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Clean And Speed Up Your Mac With Cleaner One Pro

Cleaner One Pro is a disk-cleaning app that can free up storage space by removing unwanted and junk files to improve the system’s performance. It also provides features like Startup Manager, App Manager, Disk Map, and more.


Simple and clean UI

Works faster when scanning and cleaning large files

Scans apps for vulnerabilities and uninstalls them without leaving residue

Quick access to various data in the menu bar, like memory, CPU usage, and more

Available on both Mac and Windows


Windows version misses some features

Editor’s rating: 🌝 🌝 🌝 🌝 🌜


If you own a Mac, you might have been using it for a long time leading to junk files accumulated over time. Finding and cleaning these files can be a time-consuming and tedious task. You’ll have to use command lines to achieve the same.

So, how would you clean such files with little to no time investment? The answer is Cleaner One Pro.

Cleaner One Pro: Keep your Mac clean

It’s an all-in-one storage tool that takes care of your storage space. It scans your Mac, removes all the unwanted files accumulated over time, optimizes your Mac, and much more.

I’ve used it on my MacBook Air M1 with the base configuration to see how it performs, and here’s my full review of the Cleaner One Pro.

Features and user interface

The user interface of Cleaner One Pro is clean and easy to use. It’s different on Mac and Windows yet offers a similar feeling. It feels like they made the user interface for cleaning storage, leaving inconveniences you’d usually face.

Everything is well-categorized, so you don’t have to keep looking for a particular feature. However, the Mac version offers more features compared to the Windows one. Since I’ve tested the Mac app, I have seen the following features.

Smart Scan

The Smart Scan feature quickly checks for junk files, apps you haven’t used in a while, startup items, big files, and duplicate files providing you a brief overview of the current status of your Mac.

Junk Files

This section shows the unnecessary files you can delete, like browser and application cache, iTunes files, installer packages, language files, system logs, and more.

Once the scanning finishes, you can select and delete each file individually to free up storage space on your Mac.

Big Files

The Big Files feature sorts the files according to their sizes from 500MB to 1GB, 1GB to 5GB, and bigger than 5GB, so you don’t have to do the tedious work.

Once scanned, you can check and select the files that you want to delete. In my case, I got rid of a 6GB file from my Mac which I had no idea was still on my Mac.

Disk Map

Cleaner One Pro comes with a handy Disk Map tool that visualizes what’s taking up your storage. It gives you an idea of which data needs deletion to free up more space on your device. However, you’ll have to select the folder location to scan.

In my case, I had 34.6GB occupied by the movies folder, and when I checked it, I found many cached files and folders, DaVinci Resolve’s residue, and more. I deleted the unnecessary files to save around 15GB on my Mac.

Startup Manager

The Startup Manager scans all the applications on your Mac and shows you the apps that start as soon as you boot up your Mac. You can then select and disable them to speed up the performance of your Mac when booting up.

It is handy when you grant applications to start when your Mac boots and you forget about them. Also, it categorizes them into three sections: Login items, Launch agents, and Adware Startup items. The latter helps remove adware that boots up with your Mac and hogs on your Mac’s resources.

Duplicate Files

The Duplicate Files option lets you see if you’ve created different versions of the same file. And if you have many files on your system, there’s a good chance you might find some duplicate files on your Mac.

Similar Photos

The Similar Photos feature is helpful if you have a massive photo library. You might usually take multiple photos at a time leading to similar images, thus taking up more storage space on your machine.

Cleaner One Pro scans your library, finds visually similar images and shows them to you. You can select each image and choose which one to keep and delete from your Mac. Manually doing this task would take a lot of time.

App Manager

The App Manager page shows all the apps installed on your Mac and the last time you used the app. It helps you decide if you need the app in the future.

Once the scanning is complete, you can select all the apps and their residue files to delete them simultaneously so they don’t leave any traces on your Mac.

File Shredder

Delete the files on your Mac but not like you’d usually delete files. This feature makes them unrecoverable by any software. Once shredded, you won’t find these files.

All you need to do is drag and drop the file that needs shredding or select it manually. It comes in handy when you’ve files with sensitive information that you don’t want others to see, access, or recover using any means.

The More Tools section links to TrendMicro tools’ other apps: Antivirus One, Unarchiver One, VPN Proxy One Pro, and AdBlock One. You’ll need to download these tools and purchase a few separately.

I was disappointed looking at this page since I expected to see a set of tools like memory optimization and malware removal tools.

Menu bar toolbar

Cleaner One Pro has a toolbar that shows your Mac’s current RAM, CPU, network usage, and battery status. Also, you get shortcuts to Junk Files, Dropbox Scanner, and System Optimizer.

Tapping on the three-dots menu on each section reveals more details. I found this feature helpful in closing apps with a lot of RAM and CPU usage.

How to use Cleaner One Pro on your Mac

You can download Cleaner One Pro on your Mac from the official website or the Mac App Store. It’s also available on Windows if you wish to use it there. Installing it on your Mac is as simple as any other application. Open the DMG file and drag the Cleaner One Pro icon into the Applications folder.

Once installed, perform a Smart Scan to look for big, junk, duplicate files, apps, and photos. You can then select and delete the files you feel are unnecessary once you’ve finished scanning.

Should you get Cleaner One Pro?


User Interface




Scanning and cleaning


Value for money


Cleaner One pro is an incredible cleaning tool for your Mac. It’s easy to use and does the job when you want to remove unwanted and junk files from your Mac or Windows. I freed up around 30GB from my Mac which I couldn’t do earlier because of the time it takes to sort and delete the files manually.

Furthermore, I felt the Windows version should have the same features as Mac. Also, most sections don’t have the option to select all the files at once, and manually selecting files when you’ve many of them could be tiresome.

For the price and features it offers, I don’t have any issue with what Cleaner One Pro provides for the price. However, I feel that the inclusion of malware removal could have been better.


You can get the Cleaner One Pro subscription at $19.99 if you plan to use it on a single device. It’d be $29.99 for five devices. And the pricing is the same for both platforms.


Sajid Shaik

Cleaner One Pro Review

Cleaner One Pro





Cleaner One Pro is a great cleaning tool for Mac and Windows. It does everything mentioned on their website. A couple of features were missing from the Windows version which are available on Mac, though. Other than that, it has useful tools to take care of your computer’s storage.

Cleaner One Pro is a great cleaning tool for Mac and Windows. It does everything mentioned on their website. A couple of features were missing from the Windows version which are available on Mac, though. Other than that, it has useful tools to take care of your computer’s storage.




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Our expert has curated the review after thoroughly testing the software on Mac and Windows.

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Sajid is an Electronics and Communications Engineering graduate who loves writing about tech. He’s primarily interested in writing about Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. You’ll find him watching Anime or Marvel when he’s not writing.

How To Enter Recovery Mode On Ipad, Ipad Air, Ipad Mini, Early Ipad Pro

Sometimes an iPad must be placed into Recovery Mode before it can be restored or updated successfully with a computer. For example, if an iPad gets stuck on a black screen with an Apple logo for a very long time, Recovery Mode can usually remedy that. Typically Recovery Mode is used for a troubleshooting endeavor, but it can also be used for downgrading from iOS beta / iPadOS beta versions as well.

The instructions here will show how to enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and the earlier iPad Pro models with a Home button. Basically if the iPad has a Home button, the instructions detailed here will work to put the iPad into Recovery Mode. However, any newer model iPad Pro without any front buttons and with Face ID instead must use these instructions to enter Recovery Mode instead on iPad Pro 2023 and newer devices.

How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, early iPad Pro

To enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and earlier iPad Pro with Home button (2023 and earlier models, this will not work on the modern iPad Pro 2023 and later models), you will need a computer (Mac or Windows PC) with iTunes and a USB cable to connect the device to the Mac or PC with.

First turn the iPad off, do this by pressing and holding the Power button until the Power Off slider appears on the screen and then sliding on that to power it off

Launch iTunes on the computer *

Hold down the Home button while connecting the iPad to the computer with a USB cable

Continue holding the Home button until iTunes (or Mac Finder) shows a message stating that an iPad in Recovery Mode has been detected

After the iPad, iPad mini, or iPad Air has been detected by iTunes (or Finder), it can be restored with iTunes, or updated as usual. If you’re on a beta iOS version, you can also downgrade to the last stable build while in Recovery Mode.

* Use iTunes for MacOS Mojave 10.14 and earlier, and all Windows PC computers will use iTunes too. If the Mac is on MacOS Catalina 10.15 or later, then use the Mac Finder instead of iTunes.

Exiting Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini

If you want to exit out of Recovery Mode without performing any action in iTunes, you can do so with a simple force restart of the iPad.

Hold down the POWER button and the HOME button concurrently until the Apple logo  appears on the screen, signifying it has been force restarted

After you reboot the device to exit recovery mode, it will boot as normal. Or if it was experiencing difficulty, like getting stuck on the Apple logo screen, it will probably just boot directly back into that if you didn’t actually run through recovery to restore the iPad.

Almost all serious issues with an iPad can be resolved through Recovery Mode, but rarely in some very stubborn cases you may need to put the iPad into DFU mode instead and restore from there. That’s quite rare however, and is really only applicable for when Recovery Mode is not working successfully for a restore or device update.

All iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch models can be placed into Recovery Mode, though the instructions for doing so differs per device. For reference, here are the steps for other iOS / ipadOS devices:


These 6 Mistakes Every Small Business Must Keep Away From

Small businesses drive innovation and bridge critical gaps across virtually all industries. Semrush reports that small businesses create 1.5 million jobs, which accounts for 64% of all new jobs in America.

Each business owner will have a different purpose in entrepreneurship. Some are driven by passion, while others are motivated to make their own success.

Although the goals may be different, they are the same: Every entrepreneur wants success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 20% of small businesses survive beyond their first year. Nearly two-thirds of them last for two years and a half for five.

Revenue is An Important Part of The DNA of A Small Business.

Many factors can lead to enterprises losing their footing before they get on the right track. But revenue is the most important. This is the engine that drives every other aspect of an operation.

Here are some key missteps that lead to insufficient revenue.

1. It is not Possible to Determine The Goals and Objectives

Small businesses are more likely to fall for the trap of not knowing what their goals or plans are. It’s hard to create strategies that result in revenue without this.

Small entrepreneurial ventures are at risk of becoming aimless if they don’t know the purpose of their activities. Plans for generating revenue are doomed to fail if they don’t have clear objectives and goals.

2. Ineffective Marketing Strategy

3. Online Visibility is Poor or Absent

A business without visibility is unlikely to survive in this world of survival of the fittest. A brand’s visibility is a measure of its success. With the continuing influence and impact of social media, there are many ways to drive it. You can use text, images, audio, or a combination of all three.

4. Do not Focus on Repeat Customers

5. Failure to Adopt A Modern Funnel System

6. Inadequately Honing The Price Strategy

Pricing is an important component of any business’ decision-making process. If you don’t know how to adjust it, you could end up doing serious damage. While there will be many factors that impact pricing, such as demand and supply, a sudden price increase won’t please customers and may cause them to look elsewhere. If you don’t adapt appropriately, it can lead to a high price.

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