MacKing Blog & News

  1. 5 Zoom alternatives for iOS

    iPad Pro displaying video conferencing software logos
    Many of us had never even heard of Zoom before the Covid 19 pandemic, but it's only taken a brief two years for it to enter the dictionary as a verb. We've all had to learn how to start and conduct video meetings, whether for business or connecting with loved ones (wine Fridays anyone?). We've also all had to learn how to end meetings too - the uncomfortable moments when everything has been said and time is up, or the business meetings where Gary from accounts dives into unnecessary details and the meeting drags on for what seems like hours. How we'll all look back and laugh! Or not.
  2. What's new in MacOS Monterey

    MacBook Pro running MacOS Monterey
    Imagine that history were different, and Apple was based not in Cupertino but Basingstoke. Right about now, we'd all be considering upgrading to MacOS Bedford (from MacOS Norwich). As it is, we can all follow Apple's geographical wanderings through the vastness of the USA - welcome to Monterey, Jack!
  3. 5 MacOS/ iOS recommendations for December 2021

    MacBook Pro with December 2021 recommended apps
    It's 2021, and whatever apple computer you spend your work and leisure time working on, there seems to be an app for almost every human endeavour. Many great smaller apps that I regularly use don't have 'recommends' on the app store - the 'review' section often has a tumbleweed blowing through it. Truth is, most people whether they're disinclined, or just plain busy, don't leave reviews. That's where real world recommends come in.
  4. 15 years of the Apple Mac Pro

    The three generations of Apple Mac Pro
    To any creative who works with Apple products, the Mac Pro has always been the flagship desktop. The outstanding features of this product line has made it one of the powerful and flexible computers in the entire Apple range.
  5. Choosing a monitor for your Mac Pro

    Apple Pro Display
    We all know that the MacBook’s display has become an ever more beautiful thing with each upgraded release, and often leaves it's Windows the shade. But what about Mac Pro users?
  6. 7 great virtual instruments for iPad 2021

    Apple iPad running virtual instruments
    I clearly remember being on a tour bus back in the very early days of the iOS mobile phone era. Our drummer was the only one without a mobile (cue the drummer jokes). Our bass player (yes, the bass player) was showing him the dawning new age of iOS mobile apps and waxing lyrical about an imagined future where we'd all be making albums on the road on iPhones. Drummer Boy looked nonplussed as he gazed at the shiny screen - 'why ever would I use one of them?' he said.
  7. How to run Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro

    Apple MacBook Pro
    The OS that comes with your MacBook Pro is a wonderful thing - regularly maintained, updated and kept more secure than its Windows counterparts. Add to that the many apps that come with it (and many more are available from third parties), and it's everything that you'll ever need. Or is it?
  8. Apple September Event 2021

    Apple Fall Event 2021 splash
    Apple stage 'events' 3 or 4 times a year. They are inevitably, like all company shebangs a 'hurrah' for the brand, but beneath the hyperbole and corporate revving, there are always nuggets of interest for anyone that owns an Apple product - whether you're just interested or professionally invested. They are always a tell as to the future of the various product lines.
  9. How to create a MacOS USB installer

    Big Sur install icon with 128gb USB key

    There are a few reasons why you may need your own MacOS USB installers for your MacKing Mac computer - or any Apple computer for that matter. It pays to have a little under the hood knowledge of your everyday work tools, and it really needn't be daunting to learn.

  10. My favourite iPad apps for kids

    iPad pro with free kids’ apps
    Unless you live on the moon, before very long your kids are going to be hassling you for an iPad – or God forbid, your iPad. It’s only natural that peer pressure is going to kick in, and besides, they see us adults all doing it – often more than we should.