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How to use Magic Eraser on your iPhone to remove unwanted objects from photos


Magic Eraser on iPhone
Magically erase all unwanted distractions from your iPhone photos.
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Magic Eraser — Google’s AI-powered tool for removing unwanted objects from photos, which once was reserved for Pixel phones — now works on iPhones and other Android devices. With just a tap or two, Magic Eraser lets you quickly and easily remove photobombers and other annoyances from your images.

You can find plenty of powerful photo editing apps for iPhone on the App Store, many of which offer similar object-removal functionality. However, it is hard to beat Magic Eraser’s ease of use, as it makes it simple to remove (or mask) unwanted objects in your photos.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 updates fix serious security problems in older handsets and tablets


iOS 15.3 is here for your iPhone bugs
iOS 15.7.4 takes care of a long list of security bugs.
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Apple introduced iOS 15.7.4 and iPadOS 15.7.4 for older devices on Monday, closing significant security holes in a range of frequently used applications. Anyone still running iOS 15.x should install the new version.

Cupertino also released iOS 16.4 and the iPad equivalent on Monday. The updates for its older operating systems are further proof that Apple doesn’t abandon them.

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How to remove duplicate photos on iPhone, iPad and Mac


Get rid of all those copies
Find and delete copies of your photos on your iPhone.
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You could have dozens of copies of the same images in your Photos library, taking up space on your phone and in your iCloud account. Luckily, Apple offers an easy-to-use little tool that lets you find duplicate photos and delete the copies, all right from the Photos app.

Update: In iOS 16.4, released today, duplicates will now be detected between Shared iCloud Photo Libraries. If you have this set up, check for duplicates again — there’s likely to be hundreds more after updating.

These types of duplicate images can accumulate more quickly than you might expect. They arise if you make a copy of a photo to edit, if you screenshot a photo to bump it to the top of your Camera Roll, or if you and your partner both upload the same picture to your Shared iCloud Photo Library. In fact, I found hundreds of duplicates in my own carefully curated library.

It’s a surprisingly sophisticated feature that took Apple engineers a fair amount of smarts to cook up (more on that later). Here’s how to use Apple’s duplicate image remover and get rid of all those unnecessary files.

macOS Ventura 13.3 and iPadOS 16.4 usher in new emoji and other improvements


First public betas for iOS 16, macOS Ventura arrive
Apple released OS updates for its various computers today, including Mac and iPad.
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The wait is over for macOS Ventura 13.3 and iPadOS 16.4, which Apple released Monday. While not major upgrades, they do bring new emoji, a better way for devs to work with betas, and other changes (including security updates).

Apple also released iOS 16.4, as well as watchOS 9.4 and tvOS 16.4, today.

15 new features in iOS 16.4 you should try right away


iOS 16.4 release candidate
After you upgrade your iPhone, try these new features in iOS 16.4.
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Apple released iOS 16.4 on Monday, bringing significant changes and new features to its iPhone operating system.

Once you install iOS 16.4, the biggest point release of iOS 16 so far, check out these 15 features to try right away — including the new “high five emoji” combo.

Get up to 46% off iMacs and MacBooks this week


You can get a good deal on a 2021 24-inch 4.5K iMac, plus other iMacs and MacBooks.
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