How to Perform a Clean Installation of macOS Sierra

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macOS Sierra is Apple’s latest desktop operating system, which succeeds OS X El Capitan and adopts a new name to bring it in line with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The OS will come pre-installed on all new Macs once current stock is depleted and is a free download for existing Mac owners.

My MacRumors tutorial explains how to download macOS Sierra and perform a clean install, which offers a number of benefits over the automatic upgrade process included in the installation package. Check it out!

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones Review

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With the controversial absence of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7 now a reality, accessory companies are busily churning out wireless alternatives, and that’s as true of Bose as it is of other big audio brands.

Its latest QuietComfort 35 over-the-ear headphones ($350) are a wireless version of the company’s flagship premium QC25 cans ($300), seen by some as offering the best active noise-cancelling in the business.

The QC35’s retain the same established design and patented ANC smarts, so as an owner of a pair of original QuietComfort 25 headphones, I was interested to see how the new Bluetooth model compared.

You can read my review for MacRumors here.

How to Reset an iPhone 7

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A hard reset basically force-reboots your iPhone, which is useful if the device is freezing, throwing up errors, or has stopped responding completely. DFU mode, on the other hand, restores an iPhone if a reset or standard Recovery Mode doesn’t solve the problem you’re experiencing.

The iPhone 7 has a different hard reset and DFU mode activation process to earlier iPhones because the physical-click home button has been replaced with a Force Touch-based Taptic Engine, which is rendered unresponsive if the OS isn’t functioning properly.

So here’s my little guide to show you how it’s done on a new iPhone 7.

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How to Use 3D Touch Actions in iOS 10

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With iOS 10, Apple focused on expanding 3D Touch functionality to make it more relevant to users, in the hope that they eventually come to see it as second nature. If you have an iPhone 6s or later, there are a wide range of 3D Touch gestures that you can test out in iOS 10, particularly from the home screen.

I compiled a list of native app icons that now support 3D Touch, as well as a handful of other useful functions, for my latest MacRumors how-to guide. You can read it here.

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Beoplay H5 Bluetooth Earphones Review

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In June, premium audio heavyweight brand Bose debuted a wireless version of its flagship over-the-ear headphones with the QuietComfort 35’s. Not to be outdone, in September Danish audio big hitter B&O entered the fray with its Beoplay H5 Bluetooth buds, a pair of high-end magnetized earphones designed “for music lovers who live to move.”

You can read my review of the Beoplay H5 earphones here.

B&O Beoplay A1 speaker review

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Last month, B&O PLAY announced the Beoplay A1, the latest portable Bluetooth speaker in its family of luxury home audio products. B&O PLAY is a brand subsidiary of Danish high-end audio and video manufacturer Bang & Olufsen, known for its principled attention to design (which some say inspired Apple).

I decided to take a look at the A1 ultraportable speaker for MacRumors to see if the device justifies its $249 price tag, which places it at the premium end of the Bluetooth speaker market.