[REVIEW] : A magic gesture to transfer images from an iPhone to a Mac (without AirDrop)
Certain functions of our modern computers and smartphones can sometimes look like magic, and it is precisely this kind of sleight of hand that is currently making the buzz. A video shared on TikTok by a former Apple employee shows his surprise when he discovered a way to instantly send images between his various brand devices.
Simply display the image in question on your iPhone and pinch with three fingers. On your Mac, do the reverse gesture (spread three fingers apart) in a text editor like Notes, Messages, or email, and you’re done. It works both in reverse as well as with an iPad. Of course, there are a few conditions that must be met beforehand. Devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad) must be connected with the same iCloud account, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi must be activated, as well as the Handoff function on the source and destination devices.
A function that has gone largely unnoticed for three years
This magic trick relies on Universal Clipboard, a feature added in 2019. Its use for transferring text was well known, but given the buzz created, it seems most users were unaware that it was possible. to use it with images. The three-finger gestures simply correspond to the copy and paste functions.
For Macs without a touchscreen, it seems to be possible to paste the image with the three-finger gesture on the touchpad, but not to copy it. It will therefore suffice to use the “Command and C” keyboard shortcut, or to go through the “Edit” menu. The trick is not limited to texts and images, and can also transfer files.
Apple Silicon : a transition to the M2 chip still full of mysteries
The Mac Studio announcement marked Apple’s Spring Keynote. After years of preparation, this launch is a milestone in the Mac’s journey.
Today, many questions remain, including that of knowing what the sequel will look like.
The Mystery Around Silicon Chips Revealed
Before the transition to Apple’s Silicon was pronounced in June 2020, many of us were wondering how this new processor would work.
The first fear about Apple’s processors, designed for the iPhone and then beefed up for the iPad, was that they wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of Mac users, or at least Pro models.
Apple responded in the best way by rolling out the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra chips. Then, it was with the arrival of the Mac M1s in the fall of 2020 that all doubts about high-end chips finally began to fade. And, finally, the release of the MacBook Pro in 2021 only sealed the deal.
The least we can say is that the Silicon processor from the Cupertino company has exceeded all expectations.
So now what will be the next step?
The M2 chip, pending
While we have a much better idea of Apple’s Mac processor strategy than two years ago, it’s still very difficult to predict its trends. We assume that the M2 generation will largely resemble the M1, with a few differences.
Apple will undoubtedly seek to advance the performance and functionality of its devices, both at the high end and at the low end. And the mystery of the Mac Pro Silicon necessarily adds a string to its bow.
The M1 is breathtaking in its balance of speed and efficiency. An M2 will not be able to benefit from the same big improvements brought by the transition from Intel processors to Apple Silicon. However, a sharp 10-15% improvement in per-core speed would not be a surprise.
The M2 will not increase the number of processing cores offered by the base chip. Instead, he thinks Apple will increase the maximum number of GPU cores in the M2 to 10, which will deliver more substantial graphics results.
For us, the most important thing is how well the new chip will meet the limitations of the M1. Current Macs are limited to 16GB of RAM and two Thunderbolt ports, but also limited support for external displays.
So it goes without saying that we expect the M2 Pro and Max introduced with the MacBook Pro to be more robust than their counterparts. On this subject, in his report, Gurman estimates that Apple will add two CPU cores, to reach a maximum of 12. The M2 Ultra, composed of two M2 Max chips, will gain four cores for a total of 24.
But then, what about the Mac Pro? For Gurman, there will be a new variety of chip capable of merging four M2 Max chips into one “M2 Extreme”, with up to 48 CPU cores and 128 GPU cores.
The Apple Silicon has the strong point of being able to integrate a unified memory to offer even better performance. For its M2, it could be that extreme amounts of RAM will be authorized on a future Mac Pro, thanks to the processing of on-chip memory, and why not offer its own expansion cards with even more GPU cores.
Nevertheless, the performance of the Mac Studio is so impressive, especially with the M1 Ultra version, that the Mac Pro really only needs to serve niche users. The Mac Pro currently retails for $6,499 and we wouldn’t be surprised if its new model starts at a similar cost.
What we still don’t know
There are still many things that we will not know until the end of the M2 cycle, or even more.
Chief among them is the pace of macOS updates. Under Intel, Apple couldn’t decide on its own when it would upgrade because it depended, in part, on chip supply. Now Apple can go at its own pace.
Also according to Gurman, all Mac models will be equipped with M2 processors by the end of 2023, which suggests that Apple is considering an implementation cycle of 18 months.
However, these estimates raise another mystery: what position will Apple take regarding the relationship between M-series and A-series processors used in iPhones?
As a reminder, the launch of Apple’s A-series chips corresponds to iPhone releases, which is every 12 months. The M2 chips will likely be based on the A15 processor introduced last fall.
How to Quickly Copy from Apple iPhone Directly to Your iPad, or Vice Versa
There are so many great tips and tricks built into the Apple iPhone and iPad software. Some of them are a little more hidden – not necessarily intentionally, but they’re just in menus you might not encounter frequently – while others are almost so obvious that they’re completely missed.
One of the most hidden is the ability to use the back of your iPhone as a shortcut button, while one of the easiest is to close all your open Safari tabs at once or scan a document, for example .
There’s another obvious one (when you know it anyway) that we absolutely love for iPhone and iPad or Mac users. Did you know you can copy from your iPhone directly to your iPad – or vice versa – with just your fingers or a few taps? Yes, we know, exciting right. It’s officially called Universal Clipboard, but here’s how it works.
How to Quickly Copy from iPhone to iPad or Mac
There are a few things you need to make sure before trying is that your iPhone and iPad or Mac are linked to the same Apple ID. You will also need to ensure that all devices are connected to Wi-Fi and are within Bluetooth range (about 10 meters) of each other.
Handoff must also be enabled (Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff / System Preferences > General) and Bluetooth must also be turned on. Software requirements are iOS 10 and later for iPhone, iPadOS 13 for iPad, and macOS 10.12 or later for Mac.