How to keep your Apple devices updated automatically

Keeping your Apple devices up-to-date helps ensure security and reliability. Don’t spend time on manual updates–leave it to iOS and macOS to automatically update your system and apps.

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Apple’s iOS and macOS have had long histories of receiving reliable updates frequently throughout the year to address new features and to patch security issues. It’s important that we keep our constantly connected devices as up-to-date as possible to thwart any potential security risks to our data. One way to ensure this is to update your Apple systems automatically and to have the App Store automatically update your apps as well.

I’ll explain how to keep iOS and macOS devices and apps up-to-date without lifting a finger when new updates are available.

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

How to auto-update iOS

iOS devices like iPhones, iPods, and iPads can all be updated automatically whenever a new version of iOS or iPadOS is available. To set this up, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app.  
  2. Navigate to General | Software Update.
  3. Select Automatic Updates.
  4. Enable the ON Switch for Automatic Updates (Figure A).

Setting automatic system updates means that your iOS device will automatically download

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LG V60 ThinQ 5G review: A less exciting but cheaper Galaxy S20 alternative

Available in the US from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is a premium phone poised to compete against the Galaxy S20. Though it’s a lofty opponent to take on, the LG V60 has a couple of things that make it stand out. One is low tech (a headphone jack) and the other is more advanced: a special Dual Screen case that doubles the size of its display. Though the accessory is nice to have and has a handful of useful tricks, it’s definitely not a necessity.


  • Long battery life so far
  • Headphone jack
  • Two screens can be useful

Don’t Like

  • Bulky Dual Screen design
  • Nothing exciting in terms of software

With the case, the phone costs from $900 to $950 depending on the carrier, which is still cheaper than the grand you’ll have to pay to buy the Galaxy S20. (LG has not announced UK and Australia availability for the LG V60, but that’s about £730 to £770 and AU$1,480-AU$1,560.) Without the case, the LG V60 is $800. That’s a $200 difference compared with the $999 Galaxy S20, making it a significant save. 

The LG V60 is a great phone. It takes vibrant photos,

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Rewatch Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood perform a live living room concert tonight

Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood

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Here’s another living room concert for your shelter-at-home entertainment: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform live from Studio G, their home recording studio. The country artists, who are married, will star in a prime-time special on CBS, Garth and Trisha Live!  The special will air Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT on CBS.

The CBS special will not have a live audience, the crew will practice social distancing and the network said it will be taking extensive safety precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic. (Disclosure: CBS and CNET are both part of ViacomCBS.)

The couple and CBS will donate $1 million to charities for coronavirus relief.

How to watch Garth and Trisha Live

Date: Wednesday, April 1 

  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Where: Studio G

Where to watch: CBS (check your local affiliate here), CBS All Access or visit

On March 23, Brooks and Yearwood hosted an at-home, impromptu Facebook Live concert from Studio G. Over 5.2 million viewers tuned in from home to the casual concert, which at times got

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