Question I bought a new MacBook Air but I don’t have enough storage space with it and now it says I need to delete “iOS backups” if I want to move my stuff from my 10 year old MacBook Pro to the new model. Is it safe to do this? I really wish I had bought one with bigger memory now. – Carol Green
No, this is indeed a good time to address this issue. In the long run, it’s far better to face these decisions now than to let it all pile up. So many of us now accumulate tens of thousands of photos, videos, and other files on our smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
We promise we’ll fix it, but we always take it for granted. And then we have to get bigger and bigger memory versions of new devices just so we can get rid of all our accumulated digital junk — often discarded or duplicated photos and files — from the old ones without having to make decisions about what to do with them. It’s digital hoarding by default. Most of us are to some degree to blame for this.
However, I have a comment or two specific to your situation. Firstly, it is sometimes the case with Apple products that deleting files (e.g. valuable photos and videos) from one device (an iPhone, iPad or MacBook) can delete them from all your devices. This shouldn’t happen, but Apple’s iCloud guide can be vague and fuzzy at times – they’re often unclear about the relationship between iCloud backups and device storage. In the case you outlined, which seems to mostly deal with device backups for your iPhone or iPad, this should be fine. But if it were me, I would take this moment to go through the photos and videos (and other files) that you really want from your collection and back them up properly, either to an external storage device (like a hard drive that costs around €50) or dedicated online storage space (for which you will probably have to pay a monthly fee). Obviously, for photos, a good alternative long-term solution is to print some of them out.
Then I would go ahead and delete the backups, safe in the knowledge that you’ve shielded the most important memories and files that would really upset you if you lost them.
My son will be 18 in a few weeks and wants a digital camera – he now uses an old iPhone to take pictures. Two shops I visited recommended the Canon EOS 2000D as it is easy to use and a good entry-level camera. What do you think?
It delivers decent results, but it’s an old-fashioned model that’s all but obsolete as it’s not mirrorless. What I mean by “not mirrorless” is that you have to wait until you’ve taken the photo to see how it will look. This type of system has been completely replaced by mirrorless models, which are easier to use (they show you the photo as it will turn out, like a phone would) and increasingly better quality.
In short, there aren’t any new mid-range or pro cameras made like the EOS 2000D – they’re almost all mirrorless now. If you can, I’d advise getting him something like Panasonic’s Lumix G80 (€659 from Conns Cameras with a 12-60mm lens included). It’s about €100 more than the Canon 2000D but well worth it for the quality and the lens upgrade. And buy them from a city center camera shop (like Conns or others) – you’ll benefit from far better service and knowledge than any of the big retailers.
Recommendation: Panasonic Lumix G80 (€659 from Conns Cameras)
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This is the first time Apple has made a “regular” iPhone model with a very large screen without being a “Pro” device. The benefit, alongside the 6.7-inch display for better reading, is that the battery life is the best on the market: when I go to bed, it usually has almost half left. But it is still very expensive.
Google Pixel 7
649 € in the Google Store
If you’re looking for roughly the best semi-flagship smartphone, Google’s Pixel 7 might be it. The quality and features it has for the price beats almost everything else on the market. The only thing really missing is a telephoto lens; Most people can probably live without it.
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/ask-adrian-freeing-up-storage-with-a-digital-declutter-and-advice-on-a-good-entry-level-camera-42066457.html Ask Adrian: Free up storage space with a digital decluttering and advice on a good entry-level camera