How to hide purchased books from iBooks

Tony Leneis would like to keep some of the books he’s purchased from Apple from appearing in iBooks.

I have Apple’s manuals for iPhones, iPads, and iPods for iOS 6, 7, and 8. At this point I only want the iOS 8 manuals, but while I can delete the book files from my devices, they still are listed on my bookshelf as downloadable from the cloud. What makes this particular maddening is the titles for many of the aforementioned books are too long to view in iBooks, so the only way to find the iOS 8 version for iPhone is to download and open each iPhone manual until I find the right one.

The bad news: Once you obtain a book from Apple, it’s forever in your iCloud account. It will follow you to the end of time, like a cloudy spectre of words.

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How to find Photos' image files in the Finder

Peter Philpott wonders how to access his media files in Photos for OS X: “In iPhoto, I could right-click on a photo and get it to reveal the original in the Finder.” Photos has an option when you right-click media, as well as in the File menu, labeled Show Referenced File in Finder—but it’s grayed out for him on the images with which he attempts this.

While Photos stores original images just as iPhoto did, as well as modified versions and thumbnails, it’s more cautious about letting you get to them. If you import images into Photos (Preferences > General, and Copy Items to the Photos Library is checked next to the Importing label), then you can’t easily get to the original file in the Finder.

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With the Importing option checked, all images are imported instead of referenced.

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How to delete images from Photos

Jay Bolton finds his iPhone, with 700 or so photos, has filled up its memory. He wonders after trashing other images why he’s still got a full phone, and doesn’t want to turn to iCloud Photo Library to help.

I’ve seen many times that iOS devices will retain as much as gigabytes of old items—especially in the Messages app—that it doesn’t purge when it’s no longer needed locally or has been deleted. The only way to restore this missing storage is perform a backup and restore, which wipes the phone. This dumps allocated but unneeded files, though it’s a time sink. (Apple’s guide will walk you through it.)

You can also connect an iOS device to a Mac and use iPhoto, Photos for OS X, or even Image Capture to transfer images, then delete them after they’re moved over. You can also opt for third-party cloud storage services, like those offered by Amazon and Google, to back up images and videos and store reduced-size versions or previews on your phone.

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Hello, Mac 911? Troubleshooting Continuity calls between Mac and iPhone

Apple introduced Continuity in Yosemite and iOS 8.1 to allow better handoff among devices for phone calls, text messages, browsing sessions, and hotspot use. Among its many requirements is that devices with which you want to use any of the connected have to be logged into the same iCloud account and, for most, on the same Wi-Fi network.

Readers have questions about the phone-call portion of Continuity, and there aren’t great answers for each.

Disabling FaceTime ringing

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More Photos Q&A: Dealing with limitations in multiple libraries, smart albums, and more

Isaac Harari writes:

I have a personal photo library of approximately 200 GB which is now in iCloud and I can access with all my devices. The problem is that I also have another work photo library that sometimes I like to have on my iPhone. How can I keep both libraries in iCloud but keep them perfectly separate?

Unfortunately, there’s no option to switch among collections or libraries in iCloud. For any given device or computer, you’re pairing iCloud Photo Library with an iCloud account. You could create separate iCloud accounts for different libraries and maintain different OS X accounts to switch among them. But since there’s no similar facility in iOS, it would be a huge mess to swap iCloud accounts to show a different library there.

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How to connect an Apple Display to a USB-C MacBook

Gunnar Diepenbruck wondered several weeks ago whether or not an Apple LED Cinema Display could be connected in some fashion to the USB-C port of a 12-inch MacBook. I’d extend that question to ask about the Apple Thunderbolt Display as well. I waited to answer this to see whether a cable was forthcoming from Apple or third parties. None has yet appeared.

USB-C can carry DisplayPort data over the port, so this should be a possibility if the market were big enough to spur manufacturers. I have spotted one USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adapter for about $35, but it’s being sold under several names, and is manufactured by a generic-labeling firm in China. I haven’t yet tested it, and thus am not linking to it. The adapter is just for video, and thus no other USB devices (carrying power or data) can be connected to the MacBook if it’s in use.

There are several DisplayPort (and HDMI) cables, but they all require a monitor to have an adapter plug. Apple’s monitors have either a hard-wired Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt cable (which uses the same form factor as Mini DisplayPort) with a jack on the end.

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How to be sure Photos for Mac stores full-resolution images

Brian Cahoon is concerned about where his photos and other media live. As a former Aperture user, he used its vault feature to back up his library. But with iCloud Photo Library, Apple gives you the option to always keep high-resolution copies locally.

I don’t think I can just copy the library since some may only be in the cloud at full resolution and the export feature doesn’t create folders for years/months—it’s just a dump of all files in one folder. I have 280GB of photos going back to 2001. Any ideas on how to get a full, verified copy of my photos on a backup drive?

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Unless one device is set to download media originals, it’s impossible to back them all up in one place.

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