Sleek and capable as Apple’s products are, they have their bad days like the rest of us. And when they do, you’ll want to know how to back out of a bad situation as gracefully as possible. That is the subject of this week’s video—dealing with common iPhone, Apple TV, and iTunes Store annoyances.

In the course of the video I show you how to:

  • Avoid long iPhone backups (and all iPhone backups, for that matter).
  • Force-quit a frozen iPhone application.
  • Throw your iPhone into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode for restoring it when it appears to be dead.
  • Restart, diagnose, or restore an Apple TV with a hidden Apple Remote command.
  • Beg Apple to allow you to download an aborted iTunes Store purchase.

All this, in under six minutes!

Download Macworld Video #62

  • Format: MPEG-4/H.264
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 (iPhone & iPod compatible)
  • Size: 7.8MB
  • Length: 5 minutes, 30 seconds

Show Notes

I said I would do it, and so I shall. The Terminal command to disable iPhone backups is:

defaults write com.apple.itunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

and to undo that work so that iTunes does back up your iPhone, enter this:

defaults write com.apple.itunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool false

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