How to fix a Mac that crashes in the middle of an update

I’ve been a Mac user since 1995, and I have never once had a software update go wrong. I do them as soon as they’re released, and all is well. My wife, on the other hand, has been a Mac user for less than a year (I finally converted her), and she had a Mac update she’d been putting off for weeks, and I told her to just do it, nothing will go wrong…

Despite my 20+ years of Mac updates, and likely hundreds of installations without issue, she had an issue. Midway through the installation, I got this scary-looking screen:

Yikes! I Tried to restart the computer, but it kept getting stuck. Great… Even booting into Safe Mode didn’t work, so I had to find a better fix than taking it into an Apple Store and sheepishly asking a Genius to fix it for me. Here’s what you do:

  1. Turn the computer off, likely by simply holding the power button for a couple seconds until the screen goes dark.
  2. Press the power button, and immediately hold down Command-R. Don’t let go until you see the macOS Utilities screen.
  3. Select “Reinstall macOS” and click Continue.
  4. Follow the few prompts and choose your internal hard drive (or whatever hard drive you have macOS installed on for this machine…most people will only see one disk here).
  5. Wait about 20-30 minutes and the installation will complete, and you can click Restart to reboot your computer.

And that’s it! Your computer will boot up as if nothing had ever happened.

Also, Apple’s prompts don’t make this entirely clear, but doing this will not remove any files from your computer, so don’t worry about losing everything.

The most evolved representation of the iPhone

iPhone 7 is the most singular, most evolved representation of this design.

Jony Ive said this in the design video for the iPhone 7 last September, and the line struck me at the time as an indication that this was the ultimate form of the original iPhone design. Like any truly great design, they’ve chipped away at all the loose edges of this 2007 design and made it better along the way. They’ve made it thinner, lighter, have better screens, narrower bezels, better speakers, waterproofing, and just generally added higher quality materials. The iPhone 7 is an astonishingly well-made phone.

So when Jony said the iPhone 7 was the “most evolved representation of this design” it could be taken 2 ways:

  1. Of course it is, every iPhone has been the most evolved at the time it was made. This year is no different.
  2. They have done all they reasonably can with this design, and they are not taking it any further.

Either one of those could be true, but with rumors over the last several weeks, it’s looking more and more like the latter option may be closer to reality.

Today Bloomberg had a piece entitled “Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone’s 10th Anniversary”.

Okay, you have my attention…

Apple is preparing three iPhones for launch as soon as this fall, including upgraded versions of the current two iPhone models and a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look, according to people familiar with the matter. For the redesigned phone, Apple is testing a new type of screen, curved glass and stainless steel materials, and more advanced cameras, the people said.

By my reading, it sounds like Apple is making an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, both of which will likely look identical to 2016’s models, but then there’s that third phone…the iPhone Pro, if you will.

Things can change, but given Gurman’s overall track record and the amount of smoke we’re starting to see about this style of iPhone makes me think it’s really happening. And when this is your competition this year, Apple really needs to take the next leap forward with phone design.

“Matt Walks Around with AirPods” is a thing

These are too fun to make, so I’m feeling pretty confident is saying that the Matt Walks Around with AirPods” is a thing I’m going to do for a little while longer than I expected last week. I hope you’re enjoying them as much as I am making them!

Custom Slack themes for every single MLB team

This may have been a silly idea, but I made a complete set of Slack themes for all 30 MLB teams. Hopefully you find one that makes you happy not matter who your favorite team is!

If you need to know how to apply these themes, follow this link to Slack’s guide, and copy the colors below your team’s preview image.

National League Central

Chicago Cubs

#0b4185,#de3142,#e00018,#ffffff,#b31727,#ffffff,#fc031c,#de3142

Cincinnati Reds

#c60024,#000000,#ffffff,#000000,#ffffff,#ffffff,#ffffff,#000000

Milwaukee Brewers

#01194a,#a38443,#a38443,#000000,#a38443,#ffffff,#f0bb48,#a38443

Pittsburgh Pirates

#fcb600,#e22231,#cc2d3a,#ffffff,#cc2d3a,#000000,#e22231,#e22231

St. Louis Cardinals

#ba0025,#0C3A8A,#EBDC15,#1f2d45,#F0E002,#ffffff,#063fa1,#EBDC15

National League East

Atlanta Braves

#0a3973,#bc0032,#bc0032,#ffffff,#b50736,#ffffff,#ffffff,#b50736

Miami Marlins

#e75015,#1f63b2,#1f63b2,#ffffff,#1f63b2,#ffffff,#fae500,#1f63b2

New York Mets

#0c4996,#f9be00,#f9be00,#ffffff,#f9be00,#ffffff,#f9be00,#f9be00

Philadelphia Phillies

#c00027,#0a408b,#0a408b,#ffffff,#0a408b,#ffffff,#0a408b,#0a408b

Washington Nationals

#001a51,#c00027,#c00027,#ffffff,#c00027,#ffffff,#e80c0c,#c00027

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks

#bd0031,#000000,#e9d7b5,#000000,#0e1f42,#ffffff,#0e1f42,#0e1f42

Colorado Rockies

#1a1718,#2a2966,#ffffff,#000000,#dddddd,#ffffff,#7876f5,#5552f2

Los Angeles Dodgers

#093673,#b9c3cc,#b9c3cc,#0d392c,#b9c3cc,#ffffff,#ffffff,#b9c3cc

San Diego Padres

#060e30,#f74000,#f74000,#ffffff,#f74000,#ffffff,#f74000,#f74000

San Francisco Giants

#000000,#f44013,#f44013,#ffffff,#f44013,#ffffff,#f44013,#f44013

American League East

Baltimore Orioles

#e74b1c,#14563c,#14563c,#ffffff,#e8c92e,#ffffff,#fdec96,#14563c

Boston Red Sox

#152842,#b60027,#b60027,#ffffff,#b60027,#ffffff,#e30e0e,#b60027

New York Yankees

#0d1f41,#e1092d,#ffffff,#000000,#e1092d,#ffffff,#e1092d,#e1092d

Tampa Bay Rays

#1a1718,#2280b5,#2280b5,#000000,#2280b5,#ffffff,#5aa56b,#ddab30

Toronto Blue Jays

#16224b,#12397c,#d90e16,#ffffff,#d90e16,#ffffff,#d90e16,#d90e16

American League Central

Chicago White Sox

#000000,#b8b8b8,#999999,#1f2d45,#ffffff,#ffffff,#f8f8fa,#dedede

Cleveland Indians

#0d1f41,#df003b,#df003b,#ffffff,#df003b,#ffffff,#df003b,#df003b

Detroit Tigers

#0d1f41,#de552f,#de552f,#ffffff,#d94e27,#ffffff,#f53f0c,#de552f

Kansas City Royals

#123470,#000000,#ba2f58,#ffffff,#000000,#ffffff,#ff0000,#ba2f58

Minnesota Twins

#0d1f41,#c20033,#c20033,#ffffff,#c20033,#ffffff,#c20033,#c20033

American League West

Houston Astros

#193e7c,#e67d1b,#e67d1b,#0d392c,#e67d1b,#ffffff,#e67d1b,#e67d1b

Los Angeles Angels

#bd0031,#0e1f42,#0e1f42,#ffffff,#0e1f42,#f2f8ff,#0e1f42,#0e1f42

Oakland Athletics

#0d392c,#faab18,#faab18,#0d392c,#faab18,#ffffff,#faab18,#faab18

Seattle Mariners

#0d1f41,#216b66,#216b66,#000000,#000000,#ffffff,#24e3d6,#216b66

Texas Rangers

#022467,#12397c,#ad0017,#ffffff,#ad0017,#ffffff,#d90e16,#ad0017

Is this the first iPhone 8 leak?

We’ve made it all the way to April without so much as a peep from the supply chain on any leaked parts from this fall’s new iPhone. That may have changed this morning as a someone posted what could be the schematics for the new phone to Weibo.

There has been much talk recently about the “bezel-less iPhone” and this model looks like a step in that direction, but is certainly not bezel-free. The top and bottom bezels are much smaller than the current iPhone, and appear to be comparable to those on the super-slick Galaxy S8, but the screen does appear to have more substantial side bezels than Samsung’s new flagship. I would expect Apple to minimize how those look in reality if they go with this design. It’s worth noting that if this design is accurate and the goal of the industry is to lose the bezels, Samsung is leading here.

Here’s a cleaned up comparison of the leaked phone next to the current iPhone 7:

By my math, this iPhone render is sporting a 5.7-5.8 inch screen, which would make it a little larger than the current iPhone 7 Plus’s 5.5 inch display.

And here they are stacked on top of each other:

For my money, this model shown in the leak could either be the iPhone 8 Plus model, and not the standard sized iPhone, or it’s the iPhone Pro and it will sit in between the sizes of the existing iPhones. For one more comparison, here are the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 render, and iPhone 7 Plus all stacked up:

Either this is the new standard iPhone and every body size is getting bigger (boo) or it’s the new Plus model and the screens are getting bigger while the body sizes are going down (yay!).

We’ll have to wait for more leaks to see if there’s any merit to this rumor or not, but so far it’s the best thing we have to go on.