How to connect Apple Pencil to iPad?

Got a new Apple Pencil? Good decision. Now you will get the best out of your iPad. Pair Apple Pencil with iPad and your user experience will reach a whole new level. Like a pen on paper, you can use an Apple Pencil on your iPad to write, sketch, highlight or even sign a document. The handwritten notes can be transformed into texts. The coalition of an iPad with an Apple Pencil can realise any 90s kid’s fantasy of transforming their notebooks into a magical one.  But the first step of this magical journey is to pair the devices.

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But before getting into the pairing process, there’s another aspect to look at.

Apple Pencil compatibility with different iPad models

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Not all models of Apple Pencil are compatible with all models of iPad. As of May 2024, there are three models of Apple Pencil, the 1st Generation, the 2nd Generation, and the USB-C model. For tablets, there are different generations of iPad, iPad Pro, Air, and Mini. So let’s have a quick look at which Apple Pencil works with which iPad.

Apple Pencil (1st Generation) –

  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation and later)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st & 2nd generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (all generations)

Apple Pencil USB-C

  • iPad (10th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation and later)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (all generations)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)

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So before proceeding, please make sure that your iPad is compatible with your Apple Pencil.

How to connect the Apple Pencil to the iPad?

Now, the method to pair Apple Pencil with iPad varies for different models. Below, you will get the steps for each of them. But before that, you must update to the latest iPadOS. Also, iPad 10th generation users will need a USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter and Apple Pencil USB-C users need to get hold of a USB-C cable.

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To pair Apple Pencil (1st Generation),

  • Remove the Apple Pencil cap.
  • Plug it directly into the Lightning Connector of your 6th to 9th-generation iPads. For an iPad 10th generation, plug it with a USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter.
  • Tap on the pair button that will appear on your iPad.
  • Once paired, unplug your Apple Pencil from the Lightning Connector or USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter.

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To pair Apple Pencil (2nd Generation),

  • Find the Magnetic Connector of your iPad on its side.
  • Attach your Apple Pencil to it.
  • Wait for them to pair.
  • Then remove your Apple Pencil.

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To pair Apple Pencil (USB-C),

  • Slide the end of your Apple Pencil to open the USB-C slot.
  • Then plug a USB-C cable into it.
  • Plug the other end of the cable into your iPad.
  • Wait for the pair button to appear on your iPad and tap on it.
  • Once paired, unplug the cable.

Your devices will remain paired until your iPad is restarted or the Apple Pencil is paired with another device. If your Apple Pencil won’t connect to your iPad, make sure you are using the latest version of iPadOS, your Apple Pencil is compatible with your iPad, and there is no physical damage to your devices. In the case of the latter, you can always seek professional help.

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iOS 17.4: Details That you Need to Know

The new iOS update is about to drop like a confetti at a surprise party, and it is about to make your phone experience more thrill than a rollercoaster ride. It is the same as if your iPhone just got a VIP pass to the coolest tech party in town, where the features are so fresh they might do cha-cha on your home screen. But what are the features, and when it’s going to be released? Rumors have aired all around, however, there are still a few days left for the update to drop in the market. To know about all the details regarding iOS 17.4, let’s buckle up to recount the tales of innovation, where your device armed with features can make your PC look basic.

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Apple has given a big note regarding the 17.4 OS Update. Some biggest updates are available for the people in the European Union, and also a ton of features are available worldwide. Along with this release the users will also get Watch OS 10.4 Beta 5, Mac OS Sonoma 14.4 Beta 5, TV OS 17.4 Beta 5, Vision OS 1.1 Beta 4, iOS/iPad 16.7.6 RC & 15.8.2 RC. But here we will spark a light on iOS 17.4, the size will come in at 6.46 GB on an iPhone 15 series, and the new built number will be 21E217.

iOS 17.4: Release Date: It is believed that the Apple aficionados across the globe will be able to download the update on 6th March.

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Apple is about to come up with some major change in the app ecosystem in the EU. According to the new rules stipulated by the EU Digital Markets Act, some massive changes are coming up for iPhone users based in the EU. To minimize the risks for the users, Apple is about to come up with the removal of home screen web apps which could happen with iOS 17.4. It is believed that EU users will be able to continue accessing websites directly from their Home Screen through a bookmark with minimal impact to their functionality.

The update will allow users to download and install the apps outside of the app store through alternate marketplaces.

Apple is about to give the EU users more choice over more apps they use as the defaults on their devices.

Alternative payment options will be available and Safari will no longer be the only default browser.

Third-party apps will be able to set the default. Users will be able to get a splash screen while opening safari, and it will help them to choose a new browser.

Read More –  iOS 17 – What’s New for you, Compatibility, Feature Do Update or Not?

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Let’s explore the new iOS 17.4: Features that are coming to your device:

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Podcast: While playing your favourite podcast, you will get a new feature that will help you to play the transcription of the podcast. Play the podcast, tap on the button, and it will show you the transcription of that podcast and highlight the words which are being said. The search button will allow you to search for any words, and the scrolling option will help you to scroll up and down to find anything you need.

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Cash Card Virtual Number: Apple has added the Apple cash card virtual number, in case if the Apple Pay option is compromised the users can go to the wallet app, the virtual card number will help them to make a purchase.

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CarPlay: With the upcoming update, Apple maps will present a new instrument cluster experience with upcoming maneuvers that can be swapped between the main display and the instrument cluster by tapping the map configuration button.

The update to CarPlay on iOS 17.4 will support the cars that are already on the road.

The dual screen CarPlay setup has the navigation system that appears with all the details.

  • It will notify you with the warning in case a door is open.
  • Display the air pressure of the tires.
  • Adjust the temperature inside the car.
  • Access the FM.
  • Whenever you turn off your car with a CarPlay connection you will get a good-bye message on the screen of the car.

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Emoji: More than 100 new emojis will be introduced with 17.4, including a phoenix, breaking chain, mushroom, like, emojis with a yes or no signals and many more.

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Stolen Device: Apple will update the stolen device protection feature with the new iOS 17.4 version. It will add an extra layer of security to ensure that your data will be safe and secure. Tap on the always option, it will help to delay while changing the security settings as the person has to wait for 1 hour. A FaceID is required for changing the settings.

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iMessage: The users are about to get a major security update for iMessage in iOS 17.4, Apple is implementing a new pq3 security system which is a state of the art security technology. The new post quantum cryptographic protocol that Apple is going to use in iOS 17.4 and it can increase the security from level 1 to level 3, it can be even more protective for its user’s information.

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Digital Clock: A new digital clock widget will be added on the home screen.

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Battery Health Percentage: This new update will come only with the iPhone 15 series, the battery health percentage will not be there, the listing will only display normal unlike before when the users used to get a percentage right once they went into the battery section. You could tap on the option to get further details such as the percentage, maximum capacity percentage, cycle count, manufacture date, and first use.

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Stopwatch: A live activity function for the stopwatch feature on the iPhone will be added. Turn it on from the clock app, it will show a dynamic island and display the lock screen.

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Safari: While browsing any website, if that website has animation the new update will help you to play and pause the animation by tapping on the AA button, and selecting the play all animations option.

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Messaging with Siri: This feature will help you to send messages to Siri, and it will be able to read the incoming messages in different languages such as French, German, Spanish, Chinese and more. To enable the option go to Siri, turn on the automatically send messages.

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These are the rumors about the upcoming iOS 17.4, to know the exact details and to download the latest version of iOS, you have to wait for a few days. Your iPhone can be even more smart with the new iOS 17.4 version installed in it. However, it can’t protect your device from any malfunction. For any internal issues, connect to the nearest iphone repair provider recommended by Apple to get a bright solution for all the woes.

App Store is not working? Tips to cheer it up

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Think about the largest shopping mall in your town. Imagine that’s the only mall. You can get anything there, and most of it is for free! You visit there often and pick up anything that will make your life easier. Nowadays you don’t even give the place a proper glance, because you are so habituated to it. Then one day suddenly, you see that you can’t enter it anymore! Scary, right? You might experience the virtual version of this fear if your iPhone cannot connect to the App Store.

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It all starts with an error message that comes uninvitedly when you try to open the App Store. It reads loud and clearly, ‘Can’t Connect To The App Store’. And it leaves you confused. But in the tech wizarding world, there’s a spell for every tricky situation. And in this particular case, you will get many for one. But before going there, let’s take a look at the most common sources of this error.

  • Network Connectivity Issue
  • Outdated Operating System
  • Incorrect Time & Date Adjustment
  • Error in Apple’s Server

And below we have covered them all. So without wasting any further words, let’s get to the troubleshoots that you can try to get your App Store back.

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How to get App Store back on iPhone?

Check your connectivity – Okay! This is basic. But this is for those who are not reading this blog on the same iPhone. If you are using WiFi, then reconnect with the router. If it still doesn’t work, switch to mobile data and allow the App Store to use a data connection. To do that,

  • Open Settings
  • Tap Mobile Service
  • Scroll for the App Store
  • Toggle on the switch beside it

Then try reconnecting the App Store. If it works, voila! If it doesn’t, keep reading.

Update your iOS – The operating system software of your iPhone is like fashion, it keeps on evolving. All you need to do is to keep updating from time to time. And if you fail to do so, consequences can make you unable to download apps from the App Store. To check if you are using the latest version of iOS, go to Settings, click on General, and tap on Software Update. If there’s any available update, click on Update and Install. Once the iOS is updated, try opening the App Store.

Reset Time & Date – In earlier days, there was a habit of intentionally keeping the watch dial fifteen minutes ahead of the actual time to avoid delays. If something similar had been done to your iPhone, it may stop your App Store from working. So time travellers, please calm down! Go to Settings → General → Date & Time. Turn on the Set Automatically toggle. Then get back to the App Store.

Check Apple’s Server Status – Though the best minds are working with the best machines to keep the entire Apple server running, even then, they are just humans, and machines! Both have limitations. On rare occasions, errors appear on the App Store server. So before coming to the conclusion that your iPhone App Store is gone for good, check the status of the server. You can do so by visiting Apple’s System Status page.

So now you do know about how to get your app store back. Hopefully, any of the above tricks will work for your iPhone. And if nothing works out, then the disease can be something more serious. You better consult an expert to get your App Store back.

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The 2023 Apple WWDC Event – Vision Pro AR Headset & More To Know

As trends come and go, we were up for the new ones to surface in public from Apple’s planner as they kicked-off the 2023 Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on 5th June, 2023. As the world-of-tech came to a standstill to witness some of the ecstatic and upcoming technology from Apple, the Apple WWDC rumours were more or less the reality of the event and that took a lot of Apple fans by surprise, in a positive way though!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook opened up the Apple WWDC event with a focus on hardware, software and services, but the biggest takeaways are the Vision Pro headset and the 15-inch MacBook Air. We saw updates to each one of Apple’s core platforms.

Apple WWDC Product Launch – What’s New From Apple?

Vision Pro AR Headset

This augmented reality headset is called Apple Vision Pro and it blends with the real and digital world to give an out-of-the-world experience for users. Priced at approximately Rs. 2,89,000 the device was termed as a pair of “ski-goggles” from Tim Cook and features a separate battery pack. The headset can be controlled with your hands, eyes, and voice recognition features.

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What looks like a primary AR device can also be switched to full virtual reality with the help of a special dial.  It’s powered by Apple’s M2 chipset, paired alongside a brand-new chip called R1, designed for “real-time sensor processing.” Those chipsets power Apple’s new operating system, visionOS, which has been specifically designed for the headset.

Read – iPhone 15 Pro: Launch Date, Colours, & Features

15-Inch MacBook Air

Next up, Apple announced a major deal for Mac lovers by fulfilling the request of a 15-inch MacBook Air. Priced approximately at Rs. 1,35,000, the Mac is 11.5mm thick, weighs 1.3kg, and is powered by Apple’s own M2 chipset. The notebook features two USB-C ports, Apple’s MagSafe charging dock, and a standard headphone jack.

The Mac features an 18-hour battery with an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU. The new MacBook Air will ship in four colours, including Midnight and Starlight and might start delivery by the coming week.

Apart from the WWDC products there are some software and OS updates too, which were launched at the event.

iOS 17 for iPhone & iPadOS 17 for iPad

As discussed in a previous blog, the WWDC event also saw the launch of iOS 17 for the iPhone along with the launch of the iPadOS 17 for the iPad. You can read about the latest developments and updates in the iOS 17 blog that we wrote but for starters here are some of the updates you will get to see with iPadOS 17.

  1. Brand new Messages features
  2. AirDrop capabilities, and smarter autocorrect for text input.
  3. The ability to personalise the lock screen.
  4. New Health App
  5. Live display just like iOS
  6. Notes App & PDF Annotation

macOS Sonoma for Mac

The macOS Sonoma is the latest version of Mac operating system, which includes several new features including desktop widgets, Apple TV-like aerial screensavers and enhancements to apps like Messages and Safari. On the gaming front, there’s a new Game mode that prioritises CPU and GPU performance.

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The macOS Sonoma takes gaming to a next level with the new gaming functionality that takes advantage of Apple’s more powerful graphics processing units and Apple’s Metal 3 framework. There’s also expanded video-conferencing functionality through FaceTime. Widgets are coming to the macOS on the desktop.

watchOS 10

With the launch of the watchOS 10, Apple is updating the Apple Watch’s software with new widgets and redesigned apps. The idea is to show more information at a glance. By turning the digital crown you can bring up your widget stack and scroll through for quick and easy access to information.

Source: The Verge

The Apple Watch will also get two new watch faces, the first one a  colour-palette themed, and the second inspired by Peanuts characters Snoopy and Woodstock. There will also be more metrics and workout views for cycling, including the ability to show extra statistics when connecting to other Bluetooth-enabled bike sensors. Health is also a growing focus for WatchOS 10. Apple is adding new mood-logging features to the Mindfulness app, which you can access on both the watch and the phone.

Mac Studio & Mac Pro with M2 Max and M2 Ultra

The Mac studio is Apple’s smallest yet the most powerful desktop version for its set of users. At WWDC 2023, it was announced that these powerhouses will be getting a product update. With this, Apple is updating the silicon and replacing the M1 Max and M1 Ultra with the M2 Max and M2 Ultra.

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The main difference, of the next-generation chip, unlocks new performance capabilities in the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. This starts with a 20% jump on CPU performance, 30% jump on GPU performance, and by making the neural engine work up to 40% faster. That’s super impressive.

With the M2 Ultra, Apple-lovers can get up to 192GB of RAM making the new Mac Studio up to 6 times faster than the Intel-powered Mac Studio. There are other connectivity and video enhancements that you will get wif you purchase the new $1,999 Mac Studio that may be available from June second week in 2023.

Other Apple WWDC Announcements


VisionOS is the first Apple operating system designed from the ground up for Spatial Computing. The OS is an amalgamation of years of innovation across Apple’s other existing platforms, namely iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.


Optic ID is a new way to unlock devices with eye scanning, which the company claims will be able to distinguish even between identical twins. Optic ID will work to unlock the Vision Pro and make payments.

That’s all folks from the announcements of the Apple WWDC 2023. If you want to read and update yourself for everything about the latest Apple developments you can head to the blog section for more exciting reads.

Chrome Vs Safari: Which One is Better for Your Devices?

Though the market is flooded with web browsers, Google Chrome and Apple Safari are way ahead of the curve. While the former rules the roost across platforms, the latter has a dominating presence on Apple devices. And rightly so, as they both are feature-packed and highly user-friendly. No wonder, the Chrome vs Safari faceoff is one of those things that Apple users are most curious about in 2021. So, which is better – Google Chrome or Safari? Well, that’s what we are going to find out after a direct showdown.

So, how have we figured out whether Google Chrome is the best browser or Apple has got the crown as the most preferred web browser? In order to arrive at a fair verdict, we have compared Apple Safari with Google Chrome on 6 major fronts – Design, Customization, User Experience, Efficiency, Security & Privacy, and Compatibility. Moreover, we have also declared the winner of each round, thereby making it straightforward for you to know which one of these two leading browsers has earned the most points. So, let’s get started.

Design and Feature-Set: Chrome Leaves Safari Behind

While Safari sports an impressive design language, Chrome is more intuitive and easier on the eyes. If you wish to get the most out of your browser without having to spend much time on the learning curve, Chrome is the way to go. On the other hand, Safari requires plenty of learning curves. Thus, it takes a while to master Apple’s browser.

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In terms of features, both Safari and Chrome are feature packed. However, Google’s offering comes with a more efficient bookmark manager, tabs organizer, and is also comparatively more flexible. That’s the reason why Google’s offering easily wins over Apple’s famed browser on the ease-of-use front.

Customization: Chrome is a Way Better Bet

If top-of-the-line features coupled with a host of customizations are what you are after, you shouldn’t look beyond Google Chrome. Moreover, Google’s offering boasts a massive library of extensions that open the gate for limitless customization. Whether you want to deck the user interface, expand the functionality of the Chrome browser, or keep a tab on plagiarism, extensions have got you fully covered.

On the other hand, Safari is not known for full-on customization. Due to a lot of restrictions, you can’t personalize the browser beyond a certain point. That’s not all, Apple’s browser also doesn’t have a large store of extensions, which could be a huge disappointment for folks who love to use a variety of web extensions.

User-Experience: Safari and Chrome Go Neck-to-Neck

The comparison between these two leading browsers goes well beyond the couple of well-known pros highlighted above. Probably the best part about Chrome is the deep integration with G-Suite, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google News, Google News, YouTube, Google Drive, Google Photos, and more.

With the power of G-Suite, a Chrome user doesn’t have to run here and there to carry out tasks that require the use of Google’s famed apps like Google Drive and Gmail. And this is where it scores pretty high on the user-experience front.

Furthermore, Chrome offers a versatile bookmark manager, seamless sync across platforms. Not just that, most modern websites look better on Google’s browser than on Safari as Apple’s web browser is still unable to handle some modern image formats that most new websites prefer to use.

Being part of the Apple ecosystem, Safari is deeply integrated with macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. Thus, you can seamlessly switch between iPhone/iPad and Mac. Thanks to the iCloud sync and the super handy Handoff feature, you will have an intuitive browsing experience. Add to that the incredibly secure AutoFill feature and it becomes very hard to look beyond Safari, especially if you are locked inside the Apple ecosystem.

So, on the user-experience front, the battle between Google Chrome and Apple Safari is even-steven.

Efficiency and Battery Consumption: Safari Edges Out Chrome

It’s no secret that Google Chrome is resource-hungry by nature. That means if your device is not sufficiently capable, Chrome may not run smoothly. Due to its massive resource-hogging nature, it not only tends to slow down a device, but also causes the battery to drain, which could prove to be a living nightmare.

As for Apple Safari, it’s better optimized to get the most out of MaciPhone, and iPad. Thus, it requires way fewer resources to run, resulting in smooth performance and far less battery consumption. And if better performance ranks right on top of your priority list, Apple’s offering is the right way to go.

Security and Privacy: Apple Safari Defeats Google Chrome

When it comes to security and privacy, Safari has an upper hand. Aside from the trusted policy to safeguard users’ data, Safari comes with a range of features to block data trackers.

Though Chrome does come with an Incognito mode ( Press ⌘ + Shift + n) which works like Safari’s Private Browsing to let users surf the web privately by not saving or sharing users’ personal information, Google’s browser often fails to live up to that expectation.

Just recently, a study conducted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, discovered that Google continues to collect users’ data even in Incognito mode. Following the sensational revelation, a $5 billion class-action lawsuit has been filed against the search engine giant in the US.

The revelation just exposes the dark reality that we have to live with today. Despite the tall claims about preserving the privacy of users, very few companies are able to walk the talk. While a good chunk of tech companies harness users’ data unabashedly, others siphon data in the disguise of offering a personalized experience.

Unlike other tech companies, Apple’s stance on privacy has been relatively clear right from the word go. Recently, the Cupertino giant has introduced a host of security and privacy features, including the ability to let users stop apps from tracking across apps and websites owned by other companies and the detailed privacy reports with a detailed list of data trackers.

No wonder, this massive crackdown has infuriated a number of tech companies including Google and Facebook that heavily rely on advertisements for earning money. These moves are being seen as a well-timed shot in the arm for end-users who need a strong safeguard against privacy intruders like never before.

The Safari vs Chrome story doesn’t look quite different on iPhone and iPad either. While Apple’s offering boasts seamless integration coupled with the more optimized interface, Google’s browser provides way more customization along with the power of G-Suite.

Despite the stiff competition, Safari edges out Chrome on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS on three crucial fronts: Performance, Security and Privacy, and Less Resource-Hogging. Considering people love smooth browsing on mobile devices, Apple’s browser steals the show as far as performance is concerned.

As for security and privacy, it’s a no-brainer. Apple has always taken security and privacy very seriously. Though the Cupertino-based company collects users’ data, the volume is comparatively quite less than the data harvested by other tech giants like Google and Facebook.

Even in terms of ad and tracker blocking, Safari overthrows Chrome. Thus, you get a more private web browsing experience in Safari. It’s worth noting that Google heavily relies on ads, so it has to gather more data to offer personalized ads.

That’s not the case with Apple as it’s primarily a hardware company that earns money through the sale of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. So, if safeguarding your data matters the most to you, Safari is a better choice.

Compatibility: Chrome – The Runaway Winner

Available on multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and Android, Chrome offers a seamless web browsing experience by syncing important data like bookmarks, history, and even passwords. So, it doesn’t matter whether you are deep into the Apple ecosystem, rocking Windows devices or on Android devices, you will be able to make the most of Chrome.

Comparatively, Safari is available only on macOS, iOS, and iPadOS. That means if you aren’t into the Apple ecosystem, you won’t be able to use Apple’s browser. That’s a shame, to say the least!

On the compatibility front, Google Chrome wins the battle hands down.

Google Chrome vs Apple Safari Verdict: Chrome Beats Safari By 3-2

Having put Google Chrome and Apple Safari in a neck-to-neck fight, we have identified a deserving winner. And that is Chrome! Of course, what works for one may not work for everyone. So, ultimately it all boils down to your personal preference and what suits your taste and needs better. However, Google’s offering runs away with the crown as the best browser from a larger perspective.

What’s your take on these two popular web browsers? Share your thoughts and also never fail to contact our repair centre for MacBook repairiPhone repair, or iPad repair, if your device ever runs into an issue.

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