Name your Apple gear the right way

Don't settle for annoying defaults.

I get a new iPhone every year (for purely professional reasons, naturally), and every single time when I transfer my data from the old to the new, the name of the device is screwed up.

That’s because I name the device after the model number (Leander’s iPhone 15 Pro Max, etc.) to make it easy to identify in Find My, AirDrop, AirPlay and the like.

But when transferring data, the old name is brought along, too, so my new iPhone is always named after the old model, not the new one.

Yeah, first-world problem and all, but it’s a small thing I often forget to fix, leading to occasional confusion.

I also give my other Apple devices unique names to make them easy to identify. If you own more than one Apple TV, for example, it’s kinda essential to name them after the room they’re in (Living Room, Man Cave, etc.). Otherwise, it’s nigh impossible to identify the right one when using AirPlay.

If you haven’t given all your Apple devices unique, easy-to-recognize names, here’s how you do it.

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One more thing ...

So if Apple just becomes a place where computers are a commodity item and where the romance is gone, and where people forget that computers are the most incredible invention that man has ever invented, then I'll feel I have lost Apple. But if I'm a million miles away and all those people still feel those things and they're still working to make the next great personal computer, then I will feel that my genes are still in there.

— Steve Jobs, 1985.

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