Tech & Gaming


March 2020

Mac|Life is the leading independent magazine devoted to all things Apple. For over five years, Mac|Life has helped both new and veteran users get more out of their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more, with coverage that cuts through today's glut of apps and accessories to find what matters most. With a bright, clean design and casual tone, Mac|Life offers an easy and enjoyable way to keep up with the latest Apple trends and topics.

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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
can you work on an ipad?

How many Apple devices do you own in total? I’ve a few myself, including an iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone (along with some other smart home devices, but let’s just call these the “bread and butter” of Apple products). If I needed to work remotely, I’d pick up the MacBook every single time without giving it a second thought, but you know what? It’s kind of big, somewhat heavy (especially when it’s sat in your backpack all day long) and it’s not the easiest thing to use in a confined space, like a train, for instance. In that sense, the smaller, more portable iPad should be better suited to the job — at least when we’re talking about personal comfort on the move. But what of its ability to…

1 min.

Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA, UK Future US, Inc. 15th Floor, 11 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 EDITORIAL EDITOR Nick Odantzis ART EDITOR Matt Lochrie PRODUCTION EDITOR Iain Noble CONTRIBUTORS Adam Banks, Alex Blake, Matt Bolton, George Cairns, Alex Cox, Nate Drake, Craig Grannell, Kenny Hemphill, Hollin Jones, Cliff Joseph, Matt Kollatt, Jeremy Laird, Srivats Laksham, Carrie Marshall, Howard Oakley, Sharmishta Sarkar, Matt Smith, Alex Summersby, Mike Williams ART CONTRIBUTORS Apple DIGITAL EDITION ART EDITOR Matt Smith DIGITAL EDITION SUB Rob Mead–Green BUSINESS US CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Luke Edson, luke.edson@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Brandie Rushing, brandie.rushing@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Michael Plump, michael.plump@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Victoria Sanders, victoria.sanders@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Melissa Planty, melissa.planty@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Elizabeth Fleischman, elizabeth.fleischman@futurenet.com WEST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Austin Park, austin.park@futurenet.com WEST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Jack McAuliffe, jack.mcauliffe@futurenet.com DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES Tracy Lam ASSOCIATE…

3 min.
smart devices to work better together

THE LEADING COMPANIES in the Smart Home market — including Apple, Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance — are getting together to develop an open–source Smart Home standard. The goal of the new working group, Project Connected Home over IP, is to make it easier for manufacturers to create devices that work together, securely, reliably, and seamlessly. A Google Nest spokesman said: “Developers and consumers will benefit from this new universal Smart Home connectivity standard. For developers, it simplifies product development and reduces costs by giving them one standard for building their products. [Consumers] will then have the power to choose how you want to control your homes, independent of which Smart Home technology you choose. Smart Home devices will be compatible with various platforms, so you can choose between Google…

1 min.
news in brief

> APPLE BUILDING ITS OWN SATELLITE NETWORK? Apple is well known for creating its own proprietary “ecosystems” of devices that work together. Now a Bloomberg report claims Apple is developing its own network of satellites. It’s not clear whether this network would be designed to enable Apple devices to communicate with each other independently of other internet and cellular carrier services, or to provide an independent location and mapping service, or for some other purpose. It is also unclear whether Apple is aiming to build its own satellites or just developing the tech it wants, for more established manufacturers to produce and deploy. Apple hired two former Google employees with expertise in space tech back in 2017, and there’s now reportedly a team of around a dozen aerospace, satellite, and antenna…

2 min.
what the heck?

TWO MAIN TYPES of screen are used in laptops, tablets and phones, and the difference is not so much in how each pixel turns light the right color, but where the light comes from. The IPS LCD panels found in Macs and some iPhones, including the iPhone 11’s Liquid Retina display, rely on an array of LED backlights. White light from these is filtered by the LCD component in each pixel to adjust color and brightness. One limitation of such “LED” screens is that some light leaks through pixels that should be black. The difference between the darkest achievable pixel and the maximum backlight brightness dictates the contrast ratio. Organic LED (“OLED”) screens, including the iPhone 11 Pro’s Super Retina XDR display, don’t use backlighting. Instead, organic electroluminescent materials in each…

1 min.
must $ haves

TWELVE SOUTH BACKPACK Keep your iMac’s Thunderbolt 3 external peripherals tidy with one or two of these rear shelves. $44.99 from twelvesouth.com ZHIYUN SMOOTH–Q2 Aiming to outdo DJI’s Osmo 3, this three–axis mobile gimbal is more compact, offers new modes, and supports heavier phones. $139 from amazon.com PUROGAMER With a noise–cancelling mic boom and breathable padding, these Mac– and iOS-ready headphones also have a volume limit. $49.99 from purosound.com…