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MacLife

MacLife Spring 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Limited US
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
catalina, but better

Hopefully, by the time this issue of Mac|Life hits the shelves, the world won’t have been reduced to rubble in whatever form Mother Nature takes to eject us from the planet — virus epidemic, natural disaster, et al. That said, if you’re currently hiding in a bunker somewhere, a crisp, hard copy of the magazine will see you through those dark times (sorry to our digital subscribers). And this issue is definitely going to keep you busy for a few weeks, thanks to a wealth of amazing content. Our main feature this month (p16) addresses some of the major issues that people have been having since they upgraded to Catalina — apps not working, Bluetooth glitches, files not where they’re supposed to be, and others. We’re going to show you how…

3 min.
coronavirus hits business too

THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK in Asia will not only hit Apple’s sales in affected countries but also lead to iPhone supply problems worldwide as it impacts on the smartphone’s production in China. The financial consequences will be serious: Apple issued an investor update in February to warn that it would not meet its previous revenue forecast for the March quarter. The statement explained: “While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province [the center of the COVID-19 outbreak] — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated.” As a result “worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained” and these supply constraints “will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.” PEOPLE THE PRIORITY Apple’s statement took pains to express sympathy with “the communities and…

1 min.
news in brief

QUARANTINED PASSENGERS GIVEN iPHONES TO STAY IN TOUCH Passengers and crew aboard the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, moored off Yokohama, Japan, have been given iPhones to stay in touch with loved ones and access medical advice. The 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew are in quarantine because of an outbreak of coronavirus on board, although some confirmed to have the virus have been taken to hospitals on shore. According to AppleInsider, 2,000 iPhones with a new medical consultation app are being provided by Softbank, and will be shared one phone per cabin. An unconfirmed report in The Guardian newspaper in the UK claimed that the phones were “a gift from the Japanese government” rather than loans. COMING: THE OPTION TO CHANGE DEFAULT APPS ON iOS AND HOMEPOD? Apple is reportedly considering allowing users…

1 min.
must $ haves

RØDE NT–USB MINI This compact cardioid condenser mic incorporates a pop filter and a headphone amp for zero–latency monitoring. $99 from ntusbmini.rode.com TWELVE SOUTH CURVE SE This 8½–inch stand lifts and tilts your MacBook for a more ergonomic working position, and now it comes in white. $59.99 from twelvesouth.com MANFROTTO CHICAGO This water–repellent backpack holds a camera and three lenses in a slide–out insert, plus a MacBook (under 15–inch) and more. $199.95 from manfrotto.com…

1 min.
what the heck?

IN FEBRUARY, THE US Internal Revenue Service revised advice posted on its website last autumn that suggested players might owe tax on the virtual currencies they amassed in games. Taxpayers and experts had struggled to understand why the IRS would list these alongside virtual currencies that are traded and spent in the real world, like Bitcoin, which do have tax implications, as the IRS clarified in 2014 in IRS Notice 2014–21. Echoing that text, the website’s “What is Virtual Currency?” explainer advised: “Virtual currency that has an equivalent value in real currency, or that acts as a substitute for real currency, is referred to as ‘convertible’ virtual currency.” But it continued with a new list of examples including V-bucks, the fictional currency in Fortnite, and ‘Roblox’, meaning that game’s currency, Robux.…

1 min.
wins & fails

M&A Federal court rules T–Mobile and Sprint can merge, reducing US cell network competition FOLD Motorola, Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung leave Apple late to the folding–screen market ZUT France fines Apple €25m over iOS battery update that slowed down older iPhones OK Now we get to watch them work out whether to call it Spree or Tint OLD If you want media with creases in the middle, maybe just stick to reading magazines? ALORS They could never compete with Samsung’s power management, aka Le Phone Flambé…