MacLife January 2019

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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2 min
hello to old friends

If you didn’t quite catch it, this year’s second Apple Special Event took place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — a venue that’s seen many impressive performances over its lifetime. Apple’s own performance was probably its best of the year, overshadowing — at least in my opinion — the spectacle that was the iPhone XS/XS Max/XR event in Cupertino just a month earlier. That’s simply because the new iPhone wasn’t the biggest, nor most exciting, upgrade imaginable (though the budget option in the XR is certainly intriguing — go to p42 for the definitive verdict on this). The second event, by contrast, teased a more useful, real–world lineup of products, and it didn’t disappoint. I’m sure you’ll be pleased about the two new and more powerful iPad Pros, with an…

5 min
all–new ipad pro

THE NEW IPAD PROS are not only the most powerful portable devices in the world, but thanks to some eye–catching design changes they’re the best–looking as well. Apple’s play is to take the fight to the notebook world, and its new iPad is a powerful weapon in that battle. There’s a new 11–inch iPad Pro (the old 10.5–inch model is sticking around) and an updated version of the 12.9–inch model. The 11–inch versions starts at $799 for a Wi–Fi– only version with 64GB of storage. You can upgrade to 256GB for $949, 512GB for $1,149, or a cool 1TB for a mighty $1,549. The 12.9–inch model has the same size options, but it starts at $999 for the 64GB, $1,149 for 256GB, $1,349 for 512GB, and $1,749 for 1TB. Note that all…

1 min
apple pencil mk ii

ALONG WITH THE new iPad Pros comes the next generation of the Apple Pencil. Sadly, this improved Pencil doesn’t work on any older iPads, and the old Pencil doesn’t work on the new Pros, but there’s still a lot going on to make it worthwhile. The first change is that the Pencil charges wirelessly, from the iPad Pro itself, when it’s magnetically attached to the side (another useful new feature). There’s also a flat face on the Pencil, making it even more less likely to roll away. The most important change, though, is that you double–tap the edge of the Pencil to change modes when using it — the demo showed this off with the Notes app for changing between the pen and eraser tools, and other apps like ProCreate allow you…

2 min
macbook air 2018

THE MACBOOK AIR is back, and it’s ready for 2019 with a slimmer design, a higher–resolution Retina display, Touch ID security, and better performance than the original MacBook Air you knew and loved over the last decade. This is poised to be Apple’s best entry–level MacBook — at $1,199, it’s cheaper than the 12–inch MacBook and sports a larger 13.3–inch screen size, with a 2560 x 1600 Retina display. It has 17 per cent less volume than the previous MacBook Air, and weighs just 2.75 pounds (1.25kg). You get a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack as your connections. The entire keyboard is low–profile now, which is a change that older MacBook Air users will have to get used to. This third–generation version of Apple’s butterfly switches feel…

3 min
mac mini: the fan favorite returns

THE NEW MAC mini marks the return of a beloved Apple computer, one that packs a lot of power into a compact, square aluminum shell. The specs, and our brief hands–on time with this mighty Mac, tell us it’s a big upgrade. It’s five times faster than the previous Mac mini (though that was not a hard feat to achieve given that it hasn’t been updated since October 2014), and while that computer maxed out at 16GB of RAM, the new Mac mini goes all the way up to 64GB. Apple is also kicking up the speed and capacity of its onboard storage, going SSD–only up to 2TB. That’s, literally, a big deal. Sure, the design changes over four years basically amount to a color change — it now comes in space…

1 min
should there be a cheaper mini?

GIVEN ALL THE power and flexibility on offer in the new Mac mini, we think its price is pretty reasonable. A little more storage wouldn’t go amiss, and 16GB of RAM should be included as standard on the faster processor model for a $300 increase, but overall we like the balance on offer. The thing is, the Mac mini used to start at $499, and we think it’s a real shame that the new models abandon that. There’s a huge difference between who can afford a $499 model compared to a $799 model, and turning the mini into a machine with what feels like a very pro focus (from its big range of high–speed ports to its many processor cores) means that maybe it’s leaving behind the kind of people who…