MacLife August 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
introducing a new os

Over the years, we’ve all got used to the usual cycle of operating system updates, with each iteration bringing about welcome improvements. But at this year’s WWDC, though we got the expected assortment of OS upgrades — macOS Catalina and iOS 13 being the main highlights — we also got something entirely unexpected, and it’s also something many of us have been asking Apple to do for a very long time: iPadOS. This completely new operating system caught me a little off guard, mainly because I never thought Apple would want to, let alone be able to, make the iPad more like a MacBook, for fear of treading on the toes of its workhorse Mac operating system. Yet here we are in 2019, and iPadOS actually exists, giving iPad owners (check…

4 min
all us best buy stores offer apple repairs

Every Best Buy store across the US has become an Apple Authorized Service Center. This means the nearly 1,000 Best Buy locations can offer Apple–certified repairs with an Apple–certified technician. Best Buy’s Geek Squad now has nearly 7,600 techs newly certified by Apple, offering same–day iPhone repairs (subject to availability of parts) and other services for your Apple products. This major expansion of the Apple Authorized Service network brings the total number of Apple–authorized third-party repair locations in the US to more than 1,800. Apple says this is three times as many locations as three years ago, and eight out of ten Apple customers will now be within 20 minutes of an authorized service provider. These numbers are in addition to the company’s own Apple Stores, of which there are currently 272…

2 min
what the heck?

ANNOUNCED AS PART of watchOS 6, the Noise app will measure ambient sound level. It’s a small thing, but if Apple Watch users take it up, it has the potential — like heart monitoring — to deliver notable public health benefits. There are increasing concerns that noise–induced hearing loss is more common than assumed. While ear protection is recognized as essential in some industrial settings, it’s not always adequate, and the rest of us may not even think about using it. Musicians are among the groups at high risk, but their audiences can also be affected, and not just in obviously loud genres or venues. Even using headphones or earbuds at high volume can contribute, as Apple recognizes by limiting levels and warning when they’re higher than recommended. Rarely, bursts of sound…

1 min
must $ haves

APOGEE JAM+ This tiny USB audio interface for MacBook, iPad or iPhone has a quarter–inch guitar/synth input with preamp and digital overdrive. $159.95 from RAVPOWER 18W QUICK CHARGER This 18–watt wall charger has both USB–C PD and USB–A Quick Charge outputs to suit all iPhones and iPads (cable not included). $16.99 from HYPERDRIVE PRO 8–IN–2 Fitting the two left USB–C ports on a 2016 or later MacBook Pro, or 2018 MacBook Air, it adds 4K HDMI and MiniDP, 2x USB–A, SD and microSD. $119.99 from…

3 min
the shift

WHEN APPLE KILLED its AirPort routers line–up, I wasn’t massively surprised. Mesh routers were arriving on the scene, leaving the latest AirPort models as last–gen tech at new–gen prices, and most companies are now finally putting the same effort into making routers as effortless to set up and use that Apple had. So, Apple then played kingmaker and chose a particular mesh system to sell in Apple Stores, and gave up the router game. It’s a perfectly logical decision, logistically. But people don’t really care about Apple’s logistics. This is an issue of giving people the right products without fuss, and the right support. Especially that last bit — it doesn’t really matter that Apple recommends a product that works as technically well as Apple would like its own routers to…

1 min
6 divisive apple designs

1Mac Pro (2019) More parmesan, madam? All right, it’ll probably grow on us. At least they’re not charging $1,000 extra for the holes. 2Mac Pro (2013) If you wanted a shiny top–end desktop Mac that fitted in a rucksack, the “tin can” design was brilliant. It turned out these were less pressing requirements than upgrading GPUs and installing expansion cards. Pfft. 3eMate 300 Before the Bondi Blue iMac (1998) won hearts with its toy–like translucent plastic, Apple freaked out minds with a sea–green HR Giger xenomorph called eMate. The Newton–based schools laptop lived less than a year, but its spores may still be on the ship. 4Macintosh LC 520 A big–screen successor to the Color Classic, this 40lb, 18–inch monstrosity looked like a monitor stacked on a Mac stacked on an aircon unit, except not as pretty.…