MacLife January 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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2 min
time to focus on the now

Apple has just released the new AirPods Pro and we’re impressed. See our full review on page 42. When Apple launched the AirPods people initially dismissed them as a somewhat expensive joke. Who would pay that much money for a set of Apple EarPods with the leads cut off? But slowly, over time, they caught on. You started to see more and more people wearing them in public to the point where they now seem to dominate headset choices. As with much of Apple’s range, it was the little details about the AirPods that turned them from nice little additions to must–have accessories. If you’ve already got a pair of AirPods then you’ll know exactly what we mean. Everything about them has been perfectly engineered to work the way you…

3 min
mac pro due any day now?

APPLE’S NEW WORKSTATIONCLASS Mac Pro received FCC certification in October, suggesting it will ship soon. Electronic devices made or sold in the US require the Federal Communications Commission to certify they won’t generate unacceptable electromagnetic interference in use. In the case of past Apple products, the FCC typically disclosed certification shortly before the device concerned was released. Against this, oddly, Apple’s FCC application form for the Mac Pro has a “confidentiality release date” of April 27, 2020, so there’s a chance this is the planned shipping date. When Apple announced the new Mac Pro at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3, it promised a “Fall 2019” release. In late September, Apple revealed the new-gen Mac Pro “will begin production soon” at the same facility in Austin, Texas, where the previous, trashcan–shape Mac…

1 min
news in brief

> APPLE REPORTS HIGHEST Q4 REVENUE EVER Apple has reported its best–ever July–September fiscal quarter, with revenue of $64bn, up 2% from the corresponding quarter last year. Revenue from iPhone was down 9% from the year–ago quarter, but other segments more than compensated. Services, which includes Apple Music, Apple News+, and iCloud, was up 18% to $12.5bn, accounting for 20% of the revenue mix. Apple’s “Wearables, Home, and Accessories” category set revenue records in every market, rising 54% year–over–year. Apple forecasts continuing Services growth, with the active installed base of iPhone and of Mac at an all–time high. And more than half of Mac and iPad purchasers, and about three–quarters of Apple Watch purchasers, are first–time buyers. > PHOTOSHOP FOR IPAD Adobe has released Photoshop for iPad. Until now, it split Photoshop’s functionality…

1 min
what the heck?

ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION (ANC) is just one of the features added in Apple’s new AirPods Pro, but is closely related to others. The technology dates back to the 1980s, when audio companies Bose and Sennheiser each published designs for headphones that would use “antisound” to cut background noise. Bose was first to release a product, supplying a prototype for the Rutan Voyager, which completed the first round–the–world non–stop flight, and later winning US military contracts. The principle of antisound is that a microphone picks up ambient noise and electronics generate an opposite waveform, with peaks matching the detected sound’s troughs and vice versa. Early experiments in small rooms failed because waves reflecting from the walls interfered, preventing the sound and antisound cancelling out. But in headphones it worked almost perfectly as…

2 min
the shift

RECENTLY, I ATTENDED a launch event for Microsoft’s newest range of hardware — its laptops, hybrid tablets, new headphones and more. The company held a panel discussion with some of its lead hardware engineers, including Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer. In some ways, it was just a more intimate keynote (though, mercifully, shorter and more engaging) to highlight what’s cool about the products. But we also got to ask specific questions about the hardware, and there was a moment where Panay gave a great answer that made me flash back to earlier Apple, and when Steve Jobs used to answer questions at the end of Macworld keynotes. It made me realize what’s been missing from recent Apple explanations of its more controversial design decisions: conviction. Someone asked Panay why Microsoft persisted…

1 min
6 things that didn’t survive 2019

1 Google Daydream Who needs an expensive VR helmet when you can strap your Android into a set of felted goggles? Turned out most of us needed neither. Cancelling Daydream View and a planned standalone version in October, Google said it would focus on AR. Now that’s what we call a reality check. 2 RED Hydrogen The movie camera company’s inexplicably 3D–equipped smartphone was sold as the gateway to a world of high–end accessories, including movie cameras. None of them ever showed, and in October director Jim Jannard called “Cut!” 3 Apple MacBook 12–inch The slimmest ever MacBook bowed out in July. Cheap, powerful, versatile — it was none of those. Ironically, Apple’s only fanless notebook had plenty of fans, but was killed by the Air. It lies in the industry’s shallowest grave. 4 Apple AirPower They…