MacLife August 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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2020 raises its game

While last month’s WWDC will have gone down as its smallest physically attended event in history, Apple ensured it would also be one of its most memorable of all time. Gone was the slightly sycophantic enthusiasm of the tech journalist crowd, replaced with a slickly edited show that felt like it would be more at home in a movie theater than a live internet stream — at the very least it was worthy of a slot on Apple’s TV+ platform! Tim Cook and Craig Federighi stepped up to the plate and delivered a knockout performance, with blow after blow of heavyweight announcements, including macOS Big Sur (did you guess the name right?), iOS and iPadOS 14, and possibly the biggest of all — the total shift of all Macs to Apple’s…

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macos big sur

KICKING OFF ITS annual Worldwide Developers Conference (held online this year), Apple introduced the next version of macOS, Big Sur, which ships this fall. Apple CEO Tim Cook described it as “the biggest change since the introduction of Mac OS X.” The Finder has been redesigned with a simpler, cleaner look. Icons have a new design closer to their iOS counterparts while retaining their Mac personality, and there’s a translucent menu bar with redesigned, more spacious menus. Windows have reduced visual complexity, with buttons and controls that dim when not in use but appear when you mouse over them. Apple says a “unified language of symbols” makes everything more consistent across the ecosystem of devices and easier to recognize. There’s another way that macOS becomes more like iOS: Control Center has come…

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two key updates

THE RUMORS WERE true: Apple is transitioning from Intel processors to its own silicon in Macs. Tim Cook said this will “take the Mac to a whole new level,” giving it “industry–leading performance per watt and higher–performance GPUs,” and bring tech such as the Neural Engine to the Mac. There are also new Intel–based models coming, but Apple plans to ship the first Mac with Apple silicon by the end of this year and complete its transition in about two years. A common architecture will make it easier for developers to write for the ecosystem, and iPhone and iPad apps will run natively on the Mac (but it’s unclear how non–touch inputs will be translated if apps aren’t recompiled). Microsoft Office and Adobe CC apps, as well as Apple’s apps…

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ios 14

YOUR iPHONE EXPERIENCE is facing a transformation this fall, as iOS 14 reinvents the Home Screen and much more. Instead of page after page of app icons, you can create a customized Home Screen with widgets of different sizes by dragging them out of Today view and arranging them. You can even create a Smart Stack of widgets, which uses on–device smarts to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity. At the end of your pages of app icons, the new App Library organizes your apps automatically into one simple view, and intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful in the moment. You can opt to hide pages of ordinary app icons. Siri, incoming phone calls, and FaceTime calls also get a new look, with a compact design that…

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ipados 14

LIKE ITS iPHONE counterpart, iPadOS 14 introduces widgets and a new compact notification design for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search so these don’t take over the screen and you can stay focused on the task in hand. Siri, for example, appears at the bottom–right of the screen, so you can refer to info onscreen while making your request. Redesigned sidebars across many apps — like Photos, Files, Notes, Calendar, and Apple Music — consolidate navigation into one place, making it easier than ever to navigate within an app while keeping content front and center. Plus, streamlined toolbars and new pull–down menus give access to app controls all in one place. Exciting new Apple Pencil features, including Scribble for iPad, deliver a new way to work with handwritten notes.…

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watchos 7

THE NEW WATCHOS 7 makes your watch face more personal than ever, with the option to share faces (complete with complications) through Messages or Mail, as well as discover them through the App Store or even via links on websites and social media. Apple Watch also introduces sleep tracking, with tools to help you get the desired amount of sleep, get to bed on time, and create a pre–bedtime routine. You can choose a silent haptic alarm to wake you. The Activity app is renamed Fitness, with additional workout types, including dance. There is even automatic handwashing detection, with a prompt if you’ve been too quick. Home THE HOME APP enhances smart home control with automation suggestions and expanded controls in Control Center for quicker access to accessories and scenes. Adaptive Lighting…