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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.

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

IN THIS ISSUE

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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…

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Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath BA1 1UA, UK Future US, Inc. 15th Floor, 11 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 EDITORIAL EDITOR Nick Odantzis ART EDITOR Matt Smith PRODUCTION EDITOR Iain Noble CONTRI BUTOR S Adam Banks, Alex Blake, Duncan Bell, Matt Bolton, George Cairns, Alex Cox, Nate Drake, Craig Grannell, Kenny Hemphill, Hollin Jones, Cliff Joseph, Sam Loveridge, Carrie Marshall, Howard Oakley, Angie Nicholson, Nick Peers, Alan Stonebridge, Alex Summersby ART CONTRIBUTORS Apple DIGITAL EDITION ART EDITOR Matt Smith DIGITAL EDITION SUB Rob Mead–Green BUSINESS US CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Luke Edson, luke.edson@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Brandie Rushing, brandie.rushing@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Michael Plump, michael.plump@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Victoria Sanders, victoria.sanders@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Melissa Planty, melissa.planty@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Elizabeth Fleischman, elizabeth.fleischman@futurenet.com WEST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Austin Park, austin.park@futurenet.com WEST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Jack McAuliffe, jack.mcauliffe@futurenet.com DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES Tracy…

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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…

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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…

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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 apple.com/shop 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 amazon.com 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 hypershop.com…

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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…

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