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MacLife 1 August 2015

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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visit maclife.com

The march of technology never stops, so neither do we. Get the latest Mac and iOS news on our website at www.maclife.com. Check out our new App of the Day and easy Mac hacks. See what’s hot (and what’s not) on iTunes and whether you agree with our pick of the best new iOS games. We’ll also alert you to the best Apple deals plus keep you informed and entertained until the next issue. Read more news, reviews, and tutorials at maclife.com GET SOCIAL FACEBOOK: facebook.com/maclife TWITTER: twitter.com/maclife OUR APPS MAC|LIFE DIGITAL EDITION FOR IPAD Apple Newsstand MAC|LIFE FOR IPHONE bit.ly/ML_iphone_app…

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getting proactive

TUCKED AWAY IN Apple’s WWDC keynote, taking a back seat to the bombast, was something that could end up as Apple’s most notable new endeavor: proactivity. Apple describes iOS 9 as a proactive assistant that offers intelligent suggestions for what you might want to do next, based on your past behavior (which apps you regularly use, when you use them, stuff like that). Why is it a good thing? Because our devices do so much now that they demand our constant attention – not only for tweeting, texting, and taking selfies, but for an endless loop of menial tasks: checking notifications, swiping away spam, toggling features on and off, and so on. So this fall, iOS 9 will know to continue the podcast you listened to earlier when you plug in headphones,…

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letter of the month

I want to tell you a great Steve Jobs story. I once got a grant for my classroom for a computer and a video projector. In my ignorance, I unfortunately bought a clamshell Mac with no digital video out, so the kids couldn’t see the desktop on the projector. I called numerous Apple Educational sites in Texas, Sacramento, and Cupertino, and none of them would take a laptop back, not even when I explained it was from a grant and that I wouldn’t be able to buy a new one for years. What the heck, I emailed Steve Jobs. The very next day I got a call from Jobs’ secretary, who said they were sending me a new laptop and that I could keep the one I already had. The laptop I…

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how metal will improve work & play on macs

THERE’S NO NICE way to say it: 3D performance on Mac has never been great compared to the PC. If you’re a Mac gamer, you know this pain. Your games are slower than their Windows counterparts, and consume more battery power. What’s frustrating is that the problem is rarely Mac hardware, which is generally strong. The culprit is something called OpenGL, a set of tools used by OS X. OpenGL tells your Mac how to draw both 3D and vector graphics - and the problem is the technology for doing this is much worse on OS X than Windows. I have a Mac Pro at my office with the Unreal Development Kit installed on a Windows partition and an OS X partition. In Windows, importing a 3D spaceship and assembling the materials…

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apple’s next-gen aluminum explained

When introducing the Apple Watch Sport model, Apple talked about the unique aluminum alloy it uses, which promised notable toughness while also being very light. It’s rumored that the iPhone 6s will use this same alloy, so what makes it so good? Well, it’s classed as 7000 series aluminum, which basically means that zinc is a key part of the alloy, unlike 6000 series or lower alloys. Magnesium is a big part too, as confirmed by Apple in its strangely hypnotic video of Watch Sport casings being molded and milled. What does this mixture give you over other alloys? The key thing is toughness – Apple says it’s 60% stronger than previous aluminum alloys, and that its strength is comparable to steel. It’s also light, though, being apparently only one third of…

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early access

SPACE ROGUE Captain a space hot-rod on a mission to save the galaxy! This game is very similar to indie hit FTL, in that you go around a galaxy having encounters, many of which end in battles, with you managing your crew to repair damage and defend. It’s slick and fun with good variety, but also often overly brutal at this stage. VERSION TESTED: 1.1 TRAIN VALLEY This lovely-looking puzzle game puts you in charge of building rail tracks between colored stations. You choose when to allow trains to leave for their given station, making sure they won’t hit each other – but the longer you wait, the less valuable they are. It’s simple to learn, but becomes frantic fun over time. VERSION TESTED: B1.2…