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MacLife February 2016

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 techradar.com

The march of technology never stops, so neither do we. Mac|Life’s website is now part of the new and improved TechRadar, so you can grab your fix of Mac and iOS news over at www.techradar.com. You’ll get all the latest news and tutorials for Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as other trusted reviews, news, and how-tos that have made TechRadar one of the world’s top tech sites. We’ll see you there! Read more news, reviews, and tutorials at techradar.com GET SOCIAL FACEBOOK:facebook.com/maclifeTWITTER:twitter.com/maclife OUR APPS MAC |LIFE DIGITAL EDITION FOR IPAD Apple Newsstand MAC|LIFE FOR IPHONEbit.ly/ML_iphone_app…

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apple in 2016

THE BALL HAS dropped in Times Square, everyone’s back at work, and even the worst hangovers should’ve cleared up by now. 2016 is officially underway, and as I wonder what the new year may hold in store for Apple fans, several questions quickly come to mind. First, what should we expect from Apple Watch? The device debuted last April, so if Apple sticks with its standard annual upgrade cycle, the next model could be the year’s first new Apple product. That seems too soon, though. The smartwatch category isn’t advancing at an especially quick pace, so a new model isn’t necessary to keep up with the competition. Then there’s the recently revamped Apple TV, which still feels like a product in progress. In addition to expected Siri enhancements (come on, music search!),…

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letter of the month

As a regular reader of Mac|Life, I am disappointed in the extended coverage of the Apple Watch and the lack of adequate coverage of other new products such as the iPad Pro and Apple TV. I must ask if you are trying to push something that for many of us is lacking in functional use or meaning. That useless device is a distraction while driving and walking, making it a hazard to the user and those around them. GEORGE P. SHOVAR Geez, George, tell us how you really feel! Listen, everyone has their favorite (or least-favorite) products, and we try to strike a good balance between them. But the iPad Pro and revamped Apple TV weren’t available for us to fully cover until their recent releases, while the Apple Watch has been…

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the trouble with the mac app store

GO Find out what we think of the 4K Retina iMac p68 THE MAC APP STORE has problems. An increasing number of high-profile apps are leaving it, because it’s proving to be more of a hindrance to creating and sustaining great software than a benefit. The latest casualty is popular design app Sketch, which was even an Apple Design Award winner back in 2012. In a blog post on the app’s website, developer Bohemian Coding gave existing users a way to get the app directly from its site, and talked about why it felt the need to leave: “There are a number of reasons for Sketch leaving the Mac App Store – many of which in isolation wouldn’t cause us huge concern. However as with all gripes, when compounded they make it…

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oled vs lcd: displays explained

APPLE HAS USED LCD screens in its displays for a long time – even when phone rivals were switching to OLED displays. To date, Apple has only used OLED in the Watch – so what’s the difference? The LCD screens in Macs, the iPhone and iPad work by shining light from a series of LEDs through a sheet of liquid crystals (the LC in LCD) that make up the pixels. When voltage is applied to these crystals, they change their structure to block the light. Each pixel has red, green and blue “sub-pixels,” and these mix to form the colors you see on-screen for each pixel. OLED stands for “organic lightemitting diode,” and OLED displays work slightly differently. They consist of an electroluminescent layer divided into pixels, and when an electric current…

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will apple kill the headphone jack?

The thing about making every device thinner is that not everything can get smaller. According to a new rumor, in order to make the iPhone 7 even thinner, Apple is thinking of getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack – since 3.5mm is just too thick, we guess. To hear your music, you’d have to use either Bluetooth or Lightningconnected headphones. You might remember a very similar rumor also appeared around the time of the iPhone 6 launch, and it didn’t happen then – but it’s worth noting that the first sets of Lightningcabled headphones have released since then, so it’s more plausible now, though the selection is tiny. We’re not sure if this is really a good trade-off for some extra thinness, but if Apple’s willing to to switch the…