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MacLife January 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

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viewing the future

TV TIME IS lazy time. When I crash on the couch after a long day, I don’t want to jump through a lot of hoops to find what I want to watch. Increasingly, couch potatoes like me need our home entertainment sorted for us – we need everything to “just work.” This is where Apple normally swoops in to save the day, but its fourth-generation Apple TV hasn’t quite cleared a path through the digital clutter… yet. For years, Tim Cook and co referred to the Apple TV as a hobby – an opportunity for them to learn their way around the living room. The company dropped that designation when it decided to upgrade its black box, but despite some delightful new features, the new model hasn’t changed the game. I…

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letter of the month

I just installed iOS 9.0.2 onto my iPad 2 and my iPad mini 1, and I can’t get the split-screen feature to work on them. Do I have to do something to enable this feature? BRUCE R. A common question, and unfortunately the answer isn’t one you’ll want to hear: none of iOS 9’s new multitasking features work on your iPad models. Split View is restricted to top-of-the-line models, specifically the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro. Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture require at least an iPad mini 2 or iPad Air. This info is hidden in Apple’s small print. iRate over iBooks iBooks in El Capitan is such a disappointment. Is there a reason why the app doesn’t function like iTunes with regard to how titles are saved, organized or…

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how the ipad saved a gaming genre

Historical strategy gaming has an image problem. Not only is it a niche genre within a niche genre, its subject is a willing re-examination of history’s greatest horrors. Its small community is enthusiastic and desperate to spread the love, but it could be a hard sell – at least, up until strategy specialist developer Slitherine ported the game Battle Academy from PC to iPad in 2012. It was a gamble. The genre had never caught on outside Windows, and iOS gaming at the time was becoming swamped with free-to-play fare and casual games of varying quality. Marco Minoli, Slitherine’s Marketing Director, explained that it was a gamble that had paid off before. “We did the same early on PSP and Nintendo DS, and had overwhelming results,” he said. “The games we…

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early access

PLAGUE INC: EVOLVED $14.99 Previously a hit on iOS, this is a game where you play a disease, and try to wipe out the world. Yay! As the game goes on, you evolve your pathogen to better infect and kill people, and to resist cures. It’s a tough game, but good fun. It’s Early Access because it’s missing multiplayer modes – but it’s otherwise a good buy already! Version Tested: BRIGADOR $19.99 Ever fancied tearing up a city in a large tank or mech suit? This is the game for you! It’s a colorful and explodey isometric shooter, and is pretty fun. It’s awkward on Mac, though – it relies on mouse and keyboard control, but needs a three-button mouse, and you can only rebind the controls by editing a…

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with the a9x, has apple matched intel?

As soon as the iPad Pro reached people’s hands, there were those who wanted to see just how powerful its new A9X chip was, given that the A9 in the iPhone 6s/Plus is a screamer. Benchmarks were run, and it turned out to be even faster than we might have guessed. It’s a dual-core processor, running at 2.26GHz – by far the highest frequency of any of Apple’s chips to date (the A9 in the phones hits 1.85GHz; the A8X was 1.5GHz) – with faster memory access than ever, doubling the transfer rate to and from its 4GB of RAM when compared to the iPad Air 2. That’s mostly necessary to get data into its much more powerful graphics chip fast enough, which looks to be twice as powerful as…