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MacLife March 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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Future Publishing Limited US
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12 Issues


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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 FACE BOOK: facebook.com/maclife TWITTER: twitter.com/maclife OUR APP MAC |LIFE DIGITAL EDITION FOR IPAD Apple Newsstand…

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on a personal note

I’VE CONSIDERED EVERY magazine and website I’ve worked for to be a family, made of my co-workers and our readers. So it’s with a full heart that I tell you I’m moving on from Mac|Life – and Future US, where I’ve happily spent the better part of my life – to try something new. I joined Mac|Life four years ago at a strange time, amid the excitement of the iPhone 4S and Siri announcements, and the sadness that surrounded Steve Jobs’s passing. The two extremes exemplified the unique world Apple fans inhabit, where every morsel of tech news is a meal, and we care deeply about those in charge of a corporation. I was lucky to be here for the rise of iPad and iCloud, the launch of Apple Watch, numerous…

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letters of the month

I just read that Apple is discontinuing support for Macs made in 2008 and 2009. I just bought a new iMac last April, which – after getting it home and setting it up – I discovered was a late-2013 model. I’m happy with my purchase, but what will happen in 2023 or later? I bought the iMac because my early-2007 Mac Pro couldn’t be upgraded past OS X 10.6.8. I know computers can become obsolete very quickly, but when you spend money on the best, you kind of expect it to stay viable a bit longer. ED ERCOLE Apple generally considers Macs to be obsolete once they pass the sevenyear mark, which means they discontinue hardware support and stop producing replacement parts. That doesn’t make repair impossible by a third-party firm,…

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is mac malware becoming a real problem?

FEED YOUR MIND. FEAST YOUR EYES. Mac users have have always felt rather well insulated from the malware that has so blighted PC users over the years, but a report from the security sages at Symantec suggests that may be changing. The firm points to a number of recent Apple security breaches – such as the XcodeGhost debacle of September 2015, where a malicious version of Apple’s development tool Xcode was released on a torrent site, infecting apps created with it – as evidence that Mac and iOS threats are on the rise. It quoted a recent study that found that the number of OS X malware samples detected in 2015 was five times greater than the previous five years combined. “Should Apple continue to grow in popularity, it seems likely…

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desktop power comes to notebooks

THE GREAT PROMISE of Thunderbolt has always been that, with a connection speed as fast as internal computer connections, you could plug exterior components into your notebook and they can perform as if they were built into it. This is how it’s been with storage, even allowing for huge, ultra-fast setups of multiple hard drives. But that was supposed to only be the start of it. In the past, we’ve seen proof-of-concept devices that enable a high-end graphics card to be attached to a notebook, giving it desktop performance when needed without compromising its size and weight – but nothing practical ever came of it. But with the arrival of Thunderbolt 3, that’s changing. Intel has already shown two external enclosures that combine being a Thunderbolt 3 hub (adding extra ports and…

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early access

POI $14.99 If you want a 3D Mario game for Mac, Poi is the closest we’ve seen. It’s a colorful 3D platformer that sticks closely to the template laid out by Nintendo: each world is a playground with multiple tasks to complete, and lots of different ways to move and explore. It’s 90% of the way to being Nintendo quality, and we’re loving it. VERSION TESTED: 909355 UTOPIA 9 $11.99 When your dream holiday destination turns out to be full of aggressive aliens, it’s time to pick up a pistol and shoot your way to safety. This top-down shooter is a tad on the clunky side, and using a controller on Mac can have some issues, but it’s fun. That said, it’ll be much improved with more variety in early levels.…