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

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happy 40th, apple

ON APRIL 1 1976, Apple was officially founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. 40 years on, none of those men is still at the company they pulled together in Paul and Clara Jobs’ garage (in fact, Wayne left just two weeks later!), but looking at Apple now, it’s clear that what they were building in that garage was much more than computers. Very few companies manage to stay on the leading of edge of their industry the way that Apple has. Over 40 years, it led advances in so many technology areas that it’s hard to keep up – from making computers accessible to all, to enabling desktop publishing, to pioneering digital photography, to kickstarting the touchscreen revolution, to pushing networking for all… from big game-changing innovations to…

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letter of the month

I was very disappointed to read that Apple discontinues their support of Macs over seven years old. I have an Early 2009 iMac that I just updated from 4GB to 8GB of RAM. I love my computer and since I am now retired, will not be able to purchase a newer model, nor do I have a need to. I wonder what Apple is thinking! I think they should continue support a lot longer, after all they are built to perfection - a tribute to their product. Maybe they need to consider Senior Geeks like me and keep up the support for a lot more than seven years. BARBARA DICICCO Apple stops supporting models five years after it stops manufacturing them, in fact. Between five and seven years, a product is considered…

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why does apple keep making the mac?

APPLE’S MAIN BUSINESS – the iPhone – is vastly more profitable than the Mac: the phone brings in over $30 billion in revenue per quarter, while the Mac manages $5 billion. So why does Apple, a company driven by profit, continue to manufacture a product that is less successful, less high-volume, and harder to make than the iPhone? The simple reason is this: the Mac is a “halo” product. The Mac creates an image under which all other Apple products - from the TV, to the iPad, to the iPhone - are viewed. This is, in part, down to the fact that Apple was, originally, a computer company. Everyone in the Western world, where Apple makes the majority of its profits, would recognize - or at least know of - a…

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dual cameras for the iphone 7?

THE IPHONE’S CAMERA is often lauded as being the world’s best for a smartphone, with legions of devotees filling up iCloud Photo Libraries the world over. It gets better every year, of course; news has emerged that the iPhone 7 is likely to see the addition of a second camera alongside the existing lens on the back of the iPhone. The idea is that both will take a picture simultaneously, with the data being combined for more detailed, higher-quality images. In 2015, Apple purchased Israeli camera firm LinX, whose tech offers improved light sensitivity, better low-light performance and the potential to combine multiple sensors, resulting in a smaller size needed for the camera assembly. This should allow the camera to sit flush to the iPhone’s body, unlike now, while possibly enabling it…

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early access

SLIME RANCHER $19.99 This is a mix of farm management and exploration. You farm “slimes” (gelatinous creatures), which you find and keep to generate money, which you use to unlock new lands and more exciting slimes. And you control it all with a funky vacuum gun. More areas are coming as it gets developed, but it’s good fun now. VERSION TESTED: 0.2.6 RUN RABBIT RUN! $1.99 Looking for a fast-paced hardcore platformer? In the vein of Super Meat Boy, this game is full of tiny levels that take only a few seconds to complete – assuming you can actually complete them, since they’re full of death traps. We find its controls a little sluggish, with odd momentum to jumps, but there’s loads of game to play. VERSION TESTED: FEB 1 UPDATE…