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MacLife November 2018

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.

United States
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
everyone wins this time

Every year, a new version of iOS lands (alongside macOS — but more on Mojave in next issue’s magazine), and every year iPhones and iPads get a little bit better to use, with a richer, more intuitive experience. And now, here, we have iOS 12 — the latest, and possibly (in my opinion anyway) the best iteration that we’ve ever witnessed. But what makes this version deserving of your attention? If you watched this year’s Apple Special Event, you’ll have noticed — aside from a raft of new iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4 (the full reveal is on p8) — during the presentation that Apple was keen to stress its focus on making the company more sustainable — one, by using 100% renewable energy to power its business; two,…

2 min
hot new launches!

AT A SPECIAL event in September, Apple announced this year’s new model iPhones and an all–new Apple Watch. The iPhone X reinvented the iPhone by eliminating the Home button, introducing Face ID, and giving us an edge–to–edge screen. Now, as usual for the year after such a milestone, there’s an “S” model, identical in appearance, but the new iPhone XS (that’s “ten ess,” not “excess”) has some impressive improvements under the hood and also comes in a plus size, iPhone XS Max, with the largest display ever on an iPhone. Instead of the anticipated iPhone SE2, Apple introduced the budget iPhone XR, with the same powerful processor as the new flagship models but otherwise slightly more modest specs. The redesigned Apple Watch Series 4, meanwhile, also boasts a 30% larger,…

1 min
iphone xr

The new ‘budget’ iPhone ($749) has the same A12 Bionic chipset as the XS but the case is aluminum instead of stainless steel; liquid resistance is IP67, the same as iPhone X; and instead of OLED the display is a more modest LCD — 6.1–inch, 1,792 x 828 pixels at 326ppi. This makes the display bigger than that of the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5–inch) but the overall size of the device is between iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It has no Home button but uses Face ID. The camera system is more modest than the XS’s, with a single wide–angle lens, but it offers the same after–shoot depth–of–field adjustment, Smart HDR (as on iPhone X), and support for Portrait Mode (although implemented in software). Promised battery life is up to 90…

1 min
apple watch series 4

MOST EXCITING OF all is the all–new Watch. It has a new edge–to–edge display, more than 30% bigger than the screen in the previous series, but the body is thinner. The display is redesigned, with space for up to eight customizable Complications. You can add contacts on the Watch face and simply tap to connect with them. The speaker is 50% louder and the microphone clearer, for better phone calls. The digital crown is re–engineered to include improved haptic feedback. Inside, a new 64–bit dual–core processor is up to twice as fast. With next–gen accelerometer and gyroscope, Apple Watch Series 4 can detect if you fall, offer to call the emergency services, and even call them automatically and notify relevant contacts. There are advanced new health features including a new electrical heart…

3 min
rare apple–1 auctioned

AN EXTREMELY RARE fully-functional Apple–1 computer was up for auction in Boston on September 25. Mac|Life is going to press before the event, but it was expected to match or beat the previous record of $815,000 for an Apple–1, set in 2016. That’s because this particular one is in exceptional condition. The Apple–1, designed by Steve “Woz” Wozniak and released in 1976, was the company’s first computer, and a milestone in the history of personal computing. Just 200 were built, of which around 175 were sold through The Byte Shop in Mt. View, CA. We spoke to Corey Cohen, the Apple–1 expert who restored and certified this one. HOW RARE IS THIS APPLE–1? About 60 or so survive, but fewer than 15 of these are fully operational, and only a handful are in…

2 min
the shift

EXPANDING ON my topic from last month’s column, I want to reiterate the importance of Apple’s evolution and new transparency. Over the last three decades, the company rebounded from “we only had 90 days of money left” to become the world’s first trillion–dollar company — no matter how you slice it, that is an astounding accomplishment. But a company at the forefront of what is arguably society’s most broadly impactful field cannot scale that large without facing challenges. It’s difficult to contextualize Apple’s gargantuan success and size in layperson’s terms. Can you even fathom ‘a billion’ of anything, let alone a trillion? Apple has around $250 billion in the bank, and some of its individual products make more money than entire corporations. Flip this coin around, however, and this size has…