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MacLife February 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.

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in this issue

2 min.
the iphone ahead

I’ve accumulated a lot more time with iPhone X since last issue, and the more I use it, the more excited I get about where the iPhone, as a platform, is heading over the next few years. That’s not to say the tech in this model isn’t fantastic — the TrueDepth camera, Face ID, the fluid gestural and navigational changes resulting from the Home button’s removal, and Apple’s pushing of AR and machine learning are packed full of promise. Now we’re in 2018, with Apple’s next Worldwide Developers Conference just a few months away and bound to deliver the next wave of evolution to developers’ tools, I’m hugely excited. More so than normal at this time of year, when Apple’s world can be a bit quiet. It feels like third-party developers…

3 min.
letter of the month

I’m a decades-long subscriber and faithful reader. Can’t tell you how many helpful tips I’ve followed, for which I never fail to be astonished and grateful. I’m having a few issues of slowness on my MacBook Pro and was keen to try the “essential support articles” you list in your Ask section — macOS Recovery, Safe Mode, etc. When I type in the addresses given, though, I get an error 404. What am I doing wrong? CHRISTIAN DICKERSON We’ve checked that our bit.ly links are working, so our best guess is a typing error. Maybe it’s our sans-serif typeface that’s confusing things. All the links are along the lines of bit.ly/mlrecovery (that’s “ML” as in Mac|Life, only all lower-case), with no period at the end. History starts today I have been told that…

3 min.
apple sales stay strong

APPLE REPORTED ANOTHER record result for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter (everyone else’s Q3), ended September 30, 2017. Quarterly revenue was $52.6 billion, an increase of 12% from the corresponding quarter of 2016. There was growth in every business sector; even Mac sales were up 10% year-over-year. The finances are fine, then. What’s particularly interesting is Apple’s market share. According to a report from Strategy Analytics, Apple remains king when it comes to smartphone sales in the US. The report data suggests that despite overall smartphone shipments in the US slipping by two percent in Q3 2017, Apple still shipped 12 million iPhones in the States, giving it a 30.4% market share, with Samsung coming in second at 25.1% in the quarter. Worldwide, Apple sold 46.7 million iPhones in the quarter. Of…

1 min.
one size doesn’t fit all

YOU MIGHT ASSUME that Apple’s newest iPhone will always be its best-selling, but it ain’t necessarily so. Market analyst Canalys looked at the numbers in Q3 2017 (Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter) and reports that iPhone 7 was the world’s top-selling smartphone in the quarter, with 13 million units shipped. The iPhone 6S — originally released in 2015 — came in second, with 7.9 million shipments. The iPhone 8, which launched in mid- September, did not even make the top five. Sales of the iPhone 8 were strong, although not as strong as the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on their release in the same quarter of 2016. In another twist, the iPhone 8 Plus outsold its regular-sized sibling, shipping 6.3 million units compared to the iPhone 8’s 5.4 million. This is…

3 min.
the shape of iphones to come?

LAST QUARTER SAW the arrival of iPhone X, the most amazing iPhone since the original. But tech doesn’t stand still, and Apple certainly doesn’t. Some recent Apple patents, business moves, and rumors are hinting at what might be coming down the line. One such rumor is that Apple is working on a dual SIM variant for the next range of iPhones, as well as pushing in some new gigabit LTE technology for faster internet. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities — who has a good track record of predicting what Apple will do — has shared a report that claims the 2018 iPhone upgrades will include faster antenna modules. Instead of the current 2x2 antenna modules, new iPhones could feature a 4x4 MIMO setup. While carriers and networks supporting gigabit LTE are few…

3 min.
the shift

THESE DAYS, IT seems like the iPhone and iPad have stolen much of the spotlight from the Mac. Apple Stores now often devote the majority of space to iOS devices. However, while Mac sales haven’t shared the meteoric rise of iOS devices, they have grown steadily over the years, often outpacing all or most of the PC market. The Mac is still critically important to Apple in a number of ways, and I hope Apple starts showing it in 2018. The Mac has had a rocky couple years. Yes, sales have grown steadily (though slowly), but this has been thanks almost entirely to MacBooks — and that is arguably part of the problem. The Mac mini hasn’t been updated in three years. While you could argue that the Mac mini makes…