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MacLife June 2019

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Limited US
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2 min.
spend it or save it?

Last issue we revealed Apple’s new hardware lineup for early 2019. This time round we’ve taken all those tantalizing new products — 27–inch iMac, 21.5–inch iMac, iPad Air, iPad Mini and the 2nd generation AirPods — and given them a thorough testing, so you can see whether they’re worth your time and money. So, head over to our Reviews section and check out those in–depth reviews. Before you go rushing out to throw your dollars at the nearest Apple Store, be assured that you can, if you prefer, hold on to your existing hardware — at least where the Mac is concerned — and treat it to a free upgrade of performance, thanks to our main feature this issue: Speed up your Mac. In here you’ll learn the ways in which…

2 min.
ios 13 shaping up

Ass uming that Apple sticks to its usual upgrade cycle, the next iOS version, iOS 13, should be previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3. A number of websites, such as 9to5Mac.com, have published details of what’s expected, based on what they say are informed sources. Here are some of the highlights (all, at this stage, unconfirmed)… Rumored interface changes include a new Home Screen design, though no details are available. Sources say there will be a system–wide Dark Mode, including a high–contrast version, for more comfortable nighttime use. Also expected is a redesigned, more unobtrusive volume display. Apps on iPad will gain the ability to open multiple windows. Each window will be capable of opening sheets as at present, but although these will initially be docked, it will be…

1 min.
news in brief

QUALCOMM AND APPLE SETTLE Apple and mobile connectivity chipmaker Qualcomm have settled their two–year lawsuit and signed a six–year licencing deal. Terms were not disclosed. Qualcomm owns most of the technologies necessary for connecting mobile devices to cell networks, but Apple objected to its license fee structure: a percentage of each phone’s selling price, as a royalty for Qualcomm’s patents, rather than a fee for the actual Qualcomm chips in a device. Apple’s latest generation iPhones — the XS, XS Max, and XR — use Intel 4G chips instead of Qualcomm, but Intel was reportedly two years away from shipping a 5G chip, while Qualcomm’s will ship in Android phones this year. Apple was Intel’s only modem chip customer, and following the settlement, Intel announced it was abandoning 5G smartphone tech…

2 min.
what the heck?

Research into depth sensing (also known as range imaging) by Apple and others has three prongs: engineering new sensors that can measure the distance to points in a scene; leveraging multi–purpose camera technologies to approximate similar results; and developing software to best use the data. The notch on the front of every 2018 iPhone contains one camera plus a TrueDepth sensor. The latter projects thousands of infra–red dots onto the subject, which are then read back as a flat image, from which software reconstructs a 3D shape. The system both equips Face ID to recognize faces without being fooled by, say, a photo of the user, and helps to separate foreground from background so that Portrait mode can blur the latter. No iPhone yet has a depth sensor on the back. Instead,…

3 min.
the shift

When I bought a 4K TV a couple of years ago, having decided that movies don’t look good enough unless I can count the hairs on Cate Blanchett’s head, I grabbed the recently released Apple TV 4K at the same time, because I wanted an easy way to get access to as much 4K stuff as possible (and also because the Android TV software on my telly is rubbish). Even though other 4K–capable boxes and streaming sticks are so much cheaper, I wanted access to the promised Ultra HD (and HDR) movie nirvana of the iTunes Store. I don’t regret my decision, as it turns out the iTunes Store has been by far the best source of 4K stuff — you can get films on there for less than five bucks,…

1 min.
6 things apple called the end of

1 Buttons Before 2007, every cellphone was mostly buttons. The BlackBerry had even more. The Android prototype had buttons. The iPhone was all touchscreen, no buttons. Nobody went back to buttons. 2 The floppy drive A disk held at most 1.44MB — less than a thousandth of a 2GB SD card — but every PC had a floppy drive until 1998’s iMac didn’t. How would we transfer files? A year later, the iBook introduced Wi–Fi. Oh. 3 The serial port Dating back to 1960, RS–232 was one of the reasons Star Wars robots had those names. Macs replaced its cumbersome connector with a tiny DIN port, then with the Universal Serial Bus. Which sounds more Star Trek, to be honest. 4 The hard disk In 2005, the iPod nano ditched the original’s mechanical drive. The MacBook Air’s…