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MacLife December 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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2 min.
make your mac amazing

macOS Catalina was pushed out to compatible Mac devices last month — if you’re wondering whether your Mac is supported then you’ll be pleased to know that the majority of Macs — such as MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac and Mac Mini — from 2012 are in, meaning you have no excuse not to upgrade (unless you’re hanging on in there with an older version). If you’d like to know exactly which models are applicable to the Catalina update, Apple has them listed at bit.ly/catsprt. Back in Mac|Life #159, we showed you how to prep your Mac for the Catalina update, but it also might be worth checking out the Apple Support page on how to upgrade (bit.ly/catupgr) because it takes you through the basic steps of installing Catalina. Now that you…

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EDITORIAL EDITOR Nick Odantzis ART EDITOR Matt Smith PRODUCTION EDITOR Iain Noble CONTRIBUTORS Adam Banks, Alex Blake, Duncan Bell, Matt Bolton, George Cairns, Alex Cox, Nate Drake, Craig Grannell, Kenny Hemphill, Hollin Jones, Cliff Joseph, Carrie Marshall, Howard Oakley, Alan Stonebridge, Alex Summersby ART CONTRIBUTORS Apple DIGITAL EDITION ART EDITOR Matt Smith DIGITAL EDITION SUB Rob Mead–Green BUSINESS US CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Luke Edson, luke.edson@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Brandie Rushing, brandie.rushing@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Michael Plump, michael.plump@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Victoria Sanders, victoria.sanders@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Melissa Planty, melissa.planty@futurenet.com EAST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Elizabeth Fleischman, elizabeth.fleischman@futurenet.com WEST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Austin Park, austin.park@futurenet.com WEST COAST ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Jack McAuliffe, jack.mcauliffe@futurenet.com DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES Tracy Lam ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Sheri Taubes MANAGEMENT MANAGING DIRECTOR Aaron Asadi EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Paul Newman HEAD OF ART & DESIGN Rodney Dive COMMERCIAL FINANCE DIRECTOR Dan Jotcham PRINT & PRODUCTION HEAD OF PRODUCTION UK &…

2 min.
iphone 11 in demand

SALES OF IPHONE 11 are reportedly off to a flying start, and Apple has increased production of the range by 10%, or 8 million units, according to supply chain sources. Nikkei Asian Review quoted a source “with direct knowledge of the situation” as saying: “This autumn is so far much busier than we expected.” Apple was initially quite conservative, with orders below those for last year’s new model iPhone, the source said. Now, however, production volumes will be higher than last year’s. By comparison, market analyst IDC predicts that global smartphone shipments will fall by more than 2% in 2019 overall, the third consecutive year of falling sales. IDC does foresee the market returning to growth in 2020, however, mainly because of the launch of 5G networks, although at this point it…

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news in brief

>iPHONE 6S SERVICE PROGRAM Apple is offering free repairs for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus phones with a faulty component that may fail and prevent the device from powering on. The issue affects a limited number of units made between October 2018 and August 2019, and Apple’s service program covers them up to two years after initial purchase. You can check your serial number on Apple’s dedicated support page at bit.ly/MAL161-6s-service. >SLEEP APP COMING TO WATCH? Apple’s own App Store listing for the Alarms app on Apple Watch has, apparently mistakenly, included a screenshot referring to a Sleep app in which you can set your bedtime and wake–up time. Such an app does not exist yet on Apple Watch. The Clock app on iPhone has a feature called Bedtime, which works like…

2 min.
what the heck?

AS SAMSUNG MADE a second attempt to launch its Galaxy Fold phone, Xiaomi stole its thunder with a whole new look. The Mi Mix Alpha claims a 180% screen–to–body ratio, playing on the standard calculation that expresses how much of the front of a device is covered by the display. This one wraps all the way around the sides to the back, leaving only a vertical stripe containing what would be the rear camera array but in this case serves as the selfie camera too — you’ll just have to ignore the bar over the left side of your face. The rest of the missing 20% is accounted for by a slim titanium frame at the top and bottom. Could this be the concept design that defines the next generation of…

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the shift

PERHAPS I’M JUST getting old, but the launch of iOS 13 has been one of Apple’s most confusing updates for me. Various things have changed function, and position, and style, and for the first time in a while, it’s left me scratching my head. Just a few years ago, things were simpler. On the Mac, OS X didn’t change much in terms of interaction between versions beyond adding new features, and even if it did, you had to choose to upgrade and pay for the privilege. Updates are free now, but the changes are so small and iterative that they don’t affect you much — I can’t think of the last time one would have confused people. Maybe accidentally triggering Notification Centre with a gesture, but all that needed was one explainer…