MacLife September 2021

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
difficult decisions

We face some pretty difficult choices in life. Should you start a completely new career? Do you rent or buy? Stay friends, or move things to the next level? And, should you get an iPad Pro or a MacBook? This last one is a question that still goes unanswered to this day. Apple has made steps to align the two portable powerhouses more closely, and they both now share an identical M1 chipset, making them — OS aside — virtually identical. iPadOS is getting more capable all the time, but is it ready for your needs? Or do you still want a MacBook for all that, and more? That’s what we aim to find out in our main feature this issue. We pit the two devices against each other, and show…

2 min
stay up to date with the latest apple news

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3 min
letter of the month

I wanted to share an issue I had with my iMac, and how one of your support articles helped me to recover. I always properly shut down my iMac (27–inch, late 2014) from the Apple icon shutdown menu at the end of the day. A couple of days ago when I powered it on the screen would appear to turn on, but freeze half way through the process. I tried to shut down and restart, with no success. I then remembered that your magazine has an “Essential Support Article” section, and I tried the safe mode and recovery function. I initially tried First Aid to check for any disk errors, but it came back with no errors. I then tried loading the latest Time Machine backup, but this did not rectify the…

2 min
apple acts to address supply shortages

WITH THE ENTIRE electronics industry facing global component shortages, Apple has acted to secure supplies of critical parts. The M1-chip-powered 12.9-inch iPad Pro, launched in April, has Apple’s first display with mini-LED technology instead of LCD or OLED. Buyers are complaining of long wait times and shipping delays, and it’s believed the cause is that Apple’s production partners are struggling to produce the mini-LED screens in quantity. This is said to be impacting Apple’s plans to launch a rumored MacBook Pro with mini-LED screen. According to DigiTimes, Apple has made a $200m investment in its primary supplier, TSMT (Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology). This will be used to create four new mini-LED assembly lines, boosting capacity by 700,000 to 800,000 units. In addition, reports claim four new suppliers have been signed. There’s a global…

1 min
apple–1 manuals re–created

OUT OF THE 200 or so Apple–1 computers ever built, under 70 are known to survive — only six in working order. For retro computing enthusiasts, there have been replicas of the first Apple computer around for some time. But when the guys at, an online marketplace for video games based in Munich, Germany, started selling replica PCBs online, they soon realized that although there are also reproductions of the original manuals available, these are all printed from poor–quality scans on cheap laser printer paper. Not good enough, they thought. So they lovingly re–created the original manuals for the world’s first home computer from scratch. They didn’t just scan the originals — they didn’t even just typeset the text. They laboriously kerned every single character manually to produce a re–creation…

1 min
news in brief

> AUDACITY TURNS SPYWARE? Open source audio–editor Audacity is being condemned as “spyware” after changes to its privacy policy. It now collects data like OS version, country (based on IP address), and unspecified “data necessary for law enforcement.” It is “occasionally required to share your personal data with our main office in Russia,” it says, and possibly others including “advisors” and “potential buyers”. > MAGNET WARNING EXTENDED Earlier this year, Apple warned that the magnets in iPhones and MagSafe accessories could affect pacemakers. In May, the FDA found the risk to patients with pacemakers is low, but urged caution. In June, the American Heart Foundation said MagSafe poses a “clinically significant” risk to cardiac devices. Apple’s support note ( now lists products with magnets inside — AirPods, Apple Watch, iPad, and Beats products…