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MacLife December 2017

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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a mountain of changes

Apple’s round of operating system updates for 2017 is complete, and this issue’s cover feature will help you to discover many great additions in the last of them to arrive: High Sierra. If you haven’t installed it already, and were to read Apple’s web page about it, you might not think there’s much reason to bother – but I urge you to read our feature and reconsider. Do you think you already know all that High Sierra has to offer? At WWDC in June, Apple mostly talked about underlying technology changes, which is understandable for a keynote address that’s as much about rallying developers behind those moves as it’s about exciting Apple fans with new features. What has surprised me since High Sierra became available on the Mac App Store is…

3 min.
letter of the month

I very much miss being able to see all the Home screens and apps on my iPhone while in iTunes. It used to be easy to manipulate apps, create folders, and delete items en masse. That’s not possible in iTunes 12.7. Now I have to go to the App Store on iOS and get apps individually, and moving items between Home screens is now much more difficult and tedious. I consider this “update” a step backward, and I’d really like to see these capabilities restored. DAVID RICKEY Apple has put itself between a rock and a hard place with iTunes. Some people want the app to focus on its media library and player features; adding other stuff on top has caused navigation issues for years. Even so, we see why removing…

3 min.
uber removes tool that could record your iphone’s screen

Image by Puk Patrick, unsplash.com/@macpukpro RIDE-HAILING SERVICE Uber has removed a set of Apple-granted developer tools from the latest version of its iOS app, which potentially enabled it to record any user’s iPhone screen - including passwords and other personal data. Will Strafach, security researcher and CEO at Sudo Security Group made the discovery in October, arguing it was rare for Apple to give what he called “a private sensitive entitlement” to developers - with no other similar examples currently known to exist in the App Store. Uber said in a statement that it was granted the entitlement by Apple to enable the Uber app for Apple Watch to display maps correctly. The company told tech site Gizmodo: “It was used for an older version of the Apple Watch app, specifically to run…

1 min.
bye bye, bing

Apple has made a subtle yet important change to the way that Siri and Search on iOS and Spotlight on macOS return web search results. From now on the top hits will always come from the new default, Google – not Microsoft’s Bing search engine as was previously the case. Apple says this is to maintain consistency with the default search engine in Safari on both platforms, but the reason is likely to be more prosaic than that: it’s estimated by analysts that Apple will be paid $3 billion by Google this year to be the default search engine on both iOS and Mac – a deal that goes back at least a decade. In practice, web search results including links and videos will return results from Google, with the company’s YouTube…

1 min.
watch to check blood pressure

APPLE WATCH may one day include technology that will enable it to measure your blood pressure and detect heart defects, according to a patent filed with the US Patent & Trade Office (USPTO). Normally when having your blood pressure measured, you or your doctor use a gauge that inflates a cuff to temporarily cut off circulation through an artery, before monitoring the rate at which blood flow resumes when the cuff is slowly deflated. The technology described by Apple’s patent does away with that. The patent for a “Wrist Worn Accelerometer for Pulse Transmit Time (PTT) Measurements of Blood Pressure” describes how a device, such as Apple Watch, could be fitted with an accelerometer, a photoplethysmogram (PPG), or a pulse pressure sensor to detect that blood flow, and so enable you and…

3 min.
the shift

HOW DO YOU tell when a product is having its second coming, has got “a new pair of shoes,” or has caught its second wind? With this year’s iPad Pro refresh, the iPad-centric iOS 11, and broader developer support than ever, it feels like now is a new time for the iPad to shine. Looking back on things, the iPad’s launch and steady evolution were crafted in classic, standard company fashion. At first, Apple and much of the industry struggled to give the iPad a concrete place alongside our existing devices, but it was pitched with specific uses in mind: browsing the web, ebooks, games, watching videos, and so on. The iPad’s abilities and appeal have systematically expanded over the years. Apple added powerful things like flexible multitasking, inter-app data sharing, a…