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MacLife January 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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1 min.
visit teachradar.com

The march of technology never stops, so neither do we. Mac|Life’s website is now part of the new and improved TechRadar, so you can grab your fix of Mac and iOS news over at www.techradar.com. You’ll get all the latest news and tutorials for Mac, iPhone and iPad, as well as other trusted reviews, news, and how-tos that have made TechRadar one of the world’s top tech sites. We’ll see you there! Read more news, reviews, and tutorials at techradar.com GET SOCIAL FACE BOOK:facebook.com/maclife TWITTER:twitter.com/maclife OUR APP MAC|LIFE DIGITAL EDITION FOR IPAD Get it from bit.ly/maclifeapp…

2 min.
i to the power of x

WE’VE FINALLY GOTour hands on the iPhone X, and you’ll find our review of Apple’s cutting-edge smartphone in this issue. I have to agree with Gareth Beavis, our reviewer, that it’s a stunning piece of tech — though it’s unarguably expensive, which might stop many people buying it. Don’t worry, because the great tech that’s packed into the iPhone X is sure to filter down to more affordable models in Apple’s smartphone lineup over the next few years. I’ve used a Plus-size iPhone for three years, and found the practicalities of its larger screen have outweighed any concerns of unwieldiness for me. The Plus isn’t for everyone, though, and I expect the iPhone X will prove popular with people who want a very large phone display in a leaner package. That’s…

3 min.
letter of the month

I am long retired from a PC-centric work world, but my genealogical work requires that I gather a great amount of information from the internet, with which I make PDF, JPEG, TIFF, DOCX, and other files to share with people who may use a PC. If I were to purchase a new MacBook with a flash drive that was formatted with APFS, would others with a PC be able to read these files when I create them on my computer and send them to theirs? BILL HOYT It’s good news, Bill. The introduction of APFS (Apple File System) as the default file system on SSD drives in High Sierra means under-the-hood changes to the way your files are stored and organized on your drives — and in turn how many files…

3 min.
apple denies face id issues with iphone x

FEED YOUR MIND. FEAST YOUR EYES. APPLE GENERALLY ISN’Tknown for releasing quick statements regarding rumors about its devices, which makes it all the more remarkable that Apple responded lightning-fast to a Bloomberg story claiming it scrimped on Face ID quality to get the iPhone X out in time. In an email statement to our sister website TechRadar on October 25, Apple flatly denied the truth of the Bloomberg report, entitled “Inside Apple’s Struggle to Get the iPhone X to Market on Time.” At least, it denied the article’s specific claim that Face ID may no longer have the “one-in-a-million” chance of failure Apple touted in its reveal presentation last September. “Bloomberg’s claim that Apple has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false and we expect Face ID to be the…

2 min.
wpa2: is your wi-fi network at risk

TWO BELGIAN RESEARCHERShave published details of a serious flaw in the WPA2 protocol, which helps keep Wi-Fi networks secure. Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens of the Katholieke Universiteit Levuen in Belgium say the vulnerability makes it easy for hackers to steal passwords, read the content of emails, intercept bank details, or even insert ransomware and other malicious content into TCP packet streams — and no network is safe without being patched. To prove the point, Vanhoef and Piessens produced a proof-ofconcept code called KRACK (Key Reinstallation AttaCK), which is able to exploit the four-way handshake used between client devices (such as your iPhone or Mac) and the WPA2-protected Wi-Fi network they’re connected to. The researchers even set up a website at krackattacks.com, which explains the WPA2 flaw in more detail. While it…

2 min.
someone is watching you

GOOGLE ENGINEER FELIXKrause has detailed a vulnerability in iOS that means any app with permission to use the camera on your iPhone or iPad can secretly film you or take pictures of you — whether you are aware of it or not. The problem stems from the fact that once you give an app permission to access your camera, it can do so at any time provided that it’s in the foreground… and Krause has created a demo social networking app called watch.user, which does exactly that, to show how the potential exploit works. Talking about the issue on his website at krausefx.com, Krause says: “iOS users often grant camera access to an app soon after they download it (e.g., to add an avatar or send a photo). These apps, like a…