Tech & Gaming

MacLife July 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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1 min.
visit techradar.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 FACEBOOK:facebook.com/maclife TWITTER:twitter.com/maclife OUR APP MAC|LIFE DIGITAL EDITION FOR iPAD Get it from bit.ly/maclifeapp…

2 min.
hidden treasures

AFTER LAST ISSUE’S tutorials about what’s new in macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3, I want to talk about Apple’s release notes for software updates. Where Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are concerned, Apple often provides detailed information about what’s changed. It does pretty well at detailing the content of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote updates, too. Where it falls down is in documenting small but helpful changes to its operating systems and other apps. With macOS 10.12.4, it seemed that Night Shift was the sole improvement that’s visible to users. IT professionals also get a good overview of security issues addressed by each software update, but it turns out macOS 10.12.4 has at least one undisclosed user-facing feature. If you often download several ?les at once, you can drag Safari’s downloads list away…

3 min.
letter of the month

Your opinions, rants & raves Quite often when I need to type something using the on-screen keyboard of an iPhone or iPad, no keyboard shows. It happens when I make a search of any kind, such as for a person in my phone book, using the search feature in general, and trying to send a text. I have the same problem even with keyboards like “Swype.” So far what I’ve done is open the email app and try to write a new message, leave it there, and come back to the text I was trying to type, at which point the keyboard shows again. Sometimes even this doesn’t fix the issue. Do you know why it happens and how to solve it? We’re unsure of the cause, but you’re not alone with keyboard…

2 min.
apple willing to take hit on 3d touch sensors for iphone 8

FEED YOUR MIND. FEAST YOUR EYES. MULTIPLE RUMORS are pointing to a pricier than usual next-gen iPhone coming this year, and one of the reasons for Apple’s hotly tipped anniversary edition iPhone price hike could be the dificulty the company is facing with 3D Touch. Chinese newspaper the Economic Daily News has info from sources at TPK Holdings, the company which currently supplies 3D Touch sensors to Apple. It claims the price of those sensors will rise for the iPhone 8 – to around $18 to $22 each, compared to $7 to $8 in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This is apparently due to the complexity of attaching them to the AMOLED display the iPhone 8 is tipped to feature – bonding to LCD displays in previous models is easier. The source goes…

2 min.
siri gets competition on the iphone

AT GOOGLE’S I/O conference in May, the tech giant introduced an iPhone and iPod touch version of Google Assistant, its take on virtual assistants like Siri. This is now available as a free download from the App Store – direct Safari to apple.co/2q76pPW. Google Assistant and similar tools face a large obstacle when it comes to adoption by iOS device owners: Apple provides no way to swap in a third-party service as a wholesale replacement for Siri, meaning no rival to Siri is able to be triggered just by holding down the Home button. However, Google provides a widget for iOS’s Today view with its personal assistants. On recent iPhone models, you can raise your device to wake it, then swipe right and tap a button to tell Google Assistant to start…

2 min.
tim cook is using a watchbased glucose monitor

APPLE CEO TIM COOK has been spotted by staff at the Palo Alto campus wearing a prototype blood glucose monitor. Apple has been reportedly working on a device that could help with the management of diabetes, but those reports were based on word of a secret team and a patent application. Now it seems the company’s CEO is being more overt about the project. Sources confirmed to CNBC that: “Cook was wearing a prototype glucose-tracker on the Apple Watch". The word “on" is clearly significant. Cook has previously been open about wearing a blood glucose monitoring device, but it hasn’t been clear whether this was an Apple creation, or one from another manufacturer. In conversations with a group of students at Glasgow University, Cook very openly said: “I’ve been wearing a continuous glucose…