Tech & Gaming

MacLife June 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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in this issue

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.
a new way of working?

IT’S TOO EARLY TO TELL because at the time of writing this, our previous issue still isn’t on sale, but I’m looking forward to reading your views on Mac|Life in our reader survey (p6). But I almost needn’t wait, as the continued feedback I receive in our inbox has given me a pretty good insight ahead of the much-anticipated results. It’s interesting to note that a great deal of you are very outspoken about the use of iPads for, shall we say, more practical purposes. It seems the majority of you are using an iPad of some description (usually a Pro, I might add) alongside a MacBook. Many of you are impressed with what the iPad is capable of from a productivity standpoint, but nobody has yet felt the need to…

3 min.
letter of the month

We have several Apple TVs and we stream 100% of everything that we watch. I think the price to rent movies or shows is way too high. I have a RedBox nearby that I have considered spending a couple of bucks renting stuff from instead, but the convenience of streaming wins every time. Buying movies at $10.00 a piece doesn’t seem to sting so much, so I tend to buy movies instead of renting them. With a cold snap that we recently had, I wanted to binge the whole Death Wish series with Charles Bronson. The rental price per movie was $3.99 and the purchase price was $4.99. In that case, it is a no brainer. But, when it is $7.00 to rent and $20.00 to buy, that does make…

3 min.
mobile economy thriving

APPLE IS A hardware company, right? Well, sure, but after buying MacBooks or iPhones, customers continue to spend money with Apple, making its Services business its next-biggest revenue stream after the iPhone. There’s admittedly quite a gap — in Apple’s Q1 2018 (everyone else’s Q4 2017, ending December 31, 2017), iPhone sales brought in $61.6bn and Services $8.5bn — but this still makes the Services segment on its own the size of a Fortune 100 company. What is Apple’s “Services”? It includes the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, AppleCare, and Apple Pay. In February, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in Apple’s Financial Conference Call that the quarter’s Services revenue was up 18% over the previous year, “and we’re on pace to achieve our goal of doubling our 2016 Services revenue by 2020.”…

1 min.
news in brief

iOS UPGRADE BRICKS IPHONE 8 SCREENS The iOS 11.3 upgrade reportedly disabled the touch functionality in some iPhone 8 screens repaired by third parties. AppleInsider notes, however, that the problem can apparently be fixed “with a fairly routine DFU restore,” it is unknown how widespread the issue was, and it remains “unclear if the glitch was intentional or accidental, or if a future software update will provide a fix.” In early 2017, Apple revised its policy on repairs carried out by shops that are not Apple Authorized Repairers: These now will not automatically invalidate a device’s warranty. So if yours is still under warranty or AppleCare, contact Apple Support for advice. TIM COOK SAYS APPLE WON’T MERGE MAC AND iPAD. Apple has no intention of melding macOS and iOS, CEO Tim Cook told…

3 min.
new iphone models in the pipeline

APPLE DOES NOT disclose its future plans, but other sources suggest that new iPhone models are imminent. A regulatory filing with the Eurasian Economic Commission, required for companies wanting to market products in Russia that incorporate encryption, lists 11 new iPhone model numbers. Filings with the Commission have been a reliable indicator of new Apple products, lifting the curtain on AirPods, iPhone 7, new MacBook models, and the latest iPad, which was launched a month or so after being listed. On this record, it seems likely that the new iPhone models might be announced at WWDC in early June. However, Apple’s usual update cycle sees new iPhones released in the fall, so instead, commentators anticipate an update to the iPhone SE, which has not had a substantial revision since it was…