Tech & Gaming

MacLife March 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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Future Publishing Limited US
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
safety first

SINCE THE RELEASE of High Sierra, Apple has endured a mix of security issues in the latest macOS, and now it has to contend with additional woes. First, several lawsuits have been filed over the company’s controversial decision to “adjust” the performance of recent iPhone models as their batteries degrade over time. I wonder: had Apple disclosed the behavior, which was quietly introduced in a software update some time ago, would this even be an issue? I’ve mentioned before how I wish Apple would improve its documentation of software updates, though on previous occasions my dismay has largely been limited to wishing I’d been told about a useful new feature. Second, Apple got caught up in concerns over a potential security issue that stems from an optimization in many processors from as…

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…

3 min.
letter of the month

Next month: we review a camera without using the term “resolution” and test some storage devices without mentioning megabytes or data transfer speed. Seriously, we do try to get the balance right between technical and conversational language in Mac|Life, and always appreciate feedback. Not managing In your feature about cleaning up your Mac in Mac|Life 136, on page 21, “How to scan with System Information”, I could not get it started because there is no “Manage button” to click on. I have an iMac running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan. Frank Haeg The Manage button was added in macOS 10.12 Sierra. Earlier versions don’t have it and won’t recommend ways to optimize your storage. Sorry we didn’t make this clear. SimplePhone wanted I have a Mac and therefore, personally, don’t need an iPhone X. I…

3 min.
processor vulnerability scare

APPLE MUST HAVE been hoping the new year would see an end to security scares, but it was not to be. However, although the media were quick to link Apple’s name with the biggest so far, this one was not actually Apple’s doing, and in fact Apple was some way ahead of the curve in addressing the problem. The world’s biggest chip maker, Intel, admitted that there have been critical vulnerabilities at the heart of processors it’s made over about the last 20 years. These vulnerabilities, dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” are fundamental architectural flaws and also affect processors made by AMD and ARM over the same period. Many reports shouted that “All Macs and iOS devices have been hit” — but that’s partly because Apple took the trouble to issue a statement…

1 min.
news in brief

APPLE ACQUIRES SHAZAM Apple has acquired Shazam, the two companies have confirmed, for about $400m. The music recognition service is a natural complement to Apple Music, but the company’s algorithms could prove to be even more farreaching, for example bolstering Apple’s ambitions in the field of augmented reality (AR). CONSUMERS WANT AR According to a survey by accenture.com, consumers are more interested in practical, daily-life augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) applications than gaming. Just 47% said they want to play games, while 67% said they want to learn more about a place they are visiting, 61% want to visualize how clothes might fit, and 54% want to shop for household items and furniture. APPLE ACQUIRES BUDDYBUILD Apple has also bought a Canadian startup that creates software development tools for coders. Financial terms were not disclosed.…

1 min.
a first look inside the imac pro

IFIXIT.COM A IT’S ALL ABOUT COOL The iMac Pro isn’t just a reskinned iMac — it’s newly configured to give priority to the cooling system, which is unlike any other iMac’s. Its dual-fan cooler, huge heat sink, and beefier rear vent increase cooling capacity by 80%. B POTENTIALLY UPGRADABLE... Some components are modular — the RAM (left), dual SSDs (center), and CPU (at right of the motherboard). This means that in theory they could be upgradable, although the SSDs and CPU seem to be custom-made for Apple. C NOT UPGRADABLE Graphics are handled by an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56 GPU with integrated 8GB of HBM2 memory. Sadly, the GPU is BGA-soldered in place, so no easy upgrades. Not that it’s exactly easy to get at the modular parts... D CUSTOM CONTROLLER The T2 chip (successor to the…