Tech & Gaming

MacLife September 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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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
mo money, mo power

Since the macOS Mojave reveal back in June, Apple has been teasing us with several new betas, the latest of which (version 4 – at the time of writing) shows off a new Dynamic Desktop: Solar Gradient. It’s the second example that demonstrates the impressive transition from light to dark throughout the day, and I still think it’s one of my favorite features, so here’s hoping we get to see a few more before the final release. Within this beta there are several other, more minor, changes, including the removal of the Grab application, which has now been replaced with a new Screenshot app, to reflect the implementation of the screen capture hub that is contained in Mojave. Key amongst the features, though, is support for the new 13- and 15-inch…

3 min.
macbook pro updated

APPLE HAS UPDATED both the 13-inch and 15-inch models of the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. Both feature eighth-generation Intel Core CPUs — six-core on the 15-inch model, delivering up to 70% faster performance than its predecessor, and quad-core on the 13-inch, for up to double the previous performance. Both also now have Bluetooth 5.0, along with 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The speakers have also been updated, reportedly producing improvements in bass and loudness. Additional options on the 15-inch model include up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. Two features are entirely new to the MacBook range: An Apple T2 coprocessor chip, as introduced in the iMac Pro, delivers enhanced system security features such as support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage, plus enhanced FaceTime camera image…

1 min.
the new macbook pro models

13-INCH MACBOOK PRO WITH TOUCH BAR > 2.3GHz quad-core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz), 8GB memory, 256GB SSD storage: $1,799. > With 512GB SSD: $1,999. Build-to-order options from apple.com: > 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz), with 128MB of eDRAM. > 16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory. > 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB SSD. 15-INCH MACBOOK PRO WITH TOUCH BAR > 2.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz) with 9MB shared L3 cache, 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory, 256GB SSD storage, Radeon Pro 555X graphics processor with 4GB of GDDR5 memory: $2,399. > 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz) with 9MB shared L3 cache, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD storage, Radeon Pro 560X GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory: $2,799. Build-to-order options from apple.com: > 2.9GHz 6-core Intel Core i9 (Turbo…

2 min.
boost your mac’s graphics prowess

IN THE PAST, if you needed more graphics processing power for pro video editing or other demanding uses, you might swap out the graphics processing unit (GPU) in your desktop Mac for a more powerful card. But this is not possible in any of the current Mac range. At WWDC 2017, Apple announced an alternative: support for external GPUs, which it duly delivered almost 10 months later in the High Sierra 10.13.4 Combo Update. Now pro graphics company Blackmagic Design has released the Blackmagic eGPU, designed in collaboration with Apple, which has a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor with 8GB of GDDR5 memory and connects over Thunderbolt 3. It is available for $699 exclusively through apple.com and Apple Stores worldwide. Apple suggests it can be paired with the LG UltraFine…

2 min.
the shift

SOME ARGUE THAT Apple’s two main operating systems – iOS and macOS – are reaching the end of the line. “They’re running out of room to innovate,” you can find in some editorials. Others believe the iPhone, iPad, and Mac are mature and Apple needs to start showing us what’s next. I think they’re partially right, partly wrong, and missing the forest for the trees. How are they right? Some of the fundamental building blocks of iOS, macOS, and their devices are as far along as they will get. These days, we understand and expect that a smartphone is a slab of glass, with all the advantages and constraints thereof. From a macro perspective, the fundamental aspects of macOS are near a state of being generally finished. From now on, it…

1 min.
free macbook keyboard fix offer

APPLE HAS LAUNCHED a service program for 2015-2017 MacBook and MacBook Pro models that are experiencing keyboard issues. If you are finding that letters unexpectedly repeat or do not appear after a key is pressed, or keys feel “sticky” or do not respond, contact Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to check if your machine qualifies. Coverage applies up to four years after purchase. The shop may replace faulty keys or the entire keyboard. Although Apple has not made this explicit, the models covered are those with first and second generation “butterfly” mechanisms, which have been the subject of user complaints.…