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MacLife Spring 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

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.
an ipad for pros?

AS WE PREPARED to send this issue to press, rumors were circulating that Apple would introduce updated iPad hardware at some point in March. By the time you’re reading this, we’ll know for sure how that panned out, but the mere possibility of new hardware, combined with talk that Apple would be relaxing its annual development cycle, got me wondering whether iPad software in 2018 is really where we expect it to be. I don’t mean the operating system itself, but apps for it. While Apple has taken steps to make the Mac and iOS devices great companions, such as by enabling us to move projects between Logic Pro X and GarageBand, I’ve recently found myself frustrated by the inability to do pretty simple things on my iPad. The first is in…

3 min.
letter of the month

As an Apple supporter (aren’t we all?) it is good to see the company succeeding in so many areas, but therein lie some major hidden risks. I believe Apple is trying to innovate in too many areas nowadays, and we see the results in both iOS and macOS issues. Experience shows that businesses that spread themselves too thinly, trying to do too much at the same time, are likely to fail. One more thing… Why didn’t Apple include mesh Wi-Fi core capability in the HomePod? The combination of smart speaker, high quality audio, and mesh Wi-Fi networking really would drive us to use HomePods across many rooms in our homes. If you know Tim Cook’s email address, please forward this suggestion to him on my behalf. Apple is now endorsing and selling…

3 min.
apple thrives as global smartphone sales slip

WORLDWIDE SALES OF smartphones fell in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the corresponding quarter of 2016, according to leading data analysts. One of these, Gartner, Inc., said this is the first year-on-year decline since it started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004. Apple, however, held up well: Despite supply shortages and buyers reportedly delaying their purchases to see the iPhone X, released only in November, total iPhone shipments in the quarter were almost the same as in Q4 2016 and revenues were significantly higher. Gartner estimated that global sales of smartphones to end users totaled nearly 408 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 5.6% decline compared to Q4 2016. The figures from IDC differed only slightly — total shipments 403.5 million units, year-on-year decline 6.3%…

1 min.
news in brief

> IT COSTS HOW MUCH? If third-party estimates are to be believed, there’s not as much margin in a HomePod as in most other Apple products — analyst firm TechInsights looked at all the components and reckons each HomePod costs Apple $216 to make, leaving a margin of just $133 per speaker before you even consider the costs of advertising, R&D, and other overheads. > BUILT LIKE A TANK Our friends over at iFixit.com have undertaken one of their renowned teardowns, taking apart a HomePod, and concluded: “The HomePod is built like a tank. Durability should not be an issue.” Giving the unit a repairability score of just 1 out of 10, iFixit comment: “One thing’s for sure, the HomePod wins at being the worst device ever to open. This thing is bulletproof…

2 min.
homepod makes its mark… on surfaces

SOME NEW PRODUCTS seem to hit the spot and just take off, like the original iPhone, say. Others are plagued with problems and criticisms. HomePod seems to fall into the latter category. On top of complaints about its shortcomings, some early buyers have found that their expensive new smart speaker is leaving a white ring on their even more expensive wooden surfaces. Apple has acknowledged the issue but made light of it, saying in a support note concerning “Cleaning and taking care of HomePod” (read it in full at bit.ly/ml140homepod): “It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go…