Tech & Gaming

MacLife January 2020

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.
news in brief

> APPLE REPORTS HIGHEST Q4 REVENUE EVER Apple has reported its best–ever July–September fiscal quarter, with revenue of $64bn, up 2% from the corresponding quarter last year. Revenue from iPhone was down 9% from the year–ago quarter, but other segments more than compensated. Services, which includes Apple Music, Apple News+, and iCloud, was up 18% to $12.5bn, accounting for 20% of the revenue mix. Apple’s “Wearables, Home, and Accessories” category set revenue records in every market, rising 54% year–over–year. Apple forecasts continuing Services growth, with the active installed base of iPhone and of Mac at an all–time high. And more than half of Mac and iPad purchasers, and about three–quarters of Apple Watch purchasers, are first–time buyers. > PHOTOSHOP FOR IPAD Adobe has released Photoshop for iPad. Until now, it split Photoshop’s functionality…

1 min.
what the heck?

ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION (ANC) is just one of the features added in Apple’s new AirPods Pro, but is closely related to others. The technology dates back to the 1980s, when audio companies Bose and Sennheiser each published designs for headphones that would use “antisound” to cut background noise. Bose was first to release a product, supplying a prototype for the Rutan Voyager, which completed the first round–the–world non–stop flight, and later winning US military contracts. The principle of antisound is that a microphone picks up ambient noise and electronics generate an opposite waveform, with peaks matching the detected sound’s troughs and vice versa. Early experiments in small rooms failed because waves reflecting from the walls interfered, preventing the sound and antisound cancelling out. But in headphones it worked almost perfectly as…

2 min.
the shift

RECENTLY, I ATTENDED a launch event for Microsoft’s newest range of hardware — its laptops, hybrid tablets, new headphones and more. The company held a panel discussion with some of its lead hardware engineers, including Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer. In some ways, it was just a more intimate keynote (though, mercifully, shorter and more engaging) to highlight what’s cool about the products. But we also got to ask specific questions about the hardware, and there was a moment where Panay gave a great answer that made me flash back to earlier Apple, and when Steve Jobs used to answer questions at the end of Macworld keynotes. It made me realize what’s been missing from recent Apple explanations of its more controversial design decisions: conviction. Someone asked Panay why Microsoft persisted…

1 min.
6 things that didn’t survive 2019

1 Google Daydream Who needs an expensive VR helmet when you can strap your Android into a set of felted goggles? Turned out most of us needed neither. Cancelling Daydream View and a planned standalone version in October, Google said it would focus on AR. Now that’s what we call a reality check. 2 RED Hydrogen The movie camera company’s inexplicably 3D–equipped smartphone was sold as the gateway to a world of high–end accessories, including movie cameras. None of them ever showed, and in October director Jim Jannard called “Cut!” 3 Apple MacBook 12–inch The slimmest ever MacBook bowed out in July. Cheap, powerful, versatile — it was none of those. Ironically, Apple’s only fanless notebook had plenty of fans, but was killed by the Air. It lies in the industry’s shallowest grave. 4 Apple AirPower They…

3 min.
letter of the month

When my MacBook Pro was recalled recently, I contacted Apple and was told it would take three weeks to replace the battery. As an essential device that I use on a daily basis for work, I was concerned about the length of time the replacement would take. I asked if they were able to offer a loan computer for the three–week period, as I was still covered by AppleCare. Apple Support said no, but mentioned that if I took the MacBook Pro into my local Apple Store they may be able to help me. Unfortunately, my local Apple Store said that they couldn’t offer me a loan device, so I was left without a computer for three weeks. The experience with Apple was still better than I’ve experienced with other PC makers,…

2 min.
87 time–saving tips for mac users

MACS ARE FAMED for their ease of use: “it just works” was always so much more than a marketing slogan. Macs are made to do things elegantly and efficiently, and the more time you spend discovering what yours can do, the more you’ll be able to get things done. Every Mac is jam-packed with useful features that are designed to make things easier, faster or both. Once you’ve discovered the ones that suit you, your days will be brighter, your work more efficient and your hair more glossy. We’re only lying about that last one… From Safari’s shortcuts to Mission Control’s multiple desktops, from fiddling with the Finder to mastering Mail, these tips will help you get even more from your Mac. START UP FASTER! 1 Start more quickly The more things launch when…