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2020 Raises Its Game
While last month’s WWDC will have gone down as its smallest physically attended event in history, Apple ensured it would also be one of its most memorable of all time. Gone was the slightly sycophantic enthusiasm of the tech journalist crowd, replace
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Declutter Your Digital Life
SPEND ANY AMOUNT of time with your Apple tech and it can very quickly feel overwhelming, with notifications, emails, alerts and alarms bombarding you left, right and centre throughout the day. With so many digital devices in our lives, it can rapidly
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Run Sidecar With Older Macs
REQUIRES Mac running macOS 10.15 or later, iPad running iPadOS 13 YOU WILL LEARN How to get Sidecar working on older Macs and iPads IT WILL TAKE 20 minutes But there’s a caveat — your Mac may be running Catalina and your iPad may be running iPadOS 13
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The Team
Art Editor Scribble for iPad, improved Safari and no audience were Matt’s highlights from WWDC. Production Editor Big Sur happens to be Iain’s favorite Jack Kerouac novel. Has Apple gone all beatnik on us? Contributor For Alex, WWDC’s virtual roller–
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Simplify your Mac
WHETHER YOU USE a Mac for work or play, it doesn’t take long for it to get overloaded with stuff. Before you know it, your desktop’s a mess, your documents are all over the place, and you’re left wondering how the heck you’re going to fix it. At the
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TV Screen Saver On Mac
REQUIRES OS X 10.9 or later, Aerial screen saver. YOU WILL LEARN How to view Apple’s Apple TV screen saver on your Mac. IT WILL TAKE 5 minutes IT WILL TAKE 5 minutes actual TV shows and movies, and you can view the same videos on your Mac, using John
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Cut Out Social Media Overload
THERE’S NO DOUBT social media has the potential to do more harm than good. When you’re putting yourself out there on a public platform it can attract all sorts of unwelcome attention. Throw anonymity into the mix and the results can be bad for anyone
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MacLife
EDITOR Nick Odantzis ART EDITOR Matt Lochrie PRODUCTION EDITOR Iain Noble CONTRIBUTORS Adam Banks, Alex Blake, Ryan Butt, George Cairns, Christine Chan, Alex Cox, Ian Evenden, Karen S Freeman, Kenny Hemphill, Hollin Jones, Nicole Johnston, Cliff Jose
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Automate Tasks On The Go
IF IT WAS up to us, our mobile devices would be used for nothing but the good stuff — reading Mac|Life digital editions and sharing video calls with our pets, of course! That’s the vision Apple had in mind when it unveiled the first iPhone, after all
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Add Aged Film Effects
REQUIRES Adobe Premiere Pro (part of Adobe Creative Cloud, $52.99 per month) YOU WILL LEARN How to overlay clips in Adobe Premiere Pro IT WILL TAKE 15 minutes THE IPHONE 11’S dual camera system means its capable of taking stunning 4K video footage. T
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Control your Email
WHEN IT COMES to email, what’s meant to be a handy way to stay in touch has transformed into a non–stop barrage of spam and unwelcome solicitations to help deposed princes hide their riches. Email dominates our digital lives so much that even the tho
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macOS Big Sur
KICKING OFF ITS annual Worldwide Developers Conference (held online this year), Apple introduced the next version of macOS, Big Sur, which ships this fall. Apple CEO Tim Cook described it as “the biggest change since the introduction of Mac OS X.” Th
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Focus On Your Work
MAINTAINING YOUR FOCUS on work can be difficult, and it often doesn’t take much to get distracted from the task in hand when there’s a nagging voice at the back of our minds telling us to do something a little more fun. Even if you’re really determin
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Control Your Mac With Ease
REQUIRES macOS 10.14, One Switch YOU WILL LEARN How to use the One Switch app to take control of your Mac IT WILL TAKE 30 minutes YOUR MAC HAS many options for customizing the way it looks and works. But accessing those settings isn’t always easy, or
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MacBook Pro (13–inch, Mid–2020)
$1,799 From Apple, apple.com Features 13.3–inch Retina display (2560x1600), True Tone, 2.0GHz quad–core 10th–gen Intel Core i5, Intel Iris Plus graphics, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, Magic Keyboard, Touch Bar, Touch ID, 802.11ac Wi–Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 4xTh
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Two Key Updates
THE RUMORS WERE true: Apple is transitioning from Intel processors to its own silicon in Macs. Tim Cook said this will “take the Mac to a whole new level,” giving it “industry–leading performance per watt and higher–performance GPUs,” and bring tech
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Reviews
HERE AT MAC|LIFE we believe you should only buy the things that you really need, which is why our Reviews section is so important to us, and you. We don’t want you to waste time and money on inferior products, and while we aim to include only the bes
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MS Office On The Move
REQUIRES iPhone running iOS 12 or later YOU WILL LEARN How to use Microsoft Office on iOS IT WILL TAKE 10 minutes MICROSOFT HAS MADE some big changes to Office on iOS, at least on iPhone — instead of having separate apps for Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
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Stack
Free (IAPs) From Stack, getstack.app Needs macOS 10.14 or later, 64–bit processor Stack has a simple premise: to allow you to view and manage multiple accounts on multiple websites and services in one window. It’s a neat idea, and one which generally
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IOS 14
YOUR iPHONE EXPERIENCE is facing a transformation this fall, as iOS 14 reinvents the Home Screen and much more. Instead of page after page of app icons, you can create a customized Home Screen with widgets of different sizes by dragging them out of T
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Kami Outdoor Battery Camera
$89.99 From YI Technology, yitechnology.com Features 1080p video recording, two–way audio, IP65 weatherproof, SD or cloud storage $89.99 From YI Technology, yitechnology.com Features 1080p video recording, two–way audio, IP65 weatherproof, SD or clou
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Install Fonts On Your IPad
REQUIRES Any iPad running iPadOS, a third–party font app YOU WILL LEARN How to install fonts from the App Store for use in iPadOS apps IT WILL TAKE 15 minutes APPLE IS KEEN to position the iPad as a serious all–purpose computer. That’s pretty credibl
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ZAGG Rugged Messenger
$99 From Zagg, zagg.com Features Full–size backlit scissor keys, trackpad, angle adjustment The Rugged Messenger is an ultra–slim keyboard and detachable case for your iPad 10.2–inch, with backlighting in seven different colors and up to a year’s bat
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IPadOS 14
LIKE ITS iPHONE counterpart, iPadOS 14 introduces widgets and a new compact notification design for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search so these don’t take over the screen and you can stay focused on the task in hand. Sir
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Whisk
$29.99 From Tumult, tumult.com Needs OS X 10.11 or later Whisk is a new name for a web design and development app with a long pedigree: it was previously known as HyperEdit. HyperEdit’s last release was version 1.6 in 2008 — Whisk is HyperEdit 2.0. W
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IPhone 5c
LAUNCHED ALONG WITH iOS 7 in September 2013, the iPhone 5c was Jony Ive’s chance to justify his elevation to oversee software as well as hardware design, “dramatically blurring the boundaries between the two,” as he explained in a video introduction.
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Denon Home 150 Wireless Speaker
$249 From Sound United, usa.denon.com Features AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Wi–Fi 5 & 24GHz, HEOS built–in, 20W Many compact wireless speakers boast a good sound, but not necessarily a big sound, producing a decent range that doesn’t necessarily project to
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WatchOS 7
THE NEW WATCHOS 7 makes your watch face more personal than ever, with the option to share faces (complete with complications) through Messages or Mail, as well as discover them through the App Store or even via links on websites and social media. App
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SteelSeries Nimbus+
$69.99 From SteelSeries, steelseries.com Features 50–hour battery, iPhone mount SteelSeries has revamped its much–loved Nimbus controller into the Nimbus+, and it feels superbly built. Almost every button is satisfying to press, from the smooth joyst
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Work From Home With Apple
THE COVID–19 PANDEMIC forced many of us out of our usual working environments and into our home offices during the prolonged lockdown period. While this was a seamless transition for those accustomed to working in isolation, for many it proved a shoc
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