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TV TIME IS lazy time. When I crash on the
couch after a long day, I dont want to
jump through a lot of hoops to find what
I want to watch. Increasingly, couch
potatoes like me need our home
entertainment sorted for us we need
everything to just work. This is where
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but its fourth-generation Apple TV hasnt
quite cleared a path through the digital
clutter yet.
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the Apple TV as a hobby an opportunity
for them to learn their way around the
living room. The company dropped that
designation when it decided to upgrade its black box, but despite
some delightful new features, the new model hasnt changed the
game. I definitely wouldnt call it a failure, though; were still in the
early days, and its easy to see how the device could evolve into the
thing we all want it to be.
Siri search is currently limited to a small number of apps, but it
works amazingly well if youre looking for something on iTunes or
Netflix. The fact that I can ask for kids movies starring Robin
Williams that got good ratings is a huge step forward in sorting all
that content clutter I mentioned. And while the App Store is stocked
mostly with repurposed iPhone and iPad games at the moment, the
door is now wide open for better and broader content.
Apple will really make waves when (if?) it finally presents its
long-rumored, cable-competing subscription package, which is said
to include essential channels at a cheaper price. When that happens,
maybe in a year or so when truly great Apple TV apps have arrived and
Siri search has expanded, we may finally get our TV revolution. Until
then Ill enjoy the odd game here and there, launching apps with my
voice, and fiddling with the novel new remote. The revamped Apple
TV isnt fully formed but its still fun; I get that certain spark when
I use it that makes me want to use it more, and thats a good start.

>>>THE TEAM

Matt Bolton
Editor
Matt wants the Apple TV
to have an app thats all
Bob Ross, all the time.

Mat Gartside
Art Editor
Mat wants an app that
gives him all TV shows for
free. Mat is dreaming.

Jo Membery
Operations Editor
Jos ideal app is just clips
of people falling over in
YouTube vids, 24/7.

CHRIS SLATE, Editor-in-Chief


Twitter: @ChrisSlate

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Your opinions, rants & raves

I just installed iOS 9.0.2 onto my iPad 2


and my iPad mini 1, and I cant get the
split-screen feature to work on them.
Do I have to do something to enable
this feature? BRUCE R.
A common question, and unfortunately
the answer isnt one youll want to hear:
none of iOS 9s new multitasking features work on your iPad models. Split
View is restricted to top-of-the-line models, specifically the iPad Air 2,
iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro. Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture require at
least an iPad mini 2 or iPad Air. This info is hidden in Apples small print.

iRate over iBooks

Organizational
options in iBooks
do not work for
everyone.

iBooks in El Capitan is such a


disappointment. Is there a reason
why the app doesnt function like
iTunes with regard to how titles are
saved, organized or edited?
Its frustrating that books are
saved in the users library in the
container folder buried a couple of
levels down, and that titles, authors,
etc arent displayed. Its even more
frustrating that I cant edit book
titles and author names, see the
publication date, or organize books
in a way that makes it easy for me.
Sometimes the author is displayed
first name first, and other times its
last name first; I want to display
names the same way for every book
by a given author. Also, some books

should be displayed in a particular


order since the primary character
develops with each new entry in the
series, but iBooks does not allow
such editing. CRAIG B.
Judging by similar letters that
take Apple to task over its chaotic
classification of classical music, it
seems the company has work to
do. Details make all the difference
when deciding where to collect
and curate our media libraries.

Stay small support


I second Jean Js request in the
September issue (#106) for a return
to smaller phones. As an athlete
who carries a phone for security
purposes, I wont give up my iPhone
4S until it dies. At that point Ill jump
ship on Apple phones, which is a
shame since I love Apple products
and I hate to abandon the platform.
Perhaps Apple should consider that
there is another market opportunity
out there for the small-phone lover.
ELIZABETH M.
Apple loves to show people
exercising in its iPhone and Apple
Watch promos, so youd think

SHARE WITH US!


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someone at the company would


realize a bigger phone can be a
bad fit for athletes. (Workout
clothes dont exactly come loaded
with large pockets.) I love my
iPhone 6s, but its a little too
beefy to be strapped to my bicep.

iPod PDA
Your review of the iPod touch (#107)
emphasized its music use, but the
device also makes a great PDA. Its
an iPad in your pocket with the
Calendar, Contacts, Camera, and
Maps apps. FaceTime lets you make
audio or video calls. There are also
email, VOIP, and scanner apps, QR
code readers, and web browsers.
With Wi-Fi connections ubiquitous at
home, work, stores, and restaurants,
going online is not difficult. For calls
and text I use a $30 dumbphone for
$10 per month, save money and get
an iPhone-like experience. As a
longtime Mac user I love the touch,
its what Newton should have been.
LONNIE B.
Good points, Lonnie! I think the
lack of a cellular connection would
still be an issue for many people,
but lets not overlook the value of
the iPod touch it does nearly
everything an iPhone can.

Apology
In issue 108, we ran a competition to
win an iPhone 6s and Twelve South
HiRise Deluxe. Unfortunately, we
had technical problems with the
competition, and people werent
able to enter. We apologize for the
confusion and inconvenience, but
see p67 for how you can finally
enter to win an iPhone 6s (for
real, we promise).

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more than 10,000
copies since its
launch in March 2015.

How the
iPad saved
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The story of how unsung
niche strategy games
found a new home on iOS
BY MATT THROWER

12 JAN 2016 maclife.com

HISTORICAL STRATEGY gaming has an


image problem. Not only is it a niche
genre within a niche genre, its subject
is a willing re-examination of historys
greatest horrors. Its small community
is enthusiastic and desperate to spread
the love, but it could be a hard sell
at least, up until strategy specialist
developer Slitherine ported the game
Battle Academy from PC to iPad in
2012. It was a gamble. The genre had
never caught on outside Windows, and
iOS gaming at the time was becoming
swamped with free-to-play fare and
casual games of varying quality.
Marco Minoli, Slitherines Marketing
Director, explained that it was a gamble
that had paid off before. We did the

same early on PSP and Nintendo DS,


and had overwhelming results, he
said. The games we make are
appealing to a vast audience; reaching
out with new platforms is an effective
way of expanding the business.
Battle Academy didnt merely sell
on iPad. It ended up outselling its PC
counterpart five to one and was
responsible for a huge leap in
Slitherines overall sales figures.
Minoli puts it down to being in the
right place at the right time. The PC
version was a wargame that looked
attractive to a wider audience, he told
us. But that wider audience saw it as
a dumbed-down version of a modern
3D strategy game. Its about

Feed your mind. Feast your eyes.

Warhammer 40,000:
Armageddon brings
out the big guns.

perception. When we launched on iOS,


Battle Academy was one of the
best-looking things on the platform.
So it managed to capture that extra
audience we didnt get to on PC.
It turned out to be the first success
of many. Panzer Corps has done well
on iOS, Minoli revealed. Another
game that sold more on mobile than
PC is Great Battles: Medieval. We
effectively brought a cool-looking
3D game to portable platforms and
it performed exceptionally well.
Slitherine has turned to the Unity
cross-platform game engine to
minimize effort, but there are other
hurdles. A simple and accessible
user interface (UI) helps porting time
dramatically, Minoli explained. And
it doesnt always work out. Were still
working on porting of one of the most
complex wargames, Gary Grigsbys
World at War, he continued. Were
still facing big UI issues after almost
three years, but we wont give up!
Theres also been a backlash from
a minority of PC gamers. Slitherine
released Vietnam 65 on both platforms
simultaneously. While it was well
received, some comments suggested
it had been dumbed down to make it
more suitable for mobile. We asked
Minoli if there was any truth to this.

Absolutely not, he replied. We


built it from the ground up in Unity
to be a PC and iOS release. It was just
another one of these games where
we tried to attract a new audience.
The developer tried hard to come up
with a different angle in wargames.
Hes also heard these criticisms
before, and is dismissive of the
reasoning behind them. It doesnt
make much sense, provided we keep
the UI and controls unique to the
platform. When shooters came to
consoles, comments were saying
you cant turn a mouse and keyboard
control system to the controller. So
given the possible pitfalls, why has

Slitherine persevered with these ports?


The answer is that side-by-side
releases can help each other along.
When we released Warhammer
40,000: Armageddon on iOS recently,
PC sales went up 50% for that week,
Minoli told me. Channels often help
each other, but we found the best
effects when iOS releases after PC. The
other way round is trickier. It seems
PC players are influenced by the Its a
port from iOS factor, while iOS players
see that as a plus, not a minus.
Theres an element of evangelism.
Minoli is as keen to eulogize his
favorite genre as other strategy
gamers, and hes proud of what his
studios achieved. I think we heavily
contributed to bringing this sub-genre
back into the spotlight, he said. We
are market leaders in the wargames
segment and think it is somehow our
responsibility to grow the market
when we see there is an opportunity.
They plan to keep releasing on
mobile, but Minoli sees possible
clouds on the horizon. The volume
of sub-standard games is making the
iOS market a risky place, he opines.
There needs to be a change of some
sort both in the type of games and how
they are marketed.

Great Battles:
Medieval sold more
on mobile than on PC.

maclife.com JAN 2016 13

>>> Start Feed your mind. Feast your eyes.

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ACC E S S

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14 JAN 2016 maclife.com

With the A9X, has


Apple matched Intel?
Benchmarks say the iPad Pros performance
bests some MacBook models BY MATT BOLTON
AS SOON AS the iPad
Pro reached peoples
hands, there were those
who wanted to see just
how powerful its new
A9X chip was, given
that the A9 in the
iPhone 6s/Plus is a
screamer. Benchmarks
were run, and it turned
out to be even faster
than we might have
guessed. Its a dual-core
processor, running at
2.26GHz by far the
highest frequency of
any of Apples chips
to date (the A9 in the
phones hits 1.85GHz;
the A8X was 1.5GHz)
with faster memory
access than ever,

doubling the transfer


rate to and from its 4GB
of RAM when compared
to the iPad Air 2. Thats
mostly necessary to get
data into its much more
powerful graphics chip
fast enough, which looks
to be twice as powerful
as even the one in the
iPhone 6s/Plus.
Whats the upshot
of all this tech? In some
benchmarks, the A9X
appears to be almost as
powerful, both in terms
of processor and
graphics, as the current
13-inch MacBook Pro
and possibly actually
more potent than the
12-inch MacBook and

even MacBook Air.


Thats truly astonishing,
if its true in practice.
Were a bit skeptical
whether these figures
will hold up in real use
if the chips are really
equivalent for complex,
real-world tasks. Were
devising some practical
tests for our full iPad
Pro review next issue
that will show the truth
about its potential, but
one things for sure
even if it doesnt beat
Intel now, its close
enough that a cheaper
Apple-chip-powered
MacBook could be a
reality sooner than
we ever thought.

>THE SHIFT
You think theres an ad-blocking reckoning coming
online? DAVID CHARTIER says its already arrived,
and that businesses are starting to adapt

Vlad Likh

OOKING BACK AT my October


2015 (#107) column, I wrote
about how Apples addition of
frameworks that enable content
blocking tools in iOS 9 and OS X
would likely bring a reckoning to the
abusive advertising industry. While
Apples latest OSes have been out for
only a few months, its already
happening. The industry is listening,
and new ideas about the web,
products, and how to treat
consumers with more respect are
already taking form.
Its important to note this hasnt
all happened solely by Apples
actions. Consumers began fighting
back against invasive web tracking
and overzealous advertising
companies years ago, using things
like ad-blocking browser extensions
and the Do Not Track industry
initiative. But never have two of the
most popular operating systems
supported these tools so thoroughly.

As for how things are changing,


consider these words from a senior
VP at the Interactive Advertising
Bureau (IAB) in direct response to
this consumer backlash: we messed
up. The IAB is a major international
organization that provides things
like industry standards and legal
support, so an admission like this is
no small statement. The organization
has begun working on new standards
and tools built on feedback from, and
what is hopefully a new respect for,
the consumers they want to reach.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE of this new
thinking is Googles introduction of
YouTube Red. For the first time ever,
the advertising company is offering a
paid, monthly YouTube subscription
that removes all pre-roll, popover,
and other ads from all videos. It also
includes offline downloading and
music streaming, and creators get a
small cut of your subscription based
on which videos you watch.
As a writer whose income is
partly sustained by some form of
advertising, I do not say this lightly:
ad blocking is working. It is forcing
the online ad industry to try new
ways of offering products and
content with more balanced and
respectful business models.
Paid subscriptions are obvious
alternatives and augmentations to
advertising, but are consumers ready

to set aside the toxic transaction


of free in favor of paying?
Fortunately, more companies and
publishers are trying things here,
such as Ben Thompson with his
Stratechery site, Hulu with a new
ad-free subscription tier, YouTube
Red, and others.
Perhaps a bigger idea taking
root is a more direct relationship
between advertisers, products, and
consumers. Advertising cant and
wont disappear entirely, but it can
avoid many of its previous pitfalls.

New ideas about how


to treat consumers
with more respect are
already taking form

Things like native content


advertising articles and content built
in collaboration with publishers and
labeled as such drop many hated
practices, like full-page ads and
popups, in favor of a product
message consumers can choose to
check out or pass. Similar methods
like direct sponsorships, and simply
adhering to new guidelines for
reasonable ad formats, can all go a
long way to improving the situation.
Now the question is whether its
too little too late

>>> David Chartier is a content strategist and writer with vast experience analyzing the tech world.
He runs the website Finer Things in Tech (finerthings.in) and hosts its podcast, The Finer Things In.

maclife.com JAN 2016 15

>>> Start Feed your mind. Feast your eyes.

6 apps to make the


most of the iPad Pro
Take full advantage of that huge screen and Apple Pencil support with these gems
BY MATT BOLTON

4K video editing on a tablet? Yup iMovie really


comes to life on the iPad Pro.

Numerics on iPad Pro can display more information than ever and you can take snapshots of the
data and annotate it with drawings or writing using the Apple Pencil.

THE iPAD PRO is here! Were working


on our long-term, in-depth review of
Apples biggest, most capable tablet
yet, and well give you the verdict next
issue. But if you just couldnt wait and
have grabbed one already (or are about
to crack), heres a quick rundown of six
great apps that have been updated and
optimized for the big screen already.
Weve picked stuff that has real pro
value here, and we looked for apps that
have updated themselves to make the
most of the iPad Pros larger screen, or
which use the Pencil well.
There were more than we could fit
here at the time of writing, of course,
and more are arriving all the time.

Procreate
This awesome iPad
drawing app gets a
larger canvas and
Apple Pencil

support on the iPad


Pro, and its custom
drawing engine
works better than
ever for realisticlooking natural
media brushes.

The Pros vast screen makes using Photoshop


Fix a pleasure, and the Pencil makes it accurate.

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Evernote
Evernote has added
Split View support
for the iPad Pro
(and other iPads
that support it), but
more importantly,
you can now sketch
in your notes using
the Apple Pencil.

Numerics
This dashboard app
enables you to view
useful business
stats on your iPad,
and on iPad Pro you
can fit more panels
of information on
the screen at once,
and annotate it.

Photoshop Fix
This app can help
you tweak and
improve your

photos with a range


of cool tools, and
supports photos up
to 50 megapixels
on the iPad Pro.
Can be used with
the Pencil, too.

uMake
This amazing app
enables you sketch
3D models using
the Pencil it picks
up on perspective
as you draw, and so
connects 2D lines
into a 3D result. Its
kind of incredible.

iMovie
This uses the Pros
larger screen to
show you more
videos to import,
and, with the Pros
power, can support
three 4K tracks
when editing.

>GAME LOOP
Anyone can try their hand at game development
these days, but which Mac is the best choice?
BRIANNA WU takes you through the options

TS A GREAT time to be a game


developer if youre an Apple fan.
Theres never been more support
for game dev tools on the Mac. But,
when it comes to which machine to
buy, you may not need to drop 10
thousand dollars for a top-of-theline Mac Pro. Heres an overview of
which tools are best for which jobs.
RETINA MACBOOK PRO - When it
comes to general 3D work, a Retina
MacBook Pro is the best tool for most
people, especially students. It has
more than enough power to model
characters and geometry, animate
characters, and build materials for
3D worlds. The portability is a huge
plus for professionals.
More recent RMBP models have
superior battery life but are slower
for 3D work because of the integrated
GPU. A top-of-the-line early 2013
RMBP is significantly faster than the
latest 2015 RMBP for 3D work, so you
might want to look at used models if
youre on a budget.
There are several tasks the RMBP
isnt good at. A laptop cant disperse

More recent MBP


models have superior
battery life but are
slower for 3D work

heat as efficiently as a desktop. If you


render a lot of 3D footage, this isnt
the machine for you. Its also not
good for building 3D levels, which
is computationally expensive.
MACBOOK - Unless you strictly write
code, or work with Apples relatively
basic 3D tools in Xcode, this is
generally not a good machine for
3D game developers.
iMAC - The 5K Retina iMac is splitting
the difference between the raw
power of the Mac Pro and the ease
of a MacBook. If youre developing
3D games for iOS, this is an excellent
compromise. It will bake binaries
relatively quickly, and it will handle
general 3D work like a champ. The
iMac is the jack of all trades, but
master of none.
MAC PRO - Very few people in game
development need a Mac Pro. Yes, it
has a lot of CPU power, but only on
the expensive 8- and 12-core models.
Look at the benchmarks, and youll
see that the CPU power of the
entry-level Mac Pro is very middle
of the pack.
So what is the Mac Pro good at?
Simply put, its a graphical
powerhouse with screaming dual
GPUs. This makes it ideal for
specialties like zBrush, which paints
incredibly fine detail onto 3D models.

The Mac Pro is a beast, but you dont


necessarily need the latest version

Its also good for visual effects


artists, and physics simulations.
If youre building levels in 3D or
are a lighting artist, you absolutely
need a Mac Pro. However, because
these tasks emphasize CPU over
GPU, you can save a lot of money by
getting an older Mac Pro. According
to Geekbench, the second fastest Mac
available is the 2012 12-core Mac Pro,
which can be found for $2,000. Its
important to note Mac Pros earlier
than 2012 dont support Metal.
The bottom line is, there is no
best Mac for game development
so do your research!

>>> Brianna Wu is the head of development at Giant Spacekat, developer of Revolution 60 on iPhone and iPad,

and is a regular speaker at industry events, as well as host on the podcasts Isometric and Rocket.

maclife.com JAN 2016 17

>>> Start Feed your mind. Feast your eyes.

CRAVE
THE GEAR WERE LUSTING AFTER

Light L16
light.co
$1,700

>>> Every so often, a new company turns up with


plans to totally change the camera industry. Light
is the latest, and its camera features 16 lenses and
sensors, dotted around its flat front like eyes on
a LEGO spider. Theres a mixture of different lens
lengths, and when you take a photo, it uses several
of them, then combines the results to take a huge
(30 to 50 megapixels) image thats almost DSLR
quality, despite its small size. It can even massively
zoom in without a sticking-out lens. And, because
it captures so much information, you can do things
like adjust depth of field after youve shot.

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Dobot
dobot.cc
$899

>>> A robot arm in every home is Dobots slogan, and


if that doesnt say living in the future, we dont know
what does. Dobot is a precise robotic arm that can be
given any number of tools, such as paintbrushes and
3D printing pens, a pincer to pick things up, or it can
be used as a platform for a camera, even. Its really
flexible, and the possibilities are endless you could
use it to help you construct something thanks to its
precision, or have fun getting it to write out notes. Its
Arduino-based, so can be programmed from just about
anywhere it can be a really fun learning tool.

Devialet Silver Phantom


devialet.com
$2,390

>>> This is how you do multi-room audio. At least, it


is if youre rich as hell and want something that looks
as cool as it sounds. The Silver Phantom is wireless,
allowing you to use several in a room to fill it with audio
(though youd only need one it offers 360-degree
sound) or go multi-room. Devialet has put some of the
most advanced audio tech in the world into it, cutting
out distortion, vibration and background noise even
at crazy high volumes. And it sounds just amazing absolutely impeccable. As youd hope for over $2k

eora 3D
eora3d.com
$330

>>> The excitement has been building around 3D


printing for years, but now that its become affordable,
were seeing more attention being paid to the other
side of the coin: 3D scanning. This is one of the most
accurate options, using a green laser (which is more
precise but more expensive than other scanning
options) to scan small objects directly to your iPhone
it scans, and the 3D model becomes instantly
available to poke around with on-screen. The detail is
really impressive, and theres a Bluetooth turntable for
rotating objects for a full scan. It looks great too a
solid piece of aluminum, with a cradle for your phone.

maclife.com JAN 2016 19

>>> Start

$50 iTunes Card


How would you blow 50 bucks on music,
movies, books, TV shows, and apps?
BY MATT BOLTON

INSIDE OUT
Amy Poehler, Rashida
Jones, Bill Hader
$19.99
Set in the head of an 11-yearold girl, Inside Out is Pixar at
its finest mixing great gags
and fun ideas with some truly
thought-provoking moments
and crippling emotional
beats. The girl, Riley, has
recently had to move to a
new life with her family, and
is hating it, which upsets the
balance between the five
emotions that run the
Headquarters in her brain:
Joy, Fear, Anger, Sadness,
and Disgust. Joy goes from
being front and center to
slipping behind Sadness. But
when Joy and Sadness both
get lost outside of the control
room, in the deep recesses of
Rileys psyche and memory,
things get really weird

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AFTERMATH:
STAR WARS
Chuck Wendig
$13.99
This issue will be out right
around the day that Star
Wars: The Force Awakens is
released, so if your Force
frenzy is at its peak and you
crave more information
about the new Star Wars
world, grab this official novel,
detailing events following on
from Return of the Jedi
though its more about the
wider story than keeping up
with Luke, Leia and the rest.
When Rebel hero Wedge
Antilles is captured by the
remains of the Empire, a
group of reluctant rebels are
called into action help save
him but theres much more
going on, including some
power plays by a fascinating
new Imperial admiral.

THE ROOM THREE

LIMIT OF LOVE

Fireproof Games
$4.99

Boy & Bear


$9.99

The third game in probably


our favorite puzzle-game
series is here! The Room
games are all about
interacting with 3D objects
sometimes literal puzzle
boxes to crack their codes
and figure out how to access
the mysteries they hold. You
manipulate cogs, search for
hidden compartments and
secret tools, work out how
different things in a room
power or control each other,
and generally feel like a
genius when you crack the
obscure codes. Make sure
you play with the sound on
a lot of the fun comes from
how atmospheric it is, and
listening out for tell-tale
noises can be the key to
solving a tough puzzle!

This cool, rich album is a fun


mash-up of 70s slow, rolling
rock with early 00s indie
cool (but without the massive
insufferableness of the latter,
we swear). Lilting vocals,
swirling melodies, crackling
guitars and gently booming
drums make for an album
that fills your senses. Its not
about the stand-out hits
youll be adding to a party
playlist (though Walk the
Wire qualifies), but is a great
thing to just lose yourself in
on a gray afternoon.

TOTAL
SPEND

$48.96

>>> Feature

T H E C O M P L E T E G U I D E TO

iCloud
Flexible, friendly and free Apples online service is finally all
grown up. Heres how to get the most out of it on iOS and OS X
WORDS: NIK RAWLINSON ILLUSTRATION: PAUL BLACHFORD

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The complete guide to iCloud

iCloud binds the iPhone, iPad and


Mac, and with the advent of Apple
Watch it underpins many services
we usually take for granted

pples iCloud is one


of the simplest, best
value and most flexible
online services around.
Its more than just a space to
store your files; its a series of
apps, a robust communication
system and an ever-expanding
set of features that enhance our
daily lives as Mac and iOS users,
wherever we are in the world.
Getting here has seemed
a long, hard trek, though
Apples innovative eWorld
service lasted less than two
years, MobileMe was poorly
received, and iCloud, MobileMes
eventual replacement, didnt
seem to offer that much at
launch. But now its the thing
that binds the iPhone, iPad and
Mac together, and with the
advent of Apple Watch it

underpins a vast range of


under-the-hood services that
we barely even think about. Set
a reminder through Siri and its
sent over iCloud. Plan a route
in Maps on your Mac and iCloud
sends directions to your iPhone
and ultimately to your Watch.
Use Handoff to move work
between devices and your
iCloud account is instrumental
in authenticating which of those
nearby are owned by you. iCloud
also silently makes your iTunes
and App Store downloads
available on all your devices,
syncs your iBooks page turns,
and manages website accounts
in a keychain.
Over these pages well be
looking at every iCloud feature
in detail to help you get
the most out of them.

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>>> Feature

Setting up and restoring


Backing up is secure and pain-free, so theres no excuse for lost data
ACKING UP YOUR iOS device to iCloud
not only keeps your data safe, but also
lets you transfer it quickly and easily.
iOS backs up your data whenever your
device is plugged in, locked and
connected to Wi-Fi, so you can literally set it up and
forget about it until you need to restore your files.
Turn on iCloud Backup in Settings > iCloud >
Backup. When your device is next connected to a
power supply it will back up, but you can tap Back
Up Now to force it to do so right away.
iCloud backs up your purchase history from all
of Apples download stores (you can redownload
the purchases on demand), device settings, app
data, the layout of your Home screens, messages
(iMessage, SMS and MMS), ringtones, health data,

HomeKit configuration and, if your mobile network


supports it, your Visual Voicemail.
Things like email, contacts and calendars, which
are already stored online by iCloud features, are
omitted. They are restored simply by turning on
the relevant switches in Settings > iCloud. Data
from third-party cloud services is also excluded.
Your photos and videos are backed up only if you
havent turned on iCloud Photo Library (see p26).
The things included in backups eat into your
available storage. Thats just 5GB on iClouds free
plan, so you may need to upgrade to a paid plan in
Settings > iCloud > Storage, or exclude apps by
tapping Manage Storage, then the device youre
using, and turning off the switches for apps whose
data you dont want to back up from that device.

HOW TO | SET UP AND RESTORE WITH iCLOUD

RESTORE FROM iCLOUD


If youre in the habit of backing
up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, you
can reset your device and restore data
at a later date, which might resolve
problems. You can also use your backup
to transfer everything to a new device.
Tap through the set-up screens and when
you get to Set Up iPad (or iPhone), simply
tap Restore from iCloud Backup.
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SIGN IN TO iCLOUD
Your iOS device doesnt know who
you are yet, so enter your Apple ID and
password. These must be the same as the
ones you used on the device from which
the backup originates, or iOS wont be able
to find your stored data. Youre effectively
setting up iCloud on a new device (even if
its been used on it before) so youll need
to agree to the terms and conditions again.
2

RESTORE YOUR DATA


iCloud can store multiple backups,
allowing you to roll back devices to various
states. The setup process will show you
the most recent backup from each device,
but if you want to roll back further, tap
the link below the list to dig deeper. When
youve found the backup you want, tap
it and wait for the data to download from
Apples servers and install on your device.
3

The complete guide to iCloud

What else
can you do?
iCloud can do much more
than backup and restore

>>> YOU COULD describe iCloud as the hub of your


online life, and its fair to say that your Mac
and iOS devices would not be nearly as flexible
or useful without it.

Family Sharing
saves you
buying multiple
copies of media
and apps for
different family
members.

FIND MY Tracking services like Find My Friends


and Find My iPhone (the latter of which can also
locate a Mac, iPad or iPod touch) would be a security
risk if the data wasnt transferred securely. Thats
why its processed by Apples servers and only
available to those whom youve granted access.
Invitations and follow requests are sent from one
device to another via iCloud, and must be authorized
using an Apple ID to secure the system end to end.
To set up lost device tracking on iOS, go to
Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone (or iPad) and
ensure the switch is turned on. Optionally, also
enable the Send Last Location feature, which will
automatically upload the devices current position
shortly before its battery runs out, which may help
to track it down if it powers down after being lost.

To enable tracking on your Mac, open the iCloud


pane in System Preferences and check the box
beside Find My Mac. Your tracked devices appear
on a map in your iCloud account at icloud.com/find
(accessible on PC or Mac), and through the Find
My iPhone app for iOS.
FAMILY SHARING The ability to share your apps,
iBooks and iTunes purchases with five other people
in your family is a relatively recent addition to
iCloud. (You might find that content providers
have excluded certain items from this benefit,
or failed to update usage rights for older items.)
The Ask to Buy feature lets parents approve kids
attempts to buy content, which is paid for using
the family organizers credit card. Family Sharing
also gives you a means to share photos with each
other, and to coordinate using a shared calendar.
Once set up in iClouds settings, family members
can access each others purchases as well as their
own, using the store apps in iOS or the iTunes
Store on a computer. If youve bought mature
content, you can restrict access to it by setting up
age restrictions in iTunes > Preferences > Parental
(also do this in Settings > General > Restrictions
on an iOS device). This stops young uns
downloading inappropriate content. You can hide
items from the list using a Mac or iOS device, but
this hides them for you too. You can unhide them
in Account > View Account.
Also, Family Sharing is the only way kids under 13
can legitimately have their own Apple ID so long
as its set up by a parent or guardian.
BEST OF THE REST - You can access email,
calendars, the iWork apps and more from any PC or
Mac at icloud.com, and enjoy your iTunes purchases
on all your devices. The latter is particularly useful if
all your devices arent set to automatically download
all your purchases theyre shown in your iTunes
library and the Music and Videos apps on iOS, ready
to download. With an iTunes Match or Apple Music
subscription, even tracks from CDs and other music
stores will be accessible on every device.

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>>> Feature

iCloud Photo Library tips


Photos syncs all your images and your edits

HOTOS, WHICH started life on iOS and


is now on OS X, is Apples replacement
for iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac. It
automatically syncs your photo library to

iCloud, so every shot is available on all your devices.


Synchronize your iOS devices photo library by going
to Settings > iCloud > Photos. Make sure the switch
beside iCloud Photo Library is turned on and choose
whether to keep optimized versions on your iOS device,
or uncompressed full resolution originals. Either way,
the full quality originals are stored in iCloud.
To edit a photo, select it, then tap Edit. On iOS, as
well as cropping, applying a filter and automatically
enhancing your shot, you can tweak the color, light

FIND FACES FASTER


Photos lets you index your images
according to whos in them. Get started by
clicking Albums, followed by Faces. Youll
be shown a strip of faces it has already
found in your pictures (and likely some
false positives, such as pets and inanimate
objects). Apples instructions are to doubleclick one and type that persons name.
Doing this for every picture is tedious; you
can save time after youve named someone
once by dragging any suggestions of the
same person from the strip onto their circle
in the top part of the window. Theyll be
named automatically.
>

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and monochrome style. (OS X lets you do more,


as youll see in the tips on this page.) When you
edit an image, Photos tracks just your changes
and applies them on the fly. You can roll back to
the original at any time by editing again and choosing
Revert. Your changes are synced to iCloud and made
visible and revertible on any of your devices.
By default, your Mac user accounts System Photo
Library, which is the only one synced to iCloud, is
stored in your Pictures folder. If your startup disk
is low on space, you can move the library to another
drive and double-click it there to open it in Photos,
then click Use as System Photo Library in the
apps General preferences.

TAKE A BREAK
Setting up Photos
for the first time involves
passing a lot of data back
and forth. If your
connection is straining,
the process can be
suspended on a Mac in
Photos > Preferences >
iCloud by clicking Pause
for One Day. Resume it
in the same way.
>

The complete guide to iCloud

EDIT ON THE PAGE


When creating a photo book,
you can apply filters on the page
rather than tweaking the copies in
>

your library before you place them.


Drag them from the filmstrip onto
a page. Double-click that page to
enlarge it, then the image on the
page to edit it, apply a filter and
adjust its framing.

PRIVATE LIBRARIES
You can set up multiple discrete libraries
on your Mac, but only the System Photo Library
is synced to iCloud and your iOS devices. Use this
to your advantage to create a separate library of
images you want to keep only on your Mac by
holding Alt while opening Photos. This displays a
window from which you can choose the library that
the app opens. Here you can create a new library,
or import an iPhoto or Aperture library.
>

MORE FLEXIBLE EDITING


Access Photos full range of editing tools
by selecting an image and clicking Edit on the
toolbar, followed by Adjust in the sidebar. This
launches with only three options: tweaks for light,
color, and black and white. Add others by picking
them from the Add menu at the top right. Notice
the blue check mark that appears beside any
setting youve adjusted. You can click this to
toggle the effect off or on as a preview.
>

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>>> Feature

Set up an iCloud Keychain


Access website logins and bank cards on all your Apple devices

YOU MIGHT WANT to log in to the same


websites on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
or another Mac. iCloud Keychain saves
you entering the same login details.
It can remember credit or charge card details as well
but it wont store the security code. Your iCloud
keychain is protected with high-level 256-bit AES
encryption. With Keychain set up, the first time you
log in to a website from one of your devices, itll ask
whether to record your details. This isnt compulsory,
but if you allow details to be stored, theyre synced to
iCloud Keychain. From there, they are sent to your
other devices. When you visit one of those sites in
future, Safari automatically fills in the login form. All
you have to do is tap a button to submit your details.
When you set up iCloud Keychain, you can create
an iCloud Security Code, a four-digit code similar to
an iOS devices passcode, or you can have a more
complex code generated for you. The iCloud Security
Code is used to authorize additional devices to use
your iCloud Keychain.

QUICK LOOK
K E YC H A I N I N A C T I O N

recognizes when you log


in to a website and asks
permission to save the
details to your Keychain.

1 SET UP
Setting up iCloud
Keychain involves more
than just checking a box
in iClouds preferences.
Youll need to set a
security code, and
sync the Keychain to
additional devices.

3 BANK CARD DETAILS


Safari can store credit
card details, too. They
can later be modified
and removed in Safaris
preferences, under
AutoFill > Credit Cards >
Edit. Changing the card
number requires your Mac
user accounts password.

2 PERMISSION
iCloud Keychain depends
on Safaris AutoFill
feature. When both things
are turned on, Safari

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The complete guide to iCloud

H O W T O | A U T O M AT E YO U R
PA S S W O R D S W I T H i C L O U D K E YC H A I N

TURN THE KEY


Open > System Preferences and
click the iCloud icon. Well assume youre
already signed into your account. Scroll
down the list of features and turn on the
Keychain option, enter the password for
your Apple ID when asked for it, then
click the OK button.

SET A SECURITY CODE


Enter a four-digit security code,
or see step 3 for stronger options. If you
forget it, Keychain cant be set up without
resetting the online copy an existing
copy can be retained on your Mac to start
over, though. Enter a code, click Next,
then confirm it.

SET A STRONGER CODE


Alternatively, click Advanced to
set a more complex code that can contain
letters and symbols, or to have a
24-character code generated for you
youll probably want to write that one
down and keep it somewhere safe
because its hard to memorize.

RISKY SITUATION
Choosing to have no security code
doesnt make your account less secure,
but its troublesome if you have only one
device and that gets lost or becomes
inoperable. You wont be able to set up
Keychain on a replacement device and
will have to start over.

VERIFICATION CODES
Enter a cell number that can receive
SMS messages, then click Done. Keychain
is now checked in iClouds preferences.
Verification messages are sent only when
you try to enable Keychain on another
device, where youll be required to enter
a verification code from the SMS.

AUTOFILL IN SAFARI
In Safaris preferences, click AutoFill
and check User names and passwords.
When you log in to a website, Safari asks
whether to save your credentials to iCloud
Keychain. This isnt compulsory you
might want to exclude online banking
sites, for example.

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>>> Feature

Master iCloud Drive


Get to grips with iCloud Drive, Apples answer to Dropbox

PPLES iCLOUD DRIVE works with


iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite or later, plus
Windows 7 or later. You can also access
it through a browser at icloud.com/
iclouddrive. Your iCloud Drive storage space is counted
as part of your overall iCloud quota, so dropping large
files here as a backup reduces the amount of space you
have left for your photo library, email, iWork
documents and so on.

iCLOUD DRIVE IN OS X At present, OS X is the most


flexible system for working with iCloud Drive. By
default, Drive is accessible from the Finder sidebar.
Click it and you can navigate the application-specific
folders created by some iOS and Mac apps.
Delete files by dropping them in the Trash, and
upload them by dragging them onto Drive as you
would with other storage. You can create new folders
by pressing +n including subfolders within an
App Library. Opening a file launches the relevant
application on your Mac, just as it would for a
document thats stored locally.

iCloud Drive-enabled apps create


folders for files, but youre not
constrained to them in OS X
Yosemite and iOS 8.

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iCLOUD PRICING
You get 5GB of free
storage with an iCloud
account to share between
all its services, including
Mail, iCloud Drive, and
Photos. To upgrade in iOS,
go to Settings > iCloud >
Storage, tap Buy More

Storage (or Change


Storage Plan). On a Mac,
open System Preferences
> iCloud, click Manage
then Buy More Storage.
Monthly prices (recently
changed) are 99 for
50GB, $2.99 for 200GB,
and $9.99 for 1TB.

iCLOUD DRIVE IN iOS iOS 9 is more flexible than iOS 8


when it comes to accessing Drive. Developers now
have an option to show a dedicated iCloud Drive app
on the Home screen. The app displays a similar view
of iCloud Drive to the one shown in Finder on the Mac.
Free-form access to your files makes it easier to work
on a single project across multiple applications. For
example, you could start work in one image-editing
app to gain access to its extensive editing tools, save
the file to iCloud Drive, then use the iOS 9 iCloud Drive
app to send it to another app to apply a filter effect,
before publishing the picture online.
iCLOUD DRIVE ON THE WEB The web view of Drive is
similar to that of iOS and OS X. You can create new
folders and upload or download files, and you can move
items around by dragging and dropping onto folders.
To move them higher up in Drive, drag them onto a
folder name in the hierarchy thats shown across the
bottom of the window. To change a file or folder name,
click its icon then the i (top right), and type a new
name. Delete things by selecting them (select several
items by holding , like in Finder) and click the trash
can icon at the top of the page. You can also email files
by clicking the envelope icon, but you can only send
them from iCloud Mail, not a third-party service.

The complete guide to iCloud

HOW TO | USE DRIVE


ACROSS OS X & iOS

>>> STORING your work online means that


its available on any piece of hardware with
internet access you only need to sign in
to icloud.com using a compatible browser
(apple.co/1K7jWdz) and have an
app available that can open your files.
Make sure youve enabled iCloud Drive
on your devices. In iOS, go to Settings >
iCloud > iCloud Drive and ensure the
switch is on. On a Mac, go to System
Preferences > iCloud and check the box
beside iCloud Drive. Click Options to
choose which apps can store documents
and other data in Drive.
To control individual applications access
to iCloud Drive on iOS, go to Settings >
iCloud > iCloud Drive and use the switch
adjacent to an apps name.

USE HANDOFF
Handoff requires certain hardware
(apple.co/1I34axX), Bluetooth to be on,
and devices to be on the same Wi-Fi
network, signed into the same iCloud
account. In iOS, enable it in Settings >
General > Handoff & Suggested Apps. On
a Mac, go to System Preferences > General
and check the Allow Handoff box.
3

LOGICAL FILING
Many iOS apps default to showing
the contents of their dedicated folder. If
youre on a Mac and want to continue
working on an iPad, either save your file
to iCloud Drive by clicking iCloud Drive in
the sidebar and allowing the app to save
to its own folder, or move your file from
elsewhere to there.

FILES AND FOLDERS


Any iOS app that supports iCloud
Drive is coded so that it knows where to
look for compatible documents. As long
as its set up to use online storage, your
copied or saved file should appear in its
App Library or, if it uses iCloud Drive for
synchronization, update its contents to
reflect changes made on your Mac.

SHARE FROM iOS TO MAC


With Handoff enabled, your devices
will recognize when an app is in use on one
of your nearby devices. When using a Mac,
an apps icon will appear to the left of the
dock - hover over it for more information.
Click it to open the same app on your Mac,
together with the document or place that
was open on the other device.

SHARE FROM MAC TO iOS


Handoff works in both directions.
Swipe up from the app icon thats shown in
the bottom left of the Lock screen to open
the app, or open the app switcher on your
device by double-clicking the Home
button. The banner at the bottom names
the device and the app you can open data
from tap it to open the app.

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iCloud Drive tips & tricks


Get more out of iCloud Drive with these essential tips
ACCESS iCLOUD DRIVE
FROM ANYWHERE
In OS X, iCloud Drive resides within
Finders sidebar. If you dont see it,
enable it in Finders preferences in
>

USE iCLOUD TO SEND LARGE FILES


Mail in OS X will only send
attachments of less than 40MB, so if
you spend a lot of time uploading large
files to sharing services such as Dropbox,
and pasting links into your emails instead
of the files themselves, youll want to use
the Mail Drop feature (only found in
versions of Mail in OS X Yosemite and
later) to send attachments.
The first time you attach a large file
to a message, youll get a warning that
youve exceeded the maximum size. If
the file is an image you can slim it down
using the Image Size control in the
composition window, but this degrades
the images quality.
Rather than shrinking an image, ignore
the warning and click Send. Mail displays
options that include a Mail Drop button.
Click that and, as long as the attachment
is 5GB or less, it will be removed from the
message and uploaded to iCloud though
you wont actually see it in Drive because
its not stored there and doesnt count
against its storage limit. It will be
available to download for 30 days.
Although Mail Drop doesnt affect
your storage quota, it is subject to
a total 1TB limit in any 30-day period.
Apple mentions some other limits at
apple.co/1TD9fkw.
>

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the Sidebar. When Finder is the active


app, you can use a keyboard shortcut,
++i, to jump straight to the top
level of Drive. OS X apps that are built
to access Drive store their data in
dedicated folders by default, shown
at the top of the sidebar when saving
a file for the first time. If you want to
save in a different folder, check that
any iOS app youll use to open that
file can freely browse Drive, not just
its own folder.

MOVE FILES AROUND WHILE


THEYRE OPEN
Now that Apple has given us access to
the folders that make up our iCloud
Drive storage on OS X, at least
you can move work around freely in
Finder. However, theres another
way to do it while the file you want
to move is open perhaps because
you saved it in the wrong place. Open
the File menu of an iCloud-compliant
app and choose Move to, then
navigate to the folder where you want
to store the document. (You can also
do this by clicking the files name in
its title bar, where you can attach tags
without going to Finder.) You cant
manage files this way in iOS, but
youll often be able to send a file from
the app that created it to another that
can read it by tapping Share and
looking for Open in Another App.
>

The complete guide to iCloud

CONTROL THE FLOW OF DATA


If youre on a cell contract with a limited
data allowance, you need to keep an eye on which
of your apps use iCloud Drive. In Settings > iCloud
> iCloud Drive you can stop individual apps using
Drive altogether, but its better to scroll to the
bottom of the list and turn off Use Mobile Data to
restrict all apps to access Cloud Drive over Wi-Fi
only, which is usually unmetered, or at least more
generously provisioned. This is particularly useful
if youre roaming on a foreign network where
>

higher data charges and lower caps apply.


Remember, you can review how much mobile data
apps have used by scrolling down in Settings >
Mobile, and restrict them to Wi-Fi, though for
all communication, not just Drive.

SOS SAVE OUR SPACE


Its not only on an iOS device that you
might want to restrict the range of applications
that can access your iCloud Drive storage space
OS X offers the same options. Youll find them
in the iCloud pane of System Preferences. Click
Options beside iCloud Drive, and in the
Documents tab you can uncheck apps to block
their access. Note that this doesnt stop you
manually browsing to and saving documents
to iCloud Drive, but it stops apps saving other
data to it behind the scenes.
This might seem like a strange thing to do on
the Mac where you wont normally be connecting
over a mobile network, but two primary
considerations still apply here. First, in some
remote areas the only practical option for getting
online at a decent speed is satellite broadband
which, as with roaming abroad, often comes with
a lower data limit. Second, your iCloud Drive
space is limited, so you might want to stop
non-essential apps using it.
There is a third consideration, however, which
is to use an iPhone as a personal hotspot. In this
instance you almost certainly want to keep a
handle on how much data youre using.
>

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H O W T O | M I G R AT E F R O M
D RO P B OX TO i C LO U D

WHY MOVE?
iCloud accounts come bundled with
5GB of free storage more than twice as
much as Dropbox. In many cases its easier
to access files stored in iCloud on an
iPhone or iPad than it is with Dropbox, for
which you need to use the dedicated
Dropbox app, or alternatively a third-party
tool such as Readdles Documents.

TIDY THINGS UP
Its easy to clutter up Dropboxs
free-form filing system with old documents
that you dont need. Spend some time
going through your files and copying off
any you dont need to access remotely
anymore. The more you remove, the less
time the transfer will take and the less of
your limited iCloud storage youll use up.

DRAG AND DROP


Open two Finder windows and
position them side by side. Navigate to
your Dropbox folder in one and your iCloud
Drive in the other, then select the files you
want to move across and drag them from
Dropbox to iCloud. The initial transfer may
seem to complete quickly but it wont be
reflected on iCloud Drive right away.

FINALIZE YOUR FILING


Some (not all) iCloud-aware apps on
iOS can see no further than their own
dedicated folder. So youll need to check
how far you can browse iCloud Drive from
within your iOS apps; if they are limited in
this way, youll need to re-sort them into
the respective folders within iCloud Drive
for them to be visible in those apps.

UPGRADE YOUR ACCOUNT


One of the benefits of migrating
from Dropbox to iCloud Drive is that you
can take advantage of more upgrade
options. Both Dropbox and iCloud Drive
cost $9.99 per month for 1TB of space.
However, that is Dropboxs only upgrade
option, unlike iCloud Drive. Turn to p30 for
Apples pricing.

SHARE WITHOUT DROPBOX


Part of Dropboxs appeal is the ease
with which it lets you share files. It
integrates with Finder, so you can rightclick a file to share a link to the online
copy. iCloud Drive doesnt do this, but in
some apps such as Apples iWork suite
the Share menu lets you send a
passworded link to a file for collaboration.

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MASTER

MUSIC
Apples music streaming service
brings big changes to its Music and
iTunes apps. Alan Stonebridge helps
you make the most of them

PPLES MUSIC STREAMING service gives you


access to millions of songs by artists big and
small. For $9.99 a month, or $14.99 to allow
up to five other family members to use it
too, you can explore hundreds of years of musical
heritage and hear brand-new releases.
Weve focused the majority of our tips here on using
the iOS version, but much of this applies to iTunes 12.2
or later on the Mac too, though there are a few things
that are possible only on one or the other.
The service is about more than just giving you a
massive library of music to explore. It also includes the
Beats 1 internet radio station (which doesnt require a
subscription), genre-based radio stations (which do)
and the feature formerly known as iTunes Radio.
Theres a strong focus on discovering new music
both new releases and back catalog material that fits
your tastes. Apple Music tries to do this intelligently,
based on guidance from you when setting it up, explicit
feedback by marking things as loved, and your
listening habits. Apple Music also connects you to your
favorite artists in the same way you might follow them
on social networks. This doesnt require a subscription
except to add audio from their posts to your library.
Apple Music is very separate from the iTunes Store.
Youll need to type into a search bar to reach most of
whats in its library, yet you can add things to your
personal collection, where you can rate tracks, add
them to playlists, and download to play offline.
Youll spot a new heart icon in Music and iTunes,
and on your iOS devices Lock screen and Control
Center. Its crucial to getting the most out of the Apple
Music when it comes to listening recommendations.

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> Browse your music


1. The views of your music
that used to be in the
bottom bar are now
consolidated in My Music.
2. This row saves you
scrolling to or searching
for things youve just added
to your music library.
3. You can tap on a heading
that shows a chevron next
to it to see more items.
4. Tap here to reorganize
your music. (Sort your
albums by title or artist
in Settings > Music.)

5. Switch between your


whole music library and
playlists. Playlists move to
the bottom bar if you turn
off Apple Music.
6. You can search your
library or Apple Musics
online collection.
7. Where you tap on an item
matters. Large art shows an
explicit play button, yet
tapping elsewhere on it
shows a track list. In the
rows below, art is a play
button, the rest of a row
shows a track list.

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3
4

> Control playback

> Do things with your music

1. Tapping a track name


plays it. If its stored in the
cloud, its streamed to your
device and cached until
your device needs the
space for something else.

downloaded to play offline.


The best place to manage
them is in Settings > General
> Usage > Manage Storage >
Music. Cached items arent
shown there.

1. You can tell the app to


play a song immediately
after the current one, or
add it to the playback
queue, called Up Next.

2. Tap the More Options


button () to bring up a
menu with many extra
features and options see
the next image for more
details on what you can do
with this.

4. The Mini Player shows


whats currently playing.
You can pause and resume
playback here, or tap the
More Options () button
to do something with the
track. Tap the name to
open the Now Playing
view; its heart button
tells Apple that you love
the track (see page 41).

3. This triangle with a


device icon in it identifies
tracks that have been

2. Tailored stations can be


started from tracks, albums
or artists. They play music
from Apples library, and
theyre good for hearing
new things that suit your
mood. Tap this to start one.
3. A track can be used to
start a Genius Playlist of
music of a similar vibe
from your own library.

4. If youre going
somewhere youll lose your
internet connection and
theres an album or track
you really want to listen to,
you can save it to your
device to play when offline.
5. You can share a link to
an album or track to social
networks and by methods
such as email and AirDrop.
6. You can add items
to existing playlists, but
youll first need to go to
the Playlists view if you
want to start a new one.

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Get started
It takes just a few minutes to sign up
and start listening to millions of tracks
HEN YOU FIRST open the Music app on iOS
or iTunes 12.2 on your Mac, youll be invited
to enrol in a three-month trial of Apple
Music. This requires that the Apple ID you
use to sign into the iTunes Store needs a credit card
assigned, rather than just having credit from iTunes
gift cards, so that Apple has a means to take payment
for the monthly subscription past that trial period. You
dont have to take up an Apple Music subscription to
keep using iTunes on your Mac or the Music app on
iOS devices to play iTunes Store purchases and music
bought elsewhere, and you can hide almost all the new
features see page 44. If you later decide to try it out,
you can make Apple Music visible in your apps and then
go to the For You page to start your trial from there.

If you have a subscription to iTunes Match or were


planning to sign up to it to make your music collection,
including tracks not bought from the iTunes Store,
available to download from all your devices Apple
continues to offer that service. Its functionality is also
part of Apple Music, so if you decide the extra features
of the newer service are worth the total annual cost
being more than five times as expensive, you should
check and consider turning off automatic renewal of
Match before the end of your current subscription
period do that in the same place as you manage your
Apple Music subscription (see page 43).
If its Apple Music that youre uncertain about
subscribing to, again see page 43 for how to avoid
automatically paying for it after your trial period.

How to | Set up Apple Music on a Mac

CHOOSE YOUR PLAN


iTunes will prompt you about a threemonth Apple Music trial. If you dont accept
right away, click For You at the top of the
Music view later on. Otherwise, click the
button that starts the sign-up process, then
choose individual or a family membership
(the latter requires Family Sharing see
apple.co/1gJBFLJ for details).

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ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT
Youll be asked to accept Apples latest
terms and conditions and confirm purchase
of a membership plan because signing up
for the trial automatically enables recurring
payment at the end of it. If your Apple ID is
part of a family and you arent its organizer,
youll be asked to accept that an Ask to Buy
request will be sent to them.

SAY WHAT YOU LIKE


Click once on the circles of genres
you like, twice on those you love, or put the
pointer over those you dislike and click the
cross that appears. Your choices influence
the artists suggested when you click Next.
Repeat the process, clicking More Artists if
necessary. You only need to identify three
you like, after which you can click Done.

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> Playlists
Now you can make playlists even more
personal, and listen to curated collections

> iTunes Match


>>> Apple Music includes the
capabilities of iTunes Match, making
tracks in the iTunes library on your Mac
available to stream to your devices no
matter where the tracks came from. It
does this by matching tracks to those
available in Apples library, and
uploading any it cant match to your
iCloud Music Library. All of those tracks
are then available to play on all your
devices, but theres still a 25,000-track
limit on the latter type. Eddy Cue,
Apples Senior Vice President of
Internet Software and Services, did
say that Apple was working to increase
this number to 100,000 tracks by the
launch of iOS 9, but its hoped this may
now happen by the end of the year. If
you already subscribe to Match, theres
currently no rebate on the duplicate
functionality in your Apple Music sub.

CUSTOM ARTWORK
When you create a playlist (either on
iOS or in iTunes on a Mac), there are
a couple of new personalizations you
can make besides its name. If youre
going to share the playlist, you might
want to fill out a description for
others to read. Tap the camera on
the artwork placeholder to add your
own artwork either by taking a new
photo, or by picking artwork youve
already stored in the Photos app.
SHARE A PLAYLIST
You can share a link to a playlist
on social networks or privately
by tapping the More Options button
next to a playlist in the master list
of them, or the Share icon if youve
already tapped through to see ones
contents. When you choose Share
Playlist, the preview will include
your assigned artwork, but Facebook
currently just displays Connecting
to the iTunes Store, so its wise to
replace the status update the app
provides to explain to people what
the link will take them to.
RECENTLY ADDED
Just like the My Music view, theres
a shortcut to recently added playlists
your own and those curated by
Apple Musics staff (in the For You
page). To save an Apple Music playlist
from the For You page so its easily
accessible here in future, tap the
More Options button above the
playlists description and choose
Add to My Music.

PLAYLIST MANAGEMENT
You can create folders to organize
your playlists using iTunes on a Mac
or a PC; the Edit button above the
list of them on iOS just lets you
delete things, but with iCloud Music
Library turned on, effort from your
Mac is synced to your iOS devices.
(You still cant make Smart Playlists
on iOS either.)
FILTER YOUR PLAYLISTS
By default, both your playlists
and those created by Apple Musics
staff to which youve subscribed
are shown. Though you cant file
them in folders on iOS, tapping
All Playlists above the list trims
whats shown to just the type you
want to search through.

Curated playlists
are a major
aspect of Apple
Music, and you
can get in on the
act by sharing
yours complete
with custom
artwork and
descriptions.

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Connect
Keep up with your favorite artists
in the studio and on the road
CHOOSE WHOSE UPDATES YOU SEE
As well as the artists you identified when setting up
Apple Music, the app will have followed artists whose
music youve previously bought from the iTunes Store
on your behalf even if you purchased just one track.
Youll probably want to review that list to unfollow
artists you dont really care much about; tap the
silhouette-like account icon (top left corner), then
Following. To follow only artists you manually choose
to, turn off the Automatically Follow Artists (top of the
page). Below that, you can amend the list of people
youre following, or tap Find More Artists & Curators
to add from an ever-growing list of people.
READ ARTISTS UPDATES
Artists can post photos, videos and songs to Connect.
This might be stuff thats available to stream using
your Apple Music subscription (or to buy from the
iTunes Store), yet artists can also post demos and
unreleased tracks. An Apple Music subscription
enables you to save music to your library so that you
dont have to find it again in Connect. Artists can also
link to playlists, which you can also add to your library.
INTERACTING WITH ARTISTS
Below each post are three icons. The heart expresses
to the artist that you like their update. Tap the speech
bubble to give personalized feedback, and to read other
peoples. Third is iOSs familiar Share icon, from which
you can post a link to the update to social networks or
send it privately. If you see an objectionable comment,
swipe left on it to report it to Apples moderators.
Similarly, issues with content and playback can be
reported by tapping Report a Concern.
RESERVE A USERNAME
Every comment shows a persons name and,
optionally, a unique, Twitter-style nickname. Set these
by tapping the account icon (top left corner), tap Edit,
then tap the corresponding rows. You can also add a
profile picture (this is currently not shown next to
comments, but may change in future). Your name
is also shown on playlists you share.

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Connect might get


crowded if you follow
many artists. Tap an
artists name to see just
their posts. To see if
someone not shown
has posted, tap the
magnifying glass, type
their name, tap them in
the results and see if a
Connect tab is shown.

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New and
For You

1
3
2

Discover a mix of new artists


and music you might have
overlooked in the past
HE NEW AND For You pages are key to
discovering new music. The former
shows new releases, much like the
front page of the iTunes Store and is
worth checking if you rarely visit the store after
subscribing to Apple Music. However, bear in
mind that not everything thats sold in the
iTunes Store is available in the Apple Music
library.) The New page has numerous categories,
some of which are persistently featured, while
others are timed to major events in the music
industry calendar. It works well as a summary,
but with so much scrolling and tapping and no
guarantee youll find anything you like, this can
feel like a lot of work, so you might not want to
give up on any music journals or websites that
you currently turn to for insight however, you
can tap the Curator Playlists banner to find
collections from well-known music publications.

A PERSONALIZED TOUCH
The For You page should more quickly guide you
to suitable sounds, old and new, because its
contents evolve in response to information you
feed back to Apple. It draws on what youve said
you love (by tapping the heart icon next to a
track, album or one of Apples playlists) and by
what you listen to. The page suggests albums and
curated playlists, such as introductions to artists,
but doesnt cross-reference the former with
what you own; some of the Mac|Life team have
found we already own as many as half of its
album suggestions. You can provide negative
feedback to influence future recommendations
by holding your finger on an item and choosing
I Dont Like This Suggestion. This works for
albums and playlists on iPhone, but strangely
only for albums on iPad and the capability is
missing entirely on the Mac at present.

> Explore new releases


1. The New page defaults to
showing music of all kinds.
You can narrow it to suit your
tastes, or just what youre
looking for right now, by
tapping All Genres (top) and
picking a more specific type.
The list of genres, like the one
in the iTunes Store, lacks some
categories, such as easy
listening and indie rock Try
the New Artists genre if you
want to experiment.
2. The page includes a mix of
items, including individual
tracks and hot albums. Scroll
down and youll find banners
that take you to special
playlists containing what
Apples music editors are into,

music suitable for activities


such as driving or exercising,
and from music publications.
3. Use the chevrons next to
some category headings to
discover more.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the
page to find A-Lists, which
gather notable tracks from
various genres. Apples
descriptions for them suggest
theyre compiled from tracks
released in the current week,
but we found Taylor Swifts
Shake It Off and other tracks
released from longer ago,
suggesting A-Lists might be
a good way to catch up on
whats popular.

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Beats 1
and Radio
Apple is now a broadcaster thanks to
its worldwide internet radio station

HE CENTERPIECE of Apple Musics radio


features is Beats 1, a radio station that
broadcasts exclusively over the internet. If
it doesnt suit your mood, you can listen to
genre-based stations that play continuous mixes, or
identify a sound you like to hear a personalized station.

WORLDWIDE, ALWAYS ON Beats 1 is the top item on the


Radio page. Press the Listen Now button or, on iOS, tap
any part of the banner to find out whats playing right
now, over the next few hours, and to read about regular
shows. At the top of that page, tap Complete Schedule
and youll be taken out to applemusic.tumblr.com. Scroll
past the station anchors and other details and youll find
a listing of forthcoming guest presenters.
REQUEST SONGS You can try to influence what Beats 1
plays by requesting a song pick up the phone and call
into an automated system that records your name,
location and the song you want to hear. Check out
applemusic.tumblr.com/requests for details.

At the top of the


Radio page on iOS,
tap the link that
says Complete
Schedule or go to
applemusic.tumblr.
com on a Mac.
Near the bottom of
the page youll see
a line-up of guests
wholl host
upcoming shows
on Beats 1.

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PLAYLIST HISTORY Scroll down the Beats 1 page in


iOSs Music app to find featured shows. (This is currently
missing from iTunes on the Mac.) Tap a show and youll
be shown a list of previous episodes; theyre labeled
as playlists because you cant listen to the whole show
with presenter commentary, but you can see what the
presenter played and add an entire playlist or individual
tracks you discover to your music library. Tap the Connect
tab at the top of a presenters page to see what theyve
posted, and tap the Follow button to follow them.
THEMED STATIONS Further down the Radio page youll
find a selection of themed and genre-oriented stations
that play continuous mixes. When listening to these
stations or Beats 1, remember that you can send feedback
to Apple about tracks; use the heart icon in the Now

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Playing view (on iOS) or at the top right of iTunes status area,
or use the More Options button if you want to add a track to
your music library without it influencing your future
suggestions. Weve found it useful to create a playlist called
Music from Beats 1 and add individual tracks to it. It adds
them to your library, but also acts as a single list if you want
to find and remove them later. To do so, open the playlist in
iTunes on your Mac, select some tracks in it, then press
Alt+ and confirm their deletion not just from the playlist,
but from your library and all devices theyre stored on.
MAKE YOUR OWN STATION Use the More Options button
next to an item, or in iOSs Mini Player or iTunes status area
(when you place the pointer over it) and youll find an option
to start a station. (iTunes provides two options: New Station
from Artist and New Station from Song). This uses that song
as the basis for a station that plays other tunes which Apples
analysis of peoples listening habits suggests will go well with
your choice. When listening to a personalized station,
interacting with the star icon reveals actions you can take,
such as adding to your Wish List or seeing whats Up Next.

How to | Create a personalized station

STARTING POINT
Find an item to use as the
starting point for your station.
It can be an artist, an album or
an individual track. Tap More
Options () and tap the button
that looks like broadcasting
circles. When you play a station
its added to Recently Played
near the top of the Radio page.
Tap that heading to revisit
stations youve played before.

> End your subscription


Youre not tied in, but you
will need to opt out
hen you sign up for a free three-month
trial of Apple Music, it is set to convert to
a rolling monthly subscription after that period.
You dont have to accept this, yet you can still
continue the trial period.
To cancel automatic renewal on iOS, go to
Settings > iTunes & App Store, tap the top row
(which shows your Apple ID) and choose View
Apple ID. In iTunes on your Mac, click your
name near the top right corner of the window
and choose Account Info. Enter the password
for your Apple ID. On the next page, look for
Subscriptions and choose Manage next to it.
On iOS, tap the row that mentions your Apple
Music membership, or click Edit to the right-hand
side of it on a Mac, and then turn off Automatic
Renewal. In the same place, you can switch your
subscription between being for you as an
individual or for your family.
Note Apples warning on this page that
canceling your subscription will take effect
immediately. For a summary of what youll
lose, check Apples overview.

GIVE FEEDBACK
Accessing the Up Next list
while a personalized station
is playing doesnt show much
in the way of upcoming tracks.
Thats because you can influence
future selections at any time
using the star button. The heart
button only tells Apple you love
something; the star enables
you to give feedback about
any track your station plays.

If youre uncertain about Apple Music, you might want to


turn off automatic renewal until you decide.

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Ask Siri...
Voice control is a convenient way
to work with Apple Music
OUCHSCREENS ARE certainly a nice way to
browse a large music collection, but there
are times when youll want to react to
whats playing without having to pull your
iPhone out of your pocket. You might want to tell the
Music app that you love a track thats playing on Beats
1 or, in the case of personalized stations, that you want
to hear more or less stuff like the current track. Siri
makes this possible.
Just tell Siri you love a track. When youre listening
to playlists and stations curated by Apple Musics staff,
you might not even know what a track is or who its by.
Just ask Siri what it is. If you thoroughly dislike a track,
or just dont want to hear it right now, you can tell Siri
to skip it. Conversely, you can tell it to add a track you

> What if I dont want Apple Music?


Apple Music has a lot to offer, but it might
not be to everyones tastes
ou can hide the majority
of Apple Musics features.
First of all, go to Settings > Music
on iOS, or iTunes > Preferences >
General on a Mac. Turn off Show
Apple Music here to hide the New
and For You pages. This also
moves playlists to the bottom
bar on iOS, rather than them
being tucked into a tab within
the My Music page.
Connect is disabled separately
because you might still want to
see artists updates. If not, go to
Settings > General > Restrictions
on iOS and turn off Apple Music

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Connect, or iTunes > Preferences


> Parental on a Mac and disable
the feature there.
Youre still left with the Radio
tab because you can listen to
Beats 1 even if you dont have
an Apple Music subscription.
However, the other radio
features other curated
stations and the ability to
create personalized stations
using an artist or a track as
an indication of what you want
to hear require a subscription
in most countries (see more at
apple.co/1GstJTP).

like to your library (remember to use this instruction


instead of marking a track as loved if you dont want it
to influence whats shown on the For You page.) You
can even tell Siri to play hits from a specific year, and
dont forget general commands, such as adding an
extra instruction to shuffle playback.

 

 



  

>>> Feature

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Monitor Mac activity

Monitor your
Macs activity
The best utilities to keep an eye on
things and help when things go wrong
BY CRAIG GRANNELL

CHANCES ARE, IF you took your Mac out of the


box when you got it home, powered it up, and
then never installed anything on it and never
went online, things would rarely go wrong. Also,
youd probably be very bored. But once you add anything
on top of vanilla OS X, the potential for problems rapidly
increases. Software can clash with the operating system or
other software, websites and apps can cause network issues,
disk space can run out, and processes can run riot, causing
your Macs fans to get hyperactive. Furthermore, hardware
can and does if rarely fail. So what were saying is that
your Mac, like any computer, is essentially a sleekly designed
and very stylish time bomb, waiting for the day when itll
quietly detonate, not so much with a bang, but with a yeah,
not feeling so hot today sorry.
If youre quietly panicking, dont. Most problems can be
fixed, and we provide ideas about how to do so later in this
feature. On top of that, issues can be headed off at the pass.
Rather than reacting to problems after theyve occurred
frantically trashing files if you abruptly run out of disk space;
realizing you have precisely no charged batteries when your

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Once you add


anything on top
of vanilla OS X,
the potential for
problems increases
mouse, trackpad and keyboard conspire against
you by simultaneously stating theyre out of juice
its smarter and more efficient to get some
advance warning. What you need is monitoring
tools which lurk in the background, patiently
probing your Mac, and enabling you to poke
around facts, figures and data as you see fit.

Activity Monitor is
useful for quickly
finding out when
an app or process
is causing CPU or
memory issues.

BUILT-IN TOOLS

Apple bundles some useful tools with your Mac.


Visit the Network and Bluetooth panes in System
Preferences. Each has an optional menu bar extra

that can be activated, enabling you to check on


the status of the relevant type of connectivity.
With Bluetooth, youll see a battery indicator if
one of your connected accessories is running low
on power, giving you ample time to find new
batteries or charge it. Clicking the menu extra
lists the devices, and clearly shows which one
needs attention; dipping into the sub-menus
details charge levels. As for the Wi-Fi menu extra,
it provides a straightforward visual indication of
when your network connection is flaky. Once
connected, it should remain a solid black. If it
keeps flicking to gray and back, and youre in a
place where the network connection should be
solid, you might need to think about running
some diagnostic checks. (Note that should you
quickly need additional details about your current
network settings, Alt-click the Wi-Fi menu extra.
The information in the menu will then be rather
more involved.)
Plenty of third-party tools exist for similar and
additional scenarios. Some are quite specialized.
TG Pro ($15, tunabellysoftware.com) monitors
temperatures in your Mac (the TG stands for
Temperature Gauge), finds faulty sensors and
gives you the option to control fan speeds. If
youd prefer a free alternative, consider Macs Fan
Control (crystalidea.com).
Generally, we dont recommend messing
with Apples default fan settings, but its worth
having the option in mind if your Macs getting
particularly hot, and you need to be able to do
something about it if youve got days to wait
for a Genius Bar appointment.

SYSTEM MONITORING

Elsewhere, the best utilities tend to be modular


bundles that perform various tasks. Monity
($4.99, Mac App Store) is an affordable utility
designed to monitor CPU usage, network activity,
batteries, and disk usage that enables you to see
stats in Notification Center at any time.
Our favorite product of this kind is iStat Menus
($18, bjango.com). This comes in the form of an
app thats essentially a range of settings that
control a bunch of icons that reside on the right
side of the menu bar. These icons are highly

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QUICK LOOK | iSTAT MENUS

3
1
2

MAIN
WINDOW
The apps main
window is used
to explore and
adjust setup
options. Select
General or a
module from the
sidebar to start.

configurable in terms of appearance, but mostly


take the form of tiny graphs. You get more than
ample warning about the capacity of your Macs
storage, given that the relevant bar increases in
size over a matter of months. Things like CPU,
memory and network statuses are perhaps more
useful in an immediate sense. If one of those
things starts going haywire, you might be able to
respond appropriately before problems occur.
When issues do strike, you need to figure out
whats happening before working on a plan of
attack. Common issues with Macs include sudden
sluggishness and/or unresponsiveness, network
connectivity slowdowns or dropouts, and a lack
of on-board storage. Sometimes, youll find one
problem leads to another. For example, if your
Mac has essentially no free space remaining on
the volume where OS X is installed, apps will find
it much harder to function, which can result in
slowdowns and responsiveness problems. But if

MENU BAR
EXTRAS
All items checked in
the apps sidebar
will be displayed in
the menu bar as
graphs or stats that
periodically update.

FINER
DETAILS
Click a menu item
for details. In many

places, you can


hover the pointer
over the basic info
to see more.

MODULE
SETTINGS
Each module has
its own options.
Typically, you can
drag items between
the active and
inactive areas, and
set which sensor
output is shown
in the menu bar.

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your cursors jerking about or it feels like youre


wading through digital quicksand with every step,
that doesnt necessarily mean that low storage
space is the problem.

FIXING YOUR MAC

A good first step is to check in Apples own


Activity Monitor tool, which youll find in
/Applications/Utilities. Here, you can click the
tabs to peruse resource usage on your Mac in
terms of CPU, memory, energy, disk and network.
Sometimes, an app will get stuck, and youll see
the CPU load graph maxed out. Similarly, your
Mac may run out of memory, causing the memory
pressure graph to look like a solid red block.
Under these circumstances, sort the processes
by clicking the % CPU or Memory column
headings, respectively. If an app is taking up an
unreasonable amount of CPU, leave it for a bit
to see if it can complete its task. If that doesnt
work, select the app in the list, click the cross
button (top left), and then choose Force Quit.
Note that red items are unresponsive, and are
often the cause of problems; youll often see this
with tabs in Safari (helpfully listed by URL), due

Rather than reacting


to problems after
theyve occurred, its
smarter to get some
advance warning
to misbehaving websites. If one regularly eats up
large amounts of CPU or RAM, try to avoid that
site. Similarly, if you find an app often taking
huge chunks of memory over and above anything
sensible, it might have a memory leak, so check
for an update or, failing that, an alternative.
Network problems are typically harder to nail
down. Little Snitch (from 29.95 around $32,
obdev.at) can help weed out errant apps, through
intercepting their communications with servers
and analyzing your bandwidth. Its quite an
involved app, but its detailed display is relatively
easy to get to grips with, and powerful rules
provide the means to enforce certain conditions
under specific circumstances.

GETTING SPACE BACK

TG Pro monitors
temperature in
Mac components,
and it can adjust
fan speeds.

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Storage space is simpler to deal with. DaisyDisk


($9.99, daisydiskapp.com) or GrandPerspective
(free, grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net) help
analyze your user folder or entire Mac, quickly
spotting large files that you can choose to trash.
Alternatively, Disk Doctor ($2.99, fiplab.com)
will automatically trawl your Mac for large files
for potential disposal, while Duplicate Zapper
(99, intego.com) will restrict itself to duplicates.
In all cases, take care while using such apps.
When in doubt, back up first, and only trash
items you definitely arent going to need in the
future. Its also worth considering monitoring
specific folders. You can use rules in Hazel ($29,
noodlesoft.com) to keep an eye on the likes of
your Downloads folder, filing content by type
or date, and periodically emptying the trash,
to free up precious space.

Monitor Mac activity

HOW TO | SCAN YOUR MAC FOR HUGE FILES

Scan a drive or folder

In GrandPerspective, go to File > Scan Folder


and select a folder for the app to scan. It makes sense
to scan widely rather than select something specific.
Therefore, either scan your user folder, or select the
top level of your Macs internal drive. Click Scan and
GrandPerspective will search. The app has to trawl
through every file and folder within the one you
selected, so this can take a while, especially on older
Macs. You can still use your Mac, and you can cancel
the scan if its slowing things down too much.

Get more information

Narrow the window and click Drawer to access


information. Info gives an overview; Focus goes into
detail, including dates when it was created, modified,
and last accessed. Use the toolbar buttons to change
view. The + and buttons zoom in/out of the folder(s),
and the Focus buttons broaden/narrow your selection.
For example, you can select an item in Downloads, and
then use Focus to check the size of the entire folder.
(If a containing folder is small, so too will be any file
within, even if it takes up most of the folder.)

Inspect the scan results

Your drives contents are represented by


rectangles. The larger rectangles represent bigger
files; items within the same folders are shown within
a larger containing rectangle. For example, Downloads
and Documents folders will be found within one
specific area of the representation of your Macs drive,
rather than the various files within them being spread
randomly. Select an item and youll see its size and
filename in the status bar at the bottom of the window,
and its parent folder will also be highlighted.

Find, delete and filter files

You can delete items directly by selecting them


and clicking Delete, but only if Enable deletion of in
the apps preferences is set to something other than
Nothing. Only delete files or folders where you know
their function and that you wont need again (or have
a copy). Alternatively, you can right-click to reveal or
open the item in Finder. Should you want to narrow
subsequent searches to specific file types, explore
GrandPerspective > Filters; set up rules and then
use File > Filtered Scan.

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APP LIFE
THIS MONTHS MOST INTERESTING iPHONE & iPAD APPS

MovieSpirit
Is this the perfect step up from iMovie?
$6.99 Developer Jacky Wu, ios.verytools.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 7 or later

With multiple
video tracks, its
easy to create
layered edits.

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Oh, MovieSpirit we
were so ready to love
you. Your promise of
solid multi-track
video editing on iOS, with lots
of great features that iMovie is
missing, is exactly what we want.
But while MovieSpirit hits so
many of the right beats in
theory, it just isnt quite there.

Multi-track video editing


is how most mid-to-high level
editing programs work,
effectively enabling you to put
videos on layers except those
layers can contain video, photos,
text, or even soundtracks and
sound effects. Apples iMovie
has very limited support for
layering videos, but MovieSpirit
is totally on board with it. We
used up to 10, which is more
than enough for 99% of even
tougher projects. You can add
different media types really
easily, including a limited
selection of built-in sound
effects, plus anything stored
in the Music app (excluding
Apple Music downloads).
When you add media, youll
immediately see a mini editing
menu, for actions such as
trimming a clips length, altering
its volume, changing its speed,
adding filters, cropping or
resizing it, and much more.
The app in general can be fiddly
to use at times, but these tools
are easy enough, and theres a
help button on each for anything
thats unclear. There are plenty
of transitions to use between
scenes, and even tools for
creating keyframed motion.

MovieSpirit has a solid range of


transitions, with previews.

But its the little things that


let it down. Some examples:
when you move a clip, you dont
get a preview of the frame youre
moving it to. You can move the
playhead first, but theres no
snapping, and its all quite
imprecise. Theres an Undo, but
no Redo. The speed tools dont
include a reverse, and dont give
exact speeds. iCloud-stored
videos dont appear in its video
picker (as they do in other apps).
Audio can be tweaked on single
clips, but not globally, and
theres no audio level meter for
visual monitoring. And it cant
do a live preview of projects with
more than two tracks, even on
the highest-end iPad Air 2.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A featurepacked multi-track video editor,
but not the most finely finished
one. MATT BOLTON

MOVIESPIRIT
Multi-track video editing!
Lots of useful video-tweaking features
Interface can be small and awkward
Just too many little things missing
OKAY

Tough testing, trusted ratings

Gallery Doctor
A fix for trigger-happy photographers
$2.99 Developer Flayvr Media, gallerydoctor.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later

The better the iPhones


camera, the more it gets
used. And not meaning to
be unkind not every picture
you take is Pulitzer-worthy. Gallery Doctor
offers to perform miracles: going through
your Photo Library and automatically
picking out shots you should get rid of.
Scanning our test library, comprising
several years worth of photography, took
a while. Things wrapped up after about
10 minutes, so being connected to a charger
is a good idea. The scan takes in both local
photos and those on iCloud.
Photos are split into Bad, Similar,
and For Review. Bad was pretty effective

at finding blurry shots or those with large


areas of shadow (likely underexposed).
Getting rid of bad photos takes a single tap,
with an info bar at the bottom of the screen
showing how much space will be freed up.
Some pics are worth keeping however,
despite their technical deficiencies, so wed
tread cautiously with the mass deletions.
Similar groups images that look the
same, and allows you to erase the whole lot
or save individuals. It also attempts to pick
the best photo. Theres an irritation here:
the only way to view said photo fullscreen
is to tap and hold your finger on the screen,
thereby obscuring part of the shot. Finally,
photos for review are those Gallery Doctor

After a lengthy scan process, Gallery Doctor


recommends images for deletion.

cant make up its mind about. This produces


a screen prompting irresistible comparisons
with Tinder: swipe right to save images or
left to delete.
THE BOTTOM LINE. An effective way
of trimming unwanted photos just
be careful not to mistakenly delete photos
you mean to keep! DAVE STEVENSON
SOLID

Lucid
An app for improving portraits sometimes too far
$2.99 Developer Athentech Imaging, hellolucid.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later

Lets be honest: its 2015,


selfies are definitely A Thing,
and a lot of us like to look our
best in them. So how about
a little digital assistance? Lucid is a photoediting app thats designed to keep things
swift and simple, yet offers depth should
you want to tinker.
You start by picking a photo to edit.
There are a handful of presets, the most
appealing/controversial of which is
beautify, which takes portraits and gives
them an instant touch-up. At its best, it
made us look how wed hope to on a good
day while wearing well-applied makeup;
at its worst, we looked slightly unreal, as

if wed literally been airbrushed. There


are also presets to reduce noise or colorcorrect, which are more useful for
landscape shots.
If youd rather edit your photos manually,
you can tweak a plethora of settings, from
practical options such as depth and
vibrancy, through to more vanity-focused
options such as teeth-whitening and skin
smoothness. Perhaps the most alarming
is the facial contouring option, which can
be applied in degrees that take you from
A day or two off the McDonalds all the
way up to Has become an actual alien.
With parameters such as this, its hard
not to feel a little queasy especially as

Enhance, enlarge, contour, remove and you


thought taking a selfie was easy these days.

this clearly isnt intended as a comedy hall


of mirrors effect but at its more subtle,
its hard to deny the allure of a quick fix for
your photos.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Easy and accessible
photo editing that lets you adjust the
minutiae of selfies to your hearts content.
EMMA DAVIES
GOOD

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Get your progeny on their feet


and starring in their very own
superhero comic.

Seedling Comic Studio


Free comic creator to the rescue!
FREE Developer Seedling USA, seedling.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later

Using it on the
iPhone can be
awkward at times.

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Bam! Zaap! Kapow!


This is the app for
aspiring comic-strip
creators, with plenty
of added superhero-style
features to engage young minds.
Despite the intended young
audience, it takes a little getting
used to. Theres no
starter tutorial just a
very basic page before
you enter the app fully.
That said, the controls
are fairly simple. The
main page shows a
camera icon, and from
here you can shoot a new
image or choose one
from your Photo Library.
You can scroll through
filters (pixel, distort,
negative, mono and
more), flip an image, or
easily move the pic to

the next window in the layout.


You can also change the layout of
individual pages. Once youve
got the hang of the buttons, its
easy to play around and undo
anything youre not happy with.
You can cut people or objects
from images - the app detects
people automatically, and
applies a cut-out area. If this
isnt accurate, you can remove
this blue highlight and start
from scratch. You can zoom into
the image, of course, but the
brush for cutting out is pretty
thick, so you cant control this to
a fine degree. This is especially
the case with little fingers less
used to this kind of editing work
(and is much easier on an iPad
than an iPhone). Plus, the blue
capturing layer is quite difficult
to see through, making it tricky
to cut-out images/people from

similarly colored backgrounds.


Still, for a free app, its great to
have the ability to cut out at all.
Plenty of comic book
paraphernalia is on hand to
bring your pages to life, with
speech bubbles (text can be
easily aligned left, right, or
center), stickers, and a variety
of backgrounds (Comic, Pixel,
Space) to choose from, and
a couple more available in the
form of IAP theme packs.
Unfortunately, you can only
really view one page at a time
at a decent size (the Rearrange
option shows all pages but only
as thumbnails). Wed like the
ability to scroll through the
pages, so you can flick through
like a proper comic.
When your child has finished
creating their comic masterpiece,
they can head to the Share
option to share online, or save
and print it out.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Since the
app is aimed at children, a starter
tutorial would have been nice.
That said, its pretty easy to get
going and children will love
seeing the results they can
achieve in just a short amount
of time. JO MEMBERY

SEEDLING COMIC STUDIO


Impressive range of stickers and themes
Fairly easy to get the hang of
but a starter tutorial would be good
Cant easily scroll through full-size pages
GREAT

Tough testing, trusted ratings >>> App

Life

Solar Walk 2
An App Store star returns with a high-res sequel,
but does it better its forebear?
$2.99 Developer Vito Technology, vitotechnology.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 7 or later

Like its predecessor, Solar


Walk 2 is a touchscreen take
on an orrery. You drag your
finger around to reorient the
solar system, pinching to zoom in and out,
and then tapping celestial bodies to focus
on them. An info button provides access
to infographics, relevant space missions,
visuals of a bodys internal structure,
important dates, photos, and the relevant
Wikipedia entry. Options exist to switch
between an exaggerated view (larger
planets that are closer together) or more
realistic take on the heavens, and you can
also toggle visual effects and opt for an

ambient soundtrack. Using the calendar,


you can jump to important celestial dates,
or alternatively just hit play and muck about
with time, running it forwards and
backwards at speed, if you feel the need.
As a solar system at your fingertips,
Solar Walk 2 largely impresses, but as a
sequel, this app feels more like a step
sideways than forwards. Space missions,
satellites, extended solar system objects,
and space history exploration hide behind
subscription IAP (unlimted premium access
costs nearly $10). Navigation is zoom-happy
and clunkier than the original Solar Walks
comparative elegance, and the writing is

Fly around the solar system with Solar Walk 2.


Just be prepared for lots of zooming effects.

peppered with errors and feels rushed. That


doesnt actually stop Solar Walk 2 being a
good app, and we like the accompanying
Apple Watch quiz, but given its predecessor,
this version should have been a great one.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A decent buy for
newcomers looking for an educational
astronomy app, but only a so-so upgrade.
CRAIG GRANNELL
SOLID

QuickKey

Cloud Outliner 2 Pro

$3.99 Developer LittleFin, quickkey-app.com

$2.99 Developer XwaveSoft, xwavesoft.com

Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8.3 or later

Platform Universal Requirements iOS 7 or later

QuickKey is an
iOS keyboard that
replaces letters
and numbers with
pre-defined snippets. The app
component enables you to
define names, usernames,
emails, addresses and favorites.
These are then accessed in
the keyboard by tapping the
relevant icon and then the
snippet itself.
Setup is straightforward,
and you can import individual
contact info to speed things
along. Lists are always
presented in alphabetical order,
which is awkward if you have
many; an exception is the

Capturing ideas
in the form of
outlines is one
of those things you
either do as a matter of course,
or you dont. Cloud Outliner
wont change that, but if youre
in the former camp it provides
a way to put together outlines
on the move very easily, and
sync them with Evernote or
a version of Cloud Outliner
on another device.
It looks great, and its
support for gestures, as well as
its well designed user interface,
make drawing up outlines super
easy. For example, to indent or
un-indent an entry, you need

favorites list, in which items can


be manually reordered.
In use, its fine, but nothing
more. The app has potential
to speed things along, but
it awkwardly abbreviates
addresses, has a delete key
that ignores long-press, and
comes with the associated
general baggage of iOS
third-party keyboards (that
is, the overall system being
quite clunky and unwieldy).
THE BOTTOM LINE. If you
need a snippets keyboard, this
one does the job fairly well.
CRAIG GRANNELL
SOLID

only drag it right or left and


it sticks. If youd rather press
a button, you can.
There are plenty of options
for refining the look of outline
documents, including a choice
of light or dark themes, and
there are also options to use
colors for entries.
If youre a regular outliner
and dont yet have a go-to app,
Cloud Outliner could be the
one youve been looking for.
THE BOTTOM LINE.
Creating and formatting
outlines couldnt be any
simpler. KENNY HEMPHILL
GREAT

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Dont expect immediate results in


Subterfuge this game is for players
who are in it for the long, vicious haul.

Subterfuge
When you get that sinking feeling
FREE ($9.99 full version) Developer Snappy Touch, subterfuge-game.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 7 or later

Use the
Intelligence
Reports to check
out production
rates and more.

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Subterfuge is a
tactical game that
isnt about tactics,
weight of numbers
or economics. Its really about
deception in all its forms
misinformation, misdirection,
misrepresentation, and outright
lying. No, really, it is.
A multiplayer game set in a
steampunk-style underwater
world, Subterfuge has players

competing to mine precious


Neptunium. Everyone begins
with a small collection of bases
and factories, the start of an
economy that builds more of the
games main units, known as
drillers. Drillers are dispatched
to conquer enemy facilities,
inching toward them as the
hours tick by, defeating each
other at a one-to-one ratio.
In most cases, weight of
numbers will decide who wins
a battle, but its important to
hold drillers back to build more
mines. Every new mine is a
greater investment of drillers.
This makes all-out war
unsustainable. While factories
gradually manufacture new
drillers with agonizing slowness,
Subterfuge demands you focus
on negotiation and pick your
battles. It wants you to form
alliances, divide and conquer,
betray and backstab.

Unfortunately, theres no
mechanics around this its all
down to text chat. While you can
gradually recruit specialist units
whose powers can swing a battle,
Subterfuges diplomacy is solely
about words. You cant intercept
or disrupt communications, for
example. While some players will
be content to rely on constant,
bald persuasion, its a shame
there isnt a way to manipulate
this core aspect.
Subterfuge is also very drawnout. Drillers take hours to reach
destinations and factories arent
quick to replenish them. Theres
loads of time for negotiation
and sometimes the game is
only discussion. Thankfully, an
innovative interface allows you
to scroll forward in time and not
only foresee outcomes, but also
schedule orders in advance.
Not everyone will have the
stamina for games that run for
well over a week, nor a taste
for so much talk and for a great
deal of success riding on pure
persuasiveness. Really,
Subterfuge is one for the
Machiavellian. Or salespeople.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Involved,
intense and protracted,
Subterfuge does Machiavellian
intrigue fairly well, but it wont
be for everyone. PAUL DEAN

SUBTERFUGE
Scheduling advance moves is terrific fun
Its a conspirators dream
though there are few mechanics
for diplomacy
Games can really drag on
SOLID

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AZZL
Brain-teaser puzzles with heart
$2.99 Developer Jutiful, azzl.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 7 or later

Its pretty difficult to talk


about AZZL, a cute animated
puzzle game, without
referencing Dumb Ways To Die,
another cute animated puzzle game that
was released as part of a campaign to stop
idiots playing on railroads. They share an
art style blobs of varying size with stick
arms and both involve the blobs doing
stupid stuff. The main difference is that
AZZL doesnt usually have the blobs being
killed in various ways.
What AZZL offers is a bunch of short
puzzles, beginning with simple sliding
puzzles and progressing to more difficult
ones involving rotation and different

tessellating shapes. What makes these


puzzles tricky is that the image isnt your
typical jigsaw scene its a moving, looping
animation. It often takes a while to figure
out what might be going on before you
can even attempt to put all the pieces in
the right place.
But with bright colors and simple,
humorous animation comes the question:
is this a game for children? Some of the
puzzles are far too tricky for young minds,
but the short time it takes to complete each
one makes it a little bit sparse for adults.
Despite its brevity, AZZL offers an
entertaining take on puzzles. It could have
done with being either simpler for children,

Look how cute this kraken is! What could


possibly go wrong?

or more taxing for adults, but as it is, it


sits slightly uncomfortably in the middle
and never quite takes charge of its ideas.
In the end, Dumb Ways To Die is just better
and free, too.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A sweet and fun
puzzle while it lasts, but offers only a couple
of hours of playtime in total. KATE GRAY
GOOD

The Beggars Ride


A beggar-turned-god goes on a journey
$3.99 Developer Bad Seed, thumbstar.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 8 or later

Named for the proverb If


wishes were horses, beggars
would ride, The Beggars Ride
is a 2D platformer that asks
what would happen if a beggar had the
powers of a god.
As he walks and jumps through a colorful
crystalline world, the beggar collects masks
that give him the ability to alter that world
to help him solve puzzles to progress:
summon rain to turn wheels or fill pools,
create an earthquake to send objects sliding
in one direction or another, and more.
Sometimes the puzzles require trial and
error, so thank the (beggar) gods for the
puzzle reset button.

Each of these abilities is controlled


with an intuitive gesture, such as dragging
clouds together or using two fingers to
rotate the screen. For the more standard
platforming there are two options: touch
(tap somewhere to walk there, tap above
the beggar to jump) and virtual (analog
stick on the left, jump button on the right).
For once, the virtual controls are better,
as they appear wherever you rest your
thumb and offer tighter control, if not
quite as comfortably as physical controls.
Generally, the platforming is slow-paced,
exploration encouraged by collectables, and
regular checkpoints mean death is rarely
frustrating. The game unfolds at a leisurely

Collectable gold items show you the way, some


hidden for particularly keen explorers.

pace, telling the beggars story in snippets


of prose that appear placed prettily around
objects in the environment. Unfortunately
that story is more style than substance.
THE BOTTOM LINE. The godlike powers
and delivery of the story make this
otherwise standard platformer stand out.
JORDAN ERICA WEBBER
GOOD

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Everything in Dust, including the art,


was created by one man. Impressive!

Dust: An Elysian Tail


Disney this aint: prepare for carnage
$5.99 Developer Humble Hearts, elysiantail.com
Platform Universal Requirements iOS 7 or later, 1GB RAM

Waking up in an
unfamiliar place
with no idea how you
got there, some
mysterious loot beside you and a
new companion who just wont
leave you alone? Heck, some of
us just call that Saturday
morning, post-happy hour.
Granted, our loot has never
been a talking sword, and weve
never discovered anything more

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sinister than a blinding hangover


afterwards, but our hero Dust
has. Armed with magical weapon
Ahrah and its floating fox-like
guardian Fidget, he has to figure
out who he is, whats going on
and why monsters are terrorizing
the land.
Although there is some
exploration involved, what this
largely boils down to is smashing
things so that damage numbers
pop out of their heads and they
eventually disintegrate. Combat
is a hacking, slashing affair with
a focus on combos; as well as a
basic attack, you have a sort of
air-juggle that chains hits in
their tens or even hundreds.
Fidget also comes in useful,
with a simple projectile attack
that can be combined with your
own Dust Storm ability to lay
the pain on multiple foes at
once. Youve got a range of
special moves, too, although

when things get frenetic (as


they often do), it can feel more
effective to button-mash your
way out of trouble. Various
enemy types require different
approaches, but more often than
not its quantity rather than
damage dealt that overwhelms
you. Leveling up adds a slight
role-playing dimension, since
you can shape Dusts abilities
with spirit gems, putting them
into the specific areas where you
feel hes lacking.
The controls arent always
as responsive as wed like for
a game that ostensibly rewards
combat precision. Evasive
dashes, for example, require a
quick swipe to the left side of the
screen. Often, youll end up just
moving away at a frustratingly
normal speed. Maybe an even
larger iPad screen would make
life easier, since enemy types
would be simpler to differentiate
in large mobs, and the inventory
seems like it would be better
navigated with a pad, as in the
console original and sadly,
theres no controller support.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A 2D
actioner with fun, if occasionally
spammy, smash-and-bash
combat. It may not be perfect,
but its certainly a looker.
EMMA DAVIES

DUST: AN ELYSIAN TAIL


Chaining together hundreds of hits
does wonders for the ego
Environments look absolutely beautiful
Full voice acting throughout
Controls could do with being more precise
GREAT

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ROUNDUP

The 7 best iOS apps for making movies


Make an indie masterpiece (or just better home videos) with these apps
BY MATT BOLTON

The camera in your iPhone is capable


of capturing stunning video in fact,
one of the breakout films of the 2015
Sundance film festival, Tangerine,
was shot entirely on an iPhone 5.
Okay, that was done by professionals
with great film-making skill, but
with the apps weve picked out here,
you can make something cinemaquality using nothing but your
iPhone and iPad.
If youre planning a movie with
a story, you need to get your shots
planned out. CINEMEK STORYBOARD
COMPOSER HD ($29.99, Universal)
enables you to create storyboards for
a film from drawings or photos. You
can add notes, and put in arrows and
annotations to indicate movement
and camera changes. Its an easy
way to help solidify your vision,
though is in need of an update.
FILMIC PRO ($9.99, Universal) is
the essential app for anyone who
wants to shoot great videos. It offers
unparalleled control from fine-

grained options over focus, exposure


and more, to allowing you to choose
different frame rates, and even
increase the video quality well
beyond iOSs default levels. It
supports external microphones,
4K in the iPhone 6s/Plus, and is one
of Mac|Lifes favorite apps ever.
Once youve got your footage,
you need to polish your films look.
VIDEOGRADE ($5.99, Universal) is
the best way to tweak your video,
enabling you to alter its colors to
give it a certain mood, or apply
effects such as a vignette. You can
even use it to make rough video
look better with tools such as
simple white balance adjustment.
It offers easy controls for basic
looks, but you can dive into its
finer options to get perfect results.
Once your footage is ready, its
time to get editing! iMOVIE ($4.99,
Universal) is free for people who buy
a new iOS device, and is the easiest
option you can choose the right

FiLMiC Pro represents great value for money for under 10 bucks, you get pretty much
pro-level filming options, with regular updates improving features all the time.

VideoGrade is all about the finish. Correct


colors and make tweaks to polish your video.

parts of your videos and put together


a quick movie in no time at all. It
comes with sound effects and a few
transitions, but is relatively limited
for tools overall. For more control
over how you edit your movie, take
a look at CUTE CUT PRO ($5.99,
Universal) its not the prettiest
app, but its good for serious video
editing. You can do some brilliant
tricks with its flexible tools.
If youve been shooting something
on multiple cameras, FLY VIDEO
EDITOR (Free, Universal) has an
interface thats ideal for getting
all the video in one place, then
switching deftly between different
views great if you and your friends
were all recording an event. You can
put together cool, kinetic videos
from different angles in seconds.
Finally, your movie needs a
soundtrack. You can make your own
in GARAGEBAND ($4.99, Universal),
which is free when you buy a new iOS
device. Its virtual instruments can do
everything from classical, emotive
strings to rock or electronic even
if you know nothing about music!

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Apple TV (4th generation)


The future of TV or, at least, it will be
$149 (32GB) $199 (64GB) Manufacturer Apple, apple.com
Connectivity HDMI, Ethernet, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Dimensions 3.9x3.9x1.4 in

HE APPLE TV is so Apple. The app-enabled


set-top box from Cupertino is tiny and
beautiful, fast and slick, a big step towards
the future and sometimes annoying and
occasionally limiting. What else did we expect
from the first version of a new kind of product?
While the previous Apple TV models were just
streaming units, in a post-iPhone world, you
cant get by without an App Store. So the new
Apple TV is basically an iPad mini 4 without a
screen or battery its core is an A8 processor,
meaning that its capable of running complex
apps, and it comes with its own App Store that
anyone can develop and submit apps for. It runs
tvOS, which is pretty much iOS redesigned and
reworked for the big screen, and with a few
features specific for making it easier to find
things to watch. Like iOS, you grab apps from
the App Store and put them into a Home screen
grid, and you can make your most-used ones
more prominent if youve used an iPhone or
iPad, its pretty intuitive.
You control it all from Apples new remote,
which has a touch-sensitive pad at the top, and
just six buttons. Swiping at the top is how you
navigate on-screen you can scroll faster
through lists with a bigger swipe, or just tap
to move a single space. That whole top section

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clicks in like a trackpad, which is how you select


something (which can lead to accidentally
moving to something else while clicking).
Mostly, it feels pretty smooth to use, though
it is easy to overswipe and miss your mark.
The one area that Apple has badly got wrong,
though, is the keyboard. When you need to type
something like a search term or password (when
you set up the Apple TV, you can just place an
iPhone near it to share your Apple ID details,
smartly, but you still need to enter passwords
in many places), the alphabet appears in a long
line, which you have to scroll through for every
letter. Its maddening, and it makes you want to
turn off the requirement to enter a password
when you buy something but if this is going
in a family home, thats probably a bad idea
In the old days, you could use Apples Remote
app on iPhone to type passwords on the
touchscreen, or connect a Bluetooth keyboard,
but Apple hasnt supported either of these
options so far (and it doesnt seem imminent).
The buttons on the remote are easy enough;
Menu mostly works as a kind of Back button
functionally; the button with a TV on takes
you home, or you can double-press it to get a
multitasking view to switch between recent
apps. Youve got volume controls, play/pause,

The Apple TV is tiny, and


the new remote is smart
and a little bit beautiful.

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The Apple TV has just a


few simple ports theres
no optical audio out, and
the HDMI isnt 4K-ready.

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and Siri. Theyre easy to confuse with each other


by feel, but everything is so fast that an accidental
press doesnt hold you up. One of the nicest
features is that it can control certain elements
of lots of TVs without setup the volume buttons
control your TVs volume, and turning the Apple
TV on or off also turns your TV on or off.
Generally, its pleasant and fun to use, if
occasionally frustrating when you overshoot your
mark but you get used to it over time, and youre
grateful of the faster scrolling when youve got a
big list of apps (folders arent supported). That said,
apps themselves can have some interface issues. A
few use the idea of swiping down on the touchpad
to bring up settings that are otherwise invisible
but some fail to provide any guidance on whether
they use this or hide them elsewhere, so its a
guessing game. In a bid to make apps open straight
to great-looking content (rather than opening on
menus), some clarity is getting lost.
The apps themselves are often really nice, but
we do feel that were at an experimental stage with
the Apple TV were not sure how much of whats
out now will really stick long-term. Video apps will

Siri acts like a special TV butler, recommending shows


and movies, and putting them on for you, even.

be best, of course, and the promise of Apple TV is


that it will have the most comprehensive apps for
watching just about anything. Youve got big hitters
in Hulu, Netflix, HBO, ESPN, CBS, YouTube, Vimeo,
and more. That said, at the time of writing, we were
still waiting for a few key options there was no
official Twitch client, for example, which is
increasingly important in many households.
The Apple TV is the future of TV, sure, but the
old names arent the entirety of the future of
viewership we need more added to the Apple
TVs ranks, and more that work with Siri.
Siri is one of the features Apple is really pushing
in the Apple TV, integrating it deeply. It can find
information from within apps, so if you ask for a
certain show, it will show you the apps its available
in at least, from the compatible apps (iTunes,
Netflix, HBO, Showtime and Hulu). Apple says it will
open Siri up in the future, but again, it feels like its
servicing the old guard of TV only. Still, when it
works properly, its great its extremely accurate,
and responds quickly. Asking for action movies with
Chris Pratt in and getting a selection at the bottom
is a nice piece of Apple magic. However, its also
surprisingly limited it cant handle music at the
moment, though some support may be added in
tvOS 9.1 (not out at the time of writing). Other Siri
functions work, though, such as pulling sports
scores or weather information, but overall it feels
like a first step. Its stumped by Play the next
episode of [x] on Netflix as a command, which
seems like an obvious one. And when we told it
to put on House, it told us it couldnt do music
Another surprising limitation is that something
like iOS 9s Picture-in-Picture option isnt available,
which seems like a big miss if were going to
browse something in an app or pick up a light

game, wed love to be able to carry on with


sports or something in the corner.
Speaking of games, having a full App Store has
created the idea of Apple TV as a console killer
but it isnt, especially since all games have to work
with the standard remote as a controller, effectively
forcing a certain level of simplicity. Some actually
work well like this, but when theyre that light, we
cant imagine dedicating our entire TV to playing
them, when we could be watching something else
on the TV and playing the games on a phone. You
can connect an Apple-certified games controller,
and some games actually offer more complex
control systems when a controller is connected,
which is nice (you can also navigate the Apple TV
generally with a game controller, which is useful,
too), but we still worry that the remote will hold

APPLE IS PUSHING
SIRI IN THE APPLE
T V, I N T EG R AT I N G
I T D E E P LY

back its potential for growth as a games machine.


Not just that, but limits on the size of app
downloads means that even casual games may
launch slowly, since they might have to download
extra data from the servers first. That said, theres
lots of potential for things like party games.
The Apple TV supports an all-Apple environment
well, of course, and ties into your iCloud Photo
Library and Apple Music, among others (and you
can switch between multiple accounts, happily).
One thing to note is the lack of 4K support. Its
true theres barely any 4K content to play right now
(though we hoped Apple might be able to push that
forward), but its a shame the box isnt futureproofed in this way especially since it would be
a great way to watch your 4K iPhone 6s videos.
Theres also no optical audio output.
So, 32GB or 64GB? If you have loads of movies
and TV shows bought in iTunes, or like games a lot,
get the larger one. If youre mostly going to stream,
the smaller will be fine.
THE BOTTOM LINE The Apple TV is frequently
delightful, often brilliant, and sometimes frustrating
and limited. Its a great media box, and we hope our
complaints will be ironed out. MATT BOLTON

Apps can be universal


across TV, iPad and
iPhone if devs want
them to be.

APPLE TV (4TH
GENERATION)
Slick interface & Siri
Apps are the future
No 4K
Poor keyboard
GREAT

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Apple iMac with Retina 5K display


3.3GHz Late 2015
Apples high-end iMac adds a bit more color to your life
$2,299 Manufacturer Apple, apple.com
Processor 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 quad-core Graphics AMD Radeon R9 M395 2GB
Memory 8GB Storage 2TB Fusion Drive

iMAC WITH RETINA


5K DISPLAY
3.3GHZ LATE 2015
5K screen better than ever
Hugely powerful
Generous 2TB Fusion Drive
Wed like 16GB of RAM
for this price
EXCELLENT

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his is Apples first comprehensive refresh


of its 5K iMac lineup, and its quite an
interesting one. For a start, Apple has
stopped making non-5K 27-inch iMacs, but
has further brought down the price of the
lower-end model, and included a new mid-range
option, along with this stock high-end option. All
the models include Intels latest processors, but
at slower frequencies than their equivalents
from last year.
There are new graphics cards in all of them
too, and this model offers a 2TB Fusion Drive, up
from 1TB in the previous offering. Perhaps most
important, though, is a new screen. Oh, its still a
5120x2880 Retina masterpiece, but it can now
support a wider color range than before a 25
percent larger range, to be precise, meaning
more realistic color representation.
For professionals, this can be a big deal. It
means that raw photos can be processed with
a new eye on their color reproduction, and
the results can be striking reds especially
looked richer to us. For some people, this alone
will make the new iMac a must-have upgrade.
For the rest of us, though, its more of an
academic improvement it will really only
be noticeable to pros, and even then, some wont

be keen that its still a reflective, glossy screen


(despite Apples anti-reflective efforts). Still, its
easily the best desktop screen weve ever seen.
Despite this model having a slightly lower
processor speed than its (3.5GHz)predecessor,
Intels overall improvements to its chips mean
this is about 10 percent faster it managed our
Handbrake video encoding test in 27 minutes,
while last years did it in 30 minutes. The
Geekbench benchmarks reflected this too.
In terms of graphics, we received essentially
the same results as the last model. The Tomb
Raider benchmark (running at 2560x1440, High
settings) recorded 49fps on average, which is
exactly what last years scored. Feature in the
larger storage and you have a machine thats an
even better deal than last years. We absolutely
love it, though we think it probably should
include 16GB of RAM as standard.
However, wed actually recommend the $1,999
mid-range model for most people the screen is
the same, its processor is barely any slower, and
you still get 1TB of Fusion Drive storage.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Still a fantastic machine,
with its spectacular screen made even better.
But its worth looking at the mid-range too.
MATT BOLTON

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The Retina iMacs new


screen lets you draw more
detail from raw photos.

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Apple iMac 21.5-inch 1.6GHz Late 2015


The low-end iMac is still not a great deal
$1,099 Manufacturer Apple, apple.com
Processor 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core Graphics Intel HD Graphics 6000
Memory 8GB Storage 1TB 5,400rpm HDD

W
APPLE iMAC
21.5-INCH 1.6GHZ
LATE 2015
8GB of RAM is decent
1TB of storage is good
but the HDD is slow
Not great value for money
OKAY

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hen Apple debuted this model for its


low-end iMac (its pretty much a MacBook
Airs brains in an iMacs body), we werent
impressed and little has changed. The Air has
fast solid-state storage, making it feel quick
despite its low-power processor, but here youve
got a noticeably slower 5,400rpm hard drive, of
the kind Apple moved its notebooks away from.
That hard drive is 1TB, so theres loads of
storage space, and you get 8GB of RAM, which
is good. But for us, it continues to be a misstep.
The MacBook Air costs $200 less, and you get
the flexibility of portability (and you can upgrade
its 4GB of RAM to 8GB for $100), and that
128GB SSD. The next iMac up costs $200 more
and features a much more powerful processor
and improved graphics chip. Put simply, wed
take either of those over this option.

Of course, this machine isnt actively bad


its just unappealing. If you really want an
all-in-one for as little as possible and wont
ever care about games or pro tasks, its
still an okay Mac package. It completed our
Handbrake test in 69 minutes (compared to
74 mins for last years model) and we got
20fps playing Batman Arkham City at 1080p
on High settings up from 17fps last year. This
is okay for basic home/office apps, but the slow
hard drive really can drag in real-world use in
Spotlight or delving through folders, for
example. The screen is still very good, of course,
though pales compared to the Retina options.
THE BOTTOM LINE. An okay machine, but
one that doesnt represent value for money.
Do yourself a favor and get a MacBook Air
or the next iMac up. MATT BOLTON

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 14


Adobes budget image-editing app returns with new tricks
$99 Developer Adobe, adobe.com
Requirements OS X 10.9 or higher

Quick mode lets the


app do most of the
work, but theres more
satisfaction to be found
in Expert mode.

PHOTOSHOP
ELEMENTS 14
A few new features
Beginner friendly
No subscription
Nothing revolutionary
GREAT

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Adobes cut-price photo editor doesnt offer the


full feature set of full Photoshop, but theres
plenty of depth to this beginner-friendly app.
Elements comes in two parts, the Organizer
and the Editor. The Editor also includes a pareddown version of Adobe Camera Raw for
processing raw images. The Organizer is for
sorting your image library, with intelligent
modes that help to divide your photos into
categories based on People, Places and Events.
All three have been improved since the previous
version, with facial recognitions success rate
about a third better than in Elements 13. Whats
more, as you add new photos Elements will
automatically add them to a persons stack.
Elements photo editing side is split into three
editing modes Quick, Guided and Expert catering
for different levels of expertise. Alongside them is
eLive, which gives access to a curated selection
of online tutorials. In Quick mode, settings and
menus are kept to a minimum, with access to
simple tonal adjustments and one-click effects.
New in this version are Smart Looks, which
pull out five effects from a database of over
2,500, based on analysis of your image. Its an
interesting approach to the current craze for
retro-looking filters, but it can seem random.
For those who want to take their skills
further, Guided mode offers 40 step-by-step

guides for common tasks. Interactive sliders


show before and after images for each effect, so
you can really get a grip on what youre doing.
One of the clever things about the three
editing modes is that you can switch between
them. If you use a Guided edit to add an effect,
then switch to Expert mode, you can peek under
the hood to see how the effect takes shape. Its
a useful device that will help beginners get to
grips with Photoshop fundamentals like layers
and masks. When youre ready, Expert mode
gives you full access to the tools, filters, layer
styles, blend modes and other features.
Also new in Elements 14 is Haze Removal.
Recently introduced into Lightroom, this cuts
through atmospheric haze for deeper shadow
detail and extra clarity. Borrowed from
Photoshop CC is Shake Reduction, which
sharpens pictures affected by camera
movement. It cant perform miracles, but it
can turn a shaky mess into something usable.
Adobe knows that everybody is a
photographer now, so it has made a photo
editor for everybody while still offering depth
for the advanced user. Thanks to the three
editing modes, the journey from beginner to
seasoned Photoshopper is smoother than ever.
THE BOTTOM LINE. The best Photoshop
Elements yet, but the improvements are
incremental rather than truly impressive.
JAMES PATERSON

Camera Raw doesnt get much love in this update. Its still
a limited feature compared to Lightroom.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 14


Video editing with a 4K in its tale

The InstantMovie feature


is handy for creating
stylish films, and Adobe
even throws in some
free music.

$99 Developer Adobe, adobe.com


Requirements OS X 10.9 or higher

When iMovie isnt enough and Final Cut Pro


is too much, Premiere Elements is ideal. Its
a video editor designed to make it easy to get
started, with some useful higher-end
features. The big addition in this version is
support for 4K video. While few of us have TVs
or Mac displays ready for his, if you have the
iPhone 6s you can record it. It offers great
quality at native resolution, but there are
other reasons to shoot in 4K to crop into a
scene at 1080p, or for stabilizing footage by
offering more that can be cropped out.
Premiere Elements imports footage at its
current resolution and makes that 100%
scale as far as the project is concerned, with
no apparent way of treating it as the larger
footage that it is. Still, its worth shooting in
this format if you can, as simply shrinking
4K down (downsampling) usually looks
better than 1080p video.

The rest of the toolset handles everything


youd expect it to, including organizing
video, tweaking sound, adding titles (and
new Motion Titles with animation presets),
and the usual set of effects and transitions
that every filmmaker should sign a contract
swearing never to use. More complex effects
such as popping a single color are handled
via Guided Edits, which also help explain
more complicated subjects such as masking
parts of an image and manipulating time.
Theres also Videomerge for basic
chromakey effects, though youre unlikely to
get a clean cutout, even with proper lighting
and a green screen. For basic composition
and home purposes, though, its fine.
THE BOTTOM LINE. As ever, an excellent
choice for video editing, but lacking the
sense of innovation that it once offered.
RICHARD COBBETT

PREMIERE
ELEMENTS 14
Ready for 4K
Easy-to-use guides
and apps
Limited 4K capabilities
Not much of an update
GREAT

maclife.com JAN 2016 69

>>> Reviews

NetNewsWire
A streamlined newsreader that brings the web to you
$19.99 Developer Black Pixel, netnewswireapp.com
Requirements OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

Rebuilt from scratch,


NetNewsWire is better,
stronger, faster

NETNEWSWIRE
Easy to get started
Simple, familiar interface
Inflexible not many
features if you need more
Cannot sync devices with
other newsreader services
GOOD

70 JAN 2016 maclife.com

Instead of visiting every site you care about,


have you ever wished the web would come to
you? Thats the proposition of NetNewsWire,
one of the Macs most esteemed and longstanding newsreaders, and its recent, major,
upgrade is no exception. Rebuilt by its new
owner, Black Pixel, NetNewsWire 4 is now ready
for OS X El Capitan and has been modernized
for some of its latest features. While this
version is a minimal reboot in some respects,
its a great introduction to the power and
productivity of making the web content
you want come to you.
NetNewsWire 4 is a first-class Mac citizen.
If youve used Mail and other Apple-like apps,
youll probably feel at home. You can start with
some of its built-in site recommendations, add
some of your own sites, or import sites from an
OPML file (a format for exchanging your list of
sites between newsreaders). NetNewsWire will
check those sites for new articles and blog posts
every 30 minutes (a setting you can adjust in

preferences), and list them, akin to emails in


an inbox. From there you can easily browse,
skim, read everything, or our preference cherry-pick just the ones you want.
There is a decent amount of customizability
here, from hiding the Dock unread count
badge, to changing the layout of feeds and
article view, and, of course, changing fonts.
You can bookmark articles to make sure you
read them later, and mark sites as Favorites
so you dont miss a post.
NetNewsWire 4 is a good introduction to the
newsreader landscape and a refreshing reboot of
a classic Mac app, complete with its own sync
between Mac and iOS versions. But if youre
looking for more power to do things like sync
with an online service, tag posts to organize
for later, share folders of sites with others, or
integrate and automate with apps and services
like Evernote or IF, this minimal reboot of
NetNewsWire 4 sadly comes up short in its
current iteration.
Also, while it supports great new El Capitan
features like Split View, Black Pixel strangely
built a custom share sheet instead of using the
system-wide sheet which you can customize
with your own apps and services. But this is a
reboot under new management, which means
there is plenty more to come.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A great introduction to
the power and time-saving advantages of
making the web come to you. DAVID CHARTIER

It could use a few more features, but wed expect to see


those introduced in future updates.

Tough testing, trusted ratings

Airmail for Mac

There are many powerful


features lurking just
beneath Airmails surface.

A third-party email client that goes well beyond Apples Mail


$9.99 Developer Bloop S.R.L., airmailapp.com
Requirements OS X 10.8 or later; 64-bit processor

Airmail 2.5 is an email client that doesnt


try to reinvent the wheel, but is built for
OS X El Capitan and loaded with niceties
Apple has neglected. One of the coolest
is a Today view widget for keeping tabs
on the inbox, to-dos, or memos, although
the application must be running in order
to refresh such content. Another favorite is
integration with FTP servers and cloud storage
services such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
Choose one, select an attachment, and files
are uploaded and converted to clickable links
in outgoing messages. Received attachments
can be saved via OS X sharing extensions or
used in Fantastical 2; entire emails (sans
attachments) can be saved to Evernote.
Airmail borrows liberally from Apple
Mails familiar triple-pane interface, but

the left-side account sidebar is darker and


wider, with one-click shortcuts for several
different views so comically small theyre
easy to overlook. Thankfully, the list view
displays sender and recipient names in
larger, bold type with optional avatar.
The application provides granular control
over nearly every aspect of the software.
Airmail also allows messages to be moved or
cloned between different accounts features
missing from most third-party clients.
Unfortunately, theres no support for Google
Apps, but the developer is working on an
iPhone companion.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Finally, a third-party
email client to tempt us away from Apple
Mail, but Google Apps users will want to
look elsewhere for now J.R. BOOKWALTER

AIRMAIL FOR MAC


Slick third-party
Mac email client
Notification Center Today
widget and OS X sharing
extensions
No support for Google
Apps accounts
Messages saved to
Evernote dont include
attachments
GREAT

maclife.com JAN 2016 71

>>> Reviews

iFinance 4
Good value for money, or a dubious investment?
$39.99 Developer Synium Software, syniumsoftware.com
Requirements OS X 10.10 or later

iFinance 4s user interface


is unintuitive, scattershot
and hard to love.

iFINANCE 4.0.2
Beautiful charts, graphs,
and reports
Optional iCloud or local
Wi-Fi sync with security
Unintuitive user interface
Mac and iOS apps must
be purchased separately
SOLID

72 JAN 2016 maclife.com

When it comes to personal financial


management on OS X, Mac users have had
a bumpy ride over the years, with popular
applications such as Quicken dropping out of
sight over compatibility issues, only to reappear
later as a mere shadows of their former selves.
Mobile is seemingly yet another dilemma for
developers, who have been slow to embrace the
cloud for syncing databases between desktop
and smartphones or tablets.
iFinance 4 goes a long way toward smoothing
the road ahead, thanks to the ability to sync
via iCloud or locally using Wi-Fi (but not both
at the same time).
The companion mobile app is universal, so
it works equally well on iPhone or iPad; Apple
Watch owners can also peek at their finances
or even enter new transactions while on the go.
On compatible devices, Touch ID can be used to
secure databases for faster access, along with
the standard password options.
Otherwise, both versions are nearly identical
in features, including support for multiple
databases, charts, reports, and budget analysis.
CSV, OFX, or QIF format data downloaded from
online banking websites can also be imported
using either app.
US banks that support OFX direct access can
also be linked to keep transactions in sync. We

werent able to test this since our bank


(JPMorgan Chase) charges a monthly fee for
the privilege, but at least direct import via OFX
worked as expected.
Although iFinance 4 is more powerful than
Quicken 2015 and at least on par with popular
rival iBank, we could never quite warm to the
user interface, with its overly large buttons,
questionable color palette choices, and
generally unpolished look and feel which
also extends to the iOS version. Many options are
laid out in an unintuitive way that makes using the
apps harder than it should be. The one exception
is the Analyses tab, which offers visually rich
charts and graphs that look great on any screen.
Its worth noting, however, that iFinance 4 is
a bargain compared to other solutions, although
you do have to pay twice if you want it on both
desktop and mobile. Sync was mostly flawless,
although we did encounter a few conflicts when
the database was open in multiple locations,
but these were easily resolved by manually
selecting the most recent version.
THE BOTTOM LINE. iFinance 4 is an affordable
personal finance solution for Mac and iOS, but
could really use an interface overhaul to live up
to the potential of its comprehensive features.
J.R. BOOKWALTER

The accompanying iOS app ($9.99) matches the look and


feel of the Mac version, along with most of its features.

Tough testing, trusted ratings

Typeeto
Set your keyboard free
$19.99
Developer Eltima Software, eltima.com
Requirements OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

Acronis True Image Cloud


Unlimited online backups (given patience)
$99.99/year ($49.99 without cloud storage option)
Developer Acronis, acronis.com
Requirements OS X 10.9.5 or higher, iOS 8 or higher (optional)

Acronis True Image Cloud offers both local and cloud-based


backup in a single product. Its simple, easy to use and set up,
and smart particularly when saving backups locally. But
Acronis would prefer you pay for a costly cloud-based
subscription too, with its entry-level product supporting one
Mac and three mobile devices, including your iPad and iPhone,
with unlimited backup space.
You can choose to back up an entire hard drive or select a
specific folder, then opt whether to save your backup to a local
or network drive, or use the cloud storage plan. If you choose
the latter, the app will detect folders from other cloud providers
and offer to ignore these to shrink the backup. Still, even with
these folders removed, its likely youll be backing up tens or
even hundreds of gigabytes, which could take weeks.
We like the local backup system its relatively fast and
theres more flexibility than using Time Machine. But the cloud
backup is slow and too expensive, even with unlimited space.
Best spring for the local-only True Image 2016 version.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Great as a local back-up tool, but the
cloud-based options are slow and too expensive. NICK PEERS

Apple is famous for products that just work


together, but its a third-party developer whos given
us a way to use any Mac keyboard with iOS devices.
Its ingeniously simple: while Typeeto is running,
pair an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your Mac and
the application assumes control of the attached
keyboard whenever that device is selected from the
menu bar or custom keyboard shortcut. A small
window is displayed on the Mac while connected,
which animates during keystroke entry.
Paired devices treat Typeeto like a Bluetooth
keyboard, so it doesnt matter what hardware is
connected. Typeeto also makes it possible to copy
text from Mac to connected devices (but not
vice-versa), or paste device clipboard contents
using +V. Typeeto also works with Android
smartphones and tablets, Apple TV, and even games
consoles (if they support Bluetooth keyboards).
THE BOTTOM LINE. Typeeto makes it a breeze to
write long messages on mobile devices using a single
Mac keyboard without having to invest in multiple
Bluetooth accessories. J.R. BOOKWALTER

TYPEETO
Use any Mac keyboard with Bluetooth devices
Copy and paste from Mac to mobile device
Can disrupt other apps that connect Mac & iOS
Long key presses trigger Mac alert sound
GREAT

TRUE IMAGE CLOUD


Flexible back-up options
Local back-ups work well
Cloud option is expensive
Defaults to slow upload speed
SOLID

maclife.com JAN 2016 73

>>> Reviews

B&W Zeppelin Wireless


An iconic classic gets brought up-to-date
$699 Manufacturer B&W, bowers-wilkins.com
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm aux, Ethernet Supports AirPlay, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect
Output 2 x 25mm double dome tweeter; 2 x 25mm mid range; 1 x 50W subwoofer

B&W ZEPPELIN
WIRELESS
Detailed mid-range;
powerful, controlled bass
Improved iconic design
Pretty pricey
Limited stereo effect from
a single unit
EXCELLENT

74 JAN 2016 maclife.com

ack when iPod docks were often cheap


charging station with the same acoustic
power as dropping your phone into a plastic
cup, the original Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin
arrived. The airship-shaped speaker has evolved
in the eight years since its release, and the
Zeppelin Wireless is more focussed on wireless
streaming than ever and audio quality.
Its built from the same studio-quality DNA as
B&Ws flagship 800 Series speakers, even using
the same Fixed Suspension Transducer (FST)

technology in its mid-range drivers. The idea of


this cool tech is to make the Zeppelin unit itself
invisible from an acoustic standpoint, by holding
the speaker cones in suspension. This delivers
greater control to the sound by ensuring the
chassis doesnt color the sound of the driver
units. At the edges of the shell, either side of
the twin 90mm mid-range drivers, are a pair
of 25mm tweeters. The iconic elliptical shape
comes into play here, giving the double-dome
tweeters limited airspace and allowing them to

Tough testing, trusted ratings

create beautifully clear treble. B&W thought its


earlier models a little bass-heavy, thanks partly to
twin flow ports on the rear so these have been
removed. This means the speaker operates as an
almost completely sealed unit, with only a few,
smaller micro ports beneath the grill at the front.
Does this mean weak bass response? Not at all.
There is a huge amount of punch and power, and the
bass is finely controlled, terminating concisely
without being left to wobble out. And that strong
bass doesnt have any impact on the aural clarity
of the mid-range. Vocals are crisp and clear, yet
natural. And you can really hear the breath in a
singers voice or the shifting fingers of a guitarists
hands across the strings and fretboard. It also
creates an impressively wide soundstage.
And that great audio is open to loads of devices,
thanks to its support for Bluetooth (including the
high-quality aptX codec, which Macs support) and
Spotify Connect, as well as AirPlay. And for the

analog crew, theres an 3.5mm input on the rear of


the unit. B&W has also made an effort to ensure the
Zeppelin Wireless sounds good at low volumes by
dropping a new digital signal processor (DSP) into
the mix. And the dynamic EQ monitors the audio
signal to ensure that powerful bass stays controlled
no matter what level you turn it up to it all works
really impressively to keep the sound clear and
balanced whether loud or quiet.
And as well as delivering awesome audio, its
also a great piece of design. Its a solid, reassuringly
weighty wireless speaker delivering on all the audio
heritage B&W has built up throughout its near
50-year lifetime. Its admittedly very expensive, but
give it just a few seconds with your favorite songs
and youll immediately know why.
THE BOTTOM LINE. The new Zeppelin Wireless
is a beautiful network music player, bringing back a
classic design with a more powerful, yet detailed,
aural experience. DAVE JAMES

Beautiful design, a rich


aural experience, and
greater support for
audio sources.

maclife.com JAN 2016 75

>>> Reviews

Olympus Air A01


A glimpse of the future for photography
From $299 Olympus, olympusamerica.com
Features 16MP, Wi-Fi, microSD card slot, Micro Four Thirds lens mount

OLYMPUS AIR A01


Strong image quality
Useful smartphone
controls
Connectivity issues
No in-body image
stabilization
GOOD

76 JAN 2016 maclife.com

he Olympus Air is a miniature camera,


complete with a 16-megapixel, Micro Four
Thirds sensor and a mount to attach lenses.
Your iPhone acts as both a remote control and
display. The camera measures just 2.2x1.7 inches,
and is lighter than a jar of baby food at just 0.4
pounds. While this is great for portability, there
is an issue with balance when using a large lens.
The A01 is similarly light when it comes to
onboard controls. Along the top, youll find a
power button and large oval shutter release. On
the sides, youll find two switches; one toward the
front keeps your lens locked in place, while the
rear secures the iPhone clip. The clip holds your
phone at a diagonal, making it great for low- and
high-angle shots. Remove the mobile device
mount and youll find a switch to turn off the
devices Bluetooth and Wi-Fi in addition to the
micro-USB charging port. Youll primarily use the
Air through the app, and you can scan a QR code
to set up a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connection. (NFC is
supported for Android devices.)

In the app, youll see basic exposure settings,


including shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and
aperture. You also get autofocus, metering,
and burst mode. You can even go fully manual.
A Genius function automatically edits photos;
the app essentially takes your original photo and
produces six derivations, adjusting exposure and
color levels, adding filters and cropping the image.
The Air 01 produces sharp, colorful images at
a level beyond what the iPhone can manage but
does struggle with noise and color reprdouction
in lower light. Theres no sensor-based image
stabilization technology either. The most annoying
thing about the Air, though, is how often it drops
connection with your iPhone. When this happens,
the apps live view stops on a freeze frame, so you
can no longer see what youre shooting, or access
the controls.
THE BOTTOM LINE. All the image quality
and versatility of a traditional Micro Four Thirds
camera, but wed like to see the connectivity
issues sorted. KEVIN LEE

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>>> Reviews

The Quarter looks at home


among your aluminum
Apple products.

Quarter
A battery pack charged by MagSafe! Too good to be true?
$39 (limited price) Manufacturer Beaver Electronics, thebeaver.cn
Dimensions 5.4x2.9x0.5 in Weight 0.4 lbs

I
QUARTER
Great build quality
Fast charging
Can power a MacBook
or iPad
Larger capacity
would be good
EXCELLENT

78 JAN 2016 maclife.com

f you want to take a bunch of your Apple gear


traveling with you, you can end up tied down with
cables. This battery pack, which can give any
iPhone more than a full charge from its USB port,
can be charged using the MagSafe 2 connector from
a MacBook Air or Pro (it also has a micro-USB port
for charging from elsewhere).
The manufacturer has reworked the internals so
it can take high power throughput, meaning that it
can be fully charged from a power outlet in 45 mins.
In fact, it takes just 15 minutes to charge sufficiently
in order to take an iPhone 5s from 0 to 100%. That
means taking one less charging cable when
traveling, as well as less time charging. It can also
be used as an adapter to power a 12-inch MacBook
from a MagSafe cable, since its USB port can output
the 2.1A the MacBook needs (also suitable for iPad).
Theres an optional car charger with a MagSafe, too.

It all worked great for us; it was fast to juice up


an iPhone 6s Plus (which used about three quarters
of its overall capacity), and it really does charge
quickly over MagSafe. Some users have reported
that it gets overly hot when charging, though we
didnt notice any issues and it stops drawing
power once its full, in any case.
The aluminum finish is really high-quality, though
a tad on the heavy side. Wed also prefer if it were
higher capacity with a second USB port but maybe
were just greedy.
Its currently on sale in limited runs at the above
price expect that to go up later. Our only big
concern is whether Apple will shut down sales of
the device, but the manufacturer is confident that
wont happen. Time will tell.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A really great and useful
portable battery pack. MATT BOLTON

Tough testing, trusted ratings

SanDisk Connect
Wireless Stick
Portable flash drive with Wi-Fi
$80 Manufacturer SanDisk, sandisk.com
Features 16-128GB capacities, Wi-fi, USB charging

Logi Circle
Home security made accessible and fun
$199 Manufacturer Logitech, logitech.com
Features Live HD video, Smart Filtering recording, companion app

This internet-connect home security camera is fixed to a stand,


which gives it stability and allows it to tilt forward and back
with about 90 degrees of freedom. You can sit the Circle on any
flat surface, or mount it to a wall. A dock is included, which
feeds the Circle its power. You can go dock-free but the internal
battery doesnt last long and theres not much reason to,
considering that the USB cable is three meters in length.
Setting up the camera is a cinch. Download the app and the
camera will join your Wi-Fi network, which allows it to beam
footage to the app, no matter your location. The camera sensor
is capable of HD capture in both light and dark rooms; when the
lights go out, it automatically flips on night vision mode.
The Logi Circle is managed through its companion app. It
allows you to make several adjustments to the camera. You can
zoom in/out, turn off the LED indicator, and mute the mic. You
can even chat into your phone, conversing with whoevers near
the camera. The only potential wrinkle is that it that selectively
saves clips if nothings happening, it just deletes the video.
THE BOTTOM LINE. The lack of comprehensive footage
backup may not appeal to some, but the cameras easy to
set up and the app is simple to use. CAMERON FAULKNER

SanDisks Wireless Connect Stick is a self-powered


USB flash drive with built-in Wi-Fi capability. The idea
is that you plug it into your computer and while it
charges, copy movies and other big files to it. You can
create your own folders using the Finder. When youre
on the move, switch it on and connect to the Wi-Fi
network it creates, and use the free app on your iOS
device to stream movies, music and other file types
like pictures or PDFs from the drive to your device.
You can also set it to back up photos from your
device and delete them, effectively freeing up space
on devices with lower capacities. You can copy data
from the stick back to the iOS device too. Its possible
to stream to up to four devices at once which will
decrease the quoted 4.5 hour battery life a little.
Theres an internet sharing facility thats supposed
to let you keep using the internet while on the sticks
Wi-Fi, but this didnt seem to work.
THE BOTTOM LINE. An affordable way to add
portable storage to any iOS device. HOLLIN JONES

SANDISK CONNECT WIRELESS STICK


Far cheaper than buying the next iPad or iPhone up
Streaming from the stick works very well
USB 2 only, so large files copy more slowly
Internet sharing seems buggy
GREAT

LOGI CIRCLE
Charming design
Excellent app
A bit expensive
Internal battery doesnt last long enough
GREAT

maclife.com JAN 2016 79

>>> Reviews

Mushroom 11
What doesnt kill you makes you stranger
$14.99 Developer Untame, untame.com
Requirements: OS X 10.7 or later, 2GB RAM, 500MB HDD space

Post nuclear apocalypse,


the world has a lot more
lava than you may
normally be used to.

MUSHROOM 11
Interesting, original
concept with fluid controls
Beautiful level design
Can become frustrating
Inspires some vague
Gestalt existential angst
EXCELLENT

80 JAN 2016 maclife.com

Most fungi arent known for their intelligence,


but Mushroom 11 is pretty smart, even when
stacked up against comparable puzzle
platformers except there arent really any
comparable platformers. What other game is
there where a malleable blob of mold seeps
across the post apocalyptic remnants of
civilization, absorbing life within its path
and growing as it is destroyed?
In Mushroom 11 you are that mold a green splat
that cant actually move but can grow, yet has to
maintain the same mass. When one part is
destroyed it grows in another direction, and this
forms your entire control system. The mouse is
essentially an eraser; only by destroying part
of yourself can you move forwards (a metaphor
thats either neat or heavy handed, depending
on how much you like George Orwell).
Its a mechanic that sounds incredibly
awkward but in practice works beautifully,
becoming fluid and natural as more complex
puzzles are introduced and you learn new ways
to sculpt yourself, from being a living ramp for
explosive projectiles, to wrapping yourself

around machinery as a squishy cog, to


extending lone exploratory tendrils out over an
abyss of lava. Each stage ends with a monstrous
entity, which is often part animal, part plant,
but always 100% Lovecraftian horror, and
getting past it tests everything youve learned.
It demands both precision and broad strokes
as you play, and though it sometimes becomes
frustrating, its usually satisfying.
As interesting as the mechanics are, its the
level design that is perhaps more so. Mushroom
11 is set against the remains of a destroyed
civilization, torn apart by nuclear war. Although
this is a 2D platformer, the backdrops give
Mushroom 11 an amazing feeling of depth, as
well as being mildly unsettling. There are new
signs of life brightly colored spiders and
flowers which you roll over and absorb. There
are factories still producing hay bales and offal,
behind security doors. You wonder what these
survivors are so afraid of, but when you see
jellyfish fleeing, you realize maybe its you. You
are the irradiated eldritch terror, consuming
organic life and creeping through impossibly
small spaces, much like a cat, but greener and
slightly less sinister. But this revelation doesnt
stop you. There are numerous flowers to
dissolve into your gelatinous mass. The circle
of decay and growth must continue.
THE BOTTOM LINE. Mushroom 11 is welldesigned, beautiful, and interesting on a
number of levels a single-celled organism
thats anything but simple. ALICE BELL

This end-level boss is actually only mildly horrifying


compared to some of the others in the game

Tough testing, trusted ratings

Homeworld Remastered Collection

The spaghetti look of


Homeworlds ship trails
has been copied, but was
iconic back in 1999.

An epic journey thats worth the battle


$34.99 Developer Aspyr Media, aspyr.com
Requirements OS X 10.9.5 or higher, 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo, see website for graphics cards

Strategy games arent usually known for


their tear-jerking qualities. This one,
however, is the exception.
You float above what remains of your
broken planet, sombre classical music in
the background, trying to salvage scraps of
civilization. At the other end of the galaxy,
a new home awaits, but only if you can get
your mothership past the alien armies trying
to keep you in your place. Rarely has the fate
of a fictional species carried so much weight,
or led to a more memorable journey.
Homeworld 1 and 2 are among the very
few strategy games to treat space as 3D,
with all the tactical possibilities that
offers. The stock missions are made more
interesting by allowing surviving ships and
remaining resources to persist throughout

the campaign. Thankfully, these new,


remastered versions dont meddle with
anything that works.
The only catch is that the Mac App Store
release lacks multiplayer. Thats coming
in a later Steam edition, but you wont
get a free code to join in. Both games are
arguably best in single-player mode, so
it isnt necessarily a deal-breaker, but its
unfortunate to lose out especially at this
high price. Still, they remain excellent
games many have admired but few have
copied. This version adds just enough polish
to keep turning heads even in its dotage.
THE BOTTOM LINE. A strategy classic
thats more than stood the test of time.
Just be prepared for a hefty challenge.
RICHARD COBBETT

HOMEWORLD
REMASTERED
COLLECTION
Excellent space strategy
Hugely atmospheric
Remastered and
original games
No multiplayer
GREAT

maclife.com JAN 2016 81

ASK

TECH SUPPORT & TECHSPLANATIONS

over some threshold. Some of the


myths about dead pixel cures might
have started because the time taken
to carefully rub the screen allows the
circuit to cool down. The only actual
cure is to replace the monitor.

Do I even need a firewall?

The huge number


of pixels in modern
displays increases the
chances of one failing.

DEAD PIXEL SOCIETY


I have a stuck or dead pixel in the bottom left quadrant of my
iMacs screen. I cant remember when it first appeared, but
Ive had the iMac for nearly five years. Ive read about various
cures, such as rubbing the screen with a cloth or a pencil
eraser, but that doesnt seem to have helped, and software
cures seem to be for Windows only. What else could I try?
Nothing. These cures are all snake oil.
A dead pixel is caused by a failure of the
circuitry controlling the polarization
state of the red, green and blue
subpixels. This causes all of them to
permanently block the light from the
backlight. A stuck pixel is the same thing,
except that one or more of the subpixels

82 JAN 2016 maclife.com

has failed in the opposite polarization,


so that they always let the light through.
Both are caused by blown transistors.
We have a stuck pixel on one of our
monitors that only appears when the
monitor gets hot, probably because the
resistance increases with temperature
and pushes a slight defect in the circuitry

I have a Retina 5K iMac thats eight


months old. Since I turned on the
firewall a few weeks ago, there is
a warning message after log-on:
Application ccpd wishes to have
access, accept or deny. I always
deny permission but Id like to know
what this application is and whether
access should be granted. Secondly,
is it best to have the firewall on?
Were pretty sure ccpd is a Canon
printer driver and it is probably trying to
open a network connection so it can
check for updates. Allowing it is safe (it
was already doing this behind your back
anyway, before you enabled the firewall)
but you shouldnt normally need the
OS X firewall enabled either. Your home
broadband router has its own firewall
built in and this will almost certainly
be more than adequate.
You can test this for yourself at
grc.com/shieldsup. Run the online
diagnostics there, in particular the All
Service Ports test. If all your ports show
green in this test without the OS X
firewall turned on then your iMac is
invisible to the rest of the internet
anyway, and there is nothing to be
gained by turning the firewall on.

If all ports show green in this test then your


routers firewall has a clean bill of health.

Tech Support & Techsplanations

You really only need an extra firewall


on your Mac if youre running something
that specifically expects additional
incoming connections (like a web server)
or you are concerned about hacking
attacks from within your own home
network. If you just want to keep out
hackers from the wider internet, the
routers firewall is plenty.

iMac or Mac Pro


I am due for a new Mac and Im
struggling to decide which is the better
option: the 27-inch Retina iMac or the
new Mac Pro. I already have the
27-inch Thunderbolt Display, to use
with my current Mac Pro (Mid 2010),
so getting the iMac feels rather like
Id be wasting this capability. But
would the upgrade to the 5K screen
be worth it? I primarily use my Mac
for video editing and 3D mapping,
but also for email and web browsing.
The cheapest Mac Pro currently costs
$2,999. For that you get a 3.7GHz
processor, 12GB RAM, dual 2GB graphics

The Mac Pro offers far more performance


than most people will ever need.

cards and a 256GB solid-state drive.


If you upgrade the 5K Retina iMac to
the nearest equivalent spec, it ends
up costing very nearly the same. Theres
only one graphics card in there, but you

> Preserving your ancient videos


I have recently switched to
an Apple laptop from being
a Windows user. I have a
large collection of VCD
videos and cannot find an
app that will play them.
For anyone under the age
of 35, the Video CD format
was an early successor to
VHS tape. It stored up to 74
minutes of digital video on
a CD, at a resolution of
352x288 at 25 frames per
second. This is actually
worse than VHS, although it
doesnt degrade over time
the way that VHS tape does.
VCDs became extinct as
soon as CD-R was invented
and anyone could make
copies of their VHS tapes.
You could still play VCDs in
OS X under Mountain Lion

by directly opening the .dat


file on the disc in QuickTime
Player. But this only works
with a directly connected
optical drive, you wont be
able to use OS Xs Remote
Disc feature to stream video
from another computers
drive. You could convert
your VCDs to a DVD-Video
because you can fit around

do get the 5K screen. The decision then


comes down to what matters more:
things like live video effects (which the
Mac Pros dual graphics cards can help
with in Final Cut) or superior screen
resolution. Theyre about the same for
CPU power, though the Mac Pro has
much less storage space than you could
get in the iMac with in a Fusion Drive.
Having the screen and the Mac
separate has the advantage that if one
fails, it doesnt take the other down with
it. The Mac Pro also has much better
cooling than the iMac. If you spend
long hours running graphically intensive
software, this can make a big difference
to the lifespan of the hardware. The Mac
Pro also has a better upgrade path:
if you later decide you need a 5K display,
sell your existing one and buy a Dell

six VCDs on a single-layer


DVD-R. However, even DVD-R
is on its way out and it might
be simpler to copy the video
files off the disc onto a hard
disk that you can backup
easily. Then, you should be
able to play the video files
on your Mac using the free
VLC Media Player app
(videolan.org).

27-inch Ultra HD monitor. If the iMacs


graphics performance turned out to
be insufficient, youd have to replace
the entire machine.
That said, if you can hold off for a bit,
wait for the Mac Pro to be refreshed to
future-proof it for a bit longer.

My backup failed
My iTunes folder is on an external
Thunderbolt hard disk, and my Time
Capsule backs up my Mac mini and the
iTunes folder. After a power cut, iTunes
said that iTunes Library.itl wasnt valid
and it had created a new one. It then
showed my purchases, available to
redownload, but not anything already
on the drive, including albums ripped
from CDs. Restoring the library file
from before the power cut hasnt

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non-ECC RAM modules, also often sold


as PC2-5300. To access the RAM, you
remove the battery and undo the three
screws holding the metal bracket. The
levers on each bay are only for ejecting
the modules, by moving them all the way
left. Just push the new modules in firmly.
The socket is pretty stiff, but when the
RAM is in properly it should sit about
1mm in from the chassiss edge. Watch
this video to see what we mean:
youtu.be/fkrLwqUFsMo. If the module
is the right way around (with the notch
to the left) it should be straightforward.
Sub-millimeter alignment isnt necessary;
the module either makes electrical
contact with the socket or it doesnt.
If it still isnt working, one of the
sockets contacts may have been bent
or damaged. Fixing it yourself would
mean taking the case off completely.

Since 2012, the RAM in


MacBooks has been soldered
onto the motherboard, so
upgrading it isnt an option.

>>>

helped. Can I avoid redownloading


everything and just point iTunes to
the media already on my drive?
Before you give up on your backup,
try restoring the entire iTunes folder in
~/Music. If that doesnt work, try
restoring from a week or two further
back, just to make sure that there isnt
a corrupted file in the backup just prior
to the power cut. If that still doesnt
work, you definitely dont need to
download all your purchases again. You
still have them all on your external drive.

Recreate your iTunes library manually by


reimporting your library folder.

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I cant restart my mini!


All thats missing are the entries in the
library file. Make sure that iTunes >
Preferences > Advanced has Copy files
to iTunes Media folder when adding to
library unchecked, then click File > Add
to Library and point to the folders on
your external drive.

Am I pushing hard enough?


My Dad has given me his MacBook (2,1)
to upgrade. I pulled two 512MB Hynix
RAM modules to insert two 1GB
Samsung SODIMMs so he can run
Yosemite. How hard should I push the
modules? Angle? I cant see enough in
there using my iPhone torch. I move
the levers left to release. Moving them
right seems to do the insertion,
because the panel screws back on, but
I got a blinking signal, meaning no
RAM. I did get 1GB booting perfectly;
one slot was shown empty but both
were filled. The old modules now give a
blinking alert. Each boot attempt
produces a mild squeak with a
meager screen flash.
Thats either the Late 2006 or the
Mid 2007 model, which needs DDR2-667,

I have a Late 2012 Mac mini which


I use as a file server, running the latest
version of Yosemite. Whenever it needs
to be restarted, either manually or due
to a software update, it proceeds
normally to the startup chime, and
then I just get a gray screen. Waiting
for a few hours made no difference.
I added an SSD as an external boot
disk, which afforded me the
opportunity to reinstall OS X. However,
after once completing a normal
restart, the problem returned. The
only workaround I have is to hold the
power button to force a shutdown when
I have the gray screen and then power
up again. Is this a hardware problem?
Probably not, but theres an easy way
to check. Do a forced shut-down and
restart with D held down. This will boot

Booting in diagnostic mode is an easy way to


check your Macs basic functions are okay.

Tech Support & Techsplanations

into the hardware diagnostic mode to


run some basic tests on your RAM, disk
and motherboard. If that comes up clean,
try booting in Safe Mode by holding .
If this boots, it indicates to you that
the fault is in some driver or kernel
extension. You can find out which one
by booting yet again, but this time in
Verbose mode by holding +v. This
will dump a message on the screen for
each step in the boot process, and the
last one you see before it locks up is the
one responsible for the trouble. Hopefully
you can use this information to roll back
an update or uninstall something to get
your Mac mini back on track.

The history icon in iTunes doesnt work the


same way as in iOSs Music app.

Not loving the heart


I signed up for the free Apple Music
trial on my iMac and so far I quite
like it. However, I dont understand
the heart button. If I click it,
I expect to be able to see a list of
songs I have previously hearted,
so I can find the stuff I like. There
isnt even a recently played list!
That button tells Apple Music what
you like, so that it can refine its
suggestions in the For You tab. But
we agree, its ridiculous wed rather
have a tab called Favorites than Connect,
which we never use. However, there is
a history function of a sort

SHARE WITH US!

> I cant boot my MacBook Pro


I have a 2012 MacBook
Pro that wasnt booting
because the hard disk
died. I have a clean install
of Yosemite on an SSD,
which the MacBook starts
up from over USB but
not when I install it in the
MacBook. I know I didnt
damage anything during
the install, because I can
take the SSD out and it
works over USB.
What would stop it
booting when the drive
is internal?
Have you tried holding
Alt while restarting to
ensure that you actually

have the internal drive


selected and the MacBook
isnt trying to start up from a
non-existent USB drive?
After that, the most likely
cause is that the internal

Clicking the icon in the status area


that looks like a bullet-point list shows
the Up Next list. Clicking the clock icon
there changes the list to Previously
Played. There are lots of things we still
dont like about this, however.
Up Next and Previously Played are,
confusingly, sorted in reverse order from
one another, and neither shows the
current track to orient you but then
iTunes has always played fast and loose
with the rules of good design.
To show a list of your favorited tracks,
create a Smart Playlist by choosing File >
New > Smart Playlist, then set a single
rule that matches tracks where Loved
is set to true. Its not ideal but it just
about does the trick.

drive cable is damaged.


They are quite delicate
and this might even be
why you had trouble in
the first place, rather
than the drive itself.

Can I sync without iCloud?


I have a Late 2012 iMac that I use day
to day, but when traveling I take my
15-inch MacBook Pro. What I want to
do is sync documents normally on my
iMac with my MacBook Pro so I always
have an up-to-date copy of them
whether I am home or away. Can I sync
them over a home network?
You can sync files over a home
network with GoodSync ($30 per
computer, goodsync.com) but if you
make any changes while you are away
from home, that laptop will be out of
sync until you get back. If youre
concerned about sensitive files in the
cloud, password-protect individual files
or use tresorit.com.

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HOW TO DO ANYTHING ON YOUR MAC, iPHONE & iPAD

Arrange apps in Split View


Discover El Capitans way to boost productivity when using two apps

REQUIRES
> OS X 10.11 or later
LEVEL
> Anyone can do it
IT WILL TAKE
> 5 minutes

WINDOW MANAGEMENT IN OS X has


improved over the years, but you still
had to spend an inordinate amount
of time resizing and repositioning
windows to set up your working environment.
Thats why Apple has come up with Split View
in El Capitan. Its ideal when you need to focus on
two apps at once. In fact, its so good that it could
revolutionize how you use apps, especially on
small screens. Similar to fullscreen mode, Split
View puts two apps side-by-side and fills the

entire screen as if theyre both running fullscreen


(apps you want to use in Split View need to
support fullscreen mode). This provides more
space for whatever youre doing.
You arent stuck with the split that OS X
determines. Between the two apps is a bar that
you can drag left or right to change the amount
of space allocated to each one. Mastering Split
View is all about knowing where and what to click,
so here we reveal its secrets. Get ready to change
the way you use your Mac GRAHAM BARLOW

How to Use Split View the quick way

Locate your first app


Make sure both apps are open.
Locate the first app, and click and hold the
green button in the top left corner of its
window. Now drag the window to the left or
right of the screen, which will be highlighted
with a blue overlay. Release the mouse or
trackpad to fill that area with the app.

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Find a second app


With one app taking up half the
screen, the other windows that are open
become thumbnails in the other half. Select
the app (or specific window) you want to
see on that side of the screen by clicking
its thumbnail. The app will zoom to fill that
area. Youre now in Split View mode.

Allocate space
Between the two apps is a black line.
Put the pointer over the line and click and
drag to allocate space. To exit Split View,
move the pointer to the top of the screen to
reveal the menu bar and each apps title bar.
Click either apps green button to remove it;
the other remains in fullscreen mode.

How to do anything on your Mac, iPhone & iPad

Visual guide Get to grips with Split View

Move between apps


Here weve got Maps open in the
window on the left, and Photos on the
right. Both apps function normally, and
you can move the pointer from one to the
other. Only the app that has the focus will
respond to keyboard commands, though.
You can quickly press + to switch
between the apps if it isnt clear which
has it, note the colors of their toolbars.

Allocated space
OS X works out the best amount
of space for each app. When you combine
Mail and Reminders, only a narrow strip
is allocated to the latter. OS X also works
out the minimum required width of each
app. So, iBooks and Pages cant be put
side-by-side on a 15-inch MacBook Pro,
yet they can be combined on an external,
higher resolution display. On a MacBook
with a Retina display, you can sometimes
overcome this. In System Preferences >
Displays > Display, click Scaled and

choose an option further towards the


More Space end of the range this
causes everything to be rendered smaller
on the screen, yet some apps provide a
zoom control, so you can keep what
youre working on comfortably large. If
you use this tec hnique often, consider
buying EasyRes ($7.99, Mac App Store),
which enables you to quickly switch
resolutions from the menu bar.

Separator line
The black line can be dragged left
or right to change the amount of space
allocated to each app. The apps will
redraw their contents to make the best
use of the available space. Double-click
the line to split the screen evenly.

Split View in
Mission Control
Open Mission Control, drag a window
from your current desktop space and
drop it on an app thats already in
fullscreen mode in the Spaces bar. The
two apps will then be combined in Split
View. Drop the window on the left or
right side of the spaces thumbnail as you
prefer, or switch them around by clicking
on ones toolbar and then dragging it
across the screen. To remove both apps
from Split View, put the pointer over it
in Mission Controls Spaces bar and then
click the inward-pointing arrows at its
top left corner.

Exit Split View


Move the pointer to the top of the
screen and the menu bar and the apps
title bars will appear. To take either app
out of Split View, click its green button.

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Automate offline backups


Take the pain out of remembering to back up your data

REQUIRES
> OS X 10.4 or later
LEVEL
> Easy
IT WILL TAKE
> 1 hour

WERE BIG FANS of Time Machine, but


its not the be-all and end-all when it
comes to backing up your Mac. Every
backup routine should have checks
and fail-safes built in. Multiple backups in
multiple locations is best if any of them should
corrupt or be lost you can revert to another.
Traditionally, this meant manually copying
data out of your apps one by one, but thats no
longer necessary. OS Xs Automator knows all
about the other apps Apple provides, like Mail,
Contacts and Calendar, and both how and where
they store their data. This means that it can
rummage around inside their files and back
things up on your behalf.
Automator doesnt require any manual
coding and doesnt assume prior knowledge. Its
functions are broken down into categories: all you
need to do is drag them into the order in which
you want them performed and the output of one
will automatically be used as the input of the next.

Dont worry if your Automator categories dont


exactly match ours apps can add new abilities,
so some may be missing on your Mac if you
havent got the same apps installed as us. In this
tutorial well only be using Automator actions
that are included with OS X. NIK RAWLINSON

AU TO M ATO R CA N RU M M AG E A R O U N D I N S I D E
A P P S F I L ES A N D P E R FO R M BAC KU P S FO R YO U

REPEATING
ROUTINES
You can create as many
Automator Calendar
Events as you want and
set them to run at
different times. You may
want to back up your
contacts once a week,
but create a separate
routine to create a copy
of your documents at
the end of each day.

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Automate your workflow


Open Automator and select Calendar Alarm as
the type of document you want to create. A document
of this type will be triggered by events in your calendar,
which means you can set it to run at specified intervals
without any manual intervention on your part.

Filter your contacts


Choose View > Arrange Actions by > Application.
Click Contacts in the left column and drag Find Contacts
Items into the right pane. This specifies what to back up.
Leave the first two options as people and All, select
Name and is not for the others, and enter zzz.

How to do anything on your Mac, iPhone & iPad

JARGON
BUSTER
NAS (Network Attached
Storage) is a drive
attached to your
router, which makes
it accessible from any
Mac in your home.
Storing backups on a
NAS drive makes them
easy to retrieve while
keeping them separate.

Test the results


Click Run on the main toolbar. If it works youll
see a green check mark at the bottom of the window
with the words Workflow completed next to it. Click
Results, immediately below the pop-up menus, to check
that the action has selected all of your contacts.

Save and activate workflow


Choose File > Save and name your alarm.
Automator adds it as an event at the current time,
in a calendar called Automator. Open the Calendar
app and double-click the new event to customize it.
Set it to repeat weekly (or daily) at a specific time.

Export your contacts


If that worked, drag in the Export vCards
action so that it sits below the first one in your
workflow. Leave its first option set to one vCard to
save all records together, and select a destination from
the second pop-up; we recommend a NAS.

Copy your content


You can take a more direct route to backing
up by copying whole folders that can be reinstated on
a new system. Apple publishes a list of locations that
you should back up at support.apple.com/kb/PH13985,
which is a good start. Lets do that for Calendars.

BELT AND
BRACES

Reveal the hidden Library


In Finder, click Go while holding Alt to reveal
Library, then click it. In Automator, create a new
Calendar Alarm, select Finder in the left column, drag
Get Specified Finder Items into the workflow, drag the
Calendars folder from the Finder window to the action.

Duplicate your data


Add the Copy Finder Items action and use
its pop-up menu to choose a backup destination. If
none of the default options suit, pick Other Check
the box beside Replace existing items, then save
the workflow to add it to your calendar.

To go further, back up
more folders, or even
your whole Library
folder, along with your
Documents folder.
Make sure you have
enough space on your
destination drive.
Running this in addition
to Time Machine gives
you a second fallback.

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Edit images in Pixelmator


Unleash your imagination to create artwork by layering multiple pictures

REQUIRES
> Pixelmator, some
image files
LEVEL
> Anyone can do it

PIXELMATOR IS A PHOTO editor that


packs a lot of power. Its built with the
Mac in mind, supporting Force Touch,
Extensions and integration with
Apples Photos app. One of its most powerful
tools is layer-based editing, which splits an image
into slices that can be edited separately. This can

take a while to get your head around, but you can


visualize it as sheets of acetate on an overhead
projector. Each element of your composition
resides on a different sheet, and they can be
reordered, repositioned against each other, and
have new sheets added to the stack. The final
image combines all the layers. IAN EVENDEN

IT WILL TAKE
> 30 minutes

Repair tool
We need a plain background. This lovely picture
of the sea has a killer whale leaping uninvited into shot,
but we can remove the interloper using the Repair tool,
which can also remove spots, dust and scratches. You
can change the brushs size using the slider (top left).

Brush it away
With a suitable brush size selected, paint over
the unwanted object. If its small, like a spot on a
models face, just use a quick dab of the brush. Well
have to paint out our whale with multiple strokes
using a medium-size brush. Going over the edges is fine.

EFFECTS
PALETTE
If you want a quicker
and easier way of
altering your pictures,
look at the Effects
palette. This is loaded
with one-click filters
in eight groups that
can make a major
difference to your
images. All of them
can be faded out with
the Saturation slider too.

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Stages of erasure
The Repair tool looks at nearby pixels to replace
the unwanted object with. Painting in stages tends to
give a better result than erasing in one go. With your
desired result, paint over any remnants with the Repair
tool, blending the repair in so it looks natural.

Blending images
Pick two images to blend; one with a strong
shape, the other softer. You can use Paint Selection to
draw over the background. Pixelmator smartly selected
the right areas we inverted this, then copied and
pasted it onto our background as a new layer.

How to do anything on your Mac, iPhone & iPad

TYPE
TOOL

Add more
Extra layers can be added using images on your
Mac. Select Layer > New Layer and click Choose Picture.
In the Layers palette, ensure your cut-out layer is just
above the background; stack new images on top of it.
Drag them up or down to change the order.

Blend modes
You can get a strong effect by altering a layers
blend mode. Multiply blends colors by darkening them,
while Screen inverts them first for a lighter result. Any
layer can be faded by reducing its opacity, just under
blend modes on the Layers palette.

Clipping mask

Pixelmators Type tool


does more than just
allow you to put text
on top of your images.
The letters can be
changed into shape
layers, which can then
have things like shadows
and colored gradients
applied to them you
can even reshape the
letters completely.

Right-click each of the top two layers in the


Layers palette and select Create Clipping Mask. The
cut-out layer below will show through. To move the
strong shape, hide the layers in front by unchecking
them, drag it into place, then make the layers visible.

Final touches
Weve got more sea than we want. This can be
removed using the Crop tool, which provides preset
aspect ratios and displays a grid representing the rule
of thirds when dragged over an image. Weve chosen a
16:9 ratio, with the bird and moon a third of the way in.

THE END
RESULT
The final composition shows aspects of all four layers: the
shape of the kite and some feather detail, the ripples of
the sea, the clouds and the blood moon. While some
combinations of layers and blend modes are more effective
than others, you should never be afraid to experiment
Pixelmator, like many other image editors, supports
multiple levels of Undo, so rolling back is just a case of
pressing +Z. The app can save in all major image file
formats, and its Save for Web feature allows you to keep
file sizes down without causing too much compression
damage to your files. Exporting as a JPEG or PNG will
flatten your layers into one, so to save your layers for
later editing use Pixelmators PXM file format.

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When to use iCloud.com


Find out how to recover deleted files, set up email rules and more

REQUIRES
> A Mac or PC, an
internet connection,
an iCloud account
LEVEL
> Could be tricky
IT WILL TAKE
> 30 minutes

iCLOUD.COM IS APPLES browserbased app suite, the majority of which


mirrors apps on your iPad. This means
that wherever you have access to
a Mac or PC with a compatible web browser
(apple.co/1K7jWdz), you can use web-based
versions of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Photos,
Notes, Reminders, and Apples trio of office apps
(Pages, Numbers and Keynote). There are also
three utilities on offer: iCloud Drive, Find My
iPhone and Settings. Wed say the site has two
specific purposes. First, its a handy emergency
place for performing tasks: checking email if your
iPads out of power, or finding a device if it goes
missing. Secondly, it has a number of useful
settings and configuration options that arent
accessible on iOS devices. CRAIG GRANNELL

How to Recover deleted documents

SIGNING
OUT
If youve left yourself
signed into iCloud.com
on a computer you no
longer have access
to, sign in elsewhere
and click Settings,
scroll to Advanced then
click Sign Out Off
All Browsers, and
confirm by clicking
Sign Out.

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Find recoverable documents


One of the most frustrating things about using a
mobile device is when you accidentally delete a file you
didnt mean to. If that happens to a file you have stored
on iCloud Drive, iCloud.com makes it easy to get it back.
To find it, log in, select Settings and scroll down to the
Advanced section, then click Restore Files and sort
your files by date or name.

Get back deleted files


If its a file you just deleted, date is the best
option. Items are sorted oldest to newest, so scroll to
the bottom of the list. Choose the item youd like to
recover by clicking its checkbox, then select Recover
File. To see if it has worked, head to the iCloud Drive
app on icloud.com, and look inside the folder where
the file was previously stored.

How to do anything on your Mac, iPhone & iPad

How to Power up Mail at iCloud.com

iCLOUD.COM
ON AN IPAD

It is sort-of possible to
use the desktop iCloud.
com site on iPad. Hold a
finger on the reload icon
at the right-hand side of
the Smart Search field
and choose Request
Desktop Site. The site
will reload with the
layout you see on a Mac
or PC. Note, though,
that some aspects of it
wont work well or at all.

Forward emails
Open Mail in iCloud.com and click the cog icon
at the bottom left corner. Select Preferences from the
pop-up menu to see your options. In Forwarding, click
the first checkbox and enter an email address. This
will forward emails sent to your iCloud.com email to
wherever you specify. You can delete forwarded
messages by ticking the second checkbox.

Create email aliases


Aliases are secondary email addresses that
shield your main iCloud.com account from spam. You
can use an alias for online shopping and other web
activities, and it can be disabled when you dont need
it. In Accounts, click Add an alias, add your alias, and,
optionally, a label and label color. Click OK. If the alias
is not available, pick one that is.

FIND MY
iPHONE

Manage email aliases


In the Accounts section of Mails preferences,
aliases are listed in the left sidebar. You can have up
to three aliases at once. To manage one, select it; you
can then update the label and label color, and the
associated name. If the alias isnt in use, you can
disable it by ticking its checkbox. If you decide you
no longer want it at all, click Delete to remove it.

Create server-side rules


In the Rules section of Mails preferences, you
can define rules to automatically organise your email.
Click Add a Rule, and use the pop-up menu to select
a condition and action; click Done to confirm. In the
Rules list, the i button enables you to update or
delete the rule. If youre going away, click the
Vacation tab instead and set an auto-reply.

Lost your device or had


it stolen? As long as it
had Find My iPhone set
up youll be able to
check its whereabouts
on iCloud.com. Open
Find My iPhone and click
All Devices. If the device
is online, click it to
zoom to its location.

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>>> Create

Create custom vibrations


Know whos calling without looking at your phone

REQUIRES
> iPhone, iOS 6
or later
LEVEL
> Easy
IT WILL TAKE
> 10 minutes

ONE VERY useful


thing about the Apple
Watch is being able
to see whos calling
without pulling your iPhone out.
However, your iPhone is already
equipped to help with this. You
can complement the ability to
assign tones built into iOS,
downloaded from the iTunes
Store, or created using
GarageBand with vibration
patterns to indicate different
types of activity.
iOS comes with a bunch of
predefined vibration patterns,
which might be all you need. But
you can make your own patterns

just by tapping on the screen.


Either way, vibrations can be set
to occur when the mute switch is
engaged, when its off, or both!
Like sound effects, patterns
can be assigned to common
events incoming calls, texts,
new email, calendar and reminder
alerts and more. If you have
specific people whose calls or
text messages you really dont
want to miss, such as your boss or
immediate family members, you
dont need an Apple Watch to give
you a gentle nudge, because your
iPhone enables you to assign
vibration patterns to individual
contacts. ALAN STONEBRIDGE

How to Assign vibration patterns to events

Set when to vibrate


Go to Settings > Sounds. At the top
of the page, decide whether your iPhone
should vibrate whenever a call is received
and all sound is turned on (Vibrate on Ring),
and if it vibrates when the Mute switch on
its side is engaged (Vibrate on Silent); you
might choose leave the latter off if you
attend a lot of meetings and dont want
even a subtle vibration to seem rude.

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Event vibrations
Further down the Sounds settings
page is a list of events that trigger sound
effects. What isnt immediately clear is that
these items can have a vibration pattern
assigned as well as or instead of a sound.
Tap one and youll find a Vibration setting;
its above the list of available sounds, so
depending on which of those is selected,
you might have to scroll up to see it.

Assign a vibration
Tap the Vibration setting and youll
be presented with standard patterns made
by Apple. Its set to None by default for the
majority of events. Tap the patterns in the
list to try them out. You might well find that
Apples own are distinctive enough if you
only want to assign vibration patterns to
a few events. However, you can be more
specific with pattern assignments.

How to do anything on your Mac, iPhone & iPad

How to Create your own vibration patterns

Tap out a pattern


In the same place you can assign
one of Apples own vibration patterns, tap
Create New Vibration below the list. The
screen turns largely gray. Tap or hold your
finger in that area to build up a pattern. It
might take a minute or so of practice to get
used to the sensitivity of the interaction.
Dont worry if it takes you several attempts
to get a good result.

Choose your timings


As you lay down a pattern, a blue
bar starts to run across the bottom of the
screen. Theres a maximum length to
vibration patterns, but you dont have to
fill it. Tap Stop at any time to keep only
the duration that has passed but bear
in mind that moments of stillness can be
as helpful as vibrations are in telling you
what event is taking place.

Save and assign it


Tap Play to check whether your
pattern is good enough, or tap Record
to take another swing at it. When youre
happy with the result, tap Save, give
your pattern a name when prompted,
then tap the dialogs Save button. Your
pattern will then show up in the list
headed Custom, ready to be assigned
to events or even to a specific contact.

How to Assign vibration patterns to individuals

Choose a contact
Vibration patterns can play in
response to more than just broad events.
They can be assigned to play when specific
people call you or send you a text message.
Open the Contacts app, tap on a contacts
name to see their details and then tap Edit.
Scroll down the list of data you can set for
a person until you come to the Ringtone
and Text Tone options.

Assign to calls/texts
Notice that Ringtone and Text Tone
each have Vibration settings immediately
below them, enabling different pattern
assignments to be set. Tap one of them,
then tap either one of Apples patterns
or your own (or you can create a new
one from here) to assign it to that event
for this contact only. Tap Done, then
Done again to save your choices.

Custom patterns
Vibration patterns cannot be
assigned using Contacts in OS X or at
iCloud.com, so there are no shortcuts to
assign them to whole groups. On the list
of custom patterns, you can delete one
you no longer want by swiping left and
tapping Delete. Places where that pattern
was used will show as Unrecognized
Vibration and use a default one.

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>>> RAM
RANDOM APPLE MEMORY

Think Different.
Apples favourite ad agency knew how to put it back on the map,
recalls Adam Banks, but first they had to get past Steve Jobs

From bottom left


Maria Callas, Muhammad
Ali, Neil Armstrong,
Pablo Picasso.
From above left Amelia
Earhart, Albert Einstein,
Mahatma Ghandi, John
Lennon and Yoko Ono.

slogan: Think Different. Playing on a


contemporary Think IBM campaign, it
portrayed Apple just like in 1984 as the
antidote to corporate predictability.
Jobs thought the press would see it as
egotistical. But he liked Siltanens
suggestion of writing copy inspired by the
film Dead Poets Society, which starred
Jobs friend Robin Williams. When it was
finished To the crazy ones. The misfits.
The rebels Clow and Siltanen presented
it as a one-minute TV spot. Jobs called it
advertising agency crap. Weeks later,
though, he approved a rewrite. Billboards
went up around the world. After Williams
declined, the ad was voiced by Richard

Dreyfuss. (Before his death, Williams would


relent and read a speech from Dead Poets
Society for an iPad commercial, What
would your verse be? He took time out to
do so from his last TV project, a show about
an ad executive called The Crazy Ones.)
The press didnt hate Think Different
they loved it. It won awards. The posters
were put up in schools. Jobs read
employees a letter from a mother whose
child was different. People understood
what Apple meant again. Maybe the crazy
ones really would change the world.

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WHEN STEVE JOBS returned to Apple


in 1997, nobody wondered what he would
invent. The company was all about the Mac.
What it needed was vision. Something to
re-establish it as a computer maker that
saw computers in a way others didnt.
One of Jobs first actions was to call in
Lee Clow from advertising agency Chiat\
Day, which had worked for Apple until Jobs
departure. Clows colleague Rob Siltanen,
according to his own recollection, proposed
something bigger and bolder. Fine, said
Jobs: come back with a pitch.
Back at the office, art director Craig
Tanimoto sketched posters with black-andwhite photos of revolutionary people. His

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