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It’s great that Mac|Life has a sense of humor. Case in point: the review of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones in January’s issue [ Mac|Life 136]. “Sound isn’t… juvenile.” It has “a quite forward presentation.” “The treble is slightly safe.” It’s a lovely spoof of pretentious audiophile jargon. Still, you might want to save that sort of thing for the April issue. Someone might think you were serious. Joe Devlin Next month: we review a camera without using the term “resolution” and test some storage devices without mentioning megabytes or data transfer speed. Seriously, we do try to get the balance right between technical and conversational language in Mac|Life, and always appreciate feedback.
In your feature about cleaning up your Mac in Mac|Life 136, on page 21, “How to scan with System Information”, I could not get it started because there is no “Manage button” to click on. I have an iMac running OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan. Frank Haeg The Manage button was added in macOS 10.12 Sierra. Earlier versions don’t have it and won’t recommend ways to optimize your storage. Sorry we didn’t make this clear.
I have a Mac and therefore, personally, don’t need an iPhone X. I would like a “basic,” less expensive, phone. So: If Apple could strip out enough apps and functions from the iPhone SE to bring the price down to $199.99, what would be left, and would it be sufficient for some people? For example: Phone, Calendar, Clock, Dictionary, Reminders, Contacts, Notes, Calculator, and certain apps to sync with a Mac. If this is a silly question, will there ever be an Apple Watch that does not require an iPhone? Bernard McCann But would people be satisfied with your list of “basic” apps? What if you wanted to add more? And would that price be the sweet spot for everyone?
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On my old iPhone 6 Plus I have not experienced any noticeable change in responsiveness. I’m sure hearing this slowdown story will implant all kinds of negative fantasy memories in user minds. Besides, I didn’t purchase an iPhone because of its speed anyway. The Apple experience is so far more than this minuscule thing. Anyone that complains needs to get a life. John Hankwitz
I noticed my iPhone 6’s battery life degrade a month ago, after updating iOS. (1) When it is cold, it will go from 60% to 20% to auto shutdown within 15 minutes. When I plug it back in, it will reopen and show 40-60% charge. Very frustrating. (2) I fully charge it every night, and it will completely drain the battery by (usually) 2pm, with only moderate use. (3) Anytime it gets to 16-20%, I know I have only moments to still use it. I’m ready to hear the solution, because I’m not ready to buy a new phone. DonBursell John, meet Don. We asked for iOS upgrade experiences and the picture is very mixed, with many users reporting glitches and slowdown after upgrading. See our news pages for more.
Last month, we said in answer to a letter that if you’re using an SSD for Time Machine, High Sierra will convert it to APFS. This is not correct — for now, High Sierra will convert only your startup disk. We apologize for the error.
In Sierra and newer, System Information helps you “manage” your storage.