Planned topics of issue 02/2021 – Aporil 08

Space close: March 15, 2021

Thunderbolt 4
The first hubs and docks for the new standard are on sale. The devices turn one Thunderbolt chain into up to three more – even on Macs that only support the older Thunderbolt 3. Mac & i explains what else the new standard has to offer.

Apps for the 2020 tax return
Short-time work, home office or support payments: This year, there are good reasons for many citizens to file their first tax return. Apps for macOS, iPhone, iPad or the browser want to guide even inexperienced users to their goal and conveniently submit the return online to the tax authorities. Our test candidates have to prove how well this works.

Jamming over the net
The next concert is still a long way off, but you can still stream music together with band members from the neighboring town or from all over the world. We show you which software and services you can use for a live performance on the web.

What’s new in HomeKit
Apple’s smart home is getting even smarter: With iOS 14, suitable HomeKit lights adjust the color temperature to the time of day, and the HomePod mini introduces a new network standard that promises greater efficiency and stability. Mac & i uses the first devices to show what adaptive light does and what’s behind Thread.

Pencil alternatives
To write and draw with Apple’s Pencil on the iPad, you have to pay up to 135 euros. Alternative pens are available for considerably less money, but are they any good? Our test shows the differences and names alternatives to the expensive original.

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