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MacFormat

MacFormat

April 2020

MacFormat is the UK’s best selling magazine for the home Mac user. Each issue brings you all the exciting developments from the world of Apple, including reviews of new Macs, iPads and Apple’s own apps like iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. We’ll show you how to make the most of your Mac, OS X and all the creative things you can do with it. We also review all the latest 3rd party software and kit – so if you’re looking for a new hard drive, monitor or printer that works with a Mac, you’ll be well served. iOS users are also welcome and we review the latest iPad and iPhone apps. ***Note: This digital edition is not printable and does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies***

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
hello (again)

It’s been five months since Apple officially launched Catalina – and it’s certainly been one of the most transformative and radical macOS updates to date. 32-bit support went the way of the Dodo, as did iTunes – replaced instead with separate apps named Music, TV and Podcasts. In all there were over 100 new and improved features – and they’re just the ones Apple told us about. In this month’s lead feature, we’ve come up with 97 more, although the tips, tricks and secrets we’re including should help make using Catalina easier, slicker and quicker than before. You’ll find them all starting on page 20. Talking of secrets… turn to page 62 and you’ll discover 33 incredible apps that can help you do all kinds of weird and wonderful things on Mac,…

1 min.
meet the team

Sirivats Lakshman Staff Writer Srivats has been peeking behind the curtains on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) this month. You can find out which one he thinks is best on page 86. Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo finally has a sense of Homer – she’s been tuning into Natalie Hayne’s brilliantly funny …Stands Up For The Classics podcast on BBC Sounds. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul now has a fancy ultrawide monitor on his desk. When he’s not using it to lay out MacFormat pages, he sits and licks the screen. Strange man.…

2 min.
coronavirus hits apple hard

Apple has been seriously affected by a countrywide shutdown in China, caused by a coronavirus outbreak that is believed to have started in Hubei province and rapidly spread elsewhere. Apple was forced to shut down all of its corporate offices, stores and contact centres when the epidemic was first reported in early February, although some had begun to reopen by 13 February. Production of iPhones, AirPods and other Apple products was also impacted as factories run by suppliers such as Foxconn were also closed. Restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities on travel and use of public spaces in early February also led Apple to limit travel to China only for strictly “business critical reasons”. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and People, said in a company email: “We recognise that…

1 min.
unified purchases incoming

Apple looks set to offer ‘unified purchases’ across iOS, iPadOS and macOS, if a new feature in the iOS 13.4 beta is anything to go by. Developers will be able to offer buy-once bundles of their apps on iPhone, iPad and Mac, saving you the hassle (and expense) of having to buy separate versions for each device you own. In-app purchases (IAP) will also be covered by the move, which is optional for developers. Other exciting new features discovered in the iOS 13.4 beta include a CarKey API that could enable you to lock and unlock your car using the NFC chip in your iPhone or Apple Watch, plus new CarPlay features for third-party apps. It also looks like iOS 13.4 will finally deliver iCloud folder sharing – a feature originally announced at…

1 min.
the poll

Which rumoured Apple product are you most excited about? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Slowed-down iPhones cost Apple £21m Apple has been slapped with a £21m fine for slowing down old iPhones. The ruling by France’s Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF) also mandates that Apple will have to display a press release on its website for a month. The fine was issued after the DGCCRF ruled that “a lack of consumer information [by Apple] constituted a misleading commercial practice by omission”. This is in relation to the dynamic power management tool in iOS 10.2.1, that deliberately slowed down iPhone 6, 7 and SE models to extend their battery life.…

1 min.
amd coming to mac in 2020?

Apple may make the jump to AMD in 2020, after references to several of the company’s processors were uncovered in the latest macOS beta. The macOS 10.15.4 beta references several AMD processors, according to Twitter user @_rogame who tweeted a screenshot showing the names Picasso, Raven, Renoir and Van Gogh – all of which refer to AMD’s Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which combines the CPU and GPU onto a single chip. The AMD APUs could debut in a rumoured high-end gaming Mac that Apple is reportedly preparing to show off at WWDC 2020. Apple is also expected to update the 13in MacBook Pro this year, although that’s expected to get Intel’s new Ice Lake chips instead. However, relations between Intel and Apple have been tense for some time, partly due to Intel’s struggles…