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Macworld Australia April 2017

Australian Macworld is the longest-running Mac magazine outside the USA. We bring you the latest news, reviews, help and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and everything else from Apple. Plus you'll find photography, lifestyle and the latest gadgets. It's the full package for Mac fans.

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lucky 13 – let’s hope so

I’m not a superstitious person. I’ll walk under ladders, cross the path of a black cat and couldn’t care less if I break a mirror. But when I was setting up my folders for this month’s issue of Macworld Australia I noticed something.I made my first contributions to Macworld Australia back in 2004. It’s hard to believe 13 years have elapsed since I wrote my first article, under the editorship of Matthew JC Powell. The article was a review of a Personal Digital Assistant made by Palm. Remember them?Since then, the pages of Macworld Australia have documented Apple’s shift from a computer company into a consumer electronics and media distribution monolith that has, at times, been the most valuable company in the world based on market capitalisation. It has established…

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staff picks

ANTHONY CARUANA I want an iPad mini pro. This would be small enough to replace the paper notebook I carry everywhere. MADELEINE SWAIN A driverless car before my son becomes old enough to get his learner’s permit. Should give Apple plenty of time, no? ALICIA PINNOCK Seeing as hoverboards were supposed to be around last year, this is something I would like to see: a real hoverboard accessible by the general public. MONIQUE BLAIR Since breaking my iPhone, I have realised just how difficult it can be to save, back up and transfer old photos or documents to a new device. I’d really like a Time Capsule or Time Machine for iPhones.…

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prize-winning letter

Dear Editor I don’t think that in the absence of evidence; i.e. users not writing in to tell you of their success with new technology, you can conclude that “…there are many more people whose lives have been enriched by it.”Perhaps they have just given up trying to do the things they previously did.The single most destructive thing Apple has done in recent years is to adopt a philosophy of minimalism with regard to controls; i.e. buttons, icons, etc.On a mobile phone, I can understand the reason for this, as the screen real estate is small and precious. The user does not want to have content obscured by buttons, menus, icons, etc.But this does not apply to a tablet or indeed a 24in computer screen.The GUI that Apple introduced to…

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have your say

NOT ALL CHANGE IS FOR THE BESTIn a recent email bulletin, I said, “Has technology simplified your life? I hear lots of stories from people struggling with some aspect of technology. But I suspect there are many more people whose lives have been enriched by it.”Several readers replied. Here are some of the responses.A more succinct response from Barry Wise:Enriched, yes. Simplified no! THE OPPORTUNITIES TECHNOLOGY CREATES…I very much agree with this concept. I have used Macintosh computers since they first arrived about 30 years ago. I am 70 and a freelance writer and investigation coordinator. I was offered my current full-time position with the proviso that I could work anywhere in the world, like the ‘bosses’. In a cyber crime detection agency, everything is ‘online’. The crimes, the…

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the evolution of apple’s laptops, from the powerbook to the macbook pro

The Colourful iBook era.In a moment of somewhat unexpected nostalgia at its most recent media event, Apple pointed out that it was the 25th anniversary of the PowerBook. (It’s good to know that, 27 years later, Apple still would rather nobody remember the Mac Portable.) I’ve been a Mac laptop user since the original PowerBook era. That ancient history is my history. Since 1991, Apple has gone through seven distinct eras when it comes to its laptop strategy and design. THE CLASSICS: THE 680X0 ERAThe original PowerBooks (and, sure, the Mac Portable) used the Mac’s original processor, the Motorola 680x0 series. The first generation of PowerBooks took the world by storm, which is why it’s their anniversary that Apple noted. I distinctly remember a magazine story attentively describing entertainment industry…

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hot stuff

APPLE RESOLVES THE MACBOOK PRO BATTERY LIFE ISSUES FOUND IN CONSUMER REPORTS’ TESTING BY ROMAN LOYOLA Apple and Consumer Reports have been working together to determine the issues that Consumer Reports had with the new MacBook Pro’s battery life during its review. It turns out that Consumer Reports uses a developer setting that typical users don’t use, and also that the same setting has a bug that affects performance.In its review of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports said its battery life test results varied wildly, from four hours to 19 hours. Consumer Reports explained on its website that its laptop battery tests do not necessarily reflect real-world usage; instead, tests are designed to be consistent across different laptops for comparison’s sake. In the case of the MacBook Pro, Consumer Reports’…