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Macworld Australia August 2016

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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the long road

I’m writing this sitting in my local public library (I like to work here once a week or so to break up the monotony of office life) just five days after doing something I thought I’d never do.I ran my first marathon. Technically, it counts as an ultramarathon as the official race distance was 43km and not the regulation 42.2km. It was run along the beautiful Surf Coast Trail along Victoria’s west coast taking in Torquay, Bells Beach and a number of other landmarks.The start of the race was relatively easy, but then we hit the sand on Bells Beach. In just 500m I was almost brought to a standstill by soft, wet, ankle-deep sand. Once I recovered from that I was able to get back to my preferred pace…

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staff picks

ANTHONY CARUANA An 11in MacBook Air with retina display. MADELEINE SWAIN Lightweight but with amazing battery life, and, dare I say it, hybrid features. No more trying to swipe the MacBook Pro’s screen after long iPad sessions. ALICIA PINNOCK Reintroducing an optical drive to save desk space and avoid buying them separately. MONIQUE BLAIR Apple’s ‘Colossal’ and ‘Ginormous’ 4-5K iMacs would be so much cooler if they were available in 42in or more. ■…

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the power of the mac’s menu bar

The menu bar at the top of your computer screen has been with the Mac since the beginning. It’s one of the defining characteristics of the Mac, one that even Microsoft didn’t dare duplicate – in Windows, the menu bars go on the top of windows, not at the top of the screen. The Mac menu bar is a constant, a north star.Except… things have been getting a little weird lately. Last year, Apple added an Automatically Hide and Show the Menu Bar feature to the General pane of System Preferences. When that preference is selected – or when you’re in full-screen mode – the menu bar appears only when you move your mouse to the top of the screen. It feels spectacularly wrong to me, but then I’ve been…

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hot stuff

APPLE REVEALS macOS SIERRA WITH SIRI, APPLE PAY AND OTHER NEW FEATURES In addition to a changed name, macOS Sierra boasts several new features, which Apple showcased during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote.Don’t call it OS X anymore and, if you do, Siri will probably correct you. At its 2016 WWDC Apple unveiled that the Mac operating system is now called macOS, and the next version will feature the Siri vocal interface and digital assistant.Siri is the headline feature in what will be macOS Sierra. As had been rumoured, a new Siri icon will be accessible in the Dock. Clicking on it will launch a Siri window that iOS users will be familiar with. (Siri can also be activated using a keyboard shortcut.) During the macOS Siri demo at…

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how the smart connector could be key to an iphone pro

Ports are the unsung heroes of Apple’s revolutions. We got USB with the iMac, FireWire and the 30-pin connector with the iPod, Lightning with the iPhone and iPad, and USB-C with the MacBook. Many of Apple’s breakthroughs have centred on a new way to connect.A recent leak could provide some evidence for the inclusion of a Smart Connector on the next iPhone Plus. And it appears that Apple is wrestling with the decision to christen the larger 5.5in iPhone with the same Pro status bestowed on the iPad, complete with the addition of the magnetic Smart Connector. According to the drawing and a leaked photo, the port is on the back of the device rather than the edge like the iPad Pro, which suggests Apple has something different in mind…

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apple simplifies navigation with itunes 12.4

The initial release of iTunes 12 came with a confusing interface. With the 12.4 update, Apple has thankfully made iTunes simpler to use.Apple recently released iTunes 12.4, simplifying some of the complex navigation features that have been criticised in this version of the media management app. Apple’s release notes for iTunes 12.4 say: “Now enjoy all of your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more in a simpler design.” You can update iTunes through the App Store app on your Mac.When I reviewed iTunes 12 back in late 2014, I said, “Overall, I find the navigation confusing – it requires too many clicks to get around.” I find the changes Apple has wrought to the interface of iTunes 12.4 to be both positive and intuitive, and I think all users…