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Macworld Australia July 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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apple’s aim is world domination… really

There was a time when understanding what Apple was up to meant tracking what was happening with hardware and software releases. If you wanted to know when a new Mac was coming, you knew to expect a significant model refresh every two or three years and some sort of performance update every nine months or so – maybe a larger hard drive or a newer processor.OS X would get an overhaul every third year and we could feel comfortable knowing the applications we purchased today would work for another couple of years, at least.That’s changed over the years. I think the real place to look at Apple’s long-term plans is to examine all the different ‘kits’ it has released.HomeKit, HealthKit, ARKit (which was announced at WWDC 2017), MapKit, CloudKit, WatchKit…

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staff picks

ANTHONY CARUANAI'm super interested as I'm keen on HomeKit, but it will be hard to displace my existing sound system. MADELEINE SWAINI won’t, but I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if our particularly tech savvy household member does. ALICIA PINNOCKIf I didn't live in an apartment that shared walls with others, I would definitely consider it! KARL DYERI’m very interested as I do not have an existing sound system at home. However, price will be a huge factor. ■…

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have your say

DO WE NEED A SIMPLER iPHONE?A little while ago, I asked readers, through our weekly email newsletter, what they thought about the idea that Apple ought to make a budget iPhone. This was following the news that Nokia was releasing a modernised version of its most popular handset of the 1990s, the 3310.Here are a few of the responses.I know many seniors who would see this as a real option. They are not used to messaging or selfies or for that matter music on their phone. But they could embrace a simple phone.Steve---Different strokes for different folks. You were talking about the Nokia phone coming back, and yes, I would like to see budget phones by Apple. Mum has an iPhone, but only uses it to make calls — she…

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have your say

IS THE iPAD A DEAD TABLET WALKING?The iPad has had a very interesting life so far. After completely redefining what was possible in a portable computer and recording massive sales, it has fallen out of favour. Whether that’s because of the increased popularity of Windows 10 and the new wave of devices it spawned, the increased availability of Android tablets or people simply holding on to older devices for longer, Apple has struggled to regain the early momentum it had.So, is the iPad a dead tablet walking? Here’s what some of you recently said.Just today I found another ‘feature’ that does not work on the iPad – Gmail contacts and groups. I have tried and tried. During the last six weeks I took a MacBook Air and iPad 2 on…

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have your say

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH HOMEKITHome automation has been one of those tech promises that has never quite been fulfilled. Apple championed the cause through its HomeKit platform, but there haven’t been too many companies that have jumped on the platform in a big way.Some vendors, such as Elgato and Philips, have embraced it and I recently reviewed the Schlage Sense door lock. Being able to remotely control devices is nifty, but I’m looking for the ability for devices to work together. For example, when I unlock the door, the lights come on automatically (but only when it’s dark) and the heater or air-conditioning are turned on when I’m on my way home, when the weather is too cold or hot.Here’s what one reader has experienced.I was an early adopter of Philips…

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have your say

WILL YOUR NEXT MAC BE AN iPAD?In the aftermath of WWDC I started pondering whether iOS and macOS will eventually fuse into a single Apple OS.I reckon you’re on the mark with, eventually, one item for me (iPad Pro) that would make for less hardware needed.Maybe business users will need to wait a bit longer, but I am hoping the iOS 11 plus iPad Pro plus pencil might just suit me.Gil• Letters should be emailed to editor@macworld.com.au with a subject header of ‘Letter to the Editor’ or by post to: Macworld Australia Mailbox, Suite 1418, Level 14, 1 Queens Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004. Please include your full name and address, including state or territory.• Comments on stories or Forum posts on www.macworld.com.au are also eligible for the prize.• We reserve…

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