MacFormat December 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***

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United Kingdom
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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Números

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1 min.
meet the team

As predicted, Apple’s “Hi, Speed” event in October revealed four new iPhones – the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, giving you even more options if you’re planning to upgrade your smartphone this year – you can read all about the new devices on p6, plus you’ll find in-depth reviews of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 on p72 and p75 respectively. We’ve also put the fourth-gen iPad Air through its paces on p76. One of the big new features of Apple’s 2020 iPhones is MagSafe, which delivers faster and more efficient wireless charging to those devices for the first time – and it looks like that’s just the start of Apple’s wireless charging plans. You can find out what else may be…

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5 min.
apple unveils 5g iphones

During a jam-packed show on 13 October, Apple launched a raft of new products, including the iPhone 12 in four new, redesigned flavours, a smaller HomePod, and a range of magnetic iPhone charging accessories. The event saw Apple show off its largest-ever iPhone display and marked the first time the company has revealed so many iPhone models at once. One of the biggest stories of the day was, ironically, one of the smallest. Rumours that Apple was working on a 5.4-inch iPhone bore out as the iPhone 12 mini took to the stage. This pint-sized phone contains almost all the same features as the larger iPhone 12, including a flat-edge design borrowed from the iPad Pro, 5G connectivity, and an OLED display, just wrapped up in a smaller package. It also…

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1 min.
apple news roundup

MEDICAL RECORDS ON YOUR iPHONE SEE YOUR HEALTH DATA ANYWHERE Apple’s Health app can now be used to view your medical records on iPhone. The feature, dubbed Health Records, allows you to view records from different hospitals and providers. Data is encrypted on your device and when you communicate with your hospital. Currently only two hospitals are using the feature (in Oxford and Milton Keynes), but this should expand in the future. RIP APPLE TV REMOTE APP APP NIXED IN FAVOUR OF CONTROL CENTRE Apple has removed the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store, which was used to control an Apple TV from an iOS device. It is likely an effort to avoid duplication; most of the app features are already available in Control Centre. The company has also purged any mention of…

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1 min.
ios 14 bug resets your default apps

When iOS 14 launched, it was the first version of Apple’s mobile operating system that allowed you to change your default email app and web browser – a degree of customisation somewhat rare in the world of iOS. At least, that was the promise, but it looks like a bug is now reverting your choices back to Apple’s own apps. The problem occurs when a third-party app that has been set to be your iOS device’s default mail or web client gets updated using the App Store. Once the update has finished, the default app is then reset to either Mail or Safari, removing your previous choice in the Settings app. This is not the first time a bug like this has occurred in iOS 14. Shortly after the mobile operating…

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1 min.
hot issue for apple watch se

Apple has only just started shipping the brand-new Apple Watch SE, but it seems some users are having noticeable heat issues with the device. While the problem does not appear to be widespread, it is still a concerning development for the more affordable Apple Watch model. Problems were first reported in South Korea, where several Watch SE users claimed to have felt the device get unusually hot on their wrists. Upon removing the watch, their wrists were marked red by the heat, with a yellow burn mark appearing in the top-right corner of the watch face. MacRumors later reported that an American Watch SE user had claimed to have suffered a similar issue, with their device getting hot while charging and experiencing the same yellow burn mark on the screen. While it is…

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2 min.
adobe photoshop & premiere elements 2021 £130.36

Adobe’s cut-down versions of its 2021 photo- and video-editing heavy hitters have arrived. Starting with Photoshop Elements, it is more straightforward to replace skies, clear out unwanted objects, remove haze, and more. There are guided editing tools to move, scale, and duplicate objects in your shots, and a new feature that can ensure everyone is looking at the camera. As for Premiere Elements, you can now select a specific object or area in your video, then apply an effect that will track throughout your footage – useful for blurring a background or brightening a subject, for example. If you were hoping for quality-of-life improvements, Premiere Elements 2021 has those too. You can now see effects in real time without having to apply them, and there is an expanded music library with new…

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