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Essential Apple User Magazine February 2020

Exclusive to digital. BDM’s Essential AppleUser Magazine brings you the very latest news, rumours, reviews and technical help for your Apple iPhone, iPad and the iOS along with Mac's, MacBooks, macOS, Apple Watch and all the accessories. This is the publication you will need to keep on top of the must know information and technical help from our team of Apple experts for your Mac, MacBook, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod and Apple TV hardware. If you want to stay informed click subscribe. 100% unofficial.

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United Kingdom
Papercut Limited
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
team players

James Gale Managing Editor Dear Tim, can I please have an Apple Time Machine in 2020? That way I can skip forward in time and grab the text for this column for the entire year. Martin Smith Group Senior Designer I’d like to see the Watch more compatible with more external sensors for sports, such as heart rate straps, power meters, speed & cadence sensors. Bob Canning Staff Writer How about an Apple games console that can play both Mac and iOS games? They might be a little wary after the disaster that was the Pippin though. Alison Drew Sub Editor I would love to see an app that can translate between sign language and speech. I think this would be a real step forward. Ian Osborne Editor Google Glass flopped, but could Apple do better? This issue’s interview has got me excited about…

2 min.
editor’s letter

A new year, a new issue, so what will Apple do in 2020? New iPhones? That’s a given, but they’re not likely to arrive until September. New Macs? Quite a few are due a refresh, so again, this one’s a distinct probability. An iPad Pro with triple cameras? If the rumour mill is to be believed, this one’s coming too, but what else? In our main feature, we round up the rumours, list the leaks and get to grips with the gossip about what Apple’s likely to bring us over the next 12 months. Check it out on Page 18. Something that's bound to be big over the next few years is XR. This umbrella term covers Virtual Reality (exploring a wholly computer-generated 3D environment) and Augmented Reality (overlaying 3D computer…

2 min.
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6 min.
readers’ writes

An Apple eBook Reader? Paper books are dying. Within a few years, they’ll be the preserve of pretentious hipsters and museum archivists, with everyone else buying ebooks. So when will Apple make a decent ebook reader? I know you can use ebooks on Apple devices with the Books and Kindle apps, but I want a real ebook reader, something with an E Ink screen which is much easier on the eyes when reading novels. So come on, Tim. Give us an Apple eReader. Mike Dewsbury, Hastings, Sussex. Editor Says: The death of paper books might take a little longer than you realise. Not everyone is comfortable enough with technology to switch from the humble paperback, and CDs and streaming media haven’t exactly killed vinyl and DVD video, have they? If you read books on…

6 min.
tech q&a

Candid Cameras Q: I love using the webcam on my MacBook Air, but I sometimes get frustrated by the fact that you can’t move it. Because it’s built into the notebook’s lid, I can’t reposition it elsewhere in the room to get a different view. Is there any way I can use another webcam with my Mac, instead of the built-in one? Stephen Goldberg, London A: Yes; just buy a USB webcam and plug it in. You then need to open the Photo Booth app and select Camera from the menu bar at the top of the screen. In the pull-down menu, all currently attached webcams are listed. Click on your new USB webcam in this list, and the camera feed switches to your external webcam. You can then open another app that…

5 min.
the evolution of the iphone

Apple’s high-end iPhones are likely to be thinner. This is no great surprise. When refreshing its lines, it loves to shave a millimetre or two off the thickness of a product. Far more interesting is the leak reported by Korean website The Elec, which claims ‘[screen manufacturer] LG Display is aiming to upgrade its production facilities for flexible, Gen-6 OLED panels for smaller displays.’ These facilities are LG’s ‘E6 lines in Paju of Gyeonggi Province’, which produce screens exclusively for Apple. So what could we expect from the new screens? Another Korean website, ETNews, thinks it has the answer. While current touchscreens consist of two layers, one for the capacitive circuitry which overlays the second layer, the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display, the next generation will integrate the circuits into the…