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MacFormat

February 2021

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
hello(again)

We’ve always been honest at MacFormat about the fact that Apple kit comes at a premium price. And while the hardware and built-in software is of matching premium quality, it’s the apps you install on your Mac, iPad or iPhone that really bring it to life. But what if you’ve blown your budget on the Apple device in the first place? You need a cheap but brilliant app; better still, you need a free but brilliant app! So this issue, we’re bringing you our round-up of the best free apps. Turn to p18, and marvel at both the variety and the high standard of functionality these gratis apps will bring to your devices. Talking of Apple’s own premium built-in software, we’re big fans of Shortcuts on the iPhone and iPad. But we’re…

6 min.
apple unveils airpods max

After many months of rumours, Apple has finally launched its own brand over-ear headphones, dubbed AirPods Max.The top-end cans are packed with premium features but come with a premium price tag of £549 to match. The similarities to AirPods come not just in the name – AirPods Max have a raft of features that first made their debut in Apple’s trend-setting earbuds. AirPods Max boast Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Transparency mode, and Adaptive EQ, which are all present in AirPods Pro. The last of these features measures the sound signals delivered to you as you listen, then adjusts the low and mid-range frequencies in real time. This complements what Apple calls spatial audio, which tracks the position of your head and adjusts playback direction to give a surround sound-like feel. Transparency mode,…

1 min.
the poll

WE ASKED… Which Apple product are you most looking forward to in 2021? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat iPhone 11 screen repair service Apple has launched a free screen-replacement programme for the iPhone 11. The company says issues can arise with phones that “stop responding to touch due to an issue with the display module”. According to Apple, affected models were manufactured between November 2019 and May 2020. To check if your iPhone 11 is affected, head to bitly.com/MF11SR (URL is case sensitive) and enter your serial number. If your phone is eligible, it will be repaired for free by Apple or an Authorised Service Provider. You can either go to a location in person or arrange to mail your device to an official Apple Repair Centre. Got an iPhone 11 with a…

1 min.
apple news roundup

MAGSAFE DUO CHARGER LAUNCHES 2-IN-1 CHARGING PUCK RELEASED Apple recently recast MagSafe as a form of magnetic charging for iPhone 12. Now, the Duo charger has launched to help fill out this nascent ecosystem. The MagSafe Duo consists of a MagSafe puck for an iPhone, plus an Apple Watch charger, all wrapped in a folding pouch. It costs £129 and gives up to 14W of power with a 27W charger, although the device does not come with an adapter. DEVELOPER FEE CUTS DOWN FROM 30% TO 15% FOR MOST Apple has cut App Store fees from 30% to 15% for developers who earn less than $1 million a year in App Store sales (that is, most developers). It comes after Apple faced pressure to cut the fees. Rivals like Google and Microsoft may be taking…

2 min.
houdahspot 6 $34 (about £30)

HoudahSpot is the ultimate file finder for your Mac. It lets you perform deep, specific searches with an array of criteria and filters, pinpointing the file you need in a snap. With version 6, a range of new features have been added. First up is a new look to fit in perfectly with macOS Big Sur, complete with compatibility with Apple’s new M1 Macs. Elsewhere, version 6 adds a plug-in for Mail that lets you search through your inbox in seconds. And it lets you browse through your favourite tags and tags found in your search results, helping you locate similar files. Filters have also received an important update, and you can now apply more than one at once. Filters can be used to show only top-level results (omitting files in…

1 min.
media picks

Our top choices of what you should be playing and reading this month [ALBUM] Odin’s Raven Magic Sigur Rós £6.99 Recorded 16 years ago, this album has just been released. Featuring a sweeping orchestral accompaniment, this was worth the wait. [AUDIOBOOK] Troy Stephen Fry £9.99 Stephen Fry majestically retells the epic story of the Trojan War, with its heroes, betrayals, conflicts, and godly interventions. [PODCAST] How to Vaccinate the World Scientists look at the vaccines formulated to fight coronavirus, as well as who should get them, and what happens next. Houdah Software, Krunk, Penguin Books Ltd, Photomyne Ltd, Sports Interactive Ltd, Mimimi Games, BBC…