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MacFormat

May 2019

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***

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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hello (again)

We expect an Apple media event every year around the end of March, and had our ears pricked up waiting for details of an iPad refresh. What we weren’t expecting was Apple to update products for three days back to back in the week leading up to that event. We’ve got a lot of testing to do for next issue! Meanwhile, see page 6 to learn about new iMacs, iPads, AirPods and the 25 March event.Better weather and lighter evenings are here at last, making it easier to indulge your photography hobby. You may be tempted to slap on a filter and share snaps with friends, but you bought a Mac to do great things. What better justification do you need than turning your photos into gorgeous scenes you want…

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meet the team

Jo MemberyOperations Editor˃ After learning plenty of top tips from our cover feature, Jo is getting out and about in the spring sunshine to make the most of her iPhoneography.Alex BlakeCommissioning Editor˃ Alex has been barking orders at Siri for his tutorial this issue. Now he just needs an army of Siri-equipped devices to do his evil bidding.Paul BlachfordArt Editor˃ Paul has been drooling over the new iMac with Core i9 processor. Now he’ll be able to design two issues of MacFormat at the same time!…

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imac range gets 2019 refresh

Though the iMac’s unchanged on the outside, there are mighty upgrade options available for two key components.Apple has updated its all-in-one desktop Mac with 8th and 9thgeneration Intel Core processors, having previously updated most other Macs near the end of 2018. So, in Apple’s 21.5in iMac offerings, there’s a quad-core i3 processor in the £1,249 model and a six-core i5 in the £1,449 version. (Apple still offers an older 21.5in iMac, sans Retina display, for £1,049.) Either of the new models can be upgraded to a six-core i7, which adds £270 to the former and £180 to the latter.On the 27in iMac line-up, all three options come with a six-core i5 processor by default. There’s an eight-core i9 option for an extra £450 on the £1,949 mid-range model, and £360…

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cross-platform apps out soon

Apple is planning to let developers build apps that work on both iOS and Mac by 2021, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman.The project has already borne fruit in the form of Apple apps like News and Home, which made their way from iPad to Mac in macOS MojaveGurman states that Apple will release a software development kit as early as June 2019 that will let developers port iPad apps to Mac; this will cover iPhone apps in 2020Apple has previously denied that this portends a future unification of macOS and iOS into a single operating system, although that hasn’t stopped speculation of such a move. WWDC 2019 runs from 3 to 7 June, so we may find out more information then.…

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the poll we asked…

˃ Log on and see next issue’s big question!twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformatSecond-gen AirPods with hands-free Siri˃ AirPods have been updated with minor yet meaningful updates, including a new H1 chip and the long-awaited wireless charging case. The biggest new feature is hands-free Hey Siri, allowing you to adjust volume, change tracks and more with your voice. The new AirPods connect faster to devices, and are said to deliver 50% more talk time compared to the first-gen buds, though music listening remains the same at a quoted five hours.£159 gets you a Lightning charging case. It’s £199 to get the wireless charging version (with a Lightning port too). The wireless charging case alone is £79 and also works with first-gen AirPods.The new AirPods boast voice-activated Siri and can be charged wirelessly.…

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apple news gains magazines

Apple News+ is scheduled for UK launch later this year. Family Sharing enables six people to read for $9.99.The first thing announced during Apple’s event on 25 March was a new digital magazine service, Apple News+. The service is available immediately in the US and Canada, and is coming to the UK and Australia later in 2019.Subscribers in North America will gain access to content from over 300 popular magazines, well-known newspapers and online publishers. Canadian subscribers get some additional local publications as well.Titles available in those countries include Vogue, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Magazines can include striking animated covers, and articles can use design elements that reflect their publication’s brand values.The News+ tab shows recommendations of issues and individual articles, based on…

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