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MacFormat January 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)

What a way to end the year, with two refreshed Macs and the new-look iPad Pro in two sizes! There’s been so much great Apple kit released in 2018 that it’s hard to pick my favourite. I adore the sound of HomePod enough that I bought a second to enjoy stereo pairing. Apple Watch Series 4’s ability to detect even casual exercise like walking and ask if I want to log it makes me feel like it’s truly looking out for me by gathering more data. And the 9.7in iPad working with Pencil was a welcome move from Apple. However, my favourite device of the year has to be the new Mac mini. It looks pretty much like previous models on the surface, but you may be taken by surprise by what’s…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo has spent the last month increasing her step count and her running regime. For now is the season to… sit on her backside! Alex Blake Commissioning Editor This time around, Alex’s New Year’s resolution is to get a new reminders app that’ll remind him to create a top-notch New Year’s resolution. Paul Blachford Art Editor ‘Dear Santa, I’d like a new MacBook Air, an iMac Pro, a 12.9in iPad Pro and an iPhone XS Max…’ Not sure which ‘list’ Paul is on but that’s a helluva wish list!…

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samsung’s foldable display

Pundits love to proclaim that Apple no longer innovates – and Samsung wants to keep that topic hot. That’s because it has just unveiled the tech – dubbed the Infinity Flex Display – that it is planning to use in a future folding phone. The idea behind the display is that you can unfold the device from a smartphone into a tablet. When folded, you use the screen on the front; once it’s unfolded, there is a wider, flexible display on the inside. It’s an interesting concept, and one that Samsung believes will create “entirely new ways of using the smartphone”. Any such design would have to be tough enough to withstand thousands of folding actions over the lifespan of the device, while remaining thin and light enough to fit into your…

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t2 chip blocks unauthorised repairs

Be careful if you need to repair a recent Mac – taking it to an unauthorised repair shop could ‘brick’ the device – that is, render it useless. That’s because Apple has announced certain repair processes need to run special diagnostic software – and that software is only available to Apple or repair shops authorised by the company. The key to this is the T2 security chip that’s embedded in recent Macs. This chip performs a number of functions, such as checking that the Touch ID module hasn’t been tampered with and ensuring hackers cannot remotely activate the Mac’s microphones without your knowledge. Apple has not given a reason for the blocking of unauthorised repairs, but it could be to prevent malicious types from installing compromised components. The parts affected include the…

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free apple repairs

Got a faulty 13-inch MacBook Pro or iPhone X? Apple may repair it for free. The Apple devices affected are the 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, sold between June 2017 and June 2018, and the iPhone X (bought at any time). Starting with the MacBook Pro, Apple says the fault in question involves the 128GB and 256GB SSDs in a limited number of devices. These could fail, resulting in data loss. To address this problem, Apple is offering a free repair to anyone with a faulty SSD (or a refund to anyone who has paid for a repair). Apple says you should back up your drive before sending it to the company to be fixed. If you think your MacBook Pro is affected by this issue, you can submit your device’s serial…

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not all ipad pros are born equal

Good news if you recently bought a 1TB iPad Pro: it comes with 6GB of memory. That’s 2GB more than the other capacities of the newest Pro, and may help to improve its performance in certain tasks. The fact that the 1TB model has more memory has been known since shortly after the new iPad Pro was released, as apps like Geekbench are able to detect it in their tests. While 6GB is a new peak for memory in iOS devices, it should be noted that there are not many real-world cases where you’ll actually need so much. Still, if you think you will, you may decide it’s worth going for the larger version.…

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