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MacFormat February 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***

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United Kingdom
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English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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hello (again)

When helping out a family member or collaborating on something with a skilful colleague, I’m often intrigued to see the different ways people do things on their Mac and iOS devices.The one that sticks in my mind is watching people dig down in an Open or Save dialog to the correct folder, not always aware there’s a faster way. In this case, if the folder is open in a Finder window already, you can drag its icon onto the dialog to quickly focus on it. Job done.We’ve put together a 16-page collection of tips to get you up to speed on customisations and quick routes to greater productivity, starting on page 16.That isn’t the only focus on knowledge-boosting tips for this issue, though. As always, our Apple Skills section contains…

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meet the team

Jo MemberyOperations EditorIs it spring yet? No, well then Jo’s still hibernating on the sofa until she learns every one of our top tips for every bit of Apple kit she’s got (see page 16).Alex BlakeCommissioning EditorDespite his better judgement, Alex has spent half of January playing football in the freezing rain. Hey Siri, remind him why he keeps doing this…Paul BlachfordArt EditorPaul exhausted Netflix over the Christmas and New Year period. He’s now eagerly awaiting the new Star Trek: Discovery. Live long and prosper, readers! ■…

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the app store ‘monopoly’

Developers of iOS apps must sell them on the App Store, and Apple faces a challenge over this restriction. Right now, the only way to load up your iOS device with apps is through the official App Store. But if opponents get their way, that may all change, and Apple could be compelled to allow users to install apps from third-party stores.That’s because a US court case has been brought against Apple alleging that its control of the App Store – and its requirement that iOS developers release their apps exclusively through it – constitutes an illegal monopoly.The plaintiffs argue that Apple’s control of the App Store means that app prices are higher than they otherwise would be if users had a choice of where to purchase their apps. Apple currently…

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5g iphones by 2020

There’s a lot of hype for the potential speed boost of 5G for mobile data, but iPhones probably won’t feel the benefit until 2020. Qualcomm, which will provide 5G modems to most Android phones, recently said that every new Android phone will have the tech by the end of 2019.But Apple, which gets its mobile modems from Intel, isn’t likely to bring 5G technology to iPhones until 2020. Apple often prefers to wait for tech to mature before adopting it, as was the case with the original iPhone, which shipped without 3G capability.5G also has potential at home. UK network Three will roll out 5G broadband in 2019, and says it’ll double wireless download speeds while being cheaper to deploy than fibre. ■…

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the poll

Log on and see next issue’s big question!twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformatApple Music available on Amazon EchoApple loves to keep its products together in a tightly knit ecosystem. But it already made Apple Music available on Android, and now it’s streaming to Amazon’s Echo speakers too.According to Amazon, playing music is one of the most popular requests for its Alexa voice assistant on Echo speakers. For now, though, Apple Music on Alexa speakers is only available in the US, and no details were given about roll-out elsewhere in the world.So why would you want to use Apple Music with an Amazon Echo speaker instead of HomePod? While HomePod boasts excellent audio quality, its starting price of £319 is a lot more expensive than some of Amazon’s options. For example, you can get an…

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apple news roundup

‘HEY SIRI’ ON HOMEPODHOW APPLE’s SPEAKER HEARS YOU FROM AFARIn its Machine Learning Journal, Apple has shed light on how HomePod picks up your voice even from far away. Simply put, Apple uses machine learning algorithms to filter out ambient noise such as rain, passing conversations and sound coming from the speaker. In addition, it learns from experience to improve its voice recognition and better answer you.A SMART iOS ALARMAUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTS FOR BETTER SLEEPEven if you go to bed at the right time, you may not get enough sleep each night – but your iOS device may soon help. Apple has patented a system where your device sets an alarm automatically, based on when you fall asleep and your desired amount of rest. It could detect this using Apple Watch…

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