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MacFormat Autumn 2020

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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

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1 min.
editor's note

Whether you’re buying a new iPhone this year or not, there’s always one upgrade you can get for free – and that’s a fresh new version of iOS. To that end, we’re celebrating the imminent arrival of iOS 14 by taking an in-depth look at some of its incredible new features – from its dynamic and customisable Home screens and widgets to App Clips, App Library and the host of other welcome improvements and changes that Apple has made along the way. The party starts on page 12. Mail for Mac is one of those Marmite apps you either love or hate, so on page 52 you’ll discover some great ways to make the most of it, some must-have add-ons that will make it even smarter, plus some awesome alternatives to Mail…

3 min.
apple’s battle royale with fortnite maker

For months now, Apple has been subject to repeated criticism over the way it manages the App Store – and the 30% commission it levies on developers. In July, Tim Cook appeared in front of a US congress sub-committee investigating anti-trust issues, and the company has been accused of anti-competitive/monopolistic behaviour, somewhat ironically in some cases, by the likes of Microsoft, Facebook and others. One particular point of contention erupted in August when Apple banned game and software developer Epic Games from the App Store, because it was encouraging players of its incredibly popular Fortnite game to make purchases outside the Store, which is against Apple’s rules. Epic Games retaliated by filing an anti-competitive lawsuit against Apple, arguing “At the most basic level, we’re fighting for the freedom of people who…

1 min.
apple silicon imac coming in 2021

The latest news from The China Times suggests that the first Apple silicon-based iMac model could arrive in early 2021. With a redesigned chassis and 24-inch Retina display, Apple’s 64-bit Arm-based architecture will also ditch support for AMD graphics in favour of Apple GPUs. According to The China Times, Apple is currently working on a graphics processor codenamed ‘Lifuka’, which is destined to be used in future iMacs. Like Apple’s upcoming A14X processor, it will use TSMC’s 5nm (nanometre) process and “provide better performance-per-watt and higher computing performance. It has tile-based deferred rendering technology that allows application developers to write more powerful professional application software and game software.” The China Times also reports that the first Apple silicon Mac to arrive this year will be a 12-inch MacBook, as we speculated last…

1 min.
apple news roundup

RETURN OF THE MUSIC QUIZ APP SHORTCUT BRINGS A CLASSIC BACK Fans of clickwheel iPods rejoice! The Music Quiz mini game that shipped with those old devices is back – this time as a macro in the iOS 14 Shortcuts app. Fire up the Shortcut and the Music Quiz will interrogate your knowledge of your own music library by playing selected tracks and then asking you to guess what they are. So fun. So retro. So cool. POWERBEATS PAYOUT APPLE LOSES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT Buyers of Beats PowerBeats 2 headphones are to receive a $76 (£59) payout from Apple after it settled a class action lawsuit brought by owners in the US. The lawsuit alleged that Apple misrepresented both the PowerBeats 2’s battery life and sweat resistance, meaning that the devices didn’t last as long…

1 min.
apple accidentally notarises malware - twice

One of macOS Catalina’s key security features is being undermined – by Apple itself. Notarisation was introduced last year as a way for third-party developers to get legitimate apps, not available through the Mac App Store, past Gatekeeper in macOS. Only, a recent security audit run by Apple on an Adobe Flash installer failed to spot that it contained a hidden malware payload, and so that malware ended up being notarised. Luckily, the malware had been planted deliberately by security researchers Peter Dantini and Patrick Wardle who were testing the notarisation process, so when they flagged what had happened to Apple, Apple duly revoked the Flash installer’s security certificate. But when Dantini and Wardle did the same thing a second time, again using a common macOS malware called Shlayer hidden in…

1 min.
new apple tv coming soon?

Apple could soon update its Apple TV streaming box. Last refreshed in September 2017 with the arrival of the Apple TV 4K, the little black box could soon get a more powerful processor, more storage and support for Find My – making it easier to find the super-slim Siri remote. Rumours of an update first surfaced last January, following the launch of the Apple TV+ streaming service and Apple Arcade, but nothing has surfaced as yet despite persistent rumours – possibly because Apple wants to equip a redesigned Siri remote control with its forthcoming AirTags tech to help pinpoint lost devices. Bloomberg suggests that the new Apple TV could be equipped with the same A14 processor as the iPhone 12 (the current Apple TV has an A10X), and come with either 64GB…