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MacFormat July 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
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

4 min
back up your iphone or ipad

There are two ways to back up the data on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can back up to iCloud, or you can back up locally to your Mac. With an iCloud backup, your backups can be accessed from anywhere you can get a Wi-Fi connection. The backups are always encrypted to keep your data secure, and you don’t need to remember to repeatedly back up your stuff: it can all happen automatically. Unfortunately, the 5GB you get free with your iCloud account is hilariously small, so you’ll need a paid iCloud storage plan – especially if you have multiple devices to back up. Local backups are stored on your Mac, so you’re only limited by the size of its hard drive or SSD. Transfers are usually much faster.…

4 min
photodirector 365

£49.99 annual subscription/£13.99 monthly subscription FROM cyberlink.com NEEDS macOS 10.14 or later Should prove attractive to dyed-in-thewool Adobe users as well as novices who want to get more creative For decades now, Adobe has been the king of the image-editing castle. Lightroom enables you to organise, fix and share your photos while Photoshop lets you to edit them creatively using extra tools such as layers, text and filter effects. Over the years, various challengers have risen up to try and seize a chunk of Adobe’s territory and PhotoDirector 365 may have a fighting chance of success. PhotoDirector 365’s key strength is that it combines Lightroom and Photoshop style tools into one app. PhotoDirector 365 enables you to make Lightroom style selective adjustments using graduated filters. It then lets you add new layers of…

6 min
wwdc 2021

What to expect from Apple’s great (remote) gathering We take a look at what developers and consumers can expect from Apple’s much-anticipated Glow and Behold event For Apple watchers, this time of year means only one thing – the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). It will take place between 7-11 June 2021 and, once again, be an all-online affair. While the idea is to give developers insight into the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS so they can build apps and software appropriately, the event, especially the keynote, always gives fans plenty to look forward to. iOS 15 This year, we will get a first proper look at iOS 15, and developers will be able to access the beta version soon after the address. The finished software tends to be released to the…

7 min
wireless noise–cancelling earbuds

The popularity of true wireless earbuds – that is, earbuds that connect to your devices over Bluetooth, have no wires between each unit, and fit inside your ear with buds – has exploded in recent years. While the audio quality of on-or over-ear headphones is generally better, they’re not as flexible. True wireless earbuds are tiny, by comparison, easily fitting in your pocket; they’re barely noticeable in use, and they’re more comfortable. They’re also superior when it’s hot outside or when you’re working out – many are even water resistant for that reason. True wireless earbuds are also housed in a case which charges them when not in use – a big benefit when you’re on the move. Many of these true wireless earbuds now come with noise cancelling built in order…

3 min
all the little extra features

The built-in apps in iPadOS 14 are full of improvements and new features. Reminders has been overhauled, we’ve already shown you some great new additions in Mail, and Safari has been greatly improved, too. Shortcuts is now installed by default and much more powerful. And both Siri and Voice Control are much improved. 1 Assign a reminder In addition to sharing lists in Reminders, you can now assign individual reminders to people you share the list with. Tap a reminder in a shared list, then the people icon and choose a contact to assign the reminder to. 2 Enhance Voice Memos Voice Memos is a great app for recording everything from short voice notes to podcasts or narration for videos. Until now, your options for editing them within the Voice Memos app was limited…

3 min
6 apps to help with parenting

Bringing a baby into the world can be daunting. And these days, you can find advice on every aspect of raising children. Aside from all the classes, books, and other resources available to you, there’s also an ocean of top-notch apps. What you need then, if you’re a little sleepdeprived, is a guide to the best ones. Whether you’ve just welcomed a new member into your family or are looking for a helping hand with a young child, there are plenty of apps that can help. This issue, we have focused on six of the best, ranging from early years helpers packed with advice to useful monitors that protect your kids from unsuitable content. The Wonder Weeks £3.99 (IAPs) NEEDS iOS 12 or later Raising a baby can be tough if you don’t know…