MacFormat Autumn 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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

We love this time of year–every autumn brings new devices, from iPhones to iPads, Apple Watches to Macs, and the promise of new versions of our favourite operating systems with which to use them. And this time around, it’s time for iOS 15 to take centre stage. Turn to p20 and you’ll discover all the new features of this latest iPhone update, plus the tips, tricks and how-to advice you can employ to make the most of them. Best of all, you don’t even need to buy a new iPhone–every model released since the iPhone 6s will get its fair share of iOS 15 glory. Huzzah! Talking of glory, turn to p62 and you’ll discover the best ways to make sure your Mac is ready for its next free upgrade, macOS Monterey.…

4 min
redesigned macbook pro on the horizon

The stream of Mac rumours has continued to flow recently, giving us an increasingly clear picture of what to expect in Apple’s next batch of laptops and desktop computers. The most prominent of the rumoured products is the MacBook Pro. This is expected to undergo a wide-ranging redesign, with the 13-inch model being replaced with a 14-inch version with slimmer bezels and a larger display. That display will include a super-high-quality miniLED panel, while the chassis will feature a flat-edged design inspired by the iPad Pro. We can also expect more port variety, with the return of HDMI and MagSafe. The 16-inch MacBook Pro will not miss out either, and will get most of these new features too. Internally, both flavours of MacBook Pro will be kitted out with improved Apple silicon…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… Which rumoured new Mac are you most looking forward to? Log on and see next issue’s big question! Apple Watch to grow in size? The Apple Watch Series 7 is just around the corner, and it could be due a design overhaul that sees it come in bigger sizes, according to a picture posted by Twitter leaker DuanRui. The image apparently shows part of an Apple Watch strap with ‘45MM’ printed on it, but whether it is genuine is (at the time of writing) unknown. A second leaker going by the name UnclePan on Weibo has also claimed the smaller Watch will bump up to 41mm alongside the 45mm model. Those posts line up with reporter Mark Gurman’s contention that this year’s Apple Watch will get a redesign, so slightly larger…

1 min
apple news roundup

THE WINDS OF CHANGE APPLE’S UNUSUAL WATCH PATENT Apple has just been granted a patent that would let you blow on your Watch to interact with it if your hands were full. The idea is it would help when you’re carrying bags, for example, but also need to be quiet so cannot use Siri. By blowing on the Watch, you could wake the device or answer a call. The patent design would apparently protect against accidental activation caused by gusts of wind, too. LOOK OUT FOR APPLE CAR UNVEILING COULD HAPPEN THIS YEAR The Apple Car has been rumoured for years, but it might finally get revealed this year, according to Nobel Laureate Akira Yoshino. In a recent interview, the lithium-ion battery pioneer stated his opinion that Apple would launch a car by 2025, and…

1 min
more pressure on the app store

The last 12 months have not been happy ones for the App Store. But the storm has not yet passed, as a slew of new allegations and obstacles have assailed the digital storefront. The first is a report from the non-profit watchdog group Campaign for Accountability, which claimed to reveal “major weaknesses in Apple’s App Store child safety measures” that would allow underage users to gain access to adult content. The group created an Apple ID for a fictitious 14-year-old user. Despite registering their age, the account was able to access apps with restricted content very easily. When downloading adult apps, the user was asked to confirm they were over 17. But doing so merely involved tapping ‘OK’, granting access to the app, despite their age clearly falling below the limit. These…

1 min
will your next iphone cost more

Apple supplier TSMC–the company responsible for manufacturing most of Apple’s custom chips used in its iPhones, Macs, and more–is raising its prices. That could have a knock-on effect on the cost of Apple devices like the iPhone 13. In a warning to its clients, TSMC announced it would raise prices by 10% on chips made using 7-nanometer processes and lower, and by 20% on chips created with 16-nanometer processes and higher. The change will take effect in January 2022. According to DigiTimes, Apple could pass the cost on to its customers, potentially as soon as the iPhone 13 is launched this September. And now that Macs run on Apple silicon made by TSMC, they too could be affected. Apple has some of the highest profit margins in the industry, so may want…