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Macworld UK September 2019

Macworld magazine is the world's best-selling Apple magazine, featuring in-depth reviews, expert advice, how tos and essential guides to Macs, iPads, iPhones and related products, as well as everything you need to know about Mac OS X, iOS and associated software including iTunes and more. If you are new to Apple and are looking for advice to help you get started, or if you are a Mac fanatic looking to justify your next buy, Macworld is the magazine to ensure you make the right decision. Macworld is created by an international team of experts based in London and San Francisco, join use every issue as we analyse the latest product announcements from the world’s biggest (and best) technology company.

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6 min.
apple’s q3 2019 results

Apple’s latest quarterly results are in, and they’re just what you’d expect: the portrait of a company that’s massively profitable and successful, but whose main product is lagging behind while new product lines are growing just fast enough to make up the difference. I guess we yawn at $53.8 billion in revenue these days – that’s a record for Apple’s sleepy third fiscal quarter, but up only 1 percent over 2018’s record Q3. As always, the devil’s in the details – and fortunately for us, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri spend an hour on the phone once a quarter to provide a few little details – or as they like to say on these calls, “more colour” – that can help us understand the current state of Apple’s…

2 min.
apple’s $1bn intel purchase

Apple has announced that it plans to buy the “majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business”, following recent rumours to that effect. The deal will cost Apple about one billion dollars, and should close in the fourth quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approval. For the price, Apple will acquire approximately 2,200 Intel employees along with intellectual property, equipment, and leases. The deal will greatly boost Apple’s patent portfolio, taking the company to over 17,000 patents related to current and future wireless technology. Apple is only acquiring Intel’s smartphone modem business, however. Intel will still be able to develop modems for non-smartphone applications such as PCs, smart cars, or IoT applications. Intel CEO Bob Swan painted this as a win for its company. “This agreement enables us to focus on developing technology…

2 min.
apple announces halt to siri ‘grading’ programme

In the wake of backlash over a Guardian report that exposed employees who were tasked with analysing Siri recordings for accuracy and quality, Apple has announced it is temporarily suspending the programme as it decides how to proceed. In a statement to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said the company is “committed to delivering a great Siri experience while protecting user privacy. While we conduct a thorough review, we are suspending Siri grading globally.” Apple added that users will have the ability to choose whether they want to participate in the programme as part of an upcoming software update. The Siri grading process was exposed in July when one of the contractors contacted The Guardian claiming that they “regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as part of…

4 min.
why apple acquired intel’s mobile modem business

The race to 5G just added a new lane. Following a report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple confirmed that it will be acquiring the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem chip business, which went belly-up earlier this year. The transaction is valued at $1 billion and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, Apple said in a press release. Intellectual property exchanging hands between industry giants isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, but this deal has significant ramifications. Just four months ago, Apple and Intel were partners on the development of the iPhone’s 5G modem, but that abruptly ended in one fell swoop when Apple and Qualcomm settled their long-time court case and Intel “announced its intention to exit the 5G smartphone modem business and complete an assessment of…

11 min.
13in macbook pro

Price: £1,499 (inc VAT) from fave.co/2YRP6Db Apple’s recent revamp of its MacBook line-up makes it a lot easier to understand the target audiences for Apple’s laptops. And with the release of the new 13in 1.4GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro, Apple also made it easier to pick a 13in model. It’s easier now because you don’t have to decide if you’re willing to sacrifice any features when picking an entry-level model over the higher-end ones. Before the newly-updated base model was released, there was a division within the four 13in models. Apple offered two entry-level models without the Touch Bar, and two high-end laptops with it. (The entry-level editions were lacking some other features, as well, but the main missing feature was the Touch Bar). So when it came down to picking a…

10 min.
macbook air (2019)

Price: £1,099 (inc VAT) from fave.co/2YoskDq There are updates, and then there are updates; and the new MacBook Air for 2019 is more iPhone XS than Mac Pro 2019. Not all that much has changed since the previous generation – which isn’t necessarily a problem, because (like the XS) it’s still an excellent device, but it’s unlikely to tempt many one-year upgraders. In our review we put the 2019 Air through our rigorous lab tests to see how it performs in terms of processing speed, graphics power, battery life and more, and test out things like its keyboard and new True Tone screen tech. We also rate its design and pricing to help you decide if this is the best laptop for you. Price Apple has finally dropped the older (and cheaper) Air model…