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MacFormat

December 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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
hello (again)

Time. There never seems to be enough of it – especially when you have new Apple gadgets to play with, Apple Arcade games to master and the latest Apple TV+ shows to watch. Luckily, this month’s lead feature (p20) will help you claw back those precious seconds, minutes and hours with 87 choice time-saving cuts that’ll make using your Mac easier and faster than you ever thought possible. With all the time you save, you’ll be able to sit back with the Notes app and draw up a wish list of all the Mac, iPhone and iPad accessories you’ll want to (give and) receive this holiday season. Our Christmas Gift Guide (p60) is packed with inspirational ideas – and a few fun surprises too. Talking of surprises, turn to p33, and you’ll…

3 min.
new airpods pro revealed

Apple’s surprisingly popular AirPods now have a more upmarket sibling – the £249 AirPods Pro, which feature a new design and improved sound. Launched at the end of October, the AirPods Pro feature a new, stubbier, all-white design and can be paired with one of three sizes of silicone ear tips (included) for a snugger fit. While that helps improve sound quality and reduce ambient noise, it’s the inclusion of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) which really makes the AirPods Pro a must-have upgrade. ANC uses two separate microphones – an outward-facing one that measures environmental noise, and an inward-facing one that cancels any remaining noise reaching the ear, which – along with proprietary software – enables ANC to continuously adapt the sound signal up to 200 times per second. The AirPods Pro also…

1 min.
appletv+ makes its debut

Apple’s streaming TV service, AppleTV+, went live on Friday 1 November, bringing a slew of new and original programming, straight to a huge range of Apple and other kit. If you purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch or Mac on or after 10 September, you’ll get a year’s worth of Apple TV+ for free, thereafter it costs a pretty reasonable £4.99 per month. The question is: is it worth it? While Apple has managed to sign up some high-profile stars (and writers/directors) for its shows – including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Momoa, Steven Spielberg and writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) – reaction so far has been mixed, with both positive and negative reviews for debut shows such as The Morning Show, Dickinson, For All Mankind and See. Apple TV+ doesn’t yet have…

1 min.
the poll

Are you planning to subscribe to AppleTV? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Half of iPhones already running iOS 13 Apple has announced the adoption rate for its latest mobile operating systems. According to the company, 50% of all iPhones are running iOS 13, similar to the rate for iOS 12 at the same point, mid-October. Of this, 55% of iPhones sold in the last four years are running iOS 13. iPadOS adoption is at a lower rate, with only 33% of all iPads running Apple’s first iPad-specific OS. 41% of iPads sold in the last four years are on iPadOS. Apple measures OS adoption using App Store activity, and this is the first time it’s made the distinction between iPhone and iPad.…

1 min.
adobe photoshop for ipad

Adobe first announced Photoshop for the iPad in late 2018 and it’s finally delivering on that promise! Adobe originally promised a fully-fledged version of Photoshop CC that would enable users to edit and create, with the same set of tools as on desktop. However, early beta testers claimed that the experience was not as great as promised, and Adobe had omitted several important tools. Scott Belsky, Adobe’s chief product officer responded by saying the company was working to bring all of the tools from desktop to the iPad. Now, just as we’re going to press, the app has been launched. We’ve not had a chance to test it, but we believe the app is optimised for touchscreen and Apple Pencil, but other features, such as Sidecar support are unclear. Before the launch, Adobe…

1 min.
16in macbook pro delay

Rumours surrounding the launch of a 16in MacBook Pro have reached fever pitch in recent weeks – but it now looks like this mythical model has been delayed, possibly until 2020. Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first revealed the refresh in February, arguing it would squeeze a 16in display into a 15in MacBook Pro body, thanks to slimmer bezels, and that it would mark a welcome return to a scissor-style laptop keyboard, instead of the third-gen butterfly mechanism MacBooks use now. IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin supports Kuo’s prediction, adding that the device is likely to come with a 3,072x1,092 pixel screen. Lin believes the new device will feature Intel’s ninth-generation Coffee Lake processors, although some are speculating that it will include new Ice Lake CPUs. Originally rumoured to launch in September, then October,…