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MacFormat

MacFormat

February 2020

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***

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
hello (again)

One of the reasons we all love Apple is that it “just works” – until suddenly it doesn’t. Aiming to square that circle is this month’s lead feature, which gives you everything you need to turn Apple Genius and diagnose – then fix – common Mac problems yourself. So if you’re staring at a blank screen, jiggling an unproductive pointer or can’t get iCloud to play ball, head to page 20 and let the sleuthing begin. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are two of the best phones Apple has ever made, especially when it comes to shooting photos and video – but you don’t have to own one of the latest Apple gadgets to capture incredible images, as our feature on page 64 proves. There you’ll discover top tips,…

1 min.
meet the team

Sirivats Lakshman Staff Writer Srivats has been up to his ears in headphones this month, pitting Apple’s new AirPods Pro against a bunch of rivals. Read the results on page 86. Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo’s been so inspired by our photography feature (page 64) that she now goes around with her eyes to the skies so she can check for available light. Paul Blachford Art Editor Display quality is really important when you work as a designer, which is why Paul’s been putting AOC’s latest 27in monitor to the test – see page 83.…

3 min.
what next for iphone?

The rumour mill for Apple’s 2020 iPhone line-up is hotting up… We love the improved cameras and better battery life of the iPhone 11 range – and the Pro models’ Super Retina XDR OLED display. So what advances can we expect to see for ‘iPhone 12’? Noted analyst Ming Chi-Kuo believes we’re likely to see five new handsets. We know Apple has been working on a successor to the iPhone SE, and Kuo believes it will launch sometime in the first quarter of the year. Kuo predicts that the device will be similar to the iPhone 8, so we can expect a 4.7in display, a single-lens camera, Touch ID, and maybe an A13 processor. It’s also thought that the ‘SE 2’ will come with an LCD display. As the original SE…

1 min.
secure enclave key leaked

The Secure Enclave found on iPhone and other Apple devices is looking a little vulnerable after a researcher leaked its key online. Security researcher ‘Siguza’ tweeted the encryption key in early December 2019 and it soon went viral, prompting Apple to invoke the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and force Twitter to take the offending post down. The Secure Enclave is a hardware-based key manager that handles biometric data on any device that uses Face ID or Touch ID. The key ‘Siguza’ leaked could potentially be used to reverse engineer the Secure Enclave, which handles iPhone encryption. While it doesn’t expose user data stored in the Enclave, it does give researchers the ability to access the Enclave’s firmware to see how it works. Apple’s concern was certainly short-lived; it relented two days later,…

1 min.
the poll

WE ASKED… What will your next Mac be? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Express Transit now available in London London commuters can now take advantage of Apple Pay’s Express Transit mode. The feature allows passengers to pay for their journey by holding their phone up to one of the yellow contactless readers on the Transport for London (TfL) network. Express Transit is quick and easy – you don’t need to double-click to turn on Apple Pay or confirm a payment with Face ID or Touch ID. The facility works for up to five hours in power reserve, so you can still travel even if your battery levels are flagging. Let’s hope we see it roll out to more UK cities and towns in the near future.…

1 min.
apple news roundup

16in MBP POPPING PROBLEM OS UPDATE TO SORT CLICKING 16in MacBook Pro users have been complaining of hearing a popping sound when audio playback stops. Apple has acknowleged this as a software issue. macOS 10.15.2 is said to resolve it but while some users have said the update fixes the issue, others have found that the noise persists. Further updates may be necessary to eliminate the problem completely. AIRDROP BUG FIXED WITH iOS AIRDROP SPAM FIX An AirDrop bug that allowed attackers to remotely render an iPhone/iPad unusable has been fixed with the iOS 13.3 update. The bug enabled an attacker to lock up nearby iOS devices by flooding them with files. The fix involves adding a limit; if you manually reject an AirDrop request from a device three times, iOS will then automatically decline…