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MacFormat January 2018

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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eyeQ Immersive recording at any event The eyeQ solves a problem we didn’t even know existed: what if you’re at an event and want to be immersed in the action, but also record it on your iPhone? This device lets you do both. It’s essentially a set of digital binoculars – whack your iPhone into the eyeQ and it’ll record what you see. It’s got a touchpad that feeds into a heads-up display, so you can control the camera without removing the headset. It’s pretty expensive, but if you’re serious about being immersed and recording the moment for posterity, it might be worth a shot. > From $249 (about £189) > INCLUDES eyeQ, Micro-USB charging cable, adjustable neck strap > WEBSITE eyeqlive.com > WORKS WITH iPhone 6 or later (except iPhone SE)…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE UP TO 45%! Turn to page 40 Welcome to MacFormat’s first issue of 2018, and hello again to long-term readers, who might recognise me from my time as production editor. To start off the year, our cover feature is all about getting your Mac working better. It’s full of tips to improve performance, and ways to boost your skills and get more from your Mac. There’s much more in this issue, naturally, but before you get stuck in, we have to talk about the elephant in the room: High Sierra security. Just days before this issue went to press, a serious vulnerability in the latest macOS was disclosed, whereby an intruder could enable and then log in as the root user, gaining access to every user’s files. Apple swiftly…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo will have spent the holidays catching up on her admin – sorting files and photos, before she tries out this issue’s advice to make her Mac feel new. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex has been wearing a Santa hat for weeks now, and reminding us to be jolly and eat mince pies. It’s probably best Apple Watch doesn’t track that. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul’s been busier than Santa’s elves, laying out this issue and planning the next in time for the Xmas break. Check p105 for a hint at the visual beauty that awaits next issue.…

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achieving virtual vrvana

Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR, respectively) are hyped right now, but Apple has little on show. Given the progress rivals like Microsoft and Facebook are making in this area, that seems strange. But it now turns out the company may be busier than we thought. Apple has reportedly bought Vrvana, a company that is working on a mixed virtual and augmented reality headset called the Totem. The purchase supposedly cost Apple $30 million and took place in the summer. Apple hasn’t commented on the alleged takeover – usually the company issues a boilerplate statement explaining that it buys other firms from time to time. At the time of writing, Vrvana’s website was still up and running, although its social media pages had not been updated since August 2017. Vrvana’s Totem…

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apple news roundup

APPLE SET TO RIVAL NETFLIX BILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT IN VIDEO & MUSIC Apple is known to be ramping up its video production work, and a new report from Loup Ventures posits that the company will offer all-in-one video and music subs within two to three years. That would rival the likes of Netflix and Amazon, and focus mainly on original content. It reckons Apple will benefit from a running start with 75 million subscribers. APPLE MAKES $52.6 BILLION Q4 2017 RESULTS ARE RATHER GOOD We’re used to Apple making lots of money, and there was no surprise when Tim Cook announced the firm’s fourth-quarter 2017 results. Apple made $52.6 billion in this period, up 12% on the same period last year. Sales of 46 million iPhones brought in $28.8 billion, iPads made $4.8 billion, Mac sales…

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scrivener 3 $45 (about £35)

APP OF THE MONTH It’s safe to say that here at MacFormat, we love Scrivener – it won issue 319’s group test, after all. Since then the app has been updated with a whole host of changes and new features. For one thing, developer Literature and Latte says the interface has been ‘overhauled and modernised’ to bring it up to date. There’s a new bookmarking tool in the Inspector pane, allowing you to link documents in a project. The Compile window has also received a redesign, giving you formatting options when exporting a project, a preview pane, as well as settings for the project. As if that wasn’t enough, there are updates to text styling, outlining, filtering, metadata, searching and much more. If you do a lot of writing on your Mac, Scrivener…