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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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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eyeQImmersive recording at any eventThe 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 40Welcome 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 MemberyOperations EditorJo 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 BlakeCommissioning EditorAlex 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 BlachfordArt EditorPaul’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

Vrvana’s Totem headset combines virtual and augmented reality in one device.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…

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the poll

WE ASKED… What do you think of Apple’s new Face ID technology?Log on and see next issue’s big question!twitter.com/macformatfacebook.com/macformatA great Apple innovation!It looks promisingSeems a bit creepy to me!I prefer Touch ID ■…

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rumour mill

1 iPHONE X PLUSThink the iPhone X is expensive? Rumours suggest Apple is working on a 6.5-inch Plus model, to be released in 2018. Better save the pennies.2 FOLDABL E IPHONEThe US Patent & Trademark Office has published a patent application from Apple for a foldable iPhone display. It was originally filed in Q3 2016.3 iPHONE SE 2Apple is reportedly planning on releasing a sequel to the budget-friendly iPhone SE in the second half of 2018. It’s expect to cost around £340. ■…