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MacFormat April 2016

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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USB-C portable displays Second screens add millions of pixels to the MacBook The MacBook looks set to get a major productivity boost after January’s CES 2016 event, where Asus announced the first USB-C external display for Apple’s newest MacBook. Since the MB169C+ makes use of USB-C for both power and data, it’s very easy to set up and use. Its screen measures 15.6 inches diagonally and has a 1080p resolution, and at 800g the display is light and portable enough to carry around without being a burden. It’s an IPS panel, too, so you can expect brilliant colour accuracy and wide viewing angles. It’s available to buy right now. £185 INCLUDES Asus Smart Case, USB-C cable WEBSITE asus.com WORKS WITH MacBook (Early 2015)…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 3 ISSUES FOR £5! * Turn to page 46 *INCLUDES PRINT AND DIGITAL EDITIONS Life with ‘the cloud’ is so ingrained in modern computing we feel at a loss without it. As Apple users iCloud has to be part of our lives, but do you really know exactly how iCloud handles your documents and data and how to get the most out of it all? We explore the inner workings of iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Music Library, iCloud.com and more. Confused about the cloud? Need help unpicking the Document Picker? Turn to page 30 where our in-depth cover feature explains all. This month we say Happy Birthday to Apple, which turns 40 on 1 April, 2016. We take a trip down the Silicon Valley memory lane to bring you our…

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meet the team

Alan Stonebridge Production Editor Alan is anxiously awaiting Apple Watch news – well, at least news of the black Milanese Loop that briefly appeared online a while ago. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor With winter over, Alex is breaking out his shades and sun cream in rather eager antipation of summer. A bit early, perhaps? Paul Blachford Managing Art Editor This month, Paul’s excited about the rumoured ultra slim MacBook Pro, iPad Air 3, Watch 2, and maybe a Mac Pro update, not much then… Seth Singh Digital Art Editor Seth has been creating ginormous posters of Sci-Fi characters using rasterbator.net – it’s really not a waste of paper! macformatuk.tumblr.com facebook.com/macformat twitter.com/macformat youtube.com/MacFormatUK…

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macbook pro 15-inch (early 2016)

What’s inside 8–10 RUMOUR & NEWS The core Apple news you need to know about 11 APPS & GAMES Our top picks of the month for Mac and iOS 12 APPLE FACTS Amazing stats from the world of Apple 14–15 NEWS FEATURE Is how you use your Apple kit harming you? 16 OPINION Adam Banks discusses second-guessing Apple 18 SPLIT VIEW The team’s views on the latest Apple tech Contact us Email your queries and your questions to letters@macformat.com Keep up to date by following us on Twitter @macformat Join the conversation at facebook.com/macformat Alan says… Thunderbolt 3’s USB Type-C plug may help shave off a little bit of thickness 1 BUTTERFLY KEYBOARD Some complained that the butterfly keyboard mechanism was a little cramped on the 12-inch MacBook. The 15-inch MacBook Pro could give it the breathing space it needs to be even better. 2 CLOSER TO THE EDGES The overall size of the MacBook…

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classic apple facts

$150 MILLION MICROSOFT’S INVESTMENT IN APPLE On 6 August 1997, Bill Gates joined Steve Jobs on stage during a keynote address to announce Microsoft would buy this amount in non-voting Apple stock, that Mac OS would include Internet Explorer, and to commit to future versions of Office for Mac. 50,000 NEWTON MESSAGEPADS UNITS SOLD IN NEWTON’S FIRST THREE MONTHS Apple’s ultimately doomed personal digital assistant didn’t get off to a great start. Today, it’s two million early iPad Pro sales that have analysts concerned. 20MB THE AMOUNT OF STORAGE IN iDISK Apple unveiled iTools, its first suite of internet services, five days into the 21st century. It included iDisk, iCloud Drive’s precursor.…

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double vision the evolution of iphone camera tech

The iPhone’s camera is lauded as the world’s best smartphone camera in the world, with legions of devotees filling up Photo Streams the world over. Now, news has emerged that it’s set to get even better with the addition of a second camera alongside the existing lens on the back of the iPhone. Both would take a picture simultaneously, with the data being combined for more detailed, higher quality images. In 2015, Apple purchased Israeli camera firm LinX, whose tech offers improved light sensitivity, better low light performance and multiple sensors, resulting in a smaller size. This should allow the camera to sit flush to the iPhone’s body, and even enable it to have an optical zoom. As a demo, LinX compared photos taken with its multicamera device and an iPhone. Its…