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MacFormat April 2017

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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13 Issues


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Kamerar Zoom Lens Kit Make the iPhone 7 Plus camera even better The iPhone 7 Plus has an incredible dual camera that we absolutely love, but for American company Kamerar it could be even better – so it’s unveiled a dual-lens camera kit for the iPhone 7 Plus. The Zoom Lens Kit comes with an iPhone case fitted with a slim lens holder, letting you insert different lenses depending on your needs. There’s a macro lens insert and a combination fisheye/telephoto lens, so you can get up close and personal or shoot from afar, and easily switch between the two styles. $45 (about £36) INCLUDES iPhone 7 Plus case, macro and fisheye/telephoto lens inserts WEBSITE kamerar.com WORKS WITH iPhone 7 Plus…

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SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE 54%! Turn to page 46 First of all, don’t worry, you haven’t fallen into a hole in space and time and travelled back to 2004. For those of you who don’t know me, let me introduce myself – I edited MacFormat for 9 years from 2004 to 2013, and now I’m back! Since I left the good ship MacFormat, I’ve been floating around in the world of technology magazines, launching new products and generally having a blast. Firstly, I’d like to say what an honour it is to come back to the mag in which I first honed my editing skills, and to find it in such rude health. MacFormat has just posted a new circulation figure which has gone up 2.5% – in fact, it’s the title’s…

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apple core

APPLE RUMOUR iPhone X A wrap-around OLED display could be headed to iPhone Whatever the next iPhone is called, be it iPhone 8, iPhone 7S or even the hotly tipped iPhone X – the X denoting the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone, one thing is looking more and more likely – it won’t be cheap. A report by Fast Company, citing a “source with knowledge of Apple’s plans”, suggests that the next iPhone will be well north of $1,000 thanks to a new OLED display that will go edge to edge, and extra memory, which will be more expensive because of a strong dollar. And that’s without counting on any additional tech that Apple packs into the device. OLED screens are more flexible and lighter than the LCD system…

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classic apple facts

iMAC G5 FINAL iMAC TO USE POWERPC PROCESSORS Apple’s decision to switch from PowerPC processors to Intel was controversial at the time, and the iMac G5 was its final PowerPC Mac. It was also the first Apple computer to use the PCI Express expansion bus. 640×480 POWER MACINTOSH 8500 A/V The Power Macintosh 8500 was the first personal computer to include near-broadcast quality audio/visual input and output. It was so good that no hard drive could keep up! 1.86KG WEIGHT OF THE POWERBOOK DUO LAPTOP Introduced in 1992, the PowerBook Duo was the lightest and smallest of Apple’s contemporary PowerBook range. In fact, only the MacBook Air, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and 12-inch Retina MacBook have weighed less.…

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wireless watch charging

W hile several companies have teased the idea of an inductive Apple Watch charging band, few have delivered. However, it now looks like Apple itself is weighing up the idea, as has been detailed in a recently published patent. The patent shows a charger embedded in an Apple Watch band, which would charge the device while it is being worn. It would work in a similar way to Apple’s existing Watch charger, via inductive power charging, but could also draw power to charge its own internal battery. The other possibility outlined in the patent is a charger that would attach itself to an existing Watch band. This would be hidden on the underside of the Watch. The patent also outlines a concept wherein sensors would be included with the charger that detect whether…

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apple takes 92% of q4 2016 smartphone profits

A pple is famously profitable, but even this is impressive. In the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple took a whopping 92% of global smartphone profits. The number is even more impressive when you consider that it only accounted for 18% of smartphone sales, according to investment banking company Canaccord Genuity. In contrast, Samsung took 9% of smartphone profits in the same period, while Sony took 1% and BlackBerry collected less than 1%. The figures add up to more than 100% because other smartphone companies lost money. These include LG and Microsoft, according to Canaccrd Genuity. Michael Walkley, an analyst from the firm, said that Apple benefitted from strong sales of the iPhone 7 Plus, as well as Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Note 7 phone. Samsung phones sold for an average price of $182…