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MacFormat April 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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LET Glass Rose-tinted Siri specs They may look like ordinary spectacles, but you get more than just improved vision with the LET Glass. It’s a pair of glasses that contains a set of bone-conduction headphones that you can control with a touch or through Siri. They work by transmitting sound to your inner ear through your head, leaving your ears free and unblocked. The software learns and adapts to you over time, and works with Siri, Alexa and Google Now so you can make calls and control your smart home devices with your voice. From $259 (about £184) INCLUDES LET Glass frame, blue light filtering lens WEBSITE letglass.com WORKS WITH iPhone…

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hello (again)

No matter how many years go by, the one task that never goes away is the need to back up. This issue’s cover feature shows you how to build a comprehensive backup system, so you’re in a great position to recover from a disaster, and to do so easily. Make sure you read the whole feature so that you don’t fall victim to backup myths – such as treating iCloud as a backup – and don’t put yourself at risk of losing important info, critical files, or irreplaceable photos. Another problem that affects every one of us is battery life. Steps you can take to solve that are the focus of this issue’s second feature. Modern MacBooks and iPads can run for a whole working day, and the latest iPhone models…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor HomePod sounds great, but the current lack of multiroom and stereo support is disappointing. I’ll continue to save while I wait for these features!. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor HomePod’s earth-shaking volume both impressed and scared me. Prepare for your world to be rocked – but don’t wake the neighbours! Paul Blachford Art Editor HomePod’s build and sound quality blew me away. But I can’t justify buying one when the inability to stream from Android locks out several of my family members.…

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apple core

HOT TOPIC! New features pushed back Apple to focus on performance and stability fixes Apple has received a lot of criticism of late due to numerous issues with its macOS and iOS operating systems. And it seems that that criticism has hit home – according to Axios, Apple has decided to push back a number of new features in iOS in favour of focusing on bug fixes and security patches. It’s claimed that 2018 was originally meant to see the debut of a range of new iOS features, including improvements to Mail, a refresh of the Home screen and CarPlay interfaces, and updates to the picture-taking, editing and sharing processes. Now, though, those updates are said to have been pushed back to 2019 in order for Apple to focus its next iOS release on improvements…

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the poll

twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Apple patents haptic-enabled Watch band Apple has recently been granted a slate of patents covering all sorts of potential new inventions. The 61 patents in total were granted in early February 2018. Notable is a patent filed in 2013 for ‘pattern projection using micro-lenses’, which has already made its way into the iPhone X’s Face ID. As for other concepts, there’s a patent for a ‘band with haptic actuators’ – an Apple Watch band with embedded haptic sensors that can interact with you in much the same way as the Watch itself currently does. As these are just patents, it’s unclear if they will all make it into finished Apple products. We’ll update you on developments.…

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apple news roundup

APPLE TO TALK ARKIT AT GDC REACHING OUT TO GAMES DEVELOPERS Apple doesn’t usually host talks for developers at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), but this year’s show marks a change of heart. Apple will be presenting a talk on ARKit and its use in games, and will be keen to get more developers on board with its augmented reality framework. The show starts on 19 March in San Francisco. APPLE WORKING ON VR HEADSET? RECENT PATENT SUGGESTS VR INTENTIONS There has been much talk of Apple’s ambitions in augmented reality, and that talk has been boosted by a recent Apple patent covering optical systems in an augmented or virtual reality headset. While the patent mentions the invention’s use with augmented reality (AR), it is apparently designed with virtual reality in mind. Tim Cook has…