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MacFormat August 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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Symphonica Audio amplification goes old school The days of the gramophone are long gone, but one company wants to evoke them with its own brand of speaker. The SoundWorks Symphonica is made almost entirely from rubberwood and features a horn design that acoustically amplifies your iPhone’s music. That means it doesn’t rely on electronics to boost up the volume, just an acoustic chamber and the shape of the horn itself. It’s certainly eye-catching, and makes a change from the usual speaker fare. And thanks to the included Lightning cable, you can also use it as a charging dock. $99 (about £77) INCLUDES Symphonica amplifier, Lightning cable WEBSITE symphonicasound.com WORKS WITH Any Lightning-enabled iPhone…

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hello (again)

Turn to page 44 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! The dry spell is over and it’s raining new Apple products! This issue you can catch up on Apple’s brand new line-up, including the new-size iPad Pro, innovative HomePod, superpowerful iMac Pro and the improved MacBooks and iMacs. Apple even announced two new operating systems – macOS High Sierra (no, we’re not sure about that name either) and the much more sensibly titled iOS 11. High Sierra looks like a more ‘steady as she goes’ iteration of the macOS, which reminds me of OS X Snow Leopard coming out after OS X Leopard, while iOS 11 really moves the mobile operating system onwards in leaps and bounds, especially on an iPad, and introduces some more Mac-like features. You can read about it all this issue. We’ve…

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wwdc 2017 round-up

The San Jose Convention Centre played host to the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year and, after what feels like a lifetime of waiting for new products, Apple didn’t disappoint, announcing a brand new line-up of Apple devices and services, so let’s break down exactly what happened. Apple CEO Tim Cook took on the lion share of duties, with guest spots from notable Apple employees like Craig Federighi, Vera Carr and John Ternus. Cook introduced this year’s event as ”the best and biggest WWDC ever” and in terms of length he wasn’t wrong. Weighing in at just under two hours this one kept going and going! Cook started by introducing tvOS, a big update to the Apple TV but he was light on details, except that it will finally bring Amazon…

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your mac. elevated.

WWDC 2017 SHOW REPORT Let’s get one thing out of the way: High Sierra is a rubbish name for the latest version of macOS. Even Craig Federighi seemed to acknowledge it, jokingly claiming that his marketing team had assured him the name was “fully baked”. But there’s nothing half-baked about the new features. From the built-in apps to the structure of the OS, Apple has overhauled things in a big way. Let’s start with the native apps. Safari saw a number of improvements, including much faster performance – Federighi claimed it is the world’s fastest desktop browser in High Sierra. And it’s not just about speed, as web browsing now comes with two quality-of-life improvements in High Sierra. Firstly, Safari can now block videos from automatically playing when you browse web page. And Apple…

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go mobile with the brand new ios 11

Check our iPad Pro 2 review p90 This year’s WWDC was an event dominated by hardware, but software stole the show. Due to be released this autumn, iOS 11 looks to be a huge upgrade on the current mobile operating system. With many, many new features added, it was one of the most exciting announcements of this year’s show. We’ll get underway with Siri. Apple’s voice assistant is getting new voices, with different intonations if words are repeated in a sentence. The new Siri is more intelligent, with a better understanding of context, your interests and how you use your device. The camera app uses a better compression algorithm, so your photos use less space, and portrait mode works better in low light. The Memories feature in Photos can identify topics more effectively,…

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app store makeover: new look for ios 11

WWDC 2017 SHOW REPORT Apple loves to brag about the App Store, but there are plenty of reasons to dislike it. Most prominently, finding new apps has always been tricky, which is an obvious issue for app developers. Apple seems to have acknowledged this, and has given the App Store a muchneeded makeover to bring the design more in line with Apple Music. That means larger, bolder headlines for one thing, but also a new focus on ‘stories’. The new app will feature indepth articles all about app developers and games, as well as app tutorials. The new look means a new set of tabs at the foot of the app. There will be a Today tab containing stories and features; a games tab; an apps tab; an updates tab and a search tab. Will…