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MacFormat Autumn 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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ORII Make phone calls like a spy If you feel like your life lacks the necessary level of James Bond coolness, ORII is for you. Simply put, it’s a ring that lets you make phone calls with your finger. Pop it on and, next time you get a call, press your digit to your ear – you’ll be able to hear the call as if you were holding your phone. Microphones in the ORII pick up your voice, which means you can also use Siri and dictate texts. It’s quick and convenient, so there’s no need to even take your iPhone our of your pocket. Sure, it’s a little frivolous, but there’s no denying that we want one. $159 (about £123) INCLUDES ORII ring (charging dock and case also available) WEBSITE orii.io WORKS WITH…

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hello (again)

There can’t be many people who watched the latest Apple Event and didn’t immediately want an iPhone X. I know I did (and an Apple Watch Series 3, too!). The iPhone X looks amazing. From the edge-to-edge Super Retina display to the wonders of Face ID and animated emojis, it looks like being a real step forward. Of course, you can’t break new ground without leaving a few things behind, and it seems that the Home button and Touch ID have been thrown under the bus, but if you’ve loved Apple products as long as I have then you know you have to be prepared to adapt to new technology if you want to stay the course. It’s no coincidence that Phil Schiller finished his section of the keynote with…

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iphone 8 & iphone x

In the brand-new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, some of the most powerful men in the world were as giddy as fresh-faced schoolchildren. Why? They were unveiling their latest playthings: the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Let’s start with the iPhone 8. Visually, it looks fairly similar to the iPhone 7, but with an important difference. That’s its allglass back, which enables wireless Qi charging for the first time in an iPhone. The cameras on both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have been improved, with 12MP rear cameras with new sensors, better dynamic range, and optical image stabilisation for both cameras on the Plus model. There’s also a new Portrait Lighting mode with powerful lighting adjustment options. But of course, everyone was waiting for the iPhone X, and it didn’t…

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apple news roundup

SECRET APPLE JOB ADVERT MAN FINDS JOB POSTING HIDDEN IN CODE A cyber security ou like your new voice in iOS 11?” reporter has found a secret Apple job ad by chance. Zack Whittaker was analysing data sent from iPhone apps when he noticed it was being sent to an Apple URL. He followed the link and was greeted with the message ‘Hey there! You found us’, along with details of an engineering job at Apple. Apple has since removed the job listing. TIM COOK’S IN THE MONEY APPLE CEO GETS $89.2 MILLION STOCK REWARD Thanks to Apple’s sterling performance compared to its rivals, company CEO Tim Cook has been awarded 560,000 Apple shares, coming to a whopping $89.2 million. Apple’s shares hit a record of $159.75 per share in early August, making for a…

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speaking for itself

Apple rarely spills the beans on its inner workings, but has changed tack by publishing a paper on how it’s made Siri sound more human. The paper, with the impenetrable title ‘Siri On-Device Deep Learning-Guided Unit Selection Text-to-Speech System’, outlines how Apple chooses the voice actors behind Siri, and how it chops and changes their voices to make Siri say just about anything. First, the chosen voice for the digital assistant must be one that is ‘pleasant and intelligible and fits the personality of Siri’. Once one has been found, Apple records 10-20 hours of speech with the voice actor. A variety of reading material is used, from audio books and navigation instructions to witty jokes, according to the Siri team’s blog. That’s then spliced together using a number of clever…

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project titan’s futuristic secrets

Project Titan, Apple’s supposed self-driving car scheme, has been the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley. Now, even more details have been leaked, thanks to a New York Times article. The piece alleges that the original aim of Project Titan was to overhaul the idea of what a car should be. So the Apple Car would have spherical wheels like globes, allowing it to potentially move sideways as well as backwards and forwards, and a spherical steering wheel to give more precise control. There would also be motorised doors, plus virtual or augmented reality features for the interior displays. However, a series of disagreements led to the project stalling. There were arguments over what programming language to use for the car’s software, and whether the car should be fully or semi-autonomous. These disagreements…