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MacFormat March 2019

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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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hello (again)

Subscribe today! SAVE UP TO 57%!Turn to page 34As we were working on this issue, news of something totally unexpected reached us: Apple’s important HomeKit and AirPlay 2 tech will be added to TVs from other companies. So much for the fabled Apple TV set, huh? Turn to p6 for further details about this surprising development.While helping to set up parental controls during a recent family visit, I encountered one of those situations that perfectly demonstrates how easily things are missed in Apple’s touchscreen interface: a person not far off my age, who has used an iPhone for years, swiping furiously to return to the top of a page. They hadn’t realised it’s possible to tap at the top-centre of the display to scroll there in an instant. So, this issue…

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meet the team

Jo MemberyOperations EditorJo’s loving setting up new iOS Shortcuts – see page 30. Although she can’t find an action for ‘Get the kids to clean their teeth and go to bed’.Alex BlakeCommissioning EditorAlex is thinking of booking a massage. Well, after lugging around ‘full to the brim’ backpacks for weeks for our group test, he needs some TL C!Paul BlachfordArt EditorPaul’s fed up with commuting into work in his boring old car – after seeing the walking car and flying taxi from our CES special report this issue.…

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airplay 2 on third-party tvs

Samsung has announced that its new smart TVs will stream iTunes films and TV shows, and be compatible with AirPlay 2.Apple rarely allows its services onto rival platforms, preferring instead to keep most things on its own devices. There are a few notable exceptions – Apple Music on Android and iTunes on Windows, for example – and now, another has been added in an unlikely form: Apple’s rival Samsung.That’s because the South Korean company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that all of its 2019 smart TVs (and 2018 models after a firmware update) will provide access to your film and TV show purchases from the iTunes Store. An iTunes app will enable purchases to be streamed from the internet directly to Samsung’s TVs.The app will allow…

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apple’s tough financial results

Apple is known as something of a profit machine, which is why its latest results came as a surprise. At the start of January, ahead of posting its final results, the company revised expected earnings downwards by several billion dollars.In a letter to investors, Tim Cook said a number of factors were at play, including an economic slowdown in China, a high number of new products shipping at the same time, the strong US dollar, and the timing of recent launches compared to the year before. Cook also said discounted battery replacements led to fewer people upgrading iPhones.Still, it wasn’t all bad news. Wearables and services grew incredibly well – combined with Mac and iPad, by 19 per cent year on year.…

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the poll

We asked…In light of the latest iPhone sales challenges, what iPhone are you using?Log on and see next issue’s big question!twitter.com/macformatfacebook.com/macformatBlack Mirror episode not on Apple TVWhile Apple is expanding its TV reach to third-party sets, there’s some bad news elsewhere. The Black Mirror TV series’ Bandersnatch episode will not work on Apple TV.The choose-your-own-adventure lets your decisions impact the story, but you’ll have to use an iOS or Android device, a web browser on your Mac, a smart TV, a games console or a streaming media player. Netflix’s Apple TV app warns: “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is only available on devices that support interactive content. No linear version is available.”Netflix did not respond to our request for comment by the time of publication.…

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apple news roundup

AR MAPS ON iOSPATENT TO PROJECT MAPS ONTO SURFACESApple has been making a push into augmented reality (AR), and a recent patent from the company suggests it may soon let you project detailed 3D data from Apple Maps onto a flat surface using your iPhone. If the concept comes to fruition, it could be a useful tool if you’re visiting an unfamiliar city and want a better overview of the area.TRIPLE-LENS CAMERASRUMOUR: NEW iPHONES TO GET EXTRA LENSESIf the rumours are right, Apple is currently working on a triple-lens camera for its next iPhones. The rear camera lenses will be arranged in a trianglular configuration, says serial leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, and will debut on the 2019 iPhones this September. The design is unusual, but Hemmerstoffer has a reliable track record…

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