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MacFormat July 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***

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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hello (again)

> It’s unusual to find a computer that isn’t online these days. Most of us need to use email and the web – even if it’s just to use online banking and pay bills with little hassle. But maybe your home is heavily dependent on its internal network – so your iPhone can control your Apple TV, say – and its connection to the outside world too. What if a network weakness turns into a big problem? Maybe you won’t be able to send an important document on time or, worse, a literally showstopping episode leaves you out of the TV conversation with your friends tomorrow. This issue is something of a networking special. Our cover feature is about making sure your home’s internal network is running at peak condition: how to…

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apple expands its ar work

Apple’s commitment to developing its augmented reality (AR) expertise has been on show again. This time it’s due to the company’s partnership with German enterprise software firm SAP, which will see the two work together to help businesses develop AR apps. According to Reuters, Apple and SAP have made use of Apple’s machine learning tech to build apps to help with accurately stocking store shelves and repairing machinery. These apps will work on iPhone, iPad and Mac. The two companies originally partnered in 2016, aiming to bring Apple’s hardware and SAP’s business apps to increasing numbers of enterprises. Also announced at the time was a software development kit and training to help businesses build native iOS apps for their own uses. An Apple press release stated this would combine the security of Apple’s…

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apple recalls wall adapters

Apple is recalling certain three-prong wall adapters because they risk causing electric shocks. The company says wall plugs shipped from 2003 to 2010 and intended for the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore are affected. It clarified that these plugs were for Mac and some iOS devices. USB adapters aren’t affected. When we asked about other devices that may have shipped with the thicker plug design, such as first- and second-gen AirPort Express, Apple confirmed you should also compare their plugs with the one depicted on its recall web page. If your adapter is from this period and all-white, rather than part grey, it may be at risk. Contact Apple Support or take it to an Apple Store or Authorised Apple Service Provider for a free replacement. If you think your wall plug is…

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the poll

̂Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat New AirPods could come in 2019 – analyst ̂Apple could launch two new AirPods models as early as the fourth quarter of 2019. That’s according to renowned analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. One model would be similar in design to current AirPods, and would feature iterative updates and the same £159 price as the current version. Kuo says the other model would get an “all-new form factor design”, accompanied by a higher base price. Moreover, he contends Apple will use a system-in-package internal design in order to save space and reduce costs. Kuo expects Apple to sell 52 million AirPods in 2019, and 75-85 million in 2020.…

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apple news roundup

APERTURE END OF LIFE APP WON’T WORK BEYOND MACOS MOJAVE ̂Still using Aperture for your photos? You may need to start thinking about an alternative, as Apple has announced it won’t work on versions of macOS past Mojave. The company says you will need to migrate your Aperture photo libraries either to the Photos app or to Adobe Lightroom Classic. For more info, see the Apple Support document at bitly.com/mfaperture. SAMSUNG SCREEN WOE MAJOR ISSUE FORCES GALAXY FOLD DELAY ̂Much has been made of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which is a phone that expands into a small tablet. However, several reviewers have revealed the displays on their units have broken after only a couple of days, often making the $1,980 devices totally unusable. In response, Samsung has recalled all review units and pushed back its launch…

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subscription warnings

Subscription apps have made the news recently for all the wrong reasons. A small number of apps have been caught trying to scam users into expensive subscriptions, but Apple has started fighting back to protect consumers. It has done that by introducing a second step when you download an app that offers subscriptions and when you tap within an app to take out a sub. Now, once you’ve confirmed you want to subscribe using Touch ID or Face ID, a confirmation box appears asking if you’re sure. The box warns that the subscription will continue until it is cancelled in the Settings app at least one day before it is due to end. Although it may seem like a small change, it should help to counter certain nefarious tactics that have been…

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