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MacFormat October 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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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
hello (again)

This time of year is a really exciting one for us Apple watchers – the arrival of new hardware and the latest versions of macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS feel tantalisingly close. Although if you’ve tried the public betas of those operating systems you’ll have a good idea of what to expect come the official launch. One good way to use this waiting time productively is to get your devices and data organised before the Big Upgrade lands – and we’ll show you exactly how to do that in this month’s lead feature (p20). So if you’ve always wanted to organise your iTunes library, clear out duplicate snaps from Photos and ensure everything is securely backed up with Time Machine, now is your chance to do so. While one kind of future…

2 min.
apple reports record quarter

Apple has reported its biggest June quarter ever, with all-time record revenue from Services and strong growth in Wearables, iPad and Mac more than compensating for a 12% year-on-year drop in iPhone revenue. Total revenue for the quarter ending 29 June 2019 was $53.8 billion (about £44.4bn), 1% up from the June quarter a year ago. Hostile observers focused on the fall in iPhone revenue, but what’s notable is the surge in other areas: Services in particular soared to $11.5bn (about £9.5bn). Under this heading, Apple Care, Apple Music and the App Store hit all-time revenue records. Excluding a one-off accounting adjustment last year, revenue from Services grew 15% year-on-year. There was growth in other areas too. Mac revenue was up $500m (£412m) year-on-year, rising in four out of Apple’s five geographic…

1 min.
putting the ar into [ar]t

Apple is demonstrating the creative potential of its augmented reality tech by offering an AR art experience at Apple Stores and in the streets of six cities. Chicago artist Nick Cave has created an immersive AR installation, Amass, that can be experienced in every Apple Store. Visitors can also try Apple’s AR tools at a free in-store session on the basics of creating AR using Swift Playgrounds. Further showing what’s possible, Apple partnered with seven artists from New York’s New Museum, who created [AR]T Walks – not just installations but a visual layer on real cityscapes that can be experienced by taking a walk with an iPhone in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Tokyo. And in the future, according to a recent patent application, the Maps app on your…

1 min.
the poll

WE ASKED… Which macOS Catalina feature most excites you? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Apple buys Intel’s phone modem business Back in April, Apple and mobile connectivity chipmaker Qualcomm settled their two-year lawsuit and signed a six-year licensing agreement. Apple’s latest iPhones — the XS, XS Max and XR — use Intel 4G chips instead of Qualcomm, but Apple was Intel’s only modem chip customer and, following the settlement, Intel announced it was abandoning 5G smartphone tech development. Now, though, Apple has acquired most of Intel’s smartphone modem patents and key staff in a billion-dollar deal. Observers say Apple is planning for the long term and looking to develop its own technologies, differentiating its products from others and reducing its reliance on third parties for critical iPhone components.…

1 min.
apple news roundup

MACBOOK PRO UPDATE NEW 16-INCH MACBOOK PRO COMING IN OCTOBER? Rumours persist that a 16in MacBook Pro is in the works, with a 3072x1920 pixel LCD display (an unusual 16:10 aspect ratio, suggesting a new design if true) measuring 16.4 inches diagonally. Apple discontinued the 17-inch model in 2012. It’s also reported that the new MacBook Pro will drop the troublesome ‘butterfly’ keyboard. AIRPLAY 2 EXPANSION LG TVS GET AIRPLAY 2 AND HOMEKIT LG is rolling out a firmware update for its 2019 OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and Ultra HD TVs with ThinQ AI capability. LG says it’s the first TV maker to support HomeKit, enabling you to control a TV via the Home app or Siri. AirPlay 2 support means content can be streamed directly from iOS devices or Macs, without an Apple TV,…

1 min.
bluetooth tracking flaw

Security researchers have identified a flaw in current versions of the Bluetooth protocol that could allow the tracking of iOS, macOS and Windows 10 devices. While Bluetooth is on, devices constantly advertise their presence to enable other devices to find them. In earlier versions of the protocol, this “advertising” included a device’s Media Access Control (MAC) address, which made it simple to locate or track a specific device. The new BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) version of the protocol is supposed to randomise this address from time to time, to prevent exactly this sort of tracking. The problem is that in iOS, macOS and Windows 10 “identifying tokens and the random address do not change in sync”, Boston University researchers found, enabling them to develop an “address-carryover algorithm” capable of tracking devices. The researchers…