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MacFormat Autumn 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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Language:
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Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
hello (again)

It’s here! Yep, your next free iOS upgrade will have hopefully landed by the time you read this and with it some brand new iPhones too (you can read about those on page 6). But it’s iOS 13 and iPadOS that are the big crowdpleasers here – they’re packed with a huge number of new and improved features and are available to almost everyone. And we mean almost everyone – iOS 13 will run on iPhone SE or later and the 7th gen iPod touch or later; while iPadOS will run on the iPad mini 4 or later, iPad Air 2 or later, 5th-gen or later iPads and every model of iPad Pro. That means we all get to benefit from a welter of goodies, including a system-wide Dark Mode, hugely…

3 min.
apple unveils iphone 11 pro

Apple unveiled an incredible line-up of new hardware and services at its ‘By innovation only’ event in September, with the flagship iPhone 11 Pro stealing the show. Described by Apple as the “most powerful and advanced smartphone” it has ever made, the iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with a new triple-camera system that combines Wide, Ultra Wide and Telephoto lenses for even better mobile capture capabilities, a stunning Super Retina XDR display (5.8in and 6.5in). Plus, a new A13 Bionic chip, which is not only 20% faster than the A12 Bionic found in the iPhone XR and iPhone XS, but also delivers up to five hours more battery life. The triple-camera system promises to make the world’s most popular camera even more so, thanks to the way it enables you to seamlessly…

1 min.
watch series 5

The days of raising your wrist to wake your Apple Watch are gone – thanks to a combination of display innovations that ensure the Apple Watch Series 5 is always on. Apple says it’s teamed the industry’s only low-temperature polysilicone and oxide (LTPO) display with an ultra-low power display driver, better power management and an ambient light sensor to ensure the new Watch’s display dims, but never shuts off entirely, meaning it’s always available for you to look at, even in the middle of a frantic workout. Battery life is pegged at a respectable 18 hours. With prices starting at ?399, other new features include a built-in compass, plus a new range of case finishes (including titanium and 100% recycled aluminium) and straps – Apple says there are thousands of combinations to…

1 min.
apple arcade and apple tv+

Apple’s determined to keep you entertained this autumn with a little help from two new services – Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. Available from 30 September, Apple Arcade enables you and your family to pay a huge selection of games on iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple TV for just £4.99/month – no in-app purchases required. And Apple TV+ (launching 1 November) plans to do the same for TV, with the company unveiling a roster of original shows, including The Morning Show and sci-fi series See. Again the whole family can join in for just £4.99/month.…

2 min.
siri security tightened

Following a review of how it handles users’ interactions with Siri, Apple is making a number of changes to enhance privacy and data security. The review was in response to a report that contractors at Apple were listening to Siri audio recordings as part of the process of evaluating Siri’s performance, a process Apple calls “grading”. A whistleblower claimed that the contractors weren’t thoroughly vetted, and that the recordings included “extremely sensitive personal information” – a doctor and patient talking about the patient’s medical history, a possible drug deal and sexual encounters, for example. Apple suspended human grading and investigated. It explained that the process involved reviewing a small sample of audio Siri requests – less than 0.2% – and their computer-generated transcripts, to evaluate performance. Was there an intentional Siri request?…

1 min.
making light work

Apple’s notebook computers have been criticised in recent months for their reportedly unreliable butterfly keyboard switches. To the extent that rumours say the forthcoming 16-inch model will revert to the older, bulkier but proven scissor mechanism. If a new Apple patent is any guide, however, future MacBook keyboards might not have mechanical key switches at all but optical switches. The patent describes a keyboard that uses a light sensor to detect key presses – and potentially even the difference between fully-depressed and partially-depressed. The mechanism might work by the foot of each key cutting a beam of light when it is pressed down, or the key might have a built-in LED that functions as a backlight in addition to triggering a light sensor, meaning a separate backlight system is not required. Either way,…