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MacFormat December 2016

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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sonder keyboard

It can be a pain to memorise all the shortcuts of just one app, never mind the many apps you use on a regular basis. Sonder thinks it has the solution with its E Ink-equipped keyboard, which lets you remap its keys (and key cap displays) to anything you want. Unlike other keyboards, you can actually change the icon on each key to make your new layout easier to remember. It’s app-specific too, so you can set up the most logical layout for whichever apps you use. And with quick Mac pairing and a month-long battery, it’ll be a breeze to use. Starts at $199 (about £164) includes Sonder Keyboard, Bluetooth, Lightning port, USB cable website sonderdesign.com works with Mac macformat.com @macformat Game-changing tech from the world of Apple and beyond…

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hello (again)

iCloud has become an essential part of being a Mac and iOS device owner. It’s much more than just a place to back up data, it’s now your clever sync tool and online depository. But, it’s not all plain sailing and iCloud Drive is a complex beast behind the scenes, so don’t feel bad if you find it a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve gone deep into Apple’s online storage service for Macs, iPhones and iPads to unearth great tips that’ll help you get the most from it. Learn how to manage the process of putting your Desktop and Documents online if you have multiple Macs, and how to better manage your iCloud Drive. When it comes to the latest Apple gear, we were wowed by the new MacBook Pro with…

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meet the team

Alan Stonebridge Production Editor If nothing else, Alan is impressed by Apple’s stated peak transfer rates of the new MacBook Pro’s storage – about three GIGABYTES per second! Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex wasn’t wowed by the new MacBook Pro. The Touch Bar looks cool, but he was hoping for a bigger power boost. Is it still a ‘Pro’ laptop? Paul Blachford Managing Art Editor Paul has fallen in love the new MacBook Pro, especially the Touch Bar. He isn’t so fond of the increased cost though, or the price hikes on older, unchanged Mac models. macformatuk.tumblr.com facebook.com/macformat twitter.com/macformat youtube.macformatuk.…

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10.1-inch ipad pro

2016 is the first year in which Apple has not put out a new iPad model in time for Christmas. The headline MacBook Pro event in October failed to produce even the tinest upgrade to Apple’s tablet, and it’s now unlikely to happen much before March 2017. Spring 2016 saw the debut of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, essentially phasing out the Air range, and by spring 2017 the full-size iPad Pro and the oft-forgotten iPad mini will have gone 18 months without a refresh. Rumours abound that the 12.9-inch Pro and the 7.9-inch mini will get a specs boost and the much-loved True Tone display found in the 9.7-inch Pro. We may see the 3.5mm audio jack’s removal, and an iPhone 7-style pressure-sensitive Home button. The midsize iPad has always…

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macbook gets the pro touch

Well hello, Brexit. When Apple launched a new MacBook Pro line-up at its special event on 27 October, one of the biggest talking points was the large price hike that came attached. If you want to buy a new Mac – of any kind – it’ll cost you significantly more now. Ouch! So what did Apple announce to justify this brave new world of higher prices? The most interesting thing was undoubtedly the new MacBook Pro. As with all Apple product launches these days, pretty much everything wass leaked before the event (and uncannily predicted by us in MF302), but the new features did not disappoint. Most eye-catching is the new Touch Bar that replaces the function keys at the top of the keyboard with app-specific controls relevant to what you’re…

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a new world of adaptor angst

The new models of MacBook Pro have Thunderbolt 3 ports, which use a USB-C connector, but aside from a 3.5mm headphone jack they lack any other kind of connector for peripherals. There isn’t even an SD card reader. You’ll need adaptors to connect devices that use a different connector, whether that’s a display, a printer, external storage or something else. Apple makes a few adaptors, but there are other options that cost less if you only need to use one external device, and more flexible options if you need more ports than that. Here are things to consider. What’s in a name? USB-C, or USB Type-C, is the physical connector used by both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1. Like Apple’s Lightning connector, it’s reversible, so there’s no fuss working out which way to…