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MacFormat December 2017

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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The Side Winder Put an end to tangled MacBook cables There’s not a MacBook owner alive who hasn’t experienced some sort of frustration with their device’s charging cable. It gets tangled, it’s hard to pack away, it’s too long, you trip over it – there are a lot of reasons to dislike it. The Side Winder aims to do away with that exasperation, and it’s devilishly simple. Just plonk the power brick in the middle, close the lid and wind away. What was once a tangled mess becomes neat and easy to carry. And you can pull out as much cable as you need to reach the nearest plug socket – no more long wires dangling dangerously.From $29.99 (about £23) includes The Side Winder cable organiserwebsite fusereel.com works with All MagSafe/USB-C MacBooks…

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hello (again)

Is there a better way for Apple to celebrate 10 years of the iPhone than by releasing the culmination of all those years of design, the iPhone X? Once again, Apple has shown it’s not afraid to ditch old technology, even if it isn’t really that old and still works really well (bye-bye, Touch ID), and embrace the unknown (say hello, Face ID). But in this headlong race to a better tomorrow, is Apple moving too fast? What are the security implications of using your face instead of your fingerprint for financial transactions and unlocking your phone? We consider all these things and more this issue, as well as deliver our definitive verdict on the new iPhone X. While we’re on the subject of embracing the future, I’m sad to say…

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the new modular mac pro 2018

APPLE CORE Apple has stated that it’s going to finally upgrade the Mac Pro next year with a new “modular” design, but so far Apple’s been reluctant to release details, leaving people free to speculate wildly on what it’s most likely to contain. Taking our cues from the already announced iMac Pro, Taking our cues from the already announced iMac Pro, we’d imagine the Mac Pro will contain Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, and we’d expect a pretty decent graphics card by default – we’d be tempted to assume the Mac Pro would use an eGPU (external graphics processing unit) connected via Thunderbolt 3, but Apple isn’t finalising support for eGPU until spring. As it stands, Apple hasn’t confirmed anything about internal oomph but, looking at the iMac Pro, we think we can make…

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lightroom cc £9.98 per month

[MAC APP] If Photoshop Elements 2018 (reviewed on page 93) isn’t ‘pro’ enough for your needs, Adobe has just introduced a major revamp to Lightroom. It sees the app join the Creative Cloud suite with a new streamlined app, as well as the renaming of the old Lightroom CC into Lightroom Classic CC. There are changes and updates aplenty to both apps. Lightroom Classic CC has a raft of performance improvements, faster image selection and new Range Masking options, all aimed squarely at desktop users. Lightroom CC, on the other hand, is a cloud-based service that features a new user interface, cloud storage for your files, and a number of sharing options. It lets you sync your work across your devices, and relies on machine learning to organise your files without you having…

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apple tv

[MOVIE] BABY DRIVER £13.99 Baby is a getaway driver who blends death-defying heists with an enviable collection of retro iPods. Love action and Apple? Then give this film a shot. [PODCAST] A16Z FREE This podcast is a melting pot of all things tech, culture and news, with a healthy dose of future-gazing thrown in. Full of expert opinions and plenty of brain food. [TVSHOW] MR. ROBOT SEASON 3 £16.99 The cybersecurity thriller returns for a third season. Each character’s motivations come under scrutiny as relationships fall apart.…

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watch series 3 in numbers

1 50 Apple Watch Series 3 is water resistant to a depth of 50 metres, so you can take it for a quick swim in the pool or even out to sea. 2 1,000 The display on the Series 3 is twice as bright as the previous model, clocking in at 1,000 nits. 3 18 The Series 3 maintains the same 18-hour battery life as previous models of the Apple Watch. 4 46.4 There’s quite a difference in weight between Series 3 models. The 38mm non-cellular aluminium model weighs 26.7g, but the 42mm ceramic model is a more hefty 46.4g. 5 4.2 The Apple Watch Series 3 features Bluetooth 4.2, an upgrade from the Bluetooth 4.0 found on earlier generations. 6 16 GB Previous versions of the Watch all came with 8GB of on-board storage,…