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MacFormat February 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***

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Game-changing tech from the world of Apple and beyond CMRA Turn your Watch into something Q would be proud of If you feel the Apple Watch lacks a certain degree of James Bond finesse, the CMRA watch strap is for you. It features two integrated cameras (an 8MP outward-facing one and a 2MP one for selfies), so you can snap photos and video on the go, straight from your wrist. The sporty elastomer strap also has a built-in microphone and is powered for ‘all-day’ battery life if you’re taking photos, or 30 minutes of 1080p recording or video chat. Everything you snap with the strap can be synced to your iPhone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. $249 (about £201) includes CMRA watch strap website getcmra.com works with Apple Watch…

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SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE 57%! Turn to page 56 This issue of MacFormat is filled with sound. On page 30 we give you the only guide to Apple Music you’re ever going to need, packed with tips on how to get the most of the music service – as well as how to get hold of a free trial today. You can read our verdict about Apple’s latest audio offering, AirPods, on page 93, and on page 96 you’ll find this issue’s group test of the best multiroom audio systems on the market. The cost of multiroom audio systems is dropping at the moment, so we’re hitting that sweet spot where they are getting more affordable just as they get more effective. Getting away from the music, we also review two 13-inch MacBook Pro…

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APPLE RUMOUR tv (5th generation) From Apple’s hobby to a key part of your smart home Apple TV hasn’t received many updates over the years since its introduction in January 2007. It’s now more than a year since Apple introduced the fourth-generation model with the tagline “The future of TV is apps”. Literally so, if tvOS 10.1 is anything to go by; it added a TV app as a single place to visit to catch up on new episodes of your favourite shows – at least in the US. It was recently rumoured that Apple is no longer developing its AirPort range of networking hardware, and that the staff responsible for them have been reassigned to the Apple TV team. What could that mean? Well, it’s unlikely Apple TV will gain full-on router capabilities,…

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foxconn going full auto apple maker to automate its factories

W hile US President-elect Donald Trump has committed to bringing manufacturing jobs at Apple back to the US, Foxconn looks to be doing the opposite. Dai Jia-peng, the manufacturer’s General Manager, has outlined a plan to make all of Foxconn's factories fully automated, with 30 per cent becoming so by 2020. If that plan comes to fruition, there won’t be many manufacturing jobs to move back to the US. Foxconn currently employs more than a million workers, a large number of whom could be made redundant by the plans. Dai stated that the initial objective was to automate work that “workers are unwilling to do or is dangerous”. Following this will come a second phase, which aims to increase the efficiency of the production line and remove unnecessary robots that have already…

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consumer reports drops support for macbook pro

L ast month we took a look at Apple’s new 15-inch MacBook Pro and loved it, but it’s had its fair share of critics. Now Consumer Reports has joined the fray, and for the first time ever a MacBook has failed to be awarded the watchdog’s ‘recommended’ verdict. In justifying its decision, Consumer Reports said it found the MacBook Pro’s battery life to be “highly inconsistent” across a number of tests, which included 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, both with and without the Touch Bar. For instance, Consumer Reports stated that “in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third”. The group’s test saw it repeatedly load 10…

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primitive £7.99

Primitive is an image-filtering app with a difference. After you select which image to use, you choose a shape that Primitive uses as a base, be that rectangles, triangles, ellipses and more. Once that’s done, Primitive gets to work. It replicates the original image using the shapes you choose to create artwork ranging from abstract and unusual to beautiful. That all depends on how many shapes you want Primitive to work with. Tell it to create your image with 100 shapes and the result will be more abstract. Go for 900 and you’ll get a much more realistic rendition. It comes with a host of other customisable options, from colours and shape size to how long the app should spend on detail. It’s a great way to add a new creative twist to…