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MacFormat February 2018

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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Identity Vault Password security made easy Weak passwords are a massive security problem, but creating (and remembering) a bunch of complex logins is difficult. The Identity Vault card aims to make it easy. It’s a mini computer that’s shaped like a credit card, so it’s easy to carry around with you. It can generate and store secure passwords – when you’re ready to log in, simply hold it up to your device and it wirelessly transmits the details. It never connects to Wi-Fi or mobile networks, nothing is stored in the cloud, and all your passwords are locked behind a passphrase or your biometric data. From $69.95 (about £53) INCLUDES Identity Vault card, magnetic USB charging cable WEBSITE identitycard.com WORKS WITH macOS 10.12 or later, iOS 9 or later…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE UP TO 45%! Turn to page 40 Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the iMac G3 made its mark on the world? In this issue, we look back at the history and huge impact of Apple’s all-in-one desktop computer. I remember using the Bondi Blue beauty at my first workplace. I didn’t like its mouse at all, but I was taken in by the neatness of the whole package. My favourite iMac is still the G4. Wow, what a classy computer that was! Sadly, I never actually owned one. Our cover feature looks at the major iterations of the iMac, talks about the computer’s impact on the world, and includes insights from the likes of Steve Jobs and Sir Jonathan Ive. Whether you’re skipping iPhone X or have embraced it…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo’s saving up for new smart fitness tracking gear as she’s still suffering from a bit of post- Christmas indulging and ‘chillaxing’! Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex is competing with his friends to book the cheapest holiday possible. The amount to beat is £10 for a return to Romania. This could be tricky. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul’s getting to grips with smart tech to keep tabs on his growing brood. Whether it’s screen time at home to tracking location elsewhere, he is now Omniscient Dad.…

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the imac pro has landed

Months after its exciting reveal at WWDC, Apple has finally launched the iMac Pro here in the UK. The most powerful iMac ever released is a real beast of a machine, ideally suited to the heavy workloads of demanding users. But it’s also more than that – it’s a statement that Apple hasn’t given up on its pro customers, and is as devoted to them as ever. So just how powerful is it? The default configuration comes with an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, which can be boosted up to 10, 14 or even 18 cores if you really have some heavyduty work on your hands. The standard graphics processor is an AMD Vega 56 with 8GB of HBM2 (second-gen High Bandwidth Memory). Or you can choose a Vega 64 with a huge…

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the poll

WE ASKED… What’s your favourite iMac? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Apple buys music app Shazam In a move that is likely to strengthen its machine learning efforts, Apple has bought music-recognition app Shazam for a reported $400 million. Shazam is used to identify songs, films, TV shows and adverts from short audio clips. In a statement to The Verge, Apple described how Shazam’s technology is a ‘natural fit’ for Apple Music thanks to its music discovery potential. Additionally, its tech might be further integrated into Siri in the future. Shazam’s app also has augmented reality features, letting users scan QR-like codes in order to access special content.…

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apple news roundup

SMS HITS A QUARTER OF A CENTURY The first text message was sent on 3 December 1992, when engineer Neil Papworth typed out ‘Merry Christmas’ on his computer and sent it to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. A lot has changed since then, with iMessage, memes and even Animojis playing their part. And by June 2017, 781 billion texts were sent every month in the US alone. APP STORE PRE-ORDERS NEW WAY OF PURCHASING iOS APPS Apple has long held off from letting developers offer apps as pre-orders on the App Store, but that’s now set to change. Apps can be made available to pre-order if their release date is between two and 90 days in the future. When the app is pre-ordered, it will be downloaded to your device once it becomes available. Introductory…