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MacFormat January 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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Ztylus Revolver Lens Expand your iPhoneography with swappable lenses Not every iPhone lens kit is as easy to use as the Ztylus Revolver. It’s a case with an attachment that contains four different lenses, which pop out over your iPhone’s regular camera. If you want to use a different lens, just rotate the attachment to move a new one into place, then pop it out to get started. The Revolver contains four different types of lens – macro, wide-angle, fisheye and circular polariser – so you won’t need to worry about removing lenses and attaching replacements every time you want to change style, as they’re all stored inside the attachment. $99.95 (about £80) INCLUDES Ztylus Lite/Metal iPhone case, Revolver lens kit WEBSITE ztylus.com WORKS WITH iPhone 5/5s, 6/6s, SE, 6 Plus/6s Plus,…

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It’s often a struggle to remember some of the very best shortcuts and timesavers when using your Mac, but we’re here to help you recall some of the most useful productivity tips as well as introduce many more that will be new to you in macOS Sierra. From making more of Sierra’s built-in apps and gestures to managing files more efficiently, you’ll discover plenty of great new ways of getting more from your Mac in 2017. We haven’t left your iOS devices behind this month, though. On page 80 we take a look at how to ‘go pro’ with your iPhone and iPad, using some of the very best apps on the App Store to design an ebook, work smarter with text, edit a podcast, automate tasks – and that’s just…

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imac 5k (early 2017)

Desktops from all computer manufacturers seem unable to fire up the imagination, which isbacked up by their sales being surpassed by laptops for some time. Far from abandoning the iMac though, we think Apple will simply revise its current design to make way for a slighty more edge-to-edge screen with new Retina display tech, a fancy new Magic Keyboard 2 with Touch Bar, and USB-C connections at the rear. A 2017 iMac is unlikely before April, and prices are likely to stay high, having already been raised alongside the new MacBook Pro’s debut. But if any company is going to make a desktop that will make you fall in love with a ‘traditional’ computer again, it’s Apple. Just don’t expect a touchscreen hybrid; Apple hates the idea, with Phil Schiller recently…

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apple to bring jobs to us? trump proposes tax incentives

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to get Apple to bring jobs back to the US, and reports suggest he has recently discussed the issue with Tim Cook. Speaking to the New York Times, he said he told Cook: “…one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States”. To tempt Apple, Trump said he proposed tax breaks and reduced regulations. A core part of Trump’s election message was bringing jobs back to areas of America that have been decimated by unemployment in recent decades. Commentators have suggested that convincing Apple to do so would be possible, but difficult, given Apple’s extensive supply chain in Asia. If Apple were to…

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apple ends development of airport routers

Apple is moving out of the router business and has reassigned its AirPort staff to projects like Apple TV, says Bloomberg. Speaking to “people familiar with the matter”, Bloomberg said the decision was made in order to “sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue”. Apple’s AirPort line is due an upgrade, with the latest edition being released in 2013. Even then it wasn’t as advanced as many rivals’ offerings, lacking WPS compatibility and sporting just a single USB 2.0 port. It now looks like anyone holding out for an updated AirPort will have to look elsewhere for a wireless router. Wireless standards often change quickly, and in the past Apple frequently updated its AirPort range to keep up. Added to that, the AirPort Express still uses…

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apps & games

APP OF THE MONTH [MAC APP] Squash £14.99 Batch image compression and conversion If you run your own website, you'll know how important file sizes are when you’re uploading images. The bigger the file size, the longer the images will take to load, and the worse the experience for your visitors. The Apple aficionados at Realmac say they have a solution in the form of Squash, an app that compresses your files so that they’re more manageable, without reducing quality. Realmac also suggests other uses for Squash – helping developers to shrink down assets in their apps so they load faster, or reducing the size of email attachments when sending messages to friends to help when you’re on a slow connection, for example. The app can also convert PSD, raw and TIFF files into JPEGs that…