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MacFormat July 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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elago m4 vintage stand

An iPhone charging stand with a retro flavourIf you miss the Apple Macintosh Classic design but can’t quite bring yourself to find and buy a working model, there’s always this. It’s an iPhone stand from Elago with a heavy nod to the past, shaped to resemble Apple’s old stalwart. Slide your iPhone in the side and it gives the effect of a Mac display while charging, with an easy-access opening for the volume controls and a routing area for your Lightning cable. Elago says its ideal for watching movies and browsing the web, but we think it’d be equally at home in a curio stand alongside a mini Bondi Blue iMac G3, perhaps. ¤34.95 (about £29) INCLUDES Elago M4 Vintage Stand for iPhone WEBSITE elagostore.eu WORKS WITH iPhone 6, iPhone…

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hello again

Apple’s recent quarterly earnings results show the California’s finest tech company is still making more money than it can spend. In terms of units sold, Apple Watch and Apple TV remain minnows compared to iPhone, but it’s a bit of an unfair comparison as there will probably never be another product by any company, let alone by Apple, that will have the same global success that the iPhone enjoyed. People judge Apple Watch unfairly. If you look at its sales compared to another tech product that’s deemed to be successful, like Amazon Alexa, you’ll see it’s easily outselling it.This issue we’re looking at ways to supercharge your Mac with the best hardware and software. And talking of software, Pages, Keynote and Numbers were recently turned into totally free downloads on…

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the siri home assistant

APPLE RUMOURWith Apple owning the powerful combination of Siri, Apple TV, and HomeKit, creating some sort of AI-based home assistant that works like Google Home or Amazon Alexa would seem like a natural progression of the company’s product base.As WWDC approaches this June, rumours are circulating that Apple is about to release something along these lines. Here we’ve tried to imagine what that device could look like, and what it will be able to do. Apple could well be making an announcement as you read these pages, but expect the actual release to be more like Christmas time for Apple’s Siri-powered home helper. See what Matthew Bolton thinks about the idea on page 18.Alex says…Apple is late to the home assistant speaker it catch up to Amazon and Google pple…

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classic apple facts

50,000IIGS COMPUTERS WITH WOZ’S SIGNATUREThe IIGS was the most powerful computer in the Apple II series. To make it even better, the first 50,000 came bearing Steve Wozniak’s signature silkscreened onto the front. They were known as the ‘Woz Limited Edition’ version.2005APPLE DROPS MAC INTERNAL MODEMSBy 2005, Apple had decided dial-up modems were passé, and ceased building them into Macs. The USB Apple Modem debuted for people who still wanted dial-up.$2,000MACINTOSH LC 520’S 1993 LAUNCH PRICEApple’s Industrial Design Group so detested the design of the Macinstosh LC 520 that they began working on a redesign almost as soon as it went on sale. It launched at $2,000 (roughly £2,600 today), but was discontinued a mere eight months later.…

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apple worth $800 billion

Apple grows more valuable despite an iPhone sales slip.The upward trajectory of Apple’s already sky-high valuation continues apace. In early May it became the first company in history to be worth $800 billion.It’s even more amazing considering Apple only broke the $700 billion barrier just over two years ago.The company’s shares have increased by 33% in 2017 and almost 50% since November 2017. If they continue this level of growth, Apple could hit the $1 trillion mark by the end of the year.The staggering valuation will be music to Tim Cook’s ears, especially as it comes shortly after news that iPhone sales had taken a surprising dip in the year’s second quarter. Apple shipped 50.8 million iPhones in the quarter ending 1 April, down from 51.2 million in the previous…

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apple working on improving siri performance

A pple’s AirPods were impressive when we reviewed them, but Siri was an issue. Using the virtual assistant with the AirPods proved difficult in noisy locations, as it often struggled to understand us. However, it appears that Apple is working on improving Siri’s performance in loud environments.But it won’t do so through voice commands – a recently published patent shows the Cupertino giant has been designing ways for you to interact with Siri through text commands.The system would work much like iMessage. Users could send Siri a message, which would then carry out the command and respond via text.Not only would this be a boon for noise interference, but it would also help in situations where talking to Siri may seem inappropriate. No more strange looks from passersby as you…