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MacFormat July 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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GoSpace A 3-in-1 device that’s great for frequent travellers There are battery packs, there are Qi charging mats, and there are wireless streaming devices. Well, GoSpace is all three in one. It creates its own wireless network, so you can stream files to eight devices at once using 5GHz Wi-Fi, or connect it to Google Drive and Dropbox. It contains a 5,500mAh battery, and you can charge your devices either wirelessly or using the USB-A and USB-C ports. There’s even an SD card slot. GoSpace’s combined talents make it ideal for travelling, saving you space (and money) when you’re out and about. > From $99 (about £71) > WEBSITE getgospace.com > INCLUDES GoSpace drive, USB-A to USB-C cable…

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hello (again)

Subscribe today! SAVE up to 57%! Turn to page 34 We know you’ll be eager to get outdoors and enjoy the world away from screens this summer. But, you have things to do on your Mac and iOS devices – so why not get them done faster with this issue’s massive collection of timesaving tips! For the short time it’ll take you to read them, the shortcuts and clever techniques you’ll learn will help you to use your Apple kit more efficiently, with the knock-on effect of getting you away from the digital abyss to spend quality time with family and friends. Security and privacy concerns have been in the news a lot recently. Well, they never really go away. So, in this issue we also explain the features Apple has baked in to…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo wants to eliminate any security concerns on her Apple devices, so she can relax in the sunshine on her patio. How else can she truly enjoy her G&T! Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex is really enjoying the summer weather – although his Watch keeps nagging him to go for a run when he’d rather be lying in the sun. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul has spent the last month off the internet to see Infinity War unspoiled, and found that an endless supply of blockbusters works as the ultimate social media detox!…

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apple designs circular watch

Perhaps one of the defining features of the Apple Watch is its shape, which differs significantly from most of its smartwatch rivals. Where many other watches have opted for a traditional circular face design, the Watch has steadfastly remained rectangular since its inception. But that may change in the future thanks to a patent recently awarded to Apple. There are plenty of Android watches available with circular faces, from companies such as Huawei, Motorola and LG. One reason Apple might have declined to make a circular Watch in the past, however, could be because rectangular pixel arrays do not fit efficiently into a circular display – the company certainly noted this problem on its patent application. Circular displays can end up with notable bottlenecks where signal lines become overcrowded, thus limiting their…

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the poll

> Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Siri rival Google Assistant’s big step forward In the race for smart assistant dominance, Google has taken a big step forward. At its recent I/O conference, the company showed off updates to Google Assistant. Among the most interesting was its ability to conduct phone conversations with people on your behalf. During the show, Google Assistant was able to understand nuances such as a restaurant worker explaining that tables could not be booked for small parties. The update puts pressure on Apple to bring meaningful improvements to Siri, which is widely considered to be trailing behind rivals’ capabilities. Other updates announced at I/O included the ability to string multiple actions into a single voice command, something Siri is unable to do.…

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apple news roundup

APPLE RUNS ON RENEWABLES USES 100% GREEN ENERGY ACROSS GLOBE Apple has announced that all of its facilities, including retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities, are now completely powered by renewable energy. The facilities are located across 43 different countries. As well as that, nine more of its suppliers have also committed to running on 100% green energy; 23 of Apple’s suppliers now do so. APPLE AIRPORT DISCONTINUED WILL ONLY BE SOLD WHILE STOCKS LAST After more than a year of speculation, Apple has announced that it will be discontinuing the full range of its AirPort routers. It will continue to sell the routers on its websites, but only while stocks last. In November 2016 it was reported that Apple disbanded its AirPort development team, and in January 2018 it started selling third-party…