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MacFormat June 2016

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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The Kardia’s EKG sensor is integrated into the AliveCor Apple Watch band, meaning you’ll have a potentially life-saving device wherever you go.AliveCor Kardia BandWear your heart on your sleeve with your Apple WatchDuring Apple’s recent March event, company exec Jeff Williams underscored the firm’s commitments to improving the health and wellbeing of its users. Now another company is making a similar pledge with the launch of the AliveCor Kardia Band. Its an Apple Watch strap with an embedded EKG sensor, so it can actively monitor your heart rate and detect the telltale signs of atrial fibrillation and other heart abnormalities. It can then send this data directly to your doctor, helping them with diagnoses and treatment plans. It may one day save your life.Price TBC INCLUDES AliveCor Kardia Band for…

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hello (again)

In the month that Apple turned 40, we also celebrated another milestone, making our 300th issue after almost 23 years of bringing you the very best Apple advice. Thanks to all of you for helping us get this far – some of you have even been with us since those early days in the 1990s!As with any technology, things have moved on at great pace, and Apple itself has gone from Silicon Valley giant to floundering enterprise – and back again! Altough we can’t bring you advice for kit that’s obsolete, we’ve delved into OS X as it is today to bring you our biggest ever tips feature – the 300 greatest ever Mac tips! Covering everything from Finder and text tools to iWork and security, you’ll find plenty of…

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meet the team

Alan StonebridgeProduction EditorAlan has been streaming Star Wars: Battlefront to his Mac in Sony’s Remote Play app, and lamenting the big games that don’t get ported.Alex BlakeCommissioning EditorAlex reviewed the tiny iPhone SE and it’s made him question his loyalty to his iPhone 6 Plus. If only he had smaller thumbs…Paul BlachfordManaging Art EditorFollowing hot on the heels of Apple’s big anniversary, Paul’s been celebrating his own 40th – issue of working on MacFormat, that is.Seth SinghDigital Art EditorHaving seen Wales qualify for this summer’s Euros, Seth’s been keen to get his footy boots back on-now where were they again?…

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apple watch 2

What’s inside8–10RUMOUR & NEWSThe core Apple news you need to know about11APPS & GAMESOur top picks of the month for Mac and iOS12APPLE FACTSAmazing stats from the world of Apple14OPINIONAdam Banks mulls over Apple’s indirect influence on his career15SPLIT VIEWThe team’s views on the latest Apple techContact usEmail your queries and your questions to letters@macformat.comKeep up to date by following us on Twitter @macformatJoin the conversation at facebook.com/macformatAlan says…I’m more excited to see where Apple goes with the Watch than I am about iPhone 71 WATERPROOFING The current Watch has an IPX7 water-resistance rating, so it can stand being submerged for a short duration up to one metre – though Apple cautions against it. Waterproofing is heavily requested, and would enhance the Watch’s sport credentials.2 ZIPPIER PROCESSOR CPU designer ARM…

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hyper light drifter £14.99

A runaway Kickstarter success, Hyper Light Drifter is a 16-bit– styled adventure for the 21st century. Taking its cues from old-school Zelda games and Miyazaki films, it’s an RPG that combines classic mechanics with new ideas of its own.Your character, the Drifter, has access to technology long-forgotten by the world he explores. Filled with deep, crumbling ruins to loot, ancient forests to explore and ghastly enemies around every corner, you must find your way through this world to find a cure to the illness your character carries. Tactical combat is encouraged, making it more than a simple hack ‘n’ slash action game and a challenging experience.Inspired by the developer’s own battle with heart disease, Hyper Light Drifter has just been released on Mac.[iOS APP]BILLY FREEMagazines, utility bills, TV packages, internet…

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adam banks… going deeper than a force click with musings on the world of apple

When I look back, I realise it wasn’t Apple’s products that changed my lifeABOUT ADAM BANKSAdam is Apple to the core, having reported on the world of Macs since the 1990s. As a writer, designer, art director and print production contractor, he divides his time between the Northern Powerhouse and the Creative Cloud.Every job I’ve had since the age of 18 has revolved around a machine that chimed when you started it up, and yet if I had to pick one moment that marked the transition from BC (before computers) to AD (Apple-driven), it didn’t involve anything with a half-eaten fruit on the front.In the early days, you see, Macs were far too expensive for the likes of me. Later, I’d meet people whose careers had turned on the day…