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MacFormat March 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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AirBar Turn your MacBook into a touchscreen device The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make an amazing painting device, but they aren’t cheap. If you have a 13-inch MacBook Air and would rather make use of that for your artistic output, AirBar could come in handy. It’s a sleek aluminium bar that, once plugged into one of your MacBook’s USB ports, transforms its display into a touchscreen. It works with any input device, from an Apple Pencil or brush, to your finger or even a banana, the developer claims. It also told us it’s planning to roll out support for other MacBooks in the future, so keep your eyes peeled. $99 (about £82) INCLUDES AirBar strip WEBSITE air.bar/mac WORKS WITH 13-inch MacBook Air…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE 57% Turn to page 44 Going to the Genius Bar can be a humbling experience for most of us. Whether it’s because we’ve done something completely unspeakable to our kit – potentially involving coffee – or simply because our Mac isn’t working and we have no clue why. It’s not fun. That’s why, starting on page 30, we’ve imagined what information a secret Apple handbook would include so that you might never go to the Genius Bar again. And if you do, at least you’ll have a rudimentary knowledge of what’s going on. This issue you’ll also find a review and tips on Super Mario Run, a game that sparked memories in everyone on the team; turn to page 103 for that. There’s also a full report of everything…

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meet the team

Alan Stonebridge Production Editor Having comprehensively conquered Super Mario Run, Alan’s been thinking about selling old Apple kit to buy a Switch. Mission accomplished, Nintendo. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor It’s the season of love, and that means Alex is declaring his love for all people… who give him free Apple kit. iPhones get extra love points. Paul Blachford Managing Art Editor Paul’s hoping there’s a new iMac coming from Apple very soon, with Intel’s Kaby Lake eightcore i7 CPUs, married to powerful new AMD discrete graphics.…

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apple core

APPLE RUMOUR Watch This Space A slimmer, round-faced watch may be the future Apple Watch has been a solid success. In true Apple style it has sold well and disrupted the market while simultaenously broadcasting the device’s functionality the world over. So maybe it’s time for the Apple Watch revolution to keep turning. We’ve investigated a number of Apple patents and it seems change may be on the way. US patent application 2016/0231815 shows that Apple is looking at moving haptic response to the wristband of the Watch – a move that would free up room to make the Watch slimmer or add extra functionality – fancy one with a camera? Another patent application (2016/0351098) reveals plans for an ‘Electronic Device Having Display With Curved Edges’ – or, a round-faced watch, as you’ll find on…

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logic pro x 10.3 £199.99

Apple has updated its popular music production app Logic Pro X to version 10.3, bringing several notable changes, such as support for the Touch Bar introduced on some Late 2016 models of MacBook Pro. Among the long list of changes are greater support for automation and plug-ins, as well as stability tweaks, editing improvements, performance boosts and more. The update also brings with it a new interface and improved sharing between Logic and GarageBand for iOS; the Share to GarageBand command enables you to add new tracks to a Logic project from your iPhone or iPad over iCloud. Logic Pro X 10.3 is introduced at a time when Apple's UK prices have been brought into line with US prices, so Logic Pro X now costs £199.99 instead of its previous £149.99. [MAC GAME] SHADOW TACTICS £34.99 A…

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apple’s most expensive products in numbers

1 €13,500 Apple bought Multi-gesture company FingerWorks 2005 and used its patents while developing the touchscreen iPhone. FingerWorks’ stock grew 2,000% as a result. 2 €8,759 It feels a bit unloved these days, but a maxed-out Mac Pro will still cost you a pretty penny. Choose all the upgrades (with no accessories) and you'll pay nearly nine grand. 3 $9,995 The Appl e Lisa was one e xpensive piece of kit – it cost nearly $10,000 when it launched in 1983. That's roughly $24,000 today, or just under £20,000. 4 $12,000 Unbelievably fast at the time of its 1990 launch, the Macintosh IIfx cost between $9,000 and $12,000 depending on configuration. Speed didn't stop it being discontinued two years later, though. 5 $7,499 Apple may have been struggling in 1997, but that didn't stop it bringing out the Twentieth…