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MacFormat March 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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Add the original iPhone’s back to your modern iPhone – but with a lot less bezel up front.Slickwraps makes time travel for your iPhone possible.Anniversary Edition caseRetro elegance for your iPhoneEven today, the original iPhone is a classic of mobile design. Apple managed to incorporate the ungainly antenna band into a beautiful two-tone black and silver colour scheme. Thanks to Slickwraps, you can relive those days and turn your modern iPhone into a retro throwback. Its Anniversary Edition case is a durable vinyl two-piece cover that offers protection for the back of your phone, and is available for all models back to the iPhone 5s. It’s a simple design, but one with a great visual impact.From $24.95 (about £19) INCLUDES Anniversary Edition iPhone caseWEBSITE slickwraps.com WORKS WITH iPhone 5s to iPhone…

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hello (again)

Pages, Numbers and Keynote are free with every Mac, iPhone and iPad these days, and they’re capable of turning out incredible results. This issue’s first feature teaches you tips and techniques to help you make amazing documents with them.Our second feature is a special insider interview with Phil Schiller, one of Apple’s most popular leaders, who you may recognise from the company’s product announcements. It’s thanks to our sister magazine T3 that we can bring you Schiller’s thoughts on Apple’s recent products and their importance for the future of the company and the whole tech industry.After High Sierra woes in late 2017 and the tech industry’s chip security issues at the start of 2018, I was excited to hear that HomePod would be available from 9 February. Sadly, the jubilation…

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meet the team

Jo MemberyOperations EditorJo is using the dark, winter evenings as an excuse to play with some arty design apps on her MacBook. Watch out Paul, she may be after your job.Alex BlakeCommissioning EditorAlex has started his spring cleaning early. Who knew that throwing out useless junk and being organised actually had some benefits?Paul BlachfordArt EditorHaving just spent thousands of pounds on a new bed this month, Paul’s dreams of owning a new iMac Pro for his 3D modelling work will have to remain just dreams.…

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big chip flaws affect apple

The world has been ablaze with talk of the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, but what are they, and how do they affect you? The vulnerabilities first came to light on 3 January 2018, when they were made public in the media. Affected hardware and software vendors had been made aware of the issues in the summer of 2017, but had been unable to release security patches in time.Meltdown and Spectre are security vulnerabilities in the architectural design of modern CPUs. If taken advantage of, they could allow an application to read any information stored in your device’s memory, whether its authorised to or not.That is, of course, a very serious weakness. Meltdown, for instance, could allow a hacker to gain access to your passwords, emails, photos and more as these…

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the poll

WE ASKED…Was Apple right to slow down older iPhones?Log on and see next issue’s big question!twitter.com/macformatfacebook.com/macformatPatent: Apple working on a 3D printer?A 3D printer probably isn’t what first comes to mind when you think of Apple, but that might soon change. That’s because Apple has been granted a patent for such a device, according to Patently Apple.The patent suggests that the device would be intended for consumer use – rather than being an internal Apple project, say – and would be able to add colour to its creations.It’s not Apple’s first 3D printing patent. In October 2017, the company was awarded a patent for a 3D printing system that would work with augmented reality and AR glasses.…

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apple news roundup

WATCH YOUR SUGAR LEVELSFUTURE APPLE WATCH MIGHT TRACK GLUCOSEApple Watch Series 3 showed that Apple is serious about the health credentials of its wearable. According to the New York Times, it could now be working on a non-invasive blood glucose monitoring system for a future version of the Watch. However, the outlet also cited industry experts as believing this technology was still a few years away.LISA SOURCE CODE RELEASETAKE A TRIP DOWN PC MEMORY LANEReleased back in 1983 for $9,995 (around £18,000 today), the Apple Lisa computer was the first Apple PC to support a mouse, but sold poorly. However, its source code has recently been recovered by the Computer History Museum and will be released some time in 2018, pending a review by Apple. So if you want to…