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MacFormat May 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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13 Issues


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Printable Live Photos Watch your photo prints come alive with LifePrint LifePrint prints out the photos you’ve uploaded to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks – but so what? Well, it can also print videos. Called HyperPhotos, each one comes on a small photo card similar to those you’ve been able to get developed on the high street for years, yet it contains an augmented reality element. Point your iPhone’s camera at it and the video plays on your phone’s screen, and you can share it on LifePrint’s social network. It’s like holding a QuickTime window in your hand, and is a fascinating merger of photography old and new. $149 (about £105) INCLUDES LifePrint printer, 60 sheets of LifePrint photo paper WEBSITE lifeprintphotos.com WORKS WITH iPhone 5s or later…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE 64%! Turn to page 46 It doesn’t matter what Mac or iOS device you use, you need the internet for them, and your home network is where you’ll spend the most time connecting your devices to it. Most broadband connections and routers are free from bad reception these days, but with more and more devices being connected in your home the strain on your network has never been greater, particularly with smart home gadgets like multiroom speakers, thermostats and IP cameras. That’s why we’ve uncovered some great ways to maximise your home Wi-Fi network in this issue, so that all your Macs, iPhones, iPads and internet-connected accessories perform to their best at all times of the day. Core to your online activity is iCloud, and this month we’ve dived…

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mac pro (mid 2016)

What’s inside 8–10 RUMOUR & NEWS The core Apple news you need to know about 11 APPS & GAMES Our top picks of the month for Mac and iOS 12 APPLE FACTS Amazing stats from the world of Apple 14–15 NEW APPLE KIT The low-down on the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 16 OPINION Adam Banks on digital content’s shelf life 18 SPLIT VIEW The team’s views on the latest Apple tech Contact us Email your queries and your questions to letters@macformat.com Keep up to date by following us on Twitter @macformat Join the conversation at facebook.com/macformat Alan says… I’m also eager to see how OS X’s graphics features evolve in its next release Apple’s March event saw no talk of updated Macs in any shape or form. It’s now been more than two-and-a-half years since the high-end Mac first appeared in its radically redesigned form. It’s well overdue an update, and this summer could…

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macbooks could be high ‘optane’ in a few years…

CLASSIC APPLE FACTS 93% APPLE’S RENEWABLE ENERGY GOAL Apple’s spring event kicked off with a look at the company’s commitment to recycling and renewable energy. Vice president of environment and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, stated that Apple is just 7% shy of a 100% renewable energy goal in its ‘operations’. iTUNES 4.1 THE FIRST iTUNES MADE FOR WINDOWS In October 2003, iTunes expanded beyond the Mac and on to a far wider Windows audience, signalling the demise of jukeboxes like the popular MusicMatch to sync iPods with PCs. $23,700 WHAT AN APPLE LISA’S COST WOULD BE TODAY Launched in 1983 at a cost of $9,995, the Apple Lisa sold only around 100,000 units. The equivalent cost today, adjusted for inflation, buys you nine entry-level Mac Pros! MacBooks could be set for a major storage speed boost as early as…

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apps & games

APP OF THE MONTH [MAC GAME] Superhot £17.99 Gives ‘bullet time’ a whole new meaning If you’re beginning to think all first-person shooters are alike, take a look at Superhot. It’s a game where the central mechanic forces you to think through your moves step by step – and it’s not often you hear that said about shooters. The mechanic in question is this: time only moves at a normal pace when you do. So rather than running gung-ho into an arena and blasting your way out, you can simply stop moving and everything else will slow to a snail’s pace. Fire your gun or take a forward step and your enemies move too. It’s like a strategy-FPS mash-up that is by turns frantic and thoughtful depending on your game plan. Throw in a highly…

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the ipad in numbers

1 £1.97 per year If you were to fully drain and then recharge an iPad Pro every day for a whole year, this is the princely sum it would cost you – less than making a cup of tea every day. 2 49.6 million Apple sold nearly 50 million tablets in 2015, giving it the largest slice of the tablet pie. Samsung came in second with 33.5 million sales, according to market analysts TrendForce. 3 437 GRAMS The weight of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, making it almost 300 grams lighter than the first-generation iPad. 4 16.12 million The number of iPads sold in the first quarter of 2016. Although less than the 26.04 million sold in Q1 2014 (the record quarter for iPad sales), it marks a large increase over the 9.88 million sold in Q4…