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MacFormat May 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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MobileCinema i70 A powerful projector in the palm of your hand ‘Pico’ projectors are tiny, but the MobileCinema i70 is tinier still. It’s 8.5cm wide and less than 2cm tall, so you can just pop it in a pocket and take it to a friend’s house. It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth, but also has a Mini HDMI port to connect it to your Mac. In fact, thanks to that wireless connectivity and its internal battery, it’s both portable and cable-free. And you also get surprisingly good sound quality for such a small box. The visuals aren’t cinema quality, but the MobileCinema i70 is perfect if you need a mini projector that’s easy to carry around. £238 includes MobileCinema i70, HDMI cable, USB cable website aiptek.de works with iOS 7.1 or higher,…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE 83%! UP TOTurn to page 46 We’ve had another change around here on MacFormat, this month. Our long-standing Production Editor, Alan Stonebridge is off to edit our US sister title, Mac|Life, while he’s being replaced by Mac|Life’s erstwhile Operations Editor, Jo Membery who now has to get used to subbing copy in UK English instead of US English again. So, I’d like to congratulate Al on his new editorship and extend a big two-gallon hat welcome to Jo! This issue we take a deep dive into a subject that will be top of the list for many Mac users, especially if you’ve got an older machine – freeing up space and improving performance. We’ll show you all the little tricks you need to know to eke that last little…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Fresh from subbing copy on our US title, Mac|Life, Jo has to adapt to life without apple pie, waffles and baseball. We think she’ll cope somehow. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor An office refurb led to Alex unearthing an old iMac G3 external floppy drive. He still can’t believe files haven’t always been in the cloud. Paul Blachford Art Editor Faced with (once again) having to photograph two objects that were completely different sizes for this month’s head-tohead, Paul has decided perspective is his friend.…

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virtual mac keyboard

Recent patents have revealed that Apple is working on a MacBook Pro with a very special keyboard. The keyboard is actually a second display – just imagine that the current Touch Bar has been given growth hormones and has taken over the entire keyboard area. The second display could then be used as a virtual keyboard, sketch pad or simply as an extension of the screen. Details of the device are buried in the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard patent application, which shows Apple is considering a future version of the keyboard with a display instead of physical keys. Combined with haptic feedback, it could mark the end for physical keyboards, as we swap clicks for taps on a permanent basis. Paul says… Apple’s shallow MacBook keyboard was divisive, and this will be even…

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apple launches red iphone, updates ipad

Apple is well known for unveiling new products at flashy events, but it doesn’t always work that way. In early March it decided to quietly launch or update a number of products with a simple change to the Apple Store website. Perhaps most noteworthy of the changes, at least visually, was the introduction of a PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The phones come in a red finish and are available with 128GB or 256GB of storage, with prices ranging from £699 to £919. A portion of that cost will go towards fighting HIV/AIDS in Sub-Sarahan Africa. Out of Air The iPad range also got an important update. The iPad Air 2 has been phased out and replaced with a 9.7-inch device simply named ‘iPad’. This features a brighter Retina display and a…

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classic apple facts

400KB MACINTOSH 512K FLOPPY DISK CAPACITY Apple killed off the floppy drive in Macs with the iMac G3, but back in 1984 they were all the rage. The Macintosh 512K nickname: ‘Fat Mac’) came with a drive that could read 400KB floppy disks built in. $7,300 LAUNCH PRICE OF MACINTOSH PORTABLE Apple’s first batterypowered portable laptop cost a mindboggling $7,300 in 1989, around £11,500 today. It was powerful, but didn’t sell well. 100,000 TOTAL NUMBER OF APPLE PIPPIN UNITS PRODUCED Considered one of Apple’s worst mistakes, the Pippin games console (made in conjuntion with Bandai) was limited to a production run of just 100,000 units. There were reportedly more accessories made for it than actual units.…