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MacFormat November 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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NanoPad Stick your device to almost anything If you’ve ever looked at a wall and thought ‘Hmm, I wish I could stick my iPhone to that’, you’re in luck. NanoPads are, as the name suggests, small pads that you fix to the back of your iPhone or iPad, enabling you to fasten it to any vertical surface securely. It works with glass, wood, metal, tiles and more, so you can fix it to your kitchen wall and have your iPhone display recipes, for example. We’re not sure it’s an essential purchase, for sure, but anything that can hold a large iPad Pro safely to a wall has us impressed. From €14 (about £12 – Early Bird crowdfunding price) INCLUDES NanoPad suction mount WEBSITE protect-pax.de WORKS WITH Any iPhone or iPad While we’ve got reviews…

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apple sets its sights on vr

Contact us Email your queries to letters@macformat.com Join the conversation at facebook.com/macformat or on Twitter @macformat With macOS High Sierra adding support for external GPUs and virtual reality headsets, like Valve’s SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset, many are speculating that Apple is in the process of developing its own virtual realty headset. Virtual reality creates a whole world to occupy, in contrast to augmented reality which overlays information on top of the world around us. It’s rumoured that Apple has a team of developers working on the project in secret. The fact that Apple has been hiring more virtual reality engineers and keeps acquiring AR/VR companies is fuelling speculation further. Another popular rumour is that Apple is developing a set of AR glasses that augment the iPhone in a similar way to the…

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apple news roundup

EU TO SUE IRELAND SAYS APPLE TAX BACKLOG NOT RECOVERED The European Commission is taking the Irish government to the European Court of Justice in a bid to recover £11.3 billion in back taxes it says Apple owes. The Commission ruled in August 2016 that Apple had received illegal state aid from the Irish government, but says the government has yet to fully recover the owed taxes or act in a timely fashion. APPLE EXECS HIT JACKPOT $19 MILLION EACH FOR EIGHT APPLE BIGWIGS Last month we reported that Tim Cook had received a princely $89.2 million in stock options from Apple. Now, eight other Apple execs have received 125,494 shares of stock each, equivalent to $19 million per executive. The lucky execs awarded the shares were Bruce Sewell, Angela Ahrendts, Eddy Cue, Craig Federighi,…

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app of the month

[iOS APP] Procreate 4 £9.99 Create better art from conception to delivery Apple has only recently released iOS 11, but the popular art app Procreate is looking to take advantage of its new features. Procreate 4 is the app’s ‘biggest update ever’, and is powered by an all-new painting engine that makes use of iOS 11’s Metal 2 and Swift 4 to make painting smooth and fast. You can now mix and blend wet paints on the canvas to create interesting new effects, and make use of any brush to shape the paint’s textures however you like. Brush blend modes have been improved and expanded, and layer masks have been introduced to your workflow. The colour interface has been redesigned, the wide P3 colour gamut is now supported, and sketching with the Apple Pencil has…

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apple tv

[ MOVIE] IT £13.99 The archetypal clown of your nightmares returns after a long hiatus, set to stalk the town of Derry every 27 years. It fuses a coming-of-age tale with supernatural terror. [ PODCAST] THE ADVENTURE ZONE FREE Three brothers and their dad play Dungeons & Dragons and kill unknown numbers of ‘gerblins’. It’s very silly and great fun to hear. [ TV SHOW] GAME OF THRONES £16.99 Season 7 unfolds as the show’s penultimate chapter. Human battles fade to insignificance in the face of the looming White Walker threat.…

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iphone x in numbers

5.8 1 The iPhone X is a whopping 5.8 inches across, making it Apple’s largest phone. And you thought the iPhone 8 Plus was big. 30,000 2 Face ID is clever – very clever. It scans your face and builds a map made up of 30,000 dots to create an accurate, unique picture. 458 3 With 458 pixels per inch, the iPhone X’s display has the highest pixel density of any iPhone – perfect for enjoying high resolution photos and videos. 50 4 Ever fancied being an emoji? The iPhone X’s Animoji feature scans your face and analyses more than 50 muscle movements to turn your smile into a smiley. 600 billion 5 The A11 Bionic chip powering the iPhone X is a super sturdy slice of silicon, and can process 600 billion operations per second. 1,000,000 6 The iPhone X’s Face ID feature lets you log…