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MacFormat October 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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Popslate 2 Your iPhone gets a second screen When the original Popslate debuted, it caused quite a stir – here was an iPhone case with an E Ink display on the back to display notifcations, news and more. Popslate 2 builds on that foundation in a number of ways. It has a larger screen – now 4.7-inches at 200dpi – and a Lightning port to simultaneously connect to your iPhone and charge it up. You can also flick through five different apps using the capacitive buttons near the bottom of the screen. Popslate’s maker say this all adds up to saving your iPhone’s battery by keeping the LED display switched off. From $149 (about £115) INCLUDES Popslate E Ink battery case WEBSITE popslate.com WORKS WITH iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus…

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hello (again)

We hope you’ve been enjoying the public beta release of macOS Sierra (already on its fourth update by the time we went to press), and even if you haven’t we show what you’ve been missing in this issue. We guide you through all the big changes and show you exactly how they work in Sierra to date (expect things to have changed a little by the final release in September). If you like a lot of what Sierra has to offer but want to stick with El Capitan for a while, we’ve looked at some brilliant add-ons you can get for your current OS that’ll go someway to replicating what the brand-new macOS can do. As excited as we get about a new OS, we must always remember to back up. But…

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meet the team

Alan Stonebridge Production Editor Alan’s watched too many disappointing summer blockbusters. Roll on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in December to erase the bad taste. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex has been reliving his gaming childhood by playing the rereleases of Disney’s Aladdin and The Jungle Book. He still can’t finish either of them. Paul Blachford Managing Art Editor Paul is now booking next year’s holiday to see the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Apple’s desktop backgrounds in macOS Sierra make the place look incredible. macformatuk.tumblr.com facebook.com/macformat twitter.com/macformat youtube.com/MacFormatUK…

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apple pencil 2

We’re huge fans of the Apple Pencil. It’s comfortable, accurate and handily charges from the iPad Pro’s Lightning port. It’s a winning combination with the iPad Pro, but it was clear to us that the 2015 launch model wasn’t the beginning and end of Apple styluses. We expect a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro to debut in late 2016, and a new Pencil should be announced with it. However, the changes could be more far-reaching than would at first seem obvious. Sure, there’s bound to be even longer battery life and maybe a choice of colours, but according to a recently uncovered patent, a new Pencil might work with a Mac and possibly support gestures in the air! Apple’s granted patent 9,400,570 was originally filed in late 2014 and was published this July…

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shadow complex £10.99

The original Shadow Complex was a huge hit when it came out on the Xbox 360 in 2009. Seven years later it’s been remastered, updated and released on the Mac. You play as Jason Fleming, a hiker who stumbles upon a conspiracy to start a second American civil war by a paramilitary group called The Restoration. You must make use of the many high-tech ‘toys’ of The Restoration to free Jason’s partner through a branching, non-linear story mode. Aside from upscaling character and environmental graphics (up to 4K resolution), the remaster has improved lighting, new melee moves and new achievements. And if you want to try something other than the main story, there’s a bonus Proving Grounds mode where you can test your mettle with challenges and achievements. [ iOS APP] APPLE STORE FREE Apple’s…

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out of arm’s way

For our latest subscription offer see page 30! ARM designs chips for the vast majority of the world’s smartphones When the news broke in July that UK processor designer ARM had been taken over by Japanese firm SoftBank for the princely sum of £24bn (yes, billion), a lot of people were left feeling confused. For many, it was the first they had heard of ARM, and it left a lot of pertinent questions to be answered. Why was this unfamiliar British company being bought by an equally unfamiliar Japanese company, and why was it worth such an astronomical sum? One reason is ARM’s reach (so to speak). It designs chips for the vast majority of the world’s smartphones, including every iPhone ever made. That kind of near-universal market penetration is undoubtedly valuable to…