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MacFormat September 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***

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FORMAT PRESENTS i.dime A coin-sized instant storage boost for your iPhone We were disappointed when Apple persisted with a 16GB base model for the iPhone SE, so if you find yourself running out of space on your device, try i.dime. It’s one part iPhone case, one part clip-on storage boost. Put on the case and i.dime magnetically sticks to the back, wirelessly boosting your storage by up to 256GB – that also makes it great for quickly sharing files with anyone else who has an i.dime case. It also comes with a small USB dongle that holds the i.dime, allowing you to easily transfer files between your iPhone and Mac. From $48 (about £36) INCLUDES i.dime, USB/Lightning dongle (some bundles include case) WEBSITE idime.us WORKS WITH iPhone 5, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s,…

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hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE 45% Turn to page 46 The public betas of macOS Sierra and iOS 10 have brought a new joy to the MacFormat team, both being packed with exciting new features to make more of your Mac, iPhone and iPad. Turn to page 50 to find out how to get the public betas and install them safely so that none of your data is in jeopardy. While you’re waiting for the full release of both OSes in September, you can still enhance your devices further with great apps that improve on what Apple has provided. In this issue we take a look at the very best Mac apps, and for the first time show you in detail what the pros and cons are of using apps like Fantastical over Calendar and Airmail…

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meet the team

Alan Stonebridge Production Editor Never mind “Winter is coming”. Alan’s spent summer in the postapocalyptic Red Forest of 12 Monkeys’ second season on iTunes. Bleak. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex managed to drop his new iPhone into a swimming pool less than two months after buying it. Thank goodness for insurance policies… Paul Blachford Managing Art Editor While playing Pokemon Go with his kids, walking several miles around his village, the battery in Paul’s son’s iPhone SE lasted the whole time on one charge! Impressive. macformatuk.tumblr.com facebook.com/macformat twitter.com/macformat youtube.com/MacFormatUK…

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apple vr

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 NEWS FEATURE How is Apple doing on issues of equality? 16 OPINION Adam Banks looks at Apple’s new file system 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 Paul says… Could an Apple VR set help gaming on the Mac really take off? I know I’m excited by the idea VR is the next chapter in next major shift in gaming. It’s been in the wild for years, but prohibitive costs and a lack of premium titles has meant that it’s taken a long while…

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watch in numbers

1 2,640°C Zirconia, a ceramic used in the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition, is heated to more than 1,000° hotter than lava during manufacturing. 2 Nine hours It takes Apple this long just to cut the links for the Watch’s Link Bracelet. 3 0.01mm By creating Watches from machined gold ingots, Apple can control their dimensions to within 0.01mm. 4 80% The stainless steel Apple uses is 80% more durable than regular steel thanks to a cold forging process. 5 5, 280 It would take over 5,000 Apple Watches laid end-toend to surround the one-mile circumference of Apple Campus 2. 6 2x Apple uses a gold-ceramic composite in its Apple Watch Edition, which makes it twice as strong as regular gold. NEXT ISSUE Find out just how successful the Apple Music subscription service has been in its first year.…

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investigates: diversity at apple

For our latest subscription offer see page 46! Apple admits it still has more work to do in this area When people buy Apple products, they often feel that they’re not just buying a product – they’re buying from a company that cares. Cares about the environment, about privacy, about its workers and about diversity. But how true is that last assertion? Is Apple giving opportunities to women and minorities in the technology industry, and how does it fare against its Silicon Valley rivals? As with many issues it claims to take to heart, Apple has a dedicated section on its website espousing the positive steps it is taking towards equality in the workplace. It’s prefaced by a letter from CEO Tim Cook in which he states the company is making progress on…