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MacFormat September 2018

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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hello (again)

>Thankfully, the days of having to shuttle simple information between devices using floppy disks or even USB memory sticks are a thing of the past. Online services like Apple’s iCloud save you a lot of hassle. However, iCloud has many uses, some of which you might’ve missed entirely because they’re tucked away, or maybe you know of a feature but find its behaviour hard to fathom. In this issue you’ll learn: the difference between how your Mac and iOS devices make your files in iCloud Drive available; how to have iCloud’s email server deal with new messages so you truly see the same inbox on all your devices; a way to coordinate family life more easily, and much more. Also in this issue, save yourself even more time and stress by improving…

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meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor > With the World Cup and Wimbledon all over, Jo’s wondering how on earth she’s going to get through August without shouting at the telly! Alex Blake Commissioning Editor > Alex has been trying to avoid technology and spend as much time in the sun as possible. Email reminders off and iPhone set to Airplane Mode. Paul Blachford Art Editor >Paul’s trying to decide what new phone he should get – he’s thinking of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Or an ‘S’ model? First World problems, eh Paul?…

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macbook pro updated

There were plenty of people who bemoaned the lack of hardware updates at Apple’s developer conference in June. But that seems to have been partly addressed now with the release of updates to the MacBook Pro line-up. The new models are more evolutionary than revolutionary, focusing mainly on improved performance and feature tweaks. One of the biggest updates is that Touch Bar-equipped models have eighth-generation (Coffee Lake) Intel Core processors. 15-inch models now come with a six-core i7 processor as standard, up from four cores previously, delivering up to 70% faster performance according to Apple. The i7 can be upgraded to an i9 processor if you need even more power. That’s not the only update that’s intended to make your apps run more smoothly. You can now equip the MacBook Pro with…

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airpower expected soon

There may not be much longer to wait for AirPower – it could be with us by September. The wireless charging mat from Apple was unveiled back in September 2017, but we’ve had no news since then. According to Bloomberg, the device has been delayed as Apple attempts to solve numerous technical issues. The complicated circuitry and potential risk of overheating are two of the more prominent problems. Apple says the mat will be able to charge an iPhone, Watch and AirPods at once. That ambitious goal means the development process has taken longer than expected – but Bloomberg’s sources claim a projected September launch.…

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the poll

>Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Alexa voice control arrives on iOS devices >Amazon’s Alexa assistant now has voice control on iOS. The feature has been available on Android since January. Before this announcement, the Alexa app on iPhone could be used to customise Alexa-controlled smart home devices, plus Amazon’s Echo speakers, but not using your voice. The change means you can ask questions, listen to music, operate smart home devices and use Alexa’s Skills system by talking to your iPhone. Asking for weather, sports, calendar and movie data will also bring up visual information on your screen. Still, you won’t be able to set Alexa as your default voice assistant on iOS just yet. For now, you’ll need to open the Alexa app first, rather than simply saying the “Alexa” trigger…

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apple’s 2018 and 2019 plans

Among Apple analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the most reliable, with a good track record of correct predictions. In his latest research note, he makes a number of assertions about what Apple is set to unveil in the next few years. For instance, Kuo predicts that the second half of 2018 will see the release of three new iPhones: a second-generation iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus, and a more budget-friendly 6.1-inch phone. As well as that, 2018 will see the debut of a cheaper MacBook Air, along with Apple Watches with larger displays than the current models, states the analyst. In 2019, Kuo believes that LCD-based iPhones will outsell those with OLED displays. However, he notes that while the new phones will have “marked innovations”, we may have to wait…