MacFormat December 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***

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1 min
hello (again)

Are you excited to hear about the new Mac mini, MacBook Air and iPad Pro that Apple announced just days before this issue went to press? Turn to page 6 for the details. Looking to upgrade your iPhone instead this year? Check out our review of the XR on page 76. In our newsletter (see page 11), I asked for comments on the new kit. Some of you pointed out price concerns and that you’re waiting for our reviews – coming next issue, once we’ve run our tests. Whether you’re going to stick with your current Mac or migrate its contents to a new one, you’ll run into the thing that afflicts all but hyperorganised people: clutter. Files saved here and there soon add up, leaving you wading through cruft –…

1 min
meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo hasn’t upgraded her phone, so the office firework photo challenge did not go well. Oh, for the oohs and aahs of sharp and saturated pixels. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex saw mince pies for sale in August. Since then he’s eaten so many his Apple Watch has given up trying to get him fit. You can’t change him, Apple! Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul is loving this time of year – three new iPhones and now a souped-up MacBook Air! Shame his bank balance isn’t loving it quite so much.…

3 min
new macbook air announced

Despite its continuing popularity, the MacBook Air hasn’t seen a major update for a while. In recent years, the notebook has really only received small speed bumps and a Thunderbolt 2 port. That’s all changed now though, as Apple has introduced the first significant redesign of the slim and light device since 2010. Apple seemed keen to make amends at its special event in New York City, with Tim Cook visibly excited as he delivered the news. This is no minor tweak – almost every aspect of the MacBook Air has been altered. Let’s start with one of the most notable changes: the display. For a number of years, the MacBook Air was the only MacBook that did not boast a Retina display, an egregious exception in the line-up. Now, though, the…

1 min
the poll

Log on and see next issue’s big question! MacBook Pro graphics options Apple kept it rather quiet, but the MacBook Pro also got an update. It’s a ‘smaller’ update than that of the new MacBook Air announced in New York, but noteworthy nonetheless. The update boosts the graphics on the top-spec 15in MacBook Pro with options of Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Vega 20 chips, with 4GB of memory. Apple says this is the first discrete mobile Vega graphics processor in a notebook, and claims that the Vega 20 offers performance up to 60% faster than the Radeon Pro 560X in the stock £2,699 15in model. However, the updates will not be available until late November, according to Apple at the time of writing.…

2 min
mac mini finally gets an update

The Mac mini has felt like a neglected product for some time, given that its last update arrived in 2014. An awful lot has changed in the tech world since then, leaving the pint-sized Mac feeling the strain. That changed at Apple’s October special event, when the Mac mini finally got some time in the limelight. It has received changes across the board, both inside and out. The processors have been boosted to the latest eighth-generation Intel chips; the baseline option has four cores, and there’s a six-core option too. Apple says the processors perform five times faster than those in the last Mac mini. Memory starts at 8GB, can be expanded up to 64GB and even upgraded post-purchase by removing the base. Hard drives have been eliminated from the line-up; the…

2 min
ipad pro gets new design

Apple isn’t giving up on the idea that an iPad Pro can replace your computer – and it tried to hammer that home at its October event when it introduced new models. The point was most germane when John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering, discussed the new processor inside the redesigned tablet. The A12X Bionic processor is faster than 92% of portable PCs, Ternus said. It’s an eight-core chip with a 35% performance increase in single-core tasks compared to the A11X. Most of the things you’ll do with an iPad Pro make use of the single-core rather than multi-core ability of the processor, so improving this performance by over a third should make a big difference to the things you do most often. As was widely rumoured before the event,…