MacFormat April 2019

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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2 min
hello (again)

Subscribe today! SAVE up to 57%! Turn to page 30 › Well, the first couple of months of 2019 certainly flew by! Before you rush outside to enjoy the early spring weather and lighter evenings, set aside some time to make sure your critical digital life is in order. I’m talking about the perennially important task of backing up your files. You know, the documents you write for work or college, but also the precious personal stuff you might never recover from a computer catastrophe – photos from your travels, videos from your kids’ birthday parties, and even your painstakingly acquired music collection in iTunes. Almost certainly you’ve set Time Machine to back up your Mac automatically. That’s not really enough, though. Your irreplaceable files deserve more considered protection than that alone, which…

2 min
apple explores keyboard ideas

According to patent applications disclosed by sources such as specialist website, Apple has been working for some time on a future MacBook concept with dual screens, one of which can function as a touchscreen virtual keyboard. The main problem with virtual keyboards, though, like those on iOS devices, is that they’re flat sheets and you have to locate the keys by sight. Touch-typists work by feel, and a newly published patent application, recently revealed by, suggests that Apple is working on a way to make this possible. The solution is a thin top layer of glass, less than 40μm (micrometres) thick, which could be moulded with subtly raised key-like shapes (or “protrusions, contours, recesses, and/or other shapes” to define distinct regions). This would mean you could align your fingers…

1 min
facetime flaw fixed

Apple has released updates to iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to fix some security issues, notably a flaw in FaceTime that made it possible to listen in on people, and potentially even watch them, before they accept or reject your call. It was all too easy to do: start a FaceTime Video call to a contact who uses an iPhone or Mac, swipe up from the foot of the screen while the call is unanswered, tap Add Person, and add your own phone number. This initiated a Group FaceTime audio call between yourself and your contact, even before they accepted the call. This meant you could eavesdrop on them, without their consent (although their incoming call alert would at least mean this wasn’t likely to be for very long). What’s more, if…

1 min
shake-up at the store

Apple’s Senior Vice President of retail, Angela Ahrendts, is leaving the company in April. The former chief executive of fashion retailer Burberry was a high-profile recruit in 2014. Commentators said Ahrendts is going due to last quarter’s drop in iPhone sales, but that seems more related to price and other market factors than retail operations, and Apple has embraced her initiatives. In Ahrendts’ five years in charge, Apple Stores have evolved into ‘town squares’ hosting workshops, tutorials and even music performances, in an effort to make visiting a store “a much more human experience”. Apple’s head of HR, Deirdre O’Brien, an employee for 30 years, will become SVP of Retail + People. Meanwhile, the Apple exec in charge of Siri for the last seven years, Bill Stasior, has moved to another role. He…

1 min
are your apps recording you?

Some big-name iOS apps have been recording your every move, even the personal data you input. That’s despite App Store guidelines requiring your explicit consent to record activity. TechCrunch reports that it’s down to third-party analytics code in apps from Expedia,, Air Canada and others. The idea is that developers can use ‘session replays’ to fix bugs and make “informed UI decisions.” But few if any apps tell you they’re recording you, and Air Canada’s app for one failed to mask sensitive data such as passport numbers. Apple has been notifying developers that it will take immediate action. “Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem,” Apple told TechCrunch. One developer, however, complained online: “I have no issues with notifying the user that I’m using [analytics] and why. [But] we’ve been…

1 min
apple news roundup

macOS KEYCHA IN EXPLOIT LINUS HENZE WON’T DIVULGE FINDINGS › Security researcher Linus Henze has demoed a way to access passwords in macOS Mojave keychains, but refuses to share details with Apple. The exploit can apparently access all items in the login and system keychains (although not the iCloud one), but Henze won’t say more because Apple’s ‘bug bounty’ applies only to iOS. APPLE DROPS DO NOT TRACK PRIVACY CONCERNS NOT BEHIND MOVE › Apple is dropping Do Not Track (DNT) in the next macOS and iOS versions of Safari – not because its stance on privacy has changed, but because DNT is pointless. Using it only asks websites not to track you, and many ignore the request. Indeed, using DNT can help sites identify you – it’s one of many pieces of information used…