MacFormat March 2020

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

If your Mac, iPhone or iPad are bursting at the seams – it’s no surprise. All of us accumulate too much stuff eventually: downloads, music, videos, games, the three-hour presentation that Amy from Accounts sent you… What the heck are you supposed to do with it all? Riding to the rescue is this month’s lead feature, Detox your Mac, which explores all the ways you can restore your sanity – whether it’s shifting your media libraries to an external drive, parking your photos in iCloud or simply taking out the Trash. Plus, we also cover what to do if your Mac gets infected with malware, and even how to start again from scratch (it’s not as scary as you might think…). The cavalry arrives on page 22. Once you’ve saved space, it’s…

1 min
meet the team

Sirivats Lakshman Staff Writer Srivats has been spinning solid-state drives (SSDs) this month – you can read the results in this month’s group test, starting on page 86. Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo runs into work every morning, then runs home again once she realises she’s left her MacBook and her lunch behind. That’s one way to a 5K. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul’s been so ‘inspired’ by our Detox your Mac feature that he’s finally taken his overcoat to the dry cleaners. He may have missed the point.…

3 min
more exciting macbook updates are on the way

The new 16in MacBook Pro and Mac Pro desktop are barely out of the gate and already people are speculating about what the future will bring. The first thing to set the rumour mill turning is the presence of a so-called ‘Pro Mode’ in the latest Catalina beta (10.15.3). Chiefly intended for Apple’s newest Macs, Pro Mode would allow you to override fan speed limits and energy-saving restrictions to maximise performance. Code in the Catalina beta says: “Apps may run faster, but battery life may decrease and fan noise may increase.” Pro Mode is seen by Apple as a temporary option that will automatically disable the next day after being enabled, similar to how Do Not Disturb (DND) functions now. While a Pro Mode might be an option for some lucky users,…

1 min
apple does a power of good

While Steve Jobs was famously sniffy about public displays of philanthropy at Apple, that all changed when Tim Cook took the reins in 2011. Since then, Apple has matched all employee donations up to a $10,000 maximum – the result being that Apple and its employees donated over $100 million to good causes in 2019 alone. But that’s not all – 21,000 Apple employees donated their time too, volunteering for up to a quarter of a million hours last year. A great recent example is Saints of Steel, a non-profit pop-up barbershop in a young person’s homeless centre in San Francisco that helps make over people attending interviews or looking for work. The brainchild of Apple Park Visitor Centre manager Jaz Limos, Saints of Steel was 80% percent funded by Apple’s corporate…

1 min
the poll

What’s the most annoying issue with macOS Catalina: Log on and see next issue’s big question! Smart Battery Replacement Program Apple has announced a Smart Battery Case Replacement Program. The Program covers cases made for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR between January and October 2019. Apple says the affected cases exhibit a number of issues, including intermittment charging and not charging an iPhone at all. See for details. If you have a case that’s exhibiting these issues, you can get a free replacement either by visiting an Apple Store or an Authorised Service Provider. iPhone 11 Smart Battery Cases are unaffected.…

1 min
scottish cops don’t need a backdoor

Apple’s refusal to create a backdoor for law enforcement may be an issue in the US, but not in the UK. Starting in January, Scottish police have begun using ‘cyber kiosks’ that can extract the contents of any smartphone, including iPhones. Using the kiosks, the Police can view, but not store, contacts, messages, media, application files and much more. 41 kiosks have been procured, and all are expected to be operational by May 2020. In the US, the FBI is currently engaging in a public showdown with Apple over access to locked iPhones. Following the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting last December, the FBI asked Apple for help extracting data from the shooter’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 7. Apple has provided the suspect’s iCloud data, but is once again refusing to help…