MacFormat May 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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2 min
hello (again)

It’s been just over eight years since Apple delivered iCloud to the world (it launched 12 October 2011, fact fans), and its power and reach has grown exponentially in that time. It enables you to seamlessly sync your data across all of your devices and then access it anywhere, acts as a relatively safe haven for your iPhone photos and videos, and even forms the backbone of other Apple apps and services – from the App Store and the iTunes Store to Reminders, Notes, Keynote, Numbers and Pages. It’s all pretty amazing when you think about it. But… iCloud is such a many-tentacled thing it can sometimes be tricky to a) work out what it does, why and how; and b) a little confusing to use – especially when it occasionally…

2 min
apple core

HOT TOPIC! Apple unveils MacBook Air Twice the power, twice the storage Apple’s most popular laptop got an update in March, with Intel quadcore processors available for the first time, plus twice as much solid-state storage than before, and the same Magic Keyboard used on the 16in MacBook Pro. The entry-level MacBook Air now costs just £999 (£100 cheaper than the 2019 model it replaces) and comes with a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 (Ice Lake) processor running at 1.1GHz, plus Intel Iris Plus Graphics, 8GB of 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory and 256GB of SSD storage (up from 128GB before). The £1,299 step-up model boosts the base model spec to a 10th-generation 1.1GHz Intel quadcore i5 CPU and 512GB of SSD storage. However, delve into the build-to-order options and you can also ask for a 1.1GHz…

1 min
night mode challenge winners

Apple has published the names and images of the winners of its Night mode photography competition, which it launched in January to promote the camera smarts in the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Thousands of people worldwide took part in the competition, but only six images from China, India, Russia and Spain made the final cut. The winners – Konstantin Chalabov, Andrei Manuilov, Mitsun Soni, Rubén P Bescós, Rustam Shagimordanov and Yu ‘Eric’ Zhang – will have their photos featured in a gallery on Apple’s website, on its Instagram page and on billboards globally. Crucially, each photographer will also receive a licence fee for their work – something Apple was upfront about this time after being criticised by professional photographers over its 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign. Night mode is…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… What iPhone screen size do you prefer? Log on and see next issue’s big question! iPhone survives Disney dunking A magical trip to Disney World turned bad last October when iPhone 11 owner Lisa Troyer accidentally dropped her new toy in the Seven Seas Lagoon. Despite being assured by an employee that the device could be recovered, Lisa was doubtful. She was finally reunited with her iPhone in March after it was rescued by divers – and it still worked. “Besides some sand and a little algae, the phone seems no worse for the wear,” Lisa told MacRumors. The iPhone 11 has an IP68 rating, which means it can officially stand to be submerged in two metres of water for up to 30 minutes. Lisa’s phone was clearly tougher than that.…

1 min
apple news roundup

NEW iPHONE AND iPAD CASES APPLE WATCH BANDS TOO Apple’s refreshed its line-up of iPhone and iPad cases in March with a new range of colours for spring. Choose from Cactus, Grapefruit and Surf Blue in silicone, or Peacock in Leather Folio. Cactus are Surf Blue colours are also available for the iPad and iPad mini. There are also 20 new Apple Watch bands in a variety of colours and styles to choose from. NO iPHONES FOR SCREEN BADDIES DIRECTOR TELLS MOVIE SECRETS Ryan Johnson, the director of Hollywood hits Knives Out and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, revealed that Apple doesn’t allow villains to use iPhones. “Apple… they let you use iPhones in movies but… bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” he explained to Vanity Fair. Reportedly, the company wants its products to be…

1 min
best ever ipad pro unveiled

Apple has finally given the iPad Pro a 2020 makeover, boosting its power and capabilities. At the heart of the new model is the A12Z Bionic chip, which combines an 8-core CPU with an 8-core graphics processor to deliver “the highest ever performance in an iPad”. Apple says the 2020 iPad Pro is powerful enough to edit 4K video and create 3D models> Plus there are new augmented reality features too, thanks to the inclusion of a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner that uses lasers to measure distances between objects. Apple has supplemented the current 12MP wide-angle camera with a second 10MP Ultra-Wide version. The new iPad Pro also gets five new studio-quality microphones for pro-level sound recording. Perhaps the most exciting addition though is the new Magic Keyboard, which includes…