MacFormat June 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)

With days out, holidays and even visits to friends and family currently on hold, now is the perfect time to revisit your Photos library and look through the images you’ve stored there. Hopefully, the Memories feature will remind you of all kinds of events and adventures you’d long since forgotten, but if you’re anything like us, there’ll be thousands of images clogging up your library that will be in desperate need of some TLC–and that’s where this month’s lead feature comes in. Starting on page 14, you’ll discover how to organise your Photos library–from importing images to assigning metadata–and well as hardware recommendations for image storage. Plus, you’ll discover dozens of easy and powerful way to improve your images, whether you want to remove red-eye and unwanted objects, or improve contrast,…

3 min
macs moving to arm in 2021

Your next Mac could soon be ‘armed’ with an ARM rather than an Intel processor, if the latest rumours are anything to go by. While a switch has been rumoured for some time, the change could happen faster and be more extensive than anyone has anticipated. Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously suggested that at least one MacBook would arrive with an ARM processor in 2021. However, in a leaked research note seen by MacRumours, he’s now suggesting that the majority of Apple’s Mac line-up, both desktop and laptop, could go ARM in 2021. The reason? Kuo argues that doing so would not only enable Apple to cut its processor costs by between 40-60%, but that it would also enable it to more easily differentiate the Mac from its Windows PC…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… What new hardware would you most like to see Apple announce at WWDC 2020? Log on and see next issue’s big question! Apple snaps up Dark Sky Dark Sky, the acclaimed weather app has been bought by Apple for an undisclosed sum. Writing on the website, company CEO Adam Grossman said: “Our goal has always been to provide the world with the best weather information… and to do so in a way that respects privacy. There is no better place to accomplish these goals than at Apple. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to reach far more people.” Available for £3.99, Dark Sky has an average score of 4.5 on the App Store.…

2 min
contract tracing coming to ios and android

Apple and Google are working together to develop COVID-19 contact-tracing technology specifically for smartphones. The two companies will initially make their Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) cross-platform so they work across both iOS and Android, before moving to a Bluetooth-based tracing system. The aim is to assist worldwide efforts in combating COVID-19 by helping users report their status should they get sick. Anyone using the app will be able to see whether they have come into contact with someone who has self-reported as being infected; the results will be anonymised, but the infected person can share their details. Anonymised results will also be shared with public health bodies and other authorities to help them track the spread of coronavirus. Apple and Google said in a joint statement issued on April 10: “All of…

1 min
apple news roundup

DISNEY+ HITS 50 MILLION ALREADY AHEAD OF APPLE TV+? Disney’s fledgling streaming service, Disney+, has already reached 50 million subscribers as a result of its launch into Europe in March. Its Disney, Marvel and Star Wars content is one reason; another is its £5.99/month subs cost. Apple TV+ has apparently attracted 33.6 million so far–although many of those are likely to be on the 12-month free tier available when you buy a new Apple device. FACETIME BUG FIX UPDATED FACE-TO-FACE CHATS Problems participating in FaceTime audio calls with users of older devices forced Apple into a cross-platform bug fix in April, issuing macOS 10.15.4, iOS 13.4.1, iPadOS 13.4.1 and watchOS 6.2.1. The bug stopped macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS users chatting to anyone running iOS 9.3.6 and earlier, and OS X Capitan 10.11.6 and…

2 min
coreldraw graphics suite 2020 £40/month, £299/year

It’s not often that a truly heavyweight app comes along–and this one’s arriving on the Mac for the very first time. A Windows stalwart, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite is finally available on macOS, albeit at the hefty price of £40 per month (via the Mac App Store) or £299 per year. (A lifetime licence is £599.) Aimed at graphic design pros, the Graphics Suite actually combines six different apps–CorelDRAW, Corel Photo-Paint, Corel Font Manager, Corel PowerTrace,, and Corel AfterShot. These programs enable you to do everything from creating page layouts and vector illustrations, to photo editing and font management. You can even use it the suite to convert bitmaps into editable graphics, or collaborate with others online. It’s clearly not for everyone, but if you’re after an alternative to Adobe Creative…