MacFormat November 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
editor’s note

Well, I think it’s fair to say that despite the world being in somewhat chaotic times, Apple is not sitting back and resting on its laurels. Want an OS update? You’ve got two. Want a hot new product? There are plenty for Apple fans to get excited about. For possibly the most significant update, turn to p12. We’re bringing you our comprehensive guide to macOS 11, aka Big Sur! You’ll find a host of new features to help you organise, customise and control your Mac, as well as more reassuring security tools, fun stuff to play with, and lots more. And that’s not the only OS to get the 2020 refresh! watchOS 7 brings in more personalisation features, and significant advances in health and sleep tracking. Find out about all the new…

3 min
ipad air grows up

Apple’s Time Flies launch event in September came and went without the announcement of a single iPhone – what we got instead were two new iPads and a brace of Apple Watches. You can read our definitive reviews of the eighth-gen iPad, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE starting on page 66. What we’re looking at here, though, is the brand new iPad Air, which should be on sale by the time you read this. The fourth-gen iPad Air is certainly a major departure from the models that preceded it – the thick bezels on the previous model have gone, replaced by an all-screen design that echoes the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That extends to its squared-off edges, giving the iPad Air a more futuristic look. The physical Home…

1 min
look around over here!

Apple has finally made Look Around available in the UK and Ireland – albeit in a limited number of cities. Introduced with iOS 13 and rolled out across the US last year, Look Around is now available in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. It apes Google’s Street View, giving you a 360° panorama of the area, making it easier to recognise a location. As well as Look Around, the Apple Maps update also adds cycle routes and EV charging locations – although these are currently limited to London. Apple is continuing to roll out Look Around and other Maps features across the UK and Europe, with its fleet of mapping vehicles surveying the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In Maps, you can choose a location in a city and tap Look Around to…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… What’s your favourite product from the Time Flies event? Log on and see next issue’s big question! Never knowingly resold…? A Canadian electronics firm has been caught red-handed after reselling over 100,000 Apple products that were meant to have been recycled. Geep is estimated to have sold at least 103,845 iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches instead of dismantling them and recycling components. Geep pointed the finger at three of its own executives. Apple is suing the firm anyway for lost profit and £10.2 million in compensation. The scam came to light after Apple carried out an audit and discovered that products it had sent for recycling were missing. It then noticed that some 18% of those missing devices were active on various networks.…

1 min
apple news roundup

HOMEPOD ANSWERS THE CALL? EXTENDED SIRI FEATURES COMING Your HomePod may soon be able to answer calls as well as make them. A patent application filed by Apple in October states: “A user can answer a ringing incoming call at the smart home device via an interface on the smart home device, such as a physical button or a touch interface [or] a user can answer an incoming call via a virtual assistant voice command.” Apple specifically mentions the HomePod. IS IT RIP FOR iPOD NANO? THE LITTLEST iPOD IS NOW “VINTAGE” It’s been five years since the iPad nano was last updated – and now it seems it is no more. It was officially included in Apple’s list of “vintage” products at the beginning of October, meaning it won’t be long before its dubbed…

1 min
self-healing iphone screens

For those of us who are forever dropping or scratching our iPhones, help could soon be at hand. A patent application submitted by Apple in January, but which has only just come to light, suggests Cupertino may have found a solution – in the form of a self-healing display. The patent application – Electronic Devices With Flexible Display Cover Layers – appears to be attempting to solve a problem common to foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, where dirt and other detritus can cause damage to the display. Not only does this add more weight to the rumour that Apple is working on a foldable phone, but that a solution to those display snafus could be coming. The patent refers to trying to solve the issue of damage caused by screen…