MacFormat January 2021

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)

I always think we cram a lot in MacFormat, but this issue feels really jam-packed. For those revitalising their machines or buying a new Mac with macOS 11 Big Sur, you’ll find all the advice you need to enjoy it at its best in The Great Mac Refresh on p16. Talking of buying new Macs, Apple has released its first own-silicon devices. For the kit out so far, the M1 chip – coupled with the Neural Engine – means blisteringly fast performance, enhanced machine learning, improved efficiency, and many more benefits. The fact that Apple has developed its own chip is great for future model releases as Apple will no longer be tied to third-party tech advances, and the in-house internals help to keep costs down. Check out our reviews of…

3 min
macos big sur: the story so far

A side from the excitement of Apple revealing the first M1 Macs at its One More Thing event in November, there was other big news: the launch of macOS Big Sur. Apple’s latest Mac operating system is one of the biggest updates the Mac has received in years, with a complete redesign and many new features making it a real sea change. Like almost everything Apple does these days, Big Sur is tightly integrated with the Mac hardware. Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi explained, during the One More Thing keynote, that this has enabled the new Macs to instantly wake from sleep and launch apps much faster. The improvements brought by the new chips combine with optimisations in Big Sur for a zippier experience overall. Apple also touched on how the M1’s…

1 min
apple mulls folding iphone

According to a report from China’s Economic Daily, Apple has been sending prototype folding iPhones to its supply chain partner Foxconn for testing, with a possible launch date of late 2022. The report alleges that the prototypes are being tested for their display technology, specifically whether they should be made with OLED panels, or a more advanced (but more expensive) miniLED alternative. As we discuss over the page, Apple is rumoured to be bringing out miniLED iPads in spring 2021, so the idea of Apple testing this tech for future iPhones is certainly not beyond the realm of possibility. Apple has form here, as the company has published several patents for folding devices, including one in October 2020 for a device covered in a self-healing material that would fix dents and scratches…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… Which of these new Apple products are you most excited about? Log on and see next issue’s big question! iPhone 12 Pro Max best display The iPhone 12 Pro Max has the best display of any smartphone, according to industry experts DisplayMate. The phone was put through a series of tests in lab conditions and emerged with the highest possible A+ grade. Not only did the Pro Max come top of its class, but it also set 11 records, for colour accuracy, brightness variance, contrast ratio, and more, with many of the Pro Max’s attributes being described as “visually indistinguishable from perfect”. Other elements, such as Apple’s True Tone and Night Shift technologies, were also praised, as was the 10% increase in the display’s power efficiency over the iPhone 11 Pro Max.…

1 min
apple news roundup

GOODBYE GOOGLE ON YOUR iPHONE? APPLE CRAFTING SEARCH ENGINE Your iPhone could soon have a new search engine provider. Apple appears to be working on its own alternative, perhaps in light of anti-trust investigations surrounding Apple’s deal to set Google as the default on your devices. Speculation arose after it was noticed that searching from your iOS home page now shows web results, using search tech built with Apple’s own expertise. APPLE WORKING ON 6G PLANS LIGHTNING-SPEED NETWORKING Apple has only just started offering 5G phones, but the company is already looking ahead to what might come next. Apple has joined an industry group called Next G Alliance working on the development of 6G, along with Google and LG. While it is still early in the development cycle, the move may suggest iPhones will adopt…

1 min
future iphones to use 4nm process

The iPhone 12 and its sibling phones are the first smartphones to use Apple partner TSMC’s 5nm process in their chips, which helps give them a huge speed advantage over rival devices, most of which are stuck on larger 7nm manufacturing processes. As we found in our iPhone 12 Pro Max review on p80, Apple’s latest phones can smash through almost any task you throw at them thanks to their incredible chips. According to industry analysts TrendForce, Apple is not stopping there, and is already planning on whittling its process down to 4nm as soon as possible. That could mean 4nm iPhones hitting the shelves as soon as 2022 in the form of the iPhone 14 range (or whatever name Apple opts for), complete with A16 chips far faster than anything…