MacFormat May 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
editor letter

iCloud is such a core part of the Apple experience that the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV just don’t seem the same without it – from syncing files and personal data across your devices to iCloud Photos and more, it just works. Well, most of the time at any rate. iCloud does so much in fact that it can be easy to be both blasé and slightly discombobulated by it, which is why this month’s lead feature delves into iCloud’s nooks and crannies, and explains the big stuff and the small so you can make the most of it – find out more on p18. While iCloud gives you a safe space for your stuff, the same can’t be said about the veracity of the internet, which can be…

3 min
apple’s bumper year ahead

This year is shaping up to be a big one in terms of Apple products, with plenty of important redesigns and new devices said to launch in 2021. Going into production this April are updated 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, which according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, will feature A14X chips, boasting performance on a par with Apple’s M1 Macs – the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini. The new iPad Pros are also expected to come with Thunderbolt ports for the first time, replacing the current model’s USB-C ports. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, adding Thunderbolt would enable the new iPad Pro models to be connected to a wider range of peripherals including external monitors and drives, while also bringing faster syncing speeds. The 2021 iPad Pros are also expected to…

1 min
iphones may get super-zoom lenses in 2023

The cameras on Apple’s latest iPhones are seriously impressive, but future versions could come with something even better: a “periscopic telephoto lens”. The clue comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an excellent track record when it comes to predicting the company’s future plans. Kuo believes the periscopic lens could come with iPhones launching in 2023. Although he previously believed it would make an appearance in 2022, this date has apparently now been pushed back, potentially due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Huawei has included a periscopic zoom lens on its P30 Pro phone, which allows for up to 5x optical zoom in. In comparison, the iPhone 12 Pro Max – with Apple’s most advanced iPhone camera setup – offers 2.5x optical zoom in. Kuo also said iPhones launching…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… What’s your ideal iPhone screen size? Log on and see next issue’s big question! Apple invests 1bn in Germany Apple has announced it will invest over €1bn into new and existing sites in Germany. This will lead to the creation of a new facility that will work on “5G and future wireless technologies”, as well as pouring additional funds into research and development at Apple’s current German locations. This could allow Apple to reduce its reliance on third-party chip designers. For example, Apple currently uses Qualcomm modems in the iPhone but is known to be looking to take this in-house. The creation of Apple’s new European Silicon Design Center may help here. The facility may also be involved in creating 6G chips for future use.…

1 min
apple news roundup

MACBOOK PRO DELAYED PRODUCTION PUSHED BACK FOR TWO MODELS The next MacBook Pro may come out later than expected. That is because a new report from Nikkei Asia alleges Apple has pushed back production of two new MacBook Pro models – unnamed in the article but likely to be the 16-inch MBP and an all-new 14-inch MBP – until later in the year. Rumours had swirled that the 14-inch model would be launched soon, but the autumn now seems more likely. PRIVACY ISSUES FRENCH GROUP SAYS APPLE IS NOT PLAYING FAIR Apple is rolling out tighter privacy controls for ad-serving apps, but the company is the subject of a complaint in France that it is using double standards. Lobbying group France Digitale asserts Apple’s App Store, News, and Stocks apps do not ask for user…

1 min
apple discontinues the imac pro

Want to get your hands on an iMac Pro? You will need to hurry, as Apple has discontinued it, with the machine only on sale “while stocks last”. We should point out that this does not appear to be a case of Apple selling existing stock before launching a revamped iMac Pro, as the company has also confirmed to multiple outlets that it will stop manufacturing the computer once stock runs out. It is a precipitous fall for a device once touted by Apple as “the fastest, most powerful Mac ever made”. One problem lay in its design, which prohibited the kind of upgradeability that creative professionals often desire – something that was addressed with the Mac Pro in 2019. Apple silicon chips likely also played a part. These days, you can…