MacFormat June 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)

Big Sur was a Big Deal when it landed last November, effectively ending the macOS X 10.x era, while heralding the arrival of Apple silicon. It also had a completely different look and feel – sometimes with mixed results. Given the size of the transition, things have gone pretty smoothly, even if us Mac users sometimes chafe at the changes, quirks and bugs found in the new macOS 11. To that end, this month’s lead feature (p18) reveals the tips, tricks and secrets you can employ to make the most of Big Sur – from handy keyboard shortcuts, to customising the Control Centre or easily sharing albums in Photos. We hope you’ll find our comprehensive guide useful and informative. While Big Sur and Apple silicon mark two major shifts in Apple’s Mac…

3 min
tim cook sheds light on the apple car

The Apple Car is one of the most talked-about Apple rumours of recent years – possibly of all time – yet we still know very little about it. Over time, ideas about the project have ranged from an actual self-driving car to just the tech powering such a product, and everything in between. Now, one reporter has attempted to winkle some details out of Tim Cook himself – and the Apple CEO shared a few interesting morsels in response. In an interview with The New York Times’ journalist Kara Swisher on her Sway podcast, Cook was characteristically tight-lipped, yet did have some interesting things to share. When asked about whether the company was testing autonomous vehicles, Cook responded: “In terms of the work that we’re doing there, obviously, I’m going to…

1 min
m1 upgrades are possible (sort of)

The M1 chip used in Apple’s latest Macs is an integrated system on a chip (SoC), which means its memory, storage, processor and graphics components are all housed in one combined unit. Yet that has not stopped some enterprising engineers in China from discovering the memory and storage can be upgraded with new parts that are then recognised by macOS. The technicians replaced the 8GB of memory and 256GB SSD in their test MacBook Air with 16GB and 1TB equivalents and macOS did not reject them as illegitimate. The problem? All of these components are soldered in place, meaning the engineers had to dismantle the SoC, which is highly risky and voids the MacBook’s warranty. While it shows that the M1 chip can be upgraded after you have bought it, the…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… How much iCloud storage do you have? Log on and see next issue’s big question! Possibility of a super-size iMac The iMac is on course for its biggest revamp in a decade, and a new leak indicates it could even come in a new size. Reputable Chinese leaker L0vetodream, who has an impressive record with Apple leaks, has stated on Twitter that “The iMac’s screen is really big, bigger than the biggest one.” The current largest iMac screen measures 27 inches across. Apple’s all-in-one is expected to get thinner bezels and a correspondingly larger display, which could end up being around 29 inches. Alternatively, Apple might go even larger and release something close to 32 inches across, which would be in line with the Mac Pro’s Pro Display XDR.…

1 min
apple news roundup

APPLE RUGGED WATCH NEW EXPLORER EDITION Apple is working on a rugged version of the Apple Watch, dubbed the ‘Explorer Edition’, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. This new version would sit alongside other models in the line-up and would feature extra impact resistance and protection, a rubberised exterior, and a new swim-track feature. According to Gurman, it could launch in 2021 with the Apple Watch 7, or in 2022. CHEESE GRATER iPHONE APPLE INSPIRED BY MAC PRO When Apple redesigned the Mac Pro, one of its most striking features was its ‘cheese grater’ like front panel. That design might make its way to the iPhone, if an unusual new Apple patent is to be believed. The patent details various ideas for how the design could be incorporated, from a sheet on the rear that…

1 min
clues uncovered about apple tv revamp

The Apple TV could be in for a major revamp featuring a 120Hz refresh rate and a new remote. Both features have been referenced in beta code for the Apple TV’s operating system, tvOS, suggesting that the device could be updated imminently. According to MacRumors, the Apple TV remote could be redesigned to include a central button. Uncovered tvOS code contains the phrase “Press the center button or the touch surface to continue”, yet the current remote has no such button. One possibility is that Apple is looking to design the remote after the iPhone’s Apple TV virtual remote, which does have a centre button. And what about 120Hz? The current Apple TV is limited to a 4K resolution at 60Hz due to its HDMI 2.0 port, yet 9to5Mac has discovered…