MacFormat August 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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You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to all things Apple this issue. We kick off with news of the latest updates to macOS, iOS, iPadOS, watchOS and tvOS on p6 and p14, and then starting on p74, you’ll discover in-depth reviews of the new iMac 24-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch and Apple TV 4K. In between, you’ll find plenty to surprise and delight you – in our massive 13-page lead feature (p18), you’ll find 57 ways to do more with all of your Apple devices – from tips and tricks to make using them easier, to incredible apps and features, as well as plenty of things to see and do. On p58 we turn our attention to the Apple Watch, which has turned from a nice-to-have luxury to the most personal computer…

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can your ipad replace your mac?

A pple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, on 7 June 2021, featured no new hardware, to the disappointment of anyone hoping for a new MacBook Pro or an AirPods redesign. But that doesn’t mean it was totally devoid of interesting news – as we discuss in MacFormat Investigates on page 14, it was full to the brim with new software features. Some of those updates weigh in on what's becoming an age-old question: can you now replace your MacBook with an iPad? Ultimately that depends on how you use both devices, but the new features in iPadOS 15 will certainly have an impact on that. At WWDC, Apple spent a lot of time talking about iPadOS 15’s new multitasking abilities, which are a step up from what was possible before. For instance,…

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airtag gets anti-stalker update

AirTag, Apple’s device-tracking product that can clip to a keyring or be stashed in a bag, has been updated to better protect users against tracking efforts by bad actors. When AirTag was released at Apple’s Spring Loaded event in April, the company said it had designed privacy into the product. Yet concerns were raised that someone with bad intentions could conceal an AirTag in your belongings and use it to track you. This issue was compounded because AirTag would only buzz three days after being separated from its owner, making it much easier to hide one without it being noticed. Apple has now issued a software update that makes AirTag play a sound between eight and 24 hours after being separated, making it easier to detect an unwanted AirTag. In addition…

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the poll

WE ASKED… What’s your favourite new feature from WWDC 2021? Log on and see next issue’s big question! iPhone 13: 1TB storage and LiDAR scanner According to Daniel Ives at industry analysts Wedbush, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max could come with up to 1TB of storage. Ives also predicted that all models in the iPhone 13 range would come with LiDAR scanners as standard, a feature that is currently restricted to Apple’s Pro and Pro Max phones. However, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in March 2021 that LiDAR would remain a top-end exclusive for the Pro and Pro Max devices. Leaker Jon Prosser, who claims to have obtained CAD files of the iPhone 13 range, also doubted that all iPhone 13 models would gain LiDAR scanners. Time will tell who…

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apple news roundup

APPLE WATCH REDESIGN NEW COLOURS AND FLAT EDGES Apple Watch 7 could come in a range of colours. According to leaker Jon Prosser, Apple is testing “new experimental colours” for the device’s body. Prosser’s renders depicted Watches in red, pale green, light blue, and more. Prosser also stated the Apple Watch 7’s body will also feature flat-edged sides, which follows a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in September 2020 that advanced a similar idea. AIRPOWER NOT DEAD YET – REPORT CHARGER ALLEGEDLY STILL IN THE WORKS After teasing AirPower in 2017, Apple ditched its wireless charging mat, reportedly due to overheating concerns. Yet it might not be dead – Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has stated Apple is “exploring a future wireless charger” that could work similarly to AirPower. The company is also experimenting with wireless chargers…

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oled panels coming to future ipads

After rumours persisted for months, Apple released its first miniLED display at its Spring Loaded event in April 2021. This screen was outfitted into the iPad Pro, upgrading it from an LCD panel and giving it superb colours and contrast, making it the best display in any Apple tablet. According to South Korea’s ETNews, other iPads will also move on from LCD panels, with OLED the most likely replacement tech. The report from ETNews does not go into too many specifics, and instead says only that “some” iPad models will get OLED displays starting in 2022. While the report is a little vague, there are a few substantial reasons to suspect the iPad Air will be the first to make the leap to an OLED display. One is that reliable industry…