MacFormat October 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)

Our Macs are brilliant: fast, easy to use, powerful, and they “just work”… until you suddenly find they don’t. Luckily, this month’s lead feature (p20) is here to help you unleash your inner Apple Genius and fix those annoying problems that crop up from time to time – from apps that don’t play nicely to networking issues to the dreaded flashing question mark folder at startup. Over 13 pages, you’ll discover the tips, tricks and techniques that can help bring your Mac back to its full just-working glory. Turn to p62 and you’ll find an in-depth guide to another modern problem – how to eke out more battery life from your devices, whether it’s a MacBook, an iPhone, an iPad or an Apple Watch. We’ll help you identify power hogs and…

3 min
apple facing more legal headaches

Over the past year, Apple’s business practices have come under scrutiny from governments across the world that believe the Cupertino giant is too large and potentially abusing its powerful position. The UK government has not been absent from these intrigues, and has been mulling actions to exert more control over Apple and other ‘Big Tech’ firms. One of the government’s latest moves is its mooted introduction of the Digital Markets Unit, or DMU, which will operate under the Competition and Markets Authority. This unit will be able to assign companies ‘Strategic Market Status’, which means they will need to follow “new rules of acceptable behaviour with competitors and customers in a move that will benefit the public and drive growth and innovation across the economy.” The designation will be applied to companies that…

1 min
apple launches magsafe battery pack

Rumours that Apple has been working on iPhone reverse charging finally bore fruit when the company released its £99 MagSafe Battery Pack. This small puck magnetically clips to the back of an iPhone and offers up to 5W of wireless power for your phone when attached. If the Battery Pack is connected to a 20W charger or higher over Lightning and clipped onto your iPhone, it can charge your phone at 15W. Interestingly, its own internal battery can be restored by your iPhone. When the two devices are attached, you can plug in your iPhone and it will start charging the MagSafe Battery Pack as well. This uses the iPhone 12’s reverse-charging tech, which was discovered in late 2020 but has only just been enabled by Apple. Currently, it doesn’t work…

1 min
the poll

WE ASKED… Which iOS 15 feature are you most excited about? Log on and see next issue’s big question! iPad mini set for huge redesign This year, the iPad mini could get an all-screen makeover that brings it closer to the iPad Air. A new report from 9to5Mac has now claimed to reveal more details about the tablet. Citing “sources familiar with the matter”, the outlet says the new iPad mini will feature Apple’s upcoming A15 chip, a USB-C port, and a magnetic Smart Connector. Paired with the removal of the Home button, this could be the largest iPad mini overhaul ever. The A15 chip will be the same as that in this year’s new iPhones. By equipping it with a USB-C port and Smart Connector, meanwhile, Apple could pair the iPad mini with more…

1 min
apple news roundup

BUY NOW, PAY LATER APPLE PAY LATER SERVICE IN WORKS Currently, Apple Pay only lets you pay for purchases up front. According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, Apple could soon debut a ‘buy now, pay later’ scheme as well. Apparently called Apple Pay Later, the service will offer four interest-free instalments taken every fortnight, or instalments with interest paid over several months. If you want, you will be able to pay off the remaining balance early, too. UNDER-SCREEN ID PATENT COULD ELIMINATE THE NOTCH A recent Apple patent suggests that Touch ID might make some kind of comeback, and it could result in the iPhone’s notch being hidden as well. The patent concerns building sensors under a device’s display that could receive light or transmit it, potentially having uses for both Touch ID and Face ID.…

1 min
spyware targets iphone users

Apple often touts the security benefits of its products, but a new report from Amnesty International has highlighted an alarming vulnerability that allows hackers access to an iPhone without the user doing anything or even being aware of their presence. According to the report, iPhones belonging to journalists and human rights lawyers have been found to contain spyware called Pegasus made by NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance company. Pegasus allows access to a device’s messages, emails, microphone and camera. Worryingly, these attacks appeared to be successful even on fully patched and updated iPhones, and some attacks managed to inject spyware without any user interaction (like tapping an infected link). The report was partly based on a leaked database of 50,000 phone numbers, which included those of a former French environment minister and…