MacFormat

December 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***

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
$8.78
$49.84
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s note

Poor old Intel. Like a disgruntled ex, it first took to dissing Apple in a series of ads featuring one-time ‘I’m A Mac’ ad actor Justin Long, then took to pleading to be allowed to make Apple silicon chips instead. Only its former partner has moved on and levelled up – and how. Witness the October launch of the new 14in and 16in MacBook Pros, redesigned portable supercomputers with new Apple silicon M1 Pro and M1 Max chips inside. They look amazing. Even the entry-level 14in comes equipped with an 8-core CPU, 14-core GPU and 16GB of memory, while the top-of-the-range 16in gets a 16-core CPU, 32-core GPU and 32GB of memory. And that’s without delving into the build-to-order options. There are plenty of other welcome features too – the new…

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2 min
apple core

HOT TOPIC! Apple unleashes new kit October event sees redesigns and new features Hot on the heels of Apple’s iPhone 13 event in September 2021, the company held another product showcase in October. The title of the event was Unleashed, and it soon became clear that Apple meant business. The headline announcements – a pair of completely redesigned MacBook Pro models outfitted with blazing-fast new chips – aptly embodied the event tagline’s sentiment. They are the fastest and most powerful MacBook Pros Apple has ever made, powered by M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that are leaps ahead of the M1 that came before them. The MacBook Pro wasn’t the only device to get some attention. Apple also updated its regular AirPods to bring them more in line with the AirPods Pro, at least in…

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3 min
all-new macbook pro

Apple has updated the MacBook Pro with its first major redesign since 2016. A 14-inch MacBook Pro has been added to the range, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro has received the same design rethink as its smaller sibling. In many ways, the overhaul is a repudiation of that 2016 model. Instead of bearing only USB-C ports, there are now MagSafe, HDMI, and SD card slots. The machine now possesses a little extra heft to accommodate more powerful components and cooling systems. And gone is the Touch Bar, the touch-sensitive control strip. It’s been replaced by a full-height row of function keys. That’s not all. The bezels around the edge of the screen have been shrunk down to miniscule proportions, except in one place: the new 1080p webcam. That means the camera system…

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1 min
pro apps get m1 updates

> Apple has updated its Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro apps to take full advantage of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips inside the new MacBook Pro models. In Final Cut Pro, video editors can now play seven streams of 8K ProRes footage at full resolution and export ProRes video five times faster thanks to the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Apple has added an Object Tracker that follows faces and objects on-screen. And if you’ve shot Cinematic mode videos from a device in the iPhone 13 line-up, you can now edit the footage’s depth effects in Final Cut Pro. Apple’s Motion and Compressor companion apps for Final Cut Pro have also been updated, bringing faster rendering and transcoding, new filters, and extra object tracking features. As for Logic Pro,…

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2 min
m1 pro and m1 max

One of the most important changes for the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops comes to the chips powering them. The M1 Pro and M1 Max are the fastest chips Apple has made so far – and some of the fastest chips available in any laptop. While the CPU in the M1 was an eight-core chip comprising four high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, the M1 Pro and M1 Max expand that configuration and push it more towards the performance end of the spectrum. Both the M1 Pro and the M1 Max come with eight high-performance cores and two high-efficiency cores – while there are only two more cores than the M1, there are double the number focused directly on performance instead of efficiency. To fit in all the new cores, both…

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2 min
airpods get a new look

Apple’s AirPods are undoubtedly popular, but their long stems have always marked them out as being different from the high-end AirPods Pro, which possess somewhat stubbier stems. Now, AirPods have been given an overhaul, bringing them much more in line with their premium cousins in terms of design. With AirPods in your ears, it is now hard to tell them apart from AirPods Pro. The alterations become more apparent at the other end of the earphones. Instead of the silicone tips of the AirPods Pro, AirPods stick with the tried-and-true plastic end. It is slightly redesigned, however, pointing downwards instead of perpendicular to the device’s stem. The lack of silicone tips means there’s no active noise cancellation, but the new AirPods include spatial audio, which places sounds all around you as you…

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