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MacFormat January 2020

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

Your Mac, iPad and iPhone can be used to do all kinds of incredible things – which is why they’re the go-to devices for creatives of all kinds, from photographers to movie makers, designers to musicians. And it’s these people Apple had in mind when it redesigned the new MacBook Pro. Now armed with a gorgeous 16in display, a vastly improved keyboard, better speakers and much more, it’s once again the pre-eminent device for all kinds of creative projects – and you can find out why in our review on page 78. Of course, the MacBook Pro doesn’t have it all its own way. Team an iPad running iPadOS with an Apple Pencil, a Smart Keyboard and the right apps and you’ll be to accomplish all kinds of tasks that would…

1 min
meet the team

Sirivats Lakshman Staff Writer If you think ‘password’ or ‘QWERTY’ still cut it as passwords in 2020, you really need to check out Sri’s password manager group test on page 84. Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo can’t wait to try out the amazing ideas in this month’s lead feature, although she’s not sure if she’s ready to dissect a (virtual) frog just yet. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul’s spent this month coming up with a long list of reasons why we should buy him the new 16in MacBook Pro. Can’t say we blame him.…

2 min
updated keyboard coming to macbook pro 13-inch

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is on course for a revamp in the first half of 2020 with design changes including the adoption of a new scissor-switch keyboard, just like the one in the 16in MacBook Pro introduced in November. The 16in MacBook Pro ditched the butterfly-switch keyboard used in the old 15in MacBook Pro and other Apple laptops, which has proven prone to key failure due to dust and dirt ingress. The scissor-switch system, similar to that used on Apple’s Magic Keyboard for iMac, seems more reliable. The keys on the 16in MacBook Pro also feature a rubber dome, for a more stable and responsive key press, and provide 1mm of key travel. In July 2019, noted analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, predicted that the company would adopt the scissor mechanism across the entire…

1 min
cook opens up on innovation

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently opened up on Apple’s culture and the values of the company. In an informal interview with Marc Benioff, CEO of CRM software company Salesforce, Cook covered a wide variety of topics, from Steve Jobs to Apple’s environmental efforts to privacy. On innovation, he said: “So many people confuse innovation with change… innovation is about making things better.” Cook also said that the ‘Think Different’ concept, the slogan the company used between 1997 and 2002, is still a major part of Apple culture. “We don’t want to play the game as it’s been designed for decades or centuries, we want to play a new game… do things in the same manner and you’re not going to get a better result than people have gotten for decades. You have…

1 min
the poll

What Apple service is most important to you? Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Apple working on media apps for Windows Apple looks set to replace iTunes on Windows – with a little help from the software engineers it’s recruiting via LinkedIn. In a job listing posted online in November it stated that “experience with UWP is a big plus” – UWP being the Universal Windows Platform. While Apple replaced iTunes on Mac in favour of the Music, TV and Podcasts apps in macOS Catalina last October, it’s still alive on Windows. Therefore, it seems highly likely that Apple will now port its Catalina media apps to Microsoft’s OS as well (and even, potentially, the Xbox One) as it continues to ramp up its push in services.…

1 min
maps overhaul costs billions

Apple has taken the failure of Apple Maps so seriously, it has invested “billions” in updating the service. The disclosure was made in response to a House Judiciary Committee probe into antitrust violations. The company introduced its own mapping service in 2012, displacing Google Maps in the process. However, Apple’s Maps app quickly came under fire for its multiple bugs, incorrect directions and lack of public transport support amongst others. The fiasco allegedly led to the firing of Scott Forstall, and a public apology from Cook. However, the company has since been slowly improving the service. At WWDC 2019, Apple showed off a completely reworked Maps app. Along with more in-depth details, the app also came with new features such as Look Around (similar to Google’s Street View) and indoor maps for…