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MacFormat Autumn 2018

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***

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 86,71
R 492,02
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
hello (again)

SUBSCRIBE TODAY! SAVE UP TO 57%! Turn to page 30 You’re in for a treat this issue. We’ve been using iOS 12 over the summer to make this issue’s superguide to the latest free iPhone and iPad upgrade. Starting on page 16, you’ll find dozens of tips to help you put the new and improved features to good use. The standout for me is Screen Time, which measures certain things about your device usage. Even if you think you have your gadget use under control, I urge you to turn on Screen Time for a while, ignore the restrictions it enables you to put in place, and focus on the insights it gives to see if you can spot any bad habits you want to knock on the head. Most of my…

1 min
meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Having spent weeks culling her worst photos, Jo’s now employing the tricks of the trade learnt from our Skills section for her ‘above-average’ shots. Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Alex has finally upgraded his ageing iPhone 6 Plus and original Apple Watch. Everything now runs so fast he’s not sure if he will be able to keep up. Paul Blachford Art Editor Still struggling to save up for that elusive new Mac Pro, Paul is hoping for a trickle-down price effect on other ‘older’ Apple kit to get his upgrade fix.…

3 min
apple launches new iphones

Apple announced three new iPhones at its special September event, taking its iPhone X redesign to the next step. All three models follow the design language established by the iPhone X, which Apple sees as the future of its smartphones, and feature all-screen displays that eliminate the Home button. Largely confirming pre-event rumours, the three devices are named iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Let’s start with the XS and XS Max. Both come equipped with OLED Super Retina HD displays that make use of almost the entire front of the phone. The 5.8-inch OLED display of the XS has a 2436x1125 resolution with a pixel density of 458ppi; the XS Max, meanwhile, weighs in with a 2688x1242 resolution, also with a pixel density of 458ppi. One of the best features of…

1 min
apple watch updated to series 4

If you feel the Apple Watch is just too small to navigate properly, you’re in luck. That’s because the new version of the Watch – Series 4 – now has a bigger screen, with the display reaching closer to the edges. The case sizes have been bumped up to 40mm and 44mm, leaving more breathing room for apps. Apple says the screens are 32% and 35% larger than the previous 38mm and 42mm versions, while also managing to be thinner. Elsewhere, the Digital Crown has been upgraded to give you a haptic buzz when it’s turned. The idea here is to make scrolling through apps easier and more responsive. Next to the Digital Crown, the speaker is 50% louder than before. The mic has been relocated to the other side of the…

1 min
apple news roundup

RIP BACK TO MY MAC FEATURE WILL NOT APPEAR IN macOS MOJAVE Back to My Mac, the macOS feature that lets you connect to your other Macs over the internet, has been phased out in Mojave. Apple lists alternatives at bit.ly/mfmjbttm. They include using iCloud Drive for access to files, but there has been no increase on the 5GB iCloud storage space provided for free, so that may require you to pay for more. NEGLECTED NO LONGER MACBOOK AIR AND MAC MINI TO GET REFRESH If you’ve been holding out for an updated Mac mini or MacBook Air, you may be in luck, as a report from Bloomberg has claimed that both devices will soon be updated by Apple. The Mac mini is reportedly gaining a ‘pro’ update with more powerful components, while the MacBook…

1 min
new spectre-like vulnerability

Earlier this year, the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws made headlines around the world. Now, Intel has explained that it’s discovered another similar bug affecting its processors. The vulnerability, dubbed the L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) or Foreshadow, affects Security Guard Extensions (SGX) inside Intel’s Core processors. Apple uses these chips across its range of Mac computers. Intel’s SGX system essentially creates a secure area of the processor where sensitive information is stored. It’s designed to be able to prevent malicious code from reading this data, even in the event of your machine being taken over by a malicious attacker. Foreshadow uses a similar technique to Spectre and Meltdown, but is able to gain access to the sensitive data stored in the SGX. It can also extract the attestation key, which is used in…