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MacFormat November 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 54%! Turn to page 28 It never ceases to amaze me that Apple manages to come up with useful improvements to make using macOS even better. Back in the early days of OS X, it was quick navigation between windows using Exposé that wowed me. In Mojave, it’s Continuity Camera’s ability to scan documents to PDF files that impresses. With this issue’s cover feature, you’ll learn how to do that, make it easier to switch to and from Dark Mode, use Finder’s enhanced Preview pane, and more. Not keen on installing Mojave just yet? Check out the Safari tab management tip on page 23 – it also works in Safari 12 on Sierra and High Sierra. Our second feature this issue is all about Siri Shortcuts in iOS…

1 min
meet the team

Jo Membery Operations Editor Jo’s dreams have come true – she feels like a spy in Dark Mode. And new Do Not Disturb features mean we may never get through to her again! Alex Blake Commissioning Editor Is it wrong that Alex has already started wearing his Christmas hat around the office? Probably not. When he starts singing carols you need to worry. Paul Blachford Art Editor Paul has spent the last few weeks wishing he were allowed to install Mojave on his corporate Mac, to use new stuff from our feature, especially Quick Actions.…

2 min
apple buys ar company

The last few iPhone launch events have had prominent segments focusing on the augmented reality (AR) capabilities of the phones. There’s one persistent rumour, though: that Apple is not just stopping at using your iPhone for AR activities, and that it is also developing an AR headset or AR glasses (or both) that would superimpose digital information and graphics on top of the real world. That rumour has recently gained weight as it has emerged that Apple has bought Akonia Holographics, a company specialising in lenses for AR headsets. An archived version of the Akonia website states that the company’s HoloMirror tech “has already demonstrated single layer transparent display performance which exceeds that of any other commercial technology.” The website is currently offline. According to Reuters, the Akonia team became “very…

1 min
apple promotes subscriptions

Not everyone is keen on paying ongoing subscriptions for apps. Still, Apple has released a video on its developer portal explaining the benefits of this payment model. Subscriptions, it says, allow users to try an app without paying a larger one-off payment; they help to fund continued app development; and they encourage developers to continually provide what customers want. Apple also provides advice on how app developers can encourage users to sign up for subscriptions, such as by using “clear, consistent messaging”. Developers should “keep the purchase flow simple and only ask for necessary information upfront,” according to Apple.…

1 min
the poll

Log on and see next issue’s big question! twitter.com/macformat facebook.com/macformat Apple patents anti-abrasion device tech Fed up of your Apple devices getting covered in scratches? That may soon be a thing of the past. A recently published Apple patent has revealed that the company is considering creating an abrasion-resistant finish for its products that is also capable of resisting bends. This would work by combining a lower metallic layer with a harder outer layer. The latter would be made of either a ceramic material or a carbon-based alternative with similar hardness to diamond. This outer layer would be applied over the top of the device’s paint. At its recent iPhone launch event, Apple trumpeted its desire to make its products last longer. If this patent makes it into upcoming Apple devices, it could go a…

1 min
patent: face id for the mac

Face ID, which debuted in 2017’s iPhone X, may end up coming to the Mac. A recently published Apple patent shows that the system could be put to use to recognise facial gestures, which could then be used to control your Mac. This is not the first time facial recognition for the Mac has been spotted in an Apple patent. The first, in fact, was actually published before the launch of the iPhone X. That patent laid out how Face ID could be used to unlock your Mac, even when it’s in sleep mode. The Mac would use its camera to look for faces while in its low-power mode; when a face is spotted, the Mac would enter a higher-powered mode in order to run its facial recognition software. If the…