Macworld UK October 2021

Macworld magazine is the world's best-selling Apple magazine, featuring in-depth reviews, expert advice, how tos and essential guides to Macs, iPads, iPhones and related products, as well as everything you need to know about Mac OS X, iOS and associated software including iTunes and more. If you are new to Apple and are looking for advice to help you get started, or if you are a Mac fanatic looking to justify your next buy, Macworld is the magazine to ensure you make the right decision. Macworld is created by an international team of experts based in London and San Francisco, join use every issue as we analyse the latest product announcements from the world’s biggest (and best) technology company.

United Kingdom
IDG Communications - UK
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14 Issues

in this issue

2 min
apple delays icloud photo csam scanning

Apple has announced that the three features it revealed to stop the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) will not be available at the autumn release of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8 and macOS 12 Monterey. The company will make the CSAM features available “later this year in updates”. In a press release (, Apple stated that: “This programme is ambitious, and protecting children is an important responsibility. These efforts will evolve and expand over time.” Apple revealed the CSAM features in early August, and while many in the tech community applauded Apple’s efforts to protect children, many also voiced concerns about the potential for how the technology behind the CSAM features could be used for other surveillance purposes. Over 90 policy and rights groups published an open…

2 min
apple to slightly loosen ios restrictions on ‘reader’ apps

Apple has long allowed what it calls “reader” apps (like Netflix, Kindle, Spotify, Audible or Dropbox) to bill users outside of Apple’s usual in-app purchase method (in which Apple takes 15 to 30 per cent of subscription or purchase revenue). However, such apps are forbidden from mentioning that such a thing is possible, and cannot link out from the app to their websites for account management (including subscription renewals or purchases). Apple has announced that is making a small revision to this policy in order to close an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC). Apple’s press release states: “The update will allow developers of ‘reader’ apps to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage an account. While the agreement was made with the…

1 min
apple to let developers promote outside payments

In a surprise announcement, Apple announced several changes to its App Store terms as part of the resolution of a class-action suit from US developers. The agreement, which is pending court approval, identifies “seven key priorities shared by Apple and small developers” that will change several contentious terms that were being challenged in court. The biggest change involves outside payments. While Apple isn’t allowing developers to offer their own payment methods inside iOS apps, it is allowing app makers to “use communications, such as email, to share information about payment methods outside of their iOS app”. That means that iOS users who sign up for a free trial can be directly contacted by developers about outside payment methods without running afoul of the App Store terms. Customers who make purchases outside the…

2 min
future iphones could use satellite communications for emergencies

With the iPhone 13 release getting closer and closer, speculation is heating up about the features of the new phone. The latest comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who states in an investor’s note that the iPhone 13 could have low earth orbit satellite connectivity, which would allow users to make phone calls when cellular coverage is unavailable. According to Kuo (who has a record of reliable reports), the iPhone 13 will be equipped with a custom Qualcomm X60 modem that works with low earth satellites. Kuo also says that Qualcomm has been working with Globalstar to use the company’s satellite communications service. However, it’s unclear as to how the user can get access to a satellite service. Kuo explains one ‘scenario’ in which the user’s network operator has a partnership with…

1 min
apple buys primephonic music streaming service

Apple has revealed that it has acquired Primephonic, a streaming media start-up with a focus on classical music. In a press release (, Apple says users will be able to access Primephonic playlists and exclusive audio content, and that a “dedicated experience with the best features of Primephonic” will eventually be available. Digital music can be challenging to manage on streaming services – the metadata system for music files was created with popular music in mind. Apple made some improvements years ago when Apple Music was called iTunes, but it still was frustrating for classical music listeners. With the Primephonic acquisition, Apple says it can provide a better experience, with the ability to search by composer and repertoire, as well as “detailed displays of classical music metadata, plus new features and…

8 min
six ways apple is planning to radically transform the macbook pro

Numerous reports – some from very reliable sources – say that Apple will introduce a new MacBook Pro in the next few weeks. This isn’t any ordinary speed bump release, however. The new MacBook Pro promises to put Apple’s flagship laptop in a new light and set the momentum for future releases. Let’s take a look at what we could see in the next MacBook Pro and how these new features will transform the laptop from what we’re familiar with into something completely new. 1. APPLE SILICON Apple’s M1 System on a Chip (SoC) took the industry by storm when it was revealed last November in the 13in MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. Its performance blew past expectations (and Intel CPUs) and extended battery life so much that it boggled…