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While we?ve got reviews of the latest
Apple kit in our Choice section ? the
new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K
and Apple Watch Series 3 ? what we?re
all about this issue is getting hands-on
with the latest update of the Mac?s
esteemed operating system, called
macOS High Sierra.
It?s finally out, and if you?re
anything like me you?ve already got
it installed. And if you haven?t already
taken the plunge, then now is as good
a time as any because macOS High Sierra is a completely
free update that gives you access to a range of exciting new
features. So if you?re still on macOS Sierra, and your Mac is up
to it, then I encourage you to upgrade via the Mac App Store.
Starting on page 28 this issue, we?re going to delve into all the
new features and show you exactly what it can do to make
your experience of owning a Mac even better.
Of course, we?ve also got all your regular favourites,
like Howard?s Genius Tips section on page 66 and Luis?
Love Your Mac on page 72 to enjoy.
Next issue, we?ll be taking a look at how to declutter a
Mac, so look out for it, on sale 21 November. See you then!
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Of all the new Apple
kit reviewed this issue,
it?s the iPhone 8 Plus that
Paul likes the look of the
most. Wireless charging
combined with a faster
processor seals the deal.
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Apple sets its
sights on VR
is Apple working on its own virtual reality
and/or augmented reality headsets?
With macOS High Sierra adding support for external GPUs
and virtual reality headsets, like Valve?s SteamVR and the
HTC Vive VR headset, many are speculating that Apple is
in the process of developing its own virtual realty headset.
Virtual reality creates a whole world to occupy, in contrast
to augmented reality which overlays information on top of
the world around us. It?s rumoured that Apple has a team
of developers working on the project in secret. The fact that
Apple has been hiring more virtual reality engineers and keeps
acquiring AR/VR companies is fuelling speculation further.
Another popular rumour is that Apple is developing a set
of AR glasses that augment the iPhone in a similar way to the
Apple Watch, giving you notifications and, again, overlaying
information on top of the world around you.
1
baTTEry
Creating a pair of VR
glasses that have long
enough battery life is
perhaps the main
technical hurdle
to overcome.
2
CamEra
The ?iGlasses? could
include a camera in the
design, but there are
privacy issues to
contend with.
Jo says?
both VR and AR mess with
my head. i still can?t get
over the AR demo of
the Machines at the Apple Event!
3
CarPlay
It?s possible that Apple
will incorporate
augmented reality
glasses into its CarPlay
heads-up display.
Rumour aPPlE CorE
ThE Poll
wE aSkEd? Which
iPhone are you going
to be purchasing next?
Other
iPhone X
22%
55%
2
1
11%
12%
iPhone 8
3
4
iPhone 8
Plus
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Hot on the heels of the
tech giant?s latest moves?
1
olEd maCbook
An OLED MacBook would
be brighter and more energy
efficient than current models,
which would lead to longer
battery life. We want one.
2
CoFFEE lakE imaCS
The next generation of
Intel chips that would be
appropriate for iMac are called
Coffee Lake. They?re supposed
to be 32% faster. Expect some
caffeinated goodness in 2018.
4
ar vS vr
Tim Cook sees AR
as the future, calling
it ?bigger than the
smartphone?, indicating
that Apple VR may take
a back seat for a while.
3
limiTEd homEPod
It?s expected that supplies
of Apple?s HomePod could be
limited at launch, meaning it
could be a while before you
can get your hands on one.
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APPLE
NEWS
ROUNDUP
EU TO SUE
IRELAND
SayS apple tax
backlog not
recovered
The European
Commission is taking
the Irish government to
the European Court
of Justice in a bid to
recover �.3 billion in
back taxes it says Apple
owes. The Commission
ruled in August 2016
that Apple had received
illegal state aid from the
Irish government, but
says the government
has yet to fully recover
the owed taxes or act
in a timely fashion.
APPLE EXECS
HIT JACKPOT
$19 million
each for eight
apple bigwigS
Last month we
reported that Tim Cook
had received a princely
$89.2 million in stock
options from Apple.
Now, eight other Apple
execs have received
125,494 shares of stock
each, equivalent to $19
million per executive.
The lucky execs
awarded the shares
were Bruce Sewell,
Angela Ahrendts, Eddy
Cue, Craig Federighi,
Jeff Williams, Luca
Maestri, Dan Riccio
and Phil Schiller.
Private eyes
Apple details requests for user data from global governments
he number of requests from
governments and third parties
for Apple users? information
has been published by Apple. The report
makes interesting reading for anyone keen to
see how Apple shares its users? details with
governments around the world.
For instance, in the first half of 2017 the
UK government requested an unusually high
number of financial identifiers in its requests,
totalling 1,387. That?s up from 1,091 in the
preceding six months. Apple states that this
was mostly related to investigations into
credit card fraud and iTunes gift card fraud.
Apple also received a high number of
T
requests relating to emergencies where it is
believed that death or serious injury may
occur if the data is not divulged. The UK
government sent Apple 104 such requests in
the first half of 2017 ? a huge portion of the 128
such requests sent in the whole of Europe,
Africa, India and the Middle East.
The requests cover a number of categories,
from helping users locate their lost or stolen
phones to more serious national security
matters. In the US, Apple received between
13,250 and 13,499 national security requests,
compared to between 5,750 and 5,999 in the
last six months of 2016. National security
figures for the UK were not available.
Apple releases source kernels
You can now take a (limited) peek inside iOS
pple is well known for its habit
of secrecy, but in an unusual move
the company has made some of its
macOS and iOS source kernels available to
the public. This is the first time source kernels
have been made public for iOS, underscoring
the unusual nature of the release.
Of course, sensitive proprietary elements
such as apps and frameworks have not been
included, but anyone interested can still poke
around in some of the operating
systems? architecture.
In a further twist, the kernels are
ARM-compatible, sparking rumours
that Apple may be looking to move
away from Intel-based processors in
its Macs and towards ARM chips.
However, the ARM compatibility
doesn?t necessarily mean a change
is imminent or even planned.
A
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Apple already uses an ARM-based chip (the
T1) in the MacBook Pro?s Touch Bar, and the
company has made its code compatible with
alternative architectures in the past ? it?s
what made the transition to Intel processors
in 2006 so smooth in the first place.
But with Apple taking on more chip design
itself ? such as the GPU in the iPhone X and
iPhone 8 ? time will tell if we?ll see a shift to
ARM-based Macs in the future.
The iPhone X features an entirely
Apple-designed GPU chip.
Apps & games APPLE CORE
APPLE
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Our top picks
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Apple has only recently released
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Procreate 4 is the app?s ?biggest update ever?,
and is powered by an all-new painting engine
that makes use of iOS 11?s Metal 2 and Swift 4
to make painting smooth and fast.
You can now mix and blend wet paints on
the canvas to create interesting new effects,
and make use of any brush to shape the paint?s
textures however you like. Brush blend modes
have been improved and expanded, and layer
masks have been introduced to your workflow.
The colour interface has been redesigned,
the wide P3 colour gamut is now supported,
and sketching with the Apple Pencil has seen
improvements. In fact, Procreate 4 introduces
hundreds of refinements, making it a must for
any artist who works on iOS.
The archetypal clown of
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after a long hiatus, set to
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supernatural terror.
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why you need it: Make your
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This expansion for
Rome: Total War
sets you the task of
unifying the Greek city states,
defeating the Persian empire
and becoming the greatest
general of classical antiquity.
All in a day?s work, really.
Huge battles with thousands
of soldiers, all on your iPad.
why you need it: Strategic fun
that you can take anywhere.
what?s it best for: Crushing
empires on the commute.
The first solo album
from the divisive
former Oasis singer
has been hailed as ?the best
post-Oasis album from either
Gallagher to date?. It?s just
as abrasive as you?d expect,
but there?s a softer side too
that may surprise, but never
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why you need it: Britpop?s
bad boy goes it alone.
what?s it best for: Stadium
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Season 7 unfolds as
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fade to insignificance in
the face of the looming
White Walker threat.
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5.8
The iPhone X is a
whopping 5.8 inches
across, making it
Apple?s largest phone.
And you thought the
iPhone 8 Plus was big.
The smartphone with the X-Factor. We
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3
With 458 pixels per inch, the iPhone X?s
display has the highest pixel density of
any iPhone ? perfect for enjoying high
resolution photos and videos.
50
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Ever fancied being an emoji?
The iPhone X?s Animoji feature
scans your face and analyses
more than 50 muscle movements
to turn your smile into a smiley.
6
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600 billion
5
The A11 Bionic chip powering the
iPhone X is a super sturdy slice
of silicon, and can process 600
billion operations per second.
The iPhone X?s Face ID feature lets you log in using
your face, and Apple says there?s only a one in a
million chance that it can be successfully spoofed.
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Reality check
Augmented reality is getting the tech world excited ? how does
Apple stack up against its rivals? writteN by ALEX BLAKE
pple doesn?t usually spill the
beans on its future plans, but
there?s one topic that Tim Cook
just can?t help gushing about.
That topic is augmented reality, also known
as AR. It?s ?a big idea like the
smartphone,? he says. ?When I
think about the big things, I think
about AR,? he muses, somewhat
philosophically. And he?s so
excited by it that he just wants
to ?yell out and scream.?
Having a CEO so enamoured
with AR augurs well for its future
on iPhone. But there are plenty of
other reasons why Apple?s iOS
platform could be the ideal
springboard for the tech.
A
Huge opportunity
There?s a huge appetite for AR
among consumers. AR game
Pok閙on Go caused a worldwide
sensation when it launched, and
has been downloaded over 500
million times since it came out in
July 2016. And when Apple
launched its ARKit framework
for developers, the internet was
awash with AR creations.
The potential financial
rewards of such a popular
platform are huge, with some
14 | MACFORMAT | November 2017
ARKit comes as part
of iOS 11, allowing you
to experience AR apps
on your iOS device.
analysts stating that AR could generate
up to $200 billion in revenues over the
next decade. There are savings to be made
as well ? General Electric?s Jeff Immelt
believes that augmented reality could
free up $50 billion a year for
industrial firms alone through
improved productivity.
It?s not hard to see why Apple
chose to get involved in developing
an AR platform. But what is it
about Apple products that makes
them the best place for it?
For one thing, it?s clear that
Apple?s latest iPhones ? the iPhone
8, 8 Plus and X ? have been
designed to be AR trailblazers.
That?s due in no small part to the
new A11 Bionic chip inside the
phones. The chip?s CPU will deal
with world tracking in AR apps,
the image signal processor (ISP)
will handle lighting estimation,
while the on-chip GPU (the first to
be designed by Apple) generates
digital images. And with its
advanced front-facing camera and
face-tracking abilities, the iPhone X
is set to take that capability further.
At the iPhone X launch event, Phil
Schiller described it as ?the first
iPhone really created for
augmented reality.?
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Augmented Reality LEGO? Kiss
goodbye to the torment of that
one lost ?really important? piece!
As well as that, for any AR platform to
really take off, it has to make it easy for people
to try it out. Perhaps the most compelling
reason why Apple is so well placed when it
comes to AR is because it does exactly that.
If you bought an iOS device within the last
couple of years, you?ll almost certainly be able
to give AR apps a go. That?s because ARKit
runs on any iPhone from the SE and 6s up to
the iPhone X; it?ll also work on any version
of the iPad Pro, as well as the 9.7-inch iPad.
There?s no need to buy any extra hardware
to get going ? it just works.
It takes two to Tango
Let?s contrast that to the current situation
on Android, where Google?s own AR system,
Project Tango, requires phone makers to
include specific hardware in their devices in
the form of infrared depth perception sensors.
Project Tango launched three years ago, but
the Android market is so fragmented that it
has struggled to really get going. Google has to
design something that will work on as many
Android devices as possible ? an almost
impossible task, given the level of variance
that can often entail. In fact, there are only
two Android phones that currently support
Project Tango: the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro and
the Asus ZenFone AR.
Given Project Tango?s struggles, Google
is releasing its own answer to ARKit called
ARCore, which works with devices? existing
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Tim Cook on AR
One of the industry?s biggest
cheerleaders for AR is Apple?s
own Tim Cook. Speaking to The
Independent in February 2017,
he said ?Unlike Virtual Reality
which closes the world out, AR
allows individuals to be present
in the world but hopefully allows
an improvement on what?s
happening presently.? That
means not shutting yourself
out from the world, which
he feels people would get
?sick? of.
We?ve mentioned
that he?s compared
AR to the
smartphone
in terms of
importance.
Here?s what else
he?s said about it:
?This is one of those huge things
that we?ll look back at and marvel
at the start of it.? Not the words of
someone unsure of its potential.
Wondering whether the Watch
will soon replace your iPhone?
Well, Cook doesn?t think
so (at least not yet).
Augmented reality,
he says, will make
the iPhone ?even
more essential
than it currently is.?
Panic over, then.
Tim Cook is so
excited by AR he
wants to ?yell out
and scream? about it.
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AR tech can bring literature and more
to life: see The Very Hungry Caterpillar
gorge right in front of your eyes.
hardware. But even if Google could get all the
different Android phone makers to develop a
unified piece of AR software that would work
on all Android devices, there?s still the issue
of wildly varying camera quality across the
range of Android phones, plus differing
screen resolutions and internal specs ? some
of which simply wouldn?t be good enough
for an immersive, impressive AR offering.
Of those numerous drawbacks, the biggest
hurdle is camera quality, according to former
Samsung engineer and current augmented
reality enthusiast Matt Miesnieks. ?The
reason Android can?t compete with ARKit is
that the original equipment manufacturers
would need to effectively standardise their
camera [systems],? he said. There are no
signs of that happening any time soon.
Here?s another example from Google:
Daydream, the company?s virtual reality (VR)
platform. It had a small launch catalogue, and
few phones could run it. Now, a year on from
launch, it?s been hyped up but hasn?t lived up
to expectations. Because Google has little say
in the hardware that Daydream will run on,
it?s relying on third party vendors to make the
platform work. That?s a very risky approach,
and very different from that taken by Apple.
That?s the closed ecosystem. It?s had its
fair share of critics over the years, but AR
is one area where it?s beneficial. Being able
to control and integrate both hardware and
software really gives Apple an advantage over
Android. For one thing, ARKit uses iPhones?
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existing gyroscopes and cameras, which has
allowed Apple to tailor the platform to its own
hardware, knowing it?ll work without a hitch.
Closed system benefits
Apple can set
the pace of
the entire
augmented
reality industry
For Apple, there?s no need to worry about
optimising the ARKit platform for countless
different combinations of cameras, hardware
setups and versions of the iOS operating
system; it only needs to focus on a small range
of options. Rather than being forced into a
reactive approach � la Google ? surveying
the Android landscape and stoically trying to
make its platform work with as many devices
as it can ? Apple can be proactive, actively
designing both its devices and iOS to be
completely compatible with ARKit. Google
is having to play catch up, whereas Apple
can set the pace of the entire industry.
The certainty provided by Apple?s closed
ecosystem also benefits those on the other
side of the fence ? the developers. AR app
developers know that not only do they not
need to worry about coding their products for
supplementary hardware, but they can code
for the iPhones that people already have in
their pockets and their apps will still work.
For Argentinian studio Dift Collective, it
was a no-brainer. The developers looked at
releasing apps for Project Tango, but haven?t
done so ? but they?ve made several apps for
ARKit. According to Charly De Venezia, Dift
Collective?s head of operations, ?For us the
main step forward is the distribution,?
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What?s Google up to?
Of all the companies working hard
on augmented reality, Google has
been more prolific than most.
You?ve probably heard of Google
Glass, one of its previous efforts.
This involved a pair of AR-enabled
glasses that were designed to overlay
information on top of your everyday
vision as you walked around. They?ve
not been short of controversy,
though, with many people
questioning the privacy implications
of a device that can film people
without their permission, or even
their knowledge.
Glass has also been
It won?t fully release until the winter
criticised for its apparent safety
so we?ll have to withhold judgement
issues, such as distracting motorists
until then, but it could teach us
while they are driving.
new things about what?s capable
Glass has since been put on the
with AR ? provided more Android
backburner and refocused on the
manufacturers get on board
enterprise market, but Google hasn?t
than did with Project Tango.
given up on AR. After a stumbling
Just like Apple, Google has
start with Project Tango, Google
tremendous financial resources
seems to have adopted Apple?s
with which to develop its AR efforts.
approach of creating an augmented
No doubt we?ll be seeing plenty
reality framework that relies on a
of new work from Google as the
phone?s existing hardware. ARCore
industry hots up.
is the result of that rethink, and
is reportedly an
impressive piece
There were privacy issues with Google Glass, and
Google has since rethought its approach to AR.
of software.
something that, with its
closed, integrated approach,
Apple excels at. Given the sheer
breadth of Android devices out
there, ?it would require a huge effort
to take [our app] to Android and make
it market-ready,? he says.
Even if only half of the iOS userbase
gets iOS 11 (thus giving them access to
ARKit), that?s still around 500 million
devices that ARKit developers can potentially
reach. And we know that the uptake of new
versions of iOS is generally a lot higher than
that ? Apple estimates that 89% of all iOS
devices have been updated to iOS 10, for
example. Conversely, only around 15% of
Android devices are on the latest Nougat
version of the operating system.
Taking the lead
Apple has a sizeable lead ahead of its rivals
when it comes to providing a compelling AR
platform. Part of that stems from its decision
to utilise the hardware that its users already
have, rather than requiring them to purchase
a new phone in order to use it ? that?s a hurdle
that, not unreasonably, has been too high for
most Android manufacturers.
Whether Google can catch up when it
releases ARCore in the winter will be an
interesting development to follow. The firm
says it?s aiming to get ARCore in the hands
of up to 100 million Android users, and is
now working with manufacturers like
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Google is
aiming to get
ARCore in the
hands of up
to 100 million
Android users
Asus and LG to make
that happen. But doing that
will be far from easy, given the
aforementioned wild variance in
the hardware capabilities of Android phones.
Google promised similarly lofty targets for
Daydream, and they have yet to be met.
Johny Srouji, Senior Vice President of
Hardware Technologies at Apple, says that
the company plans out its internal chips three
years in advance. That means that Apple was
working on the A11 Bionic chip (and thus, by
extension, an AR-capable iPhone) when it
started shipping the iPhone 6. That ability to
create long-term plans and spend those three
years perfecting the integration of hardware
and software is a vital asset to Apple, and
something that its rivals can?t hope to match.
Here?s one final benefit for ARKit: many
people will buy an iPhone whether or not
they care about AR, therefore almost
accidentally entering the AR world. They
don?t have to expend energy on it (like buying
a separate headset or new phone); it?s just
there on the phone, waiting to be discovered.
It?s a much lower barrier to entry for users,
which can only work in ARKit?s favour.
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Give a mouse a tail
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The Apple Magic Keyboard is great.
It works beautifully. Previously, the
only issues with wireless keyboard were:
a) The batteries ran out quickly.
b) You could not start up into recovery
mode, etc, as they would require a full
boot before the Bluetooth was active.
The latest keyboard, however is fantastic. Plug a Lightning cable
in the back and the keyboard charges up ? and also becomes a wired
keyboard ? thus rectifying both the issues above. Full marks to Apple
for a great piece of design!
So, what happened when Apple started the design process on the
mouse? Who on earth decided the best place to put the charging cable
was on the bottom? My mouse ran out of power today. Instead of simply
plugging in a Lightning cable and continuing to work, I have to down tools
for half an hour while the mouse recharges. Why not simply have the
charging port at the rear, and you can plug in and continue to work while
the battery is replenished. It almost feels as if the design team was so
pleased with themselves having designed the keyboard, that they all went
on holiday and left the intern to design the mouse. Well, now you are all
back at work, can we please have a (removable) tail on our mouse?
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GRAHAM SAYS? The Apple Magic
Mouse 2 continues Apple?s long and
often calamitous adventures in mouse
design. We also think that not being able
to charge it while you?re using it is a major
design flaw, but it will last for several days
on a single charge. The solution we?ve gone
for in the office is to always have a few
wired mice on hand for these situations,
but it?s hardly ideal. We?re keeping our
fingers (and tails) crossed for a better
design from the Apple Magic Mouse 3.
SKATE TO WHERE
THE PUCK IS GOING
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The Apple Magic Mouse 2 has what some consider
a fundamental design flaw.
going? quote used by Tim Cook to Walter
Gretzky, whereas it was his son Wayne, the
all-time greatest ice hockey player who
actually used those words!
BY ROGER HOBSON
GRAHAM SAYS? After strenuous fact
checking using Google, it appears the
situation is best described as ?complicated?,
Roger! While Wayne (the famous ice hockey
player) famously said it, he was quoting his
old man, Walter. All my research did throw up
one funny fact though ? Wayne was hired by
Blackberry to launch its new Passport phone
in 2014, but misquoted it as ?go to where the
puck is?, before correcting himself. Sadly, for
the fate of the company, it seems he was
actually being quite accurate.
iTUNES WITHOUT APPS
Our household has four iOS devices. That
means everything has to be downloaded four
times. How can Apple possibly think that is a
good idea? I can only hope that either Apple
or someone else is urgently writing an app
for the Mac and PC which will do for apps
what iTunes used to do.
BY T IRISH
GRAHAM SAYS? The background to this
letter is that Apple has recently issued an
update to iTunes which has removed the
ability to access the App Store and backup
apps from iOS devices. It does mean you?ll
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While we?re all thinking about the new
iPhones, Apple Watch Series 3 and the
Apple TV 4K as routes to reduce our bank
balances ? quite significantly in the case
of the iPhone X ? I?d like to step back to
the previous Apple event and the new
iMac and iMac Pro in particular.
My current Late 2009 iMac has served
me well, but it?s time to upgrade and I need
a Mac that offers fast video file conversion
and editing. And there?s the dilemma. Highend iMac or low-end iMac Pro, on the basis
that a fully loaded iMac Pro is likely to be
eye-wateringly expensive.
So here?s the question: Where do
you think the ?sweet spot? lies? What?s
the best trade-off between model, price
and performance?
I think this would warrant a feature.
Great magazine guys!
BY GEORGE JESSEN
GRAHAM SAYS? The
iMac Pro is scheduled to be
available in December. While
the base model has been
announced at $4,999, there
have been no announcements
about the pricing of
customisation options,
although some have estimated
that a maxed-out iMac Pro
could cost over a whopping
$17K! Upgrade options are
likely to include an 18-core
processor, 128GB ECC
memory and 4TB SSD drives.
As you point out though,
once you start speccing up
a high-end iMac, you do get
very close to �000, so
you?re right that there will be
a dilemma there for people that
can afford a Mac of that calibre.
High-end iMac or base model
iMac Pro? If you can splash
the cash, it?s a tricky choice.
now have to install apps on your iOS device,
which is going to be a bit more work for
some, if they have multiple devices. However,
people have been complaining for ages now
that iTunes has become a bloated mess,
trying to do too many things at once. So,
we?re generally in favour of Apple slimming
down iTunes? functionality a little bit.
MISSING ISSUE
As my post is unreliable and I like to browse
an actual paper magazine, I collect my copy
of MacFormat each month from WHSmith;
availability used to be in the first days of each
month but this has gradually gone back into
the last days of the previous month.
So, having got the August (#315) and
September (#316) issues, this week I bought
what I thought would be October (#317) ?
but on the cover there?s no Issue 317 and no
October. Instead, it reads: ?Issue 318 Autumn
2017?. What?s happened to October (#317)?
BY COLIN STEVENS
GRAHAM SAYS? Sadly you?ve missed
an issue, Colin. The October issue (#317)
featured our ?Get to grips with iCloud? article.
See p76 of this issue to order a copy. It might
also be a good time to chat to your postie and
consider a subscription to MacFormat. That
way, you?ll save money and never have to
worry about missing an issue again! See p40.
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APPLE CORE Opinion
MATT BOLTON?
has a watch that?s a phONE,
a phONE that?s a cOMputER,
aNd a dictiONaRy
that?s usElEss
Since the release of the new Apple Watch, I?ve become
freshly obsessed with the idea of the Watch as the new iPhone.
I mentioned the idea of the phone becoming the modern laptop
and the Watch becoming the modern phone briefly in my
column last month, but since then I?ve also become a semantic
bore about it; I came to realise that to kids today, ?phone? means
small computer, and so there?s a non-zero chance that
even if the laptop form-factor stays around for the next 15
years, current under-fives will wind up calling any portable
computer a ?phone?. I?m fine with that ? who among us hasn?t
referred to buying ?a hi-fi? or
something that equally mangles an
originally meaningful term ?
though I admit that using a print
column to insist on how totally fine
I am is a bit suspect.
In fact, I think a potential
change in the meaning of ?watch?
from timepiece to a mini-computer
makes even more sense when you
think about it from a practical point of view.
What does a watch do? Tell the time. Okay, but why do you
need to tell the time? So you know what you should be doing or
where you?re supposed to be. The point of a Watch is to aid that.
It?s why we added mechanical complications like the date to
watch faces. So adding a cloud-connected to-do list or full
calendar is actually a totally logical next step for fulfilling the
original purpose of a watch.
Of course, the Apple Watch does more than that, and one of
the reasons I see it as the new phone is the way it mirrors what
made the iPhone such a success: bringing together a bunch of
disparate functions and making them easier to use.
Some of this is replacing a whole product, which in the
iPhone?s case was cameras, music players and, yes, dedicated
phones. And some of this is pulling tasks away from bigger and
clunkier devices, like taking email from laptops.
In the Watch?s case, it replaces whole products such as
a pedometer, heart-rate monitor, and, yes, watch. And it pulls
in tasks from bigger and clunkier devices, like? making phone
calls or sending messages.
Does the Watch really make these things easier to do? Yes,
if you embrace voice control.
Motorola DynaTAC: back in the day when
It seems embarrassing and
you could call a phone a phone (albeit a
giant one). And use the antenna to prod ostentatious to do right now,
anyone who disagreed with you.
but so did using an all-
Voice control is
ostentatious now,
but touchscreens
were too, once
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It took a while for most people to
use the iPhone to its full potential. It?ll take
time for the Watch too, but it?s getting there.
touchscreen phone back in 2007. We forget,
but in the early days typing out an email on
your ?giant? 3.5-inch iPhone made you the
equivalent of an ?80s-movie stockbroker
yelling into their Motorola DynaTAC.
A few days ago, I saw a woman on a train
quietly using Siri to dictate a series of
messages. It wasn?t intrusive to me, or
embarrassing to her. By now, people get what
you?re doing, and in a few years, it?ll seem
normal. And then the Watch will have come
of age, because just like it became silly to get
your laptop out to email when you had your
phone, it?ll be silly to get your phone out to
send a message.
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Matt is the editor of Future?s flagship
technology magazine T3 and has been
charting changes at Apple since his
student days. He?s sceptical of tech
industry hyperbole, but still gets warm
and fuzzy on hearing ?one more thing?.
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An APPLE kEynOtE!?
Having felt a little ?meh? after the last few
Apple Events, I felt that September?s Keynote
actually delivered on the excitement factor.
Marketing chief explains
how iPhone?s Portrait
Lighting was developed
Alex says?
CRAig FEdERighi
It was great! From the mystery of the MIA
iPhone 9 to Craig Federighi?s Face ID ?Fail ID?
? talk about entertaining!
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?We do not gather
customer data
when you enrol
in Face ID, it stays
on your device.?
Actually, I was talking more about all the
GOOD stuff! The Apple Watch Series 3?
Face ID doesn?t send any
of your data to Apple,
says Federighi
True. We all knew the Watch had to move
forward and to free itself from its iPhone
shackles, but I don?t think I expected to see
that just yet. Plus Siri and Apple Music
support ? now that is awesome!
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Er, I seem to remember something about
phones too?
?Steve just saw
so much more
opportunity for
what this device
could be.?
Yes! Talk about want, want, want! I love the
look of the new iPhones. And the tech too
? the A11 Bionic chip, wireless charging,
256GB capacity, 4K video at 60fps?!
Jobs felt phones weren?t
reaching their potential,
says former Apple exec
And that Super Retina HD display on the iPhone
X. And Face ID! And that edge-to-edge screen
estate. Thing of absolute beauty. Great design,
great product. Whopping great price tag?
But then you do get Animoji poo, too!
Siri...ously?
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?I see a little silhouette of a man??
tap to edit
?Scaramouche, Scaramouche,
will you do the Fandango??
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?There has to
be much more
engagement
between the artists
and the audience.?
Apple Music still has much
to improve, former Beats
mogul believes
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it?s taken a while for the Apple tV
to embrace 4K video, but this new(ish)
tech will have an effect right across
the modern smart home
he iPhone X may have grabbed all the headlines
recently, but here at Apple Home it?s the new 4K
update for the Apple TV that has us rubbing our
hands with glee. It?s been a long time coming ? and,
to be honest, Apple has some catching up to do ? but now that it?s
here the prospect of 4K films and TV shows from Netflix and the
iTunes Store has us eagerly eyeing up shiny new 4K televisions.
But new technology can bring new problems and, as well as
buying a new TV, you may find that other areas of your Apple
Home need a bit of an upgrade too. You?ll need some seriously
high-speed broadband to stream 4K video, and maybe a new
router too, so here?s our guide to getting ready for the arrival
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Get started with
apple Tv
4K
What is Dolby Vision?
We?ve had HDR on the
iPhone for a while, but the
Apple TV 4K also supports
two additional options, called
HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
In fact, HDR10 is merely
an updated version of HDR
that is already widely used.
Dolby Vision is a more
specialised version of
HDR, designed for films on
Blu-ray disks and streaming
services such as Netflix.
When can I watch
4K films on iTunes?
Right now! 4K films and TV
programmes arrived on the
iTunes Store alongside the
launch of the Apple TV 4K
itself. The focus is on
new releases like Wonder
Woman and Spiderman:
Homecoming, but older titles
will also be upgraded to 4K
versions in coming months.
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The Apple TV finally gets
4K ? but there?s a lot
more to 4K than just
pretty pictures
e?ve had a long wait for 4K
support on the apple Tv.
you?ve been able to shoot
your own 4K video on an
iphone for a couple of years now, while
the 5K iMacs have provided editing
capabilities since 2014, and Netflix
launched 4K streaming with house
of Cards in the same year.
But there are reasons why Apple has
held back with 4K support on the Apple
TV until now. Apart from anything else,
there aren?t many people who actually
own 4K television sets, and it?s only
recently that 4K sales have started to
W
represent a sizeable chunk of the TV
market. And while online services such as
Netflix are already providing 4K video
streaming there aren?t many people ?
especially here in the UK ? with home
broadband fast enough to handle it.
Tv Times
People don?t upgrade their televisions
every year in the same way that they
do with smartphones, so we?re not going
to suggest that your life is incomplete
without a new 4K telly-box in your front
room. But you can now buy 4K televisions
for less than the cost of an iPhone, with
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Explained
hdr
A television with 4K
resolution provides very
sharp, detailed images.
However, we?d recommend
that any new TV you buy
should also support HDR ?
high dynamic range. Already
available with the iPhone?s
camera, HDR enhances the
contrast of the video image,
providing greater brightness
and richer colours.
The little box that?s big on
power. Inside the new Apple
TV you?ll find an A10X Fusion
chip, making it a great
upgrade for gamers, too.
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big-name manufacturers such as
Samsung, LG and Toshiba offering
new sets for well under �0. The
cheapest we?ve seen so far is Toshiba?s
43-inch U6763 for �9 from Tesco
Direct, but we?d recommend spending
a little more to get a set that supports
?HDR? ? high dynamic range (see
above) ? for the best picture quality,
such as Samsung?s 40-inch,
tongue-twisting UE40MU6400U
for about �0.
As far as content goes,
Netflix has already updated its
Apple TV app to support 4K
streaming, and you can subscribe to
its 4K service for just �99 a month
(compared to �49 for a standard HD
subscription). Amazon?s Prime Video
service is coming too ? although that
may be a few months away yet.
Apple is also tempting existing
Apple TV owners to buy the new model
by offering to upgrade their existing
HD purchases from the iTunes Store
to 4K versions for no extra charge
as soon as they become available.
And, of course, you can shoot your
own home videos in 4K using an
iPhone 6s or later, so it?s about
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Pretty as a picture. 4K
support for the Apple
TV has been a long
time coming but with
the right gogglebox,
you can now be in sofa
slouching heaven.
What about
high-res audio?
The fourth-generation
Apple TV introduced in
2015 dropped the optical
audio output connector
that had been available in
previous models, relying
purely on HDMI for
sending sound to your TV.
To keep the audiophiles
happy, Apple kept the old
third-generation model on
sale with optical audio for
a while, but that has now
been discontinued, with
the fourth-generation
model sticking around as
the low-cost option for
plain old HD televisions.
What about games?
Playing 4K video requires
a lot more power than
conventional HD video, so
the new Apple TV uses the
same A10X chip as the
iPad Pro. Apple claims that
this chip provides four
times greater graphics
performance than
previous models,
so it should allow the
Apple TV 4K to play some
great games as well.
time that you can see them in their highdefinition glory via the Apple TV.
The bad news is that you might need to
upgrade your broadband in order to stream
4K video. Netflix recommends a broadband
speed of 25Mbps for 4K ? compared to
5Mbps for standard HD ? and that?s well
above the UK average of around 16.5Mbps.
You might need a new router too ? most
current 802.11ac routers can handle those
sorts of speeds but could still struggle if
you?ve got multiple devices connected to the
internet at the same time. If you?re streaming
4K video to your Apple TV, Spotify to your
iPad, and the kids are playing Minecraft on a
games console then you might need a newer
?Wave 2? router that provides features such
as ?MU-MIMO? (multi-user, multiple-input,
multiple-output) which can help to stream
data to multiple devices more efficiently.
There?s plenty of choice here, although
this might depend on who supplies your
broadband at home. If you?re a BT customer
then you can upgrade to its
latest Smart Hub router for
just � ? or get it for free if
you upgrade your broadband
HomeKit support means that
you can adjust your heating by
talking to Siri on the Apple TV.
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to BT?s high-speed Infinity service (which
you?ll probably need as well). If not, then the
latest Wave 2 routers tend to start at around
�0, or �0 for a router that also includes
a modem for internet access, such as
TP-Link?s Archer VR2600.
hey siri!
As well as supporting 4K video, the new
Apple TV will also support both HomeKit ?
as the last fourth generation model did ?
and the updated AirPlay 2, which is due as
part of iOS 11. The HomeKit support means
you?ll be able to talk to Siri on the Apple TV
and use it to control other HomeKit devices,
such as Philips Hue lights, or the Netatmo
Starck thermostat for your central heating.
AirPlay 2 opens up a whole new kettle
of smart home fish, as it will allow the
Apple TV ? as well as Macs and iOS devices ?
to control multiple speakers in different
rooms. The obvious starting point here is
Apple?s new HomePod speaker, but other
companies will be able to build AirPlay 2
into their own speakers as well,
allowing you to create your own
customised multi-room speaker
system using many different
types of speaker.
That?s something we?ll come back
to once the HomePod arrives this
Christmas, but in the meantime the
new Apple TV opens up all sorts of
possibilities for home entertainment
and home automation. It?s the first
must-have upgrade that Apple?s little
?hobby? device has had for several
years and might even be the one that
convinces you to go out and buy a
new 4K television this Christmas
(along with the HomePod, of course).
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iFacts?
2,073,600
Conventional HD video has
a resolution of 1920x1080
? or just over 2 million pixels.
8,294,400
The resolution of 4K video
steps up to 3840x2160 ?
four times greater than
HD (1920x1080).
38%
The estimated increase in
sales of 4K televisions this
year ? accounting for a third
of all worldwide sales.
(Digital TV Europe)
$380,000,000,000
Want to dim the lights for a
movie? Just talk to Apple TV
(as long as you?ve got smart
lighting set up, of course?)
The projected value of the 4K TV
market in the US by 2025.
(Digital TV Europe)
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so they?ll make a great
combination for handling
music and video, as well
as controlling lights and
other smart devices.
Netflix started 4K
streaming back in 2014
with House Of Cards,
and its current range
of 4K films and TV
programmes is perfect
for the new Apple TV. It?s
good value too, as the 4K
subscription only costs
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Apple is going gung-ho
on home automation
at the moment. Philips
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smart lighting market
with its Hue range, and
the new Apple TV will
let you fire up a 4K film
and just say ?Siri, turn
down the lights??
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You?re going to need fast
broadband and a fast
router to handle 4K video
streaming and downloads,
and the VR2600 is one
of the more affordable
?Wave 2? routers around
at the moment. It also
includes a modem for
Internet access.
Samsung makes some
pretty smart 4K TVs (it
tends to use the term
?Ultra HD? ? UHD). This
40-inch model is
affordable, but also
includes HDR for
enhanced brightness
and colour.
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macOS
50 essential tips
Get it! Install it! Love it!
Get it! Install it! Love it!
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Craig Grannell
delves into High
Sierra, revealing
all the great new
features that will
improve your Mac
experience
T
here are two sides to
macOS High Sierra. Apple
first talks about new
technologies at the very
heart of the system.
These are designed to make your Mac
more capable and reliable. They lay
foundations for the future, and offer
great potential ? in some cases enabling
entirely new apps to be created by
brilliant developers ? while making
present tasks faster.
The other side to High Sierra is all
about Apple refining existing features
and apps. In some cases, these are small
tweaks ? the ability to pin a note in the
Notes app, the means to compose Mail
in Split View when in fullscreen, and the
odd addition to a System Preferences
pane. Doubtless, though, that even such
relatively small changes can make a big
difference to people who use these
applications and settings every day.
And there are plenty of bigger
changes. Safari now enables you to
customise websites on an individual
basis, rather than you adjusting the likes
of Reader and page zoom levels as you
browse. And the update to Photos
makes it almost feel like a new app, due
to a revamped interface, and a superb
update to its editing tools. If you?ve ever
wanted to do more with Live Photos, or
get more precision control over colour
within your snaps, now you can.
Over the following pages, we
highlight all the great things that we?ve
discovered in macOS High Sierra, and
a smattering of features you may not
know existed. Dig in, and they should
make you a master of your Mac.
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macOS High Sierra 50 essential tips
Master Photos
in High Sierra
browse your collection, edit Live Photos,
and delve into new adjustment features
2
5
1
6
3
4
Explained... The Photos interface
1
The new sidebar
The sidebar in macOS
Sierra was optional (View
> Show Sidebar), but now
it?s persistent. If you always
want it in fullscreen, too,
turn on View > Always
Show Toolbar and Sidebar
in fullscreen.
2
Your library
Key custom albums that
were previously scattered
around the sidebar are now
housed under Library. Here,
you find the likes of
Memories and Favourites,
along with the Recently
Deleted album.
3 Revamped
imports
Click on Imports for a
chronological feed of photos
and images you?ve added
to Photos. Note these are
grouped by import and not
date, and so the likes of
Photo Stream entries
show up individually.
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4
New media types
Under Albums in the sidebar
you?ll find a Media Types
folder, which provides fast
access to specific types of
images, such as screenshots,
selfies, and the new long
exposure option (from
Live Photos edits).
5
Quicker editing
In macOS Sierra, you could
rotate or favourite a
selection of snaps using
menu options, but now there
are bespoke buttons in the
toolbar for doing so. The
selection number?s much
clearer, too.
6
Filter options
Enter a library category, and
you?ll see a Showing filter
menu. This defaults to All
Photos. Click it to limit the
view to only specific image
types, or images that match
user-defined keywords.
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50 essential tips macOS High Sierra
It?s all in the edit
1 Silence Live Photos
Double-click a Live Photo and click Edit
to access the editing view. Here, you can
use the two buttons at the bottom left of
the window to, respectively, turn off the
Live Photo (circular icon), or just mute
its audio (speaker icon).
2 Trim Live Photos
Below your Live Photo, you?ll see a
filmstrip common to video editing apps.
Drag the drag handles to trim the Live
Photo?s video component. You can also
click a frame and then click Make Key
Photo to change what?s shown when
the image is still.
3 Bounce and loop
A standard Live Photo defaults to
the Live option in the menu to the right
of the trim controls. But you can switch
the animation type to Loop (endlessly
repeats) or Bounce (animates back
and forth). Use Long Exposure to
fake a long exposure shot.
adjustments
faster
4 Make
In macOS Sierra, editing in Photos
was stripped back. On clicking Adjust,
only a few options were shown; you
had to manually add more. In macOS
High Sierra, this has changed. Adjust
is a scrolling pane of collapsible sections,
all of which are immediately available ?
and this is far more usable.
5 Explore filters
Curves is new to Photos and is a welcome editing
tool, allowing for automatic and manual changes.
In all honesty, Photos isn?t
necessarily the best place to go if
you?re looking for the world?s most
amazing filters, but they?ve at least been
shaken up a bit in macOS High Sierra.
Chrome, Process, Transfer and Instant
have all gone, replaced by filters badged
Vivid and Dramatic, both of which have
Cool and Warm variants.
6 Work with curves
The Curves tool is new to Photos.
Click Auto and Photos will automatically
improve your image. You can manually
drag points, and add new ones by clicking
on the curve. Try fashioning a subtle
S-curve to make your colours really pop.
Use other apps
One of the big changes to Photos
is the way in which it interacts with
other apps. Although Photos now
has improved editing tools, they
still fall short of what you get in the
likes of Photoshop or Pixelmator.
But now you can use the Image >
Edit With menu (also available in
the contextual menu) to send your
image to a third-party editor.
In theory, changes made should
be saved in your Photos library.
Edits can also be reverted by going
into the editing view and clicking
Revert to Original. However, do
test on copies of precious photos
(Image > Duplicate, or �+D on
a selected image), just in case.
How to: Use Selective Colour in Photos
1 Adjust a colour channel 2 Amend the range
Open a photo with greenery and a sky
in the Photos edit view. Scroll down to
Selective Colour. Select the green colour
channel, and drag Hue all the way to the
left. Notice how this shifts the greens
towards red, making for an autumnal look.
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Use the Range slider to adjust
the range of colours over which your
adjustment is applied. Nudge it left to
soften the effect, or right to increase it.
Experiment with Saturation to amend
the intensity of the colour selection.
3 Use a custom hue
If you want to alter a specific colour,
select it with the eyedropper tool, and
then adjust settings accordingly. Click
on the sky and maximise Hue for a
freaky alien purple sky. (Perhaps be
subtler on your own pics!)
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Master Safari
in High Sierra
make every website work in the way you want it
? eradicate auto-play videos, tracking, and more
2
1
3
4
5
6
Explained... Browse round these improvements
1
Website settings
On visiting a website,
go to Safari > Settings for
This Website. A pop-up will
appear under the address
bar, giving you a number
of settings you can tweak
specifically for that
particular website.
2
Reader view
Reader view strips all the
cruft from the websites you
visit, leaving only the text
and images on the page.
Previously, it had to be
manually triggered each
time you needed to use
it. Now, you can have it
automatically activate on
compatible web pages.
3
Page Zoom
Safari?s always enabled you
to zoom the content of the
current tab, but now you can
set a zoom level on a per-site
basis ? ideal if you find a
favourite site has text that?s
a bit too small to read.
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4
Auto-Play
By default, Safari will stop all
media on a web page that?s
got sound. You can override
this setting by allowing autoplay. Alternatively, go further
and stop all distracting autoplaying content.
5
Permissions
Some sites require
permissions to your Mac?s
camera, microphone, or
location. In each case, you
can use the relevant menu to
decide whether you?re happy
to give such permissions
(Allow) or not (Deny).
6
Preferences
Safari?s Preferences have
been updated to cope with
these new settings. In place
of the Notifications tab
is the Websites one, with
configuration sections
for everything mentioned
in the other steps.
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50 essential tips macOS High Sierra
Bend Safari to your liking
1 Turn stuff on
3 Edit website settings
2
4
Safari minimises URLs and doesn?t
preview where links go. Change this by
View > Show Status Bar (to display link
targets on hover) and ?Show full website
address? in the Advanced preferences
(so you get more than a domain in
the address bar).
Tame notifications
Websites increasingly ask to bug
you with push notifications. Generally,
avoid allowing them to do so. If one
is continually flinging notifications
your way, you can disable them in
the Notifications category within
Safari?s website preferences.
In the Websites section of Safari?s
preferences, select one of the categories
from the sidebar. You?ll see settings for
currently open websites and also closed
but configured ones. These can be
adjusted using the menus, without
visiting the sites in question.
Set global defaults
At the bottom of the Websites
tab (excepting the Notifications
category) is a menu labelled ?When
visiting other websites?. Use this to
set a default for websites you?ve not
manually configured ? for example,
to have Reader activate by default
on all sites, unless otherwise stated.
5 Prevent tracking
In the Privacy section of Safari?s
preferences is the new ?Prevent cross-site
tracking? setting. On by default, it stops
advertisers following you around the
internet. So no more shop adverts
appearing everywhere after you briefly
check out something of interest.
?Prevent cross-site tracking? is on by default
and prevents ?tailored? shop adverts appearing.
6 Use extensions
but it?s worth investigating the
Extensions tab in Safari?s preferences.
From here, you can add useful
functionality to Safari, such as web
clippers, alternate search engines,
security add-ons, and more.
Configure Reader
The idea behind Safari Reader is to
make the internet more readable.
The view strips everything from
a web page, apart from text and
embedded imagery. If you find
elements of a site?s design
distracting, or the text is hard
to read, activate Reader.
When the view is running, click
AA in the address bar to bring up
options. The two buttons at the top
adjust the text size, and the four
coloured discs enable you to switch
themes. There are also eight
different fonts to choose from.
Be mindful that all choices work
throughout Safari ? they cannot be
set on a per-site basis (unlike
merely activating Reader).
This isn?t new to macOS High Sierra,
How to: Use the Develop menu
1 Turn it on
If a site claims you need another
browser or device to use it, the Develop
menu may enable you to circumvent the
roadblock. Activate it in the Advanced
section of Safari?s preferences (check
?Show Develop menu in menu bar?).
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2 Switch browsers
If you?ve installed another browser,
it will be listed in Develop > Open Page
With, alongside Safari. Select the browser
and the current web page will be sent
to it. Note that login details won?t go
along for the ride.
3 Spoof a browser
Go to Develop > User Agent to have
Safari pretend to be another browser.
This is useful for when a mobile version
of a site will play video, but the desktop
version still requires you to install Flash,
like you?re living in 2005.
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macOS High Sierra 50 essential tips
Drill down into
System Preferences
manage family accounts, share files using iCloud,
and change the macoS High Sierra desktop picture
1
Family members
1
Click in the iCloud pane in System
Preferences, and then click Manage
Family. In the Family Members tab, you
can add other members of your family
to a sharing account. Once their details
are entered you?ll all be able to share
(most) purchased apps, games,
books and music.
2
2
3
iCloud storage
4
In the Apps & Services tab, click on
iCloud Storage. Under macOS High
Sierra, you can now share a plan with
your entire family. This makes the 200GB
and 2TB tiers a good bet ? one of those
should be enough space for everyone?s
back-ups and documents.
3
Location sharing
It?s been possible for a long while to
share location information with others
on iOS, using the likes of Find My Friends.
Now on the Mac, click Location Sharing,
and you can decide which family members
you?d like to share your location with.
4
Share a file
As of macOS High Sierra, individual files
can also be shared via iCloud ? and more
than in the old sense of ?send it to
someone?. Control-click and go to
Share > Add People and you can
invite other people to access ?
and edit ? your document.
How to: Adjust your desktop background
1 Find your desktops
The second you launch macOS High
Sierra, you?ll see it has a brand-new
desktop background. If you?re not keen,
you can change it. In System Preferences,
go to Desktop & Screen Saver. You?ll see
High Sierra selected.
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2 Change the background 3 Drag and drop
If you fancy using a background
from an older version of macOS or OS X,
simply click on it. Alternatively, select
from Solid Colours for something plainer,
or Photos for a custom image from
your own collection.
You can also adjust the desktop
background by dragging and dropping
an image from Finder to the ?well? in the
System Preferences pane. Fancy shaking
things up more often? Tick the Change
picture and Random order boxes.
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50 essential tips macOS High Sierra
Nifty little updates
in the Notes app
Two welcome changes come to notes: adding
tables to documents and pinning favourites
1
2
3
4
Explained... New in Notes
1
Notes tables
Click the Table button in the Notes
toolbar ? or use Format > Table ?
and a table will be added to your
note at the cursor?s current
location. You can add multiple
tables to a single note ? you
needn?t stick at one.
2
Table formatting
Tables in Notes start off two cells
tall and two cells wide. To change
the setup, ?-click the column or
row widget, and use the Add and
Delete options accordingly. Note
you don?t get headers ? just
standard cells.
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3
Columns and rows
Columns and rows in Notes can
be rearranged. Click inside a cell
and then click-drag the relevant
column or row widget. Be aware
that you can only move columns
or rows to a different point within
the same table.
4
Copying tables
Copy and paste isn?t entirely
intuitive with Notes tables, and
results can vary across apps. For
best results, click-drag around the
table, so it?s highlighted in blue.
It?ll then paste cleanly into Mail
and text editors.
Perform actions on notes
In Sierra, you could two-finger swipe
across a note to show a delete button
(and continue dragging to delete the
note). In High Sierra, the leftwards swipe
still brings up the red delete button, but
it?s joined by a grey lock button. Locking
a note stops it from being edited. This
action previously required a menu action.
New to High Sierra is the ability to pin
a note to the top of the list. Two-finger
swipe across a note to the right ? keep
going, or click the gold Pin button.
Alternatively, use File > Pin Note, or the
contextual menu. If you often pin notes,
create a keyboard shortcut for Pin Note
in the Keyboard pane of System Prefs.
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Master the handy
changes in Mail
Don?t miss mail?s trio of new features in macoS High
Sierra ? and two old classics that can save you time
4
3
1
2
Explained... Clear comms
1
Split view
In macOS Sierra, Mail in fullscreen
mode wouldn?t easily let you
compose an email and refer to
your inbox. macOS High Sierra
instead utilises its own Split View,
with a tabbed compose area
alongside your existing email.
2
Space saver
This isn?t an improvement you can
easily see, but changes to the way
macOS deals with files means that
your email should now take up less
space. If you?ve tons of email and
are lacking in storage, this could
be a godsend.
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3
Top hits
Search in Mail is now faster,
but also ? more importantly ?
a bit smarter. The most relevant
messages Mail finds are placed at
the top of the list, as Top Hits. And
the more you search, the smarter
this new system gets.
4
Inbox shortcuts
Just like Safari, Mail has a
shortcuts bar (View > Favorites
Bar), to which you can drag oftenused mailboxes. Along with
affording you fast access through
clicking them, they can be opened
using � and number keys.
Create Smart Mailboxes
Smart Mailboxes are mailboxes for which
you define specific criteria, which are
subsequently populated with matching
email. Rules can be time-based ? you can
create a mailbox that houses the email
you received over the past week. Or one
to include older email that?s languishing
in your inbox to be dealt with. Label it
something useful like ?Deal with now?.
The VIP folder?s handy for flagging
emails from important people, but try
combining ?Sender is VIP? and ?Message
is unread? rules. That?ll give you a smart
mailbox with emails you haven?t even
looked at from senders you consider
vital. Stash it in the Favourites Bar.
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50 essential tips macOS High Sierra
Shine a light on
searches with Spotlight
Save yourself the hassle of rummaging around the
web ? or your mac ? for vital info and documents
1
Spotlight categories
1
Search results in Spotlight are a mix
of content from the web, and whatever
macOS High Sierra finds on your Mac?s
drive (and in iCloud Drive). If you don?t
find certain categories useful, you can
disable them in the Spotlight pane of
System Preferences.
2
News sources
2
It?s not going to replace a newspaper,
but Spotlight now includes a news section
for articles related to your search term.
You get a synopsis for each article, and
a link to the original online. It works
pretty well for getting the latest on
sports teams.
3
Location maps
You can of course fire up Maps (or visit
Google Maps in Safari) to find out where
a place is. But type a location into
Spotlight and it?ll bring up a small map
that?ll give you the basics of where that
4
3
place can be found ? along with photos
and further information.
4
Siri Knowledge
Under the rather vague heading of Siri
Knowledge, you?ll find what amounts to
an expanded flash card about a given
subject or term. Mostly, imagery, info and
stats are pulled from Wikipedia, but you
also sometimes get links to other sites
and the odd map. And it may dig up
something surprisingly useful.
How to: Find more stuff using Spotlight
1 Get flight info
If you punch a flight number into
Spotlight, you?ll gain access to one
or more matching flights. Select one
to see a status panel with map, gate
details, arrival and departure times,
and even whether bags are ready.
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2 View sports results
Sports fans are increasingly well
catered for by Spotlight. Type in a major
team, be it for Premier League Football
or Major League Baseball, and you?ll
see a list of recent results and also
an upcoming schedule.
3 Do time-based searches
Although still some way from a
natural-language search tool, Spotlight
can handle time-based searches. Try
typing things like ?apps from this week?
(for recent installs), or ?documents
from July? and see what you get.
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And take a look
at the rest...
Lots of other goodies are lurking in macoS
High Sierra ? but not all of them are visible
FaceTime photos
There are various hacky workarounds
that allow you to save bits of FaceTime
conversations to your Mac. Now, though,
there?s an official one from Apple. As
you?re chatting away to someone, you
can click the camera shutter button to
capture a special moment and save it as
a Live Photo. The other person on the
call is immediately notified that a photo
was taken, and so this is all very much
above board. The animated snap ends
up in your Photos library.
AFPS
In High Sierra, the Mac follows
iOS, tvOS and watchOS devices
in transitioning to the Apple File
System (APFS). According to
Apple, its new file system is
designed for flash storage, to
be responsive, and to be secure.
The second point is evident when
performing actions like duplicating
a bunch of files, or finding the size
of folders. Tasks that may have
taken some time to complete on
an older version of macOS now
often happen almost instantly.
That said, you should approach
any major change to a file system
with caution. At the very least,
ensure that you make a fully
bootable clone of your Mac (using
the likes of SuperDuper! or Carbon
Copy Cloner) before upgrading,
just in case things go wrong. But
you were planning on doing that
anyway, right? Find out more
about AFPS on p54.
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If you?re not keen on people being
able to take such photos of you, it?s
possible to disable this functionality.
In FaceTime?s preferences on the Mac,
untick ?Allow Live Photos to be captured
during Video calls?. On iOS, the equivalent
option is FaceTime Live Photos, which
is found in the FaceTime section of
the Settings app.
A smarter Siri
respond without speaking, by turning
off Voice feedback in the Siri pane
of System Preferences.)
virtual reality
We?re not quite in the Matrix just yet, nor
hanging around with Johnny Mnemonic,
but virtual reality is increasingly worming
its way into the world of technology. As
far as macOS High Sierra goes, you?re
not (yet) going to be creating virtual
worlds on a MacBook. But if you?re
armed with a suitably powerful
supported iMac (which at present
means the new iMac with Retina 5K
display), you can in macOS High Sierra
fashion entire worlds using the likes of
SteamVR and the Vive VR, along with
Final Cut Pro, Epic Unreal 4 Editor, and
Apple?s rather proud of Siri?s voice
revamp in macOS High Sierra. Although
the virtual assistant hasn?t quite
clambered out of the uncanny valley, Siri
now sounds more natural and expressive,
whether telling you the weather, or
complaining that you haven?t actually
enabled Siri to use Location Services
yet (as happened while writing this
very feature ? oops).
In macOS High Sierra, Siri?s designs
on being a personal DJ go up another
notch. Already, you could ask Siri to
?play some music? or start playing
something by a specific artist. But now
Siri can respond to moods and make
recommendations ? at least if you?re
a subscriber to Apple Music. (If not,
Siri curtly notes ?I can?t play music
for a particular mood?.)
Siri has one other trick in macOS High
Sierra: if you nip into the Accessibility
pane of System Preferences and select
Siri (under Interaction), you can tick
?Enable Type to Siri?. Although primarily
intended for people who cannot speak
to Siri, it?s a handy feature if you need
to ask Siri something, are armed with
headphones, and are in a place where
you should really be silent. (Alternatively,
if you want total silence in both
You?ll need an umbrella? again. Ask Siri about the
weather and she?ll confirm it?s raining? again.
directions, you can also have Siri
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50 essential tips macOS High Sierra
Down to the metal
Apps like Pixelmator Pro will take digital painting to another level, thanks to Metal 2.
Unity Editor. If that feels a bit much like
hard work, just sit back in actual reality
and let someone else bring lovely new
apps to you when they?re ready.
For a list of devices that are
supported by Continuity, visit the
following Apple support document:
bit.ly/continuity_support.
Copy and paste
64-bit apps
You may be familiar with Universal
Clipboard. This feature, which is part of
Continuity, works with any Mac that has
Bluetooth LE (and also a range of iOS
devices). Both Macs need to be signed
into the same iCloud account and have
Handoff enabled in System Preferences.
Then, as long as the Macs are connected
to Wi-Fi and have Bluetooth active, you
can copy and paste text, images and
videos between the two.
In macOS High Sierra, this is taken up
another notch, in you being able to copy
and paste files. To do so, use �+C to
copy on one Mac and �+V to paste on
the other. This is less hassle than messing
about with AirDrop or file sharing. That
said, if even this seems a bit like hard
work, you can always share your Desktop
and Documents folders via iCloud to
efficiently move files between Macs.
If you spend a lot of time using an iPhone
or iPad, and you happen to have a large
collection of apps and games, chances
are iOS 11 thinned your collection
somewhat. This was down to Apple
ending support for 32-bit apps ?
something that?s long been on the
cards. Unfortunately, though, it?s simply
not viable for every developer to update
their apps, and so we?ve had to say
goodbye to thousands of them.
It looks like ?appageddon? is going to
come ?back to the Mac? at some point.
There were rumours macOS High Sierra
would start warning users about 32-bit
apps, but that?s not happened at the time
of writing. Apple did announce at WWDC
2017, though, that all apps and games
submitted to the Mac App Store would
have to be 64-bit as of January 2018.
Updates must be compliant by July.
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Apple calls Metal 2 a ?graphics
game changer?. The original Metal
was designed to unleash the power
of your Mac?s graphics processing
unit (GPU), potentially making apps
significantly more powerful. But
Metal 2 further ups the ante.
According to Apple, Metal 2 will
make it possible for apps on macOS
High Sierra to offer a superior
visual experience, but also add
capabilities such as machine
learning, virtual reality, and
external GPUs for people working
with high-end creative apps.
One app that looks like it?ll fully
harness this new power is popular
image editor Pixelmator. It?s set
to go ?pro? this autumn, with a
revamped single-window interface,
and a vastly enhanced Metal 2
powered painting engine. See
pixelmator.com/pro for more
information on what looks set
to be a cracking new app.
If you use 32-bit apps, it?s time to
bug a developer. If you?re not sure, go
to About This Mac under the Apple
menu, click System Report, and select
Applications from the sidebar. Click the
64-bit column header however many
times it takes to get apps marked No
at the top, make some notes, and get
cracking writing some polite emails.
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44-46
recompose in
photoshop
Rework shots with
Content-Aware Fill
47
catch that
catchy tune
EditEd by
neW
iDeas
jo membery
Your in-depth guide to
getting more from
your Apple kit
Like a song? Then you
need to Shazam it!
48-49
manage ios
storage
recompose
shots in
photoshop
p44
Get to grips with
iOS 11?s new storage
management facilities
Understand iOS gestures
A tap is a brief contact of
(usually) one finger on your
device?s screen.
Swipe means move one or
more fingers across an item
or the screen, then let go.
Pinch means move two
fingers together or apart,
usually to zoom in or out.
To drag is to move a finger
across the screen to scroll
or pan around content.
A flick is like swiping, but it?s
quicker, and is often used to
scroll content more quickly.
Touch and hold means lightly
rest your finger on an item
and wait for a reaction.
master mac keyboard shortcuts
When you see a shortcut like
�+�+C, hold all but the
last key, then press that one.
? means the Control key,
labelled ctrl, and shown as ^
in shortcuts in the menu bar.
� is the Command key,
which is also labelled cmd.
� is the Shift key, which is
typically just labelled shift.
� means the Option key,
labelled alt or opt.
? means the Delete key,
which deletes to the left of the
insertion point. Press ?+?
to delete to the right.
? is the Tab key, which shifts
the focus between some
controls in windows and web
forms. Turn on Full Keyboard
Access in System Preferences
to jump between all controls.
nOvEmbEr 2017 | macFormat | 43
APPLE SKILLS Mac software
Recompose shots
in Photoshop
2
3
1
Use Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop
to rework your images
1
It wILL tAKE
30 minutes
you wILL LEArn
What Content-Aware
Fill is and how best
to use it
you?LL nEEd
A picture that you
want to recompose,
Photoshop CC
It used to be that cropping
an image only went one way ?
smaller. Cropping in on an image
usually means making the subject
of your shot bigger, and discarding pixels
around the edge of the frame. This is a useful
skill ? not only does it mean you can draw
attention to your subject, which is particularly
helpful if your subject is small, but you can
also reposition the subject of your shot in the
frame if it?s strangely placed to begin with.
With Photoshop CC, cropping doesn?t
necessarily mean zooming into your image.
Take rotating a shot, for instance. Ordinarily,
rotating an image creates white space at the
corners of your shot; Photoshop automatically
constrains ? ie, makes smaller ? your image to
avoid this white space showing up in your final
image. Content-Aware cropping fills these
white spaces with automatically generated
new pixels, based on patterns and colours
nearby. dave Stevenson
Blank bits
A blank area
shows up as
grey/white
checkerboard.
This will print as
white, and needs
to be dealt with.
2
Aspect ratio
You can keep the
original aspect
ratio, but others
are available ?
Instagram is
square, for
instance.
How to Give your image more space
1 Find an image that works
Not all images are great candidates for Content-Aware
cropping. Lots of really fine detail, or faces, at the edge of the
frame can cause problems. Landscapes like this, with lots of
areas of sky, are likely to work better. If only it were straight?
44 | MACForMAt | NOVEMBER 2017
2 Set up the crop tool
Press C to start the crop tool, and note the new options
immediately above your image. The first thing to check is that
the first drop-down box, which lets you choose the aspect
ratio of your shot, is set to Original Ratio.
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Content-Aware Fill APPLE SKILLS
3
Straighten up
4
The straighten
tool is a boon
for landscape
photographers,
and makes fixing
sloping horizons
virtually instant.
Genius tip!
4
Check it
The allimportant
Content-Aware
checkbox. Leave
a tick here and
Photoshop will
work its magic.
When cropping,
consider cycling
through Photoshop?s
compositions guides
(select the Crop tool
and press O) to get
compositional ideas.
5
5
Overlays
This overlay
is known as the
golden ratio, but
there are others.
The grid is useful
for straightening
images.
3Use the straightener
Photoshop?s Straighten tool allows you to draw a line along
the horizon and straighten the image to it automatically. Hold
�, then click and drag across the horizon of your image and,
when you let go, your image will straighten up.
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Unlike many of the
changes you can make
in Photoshop, the crop
tool is destructive ?
once you?ve saved your
image it is permanently
altered. So it?s worth
working on safe copies
of your original file.
4 Where the magic happens
With your image straight, you?ll notice you now have grey
and white checkerboard at the corners. Ordinarily, you would
simply delete these, along with a bit of the image itself. Instead,
make sure Content-Aware is checked, and hit �.
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APPLE SKILLS Mac software
How to Give your image more space
5 Get closer
6 Outline the pattern
7 Content-Aware Fill
8 Fill again
9 Beyond boundaries
10 More space
For images you?re using online, this all you have to do. For
print images it?s worth being a little more detail oriented. Look
at the fine details in your shot, and keep an eye out for repeating
patterns generated by the Content-Aware crop process.
Press �+%, or go to Edit > Fill? and you?ll see the
Content-Aware Fill dialogue. Make sure the drop-down box
at the top says Content-Aware and tap �. You?ll then find
that the pattern disappears.
Content-Aware cropping allows you to give your subjects
more space. Here, for example, we?d like our volcano to be a bit
smaller in the frame, so we can run text around it. Press C, then
drag the box beyond the boundaries of the original shot.
46 | MACForMAt | NOVEMBER 2017
This repeating pattern is subtle, but will stand out once
printed. It?s an easy fix, though ? hit L to select the Lasso
tool, then draw loosely around the pattern you?d like to fix.
An accurate outline, in this case, is unimportant.
If you?re still left with a repeating pattern, try the ContentAware fill process again. The result will change each time, so
just stop when you?ve got a less obvious result. Press �+D
to deselect the area of your image you changed.
Hit �, and with you will see the new, recomposed
image. Here, we have much more negative space and, thanks
to a bit of that Content-Aware filling, an instant re-working ?
and improvement ? of the original.
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Song recognition APPLE SKILLS
Catch that catchy tune
make sure you can always find that elusive song with Shazam
IT wILL TAKE
5 minutes
yOu wILL LEARn
How to find songs
with Shazam, then play
them on Apple music
yOu?LL nEEd
OS X 10.10 or later
Have you ever turned on the
television or radio, heard a
catchy tune but have no idea
of the song title or artist? In
that case, it?s time to start ?Shazaming?.
The immensely popular iPhone app,
which has now come to macOS listens in
the background via your microphone and
identifies music tracks using a Shazam?s
own online database. Once a song has
been identified, the app will display a
pop-up detailing the title and artists.
Shazam also adds each track to a virtual
playlist, where you can view information and
song lyrics on the developer?s website. If you
have an Apple Music subscription, you can
also choose to play the song itself via iTunes.
The recognition time varies depending
on sound quality but in our tests Shazam was
able to identify popular artists within seconds.
Despite the fact that Shazam is always
listening, it?s not an Orwellian surveillance
tool ? you can disable recording at any time.
nate drake
How to Find, view and play songs >
1 Configure Shazam
On first run, Shazam displays a pop-up
stating it?s ?now finding the music around
you?. Click the OK button to dismiss this.
Click Launch Shazam on Startup to run
it each time you log in.
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2 Test Music Identification 3 View Shazam Playlist
Click the Shazam icon at the top
right. Select the blue rocker switch at
any time to toggle listening. Connect
your microphone and play a song. A
pop-up will appear once it?s identified.
Click on the Shazam icon again to
view identified songs. ?-click on any
of these. Choose View on shazam.com
to view song info and lyrics. Click Listen
on Apple Music to play in iTunes.
November 2017 | MACFORMAT | 47
APPle SkillS ioS software
manage your ioS
device?s storage
Learn to use ioS 11?s improved automatic
and manual storage management
iT will TAke
15 minutes
yOu will leARn
How to make use of
automatic or manual
offloading of apps to
reclaim an app?s
storage space
yOu?ll need
iOS 11
You can
allow ioS to
automatically
offload apps,
or do it
manually
instead
iOS 11 includes a storage
management improvement
that offloads unused apps, and
there are two ways to use it.
Offloading an app removes it from your
device, but leaves behind data associated with
it. If you want to use that app again in future,
you just tap its icon on the Home screen to
reinstall it and carry on as normal. Meanwhile,
you have space for whatever task is at hand.
The most convenient way to use this
capability is to allow iOS to automatically work
out which apps to offload, based on analysis of
your past usage. By leaving it to iOS to decide
what gets offloaded, you run the risk of finding
an app you need is no longer installed when
your internet connection is infeasibly slow or
unavailable to redownload it. So, you also have
the option of manually offloading apps.
Either way, this feature should make
dealing with dwindling free space much less
hassle than it used to be. Alan Stonebridge
How to manage your storage
Genius tip!
If you want to manage
your iCloud storage in
iOS 11, open Settings
and tap your name/
Apple ID at the
top of the first page,
then iCloud, followed
by Manage Storage.
1 Find the right settings
Go to Settings > General and tap either
iPhone Storage or iPad Storage a little way
down the page. Give the next page a while to
populate; depending on your device?s capacity
and contents, it can take a while to complete.
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2 An overview of usage
At the top you?ll see a colour-coded chart
that provides an at-a-glance summary of the
types of things that are taking up space, such
as apps and media. This helps you work out
where you might save space.
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manage storage APPle SkillS
CoNtINUED? manage your storage
Genius tip!
3 Recommendations
Before you dive in to delete anything,
check whether there?s a Recommendations
section just below the chart. What appears
there, if anything, depends on your current
choices elsewhere in Settings.
4 Accept a change
A short description is given of what each
item will change about your device?s behaviour.
You may want to look up additional details at
support.apple.com. Tap Enable at the top right
of a suggestion to act on it.
Deleting an app from
its summary page in
Settings > General >
iPhone/iPad Storage
is equivalent to holding
a finger on its Home
screen icon till it jiggles,
then tapping the X at
its top left corner. This
removes all traces of
the app from your
phone, but it doesn?t
remove its docs or
data from iCloud.
iOS?s space-saving
recommendations
adjust items found
elsewhere in Settings,
saving you digging
around. The one
to offload unused apps
turns on a switch in
Settings > iTunes & App
Store, for example.
5 Offload unused apps
6 Manually manage apps
7 Offload a single app
8 Restoring an app
This recommendation shows how much
space you?ll save by accepting it. If your device
later needs room to do something, it?ll remove
apps you?re unlikely to use to accommodate it,
but retain their data on your device.
Tap an app in the list and its summary
gives you a choice of offloading it, to free up
the amount listed next to App Size, or deleting
all traces of the app and its data from your
device ? see the tip to the right, though.
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You needn?t entrust iOS with decisions
about which apps are offloaded; lower down
the page, each installed app is listed with the
space it and its data collectively take up, and,
new in iOS 11, the date you last used it.
When an app is offloaded, its icon stays
on the Home screen and shows up in search
results. You can tap it in these places, or tap
Reinstall App in its storage management
summary, to redownload and continue using it.
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What?s inside
macOs
51
sORtinG keRneL
extensiOns
How to deal with
?System Extension
Blocked? messages
EditEd by
HiGH
sieRRA
GRAHAM BARLOW
52-53
siRi in siLence
We focus on getting
more from macOS
High Sierra
Interact with Siri using
typed commands
54-55
OuR Guide
tO Apfs
How to use High Sierra?s
new storage format
WHAt yOu
need tO knOW
ABOut Apfs
p54
macOS High Sierra requirements
You need MacBook or iMac
going back to 2009, MacBook
Pro and Mac Mini?s from 2010.
Genius tip!
Live photo loops
Live Photos are great
fun, and High Sierra
allows you to create
a repeating loop of
a Live Photo, so that
it continues to play
like an animated GIF.
You?ll find lots of other
effects and new tools in
Photos too, like easier
colour adjustments
and new filters.
You need to be running
Mac OS X 10.8 or later.
You need 5GB of available
storage.
for advice on using
Time Machine.
Back up your Mac before
upgrading; go to support.
apple.com/en-gb/HT201250
Go to the Mac App Store
and download the free
macOS High Sierra upgrade.
the benefits of running macOS High Sierra
macOS High Sierra is the
most up to date version of the
Mac?s operating system.
APFS, a new file system that
makes a Mac sporting a flash
drive even faster.
You can install macOS High
Sierra through the App Store
on your Mac.
HEVC (High Efficiency
Video Coding), also known
as H.265 is supported by
macOS High Sierra.
Metal 2 is a technology built
into High Sierra that adds
capabilities like virtual reality
and external GPU support.
Safari and Photos get new
features in High Sierra, along
with Siri and Mail.
macOS High Sierra uses
For a full list of features, go to apple.com/macos/high-sierra
50 | MAcfORMAt |
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Kernel extensions macOS SKILLS
Sorting kernel extensions
Deal with a change to how macoS allows kernel extensions to be installed
IT wILL TAKe
10 minutes
yOu wILL LeARn
What to look out
for when something
attempts to install a
kernel extension on
your Mac, and how
to respond to it
yOu?LL need
macOS High Sierra
There?s a change to how
kernel extensions are handled
in macOS High Sierra, for which
Apple has published advice for
system administrators, yet this change
may have a small impact on you even as a
regular Mac user.
Basically, kernel extensions added to
your Mac after you install High Sierra require
user approval. After installing High Sierra,
we ran into this scenario two times in as
many days. The action that?s consequently
required on your part is trivial, but we
recommend paying closer attention than
you might normally do when installing
software. For example, we encountered
a prompt for action when we installed the
Logitech Options software as part of the
MX Master 2S mouse reviewed in this issue
(see page 86), and with Paragon?s NTFS for
Mac software when writing the APFS tutorial
on page 56 of this issue too.
Each time we were presented with a
clear warning in a dialogue, which instructed
us to go to System Preferences? Security &
Privacy pane in order to grant permission
for part of the software to run.
The person who is taking an action ?
installing software ? that causes a new
kernel extension to be added to your
Mac does not have to be logged into
an administrator account, nor are they
prompted for an admin user?s credentials
if they allow the extension to run.
Command or support
Also note that kernel extensions you installed
prior to High Sierra, or which are an update
to a previously approved kernel extension,
are not impacted by this new behaviour.
If you?re comfortable with researching
and running commands in Terminal,
the spctl command in macOS Recovery
enables you to disable User Approved
Kernel Extension Loading to prevent risks
associated with extensions. However, if
you?re getting into that level of technical
detail you should read Apple?s support page
at bit.ly/hskernel, which describes related
considerations ? notably, that you may want
to set a firmware password to prevent casual
resetting of the NVRAM, which re-enables the
extension approval rights of all users.
Alan Stonebridge
How to Approve a kernel extension >
1Warning dialogue
Watch out for a dialogue like the one
above when installing software in High
Sierra. If you happen to dismiss this
dialogue too keenly, chances are you?ll
notice quickly as your software, or
some of its features, is unlikely to work.
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2Security & Privacy
Go to ? > System Preferences >
Security & Privacy > General. Toward the
bottom of the window you should see a
warning and an Allow button. Only click
the button if the prompt was shown due
to deliberate action on your part.
3Allow permission
If there are several extensions
awaiting authorisation, you?ll see a list
of them ? this is likely if you?ve restored
your Mac from a backup. Check the boxes
for items you recognise, then click OK;
you may be asked to restart your Mac.
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macOS SkillS High Sierra
Interact with Siri
in a new way
Too embarrassed to speak to Siri
in front of people? Type instead!
iT will TAke
10 minutes
yOu will leARn
How to enable Type
to Siri for silent
interaction, and fall
back on voice control
when you prefer it
yOu?ll need
macOS High Sierra
In macoS
High Sierra,
you can give
instructions to
Siri without
having to talk
when Apple?s personal
assistant made its way from
iOS to the Mac in macOS
Sierra, it lacked a capability
that you might think essential if you work
in a shared space such as a caf�, office, or
library: the ability to ask questions or give
instructions without having to talk. That
has been remedied in macOS High Sierra.
Consequently, we think you?ll use Siri on
your Mac a lot more than before.
First, ensure Siri is enabled. Go to ? >
System Preferences > Siri and ensure Enable
Ask Siri is checked; if it wasn?t already, you?ll
be asked to confirm the change; click the link
to review privacy details, as the feature sends
your voice input, location, and some other
data to Apple to process your commands.
If you?re happy with that, click Enable.
Apple says Siri?s voice in High Sierra
sounds more natural, using intonation and
emphasis for greater expressiveness in
responses, but we?ll leave you to be the
judge of that. Additionally, Siri now works
with Apple Music, enabling you to request
all sorts of things from the service?s huge
library of tracks, albums, and curated playlists
if you happen to subscribe to the service.
Alan Stonebridge
How to Take control of Siri
Genius tip!
If you?ve managed to
remove Siri?s icon from
the Touch Bar, go to
System Preferences >
Keyboard > Keyboard >
Customise Control Strip,
then drag the icon from
your Mac?s main display
down to the Touch Bar.
1 Siri from the keyboard
In Siri?s preferences, use the topmost pop-up
to set a key combination that will open Siri.
The first two suggestions require a slightly
unconventional hold of two keys for a moment,
or you can choose to quickly press ? twice.
52 | MACFORMAT | november 2017
2 More conventionally
Or, pick Customise and press a key combo
that includes at least one of ?, �, and �,
optionally � too, and a letter, number, arrow
key, symbol, or �. If you?ll open Siri from the
menu, Dock, or Touch Bar, select Off.
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Type to Siri macOS SkillS
CoNtINUED? Take control of Siri
Genius tip!
3 Call upon Siri
4 Siri and headsets
5 Auto-switching mics
6 Type to Siri
Click or press one of Siri?s shortcut icons
or keys and a window will slide in at the top
right of the desktop to ask what you need.
As you speak, a waveform at the bottom
of that window will animate in response.
When the mic input is set to Automatic,
Siri will switch to your headset/headphones
when they?re connected to your Mac, and
otherwise default to the mic it thinks is best ?
typically a Mac?s built-in mic, if there is one.
When using voice
input, just say ?What
can I ask you?? to see
categorised examples.
When typing, you can
enter the same words,
of course, or click the
question mark just
left of where you?d type.
In Siri?s preferences, the mic input item
displays the mic Siri is using to listen to you.
If you sometimes use headphones or a headset
that feature a microphone, click that item and
choose Automatic if it isn?t already selected.
Go to System Preferences? Accessibility
pane and select Siri on the left. There?s one
item here: Enable Type to Siri. Put a mark next
to it. Now when you use a keyboard or icon
shortcut to open Siri, it?ll expect you to type.
Genius tip!
7 Make Siri silent
Enabling Type to Siri means you won?t
hear its chime when you call upon it for
assistance, but you?ll also need to turn off
Voice Feedback in Siri?s prefs so others won?t
know its response if your Mac isn?t muted.
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8 When you want to speak
When you invoke Siri from a shortcut on
your headphones ? a double-tap on AirPods,
say ? Siri assumes you want to speak to it
instead. (Note: in High Sierra?s Bluetooth prefs,
you can set different actions for each AirPod.)
Siri?s window stays
open so you can refer to
it. When you?re finished
with it, or if you called
upon it by accident,
you needn?t move
the pointer to close it.
If you?re interacting with
another app, use Siri?s
shortcut to give it the
focus, then press ?.
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macOS SKILLS High Sierra
Find out about APFS
Discover how and when to use High Sierra?s new storage format
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When to expect
a Mac to use APFS,
how to use APFS on
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the new file system?s
impact on other Apple
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yOu?LL need
macOS High Sierra
normally you don?t have to
concern yourself with the file
system that?s used to store
data on drives, whether internal
or external. In fact, the only time you may ever
have thought about this in the past is when
setting up new storage, such as an external
hard drive or a USB flash drive.
In the past, the choice was easy: you
would use Mac OS Extended (also known as
Hierarchical File System Plus, or HFS+) if a
drive would only be used with Macs, or FAT or
ExFAT if it?ll also be used with a Windows PC.
You have a new choice in High Sierra:
Apple Filing System (APFS). The reason is
Mac OS Extended?s origins lie all the way
back in the 80s, when spinning magnetic
disks were the norm; Apple says APFS is
optimised for solid-state drives, and that this
new option provides improved file system
fundamentals, strong encryption, snapshots,
and other things you don?t really need to
think about day-to-day.
When you install High Sierra on your Mac?s
internal drive, and that drive is made up purely
of flash storage, then it?s converted to APFS.
You can?t opt out of this. If it?s a hard drive
or Fusion Drive, no conversion takes place;
that?s intentional, but worth knowing in
case you heard about APFS already and
expected a switch.
APFS and External storage
Regardless of your Mac?s internal drive,
APFS is something to consider when
formatting drives you?ll use with other Macs
or PCs. To use a drive with a PC, use FAT as
its format if the capacity is up to 32GB, or
ExFAT if it?s larger than that.
To use an SSD or flash drive with a Mac
running a system older than High Sierra,
avoid APFS; older systems can neither write
to nor read from it, so stick with Mac OS
Extended. If all your Macs are on High Sierra,
APFS is preferable, but consider the chance
you?ll use the drive to pass files to someone
on an older system.
You can erase or convert a hard drive to
APFS, but given it?s intended for flash storage
and High Sierra doesn?t convert hard drives
automatically, sticking with Mac OS Extended
is the sensible option. We?ve got a couple of
guides here to explain how to work with APFS.
Alan Stonebridge
How to Format a drive >
1 The View menu
Disk Utility?s sidebar groups items
as internal or external drives, or disk
images. In High Sierra it can be set to
show just volumes, or all devices with
their volumes indented below. Choose
View > Show All Devices.
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2 APFS eligibility
To use APFS on a drive, it must use
a GUID partition map. Select the drive
in the sidebar and look next to Partition
Map in the summary to the right. If it
doesn?t say GUID, first back up the
drive?s contents elsewhere.
3 Partition as GUID
Select the drive, click Erase in the
toolbar, pick GUID as its scheme, and set
its format to APFS or APFS (Encrypted) ?
the latter asks you to set a password;
record it in a secure place. Set a name,
then click Erase and wait.
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CoNtINUED? Format a drive >
4 Erase as HFS+
To use the drive on Macs with Sierra
or an older system version, you should
choose ?Mac OS Extended (Journaled)?
? note that an encrypted version of this
is only offered as an option if the drive
is using GUID.
5 In-place encryption
If your drive already has a GUID
partition map and is in APFS or Mac OS
Extended format, but is not encrypted,
you can apply encryption without erasing
it. Back up its contents first, though. In
Finder, pick Go > Computer.
6 Begin encryption
Hold ?, click the drive?s icon, and
choose Encrypt. Provide a password,
then click Encrypt Disk. You can check
progress and later decrypt the drive
from that menu, too. You can use your
Mac while the drive encrypts.
How to Address APFS in other key scenarios >
1 Convert in place
Want to convert an SSD/flash drive
to ensure it benefits from APFS? You
can do it without erasing it (if its map
is GUID), but back up its contents first.
Select the volume in Disk Utility and
choose Edit > Convert to APFS.
2 AirPort disks
A USB drive connected to an AirPort
Extreme or Time Capsule won?t show up
in AirPort Utility, and can?t be shared
over your network; do not use Disk Utility
on your Mac to convert it to APFS ? keep
it as Mac OS Extended.
3 Time Machine
There are no settings to change to
have Time Machine back up a drive that?s
APFS-formatted. Backups of your startup
disk and other volumes should continue
to take place as before, even if they are
converted to use APFS.
APFS and boot Camp
Deal with Windows and APFS incompatibility
If you download files in macOS that you need to access in Boot Camp, and High
Sierra has converted your macOS volume to APFS, you?ll need to rethink how you
do this because Windows can?t read APFS, even with Apple?s Boot Camp software
installed. You might move files to an external drive that?s in a Windows-readable
format (FAT or exFAT, say), switch to downloading in Windows itself if that?s the
only place files are needed, or use a product such as Paragon?s NTFS for Mac
($19.95, bit.ly/prgnntfs) to write to the Boot Camp partition from within macOS.
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The ultimate
iPhone
buyer?s guide
Written by Alex Blake >
Looking to upgrade your iPhone?
Here are 8 important things
to consider before you buy
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makes for a confusingly large array of
phones to choose from. There?s now a
multitude of different model numbers,
sizes and features to filter through.
That?s where MacFormat comes
in. Over the next few pages, we?ll take
a look at some of the more important
factors when it comes to choosing the
right phone for you. How much storage
space do you need? Do you want a
fancy high-tech camera? Do you need
Face ID, Portrait Lighting and the other
new features in the iPhone X? We?ll
take a detailed look at these issues and
more in order to help you decide which
iPhone is right for you, and which
features you can do without.
ith new iPhone 8
and 8 Plus models
becoming available,
and the 10th
anniversary iPhone X
up for grabs as well, Apple clearly
wants you to upgrade your phone.
But it?s also done a curious thing:
it?s still letting you buy a fair amount
of older iPhone models, instead of
phasing them out.
We?d expect the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
to still be on sale on Apple?s website
and in Apple Stores, and they are; they
were only released last year, of course.
But the range of available models goes
back further than that. The SE, 6s and
6s Plus are all still there, waiting
to be purchased. That?s great
if you want to save a bit
of cash, but it also
Comparisons made easy
iPhone X
Apple has totally overhauled its
phone design with the iPhone X.
With an all-glass OLED display,
wireless charging, a powerful new
chip, facial recognition and much
more, it?s a beautiful piece of kit.
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We?ve also included a handy table
comparing all the important features
from all of the iPhones you can get
from Apple right now.
And don?t forget to head to the
back of the magazine to see all of
Apple?s products in our detailed
Store Guide. For now though, let?s
help you decide on your next iPhone.
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Display quality ?
does it really
matter?
Yes is the simple
answer, but the
good news is that
all of Apple?s
iPhone displays
are great. So what should you
look for when choosing which
iPhone to buy?
The pixels per inch (ppi)
number is important to look out
for, as it determines how densely
packed in the pixels are on each
display. The higher the number,
the less likely you are to be able
to discern individual pixels on
the screen.
The iPhone SE has a Retina
display resolution of 1136x640
pixels, giving it 326ppi. Next up,
the iPhone 6s, 7 and 8 have
what Apple dubs a Retina HD
display of 1134x750 pixels but,
due to their larger physical size,
they still have the same 326ppi.
It?s when you get to the larger
iPhone models that you?ll start
to see a difference in screen
quality. All of Apple?s Plus
models have a resolution of
1920x1080 pixels (the same
as many laptops), with 401ppi.
That means that even though
they?re larger physically, they
The iPhone X?s Super Retina HD
screen resolution and ppi count
make it the ultimate iPhone screen
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Storage ?
how much
is enough?
Thankfully, the days
of 16GB iPhones are
behind us ? Apple held
on to that storage
option for far too long.
These days you get much more
generous capacity choices for your
iPhone, but you still need to know
which is right for you.
The iPhone 6s right through to the
iPhone 7 Plus (including the SE) let
you choose between 32GB and 128GB
of storage space. For the iPhone 8,
8 Plus and X, those options have
been doubled to 64GB and 256GB.
Storage wars
proportionally pack in even more
pixels than their smaller iPhone
cousins. That gives you a higher
quality screen ? ideal for viewing
gorgeous photos and video clips.
Apple had to go all-out with the
iPhone X, and its display reflects that.
It?s called a Super Retina HD display,
with a resolution of 2436x1125 and a
truly massive 458ppi. That helps to
make it the ultimate iPhone screen.
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The Super Retina HD
display of the iPhone
X boasts an incredible
458 pixels per inch.
If you?re a light user, don?t store much
music or photos on your phone, and
make use of cloud storage, 32GB
may well be enough. However, we?d
recommend getting at least 64GB
of storage on your iPhone.
That?s because apps and games
are getting bigger all the time as
they become more complex and
graphically impressive. And let?s
not forget Apple?s push towards
augmented reality ? if you want
to enjoy AR experiences on your
iPhone, you may end up paying
the storage space price.
As iPhones get more capable of
recording high quality videos, the
space taken up by your footage will
also increase. Consider the iPhone 8:
Even a short 4K video clip recorded
at 60fps could eat up gigabytes of
space, as can a super slow motion
clip captured at 240fps.
That said, be sensible. Don?t
overpay for storage you?re never
likely to use. Think about how you use
your current phone and how much
space you?re using at the moment,
and use that as a guideline.
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Shoot video,
4K & slow
motion
Every iPhone model
currently on sale
allows you to record
both 4K and slow
motion videos.
There are some
notable nuances between the
models, though, that you should
be aware of. The iPhone SE, 6s,
6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus all let you
record 4K videos at 30fps (frames
per second). However, if you want
silky smooth 60fps 4K videos,
you?ll need to plump for the
iPhone 8 or higher.
Slow it down
There are similar differences
when it comes to slo-mo. The
SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus can
record 120fps slow motion videos
at 1080p resolution, but if you
want to slow things down to
240fps, you?ll have to drop the
resolution down to 720p. There
are no such worries with the 8,
8 Plus and X, which can record
240fps slow motion videos at
the full 1080p resolution.
There are other things to
consider aside from 4K and slow
motion capability. From the 7
onwards, the power of the
camera?s zoom has been improved
to allow for better digital zoom
and, in the Plus model, optical
zoom for the first time. The rear
cameras on the X also feature
better video stabilisation, and
an improved f/2.4 aperture on
the telephoto lens.
Camera ? how good
does it need to be?
Apple likes to say
the iPhone is ?the
world?s most popular
camera?, and
frequently shows off its prowess
via the ?Shot on iPhone? adverts.
There?s no doubting the power of
the camera system in Apple?s latest
iPhones, but even the older models
are still excellent specimens.
The iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7
and 8 all come with an impressive
12-megapixel (MP) camera, as well
as Apple?s Live Photos feature to
turn your pictures into short video
clips. The 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X go
further by adding a second 12MP
camera, leaving them with one
The iPhone X takes Portrait
Mode further, letting you
dramatically alter the lighting
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With relatively
?old? models still
available, there?s a
lot of iPhone choice.
Phone size
? is the Plus
too big?
iPhone dimensions
? measured diagonally
across the device ?
vary massively. The
4-inch iPhone SE is the
most compact of the bunch, easily
slipping into your hand like the
iPhones of old. The iPhone 6s, 7
and 8 are Apple?s medium-sized
offerings, all weighing in at 4.7
inches across. If you?re looking
for an iPhone that?s a little larger,
the 5.5-inch 6s Plus, 7 Plus and
8 Plus should do the trick. And
then there?s the new iPhone X,
a 5.8-inch behemoth of a phone.
The iPhone SE is great if you?re
happy to simply text and call
people, but if you love watching
video clips on your device, then the
larger models are perfect for this.
The 4.7-inch devices are ideal if
you want something in between.
Can you hold it?
telephoto and one wide-angle lens.
The 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X
get another bonus in the form
of Portrait Mode. This adds a
depth of field effect to blur the
background while keeping the
subject in focus. The X takes this
approach even further, letting
you dramatically alter the lighting
in Portrait Mode thanks to its
Portrait Lighting feature.
All models from the 7 onwards
have a 7MP front-facing camera;
it?s 1.2MP on the SE. All Plus models
(and the iPhone 7, 8 and X) have
optical image stabilisation.
That may all sound a little
confusing. However, if you love
taking pictures but don?t need
many fancy features, the smaller
iPhones will serve you well. If you
want more, consider the 7 Plus or
8 Plus or, if you really want to go
to town, the X.
And if you?re desperate to turn
yourself into an emoji and use
Apple?s Animoji feature, you?ll need
an iPhone X ? it?s a feature that
relies on the X?s souped-up frontfacing camera.
There?s also the issue of comfort.
The iPhone X may be all-singing,
all-dancing, but if it?s too large for
you to comfortably grip and use,
it?s not for you. Similarly, if you
have large hands and struggle to
type on small phone displays, the
SE probably isn?t your best option.
You may want a
bigger phone, but if
it?s a stretch to hold,
you won?t find it
comfortable to use.
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Face ID vs
Touch ID
We got our first
taste of Touch ID in
2013?s iPhone 5s,
giving us a supersecure way to unlock
our iPhones. All you need to do is
press your finger onto the Home
button and it?ll open up your
iPhone ? simple as that.
Apple released a faster
second-generation version of
Touch ID two years later with the
iPhone 6s, and ported the
functionality to the MacBook Pro
alongside the Touch Bar in 2016.
Still, Apple being Apple, it has
felt that it could do better than
Touch ID. While the feature made
it into the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the
flagship iPhone X got something
new and shiny: Face ID.
Face value
Apple claimed during the iPhone X
launch event that there was a one
in 50,000 chance of Touch ID
being tricked by an imposter.
Face ID, on the other hand, only
has a one in a million chance
of being spoofed.
So how exactly does it work?
Well, the upgraded front-facing
TrueDepth camera scans your
face and maps 30,000 tiny dots
onto it to create a ?precise depth
map of your face?. Then all you
need to do is look at your iPhone
and it?ll unlock. It?ll recognise you
even if you put on a hat, grow a
beard or change your hairstyle.
Pretty clever stuff.
So, is it worth upgrading just
for the Face ID factor? No, we
don?t think so. Touch ID is already
extremely safe, storing your
fingerprint details in a secure
enclave on your iPhone, which
makes it very difficult for
imposters to intercept your data.
If you?re already going to get the
iPhone X anyway, then you?ll
get to enjoy the new Face ID
functionality, but don?t make it
the sole reason you upgrade.
Fingerprints are so
pass� now, Face ID is
the new way to get in!
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iPhone buying guide FEATURE
All the little
things
Speed ? can
you tell the
difference?
Apple?s iPhones have
always been speedy
thanks to the
company?s tight
integration of
hardware and software. Rival phone
makers may tout impressive-sounding
internal specs and enough RAM to
fill a desktop computer, but they
consistently fail to keep up with
iPhones in real-world tests.
It?s Apple?s chip that contributes
to this. The iPhone SE, 6s and 6s Plus
come equipped with the A9 chip, while
the 7 and 7 Plus sport the A10 Fusion
chip. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X were
upgraded to the brand-new A11 Bionic
chip, so named for its impressive
artificial intelligence capabilities.
Chip off the old block
When it first introduced the A9 chip,
Apple claimed it was 70% faster than
its A8 predecessor. Then came the
A10 Fusion, which Apple announced
was 40% speedier than the A9. Now,
the A11 Bionic, says Apple, is 70%
faster than the A10 Fusion.
The A11 Bionic manages its power
cleverly, distributing power between
its two performance cores and four
efficiency cores depending on what
tasks you?re doing. That has an
interesting side effect: despite
having a more powerful chip than
the iPhone 7, the iPhone X?s battery
lasts two hours longer thanks to that
efficient use of power.
Do you need a more powerful
chip? The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are
all capable of doing more powerful
things than the iPhone SE, for
example, so the A11 Bionic needs
to be faster. For what you?ll do with
an SE, the A9 will be brilliant. Want
to do more with your smartphone?
The A11 Bionic will serve you well.
We?ve covered the
major bases here,
9:41
but there are a few
more things to think
about. For example,
if you want to enjoy stereo sound
from your device, you?ll need an
iPhone 7 or later ? earlier iPhones
lack the feature. Speaking of audio,
you?ll need to buy an iPhone 6s or
earlier if you want to hook up a pair
of your wired earphones without
needing an adaptor.
Splash damage
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are also
the first models to be water and
dust resistant, which is useful if
you?re worried damaging your
prized new iPhone.
And if you?re fed up of cable
spaghetti, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus
and X all feature wireless charging
(although you?ll need to get a
wireless charging pad as well).
3D Touch lets you press a little
harder on your iPhone screen to
get extra functionality and options,
both in apps and the Home screen.
It?s only available in the iPhone 6s
or later (though not the SE).
Let?s not forget battery life.
Apple says the SE?s battery lasts
for 14 hours of talk time on 3G, as
do the 6s, 7 and 8. The iPhone 6s
Plus gives you up to 24 hours of 3G
talk time; you?ll get around 21 hours
on the 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X. In
general use, Apple claims the 7 and
7 Plus get up to two hours more
juice than the 6s and 6s Plus. The
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are the same
as the 7 and 7 Plus, but the X gets
about two hours more battery life.
If you want to enjoy stereo sound
from your device, you?ll need
an iPhone 7 or later
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FEATURE iPhone buyer?s guide
iPhone X
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 8
iPhone 7 Plus
Silver/Space Grey
Silver/Space Grey/Gold
Silver/Space Grey/Gold
Jet Black/Black/Silver/
Gold/Rose Gold
5.8-inch
5.5-inch
4.7-inch
5.5-inch
Super Retina HD
Retina HD
Retina HD
Retina HD
Colour
Size
Display
Camera
True Tone
12MP
True Tone
12MP
True Tone
12MP
12MP
wide-angle and
telephoto cameras,
dual optical image stabilisation
wide-angle and
telephoto cameras,
optical image stabilisation
wide-angle and
telephoto cameras,
optical image stabilisation
wide-angle and
telephoto cameras,
optical image stabilisation
Face ID
Touch ID
Touch ID
Touch ID
A11
A11
A11
A10
A11 Bionic
A11 Bionic
A11 Bionic
A10 Fusion
Face ID/
Touch ID
Chip
Wireless
Charging
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
64GB/256GB
64GB/256GB
64GB/256GB
32GB/128GB
Splash/ Water/
Dust resistant
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Portrait mode
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Portrait
Lighting
Yes
Yes
No
No
Capacity
Video
recording
4k at 24/30/60fps, 1080p HD
at 30/60fps, slo-mo support
for 1080p at 120/240fps, optical
zoom, digital zoom up to 6x
4k at 24/30/60fps, 1080p HD
at 30/60fps, slo-mo support
for 1080p at 120/240fps, optical
zoom, digital zoom up to 6x
4k at 24/30/60fps, 1080p HD
at 30/60fps, slo-mo support
for 1080p at 120/240fps, digital
zoom up to 3x
4k at 30fps, 1080p HD at
30/60fps, slo-mo support for
1080p at 120fps and 720p at
240fps, optical zoom, digital
zoom up to 6x
Front camera
7MP photos, Retina Flash, 1080p
HD video recording, Portrait
mode, Portrait Lighting, Animoji
7MP photos, Retina Flash,
1080p HD video recording
7MP photos, Retina Flash,
1080p HD video recording
7MP photos, Retina Flash,
1080p HD video recording
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iPhone buyer?s guide FEATURE
iPhone 7
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6s
iPhone SE
Jet Black/Black/Silver/
Gold/Rose Gold
Space Grey/Silver/
Gold/Rose Gold
Space Grey/Silver/
Gold/Rose Gold
Space Grey/Silver/
Gold/Rose Gold
4.7-inch
5.5-inch
4.7-inch
4-inch
Retina HD
Retina HD
Retina HD
Retina
12MP
12MP
12MP
12MP
wide-angle and
telephoto cameras,
optical image stabilisation
camera,
optical image stabilisation
Touch ID
Touch ID
Touch ID
Touch ID
A10
A9
A9
A9
A10 Fusion
A9
A9
A9
No
No
No
No
32GB/128GB
32GB/128GB
32GB/128GB
32GB/128GB
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
camera
camera
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, slo-mo
support for 1080p at 120fps and 720p at
240fps, digital zoom at 3x
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, slo-mo
support for 1080p at 120fps and 720p at
240fps, digital zoom at 3x
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, slo-mo
support for 1080p at 120fps and 720p at
240fps, digital zoom at 3x
4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30/60fps,
slo-mo support for 1080p at
120fps and 720p at 240fps,
digital zoom at 3x
7MP photos, Retina Flash,
1080p HD video recording
5MP photos, Retina Flash,
720p HD video recording
5MP photos, Retina Flash,
720p HD video recording
1.2MP photos, Retina Flash,
720p HD video recording
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How to extend
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patchy coverage?
> In areas with patchy
coverage, searching
for a signal is a
substantial drain on
your iPhone?s battery.
Low Power Mode does
little to help, though.
The only way to get
significantly better
battery life is to switch
on Airplane mode until
you?re back in better
reception conditions.
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Handoff won?t
connect
I?m trying to connect my new iPad
and iPhone 7 with my MacBook Air
using Handoff, but can?t get any
of them to see any other. Each time I try,
I get the report that they were unable to
connect ?as this device is not supported?.
What am I doing wrong?
Q
by J i m e m e r y
Handoff usually just works, but
when it doesn?t, it can be very
hard to fix. Basic checks are simple:
on your MacBook Air, open About This Mac
and click on the System Report button. In
System Information, select Bluetooth at
the left and check the main pane shows
that Handoff is supported.
A
if Handoff isn?t working
check your Mac and iOS
devices have bluetooth
and Wi-Fi turned on
Check your Mac and iOS devices each have
both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on, and are
signed into the same Apple ID on the same
Wi-Fi network. Enable Handoff in the General
pane on your Mac, and on each iOS device in
Settings, tapping on General then on Handoff.
From there, it?s a case of trying various
little magic tricks which may or may not get
it working?
On each device, sign out of iCloud, and
back in again. On your Mac, try trashing
the Bluetooth preference file at /Library/
Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist, and
resetting the SMC and NVRAM. For your Mac
Once you?re happy that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned
on and you?re signed in with your Apple ID, turning
Handoff on is ? usually ? very simple.
and devices, restarting them or shutting
down and starting up again can suddenly
allow them to work.
If after trying all these you still have no
joy at getting Handoff to work, you?d be best
making an appointment at your nearest
Genius Bar and getting them to try. It?s
possible that you have a hardware problem,
or perhaps your Wi-Fi router is playing up.
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Mac hardware
We help to solve your hardware hassles, from
problematic printers to misbehaving mice
Peripherals
quick-fire
questions
How do I get my
Mac to remember
its volume setting?
> If it forgets the sound
volume setting when
starting up, it?s because
it isn?t being stored in
NVRAM, formerly
PRAM. Reset that by
starting with the �, �,
P and R keys held
until the second startup
chime (or more than 20
seconds on a new
MacBook Pro), then
release them and let
it start up normally.
Wiping data from
an old Mac
Does keeping my
hard disk awake
help it last?
> Yes. Spinning up a
hard disk increases its
mechanical wear. Hard
drives last longer if you
set Energy Saver to not
put them to sleep, and
by leaving your Mac
running at all times
rather than shutting
it down at the end
of each day.
Q
How can I wipe all personal files
from my old Mac prior to its
disposal?
by r o l a n d h a r r i e s
First de-authorise all apps, including
Adobe CS/CC products, and iTunes
accounts, including opening iTunes
and all its content on that Mac. Then make
at least two archival copies of anything from
that Mac which may be of importance, so that
you can retrieve it in the future.
Once that?s done, sign out of iCloud on
that Mac, and allow that to remove iCloud
data from the Mac; that data will still be
accessible to other Macs using that iCloud
account. Finally sign out of your account
in Preferences of the Messages app.
A
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When wiping storage, setting the security options
determines how carefully the disk?s contents are
overwritten. More security takes longer.
To erase that Mac?s storage, when running
Mavericks or later, your Mac must be
connected to the internet. Start it up in
remote Recovery mode, with �, �, and R
keys held down. Select Disk Utility, then select
your startup drive, and click on the Erase tab.
Erase free space too, selecting a level between
the two extremes of fastest and most secure.
Erase your storage and set it in Mac OS
Extended (Journaled) format, then quit Disk
Utility. If your Mac is being sold or passed
on to another user, select Reinstall OS X.
When that process reaches the step of
inviting you to select your country and
region, press �+Q and shut your Mac
down. When any new owner starts it up,
it should present them with a Welcome
screen just like a new Mac, and all your old
data will be gone forever. Additional details
are at bit.ly/electriclight_old_mac.
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Macbook Pro
can?t stay awake
My MacBook Pro enters a wakesleep loop every minute, running
until its battery is drained. This
resolved with Sierra, but has returned.
Energy Saver is set for system sleep after
one minute, and the log gives a ?Shutdown
Cause? of -60 each time. How can I fix this?
Q
A cause code of -60 indicates a serious
disk error, normally a bad master directory
block. Test for hardware faults first by
restarting in Diagnostics mode and running its
tests, then restart in Recovery mode and run
Disk Utility?s First Aid on your startup SSD.
If that can?t be repaired, restart in remote
latest Recovery mode (�, �, and R keys
held), reformat the SSD, re-install macOS
from there, and restore from your backup.
If that doesn?t fix it, you?ll need to make an
appointment at a Genius Bar.
by G e n a d y
This is very
unusual: these
cycles may be
the result of a serious
disk error. Shutdown
Cause codes given in
the log following startup,
and sometimes when
waking, should be 5,
indicating the previous
shutdown was ?clean?.
Negative values imply
hardware issues.
A
> The only iMacs with
hardware acceleration
for HEVC are 5K 27-inch
Late 2015 with Skylake
chipsets, and all 2017
models with Kaby Lake.
Because this depends
on the chipset, there
won?t be any way to
extend support to
earlier models.
> Ensure it?s getting
power by using a
different socket and
mains cable. Reset its
SMC by disconnecting
all cables, including
power, for 15 seconds,
then reconnect and wait
for five seconds before
pressing the Power
button. Still no signs
of life? It needs repair.
Start up restarts
Q
When starting or waking my iMac
Mid 2011 running 10.11.6 often
spontaneously restarts several
times before working, even in Safe mode.
I?ve reseated and tested memory. There
are crash reports referring to GPU
resets. Is the graphics card dying?
by K r i s l e e
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Can I upgrade my
iMac 27-inch Late
2014 for HEVC?
My iMac is lifeless!
A MacBook Pro stuck in
a Groundhog Day style
wake-sleep loop may need
a trip to the Genius Bar.
These restarts are almost
certainly caused by repeated
kernel panics, most probably
reflecting a failing graphics card, but they
could result from El Capitan?s fragility.
Run Apple Hardware Test (AHT, or
Diagnostics on recent models) first. Shut
down and disconnect all external devices
Mac
hardware
quick-fire
questions
If you can?t use a wired
mouse or trackpad,
navigate diagnostic
testing using the
cursor and � key
of a wired keyboard.
apart from wired keyboard and mouse and
any wired Ethernet connection. Start up,
and immediately press and hold D until the
AHT icon appears. Select language, click
the right arrow, begin the test. Initially,
run normal rather than extended
testing. If you can?t get your mouse to
work, use the cursor and �. Sometimes
AHT or Diagnostics don?t detect graphics
card faults, which should return an error
code starting with VFD, typically VFD006.
More extensive hardware diagnostics from
your local Genius Bar may be needed.
If there?s definitely no hardware fault,
browse your logs following starting up. For
El Capitan, check out bit.ly/electriclight_
readinglogs. Consider upgrading to macOS
Sierra, which is more stable in this respect,
and better supported.
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Mac software
Shine a spotlight on sagacious solutions
to your most maddening Mac maladies
Mac
software
quick-fire
questions
How can I run an
unsigned app
in Sierra?
> The simplest way is to
select the app in Finder,
and use Finder?s Open
command to open it.
The first time you do
this after downloading
the app, you?ll have to
opt to open the app
despite its missing
signature, but once
it has been run, full
Gatekeeper checks
are not repeated.
Why the extra passwords?
When I start my MacBook Pro up
and log in, I?m prompted for my
password for two keychains, named
Local Items and login. How can I stop this?
Q
by T i m J o n e s
This is because your Mac has two
keychains which it needs to open,
neither of which uses your current
login password. It probably resulted from
changing your login password, but that
change not being reflected in your keychains.
When you enter your login password, it?s
used for two functions: to open access as
that user, and to open that user?s default
keychain, the one named login. If the
password used for the login keychain no
longer matches that used to log in, when
the Mac comes to open the user?s login
A
keychain, it discovers that the password it
has doesn?t match that for that keychain,
so prompting you to enter the current
password for that keychain.
You can fix this using Keychain Access, in
the Utilities folder. Start that app, and select
your login keychain at the left of the window.
In the Edit menu, use the Change Password
for Keychain ?login?? command, and change
the password to the same that you use when
logging in to your Mac.
You may need to open the Local Items
keychain and copy and paste items from that
into your login keychain so that macOS will
never need to open that keychain either.
This should ensure that each time you log
in, macOS can open the login keychain without
any need for the separate alert, and that it can
find all the information it needs there.
How much free
space do I need
for High Sierra?
> In addition to that
required for a major
macOS update, if you
start up from an SSD,
the installer will need
extra free space to
convert that to AFPS.
That?s not readily
predictable, but most
who upgrade will find
10GB an absolute
minimum, and 50GB
more comfortable.
Set the password on your login keychain
to that used to log into your Mac, and
you shouldn?t have to enter it twice.
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Mac software GeNIUS TIPS
ins and outs of quarantine
How does macOS Sierra know when
an app has been downloaded from
the internet, and so run a full
security check on it?
Q
by d a n h o p K i n s
When your browser, or most apps
capable of downloading apps and
installers, save that download, it
automatically attaches quarantine information
to the file. This is in the form of an extended
attribute, or xattr, with the name com.apple.
quarantine, and puts it into quarantine. This
is also recorded in the database at ~/Library/
Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.
QuarantineEventsV2
When you try to open or run that app,
A
or any app installed from a quarantined disk
image, archive or installer bundle, the Finder
notifies Gatekeeper, which performs a full
check on its signature(s). This ensures that,
if a signature has been revoked, for example,
macOS will refuse to run it and compromise
security. If the app passes that check, or you
opt to run it without a valid signature, a flag
in the xattr is changed to indicate that the full
check has been performed successfully, and
Gatekeeper won?t be asked to check it as
thoroughly again.
Don?t try to circumvent these checks,
by using tools like curl which bypass them,
or by tampering with the quarantine xattr:
they?re there for your security, to protect
you from running malware.
Mac
software
quick-fire
questions
How do I fix errors
when backing up
iCloud Drive?
> Work around Time
Machine errors like this
by adding your iCloud
Drive to its exclusion
list, via the Options?
button in the Time
Machine pane.
How do I use an
APFS SSD or Flash
with Sierra?
> If you?ve formatted
removable storage
using this new file
system, you can?t use
it with Sierra or earlier:
share it from your High
Sierra system instead.
When the quarantine xattr is set,
opening an app will trigger a full
Gatekeeper check of its signature(s),
for your security.
Finder Favourites stuck
Q
When upgrading to a new
MacBook Pro, I can?t
rearrange the order of
items in Finder windows? Favourites,
something which used to work fine.
Although I can drag them into the order
that I want, they revert to standard
when I next start up. Is this a corrupt
preference file, and how can I fix it?
by d u n c a n B r a c K
These are classic symptoms
of a preference file which isn?t
saving the changes you made,
and the property list in question should
be ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.
finder.plist, which stores the great
A
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majority of Finder?s settings. The
traditional way to fix this would be to
move that file to another folder, such as
Documents, then to log out and back on
again, or restart. The snag with that is
that macOS now manages preference
Using a proper preference file editor like Prefs Editor
is generally much more reliable than merely moving
or trashing a preference file.
files in a complex way, and you may find
the regenerated preference file doesn?t
solve the problem. In that case, use a
tool like Prefs Editor or PrefEdit.
There may also be more problems
with your preference files, such as
incorrect permissions settings, which
can stop them working normally. Apple
has recently started to recommend that
they can be addressed by repairing their
permissions ? not in the old way as
before El Capitan, but those of your
Home folder. Apple details this in
bit.ly/preference_permissions, and
I?ve looked at this in bit.ly/electriclight_
repairingpermissions and provided
simpler tools to help perform the repair.
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REUSE
OLD KIT
What?s inside
Inspiring ideas for
revamping old
Apple kit
72-75
CApACITOR
SANDwICh
Luis sorts a Scooby
Snack for Lisa
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pLAyINg
wITh pSU
Getting into the power
conversion case
EditEd by
LUIS VILLAZON
Replace blown components
hree months ago I tried to revive
an old Apple Lisa by bypassing the
blown power supply with one from
a slightly less old Power Mac G4. That didn?t
work because I didn?t have any way of
generating the very high voltages needed
to drive the cathode ray tube in the display.
This was a shame because the main
CPU and I/O boards in this
Lisa are really in very good
condition. Despite being
stored in a damp caravan for
a couple of decades, they
show almost no corrosion.
And this got me thinking.
Maybe the circuit board inside
the power supply is also
in great condition ? apart
from one, easy-to-replace
component? Maybe I?ll be
able to just crack open the
t
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protective metal case and find the bit with
the charred marks on it? Maybe it will be
something generic, like a diode or capacitor
and I?ll already have a replacement in my
rummage box? Maybe when I solder in the
new one everything will magically work again?
That?s ?maybe? to the power of four, but it?s
not like I?ve got any better ideas.
Maybe to the power
of four. This could
be interesting?
APPLE HISTORY: MAC MINI
The original Mac mini was introduced in January 2005. It
was intended to woo PC users that might not want to replace
their monitor, keyboard or mouse. But it was also Apple?s
smallest and cheapest Mac by quite a margin. You could carry
it between home and work as easily as an external drive and
it was powerful enough to use as a discrete media server in
the living room. The neat stackability of the design also made
it great as a home NAS server, tucked away in a cupboard.
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Operation Lisa LOVE yOUR MAC
if the cap fits
Resurrect an old Lisa?s power
supply with fresh capacitors
he Lisa power supply comes in
a nicely removable unit, which
suggests they were intended
to be replaced by ordinary users.
Actually getting inside the metal PSU
case is a bit more work (see this month?s
How To guide), but nothing to stymie
the determined tinkerer with a decent
screwdriver. Inside I was delighted to find
the circuit board was exactly as I had
predicted: almost entirely pristine except
for two large and very obviously blown
capacitors. Actually, they weren?t so
much blown as exploded!
The sides of each one had shattered
into resin fragments and to figure out
the part codes for the capacitors I had
to carefully gather up all the shards and
re-assemble them, like the Triforce of
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Wisdom. They turned out to be 0.22 and
0.1 microfarad capacitors and, amazingly,
the exact same part number is still sold
at uk.rs-online.com.
Unfortunately, you can?t buy them
in fewer than packs of five, so it cost me
� for the two capacitors that I actually
need, leaving me with another eight that
I?ll probably never use. If anyone else
has a Lisa that needs new capacitors,
send a stamped addressed envelope
to the MacFormat team and I?ll post
you my spares.
A Lisa in full working glory. Not the one
Luis is working on obviously, but just
to fill everyone with a bit of hope?
Electric baguette
Capacitors are devices that store electric
charge. They are used to smooth out
voltage spikes, and as a sort of filter that
blocks direct current but lets AC through.
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LOVE yOUR MAC Spark sandwiches
Hardware
quick-fire
questions
How do I find
replacement parts?
Just replacing one
0.22 microfrarad
capacitor with another
of the same capacitance
isn?t enough. Capacitors
are also rated according
to the maximum current
and voltage they can
handle, as well as the
time it takes them to
discharge, once the
voltage is removed. The
only way to be sure is to
find the exact part
number written on the
side and google that, or
search an electronics
catalogue such uk.
rs-online.com or
uk.farnell.com.
What was the
capacitor plague?
Normal electrolytic
capacitors last 6-10
years in normal use,
but between 1999
and 2003, some
disreputable Taiwanese
manufacturers used
poor quality electrolyte
in capacitors that were
used right across the
electronics industry,
including by Dell, Intel
and Apple. These
capacitors began
failing in 2002 and
cost hundreds of
millions of dollars in
warranty returns for
the next five years.
Interestingly, the
PSU fuse is intact,
so it wasn?t a power
surge that killed
the capacitors.
i cowered behind my
iPad, ready to record
any sparks or smoke
Physically, each one is a sandwich made
from conducting bread, and some sort of
non-conducting filling. Intuitively, a vacuum
might seem like it would be the perfect
insulator but electrons are actually quite
good at jumping an empty gap, so capacitors
mostly have a dielectric filling.
Dielectrics are materials with polar
molecules that can wiggle a bit so that their
charged ends all line up with any nearby
electric field. Electrons building up on the
bread of the capacitor sandwich create an
electric field that polarises the dielectric filling.
This stops the electrons from flowing, and
stores electrical energy in the polarisation of
the dielectric. But like any sandwich, the filling
can eventually go off. Applying a voltage to
It may not look like much, but this is the first sign of life
from the Lisa I?m working on.
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these stale sandwiches makes them give off
hydrogen gas, and since they are tightly
wrapped up in a resin or metal container,
this makes them explode. It?s something
like that, anyway. Anyone with any actual
knowledge in the field of electronics (or
sandwiches) is invited to write in and
enumerate all the flaws in my analogy.
Risk of explosion
Desoldering the blown capacitors was
surprisingly easy. Most modern day gadgets
are assembled using high-temperature solder
that you can?t melt with a cheap soldering iron
like mine. Instead, you have to melt in some
low-temperature solder, to create a solder
alloy with a lower melting point. But the
capacitors on the Lisa just came straight
off. Maybe Apple didn?t start using high
temperature solder until the 90s?
I swapped in the new ones and braced
myself. You see, it was entirely possible that
the blown capacitors were a symptom, not a
cause, and as soon as I turned on the power,
whatever other fault had made the old caps
blow, would do the same to these ones.
On the one hand, I didn?t want to get too
close to this, in case of flying shrapnel. On the
other, I needed to make sure I got a photo of
the carnage, just in case this was the only
thing I had to show for my efforts. So I used
a wooden peg to disable the interlock switch,
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Signs of life LOVE yOUR MAC
HoW to Access the Lisa PSU
1 Remove power supply
Take off the rear panel of the Lisa by
undoing the two thumb screws at the top.
The PSU is in the metal case on the right
side. There?s another thumb screw at the
bottom of the PSU attaching it to the
chassis. Undo this, then pull firmly to
disconnect it from the motherboard
socket and the PSU should slide free.
2 Undo AC connector
For a recently-connected Lisa,
wait 48 hours to guarantee the large
capacitors have discharged before you
remove the outer cover. Undo the two
screws holding the AC socket to the case.
Inside, undo the nut that holds the ground
connection to the case. Unplug the Molex
connector from the circuit board.
put on my safety glasses and cowered behind
my iPad ready to record any sparks or smoke.
When I flicked the power switch, there was no
hint of drama, which was a bit of an anticlimax,
but basically a good sign.
I put it all back together and shoved
the PSU back into the Lisa. This was when I
remembered that I had still not reassembled
the motherboard power connector from the
last time I tried to get the Lisa working. So
I had to dismantle the top and front panels
and plunge elbow deep into the dark interior,
like a sort of robo-vet.
I wiggled the power connector back
through the hole in the chassis to the PSU
compartment and resoldered the wire for the
case interlock switch. (Remember when I cut
that, because I was too lazy to dismantle the
switch?) After all that nether probing I couldn?t
get the back panel for the Lisa back on,
because I had pushed the motherboard power
connector too far into the PSU compartment
and there wasn?t room to slide the PSU all the
way in. But it was connected at least, so I left
the back panel off for the time being.
Vital signs
And so to the actual test. Heart in mouth, I
flicked the power switch. Nothing. My heart
sank back down out of my mouth and into my
stomach. But then I remembered the interlock
switch on the PSU. There is a hole in the PSU
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3 Remove circuit board
There are eight Phillips screws
holding the board onto the bottom panel
of the case; make sure you get them all.
You then have to undo the two flathead
screws next to the main transformer.
These are used to secure the large
Schottky barrier diodes that convert
the AC supply into a DC voltage.
case that exposes the
switch and a little prong
on the back panel of the
Lisa that is supposed to
poke this to enable the
power. And I still had
the rear case panel off!
Excitedly I wedged
the interlock switch
closed with half a clothes
peg, and suddenly there
were terrible grinding
noises. Success! Rushing
round to the front, I saw
snow on the screen.
It still wasn?t a working Lisa, but it
confirmed that I have a working power supply,
and that?s a step forward. The grinding noise
was coming from the floppy drive, which was
hardly surprising considering all the rust and
spiders I?d seen in there. I hadn?t bothered to
hoover them out yet because I honestly didn?t
think I would get to the point where it became
an issue. The snow on the screen is probably
caused by something else anyway. But it?s
digital noise, not just analogue static. So the
CRT seems to be working as well. Maybe there
is a fault in the firmware or the video RAM. Or
maybe the motherboard isn?t fully initialising
yet, but this definitely feels like progress. It
may take another few transplant operations,
but I will get this Lisa to boot yet!
Can you spot the two
blown capacitors?
Next Issue!
Luis struggles with
a Performa 6200. A
Mac that wasn?t even
very useful in 1995,
when it was new!
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and worth every penny
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at alternatives as a priority
HHHHH
HHHHH
Strongly recommended; any
flaws are only minor concerns
A waste of your money and
everyone?s time; do not buy!
the MACFORMAT Awards
Awarded to a
five-star product
we believe is truly
exceptional in its
category. Given solely at the
discretion of the Editor.
Given to a
hardware or
software product
that might not be
the very best in its category,
but is noted for affordability.
Our group test
winner gets this
award for being
the best of its
kind when pitted against
other comparable products.
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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
iPhone 8 Plus
Apple?s flagship phone? for now!
Reviewed by Dan Grabham, Graham barlow
From �9 from Apple, apple.com/uk features 5.5-inch Retina HD
display with True Tone, A11 Bionic chip, 12MP camera, wireless charging
e?ll start with the elephant in the
room ? the new iPhone 8 Plus
looks a bit dated compared to
Android rivals, which is a shame. The
large bezels look simply ridiculous up against
the Galaxy Note 8 and S8+.
There are three colour options; slate grey,
silver and gold ? although the new gold colour
is a bit rosier in appearance than the old gold
you can see on the iPhone 7 Plus.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a brand new chip,
the A11 Bionic processor, which moves to
six cores rather than the four inside the
iPhone 7 Plus?s A10 Fusion. According to
our benchmarks this is easily the fastest
phone on the market today.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are actually quite
a departure for Apple in terms of graphics
because they?re the first handsets that use
Apple?s own graphics processor instead of
Imagination?s PowerVR graphics, which
Apple has used over the last decade.
These performance improvements show
in general use and everything is noticeably
punchy, even when adding effects to photos
or editing them. Anecdotally, it feels faster
than an iPhone 7 Plus on iOS 11, but we
weren?t using a box-fresh iPhone 7 Plus.
The glass back means we can say hello to
Qi-compatible wireless charging. As always
Apple isn?t first with this tech, not by a mile,
but it will make it mainstream and that?s
great for wireless charging in general.
Battery life is an interesting aspect,
because the battery is actually smaller than
last year?s 7 Plus (2,691mAh instead of
2,900mAh), but Apple says that ? thanks to
improvements in efficiency ? it should clock
up the same battery life as the iPhone 7 Plus.
We found that was about right, too. While
intensive use will drain the battery, you can
easily get through the day and into the first
part of the next. So far we?ve found that we
can get it to last 24 hours like the iPhone 7
W
The iPhone 8 Plus boasts
Portrait Mode and the ability
to shoot 60fps 4K video.
Graham says?
Apart from the glass
back, not much has
changed with the design
of the iPhone 8 Plus,
which is a little
disappointing, but I love
all the upgrades. The
new Portrait Lighting
feature is really nice,
and finally we get
wireless charging on an
iPhone! It?s about time.
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Plus, charging it when we reach the office
each day. By that time you are struggling for
battery life a bit, but you can get it there.
An hour?s intensive use ? streaming
media or constant emails, social and chat ?
will drain the battery by 8-10%.
There are also many incremental updates
like the True Tone display from the iPad Pro,
Bluetooth 5.0 and fast charging (if you have a
USB-C to Lightning cable). There?s also a new
?neural engine?. Inside the iPhone X this is
used for Face ID, but inside the 8 and 8 Plus
it will be used for augmented reality apps.
True Tone is really welcome, and you can
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iPhone 8 Plus APPLE CHOICE
ALTERnATIVE CHOICEs
Not
sure which
iPhoNe to
go for?
Check out our
ultimate buyer?s
guide on p56
iPhone 7 Plus
From �9
iPhone X
From �9
from apple.com/uk
5.5-inch Retina HD display
A10 Fusion chip
Touch ID
12MP dual rear cameras,
7MP front camera
32GB and 128GB options
from apple.com/uk
5.8-inch Super
Retina HD display
A11 Bionic chip
Face ID
12MP dual rear cameras,
7MP front camera
64GB and 256GB options
the larger 256GB model remains (the
256GB iPhone 7 Plus has now been
dropped, leaving 128 and 32GB options
available). The iPhone X also follows
the 64/256GB pattern.
iPhone 8 Plus camera
The A11 Bionic chip makes the iPhone 8 Plus feel
particularly zippy when flitting around apps in iOS 11.
see the slight difference between the screens
when compared with the 7 Plus. While it
will play back Dolby Vision and HDR10
content just like the new Apple TV 4K, the
8 Plus doesn?t have an HDR display unlike
many rival handsets, so you won?t see the
video in all its glory. While the display is
very usable and most people don?t care, the
fact is the 8 Plus? Full HD display resolution
now lags far behind rivals.
Apple has also beefed up the storage of
the standard model from 32 to 64GB, while
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The camera has also received
some love too, with a bunch of
upgrades including the ability to
record gorgeous 60fps 4K video. The
results are stunning thanks to a new
larger sensor ? the core camera specs
are the same as last year?s model.
White balance has been
significantly improved ? you can
easily see this in more accurate skin
tones. Portrait Mode has been taken
a stage further with Portrait Lighting,
enabling you to apply different lighting
effects, such as studio light.
Image stabilisation is confined to
the wide-angle lens as with the iPhone 7
Plus, but the dual camera on the iPhone X
also introduces it to the telephoto lens.
A lot of these changes won?t convince
iPhone 7 Plus users to upgrade, but anyone
with an older handset will be understandably
keen to make the leap. It?s a tiny bit of a
shame, therefore, that the design of the
8 Plus is quite so similar to its forerunner.
It?s also worth noting that the dimensions
are ever-so slightly different from the 7 Plus,
with a tiny bit of extra thickness and weight.
VERDICT
It?s a shame the
iPhone 8 Plus looks
outdated, otherwise
it?s a cracker.
HHHHH
Unbelievably fast
Excellent camera
Looking aged
No mobile HDR
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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
iPhone 8
It?s good. Just not exciting
Reviewed by spencer Hart
From �9 from Apple, apple.com/uk features 4.7-inch Retina HD
display with True Tone, A11 Bionic chip, 12MP camera, wireless charging
he iPhone 8 is here, and, it?s more
or less exactly what you?d expect
a new iPhone to be. Apple has
improved the camera, tweaked the design,
and extended the battery life, as well as
introducing useful new features.
The iPhone 8 measures 13.8x6.7x0.7cm
? fractionally larger than the iPhone 7. The
size makes it a easy to hold and use onehanded, which could be the killer reason
to buy the iPhone 8 over anything else.
The iPhone 8 comes in silver, gold, and
black. The gold is much truer to real rose gold
than the previous ?pinkness?. It boasts IP67
water-resistance, so it should survive in one
metre of water for up to 30 minutes.
The stereo speakers are now louder ? a
clear improvement, but they still lack bass
for true audiophiles. They do, however,
create a pleasingly wide soundstage.
You don?t get the bezel-less display of the
iPhone X and, as the iPhone 8?s design isn?t a
massive departure from the iPhone 6 and 7,
that does make it feel more dated. The iPhone
8 features a 4.7-inch 1334x750-pixel IPS LCD
display which has a pixel density of 326ppi.
That?s the same number of pixels as the
iPhone 7 (and the three-year-old iPhone 6!).
That?s quite surprising, as we were expecting
a bump in resolution considering some
Androids now pack QHD screens.
While the resolution of the iPhone 8
hasn?t been upgraded, what Apple has
focused on improving is the brightness
and colour representation. Apple has also
added True Tone technology. This monitors
the ambient light around the handset, and
calibrates the screen to perfect it under
your current lighting conditions.
The aluminium unibody design of
previous iPhones has been replaced by a glass
back, and this allows for wireless charging.
The glass back feels great ? it has a grippy
coating that makes it feel secure in your
T
The iPhone 8 includes the
wireless charging facility,
and we were impressed
with the battery life.
Alex says?
I?m trying to
guesstimate sales of the
iPhone 8. The iPhone X
will appeal to the ?must
have the latest and
greatest? and the
iPhone 8 Plus will
attract the ?would like
the latest and greatest?.
But I?m not sure where
the 8 fits in ? the ?petite
hands and more storage
than the 7? crew, maybe.
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hands. The camera
lens still protrudes
from the rear casing
and, like the iPhone 7,
there?s no headphone port.
Bionic power
The iPhone 8 comes packing Apple?s
new and speedy A11 Bionic hexa-core
(six-core!) processor. It?s the most
powerful processor Apple has ever put in
an iPhone. Tearing through different apps,
playing music, watching video, and checking
emails are all uninterrupted by the hardware
(as is usual for a new phone). What?s super
impressive is how instantly apps are ready
when switching between numerous jobs.
Where the added processing power will
really become apparent is when running the
more intensive apps (which use ARKit, for
example). Hopefully, it?ll also stay quick
for a lot longer as well.
Apple has claimed the iPhone 8?s battery
life is comparable to the iPhone 7, but we
found it exceeded our expectations. We?re not
talking two-day battery life, but we found it
comfortably lasted a day with mixed usage.
And there are two new ways to charge
? wirelessly and quickly (and yes, those are
mutually exclusive). The new glass-backed
design means that you can set the iPhone 8
down on a wireless charging pad and it?ll
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iPhone 8 APPLE CHOICE
ALTERnATIVE CHOICEs
The 4.7-inch Retina HD display
in the bezel-heavy design now
seems quite dated.
Check out our
ultimate buyer?s
guide on p56
iPhone 8 Plus
From �9
iPhone X
From �9
from apple.com/uk
5.5-inch Retina HD display
A11 Bionic chip
Touch ID
12MP dual rear cameras,
7MP front camera
64GB and 256GB options
instantly start sucking up juice. It?s the
universal Qi standard as well. It?s a nice
touch and convenient, but at the moment it?s
rather slow. Also onboard the new iPhone 8
is ?fast charging?, which charges the battery
up to 50% in 30 minutes, but you?ll need to
buy an additional USB-C to Lightning cable.
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Not
sure which
iPhoNe to
go for?
from apple.com/uk
5.8-inch Super
Retina HD display
A11 Bionic chip
Face ID
12MP dual rear cameras,
7MP front camera
64GB and 256GB options
On paper, the iPhone 8?s camera
looks unchanged from the iPhone 7.
You get the 12MP f/1.8 lens setup
as you did previously, but now
the sensor is larger and the
software is smarter. The
result is a big improvement,
with the camera now capable
of taking some stunning shots
with great detail and contrast.
It?s a shame you can?t get Apple?s
dual camera system on the smaller
phone; it means missing out on Portrait
mode and optical zoom. The 7MP front
facing camera, however, is also excellent,
as is the 4K video recording at 60fps.
That all means the iPhone 8 is a great
smartphone. The battery life is decent,
the camera improved, and the addition
of wireless charging adds convenience.
We like the glass-backed design and,
thanks to the small screen, it?s one of
the most ergonomic phones we?ve used.
There?s one X-shaped problem. The
iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are both
overshadowed by their more exciting,
more expensive brother, and if you?re
looking for the latest, greatest iPhone,
you?re going to want the iPhone X.
Of course, the iPhone 8 is considerably
cheaper than the �9 iPhone X, coming in
at �9. And that?s where our problem with
the iPhone 8 lies: it?s now the ?cheap? iPhone.
VERDICT
Great update, with
improved battery
life and camera.
Just difficult to
get excited about?
HHHHH
Great camera
Decent battery life
Large bezels
now look dated
Fast charging
costs extra
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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
Apple Watch
Series 3
The smartest smartwatch just got smarter!
Reviewed by Dan GraBHam
From �9 from Apple, apple.com/uk features Cellular connectivity,
Apple Music (coming soon), W2 wireless chip, dual core S3 chip, water resistant
he Apple Watch Series 3 follows
last year?s Series 2 by adding
cellular connectivity to an
already-successful recipe. The Apple
Watch is the best smartwatch by a country
mile and so it was going to require some
effort to improve on the Series 2.
There was no visual difference
between the first and second versions
of Apple Watch, but Apple has decided
there needs to be a visual cue to mark out
the cellular version of the Series 3 and so
it has painted a red dot on the Digital
Crown. Non-cellular versions look exactly
like their predecessors.
You pay a perfectly reasonable �
premium for cellular connectivity; starting at
�9 versus �9, though there are stainless
steel and Milanese loop versions that take you
up to �9 and �9 respectively, and beyond.
T
The only visual
difference between the
cellular and non-cellular
versions is a red dot
on the Digital Crown.
Phone-free calls
Jo says?
Talk about introducing
game changers! Being
able to make calls from
your watch is still a
futuristic concept in my
mind. Already the
smartwatch to go for ?
certainly for fitness
fanatics ? the cellular
connectivity (and
imminent Apple Music)
makes the Series 3 a
truly desirable bit of kit.
So does the cellular connectivity work well?
Yes, but there are a couple of caveats. Siri,
messages and calls from the watch work
really well (audio quality seems improved)
and the calling experience isn?t much
different than if you used the watch to call
with your iPhone; while you can use the
watch itself to call, things are far better when
teamed with a pair of AirPods (they sync
automatically if everything is connected via
a single Apple ID) or another Bluetooth
headset you?re using for music.
The cellular connectivity kicks in when
the watch is no longer connected to your
phone ? in other words, out of range. Signal
strength is shown on Apple Watch Control
Centre, which also shows if you?re connected
to your phone or a Wi-Fi network. There?s
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also a new watch
face, Explorer, that
shows signal strength in
the middle of the dial.
The drawback to cellular connectivity is
that it is only supported on EE in the UK at
present ? your iPhone will need to be on EE
as both use the same number. It isn?t possible
to, say, keep your phone on Three and pay the
�per month cost to connect the watch to EE.
Both your phone and watch share the same
number and Apple Watch doesn?t get a SIM
of its own. Instead it has an ?eSIM? which is
automatically activated as part of the setup
process in the Apple Watch app. If you?re on
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Garmin v韛oactive
�9.99
Misfit Vapor
BC
from buy.garmin.com
GPS enabled
Multi-sports activity tracking
Pairs with smartphone
Water resistant to 50m
Heart Rate Monitoring extra
from misfit.com/uk
GPS connectivity
with smartphone
Multi-sports activity tracking
Pairs with smartphone
Water resistant to 50m
Heart Rate Monitoring
included with watch
Smart coaching, enhancements to the
interface and cellular connectivity ?
Series 3 is an impressive update.
EE and have an iPhone 6 or later, you can sign
up for the plan using the Mobile Data option
? this then guides you through signing in
with your EE login and signing up for the
Watch tariff in addition to your existing plan.
We?d only recommend the cellular option
to those who regularly go out without their
phone, and that?s primarily going to be people
exercising. After all, you?re paying a �
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premium for the watch, plus �
per year for cellular access. Apple
Music streaming will also be a
boon (coming shortly). Regular
exercisers will also benefit from
the addition of ?smart coaching?
(basically, prompts), the Heart Rate
app and an improved Workout app,
but those are watchOS 4 features rather
than being specific to the Series 3.
We found battery life was similar to
the Series 2; from a charge in the morning
it will last all day and evening (if you?re not
using the GPS for exercise). If you are using
the GPS for exercise, expect around five
hours, although more likely is you?ll use it
for an hour with the GPS and then you?ll
need to charge it within a few hours.
Like its predecessor, the Apple Watch
Series 3 is also available in Nike+ and Herm鑣
versions, while the Apple Watch Edition also
has a new grey ceramic finish in addition to
the existing white version. Apple has, once
again, decided to extend the life of the
non-waterproof Series 1 as a budget option.
If you have an Apple Watch Series 2, we
wouldn?t recommend the upgrade. But if you
have a Series 1 or no Apple Watch, then we?d
recommend the Series 3; just think seriously
about whether you need cellular connectivity.
VERDICT
Now with cellular, it?s
still the smartwatch
to beat. And by an
even greater margin.
HHHHH
Cellular connectivity
Apple Music
streaming
(coming soon)
Fast processing
Expensive
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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
Apple Tv 4K
Apple?s streaming box gets a 4K boost
reviewed by Gareth Beavis
From �9 from Apple, apple.com/uk features 4K Ultra HD & HDr, Dolby
vision, Siri, A10X Fusion chip, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMo, 32 or 64Gb storage
ave you been tempted to invest
in a 4K HDR TV recently? If you
have, the new Apple TV 4K will
be an excellent complementary purchase.
This latest model can handle all 4K content,
with HDR10 and Dolby Vision supported ?
and (depending on the TV you?ve connected it
to) the pictures look sublime, with everything
from the interface to the flyover screensavers
upgraded to pack in more pixels.
The new box comes in two storage
options: 32GB (�9) and 64GB (�9).
Apple has recently raised the size limit
for apps permitted on the box to 4GB,
so if you?re thinking of having this as
a micro-console then you might want
to scale up to be on the safe side.
In the US, coverage of live sports has
been enhanced to deliver tailored content
? you can now see live scores and be notified
of exciting moments in games that the Apple
TV thinks you might like. Hopefully, this
will make it UK-side in the near future.
We found the Apple TV 4K a touch
slow when transitioning between apps
or calling up different shows, but the
interface was snappy when we started
to stream. This lag can be irritating, but
H
Now with 4K Ultra HD and HDR
support ? and it?ll play nicely
with HomeKit devices.
Jo says?
I can?t quite believe it?s
taken Apple so long to
get to this stage with
the Apple TV. That said,
it?s got enough power
to handle 4K very well
indeed, and considering
the added HomeKit
support and beefier
storage, I?m impressed
that the 4K model has
been pitched at a pretty
reasonable price point.
The Siri Remote is small
and accurate, and the
motion control is good
for action games.
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it was a minor
occurrence overall.
The Apple TV 4K as a
central hub makes a lot of sense. Not
only can it control your HomeKit devices,
but the ease with which an iPhone or iPad
syncs with the Apple TV is impressive.
Screen mirroring is instant, and makes it
really easy to share content on the big screen.
Design & 4K performance
The look of Ultra HD footage is so clear and
crisp. 4K HDR is just the tops if you?ve got
the right TV to watch it on. The beautiful
contrasts and the sheer quality of the colours
on display are mind-blowing. The Apple TV
4K is the perfect partner for the latest
high-end TVs, with the ability to instantly
detect what kind of display is on offer and
calibrate the output accordingly.
Having Dolby Vision supported alongside
HDR10 is a nice move. It?s a shame that Dolby
Atmos isn?t supported ? it seems pretty likely
now, however, that it could be enabled with
a codec update in the future.
It?s great to be able to search Netflix
through the service from the home screen,
or use Siri to dive straight in. Siri isn?t able
to find 4K HDR movies and shows, just
4K, but it?s still useful.
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Apple Tv 4K APPLE CHOICE
ALTERnATIVE CHOICEs
Google Chromecast
Ultra �
from store.google.com
4K & HDR (including
Dolby Vision)
1080p at 60fps
802.11ac Wi-Fi
Google Home
voice control
8GB storage
Amazon Fire TV
�.99
from amazon.co.uk
1080p at 60fps
Dolby Atmos
802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO
Alexa voice control
8GB storage
Unlimited access
to Prime Video for
Amazon Prime members
Support for Dolby Vision
will let you get the most
out of premium televisions.
Apple has opened
a 4K HDR ?room? within its
iTunes movies app to make it easier
to discover the content ? and any titles
you?ve previously purchased in Full HD will
be automatically upgraded to 4K HDR when
available. The 4K HDR range is sparse in the
UK for now, but this should improve soon.
The Apple TV remote offers a good
balance between being lightweight and well
made ? it?s comfortable to hold, with a tactile,
brushed feel and rounded edge. The touchsensitive pad at the top registers the slightest
quiver, and clicks to register an input. The
remote also boasts Siri control which, for the
most part, is brilliant. Downloading apps,
restarting a film or just flipping to settings
are a simple tap of the Siri button away. That
said, Siri isn?t always accurate, particularly
when entering passwords.
The Apple TV 4K is designed to function
as a music player and a basic console too.
Apple?s made a big deal about the new games
that are coming to the TV box, with the A10
Fusion chip from last year?s iPad offering
better graphical performance.
The motion control of the Siri Remote
means the Apple TV has an instant advantage
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over other streaming
sticks and boxes ? while
fairly rudimentary, the
ability to play tennis games or
the fun Beat Sports with actual
swings of the hand is great. The Apple TV 4K
can also function as a HomeKit hub, and that
alone is a good reason to have the box.
However, all this can be found on the
previous Apple TV box, which is still on
sale. The functionality is excellent and
entertaining, but it can be had for cheaper
if you?re not bothered about 4K performance.
Certainly, if you don?t have a 4K HDR TV
it?s hard to recommend the Apple TV 4K,
because it really only adds a bit more grunt
and higher-res output capabilities.
The speed of the interface is still not
perfect but it is better, and the App Store
definitely needs more titles, but more are
appearing every day now.
If you?ve got any inclination to upgrade
to a 4K HDR TV, then the Apple TV 4K is the
obvious choice. It?s pricey, but it?s slick, works
well with an iOS device (or even a pair of
AirPods), and the range of content is good
(although it could be better). We?d like to see
more powerful games on offer, and an easier
way to access 4K HDR content from a variety
of providers (Amazon, please!).
VERDICT
If you?ve got a 4K
Tv, this complements
the Apple ecosystem
very nicely.
HHHHH
Dolby vision support
tvoS interface is
clean and simple
no Amazon Prime
video at launch
Few benefits for
non-4K Tv owners
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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
Acoustic Energy
Aego Sound3ar
The Sound3ar fits
nicely into the space
behind your keyboard.
High quality audio to suit your iMac
�9.99 FROM Acoustic Energy, acoustic-energy.co.uk
FEATURES Stereo Mini-jack, Optical, Bluetooth
he Aego Sound3ar
is styled with the
same brushed
aluminium look as a Mac,
and occupies that ?dead?
space between an iMac?s
screen and its keyboard
nicely. It?s angled to direct
the sound upwards for
optimum clarity.
A soundbar?s design is
obviously going to create
some compromise on
acoustic performance,
compared to the usual two
satellite speaker setup,
T
VERDICT
The Aego is a great
solution if you use an
iMac, and it sounds
exceptionally good.
HHHHH
Superb sound quality
HomePod is coming
which helps separate the
left and right channels more
but, saying that, the Aego
presents an absolutely lovely
depth of sound for the
money. This is largely
thanks to the huge 65W
RMS subwoofer, which sits
on the floor under your desk
providing a lovely warm
bass to complement the
Sound3ar?s high end.
You also get a
remote control for those
moments when you need to
change volume without
getting off the sofa.
The only thing that holds
us back from wholeheartedly
recommending the Aego is
whether you should wait
and put the money towards
the super smart Apple
HomePod instead.
As a speaker setup for
iMac though, this has got
everything you need.
GRAhAM BARlOw
Loupedeck
Hands-on photo editing
�9 FROM Loupedeck Ltd, loupedeck.com
nEEDS Adobe Lightroom 6 or later, OS X 10.10 or later
ightroom?s
Develop module
can feel a bit
awkward to use. Rows
of sliders make for a
complicated feel. Even pros
find getting a picture right
often involves a combination
of memorised shortcuts and
speedy mouse skills.
Loupedeck distills
hundreds of shortcuts and
sliders into one customisable
USB keyboard. Contrast,
Clarity, Highlights and more
are reduced to satisfying
knobs, while rotating and
cropping gets its own large
control. Colour channels get
L
VERDICT
Well made, good
fun, and effective.
It costs a pretty
penny, though.
HHHHH
Satisfyingly built
The price
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Loupedeck takes the
heavy lifting out of editing
images in Lightroom.
their own wheels, and
those sorting images will
appreciate the colour and
numerical rating buttons.
Made a change you don?t
like? Click the relevant dial
and the effect is reset.
Responsive and
satisfying to use, it offers a
major advantage over using
a keyboard and mouse in
that you can adjust one
element of an image while
simultaneously changing
another sympathetically. It
makes editing more organic,
allowing you to concentrate
fully on the changes you?re
making to your shots. It?s
also enormously good fun.
The drawback is the
price. If you?ve been using
Lightroom for years it?s
unlikely Loupedeck will
change your life, but for
newcomers it could ease the
learning curve ? and it?s fun.
DAvE STEvEnSOn
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Mac hardware APPLE CHOICE
Drobo 5D3
Flexible storage expansion
�1.98 (enclosure only) FROM Drobo, drobo.com
FEATURES 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-C (5Gbps) ports, mSATA bay
robo makes
flexible storage
arrays that enable
you to add more disks to
boost capacity. Swap out a
failed or low-capacity disk
and it adjusts to the change.
The 5D3 is equipped with
two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Our unit came with five
3.5-inch Toshiba DT Desktop
Series disks, from 500GB to
2TB. We got mean average
transfer rates of 547.1 and
325.8MB/sec when reading
and writing sequentially, and
180.4 and 124.8MB/sec when
reading and writing random
locations. Good, though
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Now works over
Thunderbolt 3, but
getting the best
speeds can get costly.
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Expansion flexibility
Even bare unit?s costly
unspectacular. The peak
sequential read speed was
1027.9MB/sec ? far below
Thunderbolt 3?s potential;
using faster hard disks or
SSDs is one way to speed up
transfers. Another is to add
an mSATA SSD to the Drobo
Accelerator Bay. Using a
64GB Plextor M6M, it took
7.4 seconds on the first run
to transfer a 4GB test file to
our MacBook Pro, and just
2.4 once cached. The benefit
The 5D3?s front panel is magnetically
attached, and pops off easily for a
new disk to be installed.
was slimmer with a 20GB
test file, yet still appreciable:
49.9 seconds down to 30.8.
Drobo Dashboard and its
complementary menu bar
utility show array and disk
status info with clarity.
Despite a Kensington lock
slot to secure the 5D3, sadly
you can?t lock the bay cover.
ALAn STOnEbRidgE
Samsung T5 500GB
A classy-looking portable SSD
�0 FROM Samsung, samsung.com
FEATURES USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2), optional AES-256 encryption
amsung?s latest
portable SSD
looks a lot like
the T3 that came before
it, and comes in black or
?alluring blue', the latter
being quite apt, but it?s a
shame there are no rubber
feet on one side to help
keep it that way.
Cables are provided for
Macs with USB-C or USB-A
ports, and the former enables
transfer rates of up to 540MB/
sec, says Samsung.
That?s a big improvement
over the peak of 437.4MB/sec
the T3 managed, but behind
our current best drive?s peak
S
VERDICT
Excellent if you
want fast file
portability for
high-end Macs.
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Lightweight and neat
Not the outright
fastest SSD
macformat.com @macformat
of 908MB/sec, that
being Freecom?s
(also USB 3.1 Gen 2)
mSSD MAXX. But
that?s more costly, in
part as it?s an import item.
We tested the 500GB T5
using a 2016 MacBook Pro.
In our tests, the fastest
transfer rate returned was
527.9MB/sec, when reading a
large file sequentially. Though
a little short of Samsung?s
quoted maximum, it?s not
enough to be a concern.
Mean average and max
ransfer rates are good, too.
They?re from 30.9 to 97.7MB/
sec better compared to the T3,
A neat little SSD that
handles large transfers
impressively quickly.
and skew toward the higher
end. That it doesn?t soar as
much as a rival and more
costly SSD is no concern: the
T5 is a marked improvement
over its predecessor.
The T5 is strong, truly
portable and also offers
password protection.
ALAn STOnEbRidgE
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APPLE CHOICE iOS hardware
Denon AH-C621r
We weren?t too
impressed with
the quality of the
control button.
Simple but effective earbuds
�.99 from Denon, denon.co.uk features 6-40,000Hz,
three-button remote with mic, carry case, four sets of spare ear tips
or a pair of buds
to stand out in
this price range,
they have to balance
decent features with solid
sound. These earphones are
a great exercise in subtlety.
They aren?t flashy, but
everything has a purpose.
On the left earphone cable is
the mic, volume and play/
pause controls, which
actually feels a bit cheap.
The cable is long enough
at 1.3m and Denon has added
its Radial Cascade Damper
system to the cable. This
means that you won?t get
cable noise.
F
VERDICT
Affordable
earphones that
reach beyond
their price range.
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Comfortable to wear
Controls too plasticky
The buds can handle
frequencies of between
6-40,000Hz. At this price
point, that makes the C620s
a very enticing in-ear buy.
Denon also provides a
companion app. Load it up
and you can intricately play
with the EQ settings.
To Be Without You by
Ryan Adams was a good test
of the buds? mid range. They
managed to separate the
acoustic guitar from Adams?
vocals well. The more
bass-laden Soothing by
Laura Marling tested the
lower range, and the C620
series passed admirably.
Unfortunately, where
they slipped up was when we
tried tracks packed with a bit
more punch. Hans Zimmer?s
Supermarine is an intense
track and that intensity was
a little lost. Clarity was there,
but it lost the earthy gravitas.
Despite that niggle, the
buds are a great purchase.
marc chacksfield
JbL Playlist
A Sonos rival with party sound
�9.99 from JbL, uk.jbl.com features 2x 2.25-inch
woofers, 2x 15W power rating, Google Cast, bluetooth
ather than a
simple Bluetoothequipped, battery
powered speaker, the JBL
Playlist is mains-powered
and equipped with Google
Cast. You can still use
Bluetooth if you?d prefer,
but Google Cast allows the
speaker to become part of a
multi-room setup. Much like
AirPlay, you stream music
over Wi-Fi and you can even
pair the speaker with others
to fill your house with music.
A full set of playback
controls can be found on the
top, while the front of the
device is given over to its
r
VERDICT
Impressive smarts,
but those looking for
refined sound should
look elsewhere.
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Chunky bass
Sound lacks nuance
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The Playlist is
sadly lacking
AirPlay support.
bulbous speaker grill. At the
back is a two-pronged power
port and 3.5mm jack.
Apple?s own music
and podcasting apps don?t
support the functionality,
but numerous others do.
Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer
are among their number,
and Pocketcasts can be used
for podcast listening.
While the Playlist offers
big chunky bass it?s not
matched with much treble
and mid-range presence,
leading to a speaker more
at home with a house party
than a dinner party.
It might not have the
sonic abilities of rival Sonos
speakers, but the Playlist
is an affordable way into
multi-room listening, so long
as you use the music apps
that can make the most of it.
Jon Porter
macformat.com @macformat
Head to head APPLE CHOICE
Focal Listen
�9 FROM Focal, focal.com FEATURES
15Hz-22kHz response, microphone, in-line controls
Design HHHHH
The Listen headphones are the over-ear variety with a
closed back to the headphone cups, which produces great
noise isolation. The cable features a microphone and
in-line clicker for play/pause and skipping tracks.
Portability HHHHH
The Listen headphones fold up nicely for carrying in a soft
neoprene carry case that protects them from scratches, but
it won?t protect them from drops. The headphones are
pretty chunky though, which makes them cumbersome.
Sound quality HHHHH
The Listen headphones have nice clear mids and top end,
but don?t offer as much bass as we?d like. Having your
ears completely encircled produces a strange sense
of isolation, but helps you focus entirely on the music.
Value HHHHH
For the price, these are great quality headphones. They?re
particularly suited to the music lover who really wants to
get lost in the experience of listening to their favourite
album in a pure, clean audio environment.
If you like to be lost in music, you?ll love the
noise-isolated feeling of the Listen headphones.
They?re comfortable to wear and sound great.
reviewed by GRAhAM bARlOw
over-ear
vs
on-ear
headphones
moshi Avanti
�0 FROM moshi, moshi.com FEATURES
15Hz-22kHz response, microphone, in-line controls
Design HHHHH
The closed-back Avanti headphones sit on the ear, instead
of completely covering it. The headband is a simple steel
band so they feel really lightweight, and the cable sports
a microphone and in-line controls.
Portability HHHHH
The slim headband of the Avanti headphones makes them
easy to take off, without feeling like you have to unhook
yourself first. They fold up, and a hardback carry case
is provided to protect them from being squashed.
Sound quality HHHHH
The soundstage the Avanti headphones produce is very
impressive. The bass in particular feels really lively and
the more open sound feels much more like being at a gig,
compared to the Listen?s soundproof-room effect.
Value HHHHH
The Avanti headpones feel like a bit of steal at the price.
We prefer the lightweight on-ear design and, while
they?re not as immersive as the Listen headphones,
they?re perfect for everyday use.
It?s a matter of personal taste, but we prefer the
more natural sound of the Avanti?s on-ear design.
They make your music sound bright and vibrant.
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APPLE CHOICE Group test
BEsT MAC
WRITIng
TOOLs
Whatever you use them for,
there?s no shortage of brilliant
writing tools for the Mac
reviewed by Kenny HempHill
MAC WRITIng
TOOLs On TEsT?
Bear Pro �.99/year
Byword �99
iA Writer �.99
Scrivener �.99
Ulysses �.99/year
Microsoft Word �.99/year*
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We looked at the
features of each app,
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the app you choose can export in the
format you need.
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5
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TV or movie script?
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background with no distractions on screen,
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Byword is a good bet. If you want all the
documents in a project in one place,
choose Scrivener or Ulysses.
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you can write them in any writing app.
However, Scrivener is particularly helpful
for this kind of work because it includes
templates for popular script formats,
including those used by the BBC.
Final Draft 10 (�9.99)
While Scrivener has
script templates and
some excellent features
for script writing, Final
Draft 10 is a pure
scripting writing tool and
is the one the pros use.
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Google Docs (Free)
If you want to write
documents that can
be easily shared with
others for them to edit
or add to, Google Docs
is excellent. And best
of all, it?s free.
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Writing apps APPLE CHOICE
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Scrivener
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november 2017 | MACFORMAT | 93
APPLE CHOICE Mac software
Parallels Desktop 13
Run virtual Windows on your Mac
�.99 FROM Parallels International, parallels.com
NEEDS OS X 10.10.5 or later
hen it comes to
running virtual
versions of
Windows, Linux and even
older iterations of OS X,
Parallels Desktop is king.
It?s well engineered and
blends virtual machines
(VMs) into your Mac desktop
with features like Coherence,
where you can run Windows
apps in their own window
as if native.
Version 13 ? like its
immediate predecessors ?
feels more of a point release
than a major new version. Its
main highlight is support for
the MacBook Pro?s Touch
W
VErDICT
Flexible and powerful
but there are only
incremental updates
for existing users.
HHHHH
Touch Bar works well
Upgrade (�.99)
hard to justify
Parallels Desktop 13 now
offers Touch Bar support.
Bar inside Windows VMs.
It?s context-sensitive,
supporting major apps as
well as replicating shortcut
icons on the Windows
Taskbar. Parallels can also
incorporate Windows
features into your Mac
desktop; joining Cortana is
the People Bar. This allows
you to pin favourite contacts
to the Windows Taskbar.
Picture-in-Picture mode
lets you minimise all VM
windows to thumbnail
images. These float on
top of other windows
and update in real time.
Aside from a design
refresh, there?s also the
usual performance tweaks
? faster opening of Windows
files and better transfer
speeds over USB 3.0 and
Thunderbolt, plus improved
rendering of scaled VM
windows on Retina displays.
NICk PEErs
Switchem
Group apps into workspaces
�.99 FROM Fardini Media, switchem.co
NEEDS OS X 10.11 or later
esktop window
management is
something of a
holy grail on Mac. While
macOS includes Spaces for
grouping apps across
multiple desktops, the
feature lacks granular
control and feels limited.
Switchem takes a
different tack ? it lets you
set up multiple grouped app
workspaces for different
tasks and flip between them
in an effort to boost your
productivity using a
mechanism similar to the
native App Switcher.
Once you?ve organised
D
VErDICT
A neat app for
defining multiple
workspaces on a
single desktop.
HHHHH
Group Switcher
No fullscreen/
Spaces support
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Quickly flip between workspaces
with the Group Switcher.
all your task-related app
windows, simply create a
New Group, give it a name,
and Switchem assigns a
number to the workspace,
allowing you to switch
to it at any time via an
�+?+[number] shortcut,
bringing all those apps and
their original window
positions back to the front
of the screen.
The solution works well
on single desktops, while
additional handy shortcuts
make opening and closing
all apps within a group
a cinch. It?s just a shame
Switchem doesn?t support
fullscreen apps (also
designated in macOS as
Spaces) across multiple
displays, although the
developer has promised
compatibility in a future
update. TiM HaRDwick
macformat.com @macformat
Mac software APPLE CHOICE
Luminar 1.2
Neptune
An image editing app that
takes presets to the next level
Reviewed by Ian evenden
� FROM Macphun, macphun.com
needs oS X 10.10.5 or later
Accent AI
uses artificial
intelligence to
fix everything
it identifies as
needing fixing
acphun?s ?Neptune? update to
its impressive Luminar image
editing app brings new tools,
new filters and tweaks to the back end
for increased performance with large
image files.
The headline new feature is Accent AI,
something that Macphun dubs ?the future of
photo editing?. What is it? It?s a filter in the new
Quick & Awesome workspace that claims to
analyse your image using artificial intelligence
and fix everything it identifies as needing
fixing. We assume it?s actually doing this
rather than just raising the midtone contrast
and sharpness, as the filter acts very quickly
even on a low-end Mac. Results are acceptably
good ? sunny images become sunnier, and any
overcooked processing can be toned down by
reducing the opacity of the layer every new
filter can be placed upon.
Elsewhere, there?s support for all other
Macphun apps as round-trip plugins, so
aficionados of Noiseless Pro can send an image
there for cleaning up (Luminar has its own
M
VERDICT
This update makes
Luminar an ideal app
for making quick and
dirty photo edits.
HHHHH
Speedy image
analysis and editing
New AI filter
Big range of presets
Can be daunting
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You can add texture to a painting or rendered 3D model
using the Thick Texture brushes.
noise reduction routines, of course) and
return the edited image to Luminar to
continue working on it.
Workspace wonders
Luminar relies heavily on presets, but the huge
range available, along with the ability to create
your own and use the before/after slider to see
exactly what?s changed, makes it an intelligent
approach to one-shot image editing. There are
clone and erase tools too, for scratch and
blemish removal.
The workspaces, calibrated to support
exactly the amount of work you want to put
into fixing your images, mean you can walk
away happy after just five minutes? tinkering
or half an hour?s, knowing you?ve made
genuine improvements.
If there?s a downside, it?s that tooltips
can take a while to appear, but that?s not an
earth-shattering problem. We would also
caution that being dropped into the app from
a cold start can feel somewhat overwhelming.
Macphun has thought of this, however, with
handy video tutorials on its website which,
along with the user guide, can be accessed
from the help menu.
While it might take a few moments to
get the hang of, Macphun is on to an image
editing winner here. As long as you don?t
want to get into compositing or special effects,
Luminar offers everything you?ll want from
a photo editor, and makes its changes quickly
and reversibly. The ability to run it as a Photos
extension adds to its versatility. And for a price
that?s very competitive with Photoshop
Elements, Luminar looks like a great choice
for anyone who wants to fix their photos
easily and effectively.
NoVEMBER 2017 | MACFORMAT | 95
APPLE CHOICE iOS software
CARROT Weather
Outlook: sunny and snarky
�99 (optional IAPs) FROM Grailr, meetcarrot.com/weather
NEEDS iOS 10 or later
arrying accurate
forecasting with
a twisted AI,
CARROT Weather is an
anomaly: a fun weather
app. Select a location and
you get current conditions,
rainfall warnings, hourly
and daily outlooks. But it
adds a layer of twisted snark.
It?ll merrily ?LOL? if it?s about
to rain, call you a ?meatbag?,
and note that it hopes you get
?embarrassing tan lines?
when the sun appears.
Beyond the oddball
commentary, CARROT is a
usable, colourful, data-rich
app. On iPhone and iPad
M
VERDICT
A smart weather app
with character; both
entertaining and
informative.
HHHHH
Top-notch design
Radar maps are
unimpressive
CARROT Weather is full of useful
data but still adds personality.
alike, the interface makes it
easy to glance at an overview
or delve into details by
tapping on any given hour or
day. The Today view widget
is impressive, packing plenty
of info into a tiny space, and
yet it still leaves room for a
snide remark. Only when
you venture into the radar
does the app stumble, its
jerky offering looking dated
next to the animated maps at
the heart of Dark Sky.
Another drawback is that
some customisation settings
are behind a subscription
wall; also, long-time users
might dislike this update?s
more conventional visuals,
which lack the illustrations
that once housed outlook
details. But really, it feels like
the app has grown up ? and
in a good way. It still has
personality, but it?s now
more usable and useful.
CRaig gRaNNEll
MailChimp 4
Send newsletters from mobile
Free FROM The Rocket Science Group, mailchimp.com
NEEDS iOS 9.3 or later
ailChimp is
mighty big in
mailing list
services. If you have
something to say or sell, it?s
a great choice. That is, unless
you?ve wanted to create email
campaigns on iOS.
Until now, the MailChimp
app has mostly been a place
to view details about
subscriber activity and
sent campaigns. New in
MailChimp 4 is the ability
to create and edit new
campaigns (the industry
name for the emails you
send). You can add nearly
every kind of supported
M
VERDICT
A powerful, popular
mailing list service
finally and fully
arrives on iOS.
HHHHH
Flexible design options
Missing some features
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Manage mailing lists, monitor
stats and create campaigns.
content, reorder your content
?blocks?, change most
formatting details, preview
your work, and press the red
button to send campaigns.
Whether you?re one of those
folks for whom an iPad is
your primary computer, or
you just need to change a few
things while on-the-go, the
new MailChimp for iOS will
be a big help.
When compared to
MailChimp?s desktop site,
there is a handful of missing
features. However, they?re
mostly niche or little details
? you can?t set a campaign?s
URL, the auto-optimising
tool for large images isn?t
there, some text formatting
options aren?t available, and
nor is the Code Block.
That said, MailChimp 4
is a welcome update. We?re
glad to see MailChimp better
embrace mobile and the
future. DaviD ChaRtiER
macformat.com @macformat
iOS software APPLE CHOICE
OmniGraffle
3
The premier iOS diagramming
app just got better
reviewed by TOM GORhaM
Free; Standard �.99, Pro �.99 FROM The Omni Group,
omnigroup.com NEEDS iOS 10.3 or later
The unified
navigation
bar gathers
document
objects, layers
and canvases
estament to OmniGraffle?s
versatility is the software's
incongruous collection of
fans. Website wireframers, illustrators
and process flow junkies all praise its
unfussy approach to diagram creation.
OmniGraffle 3 for iOS remains
delightfully straightforward. You drag
elements to its canvas from a built-in
collection of shapes and objects called
stencils. The choice is extended through
a link to Omni?s online stencil repository.
The obvious change is a fresh, panelled
look. A lot of usability is packed into the
unified navigation sidebar that gathers
document objects, layers and canvases. It
makes it easy to select objects based on their
properties. Each OmniGraffle shape, line or
symbol is endlessly adjustable through the
Inspector sidebar; once a pop-up panel, this
is now static. Fewer taps are needed to adjust
properties, but it feels awkward to see the
Inspector button along the document toolbar.
Sidebars on iOS devices are inimical to
diagramming apps that thrive on space. But
OmniGraffle alleviates this through a floating
Tool palette that can be minimised with a tap,
while tap-and-hold triggers fullscreen mode
leaving only the canvas visible.
T
VERDICT
OmniGraffle is
powerful and easy
to use. The best iOS
diagramming app.
HHHHH
Interface upgrades
Try-before-you-buy
Lacks bezier tools
missing an
outlining feature
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OmniGraffle?s floating toolbar changes orientation
when it touches a screen edge.
Canvases, layers and objects appear in a single sidebar:
a great navigational aid.
The canvas dimensions themselves are no
constraint now. At any time the canvas can be
flexibly extended or made infinite, so you?ll
never see the canvas edge.
Standalone features
If you?re used to OmniGraffle on the Mac,
you?ll enjoy a near-frictionless transition.
However, each version of OmniGraffle on
iOS gives more reasons to rely on it as a
standalone app. This version can import SVG
images and Omni has squeezed in a crossplatform JavaScript engine to manipulate
documents through scripts. The Pro version
? which adds extras such as Microsoft Visio
export ? includes a scripting console.
There are still features we?d like to see ?
a variation of the macOS version?s outliner,
which accelerates layout creation, for example.
But the Freehand tool here compensates:
draw a shape on the canvas with your finger
and OmniGraffle converts it into an object.
A word too for Omni?s ?try before you buy?
approach. You can download the app for free,
try it for a limited time and upgrade to the full
standard or pro versions via IAPs. If you
choose not to upgrade after the 14-day trial,
OmniGraffle 3 will switch over to a read-only
viewer mode, where you can share or view
any documents you created during the trial.
NOvember 2017 | MACFORMAT | 97
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Your complete guide to the best Apple
hardware and third-party accessories
elcome to MacFormat?s
Store Guide, the place
to go to find out about all
the Apple kit that matters, whether
you?re looking for your next iPhone
or a powerful new desktop Mac.
We?ve highlighted the model of
each product that?s ideally suited to
your needs, whether you?re a recent
convert or a seasoned Apple user.
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So be sure to check our handy tables
to see which Mac, iPad or iPhone is
best for you.
We?ve also handpicked the gold
standard in audio, storage, cameras,
and many other categories, helping
you complement your Mac or iOS
device with the best accessories. All
of these third-party devices have
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Ever since the famous Bondi Blue iMac
debuted in August 1998, Apple?s all-in-one
desktop computer has been setting standards
in gorgeous design and powerful performance.
Apple?s innovation was as clear back then as it
is today ? the iMac was the first Macintosh to
drop the floppy disk in favour of USB, and its
colourful aesthetic set it apart as a playful
pretender in a world of staid beige boxes.
Today, Apple is again pushing boundaries
with the iMac, blessing all of its 27-inch models
with a massive 5K (5120x2880) resolution and
a wide P3 colour gamut. Add in Intel Core i5
and i7 CPUs (configurable from 3.4GHz up to
4.2GHz), a fast and capacious Fusion Drive, and
powerful AMD Radeon RX graphics processors,
and the 27-inch iMac is the desktop system to
own. At WWDC in June 2017, Apple refreshed
the entire range of iMacs, with discrete GPUs
coming to all but the entry-level model, newer
Intel CPUs, brighter Retina displays and more
Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Choose an iMac
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Higher-end models come with 1TB of
storage included (Fusion Drive and
SSD options are available), 8GB of
memory, a better graphics processor
and either a 2.6GHz or 2.8GHz Intel
Core i5 for �9 and �9. Those
models can be upgraded to a Core
i7, but there aren?t any quad-core
options available at the moment.
Expect updates in 2017.
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An update in 2014 brought a �0
price drop to the most affordable
Mac, but rises in late 2016 added
� back on. The mini comes with
some interesting talking points: the
entry-level model has a 1.4GHz dualcore Intel Core i5 CPU and 4GB of
memory, making it one of the lowestspec Macs around, with a 500GB
hard drive and no display.
price
21.5-inch
3.0GHz
quad-core
intel core i5
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GRaphics aMd radeon pro 555
sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive
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aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
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GRaphics aMd radeon pro 580
sTORaGE 2tB fusion drive
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aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
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Apple tips
MacBook
MacBook Pro
The baby of Apple?s laptop family,
the MacBook was updated at WWDC
2017 to get Intel Kaby Lake processors
and faster SSDs. Weighing in at just
0.92kg, it?s Apple?s most lightweight
laptop but still packs in a 226ppi pixel
density in its 12-inch Retina display.
The MacBook is powered by an Intel
Core M processor (configurable to Core
i5 or i7), which doesn?t require a fan to
keep cool, so the MacBook runs silently.
It also features a Force Touch trackpad,
which can trigger different responses
as you apply more pressure. All models
of the MacBook come loaded with 8GB
of 1866MHz memory, which can be
boosted to 16GB, and Intel HD Graphics
615 ? an upgrade from the previous HD
Graphics 515 ? and there are 256GB or
512GB flash storage options. There are
four colour options: Silver, Space Grey,
Gold, and Rose Gold.
Apple debuted the new MacBook Pro
in October 2016 with an OLED strip of
app-specific controls called the Touch
Bar. The Force Touch trackpad was made
larger to give more room for gestures,
and the keyboard was also updated to
have a second-generation version of the
butterfly keys from the 12-inch MacBook.
The MacBook Pro range then got a
further boost at WWDC 2017, when both
the 13-inch and 15-inch models had their
processors updated to Intel?s Kaby Lake
models. The larger of the two also had
its graphics card upgraded to give more
powerful Radeon Pro options.
you get two or four Thunderbolt 3
ports (depending on the model), which
are also compatible with USB-C devices,
and through which you can charge the
MacBook Pro. The 13-inch and 15-inch
sizes remain, although the entry-level
13-inch lacks a Touch Bar.
Choose a MacBook
12-inch 1.3GHz
dual-core
intel core i5
MEMORY 8GB of
1866MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel Hd
Graphics 615
sTORaGE 512GB ssd
�549
12-inch 1.4GHz
dual-core
intel core i7
MEMORY 16GB of
1866MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel Hd
Graphics 615
sTORaGE 512GB ssd
�864
13-inch
2.3GHz
dual-core
intel core i5
MEMORY 8GB of
2133MHz lpddr3
Gpu intel iris plus 640
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Touch Bar no
�449
13-inch
3.1GHz
dual-core
intel core i5
MEMORY 8GB of
2133MHz lpddr3
Gpu intel iris 650
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Touch Bar yes
�749
15-inch
2.8GHz
quad-core
intel core i7
MEMORY 16GB of
2133MHz lpddr3
Gpu radeon pro 555
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Touch Bar yes
�349
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�249
price
UPGRADER
MEMORY 8GB of
1866MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel Hd
Graphics 615
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
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intel core m3
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Model
price
UPGRADER
Key specifications
HIGH EnD
Model
Choose a MacBook Pro
From Stormfront, your
local Apple experts
Free up space
If you have an iPhone 5s or above,
you can upgrade to iOS 11. One of
the more useful new features can
be found under Settings > General >
iPhone Storage. From here you will
find storage tips specific to your
device. Although this may not be
the most exciting of new features,
it can help you manage your
storage more effectively.
If you have an old iPhone full of
clutter, or are planning on getting
a new iPhone and transferring your
old data across, this feature could
save you a lot of space. Even better,
you can delete recommended files
directly from this section.
you may see the Review Large
Attachments category. This
contains photos, videos and
attachments which are often
stored in messages. If you don?t
need some or all of them, tap Edit,
mark those you don?t want to keep,
and tap the delete icon to free up
more space on your device.
Ellie Otley, Darryl Elkins
Stormfront.co.uk
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iPhone
iPad
iPad Pro
Apple always had to do something big
for the iPhone?s tenth birthday, and it?s
done that with the iPhone X. Sporting a
glass back to allow wireless charging and
a gorgeous edge-to-edge, OLED, Super
Retina display measuring 5.8 inches
across, it?s big news all over.
Its better cameras don?t just mean
great photos ? they allow for Face ID, the
face-scanning technology that is the
latest, safest way to unlock your phone
(goodbye Touch ID and Home button).
But don?t let the new kid on the block
overshadow the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ?
they?re great phones in their own right.
They get wireless charging too, plus
revamped cameras, a new A11 Bionic
chip, and new augmented reality tech.
All new models come in 64GB and
256GB capacities. The pricing for the
iPhone 8 starts at �9, the 8 Plus at
�9 and the iPhone X at �9.
Apple shifted the iPad range around in
March 2017, replacing the iPad Air 2 with
a 9.7-inch model simply called ?iPad?. The
entire Air range has been phased out,
but the iPad mini 4 is still available.
The 9.7-inch iPad features an A9 CPU
and M9 motion coprocessor, and comes
in 32GB and 128GB storage flavours. The
Retina display has been made brighter
compared to the Air 2, but the new iPad
is slightly thicker and heavier. It?s also
got an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP
front-facing camera.
On the software side, the iPad adds
multitasking features, which are a boon
for productivity. you can slide a second
app over the right side of the one you?re
working in, then dismiss it to get back to
work. Picture in Picture enables you to
watch video in a corner of the screen.
There?s also Split View, which lets you
work on two apps side by side.
The iPad Pro comes in 10.5-inch and
12.9-inch sizes, packed with either 64GB,
256GB or 512GB of storage. All models
are available with the option of mobile
network connectivity. The Pro?s A10X
chip is the most powerful in any iOS
device, and it has an impressive fourspeaker sound system, too. Adding the
pressure-sensitive Apple Pencil and
120Hz refresh rate makes it a smooth,
accomplished drawing tool.
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(4-inch
display)
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iphone 8
(4.7-inch
display)
capaciTY: 64GB
�9
pROcEssOR: a11 Bionic
FacE iD no
caMERa 12Mp photos
(dual-camera), 4K video
iphone X
(5.8-inch
display)
capaciTY: 64GB
�9
pROcEssOR: a11 Bionic
FacE iD yes
caMERa 12Mp photos
(dual-camera), 4K video
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Model
Key specifications
price
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price
7.9-inch
ipad mini 4
capaciTY 128GB
pROcEssOR a8
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caMERa 8Mp
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�9
UPGRADER
Key specifications
9.7-inch ipad capaciTY 128GB
pROcEssOR a9
cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi
caMERa 8Mp
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�9
HIGH EnD
Model
UPGRADER
Choose an iPad
HIGH EnD
Choose an iPhone
12.9-inch
ipad pro
�9
capaciTY 256GB
pROcEssOR a10X
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Watch
From �9 (Series 3)
The Watch is Apple?s quiet revolution,
and it?s now the number one watch in
the world. Series 3 is meant to cement
that status quo.
To achieve that, Series 3 lets you
make and receive calls from your wrist
for the first time ? the sci-fi dream is
now a reality. you can also stream Apple
Music to the device, giving you one more
reason to leave your phone at home.
Performance-wise, the processor has
seen a 70% speed boost, and the new
W2 wireless chip is far faster and more
power efficient. All that, yet the case is
still the same slimline size.
Apple is introducing new colours
and bands, plus a new dark grey colour
for the high-end ceramic model.
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bEst buys? Curated picks of third-party kit
MOnITOR
ULTRA HD MOnITOR
EXTERnAL SSD
Viewsonic Vp2772
philips 328p6VJEB
Freecom mssD MaXX 512GB
�2 viewsonic.com
�4 philips.co.uk
�3 freecom.com
If you?re not fussed about 4K but still
want exceptional image quality, this IPS
display is truly superb. It offers 99%
coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space,
10-bit colour and a 2560x1440-pixel
resolution. It has HDMI 1.4, DVI and Mini
DisplayPort connections, and four USB 3.0
ports for expansion.
We love this display. At 32 inches
diagonally it?s big enough to make its
4K resolution worthwhile, and its colour
rendering is excellent ? 100% of sRGB,
93% of Adobe RGB and 97% of the P3
gamut that Apple?s new MacBook Pro
uses. It?s big, bold, beautiful and superb
for productivity and colour work alike.
This drive is the fastest portable SSD
we?ve ever tested. Freecom claims its write
speeds can reach 700MB/sec, but in our
tests it blazed past that to reach 713.8MB/
sec write speeds and 907.3MB/sec read
speeds, thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 2
capability. It?s costly, but worth it if you
feel the need for speed.
nETWORK STORAGE
WIRELESS ROUTER
THUnDERBOLT DOCK
Drobo 5D3
D-Link ac3200 (DiR-890L)
calDigit Thunderbolt station 3
�0 drobo.co.uk
�5 dlink.com
�9 caldigit.com/uk
Being a tri-band router, this blows every
other router we?ve seen out of the water
when it comes to speed. We saw speeds of
600Mbps between two Macs in the same
room. Wi-Fi speeds hit up to 3.2Gbps, so
its three channels mean it?s no slouch
there either. It?s costly, but is a worthy
investment if speed is your thing.
The winner of
MF317?s head-to-head
review introduces a
whole new level of
connectivity to your
Mac. Equipped with
two Thunderbolt 3
ports for blazingly fast
file transfers, plus many more ports, you
won?t be lacking options to hook up your
devices. And it can even charge the latest
15-inch MacBook Pro.
With two blazing fast Thunderbolt 3
ports and a 5Gbps USB-C port to boot, the
Drobo 5D3 can provide you with rapid file
transfers to and from your Mac. you can
load it up with up to five HDDs or SSDs of
differing capacities, giving you plenty of
flexibility for storage options. It?s pricey,
but a worthy investment.
PRInTER
IP CAMERA
MACBOOK BAG
Epson Eco-Tank ET-2600
Netatmo presence
sTM Kings
�3 epson.co.uk
�0 netatmo.com
� stmgoods.com
The Eco-Tank ET-2600 has a fairly high
cost, but its innovative cartridge-free
design will save you a ton of money in the
long run. It?s got a scanner and copier,
plus Wi-Fi and USB connectivity.
Replacement inks are cheap, working out
at a mere 0.2p per page for mono text,
and just 0.35p per page for colour.
The netatmo
Presence is an
impressive outdoor
security camera. Set in
a sturdy housing, it?s
built to defy the
elements. It has a builtin floodlight to deter
intruders, and a 100� field of view
recorded in 1080p. There?s also an SD
card included, making it easy to store
and access your footage.
your MacBook
needs protection,
and the STM Kings
backpack is the best
way to guarantee
that. Winner of this
month?s group test, it
cleverly suspends
your MacBook away from the floor to
prevent bumps. With loads of storage,
comfortable straps and a snazzy design,
it?s a great all-rounder.
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STORE GUIDE Accessories
bEst buys? Curated picks of third-party kit
DESKTOP SPEAKER
PORTABLE SPEAKER
HIGH-RES AUDIO PLAyER
Kef Egg
Libratone Zipp
pioneer XDp-30R
�0 kef.com
�9 libratone.com
�8 pioneer-audiovisual.eu
With rich, warm
sound that works
with pretty much any
genre, the KEF Egg
speakers are ideal
partners for your
Mac. They support
high-quality AptX
Bluetooth too, making them perfect for
wireless playback. Quirky design, solid
build quality and support for external
subwoofers makes them a great choice.
Want a multiroom
audio system in your
home? This is your
best option, hands
down. It cleaned
up in MF309?s group
test, scoring five stars
in every test category.
From top-notch sound to tons of great
features, the Zipp is a superb choice. It
even boasts AirPlay for great integration
with Macs and iOS devices.
Love music as much
as we do? Then you?ll
want to get your mitts
on one of these. It
plays high-res audio
files, and absolutely
blows MP3 files out of
the water. One listen
will change the way you hear your audio
tracks and, unlike other high-res audio
players, it?s reasonably priced. It really
will rock your world.
In-EAR HEADPHOnES
pioneer Rayz plus
�8 pioneerrayz.com
If you own an iPhone
7, you?ll know the
struggle of trying to
listen to music and
charge your phone at
the same time. These
in- ear Lightning
headphones solve
that, thanks to their built-in charging
port. They?ve also got great audio quality,
excellent noise cancellation and will pause
your tunes when removed from your ears.
DASH CAM
PORTABLE BATTERy PACK
apple iphone 7 smart
Battery case � apple.com/uk
Despite that sillylooking hump on its
back, the official battery
case for the iPhone 7 is
rather impressive. It?s
easy to fit, the buttons
feel great, and the soft
inner lining protects
against scratches. It isn?t the largest
capacity case, yet it has more than
enough juice for busy days, and the
bump is surprisingly comfy.
MICROPHOnE
ACTIOn CAMERA
Gopro hero5 Black
�0 gopro.com
We looked at
GoPro?s new
flagship action cam
this issue, and it
coloured us
impressed. GoPro
has finally improved
its cam?s usability,
and its a cinch to get starte d with the
Hero5 Black. Add in superb 4K video
quality plus a great range of shooting
options and you?ve got a hugely powerful
FITnESS SMARTWATCH
Transcend Drivepro 230
Blue Microphones Raspberry
Garmin Vivoactive hR
�0 transcend-info.com
�4 bluemic.com
�5 garmin.com
Dash cams help
record what happens
when you drive ? useful
if you?re in an RTC. If
you?re in the market
for one, this cam is
one of the best.
Packed with Wi-Fi,
GPS logging, Full HD video and a night
view as well, you get an awful lot for your
money. There?s even a free 16GB memory
card included in the box.
Don?t be fooled by this
mic?s small form factor;
it punches hugely above
its weight. Its close-up
sound is intimate and
bassy, and brings out
the best in any voice.
no matter whether
you?re recording an interview, creating
a podcast or just jamming with your
band, its clarity and depth makes it
easy to recommend.
Packed full of
tracking features
for a host of sports,
and filled with
genuinely insightful
metrics, this is a
fitness smartwatch
for nearly any
occasion. Its battery will last you days,
perfect for the odd weekend hiking trip.
With all this, it?s not hard to see why it
won MF308?s group test.
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Software STORE GUIDE
bEst buys? Curated picks of third-party apps
PHOTO EDITOR (MAC)
VIDEO EDITOR (MAC)
WEB DESIGn APP (MAC)
affinity photo
Final cut pro X 10.3
RapidWeaver 7
� serif.com
�0 apple.com/uk
� realmacsoftware.com
It?s hard not to love
Affinity Photo. Whether
you?re fancy yourself
a seasoned pro or a
photo novice, you will
find it powerful and
easy to use. Its interface has the perfect
blend of ease of use and quick access to
powerful features, and its useful batch
processing is a great addition. An app
that packs both power and practicality
for less than �? Sign us up!
Apple?s Final Cut Pro
has always been a good
option for video editors,
but the latest version
makes it even better.
It introduces ?roles?,
which can be colour-coded to make your
timeline?s components easier to navigate,
something that?s further boosted by the
streamlined interface. It supports the
Touch Bar, too, plus wide colour on the
new MacBook Pro.
Ever since Apple
stopped updating iWeb,
Mac users have been
searching for the ideal
replacement. Well look
no further ? it?s
RapidWeaver. Don?t know code? no
worries, RapidWeaver lets you design
visually if you want to. you can build any
type of page and publish to any type of
platform, and extend its functions with
thousands of addons.
WRITInG APP (MAC)
UTILITy (MAC)
MUSIC-MAKInG APP (MAC)
scrivener
Moom
djay pro
� literatureandlatte.com
� manytricks.com
� algoriddim.com
Different people often
need different things
from a writing app,
but Scrivener handles
so many things
expertly. The winner
of MF319?s group test has templates for
scripts, short stories, novels and much
more, allowing you to quickly get stuck
in. That means it?s great value for
money given its unrivalled flexibility.
It?s the writer?s writing tool.
Moom is the window
manager that should
be built into macOS.
Hover over any
window?s green zoom
button and Moom?s
controls appear, so you can quickly make
it fill a full, half or quarter screen. It also
features handy window snapping ? just
drag a window to the edge of the
screen to snap it in place. It?s powerful,
but so easy to use.
When it comes to
making music on your
Mac, djay Pro is our
favourite app by far. It
comes with everything
you need to make
amazing professional music, from
coloured waveforms to a four-deck view
and even true-to-life grooves on the
virtual records. It integrates neatly with
Spotify, and its MacBook Pro Touch Bar
integration is very handy.
STREAMInG SERVICE (MAC/iOS)
PRODUCTIVITy APP (MAC/iOS)
EMAIL MAnAGER (MAC/iOS)
spotify
Fantastical 2
spark
Free, � per month (Premium)
spotify.com
� (Mac), �(iPhone) flexibits.com
Free sparkmailapp.com
Despite strong
competition from the
likes of Tidal, Apple
Music and Amazon,
Spotify is our top musicstreaming choice. It hits
all the right notes, from its fair price to its
curated playlists. Its library is one of the
largest on the market, and its interface is
simple and straightforward to use. And,
unlike Apple Music and Tidal, it has a free
tier as well.
If you find your
calendar and reminders
are getting out of
control, Fantastical is
the app for you. It
supports natural
language entry, so that you can enter
events and reminders as you would speak
and Fantastical will get to work. It?s got a
nifty menu bar window, plus a great
interface, clever calendar management
and a powerful iOS app to boot.
Feeling inbox anxiety?
The solution could be
Spark, a free email app
for Mac and iOS. It?s
centred on a ?smart
inbox?, which prioritises
your emails based on importance ? no
more losing that vital work email among
a sea of spam. you can snooze emails
and be reminded of them later, and
search via natural language too. And
to top it all off, it?s free.
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Apple Watch history
The evolution of the world?s leading smartwatch
A
t September?s Apple Event which saw
the launch of the iPhone X, Apple CEO
Tim Cook described the Apple Watch
as ?the number one watch in the world? after
it overtook Rolex. Apple hasn?t released any
sales figures for Apple Watch, but the estimates
assume about 33 million
units sold since launch,
April 2015
and it has a 97% customer
Pre-orders for the
satisfaction rating. Here?s
Apple Watch started
the story of Apple Watch.
on the 10 April, but
the official release
date was 24 April.
The Bling
Edition
The Apple Watch
Edition originally came
with an 18 carat gold
option that retailed for
between $10,000 and
$17,000, putting Apple
into the premium watch
market. It caused quite
a stir when it was first
released but was taken
off sale in September
2016, and the Edition
name now only refers
to a ceramic version of
the Apple Watch, which
retails for a much more
modest �299. It
appears that Apple?s
ambitions to enter the
high-end luxury watch
market have retreated.
How much? The Veblen effect
was short-lived. Thankfully.
2014
Introduced as
?the next chapter
in Apple?s story? by
Tim Cook, the Apple
Watch wowed the
crowd at the iPhone
6 launch event.
September 2015
2015
September 2015
Later in the month,
watchOS 2.0 was
released bringing
more features
and functionality,
including a Facebook
Messenger app and
more customisable
Apple Watch faces.
2016
Apple launched
a new collection in
collaboration with
Herm鑣. The Apple
Watch Herm鑣, had
a stainless steel body
with finely crafted
leather bands in
distinctive styles from
Herm鑣, including the
Single Tour, Double
Tour and Cuff models.
September 2017
2017
September 2016
The faster watchOS
3.0 was released at
the same time as the
Apple Watch Series 2
and featured a new
dock and an expanded
Control Centre.
Not the
iWatch
Back in the heady days
of 2013, speculation was
rife that Apple?s new
watch would be called
the iWatch, as this name
was a better fit with
existing product lines,
but this plan was
scuppered because
of trademark conflicts
in several territories.
While iWatch was a more
natural fit for the Apple Watch,
trademark conflicts prevented it.
March 2016
At a special Apple
Event the price of the
Sports models was
cut by $50 and new
coloured bands were
announced.
September 2016
Apple released
the Apple Watch
Series 2. It featured
water resistance to 50
metres, a 2x brighter
display, as well as GPS.
At the same time
Apple also released an
updated version of the
Series 1, with a faster
processor and a lower
starting price.
September 2014
The Apple Watch
Series 3 and watchOS
4 are released. The
big feature is the new
LTE cellular option for
both voice and data
communication without
the need for an iPhone.
watchOS 4 features an
updated Heart Rate
app and Workout app.
World?s
number one
Market domination
is becoming a familiar
theme for Apple. While
the company is
notoriously shy about
releasing sales figures
for Apple Watch, it has
confirmed that it is the
number one watch in
the world, and reliable
sources estimate it has
probably sold about
33 million units. With
the release of the new
Apple Watch Series 3
we only expect its
market share to grow.
Apple Watch has become the
world?s number one watch.
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Mac hardware APPLE CHOICE
Drobo 5D3
Flexible storage expansion
�1.98 (enclosure only) FROM Drobo, drobo.com
FEATURES 2x Thunderbolt 3, 1x USB-C (5Gbps) ports, mSATA bay
robo makes
flexible storage
arrays that enable
you to add more disks to
boost capacity. Swap out a
failed or low-capacity disk
and it adjusts to the change.
The 5D3 is equipped with
two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Our unit came with five
3.5-inch Toshiba DT Desktop
Series disks, from 500GB to
2TB. We got mean average
transfer rates of 547.1 and
325.8MB/sec when reading
and writing sequentially, and
180.4 and 124.8MB/sec when
reading and writing random
locations. Good, though
D
VERDICT
Now works over
Thunderbolt 3, but
getting the best
speeds can get costly.
HHHHH
Expansion flexibility
Even bare unit?s costly
unspectacular. The peak
sequential read speed was
1027.9MB/sec ? far below
Thunderbolt 3?s potential;
using faster hard disks or
SSDs is one way to speed up
transfers. Another is to add
an mSATA SSD to the Drobo
Accelerator Bay. Using a
64GB Plextor M6M, it took
7.4 seconds on the first run
to transfer a 4GB test file to
our MacBook Pro, and just
2.4 once cached. The benefit
The 5D3?s front panel is magnetically
attached, and pops off easily for a
new disk to be installed.
was slimmer with a 20GB
test file, yet still appreciable:
49.9 seconds down to 30.8.
Drobo Dashboard and its
complementary menu bar
utility show array and disk
status info with clarity.
Despite a Kensington lock
slot to secure the 5D3, sadly
you can?t lock the bay cover.
ALAn STOnEbRidgE
Samsung T5 500GB
A classy-looking portable SSD
�0 FROM Samsung, samsung.com
FEATURES USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2), optional AES-256 encryption
amsung?s latest
portable SSD
looks a lot like
the T3 that came before
it, and comes in black or
?alluring blue', the latter
being quite apt, but it?s a
shame there are no rubber
feet on one side to help
keep it that way.
Cables are provided for
Macs with USB-C or USB-A
ports, and the former enables
transfer rates of up to 540MB/
sec, says Samsung.
That?s a big improvement
over the peak of 437.4MB/sec
the T3 managed, but behind
our current best drive?s peak
S
VERDICT
Excellent if you
want fast file
portability for
high-end Macs.
HHHHH
Lightweight and neat
Not the outright
fastest SSD
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of 908MB/sec, that
being Freecom?s
(also USB 3.1 Gen 2)
mSSD MAXX. But
that?s more costly, in
part as it?s an import item.
We tested the 500GB T5
using a 2016 MacBook Pro.
In our tests, the fastest
transfer rate returned was
527.9MB/sec, when reading a
large file sequentially. Though
a little short of Samsung?s
quoted maximum, it?s not
enough to be a concern.
Mean average and max
ransfer rates are good, too.
They?re from 30.9 to 97.7MB/
sec better compared to the T3,
A neat little SSD that
handles large transfers
impressively quickly.
and skew toward the higher
end. That it doesn?t soar as
much as a rival and more
costly SSD is no concern: the
T5 is a marked improvement
over its predecessor.
The T5 is strong, truly
portable and also offers
password protection.
ALAn STOnEbRidgE
NovEMBEr 2016 | MACFORMAT | 87
APPLE CHOICE iOS hardware
Denon AH-C621r
We weren?t too
impressed with
the quality of the
control button.
Simple but effective earbuds
�.99 from Denon, denon.co.uk features 6-40,000Hz,
three-button remote with mic, carry case, four sets of spare ear tips
or a pair of buds
to stand out in
this price range,
they have to balance
decent features with solid
sound. These earphones are
a great exercise in subtlety.
They aren?t flashy, but
everything has a purpose.
On the left earphone cable is
the mic, volume and play/
pause controls, which
actually feels a bit cheap.
The cable is long enough
at 1.3m and Denon has added
its Radial Cascade Damper
system to the cable. This
means that you won?t get
cable noise.
F
VERDICT
Affordable
earphones that
reach beyond
their price range.
HHHHH
Comfortable to wear
Controls too plasticky
The buds can handle
frequencies of between
6-40,000Hz. At this price
point, that makes the C620s
a very enticing in-ear buy.
Denon also provides a
companion app. Load it up
and you can intricately play
with the EQ settings.
To Be Without You by
Ryan Adams was a good test
of the buds? mid range. They
managed to separate the
acoustic guitar from Adams?
vocals well. The more
bass-laden Soothing by
Laura Marling tested the
lower range, and the C620
series passed admirably.
Unfortunately, where
they slipped up was when we
tried tracks packed with a bit
more punch. Hans Zimmer?s
Supermarine is an intense
track and that intensity was
a little lost. Clarity was there,
but it lost the earthy gravitas.
Despite that niggle, the
buds are a great purchase.
marc chacksfield
JbL Playlist
A Sonos rival with party sound
�9.99 from JbL, uk.jbl.com features 2x 2.25-inch
woofers, 2x 15W power rating, Google Cast, bluetooth
ather than a
simple Bluetoothequipped, battery
powered speaker, the JBL
Playlist is mains-powered
and equipped with Google
Cast. You can still use
Bluetooth if you?d prefer,
but Google Cast allows the
speaker to become part of a
multi-room setup. Much like
AirPlay, you stream music
over Wi-Fi and you can even
pair the speaker with others
to fill your house with music.
A full set of playback
controls can be found on the
top, while the front of the
device is given over to its
r
VERDICT
Impressive smarts,
but those looking for
refined sound should
look elsewhere.
HHHHH
Chunky bass
Sound lacks nuance
88 | MACFORMAT | nOvember 2017
The Playlist is
sadly lacking
AirPlay support.
bulbous speaker grill. At the
back is a two-pronged power
port and 3.5mm jack.
Apple?s own music
and podcasting apps don?t
support the functionality,
but numerous others do.
Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer
are among their number,
and Pocketcasts can be used
for podcast listening.
While the Playlist offers
big chunky bass it?s not
matched with much treble
and mid-range presence,
leading to a speaker more
at home with a house party
than a dinner party.
It might not have the
sonic abilities of rival Sonos
speakers, but the Playlist
is an affordable way into
multi-room listening, so long
as you use the music apps
that can make the most of it.
Jon Porter
macformat.com @macformat
Head to head APPLE CHOICE
Focal Listen
�9 FROM Focal, focal.com FEATURES
15Hz-22kHz response, microphone, in-line controls
Design HHHHH
The Listen headphones are the over-ear variety with a
closed back to the headphone cups, which produces great
noise isolation. The cable features a microphone and
in-line clicker for play/pause and skipping tracks.
Portability HHHHH
The Listen headphones fold up nicely for carrying in a soft
neoprene carry case that protects them from scratches, but
it won?t protect them from drops. The headphones are
pretty chunky though, which makes them cumbersome.
Sound quality HHHHH
The Listen headphones have nice clear mids and top end,
but don?t offer as much bass as we?d like. Having your
ears completely encircled produces a strange sense
of isolation, but helps you focus entirely on the music.
Value HHHHH
For the price, these are great quality headphones. They?re
particularly suited to the music lover who really wants to
get lost in the experience of listening to their favourite
album in a pure, clean audio environment.
If you like to be lost in music, you?ll love the
noise-isolated feeling of the Listen headphones.
They?re comfortable to wear and sound great.
reviewed by GRAhAM bARlOw
over-ear
vs
on-ear
headphones
moshi Avanti
�0 FROM moshi, moshi.com FEATURES
15Hz-22kHz response, microphone, in-line controls
Design HHHHH
The closed-back Avanti headphones sit on the ear, instead
of completely covering it. The headband is a simple steel
band so they feel really lightweight, and the cable sports
a microphone and in-line controls.
Portability HHHHH
The slim headband of the Avanti headphones makes them
easy to take off, without feeling like you have to unhook
yourself first. They fold up, and a hardback carry case
is provided to protect them from being squashed.
Sound quality HHHHH
The soundstage the Avanti headphones produce is very
impressive. The bass in particular feels really lively and
the more open sound feels much more like being at a gig,
compared to the Listen?s soundproof-room effect.
Value HHHHH
The Avanti headpones feel like a bit of steal at the price.
We prefer the lightweight on-ear design and, while
they?re not as immersive as the Listen headphones,
they?re perfect for everyday use.
It?s a matter of personal taste, but we prefer the
more natural sound of the Avanti?s on-ear design.
They make your music sound bright and vibrant.
HHHHH VERDICT HHHHH
macformat.com @macformat
november 2017 | MACFORMAT | 89
APPLE CHOICE Group test
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reviewed by Kenny HempHill
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iA Writer �.99
Scrivener �.99
Ulysses �.99/year
Microsoft Word �.99/year*
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