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116 pages of the latest Apple help & advice!
Issue 314 July 2017 @macformat
SAVE SPACE! Handy tips
for reclaiming wasted storage
macOS Sierra
hints & tips
for Apple
tutorials &
Install fonts, enhance
Siri and more!
Improve your Mac setup with 78 brilliant
new Apple apps and accessories
photos on
your Mac
and manage
your Apple ID
How to use Smart
Albums to full effect
Sort out annoying syncing
issues and more!
Six new desktop
speakers on test
Stay fit with the
latest Apple kit
Smart tech for a better you
The best options for your Mac
Game-changing tech from the world of Apple and beyond
The M4 Vintage Stand
brings nostalgia to
iPhone charging.
Elago M4 Vintage Stand
An iPhone charging stand with a retro flavour
If you miss the Apple Macintosh Classic design but can?t quite bring yourself to find and buy a
working model, there?s always this. It?s an iPhone stand from Elago with a heavy nod to the past,
shaped to resemble Apple?s old stalwart. Slide your iPhone in the side and it gives the effect of a
Mac display while charging, with an easy-access opening for the volume controls and a routing
area for your Lightning cable. Elago says its ideal for watching movies and browsing the web, but
we think it?d be equally at home in a curio stand alongside a mini Bondi Blue iMac G3, perhaps.
�.95 (about �) includes Elago M4 Vintage Stand for iPhone
website works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 @macformat
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 3
Turn to page 28
Apple?s recent quarterly earnings
results show the California?s finest
tech company is still making more
money than it can spend. In terms
of units sold, Apple Watch and Apple
TV remain minnows compared to
iPhone, but it?s a bit of an unfair
comparison as there will probably
never be another product by any
company, let alone by Apple, that
will have the same global success
that the iPhone enjoyed. People
judge Apple Watch unfairly. If you look at its sales compared
to another tech product that?s deemed to be successful, like
Amazon Alexa, you?ll see it?s easily outselling it.
This issue we?re looking at ways to supercharge your Mac
with the best hardware and software. And talking of software,
Pages, Keynote and Numbers were recently turned into totally
free downloads on the App Store. They were previously free to
new Mac owners, but now they?re free to everybody and I?m
hoping that more Mac users will give them a go instead of
using Google Docs, because they?ve all matured into very
nice apps. Look out for some iWork tutorials in a future
issue of MacFormat. See you then.
Meet the team
Never far from her
running shoes, Jo wants
a new Apple Watch this
year that will enable her to
listen to podcasts without
having to carry an iPhone.
Alex Blake
Commissioning Editor
Football fanatic Alex,
wants Apple to release
the iBall, a super smart
football, even if it?s
something of an own
goal for Apple.
Paul Blachford
Art Editor
Esports supremo Paul
has turned his family into
his own team of rabid
gamers. If Apple upgraded
its AirPods with a chat
mode then it would suit
his gaming stye.
Jo Membery
Operations Editor
JULY 2017 | MAcforMAt | 5
Issue 314
July 2017
Apple CORe
RuMOuR & News
The core Apple news you need to know about
Apps & GAMes
YOur Mac
Improve your Mac setup
Our top picks of the month for Mac and iOS
Apple FACTs
Amazing stats from the world of Apple
Does the Mac App Store need an overhaul?
Have your say on all things Apple-related
Bring on a home assistant we can trust
spliT view
The team?s views on the latest Apple tech
Apple HOMe
Apple HOMe
Keep a smart eye on your well-being
Make sure your body?s in top condition
Five OF THe besT
Our pick of smart health monitoring devices
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Issue 314 CONTeNTs
GeNius Tips
GeNius Tips
Howard Oakley solves Mac and iOS issues
62 peRipHeRAls
Enlightening answers for external devices
Apple CHOiCe
Apple CHOiCe
New kit and apps ? we?ve got all the latest
hardware and software reviews
106 sTORe GuiDe
Get help with picking your next piece of
Apple kit and the best add-ons to go with it
Sagacious solutions to Mac maladies
Making good on your mobile gear
Turn to page 28
Apple skills
sMART AlbuMs iN pHOTOs
Use Smart Albums to organise your pics
A djay 2
or djay pro
bundle! 22
pRepARe FOR iOs 11
Is your iOS device ready for the next update?
pOweR up COpy AND pAsTe
Increase productivity with multi pasteboards
Don?t waste money on unused online storage
sORT yOuR eMAil
Reignite your enthusiasm for email with Spark
bACk issues
Head here if you?ve missed an issue
Send us your Apple-related shots
What?s coming in MF315 on 4 July @macformat
The luxury (and
headache) of remote
hot tub control?
sieRRA skills
Use the sidebar and tags to sort your files
Add style to your docs with additional fonts
How to tailor Siri to your preferences
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 7
What?s inside
rUmoUr & NEwS
Word on the grapevine
about future Apple kit
aPPS & gamES
EditEd by
graham barlow
Our top picks of the
month for Mac and iOS
aPPlE rUmoUr
The stats behind
Apple Stores
Does the Mac App
Store need a refresh?
Have your say on
all things Apple
Matt Bolton on Apple?s
perfect Home Assistant
SPliT viEw
What?s next for iOS?
Contact us
Email your queries to
Join the conversation at
or on Twitter @macformat
8 | maCFormaT
the Siri home
Hot on the heals of Google
Home, could Apple be
expanding Siri?s reach?
With Apple owning the powerful combination of Siri,
Apple TV, and HomeKit, creating some sort of AI-based
home assistant that works like Google Home or Amazon
Alexa would seem like a natural progression of the
company?s product base.
As WWDC approaches this June, rumours are
circulating that Apple is about to release something along
these lines. Here we?ve tried to imagine what that device
could look like, and what it will be able to do. Apple could
well be making an announcement as you read these pages,
but expect the actual release to be more like Christmas
time for Apple?s Siri-powered home helper. See what
Matthew Bolton thinks about the idea on page 18.
Alex says?
Apple is late to the home
assistant game, but a Siri
speaker could really help
it catch up to Amazon and Google
Rumour aPPlE CorE
ThE Poll
wE aSkEd? Could the
Samsung Galaxy S8 tempt
you away from the iPhone?
maC Pro-likE
The rumoured Siri
device is thought to
resemble a current Mac
Pro, which Apple is set to
redesign next year
SmarT SPEakEr
The device would
incorporate a speaker,
so you could ask it
to play tracks from
Apple Music.
aSk mE a QUESTioN
Siri integration
would mean that the
device could work with
your iCloud account,
enabling you to set up
appointments and put
things in your diary.
Yes, definitely!
I?m thinking
about it
got to be
Log on and see next
issue?s big question!
Hot on the heels of the
tech giant?s latest moves?
iPhoNE 8
Rumours are that the next
iPhone is still on track for
a September release, with
?iPhone 8? being the most
popular name prediction.
aPPlE Car
kNowlEdgE baSE
The advantage of
having Siri on hand in
your home is that you
can easily get the answer
to quick questions like,
?what?s the weather
like today??.
The rumour that Apple
will enter the car business
received another boost this
month with news that Apple
was surveying Connecticut for
its maligned Apple Maps app.
The iPhone 8 will feature
an ?enhanced receiver? with
improvements to stereo
sound and waterproofing
according to JPMorgan.
july 2017 | maCFormaT | 9
IIGS computerS
WIth Woz?S
The IIGS was the most
powerful computer in
the Apple II series. To
make it even better, the
first 50,000 came
bearing Steve Wozniak?s
signature silkscreened
onto the front. They
were known as the ?Woz
Limited Edition? version.
apple dropS
mac Internal
Apple worth
$800 billion
Still the most valuable
company in history
he upward trajectory of Apple?s
already sky-high valuation
continues apace. In early May
it became the first company in history to
be worth $800 billion.
It?s even more amazing considering
Apple only broke the $700 billion barrier
just over two years ago.
The company?s shares have increased
by 33% in 2017 and almost 50% since
November 2017. If they continue this level
of growth, Apple could hit the $1 trillion
mark by the end of the year.
The staggering valuation will be music to
Tim Cook?s ears, especially as it comes shortly
after news that iPhone sales had taken a
surprising dip in the year?s second quarter.
Apple shipped 50.8 million iPhones in the
quarter ending 1 April, down from 51.2
million in the previous quarter.
Apple grows more valuable
despite an iPhone sales slip.
But with the iPhone?s tenth anniversary
due this September, Apple will be confident
that sales will return to their usual growth ?
especially if the company launches a special
anniversary edition of the phone, as expected.
By 2005, Apple had
decided dial-up modems
were pass�, and ceased
building them into Macs.
The USB Apple Modem
debuted for people who
still wanted dial-up.
Apple working on improving
$2,000 Siri performance
lc 520?S 1993
launch prIce
Apple?s Industrial
Design Group so
detested the design of
the Macinstosh LC 520
that they began working
on a redesign almost as
soon as it went on sale.
It launched at $2,000
(roughly �600 today),
but was discontinued a
mere eight months later.
10 | MACFORMAT | July 2017
No more noise interference with Apple?s virtual assistant
pple?s AirPods were impressive
when we reviewed them, but Siri
was an issue. Using the virtual
assistant with the AirPods proved difficult
in noisy locations, as it often struggled to
understand us. However, it appears that Apple
is working on improving Siri?s performance in
loud environments.
But it won?t do so through voice
commands ? a recently published patent
shows the Cupertino giant has been designing
ways for you to interact with Siri through
text commands.
The system would work much like
iMessage. Users could send Siri a message,
which would then carry out the command and
respond via text.
Not only would this be a boon for noise
interference, but it would also help in situations
where talking to Siri may seem inappropriate.
No more strange looks from passersby as you
talk to your AirPods, we hope!
Of course, as this is a patent there is no way
of knowing when (or if) it will make it into an
Apple product, but it?s something to look out for
if you use Siri a lot. @macformat
Apps & games APPLE CORE
Our top picks
of what?s worth
watching and
playing this month
[M ac a PP]
Flux 7 $118.80 (about �)
Web editing wizardry on your Mac
There are two ways to design
web pages ? visually or with code.
Flux, now updated to version 7,
caters for both.
Its WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)
editor lets you drag and drop page elements to
create your designs, while you can dive in with
code if that?s more your style.
Version 7 introduces a coding assistant
called Code Context, which offers contextual
help on tags, properties and more while you
edit your pages to perfection.
Alongside that you get support for the
new MacBook Pro?s Touch Bar, an emphasis
on mobile-first design, Google Font previews,
CSS clipping paths and more.
The app also supports responsive design
with Bootstrap and Skeleton, as well as HTML5
and CSS. You can also add templates from
ThemeForest and work on them in Flux.
[ MOV I E]
T2 TRAinsPOTTing
The follow-up to cult hit
Trainspotting sees the
original cast return to
Scotland. If you loved the
original, this is a worthy
follow-up film.
ThE TALk shOw
[iO s a PP]
[iOs GaME]
[itunEs stOrE]
FOxEs �99
If you like to sing,
you?ll love Vanido.
It?s a free app that
gauges your singing and gives
you training to help improve.
With daily exercises and realtime visual feedback, plus
recordings you can listen back
to, it?ll help you improve your
vocals like never before.
Why you need it: Learn faster
with the app?s visual feedback.
What?s it best for: Getting
your vocals in tip-top shape.
This graphically
beautiful game got
great praise on Mac,
and now makes its debut on
iOS. Two doctors explore a
dying man?s memories so that
they can fulfill his last wish ? in
his head, at least. Gorgeous
visuals and music meet great
game storytelling.
Why you need it: To play
a visual treat on iOS.
What?s it best for: Peacefully
whiling away the hours.
Fleet Foxes? first
album in six years
picks up right where
2011?s Helplessness Blues left
off ? its first track begins on
the note the 2011 effort ended
on. The band donated signed
copies of the album to the 20
?most frequent? commenters
on their Instagram page, too.
Why you need it: A worthy
next work from the band.
What?s it best for: Harmonies
that made the band famous. @macformat
John Gruber?s podcast
covers all things Apple.
Tune in for interviews
with industry bigwigs,
from app developers
to Apple chiefs.
[t V shOw ]
The gods of the old
world take on those of
the new. Based on the
book by Neil Gaiman, it?s
visually stunning, grand
and hugely ambitious.
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 11
APPLE CORE Facts & figures
in nUMBERs
Apple Stores
In 2007 Apple began offering
classes at its Apple Stores. For $99
a year you could get unlimited access
to training on how to get more from
your Apple products.
In 2001, Apple took to the high street to
sell us its wares ? and its wisdom?
To say the opening of
the first Tokyo store in
2003 was popular is an
understatement ? 1,982
people queued outside
on opening day.
The Apple?s flagship store
on New York?s Fifth Avenue is
a huge, beautiful glass cube.
It?s open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, 365 days a year.
14,000 $599,000
Of Apple?s 22,000 employees
based in Europe, 14,000 work in
Apple Stores. That?s almost 64%.
Next issue
We get into the groove and try not
to put a spin on the figures behind
Apple?s own radio station: Beats 1.
12 | MACFORMAT | July 2017
The world?s first two Apple Stores (in
Virginia and California) sold $599,000
of goods in their opening weekend.
The year-on-year
retention rate of Apple
Store employees who
work on the Genius Bar
is around 90%. @macformat
APPLE CORE News feature
For our latest
subscription offer
see page 28!
App Store wars
Not everybody is happy with Apple?s Mac App Store.
we investigate why? writteN by GRAHAM BARLOW
aunched in 2011, the Mac
App Store quickly became
an integral part of the Macowning experience, providing
easy access to thousands of apps and
merging seamlessly into macOS itself.
Almost all the most important apps are found
on the Mac App Store, but there have always
been some notable exceptions ? Adobe in
particular has apps that are famously absent.
Regardless, if you?re looking for an app, the
Mac App Store is the place you start your
search, mainly because it?s so convenient:
you?ve probably agreed to Apple?s Ts&Cs and
given them your credit card details, so there
are no risks regarding the security of your
payment information. You can also trust that
the App Store team has reviewed the software
you?re installing, so there will be no nasty
virus or adware hiding within the app itself.
Many of these factors can make it much easier
for you to make a purchase from a company
that you haven?t heard of before. Essentially,
the App Store experience offers you many
of the same benefits as purchasing boxed
software from a retail store.
However, all is not well within Apple?s
one-stop shop. A gaggle of third-party
developers have recently upped sticks in
favour of their own app store. All this has us
wondering if we?re about to see some major
changes to the Mac App Store.
?At the very beginning of the Mac App
14 | MACFORMAT | JuLy 2017
Apple has a
rather opaque
review process
Setapp has quickly proved its
credentials with a variety of
top-quality applications.
Store, Apple promised to set a high bar for
applications in quality and design,? explains
Oleksandr Kosovan of Setapp, expressing
some of his frustrations. ?But what we see
today is that they actually made barriers for
most major applications and set no limitations
to the poorest quality apps. The Store is now
flooded with low-quality apps and copycats.
I think this is the area where Apple could
improve things a lot.?
Another problem for developers is getting
through Apple?s opaque review process; the
developers behind Flume recently found that
their app had been rejected due to a random
reassessment that claimed it broke the rules
because it uploaded to Instagram. This was
despite being previously accepted, along with
other apps that did the same thing. After
repeated requests for clarity on the exact rules
being broken, Apple failed to reply. It was
treatment like this that led them to abandon
the Mac App Store altogether and choose
Setapp ( instead. Unlike the Mac
App Store, Setapp is a subscription service.
Once you?ve signed up you can download
any of the apps on the Setapp service, which
cover most categories.
?With Setapp, you don?t buy a cat in the
bag. You can have a free month trial and can
use any of the applications on Setapp without
any limitations. It is a great way to discover
new apps. All the apps are the highest quality,
fully functional and include the latest version. @macformat
News feature APPLE CORE
A montly subscription to
Setapp allows you to trial
and download applications.
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You don?t have to worry that you bought
the wrong application due to lack of trial or
misleading communication from some tricky
developers,? says Oleksandr.
Feeling optimistic
Developers have found ways to work around
Apple?s restrictions. For example, the App
Store doesn?t allow trial versions of apps to be
downloaded, but apps like OmniFocus and
OmniGraffle do appear on the Store as trials.
We asked Ken Case, CEO of Omnigroup,
how it gets around the restriction: ?The App
Store doesn?t allow ?trial apps?, but it does
allow free trials of in-app purchases ? and
there have actually been examples of
entertainment apps with free trials of their
in-app purchases in the App Store for years,
from Netflix to Pandora to Candy Crush.
Some of those apps are actually completely
useless without a subscription, but Apple
has a specific exclusion in their rules for
apps which offer subscriptions.
?We could have chosen to offer our apps
with a subscription as well (as some other
productivity apps have recently done),?
continues Ken. ?But we prefer the traditional
sales model for productivity tools where you
make a one-time investment and then choose
to upgrade that investment when you think
the new functionality being offered is worth
additional money, rather than the rental
model where you have to pay every month @macformat
have recently
developed their
own app store
Setapp offers a fresh approach
to app stores by running a
subscription-based service.
to continue to access your own documents
in the software you?ve been using.?
The key to making OmniGroup?s apps
pass App Store review was to make sure each
app had truly useful functionality even when
people didn?t make additional purchases.
?In this case, the free functionality we offer
is the ability for our apps to view their own
documents without requiring a purchase,
much like a PDF reader,? explains Ken.
There are plenty of things Ken would
love to see improved on the Mac App Store,
of course: for example, ?right now there isn?t
any way for a developer to indicate that in-app
purchases should be eligible for Family
Sharing or the Volume Purchase Programs
(for business and educational institutions).
But I?m optimistic that those changes (and
more) will come with time!?
While some developers are clearly
unhappy with Apple?s Mac App Store
it seems that most are happy for now.
?I know that behind the scenes they?re
constantly working to improve the App
Store,? says Ken, ?and we?ve seen them roll
out a number of improvements over the past
year ? the most recent big change being the
ability for app developers to respond to
feedback left by customers in reviews.?
At MacFormat, we?d say that better
navigation and search facilities are are
at the top of our wishlist for a better Mac
App Store. Let?s hope Apple is listening!
JuLy 2017 | MACFORMAT | 15
CONTACTS Get in touch
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Have your say on all things Apple!
Email your queries
and your questions to
leTTer OF The MONTh!
MacBook pro rip-off
I wasn?t overjoyed at having to shell out
� for a second power adaptor for my
new MacBook Pro, but that?s my own
choice (though a MagSafe adaptor would
have been a nice thought from Apple).
However, I was infuriated to find that
� for the adaptor doesn?t include
a cable to connect it to my MacBook,
unlike every previous version, and that I have to pay another �
for this. I?ve been using Apple equipment for nearly 30 years and
have never minded paying a premium price for a quality product,
but for the first time ever I just feel I?ve been cynically ripped off.
b y Pau l R e x
grAhAM SAyS? Firstly, for people without a MacBook Pro, let?s look
at the changes to its power supply situation. Firstly, the new MacBook
Pro has four USB C ports, and you can plug the power supply into any of
them, so you?re free to choose the side of the Mac that you?re plugging
into. The old MagSafe connector limited you to the side the MagSafe
port was on. Secondly, as Paul notes, the USB C cable is separate from
the power supply itself. This does have advantages? If, for example, the
cable starts to fray, you can now replace it without having to replace the
whole power supply. However, we?d agree that paying � for a second
power supply only to be stung for another
� for the cable is a bit much. It?s even
worse if you need an extension plug for the
power supply ? which is an additional �!
You might like to consider how you?re
using the power supply. If you have one
power supply at home, and an additional
The author of our Letter
one at work, and don?t need to cart a heavy
of the Month receives a
cable around with you, the USB-C cable is
prize. Email us to be in with
light enough to carry with your MacBook
a chance of winning the
Pro. Another advantage is that USB-C is
Creative NUNO, a portable,
also used as a charging standard for other
wireless speaker with highdevices, which you can then use your
performance speakers
Apple power supply for. For example,
under its cloth covering.
the Nintendo Switch uses USB-C.
Find out more at:
We do have sympathy though. Apple?s
fetish for Macs that have as few ports as
possible is offloading a lot of the cost of
ownership of a Mac into a kind of ?cable
tax? that needs to be considered as part
of the overall cost of buying a Mac.
Old MAC upgrAde
My 20in iMac was purchased in April 2008, a
mid 2007 model, with 2.4Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
processor and 2GB memory, and is currently
running 10.9 Mavericks. In the past, I normally
installed every other major upgrade to the
OS, but for some reason I failed to install El
Capitan. Probably as over the last few years
I have made much more use of my iPad.
I have been attempting to reprint
photographs taken 40/50 years ago, the
colours on the originals have faded and they
are so much smaller. I am disappointed with
the performance of iPhoto, the print colours
are far worse than the screen image. I would
like to try Photos for Mac but need El Capitan.
On Amazon, I found a retailer of an
upgrade supplied via a USB drive but it will
not install. I have read that my iMac will only
accept DVD upgrades. Are these available?
Thanking you for any help you can provide.
b y D av i D P i e D o t
Win a Creative
16 | MACFOrMAT | july 2017
Poor colour reproduction in photographs is more likely down
to your printing options than the software you?re running. @macformat
Get in touch CONTACTS
Apple hOMe
Is it me? Have I missed something? Normally, I would
be crawling on the back of all this new security tech,
but there seems to be a fundamental problem with
the new home security market.
Can I just state for the record I am no burglar, but if you
have cable internet coming into your home (and in many
cases satellite) the cable entry to the house comes up from
the ground, or a wire down from the dish. Once this line is
severed there is surely no Wi-Fi in the house and no
broadband connection to send any pictures or information
from cameras, sensors or any other information from smart
security kit? Therefore, surely all a burglar has to do is to
wear a baseball cap and glasses (in case the surveillance
extends to outside the property) and cut the broadband
connection thereby rendering any wireless sensors, etc,
useless or at least unable to contact you or upload pictures.
Does any central control unit ?realise? there is no internet
connection or Wi-Fi and trigger an alarm at least?
If not, then why should we invest in anything other
than a simple burglar alarm?
by neil gabRiel
jO SAyS? David, first of all, the
problem in your print colours not
matching what you see on screen is
probably not due to iPhoto, but more
to do with the method of printing.
How are you printing them? Are you
sending them to a photo shop, or are
you printing them out yourself on a
home printer? There are professional
solutions for colour calibrating your
monitor, but this would probably
be overkill for you. Instead, we?d
recommend changing the method
of printing and seeing if the results
differ dramatically.
Secondly, let?s address updating
your Mac. El Capitan didn?t come on
DVD, so that?s not the issue. If you?re
running Mavericks, there?s no reason
why you can?t simply download the
update via the Mac App Store. This
will upgrade you to the latest macOS
Sierra, but again, we can think of no
reason not to do this instead of going
for El Capitan.
pOrTrAiT MOde
Portrait mode on my iPhone is pretty
neat. One day, I?ll probably never need
to use my proper cameras because
the mobile phone will be good enough
in a lot of cases. Who was it that said: @macformat
Every level of protection you put
in to safeguard your home acts
as a deterrent to burglars.
Alex SAyS? Disabling the Wi-Fi network in a home will
remove a lot of the security features of these units, but
not all. Depending on the model you?ve purchased, a lot
of security cameras will keep recording without needing
a Wi-Fi network, keeping a local copy. Also, remember
that a lot of surveillance tech works because burglars are
unaware that it?s actually on and functioning, recording
their every move. At the end of the day, every measure
you put in place to safeguard something can be
counteracted, but the more levels of protection you
add in the more you secure something, since every
element acts as a deterrent.
What do
you think?
ever BeeN
lOCked OuT
OF iClOud?
Great shot! Seymour?s photo of his son Dylan,
using the iPhone 7?s Portrait Mode.
the best camera you have is the
one in your hand right now.
if you?ve found yourself locked
out of your iCloud account and
struggled to find the solutions you
need to answer security questions
and/or verify you are who you say
you are, then we can help! Turn
to our in-depth feature on ?how
to Manage your Apple id? for
all the help you need!
Find the feature on p74!
by S e y mou R ya n g
pAul SAyS? That?s a great shot
of your son, Seymour. Portrait Mode
is a great addition to the iPhone 7.
Interestingly, Apple recently
released a series of videos showing
how to get the most out of the iPhone
7?s camera here:
photography-how-to. There are 17
videos in total, and they can also
be found on YouTube.
july 2017 | MACFOrMAT | 17
Hey Apple, wOuld yOu
pleAse get On And mAke
A HOme AssistAnt tHAt
i cAn ActuAlly trust
rom the arrival of Siri, it was only a matter of
time before smart voice assistants escaped our
phones and took up residency in our houses
through devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home.
The effectiveness of AI assistants in our lives is decidedly
hit-and-miss ? after almost six years, I still use Siri mostly for
setting timers over my Apple Watch when cooking, which
actually justifies the wearable?s price on its own for me, to be
honest ? but with my growing suite of smart home products, I
must admit to being very, very tempted by the voice control that
Alexa and Google Assistant offer.
That anyone in my house can just
order all the lights off at once when
they head to bed, or request the
temperature boosted when the
British spring fails us, or ask what
my weather station detects is the
real wind speed out there (rather
than just a forecast), is achingly
appealing to a tech-head like me.
But I wish I didn?t have to
sacrifice the entirety of what happens in my home to the gods of
capitalism to have that convenience. The only real players in
this game are Amazon and Google, two companies that are to
private data what Winnie the Pooh is to honey.
That?s why I would only really trust this kind
of device when it?s from Apple? if only it
actually made one.
These voice assistants listen to everything
that goes on in your house. They have to: to be
able to respond to voice commands that come
suddenly, they have to already be listening. I
don?t mind Apple?s device listening, because
I feel totally confident the company does not
give two figs what goes on in my house, but
I don?t feel the same about the likes of Amazon
and Google. I know that their business models
depend hugely on having my data, so even if
they say the audio capture will be handled
sensitively, do I really feel 100% confident about
that? And now Amazon wants to launch a
camera (the Echo Look) that sits in your
Amazon and
Google are to
private data what
Winnie the Pooh
is to honey?
Siri has grown as a personal assistant,
but it?s still relatively limited ? handy on
your phone, not so much in your home?
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Amazon and Google are currently streaks ahead when
it comes to truly useful AI assistants, but they?re also
ahead of the game on data capture, too?
bedroom and tells you whether you?re dressed
well enough, presumably to point out how
this nice � hat from Amazon would really
complete your outfit, and could be with you in
10 minutes via Amazon Prime Now? And
let?s not forget that Google Home has literally
read out paid adverts to people in their home
in response to questions they want a useful
answer to, like it?s an appliance in a Philip K
Dick novel, already abusing its place at the
heart of our homes.
The rumours are that Apple is looking
to launch this kind of device at WWDC,
and I am so very ready. Hopefully with new
Siri programming interfaces, so that it?s
not limited to just doing what Siri can ?
because Amazon?s Alexa assistant can do
so much more. That?s the thing: while I don?t
trust Amazon, Alexa is really, really good,
and works with a colossal range of products.
I need Apple to save me from my own
tech impatience.
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?. @macformat
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?A music service
needs to be more
than a bunch
of songs and a
few playlists.?
Apple Music is becoming
a ?movement in popular
culture?, says Beats mogul
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The MacFormat team debates the hot Apple
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FOR ThE nExT iOs??
jo says?
sTEVE wOzniAk
Graham says?
I?ve got a feeling the next upgrade won?t be
that dramatic. The latest iPad didn?t really
rock the boat, but then Apple already had
a great product. And iOS is impressive too.
Sometimes even minor tweaks can make a
big difference. I?ve heard you might be able
to ?lock? individual apps.
With kids
wanting to play on my iPhone or my iPad all
the time, that would be really useful.
?Apple?s? stores
are one of the
most? overlooked
advantages in all
of technology.?
And talk of multiple user accounts, which
we?ve been after for a while.
Group chats in FaceTime could be a fun
tweak! Mind you, I?ve also seen leaked
images of a Watch style interface, and I?m
not sure I want that kind of look or operating
style on my phone?
Pundit says Apple Store
ethos puts Apple way
ahead of its retail rivals
LisA JACksOn
I want to see Mail get a bit more clever, and a
customisable Control Center. Give me updates
here, and I?ll be happy. For a while?
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Turn to page 28
There?s no need to panic about that. In fact,
p47 of this issue explains how to check out
your apps in advance!
It?s the new stuff
and improvements I?m interested in?
Woz is excited to see
where Apple goes with
driverless cars
Apple will make recycled
iPhones in the future, says
Apple environment chief
I?m worried about the upgrade? Apple is
stopping support for 32-bit apps, isn?t it?
?I?m hoping Apple
does the same
thing with
autonomous cars
that [they did with
the iPhone].?
?We?re a little
nervous, but we
also think it?s
really important.?
?What came first, the chicken or the egg??
tap to edit
?I can?t say. But if you?re that hungry,
I can find you a restaurant nearby? @macformat
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colour-coded waveforms. It even shows
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Aimed at professional DJs, djay Pro
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What?s inside
home health
Find out more about
your wellbeing with
smart fitness products
health &
Industry standard info
and the Health app?s
useful Medical ID
Five oF
the beSt
Keep track of your
condition with these
top health checkers
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The smart home is
here ? live the Apple
dream today!
Millions of people use an iPhone
or Apple Watch when they exercise,
but smart tech can monitor other
aspects of your health too
he iphone has been at the heart
of apple?s plans for health
technology for years, and those
plans took another big step
forward with the apple Watch Series 2 last
year, which can now be used to monitor your
performance in an even wider range of
sports and activities. And, of course, there
are dozens of rival smartwatches and fitness
bands that provide their own iOS apps too.
But burning calories is just the start. There
are many other devices that now allow you to
monitor important aspects of your health,
including your weight, body fat, or blood
pressure. You?ll occasionally get a disapproving
email from your bathroom scales ? having a
bad week, Cliff?? ? but it?s all worth it if it helps
to keep you fit and healthy in the long run.
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apple home Home health
From calories to cardio, Apple technology allows
you to monitor all aspects of your health and fitness
What is HealthKit?
Apple?s Health app can
store info about your
exercise patterns, and
so on. However, the
app is part of a wider
software framework
that Apple calls
HealthKit. This allows
a variety of health
apps to share data ? so
your Nike running app
and Withings scales
can talk to each other
and combine their
data into a personal
health profile.
What about
Using HealthKit and
the Health app to
share data between
apps does raise
privacy issues, but
Apple has strict
guidelines for
developers. These
include giving users
the ability to control
which third-party
apps have access to
your data, by using
the Privacy settings
on your iPhone.
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he complex array of sensors
that apple has crammed into
the iphone and the apple
Watch can compile an amazing
amount of data about your exercise habits
(or lack thereof). They can track how far you
run, walk, or swim, and calculate the number
of calories you burn while you?re at it. The
Apple Watch can even monitor your heart
rate in case you overdo things a bit.
For most people, that level of information
is all they need to keep on top of their health
and fitness regime. However, there are plenty
of other smart devices that can connect to
your iPhone and help you to monitor your
health, and that of your family.
Of course, you don?t need an iPhone or
iPad to weigh yourself or check your blood
pressure, but the advantage of using a
?smart? set of bathroom scales or blood
pressure monitor is that they can use an
iPhone app to monitor your health data over
a period of time. That can give you a helpful
indication of the progress that you?re making
and ? even more importantly ? the app may
be able to spot vital early warning signs if
there?s an unexpected change in your data.
On the scales
Withings has long been one of the top names in
digital health devices ? so much so that it was
recently taken over by Nokia, which plans to
put the company?s health products at the
heart, so to speak, of its strategy for the
Internet Of Things (IoT). Withings makes a wide
range of health products, including smart
bathroom scales, sensors for heart rate, blood
pressure and oxygen levels ? and it?s even
announced a smart hairbrush that claims to
?optimise sebum distribution and avoid tangles?.
However, the company?s most well known
product is probably its range of Body scales. As
well as simply allowing you to weigh yourself,
the standard Body scales (�) can also
monitor your Body Mass Index (BMI); fat,
muscle and bone mass, and can store up to
the advantage of using
smart devices is that they
can monitor health data
over a period of time
eight separate profiles for different members of
your family. There?s also a Body Cardio model
(�0) that can check your pulse and heart-rate
too. Withings? success here has spawned a
number of imitators, with the most affordable
being the Koogeek S1 at around �. Garmin
and Fitbit also make smart scales, so the Fitbit
Aria (�0) or Garmin Index (�0) will be a
good choice if you?re already using fitness
trackers or watches from those companies.
There are three key sets of data that can
be used to detect and monitor a wide range of
health problems: heart rate, blood pressure,
and blood oxygen levels. The Apple Watch can
monitor your heart rate, as can many other @macformat
Body mass index (BMI) is your weight in
kilograms, divided by the square of your height
in metres. A BMI above 25 is considered
overweight, while above 30 is medically
obese, and dangerous for your health. @macformat
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apple home Home health
Is it safe?
Bathroom scales are
fairly straightforward,
but when it comes
to measuring blood
pressure, oxygen levels
and other medical
data you need to be
sure that the devices
you?re using meet
professional medical
standards. Europe
uses the CE Mark to
indicate that a product
meets standards, while
products developed
in the US should be
approved by the
US Food And Drug
Administration (FDA).
What is Medical ID?
The iOS Health app
includes a feature called
Medical ID, which can
display important
health information on
the locked screen of
your iPhone if you?re
suddenly taken ill. This
could tell people if
they?re diabetic,
indicate medicines that
they may need, or
provide an emergency
contact number.
One of the key indicators of health problems is blood
pressure. so it?s a good idea to monitor it.
smartwatches and fitness bands, but the
cheapest alternative we?ve seen for
checking your heart rate is the Wahoo
Tickr (�), which includes a stretchy
strap that allows you to attach it to your
wrist or wear it around your chest while
you?re exercising.
It?s been reported that the heart rate
sensor inside the Apple Watch is capable
of measuring blood oxygen levels too,
so that feature might be something that
Apple is preparing for the next version of
the Watch. In the meantime, though, you
can buy a basic blood oxygen sensor, such
as the Withings Pulse Ox for around �.
There?s also the more sophisticated
Masimo MightySat, which costs a hefty
�0, but is a professional-quality sensor
that clips onto your finger ? just like the
ones they use in hospitals ? and can also
monitor oxygen saturation and other
important details.
Withings Body scales don?t just offer feedback on your
weight ? they can provide you with your BMI, too.
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The QardioCore is
particularly suitable for
people with a history of high
cholesterol or diabetes.
Under pressure
When it comes to blood pressure monitors,
there?s actually quite a wide choice available.
Philips? healthcare division makes a number
of blood pressure monitors, including a
compact Wrist Monitor (�) that is small
enough to slip into a bag and carry around
with you. And, of course, Withings is there
too, with the more traditional armband
design of its Blood Pressure Monitor (�).
A less well known name is Qardio, which
was only founded in 2014, but has made quite
an impact with its emphasis on heart care
products, including its QardioArm bloodpressure monitor (�). The QardioArm can
also detect irregularities in your heartbeat,
and can send notifications to the Apple Watch
of a friend or family member. And, for more
specialised needs, Qardio is also planning
to release a device called the QardioCore
(�0), which will allow you to perform a
detailed electrocardiogram (ECG) at home
in order to monitor the health of your heart.
There are, of course, plenty more
specialised health devices available too, such
as glucometers that can monitor blood sugar
levels and display them as a graph on your
iPhone, but the products we?ve looked at
here can monitor the key data that most
people need to keep an eye on their health.
And, with Apple pushing forward with its
CareKit and ResearchKit software for the
iPhone and Apple Watch, you will soon be
able to rely on your Apple devices to provide
advice and information that is tailored to suit
your own personal healthcare needs. @macformat
The increase in cases of
Type 2 diabetes since
1991, according to the
University Of Cardiff.
The percentage of adults
who were overweight or
obese in in 2015.
(Public Health England)
The UK ranks 9th worst
out of 34 countries in an
international measure of
obesity. (Public Health
Working out with a
smartwatch is a great
way to get reports on
your progress.
The number of steps per
day (approx 300 calories)
recommended to reduce
the risk of heart disease
and diabetes.
Five oF the beSt
Stay fit and healthy with these smart devices
Withings Body
Cardio �0
Not the cheapest set of
smart scales, but the Body
Cardio goes way beyond
simply checking weight. It
can monitor body fat,
muscle and bone mass,
and check heart rate and
pulse. It can also connect
to your Wi-Fi network and
email progress updates.
Wahoo Tickr �
A low-cost heart rate
monitor and calorie
counter. It?s small enough
to wear on your wrist, or
you can place against
your chest using the
stretchy strap. There?s
a TickrX model for �,
that?s designed for indoor
workouts on treadmills
or cycling machines. @macformat
Philips Wrist
Blood Pressure
Monitor �
Most blood pressure
devices opt for the
armband design, but this
Philips unit is small and
easy to carry. The device
monitors heart rate too,
so it?s an affordable
alternative to expensive
fitness trackers.
Fitbit Aria �0
Fitbit is known for its
popular range of fitness
trackers, and its Aria
scales use the Fitbit app
so you can share your
health data within a
single app. The app also
includes a food log and
database so that you
can keep an eye on
the calories.
Apple Watch
Series 2
From �9
The original Apple Watch
didn?t work too well on its
own, but the Series 2
model adds GPS, and is
water-resistant so you
can use it for swimming.
Like previous models, the
Series 2 includes a heart
rate monitor.
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No matter how you use
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you furnish it with the best
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hether you?ve
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awesome keyboards,
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SUPERCHARGE Best Mac acccessories
From desktop users to laptop evangelists, there
are just some accessories that everyone needs
There are a lot of upsides to Apple
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ower cuts can do more than just
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any work before you shut down. This UPS
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ninterruptable power supplies can
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If �0 is a stretch too far for you, you can
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osing your important data is an easy
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etting a good set of speakers for
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difference to your listening experience.
The KEF Eggs won this issue?s group test,
and we were seriously impressed by them.
Their sound is rich and warm and works
with everything from acoustic ballads to
heavy rock. Add to that a good range of
connectivity options, a design that is both
practical and eye-catching, and a decent
price tag and you?re on to a winner. @macformat
pple loves creating slim Macs bereft
of ports, so if you need a USB boost
this device should do the trick. It comes
with seven USB 3.0 ports, giving you plenty
of expansion options for all your drives and
peripherals. Not only that, but its sleek
silver styling will fit in perfectly on your
desk next to your other Apple devices.
And its powered from a mains plug,
so won?t draw any power from your
MacBook and drain its battery down.
pple has made it very
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USB-A devices, you?ll need
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money on new USB-C devices, get this �
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For students
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Being a tech-savvy student is all
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money possible. Not every student
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he trouble with getting
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by the idea of paying a monthly
cloud subscription fee ? what
can you do?
Well, a JetDrive Lite from
Transcend is a great choice. It?s
a tiny device that fits snugly into
the MacBook Air?s SD card slot,
instantly boosting your available
storage. Once the expansion
card is in, you won?t even notice
it against your
laptop?s chassis. It comes
in 64GB and 128GB sizes, but
we particularly recommend the
256GB version as it can provide
an impressive storage boost
without adding a big footprint
to your desk space. It?s small,
simple and cost-effective.
Twelve South HiRise
for MacBook
Anker Ultra Compact
Wireless Keyboard
Maclocks MacBook
Air Lock
Lexar Professional
JumpDrive P20 32GB
� FROM Twelve South, FEATURES
Height-adjustable stand,
rubber gribs. Works with
all Apple MacBooks
� FROM Anker,
FEATURES Power-saving
mode, six-month battery life,
28.7x12.7x1.3cm dimensions,
321g weight
Wedge locking bracket, cable
lock, two keys for MacBook Air
security lock
� FROM lexar,
FEATURES up to 400MB/s
read speeds, up to 150MB/s
write speeds, 256-bit AES
encryption (with lexar app)
ll of those late night
essay-writing sessions
can take their toll. Spending
hour after hour hunched over
your MacBook can lead to bad
back pain, so give your body a
break with the HiRise. It raises
your MacBook up to a more
comfortable height, so you
can type the night away in
ergonomic bliss. @macformat
450Mbps on 2.4GHz channel
and 1300Mbps on 5GHz
channel, adjustable antennas
etting a HiRise means
you?ll also need a
wireless keyboard for your
MacBook. Apple?s Magic
Keyboard is a costly �,
so here?s an affordable
alternative from Anker. It?s
slim, has a rechargeable
battery and looks great. It
only comes in a US layout, but
costs a student-friendly �.
haring a house with
other students can give
your network a pounding. If
your internet has slowed to a
crawl, give it a boost with
a Wi-Fi range extender. The
AC1750 from TP-Link offers
super speedy performance,
packs in a great range and is
a breeze to set up. All that,
plus a very reasonable price?
It?s a no-brainer.
he last thing you need
when working at uni is
for someone to steal your
MacBook. The MacBook Air
doesn?t have a Kensington
lock slot, but this is the next
best thing. It?s a slimline base
for your MacBook Air that has
a slot for a secure wedge lock,
so you can work in a public
place with full peace of mind.
udget flash drives are
10 a penny these days,
but their speeds leave much
to be desired. Not so this one.
Up to 400MB/s read speeds
and 150MB/s write speeds
make it ideal for transferring
big files between Macs ? great
for working on group projects.
For less than �, it?s a budget
drive with premium speeds.
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SUPERCHARGE Best Mac acccessories
leave the office behind with the 12-inch
MacBook and the best accessories
available for mobile workers
For many of us these days,
the ?office? is wherever we need
to be. Whether that?s stopping
off between travelling from
meeting to meeting or heading
out to meet clients, there are
a lot of times when having a
desktop Mac just isn?t practical.
With that in mind, we?ve
centred this part on the 12-inch
MacBook, Apple?s feather-light
laptop that?s ideal for working on
the go. Every accessory you?ll
find here will help ramp up your
productivity on the road, letting
you get work done whether
you?re home or away.
Road warrior
A laptop means you?ll need a few
essentials to keep you mobile. A
battery pack for your travels and
an international-friendly charger
for the hotel will be invaluable,
as will a rugged hard drive to
protect your work from drops
and bumps. Throw in a USB hub
and a MacBook-saving BreakSafe
cable, all wrapped up in a stylish
backpack, and you?ve got
yourself a complete travel pack
for the modern road warrior.
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Anker PowerCore+ 20100
Satechi Type-C
USB 3.0 Hub
Twelve South
PlugBug World
� FROM Anker,
FEATURES 2x uSB-A ports, uSB-C port,
20,100mAh internal battery, 60cm uSB-A
to uSB-C cable, 90cm uSB-C to uSB-C cable
� FROM Satechi,
FEATURES 2x uSB 3.0 ports, uSB-C port,
SD card slot, Micro SD card slot. Silver,
Space Grey and Gold colours
� FROM Twelve South, FEATURES Adaptors
for uK, Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore,
Japan, North America, Oceania and more
hen you take your work on the
road, it?s essential that your
MacBook battery can last the distance.
The 12-inch MacBook has good battery life,
but the excellent Anker PowerCore+ 20100
is perfect if you need more. Containing a
capacious 20,100mAh internal battery, it
can completely charge a MacBook and still
have juice to spare. It can charge three
devices simultaneously; while not slim, it?s
still easy enough to carry on your travels.
he 12-inch MacBook is great for
working on the go, but it?s not great
for connectivity. That single USB-C port
means you can?t connect many of your old
devices. To restore that connectivity, try
this hub from Satechi. It?s got two USB 3.0
ports, an SD card slot and a Micro SD card
slot, giving you a good range of expansion
options. There?s also a USB-C port to
charge your MacBook. It even comes in
Gold, Space Grey and Silver colours.
LaCie Rugged
Mini USB-C 1TB
Knomo James
Griffin BreakSafe
�5 FROM laCie,
FEATURES Drop resistant (up to 4ft),
rain resistant, crush resistant (up to 1 ton),
uSB-C cable
�5 FROM Knomo,
FEATURES Detachable straps, padded
laptop and tablet sections, RFID-blocking
card pocket, detachable keychain
� FROM Griffin,
FEATURES 6ft charging cable, 60 watts
charging power; works with MacBook
(2015), MacBook Pro (2016)
ard drives aren?t the most bumpresistant of devices, and one big
knock can spell disaster. That?s even
more apparent when you travel a lot, so
getting good protection is key. The LaCie
Rugged USB-C drive gives you just that ?
it?s rain, drop and crush resistant, so should
be able to withstand most threats that
come its way. If keeping your work safe
while out and about is important to you
(and it should be), get this drive. @macformat
arry around your MacBook in style
and safety with the Knomo James.
This excellent backpack is highly regarded,
and it?s easy to see why. It?s got tons of
space inside for all your books, gadgets
and more, plus enough room for any size
MacBook you opt for. It?ll be a great
partner for any work trip thanks to its
ample padding both inside and out. It even
incorporates blocking protection for
contactless cards. A great all-rounder.
ravelling for work can have one
major annoyance ? having to pack
all manner of charging adaptors for
different devices and different mains
power points. The PlugBug World aims
to change all that. It?s a wall charger that
comes with five different mains adaptors,
so it?ll work in most of Europe, North
America, Asia and Australia. And, thanks
to the USB port, you can power up a Mac
and iOS device at the same time.
pple no longer ships its MacBooks
with MagSafe adaptors. If you rue
their demise, get one of these. It works
just like MagSafe ? if excessive force is
put on the MacBook?s charging cable, the
magnetically-attached adaptor breaks free.
That stops your MacBook getting thrown
onto the floor (we don?t like to even think
about that). It?s only a small adaptor, but it
could be the difference between life and
death for your precious MacBook.
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SUPERCHARGE Best Mac acccessories
Whether you?re on set or in the studio,
these devices will give you the edge in
your photographic work
Working with photography
means you expect a lot from
your computer. You?ll need
something that?s powerful enough
to quickly edit your shots, but
that?s easy enough to carry
around to shoots and locations.
The new MacBook Pro fits the
bill. It?s got plenty of power, with
either an i5 or i7 processor to
power your photo edits speedily
and efficiently. The screen is
bright and beautiful too, and
there?s the Touch Bar option,
which lets you make quick edits
with the touch or slide of a finger.
All that squeezed into a light,
slimline chassis makes it an ideal
choice to carry out on location.
We?ve included a range
of devices here that will make
perfecting your images a breeze.
Picture perfect
It?s essential that your photos
look as good in print as they do
on screen, so we?ve picked out
a great display and quality
colorimeter. An editing tablet will
help you get creative quickly and
easily, plus we?ve included a
couple of expansion devices so
you never have to worry about not
being able to connect your cards
and cameras to your
USB-C MacBook.
Philips 328P6VJEB
�2 FROM Philips, FEATURES 3840x2160-pixel resolution,
31.5-inch screen size, 100% of sRGB, 93% of Adobe RGB, 97% of P3 gamut
hoto editing requires top notch
colour accuracy, and that?s
what you get with this brilliant
display. In our tests it hit 100%
coverage of the sRGB colour space,
93% of Adobe RGB and 97% of the
P3 colour gamut used in Apple?s new
UltraFine displays jointly made with
LG. That?s fantastic coverage, and
should see you sorted if ensuring
high colour accuracy is important
to your work.
At almost 32 inches, it?s a big
beast of a display, and that kind of
footprint paired with its 4K resolution
(3840x2160 pixels) gives you acres
of screen space to dive down into the
details of your photos. It?s perfect for
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this kind of work, and the difference
over lower display resolutions really
is very noticeable.
And there?s more? Despite being
so large, it?s easy to adjust the tilt
and swivel to get the screen exactly
how you need it. It also has a range
of input options, including DVI, HDMI
2.0 and DisplayPort, with all the
necessary cables included in the box.
In fact, the 328P6VJEB
impressed us so much that we gave
it five stars and our Editor?s Choice
award in MF309, and it takes pride of
place in our Store Guide section. If
you?re looking for an amazing, highly
accurate display for your photo
editing, get this offering from Philips. @macformat
Datacolor Spyder5
Elite colorimeter
Wacom Intuos Photo
editing tablet
SanDisk Extreme Pro
SD UHS-II Card Reader
Elgato Thunderbolt 3
�0 FROM Datacolor, FEATURES
Integrated room light sensor,
five ambient light settings,
unlimited calibration choices
shortcut buttons, included
Intuos pen, 152x95cm active
area, 1,024 pressure levels
SD card slot, uSB-C
connection, uHS-II transfer
speeds (up to 312 Mbps)
Thunderbolt 3 ports, support
for two external 4K displays,
supplies 85W of power
hile having a colouraccurate display is
vital, it needs to be properly
calibrated. The Spyder5Elite
is tailor-made for this purpose.
It?s an industry standard piece
of kit that checks the colour
accuracy of your display and
helps correct any problems,
ensuring that your on-screen
images look the same in print. @macformat
acom?s tablets are the
best in the biz, and can
be a boon for photo editing.
That?s because the improved
control the Intuos pen can give
you over a mouse for photo
editing can really speed up
your work. Wacom includes
Corel Aftershot Pro 2 with
every Intuos Photo, which is a
nice bonus for photographers.
iffed that the new 2016
MacBook Pro lacks an
SD card slot? Worry no more,
as this neat little adaptor fits
right into the new MacBook?s
USB-C slots. It?s the first SD
card reader to support both
USB-C and super fast UHS-II
transfer speeds (hitting up to
312 Mbps), so you can transfer
your photos in no time.
egaining the SD card
slot may not be enough
for you. If it isn?t, look into
Elgato?s Thunderbolt 3 Dock.
This gives you three ports for
USB 3.0, two Thunderbolt 3
ports and much more. We?ve
been impressed with Elgato?s
previous Thunderbolt Docks in
MacFormat, so look out for our
review of this one soon.
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SUPERCHARGE Best Mac acccessories
For video editing
Speed up your video editing work with our favourite
accessories for videographers pro and amateur
Whether you make videos for a living
or just enjoy creating home movies,
an iMac is ideally suited to the task.
That?s thanks to its combination of
powerful hardware and plentiful screen
space, allowing your workspace plenty
of room to breathe.
Anything that can help you find your
way around video editing navigation
menus in an efficient manner is an
instant boost to productivity, which is
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why we?ve included some amazing input
devices ? an ergonomic, video-friendly
mouse, the trackpad of choice, and a
truly job-specific keyboard. Each will
leave you wondering how you ever
worked without them.
Editing excellence
We?ve also included some top quality
audio equipment for your recordings,
from a microphone that combines
versatility and quality, to a superb set
of headphones, so you can ensure
your audio is nice and clear.
We?ve also included a dedicated
video console ? a customisable, modular
tool designed to enhance your editing
productivity no end.
With all this clever equipment at your
side, you?ll work better than ever before,
and will create masterpieces you can be
particularly proud of.
Logitech MX
Master mouse
Apple Magic
Trackpad 2
� FROM logitech,
FEATURES Darkfield laser sensor
(400-1600dpi), 40-day battery life,
seven buttons including gesture button
�2 FROM Apple,
FEATURES Force Touch, Multi-Touch
gestures, rechargeable battery, Bluetooth,
lightning port, 231g weight
� FROM logickeyboard, FEATURES Colourcoded keys with printed shortcuts designed
for various creative apps
he MX Master isn?t for everyone; if
you prefer a trackpad, Apple?s own
offering is fantastic. Its comfortable
Multi-Touch surface is perfectly suited to
swiping through video timelines, where its
large surface area really comes into play.
Its pinch gestures are also very handy for
video editing, but have great utility in other
apps too. That?s not forgetting its Force
Touch feature, allowing you to activate
extra actions with a deeper press.
emembering the myriad shortcuts
in an app like Final Cut Pro can be
a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully, this nifty
keyboard can help. It features colour-coded
keys with app-specific shortcuts printed on
top, helping you remember shortcuts and
work more efficiently. Logickeyboard also
makes keyboards for apps like Adobe After
Effects, DaVinci Resolve and more, as well
as ?skins? with printed shortcuts that fit
over existing Apple keyboards.
Palette modular
editing console
�2 FROM Audio-Technica, FEATURES 45mm
driver, 15-28,000Hz frequency response,
detachable cables, carry pouch
�0 FROM Grant & union Inc,, FEATURES Central
?Core? block, plus modular control blocks
featuring buttons, dials and sliders
pple?s Magic Mouse 2 is great, but
the Logitech MX Master is better.
It?s a mouse built for power users and is
ideal for video editing thanks to its clever
horizontal thumbwheel, which lets you
quickly skip through a timeline to find the
section you need. It also comes with a
gesture button on the side, and a comfy
ergonomic design. It?s a mouse that?s loved
by video editors the world over ? many
consider it the best mouse money can buy.
Blue Microphones
Yeti USB
�0 FROM Blue Microphones, FEATURES Four directional
modes, mute button, uSB cable, volume
and gain controls
ong a favourite of
amateur and pro video
creators alike, the Yeti is
a mic that won?t let you
down. With four pattern
modes, you can set it up to
record music and podcasts,
conduct interviews or use
it for conference calls,
all with minimal fuss.
Its sound quality is
exceptional and simple
to tweak too, thanks
to its easy-to-access
dials and buttons. The
microphone can be
mounted on a stand
and it?s easy to adjust it
to the perfect angle, too. @macformat
hen it comes to editing videos, a
set of high quality headphones can
be worth their weight in gold. After all,
ensuring your final video sounds exactly as
it should is paramount; these headphones
can help you achieve that. They sound truly
fantastic, with superb clarity in the highs
and deep, accurate bass notes throughout.
Their sound isolation is great too ? helping
you concentrate on your work and nothing
else ? and they?re highly portable to boot.
ake a look at the Palette modular
system if a traditional mouse and
keyboard setup doesn?t cut it for you. It?s
nothing if not unusual, but could help make
video editing a breeze. It works by fitting
different blocks together, each with its own
programmable function. You can mix and
match dials, sliders and buttons to make
your own video editing console. If you have
a lot of oft-repeated tasks in your video
editing app, this could save a lot of time.
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What?s inside
smart albums
in Photos
Get clever with your
image organisation
for ios 11
EditEd by
jo membery
Your in-depth guide to
getting more from
your Apple kit
Are your mobile devices
ready for the next release?
CoPy anD Paste
With flair
a smart
album in
Use Pastebot 2 for a
pasteboard power-up!
online storage
tiPs & triCks
Avoid paying for more
iCloud storage space
fire uP your
email inboX
Get Spark to take control
of incoming messages
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.
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APPLE SKILLS Mac software
Create a Smart
Album in Photos
Become an organisational whizz-kid in
Photos with help from Smart Albums
10 minutes
you wILL LEArn
How to create a
Smart Album and apply
and modify filters to it
you?LL nEEd
Some photos and
the Photos app
Photos? built-in organisational
chops are not to be sniffed at.
Face recognition, geotagging
and sifting of images into Selfies,
Panorama and Live Photos make finding what
you want incredibly easy. To organise things
further, you?ll often find yourself creating
Albums. This is fine for single events ? last
year?s holiday, say, or a wedding lend
themselves well to individual albums. You?ll
find, though, that creating an individual album
for, say, a favourite couple of yours is pretty
onerous ? let?s say you want pictures of your
mum and dad. You?d have to search for one
person, then sift through for the pics you want.
Smart Albums are the answer ? you can
filter your entire photo library using a very
wide selection of filters that will instantly find
the photos you want ? and keep the new album
automatically updated as you add new shots.
Here?s how to use it. dave Stevenson
Smart name
Give your Smart
Album a smart
name. If you use
this feature a lot,
you?ll have loads of
albums, so give them
descriptive names
you can tell apart.
Setting rules
This one?s important
if you have a Smart
Album with multiple
rules. By default,
Photos will find all
photos that match
any of your rules.
If you only want the
shots that match
them all, say so here.
How to Create a Smart Album
1 New album
To create a new Smart Album in Photos, go to File > New
Smart Album, or click the ?+? in the toolbar and choose Smart
Album. Alternatively, press �+�+N to bring up the New
Smart Album dialog box.
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2 More control
While the general options enable you to look for certain
criteria (people, types of camera, and so on), the ?Is/Is not?
dropdown box really allows you to drill down for more finite
control of what you might be searching for. @macformat
Jargon buster
Keywords is the name
Photos uses for what
some other apps called
tags ? individual words
that describe what your
images contain. Smart
Albums let you filter
by multiple keywords.
Default rule
The default Smart
Album screen allows
you to set a single
rule. If you want
more, hit the ?+? sign
to create another.
3 Conditions
?Photo? is the default selection but, as you can see, the
number of conditions you can choose from is extensive. You
can even sort by factors such as Focal Length, Aperture,
ISO or Shutter Speed. @macformat
Refining rules
If it looks like your
Smart Album is
going to contain
hundreds of shots,
you could consider
refining your rules
a little more.
Genius tip!
One of the best,
simplest ways to use
Smart Albums is to
create a set of photos
taken by a single
camera ? voila, all
your shots taken
with your ?proper?
camera in one place.
4 Names
In this case, we?re trying to build a list of images for a
wedding anniversary gift, so we?ll start by naming two people
we want to appear in every photo. Each line can only have one
variable in it, so click the ?+? sign to add the other person.
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APPLE SKILLS Mac software
How to Create a Smart Album
5 Flash-free
6 Auto update
7 Equipment
8 Later edits
9 Keywords
10 Super album
For this example, we?re actually only interested in images
that have been taken outdoors, so we?ve added a Flash category
to our criteria and selected Did Not Fire so that the album will
be limited to flash-free shots.
Here, we?ll refine the search to exclude certain older phones
and compact cameras ? useful if you?re aiming for a certain level
of quality. The dropdown box is automatically populated with all
the different camera models found in your Photos library.
Unfortunately, you can?t type in multiple keywords and use
them as variables. If you want to do this, enter multiple keywords
in Photos? standard search box, then add another single keyword
that will definitely be picked up by your Smart Album.
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Each time you add a condition, the number of images
in the album updates automatically. We?ll be importing more
images to Photos after the Smart Album is created so the
small running total is not a problem.
Hit OK and your album is created and automatically filled
with images. To make changes later, ?-click the album name
and choose Edit Smart Album ? this is handy if you realise
certain images are being missed.
Here, we?ve decided to put together a ?super album?
using photos from a selection of different travel albums. If
we then add Favourites as one of the conditions, the album
will be a blast to browse through. @macformat
What?s new in macOS APPLE SKILLS
Prepare for the iOS 11 update
Discover which of your apps won?t work in the next iOS ? and replace them
15 minutes
How to keep your
apps working in iOS 11
yOu?LL nEEd
iOS 10.3 or later
After updating your iPhone
or iPad to iOS 10.3, opening
certain apps and games may
have presented you with a
warning that they need to be updated to
work with future versions of iOS. You can
keep using them with iOS 10, but if you plan
to upgrade to iOS 11 (expected to be released
in the autumn), now is the time to take action
for any apps you depend upon.
You need to find out which of your apps
are affected. Expect many of them to be
games, which you may still enjoy playing,
but it?s more in the case of productivity
apps that you should be concerned about;
if you?re dependent on any of those apps
and plan on using iOS 11, you?ll need to find
replacements. For example, if you?ve got
important documents prepped up, you
don?t want to lose access to them.
There?s no need to laboriously open
each app to discover which be definitively
incompatible with the next iOS, though. In
addition to the warning upon opening an app,
iOS 10.3 can show you a list of all affected
apps that are currently installed. Note, though,
that it won?t tell you about apps you?ve deleted
to make room for something else.
Redownload first
So, before following the steps below, and
assuming your device has enough space,
redownload apps you may want to use again:
open the App Store and tap Updates followed
by Purchased.
If you?ve disabled auto-downloading of
apps in Settings > iTunes & App Stores on
any of your devices, you?ll need to follow this
tutorial on each device to be certain you
aren?t overlooking an app that?s on your
iPhone, say, but not your iPad.
Alan Stonebridge
How to Check apps for updates or replacements
1 Check the list
In Settings > General > About, if there?s
no arrow at the right of the Applications
row, none of your apps require immediate
action (though that?s no guarantee they
won?t have other issues). If there is an
arrow at the top of the row, tap it. @macformat
2 Check for updates
Tap an app?s row to go to its store
page, if it?s still there; you may see an
Update button if you?ve disabled autoupdates in Settings > iTunes & App Store.
If there?s an update, download it and see
if iOS flags up its compatibilty.
3 Ask the developer
If the app?s delisted, check if an
upgrade is available as a new purchase:
search for the developer?s name in the
App Store. Failing that, ask directly
through its website if there are plans
for an update or a replacement app.
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APPLE SKILLS Mac software
Power up copy and paste
Pastebot gives you multiple clipboards, copy/paste filters, and more
10 minutes
How to get started
with and use Pastebot
to boost copy and
paste on macOS
yOu?LL nEEd
OS X 10.11 or later,
Pastebot trial, an
internet connection
(or alternate items
to copy and paste)
Pastebot can
The basics of copy and paste
have barely changed since
the Mac?s earliest days.
And that?s fine ? after all,
part of the Mac?s appeal is its elegance
and simplicity. Even so, it can feel limiting
to only have a single pasteboard if you
frequently use copy and paste. It?s here that
Pastebot can prove transformative, hugely
improving productivity through multiple
pasteboards and powerful filtering.
The app costs �99 from the Mac App
Store, but you can grab a free trial from for this tutorial.
On installing the app, you?ll need to run
through a quick process to install a script
(click Open Scripts Folder when prompted,
and then Save Script).
It then pays to familiarise yourself with the
app?s preferences. Use the Blacklist section
to have Pastebot ignore certain apps (such
as Keychain Access or 1Password, to avoid
manually copied login details being stored
Pastebot enables you to store easy-access shortcuts.
in the app). General houses options for finetuning the maximum clipping size and number
kept, iCloud sync, and how the app displays.
The Shortcuts section is also vital from an
efficiency standpoint, enabling you to create
global keyboard shortcuts for actions, such
as showing the clipboard or filters windows.
Usefully, you can also add a shortcut for any
custom pasteboard you create, to quickly
access it regardless of the app you?re using
at the time. Alan Stonebridge
Genius tip!
Click � on an
individual pasteboard or
filter item in the main
window. You can then
assign it a unique
keyboard shortcut.
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Multiple pasteboards APPLE SKILLS
How to Master Pastebot in minutes
1 Copy and paste
2 Use clipboard history
3 Search history
4 Stash favourites
5 Find a quirk
6 Zap with a filter
7 Create a filter
8 Add filter properties
9 Use your filter
In Safari, go to
�-click the logo and select Copy Image.
Then select and copy the biography using
�+C. In a new TextEdit document, use
�+V. Your copied text will be pasted.
But the image?
Go to Window > Main Window. Click
?+? and choose New Pasteboard. Name
your pasteboard. Drag clippings to it
from the Clipboard list, clipboard viewer,
or by copying and pasting into the
pasteboard in the usual manner.
Copy MacFormat?s Twitter URL
from Safari. In Pastebot?s main window,
click General under Filters, then the blue
?+? to create a new filter. Click Preview to
open the preview window. Call your filter
?Lazy URL email?. @macformat
Press �+�+V to open the
clipboard viewer, which shows your
recently copied items. Assuming you?ve
not copied anything new, the image
will be listed second. Press 2 on your
keyboard to paste it into your document.
Back in step 1, formatting came
along for the ride when you pasted the
text ? and this can happen when copying
from word processing software such as
Word as well. Pastebot can filter out
everything but text.
Turn off Apply to Each line. From
the menu, select Quote Text. In Before
Content, type an intro, and in After
Content a sign-off. Use carriage returns
to adjust formatting, guided by the
preview. Save your filter.
Pastebot can hold up to 1,000
?current? clippings. Open the clipboard
viewer and start typing ? your list will
filter to show matching items. Navigate
them with the arrow keys and hit � to
paste what?s selected.
Instead of immediately pasting,
bring up the clipboard viewer, press
�+� to open the filter window, and
select Convert to Plain Text. On hitting
� again, only plain text will be pasted
into your document.
In a new Mail message, follow the
process from step 6 to use your filter
on a copied URL. If you use the filter
often, give it a shortcut (see Genius
Tip). Explore Pastebot?s other filters
for further possibilities.
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Save money with iCloud
Be frugal by reclaiming wasted online storage capacity
> 15 minutes
> How to stop apps
using an unwanted
amount of precious
iCloud storage
> iOS 10.3
It?s tempting
to leave certain
settings on your
iPhone or iPad
on their defaults, not
least iCloud Backup ?
how many times has the
importance of backing up
been hammered into your
brain, after all. That may
seem like the safest strategy
for looking after your files,
Backing up to iCloud offers reassurance, but also costs if you need to up storage.
but ask yourself whether it?s
the risk of running out ? you may not care to
costing you more money than necessary.
follow the advice here; if your requirements
While writing this tutorial, we were
change in the future, though, you can always
shocked to discover that iCloud Backup was
check back to this tutorial.
putting 941MB of data from Tweetbot, and
The following walkthrough is written
459MB from Amazon Music online. Neither
with iOS 10.3 in mind, which is the current
of those apps stores anything we can?t easily
release as we go to press. The 10.3 update
obtain again. So, if you?re trying to stay within
relocates some of the settings you?ll need
the 5GB Apple provides for free with all
to access, but the same principles apply
iCloud accounts, we suggest checking
in previous versions ? instead of tapping
the space your backups of app data are
the new consolidated row for your Apple
taking up, and whether that?s close to costing
ID, iCloud, iTunes and App Store accounts
money that you don?t really need to spend.
at the top of Settings, scroll down and look
However, if you?re already paying for more
in the discrete iCloud submenu.
space in your iCloud account, and think you?ll
Alan Stonebridge
soon need to use it ? and don?t want to run
How to Reclaim wasted iCloud storage
Get more
If you prefer to back up
everything regardless,
but need more space to
do so, tap the storage
breakdown in iCloud?s
settings, then Change
Storage Plan.
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1 Locate iCloud settings
In the recent iOS 10.3 software update,
Apple consolidated settings that relate to
your Apple ID, iCloud, and the iTunes and App
Stores in one place, which is conveniently at
the top of Settings. Start by tapping that row.
2 iCloud storage usage
Tap iCloud near the top of the next page.
You?ll see a colour-coded breakdown of what?s
using your iCloud storage ? not just iCloud
Drive, but email and backups, too. Tap that,
and then tap Manage Storage. @macformat
Storage settings APPLE
Jargon buster
iCloud Backup is a
feature of iOS that will
automatically back up
the data contained in
each of the apps you?ve
installed on your iPhone
or iPad. It includes
everything from your
photo library to saved
progress for games.
3 Finer details
4 Identify space hogs
5 Is it necessary?
6 Free up the space
The next page breaks things down more
precisely. Ignore the Documents & Data section
lower down, despite it listing how much iCloud
storage each of your apps is using. Instead,
under Backups, tap the device you?re using.
Several of our apps? backups were
using a significant amount of the storage
iCloud gives you for free. Consider turning off
backups for apps that contain media that?s free
to redownload, or for which there?s no benefit.
What saves to iCloud
As well as disabling backups for apps,
consider whether apps should save content to
iCloud Drive at all, or if you?re content to use
File Sharing (see to move
files to and from your Mac manually. @macformat
Under the heading Choose Data to Back
Up, tap Show All Apps, and then work your way
down the list, noting any apps whose usage you
consider excessive or unnecessary. You may be
surprised by what?s backed up online.
When you switch off an app?s backups,
you?re asked to confirm; doing so deletes the
backup data from iCloud immediately, freeing
up space for what really matters, such as data
that actually warrants being backed up.
Limit select apps
At the top of iCloud?s settings, scroll past
Apps Using iCloud to third-party apps. Check
online whether those that use lots of space
support an easy transfer method (File Sharing,
or AirDrop); switch off those that do.
You?ll need to repeat
these steps on each
of your iOS devices
to configure their
backups individually.
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APPLE SKILLS Mac software
Organise your email
Discover how to reignite your enthusiasm for email with Spark
10 minutes
How to tame
all your emails
yOu?LL nEEd
An email account,
Spark app, OS X
10.11 or later
If email makes
you anxious,
Spark could be
the solution.
It?s available
for iOS too
If, like us, you spend a lot
of time reading and replying
to email, it?s easy to feel
overwhelmed by an overstuffed
inbox. Apple?s Mail app does a decent job
of filtering things, but it lacks some useful
features that make email much easier, such
as automatic replies, automatic classification
of incoming messages and the ability to
snooze messages until it?s time to deal with
them. Spark (Free) offers all those things
not just on the Mac, but on iOS and the
Apple Watch too.
Spark starts with what it calls the Smart
Inbox, which organises your incoming
messages into Personal, Notifications and
Newsletters with Personal at the top. When
messages have been read but not filed they
move to the Seen section, and if you want to
come back to them later you can Snooze them
so they?ll pop up at a more convenient time.
Snoozing works across all your devices, so
if you Snooze a message on your phone
it?ll be snoozed on your Mac too.
One of our favourite features is the
Quick Reply, which enables you to set up
simple responses for those messages you
need to acknowledge but don?t fancy writing
a whole response to. Simply set up the Quick
Reply messages you want and then choose
the correct one for the message ? so, for
example, we?ve got a ?thanks, but this isn?t
one for us? message as well as the default
?call me?, ?cool? and ?thanks? responses. The
app also works with the Touch Bar on the
new MacBook Pro, enabling you to quickly
respond or file messages with a single tap.
Email your way
We?ve made Spark our default email client
on our Mac, iPad and iPhone because it?s a
great way to manage busy inboxes ? and it?s
very customisable too, so if something isn?t
quite right it?s easy to change to suit your own
way of working. As we?ll see in our tutorial,
you can change how it looks, how messages
are signed, and even set your own keyboard
shortcuts for common tasks.
We particularly like the way the Smart
Inbox can be configured across multiple
accounts, so for example you can have
all your personal emails across multiple
accounts shown in the same group, or
split them on a per-account basis. If email
makes you anxious or irritable, Spark
might just be the solution. Gary Marshall
How to Set up Spark and start sorting
1 Get connected
Spark works with all of the major
email platforms including Gmail, iCloud
and Outlook, and you can manually
configure it if your particular provider
isn?t covered. In this example we?re
going to choose Google.
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2 See your mail
Enter your details (and the code for
two-factor authentication if you use it ?
and you really should) and you should
see something like this, a traditional
three-panel mail layout with various
folders and tags at the side.
3 Find your folders
If you want to add your own folders
to the sidebar, just click on More at the
bottom of the sidebar and then navigate
to the folder you want to add. Click on
the star to add it. You can create new
and Smart Folders here too. @macformat
Manage your mail APPLE SKILLS
CoNtINUED? Set up Spark and start sorting
4 See the sidebar
5 Get swiping
6 Choose your Snooze
7 Set up new Snoozes
8 Create Quick Replies
9 Get back fast
10 Sign your name
11 Edit your inbox
12 Make Spark speedier
As you can see in this screenshot,
adding a folder will also add any
subfolders it contains. We can now
file messages in any of these folders
by dragging and dropping them over
the appropriate one.
You can customise the Snooze
options to fit your own requirements.
Go to Spark > Preferences > Snoozes
to specify what ?later today? means
and to set the specific days or times
for other Snoozes.
Another brilliant feature is
support for multiple signatures, which
you can create in Spark > Preferences
> Signatures. Spark will try to pick the
right signature for each message,
which is clever. @macformat
If you?re using a laptop, swiping on
the trackpad from right to left uncovers
two important options: Delete, which
will ditch the mail into the Trash folder,
and Snooze, which hides the selected
email for a specified time.
We love Spark?s choice of Quick
Replies, which enable you to reply
instantly to messages if you don?t have
time to type up a more detailed response.
In Spark > Preferences > Quick Replies,
you can create your own replies.
In Spark > Preferences > Smart
Inbox, you can customise how the
Smart Inbox works ? for example, by
grouping Personal messages across
multiple accounts or per-account, or
by hiding specific categories.
As you can see here, there are
multiple Snooze options: later today,
tomorrow, the weekend, next week?
there?s even a Someday option if you
like to be vague. You can also select
a particular date.
Here are Quick Replies in action.
Simply scroll to the foot of the message,
tap on the Quick Replies button and
then select the one you want to use.
There?s a brief delay in sending, just
in case you change your mind.
Last but not least, allow us to
introduce Spark?s range of customisable
keyboard shortcuts. To change the
defaults, just click on the one you
want to change and press the keys
you want to use. Easy!
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macOS Sierra
Sierra secrets
Do more with iCloud
Master the Photos app
Take control with Siri
Buy your copy today!
The No.1 guide to making the most of your Mac
What?s inside
Keep your sidebar in
order and customise tags
AddinG fOnts
EditEd by
Your dedicated guide to
getting more from
macOS Sierra
How to add to Font
Book?s list of typefaces
usinG vOice
Tailor Siri to your
macOS Sierra requirements
Genius tip!
Make more
of Messages
OK, so adding super-size
emoji to a text message
may not be essential to
your daily needs, but
it?s a fun addition. And,
Messages on macOS
now offers ?Tapbacks?,
so you can quickly
respond to someone
with a Facebook style
response, such as
thumbs up, heart,
exclamation mark
or a ?Ha, ha?.
macOS Sierra works on
Macs dating back to 2010, and
MacBooks and iMacs to 2009.
You need to be running
Mac OS X 10.7 or later.
You need 8.8GB of available
for advice on using
Time Machine.
Back up your Mac before
upgrading; go to support.
Go to the Mac App Store
and download the free
macOS Sierra upgrade.
the benefits of running macOS Sierra
macOS Sierra introduces
Siri to the Mac.
You can use Apple Pay on
your Mac with macOS Sierra.
Picture-in-picture ? extract
a video from a website and
watch it from your desktop.
By default, Desktop and
Documents folders are
uploaded to iCloud Drive.
You can also send and
receive SMS text messages
from your desktop.
macOS offers the smartest
continuity features to date.
Handoff works with a
number of built-in apps,
allowing you to start work
on one device and finish
off on another.
You can now start/pick up
an iPhone call from your Mac.
For a full list of features, go to
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SIERRA SKILLS Sort files and folders
Organising Finder
use the sidebar and tags to organise your files and folders
10-15 minutes
How to label items
in your sidebar and
customise your tags
yOu?LL nEEd
macOS 10.12 (some
features will work on
earlier versions)
You can assign
multiple tags
to items if
you wish
any listed item to add or remove a tag.
By default, when Finder opens
Part of the beauty of doing things this
it shows all the files on your
way is that the actual location of your files
Mac. As time goes on, this can
and folders doesn?t change. However, you
become rather chaotic. In this
can click on a colour in the sidebar to show
guide, we?ll explore firstly how to customise
all tagged items at any time. nate drake
your sidebar on the left-hand side of the
finder. You can use this to
control which folders and
locations are displayed.
You can also drag
frequently-used folders
into the Favorites section
to access them easily.
The Finder also
supports tags. This allows
you to colour code files
and folders into certain
categories. For instance,
if you?re working on a
mixed media project
involving music and
pictures you could assign
a Purple tag to files and
folders you?re using.
You can assign
multiple tags to
items if you wish.
Simply press
Keep all your files and folders in an orderly fashion by making the most of your sidebar
?-click on
and using coloured tags to keep various items within certain categories.
How to Organise files with Finder
1 Customise sidebar
Go to Finder > Preferences. Click
Sidebar in the new window that opens.
Here you can tick which items appear
by default in the sidebar, such as your
Music and Movies folders.
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2 Customise tags
Click on Tags ? at the top of the
window next to General. Right click on
any tag here and choose ?Rename X?
to give it a new title. Just click on a
coloured dot to choose a new colour.
3 Tag items
Close the Finder preferences window
and ?-click a file or folder. In the Tags
section of the pop-up menu, click a colour
label to assign a category. Click the tags
in the sidebar to view tagged items. @macformat
Install additional fonts SIERRA SKILLS
Install fonts in macOS Sierra
use Font Book to add new writing styles to your applications
5-10 minutes
How to download,
install and use fonts
in macOS Sierra
yOu?LL nEEd
macOS 10.12 (some
features will work on
earlier versions),
internet access to
download fonts
your Mac comes with many
dozens of fonts, but if you
want to add extra flourish,
you can install extra ones
through the built-in app, Font Book.
Two of the most common font formats
are TrueType and OpenType, and fortunately
macOS ? and, by extension, Font Book too ?
supports both. If you?re reading this guide,
you?ll most likely have found a website offering
fonts available for download, so make sure the
site provides them in one of the supported
types. Fonts are often protected by copyright
in the UK and elsewhere, so make sure you
have any necessary licence to use them.
Once installed, your new font should be
available from the font menu in relevant apps.
To send documents to another computer,
make sure that the same font is installed there
too, or else they may not display correctly.
If you get stuck, in Font Book choose File >
Restore Standard Fonts to put macOS?s fonts
back to their original state. Other fonts are
disabled, but are easy to restore from ?Fonts
(Removed)? in the systems and your user
account?s Library folders. nate drake
Once installed,
your new font
should be
available from
the menu
Font Book is a built-in application and
it allows you to add extra fonts.
How to Install fonts in macOS Sierra
1 Download your font
Do a search in your browser for ?fonts
for download? and you?ll get plenty of
options, such as Click on
the link to download a font. By default,
it?ll appear in your Downloads folder. @macformat
2 Install Font
Open Finder and navigate to your
Downloads folder. Double-click on the file
with the extension .otf or .ttf. Font Book
will open and show you a preview of your
new font. Click Install to add it.
3 Use Font
Close Font Book. Open the
document you want to use the new
font in. Type your text in, then highlight
the text, and simply select the new font
from the dropdown menu.
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SieRRA SkillS macOS Sierra
using voice control
Give commands to and ask questions of Siri, your voice-controlled assistant
iT will TAke
15 minutes
yOu will leARn
How to use voice
commands to
control your Mac
you may be familiar with Siri
if you own an iPhone, iPod
touch or iPad. You can ask
the personal assistant to look
up information, create a new reminder or
calendar event, send a message and much
more using just your voice. Siri makes it easy
yOu?ll need
macOS 10.12 (some
features will work on
earlier versions);
optionally an internet
connection to set
up ?Hey Siri?
to get many common tasks done without
having to move the pointer around the screen,
click things or type details in a window.
There are several ways to initiate a
conversation with Siri. Even if you aren?t
much of a fan of keyboard shortcuts, we
strongly recommend you try to memorise
Siri?s. If your hands spend a lot of time on the
keyboard, you can call on Siri in an instant,
check the information it provides, then press
to dismiss its window and return to
whatever you were doing.
Correcting Siri
When you call upon Siri?s assistance, its window slides
into view at the top right of the desktop.
You can also use Siri to search for files based
on simple terms, without having to type
criteria in Spotlight or in a Finder search
window to find items within a range of dates
or which have a certain tag attached.
There?s one thing that?s useful to keep in
the back of your mind. If Siri should slightly
misinterpret you, there?s no need to repeat
yourself. Instead, double-click the mistaken
word at the top of its window, correct it with
the keyboard, then press to rerun your
command. Now, let?s get started.
Alan Stonebridge
How to Tailor Siri to your preferences
Genius tip!
By default, Siri will
speak its responses
out loud. If that feels
inappropriate for
where you are, you can
silence it and just read
responses in its window:
go to Siri?s preferences
pane and then turn off
Voice Feedback.
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1 Set some basic expectations 2 Pick a microphone
In System Preferences, click Siri?s icon. The
first two items here determine the language
and dialect Siri expects you to speak in, and
the voice (language, accent and gender) in
which Siri responds. Your choice in the former
dictates the options available for the latter.
Many Macs have a built-in mic, but
you might have a USB one or a headset for
FaceTime, Skype, or Messenger. With the mic
connected, click the Mic Input pop-up menu;
when set to Automatic, macOS analyses and
selects one, but you can pick one here. @macformat
Setting up Siri SieRRA SkillS
CoNtINUED? Siri preferences
Genius tip!
3 Call upon Siri
4 Invoke from the keyboard
5 Commands and queries
6 Keep a file search around
If you?ve previously removed the Siri icon
from the dock, drag Siri from the Applications
folder into the Dock. In the menu bar, icon
visibility is determined in Siri?s preferences
pane. If your Mac has a Touch Bar, its Control
Strip includes a one-press Siri key.
For guidance on what you can ask of Siri,
invoke it and say ?What can I ask you?? Its
window will show a mix of apps and activities;
click one for examples. You don?t need
to close and then reinvoke Siri to ask it
something else; say ?clear? or ?restart? to it.
Siri?s default keyboard shortcut requires
you to hold �+[spacebar], adding a slight
delay before reacting. Opting for the
predefined ?+[spacebar] alternative or a
custom shortcut makes it react instantly. You
can also disable keyboard access if you prefer.
You can preserve Siri?s
responses that don?t
show lists of files, too.
Drag from the bar at the
top of the results to the
desktop or a folder in
a Finder window. Don?t
worry if the results
extend beyond Siri?s
window ? the image file
will be longer and
contain them all.
Siri?s window stays open till you click an
item or close it. If you asked about files, such
as ?Show files I?ve worked on this week?,
there?ll be a + at the top of the results. Click
it to pin the search to Notification Centre?s
Today view, where the results will update.
Jargon buster
7 Add ?Hey Siri? to your Mac 8 Finishing touches
This iPhone feature isn?t provided on the
Mac, but you can add it. In Keyboard prefs,
click Dictation, turn it on, and enable
Enhanced Dictation. Go to the Accessibility
pane, select Dictation, enable the dictation
keyword and set it to ?Hey? (without quotes). @macformat
Click Dictation Commands and enable
advanced ones. Click the +, set the command
to ?Mac? (without quotes), to work in any app,
to press a key combo, then press Siri?s combo
(it must be the ?press? rather than the ?hold?
kind, and not use ?; see step 4). Click Done.
While the basic dictation
feature of your Mac
provides recorded audio
to Apple to process, the
enhanced type does the
processing on your Mac.
This enables it to be used
to control features of
your Mac by voice.
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the invisible log
When I used El Capitan, I kept an
eye on my Time Machine backups
in Console. When that didn?t help
in Sierra, I switched to running a small script.
Now that I?ve updated to 10.12.4, even that
doesn?t work any more. Why not?
by J o h n C a s e l l a
You?re one of the few Mac users
who is running in normal user
mode, rather than as an admin
user. One of the undocumented changes in
the Sierra 10.12.4 update is that log access
no longer works unless you?re logged in as
an admin user, although log entries are still
made. No one knows whether this is a passing
When running in normal user mode, no tool can find entries
in Sierra 10.12.4?s log, although they?re still being made.
bug, or a permanently changed feature.
The best solution is to switch to your
Mac?s first admin user account when you
want to access the logs, using that script or
any other means of doing so. There?s no tool
which can work around this, and it affects the
bundled utility Console, my free Consolation,
and the ?log show? command in Terminal,
which can?t find or show any log entries.
In Terminal?s command line, you can use
the ?sudo? command to run as a named admin
user from within your normal user account.
It?s even possible to run apps that way.
However, it can be fiddly to set up, and
can only be used interactively; you can?t
do that when you?re not there.
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GeNiUS tiPS Peripherals
Enlightening answers to your questions
about external devices
quick fire
Should I set my
NAS up to use AFP
or SMB sharing?
> Although Apple Filing
Protocol (AFP) used to
be preferred for Mac
shared file services over
networks, Apple now
says it recommends you
should opt for SMB
(Server Message Block)
instead. You can still
encounter problems
in either, though
you should now try
using SMB first.
Will a Wacom Cintiq
12WX work with
my new iMac?
> Yes. Ensure it is
complete with the
dedicated cable
converter, and buy
a Mini DisplayPort to
Dual-Link DVI adaptor
to go from the
converter to your iMac.
It only delivers a
maximum resolution
of 1280x800 pixels,
though. Download
the latest drivers for
touchscreen support
from Wacom.
62 | macformat | July 2017
Shrink bloated PdFs
I keep scanned copies of utility bills
as PDF files. Although I haven?t
changed the scanner settings since
upgrading to Sierra, the scanned file sizes
have shot up from around 600KB to nearly
4MB. How can I get them down to a
reasonable size again?
by a n d r e w B u r t
This is the result of Sierra including
new support for handling PDF data
in its PDFKit library, which in its early
releases had some serious bugs. Many of
those have been fixed over successive
updates, but some still remain.
Scanned PDF file size can be reduced by
converting the documents, and scan settings,
to greyscale or black and white, which should
not affect the usefulness or legibility of most
of your documents.
There are plenty of different third-party
apps which can compress images in PDF files
very effectively, and you should try some
out to see how effective they are on your
documents. Suitable products include Adobe
Acrobat Pro itself, PDF Compress, and PDF Pro
Compressor. Several are available through the
App Store, and some offer separate free demo
versions. Tweak their settings to obtain
suitable file sizes without sacrificing legibility,
and compress your existing scans as a batch.
Eventually, as this new version of PDFKit
stabilises and it compresses embedded images
properly again, its file sizes should reduce to
those achieved in El Capitan. However, custom
compression should bring you some benefits
even then, and may be worth using on your old
files created in El Capitan too. If you?re going
to keep PDF records, it?s worth taking the
trouble to optimise their storage.
Adobe Acrobat Pro and other PDF tools offer a wide
range of options which can help compress PDF files.
Peripherals GeNiUS tiPS
Speedier printing
Why won?t my
internal CD/DVD
drive see disks?
I?m using my fourth Canon printer,
a PIXMA MG7750. Although I?m
pleased with its output, Canon?s
Easy-Photoprint EX is painfully slow, and
can take over two minutes printing a photo.
What can I do to speed this up?
> Check the CDs & DVDs
pane is set to perform
the right actions. If
that?s not available or
won?t work, run Apple
Hardware Test or
Diagnostics from
startup. If you?ve
recently updated
macOS, try downloading
and installing the latest
Combo updater from
Apple Support.
by B e r n a r d M i n n s
Minimise delay by connecting
the printer using a wired Ethernet
connection rather than Wi-Fi. After
that, speed is a trade-off against quality:
the higher the quality of print that you
want, the longer the process takes.
Rather than using Canon?s software,
compare speed and quality with Adobe
Photoshop CC and Sierra?s regular print driver.
Photoshop runs more quickly when you have
ample installed memory and contiguous free
disk space on the volume which it uses for its
scratch files, by default the startup disk.
Speed is compromised in more affordable
Adobe Photoshop CC offers the most sophisticated range
of controls for printing, and normally delivers top quality
results, even compared to printer specific software.
printers; when you pay more, your printer has
a more powerful processor and more memory,
enabling it to do more work in preparing an
image for printing. This gives the software on
your Mac less work, and preparation is quicker.
Finally, ensure that you?re running the
latest version of macOS, with its latest printer
drivers: Sierra has brought considerable
changes in printing and PDF from El Capitan,
and those features have improved markedly
with each update.
Old out, new in
I have bought a new printer, which I
want to connect to my Mac running
Sierra, to replace the old one.
What?s the best way to do this?
Why won?t my iMac
5K display wake
from sleep?
> If you?ve one or more
external displays and
applied the Sierra
10.12.4 update, this is
a known bug. Disable
display sleep, relying on
a screensaver to darken
your displays instead.
This should be fixed in
10.12.5. If it?s your only
display, run Diagnostics
to see if it?s a graphics
card issue. Details are
by i a n d e w a r
Disconnect your old printer, connect
your new one, and power it up. Open
the Printers & Scanners pane. Click
on the ?+? tool at the lower left to add your
new printer, which your Mac should now be
able to find. An hour or so later, open the
App Store app and check that there are no
updates, as adding a new printer can trigger
an update to its printer driver.
If you?re keeping your old printer in
reserve, you need not remove the old one,
but you?ll want to make the new printer the
default. If you?re passing the old printer on
or recycling it, select it in the list of printers
and click on the ??? tool at the lower left of
that pane to remove it.
The great majority of printers which can
be used in Sierra are supported by drivers
which are supplied by Apple as part of macOS.
Why does one
external drive
power down in
A @macformat
When adding a new printer to Printers & Scanners, your
Mac should detect it if it?s properly connected.
A few models may benefit from the installation
of additional software, or even a different
driver, supplied from the vendor?s support
site. If the driver built into macOS works
well, you should stick with that.
Sometimes the vendor?s own software
enables additional features, but normally the
driver supplied through Apple is the most
compatible. Apple lists current supported
printers at
> There are issues with
Power Management
settings on certain
Macs. Even when Energy
Saver is set to not put
drives to sleep, some
internal/external drives
will go to sleep when the
system does. The only
workaround is to disable
system sleep altogether.
July 2017 | macformat | 63
GeNiUS tiPS Mac software
Mac software
Shine a spotlight on sagacious solutions
to your most maddening Mac maladies
How can I transfer
video from my
Sony RX100 IV?
> This shoots AVCHD
video, which is simplest
to transfer from
memory card. Many
tools in the App Store
can convert from
AVCHD to a format
for use in iMovie, or
consider using Apple?s
Final Cut Pro suite, also
from the App Store.
How do I print four
months to a page
in Calendar?
> This has changed since
mentioned in our
February issue (309): in
Sierra 10.12.4, select the
Print command in the
File menu. Set the Time
range for four months,
then Continue. In the
Print dialog, select the
Layout item in its popup
menu, set ?4 Pages per
Sheet?, and select the
Layout Direction.
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looking for protection
I?m looking for new
anti-virus software
to replace AVG
Free on my iMac. What
should I look at?
by C h r i s t o p h e r
There is no ?one size
fits all? in anti-virus
protection, as the
need depends entirely on
your risk. As a minimum, for
someone who only downloads
apps from the App Store and
is a light and cautious user
of social media and websites,
they should keep a couple of
tools to hand in case they
need to check out anything
suspicious. Objective-See?s
free TaskExplorer from and a
product such as Malwarebytes
Anti-Malware (malwarebytes.
com) should suffice.
At the high-risk end of the spectrum,
someone might regularly download software
from plain HTTP sites, and already have had
a couple of close calls from social media links
and other websites. They will need the
protection of a subscription-based service,
from Malwarebytes, or from Intego for its
Mac Internet Security X9 (, or
similar. These will necessarily be more
intrusive, though.
Also worth looking at are Objective-See?s
other free tools, such as BlockBlock,
RansomWhere?, and What?s Your Sign?
Little Snitch from ( is great for
checking outgoing connections too.
It?s essential not to leave it to software
TaskExplorer scans all running tasks, checks them against
the VirusTotal master malware database, and provides
further detailed information.
to protect you, though. The most powerful and
effective anti-virus protection is you, and your
suspicions and caution. If you don?t check
every incoming email before clicking on links,
and don?t check every web page you view,
then no software will fully protect you from
the consequences. Most phishing attacks,
other scams, and malware exploit the weakest
link ? the human ? sometimes very cleverly. @macformat
Mac software GeNiUS tiPS
Screen sharing bug
Since updating to macOS Sierra
10.12.4, I?ve had problems accessing
my Mac using screen sharing and
VNC from my iPad. Using another Mac is fine,
but authenticating using the iPad?s on-screen
keyboard fails. Using a Bluetooth keyboard
with the iPad works fine. What?s wrong?
by a n d y s h u t t l e w o r t h
This is a bizarre bug which appears
confined to Sierra 10.12.4, and results
in the on-screen � key not working
on the iPad. If you enter any password
containing capitals, Apple?s VNC server,
to which it is trying to connect, sees only
lower case letters, and refuses.
As you?ve discovered, you can work around
it by not using an iOS on-screen keyboard; a
Bluetooth keyboard or a Mac will do nicely,
though. You could also change your password
so that it doesn?t use capital letters.
It?s independent of the client app
which you use in iOS, and appears to occur
somewhere between 10.12.4 and Apple?s VNC
Server. If you substitute another VNC server,
such as RealVNC?s, then the on-screen
keyboard works normally again. Full details
are at
How do I sync
Outlook with
Contacts and
> To sync address book
and appointments from
Microsoft Outlook 2016
on a Mac with its
Contacts and Calendar
apps, you need a
Microsoft Exchange
ActiveSync account on
a Microsoft Exchange
Server, which is only
likely on corporate
or organisational
networks. Outlook
on iOS is more
obliging, though.
Where have helper
Services gone in
> Sierra brought new
code to handle PDF
files. Side-effects
include the loss of items
from Services. Formerly
these allowed search
using selected text and
more. Hopefully they?ll
return in an update.
If screen-sharing with Sierra 10.12.4 no longer accepts
your password from an iOS device, try eliminating
capitals from that password.
Recovering trashed emails
I was clearing out loads of
emails, but inadvertently
selected all instead of
just the messages I had originally
selected. I was puzzled when those
messages promptly vanished from
my iMac, which connects to the
same iCloud account. How can I
get the trashed messages back?
by C o l i n h e a t o n
When you keep your mail in
iCloud, changes made on one
connected system alter what?s stored
in iCloud, thus what all other devices see. This
is good, because it means that all your devices
can access your latest incoming messages,
and you can reply to them using any device.
But it also means that deleting messages @macformat
If other means of accessing Time
Machine backups fail, you can always
recover individual messages and
attachments from your backups.
removes them from iCloud and all
devices connected to it.
If you?re using Apple?s Mail or
another mail client which keeps Trash,
you could of course retrieve your
messages from the Trash before they
are automatically removed from that
? a setting made in Mail?s Preferences,
in the Accounts item, and Mailbox
Behaviours tab. If they?ve been emptied
already, then your only chance is to
retrieve them from the most recent
backup which you made before deleting them.
If you?ve been using Time Machine, this
should be straightforward. Time Machine does
back up what you have stored in iCloud, unless
you specifically exclude it from doing so. If you
don?t have a recent backup, then I?m afraid
that your messages have gone.
July 2017 | macformat | 65
GeNiUS tiPS iOS hardware
iOS hardware
bring us your queries on the gear you?ve
got to keep you mobile
iOS hardware
Why won?t my
iPhone 6 Plus
play 4K video?
> The 6 Plus supports
H.264 video up to
1080p; supporting
H.264 at 4K requires
the next more
powerful graphics
card, the six-core
GT7600, fitted in the
6s, 6s Plus, and even
the SE, although
those, the 7 and 7
Plus only support
4K at 30 frames
per second, and still
stream video at 1080p.
Does the
QardioArm BP
monitor fit
large arms?
> The supplied cuff
is designed to fit
upper arms with a
circumference of
22-37cm. If you try
to use it on a larger
arm, it won?t fit and
measurements will
be progressively
inaccurate and
potentially misleading.
Check with your doctor.
Connecting with
hearing appliances
I rely on expensive, professionally
fitted hearing appliances. My
current iPhone is connected by
its headphone socket to a special adaptor,
which transmits its audio output to those
appliances. If I were to get an iPhone 7
which lacks that headphone socket,
how could I connect this adaptor?
by n o r M a n J a C k s o n
Although the iPhone 7 doesn?t have
a headphone socket, for around �or a little less you can get a Lightning
to headphone socket adaptor cable, which
should then connect happily with the special
adaptor which you use to transmit the audio
to your hearing appliances.
The snag with this is that an iPhone
only has one Lightning port, so you can?t
use that single port for audio output when
you want to charge the iPhone, for example.
There are more expensive adaptors available
which address this: for example, the Belkin
Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar, which
costs around �.
You should also discuss this with your
audiologist who deals with your hearing
appliances: there are now more than 20
manufacturers who offer ?Made for iPhone?
appliances which connect wirelessly and
directly with iPhones and iPads using
Bluetooth. Apple provides a full listing
at, where it also explains
what you need to do to pair them for use.
For example, Starkey Halo appliances
are available in the UK, and are detailed at
halo-wireless-hearing-aids. Once paired with
your iPhone, the company?s TruLink app
enables you to use extra features such as
You no longer need an intermediate adaptor to transmit
iPhone audio to hearing appliances: this can be done
direct using Bluetooth.
Live Listen, which allows you to use the
iPhone?s built-in directional microphone to
acquire sound which is then transmitted by
Bluetooth to your appliances.
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Remote control bath
Using the Blynk app to
control microcomputers
or the last year, I?ve been building a
hot tub in the garden. Nothing fancy
? it is literally just a wooden box that
holds enough hot water to cover two people
who know each other fairly well. Most of the
boring digging and plumbing is done now and
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I?m moving on to the fun stuff, which is the
electronics to control it. The tub is designed
to be filled and emptied with each use, with
the water inlet controlled by a solenoid valve
connected to an Arduino microcontroller
( When you press the ?fill? button,
it uses a Hall-effect flow sensor
to measure out exactly the right
amount of hot water and then
shuts itself off. It takes about
an hour to fill, which is fine, but
I don?t want to have to check on
it, because this cuts into valuable
drinking time. I want the hot tub
to notify me on my iPad when
it is full. And, ideally, I?d like a
running commentary of the
current fill level?
A hot tub is just a waterproof hole
in the ground, connected to the
hot water supply. Simple.
The Titanium PowerBook released in 2001 looked very different
from the bulging, black plastic curves of the G3 PowerBooks before
it. This was a sleek, silvery slab of right angles, with a DVD drive
built into the frame, instead of a drive caddy. Later PowerBooks
would be made of aircraft-grade aluminium, but this was crafted
from titanium; the stuff of spacecraft. Like many spacecraft, it
was a fickle beast though. The screen hinges were
prone to snapping and the video cable
suffered from repeated flexing, which
resulted in screen glitches.
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LOVe yOUR MAC Hot tub control
How do I upload
code to the
Arduino Yun?
> You can use a USB
cable, but it needs the
USB A connector (the
large flat one) at both
ends because the Yun
doesn?t have a USB B
socket. Much simpler is
to use Wi-Fi. Once the
Yun is connected to
your network, select
Tools > Board > Arduino
Yun in the Arduino
editor. The app will
locate the network
address to use but this
can take a few minutes
because the Wi-Fi
connection on the Yun
is handled by a separate
processor running Linux
and it is slow to boot up.
Does Blynk cost
money to use?
> No. Each widget uses
in-app currency when
you first add it to your
UI but you begin with
enough free currency
for a simple app.
Actually running Blynk
doesn?t cost anything.
Control Arduino devices, and
others, with the free Blynk app.
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Hot tub timer
Control electronic gadgets from iOS
he Arduino controller is in the
utility room, next to the boiler,
which is too far away for bluetooth
to reach all the way to the sitting room.
That means I need to use Wi-Fi, but the
Arduino Uno I?m using only comes with wired
Ethernet support. I could add the official
Arduino Wi-Fi shield but it costs � and that
seems like a lot to pay, just for notifications.
At the other end of the scale is the ESP8266
Wi-Fi transceiver. This is only �59, but it?s
just a bare circuit board and would need quite
a bit of work to integrate it with the Arduino.
Luckily someone has already done this for me,
in the form of the KOOKYE Wi-Fi shield, and
this only costs � so it seems like the sensible
compromise option.
The Wi-Fi module is designed to make the
programming really easy. It automatically
intercepts anything I print to the serial port
and rebroadcasts it over Wi-Fi. I can connect
either to my home router, or directly to a
Making the Wi-Fi connection LOVe yOUR MAC
remote server using a simple configuration
page. I want to send the current fill level of the
hot tub to a web page, so that I can use Safari
on my iPad to monitor it from the sofa. I sign
up for some free web hosting and create a
simple MySQL database to hold the data and
then create a couple of scripts in PHP. The
add.php script takes ?post? commands sent
over the web and inserts a new record in the
table and then index.php generates a web
page to display the most recent record.
This works fine when I just send post
commands from a browser, but doing it
i try resetting the board
and, suddenly, the Wi-Fi
configuration wizard
completes successfully!
from the Arduino is another matter. The Wi-Fi
shield automatically handles the process of
connecting to the remote web server, but
before I can post to the database, I also need
to log in to MySQL and I have no idea how
to format the network packets to do this.
Ironically, this problem has already been
solved for just the bare ESP8266 transceiver
and there are excellent code libraries and
online tutorials that I could cut and paste. But
my Wi-Fi shield automates just enough of this
process that the existing libraries don?t work,
and it?s obscure enough that there aren?t any
libraries specifically for this board.
After two frustrating days trying to
capture Wi-Fi packets and reverse engineer
them, I give up and spend � on an Arduino
Yun, which is what I should have done in the
first place. This is the version that has built-in
Wi-Fi hardware controlled by a separate
processor on the same board. It is pincompatible with the Arduino Uno, but
costs less than an Uno plus the official
Wi-Fi shield. Best of all, since it?s an
official Arduino product, it has
excellent library support.
Electrical failure
There?s just one teeny, tiny
gotcha. My Arduino Uno has an
on-board voltage regulator that
accepts power anywhere from 7V
to 12V and converts it down to 5V for the
board. The new Yun skips this circuitry to save @macformat
space and requires exactly
5V. I forget this important
detail and connect my board
to the 12V supply I was using
for the Uno. Result: some
interesting flashing lights
and the Ethernet socket
immediately becomes too
hot to touch. So now I have
to buy another Yun and the
total bill for this project
climbs to �0. Remember
when I said � was too
much to pay for
Out of the box, the Yun
acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot. I
connect to this from my iPad
and access the configuration
web page at IP address When I try
saving the name and
password for my home Wi-Fi, I get ?AJAX
Error 0?, which some forums suggest may be
because of the ongoing legal spat between the
different factions of the Arduino organisation
at and The only
suggested solution is to update the OpenWRT
firmware, but this invalidates the Yun?s
warranty and feels like a classic example of
?when in a hole, keep digging?. I spend an hour
looking at different forums and periodically
resetting the Wi-Fi settings and retrying, with
no success. Then, as a last act of desperation
before I go for the firmware update, I try
resetting the board all the way back to the
factory default. And suddenly, mysteriously,
the Wi-Fi configuration wizard completes
successfully! The moral of this story is? well,
actually, I?m not sure what the moral is. Keep
bashing your head against the wall until it
breaks, I suppose.
And to think Luis thought that
getting the hot tub in place
was the tricky bit?
Magic middleware
With the Yun now connected to the internet,
I could go back to my original plan of posting
hot tub readings to a database. But there?s a
much sexier option. Blynk is a mobile app that
lets you drag and drop widgets onto a phone
or iPad and connect them over the internet to
a remote microcontroller. The Blynk servers
take care of all the network synchronisation
and they provide template code to paste into
your own Arduino sketches. It takes me a
couple of minutes to create a simple interface
on my iPad, with a status LED, a fill gauge and
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LOVe yOUR MAC blynk projects
How to Control electronics projects with blynk
1 Create your UI
With a Blynk account set up, create an
account. Then create a new project and
choose whether to connect over Wi-Fi
or Bluetooth. Drag and drop widgets to
define your interface. There are widgets
for physical controls like LEDs and
buttons, but also virtual widgets to
connect to Twitter, email or web servers.
2 Install the library
You will receive an email with your
authorisation key. Download the code
library from and
use the online code builder to create
template code for your model. Add your
key to the line that begins char auth[] =.
Blynk also works with lots of other
microcontrollers, including Raspberry Pi.
3 Program your pins
Widgets in your interface can be
linked to physical pins on the Arduino and
will update as the pins change voltage.
You can also link them to virtual pins and
update them manually from code. The
command Blynk.virtualWrite(V3,
255); turns on the widget connected to
virtual pin 3, for example.
The hot tub controller blends
seamlessly with the tangled
mess of wires and pipes.
Next issue!
Luis stumbles across a
huge haul of vintage
Macs ? some of them
dating back to 1983! But
how many can he
squeeze into his car?
72 | MACFORMAT | July 2017
a couple of buttons. By adding a few lines of
code to the program that controls the hot tub,
I can tell it to send the fill level to the Blynk
servers and this is picked up by the app on my
iPad. The communication works in the other
direction as well ? I can tap the buttons in
the app to remotely start or stop the filling
process. To alert me when the tub is full, I can
set Blynk to send me an email, a tweet, or just
a regular app notification.
Insofar as any aspect of a hot tub in the
garden can be deemed essential, being able
to turn the taps on and off is obviously much
more important than the ability to monitor
the water level without pausing Netflix.
The beauty of the Blynk solution is that
it completely isolates the iPad code from the
software that controls the tap valves. That
makes things much less likely to break and
means that I can upgrade my iPad or change
the UI layout without having to mess about
with the Arduino code. @macformat
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to m s us he
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74 | MACFORMAT | JULY 2017 @macformat
our Apple ID is an
online account which
allows you to easily
access various Apple
services such as
iCloud, the iTunes
and App Stores,
FaceTime and iMessage.
This can be very problematic if you
lose access to your Apple ID ? if you
forget your password, say. Some people
try to resolve this by creating another
Apple ID instead of fixing the one they
have, which means they?ll have no
access to their existing data in iCloud,
nor to any past purchases in the App
Store or iTunes Store.
You need to make sure your Apple
ID is linked to a working email address
and that you know both your passwords
and security questions. You can also link
a credit card and telephone number to
your account, which will also help verify
your identity if you?re ever locked out
of your account.
We have assumed here that you
have already created an Apple ID. If
you?re unsure whether you already
have one, follow the steps on the
Apple Support website to check, and
create one if necessary (go to apple.
co/2pN4OLH for guidance). @macformat
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APPLE ID Manage your account
& answers
Make sure you can access your
Apple ID should the worst happen
When you create an Apple
ID, you select three security
questions and enter your
Your Apple ID password is precious.
corresponding answers, such
You need it to sign in to iCloud and
as the name of your best friend
each time you download something
in school. Security questions are
from the iTunes or App Store.
useful for gaining access to your
If you?re having trouble signing in
account if you?ve forgotten the
using your Apple ID, you can easily reset
password ? go to
the password by requesting a link to be
You may also need to answer
sent to the email address registered
security questions when signing
to your ID. See the steps in ?Reset your
in to the Apple ID website.
Apple ID password via email? to do this.
If you forget the answers to
That will only work if you still use this
your security questions, you?ll need
email address. If not, visit
to know your Apple ID password
com in your browser and sign in. Click
to be able to reset them. Go through
Edit in the Account section of the Apple
the steps to ?Reset your Apple ID
ID website, then Change Email Address.
password by email? (opposite) if
The Apple ID website will send a code
you?re unsure of this.
to your new email address.
Once you?re sure of your
In future, when entering your Apple
password, go to
ID credentials, use the new email
and sign in. In the Security section,
address and your Apple ID?s password
click Change Questions to select
to sign in. If your Mac was signed in to
new Q&As. When setting up
iCloud, you may see your old email
your Apple ID, you should
address listed in System Preferences.
write down the
security questions?
safe, but if
The Apple ID site may ask
you find
to answer two of your
security questions to verify
your identity. If you can?t
recall your answers, reset
your questions at
you can use
authentication if you
prefer. That sends a
verification code to your
registered (and hence trusted)
devices instead. Follow the steps
at to do this.
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This won?t actually affect your data but,
for peace of mind, you can sign out and
then in again with the new address.
Multiple addresses
If you use more than one email address
you can add this in the Contactable At
section of your account at
com. Simply click Edit then Add More to
enter another email address and confirm
it in the same way. FaceTime and
iMessage users can then use this
additional address to contact you. You
cannot, however, use this email address
to sign in to the Apple ID website or
receive iForgot emails to reset your
password (see later).
You can also use this section to add
a mobile phone number if you have one.
This is useful for verifying your identity
Use the Apple ID page to update your contact
information, security settings and card details,
and to see where you?re signed in.
Reset your Apple ID
password by email
Click Add More to link another email address or phone number to your Apple ID.
if you need to reset your password with
Apple Support (see below).
The Security section of the Apple ID
website also contains the option to ?Add
a rescue email?. This is very useful if you
need to reset your security questions.
Click the link and confirm your email
address in the same way outlined above.
Apple ID dilemmas
The above steps are excellent if you have
some level of access to your account.
You can reset your Apple ID password
provided you have access to your email
address or know the answers to your
security questions. You can also reset
the security questions if you know the
password and the answer to at least one
question. What do you do, though, if you
cannot reset your password by email,
nor answer the security questions?
If you?re ever in this situation, you
can contact Apple Support to verify your
Click Edit Payment Information to update
the payment card details and billing address
registered to your Apple ID. @macformat
identity over the phone. If this is
successful, a password reset link can
be sent to the email address of your
choice after 24 hours. Similarly, if Apple
Support can verify you?re the account
holder, it can reset your security
questions, so you can choose new
ones the next time you sign in.
Your identity needs to be confirmed
in two different ways. For instance, you
could answer one of your security
questions correctly and receive a code
via SMS. Apple Support can also send a
code to another device, such as an iPad,
that?s currently signed in with your
Apple ID. If you need to reset security
questions, you must also generate a
temporary support PIN by signing in
to the Apple ID website. Apple Support
can talk you through this.
You can also verify your ID by
providing the first six and last four digits
of the long number of your registered
credit card, along with the expiry date.
Many account holders hit a snag here
as their card details aren?t up to date.
If your Apple ID is currently working,
take the time now to sign in to your
account at and
update that information.
In Payment and Shipping, click Edit
Payment Information. If this is the first
time you?re adding billing info, the link
will read Add New Payment Card. Either
way a form will appear. Enter your card
number, expiry date, security code, and
billing and shipping addresses. This is
used each time you make a purchase in
the iTune and App Stores, and to take
payment if you?ve opted in to paying for
more storage for your iCloud account.
1 Forgotten passwords
If you?ve forgotten your Apple ID
passwords, go to and
enter the email address linked to your
Apple ID, such as janedoe223@post.
com, then click Continue.
2 Reset method
Choose ?I need to reset my
password? and Continue. You?ll be asked
how to reset your password. If your Apple
ID is linked to a working email address,
choose Get An Email, then Continue.
3 Reset password
Find the ?How to reset?? email.
Click Reset Now in that email to go to
the website. Enter your new password in
the New Password and Confirm Password
fields, then Reset Password.
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APPLE ID Manage your account
Mix and match
Resolve headaches caused by multiple Apple IDs
In the previous section, we discussed
how your Apple ID can be used for
multiple services, such as the iTunes
and App Stores. In fact, you can end
up using different Apple IDs with
different services ? for instance,
you may have one Apple ID for
iTunes purchases and another
signed in to iCloud.
Although ideally you should have one
Apple ID, multiple IDs aren?t necessarily
an issue provided you?re able to
remember the details to sign in to all
of them (refer to the previous section
if you can?t). However, there are times
when you may need to consolidate data
from multiple Apple IDs.
Children going away to university, for
instance, might want to set up their own
Apple ID but would still like access to
your past purchases from the
iTunes Store. Similarly you
might be experiencing
the annoyance of apps
iCloud Keychain
Once you?re signed in to iCloud in
System Preferences, you can set up
iCloud Keychain. This handy feature
stores an encrypted version of any
Safari usernames, passwords and
bank cards in iCloud, saving you
the trouble of having to enter
them each time.
If you don?t already use iCloud
Keychain and are interested in doing
so, follow the steps at apple.
co/2qzLu7m to set it up.
During the set-up process, iCloud
Keychain will ask you to create a
six-digit security code, which you
can enter on additional devices to
grant them access to your keychain.
You?ll also be asked for a mobile
number to verify your identity
by sending a verification code
in a text message.
If your mobile phone number
changes and/or your forget your iCloud
Security Code, open System Preferences?
iCloud pane and click Options next to
iCloud Keychain to change the code or
update your number.
If none of your devices are signed in to
iCloud Keychain any more, you can reset
the code, but all your existing passwords
will be lost. In iCloud?s preferences pane,
tick Keychain, then click Forgot Code.
If any one of your Macs is still authorised to use iCloud Keychain, you can change
your security code or the phone number that receives verification codes in that
Mac?s iCloud preferences pane.
repeatedly requesting the password
for an old Apple ID in order to update.
If you suspect you might have more
than one Apple ID, first sign in at appleid. using the Apple ID you want
to use day to day. Note down your
primary email address and any other
email addresses or contact numbers
linked to your account.
Tunes and apps
Go to ? > App Store. In the app?s Store
menu, make sure you?re signed in with
the correct Apple ID (listed next to View
My Account). If not, choose Sign Out
and then sign in to the correct one.
If you previously installed apps using
a different Apple ID, you?ll need to enter
the password for that old ID in order to
update them. For free apps, open the
Applications folder and move the
program to the Trash. You can then
redownload the app using your preferred
Apple ID. For paid apps, sadly there?s
no way to transfer purchases from one
Apple ID to another. You can however
delete the app if you no longer use it,
so you won?t be troubled by requests
for your old Apple ID?s password.
If the system is demanding a
password for a different Apple ID to
run updates to macOS itself, that?s
because the operating system itself
was obtained from the store using that
ID. You?ll need to redownload Sierra
again from the App Store using your
new ID and reinstall to fix this. Follow
the steps at
To make sure iTunes is using the
Your devices may
be signed in to
iCloud using
different Apple IDs @macformat
days. Refer to for
more about associated devices.
See our section on Family Sharing as
a potential workaround for this, and for
linking previously purchased content
with your new Apple ID.
A silver lining
Click the Store menu in the App Store to check
you?re signed in with the right Apple ID.
correct Apple ID, open the app and click
its Account menu. You can use an item in
this menu to sign out if you want, but any
DRM-protected content, such as films
and TV shows, purchased using the ID
you signed out of won?t be playable. You
also won?t be able to redownload any
past purchases. Any music previously
purchased and downloaded from the
iTunes Store will still be playable if you
sign in with a new Apple ID, but if your
old Apple ID was linked to an Apple Music
subscription and your new one isn?t, you
won?t be able to stream music that way.
If you try to sign in to iTunes with
a new Apple ID, Apple associates the
device on which you do so with your
Apple ID. You can?t then associate that
device with another Apple ID for 90
Click Account in iTunes to check you?re using the
right Apple ID. If necessary, sign out, then sign
in using the correct ID.
Using iCloud is a great way to keep data
such as calendars and contacts in sync
across your devices. One of the most
common reasons that data doesn?t
synchronise correctly is because
devices are signed in to iCloud using
different Apple IDs.
Open System Preferences? iCloud
pane on any Macs you use and check the
email address above Account Details to
make sure it shows the correct Apple ID.
You can do the same on any iOS device
by tapping your name at the top of
Settings in iOS 10.3 or later, or in
Settings > iCloud on older versions.
If the Apple ID isn?t correct, click Sign
Out. You?ll be asked if you want to keep
the associated iCloud account?s data on
your Mac. Allow this in order to retain
data such as contacts, notes, and
reminders. Once signed out, you can
then sign in with your new Apple ID and
sync the same data to its associated
iCloud account. This may lead to some
duplication of data, depending on how
long you?ve been using the two IDs.
If you?re not sure what you?re doing
or suspect you may have another Apple
ID you don?t know about, contact Apple
via the site and
arrange a callback.
If you sign in to the iTunes Store
or App Store using a new Apple ID,
you?ll lose the ability to download
previously purchased content from
your old Apple ID. If you have an
Apple ID you don?t use any more,
you can use Family Sharing to
access content you purchased
using that ID. (Family Sharing is a
way for up to six people to share
their previous purchases using
different Apple IDs.)
In System Preferences > iCloud,
make sure you?re signed in with
your new Apple ID, then click Set
up Family. Follow the on-screen
instructions to create a family
group. Once this is done, return to
System Preferences > iCloud and
click Manage Family. Click the ?+?
button to add a family member and
enter your old Apple ID. Enter the
password for your old Apple ID to
link it to Family Sharing.
Go to the iTunes Store or
App Store to view and download
purchased content ? not just from
the Apple ID you?re currently signed
in to, but for any of the Apple IDs
used by family members, which
include your old one. Not all apps
can be downloaded this way. Check
an app?s info summary on its App
Store page to see if Family Sharing
is supported.
Top tip
From 15 June , you?ll
need to set up two-factor
authentication and enter an
app-specific password for
third-party apps that access
data from your iCloud
account, such as Contacts,
Calendar, and so on. #macformat @macformat
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Apple?s built-in apps are fully
accomplished but they might not be
tailor-made for your needs. Alan
Stonebridge explores the best
alternatives to power up your Mac
each of us has a core set
of apps we use all the time, but
what if you haven?t discovered
the one app that?ll totally
improve your Mac experience?
Here, we?ve gathered together over 40
must-have Mac apps, covering a range of
categories and price bands. You?ll notice
that some of the apps are listed in US
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dollars, but we?ve listed the sterling
equivalent (at time of going to press),
and you can rest assured the apps work
perfectly well this side of the pond.
Once you?ve invested in the top-notch
Mac accessories that appeal to you on p30
onwards, make sure you arm yourself with
these apps, to ensure you?re pushing your
Mac to its full potential. @macformat @macformat
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suPeRchaRGe Top Mac apps
aiRMail 3 �99
PasTe �99
caRbon coPy cloneR �.15
AirMail offers neat
ways to deal with
messages that
Apple Mail does not.
We?re fond of its ability to
?snooze? messages to help
focus on the things that
need immediate attention.
Also notable are the ability
to block senders with two
clicks (instead of setting up
rules), a customisable delay
before messages are sent,
and exempting an account
from Do Not Disturb.
This Clipboard
keeps a history of
whatever you copy ? text,
pictures, links, files, and
more ? and you can save
items as snippets for reuse.
Apps can be excluded to
keep sensitive info private.
Paste syncs its history and
snippets across Macs, so
you won?t lose out on the
convenience of macOS?s
Universal Clipboard if
you?ve gotten used to it.
Time Machine is a good safety precaution to have in
place in case you need to recover a file, or roll back
your system after a bad update. But you should also
make a complete backup of your Mac in a good state, and
optionally update that backup on a schedule. Case in point:
while writing this feature, Time Machine on our MacBook said
it needed to start backups from scratch. Carbon Copy Cloner
is a great app for doing this, and you can even start up your
Mac from the backup it creates to avoid a lengthy downtime.
launchPaD ManaGeR $7.99 (approx �
Launchpad is a fast way to open Mac apps, without
the clutter of irrelevant results and the slight pause
you can get when searching for them in Spotlight.
However, if you like to browse its iOS-like arrangement of
icons ? rather than just using its search bar ? getting them
in the order you want, one icon at a time, gets tedious. You
can speed up the process dramatically by using this tool, not
least because it enables you to quickly group multiple apps.
fanTasTical 2 �.99
lisT Mias free
Fantastical 2
interprets event
descriptions that
you type in natural language
much better than Apple?s
Calendar. For example, it
understands if you append
?alert 30 minutes? ? which
Calendar doesn?t ? and
it uses animation well to
show it?s recognising things
as you type them. You can
also tell it to switch to a set
of calendars automatically,
based on your location.
This iTunes tool
inspects all the
items in your
library and checks whether
the files they?re supposed
to link to are where they?re
meant to be ? hence the
?MIAs? in its slightly
confusing name. It then
displays a list of any tracks
that are missing, including
where they were expected
to be, in case that jogs
your memory about an
unintentional move.
DefaulT folDeR x �.71
Power up macOS?s Open and Save dialogs with this
excellent add-on and you?ll gain: a one-click shortcut
to focus either dialog on the same location as an
open Finder window; the ability to specify keyboard shortcuts
to any folder, not just those Apple provides for the common
locations in your Home folder; and, perhaps best of all,
shortcuts to recent files, so you can more easily locate one
you saved quickly without checking where it would end up.
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scRiveneR �.25
ulysses �.99
For long-form
writing, this app
is a dream come
true. You may be familiar
with it as a way to write
novels and screenplays,
yet it?s good for any long
writing task ? including
the feature you?re reading
right now. Scrivener has an
excellent set of tools for
structuring your writing
in smaller documents,
and it can stitch them
all together on export.
Like Scrivener,
Ulysses enables
you to organize
all your work in one place.
But it?s really a minimalist
writing app that helps you
to focus on words, rather
than breaking down a
massive project into more
manageable parts. The app
now supports posting to
WordPress and Medium,
making it our favorite app
for publishing to those
popular blogging services.
DaisyDisk �99
cheaTsheeT free
Wondering what?s taking up so much of your
Mac?s storage? You could go digging through
folders with the help of Finder?s Info window,
or you can find out a lot more quickly with this app?s
insightful graphical breakdown, which identifies exactly
where the space-hogs on your drive are in a few seconds.
It also enables you to gather files to clear out and then
dispense with them in one move ? though it runs a short
countdown before actually clearing out the unwanted files.
Want to look up the many keyboard shortcuts
available in the app you?re using without having
to manually peruse its menus? With Cheatsheet
installed, hold � for a moment and it?ll scan through the
current app?s menus, then display all the items that have
a keyboard shortcut assigned to them, grouped under
headings based on their location. It?s a bit like the overlay
that?s shown when you hold � on a Bluetooth keyboard
connected to an iPad, and you can print it for reference.
bbeDiT $49.99
(approx �)
TyPeiT4Me �.99
Our go-to Mac
app for writing
all sorts of code
? HTML, CSS, JavaScript,
and more ? has the ability
to colour documents based
on syntax, plus other
clever productivity
boosters such as control
of how text wraps in its
window, the ability to
collapse multiple lines into
one for clarity, and a sideby-side view of differences
in two versions of a file. @macformat
MacOS includes
a way for you to
specify that it
should replace certain
sequences of characters
with a longer passage of
text, but its options are
rather limited. TypeIt4Me
provides more obvious
(and comfortable to edit)
support for multi-line
replacements, inserting
dynamic data such as the
current date, and, perhaps
our favorite of all, support
for rich text formatting.
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Gif bReweRy free
GIF Brewery is the app to pick if you want extensive
control over how video is turned into an animated
GIF. It makes it easy to stitch together multiple clips,
trim footage, crop into the picture, correct the colors, or
apply quick presets, and even control frame rates and
looping. The app can record media that?s playing elsewhere
on your Mac?s screen, and, of course, you can superimpose
captions and images on top of your composition. Who knows,
it could help make yours the next big meme on social media.
scReenflow �.99
When it comes to recording and editing what
appears on a Mac or iOS device?s screen ? whether
it?s to show off an app prototype, to deliver training
to employees, or to create tutorials for YouTube ? skip the
complexity of traditional video editors and use ScreenFlow,
which is purpose-built with screencasts in mind. You can
easily animate graphics over your video, superimpose
yourself over footage thanks to chroma key support, and
make it clear what?s being interacted with by adjusting the
pointer size and triggering animations that illustrate clicks.
aMPheTaMine free
coconuTbaTTeRy free
vlc free
unDock �99
Need to keep your
Mac?s display
awake, perhaps
while you?re in the middle
of a presentation and don?t
want its contents, mirrored
by a projector, to keep
blanking out? Just click
this dubiously named tool?s
menu bar icon to stop it
switching off. You can set
Amphetamine to work
indefinitely, for a fixed
amount of time, or only
while the app is open.
There are a couple
of places in macOS
where you can
easily check details of the
health of your MacBook?s
battery, yet you might want
to grab this free utility to
see not just the battery?s
current capacity when fully
charged, but the amount it
was designed to store when
new for comparison. The
app can also display info
about a USB-connected
iOS device?s battery.
Whether you have
videos from way
back that no longer
play in QuickTime, or they?re
in a popular but alien format
(to Apple, anyway) because
you used to be a Windows
user, the popular VLC media
player should be the first
thing you install to try
playing them on your Mac.
MPEG-2, MKV, Windows
Media, WebM, and many
other video formats are
fully supported.
About to dash off
somewhere with
your MacBook, or
need to detach your USB
flash drive in a hurry?
The controls to eject
storage devices aren?t far
away ? Finder?s always in
the Dock, after all ? but this
helpful app lets you eject
drives with a couple of
clicks in the menu bar.
It can safely stop any Time
Machine backup that?s in
progress at the same time.
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Top Mac apps suPeRchaRGe
clouDMounTeR �.99
A clear advantage of iCloud Drive is its inevitable
deep integration with Finder, which enables you to
use it just like a hard drive connected to your Mac
(albeit at speeds limited by your internet connection). Many
other cloud storage services may provide their own tool that
works similarly, or you could install this single tool to handle
your OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, WebDAV,
FTP, and SFTP accounts, saving on the resources that would
otherwise be used by running several similar, discrete tools.
MaGneT �99
TinkeRTool free
Magnet enhances
macOS?s window
features with shortcuts that
mimic the window-snapping
capabilities of Microsoft
Windows. For example, you
only have to drag a window
to the left or right edge of
the screen to make it fill
that area. If you?ve switched
from Windows to the Mac
you?ll welcome it, and even
as long-term Mac users we
adore its convenience.
TinkerTool gives
you easy access
to many hidden
macOS preferences you?d
otherwise need to know
the right Terminal
commands to modify. Our
favourites include a more
precise default page zoom
setting for Safari, saving
screenshots somewhere
other than the desktop
(handy if you?ve set Sierra
to store it in iCloud Drive),
and dimming Dock icons.
walTR 2 $39.95 (approx �)
Not keen on using iTunes to add media to your iOS
device? You?re far from alone. WALTR makes sending
files from Mac to iOS as simple as you?ve probably
wanted it to be for years. Simply drag and drop files onto
WALTR and it?ll send them over a cable or Wi-Fi to your
device. It convert formats such as MKV and FLAC to an
iOS-compatible format on the fly, and files are placed in the
Music, Videos, and iBooks apps that you already know, rather
than ending up in some unfamiliar third-party alternative.
MalwaRebyTes anTi-MalwaRe foR Mac free
hazel $32 (approx �)
You may feel it unlikely that your Mac will become
infected with malware or adware, and not really see
any point in taking up valuable resources running a
scanner in the background all the time. And if you?re careful
about social engineering tricks, you might well avoid catching
anything. But if you share files with people, on a removable
drive or over the internet, it?s good practice to be sure you?re
not risking passing things on to other people. This on-demand
scanner does the job, and it takes just seconds to do so.
Hazel provides automated file management based
on rules you attach to specific folders. So, you might
set up one for your Downloads folder that moves
various kinds of files ? Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for
example ? and moves them to your Documents folder so that
they don?t end up accidentally trashed when you?re tidying
up. It can get rid of incomplete downloads after a certain
period of time, which we find particularly helpful given our
impatience when clicking download links. @macformat
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suPeRchaRGe Top Mac apps
aiRfoil �.91
hanDbRake free
Recent versions of
macOS and OS X
enable you to
redirect your Mac?s audio
to an AirPlay speaker, but
the most control you have
over what doesn?t get sent
to the speaker is to omit
system sound effects. Airfoil
gives you much greater
control over where individual
apps send their audio. It also
gives you the ability to send
any app?s audio to multiple
AirPlay speakers at once.
When it comes to
converting videos
to the H.264
format that?s compatible
with iOS devices, look no
further than HandBrake.
Originally it was intended
for converting the contents
of unprotected DVD-Videos
(which is why its interface
is awash with powerful
controls for selecting titles,
chapters, audio streams and
so on), but these days it can
convert regular video files.
Max free
buRn free
What if your music
is stored in iTunes
in a format that
one of your portable devices
can?t play? Apple Lossless
won?t work on a PlayStation
Vita, for example. Max is a
batch converter for audio,
and it?s fast. We used it in a
similar scenario in the past
? before iTunes was able
to resample tracks when
syncing to anything other
than the iPod shuffle, which
we imported into a second
iTunes library for syncing.
Still got a CD
player in your car,
or a relative who
prefers to receive family
videos on DVD? Burn is a
one-stop shop for writing
optical discs. Drop an AAC
audio file or an H.264 video
onto Burn?s window and
it?ll convert them to the
appropriate format for
your chosen disc type. Burn
even includes a menu editor
for discs in the DVD-Video
format ? handy given that
Apple axed iDVD.
affiniTy PhoTo �.99
Of all the affordable Photoshop alternatives, this is
our favorite on the Mac. It packs in layered images,
the ability to edit Raw photos, correcting for lens
attributes, selectively applying adjustments using gradient
masks, and much more. Version 1.5 added a wealth of new
features, including HDR images from multiple exposures,
360-degree photo editing, and recordable macros with
changeable attributes. The app uses macOS?s Extensions
tech to make some of its tools available in Photos.
affiniTy DesiGneR �.99
Rather than manipulating the pixels that make
up a picture, which is how bitmap editors such as
Affinity Photo work, Affinity Designer is all about
drawing vector shapes that can be manipulated without
losing quality. It backs up the basics with a powerful toolset
that includes: symbols, which link multiple objects in an
illustration so that changing one affects them all; vectorbrush strokes that can be edited after you?ve applied
them, and powerful typographic controls.
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The unaRchiveR free
viRTualbox free
The Mac can deal
with Zip files
perfectly well, but
what about those other
archive formats that
sometimes crop up, such
as 7Zip, Rar, and StuffIt?
Even if they?re much less
common these days, The
Unarchiver can handle
those and many more
exotic formats, and its
preferences enable you
to set it as the default app
for handling as few or as
many of them as you want.
There are good
reasons to pay
for a tool like
Parallels Desktop or
vmWare Fusion to run
Windows apps within
macOS, but if you need
those apps infrequently,
and don?t believe you?ll
benefit from things like
Parallel?s Coherence mode,
which puts Windows and
Mac apps on the same
desktop, consider
installing Windows in
VirtualBox instead.
TRiPMoDe $7.99 (approx �20)
Concerned that iCloud Drive, say, may be sending
or receiving a lot of data in the background while
your Mac is connected to Personal Hotspot on
your iPhone? Or, that you forget about such cost concerns
when using ordinary apps? Click TripMode?s menu bar icon
to see apps and services that use a network connection.
Switch it on and tick the checkbox next to only those
items you want to have internet access; the icon then
turns red as a reminder some things are blocked.
TelePoRT Donationware
hiDDenMe fRee free
With two Macs on
your desk ? most
likely a desktop
and a portable one ?
Teleport enables you to
use the same mouse and
keyboard to control both,
saving you a bit of clutter.
Install it on both, configure
a few preferences ?
including telling it how
your Macs are arranged
? then simply move the
pointer over the adjoining
screen edge to switch
between controlling them.
Hands up, who
keeps files to
hand on their
desktop? If you need to do
a presentation, and other
people will be watching
your screen, it?s tempting
to tidy them up by popping
the files in a folder, but
you?ll lose their positions
on the desktop. Save
yourself the strain by
temporarily making those
icons invisible by using
this tool. The paid version
supports multiple displays. @macformat
liTTle sniTch $45 (approx �)
MacOS?s app firewall is purposely designed to
be very easy to understand: it simply allows
or blocks apps from talking over the network.
Little Snitch offers greater control over which servers,
ports and protocols each process can use. The frequency
at which it pops up at first can be daunting, but the built-in
Research Assistant takes away the worry by helping to
identify the purpose of all those system processes it
warns about but you?ve never heard of.
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filePane �99
FilePane expands
the possibilities
of dragging and
dropping any file on your
Mac. Drag a file to the Drop
Here prompt and a small
control panel pops up. From
here, you can quickly resize
an image file, print the doc,
send it via email or AirDrop,
and more. It?s the sort of
utility you can get so used
to using that you?d be lost
without it when using
another Mac.
PRinToPia $19.99
(approx �)
iGlasses $19.95
(approx �)
fluiD $4.99
(approx �
Let?s say you have
a printer, and it?s
a good one that
works perfectly well. But
you also have an iPhone
or an iPad, and you want
to print things from it. By
running Printopia on your
Mac, your iOS devices will
be able to send things
wirelessly to your Mac?s
printer as if it were an
AirPrint-compatible model
? because basically now it is!
This little palette
of controls affects
the look of video
coming from your Mac?s
FaceTime camera. It works
with FaceTime, but also
with Skype and other video
calling apps. As well as
brightness, exposure, white
balance, and other image
attributes, you can even
zoom in, effectively
cropping out surroundings
you don?t want in the image.
If you use web
apps, even just a
webmail service,
it?s easy to get confused and
slowed down as you jump
between them and native
Mac apps. Provide Fluid with
the address of a web app,
with a name and icon, and
it?ll create a dedicated Mac
app for that web page,
which then appears in the
�+? app switcher, and
you can stash it in the Dock.
wunDeRlisT free
It?s easiest to think of Wunderlist as Reminders Pro.
It immediately won us over with the ability to group
lists in folders, as well as its well-structured
presentation. You can add up to 25 subtasks to a to-do item
in the app?s free edition, and add hashtags to provide context.
It keeps collaborative notes alongside the shared lists they
concern, rather than being conducted by email or elsewhere.
The free version outright omits a few of the collaboration
features of the Pro version, but a cost-free account still
enables the app to sync your lists between Mac and iOS.
Dxo oPTicsPRo foR PhoTos �99
Affinity Photo may be more powerful than you need,
in which case try this bunch of Photos extensions.
It includes fixes for distortion and chromatic
aberration (for select lens makes and models, at least), white
balance, noise reduction, Smart Lighting (which attempts to
maximize dynamic range), and a haze reduction tool that
makes local contrast adjustments. You don?t get much
control, but if what you want are quick clean fixes, get this.
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Top Mac apps suPeRchaRGe
callRecoRDeR from $29.95 (approx �)
There are two versions of Call Recorder ? one for
FaceTime, the other for Skype ? and each is capable
of recording both audio and video calls. Recordings
are archived in a companion app, Ecamm Movie Tools, where
you can replay or export them. Just remember to check
applicable laws for you and the other person ? though it?d be
wise to ask their permission to record, in any case. You can
even record regular phone calls that are passed through to
your Mac by way of macOS?s and iOS?s Handoff feature.
usaGe free
JoysTick MaPPeR �99
Usage gives you a
better idea of how
much time you
really spend on things like
Twitter and Facebook. Click
its menu bar icon and it?ll
show the hours and minutes
you?ve spent in various apps
(which can be grouped,
if you want). As well as
shaming yourself back to
some productivity, it can
assist you with accurately
billing clients.
If you play games
on your Mac and
some of them force
you to use the keyboard,
this utility can intercept
button presses on your
joystick or gamepad and
tell macOS you?ve pressed
a particular key. For key
combos, each key has to
be separately bound to the
same button, which takes
time to set up, but this is a
no-brainer for Mac gamers.
alfReD free
Purely as a Spotlight alternative, Alfred immediately
won our affection because it displays keyboard
shortcuts (� and a number) next to its top search
results. It provides greater specificity than Spotlight, so you
can enter ?define? followed by a word to pull up that word?s
meaning and nothing else. And there?s much more, including
a clipboard history, the ability to buffer multiple files to
take action on all of them at once, and, with the paid-for
Powerpack, taking direct action on looked-up contact info.
isTaT Menus $18 (approx �)
sPaMsieve $30 (approx �)
Activity Monitor is all well and good for checking
your Mac?s resource usage, but its window isn?t
exactly compact. If you?re keen to keep an eye on
processes that might be hammering the CPU, thrashing your
startup disk with activity, or using up a lot of memory, this
app can display these and much more in the menu bar. Among
the other things it can display are: info from your Mac?s fans
and the temperature of components; your startup disk?s
SMART status, which is normally tucked away in Disk Utility;
and upload and download rates for your network connection.
This enhanced junk mail filter opens automatically
with Apple Mail (and many other apps like it). You
can use the scores it assigns to messages to process
supposed spam in different ways, rather than just moving
everything to a junk folder ? you might simply colour some as
a prompt to offer the tool further training. Thankfully, you can
also block senders. The utility works with all of your email
accounts, so you might consider turning off any server-side
junk mail filters in order to help SpamSieve better learn by
ensuring it can inspect all messages you receive. @macformat
JULY 2017 | MacfoRMaT | 89
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Two eco-friendly
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for your audio attention
Apps for PDF editing,
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influenced by advertisers.
You can trust us to give
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products are correct at
the time of writing and are
the best we can find from
a reputable online dealer,
excluding delivery.
Worth considering, though
there may be better options
A brilliant thing in all regards,
and worth every penny
Fundamentally flawed; look
at alternatives as a priority
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
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we believe is truly
exceptional in its
category. Given solely at the
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but is noted for affordability.
Our group test
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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
Olfi one.five
Cheap and extremely cheerful
Reviewed by leOn POultney
�0 from Olfi, features 4K UHD, 240fps slow
motion, gyro stabilisation, waterproof case (up to 30m)
lfi caused quite a storm in the
action cam world last year when
it unveiled a �9.99 model that
undercut its rivals, yet managed to
compete, and even impress, with its
picture quality. That model has been given
a refresh, and it now boasts enhanced styling,
improved picture quality and a glut of
additional user-friendly features.
The diminutive Olfi one.five camera sits
somewhere between GoPro?s Hero5 Session
and the larger Hero5 Black camera in terms
of size, measuring 5.4x4x2.4cm and weighing
just 55g. The one.five comes with a rugged
plastic housing that?s waterproof to a depth of
30 metres, plus a slimmer cage that includes a
shirt pocket clip and a screw-in connector for
mounting. You also get a Micro-USB lead and
a selection of flat and curved 3M adhesive
mounts. The camera also cleverly piggybacks
on the GoPro mounting system.
The camera is not just smaller than before,
it?s also neater, with a more intuitive button
layout. Two small buttons at the top control
power and shutter release, while two arrow
buttons at the side navigate the simple menu
screens. There?s no clunky touchscreen or
irritating one-button operation. In fact, it?s as
simple as scrolling through the menus via the
The updated one.five is not
only smaller, but is now more
neatly designed too.
Paul says?
It?s a shame that the
Olfi companion app is
a bit of a letdown and
can?t keep up with the
likes of Garmin and
GoPro. That said, the
hardware looks great
and is very affordable
too ? perfect if you?re
dipping your toes into
the action camera
world for the first time.
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arrows on the side, and confirming with
the shutter button or cancelling
with the power switch.
The LCD screen at the rear is
bright and clear, even in direct
sunlight, and you?ll find a 900mAh
battery pack on the underside. This
new battery pack is down on power
compared to its predecessor, but Olfi
claims the one.five can still deliver a
good hour and a half of recording time.
Even out of its cladding, the one.five feels
like a sturdy camera. The wide-angle lens is
recessed behind its rubbery casing, while the
hatched plastic along the edges makes it easy
to grip. Once inside its waterproof housing
(this takes the overall weight up to 110g), the
thick plastic and oversized buttons suggest it
can take quite a pummelling.
Unfortunately, the main anchoring base
didn?t quite fit the plastic thumbscrew points
affixed to the waterproof housing when we
tested it. As such, the camera had a tendency
to flop forwards under its own weight, no
matter how tight the thumbscrews were
ratcheted. However, it will happily sit in
any mount and accessory that has been
designed for GoPro cameras.
Performance punch
The Olfi one.five has an intuitive button layout that avoids
the pitfalls of a touchscreen or single-button operation.
This pocket-sized action cam packs an
impressive performance punch for a camera
in this price bracket, with the ability to
shoot 4K at 24fps (this actually equates
to 3840x2160 pixels interpolated from @macformat
Olfi one.five APPLE CHOICE
iSaw Edge
4K video at 10fps
1080p video at 60fps
16-megapixel sensor
Waterproof to 40m
(in included housing)
2880x2160 pixels) and 720p at 120fps ? good
for capturing those smooth slow-mo shots.
You can also shoot simple time-lapse
videos using a range of timing settings. There
is a handy ?Loop Record? function, which
continuously records in small sections; it then
overwrites the oldest files when the memory
card is full. This means that you can use the
one.five as a car dash cam, with the optional
time and date stamp adding an extra layer of
evidence should the unthinkable happen.
Sadly, the battery life wasn?t great during
our tests. We managed to squeeze 30-45
minutes of filming and general fiddling before
it was time to plug it in, and battery life is
reduced further when Wi-Fi is activated
and the unit is paired with an iPhone.
On the plus side, the addition of the new
back-illuminated Sony Exmor-R CMOS
sensor is instantly noticeable. There?s even an
option in the menu screen that lets you select
how intense the colour palette should be, with @macformat
TomTom Bandit
4K video at 15fps
1080p video at 60fps
16-megapixel sensor
Waterproof to 40m
(in included housing)
an option to shoot ?Flat? should you want to
colour-grade in post. Image shake is also
reduced thanks to gyro stabilisation.
You can play with exposure settings,
three metering modes, five white balance
options and five different ISO limits. It?s
also possible to reduce the fisheye effect
when shooting in wide angle via a
distortion-correction setting. Still images
can also be captured from 3MP to 16MP,
with the option to activate HDR.
Soft on the software
Unfortunately, Olfi doesn?t offer the same
array of apps and editing software as rivals
such as Garmin, GoPro and TomTom, with
just one simple smartphone app on offer. It?s
only really good for viewing live footage,
adjusting basic elements and downloading
footage and images to your iPhone. The
editing functionality is basic (trim, drag and
drop footage) and it feels a little clunky to use.
Moreover, GPS, voice activation and
the ability to link external sensors, such as
Garmin?s numerous cycling products, are
absent from the one.five package; battery life
is a bit of a let-down, and image clarity and
vibrancy don?t quite live up to the standards
set by GoPro?s offerings.
But if you want to capture good-looking
footage without breaking the bank, the Olfi
one.five is a smart choice.
Simple, sturdy and
with decent picture
quality, the one.five
is a great value
action camera.
Foolproof interface
Impressive picture
quality for the price
Mount feels cheap
Basic, clunky app
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 93
APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware
Creative Outlier Sports
Wireless, sweatproof in-ear headphones
� FROM Creative,
FEATURES Bluetooth, microphone, compact carry case, USB cable (0.3m)
hese wireless
earphones are of
the behind-theneck, in-ear, variety. They
are pitched at sporty types,
meaning that they?re rugged,
sweatproof and designed to
survive being thrown into
a stinky gym bag at the end
of your workout.
We?ve dragged these
headphones around with
us for a solid month now ?
through sweaty training
sessions, endless commutes,
bike rides and some rather
more mundane hours sitting
at a desk ? and they?ve held
up remarkably well with
These are some
tough and rugged
headphones, and
they sound excellent.
Solid and reliable
Great sound quality
nary a sign of wear to their
exterior. More importantly,
thanks to their design they
sit nicely in your ear without
falling out, and they also
sound excellent as well. If
you?re looking for a set of
wireless headphones that
are one tough cookie then
look no further.
But here?s the thing: the
Outlier Sports go deep into
your ear and the silicone tips
block out all other noises.
The result is that you can
hear internal sounds, like
your breathing, very loudly,
which can be disconcerting.
It feels a little bit like being
If you want to block
out the world while you
exercise, these are the
headphones you?ve
been looking for.
underwater. We can see the
appeal if you like to be totally
immersed in your exercises
or lost in music. That said,
we wouldn?t recommend
wearing them walking down
a busy street or when doing
any activity that requires
decent awareness of your
environment. For enduring
a lengthy train journey or
spending half an hour on
a cross trainer, however,
these earphones are perfect.
The fastest portable SSD we?ve tested
�9 FROM Freecom,
FEATURES USB-C port (USB 3.1 Gen 2), USB-C and USB-A cables
reecom?s latest
portable SSD
sports a neat
design similar to its
regular mSSD. It weighs
just under 71g, so it fits
comfortably in a pocket.
Even the included USB
cables are suitably short.
The wow factor here is a
port that meets the USB
3.1 Gen 2 spec, meaning
you can get a theoretical
1Gbps throughput.
Freecom says that read
and write speeds go up to
700MB/sec, but it?s actually
being modest. During tests
When paired with
USB 3.1 Gen 2, you?ll
enjoy incredibly quick
file transfers.
Great transfer rates
High premium per gig
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Portability and power ? the neat,
petite MAXX boasts impressive
read and write speeds.
on our 15-inch Late 2016
MacBook Pro, we measured
maximum sequential read
and write speeds as 907.3
and 713.8MB/sec.
Even the mean averages
for those operations were
superb, chalking up very
respectable figures of 692
and 659.3MB/sec.
In our toughest tests ?
randomly reading and
writing small files ? the
drive peaked at 571.2 and
477.1MB/sec, and averaged
234.6 and 271.6MB/sec, still
surpassing SSDs with slower
ports that we?ve tested in the
past (but you pay more per
gig). AlAn STOnEBRidGE @macformat
Mac hardware APPLE CHOICE
Google Wifi
The simplest, most valuepacked Wi-Fi mesh system yet
Reviewed by JOe OsbORne
�9 FROM Google,
FeatuRes 5GHz mesh Wi-Fi, Ethernet port on each unit, free iOS companion app
It takes
seconds for
the ?router? to
recognise the
points and for
them to begin
By far the most
manageable router
we?ve set up ? with
great coverage, too.
Super simple setup
Great value
Excellent design
A bit limited on
hardware control @macformat
outers and range extenders are
over ? the future is Wi-Fi mesh
or tri-band. Naturally, the smart
home-obsessed Google is all over it with the
eponymous Google Wifi (spelled that way).
A single Google Wifi ?point? costs �9, and
a two-unit set is just �9. Google says three
Wifi points can cover up to 4,500 sq ft.
Each unit ? a tiny, unassuming cylinder
with a simple white LED band in its centre ?
is capable of the same functionality, so any
of them can function as the ?router?. And each
unit has two Gigabit Ethernet ports so they
can be used for wired or wireless internet.
Setup is sublime ? the free app configures
your Wi-Fi network by scanning the QR code
on the Wifi points connected to your modem
or gateway and power. From there, the app
tells you to give your network a name and set
a password, then pair the additional Wifi
points and label them. It takes seconds for
the ?router? to recognise the Wifi points and
for them to begin broadcasting.
The app offers plenty of useful features,
like constant monitoring of your network,
the points and connected devices. The app
can run an internet speed test ? a mesh test
that measures the health of your points?
connections, as well as a Wi-Fi test that
measures your connection strength from
within the network. You can also prioritise
bandwidth to one device for a time, control
smart home devices and pause internet
access to certain devices.
Google Wifi drew the absolute most
from a 100Mbps Wi-Fi service, and managed
to do so from every room in our test house.
We were able to stream 4K video through
Netflix to a Roku Premiere in the basement,
as well as play games in an office where the
modem is located, all without issue.
Wi-Fi mesh systems like Google Wifi
aren?t focused so much on throughput as
Google Wifi gives you more coverage for
less money than most of its competitors.
they are coverage, but it delivers regardless.
The traffic prioritisation feature can
ensure that games (for example) get more of
that crucial bandwidth than other devices in
your house that are Facebooking or streaming
video. Plus, the network can automatically
repair itself should one or more of the Wifi
points be accidentally unplugged.
Wondrous Wi-Fi
While we know that Google Wifi operates
its mesh system over existing Wi-Fi bands
(2.4GHz and 5GHz) using the 802.11s mesh
protocol rather than, say, Netgear Orbi?s
tri-band system that communicates over a
second 5GHz Wi-Fi band, we haven?t found
a terrible difference between performance.
We?ve seen slightly faster download speeds
in Mbps on the 2.4GHz band from the Orbi
over the Google Wifi, but that could easily
be an anomaly.
The true benefit of Google Wifi over
other mesh systems is its coverage for the
price. The versatility of being able to add
multiple points in terms of shoring up your
home?s dead spots can?t be ignored.
While there isn?t much to gripe about,
it could do with finer control over Wi-Fi
settings, like controlling which bands are
broadcast and when. Also, as it uses AC1200
technology, Google Wifi isn?t capable of the
AC3000 or even AC2200 throughput that
Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop can manage,
which might put you off if you are shelling
out for super-fast internet speeds.
Still, Google Wifi is the easiest router that
we?ve ever set up, full stop. For a relatively
affordable price, Google offers more units
than most competitors and the best setup
and management app by far.
JULY 2017 | MACFORMAT | 95
A credit card-sized power bank
AU$79 (about �) FROM Dubleup,
FeatuRes 1x Lightning charger, LED indicator lights, Micro-USB cable
hese days, iOS
devices do more
than ever before.
From using Facebook Live
to always being connected to
your Apple Watch, iPhone
batteries take a hammering,
and rarely last a whole day
without needing a charge.
Weighing just 39.7g and at
only 5mm thick, this credit
card sized power bank slips
easily into your wallet so you
can juice up your iPhone or
iPad when you?re on the go,
no bulky charger required.
It has a fold-out lightning
connector for charging iOS
devices, and a Micro-USB
A super handy
device, but it?s just a
shame it can?t deliver
a full iPhone charge.
Ultra-light, ultra-thin
Half an iPhone charge
input port used to
charge up its own
internal battery. The
only other features on
the device itself are an
on/off button and a
series of three LED
indicator lights that tell
you roughly how much
charge is left, just like they
do on a MacBook Pro.
Plugged straight into a
wall socket, we found that
the Dubleup took about an
hour to reach full charge,
and it boosted the battery
of our test iPhone 5s by 50%
after 20 minutes of being
plugged in.
The DubleUp iPhone charger is small
enough to fit in your wallet or coat
pocket for convenience.
Perhaps it should have
been called the Halfup, as
you only get a half charge out
of it, but the ease with which
it fits into your wallet makes
up for this in our opinion.
When you can?t risk running
out of battery, it?s essential.
GRahaM BaRlOw
Nonda iHere
Is this tracker the new Tile?
� FROM Nonda, FeatuRes Bluetooth, separation
alarm, rechargeable battery, charging cable, free companion app
ack in MF299, we
reviewed key fob
trackers: Tile and
TrackR. How does Nonda?s
iHere stack up against those
tracking trailblazers?
The answer is very well.
The buzzer is loud but not
obnoxious, and the car finder
is great too, pointing the way
back to your car. Get out of
its 75-foot Bluetooth range
and it shows a timestamped
last known location of your
car on a map. It doesn?t show
where you are in relation to
that, which would be useful.
The app is competent and
fairly easy to use, letting you
Sadly missing a few
features, but good at
what it does, with
a nifty app too.
Easy to find lost items
Quite chunky
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switch the iHere from
a car finder to a phone
tracker and more. It also
shows you the device?s
remaining battery life.
Speaking of which, each
iHere has a rechargeable
battery which lasts several
weeks. That doesn?t seem
much compared to Tile?s
one-year lifespan, but you
have to replace each Tile
after a year. Not so the iHere.
There are a few bonuses, like
the ability to use iHere as
a voice recorder or camera
shutter for your iPhone. Not
essential, but nice to have.
It?s missing a few of the
The iHere has a
separation alarm that
alerts you if you leave
your iPhone behind.
features its rivals have, like
alerts when other iHere
users discover your lost
item. Further, each iHere
can only connect to one
phone at a time ? not so great
for shared items which
multiple people might want
to track. Its 75-foot range is
also less than the 100-foot
range of Tile and TrackR.
Still, as a key or car finder,
it?s an excellent little device.
alex Blake @macformat
Head to head APPLE CHOICE
Canon Maxify
�0 FROM Canon, FEATURES 4-colour
inkjet, 600x1200dpi resolution, 1200x1200dpi scanner, fax,
50-sheet auto document feeder, two 250-sheet paper trays
CONNECTIVITY uSB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint
Eco credentials HHHHH
Designed for home workers and small offices, Canon?s
high-capacity ink cartridges will print 1,200 pages in
mono and 900 pages in colour. It automatically switches to
standby mode after seven minutes, which uses just 0.9W.
Features HHHHH
The MB2750 is a bit bulky, but it?s a real workhorse office
printer that includes a printer, scanner, fax and document
feeder. There are two paper trays, each holding 250-sheets,
and automatic two-sided printing. You can connect via
USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi, and there?s AirPrint support too.
Performance HHHHH
The MB2750 spits out at a speedy 24 pages per minute for
mono documents with crisp, sharp text. Colour printing is
good too, at 15.5 pages per minute, and the MB2750 can
handle business graphics and bright, colourful photos.
Running costs HHHHH
Canon sells a multipack with all four ink cartridges for
about �. That?s just 1.25p per page for mono, and 5p per
page for colour ? well below average for inkjet printers,
but not in the same league as the cartridge-free ET-2600.
The speedy, versatile MB2750 is a great
choice for busy offices. Running costs are good,
too ? but can?t match the innovative Eco-Tank.
Reviewed by ClIFF JOSEph
Epson Eco-Tank
�0 FROM Epson, FEATURES 4-colour
inkjet, 5760x1440dpi resolution, 1200x2400dpi scanner,
manual duplex, 100-sheet paper tray, ink tank system
Eco credentials HHHHH
The Eco-Tank uses a large tank that holds enough ink for
several thousand pages at a time. It includes large bottles
of ink that can print 4,500 pages in mono, and 7,500 in
colour. And the replacement inks are really cheap, too.
Features HHHHH
The compact ET-2600 includes a printer, scanner and
copier with both USB and Wi-Fi connectivity. There?s only
a manual duplex option for two-sided printing, which is
disappointing at this price. It doesn?t support AirPrint
either, but Epson?s iPrint app is available for iOS devices.
Performance HHHHH
Print quality is good, with near-laser quality text. Colour
printing is good for both business graphics and the odd
photo, although print speeds are modest, at just 10 pages
per minute for text, and 5ppm for colour.
Running costs HHHHH
The ET-2600 is relatively expensive, but replacement ink
bottles cost just �50 each. That works out at a mere 0.2p
per page for mono text, and just 0.35p per page for colour,
which is far cheaper than conventional inkjet printers.
The up-front cost is a bit steep, and it?s not
hugely fast. But the ET-2600 is top dog when
it comes to reducing long-term running costs.
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 97
From making the most of your music to
presentations or gaming, you can?t beat
a traditional set of desktop speakers
Reviewed by Cliff Joseph
he phenomenal success of the iPod
and iPhone has completely changed
the audio industry, not to mention
our listening habits. Apple?s mobile devices
gave rise to a new generation of mobile speakers
that were compact and often portable, so that you
could easily carry them from room to room at
home, or even slip them into a backpack when
you were travelling.
Extras and effects
Some of these compact speakers provide
impressive sound quality, but there are still times
when you really need a good old-fashioned set
of stereo speakers sitting on the desk beside
your Mac. Desktop speakers don?t have to go
anywhere, so they?re generally larger and more
powerful than their mobile counterparts. A pair
of ?bookshelf? speakers can sit on either side of
your monitor when you?re working, or go up on
a shelf if you want to use your Mac as the centre
of your home music system. And, with multiple
inputs and connectors, you can use them with
your TV or games console as well, or perhaps
98 | MACFORMAT | July 2017
with a large display for presentations at work.
The other advantage of using stereo (also
known as 2.0) speakers is that they can really
separate the music, so you can hear Brian May?s
twiddly guitar solo on A Kind Of Magic
bouncing gleefully from left to right ? the way
that it?s really meant to be heard. And, of course,
you could also take the next step, which is to opt
for a 2.1 system that throws in a subwoofer as
well. If you?re into bass-driven dance music
then a subwoofer will have obvious appeal, as
well as providing extra power for party time.
A subwoofer can also beef up sound effects on
games and action films, so gamers might want
to consider the specialised Creative Katana,
while movie buffs could opt for the THXcertified Z623 from Logitech. On the other
hand, if you?re a musician or video editor you
might prefer the carefully tuned sound that
you get from a set of ?monitor? speakers, such
as M-Audio?s affordable AV32.1.
So whatever your musical tastes, here?s our
guide to the best desktop speakers currently
available for you and your Mac.
How we
Most of the speakers
here offer a Bluetooth
connection, but we
tested them using a
wired connection in
order to provide the
best audio quality.
Where it was available
we used a USB Audio
connection in order to
bypass the modest DAC
(digital to analogue
converter) that Apple
uses in most of its Mac
models. If USB Audio
wasn?t available we
used the traditional
3.5mm audio output
on our MacBook Air. @macformat
Desktop speakers APPLE CHOICE
AudioEngine HD3 �9
Creative SoundBlasterX
Katana �0
Edifier R2000DB �0
KEF Egg �0
Logitech Z623 �0
M-Audio AV32.1 �0
Things to consider?
Everything you need to know before getting started
UsB Audio
Many desktop speakers now include a
USB port that can accept a digital audio signal
from a USB port on your Mac. This is often a
better option than using the conventional
analogue output from the headphone socket.
Mobile music
Desktop speakers are primarily designed
to be used with a wired connection to your Mac,
but many desktop speakers also provide
Bluetooth for connecting to your mobile
devices. KEF and AudioEngine support the
high-quality aptX version of Bluetooth, too.
sub standards
The KEF and AudioEngine speakers
include connectors that will allow you to add
a subwoofer. However, the KEF Egg speakers @macformat
will only work with compatible KEF subwoofers,
whereas AudioEngine?s little HD3 lets you use
any third-party subwoofer that has standard
RCA connectors.
Cabinet makers
power play
Build quality is important for speakers,
as a solid speaker cabinet reduces vibration and
produces better sound quality. AudioEngine?s
HD3 speakers are tiny, and perfect for a small
bedroom or home office, yet their sturdy
wooden cabinets produce terrific sound.
Logitech cheats a bit by boasting of
400W output for its Z623 speakers. However,
that refers to ?peak? power, whereas most
manufacturers measure power as the ?root
mean square? (RMS) ? which for the Z623 is
JBl?s Connect X
Wireless cost �0,
but you can use them
together as stereo
speakers, or separately
in different locations.
?or lower?
If the Creative Katana
is a bit over the top, the
Creative T30 speakers
provide good sound,
Bluetooth and aptX,
all for just �.
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Test 1 Desktop design
Test 3 Sound quality
Speakers of all shapes and sizes
Do they sound as good as they look?
AudioEngine?s HD3 provide a
compact set of speakers that don?t
take up much desk space (although
the screw-on aerial for Bluetooth
looks odd). In contrast, Edifier goes
for super-size with the R2000DB,
which tower above a MacBook Air.
KEF makes a fashion statement
with its pod-shaped Eggs, but they?re practical too, with the
controls on the right-hand speaker. The more gaming-focused
Katana from Creative boasts a neon-lit, slimline soundbar that
sits under your display or up on the wall, and a subwoofer that
packs a punch. If you want a more conventional 2.1 system
with separate stereo speakers and a subwoofer then Logitech?s
Z623 and the M-Audio AV32.1 both fit the bill ? although the
AV32.1 has a slight edge on quality and price (you can also
buy the AV32 speakers without the subwoofer for just �).
If you?re on a tight budget then the
Logitech Z623 and M-Audio AV32.1
both provide good value for money,
with complete 2.1 systems that also
include a subwoofer. The Logitech
Z623 provides clear, detailed sound
that works well for music, gaming
and films, and the 200W output is
phenomenally loud if you want to have a party. But while the
subwoofer works well, the higher frequencies can be harsh.
The AV32.1 isn?t quite so loud, but at 110W it can still pump up
the volume when it needs to, and produces a more balanced
sound. The AV32.1 is also designed for recording and editing
music, so it has a ?neutral? tone that accurately reproduces the
sound of instruments and vocals, and will appeal to musicians.
The Creative Katana also boasts a powerful subwoofer, but
its soundbar design is more focused on watching films and
playing games. It?s good for music too, with detailed, expansive
sound. However, the soundbar doesn?t capture the left/right
separation you get from traditional two-piece stereo systems.
AudioEngine HD3
Creative Katana
Edifier R2000DB
Logitech Z623
M-Audio AV32.1
Beef up the bass
Creative really goes to town with
multiple input and output connectors
for your music, and gaming features
such as microphone and headphone
connectors for online chat. The USB
Audio connector provides better
sound quality than a conventional
3.5mm connector. The KEF and
AudioEngine speakers both include USB Audio; AudioEngine
gets brownie points for putting a convenient 3.5mm headphone
connector on the front of the HD3. Edifier and M-Audio take a
more traditional approach, using RCA connectors that will be
familiar to hi-fi enthusiasts (and both provide an RCA adaptor
for your Mac?s 3.5mm connector). Most of these speakers also
include Bluetooth for connecting mobile devices, but it?s a little
disappointing that the low-cost 2.1 systems from M-Audio and
Logitech just stick with basic wired connections.
The chunky R2000DB from Edifier doesn?t have a subwoofer,
but the sheer size of the speakers means that they?re seriously
loud, and have room for a big bass radiator that helps produce
a solid depth. The sound can also really fill a room. Higher
frequencies can sound harsh when pushed, but the speakers
are so loud that you?ll seldom need to raise the volume.
Unsurprisingly, it?s the more expensive AudioEngine HD3
and KEF Egg that vie for top honours on audio quality. The
HD3 may be compact, but the speakers are well built, and the
sturdy wooden cabinets produce a strong, expansive sound
that seems a lot louder
than the 30W quoted
by AudioEngine. The
KEF Egg is a bit larger
and a bit louder, but
both of its speakers
produce a rich, warm
sound that works well
with everything from
acoustic ballads on the one hand to classical and even heavy
rock on the other. Neither set of speakers really excels at the
lower end, lacking either a subwoofer or the bulk and body of
the Edifier speakers, but both give the option of adding a hi-fi
quality subwoofer if you want to really boost the bass.
Test 2 Plug and play
What features are on offer?
AudioEngine HD3
Creative Katana
Edifier R2000DB
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Logitech Z623
M-Audio AV32.1
The R2000DB doesn?t
have a subwoofer, but
the sheer size of the
speakers means that
they?re seriously loud
AudioEngine HD3
Creative Katana
Edifier R2000DB
Logitech Z623
M-Audio AV32.1
HHHHH @macformat
Desktop speakers APPLE CHOICE
The Winner KEF Egg
These Eggs are hard to beat
oth Logitech and M-Audio do well to provide
powerful 2.1 speaker systems for around
�0, but the AV32.1 from M-Audio pulls
ahead thanks to its lower price and better build, as
well as a nicely balanced sound. Creative?s Katana
also includes a subwoofer that can get things
going at party time, but the soundbar design and
The KEF Egg set offer versatility
higher price means this is something of a specialist
as well as great sound quality.
setup aimed more towards gamers.
Edifier?s R2000DB is a more conventional stereo system that sounds great, and it?s powerful
enough for party time too. The optical and RCA connectors suggest that Edifier is thinking more
?front room? than desktop, but Bluetooth connectivity means the set is pretty versatile. When it
comes to high-quality desktop stereo, it?s AudioEngine and KEF that lead the way. Both sets
provide hi-fi quality sound along with
an impressive range of connectivity
options, and it?s only the � lower
price of the KEF Egg that nudges it
ahead as our favourite desktop speaker.
Paul says?
I want a set of desktop
speakers that can easily
deal with music, movie
and gaming output, and
KEF?s offering can cope
admirably with all those
requirements. Its good
range of connectivity
options is also a boon.
When it comes to high-quality
desktop stereo, it?s AudioEngine
and KEF that lead the way.
do they
> AudioEngine HD3
> Creative Labs
SoundBlaster X Katana
> Edifier
> KEF Egg
> Logitech Z623
> M-Audio AV32.1
Soundbar: 150Hz?20KHz
Subwoofer: 20Hz?150Hz
Satellites: 80Hz?20KHz
Subwoofer: 36Hz?200Hz
sPeaker outPut
30W RMS/60W peak
75W RMS/150W peak
120W RMS
50W (RMS)
200W RMS/400W peak
110W RMS
- inPut
1x 3.5mm aux-in, 1x RCA,
1x Micro-USB
1x 3.5mm aux-in, 1x
3.5mm microphone,
1x optical, 1x USB, 1x
2x RCA, 1x optical
1x 3.5mm aux-in, 1x Mini- 2x 3.5mm, 1x RCA
USB, 1x optical
1x RCA, 1x optical, 1x TRS
- outPut
Subwoofer, 3.5mm
3.5mm headphone
3.5mm headphone
Bluetooth (aptX)
Bluetooth (aptX)
remote control
Soundbar: 6x60x7.9cm
Satellites: 19.6x11.7x12.6cm
Satellites: 19x13x14.5cm
Subwoofer: 32.5x19.5x27cm
HHHHH @macformat
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 101
APPLE CHOICE Mac software
Nuance PDF
Converter, editor and, er, ?OCRer?
�.99 FROM Nuance,
Needs OS X 10.10 or later
his app isn?t just
for converting
PDFs. You can add
annotations, rearrange pages,
make edits, and weld new
PDFs to your existing ones.
It also includes OCR, to
add a searchable text layer to
scans. In our tests, a high-res
invoice had minimal errors,
but a medium-res magazine
scan became a garbled mess.
Edits are possible, but fiddly,
often requiring you to click
and update individual words
within a dialog box, rather
A feature-rich PDF
editor, although it?s not
as user-friendly as its
cheaper rival.
Decent conversion
Variable OCR results
Drag the sidebar out and you have a bigger
thumbnail view for faster page arranging.
than all the text at once. Still,
for simpler documents, the
feature?s a user-friendly boon.
Conversions also proved
variable, but were dependent
on document complexity and
output format. After all, you
wouldn?t expect a magazine
layout to survive unscathed
into RTF. However, we were
impressed to find designoriented table-based layouts
from InDesign remained
largely intact when converted
to Word. Conversions go
through Nuance?s server,
which takes several minutes.
Elsewhere, the interface is
usable and annotations work
fine. There?s even an audio
option, but audio annotations
don?t work in all apps (such
as Preview). PDF Expert 2 is
cheaper, friendlier and nicer
to use, but this is a decent buy
if you need conversion and
OCR rather than just editing.
CRaig gRaNNell
Sparkle One
Build a website quickly ? in theory
�.99 FROM River,
Needs OS X 10.9 or later
emember iWeb?
Sparkle One is a
reminder of what
could have been for Apple?s
erstwhile website builder.
Heavily influenced by
Keynote and Pages, it?s a web
design tool that aims to be as
simple to use as it is pretty to
look at. Does it work? Sort of.
Launch Sparkle and the
interface feels familiar. It
uses the same conventions
of placing text boxes onto
the page and dragging them
into position as Pages. And,
as with Pages and Keynote,
you can add image boxes and
fill them with an image from
Sparkle One has
much to commend it,
but is let down by its
lack of templates.
Familiar user interface
Limited templates
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You can download site designs
from the Sparkle Cafe website.
your Mac. Menus, buttons,
checkboxes and forms can
also be added simply.
While some of the tools
(like the Gallery button) may
have you scratching your head
at first, the comprehensive
documentation on the Sparkle
website will help. Where that
documentation doesn?t help
is where most users are likely
to come unstuck: designing
pages from scratch. Sparkle
is aimed at newcomers to web
design, but it makes you start
from a blank page. There are
designs available to download
for free from the Sparkle Cafe
website, but these are mostly
single-page websites. If you
want to use a design and add
multiple pages, there are no
templates or themes to make
it easy. You?ll have to identify
each separate element on the
downloaded design and copy
and paste it to the new page.
KeNNy HeMpHill @macformat
Mac software APPLE CHOICE
More ways to work with
your Mac?s windows
Reviewed by Kenny HeMpHill
�99 FROM light Pillar Software,
needs OS X 10.11 or later
Mosaic allows
for a little extra
space around
windows so
they look
attractive on
your screen
A very good window
management app,
whether your needs
are simple or specific.
ullscreen views and Mission
Control are great for quickly
swiping between apps and for
focusing on a single app. But what about
those occasions where you need to frequently
swap between apps, either because you?re
working on a document that references
another, or because you need access to
resources stored in a different folder?
That?s where Mosaic comes in. Mosaic,
like Magnet 2 (reviewed in MF312), lets you
easily manage windows so that they occupy a
set area on your screen, allowing you to view
two or more simultaneously at the tap of a
keyboard shortcut, or a quick drag and drop.
Mosaic sits in the background until you
drag a window, at which point an overlay
You can choose whether layouts appear in rows
or columns and where they appear on screen.
Easy layout changes
Custom layouts
Elegant use of space
Some Pro features
should be in Standard @macformat
The Pro and Business versions allow you to create
custom window layouts for ultimate control.
appears, presenting you with a view showing
different layouts ? such as two windows side
by side, or a grid. Just drag the active window
onto a position on that overlay to set it. If you
don?t want Mosaic to appear every time you
move a window, you can set it to activate only
when you press �. You can also specify
whether layouts in the overlay are displayed
in rows or columns, and where on the screen
the overlay appears.
Window dressing
Neatly, Mosaic?s layouts allow for a little extra
space around windows so they look attractive
on your screen, and so that shadows don?t
overlap the neighbouring window. And as
with most other things in Mosaic, you can
adjust the size of the spacing to suit.
The Standard edition allows you to specify
an exact window size and position on your
desktop, while the Pro (�.99) and Business
(�99 monthly subscription) versions also
allow for constraints-based layouts for
windows using pixel counts or percentages.
If you have a very specific way of working
with and arranging windows, that may
appeal. Also, the Pro and Business versions
both support the MacBook Pro?s Touch Bar,
and offer a remote control app for iOS that lets
you resize the active window on your Mac by
tapping a layout on your iPhone or iPad.
Some features that we would have liked to
be included in the Standard version, such as
keyboard shortcuts and Touch Bar support,
are limited to the Pro and Business Editions.
However, the 2.5 times higher cost of the Pro
edition pays off if you want to use Mosaic on
multiple Macs, as in addition to extra features
it can also be used on up to five computers.
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Cosmic Express
Prepare for a mental pummelling
�99 FROM Cosmic Engineers,
Needs iOS 6 or later
his adorable yet
rock-hard puzzle
game is made by a
man called Alan Hazelden.
He?s the Einstein of puzzle
games ? he?s so very good at
them. But that means Cosmic
Express is incredibly difficult.
You have to draw a tiny
railway to pick up and drop
off alien passengers, whose
houses correspond to their
colours. They will not go to
each other?s houses, and some
of them refuse to even get
inside a train carriage that
another alien has been in.
It?s deceptively adorable,
with cute little noises every
Cosmic Express has a
difficulty curve like
a steep cliff, but is
adorably enjoyable.
Charming looks
It?s so very difficult
We have no idea how to solve this
one, so we?ll just draw patterns.
time you squish an alien. But
Cosmic Express is the kind of
game that will wring out your
brain. Is that a good thing?
Well, do you like puzzles? Do
you like the idea of a game
that has you stumped for days
until you suddenly realise
how to solve it in the bath?
Then yes, it is a good thing.
It will punch you in the brain,
and you will probably love it,
like people who love eating
chillies that make them cry.
There are so many levels,
which is a lovely surprise for
an iOS game, but a potentially
daunting feature for anyone
who throws their phone at the
wall in frustration every time
they can?t complete a level.
This isn?t the kind of game
that you can blast through on
one bus journey; each level
takes thought, planning, and
a whole lot of trial and error.
And you?ll feel like a genius
when you get it. Kate GRay
The app?s layout is somewhat
reminiscent of Windows 8?s tiles.
Quadro knows about other, nonApple apps such as Tweetbot.
track transport, mapping, and
quantisation. Move across to
Calendar and you get buttons
for adding events, editing
events, going to a particular
date, and so on.
But it?s not perfect: the
transport controls didn?t work
in Logic Pro X, presumably
because Apple has updated it
recently, and Quadro doesn?t
recognise third-party apps
such as Ulysses or Spark
automatically ? but for core
Apple apps it?s a lot of fun.
If you subscribe to the
�.99/year Premium plan,
you can create your own set
of collections for specific apps
and web apps. You can also
automate repetitive tasks such
as sharing data between apps
or posting to web services.
That makes it a very powerful
thing to have on your iPhone,
iPad or iPod touch.
Quadro may look more
like Windows than macOS,
but it does the job well, and
the premium version on offer
is a very powerful option.
No Touch Bar? No problem
Free (Basic)/�.99 (Premium) FROM Actions,
Needs iOS 8 or later
ant a Touch Bar
but can?t afford
the new MacBook
Pro?s price tag? Then enter
Quadro, which turns your
iOS device into a touchscreen
that controls your Mac.
It requires you to install
a mini-server on your Mac,
which it then connects to over
USB (effortlessly) or Wi-Fi
(with a bit of yelling). It scans
the Applications folder, and if
it spots an app it knows about,
it installs the appropriate set
of tiles and buttons to control
it. For example, if you switch
to Ableton you?ll get a screen
enabling you to control audio
Quadro works well,
and the premium
version could be a
massive timesaver.
Does its job well
Wi-Fi setup is fiddly
104 | MACFORMAT | July 2017
GaRy MaRshall @macformat
Shoot and edit videos, add
effects and share them online
with Apple?s latest app
Reviewed by Kenny HeMpHill
Free FROM Apple,
needs iOS 10.3 or later
Clips is
focused on
doing things
quickly and
easily so that
you can share
the results
Clips offers power,
but is still easy to use.
With a little effort it
gives great results.
Turns voice into text
Powerful editing
Square videos only
Workflow issues @macformat
pple?s relationship with social
media has always felt a little bit
uncomfortable. You feel that it
knows it?s important, but just can?t bring
itself to fully engage.
Clips might just change that. It?s not, as
some have suggested, an app made to compete
with Instagram or Snapchat ? there?s no
integrated social network for one thing ? but
it does provide an easy way to make greatlooking video and share it on Instagram, as
well as on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Where iMovie puts the emphasis on
powerful editing controls and features, Clips
is focused on doing things quickly and easily
so that you can share the results. It?s not quite
as spontaneous as Snapchat or Instagram,
and you?ll need to do some fairly light editing
work to get the best from it, but it?s close.
Clips? standout feature is the ability to
turn words you speak into the microphone on
your iPhone into text on your screen. You can
then choose to have the text accompany the
audio, or have just one or the other. It works
reasonably well and, importantly, you can edit
the text to correct any errors that may have
crept in. Once you?ve got the text saying what
you want it to say, there are a number of
different styles for displaying it.
That may be the most impressive feature,
but Clips has plenty more to offer. Launch the
app and you can choose to shoot video, add a
clip from the Photos library, or use one you?ve
already imported. It?s here that you?ll likely
run up against Clips? major limitation: it only
supports square videos. If you import one in
widescreen, it will automatically crop it to fit.
On the plus side, there?s no problem with
importing videos stored in iCloud ? Clips
downloads them automatically.
The tools for recording video live are easy
to grasp. Just tap and hold the big red button
You can shoot video directly from within Clips.
in the middle of the screen for as long as you
want to record. Audio input is automatically
recorded, but if you don?t want it, just tap the
microphone icon to mute the iPhone?s mic.
Adding a clip from your iPhone?s library
uses the same workflow. So, in addition to
tapping ?video?, navigating to the clip you
want and adding it, you must hold the red
button as the video plays in order to import it.
This also applies to the animated ?cards? that
you can add between clips. It?s a bit of an odd
workflow decision, especially since you can
trim clips later, but perhaps it was done this
way to encourage more spontaneous editing.
Clips rewards time spent getting to know
it; poking around reveals features and tools
that aren?t obvious. Whether that?s enough
to persuade the Instagram generation to put
in a little effort rather than simply use the
video tools in their favourite social media
app is another matter, though.
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OCT 2015
EARly 2017
EditEd by
AlEx BlAkE
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
Who?s it for?
convert or a seasoned Apple user.
So be sure to check our handy tables
to see which Mac, iPad or iPhone is
best for you.
We?ve also highlighted the gold
standard in audio, storage, cameras,
and many other categories, helping
you complement your Mac or iOS
device with the best accessories.
intel core i5
intel core i5
intel core i5
you?re just getting started in the world of
apple and need to know where to begin.
a firm apple user, you?re ready to move
on and get even more from your tech.
apple is your life. you prize quality and
want the best that money can buy.
Key specifications
MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200
sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive
DispLaY 1920x1080 (ips, srGB gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200
sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive
DispLaY retina 4K (ips, p3 gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz ddr3
GRaphics aMd radeon r9 M395
sTORaGE 2tB fusion drive
DispLaY retina 5K (ips, p3 gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
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 wider colour gamut than previous models.
Add in a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
(configurable from 3.2GHz up to 4.0GHz), 8GB
of memory, a fast and capacious Fusion Drive,
and a powerful AMD Radeon R9 graphics
processor ? and the large iMac is the desktop
system to own. In 2015, Apple introduced the
first 21.5-inch iMac complete with a Retina 4K
(4096x2304) display. All except the entry-level,
21.5-inch model have a quad-core processor.
Choose an iMac
Network storage...............109
Wireless router....................109
Thunderbolt dock............109
IP camera...................................109
MacBook bag.........................109
Desktop speaker.................110
Portable speaker................110
On-ear headphones........110
In-ear headphones...........110
Portable battery..................110
Action camera.......................110
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Bluetooth tracker...............110
Fitness smartwatch.........110
Photo editor................................111
Video editor................................111
Web design...................................111
Writing app...................................111
Music making app................111
Streaming service...............111
Photo editor................................111
Productivity app....................111
MacBook Pro.........................107
Mac Pro........................................107
Mac mini......................................107
iPad Pro........................................108
Apple Watch...........................108
Ultra HD monitor..............109
External SSD..........................109
intel core i5
MEMORY 8GB of 1867MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200
sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive
DispLaY 1920x1080 (ips, srGB gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
Inside your buying guide?
Key specifications
intel core i5
MEMORY 16GB of 1867MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel iris pro Graphics 6200
sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive
DispLaY retina 4K (ips, p3 gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
intel core i7
MEMORY 16GB of 1867MHz ddr3
GRaphics aMd radeon r9 M395
sTORaGE 2tB fusion drive
DispLaY retina 5K (ips, p3 gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
�654 @macformat
ApR 2016
OCT 2016
OCT 2017
ApR 2017
MacBook Pro
Mac Pro
The baby of Apple?s laptop family,
the MacBook was updated in early 2016
with slightly improved specs and a new
Rose Gold colour. 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 (at 1.1GHz, 1.2GHz or
1.3GHz), 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 with 8GB of
1866MHz memory, with no option to
add more, and Intel HD Graphics 515 ?
that?s 25% faster than the previous
iteration ? and there are 256GB or
512GB flash storage options. There are
four colour options: Silver, Space Grey,
Gold, and the new Rose Gold.
Apple debuted the new MacBook Pro
in October with an OLED strip of appspecific controls called the Touch Bar.
This replaces the function keys with a
row of context-sensitive shortcuts.
The Force Touch trackpad was
made larger to provide more room for
gestures, and the keyboard was also
updated with a second-generation
version of the butterfly keys found in the
12-inch MacBook. Memory speed in all
models except the entry-level 13-inch
was upgraded to 2133MHz, and all new
models are thinner and lighter.
The ports saw substantive changes,
too. you?ll now get either two or four
Thunderbolt 3 ports (depending on the
model), which are also compatible with
USB-C devices, and through which you
charge the MacBook Pro. The 13-inch
and 15-inch sizes remain, although the
entry-level 13-inch lacks a Touch Bar.
If you need power ? and we mean
serious power ? this is the computer
for you. Even the entry-level model
comes with 16GB of memory, a six-core
3.5GHz processor, 256GB of speedy
PCIe flash storage and dual AMD FirePro
D500 graphics cards. Apple brought
minor speed boosts to the Mac Pro in
April 2017 and has confirmed it?ll unveil
a new modular version some time after
2017, so it?s worth holding out until then.
Choose a MacBook
12-inch 1.2GHz
intel core m5
1866MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel Hd
Graphics 515
sTORaGE 512GB ssd
12-inch 1.3GHz
intel core m7
1866MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel Hd
Graphics 515
sTORaGE 512GB ssd
�684 @macformat
intel core i5
1866MHz lpddr3
Gpu intel iris 540
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Touch Bar no
intel core i5
2133MHz lpddr3
Gpu intel iris 550
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Touch Bar yes
intel core i7
2133MHz lpddr3
Gpu radeon pro 450
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Touch Bar yes
1866MHz lpddr3
GRaphics intel Hd
Graphics 515
sTORaGE 256GB ssd
Key specifications
12-inch 1.1GHz
intel core m3
Key specifications
Choose a MacBook Pro
OCT 2014
Mac mini
A welcome 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 dual-core Intel Core
i5 CPU and 4GB of memory, making it
one of the lowest-spec Macs around,
with a 500GB hard drive and no display.
Higher end models come with 1TB
storage (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.
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MAR 2017
SEp 2017
SEpT 2016
MAR 2016
EARly 2017
iPad Pro
The iPhone 7 represents a big update,
no doubt about it. Apple introduced an
amazing dual-camera setup in the Plus
model, which allows for 2x optical zoom
and on-the-fly depth of field effects.
Both sizes feature the improved A10
Fusion chip, a redesigned Home button
with haptic feedback, better battery life,
Lightning EarPods, and storage ranging
from 32GB to 256GB.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are still
available, and are great devices in their
own right. With 3D Touch giving you a
greater range of interactions with apps,
plus a 12MP rear camera with 4K video
recording and Live Photos, consider
these if the iPhone 7 is too expensive.
And let?s not forget the iPhone SE.
Updated with 32GB and 128GB storage
options, it packs in an A9 chip and M9
motion coprocessor, and has a bright,
crisp and compact 4-inch screen.
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 9.7-inch and
12.9-inch sizes, packed with either 32GB,
128GB or 256GB of storage. All models
except the 32GB 12.9-inch one are
available with the option of mobile
network connectivity. The Pro?s A9X chip
is the most powerful in any iOS device,
and it has an impressive four-speaker
sound system, too. Adding the pressuresensitive Apple Pencil makes it an
accomplished drawing tool.
iphone se
capaciTY: 128GB
pROcEssOR: a9
3D TOuch no
caMERa 12Mp photos,
4K video recording
iphone 6s
capaciTY: 128GB
pROcEssOR: a9
3D TOuch yes
caMERa 12Mp photos,
4K video recording
iphone 7
capaciTY: 128GB
pROcEssOR: a10 fusion
3D TOuch yes
caMERa 12Mp photos
(dual-camera), 4K video
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Key specifications
ipad mini 4
capaciTY 128GB
pROcEssOR a8
cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi
caMERa 8Mp
TOuch iD yes
Key specifications
9.7-inch ipad capaciTY 128GB
pROcEssOR a9
cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi
caMERa 8Mp
TOuch iD yes
Choose an iPad
Choose an iPhone
ipad pro
capaciTY 128GB
pROcEssOR a9X
cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi
caMERa 8Mp
TOuch iD yes
SEpT 2016
lATE 2017
From �9
The Watch has already
made Apple the second
biggest watchmaker in
the world. Apple is continuing this push
with Apple Watch Series 2, which sees
a big update to the Watch. It?s waterresistant to 50 metres so you can take
it for a swim, it has a faster dual-core
processor and GPU, and a brighter
display. There?s also built-in GPS, which
can measure routes, pace and distance
when you?re out on a run or hike without
needing an iPhone.
Apple also introduced a ceramic
model to replace the gold Edition, and
has partnered with Nike to create the
Apple Watch Nike+, a range of runneroriented models. The Herm鑣 straps
come in new colours and designs, too. @macformat
Accessories STORE GUIDE
best buys? Curated picks of third-party kit
ViewSonic VP2772
Philips 328P6VJEB
Freecom mSSD MAXX
512GB �5
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.
QNAP TS-251+ 6TB
D-Link AC3200
(DIR-890L) �9
CalDigit Thunderbolt
Station 2 �0
We know a good NAS
drive when we see one,
which is why the 6TB
TS-251+ won MF302?s
group test. It?s one of the
quickest NAS drives we?ve seen lately, with
transfer rates of over 105MB/sec for large
files. It has an HDMI port and a remote
control for watching your media directly
on your TV set. Four USB ports top it off.
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.
Our MF297 group test
winner got the nod for its
beautifully compact form
and superb menu bar
tool, which lets you eject
individual drives as you
please (something its rivals failed to offer).
It?s not the most laden with ports, but has
everything that most people will need,
and comes in at a great price point.
Epson Eco-Tank
ET-2600 �1
Netatmo Presence
Knomo James
The Eco-Tank ET-2600
has a fairly high cost, but
its innovative cartridgefree 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 built-in 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.
Comfortable, capacioius
and clever to boot, the
Knomo James is a truly
brilliant backpack. There?s
space to stow a MacBook
of any size, plus plenty of
nifty features ? detachable straps to turn it
into a smart office bag, an RFID blocker to
prevent identity theft, plus a unique bag
ID that?ll reunite you with it if it?s lost. @macformat
July 2017 | MACFORMAT | 109
STORE GUIDE Accessories
best buys? Curated picks of third-party kit
Kef Egg
Libratone Zipp
Sennheiser PXC 550
Wireless �0
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.
We love these wireless
cans. They?re comfortable
and lightweight, and their
long-lasting battery keeps
them going for 22 hours.
Sound quality is amazing:
wide, rich and detailed, with plenty of bass,
too. The controls take some getting used
to, but active noise cancellation is superb
and the EQ allows plenty of customisation.
Apple AirPods
Apple iPhone 7 Smart
Battery Case �
GoPro Hero5 Black
Apple?s answer to
dropping the 3.5mm jack
is the AirPods; we tested
them against four rivals
in MF312 and they came
out on top. With instant
pairing, balanced sound and a comfortable
fit (even when exercising), the AirPods are
classic Apple design and performance.
They?re even reasonably priced.
Despite that silly-looking
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.
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 started with the Hero5 Black. Add in
superb 4K video quality plus a great range
of shooting options and you?ve got a
hugely powerful camera on your hands.
Tile Slim
From �
Blue Microphones
Raspberry �4
Garmin Vivoactive HR
The little tracking device
that won us over in issue
299 has been made even
smaller with the new Slim
model. It?s now far more
portable than before, and
easily slips into your wallet as it?s about as
thick as two credit cards. With a great app
and a loud alarm, your valuables will be
kept safer than ever with this little beauty.
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.
110 | MACFORMAT | July 2017 @macformat
best buys? Curated picks of third-party apps
Affinity Photo
Final Cut Pro X 10.3
RapidWeaver 7
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.
djay Pro
Here at MacFormat, we
demand a lot of our writing
apps. We want them to run
fast, be unobtrusive, support
iCloud and Dropbox, export to lots of file
formats, and much more. Ulysses does all
that and much more to a great standard.
Throw in Markdown compatibility and an
accomplished iOS app and you?ve got the
best writing experience available today.
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.
Spotify Free, � per
month (Premium)
Fantastical 2 � (Mac),
Despite strong competition
from the likes of Tidal, Apple
Music and Amazon, Spotify
is our top music-streaming
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. @macformat
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Apple hits Europe!
The Apple II Europlus was the
first Apple computer to travel
the waters and go on sale in
Europe and Australia, back in
1979! The units complied with
the different hardware,
software and firmware
requirements outside the US.
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offered 48K memory
(say, what?!), it was open
architecture ? and you
could add another 16K!
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Apple history
We take a look at how iCloud has evolved over the years
pple?s iCloud service is built
on the back of its previous
internet services, which
started way back in January 2000
with iTools. iTools quickly morphed
into .Mac then later into the much
maligned MobileMe service. After a
shaky start, iCloud soon hit its stride.
January 2000
iTools launches.
This is a free collection
of Internet services for
Mac OS 9 users.
July 2002
iTools relaunches
as .Mac, a paid
subscription service
for users of OS X.
September 2002
MobileMe flops
With Google and
Facebook starting to
make serious headway
Apple needed to up
its internet game. Its
answer was MobileMe.
Unfortunately the
service was a disaster.
Plagued by technical
problems it was never
a success. It did,
however, add the ability
to synchronise data
across your devices,
and introduce key
elements of iCloud like
Find my iPhone, but
Apple still wanted �
a year for the privilege.
MobileMe added the features
we still see in iCloud.
Apple announces
that 100,000 people
have signed up to
its .Mac service.
August 2007
A new web gallery
service is added to
.Mac and users get
10GB of storage.
August 2008
October 2011
Apple releases
iCloud as a
replacement for
MobileMe, alongside
releasing the
iPhone 4S and iOS 5.
Apple?s .Mac account gave you
an email address.
Apple launches
MobileMe, with an email
address, to replace
the outdated .Mac. It
immediately crashed
leaving customers
iCloud is born
June 2011
suspended, as Apple
gets its replacement
ready. Apple announces
iCloud at its WWDC.
June 2016
With macOS Sierra,
Apple introduces a
new iCloud Drive
feature that enables
you to automatically
store the contents of
your desktop and
documents folder
in the cloud.
June 2013
Apple announce
iWork for iCloud,
enabing people to
use the iWork apps
in a web browser
for the first time.
Apple announces
a new web-based
interface to its .Mac
email service.
Apple?s .Mac service
was a paid-for,
replacement for iTools.
It came with an @mac.
com email address,
HomePage (a personal
web hosting service) and
iDisk for online storage.
At a time when similar
online services were
being offered for free
it was never a very
popular option.
July 2008
In an internal email
to Apple employees,
Steve Jobs admits
that the MobileMe
launch was rushed.
October 2006
next iSSue
Tuesday 4 July 2017
After two false starts
with .Mac and MobileMe
Apple finally got its
online act together with
iCloud in 2011. As a free
service, iCloud had 20
million users in less than
a week after launch. New
features included iTunes
Match and Photo Stream.
In 2013, the iWork apps
were added to iCloud
via the web browser,
with the ability to store
documents in your
iCloud Drive to access
from anywhere.
Wi-Fi service, and managed
to do so from every room in our test house.
We were able to stream 4K video through
Netflix to a Roku Premiere in the basement,
as well as play games in an office where the
modem is located, all without issue.
Wi-Fi mesh systems like Google Wifi
aren?t focused so much on throughput as
Google Wifi gives you more coverage for
less money than most of its competitors.
they are coverage, but it delivers regardless.
The traffic prioritisation feature can
ensure that games (for example) get more of
that crucial bandwidth than other devices in
your house that are Facebooking or streaming
video. Plus, the network can automatically
repair itself should one or more of 
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