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is all about getting your Mac working Operations Editor
better. It’s full of tips to improve Jo will have spent the
performance, and ways to boost your holidays catching up on
skills and get more from your Mac. her admin – sorting files
There’s much more in this issue, and photos, before she
naturally, but before you get stuck in, tries out this issue’s advice
we have to talk about the elephant to make her Mac feel new.
in the room: High Sierra security. Just days before this issue
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Apple swiftly fixed the issue and a spokesperson provided Santa hat for weeks now,
us with a statement (see bit.ly/hsrootfix). We can only hope and reminding us to be
that Apple’s promised review of its processes means it never jolly and eat mince pies.
messes up this badly again. It’s probably best Apple
Apple’s fix should be installed on your Mac by now, at Watch doesn’t track that.
least if your App Store preferences are set to allow system
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APPS & GAMES
Our top picks of the
month for Mac and iOS
Vrvana’s Totem headset
combines virtual and
12 augmented reality
APPlE FACTS in one device.
Our perception on
augmented reality

14–17
iNvESTiGATES
The iPhone X ain’t
cheap: protect your
big investment

18
lETTERS
Have your say

20
OPiNiON
New Year’s software
resolutions we’d like HOT TOPiC!
to see from Apple

21
SPliT viEW
achieving virtual Vrvana
Is iPhone X really
revolutionary?
apple snaps up virtual reality headset maker
irtual and augmented reality boilerplate statement explaining that it buys
V (VR and AR, respectively) are
hyped right now, but Apple has
other firms from time to time. At the time of
writing, Vrvana’s website was still up and
little on show. Given the progress rivals like running, although its social media pages
Microsoft and Facebook are making in this had not been updated since August 2017.
Contact us area, that seems strange. But it now turns out Vrvana’s Totem headset has yet to be
the company may be busier than we thought. released. It works by recording the world
Apple has reportedly bought Vrvana, a around you using a set of cameras. It then
Email your queries to company that is working on a mixed virtual projects that onto its 1440p OLED display.
letters@macformat.com and augmented reality headset called the That method allows it to combine both virtual
Totem. The purchase supposedly cost Apple and augmented reality into a single view.
Join the conversation at $30 million and took place in the summer. This is different from the approach taken
facebook.com/macformat Apple hasn’t commented on the alleged by Microsoft’s HoloLens, which displays
or on Twitter @macformat takeover – usually the company issues a augmented reality images onto a transparent

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HomePod’s
troubled path THE POll
WE ASkEd… What do
The device was pushed back you think of Apple’s new
several times over the years Face ID technology?
pple’s HomePod speaker
a has been delayed into early
2018. But that’s not the only
A great Apple
innovation!
41%
It looks
promising

21%
delay it has faced – a recent report has
highlighted that Apple has been working
on the Siri speaker since 2012, with 6% 32%
various revisions along the way. Seems a I prefer
Apple’s HomePod team was supposedly bit creepy Touch ID
to me!
taken completely by surprise when Amazon
released the Echo in 2014. It bought an Echo, Log on and see next
took it apart, and apparently scoffed at its audio issue’s big question!
quality, according to the report. twitter.com/macformat
However, Apple dithered, cancelling and reviving facebook.com/macformat
the HomePod project several times. As a result, Amazon now
has a sizeable lead in the market. Apple hopes to sell about four
million HomePods in 2018, but has a lot of catching up to do.
RUMOUR
headset display; Vrvana’s approach allows
the headset to do a lot more.
Mill
Hot on the heels of the
Totem’s built-in cameras help to track tech giant’s latest moves…
its position in space; infrared cameras are
used to detect a user’s hands. Apple may
decide to use Vrvana’s technology and
integrate it into its own device, rather
1
iPHONE X PlUS
than make use of the device wholesale. Think the iPhone X is
expensive? Rumours suggest
Reality check Apple is working on a 6.5-inch
Apple has been rumoured to be working Plus model, to be released in
on a VR or AR headset – or potentially a 2018. Better save the pennies.
set of AR glasses – for some time now.
This latest move appears to signal the
company’s intent to catch up with its
rivals in this area.
Microsoft has been working on its HoloLens headset,
which displays augmented reality onto a screen. 2
FOldAblE iPHONE
In particular, rumours have swirled of and ship the resulting device as early The US Patent & Trademark
an Apple augmented reality headset that as 2020, barring any delays. Office has published a patent
features a built-in display, a dedicated In addition to the Vrvana acquisition, application from Apple for a
processor and an ‘rOS’ operating system. Apple has bought a number of other AR foldable iPhone display. It was
That form factor would fit well with companies in recent months, including originally filed in Q3 2016.
Vrvana’s Totem (as opposed to a set of AR Metaio, Flyby Media and Faceshift. These
glasses), so the purchase makes sense. have all been software companies; Vrvana
According to reports, Apple is hoping
to finalise its headset by the end of 2019,
is the first VR hardware company that
Apple has acquired, perhaps signalling an
intent to progress its headset
3
iPHONE SE 2
apple may decide to use project at a greater speed.
Tim Cook has made his
Apple is reportedly planning
on releasing a sequel to the
Vrvana’s technology and enthusiasm for AR clear,
saying: “I could not be
budget-friendly iPhone SE in
the second half of 2018. It’s
integrate it into its own device more excited about AR.” expect to cost around £340.

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APPLE
NEWS
ROUNDUP
APPLE SET TO
RIVAL NETFLIX
Billion-dollar
investment in
video & music
Apple is known to be
apple’s second spaceship
ramping up its video
Central & Wolfe campus to take off soon
production work, and a hile everyone’s been focusing Apple Park in both the media and popular
new report from Loup
Ventures posits that the
W on the new Apple Park, a second
Apple ‘spaceship’ is just about
imagination. Designed by architecture firm
HOK, it is clearly visible from several blocks
company will offer ready. It’s located in Sunnyvale, California, away due to its size and impressive design.
all-in-one video and about five miles from Cupertino, and while Like Apple Park, Central & Wolfe has ample
music subs within two to it’s noticeably different to the Apple Park underground parking to minimise the visual
three years. That would building, it shares plenty of the same design impact on the campus, and to improve its
rival the likes of Netflix traits. Its grand, sweeping facade and floor- environmental impact.
and Amazon, and focus to-ceiling glass walls clearly mark it out as On the ground floor there will be a fitness
mainly on original belonging to the same family. centre, a cafeteria, a conference centre and a
content. It reckons Apple calls it the Central & Wolfe campus. 500-person amphitheatre. Upstairs, the office
Apple will benefit from It’s due to open in early 2018, and will house spaces will be open plan, according to HOK.
a running start with thousands of Apple employees. Apple Park opened to employees in April
75 million subscribers. Details of the campus first emerged in late 2017, while construction was still going on.
2015, but it has been largely overshadowed by Its visitor centre opened in November 2017.

APPLE MAKES
$52.6 BILLION Micro lights
Q4 2017 New iPhone screen
results are technology on the way
rather good
he iPhone X is Apple’s could greatly help in that
We’re used to Apple
making lots of money,
T first phone equipped with
an OLED display. Still, that’s
endeavour when it comes
to the iPhone.
and there was no not stopping the company looking ahead But due to the microscopic
surprise when Tim Cook to the next big thing in display tech. scale of making a MicroLED
announced the firm’s According to a number of reports, array, the manufacturing
fourth-quarter 2017 that technology is based around process can pose a lot of
results. Apple made MicroLED screens. Like the OLED problems. According to a
$52.6 billion in this display in the iPhone X, MicroLED Digitimes report, Apple scaled
period, up 12% on the screens are composed of light-emitting back its MicroLED efforts in
same period last year. diodes that produce their own light, Taiwan, although it was also
Sales of 46 million resulting in excellent contrast ratios. noted that it could be relocating
iPhones brought in However, MicroLED components its efforts to the US instead.
$28.8 billion, iPads are much smaller than their OLED Samsung is also reportedly
made $4.8 billion, Mac equivalents, meaning that a MicroLED looking into the technology, as is
sales came to $7.1 screen can be incredibly thin and light. Facebook for its Oculus virtual
billion, and services And that’s where Apple comes in. The reality headset.
made $8.5 billion. company is well known for its quest to
Apple has only just started using
Not bad going, then. make its devices ever more svelte, and OLED tech, but is reportedly looking
making use of MicroLED technology for the next breakthrough.

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Protecting a new iPhone X with AppleCare+ cover seems like
a given – but is it the best option? writteN by ALEX BLAKE
he iPhone X is incredible in a Of course, this all applies to damage that
T great many ways. Incredibly was already present in the iPhone X when you
advanced. Incredibly sexy. bought it, so doesn’t cover you for anything
Incredibly expensive. If you’ve that happens to it once it’s in your possession.
bought one, you’ll want to protect your shiny For that, you’ll need AppleCare+ or third-
new gadget, so AppleCare+ seems like a AppleCare+ party insurance. Let’s start with AppleCare+.
natural choice. However, is it the best way to
give you peace of mind if something goes includes a lot, AppleCare+ coverage
wrong? Over the next few pages, we’ll take a AppleCare+ is Apple’s own insurance cover
look at the options available so you know the but it won’t for its products. You can purchase it when
best way to protect your costly investment. you initially buy an Apple product, or within
Firstly, let’s take a quick look at what cover you in all 60 days of the date of purchase. For iPhone X,
rights are guaranteed to every citizen thanks it costs £199 for two years of coverage, and
to UK legislation. Under the Consumer Rights eventualities covers you for up to two instances of
Act 2015, you have up to six years to return accidental damage within that period. Each
an item that was faulty when you bought it claim has an excess: £25 for screen repairs, or
(in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; you £79 for anything else. You also get two years
get five years in Scotland), although after the of priority support from Apple. On top, you
first six months the onus is on you to prove get coverage for batteries that retain less than
that it was faulty at the time of purchase. 80% of their original capacity, plus coverage
Incidentally, that six-year (or five-year) period for earphones and accessories that were
is much more generous than the two-year included as part of your iPhone X purchase.
return period guaranteed by the EU. AppleCare+ includes a lot then, but won’t
The criteria for return are that the iPhone cover you in all eventualities. It does not cover
had to have been faulty or damaged when you you if you lose your iPhone or it gets stolen,
received it, or wasn’t fit for purpose, or was and you need to take factors like that into
not as described. If you return it within the consideration when weighing up whether to
first 30 days after buying the device, you are buy an AppleCare+ plan. UK plans exclude
legally entitled to a full refund. If you do so the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
within the first six months, you’ve got to give Apple wants you to buy AppleCare+ – that
Apple a chance to repair or replace the faulty much is clear from the repair prices it charges
The glass back is great for
product (if that’s unsuccessful, you can then wireless charging, but it’ll if you don’t have AppleCare+ cover. At the
get a full refund). cost you if it gets damaged. time of writing, repairing the screen of the

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News feature APPLE CORE

Buying AppleCare+
couldn’t be simpler, but
you need to check that
it provides the kind of
cover you’re looking for.

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APPLE CORE News feature

iPhone X will set you back £286.44 if you starting on the date you bought the iPhone.
don’t have coverage (compared to £25 if you As well as help for iPhone, AppleCare+ also
do). Other damage, such as cracking the glass includes troubleshooting for iOS, iCloud,
back of the device, will cost a galling £556.44. wireless networks and Apple’s own iOS apps
For comparison, those same repairs will cost (such as Safari, FaceTime and Mail).
£156.44 and £356.44 respectively if you have With AppleCare+, there’s also an Express
an iPhone 8, so there’s a large premium for Replacement Service, plus the ability to get
owning an iPhone X. Even worse, those UK your device repaired at a local Apple Store
prices for iPhone X repairs are actually more when travelling in Europe. The Express
expensive than Apple charges in the US: Replacement Service will be particularly
$279 and $549, respectively. attractive to many people, and it’s something
With prices like that, AppleCare+ can save that you can’t get without AppleCare+. This
you some serious cash. Assuming you bought is where Apple will send you a replacement
AppleCare+ for iPhone X and needed the glass device before you’ve returned the faulty one.
back of the phone to be repaired, you’d pay Apple includes packaging that you can use to
£278 in total (£199 for AppleCare+ coverage return the damaged iPhone to the company.
and the £79 excess for ‘other damage’). Getting The replacement device will either be new
the screen repaired would cost you £224. or ‘equivalent to new’, according to Apple.
Those are savings of £62.44 for a screen It essentially means that you can get back
repair and £278.44 for other damage. That to using an iPhone as quickly as possible.
means anything that falls under the ‘other You can even find out about your There’s a one-off fee of £79 to have Apple
repair options from the support
damage’ category will basically save you 50% section on your iPhone X. send you a replacement device, which is quite
if you have AppleCare+ compared to not reasonable considering you’re getting a new
having it – a huge saving considering how (or ‘equivalent to new’) device. Note that even
expensive iPhone X repairs are. if you have AppleCare+ coverage, you’ll still
Of course, if you have to get the screen Paying a late have to pay the out-of-warranty fee of £556.44
repaired twice you’ll save £323.88 with if you’ve already used up your two instances
AppleCare+ coverage, and you’ll save an return fee on of accidental damage coverage, as well as a
eye-watering £755.88 on two instances
of ‘other damage’. Food for thought.
top of the £7.44 shipping fee. That’s where AppleCare+’s
two-claim limit could be an issue. If you’re

Other benefits AppleCare+ accident prone and think you might exceed
two damage claims, you may want third-
AppleCare+ isn’t just about repairs – you also
get 24/7 priority access to Apple support via
charges is party insurance; we’ll discuss that shortly.
If you don’t send Apple your faulty iPhone
phone calls or over web chat for the two-year expensive within 10 business days, you’ll be charged a
length of AppleCare+. Without that, you only replacement fee for Apple to send you a new
get 90 days of telephone support from Apple, iPhone X. That’s £999 for the 64GB model,
and £1,149 for the 256GB one. If your faulty
phone arrives late with Apple, the company
Credit where credit’s due will remove the replacement fee but will still
charge you a late fee of £225 for the 64GB
You’ll gain an additional layer You don’t have to have paid iPhone X and £300 for the 256GB model.
of protection if you purchase the full amount, and can still claim Apple determines that an iPhone X is late if it
an iPhone X using a credit card. if you’re buying the iPhone with arrives between 10 and 20 business days after
Under Section 75 of the Consumer monthly repayments. The value the replacement is shipped to you. That’s a
Credit Act, you get free protection of the item is the important thing, strong incentive to send your faulty phone to
for any purchase you make with a not how much you’ve paid. Apple as quickly as possible – even paying a
credit card costing between £100 You don’t get this kind of late fee on top of the AppleCare+ charges is
and £30,000. protection with a debit card, so it’s expensive, never mind the replacement fee!
In practice, that means that if worth considering using a credit
Apple goes bust (unlikely) or the card when buying an iPhone X. Third-party insurance
iPhone X is faulty when you buy it Finally, some premium credit While AppleCare+ can be a whole lot cheaper
or is never delivered to you, you cards offer additional protection if than getting Apple to repair your iPhone X if
can claim the full amount back your iPhone is lost or stolen, often you don’t have coverage, you may still be able
from your credit card company. within 90 days of purchase. to get a better deal elsewhere.
For example, we found that insurance

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News feature APPLE CORE

firm Insurance2Go offers a specific iPhone X


policy that costs £109.99 a year at the time
of writing. That puts it at £219.98 for two
Apple repair charges without cover
years of coverage, a little over the £199 that
AppleCare+ costs for the same length of
time. However, for that extra £20.98 you’ll
be covered if the phone is lost or stolen,
and you’re covered for up to £1,000 of
unauthorised phone calls (none of which are
covered by AppleCare+). Accidental damage
is also included, as it is with AppleCare+,
except that there’s no limit on the number of
claims you can make during your coverage
period; AppleCare+ limits you to two claims.
The excess fee is £50 with Insurance2Go’s
plan – if you’ve broken the iPhone X’s screen,
the excess with AppleCare+ is lower, but iPhone model Screen repair only Other damage
Insurance2Go’s excess is cheaper than the iPhone X £286.44 £556.44
£79 you pay under AppleCare+ if you’ve done
iPhone 8 Plus £176.44 £406.44
any other damage to your phone.
Ultimately, you need to decide whether the iPhone 8 £156.44 £356.44
extra £20 (in this example) is worth the extra iPhone 7 Plus £176.44 £356.44
coverage. But if you’ve already shelled out a
iPhone 7 £156.44 £326.44
grand or more on a shiny new iPhone X, that
probably doesn’t seem like very much for the iPhone 6s Plus £176.44 £336.44
extra peace of mind it’ll give you. iPhone 6s £156.44 £306.44
Of course, it’s not a cut-and-dried iPhone 6 Plus £156.44 £336.44
situation; there are other things to consider.
iPhone 6 £136.44 £306.44
Most third- party insurance companies won’t
offer instant replacement of a broken iPhone iPhone SE £136.44 £255.44
X in the same way that Apple does. Mobile iPhone 5s
networks often do include this benefit as part iPhone 5c £136.44 £255.44
of their own insurance packages, but at a iPhone 5
steeper cost than AppleCare+; EE’s iPhone X iPhone 4s See ‘other damage’ fee £204.44
insurance will set you back £288 for two
years, for example. AppleCare+ also gets
you priority access to Apple’s support staff, it to be replaced almost instantly, AppleCare+
giving you a level of expert knowledge that may be the best option for you.
an insurance company won’t be able to If you already have contents insurance,
provide. If you want that kind of access and you should check whether you can include
You can check your device’s
support, or simply can’t bear to be without eligibility for various levels of service an iPhone X on your policy. If you can, that
an iPhone X for long after it breaks and want at checkcoverage.apple.com/gb/en. may simply be the best option of all.

Conclusion
Any insurance is better than no insurance,
especially when it comes to the painfully
expensive repair costs of the iPhone X.
AppleCare+ offers a lot, but it may not be the
best option if you want coverage for a lost or
stolen phone, for example. Conversely, if you
value getting a quick replacement for a broken
iPhone or want to get priority access to Apple
support, you should give it some thought. The
worst thing you can do is not get any cover
at all; a device as expensive as the iPhone X
needs to be protected one way or another.

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£ £
££ £ £ ADApTeR ANGST
Three years ago I upgraded from a 24-inch
iMac to a 27-inch model in order to keep up
with developing technology. I then had to
spend almost £100 to buy adapters as ports
had changed from FireWire to Thunderbolt.
Late last month, I upgraded to the new
27-inch iMac for the same reason. Once
again, I’ve had to spend £140 on adapters, At £30 more than the 4th-gen model, you can futureproof
your Apple TV purchase to some extent by going 4K.
as ports have now changed from Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C).
Why does a company that makes more profit than entire continents’ mind kicks in and thinks maybe it’s not a good
GDP penalise loyal return customers with hefty charges for adapters that idea to manufacture millions of adapters –
must cost very little to produce? After spending almost £2,000 on the even the plain USB-A type – that many people
iMac, this is painful. Why not include them in the box? may never use, given the 12-inch MacBook’s
b y M i c h a e l Wa l l one USB-C port is enough for many people.
In that regard, I’ve also been hoping for
AlAN SAyS… I feel your pain, Michael. When I upgraded my MacBook Apple to show real environmental courage
Pro, I bought adapters that would now cost £156, though I benefitted and stop bundling its cabled EarPods with
from Apple’s (sadly temporary) price drop on everything from its USB-A every iPhone, mostly because I never use
to USB-C adapter to LG’s Thunderbolt 3-equipped UltraFine displays. them. Deduct their cost and let each of
The impact of port changes is more keenly felt this time around, at us choose our headphones. However,
least on portable Macs or by users of certain types of peripheral. With I expect a lot of people are pleased with
some areas of its product line-up, Apple seems to recognise that port the convenience of them being bundled.
changes might be controversial to the point of being damaging. A good Also, for better or worse, the white buds
example of this is the Lightning to 3.5mm and cables keep Apple in the minds of people
headphone jack adapter that’s bundled who see them around – free advertising!
n LETTER OF with the iPhone 7 or later – imagine the
THE MONTH uproar if Apple had not just dropped the Apple TV 0k
built-in jack but also made you pay for an Firstly, let me say I enjoy your Store Guide
Win a adapter. It would be a welcome gesture of for Apple kit. However, I am concerned as to
MagicBridge goodwill if Apple were to include even one why the Apple TV does not feature. Is there
The author of our Letter USB-C adapter – the plain USB-A one – with a reason for this omission?
of the Month receives a every MacBook Pro, for example, to ensure by Mik e Sage a n te S
prize! Email us to be in you’re not left high and dry if you decline/
with a chance of winning a forget/are unaware you might need to buy Alex SAyS… Thanks for the feedback about
MagicBridge from Twelve
one when you purchase a new Mac. Store Guide, Mike. The omission of Apple TV
South to hold your Magic
As much as its stings, though, I can see is due to space, combined with it being a
Keyboard and Magic
Trackpad 2. Find out more the logic on Apple’s part in not doing this relatively easy buying decision compared
at twelvesouth.com for Thunderbolt 1 or 2; devices that use the to a Mac or an iOS device.
older Thunderbolt standards are relatively Apple TV 4K models only have storage
niche, and used by a small proportion of capacity as their distinguishing characteristic,
Mac users. The cynical part of me can see and the best reason to upgrade from a
that this is an opportunity for Apple to 4th-gen model is support for 4K and HDR
make even more money on adapters. Then formats; we haven’t discovered any tvOS
the environmentally conscious part of my apps that would compel one to upgrade on

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Confusion Drive archived the whole article – it should be


I have been a subscriber to your excellent four pages long, the last page containing
magazine for years, and give old copies to the six steps that combine your SSD and
my local dental surgery. The February 2016 hard drive into a Fusion Drive. No worries,
issue [#296] contained a Make Your Own though – we’ll sort you out with the
Fusion Drive article. I kept a photocopy of missing content this time around.
the article, but on reading to the end, it As we’ve had other positive feedback
closes with ‘you’re now ready to build your about the Fusion Drive project, we’ll look
Fusion Drive’. This implies that the second at running an updated version soon.
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how I can obtain a copy of this second part? to order printed or digital versions.
by Jack Si v eW r igh t If your Mac has Thunderbolt or USB 3,
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JO SAyS… Wow, we’re delighted to know long as you don’t mind an external box
that article is proving useful to long-term running off it. If the fastest connection
readers. Maybe it’s due for a re-run for available to you is an internal bay, you may
newer readers in need of a relatively prefer to replace the internal hard drive
inexpensive way to keep an older Mac with a larger SSD. The process is trickier
in service, given that recent versions of and riskier, requiring a guide for your
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A SlOW DeSCeNT
I have a 2015 MacBook Pro and I use it mainly
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used to play instantly. Not now. I could go and
make a cup of tea it takes so long! I would like
to back track to Sierra again. I hope there
is another update to rectify this.
by tony S

pAul SAyS… Anecdotally, High Sierra


certainly seems to have produced more than
its fair share of negative feedback. Though
we haven’t encountered anything as serious
as your problem on the Macs here, none of
the MacFormat team has needed to work on
any video projects in the last few months.
If this is crippling, macOS Recovery and Time
Machine can get you back to an older system.
If you have a peculiar problem with High
Sierra that you’re unable to fix for yourself,
remember that you can contact Howard
Oakley on genius@macformat.com, who’ll try
to advise on ways to investigate the problem
further, if not provide an outright solution.

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MATT BOLTON…
revs his delOrean up
tO 88mph tO see where
apple’s sOftware
might gO in 2018
After a 2016 quieter than a product launch at a BlackBerry
store, 2017 was really strong for Apple, especially when it came
to hardware. However, software was a little less strong across
the board, so here’s what I’m hoping to see from Apple in 2018.
First up is a smarter Siri. One of the few stumbles for Apple
this year was HomePod slipping into 2018, but I think Apple
should take its time to get it right at launch, and maybe look to
re-announce it at an event in March, alongside expanded Siri
capabilities. Siri works well for key stuff like understanding
what you’re saying, but compared to Google Assistant or
Amazon Alexa, what it can actually

Maybe in do is pretty limited. Expansions


through SiriKit in iOS 10 were a

iOS 12, we’ll get sign of exciting things to come…


except they didn’t come, at least not

something more with iOS 11. Perhaps HomePod will


be able to access more types of

next-gen for Siri knowledge at first, and then maybe


in iOS 12, we’ll get something more
next-generation for Siri overall. If HomePod is going to stand out in the suddenly-
A real software low point this year was tvOS, with zero very-crowded smart speaker market, Siri’s going
to need to get a lot smarter, and quickly.
interesting changes. In the UK, the best thing Apple could do is
get more catch-up services on tvOS and get them working with And then there’s iOS. The iPad had a
Siri, but even beyond that, apps on it feel like they’ve stalled. fantastic year, but it felt kind of light on the
Adding options like Picture in Picture or Slide Over so you can phone side. I think we can hope for similar
view Twitter’s reactions right alongside Strictly are obvious productivity boosts to iPad for iPhone in
next steps, but I’m not sure these would actually make anything iOS 12. Multitasking should be a lot smarter,
better, or that I’d ever use them. I hope Apple focuses more so I think a Dock and new app switcher
towards the video side, making that work worldwide, maybe screen is likely. And with the new taller
with recommendations and other ways to find new shows. iPhone X screen as standard, I’d love to see a
High Sierra also failed to excite, despite adding a new file Picture in Picture video mode where the top
system (that sounds like it’s sarcasm, but I’m sorry to say that it of the screen stays playing video, while you
isn’t). I’m not sure we’ll see a big change to the desktop concept use apps in the bottom two-thirds. I’m not
this year, but I think it could benefit a lot from more of iOS’s convinced about split-screen apps overall, but
predictive options. Suggesting apps and documents based on when I’m travelling for work, still juggling
behaviour or whether they’re named in messages (a bit like multiple tasks, my iPhone may be my only
how dates get picked out for entering calendar appointments computer, and I know it could do that better.
now) could be great. The Mac App Store also needs a complete
overhaul, and hopefully we’ll see that – but it has to be about ABOUT MATT BOLTON
more than just a smart new design for users. The store needs Matt is the editor of Future’s flagship
updating at a fundamental level for developers, with more technology magazine T3 and has been
flexible options for the apps charting changes at Apple since his
The iPhone’s multitasking hasn’t themselves, otherwise a new student days. He’s sceptical of tech
really changed in years, but what
we do on phone has gotten more coat of paint won’t make any industry hyperbole, but still gets warm
intense, so we need more flexibility. major difference. and fuzzy on hearing “one more thing”.

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AngELA AhREndtS
apple.com

“The onus is on
retailers, the onus
“whAt dO yOu thInk Of is on us to continue
Alex says… yOuR iPhOnE x thEn?” to evolve.”
Retail chief says the
You’re always the first one in the office to mission of Apple Stores
invest in the latest bit of Apple tech. Are you is not yet complete
thinking that the iPhone X is the ‘future’? Alan says…
JOny IvE
Face ID is extraordinary – I want it on all my apple.com
Apple kit! But it may be a while before we get
compelling apps made just for iPhone X. “The path of
holding onto
The phone is so expensive, especially as this is features that have
Apple’s first offering of facial recognition. been effective…
leads to failure.”
Design chief says Apple
And we’ve yet to see a killer AR or TrueDepth mustn’t rest on its laurels
app. Animoji are fun, though. when it comes to design

JOhn POOLE
primatelabs.com

How are you adapting to the new gestures? “I don’t fully


understand…
Habit kept me reaching for the Home button
why performance
for just one day. Now I find myself swiping up
has seemed to
to unlock my iPad. The new gesture of swiping
stagnate on the
across the bottom bar to switch apps is great.
Android side.”
Geekbench developer says
Apple is way ahead of
But you have to charge it frequently, right? Android in performance
I’ve heard battery life is really pretty poor.

It lasts me plenty, though I have notifications PhIL SChILLER


and background app refresh off for things like apple.com
Facebook. As for wireless charging, current
pads supply up to 7.5W. I prefer the safety net “I think customers
of 50% in 30 mins from my USB-C charger. were ready to have
one more thing in
the iPhone line
“Hey Siri, Is Santa real?” that was new and
Siri...ously? tap to edit very different.”
Marketing head believes
‘I’m going to pretend I didn’t hear
there was an unmet
that. I don’t want you to get a
demand for iPhone X
lump of coal this year.’

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hi-tech
training
The monitors and the
machines that can help
live
track your fitness EditEd by cliff joseph smarter
26 The smart home is
jump to it here – live the Apple
dream today!

Get fit for 2018


From gym kit to
wearables, you’ll find
smart devices to suit

27
five of
the iPhone and Apple Watch are
the best
Fitness kit that works
great for routine workouts, but you
hard to scrutinise
your workouts
can take your training to the next
level with the latest fitness devices
ere we are again. It’s that time
H of year – Christmas is upon us
and the goose isn’t the only one
that’s getting fat. Needless to
say, many of us will kick off 2018 with the
traditional New Year’s resolution to hit
the gym and shed a few pounds. And, of
course, we all know that we can use our
iPhones or Apple Watch to monitor our
Contact us daily exercise and fitness levels.
However, many people may also want
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Email your queries targets, such as improving stamina for a
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apple home Hi-tech training

Get started with


hi-tech
training
Hit the road, hit the gym – or just stay at
home and sweat with the latest training tech
Which Apple he gym is the first port of call or three years, so it could take a while for
Watch is best?
The Apple Watch
T for most people who want to
improve their fitness, and apple
Apple’s new tech to reach UK high streets.

Series 1 is still available, recently unveiled big plans to Work it out


from £249, and includes get into the gym business. But rather than If you want to get started a little sooner then
a heart rate sensor and opening a chain of elegantly designed gyms, there are still plenty of options available for
accelerometer for Apple came up with GymKit, a new piece of taking your training to the next level.
tracking speed and software that is included in watchOS 4. GymKit The Apple Watch does include both heart
distance when you’re allows treadmills, rowing machines and other rate and motion sensors, but it’s something of
exercising outdoors. types of fitness equipment to record data a jack-of-all-trades device, so for many sports
The new Series 3, from about your workout, such as distance, speed, a more specialised heart sensor can be useful
£329, is water resistant and calories burned, and transmit that data (or just cheaper than buying an Apple Watch).
for swimming, includes directly to your Apple Watch. Wahoo is perhaps the most well known name
GPS and an altimeter. Of course, an iPhone or Apple Watch can here, as its Tickr range of sensors is sold in
already monitor how far or fast you run when Apple Stores. The basic Tickr model starts
Do I need GymKit? you’re jogging or cycling around the park, but at just £40, and provides precise, real-time
If you exercise they’re less useful if you’re simply running on monitoring of your heart rate and calorie
outdoors, you can use the spot on a machine in the gym. But a running consumption. For more detailed monitoring
your iPhone or Apple machine that works with GymKit can use an there’s the Tickr X for £65, which includes
Watch to track your NFC chip (near-field communication) to record additional sensors for running and other
speed, distance covered, the details of your workout in precise detail, sports, as well as a special ‘treadmill’ mode
and calories burned. and then simply push that data over onto so that you can use it in the gym as well as
But you don’t actually your Apple Watch. running outdoors.
move off the spot when Apple has announced that it is working with Other affordable sports tech that comes
you’re using a treadmill all the main manufacturers of gym equipment in for less than £100 includes devices such
or cycling machine in to add GymKit support to their products, as the Tangram range of smart skipping ropes
a gym; GymKit can including LifeFitness, StairMaster, and Nautilus, (or ‘jump ropes’ if you prefer a less childish
record data directly and some of them have even promised to term). The Smart Rope Pure starts at £60, and
from the exercise release their first GymKit-compatible machines includes magnetic sensors that can monitor
machine then transfer by the end of this year. However, most gyms your jump rate and calorie consumption, and
it to the Apple Watch. tend to update their equipment every two its Smart Gym app for iOS and Apple Watch

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Hi-tech training apple home

Explained
ant+
As well as Bluetooth and
NFC, many fitness devices
use another wireless tech
called Ant+. This was
originally developed by
Garmin for its own range
of fitbands, but has since
been adopted by Wahoo
and several other fitness
companies.

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apple home Hi-tech training

With clever tech and


LEDs displaying your
data, Tangram has
changed the face of the
lowly old skipping rope.

Do gyms really
need GymKit?
It might take a while for
new GymKit-compatible
equipment to arrive in
your local gym. However,
many exercise machines
already include Bluetooth
connectivity or NFC
chips, which allow them
to communicate with Concept2 can help track
the manufacturer’s rowing, cycling and skiing
with a wide variety of
own apps on iOS and
gym-style machines.
Android devices.

What about
fitness trackers?
Apple Watch includes
dozens of features that
have little to do with health allows you to program interval training £860, and £1,188 for the
or fitness. If all you want routines and other types of workout. You can BikeErg cycling machine,
is a basic fitband that can also buy the Smart Rope LED for £80, which but Concept2’s products are used in a lot of
monitor speed, distance has a series of LEDs embedded in the rope, gyms as well, and there’s a small industry of
and heart rate, there are which create a lingering after-image that third-party apps that work with the company’s
many cheaper alternatives. displays your workout data hovering in mid-air fitness equipment. This data can be fed into
One of our favourites is the as the rope spins round and round. Apple’s Activity and Health apps, of course.
Misfit Ray, which starts at We’re also fans of the Zepp range of sports A less expensive option for use at home
just £36 and looks like sensors. Some of these – such as the tennis is a ‘trainer’ – a special stand that you can use
a friendship bracelet. and golf sensors – focus more on technique, to convert an ordinary bike into a stationary
It doesn’t have a screen, helping you to improve the accuracy and exercise machine, complete with Bluetooth
but can use Bluetooth to precision of your game, but Zepp also makes connectivity for your iPhone.
send data to your iPhone a football sensor for £100 that you can wear Along with its Tickr heart sensors, Wahoo
when you get back home. inside a special calf sleeve. This monitors your makes a number of Kickr trainers, starting at
performance during a match, and can record £500 for the Kickr Snap. For an additional
data such as your sprinting speed, kick speed, £500 you can buy the Kickr Climb, an add-on
and the distance covered during a match to for the Snap that raises and lowers the front of
see if your fitness is up to scratch. the bike to simulate hill climbs. The company
even makes a range of accessories for its
Bicycle race fitness gear, such as a ‘desk’ stand you can
If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, place in front of your bike so that you can
you can buy your own rowing machine or do some work on your laptop while you’re
cycling machine for use at home. Concept2 exercising on your bike. And if that’s too
is one of the main manufacturers in this field, expensive for you, both Wahoo and Garmin
and its range of rowing machines, cycling and have a range of affordable ‘bike computers’,
‘ski-erg’ machines are great for working on starting at less than £100, that turn your old
general cardio fitness. They’re a bit pricey, with rust bucket into a high-tech smart bike with
its Model D rowing machine starting at around GPS and other fitness features.

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iFacts…
36%
A House Of Commons report
claims that 36% of adults in
the UK are overweight, while
27% are medically obese.

1 in 3
The number of overweight
or obese children at Year 6
school age, according
to the NHS.

386,050
The number of applications
for the 2018 Virgin Money
If you want to track London Marathon.
your cycling, you can
add smart tech to
your regular bike with
Garmin’s Edge 20. 58%
More than half of those
applicants have never run
a marathon before –
so get training now!

five of the best


take it to the limit with these smart fitness devices

Apple Watch Garmin Edge 20 Tangram Smart Wahoo Kickr Wahoo Tickr X
Series 3 £110 Rope Pure £60 Snap £500 £65
From £329 buy.garmin.com apple.com/uk uk.wahoofitness.com uk.wahoofitness.com
apple.com/uk Cheaper than most Skipping is a great Don’t like cycling in the Tickr X is more than just a
Apple Watch Series 3 smartwatches, the Edge workout for many sports rain? Kickr Snap will allow heart rate monitor. It can
is packed with fitness 20 is a ‘bike computer’ as it improves both you to turn an ordinary also monitor and analyse
features. Along with a that can add smart tech fitness and footwork. bike into a versatile cycling cadence to
heart rate sensor and to your bike. It includes The Smart Rope Pure exercise machine to use improve technique, or
accelerometer, it’s water GPS location tracking can monitor the speed at home. The Snap app ground contact time for
resistant for swimming, and downloadable route and number of jumps, lets you monitor speed, running. It’s also got a
supports GPS, and boasts maps, and there are a plus calories burned, and resistance, and also number of indoor modes
an altimeter. The cellular variety of modes for its app lets you program program workouts for use with running and
model starts at £399. indoor or outdoor use. interval training routines. and ‘virtual courses’. cycling machines in a gym.

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YOUR
MAC
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Work faster
Y
ou may at times feel your

and smarter, Mac experience is akin to


squelching through a bog.

and boost
And the thing is, although
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problems, the way you use your Mac is

your Mac’s often just as much to blame. The reality


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This feature is all about giving
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MacFormat’s budget sadly doesn’t
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every magazine. What we mean is that
we’ll outline all kinds of ways to boost the
effectiveness of your Mac, and thereby
also your productivity.
Hardware will be covered, but the
reality is that the vast majority of Macs in
recent years are essentially sealed boxes.
The days are long gone when you could
safely crack open a Mac, replace a bunch
of its internal components, and end up with
Written by Craig Grannell > a sort-of-new, screamingly-fast computer.
Mostly, then, we’re looking at everything
else: ways in which you can ‘think different’
about how you use apps; new methods for
interacting with your Mac – and how to be
more effective when doing so; user-friendly
methods of automating certain processes,
and recommendations for moving key data
and your workflow to the cloud.
Take on board our advice and, even
though your Mac itself may remain broadly
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Optimise your Mac
input devices
Whether you’re using a keyboard, mouse or trackpad,
there are ways to speed up working with your Mac

1 2 3

Explained... Finding a clearer perspective


Adjust your change how it works. Tracking Use Spotlight your input devices. Using this
1 keyboard speed is perhaps the most
4 Sure, you can launch app, you can define all manner
In System Preferences, the important – ramp it up to apps on your Mac by clicking of triggers to perform your
Keyboard pane has options the maximum you feel icons in the Applications folder choice of actions.
for fine-tuning how your comfortable with. or Dock. But it’s often faster to
keyboard works with your
Mac, including defining new Understand
press ç+[Space] to fire up
Spotlight, type a few letters,
6 Get advanced
trackpad gestures
keyboard shortcuts, and
3 your trackpad and use the arrow keys and Your Mac’s Magic Mouse or
creating text replacements. The Trackpad pane offers ® to open what’s selected. trackpad understands many
three tabs full of options. more gestures than System
Explore your Again, tracking speed is worth Power up with Preferences provides options
2 mouse options increasing, but also turn on
5 BetterTouchTool for. With BetterTouchTool,
Whatever mouse you’re ‘Tap to click’, so you tap lightly BetterTouchTool (from £4, you can create gestures that
currently using, the Mouse to select items on your Mac, boastr.net) is a single utility use up to five fingers or a firm
pane provides settings to rather than having to press. designed to enhance all of press on a trackpad corner.

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Power up your Hey, Siri!


Mac’s input devices Saying ‘Hey Siri’
works for your

1 Type accented letters


For fast access to accented letters,
hold a letter key down to see a pop-up
4 Invest in a decent
window manager
Don’t waste time precisely positioning
iPhone and iPad.
A workaround
can add it to your Mac, too.
menu; press a number key to select the windows – get a window manager to do it! In Siri’s System Preferences
character in the corresponding position. BetterTouchTool offers options for this, pane, select Customise in the
Or, learn specific shortcuts in Keyboard but Moom ($10, manytricks.com) is Keyboard Shortcut pop-up
Viewer (activated in the Keyboard tab of better. Have it instantly snap a window to menu, and use å+[Space].
System Preferences’ Keyboard pane). a user-defined area by using a keyboard (This differs from the similar
shortcut or gesture, or by dragging out predefined shortcut in the

2 Keyboard access to
menu commands
the desired position on the screen. pop-up, which requires you to
hold those keys, not just press
To access a menu command without
navigating menus, press ç+ß+/
to bring up Help, and start typing
5 Open apps from
the keyboard
BetterTouchTool enables you to set
them.) In the Keyboard pane’s
Dictation tab, turn on enhanced
dictation. (This may require a
the command’s name. Use the arrow keyboard shortcuts to instantly open 400MB download.)
keys to navigate the menu and ® to favourite apps or folders. The action to Go to the Accessibility
confirm. This is also great when you know use is Open Application/File/AppleScript. preferences pane, select
the name of a command but don’t recall Shortcuts that involve ≈+ß+[letter] Dictation on the left, and define
its whereabouts in an app’s menus. won’t clash with anything else. ‘Hey’ as the dictation keyword
phrase. Click the Dictation

3 Use Hot Corners


In the Mission Control pane of
System Preferences, click Hot Corners.
6 Ditch your mouse
Mice are a dated input device, and
poor ergonomically. Consider a trackpad
Commands button, tick Enable
advanced commands, and click
+ to create a new command. In
In the sheet that then appears, define so you can use gestures, or a pen-based ‘When I say’, type ‘Siri’, and set
what you want to happen when you move tablet on which the surface is mapped to Perform to Press Keyboard
the mouse cursor into each corner. This corresponding points on your display – Shortcut. Repeat the keyboard
can be a lightning fast way to trigger then you can jump to a position by lifting shortcut from earlier. Click
your screen saver. the stylus and setting it down elsewhere. Done. Hey, Siri! is now all set.

How to: Define a custom keyboard shortcut >

1 Find a shortcut
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to
speed up workflow on your Mac – it’s far
2 Create a new shortcut 3 Define a shortcut
In System Preferences > Keyboard >
Shortcuts > App Shortcuts, click the +
Next to Menu Title, type the menu
command exactly (including ellipses –
easier to prod a couple of keys than to button just below the right-hand pane. å+;). Click inside Keyboard Shortcut
move the pointer to a menu item. But Select an app from the Application menu and press your desired key combination.
some items don’t have shortcuts, such (or All Applications if you want the Choose something that doesn’t clash with
as File > Export as PDF… in TextEdit. shortcut to be available everywhere.) existing ones. Click Add. Now try it out.

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Automate
Mac workflow
Stop doing boring things again and again – use automation
to collate documents and perform tasks on your behalf

2 5

Explained... Finding a clearer perspective


Start using that continually adapt. For Understand rules pane. There you’ll find a table
1 Smart Folders example, you might create
4 The make-up of smart in which to specify text you
In Finder, you can create one for recent additions you containers varies slightly from want to replace with longer
Smart Folders, which are haven’t played at all, or stuff app to app, but the foundation phrases, plus system-wide
automatically filled with items you’ve told the app you love is always rules/conditions. settings for shortcuts such as
that match your specified yet haven’t played for months. Figure out in plain English turning straight quotes curly.
criteria. The contents could what you want items to match,
be anything from recently Smart Mailboxes and then set about defining Automate tasks
saved JPEGs to all items that
3 By default, Mail gives that using the menu options.
6 Automator is used to
you’ve tagged with a red label. you a sole Smart Mailbox: build workflows that perform
Today. This contains all the Text replacement tasks on your behalf. In the
Smart Playlists messages that arrived today
5 If you’re always mis- hands of a programmer, it’s a
2 Smart Playlists in from all your accounts. But as typing something, familiarise hugely powerful facility, but
iTunes provide the means to you’ll see in our tips, you can yourself with the Text tab in the drag-and-drop system’s
create collections of music create more useful mailboxes. System Preferences’ Keyboard suitable even for beginners.

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Automate more Automate


stuff on your Mac housekeeping
For anyone who

1 Create multi-line
text replacements
In the Text tab of System Preferences’
4 Make an ‘urgent’
Smart Mailbox
It’s easy for email to get lost in amongst
downloads and
works with a lot
of files, Mac
Keyboard pane, you can set short phrases the many items in your inbox. Create housekeeping can feel like
that you want to be replaced with longer a Smart Mailbox with the conditions endless tedium. Hazel ($32 –
blocks of text. This is great for accessing ‘Message is in Mailbox Inbox’ and ‘Date about £24, noodlesoft.com)
extended characters, and you can also received is not in the last 7 days’. This is designed to toil on your
paste multi-line text that you’ve written will contain email that arrived over a behalf. Setting it up involves
in TextEdit into the With column – ideal week ago – which needs dealing with. you identifying specific folders,
for boilerplate replies to emails! and then creating rules to

2 Automate quitting
every app
5 Create an
‘unread’ Mailbox
On iOS, Apple provides a handy Unread
process files in those folders
based on conditions that files
must match.
If you often have many apps open, folder for unread emails across all your Hazel works in a similar
you can quickly close them all using accounts. Create a Smart Mailbox on manner to Smart Folders.
an app built in Automator that contains your Mac to do the same. Simply add a So you can, for instance,
the Quit All Applications action. Choose ‘Message is unread’ condition; optionally, have Hazel examine your
whether apps ask to save changes; you add a ‘Message is not in mailbox Junk’ Downloads folder and send
can also remove specific apps from the condition to omit junk mail. any music it finds to iTunes,
action, so they remain open. PDFs to ~/Documents/PDFs,

3 Scale images
with Automator
6 Rotate iTunes tracks
In iTunes, create a Smart Playlist
with the rule ‘Last Played not in the last
and images to Photos. With
a system like this in place,
anything still lurking in
Automator can resize images. With the 30 days’. Add a ‘Media Kind is Music’ rule. Downloads can then be safely
Scale Images action, set the number of The playlist will include tracks you’ve not trashed – and Hazel will even
pixels for each one’s long side. The app will heard during the past month. You can empty the Trash on a regular
offer to add a Copy Finder action to retain then refine this as necessary with ratings basis, saving you the bother
the originals, rather than replace them. and artist information. of doing so yourself.

How to: Create a search service in Automator >

1 Set things up
You can select text and run a Google
search on it from the ≈-click contextual
2 Create your workflow
On the return input line, replace input
with: "https://duckduckgo.com/?q="
3 Save and use
Save the service as Search with
DuckDuckGo. It can now be selected from
menu, but let’s make a service that uses & (input as string). This sends the the Services menu when text is selected in
DuckDuckGo. Create a new Service, and selected text to DuckDuckGo. Add Display an app. In System Preferences > Keyboard
drag Run AppleScript to the right pane. Webpages beneath the Run AppleScript > Shortcuts, create a shortcut for instant
A basic script structure will be added. action. This opens the result in Safari. access to the service.

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Live in the
iCloud
Hurl your Mac and every other device into
the future by fully embracing the cloud

5 6
1

Explained... Store and sync in the cloud >


Use iCloud then sync across Macs signed Optimise photos integrate Google Drive into
1 Make any Mac feel into your Apple ID, and are
4 If you’re a keen Finder to access your Google
reborn by embracing iCloud. available on iOS devices too. photographer, consider Docs, and also sync specific
When you fully utilise iCloud, storing all your photos and folders for online back-up.
important data is instantly Sync Safari across videos in iCloud. On doing so,
available on any of your
3 your devices even edits become available Check out
Macs – no more half-finished When using iCloud across your on all your devices – and your
6 Dropbox
bits and bobs scattered various Macs and iOS devices, Mac will only download Dropbox only offers 2GB for
across multiple computers. you can view a list of Safari originals when there’s space. free, but has very widespread
tabs left open on them from support in apps across all
Share folders any one device. Bookmarks Use Google Drive platforms. You can selectively
2 In iCloud Drive’s options, and your browsing history
5 Google Drive gives you sync, too, which makes it
you can choose to store your sync across them too. Turn on 15GB of online storage for suitable for use as an online-
Desktop and Documents iCloud Keychain to sync site free. With Google’s Backup only locker for files you’re
folders online. Files in them logins and payment details. and Sync app, you can currently working on.

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Refresh your Mac Stream all


by using the cloud your music
So you’re the type

1 Optimise Mac storage


The days of new Macs having way
more storage than their predecessors
tick ‘Share screenshots using Dropbox’.
Grabs taken on your Mac in the normal
manner will then instantly be moved
of person who
enjoys having great
sounds pumped
are over – a problem if you have a lot of to your Dropbox folder, and you can into your ears at all times. But
media. iCloud Drive provides a solution: then share links to them with people. large music collections take up
in System Preferences > iCloud, click space on your Mac, and aren’t
on iCloud Drive’s Options button and
turn on Optimise Mac Storage. Older
documents are offloaded to iCloud
4 Be wary of operating
system differences
When using Apple’s cloud services,
particularly portable – at least
not without faffing about
synchronising tracks – which
when storage space is needed. be mindful that certain features may then eat into the limited storage
require a specific system. For example, on iPhones and iPads.

2 Go online for your


office tasks
Apple now offers online versions of
pinning and tables in Notes are part of
iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Pinning
doesn’t happen in earlier systems,
If you’re going all-in with
the cloud to revitalise your
Mac experience, consider a
its office-oriented apps like Pages and and tables aren’t shown at all. music-streaming service.
Numbers, but Google’s online suite Apple Music will integrate
remains the industry leader. Consider
using Docs (word processing) and
Sheets (spreadsheets) if you want fast
5 Easy access on
your iOS devices
When using iCloud Drive and storing
with an existing collection in
iTunes and works across
macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS,
access to your work on any platform, your Desktop and Documents folders iTunes for Windows and even
and to very easily collaborate live with there, a major advantage in terms of Android, but other services
your friends and colleagues. speeding up your workflow is the are pretty great too, including
ability to access these folders those from Spotify, Amazon

3 Share screenshots
with Dropbox
Need a more optimal way to share
on your iOS devices. Open the Files
app and you’ll find those folders in
the top level of iCloud Drive. It’s worth
and Google.

your screenshots? Take a look in noting that iOS devices only download
Dropbox’s Import preferences and files on demand, not by default.

How to: Create a shared to-do list >

1 Create a list
Make your Mac work for you by using
it to create lists you can access on all your
2 Share your list
When you place the pointer over your
list, a button appears to the right. Click it
3 Use your list
Both parties can now use the list,
which will be updated and synchronised
devices – and share with other people, too! to open a pop-up menu. In the Share With across all of their devices. To stop sharing
Open Reminders and click Add List. Name field, type the email address of the person a list with someone, select their name in
your new list – ‘To-do list’ or similar – and you’d like to share the list with. (Note that the pop-up menu and press the ∫ key.
drag it where you want it in the left pane. they must have an iCloud account.) You cannot undo this action.

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Tame
your apps
Keep an eye on your apps, consider their uses,
and look at streamlined alternatives

3 2

6
1

Explained... Get to know your application station


Check your apps click Size to see which of them Monitor app loads here is something you don’t
1 Open the Applications take up lots of space. Consider
4 If your Mac often feels need, or at least not every
folder to see everything that deleting some apps if your sluggish or locks up, open time you log in, select it and
you’ve installed. Also check storage is running low. Activity Monitor and keep an remove it from the list.
the Applications folder within eye on the CPU and Memory
your user folder, if it exists, View by usage tabs. If specific apps are Review apps’
in case you’ve installed some
3 You may also have a putting too much load on
6 support files
apps specifically to your user number of apps installed that your Mac, start considering Some apps install many
account for your use only. you never use. ≈-click on a alternatives to use instead. gigabytes of support files,
column header, turn on the such as GarageBand and its
View by size Date Last Opened column, Prune login items loops. Use GrandPerspective
2 When viewing your and then sort the list by it.
5 In the Users & Groups (free, grandperspectiv.
Applications folder, choose You can now see when you pane of System Preferences, sourceforge.net) to locate
View > as List. Sort your apps last used each app. Consider select your account and click large blocks of files that you
by clicking column headers; which you no longer need. Login Items. If anything listed may never need.

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Tips for being Prep for


app-happy 64-bit
If you have an

1 Use appropriate apps


for the task in hand
Suitability is an important consideration
4 Find more efficient
alternatives
If you use only a fraction of an app’s
iOS device, you
may have noticed
a large number
when it comes to app usage. Think of what capabilities, you might instead go for of apps and games stopped
you’re trying to achieve, and then the best something simpler. Only care about words, working with iOS 11. That’s
way of going about that. Don’t just shove rather than page layout? Consider iA because Apple’s newest mobile
everything into Pages, for example – use Writer over Word or Pages. Only do basic operating system nixed support
Reminders for lists, Numbers for tabular image editing? Photos can do that – you for 32-bit apps. The Mac hasn’t
data, and Notes for gathering research. don’t need Photoshop or Affinity Photo. killed off such apps yet, but
Apple has announced the

2 Learn about processes


to fix issues 5 Offload installers
to external storage
If you’re not sure what a process does, use When you download new apps outside
process will begin in 2018,
whereupon all Mac App Store
apps will have to be 64-bit.
Google or similar to look it up and find out. of the Mac App Store, you likely get an To find out what 32-bit
Sometimes, you’ll find quitting processes installer dumped in Downloads. You’re apps you’re running, start by
rather than apps in Activity Monitor can free to offload installers to external choosing  > About This Mac.
fix issues – such as killing Photos Agent to storage, and you don’t need them on Click System Report to open
get a stalled Photo Stream working again. your Mac – they’re just clutter that takes the System Information utility.
up space. If you have macOS installers in In that app, select Applications

3 Reconsider Apple’s
default apps
Applications, they’re a huge waste. (under Software in the left
pane). Finally, click the 64-bit
Some Mac users merrily install tons of
apps. Every time something new and shiny
appears, it’s instantly downloaded. But it
6 Prune your menu bar
Some apps place status icons in
the menu bar. That area can fast become
column header to separate
32-bit and 64-bit apps in the list.
Don’t trash 32-bit apps just yet,
pays to look again at what Apple provides. crowded and make items designed for but keep an eye out for updates
Many of the company’s own apps are quick access hard to find. Disable any you (or 64-bit alternatives if the app
powerful, and work very well with iCloud. don’t use – look in their apps’ preferences. in question hasn’t been updated
in a number of years).

How to: Work with Activity Monitor >

1 Check CPU usage


Open Activity Monitor (found in the
Utilities folder), and click the CPU tab.
2 View memory usage
Use the Memory tab in a similar
fashion. Click the Memory header to list
3 Quit unruly apps
Unresponsive apps are displayed in
red, and you may need to force them to
Click the % CPU header and also choose running processes by memory usage. quit. You can kill any process from Activity
View > My Processes. Your account’s Sometimes you’ll find individual Safari Monitor by selecting it, clicking the close
processes will be listed by CPU usage. tabs cause memory pressure problems. A button (the x at the top left), and choosing
Note down any that overload your Mac. quit and restart of the browser can fix this. Quit – or, if necessary, Force Quit.

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Upgrade your
Mac’s hardware Revitalise your Mac by treating it to some new
hardware – whether internal or external

1 2 5
4
3

Explained... Handling your Mac’s hardware


Find out about is broken down into categories, Check out the a copy of the selected
1 your Mac so you can check out whether
4 fine details category’s details. As always
In the  menu, choose About your Mac’s drives are clogged Under Overview, click System in macOS, you can print to a
This Mac. This is the central up with photos, apps, or other Report. This opens the System PDF to get a digital copy.
area for finding out more types of data. Information utility, which gives
about your Mac, including you a more detailed look at View storage
details about the model such Get your Mac’s what’s inside your Mac. Select
6 recommendations
as its graphics processor,
3 model number any category from the sidebar Choose Window > Storage
connected displays, and When you want to know about to learn more about it. Management to open a list
installed memory and storage. upgrading a Mac, you’ll need of recommendations. Here,
to know its specific model Print a report you’ll see whether you have
View storage type. This is displayed in the
5 Should you need to options to offload data to the
2 Select the Storage tab Overview tab of About My provide some of your Mac’s cloud (or just delete it), which
and you get an overview of all Mac, which details the Mac’s details to a store or repair may have a positive impact on
connected disks. Used storage release year and display size. centre, use File > Print to take your storage upgrade needs.

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Power up your Mac Improve


with new hardware ergonomics
1 Mac’s
Upgrade your
RAM
Most modern Macs are sealed, but 27-inch
again, search for redundant files, and
trash them. This alone can speed up
a Mac if its startup disk is getting full. Increasingly, people use
iMacs still have upgradable memory, as notebooks rather than desktop
do many older models. Go to  > About
This Mac > Overview to find out what your
specific Mac model is. The Memory tab
4 Use external drives
Should you not be keen on deleting
a bunch of files, even if you no longer
computers. They’re great for
portability, but not for your
back, given that you typically
details installed memory, and provides actively use them, offload them to an type while hunched over the
a button to Apple’s upgrade instructions. external hard drive. If the documents keyboard. Poor ergonomics
If you can add memory, it’s worth doing. are of importance, make sure you have shouldn’t be ignored – back
at least two backups of them. complaints are a major problem

2 speed
Get an SSD to
things up
If your Mac still has a hard drive rattling 5 Improve your Wi-Fi
If your main Mac problem is internet
for computer users.
If you have the space and
funds, look at getting yourself
around inside it, consider upgrading to connectivity being sluggish, consider an external display, and connect
an SSD. You’ll find that Information will three things: upgrade to fibre broadband a wireless Apple keyboard and
be accessed far more rapidly, greatly if it’s available; get better hardware (free trackpad to your notebook.
speeding up everything from startup routers are often relatively poor); and look You’ll have more screen space
to opening apps. You may be able to at Wi-Fi extenders for buildings where the in which to work, and a more
upgrade older Macs yourself; if concerned, signal can’t get through loads of walls. natural setup for typing and
find an Apple repair expert to assist. interacting with your Mac.

3 Trash redundant files


Even if you don’t swap out your
6 Get a USB hub
Simple, cheap ‘upgrades’ can often
make a big difference. If you have an iMac
Your Mac hardware won’t
necessarily feel reborn as a
consequence of such changes –
Mac’s internal drive, there are things and are sick of disconnecting and plugging but you may well do.
you can do to make it feel reborn. For in USB devices, grab a USB hub. Boom:
example, wheel out GrandPerspective instant access to a ton of ports.

How to: Turn your iPad into a second display >

1 Install Duet Display


If you have an iPad hanging around
doing nothing when you’re using your
2 Activate Duet DIsplay
In the Security & Privacy pane of
System Preferences, select Privacy and
3 Connect your iPad
Install Duet Display (£14.99, App
Store) on your iPad, open the app, and
Mac, turn it into a second display. Go to then Accessibility. Unlock the pane (you’ll then connect your iPad to your Mac with
duetdisplay.com and click Download Mac. need an admin password), and tick Duet. a Lightning cable. Use Duet’s settings to
Find the file in Downloads and go through You’ll now need to restart your Mac, after adjust resolution and quality. You can
the steps to install the helper tool. which Duet will be in the menu bar. also enable a virtual Touch Bar.

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What’s inside

44-46
remove image
spoilers
Clean up images
with Photoshop new
EditEd by jo membery iDeas
48-49
improve itunes’ Your in-depth guide to
navigation getting more from
Use Automator your Apple kit
to make life easy

50-51
organise your
workspace
Get Magnet to
manage your windows
improve
itunes’
52-53 navigation
master ios 11 p48
accessibility
Control your iOS
device with ease

54-55
know who’s
calling Understand iOS gestures
Assign custom pics,
ringtones and vibrations A tap is a brief contact of Swipe means move one or Pinch means move two
to certain contacts (usually) one finger on your more fingers across an item fingers together or apart,
device’s screen. or the screen, then let go. usually to zoom in or out.

To drag is to move a finger A flick is like swiping, but it’s Touch and hold means lightly
across the screen to scroll quicker, and is often used to rest your finger on an item
or pan around content. scroll content more quickly. and wait for a reaction.

Master Mac keyboard shortcuts


When you see a shortcut like ≈ means the Control key, insertion point. Press ƒ+∫
ç+å+C, hold all but the labelled ctrl, and shown as ^ to delete to the right.
last key, then press that one. in shortcuts in the menu bar.
† is the Tab key, which shifts
ç is the Command key, ß is the Shift key, which is the focus between some
which is also labelled cmd. typically just labelled shift. controls in windows and web
forms. Turn on Full Keyboard
å means the Option key, ∫ means the Delete key, Access in System Preferences
labelled alt or opt. which deletes to the left of the to jump between all controls.

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APPLE SKILLS Mac software

Remove unwanted 3

objects from pics


Learn this very useful skill of rescuing photos 1

by getting rid of intrusive elements Raw or heal


1 Photoshop’s
It wILL tAKE unfortunately, not every Camera Raw filter
A few hours’ practice image can be perfect, and 2 is the best place
often unwanted elements to heal from, but if
you wILL LEArn make their way into even the you’ve only got a
The difference most carefully considered compositions. few spots to deal
between the And that’s before you consider the unwanted with, the Healing
Clone Stamp and intrusion of dust spots. Brush will do the job.
Healing Brush tools Photoshop CC 2018 (and earlier versions)
offers a wealth of tools when it comes to
you’LL nEEd cleaning up images. Being able to heal dust
An imperfect image, spots, clone out bigger intrusions, and select
Photoshop CC and mask areas of an image so you can drop in
entirely new elements is fantastically handy.
Accidentally caught an awkward-looking
passer-by in the frame? A few minutes’ work 2
and you can get shot of them completely. Brush over
Taken the perfect eBay photograph but forgot The Clone Stamp
to blow the dust off your unwanted gadget? tool is for brushing
A bit of healing can sort things out. Let us another part of
show you how. Note: we’ve used Photoshop an image directly
for this tutorial, but similar tools are available over something you
in many photo editors. dave Stevenson want removed.

How to Remove objects in Photoshop CC 2018

1 Pixual healing
The Healing Brush tool is for removing incidental blemishes –
skin defects on people, for instance, or small amounts of dust or
2 Use the Camera Raw filter
Press ß+ç+A to open the Camera Raw filter, which has
a very powerful healing tool. Press B to select it, and use the
hair. Drag the brush over the defect and Photoshop samples square bracket keys to change the size of the brush. As a rule,
from a nearby area, matching brightness and colour. you want to use the smallest brush possible.

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Image cleaning APPLE SKILLS

3
Brushwork
The Healing Brush
and Clone Stamp
tools work like other
brushes; you can Jargon buster
vary their size, The Clone Source
as well as factors panel allows you to set
such as feathering up to five sources to
and opacity. clone from, as well as
Experiment to get being able to rotate or
the perfect result. offset your samples.
You can set clone
sources from any layer
or document that’s
open in Photoshop.

Genius tip!
4 Easy does it. Avoid
Creating paths making very large
Paths enable you changes in an attempt
to select just the to get the job done
part of your image sooner: poor-quality
you want to edit, cloning is very easy
helping to prevent to spot, particularly
accidental brush in printed images.
strokes elsewhere.

3 Close up and personal


Press å+ç+0 (zero) to view your image at 100% – this
will allow you to discern much smaller spots. Press h to switch
4 Be precise
If Photoshop heals over a spot and you don’t like the result,
press ç+Z to undo it. Alternatively, drag the green dashed
from the Healing Brush to the Hand tool, and drag around your circle somewhere else on the image to change where Photoshop
image so you can check the whole thing over. takes its sample from. Press V to hide these dashed circles.

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APPLE SKILLS Mac software

How to Remove objects in Photoshop CC 2018

5 Visualise spots
Press Y to visualise the spots in your image. This high-
contrast view of your image visualises spots as bright white
6 Remove bigger objects
This image, illustrating a projector running a video game,
is a work in progress – the cables straggling away from the unit
specks, allowing you to quickly identify and sort them. It’s worth are a real distraction. They’re too big to use the Healing Brush
frequently switching this view on and off to do the best job. tool, so the Clone Stamp tool is best.

7 Set sample area


With the area to work on enlarged, press S to select the
Clone Stamp tool. Photoshop then copies directly from one area
8 Clone wars
With an appropriate area selected, click and drag over the
area you want to replace. We’re working on the skirting board
of the image over that which you want removed. Hold å, then first, being careful to sample directly from the horizontal line
click in the area you want to sample from. between the skirting board and the floorboard so it matches.

9 Mark the area to edit


With the skirting and floor sorted out, we need to get the
fine detail around the table’s edge sorted. It’s awkwardly on the
10 Turn it into a selection
Open the Paths panel (Window > Paths). In it, ç-click the
path you just made to convert it to a marquee selection. Now
side of the table, so to avoid cloning the table unnecessarily, any Clone Stamp alterations you make will be restricted to the
we’ve used the Path tool to outline the edge of the table. marquee and you won’t risk changing other parts of your image.

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APPLE SKILLS Mac software

1 3
Workflow Actions
input & scope 1 The contents
These two of the selected
pop-up menus 2 Library section
tell a workflow or search results
what input it 3 are listed here.
will receive and Drag and drop
which app it will actions into the
be used in. right pane.
4

2 4
Library Workflow
A collection Build your
of predefined workflow on
actions that the right from
you can use to library items,
quickly build recorded actions
workflows. or a mix of both.

Improve iTunes’ navigation


Use Apple’s powerful automation tool to make it easier to get around
IT wILL TAKE Automator must envy Siri. case it’s malicious software. That means if
15 minutes While Apple’s digital assistant you’ve got a fairly untouched installation of
hogs all the headlines, macOS, Automator might be blocked from
yOu wILL LEARn Automator just gets on with controlling your Mac. In that case, your Mac
How to create the job of automating things on your Mac will tell you so when you try to run your
Services and give them and gets hardly any credit. It’s an incredibly Automator workflow, and you may have to
keyboard shortcuts powerful app, and it’s nowhere near as give permission to Automator or iTunes in
frightening as it looks. System Prefs > Security & Privacy > Privacy.
yOu’LL nEEd Automator’s job is to take care of common
iTunes and an tasks for you. It’s effectively a programming iTunes triggers
admin password tool, but once you’ve done the prep work, Let’s explain what we’re going to do in this
so Automator it can generate the necessary script for you. tutorial. First of all, we’re going to record the
can do its thing All you need to do is show Automator what to action of clicking on one of iTunes’ buttons.
do and it’ll record how to do it. Then, we’re going to turn that recording into
One of the brilliant things about Automator the AppleScript for the new Service our
is that you can use it to add features that keyboard shortcut will trigger. We’ll then edit
Apple hasn’t got round to yet. For example, in that slightly and copy it for each button, giving
iTunes you can navigate much of the interface us five in total. Then we’ll create our shortcuts.

In iTunes, you from the keyboard – switching between kinds


of media or moving the focus to the search
Note that when we edit the AppleScript,
we add a ‘return’ command: that’s to prevent
can navigate bar, say – but there aren’t shortcuts for the error pop-ups if there are fewer than five

much of the buttons to switch between Library, For You,


Browse, Radio and the iTunes Store. As you’ll
buttons in the middle of iTunes’ navigation bar.
We’ll make five shortcuts to match the number
interface from discover, Automator can fix that, and lets us of sections in the Music category, but other

the keyboard – assign whatever keyboard shortcuts we want.


Automator is all about automation, and
kinds of media have fewer sections, and we
don’t want pressing shortcut four or five to
but not all of it Macs are very wary of anything automated in make our Mac angry. Gary Marshall

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Make iTunes better APPLE SKILLS

How to Improve navigation in iTunes Jargon Buster


A workflow is an
organised, repeatable
process that starts at
A and gets you to B.
It could be a program,
a recipe or a procedure.

1 Start in Automator
Choose File > New, create a Service and then
set the pop-up menus above the right pane to
2 Copy the event
Your workflow should contain a ‘Watch
Me Do’ action. In it, you’ll see a ‘Click the…’
‘no input’ and ‘iTunes’. Click Record and press event. Select it, press ç+C to copy it, click
ç+† to go to iTunes, then click a navigation the action’s heading and press ∫ to delete it.
link, such as For You. Stop recording. Don’t worry, we’re going to bring it back again.

3 Add AppleScript
Click Actions (top left), search for ‘Run’
and drag ‘Run AppleScript’ into the workflow
4 Amend the script
Change the number after ‘delay’ to
0.35 and then replace the text that’s between
pane on the right. Select all of the text in the ‘click radio button’ and ‘of radio group’ with ‘1’.
script and press ç+V to replace it with the Scroll down. Replace everything between
AppleScript for the action you recorded. ‘on error’ and ‘end try’ with the word ‘return’.

Genius tip!
Pair Automator with
your Mac’s dictation
features so that a
spoken command,
chosen by you, triggers
a workflow. See bit.ly/
dictcmd for more info.

5 Save your workflow


Press ç+S to save your workflow and
call it ‘Media Subview 1’. Next, press ç+ß+S
6 Create shortcuts
Open System Preferences and then follow
Apple’s instructions (bit.ly/mkshrcts) to set up
to duplicate the workflow, change ‘click radio a keyboard shortcut for iTunes > Services >
button 1’ to ‘click radio button 2’ and save as Media Subview 1. We’d recommend ç+ß+1.
‘Media Subview 2’. Repeat for 3, 4 and 5. Repeat for the other Services you created.

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Organise your workspace
use Magnet to simplify your desktop layout with a few clicks
iT will TAke while the Mac desktop is You can use Magnet to automatically
10 minutes fairly intuitive, minimising resize windows to a quarter, half or third of
and reopening multiple your desktop, and you can stack multiple apps
yOu will leARn windows can be a real chore, neatly with just a swish of your mouse or by
How to arrange especially if you’re working with multiple using Magnet’s intuitive keyboard shortcuts.
windows into areas apps at once. Magnet is a handy window
of your desktop manager that’s often near or at the top of the Multiple options
Mac App Store’s paid-for apps chart. It offers The app offers a broad range of options
yOu’ll need a simple way to arrange windows on your for ‘tiling’ your windows beyond the simple
OS X 10.9 or later desktop. Normally it’s £4.99, though it’s zoom and minimise options offered by macOS.
sometimes discounted to as little as 99p. You can drag iTunes to the bottom-right
corner of your screen so that it takes up
just one quarter of the desktop, allowing
you to browse your playlists as you work.
Why not have Safari take up the upper half
of your screen, so you’re free to browse the
web at the same time?
The latest version of Magnet (2.1) has
Genius tip! now been optimised for High Sierra. Other
For a truly tiled changes include support for dividing your
desktop, consider hiding desktop into thirds (see the walkthrough) or
the Dock when it’s not two-thirds portions, as well as compatibility
in use. Go to  > System with Adobe Creative Cloud apps. And if you
Preferences > Dock > have multiple displays, you’ll be pleased to
Use Magnet’s menu bar icon to align windows to different
Automatically Show areas of the desktop. Among the many options, you can learn that Magnet can support up to six.
and Hide the Dock. also centre a window on your screen. nate drake

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Manage windows APPle SkillS

How to Set up Magnet

1 Authorise Magnet
With Magnet installed on your Mac,
open  > System Preferences > Security
2 Open Magnet at startup 3 Quartering windows
Once you’ve authorised Magnet,
the app will show a ‘Congratulations’
Start dragging an open window from
its title bar, then move the pointer to the
& Privacy. Click the Privacy tab, then message, which details exactly how you very corner of the screen. You’ll see a
select Accessibility on the left. Click the can tile windows. When you’re done.tick shaded overlay appear. Let go of the
padlock (bottom left), enter your admin the box marked ‘Launch Magnet at login’, window to automatically snap and resize
password, then put a tick next to Magnet. then close the window. it to the shaded quarter (or a close fit).

4 Horizontal windows
Magnet can also arrange windows
to run across the whole width of the top
5 Vertical windows
Magnet can arrange a window to
take up a vertical half of the desktop,
6 Tile into thirds
Windows can be arranged vertically
into thirds of the desktop’s width. Drag a
or bottom half of the desktop. Drag a which is great for working on a document window to and then along the screen’s
window to the left or right edge, and then while researching online. Simply drag a bottom edge; use the shaded overlays to
just above or below one of the corners window to the middle of the right- or left- choose a third to fill. Minimum widths
there, then release. hand edge of the screen. imposed by apps may result in overlaps.

7 Use the menu


If you find it difficult to tile windows
the way you want by dragging with your
8 Magnet shortcuts
Click Magnet’s icon to view keyboard
shortcuts for arranging windows. These
9 Magnet tweaks
Deselect the ‘Snap windows by
dragging’ preference to limit invoking
mouse or trackpad, click on your chosen are ≈+å+[another key] by default. To Magnet to its keyboard shortcuts or its
window and then on Magnet’s icon in the record a new combo, choose Preferences menu. If you’d rather not allow Magnet
menu bar. From here you can select any from the menu, click next to a shortcut, to affect the app you’re using, click its
of the tiling options outlined above. then press your desired key combo. menu bar icon and choose Ignore [App].

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APPLE SKILLS iOS software

Improve your iOS experience


Accessibility features are for everyone with an iPad or iPhone
IT wILL TAKE Accessibility is something section of Settings entirely. That’s a shame,
30 minutes many people consider an add-on because ideas and concepts geared towards
for those with specific assistive easing device use for a subset of people can
yOu wILL LEARn needs. A well known example often benefit a much wider audience.
How the accessibility is screen reading software, baked into Macs And that’s what this tutorial is all
features in iOS 11 can and iOS devices to help anyone with a visual about — highlighting accessibility controls
improve your iPhone impairment. But modern accessibility’s aim is that can be a boon for anyone who uses
or iPad experience to cater for everyone, whatever their specific an iPad or an iPhone, whether you have
needs. So iOS 11 includes settings to benefit a specific impairment or not. We start with
yOu’LL nEEd people who have hearing or motor impairment, three handy-to-have controls in the Display
iOS 11 (some too, and issues such as vestibular disorders. & Brightness section of Settings, before
features exist on Chances are that if you don’t have any such delving into the Accessibility section proper.
older versions of iOS) concerns, you skip past the Accessibility Craig Grannell

How to Make the most of accessibility features

1 Adjust display zoom


Want content bigger on your iPhone
Plus? In Settings > Display & Brightness,
2 Increase text size
You can alternatively adjust text
alone. In Text Size (or Settings > General
3 Make text bolder
The option below Text Size is Bold
Text (also found in General > Accessibility
scroll down to View and tap it. In the > Accessibility > Larger Text), drag the > Larger Text). This emboldens text
Display Zoom page, you can preview slider. In apps that support Dynamic throughout iOS, including app names and
Standard and Zoomed modes. Select Type, such as Mail and Facebook, text will button labels. Unlike Text Size, applying it
Zoomed, tap Set and confirm to restart. grow accordingly (or shrink, if you wish). requires your iPhone to be restarted.

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iOS 11 accessibility APPLE SKILLS

CoNtINUED… Make the most of accessibility features

4 Use Smart Invert


You could invert screen colours
before iOS 11 in General > Accessibility >
5 Auto-brightness
The Auto-Brightness switch used to
be in Display & Brightness. Apple now
6 Turn on speech
Few people use the text-to-speech
feature in macOS, but it’s great for reading
Display Accommodations. However, the thinks you should leave it on, so it has back what you’ve written. We suspect even
new Smart Invert option reverses interface hidden this setting. If you ‘think different’, fewer realise iOS is capable of the same.
colours but not media. Alas, while it works you’ll now find it in General > Accessibility > Go to General > Accessibility > Speech, and
in Photos, it doesn’t for images in Safari. Display Accommodations. turn on Speak Selection to get started.

7 Read out a selection


Use the Speaking Rate slider to
preview how fast the voice will talk. Then
8 Increase contrast
If you have trouble dealing with
the semi-transparent interface elements
9 Reduce motion
Had your fill of iOS 11’s dizzying
animations, such as zooming when you
switch to another app, select some text, peppered throughout iOS 11, you can open a folder, and the app switcher? Most
and tap Speak. Note how the current actually make them look more solid. can be stilled by turning on Reduce Motion
sentence is underlined, and words In General > Accessibility > Increase in General > Accessibility. Auto-playing
are highlighted as they are spoken. Contrast, switch on Reduce Transparency. effects in Messages are toggled separately.

10 Type to Siri
If you want to use Siri somewhere
you have to be quiet, turn on Type to Siri
11 Fine-tune 3D Touch
If your iPhone has a 3D Touch screen,
go to General > Accessibility > 3D Touch.
12 Turn on mono audio
Listening out for someone? Want
to use just one earbud, keeping the other
in General > Accessibility > Siri. When Siri Here, you can disable the feature entirely ear free, without missing half your stereo
is activated, you now type in your query. if you regularly trigger it by accident, or track? Use General > Accessibility > Mono
Note, however, that this entirely overrides you can adjust its sensitivity so that it Audio to mix the left and right sounds into
voice input functionality. requires a firmer press before activation. a mono signal that’s sent to both channels.

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APPLE SKILLS Mac/iOS software

Know who is calling you


Have your iPhone tell you who’s calling before you even say “hello”
IT wILL TAKE your iPhone is smarter than name, company, and photo that it finds.
20 minutes a traditional phone, and so it In the walkthroughs here, we show you
follows that it’s able to alert how to make the photo fill the screen, and
yOu wILL LEARn you to who’s on the other end assign custom ringtones and vibrations to
How to assign custom of the line when a call comes in. But in order specific contacts. But you can also have your
images, ringtones for this to work well, things need turning on iPhone announce who’s calling by speaking
and vibrations to and setting up, depending on the level of their name, saving you even having to glance
your key contacts customisation you fancy. its way: in Settings, go to Phone > Announce
When a call comes in, your iPhone will Calls, and choose Always. This feature can be
yOu’LL nEEd show whatever details are stored for the caller. restricted to times when you have headphones
An iPhone If there are none, you’ll just see a number; but on or, more usefully, when you’re in the car.
if you keep Contacts up to date, it’ll display any Craig Grannell

How to Get fullscreen caller images >

1 Avoid tiny images


If pictures for people in Contacts come
from the likes of Facebook thumbnails,
2 Bigger photo
For each contact you want to display
fullscreen, you need a high-quality image
3 Assign photo
Open a card in Contacts, tap Edit,
tap the photo area and then Choose
the result is unimpressive when a call in Photos. Ideally, you want one with Photo. Select a photo to use, then move
arrives. Next to the caller’s name, you dimensions at least half the vertical and scale it within the circle. (The extra
see a tiny thumbnail. Of course, you may height of your iPhone and roughly width will give you more leeway.) Tap
have no images assigned at all. 75 per cent of its width. Choose and then Done. You’re all set.

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Caller identification APPLE SKILLS

How to Assign ringtones >

1 Change main ringtone


In Settings, go to Sound & Haptics >
Ringtone. Change it from the default.
2 Sounds specific
For each person you want to have
a distinct ringtone, open their card in
3 Custom ringtones
If you’re not keen on Apple’s
ringtones, you can create your own in
This now gives you a fighting chance of Contacts, tap Edit, and tap Ringtone. GarageBand, and share them from the
knowing your iPhone is the one that’s Change their tone from the default to Browse screen as ringtones. Use loops
ringing. But you can assign ringtones something else. You can also assign or imported audio, or – if short on ideas
to individuals, too… custom Text Tones to individuals. – just yell someone’s name into the mic.

How to Feel your phone calls

1 Activate vibrations
Ensure vibrations are on. In Settings,
go to Sound & Haptics, turn on Vibrate
2 Good vibrations
Within Ringtone > Vibration, tap
Create New Vibration. In the New
3 Assign a vibration
If unhappy, tap Record to have
another go. Otherwise, tap Save, and
on Ring and/or Vibrate on Silent to suit Vibration page, make your own distinct name your vibration. This can then
your personal preferences. You’ll now pattern by tapping/holding the screen. be assigned to one or more people in
feel when a call arrives. Tap Ringtone Tap Stop when you’re done, and then Contacts, in the Ringtone page shown
(lower down) to choose a vibration. Play to feel what you created. in step 2 of the previous walkthrough.

Control where your calls go


Dial up as much Continuity as you require
When Apple devices are signed in to iCloud and FaceTime using the same Apple
ID, are on the same network, and have Wi-Fi turned on, phone calls can be taken
on any of them. This feature is less impressive when several devices blare at you
simultaneously when a call arrives. In Settings on your iPhone, go to Phone >
Calls on Other Devices to pick which Macs and iOS devices should receive calls.
To stop this on your Mac, untick Calls From iPhone in FaceTime’s prefs. For Apple
Watch, open its app on your iPhone and look in My Watch > Notifications > Phone.

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What’s inside

58-59
macos
keep in
contact
Master Contacts
on your Mac high
EditEd by alan stonebridge sierra
We focus on getting
more from macOS
High Sierra

Master
contacts on
the Mac
p58

macOS High Sierra requirements


You need at least a MacBook You need 14.3GB of available for advice on using
or iMac from 2009, or a Mac storage for the upgrade. Time Machine.
Genius tip! mini/MacBook Pro from 2010.
safari so-goody Back up your Mac before Go to the Mac App Store
Being able to customise You need to be running OS X upgrading; go to support. and download the free
websites to suit your 10.8 or later. apple.com/en-gb/HT201250 macOS High Sierra upgrade.
personal viewing
preferences was a boon
in macOS Sierra, but the benefits of running macOS High Sierra
if you moved off to do
something elsewhere macOS High Sierra is the APFS, a new file system that Metal 2 is a technology built
and returned to that most up-to-date version of makes a Mac sporting a flash in to High Sierra that adds
site, you’d find all the the Mac’s operating system. drive even faster. capabilities like virtual reality
settings were lost. and external GPU support.
No more in High Sierra, You can install macOS High HEVC (High Efficiency
in which the browser Sierra through the App Store Video Coding), also known Safari and Photos get new
retains the settings on your Mac. as H.265, is supported by features in High Sierra, along
you make (for example, macOS High Sierra. with Siri and Mail.
bigger font size) for macOS High Sierra uses
specific websites.
For a full list of features, go to apple.com/macos/high-sierra

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macOS SKILLS High Sierra

Make more of Contacts


When it comes to Contacts, you can do more on a Mac than on iOS
IT wILL TAKe These days, Apple makes quite (assuming you’re using iCloud), and the
15 minutes a big deal about how a lot of its interface is all very swish. But can you create
apps are broadly the same on groups? Nope. Smart groups? No way. Export
yOu wILL LeARn macOS and iOS. Even if you’re contacts in a range of formats? No. How about
How to use Mac-only armed with an iPhone, you get the majority set up a more private version of your own card
features of Contacts of GarageBand or Numbers features in the to share? Not easily.
palm of your hand. Which is great until you Fortunately, you can do all of these things
yOu’LL need need to use some of the bits Apple left out. at speed on the Mac. This walkthrough shows
Some people’s info Given its relative simplicity on the Mac, you how, along with providing a quick peek at
already added to it’s perhaps surprising to realise Contacts isn’t Cardhop, a kind of third-party ‘pro’ take on
the Contacts app quite as feature-rich on the iPhone and iPad. Contacts from the folks behind Fantastical.
Sure, you can easily access all your contacts Craig Grannell

How to Create groups in Contacts >

1 Make a new group


Hover over the iCloud header in
the sidebar and click the + that appears
2 Add some contacts
Click All Contacts at the top of the
sidebar to show your contacts. To add a
3 Use Smart Groups
Choose File > New Smart Group.
In the sheet that appears, add conditions
(or choose File > New Group) to create a person to the new group, simply drag to create a group that automatically
new contacts group. Give your group a them over the group’s name and let go. updates. Smart Groups don’t sync via
memorable name. The group will sync To remove someone, select the group, iCloud, but can be used in Mail. (Consider
to iOS devices and between Macs. then the person’s name, and press ∫. prefixing them with SG for faster access.)

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Clever Contacts macOS SKILLS

How to Make your own card more private >

1 Create a ‘me’ card


Go to Contacts > Preferences, and
select vCard. Tick Enable private me
2 Copy and paste
The private ‘me’ card is a Mac-only
feature. A workaround to get a private
3 Use on other devices
In the copy of your card, delete the
fields/elements you don’t want to share
card. At the top of All Contacts, select card on to iOS is to make a duplicate of with other people. Perhaps differentiate
your card, and click Edit. Turn off items your existing card and then adjust its it from your full card with a specific
in the Share column if you don’t want details accordingly. To get started, select photo, so you don’t accidentally send
them included when exporting your card. your card, and then copy and paste it. out the wrong one.

How to Export your cards >

1 Check out iOS


On iOS, you can scroll to the bottom
of any Contacts card and tap Share
2 Drag and drop
In Contacts for Mac, the process
is swifter and a mite smarter by default.
3 Export to PDF
If you want an old-school list of your
contacts, select one or more of them,
Contact. This can be sent to any app, Drag a contact’s record from Contacts to a group, or All Contacts, and choose File >
including Files, but is always given the Finder – or any other app – and it retains Export as PDF. Congratulations: you now
generic name Text File.vcf, which you’ll the name of the contact. The exported have a traditional address book. Now you
later need to change. file is otherwise identical to that on iOS. just need to print it out.

Start using CardHop


Faster, smarter and menu bar-ier
Although it’s a fairly powerful app on the Mac, Contacts isn’t terribly pleasant
to use. By contrast, CardHop (£14.99, flexibits.com) is the Mac app equivalent of
a loyal dog, always sitting patiently in the menu bar, desperately eager to please.
Cardhop’s natural language input makes it a cinch to add and edit contacts,
or perform actions like making a call or emailing someone. The Notes field is
also front-and-centre during searches, for when you need to recall your friend’s
children’s names. That feature alone might be worth 15 quid.

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Can you
live without a

Mac
Written by Alex Blake >

(and use an iPad instead?)


Written by Adam Banks >

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Mac-free working ipAd Only

The iPad has matured very nicely, and is


now a very capable – and obviously very
mobile – device. But can it satisfy all
your needs. Could you ditch your Mac?

W
hen Steve Jobs unveiled a tablet’s portability. So could it be time
the ipad nearly eight to ditch the desktop, nix the notebook,
years ago, he made the and make an iPad your main machine?
point that it wasn’t just
a bigger iphone or a smaller MacBook – Apps and accessories
it was a third kind of device that, for Over the next few pages we’ll take a
some tasks at least, would be better tour of the key apps and accessories
than either. Since then, it’s got better that you might rely on to make that a
than even he may have envisaged. real possibility. There’s no doubt that
The iPhone needn’t look to its today’s iPads are capable of some
laurels: nobody wants to stuff a 10-inch amazing feats, from running recording
touchscreen in their pocket or hold it studios to flying with airline pilots and
against their ear. The Mac, on the other assisting in operating theatres. But to be
hand, has seen Apple’s remarkable truly practical, you’ll first need to make
A-series mobile processors creep ever sure it can cover all the essentials of
closer to its territory, and not even the everyday computing, without leaving
super-slim 12-inch MacBook can match you running back to the Mac.

Which iPad is best for you?


With four ipad models in the range, At £769, the 10.5-inch with 256GB is the
Apple’s £99 pencil may narrow your sweet spot, with fantastic display quality;
choice: it only works with ipad pro. add Apple’s Smart Keyboard (£159) and
Third-party pressure-sensitive styluses it’s still over £300 cheaper than a 12-inch
for smaller iPads are less satisfactory. MacBook. Mobile network connectivity,
Then again, the 9.7-inch iPad is a at a crazy £130 extra, isn’t essential if you
bargain. Its A9 processor isn’t too far have an iPhone – just connect the iPad to
behind the Pro’s A10X, and although its your Personal Hotspot. The 12.9-inch iPad
screen is no better than 2014’s iPad Air 2, Pro, at £919 for 256GB, is worth the extra
it’s very sharp, has good colour accuracy, if you need to get lots of work into view.
and is brighter.
Ignore the iPad mini, which is too
cramped for work and only comes in
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro
an overpriced 128GB model (£419). The is the obvious choice
128GB 9.7-inch iPad is a good buy at to cover a full range of
£429; at £339 with just 32GB, we think tasks, but isn’t the only
option available to you.
the base configuration would be a false
economy for full-time use.
Even the iPad Pro’s default 64GB
is a little tight, with no way to expand it.

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The apps you’ll need


Apps to consider
W
ith Apple’s pages,
numbers and Keynote
available for free,
AnyFont every ipad has the
£1.99, anyfont-app.com productivity basics.
iOS handles fonts across apps Photos can manage your media and
much like macOS, but has no GarageBand is on hand for soundtracks.
Font Book to add or manage Safari covers web browsing, Mail should
them. AnyFont is the answer, accepting accommodate all your email accounts,
standard font files from a Mac via the and iBooks displays PDFs.
iTunes app, from email attachments, Unless you’re a die-hard Apple purist
or from Dropbox. Admittedly, it’s a bit who only ever works with other die-hard
cumbersome to use, but it’s also a must Apple purists, however – and if so, we
for serious iPad document creation. salute you – you may need a bit more Apple’s apps can handle Microsoft docs, but it
to complete your do-it-all mobile makes sense to add Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
workstation. Although Apple’s apps
Documents 6 handle Microsoft documents, there desktop deal-breakers
Free, readdle.com/products/documents are limits to the accuracy of their A few of the desktop versions’ more
iOS 11’s new Files app is a conversions, so it makes sense to add advanced capabilities aren’t available
convenient place to manage Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, even if you pay, which could be a deal-
documents, and integrates all designed for iPad and free to install, breaker for the iPad if you need them
third-party cloud services whose apps along with Outlook and OneNote. regularly. For example, you’ll find that
you’ve installed. But Documents is more To keep their full functionality after a smaller range of file formats is
capable and can view, play and download 30 days you’ll need an Office 365 supported; Word includes key features
files from the web. subscription, from £59.99 per year from like Track Changes, but lacks endnotes
products.office.com. For arcane reasons, and equation editing; and Excel’s
iPad Pro users without a subscription can brilliantly useful Pivot Tables can’t

PCalc only view documents, while other iPads


get free basic editing for ‘non-commercial
be created or manipulated, although
Pivot Tables already set up in a
£9.99, pcalc.com purposes’: see bit.ly/msoft_resources. document are displayed.
Apple’s basic Calculator app only To keep in touch with
exists on iPhone. PCalc is a solid colleagues, FaceTime is ideal
substitute for iPad that uses Beyond the industry- if they’re Apple users and the
the full screen for scientific functions,
conversions and a Reverse Polish Notation
standard, there are very Skype app works fine if not;
Slack also has an iOS app
mode. Worth the money for regular use. powerful creative apps optimised for iPad, and
integrates with Google Drive,

Airmail Workflow
£4.99, airmailapp.com Free, workflow.is

Drag and drop Apple’s Mail app makes it easy to


add accounts, and many people
This Apple-owned utility lets you
build workflows (series of steps).
With drag and drop in iOS 11, in many apps you find it works fine. Others You drag and drop actions, which
can hold a finger on an item – such as a photo, complain that searching is glitchy and it then automate one or more apps to achieve
message or document – and drag it to another lacks convenience features. For the latter, your goals. A workflow might send a preset
app. Use your other hand if you need to switch Airmail is fast and lets you write messages text, upload your last photo to a website or
to another app before dropping the item in, in HTML or Markdown, as well as assigning read you the time. The more you use your
or ask Siri to open it. incoming mail to Memo, To Do or Done. iPad, the more it can help.

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Apple’s Keynote is ideal


for creating and delivering
presentations, but Microsoft
Apps to consider
PowerPoint is also available.
Yoink
£2.99, eternalstorms.at
Drag and drop in iOS 11 lets you
drag things from one app and
drop them into another right
away. Yoink is a holding area for multiple
items, accessible via Slide Over, or as a
Share sheet extension or custom keyboard.

Dropbox
Free, dropbox.com/ipad
iCloud is a practical place to keep
documents, but Dropbox is more
versatile and lets you share
whole folders with people in an instant.
With its app installed, Dropbox integrates
As long as iOS is reasonably up-to-date, your iPad Beyond the industry-standard names, with iOS 11’s Files app and Share sheets.
can run business-standard apps like Excel, as well
as advanced creative apps such as LumaFusion. however, there are now some very
powerful creative apps for iOS.
Dropbox and so on. If you need to do While film and TV editors need Dashlane
more with PDFs, Readdle’s PDF Expert top-end Macs, iOS apps like the Free, dashlane.com
(£9.99, pdfexpert.com/ios) is particularly established Pinnacle Studio Pro (£12.99, Your keychain on the Mac can
comprehensive for the price. pinnaclesys.com) and the fast-rising store more than just login details.
LumaFusion (£19.99, luma-touch.com) However, iOS lacks the Keychain
Creative thinking have precise enough tools for serious Access app to do this. Dashlane is a flexible
Creative software companies haven’t work. Affinity Photo (£19.99, affinity.serif. password, autofill and private info manager.
entirely embraced the iPad as a primary com) provides most of the features of a Free for iPad-only use, syncing between
platform. Adobe’s iOS apps are aimed desktop photo editor. devices costs £29.99 a year.
at different tasks than its Mac software. Musicians, meanwhile, have a better
Though Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator choice of software than on any other
Draw use the touchscreen for freehand platform. Again, there’s no full equivalent
graphics, on the whole Adobe’s apps of Mac digital audio workstations (DAWs)
assume you’ll take your work back to the like Cubase Pro or Apple’s Logic Pro X,
Mac (Premiere Clip handles basic rough
cuts that can be imported to Premiere
but Cubasis 2.2 (£48.99, steinberg.net)
is capable, while iPad-only alternatives
Preview Zips
Previously you needed a third-party
Pro CC), or act mainly as viewers for your like Auria Pro (£48.99, auriaapp.com)
app to open Zip archives. In iOS 11, tap a
content (Lightroom CC for iOS only really are impressive if you don’t need
.zip attachment in Mail, tap again after
makes sense for users of the Mac app). roundtripping with desktop apps.
it downloads, and tap Preview Content.
Each file is shown in turn; tap the Share icon
to save to Files or open in an app.

Penultimate OmniGraffle 3
Free, bit.ly/mf321pen £48.99, omnigroup.com
Microsoft OneNote is okay, but While sipping their flat whites,
many people prefer Evernote to power users swear by
organise, annotate and sync their OmniGroup’s tools for organising
notes. Free for basic use, subscriptions give and visualising information. This all-purpose
you more cloud space, formats and syncing diagramming app brings the precision of
to more than two devices – starting at the Mac version to the touchscreen; a Pro
£29.99 per year. Add the Penultimate app to version (£99.99) adds even more advanced
handwrite searchable notes on the screen. features, including JavaScript automation.

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The accessories
you’ll want
Adonit Pixel
£90, adonit.net/jot/pixel
Probably the best stylus for
non-Pro iPads, using the same
tech as Adobe’s pricier Ink, this
doesn’t feel as responsive as
Apple Pencil does on the Pro’s
special screen, but it works well.

Twelve South Apple Lightning


Compass 2 Digital AV Adapter
£34.95, apple.com/uk
The Smart Keyboard and other folding £49, apple.com/uk
covers hold your iPad at a better angle for Providing an HDMI output and a Lightning pass-
typing, but if you’ve bought a case that through for simultaneous charging, this connects
doesn’t prop up, use this portable stand your iPad to almost any modern TV or projector
to lift your tablet to 20 or 59 degrees. for presentations or watching videos.

Logitech K780
£79.99, logitech.com
This Bluetooth unit beats
keyboard cases for regular
typing, and will fit most
courier-type bags. A ledge
holds your iPad, or you can
prop it up separately at a
comfortable distance.

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Brydge 9.7
£129.99, brydgekeyboards.co.uk
Apple offers no keyboard for the
new 9.7-inch iPad. This aluminium
model has a stiff hinge, feeling
more laptop-like, and also comes
in iPad Pro sizes. You have to
charge it separately, though.

Apple Lightning to Word assistance


The iPad has a built-in dictionary with
USB Camera Adapter definitions, examples and thesaurus from
£29, apple.com/uk US and British sources. Select any word,
This adapter converts your iPad’s Lightning port to USB tap it and choose Look Up. To add more
Type A. Ostensibly this is to import images – it doesn’t dictionaries, go to Settings > General
support other file types – but is equally useful to connect > Dictionaries, where a range
a standard MIDI-to-USB adaptor (around £6) for music. of languages is covered.
There’s a £39 USB 3 version for newer iPads.

Shuliancable Flat
Rode i-XLR HDMI Cable 5m
£125, rode.com/ixlr £9.99, amazon.co.uk
For professional podcasting or audio recording, The best way to present from iPad is wirelessly via
forget the cheap mics sold as iOS accessories and Apple TV, but where it’s not available you’ll need your
invest in this XLR adaptor plus a quality mic suited Digital AV Adapter and a long, tangle-free HDMI cable
to your task – you’ll hear the difference. like this, with slim plugs to fit all sockets.

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Options for image
file formats
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Swipe away your Our resident genius
touchscreen troubles solves your Mac and
and love iOS once again
Should i convert my iOS problems

68-69
NetworkING JPEGs to HEiF files?
We help to solve
your Wi-Fi woes and Although I keep Raw images taken HEIF images in Preview, and save them as
connection conundrums
Q with my camera, my Mac has tens
of thousands of JPEGs made from
JPEG, PNG, and other formats, but if you can’t
readily transcode from older formats into HEIF
70-71 them. Could I save space by converting them your proposal won’t work.
macoS to High Sierra’s HEIF? Third-party tools which can write to the
Sage advice to help by N i c k E a s t o N new formats are based on the open source
you overcome the FFmpeg tool, which you can use directly in
worst Mac maladies Probably, but don’t commit much Terminal if you wish. As this works in Sierra
A effort just yet. Although High Sierra
and iOS 11 introduce support for
and older versions of the system, you don’t
need High Sierra for conversion, though that
high-efficiency formats for still images (HEIF) makes viewing and decoding much easier.
and video (HEVC), support is limited at Look at Image2HEIF (£2.99, Mac App
present, and they may yet change. Store), which is based on FFmpeg, with its
The initial releases of High Sierra don’t basic interface for transcoding from JPEG or
include any tools for creating HEIF files, and PNG, and limited control over image quality.
most third-party apps which work with images Results look impressive, with little loss of
can’t save to the new format. You can open detail in files half the size of equivalent JPEGs.
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iOS software
Swipe away your touchscreen troubles and
rekindle your love of Apple’s mobile devices

iOS software
quick-fire
Using iOS 11 with
questions macOS Sierra
How can I I’ve held off upgrading to iOS 11
download apps
with iTunes 12.7?
Q because I can’t yet upgrade my
Macs to High Sierra. Would I face
> From that version on, compatibility problems if I mixed iOS 11
Apple has removed with Sierra systems?
access to iOS apps, by D a v i D a r m s t r o N g
ringtones, and some
other features, which Very many iOS and Mac users
you’re supposed to
access directly on iOS
A have successfully upgraded to
iOS 11 while staying with macOS
devices, or through Sierra. As usual, there are trade-offs to be
High Sierra’s Content made, and there’s no doubt that to get the
Caching feature. most out of iOS 11, you’d be better off running
You can install iTunes High Sierra when you can.
12.6.3 from bit.ly/ Where you’d lose out are those new
apps-itunes, which features in iOS 11 which don’t work with
supports those older macOS Sierra. A good example of these is
features, iOS 11, and tables in Notes: if you insert a table into
iPhone 8, but requires a note in iOS 11 and then try opening that
an old version of your note in Sierra, the table isn’t just formatted
iTunes Library.
if you insert a table into
How do I scan a
QR code in iOS 11? a note in iOS 11 then try
> Reading QR codes
couldn’t be simpler opening it in Sierra, the
now. In Camera’s
Photo or Square mode, content is omitted Running iOS 11 lets you add neat tables to Notes, but these
position the QR code can’t be seen at all when viewed in macOS Sierra.
centrally in the view. crudely, but that content is omitted
Once the camera completely. macOS Sierra also lacks data which are present in iOS 10 and macOS
focuses on the code, support for the new HEIF and HEVC image Sierra still work fine.
a notification will and video formats, although third-party Because iOS is more of a closed system,
appear; tap it to act software and automatic conversion in which security is paramount, the security
on the code’s content. should help address that. (See the question enhancements in iOS 11 are an important
on the previous page for more on this.) consideration too: these now include a fix
Obviously, the more that you share for vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi’s WPA2 protocol,
between your iOS devices and Macs, the for example. But the cost is that all your old
more likely this is to trip you up. Having said 32-bit iOS apps will cease functioning, unless
that, all the key features of iCloud and shared they can be updated or upgraded.

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networking
We help to solve your Wi-Fi woes
and connection conundrums
networking
quick-fire Most networks grow without proper
structure until they hit problems.

questions Step back and redesign yours to


be clean, efficient and robust.
Why does myway.
com keep popping
up in Safari?
> If you keep seeing
unwanted content
appear in your browser,
first check that you
haven’t got any
unwanted software or
malware, by running an
antivirus utility such as
Malwarebytes (free,
malwarebytes.com).
Also check your Internet
Plug-Ins folders in the
Library folders at the
top of your startup disk
and in your account’s
Home folder for
unwanted items which
might be causing this.
Streaming radio dropout
Over the years, my home network stations, wired systems and modem-router
Can WordPress
blogs provide
Q has grown. It now has good Wi-Fi
coverage over most of the house
with proper Ethernet cabling. Powerline
networking can work very well, but uses
selective RSS thanks to four base stations, but my TV, domestic electric wiring to transmit network
feeds? recorder and DVD player require wired traffic. Even the best and most modern wiring
> Yes, as can many Ethernet, which is delivered using TP-Link is designed to deliver power safely, not to
others. The RSS news powerline adaptors. When I added a Sonos 1 transmit high volumes of digital signals. It can
feed for the main music player, it suffers infrequent random be sensitive to your own domestic electrical
content of blog.com dropouts in radio streams. Could this be the appliances cutting in and out, and heavy
is at http://blog.com/ result of my reliance on powerline adaptors? equipment in nearby buildings. It’s also
feed/. The feed for by D a v i D H i g N E t t completely unshielded.
content in a category When planning your network, connect
called categoryname Yes, but you may well have other non-portable devices using Ethernet as much
would be at http://blog.
com/categoryname/
A problems. Like many networks, yours
has grown over the years and not
as possible. This will give them better
bandwidth and reduce the number of devices
feed/, and you can even been properly planned. The time has come using wireless networking. Position your Wi-Fi
focus on a tag named to design and implement it so that it’s robust systems to optimise local cover without
tagword,say, with the and expandable, and not likely to suffer conflicting with one another, or spilling into
address http://blog. interference or conflicts. the street and areas with public access. It’s a
com/tag/tagword/feed/ If you can, connect your Wi-Fi base major task, but well worth the time and effort.

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networking
quick-fire
questions
How to protect
against the KRACK
Wi-Fi attack?
> El Capitan and later
were fixed in updates on
31 October; every other
Wi-Fi-equipped device
will eventually need a
software or firmware
If you suspect a website is getting blocked, first check that it Network Utility’s Traceroute tab will show each step of the update. Unless you
isn’t being blocked by your Mac or router’s firewall. connection from your Mac to the server hosting the site. operate Wi-Fi in a public
area, your risks should

is my iSP blocking my websites? be small, and updates


will roll out quickly.

Since early this week, I’ve been Try making your iOS device share Can I share my
Q unable to access my own websites
over my home Wi-Fi, although I
its 4G connection using Personal Hotspot,
and then set that as your Mac’s internet
iCloud allowance
with my partner?
can connect to them normally via a 4G connection. If you find that works fine, > If you’re using macOS
connection. My ISP blames the website it demonstrates that it is in fact your ISP High Sierra or iOS 11,
hosting service. How can that be? blocking your sites. you’re able to set up
by s t E v E c a r t E r You can get confirmation of this by storage sharing as part
opening Network Utility, which is tucked away of their Family Sharing
Before testing any further, ensure on your startup disk yet accessible by typing feature, provided you’re
A that you’ve turned off any software
firewall on your Mac, and that the
its name in Spotlight, and entering the web
addresses in its Traceroute tab. If that can get
subscribed to a 200GB
or 2TB storage plan.
firewall in your modem-router allows all no further than your ISP’s servers, you can get You’ll find full details
outgoing connections. back to the ISP and challenge its response. at bit.ly/iclshare.

Can’t send email


Since upgrading to High Sierra, If Mail stops sending to SMTP servers selected on the left, click on the Server
Q I’ve been unable to send
messages from Mail to any
which seem to be properly configured,
delete them all and add them afresh.
Settings tab. This displays a single pop-up
menu, with that account’s outgoing mail
account apart from me.com. Mail server listed.
reports that ‘trying to log into this Click on that menu, and select the Edit
SMTP account failed’, although SMTP Server List item at the bottom. Select
they’re set as they were in Sierra. each of the SMTP servers in the list at the
by P H i l i P B E a v E N top in turn, and use the – (minus) button to
delete each one until the list is empty.
This is an old problem which Click on the + button to add back each of
A happens when an update
corrupts Mail’s list of SMTP
your SMTP servers one at a time, using the
details you recorded. Then click on OK, and
servers. To fix it, you’ll need a copy step through each of your accounts in turn,
of the correct details for each of setting its SMTP server from your new list.
the services, as you need to delete Finally, quit Mail, just to ensure
existing entries and make new ones. everything is saved correctly. When you
Open Mail’s preferences and click open Mail again, you should find that
the Accounts item, then with an account sending messages works normally again.

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macOS
Shine a spotlight on sagacious solutions
to your most maddening Mac maladies

macOS Hard route back to Sierra


quick-fire
questions I’m having problems with High installer. This is easily done using DiskMaker X

What to do when
Q Sierra – it’s taking ages to verify my
videos, which use to play almost
(diskmakerx.com), or you can follow Apple’s
instructions in Terminal at bit.ly/bootinstall.
High Sierra’s instantly. How can I get back to Sierra? The other essential ingredient is a very
installer froze? by t o N y s H E r r i N g t o N recent backup, such as that made by Time
> Start up in Recovery Machine, from which to restore your Home
(ç+R) or Internet The first thing you need is a copy of folder and third-party apps.
Recovery (å+ç+R) ,
then open Disk Utility
A a recent Sierra installer. If you don’t
have one to hand, you may already
Start up from the bootable installer drive
through the Startup Disk pane, or by selecting
and run its First Aid have noticed this version of the system is no it in the Startup Manager (hold the å key
feature on your startup longer openly listed on the Mac App Store, during startup). If your normal startup disk
disk. It may be better to and doesn’t appear in the Purchased tab. was converted to APFS, you’ll next have to
perform a reinstallation Look down the page at bit.ly/dlsierra to find a reformat it using Disk Utility from the bootable
of macOS from the link that will open Sierra’s otherwise hidden installer; if it’s still in HFS+ format, that is
internet before going product page to download the installer. optional but probably a wise choice.
any further, as by using If you already have a copy tucked by, you’ll Then install Sierra, bring it fully up to date
Internet Recovery your need an 8GB USB memory stick or external to version 10.12.6, and migrate files and apps
Mac should be taken drive formatted and set up as a bootable from your backup using Migration Assistant.
directly to High Sierra.

Why won’t
Spotlight work
on my APFS
hard disk?
> The initial release of
Apple’s new file system,
APFS, in High Sierra
isn’t supported
on Fusion Drives or
traditional hard disks.
Although Spotlight
search failure isn’t a
common problem, for
the moment APFS is
simply too unreliable
except on SSDs.
Reformat the disk Before you can revert
in Mac OS Extended back to Sierra, you’ll
(HFS+) format and it need a copy of its
installer app, which
should be fine again. does not appear in
your Purchased list.

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When you’ve located the


last log message containing macOS
‘system boot:’, look back
at the previous shutdown
quick-fire
to identify problems. questions
Why do some JPEG
images not preview
in Quick Look?
> Quick Look uses
plugins installed in its
folders in the various
Library folders. JPEG
previews should use
macOS’s built-in support
for the format, but some
files don’t work as well

Stuck when shutting down as they should. A restart


often improves this.
Following the MacFormat it to a grinding halt. Your problem is identifying
Q guidelines, upgrading to High Sierra
went fine. The only snag is that
what that something is.
Test whether it affects another account
Why do I have to
set the clock?
when I shut down, sometimes the pointer is on your Mac: if it doesn’t, then it’s likely to be > Check it’s set
left on a black screen and my Mac gets stuck. old or broken software in your Home folder, automatically in the
When I then force shutdown, I get a warning probably in ~/Library, rather than an issue Date & Time tab of the
when next starting up that macOS didn’t within macOS itself. eponymous pane in
shut down correctly. How can I fix this? The best way to identify the cause is by System Prefs, and that
by D a v i D s i m P s o N browsing the log after such an ‘improper’ the server listed there is
shutdown, using Consolation (eclecticlight.co/ right for your location,
This is a shutdown panic or freeze, downloads). Search for ‘system boot:’, which not the US default.
A and should never occur. It happens
when macOS is trying to shut
marks the beginning of the startup process,
then work back to the entries before the
High Sierra uses a new
service for this, which
everything down, but something brings shutdown for clues about what went wrong. sometimes plays up.

back to backing up problem


Time Machine backups were wired Ethernet, rather than by Wi-Fi. Once backups are running more
Q working fine over Wi-Fi to my
Time Capsule until I went
You may also find it wise to keep
an eye on your Mac’s logs during this
normally again, check them using
T2M2 from the same site.
away for six weeks with my iMac. When period, as problems in Time Machine If you can’t get backups working
I returned, they took over half an hour, are not particularly well reported except normally due to failed verification,
and ended with ‘Backup verification in the log. Apple’s Console is not much it may be best to start from scratch.
incomplete’. How can I get them use for this, and you should find my Make an archive copy of your old
working normally again? free Consolation tool from eclecticlight. backups if you can and wish, then
by D a v i D s m a l l co/downloads much more helpful. initialise the Time Capsule and set
Once Time Machine seems to be back up and running again, run the first backup going
When your Mac has been away T2M2 when it isn’t backing up to see details of earlier errors. over Ethernet.
A from its normal backup disk
for so long, its next backup is
likely to take a long time and may well
involve verification, as well as a ‘deep
traversal scan’ of your Mac. These are
much better performed with your Mac
connected to your Time Capsule, or any
other networked backup storage, by

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Apple
killers

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The next big iPhone
things that
took a swing killers
Did these devices stand a chance?
and missed That’s an easy call

A
pple hit the jackpot perch. The list of so-called
with the iPhone, iPhone killers is long, but
a device that has three devices stand out: the

S
uch is Apple’s dominance in become the company’s best- Essential Phone, the Palm
the tech world that it seems selling device and brought Pre and the Nokia N97. From
every other company is out to it untold riches. Naturally, sleek high-end devices to
take it down. The media seems other companies wanted keyboard-equipped retro
fond of the idea too, often resulting in a to get in on the action and throwbacks, all are yet to
bevy of breathless headlines exalting the knock Apple from its lofty make the grade.
next ‘Apple killer’ of some form: the next
iPod killer, the next Mac killer, the next
iPhone killer – you get the idea.
Sometimes these devices come from
Essential
major Apple rivals like Sony or Microsoft,
backed by almost limitless funds and Phone
expertise. Other times they’re brought August 2017
out by small teams that think they’ve hit
the jackpot where all others have failed,
and can bring down the Cupertino giant. Even before it launched, the
Of course, not every Apple killer Essential Phone was being
ends in murderous success. Some put touted as a potential iPhone
up a good fight but ultimately can’t killer. Word spread that
land the final blow. Others never live former Apple engineer and
up to the hype that gets bestowed on Android founder Andy Rubin
them. And some never even make it was involved, while shadowy
to market, becoming vapourware and leaked photos of the device
disappearing in the wind. quickly went viral.
Over the next few pages, we’ll take The Essential Phone
a look at some of the more notable seemed to be a device
rivals once thought destined to take destined for success. Aside
Apple’s crown. From recent flops to from the Rubin connection,
vintage disappointments, these are it has a modular camera
the Apple killers that weren’t. system, an edge-to-edge
glass screen, wireless
charging and a titanium had only sold 5,000 units
shell. It’s a high-end phone, through its network partner
no doubt. Sprint (sales of unlocked units
But if anything, the remained unknown). A month
Essential Phone is a good later, Rubin and co knocked
example that something that $200 off the $649 launch
looks good on paper doesn’t price. Missed launch deadlines
necessarily equate to roaring and lacklustre software added
sales in practice. According to to the issues. Essential isn’t
a report published a month dead, but its rocky start has
after the phone launched, it failed to kill off the iPhone.

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APPLE kiLLERS Techno assassins

Palm
Pre
June 2009
iPod
killers
Before the iPhone came
along, Palm was a big name in
the mobile world. It developed
the PalmPilot, the first globally
successful personal digital
assistant (PDA) device. It also From tacky designs to
made the Treo 600, one of the
first smartphones. But all of
bad timing, all these
those past successes counted devices crashed out
for little when the original

A
iPhone came and steamrolled pple’s first big mobile
the competition in 2007. device success story shook
By 2009 it was make-or- That wasn’t enough to save up the portable music
break time for Palm. Its big bet Palm, though. Dodgy software, world. It took a while for everyone
was the Palm Pre, a slide-up a flimsy slider mechanism and else to catch up, and there has been
touchscreen phone that also fragile screens were all issues. no shortage of rivals over the years
came with a keyboard. It ran HP bought Palm in 2010, and who think their device is the one to
on webOS, the first mobile OS shelved the brand name just overcome the iPod. Sadly for them,
that allowed multitasking. a year later. they never succeeded.

Nokia
N97 Creative Zen
June 2009 Vision:M
December 2005
Like Palm, Nokia was another orientation. It was an eye-
company left reeling by the catching design, and the phone As any Apple competitor knows, to trade blows
iPhone. The N97 was the sold pretty well, but nowhere with Apple you have to have the looks as well
Finnish firm’s answer, on which near enough to rival the iPhone. as the tech. The Creative Zen Vision:M tried to
it pinned a lot of hopes. Sadly That was due to a multitude compete on both fronts, launching an impressive
for Nokia, the N97 was a huge of issues. The camera scratched MP3 player that came in a range of attractive
disappointment, and failed to easily, the maps software was colours. It clearly caught the
unseat Apple. almost unusable, and the OS was eye, landing prizes at the
Like the Palm Pre, the N97 very buggy. It never met its 2006 CES show and a
featured a slide-out keyboard, potential, and may even have Red Dot Design Award.
although the Nokia device was contributed to Nokia’s decline. It had ‘more’ than the
meant to be used in landscape iPod in terms of features:
a better screen, an FM
radio, a voice recorder.
But it was thicker and
heavier, and, despite
its decent looks,
didn’t have the
cool factor of
the iPod.

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Techno assassins APPLE kiLLERS

Microsoft
PonoPlayer
Zune 30 February 2015
November 2006
Microsoft’s Zune was late, but
When Apple’s biggest rival the PonoPlayer was even later.
comes out with a product This device – created by Neil
to take down the iPod, Young – was a high resolution
you have to take notice. audio player coming in at $400
Unfortunately for Microsoft, a pop. That sounds OK… until you
it got it wrong with the Zune. realise it was launched in 2015.
Initial sales of the first It was always going to be a
model were strong. It took hard sell. The age of mass market
9% of the portable media standalone music players was
market during its first week; long gone, with most consumers
still a long way behind the happy to store their tunes on
iPod’s 63%, but not bad. their phones. But the PonoPlayer
That didn’t last long. was even more niche, as it
Sales dropped from $185 2008’s Christmas period. focused on high-resolution audio.
million during 2007’s Microsoft’s problem was Despite raising a massive
Christmas season to that it was too late. The iPod $6.2 million on Kickstarter,
$85 million a year later. was established, and the PonoPlayer quickly fell away.
Apple sold $3.37 billion Zune just wasn’t different Its online store went offline in
worth of iPods during enough to succeed. 2016 and remains so.

Sony Vaio Archos


Pocket VGF-AP1 Jukebox Recorder
October 2004 January 2002
As with many things, when iPod, yet still sported the Big, blocky and built like a replaceable batteries and
Apple released the iPod in clunky looks of the media brick, the Archos Jukebox the fact that you could
2001 it changed the way players of old. Recorder is about as far replace its hard drive with
we viewed a device. Sony, it Worse, it only played removed from an iPod a bigger laptop one.
seems, didn’t pay attention. files in the ATRAC3 format, as it’s possible to be. Of course, with a design
The catchily named Vaio and had a confusing array Amazingly, despite its truly like this it was never going
Pocket VGF-AP1 launched of 25 buttons on the front. hideous design, it was one to usurp the sleek, design-
three years after the first Stylish, it was not. of the smallest digital music conscious iPod.
players on the market (bar
the iPod, of course).
Still, it managed to find
a degree of popularity
due to its USB 2.0
connection,
its easily

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Archos 9
PC Tablet
October 2009
While the HP Slate 500’s touchscreen
issues were partly due to Windows,
this device had no such excuse. That’s
because its 1GB of memory wasn’t even
enough to run its operating system well.

iPad
It also made for a frustrating user
experience. Apps could take minutes to
load, the touchscreen was inaccurate

killers
and laggy, while the low-resolution
HP display was a pain to look at. A pitiful

Slate 500 three-hour battery life rounded off


the problems. Apple really didn’t have
anything to worry about with this device.
Tablet computers October 2010
that needed extra- The problem with predictions is
strength medication they don’t always come true. Case
in point: the HP Slate 500, touted

A
fter the success of the as an iPad killer for the masses
iPod and iPhone, rumours before the iPad was even out.
swirled of Apple’s next But after delays and rumoured
project: a tablet computer. Before changes, it ditched the consumer
the iPad was even revealed, rivals market and launched as an
claimed that they had the device to enterprise product instead.
beat the nascent ‘iSlate’. It was basically a touchscreen PC
In a familiar story, Apple routed with the keyboard removed. It ran external keyboard
the competition. Some were buggy, Windows 7, but had no specialist and mouse, which
some were slow, and some never touchscreen software, instead relying defeated the purpose
even made it into the wild. They on Windows’ mediocre facilities. of a mobile tablet and grated
crashed and burned while the iPad That made it hard to do any with its business outlook. Its $799
went from strength to strength. serious work without hooking up an price wouldn’t have helped either.

Microsoft
Courier
Cancelled April 2010
While iPad copycats have abounded for
years, Microsoft’s Courier project was a
little different. It comprised two touchscreen
devices and a stylus, held together by a book-like
cover. The target market was creatives who might
sketch ideas into the device on the go.
However, Microsoft preferred to develop Windows 8
for tablets, and the Courier project was cancelled within
a few weeks of the iPad’s launch. It was a novel vision for
tablets that never made it out of the blocks.

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HP ASUS
TouchSmart Zen AiO
January 2007 October 2015
if there’s one idea that won’t go away, The iMac sports an iconic look, so
it’s that desktop computers should it’s no wonder it has its imitators.
come equipped with touchscreens. The Asus Zen AiO may be the best-

Mac The HP TouchSmart series reflected


this belief, positioning its devices as
looking of the bunch.
Of course, that may be because it’s

killers
all-in-ones that one-upped the iMac mimicking the iMac. But for all its good
thanks to their displays. looks, this machine has failed to knock
Of course, the iMac is still here Apple from its perch. Apple remains one
and the TouchSmart desktops aren’t, of the few PC companies not to lose
thanks to dated appearances and sales in recent years; Asus has been
Computer contract sluggish internal specs. struggling in comparison.

killers that lacked


the fatal touch Dell

O Adamo
f all the Apple devices in
this roundup, the Mac is
the longest-surviving. Like
a wily despot that outmanoeuvres
March 2009
its rivals, the Mac has seen off its
fair share of would-be killers. When it first launched, the MacBook Air was the
From svelte and shiny laptops ultra-portable laptop to beat. Dell reckoned it had
to high-end all-in-one desktops, done that with the slimline Adamo – at 0.65-inches
we’ve seen plenty of ‘Mac killers’ thick, it was thinner than Apple’s 0.76-inch
over the years. But most have Air. But for a £1,400 laptop,
found that you need more than it was surprisingly flimsy, and
looks to usurp Apple and seize the its internals struggled to justify
crown for yourself. its eye-watering price.

The Apple Watch killers that ran out of time


Samsung Pebble TAG Heuer
Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Connected
September 2013 July 2013 November 2015
The Samsung Galaxy The watch that Even traditional watch
Gear shows why rushing kickstarted an industry firms have felt the pinch
to beat Apple isn’t was gone just three years from Apple. Swiss company
always a good idea. after going on sale. After Tag Heuer responded to the
Lacklustre design, poor raising $10 million via popularity of smartwatches
battery life, limited apps and an crowdfunding and selling millions of with the Connected watch, which looked
uncomfortable strap meant it was units, the Pebble just couldn’t keep up more like a traditional timepiece. Suffice
a flop. It was replaced just seven with its rivals’ innovations. It was bought to say, it hasn’t yet dented Apple’s
months after going on sale. by Fitbit in 2016. vice-like grip on the market.

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What’s inside REUSE
OLD KIT
78-81 Inspiring ideas for
ThE fORcE revamping old
Apple kit
IS STRONg
But this Mac
isn’t up to much
EditEd by LUIS VILLAZON
81
hOw TO gUT
A MAc pLUS
Luis dabbles with
the dark side of
Combat case mod
more Mac internals ormally, when I fail to get an old Mac
N working, I try to save my confession
until the final paragraph so that I
can first regale you with tales of my clever
diagnostics and ingenious repairs. But let’s cut
to the chase. When I opened up the case of this
Mac Plus, the rusty fiasco that greeted me made
it clear this was a non-starter. The power supply
board showed no voltage on any of the DC rails
and there was extensive water damage.
There is one other Mac Plus in the Haq
Collection I acquired recently, but it doesn’t have
a power supply board, so cannibalising the two
isn’t an option either. The case is still in good
condition though, so this seems like an ideal
opportunity for a case mod, without the guilt of
destroying a potentially salvageable Mac. And it
so happens that I have the perfect project.

Can Luis turn


this Mac oldling
Contact us into a robot droid
to help train
Jedi younglings?

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Museum piece LOVE YOUR MAc

Jedi Master Luis,


with his robot droid –
Mannequin Skywalker.

Build a fighting robot that looks like a classic Mac


or the past three years, I have metre wooden beam. The contestants must
F attended the Sci-fi weekender
conventions (scifiweekender.com),
balance on the beam while they fight, and
Mannequin can advance or retreat along it.
cosplaying with my daughter and son-in-law The torso has a separate motor that allows
as the (wholly unofficial and unlicensed) him to pivot and swipe with the foam
Jedi Training Academy. The two of us lightsaber gripped in his robot hands. The
blindfold would-be Jedi Knights and fly little head uses a Bluetooth speaker for trash talk,
quadcopter drones around their heads, while and 8x8 LED matrices for the eyes, which can
they try to knock them out of the sky using display different expressions. The whole thing
just their latent Force powers, and a foam is radio-controlled by me, using an RC model
lightsaber. This year, our promising Padawans plane transmitter. This uses one joystick for
had a new challenge because I built a full-size the fighting action and all the different moods
combat robot for them to spar with. and expressions are selected using the other
joystick, in combination with various switches.
Deadly droid Normally when I build cosplay props, I use
Mannequin Skywalker, as the robot is known, foam and cardboard and just keep adding a bit
has three main subsystems. The base is a set here and trimming a bit there, until it looks
of motorised wheels that clamp to a three- right. But this robot has moving parts with

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LOVE YOUR MAc Padawan Plus

The 64 LEDs in each


eye can be controlled
independently to
allow animated
eye expressions.

Quick-fire
questions
How easy is it to
cut the Mac case?
The whole of the outer
case is made of plastic –
probably ABS – so it’s
easy to drill or saw
through. If you’re using
power tools, run them
at their slowest speed, narrow tolerances, the other edits I have
to avoid melting the so that was not going made since then. And all this
plastic and gumming to work here. Instead is done on a Mac mini from 2012!
up your blade. I had to model the whole
thing in CAD, which meant Making it real
teaching myself how to use A CAD model by itself, though, is just a pretty
CAD. I opted for Fusion 360 (autodesk.com) picture. You need a 3D printer to turn it into
mostly on the basis of its price, which is zero reality. I used this project to justify buying
for home hobbyists, but it also turns out to be myself the Prusa i3 MK2S (£560 from
an extremely powerful design tool. prusa3d.com) and I am now a complete
Every component in your design keeps convert. I originally thought it would just
a separate track of all the edits you make. be the easiest way to make the cogs for the
How to I avoid This is way more than just an undo history – gearbox – and it undoubtedly was. But I totally
‘twitching’ on my it’s more like the time travel in Back to the underestimated how useful it would be for all
robot’s motors? Future. If I create a 2D sketch and then the other fiddly bits.
This can be caused extrude it into a 3D object, I can jump back I don’t have a big workshop with a lathe
by ‘back EMF’ from at any point, edit the sketch and Fusion 360 and lots of fancy drills and saws. But the
the relay coil. When will propagate the changes back through the magic of 3D printing let me create custom
the relay is turned timeline. This includes intelligently redoing all brackets and mounts, with the confidence
off, the magnetic field that if they fitted together on the screen,
from the coil collapses they would fit together in real life. I even
and this rapid change used a flexible rubber filament to print the
induces a current in tyres for Mannequin’s wheels.
any nearby wires. You Mannequin’s electronics are controlled by
can protect against this two Arduino programmable microcontrollers
with a diode in series (arduino.cc). An Arduino Mega handles the
with the 5V line to the radio control and the motors, and an Arduino
relay board. It is also Uno in the head drives the LED matrices for
a good idea to include the eyes. The motors are scavenged from two
a 220uF capacitor cordless drills, but they run on 18V and draw
between the power large currents, so you can’t switch them
and ground wires, directly from an Arduino. I used a 24V relay
to smooth out any All under programmable microcontrol: an Arduino board, with four relays to switch between
sudden voltage spikes. Mega handles the radio control and all the motors. forward and back on each of the two motors.

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Padawan Plus LOVE YOUR MAc

How to Gut a Mac Plus

1 Get inside
Undo the two screws at the back, near
the bottom, with a Torx T15 screwdriver.
2 Power board
Disconnect the green/yellow earth
lead and the two large connectors going
3 Disk drive
Undo the four screws holding the
CRT to the front bezel and lift it out.
To get at the top screws, recessed into to the CRT tube. There’s a thick red, high- Disconnect the ribbon cable from the
the carry handle, you’ll need to firmly tension line connected to the tube. Pull floppy drive. The motherboard should
tape a Torx T15 screwdriver bit to the back the ‘suction cup’ cover; squeeze the now slide out from the back. The floppy
end of a pencil to fashion a makeshift connectors together to pull free. Undo drive chassis is held in place by three
screwdriver extension; wrap the tape the three Phillips screws and remove the Torx T15 screws at the top and two more
tightly and it should be strong enough. power board from the chassis. under the drive itself.

Microsecond timing Mannequin should display. This was then


To program an Arduino, you essentially use a passed along a 4-wire cable that ran up the
simplified dialect of C++, and upload the code central tube that supported the torso. This
over a USB cable. I used the cloud-based ‘spinal cord’ was constantly being plugged and
development environment at create.arduino. unplugged every time I took the head off, so
cc, so that I could write the code on my the delicate pins took a lot of punishment.
desktop, but then access it from my MacBook When we were setting Mannequin up on the
Air to upload changes while Mannequin was first morning of Sci-Fi Weekender, pin 3
still mounted on his beam. snapped off as I was plugging it in and I had to
perform the most precarious bit of soldering
i totally underestimated of my life, balancing on tiptoes on a narrow
beam with just the light from the torch app on
how useful a 3d printer my iPhone to see by.
So that’s the robot, but where does the
would be for fiddly bits Mac Plus come in? It’s Mannequin’s helmet!
After I had removed the CRT screen and
Radio control transmitters work by sending everything else (see above), I took the empty
modulated pulses less than 2 milliseconds case and cut a hole in the bottom for the spine
long. To work out the position of each joystick tube and hot-glued the 3D printed skull chassis
on the controller, the Arduino Mega has to into place. The front bezel is held in place with
time these pulses very precisely. That’s easy simple 3D-printed clips so I can still get at the
to do using open-source libraries available at internals for maintenance and to change the
sparkfun.com/tutorials/348. The only snag battery that powers the Arduino. Classic Macs
is that writing different patterns to an LED obviously aren’t canon in the Star Wars Next issue!
matrix also requires accurate timing, and universe, but whenever someone pointed this Luis fires up a Power
the libraries for that can interfere with the out, I just explained that Mannequin was Mac 4400 – the only
radio control code. cosplaying as an Earth computer! I’m happy Power Mac with the
That’s why I used two Arduinos. The Mega with how this project turned out and it was by floppy drive on the left-
at the base of the robot would receive the far the easiest one I’ve done for Love Your hand side! But does this
commands from the RC controller and create Mac so far – but only if you don’t count the six machine have any other
a 4-bit code representing the expression months I spent building the rest of the robot! redeeming features?

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APPLE CHOICE Mac/iOS hardware

Logitech MX Sound
Affordable Bluetooth speakers
Reviewed by Cliff Joseph

£89.99 FROM Logitech, logitech.com FEATuREs 12W (RMS) power


output, Bluetooth 4.1, 2x 3.5mm audio inputs, 3.5mm audio output

ogitech’s new MX mice and


L keyboards have gone down
well here at MacFormat by
providing ingenious features, such as
the ability to quickly switch control
between two separate computers.
The company’s new MX Sound speakers
attempt to provide similar versatility
when you’re listening to music on your
Mac, iPhone or iPad.
The two compact speakers stand just 16cm wired connection. As it
wide and high, so they’ll sit comfortably on stands, it’s a shame no
either side of your Mac without taking up too such port is present, as that
much desk space. They provide Bluetooth for might have allowed the speakers
iOS devices, and can pair with two devices at to support USB Audio input; that’s
once. There are also two 3.5mm connectors increasingly important now that devices
for audio input from a Mac or other wired such as the iPhone and iPad can use their
device, and a headphone connector as well. Lightning-to-USB cable to deliver digital
And, just like the other Logitech MX audio that provides higher quality than
products, the MX Sound enables you to either Bluetooth or a conventional 3.5mm
switch between devices – either Bluetooth wired connection.
or wired – quickly and easily. All you have to
do is pause the audio on one device and then Bass light
start playing a track on the other, and the You’re not going to get hi-fi quality from
MX Sound will automatically detect the new speakers costing £90, but the MX Sound
audio input and switch over for you. does a good job for such a compact little set.
The one thing missing here is a USB port. The speakers produce a warm, full sound
Given the speakers’ compact design, it would with the massed harmonies of Somebody
be handy to power them straight from a USB To Love by Queen, and manage to create
port on a Mac or PC. That would make it even an open, expansive soundstage for the wide
simpler to set them up, especially if you want atmospherics of Enya’s Orinoco Flow.
VERDICT to use them with a laptop that gets moved
from room to room at home. Admittedly, the
The only minor disappointment is the bass
output. To be fair, the little bass port on each
Respectable sound Bluetooth streaming might require mains speaker (which does double duty as a stand)
quality in compact power, but it’d be nice to have the option of adds some body to the mid-bass on pop tracks
and affordable running the speakers off USB for a simple like Blondie’s Rapture, but the small speakers
stereo speakers. do struggle to get down to the deeper,

HHHHH The MX sound does a good electronic bass of Prime Evil by The Orb.
There are bigger and better speakers
Compact 2.0 job for such a compact little around, but if you need just a compact set
speaker system set, coping well with massed of desktop speakers to enhance music and
Good sound quality video on your Mac and mobile devices, the
Only modest bass
harmonies and open, MX Sound will do the trick very nicely,
Lacks USB Audio expansive soundstages without costing the earth.

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Logitech MX Sound APPLE CHOICE

Despite the small price


and small size, the
MX Sound manages
to go surprisingly big
on audio output.

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APPLE CHOICE Mac hardware

Synology DS418play
Easily stream audio and video
£446.18 FROM Synology, synology.com
FEATURES 4 drive bays, 2GB memory (upgradable)

Home network storage


he DS418play player or the popular VLC on
T
and streaming made easy.
is the latest in a your iPhone or iPad, even
line of Synology when iOS doesn’t support encryption for file
network-attached storage the original file format. transmission, and it can be
(NAS) boxes that have The operating system is used as a destination for
been designed to stream easy to set up, allowing you Time Machine backups, as
audio and video to devices to copy video shot on an well as a regular file server.
on your home network. iPhone to the NAS, then Apps available for iPhone
The DS418play is a play it back on other devices and iPad enable you to
VERDICT four-bay NAS that can be on your network. stream audio and video and
A high-capacity configured as a RAID array The DS418play boasts manage files. With the apps
streaming media for speed or protection. a faster processor and a fair added to iOS’s Share sheet,
server that doubles Unlike other Synology NAS bit more memory than its you can share photos and
as a NAS all-rounder. boxes, it transcodes video predecessors; it supports up videos to the NAS box, too.
and audio on the fly, so you to 40TB of storage and can Support for CCTV cameras
HHHHH can store files on its disks transcode two channels of and direct downloads round
Transcodes 4K (not included) and then H.264/HEVC 4K video at out the DS418play’s
video in real time stream them to an app, such the same time. The server comprehensive feature set.
Lots of features as Synology’s own video also supports hardware KEnny HEMpHill

OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock


Power up your Mac’s storage
£300 FROM Other World Computing, macsales.com
FEATURES 5x USB 3.1 (Gen 1), 3.5mm analogue audio in/out,
S/PDIF, FireWire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, SD card reader

his dock for


T expanding your
MacBook Pro
offers an abundance of With 13 ports to choose from, this
ports. Notably, in contrast and CalDigit rivals use dock offers impressive connectivity.
to the Elgato and CalDigit the full-size DisplayPort,
rivals we’ve tried, it has but you may already have a If a dock is the ointment
VERDICT FireWire 800 for legacy Mini DisplayPort adapter for connectivity complaints
A great choice for a devices, and an SD card and a suitable cable from with Thunderbolt-3-
13-inch MacBook Pro reader and optical audio an older Mac. equipped MacBooks, beware
with Thunderbolt 3, output, both of which are This is the best-specced that there is potentially a fly
if you really need omitted from recent Thunderbolt 3 dock we’ve in it, depending on your
five USB-A ports. MacBook Pros. tried for variety and quantity Mac’s screen size. This dock
There’s also a Mini of ports – with an impressive provides only 60W to charge
HHHHH DisplayPort, which may 13 in total. Two of its USB-A your notebook, so a 15-inch
Five USB 3.1 make up for the slightly ports can provide higher model’s battery may drain
(Type A) ports higher cost of this dock – power to an iPad, say, if you under a heavy workload.
Costs a lot of dough the aforementioned Elgato install a driver. AlAn STOnEbRidgE

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iOS hardware APPLE CHOICE

Bowers & The PX is available

Wilkins PX
in black-and-silver
or black-and-gold
colourways.

An impressive first
noise‑cancelling effort
Reviewed by JOn PORteR

£329 FROM Bowers & Wilkins, bowers‑wilkins.co.uk


FeatuRes Active noise cancellation, smart controls,
aptX Bluetooth, 22‑hour battery life, three environment filters

ireless noise-cancelling
There are three
noise‑cancelling W headphones feel like the
pinnacle of private listening
technology. In this regard, the PX
modes to pick headphones are a massive success.
from in the The feature-set is a masterclass in
companion app covering all the bases of a modern pair of
headphones. Charging by USB-C? Check.
The ‘City’ setting is designed to let
through traffic noise, so you can walk the
A non-proprietary 3.5mm jack? Check. streets with improved safety while using
A complete set of physical button controls? the headphones. ‘Office’ lets through higher-
Check. A respectable 22 hours of battery life? frequency voices so colleagues can talk to you.
Check. Bluetooth aptX HD support? Check. Finally, ‘Flight’ is focused on eliminating the
More impressive is the ability of the low rumble of a plane’s engines.
headphones to understand when you’re using We love the functionality of the PX, and
them and when you’re not, turning off simply its noise cancellation easily competes with
by removing them from your head. You can the established players, but its sound quality
even pause them by lifting just one of the doesn’t quite hit the same heights that we’ve
earcups off your head. come to expect. The biggest problem is the
Occasionally the technology can misfire. mids and trebles, which have a fuzziness to
There were a couple of moments when we them that means complex soundstages can
paused our music with the headphones still end up feeling a little squashed.
on our head, only for it to resume playing after Listen to the likes of Radio Protector by
a couple of seconds in confusion, but these 65daysofstatic and when the song really gets
problems were few and far between, and it’s going, the headphones make the sound feel
possible to change the sensitivity of this messier and noisier than it should be. Overall
feature in the PX’s companion app. this leads to a loss of detail that, while not the
worst we’ve experienced, is a step behind
VERDICT Noise-cancelling performance what we hope for at this price point.
We tried the PX on a noisy underground At the bassier end, the cans fair a great
B&W is late to the train during rush hour using their default deal better. Play Freeze Me by Death from
noise‑cancellation (‘Flight’) noise cancellation setting and Above 1979 and its driving bass line is present
party, but it’s been they performed admirably, with a level in spades. It’s tight, it’s punchy, and its given
worth the wait. of cancellation that’s up there with the the space to really hold the song together.
likes of Bose and Sony. It feels odd to complain about the PX’s
HHHHH If you want a more granular level of sound quality, but it’s a sign of just how
Noise cancellation control, there are three noise-cancelling mainstream noise-cancellation technology
Auto‑pause/play modes to choose from in the companion app, has become that at this price we’re able to
USB‑C charging with each designed to cancel and let through expect premium sound quality in addition
Lacking in definition certain frequencies more than others. to everything else the headphones offer.

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APPLE CHOICE iOS hardware

QardioBase 2
Second-gen rechargeable smart scale
£129.99 from Qardio, getqardio.com
features Bluetooth 4, USB to Micro-USB cable for recharging

ardioBase 2 is a
Q connected smart
scale that tracks
your weight, in addition because complete readings The QardioBase2 is easy to set
to body mass index, body take about 12 seconds. up and offers more than just weight
fat percentage, and Green LEDs display readings for up to five users.
other statistics. It’s also your weight and body fat women and users with
rechargeable, and supports percentage, and the app medical device implants,
up to five different users, offers additional stats, and there’s feedback in
VERDICT so the whole family can use such as changes in your the form of icons.
QardioBase 2 the scale to help them reach body’s water, bone, fat and The companion iOS
integrates well into their fitness goals. muscle composition. app walks you through
Apple’s universe and Step on the scale in bare Weights can vary the process of creating a
is simple to use. feet and the QardioBase 2 slightly, and experts don’t Qardio account, as well as
takes measurements and put much stock in the other connecting to your Wi-Fi
HHHHH uploads your results to your measurements these kinds network. There’s also an
Works with Qardio account. Haptic of scales take, so don’t take it Apple Watch app to make
Apple Health feedback lets you know when as gospel. Additional modes it even easier to track your
Slow feedback the scale is done – good are available for pregnant progress. ray aguilera

SanDisk iXpand Base


Charge and back up in a cinch
£105.99 (128GB) from SanDisk, sandisk.co.uk
features 32-256GB storage, iPhone charging base

harging your
C iPhone is a
perfect time to
The iXpand Base
provides a one-stop
way to both charge and
back up precious data. back up your iPhone.
The SanDisk iXpand Base
makes killing two birds
with one stone a snap. A standard SD card with Use iCloud Photo
The base is a four-inch 32, 64, 128 or 256GB comes Library? Then the iXpand

VERDICT puck about an inch thick


with a metal bottom, and a
preinstalled, formatted FAT
for the first, while the larger
Base may not be your best
option. The app has to go
Backup and charge soft rubber top where the capacities opt for exFAT. You through the lengthy process
for your iPhone – iPhone sits. Plug a USB to can swap these out with your of downloading everything
except if you use Lightning cable (which isn’t own SD card. Backups are at full resolution. However, it
iCloud Photo Library. included) into the base, then done from the iXpand Base works well with traditional
tuck it away inside a groove app, which automatically camera rolls. Once backed
HHHHH along the edge. Note: there’s springs into action when up, you can purge content
Charge and no wireless charging or opened. Unfortunately, the to free up device space, then
back up at once backup capability – iXpand app is a little too basic for our view or restore it at any time.
App is too basic only works when plugged in. taste, but it gets the job done. Jr Bookwalter

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Head to head APPLE CHOICE

Water-resistant
portable SSDs

Reviewed by AlAn STOnEbRidgE

Adata CalDigit
SE730H 256GB Tuff 1TB
£139.35 FROM Adata, adata.com £449.99 FROM CalDigit, caldigit.com
FEATURES IP68 dust and waterproof, USB-C port FEATURES IP57 dust and waterproof, USB-C port

Design HHHHH Design HHHHH


This SSD is metallic save for black plastic ends. One end Tuff’s body is metal at its core, but with a removable
pulls out of the body and pivots away to reveal the USB-C bumper that’s available in other colours. Water resistance
port, but our (theoretical, not encountered) concern is a (one metre for 30 minutes) comes from a small plug in the
bump to the cap might pull it out, leaving the port exposed. bumper that fills the cavity where the USB-C port resides.

Portability HHHHH Portability HHHHH


The drive is 7.3x4.4x1.2cm and weighs just 33 grams. At 13.5x9x2.1cm, Tuff is one of the largest external SSDs
Size-wise, that’s in line with other small SSDs we’ve we’ve tried; CalDigit uses the same design for hard drives.
tested, though the weight is even lower than the gorgeous It comes with an optional ‘protective archive box’, which
Samsung T5, our favourite tiny drive, which is 51 grams. also stores both of the bundled USB-A and USB-C cables.

Performance HHHHH Performance HHHHH


Adata’s drive features a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface for better Tuff’s peak rate of 521.8MB/sec when reading is behind
transfer rates on a suitable Mac. The peak rate we got was Adata’s drive, but in every other test its peak and mean
528.2MB/sec when reading, but mean averages were as averages were on par with or better than it. Tuff is as good
much as 74.2MB/sec behind Tuff’s performance. as other (non-RAID) USB 3.1 Gen 2 drives we’ve tested.

Value HHHHH Value HHHHH


This drive looks nice, its body’s ridged form and the feel of This drive also features a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, which is
the material make it comfortable to grip, and the protective great news for recent Macs. On top of the smart design, the
promise – working after an hour in 1.5m of water – are nice tough storage box certainly boosts the protective value,
extras over drives of similar cost and size. But robustness and it’s barely any more costly than other SSDs we’ve seen
makes us nervous; the drive’s fairly easy to disassemble. that lack a dust and water cover, such as Samsung’s T5.

We love this drive’s ridged and grippy body, Tuff may be oversized compared to its rival
but the full-back cap over its USB-C port and here, but the design of its seal and its packaging
its overall build quality inspire less confidence. feel well considered for its protective purpose.

HHHHH VERDICT HHHHH

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APPLe cHoIce Group test

Second-gen
ac routers there’s never been so much
power to help you move data
around your home
reviewed by DAN GRABHAM

Second-gen
AC RouteRs
on TeST…
Asus DsL-AC88u Wireless Modem Router AC3100 £215
D-Link AC3150 ultra Wi-Fi Router DIR-885L £195
Linksys eA8300 tri-band £150
Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 £135
tP-Link Archer C5400 V2 £230
synology Rt2600ac £225

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Wave 2 routers APPLe cHoIce

e’ve looked at a group occurrence. And these devices now How we


W test of 802.11ac routers
previously here in
consume a lot of bandwidth. MU-
MIMO resolves the issue.
tested
First, we recorded
MacFormat, but things move So this latest generation of routers each device’s peak
on and we’ve now got a complete can deliver consistent high speeds to throughput over the
range of routers featuring new all your devices thanks to an extra course of two minutes.
technologies. These ‘second send and receive antenna, additional then we copied a 1tB
generation’ or ‘Wave 2’ 802.11ac channels for newer devices that can use file between two client
Wi-Fi routers feature MU-MIMO – the 5Ghz band, and increased capacity. Macs and timed how
or Multiple User, Multiple Input long the file took to
Multiple Output technology. strong field copy. We repeated
The 802.11n and 802.11ac routers We’ve picked some terrific options this twice and took
we’ve had for the last decade have used from popular Wi-Fi manufacturers, the average time. We
MIMO technology, but they could only and they’re presented for you over the also tested them in
deal with one device at a time. That’s no next few pages. Many of these routers everyday use, and
are very similar in gauged performance
We’re streaming content, games terms of their wireless when we were 20
capability, and that’s metres away with
and more to multiple devices, not surprising numerous walls and
such as Mac and iPad, and these considering they’re obstacles in the way.
devices consume a lot of bandwidth based on the same
wireless standards,
good for the devices and uses we have and in some cases will have the same
now, where streaming content, games wireless chipset inside.
and more to multiple devices, such as It’s an incredibly strong field, that’s
your Mac and iPad, is an everyday for sure. But who will come out on top?
Higher…
Fritz!Box 7590
en.avm.de

things to consider… there are some even


more expensive routers,
believe it or not, like the
a few advanced features to look out for £310 Fritz!Box 7590
which we’re going
USB ports ADSL connection to test next issue!
1 some of our routers come 3 Most of our routers are
with usB ports. With these, you ethernet, meaning they need to
can decide to share a storage drive connect to an ethernet feed. the
across your network. this is really Asus boasts ADsL connectivity,
useful if, for example, you have a too, but that’s not a deal-breaker as
bunch of video files on a usB stick you can get ADsL versions of some
you wish to share to various devices. of the other models here. Most ADsL
It’s also handy for backing up. broadband providers give you a router,
but you can turn off the routing …or lower?
Price capabilities so they’re basically just Linksys Max-Stream
2 Routers vary wildly in price. a modem and then you can connect EA7500
second generation 802.11ac routers up your new super router to that box. backblaze.com/b2
aren’t cheap currently and that’s Amazon’s best-selling
because of the more complex chipset How it looks Mu-MIMo 802.11ac
inside. We recommend shopping 4 this is a bit of a weird one, router is the Linksys
around as prices also fluctuate but routers aren’t designed to be Max-stream eA7500
quite a bit – expect some post- shut in cupboards. they’re designed AC1900 Mu-MIMo
Christmas discounts. to be front and centre in the home. Gigabit Wi-Fi Wireless
so appearance is important – as it Router. It’s not as well
should be for any tech you’re about specced as the routers
to spend a decent wedge of cash on. here, but it’s £120.

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test 1 Feature set test 2 Performance


a look at the basics speed is what it’s about
The feature set of all these routers is In terms of sheer wireless performance,
impressive – there’s not a lot to choose there were two that stood out – the Asus
between them, although the cheaper DSL-AC88U and the TP-Link Archer
Linksys and Netgear don’t have quite C5400 V2. The D-Link AC3150 came in a
the same capacity as their more expensive clear – and very successful – third place in
brethren. But all have the latest 802.11ac our tests. We were really surprised at how
Wave 2 standard and all are rather simple speedy the file copy times were with all our
to set up, even if some of the quick start routers but of course all 802.11ac routers
guides are a little lacking in useful detail. are very proficient at communicating with just a couple of devices.
Moving on, there are several striking designs in this test, It’s with stacks of devices like iPads, HomeKit tech, Apple TV
not least the TP-Link Archer and D-Link. The Asus router is also and more that 802.11ac Wave 2 routers really come into their own
a formidable presence, clearly aimed at gamers after ultimate – particularly if you’re streaming Full HD or 4K video content
performance. The TP-Link is the cleverest design though, with around your home. It’s worth pointing out that the Linksys,
the antennae folding really neatly into the unit. Unfortunately, the Netgear and Synology will still be capable enough for any
remainder of the units here are quite uninspiring designs, even if multi-device home. If you only have a handful of connected
the Linksys does win in the usability stakes with its clear and devices though, it might be worth looking at a more budget
precise display panel and simple-to-use setup app for iOS. option for your 802.11ac connectivity needs.

TeST ReSuLTS TeST ReSuLTS


Asus DsL-AC88u HHHHH Netgear Nighthawk HHHHH Asus DsL-AC88u HHHHH Netgear Nighthawk HHHHH
D-Link AC3150 HHHHH tP-Link Archer HHHHH D-Link AC3150 HHHHH tP-Link Archer HHHHH
Linksys eA8300 HHHHH synology Rt2600ac HHHHH Linksys eA8300 HHHHH synology Rt2600ac HHHHH

test 3 connectivity test 4 Value for money


Wireless and wired connections extras and overall value
All of these routers offer exceptional At these price points, a USB port for
connectivity options. As we’ve mentioned, file or printer sharing is a given and you
the Asus offers the bonus of being able can share network drives, for example,
to connect up to ADSL broadband, with all these routers. The Synology takes
although this is not a deal-breaker as this a step further with an SD card slot
various other 802.11ac routers are available – useful if you have a newer MacBook Pro
with ADSL options. The Asus does also or MacBook which doesn’t have an SD
offer compatibility with the new G.fast card slot (especially considering USB-C
standard, though. For wired connections, you’re looking at a SD card converters are pretty rare).
reasonably standard four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports across In terms of price, the Linksys and Netgear score high – they
all these routers, with an additional WAN Ethernet port for represent excellent value for money when you consider what
connecting to a broadband model. they’re up against here and the fact that some of the others are
In terms of wireless connectivity, there are different speeds on around £100 more. The TP-Link is a fantastic router, for example,
offer; at peak performance we found the Asus and TP-Link are the but is it worth £95 more than the Netgear? You could also question
best performers, with the Netgear, D-Link, Linksys and Synology the price hike for the in-between D-Link. The Asus has a similar
close behind. But you can’t go wrong with any of these options as problem and it comes down to whether you want to pay a
you can see from the consistently high scoring below. premium to get the very best you can get.

TeST ReSuLTS TeST ReSuLTS


Asus DsL-AC88u HHHHH Netgear Nighthawk HHHHH Asus DsL-AC88u HHHHH Netgear Nighthawk HHHHH
D-Link AC3150 HHHHH tP-Link Archer HHHHH D-Link AC3150 HHHHH tP-Link Archer HHHHH
Linksys eA8300 HHHHH synology Rt2600ac HHHHH Linksys eA8300 HHHHH synology Rt2600ac HHHHH

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Wave 2 routers APPLe cHoIce

The Asus DSL-AC88U offers


super performance and
ADSL compatibility, too.

tHE wiNNER alan says…


asus DsL-ac88u In recent years, my
home network’s been
super-powerful wireless performance run by Apple’s 802.11ac
AirPort extreme. I wish
his was a tough decision. Really the best compromise between power and Apple would develop
t tough. These 802.11ac routers are
similar in many ways, but some
price. It smashed our performance tests,
offers super connectivity options (including
that further because,
as routers go, it’s really
clearly offer better performance than others. ADSL) and it will power your wireless easy to manage. these
And that’s why we plumped for the Asus. network for years to come. days, that network is
If you buy this router, you’ll not only get a If the TP-Link had been a little cheaper under a lot of demand,
stunning-looking device, but you can rest it would have been more difficult, but it’s from streaming media
assured that you’ve bought something that’s slightly pricier than the Asus. The Linksys on a smart tV, online
and Netgear are cheaper, games, app updates,
this was a tough decision. really tough. but offer less in terms of and more. It’s a shame,
Many aspects of these 802.11ac Wave 2 performance. For just a little but I have to consider
more, the Asus gives you alternatives that might
routers are very similar everything you could need. do a better job overall.

How
do they
compare?
> THE SPECS > Asus DSL-AC88U > D-Link AC3150 > Linksys EA8300 > Netgear Nighthawk > TP-Link Archer > Synology RT2600ac

PRiCE £215 £195 £150 £135 £230 £225

WEb asus.com/uk dlink.com/uk linksys.com/gb netgear.co.uk uk.tp-link.com synology.com/en-uk


bRoADbAND ADSL and Ethernet Ethernet Ethernet Ethernet Ethernet Ethernet
CoNNECTioN

WiRELESS 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
2.4 and 5Ghz 2.4 and 5Ghz 2.4 and 5Ghz 2.4 and 5Ghz 2.4 and 5Ghz 2.4 and 5Ghz
ANTENNAS 4 4 4 4 8 4
GiGAbiT LAN PoRTS 4 4 4 4 4 4
MAx MbPS iN oUR 158 145 129 103 163 113
THRoUGHPUT TEST
TiME To CoPy 1min 58secs 2mins 10secs 1min 42secs 1min 50secs 1min 56secs 2mins 2secs
A 1Tb fiLE
fEATURE SET HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH
PERfoRMANCE HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH
CoNNECTiviTy HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH

vALUE foR MoNEy HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH

ovERALL HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH HHHHH

Note: The final verdict scores reflect the overall opinion of a product and are not necessarily an average of the criteria listed in the table.

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APPLE CHOICE Mac software

Photolemur
AI-powered photo editor
$30 (about £23) FROM Photolemur, photolemur.com
NEEDS OS X 10.11 or later

hotolemur takes
P an unusual
approach to photo Use the slider to preview
editing, placing artificial the before and after results.
intelligence and automatic
image analysis front and slider that controls the level image too far in our tests,
centre. It uses them to look of the whole effect from 0 to and using the single variable
at the different parts of a 100%. You can start again if slider means you can apply a
picture and then apply 12 you’re not happy, or easily more subtle effect if you like.
‘smart technologies’ to adjust export if you are. Photolemur works well,
VERDICT various characteristics. Anyone familiar with replicating the kinds of
A simple-to-use app It’s very straightforward: image editing will recognise changes an experienced
that gives surprisingly load up one or more pics and the collection of processes editor might make, though
good results when the software performs its being applied: colour, detail, perhaps inevitably without
punching up photos. analysis. Use the before/after exposure, contrast, dehazing the small touches that a more
slider to see what changes it and noise reduction, among detailed eye would pick out.
HHHHH has made. You don’t get others. The end result is a Nonetheless, it’s good for
Very easy to use control over the individual punchier and more vivid applying quick fixes to your
Little manual control processes, but you do get a image. It never pushed the photos. HOlliN JONES

Carbon Copy
Cloner 5
Easily create bootable clones
£31.10 FROM Bombich Software, bombich.com
NEEDS OS X 10.10 or later

reating a bootable
C
The yellow tip boxes can be useful,
clone of your even if they are a bit difficult to read.
startup disk
can get you out of sticky you through restoring files are scheduled. Tasks can
situations if, for example, when you start your Mac also be organised in groups.
you want to perform a from a cloned backup. The Aside from its utility,
clean install of macOS. new Cloning Coach watches perhaps the best thing about
VERDICT Carbon Copy Cloner does in the background as you the app is its logical interface,
Cloning your Mac or more than create bootable configure tasks, alerts you although there is still room
backing up specific clones, but that remains its to potential problems, and to improve. Sometimes tips
folders has never core function. And if you’re advises on avoiding them. spill off the screen’s edge,
been easier. using High Sierra, version 5 Other new features are and on Macs with small
supports that system and its focused on managing tasks. displays, the window can’t
HHHHH new file system, APFS. The Outlook view displays be made small enough to see
Supports APFS This release has a guided tasks in calendar form that them, so you have to drag it
Backup scheduling restore function that walks makes it easy to see which around. KENNy HEMpHill

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Mac software APPLE CHOICE

Edits remain live across all


devices. Start working on one
device, finish on another.

Lightroom CC
Lightroom moves to the cloud as part of a radical overhaul
£9.98 per month for Lightroom CC and 1TB cloud storage/£9.98 per month for Photography Plan with Lightroom CC,
Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC and 20GB cloud storage FROM Adobe, adobe.co.uk needs OS X 10.11 or later

ightroom has been popular with across devices, and to this end the Lightroom
L pro photographers for many
years thanks to its cataloguing
app for iOS has been completely overhauled
as well, with near feature parity with the Mac
and editing abilities. The desktop version, and Windows apps. Uploading to the cloud is
now called Lightroom Classic CC, is still automatic, so all your devices and edits are
available and little changed from the previous available on every device.
version. Co-existing alongside it, however,
Adobe has released a new, cloud-focused app Keep it clean
called Lightroom CC. Although it has many of All versions now have a stripped-back
the core features of the ‘old’ Lightroom, it’s interface with editing and correction tools
been given the ‘prosumer’ treatment, with sliding in from various panels. The tools are
more advanced tools removed and more focus still very good for cropping, tonal and colour
on automatically doing things for you. adjustments and more. While they do go
The biggest change is that Lightroom now beyond the (much improved) tools in Apple’s
VERDICT insists on uploading your originals and edits Photos Mac app, many of the more detailed
An impressive to the cloud, with storage space based on your tool options are now missing, which will
cloud-focused app; subscription tier. There is an option to also trouble professionals.
advanced users may store originals locally, but not to ignore the For hobbyists and home users this is less of
find it a little lacking. cloud. So at best you’re keeping one copy on an issue, and you can still achieve remarkable
your Mac and another online. edits and improvements to pictures as well
HHHHH This is good for backup, but professionals as creating albums, adding tags and sharing
Great interface who regularly shoot hundreds of gigabytes much more easily across all your devices.
Cross-device editing of raw images in a month are quickly going More advanced users, however, will want
Lacks advanced tools to have to pay to upgrade their storage. This to see more flexibility and fine-grained tools
Limited storage change is mostly aimed at letting you work return in future updates. HOllin JOnes

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APPLE CHOICE iOS software

Kaleidoscope 2
Spot the difference
£19.99 FROM Black Pixel, kaleidoscopeapp.com
NEEDS iOS 11 or later

his is a file-
T comparison app
with a razor- Kaleidoscope operates well when
sharp focus, geared working on a couple of text files.
towards productivity.
It’s the kind of thing you’d an A/B switch, a two-up almost instantly. Open a
expect on a Mac, not an iPad. scrolling view, a split view couple of web archives and
Throw plain text, Word with a slide bar – and all do the app appears to seize up.
docs, or HTML or other code the job. But the A/B view has You’ll have more success if
at it and you can quickly spot small buttons and the split you reduce folders to a dozen
VERDICT differences in a two-up or view slider handles work items each, but even then
A solid but unified view. The app also independently, so you can’t importing can take a while.
occasionally flawed supports Split View, which swipe back and forth across There’s ambition here,
app for comparing is just as well, given that it the image with a finger. not only regarding the app
files on iPad. lacks the Mac version’s text When it comes to folders, but also the iPad. Just be
merge feature. importing appears to be an aware of its limitations,
HHHHH With images, everything issue. Drop a couple of text and put it through its paces
Text comparisons suddenly feels fiddly. You get files on Kaleidoscope and during the two-week free
Image controls irk a number of viewing options: you’re comparing them trial. CRaig gRaNNEll

Total War —
Alexander
World domination is never easy
£4.99 FROM Feral Interactive, feralinteractive.com
NEEDS iOS 10.2 or later

his game puts you


T
March across the world map
in the sandals of to find enemies to fight with.
Alexander the
not-yet-Great, and asks action – real-time battles in 100-turn limit and its
you to conquer the known which you control individual associated need to keep
world within a time limit. regiments and generals. attacking makes the game
Apart from the constant The interface has been ideally suited to flights and
fear of running out of time, intelligently designed for a toddler naps. Conflicts are
VERDICT little else has changed since touchscreen, but without the suitably epic: seeing so many
A classic series in a the series’ previous iPad responsiveness of mouse units fighting at once is a fine
classical setting, but release. Manoeuvre armies control, and a view that display of iPad power, while
it’s just way too hard. and recruit new units to gain doesn’t zoom out far enough, custom and one-off battles
strategic advantage. Bump your micromanagement can add longevity. Sadly, the
HHHHH into an opposing army, or lay become a stop-start affair. learning curve is likely
Huge real-time battles siege to a city, and you’ll be It’s rather difficult too, to put off many people.
Frustratingly difficult dropped into the meat of the and that’s a shame. The iaN EvENDEN

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iOS software APPLE CHOICE

(Left) Any brush can be used in Smudge mode


to move or blend colours on the canvas.
(Above) Layer masks let you paint out areas

Procreate 4
of a layer without deleting the content.

Amazing art app gets even better


£9.99 FROM Savage Interactive, procreate.art NEEDS iOS 11.1 or later

There’s a clever rocreate is aimed squarely but there’s no way to edit individual strokes 

use of gestures, P at artists – whether dabblers


or full-time professionals – both
or effects later, or change the resolution of 
a canvas. Still, this suits the app’s painterly 
so you can find for finished artwork and visualisation,
where a scene or character is roughed
approach, which is enhanced by a new set of 
wet painting brushes. These feel convincingly 
extra settings out. So you can get results quickly, but you  real and interact satisfyingly with any colour 
with a swipe also have the depth and precision to produce 
polished work if you wish.
on the canvas. There’s also a Smudge mode 
that makes any brush act as if it’s being 
This is a big update. The neat interface is  dragged over wet paint.
more streamlined than ever, with everything 
clearly and logically laid out in drop-down  Stylus support
panels accessed from the top toolbar, making  An iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil is the ideal 
it easy to switch colours and brushes. The app’s  setup: both pressure and tilt are supported, 
developer has also made clever use of gestures,  and you get detailed control over how brushes 
so you can find extra settings with a swipe,  (which include pencils, pens, and airbrushes) 
not unlike using keyboard shortcuts. respond. For other iPads, many Pogo, Jot and 
In the Layers panel, for example, swiping  Wacom active styluses are also supported. 
a layer to the left reveals options to duplicate,  Even with a basic rubber stylus (or your finger) 
VERDICT lock or delete it. Tapping the selected layer  you can get impressive results moving paint 
Procreate is a pops up a contextual menu with more  around to make textures and backgrounds.
serious creative tool. advanced commands, including the new  On a first-generation iPad Pro, Procreate’s 
At £9.99 all-in, ability to add a layer mask. You edit this using  new 64-bit graphics engine, using iOS’s Metal 
it’s great value. any of the brushes, painting areas dark to hide  API, ensures it almost always keeps up 
the contents of the layer. This does need to be  smoothly with your strokes when working 
HHHHH more sophisticated, but it provides another  at the screen’s native 2048x1536 resolution, or 
Responsive means of non-destructive editing. even higher. Inevitably, you see some lag on 
Wet paints That’s one respect in which Procreate still  slower iPads, but rival painting app ArtRage 
Easy to use feels a little lacking overall. You can undo  struggles even on iPad Pro with canvases 
Strokes and effects with a two-finger tap, or hold your fingers  large enough for professional work.  
not editable later down to wind back as many steps as you want,  ADAM BANkS

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Ever since the famous Bondi Blue iMac
Your complete guide to the best Apple debuted in August 1998, Apple’s all-in-one
desktop computer has been setting standards
hardware and third-party accessories in gorgeous design and powerful performance.
Apple’s innovation was as clear back then as it
elcome to MacFormat’s So be sure to check our handy tables is today – the iMac was the first Macintosh to
W Store Guide, the place
to go to find out about all
to see which Mac, iPad or iPhone is
best for you.
drop the floppy disk in favour of USB, and its
colourful aesthetic set it apart as a playful
the Apple kit that matters, whether We’ve also handpicked the gold pretender in a world of staid beige boxes.
you’re looking for your next iPhone standard in audio, storage, cameras, Today, Apple is again pushing boundaries
or a powerful new desktop Mac. and many other categories, helping with the iMac, blessing all of its 27-inch models
We’ve highlighted the model of you complement your Mac or iOS
with a massive 5K (5120x2880) resolution and
each product that’s ideally suited to device with the best accessories.
a wide P3 colour gamut. Add in Intel Core i5
your needs, whether you’re a recent All of these third-party devices have
convert or a seasoned Apple user. been reviewed in the magazine. and i7 CPUs (configurable from 3.4GHz up to
4.2GHz), a fast and capacious Fusion Drive, and
powerful AMD Radeon RX graphics processors,
and the 27-inch iMac is the desktop system to
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2018 coming to all but the entry-level model, newer
Intel CPUs, brighter Retina displays and more
Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Choose an iMac
Model Key specifications price

Mac mini 21.5-inch MEMORY 8GB of 2400MHz ddr4 £1,249


EnTRy LEVEL

From
3.0GHz GRaphics aMd radeon pro 555
£479
quad-core sTORaGE 1tB (5,400rpm) hard drive
intel core i5 DispLaY retina 4K (ips, p3 gamut)
An update in 2014 brought a £100 Higher-end models come with 1TB of aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
price drop to the most affordable storage included (Fusion Drive and 27-inch MEMORY 16GB of 2400MHz ddr4 £1,929
UPGRADER

Mac, but rises in late 2016 added SSD options are available), 8GB of 3.4GHz GRaphics aMd radeon pro 570
£80 back on. The mini comes with memory, a better graphics processor quad-core sTORaGE 1tB fusion drive
intel core i5 DispLaY retina 5K (ips, p3 gamut)
some interesting talking points: the and either a 2.6GHz or 2.8GHz Intel aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
entry-level model has a 1.4GHz dual- Core i5 for £679 and £949. Those
27-inch MEMORY 16GB of 2400MHz ddr4 £2,609
HIGH EnD

core Intel Core i5 CPU and 4GB of models can be upgraded to a Core 4.2GHz GRaphics aMd radeon pro 580
memory, making it one of the lowest- i7, but there aren’t any quad-core quad-core sTORaGE 2tB fusion drive
spec Macs around, with a 500GB options available at the moment. intel core i7 DispLaY retina 5K (ips, p3 gamut)
aLsO Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard
hard drive and no display. Expect updates in 2018.

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Apple tips
MacBook MacBook Pro From Stormfront, your
local Apple experts
The baby of Apple’s laptop family, Apple debuted the new MacBook Pro
the MacBook was updated at WWDC in October 2016 with an OLED strip of Split screen
2017 to get Intel Kaby Lake processors app-specific controls called the Touch In iOS 11, Apple updated the way
and faster SSDs. Weighing in at just Bar. The Force Touch trackpad was made compatible iPads handle multiple
0.92kg, it’s Apple’s most lightweight larger to give more room for gestures, apps simultaneously. The most
laptop but still packs in a 226ppi pixel and the keyboard was also updated to useful of these is arguably split
density in its 12-inch Retina display. have a second-generation version of the screen. With this facility, you can
The MacBook is powered by an Intel butterfly keys from the 12-inch MacBook. have two apps open on screen,
Core M processor (configurable to Core The MacBook Pro range then got a provided the apps support it.
i5 or i7), which doesn’t require a fan to further boost at WWDC 2017, when both Open your first app, and then
keep cool, so the MacBook runs silently. the 13-inch and 15-inch models had their quickly swipe up from the bottom
It also features a Force Touch trackpad, processors updated to Intel’s Kaby Lake of the screen to show the dock.
which can trigger different responses models. The larger of the two also had Tap and hold the icon for the
as you apply more pressure. All models its graphics card upgraded to give more second app then drag this to the
of the MacBook come loaded with 8GB powerful Radeon Pro options. left or right of the screen and
of 1866MHz memory, which can be you get two or four Thunderbolt 3 release. If done correctly there
boosted to 16GB, and Intel HD Graphics ports (depending on the model), which should be a dark grey line down
615 – an upgrade from the previous HD are also compatible with USB-C devices, the screen; you can then drag
Graphics 515 – and there are 256GB or and through which you can charge the this line from left to right to
512GB flash storage options. There are MacBook Pro. The 13-inch and 15-inch arrange the windows.
four colour options: Silver, Space Grey, sizes remain, although the entry-level you can also drag and drop
Gold, and Rose Gold. 13-inch lacks a Touch Bar. text and images from one app to
another, such as Safari to Mail.
If the second app floats over the
Choose a MacBook Choose a MacBook Pro first, this is called Slide Over. To
get the apps in split screen, drag
Model Key specifications price Model Key specifications price down from the top of the floating
12-inch 1.2GHz MEMORY 8GB of £1,249 13-inch MEMORY 8GB of £1,449 app until you see the split screen
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dual-core 1866MHz lpddr3 2.3GHz 2133MHz lpddr3


divider appear.
intel core m3 GRaphics intel Hd dual-core Gpu intel iris plus 640
Graphics 615 intel core i5 sTORaGE 256GB ssd
sTORaGE 256GB ssd Touch Bar no

12-inch 1.3GHz MEMORY 8GB of £1,549 13-inch MEMORY 8GB of £1,749


UPGRADER

UPGRADER

dual-core 1866MHz lpddr3 3.1GHz 2133MHz lpddr3


intel core i5 GRaphics intel Hd dual-core Gpu intel iris 650
Graphics 615 intel core i5 sTORaGE 256GB ssd
sTORaGE 512GB ssd Touch Bar yes

12-inch 1.4GHz MEMORY 16GB of £1,864 15-inch MEMORY 16GB of £2,349


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dual-core 1866MHz lpddr3 2.8GHz 2133MHz lpddr3


intel core i7 GRaphics intel Hd quad-core Gpu radeon pro 555
Graphics 615 intel core i7 sTORaGE 256GB ssd Ellie Otley, Darryl Elkins
sTORaGE 512GB ssd Touch Bar yes
Stormfront.co.uk

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iPhone iPad iPad Pro From


£619

Apple always had to do something big Apple shifted the iPad range around in The iPad Pro comes in 10.5-inch and
for the iPhone’s tenth birthday, and it’s March 2017, replacing the iPad Air 2 with 12.9-inch sizes, packed with either 64GB,
done that with the iPhone X. Sporting a a 9.7-inch model simply called ‘iPad’. The 256GB or 512GB of storage. All models
glass back to allow wireless charging and entire Air range has been phased out, are available with the option of mobile
a gorgeous edge-to-edge, OLED, Super but the iPad mini 4 is still available. network connectivity. The Pro’s A10X
Retina display measuring 5.8 inches The 9.7-inch iPad features an A9 CPU chip is the most powerful in any iOS
across, it’s big news all over. and M9 motion coprocessor, and comes device, and it has an impressive four-
Its better cameras don’t just mean in 32GB and 128GB storage flavours. The speaker sound system, too. Adding the
great photos – they allow for Face ID, Retina display has been made brighter pressure-sensitive Apple Pencil and
the face-scanning technology that is the compared to the Air 2, but the new iPad 120Hz refresh rate makes it a smooth,
latest, safest way to unlock your phone is slightly thicker and heavier. It’s also accomplished drawing tool.
(goodbye Touch ID and Home button). got an 8MP rear camera and a 1.2MP
But don’t let the new kid on the block front-facing camera.
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lATE 2018
They get wireless charging too, plus for productivity. you can slide a second
revamped cameras, a new A11 Bionic app over the right side of the one you’re
chip, and new augmented reality tech. working in, then dismiss it to get back to
All new models come in 64GB and
256GB capacities. The pricing for the
iPhone 8 starts at £699, the 8 Plus at
work. Picture in Picture enables you to
watch video in a corner of the screen.
There’s also Split View, which lets you
Watch
£799 and the iPhone X at £999. work on two apps side by side. From £329 (Series 3)
The Watch is Apple’s quiet revolution,
and it’s now the number one watch in
Choose an iPhone Choose an iPad the world. Series 3 is meant to cement
that status quo.
Model Key specifications price Model Key specifications price To achieve that, Series 3 lets you
iphone se capaciTY: 128GB £449 7.9-inch capaciTY 128GB £419 make and receive calls from your wrist
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(4-inch pROcEssOR: a9 ipad mini 4 pROcEssOR a8


for the first time – the sci-fi dream is
display) FacE iD no cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi
caMERa 12Mp photos, caMERa 8Mp now a reality. you can also stream Apple
4K video recording TOuch iD yes Music to the device, giving you one more
iphone 8 capaciTY: 64GB £699 9.7-inch ipad capaciTY 128GB £429 reason to leave your phone at home.
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(4.7-inch pROcEssOR: a11 Bionic pROcEssOR a9 Performance-wise, the processor has


display) FacE iD no cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi seen a 70% speed boost, and the new
caMERa 12Mp photos caMERa 8Mp
(dual-camera), 4K video TOuch iD yes W2 wireless chip is far faster and more
power efficient. All that, yet the case is
iphone X capaciTY: 64GB £999 12.9-inch capaciTY 256GB £919
HIGH EnD

HIGH EnD

(5.8-inch pROcEssOR: a11 Bionic ipad pro pROcEssOR a10X


still the same slimline size.
display) FacE iD yes cONNEcTiViTY Wi-fi Apple is introducing new colours
caMERa 12Mp photos caMERa 12Mp and bands, plus a new dark grey colour
(dual-camera), 4K video TOuch iD yes
for the high-end ceramic model.

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Accessories STORE GUIDE

bEst buys… Curated picks of third-party kit


MOnITOR ULTRA HD MOnITOR EXTERnAL SSD
Viewsonic Vp2772 philips 328p6VJEB Freecom mssD MaXX 512GB
£702 viewsonic.com £551 philips.co.uk £247 freecom.com

If you’re not fussed about 4K but still We love this display. At 32 inches This drive is the fastest portable SSD
want exceptional image quality, this IPS diagonally it’s big enough to make its we’ve ever tested. Freecom claims its
display is truly superb. It offers 99% 4K resolution worthwhile, and its colour write speeds can reach 700MB/sec, but
coverage of the Adobe RGB colour space, rendering is excellent – 100% of sRGB, in our tests it blazed past that to reach
10-bit colour and a 2560x1440-pixel 93% of Adobe RGB and 97% of the P3 713.8MB/sec write speeds and 907.3MB/
resolution. It has HDMI 1.4, DVI and Mini gamut that Apple’s new MacBook Pro sec read speeds, thanks to its USB 3.1
DisplayPort connections, and four USB uses. It’s big, bold, beautiful and superb Gen 2 capability. It’s costly, but worth
3.0 ports for expansion. for productivity and colour work alike. it if you feel the need for speed.

nETWORK STORAGE WIRELESS ROUTER THUnDERBOLT DOCK


nEW!
Drobo 5D3 asus DsL-ac88u ac3100 calDigit Thunderbolt station 3
£601 drobo.co.uk £210 asus.com/uk £269 caldigit.com/uk

The winner of
MF317’s head-to-head
review introduces a
whole new level of
With two blazing fast Thunderbolt 3 This router has an awful lot going for it. connectivity to your
ports and a 5Gbps USB-C port to boot, the The winner of issue 321’s group test, the Mac. Equipped with
Drobo 5D3 can provide you with rapid file Asus scored an impressive five stars in two Thunderbolt 3
transfers to and from your Mac. you can three out of four categories. It performed ports for blazingly fast
load it up with up to five HDDs or SSDs of brilliantly in our tests, has excellent file transfers, plus many more ports, you
differing capacities, giving you plenty of connectivity (with both Ethernet and won’t be lacking options to hook up your
flexibility for storage options. It’s pricey, ADSL options), and it looks great too. It devices. And it can even charge the latest
but a worthy investment. will keep your network powered for years. 15-inch MacBook Pro.

PRInTER IP CAMERA MACBOOK BAG


Epson EcoTank ET-2600 Netatmo presence sTM Kings
£179 epson.co.uk £190 netatmo.com £98 stmgoods.com

The netatmo your MacBook


Presence is an needs protection,
impressive outdoor and the STM Kings
security camera. Set backpack is the best
The Eco-Tank ET-2600 has a fairly high in a sturdy housing, way to guarantee
cost, but its innovative cartridge-free it’s built to defy the that. Winner of this
design will save you a ton of money elements. It has a built- month’s group test, it
in the long run. It’s got a scanner and in floodlight to deter cleverly suspends
copier, plus Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. intruders, and a 100° field of view your MacBook away from the floor to
Replacement inks are cheap, working out recorded in 1080p. There’s also an SD prevent bumps. With loads of storage,
at a mere 0.2p per page for mono text, card included, making it easy to store comfortable straps and a snazzy design,
and just 0.35p per page for colour. and access your footage. it’s a great all-rounder.

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DESKTOP SPEAKER PORTABLE SPEAKER HIGH-RES AUDIO PLAyER
Kef Egg Libratone Zipp pioneer XDp-30R
£350 kef.com £224 libratone.com £348 pioneer-audiovisual.eu

With rich, warm Want a multiroom Love music as much


sound that works audio system in your as we do? Then you’ll
with pretty much any home? This little speaker want to get your mitts
genre, the KEF Egg is your best option, on one of these. It
speakers are ideal hands down. It cleaned plays high-res audio
partners for your up in issue 309’s group files, and absolutely
Mac. They support test, scoring five stars blows MP3 files out of
high-quality aptX in every test category. the water. One listen
Bluetooth too, making them perfect for From top-notch sound to tons of great will change the way you hear your audio
wireless playback. Quirky design, solid features, the Zipp is a superb choice. It tracks and, unlike other high-res audio
build quality and support for external even boasts AirPlay for great integration players, it’s reasonably priced. It really
subwoofers makes them a great choice. with Macs and iOS devices. will rock your world.

In-EAR HEADPHOnES PORTABLE BATTERy PACK ACTIOn CAMERA


pioneer Rayz plus apple iphone 7 smart Gopro hero5 Black
£149 pioneerrayz.com Battery case £99 apple.com/uk £400 gopro.com

If you own an iPhone Despite that silly- We looked at


7, you’ll know the looking hump on its GoPro’s Hero5
struggle of trying to back, the official battery action cam back
listen to music and case for the iPhone 7 is in issue 311, and
charge your phone at rather impressive. It’s it coloured us
the same time. These easy to fit, the buttons impressed. GoPro
in-ear Lightning feel great, and the soft improved its cam’s
headphones solve inner lining protects usability, and its a
that, thanks to their built-in charging against scratches. It isn’t the largest cinch to get started with the Hero5 Black.
port. They’ve also got great audio quality, capacity case, yet it has more than Add in superb 4K video quality plus a
excellent noise cancellation and will pause enough juice for busy days, and the great range of shooting options and
your tunes when removed from your ears. bump is surprisingly comfy. you’ve got a hugely powerful camera.

DASH CAM MICROPHOnE FITnESS SMARTWATCH


Transcend Drivepro 230 Blue Microphones Raspberry Garmin Vivoactive hR
£150 transcend-info.com £164 bluemic.com £240 garmin.com

Dash cams help Don’t be fooled by this Packed full of


record what happens mic’s small form factor; tracking features
when you drive – useful it punches hugely above for a host of sports,
if you’re in an RTC. If its weight. Its close-up and filled with
you’re in the market sound is intimate and genuinely insightful
for one, this cam is bassy, and brings out metrics, this is a
one of the best. the best in any voice. fitness smartwatch
Packed with Wi-Fi, no matter whether for nearly any
GPS logging, Full HD video and a night you’re recording an interview, creating occasion. Its battery will last you days,
view as well, you get an awful lot for your a podcast or just jamming with your perfect for the odd weekend hiking trip.
money. There’s even a free 16GB memory band, its clarity and depth makes it With all this, it’s not hard to see why it
card included in the box. easy to recommend. won MF308’s group test.

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Software STORE GUIDE

bEst buys… Curated picks of third-party apps


PHOTO EDITOR (MAC) VIDEO EDITOR (MAC) WEB DESIGn APP (MAC)
affinity photo Final cut pro X 10.3 RapidWeaver 7
£48.99 serif.com £299.99 apple.com/uk £79 realmacsoftware.com

It’s hard not to love Apple’s Final Cut Pro Ever since Apple
Affinity Photo. Whether has always been a good stopped updating iWeb,
you’re fancy yourself option for video editors, Mac users have been
a seasoned pro or a but the latest version searching for the ideal
photo novice, you will makes it even better. replacement. Well look
find it powerful and It introduces ‘roles’, no further – it’s
easy to use. Its interface has the perfect which can be colour-coded to make your RapidWeaver. Don’t know code? no
blend of ease of use and quick access to timeline’s components easier to navigate, worries, RapidWeaver lets you design
powerful features, and its useful batch something that’s further boosted by the visually if you want to. you can build any
processing is a great addition. An app streamlined interface. It supports the type of page and publish to any type of
that packs both power and practicality Touch Bar, too, plus wide colour on the platform, and extend its functions with
for less than £50? We’re in! new MacBook Pro. thousands of addons.

WRITInG APP (MAC) UTILITy (MAC) MUSIC-MAKInG APP (MAC)


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scrivener carbon copy cloner 5 djay pro
About £35 literatureandlatte.com £31.10 bombich.com £48.99 algoriddim.com

Different people often When disaster strikes When it comes to


need different things and your hard drive making music on your
from a writing app, fails, having a backup Mac, djay Pro is our
but Scrivener handles can be a lifesaver. This favourite app by far. It
so many things app makes creating and comes with everything
expertly. The winner restoring from backups you need to make
of MF319’s group test has templates for an absolute breeze. It comes with a helpful amazing professional music, from
scripts, short stories, novels and much guided restore feature, plus a Cloning coloured waveforms to a four-deck view
more, allowing you to quickly get stuck Coach that monitors what you do and and even true-to-life grooves on the
in. That means it’s great value for looks out for potential problems. If you’re virtual records. It integrates neatly with
money given its unrivalled flexibility. looking to clone or back up your hard Spotify, and its MacBook Pro Touch Bar
It’s the writer’s writing tool. drive, this is the app you need. integration is very handy.

STREAMInG SERVICE (MAC/iOS) PRODUCTIVITy APP (MAC/iOS) EMAIL MAnAGER (MAC/iOS)


spotify Fantastical 2 spark
Free, £9.99 per month (Premium) £38.99 (Mac), £2.99 (iPhone) Free
spotify.com flexibits.com sparkmailapp.com
Despite strong If you find your Feeling inbox anxiety?
competition from the calendar and reminders The solution could be
likes of Tidal, Apple are getting out of Spark, a free email app
Music and Amazon, control, Fantastical is for Mac and iOS. It’s
Spotify is our top music- the app for you. It centred on a ‘smart
streaming choice. It hits supports natural inbox’, which prioritises
all the right notes, from its fair price to its language entry, so that you can enter your emails based on importance – no
curated playlists. Its library is one of the events and reminders as you would speak more losing that vital work email among
largest on the market, and its interface is and Fantastical will get to work. It’s got a a sea of spam. you can snooze emails
simple and straightforward to use. And, nifty menu bar window, plus a great and be reminded of them later, and
unlike Apple Music and Tidal, it has a free interface, clever calendar management search via natural language too. And
tier as well. and a powerful iOS app to boot. to top it all off, it’s free.

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Share your images with us by using the
hashtag #MacFormat and we’ll print the
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@MacFormatUK (Instagram).

Winter blues?
Here’s a reminder of summer
BY kiku77777

Forget cold wintery thoughts


and think warm, sunny days
and beaches! Thank you to
Kiku77777 (who also sent us
an iMac shot in our August
issue, #315) for reminding us
that despite the days closing
in fast, we can look ahead
to sunsets on the beach.
This shot was taken at Bude,
and the composition is great.
The ripples on the water add
texture, and the sea defence
uprights lead your eye to that
amazing skyline. Cracking shot.

Share your pics with us using


the hashtag #MacFormat on
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we’ll pick our favourite
to feature on this page.

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2 Follow @macFormatUK (of course).
3 Take a picture of, or with, your Apple kit.
4 Share it on Instagram or Twitter.
5 Use the hashtag #MacFormat.
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8 repeat.

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Apple storage history
From the humble floppy to the latest Fusion Drive
Written by Graham Barlow

T
he way we store data has changed radically June 1977
from the early days of home computing to the
1977
Apple launches The first
modern era. From early data cassette storage on the Apple II, which floppy disk
the Apple II in 1977 to the solid-state drive of the latest initially had an audio Floppy disks
MacBook Pro, storage has gone through something of a cassette interface for offered computer
physical and price revolution. Here we track the changes. storing data. Apple users data storage
recommended using in the guise of thin,
January 1984 the Panasonic RQ309 flexible magnetic units
The original in some of its early enclosed in rectangular
Macintosh 128K had documentation. plastic cases. They
The CD-ROM a 3.5-inch internal
floppy drive.
were developed in the
late 1960s and became
revolution It contained the ubiquitous for personal
The original (Bondi 1987 onwards
disk-based MacOS 1987 computers before
Blue) iMac from 1998 Apple started
system, but could be being superseded
was groundbreaking introducing built-in
safely ejected once by higher-capacity
because it dropped the hard drives with the
the computer was USB flash drives and
floppy drive in favour of Macintosh SE range.
turned on, so you CD-ROM discs. The
a USB port, but it was Hard-drive equipped
could use the drive popular 1.44MB High
the iMac SE, called the models had a 20MB New York Apple Store
for other things. Density floppy disk was
‘Flower Power’ iMac, SCSI hard disk. Of introduced in 1987.
from early 2001 that course, it was possible
October 1991 Floppy disks commonly
had the capability to to attach them
Apple released the came in 8-inch, 5.25-inch,
burn its own CDs with externally before that. and 3.5-inch sizes.
PowerBook 140 (as
a 24x/8x/4x CD-RW
well as two other
drive. The 24x was the
models) with 20 to
read speed, the 8x was 2006
80MB hard drives. June 2007
the CD-R write speed
As well as breaking
and the 4x was the
February 2008 new ground in smart-
rewrite speed. CD-R
While you could plug phones, the iPhone
discs were now cheap
enough for people
a hard drive into an started Apple’s love The Zip disk
Airport Extreme, Time affair with flash The Zip drive was
to afford, and CD-RW
Capsule in 2008 was storage. Fast solid- introduced by Iomega
discs, which could be
Apple’s first network state drives later in 1994. It proved really
rewritten, were also
storage device, found their way into popular because it
affordable as storage,
enabling you to back the MacBook range. offered a disk capacity
although not as reliable
up your Mac to a hard of 100MB – perfectly
for backing up as a hard
drive over Wi-Fi. filling a niche market
drive. CD-Rs could
October 2010 for more storage than
easily be scratched, like 2011
October 2012 The super-slim a standard floppy
regular CD-ROM discs.
Introduced on the MacBook Air was provided. Capacities
The iMac SE brought CD 2012 iMac and Mac Apple’s poster child for reached 750MB but,
burning to the masses with by the early 2000s, the
mini, a Fusion drive an SSD in a laptop. The
a built-in CD-RW drive.
is Apple’s name for MacBook Air option Zip disks’ time was up.
a hybrid drive that with a 64GB SSD drive Zip disks were perfect for
combines an SSD of was expensive, but fast. passing files around the office.
24GB or more with Apple went on to
a hard disk drive introduce flash storage
and presents it as a to the MacBook Pro
one combined unit. and MacBook range.

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