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It’s been quite a year in terms of Apple tech – new iPads, new Macs and a greater array of iPhones than ever before. So where do you even start with them? Do you favour a bigger screen? Does it need Face ID? And even if you do know which model is right for you, is it better to get it on a tariff or does it make more financial sense to buy it outright? So many questions, but we’ve put together the Ultimate iPhone Buyer’s Guide to answer these and more. So if you’re thinking of buying an iPhone but don’t have a clue where to start, check out our advice, starting on page 14. Also in this issue, with it being Christmas and all, we thought it highly topical to show you how effective Macs and iOS devices can be for managing your finances, as these often get overlooked in the throws of last-minute shopping, plus we show you how you can start burning off all of that seasonal excess by training for a 10K run using your Apple Watch. We hope you enjoy the issue and have a very Apple Christmas!

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#Trending Apple’s all-new Mac lineup Brand new ‘low-end’ Macs complete Apple’s stunning laptop and desktop

Apple’s all-new Mac lineup

Brand new ‘low-end’ Macs complete Apple’s stunning laptop and desktop collection

With all-flash storage and faster performance and memory, new Mac mini rips through traditional desktop
With all-flash storage and faster performance and
memory, new Mac mini rips through traditional
desktop tasks and tackles pro workflows with ease
desktop tasks and tackles pro workflows with ease Three new iPhones. Two new iPads. And now

Three new iPhones. Two new iPads. And now two new Macs. They know how to treat us just before Christmas, don’t they? It’s been a hectic few months in the world of Apple, and finally we have updates to two of its most loved products: the MacBook Air and Mac mini. It’s hard to put into words just how much love there is for these two Macs. For years, the MacBook Air was the laptop to have. Its design revolutionised the laptop world, its performance was more than acceptable for anyone other than a professional videographer and it was priced well by Apple. The Mac mini, Apple’s entry-level desktop machine, hadn’t been updated in four years, and

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now it’s back and five-times quicker. Apple promised us it hadn’t forgotten about these two marvels, but has it been worth the wait? Let’s delve deeper into the updates to find out what all the fuss is about. “Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments – from casual desktop use to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code to racks of thousands in giant app build farms – anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, of the Mac mini’s enduring affect. We know it can churn through everyday computer tasks with

ease, but is there evidence that Mac mini could be used for more?

Faster, stronger

For a start, it’s five-times quicker than the previous generation. Depending on which configuration of mini you go for, you could be looking at a six-core sixth-generation Intel processor, Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics. Memory can be expanded to 64GB and there’s up to 2TB of storage. Rather tellingly, Apple is marketing this at creative professionals. It says the 2018 mini can do it all, which is quite something when the mini comes in at around 4,000 units cheaper of your chosen currency than the iMac Pro. The new mini keeps the iconic square form factor too, packing in multiple connectivity options at

the back in a stunning and stylish Space Grey configuration. “Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini,” continues Schiller. It has more than five times the performance, up to six core desktop- class processors, an Apple T2 Security Chip, faster memory up to 64GB, high- performance all-flash storage and is packed with advanced ports including four Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, HDMI video, audio and Ethernet up to 10Gbps. All of this power is packed into the same size enclosure as before, perfect for customers updating or creating all-new installations where Mac mini is the ideal solution.” You can get your hands on the updated Mac mini for £799/$799 right now – but don’t forget to add your peripherals!

Air apparent

The MacBook Air comes in more expensive, but it’s still slightly cheaper than MacBook Pro and marginally more expensive than MacBook. Schiller explains what has been changed. “Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processors, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports, and, of course, macOS Mojave in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminium design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love.” Some of the obvious positives include that Retina display, which is a huge improvement on what’s gone before for

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MacBook Air is now more portable than ever and features a 100 per cent recycled aluminium enclosure

and features a 100 per cent recycled aluminium enclosure All-new MacBook Air and Mac mini join

All-new MacBook Air and Mac mini join MacBook Pro, MacBook and iMac to deliver the broadest Mac lineup ever

MacBook and iMac to deliver the broadest Mac lineup ever the Air. MacBook Air now includes

the Air. MacBook Air now includes Touch ID, which allows you to conveniently and instantly unlock your MacBook Air, authenticate your identity and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay. The Apple T2 chips means Siri will always answer your questions, and the speakers are also much improved, which is great news for video streamers. The bad news? It’ll cost you from £1,199/$1,199. This now completes the Mac lineup, and what a lineup it is. The choice has never been better. Whether you need a laptop or desktop machine, Apple has just the right one for you. Making a choice, however, has never been harder. Certainly at the low-end of Apple’s price point, the lines are becoming more and more blurred as to what makes each machine different from the other. Rest assured though, whatever new Mac you get, you’re getting the best in the business.

“Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more then five times the performance”

“Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more then
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#Trending Things we learned this month Final Cut adds workflow extensions m a c O S

Things we learned this month

#Trending Things we learned this month Final Cut adds workflow extensions m a c O S

Final Cut adds workflow extensions macOS

Apple’s pro-level video-editing suite has undergone a major overhaul by introducing workflow extensions that enable professional video editors to use third-party apps and services within the editing interface. As you’d expect, all extensions fit in perfectly with Final Cut’s aesthetic, integrating themselves to drag media into FCP libraries, sync playback between extensions and timeline, add clip markers and more. Extensions that you’ll be able to use straight away include Shutterstock for all things stock footage, Frame.io for reviewing and approval and CatDV for asset management.

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Group FaceTime is finally live iOS/macOS One of iOS’s most anticipated features finally became active
Group FaceTime is finally live iOS/macOS
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recognition feature that
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Apple releases most powerful iPad ever

icreate@futurenet.com Apple releases most powerful iPad ever There’s a new iPad Pro in town and it’s

There’s a new iPad Pro in town and it’s been completely revamped. The ‘all-screen’ design takes inspiration from current-gen iPhones and comes in 11- and 12.9-inch models. There’s now Face ID for faster unlocking and online payment (the laptop-worthy A12X Bionic chip powering everything), USB-C connectivity and up to a whopping 1TB of storage if you need. A second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to iPad Pro and

wirelessly charges – at last! – at the same time. A new touch sensor built onto Apple Pencil detects taps, introducing an entirely new way to interact within apps. The new Smart Keyboard Folio features a streamlined design that’s adjustable for added versatility. And it’s available right now – just in time for Christmas – with prices starting from

£769/$799.

We can confirm that the new Apple Pencil sticks fast to the edge of the new iPad Pro and takes some dislodging…

Apple opens its first store in Thailand Apple news

Apple opens its first store in Thailand Apple news Apple’s global retail expansion has reached a

Apple’s global retail expansion has reached a new part of the world with the news that the Cupertino giant has opened its first store in Thailand. Once again, two expansive glass facades feature on the store’s entrance, and there’s a roof garden with views across Bangkok. “Bangkok is a cultural and economic destination for the entire region and home to millions of passionate Apple customers,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail. “We are thrilled to introduce our Thai customers to Today at Apple, our full line of products, our phenomenal employees and the service and support that are loved around the world.”

the service and support that are loved around the world.” New Selfie Scenes added to Clips

New Selfie Scenes added to Clips iOS

around the world.” New Selfie Scenes added to Clips iOS Clips, the fun video-making app for

Clips, the fun video-making app for iOS, has received an update that adds brand-new features. Six new Selfie Scenes are added, transporting users into 360-degree backgrounds using the True Depth camera on iPhone or iPad when taking a selfie. These animated backgrounds include a rainforest, a scientist’s lab and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2. Elsewhere, there are three new filters added to a user’s editing arsenal and new movie posters for creating title cards for your movies. There are even 17 new royalty-free soundtracks in version 2.0.5 of Clips, which is available to download right now for free.

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B uying an iPhone has never been more fun. Apple’s smartphones

are the best in the business, marrying cutting-edge specs with great design and a user experience that is simply unparalleled. But in just over a decade, 21 different iPhones have been released, and choosing the right one for your needs and budget is becoming harder and harder. In September this year

Apple made buying an iPhone even more confusing. By announcing not one, not two but three new iPhone models,

it saturated its own market even more. The iPhone XS and XS Max, the big brothers to last year’s iPhone X, were joined in the world’s hottest phone lineup by iPhone XR. All three models have different screen sizes. All three have different technical specs. And all three come with different price points. More choice is of course great for consumers, but the ability of the average Joe to know which iPhone is right for them is not as straightforward as it once was. Thankfully, that’s where iCreate comes in. We’ve

done all the hard work for you, listing the pros and cons of each handset – all the way back to iPhone 7, no less – to ensure your next purchase is perfect for what you need. By the end of this feature you’ll understand more than ever on the differences between displays, processors, cameras, special features and much more. We’ll also discuss whether it’s best to buy outright or with a contract – standby for some great deals – and how to sell your old phone, plus the best accessories to pimp up your iPhone experience.

iPhone support for iOS 12, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system, goes as far back

iPhone support for iOS 12, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system, goes as far back as the iPhone 5s, which was released in 2013.

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system. Gone are the days when you need to type in passwords and usernames. Success rates are high – even if you wear a hat or glasses – because the True Depth camera system and tech behind it work so well.

A12 Bionic

The XS range sports a new chip too – the A12 Bionic. When the phones were announced Apple explained in very technical terms just why this was the most powerful chip seen on a smartphone, but it all means very little until you get to test real-world performance. We love how responsive the XS range is, and you’ll be amazed by how smooth it runs. Don’t believe us? Geekbench 4 clocked both XS handsets at 4795 in its tests, miles ahead of the leading Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (3318).

Camera

Again, on the surface, not much has changed with the camera. It’s still the same spec – dual 12MP sensor on the rear, with one telephoto lens and a wide-angle affair. Delve deeper and you’ll find decent if modest changes. The size of the pixels has been increased to allow for better light sensitivity in low-light conditions and advanced depth to be added to portrait shots. In truth, even with shots

to be added to portrait shots. In truth, even with shots I f you own an

I f you own an iPhone X from 2017, and you’re taking a look at the XS range for the first time, you’ll be forgiven for

wondering just what’s changed. That’s because the design is still exactly the same.

Apple is sticking to its guns with this year’s ‘S’ upgrade, making changes to the inside of the phone only. And to be fair, last year’s iPhone

X was a striking new design direction that

won universal acclaim. So the same all-glass form and function are present and correct. Apple is again claiming to use the most durable glass ever seen in a smartphone, and there’s a new gold finish to boot. Water and dust resistance is increased, while it is

still wireless charging compatible via the rear casing. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still missing though – as is the adapter in the box!

– which means wired headphone stalwarts should look elsewhere.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max come in striking gold, space grey and silver finishes

side-by-side, it’s hard to see the difference a year has made.

Battery

It’s important with all these features to have a battery life that can support them. iPhone battery life has never been at the cutting- edge of smartphone performance, but the XS range is an improvement over last year’s iPhone X model. The XS will give you an extra 30 minutes, but the real improvement is in the XS Max, which gives you an extra 1.5 hours of daily juice. That should be enough to stop any battery anxiety, regardless of how much of a ‘power user’ you are.

Verdict

iPhone XS

+ Stunning design, stunning performance

+ All-singing, all-dancing features like Face ID

- Battery life could undoubtedly be better

- Has enough changed in a year to warrant an instant upgrade?

iPhone XS Max

+ A display to rival any smartphone – ever

+ Battery life given a good enough boost

- It is eye-wateringly expensive

- Two-handed use is a struggle

Displays

The obvious difference with the two models

is the display size. iPhone XS comes in at 5.8

inches, while the XS Max sports a whopping 6.5-inch screen. The standard XS fits in the palm of your hand really nicely, but the XS Max – easily the biggest iPhone Cupertino have created – will take some getting used to. But if you crave a big screen – and having one is an important factor when buying an iPhone – the Max will blow you away. Even stretched to its super-sized form, the display measures 458 pixels per inch.

Both handsets feature HDR Super Retina OLED displays with amazing colour accuracy, black representation and viewing angles. These are hands-down the best displays available on the market.

Face ID

Face ID, last year’s headline new feature, has been improved. It’s now even quicker to unlock your iPhone, load up apps and pay for goods. Anyone upgrading from a Touch ID iPhone will instantly fall in love with this

Advanced Portrait mode comes to iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max for even more sophisticated bokeh

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While the new iPhone’s 4GB of RAM doesn’t compare well to flagship Android phones that

While the new iPhone’s 4GB of RAM doesn’t compare well to flagship Android phones that often sport 8GB, iPhones tend to win the speed stakes.

What’s different in the XS Max?

The lowdown on what makes Apple’s most expensive smartphone tick

Gigantic screen The iPhone XS Max has the biggest screen of any iPhone ever. At
Gigantic screen
The iPhone XS Max has
the biggest screen of any
iPhone ever. At 6.5in it’s
noticeably bigger than the
standard XS and has a
bigger display resolution of
2688 x 1242.
Extra battery The iPhone XS Max lasts 1.5 hours longer in tests than last year’s
Extra battery
The iPhone XS Max lasts
1.5 hours longer in tests
than last year’s flagship,
the iPhone X. That’s a
whole hour more than the
iPhone XS – something
that heavy users should
bear in mind.
XS – something that heavy users should bear in mind. Most expensive At £1,099/$1,099, the Max
XS – something that heavy users should bear in mind. Most expensive At £1,099/$1,099, the Max
XS – something that heavy users should bear in mind. Most expensive At £1,099/$1,099, the Max
Most expensive At £1,099/$1,099, the Max is the most expensive iPhone ever, so it definitely
Most expensive
At £1,099/$1,099, the Max is the
most expensive iPhone ever, so
it definitely isn’t one for those on
a budget. But it the biggest – and
technically – best iPhone. You still
get value for money.
Heavy pockets At 208g the iPhone XS Max is a beast on the scales too.
Heavy pockets
At 208g the iPhone XS Max is a
beast on the scales too. Anyone
jumping from a 4.7in iPhone will
really notice a difference to start
with – not that you won’t be able
to get used to it quickly.
– not that you won’t be able to get used to it quickly. Prepare your phone

Prepare your phone to be sold

Use these steps to remove personal information

Your iPhone will hold its value remarkably well. It isn’t uncommon for an iPhone less than three years old to fetch half of its original

less than three years old to fetch half of its original 1 Sign out of iCloud

1

Sign out of iCloud

This is a common mistake when it

comes to selling an iPhone and one that a new user struggles to change. Go to Settings>Passwords & Accounts>iCloud and head to the ‘Sign Out’ tab at the bottom.

price at resell. So if you are thinking of selling, here’s how to wipe your old iPhone clean of all your important personal information…

iPhone clean of all your important personal information… 2 And iTunes/App Store… To do this go

2 And iTunes/App Store…

To do this go to Settings>iTunes & App

Stores, tap on your Apple ID credentials at the top and then select ‘Sign Out’ to reset the iPhone to a blank Apple ID option fresh for new owners to sign in to.

a blank Apple ID option fresh for new owners to sign in to. 3 Erase all

3

Erase all data

Now go to Settings>General>Reset>

Erase All Content and Settings. If you have Find My iPhone, you will need to enter your Apple ID and password. Don’t forget to unpair an Apple Watch if you own one too.

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Ultimate iPhone buyer’s guide The price is great, but are there too many compromises? From

Ultimate iPhone buyer’s guide

Ultimate iPhone buyer’s guide The price is great, but are there too many compromises? From £749/$749

The price is great, but are there too many compromises?

From £749/$749 iPhone XR comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral (above)
From £749/$749
iPhone XR comes in six new
finishes: white, black, blue,
yellow, coral (above) and
(PRODUCT)RED

W e were excited when we heard Apple were releasing a new budget iPhone, mainly because

Apple’s last foray into saving customers money was the brilliant iPhone SE. It lacked a bit in screen size, but that wasn’t far off the only compromise. You see, Apple don’t really do budget. Or maybe the term ‘budget’ is a bit of a red herring. The iPhone XR – hopefully you’re keeping up with all these naming conventions – still costs £749/$749 to buy it outright. But that is not far off 25 per cent cheaper than the lowest- priced entry in the iPhone XS range, and that makes it potentially the most exciting iPhone Apple have released this year. As long as the compromises aren’t too drastic.

Display

The main compromise is with the display. Instead of the HDR Super Retina OLED display that you’ll find in the flagship XS range (or Samsung and Google’s high-end phones for that matter), iPhone XR sports a traditional LCD display. Now there is a difference – Apple says about £250/$250’s worth – but it all depends on how much you value display quality. Because if you’re upgrading from, say, an iPhone 7, then an iPhone XR will keep you more than happy. It’s still a very good smartphone display, packing in 326 pixels per inch. Colours are vibrant and images natural. Apple has called its new LCD Liquid Retina – a bit of a fancy name, but we can’t really find fault. It isn’t as good as the OLED iPhone XS display, but put Liquid Retina side by side with last year’s iPhone 8 and performance looks identical. All in all, that’s not really much of a compromise is it?

New design

The LCD has forced a slight redesign, and it is a striking difference from the iPhone XS models. Because the LCD requires a single backlight, Apple has packed it into the bezel, which is rather big and noticeable. It gives the handset a less premium feel, but unless

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Wondering where 2017’s iPhone X is in this guide? It’s been discontinued! You can no

Wondering where 2017’s iPhone X is in this guide? It’s been discontinued! You can no longer buy it directly from Apple.

iPhone XR is splash- Left: and iPhone water-resistant XR is splash- rated and IP67 and
iPhone XR is splash- Left: and iPhone water-resistant XR is splash- rated and
IP67 and protects water-resistant against everyday rated IP67 spills and
protects against everyday spills

“If you’re upgrading from, say, an iPhone 7, then an iPhone XR will keep you more than happy”

you’re using the XR side by side with an XS, chances are this really isn’t going to bother you. And, like we said, it’s there for a reason, and there has been some neat engineering. All this does mean that 3D Touch, iOS’s long-forgotten functionality, has been omitted. You’ll know whether that’s a big issue by thinking of the last time you hard-pressed

a big issue by thinking of the last time you hard-pressed A 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina

A 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina display stretches into the corners of iPhone XR

on your iPhone display for extra functionality. iPhone XR comes in one size only – 6.1 inches. It’s the only iPhone that size and sits

in a nice sweetspot between the smaller XS

model and the iPhone 8 Plus. If you have smaller hands and don’t like the ‘big is better’ trend, XR doesn’t give you any options. It’s a one-size-fits-all mantra.

Colour range

What you can change is the colour of the handset though. Because the XR is made

from different material, Apple can offer six new colour finishes: black, white, blue, coral, yellow and (PRODUCT)RED. This automatically adds a touch of personality

– and fun – to the range. Anyone who can

remember the iPhone 5c and its similar colour palette will look fondly at the XR. The black model adds a touch of class, while the yellow and (PRODUCT)RED options are really striking. You’ve still got wireless charging as an option (a big plus, because that’s a trend that isn’t going anywhere) and it comes with an IP67 rating that renders XR splash- and waterproof. For reference, the XS trumps this slightly with an IP68 rating.

Camera

The iPhone XR camera is the same as the system found in the XS models, apart

from the lack of a second telephoto lens.

It goes without saying that even without

that telephoto lens (one that helps you take

zoomed-in shots), this is a massive upgrade

for any user who hasn’t bought an iPhone in

a couple of years. You’ll notice a difference

straight away. You get a 12-MP shooter on the back that utilises Apple’s new Smart HDR system, and then there’s a 7-MP front-facing selfie camera on the front. Smart HDR does

change the dynamic of most shots – it’s like you’ve got your own lighting studio in your pocket. The detail it catches is extraordinary.

Performance and battery

So, now for the killer question – has Apple cut corners with the performance to meet a lower price point? Thankfully the answer is a resounding no. For a start, iPhone XR has the same A12 Bionic chip found in the XS range, and coupled with iOS 12, it flies through even the heaviest of tasks. We sense in everyday use that it’s got space in the tank for more, which is something that bodes very well for a phone’s longevity. With less pixels to power in the display, battery life is excellent too. In fact, in widespread battery tests it’s come out as the best-performing iPhone. The iPhone XR is going to create quite the stir, and it should be near the top of your iPhone wish list.

Verdict

iPhone XR

+ Fun colours, same brilliant performance

+ Very competitively priced for an iPhone

- You are missing out on a second telephoto lens for extra zoom

- The display is good but not quite up to the OLED XS standard

Phone XR features the same 12-MP f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens camera as iPhone XS

up to the OLED XS standard Phone XR features the same 12-MP f/1.8 aperture wide-angle lens

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Ultimate iPhone buyer’s guide Just because a phone is a year old doesn’t mean it

Ultimate iPhone buyer’s guide

Just because a phone is a year old doesn’t mean it should be forgotten about…
Just because a phone is a year old doesn’t mean it should be forgotten about…
From £599/$599 / £699/$699

T he iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were released just over 12 months ago alongside the iPhone X and are

the natural successor to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. If you already own one of those iPhone 7s, upgrading to an iPhone 8 doesn’t make much sense unless you’re completely enamoured with the form and factor, which remains the same in the iPhone 8 range.

and factor, which remains the same in the iPhone 8 range. 1 Beautiful glass back iPhone

1

Beautiful glass back

iPhone 8 introduced an all-new glass

back – made with the most durable glass ever seen in a smartphone at the time – and it comes in three beautiful finishes: rose gold, space grey and silver. iPhone 8 is dust- and waterproof as a result. A real thing of beauty.

is dust- and waterproof as a result. A real thing of beauty. 3 A11 Bionic chip

3 A11 Bionic chip

Apple’s chip architecture is industry-

leading, so we’ve got no worries recommending an iPhone 8 with a chip that’s barely a year old. The A11 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 8 line-up is still remarkably good, and performance is excellent.

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The iPhone XR is definitely one to keep an eye out for. But anyone with an iPhone 6 or lower could do a lot worse than iPhone 8. We’re going to list four reasons why you should buy it below, but first a couple of caveats. It’s still expensive, you don’t get an edge-to-edge display and there’s no Face ID. How important they are to you might be determined by the following positives.

are to you might be determined by the following positives. 2 Retina HD displays Yes, they

2

Retina HD displays

Yes, they might not be OLED, but

iPhone 8’s high-definition Retina Display was the first to have the addition of Apple’s True Tone technology that makes for more realistic viewing. Side by side with iPhone XR, it’s hard to split them.

Side by side with iPhone XR, it’s hard to split them. 4 Wireless charging That glass

4

Wireless charging

That glass back doesn’t just look

amazing, it’s also a conductor for wireless charging. You’ll need to get a third-party charging mat, but having the option to charge your iPhone wirelessly is a great feature for a second-generation iPhone.

To buy outright or on contract?

This is a very personal choice, but there are pros and cons to both

There are many ways to buy a new iPhone, and how you do so will come down to a variety of factors. The cheapest way to get a new iPhone is to buy the phone outright and get a separate SIM-only deal with exactly what you need. But not everyone can afford such a big outlay in the first place. Depending on your credit history (and please make sure you can afford repayments), Apple has been known to offer 12-month 0% finance deals on orders over £500. You could use a 0% interest credit card offer too. This way, over the 24 months of a standard mobile contract, you could save up to £200. You can always sell an old iPhone to fund part of your purchase, and most tech companies will offer a trade-in discount if you hand over an old device. Paying monthly is still a good option if you prefer minimal upfront outlay, and if you shop around using comparison sites you can find some brilliant offers even on the latest iPhones. These sites give you a handy ‘24-month cost’ too, so it’s easy to see your total financial commitment. You’ll be amazed what your network carrier will be able to do if you speak to them about a better deal, especially if you’re due an upgrade or ‘threaten’ politely to leave. Remember they don’t really have loyalty to you and playing them off against each other is often the best way to get the best deal.

Verdict

iPhone 8/8 Plus

+ Camera is still excellent and includes Portrait mode

+ Wireless charging functionality and great performance

- No edge-to-edge OLED HDR display

- There’s no Face ID for simpler access

Apple’s 2019 iPhones don’t come with a Lightning 3.5mm jack adapter in the box anymore.

Apple’s 2019 iPhones don’t come with a Lightning 3.5mm jack adapter in the box anymore. You can get one for £9/$9 on Apple’s online store.

Is the iPhone 7 still a good purchase?

It’s now older than two years, but the iPhone 7 could still be the perfect phone for you

Bargain-bucket price Yes, it’s missing a whole host of features like Face ID, OLED displays
Bargain-bucket price
Yes, it’s missing a whole host of
features like Face ID, OLED displays
and an improved camera system,
but that means iPhone 7 is literally
half the cost of a premium model. If
you’re on a budget, take a look.
Smaller storage New iPhones come with 64GB of storage as standard now, but iPhone 7
Smaller storage
New iPhones come with 64GB of storage
as standard now, but iPhone 7 will only
have 32GB for its entry model. It’s still
better than the bad old 8GB iPhone 5c
days, that’s for sure.
It still runs iOS 12
And it still will in two years’ time. Apple takes its time when it comes
And it still will in two years’ time. Apple
takes its time when it comes to halting iOS
support for older handsets, so iPhone 7
will still be able to get all the cutting-edge
software features Apple rolls out.

Verdict

iPhone 7/7 Plus

+ The 4.7-inch display is still some users’

preferred size

+ You’ll be able to find some brilliant, cost-

effective deals

- You will notice a performance difference compared to new models

- Battery levels won’t be as good as you would hope

models - Battery levels won’t be as good as you would hope Sleek design and smaller
models - Battery levels won’t be as good as you would hope Sleek design and smaller
models - Battery levels won’t be as good as you would hope Sleek design and smaller
Sleek design and smaller screen If you no fan of the ‘big is better’ mantra
Sleek design and
smaller screen
If you no fan of the ‘big is
better’ mantra when it comes to
smartphones, the iPhone 7, with its
sleek, minimal design and feather-
like usability, could be just the
iPhone for you.

iPhone 7/7 Plus

From £449/$449 / £569/$569

Best iPhone accessories

Kit your new iPhone out with the best Apple add-ons

Getting your hands on a new iPhone feels great, but there are a few additions that you can add to your shopping list to really boost the experience. Here we

list our top three choices to hopefully give you some inspiration. It’s worth noting that shopping around third-parties will uncover some great bargains.

£159/$159

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£39.95/$39.95

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www.apple.com/uk/shop £39.95/$39.95 www.apple.com/uk/shop £54.95/$54.95 uk.mophie.com/shop AirPods Packed with

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AirPods

Packed with high-end technology and great sound production, Apple’s AirPods are the perfect accompaniment to any new iPhone. Don’t forget that the iPhone 6s was the last iPhone to have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so a good pair of Bluetooth buds are essential.

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

Plugging an iPhone in to charge is a thing of the past. If you have an iPhone 8 or above, you have wireless charging capabilities. As Apple doesn’t have its own charging pad (yet) take a look at Belkin’s wireless charger.

Mophie Powerstation 6000 Universal Battery

Whether you’re off into the country or you’re commuting and want to hammer your iPhone for hours, having a portable power bank is very sensible. Mophie do a wide range depending on how many charges you’ll want.

portable power bank is very sensible. Mophie do a wide range depending on how many charges

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PhotosHow to reveal hidden details Claw back more detail in over-exposed areas by shooting and

How to reveal hidden details

Claw back more detail in over-exposed areas by shooting and editing in Camera Raw format

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Raw format Difficulty Time needed 10 Download available W hen you snap a shot on your

W hen you snap a shot on your iPhone, the image file is

usually saved as a JPEG file that can be easily shared via social network or emailed to a friend. However,

JPEG files are compressed, so they lack some information about the scene’s colours and tones. Most Digital SLR users can set their camera to shoot in an uncompressed Raw format to capture more detail. They can import the Raw format file into the Photos app’s and use selective tone tweaking tools to reveal more detail than they could with a compressed JPEG file. Raw files also contain less blocky compression artefacts than you’d find in a JPEG, so they look better. Once you’ve processed a Raw file in Photos you can export it as a JPEG to share online.

Before After
Before
After

Using the Photo app’s selective tone tweaking tools can reveal more detail in Raw camera shots…

tweaking tools can reveal more detail in Raw camera shots… Edit a Camera Raw file Delicate

Edit a Camera Raw file

Delicate details In the unprocessed version of our shot the over-exposed sky and sea appear
Delicate details
In the unprocessed version of our
shot the over-exposed sky and sea
appear as white. After processing the
Raw format file in the Photos app we
can see delicate sea spray and subtle
cloud detail.
Selective adjustments The Light panel has a range of selective tone-adjusting tools that enable you
Selective
adjustments
The Light panel has a range of
selective tone-adjusting tools
that enable you to lighten
highlights without under-
exposing shadows. The
Brilliance slider helps reveal
delicate midtone details such
as the sea spray.
Colour tweaks When brightening under- exposed shadows newly revealed areas can look a little drab.
Colour tweaks
When brightening under-
exposed shadows newly
revealed areas can look a
little drab. Boost saturation
for a more vibrant-looking
shot. You can also warm up a
cold colour cast for healthier-
looking skin tones.
up a cold colour cast for healthier- looking skin tones. Recover missing tonal detail Before and
up a cold colour cast for healthier- looking skin tones. Recover missing tonal detail Before and

Recover missing tonal detail

healthier- looking skin tones. Recover missing tonal detail Before and after It can be easy to
Before and after It can be easy to over cook (or over process) a Raw
Before and after
It can be easy to over cook
(or over process) a Raw file’s
colours and tones so that
they look too garish. Tap here
to see how the edited version
compares to the unprocessed
original Raw file.
Knowledge base Raw The term ‘Camera Raw’ refers to an uncompressed file created in-camera. There’s
Knowledge base
Raw
The term ‘Camera Raw’ refers to an
uncompressed file created in-camera. There’s no
universal Camera Raw format. Different camera
manufacturers use their own Raw format. Nikon
Raw files have an .NEF suffix. Canon Raw files
end in .CR2. Apple’s Photos app should be able to
read Raw format files from most camera brands.
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If you own an iPhone 7 or above then you can save files in High

If you own an iPhone 7 or above then you can save files in High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF). HEIF files look good and take up less space.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Reveal hidden detail in Raw

Reveal hidden detail in Raw

up less space. Step-by-step Reveal hidden detail in Raw 1 Shoot in Raw Go to your

1

Shoot in Raw

Go to your digital SLR’s shooting menu

and set it to shoot in Raw format. This will give you uncompressed files that will contain more detail for the Photos app to reveal.

that will contain more detail for the Photos app to reveal. 4 Lighten shadows Our adjustment

4

Lighten shadows

Our adjustment has under-exposed the

shadows. Drag the Shadows slider to 0.57 to selectively brighten the shadows without over- exposing the highlights. Push Contrast to 0.30.

over- exposing the highlights. Push Contrast to 0.30. 7 Selective colour Go to Selective Colour and

7

Selective colour

Go to Selective Colour and click on a blue

swatch. Drag Luminance left to -40.00. This selectively darkens any blues, creating more contrast between the sky and the waves.

blues, creating more contrast between the sky and the waves. 2 Import photo Import our supplied

2

Import photo

Import our supplied Raw-format Photos_

start.NEF image. Click the ‘Review for Import’ button. Double-click on the imported photo’s thumbnail. Click ‘Edit’ to access editing tools.

thumbnail. Click ‘Edit’ to access editing tools. 5 Adjust midtones By dragging the Brilliance slider right

5 Adjust midtones

By dragging the Brilliance slider right to

0.80 you can increase midtone contrast and bring out delicate details such as the spray from the crashing wave and the distant clouds.

as the spray from the crashing wave and the distant clouds. 8 Warm it up The

8

Warm it up

The shot looks a little too cold due to a

blue colour cast. Go to Colour and drag Cast right to 0.50 to warm up the image. Boost the drab colours by dragging Saturation to 0.40.

Boost the drab colours by dragging Saturation to 0.40. 3 Restore highlights Because the highlights are

3

Restore highlights

Because the highlights are over-exposed

we can’t see much detail in brighter areas. Drop the Highlights slider to -0.65 and Brightness to -0.35 to reveal missing details.

to -0.65 and Brightness to -0.35 to reveal missing details. 6 Before and after Tap the

6

Before and after

Tap the ‘M’ key to toggle between the

unprocessed raw file and the edited version. To sharpen the spraying water particles even more go to Definition and set Amount to 0.50.

particles even more go to Definition and set Amount to 0.50. 9 Create a .jpg After

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Create a .jpg

After processing your Raw file click ‘Done’.

To create a .jpg version of the Raw file that you can share online choose File>Export>Export 1 Photo. Click ‘Export’.

version of the Raw file that you can share online choose File>Export>Export 1 Photo. Click ‘Export’.

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iMovieCreate a mix of stills and clips Import images and stills from the Photos app

iMovie Create a mix of stills and clips Import images and stills from the Photos app

Create a mix of stills and clips

Import images and stills from the Photos app into iMovie

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W ith your iPhone always to hand you can document

daily activities as a series of stills and video clips. If you set your iPhone to automatically upload pictures

and footage to iCloud then they’ll appear in your Mac’s Photos app when you get home. You can then access and edit your assets from within iMovie as it has direct access to the Photos app. This shooting, organising and editing workflow means you can combine iPhone-sourced clips and stills quickly and easily and then share your multimedia montage on social media. We’ll show you how this process works and demonstrate ways to bring your stills to life by adding movement, such as using a still to help tell a story by zooming into a particular area.

to help tell a story by zooming into a particular area. Make a montage Combine videos

Make a montage

Combine videos with animated stills

Photos Library Click here to access the Photos Library. You can then browse through any
Photos Library
Click here to access the
Photos Library. You can
then browse through any
photos and stills that were
captured on your iPhone
and uploaded to iCloud.
This gives you a rich range
of pictures and clips to edit
in iMovie.
Choose an album
or collection
Different media
If you add a slo-mo clip
Click here to choose a
Photos album to explore.
Double-click on an album or
collection’s thumbnail to view
its contents. You can preview
a clip or still and then drag it
straight into iMovie’s timeline.
to the timeline then it will
automatically slow down. You
can fine-tune the result by
clicking the ‘Speed’ icon above
the viewer then choosing
a different setting from the
Speed drop-down menu.
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Importing the photos and videos that you capture on your iPhone to iMovie is unsurprisingly simple…

Add moves to stills By default iMovie adds a four-second camera move to each imported
Add moves to stills
By default iMovie adds a four-second
camera move to each imported photo.
You can change the default zoom in by
modifying the size and position of the
Ken Burns start and end frames. Trim
the clip to change its duration.
start and end frames. Trim the clip to change its duration. Knowledge base Customise the Today
Knowledge base Customise the Today view Instead of swiping through an iPhone album to show
Knowledge base
Customise the Today view
Instead of swiping through an iPhone
album to show photos to friends, you
can display a musical montage of stills
and clips. Go to an album, click ‘Select’
and then click the Share icon. Tap
‘Slideshow’. Tap ‘Options’ to choose
a theme (such as Dissolve) and select
a music track. Click ‘Done’ to play the
slideshow there and then.
When viewing albums in the Photos Library scrub you can preview the contents of an

When viewing albums in the Photos Library scrub you can preview the contents of an album’s thumbnails by dragging the cursor across it.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Combine stills and clips

Combine stills and clips

cursor across it. Step-by-step Combine stills and clips 1 Upload to iCloud On your iPhone go

1

Upload to iCloud

On your iPhone go to Settings and tap

‘Photos’. Toggle the iCloud Photos button on. Your iPhone will upload photos and videos to your iCloud account when it gets Wi-Fi access.

and videos to your iCloud account when it gets Wi-Fi access. 4 Preview and add clip

4

Preview and add clip

Double-click on an album such as Slo-mo

to view its contents. Scrub the cursor across a thumbnail to preview the action. Click the ‘+’ icon to add the clip to the timeline.

Click the ‘+’ icon to add the clip to the timeline. 7 Adjust duration You can

7 Adjust duration

You can trim the still to last longer than

four seconds. For longer durations go to iMovie>Preferences and change the default Photo Duration to a value such as six seconds.

the default Photo Duration to a value such as six seconds. 2 Access Photos Library Once

2 Access Photos Library

Once your clips and stills have been

uploaded and synced to the Photos app you can access them straight from iMovie. In the Libraries section click on Photos Library.

iMovie. In the Libraries section click on Photos Library. 5 Trim clips If your clip was

5 Trim clips

If your clip was captured using the

iPhone’s Slo-mo mode it will automatically slow down when played in the timeline. Add other clips and trim them to begin telling a story.

Add other clips and trim them to begin telling a story. 8 Make your move By

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Make your move

By default we zoom in to each still. To

modify the movement click on the ‘Cropping’ icon. Change the position and size of the Start and End frames to add pans and zoom outs.

size of the Start and End frames to add pans and zoom outs. 3 View albums

3 View albums

Photos are organised into albums such

as Selfies, Favourites and Panoramas. Clips are automatically gathered into albums such as Video, Slo-mo and Time-lapse.

gathered into albums such as Video, Slo-mo and Time-lapse. 6 Add a still Go to an

6 Add a still

Go to an album such as Collections and

browse its photographs. Click the ‘+’ icon to add a photo to the timeline. The photo will play for four seconds as the camera zooms in.

The photo will play for four seconds as the camera zooms in. 9 Share your show

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Share your show

Once you’ve combined a series of

animated stills and clips click ‘File>Share’ and choose an outlet such as Facebook. Add a title and click ‘Next’ to upload.

clips click ‘File>Share’ and choose an outlet such as Facebook. Add a title and click ‘Next’

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Final Cut Pro XImprove contrast with layer blends Discover a technique that will boost contrast without losing detail

Improve contrast with layer blends

Discover a technique that will boost contrast without losing detail in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows

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W hen shooting footage with your camera set to Auto

you may encounter problems with tone, with some areas over or under-exposed. Recovering missing

tonal detail can be tricky. Pro videographers shoot with their camera set to a neutral mode, which creates flat contrast clips more likely to feature detail in the shadows and highlights. You could use Final Cut Pro’s Color Board to increase contrast, but this risks blowing out highlight detail or clipping shadows. Thanks to an alternative layer-blending technique you can boost contrast without losing detail. We’ve provided a flat, desaturated GoPro-sourced clip and we’ll show you how to increase its contrast and boost colours while preserving detail.

its contrast and boost colours while preserving detail. Final Cut Pro’s toolset lets you boost the

Final Cut Pro’s toolset lets you boost the contrast of your images without losing any of the detail…

contrast of your images without losing any of the detail… Boost colour and tone Compositing By

Boost colour and tone

Compositing By setting the top layer’s blending mode to ‘Overlay’ you can instantly boost the
Compositing
By setting the top layer’s
blending mode to ‘Overlay’
you can instantly boost
the contrast of the flat
clip by darkening the
shadows and brightening
the highlights. You can
then fine-tune the contrast
using the Opacity slider.

Increase contrast with layer blends

Helpful Histogram The Histogram panel enables you to see the spread of a clip’s tones.
Helpful Histogram
The Histogram panel enables
you to see the spread of a clip’s
tones. Strong shadows appear
at the far left. Bright highlights
are indicated at the far right.
Histograms can diagnose
exposure problems and help
you increase contrast without
clipping shadows or highlights.
Parallel layers
By copying a clip and pasting
it onto a parallel layer we can
blend the two clips together to
boost contrast without blowing
out highlights or crushing
shadow detail.
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out highlights or crushing shadow detail. 26 26 193 193 Color Board After boosting the clip’s
Color Board After boosting the clip’s contrast using layer blends, add a Color Board effect
Color Board
After boosting the clip’s
contrast using layer
blends, add a Color Board
effect to the compound
clip to boost the saturation
of its drab colours.
Knowledge base Clipping The tones in a histogram are represented by a numerical scale. The
Knowledge base
Clipping
The tones in a histogram are
represented by a numerical scale. The
blackest shadows should have a value
of 0. The brightest highlights should
have a value of 100. If your tonal
adjustments cause any of the graph
to overshoot these extremes then the
darkest and brightest areas will feature
no detail (and are said to be clipped).
A compound clip appears as a single track on the timeline. Double-click it to access

A compound clip appears as a single track on the timeline. Double-click it to access its layers. You can now fine-tune Opacity or try other modes.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Improve colour and tone

Improve colour and tone

or try other modes. Step-by-step Improve colour and tone 1 Summon histogram Choose File>Import Media. Browse

1

Summon histogram

Choose File>Import Media. Browse to our

asset and choose ‘Import Selected’. Drag the boat clip to the timeline. Choose View>Show in Viewer>Video Scopes. Set to ‘Histogram’.

in Viewer>Video Scopes. Set to ‘Histogram’. 4 Call the Inspector Choose Window>Show in

4

Call the Inspector

Choose Window>Show in

Workspace>Inspector. Make sure you’ve clicked the top layer. In the Compositing section set Blend Mode to ‘Overlay’.

In the Compositing section set Blend Mode to ‘Overlay’. 7 Create compound clip To declutter a

7

Create compound clip

To declutter a timeline Shift+click to select

both clips. Choose File>New>Compound Clip. Label the clip. Click ‘OK’. The flattened clip now appears in the timeline as one layer.

The flattened clip now appears in the timeline as one layer. 2 Read the histogram The

2

Read the histogram

The histogram’s undulating graph is

clumped towards the middle. There are no strong shadows or bright highlights. This graph indicates that the clip lacks contrast.

This graph indicates that the clip lacks contrast. 5 Check the histogram Look at the histogram

5 Check the histogram

Look at the histogram graph. It now

stretches more towards the left, indicating darker shadows. It also stretches further right, showing the presence of brighter highlights.

further right, showing the presence of brighter highlights. 8 Add Color Board Press Cmd+5 for the

8 Add Color Board

Press Cmd+5 for the Effects browser.

Click the ‘Color’ section. Drag Color Board onto the compound clip. In the Video Inspector double-click ‘Color Board 1’ for the controls.

Inspector double-click ‘Color Board 1’ for the controls. 3 Layer your clips Click on the clip

3

Layer your clips

Click on the clip in the timeline. Choose

Edit>Copy. Pop the playhead at frame 1 and choose Edit>Paste. Drag the copied clip up onto a layer running parallel with the original.

clip up onto a layer running parallel with the original. 6 Fine-tune contrast The advantage of

6

Fine-tune contrast

The advantage of using Overlay blending

mode is that you can’t clip (over-expose) the brightest highlights. Fine-tune the contrast by reducing the Opacity of the top layer to 90%.

contrast by reducing the Opacity of the top layer to 90%. 9 Boost saturation Click on

9

Boost saturation

Click on the Color Board’s ‘Saturation’

button. Drag the Master saturation control to 60%. Drag Shadows to 37% and Midtones to 68%. This creates a more colourful clip.

the Master saturation control to 60%. Drag Shadows to 37% and Midtones to 68%. This creates

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GarageBand iOSHow to use the new Beat Sequencer Build rhythm tracks with an interface inspired by

How to use the new Beat Sequencer

Build rhythm tracks with an interface inspired by classic drum machines

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A s an exciting new addition to GarageBand iOS

version 2.3, the Beat Sequencer provides a really intuitive way to ‘build’ percussion. Found

under Drums within Sound browser, it takes inspiration

from classic drum machines to deliver pre-designed and custom drum patterns of all tempos or styles. Essentially a grid, with rows and columns signifying kit pieces and beats respectively, Beat Sequencer

contains ‘steps’ you toggle on or off. These selections form ‘patterns’ that can not only be formed from scratch but also loaded in from an expanding collection of presets. Kits can be swapped between electronic and acoustic sets, while a host of great options can be applied to vary performance before hitting record. In this starter guide we’ll master the core basics needed to get going with this powerful new drum maker.

Sequencer Surveyed Digging deeper to pick out core UI elements within GarageBand’s new beat box
Sequencer Surveyed
Digging deeper to pick out core UI elements
within GarageBand’s new beat box
Knowledge base
Pattern / Step Lengths
Playback Progress
The Step Grid
By default the Beat
Sequencer has a grid of
eight rows, holding kit
pieces for different drum
sounds. Each of the 16
columns then represents
a beat, with every square
within being a ‘step’ to
toggle on or off.
Playback is controlled using the
power standby button below. This
is indicated by a white bounding
box that travels horizontally
across the grid through each row
and around any active ‘lit’ steps
to sound them.
The length of overall drum patterns
and each step is adjustable in the Beat
Sequencer Inspector. Tap the Inspector
button (the ‘i’ icon) and then ‘Length’,
before picking between 16-64 Steps
if your song is in 4/4 time, or 12-48
Steps for songs in 3/4 or 6/8 time. Step
length can also be changed below,
choosing between 1/8, 1/8t, 1/16, 1/16t
and 1/32 notes.
Kits & Patterns
The first of these three
buttons can be tapped
or swiped to switch the
selected drum kit, while
the second shows a menu
for changing between
pre-set patterns. Tapping
the ‘dice’ button loads a
random pattern.
Step Settings
The velocity button alters
step volume or attack, with
Note Repeat lowering or
raising repeats to create
rolls or fills. Chance is
used to set the probability
of a step being played
when creating variance.
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Save customised drum patterns by tapping the ‘Patterns’ button below the Beat Sequencer, then tap

Save customised drum patterns by tapping the ‘Patterns’ button below the Beat Sequencer, then tap ‘Save’ and enter a name for the pattern. Tap ‘Done’.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Using the new Beat Sequencer

Using the new Beat Sequencer

‘Done’. Step-by-step Using the new Beat Sequencer 1 Sound browser To start using the Beat Sequencer,

1

Sound browser

To start using the Beat Sequencer, tap

the ‘Browser’ button to view the main Sound browser before swiping along to Drums and then tapping the ‘Beat Sequencer’ button.

to Drums and then tapping the ‘Beat Sequencer’ button. 4 Fine-tuning The grid loops, so once

4

Fine-tuning

The grid loops, so once you have a

desired repeating pattern built up you can tap

the power ‘standby’ button below to preview playback, while still toggling steps to edit.

to preview playback, while still toggling steps to edit. 7 Row settings Tapping a drum kit

7

Row settings

Tapping a drum kit piece shows Row

Settings. Here you can not only delete or reset rows but also change the Kit Piece to a range of other percussions such as Cowbell.

Kit Piece to a range of other percussions such as Cowbell. 2 Beat Sequencer Beat Sequencer

2

Beat Sequencer

Beat Sequencer opens on an empty grid,

consisting of beat blocks, or ‘steps’, that toggle looping rows of drum kit pieces on or off. The Modern 808 kit is selected by default.

pieces on or off. The Modern 808 kit is selected by default. 5 Kit switching You

5

Kit switching

You can change the selected drum kit

and the sound of each kit piece by tapping the name in the lower-left corner. Select a kit from the menu or simply swipe left/right to cycle.

a kit from the menu or simply swipe left/right to cycle. 8 Attack velocity Among the

8 Attack velocity

Among the five buttons in the right corner

is Velocity. Tap this to show the velocity levels of each step, pressing and holding to drag the levels and raise or lower volume.

and holding to drag the levels and raise or lower volume. 3 Custom beats You simply

3

Custom beats

You simply tap grid steps to light them

‘on’ manually so they sound the corresponding kit piece for each row on any given 1/16 beat step, tapping them again to turn off.

on any given 1/16 beat step, tapping them again to turn off. 6 Pre-set patterns An

6

Pre-set patterns

An expandable collection of pre-built

patterns is also available. Tap the adjacent ‘Patterns’ button to tap a thumbnail and load a desired pattern, with all fully customisable.

and load a desired pattern, with all fully customisable. 9 Press record Finally, you actually capture

9

Press record

Finally, you actually capture your beats to

a song by tapping the ‘Record’ button in the control bar above, pressing ‘Play’ to stop. The recorded part appears within Tracks view.

button in the control bar above, pressing ‘Play’ to stop. The recorded part appears within Tracks

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Logic Pro XMove Logic’s Sound Library to an external drive Free up some much-needed space on your

Logic Pro X Move Logic’s Sound Library to an external drive Free up some much-needed space

Move Logic’s Sound Library to an external drive

Free up some much-needed space on your internal drive

drive Free up some much-needed space on your internal drive Moving your Logic Pro sound library

Moving your Logic Pro sound library to an external drive can free up vast amounts of storage space

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N obody can dispute the expansiveness of Logic Pro X’s

bundled sound library; its sheer amount of sounds, samples and presets make it incredible value for money.

Yet with smaller-capacity SSD drives in many new Macs and the subsequent trade-off between superfast access times and the amount of stuff they can hold, having such a hefty resource permanently installed can be a mixed blessing. Fortunately, Logic’s latest update allows you to free up space by moving this behemoth of content onto an external drive. Depending on how much of the library you already have installed, this technique can free up 65–70GB of hard disk space, giving you extra freedom to take yet more pictures of the cat. Here’s how to do it…

take yet more pictures of the cat. Here’s how to do it… Library ticket Easily change

Library ticket

Easily change the location of Logic’s bundled sound files

Additional sounds Every so often, new sounds become available. To download these, choose Logic Pro
Additional sounds
Every so often, new sounds
become available. To
download these, choose
Logic Pro X>Sound Library>
Open Sound Library Manager,
select the content you want to
download, then click ‘Install’.
the content you want to download, then click ‘Install’. Drive select Make sure the drive you
Drive select Make sure the drive you use is not one that you use for
Drive select
Make sure the drive you use
is not one that you use for
Time Machine backups, as
the backup.backups.db index
file stored on these will make
it non-selectable in the disk
selection dialogue.
Lending library You can’t share a Sound Library between Macs. If you have more than
Lending library
You can’t share a Sound
Library between Macs. If
you have more than one
computer running Logic Pro or
MainStage then each one will
need to have its own Sound
Library installed.
Content with life
Following the transfer, if you download
additional Sound Library content for Logic
Pro or MainStage from Apple, it will be
installed in the new location, so make
sure the correct drive is connected before
starting the download.
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Knowledge base Sound advice Logic’s Sound Library contains all the sounds for the software instruments
Knowledge base
Sound advice
Logic’s Sound Library contains all the
sounds for the software instruments and
drum kits included with both Logic Pro
and MainStage. The Apple Loop library,
however, is not moved and remains
where it is. Either app will run without the
library installed, you just won’t be able to
access the sounds in the library unless
the external drive is connected.
To reinstall the library on your Mac, click the ‘Reset’ button twice. Logic will use

To reinstall the library on your Mac, click the ‘Reset’ button twice. Logic will use the reinstalled library until you move it back to your external drive.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Relocate your Sound Library

Relocate your Sound Library

external drive. Step-by-step Relocate your Sound Library 1 Logic dictates First, make sure you have the

1

Logic dictates

First, make sure you have the latest version

of Logic Pro installed (version 10.4.2). You can check this by selecting ‘About Logic Pro X’ from the Logic Pro X menu.

selecting ‘About Logic Pro X’ from the Logic Pro X menu. 4 Transfer window In the

4 Transfer window

In the window that appears, select

the drive where you want to store the Logic Pro Sound Library. This will be the one you connected in Step 2.

Sound Library. This will be the one you connected in Step 2. 7 Drive off If

7

Drive off

If the drive is disconnected you can use

Logic without the Sound Library content. Just click ‘Ignore’ and any tracks that contain missing files will be replaced with basic tones.

contain missing files will be replaced with basic tones. 2 Drive safely Now it’s time to

2

Drive safely

Now it’s time to connect an external drive

via USB to your Mac. Check the format – it will need to be formatted as APFS or MacOS Extended (Journaled).

need to be formatted as APFS or MacOS Extended (Journaled). 5 Push the button Click the

5

Push the button

Click the ‘Relocate’ button to begin the

transfer. You may need to enter your admin password to continue at this point. So fill in the password field to continue.

at this point. So fill in the password field to continue. 8 Reverse procedure To move

8

Reverse procedure

To move the content back to your Mac,

just reconnect the drive containing the library content and reselect Logic Pro X>Sound Library>Relocate Sound Library.

Logic Pro X>Sound Library>Relocate Sound Library. 3 Relocation, relocation In Logic Pro, choose Logic Pro

3

Relocation, relocation

In Logic Pro, choose Logic Pro X>Sound

Library>Relocate Sound Library. The app will then calculate the amount of disk space required for the transfer.

the amount of disk space required for the transfer. 6 Kettle on! To transfer a fully

6 Kettle on!

To transfer a fully installed library the

process should take no more than 80-90 minutes. This notification will appear once the transfer is completed – click ‘OK’ to continue.

the transfer is completed – click ‘OK’ to continue. 9 Move back In the dialogue window

9 Move back

In the dialogue window this time round,

select Macintosh HD as the destination volume, then click ‘Relocate’ once again. It’s a very simple process.

select Macintosh HD as the destination volume, then click ‘Relocate’ once again. It’s a very simple

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macOS MojaveUse the new emojis in macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Update your Mac’s system software to enjoy

Use the new emojis in macOS Mojave 10.14.1

Update your Mac’s system software to enjoy over 70 new emoticons

your Mac’s system software to enjoy over 70 new emoticons The macOS 10.14.1 update brings lots

The macOS 10.14.1 update brings lots of new characters to your emoji menu for you to express yourself in an even greater array of ways

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L ike your iPhone or iPad with the iOS 12.1 update,

your Mac can now be updated to include over 70 new emoji characters to provide even more visual

options to convey your emotions. The Mojave 10.14.1 system neatly integrates brand-new emojis and colour variants on existing characters into any app that you can type in – all you have to do is press the keyboardover 70 new emoji characters to provide even more visual Accessing emojis in Mojave How to

Accessing emojis in Mojaveyou can type in – all you have to do is press the keyboard How to

How to access and type the new emoji characters

Access emojis You can bring up the emoji view by pressing the Ctrl+Cmd+spacebar shortcut or
Access emojis
You can bring up the
emoji view by pressing
the Ctrl+Cmd+spacebar
shortcut or by clicking
on the ‘Edit’ menubar
item and selecting the
Emoji & Symbols option
from the list.
Knowledge base Add to favourites Expand the emoji viewer, click on a character and then
Knowledge base
Add to favourites
Expand the emoji viewer, click on
a character and then click ‘Add to
Favourites’ under the thumbnail preview
image. This will add the emoji to the
Frequently Used section for quick and
easy access when you need it. You can
add as many emoticons as you want to
compile your own go-to library.
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as you want to compile your own go-to library. 34 193 Typing emojis Double-clicking on an
Typing emojis Double-clicking on an emoji will enter it into your current text document, message,
Typing emojis
Double-clicking on an
emoji will enter it into your
current text document,
message, email, note, etc.
You can then adjust the
size via the usual in-app
formatting options.

shortcut outlined in this guide and your bolstered emoji viewer will pop up. The new emojis include new hair colours for existing characters, new animals such as kangaroos, new food stuffs including mangos and fun new characters such as superheroes and frosty faces. You can even create your own text shortcuts for your favourites.

can even create your own text shortcuts for your favourites. Shade variants Click on certain characters
Shade variants Click on certain characters and various colour options will be available that provide
Shade variants
Click on certain characters
and various colour options
will be available that
provide different shades of
skin and hair. The one you
click then becomes default
until you click and hold
and change it.
becomes default until you click and hold and change it. Expand You can expand the default
Expand You can expand the default viewer, which is designed to sit on your desktop,
Expand
You can expand the
default viewer, which is
designed to sit on your
desktop, to reveal easier
category access and
preview thumbnails of the
various emojis. Click again
to revert.
The new emojis boast incredible attention to detail. For example, the new iPhone emoji resembles

The new emojis boast incredible attention to detail. For example, the new iPhone emoji resembles the iPhone X with its lack of bezel or Home button.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Using the new emojis

Using the new emojis

bezel or Home button. Step-by-step Using the new emojis 1 Update your Mac To utilise the

1

Update your Mac

To utilise the new emojis you need to

update your Mac to macOS Mojave 10.14.1. Go to System Preferences>System Update and then click to install the new software.

Update and then click to install the new software. 4 Expand viewer Click on the icon

4

Expand viewer

Click on the icon in the top-right corner

of the emoji view to expand the window and display the categories in the left sidebar with full character previews to the right.

Type emojis instantly!

It’s all very well bolstering the selection of emoticons available to Mac users, but the way to access and use them is still slightly cumbersome. However, there is a way to create your own shortcuts to type your favourite emojis without having to go through the emoji viewer each time. This process uses the same text shortcut system that has been in macOS for years. Here’s how it’s done…

has been in macOS for years. Here’s how it’s done… 2 View new emojis Once the

2 View new emojis

Once the update has installed press the

‘Ctrl+Cmd+spacebar’ shortcut to bring up the Emoji & Symbols view. Alternatively, click

‘Edit’>‘Emoji & Symbols’.

click ‘Edit’>‘Emoji & Symbols’. 5 Choosing characters The update brings many new variants on

5

Choosing characters

The update brings many new variants on

existing emojis and plenty of new ones. For example, click on a human character and you will be able to choose various shades of hair.

and you will be able to choose various shades of hair. 1 System Preferences Go to

1

System Preferences

Go to System Preferences>Keyboard

and select ‘Text’. Here you can type custom shortcuts. Click ‘+’ and type the shortcut and the text that you want. Click off it to save.

shortcut and the text that you want. Click off it to save. 3 Simple viewer The

3

Simple viewer

The default emoji character viewer

is small enough to sit at the side of your desktop. Cycle through categories using the row of icons at the bottom.

through categories using the row of icons at the bottom. 6 Typing characters Double-click on a

6

Typing characters

Double-click on a character to add it to

your text. You can then tweak the size via the respective app’s existing formatting options. There are many new options to explore.

formatting options. There are many new options to explore. 2 Add emojis Emojis can be dragged

2 Add emojis

Emojis can be dragged from the emoji

viewer into the ‘With’ column, so you could type ‘sm’ in the ‘Replace’ column and drag the smiley face emoji into the ‘With’ column.

so you could type ‘sm’ in the ‘Replace’ column and drag the smiley face emoji into

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macOS MojaveSpeed up startup time Get to the desktop faster and avoid any unnecessary delays when

Speed up startup time

Get to the desktop faster and avoid any unnecessary delays when booting up your Mac

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T here is no denying that a brand-new Mac is fast and a joy

to use, but many older computers are struggling under the weight of software installed on them. Does your Mac

start up as fast as it used to? Probably not, and the cause is apps that load in the background when booting. It takes longer to get to the desktop and for everything to finish loading. This is especially true of Macs with mechanical disk drives. In this guide we will show you how to find out which apps are auto-starting with macOS. Once you know the cause of the problem you can set about fixing it and speeding up your Mac’s startup time. Also, watch out for adware and other malware in these startup locations.the weight of software installed on them. Does your Mac You can also download free software

out for adware and other malware in these startup locations. You can also download free software

You can also download free software to flag up potential issues that may hamper your Mac’s startup process

Discover auto-starting appsissues that may hamper your Mac’s startup process Check these locations for apps that are slowing

Check these locations for apps that are slowing down your Mac’s startup

Global Library startup These two folders are in the Library folder in the root of
Global
Library startup
These two folders are in
the Library folder in the
root of the disk and they
list the startup items that
apply to users. Too many
slow down the startup.
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Check your library This LaunchAgents folder is in your personal Library folder, and it lists
Check
your library
This LaunchAgents folder
is in your personal Library
folder, and it lists the apps
that load when you sign in.
Each item adds to the time
taken to start up the Mac.
System Preferences Make sure the Login items list is empty. As you can see, this
System Preferences
Make sure the Login items list is
empty. As you can see, this does
not mean there are no startup items
slowing down the Mac’s boot process.
Keep it clean.
Knowledge base Remove malware The procedures described here show the locations when auto-starting items are
Knowledge base
Remove malware
The procedures described here show
the locations when auto-starting items
are stored on the system. These same
places are used by malware, such as
PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If malware can’t be uninstalled and
there aren’t any options to stop it
auto-starting, manually delete the
entries in the LaunchAgents and
LaunchDaemons folders.
the entries in the LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons folders. Check the Preferences Check the Preferences in all
Check the Preferences Check the Preferences in all of your apps to see if there
Check the
Preferences
Check the Preferences in all
of your apps to see if there is
an option to prevent it from
automatically starting. Your
Mac will boot up faster and
will run faster too.
Be ruthless and remove any applications, menubar extras and Safari Extensions that you do not

Be ruthless and remove any applications, menubar extras and Safari Extensions that you do not need. Your Mac will start up faster as a result.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Top tweaks for faster starts

Top tweaks for faster starts

as a result. Step-by-step Top tweaks for faster starts 1 Remove login items Go to System

1

Remove login items

Go to System Preferences>Users &

Groups, then on the ‘Login Items’ tab select each application and click the ‘–’ icon to stop it starting when your Mac boots up.

‘–’ icon to stop it starting when your Mac boots up. 4 Agents and Daemons These

4 Agents and Daemons

These two folders show apps that auto-

start. It’s best not to delete them. Instead, open

the apps to see if they can be prevented from auto-starting in their preferences. Or uninstall.

from auto-starting in their preferences. Or uninstall. 7 View the results Scroll down the results and

7 View the results

Scroll down the results and look in the

various sections to see what loads with macOS. Other apps, internet plug-ins and Safari extensions should be scrutinised.

plug-ins and Safari extensions should be scrutinised. 2 Trim the menu If there are extra items

2 Trim the menu

If there are extra items in the menu bar,

Alt+click or right-click on them and go to ‘Preferences’. Now untick ‘Start on system startup’. Run menu extras only when needed.

on system startup’. Run menu extras only when needed. 5 More LaunchAgents Hold down Alt, click

5

More LaunchAgents

Hold down Alt, click ‘Go’ and select

‘Library’. There is another LaunchAgents folder with more startup items. Stop them in the app’s Preferences or uninstall them.

Stop them in the app’s Preferences or uninstall them. 8 Use the uninstaller If auto-starting apps

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Use the uninstaller

If auto-starting apps cannot be stopped,

uninstall them. Some apps cannot be removed by dragging them to the Trash, so you must use the uninstaller software if provided.

Trash, so you must use the uninstaller software if provided. 3 Find more items Open a

3

Find more items

Open a new Finder window and select the

Mac’s disk in the sidebar. Expand the Library folder and look down the list for two folders called LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons.

list for two folders called LaunchAgents and LaunchDaemons. 6 Get EtreCheck There is a useful app

6

Get EtreCheck

There is a useful app for checking what’s

slowing your Mac’s startup called EtreCheck. Download it (etrecheck.com) and run it. Enter the description and click ‘Start EtreCheck’.

it. Enter the description and click ‘Start EtreCheck’. 9 Use AppTrap You can get the AppTrap

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Use AppTrap

You can get the AppTrap System

Preferences pane from onnati.net/apptrap, With this you can drag apps from Applications to the Trash and leftover files are deleted too.

onnati.net/apptrap, With this you can drag apps from Applications to the Trash and leftover files are

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macOS Mojave Get organised without actually organising anything macOS includes a variety of tools that

macOS Mojave

macOS Mojave Get organised without actually organising anything macOS includes a variety of tools that can

Get organised without actually organising anything

macOS includes a variety of tools that can effectively negate the need to ever create a folder

that can effectively negate the need to ever create a folder Don’t waste time organising your

Don’t waste time organising your folders. Just bung everything into one big folder and use Spotlight!

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I magine all of the contents of your garage strewn all over the floor in no order at all, and compare that to all of your tools on shelves and categorised neatly for finding when you need to get to them. The latter sounds perfectly logical, but how long did it take you to make the garage so neat and organised? It would likely have taken some time, but in this case it does make finding

what you need easier. If, however, there were tools that helped you to find anything instantly without the need to compartmentalise everything, you may actually find

it more efficient to just put everything in the garage in any random order and find what you need later on. It sounds counterintuitive, but you can work this way on

a Mac, as we will now demonstrate.

Quick and powerful searching A few tools can make a world of difference Spotlight Don’t
Quick and powerful searching
A few tools can make a world of difference
Spotlight
Don’t be scared
It can feel scary to see
a mass of files in one
Spotlight is an
exceptionally powerful
tool that can be used to
find anything on your Mac
instantly. It can save you
hours that would otherwise
be spent organising your
files and documents.
folder on your Mac, but
remember that Spotlight
does not see this. It merely
finds what you want
quicker than you ever
could manually.
Knowledge base
Tags
A
compromise in
There are always
exceptions…
organisation comes by
way of the Tags in Finder.
You will not need to place
your files in specific
places, but you can still
search for files using
parameters that link them
all together.
Third-party tools
Third-party apps like Alfred offer
a different usage experience to
Spotlight and may feel more natural
to you. Take some time to look at the
various search solutions available on
the Mac App Store.
There will always be exceptions to
any defined way of working, and
you shouldn’t be wary of this if you
do decide to take the ‘unorganised’
route. Projects, for example, may need
images and documents to stay in one
folder for sharing, but our advice would
be not to organise where possible.
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Make sure that your Mac is powerful enough to undertake searches in large folders quickly

Make sure that your Mac is powerful enough to undertake searches in large folders quickly so as not to enforce delays as you try to locate files.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Organise your Mac without organising

Organise your Mac without organising

Step-by-step Organise your Mac without organising 1 Folders everywhere When you have a stack of folders

1

Folders everywhere

When you have a stack of folders it

does lead to a sense of being organised, but you can’t actually see anything within them

unless you click into each one individually.

within them unless you click into each one individually. 4 Limit the results Go to System

4

Limit the results

Go to System Preferences>Spotlight

and remove any categories that you do not need to view in Spotlight results. Think carefully about the selections you make here.

A new way, everywhere

You don’t need to limit this new way of working to just files because you can transpose it to other areas of your Mac usage as well. For example, you have likely spent many hours moving emails to folders to keep your inbox as small as possible, but is this really necessary? You have a powerful search tool in Mail that will find any email, even in the biggest of inboxes. Save some time and relax a little because, ultimately, life is too short to worry about organising your inbox.

life is too short to worry about organising your inbox. 2 One BIG folder To start

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One BIG folder

To start this experiment, try moving as

many files as possible into the Documents folder and leaving them there. You will notice

no initial difference to how your Mac works.

You will notice no initial difference to how your Mac works. 5 Make it quick In

5

Make it quick

In System Preferences>Keyboard>

Shortcuts>Spotlight you can amend the Spotlight keyboard shortcut. Cmd+spacebar does work well though…

keyboard shortcut. Cmd+spacebar does work well though… 1 A huge inbox In Mail you will not,

1 A huge inbox

In Mail you will not, by default, see the

number of emails in the inbox – handy if you choose not to organise your emails. A large inbox can still be searched efficiently though.

A large inbox can still be searched efficiently though. 3 Time for Spotlight Launch Spotlight using

3 Time for Spotlight

Launch Spotlight using Cmd+spacebar

and then type in any phrase you like. You will see files display in the list on the left, and you can simply click one to view it.

list on the left, and you can simply click one to view it. 6 Remember Privacy

6

Remember Privacy

Click the ‘Privacy’ tab in the Spotlight

settings and read the panel. You can then add locations that you do not want Spotlight to search within to tighten up the privacy.

want Spotlight to search within to tighten up the privacy. 2 Search and find Type any

2

Search and find

Type any search term in the top right-

hand box and a list of related emails will appear in the main panel. Subject results will also appear in a grey panel to the right.

of related emails will appear in the main panel. Subject results will also appear in a

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macOS MojaveMojave’s new screenshot utility In macOS Mojave you have now have greater freedom to capture

Mojave’s new screenshot utility

In macOS Mojave you have now have greater freedom to capture or record your screen Mac’s screen using the all new screenshot utility

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You can take a snap of the entire screen, selected portions or individual windows. You can also record activity on your screen and save it as a QuickTime movie – handy if you are putting together tutorials and informative guides on using your Mac. All of these options are available as one handy strip that you can access in Finder at any time by pressing ‘Cmd+Shift+5’. After executing that shortcut, the strip of screen capturing/recording options will appear at the bottom of the screen. In this piece we’ll guide you through these various options.capture your Mac’s screen in a variety of different ways. The new screenshot utility in macOS

this piece we’ll guide you through these various options. The new screenshot utility in macOS Mojave

The new screenshot utility in macOS Mojave provides much greater freedom to capture what is happening on your Mac

Utilising the screenshot utility Record How to use Mojave’s new screenshot-taking software your screen The
Utilising the screenshot utility
Record
How to use Mojave’s new screenshot-taking software
your screen
The four and fifth options
record your entire screen
or a defined portion. A
Stop button will appear in
your menubar.
Screen capture
The first three options
capture the entire screen,
Options
a
window that you click on
or a portion of the screen.
Highlight
the second
option and click your
desktop to take a clean
desktop pic.
Clicking ‘Options’ will
present a pop-up menu
of options, including the
destination where your
screens are saved, a timer
and whether you wish to
include sound.
Knowledge base
Show your cursor
By default, you cursor isn’t displayed
in
the screenshots that you take, but
Capture
you can change this to make it present.
Click on ‘Options’ in the screenshot
utility strip and then enable the ‘Show
Mouse Clicks’ option at the bottom of
the menu. Now all mouse activity will
be captured in the screenshots that
you take.
or record
Depending on the option
you select, a ‘Capture’
or ‘Record’ button will
appear at the end of the
strip that you can click on
to perform the task.
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Essentially, the screenshot utility feature replaces the old Grab app that came pre-installed on your

Essentially, the screenshot utility feature replaces the old Grab app that came pre-installed on your Mac prior to the Mojave update.

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Access and use the screenshot utility

Access and use the screenshot utility

Step-by-step Access and use the screenshot utility 1 Enter shortcut In Finder, press Cmd+Shift+5 and a

1

Enter shortcut

In Finder, press Cmd+Shift+5 and a

new strip of screenshot-related options will appear at the bottom of the screen that you

can use to capture screens in various ways.

screen that you can use to capture screens in various ways. 4 Capture a selected portion

4 Capture a selected portion

Click on the dotted frame icon to capture a selected portion. An outline will appear that you can drag into position and resize.

Marking up screenshots

Anyone familiar with iOS 12 will know that when you take a screenshot on your iPhone or iPad a small thumbnail will appear just above the dock that you can tap on to instantly open the image in markup mode and start annotating it. Well, this feature has now been implemented into macOS Mojave too in an almost identical fashion, providing a neat time-saving method of adding shapes, signatures and annotations to the screenshots that you take.

signatures and annotations to the screenshots that you take. 2 Capture entire screen Click on the

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Capture entire screen

Click on the first option to capture the

entire screen. After this, move your cursor anywhere on the desktop (it will change to a camera icon) then click to take a screenshot.

change to a camera icon) then click to take a screenshot. 5 Record screen This option

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Record screen

This option records a movie of your Mac

screen. When you click on the desktop it will start recording, and a small stop button will appear to the right of the menu bar.

small stop button will appear to the right of the menu bar. 1 Click on thumbnail

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Click on thumbnail

When you take a screenshot – which

can also be done by pressing Cmd+Shift+3 – a thumbnail of the image will appear at the bottom of the screen. Click on this.

will appear at the bottom of the screen. Click on this. 3 Capture a selected window

3 Capture a selected window

Clicking on the second option will allow you to take a shot of selected windows. Click this then any open window you wish to capture.

Click this then any open window you wish to capture. 6 Screenshot options If you click

6 Screenshot options

If you click on ‘Options’ then a pop-up

menu appears. Here you can choose where images are saved, set a timer and more. Adjust the options to suit – they’ll auto save.

more. Adjust the options to suit – they’ll auto save. 2 Mark up image The image

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Mark up image

The image will open in markup mode,

whereby you can use the various tools at the top of the interface to draw on the image, add text boxes and shapes and much more.

use the various tools at the top of the interface to draw on the image, add

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NumbersView data in Numbers Use smart categories in Numbers to view info in tables in

View data in Numbers

Use smart categories in Numbers to view info in tables in different ways with a few clicks

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S preadsheets can be complicated, but Numbers has

added a new trick in the latest version that simplifies them and makes information easier to read. Smart

categories provide new ways to view information in spreadsheet tables. They don’t change the underlying data but they do change the way data is presented. Smart categories offer different views and can be turned on or off with a switch. They are easily customised, and with a few mouse clicks you can see information in a whole new way. You need a small spreadsheet for this tutorial, and to keep it simple we created basic ones that record the contents of our home and office equipment, which could be very useful for insurance purposes.

which could be very useful for insurance purposes. Numbers has been updated to provide us with

Numbers has been updated to provide us with smart categories, that provide new ways to view information

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Use Numbers smart categories

Use Numbers smart categories

information Step-by-step Use Numbers smart categories 1 Select a table Open Numbers and open a spreadsheet
information Step-by-step Use Numbers smart categories 1 Select a table Open Numbers and open a spreadsheet
information Step-by-step Use Numbers smart categories 1 Select a table Open Numbers and open a spreadsheet

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Select a table

Open Numbers and open a spreadsheet

that contains a table, or create one, like this

simple example that lists home contents by room for insurance purposes. Click the table.

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Organise by category

There are several ways to apply smart

categories to this table and the simplest and quickest is to click the ‘Add Category’ button in the toolbar and then select a column.

3 View your data

Smart categories organise the data by

the selected column to make it easier to see.

It also adds functions on the right, which in this case shows sub-totals for each room.

right, which in this case shows sub-totals for each room. 4 Collapse the view One of

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Collapse the view

One of the nice features about smart

categories is that the rows can be collapsed to give you a better overview of the important information in the table. Click the arrows.

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5 The Categories inspector

Click ‘Organise’ at the end of the toolbar and select Categories. Use the controls to change the view, or switch off categories to go back.

to change the view, or switch off categories to go back. 6 Select a function It

6 Select a function

It depends on the data, but Numbers

may insert a function in the categories row. Click the cell and choose the function. If no function is added, click a cell and add one.

Click in the category row to insert a function that summarises the data, such as

Click in the category row to insert a function that summarises the data, such as counting items, adding numbers or money, and so on.

View data by categorysuch as counting items, adding numbers or money, and so on. Use categories to view data

Use categories to view data in unique ways

Add a category Select a table by clicking a cell, then click ‘Add Category’. A
Add a category
Select a table by clicking
a cell, then click ‘Add
Category’. A list of possible
categories appears. Select
one to apply it to the table
and see your data in a
different way.
Knowledge base Experiment with smart categories Smart categories are not useful for every type of
Knowledge base
Experiment with smart categories
Smart categories are not useful for every type of table
– it depends on the data. It works brilliantly for some
things and not at all for others. Try it and see. Select a
category and see if it helps you to understand a table. If
it doesn’t, press Cmd+Z to undo the change, then try a
different column for the category.
Category inspector Click the ‘Organise’ button at the right side of the toolbar to open
Category
inspector
Click the ‘Organise’
button at the right side of
the toolbar to open the
Inspector panel below.
Select the ‘Categories’ tab
to turn categories on or off
or to customise the way
data is displayed.
Expand/collapse
Add subcategories
Information in tables is
organised by category and
subcategory. Expand a
category by clicking the arrow
on the left to show all the data,
or collapse it to see only the
category headings.
It depends on the data,
but sometimes adding
subcategories provides extra
views. Click ‘Add a Category’
and select a column. Click and
drag categories up or down to
change the table view.
Categories and
subcategories

It can be difficult to understand what smart categories is doing and how to make the most of it, so here is a slightly different spreadsheet. This one records the computer equipment in offices and who it is assigned to. There are lots of people using iMacs and MacBooks, and they are clearly Mac fans! The point is, some items appear several times, and this provides interesting ways to organise them. Product sales would result in a similar type of table.

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Organise by room

Create a table containing a list of office

equipment in each room. Click ‘Smart Categories’ in the toolbar and select ‘Room’ to organise the information.

2 Change the groups

In the Categories inspector select a

different column. We selected ‘Equipment’ to arrange it by type. For values, click the category row under Value then Subtotal.

We selected ‘Equipment’ to arrange it by type. For values, click the category row under Value

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App StoreThe new-look Mac App Store Just updated to Mojave? Then here’s what’s good about the

The new-look Mac App Store

Just updated to Mojave? Then here’s what’s good about the redesigned app portal

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U p until the release of macOS Mojave, the Mac App

Store was outdated in appearance and somewhat cumbersome to navigate, but thankfully Apple has now

addressed this, given it a fresh lick of paint and made it more in keeping with iOS 12’s sleek and accessible App Store. The new design makes it easier to find out what’s hot, browse updates and manage all aspects of your account thanks to a simple sidebar interface. Whereas before it felt like a barren wasteland, the new-look App Store is bright, well-curated and brimming with intrigue and enthusiasm. Here we’ll guide you through the new key features and show you how to get the most out of your Mojave App Store and find what you need quickly and efficiently.

App Store and find what you need quickly and efficiently. The redesigned Mojave App Store is

The redesigned Mojave App Store is very exciting, with new content flagged up so you never miss great new releases

Step-by-step

Step-by-step Explore and master the new App Store

Explore and master the new App Store

Step-by-step Explore and master the new App Store 1 Easy navigation Traversing the App Store is

1

Easy navigation

Traversing the App Store is now done

via the sidebar. Here you will find categories, such as Discover, Create and Work, all gateways to apps of that ilk. Click a category and scroll down to explore what it has to offer.

a category and scroll down to explore what it has to offer. 4 Your apps Click

4 Your apps

Click your account profile at the bottom

of the sidebar to see purchased/downloaded apps. Apps you’ve downloaded that aren’t currently installed on your Mac will display a cloud icon. Click this to re-install them.

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Explore categories

Clicking on the ‘Categories’ section will

list all of the various app categories, such as Business and Games. Clicking on a category will display the best new content and most popular paid-for and free apps available.

content and most popular paid-for and free apps available. 5 Account settings To manage you account

5 Account settings

To manage you account settings, create

a nickname etc., click on ‘View Information’ at the top of your account page and sign into your account. You can also manage your various app subscriptions from here.

can also manage your various app subscriptions from here. 3 Get updates Click on ‘Updates’ to

3 Get updates

Click on ‘Updates’ to see if any of your

apps have updates available. Go to System Preferences>Software Update>Advanced and tick ‘Install app updates from the App Store’ to update your apps automatically.

from the App Store’ to update your apps automatically. 6 Redeem codes If you have received

6

Redeem codes

If you have received an iTunes gift card or

been sent a code for an app you can redeem it by clicking on ‘Redeem Gift Card’ at the top of your account page. Use your Mac camera to scan it or input the code manually.

To find apps quickly, simply click on the search field in the sidebar and then

To find apps quickly, simply click on the search field in the sidebar and then enter keywords. Matching or related content will then be displayed instantly.

Enter the new App Storeor related content will then be displayed instantly. Finding and downloading apps has never been easier

Finding and downloading apps has never been easier

Sidebar Navigating the App Store is done through the sidebar. Simply click on a category
Sidebar
Navigating the App Store is done through
the sidebar. Simply click on a category
here and you will be instantly ushered to
that particular section of the App Store. It
couldn’t be easier.
Managing your profile Clicking on your profile pick at the bottom of the sidebar will
Managing your profile
Clicking on your profile pick at the
bottom of the sidebar will let you manage
all aspects of your account, such as
re-downloading old apps and cancelling
or renewing your subscriptions.
Knowledge base
Quick links
Regardless of which page you are
currently at in the App Store, scroll
down to the bottom and you will see a
section called Quick Links. Here you
can find options to redeem codes, add
funds to your Apple ID and generally
find out more about the App Store and
how it works. The terms and conditions
can also be found here.

App Store preferences

The Mac App Store has its own set of preferences, and exploring them can be beneficial in various ways. For example, you can assign Automatic Updates from here (instead of going through System Preferences – see Step 3), apply the option to automatically download apps that you have purchased on other Macs and eradicate the need to have to input your password when downloading free apps, which can be an unnecessarily time- consuming process.

apps, which can be an unnecessarily time- consuming process. 1 Open the prefs Click App Store>Preferences

1

Open the prefs

Click App Store>Preferences in the menu

bar to access the preferences window. The options are fairly minimal, but exploring them can prove beneficial.

Top picks Like the iOS App Store, each section comes with top picks and flagged-up
Top picks
Like the iOS App Store, each
section comes with top picks
and flagged-up content that
may be of interest to you. Click
on the banner to find out more
and scroll through using the
side arrows.
to find out more and scroll through using the side arrows. Downloading apps To download apps,
Downloading apps To download apps, click on the price (or the ‘Get’ option if the
Downloading apps
To download apps, click on
the price (or the ‘Get’ option
if the app is free), followed by
‘Install’. Download progress is
shown via a circle, and you can
cancel any time by clicking on
the Stop button in the middle.
any time by clicking on the Stop button in the middle. 2 Assign and close Tick

2 Assign and close

Tick the various options you wish to

apply, or click on the drop-down menus to change existing options. Once you’re done click the red circle to close the window.

on the drop-down menus to change existing options. Once you’re done click the red circle to

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f Manage your inances with your Apple gear Keeping on top of your money matters

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f Manage your inances with your Apple gear Keeping on top of your money matters can

Manage your

inances

with your Apple gear

Keeping on top of your money matters can be tricky, but with the help of Apple devices you could be in the black in no time

S ome say Apple products are expensive, but we have always been of the opinion that they represent

excellent value for money over the long term due to the way they are built and their potential to keep running for many years. They can of course be used for entertainment, projects and all manner of tasks, but controlling your finances with your Mac and iOS products can potentially save you a fortune and even

help you grow your personal wealth. No matter what your goals are there are apps and products that will help you with your finances, and the unique way that Apple products work together will do a lot of the hard work for you, which greatly increases your chance of success. It is perfectly possible that managing your finances on your Apple products could help you to get back all of the money you have spent on hardware and much more.

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Start with Stocks

Aim high and look at your future first

Start with Stocks Aim high and look at your future first 1 A familiar look When

1 A familiar look

When you first open Stocks on macOS

it looks a little like Apple News. It is split into two areas, one for the pricing and one

for the latest financial news.

BecomeManagean iOSyour12financeGeniuss

financial news. BecomeManagean iOSyour12financeGeniuss W hen considering how to manage your finances it may seem

W hen considering how to manage your finances it may seem strange to start with Stocks, but it is built

in to iOS and macOS and it offers a lot of data to give you inspiration for what to do with your future wealth.

give you inspiration for what to do with your future wealth. 2 In the detail Click

2

In the detail

Click any stock to see the history and

the trends that make up the value today. You can learn a lot with a quick study of the

pricing over longer periods.

The interface is clean and it brings the information you need straight to you, which makes it an ideal resource to check at least once a day in order to understand what the markets are doing and keep abreast of any sudden changes.

markets are doing and keep abreast of any sudden changes. 3 Look deeper You can also

3

Look deeper

You can also view detailed articles that

can then be compared to the stock price at the time of publishing. This will help you judge future pricing trends.

Choose an expense-recording app

Good money management is built upon tracking as much as possible

W hen you choose an app to capture your purchases, you should take time to ensure

that data entry is quick and easy, your information is safe and backed up and that the presentation will help you easily see an overview of where your money is going. The right choice will make all of the difference to your financial success.

will make all of the difference to your financial success. 3 The register The transaction register

3

The register

The transaction register will display

each individual entry in a handy list, and there are visual cues so you can recognise income and expenditure instantly.

cues so you can recognise income and expenditure instantly. 1 Make your choice Take time to

1

Make your choice

Take time to choose a finance app that

suits the way you work. An iPhone app makes sense as you will always have it with you to enter new transactions quickly.

always have it with you to enter new transactions quickly. 4 Reporting is key The reporting

4

Reporting is key

The reporting function lets you see

what you have spent your money on and specific areas to focus on when trying to cut back.

on and specific areas to focus on when trying to cut back. 2 Speed counts In

2

Speed counts

In this tutorial we are using MoneyWiz,

which lets you enter transactions efficiently. You can also change settings to reorganise the sections as you enter them.

settings to reorganise the sections as you enter them. 5 The Dashboard For quick analysis use

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The Dashboard

For quick analysis use the Dashboard

to view upcoming transactions, all of your accounts and useful stats – everything is in one place.

to view upcoming transactions, all of your accounts and useful stats – everything is in one

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BecomeManage youran iOSfinance12 Geniuss Know your score Your credit score gives you freedom and flexibility

BecomeManage youran iOSfinance12 Geniuss

Know your score

Your credit score gives you freedom and flexibility

T here are many options for checking your credit score, and alongside the

various services that claim to be the default there are apps that you can also use to keep up to date. Of course, you can use Safari on a Mac to check your score and it will work just as well, but there will be times when you may want the information available when you are out and about, and this is where an app on an iPhone or iPad will be invaluable. This is a crucial area for getting your finances in check.

This is a crucial area for getting your finances in check. The bigger the number When
The bigger the number When you sign up for a service you will be given
The bigger the number
When you sign up for a service you
will be given a score and an indication
of how good it is. A good score will
give you lower interest rates and much
more flexibility in the future.
interest rates and much more flexibility in the future. The best options Most services also offer
The best options Most services also offer loan and credit card services so that you
The best options
Most services also offer loan and
credit card services so that you can
compare the various options to get the
very best deal for your needs. All of the
features will work when mobile.
Knowledge is power Most services offer tips and advice to ensure that you are managing
Knowledge is power
Most services offer tips and advice
to ensure that you are managing your
money in the best way possible. Every
little bit of knowledge will help you deal
with all financial areas.
of knowledge will help you deal with all financial areas. Grow your score If your score
Grow your score If your score is not where you want it to be you
Grow your score
If your score is not where you want it
to be you can try upgrading to the full
service to see your score at any time
and to fully understand why you may
have lost some points.

Get the best exchange rates

If you travel often, you can save a fortune with some quick research

E xchange rates vary wildly, and whether you need to buy some ready cash for a holiday or if you travel every week, your Apple devices will help you to get the best possible

rates. You need to know the current ‘true’ rate to then decide if the

price an organisation is offering you is fair. Also, take care not to just look at the rate and to calculate the commission rates and the difference between the buy and sell rates. Many places advertise zero commission but will catch you with a low buy back rate.

zero commission but will catch you with a low buy back rate. 1 Choose an app

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Choose an app

Go to the iOS App Store and download

XE Currency. This free offering works efficiently and is updated in real-time.

offering works efficiently and is updated in real-time. 2 Choose your currency Add any currency you

2

Choose your currency

Add any currency you need for a trip

and keep the list updated. When you input an amount the other currencies update too.

When you input an amount the other currencies update too. 3 See the history It is

3 See the history

It is easy to see the historic price

trends for each currency, which can help you to decide if you should buy or wait.

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Never miss a bill again

Missing bill payments will reduce your credit score

again Missing bill payments will reduce your credit score 1 A simple setup When you first

1 A simple setup

When you first open Bills Express

you will be presented with a very simple interface. Get familiar with it and then click the ‘+’ icon to add a new bill.

with it and then click the ‘+’ icon to add a new bill. 4 Flexibility is

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Flexibility is included

Click ‘Pay’ next to any amount and

you can pay a bill instantly. This gives you the flexibility to note down every payment and update the remaining balance.

Manage your finances

and update the remaining balance. Manage your finances M issing just one bill payment, even a

M issing just one bill payment, even a small one, can have a dramatic effect on your credit score, and

if it happens more than once it can take a

long time for your score to recover. There are many obvious reasons to ensure that
long time for your score to recover. There
are many obvious reasons to ensure that

2 Add a bill

In the small panel that appears enter a

description, amount and select a date. Add

a category and a repeating frequency to speed up future entry and analysis.

a repeating frequency to speed up future entry and analysis. 5 Repeating bills It is important

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Repeating bills

It is important to enter reoccurring bills

accurately as they will be displayed every week, month or year to help you budget for the future in an efficient manner.

your bills are paid on time (and if possible on a yearly basis), which is why an app like Bill Express can be worth the small asking price time and time again. It will save you time, lots of money in potential late fees and it will also give you peace of mind.

potential late fees and it will also give you peace of mind. 3 Coming together As

3

Coming together

As you enter bills the app will build a

picture of your expenditure. The total due

is shown at the bottom and the imminent

amount to pay is highlighted in red.

bottom and the imminent amount to pay is highlighted in red. 6 Back it up You

6 Back it up

You will likely spend a lot of time

initially building up your bills database,

so make sure you take advantage of the Backup option in Preferences.

Data entry everywhere

Keep track of your spending no matter what you are doing

Keep track of your spending no matter what you are doing 1 Launch the app instantly
1 Launch the app instantly Many apps, such as Money Pro, have
1
Launch the app instantly
Many apps, such as Money Pro, have

Apple Watch apps built in that can be used to enter new expenses. Open the app and choose expense, income or transfer.

Open the app and choose expense, income or transfer. 2 Be specific Select a category and

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Open the app and choose expense, income or transfer. 2 Be specific Select a category and

Be specific

Select a category and enter the

amount. The entire process consists of using three screens to add a new entry that will be instantly recorded on the app.

add a new entry that will be instantly recorded on the app. 3 Checking on the

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a new entry that will be instantly recorded on the app. 3 Checking on the go

Checking on the go

You can see a quick overview of your

monthly expenditure on the Apple Watch,

which may be useful if you are considering

a big purchase and want a quick recap.

on the Apple Watch, which may be useful if you are considering a big purchase and

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BecomeManage youran iOSfinance12 Geniuss Think of the worst possible scenario and be secure Your hard

BecomeManage youran iOSfinance12 Geniuss

BecomeManage youran iOSfinance12 Geniuss Think of the worst possible scenario and be secure Your hard work

Think of the worst possible scenario and be secure

Your hard work can be undone by one poor move

B ehind every financial move thay you make should be a consideration that your personal information is as

safe as possible and that the hardware and software you have is able to give you the necessary protection. You need to think of every possibility, from having your debit card cloned to people trying to get your personal information through a multitude of different schemes, and the first tip we can offer is Apple Pay. When set up it uses a different unique code every time you shop, and even the retailer will not receive any details about who you are. This makes it as secure as it can be, and it is arguably better than a debit or credit card in most instances. The fact it is so easy to use is an added bonus. Also, remember to secure your Mac and use ‘Strong passwords’ throughout your Apple ecosystem for a secure environment. Apple is strong on security and privacy and has developed software and hardware to ensure you are as protected as you can be at all times, so you should use as many of the features as you can. Finally, use common sense and prudence at all times with all of your financial dealings.

prudence at all times with all of your financial dealings. Use your Mac to plan your

Use your Mac to plan your financial commitments

A mortage or a loan are big commitments. Your Mac can help you to manage them

T aking on mortgage will likely be the biggest single financial commitment that you will ever make in your life,

and simply walking into a bank, having a chat and signing up could cost you a fortune. You should use your Mac and the built-in apps to undertake a little research and potentially give yourself a much better deal for decades ahead. This works for loans as well.

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Spend some time searching banks,

dedicated mortgage services and advice sites to see what is available.

mortgage services and advice sites to see what is available. 2 The numbers The numbers are

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The numbers

The numbers are what counts here, so

answer questions accurately. You will want to take note of each and every option.

Manage your finances

Manage your finances Build a budget Be hard on yourself A good budget is a challenging

Build a budget

Be hard on yourself A good budget is a challenging budget, so try to set
Be hard on yourself
A good budget is a
challenging budget, so
try to set tough goals for
entertainment and other
non-essential areas. You can
always tweak them later if you
need to.
It’s obvious
You can always see how
close you are to your budget
maximum in Home Budget
thanks to the handy visual
indicator on the front screen.
Check it every single day for
the best results.
Improve over time
The reports will help you to
improve over long periods of
time as you adjust to working
to a specific budget. You will
get better at it as time passes
– just stick with it.

Understand what is coming and where you are continually

C reating a challenging budget and sticking to it is one of the hardest and most beneficial financial tasks

it is one of the hardest and most beneficial financial tasks you can undertake. With the

you can undertake. With the help of an app that works on iOS and macOS you will be able to always understand your financial position and you will also be able to tweak your overall finances as needed dependent upon events that may affect your available cashflow. One example is Home Budget, which offers a wide range of features within an interface that is simple to follow from start to finish. Once you start building a budget it will become a way of life.

What’s going out? You can add your expenses as they occur to use the budgeting
What’s going out?
You can add your expenses
as they occur to use the
budgeting app a little like a
bank account. Be sure to
be as accurate as you can
when doing this to ensure the
validity of your budget.
can when doing this to ensure the validity of your budget. 3 Compare widely Compare as

3

Compare widely

Compare as many offerings as you

can to understand who offers the best deals. Keep a record of all the results.

who offers the best deals. Keep a record of all the results. 4 Keep a record

4

Keep a record

Use Notes or an alternative app like

Bear to record results. This will help you secure data and compare results easily.

This will help you secure data and compare results easily. 5 Be careful You may be

5 Be careful

You may be offering a lot of personal

data when searching deals, so do lots of anonymous calculations and research first.

a lot of personal data when searching deals, so do lots of anonymous calculations and research

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