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The battle of the PCs


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Apple slashes MacBook prices as Google unveils Chromebook Pixel

12 Apple stops selling Mac Pro in UK and Europe 15 Apple looking at ‘new product categories’

19 The Apple Challenge

50 brainteasing questions to separate the Apple geniuses from the more casual Apple fan

28 Back It Up

You know you should. But do you? If not, here’s how.

39 iCloud Starter Guide

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We walk you through detailed backup plans – from basic to bulletproof – and explain how to restore a backup from Time Machine or from the cloud.

We explain the basics behind Apple’s cloud storage service Working Mac

54 Security Tips for Mac Travellers

Password-protect your devices, use encryption, and have a better chance of recovering lost items Create

60 The Ultimate Workflow for iPhoto for iOS

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64 A New Point of View

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nyone wanting proof that Steve Jobs was right when he said we are living in a postPC world will be interested to hear that Mac sales have outpaced PC sales for the past 26 quarters, with the exception of the December 2012 quarter when Apple couldn’t make enough iMacs. Now that availability has improved, the expectation is that Macs will sell well in the current quarter. However, PCs are fighting back. This month, we’ve see Google launch the Chromebook Pixel. It has more pixels than Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display. Its screen is also touch sensitive. This is something else Jobs had an opinion on: he believed that putting a touchscreen on a Mac would be “ergonomically terrible” as using a vertical touchscreen makes your arm ache.

LTE-4G networking The other feature the Chromebook boasts that the MacBook doesn’t is LTE4G networking. However, the cellular version of the Chromebook isn’t shipping in the UK, which we think highlights the fundamental problem with putting LTE networking in a computer: there are too many different variants of 4G around the world. While we admit that 3G/4G networking would be handy on our MacBook, we wonder if bundling the technology into the device isn’t more trouble than its worth. If you want to get online you can always share the mobile connection on your iPhone or iPad. Speaking of those devices, when Jobs predicted the demise of the PC he wasn’t suggesting that tablets replace the PC. Jobs said that PCs are going to be “like trucks” in that they’ll still be useful for certain work. While an iPad or iPhone is sufficient for those who use a PC to send email and check Facebook – there are

If PCs are dead, it appears that Macs have life in them yet jobs that only a powerful PC can do, like programming, hard core gaming, and high-end video editing. The idea that the tablet is a PC has seen researchers at Canalys conclude that Apple is the world’s largest maker of PCs. This view suggests that the PC and the tablet have converged. This time it’s Apple CEO Tim Cook’s turn to have an opinion. Last year Cook stated that Apple wouldn’t be combining a laptop and an iPad. He compared the convergence of tablets and PCs with a toaster-refrigerator. His concern being the trade-offs necessary resulting in a dumbed down operating system. Perhaps the Google Chromebook illustrates exactly this concern of Cook’s. This tablet/laptop hybrid is so dumbed down that it includes just 32GB memory. It seems a strange omission, especially given the premium price of the Chromebook Pixel. And as Apple’s recent price drop on the Retina display MacBooks would suggest, people are not keen on paying a premium.


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Concerning coverage of EE. I live in Oldham and cannot make a call lasting longer than 10 minutes before the signal breaks up. I rang EE and they sent me a new SIM card, but this has not rectified the fault. I used to be on the phone for at least an hour at a time before this. Disappointed.

I tried Google Maps when it came out, and to be honest, I felt that Apple Maps was better. I have not had a problem with Apple Maps, and so far it has worked very well for me. I like the Siri and Contacts integration. Google Maps is a nice option to have, and in the end, we all win, but I will be sticking with Apple’s Maps app.

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ON JONY IVE Following the discussion over the relevance of Jonathan Ive’s skills to the software component of his new Human Interface responsibilities, I would like to point out that my own design degree taught me to observe, analyse and innovate. Those skills proved both relevant and beneficial throughout my succeeding career. That included my own design and production studio, lecturing at degree level, managing national and international NFP orgs, organising trade fairs, conferences and training workshops, finishing with aiding specialist SMEs in the UK and France to develop commercial and market potential. I think Jony will prove to be far more successful than I ever managed, to the benefit of many Macites to come. – Malcolm Macintyre

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I had high hopes for going back to Google Maps. However, if it cannot access my iPhone address book, then I have no use for it, except to check traffic now and then.


Our readers tweet about their preferred backup strategies. @mikecary: Time Machine, SuperDuper! Plus portable hard drive backup once per month. @chigaze: Three backups: Time Capsule, ChronoSync to a Drobo, and Backblaze to the cloud. @fjpoblam: Backup? Time Machine. Two laptops. iPads and iPhones to laptops. Websites (ours and clients’) to cloud. Docs also to Amazon. @british_geek: All of my work and important documents are synced over Dropbox, so I don’t have to back up locally. Takes the hassle out of it.

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THROUGH THE LENS: MUSEUM OF iPODS I didn’t set out to collect a model from each release – often I had to sell my previous one to get the funds for the latest. But a friend giving me his mum’s 5GB first-generation model inspired me to Craigslist and eBay my way to a complete set. – Rick McCormick Have a great Apple-centric photo? Send it to news@, and we may feature it in a future issue.


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News Apple Slashes MacBook Prices as Google Unveils Chromebook Pixel

Google’s new laptop has touch display with more pixels than Retina. Will Apple launch touchscreen MacBook? B y M a c w o r l d S ta f f


Google’s laptop comes in two versions: 4G LTE, $1,449 (no UK price yet); and Wi-Fi, $1,299 (£1,049 in the UK). That’s pretty high given the price of Apple’s MacBook Pro with Chromebook Pixel Google’s new laptop has a touchscreen display with Retina display, and more pixels than apple’s MacBook pro with retina display models. the fact it features 128GB of flash He wasn’t the only one to dismiss compared to Google’s 32GB SSD. the tablet-laptop combination. Last year, Apple’s decision to reduce the price Apple CEO Tim Cook coined the phrase of its laptops sparked rumours that the “toaster-fridge” when he compared Retina MacBook Pro has been selling Microsoft’s plans for Windows 8, which poorly, leading some to expect a low runs on personal computers, laptops, uptake for the Chromebook Pixel. netbooks and tablet PCs, with the idea of However, Citibank analyst Glen Yeung combining a toaster and a refrigerator. has predicted that touchscreen PCs are “Anything can be forced to converge, a threat to the iPad, and that we will see but the problem is that the products “limited innovation” in tablets, while there are about trade-offs. You begin to make will be “growing innovation in PCs.” trade-offs to the point where what you He predicts a “growing presence of have left at the end of the day doesn’t touch-based, ultrathin, all-day notebooks please anyone,” he argued. “You can at improving price points” will “create converge a toaster and refrigerator, but competition for 10in tablets not fully you know, those things are probably not anticipated by the market.” going to be pleasing to the user.” MacBook touch Apple’s patent filing clearly states that A recently published Apple patent the advanced ‘Integrated Touch’ In-Cell application hints that the company could display, currently found in the iPhone 5, be working on a touchscreen MacBook, could be applied to the MacBook Pro, despite Steve Jobs’ claim that putting MacBook Air and iMac. a touchscreen on a Mac would be Meanwhile, separate reports have “ergonomically terrible.” suggested Apple is preparing to launch a Retina MacBook Air later this year. Japanese site Macotakara claims the revamp will be unveiled in the third quarter of 2013, with parts scheduled Touchscreen MacBook? Google’s new chromebook pixel and a patent application have left apple watchers wondering whether a touchscreen MacBook is on the cards. to begin shipping in quarter two.

pple dropped the prices of its MacBook Pro with Retina display models, while also giving them a processor upgrade, just as Google launched its new Chromebook Pixel touchscreen laptop. On 13 February, Apple slashed £200 off the price of its 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display. Prices now start at £1,249 with 128GB of flash memory, and £1,449 with a new 2.6GHz Intel i5 processor and a 256GB SSD. Although prices for the 15in Retina model still start at £1,799, it now has a 2.4GHz quad-core processor, while the £2,299 MacBook comes with a new 2.7GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory, (a build to order option that previously cost £2,698). The price of the 13in MacBook Air with 256GB of flash has also been cut, and will now set you back £1,199. These changes arrived just ahead of the unveiling of Google’s touchscreen Chromebook Pixel, which has more pixels than Apple’s Retina display.

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Patents Add Evidence to iWatch Rumours Reports have also claimed that Apple has a team of more than 100 people working on a smart watch BY ASHLEIGH ALLSOPP


vidence pointing to an Apple smart watch, dubbed iWatch, is mounting, with two newly published Apple patents acting as the latest clues. On 21 February, the US Patent & Trademark Office published an Apple patent application. It covers a bracelet, with a multitouch display the consumer can use to “accomplish a number of different tasks, including adjusting the order of a current playlist, or reviewing a list of recent phone calls,” states Apple. “A response to current text message can even can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.” A second patent covers the exchange of

location data between a portable device Analysts have forecast that the market and an accessory, which could be a for wearable computing devices will wearable computer like the iWatch. hit nearly half a billion units within the If those patents aren’t enough next five years, with the arrival of smart to convince you Apple is at least glasses like Google Glass expected to considering an iWatch, reports from launch later this year. Bloomberg suggest the company has a team of at least 100 designers working on an iWatch. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times have also claimed Apple is working on a wristwatchWearable Computers Among other features, the iWatch could notify users to incoming texts, phone calls and emails. like device.

iOS 6.1 Updated Three Times, iTunes 11 Apple has released two public updates and one beta for its iOS 6.1 software, and has also updated iTunes 11 BY ASHLEIGH ALLSOPP


ince the release of iOS 6.1 on 28 January, Apple has rolled out iOS 6.1.1, 6.1.2, a 6.1.3 beta, as well as an update to iTunes 11. The first of these updates, iOS 6.1.1, became available to iPhone 4S owners on 11 February in order to fix the 3G issue experienced by some users after updating to iOS 6.1. On 8 February, Vodafone had warned its UK iPhone 4S customers not to upgrade to 6.1 due to performance issues with 3G. On 20 February, Apple released another update in the form of iOS 6.1.2 for all iOS 6 compatible devices, which fixed an Exchange bug that had been spotted earlier in the month. Specifically, the release notes on iOS 6.1.2 say the

patch “fixes an Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life”. Neither update provided a fix for the security flaw discovered in iOS 6.1, which allows unauthorised access to a locked iPhone’s contacts and photos. However, Apple has seeded an iOS 6.1.3 beta to developers, which is believed to solve the problem in addition to bringing improvements to Japanese Maps. Meanwhile, Apple has also released iTunes 11.0.2, an update to the redesigned media management software that adds a new composer view and fixes several bugs. The update was made available on 19 February.

Max Points In addition to bug-fixing iOS 6.1 updates, Apple also released iTunes 11.0.2.


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Apple Stops Selling Mac Pro in UK, Europe Apple forced retire the Mac Pro in Europe as it no longer complies with safety regulations BY KAREN HASLAM


he Mac Pro has been removed from sale in Europe after an amendment to a safety regulation left the professional Mac incompliant with EU rules. Apple told Macworld the amendment to the IEC 60950-1 regulation increases requirements around electrical port protection and the fan guards in the system. The fans in the Mac Pro are unprotected, so it would be possible to touch the fan blades. The amendment to the regulation went into effect on 1 March throughout EU countries and the EFTA trade zone. Apple emphasised that reseller partners will be able to continue to sell Mac Pro products they have in inventory after 1 March. However, Apple won’t be able to ship its pro Mac to those countries.

The Mac Pro is now listed as “currently unavailable” on the UK Apple site. An Apple reseller in France has claimed the company has told it that the new Mac Pro will launch sometime this spring, contradicting CEO Tim Cook’s claims in 2012 that a new model would launch “later next year”. In a letter sent to clients following Apple’s announcement, France Systemes claimed: “We believe that the judgement of the Mac Pro is temporary. Apple informs us that a new Mac Pro will be released in spring 2013.” A spring launch seems unlikely, however. Our best guess is an update at WWDC this summer. No Mac Pro Due to a change to safety regulations, Apple has been forced to remove the Mac Pro from sale in the UK and Europe.

Apple Hires TV Expert Apple has hired LG’s OLED expert and may use Corning Glass to provide TV screen BY KAREN HASLAM


he rumours that Apple is building a television have amplified recently, sparked by news the company has hired LG’s OLED expert. Added to this are claims its television, dubbed iTV, could use Corning Glass’ Gorilla Glass. James Lee, a senior researcher at LG, who had been working on creating a printed AMOLED TV (organic lightemitting diode) based television display, has joined Apple according to The OLED Association. He is “no doubt more knowledgeable about OLEDs than any of Apple’s current staff, which is known to be quite strong,” it suggests. It would appear that Apple CEO Tim Cook isn’t so enamoured with OLED screens, though. He argued against OLED technology at the recent Goldman

Sachs Technology and Interactive firm behind the iPhone’s Gorilla Glass will Conference in San Fransico (see page 14), work with Apple on a television. saying: “The colour saturation is awful”, It’s also suggested Corning’s flexible adding: “you should really think twice Willow Glass could be used in Apple’s before you depend on the colour of the iWatch, however the company doesn’t OLED display.” He went on to describe expect the glass to be ready until 2016. the Retina display as “twice as bright as an OLED display”. In other developments, a quick look at Corning Glass’ website shows that the company is also involved in TV: “By supporting the sleek, ultra-thin seamless designs that are a popular trend in today’s LCD TV industry, Corning Gorilla Glass is literally changing the face You’re Hired Apple’s decision to employ a senior LG of LCD TV,” it says. This has researcher has increased speculation it’s working on a TV. sparked speculation the


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Apple is Victim of Cyber Attack Java and Flash cause security issues for Macs , Apple blocks both BY Karen Haslam


pple has confirmed that some computers belonging to its employees were targeted by hackers. Facebook’s computers had been infiltrated the week before using the same Java vulnerability. Apple told Macworld: “Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers. The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. There is no evidence that any data left Apple.” Later that day, Apple issued a Java update that patched the security vulnerabilities, as well as scanning for the malware and removing it. In line with the company’s recent policy on

Java, the download disabled the Java plug-in; users who need to run applets in their browser will be prompted to download the latest version of the Java plug-in from Oracle. This came two weeks after Apple barred Java on Macs, leaving companies that rely on its plug-ins out in the cold. Apple blocked Java 7 Update 11 by adding it to the banned list in Apple’s XProtect anti-malware feature. Unfortunately, some enterprise users who utilise Java found that their software ceased to work. A few days later Apple issued an update to Java along with warnings dissuading people from running Java. The company suggested: “Enable Java in your web browser only when you need to run a Java web app.”

Java has come under fire as the means by which hackers have been able to gain control of computers. In April 2012, more than 600,000 Macs were reported to have been infected with a Flashback Trojan horse that was installed with the help of Java exploits. Of course, Java isn’t the only baddy as far as security on the Mac is concerned. Adobe issued Flash updates in February patching vulnerabilities in Flash Player and Shockwave Player. The latest update uses Apple’s Xprotect malware scanner to block old versions of Flash.

Apple is Last Man Standing in Antitrust Battle With US Department of Justice The US DoJ claims Apple has violated antitrust laws by conspiring to fix eBook prices BY Karen Haslam


pple is now alone in its battle with the Department of Justice (DoJ) over accusations that it conspired with publishers to fix eBook prices, and a legal expert is suggesting the company would be wise to give up the fight now. The DoJ is seeking a judicial decree that Apple violated antitrust law. Should it lose, plaintiffs in a class-action suit filed on behalf of consumers would be in a “powerful position” to win their cases and Apple could have to pay steep damages, according to New York University School of Law professor Harry First. The Consumer Federation of America estimated that eBook price fixing in 2012 could have cost US consumers more

than $200 million (£132.75m). However, University of Michigan Law School professor Daniel Crane suggested Apple may be trying to establish an antitrust principle to help other aspects of its business, such as content deals with entertainment companies. In the US, the five publishers named in the case with the DoJ have all settled. In a similar case in the EU, Apple and all four publishers have already come to an agreement with regulators. The trial, which will be overseen by District Judge Denise Cote will begin in Manhattan on 3 June. iBook Price Fix? Apple is accused of fixing eBook prices in the iBookstore.

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CEO Cook Talks, Obama Praises Apple Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a keynote and then attended Obama’s State of the Union address BY Karen Haslam


pple CEO Tim Cook had a busy day on 12 February. He started by delivering a keynote at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Interactive Conference in San Francisco and was then whisked more than 2,000 miles to Washington DC to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama for her husband’s State of the Union address. During his Goldman Sachs keynote, Cook responded to calls for Apple to return some of the $137 billion (£90.94bn) it has in the bank to shareholders, referring to an investor lawsuit (see opposite), calling it a “silly sideshow”. He denied the company has a “depressionera mentality,” and pointed to Apple’s investments over the past 12 months. “If you look at the last three years, we’ve averaged about an acquisition every other month,” he said, highlighting the case of PA Semi. Cook noted: “We really like to control the primary technology behind the products that we’re in, and so we’re constantly looking at that. In terms of large acquisitions, we’ve looked at large companies. In each case thus far, it didn’t pass our test. It didn’t pass our test for various reasons, and we’ve looked at more than one.

Bigger Isn’t Better apple won’t produce a bigger screen iphone because cook doesn’t think it’s what people really want.

Would we look again? I’m sure we will. Is there a reason why we couldn’t do that? No. I think we have the management talent and depth to do it.” He added that: “Most importantly we’re investing in product innovation, in R&D, in new products; we’re investing in the supply chain.” He went on to describe Apple as being in a privileged position, thanks to the money in the bank, and suggested it can “seriously consider returning additional cash toward shareholders.” Cook also spoke about the leadership team at Apple, arguing it’s “never been stronger”. He said: “In terms of leadership, when I look around the executive team table, I see superstars.” In reaction to recent suggestions that Apple has stopped innovating, Cook emphasised: “It [innovation] is as strong as ever, it’s deeply embedded, it’s in the values, it’s in the DNA of the company.”

Budget iPhone Recently there have been calls for a budget iPhone, with emerging markets like China and India in mind. Cook seemed to dismiss calls for Apple to build such a device, saying: “We wouldn’t do anything that we consider not a great product, it’s just not in us to do it, it’s not why we’re on this Earth. There are other companies that do that; that’s just not who we are.” However, he did emphasis the lower price of the iPhone 4, and referred to the fact there’s still a lot of demand for that model. The idea of a bigger screen iPhone also came up and he compared it to the computer industry, and calls for faster processors and bigger drives. “The truth is, customers want a great experience, and they want quality,” he said. Cook also noted that Apple isn’t just a hardware company. “We have other ways to make money and reward shareholders. This doesn’t get noticed very much for

Cook’s Busy Day apple’s cEo delivered a keynote and then joined Michelle obama for the State of the Union address.

some reason, but last quarter, if you looked at our services and software revenues, it was $3.7bn.” “We’re managing Apple for the long term. I know people care about quarters and so forth, and we care,” said Cook, concluding that it’s the “privilege of a lifetime, and humbling to work with the people I get to work with.”

Obamarama Cook capped off the day as a guest of Michelle Obama, as President Obama gave his State of the Union address. As expected, due to his invitation to the First Lady’s box, Obama mentioned Apple, saying: “Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing. After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.” In December 2012, Cook announced that the company is planning to manufacture one of its existing lines in the US this year.

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Apple Looks at ‘New Product Categories’ Cook speaks at shareholder meeting amid shareholder lawsuits and calls for investor remuneration BY KArEn HAsLAM


pple’s annual shareholder meeting took place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters on 27 February. At the event, Apple CEO Tim Cook made no mention of plans for distributing any of Apple’s $137 billion (£90.94bn) cash pile to investors. Nor did he announce an increased dividend, an accelerated buyback program or talk about stock splits. Cook did, however, admit that he is unhappy with Apple’s falling share price and revealed the company is working on new product categories. During the meeting, Cook admitted that he knows shareholders are “disappointed” with Apple’s falling share price, adding: “I don’t like it either” and indicating that he is “focused on the long term.” As for the short term, Cook revealed Apple has some “great stuff coming”. He also mentioned that Apple is working on “new product categories”. Regarding the growing Android and Samsung market share, he said: “It’s clear that Android is on a lot of phones. It’s probably true that iOS is on a lot more tablets.” According to Cook, success is not about making the most, though. “There’s a button or two we could press to make the most. That would not be good for Apple,” he explained. The shareholders voted on a number of measures. These included the re‑election of Apple’s directors, the approval of the company’s accounting firm and a ‘say on pay’ measure was approved. Shareholders also voted against executive stock retention and a Human Rights committee (Apple recommended a no vote in both cases). Following the shareholder meeting, it emerged that Apple had implemented a new rule that means executives have to hold triple their base salary in AAPL stock. In addition, non‑employee directors must hold five times their annual retainer,

and CEO Tim Cook must hold 10 times his annual base salary in AAPL stock Apple had wanted shareholders to vote on another proposal, but an investor sued the company, claiming the measure would make it impossible for Apple to return more money to investors and this would cause “an actual and imminent injury” to investors. As a result, a court ruled Apple would not be able to ask shareholders to vote on the measure.

Einhorn’s Challenge

$45bn (£29.86bn) to shareholders over three years through dividends and share repurchases. According to reports, just one shareholder at the meeting mentioned the $137bn question and the Einhorn lawsuit during the question‑and‑ answer session of the meeting. Apple confirmed it’s committed to reviving the shareholder proposal that it had to withdraw after the lawsuit that Cook had described as a “silly sideshow”. He emphasised to investors: “Regardless of how the judge ruled. I don’t think the issue of returning cash to shareholders is silly, we’re seriously considering it.” The company is holding “very active discussions” regarding the cash pile, he added. A protest was held outside the meeting by the Service Employees International Union, which claimed that securities contractor SIS is resisting efforts by its employees to unionise. Cook promised to look into the matter.

Greenlight capital’s David Einhorn felt the proposal would make it impossible for it to issue preferred stock in the future. Apple claimed this wouldn’t have blocked such a measure, it simply indicated it must ask for shareholder approval to issue preferred stock if it wished to do so in the future. Einhorn has been pitching the idea of preferred stock to Apple as a means to return more of its $137bn ‘war chest’ to investors. Apple has already been returning money to investors: last year it made a promise to return

Mass AAPL Dump

AAPL Shareholders cEo Tim cook spoke to investors, but he didn’t discuss ways to return more cash to the company’s shareholders.

In related news, it’s emerged that Apple’s share price plummeted in the fourth quarter of 2012 because four of the biggest hedge funds dumped billions of dollars of Apple stock. Omega Advisors, Eton Park Capital Management, Jana Partners and Farallon Capital unloaded 796,000 Apple shares between 30 September and 31 December, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Another three hedge funs, Philippe Laffont of Coatue Management, Tiger Global Management and Tiger Management LLC, also ditched Apple shares, although in smaller quantities. During the fourth quarter, one hedge fund was loading up on Apple shares. Greenlight Capital increased its stake in AAPL from 1.1 million shares to 1.3 million.

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re you the most world’s most knowledgeable Apple

fan? Just how clued up are your friends? Test yourself with our Apple Quiz. You can find the answers on the following pages.

Round 1: The Life and Times of Steve Jobs Q1 Steve Jobs was adopted, but what nationality was his real father? Q2 Which Beatles song did Jobs say best typified his philosophy of how to perfect a product? Q3 When Jobs adopted a vegan diet what else did he stop doing?

Q7 In 1996, how much did Apple pay for NeXT, a move that saw Jobs return to the company he co-founded? Q8 Who posed on stage as Steve Jobs at the 1999 Macworld Expo?

Q15 Which high-profile politician joined Apple’s board of directors in 2003? Q16 Name the design agency Jonathan Ive co-founded? Q17 When Apple launches a new product, where can Woz normally be found?

Q4 What role did Kobun Chino Otogawa play in Jobs’ life?

Q9 Which film ends with the text: “Dedicated to the Memory of Steve Jobs, an inspiration to us all.”

Q18 In 1983, from whom did Jobs poach John Sculley to become Apple CEO?

Q5 Which video games company did Jobs work for after dropping out of Reed College?

Q10 Which two acts performed at a special Apple event on 19 October 2011 to celebrate the life of Jobs?

Q19 Who planned to quit Apple in 1997 over what he considered a desire for profit maximisation?

Q6 Which class attended by Jobs at Reed College inspired elements of Apple products?

Round 2: Apple Alumni: Woz, Ive, Cook and Co

Q20 Who at Apple was know as the “Father of the iPod?”

Q11 Along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who was the third founder of Apple in 1976? Q12 Which college did Apple’s Jonathan Ive attend? Q13 Apple CEO Tim Cook serves on the board of directors of which other high-profile company? Q14 What happened to Wozniak on 7 February 1981?


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Round 3: Apple Through the Years

Round 5: The Mac: The Apple computer that ignited the PC revolution

Q21 Name the club Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs joined in 1975?

Q41 Who ran the Macintosh project until he left in 1982?

Q22 When did Apple ship its first tablet-style computer?

Q42 Why wasn’t the Macintosh named McIntosh like the apple after which it was named?

Q23 Which Apple project reportedly only existed because an engineer wanted his son to be able to live closer to his grandparents? Q24 What inspired the design of the flexible, adjustable arm introduced with the iMac G4? Q25 Which Apple ad campaign featured images of Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Muhammad Ali among others?

Q43 Who directed Apple’s 1984 ad and when did it air?

Round 4: Everything iOS

Q44 How much RAM did the first Macintosh have?

Q31 What software did PC users use with iPods before iTunes?

Q45 What two applications did the first Mac ship with?

Q32 How many versions of the iPhone have been released?

Q46 Which Mac went to space in 1991?

Q26 When and where did the first European Apple Store open?

Q33 What two things did Steve Jobs say an Apple tablet must lack?

Q27 When Steve Jobs was stripped of all his duties at Apple in 1985 where did he move to?

Q34 How many songs did Apple offer with the US launch of the iTunes Music Store in 2003?

Q28 What was the name of the range of cameras, Apple manufactured in the mid-1990s?

Q35 What’s the connection between an apartment sold by Jobs and Apple’s 2004 iPods? Q36 What did Jobs say users would need in order to use tablets with screens less than 10 inches?

Q47 List all the cat names that Apple has used to name OS X Q48 When did Apple launch the Cube, and when was it discontinued? Q49 Who was the ditzy blond in the Mac Switch campaign? Q50 Which company tried to market a Mac clone until it was shut down by Apple in 2009?

Answers follow...

Q37 At launch in 2008, how many apps were available to download from the iTunes App Store? Q38 In what year was Apple able to offer iTunes songs DRM-free? Q29 Who partnered with Apple to produce the Pippin games console? Q30 In 2008, where could you see Steve Mobbs, Mapple, the MyPod, MyPhone, MyTunes, MyCube, Mapple Store and Braniac Bar?

Q39 Which classic rock band allowed their back catalogue to appear on iTunes in 2012? Q40 What was the 25 billionth song to be downloaded from iTunes in February 2013?


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o you know everything there is to know about Apple’s superstar co-founder Steve Jobs?

existing platforms, and fuelling Apple and the industry copy cats for the next 10 years and beyond.”

Q1 Steve Jobs was adopted, but what nationality was his real father?

Q8 Who posed on stage as Steve Jobs at the 1999 Macworld Expo?

Syrian. Jobs met Abdulfattah “John” Jandali unknowingly, at the restaurant his biological father ran. “It was amazing,” Jobs recalled. “I’d been to that restaurant a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.” Jobs expressed no interest in meeting him formally.

Powell. Billed as his spiritual guru, the two regularly met, even going on retreats together.

Actor Noah Wyle, best known for his role as Dr John Carter in ER, made an appearance during the Keynote address, posing as Steve Jobs following his role as the Apple boss in the TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley.

Q5 Which video games company did Jobs work for after dropping out of Reed College?

Q9 Which film ends with the text: “Dedicated to the Memory of Steve Jobs, an inspiration to us all?”

Q2 Which Beatles song did Jobs say best typified his philosophy of how to perfect a product? Strawberry Fields Forever. Jobs owned a bootleg CD that contained demos of the 1967 song, which started life as a John Lennon acoustic sketch called ‘It’s Not Too Bad’, and grew into a complex song. “They were such perfectionists they kept it going and going. This made a big impression on me when I was in my thirties,” Jobs said. “You could just tell how much they worked at this.”

Q3 When Jobs adopted a vegan diet what else did he stop doing? Washing. He believed that a fruit and vegetable-heavy vegan diet meant he didn’t need to take showers or use a deodorant. “We would have to literally put him out the door and tell him to go take a shower,” explained Mike Markkula, second CEO at Apple.

Q4 What role did Kobun Chino Otogawa play in Jobs’ life? On 18 March 1991, Zen Buddhist monk Kobun Chino Otogawa presided over the marriage of Steve Jobs and Laurene

Atari. Jobs talked his way into the $5 an hour job after seeing an ad that read: “Have fun, make money.” Despite Jobs hippie attire, Atari’s chief engineer Al Alcorn described him as very intelligent and excited about technology.

Q6 Which class, attended by Jobs at Reed College, inspired elements of Apple products? Calligraphy. “We designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography,” Jobs noted. “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”

Walt Disney Pictures’ John Carter. Released in 2012, it pays tribute to Jobs in the closing credits.

Q10 Which two acts performed at a special event on 19 October 2011 to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs? Coldplay and Norah Jones performed at the event hosted by CEO Tim Cook, billed as a “A Celebration of Steve’s Life.” Jonathan Ive introduced Coldplay, saying how Jobs would had been “superexcited” to see them play live.

Q7 In 1996, how much did Apple pay for NeXT, a move that saw Jobs return to the company? $400 million. The deal included $350 million in cash and stock, and $50 million to cover debts held by NeXT. Jobs said: “With this merger, the advanced software from NeXT will be married with Apple’s very high-volume hardware platforms and marketing channels to create another breakthrough, leapfrogging


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ROund 2: ApplE AlumnI: WOz, IvE, COOk And CO


s Tim Cook keeps reminding us, there are a lot of good people at Apple. But how much do you know about them?

Nike. Cook has served on the its board since November 2005. He’s also a member of the National Football Foundation’s board of directors.

Q11 Along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who was the third founder of Apple in 1976?

Q14 What happened to Steve Wozniak on 7 February 1981?

Ronald Wayne. The original partnership agreement signed on 1 April 1976 saw him, “Assume major responsibility for Mechanical Engineering and Documentation,” alongside roles for Jobs and Wozniak. Wayne received a 10 per cent stake in Apple but relinquished his stock, for $800 shortly after, concerned about his assets being seized if the company failed. His share was estimated to be worth $48.7 billion in 2012. Wayne expressed no regrets over the decision.

Q12 Which college did Apple’s Jonathan Ive attend? Born in Chingford, London, Ive studied industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). “I saw his work as it was developing and my view of him was a quiet, thoughtful and hardworking student,” recalled Neil Smith, Northumbria University’s enterprise fellow from the School of Design.

Q13 Apple CEO Tim Cook serves on the board of directors of which other high-profile company?

Woz was involved in a plane crash. He crashed his new single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36TC, while attempting a take-off from Santa Cruz Sky Park. Woz and his three passengers, including thenfiancé Candice Clark, were all injured, with the Apple co-founder suffering from partial amnesia. The crash is cited as the reason why Woz took time off from Apple, returning to study at Berkeley.

Q15 Which high-profile politician joined Apple’s board of directors in 2003? Al Gore, former vice president of the United States, joined Apple’s board in March 2003. “Al is an avid Mac user and does his own video editing in Final Cut Pro,” Steve Jobs noted at the time.

Q16 name the design agency Jonathan Ive co-founded? Tangerine. Ive co-founded the London based design agency, where he developed power tools, wash basins, TVs, and more. Apple was a client, and Ive was eventually offered a job by the Mac maker. He said: “I still remember Apple describing this fantastic opportunity and being nervous that I would mess it all up.”

Q17 When Apple launches a new product, where can Woz normally be found? In line, queuing outside an Apple Store with other customers. “The launch of a new Apple product is for me like a big, major concert in which you absolutely must attend personally,” he has said.

Q18 In 1983, who did Jobs poach John Sculley from to become Apple CEO? Pepsi-Cola, a division of PepsiCo. After a long business courtship, Jobs asked Sculley: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?”

Q19 Who planned to quit Apple in 1997 over what he considered a desire for profit maximisation? Jonathan Ive. The designer had believed Apple had put profits before product design, until Jobs convinced him otherwise. “I remember very clearly Steve announcing that our goal is not just to make money but to make great products,” Ive said. Although Jobs looked around for other quality designers including Richard Sapper, who designed the IBM ThinkPad, Jobs and Ive went on to form a strong business and personal relationship.

Q20 Who at Apple was know as the “Father of the ipod?” Tony Fadell. He developed a music player that he pitched to Apple. That idea became the iPod. He headed the iPod division at Apple until 2008 at which point he left the company in order to raise his family, however, he stayed on as an advisor at Apple until 2010.

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THe APPle CHAlleNge



ow clued up are you on Apple’s history? Do you know your Pippins from your QuickTakes?

Q21 Name the club Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs joined in 1975? The Homebrew Computer Club helped spark the PC era. After seeing a specification sheet for a microprocessor at the club, Woz noted: “I started to sketch out on paper what would later become known as the Apple I.”

Q22 When did Apple ship its first tablet-style computer? 1993 Apple’s failed Newton OS platform is generally regarded as the forerunner to the iPad, with eight MessagePad devices released from 1993 onwards, although Jobs scrapped the platform in 1998.

Q23 Which Apple project reportedly only existed because an engineer wanted his son to be able to live closer to his grandparents? The move to Intel based Macs. Apple engineer John Scheinberg wanted to

relocate to the east Coast and work from home. In order to make the move he had to find a project he could work on independently, rather than as part of a team. That project, dating back to 2000, was designing an Intel version of OS X.

Q24 What inspired the design of the flexible, adjustable arm introduced with the iMac G4? Sunflowers. Introduced in 2002, Apple’s iMac g4 design was inspired by a walk in Steve Jobs’ garden. “every year I do something wild with the garden, and that time it involved masses of sunflowers,” Jobs’ wife laurene recalled. “Jony and Steve were riffing on their design problem, then Jony asked, ‘What if the screen was separated from the base like a sunflower?’ He got excited and started sketching.”

John Sculley. “They basically stripped Jobs of responsibilities and gave him an office that he referred to as ‘Siberia’,” explained Alan Deutschman, the author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs.

Q25 Which Apple ad campaign featured images of Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Einstein and Muhammad Ali among others?

QuickTake. One of the first true consumer digital cameras, the costly $749 QuickTake 100 could store just eight 640 x 480-pixel, VgA-quality photos.

The award-winning Think Different campaign began in 1997. It featured iconic black-and-white portraits of historical figures Steve Jobs admired.

Q29 Who partnered with Apple to produce the Pippin games console?

Q6 When and where did the first European Apple Store open? london, Saturday 20 November 2004. The Apple Store on london’s Regent Street was the first to open in europe.

Q28 What was the name of the range of cameras, Apple manufactured in the mid-1990s?

Bandai. Released in 1996, Pippin sold for $599 and lacked both games and a promotional push from Apple. Capable of playing standard audio CD, CD Plus and Photo CD formats, it also offered internet connectivity, but lacked a hard disk.

Q27 When Steve Jobs was stripped of all his duties at Apple in 1985 where did he move to?

Q30 In 2008, where could you see Steve Mobbs, Mapple, the MyPod, MyPhone, MyTunes, MyCube, Mapple Store and Braniac Bar?

Siberia. After a power struggle in early 1985, Jobs became increasingly isolated, with Apple’s board siding with then CeO

The Simpsons episode Mypods and Boomsticks contains a number of Apple parodies. lisa, for example, gets a MyPod.

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RoUnD 4: EvERYTHIng ioS


ou probably own an iOS device, but how much do you know about the history of the iPad, iPhone and iPod?

Q31 What software did PC users use with iPods before iTunes? Musicmatch Jukebox. In 2002, Apple launched an iPod for Windows with Musicmatch software to help manage users’ music library and transfer files. It was abandoned the following year when iTunes for Windows was introduced.

Q32 How many versions of the iPhone have been released? Six. The iPhone was announced in January 2007 and launched the following June. Since then Apple has released the 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and most recently the iPhone 5. Apple has also offered six significant iOS software updates since the launch of the original iPhone.

Q33 What two things did Steve Jobs say an Apple tablet must lack? A keyboard and stylus. A day after attending a dinner party with Bill Gates at which there was talk of a tablet PC that Microsoft was developing, Jobs reportedly gathered his team and said: “I want to make a tablet, and it can’t have a keyboard or a stylus. Users would be able to type by touching the screen with their fingers.”

Q34 How many songs did Apple offer at the US launch of the iTunes Music Store in 2003? 200,000. The iTunes Music Store was launched in the US on 28 April 2003, with songs selling at 99¢ each. Apple noted the Store offered ‘industrystandard’ AAC audio format download at 128kbps and promised exclusive tracks from over 20 artists.

Q35 What’s the connection between an appartment sold by Jobs and Apple’s 2004 iPods? U2. In 2004, not only did Jobs sell his New York apartment to U2 singer Bono for $15m, but Apple introduced the iPod U2 Special Edition. The device was part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group, and featured a black enclosure and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures.

Q36 What did Jobs say users would need in order to use tablets with screens less than 10 inches? Sandpaper, so they could “file down their fingers”. In October 2010, the Apple CEO warned: “There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touchscreen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them. This is one of the key reasons we think the 10in screen size is the minimum size required to create great tablet apps.” In October 2012, Apple launched 7.9in iPad mini.

Q37 At launch in 2008, how many apps were available to download from the iTunes App Store? 500. “The App Store is a grand slam, with a staggering 10 million applications downloaded in just three days,” enthused Jobs shortly after its launch. The number of apps now available is believed to be in excess of 800,000. In contrast, when the original iPad launched, it had 3,000 native apps ready at launch, that figure rising to over 50,000 in just eight months.

Q38 In what year was Apple able to offer iTunes songs DRM-free? Announced on 9 January 2009, Apple’s DRM-free format iTunes Plus was backed by the four major music labels and thousands of independent labels. The move also saw higher-quality 256kbps AAC encoded tracks made available.

Q39 Which classic rock band allowed their back catalogue to appear on iTunes in 2012? AC/DC’s entire back catalogue, including 16 studio albums and four live albums, were made available digitally for the first time exclusively on the iTunes Store in November 2012. The band had held out, reportedly unhappy that individual tracks could be cherry-picked rather than seen in their true context as album tracks.

Q40 What was the 25 billionth song to be downloaded from iTunes in February 2013? Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix) by Chase Buch. The song was purchased by Phillip Lüpke from Germany, who received a €10,000 iTunes Gift Card in celebration of downloading the 25 billionth track.

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ROund 5: THe ReTuRn Of THe MAC


re you the Mac daddy? Do you know your Macintosh IIci from your Macintosh Quadras? Test your knowledge here.

Q41 Who was ran the Macintosh project until he left in 1982? Jef Raskin. He started the project in 1979, but was forced out due to a personality clash with Steve Jobs, who took over when he realised the Macintosh was more marketable than the Lisa.

Q42 Why wasn’t the Macintosh named McIntosh like the apple after which it was named? Raskin wanted to name the new computer after his favourite variety of apple, the McIntosh. However, that was considered too close to that of audio equipment manufacturer McIntosh. Apple eventually bought the rights to the name.

Q43 Who directed Apple’s 1984 ad and when did it air? The famous 1984 ad that introduced the Macintosh was directed by Ridley Scott and aired during the third quarter of Superbowl XVIII on 22 January 1984. Apple introduced the Macintosh two days later on 24 January 1984.

Q44 How much RAM did the first Macintosh have?

128K. Unfortunately, this wasn’t upgradeable and was insufficient for the multimedia software of the time. The first Macintosh also boasted a Motorola 68000 microprocessor, a keyboard and mouse, and a 23cm monitor with a resolution of 512 x 342 pixels. It featured a 400kB, single-sided 3.5in floppy disk drive, but no internal mechanical storage.

Q45 What two applications did the first Mac ship with? The Macintosh came with two bundled applications designed to show off its interface: MacWrite and MacPaint. Other programs available included MacProject, MacTerminal and Microsoft’s Word.

Q46 Which Mac went to space in 1991? The Macintosh Portable. Apple released its first portable Macintosh in 1990. This went into space in 1991 aboard the Space Shuttle, and was used to send the first email from space.

Q47 List all the cat names that Apple has used to name OS X Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion. The initial version of Mac OS X, 10.0 ‘Cheetah’, was released on 24 March 2001. Since then Apple released 10.1 ‘Puma’ on 25 September 2001, 10.2 ‘Jaguar’ on 24 August 2002, 10.3 ‘Panther’ on 24 October 2003 and 10.4 ‘Tiger’ on 29 April, 2005. OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ was the first to run on Intel processors when it launched on

26 October 2007, 10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’ launched on 28 August 2009, 10.7 ‘Lion’ on 20 July 2011 and 10.8 ‘Mountain Lion’ on 25 July 2012.

Q48 When was the Cube launched and when was it discontinued? July 2000 to July 2001. Apple launched the Power Mac G4 Cube in July 2000 at the Macworld Expo in New York. The company sold 29,000 Cubes between October and December 2000, compared to 308,000 Macs. In the next quarter, sales fell to 12,000 units. Apple ceased production in July 2001.

Q49 Who was the ditzy blond in the Mac Switch campaign? Ellen Feis, who became an internet phenomenon after her appearance in a TV commercial for Apple’s Switch campaign. There were claims that the 14-year-old’s slurred speech and disoriented eyes suggested she had taken drugs. Feis later claimed that she had taken Benadryl.

Q50 Which company tried to market a Mac clone until it was shut down by Apple in 2009? Psystar. It attempted to ship computers with OS X Leopard installed from April 2008 until 15 December 2009, when a judge bared the company from manufacturing, distributing or assisting anyone with any sort of device or technology “that is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure”.

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Back it Up

Back It Up


YoU know YoU shoUld. BUt do YoU? I f n o t, h e r e ’ s h o w.

By Joe Kissell I l lu s t r at I o n s by

Harry Campbell

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W hether it’s the guilt you

feel because you aren’t attentive enough or the anxiety that impels you

to go overboard, backing up your Mac can be an oddly emotional matter. It doesn’t have to be. You can set up some backup plans once, in about 10 minutes, and then forget about them as they run from here to eternity. If, on the other hand, you’re paranoid about data security, it isn’t much harder to set up a backup system that’s practically bulletproof, with multiple layers of redundancy that will make it possible to restore not only your Mac, but also one or two tiers of your backups when disaster strikes. So take a deep breath, calm down, and read on to find out how to set up the backup plan that’s right for you – and how to recover your data should you need to. After all, it can be dangerous out there, but that’s no reason to freak out.



f you have no backups at all, you probably already know that your data is at risk. Any number of things – a theft, a power surge or a hacker with too much time on his hands – could wipe out your Mac. But you may be reluctant to back up because it seems like a big, scary, and expensive undertaking. Here are a few tips on setting up a simple, affordable backup plan in as little as 10 minutes. This isn’t a comprehensive strategy

(see The Bulletproof Backup Plan on page 31), but it’s a good starting point.

Drop it in the Box Let’s start with day-to-day files. For file backups, we’re huge fans of online services. Our favourite is CrashPlan (from $2 (£1.30) a month,, but other excellent options include Backblaze (from $3.96 (£2.55) per month, and Dolly Drive (from $3 (£1.93) a

month, These services are fairly inexpensive and easy to set up; if you choose one, you can skip the remainder of this section. But if you want the simplest, fastest, cheapest option, we suggest an alternative: Dropbox. It isn’t intended to be a full-featured backup service. It’s designed to sync anything you put in a single designated folder to the cloud, and from there, to your other Macs, PCs and iOS devices. In doing so,


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however, it retains older versions of your files – even those you’ve deleted from your Mac (with some limitations) – so if you later discover you need to restore last week’s version of your dissertation, you can do so. Sign up for a free account and download the software at Install it on your Mac, then drag whatever you want to back up into your Dropbox folder. Accounts are free for up to 2GB of data, so drag your most important, and most frequently used, files to your Dropbox first. By doing things such as recommending Dropbox to a friend, you can add space for free. Or you can pay for more storage, starting at $9.99 (£6.45) per month for 100GB. The files upload (and sync) in the background as you use your Mac. You can open, save, and modify anything in your Dropbox, because as far as your Mac is concerned, it’s just another folder. And once files sync to Dropbox, you can access them using nearly any device that can connect to the

internet, via the Dropbox software or a web browser. Dropbox has worked great for us. Comparable services include Google Drive (free up to 5GB, then $2.50 (£1.60) per month,, Microsoft SkyDrive (free up to 7GB,, SpiderOak (2GB for free,, SugarSync (from $4.99 (£3.22) per month, www.sugarsync. com), and Wuala (free up to

subscribe to Apple’s iTunes Match (£21.99 per year,, you’ll get what amounts to online backup of your music (as long as your library of songs not purchased from the iTunes Store doesn’t exceed 25,000).

Sync it to the Cloud For personal data such as contacts, you’re better off with a service that keeps a master

backup, since you can’t recover messages that have been deleted permanently from the server, it’s much better than nothing. Using iCloud to store your calendars or contacts is safer than keeping them only on your Mac. It also makes the process especially easy: when you activate an iCloud account on your Mac and turn on contact and calendar syncing,

Once files sync tO DrOpbOx, yOu can access them using nearly any Device that can cOnnect tO the internet 5GB, then from €2.99 (£2.57) per month, iPhoto and iTunes libraries, however, are likely to be large and may not operate correctly when synced between Macs. Instead of putting them in a syncing folder, you can make a partial online backup of recent photos from iPhoto or Aperture by using iCloud’s Photo Stream feature (look in the iCloud pane of System Preferences); and if you

copy in the cloud and syncs that to your Mac and iOS devices. If you store contacts and calendars locally, and rely on POP for email, move your data to the cloud. For email, any IMAP server will do, including iCloud and Gmail. The server always has a copy of your stored email, so if something happens to your Mac, you can download a fresh copy easily. Although IMAP doesn’t qualify as a true

Simple Setup When configuring iCloud, choose at least ‘Contacts’ and ‘Calendars & Reminders’ for cloud syncing.

the service automatically converts your local contacts and calendars into cloudbased calendars.

The Magic Click A great way to spend the last 30 seconds of your allotted 10 minutes is to obtain a blank external hard drive and hook it up to your Mac via USB, FireWire or Thunderbolt. A dialog box will ask whether to use the drive for Time Machine, the backup tool in OS X. Click Use as Backup Disk to start backing up your entire disk to the external drive once an hour. You won’t have to lift a finger to keep those backups going. Yes, we’ve stretched our promise of simplicity. Buying an external drive requires you to spend time and money, and the drive must be formatted correctly. But in principle, you can set up an ongoing local backup in one click. If you don’t have a broadband connection that makes cloud backup feasible, Time Machine is your best option.

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everyone’s situation is a bit different, we have a number of recommendations that should vastly improve the quality and reliability of any backup plan.

Save Old File Versions


BulleTproof Backup plan


f you’re already backing up your Mac, pat yourself on the back. Having any sort of backup is better than having none, and it dramatically increases your chances of

recovering from data loss. For many though, a bare-bones backup strategy just won’t cut it. If your livelihood depends on your data being available at all times, if you’re working on a time-sensitive project, or

if you’re paranoid and want to make sure nothing falls through the cracks, you may want more of a guarantee. How can you turn merely so-so backups into fantastic, bulletproof ones? Although

For starters, everyone should have a versioned backup, in which your backup software continues to store older versions of your files when you change or delete them. OS X’s Time Machine does this automatically, as do Dropbox, CrashPlan and most modern backup programs. (OS X 10.7 Lion and later can automatically store multiple versions of your files, but this capability works only in applications that support it.) Which software you use and the exact implementation details are less important than the outcome – if a crucial file is inadvertently changed or deleted, you want to be able to go back to an earlier state of that file, even if that was weeks ago. Some backup tools save new versions on a fixed schedule (for example, Time Machine runs once per hour), while other software lets you choose the frequency or watches files for changes, and then backs them up immediately or after a userdefined interval (CrashPlan falls into the latter category). Given the choice, opt for more-frequent backups.

Make a Bootable Copy of the Whole Thing If you back up your entire disk with Time Machine, you can restore it to its exact state from any of numerous times in the past (see An Entire System, on page 33). There is, however, a problem: restoring

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Flexible Backup CrashPlan supports multiple destinations. For example, you might put one copy on a local drive and another on CrashPlan’s servers or a friend’s Mac.

a whole disk this way takes a long, long time. (Depending on how much data you have, whether you used a local hard drive or a Time Capsule, and several other variables, it could be anywhere from hours to days.) While restoration is in progress, you can’t do anything else with your Mac. That might not be a problem if you use your Mac only recreationally, but if you’re facing time pressures and don’t have another computer, this will be a problem. We recommend a second type of backup: a bootable duplicate, which is a complete copy of your startup disk on an external hard drive, copied in such a way that you can start up your Mac from the duplicate if necessary and get back to work almost instantly. Many backup apps can create bootable duplicates, but Time Machine can’t. If you lack an appropriate tool, Bombich Software’s Carbon Copy Cloner (£25.95, and Shirt Pocket Software’s SuperDuper (£19.80,

are excellent choices. Be sure to update your duplicate at least once a week. If you need to start your Mac from the duplicate, make sure it’s plugged directly into your Mac, restart while holding the <Option> key, and then select the backup drive.

Back up Your Backups For backups, remember the adage: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” We’ve had the gut-wrenching experience of looking for a

hard drives, or a hard drive and an online service, or a NAS (network-attached storage) device, plus Dropbox. One way or another, keep backups of your backups.

Keep Offsite Backups Make sure at least one of your backups is in a completely different location from your Mac at all times. After all, the same fire or power surge that wipes out your Mac can wipe out your local backup drives, too. Also, if thieves break in

from your home to a safe deposit box. But whatever technique you use, be sure to have a backup somewhere safe from the dangers that may affect your Mac.

Walk Through Your Restoration Plan The final component of a heavy-duty backup system is a restoration plan. Think through in advance precisely what you will do to restore your data, whether the problem is a single missing file or a dead hard disk. When you’ve just lost important data and are stressing over a deadline, you don’t want to have to figure out how to restore files – or worse, discover that your backup software wasn’t doing its job. Don’t merely read the instructions for restoring your data; try it. In fact, performing test restores should be one of those tasks, like fire drills, that you perform every so often just to reinforce the steps. Adam Engst of TidBits ( suggests putting a reminder on your calendar every Friday the 13th: “International Verify Your

The same fire or power surge ThaT wipes ouT your mac can wipe ouT your local backup drives, Too file in backups, only to find the backup drive had gone bad, the online backup provider was down, or something else made it impossible for us to reach our data. We’ve learned to maintain multiple backups, on separate media. This can mean, for example, using two different

and grab your Mac, they’ll probably take that shiny backup drive as well. If you use online backups in conjunction with a local hard drive, you can kill two birds (multiple backup media and offsite backups) with one stone. This method is also simpler than rotating disks

Backups Day.” Make sure you can restore older versions of a few key files, and confirm you can start your Mac from your bootable duplicate. That way, when a real problem occurs, you won’t panic; you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your data is safe, and you’ll know how to recover it.

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estoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.

A Single File or Folder Start by connecting the external drive you use for Time Machine backups or by making sure you can connect to your Time Capsule. Click the Time Machine item in the menu bar at the top of the screen (a clock with an arrow running counterclockwise), and choose Enter Time Machine. All your saved backups will appear in chronological order. Use the visual timeline on the right side to scroll through. The timeline renders older dates in pink, and indicates the most

Convenient and Easy With Time Machine, you can look through multiple backup copies and restore just the data you need.

current date in white. (You’ll see the word ‘Now’ in bold, white letters on the timeline.) Not sure which backup might hold the last copy of your missing file? Try running a Spotlight search in Time Machine based on keywords. Once you think you’ve found what you’re hunting for, use OS X’s Quick Look to make sure: select the file and then press the spacebar to view the file without having to launch its parent application. Click the Restore button, and Time Machine will copy the item to your desktop or to the file’s original folder. This process may take some time.

An Entire System First, connect your Time Machine drive. Then start up your Mac from the Mountain Lion recovery partition by

pressing (and holding) 1-R at startup. This action launches Recovery Mode, a portion of your drive that Mountain Lion treats as a separate volume. It includes a few essential utilities for restoring files in case of a problem. Note that for this approach to work, you must have a complete Time Machine backup that contains all system files. The Mac OS X Utilities window will appear. Select Restore From Time Machine Backup. This command will erase the destination drive – that is, your Mac – so use it only if you’re restoring an entire volume to its original source or to a replacement drive. (For setting up a new Mac or transferring data between Macs, read the article at Click Continue until you reach ‘Select a Backup Source’. Choose your Time Machine drive and click Continue. In ‘Select a Destination’, choose your Mac’s hard drive. Although Recovery Mode will erase your Mac’s hard drive before restoring from Time Machine, once the process is done you’ll be able to log in and use your Mac normally. — LEAH YAMSHON

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One way or another, you must first get your Mac back to basic functionality, and then – perhaps by stages – restore essential missing files from the cloud. How you do so depends on what other backups you have available.

If You Have no Other Backups




nline backups are a useful component of a well-balanced strategy. Whether you rely on cloud storage (The Basic Backup, page 29) or you use it to supplement bootable duplicates and other local backups (The Bulletproof

Backup Plan, page 31), it’s crucial to know how to restore data after disaster strikes. Disaster is the operative word. If you need to restore a few individual files or folders, usually that’s simple enough. But what if your hard disk dies or your Mac is stolen, and you

buy new gear? Such situations require a different strategy, because your online backups almost certainly don’t have every file on your Mac; and even with a fast broadband connection, you may be looking at days or weeks to restore your cloud data.

Let’s start with the least pleasant scenario: your only backups are in the cloud. You have to do more work and wait longer; but if you backed up crucial files, you will return to a happy place in due time. Set up OS X Make sure that your drive has OS X installed. If you’ve had to replace a defective drive with a new, empty drive, you’ll need to install OS X on it first. If your Mac shipped with an older version of OS X that included physical installation media (a DVD or flash drive) – or if you planned ahead and made a recovery volume via the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant – start from that media and run the installer. Newer Macs (released in the past two years or so) instead rely on OS X Internet Recovery; hold 1-R as you restart, and follow the prompts. Run Your Backup or Sync Software Your next step is to download and install whatever cloud-backup or sync program you used. Run the software and sign in to your account. With sync software, such as Dropbox, SpiderOak and SugarSync, all your synced files will download in the background. With backup software, like Backblaze or CrashPlan, follow the instructions for restoring current copies of your files. (You might skip restoring


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Redownload From iTunes Under ‘Not on This Computer’ you can see the purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books you need to reacquire.

that may have changed since that backup. We should mention that if you use Dolly Drive to store Time Machine backups in the cloud, restoring your whole disk over the internet may be impractical. We recommend you also have a bootable duplicate (or ‘clone’) of your startup volume.

If You Have a Local Bootable Duplicate

email, contacts, and calendars, as we’ll discuss in a bit.) Restoration speed depends on your broadband connection. If you find that it’s too slow, you can ask the cloud provider to ship your data overnight on a hard drive, DVD or flash drive (for an extra fee, naturally). Reinstall Your Applications Most cloud backup services don’t back up apps. You’ll have to reinstall them from the Mac App Store (Apple menu → App Store), download them from the developers’ sites, or use original installation media. Redownload Purchased Media In iTunes, you can redownload purchased music, movies, TV shows, books and iOS apps (which you may not have included in your online backups or syncs). And if you use iTunes Match service, you can download fresh copies of your music tracks (even those not purchased from Apple). Use Photo Stream to Restore Photos If you previously enabled iCloud’s Photo Stream, open Aperture (£54.99, or iPhoto (£10.49,, make sure the feature is still

enabled (check the Photo Stream preference pane), and sit back while up to 1,000 of your most recent photos download to your Mac. Sync Email, Contacts and Calendars If you rely on cloud services for email, contacts, and calendars – particularly iCloud, Google, Exchange servers, and (for email only) other IMAP servers – getting your data back into apps such as Mail, Contacts and Calendar is usually as easy as signing in to your accounts and waiting for the data to sync from the server to your Mac. It’s better to grab this data from the server rather than restoring it from backups,

because the server will have fresher versions, and restoring from backups may result in irritating collisions with live server syncing.

If You Only Have a Time Machine Backup Let’s say you supplemented your cloud syncing or backups only with Time Machine. This means you can restore every file on your disk, including OS X itself and your apps, to their state when Time Machine last ran – even if you install a new, blank drive. Restore the Time Machine backup first (see page 33), and then use your cloud sync or backup software to retrieve any files

Restore From a Duplicate Using an app such as SuperDuper, select the duplicate as the source and your internal disk as the destination.

If, in addition to cloud backups, you made a bootable duplicate of your disk, restoring that first will give you the fastest path, by far, to complete recovery. Attach the disk containing your duplicate to your Mac, and restart while holding <Option>. Select the duplicate and press <Return> to start up from that disk. Run the app you used to make the duplicate, such as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper, to reverse the process, with your duplicate as the source and your new, empty internal disk as the destination. Within a few hours, the restoration should be done. Use the Startup Disk pane of System Preferences to set the startup volume to be your internal disk, and restart. Your Mac should now be as it was the last time you updated your duplicate, which should be at least once a week. Now, download any files you backed up to the cloud since that duplicate was last updated. Cloud-sync services will do so automatically in the background. For some backup apps, you may have to select individual files manually or restore everything, which involves overwriting many files with copies from the cloud.

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ver the past few years, users have become obsessed with the notion of having their documents and data instantly available wherever they are, on whichever device they happen to be using at the time. With iCloud, Apple has charged headfirst into the digital syncing sphere.

A free iCloud account lets you sync your documents, contacts, photos, purchases, and so much more. In this, the first of our three-part series on Apple’s cloud storage service, we’ll be taking a look at what iCloud offers, explain how to set up an account and the amount of storage space on offer.





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iCloud Starter Guide

What Is iCloud?


Cloud is a phrase that covers apple’s suite of sync and backup services, which aim to keep all your tech – ioS devices running ioS 5 or later, and desktop computers running oS X lion or later, or Windows Vista or later – on the same page, no matter which one you’re using at any given moment. You can create an iCloud account for free on any device that’s compatible with the service. these services cover four general areas: document and data sync, mobile backup, location awareness and purchase management. a free iCloud account provides 5GB of storage for data sync and mobile backup; you can purchase additional space for a yearly fee. Many things that your iCloud account syncs – your purchased content and your Photo Stream images,

for example – do not count toward this limit. (For more information, see Storage in the Cloud on page 48.) unlike some third-party services, iCloud doesn’t focus on preserving individual files or providing a central folder where you can upload documents to access across platforms. With iCloud, apple wants you to stop worrying about where you’ve saved specific files and instead focus on the information itself.

sync and share iCloud’s behind the scenes sync features focus on keeping your data up to date, syncing documents and information between devices, and streaming your recently taken photos across devices. (We’ll have more on this in Part 2, in the next issue of Macworld).

With iCloud, Apple wants you to stop worrying about where you’ve saved specific files and instead focus on the information itself

Email iCloud offers users a free email account (in this case, using the format for sending and receiving email. this account uses the iMaP protocol, so it works with any standard email client (such as oS X’s Mail), as well as the ioS Mail app and the iCloud Web app. Data Sync iCloud allows you to access, update and sync your contacts, calendars, reminders, Safari bookmarks and tabs, notes, photos, and more across all your devices and the web. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running ioS 5 or later can sync calendar, reminder, contacts, notes, web browser data, and (for iPhone users running ioS 6) any Passbook tickets or coupons you may have picked up. Macs running oS X 10.8 Mountain lion can sync calendar, reminder, contact and notes data using the Calendar, reminders, Contacts and Notes apps, respectively (iCal, address Book, and Mail in oS X 10.7).

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Cloud Backup You can back up to icloud, which lets you restore from the cloud.

1,000 Photo Stream items, and you have to download images manually. iCloud also lets you create Shared Photo Streams so you can share images with family and friends. (See Photo Stream, next month.)

Back Up Files

Windows users can use Outlook 2007 or later. You can also choose to sync your web browser’s bookmarks.

past 30 days’ worth of images online; if you have a Mac or PC connected to Photo Stream, pictures automatically

If you’ve lost your device, you can log in to the iCloud website or the Find My iPhone app on a different iOS device to find it All data syncing information counts toward your free 5GB storage limit.

download to your computer, so they’re instantly stored offline. Your iOS devices, in contrast, can only access the last

In addition to syncing your files, data and purchases to iCloud, you can back up your iOS devices to it. This counts towards your free 5GB storage limit. To back up your iPhone, iPod or iPad, open its Settings app and navigate to iCloud > Storage & Backup. Enable the iCloud Backup option, and your device will automatically back up accounts, documents, settings and the Camera Roll album to iCloud whenever the device is plugged into a power source, connected to Wi-Fi and asleep (locked). You can also force an iCloud backup at any time by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup, and tapping the Back Up Now button (which turns into Cancel Backup while a backup is occurring). If you need to restore your device, you can do so over the air, with the iCloud backup working in tandem with your iTunes and App Store purchases, so you

Document Sync Several of Apple’s built-in OS X and iOS apps – along with many third-party apps available on the App Store – can store their documents to your iCloud account, allowing you to access those files from multiple devices. Like synced data, this information counts towards your free 5GB storage limit. Photo Stream iCloud’s photo service allows you to snap a picture from any iOS device (or upload an image to a Photo Stream-compatible program or folder on your Mac or PC), and seamlessly share it to all your other devices and computers. Photo Stream stores the Friend Finder The Find My Friends app lets you track down those friends who’ve given you permission to locate them.

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Tracking Device lost your iphone, ipad, ipod or Mac? if you have it linked with icloud, you can track it by logging in to the cloud service’s website.

can get your device back to where it was. You may, however, not be able to restore certain purchases – for example, some movies and tV shows – internationally due to licensing restrictions

Find Your People, Places and Things Missing your iPhone or can’t find your friends? Your iCloud account lets you track any ioS device you’ve linked to it, with the Find My iPhone app on ioS (free, and on the web. in addition, your account lets you use apple’s Find My Friends service to connect and meet up with your pals and family members. if you’ve linked your iCloud account with your Mac, you can also use its Back to My Mac service to remotely connect to your computer from afar.

Find My Friends this app allows you to broadcast your location temporarily or permanently to a select group of people, as well as locate those friends and

If you have iCloud’s Back to My Mac service enabled and a nearby Mac to use, you can remotely connect to your home computer iPhone Tracker lost your device? if you added your iCloud account to it, you can locate it easily using Find My iPhone. this app (free, allows you to track down any ioS device – or Mac – that has apple’s Find My device service enabled. if you’ve lost your device, or fear that it’s been stolen, you can log in to the iCloud website or the Find My iPhone app on a different ioS device to find it. From there, you can make the device emit a sound, enable lost mode to track its location, and remotely lock (and wipe) it. You can even choose to receive an email notification if your device is initially off but later returns online.

family who have given you permission to find them. You can turn your location on or off, create a Favorites list from

your Find My Friends contacts, create a temporary event so that people not on your contacts list can find you during a specific outing, and restrict sharing with specialised controls. if you want to notify your friends when you enter or leave a specific place (or if you want to be notified about their movements), you can also set that up within the app. Note, it only works for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users. Back to My Mac You’re on holiday and remember that you need to work on a

Screens away Use Back to My Mac, to view your computer’s screen from a distant location.

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Classy Catalogue redownload previously purchased songs from the iTunes app.

items, such as music and television programmes, for example, may be restricted by country. And if an item you’ve purchased is no longer available on the iTunes Store, you may not be able to redownload it.

project you left at home. What to do? If you have iCloud’s Back to My Mac service enabled and a nearby machine to use, you can remotely connect to your home computer, even if it’s miles away. Back to My Mac lets you connect via file sharing or screen sharing, giving you the freedom to access your computer in multiple ways.

ITunes in the Cloud iCloud’s purchase management focuses on three areas – past purchases, purchases in the cloud and iTunes Match

(a £21.99 yearly add‑on) – that collectively make up iTunes in the Cloud. Past Purchases The Purchased screen in the App Store, iTunes Store and iBookstore on a Mac, PC or iOS device allows you to view your purchase history for apps, music, videos and books, and redownload any of them for free. In addition, your Mac, PC and iOS devices can automatically download any new purchases you make using your iCloud account. There are, however, a few caveats. Redownloading certain

Purchases in the Cloud As we mentioned earlier, you can set your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to automatically download any new music, apps and books you buy from other devices, and you can also redownload any previously purchased content from the three stores. The iBooks app takes this one step further: any content you’ve previously purchased on the store shows up in your iBooks library with a little download icon in the top‑right corner. This lets you quickly browse through your library, though the publications themselves may not be on your device; to download one, just tap the book cover in question. This only applies to content you’ve purchased – iCloud won’t sync books you’ve manually loaded onto your device from other places. iTunes Match Though you can redownload individual music tracks to your device using the Purchased feature, for an extra £21.99 per year, you can unlock iTunes Match, which lets you upload your Mac or PC’s iTunes library and access it from any device you’re logged into. Once enabled, it scans the songs in your music library and links them to the correct song in the iTunes catalogue for easy downloading and streaming to your devices. If you didn’t purchase your songs from iTunes but they’re available in the catalogue, you can download DRM‑free 256kbps AAC versions for free; iTunes uploads your unmatched songs to iCloud, so you can access them from multiple devices. Cloudy Pages All your purchased books automatically show up in your iBooks library.

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ow that you have an idea of what constitutes iCloud, it’s time to set up your very first account. (If you already have an iCloud account, then you’re welcome to skip this section and jump to Storage in the Cloud on page 48, or read on to learn about how to set up your other devices.) There are, however, a few things you need to be aware of before we begin. While it’s free to sign up for iCloud, you can’t do so just anywhere; you must create an account on either an iOS device running iOS 5 or later, or a Mac running OS X 10.7.5 or later. Unfortunately, Windows users have to first create an account on one of these platforms before they can log in on their PC.

You’re also limited to creating 10 iCloud accounts per device. You should only need one or two, so you shouldn’t run up against this limit

You’re also limited to creating 10 iCloud accounts per device. You should only need one or two, so you’ll probably never run up against this limit. However, because this limit persists after full device wipes, there’s a possibility you may encounter it if you have an older iOS device or Mac. If you do get an alert that prevents you from creating a new iCloud account, we suggest going to your nearest Apple Store for help.

this Apple ID, you should see the email address already filled out in the Apple ID section of the iCloud screen. All iCloud accounts stem from Apple IDs, so it’s very easy to convert your current Apple ID into an iCloud account. You’ll still be able to use your Apple ID for everything you currently use it for, but you’ll also get all of iCloud’s features. And if other

Do you Have an Apple ID? If you’ve ever purchased anything from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBookstore, you have an Apple ID. (Your username is probably the email address you used to sign up for iTunes.) If you’ve logged into the iTunes or New Mail To add an iCloud email address to your old Apple ID, turn App Store apps with on the Mail switch in Settings > iCloud.


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Never used iTunes before? On an iOS device, go ahead and tap the Get a Free Apple ID button at the bottom of the iCloud settings screen

The Portal The iCloud settings screen lets you sign into the service or create an account.

this Apple ID, they’ll still be able to use it for purchases without having access to all your iCloud information. To convert your Apple ID into an iCloud account, open the iCloud preference screen on your iOS device or Mac, then sign into iCloud with your current Apple ID and password. The screen will prompt you to agree to the iCloud terms and conditions; once you do, you’re ready to begin using the service.

Starting From Scratch Never used iTunes before? On an iOS device, go ahead and tap the Get a Free Apple ID button at the bottom of the iCloud settings screen. (On a Mac, click Create an Apple ID.) You’ll be asked for your birth date and name, and whether you’d like to use a current email address or create an one for your

Apple ID. Even if you choose to use your old address, you can create a new iCloud. com one after setting up your account by going to Settings > iCloud and turning on the Mail switch (or by clicking the checkbox on a Mac or PC). From there, you’ll enter either your current email address or what you’d like your new iCloud email address to be. The service also prompts you to enter a password and a security question for your account. After that, all you need to do to finish up is choose whether you would like to get email updates from Apple and agree to the terms and conditions. Now, you’re ready to start using iCloud.

Set Up an iOS Device iCloud was first introduced as a sync mechanism for iOS devices, and

Note: If you do convert an Apple ID into an iCloud account, you won’t get an iCloud email address (@icloud. com) by default. If you want one, all you have to do is go to Settings > iCloud and toggle the Mail switch on (or, on a Mac or PC, click the checkbox). You’ll then be prompted to create an iCloud email address to go along with your account.

If other members of your family use this Apple ID, they’ll still be able to use it for purchases without having access to all your iCloud information

A Full Deck iOS gives you access to almost all of iCloud’s features.


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iCloud Starter Guide

iCloud was first introduced as a sync mechanism for iOS devices, and consequently, iCloud signup is the most straightforward for your iPhone, iPad or iPod

Sign Up Your Mac’s icloud preference pane lets you sign in with your apple id or create one.

consequently, iCloud signup is the most straightforward for your iPhone, iPad or iPod. to sign up for iCloud, you’ll need a device running ioS 5 or later; if your iPhone or iPod is still running ioS 4, you unfortunately won’t be able to get in on the iCloud action. When you first set up your device, you should have seen a screen during the setup process asking you to sign in or sign up for an apple id and iCloud; even if you chose not to set this up when you first unboxed the device, it’s simple to get an account. on your device, open the Settings app and tap the iCloud entry. You’ll see a space for logging in with an apple id and password, and a button at the bottom, labelled ‘Get a Free apple id’.

already created Contacts, Calendars, reminders, Notes, Passbook passes (iPhone only), and Safari bookmarks, to its central online server. Photo Stream also starts uploading the last 1,000 photos you’ve taken. all iCloud options are turned on by default; if you don’t want apple’s cloud service to sync a specific item, just tap the toggle to turn it off. When you first add an iCloud account, you won’t see any data or third-party

documents associated with it until you start using apps that store this information in iCloud. When you open an iCloudenabled app while logged into iCloud, the app may prompt you to switch to iCloud storage for its documents and data. other apps may not switch your storage to iCloud unless you tell them to do so via their app preferences You can also start creating backups of your ioS devices by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back up Now.

Set Up a Mac the Mac setup process is very similar to setting up an iPad, iPhone or iPod: you use the iCloud pane in your Mac’s System Preferences. to add or create an iCloud account, your computer needs to be running oS X 10.7.5; any earlier, and

Using iCloud once you’ve set up iCloud on your ioS device, most of it gets to work automatically. it syncs your Mail (if you’ve set Mail up), along with any

All iCloud options are turned on by default; if you don’t want Apple’s cloud service to sync a specific item, just tap the toggle to turn it off

Checkboxes don’t want to enable certain icloud features? Just uncheck those checkboxes.

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Simple Sync You don’t get as many options for syncing icloud information on windows as you do on the Mac or on ioS.

you won’t have an iCloud preference pane to log into. Using iCloud Once set up, iCloud on your Mac syncs your Mail, along with any already created Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes and Safari bookmarks,

You can’t create backups of your Mac as you can with iOS devices – partially because those backups would likely eat up all your iCloud storage space, given the size of most Mac hard drives. But your Mac does offer support for iCloud’s data sync, allowing

Your PC doesn’t come with an iCloud preference pane pre-installed – you first have to download an iCloud control panel from Apple’s website to its central online server. Photo Stream also uploads the last 1,000 photos you’ve taken. All iCloud options are turned on by default (except for the Mac-only Back to My Mac feature, which you must turn on manually), but you can just tap the toggle to turn any specific item off.

iCloud-compatible programs to store their documents and data there.

Set Up a PC Unlike iOS devices and Macs, your PC doesn’t come with an iCloud preference pane pre-installed – you first have to

Checkboxes log in to icloud on your pc with your Apple id and password.

download an iCloud control panel from Apple’s website. Your PC is also the only device you can’t use to create an iCloud account, so you’ll need to first set one up on a Mac or an iOS device. Once the iCloud control panel finishes downloading, it asks you to sign in with your Apple ID and password. When you sign in for the first time, you’re asked if you want to send Apple diagnostic and usage information; this lets the company automatically collect data on any iCloud-related crashes you experience, and send that data back to its central servers to prevent similar crashes from happening in the future. Your sync options for iCloud on the PC are dramatically limited in comparison to those on both iOS devices and the Mac: you can sync Mail (if you’ve created an account), Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks with Outlook; your web browser bookmarks; and your Photo Stream. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Windows operating system doesn’t support syncing with additional services like Back to My Mac or Find My Mac. If you need to change or see your Reminders and Notes, however, you can still access them online via

Set Up an Apple TV While your Apple TV doesn’t have access to iCloud’s calendars, reminders, notes or mail, you can still access iCloud features like iTunes Match when you log in with the Apple ID tied to your iCloud account. To do so, go to the Settings screen of your Apple TV, click iTunes Store, and enter your account information.

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iCloud Starter Guide

Storage in the Cloud


our free iCloud account comes with 5GB of storage, which it uses to keep a variety of data accessible to you at all times. this data includes: • Sync data Your calendars, reminders, notes, contacts, mail, web browser bookmarks and Passbook passes. • Document data any files or sync data from your iCloud-enabled apps. • Mobile backup any backups you make of your ioS devices. You can view everything iCloud is storing by visiting its settings screen. on a Mac, open System Preferences and select iCloud > Manage; on a PC, open the iCloud control panel and click Manage; and on an ioS device, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Manage Storage. While iCloud manages other aspects of your devices, the following data does not count toward your data limit: • Photo Streams Shared Photo Streams or Photo Stream pictures exist outside your data pool.

• Music, Movies, TV Shows, Books,

Buy More Storage

Apps, and iTunes Match data as itunes has to store the content you’ve purchased anyway – in order to sell it – it doesn’t count toward your 5GB limit. Your uploaded itunes Match tracks won’t fill up your iCloud storage either, because you pay separately for that service. if you find that you’re running out of space – and if you have more than one device using iCloud, you may quickly run into this issue – you have two options: buy more storage or eliminate some data you’re storing.

apple offers several tiers of storage for iCloud customers who need a bit more to cover all their devices. each plan is a yearly charge: the cheapest starts at £14 per year for 10GB. other options will set you back £28 for 20GB or £70 for 50GB. if you have one ioS device and one Mac, then the free 5GB account

Maxed Out See what you’ve stored in icloud in the Manage Storage section of your settings.

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Expand the Belt Need more storage? You can purchase it within your Settings app.

should be sufficient. Start adding devices, though, and it may be prudent to pick up a 10GB or 20GB plan. You may also want to consider a 10GB or 20GB plan if you have a lot of apps that store their information in iCloud. To purchase more storage, navigate to the Manage Storage screen on your Mac, PC or iOS device as described above, and click or tap Change Storage Plan. If you’ve previously upgraded to a bigger storage plan and then realised you don’t need quite so much space, you can also downgrade your plan here for a prorated amount (based on how much of the year you’ve spent with a bigger plan).

Free Up iCloud Storage Maybe you’re not interested in ponying up extra cash for iCloud storage, but you have a lot of iCloud-compatible apps or multiple iOS devices and you’re finding that you’re rapidly running through that free 5GB. Some users find they can’t even back up more than one iOS device to iCloud, because they don’t have enough room. So does that mean you need to either pay for more storage or revert to old-fashioned iTunes backups? Not necessarily. Instead, you should exercise a little extra control over how you store items in iCloud for safekeeping and, more specifically, what you send to it.

To start, on your iOS device, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup. On the screen that appears, you’ll see the total amount of storage space you have on iCloud (5GB if you haven’t

used in a few years, you’ll want to delete its backup so that it stops gobbling up your precious storage space. Tap the unneeded device’s name, and tap the red Delete Backup button that appears.

If you find that you’re running out of space you have two options: buy more storage or eliminate some data you’re storing upgraded), along with the amount of unused space. Beneath that is a Manage Storage button. Select it. At the top of the subsequent Manage Storage screen, you’ll see a list of all the iOS devices you’re backing up to iCloud, including the one you’re currently using. Examine the list closely. If it claims that you’re storing, say, an old iPhone 3GS you haven’t Too Many Backups if icloud is storing backups from devices you no longer own, you can easily get rid of them.

If you tap the name of the device you’re currently using, you’ll be directed to a screen offering fine control over each item and category you’re backing up for that device. On this screen, you’ll see the current size of your device’s backup, along with an estimate of how large your next backup will be. Below that, you’ll see a list of apps that can back up their data to iCloud. Roll Back The Camera Roll With one exception, the list appears ordered by how much space each app requires to back up its data in iCloud, with the largest amount at the top. The one exception: Camera Roll is always first, even if it isn’t the biggest item on the list (though it often is – one Macworld contributor’s iPhone Camera Roll accounted for 1.1GB of a 1.7GB backup).

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Excise images Though this warning may seem a little scary, if you have photo Stream, you can probably turn off camera roll backups.

emergency involving your iOS device in fewer than 30 days, you can generally trust that your photos are safe even if you’re not backing them up to iCloud directly. (Photo Stream photos don’t count against your 5GB iCloud quota.) Merely turning off the Camera Roll backup will shave off a significant chunk of your iOS device backups, and it may be enough to allow you to back up all of your iOS devices without busting the 5GB cap. But other options can also free up your storage space.

By default, iCloud backs up the Camera Roll on each of your iOS devices. That way, if your iPhone croaks, chokes, or otherwise gives up the ghost, you can restore from iCloud and get all your photos and videos back. Tapping to turn off the Camera Roll, however, brings up an intimidating question: ‘Do you want to turn off Camera Roll backups and delete the backup data from iCloud?’

If you tap the name of the device you’re using, you’ll be directed to a screen offering control over each item and category you’re backing up for that device

photos from iCloud should disaster strike your iOS device. That isn’t necessarily as risky a move as it sounds. Whenever you connect your iOS device to your Mac, you can back up its saved photos and videos to iPhoto. But even if you rarely – or never – sync your iOS devices over uSB, you probably don’t need iCloud to back up your photos, thanks to Photo Stream, which keeps the last 1,000 photos you snapped over the past 30 days. Since the iCloud Camera Roll backup is really there only in case of emergency, and you’re likely to notice a major

Trim The App Fat Depending on how you use your iOS device, you’ll likely want to continue allowing some apps to back up their data to iCloud. If you frequently create documents in an iOS text editor or compose songs in GarageBand, and you don’t regularly back those up or export them, you should use iCloud backup for those apps. But you probably don’t need to use iCloud to back up data from every single app you use. even if most of those apps account for only a few megabytes per backup, they can still add up to a significant chunk of storage. For example, you might disable iBooks’ iCloud backup, since you can always restore your iBooks purchases

If you choose Turn Off & Delete, you aren’t deleting those visual memories from your device. You’re simply freeing up the iCloud backup space they consume, and removing the ability to restore those Eliminate Apps Tell icloud to not back up certain apps if you need to save space.

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Trim trappings Storing iCloud data for apps, you no longer use? Remove it here.

within the iBookstore (or from iTunes on your computer). You also likely don’t need to back up your data for games if you don’t care about in-game progress or customisations. And backup might be unnecessary for apps that sync and back up their data on the web, such as Instapaper (£2.49, Careful, though: Don’t turn things off willy-nilly. For example, you might think, “Hey, I don’t need to back up my data from the Cards app!” And you may well be right. But you’d be crushed to learn after an iCloud restore that all your old photo cards are now but a memory. The Documents & Data section refers to all those bits of data that iCloud syncs between all of your devices. This data counts against your iCloud storage allotment. Documents & Data, Mail On the main Manage Storage screen, past the list of your devices, you’ll see two other sections: Documents & Data, and Mail. In addition, this section lists synced data from iCloud-leveraging apps and games. On one Macworld editor’s iPhone, that list includes Apple’s Pages, Passbook and Keynote, and Big Bucket Software’s The Incident. Certain apps make the cut because they don’t use much data; The Incident, for instance, consumes a single kilobyte. Other apps, like Pages, may take up many megabytes (or more); you can tap an app to get a list of all its documents saved in Cloud, along with the amount of space they’re taking up.

If you notice files you no longer need, clean them out. You can’t delete your Mail storage the same way you can delete apps and backups, unfortunately. But you can manually prune mail from your iCloud account. If you don’t regularly archive email offline, prune attachments, and

delete junk and spam, Mail may gobble up an increasingly large percentage of your iCloud quota.

Next month We get down to business and discover how to get the most out of iCloud.

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Security Tips for Mac Travellers Protect your gear when you are on the go By Glenn Fleishman


hen you hit the road for business or pleasure, it’s easy to get paranoid – especially if you are carrying thousands of pounds’ worth of technology. However, you can alleviate some of your worries by taking security measures to protect yourself against someone running off with your iPhone, iPad or MacBook.

Password-Protect Your Devices What if a thief does get your device? Is that just the beginning of all your problems? It could be if you haven’t bothered with the basic methods for protecting your devices and data. Passcode-lock your iPhone and iPad Just because someone steals your phone or tablet, that doesn’t mean they’ll also have unrestricted access to all your email messages, your contacts and – just for good measure – your Amazon account.

Even if you don’t normally use a passcode, or a screen or sleep lock, you must ensure this security feature is enabled before you go on your travels. On iOS 4 and later, locking a device prevents access to it and will protect the data stored in it through encryption. Password-protect your MacBook Do you really want to join the ranks of people who have compromised work

Even if your device is stolen, it’s possible to recover it if you’ve planned ahead. Theft-recovery software can track a device so long as it’s on a network

data by leaving their laptops completely unattended and unprotected? Launch the Keychain Access utility (in your /Applications/Utilities folder), and go to Keychain Access → Preferences. Then select the ‘Show keychain status in menu bar’ option. Now, whenever you step away from your computer, you can choose the lock icon in the menu bar and pick Lock Screen. You can also automate this process by going to System Preferences and opening the Security & Privacy pane. Click the General tab, then check the ‘Require password after sleep or screen saver begins’ option and choose

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Basic Password Protection Requiring a password after sleep or a period of time can prevent someone from gaining access to your Mac when it’s left unattended or stolen.

‘immediately’. You can also adjust the time period using the drop-down menu here.

Encrypt for Protection If you want to ensure your computer’s data isn’t accessible to a more-thancasual snooper or a thief who has all the time in the world, your best bet is to run full-disk encryption (FDE). This will create a strong encryption key that enciphers the entire hard drive. The key is held in memory while you are in an active running session, and is tossed whenever you shut down. Note, you can back up an FDE-protected system only while it’s active. This prevents anyone from recovering your data without a login account and password, or a passcode. Encrypt your drive with FileVault Since Lion, Apple has provided built-in full-disk encryption through FileVault 2. You can’t recover a FileVault-protected disk’s data without an account and a password. Select Apple menu → System Preferences, click Security & Privacy, then the FileVault tab to access this feature. (See for details.) Encrypt key drives and files You can also encrypt external drives, virtual drives and individual files using Mac OS X’s built-in Disk Utility, and other free and paid tools. Apple has added external disk encryption in the Finder in Mountain Lion, too. (See

desktop operating systems can track a device, so long as it’s on a network. Track it down with iCloud and Find My Mac The built-in option for Mac OS X and iOS is Apple’s Find My Mac and Find My iPhone (the latter works for all iOS devices). This is activated in Lion and Mountain Lion via the iCloud preference pane, and requires Wi-Fi to be enabled to provide tracking information. In iOS, the Settings → iCloud view has a Find My iPhone switch. You can find the current location of devices (Macs and iOS gear) associated with an Apple ID by logging in to iCloud. com with that ID or using the Find My iPhone app (free,, which includes Macs in what it finds.

Both Find My iPhone and Find My Mac can lock a device remotely or wipe it clean. To help retrieval, Apple goes so far as to allow a good Samaritan to dial a number you have sent through Find My iPhone even when all other calls on the device have been disabled. Use third-party software Several third-party packages keep a constant low-level account of where a device is located. Others wait for a remote network trigger, checking in at regular intervals, that a device is stolen before they activate tracking. Some of them also let you file a police report, see what a thief is typing, or even use your camera to snap a photo of the culprit. The options include GadgetTrak for OS X ($19.95 (£12.85), and the iPad, iPhone and iPod (£2.49,, and Absolute Software’s LoJack for Laptops (£39.95 for a one-year subscription,

Always Be Prepared It’s hard to deal with the loss of an electronic device that contains personal and business data. However, by taking adequate measures to secure your gadgets before hitting the road, you can not only defeat thieves before they get started, but also help others bring your precious hardware back to you.

Find a Lost or Stolen Device Even if your device is stolen, it’s possible to recover it if you’ve planned ahead. Theft-recovery software for mobile and

Locating Lost Devices lets you see where the devices are, whether Macs or iOS hardware, so long as Find My Mac or Find My iPhone is turned on for each bit of gear.


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Mountain Lion’s Notifications Stay up-to-date, not overwhelmed, with this new OS X feature BY KIRK McELHEARN

Notifications are OS X’s chief tool for keeping you on top of things. A notification can alert you to impending Calendar events and reminders, as well as to email, Facebook, and Twitter messages. Though it’s new to Mountain Lion, the Notifications feature may look familiar if you’ve been using an iOS device for a while. You’ll have seen such notifications there: banners that pop up on your lock screen to display alerts for Calendar events or let you know that you’ve received text messages. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about this OS X feature.


Q: What are the things notifications can notify me about? A: Any application can use notifications, as long as the app hooks into OS X’s Notifications feature. For starters, Apple programs such as Calendar, Reminders, Mail and Messages can display notifications. Many third-party apps also use notifications. For instance, if you have

added your Twitter and Facebook logins to Mountain Lion’s Mail, Contacts & Calendars preference pane, you can see status updates and tweets. On our Macs, we also see notifications from Panic’s FTP application (£23.99,, Transmit; Red Sweater Software’s blogging tool, MarsEdit (£27.99,; and Literature and Latte’s writing tool, Scrivener (£31.99,

Q: Can I control how my notifications look? A: Choose Finder → System Preferences (or click the System Preferences icon in the Dock) and click Notifications. Here you’ll see all your options. Then you can make your decisions on an app-byapp basis; so first select an application from the list on the left, then choose from the three alert display styles: ‘None’, ‘Banners’, and ‘Alerts’. ‘None’ means you won’t see any notifications. If you are getting too many notifications, go to the Notifications Subtle but Insistent Here’s an alert-type notification. You must click one of the buttons before the alert can disappear.

Notification Styles Click an app in the lefthand column of the Notifications preference pane to choose how to display its notifications.

preference pane and choose the ‘None’ alert style for all the applications you don’t need to know about. ‘Banners’ display on your screen for just a few seconds and then disappear. Choose this alert style for notifications you want to see when you’re sitting at your Mac, but otherwise don’t care about missing. ‘Alerts,’ like banners, will appear at the top-right of your monitor, but they don’t go away until you act on them. You can click the Close button to dismiss the alert, but you can also click the Show button to go to0 the application in question and find out what just happened.

Q: Can I get more specific about what I get notified about? A: Yes. If you look closely, you’ll see more options in the Notifications preference pane, but the choices will change depending on which app you have selected. For example, click Calendar and you can choose how many items to show in the Notification Center.


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Q: Are there any shortcuts for viewing the Notification Center?

You can also choose to display information on the app’s icon badge – the little red circle with a number in it on the corner of the icon. You can choose whether to have an alert sound played when a Calendar notification comes in. Click on Twitter in the list, and then click the Notifications button to get even more specific. You can, for instance, determine whether notifications will show mentions and replies from only the people you follow or from anyone.

Q: What is the Notification Center? A: So far, we’ve been talking about the alerts that display above your other windows, but there’s another place to see your alerts: OS X’s Notification Center, which is a kind of sidebar at the right edge of your screen. Click the right-most icon in your menu bar – the one with the three lines – to display it. Depending on your settings, different applications can display their notifications here. You can choose whether or not to have an application display an alert, but it can also show its notifications only in the Notification Center. To choose which of your apps are displayed in the Notification Center, you need to scroll through the list on the left side of the Notifications preference pane until you find a divider labelled ‘Not in Notification Center’. Then, drag the apps you want from below that divider to the top section.

At-a-glance Info Notification Center brings all your reminders and alerts together.

You can also choose the order in which apps display. From the bottom of this preference pane, click on the Sort Notification Center menu and choose either ‘By time’ (with the apps that you have most recently received alerts for listed at the top) or ‘Manually’ (in the app order you have specified in the Notifications preference pane). The Notification Center also offers you a quick and easy way to hop straight to any applications that need your attention. Simply click an item to open the parent application. Click an email notification, for example, and Mail will open to that message. To dismiss notifications in the Notification Center, click the ‘X’ button to the right of an application’s name.

Slappa’s Transit Messenger Bag Here’s a tip: don’t carry Slappa’s £69.95 Transit Messenger Bag ( unless you’re prepared to get a constant barrage of compliments, questions and remarks from strangers. The first week I carried the bag around, I got seven comments on it in one day. However, the Transit Messenger is not just a looker, it’s also an ample bag that can carry a generous amount of gear. Made from a water-resistant poly-coated 1680D nylon, the bag has a three-gallon main storage section, a superpadded 16in laptop compartment, and several zippered pockets with moulded alloy zipper pulls. This is a big bag. If, like me, you’re on the shorter side, it can look a bit comical to carry a bag that is literally as large as your torso. But there’s no doubt that the Transit Messenger bag will impress with its design and carrying capacity. – AMBER BOUMAN

A: One way to view the Notification Center is to swipe from the right side of the trackpad with two fingers to the left. Then swipe to the right to hide the sidebar. While there are no default keyboard shortcuts to view the Notification Center, you can easily create one if you wish. Go to the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, and select Mission Control in the left column. You’ll see a Show Notification Center entry. Check the box, double-click the right-most part of its line, and then enter your keyboard shortcut. We also find it easier to set up a hot corner. With this, we move the cursor to the corner of the screen to show Notification Center. To do this, go to the Mission Control preference pane, click the Hot Corners button, and then click one of the menus to choose Notification Center for the corner you want.

Q: I’m on deadline. Can I turn off notifications for a short time? A: You can turn off notifications (until the next day) by Option-clicking the Notification Center icon in the menu bar. The icon will go grey. If the Notification Center is visible, scroll down, and a Show Alerts and Banners toggle switch will display; use this to get the same result.

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Using the Web for Video, Graphics, Publishing, Photography and Other Creative Pursuits

And if you want to batch-export images from iPhoto for iOS, you’ll find some limitations. You could save images to the Camera Roll (up to 100 as of iPhoto for iOS 1.1) and have them appear in your Photo Stream, but that can be time-consuming. Instead, we recommend using a fast iTunes approach to move images out of iPhoto for iOS and onto a Mac.

iPhoto Power one filter you can use in iphoto for ioS lets you display all of the images you’ve edited.

Workflow That Works

The Ultimate Workflow for iPhoto for iOS Integrate travel shots edited on your iPad into your Mac workflow By derrick story


growing number of enthusiast photographers are travelling with iPads instead of laptops. Its lighter weight, thinner body, and Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity make the iPad a good companion on the road. But just because you leave the computer at home doesn’t mean you should ignore it when you return. Its greater horsepower and broader storage options make it a better choice for managing large photo libraries. So those hundreds of travel images that you shot will need to migrate from memory cards and mobile devices to your Mac, and integrate into your existing photo workflow. Let’s figure out how that’s going to work.

iPad Basics It’s important to know how photos are stored on your iPad. When you upload shots from your camera’s memory card, they automatically appear in albums called ‘Last Import’ and ‘All Imported’, and they also appear in the Events view as discrete events, based on when the photos were taken. You can see the Camera Roll from many applications, including iPhoto for iOS (£2.99, But once you edit images in iPhoto, they stay there: they’re not automatically saved back to the Camera Roll. To share those shots outside iPhoto for iOS – to your Mac, say – you’ll first need to export them from the application via one of several options.

A key to this workflow is to have enough camera memory for the entire trip. Don’t erase your memory cards. When one fills up, store it in a safe place and put a fresh card in your camera. SD cards are quite affordable, so buy extras. Use iPhoto for iOS on your iPad to view and edit your favourite images. Rather than uploading every shot, preview the thumbnails, upload the best shots to your iPad, and go from there. The first part of this workflow goes as follows: 1. Connect your camera or memory card to the iPad, using the iPad Camera Connection Kit (£25, 2. Browse the thumbnails on the memory card, using the Photos app. It launches automatically when you connect the memory card. (You can’t directly import into iPhoto.) 3. To copy the images you want to transfer, tap once on each of them (indicated by a blue checkmark on each one) and tap the import button. Choose Import Selected from the pop-up menu. Once the transfer is finished, you’ll be asked whether you want to keep or delete the imported photos from the attached camera. Choose Keep. In this workflow, it’s important to retain all your original shots on memory cards. Consider those cards your digital masters, like film negatives in the analogue days.

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After copying your selected photos to the iPad, create an album to store them in. First, in the Photos app, tap the Photos tab at the top of the interface. Then: 1. While still in the Photos tab of the Photos app, tap the Edit button. 2. Tap the thumbnails of the images you want in an album, to select them. 3. Each tap will place a blue checkmark on the thumbnail. 4. Once you’ve selected all the images you want, tap the Add To button in the upper-right corner. 5. You’ll see two options: ‘Add to Existing Album’ and ‘Add to New Album’. Create your new album and name it. 6. Tap the Save button. Your new album will be visible in the Albums tab of the Photos app. It will also appear in your iPhoto for iOS library as a grey album. Now, within iPhoto, you can flag images, mark them as favourites, add tags, sort, edit, view metadata and share those images with the world. Your photos will look fantastic on the iPad’s Retina display, and you can further improve them by using iPhoto’s excellent set of editing tools. At home, upload all your full memory cards to your normal photo management app, whether it happens to be Aperture

Selection with one tap, you can select your edited photos for filtering and display in the thumbnail panel, as a prelude to sharing and exporting.

(£54.99,, Lightroom (£103.88, or iPhoto (£10.49, Every shot you took is now safe and sound on your Mac. As for the images you edited on your iPad, don’t worry that you’ll have to re-edit them. Just incorporate the finished images into the Mac’s photo library alongside the originals you’ve uploaded. Here’s our favourite way to do so. Remember the album we had you create on the iPad? You can sort within it in iPhoto. Tap the album to open it. While reviewing the thumbnails, look for the

filter control at the top of the thumbnail panel. Tap it to see a pop-up menu, and choose Edited Items. All the images in your album you edited will be filtered and displayed in the thumbnail panel. Click the Share button, and choose iTunes from the pop-up menu. Tap All; the resulting ‘Share to iTunes’ dialog box will give you an Export button to tap, plus information about the Sharing feature in iTunes. Tap Export, and each edited photo will be saved to a folder and held in iTunes on your Mac. Connect your iPad to the Mac and open iTunes. (We use Wi-Fi for connecting, but a USB cable works fine, too.) Click your iPad – listed under Devices in the left column – and then click the Apps tab. Scroll down to File Sharing and click iPhoto. The folder containing the pictures you exported will be listed there. Save them to the Desktop via drag-and-drop. Finally, import those pictures into your photo management application along with the originals. After dragging and dropping the folder of images to the desktop, delete them from iTunes, to clear the duplicates from your iPad.

Final Thoughts

Create an Album while still in the photos app, create your album by selecting the ‘Add to New Album’ option. This new album will be available in iphoto for ioS, too.

This is one way to integrate your travel images with your Mac photo library. Other good apps for iOS, such as Photo Manager Pro (£1.99, and Photoshop Express (free,, have their own workflows. That said, we do like iPhoto for iOS, despite its quirks, because of its attractive interface, solid set of organisational tools, image editing power, and ease of use.

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Create a Template-Based Newsletter With Pages B y C h r i s M cV e i g h

Customise the Template In Pages, you can quickly make a cutomisable newsletter template your own by changing its fonts, colours, and other adjustable attributes.

For some people, including a copy of a family newsletter with a greeting card has become a tradition. Using Pages or iPhoto to assemble a newsletter makes the job simple. Here, we’ll focus on Pages (£13.99, – a top-notch, easy-to-use page layout application that offers great templates. Step 1: Choose a Template Go to File → New From Template Chooser; when the Template Chooser appears, click Newsletters in the left-hand column. The templates you see there will serve as a starting point for your own effort. We’ll use the first one, Informal Newsletter, for this example.


Step 2: Make It Your Own For a quick start, here are a few possible tweaks. Change fonts. Double- or triple-click any text block to select all the text. The Format Bar ( just below the toolbar) will show text-specific options, including a pop-up font menu. Choose a font; repeat the process for other text blocks. Change colours. Click the red background of the Informal Newsletter template. The tiny X’s at the corners mean the shape is locked; to unlock and change it, choose Arrange → Unlock. Go to the Inspector (View → Inspector), and click the Graphic inspector tab. At the top, you’ll see an option for Fill. By default, the shape is filled by a tiled graphic; let’s

Creating a family newsletter is easy and enjoyable with Pages, a page-layout program that comes with excellent, highly customisable templates

change it to a solid colour. Choose Color Fill from the top pop-up menu and click the colour block at the left for a colour. Change graphic attributes. Click the lead photo once to select it, and then return to the Inspector’s graphic section. The only current attribute is a drop shadow; to get rid of it, uncheck Shadow. Give it an outline by choosing Line from the Stroke pop-up menu. The default line is white and a plump 6 points, so let’s tweak that, too. Click the colour well to choose a colour that complements the background colour you chose earlier, and use the directional arrows to adjust the line weight to 1 point. Finally, let’s pare back the object’s round corners. In the top left, you should see a small blue circle; click it and drag it to the left to tone down the corners’ roundness. Step 3: Add Photos After tailoring the template you can add photos and other content. Choose Show → Media Browser to access your photo library, or click the Media button in the toolbar. Drag a photo onto a placeholder image to replace it. Repeat until you’ve filled up the template. Want to adjust the size or placement of a photo? Click it once, and you’ll see a pop-over with a slider that lets you adjust the photo’s size. Click Edit Mask, then click and drag the photo to reposition it. Step 4: Add Written Content and More Pages Here are a few tips: Keep it short. Too much detail can cause eyes to glaze over. Keep it fun. A family newsletter doesn’t have to be dry. Add in a tasty new recipe, a funny joke, and a snapshot of the kids’ latest artwork. Be entertaining. You may have to add more pages to the newsletter. All Pages templates have secondary template pages, each with a specialised function (text, text with sidebars, photo collage). To add a page, click the Pages icon in the top left of the toolbar and choose a template. Tweak the design to match your first page. Step 5: Print It If you’re including the newsletter with a greeting card, use medium-weight paper that has some rigidity (to give it heft) without being so stiff that it can’t be folded; your best bet is probably 80 to 90gsm paper.

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Just Mobile’s AluBase is crafted from a single piece of high-grade aluminium, and will perfectly complement your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.


ust Mobile started out in 2005 when its founders, Erich Huang and Nils Gustafsson met in the Bauhaus design museum in Berlin – drawn together by their admiration for a Wilhelm Wagenfeld lamp. Although Erich was born in Taiwan and Nils in Germany, the two quickly discovered a shared love of design and formed Just Mobile, with the aim of creating “the most stylish mobile accessories in the world”. “Everything we do is guided by our vision to unify form and function,” explains Gustafsson. “Form follows function – or ‘simplism’ – these ideas were not created

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by us, but they are guiding principles even when we are brainstorming new products. There’s too much electronic waste, so we devote ourselves to creating something iconic and timeless.” The company started out making accessories for Windows Mobile phones, but everything changed when Apple launched the iPhone in 2007. “The iPhone arrived and we fell head over heels in love,” says Gustafsson. “We put all our old projects aside and began work on creating the most beautiful possible stand.” The result was Just Mobile’s awardwinning Xtand, which has proven popular with thousands of iPhone users – and also been imitated by many rivals. The company now has a collection of more than 30 different products, including the popular AluPen stylus and the Gum battery packs. “We create accessories for life. That means our products aren’t just designed to perform beautifully – they’re also built to last.” With that in mind, Just Mobile uses aluminium as the base material in

all its products. This lightweight, elegant material is long-lasting and durable, but is also environmentally friendly and easy to recycle. And, of course, aluminium is also favoured by Apple in many of its designs, which means Just Mobile’s products make the perfect companion for your iMac, MacBook and other Apple products. Just Mobile’s office in Germany works with the best designers here in Europe, including its own in-house design team, as well as studios such as Tools Design in Denmark. But while aluminium is light and beautiful to look at, it isn’t always easy to work with, so Just Mobile also has a manufacturing centre in Taiwan, which has developed special skills and techniques that allow them to create complex shapes out of a single piece of aluminium. Award-winning designs Just Mobile’s latest project is a collaboration with the award-winning Danish designer, Jakob Wagner. Wellknown for his design work with companies such as Menu and Stelton, and included among the permanent collection in New York’s Museum Of Modern Art, Jakob has worked with Just Mobile to develop the AluBase and AluRack stands. The AluBase is a simple, elegant stand designed for use with the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The sturdy AluBase is crafted from a single piece of high-grade aluminium and includes soft plastic inserts that are designed to accommodate the various MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Retina models. It turns the MacBook into an elegant desktop sculpture and is the best way to use your MacBook with an external monitor and keyboard. Owners of the Apple iMac or Apple displays can also use the new AluRack. This ingenious aluminium rack attaches to the stand at the back of the iMac or Apple Display, allowing you to discretely attach a laptop or an external hard drive, reducing clutter and saving space on your desktop. Just Mobile is currently working on the forthcoming Gum Max Duo, a powerful battery pack capable of charging your iPad for up to seven hours, or using its twin USB ports to charge both and iPad or iPhone at the same time.

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Everything You Need to Know About iPods, iTunes, and Mac-Based Entertainment

A New Point of View

Understanding the changes to navigating your media in iTunes 11

See What You’ve Got New to iTunes 11, the artist view allows you to look at song lengths and titles for all of the music in your iTunes library by any particular artist.

By KirK McElhEarn


he latest version of iTunes ( makes a number of changes to the way you view the content in your library of digital media files. Most significantly, iTunes 11 adds a new set of views and gets rid of most of the viewing options that were available in previous versions. With iTunes 10, you could check out your music (and other media content) in any of four ways – via List, Album view, Grid, or Cover Flow views. (Some types of iTunes content, such as apps, didn’t offer all those options, however.) In iTunes 11, those four views are more or less gone. Here’s a look at the different views that iTunes 11 offers.

Songs View What Apple used to call List view is now known as Songs view. In functionality, it’s similar to what iTunes 10 offered, though the new, narrower font in iTunes 11 makes it look more compressed and harder to read. Songs view shows you one song per line, with no artwork. You can still use the Column Browser in Songs view, but there’s no artwork viewer at the bottom left of the iTunes window. Now when you select a track, Songs view doesn’t provide any visual indication of the album it belongs to. The main advantage of using Songs view is that it allows you to display any columns you want, with information from

your media files’ tags. Simply press 1-J, and check the columns you want to display. This View Options window is greatly improved in iTunes 11, with different types of tags grouped into sections to make them easier to find.

Albums View Albums view, which is the new default view in iTunes 11, resembles that of its predecessor’s Grid view in most respects. With Grid view though, you could change the size of the displayed artwork, whereas in Albums view you can’t. To change the sort order of your files, press 1-J to display a small window that lets you specify two sort criteria. For example,

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you might want to organise your content by artist and then by title. Supplementing Albums view, a new Expanded Album view lets you see what’s inside an album and then start playing items or otherwise work with them. This works with movies and TV shows, as well as with music. Click an album’s artwork image, and you’ll see its contents displayed in a colour scheme that iTunes bases on the dominant colours in the artwork. (You can turn this option off if you wish: Choose iTunes → Preferences; click the General tab; and then, in the Views section, uncheck ‘Use custom colors for open albums, movies, etc’.)

Artists and Genres Views iTunes 11 also introduces Artists and Genres views. When you choose one of these, you’ll see a sidebar at the left of the iTunes window that displays a list of artists or of genres, respectively. For the first of these, iTunes uses the album art in your library to illustrate the entries. For standard genres, it uses built-in icons, but if you have custom genres, it uses art from one album of that genre. These views let you examine various details of your music such as artwork, and album and track names. If you’ve entered the year of an album’s release, you’ll see that date displayed to the right of the iTunes window.

You have limited sort options in these views. You can press 1-J, and choose to sort by title, genre (in Artists view) or artist (in Genres view), year or rating. With each of these views, you can alter the size of the artwork via a slider; and in Artists view, you can group compilations in a separate section, so that the tracks of compilation albums won’t be scattered throughout the list. The Albums and Genres views display a new sidebar at the left of the iTunes window. In previous versions, the sidebar displayed your media libraries, any connected devices and your playlists, among other things. If you miss that old sidebar, you can re-enable it by choosing View → Show Sidebar, or by pressing 1-<Option>-S. It will stay at the far left of the iTunes window, regardless of which view you choose.

Show or Hide The View options window enables you to choose which tags to display, in categories ranging from Music to Stats to Sorting.

Playlists View The new iTunes’ Playlists view shows all your playlists in a sidebar at the left of the iTunes window, and is available only if you don’t display the sidebar mentioned above (which shows your playlists just as it did in iTunes 10). If you select a playlist, you can see its contents; and for each one, you can choose a number of view options. You can display the Column Browser (View → Column Browser), or you can click the View button at the top right of the iTunes window to select any of

three ways of seeing the playlist: List, which is a simple list view; Grid, which resembles Albums view; and Artist List, which is similar to Artists view. You may also see your view options by pressing 1-J; these vary depending on which of the three views you choose. In List view, for example, the View Options window allows you to select which columns to display; in other views, you can select a sort order, choose whether to group compilations, and adjust artwork size.

New and Improved?

Colour Co-ordinated Expanded Album view in iTunes 11 allows you to look at the contents of your album in a colour scheme that’s similar to the one used for its artwork.

iTunes 11 gives you some new ways to view your media. Even if you’re a longtime iTunes user, take time to try out the different views and their options, so you can figure out which ones work best for you. But don’t forget that you can switch views at any time, depending on what you’re doing in iTunes. Though adjusting to the new views can be a bit frustrating, you may find them to your liking once you’ve had time to get used to them. And if you still hate the new setup – and you feel adventurous – you can always try rolling back to iTunes 10. (For details on how to downgrade from iTunes 11 to 10, go to

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Find the Perfect Headphones By Dan Frakes


f you want better sound from your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac, new headphones will do wonders. And they’re essential if you want to listen to your music without bothering people around you. Unfortunately, although the range of styles and options is wider than ever, the opportunities for in-person testing are fewer.

Look and Listen Usually, the main differences between headphone models involve type, comfort and sound quality. Here’s what to look (and listen) for when you seek the perfect set of headphones. Specs and Sound Quality The specifications provided by manufacturers – especially frequency-response numbers

– don’t mean much. No standard testing methodology exists for headphone frequency response, and many vendors exaggerate their product’ specs. But even accurate specs won’t tell you much about how a set of headphones actually sounds. So instead of focusing on specs, use your ears. High-quality headphones reproduce audio with good balance between treble (upper), midrange and bass (lower) frequencies, producing full, rich sound, while preserving detail. Their especially small drivers (speakers) make it hard for headphones to deliver good bass response: even if you can hear the lowest frequencies, you probably won’t be able to feel them. Some vendors address this limitation by emphasising certain bass and upper-


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bass frequencies to give their headphones more kick. This helps them stand out from others in the store, and some users appreciate that exaggerated impact. But such headphones can be tiring to listen to over time. If you care about accurate audio reproduction, resist being wowed by emphasised bass. The best approach, when possible, is to audition a set of headphones for several hours – or several days – with a range of music. If the headphones sound great after extended listening before you buy, they’ll probably satisfy you over the long run. Headset Functionality and Inline Control Modules Many current headphone models include, right on the cable, an inline module containing a microphone, plus one or more remotecontrol buttons, much like the inline remote on Apple’s iPhone earbuds. At a minimum, the remote will feature a single multifunction button for controlling media

playback; making, taking and ending phone calls; and using an iPhone’s (or other smartphone’s) voice-control features. You can use the module’s mic to talk on the phone, make voice recordings, and give Siri or other voice-control commands. Models aimed at iOS users generally include a three-button remote with dedicated volume-up and volume-

Better Buds Canalbudstyle headsets, like Logitech’s UE 350vi (£49.99, logitech. com/uk) fall between earbuds and in-earcanal models.

down buttons; the three-button remote also lets you control volume and media playback on recent Macs. Fit/Comfort Unlike most consumerelectronics devices, headphones are something you wear. So the way headphones fit your head, ears and ear canals will affect your long-term satisfaction. There’s no substitute for giving a product a test drive – or a test run, if it’s a fitness-oriented model. Where to Buy Fewer and fewer high street retailers carry high-quality headphones, and few of the ones that do let prospective buyers try the products in the store – especially in-ear-canal headphones. As a result, testing the sound and fit of headphones before you buy can be difficult. Your best bet is to buy from a retailer with a generous returns policy. That way, if you’re unhappy with the fit or sound of the headphones once you get them home, you can return them.

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Apple TV (5.2 update) Software update fuels the rumours about a real Apple-branded TV By Cliff Joseph

Pros: Affordable; compact design Cons: Limited range of TV and video services

Star Rating: 1113C

Below the Surface The latest software update introduces a number of improvements.

Company: Apple, Price: £99


he rumours that Apple might launch an actual TV continue to fly – as they have done for more than a year now – but at the moment all we’ve got is this relatively modest software update for its existing set-top box. The Apple TV Software Update 5.2 does introduce a handful of useful new features, but it still leaves us wondering when – or if – the company is ever going to pull out all the stops and produce an Apple TV product worthy of the name. Perhaps the most interesting new feature is the ability to pair the set-top box with Apple’s own Wireless Keyboard (£57, – making use of Bluetooth hardware that has previously lain dormant within Apple’s glossy little box. (Apple says other Bluetooth keyboards “may also be compatible”, as long as they match the layout of a standard Mac keyboard). This simplifies the task of entering network passwords or using the search

function when browsing the iTunes Store or the YouTube app. It’s not exactly revolutionary, but it does suggest that Apple is still trying to refine the interface and make it easier to use in your front room – and that should keep the rumour mill about a full television product going strong for at least another six months. Improved iTunes support allows you to play your purchased music using iTunes In The Cloud, rather than having to pay for the additional iTunes Match service. However, we’re more intrigued by the fact that the Apple TV now has the ability to transmit audio via AirPlay to a set of AirPlay speakers. It could already receive audio and video from Macs and iOS devices using AirPlay, but this software update means it can now also transmit the audio from films and other streaming video content to a set of external AirPlay speakers. That will be great for watching films and TV programmes, as it will give the soundtrack a real boost compared to the relatively modest speakers that are built into most television sets. It’s annoying though, that this new feature only works with expensive AirPlay speakers. If you can pair the Apple TV with a Bluetooth Looking Good The graphical interface has been improved. keyboard, then you

should also be able to pair it with Bluetooth speakers too, which are a lot cheaper than AirPlay speakers. It’s this blinkered Apple-only approach that remains the device’s greatest weakness. It still has the best graphical interface of any streaming media device currently available, but in its current form, it really just exists for the primary purpose of selling video downloads from the iTunes Store. There are a few US-based services available in addition to the iTunes Store, including Netflix, YouTube and Flickr, but the Apple TV ignores the vast majority of on-demand services that are widely available on the internet – including key services such as the BBC iPlayer or LoveFilm here in the UK. You can run apps for those services on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and then stream them to the Apple TV using AirPlay – but it really needs to work as a standalone device that can provide direct access to those services without requiring any expensive extra hardware.

Macworld’s Buying Advice From a technical point of view, the Apple TV is as slick and neatly designed as you’d expect from Apple. However, its reliance upon iTunes and Netflix is frustrating for users outside the US, and the Apple TV won’t live up to its considerable potential until Apple bites the bullet and opens it up to a wider range of online video services.


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MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD High-speed SSD drive with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces By Cliff JosepH

Pros: High-speed solid-state drive Cons: Status light tricky to see

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Buffalo Technology, Price: 128GB, £200; 256GB, £300


e previously reviewed Buffalo’s MiniStation Thunderbolt (see T0QpDf) – a neat little hard drive equipped with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces. Now there’s a new version that looks almost identical and has the same set of interfaces, but which includes a solid-state drive (SSD). Like the original MiniStation, this model has an attractive silver-grey case, finished off with a textured white top

panel. Oddly though, it’s fractionally larger. Even so, it’s still small enough to slip into a backpack, and at just 260g you’ll barely notice the extra weight. Our only real complaint is that the status light positioned on the lowerfront edge isn’t always easy to see. The drive includes cables for both the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, and comes pre-formatted in the Mac’s HFS+ format, so you can plug it straight into your Mac and get down to work. Not surprisingly, the SSD drive proved much faster than the HD version. Smaller document files produced similar performance from both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, with read and write speeds of 294MBps and 185MBps. However, copying larger video files with the AJA System Test benchmark

Mighty Mini The MiniStation SSd has been designed specifically for Macs.

produced more varied results – a write speed of 180MBps with USB 3.0 and 200MBps with Thunderbolt. And, oddly, read performance with the AJA test was better with USB 3.0, reaching 360MBps compared to 320MBps with Thunderbolt.

Macworld’s Buying advice The MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD is portable enough to carry around, is reasonably priced and its performance makes it a good backup option.


DS1 The convenience of a MacBook, with the connectivity of a Mac Pro By Karl Hodge

Pros: Adds range of ports to Thunderbolt Mac Cons: Single Thunderbolt port; pricey

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Matrox, Price: £205


he Matrox DS1 is a docking station for Thunderbolt Macs. It adds an array of connectors to your machine, including a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a high speed USB 3.0 socket, audio input and output, and one gigabit ethernet. There’s an extra display port, too. In the version we tested there was a DVI connector, but there’s a variant that has an HDMI port instead. It’s a good mix of connectivity. If we were being picky, we might point out

there’s no FireWire port. For many that won’t be an issue, but it does mean you’ll need to find an additional solution if you want to hook up legacy equipment. The DS1’s a premium piece of kit, with solidity and weight. At a little under half a kilo, it’s clearly designed to stay at home. It also needs its own power adaptor, to juice up all those breakout ports. It excels when paired with a MacBook Air, adding fixed functionality that transforms it into a viable desktop replacement. You can leave the DS1 at home, connected to a monitor, speakers, keyboard and network. When you return home, your MacBook connects to everything with a single cable. A big attraction of the DS1 is its video connectivity. You can get Thunderbolt to DVI adaptors, but the dock makes things

Breakout Box with a single cable, you can connect your MacBook to a keyboard, mouse, monitor, and more. Minimum mess and fuss.

so much easier to plug in and play. There’s only one Thunderbolt port, but because the technology daisy chains, you can use it with devices that have more than one. Just make sure the DS1 is at the end of the chain.

Macworld’s Buying advice The price may seem rather steep for a simple breakout box, but the DS1 adds functionality and features that make it easy to connect any laptop to a set of desktop peripherals. There’s just one cable to plug in and you’re ready to go.

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Galaxy Camera Android OS powered ‘compact’ that lets photographers share content via the web on other ‘smart’ devices By Gav i n Sto k e r

Pros: Connects to the web; 21x optical zoom Cons: Pricey for camera of snapshot quality

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Samsung, Price: £399.99


amsung has had great success with its Galaxy tablets and phones, so it was inevitable we’d see a Galaxy camera. The boast here is for the best camera features you can’t find on smartphones, combined with smartphone features you can’t find on other cameras, such as web access via Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. Powered by the latest Android OS, it comes with a host of pre-loaded ‘apps’ including Instagram, and access to Dropbox.

It’s worth noting that Samsung’s camera is physically larger than other compacts. This is down to the whopping 4.8in screen that swallows up the whole of its back plate. That’s the largest monitor found on any consumer digital camera to date. Unsurprisingly, apart from a top plate button to power the camera up, and a second to fire the shutter and control the zoom, operation here is touch panel based. Well almost – you can activate an on-board voice command feature that lets you shoot and zoom. You only have to play with the Galaxy Camera for a short while before the penny drops. This is basically a tablet computer with a 21x optical zoom lens stuck on the back, or the front, depending on whether you’re viewing the device in conventional camera terms.

Big Shot one of only two cameras presently allowing users to be ‘always connected’.

Macworld’s Buying advice Naturally we’re paying a premium here for the innovation on display, while over-paying for ‘mere’ snapshot quality images, but there is little doubt that one day all cameras will be made this way.


X-E1 Second generation compact system camera retains retro appeal of first at more affordable price By Gav i n Sto k e r

Pros: Smaller version of flagship X-Pro1 Cons: Autofocus could be quicker

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Fujifilm, Price: £1,149.95 with 18-55mm zoom lens


ix months ago Fujifilm launched its X-Pro1 (see – a high-end interchangeable lens compact system camera, which came across more as a budget (at £,1399) digital version of a £5,000 Leica. Aiming to broaden the appeal of its fledgling ‘X’ range, Fujifilm has now released the X-E1. Crucially, the X-E1 retains the retro, 60s and 70s Leica-like styling of the X-Pro1, with two top plate dials that let you adjust

the exposure and shutter speed without having to drill down into on-screen menus, plus the build quality. Also retained is the same APS-C sized sensor found in its forebear, offering a maximum effective resolution of 16.3 megapixels. That’s on a par with competing compact system cameras in this price bracket. There’s a lot else to love about the X-E1; namely its inclusion of built-in flash, plus a vacant hotshoe for an optional accessory flashgun, integral stereo mics and an additional port for the attachment of an off-camera microphone. While auto focus isn’t lightning fast like a DSLR, it’s sufficient for more considered shooting, and the quality of images delivered by the 18-55mm zoom is impressive, allowing for some lovely shallow depth of field effects.

‘E’ by Gum Great design and superb image quality courtesy of the 18-55mm zoom.

Macworld’s Buying advice Price and lack of present support may be a barrier to some, but styling and image quality certainly seduce.


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HeadStand A headphone accessory for people with hang-ups By DAv i D P r i c e

Pros: Helps tidy away headphones and cable Cons: Expensive, considering what it does

Star Rating: 111CC Company: Just Mobile, Price: €49.95 (£43)


imed at those with nowhere to hang their top-end overear headphones and not enough brushed aluminium in their workspace, Just Mobile’s HeadStand is a sumptuously engineered solution to a relatively simple problem. There’s no denying that your average pair of high-quality over-ears takes up a fair bit of space, and can ruin the tidy look of a beautifully minimalist iPad- or Mac-based workstation. Rendered in the

firm’s smart trademark metal finish, the HeadStand provides somewhere to store your headphones, with a flat bar that should fit most sizes and shapes. There’s also a lip on the end to prevent falls, and a hollow around the base for tidying up the headphone’s cable. Coming in at over £40, this is certainly an indulgence, but it’s a rather lovely one. The HeadStand is smart and well built; the weight is just right, giving it stability on the desk, and its balance is good. And visually it will match other Just Mobile products (such as the popular UpStand for the iPad, see and, more importantly, almost anything by Apple. True DIY virgins may wish to bear in mind that a microscopic amount of self-assembly is required, but it really is just a couple of screws, and makes

Show-off Just Mobile’s HeadStand is perfect for showing off your high-end audio gear.

the package far slimmer than it would otherwise be.

Macworld’s Buying Advice We can’t help thinking that Just Mobile’s HeadStand is a costly indulgence. If you can spare the cash though, this is attractively minimalist and well made.


OfficeJet 150 A multifunction printer that you can take with you By cliff JosePh

Pros: Neatly designed device Cons: Pricey; black ink costs above average

Star Rating: 1111C Company: HP, Price: £269


P’s OfficeJet 150 multifunction device is neatly designed, folding down to a compact 355 x 200 x 95mm. It weighs 3.1kg with its rechargeable battery attached, which is a little hefty for a bag, but fine for the back seat of your car. There’s a lot crammed into the 150, including a 600dpi inkjet printer, 600dpi scanner, and a touch-sensitive control panel that folds up out of the unit. There’s a USB port for connecting to your Mac,

but the OfficeJet 150 also includes Bluetooth for wireless printing, which means you can get straight to work without having to fiddle with any cables. The OfficeJet isn’t the fastest printer we’ve ever come across, though. HP quotes speeds of 22 pages per minute for mono text and 18ppm for colour text and graphics, but our tests produced far more modest speeds of 7ppm and 3ppm respectively. The print quality is very good too, with near-laser quality text and bright, sharp colour graphics. Printing costs are mixed. Colour printing is actually quite reasonable, as HP’s high-yield three-colour ink cartridges cost £33 and produce 560 pages, which works out at 6p per page for colour printing. Mono printing is a little above average though, as the high-yield black

Portable Office The officeJet 150 is the world’s first portable multifunction printer.

cartridge costs £25 and produces about 600 pages. That amounts to about 4p per page, which is higher than average.

Macworld’s Buying Advice The OfficeJet 150 is expensive for an inkjet printer, but you are paying extra for its compact and portable design. It also crams in a lot of useful features with its scanning, copying and wireless options, so it’ll certainly earn its keep.

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PulpMotion Advanced 3 The easy way to create slideshows with video, photo and music By D u n cA n E vA n s

Pros: Slick and friendly interface Cons: Editing functions are rather hidden

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Aquafadas, Price: £89.99


reating a slideshow should be a fairly painless experience that delivers an engaging endproduct in the minimum of time. Usually, that isn’t the case though, as it’s either too simple or overly fiddly. It all starts with creating a new theme from, believe it or not, a theme manager. This has a list of all the themes, but also tabs for new ones, your favourites and any that have been updated. Click on those, and they download and update directly in the app. This is certainly slick and the choice of themes ranges from standard page turners to those styled like books, ones set in galleries, as a magazine or presented with special effects. Many are only really suitable for friends and family, but there’s plenty that stand up to being used for a client, or a wedding or portrait photographer. Once a theme has been selected, the main PulpMotion layout screen springs into action alongside the Media Manager. This takes imports from iPhoto and Aperture libraries by default, but other apps can be added or folder destinations opened to add to the media list. Photos, sounds from folders, iTunes or GarageBand, videos, special effects or a live recording from the iSight camera can also be accessed. The process of creating the slideshow is easy enough – just drag and drop the media, either singularly or as multiple files, onto the timeline. Individual graphical elements can be re-ordered and moved around by simply dragging and dropping. The output resolution is shown in a small box above this and can

Output Options The resolution for output can be changed in the middle of the project without having to start from scratch. Themes can also be changed.

be changed at any point without unduly affecting what you’ve already done. There are defaults for iOS devices, TV and HD output.

Introducing the slideshow The slideshow starts with an introduction and there’s room to enter your own title and words about what the viewer is about to see. Also in this panel on the right, you can toggle to the configuration settings and also the theme chooser. This puts up all the themes you saw initially in a long list. To change the theme of the project without having to start again, double-click on it. If the media you’ve selected doesn’t fit with the new project, you can keep the existing format or replace it. It’s at this point that things get a little more complicated. In order to edit the layouts that use text, you need to go to the Media Inspector and then click on the Media Editor. There are three different tabs here where the layout can be changed, the text edited and zones of interest can be edited. A zone of interest is something to add to a design that pulls the camera in for a close-up to be highlighted. It’s easy enough to get the hang of, but the editing area is the one where it’s not entirely obvious how to

use initially. The use of Post-it notes the first time a new element is encountered does help significantly, though. However, some text elements overlap each other and it’s not that easy to see where to double-click to activate editing the desired field. Once everything is wrapped up, it’s time to export the slideshow and here there’s a number of options from QuickTime, iPhone, Apple TV, iMovie, down to exporting for Facebook and YouTube. Each export option has suggested codecs and processing functions, but these can be adjusted for your own requirements.

Macworld’s Buying Advice Lots of themes and a flexible interface means you can try out different things without losing any progress. Element editing is hidden away, but the use of Post-it notes show what functions are available. There are also some imaginative options that will suit a commercial purpose, as well as familyfriendly ones. Overall, Aquafadas’ PulpMotion Advanced 3 is slick, easy to use and a great way of creating customised slideshows.


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Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders Take to the skies in this exciting WWII air-combat game By Cliff Joseph

Pros: Well-designed aerial combat Cons: In-app purchases to unlock some planes

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Atypical Games, Price: £2.99,


torm Raiders is the second game in the Sky Gamblers series, following on from Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy. The main single-player campaign has two parts, allowing you to take earn your wings in the Battle of Britain or to head out to the Pacific. Stick around for the Battle of Britain and you’ll start out by defending the skies over Kent from the invading Luftwaffe, and then striking back by taking the fight into enemy territory.

Flight simulation games can be pretty tricky to get to grips with, but Storm Raiders does a good job of catering to casual players. There’s a ‘casual controls’ option that helps to stabilise your plane during more tricky manoeuvres, and your radar can help by automatically locking on to the nearest enemy. However, more experienced pilots who are looking for a real challenge can switch into ‘simulator’ mode, which provides more realistic movement and controls. You gain points for completing missions and downing enemy planes, and these allow you to unlock further planes and weapons systems, so you can customise your plane to suit your personal flying and fighting style. There’s also a number of in-app purchases available that let you buy extra planes.

Top Gun Hone your flying skills over the pacific and become a wwii fighter ace.

Macworld’s Buying Advice The mix of single-player and multiplayer modes provide enough variety to keep you flying for weeks on end, and the game is a real bargain for just £2.99.


F1 2012 Exciting and realistic racing action for Mac-seat drivers By Cliff Joseph

Pros: Fast, exciting racing game Cons: Some popular graphics cards not supported

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Feral Interactive, Price: £34.99,


here’s been a dearth of racing action on the Mac in recent years, but F1 2012 brings highspeed racing back onto the Mac with a bang. The game covers all 20 of the main Formula 1 circuits from the 2012 season, and allows you to pit your skills against a range of top drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. You can ease into the action with the ‘young driver’ tutorial mode, which guides

you through the basics, starting with simple acceleration and braking in a straight line, then moving on to more advanced challenges such as hair-pin turns and driving in wet weather. More experienced players can move on to the Proving Grounds, which includes three additional game modes: Time Trial, Time Attack and Champions. F1 2012’s 3D graphics aren’t quite state of the art, lacking the detailed textures and flying debris that we’ve seen in some other racing games. However, the cars handle really well and the graphics fly by smoothly as you’re hurtling round the bend and trying to overtake your rivals. The game also makes good use of sound effects, with revving engines and screeching brakes adding to the realism.

Finishing Line You can race on all 20 of the main Formula 1 circuits from the 2012 season.

Macworld’s Buying Advice If you want the full-on challenge of F1’s championship season on your Mac, then F1 2012 is an exciting racing game.

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Checkmate Get advanced warning of data and disk problems BY VIC LENNARD

Pros: Works unobtrusively in the background Cons: A little pricey

Star Rating: 111CC Company: Micromat, Price: $49.99 (£32.75)


eeping a Mac healthy comes down to two aspects: knowing there’s a problem and fixing it. For the latter, Apple’s Disk Utility does a good job, but how do you know there’s a problem in the first place? That’s the idea behind Checkmate. By running a series of regular tests when your Mac’s inactive, it forewarns you of impending problems. The warning mechanism is a chess knight icon in the menu bar. This is usually black, but turns

yellow as a warning and red if some part of your Mac has failed a test. The main window shows the four main areas of testing: Hardware, Drives, Files and System. The first of these checks memory through a proprietary test, and while it may warn of a module problem, it doesn’t tell you which one. Many Mac problems emanate from hard drive issues. Drives examines the startup volume by using Disk Utility in the background. It checks connected disks with a surface scan and polls the SMART status of drives, too. If there have been hard drive issues or system crashes, the likelihood of file corruption is pretty high. To this end, Files checks file types, but not proprietary ones from Microsoft, Adobe, or others. Finally, System checks your Mac’s I/O log for any errors.

In Control Checkmate’s main window clearly shows all the tests and their results.

Macworld’s Buying Advice Despite some unease about the price, there’s a simple choice here. Wait until problems occur and then try to fix them, use a number of different utilities to check your Mac, or invest in Checkmate.


Magician 1.3.1 A great utility idea that falls short on delivery BY VIC LENNARD

Pros: Offers compendium of Mac utilities Cons: Out of date security data

Star Rating: 11CCC Company: Magician Software, Price: Free


agician is a free app that’s designed to help keep your Mac healthy and reduce clutter. It can handle various data cleaning tasks, offers security against malware, advises of updates, and provides hardware and software stats. From its main screen, Cleaner has three modes. Duplicate searches your Mac for identical files by content, finding dupes even with different file names, while File Finder looks for files that

exceed a certain size. Quick Clean looks to remove redundant ‘junk’ such as logs, browser caches and languages. After scanning your Mac, you get one option: Remove All. We’d advise against deleting system-generated logs for diagnostic reasons and stripping out languages can render some apps useless due to being seen as interfering with copy protection. Fortunately, each cleaning feature also has its own page, with a full breakdown of what’s been found, but the results can be confusing. Security lets you scan your Mac for trojan viruses. Infected files get moved to a quarantine area and there’s also a trust list. The problem is, the database doesn’t get updated very often. The current one is dated 3 August 2012, making it five months out of date and pretty useless.

Dated Approach The antivirus database hasn’t been updated since August 2012.

Macworld’s Buying Advice What looks like a promising concept falls down in too many areas. What Magician needs is a careful reappraisal, coupled with a decent manual and help system, then it may live up to its potential.



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Family Protector Premium Security suite that combines anti-virus software and advanced parental controls BY CLIFF JOSEPH

Pros: Good, simple anti-virus software Cons: Network monitoring options confusing

Star Rating: 1111C Company: Intego, Price: 3 Macs, £55.69; 5 Macs, £92.82


e’ve yet to come across a widespread virus attack on Macs that would convince us that anti-virus software is a real necessity for most Mac users. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other threats lurking on the internet, so it’s worth considering a security suite. VirusBarrier has a new interface that makes it easier to set up the virusscanning process on your Mac. As well as checking your Mac’s hard disk, it can also

scan your emails for Windows viruses and malware to prevent you from passing these on to friends or colleagues. NetBarrier provides extra protection when you’re online by monitoring activity on your network – including individual apps, so you can decide which applications have access to the internet. Unfortunately, the program’s interface isn’t quite as simple as that of VirusBarrier, so you might need to spend some time with the online Help files. Thankfully, the parental controls in the Family Protector program were easier to get to grips with. It includes a Setup Assistant that lets you quickly apply predefined settings to any user account on your Mac. You can also customise the settings yourself; for example, limiting access to certain types of websites.

In Control Keep your Mac safe and secure from viruses and other internet threats.

Macworld’s Buying Advice NetBarrier could be more welcoming for new users, but VirusBarrier and Family Protector provide simple and effective protection against the main threats that you and your family are likely to encounter online.


Norton Zone Cloud File Sharing Store, share and collaborate on files online B Y R O S E M A R Y H AT T E R S L E Y

Pros: Strong admin tools; version control Cons: Login issues; small thumbnails

Star Rating: 111CC Company: Symantec, Price: First 5GB free


ymantec has joined the online storage clan with the public beta of its multi-device file backup and sharing service. Norton Zone Cloud File Sharing offers an initial 5GB of free online space in which to shelve photos you rarely look at, files from completed projects and other items that would otherwise clutter up your Mac. There’s a desktop uploader to make bulk transfers more efficient (found under the ‘I want to’ > ‘Install Norton Zone’ menu

on the right of the dashboard). It’s just as quick to select several files at once. We like the version control element of the service whereby previous copies of files can be accessed from up to 90 days previously. The preview thumbnails of photos you’ve stored online are tiny, but you can click on each one to enlarge it. There’s also a well-thought-out team zone. Here, you can invite colleagues or family members to a project folder, though they’ll need to create a free Norton account. For projects involving lots of people, there’s a CSV email address import function, plus the ability to set team policies and to generate use reports. Symantec gives you plenty of text space to explain the project in the invitation, too. The Team Zone feature is only free while the service is in beta.

File Sharing Rename uploaded files and view photos in detail by clicking on them.

Macworld’s Buying Advice Norton Zone Cloud File Sharing isn’t the most dynamic online backup tool we’ve used, but we’ll happily use its free 5GB encrypted archive alongside iCloud.

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Group Test Web Design Packages Need to build a website? We investigate four packages that make web design easy BY SIMON WILLIAMS


t’s becoming increasingly important to have an online presence for your business, to tell people about your services or display what you have for sale. Alternatively, you might want to create a site, so friends can keep track of what you’re up to. Whatever the motive, there’s software or a service designed to ease the work involved in setting up a website. At the simplest level, a blog may be ideal. Although originally designed as online text diaries, most blogging sites now support photos and video, and can handle simple sales using third-party buttons such as from PayPal. A blog has in essence a linear format, in which each entry is separated from those before it. If your main reason for wanting to get on to the web is to express yourself, this will probably be the most convenient format for you. For a more conventional website design, with a navigation bar and hierarchical structure of pages, you have two main choices: to build your website using an online hosting service or an offline site designer. An online hosting service, like the four reviewed here, does a lot more than simply store your website. It will typically

Moonfruit Standard

1&1 MyWebsite Personal

provide all the tools you need to create and edit the content of the site in situ on the page; many can handle e-commerce, too, providing you with the opportunity to sell goods or services, and allow the website to pay for itself. The editing tools in a typical online web service may be simpler than with a dedicated offline tool, but that eases the learning curve. For many people starting up their first site, being able to put together all that’s necessary without worrying about the niceties of screen design or coding is a great relief. To help with this, most providers offer a range of pre-designed templates, with which you simply swap in your own text and pictures to personalise the site for


Jimdo Pro

your own use. This way, provided you have some decent content for your site, you can build it and make it available online in a very short time. If you’re familiar with laying out designs for the printed page, moving to a website designer may be your simplest solution for creating a website. Many of the tools will be familiar and, although there will be new ones to learn, many of these are bundled into ‘widgets’, which appear as simple buttons or logos on a web page and hide the specialist code they provide from both visitor and site owner. Offline site designers are favoured by programmers who have the necessary knowledge to write their own code. The disadvantage of the offline method is you need to choose a web-hosting provider – and pay for this separately. You also have to upload your website to the hosting space, and you won’t be able to edit the site online – you’ll have to make changes using the same offline software and upload any altered files. Your choice of tools depends on the type of web presence you want to create and your level of expertise. First decide what you want to create, and then pick the tool. Here, we’ll look at four options.


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1&1 MyWebsite Personal


&1 claims its sites are quick to set up, and include standard text, which can speed the establishment of a web presence. There are two offerings, for personal and business sites; we look at the Personal version here. The site designs are neatly divided into categories. Having signed up though, we were presented with 300 templates categorised under less helpful headings, such as Futuristic and Trendy It, can take a while to find the right template. The site structure in the templates is well established, with many obvious headings already in place. So, for example, menu options such as Our Sports and Our Pets are available, and can easily be hidden or removed. New pages can be added too, which take on the predefined template style. Adjusting the site structure and page elements is straightforward. Click on any element and an editing frame pops up; a text frame offers an editor and typographical choices, while picture frames offer to upload new images. Picture size optimisation is automatic, but images can be resized, flipped, rotated, sharpened and brightened. YouTube videos can be included on pages, and documents can be held on a site for download, subject to a 10GB website storage limit. MyWebsite Personal also includes the facility to maintain a guestbook for direct feedback, and a contact form so your readers and/or customers can directly get in touch. Widgets provide buttons to link social-networking and other services, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. 1&1 also caters for Flash movies, photo galleries, forms and hit counters, among many other smart page elements.

Jimdo Pro


ou don’t need to pay anything to have your website hosted, provided you’re happy for it to carry ads. Jimdo has a free version, but we’re looking at the Pro product, which has extras such as a proper domain name, email address, newsletter and site statistics. Jimdo was keen for us to mention that 1&1 uses an outdated version of its software, and that Jimdo Pro is better-looking and slicker in its approach than MyWebsite. It offers fewer pre-designed templates, but they’re good-looking and minimalist in appearance. These give sites a modern feel.. As with 1&1 MyWebsite, you click on any object on a page to edit its contents. The text editor offers basic formatting and photos are automatically optimised for resolution. As well as text, graphics and dividing lines, you can choose to add a range of other objects through a pop-up selector. These include tables, photo galleries and forms. Social-media connections are made with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ feeds, but there’s also Google Maps and video, with which you can specify a link, rather than being tied to YouTube. E-commerce is supported, but for up to 15 items only. The Business package is designed for more serious traders and places no limit on the number of items. PayPal is the only electronic payment method, although Jimdo can also handle cheques and invoice payments. You can add up to 3,000 pages to a Jimdo Pro site, subject to a storage limit of 5GB, and there’s no bandwidth limit, so you can attract as much traffic as you want.

Macworld’s Buying Advice Macworld’s Buying Advice 1&1 MyWebsite Personal is a decent tool for putting together a standard website. There are a lot of predefined templates, so finding something from which you can work is easy. Read more at

Jimdo Pro is a practical website package which, even in its free form, offers most of the basics. The Pro product is free from ads and adds a personalised domain and email, plus site stats. It’s easy to use and many of the templates are stylish. Read more at

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Company: 1&1, Price: £6 per month, £72 per year

Company: Jimdo, Price: £60 per year


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Moonfruit Standard


oonfruit has a free entry-level offering and a range of other packages. The Standard product sits above Free and Lite variants, and should suit most personal and entry-level commercial uses. In many ways, this is how an online web-design application should look. It’s polished and slick, but still has nearly all the features you could need. Starting with a wide range of pre-designed templates, all of which look clean and modern, it shows the full page on-screen, with a toolbar across the top and selection palette down the left side. Individual dialog boxes appear as tools are selected, and everything happens in real-time, as if the page were being locally edited. The shop facilities are well integrated into the web design, and you can enter each item for sale in a separate database screen, which includes facilities for options such as postage to different areas. Sale items can be categorised too, so you can list, for example, CDs and DVDs under different headings. Connections to social media include Twitter and an RSS feed, and Facebook Connect enables visitors to log into your site using their Facebook credentials. Any site you create is also available in a mobile-friendly form, with all the graphics removed and the essential text displayed on your smartphone or tablet. Mobile visitors can still read all the content and even buy goods from the shop. The only real shortcomings of Moonfruit Standard could be the storage allowance, which at 1GB is a lot lower than some of its rivals, and a bandwidth limit of 20GB, when most such services are unlimited.



ordPress is probably the best known of all the blogging tools. Setting up a basic blog is free, and this includes taking advantage of the professionally designed templates and hosting. For $99 (£65.45) a year, you also get your own domain name, 10GB rather than 3GB of web space, the removal of ads, the ability to design a blog from scratch and the VideoPress video player. There’s a fair selection of well-designed templates, although all are simple. Most things are customisable but, unlike the website services, there’s very little in-place editing. Nearly all operations take place on separate screens – when you edit text, for example, it appears in a separate text editor with simple formatting controls. You edit and republish the text to have it appear in your blog post. This lack of WYSIWYG updating is more disconcerting than it may sound. It’s fine if you write all your text in one go and add all the necessary images before publication, but if you prefer to tweak your copy and photos as you go, it’s longwinded to have to keep previewing and applying changes. At the top of a blog, the default pages are Home and About, although you can add others. Using this facility, it’s easy to set up a website that isn’t a blog, although the one missing feature is e-commerce. You can add PayPal buttons, but there’s no payment cart facility. WordPress provides links to Twitter and Facebook, and automatically lists recent posts, your archives and metadata down the right side of your blog page.

Macworld’s Buying Advice Macworld’s Buying Advice Moonfruit is a very well-designed, and makes it easy to select and customise a template. All the key features are in place to create a modern-looking, full-featured site that’s easy to edit. Read more at

If you’re planning to set up a blog, WordPress is probably all you need. While it’s not as easy to use as a dedicated web-design service, it’s free and can be used to make sites that aren’t blogs as well. Read more at

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Star Rating: 111CC

Company: Moonfruit, Price: £7.20 per month, £64 per year

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Macworld Buying advice There’s a wide range of features to consider when choosing a web-design tool. As well as the obvious requirements to place text and graphics, it’s important to be able to create a website with some individuality. We checked for variety the templates on offer from each service, and tested how easy it is to create a design from scratch. You want to attract visitors to your site, so it’s important to get search engines to find it. SEO (search engine optimisation) is a useful tool for this, as are feeds from

the main social-media sites, which let visitors see how active you or your company are on a day-to-day basis. We checked for free SEO tools and widgets to bring these feeds on to site pages. If you want a site to bring in a bit of extra cash, or if you’re aiming to run a full web shop, you’ll want the ability to sell through the pages of your site. We checked how easy it was to do this, and how versatile the services are in handling payments. With companies who offer more than one level of service, we opted to review a mid-range product, costing between £5 and £10 a month.

There are several types of web presence. At one end, a simple serial feed of posts in a blog can be very well handled by WordPress, giving you a free way to put yourself out there. However, for anybody wanting to quickly put together a good-looking site that uses modern design elements, such as frame transparency and photo effects, Moonfruit Standard stands out. With a range of media widgets that let you add to your site audio, video and social media, plus an easy-to-use shop facility, this is the tool we would choose to work with. You can try it for free, too.

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flash movies, visitor counter,

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, video

Social media, video, audio, special effects

Can include HTML for PayPal buttons, and more

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Website traffic and basic information via submission tool

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iOS Apps

Software for Your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition mmmmm; £6.99;

If you’ve been lamenting the lack of a meaty, old-school and gloriously geeky roleplaying game on your iPad, look no further than this semi-remake of one of the 90s’ true classics. Baldur’s Gate was one of the earliest games by Bioware, now best-known as the studio behind Mass Effect, and while its elves and kobolds are very different to that series’ space marines and deathbots, you can see the commonality. It’s all epic quests, dark destinies, choice about how to treat people and a huge world with tons of diversions. BG is more complicated than Mass Effect, however, requiring painstaking management of character stats and a combat system that requires tactical thinking. If anything, this might be a little too much for iPad play. The need to regularly save manually requires a shift in thinking, while the busy interface and tiny characters necessitate more precision-tapping than you may be accustomed to. This does make it a harder sell to anyone who didn’t play it first time around and stick with it through those clunky interface anarchisms though, because there’s an adventure of uncommon breadth here, with some great characters and massive flexibility in terms of your party of heroes and their abilities. On a technical level, the move to iPad is impressive. While it’s a long way short of the tablet’s visual best, it’s surprising to see GAME

Granny Smith

a game that offered a resolution of 640 x 480 at release looking quite so sharp on the iPad 3/4’s 2,048 x 2,848 screen. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition is about as essential as iOS roleplaying games get. Just remember to save regularly. And you’ll need to find 2GB of space for it. This remastering of one of the most revered roleplaying games of all time shows its age, but that doesn’t keep it from feeling like a true iPad essential. It’s expensive and will eat up a huge chunk of your storage space, but this is a game that offers weeks, if not months, of tactical combat, agonising choices and goblin-bashing. — ALAN MARTIN


mmmmm; £1.49;

Granny Smith likes her apples. This may sound obvious, what with the humble fruit being her namesake, but in≈this wonderfully whimsical app from the inaccurately named Mediocre AB studio, she’ll outrun a robber with some surprisingly sprightly parkour moves to get her fill of vitamins. Each level is a side-scrolling race between the player and an AI runner. To begin with, the player has a jump button and a cane button: the former will jump, but holding down will rotate the granny in midair – the flatter the landing, the faster she’ll go, and this is how the basic GAME

mechanics work. The cane allows you to hang on wires, and zipline along them. Later in the game you’ll be given more buttons, but for the most part, these are the core mechanics, and they work beautifully. Rotating just the right amount to get a perfect landing is immensely satisfying, and you have to carefully judge how many rotations you can get in (there is no anti-clockwise here, so misjudge at your peril). Each level includes three apples, and it’s compulsive entertainment making sure you collect all of them, to get the full three-fruit rating on each stage. Of

course, you can always replay – and you almost certainly will. From its cartoon cutout art to its bite-sized gameplay, it’s hard to find fault with Granny Smith. It will leave you with hours of satisfying gaming. — ALAN MARTIN


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mmm; £2.99; UTILITY AltaMail offers users more control over their inboxes with wireless (and offline) printing, inbox filtering, and enhanced attachment options. But the email client for the iPhone and iPad lacks options that power users will likely want. As a result, its utility falls somewhere between what causal emailers and true power users demand. The 3.1 version introduces custom push notifications from your email accounts, but it requires a free companion app called WeNotify ( to be installed and running on your Mac. AltaMail also includes an option to save emails in PDF format. Unfortunately, this is available only as a £1.49 in-app purchase. Also, the program does not currently offer Dropbox or iCloud sync support, although EuroSmartz says that cloud syncing is coming soon. AltaMail does offer local file sharing through a wireless network, though. It handles writing, editing and reading email well, and supports contact groups and templates. Its peripheral features are lacking at times, but the core email app does its job well. — BRENDAN WILHIDE

Twitterrific 5


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This version has a brand new interface that simplifies the process of capturing new notes and improves the visibility of its organisational tools. To create a note, you use one of the three new Quick Notes buttons. All versions of Evernote permit you to type text notes and take photo notes with your device’s camera. Evernote then uploads the notes to its servers, where they are indexed for easy search and retrieval. Notes now appear in four different views: All Notes, Notebooks, Tags and Places. Tapping a tab header expands the tab to take up most of the screen and to display its contents, while tapping or swiping down on the tab’s header closes it. The new interface does have a few annoyances, though. If you swipe, rather than tap, to close an expanded tab, you can easily invoke Notification Center. But overall, you’ll find that the new iOS version makes capturing and retrieving your notes faster and smoother. — TOM NEGRINO PRODUCTIVITY

UTILITY This new version of Twitterrific has taken pains to distinguish itself from its predecessor, and the difference is apparent from the off. It features a more seamless design; yes, tweets are still broken up by dividing lines, but they nevertheless seem to flow into each other in a way that most common clients don’t. Content is front and centre in the new design, which features large tabs at the top for Tweets, Mentions, Messages, and Favourites on the iPad; on the iPhone, those labels are condensed into icons, and Favorites is shunted into the sidebar. There’s also quick access to lists from the sidebar, and a simple search that enables you to look for tweets or a particular user. The app is fast and responsive, with tweets loading and scrolling quickly. The palette in general is fairly monochromatic. Twitterrific has long been heralded for its customisation features, and version 5 offers quite a few of those too. There are many iOS Twitter clients, but The Iconfactory’s willingness to redesign Twitterrific every few years is part of the main reasons why its success continues. — DAN MOREN.


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Mac Apps Discover Great, Low-Cost Mac Products Edited by Dan Frakes


Beamer 1.5.3 mmmm; £12; Tupil;

We know more than a few people who connect a Mac to their TV, using cables, to play videos. Most of them would love to stream wirelessly to an Apple TV, but their Macs aren’t new enough to support Apple’s AirPlay technology and its mirroring feature in Mountain Lion. Thanks to Beamer, however, AirPlay streaming is possible for older Macs. The app works with 64-bit Intel machines (any model from 2007 or later, plus some 2006 Macs) running OS X 10.6 or later, and streams to a second- or thirdgeneration Apple TV. Beamer’s window shows all compatible Apple TVs on your network. After you choose one, you drop a movie file into the Beamer window; seconds later, the movie starts playing. (One feature we

would like is queued playback, so we could drop a group of videos in and have them play in order.) You can use an Apple TV’s remote to control playback. The app is useful for newer Macs too, since Mountain Lion’s AirPlay feature mirrors the OS X interface – playing a video via AirPlay mirroring isn’t as elegant as using Beamer, which streams just the video. It also supports more video formats than iTunes does. Unfortunately, Beamer can’t stream DVDs, and the current version converts multi-channel audio tracks to stereo. The

developer also says that the app may have some trouble streaming extremely large files. (We’ve seen a few reports of problems with files 4GB or larger.) In the end, Beamer does only one thing, streaming, but judging from our testing, it does its job well. — DAN FRAKES

Hidden in a secondary settings sheet are a few additional options. The most useful is a systemwide keyboard shortcut

for opening CustomMenu’s menu. Another nifty option is that you can change CustomMenu’s icon to any string of up to three text characters. We used OS X’s Character Viewer palette to select the Command (⌘) character for the icon. Due to OS X limitations, you can’t position the menu all the way to the right side of the menu bar. We would also love to be able to assign keyboard shortcuts to items within the menu. As it stands though, CustomMenu is a great utility for accessing your favourite apps, files, and folders – even when you’re using an app in full-screen mode. — DAN FRAKES


CustomMenu 1.2 mmmm; £1.99; PointWorks;

One of our all-time favourite utilities was MaxMenus, a System Preferences pane that let you create multiple custom menus. MaxMenus appears to have been abandoned, but PointWorks’ CustomMenu is a good alternative. Launch the app, and its systemwide menu icon appears on your menu bar. After you click this icon and choose Customize Menu, you can select the items for the menu. To add items, you have to create a new group – a section of the menu that’s separated by a divider line. You can’t avoid using groups, but they do make it easier to quickly find items in a crowded menu.


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Miro Video Converter 3.0 mmm; free; Participatory Culture Foundation;

You can find many tools for converting videos from one format to another, but one we turn to is Miro Video Converter. Although its interface isn’t what you would call Mac-standard, it does a great job. It supports a huge array of formats, including some oddballs, and it can output video optimised for iOS devices, as well as for an assortment of Android devices (including the Kindle Fire). When you launch the app, you’ll see a large, dark, and nearly empty interface. To convert one or more video files, simply drag them into the window, or click the Choose Files link to use the standard OS X file-navigation dialog box. After you’ve added at least one video, the buttons at the bottom become active. You select the output format by clicking one (Apple, Android, Other or Format) and choosing from the options in the pop-up menu. The app determines the resulting video’s size, quality, and codec settings based on the platform or device. But what are those settings? If you like to get your hands dirty with every detail,

you’ll be disappointed. Online, we found a table listing the resolution and command-line equivalents for each output setting (, but you can’t change those settings within the app. The settings (gear) button brings up the few controls you have over conversion. You also get no control over the location of the folder (~/Movies/Miro Video Converter) to which the program saves converted video files. As with all similar utilities, conversion can take time, especially for long videos, but you’ll find the new files in the expected location, with your source files untouched. Miro Video Converter may seem to present a number of issues and limitations, but those same limitations make the program incredibly easy to use. Drag and drop a number of videos, choose your device type, click the Convert button, and then open your Movies folder to see the converted videos. It really doesn’t get much simpler.

Out of the hundreds of videos we’ve converted using this app, only two turned out bad, and those were files that we’d converted to Ogg format. If you’re seeking a basic tool for converting video into various formats, Miro Video Converter is worth a look. And you can’t beat the price. — Rob GRiffiths


ForgetMeNot 1.2.5 mmm; £4.17; ChungwaSoft;

We’ve all experienced the embarrassment of sending an email referencing an attached file or document only to receive a reply stating that nothing was attached. ForgetMeNot is a simple plug-in that adds an attachment-alert feature to OS X’s Mail app. The tool scans your message text for words that might indicate you meant to attach something. If it detects such words and the message has an attachment, the email goes through; if the attachments are missing an alert pops up. You can then choose to cancel sending, add the attachment or send the message without it.

The plug-in covers default keywords for Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. For English, it looks for the keywords attachment, attaching, attached, and attach. You can also add words – we’ve added image, images, file, and files – and you can disable languages you don’t use. The tool’s keyword-based intervention

generally works well, although it’s of course limited by the list of words. If, for example, your message says “Check out this hilarious photo of Nancy”, and you have neglected to add photo to the list of keywords, ForgetMeNot won’t alert you if you forget to include said hilarious photo. That quibble aside, ForgetMeNot is a nice add-on for Mail. — Dan fRakes

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Answering Your Questions and Sharing Your Tips About Getting the Most From Your Mac

Mac OS X Hints The insider tips you won’t get from Apple By KirK McElhEarn

View Tweets Made by Your Contacts If you keep track of the Twitter handles of your friends and colleagues in your Contacts, it’s easy to view any tweets they post to their Twitter accounts. To do so, open a card in Contacts, click Twitter and choose View Tweets. If you have the official Twitter app installed on your system (free,, it will open and display tweets from the person you’ve indicated. If not, the relevant page will open on the Twitter website. You also have the option of tweeting to someone from OS X, by clicking Twitter and then choosing Tweet, if you have previously set up your Twitter account in the ‘Mail, Contacts & Calendars’ pane of System Preferences.

Use HTML Signatures in iOS 6 Mail In iOS 6, in addition to being able to specify different signatures for different email accounts, you can add logos, links and styled text. If you have an HTML or styled signature in Mail on OS X that you want to use when sending mail from your iPhone or iPad, here’s how to proceed. Begin by sending an email message to your account with the signature from OS X. Next, go to your iOS device, open that message, and tap and hold the signature text. Select all the text and images of your signature, and then copy that selected block of content. Go to Settings → Mail, Contacts, Calendars → Signature. In the text field, tap and hold again to display the Paste menu, and paste your signature there.

Note that Mail will copy only plain or styled text, plus images and links. It won’t copy text colours and font sizes. But even with those limitations, it’s a better option than the previous alternative was.

Navigate Through iTunes 11 From a Keyboard Among its other updated features, iTunes 11 offers a new way for you to navigate among the different types of content that your iTunes library contains, from a keyboard. To switch the view from one section of your iTunes library to another, press one of these key combinations:

Quicker Twitter To view a particular contact’s tweets, or to send that person a tweet, click Twitter in the person’s contacts record.

Music: 1-1 Movies: 1-2 TV Shows: 1-3 Podcasts: 1-4 iTunes U: 1-5 Books: 1-6 Apps: 1-7 Of course, these shortcuts will work only if you’ve enabled the corresponding sections of your iTunes library in the General pane of your iTunes preferences.

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DJ Deja Vu Although iTunes 11 does away with its predecessor’s iTunes DJ functionality, you can replicate it via the new Up Next queue.

Use the iTunes 11 MiniPlayer in Full-Screen Mode Though it’s not an obvious feature, you can use the MiniPlayer in iTunes 11 when you’re in full-screen mode. To do so, switch out of full-screen mode, set iTunes to show on all desktops (either right-click or <Control>-click the dock icon, and select Options → All Desktops), open the MiniPlayer as a separate window (Window → MiniPlayer), and then click the fullscreen button on the main window. Note that if, in the iTunes Advanced preferences, you’ve set the MiniPlayer to float above other windows, it won’t display when you switch to iTunes. This makes sense because you don’t need it then – and this is the only way to get the MiniPlayer to work across spaces, if you use them. If iTunes is not in full-screen mode, the MiniPlayer displays only in the same workspace as iTunes.

Regain iTunes DJ Functionality in iTunes 11 iTunes 11 omits iTunes DJ, which in the past made it possible for users to queue up a sequence of tracks or a selected playlist, and then change the queue with a click of the Refresh button. You

can get much of this functionality back, however, if you want it. To choose from tracks in a specific playlist, first click the shuffle icon in the header of the playlist view (not the shuffle icon in the iTunes LCD). If you want to be able to choose tracks from your entire library, start by creating a new smart playlist with the condition Kind is Music, and proceed from there. Next, click the list icon at the right of the iTunes LCD, to view the Up Next queue. The clock icon in the Up Next list shows recently played tracks, much as the dimmed-out portion of the old iTunes DJ interface did. You can rearrange songs in the Up Next queue by dragging them around. To add new items to the top of the Up Next queue, open the contextual menu for the item you want to add (or click the > icon that appears when you hover the cursor over the track) and select Add to Up Next. I must, however, issue three caveats in connection with this technique. First, clicking the shuffle icon a second time will stop the currently playing song, rather than creating a new queue based on the same seed song. Second, in order to see your impromptu playlist, you must click the Up Next list icon again (or use the

new 1-<Option>-U shortcut). Third, even with shuffle set to mix things up song by song (Controls → Shuffle → By Songs), tracks from the same album will show up in sequence in the list fairly often.

Add Items to iTunes 11 Up Next Here are two more ways to quickly add songs to the Up Next list. One is simply to drag an item from the iTunes library onto the iTunes LCD (the display at the top of the window that shows what’s playing). The dragged item may be a single song, an album, or a playlist. The iTunes LCD will display a blue border when you bring the item over it, and the Up Next icon will flash with art of the item you’ve added. The second method is to press the <Option> key and hover your cursor over an item. The track number next to its name will turn into a plus (+) icon. Click that icon to add the track to Up Next.

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Solutions to your most vexing Mac problems By Christopher Breen

Play Podcasts in iOS 6’s Music App

Spoken Words in Music delete the podcasts and iTunes U apps, and you can play their content within the Music app.

Q: I liked listening to podcasts within the previous version of iOS’s Music app. Now I have to use Apple’s Podcasts app, which I don’t like. Is there any way for me to put podcasts into the new Music app? Arthur Cantu A: There is, but you have to meet several conditions in order for it to work: > Your iOS device can’t have a copy of the Podcasts app on it. (The same goes for the iTunes U app, if you’d like that content to appear in the Music app.) > You must not try to download podcasts or iTunes U content from your device’s iTunes app. If you do, iTunes will inform you that you must have the appropriate apps installed (and iTunes considers the Music app inappropriate). > You must sync your podcasts and iTunes U content on your computer. So here’s what you do. Remove the Podcasts and iTunes U apps from your device, and sync that content only through your Mac’s copy of iTunes. If you abide by this, you’ll find Podcasts and iTunes U entries when you tap the More button in the Music app. By doing things this way, you can’t grab new podcast and iTunes U content (including podcasts you subscribe to) from your iPhone while you’re on the go. Instead, you must sync from your computer, as everyone did in the old days.

Create Podcast Chapters Q: How can I add chapters to the podcast I produce, so people can quickly move between chapters? Evan Marcus

A: Launch GarageBand, and select Podcast from the project chooser; then click Choose. In the resulting dialog box, name and save the project. Its first track will be labelled ‘Podcast Track’. If the Track Editor pane isn’t showing, click its button in the window’s bottom-left corner. Add your audio tracks to the tracks area, and you’ll be ready to add chapter marks, which you can do in a couple of ways. The first is to drag an image to accompany your first segment into the podcast track. That image, which can serve as the podcast’s album art, will occupy the length of the podcast track, and your first chapter will appear in the

Track Editor. At the spot where you want the next chapter to be, drag in another piece of art, and that chapter will be created. Alternatively, forget the artwork. Drag the playhead to the place where you’d like to add a chapter mark, and click the Add Marker button in the Track Editor. A new chapter will appear to the right. Next, enter a suitable name for each chapter in its Chapter Title field. If you don’t do this, the chapter won’t be created. You can add a URL title and a URL to each chapter by filling in the relevant fields. For example, we use them to link to related stories on When you’ve finished assembling the podcast, and have created all the chapters you care to, drag your episode artwork to the Podcast Markers section of the window. Then choose Share → Send Podcast to iTunes. On the sheet that appears, you can configure your export settings. You must use the AAC Encoder to save the podcast, since MP3 podcasts don’t support chapter markers or artwork.

Have a Problem? Go to the Mac 911 forum ( to ask about your misbehaving Macs and applications.

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When ‘Back to My Mac’ Fails Q: Back to My Mac used to work well for me. But in the past year or so, it rarely worked while I was on the road. I have an AirPort Extreme base station, so it should work, right? Ian Brazzi A: You may not have your base station set up correctly. And if your Mac has gone to sleep, Back to My Mac may be unable to wake it unless you make some adjustments in AirPort Utility. First, confirm you have an iCloud account, as that’s the avenue for using Back to My Mac. If you have an 802.11n AirPort Express or AirPort Extreme base station with the latest firmware (7.6.1 or 7.6.2) under Lion or Mountain Lion, fire up the latest version of AirPort Utility (it’s in /Applications/Utilities). Select your base station in the resulting window and click the Edit button in the bottom-right corner. In the sheet that appears, you’ll see a Back to My Mac option. If the Apple ID tied to your iCloud account doesn’t appear in this area, that’s likely the source of your problem. Click the plus (+) button; in the Back to My Mac sheet that appears, enter your Apple ID and password, and click Sign In. Your Apple ID should now appear where it’s supposed to be. Click the Update button. If the problem persists, old Back to My Mac keys in Keychain Access may be gumming up the works. To root them out, launch System Preferences on the Mac you want to use to access your remote Mac, select the iCloud preference, and uncheck the Back to My Mac option. Quit System Preferences, and launch Keychain Access (in /Applications/Utilities). Select the System keychain, and make sure the All Items entry under the Category heading is selected. In the Search field, enter back to my Mac. In the list below, you should see at least one entry whose kind is Back to My Mac key. Select and delete any such keys you find. Return to the iCloud system preference and switch Back to My Mac on. Still no luck? Back to My Mac requires co-operation on both ends. Even if your

Bugs & Fixes By Ted LAndAu Apple tends to be pretty tight-lipped about acknowledging software bugs. It doesn’t even like to use the word ‘bug’. Rather, the company refers to fixing “issues”. However, Apple’s support articles sometimes include information about bugs that Apple is currently working to resolve. Here are two such “issues”.

System Preferences Stops Responding After Viewing Desktop & Screen Saver Pane An Apple article reveals that: “System Preferences may stop responding if you select an iPhoto event that’s no longer available in iPhoto as the source for your desktop picture.” The recommended temporary fix is to force-quit System Preferences and select a different valid iPhoto event. Presumably, in a future OS X update, unavailable events will no longer show up or selecting one of them won’t cause System Preferences to freeze.

Mac and its base station are flawlessly set up, the router you rely on while on the road may not let you use the service. Fortunately, there are alternatives. The one we rely on is LogMeIn ( Create a free account, launch and configure the LogMeIn application on the Mac you wish to access, leave that system running, and access it from any computer’s web browser. From there, you can share the Mac’s screen, and manipulate its files. For example, if you’ve left a crucial file at the office, you can either email it to yourself or add it to a Dropbox folder. And if you’re using an iOS device, you can use the LogMeIn app to do the same thing from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad (free,

Instantly Add Files to Dropbox Q: I travel fairly often, and I want to make my Mac’s important documents available to me regardless of where I am. I’ve settled on Dropbox as the way to do that,

Login Window Partially Appears, Cursor Movement Redraws Screen Another Apple article notes that “if you are logged out of your account while the display is sleeping,” the login window may have an odd and unwelcome appearance. This may hinder access to the text box when you want to enter your password. To avoid this problem, Apple recommends setting your ‘Security & Privacy’ and ‘energy Saver’ System Preferences to disallow an automatic logout to occur while the Mac is asleep. Alternatively, if you don’t need an automatic logout, you can disable the option altogether – via the relevant setting in the Advanced section of Security & Privacy. Again, a future update should permanently correct the problem, preventing the display oddity from occurring under any circumstances.

but I often forget to save these files to my Dropbox folder. Can you suggest any ways to make saving files to Dropbox easier? Daniel Gilbert A: First, try adding files from the Finder. Launch Automator; in the workflow template chooser that appears, select Service and click Choose. Configure the top of the workflow to read ‘Service receives no input in any application’. From Automator’s Library pane, select Files & Folders, and then drag the ‘Get Selected Finder Items’ and ‘Copy Finder Items’ actions into the workflow area. Open your Dropbox folder (it’s in your user folder by default), and create a folder for your important files (‘Important Files’ seems like an appropriate name). Drag this to the Copy Finder Items action. Choose File → Save, name the workflow something like ‘Copy To Dropbox’, and click the Save button. Next, launch System Preferences, select the Keyboard preference, click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, select Services

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in the left side of the window, and scroll down the list to the right until you come to the Copy To Dropbox service you created. Click the Add Shortcut button and press a keyboard shortcut that you would like to use to trigger the service. Henceforth, whenever you want to copy files to your Dropbox folder, all you have to do is select them in the Finder and press this keyboard shortcut. That process is convenient when you want to move files after you’ve saved them, but what if you want to save files to a Dropbox folder directly from within an application? Here’s how to do it. Within the Finder, drag your Important Files folder into a Finder window’s sidebar, so it appears under the Favorites heading. Launch an application, create a new document and save it. Within the Save sheet that appears, click the Where pop-up menu and select your Important Files folder (which will appear under Favorites) in the resulting menu. Your file will be saved and synced with Dropbox. If there’s a small fly in this ointment, it’s that whenever you save a new file, you have to click the Where menu and then navigate to your Important Files folder; you can’t simply choose it as a default save location or assign it a keyboard shortcut so you can move to it quickly. Of course, you can address that drawback by using the correct utility – and that utility is St. Clair Software’s Default Folder X (£25.95, Using Default Folder, you can assign a hotkey to a particular folder and easily navigate to it by pressing that key combination while in a Save or Open sheet. You can also set any folder you like as an application’s default save location.

Mac 101

Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper Q: I’ve been using the Onyx utility for years to tweak the Mac OS. But after I upgraded to Mountain Lion and downloaded a compatible version of Onyx, I find I can’t open it because I didn’t get it from the Mac App Store. What’s going on? Richard Patterson

A: One approach is to configure Gatekeeper to allow non-App Store applications from non-registered developers. Launch System Preferences, select Security & Privacy, and click the General tab. Click the window’s lock icon, enter an administrator’s username and password, click Unlock, and in the area marked ‘Allow Applications

Evaluate the Strength of Your AirPort Network Q: I want to put my AirPort Extreme Base Station in the best location for good reception around my house. How can I get an idea of the signal’s strength in various places? Dwayne Ahem A: On your Mac, hold down the 1 key, click the Apple menu, and choose System Information. In the System Information window that opens, select Wi-Fi under the Network heading. Make a note of what follows the Signal/Noise entry: ‘-41dBm / -88dBm’, for example. Then plug those numerical values into the following formula: Signal - Noise = Signal strength. In our example above, that works out to -41 - (-88) = 47. (If, like us,

Downloaded From’, change the setting to Anywhere. But don’t do this unless you always want to open apps from anywhere. Instead, <Control>-click the app you want to launch, and select Open from the contextual menu you see. In the dialog box, click Open and Onyx will launch, free from then on of accessdenying Gatekeeper messages.

maths isn’t your strong point, you can turn the figures into positive numbers and write the formula as Noise - Signal = Signal strength; in our example, that approach would give us 88 - 41 = 47.) You’ll want a signal that’s 25dB or higher. Here’s the breakdown: > 40dB or more: Excellent signal > 25dB to 40dB: Good to very good > 15dB to 25dB: Low signal > 10dB to 15dB: Very low signal > 0dB to 10dB: Little or no signal In our example, we’re getting wonderful reception at 47dB. If you’re not getting stellar reception, check to see whether moving the base station helps. If it doesn’t, try changing channels, in case some nearby wireless device is interfering with the signal. To do that, launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, and click Edit. In the sheet that appears, select the Wireless tab and click Wireless Options. In the resulting Wireless Options sheet, you’ll see at least one Channel pop-up menu; normally it’s set to Automatic, but you can change it. If possible, find out the channels your other devices are using, and then choose a Automate Dropbox channel far away Copy To add Finder from the one files to your Dropbox the interfering folder, use this Automator workflow. device uses.


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Buyers’ Guide Mac Pro




Apple has been forced to remove the Mac Pro from sale in Europe after an amendment to a safety regulation left the professional Mac incomplient. The amendment to the IEC 60950-1 regulation increases requirements around electrical port protection and the fan guards in the system. The Mac Pro met the previous standards prior to the amendment 1 addition. Apple told us that it considers the Mac Pro to be a very safe and very reliable product. News that Apple is taking the Mac Pro off sale in Europe will no doubt raise concerns from the professional Mac market. While the Mac Pro received a minor upate following WWDC last summer, the last significant update was in 2010. However, Apple CEO Tim Cook laid concerns to rest in an email to a cusomter last year in which he stated: “Our Pro customers like you are really important to us. Although we didn’t have a chance to talk about a new Mac Pro at today’s event, don’t worry as we’re working on something really great for later next year. We also update the current model today.”



The first thing you’ll notice about Apple’s latest iMac is that it’s an impressive 40 per cent thinner than its predecessor. It still has the same aluminium design that’s been in place for more than five years, but the insides have been re-engineered to make it lighter and thinner. Like Apple’s MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro models, the new iMacs are lacking an optical drive, leaving some users unhappy. As for the iMac’s screen, this is now 75 per cent less reflective, and the company has made the LCD 5mm thinner. It’s available in 21.5in and 27in sizes, with prices starting at £1,099 for a 2.7GHz quad-core i5 version of the smaller model. Among the build-to-order options for the new iMac is the newly announced Fusion Drive – a hybrid storage device combining flash storage with a regular hard drive. It features 128GB of flash storage and 1TB or 3TB of hard drive capacity. This option is available for an additional £200 on all iMac models, excluding the £1,099 base model.

Pros: Powerful; 12-core option; Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading Cons: Not much of an update from the 2010 Mac Pros

Pros: Thin design; updated processor; more RAM; better speakers; reduced glare Cons: Less repairable; no optical drive or FireWire 800 ports

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MacBook Pro



With all the exhilaration surrounding the debut of Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro, it’s easy to overlook that the company also upgraded the rest of its pro laptop line-up. The new ‘regular’ models offer a speed boost over their late-2011 predecessors thanks to brand new processors and video components, and feature updated technology. The traditional MacBook Pros hold fast to their unibody form factor and design, upgradeability, and price, and target the mid-market of non-creative professionals that seeks to balance features with affordability. The new MacBook Pros are not flashy like the new Retina MacBook Pros, but they offer advantages in price and the flexibility to get into the system and tailor it to your needs after purchase. If you bought one of the MacBook Pros last year, there’s no compelling reason to purchase one of these new machines. However, if you’ve been hanging on to an older system and are experiencing sluggish performance, you won’t be sorry if you picked up one of these new laptops.

MacBook Air



The 2012 MacBook Airs are easily the best yet. Thanks to upgraded processors and graphics capabilities, along with both Thunderbolt and USB 3 for expansion, it’s getting tougher to say the Air isn’t a ‘full featured’ laptop. And you no longer have to give up a good chunk of performance if you want to go light: Thanks to flash storage, both 2012 Air models are competitive with Apple’s current hard-drive equipped 13in MacBook Pro models. In fact, if you don’t need a 15in screen and lots of storage space, it’s now tough for many people to justify a MacBook Pro over a lighter and more-portable Air. As for deciding between the 11in and 13in Air models, with the exception of he 13in Air’s SD card reader, your choice mainly comes down to screen size and battery life. If you bought a MacBook Air last year, the performance boost is significant, but it probably isn’t worth buying a new machine. If you’ve got a 2012 Air, the 2012 models offer major performance improvements, and if you’ve got a 2009 or older air, upgrading is a no-brainer.

Pros: USB 3.0; Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors; Nvidia graphics; Thunderbolt Cons: No 17in model available

Pros: Thin, light design; Intel Core i7 processor; Thunderbolt; USB 3.0 Cons: MagSafe 2 power connector not compatible with older MacBooks

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MacBook Pro Retina display



The MacBook Pro with Retina display is not just a groundbreaking release, combining stunning performance and portability in a Mac laptop. The beautiful screen will also force you to change the way you interact with a laptop. Its numbers are truly mind-boggling: 2,880 x 1,800 pixels – that’s 220 pixels per inch – for a total of 5.18 million pixels on a 15.4in backlit screen. The processors used in this range are part of Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor technology, which are smaller and more power efficient than the previous generation of Sandy Bridge processors. The Retina MacBook Pro is the future of Apple’s laptop line – and it’s a bright, shining symbol of excellence. The display is something to be marvelled at, and the lightweight, smaller design addresses the demand for our devices to be even more portable. And now, Apple has introduced a new, 13in model to join the Retina family. It’s the lightest MacBook Pro ever and has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels.

Mac mini


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Of all the hardware changes unveiled on 23 October, the Mac mini’s were probably the most modest – at least on the outside. Externally, it’s more or less unchanged from its previous incarnation, save for the introduction of USB 3.0 ports. It still has a Thunderbolt and HDMI sockets, as well as an SDXC card reader. It’s 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches deep, which is where it earn it’s ‘mini’ name. Inside, however, this has faster processors. Apple claims it’s up to twice as fast – a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 chip and 500GB hard drive in the £499 model, and a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 chip with a 1TB hard drive in the £679 model. Both models have improved graphics as well, and the new Fusion Drive is an optional configuration. An £849 mini with OS X server is also available, featuring a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor, improved graphics and larger hard drives. The Mac mini ships with OS X Mountain Lion (or Mountain Lion Server), and is available to order from Apple now.

Pros: Stunning Retina display; USB 3.0; thinner design; Ivy Bridge processors Cons: No optical drive; expensive; flash storage

Pros: USB 3.0, faster graphics; quad-core processors; optional Fusion Drive Cons: No optical drive; doesn’t come with a monitor or keyboard

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iPad mini



Apple’s iPad mini is a 7.9in tablet that’s just 7.2mm thick, making it 23 per cent thinner than the full-size iPad. It weighs half as much as Apple’s third-generation tablet, and has the same 1,024 x 768 resolution as the iPad 2, so existing iPad-optimised apps will work on this new model. The device is available in white with silver or black with slate, much like the iPhone 5. The iPad mini uses Apple’s dual-core A5 chip. It has a FaceTime HD front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the back. It also has LTE 4G capabilities. Of course, it uses the new Lightning connector. Apple says that, like other iPads in its line-up, it still offers 10 hours of battery life; the company boasts that the iPad mini uses the largest and thinnest battery its ever made. Apple offers a range of new Smart Covers with its tiny tablet too, which are available in a range of colours.

iPad 4



Despite unveiling the third-generation iPad just seven months previously, Apple has launched its fourth-generation tablet. The new device uses the company’s own A6X chip, a new processor that further improves upon the speed performance of the A6. Apple claims that it’s twice as fast as the A5X, with double the graphics performance. It gets the same 10 hours battery life as the third-generation iPad. New to the fourth-generation iPad is a FaceTime HD front-facing camera and a Lightning port that replaces the 30-pin connector of old. And, according to Apple, the Wi-Fi is twice as fast as in the previous generation. The new tablet replaces the iPad 3 completely, and sits in the impressive new iPad line-up, alongside the iPad 2 and mini. It follows the same pricing as the third iPad did, starting at £399.

Price: Wi-Fi: £269 to £429, Wi-Fi + 4G: £369 to £529 Pros: Incredibly thin and light; Siri; 1080p video recording; Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Cons: No Retina display; price higher than rivals; A5 processor isn’t cutting-edge

Price: Wi-Fi: £399 to £639, Wi-Fi + 4G £499 to £739 Pros: Fast processor and graphics enhancements; 4G works in UK; Retina display Cons: Lightning adaptor; quite heavy; gets expensive when you add memory

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Buyers’ Guide iPhone 5



The iPhone 5 is a lot lighter and thinner than the 4S. It also has a taller, 4in screen that allows an additional row of icons to be displayed on the home screen, and the Retina display ensures that photos and video look fantastic. The iPhone 5 has 4G LTE capabilities, and EE (Everything Everywhere) is set to make this feature available in the UK for the first time, with other providers expected to follow suit at some point this year. The new handset is said to have better Wi-Fi, too. The device is powered by a new A6 processor, which Apple claims is two times faster than the A5 used in the iPhone 4S. The battery life has also been given a boost. One of the more controversial additions is the ‘Lightning’ connector, which is smaller than its predecessor, so you’ll need to buy an adapter for your older accessories.

Price: 16GB £529, 32GB £599.99, 64GB £699 Pros: New taller 4in screen; thinner; lighter; better battery life

iPod nano


In the case of the iPod nano, bigger is definitely better, but this is by no means a big nano. Compared to its predecessors, this really is a feat of engineering. It’s the thinnest iPod model yet, a massive 50 per cent leaner than the previous generation at 5.4mm, and while it’s longer than its square predecessor, it’s shorter than all bar the squat third-generation version, and is narrower than the previous model, too. It really is a tiny device that packs a lot of functionality into the palm of your hand. The nano also has a built-in pedometer for fitness fans, though the lack of a clip could prove a problem to joggers. The multi-touch display is 2.5in thin, and is sufficient for the slimmed down operating system that the iPod nano runs. We can see the new colours appealing to the younger market, though it’s a bit pricey at £129.

Price: £129 Pros: Plays video in widescreen; small; colours will appeal to some

Cons: Lightning connector means you’ll need an adapter for old accessories

Cons: No clip; last year’s iPod touch is available for £20 more

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iPod touch




The iPod touch has had a bright update, with new colours added including pink, yellow and blue, appealing to the teenage market that the device dominates. It hasn’t just had a makeover, though. The device gains the same 4in Retina display as the iPhone 5, and this widescreen means our biggest wish for the iPod touch has been granted. Like the iPhone 5, the device has grown a little taller, but it’s now just 6.1mm thick and weighs 88g, so you’ll hardly notice it’s in your pocket. The touch also has an A5 chip, one generation up from last year’s A4-equipped model, which means that this iPod can run Siri – Apple’s voice-recognition software. A 5-megapixel iSight camera has been added to the back of the touch, which is capable of recording 1080p video. The one wholly new feature on is the wrist strap and the spring-loaded post for attaching it.

Price: 32GB £249, 64GB £329 Pros: Colour choices; compact camera alternative; high tech features; A5 chip

iPod classic



Lacking the connectivity and wide screen of the iPod touch and the nano’s array of tricks, the iPod classic doesn’t feel new or innovative. It’s brilliant if you want to take a large collection of your media with you. It’s got 160GB of space, which represents excellent value for money. The interface is slicker and more helpful, too.

Price: £199 Pros: Excellent battery life; improved UI Cons: Sluggish interface; unresponsive controls Macworld review:

iPod shuffle



At £40 for 2GB of storage, the fourth-generation iPod shuffle is not only the perfect entry-level iPod, it’s also a solid second device for iPhone users who want to keep it simple while excercising.

Price: £40 Pros: Smart looks; much-improved controls i5

Cons: An unlocked iPhone 4 might be an alternative option worth considering

Cons: No way to lock controls

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Ports & connections

Graphics card

Star rating


Speedmark 8 score*

Dual-Core Intel Core i5 2.5GHz



500GB (5,400rpm)

Thunderbolt, FireWire, HDMI, SDXC, 4 x USB 3.0

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz



1TB (5,400rpm)

Thunderbolt, FireWire, HDMI, SDXC, 4 x USB 3.0

Intel HD Graphics 4000





2 x 1TB (5,400rpm)

Thunderbolt, FireWire, HDMI, SDXC, 4 x USB 3.0

Intel HD Graphics 4000



Mac mini

Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz


Quad-Core Intel Core i5 2.7GHz

21.5in LED (BL)


1TB (5,400rpm)

2 x Thunderbolt, SDXD card slot, 4 x USB 3.0

Nvidia GeForce GT 640M (512MB)




Quad-Core Intel Core i5 2.9GHz

21.5in LED (BL)


1TB (5,400rpm)

2 x Thunderbolt, SDXD card slot, 4 x USB 3.0

Nvidia GeForce GT 650M (512MB)




Quad-Core Intel Core i5 2.9GHz

27in LED (BL)


1TB (7,200rpm)

SDXD card slot, 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt

Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M (512MB)




Quad-Core Intel Core i5 3.2GHz

27in LED (BL)


1TB (7,200rpm)

2 x Thunderbolt, SDXD card slot, 4 x USB 3.0

Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX (1GB)




Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3.2GHz



1TB (7,200rpm)

18x SuperDrive (DL), FireWire, PCI Express

ATI Radeon HD 5770 or HD 5870 (1GB)


Not available


Twelve-Core Intel Xeon 2.4GHz



1TB (7,200rpm)

18x SuperDrive (DL), FireWire, PCI Express

ATI Radeon HD 5770 or HD 5870 (1GB)


Not available


Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.4GHz

15in Retina


265GB Flash storage

Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slot

Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 650M




Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.7GHz

15in Retina


512GB Flash storage

Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slot

Intel HD Graphics 4000 & NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 2.5GHz

13in Retina


128GB Flash storage

Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slot

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 2.6GHz

13in Retina


256GB Flash storage

Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slot

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 2.5GHz

13in LED (BL)


500GB (5,400rpm)

USB 3.0, SD card slot, FireWire, Thunderbolt

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Dual-Core Intel Core i7 2.9GHz

13in LED (BL)


750GB (5,400rpm)

USB 3.0, SD card slot, FireWire, Thunderbolt

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz

15in LED (BL)


500GB (5,400rpm)

USB 3.0, SD card slot, FireWire, Thunderbolt

Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 650M (512MB)




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.7GHz

11in LED

64GB Flash storage

USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.7GHz

11in LED


128GB Flash storage

USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz

13in LED


128GB Flash storage

USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, SD card slot

Intel HD Graphics 4000




Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.8GHz

13in LED


256GB Flash storage

USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, SD card slot

Intel HD Graphics 4000




iMac (Late 2012)

Mac Pro

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

MacBook Pro

MacBook Air


*Speedmark 8 is Macworld’s standard test tool for benchmarking systems running Mountain Lion

*Longer is better


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Lightning to 30-pin adaptor review: 11113 Apple,, £25 If you want to connect the iPhone 5 to an speaker system with a 30-pin dock, or other 30-pin audio or syncing dock device, then this is the way to do it (although we’d suggest the version with a cable to avoid the precarious balancing act). We’re disappointed that it only works with audio and not video. Pros: Enables you to connect the iPhone 5 to older dock and speaker systems Cons: Puts an extra two centimetres on the iPhone 5; Lightning feels a bit small to be holding up an iPhone; doesn’t output video

Thunderbolt Display review: 11113 Apple,, £899 For owners of the 2011 MacBook Air, the Thunderbolt Display is a fantastic way to get iMac-like features in one of the lightest laptops available. If your Mac has Thunderbolt, FireWire 800, and Gigabit Ethernet, the fairly inflexible Thunderbolt Display is a little less interesting. Pros: Can charge Apple laptops; USB 2.0, FireWire 800 and Ethernet connectivity; single cable from Mac cuts down clutter Cons: Stand lacks flexibility; reflective screen limits display placement; few customisation options

27in LED Cinema Display review: 11113 Apple,, £899 Apple’s 27in LED Cinema Display makes a good companion to any Mac with a Mini DisplayPort connection, but is especially well suited to portable Mac users who can take advantage of the MagSafe power connector and the display’s USB ports to attach peripherals. Pros: MagSafe connector to charge Mac portables; built-in speakers and iSight Cons: Limited adjustment options; glossy screen is prone to glare; Apple doesn’t officially support using the display with anything but Mini DisplayPort

Magic Trackpad review: 11113 Apple,, £59 If you’re a big fan of the Multi-Touch trackpads on Apple’s laptops, the Magic Trackpad is for you. It gives you the same clickable, glass surface and Multi-Touch gestures, as those laptop trackpads in a wireless desktop model – with the bonus of nearly twice the trackpad area. Pros: Large Multi-Touch surface; works identically to Apple’s laptop trackpads; rugged, portable design matches Apple’s keyboards; easy setup Cons: Not as precise as using a mouse or trackball; not ideal for large screens or multiple displays

Magic Mouse review: 11113 Apple,, £59 Although it’s not perfect, the Magic Mouse successfully combines design and usability. It’s great as a two-button wireless mouse, but if you need more than two buttons, the Magic Mouse is not for you. Pros: Looks stunning; Multi-Touch is easy to master; excellent tracking; very fast reconnect after idle Cons: Low profile; may not be comfortable for larger hands; some modes are confusing; buttons and speed settings can’t be programmed; expensive

Apple Keyboard review: 11113 Apple,, £56 As a portable option that makes typing more comfortable, Apple’s own Bluetooth keyboard also complements any iOS device, although you would need an additional case or stand for your iPhone or iPad to make typing truly convenient. Pros: Low profile; lightweight; portable; Apple function keys; instant pairing; chiclet keys; great brushed-aluminium styling Cons: Some function keys missing; no carry case; no numeric keypad; could be too cramped for some users; no dock for iOS devices

Apple TV review: 11133 Apple,, £99 At £99, the third-generation Apple TV continues to be as excellent a value as the previous model - and now it supports higher-quality video too. Unfortunately the content that you can play on it is still very limited in the UK. Pros: Minimal design; easy to set up and start using; automatically syncs with iTunes; small and quiet; much lower price than before Cons: No longer offers a hard drive; focused on movie and TV rentals via iTunes but prices seem high and the model may not suit the UK audience

Time Capsule review: 11111 Apple,, 2TB £249, 3TB £399 Apple’s latest Time Capsules are what any good networking and backup devices should be: easy to set up, manage, and forget about. The new Time Capsule is well worth it. Pros: Unique RAID system for different sized drives; faster than original Cons: Not quite as speedy as hoped

AirPort Extreme review: 11113 Apple,, £139 The latest version of the AirPort Extreme Base Station packs in a ton of features, as well as speed, into a small, reasonably priced package. If you’re looking to replace your current Wi-Fi router, you can’t go wrong with the AirPort Extreme. Pros: Good range and coverage; simultaneous dual-band ensures all devices get fastest connections possible; compatible with any Wi-Fi device Cons: Only three switched Ethernet ports; external power adaptor adds bulk

AirPort Express review: N/A Apple,, £79 AirPort Express can act as a Wi-Fi access point or booster, turn your speakers into an AirPlay receiver point, or enable your printer for wireless printing by using the USB port. It also has dual-band 802.11n support, allowing iPads and Macs to connect over a 5GHz network, while iPhones connect over 2.4GHz. Pros: Stylish design; AirPlay; wireless printing; dual-band capabilities Cons: No longer plugs directly into the wall; only has 100base-T Ethernet sockets


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Star Ratings iTunes 11 reviews:


iTunes 11 is worth installing. The speed and stability improvements alone make it worthwhile to us. We also like most of the new features, expecially Up Next and the visual Album Folders. The cleaner style is welcome too. On the whole, it’s a lot better than its predecessor. Pros: 64-bit code runs much faster than before; Up Next, Playback Sync and MiniPlayer all great features; cleaner more stylish interface Cons: Removal of Sidebar is a bit of a shock (you can get it back though); iTunes Match could be better; no Gapless Playback or View Duplicates

iLife: iMovie, GarageBand & iPhoto ’11 reviews:,


Apple,, £45, or £8.99, iMovie ‘11 has a few standout features and other enhancements. The changes in GarageBand – expanded lessons, How Did I Play, and the addition of Flex Time and Groove Matching – are useful. The improved code and polished UI of iPhoto improve the overall experience. Pros: iMovie: improved audio editing, fun Movie Trailers. GarageBand: Flex Time and Groove Matching. iPhoto: improved Facebook and Flickr integration Cons: iMovie: no native AVCHD editing or direct import. GarageBand: Limited external control of amps and effects. iPhoto: editing controls untouched

iWork: Pages, Keynote & Numbers ’09 review:, 11113 Apple,, £69, or £12.99, Pages ’09 is an excellent update to what was already a good, but limited word processing and consumer-oriented page layout program. If you create presentations Keynote is worth the price of iWork. Power users will still find Excel superior to Numbers.


Apple,, free

Pros: Pages: Full Screen, Outline modes. Keynote: animation tools; Theme Chooser. Numbers: Beautiful templates; added functions. Cons: Pages: no ‘shared file’ warning; Keynote: Audio can’t span selected slides; no support for QuickTime VR. Numbers: limited printing options

Safari 6 review: 11133 Apple,, Free Normally we’d advise you to install Safari 6, and if you’ve upgraded to Mountain Lion you’ll already have done so. But if you’re on OS X 10.7 Lion, you may want to wait for an update to see if some of the speed issues are sorted out. All the new features are great, but some basic functions are hard to find. Pros: Twitter integration, the offline reading list and Tab View are all useful; iCloud Tab share is interesting; Smart Search is more straightforward to use Cons: Seems to have speed issues on OS X 10.7 Lion; Bookmarks and email features are too well hidden for us; developers aren’t impressed with Developer Tools

Aperture 3 review: 11113 Apple,, £54.99 A lot has changed in this version of Aperture, so much in fact that it feels a little different, but it’s all the better for it: improved RAW engine, updated sorting options, more powerful search features, much more versatile adjustments tools, among many others. Pros: Vastly improved slideshows; impressive new brushes; multi-touch aware; ability to split and merge libraries; easy export to Flickr and Facebook Cons: Sporadic reports of problems when upgrading older libraries; web page creation not overhauled; need a powerful Mac and lots of RAM to run well

Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 review: 11113 Apple,, £199.99 With FCP X 10.0.3, the ugly ducking feel is receding. While many improvements are still needed, especially for those who work in multi-user environments, this update indicates that Apple is listening to the concerns of the video community that put Final Cut Pro on the map. Pros: Multicam; relink media; automatic backup; migrate previous projects; multiple small improvements Cons: External monitoring still in beta; reliance on third-party support for key features

Logic Express 9 review: 11111 Apple,, £159 Logic 9 is first-class home-recording software for all types of musicians, especially guitarists. It offers streamlined audio editing, plenty of loops and instruments, stacks of virtual amps/speakers and pedals for guitarists, and it reads GarageBand files. Pros: Plenty of virtual amp/speaker/pedal combos; ability to add chord diagrams to printed music; lots of loops and instruments; high-quality effects Cons: Interface still dense despite streamlining; could use more templates and a tutorial for beginners

iBooks 3.0 review: 11113 Apple,, Free Apple has updated iBooks to version 3. The new edition introduces several welcome new features, including scrolling text, purchased books, quote sharing and auto updating, and online content. Pros: Great book reading experience; scrolling text makes skim reading easier; great syncing functionality; iCloud integration makes picking up old books easier Cons: Still no Mac OS X app

OS X Mountain Lion review: 11113 Apple,, £13.99 Mountain Lion is a solid update, with a great collection of new features. While nothing in the interface has hugely changed, we like the implementation of Notification Center. Perhaps of more importance are all the subtle interactions of iCloud, and in this sense the OS is a triumphant success. Pros: iCloud is far more integrated; Notifications Center is great; Twitter and Facebook sharing is useful; Reminders and Notes both well implemented Cons: Quite a few design inconsistencies; Documents in the Cloud isn’t intuitive to use after years of Finder usage

iOS 6 review: 11113 Apple,, Free Apple’s iOS 6 is the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Apple says there are more than 200 new features in total, including a new Apple Maps app with 3D capabilities, Siri improvements, Passbook, Facebook integration, Do Not Disturb, and more. Pros: Free update; new Maps app with Flyover and Yelp reviews; Siri is much better; Siri for iPad is great; Facebook integration is useful Cons: Will not be available for older devices; some features limited on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad 2; Maps information not as detailed as Google Maps


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Buyers’ Guide Letterpress review:



Atebits,, Free We only have a few minor quibbles about Letterpress. The truth is, none of them impact how fun it is, which is to say: lots. Fans of word games won’t be disappointed. If you’re starting to tire of Words With Friends or just want additional word-focused fun, Letterpress deserves your attention. Pros: Simple but compelling word game; extremely addictive; lovely look and sounds Cons: We wish we could chat with an opponent

Leps World 2 review:


nerByte,, Free If you take Leps World 2 as it is – a sideways-scrolling, retro-fuelled, platform game – you’ll find it very easy to simply get lost. It’s superb, it sounds great and looks amazing. Help Lep work through each level battling enemies, while gaining powerful abilities to help defeat the wizard. Pros: Very addictive; looks and sounds amazing Cons: Nothing

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition review:


Overhaul Games,, £6.99 This remastering of one of the most revered roleplaying games shows its age despite the enhancements, but that doesn’t keep it from feeling like an iPad essential. It’s expensive and it’ll eat up a chunk of your storage space, but this is a game that offers weeks, if not months, of tactical combat, agonising choices and frenzied goblin-bashing. Pros: A truly full-size adventure on a portable device; has scaled well to iPad; so much choice Cons: The UI doesn’t totally suit touchscreen; can feel archaic

Granny Smith for iOS review:


Meidocre,, £1.49 From its whimsical, cartoon cutout art to its bite-sized gameplay, it’s hard to find fault with Granny Smith. It may not keep the doctor away, but it will leave you with hours of satisfying platforming perfection. Pros: Wonderfully whimsical art; simple mechanics and well-judged difficulty curve Cons: (Optional) in-app payments

Angry Birds Star Wars review:


Rovio,, 69p (iPhone), £1.99 (iPad) Angry Birds Star Wars is a great game. Star Wars fans will love the quirky mix of characters, and Rovio deserves a lot of credit for thinking of ways to include Star Wars-style effects into the Angry Birds game mechanics. It’s a new way to play Angry Birds, and a great way to while away a few hours. Pros: Good humour; quirky levels; great new Star Wars mechanics blended with Angry Birds Cons: Tries to sell you upgrades from the get-go


addLib U review: 11113 WOW Inc,, £1.49 addLib U is an artistic and unusual app that feels innovative, despite a limited palette and its aim to create images that look fondly back to a classic design period. Ever creative, its developer should be applauded for producing a photography app that isn’t simply another collection of filters and frames. Pros: Has potential to create interesting, attractive results; simple, automated process; images saved at high resolution; complements earlier addLib S app well Cons: Hit and miss results; variations on a theme can look the same; journal images have to be saved individually; limitations on editing images

Over HD review: 11113 Potluck,, £1.49 Appealing and creative, Over HD’s choice of quality fonts are among the best we’ve seen. While not the cheapest typography focused app currently available, it makes adding attractive type faces to your photos a speedy and simple option that should leave friends, family and Instagram followers suitably impressed. Pros: Attractive selection of typefaces; produces good resolution results; simple, intuitive interface; ability to crop images for Instagram Cons: No ability to change opacity of text; can’t easily vary the text size on one image; cheaper alternatives, In App Purchase needed for additional fonts

KitCam review: 11111 GhostBird Software,, £1.49 With a comprehensive range of features and effects wrapped in an intuitive interface, KitCam has set the standard for all photo apps. The ability to endlessly experiment within one app with editable lenses, films and frames, while preserving the original photo or video, brings the power to create and craft to all. Pros: Great range of tools, lenses and frames; continuous shooting; real-time previews; non-destructive editing; choice of aspect ratios; photo sharing and auto archiving Cons: In-app purchases don’t add much to the available lenses, films and frames; some features are only compatible with an iPhone 5; a few bugs

Afterglow review: 11111 Afterglow,, 69p Beautifully considered editable effects, textures, filters and frames makes Afterglow a must-have app for iPhone users. The addition of useful editing tools is a bonus, making it particularly good value at 69p. The promise of new, free Guest Filters should add value to what is already an excellent app. Pros: Quality, adjustable effects, textures, filters and frames; good basic editing tools; uncluttered user interface; high resolution output; value for money Cons: Choice of frames currently limited; competing in an overcrowded photo app marketplace

Snapseed review: 11111 Nik Software,, £2.99 If you have even a minor interest in image editing, and you have an iPad or iPhone, then you should buy Snapseed. The interfaces were designed from the ground up to be gestural, making Snapseed easier to use than any other iOS image editing app, and ultimately, allow you to make more effective edits. Pros: Simple interface; Control Point technology; Hipstamatic- and Instagram-like antique effects Cons: None


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Star Ratings 1Password review:


Keep your digital life safe with this updated gatekeeper. 1Password is an excellent, secure data manager for every user, regardless of their sophistication. Its execution is practically flawless, and a significant improvement over previous releases on all fronts. Pros: Strong security for passwords and other important data; user-friendly interface; seamless syncing Cons: Existing customers will have to buy version 4 all over again

FineScanner review:


Abbyy,, £1.99 FineScanner from Abbyy is a fine app, which has value beyond its business credentials. On the highest quality setting and with a recent device, users can produce impressive results. While it may not yet replace paper, FineScanner is a useful tool for keeping track of and backing up important information. Pros: Potential to produce excellent photo scans; useful editing tools; ability to create PDF documents and Jpeg images; batch processing Cons: Not compatible with older iOS devices; Dropbox and Google Docs compatibility currently disabled; quality of scans dependent on light; low Jpeg setting poor

LogMeIn review: 11113 LogMeIn,, Free; Pro version from £8.99 for three months Despite the less than ideal process of working remotely and the bewildering pricing structure, LogMeIn is still an excellent option for taking remote control over your Mac or PC. Both free and paid versions have attractive and useful features, which on the iPad especially brings your computer closer on your travels. Pros: Remote access to Mac/PC and apps anywhere in the world; pinch-screen navigation and full on-screen keyboard; simple to set up; impressive range of pro features Cons: Complicated and confusing pricing for pro features; the smaller the iDevice screen the more fiddly the task; host computer needs to be switched on for access

Evernote 5 review: 11113 Evernote,, Free (premium option for £3.99 per month) There may not be many new features in Evernote 5, but the redesigned interface should please existing users by making the app quicker and easier to use. And, with the basic app being free, we can certainly recommend it to any new users who are looking for a good app for taking notes on their iPad or iPhone. Pros: Versatile note-taking features; improved interface design Cons: Few new features; subscription needed for collaboration options

Calendars by Readdle review: 11113 Readdle,, £4.99 Keeping track of daily, weekly and monthly events is made simple with Calendars by Readdle. The latest version builds successfully on an already solid foundation. If you can find time in your day to use Calendars, then the productive benefits should ensure you never miss a beat.


Agile Bits,, £5.49

Pros: Great iOS and Google calendars integration; good, intuitive design; ability to drag and drop events; useful search function; SMS text reminders Cons: Fairly expensive; takes time to enter data; won’t replace Apple’s own free Calendar app for casual users; rival calendars available; no Mac app version review: 11113 Google,, Free Google Maps is a free app, so there’s nothing to stop you from downloading it to use instead of Apple Maps. We’ve got it on all our iOS devices and are likely to be using it instead of Apple’s offering from here on in. Pros: Map data feels more trustworthy; Map system more familiar; integrates with Google account; turn-by-turn navigation; Street View Cons: Doesn’t have all the info that Android app has; doesn’t integrate with Siri, Address Book or other Apple services

Apple Remote for iOS review: 11113 Apple,, Free The small changes and improvements in Remote add up to something far more usable than its predecessor. Indeed, the new interface highlights the shortcomings of Apple’s iPad Music app. Pros: Excellent performance; seamless operation with iTunes libraries Cons: Direct control of Apple TV

BBC iPlayer Radio review: 11113 BBC,, Free The BBC has set out to revamp its online audio content in style, and BBC iPlayer Radio for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is an impressive start. While it lacks some of the features found in the excellent and exhaustive TuneIn Radio Pro app, the BBC’s involvement should ensure further enhancements and features. Pros: National, local, BBC World Service, podcasts and catch-up services available in one app; attractive interface; AirPlay and Bluetooth streaming capabilities; free Cons: Some content restricted to listeners in the UK; search function needs improving; other radio apps cover more channels; lacks ability to record and listen to content offline

BBC iPlayer 2.0 review: 11111 BBC,, Free The BBC iPlayer app should be a stock download for all iOS device owners in the UK, and the latest update makes it even more useful. The ability to cache shows for 30 days will make it a vital component for anybody going on long journeys without a reliable connection, and also make it less data intensive. Pros: Enables offline viewing, caches video for 30 days; slick interface; great content Cons: Only caches video not radio

Kinomap Trainer for iOS review: 11111 Kinomap,, from £7.99 The value of this app depends on your ability to stick to your fitness regime and make the most of the ever-growing database of video, the initial hardware outlay and monthly or annual subs. For those who can keep focused and motivated, Kinomap Trainer looks a real winner


Google Maps for iPhone

Pros: Growing range of video workouts; accurate workout data results; ability to save and share; Game Center compatibility; Airplay support; some HD content Cons: Potentially expensive subs; video quality dependent on other Kinomap users; videos can be viewed online free; internet connection required


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Buyers’ Guide Gear4 Xorb

SPEAKERS review: 11113 Gear4,, £69.99 (£89.99 for Bluetooth) The Xorb’s 30W output is fairly loud, but its compact design means that it doesn’t produce the most expansive sound. It’s probably not quite beefy enough to be used as the main speaker system in your front room, but it’s a good, affordable choice if you need a compact speaker for your bedroom or for a small studio apartment. Pros: Compact, affordable speaker system with separate sub-woofer Cons: No dock for iOS devices; Bluetooth model costs extra

JBL Jembe Desktop Speaker review: 11111 JBL,, £49 The JBL Jembes are good-looking, compact speakers that take seconds to set up and don’t dictate what device you use them with. We’d prefer longer cables or the convenience of the Bluetooth model, but have no argument with the lovely audio these two-piece speakers produce. A solid choice of desktop or laptop speaker. Pros: Work with any audio source that has a 3.5mm jack; rich audio output; good value and build Cons: Cables could be longer; only suitable for personal use

SuperTooth Disco 2 Bluetooth review: 11111 SuperTooth,, £79.95 The £79.95 price tag isn’t small, but the look (it’s also available in black, blue, green, red and white), portability, convenience of use and audio output of the SuperTooth Disco 2 all tell in its favour. The wireless speaker market is thick with contenders, but this mid-price gem is our pick of the recent arrivals. Pros: Rich audio for the money; conveniently portable; simple, attractive design; user-friendly wireless Cons: Cheaper alternatives available

Logitech UE Boombox review: 11113 Logitech,, £199 You’re paying a bit extra for the sturdy, portable design, but the Logitech UE Boombox is still a good option if you’re looking for a lightweight speaker system that you can use outdoors on a regular basis. Pros: Stylish speakers designed with portability in mind Cons: Expensive; slight distortion at maximum volume

Sony XA900iP review: 11113 Sony,, £499 Sony’s £499 price tag is a bit steep, but we’ve seen a number of online retailers selling the XA900iP for around £350. It’s well worth considering at that price, as it provides very good audio quality and is versatile enough to earn its keep as part of your wider home entertainment system. Pros: Very good audio quality; AirPlay and Bluetooth wireless; digital input Cons: Expensive; doesn’t sound like full 200W output


Scribbly review: 11113 Scribbly,, £9.99 The Scribbly pen stylus is a good all-rounder for iPad- and tablet-sized devices. It ensures responsive and precise mark making despite its chunky looks. While versatile, it’s a joy to use when drawing and painting digitally, which can only help get those creative juices flowing. Pros: Good responsive all rounder; attractive design; child-friendly; comfortable; British designed Cons: Chunky and child-friendly looks may mislead or deter some potential users

Wi-Drive review: 11113 Kingston,, £79.99 16GB; £109.99 32GB The Wi-Drive is easy to use and performs really well. It allows you to share media with three users simultaneously. The Wi-Fi feature means that it’s quite a bit more expensive than conventional Flash memory sticks, but it could come in very handy if you want to take a large collection of music or films on a long trip with you. Pros: Ingenious and compact wireless storage device Cons: Expensive; connecting to an existing WiFi network can be tricky

SLATE for iPad review: 11113 Ergonomic Cafe,, £59.99 While the SLATE took a little getting used to, the benefits of using the stand became clearer over time. It’s a worthy option for anyone concerned about improving their posture and well being while working on their iPad. Pros: Offers good support for hands or wrists when typing; doubles as iPad cases; lightweight and portable; solid build; British innovation and engineering Cons: Still needs a little fine-tuning with slightly fiddly set-up; not the most attractive iPad case; expensive compared to some rival iPad stands.

Wacom Bamboo Stylys duo review: 11111 Wacom,, £34.99 Overall, we would recommend the Bamboo Stylus duo to any designer or illustrator who enjoys sketching ideas on an iPad, but likes the option to use paper as well. Wacom’s stylus and pen combo is one of the most effective styluses we’ve used. The only downfall is the slightly expensive £34.99 price tag. Pros: Comfortable to use; stylish; effective; accurate; added ink pen feature Cons: Expensive

Blue Mikey Digital review: 11113 Blue Microphones,, £99.95 The Blue Mikey Digital is a great mic that improves the quality of audio recording on an iOS device immeasurably. While it’s not a professional studio mic, it certainly comes pretty close, and is perfect for home or semi-professional voice recording. Being able to record decent audio on an iPad or iPhone is a great thing for musicians. Pros: Compact; high quality audio recording; adjustable sound settings; can be angled towards the device Cons: Plugs into dock so high quality, but means you have to charge with USB cable


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Star Ratings review: 11113 Nocs,, £149 If you’re into dance and electronic music, then these headphones deliver exceptional quality. They’re not cheap though, and if you have a wider taste in music you should probably go for something a little more accurate. Pros: Powerful bass; stylish design; Kevlar-coated wire; great for dance fans Cons: Mid-range isn’t so hot for traditional rock music

Plantronics Backbeat 903+ review: 11113 Plantronics,, £50 It can be a bit tricky getting the darn things hooked over your ears, but the light, rugged design of the Backbeats make them a good choice when you’re exercising at the gym or out running in the park. The audio quality is also very good, considering the current low price. Pros: Affordable; lightweight; good sound quality Cons: Can be fiddly hooking them over your ears; the maximum volume level isn’t very high

a-Jays One Plus review: 11113 Jays,, £40 The a-Jays One Plus headphones represent good value considering the sound quality and functionality they provide. They have a single button control piece and microphone mounted on the fettuccine-like cord, and for Android users, there’s a dedicated app.


Nocs NS600 Crush

Pros: Brilliant sound; good noise isolation; neat design Cons: Dedicated app is Android; quite heavy; cable magnifies bumps

Shure SE315 review: 11113 Shure,, £189.99 The SE315’s design and ergonomics are as good as it gets for in-ear-canal headphones without stepping up to custom models. The SE315’s sound quality is almost as good as its design, with a neutral balance and great detail, missing only some bass impact and the superior detail found in the best offerings on the market. Pros: Sound quality; functional and smart design; sturdy cable Cons: More bass wouldn’t hurt

Muzx Ultra mXx606 review: 11111 Altec Lansing,, £80 These in-ears have a smart-looking remote on the cable and excellent overall sound quality. The sound is rich and warm, with good breadth across the spectrum; the bass feels punchy without overshadowing any of the upper notes. Pros: Interesting designs; fantastic sound quality across a wide spectrum of musical styles Cons: Cable seemed slightly weaker than the one supplied with the Phonak earphones review: 11113 Parrot,, £349.99 The high price and noise-cancellation features mean that these Zik headphones are primarily aimed at well-heeled executives who travel a lot. You’ll certainly enjoy the sound quality as you recline in the first-class cabin – though the battery may not last all the way across the Atlantic. Pros: Impressive sound quality; noise-cancellation option; useful iOS app Cons: Expensive; battery life could be better

Shure SRH440 review: 11111 Shure,, £109.99 With their studio styling and robust construction, the Shure SRH440s scream “home recording” rather than “plug me into you iPod”. Still, the sound’s the thing, and they sound absolutely superb. They’re loud with very crisp top end and clear mids. Pros: Balanced output with strong bass; industrial good looks; suitable for studio work Cons: Not very portable

Sennheiser RS170 review: 11111 Sennheiser,, £179 You won’t be carrying Sennheiser’s RS 170 wireless headphones around with you when you’re travelling, but they’re an excellent choice when you want to sit at home and wallow in your favourite tunes. Pros: Excellent audio quality; long-range wireless transmitter Cons: Expensive; bulky Kleer transmitter


Parrot Zik

MeElectronics Air-Fi AF32 review: 11113 MeElectronics,, £70 For a set of Bluetooth headphones in this price range, the MeElectronics Air-Fi AF32 on-ear stereo Bluetooth headphones are comfortable and offer good sound quality. And you can’t beat the feature set or battery life. Leaving aside minor quibbles about hot ears and less-than-perfect audio, we really like these. Pros: Solid sound quality; Comfortable to wear; Impressive battery life Cons: A bit bulky; can be hot to wear

AKG K840 KL review: 11113 AKG,, £379.99 The K840 KLs use Kleer wireless technology to provide lossless, CD-quality streaming audio. The headphones are aimed at people on the go, with a hard-shell carrying case and flight adapter. They provide warm, deep bass and clear, ringing higher frequencies. Pros: Excellent audio quality; useful hard-shell travel case and accessories Cons: Very expensive; you’ll need to carry a Kleer transmitter around with you


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Buyers’ Guide SLR CAMERAS

Nikon D800 review: 11113 Nikon,, £2,399.99 With the 18MB file sizes produced by the D800’s 36-megapixel shots providing peace of mind plus incredible realism, this is the DSLR for those wishing to future-proof their photography and enable a multitude of uses. Pros: Tough body construction; highest resolution sensor in a DSLR; very reasonable future-proofing; compatibility with wide range of Nikon lenses Cons: Pricey if you don’t require all those pixels, or are stepping up from a consumer DSLR, while big and bulky construction means it’s not the most convenient option

Canon EOS 650D review: 11113 Canon,, £1,019.99 If you’re a keen amateur looking for a jack-of-all-trades digital SLR that will last you for years, then this Canon should shoot to the top of your list. Setting this one apart from the competition is the compositional flexibility offered by the tilt and swivel 3in LCD touchscreen at the rear. Pros: High quality rugged feel; tilting touch screen LCD; high stills and video resolution; razor-sharp images with image stabilised 18-135mm lens Cons: Pricey for beginners this is aimed at if going for the body and lens combo we had on test; no anti-shake built into the camera body itself

Pentax K-5 review: 11113 Pentax,, £1,199.99 inc 18-55mm lens The full-featured, heavyweight, and capable K-5 is a good backup option for pros, or first choice for enthusiasts, especially if you need the bonus of that weathersealed body. Detail and colour are especially punchy and even exposures are delivered with the minimum of fuss. Pros: 7fps burst shooting; body integral anti-shake; weather sealed/protected chassis; high-resolution rear LCD with Live View, additional top-plate LCD Cons: Rear LCD fixed; pricey compared with other options here; blocky design

Sony Alpha A55 review: 11113 Sony,, £679 body or £759 (18-55mm lens) The A55 features translucent mirror technology for faster response times, particularly when shooting video. It also features GPS. Colours are warm straight out of the camera, and detail is crisp. Pros: 10fps continuous shooting; built-in GPS for geo-tagging stills and video; lightweight for its class; fast and responsive Cons: Plasticky outer shell is disappointing at this price

Sony Alpha A580 review: 11111 Sony,, £569 body, or £649 (18-55 lens) The A580 has many of the same core features as the smaller A55 for £100 less – including a top whack light sensitivity setting of ISO 12800, though shooting video isn’t quite as fluid or intuitive. Pros: A cheaper alternative to the A55 with identical resolution and many of the same core technologies Cons: Chunky build


Canon EOS M review: 11113 Canon,, £769.99 with 18-55mm image stabilised zoom Though the Canon’s CSC debut features a large APS-C sized sensor for better image quality than a typical pocket snapper, but its design owes more to a PowerShot than a DSLR. Nevertheless, the EOS M provides the ability to use Canon’s DSLR range’s 70+ EF lens line-up, albeit via an optional adaptor. Pros: Smaller more portable body than many rivals; compatible with range of accessories; combination of sensor and Canon’s optical excellence delivers sharp images Cons: Have to buy £130 adaptor for access to range of Canon EF lenses; so-so battery performance; lacks a decent handgrip; no on-board Wi-Fi; no optical or electronic viewfinder

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 review: 11111 Fujifilm,, £1,399 body only Rather than aim for a mass-market camera, Fujifilm has gone niche for its first CSC in the 16.3 effective megapixel X-Pro 1. With a DSLR-sized CMOS sensor, it’s pitched at enthusiasts and professionals, and its nearest competition includes range-topping rivals in the Olympus OM-D and Sony NEX-7. Pros: Stunningly high build quality, plus we love the extremely high-resolution LCD and EVF/optical viewfinder Cons: The priciest Compact System Camera (CSC) out there; fixed rear LCD (not angle adjustable); EVF provides more accurate view than optical finder

Samsung NX210 review: 11133 Samsung,, £665 including 18-55 image stabilised zoom We’ve previously been very impressed with the value for money and image quality of the company’s NX1000, which shares the same APS-C sensor size as the NX210, and similar body proportions, while both cameras feature Wi-Fi connectivity too. The NX210 adds a rear AMOLED screen, stereo sound, and more. Pros: Sensor offers near DSLR quality in compact body; easy to achieve good results; Wi-Fi adds a degree of future-proofing; iFunction lens does more than just zoom or focus Cons: No built-in image stabilisation measures (via stabilised lens only)

Sony NEX-5R review: 11113 Sony,, £669 with 18-55mm zoom Apart from a dull design and high-ish price, the NEX-5R is hard to fault. It brings with it new wireless transfer abilities and compatibility with downloadable Sony apps, plus a touchscreen rear display that can be angled to face the subject. Pros: Superb image quality; option of using touchscreen in tandem with physical controls; new wireless connectivity option for use with smartphones and tablets Cons: Pricey; design a tad bland and adding the lens makes for an unbalanced appearance; won’t fit in a pocket unless lens and body are carried separately

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review: 11113 Panasonic,, £599.99 with 14-42mm Power Zoom on test Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-G5 has the advantage of an electronic viewfinder and a touchscreen LCD display that can swivel. While we might outwardly assume that the G5 is more for your photo traditionalist, familiarity and ease of use is such that it would be a good option for families too. Pros: Eye sensor activated EVF; large firm handgrip; just as suited to shooting video as it is stills via Power Zoom; creative flexibility of tilt and swivel LCD Cons: Mechanised power zoom may not be to the tastes of existing DSLR users (but lens can be swapped); some loss of focus towards frame edges if nitpicking


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Star Ratings Sony Cyber-shot DMC-RX100 review: 11111 Sony,, £549 The RX100 is as good as premium compacts get – especially with current street prices taking £100 off the manufacturer’s asking price. It’s a monster when it comes to features, plus delivers near DSLR-like pictures with a similarly hefty ‘bite’. Pros: Palm-sized compact; reassuringly solid; larger than average sensor and resolution given its proportions; bright/fast lens; ability to control functions via twist of the lens ring Cons: Pricey for a compact on which the lens cannot be swapped; tiny rear plate buttons require fingernail precision

Samsung EX2F review: 11113 Samsung,, £429 Samsung’s top-end pocket compact is aimed at those who want better than the average snapper, but not interchangeable lenses. Its photos resemble those from the very good snapshot camera that it is, rather than cheating users into thinking they’ve just shot something with a digital SLR. Pros: Bright lens for DSLR-style shallow depth of field effects and low light shooting; tilt and swivel back screen; built-to-last metal construction Cons: Costs almost as much as a starter DSLR or compact system camera, which arguably would offer even more creative scope in the long run despite the extra bulk

Nikon Coolpix P7700 review: 11113 Nikon, £499.99 Nikon’s Coolpix P7700 is a premium compact that shoehorns in many features found on digital SLRs. Creative flexibility at your fingertips is what’s provided here, though potential purchasers will want to literally weigh that up against its extra bulk and sensor that, while bigger than most compacts, is still small compared to actual DSLRS.


Pros: Broader focal range than direct rivals; solid build; comprehensive feature set with dials and wheels falling under the fingertips; angle adjustable LCD screen Cons: Physically bulkier than competitors; doesn’t have an optical viewfinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 review: 11113 Panasonic,, £449.99 As a point-and-shoot camera for those wanting to upgrade to something better or a smaller back up for someone owning a G-series compact, the LX7 cuts the proverbial mustard but, despite being as consistently competent and reliable as one might hope, it doesn’t stand above the Smasung EX2F or the Sony RX100. Pros: Relatively lightweight and compact dimensions for a metal build enthusiasts’ camera; bright aperture lens; built-in visual effects; hotshoe and accessory port Cons: Fixed screen LCD; priced not a great deal cheaper than one of Panasonic’s interchangeable lens G-series compacts system cameras

Fujifilm XF1 review:


Fujifilm,, £399.99 The XF1 is the latest in Fujifilm’s retro-styled X series of premium build compacts. This is a snapshot camera that’s a cut above the rest, so should draw attention from snappers looking to upgrade, as well as owners of bulkier models seeking a more pocket-friendly back up. Pros: Stylish retro appearance; lightweight aluminium build; fast/bright f/1.4 maximum aperture lens unusually boasts manual operation; high ISO12800 light sensitivity; fair pricing Cons: Awkward means of activating the camera via manually extending the lens review: 11111 Sony,,£1,500 With the amount of manual controls on offer, as well as the inputs and versatility of the extra lenses, the Sony VG20 is perfect for the advancing amateur or aspiring independent filmmaker. Pros: Superb image quality, menu controls, removable lenses Cons: Confusing manual controls

Canon XA10 review: 11111 Canon,, £1,600 The Canon XA10 is a camcorder with few flaws. The zoom is impressively versatile and controls easy to access, with only the small viewfinder a significant negative, dwarfed by the likes of the huge storage capacity and XLR inputs. Pros: Superb image quality, portable size, huge storage capacity Cons: Small viewfinder


Sony VG20

Sony HDR-CX130E review: 11113 Sony,, £399 Recording to removable Memory Stick or SD flash, the CX130’s 16GB capacity is expandable and relatively future-proofed. Available in red or black, this is a good mid-price option, even if detail isn’t as sharp. Pros: Large and obvious buttons; decent feature set for a reasonable price; choice of SD or Memory Stick storage; bright lights Cons: Plasticky construction, though many will appreciate the larger controls; detail could be sharper

Panasonic SD90 review: 11111 Panasonic,, £498.99 Here is a device comparable with the semi-enthusiast Canon in terms of quality, yet boasting a smaller form factor more in common with an entry-level camcorder. Pros: Well built with substantial feel; good ergonomics too with intuitive touch-screen control; bright lens plus decent lens reach and feature set Cons: Towards the top end of our price scale; plasticky feel accentuated by high gloss finish

JVC Everio GZ-HM650 review: 11113 JVC,, £349.99 Aimed at families, the JVC features common digital camera gizmos such as subject-recognising intelligent auto mode, face recognition and smile-shot modes, while time lapse recording and the ability to add an animation effect to footage provides a degree of creative scope. Pros: Good value compared with similarly featured competitors; large 8GB internal memory and optional SD card slot; lightweight; bright lens Cons: Low noise of the zoom and operational adjustments picked up when filming; lens cover has to be manually opened; small touch-screen icons


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Buyers’ Guide i2757FH LED

MONITORS review: 11111 AOC,, £220 At this price, you’d expect that quite a few corners would be cut, but you’d be wrong. The frame edge feels flimsy, but the only flaw is some light leak around the edge. That won’t impact every day use where the crisp display, vibrant colours and overall high quality make this that rare find: a bargain, large-screen, IPS panel. Pros: Nice styling; incredibly thin; sharp, crisp text; very cheap; twin-HDMI ports; good response time; high dynamic contrast; built-in speakers Cons: Some light leak along the edge; limited interfaces; stand doesn’t swivel; build quality is slightly flimsy

SyncMaster S27B970 review: 11113 Samsung,, £800 The SyncMaster S27B970’s display isn’t quite as good a quality as the price tag demands. There can be some reflections, but the consistency of the display is admirable. The styling is rich consumer or plush-studio orientated, and it will do a great job in either of those environments, if you can afford it. Pros: Superb styling; brushed metal stand; tidy use of wires; good refresh rate; high resolution; lots of interfaces; good colour consistency; built-in 7w speakers; PLS screen Cons: Some light leak; expensive; glossy screen hinders viewing on bright days; average brightness and contrast

ColorEdge CG275W review: 11111 Eizo,, £1,860 The CG275W’s built-in calibration feature is more than just a flashy gimmick – it’s a designer’s dream. Being just £1 more expensive than the SpectraView, it’s quite difficult to say which one of the displays is better value for money. Either one would make an excellent choice. Pros: Built-in calibration tools; Mini DisplayPort; 3D LUT; rotate to portrait view; an advanced range of built-in calibration features Cons: Pro features come at a pro price

324i review: 11111 LaCie,, £1,049; £1,349 with Blue Eye Pro calibrator This is a monitor we’d have no qualms about owning and using every single day. Robust and packed with features, it stands up well to other hardware in its class. However, if you do decide to buy one, we’d recommend choosing the version with the Blue Eye Pro calibrator bundled. Pros: Latest P-IPS technology offers 1.07 billion colours; easy setup; lots of connectivity options; 176 degree viewing angle; anti-glare coating Cons: Connectors in an awkward spot in landscape mode

VX2336s-LED review: 11111 ViewSonic,, £129 The VX2336s-LED offers outstanding value for money and will be snapped up by anyone who wants decent image quality on a budget. It’s not a multimedia monitor and therefore comes without speakers or an HDMI port, but if you want to edit photos or video it’s a very fine choice. Pros: Value for money; stylish; superb colour quality Cons: No speakers or HDMI ports


Cintiq 24HD review: 11111 Wacom,, £1,999 For digital artists, designers and animation pros there is no substitute. As an upgrade, it doesn’t represent a quantum leap over 2010’s 21UX, but taken alone it represents a valuable investment for creatives looking to squeeze more out of their workday. Pros: Huge working area; improved tablet buttons; supports Mini DisplayPort, VGA, DVI-I, DVI-A; ergonomic and widely adjustable; VESA mountable Cons: Not at all portable; requires two people to move it; difficult to accommodate in tight workspaces or in a two-monitor setup

Inkling review: 11111 Wacom,, £149.99 The highest praise we can give is this; we didn’t want to send the Inkling back. It has clear, professional applications in design and the arts but, more importantly, it’s load of fun. If you’re in the market for a budget graphics tablet, we suggest you give the Inkling a look first. Pros: Use a real pen to draw with; upload in bitmap or vector format to supported programs Cons: Early users have reported layer shifting issues and occasional export glitches

Spyder4Elite review: 11113 Datacolor,, £179.99 Colour profiling is an onerous tasks that’s pretty much an essential requirement for designers, photographers and anyone working with images or video. The Spyder4Elite is easy to use – though there’s advanced options for those that need them – and produces great results. Pros: Easy to use; supports Cineon, NTSC, PAL and HDTV standards; can also calibrate iPhone, iPad and projector; colour gamut graph; advanced tests Cons: Ambient light test not well explained; sometimes awkward to navigate back to previous settings; some advanced tests difficult to find

Intuos4 S review: 11111 Wacom,, £200 The Intuos4 S sits between the enthusiast Bamboos and the high-end Cintiqs and produces excellent results. Wacom again sets the standard other manufacturers must hope to achieve. Pros: Precision control; well designed; comfortable pen with 2,048 levels pen pressure; extra nib Cons: Pricey compared to Wacom’s Bamboo range and rivals; small footprint may deter some

Intuos5 Touch review: 11111 Wacom,, £199.99 The Intuos5 feels like Wacom’s first major attempt to recreate the experience of working with canvas. We can’t wait to see how Wacom takes this technology forward. Pros: Touch and pen interface; ExpressKeys HUD is useful and unintrusive; all tablet sizes feature wireless option; new design Cons No Bluetooth model


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Star Ratings review: 11113 Mobee,, £125 The Magic Feet from Mobee is a useful Apple accessory, although not a wholly essential one, that will hopefully save you money and reduce your carbon footprint over time. It requires wires, a USB lead and a power lead, which is a small step backwards. For now, the universal charging station shows potential. Pros: Worthy green credentials highlighted; potential to save money on batteries; made from recyclable materials; attractive and discreet design Cons: Wired design is a step backwards; significant financial investment; not compatible with older Apple keyboards or mice, bulky power adaptor

Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion review: 11113 Belkin,, £54.95 While more costly than some options, timer plugs for instance, the WeMo system is a worthy option. While it may not keep the bad guys from your doors or windows, it does offer some peace of mind and a dedicated iOS app offers the ability to automate lights and more from almost anywhere. Pros: Brings home automation a step closer; simple and intuitive iOS app; ability to create rules and schedule events; add more rooms and appliances Cons: Mixed results based on customer reviews and home setups; support could be better; cheaper alternatives

ColorMunki Smile review: 11113 X-Rite,, £54.95 There’s no doubt that this is as easy to use as monitor calibration can get. It’s completely automatic and just does the job, then shows you the difference it made. For anyone who wants a better, more accurate display, without all the technical jargon, it really is a great, low-cost option. Pros: Easy to use; fast to calibrate; no jargon; good build quality; good results at the end; aims to give you a clear, white display Cons: No advice on time of day, ambient light, other light sources or when you should calibrate; no control over process or target options; no detailed analysis afterwards


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HiRise for iMac review: 11113 Twelve South,, £50 HiRise from Twelve South is something of a niche product, although a big plus for anyone putting undue stress on their back due to a poorly-positioned iMac or Apple Display. Once you’ve found the best height for your workspace, it makes staring at a computer screen that bit more comfortable and healthier. Pros: Stylish design adds height to an iMac; potential to ease back pain; quality look and feel; perforated faceplates for ventilation; some storage space provided Cons: Usefulness depends on the height of your desk; impact on viewing height at lowest shelf is minimal; some assembly required; barely portable

iTwin review: 11113 iTwin,, £89.99 At around £90, iTwin isn’t the cheapest way of sharing content over the internet. That said, business users and those with sensitive data should be more than impressed thanks to a solid mix of security and relative simplicity Pros: Powerful AES-256 bit encryption, no data stored on device; no subscription fees; relatively simple plug and play; attractive, compact design Cons: Limited to two computers; both ends need to be switched on and online; hardly environmentally friendly; expensive USB device can easily be mislaid or lost

Linksys EA4500

Pros: No built-in modem for internet connection Cons: Software needs improving; no built-in Freeview or Freesat receiver; audio sync issues; record feature can only be used while on your home network

Belkin @TV Plus review: 11113 Belkin,, £149.99 While Belkin should be applauded for entering a market dominated by Slingbox, @TV Plus feels very much like a work in progress. A promising start that still has some way to go. If Belkin can build on this fairly solid if a little shaky foundation it should have a hit on its hands. Pros: Good TV picture quality; works on a range of devices; streams from your digital TV service to up to eight devices; Wi-Fi enabled; built-in TV guide; shows potential Cons: Software needs improving; no built-in Freeview or Freesat receiver; audio sync issues; record feature can only be used while on your home network

DIGITAL LIFE review: 11113 Cisco,, £92.38 It’s a shame that the EA4500 doesn’t have a built-in modem, but if you don’t mind hanging on to your existing modem or router, then the EA4500 is an affordable and versatile router that will improve the range and reliability of your existing home or office network.

WD TV Live Hub review: 11111 Western Digital,, £194.99 We really like the Live Hub. It brings together a decent set of online services, and shares well between all your Macs while giving you access to your media on your TV. With a 1TB disk and the online services built-in, the Western Digital Live Hub really is a very compelling product. Pros: Great user interface; small; well specified; integration with iOS apps; 1TB hard disk Cons: No wireless connection built in

HyperDrive CloudFTP review: 11111 Sanho,, £89.95 The SHOWX+ HDMI is a novel accessory that should initially impress. However, limited battery life, lack of any mount or stand to stabilise projected images and unexceptional picture quality limits long-term appeal. Portability is a compromise here and it’s hard to see which market the device is focused on. Pros: Ability to connect to any USB mass storage compliant device and back files up to the cloud; dedicated CloudFTP Wi-Fi connection; good file format support Cons: Work in progress; cloud compatibility an issue for some users; poor user interface for reading files needs tweaking; battery life could be improved

Acer K11 review: 11113 Acer,, £380 While not particularly compact or attractive, the K11 packs in a wealth of features, including the option to connect to HDMI sources, such as games consoles, and even the 27in iMac when using the right adapter. Pros: Great picture quality and size; works well with daylight; excellent connection options Cons: Poor sound quality; larger than the average portable; fairly expensive; no adjustable feet


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Buyers’ Guide i-Sensys MF4730 review:


Laser Printers

canon,, £120 if you need a colour printer for photos or presentation graphics, then an inkjet printer may still be the better option. However, people who simply need an affordable mono printer for their business documents will find that the MF4730 provides good quality and performance, along with very reasonable running costs. pros: Fast, affordable laser printer with low running costs cons: No network connectivity or duplex printing

LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw review:


Hp,, £341 There’s nothing fancy about the M401dw, but it’s very fast and affordable, with modest running costs as well. it’s a good follow-up to the successful p2055, and will make an excellent workhorse printer for any small business. pros: Fast, affordable laser printer with good network connectivity and airprint support cons: Bulky, single-function printer with no scanner

ES9410 review:


oKi,, £5,999 + VaT oKi’s ES9410 is for designers with demanding needs. while it alone won’t turn your studio into a print shop, for many it’ll provide both an excellent proofer and a handy moneysaver. pros: Highest-grade output, great for high yields, simple to print to and run cons: Very expensive, fiddly install

Phaser 6280V/DN review: 11113 Xerox,, £360 Xerox’s one-year warranty is on-site, and the company doesn’t let itself down on running costs. its 1.7p mono and 8.4p colour prints aren’t the cheapest here, but they’re not the most expensive either. pros: attractive to look at; design works well; great as a text printer, best choice for vivid text and excellent paper handling cons: Features can be difficult to find on menu; poor graphics printing at just 9.1ppm in our tests

C3900DN review: 11113 Epson,, £537 Epson’s standard one-year warranty can be extended to three, and you’ll want to keep this colour laser going for as long as possible, given its low running costs. You’ll spend around 1.7p for a page of text, and 7.4p for colour. pros: Good performance; strong set of specifications including a fast gigabit ethernet interface; low running costs; suitable for heavy use cons: Slow to print in pdF test; space needed to allow access to input trays

inkjet Printers

OfficeJet 150 review:


Hp,, £269 The officeJet 150 is expensive for an inkjet printer, costing £269 on Hp’s website. But, of course, you are paying extra for its compact and portable design. it also crams in a lot of useful features with its scanning, copying and wireless options, so it’ll certainly earn its keep if you need a multifunction device that you can take on the road with you. pros: Neatly designed portable printer, scanner and copier cons: Expensive; black ink costs above average

Expression Premium XP-800 review:


Epson,, £199 The Epson Expression premium Xp-800 is a very competent, full-featured inkjet multifunction printer. it can copy, fax, scan and print on specially coated optical media as well as paper. print quality is exceptional. it will handle your small and home office chores with aplomb. Unfortunately, ink costs are on the high side. pros: Nice output quality; duplex printing and scanning; cd/dVd printing cons: inks are somewhat pricey; user guide is online only

Stylus Photo PX720WD review: 11111 Epson,, £129.99 This is an impressive and versatile multifunction printer. The six-colour printing produces excellent photo quality, though this does push up the cost of colour printing. pros: Good price and performance with outstanding six-colour photo-printing; good range of features, including printing lined and graph paper cons: Big and bulky; photo printing is expensive

Hero 7.1 review: 11111 Kodak,, £169 an all-in-one that’s aimed at photographers, the Kodak Hero 7.1 is a credible and well-rounded package. if photographs are important to you, this all-in-one is the printer you need to pick. pros: High quality photo prints, touchscreen lcd, dedicated photo tray, low running cost cons: printing a little slow, integrated three colour cartridge

Pixma Pro-1 review: 11111 canon,, £799 The new must-have artwork printer and proofer - if you need a new printer for proofing or making saleable prints, canon’s pixma pro-1 is the new one to want. pros: Exceptional prints on both gloss and matte stocks; wide colour gamut; large ink tanks; good stock support cons: photoshop plug-in needs work

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Star Ratings review: 11113 Western Digital,, £779.90 It’s a bit on the pricey side, but Western Digital’s new VelociRaptor Duo goes all out to provide top-of-the-range performance and features for professional Mac users. It’s a dual-drive RAID storage system designed for use with the high-speed Thunderbolt interface found on the latest Mac models. Pros: Dual 10,000rpm drives; twin Thunderbolt interfaces; versatile RAID support Cons: Expensive; no FireWire; USB or Ethernet interfaces

Silver Store 2-Drive NAS review: 11111 Freecom,, from £279 While it’s not the fastest or cheapest NAS drive, the Silver Store strikes a good balance between versatile features and ease of use, and is an excellent choice for Macbased small businesses. It is available in 2TB, 4TB and 6TB models. Pros: Versatile NAS drive with RAID and remote access features; USB port supports USB 3.0 Cons: Expensive; poor documentation

StorCenter ix2-200 review: 11111 Iomega,, from £219 The complexity of the StorCenter ix2-200 may deter the kind of people who simply want a plug-in-and-play backup drive for their office network, but it will certainly appeal to business users who have the know-how to fully utilise it. And, at just under £300 for a whopping 4TB of storage, it’s also very good value for money. Pros: High-capacity; competitive price; Time Machine and Amazon S3 compatible; impressive range of features Cons: Complex to configure; dense, technical documentation


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MyNet N900 Central review: 11113 Western Digital,, 2TB £349 The N900 Central is a little pricey, but the fact that it includes both a hard disk and a dual-band router makes it a good option for any home or small office that needs an all-in-one networking and storage system in a single box. Pros: Dual-band 802.11n router with built-in hard disk Cons: Expensive

DiskStation DS2411+ review: 11111 Synology,, £1,120 We found the DiskStation 2411+ simple to set up using the Synology Assistant configuration tool. Even with its two fans in operation, the DS2411+ was quiet in use, providing reliable service. We’d have no hesitation recommending the DS2411+ to small businesses looking for a versatile NAS solution.

MiniStation Thunderbolt SSD review: 11113 Buffalo Technology,, from £200 We might have expected an SSD drive to be a little more compact, but the MiniStation Thunderbolt is still portable enough to carry around with a laptop. It’s reasonably priced for an SSD drive, and its strong performance makes it a good backup option for the latest MacBook models that come with their own SSD drives. Pros: High-speed SSD drive with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces Cons: Not much difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces

Thunderbolt SSD review: 11113 Elgato,, £239.95 The Thunderbolt SSD works well when handling larger file sizes, and its sturdy design will appeal to photographers working on outdoor shoots. However, its more modest performance with smaller file sizes suggests that it’s not the best choice for general home or office use. Plus, there are some features missing for the price. Pros: Strong performance with large file sizes; sturdy metal case; three-year warranty Cons: Very expensive; Thunderbolt interface only; no status indicators

Rugged USB 3 review: 11111 LaCie,, £169 Some might prefer the External SSD for convenience and portability. However, Verbatim’s offering is slower than the Rugged drive and lacks the versatility of its twin interfaces. So if you want a sturdy SSD that’s fast, affordable and can be used with non-Thunderbolt machines, then this is hard to beat.


Pros: Excellent build quality; built-in FTP and mail server capabilities; includes fitting screws and network cables Cons: None that we can think of

Pros: Sturdy design; good performance; USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces Cons: Expensive

External SSD review: 11113 Verbatim,, £89 While it may not be the fastest solid-state drive currently available, Verbatim’s External SSD is definitely one of the cheapest and is well worth considering if you just want a compact and affordable backup device for your laptop. Pros: Very light and compact; very good value for money Cons: Not very rugged; relatively modest performance

Porsche P’9223 Slim review: 11113 LaCie,, £129.99 If you need an affordable, high-capacity storage device, then a conventional hard disk is still the best option. But if you’ve got a MacBook that has an internal SSD drive and you want an external backup drive that provides equally high performance, then this is one of the best and most affordable SSD drives currently available. Pros: Slim, sturdy design; very good performance Cons: Expensive; only provides 120GB capacity


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QuarkXPress 9.5 with App Studio review: 11113 Quark,, Free update; full price from £799 Though some refinement is still required, digital publishing with QuarkXPress is more streamlined in version 9.5 and improved by the new App Studio. As well as still providing a path for AVE and ePub publication workflows, it offers a fairly stable HTML5-based publication route, with an enhanced variety of interactive features on offer. Pros: Standard QuarkXPress workflow; synchronised items across layouts; enhanced interactivity with HTML5 palette; searchable/selectable text Cons: Careful authoring needed for interactive behaviour in Apps; restrictions on fonts, some image, video formats; alternative testing workflow would be welcome

Vue 11 Infinite review: 11113 E-on Software,, €1,082 (£873) DVD, €1,022.42 (£825) download It’s sometimes difficult to justify a twice-yearly upgrade, so there’s the temptation to hold off until a really big update comes along. Well, wait no more, as this is one of those times. All the tweaks, upgrades and new features combine to make this a fairly essential upgrade for Vue users. Pros: New automatic weather effects; EcoParticles and Effectors; 360-degree EcoSystem population; customisable brushes; faster rendering Cons: No visibility toggles for individual objects; not enough content supplied; glitches with EcoSystems; accurate placement of EcoSystems tricky; crashed a few times

Adobe Edge Animate 1.0 review: 11111 Adobe,, Free for a limited time Edge Animate’s workflow, particularly the Pin and Easing tools, as well as hidden gems like cut and paste functions, and live rendering of web pages in the Stage, make for effective HTML5 animation creation. However, there’s no audio support and ‘no-coding’ designers may be put off by the use of Code popups and the Code window. Pros: Free; interactive animated output supporting HTML, CSS and JavaScript; intuitive tools and workflow; TypeKit support; strong publishing and export options Cons: No audio; some coding required for more sophisticated interactivity

iStop Motion for Mac review: 11113 Boinx,, £34.99 There’s a lot to like about the new iStopMotion for Mac and the drastic price drop, coupled with its support for using iOS devices as a camera mean that more people will be able to afford to get into this age-old art of stop-motion animation and have a lot of fun doing so. Pros: Highly affordable, especially compared with previous version; crammed with features; highly easy to use; can use iOS devices as wireless cameras Cons: Not all cameras are compatible – download the demo version before purchasing to make sure your equipment works with the app; basic editing tools

Crazy Talk 7 review: 11113 Reallusion,, £20 You can either see a use for an application of an animated talking head or you can’t. If you can, then at just over £20 this is good value – easy to learn, quick to use and for anyone prepared to spend time importing and setting up their own ‘actors’, extremely effective. Pros: Great fun; animation intelligently understands recorded audio and responds accordingly; inexpensive Cons: Harder to get good results with your own photos

Adobe Premiere Elements 11 review: 11111 Adobe,, £78.15 The main improvement in Premiere Elements 11 is the redesigned interface, which makes the program easier to use and will help to smooth the transition from iMovie. However, features such as Time Remapping also make it even more powerful, and a worthwhile upgrade for both experienced users and newcomers. Pros: Redesigned interface provides greater ease of use; powerful Time Remapping tool Cons: Poor manual and documentation; some features still complicated to learn

Maya 2013 review: 11113 Autodesk,, £3,660 (boxed), £3507.50 (download) There are lots of new features in Maya 2013. The nHair model, heat map skinning and bullet physics are the headliners here. Workflow has been tidied up and the new Node editor pulls a lot of functions into one logical place. If you want to work in visual effects, this release cements Maya’s position as the number one ticket in town. Pros: Improvements to workflow including HumanIK enhancements, heat map skinning, bullet physics and Trax Clip matching; Maya nHair adds more complex simulations Cons: Bugs; flaws in the modelling tools; cluttered viewport; steep learning curve; mental ray is awkward to use; camera issues; minor workflow irritations; no full screen

Mudbox 2013 review: 11113 Autodesk,, £870 (boxed), £833.75 (download) If you use, Maya then it makes sense to go with Mudbox as a sculpting tool. The interface is similar and there’s direct importing and exporting control. With the new Gigatexel engine able to deliver much more detail capability, it’s a great choice for those involved in model texturing as well. Pros: New Gigatexel engine; customise interface layouts; curve drawing; edge hardness and creasing supported; combine bump and normal maps; 64-bit on OS X; 3D layers Cons: Some issues painting inside sculpts; brushes not as natural; doesn’t support imported mirrored normal maps; can be fussy about working with some graphics cards

AutoCAD 2012 for Mac review: 11113 Autodesk,, £2,975 If you have a need for a CAD package, AutoCAD is the best. There’s still a steep learning curve; often addressable with two-day/three-day courses all over the country. The price is steep, at just short of £3,000; but for this grade and quality of product it seems more than justified. Pros: Looks and feels like a Mac app; instantly familiar to PC users of AutoCAD; open every AutoCAD file without hassle; tutorial videos introduce new features Cons: Expensive; steep learning curve; cut-down AutoCAD LT not available in the UK

Corel Painter Lite review: 11113 Corel,, £47.99 This really is Painter stripped back to basics. As such it works well because it’s a lot faster to do the complex impasto and oil effects. This is a worthwhile app, whether you want to paint from scratch or over photos, whereas Essentials is clearly designed for those doing the latter. Pros: Much simpler and easy to use; great for cloning over photos; has properly blended paint; lots of paint types; Wacom pen/tablet support; lighting and surface control Cons: Layer system is quite poor; lacks the sophistication of brush control; paper texture system is a little crude; lacks the photo painting features of Painter Essentials


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Star Ratings Akvis Chameleon 8

Pros: Excellent edge detection; multiple compositing modes; a quick and easy way of compositing elements; save parts of images as fragments for later; fast processing Cons: Can’t switch images around once selected; blending option like what Photoshop’s anyway; not cheap; adding another foreground image removes the previous one

Color FX Pro review: 11111 Kings Valley Tech,, £5.49 With a slick interface, Color FX Pro is a fast and fun way to apply retro effects to your photographs with quite some variation. Add borders, frames, filters, textures ,and more. The software also supports Raw files and up to 40-megapixel images. Pros: Lots of effects; adjust the strength and fine adjust for varied effects; save combinations as presets, supports Raw files and up to 40-megapixel images Cons: Needs to have more randomisation for frames and separate RGB colour controls; before and after preview is a separate screen; new presets are limited

Great Photo Pro review: 11111 EverImagining,, £6.99 If parts of Great Photo Pro look familiar, it’s because some of the modules in it have been available as standalone apps. This brings everything together to offer an interesting tool kit without the effort of going into Photoshop. You’re getting quite alot for your money.

IMAGE EDITING review: 11113 Akvis,, £46 Simplify the cutting out of objects to paste into Photoshop layers with Akvis Chameleon 8. It’s a bit different and a little awkward in places, but fast and very efficient at the otherwise tedious job of cutting out and compositing images.

Pros: HDR image creation; retro styles; Raw photo processing; image correction; edit the colour styling; add vignettes; great value for money Cons: File management is clumsy; mouse is too sensitive; there’s no variation in the retro themes; the Big Aperture is a little hit and miss; adjustments are global

Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 review: 11113 Adobe,, £81 Photoshop Elements 11’s editing tools are much more advanced than those found in iPhoto, while the revamped interface is easier for new users to get to grips with. However, people who own a previous version of the software will find that there are few major new features that make this a ‘must-have’ upgrade. Pros: Revamped interface provides improved ease of use for beginners; handy vignette effect Cons: Few major new features for existing and advanced users

MacPhun ColorStrokes review: 11113 MacPhun,, £3 Previously known as ColourSplash, the new version of the photo-editing app works in a number of different ways. Add effects and filters to your images, and manipulate the brightness, contrast, blur, saturation, hue and exposure controls to change the original colour element. Pros: Tint and colour photos; uses an invisible mask that can be toggled on; adjust the brightness and colour of the existing colours; add vignetting; three basic effects Cons: The effects are simply more contrast; no remove mask brush; no option to rotate images; no brush opacity

Flare 1.4 review: 11111 The Icon Factory,, £6.99 Flare is an excellent tool for adding creative flare to any image, and is both simple and intuitive, making light and fun work of adding borders, frames, light leaks, textures and blur to your photos. The ability to fine-tune existing presets, and create and share new ones is a big plus too. Pros: Quality effects; ability to tweak and create effects; high resolution output; support for Retina displays; simple and intuitive interface Cons: Offers only basic range of photo-editing tools; free third-party presets still thin on the ground; no batch processing option

Photoshop Lightroom 4 review: 11113 Adobe,, £103.88, £59.09 upgrade Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is worth the upgrade price for the Develop Module alone. The editing tools are more sophisticated than ever, yet often easier to use. Some of the big name additions are certainly welcome. But the essence of this new version is the improved ability to make your photos look as good as possible. Pros: Develop module is better organised; added brushing tools; new video management tools; new Map module includes reverse geotagging; cheaper Cons: Can’t stitch video snippets together; No Mac Address Book integration for email

b-l-a-c-k-o-p DotMatrix review: 11113 b-l-a-c-k-o-p,, Free This free, retro pop-art app has been around for a while, but just arrived in the App Store, making it widely available to everyone. It’s designed to turn video footage into retro graphics. There’s actually a huge range of effects possible, though the interface is fairly unhelpful at times. Pros: Free; huge number of styles and effects; masks and overlays; half-toning and patterns; uses video from the iSight camera; single frames or imported images Cons: Interface is pretty grim; the parameters often give no clue as to what the results will be

Portrait Professional 10 review: 11111 Anthropics,, from £29.95 Portrait Professional 10 is the ultimate in face retouching, especially for female subjects as well as skin cleaning can resculpt face for a more aesthetically pleasing shape. Overall, superb results are possible with Portrait Professional 10. Pros: Can tackle multiple facial problems; easy to use once set up; sculpt faces including eyes, nose, jaw, neck and mouth; change hair and eye colours; add or remove catchlights Cons: Easy to overdo it and produce plastic skin; defining facial elements is fiddly initially; the process sometimes creates artefacts.

Color Efex Pro 4 review: 11111 Nik Software,, £175 If you can only afford one plug-in filter, make it this one. Color Efex Pro 4 combines film stocks with fog and focus, split-screen colour effects, cross processing, grain, image borders, and more styles than London fashion week. Pros: 34 names film stocks; vintage effects; Polaroid transfers; each option has a range of types; combine effects; 10 supplied recipes Cons: Previews can be slow to generate; lacks distressing options; no older film processes


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Buyers’ Guide Productivity Software

Audio Cleaner Pro review: 11113 Magix,, £49.99 if you want to clean up audio, audio cleaner pro is certainly an accomplished option. it can read cds directly – useful for old recordings, load audio files or record directly using the built-in mic. You can then edit and trim parts before adding noise reduction filters. pros: Slick look; easy to start editing and cleaning up; lots of control over cleaning filters; ability to enhance the sound before outputting cons: Built-in mic import is poor; editing adds actions without user control; scrubbing stops playback; some control is idiosyncratic

GameMaker review: 11113 YoYo Games,, £12.30 Game authoring’s getting easier thanks to tools like GameMaker for Mac – a dedicated oS X games maker. although it’s not a direct port of the windows tool, GameMaker: Studio, it’s close enough for you to transfer skills. You can’t transfer files from one to the other – or export to as many formats, though. pros: Great documentation and demos get you going quickly; free version to try before you buy; the price here is very right cons: Support for export is confined to oS X

Curio 8 review: 11113 Zengobi,, $100 (£61.95) Equal parts project manager, vector graphics engine, digital notebook and slide deck, curio 8 makes an ideal tool for anyone planning something big, complex and multi-faceted. while it remains more expensive than many rivals, we have yet to review a better, friendlier or more powerful tool for taking on any project. pros: First rate digital notebook; integrated presentation features; revamped interface cons: costlier than other organiser programs; new file format not backwards compatible with older versions

FileMaker Pro 12 review: 11111 FileMaker,, £131 with the new version of its entire FileMaker product line, FileMaker extends its dominance of the Mac od and ioS database world by offering improvements that will be valued by every type of FileMaker user. pros: Strong asset management features; enhanced container fields; powerful designer toolset; no change to price cons: File format change and associated upgrade costs0

Mellel 3.0 review: 11113 redlex,, £27.49 Mellel won’t really be able to replace word or pages as your main word processor. However, academic or technical users may find it useful to own a copy in addition to word or pages, so that they can use it for longer documents that will benefit from its cross-referencing and bibliography tools. pros: powerful cross-referencing and bibliography tools for academic users cons: limited compatibility with Microsoft word

Business Accountz review: 11111 accountz,, Basic £99, professional £279, Enterprise £468 with the Eazy Button, Business accountz is now the most straightforward way to manage your money. it’s multi-platform; support is free and reports are in a format your accountant will understand. pros: Eazy button simplifies everything; full featured; self submit your VaT return cons: links to a third-party payroll service rather than having an integrated offering

Dragon Dictate 3.0 review:


Nuance,, £129.99 we’re not convinced there are enough new features in dragon dictate version 3.0 to warrant the £80 upgrade fee but for new users this is an outstanding voice recognition program that also includes ingenious editing and navigation features for those with the patience to learn. includes a free headset/mic combo. pros: Excellent voice recognition; minimal training required; supports multiple voice profiles for different users; useful global commands cons: Editing takes practice; navigation requires patience; upgrade price seems a bit steep

Trello review: 11111 Trello,, Free Trello is an open-ended project-management system with no separate timelines, calendars or messaging tools. You just don’t need them. Everything’s elegantly and simply built in. it’s a to-do list program for teams that makes project management really easy. pros: open ended ‘boards’ and ‘cards’ metaphor; built-in media support cons: documentation not always very clear

Scrivener 2.1 review: 11111 literature and latte,, £29.92 Scrivener is an essential writing tool designed to bring order and simplicity to the creation of often-complex long-form prose – from novels to dissertations. pros: Feature rich; great customisable options; full-screen mode; good range of export choices cons: requires effort and dedication to get the most out of it; layout can look cluttered

WriteRoom 3 review: 11111 Hog Bay Software,, £6.99 with competition hotting up, writeroom returns with a revamped interface. it’s a significant and streamlined menu redesign that reclaims the distraction-free writing crown and complements writeroom’s more modern look. pros: cleaner interface and scrollbars; better theme support; tracking tools; lion compatible cons: No markdown features (which do feature in ia writer)

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Star Ratings MacCleanse 3 review: 11111 Koingo Software,, £13.99 Removing apps, duplicate files and unwanted logs from your Mac is much easier with dedicated clean-up tool MacCleanse. It’s such a feature packed piece of kit that the price tag comes as a bit of a shock. At £13.99, it’s comparable to apps that do a fraction of that. Pros: Beats competition on both budget and features Cons: Support for some tools you’ll never use review: 11111 Koingo Software,, £13.99 When System Preferences doesn’t give you enough control over your Mac’s settings, turn to MacPilot 5. If you can afford the £13.99 that MacPilot currently costs, you’ll get much more control over your Mac. Pros: Gives you control over preferences usually accessed via the Terminal Cons: Lots of features you’ll never need

Boxer review: 11111 Boxer,, Free Boxer is a superb, free app allowing instant access to hundreds of classic DOS-based games. Our test games performed well and seemed to operate better within a window on our iMac than they did on the original PC platform. If you have any interest in retro gaming, you need Boxer on your computer.


MacPilot 5

Pros: Free; Trouble-free install for the majority of PC games; lots of assistance available online Cons: None

Cloudmark DesktopOne review: 11111 Cloudmark,, Free With DesktopOne you can as good as say goodbye to spam – and at zero cost if Basic mode is adequate for your uses. Once installed, it’s completely transparent, aside from increasing the file count in your Spam folder. Our reviewer couldn’t remember the last time they gave a product five stars, but this deserves them. Pros: Basic mode (suitable for most users) is free; no setting up; integration with two main email apps; totally transparent in use Cons: None

Mac Data Recovery Guru review: 11113 Mac OS X File Recovery,, £64.50 The success rate for a program such as this will depend on the state of the drive that you use it with. However, Mac Data Recovery Guru worked well during our tests, and you have the option to download a free trial version, so you can see if it can locate your lost files before buying the full version to recover them. Pros: Quick and easy file recovery utility Cons: Preview panel is a bit small for viewing text files

Norton AntiVirus 12 for Mac review: 11113 Symantec,, £39.99 Will so little Mac malware, the problem Symantec will face is convincing people to part with £39.99 (followed by £24.99 per year), especially when there are a number of free, less polished alternatives. If you do want NAV protection, for an extra tenner you might be better buying Norton Internet Security 5 for Mac. Pros: Easy to install and use; slick user interface; automatic updating Cons: No firewall; functionally similar to free alternatives

Undercover 5 review: 11111 Orbicule,, £30.93 Undercover 5 is a tool that enables you to track any Mac you have registered with the service. It has all the features of Find My Mac built in and more, such as the ability to grab screenshots from your Mac, log key strokes from the Mac, and even use the Mac’s iSight camera to take pictures of the thief using your computer. Pros: Revamped website for new version; key logging and remote control of your Mac Cons: You won’t know you need Undercover until your Mac’s been nicked

SyncMate Expert review: 11111 Eltima,, $39.95 (£25) Lion has brought us iCloud, but does your Mac’s data still feel trapped? Apple’s improvements make transferring images and music between devices easy, but it’s difficult to sync data with other devices and services. So, lets raise a glass to SyncMate – a tool that works around Apple’s efforts to hold data hostage. Pros: Supports multiple device platforms; frees data including images and tunes Cons: Default licence is only for two Macs

Desktop 8 review: 11111 Parallels,, £64.99, £34.99 upgrade Although it’s more expensive than Fusion 5, Desktop 8 has an edge in 3D performance and in the way it integrates Windows programs into the Mac operating system, so people who need to use Windows software on a regular basis will find that it’s well worth that little bit extra. Pros: Improved performance and ever-tighter integration with the Mac OS Cons: More expensive than Fusion

Fusion 5 review: 11111 VMware,, £39.99 When it comes to the basic task of running Windows on a Mac, then Fusion 5 still performs very well and is easy to use. And, at just £39.99, it’s also the more affordable option than Parallels (above) for people who only need to use Windows software every now and then. Pros: Good performance for routine computing tasks with Windows software; cheaper than Parallels Desktop Cons: Gaming performance could still be improved


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Spotlight By Simon Jary

The Mac That Time Forgot Does Apple give a damn about its professional desktop system?


pple is, for the moment at least, no longer selling the Mac Pro in Europe. Is it annoyed with us non-Californians for still buying BlackBerries or having the temerity to side with Samsung in the patent courts? No, it’s because an amendment to the IEC 60950-1 regulation increases requirements around electrical port protection and the fan guards in the system. Yawn! That’s almost as boring as the Mac Pro itself. Boring? The mighty Mac Pro? How so, you tech traitor? The metal-clad tower system for Mac professionals, who like adding things other than stickers to their computers looks damn cool. It’s a cold aluminium mountain of pure power. It was once heralded as the “Fastest Computer In The History Of The Universe”. You can add two new graphics cards, four hard drives and all sorts to its clinical innards. It boasts Hyper-Threading technology for up to 24 virtual cores, for heaven’s sake. It has more ports than the coast of China, and can pack up to 64GB of RAM. You can take one side off and use it as a sledge. The trouble with the Mac Pro isn’t just the pesky amendment to the IEC 60950-1 regulation, though. The thing that makes the Mac Pro so boring is that it hasn’t really changed for a decade. Back in June 2003, when the iMac still looked like an Anglepoise lamp and the iPod had crappy buttons on the front Apple unveiled the Power Mac G5, which shipped with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther. The G5 marked Apple’s move away from Motorola chips to IBM. Yes, Intel was still an Apple enemy in those days. Steve Jobs looked like a chubby bearded Eric Cantona. Apple had just launched the iTunes Music Store, but Jobs was dismissive of movie downloads:

“We don’t think that’s what people want,” he told Rolling Stone. Busted were riding high in the pop charts, Finding Nemo was in cinemas, the Pope who’s just retired was still a cardinal. Tony Blair and George Bush had only two months earlier toppled (but not captured) Saddam Hussein, concorde was still flying, and one of the Best Actress nominees for this year’s Oscars wasn’t even born. You get the idea. 2003 was a long, long time ago. And Apple’s professional Mac system looked pretty much identical to the one that is still on sale outside of Europe. If looks could kill, the littlechanged Mac Pro is dead already. In terms of technology design, 10 years is equivalent to the time between the Triassic and Cretaceous periods. While it’s true that during that 10 years no other workstation company has designed anything as majestic as the Power Mac G5/Mac Pro, it shows a distinct lack of

If looks could kill, the little-changed Mac Pro is already dead

ambition in Jony Ive and co in sticking with the same design. Even the Mac mini has changed its looks occasionally. Apple probably thought more about the colours of iPod socks than it did about changing its pro desktop Mac. The last time Apple updated the Mac Pro – albeit with Intel’s two-year-old Westmere-EP architecture rather than the newer Xeon E5 – it boldly slapped a “New!” sticker on its image in the Online Store. After getting up the next day and looking at itself in the mirror Apple shamefacedly removed the shiny label. CEO Tim Cook has made a very vague suggestion that Apple will be upgrading its professional desktop sometime later this year. “We’re working on something really great” – not insanely great, just really great. But it’s clear that Apple just isn’t that bothered by its professional users any more – discontinuing Xserve and apparently dumbing down Final Cut Pro. When it dumped the Xserve Apple told users to switch to the more powerful Mac Pro. If Tim’s nod to a major upgrade doesn’t come to pass, then we can expect the iMac to take over professional duties. Yet it took Apple two years to update the iMac in 2012 – but at least it now looks wildly different to the Bondi Blue iMac. Apple no doubt is looking at diminishing Mac Pro sales. But this is a vicious circle. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. Tim and Jony know more than anyone that the less things change, the less likely Apple fans are to buy them.

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