It’s that wonderful time of year where the gift of giving is in abundance, and whether you’re on the giving or receiving end, we’ve plenty ideas to make the most of your Christmas hauls packed into issue 102. There’s more about all of that below, but needless to say, as ever we’ve packed all manner of reviews, news and tutorials as well as an excellent cover disc featuring some great tutorials and resources into this month’s mag.
Whether you’re taking advantage of the ability to gift apps, or you’ve found yourself flush with iTunes and App Store gift cards this festive season, you’ll undoubtedly want to see what you can apps you can get for your virtual dollar. With that in mind, we’ve put together our definitive guide to the 50 best iOS apps and some of the most amazing Mac apps to ever grace the app store. There’s a wide range of apps on offer in both features, ranging from games to digital gadgets, and we’ve even thrown in a few of our personal favourites for good measure. Consider it the ultimate buyer’s guides to the best digital stores on the planet.
If you wake up on Christmas Day to a new Mac, you know you’ve been good all year, but if you want to be good when it comes to using your Mac, you may want to check out our ’30 Lion Lessons’ feature. We’re going back to school with this one, taking you through some of the most essential pieces of advice we can give you when it comes to getting going with your Mac. Even if you’ve had you machine for years, there’s bound to be a tip or two amongst this feature that you’ve never heard of and, who knows, it could just change the way you work – for the better!
Finally, we’ve got a five-page guide to creating a perfect iPhoto calendar, which could provide you with an ideal last-minute Christmas gift for friends or loved ones. Apple will even deliver it to your door so you can beat that Christmas Eve rush in retain outlets across the country. Personalised calendars are gift that keeps on giving, they last all year and the lucky recipient will conveniently need a new one right around this time in 2012. You’ll never be stuck for present ideas again.
Consider this issue our gift to you this festive season.
P.S. Here’s a Christmas gift guide tip from us: If you want to really treat that Apple-loving, creative in your life, why not grab them an iCreate subscription? For a pinch over £25 you’ll give them the beautiful gift of six issues of the best Magazine for Mac, iPhone and iPads delivered to their door way before it hits the shelves in your local store. It saves a snow-filled trip to the shops and will certainly guarantee you stay on their Christmas card list for at least another year.
P.P.S. Did you know we’re also on Apple’s Newsstand? You can buy subscriptions (and single issues, including back issues) on there too!