Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 208

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/21/ios_11_screws_up_outlook/

It is suggested that those of you wishing to upgrade wait for the next release.

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Story 2

AppleTV 4K

WHEN Tim Cook announced that the new Apple TV would support 4K video, he followed up by saying iTunes customers who had already purchased movies would receive a free upgrade to the Ultra HD picture quality.

But now, as the first batch of the new Apple TV hits store shelves around the world, it has come to light that this upgrade isn’t quite so straightforward.

As it turns out, Apple TV will only be able to display 4K video via streaming, according to a support document recently put out by the tech giant.

So even if you have purchased and own a 4K version of a movie, you’ll only be able to access it in its fullest hi-def version when your Apple TV is connected to a high-speed Wi-Fi connection.

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Story 3

iTunes Store doubles movie rental playback time to 48 hours

Apple has slowly been improving the movie rental experience on iTunes this year as it focuses on revenue growth from services. Back in March, Apple introduced a new ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ feature that removed a playback restriction for viewing rentals on different devices. Now, Apple has doubled the amount of time you’re allowed to play a rental after you start watching.

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Story 4

IKEA riffs on Apple slogans to promote furniture with built-in wireless charging

Swedish furniture company Ikea has been building Qi wireless chargers into some of its furniture since 2015, but with the iPhone 8 and upcoming iPhone X creating a big new market, it has chosen a clever/cheeky way to make Apple fans take note.

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Story 5

iPhone 8 faster than a Core i5 13-inch MacBook Pro in Geekbench; leaves Samsung S8 for dead

We noted in our iPhone 8 review that the Geekbench scores of the new iPhone were equivalent to a MacBook Pro.

Put simply, the iPhone 8 lineup has a MacBook Pro Intel level processor inside.

Fresh tests provide a direct comparison to prove the point – and show the astonishing performance lead the iPhone 8 has over Samsung’s flagship devices in a real-life video editing task

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How to 1

Toggling Bluetooth and WiFi in iOS 11 Control Centre DOES NOT turn them off

Apples support document explains

In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Centre, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use these important features:

AirDrop

AirPlay

Apple Pencil

Apple Watch

Continuity features, like Handoff and Instant Hotspot

Instant Hotspot

Location Services

You can of course switch off both forms of connectivity in Settings, or toggle on Airplane Mode if you also want to disable mobile service.

One other peculiarity, even if you switch off in Settings, Apple switches both radio systems back on at 5am. Maybe because people forget they’ve switched it off and then can’t understand why a device won’t connect the next day?

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How To 2 – this weeks tech call out

Slow printing dialogue box

One of my customers had an unusual issue this week.

If a HP Plan Printer was selected as the default printer the Dialogue Box, when you press CMD-P, would show the spinning wheel for ages and ages, the print perfect.

If we choose the laser printer as the default printer the Dialogue Box would appear immediately. The you could select the HP and print normally – this was about 5 times faster than waiting for the spinning wheel to stop.

I could not see any reason for this in activity monitor, and all printer drivers are up to date.

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