Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 210

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

iPhone 8 call noise

Some customers using an iPhone 8 or an iPhone 8 Plus may report hearing static noise or crackling sounds from their receiver during a phone call.

Apple is aware of this issue, and a software fix is in an upcoming release.

Resolved in iOS11.0.2


Story 2

LG has updated their Software for their UltraFine Monitor

The new screen manager software gives

better control over the audio

upping camera resolution, even in low light

improved USB support on the USB-C ports


Story 3

Three more reports of swollen batteries in iPhone 8 Plus surface, still not statistically significant

Thats 5 out of how many million??


Story 4

Australia Cyber Security

Australia has made it clear it will “deter and respond to unacceptable behaviour in cyberspace” as part of its International Cyber Engagement Strategy, which was launched by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in Sydney on Wednesday.

In her strongly worded speech, Bishop also called out alleged Russian interference in recent elections.

“Just as we have international rules that guide how states behave, and how states should behave towards each other, the international rules-based order that’s been in place for about 70 years, so too must states acknowledge that activities in cyberspace are governed by the same set of rules as military and security activities in traditional domains,” Bishop said.

“Having established a firm foundation of international law and norms, we must now ensure that there are consequences that flow for those who flout the rules,” she said.

“Australia has developed offensive cyber capabilities. We are open about that, and this strategy that I’m launching today provides more detail on how we authorise and use these tools. We put this information on the public record because we want to be clear that our capabilities must be used in accordance with domestic and international law, as well as norms of responsible behaviour.”

Full Story

Story 5

Study: Apple isn’t slowing down your old iPhone

If you buy into the longstanding myth that Apple somehow slows down your older model iPhone in order to coax you into buying one of their newer models, a new study from Futuremark might leave you feeling a little disappointed.

The study tested the performance of various iPhones over a period of about 18 months using the 3DMark benchmarking app. According to the results, an iPhone 5S suffered no decay in GPU or CPU performance over that time. Other models performed similarly.


Story 6

Apple Shares In-Depth Security Info on Face ID in New White Paper and Support Doc

MacRumors reports the support document outlines the way Face ID works, the conditions in which it works – in the dark, with sunglasses, with hats, etc., and how it’s set up, along with security information, including the conditions that will lead to Face ID being disabled:

– The device has just been turned on or restarted.

– The device hasn’t been unlocked for more than 48 hours.

– The passcode hasn’t been used to unlock the device in the last six and a half days and Face ID hasn’t unlocked the device in the last 4 hours.

– The device has received a remote lock command.

– After five unsuccessful attempts to match a face.

– After initiating power off/Emergency SOS by pressing and holding either volume button and the side button simultaneously for 2 seconds.

The Security Paper meanwhile, explains in better detail exactly how the TrueDepth camera and the A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone X work together to accurately identify a face and avoid spoofing.

To counter both digital and physical spoofs, the TrueDepth camera randomises the sequence of 2D images and depth map captures, and projects a device-specific random pattern. A portion of the A11 Bionic chip’s neural engine–protected within the Secure Enclave–transforms this data into a mathematical representation and compares that representation to the enrolled facial data. This enrolled facial data is itself a mathematical representation of your face captured across a variety of poses.

Full Story



Aussie Tech Radio @

Aussie Tech Security Podcast


Aussie Tech Heads Podcast


Apple News ~ Aussie Mac Zone

(remind ~ how to Favourite)

New stories added this week


Story 7

EU takes Ireland to court for not claiming Apple tax windfall

The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) of tax due from Apple Inc (AAPL.O), a move labeled as “regrettable” by Dublin.

The Commission ordered the U.S. tech giant in August 2016 to pay the unpaid taxes as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid, one of a number of deals the EU has targeted between multinationals and usually smaller EU states.

ps they are also claiming Amazon owes Luxembourg 250M Euros



Story 8

A change in High Sierra that through me for a sec

When printing and choosing “share”

still says Save as PDF BUT now says Send in Mail, used to be Mail PDF


How to 1

Apple makes it easier than ever to free up space on your iPhone and iPad


Within a new “iPhone/iPad Storage” menu in the Settings app, iOS 11 includes a “Recommendations” section highlighting options like offloading photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library, or wiping the Photos app’s “Recently Deleted” album. Another common solution will automatically remove unused apps when a device is running low on room, while preserving connected data and files.

The Messages app alone has a few recommendations, namely deleting large attachments and conversations, or setting old content to delete after a year. Later this fall, iOS 11 will be updated to allow storing and syncing of iCloud messages and attachments in the cloud.


How To 2 – this weeks tech call out

Safari iOS tricks

some long press tricks – some you may know

long press Reader

choose the domain to ONLY read in Reader view

long press Reload

choose Request Desktop Site

long press an Image

save it to your Library

long press link on webpage

shows the full address and choices how to open

long press Add Tab Button

to view Recently Closed Tabs

try and find some more!

High Sierra Special Trick

unformatted disks not showing in High Sierra Disk Utility

Select Show All Devices from the View menu

Quit Disk Utility

Open Disk Utility

Reminder ~ Apple bag for dirty laundry when travelling

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