Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 305

Show 305 – October 7, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

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Apple Stores open registration for The Big Draw Festival sessions

Apple is encouraging people to get in touch with their artistic side, by holding free art sessions at Apple Stores throughout October, in celebration of The Big Draw Festival.—slid-cAbMhO4I–today%20at%20apple-e-product-&mtid=18707vxu38484&aosid=p238&pgrid=40952123645&AnonymizeIP=set


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Hot on the heals of the 13.1.1 update was 13.1.2

iOS 13.1.2

iOS 13.1.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone.
This update:

    • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup
    • Fixes an issue where Camera may not work
    • Addresses an issue where the flashlight may not activate
    • Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data
    • Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod
    • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles

iPadOS 13.1.2

iPadOS 13.1.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPad. This update:

  • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup
  • Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod


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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Service Program for No Power Issues

Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on due to a component that may fail. This issue only affects devices within a limited serial number range that were manufactured between October 2018 to August 2019.

If you believe you have experienced this issue, please use the serial number checker below to see if your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus is eligible for repair, free of charge.

Go to this link and enter your serial number.

While we are on the subject of Apple Exchange and Repair Extension Programs

Screen Replacement Program for Aluminium Models of Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3

Apple has determined that, under very rare circumstances, a crack may form along the rounded edge of the screen in aluminium models of an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3. The crack may begin on one side and then may continue around the screen.

Apple or an Apple Authorised Service Provider will replace the screen on eligible Apple Watch units that exhibit this type of crack, free of charge.

Eligible Models

Models eligible for this program at this link.

Basically any Aluminium sold between September 2016 and September 2019


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The Verge reports ~ Apple News Plus is now available in the UK and Australia

In it’s first global expansion of the News+ app

Today, Apple announced that Apple News Plus, its premium news subscription service, is now available in the UK for £9.99 a month and in Australia for $14.99 a month. It’s the first expansion of the service since its March launch; previously, it had only been available in the US and Canada.

The service seems to be exactly the same as it is in the US and Canada; while Apple does highlight major British publications such as The Times, FourFourTwo, and Empire and notable Australian publications such as The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, and Australian Geographic in its press materials, US and Canadian subscribers can already access those too.

Still, it’s a notable expansion for the service, which has had something of a rocky start.


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So I went to IKEA on the weekend with the family mostly for lunch. While I was there I want to have a look at the new Symfonisk lamp and speaker I wanted have a play with it and just check if it was worth the $269 it was advertised for. 

What I found was a great product that can be used in any room in the house it’s especially good for the kids with the lamp it gives that needed light in the room with also being able to play an audiobook or podcast for the kids to fall asleep to. 

The sound Quality was fantastic so I guess I’m saying I think it’s worth the $269 dollars they want for it. 

I would use it as a reading lamp an alarm clock and speakers for podcasts in my room. 

I could also use another on in the living room for mood lighting and just playing music while I clean. 

Ikea say this about it online. 

This table lamp with speaker has a rich and vibrant sound that fills the entire room and allows you to create the right atmosphere at home.

•The table lamp with speaker is a collaboration between IKEA and Sonos, so it easily integrates with other products from Sonos.

•You can stream music, podcasts and radio via WiFi without interruptions from phone calls or notifications. The music keeps playing even when your phone or tablet is not around.

•Supports all of the major music streaming subscription services.

•You can control each speaker individually, so you can play music in one room while the children are listening to an audiobook in another one, or play the same sound throughout the home.

•Compatible with Airplay 2 so you can stream audio directly from your Apple devices.

•If you want stereo sound, you can buy two identical speakers.

•You can use two identical speakers as rear speakers for a Sonos home theatre system.

Additional information

Turning off the light with the knob does not turn off the speaker.

The speaker’s features will be enhanced through continuous software updates.

To control this AirPlay 2-enabled speaker, iOS 11.4 or later is required.

You control the speaker with the Sonos app.


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Amazon now has

More to love about Alexa

They now have an

Echo Dot with Clock

Echo Studio Speaker – Dolby Atmos

All-new Echo

Echo Wall Clock


Echo Input – a mic to your sound system

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)

Echo Show 5

Echo Plus – built in Zigbee hub

Echo Sub

Echo Link – add streaming to your sound system

Echo Link Amp – Alexa with a 2 Channel 60W amp


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Apple Have Acquired Motion Capture Company IKinema

IKinema offers animation technology that’s used for games, virtual reality, and more. Earlier this year, for example, IKinema partnered with Ubisoft for IKinema’s RunTime software for character creation. IKinema specialised in technology that allowed for real-time motion animation of virtual characters. 

Based on details from IKinema’s mostly defunct website, the company considers itself a specialist in real-time procedural animation and whole body solving technology. IKinema has several videos on YouTube showing off its technology creating animated characters from real-life people, dogs, and more.


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