Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 309

Show 309 – November 04, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

A bit of Random Music News to start the show

The New Selina Gomez music clip was shot on iPhone 11 Pro


I got a wifi enabled Australian PowerBoard the other day and have now found an app that talks to it using Siri.  It was a bit of an unusual setup but now I can say Hey You Office AC on or off for 4 devices individually.

I will do a write up after I have tested a week or two.


Story 2

Apple TV+

It appears the launch has gone off without a hitch!

I got a message, Saturday afternoon, on my iPhone to remind me that AppleTV+ had launched and as I had made a qualifying purchase recently I could get 12 months free.

AND I got to watch Peanuts again, this time with my Grandkids!

Also my wife and I watched Dickinson Episode 1, excellent. We are looking forward to watching all the first series episodes.  


Story 3

AirPods Pro Released

AU$399.00, and you can have their case engraved, just like the old iPod days.

AU$49.00 for AppleCare+, that’s a bargain.

Done AirPods Amateur, as I heard the called on another Podcast, are still available for AU$319 or AU$249 for the non-wireless charging version.

All the reviews over the weekend are glowing.  Especially for users who have issues normally with Noise Cancelling or pressure build up in the ear using plug style headphones.



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#2Apple Arcade has 5 new games to play: Monomals, Mosaic, Star Fetched and more

Players can now check out Mega Mini Party, Monomals, Mosaic, Jumper Jon and Star Fetched as part of Apple Arcade’s growing catalog of games. The games are available on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV to start, with content slowly coming to the Mac as well.

Apple Arcade has 5 new games to play: Monomals, Mosaic, Star Fetched, Jumper Jon and Super Mega Mini Party

The first we’ll talk about is


In this colourful, family-friendly game, you play as an animal DJ — a Retro Rabbit, Funky Frog or Techno Tiger — whose goal is to catch underwater creatures called Monomals by playing music into the ocean. Use your deep water fishing gear, create your own music and listen to your playlists during your fishing adventures. Play 21 courses with dozens of challenges, collectibles and power-ups. 


Star Fetched

Star Fetched is about Rhys Randall, a young space-adventurer who’s teleported to a distant solar system to help defend against an oncoming alien invasion. Equipped with only his spacesuit and low-powered gun, Rhys must devise a plan to build a ship, explore nearby planets and help save the solar system in danger. This adventure sci-fi includes elements of exploration and RPG.




More than 200 teams have battled it out in a marathon e-sports tournament over three weeks that culminated in a grand final in Sydney on Saturday night in front of hundreds of fans and millions more watching from home.

The final battle came down to Team Immunity going up against Team Justice, with the event — held at Carriageworks in Redfern — featuring some of the nation’s best PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gamers (PUBG).

Despite a big win for Team Justice in the first game, Team Immunity eventually came out on top, with the four-person squad taking home a prize valued at $30,000 — which included an all-expenses paid trip to the PUBG Global Championship Grand Finals in California later this month.

OK ha ha ha ha ha ha Hundreds of spectators watched the teams go head-to-head in the arena and according to Twitch TV, more than 33 million viewed a live stream of the PUBG tournament online, and numbers like that is no laughing matter!


Story 4

You remember we talked about Ryan Kaji the other day

Well Cult of Mac have a video course “The Become a Professional YouTuber Bundle” for US$29.

That’s 8 courses and 113 lessons.

BUT only 3 days remaining! And no this is not a paid ad.


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Story 5

Apple also released the Quarterly Financial Results last week 

WOW  In its earnings release, Apple announced revenue of $64 billion and profit of $13.69 billion.

Tim Cook said about the earnings:~

“We concluded a groundbreaking fiscal 2019 with our highest Q4 revenue ever, fuelled by accelerating growth from Services, Wearables and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “With customers and reviewers raving about the new generation of iPhones, today’s debut of new, noise-cancelling AirPods Pro, the hotly-anticipated arrival of Apple TV+ just two days away, and our best lineup of products and services ever, we’re very optimistic about what the holiday quarter has in store.”

Apple earnings by product


$33.36 billion: iPhone 

$12.5 billion: Services 

$6.99 billion: Mac 

$6.52 billion: Wearables, Home, and Accessories 

$4.66 billion: iPad 

Thanks for telling me how I feel


Story 6

Apple planning more support and resources for developers using Mac Catalyst

macOS Catalina launched earlier this month, bringing the new Mac Catalyst platform to the masses.  makes it easier for developers to bring their iPad apps to the Mac, but some developers have faced challenges doing so. In a new statement to CNET, however, Apple says that it is learning a lot as more developers adopt Catalyst.

Todd Benjamin, Apple’s macOS product marketing director, says that the goal of Catalyst is to give iPad app developers “a huge head start” when coming to the Mac ecosystem. In conjunction with that, Catalyst also opens up new opportunities for users. Benjamin explains:


Story 7 

Apple ‘Look Around’ cars to be deployed around Australia for new mapping platform

A fleet of vehicles will this month take to the streets of five Australian cities capturing still images that will eventually end up in Apple Maps as representations of an area in the new “Look Around” feature of the company’s mapping platform.

If you’re thinking this sounds familiar – it does. Back in 2008 Google started driving cars around Australian cities and towns. A year after, the launch of Google Street View.

Today, it’s almost accepted that within a map on Google or within the Google Maps app you can zoom in and virtually stand on the street to work out which shop is which and help find your way to your destination.

Apple cars deployed around Australia for new mapping platform


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