Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 333

Show 333 – May 4, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael                     


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Again this week a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the people around Australia and the globe keeping us going!!!

May the 4th be with you. Thanks to Disney!

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Money Money Money

Total Revenue Grows, Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High of $13.3 Billion


April 30, 2020 — Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 second quarter ended March 28, 2020. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58.3 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.55, up 4 percent. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Despite COVID-19’s unprecedented global impact, we’re proud to report that Apple grew for the quarter, driven by an all-time record in Services and a quarterly record for Wearables,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “In this difficult environment, our users are depending on Apple products in renewed ways to stay connected, informed, creative, and productive.

We feel motivated and inspired to not only keep meeting these needs in innovative ways, but to continue giving back to support the global response, from the tens of millions of face masks and custom-built face shields we’ve sent to medical professionals around the world, to the millions we’ve donated to organisations like Global Citizen and America’s Food Fund.”

“We are proud of our Apple teams around the world and how resilient our business and financial performance has been during these challenging times,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO.

“Our active installed base of devices reached an all-time high in all of our geographic segments and all major product categories.

We also generated operating cash flow of $13.3 billion during the quarter, up $2.2 billion over a year ago. We are confident in our future and continue to make significant investments in all areas of our business to enrich our customers’ lives and support our long-term plans — including our five-year commitment to contribute $350 billion to the United States economy.”

Apple’s board  has also authorised an increase of $50 billion to the existing share repurchase program.


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While on the subject of money ~ Westpac becomes last of the ‘big four’ banks in Australia to launch Apple Pay support

9to5Mac tells us ~ The final of the “big four” banks in Australia has officially enabled Apple Pay support today. As reported by ZDNet, Westpac customers can now add their eligible credit or debit card to Apple Pay.

Westpac’s Apple Pay support extends to all Mastercard debit and credit cards, as well as Eftpos Handycard. Westpac executives say that Apple Pay comes at a crucial time for customers, as they are looking for an alternative to cash amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are pleased to announce that Westpac customers can now use Apple Pay to make fast and secure payments. This comes at an important time for our customers, who are looking for an alternative to cash,” Westpac Group chief executive of consumer David Lindberg said.

Lindberg added that Westpac has already seen a n increase in customers using digital banking due to COVID-19, and Apple Pay adoption will only further increase that:


Gaming #1 ~


This game could be amazing if it didn’t glitch out all the time and freeze up.

The storyline was cool, I liked the graphics, sound was good, it just kept freezing mid game. 

Which makes it real sucky. 

2 out of 5 apples because I actually like the idea of the game!


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Apple TV Channels lets you choose what you want to watch, here’s every option

Apple TV Channels is a feature in Apple’s TV app that allows you subscribe to streaming services directly in the TV app. This comes with several benefits, such as billing through Apple and the ability to easily drop and add subscriptions.

The feature first launched back in April, and Apple has been adding new services on a regular basis since then.

The Apple TV app is available on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Its purpose is to aggregate content from various third-party streaming services, as well as the iTunes Store. Apple’s goal is to make the TV app a one-stop-shop for all of your streaming video needs.

Apple TV Channels are streaming services that you can buy and stream directly in the TV app. For instance, you can subscribe to Showtime through Apple TV Channels. If you do so, all billing is handled through Apple itself and the video is hosted by Apple. This means you watch it directly in the TV app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV.

There are also third-party apps that integrate with the TV app, but that are not Apple TV Channels. For instance, content from Hulu and Disney+ will appear in your “Up Next” queue, but you’ll be kicked out to the appropriate app to watch the content.

Since its initial launch, this feature has expanded widely to include more content across different genres and categories. Here is the current list of available Channels.

Moonbug Kids

10 All Access


Smithsonian CHANNEL PLUS



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Apple shares behind the scenes look at music production on MacBook Pro with Grammy-nominated Oak Felder

Apple has shared a new video today on its YouTube channel taking a look behind the scenes at how Grammy-nominated Oak Felder approaches music production, how his MacBook Pro is important to his workflow, and more.

The new almost seven-minute video offers a neat look at how Felder thinks and feels about music production.

The sounds you collect are like experiences and just like experiences those sounds make up the personality of your music, I really believe that.

He also talked about how important it is for him to have quick access to all his production tools on his MacBook Pro and that it means he can easily pop into any studio at any time to work with an artist on the spot.

Later he shared how he defines a producer’s job:

Later he shared how he defines a producer’s job:

You know what man, I think a producer’s job is to be a mirror for the artist. I’m supposed to reflect back what I get from them.

Check out the full behind the scenes video below:

Follow hit-making, Grammy-nominated songwriter and music producer Oak Felder as he creates a new song. Along the way, he speaks about music production, creating his own unique sound, working with the world’s top artists, and what it means for young artists to have access to powerful technology.




Entertainment #3 ~ 

NRMA Members

Can get MUVINOW  rented movies from just $3.99.

Also 30 day trial and 50% iwonder subscription.  iwonder is a documentary channel.

Also, if your are into Jazz.

You can watch / listen to JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER PLAYS MILES DAVIS thanks to a link on a Blog Post

watch / listen enjoy


Reminder this week we are bought to you  by



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Valve abandons Mac support for Steam virtual reality platform

Cult of Mac reports ~ With little fanfare and few details, Valve Corporation said Friday it has ended SteamVR support for the Mac to concentrate its efforts on more financially viable platforms like Windows and Linux.

The news comes as recent surveys show the acceptance of the platform by macOS users below 5%.

The blunt, 14-word sentence on the Steam Community website simple read:

“SteamVR has ended OSX support so our team can focus on Windows and Linux.”

The statement went on to say, “We recommended that OSX users continue to opt into the SteamVR [macos] branches for access to legacy builds.”

Valve says legacy builds of the virtual reality platform will remain accessible for OS X users by right-clicking on SteamVR in Steam and selecting Properties, followed by Betas.

Apple announced SteamVR was coming to the Mac at its Worldwide Developers Conference in 2017. Since then, Cupertino has done little to put its weight behind the platform. Late last year, a report indicated that Apple would partner with Valve to develop its first augmented reality headset. As of late, other reports say Apple is working to create its own AR/VR technology.

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Disney claims media rights to all #MayThe4th replies to one Tweet

Slash Gear reports ~ The official Disney+ Twitter account suggested that Star Wars fans could celebrate the next big holiday with the biggest brand in the galaxy. “Celebrate the Saga,” they said, “Reply with your favourite #StarWars memory and you may see it somewhere special on #MayThe4th.” The followed up to this message with a bit of lawyer language.

The follow-up message saw more replies than the original, as the idea that it’d hold up in any legal sense seemed utterly absurd to the masses. “By sharing your message with us using #MayThe4th,” said the account, “you agree to our use of the message and your account name in all media and our terms of use here:”

The internet is an odd place when it comes to legal disputes over what constitutes common knowledge and a reasonable attempt to inform a party of their intent. In this case, the team behind the Disney+ account seemed to imply that they had the right to capture messages Tweeted with the hashtag #MayThe4th, then to share those messages anywhere outlined by their Disney Terms of Use webpage listing.

UPDATE: The official Disney+ Twitter account followed up to the original “legal language” Tweet with a clarification of sorts. They suggested that “The above legal language applies ONLY to replies to this tweet using #MayThe4th and mentioning @DisneyPlus. These replies may appear in something special on May the 4th!”

It could be something neat – there might be a video posted to an official Star Wars YouTube page. They might make something that’ll appear on Disney+, in the form of a video on the streaming service. They might print up a bunch of screenshots of your Tweet and drop them from an airplane over the Atlantic Ocean – really, they’ve opened up the door for a whole lot of anything.


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Apple Stores in Australia  will reopen in 1 to 2 weeks.

When Apple reopens, it will do so with safety measures similar to those proven successful in China and South Korea. Locations may offer reduced operating hours. Hand sanitiser will be available for customers.

Social distancing will be encouraged, and health screenings may be mandatory at the door. 

Customers are encouraged to shop online if possible instead of browsing in-person.

Today at Apple sessions will not resume for the foreseeable future.



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