Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 339

Show 339 – June 15, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael Special Guest Mason Kerr



Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~ 

Apple reveals lineup for its biggest-ever Worldwide Developers Conference

WWDC20 to include keynote address, Platforms State of the Union, 100+ engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers, and more.

Now in its 31st year, WWDC20 will be the biggest WWDC to date, bringing together the global Apple developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented, virtual way, from 22 to 26 June PDT. 

Apple today shared the WWDC20 lineup, including keynote and Platforms State of the Union timing, and information on how developers can learn about the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and engage with Apple engineers.


Special Event Keynote ~ 22 June, 3.00a.m. AEST.

Discover exciting new innovations and updates coming to all Apple platforms later this year. The keynote address will stream directly from Apple Park via, the Apple Developer app, the Apple Developer website, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, and will also be available for on-demand playback after the conclusion of the stream. 

For viewers in China, the keynote will also stream on Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili, and Youku.

Platforms State of the Union ~ 22 June, 7.00am AEST.

Hear directly from Apple engineering leaders as they dive deeper into the latest advances across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. State of the Union will be available on demand via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.

It will also be available for playback on Tencent, iQIYI, Bilibili and YouKu for viewers in China.

100+ Engineering Sessions ~ 23 to 26 June PDT

Starting 23 June PDT, developers will have the ability to learn how to build the next generation of apps with more than 100 technical and design-focused sessions helmed by Apple engineers. Videos will be posted each day at 7.00am AEST and will be available in the Apple Developer app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as on the Apple Developer website.

All-New Apple Developer Forums ~ Redesign coming 18 June PDT

The all-new Apple Developer Forums will connect the developer community with more than 1,000 Apple engineers to answer questions and engage in technical discussions. Starting the first day of WWDC, anyone can search and view the forum discussions to follow along, and Apple Developer Program members will be able to post their own questions and learn directly from Apple experts.

1-on-1 Developer Labs (by appointment) ~ 23 to 26 June

Developers will be able to request an appointment with the Apple engineers who helped build the latest advances in Apple platforms, offering one-on-one technical guidance and in-depth details on how to implement new features. Developer Labs will be open to Apple Developer Program members as space is available.

On 16 June, Apple will celebrate student developers from all over the world with the announcement of finalists in the Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for students of all ages to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground.

Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app where additional WWDC20 information will be shared ahead of 22 June PDT.


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With coronavirus shutting art galleries, Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets Perth’s Nathan Beard stage a virtual exhibition

The gates are open at paradise isle Slovetzia and guests will be flying in shortly — assuming their internet connection holds up — for the first Australian art exhibition staged within video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

In one flick of his star wand our host, artist Nathan Beard, transforms his avatar Né Né — his alter ego in the game — into an “arty Beatnik” replete with black beret, turtleneck and John Lennon teashade-style sunglasses.

One after another, chartered Dodo Airlines seaplanes begin their descent into Slovetzia, where Né Né is exuberantly waving and welcoming his incoming visitors for an artist-led tour.

This is the second time Beard has staged his exhibition, titled White Gilt 2.0. The first time, at Sydney’s Firstdraft gallery, closed in mid-March — just 12 days after opening — due to national coronavirus lockdowns.

Then on March 20, Animal Crossing: New Horizons (AC:NH) launched on Nintendo’s Switch console. Within six weeks the game sold 13.4 million copies worldwide.

Self-isolated at home in March, with all future projects indefinitely paused, feeling anxious and precarious, Beard decided to swap his art studio for the alternate reality of AC:NH.

This month, as national collecting institutions open their doors, Beard will instead be guiding groups of up to six Animal Crossing players at a time — with narration via Zoom — around the virtual world where he has recreated White Gilt 2.0 as White Gilt 2.5.

to learn more


Gaming #1 ~ with Special Guest Mason Kerr

Fledgling Heroes,

Such a great beginner game.  I had my five-year-old playing it over the weekend.  I couldn’t believe how kid friendly they made this! all the instructions talked through making the game almost interactive.  understand how to play is just so easy. After five levels they start to teach you how to code. Your now building your own levels downloading onto the, wait it is interactive!games “lab”for other kids to play the boys had a blast playing this and even more fun building the level they made. 4 apples with a few bits out of the a left on the tv unit for later. 


Gaming #2 ~ 


So first things first this is a CAPCOM game so it has to be good right? 


Its great. 

Apple and CAPCOM have teamed up to make an epic adventure game.

The world has flooded and been covered in ice forcing us into the depths.

You have to search for minerals, air tools and any sort of upgrade you can make to help you while you go deeper into the deepest of the obese. 

I am enjoying playing this game. I can’t wait to see what more I can find. 


Entertainment #1 ~ pic 

Apple to premiere the feature film “Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks, setting sail globally on July 10

This highly anticipated film to debut exclusively on Apple TV+

Apple today unveiled that “Greyhound,” an inspiring, action-packed film starring and written by Tom Hanks stars as a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II.

For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as “the Black Pit,” battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers.

“Greyhound” is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with Great Britain and the Allied Forces. 

Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. “Greyhound” was written by Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.

Apple landed the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” a Playtone Production from Sony Pictures/Stage Six Films, following COVID-19 theatre closures.



Entertainment #2 –

I have been enjoying Post Modern Jukebox on Youtube

One of them has Wayne Brady from who’s line is it anyway singing a 1930s jazz version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller



Entertainment #3 ~ 

We discussed other shows we have been watching on YouTube, etc



How To #1 ~ 

How to recover your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document password

MAC 911 ~ For extra security, you can set a password for a Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document in macOS. With the file open, choose File > Set Password. But what if you forget that password? This is common if you have a Mac with Touch ID and rely on your finger to bypass entering whatever secret you set. 

The app stores the password in your Mac’s keychain for later reference. If you either forget the password or shift the document to a computer without Touch ID, you can recover the password from your keychain:

        1. 1.Open Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access.
        2. 2.Search for the document’s name. You can also look for its entry in the list; it will be labeled as an “iWork Document Password.” (iWork was Apple’s original name for its productivity suite.)
        3. 3.Double-click the entry.
        4. 4.Check the Show Password box.
        5. 5.When prompted, enter your account password. This reveals the password in the Show Password field.
        6. 6.You can copy that or keep it in eyesight as you change or remove the password in your document.

Here are a couple of big provisos about using a password:

        1. 1.If you haven’t stored the password in your keychain, you can’t recover it.
        2. 2.If you transfer the document to another computer without migrating the keychain, don’t remember the password, and no longer have access to the first Mac, it’s also unrecoverable.


Story 3 ~ 

Again, I love Forgotten Australia Podcast

Sunday nights ABC News had a feature about some school kids that have created a Podcast called Grow Your Mind

The Grow Your Mind Podcast – Brain boggling facts, animals on walkie talkies and how broccoli and friendship have more in common than you think.

Hosted by an entertaining class of 12 year old students, The Grow Your Mind Podcast uses storytelling, interviews and humour to increase children’s understanding of their mental health and ways to be resilient.

So download free episode-themed colouring-in sheets and relax while you listen to topics exploring gratitude, healthy friendships, courage, benefit mindset, the importance of movement and hope!

Here’s a link to a page aimed at students to help explain mindfulness


Story 4 ~

Apple Announces iTunes U and iBooks Author Will Be Discontinued 

MacStories reports ~ Last week through two new support pages that have been posted on Apple’s website, the company announced that iTunes U will be discontinued at the end of 2021 and iBooks Author will become unavailable much sooner: on July 1, 2020.

While both announcements are noteworthy since they concern software with long histories, signs of these moves have been visible for years. iTunes U has received minimal investment of late as Apple has redirected resources to its Classroom and Schoolwork platforms. iBooks Author, similarly, has grown stagnant as many of its features have made their way into recent Pages updates.

Apple is recommending that publishers of public iTunes U content move their content over to Apple Podcasts or Apple Books, as appropriate. Private content, on the other hand, is better suited for moving to Schoolwork.

iBooks Author won’t receive any more updates and will become unavailable for download altogether as of July 1. Anyone who already owns the app will be able to continue using it, but Apple encourages everyone to move book creation to Pages.


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12 things I learned by switching from the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra to the $399 iPhone SE

PCWorld explains ~ It’s been a long time since I used a phone with a 4.8-inch screen and a home button for more than a few minutes. But when the iPhone SE arrived on my doorstep last month, I popped the SIM out of the Galaxy S20 Ultra and stepped back into 2016.

Update 6/13: Added two new observations about switching.

After the initial shock—which was initially like leaping from a luxury car to a motor scooter—I settled in and immediately began to learn some important things about Android vs. iOS. I knew the camera would be way better on the Galaxy S20 Ultra so you won’t find any shootouts here, but such a drastic switch made the two phones’ strengths and weaknesses crystal-clear, and in some cases painfully so.

Size doesn’t really matter

Over the past however many years, we’ve come to equate bigger with better when it comes to phones, whether it’s the S20 Ultra or the iPhone 11 Pro Max. I thought that moving from a 6.9-inch phone to a 4.7-inch one would be torture.

I was wrong. There were fewer tweets in my feed and more scrolling while reading, but it was an acceptable trade-off to enjoy true one-handed operation. The SE has shown me that it’s really not so bad to go back to a sub-6-inch display, especially with such a reasonable price tag. When I pick up the S20 Ultra now, it feels comically large and heavy.

Apps on Android are simply inferior

Size might not matter, but speed does. As I do with every new phone, the first thing I did on the iPhone SE was install a dozen or so apps that I use on a regular basis: Slack, Ring, Twitter, Chrome, and a handful of others. While they’re all essentially the same on both platforms, the user experience on iOS is across-the-board better. Even if you don’t use Apple’s apps, apps on iOS are faster, menus are smarter, and navigation is more intuitive on iOS, even with some of Google’s own apps. I might be gaining a lot more screen with the S20 Ultra, but there’s little point when the apps don’t know what to do with it.

An always-on display is a necessity in 2020

Apple doesn’t even offer an always-on display option for its OLED phones, so I wasn’t surprised that the LCD-based iPhone SE doesn’t have one. But man, do I miss it. It’s most glaring when I want to check time in the middle of the night, but it’s equally annoying at work when I glance over to see a blank screen a few seconds too late after a notification appears.

The right haptics make everything better

On the iPhone SE, they’re an extension of the hardware and a subtle blending of the physical and digital worlds. Roll your eyes all you want, but the haptics and Haptic Touch on the iPhone SE elevate the system in a way Android phones just don’t.

The Phone SE’s awesome speed is more than the chip

The iPhone SE is getting a lot of praise for its speed and rightfully so. It’s as fast as the iPhone 11 Pro and faster than the fastest Android phones, but the phone’s speed is more than benchmarks. Even when you’re not using an app, iOS is smarter, quicker, and more intuitive than Android. Need to fill in a password? Just tap the key icon, and you can quickly access your password manager or managers of choice. Taking a screenshot? After you edit or share, you’ll get a prompt asking if you want to delete it. Want to silence your phone? Flip the switch on the side. Yes, you can find some of these things on Android phones, but altogether they make the iPhone feel like a complete package that’s optimised and accelerated.



Story 6 ~ Pic 

Apple announces $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative

Macworld ~ In addition to announcing scheduling details for its WWDC starting on June 22, Apple on Thursday revealed that it has created the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative with a $100 million commitment. In a video statement released on his Twitter feed, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “The initiative will challenge the systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity that exists for communities of colour and particularly for the black community, with special focus on issues of education, economic equality, and criminal justice reform.”

Cook also announced that Apple will be holding a new Developer Entrepreneurial Camp for black developers. Cook prefaced the camp announcement with a mention of WWDC, but details for anyone interested in the camp have yet to be released.

Cook said that the company could do more to hire from under-presented groups and that Apple will also be “taking significant new steps on diversity and inclusion.”


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