Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 355

Show 355 – October 05, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael                  


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1

Apple adds Greg Joswiak to leadership webpage, lists Phil Schiller as ‘Apple Fellow’ 

appleinsider reports ~ Apple on Friday updated its leadership webpage to reflect Greg Joswiak’s replacement of Phil Schiller as Worldwide Marketing head, as well as to note Schiller’s new role of “Apple Fellow.”

The Cupertino tech giant announced in August that Phil Schiller would be transitioned out of his role as SVP of Worldwide Marketing and replaced by Joswiak. As “Apple Fellow,” Schiller will continue to lead the App Store and Apple events, but will no longer oversee Apple’s marketing team.

On its updated leadership page, Joswiak is now listed as Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, while Schiller is the only one on Apple’s executive leadership team to carry the title of “Apple Fellow.”

In August, Schiller confirmed that he is not leaving Apple and that he would remain with the company “as long as they will have me.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in August that Joswiak’s “many years of leadership in the Product Marketing organisation make him perfectly suited to this new role and will ensure a seamless transition at a moment when the team is engaged in such important and exciting work.”


Story 2 ~ PICS

Because we are running late again

We can report Apple is having and event NEXT WEEK.

It is expected to be releasing / announcing 4 x new iPhones.

On a more somber note it is 9 years since the passing of Steve Jobs!

May he Rest in Peace, or Rock On in the Afterlife!


Gaming #1 ~

Monster expedition, 

I know had a quick chat about this game last week. 

But I had only gotten through a couple of islands. 

So I’m here to say the map on this game is huge!!! I can’t say this loud enough. 

The puzzle levels really get your brain jumping! 

I’ve watched tutorials on how to get to islands I honestly didn’t even know that were there. 

If you like these sort of puzzle games. 

Then this game has you in mind. I think this is in my top three games on arcade. 4.78 apples out of 5. 


Gaming #2 ~ 

Apple planning Arcade titles to rival ‘Breath of the Wild’, ‘A14X-like’ TV

iMore reported ~ Twitter leaker Fudge says that Apple is pouring “big money” into Apple Arcade and that it has titles in the works to rival the likes of ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.’

In a Tweet Fudge stated:

Apple Arcade is getting BIG money poured into it. There are currently titles in the works that are aiming to rival the likes of Breath of the Wild, which is why new A12X/Z AppleTV, “A14X-like” AppleTV, and Controller are in the works.

Some games will require A13 and up to run

Fudge has a limited but extremely accurate track record of Apple leaks, including first looks at key iOS features. There’s plenty to glean from this Apple Arcade rumour, all of it plausible and testament to Apple’s continued commitment to investing in the Apple Arcade platform.

According to this report, Apple has titles in the works to rival the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Fudge says that Apple is so serious about these titles, that it is investing in not one but two new Apple TVs.

The first, a new A12X/Z Apple TV, which seems likely to be a rumoured Apple TV that Apple has had in the works for some time. The more interesting point is the mention of a second ‘A14X-like’ TV, seemingly based on Apple’s new A14 chip, possibly indicating the launch of this device is further away.

Fudge also says Apple is working on its own games controller, reiterating previous rumors that a new controller would come either this year or next.


Entertainment #1 ~

Apple TV app ‘coming to new Xbox models’

Macworld again ~ You’ll be able to stream Apple TV+ shows on the Xbox Series X and Series S from day one, if reports are correct

According to Windows Central, Apple’s TV app will be released for the new game consoles Xbox Series X and Series S, most likely at the same time as the devices’ launch on 10 November. The information is supported by images submitted by members of the Xbox Insider beta programme.

Apple’s TV app allows you to view TV and films from the streaming service Apple TV+ if you have a subscription, but non-subscribers can also use it to view content purchased from the iTunes Store.

Apple’s TV app is already available on some TVs from Samsung, LG and Vizio, but also on media players such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV. And of course the app is supported by Apple’s own products such as Apple TV, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.


Entertainment #2 –

Behind the scenes video shows giant effort to film ‘Tiny World’ for Apple TV+

Apple has released a behind-the-scenes video for its latest Apple TV show “Tiny World,” showing how its film makers captured footage of extremely small creatures in their natural habitat.

Recently made available to watch via the Apple TV+ video streaming service, “Tiny World” is a nature documentary program that showcases the smaller creatures on the planet. The show, which is narrated and executive produced by Paul Rudd and made by filmmaker Tom Hugh-Jones, uses high production values and goes to great lengths to capture footage of the often hard to see wildlife.

In a behind-the-scenes video posted to the Apple TV YouTube channel, videographers for the show are seen setting up cameras in very close proximity to the creatures they want to film. For typical nature documentaries, cameras are set up at a distance and rely on zoom lenses so as to not disturb the creatures, but such techniques are largely impractical for “Tiny World.”

As well as using standard macro lenses, the team had to also employ lenses that are meant for “scientific purposes” to capture some of the extremely close-up shots. In some cases, such as filing thumbnail-sized strawberry poison-dart frogs wrestling, the creatures would sometimes interact with the lens itself, climbing on or inside as if it is part of the existing environment.

To capture footage the point of view of a goshawk flying through trees, a first-person-view drone was used, one reinforced to take the high-speed knocks from branches. One filmmaker also took three years to film a specific gecko in the wild, using a motion control rig to perform highly precise motion shots that are still cinematic at such a small scale.

The show compiles footage that took almost ten years to collect, filming over 200 species of animal. It has been compiled into six 30-minute episodes, which can be viewed on Apple TV+.



Entertainment #3 ~ 

Apple shares trailer teasing new Peanuts series ‘The Snoopy Show’


Apple has shared a new trailer for an upcoming Peanuts Apple TV+ series called “The Snoopy Show,” which will debut in early 2021.

The Apple original marks the third time the company has released content featuring the classic Peanuts characters. In 2019, Apple debuted two pieces of Peanuts-themed content: “Snoopy in Space,” and “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.”



Good Things for when were Stuck Indoors


Story 3 ~

20 MACS FOR 2020

Is a RELAY.FM podcast hosted by Jason Snell.

It is explained  as Jason Snell and a collection of long-time Mac watchers count down Jason’s list of the 20 most notable Macs of all time, one per week.”

Jason worked at Macworld for years before going out on his own.

This is a weekly podcast that is up to Episode #9.

If you like Apple computers it is worth a listen!


Story 4 ~

Power button Touch ID on the iPad Air 4 was an ‘incredible feat’

appleinsider again ~ A pair of Apple executives have discussed changes to the iPad introduced in the iPad Air 4, including the “incredible feat of engineering” to add a Touch ID sensor to the power button on the new model.

Apple revealed its iPad Air 4 on September 15, complete with an updated A14 Bionic chip, a design inspired by the iPad Pro line, and a larger 10.9-inch display. Arguably the biggest departure for the iPad Air is its biometric alterations, with Touch ID moved from the now-gone Home button to the power button on the top.

Speaking on the iJustine and Jenna Ezarik podcast Same Brain published on Saturday, Apple VP of hardware engineering John Ternus and Apple VP of product marketing Bob Borchers talked about the changes that the iPad lineup underwent during the September event.

On the subject of Touch ID on the tablet, Borchers described the change as “an incredible feat of engineering to get that fingerprint sensor with all of the capability and all of the security into that form factor.”

When asked if the power button Touch ID was using the same technology as the original but in a smaller form factor, Ternus suggested it was more an “evolution of the technology” employed by the system. “We wanted to get to the full-screen design and so we wanted to get rid of the Home button on the chin, and so we had to come up with another place for the Touch ID sensor.”

“What made it so challenging is this really narrow aspect ratio that it has,” Ternus offered, due to being on the top of a slimline button. “If you think about it, it’s only ever seeing a smaller slice of your fingerprint than what a traditional, you know, what our older sensor could do.”



Story 5 ~ 

Apple withdraws Safari 14 and latest security update for Mojave

Macworld UK  ~ In some cases updates break more than they improve. Apple has responded to complaints about an update for Mojave.

Apple has apparently withdrawn the Mojave versions of a security update and Safari 14 for macOS just over a week after they arrived.

This follows complaints of slow boot processes, high fan speeds, system slow downs and problems in the Finder, reports Apple Insider.

If you have installed the update and encounter such problems, you will have to wait for a patch. Alternatively you could restore an older system version from a Time Machine backup if you have one, or update to macOS 10.15 Catalina, which isn’t experiencing the same issues.

The problem with the last option is that some users have not updated to Catalina because they are still using 32-bit apps or plug-ins that do not work with Catalina.

In addition to the current system (macOS 10.15 Catalina) Apple also maintains the two previous versions. Until macOS 11 Big Sur is finally released in October, these will be Mojave and High Sierra.

The update for Catalina and Mojave released on 24 September prepared Macs for the Big Sur era. Safari 14 is one of the main innovations coming with the new Mac operating system.

macOS Catalina is currently version 10.15.7, Mojave only received the security updates and Safari 14. Read more about the new version of Safari here, including how to change your background image in Safari.

This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by Karen Haslam.


Story 6 ~

How One Piece of Hardware Took Down a $6 Trillion Stock Market

Bloomberg informs us ~ At 7:04 a.m. on an autumn Thursday in Tokyo, the stewards of the world’s third-largest equity market realised they had a problem.

A data device critical to the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s trading system had malfunctioned, and the automatic backup had failed to kick in. It was less than an hour before the system, called Arrowhead, was due to start processing orders in the $6 trillion equity market. 

Exchange officials could see no solution.

The full-day shutdown that ensued was the longest since the exchange switched to a fully electronic trading system in 1999.

It drew criticism from market participants and authorities and shone a spotlight on a lesser-discussed vulnerability in the world’s financial plumbing — not software or security risks but the danger when one of hundreds of pieces of hardware that make up a trading system decides to give up the ghost.

MS so when my backup disk gets full and I forget to check that day I still won’t feel happier



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