Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 358

Show 358 – October 26, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael                 


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

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MS iPhone 12 stuff

Testing has iPhone 12’s Ceramic Shield significantly tougher than the iPhone 11’s glass screen & seems to surface scratch less.

Spotted by MacRumors, the video sees an iPhone 12 being put through some tests involving a force meter. As the tests showed, the iPhone 11 was able to withstand 352 newtons of force before it cracked. The iPhone 12 that was tested could withstand 442 newtons of force before showing any signs of damage.

Battery test has iPhone 12 Pro falling behind iPhone 11 Pro

        • iPhone 11 Pro: 7 hours and 36 minutes
        • iPhone 12: 6 hours and 41 minutes
        • iPhone 12 Pro: 6 hours and 35 minutes
        • iPhone 11: 5 hours and 8 minutes

Apple’s selling cases without holes for the speaker

If you are planning to buy a protective case for iPhone 12 beware: some models are defective.

Alongside the iPhone 12 Apple has introduced a lot of new protective cases, but it seems that they have neglected quality control a bit.

According to MacRumors, several users have received a case without a hole for the speaker, which will of course have a negative effect on the sound quality.

One of the affected users, who shares his experience on Reddit, contacted Apple and received the incorrect message that there should be no holes in the case. This in turn has made people joke that the model with holes costs extra, or that Apple has scrapped holes to save the environment.



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ZK Westpac brings Afterpay on as first digital ‘bank-as-a-service’ platform partner

ZDNet reported ~ Afterpay has been named as Westpac’s first partner on its new digital “bank-as-a-service” platform. 

Under the partnership, Afterpay will provide Westpac transaction and saving accounts, and other cashflow management tools to its 3.3 million Australian customers in Q2 2021.

“The platform allows us to combine our banking experience with the innovation of our partners to support new customer experiences. We look forward to working with Afterpay to deliver new products and services,” Westpac CEO Peter King said.

Westpac announced its investment in the digital banking platform during its full-year results last November.

Then-CEO Brian Hartzer touted the new platform would complement Westpac’s existing banking business.

“This will initially operate a ‘bank-as-a-service’ model and we intend to bring new digital products and services to market through fintech and institutional partners,” he said.

“This will allow Westpac to reach a new group of customers as well as create value for our partners by enhancing the service offering to their own customers.”

The announcement was coupled with a minority equity investment in 10x Future Technologies, a UK-based cloud banking tech provider, whose cloud technology now underpins Westpac’s digital banking platform.



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MS Launch Center Pro now lets you change iOS app icons without using Shortcuts

9TO5Mac reports ~ Since the public release of iOS 14, users have been discovering new ways to customise their home screens with widgets and custom icons.

While the most popular method requires using Apple Shortcuts to change icons, which adds an extra step to the process of opening apps, Launch Center Pro now lets you change iOS app icons without Shortcuts.

Launch Center Pro is a popular iOS app that offers multiple options for creating home screen shortcuts to tasks like calls, messages, and more — it works just like Apple’s Shortcuts app.

However, its latest update brings a new feature that makes it extremely easy to change the appearance of the iOS home screen, all without needing the Shortcuts app.



Gaming #1 ~

These Coming Soon

The Pathless

Wonderbox: the Adventure Maker

South of the Circle 



Gaming #2 ~ 

Reminder: Restoring your iPhone 12 from an iCloud backup will break Fortnite

Thanks to iMore ~ What you need to know

Apple’s new iPhone 12 is here, and plenty of you will be setting up your new phones using an iCloud backup.

If you have Fortnite installed on your old device, however, you won’t be able to reinstall it.

This is because Fortnite remains banned from the App Store, so your phone is unable to download it.

Full story


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MS Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends land at Apple TV+ in expanded partnership with WildBrain for new original shows and specials

Apple TV+ has teamed up with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, to become the home for all things “Peanuts,” bringing together new original series and specials, along with iconic beloved specials to fans around the world, all in one place.

New animated “Peanuts” originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and a slate of brand-new specials that will find the “Peanuts” gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and going back to school – all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced “The Snoopy Show”; a brand-new “Peanuts” 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain; and the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.”

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic “Peanuts” specials, including “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ on October 19, and will be available for free from October 30 until November 1 as a special treat on Apple TV+.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Apple TV+ will launch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” on November 18, and the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27.

The Peanuts gang will also deck the halls with the premiere of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4. The holiday special will be available to enjoy for free from December 11 until December 13. 

MS I have watched The Halloween Special and can’t wait for more. I love Peanuts!

And if you missed it you can watch WITHOUT a Apple TV+ Subscription


Entertainment #2 –

ZK Long Way Up


Things here in the new OS’ ~ 


Long-press back button

Macworld tells us ~ If you’re six menus deep in an app and you want to go back to the top, you’ve got to tap the back button in the upper left again, and again, and again…

With iOS 14, you can press and hold the standard upper-left Back button to get a breadcrumbs list of all the previous pages. Safari has long had this function on its Back button (in the lower left); you can think of this as Apple applying the same interface convention throughout iOS.


How To #1 ~ Pic

ZK Headphone Accommodations

Macworld again ~ If you open Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual, you’ll see a new setting up top for Headphone Accommodations. This menu allows you to tweak the sound output on supported Apple and Beats headphones to bring out vocals more or make the sound “brighter.”

A custom audio setup function will run a series of A/B tests to help you hone in on just the right settings for you.

While this is intended to be an accessibility feature for those who are hard of hearing, it’s going to really improve sound quality for millions of people.

As you age, you lose sensitivity to high frequency sound, and these settings can help restore that when you listen to music, watch video, or talk on the phone. 


Good Things for when were Stuck Indoors


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ZK Minecraft will require a Microsoft account to play in 2021

The Verge reports ~ Owners of the classic version will be forced to migrate.

Minecraft players have been able to play without a Microsoft account for the past six years that the company has owned the game, but that will change in 2021, the official Minecraft blog announced yesterday. Players who own the original version of the game and do not switch to a Microsoft account will be unable to play.

The game has existed in two separately developed versions since its 2011 launch on consoles. Previously, the original Minecraft: Java Edition used Mojang accounts, while Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, the name for the console and Windows store version of the game, used Microsoft accounts. After this change, the accounts will be the same, but there’s still no crossplay: you still won’t be able to play with friends using the other version of the game.



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ZK A Look at How Apple is Organised

Apple University Dean and Vice President Joel Podolny:

When Jobs arrived back at Apple, it had a conventional structure for a company of its size and scope. It was divided into business units, each with its own Profit & Loss responsibilities. General managers ran the Macintosh products group, the information appliances division, and the server products division, among others. 

As is often the case with decentralised business units, managers were inclined to fight with one another, over transfer prices in particular.

Believing that conventional management had stifled innovation, Jobs, in his first year returning as CEO, laid off the general managers of all the business units (in a single day), put the entire company under one P&L, and combined the disparate functional departments of the business units into one functional organisation.

The adoption of a functional structure may have been unsurprising for a company of Apple’s size at the time. What is surprising—in fact, remarkable—is that Apple retains it today, even though the company is nearly 40 times as large in terms of revenue and far more complex than it was in 1998.

Senior vice presidents are in charge of functions, not products. As was the case with Jobs before him, CEO Tim Cook occupies the only position on the organisational chart where the design, engineering, operations, marketing, and retail of any of Apple’s main products meet.

In effect, besides the CEO, the company operates with no conventional general managers: people who control an entire process from product development through sales and are judged according to a P&L statement.



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MS Woman sues Apple over app ‘gambling’ losses

Macworld reports ~ She spent £2,500 on in-app purchases over six months, and now blames Apple.

Viewed from a safe distance, with an ocean in between, the US justice system sometimes seems like a wonderful way to forego personal responsibility and hold everyone else responsible for your misery. In this it differs diametrically from the US health system, in which – again, from our point of view – it’s completely your own fault if you get sick, and nobody will take care of you unless you pay.

Perhaps these are European prejudices. But whatever they are, they have been fuelled by a new case reported by AppleInsider. A woman named Karen Workman (yes, Karen!) is suing Apple after she made roughly £2,500 in in-app purchases for the free-to-play iPhone game Jackpot Mania over a period of six months.

Apple prohibits gambling apps in the App Store, but the suit claims that Jackpot Mania has precisely that gambling character from which customers are supposed to be protected. The plaintiff says she “began purchasing coins through the app so he/she could continue to play for a chance to win free coins that would enable him/her to enjoy the game(s) for a longer period of time”.

The suit argues that a game in which you “have the ability to win and therefore acquire more playing time” falls under the gambling category.


ZK Some extra info to end the show ~ 

Medical device interference – iPhone contains magnets as well as components and radios that emit electromagnetic fields. These magnets and electromagnetic fields may interfere with medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators.

Though all iPhone 12 models contain more magnets than prior iPhone models, they’re not expected to pose a greater risk of magnetic interference to medical devices than prior iPhone models.

Consult your physician and medical device manufacturer for information specific to your medical device and whether you need to maintain a safe distance of separation between your medical device and iPhone. There are many types of medical devices, and manufacturers often provide recommendations on the safe use of their devices around wireless or magnetic products to prevent possible interference. If you suspect iPhone is interfering with your medical device, stop using iPhone.


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