Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 359

Show 359 – November 04, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael              


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

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MS Apple Event for November 11 at 5:00 AM

Story 1 ~ 

MS Money Money Money

Company revenue sets September quarter record 

Services and Mac revenue reach new all-time high

Last Friday announced financial results for its fiscal 2020 fourth quarter ended September 26, 2020. The Company posted record September quarter revenue of $64.7 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $0.73. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Apple capped off a fiscal year defined by innovation in the face of adversity with a September quarter record, led by all-time records for Mac and Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, Apple is in the midst of our most prolific product introduction period ever, and the early response to all our new products, led by our first 5G-enabled iPhone lineup, has been tremendously positive. From remote learning to the home office, Apple products have been a window to the world for users as the pandemic continues, and our teams have met the needs of this moment with creativity, passion, and the kinds of big ideas that only Apple can deliver.”

“Our outstanding September quarter performance concludes a remarkable fiscal year, where we established new all-time records for revenue, earnings per share, and free cash flow, in spite of an extremely volatile and challenging macro environment,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “Our sales results and the unmatched loyalty of our customers drove our active installed base of devices to an all-time high in all of our major product categories. We also returned nearly $22 billion to shareholders during the quarter, as we maintain our target of reaching a net cash neutral position over time.”


Story 2 ~

ZK Apple recalls AirPods Pro units due to ‘sound issues’

Apple has determined that a small percentage of AirPods Pro may experience sound issues. Affected units were manufactured before October 2020.

An affected AirPods Pro may exhibit one or more of the following behaviours:

An affected AirPods Pro may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the 

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple or an Apple Authorised Service Provider will service the affected AirPods Pro (left, right or both), free of charge.



Story 3 ~ 

MS Apple invites macOS developers to special labs ahead of 1st Apple Silicon Mac announcement

9TO5Mac reports ~ Apple is now inviting macOS developers who are part of the Universal App Quick Start Program to join Apple engineers on special labs next week. The program is intended for developers who have access to the Developer Transition Kit in order to prepare apps for Apple Silicon.

Back in June, when Apple announced the transition from Intel processors to its own Apple Silicon on the Mac, the company offered a custom Mac mini with the A12Z chip to some developers. These developers were able to prepare their apps for Apple Silicon Macs even in advance of this new hardware being available to the public.

Now, the same developers are being invited to one-on-one labs with Apple engineers so they can learn more about how to prepare apps for the Apple Silicon platform on the Mac. Developers who have a Developer Transition Kit can request an appointment with Apple until November 1 at 5 p.m. PST, while the labs are scheduled for November 4 and 5.



Gaming #1 ~

The Survivalists

I really want to like this game. 

But! It’s hard too when game play is really hard in the mobile mode of the game. To be honest I haven’t played it on the Apple TV yet or my Mac. So I’m going to reserve judgement on those platforms.

Again it’s hard to play the navigation isn’t great the layout was off. And for some reason you can’t save the game until you have made a bed to sleep in. 

So as for mobile play I don’t rate it. No apples from me. 


Entertainment #1 ~ Pic

MS Apple TV Plus secretly won the streaming war of 2020. Here’s why

FastCompany reports ~ Over the past year, five new major streaming services rolled out. Apple TV Plus has the brightest future of the bunch.

The streaming wars entered an exhausting new phase this past year, marked by an onslaught of buzzy major platforms, teeming with high-profile projects.

Last week, Quibi became the first casualty of this escalation, fulfilling its schadenfreude-stuffed destiny as a cautionary tale. But if the clear loser of the new batch of streamers is the misguided brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg—who dared to ask, “What if YouTube was mostly A-listers’ leftovers?”—perhaps it’s time to declare a winner as well.

On the eve of its first anniversary, Apple TV Plus is the service whose original content has come closest to establishing an identity—and the one whose future is most promising. 



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ZK Apple’s global hit comedy “Ted Lasso” lands early season three renewal

Following its breakout first season and early second season renewal, Apple TV+ has renewed “Ted Lasso” for a third season, ahead of its second season start of production in London early January. Since its premiere on August 14, 2020, critics and fans globally have hailed the series as “terrific,” “hilarious,” “heart-swelling” and “infectious.”


Things here in the new OS’ ~ Pic

MS iOS 14: How to use the iPhone emoji search option

9TO5Mac tells us ~ It’s great to see big changes like home screen widgets with iOS 14, but sometimes the tiny changes can add up to offer some valuable improvements in day-to-day use. One of these small new features is the iPhone emoji search option in iOS 14.

The option to search emoji has existed on Mac for years and users have been asking for the ability on iPhone and iPad for a long time. Even though it’s a small detail, emoji are used so often that this little tweak coming to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 means a noticeably smoother daily experience that will save you time with the ever-growing list of available emoji.

How to use the iPhone emoji search option in iOS 14

        1. 1.Head to any app and switch to the Apple emoji keyboard by tapping the smiley face or globe in the bottom left corner (if you haven’t already, enable in Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Emoji
        2. 2. Just above the emoji, tap Search Emoji
        3. 3.Enter your search, now you can swipe on the filtered emoji to see all the results
        4. 4.Tap one (or more) to use them

After you type in a search, you can swipe from right to left to reveal more than the first seven emoji results shown in the bar above the keyboard


iOS 14: How to use the iPhone emoji search option


How To #1 ~ Pic

ZK Your iPhone selfie mode is a little more fun now thanks to one of iOS 14’s new photo features. Here’s how to use it.

CNet reports ~ In iOS14 one smaller camera feature may make the biggest difference for your selfie needs: There’s now a setting called Mirror Front Camera. 

Mirror Front Camera joins the iPhone 11’s “slofie” slow-motion selfie feature to bring us a subtler — and, dare I say, more useful — selfie tool. When you turn it on and change to your front-facing camera, it will snap a photo that’s your mirror image, instead of flipping it as the camera usually does. Some people find this jarring because the photo you take doesn’t match the image you see in the viewfinder.

Ultimately, it may not change your selfie much, but some people may prefer the more familiar reversed version of your face, like looking in a mirror. 

Here’s how to use the Mirror Front Camera feature

Go to Settings > Camera. Under Composition, toggle Mirror Front Camera on. Head back to your camera app, and turn the camera to face yourself. The image will appear as you see yourself in the mirror, instead of flipped as it usually is.



Good Things for when were Stuck Indoors



Story 4 ~ Pic

MS How to Use Night Mode When Taking Portrait Shots on iPhone 12 Pro

Apple’s newest iPhones, the iPhone 12 mini, ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌, ‌iPhone 12 Pro, and ‌‌iPhone 12 Pro‌‌ Max, are equipped with a photography feature called Night Mode, which is designed to take crisp, clear photos even when lighting conditions are poor, such as at night.

‌Night Mode‌‌ originally debuted in the iPhone 11 series, but its use was limited to the rear-facing wide-angle camera. With ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌, however, Apple has extended ‌‌Night Mode‌‌ functionality to all the lenses, and if you have an ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ Max, you can take advantage of the LiDAR Scanner’s advanced photography smarts to unlock ‌Night Mode‌ Portraits, too.

Apple’s Portrait Mode has become a popular way of taking impressive shots using a depth-of-field effect known as bokeh, allowing iPhone users to shoot a photo that keeps the subject sharp with a blurred background. With the addition of ‌Night Mode‌, ‌iPhone 12 Pro‌ can automatically brighten Portrait shots while preserving the night time feeling, balancing the light and dark elements of an image.

more including how to steps


Story 5 ~

ZK Apple invites you to ‘Make movies like the movies’ with iPhone 12 Pro and Dolby Vision

9TO5Mac again ~ One of the major improvements to Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup when it comes to the camera system is support to shoot video in Dolby Vision. A new fast-paced fun ad shows off some of the neat ways to “Make movies like the movies” with iPhone 12 Pro.

All of the iPhone 12 models feature the Dolby Vision functionality but you can shoot up to 60 fps on the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, while the iPhone 12 and 12 mini are limited to Dolby Vision at 30 fps.

As it has shared before and does in the new ad, Apple highlights that the new iPhones feature “The only camera that can shoot, edit and playback in Dolby Vision.”

The “Make movies like the movies” ad aims to inspire users that they have the power to create compelling video with their new iPhone and a little bit of creativity. The one-minute spot features some fun, unique ways to capture impressive video without having all (or any) of the standard professional gear.

the video


Apple invites you to ‘Make movies like the movies’ with iPhone 12 Pro and Dolby Vision


Story 6 ~

MS One Subscription Service now available

Apple’s new service bundle Apple One has begun rolling out to Apple users, bringing together different combinations of subscriptions including Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, Apple News Plus, storage service iCloud and the newly revealed Apple Fitness Plus under one price. The move, announced at Apple’s online event in September, follows Apple’s increased investment in services over the past three years. 

Three Tiers:

Individual A$19.95/M

Save A$9.50/M




iCloud 50GB

Family A$25.95/M

Save A$12.50/M




iCloud 200GB

Premier A$39.95/M

Save A$39/M




iCloud 2TB


Fitness+ (later this year)

Savings are based on standard monthly pricing for services purchased separately.


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ZK Over to Zarn for the sign off

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