Show 377 – April 14, 2021
Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael
Our Aussie Apple Ramblings
Sorry we missed last week! We had a funeral and a wedding to get through!
Congrats to Zarn on his wedding!!!
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MS Apple Event coming April 20
Special Apple Event announced for April 20 3.00am AEST.
Invite is titled Spring Loaded. So it sounds like there will be Loads to talk about / released.
Apple has previously had a Spring Forward event where they announced the Apple Watch and the MacBook 12”. The also announced updates to existing product lines and cut the price of the AppleTV.
So here’s hoping!
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ZK Apple releases iPhone, iPad and Watch security patches for zero-day bug under active attack
yahoo!finance reports ~ vulnerability under active attack by hackers.
The security update lands as iOS 14.4.2 and iPadOS 14.4.2, which also covers a patch to older devices as iOS 12.5.2; watchOS also updates to 7.3.3.
Apple said the vulnerability, discovered by security researchers at Google’s Project Zero, may have been “actively exploited” by hackers. The bug is found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers the Safari browser across all Apple devices.
It’s not known who is actively exploiting the vulnerabilities, or who might have fallen victim. Apple did not say if the attack was targeted against a small subset of users or if it was a wider attack. It’s the third time (by our count) that Apple has pushed out a security-only update this year to fix flaws under active attack. Earlier this month the company released patches for similar vulnerabilities in WebKit.
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MS Epic’s Case Against Apple in Australia Might Be Over
MacRumors reports ~ Epic Games and Apple are involved in a highly public lawsuit in the United States, but Epic has also sued Apple in other countries, including Australia, in an attempt to boost its chances of getting a favourable ruling.
Things aren’t quite going Epic’s way, however, as the justice overseeing the case today decided that he’s going to let the two companies battle it out in the United States.
According to Gizmodo Australia, the Australian case has been stayed for three months, and for anything to move forward, Epic Games has to file a lawsuit in California alleging violations of Australian Consumer Law.
Basically, the Australian judge wants Epic to file its Australian case in the United States, which would see Judge Gonzalez Rogers, who is overseeing the U.S. dispute, managing both cases. In this situation, Gonzalez Rogers would need to try the case under U.S. law, and then Australian law.
Epic Games has three months to file the Australian lawsuit in California, and if that doesn’t happen, the Australian case will be permanently stayed.
The only way that the proceedings can be brought back to the Australian court is if Judge Gonzalez Rogers declines to determine whether Apple has violated Australian law. Epic can also appeal, but an appeal won’t be heard until November at the earliest.
In a statement, Epic Games said that it “remains committed” to its fight in Australia and around the world.
The US court dealing with the May 3 Apple and Epic trial over App Store rules has used a motion denial to remind the two sides that the trial is meant for measured consideration of evidence, not “surprises.”
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Apple Arcade NBA 2K21 ~ Pic
This is so exciting!
I haven’t played this yet but I’m looking forward to get some time I’m on this.
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Song Pop Party ~ Pic
This game is fun to play with everyone in the house or with your headphones in while on your way to work.
This game is just fun to play.
If like me you have every song lyric in your head from 1985 onwards then this music trivia game is for you.
My household has played this game for hours now.
5 apples for family fun and laughs.
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Apple TV+ announces comedy “ Trying “ renewed for season three
Apple TV+’s first British production, the comedy series ‘Trying’, has been renewed for a third season. Season two of the show, which stars Rafe Spall and Esther Smith as the lead couple, will debut on May 14.
Trying is a light-hearted comedy that explores the process of adoption. The series will debut its sophomore season episodes on a weekly basis, whereas the first season was dropped all at once on May 1st, 2020.
Season two production was originally scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020 but was naturally held up by the pandemic. It’s not yet clear when season three will begin shooting or when Apple TV+ subscribers can expect to see it.
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Pic Apple TV+ announces ‘Black & Blues: The Colourful Ballad of Louis Armstrong’ documentary
Apple TV+ has announced its latest original film: “Black & Blues: The Colourful Ballad of Louis Armstrong.” The company describes this as the “definitive” documentary about Armstrong.
The documentary is produced under Apple’s first-look agreement with Imagine Documentaries and will be directed by Sacha Jenkins, Julie Anderson, Sara Bernstein, and Justin Wilken. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard serve as executive producers.
The film offers a definitive look at the master musician’s life and legacy as a founding father of jazz, the first pop star, and a cultural ambassador of the United States. He was loved by millions worldwide but often mischaracterised for not doing enough to support the civil rights movement. In reality, his fight for social justice was fuelled by his celebrity and his willingness to break his silence on issues of segregation and patriotism.
With the support of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the filmmakers “have access to a crease trove of never-before-seen archival materials, including hundreds of hours of audio recordings, film footage, photographs, and personal diaries.”
“Black & Blues: The Colourful Ballad of Louis Armstrong” doesn’t have a release date yet but will join another documentary from the Apple/Imagine partnership, “Dads,” which debuts ahead of US Father’s Day on June 19.
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ZK Why the iPhone Isn’t Apple’s Most Valuable Product
Inc. reports ~ You can certainly make a good case that the iPhone is the product that made Apple a $2 trillion company. Apple sells a lot of iPhones–more than $65 billion worth in the company’s most recent quarter alone. Partly, that’s because iPhones are, well, cool.
They aren’t always the best smartphones. They don’t always have the best cameras or displays. Until last year, they didn’t even have 5G, something almost every other manufacturer had already added to their flagships.
But people like iPhones. They also like their iPads and their Macs–which happened to have a pretty good year of their own in 2020. I think you could even make an argument that Apple is still a computer company at its soul, and the Mac is its heart.
None of those, however, is Apple’s most valuable product. For that matter, they aren’t the most important thing Apple sells. The most valuable thing Apple sells is trust.
Before I explain why, it’s worth asking a question: Is trust really a product?
To answer that, it’s important to understand what it is people are actually buying when they buy something from Apple. Take the iPhone, for example. Sure, they’re buying a device with glass and aluminium and an A14 processor and cameras.
When people buy something from Apple, however, they’re buying an experience. They expect that the company is going to deliver something that delights them.
They expect that when Apple says it’s transitioning all of its hardware to its own internal processors, and puts up slides with very vague figures about performance and battery life, that the company isn’t going to ruin what it’s like to use a Mac. They trust that Apple has it figured out, and they don’t have to understand things like universal binaries and Rosetta 2 to know whether their software will run.
They expect that it will “just work,” whether it’s setting up a new iPhone, connecting a pair of AirPods, syncing their photos, or paying for something online with Apple Pay. By the way, that’s why when it doesn’t work, it’s so disappointing coming from Apple. It’s why so many people are vocal about the way the company manages the App Store–people expect more when you’re selling trust.
They expect that what they buy will respect their privacy and not try to monetise their personal information. Some might even argue that the thing that separates Apple from its competition–its core brand value–is actually privacy, but I don’t think that’s necessarily right. I think that Apple’s push to make apps respect your privacy is another aspect of how it continues to build a huge amount of trust equity with its users.
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MS Apple Announces Find My Network and Three Initial Accessory Maker Partners
MacStories reports ~ Today, Apple updated the Find My app to allow third-party products to take advantage of its network of devices to locate lost and stolen belongings from the app’s new Items tab. According to Apple’s press release:
“For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
“Now we’re bringing the powerful finding capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people with the Find My network accessory program. We’re thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are utilising this technology, and can’t wait to see what other partners create.”
The Find My network program, which is part of Apple’s Made For iPhone program, allows accessory makers to hook into Apple’s Find My network to locate belongings securely and privately. Apple also said it is publishing a draft specification for chipset makers later this spring, so they can take advantage of the precise, directional capabilities of Apple’s short-range U1 chip.
Apple announced three initial partners who are incorporating Find My into their products. VanMoof is integrating the feature into its S3 and X3 e-bikes, Belkin is including it in its SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds, and Chipolo is using Find My in its ONE Spot item finder.
Find My’s integrations with these third-party products will work just like it does with Apple devices allowing users to do things like play a sound, locate items on a map, and put them in Lost Mode to lock them. Apple says all three partners’ products will be available next week, with more partnerships to rolling out soon.
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ZK How iMessage became the world’s most important invisible social network
iMore reports ~ Many people view iMessage as texting, but it’s so much more than that if you look closer.
Believe it or not, your iPhone is actually a host of a secret ongoing war between two factions, and most of that war is playing out right under your nose. You can see and feel the effect of the secret war right inside the Messages app in iOS 14. That’s right — I’m talking about the Blue Bubble Brigade vs. the Green Glob Goblins. Or, if you don’t live in a weird fantasy world as I do, iMessage vs. SMS.
iMessage might be the single best iPhone feature. People often talk about how Apple’s ecosystem is designed in such a way that makes it hard to leave, and iMessage may be the most perfect example of that. It has shaped the way we communicate with other Apple users. When you get a blue bubble message in your Messages app, a part of you likely feels good, like you’re part of a super-secret club.
That’s how most social networks are designed to work.
They make you spend as much time interacting with them as possible. If I was to add up all the hours I spend on my iPhone in various apps, I guarantee you Messages would likely be among the top of my most used apps, and sending blue bubbles back and forth to friends is a big reason why.
When you hear the term social network, you probably think of the big social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Tik Tok — iMessage is likely not even in the conversation.
Why is that? After all, a social network is defined as “an application that enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, images, etc.” iMessage has slowly, but surely, been adding features all the time that let users communicate in so many different ways, and typically, those features end up becoming staples in my day-to-day messaging.
Once you learn how to use tapbacks in iMessage, or realize your favorite GIF-generating app has an iMessage app, it becomes impossible not to use them all the time. It spices up the bland communication format that is SMS and offers its own twist on the experience.
Sharing pics, uploading GIFs, sharing contact info, transferring money, adding events to your calendar — the list goes on. There’s nothing you can’t do with the power of iMessage and those beautiful blue bubbles.
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How to search website content from within Safari
AppleInsider tells us ~ You use Safari to get you to a website, but once you’re there, Apple’s browser has some more tricks for zeroing in on what you’re looking for. Here’s how to turn Safari from a passive display of information, to a helpful research tool.
So Google has just returned a list of websites, and underneath the top one you can see precisely the information you want. Or rather, you can see the start of it and have to click to get to the page to find the rest.
But then you’re on the page and for the life of you, you simply cannot find the same text that Google just showed you on the results page. Unfortunately, one possibility is that it isn’t there — Google may have shown you a cache of an older version of the page.
Even when it is there, though, it can be hard to spot because of the design of the page or because of the sheer tonnage of text to scroll through. That’s where the simplest and probably most overlooked Safari feature comes in.
Using On This Page on iOS
Go to any site in Safari on iPhone or iPad
Tap in the address bar as if you were about to go somewhere else
Type a search term, but do not press Enter
Swipe up from about midway down the screen to dismiss the keyboard
Scroll down to the On This Page heading
If the search term you’re looking for is anywhere on that site’s current page, it will be listed along with how many times it’s there. If it isn’t on the page, the heading changes to On This Page (no matches), and you know to move on with your life.
How to search within a site on the Mac
In Safari on your Mac, go to a website
Click Command-F, or
Choose Edit, Find, Find… from the menus
Type in a search term
On the Mac, the moment you’ve typed something that can be found on the page, the Mac highlights it immediately. It doesn’t wait.
It highlights the first occurrence in yellow — and all other occurrences in white. So you can scroll and see where they all are, or you can read the first and step through the rest one by one.
To step through, you use the arrow buttons on the search bar that you’ve just entered text into. Where the iPhone has those as up and down arrows, the Mac has them as left and right
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