Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 397

Show 397 – Oct 19, 2021

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael    


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~  MS ~ Pic

this coming week also marks the 30th anniversary of the original PowerBook

Thursday is the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the original PowerBook.

The first PowerBook

9TO5Mac reports ~ In October of 1991, Apple revolutionised computing with what was really the first modern laptop computer. It was the first machine to push the keyboard up to the top and introduced the palm rest with track ball. The machine was introduced as the PowerBook 100 series at the COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas. In fact, there’s even a recording of the introduction that you can watch below.

Apple launched three machines at the show: The PowerBook 100, the PowerBook 140, and the PowerBook 170. All three computers had TFT active matrix displays and broke the Snow White design language mould with a grey plastic exterior rather than a light beige one.

The PowerBook was an immensely popular product line for Apple, even in the 1990s when the company began to falter ahead of Steve’s return. The PowerBook family was one of the few product lines that Steve didn’t axe when he came back to Apple in 1997. Up until the 2006 introduction of the MacBook Pro, Apple continued to release new PowerBooks with improved processors and gorgeous radical designs. Fun fact: my favourite Mac notebook ever made is the 2003 12″ PowerBook G4.

PowerBook, meet MacBook Pro

Apple discontinued the PowerBook family in 2006 when they began the transition to Intel processors. The first MacBook Pro looked almost identical to the PowerBook G4 it replaced, aside from the built-in iSight camera and revised port selection.



Story 2 ~ ZK

Will we still be using Apple devices in the future–or will we be living with them?

Macworld reports ~ Over the last several decades, Apple’s success has stemmed from one overriding philosophy: making technology personal. From the computer that sat on your desk, to the notebook you popped open on your lap, to the iPhone that you carry in your pocket and the Apple Watch you wear on your wrist, the company has increasingly fostered that personal connection between us and our devices.

But more recently, that personal connection has also carried with it a degree of insularity, of wrapping ourselves up in technology. In a recent interview with Bustle, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the interplay between technology and mental health:

That prioritisation does sometimes seem at odds with the very nature of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, these windows into a world that is at time disconnected from our own, even as it connects us with other people. But perhaps it hints that the next evolutionary step for Apple is to find a way to integrate our technology into the world around us.

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Story 3 ~ MS ~ No Pic

Google is now focused on making its iPhone and iPad apps feel more native to iOS

9TO5Google reports ~ Google applications on iOS have long been criticised for not feeling native to the platform. Earlier this year, the company’s designers reviewed their approach for developing iOS apps and opted for a change. 

Google apps on iOS have long looked and functioned near identically to their Android counterparts. That in itself is fine and the company’s prerogative, but Apple enthusiasts have complained about Google applications not respecting common iOS conventions and “feel,” thus resulting in an inconsistent user experience between first and third-party clients. 

Behind the scenes, this was due to the company’s belief in “shar[ing] UI components across Google.” In building their own libraries, another focus was “filling gaps in UIKit,” Apple’s framework for building apps.

This is according to the staff engineering lead for Google Design on Apple platforms Jeff Verkoeyen in a Twitter thread earlier this week. All that work was eventually open-sourced as Material Components for iOS (MDC) to allow any third-party developer to adopt the same UI elements used by Google’s iPhone and iPads apps, like floating action buttons (FABs), chips, and snackbars. 

But as we continued on the pursuit of cross-platform pixel parity, our iOS components were slowly drifting further and further from Apple platform fundamentals because those fundaments were also evolving year over year.

In response, Google at the start of 2021 “began a deep evaluation of what it means to build a hallmark Google experience on Apple platforms,” and asked:

Does a switch really need to be built custom in alignment with a generic design system? Or might it be sufficient to simply use the system solution and move on?

Google concluded that it was time for the latter route, and that Apple’s UIKit had matured enough for internal needs. The company no longer had to maintain most of the custom components that it built out over the years, including app (top) bars, lists, and menus. 

Instead, it will adopt standard controls and apply “light branded touches” to maintain the Google look on iOS. Some custom components are still needed, and they will now benefit from “more attention and focus.” It remains to be seen how much (or even if) Google’s iPhone apps will diverge from the Android versions.



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Tech giants expand Australian misinformation measures week after government criticism

ZDNet reports ~ A new portal will be created for accepting complaints from the Australian public where they believe a signatory’s efforts to address misinformation are not up to scratch.

The Australian industry group advocating for tech giants, including Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter, has expanded its voluntary code for addressing misinformation online after the Australian and US government made fresh calls last week for tougher social media regulation.

The group, Digital Industry Group Inc (DiGi), said the expansion entails creating a new independent committee to police the voluntary code for misinformation and disinformation.

These independent members will work with signatories, through an administration sub-committee, to oversee the various actions taken by signatories to meet their obligations under the code, DiGi said.

The updated voluntary code will also see DiGi create a new complaints portal. The new portal will accept complaints from the Australian public where they believe a signatory has breached the code’s commitments.

Signatories of the voluntary code are Apple, Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Redbubble, TikTok, and Twitter.

DiGi created the code in February, which consists of signatories committing to releasing an annual transparency report about their efforts to address disinformation and misinformation, and providing a way for users to report content with disinformation and misinformation.

The code also calls for signatories to be cognisant of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights when developing proportionate responses to disinformation and misinformation.

Australian Communications and Media Authority chair Nerida O’Loughlin said in a statement that the updated voluntary code mechanisms were “an important step” in reducing online misinformation and disinformation.

O’Loughlin did note, however, that she was still concerned about the voluntary and opt-in nature of the code.

“We will be watching how this works in practice and whether expanding the committee’s remit will be necessary,” she said.



Story 5 ~ MS & ZK ~ Pics

October 19 Apple Event

All new Apple Music Plan


New AirPods mini in 3 new colours


Still @ A$149

AirPods 3

New low distortion driver

Adaptive EQ

6 Hours Listening time, 4 full changes in the case


Orders today, delivery next week


Then a lot about the internal package of the NEW M1Pro chip and M1Max chip.

Then the announcement about what these chips are powering.

14” and 16” MacBook Pro


Full height Function Keys

Ports are back ~ “ Apple has been listening “

Right Side


    Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C

    SD Card

Left Side


    2 x Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C


14″ can do

    2 x Pro display 

16″ can do

    3 x Pro & 4K Display

24% thiner edges

60% less on the top, which gives us the iPhone notch on a Mac

Menu bar up the top around camera

1.8 million more pixels on 16”

Promotion Displays

1 Billion Colours

Liquid Retina XDR Display

Mini LED backlight same as iPad Pro

1000 nits sustained brightness

1600 nits full brightness

1M to 1 contrast

1080p camera

Wider Aperture

Bigger Lens

Computational Video


    60% lower noise floor

    6 speakers 2 tweaters

    1/2 octave deeper

    Supports spacial audio

Up to 64GB unified memory

7.4GBs of read speeds from internal SSD 

2 x longer battery life in Lightroom Classic

4 x longer battery life in Xcode

Up to 17 hours of video playback

50% battery charge in 30 minutes

More environmental features like 100% recycled aluminium case

14” M1Pro starting at A$2999

14” fully maxed out A$8849

M1Max chip, 64GB, 8TB SSD

16” M1Pro starting at A$3749

16” M1Max starting at A$5249

16” fully maxed out A$9149

M1Max chip, 64GB, 8TB SSD

Silver & Space Grey   

Order today, for 25 October delivery

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