Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 402

Show 402 – Feb 02, 2022

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael       


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

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Apple Reports First Quarter Results

Revenue up 11 percent to new all-time record

iPhone, Mac, Wearables, and Services revenue reach new all-time highs

Apple, last Thursday, announced financial results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter ended December 25, 2021.

The Company posted an all-time revenue record of $123.9 billion, up 11 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10.

“This quarter’s record results were made possible by our most innovative lineup of products and services ever,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. 

“We are gratified to see the response from customers around the world at a time when staying connected has never been more important.

We are doing all we can to help build a better world — making progress toward our goal of becoming carbon neutral across our supply chain and products by 2030, and pushing forward with our work in education and racial equity and justice.”

“The very strong customer response to our recent launch of new products and services drove double-digit growth in revenue and earnings, and helped set an all-time high for our installed base of active devices,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO.

“These record operating results allowed us to return nearly $27 billion to our shareholders during the quarter, as we maintain our target of reaching a net cash neutral position over time.”



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Every record has been broken

Macworld reports ~ So, most revenue in a quarter ever. Biggest profit ever. But if you’re looking for places to find a weakness in the purring machine that is Apple Inc., you’re going to be hard-pressed to find one. 

Apple’s strength crossed every geographic segment.

What’s more, Apple’s quarter happened with one hand tied behind its back. Three months ago, the company warned that due to supply-chain issues, it would probably miss about $6 billion in sales during the quarter.

This was an all-time record for Apple, nearly $124 billion in revenue, and yet according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, it should’ve broken $130 billion.

If there was a weak spot in the results, it was the iPad. Sales were down slightly, but Apple laid the blame on that squarely at the problems it had with the supply chain.

When Cook was asked by analyst Kyle McNealy on a post-results conference call if Apple had prioritised building more iPhones rather than iPads during the quarter, Cook said it wasn’t that simple.

“If you look at the commonality between different products, there is some… [but] it’s much more focused on the supplier than anything else,” Cook said.

“There is some of that, but largely we have to take it wherever the shortages are.”

I read Cook’s answer as admitting that, yes, perhaps Apple has some control of what goes where in terms of prioritising iPhones over iPads, but in large part what hit the iPad was that the iPad uses certain kinds of parts that were hit by the same chip shortage that’s hitting manufacturers all over the world.

Apple said it would happen, and it did. Many people ordered iPads in the fall and didn’t get them until this month.

The two big numbers

The first of these is the size of Apple’s installed base. This is the number of Apple devices in use at any given time–not just the stuff sold in the last three months, but every single device in use.

If you give your kid your old iPhone and buy a new one, the installed base just went up by one.

Apple’s active installed base of devices is now at 1.8 billion, a new record, on the way to a cool two billion.

And according to Maestri, it’s growing everywhere, with all-time records in each major product category and in each geographic segment.

Analyst Ben Bajarin speculated that there are probably 120 million active Macs in the installed base.

And when Apple crows about how many purchasers of a product had never bought one, that’s because those purchases contribute directly to the growth of the installed base.

(For the record, Apple says half of all new iPad purchases and two-thirds of Apple Watch purchases in the quarter were by people who were new to iPad.

And 60 percent of the new Macs sold in China were to first-time Mac buyers.)

The second big number that isn’t directly about money is subscribers. Apple says now it has 785 million paid subscriptions on its platform, up 27 percent in twelve months. 

Now, those obviously aren’t just subscriptions to Apple TV+. Subscriptions also include every subscription that’s controlled by the App Store, so–for example–my subscription to Carrot Weather is one of those subscriptions. But still, Apple takes a chunk of that money and counts it as its own.



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Apple launches new ‘Personal Safety User Guide’ amid AirTag concerns and more

9TO5Mac reports ~ Apple has launched a new “Personal Safety User Guide” that aggregates details and support documents that can help users “when your personal safety is at risk.”

The launch of this dedicated hub comes after Apple published an initial round of support resources a year ago, and as concerns around AirTag safety and stalking continue to mount.

Apple explains that the purpose of the new Personal Safety User Guide is to “offer strategies and solutions to help you regain control” if you’re concerned someone has unauthorised access to your device or account:

Apple makes it easy to connect with the people closest to you, while helping you stay aware of what you’re sharing and with whom.

If you gave someone access to your personal information and no longer want to—or if you’re concerned someone who had access to your device or accounts made changes without your permission—this guide offer strategies and solutions to help you regain control.

The new Personal Safety hub is split into multiple different sections, ranging from ways to take action if you’re in danger to keeping your information safe with strong password and security strategies.

The “review and take action” guide is particularly important. Here are the tips and tricks detailed in this part of the User Guide:

        • Manage sharing settings
        • Block unknown sign-in attempts
        • Document suspicious activity with a screenshot or video
        • Share or stop sharing your location
        • Stay safe with AirTag and other Find My accessories
        • Store your data securely in iCloud
        • How to control who can access your location
        • Delete suspicious content from your devices
        • Manage Family Sharing settings
        • Avoid fraudulent requests to share info
        • Securely control your Home accessories
        • How to Erase all Content and Settings
        • Restore the data you backed up

One of the most notable new guides here is the one focused on how to “stay safe with AirTag and other Find My accessories.” Apple explains:

Both AirTag and the Find My network are designed with privacy at their core. 

AirTag and Find My network accessories have unique Bluetooth identifiers that change frequently.

To discourage unwanted tracking, Find My notifies you if an unknown AirTag or other Find My accessory is seen moving with you over time by sending you the message, “Item Detected Near You.” 

(This feature is available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 14.5 or iPadOS 14.5 or later).

If you see this message on your device, an AirTag or other Find My accessory that has been separated from the person who registered it is traveling with you, and the owner might be able to see its location.

It’s possible that the AirTag might be attached to an item you are borrowing.

Apple also includes specific checklists that people can access for sharing location with other users via the Find My application.

        • What to do if you think someone may have access to your device or accounts
        • How to stop sharing your location with people and apps you previously shared with
        • How to stop sharing with someone you previously shared with



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Apple releases tvOS 15.3 and HomePod 15.3 enabling multi-user voice recognition in more countries

9TO5Mac again ~ Six weeks after its major software updates, Apple is now releasing tvOS 15.3 and HomePod 15.3 to all users.

With these versions, the company is enabling multi-user voice recognition in more countries to its smart speakers.


As noted by 9to5Mac reader Domenico Panacea, the latest HomePod Software update enables multi-user support for users with Siri configured in Italian and also English spoken in India.

The release notes also mention overall improvements made to the software, as you can read below:

Software version 15.3 adds Siri voice recognition support for up to six users in a home in English (India) and Italian (Italy).

This update also includes performance and stability improvements.

Multi-user support was added to HomePod in 2019 with the release of iOS 13.

With this feature enabled, Siri is able to learn and identify the voice of different people so they can make personal requests based on their own data.

HomePod’s multi-user feature works with up to six different people and lets them access their own playlists, messages, and calendar from the same HomePod or HomePod mini.

HomePod mini was officially launched in India and Italy in November last year.

Back in December 2021, Apple added support for Dutch and Russian languages to Siri on the HomePod – even though the product is still unavailable in the Netherlands and Russia.

Apart from that, these new operating systems bring overall improvements and bug fixes.

It’s also important to note that Apple is also rolling out iOS 15.3 and watchOS 8.4 to all users.



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Hidden Folks+

Hidden folks+ is a great little where’s Wally style game for all ages.

I honestly have had a lot of fun playing this game.
It’s a great brain teaser that you won’t want to put down.
I love the art it’s so simple.

And each level has something different to look at.

Over all I give the game 4 apples out of 5

get it at


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My Wife and I have been enjoying The Afterparty on Apple TV+

It is a lighthearted and funny look at a bad event. Well worth a look!



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Apple TV+ releases trailer for ‘The Sky is Everywhere’, premiering on Valentine’s Day weekend

9TO5Mac again ~ Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV+, has released the official trailer for its next movie premiere, The Sky is Everywhere, an adaptation of the YA novel by Jandy Nelson. 


The film is an emotional love story, hence it is fitting that it arrives on Valentine’s Day weekend, streaming from February 11 on Apple TV+.

The film centres on 17-year old Lennie Walker, played by Grace Kaufman, who is overwhelmed with grief following the loss of her sister Bailey.

She is inspired by a burgeoning new relationship with a musician (played by Jacques Colimon) to write a song of her own. Jason Segel and Cherry Jones round out the top-line cast.

The Trailer



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Apple celebrates Heart Month with new resources across services

New Apple Watch Activity Challenge and lifestyle insights from the Apple Heart and Movement Study

To help Apple Watch users stay motivated, Apple is offering a new Heart Month Activity Challenge to help people of all fitness levels put their health first by completing 30 minutes in their Exercise ring on February 14 to earn a special award.

Also starting February 14, to help users earn the award and stay active, Fitness+ will feature a special section of 30-minute energising workouts that will motivate users to get their weekly minutes of exercise.



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This hidden Apple Watch feature will make your life a lot easier

Tom’s Guide helps us ~ How to blink your iPhone’s flashlight with your Apple Watch 

1. Swipe up on your Apple Watch’s home screen to open the control centre. 

2. Look for the ping iPhone button. It’s an icon of an iPhone with curved lines on both sides.

3. Press and hold the ping iPhone button to ring your iPhone’s alarm and trigger your iPhone’s flashlight. Continue until you’ve found your iPhone.



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Select multiple messages or emails at once helps us ~ Does your iMessage or Mail inbox need a clear up? You can quickly select multiple messages at once without tapping on each one.

To do that, open up your inbox and place two fingers on the display. Drag down to select messages and release to stop.

You can then choose to delete them, mark them as read, file them away in a folder and more. 

another iMessage trick

There’s a neat trick that lets you send weird animations to your mates on iPhone.

All you need to do is send someone a secret codeword over iMessage to activate each effect.

Sending “pew pew”, for instance, will trigger a laser effect, while “happy birthday” will make balloons float up from the bottom of your mate’s screen.

When January rolls around, fireworks will burst across the message if you wish someone “happy new year”


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Staying Safe

Apple released macOS 12.2 with patches for 13 major security issues covering root privileges, Safari, iCloud and more

Also iOS 15.3 with patches for 10 major security issues covering root privileges, Safari, iCloud and more

So please update and tell your family and friends


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How to turn on and access your App Privacy Report in iOS 15

You might want to know how often apps are accessing your data.

Mashable helps us this time ~ We’re all aware that our apps are collecting our personal data, but wouldn’t you like to know just how often they’re peeping in?

Apple’s new App Privacy Report, included in iOS 15, creates a summary of all the times your installed apps have collected your data over a seven-day period.

This report includes information regarding access to your location, microphone, photos, and contacts.

It also displays any third-party domains your apps may be contacting so you know where your data could end up.

The setting is a little hidden away in iOS 15, which officially launched on Sept. 20, 2021, so if you want to turn the summary option on, follow along with our guide below.

1. Open your Settings and scroll down to “Privacy”

2. Tap “Record App Activity” at the bottom of the “Privacy” menu

3. Toggle “Record App Activity” on

4. Download your App Privacy Report

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