Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 403

Show 403 – Feb 09, 2022

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael       


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 


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iCloud Keychain is becoming a better password manager in iOS 15.4

You can now add notes to saved passwords.

Macworld reports ~ One of the most underrated features of iOS is the built-in password manager that lets you store and sync your logins across all your devices. And it’s about to get even better.

While you’re already able to create your own logins without needing to visit a site first, the iOS 15.4 beta also lets you add notes to a password you’ve already created. That means you can add security question answers, pin codes, or previous passwords alongside your login and protect it with Face ID or Touch ID. It’s not quite as convenient as 1Password or Last Pass, which lets you store notes independent of passwords, but Apple has the Notes app for that.

You can’t add a note until a password has already been created, so you’ll need to track down your saved passwords. You’ll find them in the Password tab in Settings. You’ll need to use Face ID or enter your passcode to authenticate, and once you do, you’ll see a list of all of your logins. Select any of them and you’ll see a new Add Notes button. Tap it and a text box will appear. Type what you want, and tap Done in the top right corner.

It’s an excellent feature that fills one of the biggest gaps between Apple’s and other third-party password managers. We expect it to launch with iOS 15.4 in late February or March.



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The Mac is Apple’s new secret weapon reports ~ Apple’s earnings report from its most recent holiday quarter was record-breaking across several metrics. From revenue to overall earnings, Apple completely and emphatically surpassed analyst expectations. Setting new milestones for both quarterly revenue and net income is no small feat. This is especially true for a company that already generates billions of dollars in revenue. Diving a bit deeper into Apple’s earnings report, there’s one trendline that’s especially noteworthy: MacBook Air and Pro sales are exploding.

For the quarter gone, Mac sales generated $10.8 billion in revenue. That’s a whopping 26% increase in Mac-based revenue compared to the same quarter a year ago. And over the last four years, Mac sales have skyrocketed by nearly 60%. That’s unabashedly astounding. It’s hard to remember the last time we’ve seen traditional PC sales jump so drastically.

What’s more, the Mac now generates more revenue for Apple than the formidable iPad. Just last quarter, Mac revenue was more than $3 billion higher than iPad revenue.

In a world that is primarily mobile-oriented, Apple has miraculously managed to create excitement around brand new laptops thanks to new designs, a willingness to fix mistakes, and of course, Apple’s in-house designed line of M-x processors.

The M1 is a game-changer

The metrics Apple showcased when it first introduced the M1 processor were so beyond the realm of expectations that even many ardent Apple supporters were cautiously optimistic. But when those first M1 laptops started shipping, reviewers quickly discovered that the M1 lived up to the hype, and then some.

The performance gains and power efficiency that the M1 brings to the table accomplished something that was seemingly impossible. It managed to get people hyped up for computer hardware. Sure, we’ve seen Apple iterate on the MacBook and iMac line, and sure, there is the Mac Pro, but Apple’s line of M1 laptops is the first time in a long time that we’ve seen genuine excitement for entry-level Macs from non-pro users.

And in typical Apple fashion, we’ve already seen Apple iterate upon the M1 with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips introduced on the company’s new MacBook Pro models. Looking ahead, Apple later this year will likely introduce a revamped MacBook Air with an M2 processor.

The overarching point here is that Apple with the M1 set a completely new bar for laptop performance. In a market that was seemingly stagnant, Apple injected a breath of fresh air and demonstrated that its chip expertise is something to marvel at.

And as a quick aside, Apple’s M-series processors afford Apple the opportunity to part ways with Intel. This means that Apple products won’t ship months later than anticipated because of holdups in Intel’s chip development process. And bringing processor development in-house also helps pad Apple’s bottom line.

Brand new MacBook Pro design is a huge win

Aside from new processors, we’re also starting to see some form factor changes to Apple’s MacBook lineup. Case in point: Apple’s brand new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. Apple’s latest MacBook Pros are stunning and, thanks to an iPhone-inspired notch design, afford users even more screen real estate without necessitating a gargantuan form factor. The new MacBook Pro models don’t have a true edge-to-edge display, but it’s the closest we’ve come thus far.

What’s more, there are also rumours that Apple’s next-gen MacBook Air will borrow some design elements from the MacBook Pro insofar that we’ll see slimmer bezels and a notch design.

It’s also worth noting that everything about Apple’s laptops has improved drastically in recent years. From storage options and speaker quality to display technology and battery efficiency, it’s all trending up. While laptops from other companies have improved incrementally, Apple has improved its MacBook line by leaps and bounds.

On a related note, Apple has finally shown a penchant for listening to consumer feedback. The Butterfly keyboard design that caused users so many headaches is now a thing of the past. Further, Apple’s new MacBook Pro models bring back a variety of ports that Apple bizarrely got rid of a few years ago as part of a misguided effort to deliver an insanely slender form factor. Put differently, Apple, in designing its new MacBook Pro models, finally listened to feedback from its base of professional users.

The end result is that Apple’s notebook lineup today is more compelling and exciting than it’s been in years. Consequently, it’s no surprise that Mac sales are accelerating at a rate that rival PC manufacturers simply can’t keep up with.



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Aussie competition watchdog investigating Meta over crypto scam ads

The news comes one day after billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest announced he would be mounting legal action against the social media giant.

COINTELEGRAPH reports ~ Australia’s consumer and competition (ACCC) watchdog is investigating Facebook’s parent company Meta for a long running series of fraudulent cryptocurrency advertisements of the platform.

The news comes just a day after Cointelegraph reported that billionaire businessman Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest was pursuing criminal action against the social media giant for allegedly serving users crypto scam ads and fake articles that used his name and likeness.

Numerous other high profile celebrities from Hugh Jackman to Nicole Kidman have been fraudulently employed to draw users into investment scams.

The ACCC alleges that Meta allowed the crypto scammers to breach Australian consumer law, defrauding victims hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In Thursday comments to The Australian, ACCC chair Rod Sims said that although their investigation shares similarities with Forrest’s case, the “ACCC’s investigation is separate and concerns different questions of law.”

While Forrest’s case concerns potential breaches of Australia’s Commonwealth Criminal Code, the ACCC will be examining whether Meta has “raised concerns” under the Australia Consumer Law.

“Like Dr Forrest, we consider that Meta should be doing more to detect, prevent and remove false or misleading advertisements from the Facebook platform so that consumers are not misled and scammers are prevented from reaching potential victims.”

Forrest claims that by failing to take sufficient steps to eliminate the scam from being shared on its platform, Meta is not only in breach of Australia’s money-laundering laws, but also behaved in a “criminally reckless” manner.

He will initially bring his case to the West Australia Magistrates Court on March 28, with a committal hearing expected later in the year.

He also launched a simultaneous civil proceeding with the Superior Court of California last September, seeking injunctive relief. The case is still pending, with the date of the civil case yet to be set.

In 2020, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) issued a warning on fake celebrity-endorsed crypto ads, including Jackman, Kidman and even Waleed Aly.

Other celebrities including Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Richard Branson have also had their images stolen to front crypto scams.

Australian Facebook users have reported losing hundreds of thousands to the scam, including one alleged victim who told The Australian that they thought the scam was legitimate because it featured Forrest.

“Andrew Forrest is an icon for millions of Australians and you hold him in high regard, anything involving him you‘d think is legitimate because it’s coming out in public through Facebook,” they said.

In 2019, Forrest was among several Australian celebrities, including Kate Winslet, who were falsely quoted as giving testimony for a fraudulent cryptocurrency.

One version of the scam quoted the celebs in fake mainstream news articles advertising a fake Bitcoin investment platform.

As reported by Cointelegraph in August 2021, investment scams cost Australian investors more than $50.5 million in the first six months of 2021, with crypto scams contributing to more than 50% of the losses.



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Finally, Android Users Can Turn iMessage Reactions Into Emoji

We welcome an end to text-based message reactions with open arms.

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

While there are some who will fight tooth and nail to say whether iOS or Android is the superior smartphone platform, most of us can get along just fine with one another, green bubbles be damned. What isn’t fun is when iMessage reactions from iPhones (called Tapbacks) come into Android as a full text. What would appear on an iPhone as a thumbs up arrives as “Jake Peterson: Liked ‘Want to go to a movie?’” Not ideal.

That’s why it’s such great news Google is implementing a fix for this problem; a new feature lets you choose to have all iMessage reactions appear as emojis in Google Messages, rather than an annoying block of text that doesn’t really get the point across.

The interesting thing here is, even though there are emojis for almost every symbol Apple uses for reactions, Google decided to go with smileys rather than more straightforward icons. “Like” and “dislike” reactions still come in as thumbs up and thumbs down, respectively, however the rest are not the same:

        • “Love,” a heart on iOS, is the “Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes” emoji on Android.
        • “Question,” a question mark on iOS, is the “Thinking Face” emoji on Android.
        • “Emphasise,” an exclamation mark on iOS, is the “Face with Open Mouth” emoji on Android.
        • “Laugh,” a “Haha” icon on iOS, is the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji on Android.

True, there’s not much of a non-smiley equivalent for “Haha,” but the other reactions might not give off the same message that your iPhone friend was going for. They might love a message because it’s good news, and seeing a “Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes” could give off the wrong idea. Still, I’ll take the wrong idea over annoying text-based reactions any day.

However, this move only applies to Android. Unfortunately, even with this new feature in place, those of us on iOS will still see reactions written out in group chats with Android users. To fix that now falls on Apple’s shoulders, so, in short, don’t hold your breath.

How to turn iMessage reactions into emoji on Android

Google hasn’t rolled this feature out to everyone yet. Instead, you’ll need to opt-in through the Google Messages beta—but joining that beta is easy. Go to the Play Store, then search for Google Messages. Make sure you have the app (download it if not), then, on the same page, scroll down to “Join the beta.” Tap “Join,” then tap “Join” again on the pop-up.

It might take a few minutes for your account to be added to the beta. Once you’re in, you should start seeing reactions enabled by default. If not, you can check on the Show iPhone reactions as emoji option in Messages by tapping the three dots in the top-right, then Settings > Advanced.



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Think Apple TV+ isn’t a threat to Netflix? Think again

Hope is not lost for Apple’s beleaguered TV+ streaming service. But it needs to change course now.

Macworld again ~ He claims now not to remember this, but a former editor of Tech Advisor once told me that one of two things was sure to happen in the coming years: Either Google Plus would succeed, or Google as a whole would fail.

We’ve all got things wrong (I speak from bitter experience) and my intention with that example is not to gloat, but to highlight an aspect of tech development that can be easy for even wise observers to miss: the tendency of powerful companies to lose focus and give up on things.

As a corporate entity, Google loves chucking things at the wall to see if they stick, but it’s also fond of wandering off and letting someone else clean up the mess. Google product development has a higher death rate than Game of Thrones.

But I don’t want to talk about Google.

I want to talk about another tech company that pairs market dominance with the fickle attention span of a millennial goldfish: Apple. Right now, Apple’s attention span is being severely tested.

Will it give up on its cherished but somewhat beleaguered TV+ service? Or will it make the moves to take on and take down its biggest competitors?

Disloyalty is the new loyalty

We will get to Apple in a moment, I promise, but first we need to discuss the battle between two other streaming players.

After a glorious few years, the future is starting to look uncertain for Netflix. It’s set to be outperformed by Disney, analysts say, and faces disappointing US subscriber numbers and slowing growth. In terms of direct competition, Netflix could lose around 750,000 UK-based subscribers to Disney because the latter has poached several popular shows. Shows such as “Modern Family” and “How I Met Your Mother,” both of which evidently have greater user loyalty than Netflix itself.

This is a key part of the equation when trying to work out which streaming service will prosper in the future: disloyalty is the norm. People don’t subscribe to Netflix because they have a deep emotional connection to the brand; they do so because they enjoy the shows.

(Famously, NBC based the pricing tiers of its Peacock streaming service on how much of “The Office” you want to watch, acknowledging once and for all that content is king.) When users do stick with one service, it’s far more likely to be the result of inertia than loyalty, which cannot be depended upon.

Netflix, NBC, Amazon Prime Video and most of the other players in the streaming market face the disturbing reality that users will end their subscription as soon as shows go somewhere else.

One solution would be to make original programming you can guarantee will be exclusive to your platform. And original programming is nice for generating news coverage.

But the reality, as Hannah Cowton observes, is that streaming success, particularly during the pandemic, has been based on nostalgia. New shows like “Squid Game” can be hugely popular for a time, but the shows that rack up hours and hours of repeat views – and ensure user retention in the long term – are the golden oldies we wrap around ourselves like a warm blanket.

So here’s what we’ve learned so far:

        1. 1.Users are loyal to content, not streaming services.
        2. 2.Original shows make headlines, but repeats win customer retention.

Now let’s apply those lessons to Apple.

A different kind of brand

Netflix and Amazon and the rest suffer from fragile brand loyalty, and are seen by customers as simply purveyors of content. But certain streaming services can transcend that. One is Disney, a brand with which customers have a profound emotional connection forged in childhood. And the other is Apple.

Apple is the king of brand loyalty. It is universally recognisable, has a long history with customers, and constantly works to make its marketing about the Apple lifestyle rather than simply the products it sells. It has mindshare to die for.

On top of which, Apple has a route into the home which no other streamer can boast: a vast user base of iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV owners, all of them accessible for TV+ messaging and free trials. It’s a phenomenal advantage. If TV+ can turn itself into one of the must-have services, Apple’s army of existing customers would be rushing to sign up.

Netflix and Disney may have strong brand recognition, but they don’t have a brand that’s tied to a device. Quite simply, Apple doesn’t have the problems faced by Netflix and other streaming services when it comes to loyalty.

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Apple TV+ debuts the official trailer for ‘Lincoln’s Dilemma’

The four-part series will premiere on Friday, February 18

iMore reports ~ The official trailer for “Lincoln’s Dilemma” is here.

Today, Apple TV+ debuted the official trailer for “Lincoln’s Dilemma,” the streamer’s new four-part documentary series about the late U.S. president. You can watch the new trailer below to get ready for its February 18 premiere.

Discover a side of Abraham Lincoln you’ve never seen before. Inspired by David S. Reynolds’s book “Abe: Abraham, Lincoln in his Times,” Lincoln’s Dilemma comes to Apple TV+ February 18.

The show will be narrated by Jeffrey Wright and feature the voices of Bill Camp as Abraham Lincoln and Leslie Odom Jr. as Frederick Douglass. It will feature “diverse perspectives on Abraham Lincoln’s complex journey to end slavery.”

Based on acclaimed historian David S. Reynolds’ award-winning book, “Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times,” the series features insights from a diverse range of journalists, educators and Lincoln scholars, as well as rare archival materials, that offer a more nuanced look into the man dubbed the Great Emancipator. Set against the background of the Civil War, “Lincoln’s Dilemma” also gives voice to the narratives of enslaved people, shaping a more complete view of an America divided over issues including economy, race and humanity, and underscoring Lincoln’s battle to save the country, no matter the cost.

“Lincoln’s Dilemma” will premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, February 18. All four episodes of the docu-series will be available to stream on day one. If you want to enjoy the series in the best quality possible, check out our list of the best Apple TV deals.

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This iPhone trick boosts your AirPods volume instantly

Tom’s Guide helps us ~ Whether you’re using the AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max alongside your iPhone, there’s probably been at least one time where you wished the volume was just a little bit louder.

Thankfully, there’s a tweak tucked away in the iOS Settings app that lets you give your audio an instant boost.

This could come in handy in a number of situations. Maybe you’re on a noisy flight and are having trouble hearing your podcast.

Perhaps your roommate is vacuuming while you’re trying to get your Beyoncé on. Whatever the reason, it’s easy to increase your iPhone’s music volume using a hidden trick in the Settings app.

How to increase your iPhone’s music volume

1. Open the Settings app and tap Accessibility.

2. Scroll down and tap Audio/Visual.

3. Tap “Headphone Accommodations” then switch the toggle by it to the on position.

4. You’ll now see a bunch of options. Tap “Vocal Range” and switch the slider underneath to “Strong.”

And that’s it. Your music and podcasts should now be louder, though there’s a caveat — as you’re effectively amplifying the vocal parts of your audio, the bass output will be lower. If you want to switch it back to how it was before, simply tap the toggle by “Headphone Accommodations” to the off position.

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How to Keep iMessage From Filling Up Your iPhone and iCloud

iMessage can occupy a deceptively large amount of space on your phone.

lifehacker helps us ~ When you think about freeing up storage space on your iPhone, iMessage may be one of the last things that comes to mind. However, the service tends to take up a deceptively large amount of storage space on your iPhone and on iCloud because we use it all the time to send photos, videos, and other large attachments—it all adds up over time.

You’re faced with a tough choice—delete entire conversations to free up space quickly, or manually select thousands of attachments to remove only the most unnecessary files.

How to quickly free up iMessage storage space on your iPhone

Before you start, we strongly recommend that you update your iPhone to iOS 15. Older versions of iOS have much slower methods to clear up iMessage storage space, and iOS 15 makes it a lot easier. Update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

To review how much space iMessage is taking up on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Messages. If you haven’t cleared up unnecessary attachments in a long time, you could be staring at more than 10GB of iMessage attachments.

If you are ready to delete entire chats, you can tap Top Conversations and hit the Edit button in the top-right corner. You can select all the chats you want to delete and hit the Trash icon in the top-right corner of the page. This is the fastest way to free up a lot of space, but it tends to mess with your iMessage group chats. You may have to get yourself invited to those groups again if you use this method.

For a more focused approach to deleting iMessage attachments, go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Messages once again. Here, you can review each type of attachment—photos, videos, GIFs and stickers, and Other—one by one. Tap any of these categories, and hit the Edit button in the top-right corner. Then you can select all the attachments you don’t need, and hit the Trash icon in the top-right corner to free up space.

How to reduce iMessage’s impact on your iCloud storage space

iCloud space is also an important part of this conversation. If you find that iMessage is taking up more iCloud space than you can afford to spare, go to Settings > [YOUR NAME] > iCloud and disable Messages. This will remove your text messages from your iCloud backups and free up space. However, it’ll also stop syncing SMS messages across Apple devices, so be aware of that.

You can also go to Settings > [YOUR NAME] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Messages and check how much storage it’s occupying in iCloud. You can tap Top Conversations and remove the chats you don’t want on iCloud. You can also return to the previous page and tap Disable & Delete to remove Messages from iCloud entirely.

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iOS 15.4 lets you unlock your iPhone’s Face ID even when wearing a mask —

here’s how to set it up

This is for those of you who don’t have an Apple watch

Business Insider helps us ~ 

        • With iOS 15.4, you can now unlock your iPhone’s Face ID even while wearing a mask.
        • To set up Face ID with your mask, head to the Settings app and tap “Face ID & Passcode.”
        • You’ll need to have an iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 model to enable the new Face ID options.

Face ID is designed to let you unlock your iPhone quickly and without any fuss. But if you’ve ever tried to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask, you know that there’s always a bit of fuss involved.

How to set up Face ID with a mask

First, make sure that you’ve updated your iPhone to iOS 15.4. This is the update that includes new Face ID features.

When you turn on your phone after installing the update, it might offer you the chance to set up your new Face ID right away. But if it doesn’t:

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app and tap the Face ID & Passcode option. You’ll have to enter your passcode too.

2. Toggle on the Use Face ID With a Mask switch, then tap Use Face ID With a Mask.

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Lastly ~ AppleTV+ has an ad called

Everyone but John Hamm.

It is a really good ad for the platform! 

John Hamm is best known for his role in the period drama television series Mad Men.  But he has a comedic background.

So go click on the link in the show notes or do a search on Youtube.

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