Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 407

Show 407 – Mar 15, 2022


Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael       


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 


Story 1 ~  MS & ZK~ Pics

Apple event last week

iPhone 13 now available in Dark Green, a Dark Green

iPhone 13 Pro now available in Alpine Green, a slightly lighter Shade

iPhone SE

Love the power.

Love the price.


Apple says

      • A chip that really zips
      • A leap in battery life ~ 2 hours longer Video watching
      • A fast 5G connection
      • A design that’s made to last
      • A superstar camera
      • A button you call Home
      • All in a pocket‑friendly 
      • 4.7″ design
      • A15 Bionic


A new iPad Air

    • Supercharged by the Apple M1 chip
    • 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage
    • Blazing‑fast 5G
    • Five gorgeous colours
    • and USB-C

The Studio Display

      • 5K
      • 600 nits
      • True Tone
      • P3 Cloiur
      • optional nano textured glass
      • 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 122° field of view
      • Center Stage
      • High-fidelity six-speaker system with force-cancelling woofers
      • Wide stereo sound
      • Support for Spatial Audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos
      • Studio-quality three-mic array with high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming
      • Support for “Hey Siri”
      • One Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port, three USB-C ports
      • One upstream Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port for host (with 96W host charging)
      • Three downstream USB-C ports (up to 10Gb/s) for connecting peripherals, storage, and networking

And to drive the display

The Mac Studio

M1 Max or M1 Ultra chips

      • Ultra is 2 M1 Max chips joined at the hip


      • 32Gb to 128GB Unified Memory


      • 512GB to 8TB FAST SSD


      • Simultaneously supports up to five displays:
      • Support for up to four Pro Display XDRs (6K resolution over USB-C and one 4K display over HDMI


      • Built-in speaker
      • 3.5 mm headphone jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones
      • HDMI port supports multichannel audio output

10GB ethernet

heaps of ports back and front

And BIG Fans

So with the Mac Pro announced as the only remaining Mac in the Apple Silicon migration to go.  

So NO iMac Pro and NO 27” iMac it seems

How fast is that Mac Pro going to be???

Black is the new Space Gray

Lastly, Apple showed off a new Magic Mouse, Keyboard, and Trackpad for the Mac Studio, but unlike the iMac keyboard and mouse colours, anyone can buy them.

In fact, you can’t buy them in Space Grey anymore—the only options are black and white now.

The keyboard is basically the same, but the mouse and trackpad are way cooler.



Story 2 ~ MS ~ Pics

Apple released BUT did not announce at its event

New Apple Watch bands in US Spring Hues!!

New iPhone Cases also Spring Hues, like Lemon Zest

more about the bands–slid—product-

more about the cases



ithelp2u   ~ Pic



#1 ~ MS ~ Pic

Apple has released another Youtube video about 

Expanding on its 2019 “Apple at Work” and 2021 “WFH thing“ Short Films Apple has released “Escape from the Office”.

The team from the previous videos leave the company to create their own startup.

With references to Ted Lasso and other Apple TV+ shows the team create their own product using all of Apples tools like WiFi sharing and AR creation and Apple Services like iCloud Drive and Apple Business Essentials platform.

This is a fun creative short film and worth going back and watching the first two to get a reminder!

Also their is a “How to use Storytelling” video based on the first one which help you get an idea for your own films of the family, etc.

this one

first one


how to use storytelling


AD Blue Ocean   ~ Video


How To ~ MS ~ Pic

Halide app update brings the iPhone 13 Pro’s macro photography feature to the iPhone 8 and newer

It makes typing and editing text easier than before.

9TO5Mac ~ Halide announced a major update for its award-winning camera app. iPhone users can update to version 2.5, which enables iPhone 13’s Macro Mode to the iPhone 8 or newer.

In a blog post, Halide’s Ben Sandofsky explains how great it is to have a macro camera, showing a ton of examples. Sandofsky also explains that this feature was available for a while thanks to third-party lenses, but those implementations aren’t as powerful as the iPhone 13 solution.

Now, Halide is bringing a Macro Mode feature to all users of the iPhone 8 or newer, and users can choose whether or not to activate the mode.

Macro Mode is easily accessed. As opposed to the built-in camera, we decided to really make Macro photography a deliberate ‘mode.’ While the ultra-wide camera in Halide will still automatically focus on very close subjects if you desire, we believe that taking macro photos is best done in a mode that supports a particular style of photography.

To access Macro Mode, users have to tap the “AF” button, then the flower icon, which in Halide’s case is a tulip “because our designer is Dutch.” 

Here’s how it works:

Entering Macro Mode, smart things start to happen in Halide. To begin, Halide examines your available cameras and switches to whichever one has the shortest minimum focus distance. Then it locks focus at that nearest point. You can tap anywhere on screen to adjust focus; unlike our standard camera mode, we configure the focus system to only search for objects very close to you.

Halide also lets you adjust the focus by hand. Not only that, the app created a feature called Neural Macro, which upscales images in a way that produces “much sharper, smoother results than what you typically get in an editor.”



How To ~ ZK ~ Pic

How to clean your Apple Polishing Cloth without ruining it

If you have to spend A$29 on Apple’s fancy Polishing Cloth, which is now available in Australia. You should know how to properly look after it so that it doesn’t get ruined.

You can’t just throw it in the washing machine with your mucky laundry when it starts to get dirty.

Fortunately, Apple has now provided official instructions on keeping the Polishing Cloth clean. Here’s what you need to know.

Cult of Mac helps us ~ Safely cleaning your Apple Polishing Cloth

Most Apple displays don’t need a special cleaning cloth. Regular (and significantly more affordable) microfiber and other soft cloths — like the excellent options available from CultCloth — are perfectly fine for glass screens.

However, Apple says you shouldn’t use any old cloth on Pro Display XDR with nano-texture glass. So, if you’ve picked up Apple’s own Polishing Cloth for keeping your screens smudge-free, here’s how to clean it when it gets dirty:

      • Hand wash the polishing cloth with dish soap and water.
      • Rinse thoroughly.
      • Allow the polishing cloth to air dry for at least 24 hours.

These instructions were provided by Apple in an update to its official support document on cleaning Pro Display XDR, so if anything goes wrong during the cleaning process, it should be covered by the Polishing Cloth’s warranty.

Why the Polishing Cloth should be treated carefully

Unlike most cleaning cloths, the Polishing Cloth is actually two layers of fabric pressed together. Harsher cleaning methods, like throwing the Cloth in a washing machine, may cause the two layers to peel apart.

That’s why a more careful cleaning process is required. But if you’re a responsible Polishing Cloth owner, you shouldn’t have to clean it very often.



How To ~ MS ~ No Pic

ForkLift 3 app for Mac

This is an awesome app.

You know when you are moving heaps of files and the Mac just stops moving them and says we cant do this.

No explanation, no pointing to the faulty file/s!!

Forklift will help. You can even tell it to keep copying and report at the end any errors.

Also it will Delete any straggling app files when you Delete an app.

And MUCH more.

more with pics


How to ZK ~ No Pic

Rene Ritchie talks to Apples VP of Health

This will give you a good idea why should turn on more stuff in the health app.

This like measuring your gate, which is how far you move your legs when you walk.

Or measuring your steadiness when you are walking.



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