Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 004 – Show Notes

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Episode: 004

Title: It Feels Good In The Hand


Hosts: Glenn Goodman, Jayson Walmsley, Garth Humphreys  


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Low cost iphone? High-Quality Video and Photos Reveal What Apple’s Plastic iPhone Will Look Like

Over the past several weeks, a number of leaks about Apple’s rumored lower-cost plastic iPhone have surfaced, including design drawings from a case maker and photos of alleged rear shells in a number of bright colors.


Techdy now reports that it has gotten its hands on what it believes to be legitimate front and rear parts for this lower-cost plastic iPhone, offering the first good look at how the device will appear fully assembled.


Among the most obvious differences from previous assumptions is the use of a black panel for the device as opposed to white. Techdy tells us that this black front panel will be used with all color variations of the rear shell, which will reportedly include blue, pink, yellow, green, and white.


The budget iPhone will be made substantially from plastic (we can feel it’s actually polycarbonate material). It will have a 4” screen, like the iPhone 5, and interestingly, the budget iPhone actually has a shape that’s similar to Apple’s original iPod. When we hold the budget iPhone in our hands, the plastic chassis does not feel cheap at all. Unlike the plastic build quality of the Samsung Galaxy phones, the plastic material used on the budget iPhone feels more sturdy.


Physical features on the device appear to be as expected, although the rear shell has only pinholes where the power and volume buttons and SIM card slot should be, suggesting that the leaked shell had not yet had holes for those features punched out during production.


Who is the market? What will happen to the previous models? Screen sizes?

iwatch Rumours persist: Apple Patent Details Flexible Battery Shape for Future Devices

An Apple patent application published yesterday (via Patently Apple) by the United States Patent and Trademark office details the creation of a flexible battery shape, suggesting that the company is exploring solutions for future products that may take on a unique shape, such as the rumored iWatch.


The patent, which was filed in December of 2011, covers a flexible battery pack that consists of several different cells connected through a laminate layer, designed to “allow the battery to be shaped to fit a form factor of the electronic device.”


Apple seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 3


To go along with this morning’s third iOS 7 beta, Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 3. This new preview arrives two weeks following Preview 2. Like Preview 2, it seems likely that Preview 3 focuses on bug and performance fixes.

OS X Mavericks launches for the general public this fall with new Maps and iBooks apps, significant battery life, scrolling, and overall performance adjustments, and power-user features like revamped multiple-monitor support, Finder Tags, Finder Tabs, and a faster Safari browser.


iOS 7 Beta 3 Tidbits: New App Download Animation, Thicker Fonts, Safari Improvements

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 7, which brings a number of improvements and bug fixes to the operating system. According to the release notes, double notifications have been resolved and AirPlay issues have also been fixed.


Redesigned Fonts – Fonts across a number of apps appear to have been tweaked to be thicker, using Helvetica Neue (noy) Regular instead of Ultra Light. This is most noticeable in the Messages app, where text appears to be bolded, but it can also be seen in the Weather app, the Notification Center, and the Settings menu.


Apple hires Yves Saint Laurent CEO as VP working on ‘special projects’

Apple has hired Paul Deneve, the now former CEO of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent. His new position has not yet been defined, but, in a statement provided to Bloomberg, the company said he will work on “special projects” as a VP reporting straight to CEO Tim Cook.


Look out for extremely well dressed presenters at the next key note!


Deneve is making his return to Apple after a long stint away; he worked in sales and marketing for the company’s European arm between 1990 and 1997. After that he started a career in the fashion industry with Courrèges, eventually becoming YSL’s CEO in 2011.


The hire appears to be unrelated to Apple’s most prominent vacant position — the company is yet to replace John Browett, who left as retail chief in last year’s executive shakeup that removed Scott Forstall. Browett had been on the job for less than a year after taking over from Ron Johnson, who had been at the company for over a decade and oversaw the introduction of Apple’s iconic stores.


Listener Question


George from Bendigo:


I want to connect my new Macbook Air to my existing Windows machine? How can I do this?


LifeHacker had an answer for this one:


Connect to the server on your Mac. Now, on your Mac, from Finder’s Go menu, choose “Connect to Server.” Enter the IP address you just obtained from your PC, preceded by

smb:// as shown:

To use your PC’s name instead of IP address, replace the number with the name. So if your PC’s name is “MyWindowsBox”, you’d use:


smb://mywindowsbox (not case-sensitive).


If it finds your server, you’ll get prompted to enter your network credentials – by default, your Windows username and password:

Once you’re in, you’ll get to choose which shared folder you want to mount on your Mac. In this case, we’re going to choose the “PC – My Docs” share:

And you’re done! Now the “PC – My Docs” folder will be mounted on your Mac, and accessible from your desktop and in Finder. If you’ve allowed reading and writing to the shared folder in Windows, you can drag and drop and save files to it as if it were any disk.



Cool Things/Picks of the Week



Quick Sale


Create invoices in seconds with Quick Sale and instantly email your invoices directly to your clients in a professional PDF format.


Quick Sale is ideal for all types of businesses, it gives you an easy way to create, manage and email invoices, track inventory, apply full or partial payments, track balances and reports.


The Pro version adds the ability to create quotes, estimates, work orders, capture signature, import/export inventory, print, customize the email message, create multiple companies, Dropbox support for backups, and much more.


The inventory functionality allows you to track inventory, organize items or services by category or add specific items to a favorites list; add a photo to the items for fast recognition or find them with the search option.


Sales reports are available by date or period and can be emailed to yourself or exported to a CSV file.


Quick Sale Pro is also available on the App Store as a stand alone app.




Garmin ‘Heads Up Display’

Having turn-by-turn directions on your iPhone is great, but it’s still distracting to look down at your phone to see the route that’s mapped out for you. Garmin’s taking a page from fighter jets and high-end luxury cars by introducing a $129.99 portable Heads Up Display (HUD) that works with Bluetooth-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone equipped with Garmin’s Navigon software, available through the App Store.


Garmin’s HUD rests on the dashboard and projects onto the windshield turn indications, distance to the next turn, current speed, speed limit and estimated time of arrival. It will automatically vary the brightness level depending on ambient light. And because it works in conjunction with the Navigon software on the iPhone, you’ll also hear spoken directions, either through the iPhone or through the car’s stereo if it supports Bluetooth.


A transparent film that attaches to the inside of the windshield to better reflect the HUD display is included, along with a reflector lens you can attach directly to the HUD. The HUD incldues a power cable with a USB port so you can charge your iPhone and use the HUD simultaneously.


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