Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 009 – Show Notes

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Episode: 009

Title: It’s a date…


Hosts: Glenn Goodman, Jayson Walmsley, Jason Oakley (WauloK), Garth Humphreys


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Bloomberg: Thinner iPad 5, Retina iPad mini this year & Sept. 10 iPhone event


Bloomberg has corroborated multiple reports regarding Apple’s next iPad and iPhone models.



Apple also plans to introduce a new iPad mini, the first with a high-resolution screen, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the development is private. The new iPad models are set to be introduced in the last three months of the year, one of the people said.



Further evidence for dual-flash in iPhone 5S emerges, promising natural-looking indoor shots

Further evidence has emerged for suggestions that the iPhone 5S could have dual-LED flash in the form of photos of what French leak site NWE claims are part of the rear shell. The slot for the flash has room for two LEDs rather than one.

While it’s possible this is simply to double the power of the flash, analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has previously suggested that the LED flash will feature both white and yellow-based lights. If so, the result should be far more natural-looking indoor flash-lit shots.


iPhone 5S to Include Sapphire-Covered Convex Home Button with Fingerprint Sensor?

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple’s product plans, has issued a new research note indicating that the iPhone 5S may include a sapphire-covered convex home button housing a fingerprint sensor.


The iPhone’s home button has had a concave shape since its introduction in 2007, but Kuo believes that moving to a convex shape would give Apple more space in which to fit the fingerprint sensor expected to be a differentiating feature for the iPhone 5S.



WSJ says what we all knew: iPad 5 will look like a big Mini

The WSJ seems to have confirmed what we were all expecting: the next iPad will essentially be a scaled-up iPad Mini.


The same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light will likely feature in the next iPad, which is currently being produced by Apple Inc.’s Asian suppliers, according to people with knowledge of the matter.


We’d previously expected the iPad 5 to have the same thin bezel design as the Mini, and now theWSJ reports that it will also use the same film-based touch panel, replacing the glass touch panels used in current full-sized iPads. The switch from glass to film touch layer was one of the ways that Apple was able to reduce the thickness and weight of the iPad Mini, and demonstrated its ability to overcome the main drawback of film-based touch panels.

Photos of Potential ‘iPhone 5C’ Volume Buttons Surface

Australian writer Sonny Dickson has shared some images of what he claims are the volume buttons for Apple’s upcoming low-cost plastic-shelled iPhone, dubbed the “iPhone 5C.” The buttons are shown in bright shades of green, yellow, red, and blue, matching previous descriptions of the device.


All Apple Developer Services Back Online after Hack, Apple Offers Free Month Extension

After over three weeks of at least partial downtime, Apple has informed developers that all of their developer services are now online. Apple is giving all developers an extension to their developer memberships by one month to account for the downtime. From the email to developers:

“We are pleased to let you know that all our developer program services are now online. Your patience during this time was sincerely appreciated.”



Listener Question 


Lisa emailed in…


Anti-virus question:


I have a Question for you guys, we are new to Apple Computers is it true we don’t need a PC virus protection and how safe is it. I have watched a few of your podcast and your U Tube channel.

Looking forward to your live night on Tuesday.  





  • In practice cybercriminal gangs are focused exclusively on Windows because there are more Windows users, but also because Windows is still easier to hack.
  • As a Unix-based operating system OS X is by its very nature sandboxed. It’s like having a series of fire doors – even if malware gains access to your Mac, it is unable to spread to the heart of the machine. Macs are not unhackable, but they are more difficult to exploit than Windows PCs. So just as a burglar could break into a house with an alarm system but will probably choose the unprotected dwelling next door, a Mac makes a less attractive target in a world in which only attractive targets tend to be attacked. Administrator password required to install applications.
  • The most recent version of OS X – OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – takes this even further. It includes the GateKeeper function that by default prevents Mac users from installing anything other than Apple-approved software. And the lack of Java and Flash plugins removes the temptation to install fake versions of both – previously the principal vectors of infection for Macs. Obtain software from reptuable sources.
  • So maybe a lower risk, but not no risk. It is also important to remain vigilant, run updates to OS X and applications.
  • Try ClamXav. Free from the Mac App Store. Whilst it doesn’t need to run all the time, maybe scan once a week.



Cool Things/Picks of the Week 


Dialogue for Mac pairs with your iPhone to let you answer and record calls





Dialogue is a new app available in the Mac App Store that allows you to pair your iPhone, or another smartphone, to your Mac via Bluetooth. Once paired you can answer calls on your Mac as well as record them.


When someone calls you, you can choose to answer the call via your Mac or through your actual phone. Dialogue simply runs in the background on your Mac. You can access it through the menu bar tray as well. Clicking on it while not in a call allows you to search for a contact and initiate a call through your iPhone or other smartphone. Since Dialogue works through Bluetooth, most smartphones will be supported that have Bluetooth capability.


I’ve made a few calls with Dialogue and while it does what it says it does, call quality wasn’t so great over built-in speakers. Plugging in headphones seems to remedy the problem but it’d be nice to see some kind of update to improve call quality over built-in speakers. I know that I don’t always have a pair of headphones plugged in or within arm’s length so that could be a potential issues for users that feel the same way.


I do however see myself using Dialogue when my phone isn’t around my computer but within Bluetooth range and need to make a quick call. The recording feature could also be beneficial for calls that you need to remember information from, such as conference calls.


$6.99 – Download Now

Source: The Verge

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