Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 011 – Show Notes

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Episode: 011

Title: mmm salty


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


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Feedback or questions? What would you like to see on the show?




Photos of Alleged ‘Graphite’ iPhone 5S Rear Shell and Parts Surface


Sonny Dickson has posted new photos showing alleged parts from a “graphite” colored iPhone 5S, which could be a fourth color choice for the phone in addition to the expected black and white choices, as well as the all but confirmed “champagne” color option. The photos show the device from numerous angles with the back, front, and screen housing assembled, and also show it next to the champagne iPhone 5S and iPhone 5S screen assembly.


Newly Released Video Offers Detailed Look at Upcoming ‘Champagne’ iPhone 5S and Low-Cost iPhone


A new video gives a detailed look at of Apple’s upcoming “champagne” iPhone 5S along with a close look at the blue low-cost iPhone “5C”. The video, posted by AppAdvice, compares the backplates of both devices to the existing iPhone 5 and gives the clearest look yet at the design of Apple’s newest iPhones.


Leaked Photo Shows Dozens of iPhone 5C Devices Being Tested at iPhone Manufacturer Pegatron

A photo of what appears to be dozens of iPhone 5C devicesbeing put through a testing process has appeared on the Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo. The photo was first noticed by the French site NowhereElse, though Engadget hasdone some additional digging on the image.

Nuance Developer Email Claims iOS 7 Will Launch September 10

Nuance, the company which powers Siri’s speech recognition capabilities, sent an email to developers using its API today claiming the General Availability release of iOS 7 will be delivered on September 10, according to journalist Owen Williams (via TheNextWeb).


Apple planning to launch iPhone trade-in program in September



Apple is beginning final preparations to launch an iPhone trade-in program in its retail stores as soon as next month, according to sources with knowledge of the initiative. This trade-in program will allow customers that own earlier versions of the iPhone, such as the iPhone 4S, to bring the phone into an Apple Store and exchange it for a new iPhone model, like the iPhone 5, at a discounted price…


Apple Launches Redesigned AppleCare Website With 24/7 Live Chat Support


Apple has launched a newly redesigned AppleCare website that includes 24/7 live chat support, reports 9to5Mac. First rumored in early August, the redesign includes large, easy-to-click buttons and a simpler design.


The page features links to each of Apple’s products, including Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads, as well as a number of services including iTunes and other apps.


Siri just started a beef with Google Glass


Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri has been known to have a quirky personality for a long time, offering off the cuff responses to a variety of unconventional requests. Now it appears that Siri is eager to take some jabs at Google Glass, as it responds with subtle and not-so-subtle putdowns on the product when you use the “Okay Glass” command. Siri’s snark is worn on its sleeve when it fires back with quips such as “I think that Glass is half empty,” or asks you to stop strapping your iPhone to your forehead because it “simply won’t work.” Responses are seen in iOS 6, though apparently the beta of iOS 7 offers even more Glass-related comebacks. You can see a few of Siri’s reactions in the gallery below.



Listener Question 


Paul from Sydney:


Does the mini display port HMDI play sound?


I would like to connect either my MBP or MBA to the tv to play some music videos.


Would this work connecting the mini display port to the HDMI connector on the tv?



Yes, on most later Macs, up to 8 channels in fact. You will need a mini display port to HDMI adaptor.


These Apple computers supply multichannel audio (up to 8 channels) and video signals over Mini DisplayPort:


  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012 and later) 1

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)

  • MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)1

  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 and later)1

  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

  • MacBook (Mid 2010 and later)

  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 and later)

  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 and later)

  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)


Pick of the Week 


WritePad – Handwriting Recognition for iPad

WritePad ($9.49 for iPad (english), $4.49 for iPhone) is an advanced note taking app for your iDevice that transposes your handwriting into digital text. No more fumbling with bluetooth keyboards, or typing notes with your thumbs – now you can simply pen your sentence onto the screen, and WritePad will analyze the the handwriting and convert it to text.


The real beauty of WritePad is the ability to use a small collection of “short cut” symbols to perform actions, such as adding a return, inserting a space, or deleting a word (or words). This means that you can write consistently without needing to set down your stylus and press any buttons on the screen.


WritePad is a well thought out app, and certainly offers a feature not seen in other note taking apps. Unfortunately, the time spent correcting the errors or choosing the correct recognized result slows the process significantly. Unless you have excellent handwriting, and you struggle to type a quickly on an iPad, WritePad is more of a novelty app than a truly viable note taking option.



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