Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 142

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down for an extended interview with NDTV while in India this week and in it discusses the latest on Apple Pay negotiations, bringing Apple retail to India, and discussions with carriers and government officials while visiting the country.

While noting several large investments Apple is announcing in India, including the opening of a new development office that will create 4,000 jobs and a new accelerator program for app developers, Cook also confirmed talks with Indian banks for Apple Pay and much more.

Cook commented that he sees “a future for Apple retail in India,” something we heard just this week that Apple is working on behind the scenes.

On competing with low cost Android devices in the market, Cook said Apple is “not going to play in some of these other price points.”

Another big topic of conversation throughout the interview was that of “certified pre-owned” devices. After recent reports that India officials rejected Apple’s plans to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, Cook noted Apple still has ambitions to do so. “It’s certified pre-owned… it’s like a new phone because it has a warranty for a new phone.. yes we would like to do that here.. we do in the US, we do it in Japan, we do it in many different countries around the world.”

Cook was spotted visiting film sets and a cricket game while on his trip this week, while Apple’s VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson is also visiting the country.


Story 2

Apple Never Wants You to Leave its New Store

Time reports the newest Apple Store highlights the future of one of the world’s most successful retail operations

Five elements make up the future of Apple’s retail operation, Ahrendts said, calling the Union Square shop “the first, largest global flagship and the future of what you will see going forward.” Each facet is part of a grand “town square” metaphor, starting with the “avenue,” an open area of what she called “little boutiques” where people can stroll around just as they might through the surrounding stores in Union Square. Apple has created a new position, called a Creative Pro, to staff these areas, billing them as artsy spins on the Genius who won’t just tell you the specs of the latest iPhone’s camera but might explain backlighting and the rule of thirds.

The second is the “board room,” a meeting place that Ahrendts described as a home for the thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs and startups that overfloweth in San Francisco, potentially helping Apple strengthen its ties to small businesses.

The third is Apple’s new take on the Genius Bar, those areas where customers can go get help with their hardware and software. It’s called a “Genius Grove,” all the “significant” stores will have them. And yes, these groves will be lined with actual trees—with leather seats wrapped around their bases, no less.

The fourth feature is what Apple is calling “the forum,” a sleek, open take on a classroom where a musician might lead a workshop on sound editing or a developer might come talk shop with other app-makers. Attendees will have the choice of sitting on wooden boxes, leather boxes or leather balls. And there won’t be hard rules about showing up to class on time, even if there is strictly whimsical seating available. “The next generation, they just want to flow, they want to come and go as they want,” Ahrendts said. “They don’t want a formal presentation.”

The final tweak will only be shared by the most “significant” stores: a public plaza open 24/7, with promises of free Wi-Fi and live acoustic music every week


Story 3

Apple shares spike amid bullish iPhone 7 report, suppliers follow

Shares of Apple rose more than 1 percent Monday after Taiwan’s Economic Daily reported the tech behemoth asked its suppliers to make more iPhone 7s than expected.

The newspaper said Monday Apple asked suppliers to produce between 72 million and 78 million iPhone 7s by the end of the year, above Wall Street expectations for 65 million.

Also Apple’s top Taiwanese suppliers have started mass-hirings, with reports in Taiwan that the companies were recruiting staff in preparation for building the iPhone 7 series.


Story 4

Apple will exchange your bricked iPad Pro

Following reports that some iPad Pros have been bricked in the latest iOS update Apple pulled the

the update for Pro users and will replace the iPad at an Apple Store


Quick Stories

Android smartphones suffer from significantly higher failure rates than iPhones

According to the report, the failure rate for Android devices was 44 percent , compared to only 25 percent for iOS devices.

Of the Android devices, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note suffered from the highest failure rates, while for iOS it was the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s

No sooner did we get our updates then Apple drops new betas for OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3, and tvOS 9.2.2

Apple on Monday released previews of the next iterations of OS X, iOS, and tvOS, handing out beta versions of its popular desktop, mobile, and set-top box operating systems to registered developers



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How To 1

Touch ID asking to unlock more often

The passcode can always be used instead of Touch ID, and it’s still required under the following circumstances:

• The device has just been turned on or restarted.

• The device has not been unlocked for more than 48 hours.

The passcode has not been used to unlock the device in the last six days and TouchID has not unlocked the device in the last eight hours.

• The device has received a remote lock command.

• After five unsuccessful attempts to match a fingerprint.

• When setting up or enrolling new fingers with Touch ID.


How to 2

Use Siri to Send Emails from Your iPhone

To send an email with Siri, press the Home button to activate Siri. Tell Siri to send an email and to whom. For example, “Send an email to Donna.” If a contact has more than one email, Siri will ask which one to use. (You can also tell Siri to send an email to multiple recipients: “Send an email to Donna and Sarah.”)

Siri will prompt you for the email Subject such as “Travel Plans” or “Article Deadline.”

Next, tell Siri the content of the email. Wait for Siri to confirm. If you want to change anything, say “change subject,” “add,” or “change message.” If you’re satisfied, say “Yes.” or tap Send.

Thanks to iphonelife for this tip


How To 3

Siri pronouncing something wrong

To teach Siri how to say a name correctly, hold the home button to activate Siri and then say, “That’s not how you pronounce Sarah.”

Siri will then ask you how to pronounce the contact’s first name. Say the name correctly. Siri will offer you three pronunciation options to choose from. Select the one that is correct. If none of the options is close enough, tap Tell Siri Again to repeat the process until you get a pronunciation you like.

Thanks to iphonelife for this tip also



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