Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 146

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1


Garth’s views on watchOS 3

whether it is really a full rebuild or a great Makeover?

⬇︎ Story 2

MacOS Sierra Compatibility List

  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 and later)

iPhone compatible with iOS 10

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

iPad compatible with iOS 10

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch model
  • iPad Pro 9.7 inch model
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 2

iPod Touch compatible with iOS 10

  • iPod Touch 6th generation

Story 3

Apple gives Devs the chance to harness power of neural networks

Neural nets, if you’ve lived under a rock for the past few years, have been responsible for some of the most importance advances in artificial intelligence over the past decade. They’re basically vast artificial brains used for exploring the relationship between input and output, where this relationship is complex or unclear.

As Apple explains in accompanying notes about its new neural network API:

“The Accelerate framework’s new basic neural network subroutines (BNNS) is a collection of functions that you can use to construct neural networks. It is supported on OS X, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and is optimised for all CPUs supported on those platforms.

⬇︎ Story 4 a & b

Google’s new iPhone keyboard, ‘Gboard,’ launches in Australia

Mashable reports, apart from its smooth search functionality, the keyboard also comes with glide typing, GIF search and emoji search, which can be used across your apps.

It also makes finding the perfect emoji a little easier than on your typical iOS keyboard, allowing you to search for emoji by name — “lol,” for example — rather than requiring you to scroll through multiple pages.

Apple Maps will remember where you parked your car

The forthcoming parking reminder, spotted by an AppleInsider reader, will automatically drop a pin to locate the car’s stationary location when a journey terminates somewhere other than the user’s home address.

A parked car icon will apparently also show in Apple Maps, including with an option to get directions to the car and an estimated time to get there. There’s also an edit option to tweak the accuracy of the pin drop if needed.


Story 5 a & b

I asked Eric from Aussie Tech Heads at the new watchOS and the other announcements ~ his reply

Haven’t had a good look, however the overriding negative about the watch for me personally is the fact that it isn’t water proof

I like watches to be water proof, it would matter very little to me if the watch was absolutely state of the art , if it isn’t water proof I won’t buy one. ( the battery worries me also)

The iOS for the phone/iPad is looking better and I’m looking forward to Mac OS

Mac OS should improve with Siri on board let’s hope it doesn’t take too much processing power and its accuracy I hope is spot on

The new iOS has some improvements including traffic on maps whilst in direction mode

I would like to see a new user interface on phones/ iPads, different graphics etc

My unrealistic wish for the phones is for them to be water proof, have a charging station/sheet so it doesn’t need to be plugged in and for it to be a hologram receiver and sender

The 9 year old girl Scholarship winner at WWDC that Tim Cook mentioned at the beginning of the keynote was Australian

A resident of Melbourne, Australia, Vijay was selected for a scholarship after she created an iOS app called Smartkins Animals, which lets young users have fun exploring the sights and sounds of over 100 animals. Prior to WWDC, the app had been downloaded “a few hundred times”.



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Aussie Tech Heads Podcast


How To 1

How to reject auto correct on the Mac

We know we can click the little X next to the suggestion BUT did you you can just click the esc key and keep going


How to 2

Eight Apple TV apps to get right now

Streaming apps

  • Netflix
  • Zova

Arcade Games

  • Geometry Wars 3


  • Yummly

Displaying Photos

  • Storehouse


  • Funny or Die

Music Video

  • Vevo

Booking Holiday

  • AirBnb

published 16/03/16

How To 3

Ebay Winner email

I believe this to be a scam!

It says it is a Portuguese company running the sweepstakes for Australian Press Titles.

It says it has nothing to do with eBay, just enter your details.

Mine have come from various email addresses.


extra bit of news

iOS10 to shoot RAW

iOS 10’s RAW image capture is only available via the rear camera and you can’t use image stabilisation when shooting RAW, but Apple did add the ability to shoot RAW + JPEG on a single snap and bracketed shooting.


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