Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 154

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

Presented by⬇︎

Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

iOS 9.3.4 – yes you should

Why is iOS 9.3.4 essential? It addresses an issue where “an application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” The description in the Apple support page says: “A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.” MacRumors pointed out that iOS 9.3.4 also fixes the Pangu iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak exploit. And Apple credited Team Pangu for discovering the memory corruption vulnerability.


Story 2

WatchOS 2.2.2 – yes you should

A security fix and bug fix update which we highly recommend you do.


Story 3

Apple Lambasts Australian Banks Over Call For iPhone NFC Access

Apple has strongly criticised an attempt by three of Australia’s big banks to jointly negotiate a deal over access to the iPhone’s NFC mobile payment hardware, claiming it would compromise security and scupper innovation in the field (via Financial Review).

In a clear opprobrium of Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Westpac, Apple told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that “allowing the banks to form a cartel to collectively dictate terms to new business models and services would set a troubling precedent and delay the introduction of new, potentially disruptive technologies.”

In a three-page submission to the ACCC, Apple accused the banks of using “innuendo and misstatements” in their application, and said that granting access to the iPhone’s transmitter to allow bank apps to facilitate contactless payments would compromise Apple’s hardware, harm consumers, and lead to less competition:


Story 4 a & b

Universal search on Apple TV goes beyond US services with Australia’s Stan

Apple has silently added Australia’s Stan to the list of services supported by universal search on the Apple TV, representing the first time the feature has gone beyond U.S.-based companies.

Siri joking with users in response to some Pokemon Go queries

Apple has updated the Siri response database with some light-hearted remarks for users asking about the wildly popular Pokémon Go mobile game.


Story 5

Multiple device WiFi logins – so easy with handoff

How cool is handoff – I’m currently away and I am just beginning to understand how convenient it really is.

I join a WiFi network on my Mac, then in the middle of a podcast I need to look up something on my iPhone BUT don’t have the login card ~ no worries it’s already done!

1 On your Mac: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click General, then select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.” …

2 On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch: Go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps, then tap to turn on Handoff.



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How To 1

quickly get your iPhone IEMI number

Settings, General, Scroll Down

OR call *#06# and it will show on the screen

With a mic button for Siri search, and gesture controls,and really easy pairing to your AppleTV.


How To 2

Group Messaging in iOS

You all know you can send group messages by just typing more name or numbers to your message. BUT did you know you can then name the group so you just type say Dans wedding and it will reach all in the group.


How To 3

Apple Calendar on iOS

So I’m spending time on my iDevices the other day removing old apps I don’t use anymore, old photos etc.

I then notice in iCal any appointments you have for the ‘rest of the day’ show up as lines at the bottom of the day.

If you scroll up and down you can see the lines as the appointments disappear off the bottom the screen.


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