Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 164

Show 164 – Oct 24, 2016

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple event Friday our time

Apple has finally sent out invitations for an event on Thursday Morning US time.

What does the invitation mean???

hello again with a disappearing Apple logo??

The event will be live streamed of course.



Story 2

Apple lawsuit reveals most chargers sold on Amazon are fake and dare I say eBay (MS)

Engadget reports Apple has filed a lawsuit against Mobile Star LLC for manufacturing fake Apple chargers and cables and passing them off on Amazon as authentic goods. According to the details of the lawsuit posted by Patently Apple, Cupertino bought and tested over 100 Lightning cables and chargers marked “Fulfilled by Amazon” over the past nine months. The result? Around 90 percent of the chargers were fake. Now, we all know there’s an abundance of counterfeit Apple goods out there, but people tend to trust listings sold by Amazon itself. And in this case, Amazon clearly stated that the items were “original.” Check out one example below the fold to see what we mean.

When Apple got in touch with Amazon about the issue, the website told the former that it got most of its chargers from Mobile Star LLC. The iPhone-maker stressed that since counterfeit cables and chargers don’t go through consumer safety testing and could be poorly designed, they’re prone to overheating and catching fire. They might even electrocute users. Tim Cook and co. are now asking the court to issue an injunction against the defendant. They also want the court to order the seizure and destruction of all the fake chargers in addition to asking for damages.

As for Amazon, it told 9to5mac that it “has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on [its] site” and the the company “work[s] closely with manufacturers and brands, and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.”


Stories 3 a & b

App Store now makes more money from China than U.S., reported by Cult of Mac

Apple just set an all-new record for the most App Store revenue brought in from one country in a quarter. Only instead of the United States taking the top spot, China is now Apple’s most profitable market for apps.

China accounted for $1.7 billion in total iOS revenue during Q3 2016, according to a new report from app analytics firm App Annie. Last quarter, China shot past the United States for the most revenue in games. Now China is starting to dominate all categories.

The U.S. market now brings in 15 percent less revenue than China, and growth in the Asian country is expected to continue climbing drastically through 2020.

Games now make up 75 percent of App Store revenue. Entertainment and social networking apps are starting to make huge leaps, though: Revenue in those two categories more than tripled over last year’s numbers. Video-streaming apps are also taking off in China.

IBM Says Macs Are Up to $543 Less Expensive Than PCs Over Time, reported by MacRumors

At the Jamf Nation User Conference yesterday, designed for IT management professionals, IBM VP of Workplace as a Service Fletcher Previn talked about IBM’s decision to start letting employees choose between Windows or Mac machines, the cost of PCs vs. Macs, and the resulting changes to the company.

IBM began adopting Macs for its employees in mid-2015, quickly becoming one of Apple’s largest corporate customers. In the first year, IBM deployed approximately 30,000 Macs, and with employees have continuing to choose Macs over PCs, IBM now has 90,000 deployed Macs supported by five admins.

There were assumptions early on that Macs would be significantly more expensive than PCs, but over the last year, IBM has found that it’s actually PCs that are more expensive. Over a four-year lifespan, Previn says IBM saves up to $543 per Mac compared to a PC.


Story 4


iPhone 7 dominates Q3 sales despite limited availability

Cult of Mac reports, even though the iPhone 7 was only on sale for two weeks during Q3 2016, it accounted for more than 40 percent of all iPhone sales in the United States, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

Market researchers concluded that iPhone 7’s huge share of sales during the three-month period came partly because of rave reviews from fans, as well as the fact that hardly anyone bought a new iPhone leading up to the September 16 launch.

“In a quarter with only two weeks of sales, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus grabbed significant share of iPhones sold,” Josh Lowitz, CIRP co-founder, said in a statement. “We attribute this to slow iPhone sales in the weeks leading up to the launch of these two new models, as well as a positive reception for the new 7 and 7 Plus models.”

Even though iPhone 7 Plus has the most new features, users still prefer smaller sizes. The iPhone 7 was the most popular of the two new models, grabbing 31 percent of sales. Meanwhile, iPhone 7 Plus took 12 percent.

The iPhone SE also performed well in Q3 with nearly 10 percent of sales. Among new buyers of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, 36 percent were upgrading from the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

Easy come, Easy go


Story 5

Reported by iClarified, Seven Thieves Walk Into Apple Store, Steal $13,000 Worth of iPhones

On Wednesday evening a group of seven individuals made up of males and females entered the Mall and went directly to the Apple Store. These individuals, while clad in hoodies and/or hats to shield their identity, surrounded the area of the store where iPhones are on display. In orchestrated fashion these individuals cut the security cords and exited the store with 19 phones. Apple placed a value on the loss in excess of $13,000. The group fled easterly on foot and despite an extensive search was not located.


Story 6

Mirai-based DDoS attack highlights benefits of Apple’s secure HomeKit platform

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that on Friday severely impacted internet access for many U.S. web denizens was found to be in part enabled by a botnet targeting unprotected “Internet of Things” devices AND Security Camera systems. For Apple, the revelation vindicates a controversial walled garden approach to IoT borne out through the HomeKit protocol.

Story 7

Jony Ive and Marc Newson to design Christmas tree for the holidays at famous London hotel

Every year, London’s famous Claridge’s hotel kicks off its holiday season with a decorative showstopper Christmas tree in the foyer. As you might imagine, the 5-star hotel in Mayfair goes far beyond what most people imagine as a ‘Christmas tree’ roping in world-renowned designers and architects to imagine incredible visual displays.

Last year, Burberry CEO unveiled a gold and silver tree composed of 100 umbrellas and 70,000 lights. 2014 was a more traditional tree, designed by Dolce & Gabbana, also pictured above.

For the first time, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will be taking up the post and imagining his own blockbuster Christmas tree at Claridges, in cooperation with Marc Newson – who also works at Apple on projects such as Apple Watch. Jony Ive’s interpretation of a festive tree will be unveiled at the hotel on November 18.


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How To 1

When in spotlight, refine your search to the web by pressing Command+B


How To 2

Did you know or remember you can use your iMac as a display with Target Display Mode

Target Display Mode lets you use the built-in display on a supported iMac as an external display for another Mac.

iMacs you can use as a display

iMac (27-inch Late 2009)

iMac (27-inch Mid 2010)

iMac (Mid 2011)

Mac (Mid 2012-Mid 2014)

Note: iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and later iMac models can’t be used as Target Display Mode displays.

More detail and images can be found at


How To 3


Using remote disc. Another handy feature of is remote disc. If you have multiple Mac’s on your network you can use the Optical drive on one of the other Macs as if it was connected to the Mac you are using. Garth’s Roundup of the things Michael missed


Also I mentioned last week I had an Apple watch issue.  After a couple of days Apple rang to say they had an exchange watch for me.

It came in a really nice box with the Apple watch  logo indented.

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