Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 165

Show 165 – Oct 31, 2016

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple event

skipped as Garth not here to discuss

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Story 2

Apple Finance Event

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful fiscal 2016 for Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re thrilled with the customer response to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the incredible momentum of our Services business, where revenue grew 24 percent to set another all-time record.”

“We are pleased to have generated $16.1 billion in operating cash flow, a new record for the September quarter,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned $9.3 billion to investors through dividends and share repurchases during the quarter and have now completed over $186 billion of our capital return program.”

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2017 first quarter:

revenue between $76 billion and $78 billion

gross margin between 38 percent and 38.5 percent

operating expenses between $6.9 billion and $7 billion

other income/(expense) of $400 million

tax rate of 26 percent

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Stories 3 a & b

Now here is something

It has been discovered that along with physical function keys, glowing Apple logo and ‘old style’ USB ports, the new MacBook Pros lack the iconic Mac chime when booting up. This is the distinctive noise heard at startup when the Mac passes the initial POST checks; Apple has used the same F-sharp chord sound in its computers since 1998.

The new MacBooks end this tradition as the chime has been removed completely and the machines will make no noise at all on boot, unless there is a fault. However, there seems to be a good reason for this change …

The removal of the Mac chime was first noted by Pingie.com. A lesser-known feature about the new MacBook Pros is that the late-2016 laptops actually turn themselves on when you open the lid. Current MacBooks wake when the lid is opened if they are sleeping but the new machines go one step further. If they are fully switched off, opening the laptop will automatically turn them on, removing the need to press the power button.

This new feature rationalises the decision to remove the startup chime, as it means the MacBooks turn on automatically and silently. It would be annoying to open the lid in a meeting to have it make the noise of its own accord.

Two of four Thunderbolt 3 ports in new 13″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have reduced speeds

A support document published by Apple on Friday reveals only two of the four Thunderbolt 3 ports in the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar support full-speed data transfer, potentially limiting the notebook’s flexibility for power users.

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Story 4

 

Apple rolls out promo codes for in-app purchases

Apple on Friday rolled out a much requested developer tool that allows app makers to generate and share in-app purchases promo codes, allowing testers, press outlets and others access to gated app features.

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Story 5

15th Birthday

October 25, 2001 our time Apple unveiled the iPod

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Story 6

New MacBook Pros Max Out at 16GB RAM Due to Battery Life Concerns

Despite featuring more energy efficient Skylake processors, faster SSDs, better GPUs, and new thermal architecture, Apple’s revamped MacBook Pros continue to max out at 16GB RAM.

Many customers have been wondering why Apple didn’t bump up the maximum RAM to 32GB, including MacRumors reader David, who emailed Apple to ask and got an explanation from marketing chief Phil Schiller. According to Schiller, more than 16GB RAM would consume too much power and have a negative impact on battery life.

Story 7

New MacBook Pro Has Better Keyboard Than 12-Inch MacBook

Brian Heater of TechCrunch said the keyboard “feels more natural” and that individual keys have “better give”:

The new technology certainly marks a step in the right direction. The process feels more natural, and the keys have better give. I still prefer the tactile feel of older keyboards, but a lot of that may just have to do with familiarity. After all, the device was only announced yesterday.

Jim Dalrymple at The Loop echoed that sentiment, noting there is “a little more travel distance when you press down on a key”:

It seems to me that there is a little more travel distance when you press down on a key with the newer keyboard. I actually like that a bit better. After using both, the MacBook keys didn’t have enough travel. This one feels much better to me.

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How To 1

How do I get my ….. to work with the new MacBook Pros

Get a Dongle

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How To 2

Request to Apple

How long to get an external keyboard with Touch Bar??

 

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