Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 173

Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Happy Birthday ~ Apple iPhone

The iPhone, the device that redefined the mobile phone and has helped make Apple the most valuable company in the world, marks its 10th anniversary on Monday.

It was on January 9, 2007, that late Apple founder and chief executive Steve Jobs went on stage at the company’s Macworld event to announce the tech giant was to reveal “an iPod, a phone and an internet communicator” – but rather than three separate products being revealed, one of the first truly smart phones was unveiled.

Since then, Apple has sold more than one billion iPhones around the world and has become one of the wealthiest companies.

Such has been the success of the iPhone that as an individual business the revenue generated by the phone alone has exceeded that of some of its rivals, including Microsoft and Google.

Analysts have referred to the device as a cultural icon and most modern smartphones have been inspired by the iPhone in some form.


Story 2

App Store Sets New Records With $240M in Sales on New Year’s Day

In their announcement, Apple gave a few statistics on categories like the top grossing apps of the year, which included Monster Strike, Fantasy Westward, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go. Following a launch in December, Super Mario Run was the number one downloaded app on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Throughout December, customers spent $3 billion in total on the App Store, which Apple said was another record-breaking month for the company.

In total, the App Store now offers 2.2 million apps, having increased by 20 percent from 2015. Independently developed apps, like Prisma, Reigns, Procreate, Lumino City, Sweat With Kayla and djay Pro, were listed as some of the “most successful apps” of 2016.

Globally, Apple said that the App Store helped raise over $17 million in both the fight against AIDS thanks to its annual PRODUCT(RED) campaign, as well as for the World Wildlife Fund thanks to the Apps for Earth program. The Chinese App Store has grown 90 percent in 2016, and in total the top-grossing markets for the App Store are ranked as: the U.S., China, Japan and the U.K.

Looking back at the past year, App Store developers made $20 billion in 2016, which the company said was up 40 percent from 2015.


Story 3

While we are on Apple App stores

The all-new iMessage App Store also got a mention today, with Apple announcing that 21,000 iMessages apps are now available for users to install. Data gathered by Sensor Tower back in September accounted for just under 2,000 iMessage apps in the App Store, with sticker-related apps remaining the most popular throughout the year.


Story 4


Nike Shares Funny Apple Watch Nike+ Video Series Starring Kevin Hart

Nike today shared a series of humorous new Apple Watch Nike+ videos which star comedian Kevin Hart as “The Man Who Kept Running.” Hart is positioned as a Nike+ Apple Watch owner who was so taken with the device that he couldn’t stop running.

In the first video, Kevin Hart is shown unboxing the new Apple Watch Nike+ in October, followed by a message that says he disappeared the next day. “Months later, a film crew found him in the desert 700 miles from home,” reads the text in the video.


Story 5

iOS 10 Now Installed on 76% of Active iOS Devices

Nearly four months after iOS 10 was released to the public, the operating system is installed on 76 percent of active iOS devices, according to new numbers posted on Apple’s App Store support page for developers.

iOS installation rates have grown significantly over the holiday period, jumping up 13 percentage points between the end of November and the beginning of January. On November 27, 2016, iOS 10 was installed on 63 percent of devices.

18 percent of devices continue to run iOS 9, and six percent of devices are running iOS 8 or earlier.


Story 6

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘We Have Great Desktops in Our Roadmap’

Just after our last show last year, it was announced that, in a post to an employee message board obtained by TechCrunch, Apple CEO Tim Cook assured employees that the company is still committed to the Mac and that “great desktops” are coming. Apple’s desktop computers haven’t seen an upgrade in at least 433 days.

“Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops,” Cook wrote. “If there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.” 

Cook says that the desktop is “very strategic” to Apple because the performance desktops can provide is “really important” to a lot of people and “critical” for some people. He says the current iMac is the best desktop Apple’s ever made and its 5K display is the best desktop display in the world.

In regards to its future roadmap and how Apple employees can help push the company forward, Cook says that “you can rarely see precisely where you want to go from the beginning.” Instead, Cook argues that “pulling strings” to see what’s coming next is one of Apple’s strengths, noting that the creation of Apple Watch led to the creation of ResearchKit, which lead to the creation of CareKit. Cook concludes the post by saying the company doesn’t do things for a return on investment, it explores new things because it’s exciting and might lead somewhere.

The lack of refreshed Mac hardware can be attributed to a combination of Apple waiting on chipmakers and suppliers to ship their new products and the Cupertino Company’s renewed focus on iPad.


Story 7

nokia and Apple are suing each other over Patent stuff

Nokia today announced that it has filed several complaints against Apple in Germany and the United States, accusing the Cupertino company of infringing on Nokia patents.

Nokia’s lawsuit stems from a disagreement between Apple and Nokia over licensing fees for Nokia technology. Apple this morning filed an antitrust lawsuit against several patent assertion entities that it claims are attempting to collect excessive fees for Nokia patents through lawsuits and royalty demands.

According to Apple, Nokia’s failing cellphone business has prompted Nokia to transfer patents to patent assertion entities to get out of FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) licensing deals it established for essential patents, allowing the company to collect higher royalties.

From Apple’s complaint:

“With its cell phone business dying, Nokia began to seek out willing conspirators and to commence its illegal patent transfer scheme in full force; that scheme has continued in full effect to the present. The driving force behind Nokia’s strategy was to diffuse its patent portfolio and place it in the hands of PAEs. Acacia and Conversant were its chief conspirators.”

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How To 1

Signing doucment’s

Every now and then we get an email we need to print out, sign and return to the sender.

1/   sign a piece of white paper, with a heavy pen (makes it easier to scan)

2/   open the document (PDF, jpg, etc) in Preview

3/ goto Tools menu



4/   follow the steps holding up the piece of paper on front of your Macs webcam

This will create a signature file that you can use next time if you wish!


How To 2

Finding Text on Web Page in Safari for iOS 10 & iOS 9 on the iPhone or iPad

1/   Open Safari if you haven’t done so already and go to the website you wish to search (for example, the always wonderful and informative

2/   Tap on the top of the screen to make the URL bar and sharing buttons visible in Safari, then tap on the Share button which looks like a little box with an arrow coming out of it

3/   Scroll through the secondary action items in the Sharing options screen, scroll past Favourites, Add Bookmark, Copy, etc to find “Find On Page”

4/   Type the text or number to match within the current webpage to search for it, then tap on the “Search” button, the first match will immediately be visible and highlighted in the Safari browser

5/   Use the arrow keys next to the search box to find next and previous text matches for your search phrase on the web page, when finished tap on “Done”

You can clear the search phrase and search again, or just tap the “Done” button and be done with it if you found what you were looking for.


How To 3

The on iOS has a new sub-app.

We are all familiar to the Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch and World Clock. So I was surprised to see a new “Bedtime” section.

It is to help improve our sleep patterns!

It asks what time you like to wake up, what days you want the alarm to go off, how many hours sleep do you need, when to remind you to go to bed, at bedtime or 15 min or 30 min or 45 min or 60 min prior.

What sound to be woken by.

This will then monitored to the

So we will see how it goes!!

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