Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 175

Show 175 – Jan 23, 2017

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael & Nic

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings
Story 1

Apologies to all on Facebook live and anyone who tried the post afterwards

The audio was terrible with Garth’s audio being very low – for a change

I did post a fixed episode on Wednesday

Story 2

Former employee explains how Tim Cook made Apple boring

2016 was one of the most boring years for Apple in recent memory and according to at least one ex-Apple employee, Tim Cook’s management style is the biggest reasons why.

Steve Jobs was notorious for inciting conflict and competition between top employees, which made Jobs a controversial leader but also birthed some of the most iconic tech products ever (iMac, iPod & iPhone). Since Tim Cook took over though, former Apple employee Bob Burrough says outsiders can’t see that Cook has eliminated conflict and made the company care less.

In response to a tweet from Apple analyst Horrace Dediu, Burrough explained that the internal culture at Apple is vastly different today than it was five years ago when Steve was at the helm.

Steve Jobs used to boast that Apple could turn on dime to adjust to changes in the industry. Now it seems like Apple is giant monster that takes years to bust out big changes. Burrough claims that’s because after Tim Cook fired VP of software engineering Scott Forstall he sent the message to employees to not bring him conflict.

Burrough’s entire tweetstorm on the issues is well worth a read for fans that are worried Apple might be losing its edge to the likes of Amazon, Google and Samsung. In an interview after his return to Apple, Steve Jobs revealed that having teams bumping up against each other and having fights is how they “polish” each other and their ideas to produce really great products.

Story 3

MacBook shipments to reach 15 million units in 2017

Apple is expected to ship around 15 million MacBook and MacBook Pro units in 2017, a 10 percent increase over last year.

Sales will be boosted by new models that could feature Intel’s next-generation Kaby Lake processors and significant RAM increases.

Last year’s big overhaul, which brought thinner and lighter designs and the exciting new Touch Bar, made the 2016 MacBook Pro Apple’s fastest-selling pro machine to date. With Mac sales falling quickly earlier in the year, it couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

This year’s MacBook Pro refresh could have an even greater impact, according to a report from China’s Economic Daily News. With around 15 million units expected to ship this year, both Apple and its manufacturing partners will benefit from the 10 percent rise.

An earlier report from reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple’s next-generation MacBook and MacBook Pros will feature Intel’s newer and more efficient Kaby Lake processors for better battery life.

The 12-inch MacBook is expected to come with up to 16GB of RAM — twice as much as the 8GB currently offered — while a new 15-inch MacBook Pro could offer up to 32GB, finally giving pro users the power they need for things like video editing on the go.

These improvements are likely to “trigger a replacement trend among existing MacBook users,” reports Digitimes, citing “market watchers.” The new machines are expected to arrive sometime during the second half of 2017.

Story 4

Apple in 2016: The Six Colors report card

Jason Snell, formerly of Macworld, writes we close the door on 2016, I thought it would be useful to look back at the year gone by and ask a panel of my peers who pay attention to Apple and related markets to take a moment and reflect on Apple’s performance in the past year.

This is the second year that I’ve presented a survey to a group of writers, editors, podcasters and developers. The survey was the same as last year’s. They were prompted with 11 different Apple-related subjects, and asked to rate them on a scale from 1 to 5, as well as optionally provide text commentary on their vote. I received 37 replies, with the average results as shown below:

Since I was using the same survey as last year, I was also able to track the change in my panel’s consensus opinion compared to the previous year. The net changes between 2015 and 2016 surveys is displayed below:

Story 5

This weeks listener story

In the latest iPhone update the American Male voice has changed. When he got it to call his girlfriend he thought it sounded very depressed.

Like it was an inconvenience to make the call. “Like alright if I must”


I’d also like to make comment on iExperts new shop at Bondi Junction NSW



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How To 1

My watch stopped auto – unlocking my Mac

Seems the remedy is to reset the watch

On your Apple Watch:
1/ Press an hold the Digital Crown and Side button at the same time.
2/ Keep holding them down until you see the Apple logo.

How To 2

I have been using an Apple iPad pro do do my Apple & Insurance work

Although it is a very good machine it is not a Mac

MS explains


Garth’s Roundup of the things Michael missed or forgot

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