Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 232

Show 232 – April 9, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Rambling

Story 1

New iPhone coming Next Week??, maybe

MacRumors has obtained information about NEW Product Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus coming as early as next week.

They also confirmed the iPhone x will not come to Product Red yet!


Story 2

2 Different Tests – iPhone Still Best

With the release of the Galaxy S9, 2 companies compare battery life.

PhoneArena has been testing a number of flagship handsets in the battery life stakes. Under its conditions, the iPhone 8 Plus clocks in at 10 hours 36 minutes, the iPhone X at 8 hours 41 minutes, the iPhone 7 at 8 hours 37 minutes. Curiously all three models beat the latest South Korean flagships, with the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus managing 8 hours 22 minutes, and the Galaxy S9 just 7 hours 23 minutes.

Anandtech’s battery testing applies different criteria. The Galaxy S9 Plus, at 10.48 hours, overhauls the iPhone X (9.76 hours) and the iPhone 8 (10.41 hours), but once more the iPhone 8 Plus wins out with 11.83 hours.


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Story 3

Apple’s Revamped Mac Pro to Launch in 2019

Apple’s redesigned, modular Mac Pro aimed at professionals is set to launch in 2019, according to an update Apple recently provided to TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, who took a trip to the company’s Cupertino campus. 

The team responsible for revamping Apple’s pro product efforts was there to provide updated details both on the Mac Pro and how Apple is shaping it to meet the needs of real professional users. 

Employees in the meeting included John Ternus, VP of Hardware Engineering, Tom Boger, Senior Director of Mac Hardware Marketing, Jud Coplan, Director of video Apps Product Marketing, and Xander Soren, Director of Music Apps Product Marketing. 

Panzarino was told in no uncertain terms that the Mac Pro will not be arriving before 2019 as the product is still in development. From Tom Boger:

“We want to be transparent and communicate openly with our pro community so we want them to know that the Mac Pro is a 2019 product. It’s not something for this year.” In addition to transparency for pro customers on an individual basis, there’s also a larger fiscal reasoning behind it.”

Apple wants customers to know that the Mac Pro isn’t coming in 2018 so those who are planning to make a purchase decision for a pro machine like the iMac Pro won’t hold off in the hopes of a Mac Pro materialising later in the year. 


Story 4

April 3rd was the iPads 8th Birthday

BUT also the 45 Anniversary of the First Mobile Phone call

A historic milestone occurred April 3, 1973: the very first call on a mobile phone. It was the phone equivalent of landing on the moon.

But that call wasn’t an inspirational message — some equivalent of “a giant leap for mankind.” Nope, Martin Cooper, who headed up Motorola’s team developing the cell phone, called Joel Engel, his equivalent at AT&T’s Bell Labs, to brag that his company had won the race to produce a working device.

While that first mobile phone call was the beginning of a revolution, initially it was a slow one. Mr. Cooper used a prototype Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, a 2.5 pound handset that wouldn’t be commercially available for another 10 years. Consumers had to wait until 1983 and put down $3,995 for one. That’s roughly equivalent to $9,987 in today’s money. (And you thought the iPhone X was expensive.)



Story 5

A Couple of Mentions ~

Apple Music for Android continues to receive new updates that bring it in line with the iOS 11 version. The latest update released this week includes a ‘new music video experience’ following the same enhancements added in iOS 11.3 last week.

Facebook says it will not extend GDPR privacy protections beyond EU.

Apple executives reap payouts of up to $22 million, each, as restricted stock units vest.

Apple executives are no strangers to these type of payouts. The company’s payment structure sees top executives regularly reap payouts such like these as bonuses after a set period time, provided the executive stays with Apple.

Fortnite has finally arrived on your iPhone. Apparently it is a game and it was all people where talking about at a recent Twitch conference / meet up

I read an this article this week about making ANY MAC a Touch Screen Mac. It was done using a hinge, a little mirror and the in-built camera.


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How To 1 

Apple Maps Issue

I personally had a issue with Apple Maps last week.

The Sydney traffic was heavier, than normal I was in the Haberfield area, and so I asked Maps to find the fastest way home.  It said to drive around the block and go into the new M4 tunnel.  (I don’t think this is due to open until 2019)  Yes I did report this to Apple!

Also Zarn & Michael had an issue with the Time to Destination being wrong – by an hour or more!

How to 2

A reminder how easy it is to sign an attached pdf or jpg in an email

Open the mail

Double Tap the Attachment

Move it around to get to the signing area

Pinch to Zoom if it makes it easier to sign a bigger area

 Tap the Pencil Tip in the Top Right corner

Close Pen Style and Colour and Sign

Un-tap the Pencil Tip in the Top Right corner to move to another area to write in or sign

How to 3

Share you location in Apple Maps

Open Maps and Drop a Pin at your location

  Slide the Marked Location page up

Tap on the Share Button

Select Message

    Type in the Name or number

    Press Send Arrow

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