Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 236

Show 236 – May 7, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn, Guest & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Rambling

Story 1

Apple Earnings Report – Was it Storm Clouds or Rainbows

As I said on Aussie Mac Zone Apple News Page 

Sounded like rainbows to me!

Revenue Grows 16 Percent and Earnings Per Share Grows 30 Percent to New March Quarter Records

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $61.1 billion, an increase of 16 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.73, up 30 percent. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“We’re thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth in iPhone, Services and Wearables,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers chose iPhone X more than any other iPhone each week in the March quarter, just as they did following its launch in the December quarter. We also grew revenue in all of our geographic segments, with over 20% growth in Greater China and Japan.”

Services revenue hit $9.19 billion during the quarter, well above the $8.39 billion expected.

iPads sold 9.1 Million

Macs sold 4.08 Million

Other revenue $3.9 Billion $3.7 Billion

Wearables up 50%


Story 2 – After all the doom & gloom

Slump? LOL. The iPhone X was the world’s best-selling smartphone in Q1

In fact, countering the predictions of many analysts, the iPhone X claimed the title of best-selling smartphone overall for the first quarter of 2018. Apple shipped 16 million iPhone X units between January and March, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple also nabbed the next two spots on the list with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which sold 12.5 million units and 8.3 million units, respectively.


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Story 3

Apple now globally powered by 100 percent renewable energy

As part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, Apple has announced its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.


Story 4

Listener Lindsay has contacted us by email to ask

Hi Mac gurus

would you be able to comment on any experience you may have had on refurbished macs (MacBook air in particular) purchased via the Mac refurbished site please?

Keep up the good work. Regards Lindsay


MS only good things to say on my part……..


Story 5

iPhone 7 mic failing after iOS 11.3 update? Apple may replace affected phones for free

Apple has responded to a microphone issue affecting some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units with a new service guide. The document obtained by 9to5Mac also mentions that out-out-warranty devices may still be able to receive a repair or replacement for free.

The document shared with AASPs states that some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users may experience mic failure after updating their phones to iOS 11.3.

They may also see the speaker button grayed out during incoming and outgoing calls. Other symptoms include no audio during playback for voice memos or videos creating by the affected iPhones.

The document describes the steps to troubleshoot the issue, such as disconnecting any Bluetooth or other audio accessories and running audio diagnostics. The document states that if the device is out of warranty it may be possible to receive an exception, although that may vary on a case by case basis. It’s unclear if that means a full unit replacement or a repair to resolve the issue.

At this time there doesn’t seem to be a great number of affected devices. But have you seen this issue on your iPhone 7? Be sure to reach out to Apple Support or stop by your nearest Apple Store or AASP.


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Story 6 – Australian based story

Victoria threatens to pull out of facial recognition scheme citing fears of Dutton power grab

Victoria has threatened to pull out of a state and federal government agreement for the home affairs department to run a facial recognition system because the bill expands Peter Dutton’s powers and allows access to information by the private sector and local governments.

In October the Council of Australia Governments agreed to give federal and state police real-time access to passport, visa, citizenship and driver’s licence images for a wide range of criminal investigations.

The identity matching services bill, introduced in February, enables the home affairs department to collect, use and disclose identification information including facial biometric matching.

In a submission to the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security, the Victorian special minister of state, Gavin Jennings, warned that the bill provided “significant scope” for the home affairs minister to expand his powers beyond what was agreed.

This includes the ability to collect new types of identification information and expand identity matching services. For example the bill would allow the commonwealth to collect not just driver’s licence information but also proof-of-age cards, and firearms and marine licences – some of which can be held by children as young as 12.

The commonwealth could collect information that Victoria was not authorised to disclose under its own legislation, the submission warned.

It said citizens may not be adequately informed that information they provide to get a driver’s licence, including biometric data, could be “reused for other law enforcement purposes”.

In its submission the home affairs department said the bill would “enable rather than authorise the use of the services by various government agencies” and the systems would still be governed by federal, state and territory privacy laws.

The Victorian submission said the states had agreed that the private sector would not be given access to the facial verification and identity data-sharing services.

But the bill did not “contain such a restriction, allowing non-government entities to use all identity-matching services” if they met certain conditions, it said.

As the home affairs department explained in its submission, those conditions included that private-sector entities would only have access to verification services, not to identify unknown individuals, and would require the consent of the person whose identity was being checked.

It defended private-sector access to the information, arguing that it would allow financial institutions and telcos “to contribute to national security and law enforcement outcomes”.


Story 7

Apple’s Tim Cook celebrates the iMac’s 20th anniversary

The computer was first unveiled on May 6, 1998, by then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The original model was a then-radical “all-in-one” design, a CRT monitor, motherboard and CD-ROM drive housed in a colourful translucent egg-shaped housing, versus the more traditional desktop tower tethered to an external monitor. The system had a 233-MHz PowerPC processor, a 4GB hard drive and sold for $1,299 in the US. Despite the May unveiling, it didn’t ship until August of that year.

The original iMac was the first big collaboration between Apple chief designer Jonny Ive and Jobs, the company’s legendary cofounder who had been brought back the year before (after being fired in 1985). The iMac’s success was a key catalyst in the Jobs-led renaissance for Apple: iTunes, Apple Stores, iPods and iPhone would all debut in the following decade, beginning Apple’s stunning reversal from struggling also-ran to the world’s most profitable corporation.

Tims’s tweet – “20 years ago today, Steve introduced the world to iMac. It set Apple on a new course and forever changed the way people look at computers.”

How to 1

I Had an issue this week were an item in the trash can said “can’t empty the Trash filename is still in use”

Answer is to

  1. Double-click on your Mac’s Trash bin in the app dock.
  2. Select the item you want to delete.
  3. Right-click on the item.
  4. Select Delete Immediately from the dropdown menu.
  5. Click Delete to confirm that you want to delete the item.

This is time limited. What I mean is after you Right-click the item you only have a short time before the “Delete Immediately” goes away

This week in Apple History

1998: Steve Jobs outlines Apple’s latest operating system strategy at the firm’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), essentially dumping NeXT technology in favor of Mac OS X. Apple’s previous strategy revolved around Rhapsody, which required developers to completely retool their existing products. But by using a new set of APIs (application programming interface) called Carbon, developers were promised a far easier transition into Mac OS X’s features such as protected memory, virtual memory, preemptive multitasking, multi-threading, etc.

1999: Apple releases Mac OS 8.6, featuring Sherlock 2.1, increased stability, and improved PowerBook battery life. Apple unveils the G4 at this week’s WWDC. Apple also introduces the Lombard line of G3-powered PowerBooks.

2001: Apple opens the first retail Apple Store in McLean, Virginia. The company announces that it will open 25 retail stores during 2001, and that it expects the stores to be profitable during the holiday shopping quarter. It takes longer than that, however, as the terrorist attacks of September 11th throw the economy into a stall.

2003: Apple announces that over two million songs have been purchased and downloaded from its iTunes Music Store in its first two weeks of operation. 

1996: Apple announced it expected to suffer a US$700M loss in the current quarter. 


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Apple Watch may have helped save the life of Florida teen

Apple rumored to be interested in buying publishing giant Condé Nast

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