Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 243

Show 243 – June 25, 2018
Run Sheet ~ Zarn,
Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1
Carpool Karaoke

Possibly the best Carpool Karaoke ever!
Paul McCartney in Liverpool!!
From Penny Lane, to the house he lived in, to a Pub the Beatles played in getting famous.
And he still draws a crowd.

It even rated a mention on weekend today shows.

Story 2
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Sydney Morning Heralds reports, Apple fined $9 million for misleading some Australian customers

Apple has been fined $9 million by the Federal Court for telling some Australian iPad and iPhone owners they could not have devices fixed as they had been previously repaired by a third party.

The court action was started by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after it received complaints about ‘error 53’, which disabled some Apple devices after an operating system update was downloaded.

“Customers said they were being refused a remedy of any kind by Apple on the basis that their device had had unauthorised repairs, and those repairs could be as minor as just having a cracked screen replaced on an iPhone or iPad, which all of us need to do from time to time,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“So these consumers were being told, ‘because you’ve had this third party repair, you are not entitled to any remedy’.”
Ms Court said that is not the case under Australian Consumer Law.

Michael comment:
In Apples defence – what happens when I, as an authorised tech, open the phone and damage it because it was glued together OR it catches fire and the workshop is damaged??
And yes these have happened – not to me luckily!

Story 4
ABC (Aust) is reporting ~ Medical appointment booking app HealthEngine sharing clients’ personal information with lawyers

Australia’s biggest online doctor’s appointment booking service, HealthEngine, has funnelled hundreds of users’ private medical information to law firms seeking clients for personal injury claims.

Key points:
* HealthEngine has boasted to advertisers it can tailor advertising to patients’ symptoms
* The Australian startup says it only shares information with users’ consent
* But if a patient wants to use the app, there is no opportunity to opt-out of the fine print about giving information to third parties
The Perth-based startup, which is part-owned by Telstra and SevenWest Media and boasts 1.5 million monthly and 15 million annual users, has also been touting access to patients’ medical conditions and symptoms for targeted advertising campaigns.

The ABC has obtained secret documents from plaintiff law giant Slater and Gordon that reveal HealthEngine was passing on a daily list of prospective clients to the firm, based on their personal medical information, as part of a “referral partnership pilot” last year.

HealthEngine asks users to include details of their symptoms and medical conditions, including whether they have suffered a workplace injury or been in a traffic accident, as part of the process of booking appointments with GPs, dentists, physiotherapists, optometrists and other medical practitioners.

The documents reveal HealthEngine passed on details of an average of 200 clients a month to Slater and Gordon between March and August last year.

Story 5

Apple Confirms MacBook Pro Embarrassing Keyboard Problems

Forbes and others report, Following months of negative press, horror stories over repair costs, and upsetting the core fan base of the MacBook platform, Apple has confirmed that there is a flaw in the new butterfly keyboards of the MacBook an MacBook Pro machines.

Introduced in 2015, the butterfly keyboard promised a narrower profile and the ability to design thinner laptop computers around the new input mechanism. Unfortunately for Apple the keyboards showed a far higher failure rate than previous designs, and most consumers reported that Apple was charging upwards of $700 for a repair if the unit was out of warranty and not covered by AppleCare.

Apple will now offer a free repair to users of certain machines affected by this fault. Users who have had previous repairs can discuss the issue of a refund with Apple. A plain-looking support page updated late on Friday confirms the details:

Apple has determined that a small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors:

* Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly
* Letters or characters do not appear
* Key(s) feel “sticky” or do not respond in a consistent manner

Apple or an Apple Authorised Service Provider will service eligible MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards, free of charge. The type of service will be determined after the keyboard is examined and may involve the replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard.


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Story 6

New Apple Leak Reveals Massive, Cheap iPhone

Forbes reports ~ Ghostek is back. Having worked with us on an iPhone design exclusive last month, the successful case maker has revealed.

Our new Apple Leak Reveals Massive, Cheap iPhone
Apple Considered Removing iPhone X Lightning Port
’s plan for its most exciting new smartphone…

Picked up by BGR, Ghostek has shown-off renders of Apple’s so-called ‘budget iPhone X’ which is set to shake up the smartphone world by retaining the premium design of the iPhone X while also being remarkably inexpensive.

The report explains the renders are “based on detailed files [Ghostek] obtained from the factory that builds these smartphones”, which makes sense given the detailed schematics the company previously gave me. BGR also states “this particular render has been confirmed as accurate by an additional source who is aware of Apple’s plans.”

So what are the takeaways from Ghostek’s new image? They are both good and bad.

The good news is, despite the budget pricing, the new iPhone (which I expect to simply be called ‘iPhone’ just like the entry level ‘iPad’ and ‘MacBook’) will indeed retain all the flagship styling of the iPhone X: bezel-less design, Face ID, glass back (there will be wireless charging) and leaks strongly indicate fast wired charging will be included free.

The bad news is users will have to compromise with just a single rear camera (which makes sense given this replaces the iPhone 8), there is no 3D Touch, and there will be an LCD rather than OLED display and aluminium rather than steel chassis.

Finally, I already know the dimensions of this new iPhone (147.12 x 71.52 mm / 5.79 x 2.81-inches) which means it will fit a 6.1-inch display. So yes, the mini iPhone X dream is dead.

Disappointing? Yes, but users will get over it when they spot the US$300 price cut…

Story 7

Here are all of the awards Apple took home at Cannes Lions 2018

2018’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has just wrapped up, and all of the award winners have been announced. Apple has historically had a significant presence at the festival, but this year represented one of their strongest showings in recent memory.

Cannes Lions is an annual event celebrating the creative and marketing communications fields. Awards given during the week-long festival are some of the most sought after in the industry. This year, Apple took home two of Cannes’ top honours, the Grand Prix. Both Today at Apple – the company’s retail program – and the viral “Welcome Home” HomePod ad were recognised with the Grand Prix.

In addition to the Grand Prix, “Welcome Home” also picked up two Gold Lions, two Silver Lions, a Bronze Lion, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards, primarily in Film Craft. The Spike Jonze-directed film was created under the guidance of MJZ Los Angeles and TBWA\Media Arts Lab Los Angeles. Earlier this year, we saw an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the ad’s creation. In June, the spot won an advertising excellence award at the AICP show.

Today at Apple has been a hot topic all week in Cannes. On Wednesday, retail SVP Angela Ahrendts sat down for an interview during the festival to discuss the program’s success and Apple’s retail vision. Later in the day, Today at Apple won the Grand Prix in Brand Experience & Activation for Customer Retail/In-Store Experience. A Titanium Lion later in the week was a feather in its cap. The recognition comes just over a year after Apple rolled out educational sessions to stores worldwide.

Several other Apple entries won Gold, Silver, and Bronze Lions, and numerous other campaigns were shortlisted. Below, we’ve listed each entry and its awards:

Congrats to all

These are lots of other Apple clips at

How to 1
Signing Up For the iOS 12 Public Beta
To download the iOS 12 public beta later this month you need to sign up for the iOS beta program. Letting you try the new iOS 12 features well ahead of the public release iOS 12 release date this spring.

The public iOS beta is typically less buggy than the developer one, which is very stable for the apps I use.
If you’ve already signed up for an iOS 11 beta, you still need to sign in, and confirm you want to do the iOS 12 beta.
* Go to the Apple Beta Program website
* Click the Sign-Up Button.
* Sign in with your Apple ID.
* Read and agree to the iOS 12 Beta Agreement.

This week in Apple History
This week, we have one of our favourite stories about Apple, especially from the early days of the Mac. It was this week in 1985 that Bill Gates, the very same Bill Gates that heads Microsoft, tried to get Apple to license the Mac OS to third party vendors. Not only did he try to get Apple to do so, he actually went out and lined up prospective licensees for Apple, going directly to the head of some of the biggest players in the computing industry at the time. When initially ignored by Apple CEO John Sculley, Mr. Gates continued his efforts to help Apple set his plan in motion by trying to keep communications open between the prospective parties.

1993: Electronics manufacturer Sharp gets the “golden master” — the final (hopefully bug-free) version of a product under development — of the Newton MessagePad software, allowing the company to ramp up production. Whereas Apple had been widely criticised for not licensing the Macintosh, Apple decided to follow a different path for its PDA, and Sharp was the first licensee. Sharp helped engineer and manufacture the MessagePad, and would eventually market a slightly modified version as the Sharp ExpertPad.

1997: Power Computing, the first legal Macintosh clone manufacturer, files an S-1 with the SEC, the first step towards an initial public offering. On the strength of churning out more powerful computers than Apple, the firm had become the fastest-growing PC company of the 1990s, with 10 percent of the Mac market.

In an unrelated event, someone sold 1.5 million shares of Apple stock for roughly $15 apiece. Many speculated that Steve Jobs, then an Apple advisor, had dumped the shares he received when Apple bought NeXT the previous year. After initially refusing to comment, Jobs finally admitted two months later that he had “pretty much given up hope that the Apple board was going to do anything,” and thus had divested the stock.

2003: Apple unleashes a flurry of new products at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, including the dual 2.0 GHz Power Mac G5 (the world’s first 64-bit desktop and arguably the world’s fastest PC), iSight (an elegant FireWire webcam), iChat AV (a simple instant messaging and audio/video conferencing application), and Safari 1.0 (a new browser available exclusively for Mac OS X).

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