Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 252

Show 252 – Aug 27, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Garth, Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

As we are getting close to September ~ also known as iPhone month the rumours are getting louder.

A developer found iPhone xx in some new iOS code with specs similar to the iPhone 7, so most have agreed this is the iPhone SE2

John Gruber at Daring Fireball wrote a piece about an upgraded MacBook / MacBook Air with Retina Display and same ports or less ports or different ports for possible release in September as well.

There was also rumours of a Mac mini refresh.

Michael’s 2 cents worth, we have not had any production leaks of new Macs or Apple watch or whatever other than 3 models of iPhone so we may have some announcements in September BUT no products.


Story 2

Federation Square gets temporary heritage protection from Apple store

Federation Square has been granted heritage protection until late 2018 as a government body deliberates on whether to permanently protect the site, a decision that could prevent an Apple store being added to the precinct.

The order comes after the National Trust of Australia’s Victorian branch nominated Federation Square for heritage protection in early August following the state government’s plans to build an Apple store on the site, which were released in December 2017.

Under the Heritage Victoria order handed down last Wednesday, no work can begin in most parts of Federation Square until December 21, 2018, without the express permission of Heritage Victoria.

This includes work on the Metro Tunnel rail project.

FYI – Fed Square in its current state is only 16 years old


Story 3

These are the top reasons users switch from Android to iOS, according to a new survey

According to a survey of 2,500 U.S. consumers, some 29 percent had switched mobile operating systems. 11 percent of those switchers went from iOS to Android, while the other 18 percent went from Android to iOS. The primary driver behind those switches, according to the survey? Price. 

The majority of smartphone users who have switched mobile OSes—18 percent—went from Android to iOS. Only 11 percent went in the other direction.

29 percent of the people who switched from iOS to Android said they did so due to “better prices,” while 11 percent said they switched from Android to iOS for the same reason.

Meanwhile, 6 percent of users that switched from iOS to Android said they did so because of “more apps” being available on Android, compared to 4 percent who switched to iOS for apps.

The only other area where Android captured a lead was in customer service. 6 percent of switchers from iOS to Android said they did so because of “better customer service,” compared to 3 percent the other way around.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of people who switched from Android to iOS said they did so because of a “better user experience.” 30 percent left iOS and moved to Android for the same reason. Switching to iOS is also popular due to “better features” like camera and design, and faster software updates!


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Story 4

Office 365 for Mac will require macOS Sierra or higher starting next month

Microsoft shared an Office 2019 for Mac preview last month. Now the company has announced that all the updates that come with the new software will be heading to Office 365 subscribers as long as they are running macOS Sierra or later.


Detailed in a blog post, Microsoft said that to receive the latest features that come along with Office 365/Office 2019 for Mac next month, users will need to be running at least macOS Sierra 10.12.


Story 5

Apple rolls out App Store Search Ads to new countries across North America, Europe & Asia

Last month, Apple announced that it was continuing its expansion of App Store Search Ads around the world, and today the platform has gone live in 12 additional countries in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Apple said last month that it would expand its Search Ads Basic platform to additional countries on August 22nd. Search Ads Basic is the counterpart to Search Ads Advanced, and is a far simpler way for developers to launch App Store ad campaigns. Search Ads Basic was initially limited to the United States.

Here are the 13 new countries that support Search Ads ~

France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the U.K


Story 6

Apple Store robbers tackled by good samaritins

2 of 3 thieves at an Apple Store in America where detained by shoppers the third was detained by store security and police also arrested 2 women in the getaway car.

Thank you from all of us!

This followed some other robberies in California this month.

I’m talking, a group of thieves, just walking in a taking all the display gear. Portables, iPhones, watches, whatever they could carry. Not sneaking in at night, NO, just random times during the day!


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How to 1

I got to transfer a PC User to a Mac this week

I very carefully followed the instructions on the Apple website to transfer the users data from the PC.

Apple highlights this twice in the instructions ~ Once you’re logged in to the user account that you migrated, be sure to authorise your Mac in iTunes. It’s important to authorise before you sync or play content that you download from the iTunes Store.

Migration Assistant transfers only the Mail or Contacts data that belongs to the logged-in Windows user. To transfer data from another user account, use Migration Assistant again while you’re logged in to another Windows account. Each time you migrate, your Mac creates a new user account.

How to 2

I got caught out myself the other day.

I plugged in my iPhone, to my mac to charge it and got a ~ please unlock your iPhone to use this accessory.

What the heck!

Then I remembered that now there is a time out on the lightening port connector, which if you only use a charger no problem (except for backups) 

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