Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 256

Show 256 – Sept 24, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

How Apple Watch backups work

Thanks to iMore ~ Whenever your Watch is connected your iPhone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, it automatically syncs your latest Health, Workout, Activity, and app data. The first three bits get synced to the Health app, where they’re either encrypted and stored in iCloud, or stored as part of your encrypted iPhone backup. Your app data is bundled in as part of your iPhone backup, because Apple Watch apps are technically just extensions of iPhone apps.

Note: If you use unencrypted iTunes backups to back up your iPhone, you’ll lose out on saving any Health data — make sure you’re backing up via iCloud, an encrypted iTunes backup, or you sync your Health data via iCloud. You can also back up your health data separately via a third-party app, but it’s not nearly as easy of a process (and you’ll lose all your Activity achievements).

As such, what you might think of as a backup is really more of a “sync” — the Apple Watch syncs to your iPhone’s database, and any Watch-specific information (like watch faces and settings) are siloed into a special slice of the backup file. This is also why you can’t force a manual Apple Watch backup in the same way you can press “Back Up Now” for the iPhone’s iCloud backup service — since your Apple Watch is constantly syncing information to your iPhone, you shouldn’t need to manually sync it.

So if the Apple Watch just syncs data to iPhone, what’s an Apple Watch backup?

When you sync settings data from your Apple Watch to your iPhone, it doesn’t just end up in the random free-floating package of an iPhone backup — iOS puts this data in a specially-labeled Apple Watch container. As a result, if you ever have to un-pair and re-pair your Apple Watch, or you upgrade to a new Apple Watch, you’ll be able to use that data to restore it to its former self.

Where this differs from other backups is that you’ll need the original iPhone you paired it with (or a new iPhone restored from your old iPhone’s backup) if you want to access your Apple Watch’s information — you can’t just restore directly from iCloud. (Maybe next year with watchOS 6.)


Story 2

Everything you need to know about eSIM

Australian site whistleOut advises ~

eSIM – an electronic SIM or embedded SIM – is a rewritable SIM card that’s built into a cellular device like a smartphone or smartwatch. There’s no need to pop open a slot or pry off a case to put in a SIM; an eSIM never leaves your phone. Instead, you simply download a “software SIM” from your provider of choice.

While eSIMs can help manufacturers cram more components into smaller spaces, the biggest winners are consumers. If and when eSIM goes mainstream, you’ll essentially have the option to instantly change phone provider at any time (assuming you haven’t locked yourself into a contract). You wouldn’t even need to pick up a SIM card from a store or place an order online to port; you’d make the request from your device and voila, new telco.

If adopted widely, eSIM would almost certainly increase the ease of jumping from provider to provider. This would in turn increase competition, and could also help increase the visibility of smaller providers without a retail presence.

What devices support eSIM?

At present, the 4G enabled Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 are the only eSIM devices supported by Australian carriers. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL also feature an eSIM, but the embedded eSIM will currently only works with Google’s Project Fi network in the United States.

Why is this important you ask?


Story 3

Apple outlines Dual SIM support on iPhone Xs, coming in a future update to iOS 12

Using Dual SIM with an eSIM

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature Dual SIM with a nano-SIM and an eSIM.1 An eSIM is a digital SIM that allows you to activate a cellular plan from your carrier without having to use a physical nano-SIM.

Here are a few of the many ways you can use Dual SIM:

Use one number for business and another number for personal calls.

Add a local data plan when you travel outside of the country or region.

Have separate voice and data plans.

Both of your phone numbers can make and receive voice calls and send and receive SMS and MMS.2 Your iPhone can use one cellular data network at a time.

eSIM on iPhone is not offered in mainland China. In Hong Kong and Macau, only iPhone XS features eSIM. Learn about using Dual SIM with two nano-SIM cards in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

This uses Dual SIM Dual Standby technology, which means that both SIMs can make and receive calls. If one number is on a call, incoming calls on the other number will go to voicemail.

What you need

A iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max with an update to iOS 12 coming later this year

A QR code or a carrier app from a wireless carrier that supports eSIM

What you need

A iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max with an update to iOS 12 coming later this year or an iPhone XR also coming later this year

A QR code or a carrier app from a wireless carrier that supports eSIM

Apple says in the fine print for iPhones

eSIM will be available later this year through a software update. Using eSIM requires a carrier plan, which may include restrictions on roaming and switching service providers, even after the contract has expired. Not all carriers support eSIM. Use of eSIM in iPhone may be disabled when purchasing from some carriers. See your carrier for details.


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Story 4

Apple introduces new data recovery process for Macs with T2 chip

9TO5Mac explains ~ Apple has recently documented a new data recovery process internally for Macs that utilise its T2 chip introduced with the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro. The new process for repair staff is being introduced due to the T2 chip’s advanced security features including hardware encryption for SSD storage that isn’t compatible with Apple’s previous data recovery methods used on older machines.

Apple notes that the process for data transfer for Macs with the T2 chip will be used when its repair staff are presented with a customer’s machine in need of a logic board repair and when the logic board is “partially functional.” The process also requires that the system can be powered on.

To complete the process, Apple’s repair staff will use a Thunderbolt (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) or Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to USB-A cable and another host computer as well as an external hard drive where the data will be transferred. From there the machines can be put into DFU mode and the data recovery process can be initiated from within Apple’s internal diagnostics tool.


Story 5

There’s no going back now: YouTube fully commits to vertical video with new ad format

Masbable reports ~ According to the company, “more than 70 percent of YouTube watch time happens on mobile devices” and because of that YouTube acknowledges “it’s important to adapt to their viewing behaviours.” Companies and brands will now have the option to upload vertical videos and run video advertisements that will conform to a viewers mobile screen. Vertical videos can be run in ad campaigns across YouTube’s apps and through its TrueView (skippable ad) product.

In its announcement, YouTube showcased a Hyundai vertical video advertisement that the car company tested out. The vertical video ads ran in a campaign along with their more traditional horizontal video commercials. YouTube states that paired with the vertical video, Hyundai’s campaign overall saw “a 33% percent lift in brand awareness and a nearly 12% lift in consideration.” Vertical video ads look like they’ll make advertisers very happy.

With this ad format move, YouTube — the last of the major vertical video holdouts — is also signaling that vertical video is here to stay.


Story 6

Streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue

The Verge tells us ~ The Recording Industry Association of America released a report last week that details how the music industry has grown in 2018, and while the data isn’t surprising — the world still isn’t buying records — the specific numbers are still fascinating. Turns out, streaming makes more money than physical CDs, digital downloads, and licensing deals combined.

Streaming in this context includes paid subscriptions to services such as Spotify and Tidal, but also digital radio broadcasts and video streaming services such as VEVO. It’s a broad category that nonetheless has made $3.4 billion dollars in 2018 so far, a total that amounts to 75 percent of overall revenue for the record industry.

The new user adoption rate for streaming is currently around 1 million new subscribers for streaming services per month, which is tiny compared to the number of people who actually listen to music, but that growth rate is still bigger than every other category of recorded music business.

Digital download revenues and physical purchases were down this year by 27 percent and 41 percent, respectively, continuing a general downward trend since the advent of online music sharing. Vinyl sales, which in recent years have once again become trendy, have increased in revenue in 2018 — but not enough to offset other more traditional forms of recorded music sales.

“The music streaming economy presents myriad new opportunities, but also its share of challenges too,” the RIAA writes. “According to Nielsen, more than 70,000 different albums were released by mid-year. Finding an audience amongst an extraordinary range of music choices, competing for the user’s attention against other entertainment options on the ubiquitous smartphone, and being prominent on dozens of different digital platforms is … critical for success.”

While we are on Music ~ Apple  Music on Android Auto is available

This shows great promise of late, with both companies making things better for us, the end users

Recently we had Google maps come to Apple CarPlay


Story 7

A couple of quick stories ~ for comments

Is Samsungs “Biggest Nightmare starting again”?

Woman Sues Samsung After Galaxy Note 9 Allegedly Burst Into Flames Inside Her Purse reports ~ The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might not be so fireproof after all, as recent reports suggest that the device caught fire while inside a New York woman’s purse, destroying all of its contents in an experience the customer described as “traumatic.”

In a lawsuit filed by real estate agent Diane Chung in the Queens Supreme Court, the Long Island woman described an incident she claims took place on September 3 while she was alone in the elevator of a building in Bayside, Queens. According to the New York Post, Chung recalled that she placed her Galaxy Note 9 in her purse at that time, having noticed that the newly purchased device had become “extremely hot.” Moments later, she heard a “whistling and screeching sound” and saw that there was thick smoke emerging from the bag.

As further indicated in the lawsuit, Chung reacted by trying to empty the contents of her purse on the elevator floor. She then tried to pick up her Samsung Galaxy Note 9, supposedly burning her fingers in the process as smoke continued to fill the inside of the elevator, making it difficult for her to see. In a state of panic, Chung dropped the allegedly burning phone and began “smashing” the elevator’s buttons, kicking the device out of the elevator as she reached the lobby.

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