Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 262

Show 262 – Nov 12, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Garth, Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

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Story 1

Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more

cnet reports ~ New listings will arrive in the coming weeks, though HomePod isn’t included.

Amazon has signed a deal to expand the selection of Apple products on its sites worldwide. The world’s largest e-commerce company said Friday it’ll soon start selling more Apple products directly and have access to Apple’s latest devices, including the new iPad Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and Apple Watch Series 4, as well as Apple’s lineup of Beats headphones. The Amazon-Apple deal encompasses the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and India, with the new products hitting Amazon sites in the coming weeks.

Only Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon’s marketplace.

With the new deal, customers should expect to see a  greater selection of new Apple products and at standard prices. Also, the agreement offers a big win for Amazon just ahead of the holiday shopping season, giving it more electronics from a leading device maker with highly sought-after products. For Apple, the deal could help it sell more devices worldwide

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Story 2

Apple Launches iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program to Address Touch Issues

Apple today announced a new display replacement program for the iPhone X, which will see the company replacing iPhone X displays that exhibit touch issues. 

According to Apple, some iPhone X displays can experience problems with responsiveness due to a display module component that can fail. Affected devices have a display or part of a display that does not respond to touch or responds intermittently, or a display that reacts without being touched at all.


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Story 3

Apple Launches iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program to Address Touch Issues

Apple today announced the launch of a new SSD service program for the 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Touch Bar after determining that the 128 and 256GB SSDs in a limited number of these machines have an issue that can result in data loss and failure of the drive. 

Apple says that 13-inch MacBook Pro models with affected drives were sold between June 2017 and June 2018, and Apple will provide service for these drives free of charge. 

MacBook Pro owners can submit their serial number on the page announcing the program to see if their machines are eligible for servicing. Apple recommends that affected machines be serviced as soon as possible to avoid loss of data.


Story 5

Broadway shows turning to iPads to simplify production & cut down on waste

appleinsider reports ~ Lagging behind some other industries, stage shows on New York City’s Broadway and elsewhere are finally beginning to turn to tablets — specifically the iPad — to replace giant stacks of paper.

To this day, many directors and stage managers are carrying around production books that can weigh as much as 10 pounds, according to CNN. But some Broadway shows like “Kinky Books” and “Pretty Woman” are reportedly moving to an iPad app called ProductionPro, which merges scripts and lyrics with videos and other production material. The software is also being used at firms like Disney to shoot film and TV, and at some 400 U.S. high schools for their theatre departments.

Users can do things like add margin notes with a stylus, but one of the primary advantages is pushing updates to cast and crew instantly without wasting thousands of pages of paper. 

In the case of “Pretty Woman,” the show was updating roughly 30 pages per day during 12 weeks of pre-production, and those pages had to be shared with some 50 people. Stage manager Thomas Recktenwald is now using ProductionPro, an iPad Pro, and an Apple Pencil, and the show even has videos with the blocking for each scene.

One drawback to the app is its cost. While it can technically be used for free, that’s limited to a single production, 1 gigabyte of cloud storage, and a 250-megabyte cap on filesizes. Commercial operations must effectively spring for a Premium plan that costs US$19.99 per month.

A number of businesses have switched to iPads to reduce paper burdens. One of the earlier adopters was the airline industry, which used iPads to replace heavy pilot bags full of charts.

MS opinion I’m willing to bet that $20/M is far cheaper and faster than printing updates and making sure everyone is up to date!


Story 6

Apple’s streaming video hits iPhones, iPads, and Apple TV for free in early 2019

Apple is reportedly narrowing in on a way of serving up its slate of high-budget TV shows, the plan being to pair its original content with subscriptions from outside companies.

An Apple service will be highlighted in the “TV” app pre-installed on iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV, sources told CNBC. People who own one of those devices will be able to watch Apple-owned shows for free, but the company is allegedly planning to offer access to subscription “channels” for outside online services.

As a part of the effort, Apple is expected to launch an overhauled version of the TV app early next year.

Further on, Apple is hoping to score “tent pole” shows that could prop up its own paid service akin to Netflix, the sources added. These would however follow the company’s philosophy of aiming for family-friendly content, meaning it won’t have an equivalent of “Game of Thrones,” “Mindhunter,” or other draws to services like HBO and Netflix.

Apple has tasked Time Warner Cable’s former chief strategy officer, Peter Stern, with forging the contracts it needs to assemble a service. Stern is also said to be in charge of attracting publications to Texture, the magazine subscription service it picked up earlier in 2018, but dealing with resistance to giving Apple control of the subscribing billing relationship, since they would rather have their own ways of deterring cancellations.


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Apple and Disney Release Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Headphones

In collaboration with Disney, Apple has introduced limited edition Mickey Mouse Beats Headphones. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the popular Disney character. Perhaps best of all, it can now be purchased in Australia – just in time for Christmas.

Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats

The headphones are a special edition version of the popular Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones. With award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. It is one of the most popular products from the Beats by Dr Dre range.

In Australia, the Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones is priced at an RRP of A$449.95. And can be purchased from Apple’s online store where they are offering free delivery and returns on all purchases.

This was a challenge!

Deleting apps on an iPhone in iOS12

3D touch or hold the icon on a home screen.  They all wiggle and have an x on the top corner of each app.

Hang on there is NO x

Research, research, research

Turn off Screen Time!

Settings, Screen Time, down the bottom, Turn off Screen Time

Now delete the app as normal.

Then turn Screen Time back on!

More 5G Coming!

Optus to launch 5G across Canberra and Brisbane in January

ZDNet reports ~ Singtel’s first-half FY19 financial results report said Optus would launch 5G first in Canberra and Brisbane at the start of next year, with Australia’s remaining capital cities to follow by March 2019.

Optus has announced that it will be launching 5G fixed-wireless services in Canberra and Brisbane in January 2019, with other Australian capital cities to follow by March.

The launch follows Optus trialling 5G in Sydney, the telco’s parent company Singtel revealed in its first-half results report.

“After successfully concluding live 5G trials in Sydney, we are on track to commercially launch fixed-wireless access services in January 2019,” Optus CEO Allen Lew said on Thursday.

“Customer experience remains our top priority, and we are focused on removing customer pain-points across the entire business.”

During the six months to October 31, Optus gained 87,000 post-paid customers during the quarter, as well as 18,000 mobile broadband customers, but this was offset by a loss of 120,000 prepaid handset customers due to “seasonality and intense competition”.

Post-paid average revenue per user (ARPU) was down to AU$41 per month, while prepaid ARPU fell to AU$19.

Optus’ 4G population coverage reached 97.2 percent as of October 31, with 7,011 of its mobile sites upgraded to 4G and 5,990 of these upgraded to 700MHz spectrum.

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