Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 276

Show 276 – Mar 11, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple Shares New Videos in iPhone Tips Series Covering Wallet, Face ID, Live Photos, Apple Support App and More

MacRumors reports ~ Apple Saturday shared several new videos that are part of its ongoing iPhone tips series called “iPhone Can Do What?” that was launched earlier this week. 

The new videos cover getting help on Apple products using the Apple Support app, unlocking the iPhone with Face ID, accessing boarding passes in the Wallet app, and choosing a new key frame in a Live Photo. There’s also a video highlighting the fact that Apple’s iPhones are water resistant, which pertains to the iPhone 7 and later.

even more


We are thinking about having a live call in period in the show.

We will give you a number to call and that will put you in a room where you can still hear the show and then we get you to ask your question, make comments etc.  We just have to work out the delay button!

Story 2

Further to last weeks story

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft has returned home safely from its time at the International Space Station.

Congratulations to NASA and SpaceX


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Story 3

Apple hires artists to rework cover art for thousands of Apple Music playlists

appleinsider reports ~ Apple is reportedly hiring veteran industry artists to redesign the covers of “many thousands” of Apple Music playlists, hoping to make them look less generic.


Story 4

If you use Google Chrome on your Mac, update it right now

Again from appleinsider ~ Google has confirmed a recent update to Chrome was to patch a zero-day issue in the popular browser, an exploit that was actively used in attacks, and has recommended all Chrome users on Mac, Windows, and Linux update their installations as soon as possible. 

A patch for Chrome shipped on March 1 consisting of a fix for a security flaw. The update, which only fixed the issue without making other changes to the browser, brought Chrome on all three operating systems up to version 72.0.3626121. 

While the security flaw affected all desktop versions of Chrome, it was especially a problem for Windows users, as it formed part of a more complex attack against Windows 7. The older Microsoft operating system had its own zero-day flaw identified at the same time as the Chrome version, with the browser’s flaw actively used as part of a more complex attack against Windows, reports CNET.


Story 5

Tim Cook Changes Twitter Name to ‘Tim Apple’ After President Trump’s Name Flub

MacRumors reports ~ In a meeting of the Workforce Policy Advisory Board last week in the U.S. President Trump mistakenly referred to Apple CEO Tim Cook as “Tim Apple” in a flub that quickly spread around the internet. 

Cook today joined in on the fun and changed his name on Twitter from Tim Cook to “Tim ,” referencing Trump’s mistake. 

Cook was at the meeting because he’s a member of the Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The board was put together to make recommendations on policies to “to develop and implement a strategy to revamp the American workforce to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.”


Story 6

Audible in app purchasing

We outline why


Story 7

Kuo: Apple to start manufacturing AR headset in Q4 2019 – Q2 2020, relies on iPhone for rendering and connectivity

9TO5Mac informs us ~ Apple talks about augmented reality at any opportunity it gets, but so far its fierce ambition has only materialised to consumers as ARKit apps on the iPhone and iPad. It has been widely reported that Apple is developing an AR glasses / headset product.

Today, Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple’s first augmented reality product will go into mass production as soon as the fourth quarter of this year, but hedges the timeframe slightly and says it will be mass-produced by the second quarter of 2020 at the latest.

Kuo says that Apple’s first-generation of AR glasses will be heavily dependent on the iPhone.

The analyst says that the AR glasses will essentially act as a display only with the actual computing, rendering, internet connectivity and location services coming from the iPhone in the user’s pocket. It is assumed that the pairing will work wirelessly like Apple Watch, but the report does not state that explicitly.

Depending on the iPhone would enable Apple to create an AR headset that is much lighter and more comfortable to wear than trying to pack everything into the unit, ie Oculus Go. However, it is also raises obvious questions like how much battery life on your iPhone will need to be sacrificed to drive the AR experience on your face. Even with the iPhone for a brain, Apple still has to design a lot of technology into the glasses like the display and companion depth sensors.


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