Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 278

Show 278 – Mar 26, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

What a week!!

New iPads

iPad mini 5

        • Touch ID
        • Old/Classic design
        • Laminated, wide gamut display
        • Cutting edge processors
        • Lightning port
        • Same size = 7.9” diagonal
        • 4:3 aspect ratio
        • Starting at A$599

4:3 instead of 19.5:9, doesn’t have that problem. It’s not only still almost twice as large as the iPhone X Max, pages fit on it much better as well, resulting in not just a bigger but better experience.

iPad Air 3

        • again, Touch ID
        • Old/Classic design
        • Laminated, wide gamut display
        • Cutting edge processors
        • Lightning port
        • BUT bigger display 10.5” diagonal
        • Starting at A$779

Since the mini 5 is identical in size to the mini 4, and the Air 3 to the 10.5-inch Pro, most cases and accessories should be compatible. There are some minor differences in camera cutouts, and the button and speaker placements, that could make some a little sloppy around the edges, though. So, check before buying that cheap case.


Story 2

New AirPods 2

        • New H1 chipset
        • new onboard Hey Siri
        • 50% more talk time
        • 30% lower latency
        • Bluetooth 5.0
        • optional inductive charging case
        • A$249 / A$319

But is the combined Qi / lightening  charging case really worth an extra A$60, bearing in mind you will also need a flat Qi change stand


Story 3

New Retina 4K / 5K iMacs

        • Same chassis
        • Same Silver colour
        • No Touch ID or Face ID
        • No T2 chip – security and drivers chip in iMac Pro for example

21.5” Processors

        • 3.6GHz 8th Gen 4-core Intel Core i3
        • 3.0GHz 8th-Gen 6-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz)
        • 3.2GHz 8th Gen 6-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)

27” Processors

        • 3.0GHz 9th-Gen 6-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz)
        • 3.1GHz 9th-Gen 6-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz)
        • 3.7GHz 9th-Gen 6-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)
        • 3.6GHz 9th-Gen 8-core Intel Core i9 (Turbo Boost up to 5.0GHz)

21.5” Graphics

        • Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory

27” Graphics

        • Radeon Pro 570X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 575X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
        • Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB of HBM2 memory

21.5” Memory and storage

        • 8GB upgradeable to 32GB
        • 1TB Hard Disk
        • 1TB Fusion Disk
        • 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD

27”  Memory and storage

        • 8GB upgradeable to 64GB
        • 1TB , 2TB or 3TB Fusion Disk
        • 512GB, 1TB or 2TB SSD

21.5” Pricing

        • Base Models A$1999 – A$2299

27” Pricing

        • Base Models A$2799 – A$3549


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Story 4

Further to last weeks story ~ Apple Heart Study Key Findings/Results

Here are five key findings from the massive Apple Heart study:

1. 0.5 percent of the over 400,000 participants received an irregular heart rhythm notification, illustrating the feature’s ability to give a user important health information without creating an unnecessary burden to their doctor’s schedule.

2. Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings showed the pulse detection algorithm (indicating a positive tachogram reading) has a 71 percent positive predictive value.

3. Eighty-four percent of the time, participants who received irregular pulse notifications were found to be in atrial fibrillation at the time of the notification.

4. One-third (34 percent) of the participants who received irregular pulse notifications and followed up by using an ECG patch over a week later were found to have atrial fibrillation. Since atrial fibrillation is an intermittent condition, it’s not surprising for it to go undetected in subsequent ECG patch monitoring.

5. 57 percent of the participants sought medical advice following their irregular rhythm notification, using the information to have more meaningful conversations with their doctors.


Story 5

So here is the rundown of this mornings Apple Event

Apple News app

5 Billion Articles read each month

now #1 News app

Now Magazines to Apple News

Apple News+

300 magazines 


        • Apple don’t know what you read 
        • DONT allow advertisers to track you
        • US$9.99 / month
        • Family Sharing included


First Month FREE


Launch US & Canada (English & French)

Later Australia, UK, rest of Europe

TC “We believe in the power of journalism and it’s important to us.”

Some reference information



10 Billion transactions this year

AU 99% acceptance – highest rate


Card announced

        • Designed for iPhone
        • Sign up on iPhone
        • Owing, payment due, what you’ve spent
        • A Healthier Financial life, better understanding
        • Where you’ve spent using Apple Maps
        • Trending 
        • Rewards
        • Cash back ~ Daily Cash 2% of what you spend,  3% on ANY Apple purchase / subscription

 Cash Card

        • Showing payment options, understanding true cost
        • Ability to pay more often
        • NO FEES
        • Lower Interest Rate
        • Partnered Goldman Sachs and Mastercard
        • Per device card number


Where Apple Pay not accepted

        • Titanium Card with name laser etched
        • 1% Daily Cash using card

US this summer

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App Store

        • 1/2 billion visits each week
        • Games most app type
        • iOS largest gaming platform in the world
        • 1 Billion games downloaded
        • 300,000 games


Competing with free is HARD for developers

So we are announcing a new paid game subscription service


        • 100+ new and exclusive games at launch
        • New area on App Store, dedicated tab
        • iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
        • Can play offline 
        • No ads no additional purchases
        • Family Sharing
        • US$ to come
        • This Fall 150+ countries


Tim Cook, so lets talk about TV

Apple TV app

Vision Shows movies Sports and News available across all devices

Announce new Apple TV app


Only pay for want you want

All in one app


tv channels

        • Kids tab in app
        • Update in May
        • Apple TV app to Mac this Fall
        • Apple TV app to Smart TVs
        • Samsung this spring the others
        • Also Roku and Amazon


Will be available in 100 Countries


Tim Cook

Apple has always tried to make the world a better place.

We believe in creativity!

So another new service

tv +

Apples Zac Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht

Story telling – how to be creative


A really cool video with lots of creators explaining the processes

At the end of the video a dark stage, then

On stage Steven Spielberg

Talks about Amazing Stories


Then a dark stage, then

On stage

Reece Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston

Talk up The Morning Show

Steve Carell joins them


Then a dark stage, then

On stage Jason Momoa & Alfre Woodard

Talks up See


Then a dark stage, then

On stage Kumail Nanjiani

Talks about up Little America 


Then a dark stage, then

On stage Big Bird & Cody

Talks about Helpsters from Sesame workshop a Coding Show for pre-schoolers


Then a dark stage, then

On stage Sarah Bareilles & J J Abrams

Talks about Little Voice


Available 100+ countries starting this Fall



Sneak peek at something very exciting


TC, and video intros Opra

Talks about up Documentaries she will be making

AND Book Club


TC joins her on stage



Customer is centre of everything we do

Gets Apple staff to stand

End of Event


Link to Apple Keynote

Watch the keynote


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