Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 279

Show 279 – Apr 01, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Happy Birthday Apple!!!

43 years old today.

I would call that a pretty good growth. From way back in 1976 to today or from garage to worlds biggest public company!

Their first product was the Apple I computer kit, built by hand by its designer Steve Wozniak. The Apple I consisted of just a motherboard, leaving users to provide their own keyboard, monitor, and case. It went on sale in June of ’76 for US$666.66

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Story 2

Apple’s latest Tesla hire may point to powertrain for full-scale ‘Apple Car’

Signaling that it’s continuing work on a full-fledged electric car, or at least a platform, Apple has reportedly hired Tesla’s engineering VP in charge of powertrains Michael Schwekutsch.

Schwekutsch left Tesla earlier this month and is now a part of Apple’s Special Projects Group, Electrek sources said. The group is home to some of Apple’s most clandestine work, including “Project Titan,” the self-driving car effort. 

The executive has an extensive history in powertrain development. His resume lists related engineering firms like BorgWarner and GKN Driveline, and output such as electric and hybrid powertrains for the BMW i8, Fiat 500eV, Volvo XC90, and Porsche 918 Spyder.

Apple is allegedly hiring “several other” Tesla workers alongside Schwekutsch, who should serve under Doug Field — once a VP of Mac hardware engineering at Apple, but who spent almost five years at Tesla before returning to Apple to replace former project lead Steve Zadesky.

https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/03/30/apples-latest-tesla-hire-may-point-to-powertrain-for-full-scale-apple-car

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Story 3

Apple engineer who led development of A7 through A12X chip cores departs company

A key Apple engineer responsible for leading development teams working on proprietary processor core designs has left the company after nine years of service, according to a report on Friday.

Citing sources familiar with the matter, CNET reports Gerard Williams III vacated his seat as Apple’s senior director in platform architecture in February. 

Williams joined the company in 2010 after a 12-year stint at ARM, where he worked as a fellow on various projects including the development of legacy ARM chips, as well as Cortex-A8, Cortex-A15 and next-generation processor technology. Prior to ARM, the engineer was design team lead at Texas Instruments, where he assisted in the development of the TI TMS470 micro-controller program, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

At Apple, Williams spearheaded core design for in-house Apple chips like the A7, which debuted in iPhone 5s as the world’s first 64-bit mobile processor. 

https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/03/29/apple-engineer-who-led-development-of-a7-through-a12x-chip-cores-departs-company

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Story 4

AirPower has been canceled!  NO MORE JOKES!

Quoting Apple:

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologise to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”

Sometimes, Apple announces early to give developers extra time to get apps ready, like Intel Macs or the original iPad, or just to show their commitment to developers, like the 2013 Mac Pro or 2017 iMac Pro.

And, sometimes, just sometimes, Apple announces early to show their commitment not to a community but to a technology with a halo product meant to help push the industry forward, like when they deleted the headphone jack but introduced AirPods, or, yeah, when they added Qi-standard inductive charging to the iPhone and introduced AirPower.

It was meant to prove Apple wasn’t just doing inductive charging as a me-too move or a gimmick but was serious about the future being wireless and was willing to put their resources where their marketing was. Using their control over everything from hardware to software to build something unprecedented, something quote unquote only Apple could build.

https://www.imore.com/airpower

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Story 5

arcade

Beyond A Steel Sky

Fantasian

Life Like

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Story 6

Shortcuts 2.2 Brings New Apple Notes Actions, Travel Time Enhancements

Shortcuts 2.2, the second major update to Apple’s automation app following October’s 2.1 release. The new version of Shortcuts, which has been available to developers for testing via TestFlight for several weeks now, brings a variety of smaller refinements and bug fixes; more importantly, it extends Shortcuts’ integration with one of Apple’s most popular built-in apps: Notes. Additionally, Shortcuts 2.2 builds upon the existing ‘Get Travel Time’ action (based on the Apple Maps framework) with new Magic Variables well suited for shortcuts that integrate with Siri.

The story link has a selection of Shortcuts for using with the Notes app.

https://www.macstories.net/ios/shortcuts-2-2-brings-new-apple-notes-actions-travel-time-enhancements/

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Story 7

40 million Android users have downloaded Apple Music

You’d think that most of the subscribers to Apple Music would be firmly locked into the Apple ecosystem. That may be true, but new figures suggest that there are quite a few listeners on Android as well.

Figures shared by Sensor Tower‘s Store Intelligence platform suggest that 40 million Android users have installed the Apple Music app from Google Play. Not only that, but the analytics firm believes that the “current quarter will be the service’s best yet for new users on the platform.”

Apple Music launched in June 2015. While it was initially an exclusive to iOS, it didn’t take more than a few months until it made its way to Android. This mirrors what happened with iTunes back in the day. Despite originally being exclusive to Mac users, it quickly made its way to Windows PCs.

https://www.cultofmac.com/614890/40-million-android-users-have-downloaded-apple-music/

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Story 8

Gmail for iOS adding customisable swipe actions to quickly delete, snooze, & more

In February, the Google Material Theme revamp began rolling out to Gmail for iOS. It brought the stark white design, new account switcher, and density preferences. However, it still lacked the ability to customise swipe actions, with that feature finally rolling last week.

This option first debuted on Android last June, with Google now expanding the ability to customise what happens when users swipe on an email from the main inbox view. At the moment, swiping either direction will archive a message.

An upcoming update will let users select Archive, Trash, Mark as read/unread, Snooze, or Move to. The left and right action can be set independently, though they can also be identical to one another. On Android, there is an option to set a swipe to “None” for those that are prone to accidentally swiping away conversations.

Besides an icon, each action is accompanied by a different colour to help quickly differentiate and confirm what you’re doing. Some actions are applied immediately, while others like Snoozing opens a prompt to specify the time and Moving opens your list of Gmail folders.

https://9to5google.com/2019/03/28/gmail-ios-customizable-swipe-actions/

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Story 9

iWork updates for Mac and iOS offer image placeholders, improved collaboration tools, table of contents view, more

Apple released an update to its iWork suite for Mac and iOS today that brings improved collaboration tools, syncing of custom shapes via iCloud, a table of contents view, image placeholders, improved Apple Pencil support, and more.

The latest updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available now from the Mac App Store and iOS App Store. Along with a mix of new features and updates, the iWork suite now offers improved performance when collaborating on documents with others, new language support, and more.

Release notes for iOS iWork updates:

Pages:

  • Use the new table of contents view to easily navigate your document or book.
  • Insert a table of contents onto a page in a word-processing document.
  • Save custom shapes for use in other documents and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create templates to use as a model for new documents, and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your page.
  • Switch your document between word processing and page layout.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on documents.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • In Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, you can now type vertically in your entire document or in an individual text box.

Numbers:

  • Make precise changes to table row and column counts and sizes with the format pane.
  • Performance and usability improvements to Smart Categories.
  • Save custom shapes for use in other spreadsheets, then access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create templates to use as a model for new spreadsheets, and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Increased maximum zoom level to 400%.
  • Enhancements to Excel and comma separated value file import.
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your spreadsheet.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on spreadsheets.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Keynote:

  • Draw a path with your finger or Apple Pencil to animate an object across the slide.
  • Add emphasis to presentations with action build effects, including move, rotate, and scale animations.
  • Create and share an animated GIF by exporting one or more slides.
  • Edit presenter notes while presenting or rehearsing a slideshow.
  • Save custom shapes for use in other presentations and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Create themes to use as a model for new presentations, and access them on any device using iCloud.
  • Slides with custom wider aspect ratios now display better in the slide navigator, light table, and presenter display.
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your slide.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on presentations.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Here are the release notes for today’s Mac iWork updates:

Pages:

  • Use the new table of contents view to easily navigate your document or book.
  • Automatically sync custom shapes and templates to all your devices using iCloud.
  • Add alignment guides to master pages to help with layout.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on documents.
  • Insert tables of contents and edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • In Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, you can now type vertically in your entire document or in an individual text box.

Numbers:

  • Performance and usability improvements to Smart Categories.
  • Save custom shapes and templates that automatically sync to all your devices using iCloud.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on spreadsheets.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Enhancements to Excel and comma separated value file import.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Keynote:

  • Create and share an animated GIF by exporting one or more slides.
  • Automatically sync custom shapes and themes to all your devices using iCloud.
  • Slides with custom wider aspect ratios now display better in the slide navigator, light table, and presenter display.
  • Improved performance while collaborating on presentations.
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating.
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

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