Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 307

Show 307 – October 21, 2019

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Special iOS Device update

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17 Oct 2019

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Thu Oct 17 19:54:29 GMT 2019

Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC on November 3, 2019,* some iPhone and iPad models introduced in 2012 and earlier will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and keep the correct date and time.

The iOS update was released on July 22, 2019. If customers have one of the devices listed below, it’s especially important to update device software before November 3 to make sure that its GPS, date, and time continue to work properly.

Updated iOS version Device
iOS 10.3.4 iPhone 5
iPad (4th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
iOS 9.3.6 iPhone 4s
iPad mini (1st generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA models only)
iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular

Affected devices that aren’t updated before November 3, 2019 might not be able to receive over-the-air software updates. As a result, the only way to update these devices will be to restore in iTunes or Finder via tethered connection.

Complete details are located in Update your iPhone or iPad software to avoid issues with location, date, and time (HT210239), link below.

Please tell everybody you know!

* Customers should update their iPhone or iPad before then based on their local time zone (the map on can be used to determine the difference between UTC and local time zones).


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9to5Mac reports ~ Apple engineer explains how the incredibly useful Security Code AutoFill feature came to be

One of the most useful new features to come to iOS over the last several years has been Security Code AutoFill. Added in iOS 12, this feature autofills the security code authentication text messages you receive from banks, websites, and more.

On Twitter this weekend, an Apple software engineer has offered a fun look at how the feature was developed.

Ricky Mondello explains that the idea for Security Code AutoFill actually came about while software engineers were working “what we thought was a much more ambitious project.” At first, Mondello says the idea was tabled for later, but when the “more ambitious” project didn’t work out, they shifted focus:

The idea for Security Code AutoFill came out of a small group of software engineers working on what we thought was a much more ambitious project. It wasn’t a PM, it wasn’t just one person, and it wasn’t what we set out to do initially. It started as a small side idea we had while designing something very different.

We jotted it down, tabled it for weeks, and then picked it up after the “more ambitious” project wasn’t panning out. It was hard, but I’m so glad we changed focus.

Mondello emphasizes that what makes the feature so great is that Security Code AutoFill works without having developers do anything, and while preserving user privacy:

Years later, I’m still so proud of the team for making this feature happen. The team combined expertise from several areas to ship magic that worked on day 1, while asking nothing of app and website developers, without giving anyone your text messages. This still inspires me!

As for some people arguing that Android had the feature first, Mondello says “Nah. Details matter. Privacy matters. And clipboard != AutoFill.”

You can read more from Mondello on the full Twitter thread right here. ( )


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Apple Arcade adds player-vs-player Pac-man and baseball games, plus three more titles

Apple is working hard to meet its goal of offering over 100 games in Apple Arcade. Five more have been added, bringing the total to almost 90.

The latest additions include Ballistic Baseball, Pac-man Party Royal, and several more.

Four of these came in a single announcement on Twitter:




Pac-man Party Royal 

This new twist on a classic  Pac-man game lets up to four players be oddly-shaped at the same time.

Bandai Namco’s description says:

“Eat pellets to gain speed and catch the super pellet first, and see your friends and the ghosts running away from you as you turn into an unstoppable chomping machine! Be careful, the more Pac-Man you eat, the more ghosts there will be, and they will try to get revenge on those who eat them!” 




Sneaky Sasquatch by RAC7 Games

The fifth title coming to Apple Arcade in the last few days is Sneaky Sasquatch, which got its own Twitter announcement:

Live the life of a Sasquatch doing regular, everyday Sasquatch things. Sneak around campsites and disguise yourself as a human in the task-based adventure game, Sneaky Sasquatch.


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Forbes reports ~ Apple iOS 13.1.3 Is Causing Serious New iPhone Failures

It is no secret that Apple iOS 13 is a disaster zone. Even after a fourth rushed update landed last week, numerous problems remain (with some potentially dangerous). And now even owners of Apple’s latest iPhones are being hit hard. 

Thanks to some great detective work by wccftech, we know that a serious problem in iOS 13.1.3 is causing the new Ultra Wideband U1 chip in the iPhone 11 series to fail. Moreover, some units cannot be repaired and owners are reporting that Apple had to replace their phones. 

What affected users are seeing shortly after updating is a pop-up warning: “Ultra Wideband Update Failed. Your iPhone cannot use Ultrawide band until it has been updated.” Apple has tacitly implied some level of scale because it has setup a dedicated support page making a similar recommendation. But both messages contain a level of duplicity because no publicly available update exists beyond iOS 13.1.3 and the latest beta of iOS 13.2 not only fails to fix the problem, it is actively causing it for some:


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The world’s top-earning YouTube star is an 8-year-old boy who made $22 million in a single year reviewing toys

The 8-year-old Ryan Kaji of YouTube’s Ryan ToysReview generated $US22 million in revenue in a single year from his YouTube fame, according to Forbes in its most recent report on YouTuber earnings.

The internet star is profiting in a big way off his digital brand and has a massive following of 22 million subscribers on YouTube.

With the help of kids-entertainment company Pocket.Watch, Ryan’s brand is a multimillion-dollar franchise, with his face on the shelves of Walmart, on toothbrushes, and on TV.

The highest-earning YouTube star in the world is an 8-year-old kid who makes millions reviewing toys online.

Ryan Kaji, of YouTube’s Ryan ToysReview, generated $US22 million in revenue in a single year from his YouTube fame,  according to Forbes in its latest report on YouTuber earnings.

A family-run YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview generated about $US22 million in pretax income from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018, according to Forbes, up from $US11 million the year prior. The raw estimate of $US22 million put Ryan ToysReview just ahead of controversial star Jake Paul (who banked $US21.5 million that year).

Ryan ToysReview started from occasional five-minute toy-unboxing videos posted to YouTube, with Ryan as the host in 2015.

As the channel began to grow in views and subscribers, Michael Bienstock, chief executive of the influencer-focused wealth-management company Semaphore, reached out to Ryan ToysReview, and had a conversation with Ryan’s dad about how complicated things would get financially if the channel continued to grow at this pace, Bienstock told Business Insider in a previous interview.

Bienstock helped the Kaji family turn what Ryan’s parents were doing at home into something bigger.

Today, Ryan ToysReview is more than a YouTube channel.

From toothbrushes to a television show, the Ryan ToysReview brand, Ryan’s World, is a lucrative empire, built with the help of kids-entertainment company Pocket.Watch.

The company brought the Ryan’s World brand to Colgate, Nickelodeon, Bonkers Toys, Roku, and Walmart, expanding Ryan from YouTube.


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Go Retro With Elago’s Apple Macintosh-Inspired AirPods Case

Known for its numerous retro-inspired accessories, design and tech company Elago has now created an Apple Macintosh-inspired AirPods case.

The nostalgia inducing accessory has been designed to look like the old school Apple Macintosh personal computers released back in 1984. The case has been crafted from scratch-free premium silicone, providing extra protection for your AirPods should you accidentally drop it.

Additionally the design boasts a floppy disk drive and the Mac’s signature “hello” greeting on the screen, seen when the original device was turned on. 

In terms of specs, the case is compatible with both 1st and 2nd generation AirPods and supports wireless charging.

Interested fans can purchase Elago’s AW3 AirPods Case now via its website for $13.99 USD.


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Good Samaritan notifies owner of lost wallet via message hidden in bank deposits

If you’ve ever lost a bank card, you know that one of the first things you do after it happens is check your recent transactions. Normally, you’re checking in the hope of finding nothing new so you can be sure no one else has spent your money. However, when Twitter user Tim Cameron did that earlier this week, not only did he find four new transactions, but he also found that they contained the key to him finding his lost wallet.

The four transactions were each for a single penny, transferred into his account by a mysterious “Simon.” However, what was interesting was the text entered into the reference field of each transaction combined to spell out a short message. “Hi, I found your … wallet in the road,” the first two transactions read, before including a phone number that Cameron could contact to retrieve his wallet.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Cameron said that he called the number and was able to pick up the lost wallet. Although he said he’d bought a bottle of wine for Simon, Cameron admitted that he hadn’t paid him back the £0.04 that he definitely owes him. Let’s hope it was a nice bottle at least.


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