Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 353

Show 353 – September 22, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1

Australia to amend law making Facebook, Google pay for news

AP News reports ~  The author of proposed Australian laws to make Facebook and Google pay for journalism said Thursday his draft legislation will be altered to allay some of the digital giants’ concerns, but remain fundamentally unchanged.

Australia’s fair trade regulator Rod Sims, chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, said he would give his final draft of the laws to make Facebook and Google pay Australian media companies for the news content they use by early October.

Facebook has warned it might block Australian news content rather than pay for it.

Google has said the proposed laws would result in “dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube,” put free services at risk and could lead to users’ data “being handed over to big news businesses.”

Sims said he is discussing the draft of his bill with the U.S. social media platforms. It could be introduced into Parliament in late October.

“Google has got concerns about it, some of it is that they just don’t like it, others are things that we’re happily going to engage with them on,” Sims told a webinar hosted by The Australia Institute, an independent think-tank.

“We’ll make changes to address some of those issues — not all, but some,” Sims said.



Story 2 ~ PIC

New Apple Watch and iPad features enable wellness, fitness, and creativity

Today Apple unveiled Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, two new iPad models, and the first fitness experience built for Apple Watch that brings significant developments in health and wellness features to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. 

From innovative chip developments with A14 Bionic to new apps and software, and the debut of Apple One subscription plans, here are 2 of Apple’s biggest reveals today.

Apple One Subscription Plan

Apple One offers customers Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, iCloud, and more in one simple plan. The Apple One Individual plan offers a savings of over A$9.50 per month, while the Family plan offers a savings of over A$12.50 per month. Savings are based on standard monthly pricing.

Apple Fitness+

Apple Fitness+ intelligently incorporates metrics from Apple Watch for users to visualise right on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, offering a first-of-its-kind personalised workout experience. When a workout is selected and started on any of those devices, the correct workout type will automatically start on Apple Watch. During the session, the metrics from Apple Watch are shown on the screen and come to life for moments of inspiration.



Entertainment #1 ~ PIC

Apple TV+ announces new kids’ series “Doug Unplugs” and “Stillwater,” premiering this Spring

Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter” makes its second season return on Friday, October 9

Parent’s Choice Award-winning “Helpsters” returns for season two on Friday, October 16

Following its historic 18 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and win for Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Programming for “Ghostwriter,” Apple TV+ today announced that two new kids’ series, “Doug Unplugs” and “Stillwater,” are set to premiere alongside a lineup of award-winning and acclaimed series for kids and families this fall on Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ also revealed that the second season of “Ghostwriter” is officially set to premiere on Friday, October 9, and the star-studded second season of “Helpsters” will premiere Friday, October 16. Recognised with a Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Award and a Common Sense Media Award, both series hail from the makers of “Sesame Street.”

“Doug Unplugs”

Premiere date: Friday, November 13


Premiere date: Friday, December 4



Good Things for when were Stuck Indoors


Story 3 ~ PIC

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2020 finalists revealed

These are awesome, funny, photos and well worth looking at with the family



Story 4 ~ 

Safari 14 is now available for macOS Catalina and Mojave

THE VERGE tells us ~ Apple has released the latest version of its Safari browser for macOS Catalina and High Sierra, ahead of the release of Big Sur later this year. Safari 14 improves the browser’s tabs, adds a new privacy report feature, and offers new customisation options for your start page. You can download it by heading to System Preferences app and clicking “Software Update.”

One of the key improvements that’s coming with the latest version of Safari is improved tab management. The tabs themselves have been redesigned to be more space-efficient, display website favicons by default, and show a preview of each tab while hovering your mouse over them. There’s a new start page which you can customise with your own backgrounds and links, and a Privacy Report that highlights any cross-site trackers that the browser is blocking. Oh, and this version of the browser also removes support for Adobe Flash.



Story 5 ~ PIC

iOS 14 in all its variants is available

Apple reminds us ~ iOS 14 reimagines the iPhone experience, delivering a major update to the Home Screen with beautifully redesigned widgets and the App Library, new ways to use apps with App Clips, and powerful updates to Messages. iOS 14 is available today as a free software update.

“Together with iPhone, iOS is central to how we navigate our lives and stay connected, and we are making it even more powerful and easier to use in iOS 14, with the biggest update ever to the Home Screen,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We are thrilled to see the incredible ways developers are taking advantage of widgets and App Clips to create new experiences that we think customers are going to love.”


  • Redesigned Home Screen Pages
  • All-New Compact Design for Incoming Calls and Siri
  • App Clips Bring New Ways to Discover and Use Apps
  • Powerful Updates to Messages
  • Greener Ways to Explore and New Guides in Maps
  • More Transparency and Control with Expanded Privacy Features
  • Enhanced Listening Experience for AirPods
  • And a heap more



Story 6 ~ 

iOS 14 adoption rapidly outpacing iOS 13 as users react to widgets, PIP, and more

iOS 14 launched just last Wednesday, September 16, and comes with a number of new features that are proving very popular with users including home screen widgets, picture in picture support, and much more. And data is backing that up as iOS 14 adoption is approaching an impressive 30% in just five days while iOS 13 hit 20% last year after seven days.

The biggest user-facing change with iOS 14 for iPhone users is the arrival of home screen widgets that allows for much more customisation than ever before. And picture in picture support is also proving popular along with a number of other new features and changes. And it looks like more of the mainstream has noticed the appeal of the new iOS 14 features as adoption numbers of the latest software are trending above what we saw with iOS 13 and iOS 12.

Mixpanel’s data (via MacRumors) is showing iOS 14/iPad OS 14 adoption at almost 27% just five days after launching. Last year after seven days, iOS 13 had just hit 20% uptake, and iOS 12 adoption was a bit slower than that (and keep in mind Apple vastly leads the industry in new software adoption even with slower takeup rates from past years).



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