Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 390

Show 390 – Aug 04, 2021

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~  

MS Money Money Money

Apple last week had its earnings call for the April – June quarter. It was another record!

Apple earned US$81.6 Billion ~ up 36% with US$21.7 Billion profit

50% growth in iPhone sales = a whopping US$39.6 Billion.

Mac, iPad, Wearables & Home also recored significant percentage growth.

33% growth in Services with 700 million now paying either or all, TV+, Arcade, Music or iCloud.

The only warning was that due to the Global Chip Shortage sales might not be sustainable.



Story 2 ~

ZK Urgent: Why you need to update all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs right now

ZDNet reports ~ This is a big one. You need to update them all, and update them all now.

If you’ve not yet updated your iPhones, iPads, and Macs with the latest patches from Apple, then you need to take some time out of your day to do it right now, because this is a big one.

Apple has published iOS 14.7.1, iPadOS 14.7.1, and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1. While this update contains bug fixes, the main part of this update is a security fix for a vulnerability that Apple says “may have been actively exploited.”

In other words, the bad guys are already using it.

It’s unclear if this is the vulnerability used for jailbreaking iOS devices, or whether it is linked to the NSO Group spyware tool hack used to target journalists, activists, and government figures. 

To update your iPhone and iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update and download and install any available updates. 

For macOS, click on the apple in the top-left corner, go to System Preferences, find Software Update and download and install any updates available.

I recommend carrying out these updates as soon as possible.



Story 3 ~

MS Cult of Mac reports ~ Goodbye to Cult of Mac Magazine.

Cult of Mac has just published its last issue.

Unfortunately this is the last issue of Cult of Mac Magazine.

We launched Cult of Mac Magazine back in September 2013 and have published 411 weekly issues since then. Yes, 411 issues!

Highlights include a cover made especially for us by Susan Kare, the designer of the original Mac’s icons, and a string of great-looking magazine covers by Ste Smith, a former staffer.

But declining readership, competition from news apps and difficulty getting advertising has led us to retire the publication. It’s been a great run, but it’s time to shut up shop.

Cult of Mac Magazine was a weekly news magazine devoted to the world of Apple. Every Saturday, we published a digest of Cult of Mac stories in an iPad-friendly format. It included a mix of news, features, product reviews, app roundups and killer how-tos. We had a weekly “Ask a Genius” column, in which a genuine Apple Genius answered technical questions.

The Magazine was intended to take advantage of Apple’s Newsstand, a virtual newsstand app. But Newsstand never took off and Apple replaced it in iOS 9 with its News app, and we continued to publish as a stand-alone app.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen readership slowly decline, especially with apps like Apple’s News+ and Flipboard, which do a great job of aggregating content from lots of different publishers. And of course, there’s Facebook and Twitter as well. Ironically, as readership of the Magazine declined, we saw readership in the News+ app pick up.

It’s too bad, because I think the Magazine was the best way to read Cult of Mac. It was published using some beautiful software from TapJet, which includes great animations and page transitions. The app is easy to browse and navigate. The artwork looked great. The posts really popped.

But it never got the traction it deserved, so it’s time to close it down.

I’d like to thank everyone who read the Magazine. Thanks for your support over the years.

Sincerely, Leander.

MS Thanks to the Cult of Mac Team for giving keeping us informed!!



G#1 ~ ZK

Well I got to play an awesome game this week. 

Angry Birds reloaded. 

It was so much fun! 

This game will never get old for me. The graphics and sound along with playiblity was just on point.

Not to mention the nostalgia factor. 

Just a great game for anyone to play.

And that’s why I’m giving it 5 Apples out  of 5. 



#1 ~ MS

We just talked about some of the shows, what we have been watching


Story 4 ~

ZK Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa Come to GarageBand in New ‘Art of the Remix’ Sessions (Plus Much More)

iDROPNEWS reports, Apple is bringing its popular GarageBand app into the spotlight with the addition of several new Sound Packs developed by renowned artists and producers, including two all-new Remix Sessions to school users on the art of remixing.

Although Apple frequently releases new GarageBand Sound Packs, this is one of the most high-profile releases in years, featuring content from Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa, along with seven new “Producer Packs” created by some of the world’s top producers.

There’s also a special Producer Pack designed specifically as a companion experience to the upcoming Apple Original docuseries, Watch the Sound With Mark Ronson, which has just premiered on Apple TV+.

‘Art of the Remix’

The headline content from Lady Gaga and Due Lipa is part of Apple’s new Art of the Remix Sessions, designed to help anyone develop their own remixing skills, using actual top hits.

The pack also includes two inspirational videos, where the artists tell the stories behind their hit songs — Dua Lipa’s Break My Heart and Lady Gaga’s Free Woman. Another video provides a step-by-step tutorial on remixing led by an Apple Retail Creative Pro using a GarageBand Live Loops version of each song.

GarageBand users will be able to interact with these hits during the session just like an artist would in the studio, isolating vocals, beats, and individual instruments, and adding their own touch instruments and Apple Loops to let their creativity run wild.

a lot more at this link


Story 5 ~

MS Australia hears case for open access to Apple NFC tech as QR codes will not do

ZDNet again ~ Google says opening access to NFC technology will spur innovation while payments expert Lance Blockley argues QR code payments are not sufficient in an Australian context.

Apple’s alleged innovation-stifling practices where its NFC tech is concerned have now become the focus of an Australian Parliamentary committee, which on Monday heard the case for government intervention.

The only payment application that can access the near-field communication (NFC) interface on an iPhone is Apple Pay, whereas all the other interfaces on an iPhone like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the camera, are open to any application. Apple has cited security as one of the reasons for holding back the tech.

“Host Card Emulation (HCE) is a less secure implementation, which was adopted by Android … Apple did not implement HCE because doing so would lead to less security on Apple devices,” Apple said in response to questions taken on notice from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services.

“Google likely selected this implementation because Android software is used in a variety of hardware devices offered from many different companies other than Google, and therefore had to select a software-centric solution, even though it is a less secure than a secure element-based implementation.

“Apple, which offers a tight integration between the operating system and its own hardware, is able to offer a fully integrated solution that is superior to Android’s approach.”

It also told the committee an HCE implementation would lead to a worse user experience for consumers.

Google in response said it does not believe there was any sort of security compromise in the HCE situation

more in the link


Story 6 ~

ZK Elon Musk wanted to take over as Apple CEO from Tim Cook if Tesla sold to Apple, new book says

USA TODAY reports ~ While some would compare Elon Musk to Steve Jobs because of their roles as technological visionaries, the Tesla CEO has never crossed over into the former Apple CEO’s field of consumer electronics, choosing instead to focus primarily on electric cars and rockets.

But Musk’s career could have taken a much different direction. He once demanded to be CEO of Apple if he agreed to sell Tesla to the tech giant, according to a new book.

Several years ago – long before Tesla’s ascent to its place as the world’s most valuable automaker on the stock market – the company’s success was far from guaranteed. At the same time, Apple was beginning to dabble in electric vehicle technology.

That’s when then-Apple CEO Tim Cook, who succeeded Jobs, approached Musk with a proposal for Apple to acquire Tesla, according to an advance copy of “Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk, and the Bet of the Century,” a new book by Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins.

Musk was intrigued and said that he wanted to be CEO – not just of Tesla as a subsidiary but of Apple as a whole if the deal went through, according to the advance copy.

Cook dropped an expletive and hung up, Higgins wrote.

The deal, of course, never happened.

Representatives for Tesla did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Friday.

On Twitter, Musk denied the conversation happened.

“Cook & I have never spoken or written to each other ever,” Musk wrote Friday.



How To ~ 

ZK  Apple shows you how to take ‘otherworldly’ iPhone images

Explore some of the more exotic possibilities of your iPhone’s camera with a free tutorial from a professional photographer. A video Today at Apple session shows how to use Night Mode to take and edit “otherworldly” images.

The expertise comes from Maria Lax, a Finnish photog based in London.

‘Otherworldly’ images, step by step

Lax begins by taking night images by looking for light sources. “The first element of photography for me is finding light,” said Lax. “So find light sources that look good, have interesting colour… whatever light is calling your name, going towards that light.”

And don’t overthink your pictures. “The second thing is to experiment with something that can make it really unique,” the photog recommends. “I like putting stuff in front of the lens and just seeing what happens.” In the video, she uses thin plastic films, sometimes with vaseline on them.

In the third strep, she goes over editing the images. She doesn’t use a pricy application — she does her editing for the tutorial with the iPhone’s Photos app. Lax shows some of the benefits of the Rotate, Crop, Contrast, Saturation and Vignette ( vin yet ) tools.

“Everybody can be creative,” says Lax. “Just go out there and you’ll get amazing stuff. And you’ll get better at it as you go.”

The video

MS Also Apple HomeKit & the latest Apple Betas

If your Automations are not working before you delete them and start again.

What worked for me was I disabled each automation and closed the Home app. Then enabled each automation and tested. 


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