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An avid lifetime Apple and technology enthusiast President of the Alaskan Apple User Group. Show host of Glacier Rock on KEUL 88.9 FM Girdwood, Alaska and Assistant Station Engineer. An Air Force veteran and Rotary International member.

Episode 111, Apple’s iPhone 12 MagSafe charging explained and optimizing power transfer



The iPhone 12‌ models have a ring of magnets built into the back around the wireless charging coil that adhere to MagSafe based accessories like cases and chargers, and this week’s episode will explain Apple’s MagSafe charging system and ensuring you are getting the maximum 15 watt power transfer. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The MagSafe Charger makes wireless charging a snap. The perfectly aligned magnets attach to your iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro and provide faster wireless charging up to 15W.

The MagSafe Duo Charger conveniently charges your compatible iPhone, Apple Watch, Wireless Charging Case for AirPods, and other Qi-certified devices. Just place your devices on the charger and a steady, efficient charge begins on contact. The charger folds together neatly so you can easily take it with you wherever you go.

Episode 110, Tethering and hotspots for your Apple devices; iPhone 12 Apple Leather MagSafe Wallet and Sleeve



This week’s episode will look at public WIFi, such that you might find in a coffee shop,  mobile Wi-Fi, such as tethering or using a hotspot, and will finish the podcast reviewing a couple of the newest leather accessories Apple has created for the iPhone 12 line, the MagSafe leather wallet and sleeve. Additional podcast information is at www.macminutespodcast.com (Images courtesy of Apple Inc.)

 

The iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe is the a way to keep your ID and credit cards close at hand. Crafted from specially tanned and finished European leather, the wallet features strong built-in magnets that allow it to effortlessly snap into place on the back of your iPhone.
The iPhone 12 leather MagSafe sleeve fits snugly around the curves of your iPhone and protects it from scratches and drops, without adding bulk. Inside, there’s a pocket for your credit card or ID, and it comes with a matching strap so that you can keep it close at hand, wherever you go.

Episode 109, Uninterrupted Power Supplies protect your Apple devices; Bandkeeper keeps your Apple Watch bands organized



Happy New Year! This week’s episode will look at how Uninterrupted Power Supplies, commonly referred to as a UPS,to protect your Apple devices and review the Bandkeeper storage system for your Apple Watchbands. You can find more information at www.bandkeeeper.com and at our new website: www.MacMinutesPodcast.com

Bandkeeper Folder, with Inserts can be found at www.bandkeeper.com

Episode 108, Using Apple’s Sleep Tracking Application on Apple Watch and iPhone to help you improve your sleep habits in 2021



In this episode we will look at using Apple Watch and iPhone to improve sleep in 2021. For many it’s a New Year’s resolution and for others it simply a desire to improve your health and mental wellness. It’s easy to track your sleep using Apple technology. We will look at Apple’s sleep tracking and making it work to improve your life. You can reference the written instructions at the Apple Support link: https://support.apple.com/guide/watch/sleep-apd830528336/watchos (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Viewing your recent sleep history is a key feature of the Sleep Tracking App on the Apple Watch.
With Apple Watch Sleep Tracking there is a feature to change or turn off your next wake-up alarm.

Episode 107, Apple launches cardio fitness notifications on Apple Watch; updates iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2



In this episode we will look at an Apple’s announcement Monday, Dec 14th where users can view their cardio fitness level in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notifications on Apple Watch if it falls within the low range. We will explore how to personalize and use the new feature. Users will need to update to iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 which was released simultaneously. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Watch users can now view how their cardio fitness level is classified based on their age group and sex in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notification if it falls within the low range.
With watchOS 7, Apple Watch uses multiple sensors to estimate an expanded range of cardio fitness as users walk throughout the day, whether or not they are tracking a workout.

Episode 106, Apple launches AirPods Max headphones in an over-ear design



In this episode we will look at an Apple’s announcement made Tuesday of the AirPods Max, wireless headphones that bring the qualities of AirPods to an over-ear design with high-fidelity sound.  AirPods Max feature incredible high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

AirPods Max bring the magic of AirPods to an all-new wireless over-ear design with high-fidelity audio, Active Noise Cancellation, spatial audio, and more.
The Digital Crown provides precise volume control and the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri. The noise control button easily switches between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.

Episode 105, Hands-on review with the Magsafe Duo Charger and special event announced



In this episode we will look at a great look at a great stocking stuffer for the Apple enthusiast.  Today, we will  look at a MagSafe Duo Charger. Apple has announced several new leather iPhone 12 accessories, including a MagSafe Wallet and iPhone Sleeve, which we will review as soon as they arrive. Today, let’s take a hand-on review of the MagSafe Charger! Also, Mac Minutes Podcast Facebook Group members have been invited by the Alaskan Apple Users Group to an evening, Wed. Dec.9 with world-renown Apple tutorial expert Dan Wassink. Listen to the podcast to get all the details. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The MagSafe Duo Charger conveniently charges your compatible iPhone, Apple Watch, Wireless Charging Case for AirPods, and other Qi-certified devices. Just place your devices on the charger and a steady, efficient charge begins on contact. 
The charger folds together neatly so you can easily take it with you wherever you go.

Apple tutorial expert Dan Wassink. Listen to the podcast on all the details. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)


Episode 104, COVID-19 location tracing using your Apple iPhone



In this episode we will teach you how to COVID-19 location trace using your iPhone. Additionally, I’ll talk to a friend who has used this technique and we will hear her story.

 

 


Episode 103, Apple’s HomePod Mini features and hands-on review



In this episode we will discuss the technical features of the Homepod Mini and give a hands-on review. Happy Thanksgiving to those listening in the United States.

 

 

HomePod mini is the newest addition to the HomePod family and offers impressive sound, the intelligence of Siri, and smart home capabilities.


Episode 102, Apple unveils new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini powered by M1, Apple’s breakthrough chip



In this episode, we will discuss Apple virtual unveiling of a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini, all powered by the revolutionary M1, the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac. We will discuss the comparison of features, availability and price. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

MacBook Air with M1 is an absolute powerhouse of performance and thin-and-light portability.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 delivers game-changing performance and the longest battery life ever on a Mac.
The new Mac mini packs a staggering amount of performance into its ultracompact design