Category Archives: Computers

Episode 140, HeartWatch App adds features; Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch expand to Canada & more US universities



In this episode we will continue our emphasis on health with a review on a health application for the AppleWatch, named the HeartWatch.  It has recently added several new news and diagnostic features, including a partnership with the heart foundation, and personalized heart news.  This is definitely an interesting story for those who are heart conscious.  In the second half of the podcast, we will discuss the tens of thousands of students who will be returning to school this year and will be able to use mobile student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to get around campus and make purchases.

If you’re wanting to better understand your health, HeartWatch should be on the top of your list. It takes the information captured by the Apple Watch and gives you actionable way to improve your health.

 

With their student IDs in Wallet, university students and faculty can simply tap their iPhone to access campus buildings and make purchases.

Episode 139, Apple means business, personally and professionally



In this episode we will discuss a dozen reasons why Apple should be the choice of your personal and business interests.

See it all in sharp detail on the immersive 24‑inch 4.5K Retina display. The P3 wide color gamut brings what you’re watching to life in over a billion colors. Images shine with a brilliant 500 nits of brightness. Industry-leading anti‑reflective coating delivers greater comfort and readability. And True Tone technology automatically adjusts the color temperature of your display to the ambient light of your environment, for a more natural viewing experience. 
The thinnest, lightest notebook, completely transformed with an Apple M1 chip. CPU speeds up to 3.5x faster.
M1 has an 16 billion transistors with the Apple computing system on a chip.

 


Episode 138, Apple launches iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery Pack; & updates operating systems



In this episode we will discuss the recent launch of Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack, an add-on battery that is tailored to work with the Phone 12 models.  We will cover its features, some of the reasons you may want to buy one, and how to use it properly.  We will end the podcast to tell you about the recent update for various Apple operating systems, including macOS Big Sur 11.5, iOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, and tvOS 14.7.

The MagSafe Battery Pack only comes in white, priced at $99 US and has a rounded, rectangular design that matches the shape of the iPhone, and it attaches to the back of all of the iPhone 12 line up.
To see your charging status in Today View or on the Home Screen, add the Batteries widget:  Go to Today View or the Home Screen page where you want to add the widget, then touch and hold the background until the apps begin to jiggle. Tap the Add Widget button at the top of the screen to open the widget gallery.  Scroll or search to find Batteries, tap it, then swipe left through the size options. The different sizes display different information.  When you see the size you want, tap Add Widget, then tap Done.

Episode 132, Apple debuts iOS 15 bringing new ways to stay connected and powerful features that help users focus, explore, and do more with on-device intelligence



In this episode, we will discuss one of Apple’s announcements Monday kicking off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2021 with major updates to FaceTime, new Focus features to reduce distraction, enhanced on-device intelligence to discover information, and more ways to explore the world using Maps, Weather, and Wallet.

iOS 15 introduces SharePlay in FaceTime, Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned Notifications, and more.
The stunning Portrait mode from the Camera app is now optimized for video calls in FaceTime.
Focus helps users filter notifications to reduce distractions, using a custom Focus or a suggested Focus like Work or Sleep.
An all-new city navigation and exploration experience comes to Apple Maps with more realistic and colorful details.

Episode 131, Not all USB-C ports or cables are equal; why one USB-C cable is not likely like another; and what you should know. WWDC 2021 begins Monday.



In this episode, I’ll explain the USB-C charging system and tell listeners the differences between the cables and why not all USB-C ports or cables are equal; why one USB-C cable is not likely not like another; and what you should know.  Ushering in several years ago was the idyllic age of the one-size-fits-all cable. Despite the USB-C connector supplied as default in modern smartphones, the standard has, unfortunately, failed to live up to its promises.  It’s now become time, especially here in the past year, where to keep track which cable belongs to what device if you want a device to work or work optimally.  Also, you need to know what your device USB-C port’s capabilities.  We have some fixes for the interim and there is some promise of improvements in the future.   We will close with information about WWDC 2021 which kicks off Monday.

Typical USB-C male connector

 


Episode 130, Apple’s all-online Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off June 7 with keynote address



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s announcement Monday about the program for WWDC21 which will be available free to the more than 30 million Apple developers from 227 regions around the globe.  More information about WWDC21 is at the Apple Special Events Website.  Developers can register for WWDC21 at the Apple Developer Website.

WWDC21 kicks off with a keynote address June 7 at 10 a.m. PDT. 
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off online beginning June 7, 2021

Episode 128, Apple talks about App Store cybersecurity



In this episode, we will give you a rare glimpse of what Apple has accomplished to make App Store a safe and trusted place for users to discover apps by detecting and taking action against fraudulent developers and users. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)


Episode 125, Apple’s virtual event introduces multi-colored, iMac featuring a M1 chip, and a brilliant 4.5K Retina display



In this episode, we will continue our virtual event coverage with Apple’s introduction of colorful iMacs which were part of an event which also brought new AirTags, iPad Pro equipped with an M1 chip, and an Apple TV 4K with remote. More information about the podcast is at the Mac Minutes website. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The new iMac comes in a spectrum of seven vibrant colors — green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver — bringing a sense of joy to any space.
iMac features a stunning all-new design that is remarkably thin, with a striking side profile that practically disappears.
To complete its simplified design, the new iMac features a woven, color-matched cable and power connector that attaches magnetically.
The new iMac includes a color-matched Magic Mouse.
Customers can choose the industry-best Magic Trackpad with their new iMac.

Episode 124, Apple’s virtual event introduces AirTags, along with new iPad Pro, iMac and Apple TV 4K



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s introduction of AirTags which were part of a virtual event on Tuesday, April 20th which brought new colorful iMacs, iPad Pro equipped with an M1 chip, and an Apple TV 4K with remote. We will start with AirTags today and cover the remainder of the refreshed devices in upcoming episodes.  More information can be found at Mac Minutes Podcast.  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

AirTag is a small and elegantly designed accessory that can be personalized with free engraving, and enables iPhone users to securely locate and keep track of their valuables using the Find My app.
AirTag can be placed into a bag or pocket on its own, or utilized with a wide range of Apple-designed AirTag accessories, with personalized free engraving including text and a selection of emoji.
Precision Finding with AirTag fuses input from the camera, ARKit, accelerometer, and gyroscope on iPhone to provide a more precise, directionally aware finding experience.

Episode 122, Apple’s Find My network now offers new third-party finding experiences and new products



In this episode, we discuss Apple’s announcement this week of the Find My network accessory program enabling users to keep track of their belongings in the new Items tab within the Find My application and some of the new products being introduced.  Product manufacturers are VanMoof e-bikes, Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds, and Chipolo ONE Spot item finder.  More about the Mac Minutes Podcast can be found at the following link.  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Find My network accessory program enables users to keep track of their belongings in the new Items tab within the Find My app. When an item has gone missing but is nearby, users can play a sound on their Find My-enabled product to pinpoint its location.
Chipolo s launching their special edition Chipolo ONE Spot, which works exclusively with Apple’s Find My network and the Find My app. This means that users can pair the Chipolo ONE Spot to the Find My app on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to track and findtheir lost belongings using the vast Find My network, made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices around the world.