Category Archives: iPhone 13

Episode 177, Apple’s Self Service Repair now available; Apple to feature Skywalker Studios in Star Wars ‘Behind the Mac’ episode, Wednesday, May 4



In this episode, we Apple’s announcement Wednesday Self Service Repair is now available, providing repair manuals and genuine Apple parts and tools through the Apple Self Service Repair Store.  In the second half of the podcast we will discuss Apple featuring Skywalker Studios in Star Wars themed ‘Behind the Mac’ show, Wednesday, May 4.

The new Apple Self Service Repair online store offers more than 200 individual parts and tools, enabling customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices to complete repairs on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups and iPhone SE, 3rd generation, such as the display, battery, and camera. Also Wednesday, Apple published a paper, Expanding Access to Safe, Reliable, and Secure Service and Repair,
Go behind the Mac at Skywalker Sound to meet the artists who make the sounds of a galaxy far, far away. Watch the Apple You Tube show preview for a glimpse of the Wednesday, May 4 show.

Episode 170, ‘Peek Performance’ Apple Event launches new hardware, software, accessories and brings baseball to Apple TV+



In this episode, we will highlight today’s peek performance Apple Event which included launch of the Mac Studio and Studio Display; a new 5G version of the iPhone SE with an A15 chip; and an M1 iPad Air with 5G capability; and new colors to the iPhone 13, Software includes new versions of iOS and macOS.  Accessories debuted are new iPhone and and AppleWatch bands. Lastly, Friday Night Major League Baseball will debut on Apple TV+ alongside several shows highlighted during the hour-long presentation. We will do all this in about 10 minutes. (Photos courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Mac Studio with M1 Max and the new M1 Ultra delivers unprecedented performance and extensive connectivity in an incredibly compact design. Studio Display features an expansive 27-inch 5K Retina screen, an advanced camera with Center Stage, and amazing high-fidelity audio.
Mac Studio puts essential connectivity within arm’s reach, with a wide selection of ports on the back, and two USB-C ports and an SD card slot on the front.
Apple announces the new iPhone SE: a powerful smartphone in an iconic design.  The most affordable iPhone features the powerful A15 Bionic, 5G, better battery life, improved durability, and a new camera system with advanced features like Smart HDR 4, Photographic Styles, and Deep Fusion.
New, sophisticated alpine green iPhone 13 Pro and green iPhone 13 join the lineup, featuring the lightning-fast A15 Bionic, advanced camera systems, great battery life, impressive durability, and 5G.
The new iPad Air features the breakthrough M1 chip, ultra-fast 5G, a new front camera with Center Stage, and more.
New, sophisticated alpine green iPhone 13 Pro and green iPhone 13 join the lineup, featuring the lightning-fast A15 Bionic, advanced camera systems, great battery life, impressive durability, and 5G.


Episode 167, Apple announces businesses to accept contactless payments through Tap to Pay on iPhone; Apple updates AirTag and unwanted tracking



In this episode, we will discuss Apple announcements this week, United States merchants will be able to accept Apple Pay and other contactless payments simply later this year by using iPhone and a partner-enabled iOS application.  In the second half of the podcast we will talk about Apple discussing AirTags and unwanted tracking. We will talk about these items and much more.

No additional hardware is needed to accept contactless payments through Tap to Pay on iPhone, so businesses can accept payments from wherever they do business.
Tap to Pay on iPhone enables businesses to seamlessly and securely accept Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets through a simple tap to their iPhone.
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. Apple announced this week they will be making changes to prevent unwanted tracking.

Episode 165, New AppleWatch band launches; new fitness challenge award; and Apple’s iPhone macro photo contest for ‘Shot on iPhone’ Challenge begins



In this episode, we will discuss this week’s news of Apple launching a special edition Apple Watch Black Unity Braided Solo Loop and matching Unity Lights watch, a new fitness challenge award; and the opportunity to share your best iPhone macro photos for Apple’s “Shot on iPhone” Challenge.

The Black Unity Braided Solo Loop band is created by weaving together 16,000 recycled yarn and silicone threads using advanced precision-braiding machinery, for an ultra-comfortable, custom fit.  The band is priced at $99 US and is available at apple.com.
Throughout February, users will also have the opportunity to participate in the Unity Challenge and earn a limited-edition award, by closing their Move ring seven days in a row.
Apple invites iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max users to capture the little things, in a big way, with a macro photography Shot on iPhone Challenge. The challenge starts today and runs through February 16, 2022. Winners will be announced in April.

Episode 164, AT&T to deliver up to 5-Gigs of internet speed in 70 cities; Apple releases Polishing Cloth cleaning instructions



In this episode, we will discuss today’s announcement by AT&T of upgraded fiber plans which support speeds up to 5 Gigabytes for customers in 70 metropolitan cities across the United States. A listing of the cities is below with multi-gig in blue text.  In the second half of the podcast, we will be following up on the story we did a few episodes ago about the Apple Polishing Cloth.

 

The Apple Polishing Cloth is now becoming widely available after months of backorders.  You can find them at Apple Stores and online. Learn how Apple recommends you clean the cloth when it becomes soiled.

Episode 161, Apple’s Polishing Cloth finally arrives along with an enlightening review



Happy New Year.  In our first episode of  2022, we will review the Apple Polishing Cloth which I finally received.  For most U.S. shoppers, their shipment has been delayed until early January, at the earliest, so this review is timely even with its early launch.   I’ve been using it rigorously to give you my initial review.

Apple’s polishing cloth is priced is sold both in Apple retail stores and on Apple.com. The cloth has been delayed for months and is just coming to many customers in 2022.
Picture of the Apple Polishing Cloth and unboxing photo

Episode 160, Apple ‘Rings in the New Year’ with 2022 AppleWatch Activity Award



Happy holidays and a joyous New Year. In this episode, we will discuss the announcement that you’ll be able to work towards earning the “Ring in the New Year” activity badge beginning on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

 

AppleWatch users can unlock a special 2022 ‘Ring in the New Year” award in the Activity app and unique stickers for iMessage and FaceTime after completing a meeting a specific goal: close all three Activity rings for seven days in the month.

Episode 152, macOS Monterey operating system launches bringing new features; iOS 15.1 update brings SharePlay and COVID vaccination card to AppleWallet



In this episode, we will discuss the new features of macOS Monterey which was launched on Monday and the recent iOS 15.1 update which brings SharePlay to FaceTime and COVID vaccination cards to AppleWallet.

macOS Monterey includes powerful new ways to connect with others, accomplish more, and work seamlessly across Apple devices.
FaceTime includes new audio and video features that make calls feel more natural and lifelike, and new Continuity tools like AirPlay to Mac enable Apple devices to work even better together. Live Text and Visual Lookup bring new intelligence features to surface useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organization with Tab Groups, and the ease of automation comes to the Mac with Shortcuts.
Learn how to add your COVID vaccination at Apple Support located at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212752

Episode 146, iOS 15 is now available and brings new features



In this episode we will start to discuss some of the most significant features of iOS 15 which are now available for most users.  iOS 15 introduces new ways to stay connected, powerful updates that help users focus and explore, and intelligent features to get more done with iPhone. It is a free update for Apple users.

iOS 15 introduces Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned notifications, upgrades to Maps, and more
 

Episode 145, Apple preorders begin; Key new features of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max



In this episode we will discuss the new features of the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max which debuted along the with the unveiling of other devices at the Apple keynote streaming event, including iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, AppleWatch Series 7, iPad, 9th Generation and iPad Mini.  Today, we will start our concentrate our discussion with the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.  These models are more pro than ever before.  We will go in depth about the new iPhones features having the most advanced pro camera system ever on iPhone; super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life; A15 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone; an advanced 5G experience; and so much more.  More information about the launch Tuesday, Sept.. 14 is at https;//apple.com/newsroom and at the Mac Minutes Podcast website https://macminutespodcast.com.

iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be available in four stunning finishes including graphite, gold, silver, and sierra blue. The pro camera system on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max features an all-new Ultra Wide camera with autofocus which enables macro photography natively on iPhone, a new Wide camera, and a new Telephoto camera with increased 3x optical zoom.
iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max feature an even brighter and smarter Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion, with an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz. With a new 5-core GPU, A15 Bionic in iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max enables the best graphics performance ever on iPhone.