Category Archives: iPhone

Episode 121, Apple announces Worldwide Developer’s Conference; and a review of KeySmart’s CleanLight, portable ionic UV air purifier



In this episode, we discuss Apple’s announcement this week of the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and a product review of the CleanLight, a portable ionic UV air purifier manufactured by KeySmart. More information about the Mac Minutes Podcast can be found at the podcast’s website. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc. and KeySmart)

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off online beginning June 7, 2021
The CleanLight Air Pro is a portable ionic UV air purifier.

Episode 120, Stanford Study finds AppleWatch can accurately assess frailty; Apple updates mobile device operating systems



In this episode, we discuss how a Stanford Study found the AppleWatch can predict frailty in Veteran’s Health Administration patients, proving once again how important the AppleWatch when combined with an iPhone can be in a health program.  We will finish the podcast covering Apple’s recent updates of various mobile device operating systems, including iOS 14.4.2, iPad OS 14.2.2 and WatchOS 7.3.3. You can read the Stanford Study and find out more information at the Mac Minutes Podcast website. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)

An Apple Watch, such as the Series 4, which monitors ECG functions, is one such device that can augment your home healthcare program.

Episode 119, Apple Maps now displays COVID-19 vaccination locations; testing; and using location tracking



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s recent announcement on new COVID features in the maps application.  You can now ask the Siri or search within Apple Maps to find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers throughout the US, with operating hours and links to important information. We will cover how these tips work and talk about other features for finding COVID testing and using location tracking. Click on COVID mobility data and trends for the past year.  More information is at the Mac Minutes Podcast website.(Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Maps users can now quickly find the closest pharmacies and healthcare providers offering COVID-19 vaccines.
Information including address, operating hours, contact information, and more can be found on the provider’s placecard in Apple Maps.

Episode 118, AirPop launches first smart air wearable, Active + with Halo Sensor; and Apple updates operating systems



In this episode, we discuss the launch of the AirPop Active + Smart Mask with Halo Sensor which tracks a combination of air quality data and information about your breathing rate, helping users take control of their respiratory health.  We will finish the podcast talking about the sweeping updates this week to Apple’s operating systems  More information for the mask are at AirPop and the Mac Minutes Podcast websites. (Graphics courtesy of AirPopHealth)

Halo’s discreet sensor array automatically detects when you start breathing and then syncs your breathing data with the app. An inhale/exhale LED ring indicates breath rate while its intelligent capture supports real-time or background passive modes. The personal dashboard shows real-time protection levels and tracks breathing by activity and location. The device works with Apple HealthKit, so you can track your breathing in iOS.
With its patented 360 degrees sealing, medical-grade soft touch membrane, and super light construction the Active mask filters adaptively seal to the contours of your face. The design maintains its shape and fit when snapped into the Airknit pre-formed shell. Paired with adjustable earloops to create the ideal fit for every face.

Episode 117, mophie introduces the new Juice Pack Connect universal battery system; and seven digit phone dialing coming to an end



In this episode, mophie, the tech accessory retailer, revamps its flagship juice pack and introduces the Juice Pack Connect universal battery system.  After using one for a couple weeks now, I will be giving a hands-on review. You can view a You Tube video for the Juice Pack Connect at this link. The Mac Minutes Podcast webpage is located here. (Graphic courtesy of mophie Inc.)

The Juice Pack Connect contains a 5,000mAh battery and allows users to experience a new way to charge.

Episode 115, How to capture stunning floral photos with iPhone 12 Pro models



In this episode we will learn how to capture stunning floral photos with iPhone 12 Pro models.  This week Apple published a tutorial on how to take great floral photos.  We in Anchorage have some beautiful botanical gardens and there are many similar places throughout the world.  This was information which we at Mac Minutes wanted to make sure it gets passed on as it’s a valuable educational program. More information about how to edit photos and videos on the iPhone can be found at the Apple website here or at Mac Minutes Podcast(Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Shot on iPhone 12 Pro Max by Nathan Underwood of Tulipina. Floral arrangements by Kiana Underwood.
Shot on iPhone 12 Pro by Nathan Underwood. Floral arrangement by Kiana Underwood.

Episode 113, AliveCor KardiaMobile devices expand range of ECG determinations; Apple updates macOS with Big Sur 11.2



In this episode we will discuss AliveCor expanding the range of electrocardiogram or ECG determinations for their KardiaMobile devices used with the iPhone; and Apple updates macOS with Big Sur 11.2. More information can be found https://alivecor.com and podcast information at https://macminutespodcast.com (Graphics courtesy of AliveCor Inc.)

Using an AliveCor KardiaMobile device with your iPhone, you can detect more arrhythmias than any other personal EKG. AliveCor introduced three new medical determinations on Monday, Feb. 1.
KardiaMobile 6L gives six views of the heart six times the data. 

Episode 112, Apple celebrates Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design; fitness activity award; and Apple makes security and firmware updates



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebration of  Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design, fitness activity award and more. Also, Apple makes a security update to iOS 14.4; iPadOS 14.4; and firmware updates for the HomePod, HomePod mini; and tvOS 14.4. (AppleWatch graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

 

Apple introduces the Black Unity Collection, designed to celebrate and acknowledge Black history and Black culture. The collection includes a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6, the Black Unity Sport Band, and the Unity watch face.
The Black Unity Sport Band uses colors inspired by the Pan-African flag with the words “Truth. Power. Solidarity.” laser-engraved onto the closure
Apple Watch users can participate in a new Unity Activity Challenge and earn the limited-edition award by closing their Move ring seven days in a row during February.

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.