Category Archives: iPhone

Episode 246, Celebrate Heart Health Month by earning an Activity Award on Valentine’s Day; special Apple Vision Pro presentation



In this episode, we will discuss how Apple is celebrating Heart Health Month.The annual Heart Month Challenge is back again this year for Apple Watch users.  The event is slated for Valentine’s Day on Wed, Feb 14. Also, learn how Mac Minutes listeners can listen in to a special presentation on the Apple Vision Pro and Apple Healh sleep feature.

Earn an Activity Award celebrating Heart Health Month this Valentine’s Day.
Graphic of the 2024 Heart Health Month Activity Award.

Episode 242, Apple launches Journal, a new app to reflect on everyday moments and life’s special events



In this episode, we will be discussing Journal, a new iPhone app available starting this week, which helps users reflect and practice gratitude through journaling, which has been shown to improve wellbeing. With Journal, users can capture and write about everyday moments and special events in their lives, and include photos, videos, audio recordings, locations, and more to create rich memories.  It’s a great app to learn how to use and start off the new year journalling your way through the 2024.

Journal, a new iPhone app that helps users reflect on everyday moments and special events in their lives, uses on-device machine learning to create personalized suggestions to inspire a user’s journal entries.
To help inspire journal entries, personalized suggestions can be intelligently curated from a user’s recent activity, such as photos, people, places, workouts, and more.
To help inspire journal entries, personalized suggestions can be intelligently curated from a user’s recent activity, such as photos, people, places, workouts, and more.
Journal uses on-device machine learning to create personalized suggestions to inspire a user’s journal entries.

Episode 240, Outsmarting the ‘Porch Pirates’ by using Ring Doorbell and Deliveries Application



In this episode, we will discuss using technology to outsmart the ‘porch pirates’ and have a secure mail-order shopping season.  We will review one of the most widely used devices “Ring Doorbell‘ accompanied with the Deliveries application available in the Apple App Store.  The combination of using these together will go a long way in ensuring you are informed when your packages will arrive this holiday season.

Video Doorbell, second generation, $54.99. See, hear, and speak to visitors from anywhere with Ring’s best-selling Video Doorbell. Capture clear picture with 1080p HD video with Night Vision and talk to visitors at your door with Two-Way Talk and Quick Replies. Customize your motion settings and get real-time notifications on your phone and tablet, no matter where you are.
Our best-in-class wired doorbell camera with cutting-edge security features. Video Doorbell Pro 2 delivers enhanced Head-to-Toe HD+ Video, first of its kind 3D Motion Detection, and built-in Alexa Greetings that answer the door for you.
Deliveries application supports dozens of services, including USPS, UPS, FED EX, TNT, Canada Post, and many others. I tracks your orders in a summary list and also show their location on a map. This enables you to predict the time your package will arrive.

Episode 235, iPadOS 17 brings new features improving versatility and personalization



In this episode, we will discuss Apple releasing iPadOS 17 recently bringing with in many new levels of personalization and versatility to iPad.  We will be covering these features with screenshots on the podcast website https://macminutes.blubrry.net.  For full details, go to the Apple iPadOS 17 website located at https://apple.com/ipados/ipados-17

iPadOS 17 takes iPad even further with new levels of personalization, beautiful and helpful custom Lock Screens, easier ways to find and share information, and intelligent features to help get things done.
The Lock Screen is redesigned to be more beautiful, personal, and useful.
A new stickers experience in Messages lets users express themselves, be creative, and share ideas on the fly.
Users can leave an audio or video message in FaceTime.
Users can securely share health data and receive important notifications about their loved ones’ health in the Health app.
In Freeform, users can create expressive boards with new drawing tools and a diagramming mode.

Episode 228, Apple Card’s Savings account by Goldman Sachs reaches over $10 billion in deposits



This podcast will tell you about Apple’s announcement Wednesday that Apple Card’s high-yield Savings account offered by Goldman Sachs has reached over $10 billion in deposits from users since launching in April. You will learn more about this feature available for use on Apple devices.

Launched in April, Apple Card’s high-yield Savings account by Goldman Sachs has seen more than $10 billion in deposits.
Users can easily set up and manage their Savings account directly from Apple Card in Wallet.

Episode 225, Apple previews new features coming to Apple services with new operating systems



In this episode we will tell you about what some of what we learned about from WWDC23.  We will elaborate more in the coming days and weeks as we become familiar with the beta versions and other developers start to create the corresponding apps for the software. Today’s podcast previews new features coming to Apple services this fall and earlier for those enthusiasts who sign up for the beta versions.

New features coming to Apple services include SharePlay for the car in Apple Music, Custom Plans in Apple Fitness+, and offline maps in Apple Maps and much more.
Apple Music subscribers can collaborate on playlists with family and friends.
Subscribers will be able to listen to the entire catalog of award-winning, commercial-free Apple Music radio shows in Apple Podcasts.
Maps users with electric vehicles will be able to see real-time charging station availability.
Apple Cash users will be able to set up weekly, biweekly, or monthly Apple Cash payments.
Maps is making it easier than ever to discover thousands of trails in parks across the U.S.

Episode 217, Apple release iOS 16.4 and announces Worldwide Developer’s Conference June 5-9



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s introduction of release of iOS 16.4, what changes it brings to users, and the announcement of the 2023 Worldwide Developer’s Conference starting on June 5.  You can find more information at the Apple Developer Site at https://developer.apple.com/wwdc23/special-event/

Entire conference available online for all developers, with a special in-person experience at Apple Park on June 5.  You can find more information on the Developer App or the Apple Developer Site.

Episode 215, Apple introduces ‘Shop with a Specialist over Video’



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s introduction of “Shop with a Specialist over Video”.  Learn how customers in the U.S. can now connect with an Apple Specialist using video to shop the iPhone lineup.  You can start the process shopping online for your next iPhone at the following Apple website: https://apple.com/shop/buy-iphone .

Using Shop with a Specialist over Video on apple.com, customers can connect with an Apple Specialist for world-class service and expert advice on selecting the best iPhone model and financing options for them.
The new Shop with a Specialist over Video experience on apple.com allows customers in the U.S. to connect with Apple retail team members via a safe and secure, one-way video shopping session.

Episode 213, Apple announces Apple Watch Activity Challenge for International Women’s Day; and Activity Awards company creates your achievements into beautiful magnets; and reported new Apple hardware coming



In this episode, we will talk about Apple’s upcoming Fitness Activity Challenge for International Women’s Day occurring next week, Wednesday, March 8.  Next story is about a product, available from an independent company, Activity Awards, located at www.activityawards.com, where you can turn your digital Apple fitness award into a beautiful magnetic pin resembling the award. We will finish the podcast with a story about a reported potential hardware release from Apple, specifically two iPhone models coming in the color yellow.
A graphic representation of the 2023 Women’s Day Fitness Award event that will occur Wednesday, March 8, celebrating International Women’s Day. 
A picture board of various past Apple Activity Fitness Awards that were available. More information can be found at the following Activity Award website at  https://activityawards.com.

Episode 211, Apple issues critical update correcting the triggering of erroneous emergency messages and dispatches; how to enable and disable crash detection



In this episode, we will discuss Apple issuing a critical updatie to 16.3.1 to correct a critical feature which has triggered erroneous emergency messages causing false dispatches.  This is an important to recreational enthusiasts who participate in activities where a fall may occur,  This patch is intended to correct the issue, however, we will tell you how to manually enable and disable crash detection .

Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, tubing or sledding, any recreational sport where a fall is possible, this Apple update is a necessary and needs to be made as quickly as possible.
We will also tell you how to turn on and off crash detection is desired.