Category Archives: MacBook Pro

Episode 134, Using Spatial Audio on Apple Music; Apple Fitness+ releases new episodes of ‘Time to Walk’ starting Monday, June 28



In this episode, we will discuss the Apple Music launching industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of spatial audio from some of your favorite artists with support for Dolby Atmos.  Additionally, new episodes of ‘Time to Walk’ are available for Fitness+ users on Apple Watch starting on Monday, June 28, with a whole new group of guests covering a wide spectrum of interesting topics.

New episodes of ‘Time to Walk’ are available for Fitness+ users on Apple Watch starting June 28, with guests including Randall Park, Michaela Jaé “MJ” Rodriguez, Anthony Joshua, and more.
Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio has arrived for Apple Music subscribers. First there was mono, then stereo, and now there’s Spatial Audio. Spatial is an immersive experience with sound moving around you in different directions.

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 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 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 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