Category Archives: MacMini

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 159, Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.1 adding Apple Music Voice Plan and other features



Happy holidays to our Mac Minutes Podcast listeners.  In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s release of macOS Monterey 12.1 adding Apple Music Voice Plan and other significant improvements.

This week Apple released the second major update to Monterey on Monday, December 13th. macOS Monterey 12.1 brings a selection of new features including SharePlay, Apple Music Voice Plan, Digital Legacy, new options in Memories in Photos, and some bug fixes.

Episode 147, Apple announces new features in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers to enhance remote presentations and working with documents on the go



In this episode we will discuss the Apple’s announcement Tuesday, Sept. 28 how the new features in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers enhance remote presentations and working with documents on the go.  Keynote adds new tools for collaborative presenting; Pages makes it easier to work with documents on iPhone; and Numbers brings pivot tables to iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Keynote adds new tools for collaborative presenting; Pages makes it easier to work with documents on iPhone; and Numbers brings pivot tables to iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Presenting as a group is easier than ever with new multi-presenter slideshows in Keynote.  Keynote also adds new tools for collaborative presenting.
With pivot tables on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, users can quickly summarize, group, and rearrange data to identify and analyze patterns and trends.

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 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