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Episode 122, Apple’s Find My network now offers new third-party finding experiences and new products



In this episode, we discuss Apple’s announcement this week of the Find My network accessory program enabling users to keep track of their belongings in the new Items tab within the Find My application and some of the new products being introduced.  Product manufacturers are VanMoof e-bikes, Belkin SOUNDFORM Freedom True Wireless Earbuds, and Chipolo ONE Spot item finder.  More about the Mac Minutes Podcast can be found at the following link.  (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

The Find My network accessory program enables users to keep track of their belongings in the new Items tab within the Find My app. When an item has gone missing but is nearby, users can play a sound on their Find My-enabled product to pinpoint its location.
Chipolo s launching their special edition Chipolo ONE Spot, which works exclusively with Apple’s Find My network and the Find My app. This means that users can pair the Chipolo ONE Spot to the Find My app on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to track and findtheir lost belongings using the vast Find My network, made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices around the world.

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 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 116, eero 6 Pro Mesh hands-on review; Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition fitness award with the International Women’s Day Activity Challenge



In this episode I will be giving a hands-on review of the eero Pro 6 mesh system and share Apple’s fitness activity award celebrating International Women’s Day.  You can find a comprehensive list of Apple’s events celebrating Women’s History Month at the attached link.  More information for the eero Pro 6 is at eero and the podcast at  Mac Minutes Podcast.

eero Pro 6 covers up to: 2,000 sq. ft and is tri-band with enough bandwidth to deliver high speeds to over 75+ connected devices. One device costs around $229 US.
eero Beacon adds up to 1,500 sq. ft. of coverage to your existing eero and extends your eero network with speeds
up to 350 Mbps. Price is about $119 US.
Apple Watch users can earn a limited-edition award with the International Women’s Day Activity Challenge on March 8.

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 107, Apple launches cardio fitness notifications on Apple Watch; updates iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2



In this episode we will look at an Apple’s announcement Monday, Dec 14th where users can view their cardio fitness level in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notifications on Apple Watch if it falls within the low range. We will explore how to personalize and use the new feature. Users will need to update to iOS 14.3 and watchOS 7.2 which was released simultaneously. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Watch users can now view how their cardio fitness level is classified based on their age group and sex in the Health app on iPhone, and receive a notification if it falls within the low range.
With watchOS 7, Apple Watch uses multiple sensors to estimate an expanded range of cardio fitness as users walk throughout the day, whether or not they are tracking a workout.

Episode 105, Hands-on review with the Magsafe Duo Charger and special event announced



In this episode we will look at a great look at a great stocking stuffer for the Apple enthusiast.  Today, we will  look at a MagSafe Duo Charger. Apple has announced several new leather iPhone 12 accessories, including a MagSafe Wallet and iPhone Sleeve, which we will review as soon as they arrive. Today, let’s take a hand-on review of the MagSafe Charger! Also, Mac Minutes Podcast Facebook Group members have been invited by the Alaskan Apple Users Group to an evening, Wed. Dec.9 with world-renown Apple tutorial expert Dan Wassink. Listen to the podcast to get all the details. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

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.

Apple tutorial expert Dan Wassink. Listen to the podcast on all the details. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)