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Episode 247, Apple Sports, a new app for sports fans



In this episode, we will discuss how Apple Sports, a new app for sports fans. The free app for iPhone delivers real-time scores, stats, and more, all designed for speed and simplicity.  Learn all about the app in just a few “Mac Minutes”.

Apple Sports — an iPhone app that offers fans access to real-time scores, stats, and more — is now available to download in the App Store.
Users can customize their scoreboards on Apple Sports by following their favorite teams, tournaments, and leagues.

 

Users can customize their scoreboards on Apple Sports by following their favorite teams, tournaments, and leagues.
Users can customize their scoreboards on Apple Sports by following their favorite teams, tournaments, and leagues.


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 245, Stolen Device Protection feature available with iOS 17.3



In this episode we will discuss Apple’s addition of the Stolen Device Protection feature on iPhone with iOS 17.3. Stolen Device Protection adds a layer of security when your iPhone is away from familiar locations, such as home or work, and helps protect your accounts and personal information in case your iPhone is ever stolen.  When Stolen Device Protection is enabled, some features and actions have additional security requirements when your iPhone is away from familiar locations such as home or work. These requirements help prevent someone who has stolen your device and knows your passcode from making critical changes to your account or device.


Episode 244, Apple Vision Pro available in the U.S. on February 2



In this episode we will discuss Apple’s introduction of Apple Vision Pro available in the U.S. on February 2.  Vision Pro is a revolutionary spatial computer that transforms how people work, collaborate, connect, relive memories, and enjoy entertainment.

Apple Vision Pro utilizes the most advanced materials possible in a beautiful, compact design.
Flexible straps ensure audio remains close to the user’s ears, while the included Solo Knit Band and Dual Loop Band allow users to find the optimal fit for them.
An all-new App Store on Apple Vision Pro features more than 1 million apps, including new experiences that take advantage of the unique capabilities of Vision Pro.
Apple designed a groundbreaking new feature called EyeSight for Apple Vision Pro to help the user stay connected to the people around them, giving visual cues to others about what the user is focused on.

Episode 243, Apple introduces spatial video capture on iPhone 15 Pro



In this episode we will discuss Apple’s introduction of  spatial video capture on iPhone 15 Pro.  With iOS 17.2, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users can now record spatial videos — a groundbreaking new capability that helps users capture life’s precious moments — and relive those memories on Apple Vision Pro, starting early in 2024.

Spatial videos are captured using the Main and Ultra Wide cameras on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max while in landscape orientation.
For the best results, users are encouraged to keep iPhone steady and seek out balanced lighting conditions while recording spatial videos.

Episode 241, 2.6 billion personal records compromised by data breaches in past two years — underscoring need for end to end encryption



In this episode we will discuss a report stating 2.6 billion personal records have been compromised by data breaches in past two years — underscoring need for end‑to‑end encryption.  This year’s study  file:///newsroom/pdfs/The-Continued-Threat-to-Personal-Data-Key-Factors-Behind-the-2023-Increase.pdf demonstrates threats that had already reached historic levels. Increasingly, companies across the technology industry are addressing these threats by implementing end-to-end encryption, as Apple did with last year’s launch of Advanced Data Protection for iCloud.

 

With Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, users have the choice to further protect important iCloud data even in the case of a data breach.

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 239, Apple Watch double tap gesture now available with watchOS 10.1



In this episode we will discuss Apple Watch double tap gesture now available with watchOS 10.1.  The new double tap gesture for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2 is now availale with watchOS 10.1, bringing a fast and convenient new way to interact with Apple Watch.  We’ve had a chance to use it for a short while now and will let you know some of the ways you can use it.

Double tap allows users to select the primary action in a wide variety of watchOS apps and notifications, including opening the Smart Stack and scrolling through widgets; answering and ending phone calls; and playing and pausing music.
With double tap, users can open the Smart Stack from any watch face and scroll through widgets in the stack.
Double tap has been designed to automatically select the primary action for most apps and notifications. In two instances, the user can elect a different function by accessing their settings on iPhone.

Episode 238, Apple launches 24-inch iMac with new M3 chip



In this episode we will discuss the Monday, October 30th announcement from Apple that the iMac will be getting even better, featuring the M3 chip and up to 2x faster performance in its strikingly thin design with expansive 4.5K Retina display.

Available in a spectrum of seven vibrant colors, the new iMac with M3 personalizes and livens up any space unlike any other desktop.
The new iMac features an immersive 24-inch, 4.5K Retina display that is the perfect canvas for users to spread out and enjoy all of their content in stunning detail.

Episode 237, Apple celebrates Veteran’s Day with Fitness; Activity Awards creates your achievements into beautiful magnets



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebrating Veteran’s Day in the United States by earning a beautiful Apple Activity Challenge Fitness award on Saturday, November 11.  We will tell you how you can participate in this noteworthy effort and how to display your fitness awards in a memorable meaningful display.

 

Apple Watch users across the US can participate in the Veterans Day Challenge on Friday, November 11 to earn a limited edition Activity award and animated stickers for messages.  
One of the many ways the company Activity Awards offers for you to display your represented Activity Awards. The company is available at https://activityawards.com.