Apple Event, March 25, 2019, Simple overview
Thoughts on Face ID
Do I Need Adobe Flash?
Ports and Adapters
ClamCase for iPad
Apple Two Step Verification
What to do with your old iPhone
Apple showcased some of their new services at the March 25th event. Here is a simple overview of the services they presented.
Apple TV +, Apple Card, Apple News +, and Apple Arcade.
Apple has created original shows, movies, and documentaries coming this fall. Coming this May 2019, there will be an all new Apple TV app. With Apple TV + users can subscribe and pay only for the services they want. For more information on Apple TV+ go to: apple tv +
Apple has partnered with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to create their Apple card. It will be integrated with Apple Pay on iPhone. The card won’t accumulate points but instead will pay a percentage of cash back for every purchase. They will pay 2 percent for each purchase with iPhone, 3 percent for purchases from Apple and 1 percent for purchases from the Apple Card directly. The Card itself will be titanium and have no numbers, no expiration date and no security code. They also do not charge any annual fee, no late fee and no over limit fees. They include some features that offer more data that’s easier to read and to track your purchases. For more information on Apple Card go to: apple credit card
Apple News +
Apple News is already one of the most used news apps on iOS and Mac OS. Now Apple will offer subscriptions to Apple News + that will include over 300 news sources including magazines. These will include The Wall Street Journal, The Las Angelas Times, and magazines include The Atlantic, Better Homes and Garden, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker, Wired, and many more. Apple News + is available now for $9.99 per month. With one subscription you can read as much as you want and it includes Family Sharing, so everyone in your home can enjoy it. For more information on Apple News + go to: apple news +
Apple Arcade is Apple’s new game subscription service. It will offer over 100 new and exclusive games including original game by renowned creators. Gamers will be able to try any of the offerings without having to pay for each individually. Apple Arcade will launch this fall. For more information on Apple Arcade go to: apple arcade
Thoughts on Face IDby Ron Sharp
One of the things we like about Apple products is security. Apple’s new iPhone X (ten) has Face ID instead of touch ID. Touch ID was introduced to make logging in to your device easier and quicker. Now face ID is just as easy but even more secure. But people have questions about it.
I read a webpage about Face ID and the reader comments below were predominately in favor of Touch ID even though the iPhone X isn’t out yet, so people haven’t given it a chance. The same thing happened when Touch ID was new, people were concerned.
There are so many questions about how well it will work and how secure it will be. I’ll answer a few of these questions but you’ll really just have to try it. A good point to realize is that you don’t have to use it. You can still use a passcode ID if you want. Not only that, but if you have Face ID set up, you can temporarily disable it by pressing the side button five times and your phone will revert to the passcode ID.
Of course Apple has thoroughly tested Face ID and no other commercial device has had such an efficient high quality face scanner as this. So will it recognize you even when you change your appearance? Yes, and it will learn over time as well. Won’t it unlock for similar faces? No. For comparison to Touch ID, there is a 1 in 50,000 chance a similar fingerprint will work to unlock your device. With Face ID the chance is 1 in 1,000,000. A few instances where Face ID isn’t so accurate is for children’s faces and for identical twins.
And we all know technology won’t stop progressing. Which means biometrics will improve in the future and be more common, just like Touch ID, passcode security, and mobile phones.
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Do I Need Adobe Flash?by Ron Sharp
“Do I need Adobe Flash?” No. Modern web sites use HTML5 which will display video without using Adobe Flash. However there are some web sites that still use Flash to play videos. If you use those sites then you’ll need Adobe Flash. However, Adobe has discontinued development of Flash and it will no longer be available by 2020.
If you do use Flash and get messages to update, it is recommended that you delete any messages or links that pop up and go directly to Adobes website via your browser. Then scrutinize the web site to be sure that is the authentic Adobe website. This will help avoid links that take you to nefarious malware sites. Adobe Flash website looks like this:
Here is a link to a YouTube web site will display what video formats your browser will display and if HTML5 is the default video player. https://www.youtube.com/html5
This HTML5 web site will show browser comparisons for HTML5 support. I’m compelled to mention that although Safari scores are a bit lower than other browsers in this test I use Safari, and here’s why; one, for it’s functionality with other Apple apps. Two, I used Firefox for a long time and like it, but at times it consumed a lot of computer resources and slows things down even when you’re not using it. For example, the fan speed would increase on my MacBook and a look at Activity Monitor would show Firefox on the top of the list consuming highest percentage of CPU load. I’m not sure if that is still the case or if it’s improved.
Other Adobe products are not necessary either. Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are not necessary. Apple’s Preview app comes with Macs OS and can display PDF and all other formats that the Adobe products open. And Preview will do it quicker using fewer resources.
Here is how to change any of your files to open with Preview instead of Adobe. Select a file, a PDF or .jpg or whatever, then select “Get Info” under the “File” menu and about half way down that menu is the “Open with” setting. Select Preview from that menu and then click the "Change All." Now all documents with that format will open with Preview.
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Photos iCloud Sharing
by Ron Sharp
I love taking photos of Puget Sound and the beautiful snow capped Olympics and Cascades and sharing them with family and friends. I think it was nearly two years ago that I started a shared album and invited my Mac using relatives to join. However, a brother and a sister that aren’t Mac users have been left out until recently. I set the shared album to “Public” setting and that enables them to go to an (iCloud ) webpage to view all the shared photos. It’s simple and works great.
In fact, the public webpage option works better than the Photos app itself for viewing photos and videos because of it’s wonderful dark background. And in full screen mode it’s really nice. The white background in the Photos app thoroughly annoys me and I don’t understand why Apple hasn’t changed that. Even the iOS iPhone and iPad Photos app have the black background option by tapping on an image.
You can sort of get a black background in the Photos app by choosing the Editing mode but it still doesn’t really do full screen. Since the public webpage works so nice I’ll have to make sure my family members see this article so they all are aware of the option to view the album with the web link.
The only drawback of setting your shared album to be public is it’s not so private. Anyone can share the webpage link to anyone else and then who knows who’s viewing your photos. But then again, it’s a shared album, don’t share things you shouldn’t. Or create more than one album to share and set only one to Public. There, I’ve solved all your problems.
The shared album is, in case you’re wondering, easy to create and to use. You can leave comments on anyone's photos too. And the shared photos do not count towards your free iCloud storage space. Give your photos a couple minutes to upload and show up in the shared folder, invite any Mac user you want to share using the sharing window options, and enjoy.
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Ports and Adapters
by Ron Sharp
Some of you may have a new MacBook computer to play with after the Holidays. You’ll find that one, if not all, of your peripherals don’t connect up. The new ports are USB-C ports, or Apple’s term- Thunderbolt 3. One of the improvements is that they can be connected either way, unlike the old USB that had to be flipped the correct way to go in.
According to Apple, however, the USB-C port on a MacBook is capable of data transfer at 5 Gbps, (Gigabits per second) whereas on the MacBook Pro it will transfer data at the Thunderbolt rate of 40 Gbps. The older USB 3.0 ports transfer data at 5 Gbps which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0. And most of our devices are probably only capable of USB 2.0 speeds.
You can use these Thunderbolt 3 ports with your devices such as printers and external drives, and for charging. But since many of your devices have the old style USB cables you’ll need to get adapters. There are a plethora of adapters and some of them are not reasonably priced. But here are some images of what the new connectors look like and some adapters. You can also see the difference between Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 3.
Here is an Apple webpage with more information on Thunderbolt 3: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204360
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Apple's iPad Pro was introduced September 2015, and on sale in November 2015. The largest iPad measure 12.9 inches with a retina display. The A9X chip nearly doubles the performance of the iPad Air 2. According to Geekbench’s online results, the iPad Pro is faster in single-core testing than Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.
The iPad Pro is available with 32 GB or 128 GB storage and is offered in silver, space gray, or gold colors. It has four speaker audio and automatically adjust sound frequencies depending on how it's being held, for an improved sound experience.
The iPad Pro comes with front and rear facing cameras with improved low light sensors. Apple also offers a full size portable keyboard that attaches, and a unique multi-touch pencil. I have not used the pencil but have read about it's abilities and natural feel. And, like previous iPads, available with wi-fi and cellular options and rated at 10 hour battery performance.
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If you use an iPad but are not crazy about using the onscreen keyboard then you might take a look at ClamCase. A friend of mine uses one and it’s rather cool. Like turning your iPad into a mini MacBook. There are a lot different cases, covers, and stands for the iPad, and you may have one that’s even better than the ClamCase, but of the ones I’ve seen this one has a nice keyboard. You can check it out at their website: http://clamcase.com/bluetooth-ipad-keyboard-case.html? gclid=CNm60dX3qMICFYZbfgodADIAJg!
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Apple began rolling out its two-step verification system for your Apple ID last year, adding an extra layer of protection for users. Now it is making the security feature available in more countries — including Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Spain.
The concept of the two-step verification system, for those unfamiliar with it, is to make you enter a code (sent to a single trusted device) each time you make changes to your account, or make a new iTunes or App Store purchase using a new device.
It’s straightforward to set up, but will save you a whole lot of misery should your Apple ID ever fall into the wrong hands.
Users in the aforementioned six countries can register on Apple’s website.
Read more: http://www.cultofmac.com/267374/apple-two-step-verification-continues-international-rollout/#oGUM4vB1ruwvuvT8.99
We’re just days away from Apple’s next media event, which will in all likelihood introduce the company’s next iPhone. While we may spend the week fantasizing over potential new features, there are some practical issues to take into account, too: What are you going to do with your old phone?
You’ve got plenty of options. Here are a few worth
Apple's newest Airport Extreme and Airport Time Capsule
are a virtical design compared to the previous version.
It uses newer 802-11ac technology with a different
design antenna array they call beamforming.
Time Capsule is the Airport Extreme with a hard drive
so every device on your network can be backed up
Read more from Apple's webpage: http://store.apple.com/us/product/ME918LL/A/airport-extreme?fnode=4d
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