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Review ~ Eve Energy HomeKit-enabled smart plug


There are many HomeKit-enabled devices now in the geek-o-sphere, and we are finally getting some of the really well-made ones in New Zealand.
Eve Energy is very simple to look at: it’s essentially a little power plug (7.1×7.2cm across) that goes into a power socket, with a female socket, in turn, on the outer face. You plug this into a wall socket or power strip and control it with your iPhone, Apple Watch or Mac (all of any of them). There’s a light that glows when it’s on, plus this light is an on/off button if you hold it in for ten seconds. (Note the Energy is for indoor use only.)
Make sure the device you want to control is plugged into the Eve and turned on so you can then turn it on or off with your device (or Mac). Thanks to the beauty and behind-the-scenes complexity of HomeKit, of course, once you’ve configured your setup on one device, it’s replicated on all thanks to iCloud integration, assuming they’re all signed into the same Apple ID. Now you can also activate or deactivate any device that’s plugged into it using your voice over Siri (which is integrated nicely) or directly, with a tap, on your device.

Setup — For iOS 12, setup is as follows: unbox the unit and plug it into the socket. Download the Elgato Eve app from the App Store (it’s free). Open the app and it asks to ‘see’ the code number included with the unit – this is on the little Get Started guide clipped to the inside of the box lid you took the unit out of. Line that up with the rectangle on the camera screen (inside the app itself), and it registers the code, there’s a pause of about a minute and they’re paired.
The Elgato Eve app, by the way, as per the directions in the little, very easy-to-follow included setup booklet, doesn’t exist for iOS 13 so I guess that little printed manual will be updated according to the manufacturing schedule, since mine still had the iOS 12 directions in it. Under iOS 13x, you need the Eve Home app, as Apple has changed and expanded how HomeKit works for the updated iOS. This is a bit mystifying when you go searching in the App Store for the Eve app, as you won’t find it. But once installed, this works the same way as the instructions, above, for iOS 12.
Now the Eve can be added to a ‘room’ which is a virtual assignation in HomeKit that may or may not correlate to an actual room, since you get to configure this how you want. By the same token, it impressed me that the Nanoleaf panels – which are from a different company – also added into the Eve app and lets you control them from there. Mostly, I assume people will control everything from the Home app anyway.

Added features and the Eve app — If you can check your own particular power bill, you can put in the rate you’re paying for electricity. You set the rate you actually pay for this in the Eve Home app under Settings>General>Energy Cost. Now the Energy unit can let you know, via the Eve Home app, how much power anything plugged into it is using.
Do this by tapping Rooms at the bottom of the Eve app, choose the name from the list of wherever the Energy is plugged into, for example ‘Living Room’, and then tap the name of whatever the Energy has plugged into it (in my case, ‘Lightbulb’).
If you have, say, on old heat pump which doesn’t have a timer function, or at least an easy-to-use timer function, you can set up schedules via the app of just turn it on remotely before you leave work, for example, so your house is toasty when you get there.
You can also download a version of the Eve setup guide from within the Eve app (and this has been updated-for-iOS 13 process).
The Eve app has a haptic reaction when you turn the Energy on or off, unlike the Home app. The Energy unit itself makes a definite click noise when it’s turned ff or on, should you be close enough to hear it. It’s a nice touch.

The more devices you add, the more comprehensive your control centre – the Home app – becomes

Home (the app) — The Home app, on Watch, iPad, iPhone and Mac, is a master controller for any HomeKit enabled device meaning whatever light bulbs you have, or other devices, you can have a snazzy interface in your pocket and act like a lesser god, turning things on and off and altering their characteristics according to whim. In my case, all I have is this and Nanoleaf lighting panels which I leave on, at a low setting, at night for an interesting night-light-style glow to assist night time navigation, and soon I’ll add the Eve Aqua which will let me control watering from a hose outlet.
You can see a good cross section of what HomeKit enabled accessories are available here on the Apple NZ site.
As a rational human being, of course, I don’t need any of this. However, as a geek, I love it! And now I want to try a whole of of things. There are many different bulbs you can dim and change the colour on, but honestly, while they look great, beyond an evening softening and warming, there’s really not all that much need for just changing the colour of light, is there? But there are devices that let you know when your front door is opened, for example, and cameras, temperature and atmosphere gauges and a lot more, meaning you can monitor these things whether you are at home or not. I’d be keen so try the Eve Weather Station and/or the Room air quality/temperature monitor and the Eve Wireless Door and Window Contact, and there’s plenty more to titillate the technocrat.
Meanwhile, I have a lot to learn about HomeKit. There’s a handy guide at iMore.

Summary — I’m glad Elgato has added the Australia/New Zealand style power plug to its range of minimalist and attractive devices. I am now eyeing these up with a relish which will alarm my partner. The Energy is attractive and particularly easy to use – I just wish I had something more exciting to plug into it than a standard lamp. You could plug a coffee machine into it and turn it on remotely when you wake up, presuming you set it up the night before with coffee and water in it of course, and there will be many ingenious uses for something you can plug almost any electrical device into. It also seems to me to be an affordable price for such a well-designed and well implemented unit.

Pros — Easy setup, easy pairing, excellent HomeKit integration

Cons — It’s almost instantaneous to turn something on or off if you’re close by with your iPad or iPhone, but it’s much slower if you’re in another room. This is due the low range of Bluetooth, since it’s Bluetooth-only and not wifi. (Apparently an Apple TV can work as a booster, but mine’s only on when I’m watching stuff.) You can buy a Bluetooth extender, though, or a bridge that taps it into your wifi, should you go further with automation.

What — Eve Energy $89.95 (NZ RRP)

System — For indoor use only. Output AC 220-230 volts, 50/60Hz, maximum and total loading 8 Amps at 1840 Watts. Requires Bluetooth compatibility up to Bluetooth 4.0, HomeKit on iOS 11.4 or later and the Home app on Mac OS 10.14 or later.
Height 7.2 cm (2.83 in), length 7.1 cm (2.79 in) width 7.2 cm (2.83 in) weight: 123 grams.

New iPod touch is twice as fast


(Image: Apple Inc)

Featuring Support for Group FaceTime and AR Experiences — Apple has today introduced the new iPod touch with enhancements to power, capability and communication at a remarkable price. The Apple-designed A10 Fusion chip brings improved performance in games, and for the first time on iPod, immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences and Group FaceTime, making it easy to chat with family members, friends or colleagues simultaneously. The new iPod touch is available to order on apple.com/nz and in the Apple Store app starting today and in stores later this week.
iPod touch comes in a new 256GB capacity, giving plenty of space to download music for offline listening through Apple Music or the iTunes Store. With Apple Music, subscribers can access a catalogue of over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists, Beats 1 Radio and daily editorial selections from the world’s best music experts. Subscribers can create their own playlists, watch music videos, listen to exclusive Beats 1 shows from their favourite artists on demand and share music with their friends. Now available in over 100 countries, Apple Music offers the most comprehensive music experience ever.
iOS is the world’s largest gaming platform, and with three times faster graphics, games on the new iPod touch run even smoother and look even more beautiful. This spring gamers can look forward to Apple Arcade, a game subscription service with over 100 new and exclusive games with no ads or additional purchases, and the ability to download games for offline play. Apple Arcade is the perfect complement to the already enormously popular catalogue of free games on the App Store.
The new iPod touch also provides fun and productive AR experiences across gaming, education and web browsing. AR is even more engaging and immersive with the new capabilities of shared AR, persistent AR, which is tied to a specific location, and image detection, making it possible for the new iPod touch to magically bring to life 3D objects like toys and sculptures.

Pricing and Availability — The new iPod touch starts at NZ$349 inc. GST for the 32GB model, NZ$549 inc. GST for the 128GB model and NZ$749 inc. GST for the 256GB model from apple.com/nz, in the Apple Store app, and is also available through select Apple Authorised Resellers (prices may vary). iPod touch is available in six finishes; space grey, white, gold, blue, pink and (PRODUCT)RED.
The new iPod touch models are available to order starting today from apple.com/nz and in the Apple Store app in New Zealand, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE, UK and US.

Apple says ‘AirPods, the World’s Most Popular Wireless Headphones, are Getting Even Better’


New AirPods Are Powered by the New H1 Chip feature 50% more talk time, hands-free “Hey Siri” and the option of a Wireless Charging Case — Apple today announced new AirPods, the second generation of the world’s most popular wireless headphones. AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love. The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.” AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new Wireless Charging Case for convenient charging at home and on the go. The new AirPods and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available to order on apple.com/nz and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores beginning next week.

The new Apple-designed H1 chip features custom audio architecture to create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronisation. H1 allows AirPods to deliver up to 50% more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. Switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times. For the first time, AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions simply by saying, “Hey Siri.”

The new AirPods come with either the standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case. Each case holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, ensuring AirPods are charged and ready to go whenever you are. The Wireless Charging Case is designed to offer the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case conveniently shows the charge status with just a glance. Existing AirPods customers can purchase the standalone Wireless Charging Case.

NZ Pricing and Availability – AirPods with standard charging case will be available for RRP NZ$279 inc. GST and are available to order on apple.com/nz and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for RRP NZ$349 inc. GST and are available to order on apple.com/nz and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for RRP NZ$139 inc. GST on apple.com/nz and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
New for AirPods, customers can add a personal engraving to the AirPods with standard charging case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free during checkout on apple.com/nz and the Apple Store app.

All-New iPad Air and iPad mini Deliver Dramatic Power and Capability


Apple has just introduced the all-new iPad Air in an ultra-thin 10.5-inch design, offering the latest innovations including Apple Pencil®1 support and high-end performance at a breakthrough price. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina® display with True Tone® technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels. 2
Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, a major upgrade for iPad mini fans who love a compact, ultra-portable design packed with the latest technology. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini is a powerful multi-tasking machine, delivering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.3 The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter3 and has the highest pixel density of any iPad®, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. And with Apple Pencil1 support, the new iPad mini is the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go. The new iPads are available to order starting today and in stores next week.
Apple Pencil and iPad — The Perfect Pair: Apple Pencil opens up new creativity and productivity possibilities for iPad mini and iPad Air users, from drawing and writing down thoughts to marking up documents and retouching photos. The must-have tool among students, professionals and creatives delivers a remarkably fluid and natural drawing experience and provides pixel-perfect accuracy and low latency for activities within popular apps including Procreate, Notability, Pixelmator Photo (coming soon) and Microsoft Office.
Power Meets Portability with the A12 Bionic Chip — The Apple-designed Neural Engine of the A12 Bionic chip powers the next generation of apps and iPad workflows using advanced machine learning and Core ML® for engaging AR experiences, photo-realistic effects in 3D games and stunning graphics performance within apps.
Staying connected is now easier and faster with iPad mini and iPad Air, featuring the same great Wi-Fi performance and Gigabit‑class LTE connectivity4 built into the most advanced iPad Pro models. With eSIM technology built in, users can easily connect to wireless data plans right from iPad when traveling in more than 180 countries around the world.5 
Advanced Cameras for Stunning Photos and Videos — With advanced front- and back-facing cameras, iPad mini and iPad Air take gorgeous photos and capture clear and stable 1080p HD videos. The upgraded cameras with exceptional low-light performance and HD video recording are great for document scanning and connecting with friends and family on Group FaceTime® calls, and with advanced sensors, help enable immersive AR experiences.
More Than a Million Apps Just for iPad — The App Store® is the best place to discover more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for iPad7 — from journaling with Apple Pencil to managing schedules and finances, editing photos, learning, connecting with friends and family, and playing games. Unlike stretched-out phone apps on other platforms, apps designed for iPad run and look great on every iPad.
iOS on iPad — iPad Air and iPad mini are perfect for staying productive on the go with iOS, helping users get things done faster with features like Siri® Shortcuts, photo search and Voice Memos. The Dock provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, and multitasking is easy with Split View and Slide Over. Drag and Drop makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever, and managing documents in the Files app is seamless and easy on iPad and across Apple devices.
Apple today announced an upcoming update to iWork® for iOS, available next week, with enhanced integration of Apple Pencil including new animation options in Keynote® that let users draw an animation path for any object, and an all-new user interface that enables easy implementation of build effects, including move, rotate and scale.
The Best, Most Complete iPad Lineup Ever — The new iPad Air and iPad mini join the most affordable 9.7-inch iPad and the most advanced iPad Pro® models, offering the best, most innovative iPad lineup ever. The complete lineup now includes Apple Pencil support, best-in-class performance, advanced displays and all-day battery life6 for an experience unmatched by any other device. Whether customers prioritise portability, screen size, power or price, there’s an iPad for everyone. Learn more about the iPad family at apple.com/nz/ipad/compare.
Pricing and Availability
  • The new iPad mini and iPad Air come in silver, space grey and gold finishes in 64GB and 256GB configurations. The new iPad mini starts at RRP NZ$679 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model and RRP NZ$899 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model and the 10.5-inch iPad Air starts at RRP NZ$849 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model and RRP NZ$1069 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com/nz, in the Apple Store app, and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
  • The new iPad models are available to order starting today from apple.com/nz and in the Apple Store app in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, UK and US. Starting next week, the new iPad models will be available in those countries and regions, as well as in China (Wi-Fi models only), Macau (Wi-Fi models only) and Mexico with more countries and regions to follow soon, including Colombia, Greece, India, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only) and Turkey. 
  • Apple Pencil (1st generation) is available for purchase separately for RRP NZ$159 inc. GST. The Smart Keyboard for the 10.5-inch iPad Air is available for purchase separately for RRP NZ$259 inc. GST with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
  • Polyurethane Smart Covers are available for RRP NZ$75 inc. GST for iPad mini and RRP NZ$95 inc. GST for iPad Air in charcoal grey, white, pink sand and a new papaya, with additional Leather Smart Covers available for iPad Air for RRP NZ$129 inc. GST in black, saddle brown, midnight blue and red.
  • Trade in your eligible device for credit toward your next purchase, or get an Apple Store Gift Card you can use any time.8 If your device isn’t eligible for credit, Apple will recycle it for free.
  • Every customer who buys iPad from Apple can enjoy free Personal Setup online and receive guidance on how to customise their iPad, set up email, find new apps from the App Store and more.
1 The first-generation Apple Pencil sold separately.
2 When compared to the 9.7-inch iPad. 
3 When compared to the previous generation iPad mini.
4 Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks.
5 Not all carriers support eSIM or Apple SIM. See your carrier for details. Not available in China. 
6 Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results may vary. 
7 App count refers to the total number of apps worldwide.
8 Trade-in values vary based on the condition, year and configuration of your trade-in device, and may also vary between online and in-store trade-in. You must be at least 18 years old. In-store trade-in requires presentation of a valid, government-issued photo ID (local law may require saving this information). Additional terms from Apple or Apple’s trade-in partners may apply.

iPhone Xr … ‘affordable’ takes on an expensive new meaning!


Apple’s iPhone Xr is the ‘cheaper’ of the three new iPhones announced today — It has an all-new Liquid Retina display: “the most advanced LCD in the industry. Even faster Face ID. The smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone. And a breakthrough camera system. iPhone XR. It’s beautiful any way you look at it.”
It comes in six colours: white, black, blue yellow, ‘coral’ and (Product)RED.

You can pre-order this model from 19th October and it’s available from the 26th. It will cost NZ$1399 for the 64GB model, and then it climbs from there … $1499 for the 256GB, and $1699 for the 256GB.

iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max bring the best and biggest displays to iPhone


Apple’s press release for the new iPhone XS and XS Max — Most Advanced iPhone Ever Features a 5.8-Inch and 6.5-Inch All-Screen Design, with Powerful A12 Bionic Chip and a Breakthrough Dual Camera System:
Apple today announced iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the most advanced iPhones ever, taking the vision for the future of the smartphone to a new level. The 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max feature stunning Super Retina displays, a faster and improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, the first 7-nanometer chip in a smartphone — the A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine — faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, a beautiful new gold finish and introduce Dual SIM to iPhone. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, 14 September and in stores beginning Friday, 21 September.
“iPhone Xs is packed with next-generation technologies and is a huge step forward for the future of the smartphone. Everything is state of the art including the industry-first 7-nanometer A12 Bionic chip with 8-core Neural Engine, faster Face ID and an advanced dual camera system that shoots Portrait mode photos with Smart HDR and dynamic depth of field,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone Xs is not one, but two new iPhone models, and iPhone Xs Max offers the biggest display ever in an iPhone with the biggest battery ever in an iPhone, delivering up to an hour and a half more battery life in your day.”

Two All-Screen Designs — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max build on the all-screen design of iPhone X and feature the sharpest displays with the highest pixel density of any Apple device. Now offered in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes,1 these Super Retina displays with a custom OLED design support Dolby Vision and HDR10 and have iOS system-wide colour management for the best colour accuracy in the industry. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max offer a million-to-one contrast ratio with remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs Max delivers a more immersive experience with over 3 million pixels for videos, movies and games, offering the largest display ever in an iPhone in a footprint similar to iPhone 8 Plus.
A surgical grade stainless steel band now in gold joins finishes in silver and space grey. Wider stereo playback creates a more immersive soundstage. The front and back glass design features the most durable glass ever in a smartphone with improved scratch resistance, while the glass back enables faster wireless charging. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max reach a new level of splash and water resistance of IP68 for up to 2 metres for 30 minutes and protect against everyday spills including coffee, tea and soft drinks.2

A12 Bionic and Next-Generation Neural Engine — The Apple-designed A12 Bionic, the smartest and most powerful chip in a smartphone, features the first 7-nanometer chip ever in a smartphone that delivers industry-leading performance in a more power-efficient design. A12 Bionic features a six-core fusion architecture with two performance cores that are up to 15 percent faster, four efficiency cores that are up to 50 percent more efficient, a four-core GPU that is up to 50 percent faster, powerful Apple-designed Image Signal Processor (ISP), video encoder and more. A fast storage controller can deliver iPhone storage up to 512GB. All of this unlocks new experiences for games, photography, video editing and graphics-intensive apps. Even with all this power, iPhone Xs offers 30 minutes longer than iPhone X, and iPhone Xs Max offers an hour and a half longer than iPhone X, between charges.
The next-generation Neural Engine is built for advanced machine learning in everything from photography to augmented reality. A new eight-core design allows it to complete up to 5 trillion operations per second compared to 600 billion in A11 Bionic. This enables new capabilities like faster plane detection for ARKit and new features that use real-time machine learning. For the first time the Neural Engine is open to Core ML, empowering developers to build apps that utilise this highly efficient machine learning engine. Core ML running on the A12 Bionic Neural Engine is up to nine times faster than on A11 Bionic, with as little as one-tenth the energy usage.

Breakthrough 12MP Dual Camera System — iPhone Xs continues to bring innovations to photography, things not possible before iPhone. Capabilities like advanced depth segmentation using the Neural Engine, Smart HDR creating photos with high dynamic range and great image detail, advanced bokeh quality in Portrait mode photos and dynamic depth of field that is user adjustable in the Photos app, are all huge improvements in state-of-the-art photographic techniques that everyone can use.
The 12-megapixel dual camera system features dual optical image stabilisation with 2x optical zoom, while a new sensor is twice as fast. Smart HDR creates photos with more highlights and shadow detail. Larger and deeper pixels improve image fidelity and low-light performance.
Advanced depth segmentation in Portrait mode enables more sophisticated portraits with professional-level bokeh. New Depth Control allows users to dynamically adjust the depth of field in the Photos app both in real-time preview3 and post-capture to create portraits with a beautiful background blur. Portrait mode with Depth Control is also available on the TrueDepth camera for selfies, which includes Memoji and faster face tracking support for third-party ARKit apps.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max deliver the highest quality video capture in a smartphone. The larger pixels and larger, faster sensor enable improved low-light performance and video stabilisation, as well as extended dynamic range for more highlight and shadow detail in video modes up to 30 frames per second. Using the four built-in mics, users can also record stereo sound to get the most out of video recordings.

Advanced Technologies — Face ID, the most secure facial authentication system ever in a smartphone, is now even faster. The TrueDepth camera system uses precision depth-sensing technology that goes far beyond the capabilities and security of two-dimensional facial scanners and enables users to unlock iPhone, use Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and many more features with a simple glance.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max introduce Gigabit-class LTE for even faster download speeds4 and Dual SIM5 through the use of a nano-SIM and digital eSIM.

Featuring iOS 12 — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max come with iOS 12, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. iOS 12 introduces new AR experiences, helps people rediscover and share photos, and makes communications more expressive and fun with new Animoji and Memoji. Screen Time helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices, Siri Shortcuts give any app the ability to work with Siri and new privacy features help protect users from being tracked on the web.

Pricing and Availability — iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB capacity models in space grey, silver and a new gold finish starting at RRP NZ$1899 inc.GST (64GB) and NZ$2099 inc. GST (64gGB), respectively, from apple.com/nz, in the Apple Store app and is also available through Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers (prices may vary).
Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max beginning Friday, 14 September, with availability beginning Friday, 21 September, in more than 30 countries and territories including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.
iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in more than 25 countries and territories including Andorra, Armenia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa beginning Friday, 28 September.
Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours will be available starting at RRP NZ$75 inc. GST (silicon), while the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max Leather Folio will be available starting at NZ$199 inc. GST.
Every customer who buys iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online to help them customise their iPhone by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store and more.

1 The display has rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 5.85 inches (iPhone Xs) and 6.46 inches (iPhone Xs Max) diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.
2 iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are splash-, water- and dust-resistant, and were tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 metres up to 30 minutes). Splash, water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions, and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.
3 Real-time preview in Depth Control will be available via a free software update later this spring.
4 Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see apple.com/nz/iphone/LTE.
5 Dual SIM support will be available via a free software update later this spring. Use of Dual SIM requires two wireless service plans (which may include restrictions on roaming). Certain restrictions apply to use.

More comments on the changes at Mac NZ


Oh Mark: I will miss you!!! I read every post—not always with comprehension—but I read them. Of course I understand the overload—your productivity is prodigious. You could write a history of technology development from your posts.
I’m guessing the Museum of Transport and Technology is taking all your time. And I have learned so much from reading what you write! Thank you for it all. And for your individual help to me.
And good good wishes for what you are turning towards. Best, …

Congratulations! On your achievements over the years, on your even handed reviews and comments on Apple related happenings, on beautifully composed MagBytes.
Boy, I’m going to miss my daily fix! I reckon my wife will be happy I won’t spend quite so long at the computer.
Have also appreciated the times when your responses to my queries have been so promptly dealt with.
So from this almost 80 year old, a great big thank you!

Thanks Mark for all your effort. Really appreciate all the tips and tricks you have shared over the years. Made my working life way more efficient. Good luck with your next venture and work at MOTAT.

Hey Mark, I couldn’t let this sad day pass without sending a message of gratitude. Knowing how time and energy-consuming this must have been for you, I totally understand your decision.
We are all richer, wiser and certainly more Mac-knowledgeable due to your efforts and contributions.
All the very best and if I ever meet you, I owe you a drink!
Kindest regards, …

I too enjoyed reading your site and learned some Apple tips via your Five Tip Friday posts. So thanks for all that you work you put in.
Glad to know that you are now employed by MOTAT, which is one of my favourite places to visit in Auckland. I have been there a few times and would love to re-visit.
Shame on Apple for doing what it did for you. But I really appreciate the work you did and I am grateful for that.

No more MagBytes, no more Apple news


Hi there and goodbye-ish — as I explained in MagBytes 93 that I released yesterday, I have no more time for monthly MagBytes (at least 8 hours work) and for daily Apple news updates and for weekly Friday tips. My working life has taken over, and since Apple no longer shows me products, I no longer feel qualified to talk about them.

It’s been a fun and rewarding pastime; thank you for your attention and support over the last ten years.

Here are some of the reactions (senders’ names withheld):

Like a lot of people I for one am very sorry to see it go. I totally understand your decision and I bet it took a lot of thought before you came to this end.
Always looked forward to all your communications, even had an alert in my calendar to remind me to check if needed. I could never understand how in the world you kept it all up, as some of your replies came very late at night. So although I am sorry to not get Magbytes any more, I say go for it.
One door closes, another one opens is a saying that does seem to happen.
I hope we can stay friends and when I have said thank you in the past, I really meant it, for  I felt you must have been up against it sometimes.
All the best.

The whole world is ‘changing’ it seems… so you are no exception to the avant-garde.  
Thank you for the excellent information received over the years since we met. I have all your Magbytes on file for easy access to the Apple world when, like you, time permits, for my limited knowledge to decipher.
Just a thought.. for the moments of your creative imagination… many of us in the Apple world need someone like you to set up an Apple training school on line. ‘We’… the Apple lovers of the older generation… have the toys, but do not have the school or the skill of the teenagers. But we’ll pay to learn. Could you put your Apple training school online… you’d only need to update when something really new comes out. So please consider…PLEASE!
Wishing you all the best at MOTAT… Christmas… 2018… and…the new online adventure!

Hi Mark,
As one of the many people who have benefited from your expertise over the years I’d like to thank you.
Every time I’ve asked you for advice or information I’ve had a quick and useful reply.
Not being that tech savvy, but having owned a Mac since about 1992, in the past few years I’ve come to rely on MagBytes to keep me up to date with current advice and information.
It seems to me a real shame you cannot continue use your talents as a Mac ambassador.
My retirement field is photography and we visit MOTAT as a source of interesting subjects. Hopefully next time I can say hello.
Once again thanks for making such a valuable contribution to my technical life and good luck for the future.
If you ever start up again please let me know.
Best wishes.

Hi Mark,
Well a sad day today with the news you are stopping your daily Mac info etc.
I for one have appreciated all the work you  have done here and for the advice you have given me in times of trouble or needed some help.
I do see why you are doing this and I wish you all the very best in your job, which I must say I would also fined very interesting.
I think I can say that there will be  a lot of sad people who use Macs out there with this news.
As far as my keyboard is concerned my space bar is intermittent and can drive you up the wall if you do not keep an eye on the spaces between words.
I followed advice found by searching, it’s a common problem too, but if the bluetooth is connected and battery levels are good then Apple say that’s it, a new keyboard in required. (Wireless 2015 or later here).
At the moment it is working but if it fails again I am off the the store.
Thank you for all you have done and I imagine it is sad for you too. You are right in that there is very little Mac support available here where one can get some answers to problems etc without taking it to places like the iStore.
Good luck.

Thanks, Mark, for everything you have done for fellow Apple users over many years – always interesting and informative.
Your daily news and MagBytes will be very much missed here.
All the best.

Thanks Mark. That has been a long involvement. I was a subscriber to MacGuide and have really appreciated all your advice, reviews and everything over the years on paper and online. Have a restful Xmas and New Year. Kind regards.

So sorry to see this. I have enjoyed this news very much but understand that life can take over sometimes! Cheers.

Thank you and all the best for the future.

And thank you to all for these kind words! M

MagBytes 93 is here … and it’s the last one.


Here is MagBytes 93, the final issue. I am sorry everyone who enjoys this effort of mine, but I no longer have time to do this, and I will also be cutting my Apple news updates dramatically, and no more Friday tips, as I explain in MagBytes 93 on Page 9. I thank you for your support over the last ten years but I simply cannot sustain this any longer.

I will continue to write commentary on Apple when it’s relevant and I have the time on Mac NZ, I will continue to write reviews. I will continue with Futurology and The Apocalypticon (on weekends) as they support my other interests.

Please download MagBytes 93 from this link —>> Issue93November17

Fusion Guitar, iPhone X quitting, iCloud Drive files, Apple TV 4K


Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPad integrated electric guitar — Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPod-integrated, portable, wireless electric guitar with built-in amp, battery and speakers. It’s available at a special holiday price of US$899 through December 24 with promo code:  ROCK-N-ROLL-SANTA-FG.
Designed by guitarists for guitarists, the Fusion Guitar gives the ability to practice and play on the go, around the campfire, impromptu creative sessions, on the streets or at the next big show, says Dave McAuld, Fusion Guitar founder and designer.
Fusion Guitar eliminates the need for multiple hardware devices: amplifier, speakers, foot pedals, power supply, multiple cables, a computer and computer-guitar interface. It’s compatible with a range of guitar digital effect and recording apps like JamUp or AmpliTube. Fusion Guitar supports the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 5 and 5s, iPod touch (5th and 6th generations) but it’s currently only shipping in the US.

How to make app quitting more like the iPhone 7 and 8 on iPhone X — There’s more than one way to quit apps on the iPhone X once you know the right gesture. It isn’t quite as smooth as quitting apps on an iPhone 7 or 8, which is kind of weird because it could be just as simple. Check out TMO’s video showing how app quitting works on the iPhone X.

How to recover (or remove) recently deleted files from iCloud Drive —If you’re using iCloud’s Desktop and Documents syncing feature, then you should know that anything you delete from those locations is recoverable for up to 30 days on either iCloud.com or within the Files app on iOS. Here’s how to view those files– or delete them forever.

Most everything to know about Apple TV 4K — The Apple TV 4K (5th generation) shipped on September 22, 2017. The 32 GB model is widely available online at Apple, Apple retail stores and Best Buy – to name a few. Physically, it is very similar to the 4th generation model. The difference is that it has ventilation slots on the bottom. In terms of the connectors on the back, they are exactly the same …

YouTube support channel, IT workaround, Pokémon GO accidents


Apple launches Apple Support YouTube Channel — The video site is home to videos that cover assorted iOS and watchOS tips and tricks (no macOS items yet). Topics include Add a Photo Filter in Camera, Use the Doc on Your iPad, Send a Message With the Echo Effect, Share Activity with the Apple Watch and more. The channel, called Apple Support, currently consists of ten brief videos explaining how to perform basic functions within iOS 11.
[Perfect timing for me – see MagBytes 93, due this week.]

Apple offers temporary workaround for iOS 11 bug autocorrecting ‘it’ to ‘I.T.’ — Apple is currently coping with hundreds of complaints about an autocorrect bug in iOS 11, causing the word “it” to be autocorrected to “I.T.”
While only some people are being affected, those that are are finding themselves having to manually select “it” as a QuickType suggestion, or else backspace to retype. In some cases, complaints appear to stretch back to September.
Apple is said to be recommending that people reset their keyboard dictionaries by going into the iOS Settings app, then tapping General, Reset, and “Reset Keyboard Dictionary.” After a reboot the glitch may disappear, but not everyone has had success with this method.
The next best solution likely involves turning off autocorrection, but that can be problematic for people typing on an iPhone, particularly smaller models like the 8 or SE.
Apple is presumably planning to patch the bug in a forthcoming update. Earlier this month the company released iOS 11.1.1 to fix another autocorrect bug, which was causing the letter “i” to be changed into an “A” and a question mark. The issue was widespread enough that it was briefly spoofed in pop culture.

Researchers say Pokémon GO has caused 145,000 traffic accidents — Two professors from Purdue University have published a study that suggests Pokémon GO has caused as many as 145,000 traffic accidents. The study titled Death by Pokémon GO was based on statistics from one county in Indiana between March 1st, 2015, and November 30th, 2016. Pokémon GO was released in July of 2016, earning some 100 million downloads in its first month alone.

X lens, YouTube solves drain, ABBYY deal, Grid Autosport, Foosball apps


Apple supplier smooths out lens production for iPhone X cameras — Apple supplier Genius Electronic Optical is reportedly improving its production yields for lens modules on the iPhone X, which may help to explain the rapid reduction in the product’s shipping times.
Genius has refined its yields for both the phone’s regular 7-megapixel front-facing camera and the TrueDepth 3D-sensing system, DigiTimes sources claimed on Monday. The firm’s earnings per share hit their highest monthly level in five years during October.

YouTube hammers out battery drain problem with iPhone app in latest update — The iOS YouTube app update issued on Monday rectifies the dramatic battery drain that manifested not only when the app was actively being used to watch videos, but when it was idle in the background as well.

ABBYY has a deal — 3 apps together for just $9.99. ABBYY specialises in OCR apps.

Grid Autosport — Feral Interactive’s car racing game for iOS has just arrived for iPhone and iPad.

Five foosball game apps for iOS — Every fooser has to have a foosball application on his phone. I want to offer you the list of five foosball games made for Apple (available at the Apple App Store) so there are no excuses why haven’t you already installed the most amazing game of foosball on your phone. Each and every one of those games will offer you great gaming experience, reckons Apple World Today, you just have to pick one.

X supply chain, X thanks, from Android to iOS, Ulysses makeover, iPhone fitness accessories, iPad group games


iPhone X supply chain improvements, not weak demand, to thank for reduced ship times — This week’s bump in iPhone X delivery estimates, now down to one to two weeks, fuelled speculation of weakened demand for Apple’s flagship handset, but noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the change is due to better than expected supply chain enhancements and parts availability.

Thankful for iPhone X — Daniel Eran Dilger at Apple Insider writes that “throughout this miserable year we suffered a series of horrific tropical storms and deadly wildfires; a year of ugly, divisive politics, nonstop fake news and a new broader realisation that many of the people we formerly respected have actually led terrible abusive lives of harassment, assault and even predation of children. We can take some comfort in the fact that at least our technology improved dramatically.”

From Android to iOS — Chris Leckness is writing a series of articles about his transition from Android to iOS. “From 2012 to now, I have been using Android exclusively. I moved through the Samsung Galaxy ranks from the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon to the Galaxy S6 Edge on AT&T. I used the Nexbit Robin for a year before getting the Google Pixel XL. I put the Pixel on Swappa.com last night after 2 days with the iPhone X.
“I look forward to sharing my skeptical comments about this migration from Android to iOS with the AppleWorld.Today audience. It should be interesting to see if the reasons I didn’t like the iPhone in the past are issues that won’t bother me this time around. The iOS home screen hasn’t changed much at all since then and this was one of my biggest complaints …”

Ulysses writing app gets a makeover for iPhone X — The subscription-based cross-platform writing app Ulysses received a big update today. Version 12.1 brings a redesign that works with the bezel-free display of the iPhone X, supports Face ID authentication, and more …

iPhone-connected fitness accessories to burn off calories — You don’t necessarily need extra gear to keep in shape during the holidays, but it can certainly help if you know what you’re doing. Here are a few hardware accessories iPhone owners might want to consider before hitting the weights or lacing up running shoes.

Play some games with your family on your iPad — AppleInsider offers some suggestions of apps that can keep everyone occupied, or at least keep you amused while you keep away from the rest of the group.