This Week @ MacsWest Teaching, Helping, Learning and Having Fun!
• Monday, SEPTEMBER 20, 2021
10:00 AM to NOON – Dottie, Elaine and Phern will be available in Room C for conversation, a modicum of help, and discussion of all things MacsWest NOON to 2:00 PM – Dottie will be available in Room C for conversation, a modicum of help, and discussion of all things MacsWest 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Nick will be available in Room C for guidance and help with Apple’s Photo app, some conversation, and discussion of all things MacsWest (he’s the boss, ya know, so he’s got all the answers)
• Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
10:00 AM to NOON – Gary will be available in Room C for conversation, a modicum of help, and discussion of all things MacsWest 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Sue will be available in Computer Lab Room C for conversation, a modicum of help, and discussion of all things MacsWest 1:00 PM – MacsWest TIDBIT TUESDAY, hosted this week by Gary, in the Computer Lab Meeting Room D @ Palm Ridge Rec Center until 2:00 PM. These weekly sessions offer a short report on What’s New from Apple, followed by a quick lesson on the effective use of your Mac or iPad/iPhone (THIS WEEK: Air Tags—what are they and how do you use them?) and then we provide an opportunity for Club members to ask ANY question about their Apple devices or Apple apps. Our attitude is: “The only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask!”
• Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 10:00 AM – SENIOR GENIUS BAR – No need to make an appointment. Just walk into Computer Lab Room C and have a one-on-one session with a “Genius” [insert quiet chuckle here] and get all the help you need. Bruce, Bill, Mark, and Wally will (usually) be there to help solve your Apple device and Apple app problems. Be sure to bring your list of IDs and passwords
• Thursday, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 10:00 AM to NOON – Clyde will be available in Room C for conversation, a modicum of help, and discussion of all things MacsWest ALSO 10:00 AM to NOON – Laura and Judith will be in Computer Lab Room A to discuss and help you with the Ancestry.com NOON to 2:00 PM – Gary will be available in Computer Lab Room C for conversation, a modicum of help, and discussion of all things MacsWest
• Friday, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021 1:00 PM –MW REGULAR MEETING led by Nick, followed by a presentation from the folks @ MacMedia on the topic of HomeKit. What is HomeKit? Click HERE for more info. All this will happen in Room D @ Palm Ridge Computer Lab, until 2:00 PM
What to expect? New satellite-connected iPhones, larger Apple Watches and more.
More than half a century ago, the Mamas and the Papas blew up the charts with California Dreamin’, a catchy folk-rock song that would become one of the most popular songs of all time. Apple will likely be channeling some of that hit-making magic for its next iPhone, too, when it holds its California streaming event Sept. 14.
The most dramatic change for the new iPhones, aside from better cameras Apple always tends to offer, is said to be the capability to make calls and send texts in emergencies when there’s no cell coverage. Generally, though, they’re expected to still rely on 5G wireless technology for day-to-day connectivity.
The iPhone 13 comes a year after one of Apple’s most successful launches, with the 5G-powered iPhone 12. The device offered the first major revamp of the iPhone’s design since 2017, when Apple introduced its $1,000 iPhone X, with its new face-unlocking design and better screen technology. One survey conducted before the iPhone 12 announcement from Decluttr, a device recycler and reseller, found that a “staggering” 53% of respondents planned to buy the new iPhone, touching off what analysts call a “supercycle” of phone upgrades.
Apple did notch an increase in iPhone sales in the three months following the release of the iPhone 12. In January, the company said iPhone sales during the holidays jumped 17% from the previous year, helping to lead the company to its highest recorded revenue and profit ever.
“It is not far from any of our minds that this result caps off the most challenging year any of us can remember,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a call with investors after posting the company’s financial results. “It is an understatement to say that the challenges it posed to Apple as a business paled in comparison to the challenges it posed to Apple as a community of individuals, to employees, to their families, and to the communities we live in and love to call home.”
“These results show the central role that our products played in helping our users respond to these challenges,” Cook added.
Though Apple’s likely to offer a compelling upgrade to some customers, it’s happening at a time of turmoil both within and outside the tech industry. For the past year and a half, the pandemic has forced Apple, Microsoft, Sony and many other tech companies to hold events online.
The virus has upended billions of people’s lives around the world, forcing entire countries into quarantine in efforts to stop its spread. Those disruptions have also slowed manufacturing and shipping around the world, exacerbating parts shortages that have delayed production of new computers, cars and video game consoles.
Apple’s online-only event will be Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PT, which is 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST and Sept. 15 at 3 a.m. AEST. (Sorry, Australia.)
Where can I watch Apple’s livestream?
You’ll be able to stream Apple’s event straight from the company’s website. Meanwhile, we’ll be reporting on the event live here at CNET.
What we can expect, besides the iPhone 13 launch?
Apple’s digital events are fast paced and slickly produced. And there are at least one or two jokes they throw in to keep you entertained. Maybe they’ll even make a Mamas and Papas joke, but don’t bet on it.