Meeting Archive

This page is a list of the General Meeting Topics for the past year and the follow-up links that were posted.

MAY 11, 2021 - EVERYTHING ANNOUNCED AT THE RECENT APPLE EVENT:

This month we will present details about everything announced at the April 20 Apple event: Apple Card Family; Apple Podcasts; iPhone 12 and AirTags; updated Apple TV 4K with new Siri remote; new iMacs and iPad Pro. This will be a meeting with a lot to show and a lot to discuss.
The meeting begins with a brief Q&A and Tips&Tricks Session.

Follow-up information:
Apple event 2021: New iMac and iPad, purple iPhone 12, AirTags and everything announced - CNet PDF
Apple Card & Podcasts
iPhone
AirTags
Apple TV 4K (2021)
iMac 24 inch
iPad Pro (2021)

APRIL 13, 2021 - MAKING FRIENDS WITH SIRI; MAC RUMORS; iPHONE SETTINGS & FEATURES:

This month Steve, our 1st VP, will present Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts for using Siri; we will also present the most recent rumors for soon-to-be-announced Apple products; and we will go over a number of iPhone settings to change and features you may not know exist.
Follow-up information:
Making Friends With Siri - Steve Maynard's presentation PDF
Apple adds two brand new Siri voices and will no longer default to a female or male voice in iOS - Techcrunch PDF

Apple April 20th Event (2021) ANNOUNCED! New iPad Pro, AirTags, AirPods 3, & More! 10:22 YouTube video
Apple macOS Evolution - 20 years later! 4:37 YouTube video

10 essential tips every Mac owner needs to know - CNet PDF
Tips and tricks to free up disk space and hidden storage on your Mac - 9to5Mac PDF
Best Mac cleaner: Favorite cleaning and optimization tools - ZDNet PDF
Tips and tricks for backing up the data from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac - 9to5Mac PDF

16 iPhone settings you'll wonder why you didn't change sooner - CNet PDF
Hidden iPhone Tips and Tricks That Will Make You an iOS Expert - PC Mag PDF
iOS 14.4's best features: 17 things you should be using on your iPhone right now - CNet PDF
Is your iPhone feeling slow? The fix might be quick and simple (and free) - ZDNet PDF
How to change your iPhone's Apple ID password - Mashable PDF

iPhone and iPad: 5 ways to declutter, reorganize and refresh your device right now - CNet PDF
10 things you didn’t know your iPad could do - digitaltrends PDF
How to Set Up Your iPad for Work - iPhoneLife PDF

AirPods Pro: 11 tricks to master Apple's wireless earbuds right now - CNet PDF
HomePod mini reportedly includes room temperature and humidity sensor, could be enabled through software update - 9to5Mac PDF
Apple Aiming to Announce Mixed-Reality Headset With In-Person Event in 'Next Several Months' - MacRumors PDF

MARCH 9, 2021 -HOME WI-FI ACCESSORIES, HOMEKIT COMPATIBILITY
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Last month we discussed home networking and this month we are taking a look at all the home accessories that can make your home life easier and safer. We will show various home devices that are wi-fi and smartphone enabled as well as HomeKit compatible to do things for you inside and outside of your home.
The meeting begins with a brief Q&A and Tips&Tricks Session.
Follow-up information:

Videos
Companies & Products
  • Ameren - Energy efficient products for the home
  • Arlo Cameras, doorbells & accessories
  • Ecobee Thermostats, cameras & accessories
  • Meross Smart plugs & lighting controls
  • Kwikset Smart Locks
  • MyQ - garage door openers
  • Sensi (by Emerson) Smart thermostats
  • Weemo Smart plugs & dimmers
MacRumors PDF

FEBRUARY 9, 2021 -
HOME NETWORKING, WI-FI ROUTERS, & VPNs:
This evening we will discuss the various ways of setting up a home wi-fi network; the use of mesh routers and virtual private networks for safe internet surfing; and finally what to do if you are having connection issues. So come join us for some very useful information regarding your home network.
The meeting begins with a brief Q&A and Tips&Tricks Session.
Follow-up information:

Home Networking

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Apple Watch blood sugar measurement coming in Series 7, claims report - 9to5Mac PDF

JANUARY 2021 -
APPLE EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021, TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR NEWLY ACQUIRED DEVICES, FITNESS+:
This evening will be a mixture of what to expect from Apple this year in the way of new products and services. We will show and discuss ways to use and profit from the new devices you may have acquired over the holidays, such as AirPods, AirPods Max, HomePod minis, iPhones, etc. Apple has also added a new service, Fitness+ and service bundling. So join us for what should be a very informative and productive meeting.
Follow-up information:
It's 2021 and Adobe Flash is Officially Dead (Here's How to Get Rid of Its Remains) - iDROPNews PDF
What new things to expect from Apple in 2021 - MacMost video 8:32
What to Expect From Apple in 2021: New Apple Silicon Macs, iPhone 13, AirTags and More - MacRumors PDF
Next Apple TV 4K May Have The Big Change You're Waiting For - Forbes PDF
Apple TV: 11 essential tips to master your streaming box - CNet PDF

You got new AirPods for the holidays - here's how to get the most our of them - CNBC PDF
Apple Spent 4 Years Perfecting Its Most Surprising Product Yet and It was Worth the Wait - Inc PDF
Apple leaps to the defense of its crazy AirPods Max case - Cult of Mac PDF
Apple in 2021: The iPhone is taking over everything - CNet PDF
iOS 14.3's best new iPhone features: 16 things you'll find yourself using every day - CNEt PDF

10 hidden iPhone features we discovered after installing iOS 14 - CNet PDF
7 Apple Watch settings you should change right away - CNet PDF
The 8 Best 3rd-Party iPad Apps for Apple Pencil - iPhone Life PDF
The Apple car, briefly explained - Vox PDF
Apple HomePod mini review - YouTube video 6:31


DECEMBER 2020 -
APPLE TRIVIA GAME and MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING:
For this evening our president, John Connor, has created four rounds of five Apple-themed trivia questions. Zoom will allow us to breakout into smaller teams to answer the questions, then we will come back to the main room to go over the answers. To play all you need is to bring a piece of paper and pen or pencil with you to the meeting. The teams of 3 or 4 players will be formed randomly with the number of teams determined by the number of total participants at tonight’s meeting. When you are in your smaller groups, you will see the five questions and have five minutes to discuss and record your answers. (Teams are on their honor not to look up any answers.) When that time limit is reached we will come back to the main room and John will go over the answers for that round. Each team will keep track of how many they got right and then the teams will be sent back to their small groups to answer the next set of questions. When all four rounds are completed, teams will be asked how many total questions out of 20 they have right. We anticipate $15 and $10 Apple gift cards for the first and second place teams respectively. At the end of the trivia game, the membership rewards drawing will be held and four lucky members will be chosen to receive a $100 Apple gift card. Anyone is welcome to play, so invite your friends.
Follow-up information:
John's questions in four rounds of 5 questions each - PDF
John's questions in four rounds of 5 questions each with answers - PDF
AirPods Max - Apple website

NOVEMBER 2020 -
APPLE ANNOUNCES ‘ONE MORE THING’; BIG SUR; APPLE AIRTAGS; the NEW GAMUG LIST:
Earlier today Apple held an event called ‘One More Thing’. During it they were expected to announce new MacBooks with Apple Silicon, as well as macOS Big Sur, and possibly their new AirTags. With a quick turnaround we will discuss all the new items shown at the Apple Event that took place earlier. We will begin the meeting with a discussion of the new GAMUG list and how to use it as Yahoo groups goes away.
Follow-up information:
Apple’s Arm-based M1 Mac event in 10 minutes - TheVerge video 10:22
Apple Silicon M1 chip - Apple website
New Apple MacBook Air - Apple website
New Apple MacBook Pro - Apple website
New Apple Mac Mini - Apple website
mac OS Big Sur - Apple website

What is Apple One, how to subscribe, and how much is it? - ZDNet PDF
The New GAMUG list - info about replacing the Yahoo Groups list

Mobile Device Doctors - Apple device repair
MovieMaker-Pro - Fully automated digitizer for 8 and super 8 mm movies
Titan 8-in-1 film to digital converter
New F2D Saturn - slide and film digitizer
KODAK SCANZA Digital Film Scanner

OCTOBER 2020 -
APPLE ANNOUNCES NEW iPHONES WITH 5G and SAFARI 14:
Today Apple will announce 4 new iPhones with 5G speed and with a quick turnaround we will discuss what’s new and whether these will be a got-to-have upgrade. Rumors also mention new over-ear headphones, smaller and less expensive HomePod and Apple tracking tags. if there’s time we will also talk about the newest version of Safari and whether you should upgrade.
Follow-up information:
iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 mini - Apple website
iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max - Apple website
Every iPhone 12 model from mini to Pro Max: Prices, specs, and availability - ZDNet PDF
Apple announces iPhone 12 Pro with premium design, new pacific blue color, more - 9to5Mac PDF
Apple Unveils iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max With 5G, Flat-Edge Design, LiDAR Scanner, New Colors, and More - MacRumors PDF
Apple's revived MagSafe charging standard opens the door for a portless iPhone - The Verge PDF
iPhone 12 Pro LiDAR Scanner Allows For More Powerful Snapchat Lenses - VR Scout PDF
HomePod mini - Apple website
Apple HomePod Mini: 10 Super-Cool Things Not Revealed in the Keynote - Forbes PDF

SEPTEMBER 2020 -
STREAMING SERVICES and THE APPLE TV 4K:
This month we will discuss the Apple TV 4K and how it can become an entertainment hub in your home. Even if you have a smart TV, Apple TV 4K has a great interface that will put all of your streaming choices into one convenient and easy to use place. If you so desire, it also allows you to give your cable bill the boot. We will discuss the actual hardware and cost; the software interface, set up, reviews and tutorials; Apple TV+ shows; and other streaming services.
So join us for an enlightening and entertaining evening.
Follow-up information:
Streaming Services and the Apple TV 4K - PDF of Ron's presentation
Apple TV+ program guide - PDF of what's currently available for Apple TV+
The Chat conversation - PDF of the GAMUG meeting chat conversation
2020 Apple TV 4K Review - YouTube Video 13:15
Apple TV+: Hands-On With the New Apple Streaming Service - YouTube video from MacRumors 5:23
Best Live TV and On-Demand Streaming Services 2020 - CableTV.com website

AUGUST 2020 -
ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT PODCASTS:
This month’s zoom meeting will have our 2nd VP, Glen House, who will take us through all there is to know about podcasts. If you have never seen or heard a podcast, Glen will explain all you need to know to get started including various podcast apps, where to find them, and how to subscribe. If members have a favorite podcast or app, they are encouraged to share that with the group. If there is time we will discuss the new iMac releases.
Follow-up info:
Glen's Podcast Presentation - PDF with video links
The New 27-inch iMac's Webcam isn't just better; it's Smarter - The Verge PDF
Apple revamps its 27-inch iMac, iMac Pro, 21.5-inch iMac - ZDNet PDF
iOS 13.6 out for iPhone bringing support for digital car keys - ZDNet PDF
Hidden iOS 13.6 feature lest you take control over updates - ZDNet PDF
Apple Reveals Jaw-Dropping iPad, iPhone Touchscreen Tech - Forbes PDF
Apple Lets Slip a Cool New Way to Use Your iPhone: Accepting Contactless Payments - Forbes PDF
Apple Watch Series 6 May Have 1 Brilliant Upgrade, And it Can't Come Soon Enough - Forbes PDF
WatchOS 7: Apple Watch will soon be able to measure your fitness level as you age - CNet PDF
iPhone 12 could launch in two stages - CNet PDF
iOS 14 - Top 10 Sleeper Features - 12:34 9to5 Mac video

JULY 2020 -
ALL THE ANNOUNCEMENTS APPLE MADE AT LAST MONTH’S WWDC:
This month’s zoom meeting will cover the announcements that Apple made at last month’s WWDC keynote. These will include iOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and updates to MacBook, iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch.

Follow-up information:

WWDC 2020 - Ron's presentation PDF with video links

iOS and iPad OS 14 Public Beta Preview: Something for everybody - The Verge PDF
iOS 14 Will Completely Change the Way You Use Your iPhone - Gizmodo PDF

Hands-on with iOS 14 public beta: We tried all the new features coming soon to your iPhone - CNet PDF
iOS 14: What do the orange and green dots in the status bar mean? - 9to5Mac PDF

iPadOS 14 release date, compatibility & new features - Macworld PDF
These iPadOS 14 features will make your iPad more like a Mac. How to use them - CNet PDF

AirPods: Apple Reveals Yet Another Cool Upgrade Coming With iOS 14 - Forbes PDF
I wish I'd found this iPhone accessory years ago - ZDNet PDF

macOS Big Sur Preview - Apple website
macOS 11 Big Sur - MacRumors PDF

GoSKyWatch Planetarium - Displays the sky view at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait. Available for iPhone or iPad

JUNE 2020 -
A VIRTUAL MEETING USING ZOOM:
We will meet using Zoom this month. We have purchased a host so we will not have a time limit. We plan to discuss the newest product announcements from Apple including: the new MacBook Pro, and the iPad Pro with the new keyboard. There have also been software upgrades to iPhone and Apple Watch as well as mac OS Catalina. One of the reasons is contact tracing which we will try to clarify for our members. We will also hold our Membership Rewards Drawing at the end of our meeting. Remember you must be a current paid member before this meeting starts to be eligible for the drawing.
Follow-up information:
iTunes is dead. Here's how to back up and sync your iPhone in macOS Catalina - CNet PDF
8 Hidden macOS Tips & Tricks You Might Not Know! - MacRumors video 4:33
14 hidden iPhone and iPad tricks: Screenshots, trackpad, and a document scanner - CNet PDF

iPhone 13 Leaks, New Black Apple Pencil, 5G iPad Pro with mini LED & More! - MacRumors video 6:37
How the Magic Keyboard won my heart - and my wallet - ZDNet PDF
iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Review - The Best Experience for iPad - Zollotech video 7:39

iOS 14 - Everything to Expect at WWDC 2020 and Supported Devices - Zollotech video 13:02

Apple releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 contact tracing feature, Face ID improvements - ZDNet PDF
Apple adds anonymous symptom and health info sharing to its COVID-19 app and website - TechCrunch PDF
Apple COVID-19 information - Apple website
Cleaning your iPhone - Apple support

Apple Plans to Announce Move to its Own Mac Chips at WWDC - Bloomberg PDF
Apple to move Mac to Arm CPUs: What you need to know - ZDNet PDF

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