Meeting Archive

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

MARCH 2018 - COCONUT BATTERY APP; BATTERY LIFE KILLERS; AIR POWER MAT; PROJECTED NEW MACBOOKS & iPHONES
Battery life in our Apple devices is a common issue among users. Does it seem your device’s battery is not lasting as long as before between charges? When should you consider having the battery changed? John Connor will demo a new app that can tell you the condition of the battery in your Apple devices compared to its original specs. We will also discuss other things you can do to get more life out of the batteries on your Apple devices. Apple’s new Air Power Mat is expected to debut soon, so let’s take a look at what it can do. Finally we’ll look at rumors of new MacBooks and iPhones in our future.
Follow-up information:
John's presentation - pdf
Ron's presentation -pdf

FEBRUARY 2018 - iOS 11.3; HOMEPOD; iPHONES & PERFORMANCE THROTTLING; iMAC PRO :
A new version of iOS, coming soon will bring performance enhancements to our phones and iPads, we will explore some of the new features; HomePod is set for release and we will share current product reviews; Apple’s performance throttling of older iPhones is an issue that we will discuss and, finally, a look at the iMac Pro. In addition a brief look at the history of Apple laptops will open the evening.
Follow-up information:
Ron's presentation - pdf
All of Apple's portable Macs since 1984 - pdf
Apple Previews iOS 11.3 - pdf of Phonearena article
Apple Previews iOS 11.3 - pdf of ZDNet article
Your iPhone is About to Get a Bunch of New Features - pdf of Time article
Apple Adding Battery Monitor, Performance Controls to iOS 11.3 - pdf of eWeek article
Apple Will Let Users Deactivate Performance Throttling on iPhones - pdf of ExtremeTech article
Here's how iOS 11/3 handles an iPhone crash due to a bad battery - pdf of ZDNet article
Apple can win electronic medical records game with Health Records in iOS 11.3 - pdf of ZDNet article
Apple HomePod Review - pdf of c|net article
HomePod: Retina for your ears - pdf of iMore article
The new iMac Pro is actually cheaper than the original Mac - pdf of ZDNet article
Opening Up iMac Pro - pdf of eWeek article

JANUARY 2018 - iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS; iPHONE BATTERIES; APPLE PAY CASH; iOS 11 POWER USER TIPS; MERGING OF iOS & MAC OS; iMAC PRO; SLING SHOT iOS SPEED CHECK :
This month we have a large variety of items pertaining to iPhone cameras, batteries, new features, the future of Mac & iOS apps, as well as how to check the speed of your iOS devices.
Follow-up information :
Ron's presentation PDF
iPhone Photography School - iPhone photo taking tips - video 9:41
iPhone battery replacement - PDF of a ZDNet article
How to tell if your iPhone battery needs replacing - PDF of a ZDNet article
3DMark Sling Shot - iOS Speed Check
Apple Pay Cash adds new dimension to iOS 11 mobile payments - PDF of an eWeek article
iOS 11.1 Power user tips and tricks - PDF of a ZDNet article
Top 10 Reasons to buy or not to buy Apple's Pricey iMac Pro - PDF of an eWeek article
Apple confirms iPhone, Mac affected by Meltdown-Spectre vulnerabilities - PDF of a ZDNet article
Monster Park - Augmented reality app

DECEMBER 2017 HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, APPLE TRIVIA and MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING :
Our president, John Connor, has prepared 2 rounds of 10 questions each for our annual Apple Trivia game. The first and second place tables will receive three $15 or three $10 iTunes cards respectively. Bring a guest or family; the more the merrier. You do not have to be a member to play or win. The officers will supply cookies and refreshment. Finally, the evening will end with our selection of the four lucky current members chosen to each receive a $100 Apple gift card in the culmination of our Membership Rewards Drawing.
Follow-up information:
John's Trivia Q&A round 1 - PDF
John's Trivia Q&A round 2 - PDF

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Trivia winners - First place went to Danny Davis, Don Ellis, Robert Levitt and Ron Mueller who split three $15 iTunes cards. The second place table was Steve April, Lyman Johnson and Frank Shirk who received three $10 iTunes cards.

The
MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING made four current members very happy, each receiving a $100 Apple gift card. They were Steve April, Lyman Johnson, Lloyd Klinedinst and Steve Maynard.

NOVEMBER 2017 AR DEMONSTRATION on iPHONE 8; iPHONE X INFORMATION & REVIEWS; MACMOST IDEAS :
This month John Connor will demonstrate two AR (augmented reality) apps, Monster Park and IKEA, on his newly acquired iPhone 8. They are pretty amazing to see. In addition, we will have some reviews and information about the newly released iPhone X. Finally we will have several cool demos from MacMost, including “Using the iOS 11 iPad dock; Photo Booth Green Screen; Arranging apps on your iPad or iPhone; & Translating with Siri.”
Follow-up information:
Ron's presentation - PDF
Augumented Reality
iPhone X
MacMost

OCTOBER 2017 iOS 11 & MacOS High Sierra; NEW RELEASES and FIRST TAKES :
Apple has just released its newest operating systems for iPhones, iPads and Macs. We will explore the information out there on their installation and the precautions you should exercise if you want to install them. We ask that any members who are currently using either one to relate their experience with these newest pieces of Apple software. Also the arrival of the iPhone 8 and 8 plus will be discussed.
Follow-up information:
Ron's presentation - PDF
iOS 11
macOS High Sierra
iPhone 8 & iPhone 8+

SEPTEMBER 2017 EVERYTHING APPLE :
The morning of our meeting day, Apple is holding a special event at which it is expected that they will announce new iPhones, updates to Apple TV and Apple Watch, as well as finished versions of iOS 11 and MacOS High Sierra and when they all will be available. Although it will be a quick turn-around, we hope to present and discuss all the shiny new things that Apple will show.
Follow-up information :
Apple's new products - PDF of Ron's presentation
Special event notes - PDF of Steve's notes from the keynote address
Everything Apple announced - PDF of a Flipboard article
All Apple just announced - PDF of a Cnet article
What happened to the fingerprint scanner? - PDF of a Flipboard article
What it all means for business - PDF of a Zdnet article
How Apple makes its billions - PDF of a Zdnet article
Apple AI - PDF of a Zdnet article
9 Things to do with an old phone - PDF of a Time magazine article

AUGUST 2017 MACMOST; OTHER INTERESTING TIPS FOR MAC USERS :
The MacMost website is full of tutorials, full size classes on various topics, a weekly newsletter, and quick how-to videos for all Mac users from beginners to advanced. We will check out what is available and show several interesting video demos. In addition, we will check out several other articles of interest including the anticipated new Apple devices expected next month.
Follow-up information:
MacMost website - MacMost is a free website with video tutorials for Apple Mac, iPhone and iPad users. Visit here daily for new tutorials, sign up for the free weekly newsletter, check out some Mac tips, and ask questions in the forum. New to the Mac? Check out the Beginner’s Guide to the Mac.
mMacMost video tutorials viewed at the meeting:
mmmWhat is APFS?
mmmNew Shapes in Pages, Numbers and Keynote
mmmCustomizing Shapes in Pages, Numbers and Keynote
mmmStoring Local Documents when using iCloud Drive
mmmBypassing Internet Problems Using Google DNS
mUpcoming product possibilities:
mmm4K Apple TV - PDF of an Extreme Tech article
mmmCellular Apple Watch - PDF of a Bloomberg News article
mmmCellular Version of the Apple Watch - PDF of a Flipboard article
mmmNext iPhone scans your face - PDF of a Flipboard article
mmmAnother Clue About Apple's Next iPhone - PDF of a Time article
mTips:
mmmHow to Quickly Clear iPhone Notifications - PDF of a Zdnet article
mmmCheering the Apple Pencil - PDF of a Zdnet article

Two additional items brought up at the meeting:
SiteSucker for macOS - $4.99 on Mac App Store
SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads websites from the Internet. It does this by asynchronously copying the site's webpages, images, PDFs, style sheets, and other files to your local hard drive, duplicating the site's directory structure. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press return, and SiteSucker can download an entire website.
360FLy
Full 360° horizontal x 240° vertical field of view camera
Life doesn't just come at you straight on. Which is why the 360fly 4K and 360fly HD put you in the center of the action while capturing the entire world all around you.


JULY 2017 APPS and DEVICES FOR HEALTH MONITORING; iOS 11 PREVIEW :
More and more apps and devices debut frequently these days with the express purpose of monitoring our health and well-being. Steve Maynard will take us through a variety of these new items and what we can also expect in the near future. We will also follow-up to last month’s WWDC conference with the preview release of iOS 11 and what welcome changes reviewers say it will have for our iPhones and iPads this fall.
Follow-up information :
Health Apps - PDF of Steve's presentation
iOS 11 beta preview - PDF of Ron's presentation
APFS up close - PDF new Apple Files System coming with MacOS High Sierra
APFS new file system - PDF with more details about the new file system
Improvements for MacOS - PDF concerning High Sierra
iOS 11 Files App - PDF with details about the new Files App
Cnet insider - PDF on features of iOS11
iOS 11 Appocalypse - PDF about the changeover to 64-bit only apps in the upcoming release

JUNE 2017 - WWDC 2017 - APPLE’S WORLDWIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, MEMBERSHIP REWARDS DRAWING:

At this year’s WWDC keynote, Apple announced an amazingly large number of new items: New Mac OS, High Sierra; new iOS 11 for iPads and iPhones; new Watch OS 4 and new upgrades to their computers and devices as well as some totally new hardware. So come and we will peruse the dizzying variety of items announced at the conference and work to understand what it all means for our tech futures.
Follow-up information :
Ron's
Keynote presentation on the WWDC announcements - PDF
6 Biggest Apple announcements - Time article PDF
8 Things you missed - Zdnet article PDF
Apple Bolsters iPad Features - eWeek article PDF
Apple HomePod - Cnet article PDF
Apple iMac Pro - eWeek article PDF
Coolest Features in iOS11 - PCmag article PDF
HomePod Audio Quality - 9to5Mac article PDF
iMac Pro Overpriced? - Zdnet article PDF
iPhone Lockout Patent - The Guardian article PDF
New iMac Pro - eWeek article PDF
Second Coming of iPad - Buzzfeed article PDF
VR is in Apple's Future - Techcrunch article PDF
Will your Mac Run High Sierra - Zdnet article PDF
WWDC announcements - Recode article PDF
WWDC iOS11 - Zdnet article PDF
WWDC New iMac - Zdnet article PDF

MAY 2017 - PROJECTED NEW APPLE EQUIPMENT; HOME AUTOMATION DEVICES; ELECTIONS :

Elections tonight. We have an opening for a 2nd vice-president, so if you are interested in working with a terrific slate of current officers, please let us know. This evening we will discuss all the future updates to Apple hardware expected this year including iMacs, iPads and even a few futuristic rumors. And in a more immediately useful vain, there are a lot of new home automation devices out there that we will talk about and even show you.

Follow-up information:

Steve's presentation on
Home Automation - PDF
Apple giving away its iWork and iLife apps - PDF of Zdnet article
10 Products, Services Apple is working on - PDF of Eweek article
Why Apple's Mac Pro promise matters so much - PDF of Zdnet article
Apple Pumps Up Mac Pro Desktop - PDF of Eweek article
Apple: We are completely rethinking the Mac Pro - PDF of Zdnet article
Evernote Embraces MacBook Pro's Touch Bar - PDF of Eweek article
8 ways to repurpose an old iPhone - PDF of Cnet article

The slate of officers and directors was accepted by unanimous vote.
John Connor - president
Steve Maynard- 1st vice-president
OPEN - 2nd vice-president
Ron Mueller - secretary
Allen Thorpe - treasurer
Al Desrosiers -membership director
Ron Mueller - club finance director
Hanne Kanton - resource director


APRIL 2017 - PROTECTING YOUR BROWSING DATA; NEW iPADS, NEW APPLE FILE SYSTEM & MORE :

Something for everyone tonight. First up, it’s been in the news recently that your service providers have been given the green light to sell your browsing data. We will discuss ways to keep your privacy in spite of this change. Apple has just announced new iPads and with iOS 10.3 has released a new file system. We will discuss the implications of both. We also have a few articles to share on protecting your iCloud account and wiping your iPhone for resale.
Follow-up information :
Browsing Privacy
The new iPad
iPhone OS 10.3
The future

MARCH 2017 - TRAVEL TIPS, ADAPTERS, PHOTOS, ROAMING CHARGES, SMART TVs :

The travel season is fast-approaching, so this month we want to explore what you will need to consider (tech-wise), especially if you will be traveling outside of the country. Such things as adapters for chargers, saving your photos, avoiding roaming charges on your phone and other assorted travel tips. Also we will briefly discuss whether your Smart TV could be spying on you and what to do about it!
Follow-up information :

Tech Travel Tips - Ron's presentation PDF
Travel in the UK - Steve's presentation PDF

Rick Steve's Europe PDFs :

Tech Travel Mistakes - PDF
20 Travel Tips - Expedia PDF
Cell Phone Accessories - PDF
Phones for Travel Abroad - PDF
Buying a SIM Card in Europe - PDF
How to Set Up your iPhone - PDF
Other Links for Travel - PDF of other links and YouTube videos

Pre-Meeting Tips :

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