Connected #312: How September It Would Be »

This week on the show:

The Rickies and Flexies have been judged. There is a winner and a loser. A donation has been made. What’s inside an avocado has been discovered. That, and a lot more this week as the guys unpack Apple’s September 15th event.

On Connected Pro, I told a story about a truck, Federico saw a chart and Apple Watch purchases were considered.

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The New iPads »

John Voorhees at MacStories has the details. That new iPad Air looks great, and gives me hope for two things:

  • A really nice iPad Pro update sooner rather than later
  • Touch ID in the power button of the iPhone 12

I expect to be disappointed on that second one.

Apple One »

Today, Apple announced its Services bundle, and dubbed it “Apple One.” Here are the tiers:

  • Individual includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for $14.95 per month. ($6/mo savings)
  • Family includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage for $19.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members. ($8/mo savings)
  • Premier, where available, includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members. ($25/mo savings)1

iCloud space can be added separately which is nice, and includes a 30-day free trial for any services that customers do not already have. It launches “this fall,” and I’ll be moving our family over to this.

  1. Premier will be in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US. 

Kbase Article of the Week: System 7: How to Use Balloon Help »

Apple Support:

When Balloon Help is on, balloons will appear which tell you about anything you point to on the screen. You don’t need to click, just point. When help is turned on, every point, click, and drag works exactly as it normally does.

To turn Balloon Help ON chose “Show Balloon” in the Help menu.

To turn Balloon Help OFF chose “Hide Balloon” in the Help menu.

Mmmmm, System 7:

Balloon Help in System 7.5.5

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Mac Power Users #553: Sparky’s Wrong … Again »

This time on Mac Power Users:

On this feedback episode, Stephen and David talk more about HomeKit, Dropbox, photo management and much, much more.

On More Power Users, David walked me through his new video setup, which looks pretty sweet.

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Half a Million Dollars »

Last night, Relay FM’s campaign for St. Jude hit a major milestone: $500,000 raised in just two years.

Longtime readers will know I’ve raised money here on 512 Pixels for St. Jude every fall for years, but last year, we stepped it up a notch with our first Podcastathon, which proved to be the largest “podcast activation” for a non-profit fundraiser ever,1 raising $315,000 for the kids of St. Jude.

The second annual Podcastathon is just a few days away, on September 18. We’ll be streaming on Twitch from 2-8 PM Eastern.

In the meantime — and in the madness of planning this year’s all-remote show — I wanted to take a second and thank everyone who has taken part in this so far this year. It’s incredibly humbling to see how the greater Apple Nerd Community gets behind this every year. It means so much to me, my family and everyone at Relay.

See you Friday!

  1. Yes, we can agree the “activation” is a weird and terrible marketing term, but it is what it is.