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Meeting Idea: Digital Books on Mac and iPad and More

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not take a look at Digital Books on Mac and iPad? Show your members how  easy it is to design, create, and share their own professional-looking digital books using Pages on iPad or a Mac. Better yet, check out Apple Education’s series of free Apple-published books covering skills your members will love to learn about. Start them with a few techniques and a link to each full book, and the meeting will be one to remember

The links below provide an overview of the contents and links to the books in the Apple Books app. 

Preview of Creating Digital Books

Preview: Everyone Can Create Photos

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Given the success of last year’s 8-bit Virtual KansasFest (over 500 attendees!), the KansasFest Board is pleased to announce “KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition”. Similar to 2020, the Board’s plan is to hold an online event Friday and Saturday, July 23-24. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun the sessions and gatherings can be. And, who can forget the competitions? Wacky Ties, HackFest, and the popular games tournament. And, once again this year, there will be no swimsuit competition.

Registration is open – where else can you have so much fun for a $10 registration?

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director, Content Marketing at SugarCRM. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she she has been known to play flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, son Noah, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

read more…

Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org always has expert ideas on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out

Meeting Ideas: watchOS 8 Preview and iOS 15 Preview – First Look

Apple Watch is incredibly popular and the next OS brings new and nifty features, including more capabilities with the Home app, new workout types, an updated Breathe app, multiple timers, sleeping respiratory rate, a redesigned Music app that enables users to share songs, albums, and playlists through Messages and Mail, and enjoy music and radio all in one place, Severe Weather notifications, and more.

As you might expect, there are neat things ahead for iOS 15 as well.

Want to provide your members with the most-recent information? Check out watchOS 8 Preview – First Look (L592895A-en_US) and iOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592883A-en_US).

Ambassadors: July. is a great month to check out ASW!

Timely Meeting Idea: Protect your privacy with Apple

Have your members mentioned the new Privacy on iPhone video from Apple’s YouTube channel? On the one hand, it is fun to watch and offers an easy way to understand why privacy matters. On the other hand, Privacy on iPhone is just one component of Apple’s commitment to user privacy.

Members have questions about how they can protect their privacy and control their information, and providing them with the information they need can make for a great meeting topic. 

Privacy on iPhone | Tracked

Check out  A Day in the Life of Your Data to understand why App Tracking Transparency matters.

A Day in the Life of Your Data

Check out this year’s WWDC segment on privacy.

WWDC2021: Privacy

Help your members learn how Safari, Maps, Photos, FaceTime, Siri, and other Apple offerings can help them control what is shared and who it is shared with.

Apple Privacy Features

Do your members want to know what apps are doing with their data? The Privacy Labels home page brings privacy labels for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps together in one place.

Apple Privacy Labels

And, starting with Privacy Controls, there is so much more

You are in Control of your Data

Apple’s YouTube Channel and Apple Privacy can make for a great meeting!

WWDC 2021: Digital Legacy

WWDC2021

Steve Welsh of OMUG passed along a great BGR article recently, discussing an upcoming feature that can help Apple users name a person who can access their iCloud when they are not able to do so. It is worth a read.

Where did the information come from? The upcoming Digital Legacy feature was shown by Mike Abbott at WWDC 2021, though it is not released yet.

iOS 15 adds an iPhone feature you might never use – but you should set it up anyway

Thanks much to Steve Welsh of the Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG) and past Apple User Group Advisory Board member for this great tip! 

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

By Tom Piper

 

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on May 17, 2021, via Zoom. We had 30 participants who joined for the topic of “Sharing Between Groups”. The 63-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/CG5z7WTR9kY (unlisted on YouTube).

read more…

Meeting Ideas: macOS Monterey Preview and iPadOS 15

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com have information that can help you get up to speed. New tools in macOS Monterey are designed to help users get more done, stay focused, and collaborate, while iPadOS 15 introduces a multitasking experience that is even more intuitive, making features like Split View and Slide Over easier to discover

Check out macOS Monterey Preview – First Look (L592879A-en_US) and iPadOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592887A-en_US).

Ambassadors, June is a great month to check out ASW!

 

Thanks times ten to the groups that participated in the Community Survey

apple user groupsLike many people, I have missed getting together with friends in the user group community since the last Macworld, and even more over the last year. Still, I was surprised at how truly great it felt to hear from the long-time groups that left their names in the survey.

Each name brought a fond memory (in some cases many, many fond memories) and a reminder that the user group community is both vibrant and caring. With more than 70 responses, here are some of the groups that left comments and a hello (in alphabetical order):

Apple Charlestown Apple Group Maryland Apple Corps, Inc.
appleJAC User Group MIAMUG (Midland, MI)
ApplePickers of Central Indiana Mountain View Computer Users Group, Sierra Vista, AZ
Ashland Macintosh User’s Group Naples MacFriends User Group Inc
Atlantic City Area Mac Users Group National Capital Apple Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG)
AUSOM Inc PMUG-NJ.ORG
Club HyperPomme Paris Portland (OR) Macintosh Users Group
Computer Users of Erie Prescott Mac Users Group
CVMUG – Conejo Ventura Macintosh User Group Silicon Mountain MacIntosh User Group
EAMUG Englewood,FL User Group  South Suburban (Chicago) Mac Users Group
EMUG Suffolk Mac User Group
Exeter area Mac user group  The Macintosh Guild
Franklin Apple Orchard The Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG)
MAC2 (MAC2MUG) TMG Dayton
MacinTech TMUG – Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacNexus Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacValley User Group, Northridge, California VMUG (Victoria [BC] Mac and iOS User Group (vmug.bc.ca)

Thanks for the comments and for sharing your thoughts, and thanks to Curt B. for suggesting the questions!

Groups pre-pandemic and looking ahead

apple user groupsResponses show that prior to the pandemic most groups met face-to-face. True, well before the pandemic there were groups perfecting their streaming meeting skills while others excelled with fully online Zoom meetings, groups that were FaceTime experts and some experimented with truly novel formats (one group even met in a park with picnic blankets spaced 10′ apart). Still, most groups met face-to-face. Over the last 10-15 years, the number of solely online groups in the user group database has generally been around 10%. As one survey respondent said, “mostly on site, but dwindling numbers and meetings.” So, it is interesting to learn that some groups have been revitalized during the pandemic, helping members stay in touch during difficult times. Here are the results for pre-pandemic meeting formats:

how groups met precovid

read more…

User Group Guidance

apple user groupsIn the survey, we asked for guidance and groups offered their thoughts. Interestingly, some of the factors that groups considered, such as aging membership, was cited as a reason for, and against, Zoom-type meetings 🙂

Here is some of the advice offered:

 

Some groups find benefits in  the online meeting format

  • In person meetings work for business and technology, but are restricted to the talent in the group. Zoom meetings work for technology lessons and can utilize talent from other groups!
  • Easier to get speakers with online meetings.
  • we have had great success with Zoom meetings but it won’t suit everyone.
  • Guest speakers are more readily available because if Zoom or Skype access.
  • New faces from distant members
  • Going online for meetings has allowed us to regain users who found a long drive at night too difficult to attend.
  • Our members come from a wide area. Several only attend infrequently. Having virtual meetings has allowed more members to attend (although overall participation is down slightly). Other than that, we really miss the face to face and social aspects.
  • online, other mac groups and former members joined us back
  • Zoom turned out to be a viable way of meeting, which surprised some of us.
  • Online contests can be fun, but be sure to allocate much time to the events!
  • Know Zoom controls at an advanced level.
  • We were surprised and delighted that our members mostly took to zoom like ducks to water. Though we all miss in-person socializing, we get better attendance and more efficient meetings using Zoom. The ability to record and make available for download past meetings has been a popular feature in our group.
  • Platform that allows screen sharing is important. Some with hearing problems like it online to control volume. Also use closed captioning.
  • Zoom is a very good tool
  • Online remote meetings with perhaps an in-person once a year get together seems to really interest our members.
  • You may need to help people with the first online meeting

Some groups see benefits in meeting face to face read more…

Meeting Ideas: Virtual Sessions with ASL and VoiceOver & How to Use Live Listen

Apple accessibility logo Your members may enjoy Today at Apple this week for live virtual sessions presented in American Sign Language and VoiceOver. Better yet, there are great short Apple Support videos walking users through the use of Live Listen and How to navigate iPad Pro with gestures.

Check them out:

Today at Apple

How to use Live Listen

How to Navigate iPad Pro with Gestures

 

Meeting Idea: Global Accessibility Awareness with Apple Support

Apple accessibility logo Many groups have had a positive response to accessibility as a meeting topic. Apple’s Accessibility home page says that the true value of a technology is not measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers the user, and every Apple product contains amazing and empowering accessibility features right out of the box. From Magnifier, to Switch Control, Back Tap, VoiceOver, headphone accommodations, made for iPhone hearing aids, Live Listen, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, typing feedback, text-to-speech, fitness algorithms for wheelchair users, and more, there are features to make every user’s tasks easier.

Another great way to enjoy an accessibility presentation is to use Apple Support’s YouTube videos, covering the basics of using the assistive technologies that are built into every Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. 

Check it out.

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

Apple Support on YouTube – Accessibility

 

Meeting Ideas: Clips, iPadOS 14, and iPad – Then and Now

Apple logoAre your members interested in the newest version of Clips? Clips is an iOS-only free app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more? ASW has information to help you plan a great meeting:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US), iPadOS 14 – First Look (L585034A-en_US), and iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US) can provide the information you need.

Ambassadors: May is a great month to check out ASW.

Apple User Group Survey 2021 – Meeting Formats?

Many groups changed their meeting location, day, or format in 2020-2921. As you might expect, the pandemic factored into meeting decisions, with some groups moving fully online due to loss of a regular meeting space, civic responsibilities, or need to socially isolate. Some groups have been meeting remotely for years, while others used the past year to master Zoom, FaceTime, and various remote streaming options.

A friend from the Tucson group wrote recently about how some groups may decide to stay online permanently. In fact, his group is currently seeing almost as many attendees for their online meetings as they saw when meeting in person.

We would appreciate your input in this very brief survey. Next month’s Bulletin will have the results.

Meeting Formats Survey – Apple User Groups 2021

(Thanks to Curt B. for this discussion – a lot of folk in the community are making plans and it will be interesting to hear their guidance.)

Tom Piper: AWUGU – Everything Zoom

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Everything Zoom

By Tom Piper

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on April 19, 2021, via Zoom. We had 22 participants who joined for the topic of “Everything Zoom(see attached PDF images and attendance list). The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/KlmFvfvbxF0 (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick overview of 36 Zoom apps that are currently available. Other Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members were not available for this call.

The format for this meeting was an open discussion with many participants sharing their perspectives and suggestions about Zoom including Nicholas Pyers of AppleUser.org (Australia), Mike Kwasniak of Suffolk MUG (UK), Steve Welsh of Oregon MacPioneers Users, Chita Hunter of Naples MacFriends User Group, David Ginsberg of Suburban Chicago Users Group, Webb Sussma of Eugene Macintosh Users Group, Carol Fortlage of The Villages Apple User Group, Joan Newman of SouthWest Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society, Dale Stephan of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group, George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group and others.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: iMac, iPad Pro, iPhone 12, Apple Card Family, and more

Tuesday’s Spring Loaded April 2021 Event brought amazing new products and one-of-a-kind features. Whether your members will want to know more about AppleTV 4k’s calibration system on iPhone (wow!), the cool Center Stage technology in the new M1 iPad Pros, the impossibly thin and high performing new iMacs, or more, ASW and Apple Support’s YouTube Channel have you covered.

ASW offers a wealth of resources about Tuesday’s announcements – here are just a few:

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina display – First Look ( L543100A-en_US)
  • iPad Pro – First Look (L581397A-en_US), 
  • Apple TV 4K – First Look (L592422A-en_US)
  • 24-inch iMac – First Look (L592421A-en_US)
  • USB-C accessories for iPad Pro and iPad Air  (L581398A-en_US)

Better yet, if your members have not seen the keynote, Introducing the new iMac | Apple, or Mission Implausible | M1 chip | iPad Pro | Apple, you can watch it on  Apple’s YouTube channel. read more…

User Group News Bulletin

Meeting Idea: Digital Books on Mac and iPad and More

Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not take a look at Digital Books on Mac and iPad? Show your members how  easy it is to design, create, and share their own professional-looking digital books using Pages on iPad or a Mac. Better yet, check out Apple Education’s series of free Apple-published books covering skills your members will love to learn about. Start them with a few techniques and a link to each full book, and the meeting will be one to remember

The links below provide an overview of the contents and links to the books in the Apple Books app. 

Preview of Creating Digital Books

Preview: Everyone Can Create Photos

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Given the success of last year’s 8-bit Virtual KansasFest (over 500 attendees!), the KansasFest Board is pleased to announce “KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition”. Similar to 2020, the Board’s plan is to hold an online event Friday and Saturday, July 23-24. If you have attended in the past, you know how much fun the sessions and gatherings can be. And, who can forget the competitions? Wacky Ties, HackFest, and the popular games tournament. And, once again this year, there will be no swimsuit competition.

Registration is open – where else can you have so much fun for a $10 registration?

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Attracting Youth: Sarah Friedlander at User Group University

In 2004 Sarah Friedlander Garcia was a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, a second-term Vice President of MacRIT, the university’s campus user group, Apple Campus Rep for RIT, and a member of Apple’s Campus Group Advisory Board. She was a long time Mac user, and a popular speaker at User Group University (UGU). Many groups struggle to attract young members, and at UGU Sarah offered some thoughts regarding finding and retaining young user group members.

Today Sarah is Director, Content Marketing at SugarCRM. Her skills are not limited to technology and marketing. In fact, she she has been known to play flute at Carnegie Hall. After a few years working in Santiago de Chile, she, husband Rodrigo Garcia, son Noah, and Aidan (resident dog) live in New York City.

read more…

Pyers Presents: Getting a Media Release Published

auo-logo-full-steel-greyNicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org always has expert ideas on ways to make leading your group easier and more efficient. In this article he discusses media releases: basic guidelines, finding topics, generating media interest, identifying media opportunities and more. His article wraps up with a link to a helpful article on creating a media kit.Check it out

Meeting Ideas: watchOS 8 Preview and iOS 15 Preview – First Look

Apple Watch is incredibly popular and the next OS brings new and nifty features, including more capabilities with the Home app, new workout types, an updated Breathe app, multiple timers, sleeping respiratory rate, a redesigned Music app that enables users to share songs, albums, and playlists through Messages and Mail, and enjoy music and radio all in one place, Severe Weather notifications, and more.

As you might expect, there are neat things ahead for iOS 15 as well.

Want to provide your members with the most-recent information? Check out watchOS 8 Preview – First Look (L592895A-en_US) and iOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592883A-en_US).

Ambassadors: July. is a great month to check out ASW!

Timely Meeting Idea: Protect your privacy with Apple

Have your members mentioned the new Privacy on iPhone video from Apple’s YouTube channel? On the one hand, it is fun to watch and offers an easy way to understand why privacy matters. On the other hand, Privacy on iPhone is just one component of Apple’s commitment to user privacy.

Members have questions about how they can protect their privacy and control their information, and providing them with the information they need can make for a great meeting topic. 

Privacy on iPhone | Tracked

Check out  A Day in the Life of Your Data to understand why App Tracking Transparency matters.

A Day in the Life of Your Data

Check out this year’s WWDC segment on privacy.

WWDC2021: Privacy

Help your members learn how Safari, Maps, Photos, FaceTime, Siri, and other Apple offerings can help them control what is shared and who it is shared with.

Apple Privacy Features

Do your members want to know what apps are doing with their data? The Privacy Labels home page brings privacy labels for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps together in one place.

Apple Privacy Labels

And, starting with Privacy Controls, there is so much more

You are in Control of your Data

Apple’s YouTube Channel and Apple Privacy can make for a great meeting!

WWDC 2021: Digital Legacy

WWDC2021

Steve Welsh of OMUG passed along a great BGR article recently, discussing an upcoming feature that can help Apple users name a person who can access their iCloud when they are not able to do so. It is worth a read.

Where did the information come from? The upcoming Digital Legacy feature was shown by Mike Abbott at WWDC 2021, though it is not released yet.

iOS 15 adds an iPhone feature you might never use – but you should set it up anyway

Thanks much to Steve Welsh of the Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG) and past Apple User Group Advisory Board member for this great tip! 

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Sharing Between Groups

By Tom Piper

 

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on May 17, 2021, via Zoom. We had 30 participants who joined for the topic of “Sharing Between Groups”. The 63-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/CG5z7WTR9kY (unlisted on YouTube).

read more…

Meeting Ideas: macOS Monterey Preview and iPadOS 15

Looking for a quick meeting topic? ASW and Apple.com have information that can help you get up to speed. New tools in macOS Monterey are designed to help users get more done, stay focused, and collaborate, while iPadOS 15 introduces a multitasking experience that is even more intuitive, making features like Split View and Slide Over easier to discover

Check out macOS Monterey Preview – First Look (L592879A-en_US) and iPadOS 15 Preview – First Look (L592887A-en_US).

Ambassadors, June is a great month to check out ASW!

 

Thanks times ten to the groups that participated in the Community Survey

apple user groupsLike many people, I have missed getting together with friends in the user group community since the last Macworld, and even more over the last year. Still, I was surprised at how truly great it felt to hear from the long-time groups that left their names in the survey.

Each name brought a fond memory (in some cases many, many fond memories) and a reminder that the user group community is both vibrant and caring. With more than 70 responses, here are some of the groups that left comments and a hello (in alphabetical order):

Apple Charlestown Apple Group Maryland Apple Corps, Inc.
appleJAC User Group MIAMUG (Midland, MI)
ApplePickers of Central Indiana Mountain View Computer Users Group, Sierra Vista, AZ
Ashland Macintosh User’s Group Naples MacFriends User Group Inc
Atlantic City Area Mac Users Group National Capital Apple Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG)
AUSOM Inc PMUG-NJ.ORG
Club HyperPomme Paris Portland (OR) Macintosh Users Group
Computer Users of Erie Prescott Mac Users Group
CVMUG – Conejo Ventura Macintosh User Group Silicon Mountain MacIntosh User Group
EAMUG Englewood,FL User Group  South Suburban (Chicago) Mac Users Group
EMUG Suffolk Mac User Group
Exeter area Mac user group  The Macintosh Guild
Franklin Apple Orchard The Oregon MacPioneers User Group (OMUG)
MAC2 (MAC2MUG) TMG Dayton
MacinTech TMUG – Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacNexus Tucson Macintosh Users Group
MacValley User Group, Northridge, California VMUG (Victoria [BC] Mac and iOS User Group (vmug.bc.ca)

Thanks for the comments and for sharing your thoughts, and thanks to Curt B. for suggesting the questions!

Groups pre-pandemic and looking ahead

apple user groupsResponses show that prior to the pandemic most groups met face-to-face. True, well before the pandemic there were groups perfecting their streaming meeting skills while others excelled with fully online Zoom meetings, groups that were FaceTime experts and some experimented with truly novel formats (one group even met in a park with picnic blankets spaced 10′ apart). Still, most groups met face-to-face. Over the last 10-15 years, the number of solely online groups in the user group database has generally been around 10%. As one survey respondent said, “mostly on site, but dwindling numbers and meetings.” So, it is interesting to learn that some groups have been revitalized during the pandemic, helping members stay in touch during difficult times. Here are the results for pre-pandemic meeting formats:

how groups met precovid

read more…

Factors that go into deciding when and how to meet

When it comes to deciding how to meet, when to meet, and where to meet, it can be hard to make everyone happy. (In fact, most user group officers will tell you that it can be hard to make many members happy regardless of the question…)

Here are some of the factors that groups said go into deciding on their meeting format and location:

 

 

User Group Guidance

apple user groupsIn the survey, we asked for guidance and groups offered their thoughts. Interestingly, some of the factors that groups considered, such as aging membership, was cited as a reason for, and against, Zoom-type meetings 🙂

Here is some of the advice offered:

 

Some groups find benefits in  the online meeting format

  • In person meetings work for business and technology, but are restricted to the talent in the group. Zoom meetings work for technology lessons and can utilize talent from other groups!
  • Easier to get speakers with online meetings.
  • we have had great success with Zoom meetings but it won’t suit everyone.
  • Guest speakers are more readily available because if Zoom or Skype access.
  • New faces from distant members
  • Going online for meetings has allowed us to regain users who found a long drive at night too difficult to attend.
  • Our members come from a wide area. Several only attend infrequently. Having virtual meetings has allowed more members to attend (although overall participation is down slightly). Other than that, we really miss the face to face and social aspects.
  • online, other mac groups and former members joined us back
  • Zoom turned out to be a viable way of meeting, which surprised some of us.
  • Online contests can be fun, but be sure to allocate much time to the events!
  • Know Zoom controls at an advanced level.
  • We were surprised and delighted that our members mostly took to zoom like ducks to water. Though we all miss in-person socializing, we get better attendance and more efficient meetings using Zoom. The ability to record and make available for download past meetings has been a popular feature in our group.
  • Platform that allows screen sharing is important. Some with hearing problems like it online to control volume. Also use closed captioning.
  • Zoom is a very good tool
  • Online remote meetings with perhaps an in-person once a year get together seems to really interest our members.
  • You may need to help people with the first online meeting

Some groups see benefits in meeting face to face read more…

Meeting Ideas: Virtual Sessions with ASL and VoiceOver & How to Use Live Listen

Apple accessibility logo Your members may enjoy Today at Apple this week for live virtual sessions presented in American Sign Language and VoiceOver. Better yet, there are great short Apple Support videos walking users through the use of Live Listen and How to navigate iPad Pro with gestures.

Check them out:

Today at Apple

How to use Live Listen

How to Navigate iPad Pro with Gestures

 

Meeting Idea: Global Accessibility Awareness with Apple Support

Apple accessibility logo Many groups have had a positive response to accessibility as a meeting topic. Apple’s Accessibility home page says that the true value of a technology is not measured by how powerful it is, but by how much it empowers the user, and every Apple product contains amazing and empowering accessibility features right out of the box. From Magnifier, to Switch Control, Back Tap, VoiceOver, headphone accommodations, made for iPhone hearing aids, Live Listen, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, typing feedback, text-to-speech, fitness algorithms for wheelchair users, and more, there are features to make every user’s tasks easier.

Another great way to enjoy an accessibility presentation is to use Apple Support’s YouTube videos, covering the basics of using the assistive technologies that are built into every Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. 

Check it out.

https://www.apple.com/accessibility/

Apple Support on YouTube – Accessibility

 

Meeting Ideas: Clips, iPadOS 14, and iPad – Then and Now

Apple logoAre your members interested in the newest version of Clips? Clips is an iOS-only free app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more? ASW has information to help you plan a great meeting:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US), iPadOS 14 – First Look (L585034A-en_US), and iPad – Then and Now (L575791A-en_US) can provide the information you need.

Ambassadors: May is a great month to check out ASW.

Apple User Group Survey 2021 – Meeting Formats?

Many groups changed their meeting location, day, or format in 2020-2921. As you might expect, the pandemic factored into meeting decisions, with some groups moving fully online due to loss of a regular meeting space, civic responsibilities, or need to socially isolate. Some groups have been meeting remotely for years, while others used the past year to master Zoom, FaceTime, and various remote streaming options.

A friend from the Tucson group wrote recently about how some groups may decide to stay online permanently. In fact, his group is currently seeing almost as many attendees for their online meetings as they saw when meeting in person.

We would appreciate your input in this very brief survey. Next month’s Bulletin will have the results.

Meeting Formats Survey – Apple User Groups 2021

(Thanks to Curt B. for this discussion – a lot of folk in the community are making plans and it will be interesting to hear their guidance.)

Tom Piper: AWUGU – Everything Zoom

Tom Piper

AWUGU: Everything Zoom

By Tom Piper

This Apple World User Group University online gathering of Apple user group leaders was held at 5:00pm CDST, on April 19, 2021, via Zoom. We had 22 participants who joined for the topic of “Everything Zoom(see attached PDF images and attendance list). The 62-minute video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/KlmFvfvbxF0 (unlisted on YouTube).

This session opened with my welcome, plus a quick overview of 36 Zoom apps that are currently available. Other Apple User Group Advisory Board (AUGAB) members were not available for this call.

The format for this meeting was an open discussion with many participants sharing their perspectives and suggestions about Zoom including Nicholas Pyers of AppleUser.org (Australia), Mike Kwasniak of Suffolk MUG (UK), Steve Welsh of Oregon MacPioneers Users, Chita Hunter of Naples MacFriends User Group, David Ginsberg of Suburban Chicago Users Group, Webb Sussma of Eugene Macintosh Users Group, Carol Fortlage of The Villages Apple User Group, Joan Newman of SouthWest Florida Apple Computer Knowledge Society, Dale Stephan of Mac-in-Awe Apple Users Group, George Rubin of Naples MacFriends User Group and others.

read more…

Meeting Ideas: iMac, iPad Pro, iPhone 12, Apple Card Family, and more

Tuesday’s Spring Loaded April 2021 Event brought amazing new products and one-of-a-kind features. Whether your members will want to know more about AppleTV 4k’s calibration system on iPhone (wow!), the cool Center Stage technology in the new M1 iPad Pros, the impossibly thin and high performing new iMacs, or more, ASW and Apple Support’s YouTube Channel have you covered.

ASW offers a wealth of resources about Tuesday’s announcements – here are just a few:

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina display – First Look ( L543100A-en_US)
  • iPad Pro – First Look (L581397A-en_US), 
  • Apple TV 4K – First Look (L592422A-en_US)
  • 24-inch iMac – First Look (L592421A-en_US)
  • USB-C accessories for iPad Pro and iPad Air  (L581398A-en_US)

Better yet, if your members have not seen the keynote, Introducing the new iMac | Apple, or Mission Implausible | M1 chip | iPad Pro | Apple, you can watch it on  Apple’s YouTube channel. read more…



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