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. (more…)

Meeting Idea: AirTag

The new AirTags are here and they are amazing. What to help your members learn more about AirTag? ASW and Apple Newsroom have everything you need. Be sure to check you ASW for AirTag – Quick demos (L592426A-en_US) and AirTag – First Look (L592425A-en_US), then head over to Newsroom for more:

Ambassadors, April is a great month to check out ASW.

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?

The Board will provide information on submitting session proposals soon and hopes to open registration in May.

Be there!

KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Meeting Idea: Today at Apple – At Home

Apple logoIt can be hard to find a meeting topic when members are doing their part to flatten the curve. Have you heard about the new offerings from Today at Apple? Today at Apple – At Home offers great sessions that your members will enjoy. From adding drama to your portraits with iPhone, to making your videos more cinematic with iPhone, turning your home into music with GarageBand, and more, the tutorials are fun and easy.

Learn a new skill today.

AWUGU: Next Meeting is March 15 – User Group Exchange

Tom Piper

by Tom Piper, AWUGU Coordinator

AWUGU: March 15, 2021 Zoom Meeting

Our next Apple World User Group University meeting is scheduled for 5:00pm, Central Daylight Savings Time, March 15, 2021, with the topic to be the User Group Exchange (draft agenda attached). All AWUGU previous registrants will receive an invitation to this meeting.

This topic was suggested at our last meeting to learn how Apple user groups hold cooperative meetings, share information and exchange ideas

An additional topic has been added about  Zoom recording disclosures and privacy policies. If anyone has these items, please share them during our discussion. All comments and feedback is welcome!

To become a participant, any interested Apple User Group leader must first register with the AWUGU Coordinator by emailing their name, location, and user group name and web link to (a download of the most recent free Zoom app in advance is also necessary).

Best wishes,

Tom Piper

AWUGU Coordinator


News to Use: NMUG 2021 Classes

Many groups have moved online during the pandemic, only to find that the move brought some great benefits as well as a number of challenges. The Naples MacFriends User Group has been running successful online meetings and half-day training classes on Zoom, and have now opened registration for their classes to members of other groups. The cost is modest and their classes have had great reviews. Better yet, all registrants receive a complete set of notes prior to each class, a link to a recording of the class, and even a discount for multiple classes.

Follow this special log in process to register:

When you click on the link below to -CLASS REGISTRATION– you will be taken to a new page for access.
Please enter the word-classes-in the top blank field.
No password is required.
Click-SIGN IN. Then follow the instructions to choose your classes.
You will receive an invoice from PayPal in your email to pay for your selections.
No PayPal account is required. You may use a credit or debit card to pay if you wish.

Want to learn more?


February’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

Have you been lucky enough to use Dan Wassink’s Tutorials? Each offering is user friendly, helping users get the most out of their Apple Devices through easy-to-follow video tutorials, tips, and online chat support.

Dan has been a strong supporter of user groups for many years and is offering select videos from Dan’s Tutorials for user groups to share on their websites for their members. Each month four to eight different videos will be available to share. Sharing is done by copying the provided video link and posting it in a new post or on a page within the user group website.

What a wonderful way to provide a great meeting topic for your group. 


Tools to Use: Randy Singer – Upgrading to the Very Latest Macintosh OS

Randy Singer, leader of the 9.000+ member strong MacAttorney User Group, co-author of multiple editions of the award-winning and well-loved Macintosh Bible, author of the ABA’s The Macintosh Software Guide for the Law Office, writer of the MacAttorney Newsletter, and popular presenter, has a great article discussing considerations for updating your operating system. 

Thanks again to Randy for being such a wonderful resource for the community of Apple users!

Upgrading to the Very Latest Macintosh OS