Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be wondering about the new Apple Research app and the first three research studies. They may know that Apple protects their privacy, but may not know that the Apple Research app meets all HIPA requirements or that Apple will have no way of identifying any data provided. They may know that the Apple Research app is designed to change the cost, time, and complexity of doing large-scale health studies, but may not know what sorts of things are being studied.

For example the Apple Heart and Movement Study is partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, or that the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan will study how hearing could be impacted by exposure to sound at certain levels, and how this might affect stress levels and cardiovascular health.

Of course, that’s just the start. The Apple Research app could make for an interesting and rewarding meeting topic.

Apple Research app

November Featured Vendor: Take Control Books

This month’s featured vendor is Take Control Books, a long time user group supporter and much loved resource. Take Control Books provide reader-friendly, comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date ebooks that cover much more detail than a magazine article but that are shorter, more focused, and more timely than a typical printed book.

Did you know that Take Control Books has a number of new releases, including Take Control of Your Apple ID, Take Control of Notes, Take Control of macOS Media Apps, Take Control of Your Digital Photos, Take Control of Wi-Fi Networking and Security, and more.


How To: Q&A Best Practices by Tom Piper

written by Tom Piper, Past President of appleJAC User Group and Head of the Apple User Group Vendor team

One of the most valuable services provided by Apple User Groups to their members are the “question and answer” sessions. For the past 35 years of our existence, appleJAC has evolved through a variety of Q&A processes. This How-To session will describe each of the successful methods that we have used.


Meeting Idea: MacBook Pro 16″ – Then and Now

Looking for a short set of presentations on the newest 16″ MacBook Pro for your group’s meeting? ASW has two new documents that provide all the information you need to make a great group presentation.

ASW offers MacBook Pro – Then and Now, November 13, 2019  (L578071A-en_US) and MacBook Pro – First Look, November 13, 2019 (L578070A-en_US).

Ambassadors: November is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.


Meeting Ideas: Apple Arcade

Are your members curious about Apple Arcade? The people who created the games that are part of Apple Arcade have woven artistry, curiosity and a lot of heart into a curated selection of fascinating and fresh ways to delight players. From The Enchanted World, a metaphor for a child growing up in a time of war, where the player uses puzzles and challenges to restore a collapsing fairyland, to Borderleap’s Patterned puzzle pieces that must be arranged to complete charming pictures, the post-apocalyptic Overland road trip adventure game, and the card-based Card of Darkness, with puzzles that feature hand-drawn characters with a sense of humor, there is something to delight every player.


Meeting Ideas: New iWork for Mac, iWork for iPadOS and iOS, iMovie, and Clips

Have your members seen the new iWork for Mac, iPadOS, and iOS? Along with Clips and iMove, ASW has information about the recent releases. Better yet, Richard Byrne’s IPAD APPS FOR SCHOOL Blog offers an interesting idea for creating green screen movies with iMove on iPad. Your members might enjoy learning his techniques.


ASW’s New Articles:

Clips – First Look (L573379A-en_US)

iMovie – First Look (L544682A-en_US)

iWork for iPadOS and iOS (L575794A-en_US)

iWork for Mac – First Look (L575795A-en_US)


August Featured Vendor: Eve’s Apple HomeKit-Enabled Ecosystem

While you may not recognize the logo, the company now named Eve was a long-time and much-loved supporter of User Group University and other community events under the name Elgato. With the incredible success of their Eve Flare (portable smart LED lamp), Eve Button (smart home remote), Eve Door & Window (door and window security sensors), Eve Light Switch (smart wall switch), Eve Motion (motion sensor), Eve Room (indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity sensor), Eve Smoke (smoke detector), Eve Thermo (radiator valve), Eve Aqua (smart water controller), Eve Degree (connected weather station), Eve Extend (Bluetooth wireless extender), Eve Energy (empower your appliances) and more, the company decided to focus on their smart home line of products that work perfectly with with Apple HomeKit technology.

In fact, Eve’s growing ecosystem of connected accessories, designed exclusively for the Apple HomeKit-enabled household, are simple to set up, easy to control from anywhere, and provide the convenience that automation can supply. Better yet, even when accessing your home remotely via your home hub, all data is end-to-end encrypted and stored on your iPhone or iPad. So, your privacy is protected.

This month’s blog has an amazing discount for Apple employees and Apple User Group members. Be sure to check it out!