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.

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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…)

Helping User Groups Discuss and Understand Malware on Macs

By Rick Ortiz

Apple users have for the most part been protected from many of the viruses and malware issues experienced on the PC. But with the popularity of Apple products over the past decade, those wanting to take advantage and compromise your computer use experience has grown. Most recently, applications, search engine hijacks and web browser plug-ins are the culprits of what many Mac users think are “viruses.” This has become a popular discussion topic at user group meetings. So to help user groups, we are providing group leaders with a meeting guide and how you can address and discuss this issue at your meetings. Click on read more below to continue.

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Leaders – Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials

Free Lessons for Apple User Groups from Dan’s Tutorials

Dan Wassink 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.
Registration is free for one User Group administrator (it does not include a membership).
To sign-up, click on this link: https://www.danstutorials.com/user-group-resources/
This worldwide offer is ongoing.

Meeting Idea: Apple Research app

Your members may be interested in the Apple Research app and their related research studies. Members 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 partners with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to explore the links between physical activity and heart health, and the Apple Hearing Study, in partnership with the University of Michigan studies 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

How To: Raising Money With Patreon For Your User Group

onestarRaising Money With Patreon For Your User Group by Rex Covington

A little over a two years ago Board member and blogger Rex Covington started on a journey that matters, riding across the US to raise diabetes awareness and raise funds to support research toward a cure. His blog, voted one of the top 100 motorcycle blogs, offers a glimpse into his travels. Rex uses Patreon, and wrote this article for groups who might want to consider fundraising with Patreon.

Patreon Is a subscription-based crowd funding platform that helps creators collect financial support from their fans. You can use Patreon to fund your projects, Special Interest Group (SIG), or just to support your User Group by uploading YouTube videoshttps://www.patreon.com

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Pyers Presents: Finding Guest Presenters

auo-logo-full-steel-greyGroups are always looking for a great presentation and this month Nicholas Pyers of AppleUsers.org offers valuable insights into ways to find guest presenters. His recent article, the fifth installment in his “Working with Presenters” series can help you reconceptualize the process and increase your ability to organize great meetings. Want to know more? Check out all five articles in the series.

Thanks as always to Nicholas for these wonderful resources! 

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February’s 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!

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January’s Featured Vendor: Dan’s Tutorials

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

The good news is that Dan has a new site for his wonderful tutorials and the site has an easy-to-remember name: Dan’s Tutorials. The new site offers so much more, letting users add notes that can be retrieved at any time, quickly access a desired topic or tip, drill down to a specific skill or technique, and favorite tutorials to quickly access them again, all in a distraction-free environment. In addition, Dan’s Tutorials has an unusual feature that helps subscribers save money: users can pause a subscription at any time and resume when they are ready to learn new skills. Apple centric? Of course! Course tracking? Yep! Affordable? Very affordable: your subscription covers every tutorial in the system, with no hidden fees. Current? Yep, new lessons and tips are added on a regular basis. (more…)