Have you ever wondered why some photos catch the eye while others are pedestrian and boring? If so, your group might enjoy two new photo series from Today at Apple. Photo Lab: Disrupting the Portrait, Co-created with Christopher Anderson offers a look at ways to rethink the subject, obstruct the lens, and stylize your shots, all based on ideas from award-winning photographer Christopher Anderson. And, with Photo Lab for Kids: Fun Family Portraits your members can learn how to use iPad and iPhone to capture action, understand how background and lighting can make for a great shot, add fun text and art to a picture, and more.
The Toowoomba Apple And Macintosh User Group Inc. (TAAMUG) has an interesting idea for a low stress and fun-filled meeting: A Bring and Brag session. Although they meet in Toowoomba, Queensland, TAAMUG’s membership comes from surrounding communities as well, including some more than an hour away. What brings them together once a month? Friendship and learning in a relaxed setting, where long-time experts and newbies are equally welcome. Sounds like fun!
WWDC was amazing this year, with so many exciting announcements. Needless to say, your group will want to learn about the changes that are coming and the features that will help them get more from their Apple devices. The good news is that ASW has your back with specification sheets and presentations that provide the information you need. Why not use iMovie for iOS and iMovie for Mac – First Look (L544682A-en_US), watchOS 6 Preview – First Look (L585042A-en_US), iOS 13 Preview – First Look (L585037A-en_US), or iPadOS Preview – First Look (L585034A-en_US) for your group’s next meeting topic? You will be glad you did!
Ambassadors: June is a great month to use Apple Resources.
Looking for a short presentation on the newest HomePod for your group’s meeting? Apple Support’s YouTube channel and ASW have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.
Apple Support’s YouTube channel offers a series of videos on HomePod, including how to adjust HomePod settings, how to use Siri to play music on HomePod and How to use touch controls on HomePod. Each video is under 2 minutes, easy to follow and interesting.
ASW offers HomePod – Product Presentation L574599A-en_US) and HomePod – First Look (L574596A-en_US).
Ambassadors: May is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.
Need a presentation for your group’s next meeting? Why not a look at tracking heart rates and starting a workout with your Apple Watch?
This month, take a look at “How to Start a Workout” on your Apple Watch using the Workout app and watch OS5, and “How to Set up Heart Rate Alerts with Apple Watch.” Show your members how to check their resting heart rates throughout the day, and get alerts if a rate remains above or below a chosen BPM.
Ambassadors: March is a great time to check out the Apple Support channel on YouTube!
Have you visited Today at Apple recently? There are 50 new sessions on offer, covering three categories: Skills, Walks, and Labs. In Skills sessions, you will get familiar with the fundamental techniques and tools of a creative topic. Labs dive deeper into a creative approach by getting you started on a project that you can take further. Walks let you experiment with creative techniques on a guided walk around the neighborhood,designed for all levels, from beginner to seasoned pro.
Whether you want to learn how to sketch architecture, take the perfect photo using professional techniques, make an app prototype, engage in a Sphero robot challenge, or simply enhance your own creative skills, there is a session for you!
Do you need a great presentation for a meeting? Why not have your members attend a Today at Apple, hands-on educational session? Not practical for a group gathering? Why not have one member attend, take notes and present the same topic at your next meeting. This month’s offerings include How To: Prototype an App Using Keynote, Sketch Walks: Architectural Sketching Techniques, and
Quick Start: Coding with Swift Playgrounds.
Ambassadors: December is a great month to check out Today at Apple!
appleJAC Apple Users Group has been video streaming each of its meetings for most of 2018 with great success. This replaced prior digital recordings and CD/DVD distribution, which had limited success due to manual steps, overhead, cost and distribution.
We elected to use Facebook Live for the integration with our existing appleJAC Facebook page, with built-in notifications and the ease of reaching our audience.
Equipment requirements have been minimal, with our videographer utilizing an iPhone and tripod stand or light stand. An optional external battery ensures continued Live Broadcast for the entire two-hour meeting. Getting started with a Live Broadcast requires minimal steps, including a short introduction and a brief overview about what we will cover during the meeting.
If you are a Facebook member, then the live video can be watched.
After the meeting, anyone can watch the stored meeting videos, without being a Facebook member. This has been very successful with 3-9 people watching live, and many more afterwards (both user group members and non-members).
Want to plan a meeting around the new Mac mini? ASW and Apple resources have all the information you need to make a great group presentation.
This month ASW offers multiple Mac mini presentations, including Mac mini – First Look (L581383A-en_US ) and Mac mini – Then and Now (L581387A-en_US). Pair these with The secret world of Mac mini to see how the Mac mini is an integral part of Broadway productions, large venue concerts, retail stores, and theme parks.
Ambassadors: November is a great month to use Apple resources for your meetings.
Looking to add a bit of humor to your next meeting? Check out WWDC 2018 — The Developer Migration on YouTube. Apple describes this short documentary as a look at one of the world’s most extraordinary species as it makes its annual journey to the great plains of WWDC.