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In this issue: Apple only makes $84 billion in quarter—stock market panics; A farewell; iCloud presentation on Jan. 8; Software recommendations; Hardware recommendations.
January 2018 Newsletter

Apple only makes $84 billion in quarter—stock market panics

iPhone sales in China tanked in the 4th quarter. That's the upshot of Apple's surprise early January announcement. China's a tough market for Apple for a variety of reasons, but it's also true that the smart phone market has matured worldwide. Generally speaking, it's not unreasonable to say that everyone who wants and can afford an iPhone probably has one. Given that the iPhone is the most successful consumer product of all-time, this was bound to happen sooner or later. It's happening now. 

Worth mentioning: Apple's revenues are up in every other category, particularly wearables (Apple Watch) and Services. Neither are the behemoth that the iPhone has been, but both are significant, growing contributors to the bottom line. It's not a lock that we're heading into a recession, though many pundits think we may be given the tariffs and trade wars taking place. Whatever Apple stock price might be, we remain confident in Apple's ability to deliver exciting and useful products. 

[Note that I hold Apple shares, and the none of the above should be considered investment advice!]
 

A farewell

Stephanie Meagher, our Office Operations Manager, is leaving us this month. Stephanie has been an absolute rockstar for us in so many ways, but a fiancé and a new career in Human Resources await her in Portland, so our time together is ending as of January 4.

Feel free to join me in wishing her every success in her new endeavors at stephanie@macatoz.com

In the meantime, our Special Projects Coordinator, Brittany Stenger, has temporarily returned to the administrative side of things while we hire and on-board a new team member. More details about our new team member—and perhaps team members, plural—to come.  

iCloud presentation on Jan. 8
Ty Davison, MacAtoZ's founder and president, will be talking about all things iCloud for the Salem Macintosh Users Group on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:45 PM. The event will be at Comfort Suites on Hawthorne Ave and will include a 30 minute Q&A preceding the talk.

Visitors welcome!
 

Software Recommendations

macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra. macOS 10.12.6 Sierra is acceptable. Earlier versions should be upgraded ASAP. We do not recommend macOS 10.14.2 Mojave at this time. You can see your Mac's operating system version by going to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen and choosing "About This Mac."

iOS 12.1.2. No other versions are acceptable. Any device that can run iOS 11 should be upgraded to 12.1. You can see your iPhone or iPad's operating system version by going to Settings > General > About > Version. NOTE: There are reports of cellular connectivity problems with the recently released iOS 12.1.2. update. If you're on any other version of iOS 12, we do not recommend an update to 12.1.2 at this time. If you're on iOS 11 or earlier, you should upgrade to iOS 12.1.2 because security considerations, in our view, outweigh potential cellular connectivity issues.

watchOS 5.1.2. Older versions acceptable if necessary; upgrade if your devices (iPhone and Apple Watch) support it. You can see your Apple Watch's operating system version by going to Settings > General > About > Version. 

tvOS 12.1.1. Apple TV models that run tvOS should upgrade to this version. Note that earlier models of Apple TV do not run tvOS and are fine for what they do. You can see if there's a software update available for your Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software.
 

Hardware Recommendations

Macintosh
  • iMac: iMac10,1 (Late 2009) or newer
  • Mac mini: Macmini4,1 (Mid 2010) or newer
  • Mac Pro: MacPro5,1 (Mid 2010) or newer
  • MacBook: MacBook6,1 (Late 2009) or newer
  • MacBook Air: MacBookAir3,1 (Late 2010) or newer
  • MacBook Pro: MacBookPro7,1 (Mid 2010) or newer
These are minimum hardware recommendations based on what is necessary to run a secure operating system (macOS 10.12.6 Sierra or macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra). 

The following are the macOS 10.14 Mojave system requirements. If your Mac does not meet these specifications, it will need to be replaced by fall of 2020, when High Sierra will no longer be secure.

macOS 10.14 Mojave system requirements
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or later)
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)
  • Mac Pro (2010 or later with Metal-compatible GPU)
iPhone and iPad
  • iPhone 5S or newer. Older iPhones cannot run iOS 12.1 which is the only secure version of iOS. 
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • iPad Pro or newer
  • iPad 5th generation or newer
The iPad line is made confusing by the multitude of model names and types (Air, mini, Pro, and just plain iPad). Generally speaking, devices introduced in October 2013 and later will run iOS 12.1. Earlier devices will not run iOS 12.1 and should be replaced unless they will not be used on the internet. 

Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch Series 4 is recommended; all versions are secure and acceptable.
Apple TV
  • Apple TV 4K is recommended. Apple TV (4th generation) is fine as well.
  • Older models of Apple TV do not support tvOS and cannot run Apple TV Store apps, though we are unaware of any major security issues. 

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MacAtoZ LLC provides technical support, upgrade, installation, networking, training and tutoring, web design and hosting, and remote support services for Apple products like Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

Ty Davison and Dyneé Medlock, our Apple technicians, are the only Apple-certified, Apple Consultants Network members serving both residential and small business clients in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.

MacAtoZ has been providing computer services for clients in the Salem area since 2006 (and since 1999 as SiteRev.com). Our technicians are certified by Apple and carry $1 million in business liability insurance. We frequently present and are well-known at the Salem Macintosh Users Group (SMUG). You can count on us.

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