Apple event: Spring Loaded

Apple has sent out an invitation to attend, virtually, an event on April 20, at 10 a.m. PT. The only thing they’ve released is this logo,

Apple event: Spring loaded
Apple event: April 20, 2021

which is obviously designed to look like a spring coiled into something similar to the Apple logo.

There is also a link to a page on Apple’s website,

https://www.apple.com/apple-events/

which says nothing at all, other than inviting you to stop by on April 20 at 10 a.m.

Speculation

  • A new iPad Pro. The current iPad Pro has face recognition, several cameras, a nifty pen (that they call a Pencil and you have to pay extra to get it, but it is nifty), speech synthesis, lots of storage and RAM, etc. There isn’t much left to add except possibly: it hovers in the air! it floats in the water! you can play 3D games on it, just like in the first Star Wars movie! (Wookie not included.)
  • A new iPad mini. The iPad mini falls in a useful space between the size of an iPhone and the size of an iPad. The mini is just about the size and weight of a paperback book, and I used one of the earlier iPad minis as my reading library of choice for years.
  • Air Tags. The Find My app included on the Mac, iPhone and iPad was recently modified with a new option to find “Items.” This is sort of spelled out on an Apple documentation page, https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211331 — except that Apple (so far) has no tags or widgets that use this capability. Presumably, third-party suppliers will make such tags or widgets, but Apple might, too.
  • A new Apple TV. While the Apple TV is quite spiffy, the Year of COVID has revealed that it could be more. Maybe.
  • New Macs. So far, three computers with Apple Silicon CPUs have been released, the new Mac mini, one MacBook Pro, and a new MacBook Air. But it would make sense to add some larger MacBook Pros and iMacs and whatnot.
  • Apple Aircar. For years, industry pundits have been talking about a forthcoming Apple Car. But this is Apple; I’ve been predicting an Apple Aircar. It will fly through the air with the greatest of ease, and park in a standard driveway, no airport required. It will run on batteries, and can be recharged using a USB-C charging cable. True, it takes about a day to recharge unless you get the optional charging station. For some reason, it also offers the Apple Pencil as an option.

The Strait Macintosh User Group will meet that evening, and we will probably gossip about what was presented.

Facebook page

Strait Macintosh User Group now has a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/straitmac/

The Facebook page isn’t a replacement for the site but, rather, a way for people on Facebook to link to this site. If you are a Facebook user, feel free to post on the Facebook page, but note: posts will be moderated, and posts that are inappropriate will be hidden or removed.

New beginnings

Welcome to SMUG. Strait Macintosh Users Group is trying something new and different: web publishing using a content management system.

If it is difficult, you are probably doing it wrong.

— Eve

Welcome to SMUG

Strait Macintosh User Group serves Washington’s North Olympic Peninsula.

Mac users on the Olympic Peninsula are isolated from services provided by larger cities. SMUG is a place where you can expand your boundaries, stretch your Apple dollars, get information, help others and enjoy talking with those with similar interests! SMUG supports Apple users in the Sequim/Port Angeles area.

Meetings are on the first third Tuesday of even numbered months in Sequim.  Meetings begin at 7:00 PM. Meeting information is on the SMUG Forum, an online discussion area where you can post questions on everything Apple.

Sequim meetings are held at:

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church,
525 N. 5th Ave.
Sequim, WA.
Map to St. Luke’s.

Sequim Library
630 N. Sequim Ave.
Sequim, WA 98382 (see map in right column)