San Rafael Public Library

All Things Apple! with Beryn Hammil

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May 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom video conferencing
Bonnie Groshong

If you are new to All Things Apple! and would like to attend class, please register by contacting Librarian, Bonnie Groshong at:  Instructor, Beryn Hammil, will then email you a welcome packet that include instructions for how to participate in the Zoom meeting. You must register in advance on Zoom each week for each class you want to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing links to joining the meeting.

Class topics will be divided into Part 1 at 2pm and Part 2 at 4pm. Descriptions of each part are shown in the schedule below. You’re welcome to participate in any and all classes, and for some topics you’re encouraged to participate in both parts to maximize the learning experience of that subject.

Each topic will cover information for the Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

These class topics were put together based on input from students, and while some of these topics have been taught recently, there’s always something new to learn in each. The content of each topic description will be adhered to, but discussion is not limited to just what’s presented in this schedule as one thing often leads to another.

Doors for each class will open 15 minutes prior to that class starting and we will start on time. When the class capacity of 100 participants is reached in the live Zoom room, those who get “locked out” will be able to view the class by live streaming it on YouTube. This is called the “Balcony Section.” Those who are registered to participate by half past the hour prior to class starting will receive an email with the link to the live stream. It will be sent out within 15 minutes of the class starting. If you’re viewing the class from the balcony you will not be able to raise your hand to ask questions but can nonetheless learn something new.

At the end of each class participants can stay for a Q&A session about that or any other topic. Because many people leave at the formal end of class, those who are watching the class from the balcony section will be able to join the live after-class Q&A to have their questions answered.

A recap video of each class will be available so you can review material on YouTube, and you can build your own library of them, but you must participate in that class to access it. Instructions for how to do this are given in the orientation email you received with your welcome packet as well as in the email for the live stream Zoom link sent out before each class starts.

Pre-registration is a requisite for each class. Invitations to register are sent out each THURSDAY morning for all of the following week’s classes, and you must register for each class separately.

Time shown for all classes is Pacific Time; please adjust accordingly for where you are.

Beryn’s Byte of the Apple newsletter will be sent to you each Monday and the Invitation to Register each Thursday.


• Details about the newly released iOS 14.5 update,
• “Find My” function
• Smaller apps; Clock, Voice Memo, and the Translate app
4:00 PM – Tips & Tricks.3
Whatever smaller apps mentioned above that weren’t covered in the first class will be included
Tips & Tricks is always a popular topic in which you can learn how to use your Apple products
more efficiently. If you have a tip or trick to share, please email it to me no later than the day
before the class so I can include it.

2:00 PM – iCloud, iCloud Drive & The Files App
Learn how to:
• set up and use these important functions on all your Apple devices,
• use the Files app to access items that reside on your computer from any of your
mobile Apple devices, as well as how to add items to your computer’s desktop
from any of them.
4:00 PM – Security
Learn how to stay safe online when you apply the “Five Commandments” of online safety.
Anything that wasn’t covered in the iCloud class that needs more attention will be reviewed here.

2:00 PM – Reminders
Learn how to:
• create a reminder
• have that reminder actually remind you with an alert
• color code reminders by topic
• share a reminder with someone else
4:00 PM – Messages
Learn how to:
• create and send a message
• share photos, news items, notes, etc., with the Messages app,
• respond to each message that you receive, including the “quick response”
• save a photo that you receive to your Photos app,
• personalize your texts with special effects.

2:00 PM until ?
There will be only one class, starting at 2:00 PM (Pacific Time), and it will last for however
long you want it to last.
Content of today’s class will be determined by whatever you want to learn and discuss.
You’ll learn how I find answers to some of your tougher questions and how I teach myself new
things, not just on Apple’s website, but via other sites on the internet as well.
If you know in advance that you have a specific question, please email it to me no later than
the day before the class so I can prepare the answer.

If you have any comments, recommendations for future class topics or content, I welcome your
feedback. Send them to

I look forward to seeing you in our Zoom classes.


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