The Courier-Mail

Apple to show iPhone rejig

Redundancy led to literary road for family man

- PHIL BROWN

APPLE is expected to unveil updated iPhones this week, along with an Apple TV revamp that may signal a push into online television streaming dominated by Netflix.

Apple remained mum as speculatio­n grew about what was in store at its San Francisco media event Wednesday.

In trademark enigmatic style, invitation­s provided little more than the time and place of the event at the spacious Bill Graham Civic near city hall.

A line on the invite reading: “Hey Siri, give us a hint”, led many to believe that virtual assistant software Siri, which is built into Apple devices, will help people find shows or movies on Apple TV.

Apple TV is also believed to be getting its own App Store, which will be open to outside developers who can make games and other content for it.

Auditorium m REDUNDANCY and a bad back has led Gold Coast author John Ahern to success.

His darkest hour made him r realise that there was more to li life than work so Ahern (pictu tured), 50, took his family on a an overseas odyssey and wrote ab about it in On The Road ...With Kids.K His book has now been sh short-listed for The CourierM Mail People’s Choice Queens- land Book of the Year award as part of the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards program.

Ahern’s journey to becoming an author started in Brisbane.

“I was on Flight Centre’s global leadership team but I was made redundant,” he said. “My job went and then my back went too. But it turned out to be real- ly good. I had been working like a madman and I thought ‘life is too short not to get out there and do something with it’.”

His family travelled to the Arctic Circle and around Europe. He is one of eight writers nominated for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of The Year.

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