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An Apple based podcast covering the last 7 - 10 days in the world of Apple news, reviews, rumours, roundups, guides and anything else that catches our eyes in the world of tech.

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An Apple based podcast covering the last 7 - 10 days in the world of Apple news, reviews, rumours, roundups, guides and anything else that catches our eyes in the world of tech.

    S1E161 - Essential Apple Podcast 161: Slip Sliding Away with FotoMagico

    S1E161 - Essential Apple Podcast 161: Slip Sliding Away with FotoMagico

    Recorded 19th January 2020


    the inventor of the laser printer, passed away, Apple discovered their Smart Battery Cases are maybe not so smart, and Windows 7 went out to pasture. I am joined by Nick Riley and guest Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx and we talk about the new FotoMagico for iPad that was just released and a a few other bits of Boinx software, before we meander on to Apple trade ins, discuss more battery technology stories and ponder over AR a bit more.


    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS


    Oliver has given us 2x One Year Subscriptions to the new FotoMagico for iPad to give away.
    Usual thing - email essentialapple@sudomail.com (mailto:essesntialapple@sudomail.com) and winners will be drawn out of the hat in about 3 weeks
    Get Donny Yankellow's 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE


    Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!


    Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.




    On this week’s show:

    NICK RILEY


    @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple


    OLIVER BREIDENBACH


    Find all their products at www.boinx.com
    Follow Boinx on Twitter @boinxsoftware
    Follow Oliver on Twitter @obreidenbach
    MIMO Live has its own Twitter @boinxtv


    APPLE


    Apple launches Smart Battery Cases replacement program — Apple World Today
    Apple Slashes Estimated Trade-In Values of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch Models Overnight – Mac Rumors
    AirPods Pro owners complain of worse noise cancellation after firmware updates — The Verge


    TECHNOLOGY


    Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer, dies at 81 — The Washington Post
    New lithium-sulfur battery could let phones last five days between charges – Engadget
    New graphene battery recharges blazingly fast, and it’s already on the market – Digital Trends
    Facebook’s Chief Scientist: Mass Adoption of AR Is Years Away — The Information
    How about this for a wearable smart device? AR contact lens — Apple World Today
    Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 today – Engadget

    Upgrade to Windows 10 for free right now – Cnet

    Windows 10: NSA reveals major flaw in Microsoft's code – BBC News


    SECURITY & PRIVACY


    United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware – Malwarebytes Labs
    Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years – BBC News


    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS


    The ultimate MacBook USB-C accessory just got better – ZDNet

    Seems to come under a variety of names - all about $25... the thing to look for is that it’s 20 pin and that the detachable part just takes a USB C cable. I found these two – Amazon US and Amazon UK



    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (36:27)


    JBL Everest Elite 750NC Over Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones– Amazon $200 US / £190 UK
    JBL Boombox Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – Amazon $500 US / £300 UK




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    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
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    Sudo – Get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter...
    ProtonMail – End to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
    ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
    Fake Name Generator – So much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
    Wire – Free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    S1E160 - Essential Apple Podcast 160: A New Year’s Ramble

    S1E160 - Essential Apple Podcast 160: A New Year’s Ramble

    Recorded 29th December 2019


    I am joined by Nick Riley and James Ormiston (MacJim) and with no real news as such we just have a ramble around some things that come to mind as we chat.


    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS


    Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
    Get Donny Yankellow's 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE


    Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!


    Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.


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    On this week’s show:

    NICK RILEY


    @spligosh (https://twitter.com/spligosh) on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple


    JAMES ORMISTON


    MacJim in the Slack
    In charge of the Essential Apple Flickr
    Also on Flickr as thesrpspaintshop


    APPLE


    Apple patent filing involves an ‘immersive computer-generated reality experience’ (https://www.appleworld.today/blog/2019/12/27/apple-patent-filing-involves-an-immersive-computer-generated-reality-experience) https://apple.news/ARPziQGVRQAKj_FFpG7Tiyg


    TECHNOLOGY


    Turkey unveils first fully homemade car in $3.7 billion bet on electric
    https://flip.it/jalT.O
    Will it be a turkey or a success?
    We can use plastics to change the world for the better — World Economic Forum (https://apple.news/A71ejwHJjS-GMz5KcYfWG3g)We can use plastics to change the world for the better — World Economic Forum (https://apple.news/A71ejwHJjS-GMz5KcYfWG3g) – https://apple.news/A71ejwHJjS-GMz5KcYfWG3g
    Check out the world's first all-electric fire engine - https://flip.it/-0rtJ8


    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (1:14:52)


    Kanex iAdapt 7-in-1 Multiport USB-C Hub + Card Reader £80 UK – Amazon £80 UK + £8 UK shipping / $80 US




    Essential Apple Recommended Services:


    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    Sudo – Get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter...
    ProtonMail – End to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
    ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
    Fake Name Generator – So much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
    Wire – Free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
    Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.


    Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services... We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.




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    • 1 hr 30 min
    S1E159 - Essential Apple Podcast 159: Merry Christmas Everyone!

    S1E159 - Essential Apple Podcast 159: Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Recorded 22nd December 2019


    Donny is (mostly) recovered from the ‘flu, MacJim braves another appearance and Suffolk Pete pitches in so we can have a “proper show”. Unsurprisingly news is thin on the ground on the whole with the blogs and such being full of “year in review” and “best of the decade” stuff. However we found a few stories to talk about including a “secret Apple satellite team”, more info on the Blue membrane, a Cobalt free EV battery and Zuck wanting to make a Facebook OS...


    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS


    Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
    Get Donny Yankellow's 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE


    Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!


    Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.




    On this week’s show:

    DONNY YANKELLOW


    New book – Kindergarten Zoo
    AarcadeReviews.com (http://aarcadereviews.com/) for apple arcade reviews and more
    @rtteachr (https://twitter.com/rtteachr) on Twitter
    Find his work at hedgehogalley.com (http://hedgehogalley.com/)
    Find his stuff in iBooks, a load of sticker packs in the App Store under Donny Yankellow and DesignBundles.net as Skrbly
    Skrbly Studio on YouTube
    Skrbly Store
    Skrbly Studio (Anyone can Draw) – App Store
    Kiddims on Graphite Comics
    Life is Random on Graphite Comics
    2FunDads
    Search for Yankellow on the App Store/Books for Stickers and other work


    SUFFOLK PETE


    On the Twitter a occasionally as @hermboy mostly about beer and footie


    APPLE


    Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices — Bloomberg
    Apple opens public bug bounty program, publishes official rules — ZDNet
    Apple Platform Security Manual – Apple
    Phil Schiller Talks About the Development of the Original iPad in New Interview – MacRumors


    TECHNOLOGY


    Online bulletin board inventor Randy Suess dies at 74 — Engadget
    DriveDx - the most advanced drive health diagnostics and monitoring utility – Binary Fruit
    Apple, Google and Amazon decide to 'play nice' over smart home tech – BBC News
    IBM’s cobalt-free EV battery uses materials extracted from seawater – Engadget
    Electric oceans: membrane creates energy from seawater — BBC Science Focus Magazine
    Facebook wants to take on Google by creating its own Android alternative – Android Central


    SECURITY & PRIVACY


    -Mac threat detections on the rise in 2019 - Malwarebytes Labs – Malwarebytes Labs-
    New "uncrackable" security system may make your VPN obsolete – TechRadar
    Protect your online privacy easily with Winston – Geeky Gadgets

    Indiegogo



    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS


    TOP TIP from @zkarj in the Slack -

    Did you know the Recovery partition can restore several OS’s:

    Cmd-R: Reinstall the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac
    Cmd-Alt-R: Upgrade to the latest macOS that is compatible with your Mac
    Cmd-Shift-Alt-R: Reinstall the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available


    https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1902/en_US/apple-platform-security-guide.pdf




    Essential Apple Recommended Services:


    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    Sudo – Get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter...
    ProtonMail – End to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
    ProtonVPN – a V

    • 1 hr 16 min
    S1E158 - Essential Apple Podcast 158: Ever so lonely…

    S1E158 - Essential Apple Podcast 158: Ever so lonely…

    Recorded 16th December 2019


    No one is available again so “ever so lonely” Simon goes for a short solo - not a lot going on anyway as the holidays are coming (holidays are coming, holidays are coming). Even so an Apple patent relating to near eye displays, an electric plane, a springy iPhone defence and more catch Simon’s attention.


    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS


    Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
    Get Donny Yankellow's 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE


    Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!


    Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.




    On this week’s show:

    APPLE


    Apple Buys U.K. Startup to Improve iPhone Picture Taking – Bloomberg
    Apple wants to put a holographic display right next to your eyeballs – Cult of Mac
    ‎FotoMagico for iPad – App Store

    UPDATE: subsequent to recording Oliver tells me release has been put back to mid January due to the App Store being held up by the holidays... We’ll get Oliver Breidenbach back on the show to tell us about it in the new year.
    *

    Someone Created an 'Air Bag' For Your iPhone – Fortune
    iOS 13.3 arrives with full support for physical security keys – The Verge
    Apple’s ‘Assembled in USA’ Mac Pro is made in China for international customers – 9to5 Mac
    Amazon's Alexa can now play Apple Podcasts on Echo devices – Apple Insider

    Currently US only



    TECHNOLOGY


    Meet Atmotube Pro: A Portable Air Quality Tracking Device – Fossbytes
    'World's first' fully-electric commercial flight takes off – BBC News


    SECURITY & PRIVACY


    Ghostery’s new “system level protection’ product Midnight goes to Public Beta – Ghostery

    We will get Ghostery back on in the new year to tell us all about it



    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS


    AirPods Pro vs. Echo Buds: Which one is better? – CNET


    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (12:26)


    iPhone: The Missing Manual (http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920315247.do) – O’Reilly – Amazon £20 UK / $15 US




    Essential Apple Recommended Services:


    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    Sudo – Get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter...
    ProtonMail – End to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
    ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
    Fake Name Generator – So much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
    Wire – Free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
    Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.


    Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services... We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.




    Social Media and Slack

    You can follow us on:

    Twitter / Slack / EssentialApple.com / Spotify / Soundcloud / YouTube / Facebook / Pinecast


    Also a big SHOUT OUT to the members of the Slack room without whom we wouldn't have half the stories we actually do – we thank you all for your contributions and engagement.
    You can always help us out with a few pennies by using our Amazon Affiliate Link so we get a tiny kic

    • 27 min
    S1E157 - Essential Apple Podcast 157: Simon does another solo show

    S1E157 - Essential Apple Podcast 157: Simon does another solo show

    Recorded 8th December 2019


    Yes I’m back! And there is a slew of stuff to discuss, even if none of the stories are particularly “huge”. Just me this week so a shorter show than usual (Mark was going to come on but he had an unpleasant eye infection that left him extremely under the weather) But for what it is worth, here it is. Late posting again for “operational reasons” (i.e. I am just really really busy).


    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS


    Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
    Get Donny Yankellow's 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE


    Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!


    Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.




    On this week’s show:

    APPLE


    Apple 2nd December “event” was a non event

    But Affinity Publisher won Best Mac App...

    Apple’s new Mac Pro will be available to order on December 10th — The Verge
    Jonathan Ive removed from Apple's leadership page – Engadget
    Apple Threatens To Pull Out Of Russia Market Come 2020 – IB Times
    How to fix the new 16-inch MacBook Pro's clicking speakers — Cult of Mac
    Apple just bought the first-ever batch of carbon-free aluminum — Fast Company
    Thousands of iPhones end up in the shredder or unnecessarily scrapped every month — ZDNet


    TECHNOLOGY


    BMW No Longer Charging Monthly Fee for CarPlay in Cars With Newest Software – MacRumors
    Smartphone 'addiction': Young people 'panicky' when denied mobiles – BBC News
    Lunaz is electrifying beautiful but unreliable classic cars – Engadget
    Rivers could generate thousands of nuclear power plants worth of energy, thanks to a new ‘blue’ membrane - Science Mag
    Report: Magic Leap wanted to sell 100,000 headsets. It sold 6,000. — Mashable


    SECURITY & PRIVACY


    Lock down your Gmail like Fort Knox with Google's Advanced Protection Program – Cnet
    Putin signs law requiring Russian apps on smartphones, TVs and PCs – Engadget
    LastPass bug leaks credentials from previous site – ZDNet
    New Mac Malware Uses 'Fileless' Technique To Attack Stealthily – Fossbytes
    Tricky VPN-busting bug lurks in iOS, Android, Linux distros, macOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, say university eggheads — The Register
    The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says — Ars Technica


    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS


    MacUpdater keeps your Mac apps up to date effortlessly – Cult of Mac




    Essential Apple Recommended Services:


    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    Sudo – Get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter...
    ProtonMail – End to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
    ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
    Fake Name Generator – So much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
    Wire – Free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
    Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.


    Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services... We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.




    Social Media and Slack

    • 30 min
    S1E156 - Essential Apple Podcast 156: MacJim saves the day

    S1E156 - Essential Apple Podcast 156: MacJim saves the day

    Recorded 24th November 2019


    Yes - I know it is really really late... Work and life and stuff. Sorry.
    This week I feared I'd have to do another solo show as no one seemed to be available - but you were all saved by the bravery of MacJim from the Slack, who volunteered to come on his first ever podcast and spare you all from that.
    We talk about the up coming Apple event, Smart Battery Cases, Apple’s new campus, the Razr, Elon’s CyberTruck and lots more.


    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS


    Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
    Get Donny Yankellow's 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE


    Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!


    Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.




    On this week’s show:

    MAC JIM


    @MacJim in the Slack.
    Owner of the Essential Apple Flickr group.


    APPLE


    Apple Announces December 2 NYC Media Event – ‘Honoring Favorite Apps and Games of 2019’ – Mactrast
    To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its software – Ars Technica
    Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I Will Fight Until My Toes Point Up' for DACA – Mac Rumors

    Interview on ABC News

    Apple Launches New Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max - Mac Rumors
    Apple Breaks Ground on New $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Texas, Expected to Open in 2022 – Mac Rumors


    TECHNOLOGY


    IBM Finds Its Mac Users to Be More Productive Than PC Users – TidBITS
    Elon Musk boasts of nearly 150,000 Tesla Cybertruck orders despite launch gaffe – Sky News
    Microsoft allowed to sell software to Huawei once again — The Verge
    Motorola Razr: Hands-on with the folding phone — BBC News


    SECURITY & PRIVACY


    1.2 Billion User Record Leak Proves Just How Important Apple’s Privacy Policies Are – iDrop News


    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS


    Don’t forget on many sites you can avoid the annoying “cookies/privacy” splash and not agree to anything with the Reader View
    Claim 30% Off Everything In The Affinity Black Friday Event There’s 30% off everything in the Affinity store for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Running from 25 November to 3 December, includes Affinity Photo – the multi-award-winning photo editing program that’s taken the industry by storm with its speed and power. Affinity Photo is also the only photo editor which offers the complete desktop experience on iPadOS, ensuring you won’t be disappointed by the absence of important tools you need every day.
    Skylum Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal - Dates: Nov 27 - Dec 28

    Offers:
    Bundle #1 - $79 - Luminar 4 + 2 bonuses of your choice
    Bundle #2 - $99 - Luminar 4 + 5 bonuses of your choice
    Bundle #3 - $129 - Luminar 4 + All bonuses



    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (28:29)


    Kanex GoPower Stand for Apple Watch + Wireless Charging For iPhone $80 US – Amazon £69 UK / $77 US




    Essential Apple Recommended Services:


    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    Sudo – Get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter...
    ProtonMail – End to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
    ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
    Fake Name Generator – So much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
    Wire – Free for

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

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Great Apple Podcast

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Also the podcast has great giveaways.

Definitely worth a listen, great British podcast 👍🏻

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Great podcast

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Still going, still growing, getting better but not losing its charm

I have listened to this show for a long time - well basically since the start... It was always full of enthusiasm and decent chatter, and now it has matured into a somewhat more coherent form and overall you can tell the guys have been learning as they go. Over the last 15-18 months I feel this show has really started to get a bit slicker with better sound and some really quite high profile guests. Still feels like some guys doing it for the "craic" but that's part of its charm I think.

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