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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.

    Essential Apple Podcast 224: Post WWDC Ruminations

    Essential Apple Podcast 224: Post WWDC Ruminations

    Recorded 13th June 2021

    Currently Apple’s Podcast app doesn’t seem to render links properly so if you are listening in the Podcasts app go to www.essentialapple.com for full shownotes and links.

    This week Nick is doing a “family thing”, poor Steve has “teh ill” and is sick iin bed and Jim can’t be with us because they are digging up the road outside his door and apparently the noise and vibrations are rattling the mugs in his cupboards! However Simon and Mark get together to discuss what they made of the WWDC event and cogitate on the bits that interested or disappointed them.

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

    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:
    MARK CHAPPELL

    @oceanspeed on Twitter
    Puts Essential Apple related stuff on YouTube

    TOPICS

    WWDC21 in under 25 minutes by Geekscorner
    No, Apple's Private Relay is not a VPN - CNET
    Amazon is about to share your Internet connection with neighbors. Here’s how to turn it off – Washington Post
    You can place multiple copies of the same app on your home screen with iOS 15 — 9to5Mac
    Apple Temporarily Expands iCloud Storage in iOS 15 for Backing Up Data and Transferring to a New Device Mac Rumors
    macOS Monterey Allows You to Erase a Mac Without Needing to Reinstall... Mac Rumors
    Federighi on Apples latest privacy features – Six Colors
    Buried features: There’s more to macOS Monterey than the keynote let on – Ars Technica – Ars Technica
    macOS Monterey will drop support for older MacBook Pro and Air models – Engadget
    The Real System Requirements for Apple’s 2021 Operating Systems - TidBITS
    macOS Monterey: Here are the features exclusive to M1 Macs - 9to5Mac


    Ten Cool New Features Introduced at WWDC 2021 - TidBITS
    Apple almost forgot about tvOS 15, but here’s everything new - 9to5Mac
    tvOS 15 lets you sign in to apps using Face ID on your iPhone - 9to5Mac


    Is Old Os the New OS - Geekscorner
    Update your Windows 10 PC right now to protect yourself from six new zero day exploits – BGR
    Apple M1 Processor Bug Is ‘Baked’ In — But Is It Serious? – Forbes


    Essential Apple Recommended Services:

    Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
    Doug.ee Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
    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... You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
    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!
    Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
    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 u

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 223: Pre WWDC Ponderings

    Essential Apple Podcast 223: Pre WWDC Ponderings

    Recorded 6th June 2021

    Currently Apple’s Podcast app doesn’t seem to render links properly so if you are listening in the Podcasts app go to www.essentialapple.com (http://www.essentialapple.com/) for full shownotes and links.

    This week I wanted to try and get this out on Monday before the event but as ever life tends to get in the way. Jim, Nick, Steve from Geeks Corner and I get together again to look at a few stories and then ponder over what Apple might or might not bring us in the WWDC keynote.

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

    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

    Big Show on the @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple
    Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube

    JAMES ORMISTON

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

    STEVE DURBIN

    Runs the Geeks Corner website
    Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
    @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter

    TOPICS

    Woman called Siri writes to Apple CEO asking for free laptop to make up for jokes she’s had to endure — indy100
    Apple Employees Wrote A Letter To CEO Tim Cook Saying Why They Don’t Want To Return To The Office — Forbes
    This is why Apple TV 4K Siri Remote scrubbing doesn't work on Disney+, other apps — AppleInsider
    Top leaker says Microsoft will unveil Windows 11 later this month — BGR
    Apple's first major AirTag update addresses serious privacy concerns — BGR
    This is not a drill: VMware vuln with 9.8 severity rating is under attack – Ars Technica
    This is the biggest reason iPhone users switch from Apple to Android – BGR
    Third eye invented to stop smartphone zombies from bumping into things – Sky News
    If iPadOS 15 takes a big leap and homeOS joins the fray, it might be time for iOS to become ‘iPhoneOS’ again.– 9to5 Mac


    Essential Apple Recommended Services:

    Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
    Doug.ee Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
    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... You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
    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!
    Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
    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

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 222: Browser Wars Part IV

    Essential Apple Podcast 222: Browser Wars Part IV

    Recorded 26th May 2021

    Currently Apple’s Podcast app doesn’t seem to render links properly so if you are listening in the Podcasts app go to the Essential Apple website for full show notes and links.

    Nick and Simon are joined by Chuck Joiner of MacVoices to talk about his latest MacVoices Live shows and sort of continue that conversation - as a result there are no real show notes as such this week... but you can listen to Chuck’s Browser Wars 3 parter by checking out his MacVoices Live podcast feed.

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

    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

    Big Show on the @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple
    Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube

    CHUCK JOINER

    Host of the MacVoices and MacVoices Live
    On Twitter as @chuckjoiner


    Essential Apple Recommended Services:

    Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
    Doug.ee Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
    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... You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
    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!
    Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
    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 / Soundcloud / Spotify / 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 kickback on anything you buy after using it.
    If you really like the show that much and would like to make a regular donation then please consider joining our Patreon or using the Pinecast Tips Jar (which accepts one off or regular donations)
    And a HUGE thank you to the patrons who already do.


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 221: Epic, Music, Betas and Ads...

    Essential Apple Podcast 221: Epic, Music, Betas and Ads...

    Recorded 23rd May 2021

    Currently Apple’s Podcast app doesn’t seem to render links properly so if you are listening in the Podcasts app go to www.essentialapple.com (http://www.essentialapple.com/) for full shownotes and links.

    This week the Apple v Epic trial came to the end o the grilling stage and ended with the judge putting Tim Cook on the spot and he was surprisingly frank about Apple’s position. Rumours of a new iPod Touch surfaced, and Apple put out an ad promoting its App Tracking Transparency in an amusing (if fairly hard hitting) manner. Apple Music will get lossless audio and spatial audio (but it wont work with your AirPods (Max or not). Siimon, Nick and Steve from Geeks Corner get together to mull over all of this and more.

    NOTE: In the section where we talking about spatial audio and AirPods I was not 100% correct - seems the messaging is somewhat confused and Apple seem to use “spatial audio” and Dolby Atmos almost interchangeably - however basically not all of the new features work with Bluetooth headphones.

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

    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

    Big Show on the @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple
    Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube

    STEVE DURBIN

    Runs the Geeks Corner website
    Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
    @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter

    APPLE

    Tim Cook’s Fortnite trial testimony was unexpectedly revealing – The Verge
    Judge Grills Tim Cook on App Store Policies on Final Day of Epic Games v. Apple Trial – MacRumors
    In the Epic vs Apple Trial, Tim Cook Made the Most Important Sales Pitch of His Career. The Judge Wasn't Buying it – Inc.


    Surprise iOS 14.7 Public Beta 1 Released Ahead Of iOS 14.6 Launch – Forbes
    Also watchOS 7.6 and macOS 11.5


    New Apple privacy ad highlights App Tracking Transparency – AppleInsider
    Apple Rumored to Announce All-New Eighth-Gen iPod touch This Fall – iDrop News
    Here’s what it looks like when someone uses an Apple AirTag to stalk you – BGR
    Apple rolls out a slew of new accessibility features to iPhone, Watch, and more – Ars Technica
    Apple Warning To AirPods Max Users With Critical Apple Music Update – Forbes
    CCC 6 is here! Faster backups, better accountability, Dark Mode, and so much more – Carbon Copy Cloner

    TECHNOLOGY

    Internet Explorer Is Dead – Giant Freakin Robot
    Snap debuts true AR glasses that show the potential (and limitations) of AR – Ars Technica

    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    How to bypass and block infuriating cookie popups – Wired UK - NB: won’t load if you have content blockers!!!
    Facebook Still ‘Secretly’ Tracks Your iPhone–This Is How To Stop It – Forbes
    Researcher develops tool that wipes an Android phone if someone tries to crack it: Here's how it works – TecXite

    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

    Don’t wait on hold - get a callback with WeQ4U

    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (1:08:34)

    Accell’s power solutions!
    Accell Power Cutie – Mini desktop surge protector with plenty of USB and AC charging ports to cover your daily power needs – $36 US or [$20 on Amazon US](https://www.amazon.com/Accell-Power-Cutie-Protector-

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 220: Geekiest Essential Apple Ever

    Essential Apple Podcast 220: Geekiest Essential Apple Ever

    Recorded 2nd May 2021

    Essential Apple and the Geekiest Show Ever (http://www.geekiestshowever.com%20(http://www.geekiestshowever.com/)) go off the rails for The Geekiest Essential Apple Ever! Elisa, Melissa, and Simon discuss new Apple product announcements, tracking concerns, email aliases, medieval lingerie, and just where would YOU put an AirTag?

    We are now available on a bucket more services including Amazon Music - just ask Alexa to play Essential Apple Podcast on Amazon Music...

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

    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:
    ELISA PACELLI

    @senseidai on Twitter
    Co-host of the Geekiest Show Ever (http://www.geekiestshowever.com%20(http://www.geekiestshowever.com/))

    MELISSA DAVIS

    @TheMacMommy on Twitter
    Co-host of the Geekiest Show Ever (http://www.geekiestshowever.com%20(http://www.geekiestshowever.com/))
    Can be found at TheMacMommy.com (https://www.themacmommy.com/)

    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (57:09)

    Eggtronic EINOVA fast charge laptop 63w 20000mAh power bank - $70 US - Currently not available on Amazon
    Techaeris Review


    Essential Apple Recommended Services:

    Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
    Doug.ee Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
    Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
    Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
    33mail.com – Never give out your real email address online again.
    AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
    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... You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
    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!
    Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
    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 / Soundcloud / Spotify / 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 kickback on anything you buy after using it.
    If you really like the show that much and would like to make a regular donation then please consider joining our Patreon or using the Pinecast Ti

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 219: Meandering Madness

    Essential Apple Podcast 219: Meandering Madness

    Recorded 3rd May 2021

    Jim and Simon and Nick get together again to meander around the news nd some other stuff - this is an extra long show because somehow we ended up with 4 hours of audio! Anyway with some of the more off topic and meandering bits removed its down to a “mere” just over 2 hours (oops sorry about that). Also after such a massive edit the effort of making the show notes quite as tidy as usual was too much to face! So sorry, but all the links should still work even if it isn’t in the usual tidy format... Oh and I don't mention it on the show but we are now available on a bucket more services including Amazon Music - just ask Alexa to play Essential Apple Podcast on Amazon Music... (also a considerable amount of monkeying around with Audacity to get the damn file down to the size required by Pinecast - one failing of Audacity is it tends not to tell you there are updates..)

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

    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:
    JAMES ORMISTON

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

    NICK RILEY

    Big Show on the @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple
    Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube

    APPLE

    Apple Q2 2021 Results - $89.58 Billion Revenue – MacStories
    Apple in Breach of EU Competition Law, European Commission Finds – MacRumors
    Apple Fined $12 Million in Russia for Violating Anti-Monopoly Rules With App Store – MacRumors
    AirDrop flaw exposes your phone number and email address - 9to5Mac
    iPad Pro 2021: Apple Confirms 2020 Magic Keyboard Will Work, But There’s A Catch – Forbes
    iOS 14.5 App Tracking Transparency toggle mysteriously grayed out for some users – 9to5Mac
    Siri thinks you'll be able to add your Apple TV remote to Find My - 9to5Mac
    Here’s how iPhone battery recalibration works in iOS 14.5 – 9to5Mac
    Apple iOS 14.5: Why The Latest Update Is Crucial For iPhone 11 – Forbes


    Parallels Desktop 16 for Mac now available for M1 Macs – Parallels
    Chipolo Takes Dig at AirTags When Advertising ONE Spot Item Tracker: 'No Accessory Needed' – MacRumors
    You Can Drill a Hole in an AirTag and Directly Attach It to a Keychain to Avoid Purchasing Those Accessories – Wccftech


    SuperDuper can now make bootable Big Sur backups – Six Colors – SixColors

    TECHNOLOGY

    Gravitricity battery generates first power at Edinburgh site – BBC
    The NYPD retires “Digidog” robot after public backlash – Ars Technica
    UTM and QEMU – YouTube
    QEMU



    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    Brace yourselves. Facebook has a new mega-leak on its hands — Ars Technica
    Computer security world in mourning over death of Dan Kaminsky, aged 42 – The Register * Prominent security expert Dan Kaminsky passes away at 42 – ZDNet
    Signal hacks Cellebrite device, reveals vulnerabilities and potential Apple copyright concerns – AppleInsider
    Exploiting vulnerabilities in Cellebrite UFED and Physical Analyzer – Signal Blog



    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

    Permissions Reset 2

    JUST A SNIPPET
    For things that are not worth more than a flypast


    Even the Calibri Fonts Creator Is Glad Mi

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Evanking527 ,

Funny, entertaining, and positive

I live in the US and found your show through Apple News. I now listen to your show every week and enjoy its nice blend of funny moments with current events in technology. I also want to point out the positive nature of the show, since many others don't have the jovial feel as this one does on Apple Podcasts. I find myself smiling at the overall happy nature of the show, and I feel well informed by the end. I have been listening since August, and I look forward to hear what you have to say this September and onward.

teresahummel ,

So glad the crew is back

I was sorely missing the Mac and Forth show when Mark agreed to change from his Rampant Mumblings to Essential Apple. (thanks Mark!) It's great fun to hear you all talking Apple stuff again. The humor is greatly appreciated as I sit in traffic on my way to and from work. One of my favorite podcasts.

Ron.P ,

the new mac and forth show

This show is a great place to find out what is going on in the world of apple. With almost the entire crew from the mac and forth show there it was great. Even the same sound board. Great job.

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