Essential Apple Podcast 67: What the Hell Patreon?

Recorded 10th December 2017

We are now well into December, there is even snow here in Suffolk today so Christmas is “officially sanctioned” and still Mark refrains from breaking out the Quo… Also Patreon did some sort of U turn and say if you aren’t receiving “life changing” amounts of donations they don’t really want your business… Plus Apple TV, SSDs, ARM laptops and more.

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On this week’s show:

  • More from Simon on his SSD migration…
  • Amazon Comes to Apple TV
  • Apple TV comes to Apple TV. Even if a BBC iPlayer update gave it away!


  • Apple claims it can gather data without violating the privacy of its users – Digital Trends
  • Apple commits ‘Turi Create’ machine learning development tool to GitHub – AppleInsider
  • Jony Ive is retaking control of Apple’s design team after two years in hands-off role – The Verge
  • Apple patches HomeKit bug that left smart locks vulnerable – Cult of Mac


  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 keeps your next phone more secure than ever – Digital Trends
  • ARM Powered Laptops are coming… – The Verge


  • Patreon defends new pricing after user uproar – The Verge
  • And from Engadget
  • An article explaining how Patreon view their model – Brian Balfour
  • Note that @jackconte CEO of is now “considering” according to this pinned tweet Perhaps there is still time for them to change course!


Nemo’s Hardware Store (29:33)

Cutie Melon Moment (58:05)

  • iPhone 7 Plus

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About Simon Parnell

Co-host of the Essential Apple Podcast alongside Mark Chappell who lives in the far West of Wales, while I make my abode deep in the East of Suffolk. Father, Husband, Mac Lover, DTP & Prepress Professional, Geek, Cook, Drinker of Wines, Beers & Spirits. I am British, and now the "wrong" side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children. I started working in a design studio in the early 80's back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000... eek!). Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of "DTP" applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the "big guns" so DTP can be accessible to everybody! For the last 15+ years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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