Essential Apple Podcast 71: Hello 2018!

Recorded 7th January 2018

Loads of news this week, not least of all Meltdown and Spectre (Boo!). App Store is booming, new battery tech gets touted, old computers are worth a lot (to someone at least), Apple agree to just swap batteries for £25 if you want, Mark is sick and Simon is joined by Donny Yankellow of MyMac and Karl Madden of Mac&Forth to talk about it all…


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On this week’s show:

APPLE

  • Apple will replace your iPhone 6, 6s, or 7 battery for $29 even if it’s not being throttled – BGR
  • App Store and Play Store Mobile App Revenue Rose 35% in 2017 – Fortune
  • Apple Says App Store Saw $890 Million During Holidays, $300 Million Sales On New Year’s Day – Redmond Pie
  • Somebody Is Selling a Rare Working Version of One of Apple’s First Computers on Ebay – Fortune

TECHNOLOGY

  • This Inexpensive Battery Could Revolutionize the Clean Energy Industry – Futurism
  • ‘Smart’ sunglasses from Vuzix work with Android and iOS, will debut at CES – Digital Trends
  • Meltdown and Spectre are wakeup calls for the tech industry – Engadget
  • Intel Says New Software Updates Make Computers ‘Immune’ to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities – Clotheshorse

Nemo’s Hardware Store (43:06)

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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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