Essential Apple Podcast 64a: The Tuscon Twosome Recut

Recorded 19th November 2017

Something went wrong with the export of the show mangling Curt and Roger in the second half. This is the same show but recut to restore their input – Sorry everyone! If you already listened probably best to start at about 40 minutes in.

This week, while Mark is off in Dublin (quite possibly overindulging in Guiness) Simon hosts the show and is joined by a twosome from Tuscon, Arizona. My Mac veterans and members of the Tuscon MUG, Roger Harmon and Curt Blanchard to basically talk over the stories that caught our attention this week.

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On this week’s show:

  • How much iPhone memory do you really need? Informal poll results.
  • Be careful trying to use old cases on new iPhones, just because they seem to fit.


  • Apple released more updates, iOS 11.2 b4, and macOS 10.13.2 b4 in Simon’s case
  • And they include a fix for the cold weather “numb screen” problem – The Verge
  • Apple’s Face ID can be bypassed – if you have elaborate resources – Neowin
  • Here’s what Apple could do after the iPhone X – Business Insider UK
  • Animoji doesn’t require iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensor – Cult of Mac
  • Oh yes it does – iMore
  • iPhone X: How Apple’s Jony Ive Designed It – Time
  • Apple Is Delaying HomePod, Which Is Great Or Unfortunate (Or Maybe Both) – Fast Company


  • One small backflip for a robot is one giant leaping backflip for humankind – The Verge
  • BMW in-car info system gestures – The Loop


  • UK ISPs will have to pay automatic compensation to customers for broadband service problems – 9to5Mac
  • TalkTalk plans to gut 50% of its IT estate – IT Pro
  • Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: ‘The system is failing’ – The Guardian


  • MRRMRR Faceapp Face Filters by I Love IceCream Ltd. A lot of Snapchat type filters and some “Animoji” for the rest of us.
  • Stykz Free cross platform stick man animation app

Nemo’s Hardware Store (25:31)

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  • 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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