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 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


  • 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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