Essential Apple Podcast 93: Summertime Blues

The Essentially Interrupted Edition – Recorded 24th June 2018

For a change, I thought I would have a panel of guests and do a “round table” show. Everyone I asked seemed to be busy – England World Cup Game, Canadian Public Holidays, summertime family outings, vacations in the wilds – I thought I was going to be without any guests at all (hence the show title). Despite my initial fears however, I have garnered guests galore. I am pleased to welcome back Steve Hammond (@Stevehammond), Donny Yankellow (@rtteachr) and Nick Riley (@Spligosh) to help me delve into the multitude of stories that broke this week.
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On this week’s show:




  • Writer and reviewer on
  • Computer geek and hobby photographer
  • On Twitter as @stevehammond


  • Thieves make off with $100k worth of Apple products after rappelling through Best Buy roof – 9to5Mac
  • Why Apple’s AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make – Bloomberg
  • Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck – Cult of Mac


  • A hacker figured out how to brute force iPhone passcodes – ZDNet
    • Apple iOS Passcode Crack Revealed by Security Researcher. Watch the Exploit in Action– Fortune
  • BUT… Seems all may not be as first reported…
    • Security researcher bypasses iPhone’s limit on passcode attempts (update: Apple says it has no vulnerability) – Engadget
    • Apple comments on erroneous reports of iPhone brute force passcode hack – iMore
  • macOS Quick Look flaw leaks encrypted data – Cult of Mac
  • Facebook plans free training for small businesses struggling with user privacy – IT Pro



  • World’s tiniest ‘computer’ makes a grain of rice seem massive – Engadget
  • Logitech’s school-targeted Crayon stylus is so good, Apple should copy it for iPad – CNET


For things that are not worth more than a flypast


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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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