Essential Apple Podcast 96: A Tidal Wave of News

A new co-host, new MacBook Pros, new Surface Go, new Affinity Designer for iPad, new Luminar update, new green phone service, new French Cyber Command… A veritable tidal wave of news. So much in fact that we even forgot to mention the App Store 10th Anniversary or Apple killing their photo printing services!
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Recorded 15th July 2018

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On this week’s show:



  • New MacBook Pros – new processors, more RAM, new(ish) keyboard, more spec and more money!
    • Apple Updates Touch Bar MacBook Pro with 32 GB RAM, New Keyboard – The Mac Observer
    • Apple fixes MacBook Pro keyboard issue – sorta, but calls it a feature not a fix – Digital Trends
    • Apple Outlines 2018 MacBook Pro Repair Options and Parts Availability – MacRumors
    • Apple is back in classic pro mode, and we’re getting the new Macs to prove it – iMore
  • Apple’s iPhone 6 has the highest failure rate among iPhones; but Samsung is worse – The Next Web


  • Skylum Luminar 2018 1.3.0 update brings many improvements, new camera support – DPReview
    • Luminar can be used as a plug in for Affinity Photo – Tweet
  • Affinity release Designer for iPad – Affinity
    • And the CEO of Serif Affinity will be interviewing with us on Thursday… for the next show!!! SCOOP!
  • Adobe is Building a Full Version of iPad Photoshop – The Mac Observer
  • The Surface Book 2 is everything the MacBook Pro should be – Charged
  • Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go is its smallest tablet yet – Engadget
  • Computer Backup Awareness in 2018: Getting Better and Getting Worse – Backblaze Blog


  • Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 and blocks passcode cracking tools used by police – The Verge
    • Apple’s iOS passcode cracking defense can be bypassed using a USB accessory – The Verge
  • UK’s Big Brother road signs watch for drivers using iPhones – Cult of Mac


  • Ecotalk is a new kind of mobile phone service. Our call, text and data services will be powered by 100% green energy from the wind and sun, making it a uniquely green mobile phone service. We think this will be the first of its kind in Britain, if not the world. Ecotalk/Ecotricity – Runs on EE…
  • France’s cyber command marched in Paris’s Bastille Day Parade for the first time – The Verge


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Matteo Bandi’s device-powered objects designed to beat smart phone addiction – Deezen


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