Essential Apple Podcast 100: Alex France of FontBundles/DesignBundles

Recorded 12th August 2018

This week on the 100th Essential Apple: Doug Field returns to Apple, Siri Shortcuts beta introduces limited HomeKit integration, researchers developed a biodegradable paper battery, Mark makes an appearance and we have Alex France of the wonderful Font and Design Bundles to tell us all about their service and what inspires them to run such a community focussed online business. Plus to prove just how simple it is Donny actually signs up and opens a store to sell his artworks via during the show!
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On this week’s show:



  • Doug Field Returns to Apple After Leaving Tesla – Daring Fireball
  • Five big things that have made Apple – BBC News
  • Inside ‘the reality distortion field’: An early Apple employee told us what it was like having Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as his bosses – Business Insider
  • New Siri Shortcuts beta introduces limited HomeKit integration – Apple Insider
  • Apple Music Now Delivers “Friends Mixes” of All The Music Your Friends Are Listening To – Your EDM
  • First impressions after nearly a month with Apple’s 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro – 9to5 Mac


  • The New Robot Kickstarter by Anki Is Powered By Qualcomm – Forbes Magazine
  • Researchers at Binghampton University have developed a paper battery that is entirely biodegradable – Tech Xplore


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Gemini PDA review: The Psion Series 5, reborn – IT Pro


  • There’s an easy trick for locating your lost AirPods — here’s how to use it – Business Insider
  • Mophie Powerstation Plus 10000 Universal Battery with Lightning Connector – Apple
  • SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD – fast enough for 4K workflows [Video] – 9to5 Mac

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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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