Essential Apple Podcast 110: Scrap-Book Air?

This week of course Apple had a keynote event in New York and revealed a host of items, some expected (iPad), some only hoped for (Mac Minis and MacBook Airs)… Also they had an earnings call – not something we tend to get overly wrapped up in on this show but there were a couple of points of interest. Unsrprisingly there wasn’t really much other news of note to us but even so we run extra long…

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On this week’s show:


  • On Twitter as @weyhan
  • On GitHub as weyhan
  • iOS Developer who goes by handle the Eccentric iOS developer
  • Developer / Maintainer of the iOS Compo writing app


  • @Oceanspeed on Twitter and occasionally puts Essential Apple related stuff on YouTube



  • Hardware
    • New in MacBook Air
      • Retina Display
      • Touch ID
      • 100% Recycled Aluminium
      • 35% Post Consumer recycled plastic
    • New in Mac mini
      • SSD
      • 4-6 Core CPU
      • Same port strategy
      • Space Gray
    • New in iPad Pro
      • Formfactor
      • USB-C vs Lightning
      • New Pencil
      • New Smart Keyboard case
      • Configuration
  • Apple downplay Intel
    • Intel vs Apple’s S-series CPU
    • Intel remains supplier for modem chip
    • ARM as bargaining chip against Intel
  • ARM Macs
    • Explain the difference between Apple’s OS variants
    • Machine code
    • Endian
    • UI Paradigm
    • SDK
  • Apple’s OS strategy around ARM Macs
    • Keep current strategy
    • OS unification
    • Redrawing lines


  • Apple Special Event. October 30, 2018. From the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House. “Here’s what we announced” – Apple
    • Apple unveiled its new iPad Pro, Pencil and MacBook at event stressing ‘creativity’ – ABC News


  • Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results – Apple
  • Apple Financial Results – Q4 2018 Listen to streaming audio from the conference call, held on November 1, 2018 – Apple
    • Apple tumbles 7% after earnings on light guidance – CNBC


  • Jony Ive interview: Apple design guru on how he created the new iPad – and the philosophy behind it – The Independent


  • Tomorrow’s World to return for one-off show – BBC News


  • Royole’s bendy-screen FlexPai phone unveiled in China – BBC News
    • And on BGR


  • TunnelBear Completes 2nd Annual Independent Security Audit – TunnelBear Blog
  • Yes, you should update your iPhone to iOS 12.1, but its lock screen is still unsafe – HOT for Security
    • Turn off Siri via the lock screen people…


Nemo’s Hardware Store (39:16)

  • Olympus (
  • This is the current updated model I think. A bit confusing
  • MacAlly Keyboard
  • Hip Product Factory]( (

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