Essential Apple Podcast 121: Happy Birthday Macintosh & SE/30 – TheMacMommy

This week it was 35 years since Steve pulled the Macintosh out of the bag to say hello, also it is 30 years since the launch of the SE/30. The latest iOS Beta holds clues about new iPads and even a possible new iPod Touch! Apple reassigned 200+ staff from the Titan project elsewhere (notice I said “reassigned” not laid off…). Apple got some flack about a photo competition and promptly did the right thing about it, while Zuckerberg continues to be a lying two-faced hypocrite (in Simon’s opinion). To discuss all of that, and whatever else comes to mind during the conversation, I am joined by Nick Riley (@spligosh) and Melissa Davis (@TheMacMommy /


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On this week’s show:




  • 35 years ago, Macintosh said hello – @tim_cook
  • If you never experienced that era you can sample it with either
  • iOS 12.2 beta includes references to new iPod touch, and four new iPad models – The Apple Post
  • iOS 12.2 beta 1 brings Apple News to Canada – Cult of Mac
  • Google nabs senior macOS engineer Bill Stevenson for Fuchsia OS – Cult of Mac
  • Apple Says It Will Pay ‘Shot on iPhone’ Photo Contest Winners After Backlash – Gizmodo
  • Apple Lays Off 200+ People From Project Titan, Its Self-Driving Car Effort – ExtremeTech


  • Zuckerberg’s “facts about Facebook” – the peak of hypocrisy – Cliqz
  • Zuckerberg wants to merge Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp messaging – Daily Dot


  • 2FA – What are the best apps? – 9to5 Mac
  • I just ordered myself this to try out – Feitian ePass FIDO-NFC Security Key It’s a U2F FIDO key with NFC support. Let’s see what I think of it…
    • How to Secure Your Accounts With a U2F Key or YubiKey – How to Geek


  • A shortcut that takes you to iTunes & App Store Subscriptions in one tap –
  • This website that is a great GIF editor –
  • GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle by Time Base Technology Limited – iOS App Store
  • Hackintosher – Build Your Own – Hackintosher
  • The Twitter thread with a host of “did you know” tips in it… Twitter and related to it this article

Nemo’s Hardware Store ()

  • No hardware store this week as John is still awaiting post CES items for review.

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