Essential Apple Podcast 123: Feeling slightly SMUG with Mark Elliss of Suffolk Macs

Recorded 10th February 2019

This week things went bonkers, Jeff Bezos refused to be blackmailed, Apple fixed one bug and then got accused of another… Some apps have been recording your screens and Apple tells them stop that or else, Angela Arhendts is leaving Apple, Apple are working on making their own modems and rumours surface of revised iPhone 7s and 8s because of the German sales ban won by Qualcomm. To talk to me about that and of course “anything else that comes to mind” is my friend and SMUG colleague Mark Elliss, the owner of Suffolk Macs, a local Mac and PC service and support business covering East Anglia and a deeply knowledgeable computer user.


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On this week’s show:



  • Apple releases FaceTime fix, rewards 14-year-old who discovered eavesdropping bug – Washington Post
  • A Teen Won’t Tell Apple How He Hacked MacOS – Forbes
  • Apple is Extending its Chip Prowess to 5G Modems – iPad Insight
  • A Billion Users – Asymco
  • Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts to leave the company in April – CNBC
  • HoloLens creator leaves Apple AR headset team – Cult of Mac
  • Some Popular iPhone Apps Secretly Record Your Screen for Analytics Purposes – MacRumors
    • Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code – TechCrunch


  • Tokyo succeeds in plan to make 2020 Olympic medals from recycled gadgets – The Verge
  • Spotify buys Gimlet, Anchor to ramp up its podcast game – USA Today
  • Spotify will soon ban accounts that use ad blockers – Cult of Mac


  • Microsoft really doesn’t want you to use Internet Explorer anymore – The Verge
  • Creepy incidents with Nest cameras prompt password warning – The Independent
  • What does ‘consent to tracking’ really mean? – Malwarebytes
  • Cyber security: funding to take academic ideas to market – GOV.UK


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