Essential Apple Podcast 131: It was a quiet week… & then it wasn’t!

Recorded 7th April 2019

This week was a bit slim on Apple news, or at least until the last minute… Then all of a sudden there were quite a few stories including MagSafe, an ML/AI hire, iTunes rumours and Apple ads on YouTube. Anyway to discuss all of these and whatever else we turn up along the way I am joined by Nick “Spligosh” Riley and original EAP host Mark Chappell.

Also I have to give a big shout out to all the slackers who put in stories – I don’t always thank them but every week members post possiible stories into the slack, and without them I would never find some of the great things they turn up. Thanks to all of them.


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On this week’s show:




  • Sonnet eGFX Radeon RX 560 Breakaway Puck hits Apple Store, but you don’t have to wait – AppleInsider
  • Apple hires Google AI expert Ian Goodfellow to direct machine learning – VentureBeat
  • Apple is exploring an updated version of MagSafe, one of its best charging inventions ever – Business Insider
  • Apple’s Ad About a Scrappy Group of Coworkers Is Honestly Better Than Most Sitcoms – AdWeek
    • Actual video – YouTube
    • This one is good too – “Homework” – YouTube
  • Nexflix Removing AirPlay Support is a Strange and Somewhat Consumer Hostile Move – iPad Insight
  • Rumor: macOS 10.15 may see iTunes broken up into multiple apps – Apple World Today
    • We tend not to get into “rumours” too much but this is Steve Troughton-Smith we’re hearing from here…


  • Bad Apple Demo on lots of hardware on YouTube as mentioned by Mark


  • Cloudflare announces Warp: a new free VPN service for iOS – 9to5Mac
  • Understanding Outline – Google’s new DIY VPN service – VPN Pro
  • Browser choice screen for Android must offer real alternatives – Cliqz
    • This is an interesting look at the dependencies of browsers etc (based on Android, so hence no Safari etc) but interesting none the less)
  • Russia blocks encrypted mail service provider ProtonMail –
  • These Chinese sanitation workers have to wear location-tracking bracelets now – The Verge



For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Apple patents system to help self-driving cars correct slipping tires – Motor Authority

Nemo’s Hardware Store (1:02:46)

  • iRig Micro Amp – $150 US Direct. Available on Amazon US for $152 US – Not in the UK store at time of writing.

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