Essential Apple Podcast 137: Strange Days?

Recorded 26th May 2019

This week I am joined by the semi regular co-hosts Nick (@spligosh) Riley and Donny (@rtteachr) Yankellow, to take a look at the stories of the last week or so. Of course, after the week light on news when I recorded with John Chidgey there has been a veritable deluge of news over the last 7-10 days. Including a new MacBook Pro, the WWDC19 “invitations”, the whole Huawei “blacklisting” affair, an odd little gaming device from Panic and a depressingly long list of security stories.


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On this week’s show:




  • Apple announces more powerful 8-core MacBook Pro – 9to5 Mac
    • Apple offers free keyboard replacement program for MacBook, MacBook Pro – Zdnet
  • Apple announces its Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 to be held June 3-7 in San Jose, CA – Macworld
    • Reusing the “mind blowing” theme from the Showtime event with Monkey, Robot, Skull, Alien and Unicorn is interesting and not something I believe I have seen before
  • Pegatron moving iPad and MacBook manufacturing out of China – Cult of Mac
  • 71% Of Higher Education Students Would Prefer To Use A Mac, Says New Research – Redmond Pie
  • Apple facing class action lawsuit over alleged iTunes & Apple Music data sale – Apple Insider
  • Former Apple retail chief Ahrendts says ‘mission accomplished,’ denies reported criticisms – Apple Insider


  • Huawei’s European Customers Are Put on Hold by U.S. Ban – New York Times
  • Adobe Warns Customers of Potential Legal Action for Using Older Versions of Creative Cloud Apps – Mac Rumors
  • Panic announces Playdate gaming device: “It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It’s got a beautiful black and white screen. It’s not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank.” – Playdate
  • Check for issues before installing a Windows 10 update – CNet


  • WhatsApp discovers ‘targeted’ surveillance attack – BBC News
  • Snapchat employees spied on users by misusing internal tools – 9to5 Mac
  • San Francisco is first US city to ban facial recognition – BBC News
    • California’s Senate may ban facial recognition tech in police body cameras – Engadget
  • Google recalls its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys because of a security bug – Tech Crunch
  • 33 Linksys router models leak full historic record of every device ever connected – Ars Technica
  • Bug-hunter reveals another ‘make me admin’ Windows 10 zero-day – and vows: ‘There’s more where that came from’ – The Register
  • The Internet Security Apocalypse You Probably Missed (OpEd) – The New York Times


  • This macOS tool automatically opens all Apple News links in Safari – 9to5 Mac
  • BeLight Software’s Amadine vector drawing app leaves beta £20 in the Mac App Store, $20 US Direct… free trial on the Amadine page
  • iOS Game Oddmar

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