Essential Apple Podcast 150: Eyes and ears and hands and folding things…

Recorded 6th October 2019

Aaaand… we made it to 150! Alas it’s also the 8th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing… Uncle Tim was travelling Europe drinking beer and talking about things Apple believe in. Simon was mistaken about the Loop but still wouldn’t buy one. Microsoft announced a slew of new stuff including some expensive Surface earbuds (and is upset about it). Nick @spligosh Riley joins Simon and they talk about all this, Apple Arcade, and more…


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On this week’s show:



  • Catalina launch date rumours scuppered as Beta 9 shipped instead! And Beta 10 drops as we prepared to record!
  • iOS 13.2 Beta dropped too…
  • Tim Cook offers tribute to Steve Jobs on 8th anniversary of his passing – Apple Insider
  • Tim Cook talks climate change, fake news, and more during speech to students in Italy – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple increases production of iPhone 11 line – Apple Insider
  • Apple’s dropped some huge hints about its first AR glasses – Wired
  • Software engineer from Safari team now managing a new team at Apple whose goal is to solve the problems people have with accounts, authentication, and passwords – Ricky Mondello @rmondello on Twitter
  • Apple promises to fix your iPhone 6S if it stops powering on – Cult of Mac


  • Simon was wrong about the Amazon Loop – Amazon
  • Microsoft surprises with new dual-screen Surface Duo phone running Android – The Verge
    • Microsoft Surface Neo And Duo Announced – Michael 84
  • They also announced their Surface Earbuds – Microsoft $250 US!!!! Religious icons on bicycles!
    • And wasn’t very happy about it! Although the only resemblance I can find is they’re round… – @iamwill on Twitter
  • Paralyzed man walks again thanks to brain-controlled exoskeleton – BGR


  • Pixelmator Photo gets major v1.1 update with iPadOS 13 support, batch editing, improved file handling and more – DPReview
  • PixelmatorPro adds discount upgrade program for users of the original Pixelmator – Apple Insider
    • Pixelmator Pro 1.5 (codenamed Avalon) is almost ready with macOS Catalina, Mac Pro, and Pro Display XDR support, ML Denoise (!), and more – Pixelmator Blog
  • And even the original Pixelmator got an update!


  • Comcast, Mastercard, and Samsung Are Pouring Millions Into This Password-Killing Startup – Fortune


  • How to Pair DualShock PS4 or Xbox Wireless Controllers with Apple TV, iPhone, iPad – iPhone in Canada


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Pagers, faxes and cheques: Things that might seem obsolete, but aren’t – BBC News
  • Man sues Apple claiming iPhone turned him gay – BBC News OMG, WTF, ROTFL, RUKM?!

Nemo’s Hardware Store (44:42)

  • Yunmai Premium Smart Scale by Yunmai via The Grommet $70 US. Amazon $70 US / £70 UK
    • The YUNMAI app can link up with Apple Health, Fitbit, Google Fit and more…
  • Chargehub Powerstation 360 Surge Protector from Limitless Innovations or via The Grommet $60 US. Amazon $60 US / Not available in the UK store
    • That big 360 surge power cylinder disc has black rubber feet on the bottom to keep it from sliding around a table or desk which has been a real problem with all of the other surges and power strips that I have used previously so this is a real bonus and a very simple improvement!
    • In the past I have used self adhesive velcro or that weird non slip “sticky” material to keep such things in place – Simon

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