Essential Apple Podcast 152: Looking forward to Luminar 4 with Alex Tsepko

Recorded 20th October 2019

This week Apple said iOS 13 reached 50% adoption, Apple TV appeared on Roku, iPhoto finally reached the end of the road. Google told us why the Pixel 4 isn’t 5G, Adobe say Photoshop for iPad will appear this year, and Pebble watches are still living on due to the “Rebble Alliance”. Meanwhile the US finally gave up on 8“ floppy disks… But more important than all that stuff Simon is joined by Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum, to talk about what’s in store for Luminar 4 due for release November 18th.


  • We had four licences for BeLight’s new vector application Amadine to give away. Names out of the hat were:
    • Alan Vickers, Dan Murphy, Bart Busschots and Guy Serle!
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On this week’s show:



  • Half of all iPhones already on iOS 13 less than a month since release — Digital Trends
  • The Complete Guide to Using External Storage on iOS and iPadOS – Flip It
  • Luna Display Introduces Mac-to-Mac Mode Allowing Nearly Any Mac to Be Used as Secondary Display — MacRumors
  • Apple TV App Available on Roku Starting Today – Mac Rumors
  • Apple takes iPhoto round the back of the barn – if that pains you then check out GrowlyBird Photo


  • Google explains why it didn’t release a 5G version of the Pixel 4 — BGR
  • How Pebble smartwatches are getting a second life. All thanks to the Rebble Alliance – The Verge
  • US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches – Flip It
  • Adobe Committed to Releasing Photoshop for iPad in 2019, Some Features Won’t Be Available at Launch – Flip It
    • A comment via Affinity Tutorials on Twitter


  • Private Internet Access limited time discount offer – PIA


  • How to get visitors on to your home wi-fi easily – BBC News
    • TL; DR – Basically put your login details into a QR code, print it out and put it where people can scan it…
  • Twitter app returns to Mac (as a Catalyst App) – Mac App Store
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