Essential Apple Podcast 154: Tim, sort the Apple ID servers!

Recorded 3rd November 2019

If you’ve downloaded this episode expecting a Ghostery special I am afraid Pete Knowlton has had to postpone for family reasons. He promises to come on soon.

Never mind, it has been one hell of a week, AirPods Pro soft launched and reviewers went mad for them – even at what Simon considers an eye-watering $250 US. The earnings call was more of the usual “we made a little bit of money, I think we’ll get by” stuff. Meanwhile the Apple ID servers have been playing Simon up again and he’s a bit put out about it. Apple TV+ launched and we are all a bit unsure about it. Underwhelmed seems the overall opinion. Nick and Simon discuss all these topics and more…


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On this week’s show:


  • @spligosh ( on Twitter very occasionally.
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple


  • Apple released AirPods Pro – Apple
  • Apple TV+ goes live – Apple
    • Apple TV+ Series Review Roundup: The Morning Show, See, Dickinson, and For All Mankind ( – Mac Rumors
    • 7 shows – “meh” – Simon
  • Apple’s HomePod now supports multiple users, but it’s a buggy mess — VentureBeat
  • iOS 13.2: iPhone users angry as new update features strange bug affecting apps — The Independent
  • Earnings Call – Apple
    • Notes of interest from Apple’s Q4 2019 earnings report and conference call – Apple Insider


  • IBM Says Google’s Quantum Leap Was a Quantum Flop – Wired
  • Microsoft unveils new Edge browser logo that no longer looks like Internet Explorer — The Verge
  • Buying Fitbit won’t save Google’s failing Wear OS – Android Police


  • Windows ‘BlueKeep’ Attack That U.S. Government Warned About Is Happening Right Now – Forbes
  • This Invisible Photo Filter Protects You From Facial Recognition Software – Digital Trends
  • Why encrypted email service ProtonMail is open-sourcing its mobile apps — VentureBeat


  • Vivaldi 2.9: Adding more to the Vivaldi Menu – Vivaldi
  • This is the affordable Apple Pencil rival you’ve been looking for — Cult of Mac


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • A critical analysis of scroll bars throughout history – The Verge


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