Essential Apple Podcast 157: Simon does another solo show

Recorded 8th December 2019

Yes I’m back! And there is a slew of stuff to discuss, even if none of the stories are particularly “huge”. Just me this week so a shorter show than usual (Mark was going to come on but he had an unpleasant eye infection that left him extremely under the weather) But for what it is worth, here it is. Late posting again for “operational reasons” (i.e. I am just really really busy).


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On this week’s show:


  • Apple 2nd December “event” was a non event
    • But Affinity Publisher won Best Mac App…
  • Apple’s new Mac Pro will be available to order on December 10th — The Verge
  • Jonathan Ive removed from Apple’s leadership page – Engadget
  • Apple Threatens To Pull Out Of Russia Market Come 2020 – IB Times
  • How to fix the new 16-inch MacBook Pro’s clicking speakers — Cult of Mac
  • Apple just bought the first-ever batch of carbon-free aluminum — Fast Company
  • Thousands of iPhones end up in the shredder or unnecessarily scrapped every month — ZDNet


  • BMW No Longer Charging Monthly Fee for CarPlay in Cars With Newest Software – MacRumors
  • Smartphone ‘addiction’: Young people ‘panicky’ when denied mobiles – BBC News
  • Lunaz is electrifying beautiful but unreliable classic cars – Engadget
  • Rivers could generate thousands of nuclear power plants worth of energy, thanks to a new ‘blue’ membrane – Science Mag
  • Report: Magic Leap wanted to sell 100,000 headsets. It sold 6,000. — Mashable


  • Lock down your Gmail like Fort Knox with Google’s Advanced Protection Program – Cnet
  • Putin signs law requiring Russian apps on smartphones, TVs and PCs – Engadget
  • LastPass bug leaks credentials from previous site – ZDNet
  • New Mac Malware Uses ‘Fileless’ Technique To Attack Stealthily – Fossbytes
  • Tricky VPN-busting bug lurks in iOS, Android, Linux distros, macOS, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, say university eggheads — The Register
  • The iPhone 11’s U1 chip necessitates constant geolocation checks, Apple says — Ars Technica


  • MacUpdater keeps your Mac apps up to date effortlessly – Cult of Mac


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