Essential Apple Podcast 161: Slip sliding away with FotoMagico

Recorded 19th January 2020

This week Gary Starkweather, the inventor of the laser printer, passed away, Apple discovered their Smart Battery Cases are maybe not so smart, and Windows 7 went out to pasture. I am joined by Nick Riley and guest Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx and we talk about the new FotoMagico for iPad that was just released and a a few other bits of Boinx software, before we meander on to Apple trade ins, discuss more battery technology stories and ponder over AR a bit more.


  • Oliver has given us 2x One Year Subscriptions to the new FotoMagico for iPad to give away. Usual thing – email ( and winners will be drawn out of the hat in about 3 weeks
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On this week’s show:




  • Apple launches Smart Battery Cases replacement program — Apple World Today
  • Apple Slashes Estimated Trade-In Values of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch Models Overnight – Mac Rumors
  • AirPods Pro owners complain of worse noise cancellation after firmware updates — The Verge


  • Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer, dies at 81 — The Washington Post
  • New lithium-sulfur battery could let phones last five days between charges – Engadget
  • New graphene battery recharges blazingly fast, and it’s already on the market – Digital Trends
  • Facebook’s Chief Scientist: Mass Adoption of AR Is Years Away — The Information
  • How about this for a wearable smart device? AR contact lens — Apple World Today
  • Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 today – Engadget
    • Upgrade to Windows 10 for free right now – Cnet
  • Windows 10: NSA reveals major flaw in Microsoft’s code – BBC News


  • United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware – Malwarebytes Labs
  • Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years – BBC News


  • The ultimate MacBook USB-C accessory just got better – ZDNet
    • Seems to come under a variety of names – all about $25… the thing to look for is that it’s 20 pin and that the detachable part just takes a USB C cable. I found these two – Amazon US and Amazon UK


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  • Co-host of the Essential Apple Podcast alongside Mark Chappell who lives in the far West of Wales, while I make my abode deep in the East of Suffolk. Father, Husband, Mac Lover, DTP & Prepress Professional, Geek, Cook, Drinker of Wines, Beers & Spirits. I am British, and now the "wrong" side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children. I started working in a design studio in the early 80's back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000... eek!). Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of "DTP" applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the "big guns" so DTP can be accessible to everybody! For the last 15+ years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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