Essential Apple Podcast 162: Happy Birthday Macintosh & Other Amazing Tales

Recorded 26th January 2020

This week the Macintosh turned 36, Apple started removing Flash from Safari, Google say some of Apple’s anti-tracking made things worse, and Uncle Tim said AR will “pervade our entire lives”. Meanwhile claims were made that Apple gave up on fully encrypting iCloud due to pressure from the FBI, Sonos got themselves into hot water with a poorly managed statement about support for older tech and Apple pledge to support the fight against the Corona virus and Space Force’s badge seems strangely familiar to many! Also I forgot to mention it but DON”T FORGET to enter the FotoMagico for iPad giveaway!


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On this week’s show:



  • 36 Years Ago Today, Steve Jobs Unveiled the First Macintosh – MacRumors
  • Tim Cook: ‘AR will pervade our entire lives’ – Silicon Republic
  • Apple finally ends Safari support for Adobe Flash – Cult of Mac
  • Google finds Apple Safari anti-tracking feature actually enabled tracking – Cnet
  • Apple’s stance on iCloud encryption keys is nothing new for the company — Axios
  • iOS 13 Bug Disconnects iPhone from Wi-Fi, Switches to LTE on FaceTime — Wccftech
  • Apple invents an AIO Desktop Computer made from Glass that incorporates the Keyboard, Dual Trackpads & more — Patently Apple
  • Apple gets its WiLan patent payout reduced to $85.2 million — Engadget


  • Sonos CEO says legacy products will continue getting security patches and bug fixes – iDownload Blog
  • Vine co-founder launches a new 6-second video app: Byte – Engadget


  • iPhone 11 held off FBI hacking efforts for two months – Cult of Mac
    • FBI got data from a locked iPhone 11 using GrayKey: how does this tool work? | So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish – Andrea Fortuna
  • Mozilla has banned nearly 200 malicious Firefox add-ons over the last two weeks – Zdnet


  • Interesting piece by Stephen Sinofsky the ‘future of the OS’ – longish thread but worth it – Twitter


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Space Force or Star Trek? Trump unveils new logo nearly identical to Starfleet Command logo – CBS News


  • Nemo is taking a break for a couple of weeks while the store restocks

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