Essential Apple Podcast 169: LOCKDOWN!

Recorded 29th March 2020

You may notice some difference in the sound this episode – Simon’s Mac had a kernel panic right at the end of the show and wiped out his recordings… Luckily Nick records a backup but his set up is a simpler Piezo recording with no Audio Hijack wizardry. However without him there’d have been no show at all. So we aren’t complaining. Also we need to get Jim a mic that doesn’t “rustle”!

This week news of any great consequence (well non COVID-19 news anyway) was a bit thin, but as we’re all in lockdown guests weren’t! In a bit of a houseparty Simon is joined by Nick Riley, James “MacJim” Ormiston, special guest Ronnie Lutes and eventually Donny Yankellow… to make a fist of what they could dig up to chew over.

And the amazingly brilliant interlude is “stolen” from Daniel Matarazzo


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  • Steve over at Geeks Corner is having an Apple Watch Strap giveaway… Why not pop on over and enter and get the chance to win an AppleWatch strap of your choice?
  • I didn’t mention this on the show but Serif have made all their Affinity apps on Mac/PC and iOS available on a 3 MONTH free trial and reduced the priced by 50%… If you were even remotely interested now is the time to try and buy!

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On this week’s show:






  • Apple planning Face ID for MacBook Pro and iMac — plus a notch – Apple Insider
    • Apple’s going to put a notch on your MacBook? Is nothing sacred? – ZDNet
  • Apple admits MacBook Air anti-reflective coating can exhibit ‘issues’ – Cult of Mac
  • Apple releases coronavirus screening app and website in partnership with CDC – CNN
  • Apple updates Siri with new CDC questionnaire for queries about coronavirus – 9to5 Mac
  • Darkroom photo editor updated with full mouse and trackpad support on iPadOS – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple makes its pro video and audio editing software free to use for 90 days – Engadget
  • Pro Apps Bundle for Education – Apple
  • Kuo Hath Said the ARM is Nigh – Gizmodo


  • This is the most convincing Apple iMac clone we’ve seen yet – Tech Radar
  • Sony Spins Off Camera Business Into Separate Company – PetaPixel
  • Polaroid’s new Now instant film camera delivers a classic, punishing experience – The Verge


  • Bug in iOS 13.3.1 and later keeps VPNs from encrypting traffic, but there’s a simple workaround – 9to5 Mac
  • Zoom iOS update removes ‘feature’ that sent user data to Facebook – Apple Insider


  • Darkroom photo editor updated with full mouse and trackpad support on iPadOS – 9to5 Mac
  • Skylum donate EUR 5 from any purchase to fight COVID-19 and help victims of the coronavirus pandemic – Skylum


  • Nemo will be back as soon as the trucks can get to him…

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