Essential Apple Podcast 172: Apple’s Super iPhone SE 2020

Recorded 20th April 2020

Apple launched the iPhone SE 2020 – and delivery dates have already slipped into May… Uncle Tim has been appointed to the Californian Economic Taskforce. Zoom in the press for the wrong reasons (again). Google warn Chrome users to update to latest version immediately. Simon is joined by Andy J, Mark Chappell and James Ormiston to try and make sense of it all.


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ANDY J (aka @dougee)

  • @dougee in the Slackroom
  • @dougee on the Twitter
  • Just launched a new blog at


  • Apple’s New $399 iPhone SE: Long Live the Small Screen and Home Button – WSJ
    • iPhone comparison page – Apple
    • iPhone SE vs iPhone XR comparison: Which should you buy? – 9to5 Mac
    • $79 AppleCare for 2020 iPhone SE, $50 price drop compared to iPhone 8 – 9to5 Mac
  • New macOS update can extend your MacBook’s battery lifespan – Laptop Mag
  • Watch Mac OS X Leopard running on 2020 iPad Pro – Cult of Mac
  • Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit claiming it ‘broke’ FaceTime on older iPhones – AppleInsider
  • Coronavirus: Disney’s Bob Iger, Apple’s Tim Cook, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more join California economic taskforce – Independent


  • GitHub sharply slashes plan pricing, offers core features for free to all – Ars Technica
  • Apple and Google in standoff with NHS over contact tracing – Cult of Mac



  • Stream for free: Apple makes some Apple TV+ shows free for a limited time – 9to5 Mac


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Researchers used PC fan vibrations to steal air-gapped data – Input


  • Nemo is taking a break for the obvious reasons.

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