Essential Apple Podcast 173: Don’t y’all forget about me!

Recorded 27th April 2020

This week I am joined once more by MacJim and Mark and somehow we totally forget to mention that Uncle Tim appeared on the BBC Big Night in and pledged a “significant donation” as we get sucked into the ARM Mac thing (again), the downsides of annual OS releases (again) and CV-19 contact tracing (again), plus a few other rabbit holes.


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On this week’s show:




  • Tim Cook joins BBC pandemic relief event, promises significant Apple donation – 9to5 Mac
  • Here’s why you shouldn’t charge your MacBook Pro on the left side – Digital Trends
  • Apple’s First ARM Mac to Launch by 2021 With 12-Core Processor – Bloomberg
    • Apple will reportedly sell a new Mac laptop with its own chips next year – CNet
  • Apple Music Launches on 2018 and Later Samsung Smart TVs – MacRumors
  • Two Apple Mail vulnerabilities being used to target iPhone, iPad users – Apple Insider
  • New iPhone text-bomb bug: Just receiving this Sindhi character notification crashes iPhones – ZDNet
  • Apple and Google will release COVID-19 contact-tracing tools next week – Engadget
    • Switzerland, Austria align with Google and Apple’s contact tracing approach – IT News
    • Germany flips on smartphone contact tracing, backs Apple and Google – Reuters


  • The first ever YouTube video was uploaded 15 years ago today. Here it is – CNN
  • Australia will make it a crime to use coronavirus tracing data for non-health purposes – Reuters
  • Windows 10 update bug deletes your personal files: What to do now – Laptop Mag


  • Hackers are exploiting a Sophos firewall zero-day – ZDNet


  • Zoom tip from Glenn Fleishman – @GlennF
  • Don’t buy a webcam. Use your phone instead – CNet
  • Working from home and need a scanner? There’s a free one built into your iPhone – Mashable
  • We’re making GIF Creator â–¡ Premium totally free, just to see what happens – Medium


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • ProtonMail for Android goes open-source, passes security audit – Android Police
  • Vivaldi browser gets built-in tracking blocker, goes GA on Android – Tech Crunch


  • Nemo is taking a break for the obvious reasons.

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