Essential Apple Podcast 174: A mixed bag of news and Jim’s new mic

Recorded 3rd May 2020

This week I am joined again by MacJim and Mark to talk about Jim’s new microphone, the iOS 13.5 beta, Apple bugs, Apple’s earnings report, the NHS contact tracing app, and more.

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MARK CHAPPELL

JAMES ORMISTON

APPLE

  • Apple 13.4.5 Beta… becomes 13.5 – Forbes
  • ‘Psychic Paper’, an Extraordinarily Powerful But Easily Understood iOS Exploit – Daring Fireball
    • Luckily it seems this bug wasn’t widely known and is patched in 13.5 currently in Beta – but is/was a hell of a security miss!
  • macOS bug fills your MacBook storage with blank files – Laptop Mag
    • macOS JPG File -Truncation- Bug More Pervasive Than Originally Thought — One News Page
  • Valve’s SteamVR ends support for macOS after being introduced at WWDC 2017 – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple is Making Face ID Unlock Easier While Wearing a Mask– iPhone Canada
  • Total Revenue Grows, Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High of $13.3 Billion – Apple
    • Apple CEO Tim Cook says company saw an ‘uptick across the board’ in late April thanks to stimulus and work from home – CNBC
    • Apple Q2 2020 Results – $58.3 Billion Revenue – Mac Stories

TECHNOLOGY

  • NHS rejects Apple-Google coronavirus app plan – BBC News
    • Disappointing to say the least – but unfortunately (in my view) unsurprising as the British government seem to have a dangerously high desire to know what and who we all interact with.
  • Contact tracing app trial on Isle of Wight – BBC
  • Cliqz closes areas for browser and search technologies – Hubert Burda Media

SECURITY & PRIVACY

  • Europe’s GDPR legislation is proving worryingly toothless — Input Mag

WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • Darkroom 4.6 Adds Video to Its Excellent Photo Editing Workflow – MacStories
  • Google Meet will soon be free for anyone with a Gmail account – Engadget
  • Apple MagSafe 1 to MagSafe 2 adapter £9 GBP on Amazon
  • New Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera with interchangeable lens launches from $50 – Geeky Gadgets

NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE

  • Nemo’s daughter Sheba reports on her new iPhone SE 2020.

Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Doug.ee Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
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  • Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
  • Fake Name Generator – so much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
  • Wire – free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
  • Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.

Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services… We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.


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Author

  • 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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