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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  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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 daughter Sheba reports on her new iPhone SE 2020.

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