Essential Apple Podcast 176: Wilful nonsense!

Recorded 18th May 2020

This week I am joined once more by Jim and Mark and Nick to ponder over the mysteries of the week in Apple and Tech and for whatever reason it all goes a bit weird… Lockdown brainrot setting in? Regardless of that here it is in all of its “glory”


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On this week’s show:




  • Some iPad Pro users complaining that the Magic Keyboard causes excessive battery drain — 9to5 Mac
  • John Gruber calls for Post to retract Apple-Google article — Apple 3.0
  • Leaker says he’s seen Apple Glasses. And they’re coming next year — iMore
  • FBI Serves Apple Warrant to Gain US Senator’s iCloud Data – Mac Rumors
  • Ubisoft Sues Apple for refusing to remove an Alibaba game from their App Store that is a ‘Rainbow Six|Siege’ Ripoff – Patently Apple


  • Microsoft: we were wrong about open source — The Verge
  • AR Copy Paste tool allows users to drop images of objects into a computer — Dezeen
  • The Robot Dog That is Enforcing Social Distancing — AI Daily
  • Facebook’s Giphy acquisition might have big implications for iMessage and Twitter — The Verge
  • Linux not Windows: Why Munich is shifting back from Microsoft to open source – again – ZDNet
  • IKEA play forts – Dezeen


  • Major security flaw found in Thunderbolt Macs and PCs: Should you be worried? – Macworld
  • Adobe Acrobat Security Vulnerabilities Allow Root Privileges on Mac, Update Now – Mac Rumors


  • Mophie unveils new Powerstation XL with USB-C and Lightning, Qi charging, more – 9to5 Mac


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Sony Unveils the World’s First Camera Sensors with Built-in AI – PetaPixel


  • Basically waiting for the pandemic to pass…

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