Essential Apple Podcast 177: Oh hell no! Someone went and mentioned Picard!

Recorded 26th May 2020

This week I am joined once more by Jim and Nick and Mark and we talk Jailbreaks, get drawn back into the Apple Glasses thing and talk about Apple TV+ (and then someone went and mentioned the Picard thing and Mark goes off on one!) All this and more in this week’s episode…


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On this week’s show:





  • Apple Reissuing Numerous iOS App Updates, Potentially Related to Recent ‘This App is No Longer Shared’ Bug – MacRumors
  • Brand new jailbreak can ‘unlock’ any iPhone or iPad – BGR
    • Welp, There’s Already a Jailbreak Tool for Apple’s Latest Version of iOS – Gizmodo
  • Prosser and Gurman argue the toss over Apple AR Glasses…
    • Apple plans a pair of ‘Steve Jobs Heritage Edition’ AR glasses by Leander Kahney – Cult of Mac
    • The Cultcast
    • Jon Prosser FTP – YouTube
    • Do I even need to say that this (along with the rest of the Apple AR glasses stories in the past week) is complete fiction? – @markgurman
  • Apple TV+ tops 10 million subscribers, company buying TV show and movie back catalog to expand service – 9to5 Mac


  • Hey I’m watching The Story of Airlander. Check it out now on Prime Video! via Ivor Pope – Amazon Prime
  • Ex-Apple designer targets HomePod with Syng ‘Cell’ speaker startup – Apple Insider
  • Windows 10 update is causing critical laptop errors: What to do now – Laptop Mag
  • Zoom has temporarily removed Giphy from its chat feature – The Verge
  • OBS Studio for livestreaming – OBS Project
    • Stream Deck Mobile – El Gato


  • Judge Rules FBI Cannot View a Phone Lock Screen Without a Warrant – Mac Rumors
  • Startpage and Vivaldi bring more privacy to your search – Vivaldi
  • This is how UK coronavirus app could be used to spy on you – The National
    • Coronavirus: Security flaws found in NHS contact-tracing app – BBC News


  • Why Did Nobody Tell Me The iPhone Calculator Has Had A Hidden Backspace Trick This Whole Time – Pedestrian
  • Zhiyun Releases Tiny, Foldable 2-Axis Smartphone Gimbal for Just $60 – PetaPixel
  • Courtesy of the BBC and tweeted by @MacandForth – BBC
  • Star Trek Backgrounds for Video Calls – ARC Games
  • Star Wars Backgrounds for Video Calls – Star Wars


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • The Free Operating System That’s Identical To macOS – Forbes
    • Actual OS files have been pulled unsurprisingly
  • Take a screen shot on iPad with the Apple Pencil (probably the crayon too I would expect)
    • Place pencil in bottom right or bottom left of screen and drag to the centre of the screen!


  • Basically waiting for the pandemic to pass…

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  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
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  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • Sudo – get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter… You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
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  • ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
  • 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.

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