Essential Apple Podcast 182: And in other news…

Recorded 15th June 2020

The second part of the previous show where Simon, Nick and Jim carry on and take a look at some of the other news of the week.


  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom too.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner will be having more giveaways in the near future. Keep an eye on the site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk
  • Serif have expanded their sale to everything in the Affinity store until June 20th

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On this week’s show:




  • Apple commits $100 million to racial equity initiative, boosting black partners – Venture Beat
  • Apple renames Buchanan Street store as Glasgow calls for racial justice — 9to5 Mac
  • Apple Maps Real-Time Transit Information Now Available in Several More Countries and Regions – Mac Rumors
  • Apple removes Pocket Casts podcast player from App Store in China at government request – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple Discontinuing iBooks Author on July 1, Encourages Writers to Transition to Pages – Mac Rumors
  • Apple Discontinuing iTunes U at the End of 2021 – Mac Rumors
  • Apple should acquire DuckDuckGo to put pressure on Google Search, analyst argues – 9to5 Mac


  • Will the 12-inch MacBook return fully ‘ARM’ed? – Creative Bloq
    • New 12-inch MacBook could be Apple’s first ARM Mac – Apple Post


  • Microsoft Just Gave A Billion Users A Reason To Quit Windows 10 — Forbes
  • ‘OpenCore Computer’ Launches Commercial Hackintosh in Violation of Apple’s macOS Licensing Agreement [Updated] — MacRumors
  • Lego Mindstorms blasts back after seven years with a 5-in-1 programmable robot kit — Stuff
  • UK competition watchdog launches investigation into Facebook’s $400M acquisition of Giphy – TechCrunch
  • Adobe Photoshop Camera Brings Real-Time Filters and AI to Photo Sharing – Mac Stories


  • This app will tell you if your iPhone has been hacked — ZDNet


  • You can block YouTube ads by adding one symbol to the URL. ‘With great power…’ – Android Authority
  • Krita: Digital Painting. Creative Freedom* *–
  • OpenToonz 2D Animation and vector illustration – GitHub

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