Essential Apple Podcast 184: Goodbye OS X – Hello OS 11

Recorded 30th June 2020**

Nick, Jim, Simon and Nick get together once more to talk about more WWDC stuff basically – there was so much news, so much stuff, and so many changes ahead that we are probably going to all be talking about it for months. Still better than having nothing to talk about.


  • 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 and Take Control of Slack too.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

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On this week’s show:


  • @oceanspeed, @essentialapple and @essentialmac on Twitter
  • Puts Essential Apple related stuff on YouTube
  • Co-host of the The Watching Men Podcast with Karl Madden



  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple


  • Big Sur is officially macOS 11
  • First Apple Silicon Macs this year, and a two year transition
  • Here’s the full list of macOS Big Sur compatible Macs – 9to5 Mac
  • iOS 14 Supported Devices: A Wide Range Of Compatibility – iGeeks Blog
    • One of the Best Features of iPadOS 14- It Runs On 6 Year Old Devices – iPad Insight
  • BootCamp won’t make it to Apple Silicon and at least for now virtualisation apps won’t be able to run x86 Windows (no news yet regards Microsoft’s ARM version)
    • Say Goodbye to Boot Camp and Windows Virtualization on Apple’s New ARM-Based Macs – iDrop News
  • Steven Sinofsky full of praise for Apple
    • Apple’s Relentless Strategy, Execution, and Point of View – Medium
  • And a piece from directly before WWDC
    • Apple Macintosh and ARM Processors – Medium
  • And a more recent one posted after we recorded
  • Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak talk with Gruber – The Talk Show
  • Craig Federighi talks to Marques Brownlee – 9to5 Mac
  • First Dev Kit Benchmarks appear – 9to5 Mac
  • 13 years of iPhone: Fans line up to get their hands on the very first iPhones – Cult of Mac


  • Apple Reveals Touch ID And Face ID Are Coming To Safari – Forbes


  • @Dougee says “If anyone is looking for services like 33mail, I have been using both Anonaddy and Simplelogin. Both are very good services and don’t seem to get blocked as often on sites like 33mail.”
  • GhoSTORIES – a new podcast by Pete Knowlton of Ghostery – Anchor


  • Freemove Collapsible Trekking Poles – Amazon $35 US / Not in the UK store.
  • [AirTurn Stands, Tablet Holders and more]{ – Nemo says “they have a ton of useful and affordable products for every possible situation, and that the MANOS clamp works with all iPads and all iPhones!”
    • Probably best to either buy direct or search Amazon as there is a wide selection of clamps, pedals etc.

Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
  • Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
  • Simple Login – Another anonymisation service
  • 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.
  • ProtonMail – end to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE… what more can you ask?
  • 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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