Essential Apple Podcast 189: The Preshow is the Aftershow… or something

Recorded 7th September 2020

No Jim this time as he is back at work, but I am joined by Nick to actually do a show – but based on the feedback related to the “Not a show…” last week we are going to try a slightly less structured approach for the next few shows – feel free to let me know what you think about it. Somehow we managed to end up with nearly as much preshow as show… so although some of it covers the same ground the Aftershow is the Preshow (or something).


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  • 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:


  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube


  • Apple Investing in Two of The World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbines in European Renewable Energy Drive – The Mac Observer
  • Apple delays predicted iOS 14 data transparency ‘adpocalypse’ until 2021 – TechSpot
    • Apple will release iOS 14 without this privacy feature: What iPhone users and developers need to know – TechRepublic
  • Apple iPhone 11 was the world’s most-shipped smartphone in H1 2020: Omdia – Pocketnow
  • Apple’s new privacy ad has a ton of Easter eggs. Here’s what they reference – Fast Company



  • Windows Computers Were Targets of 83% of All Malware Attacks in Q1 2020 – PCMag


  • Pixelmator Pro reaches 10,000 five-star ratings – and goes on sale! – Pixelmator Blog
  • Luminar AI – AI photo editing for Mac & PC – Skylum
  • Introducing Vectornator X4 – Vectornator Blog


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • People love this man’s response to a lad cycling round his drive every morning – The Poke


  • Nemo will be back soon with more goodies.

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