Essential Apple Podcast 193: Mark is fading away…

Recorded 4th October 2020

This week Nick and Simon are joined by Mark (who has some trouble with his mixer so unfortunately his sound isn’t as good as it should be – I did what I could to level it up – thankyou very much Chris’ Dynamic Compressor – but in parts he is a bit faint or clipped) and we wander around the what is and isn’t happening in the week in Apple.

This week’s show art was drawn by Jim – on his iPad using GoodNotes and the Apple Pencil.


  • 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 Essentials free as well.
  • 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


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


  • Tim Cook Could Earn One Million More Apple Shares by 2025 – The Mac Observer
  • Apple launches the new detailed Apple Maps experience in the United Kingdom, Look Around in select cities – 9to5 Mac
  • Google Project Zero Researcher to Join Apple to Improve iOS Security – iPhone in Canada
  • Apple releases new macOS Mojave 10.14.6 supplemental update with important bug fixes – 9to5 Mac
  • How to Fix the iOS 14 Bug That Causes Major Battery Drain – Gizmodo
  • Why Your Next iPhone Might Come Without Any Apps – Inc.
    • Pre-installed Apple apps could be banned in Europe – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple Card mislabels AT&T bill as ‘Waters, Hardy & Co’, confusing users – iMore
    • Apple says Apple Card billing mixup fixed, but tax firm still inundated with phone calls – AppleInsider
  • Apple catches electronics recycler illegally reselling over 100,000 iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches – 9to5 Mac
    • Apple kept iPhone recycling scandal secret for months – Apple 3.0
  • Judge Excoriates Epic’s Dishonesty in Hearing Regarding Lawsuit Against Apple – Daring Fireball


  • Microsoft suffers second global outage in a week – IT Pro
  • Windows on ARM is about to get lots of apps thanks to new x64 emulation – The Verge



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