Essential Apple Podcast 196: A fairly short show

Recorded 25th October 2020

This week there isn’t a huge amount going on as everyone waits with bated breath for the next Apple thing to be announced… Nevertheless Simon, Jim and Nick find a bit to natter about but even so it is a fairly short show by recent standards!


  • 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



  • Extension of Apple TV+ – No email for me but my next payment date moved to Feb 2 2021
  • Upgrading to iPhone 12 causes issues for UK NHS COVID-19 app users – Apple Insider
  • Apple Updates iMovie and GarageBand for iOS With New Features – Mac Rumors
  • Apple removes its ‘TV Remote’ app from the App Store as iOS now has an integrated Remote – 9to5 Mac
  • First durability tests show notable improvements to the iPhone 12 with Ceramic Shield – 9to5 Mac
  • iPhone MagSafe Chargers Have A Big Problem – They’re Not MagSafe – Forbes
  • Launch Center Pro now lets you change iOS app icons without using Shortcuts – 9to5 Mac
  • ‎The vectornator people have a font manager from iOS – App Store


  • From Donny So I threatened that I’d do it…I designed a set of iOS 14 icons. Decided to put them for sale at Etsy. So many are these crisp and clean copycat icons so I went with a rough sketchy style. – Esty store
  • El Trackpad iOS part via the App Store and Mac element from the developer’s site.
  • Chose what happens to newly downloaded Apps on iOS 14 – the setting is in Settings > Home Screen – you can have newly downloaded items go to the home screen, or App Library only.


  • Nemo is restocking the shelves for the holiday season!

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