Essential Apple Podcast 199: The Essential Maccast

Recorded 22nd November 2020

This week Adam “Maccast” Christianson joins Simon, Nick and Donny to talk about M1 Macs, iOS on M1, Emulation, Apple’s App Store commission cut for “small” developers and more.


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On this week’s show:


  • @maccast on Twitter and Instagram
  • Maccast
  • Maccast podcast wherever you get your podcasts


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




  • Watch Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro Obliterate 2020 Intel MacBook Pro in Speed Tests – Mac Rumors
  • Restoring Apple Silicon M1 Macs Leading to macOS Installation Errors – Mac Rumors
  • Apple cuts App Store commission to 15% for developers paid less than $1M per year – Apple Insider
  • Craig Federighi says Windows can run natively on M1 Macs but is ‘really up to Microsoft’ – 9to5 Mac
  • CodeWeavers gets Windows apps running on Apple Silicon – Apple Insider
  • Apple embraces iOS 14 home screen customization by fixing how app shortcuts work – TechCrunch
  • Apple aware of display issues affecting some iPhone 12 models –9to5 Mac
    • Apple suggests display issue with iPhone 12 may be solved with iOS update – iMore
  • Apple has released a revised version of iOS 14.2 for iPhone 12 owners – iMore
  • Apple M1 Mac reviews: Impressive performance and battery life, iOS apps are a mixed bag – 9to5 Mac


  • Microsoft’s Latest Windows 10 Win Comes From An Unlikely Source… Apple – Forbes


  • Most common passwords of 2020 – Nord


  • Geekbench of M1 v Intel Macs
    • M1 destroys all the other Macs in single core – comes 13th in multi core – as these are the first of their kind that’s pretty good I think – tw 13th might not sound too dope but that’s only the Xeon Macs (Pros and iMac Pro’s) and the latest 27in iMacs. That means M1 beats Trash can Pro and the 2020 MBP 16” and all the others
  • Is Apple Silicon Ready –
  • Jason Snell podcast 20 Macs for 2020

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