Essential Apple Podcast 201: Weird News Weekly

Recorded 6th December 2020

As we move into December Simon, Nick and Jim take a look at some of the news of the week including a weird camera for your Apple Watch, people putting WiFi routers in Faraday cages, and speculation around an Apple “Christmas Surprise!“


  • 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



  • How a nightmare wormable, wireless, automatic hijack-a-nearby-iPhone security flaw was found and fixed — The Register
  • Apple launches recall program for iPhone 11 display with touch issues – 9to5 Mac
    • How to check if your iPhone 11 is eligible for Apple’s new display module replacement program — 9to5 Mac
  • It’s not just you: Complaints about iPhone 12 battery life and dropped calls are widespread — Cult of Mac
  • Rumor: Apple memo to service providers suggests potential new hardware announcement next week – 9to5 Mac
  • App Store Award winners receive their physical trophies — Apple Insider
  • iPhone Upgrade Program Resumes in England — Mac Rumors
  • How to Install macOS Big Sur on an Unsupported Mac – THE EASY WAY using Big Sur Patcher! – Mr Macintosh on YouTube
  • Apple redesigns its Accessibility website and debuts new support videos — iMore
  • After Ransomware Attack, School District Says Chromebooks Safe But Not Windows Laptops — Forbes


  • The Wristcam is a camera for your Apple Watch — The Verge
  • People are putting their routers in jail to protect themselves from harmless Wi-Fi — The Verge
  • Family Sharing for App Store Subscriptions Now Available – Mac Rumors
  • Salesforce escalates Microsoft rivalry with £20.7bn Slack acquisition – IT Pro


  • ProtonVPN is packed full of features to protect your data – Mashable


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.
  • Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
  • 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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