Recorded 12th December 2020
Well that was a surprise for sure AirPods Max shimmied out the door at a teeth-sucking, sharp intake of breath, $549. Are they worth it? Who knows until someone actually listens to them and gives us a comparative review. Is Simon buying some? To quote Steve Jobs “Errrr – NO!” This week the usual suspects are joined (all the way from Durham, New Hampshire) by Dave Hamilton of the Mac Geek Gab and MGG listener Brian Monroe.
GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS
- 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
- Co-host of the Mac Geek Gab Podcast
- @DaveHamilton on Twitter
- IT Consultant
- @brianmonroe on Telegram
- @oceanspeed, @essentialapple and @essentialmac on Twitter
- Puts Essential Apple related stuff on YouTube
- @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
- Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
- Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
- MacJim in the Slack
- In charge of the Essential Apple Flickr
- Also on Flickr as thesrpspaintshop
- Has videos on Vimeo
- AirPods Max hands-on: We tried Apple’s new $549 headphones and we’re impressed – CNet
- Apple Confirms 29W Power Adapter Incompatible With MagSafe Duo Charger — MacRumors
- Docker rolls out initial support for Apple Silicon Macs — Apple Insider
- Apple and Cloudflare team up to protect your web privacy – 9to5 Mac
- Fitness+ workout service for Apple Watch launching on December 14 – 9to5 Mac
- Nick got an M1 Mini and Allister Jenks got an M1 MBP. Brian Monroe got an M1 MBP
- After mocking Apple, Samsung stops including chargers with phones – Cult of Mac
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