Essential Apple Podcast 204: Happy New Year!

Recorded 3rd January 2021

Happy New Year – and let’s all hope it brings us better times! This week we are joined once again by Andrius Gailiunas of Pixelmator to hear how they got though last year, the launch of several new products and the release of Pixelmator 2.0… Plus our usual look at stories that caught our eye over the last few days.


  • 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



  • Apple starts shipping out special iPhones to security researchers – Cult of Mac
  • The new M1 Mac mini is now available as a hosted server with MacStadium — 9to5Mac
  • Record App Store spend during holidays thanks to pandemic – 9to5Mac
  • Serious Warning Issued For Apple AirPods Max Users – Forbes
  • This Underrated HomePod Mini Feature Will Make Your TV Room Sound Like A Movie Theater — Elite Daily
  • Apple will let Amphetamine app stay in the App Store after wrongly telling developer it violated App Store rules — The Verge
  • Apple removes Vybe Together app that promoted pandemic parties — Dazed
  • Five iOS bugs and annoyances Apple needs to fix in 2021 — ZDNet
  • Apple’s New Patent Will Revolutionize the Keyboard — Interesting Engineering
  • Corellium notches partial victory in Apple iOS copyright case — Ars Technica
  • Apple Could Be Willing to Back Down on Disputed Pear Logo Battle — iDrop News


  • Amazon buys Wondery, setting itself up to compete against Spotify for podcast domination — The Verge
  • Adobe Officially Ends Flash Support, Recommends Uninstalling Immediately — MacRumors


  • Signal’s famous encryption may have been cracked – Tech Radar
  • Brave’s privacy-focused browser rolls out a version for Apple’s M1 Macs — Engadget


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Happy 40th Birthday (Tomorrow) to the Most Important Rule in the History of Apple — Inc.

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