Essential Apple Podcast 206: Simple photo and video adjustment with Darkroom

Recorded 17th January 2021

This week there was a virtual CES, somewhat reduced in size but still with its array of prototypes, new products and as ever a few oddities. Apple announced what it is actually doing with its REJI and is apparently going to extend free Apple TV+ again. Also today we are joined by Jasper Hauser of Darkroom photo and video editor for Mac and iOS (the winner of an Apple Design Award in 2020).


  • 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.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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On this week’s show



  • M1 Mac Bluetooth problems finally set to be resolved, says Apple – 9to5Mac
  • Apple begins blocking M1 Mac users from side loading iPhone and iPad applications – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Launches New Nationwide Racial Equity and Justice Initiative Projects – Mac Rumors
  • Apple suspends Parler from App Store – CNN
    • Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Parler Can Return to App Store If It Ups Moderation – Newsweek
  • Apple is extending Apple TV+ trials again — TechCrunch


  • The LG Rollable phone with expandable display is real, and coming in 2021 – CNet
  • LG’s transparent TV concept rolls up from foot of bed – Mashable UK
  • The best foldables (and rollables) of CES 2021 – Digital Trends
  • Masks, sanitizers, and social distancing gadgets: The COVID tech that dominated CES 2021 – Mashable
  • Accessibility devices at CES 2021 reflect growing focus on inclusive tech – CNet


  • Google Analytics opt out browser extension – Google
    • Available for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera.
  • Son from Simple Login replied to my suggestion of a Menubar App – go upvote it if you would like to see this (you have to register to vote)
    • That’s a good idea indeed! (and I would use it personally obviously :)). Just created, feel free to upvote it to make it happen sooner!
  • Encrypted Messaging App Signal Sees Surge in Popularity Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update – Ultimate Pocket
    • WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy Is Exactly Why No One Trusts Facebook – Inc
  • Johns Hopkins security researchers ‘shocked’ at Android and iOS vulnerabilities – 9to5Mac



For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • SmartDot radiation-protection phone stickers ‘have no effect’ — BBC News
    • “They are supposed to use “scalar energy” (aka Undetectable Magic Powers) – brought to you by the same loons who will sell you a Faraday cage for your router… “ – Simon

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