Essential Apple Podcast 208: TravelPod and other rumours

Recorded 7th February 2021

We are back – sorry there wasn’t a show last week but I hurt my back and was laid up… Anyway we are back again and Nick and I go over some of the stories of the last week or so, including the array of rumours about Apple’s alleged car, Apple wanting their DTKs back, a newly discovered iMessage security feature and more…


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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


  • New Betas 11.3, 14.5 and 7.4 for Mac, iOS and Watch
    • iOS 14.5 adds support for unlocking your iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask – 9to5Mac
    • What’s new in iOS 14.5? Podcasts app redesign, Reminders sorting features, more – 9to5Mac
  • Apple requests return of Apple Silicon Developer Transition Kits, offers $200 toward purchase of M1 Mac – AppleInsider
    • Apple increases Apple Silicon DTK return credit from $200 to $500 – 9to5Mac
  • Researcher discovers hidden iOS 14 ‘BlastDoor’ security mechanism – IT Pro
  • Apple hardware boss steps down to focus on mysterious, secret project – The Independent
  • Apple launches iCloud Passwords extension for Chrome on Windows – iMore
  • Here’s why you can’t trust App Store ‘nutrition labels’ … yet – Cult of Mac
  • Hyundai Executives Said to Be ‘Divided’ Over Prospect of Apple Car Partnership – MacRumors
    • Apple to Invest $3.6 Billion in Kia Motors for Apple Car Production – Mac Rumors
  • Apple poaches Porsche VP of chassis development for Apple Car development – AppleInsider


  • Lawmakers take aim at insidious digital “dark patterns” – Ars Technica
  • Chrome for Mac security flaw: You’ll want to update today – 9to5Mac


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