Essential Apple Podcast 214: What a bunch of bananas!

Recorded 21st March 2021

There never was a “March Event”, Brazil fined Apple over lack of chargers – but it’s pocket change, Apple lets Russia install apps, Intel goes on the offensive (and self pwns), and Jim installs an update! Join Simon, Nick and Jim as they discuss this and more and find out just what the bananas are all about!


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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 allows Russia to pre-install apps on iPhones as part of device setup – 9to5Mac
    • Apple Bent the Rules for Russia—and Other Countries Will Take Note) – Wired
  • Brazil fines Apple over lack of charger in iPhone 12 box – 9to5Mac
  • Intel slams Apple over MacBook Air battery lie, owns itself in the process – iMore
  • Apple Discontinues 512GB and 1TB SSD Configurations of 4K 21.5-inch iMac – Mac Rumors
  • iMac Pro removed from Apple’s website, officially discontinued – 9to5Mac
  • Could the MacBook Pro come with a 16 core Apple M1X or M2 processor? – Pocketlint
  • More Beta’s drop
  • iOS 14 Isn’t Safe From Forensic Extraction Technology – The Mac Observer
  • Woman using Apple Pay charged $2,200 for bunch of bananas — iMore


  • ‘I’m a Mac’ star Justin Long pivots to Intel in new ads mocking M1 Macs — 9to5Mac
  • Vivaldi fires up performance – Vivaldi Browser
  • Facebook Is Developing a Version of Instagram for Children Under 13 – Mac Rumors
  • Your 8TB HDD might seem big now, but 120TB drives are on the way – PC Gamer


  • Dropbox and LastPass announce changes to their free password managers — 9to5Mac
  • Hackers are exploiting a server vulnerability with a severity of 9.8 out of 10 — Ars Technica
  • Exchange flaws could be much worse than thought: Six hacking groups suspected of using the zero days pre-patch – The Register


  • How to Auto-Remove Annoying Tracking Codes in URLs You Share from Your iPhone – iOS Gadget Hacks


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Mark’s van life videos AVLT – YouTube

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