Essential Apple Podcast 217: When Siri Sprung Spring Loaded

Recorded 18th April 2021

This week Siri sprung their Spring Loaded event announcement before they sent out the invites, the inventor of PDF passed away, we talk hacks and scams and of course Nick and Simon talk to guest Jeff Gamet about all of that, Jeff’s new MacVoices string “Up to Speed with Jeff Gamet” and more.


  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually 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



  • Siri leaks April 20 date planned for Apple’s next special event – Cult of Mac
  • Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ Event Officially Announced for Tuesday, April 20 – MacRumors
  • Colors in Apple’s spring event invitation hint at a lot of things – Apple Insider
  • The First ‘Up To Speed’ with Jeff Gamet – MacVoices #21065
  • We finally know how the FBI unlocked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone – TNW
  • Apple trade-in partner under fire amid ‘alarming uptick’ in complaints – 9to5Mac
  • Apple brings its 24-hour music video channel to the UK and Canada – 9to5Mac
  • This new Apple tech could be the best thing to happen to iPhones in years – BGR
  • 23 useful Mac settings hiding in plain sight – Popular Science


  • Dr. Chuck Geschke, Co-Founder Of Adobe And Inventor Of PDF, Dies Aged 81 – UNILAD
  • Exclusive: Breakthrough COVID-19 Red Light Treatment in Canada Kills Coronavirus in Nasal Passages – Showbiz 411


  • Backdoored developer tool that stole credentials escaped notice for 3 months – Ars Technica
  • Nasty MacBook Pro pop-up scam preys on unsuspecting victims – don’t be fooled – Laptop Mag
  • Can an iPhone be hacked? A breakdown of common hacks and cyber hygiene best practices – Business Insider



For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Bevvi – Find out when & where your friends are having a drink


  • Special report on the iPhone 12 Mini with Sheba, and the link she mentions is shebadoeshair

Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
  • Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
  • Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
  • Sudo – get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter… You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
  • ProtonMail – end to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE… what more can you ask?
  • ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
  • Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
  • Fake Name Generator – so much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
  • Wire – free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
  • Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.

Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services… We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.

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