Essential Apple Podcast 218: All the Colours of the Rainbow

Recorded 25th April 2021

This week, of course, is all about the Spring Loaded event, and yes those who said it meant exactly that were right! We have a full house with. Simon Mark, Jim, GazMaz from the MyMac Podcast, and Steve Durbin from Geeks Corner to go over the announcements and give our own views on what we thought of it all.


  • 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:



  • Runs the Geeks Corner website
  • Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
  • @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter



  • All the new stuff…
  • Apple Event 2021: Everything Apple Announced at Its ‘Spring Loaded’ Event in Just 6 Minutes – MacRumors
  • AirTags Separated From Owners for Three Days or More Play Audible Sound When Moved – MacRumors
  • AirTags can be read with iPhone and Android using NFC – Geeks Corner
    • Lost AirTags Can Be Read By NFC-Enabled iPhones and Android Devices – MacRumors
  • Precision Finding compatible with:
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini
    • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple’s new TV calibration feature is coming to older Apple TV models – What Hi Fi
  • New Siri Remote Lacks Accelerometer and Gyroscope for Gaming on Apple TV – MacRumors
  • M1 iMac Tidbits: Storage up to 2TB, RAM up to 16GB, base model trade-offs, Touch ID keyboard – 9to5Mac
  • Touch ID on New Magic Keyboard Isn’t Compatible With M1 iPad Pro – MacRumors
  • Apple’s Greg Joswiak: No Plans to Merge Mac and iPad – MacRumors
  • ‘Apple’s M1 Positioning Mocks the Entire x86 Business Model’ – Daring Fireball

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