Essential Apple Podcast 230: Yes It’s a Happy Mac Again! :D

Annnnd IT’S BACK – yes the M1 MBA returns in all its glory. Simon is joined by Nick to talk about that, the news in Apple and Tech, and whatever other discursive diversions take their fancy.


  • 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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Recorded 1st August 2021

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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
  • Nick’s church stream videos – You Tube


  • Simon’s returned M1 MBA…
    • I made the usual mistake of trying to set up my own user account and then realising I need to import the old one with the same name using migration assistant- pleased to say the assistant is now savvy to that mistake and allows you to remove/replace the just created one with the one you want to migrate
    • Biggest grief was 1) remembering to go into system startup options and reduce the SIP to reduced or whatever they call it to allow extensions/kexts 2) getting the migrated account to actually activate and use all those things – big flurry of trips to System Prefs / Security approving stuff and warding off restarts until I’d got as many as I could in one go
    • Oh and damn I found out you need to enter your iCloud account password an inordinate amount of times before you can get LastPass/Bitwarden/Keychain to do it for you (or even just let you put it on the clipboard)
    • But also I found out what a blessing iCloud and Dropbox and OneDrive and all those services are – once their daemons were up and running all my stuff just magically fell back into place
    • Oh yes and you also realise how much you make use of handoff when you’re suddenly forced to type in that 20 char string by looking at Passwords on your phone for the 15th time
  • macOS: Here’s How to Reset an M1 Mac SMC – The Mac Observer
  • Apple announces record revenue of $81.4 billion – Geeks Corner
    • Notes of interest from Apples Q3 2021 earnings report and conference call – AppleInsider
    • Apple Q3 2021 Results – $81.4 Billion Revenue – MacStories
  • Apple’s controversial Safari redesign is now optional in the latest iPadOS – The Verge
  • M1 MacBook screen cracks occurring during normal usage – 9to5Mac
  • Apple’s most important supply plant hit by gas contamination in China – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Releases Updates for Macs, iPhones, and iPads – The Mac Observer
  • Apple is pulling the plug on some Siri support for apps like Uber later this year – iMore
  • How can I watch Apple TV+ on my television? – Radio Times
  • iPhone 13 and Redesigned MacBook Pro Chip Production Hit With Gas Contamination – MacRumors


  • People first drove on the Moon 50 years ago today – Engadget
  • The first Windows 11 public beta is available to download – BGR
  • TSMC gets green light on 2nm fab, plans to have it operational in 2024 – TechSpot
  • Just Have a Think – Iron Air Battery – YouTube


  • Which Tube station should I Park at? – Park & Ride London
  • iPhone users: Delete annoying duplicate contacts once and for all – CNet
  • Feedback from Jim: We were talking about iCloud and iTunes accounts and I said ‘I wish Apple would let us combine the iCloud and iTunes accounts into one’ well, apparently you can but you need to go to the support web page and click on the link to talk to a ‘human being’ and they will do the magic– Apple Support.


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Just for fun: What if Apple had made Mac OS-based smartphones, tablets, and watches in the ‘90s? – 9to5Mac

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