Essential Apple Podcast 235: Rock Down to Electric Avenue

No Jim this week but quite a lot of news, we correctly predict that Apple might send out invitations the day after we record, discuss the Primephonic acquisition and hope it means a decent classical offering from Apple, Nick takes a trip to Fully Charged Live, and lots more stuff that caught our eye this week.


  • 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 6th September 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



  • Apple Delays Rollout of Controversial Child Safety Features to Make Improvements – MacRumors
    • Apple indefinitely delays introduction of photo scanning features after widespread outcry – The Independent
  • Germany wants Apple to offer iPhone updates and parts for 7 years – AppleInsider
    • New EU rules for parts and updates would play into Apple’s strength – Apple 3.0
  • Apple will ask before it targets you with its ads in iOS 15 – The Verge
  • The iPhone 13’s rumored satellite link sounds like it’s just for emergencies – The Verge
  • Apple acquires Primephonic, folding it into Apple Music – AppleMagazine
    • Apple is building a classical music streaming app after buying Primephonic – Engadget
    • Apple Acquires Classical Streaming Service Primephonic – Billboard
  • Fission 2.7.1 Is Now Available; Fission Exits the Mac App Store – Rogue Amoeba
  • Apple Arcade is getting an exclusive Lego Star Wars game – Engadget
  • Apple Makes Season One of TV+ Mystery Drama ‘Home Before Dark’ Free to Watch – MacRumors
  • TSMC Increased Its 5nm Chip Prices for Apple by Just 3 Percent – wccftech
  • Apple TV+ Pays Off Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney in Biscuits – The Mac Observer
    • Ryan Reynolds Responds to Ted Lasso’s Wrexham AFC Joke – CBR


  • Apps used by children must meet new UK privacy standards – 9to5Mac
  • Google’s New AI Photo Upscaling Tech is Jaw-Dropping – PetaPixel
  • Windows 11 available on October 5 – Windows Experience


  • Instagram to Require Users to Provide Their Date of Birth – MacRumors


  • Use “Tell (contact)” to speed up Siri sending a text (thanks to Tony via Mac Geek Gab 887 for that)


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Software for graphic designers finds success in two acts – The Times (PAYWALLED but there is a free trial option)
  • Apple’s self-driving cars experience minor accidents within a week of. each other – iMore

Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • All Things Secured – Online security made simple by Josh Summers.
  • 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.
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  • 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 and on the App Stores – 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.

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