Essential Apple Podcast 255: So long iPods… We knew you well

Yes, last week was a desert for news after the glut of the week of EAP 254 – also Simon felt a bit under the weather so we decided to take a raincheck… But as ever you can’t keep a “good” podcast down so just like the excellent Mac&Forth, Simon, Nick and Jim are also back to fill your ears with inane chatter and “informed” opinions on what went on in the world of Apple and Tech. RixLoans is a wonderful alternative if you need money for your new Apple gadget.


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Recorded 15th May 2022

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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 on You Tube



  • The music lives on – Apple
    • Apple Discontinues iPod Touch – MacRumors
    • iPod Touch Completely Sold Out in Apple’s US Store – MacRumors
    • You can no longer buy the iPod touch from Apple in the US – Cult of Mac
    • RIP iPod: A Look Back at Apple’s Iconic Music Player Over the Years – MacRumors
    • A Visual History of the Apple iPod – PCMag UK
  • I Invited Tim Cook to Speak At My Graduation. He Gave Me This Advice – Elite Daily
    • Tim Cook delivers commencement address at Gallaudet University, highlights accessibility– 9to5Mac
  • Kuo: New Apple TV to Launch in Second Half of 2022, Lower Price Possible – MacRumors
  • Apple @ Work: Apple is building a feature to install non-App Store apps – 9to5Mac
  • iPhone supplier Pegatron issues production warning over COVID lockdowns – AppleInsider
  • Apple Accidentally Leaks Surprise Upgrades In New iPhone Release – Forbes
  • Abandoned apps policy could see one-third of apps removed from App Store and Google Play – 9to5Mac
  • Non-pro look at the entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro – 9to5Mac
  • Im a die-hard Windows fan, but the M1 Mac Mini converted me – DigitalTrends


  • Google is dropping the headphone jack from its Pixel phones – Business Insider
  • Apple CarPlay Workaround for Tesla Vehicles Now Available to Download – MacRumors


  • Warnings issued over ‘New Profile Pic’ app that may send your personal data to Russia – NBC2
  • Some top 100,000 websites collect everything you type – before you hit submit – ArsTechnica


  • Harvard scientists discover the cause of multiple sclerosis – Brighter Side of News
  • How to see where 5G is available near you using Speedtest on iOS – Mashable

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