Essential Apple Podcast 266: All New Essential Apple (same as the old one!)

So finally Simon gets his act together enough to relaunch the podcast (but not enough to get it out on time!!!) Anyway in a grand relaunch (okay, so we got a couple of guests on) Simon and Nick are joined by Guy Serle, and Jeff Gamet to do what they always do… Welcome back!


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Recorded 7th May 2023

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On this week’s show


  • Co-host of the MyMac Podcast with @GazMaz
  • @MacParrot and @VertShark on Twitter
  • @Macparrot on Mastodon
  • Sometime records Guy’s Daily Drive in his car on the way to work
  • Posts all his stuff to – eventually
  • Appears on a variety of other podcasts including In Touch With iOS, and MacVoices Live



  • Spligosh in the Slack
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos on You Tube


  • Apple posts better-than-anticipated earnings fueled by iPhone sales – The Guardian
    • Apple Q2 2023 results: $94.8B revenue, better than expected (with charts) – SixColors
    • Apple sales falter again but iPhone demand persists – BBC
  • How Steve Jobs saved Apple with the iMac 25 years ago – AppleInsider
    • 25 years of iMac: a computer that changed everything for Apple (again) – Stuff
    • iMac at 25: I didnt love it then but I appreciate it now – TechRadar
  • Why Apple’s Rapid Security Responses Are Better Than a Software Update – LifeWire
  • EU sends Apple stark warning over USB-C charging on new iPhones – TechRadar
    • Why the EU should stop complaining about the iPhone 15 before it even launches – BGR
  • Apple and Google Collaborate In Unwanted Tracking Alerts For All Item Trackers – Ubergizmo
  • AirTag credited with helping investigators locate $1.1M in cash stolen from armored truck – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Launches 20 New Games on Apple Arcade – MacRumors
  • Tim Cook Touts ‘Incredible’ Response to Apple Card Savings Account on iPhone – MacRumors
  • Epic Games Loses Again in Battle With Apple Over App Store Rules – MacRumors
  • (These two are specially for Guy)
    • Solid-state iPhone 15 button cancellation effectively confirmed by supplier – 9to5Mac
    • Future Apple Watch Update to Enable Pairing With Multiple Apple Devices Rather Than Just One iPhone, Claims Leaker – MacRumors


  • Driverless bus service to start in Scotland in world first – BBC News


  • Terrifying study shows how fast AI can crack your passwords; here’s how to protect yourself – 9to5Mac
  • Worst passwords exposed as users urged to change them immediately – Daily Record
  • Google joins the fight against passwords by enabling passkeys – Popular Science
  • Bitwarden’s password manager browser extension has a known exploit it hasn’t addressed in five years – TechSpot
  • New AMOS Mac malware targets passwords, personal files, crypto wallets – MacWorld


  • How to set a song as a ringtone on iPhone for free – TrustedReviews
  • Miguel de Icaza: “Neat iOS feature, for years I dreaded sharing my Contact Card – Mastodon
  • How to turn on Voice Isolation on iPhone with iOS 16.4 – Toms Guide


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Netflix kills DVD-in-the-mail business, upgrades ad-supported plan from 720p – 9to5Mac


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