Essential Apple Podcast 269: Go Go Gadget Goggles (WWDC)

As late as ever, sorry! Simon and Nick get together to talk about WWDC23…


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Recorded 11th June 2023

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On this week’s show


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


  • 15”MacBook Air
    • 15.3 inch
    • Six speakers
    • 18 hours battery
    • $1299, 13“ down to $1099
  • Mac Studio
    • M2 Max 50% faster
    • M2 Ultra, 20%/30%/40% faster CPU/GPU/Neural 192GB – upto six displays
  • Mac Pro
    • M2 Ultra 3x faster
    • 192GB
    • 7x Afterburner equivalent
    • 6x PCI expansion
    • $6999
  • iOS 17
    • Phone FaceTime and messages improvements
    • Contact posters
    • Will work with VOIP
    • Live voicemail transcriptions on device
    • Video voicemail messages
    • Check in on messages
    • Name Drop works with phone and watch
      • Works with Airdrop and PhotosAlso works with SharePlay
    • Better autocorrect with inline suggestion
    • Better dictation
    • Journal
      • Uses the ML – Ssuggestions API to integrate 3rd party apps
      • Secured
    • Standby – Nightstand type mode, customisable with widgets
    • Siri drops “Hey” and adds run on support
  • iPadOS 17
    • Interactive Widgets
    • Peronalised Lock Screen with widgets
    • Live activities and multiple timers
    • Health app
    • Better PDF and Freeform
  • MacOS Sonoma
    • New wallpapers and lock screens
    • Desktop widgets with fade back. Includes iPhone widgets
    • Game mode prioritizes game code, reduced latency with 2x BT sampling for controllers
    • Demo – Death Stranding Directors cut
    • Presenter on screen and effects for FaceTime and 3rd party apps
    • Safari – Blocks trackers and more – New Profiles mode (focus for Safari)
    • Secure sharing of passwords/passkeys
    • Create webapps
  • AirPods
    • Adaptive audio blends transparency with noise cancellation
    • AirPods Pro conversation mode detects you speaking
  • AirPlay
    • Airplay enhancements
    • Airplay in hotels
    • SharePlay for CarPlay
  • AppleTV
    • New control centre
    • FaceTime for AppleTV using continuity camera
    • API for 3rd party apps coming to AppleTV
  • WatchOS 10
    • Scrollable widgets
    • New design language and a bigger focus on the crown
    • Cycling improved with tools for 3rd party tools to link to iPhone for display
    • New compass and waypoint features
    • Better maps for hikers/cyclists – contours and safety improvements
    • New developer features for training apps
    • Mental health – state of mind in mindfulness
      • Survey of your mental health with suggestions
    • Myopia reduction with sunshine measures and screen distance suggestions
  • Apple Vision Pro
    • Introduces spatial computing
    • Eyes hands voice
    • EyeSight
    • Massive amounts of tech
    • M2+R1
    • $3499
  • The features that didn’t get discussed onstage at WWDC – Six Colors
  • These are the macOS Sonoma features that aren’t available to Intel Macs – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Releases Tool to Help Developers Port Windows Games to Mac – MacRumors
  • 10 awesome new features Apple didn’t talk about at WWDC23 – Cult of Mac
  • iOS 17 Lets You Share iCloud Keychain Passwords With Friends and Family – MacRumors
  • App Store App Can Now Tell You How Long an App Will Take to Download in iOS 17 – MacRumors
  • Apple Acquires AR Headset Firm Mira Behind Mario Kart Ride at Super Nintendo World –MacRumors
  • iPadOS 17 adds support for external USB-C webcams and microphones – 9to5Mac
  • ‘Ducking hell’ to disappear from Apple autocorrect – BBC
  • WWDC 2023 — June 5 Apple on YouTube
  • Apple Exec Shows Off Guitar Skills After Solo in WWDC Video – Business Insider
  • The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2023 – YouTube


  • Microsoft finds lethal macOS ‘Migraine’ exploit that was bypassing Apple SIP – Windows Central


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