Essential Apple Podcast 276: Pick & Mix

Another super late release of a show with Simon and Nick (really have to find a more efficient way to process the show notes…, not sure Simon can do anything to fix his busy life schedules :D). Anyway – here it is with a variety of stories again mostly avoiding stuff from “people close to the matter say”. Oh and a bunch of car chatter in the Aftershow/Preshow segment!


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Recorded 13th August 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


  • Apple is donating to Maui and Hawaii relief efforts – iMore
  • A year with Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro: A notch by any other name – iMore
  • iPhone 14 Pro users are already seeing battery health tank – what to do now – Tom’s Guide
  • iPhone 15 might not be the only Apple handset getting USB-C upgrade – Tom’s Guide
    • Apple may be adding USB-C charging to older iPhones now, too – ZDNET
  • Launchpad Doesn’t Compete for Longtime Mac Users – TidBITS
  • Do You Use It? Stage Manager Sees Weak Adoption – TidBITS
  • Apple TV+’s ‘Frog and Toad’ not viewable in the U.S. – AppleInsider
  • Vancouver Car Thieves Outsmart Woman’s Hidden AirTag – iPhone in Canada Blog
  • Your iPhone’s ‘End call’ button is moving, and it might be weird for a while – ZDNET
  • Apple cuts classic iTunes Movie Trailers app, but it has a new home – TrustedReviews


  • An Apple Malware-Flagging Tool Is ‘Trivially’ Easy to Bypass – WIRED
  • Google rolls out unknown Apple AirTag tracker alerts for Android devices – check yours now – EFTM


  • M3 roadmap speculation hints at next Apple Silicon generation chips – AppleInsider


  • 10 Most Underrated iPhone Features You Should Be Using – SlashGear
  • 7 things you need to do before reselling your iPhone – Tom’s Guide
  • How To Uninstall Apps On Apple CarPlay – SlashGear

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