Essential Apple Podcast 287: Small, not far away…

Late yet again! However, this time Nick and Simon talk about the DMA (again), the Vision Pro (again), Peleton backpedalling, and look at the award-winning, world’s smallest humanoid robot ironically reported on by Giant Freakin Robot!
Also Simon’s microphone failed suddenly and unexpectedly with no apparent cause just before the show… so sound quality isn’t quite as good as normal – sorry.


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Recorded 18th February 2024

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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’s iMessage Avoids EU’s Digital Markets Act Regulation – Mac Rumors
    • Apple’s iMessage dodges tough new EU regulations – and Google isn’t happy – TechRadar
  • Apple’s Latest AI Tool Can Animate an Image Based on Your Description – Mac Rumors
  • The 3 reasons people are sending back their Apple Vision Pro headsets – TechRadar
    • 3 Ways Apple Vision Pro Owners are Modding Their Headsets For Comfort – Inverse
  • Someone has already used Apple Vision Pro while cycling and it went as well as you might expect – iMore
  • Say goodbye to web apps – iOS 17.4 removes useful feature on iPhones in the EU – TechRadar
  • Gruber: Apple was ‘effectively forced’ by China to bring RCS to iPhone — 9to5Mac
  • Apple shares Super Bowl Halftime Show behind-the-scenes video shot entirely on iPhone 15 Pro — 9to5Mac
  • Apple Podcasts bug prevents listeners from enjoying new episodes — AppleInsider
  • Apple’s longest-serving designer to retire; cost-cutting efforts causing ‘unrest’ inside the design team — 9to5Mac
  • Peloton will continue to support Apple Watch GymKit following userbase uproar — iMore
  • Mark Zuckerberg dishes on Apple ‘fanboys’ and how his Vision Pro review compares to Steve Ballmer’s iPhone reaction — 9to5Mac


  • ‎Arc Search – App Store
  • Former Apple exec introduces new AI-powered glasses — Fox Business
  • World’s Smallest Humanoid Robot Created By High Schoolers — Giant Freakin Robot
  • Legacy IT infrastructure accounts for more than a third of enterprise power consumption, and it’s creating a sustainability nightmare for IT leaders – IT Pro


  • ‘GoldDigger’ trojan targets iOS users to steal facial recognition data and bank accounts — 9to5Mac
    • Protect against iPhone trojan GoldPickaxe: How-to – 9to5Mac
  • Fake LastPass App Sneaks Past Apple’s Review Team – Mac Rumors
  • Apple pulls pirated movies and TV shows app disguised as a vision testing tool — 9to5Mac


  • 10 Hidden Messages Features in iOS 17 – MacRumors

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