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Essential Apple Podcast 105: The Shiny Objects Edition

Recorded 16th September 2018 Well this week was of course the Apple event... 3 new iPhones and a new Apple Watch. I think many of us were a touch disappointed that was “all” there was. Does this mean another event later for some iPads and/or Macs? Who knows? I am joined once again by Donny and we talk about what we made of it... and a few other stories. Meanwhile Hurricane Florence flooded parts of the US, a Category 5 Typhoon hammered the Philippines and is bearing down on Hong Kong and...


Essential Apple Podcast 104: Curse you 9 to 5 Mac!

Recorded 9th September 2018 This week I am joined by regular co-host Donny Yankellow to yet again try and avoid all the rumours and leakers as we approach the big event. But of course no one can have missed the 9to5 Mac “scoop” that has revealed at least two iPhones and the look of the new Apple watch. With speculation rife we try to find some other stories to talk about. A shorter than usual show unsurprisingly as we all await the big reveals (and hope 9 to 5 Mac haven't ruined all the...


Essential Apple Podcast 103: Take Control with Joe Kissell

Recorded 2nd September 2018 This week I am joined by regular co-host Nick Riley, and guest Joe Kissell (of Take Control books). As ever we try to avoid all the pre 12th September event rumours and speculation and focus on things that happened this week. Including an Apple autonomous test car getting rear ended, Apple buying an AR glasses/lenses company, and women demanding that fitness apps and products have a “pregnancy mode”... Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just...


Mark loses it over the cheese [Extract from 102]

Mark loses his cool over Business Insider's article about the Cheese Wagon...


Essential Apple Podcast 102: It goes through a LOT of cheese!

Recorded 25th August 2018 This week I am joined once again by Mark. We do our best to avoid all the rumours and speculation about the upcoming (yet to be officially announced) Apple autumn event and exactly what hardware etc will be released to focus on “actual stories” but somehow we end up at Business Insider and Mark loses his cool over one of their stories... Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!...


Essential Apple Podcast 101: iMac is 20!

Recorded 18th August 2018 This week I am joined by Nick Riley (@spligosh) and Vic Hudson (Pocket Sized Podcast, Bubblesort Podcast and more) and despite some initial technical difficulties we discuss the iMac's 20th Birthday, Facetime Group Calls getting delayed, Ming Chi Kuo predictions, robot cars, Apple's data centre in Arizona, the Hacky Hack Hack, why the ARM roadmap might mean a non Intel Mac is more likely, a bucketful of security stories and more... Why not come and join the...


Essential Apple Podcast 100: Alex France of FontBundles/DesignBundles

Recorded 12th August 2018 This week on the 100th Essential Apple: Doug Field returns to Apple, Siri Shortcuts beta introduces limited HomeKit integration, researchers developed a biodegradable paper battery, Mark makes an appearance and we have Alex France of the wonderful Font and Design Bundles to tell us all about their service and what inspires them to run such a community focussed online business. Plus to prove just how simple it is Donny actually signs up and opens a store to sell...


Essential Apple Podcast 99: Robots Good, Robots Bad

Recorded 5th August 2018 This week our guest is John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, writer of the Particle Debris column and host of the Background Mode Podcast. In the news Apple topped $1trillion market cap, Uncle Tim said that's not the only measure of success and, well that's about it really... Not quite, but we decide to take the “and anything else that catches our eye” part of the intro to heart and just wander around a few topics that intrigued us. Why not come and join the Slack...


Essential Apple Podcast 98: Warren buys all the things!

Recorded 29th July 2018 This week I am joined by Donny Yankellow (@rtteachr) and Warren Sklar (from the Mac to the Future Go Livecast) to discuss the news. We had an i9 “disaster” that wasn't, and rumours that the T2 may be causing issues. But we think that was old news and a “storm in a teacup” and so we wander off into a variety of far more interesting things. Like the sales spike in Apple Watches, FitBark Dog Activity Trackers, Verizon's VPN, and the AnyFont App for iOS. Why not come...


Essential Apple Podcast 97: An interview with Serif Affinity

Recorded 19th July 2018 Mark is back to join me to interview Ashley Hewson, CEO of Serif Affinity and we talk about Serif, Designer for iPad, the Affinty apps, winning awards, the Publisher Beta, developing for iPad, Metal acceleration and a whole lot more. Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter! Essential Apple Recommended Services: 33mail.comSudoProtonMailProtonVPNFake Name GeneratorPinecastFontBase...


Essential Apple Podcast 96: A Tidal Wave of News

Recorded 15th July 2018 A new co-host, new MacBook Pros, new Surface Go, new Affinity Designer for iPad, new Luminar update, new green phone service, new French Cyber Command... A veritable tidal wave of news. So much in fact that we even forgot to mention the App Store 10th Anniversary or Apple killing their photo printing services! Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter! Essential Apple Recommended...


Essential Apple Podcast 95: Chaos meets Bad Planning

Recorded 8th July 2018 Well this week the news was all about rumours... From the ones you and I could come up with through to the frankly fanciful. But we tend not to do rumours on this show, so I am having none of that. Instead I have Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx and Guy Serle from the MyMac Show and we discuss MIMO Live, Tim Berners-Lee being "devastated" by the state of the web. Mojave, Betas and more. Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom...


Essential Apple Podcast 94: Talking Photolemur, Luminar & Aurora HDR with Skylum

Recorded 1st July 2018 I am joined by Alex Tsepko the CEO of Skylum Software to talk about Photolemur, Luminar, what happened to the DAM module, and Aurora HDR... Actually the interview was done in two parts because we had issues trying to record while Alex was driving across the Ukraine... (who'd have guessed that?) But regardless of that we got a really great interview. Also Suffolk Pete (@hermboy) and I chew over the news of the week. Why not come and join the Slack community? You can...


Essential Apple Podcast 93: Summertime Blues

Recorded 24th June 2018 For a change, I thought I would have a panel of guests and do a “round table” show. Everyone I asked seemed to be busy - England World Cup Game, Canadian Public Holidays, summertime family outings, vacations in the wilds - I thought I was going to be without any guests at all (hence the show title). Despite my initial fears however, I have garnered guests galore. I am pleased to welcome back Steve Hammond (@Stevehammond), Donny Yankellow (@rtteachr) and Nick Riley...


Essential Apple Podcast 92: Is the AR Future Here Yet?

Recorded 17th June 2018 Well this week it has a bit of an odd one, quite a few stories but not much of any great import. Rogue Amoeba bemoaned the state of Mac hardware, while John Martellaro thinks the omens are good for new hardware soon. Developer Harley Turan showed us some AR that looked like the sort of real world use we've imagined. Apple closed down the lightning port to increase customer security while GrayShift claim to have already bypassed this defence (but then again they...


Essential Apple Podcast 91: It's all about the software

Recorded 10th June 2018 Well this week it has been all about WWDC and that was all about the software. I am joined by iOS developer WeyHan Ng to talk about all that and a few other stories too. Extra special thanks to Han for being a real trouper after I forgot to push the record button... (What a numpty!) Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the malarkey! I may not have mentioned this enough but thank you all you...


Essential Apple Podcast 90: ’Twas the night before WWDC...

Recorded 3rd June 2018 Bad day to be recording a podcast really with WWDC being tomorrow... I don't want to talk about it too much as by the time this is posted it will all be over. However as the elephant in the room we had to at least mention it! Meanwhile Guy Serle (@Macparrot) and Roger Harmon (@gofortech) and I dug up a few other stories to mull over. Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the...


Essential Apple Podcast 89: That's Kiwi, Not Kiwi…

Recorded 26th May 2018 This week GDPR happened... some US news sites decided they couldn't be bothered figuring out what it meant and have basically just blocked off access from the EU (except that isn't how GDPR works) while Microsoft and Apple have decided they will make GDPR compliance a global thing; because that is the right thing to do (and actually also it is the easiest solution). News is surprisingly abundant as we run up to WWDC and there aren't even any rumours/leaks of note...


Essential Apple Podcast 88: Slow News Week!

Recorded 20th May 2018 I am joined by Suffolk Pete to take a ramble down the byways of what news there actually is this week. One biggish story - and most of what you read about that was apparently wrong, and one that quite literally dumbfounded the pair of us with the sheer stupidity some people seem to display. Other than that we do our best to find a few things of interest to fill up the time. You don't need a special invite to join our Slack community any more, you can now just click...


Essential Apple Podcast 87: A Pot Pourri of Tech with @Spligosh

Recorded 13th May 2018 This week while Microsoft had its Build Conference and Google hosted their I/O bash; other news, some of it even about Apple, did manage to get a look in... Nick Riley (aka @spligosh) joins me to take the typically Essential Apple wander around a pot pourri of Apple and other tech stories... You don't need a special invite to join our Slack community any more, you can now just click on this Slackroom Link to join up instead! Essential Apple Recommended...