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Essential Apple Podcast 111: Catching up with Jeff Gamet

Recorded 11th November 2018 This week Apple launched a pair of repair programs for some iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro models, reviewers have been going at the new Apple hardware with in depth reviews, and Uncle Tim promised money for the wildfires in Califonia. Meanwhile Samsung showed off a face to face folding screen (just about) and Xiaomi are coming to the UK hoping to take on Apple and Samsung. I am joined by guest Jeff Gamet formerly of the Mac Observer and now with Smile...


Essential Apple Podcast 110: Scrap-Book Air?

Recorded 4th November 2018 This week of course Apple had a keynote event in New York and revealed a host of items, some expected (iPad), some only hoped for (Mac Minis and MacBook Airs)... Also they had an earnings call - not something we tend to get overly wrapped up in on this show but there were a couple of points of interest. Unsrprisingly there wasn't really much other news of note to us but even so we run extra long... DONT FORGET THE JOE KISSELL OFFER... 30% OFF any Take Control...


Essential Apple Extra: Featuring Tim Bajarin

Recorded 31st October 2018 In this very special edition of the podcast I am delighted and honoured to have the company of Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies and Techpinions site and podcast. On this show TIM BAJARIN Tim is recognised as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists, covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. His writing and analysis has been on the forefront of the digital revolution and he was one of the first analysts to cover...


Essential Apple Podcast 109: Modern photography, technical excellence & better bagels?!?!

Recorded 21st October 2018 This week Tim Cook said Bloomberg should retract their Chinese Hack story. Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, passed away. Adobe had their Max Conference and announced Photoshop for iPad and more. But Mark and Simon aren't interested in that stuff! No, we have the highly respected Jeff Carlson with us and we are only interested what he has to say, and the biggest of stories – #Bagelgate and Apple sending out invites to the “There's more in the making” event...


Essential Apple Podcast 108: Slap a sticker on it!

Recorded 14th October 2018 This week the Bloomberg story rumbled on, but Donny and I decide to just summarise that and concentrate on things like the Apple 11% drop in Q3 Sales. Alleged info on the upcoming iPad Pro. Apple's TV streaming plans and a wireless charger that intrigues both of us but we just think is too good to be true. 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! DONT FORGET THE JOE KISSELL...


Essential Apple Podcast 107: Chinese Reds Under The Bed & Other Scary Tales!

Recorded 7th October 2018 Well that was a week that was (as they say). Indonesia can't catch a break as the earthquake not only caused a deadly tsunami but set off a volcanic eruption. Haiti was struck with an earthquake and South Korea by a typhoon. As if that wasn't enough Bloomberg came out with a scary story about a hardware hack that has turned into a massive mystery. Microsoft pulled their Windows 10 update, Simon discovered a big downside to Apple News on Mac and a data aggregator's...


Essential Apple Podcast 106: Teething toubles & falling down

Recorded 30th September 2018 Sorry it's late - life and work kind of intervened... Also sorry about last week - neither Donny or I were feeling up to scratch so we decided that if we both felt ill it was best to just abandon it. Meanwhile the stories kept piling up - an awful lot of it “security and privacy' related to be honest. DONT FORGET THE JOE KISSELL OFFER... 30% any Take Control purchase before November 30th with this link 30% Off or use the code ESSENTIALAPPLE at checkout. And just...


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! We...


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 Slack...


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 his...


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 and...


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...