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Essential Apple Podcast 147: Affinity - a ten year labour of love!

September 17th, 2019


Recorded 15th September 2019

Simon is still afflicted with a stuffed up nose but never mind - this week he and Donny are joined by Ashley Hewson the …

Essential Apple Podcast Extra: Simon's event reactions

September 11th, 2019


Recorded 11th September 2019

So the event has been and gone. Everyone is having their say so why not get his tuppence worth in too? After a rant about the “prognosticators” he gets straight on with his first …

Essential Apple Podcast 146: It’s a kind of magic

September 9th, 2019


Recorded 8th September 2019

Simon is struck down with a miserable sinus infection but as no one else is free he stuffs Kleenex up his nose and …

Essential Apple Podcast 145: It might as well rain until September!

September 3rd, 2019


Recorded 1st September 2019

And we are back! Did you miss us? Well despite August traditionally being a news dead zone and all round “silly season” - a moderate amount happened while we were taking a break. Simon is …

Essential Apple Podcast 144: School’s out for summer

July 31st, 2019


Recorded 28th July 2019

This week Apple spent $1Bn to acquire most of Intel’s modem business, Facebook got their $5Bn fine (but with an amnesty for …

Essential Apple Podcast 143: Mark takes flight solo

July 25th, 2019


Recorded 21st July 2019

This week Simon’s son managed to break his elbow in not one, but three places on a Saturday evening, leaving Simon sleep …

Essential Apple Podcast 142: An oasis in a desert of news

July 16th, 2019


Recorded 14th July 2019

This week Apple announced new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, but killed the MacBook... also they cut prices on SSD BTO …

Essential Apple Podcast 141: The Jony Ive Exit Strategy Edition

July 4th, 2019


Recorded 30th June 2019

This week the iOS 13 and Catalina Public Betas launched - Simon (of course) ignored good sense and went headlong into them, consequences be damned and it promptly bit him in the arse! Apple …

Essential Apple Podcast 140: Don't forget to press record - idiot!

June 25th, 2019


Recorded 23rd June 2019

After last week's debacle where I managed to not record the show (heedjit!!!) I made doubly sure this week! I am joined by “roving reporter” Mark Chappell to take a look at a few stories from …

Essential Apple Podcast 139: The obligatory WWDC edition!

June 12th, 2019


Recorded 9th June 2019

This week is of course the obligatory post WWDC edition! I am joined by Weyhan Ng our resident iOS developer and by Donny Yankellow to talk about what we felt about this year's keynote, and what …

Essential Apple Podcast 138: Pre WWDC Limbo

June 6th, 2019


Recorded 2nd June 2019

This week I am joined by Suffolk Pete (@Hermboy) in what is an odd sort of Limbo - we are recording this the day before WWDC, …

Essential Apple Podcast 137: Strange Days?

May 29th, 2019


Recorded 26th May 2019

This week I am joined by the semi regular co-hosts Nick (@spligosh) Riley and Donny (@rtteachr) Yankellow, to take a look at …

Essential Apple Podcast 136: A Pragmatic Approach to a Lack of News (Part Two)

May 22nd, 2019


Recorded 12th May 2019

This edition, Part Two of the show recorded with John Chidgey of Bubblesort and The Engineered Network (home of Pragmatic, Analytical, and more) and in this part we talk about a variety of …

Essential Apple Podcast 135: A Pragmatic Approach to a Lack of News (Part One)

May 17th, 2019


Recorded 12th May 2019

Alright – it is late again, mea culpa! However in my defence this show took quite a lot of creative editing as I split it in …

Essential Apple Podcast 134: Of Clickbait, Brain Herpes and Starting a Podcast

May 11th, 2019


Recorded 5th May 2019

First of all deepest apologies for the very late posting of this edition - I won't bore you with the details but let's just …

Essential Apple Podcast 133: The Donkey… Ehh, he was not pleased

April 30th, 2019


Recorded 28th April 2019

Well what the actual hell? I take a week off and the internet goes berserk! Apple and Qualcomm settle, Intel drop 5G …

Essential Apple Podcast 132: Down the rabbit hole with Simon & Nick

April 17th, 2019


Recorded 14th April 2019

This week there didn't seem to be a great deal of Apple news, not so much a “quiet week that wasn't” as a “quiet week that was”... So expecting a relatively short show Nick and I sallied forth, …

Essential Apple Podcast 131: It was a quiet week... & then it wasn't!

April 10th, 2019


Recorded 7th April 2019

This week was a bit slim on Apple news, or at least until the last minute... Then all of a sudden there were quite a few stories including MagSafe, an ML/AI hire, iTunes rumours and Apple ads on …

Essential Apple Podcast 130: So that Showtime event… Hot or not?

April 2nd, 2019


Recorded 31st March 2019

This week, in the wake of the Apple “It's Showtime” keynote, and with the luxury of a few days to mull it all over, I am …

Essential Apple Podcast 129: Maybe Jules Verne was right?

March 25th, 2019


Recorded 24th March 2019

This week I am joined by fellow Slacker resident Ivor “the Airship” Pope to see what we thought of this week's hardware releases, Apple's interesting way of breaking the news and Uncle Tim's …

Essential Apple Podcast 128: Mindblowing stuff is coming!

March 21st, 2019


Recorded 17th March 2019

This week I am joined by fellow Suffolk MUG member and Slackroom resident Suffolk Pete to ponder the likely shenanigans to …

Essential Apple Podcast 127: Hey Tim! Is that you?

March 13th, 2019


Recorded 10th March 2019

This week Uncle Tim made a joke out of Donald Trump's name slipup, US Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to break up tech companies, German teen hacker relents and gives Apple the secret to his …

Essential Apple Podcast 126: The Tucson MUG Takeover

March 7th, 2019


Recorded 3rd March 2019

The Tucson Mac User Group rounded up a posse of MyMac contributors and sent them to take over the show... I am joined by Bob Wood, Curt Blanchard, David Acklam and Roger Harmon to take a ramble …

Essential Apple Podcast 125: Should I just get a megaphone?

February 26th, 2019


Recorded 24th February 2019

This week I am joined by “the eccentric iOS developer” Weyhan Ng and Nick Riley (@spligosh) and we get stuck into a …

Essential Apple Podcast 124: Cyber Security Special with Andy J

February 21st, 2019


Recorded 17th February 2019

This week I am joined by our resident digital forensics specialist and the Slackroom security guru @dougee (Andy J) for a Cyber Security Special to talk about passwords, password managers, …

Essential Apple Podcast 123: Feeling slightly SMUG with Mark Elliss of Suffolk Macs

February 12th, 2019


Recorded 10th February 2019

This week things went bonkers, Jeff Bezos refused to be blackmailed, Apple fixed one bug and then got accused of another... Some apps have been recording your screens and Apple tells them …

Essential Apple Podcast 122: Sometimes bad news is all there is

February 6th, 2019


Recorded 3rd February 2019

This week Simon had trouble with iCloud, Facebook and Google had trouble with Apple, and Apple had trouble with FaceTime. Meanwhile criminals are tapping into the phone system backbone to …

Essential Apple Podcast 121: Happy Birthday Macintosh & SE/30 – TheMacMommy

February 1st, 2019


Recorded 27th January 2019

This week it was 35 years since Steve pulled the Macintosh out of the bag to say hello, also it is 30 years since the …

Essential Apple Podcast 120: The Bob is back in town

January 25th, 2019


Recorded 20th January 2019

This week Slackers everywhere lost their collective cool over a new Slack logo, Apple put some iPhone SE's on clearance …

Essential Apple Podcast 119: Ghostery: spikes spooks and knackers trackers

January 14th, 2019


Recorded 11th January 2019

This week Apple caught everyone by surprise by bringing their services to Samsung and other smart TVs... CES was …

Essential Apple Podcast 118: “But I’m keeping my Fahrenheit”

January 11th, 2019


Recorded 6th January 2019

This week it was ALL about the DISASTER of Apple announcing a likely Year on Year revenue decline... CES is coming and no …

Essential Apple Podcast 117: Merry Christmas Everybody!

December 24th, 2018


Recorded 23rd December 2018

This week we are having a party... I am joined by Karl Madden, Guy Serle, Donny Yankellow, Bart Busschots and Mark Chappell. With six of us on the line I am afraid that some of the audio …

Essential Apple Podcast 116: “Simply having a wonderful Christmas time...”

December 19th, 2018


Recorded 16th December 2018

This week Apple Music started working on Amazon Echo devices (well if you live in the US anyway). Apple Pay arrived in Germany, and Apple announced a $1 billion investment in Austin, Texas, …

Essential Apple Podcast 115: GPS – "From obscurity to ubiquity” with David Acklam

December 8th, 2018


Recorded 8th December 2018

This week a slightly different show as I am deeply privileged to have as my special guest David Acklam, not a name you may know, but he was part of the development team for the Global …

Essential Apple Podcast 114: Talking Luminar 2019 with Alex Tsepko

December 3rd, 2018


Recorded 2nd December 2018

This week George Bush Snr (41st President of the USA) passed away. Amazon announced the Apple Music service will be available on their devices by Christmas. Amazon also announced it is going …

Essential Apple Podcast 113: Canis from Wooji Juice talks Ferrite Recording Studio

December 1st, 2018


Recorded 25th November 2018

This week was of course Thanksgiving in the US, so naturally almost all the news was filled with Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff (and I note that “Black Friday” now starts almost a week …

Essential Apple Bonus: Double Interview Special

November 23rd, 2018


A couple of interviews I recorded recently that for a variety of reasons haven't made it into a "normal" show.
Adobe Elements give us the lowdown on the latest releases for 2019 and BeLight Software (makers of Swift …

Essential Apple Podcast 112: A Pixelmator Pro Update

November 22nd, 2018


Recorded 18th November 2018

This week news (at least news that interested us much) was a bit thin on the ground so we were very happy to be joined by Andrius Gailiunas of Pixelmator to talk about Pixelmator Pro, the …

Essential Apple Podcast 111: Catching up with Jeff Gamet

November 13th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 110: Scrap-Book Air?

November 5th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Extra: Featuring Tim Bajarin

October 31st, 2018


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

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

October 22nd, 2018


Recorded 21st October 2018

This week Tim Cook said Bloomberg should retract their Chinese Hack story. Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, …

Essential Apple Podcast 108: Slap a sticker on it!

October 15th, 2018


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. …

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

October 9th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 106: Teething toubles & falling down

October 5th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 105: The Shiny Objects Edition

September 18th, 2018


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 …

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

September 9th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 103: Take Control with Joe Kissell

September 3rd, 2018


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 …

Mark loses it over the cheese [Extract from 102]

August 27th, 2018


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

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

August 27th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 101: iMac is 20!

August 20th, 2018


Recorded 18th August 2018

This week I am joined by Nick Riley (@spligosh) and Vic Hudson (Pocket Sized Podcast, Bubblesort Podcast and more) and …

Essential Apple Podcast 100: Alex France of FontBundles/DesignBundles

August 15th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 99: Robots Good, Robots Bad

August 9th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 98: Warren buys all the things!

July 30th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 97: An interview with Serif Affinity

July 22nd, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 96: A Tidal Wave of News

July 17th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 95: Chaos meets Bad Planning

July 9th, 2018


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. …

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

July 4th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 93: Summertime Blues

June 24th, 2018


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 - …

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

June 18th, 2018


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 …

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

June 12th, 2018


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 …

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

June 5th, 2018


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 …

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

May 28th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 88: Slow News Week!

May 21st, 2018


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 - …

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

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Essential Apple Podcast 86: Doom and Gloom is Cancelled

May 9th, 2018


Recorded 6th May 2018

Mark is feeling under the weather again - although the weather here is decidedly pleasant for a change!
I am joined by Donny Yankellow to talk over this week's news. Apple's iPhone X is far from …

Essential Apple Podcast 85: Investing in the Alien Star World

May 5th, 2018


Recorded 29th April 2018

It is REALLY late - we are sorry, but Mark is still suffering with his health and although I took over mid week I had a lot …

Essential Apple Podcast 84: Cake, Marzipan & Gas Refineries?

April 26th, 2018


Recorded 22nd April 2018

We're back – sorry about last week but due to other commitments Mark and I couldn't get a slot to do a show. Also sorry …

Essential Apple Podcast 83: From ZX81 to Ledgers…

April 10th, 2018


Recorded 8th April 2018

This week... we have Mark Sealey the CEO of web development company MarkWorks. This is a man who has been involved with …

Essential Apple Podcast 82: A Basket of Easter Treats

April 4th, 2018


Recorded 2nd April 2018

With Mark still on his vaccation/birthday bender, Simon is joined by Slackroom member Suffolk Pete to talk over some of the …

Essential Apple Podcast 81: Dr Andy Yen of Proton Technologies

March 26th, 2018


Recorded 20th March 2018

As Mark is planning to take two weeks away to relax and enjoy his birthday we recorded this early in the week. Since then it's all been about Facebook (and done to death by everyone else). With …

Essential Apple Podcast 80: And Bob's your uncle!

March 20th, 2018


Recorded 18th March 2018

Mark is otherwise engaged this week, so Simon is joined by Bob Wood, My Mac reviewer and Tucson MUG member to talk over some of the week's Apple and Tech stories including Apple's Field Trip …

Essential Apple Podcast 79: We talk to Bob ‘Dr Mac’ LeVitus

March 13th, 2018


Recorded 11th March 2018

This week Android decided join Apple in adopting HEIF (which has to be good news for everyone). TunnelBear sadly got taken over by McAffee (who I did not know are half owned by Intel) and there …

Nemo's Hardware Store 78: Reissued due to sound problems

March 10th, 2018

Nemo's Hardware Store

Due to an error during editing and the subpar audio I got out of Discord (pretty sure that was my fault too to be honest) …

Essential Apple Podcast 78: Chicken Casserole & Social Media with GazMaz

March 5th, 2018


Recorded 4th March 2018

This week the tech news has mostly been all about the Mobile World Congress, and it wasn't very exciting to be fair – mostly seemed like a lot of people copying the “notch” they all made so much …

Essential Apple Podcast 77: It's About Privacy and Security

February 27th, 2018


Recorded 25th February 2018

This week Essential Apple Slacker @Dougee (Andi J), digital forensics expert, joins us to talk about security, privacy, protecting yourself online, etc.
Also, of course, we take a look at …

Essential Apple Podcast 76: In Conversation with Jeff Gamet of TMO

February 19th, 2018


Recorded 18th February 2018

This week saw another deadly school shooting in the US and whilst we don't want to dwell on that event we felt it …

Essential Apple Podcast 75: 85% of the Power, 15% of the Price

February 13th, 2018


Recorded 8th February 2018

This week Elon sent the Falcon Heavy up to put his Tesla Roadster, with the spacesuited mannequin 'Starman' playing Bowie on the stereo, into an orbit around Mars and missed slightly, sending …

Essential Apple Podcast 74: Essential Pocket Apple Sized Podcast?

February 5th, 2018


Recorded 4th February 2018

This week Apple quietly emasculated macOS Server, removed Telegram from the App Store for a little bit and, allegedly, …

Essential Apple Podcast 73: Mark, Sick Man of Podcasting

January 29th, 2018


Yes we are back– sorry about last week but a couple of domestic dramas got in the way at the last minute… and Mark really wasn't feeling up to it unfortunately. This week the EU fined Qualcomm 997 million euros, Apple …

Essential Apple Podcast 72: Evil Geniuses and CES

January 15th, 2018


Recorded 14th December 2017

This week Apple's “Evil Geniuses” got called “jerks” by some guy at the FBI. Seems that, as we said, the App Economy isn't dead. Reports say HomePod may not be too far away, and there are …

Essential Apple Podcast 71: Hello 2018!

January 9th, 2018


Recorded 7th January 2018

Loads of news this week, not least of all Meltdown and Spectre (Boo!). App Store is booming, new battery tech gets touted, …

Essential Apple Podcast 70: Happy New Year

January 6th, 2018


Very Very late edition of the New Years eve show. Apologies but a dose of fever, lost recordings and anything else that could of gone wrong did go …

Essential Apple Podcast 69: Christmas Eve Party Podcast

December 25th, 2017


Recorded 24th Decembe*r 2017*

This week we are in a party mood and we get some guests in to talk about the year in Apple and Tech! Merry Christmas (or other seasonal festivity of your choice) everybody!

On this …

Essential Apple Podcast 68: SuperDuper! We Have David Nanian of Shirt Pocket Software

December 20th, 2017


This week Apple released the iMac Pro, purchased Shazam, updated Final Cut X Pro, Logic Pro and Motion. Patreon reversed course and apologised to …

Essential Apple Podcast 67: What the Hell Patreon?

December 11th, 2017


Recorded 10th December 2017

We are now well into December, there is even snow here in Suffolk today so Christmas is “officially sanctioned” and …

Essential Apple Podcast 66: It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Mark's WhingeCast

December 7th, 2017


Well what a week - terrible security gaffe by Apple, some semi bungled patches to fix it, a problem for some with iOS having a hissy fit over December 2nd for some reason... and well, we are now into December so it's …

Essential Apple Podcast 65: Andrius Gailiunas of Pixelmator

November 28th, 2017


This week, being the week of Thanksgiving/Black Friday where the news is a little thin on the ground (unless you count the endless “Black Friday greatest deals ever” stuff) we are joined by Andrius Gailiunas from

Essential Apple Podcast 64a: The Tucson Twosome Recut

November 22nd, 2017


Recorded 19th November 2017

Something went wrong with the export of the show mangling Curt and Roger in the second half. This is the same show but recut to restore their input – Sorry everyone! If you already listened …

Essential Apple Podcast 63: Skylum’s the Limit with Kevin La Rue

November 15th, 2017


Recorded 12th November 2017

This week we are joined by Kevin La Rue of Macphun - now renamed Skylum Software, to talk about Luminar, Macphun photo software,the change to Skylum Software, Dark Castle, Silicon Beach and …

Essential Apple Podcast 62: We go Rogue (Amoeba) with Paul Kafasis

November 9th, 2017


In this very special episode we chat with Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba. Up for discussion are those iPhone X reviews, training hard for a Dumb …

Essential Apple Podcast 61: Siim Teller of Wire

November 1st, 2017


This week we are joined by Siim Teller of, to discuss Wire, Open Source, E2EE, and much more. Simon talks about how his MacBook Pro …

Essential Apple Podcast 60: My Mac Yakkity Yak

October 17th, 2017


Joined by Steve Hammond of MyMac we discuss all the news in Apple, Technology and associated tomfoolery from the last week or so.

On this week’s …

Essential Apple Podcast 59: CCC’s Mike Bombich in Conversation

October 9th, 2017


Recorded 8th October 2017

Mark is back from Munich, and we are joined by Mike Bombich of Carbon Copy Cloner fame to talk about his career, his software, Apple, and some other bits and pieces.

Mike Bombich Interview

Essential Apple Podcast 58: Apple’s Aussie Reuse & Recycle Champ @_windrider

October 1st, 2017


Recorded 30th September 2017

Mark just about has time to do the show before he jets off again, this time to Munich for the Oktoberfest. We are …

Essential Apple Podcast 57: Barely An Atom Out Of Place

September 26th, 2017


Recorded 24th September 2017

What a year this is turning into! This week hurricane Maria battered the unfortunate Caribbean islanders (again), Mexico was hit by a massive earthquake (again) and two loony leaders with …

Essential Apple Podcast 56: Wire Chaos & Apple Event Reactions

September 18th, 2017


Recorded 17th September 2017

This week Cassini made its final manoeuvre and crashed into Saturn ending its 13 year scientific mission, some muppets set off a bomb in the Parson’s Green Tube Station injuring 29 people …

Essential ApplePodcast 55: Mark’s M.I.A.

September 11th, 2017


Recorded 10th September 2017

As Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc and devastation on the Caribbean, and is making landfall in Florida as we record this, …

Essential Apple Podcast 54: Boinx and more...

September 4th, 2017


Recorded 3rd September 2017

While we are all enjoying ourselves, spare a thought for the people in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and of course Texas (and anywhere else), who have been affected by devastating …

Essential Apple Podcast Special: The Kelly Guimont Show

August 27th, 2017


Recorded 26th August 2017

On the week where Uncle Tim had an iPhone 8 in his pocket, Accu Weather got caught out, Elon Musk warned us about “autonomous weapons” and a leak that surprised no-one revealed the CIA spy on …

Essential Apple Podcast 53: Of Rain, Pain, Welsh Valleys and Old WiFi Routers

August 23rd, 2017


Recorded 20th August 2017

OMG! Both hosts, together, at the same time! Some mistake surely? But of course that much luck can't last, and Mark has to bale out halfway through... Never mind, luckily we have as a guest …

Essential Apple Podcast 52: Blood, Sweat, Tears, VPNs and Subscriptions

August 14th, 2017


Recorded 13th August 2017

After my Sunday out with friends last week it’s Mark’s turn to be otherwise engaged with his social life. That means it’s down to me to keep the show on the road. So that you don’t all have to …

Essential Apple Podcast 51: Madden, Madness, Microsoft Paint, $4m an Hour and the Most Expensive Watch in the World!

July 31st, 2017


Recorded 30th July 2017

Karl Madden, host of the Mac & Forth Show and the Here 'N' There Show, founding member of this podcast AND one of the …

Essential Apple Podcast 50: Suicidal Robots?

July 25th, 2017


Recorded 22nd July 2017

No guests this week, and not a lot of Apple news, but we still manage to find a slew of weird, wonderful, interesting or …

Essential Apple Podcast 49: Snaggy, Nitrozac and the Joy of Tech!

July 18th, 2017


Recorded 16th July 2017

Simon installed the High Sierra Beta and it bit him back! After a fair amount of sweat, swearing and effort though he thinks …

Essential Apple Podcast 48: Hey Garlic Head, it’s Keith R (Longshot) Baker!!!

July 12th, 2017


Recorded 10th July 2017

Simon installed the High Sierra Beta and it bit him back! He wanted to tell us all about it but we were having such a blast …

Essential Apple Podcast 47: Guests Galore!

June 27th, 2017


Recorded 25th June 2017

Yes! Proving that we are actually a “proper grown up podcast” Simon hosts, not one, not two, but THREE guests as @Spligosh …

Essential Apple Podcast 46: WWDC Hangover

June 19th, 2017



Recorded 18th June 2017

Coming up this week we discuss a few of the left overs from the week …

45: A Right Cornucopia

June 12th, 2017

Essential Apple 45: A Right Cornucopia

So it is the week after that big Apple thing known as the WWDC. All the cool kids have given their opinions, …

44: Not a lot of Pre WWDC Honest

June 4th, 2017

  • Since we last did a podcast there have been two atrocious terrorist attacks in Britain, and several others around the World… our thoughts are with …

43: Apple Solves The Soggy Crust World Crisis

May 23rd, 2017


Simon followed through… with dropping one of the tech giants and gives us an update on living an “alternative” lifestyle. Mark discovers Amazon Prime …

42: It's The Coffin That They Carry You Off In

May 16th, 2017


None of us are feeling too great this week so we muddle through and discuss more Microsoft, that cyberwar attack, a new watch case and in what order …

41: New Possible Income Revenues For Apple

May 10th, 2017


In a week when 'Uncle Tim' talked to Jim Cramer of Mad Money and the Apple Earnings Call showed they're “doing OK”, the UK's Government's secret plans to spy on its own citizens even more got leaked and Microsoft …

40: The Big Bad Bots are Coming?

May 4th, 2017


On this episode of our Apple based podcast we discuss Microsoft, Pebble and Android, with the odd smattering of Apple. Nick Riley from the Let's Talk Apple Podcast joins us this week and we ponder self driving cars and …

Essential Apple Podcast 39: The Mac Pro! It Lives!

April 18th, 2017


An extra long show as a surprise guest drops by. We talk about Mark’s unfortunate week. Apple and their remarkable and unprecedented revealing of future product plans. Apple/Microsoft/Android “market share/user base”, …

Essential Apple Podcast 38: Apple, Patents, The Augmented Future and Running Out of Time

April 4th, 2017


Marks AirPod problems seem to be reaching a climax, Simon gets an Apple Watch, Touch ID saves a lift, virtual reality and office seems to be a 32 bit …

37: Joining the Worried About Apple BandWaggon.

March 26th, 2017


We are finally out land of 16GB Devices. The iPhone SE comes with 32GB. Finally a new iPad - be it a bit of a ‘curate’s egg’. The Product(RED) iPhone makes an appearance and we make time to ponder the meaning (or …

36 : Apple’s Infinite Loop Of Genius “Support”

March 19th, 2017


Mark's AirPods , iPad Pro Genius support. “You have failed me for the last time Apple Support".

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35: Happy Birthday Adobe Illustrator and “Other Stories”

March 12th, 2017


On this weeks show somehow we end up talking about Electric Pork, ways to scan your network on both iOS and Mac OS. Wireless charging, do we really need it and is anyone surprised that Microsoft can read your Skype …

34: A Big Mac, Diet Coke and 3 Points Please

March 11th, 2017


Another mixed bag of loosely based Apple discussion. The pitfalls of using iOS for podcast production, finally running with nothing more than an Apple Watch, Simons been installing more Beta updates, and you can get …

33: And We Had Some Post...

March 5th, 2017


Another week and the podcasting juggernaut rolls onward. This week we talk about live streaming from your Mac to places like Twitch or YouTube. …

32: There’s Always A Way To Go Overkill

February 19th, 2017

This week we talk about joining the network, where are the iPad pro’s, digital audio workstations, why is there such a large leap from …

31: Microsoft’s Gernsback Continuum

February 12th, 2017

Well hello there. A show had recorded the other week but had to abort it due to a few technical difficulties. It’s our first show back this …

29: Why you don't record a show on a Sunday.

December 12th, 2016

This week we discuss why the AirPods are delayed, purchasing apps, directly instead of from the App Store, why can't we have subscriptions for games as well as apps and Apples third party customer care.

Find out more …

28: Something Different

December 5th, 2016

Joining me this week is a person who's been the silent contributor to both website and podcast. Serenak joins me to talk about why Mac's are so prevelant in the printing industry and a selection of alternative apps.

27: Phils Schilling And Dingle Dongles Everywhere.

November 20th, 2016

Guy Searle from the podcast joins me this week to try and talk Apple but guess what, we get distracted. We cover new media douchebags, Mario go pricing, will Amazon ever release a native Apple TV app and share …

26: A Fondle With Apples New Shiny

November 13th, 2016

You can follow us on: / Twitter / Facebook / Google Plus / Slack chat – ask us for an invite any way you can get hold of us

25 : did Microsoft just out Apple Apple?

November 3rd, 2016

Do we now live in a world where Microsoft could be the new Apple? Has Apple signalled the end of the line for their own desktops? Finally car …

23: Siri gets every word right. Unbelievable!

October 13th, 2016


Sorry it's late ! Trying to upload an episode of the show whilst on holiday isn't easy. Dean Murphy and Karl Madden join me this week for a take on …

22: We all know Fitbit counts that..

September 29th, 2016

Why I'm returning my iPhone 7 after a week, Apple Arm based Macbooks, Nvidia and that listing for Apple based engineers, drill gate, why I'm not wearing the apple watch series 2 and Apple takes over Batmans lair. Not …

21 : Don't use one password, use 1Password.

September 26th, 2016

Joining me this week form Agile Bits, the makers of the excellent 1Passworks is Chris De Jabet (Day-zhah-bay), Communicator in Brief). Especially good timing for this show what with the huge leak from Yahoo. We cover …

20: Shut Your Non Proprietary Door

September 15th, 2016

Alongside a plethora of feedback, reviews and an email we go into Apple Watch health tips and tricks, learn a few cool things about Apple maps, solve …

Essential Apple Podcast 19: Don-gle... Forget About Me.

September 7th, 2016


Recorded moments after the live Apple event we recorded our thoughts of what turned out to be a massive event this time around. They only went and put GPS in the Apple Watch Series 2 and got rid of the headphone socket. …

EssentialApple Podcast 18: Reuters or Routers..

September 5th, 2016


The team assemble once again this week to take a look at the last 7 days in the world of Apple in the unique, around a table in a pub style. Well we …

Essential Apple Podcast 16: I can sing a rainbow too

August 19th, 2016


Another week and a another Apple round up. A fake iPhone gives mark and idea, Barry's waiting to recording Parkopedia fall outs and Karl tries to keep us on track about this self driving car stuff.

Essential Apple Podcast 014: Unplugged

August 4th, 2016

A bar blocking mobile phone usage, 9 out of 10 people want / don't want a new iPhone, the bluetooth headphone saga rolls on and Kayne puts a show out …

Essential Apple Show 13: Hedgefund Investment Fail

July 29th, 2016


In the week where Apple met their own expectations, iPhone sales decline but iPad's show some promise (finally) I'm joined by Karl and Dean ( to talk all things Apple, Tesla and other randomness.

This …

Essential Apple Podcast 12: PieHorse

July 22nd, 2016


The gangs back together, well at least some of us are to cast our gaze upon IOS 10, Tswift vs Kwest, only 2 iPhones this year but three have been …

Essential Apple Podcast 011: So 6 months after becoming a dev..

July 17th, 2016

So you release an app which goes to the top of 33 countries in the app store charts, leave your job, what happens next. In this episode Dean Murphy of Crystal content blocking app joins me to talk about this and a lot …

Essential Apple Podcast 010: I Want My Me-De-A

July 7th, 2016

Something slightly different this week. Karl and Barry take on the world of Apple stories this week.

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Essential Apple Podcast 009 : Aren't We All Just Techfans?

June 30th, 2016

Pah, who needs the regular crew to deal with the world of Apple and the tech we like when you can have GazMac from the podcast and Tim …

Essential Apple Podcast 008 : Gazmaz was our first choice...honestly "

June 25th, 2016

With one of our regulars working out the best placement for a lawn chair and the other riding around southern France looking for property we put …

Essential Apple Podcast 007 : WWDC Special Part 2 "Rock Paper Scissors Coffee Tea Beer"

June 18th, 2016

The 2nd pet of our we'd special where we discuss more of WWDC, speccy vs c64 and alternative uses for a hot tub.

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Essential Apple PodCast 007 : WWDC Ramblings Part 1

June 16th, 2016

A 2 part WWDC 2016 special where we delve into the new shiny software offerings from the Cupertino company.

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Essential Apple Podcast 006 - Marks 1 Revalation

June 9th, 2016

We were going to go WWDC prediction bonkers but just before going live Apple announced the subscription plans for the App store. So we talk about that, Mark Gurman, press expectations, our expectations, worth a chirp …

Essential Apple Podcast 4: Darn Hobbits...

May 27th, 2016


Another week and another episode of the Essential Apple show and we have a new game to start things off simply called "What's in my hand". We discuss iPhones potentially becoming cheaper after sales slump, iPads and …

Essential Apple Podcast 3: Self Guiding Trainers

May 23rd, 2016


Trainers that tell you where to go, BBC goes all netflix, Barry’s new career path / diaries of an allotment owner, Apple invests in Didi, Nemos hardware store and worth a chip.

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Essential Apple Podcast 2: InstaGripe…

May 14th, 2016


This weeks show we discussed Apple music and Connect now seemingly going the way of "Ping". Was connect serving a purpose that twitter didnt? The outrage of an icon change is also up for discussion and our views on …

Essential Apple Podcast 1: Some folks get to call him T.C.

May 8th, 2016


On the show this week, hot on the heels from his MyMac 603 appearance is Mr Karl Madden and all the way from his special Apple secret bunker is our resident Canadian Matt. We discuss the future of intel, the future of …

61 : The fate of a certain gentleman..-

April 29th, 2016

Theres some big news for the podcast this week, bigger than should you have ribenna in a pint of Guiness. Joining me once again are Barry and Karl …

ep 58. sideshow bob time

April 9th, 2016

Plainly put Batman Vs Superman sucked. In all ways and levels it’s just a bad film but at least Affleck isn’t to blame more Warner studios where it’s obvious the film was interfered with. Did we expect anything else …

Ep57 - unsurprising but are we surprised?

March 22nd, 2016


In this weeks podcast episode Karl Madden and Rick Mccorriston join me right after the Apple 21st event. Well when I said sort of we did have a few technical issues but we got there in the end. Recorded an hour …

FBiOS. We're no experts....

February 26th, 2016

There can only be one story to talk about this week and thats FBiOS. We cover will the law eventually outlaw devices that have no backdoor? The Uk Snooper’s charter think so but the main question we ask. Do we have …

Live and direct from Munich

February 18th, 2016

Last minute travel plans means that my apple tech gets a work out from navigation to the airport to using it all in Germany with mixed results.

Getting in early with the March 15th rumours.

February 10th, 2016

Well everyone else is talking about a rumoured Apple March 15th event for the Cupertino company and so we’re going to be no different. Joining me again this week is Karl Madden from the Mac and Forth show.

You can find …

Just one more go.. honestly.

February 4th, 2016

Rampant Mumblings 53 : Just one more go.. In this episode. What it's like when youre Netflix account gets hacked, Addictive games on iOS and a special extended edition of Nemo's Hardware Store where he interviews …

Content restrictions ..don't apply

January 13th, 2016

With no Apple news of merit I have a guest. Ryan from Blockless joins me to discuss viewing online video from wherever you are in the world without restriction. So long as you subscribe to that service. Think watch …

Garmin Vivo Active "ly screwing up"

January 5th, 2016

50 episodes on from my first fitness gadget rant it's the Garmin Vivo active that gets the treatment. Why have a stop button right next to the trash icon.

Nemos hardware store is back this time with 3 recommendations …

A change of mind.

December 19th, 2015

Follow up on last weeks review of Dragon Anywhere.

Glass screen protectors claiming to be made of gorilla glass aren't. Thanks to Peter for the …

Hands on with Dragon Anywhere for iOS

December 10th, 2015

This week I’m using another new app, Hindenburg for OS X for recording the podcast. Keep an eye on the site for a upcoming review.

In this episode. • If you don’t think Die Hard is a Xmas movie then you’re wrong. …

The Good News Cast

November 27th, 2015

In this weeks instalment of the one man podcast (for now) it’s chock full of good news although little in the way of tech news in this episode. So …

The One Where It's All Done On iOS.

November 20th, 2015

Thanks to Ferrite, an app for iOS that allows multi track recording, this episode has been recorded, edited and produced using nothing more than my …

Day 1 unboxing and hands on with the iPad Pro

November 13th, 2015

Karl madden from the Mac and forth show joins me in this episode whilst he's having a fiddle with his new shiny iPad pro.

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a tale of web hosting woes

November 6th, 2015

Back after a break songs a good time to catch up. I get to have a rant about media temple, now owned by godaddy, and how just darn crappy they've become.

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EP42 part 2 of 2 : Ad There's More

September 23rd, 2015

Episode 42 Part 2 of 2.

In the second part theres still a load more to delve into.

Background updates Regrets about Peace App store revenue, pricing and value Safari ad blocking Potentially side loading apps onto …

An Interview with The Creator Of Crystal, A Content Blocker For iOS.

September 21st, 2015

Given the uproar around content blockers for iOS, Marco Arment pulling Peace from the App store this cast couldn’t have been better timed.

In this 2 …

Ep 41: The one about my first half marathon

September 17th, 2015

A quick recount of what it was like to run my first ever half marathon in the Great North Run. 400 miles each way and a half marathon. What could go …

App updates, a weekend of tech away and no predictions.. honestly

September 9th, 2015

In this Apple predictions free (ish) episode I’ll go through my weekend in tech, app news, listener feedback and no doubt take the odd side track of rambling

Apple watch in millennium stadium. Apps in for review this …

The updates update episode.

August 22nd, 2015

The new setup is complete so I discuss that, listener suggestions to make fit bit more bearable, Spotify turning very Google like and the thank you section.

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#dragonforwork. how not to do a product pr event.

August 18th, 2015

A rather random based episode recorded after the Nuance Dragon dictate press event.

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I met some who uses accessibility mode on iOS

August 11th, 2015

Today I met somebody who uses excess ability mode on the iPhone and it changed her life. Why because she's deaf and it really has enhanced her quality of life

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road warrior and Apple Music mumblings

August 8th, 2015

An update on the 2009 MacBook saga, what it's like to try and work with nothing but an iPad and someq Apple music subscription thoughts

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Rampant Mumblings 35 - When Tech Just Works Like It Should

August 4th, 2015

Nothing better than when tech works for you instead of against you to make life easier. Thanks PDFPen (from smile software) for being awesome and helping me get paid this week. Also an update on what I've been up to …

irrational relationships with tech

July 23rd, 2015

With my MacBook pro 2009 model struggling to keep up with things I take a look at my irrational relationship and hoarding of tech old and new

all about content blocking.

July 10th, 2015

The up and down sides of safari for iOS 9 and its content blocking.

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my favourite podcast recorder "opinion" get an update

July 8th, 2015

Probably the most effective way to get into the World of podcasting, opinion, gets an update.

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Hello and welcome to what's left of Top Gear

June 28th, 2015

All that remains for us to say is thank you very much for watching and goodbye.

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apple watch running v runkeeper

June 23rd, 2015

Just how well does Apple Watch running tracking activities compare against runkeeper, A quick review of Spotify running and what I'm going to be up to this week.

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Going the wrong, right way.

June 18th, 2015

I take a step back to appreciate just how good Google maps are, how Apple maps can be improved after dealing with a drive that went from 4 hours to 8. Essentialmac.Co.Uk

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Rampant Mumblings Review : Bluedio M2 Sports Bluetooth Headphones

June 14th, 2015

A £15 set of Bluetooth headphones surely would be a waste of cash. Not so the Bluedio M2 sports Bluetooth headphones are nothing short of amazing.

Put the kettle on please Siri

June 3rd, 2015

The first home kit devices are out meaning I'm so close to technology making a cup of tea in the morning. wwdc thoughts and a 5m 35 sec mumble

All hail don mcallister !

May 28th, 2015

Games to play whilst convalescing, Apple TV thoughts and why you should hail Don McAllister

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Batfleck and why app devs need to think more pr.

April 30th, 2015

A mumble about Batfleck and why app devs are missing a chance to add more to their app release PR.

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inevitable human failure.

April 28th, 2015

Transcription time with Dragon Dictate 4 which works well enough even if it was programmed by robots.

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Captain chipper on the apple watch & a weekend with the dragon (dictate)

April 25th, 2015

An apple watch free episode as I'm glad I didn't order the aluminium with white strap.

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Links Dragon Dictate 4 Instead it's a weekend of Dragon …

Honestly, it's none too shabby

April 21st, 2015

The review that almost never was is done. 10 minutes of a hopefully interesting Microsoft universal mobile keyboard ramblings.

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April 16th, 2015

A small mumbling on what it's like to walk the tight rope of paid for reviews And just how some of the bigger Apple based websites really "don't have to care"

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Netflix and popcorn time

April 9th, 2015

Netflix starts to enforce VPN restrictions, popcorn time becomes available for the masses and why I'm not getting an Apple Watch.

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Fully discharged.

April 7th, 2015

One mans heroic struggle to get a replacement charger, 4-6 weeks of a dead gadget and why you shouldn't hide your customer service information.

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