I’s a dunce and did a show with Guy and Nick, but forgot to check it was recording. Sorry about that – instead you just get me mulling over what we discussed. Apple effectively soft launched the recently rumoured 16“ MacBook Pro, with a ”new“ scissor switch keyboard, and some pretty impressive specs. A strange story emerged alleging to reveal Apple’s AR/VR Headset and Smart Glasses roadmap. FIDO2 support is coming to iOS 13.3. Apple Pay is growing fast, but Apple News+ isn’t, Apple are fixing an Apple Mail problem that means your mail wasn’t quite as encrypted as we thought, and a few other musings.
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Recorded 19th November 2019
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- Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
- Apple’s MacBook Pro Gets an All-New Keyboard – Wired
- Apple News+ failing to attract new subscribers after March launch, report says – 9to5 Mac
- Safari Supports NFC, USB, and Lightning FIDO2-Compliant Security Keys in iOS 13.3 – Mac Rumors
- Apple Eyes 2022 Release for AR Headset, 2023 for Glasses – The Information
- Apple is fixing encrypted email on macOS because it’s not quite as encrypted as we thought – The Verge
- Google Is Finally Rolling Out its Own RCS in the US – Wired
- Microsoft is killing off its Cortana app for iOS and Android in January – The Verge
WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS
- I’m still using my one of these Braided Leather Lightning Charge Bracelet
- LuLu from Objective-See is still on my Mac and does what I want – LuLu
- LastPass is a great password manager and a good supplement to KeyChain –Last Pass
JUST A SNIPPET
For things that are not worth more than a flypast
- How airships could return to our crowded skies – BBC Future
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- Interview Kristian Rauhala of H2O Audio
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