This week Simon’s Siri goes weird, Jim returned. his Onyx Boox Note Air, Nick found some helpful software, Apple turned 45, ARM announced their v9 architecture, Facebook details of 553million users appeared online, new Beta 6 has surprise new features and WWDC 2021 was announced and we chat about all of that and more.


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Recorded 4th April 2021

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On this week’s show:


  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube



  • Simon’s Siri voice has a bit of a problem…
  • Apple was founded 45 years ago, on April 1, 1976 – AppleInsider
  • Hands-on: iOS 14.5 beta 6 changes and features – new Siri voices, and battery recalibration (Video) – 9to5Mac
  • Apple WWDC 2021 announced as online-only event – The Verge
  • Apple books initiation production of 4nm successor to the M1 chip — Apple World Today
    • TSMC says plans to spend $100B on chip fabrication expansion over next 3 years – Apple Insider
  • Apple is Building a Battery Farm Capable of Storing 240MW Hours of Energy – The Mac Observer
    • Apple powers ahead in new renewable energy solutions with over 110 suppliers – Apple Newsroom
  • Apple Arcade Expands More Originals and iOS Classics – Mac Stories



  • Signal usage is skyrocketing after WhatsApp’s disastrous privacy policy changes — Fast Company
  • Personal data from over 500M Facebook users leaked online – 9to5Mac
  • PSA: These Apps Are Collecting (and Selling) a Ton of Your Personal Information – iDrop News


  • Both of these from @dougee in the Slack
    • There’s a Hidden App on Your iPhone — One That Won’t Show Up on Your Home Screen or App Library – iOS Gadget Hacks
    • ‎Scan Thing: Scan Anything – App Store
  • and one from
    • ‎Mimeo Photos – photo printing service – App Store


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • William Shatner Is Having His Personality Copied Into an AI —

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