Wow what a week, Apple went quietly mad and released new M2 Macs, full size HomePods and iOS 16.3! Simon and Nick chat about what it all meant – Mrs P bought a 50 inch 4K TV for just £229, but it cost Simon another £149 for an AppleTV 4K, she also bought an Apple Refurb iPhone 12 ProMax, and more stuff that caught our attention…


  • Get 2 months on the Kino Premium Plan with offer code KINOWITHJOHNNEMO

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!

Recorded 22nd January 2023

Listen to the show:

This and other episodes are available at:

Apple Podcasts | Overcast | Essential Apple | Pocket Casts | My Mac | Pinecast | Soundcloud | RadioPublic | Listen Notes | Podchaser | PlayerFM | TuneIn | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon Music | Direct Download | RSS

On this week’s show


  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally
  • Spligosh in the Slack
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos on You Tube



  • The Mac mini M2 is now the best upgrade from your Apple iMac – TechRadar
    • How the M2 and M2 Pro Mac minis compare to the M1 model – Cult of Mac
    • Top Stories: New MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, HomePod, and More – MacRumors
  • The iPhone’s white noise machine and other fun, little-known features – Fast Company
  • HomePod mini software update will activate hidden sensor and Sound Recognition feature – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Leaks Long Awaited Feature In New iOS 16.3 Release – Forbes
  • iOS 16.3 brings iCloud Advanced Data Protection feature to all users worldwide – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Invents a Magneto-Inductive charging & communications system for underwater – Patently Apple
  • Resident Evil Village Proves That Modern AAA Gaming On Apple Silicon can work – Press Start


  • M2 Max With 38-Core GPU Loses to Laptop RTX 4070 in OpenCL Benchmarl – Wccftech


  • The next MacBook Air and iMac could come with a 3nm M3 chip – The Verge
  • After Apples busy January, the rest of the quarter may be quiet – Apple Insdider


Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • All Things Secured – Online security made simple by Josh Summers.
  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
  • Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
  • Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
  • Sudo – get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter… You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
  • ProtonMail – end to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE… what more can you ask?
  • ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
  • Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
  • Fake Name Generator – so much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
  • Wire and on the App Stores – free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
  • Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.

Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services… We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.

Social Media and Slack

You can follow us on:

Twitter / Slack / / Soundcloud / Spotify / Facebook / Pinecast

  • Also a big SHOUT OUT to the members of the Slack room without whom we wouldn’t have half the stories we actually do – we thank you all for your contributions and engagement.
  • You can always help us out with a few pennies by using our Amazon Affiliate Link so we get a tiny kickback on anything you buy after using it.
  • If you really like the show that much and would like to make a regular donation then please consider joining our Patreon or using the Pinecast Tips Jar (which accepts one off or regular donations)
  • And a HUGE thank you to the patrons who already do.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.