This week Simon and Nick consider Steve’s birthday and, sadly, two years of war in the Ukraine, plus Post Quantum Cryptography, Apple’s first folding device, some Apple TV+, and an Apple Ring?
Apologies if the sound is still a little below par, Simon’s new mic didn’t arrive in time for this recording, but hopefully all will be well by the next show.


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Recorded 25th February 2024

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On this week’s show


  • Spligosh in the Slack
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos on You Tube


  • Steve Jobs Would Have Celebrated His 69th Birthday Today – MacRumors
  • Here’s how much it costs Apple to make the $3,500 Vision Pro – 9to5Mac
  • Critical Mac And iPhone Security Warning—Stop Doing These 3 Things Now – Forbes
  • ‘iMessage With PQ3: The New State of the Art in Quantum-Secure Messaging at Scale’ – Daring Fireball
    • New iMessage PQ3 Encryption Protocol Protects Against Post-Quantum Attacks – TidBITS
    • Apple’s own descriotion of what they’re doing – Apple
  • iPhone 15 owners are still having Bluetooth problems – almost 6 months after launch – Tom’s Guide
  • New Rumor Suggests An Apple Ring Could Be ‘Imminent’ – iDrop News
  • Apple’s first folding device won’t be an iPhone – iMore
  • Apple chipmaker moving ahead toward 2nm processors in 2025 – Cult of Mac
  • Exclusive: Apple Maps to get a big boost in the UK – iMore
  • Master of the Air Is Apple TV+s Most Watched Series Launch Ever – GeekTyrant
  • Apple TV Plus space thriller Constellation divides opinion – iMore
  • Apple’s hit sci-fi show is finally set to resume filming following production delays – GamesRadar


  • Sorry But You Need To Stop Using This Old School Phone Hack To Dry Your Phone – HuffPost UK
  • Apple debunks common charging myth that people claim could harm your battery – UNILAD
  • 15 Cool Apple Watch Features You’re (Probably) Not Using – iDrop News
  • 10 iPhone pro tips that are actually helpful – BGR

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