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Jeff Gamet is back with Bryan Chaffin to talk about his hands-on experience with Apple’s new HomePod mini. How it sounds, how it compares with HomePod, and how it compares with Amazon’s Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. They also run over their hands-on time with macOS Big Sur. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an imp…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to dive deep into Apple’s new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, with special attention on the Apple M1 processor that powers them. They also talk about macOS Big Sur. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its PECO technol…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to pore over Apple’s new HomePod mini, the iPhone 12 product line, and the importance of 5G. SPONSOR: LinkedIn Jobs – Go to LinkedIn.com/ACM and get $50 OFF toward your first job post! Sources referenced in this episode: Apple Reveals New HomePod Mini Apple Announces iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro App…
 
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry dig into everything they love about Apple One, Apple’s new bundled services plan. They also have Apple Watch fighting Apple Watch for Charlotte’s affections, and they even have a winner! SPONSOR: LinkedIn Jobs – Go to LinkedIn.com/ACM and get $50 OFF toward your first job post! Sources referenced in this episode: A…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit take a look back at the Mac Web 20 years ago and discuss what’s different about today, including how coverage of Apple is different today. They also chew over expectations for Apple’s media event on September 15th. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outd…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about Apple Silicon and the Mac moving to Apple-designed ARM processors. They also talk about Target Mode’s demise and something John Kheit predicted years ago: iOS apps coming to the Mac. Sources referenced in this episode: Apple Silicon Goes Beyond ARM iPad/iPhone Apps Should Run as 'Desk Touch Apps' …
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss macOS and Mac hardware on ARM processors, along with their ideas about how much we might see at WWDC. They also discuss their hopes for HomePod and how it might improve. Visit macpaw.com/podcast to download CleanMyMac X today and use coupon code ACM2020 to receive 5% off. Upon visiting macpaw.com/pod…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus to discuss some of his Dads & Grads gift recommendations. They also discuss mind mapping software and how Bob found his connection for using it. And, they go over some of Bob’s tips for working from home. Visit macpaw.com/podcast to download CleanMyMac X today and use coupon code ACM2020 to receive 5…
 
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr talk about surveillance capitalism and the former Apple employee and Siri grading whistleblower who recently went public. They also discuss the growing battle for podcast exclusivity between the tech giants and Spotify. Visit macpaw.com/podcast to download CleanMyMac X today and use coupon code ACM2020 to receive 5% off…
 
Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry discuss what seems like a blistering pace of new Apple products, even in the midst of a pandemic. Charlotte explains why she is so excited about the digital version of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) coming in June, and they both look at the product they wish Apple would make. Visit macpaw.com/podcas…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to look at a couple of contradictory things about Apple. The first is that there is no doubt that Apple under Tim Cook is more responsive to customers than it was under Steve Jobs. And yet, Apple still has some “let them eat cake” Marie Antoinette aspects about it, too. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinventi…
 
John Martellaro joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss Apple’s recent roll when it comes to launching new products. They also talk about Apple TV+ and the other streaming video services, which are seeing a bit of a book thanks for shelter-in-place orders—including what it means for the future. ExpressVPN – ExpressVPN.com/ACM gets you 3 months free with you…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about Apple’s new iPad Pros, MacBook Airs, and Mac mini, plus the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. They also discuss the potential for the ARM processor in Macs, and all the cursed goodness of the latest episode of Oak Island. ExpressVPN – ExpressVPN.com/ACM gets you 3 months free with your 1-year subsc…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, including the state of both today. They also talk about their new Macs— John got a new 28-core Mac Pro, while Bryan has a new iMac—and whether or not they like their new purchases. The cap the show by catching up on The Curse of Oak Island…
 
John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss social media, mob rule, and the 1st Amendment. Yikes! They also talk about their hands-on experience with AirPods Pro and look at Apple’s content pricing and whether or not the company is likely to offer more bundles for its content (spoiler: no!). SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air puri…
 
Charlotte Henry joins Bryan Chaffin to talk about Apple TV+, Apple Originals, Apple’s role in the industry, the evolution of original streaming content, and a whole lot more—all in preparation for the November 1st launch of Apple TV+. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated tech…
 
Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet reunite to discuss Apple’s new product announcements, including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple’s trade-in program, midnight green, glass…it’s Bryan and Jeff, so of course they spin out of control on various and sundry side rails. Buckle up! SPONSOR: Keeps. Losing Hair sucks. Keeps can help. Receiv…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about the Business Roundtable’s (and Apple’s) proposal to redefine corporate responsibility. They also discuss publisher/platform immunity and the ways in which Big Tech may lose that immunity. Sources referenced in this episode: 180 CEOs With Tim Cook Want to Redefine a Corporation’s Purpose Apple Cont…
 
Apple has posted plenty of “Shot on iPhone”: videos, but four new ASMR videos mark the first time where the content is more about the experience than it is about the device that made it. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Charlotte Henry to discuss it. They also talk about Samsun’s lame decision to pull an old ad from its YouTube channel that mo…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss Apple’s new iOS 13 and iPadOS, both of which are in developer and public beta. They talk about some of the features they really like—and some features they don’t like at all. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss Apple without Sir Jony Ive, why he might have left, and and how it might have gone down. They also discuss the growing role of Apple Services, and the current state of the Mac lineup. SPONSOR: Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated technology. Its PE…
 
Apple has been skating to the privacy puck for years, and Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro argue it’s about time Apple got some credit for it. They also talk about John’s thesis that Disney Plus pricing threw a spanner into Apple’s plans for Apple TV Plus. Sources referenced in this episode: Disney+ Has Put Apple TV+ in a Bind Apple Context Machin…
 
Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr dig deep into the possibilities—for good and ill (mostly ill)—of Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency. They cover how it work, why Facebook went the cryptocurrency route, and what Facebook has to gain from the project. Spoiler, the answer is everything! SPONSOR: CLEAR. Traveling soon? Get to the front of the security lin…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit dig into Apple’s new Mac Pro, covering the good, the bad, and the ugly. They talk specs, costs, some of the things that came out since the keynote, and weigh the very important question of whether they want one. Spoiler, yes, but John’s actually likely to pull the trigger. Bryan also makes sure to give John plenty of ro…
 
Apple Card is coming soon, and Bryan Chaffin and guest-cohost Jeff Gamet compare it to the Amazon Prime card and other credit cards. They also dive into the heady topic of what exactly Apple is in the process of coming. Spoiler, Jeff guesses wrong when he says “a services company.” Sources referenced in this episode: Everything You Need to Know abo…
 
Bryan Chaffin and guest John Kheit start this week’s show off with an immediate siderail about The Curse of Oak Island and Cooper’s Treasure, because that’s what they do. The real topics, however, include what Apple’s MacBook Pro announcement might mean for Mac hardware at WWDC. They also look at the brewing fight between UIKit and AppKit, and what…
 
Will Marzipan be locked to the Mac App Store, and what effect will it have on the Mac experience? Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss this, as well as the idea that iMessage is slowly backing its way to being Apple’s first successful social media play. They cap the show with a look at recent WWDC spoilers. Keeps. Losing Hair sucks. Kee…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake. Sources referenced in this ep…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Kelly Guimont to discuss App Camp for Girls, women in tech in both the past and present, and more. They also look at Samsung’s folding problems, and what it means to be writing about Apple today. Sources referenced in this episode: App Camp For Girls
 
Queen Oprah and the UK’s Prince Harry are doing a docu-series on mental health for Apple TV+, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by Charlotte Henry to talk about what that says about Apple’s video efforts. Charlotte also brings some across-the-pond context about Prince Harry and the royal family and how this news was greeted in England. They also talk abo…
 
Some Mac Pro fan mockups have been circulating, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to discuss their pros and cons. And surprise, John Kheit is full of mostly cons, so they also discuss what they think the Mac Pro needs to be awesome. They also discuss the state of the chip industry, Intel’s 56-core Cascade Lake, and Apple’s ARM ambitions for…
 
Apple says that it wants a tiny sliver of the ginormous medical industry, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-cohost John Martellaro to discuss what that might look like. They also discuss Apple TV hardware, what Apple’s new TV+ announcement might mean for its hardware business, and the state of Apple TV’s competition. Sources referenced in this e…
 
Google Stadia looks likely to shake up the gaming world, but there’s more than one way to skin a gaming cat, and Apple is focused on AR. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Andrew Orr to discuss how those different tracts might fare. They also talk about the good sides of corporate data surveillance, and yes, they will both forgive you if you a…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit don their futurist caps and look for the killer app in Augmented Reality. Spoiler: they have different ideas on what form it might take. They also explore the near-term future of practical robots, starting with today’s vacuumbots. They cap the show looking at the slow pace of progress when it comes to modern cabling. Le…
 
In this episode, Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-cohost Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus to examine the ins and outs of Apple’s Mac pricing. It’s no simple issue, and they dig deep into what appears to be Apple’s strategy. They also talk about the realities of cord cutting today, with Bob’s own situation serving as the example scenario. Sources referenced in…
 
This episode is all about robots! Apple robots, military robots, delivery repots, preacher robots, manufacturing robots, and self driving car robots! Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest host John Martellaro to deep into what’s happening with robots today and what they expect for robots in the future. Put your SciFi futurist cap on for this one. They a…
 
Where is Apple going with its content drive? Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Charlotte Henry to dive deep into original shows, services, publishing, news, and Apple’s other content ambitions. They also talk about the promise (and potential drawbacks) of Marzipan, and what Apple’s recent executive shuffling might portend. Get your first month …
 
Does Apple have the infrastructure it needs for a cohesive future? Once that seemed clear, but Bryan Chaffin and guest-host John Martellaro say it’s become harder to see, if so. They then pivot to how augmented reality will figure into Apple’s future plans and products. They cap the show by weighing Apple’s ability to pay attention to details as th…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Dave Hamilton to take a very high-level look at Apple, comparing the company from its early days to the company of today, and looking ahead to what kind of company Apple might be tomorrow. SPONSOR: ExpressVPN – Take back your Internet privacy TODAY and find out how you can get 3 months free. Visit ExpressVPN.com/ACM to le…
 
It’s time to break down Apple’s earnings, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Jeff Gamet to do just that. They also discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs, and even some sideways aspects of Apple’s iPhone strategy. They cap the show with a look at Apple’s one weird trick of goosing Mac sales, which is to release new Macs. SPONSOR: ExpressVPN…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to talk about social media and photography. They also talk about where AR can go and what the killer app of this emerging technology could be. Still donning their futurist hats, they look at what iPhone might in 10, 20, and even 50 years. Sources referenced in this episode: Vsco Sight: Contact Lenses with Augme…
 
In this episode, Bob LeVitus tells Bryan Chaffin all about the Cricut. This thing can cut 150 different substances, draw, write, and like I said, even sew. And you can control it from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. They also discuss Rocket Book, which is part reusable paper (you can erase it!) and part app-based service that will scan what you write an…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro hear Apple CEO Tim Cook talk up services and they explain why it makes them nervous. They also talk about the future of 8K TVs and how they will inevitably take over the industry. Our sponsor this week is Molekule. Molekule is a complete reinvention of the air purifier, not just an improvement on existing, outdated…
 
Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit chew on Apple’s rare guidance warning like the mangy junk yard dogs that they are. They also discuss innovation, scale, how a giant Apple should be structured, and what a Macintosh, Inc. spinoff might look like. It’s a rollicking episode, and you’re cordially invited to listen in! Sources referenced in this episode: App…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to discuss what Mr. Kheit calls the pornification of software. They also look back at and grade Apple’s new product releases in 2018. It being these two, they are surprisingly upbeat, while still being cranky as can be. Sources referenced in this episode: Apple Context Machine Facebook Group - Facebook Bryan's …
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Peter Cohen to discuss Apple’s cloud services, including the ones they do really well and the ones that suck. They also talk about password management and practices, and look at Apple’s leadership team 8 years after Steve Jobs’s passing. Sources referenced in this episode: Apple Context Machine Facebook Group -…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Martellaro to discuss how Apple might be looking at the medical industry, of which CEO Tim Cook has said he wants a piece. They also talk about the privacy bill making the rounds in Washington, and the future of artificial intelligence. Sources referenced in this episode: 15 Senators Introduce American Pri…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Chuck Joiner from MacVoices to discuss Facebook’s ongoing crisis of blunders and mistakes, and whether or not CEO Mark Zuckerberg should go. They also look at what seems to be Tumblr’s real-time death spiral, and debate whether or not Wall Street is punishing Apple for not reporting iPhone sales and whether or not that’s …
 
Bryan Chaffin and guest-host Jim Dalrymple talk about how they use their iPads, and it turns out they’re pretty different use cases. They try to talk about where Apple TV might go but venture into a much deeper conversation about Apple’s original TV shows and videos. Spoiler: one of them is a pessimist. They close the show by examining the state of…
 
Bryan Chaffin is joined by Bob LeVitus to discuss the iPad Pro, whether it can replace a Mac, and the importance of having a quality keyboard. They also talk about two ways Bob has been testing for using your iPad as a second Mac display, which is way cool. Sources referenced in this episode: Two Displays Are (Still) Better Than One Brydge Over Tro…
 
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