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Social Media, AirPods Pro, Apple Bundles, w/John Kheit - ACM 524

Nov 6, 2019 01:08:32


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!).

Apple TV+ and Apple Originals Preview - ACM 523

Oct 23, 2019 00:50:44


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+.

iPhone 11/Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 522

Sep 13, 2019 00:00:00


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!

Corporate Responsibility, Publisher Immunity, w/John Kheit - ACM 521

Aug 28, 2019 01:02:51


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.

Apple ASMR, LOL Samsung, AAPL Buybacks w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 520

Aug 10, 2019 00:57:30


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 mocked an Apple move that Samsung is following today. So lame. They also look at Apple’s gargantuan effort to buy $24 billion of its own stock in just the June quarter.

iOS 13 & iPad OS, Things We Like and Don't Like, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 519

Jul 21, 2019 00:40:56


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.

Jony Ive, Services, Current Macs, w/John Kheit - ACM 518

Jul 13, 2019 01:09:23


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.

Apple Privacy Puck, Disney Plus Spanner, w/John Martellaro - ACM 517

Jun 27, 2019 00:53:08


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.

Libra: A Way for Facebook to Control More, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 516

Jun 20, 2019 00:46:54


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!

Apple's New Mac Pro: Good, Bad, Ugly, w/John Kheit - ACM 515

Jun 8, 2019 01:00:58


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 room to take his victory laps for the many things he got right leading up to this long-awaited announcement.

Apple Card vs. All Cards, What Apple's Becoming, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 514

Jun 1, 2019 00:53:33


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.”

Mac Hardware WWDC, AppKit/UIKit, Next-Gen Wi-Fi, w/John Kheit - ACM 513

May 24, 2019 01:04:38


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’s coming in the world of Wi-Fi.

Marzipan, iMessage Social Media, WWDC Spoilers, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 512

May 17, 2019 00:59:09


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.

Apple Earnings, Services vs. Hardware, AT&T Fake 5G w/Ken Ray - ACM 511

May 8, 2019 01:03:30


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.

App Camp for Girls, Samsung Follies, Apple Writing, w/Kelly Guimont - ACM 510

May 2, 2019 01:05:07


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.

Oprah, Prince Harry, JJ Abrams on Apple TV+, Ming-Chi Kuo, w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 509

Apr 11, 2019 00:57:46


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 about JJ Abrams saying that working on Apple TV+ was like the Wild West. They cap the show by discussing Ming-Chi Kuo’s most recent Mac predictions.

Mac Pro Mockups, CPUs, Cable Research, w/John Kheit - ACM 508

Apr 5, 2019 01:17:04


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 the Mac. They wrap up the show with a look at John’s obsessive research to find the best USB-C cable.

Apple's Medical Industry, Apple TV Hardware & Competition, w/John Martellaro - ACM 507

Apr 2, 2019 00:59:53


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.

Google Stadia & Apple AR Gaming, Good Data Collection, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 506

Mar 21, 2019 01:04:18


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 are surprised either would entertain such a notion.

Augmented Reality, Practical Robots, and Modern Cabling, with John Kheit - ACM 505

Mar 15, 2019 01:21:57


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. Let’s get that Cat 8 and 40 GB/s throughput!

Mac Pricing, Cord Cutting, w/Bob LeVitus - ACM 504

Mar 13, 2019 00:55:10


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.

Apple Robots, Foldable Phones w/ John Martellaro - ACM 503

Mar 1, 2019 1:08:42


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 also talk about foldable phones, or as they like to think of it, the netbook of 2019.

Apple Content, Marzipan, Exec Shuffle, w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 502

Feb 23, 2019 1:08:02


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.

Apple Infrastructure, Details, Apple Car/AR/Glasses, w/John Martellaro - ACM 501

Feb 14, 2019 1:06:10


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 the company grows.

Apple Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, w/Dave Hamilton - ACM 500

Feb 7, 2019 -1:59:-15


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.

Apple's Earnings, iPhone Pricing, Mac Sales, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 499

Feb 1, 2019 00:49:51


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.

Social Photography, AR Killer App, Future iPhone, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 498

Jan 24, 2019 01:04:00


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.

Cricut, Rocket Book, Setapp, Bob LeVitus - ACM 497

Jan 17, 2019 01:03:06


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 and draw and convert text with OCR. They cap the show with a look at Setapp and why they think this multi-app service for the Mac is great.

Apple Services and 8K TVs, with John Martellaro - ACM 496

Jan 9, 2019 00:59:10


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.

Apple Innovation, Looking at Mac Spinoff with John Kheit - ACM 495

Jan 6, 2019 01:09:56


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!

Pornification of Software, Grading Apple's 2018 w/John Kheit - ACM 494

Dec 29, 2018 01:04:19


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.

Apple Cloud, Passwords, Apple Leadership, Peter Cohen - ACM 493

Dec 19, 2018 00:58:03


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.

Apple Medical, Privacy Bill, Future AI, John Martellaro - ACM 492

Dec 17, 2018 00:44:34


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.

Zuckerberg, Tumblr, Wall Street & Apple - Chuck Joiner: ACM 491

Dec 7, 2018 01:03:52


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 OK.

iPad, Apple TV Shows, Macs with Jim Dalrymple: ACM 490

Nov 30, 2018 01:11:20


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 the Mac. Another spoiler: one of them is a pessimist!

iPad Pro & Proper Keyboard, iPad as 2nd Mac Screen - ACM 489

Nov 26, 2018 00:39:25


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.

Apple RAM & SSD Prices, Apple's Pipeline, the Future of iOS - ACM 488

Nov 16, 2018 00:00:00


Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit, who has a bee in his bonnet about Apple’s upgrade pricing for RAM and storage on the new Mac mini and MacBook Air models. They also discuss whether or not Apple actually has a “deep pipeline,” as well features they’d like to see come to iOS in the future.

T2-Chip Video Encoding, Mac Mini Ram, 10Gb Ethernet - ACM 487

Nov 8, 2018 00:54:02


Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to talk about his recent testing of T2 video encoding on some new Macs. They also talk about how easy it is or isn’t to upgrade Apple’s newest Mac Mini models. They cap the show with the news that you you should probably be thinking ahead to outfitting your house with some 10Gb ethernet.

Halloween Special, New iPads & Macs, and Mr. Ricky - ACM 486

Nov 1, 2018 00:00:00


In this episode, Mr. Ricky pays a visit. And after Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss Apple’s new iPads and Macs, Mr. Ricky decides it’s time to clean up the mess and set our interns free! All that and more in this Halloween 2018 Special Episode!

Throttlegate Lessons, Apple Video Rumors, Security PSA - ACM 485

Oct 24, 2018 00:55:36


In the wake of Apple’s $12 million fine from Italian regulators, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet ask if the company learned any lessons from Throttlegate. They also update their plans for the show, discuss increasing rumors that Apple’s video content will be free, and offer a security public service announcement.

Dogbot Twerking, Facebook Portal, Listener Mail - ACM 484

Oct 18, 2018 00:59:55


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet make an announcement about ACM. They also talk about the cool horror of BostonDynamics’s twerking dogbot. Oh, and Facebook Portal…please. No. Just, please no. The also take a look at some listener email.

iPad Pro Mac, Apple TV Games, iPhone Driver's License - ACM 483

Oct 10, 2018 01:05:51


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin ask if Apple’s rumored next iPad Pro is the Mac replacement long predicted. They also discuss what went wrong with Apple TV gaming, and the pros and cons and cons and cons of iPhone driver’s licenses. They sneak some Anki Vector love in there, too.

Pictar Pro, Netflix Narnia, Apple's October Surprise - ACM 482

Oct 3, 2018 01:01:38


The Pictar Pro marries old school camera goodness to modern iPhone convenience, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet weigh the pros and cons. They also talk about Netflix’s plans to make new movies and TV series (both) out of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Lastly, they talk about what to expect if Apple does an October media event.

AWS4 Love, Design Meets Science, Apple's PG TV Dreams - ACM 481

Sep 27, 2018 01:00:56


Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet can’t get enough of Apple Watch Series 4, even though Jeff is wrong about the Infograph Watch Face. They also find it interesting that a designer got recognized by the world of science, and they weigh whether or not Apple’s plan to avoid sex, violence, and politics with its original TV shows will hurt its streaming service.

Memoji Fun, Siri Shortcuts Suggestions, Password Ease - ACM 480

Sep 19, 2018 00:59:20


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the fun they’re having with Memoji in iOS 12. They also talk about Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions, and just how cool it is that iOS 12 can integrate y our password manager at the system level.

iPhone 'S' Year, Headphone Jacks, Siri Shortcuts - ACM 479

Sep 13, 2018 00:52:31


Reminder: this was an “s” year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone Xs is a solid “nuts and bolts” update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing.

Apple/Amazon Trillions, 5 Eyes, iPhone Battery - ACM 478

Sep 5, 2018 01:01:57


Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone batter replacement program while they can.

Killing Lighting Port, Apple Watch Series 4 - ACM 477

Aug 29, 2018 01:04:49


What would it take for Apple to ditch the Lightning port on iPhones? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explore the possibilities, and Bryan ends up convincing himself to buy Apple’s not-shipping-yet AirPower charging pad. They also ask themselves what it would take for them to want Apple Watch Series 4, iPhone Xs, new iPad Pros, and new MacBooks. Their conclusion? It’s going to be an expensive fall.

Verizon's $2, Apple's New Football, Netflix's Rebellion - ACM 476

Aug 22, 2018 00:54:37


Verizon recently throttled a fire department’s command and control vehicle in a pursuit of $2, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have some thoughts about the propriety of such an action. They also wonder whether rumors of a new iMac mean we can start trusting Apple to update its Macs again, or if Lucy will just yank the ball away instead. They cap the show with a look at Netflix’s baby steps towards rebellion against Apple’s App Store cut for subscriptions.

Twitter Absurdity, iPhone Pencils, Cyborg Vision - ACM 475

Aug 16, 2018 00:55:36


Twitter killed some key APIs third party apps used to make their apps useful because Twitter hates influencers and power users. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet drop a few f-bombs. They also talk about the latest rumor that Apple will bring support for Apple Pencil to some new iPhone models. The cap the show by dipping into our cyborg future of enhanced vision.

Online Voting, Corporate Public Square, New Star Trek - ACM 474

Aug 8, 2018 01:07:47


What will it take to make online or app-based voting safe, secure, and reliable? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by John Kheit to discuss the future of voting. They also explore the idea of corporate platforms (i.e. private platforms) becoming so big that they become synonymous with the public square and subject to the First Amendment. Then Bryan goes off on a weird tangent about how cool Patrick Stewart’s new episode of Star Trek could be if Jean-Luc Picard was a broken and bitter man. Good times!

iPad Refresh, Mac Sales, App Store Affiliate Program - ACM 473

Aug 3, 2018 00:56:54


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a look at the new iPad icons uncovered in iOS 12. They also discuss the 14% drop in Mac unit sales and wonder why Apple doesn’t use that one weird trick of making new Macs to goose Mac sales. They cap the show with a look at why Apple would cancel the App Store Affiliate Program.

AI Limitations, T2 Kernel Panic, HomePod Experiment - ACM 472

Jul 27, 2018 01:02:29


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the current limitations of AI, and what real AI in the future might be like. They also talk about Apple’s T2 kernel panic issue and follow up on Bryan’s dual-HomePod TV experiment.

Apple Interface, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming - ACM 471

Jul 19, 2018 01:01:43


In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple’s interfaces compared to the days when “Apple” meant “Mac.” They also go over some listener feedback (read criticism) about their rant last week on Apple’s storage pricing for new MacBook Pro models. Lastly, they discuss whether not Walmart can make a go in the streaming video market, and how that might actually work.

MacBook Pro Love, FCC New Low - ACM 470

Jul 13, 2018 01:07:46


Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don’t like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to reach for a new low.

Facebook Spy, Apple Shows, Samsung Patent Fight - ACM 468

Jun 29, 2018 00:59:58


Facebook has a scary new patent application that Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet say “is so Zuck.” They also talk about how Apple might position and price its streaming original content, and there are a lot of possibilities. Plus, Apple’s long-running patent fight with Samsung is over. What does that really mean?

iPhone Car Key, Apple App Store Monopoly - ACM 467

Jun 22, 2018 00:47:06


What would using your iPhone as your car key look like in practice? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet run through the possibilities. They also look at the on-again, off-again case where plaintiffs accuse the company with a minority share of the smartphone business of having an App Store “monopoly.”

AR Demo, Benefits of Surveillance Capitalism - ACM 466

Jun 13, 2018 00:57:49


If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss was about augmented reality, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have an AR Demo for you to see. They also take time out from ranting about being the product to talk frankly about the benefits of surveillance capitalism.

Siri Shortcuts, Huge AR Baby Steps - ACM 465

Jun 6, 2018 00:34:13


Siri Shortcuts were the thing Apple announced at WWDC that caught both Bryan Chaffin’s and Jeff Gamet’s imagination. They also talk about how cool ARKit 2 is, and how we are still in early, early days for AR. As awesome as AR on iOS is, Apple is still taking huge baby steps.

Apple Cannes, Essential, HomePod-AirPlay 2 Soundbar - ACM 464

May 30, 2018 00:56:56


Apple Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts is going to be interviewed at Cannes Lions, but the person interviewing her is an Apple employee. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet think that’s a little weird. In hindsight, they also think it’s weird that Andy Rubin thought he could make money making Android hardware, an Essential(ly) bad idea. In the third segment, Jeff helps Bryan spend money when picking between a 2nd HomePod and a soundbar now that AirPlay 2 is here.

Twitter, Apple AI, FBI Exaggeration, Apple HQ Hunt - ACM 463

May 23, 2018 01:02:58


Twitter has lost its corporate mind, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet argue in this episode of ACM. They also weigh the importance of WWDC 2018 in terms of Siri, and discuss whether or not Apple has to announce significant improvements to remain competitive in AI. Then there’s the revelation that the FBI exaggerated the number of locked iPhones it couldn’t get into, and they squeeze in a fourth topic, too: Apple’s hunt for a new campus, and how it contrasts with Amazon.

Senate Net Neutrality, Nader Whiff, Jony Watchman - ACM 462

May 17, 2018 01:04:28


The U.S. Senate passed legislation that would restore Net Neutrality in the country, but Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explain why they don’t think it will go any further. They also break down Ralph Nader’s kind-of-weird whiff in complaining about Apple’s share buyback program. They cap the show with a look at how Sir Jony Ive is a watch-man, though Steve Jobs wasn’t involved with Apple Watch.

Share Buybacks Apple's Future, Same Old Facebook, Google Duplex - ACM 461

May 10, 2018 01:16:30


Warning, this one went long: Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what Apple’s share buybacks say about Apple’s future. They also weigh WhatsApp’s founder leaving Facebook, and what it says about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. They go over when diving into Google Duplex, a demonstration that was as awesome as it was devoid of real value.

Failing iPhone X Myth, Earnings Report Notes - ACM 460

May 2, 2018 01:02:51


Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the myth of the failing iPhone X, where that myth comes from, how it’s sustained, and how Apple’s own data says otherwise. They also talk about how Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri tried to dispel those reports during Apple’s quarterly conference call with analysts. They also look at the indicators that HomePod, on the other hand, isn’t doing well, and Tim Cook’s continued insistence on focusing on sound quality when we really want a capable home assistant. They cap the show with some perspective on just how much money Apple is paying out to shareholders.

Amazon Cyberpunk, Tim's State Dinner, GrayShift Pudding - ACM 459

Apr 25, 2018 00:53:01


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about how Amazon has quietly become the Cyberpunk king. They also discuss Tim Cook’s choice of dinner companions for the White House’s state dinner, and how Grayshift’s data breach is the proof in the pudding that backdoors and cracks get mishandled.

Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cyberwar, Social Network Inertia - ACM 458

Apr 19, 2018 01:02:03


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.

Mac Keyboards, Trusting Facebook, Profitable and Green - ACM 457

Apr 11, 2018 01:03:20


In this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss Mac keyboards, and what they like about clicky, long-throw keyboards, including the Azio Classic Retro BT keyboard Bryan just reviewed. They also go through a thought experiment on whether Facebook could ever earn our trust on privacy by radically reshaping their policies. They cap the show with a look at how Apple manages to be profitable and green, both.

Zuckerberg vs. Cook, Apple's AI Hire, HomeKit - ACM 456

Apr 4, 2018 01:02:45


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been trading public barbs on privacy, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the public tiff. They also discuss Apple’s hiring of Google’s former head of artificial intelligence and what it might mean for Siri (hint: good things!). They cap the show with a look at what it would take to make HomeKit the premier home automation platform.

E-Learning Teacher, Apple, EdTech - ACM 455

Mar 29, 2018 00:55:24


Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet are joined by Laura Bain, E-Learning Coordinator at a private school in Brisbane, Australia, to talk about Apple and the “Let’s Take a Field Trip” event. They discuss what it’s like in the trenches of E-Learning, including the ongoing battle between Apple, Google, and Microsoft. You’ve been hearing a lot of tech pundits talk about Apple and education, but this conversation has a voice from the trenches.

Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, AI Future - ACM 454

Mar 21, 2018 01:03:40


Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

Spinners, Apple's Best Products, WWDC - ACM 453

Mar 14, 2018 00:56:10


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin leads Jeff Gamet down into the ugly underbelly of FSM, or Fidget Spinner Madness. You can blame Mitsubishi if you want. They also talk about what TMO’s staff thinks were recent great Apple products and read the WWDC tea leaves. Does the WWDC website really mean anything?

Paper Airplanes, Creepy Movie App, AI Wars - ACM 452

Mar 7, 2018 01:04:16


In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet geek out on paper airplanes, or more properly, powered paper airplanes! They also talk about MoviePass location tracking and the voice assistant wars (spoiler, not all home voice assistants are equal).

Apple Medicine, Vero, Cellebrite - ACM 451

Mar 1, 2018 01:01:59


Apple is entering into the business of medicine, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explore the ramifications of this momentous development. They also discuss whether or not the Vero social network is viable, as well as Cellebrite’s claim that it can open up most iOS devices.

Spotify Platform Problem, Cook Insights, Apple TV Gaming - ACM 450

Feb 23, 2018 01:01:17


Bryan and Jeff talk about the Spotify Platform problem and the problems facing any independent music streaming service. They also talk about the things they learned from Tim Cook’s interview with Fast Company, and whether or not Apple is signaling a bigger play in Apple TV gaming.

Apple Shareholder Meeting, Profiling, and HomePod Wiretap - ACM 449

Feb 15, 2018 01:09:34


Bryan and Jeff go inside Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, and talk about the things that seemed to get Tim Cook excited. A listener also calls them out for being hypocrites on ad profiling, and they talk about how Apple’s new HomePod isn’t a home wiretap.

Social Media Humane, Smartwatch Diabetes, Nice Apple Content - ACM 448

Feb 8, 2018 01:05:29


Can social media be “humane,” or is the push for addictive platforms just par for the course? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss The Center for Humane Technology’s push for reform. They also talk about Cardiogram’s ability to detect diabetes from Apple Watch activity data, and they talk about Apple’s penchant for avoiding dark and edgy content.

DOJ/SEC Throttlegate, Facebook Google Doom, New Macs - ACM 447

Feb 1, 2018 01:00:40


The DOJ and the SEC are investigating Apple’s Throttlegate controversy, and Bryan and Jeff think it won’t go well for Apple. They also talk about Facebook, Google, and social media, and recent comments from philanthropist and political activist George Soros predicting their demise. They close the show with the implications of rumors that say Apple has three Macs coming out this year with Apple coprocessors.

13" MacBook Wish List, Bitcoin Electricity - ACM 446

Jan 25, 2018 01:04:47


Rumor has it that Apple is going to release a new entry level 13″ MacBook. Bryan and Jeff discuss how it might fit in Apple’s Mac product line, and what they would like to see in such a device. They also talk about Bitcoin mining and why it uses so much electricity, as well as the roles cryptocurrencies could play in our lives.

Apple's Tax Announcement, Hypocrisy, Apple Security - ACM 445

Jan 18, 2018 01:12:25


Apple made some major announcements about taxes, investments, and the company’s five year plan for contributions to the U.S. economy, and Bryan and Jeff take  a deep dive into what it all means. They also examine their own potential for hypocrisy in criticizing Apple’s smarthome strategy. The cap the show with a listener comment about the Mac App Store security bug.

Make Apple TV Great, Apple Doom, Listener Comment - ACM 444

Jan 4, 2018 01:05:09


What would it take to make Apple TV great again? Or, maybe just make it great? Bryan and Jeff dive deep into Apple’s challenges in the settop market. They also deconstruct our newest Apple Death Knell addition, where Paul Pampilly tells us “Apple Is Doomed.” They cap the show with some great listener comments about the iMac Pro.

Apple’s Battery PR Disaster, Social Media, Animoji – ACM 443

Dec 28, 2017 01:06:56


The boys are fuming over Apple’s self-induced iPhone battery fiasco, and argue the company will lose lawsuits over the issue, whether or not they lose in court. They also discuss Chamath Palihapitiya’s argument that social media is ripping society apart. They cap the show with an in-depth discussion on why Animoji is important, and how Apple is turning iMessage into a hybrid social media platform.

Our Apple Management Suggestions, Converging macOS and iOS, Understanding Coinbase – ACM 442

Dec 21, 2017 01:06:13


So many topics, so little time! In this episode, Bryan and Jeff address a listener question asking about Apple’s management structure. they also discuss whether or not Apple plans to merge iOS and macOS, and the cap the show with a detailed exploration of the exploding world of cryptocurrency, especially Coinbase.

Apple’s Quality Control Problems, iMac Pro – ACM 441

Dec 14, 2017 01:05:16


In this episode, Bryan and Jeff chew over Apple’s burgeoning quality control issues, as well as the company’s bizarre decision to release a pro desktop that’s sealed. The cap the discussion by examining some of the topics in the Apple Context Machine Facebook group.

Cook in China, Sonos & Ikea, Apple & Pop Up Archive – ACM 440

Dec 7, 2017 00:54:26


Tim Cook took a recent trip to China, and some have accused him of endorsing Chinese censorship. Bryan and Jeff talk about how complicated doing business in China is. They also look at why Sonos and IKEA have announced a partnership, and what Apple’s purchase of Pop Up Archive might mean. Then they fall down the rabbit hole of TextArc.

Apple Root Bug, Ajit Pai, Listener Topics – ACM 349

Nov 30, 2017 01:02:20


Apple fixed its root access flaw in macOS High Sierra, but the whole incident is a corporate black eye for a company known for executing. Bryan and Jeff also talk about Ajit Pai’s latest embarrassing comments defending his plan to gut net neutrality. They also talk about some of the topics suggested by the Apple Context Machine Facebook Group.

Encryption, Net Neutrality, Apple's AR Goggles - ACM 438

Nov 23, 2017 00:55:50


A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on Net Neutrality. They cap the show with the observation that Apple’s AR goggle project appears to be back on.

Wearable Market Breakdown, Harry Potter AR, iPhone X Camera - ACM 437

Nov 16, 2017 00:56:52


Bryan and Jeff argue that the wearables market is breaking down into three competitors, Apple, Xiaomi, and Fitbit. All others are lolwannabes. They also think Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be way bigger than Pokémon Go, and talk about just how good the camera is on iPhone X.

Encryption Debate, Paradise Papers, iPhone X - ACM 436

Nov 9, 2017 01:02:31


The false dichotomy that we must choose between privacy and safety when it comes to encryption has once again reared its ugly head, and Bryan and Jeff discuss why that’s so dangerous. They also look at how Apple was affected by the so-called Paradise Papers, and discuss Jeff’s initial impressions of the iPhone X. For added fun, Jeff mocks Bryan for not having his iPhone X yet.

ACM 435 - HomeKit Problems, HomePod’s SiriKit, Apple’s Improvements

Nov 2, 2017 00:53:00


Bryan and Jeff explore the good points and less-than-good points of Apple’s HomeKit, and the news that HomePod is going to need your iPhone to do some things. They also look at mounting evidence that Apple is back in gear for regular updates across its product line.

ACM 434 - Amazon’s Key, HomeKit Lights, Port-Free iPhones

Oct 26, 2017 00:58:26


Amazon Key will let delivery people into your home when you aren’t there, and Bryan and Jeff discuss the pros and cons. Jeff also gives Bryan a primer on starting off with HomeKit devices that don’t need a third party hub. They cap the show with the idea that Apple could be working towards a completely-sealed iPhone.

ACM 433 - iPhone Addiction, Apple and GE, iPhone X Paradigms

Oct 19, 2017 01:00:03


Bryan Chaffin is joined by special guest Jeff Butts to go deep on societal implications of iPhone and smartphone addiction. They also talk about the big announcement from Apple and GE for Industrial IoT devices, as well as the new paradigms in Apple’s iPhone X.

ACM 432 - Dow Jones Fake News, Cook’s Barnstorm Tour, iOS 11 Control Center

Oct 12, 2017 00:58:15


Tim Cook continues to raise his profile, tweeting more publicity photos of his visits to lots of places, including a Normandy war cemetery. Bryan and Jeff reexamine the idea that Mr. Cook may be thinking of political office. They also talk about Dow Jones’s brief flirtation with publishing fake news about Apple, and how Apple has changed the way on/off buttons work in iOS.

ACM 431 - Apple's iTunes Decisions and Music Plans, Need for LTE

Oct 5, 2017 00:55:41


In Episode 431, Bryan and Jeff dig into four topics, and they didn’t even run late. They discuss Apple’s App Store-ectomy from iTunes, Jimmy Iovine’s plans for Apple Music, FM radios in our iPhones, and whether or not Jeff is going to regret not getting LTE in his new Apple Watch Series 3.

ACM 430: macOS High Sierra, Apple Watch Apps

Sep 28, 2017 00:57:56


Jeff Butts joins Jeff while Bryan is out of town to share macOS High Sierra experiences so far, talk about the state of Apple Watch apps, plus nerd out on Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

ACM 429: iOS 11, APFS, T-Mobile Band 71

Sep 21, 2017 00:57:42


Apple tech podcaster and blogger Peter Cohen is here while Bryan is out of town to chat with Jeff about iOS 11 and the iPad, Siri, APFS and backing up your files, T-Mobile’s band 71 and the iPhone, and more.

ACM 428: Steve Jobs Theater, iTunes Rant, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3

Sep 14, 2017 00:55:16


Apple’s new Steve Jobs Theater had its debut, and Bryan and Jeff talk about some of the amazing things we saw. They also spew some vitriol all over Apple’s decision to pull the App Store from iTunes, and discuss their favorite aspects of Apple Watch Series 3 and iPhone X.

ACM 427: iOS 11 Favorite Features, Apple’s Entertainment Plans, Apple Watch Cheaters

Sep 7, 2017 00:54:21


iOS 11 is coming, and Bryan and Jeff discuss some of what they’re looking forward to. They also talk about Apple’s big plans in making movies and TV shows, and why it’s important for Apple to do so. The cap the show with a look at Apple Watch being involved with a baseball cheating scheme.

ACM 426: Tim Cook’s Political Junket, Amazon’s Master Plan for Alexa

Aug 31, 2017 00:59:39


Is Tim Cook running for President? Bryan and Jeff take a look at his recent higher public profile and the political junket he seemed to take through the midwest. They also talk about Amazon’s recent improvements to Alexa and how they fit in with the company’s master plan for the platform.

ACM 423: Lava Lamps, Eclipse Disaster Preparedness, Bitcoin Fork

Aug 24, 2017 01:09:36


Lava Lamps are the bee’s knees. It is known. And in this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss how they make the perfect random number generator. They also look at how eclipse watching is an excellent window into what would happen in a disaster, and discuss the Bitcoin fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash being created.

ACM 424: Eclipse Tips, AR Needs Eyeware, No Apple Television Set

Aug 17, 2017 00:54:57


The eclipse is coming, and Bryan and Jeff have some tips for viewing it. They also explore practical limitations on augmented reality (AR) without the help of specialized eyeware. For a bookend, they deconstruct a new rumor about a supposed Apple television set. Spoiler, it ain’t happening.

ACM 423: Silofication of Movies and TV, LOL Fitbit, Fooling Self-Driving Cars

Aug 10, 2017 01:00:35


Disney said it’s pulling its huge portfolio from Netflix in 2019, and Bryan and Jeff are concerned that the silofication of more and more content will be bad for consumers. They also chat about Fitbit’s plans for a smartwatch…ah, we’re just kidding. LOL Fitbit. Oh, and it turns out it’s pretty easy to fool a self-driving car.

ACM 422: AAPL Conference Call Quirks, Can Apple Be the Microsoft of Cars?

Aug 3, 2017 00:59:04


Could Apple be the Microsoft of cars? Bryan and Jeff dig deep into this idea, as well as some of the quirkier aspects of Apple’s quarterly conference call with analysts. They also chat about the importance of Apple Park.

ACM 421: Real Future of AI, AR, VR, and Self-Driving Cars

Jul 27, 2017 01:02:46


Bryan and Jeff don their futurist hats and explore what they think is the real future of augmented reality, virtual reality, AI, smarthomes, and self-driving cars.

ACM 420: Amazon Pay Places, Atari Flashback, New Emojis

Jul 20, 2017 00:54:39


In episode 420, Bryan and Jeff discuss whether or not Amazon was high when it came up with Amazon Pay Places. They also discuss Atari Flashback 8 Gold, the new Atari retro gaming box, as well as Apple’s new emojis.

ACM 419: Apple of Tomorrow, Wild West of Home Automation

Jul 13, 2017 01:00:46


What exactly is “Apple?” The company is changing dramatically, and Bryan and Jeff explore where Apple might be going. They also talk about home automation, and how we are in the Wild West days of this future technology.

ACM 418: iPhone 8 Face Scanning, Hackintosh 101

Jul 6, 2017 00:59:53


Bryan is out on vacation so Jeff Butts joins Jeff Gamet to talk about reports saying the iPhone 8 will ditch Touch ID for facial recognition, building a hackintosh, and macOS High Sierra beta experiences.

ACM 417: Mac Malware, macOS High Sierra Upgrade

Jun 29, 2017 01:00:27


With Bryan out on vacation Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about why Bob doesn’t routinely run a malware checker on his Mac, plus the rant a little about cell service providers, and talk about their macOS High Sierra upgrade experiences.

iOS 11 and AR, iBooks in Apple Stores, Listener Email - ACM 416

Jun 21, 2017 01:12:28


Where’s Apple going with ARKit in iOS 11? Bryan and Jeff weigh the pros and cons of mobile-device AR versus goggle/glasses AR. They also talk about Bryan’s cockamamie idea for iBooks inside Apple Stores, and go deep on some listener email on HomePod and Apple Car.

Silicon Valley Company Towns and Going Deep on Tim Cook's Plans for Apple Car - ACM 414

Jun 15, 2017 01:05:26


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have made a major donation to a group helping teachers buy homes near Facebook’s headquarters. Bryan and Jeff think Silicon Valley may need to think even bigger and build some company towns. They also dive deep into Tim Cook’s Apple Car plans, including his three vectors of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and ride sharing services.

Gruber's Talk Show Live, iMac Pro, and HomePod - ACM 414

Jun 8, 2017 00:53:17


Bryan and Jeff share their takeaways from John Gruber’s Talk Show Live interview with Apple senior VPs Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi. They also discuss Apple’s newly announced iMac Pro and HomePod and explore how they’ll fit into our professional and personal lives.

Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music Is Good, Woz Is Cool, AI Chips Are Important - ACM 413

Jun 1, 2017 00:57:54


Carpool Karaoke is coming to Apple Music, and Bryan and Jeff argue that this is a great move for Apple, whether or not the echo chamber thinks so. Speaking of the echo chamber, what’s with the hate on Steve Wozniak? Bryan and Jeff think he’s awesome and say anyone who has accomplished half so much as Woz is welcome to cast the first stone. They cap the show with thoughts on Apple developing its own AI chip.

Samsung's Iris Scanning Joke, Crappy Business is Not OK, and PC Design - ACM 412

May 25, 2017 01:05:33


Unsurprisingly, Samsung’s crappy iris scanner on the Galaxy S8 has been defeated. Worse, defeating it is easy. Bryan and Jeff think it’s a joke and another example of Samsung’s delusions of relevance. They also discuss Bryan’s theory that PC makers can’t compete with Apple’s MacBook with me-too design, and say that surveillance capitalists being honest about spying on your doesn’t make their spying OK.

New Macs at WWDC, Apple vs Diabetes, Lattice Data - ACM 411

May 18, 2017 00:59:33


This could be the year Apple breaks form and introduces new hardware at WWDC, and Bryan and Jeff explain why. They also discuss Apple’s big bets on an even bigger future and the importance of AI, neural nets, and machine learning.

Imagining a Siri Smarthome, Apple and Sleep Tracking, and the Real iPhone 8 - ACM 410

May 11, 2017 01:03:50


With Alexa Show and Microsoft Invoke, Bryan and Jeff envision the Siri smarthome of the future to make the case for an Apple Siri device. They also talk about what Apple might do with sleep tracking technology from Beddit, as well some sexy new renders of Apple’s unannounced iPhone 8.

Dr. Mac on Procrastinating, Touch-Screen Macs, and Siri at Home - ACM 409

May 4, 2017 01:08:14


Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus joins Bryan and Jeff to talk about his new book, Working Smarter for Mac Users. It’s all about beating procrastination. They also talk about Apple, toasterfridges, and touch-screen Macs, and whether Apple would compete with Amazon’s Alexa in the home.

Epic Facebook Rant, CAPTCHA Complaints, and Apple Store Hangouts - ACM 408

Apr 27, 2017 01:04:54


Bryan and Jeff go on an epic rant about Facebook and its attitude about humanity and our very lives. They also talk about problems they’ve been seeing with CAPTCHA systems, and ask whether or not Apple can make its retail locations places where people hang out.

Touch Screen Macs, iPhone's Name, and Star Wars - ACM 407

Apr 20, 2017 01:07:00


Would Apple ever make a touch screen Mac? Bryan and Jeff chew over recent rumors about Apple making an iMac for creative pros that would compete with Microsoft’s Surface Studio. They also talk about iPhone’s name and Disney’s management of the Star Wars franchise.

Making iPhones, Internet Myths, Mac Pro Wishes - ACM 406

Apr 13, 2017 00:51:21


Jeff and Bryan talk about making iPhones, factories in China, and manufacturing in the U.S. relating to a first hand report from a Pegatron factory. They also talk about internet myth and Snopes, as well as some of the cool Mac Pro mockups that are circulating.

The Mystery of New Mac Pros, Apple and Politics, and Robot Welfare - ACM 405

Apr 6, 2017 01:06:33


Apple kind of announced a new Mac Pro and professional display, but Bryan and Jeff want to know how we got here. They also take another look at how politics increasingly intersect with a tech giant like Apple, and discuss our robot welfare future.

The ISP Coup, an Apple VPN, and Samsung's Bixby Gambit - ACM 404

Mar 30, 2017 01:05:20


ISPs performed a coup against consumers, and they did so in collusion with one of America’s major political parties. Bryan and Jeff are two tense geeks about it. Their solution would be for Apple to launch a VPN integrated into Apple’s products. And then there’s Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and that company’s delusions of software relevance. Oh, and Bixby, which could eventually succeed in making Samsung relevant.

Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO - ACM 403

Mar 23, 2017 01:01:29


Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday’s technology at today’s prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple’s new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.

Android Insecurity, Messaging Anachronisms, and Legacy Apple Auctions - ACM 402

Mar 16, 2017 00:53:07


Bryan and Jeff try and wrap their heads around a world where malware is being installed on Android devices in the supply chain, before customers even get the devices. They also take a trip into the anachronistic world of sealing wax and sealing wax stamps, as well as the fascinating world where 40 year-old Apple I computers are auctioned for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bob's Productivity Book, CIA iPhone Hacks, the Home Hub We Want - ACM 401

Mar 9, 2017 01:05:00


Bob LeVitus joins Bryan and Jeff to talk about his new book, Working Smarter for Mac Users. They talk about why Bob wrote it and the things Bryan learned from editing it. They also talk about the CIA iPhone hacks leaked to Wikileaks and the home automation hub they wish they could buy.

Apple Rumors and Manufacturing, Tim Cook's Pipeline, and $AAPL - ACM 400

Mar 2, 2017 00:59:55


In this 400th episode of Apple Context Machine, John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss rumors of iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple manufacturing, Tim Cook’s claim that Apple cares about pro users and creative pros in particular, the company’s supposed pipeline, and $AAPL’s record high valuation. Oh…and Nickleback.

Frolic in the Apple Park, Rumors for iPad and Apple Watch - ACM 399

Feb 23, 2017 00:50:54


Apple announced the name of what we used to call Apple Campus 2.0—now it’s Apple Park. Bryan and Jeff chew on the name for a while, and discuss what we might expect when it opens in April. They also pore over Apple Watch 3 rumors and the news that a key supplier will stop making Apple Watch displays. And somehow they segue that into some new iPad and iPhone rumors.

Mac Users Can Expect More Malware and TV Shows Are Good for Apple Music - ACM 398

Feb 16, 2017 00:58:57


With state-sponsored hackers from Russia developing malware for the Mac, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet fear Mac users can expect more malware in the future. They also discuss the negativity that greeted Planet of the Apps, and argue that TV shows are good for Apple Music. Plus, they visit listener comments on Net Neutrality.

Apple Doesn't Love iBooks and Samsung Schadenfreude - ACM 397

Feb 9, 2017 00:58:02


Evidence suggests Apple stopped loving iBooks. Bryan and Jeff go over that evidence and discuss why Apple should rekindle that love and make iBooks great again. They also take a few minutes to experience some schadenfreude over Samsung’s battery factory fire, and argue that a loss of market share demonstrates Samsung’s lack of software relevance.

Apple Profits, Mac Sales, and Fun with Apple's Cash Hoard - ACM 396

Feb 2, 2017 01:04:56


Apple turned in a record December quarter this week, and Bryan and Jeff look at the numbers. They also look at this one weird trick Apple did to goose Mac sales—the company released a new Mac. And for grins, they discuss some of the things Apple could do with the astounding $246 billion in cash the company has squirreled away.

The Goodies in iOS 10.3, Net Neutrality on the Chopping Block - ACM 395

Jan 26, 2017 00:59:30


iOS 10.3 is out in beta, and it has some fun new goodies. Bryan and Jeff look at what they think is most interesting. Net Neutrality is also on the chopping block, one of those situations where politics and technology intersect in annoying ways.

FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple Products - ACM 394

Jan 19, 2017 00:55:38


Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.

Apple TV and Amazon Prime TV, iPad Rumors, Apple Departures - ACM 393

Jan 12, 2017 00:50:13


Nvidia is adding Amazon Prime TV to its Shield TV settop box, leaving Apple TV as one of the only devices that doesn’t support the #2 streaming service. Bryan and Jeff think Apple needs to fix this. They also look at some sketchy iPad rumors and talk about key departures from Apple’s executive ranks.

Lounging at CES 2017 with Bryan and Jeff - ACM 392

Jan 5, 2017 00:46:22


LAS VEGAS – Join Bryan and Jeff as they lounge at CES 2017. On deck for this week’s episode are Q.RAD, the super computer that heats your home, smart clothes (for Android only?), and Eugene, the smart trash can thingy.

Bryan Gets Paranoid About the IoT - ACM 391

Dec 29, 2016 00:58:30


Bryan is totally paranoid about the Internet of Things, and he isn’t at all happy about the idea of having an Amazon Echo or Google Home listening in on everything in his house. Jeff laughs at him. Once the guffaws die down, they talk about how and why Apple is getting crushed by these good enough devices.

Congressional Encryption Working Group Backs Encryption, Thoughts on CES - ACM 390

Dec 23, 2016 01:02:22


The Congressional Encryption Working Group has issued a year-end report on encryption that finds weakening encryption would harm the national security interests of the United States. Bryan and Jeff discuss the implications, as well as a new request from the Turkish government asking Apple to unlock an iPhone 4s owned by an assassin. They cap the show with a preview of CES expectations.

Apple AirPods, Kickstarter, and Augmented Reality - ACM 389

Dec 15, 2016 01:00:44


Apple shipped AirPods. Sort of. Bryan and Jeff think it was a terrible idea to ship them before Christmas if Apple couldn’t meet demand, which is exactly what’s happening. They also weigh the merits of Kickstarter and discuss the state of augmented reality and its future.

Living with Apple's Touch Bar, the Reverse Toaster Fridge - ACM 388

Dec 8, 2016 00:57:34


Bryan Chaffin quizzes Jeff Gamet about living with Apple’s new TouchBar on his MacBook Pro. They also discuss whether or not the so-called Reverse ToasterFridge could be the future of Apple’s hardware. Listener comments have been pouring in, too.

ACM 387: State of Apple Advertising, Apple's Product Vision

Dec 1, 2016 01:00:41


John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss the state of Apple’s advertising, including Frankie’s Holiday, Balloons, and Bulbs. Spoiler, John hates them and Bryan thinks they’re lovely. They also talk about Apple’s product vision and the end of AirPort. Another spoiler: John is cranky about that, too.

ACM 386: Apple's Lackluster 2016, Mac Automation, and Black Friday

Nov 24, 2016 00:58:55


Apple released only 13 new products in 2016, an embarrassing lack of riches. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this might mean. They also talk about the future of automation on the Mac, as well as the return of Apple’s Black Friday sale. Does Apple feel the need to goose sales for the December quarter?

ACM 385: Apple Coffee Table Book and Design Run Amok

Nov 17, 2016 01:01:10


Apple has a new coffee table book out called Designed by Apple in California. Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit to talk about it. Spoiler: Bryan likes it and John sees it as a sign of Apple having lost the plot. They also discuss the idea that design has run amok at Apple, starting with the idea that Jony Ive needed Steve Jobs as a counter balance.

ACM 384: Demand for iPhone 7 Plus, AWS2, MacBook Pro

Nov 10, 2016 00:55:21


John Kheit guests with Bryan Chaffin to talk about demand for iPhone 7 Plus, for which wait times are still 3-4 weeks. Apple Watch Series 2 has 2-3 week wait times, and MacBook Pros seem to be flying off the shelves. Join them while they explore these topics.

ACM 383: iOS Song Star Ratings Return, MacBook Pro Innovation Rants

Nov 3, 2016 01:01:21


iTunes Song Ratings are back in iOS 10.2 beta, and Bryan and Jeff are stoked, even if it’s not perfect. They also talk about the pushback gets when Apple pushes the envelope with its products. They cap the show with a look at MacBooK Pro’s Touch Bar being a double down against making a ToasterFridge.

ACM 382: How Pro Are the New MacBook Pros?

Oct 28, 2016 00:59:05


Apple just announced new MacBook Pro models, and Bryan and Jeff talk about their pros and cons. In particular the “pros” part, because while these devices are powerful, they question whether they are really that pro at all. They also talk about the new TV app for Apple TV.

ACM 381: Tim Cook as Veep and iTunes Star Ratings

Oct 20, 2016 00:56:49


Tim Cook was apparently on a list of possible running mates for Hillary Clinton. Bryan and Jeff talk about Mr. Cook as a possible candidate and whether or not he would have wanted the gig. They also discuss iTunes Star Ratings for songs and the fact that they’ve been taken away in iOS 10.

ACM 380: USB Kill 2.0 and Samsung Schadenfreude

Oct 13, 2016 00:57:43


Bryan and Jeff talk about USB Kill 2.0, a device that looks like a hard drive, but can damage—if not destroy—a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or any other device with a USB port. They also take a few moments to enjoy some schadenfreude at Samsung’s defense.

ACM 379: Apple’s Mysterious October Announcements and Who Cares about Google’s Pixel Smartphone?

Oct 6, 2016 00:50:16


Apple moved its quarterly conference call in October, and it’s set off a lot of echo-chamber debate and speculation. Bryan and Jeff weed out the balderdash. They also ask who cares about Google’s new Pixel smartphone line.

ACM 378: Life Without a Headphone Jack, More Apple Watch, Siri on the Mac

Sep 29, 2016 00:58:58


We’ve had our iPhone 7s for a week and a half, and Bryan and Jeff talk about life without the headphone jack. They also discuss the differences between Apple Watch (Series 0) and the new Apple Watch Series 2. They close out the show talking about Siri on the Mac, using it, and the lack of “Hey Siri” support. Plus, Bryan is punchy from a lack of sleep, so silliness runs rampant.

ACM 377: Apple's iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

Sep 22, 2016 00:59:05


Bryan and Jeff talk about iPhone 7, whether or not it’s a must-have upgrade, and even what constitutes a must-have upgrade any more. They also talk about their immediate impressions of Apple Watch Series 2 after spending a day with the new models.  All this and more.

ACM 376: Deep Dive into iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2

Sep 9, 2016 00:00:00


Bryan and Jeff go in-depth with our hands-on experience with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Edition (Ceramic), the button-less Home Button on iPhone 7, the new cameras, the bright displays…it’s all in this episode of The Apple Context Machine.

ACM 375: Google Want to be Your Ride, Tim Cook's Message Pivot

Sep 1, 2016 00:59:51


Google is entering the ride-sharing business, and Bryan and Jeff take an in-depth look at what that means. They also dive back into how and why Apple is opening itself up to journalists, and some of the things we’ve learned because of that.

ACM 374: The Apple Narrative, Music Industry Directives, and Samsung's Spoiled Milk

Aug 25, 2016 00:53:26


Adam Christianson joins Bryan Chaffin in this week’s ACM to discuss Apple’s recent efforts to more directly control its narrative. They also chat about Universal Music Group’s directive to stop doing exclusive streaming deals, and the deserved demise of Samsung’s Milk.

ACM 373: Apple's Engineering Demands, Fake iPhones, Intel's ARM Move

Aug 18, 2016 00:56:34


Apple is relentless with its design ideas regardless of what the hardware engineers say. Bryan and Jeff explain why that’s a good thing for consumers, plus they show you how to spot fake iPhone 7 photos, and look at Intel’s decision to start making ARM processors.

ACM 372: Samsung Pay’s Security Failure, the Story Behind Apple’s Public Betas

Aug 11, 2016 00:58:07


Bryan and Jeff dig into Samsung shenanigans, including reports of a way to hack magnetic stripe reader transactions, and the mysterious case of Apple Watch drawings in a Samsung patent. They also discuss the interesting story of how the flawed Apple Maps rollout led to public beta programs for OS X and iOS.

ACM 371: iPad Pro (Surface) Ad, Siri's Shortcomings, Apple's Big Developer Payout

Aug 4, 2016 00:53:52


Bryan and Jeff discuss Apple’s commercial that embraces many of the things Microsoft has used to tout Surface Pro. They also talk about Apple’s remarkable success with the App Store, as well as some of Siri’s shortcomings.

ACM 370: A Deeper Look at Apple's Earnings Report, 3D Printing Fingers

Jul 28, 2016 01:00:32


Bryan and Jeff dig deep into Apple’s earnings report and the company’s quarterly call with analysts. Topics include Tim Cook’s upbeat delivery, Pokemon, and Wall Street’s reaction. They also jump into the scary future of 3D printing our fingers to bypass biometric security.

ACM 369: BlackBerry Doofus, Black Box Regulation, Twitter Harrassment

Jul 21, 2016 01:07:00


BlackBerry CEO John Chen had some seemingly irrational things to say about Apple’s stance on encryption, and Bryan and Jeff break it down. They also take a deeper look into black boxes and self-driving cars with a focus on regulating these devices and surveillance worries. Just to keep things light, they dive into Twitter harassment and social media censorship.

ACM 368: Jeff's HomeKit Breakthrough, Pokémon GO, Post-PC Era

Jul 14, 2016 01:02:06


In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff talk about HomeKit, sparked by Jeff’s triumph over something that shouldn’t have been hard to begin with. They also talk about Jeff’s initial foray into Pokémon GO, and look at the Post-PC Era (or lack thereof) in light of Scrivener coming to iOS.

ACM 367: The Joy of iOS 10, Deleting Sideloaded Apps, and Fibonacci Fun

Jul 8, 2016 00:57:20


Jeff Gamet has been playing with iOS 10 on his iPad mini 4, and he can’t wait to get it on his iPhone. Why? It starts with the Lockscreen. Bryan and Jeff also talk about regulations in South Korea that might require smartphone makers to allow all preinstalled apps to be deleted by the user. They bookend the show having some fun with Fibonacci numbers.

ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google's Phone, and Bryan's Rant

Jun 30, 2016 00:57:25


In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and Amazon offering a discount on two Android phones that display Amazon ads on the lock screen. Bryan somehow manages to ties that into an epic rant about Angry Birds 2.