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#326: 2020 Year in Review: Not an Ideal Situation

December 30th, 2020 · 112 minutes

This week, the guys walk down memory lane, re-visiting the top tech stories of 2020. It was ... quite the year.

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Apple rings in new era of Services following landmark year - Apple
Apple delivers a new redesigned Maps for all users in the United States - Apple
Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI - 9to5Mac
Twitter will put options to limit replies directly on the compose screen - The Verge
Apple Deal Returns Former HBO Boss Richard Plepler to Spotlight - The New York Times
The iPad at 10: A New Product Category Defined by Apps - MacStories
Apple News launches special coverage of the 2020 presidential election - Apple
Kuo: Apple to Launch AirTags, Small Charging Mat, New iPads and Macs, High-End Headphones, and More in First Half of 2020 - MacRumors
Spotify to Acquire Bill Simmons' The Ringer as Part of Podcast Push - Variety
Taika Waititi slams Apple’s MacBook keyboards after winning first Oscar - The Verge
Apple’s COVID-19 Response - Apple
Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance - Apple
Apple’s WWDC 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format - Apple
New MacBook Air has more to love and is now just $999 - Apple
Apple unveils new iPad Pro with LiDAR Scanner and trackpad support in iPadOS - Apple
New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro now available to order, begins arriving next week - Apple
Report claims new iPad Pro's A12Z Bionic chip is just a 'renamed A12X' with additional GPU core - 9to5Mac
Universal App Quick Start Program - Apple Developer
iOS 14 reveals iPhone 9 and updated iPad Pro details, new Apple TV remote, AirTags, more - 9to5Mac
Apple purchases hyperlocal weather app Dark Sky, ending API and killing Android apps - 9to5Mac
Introducing Mac Madness 2020 – 512 Pixels
Amazon Prime Video now lets users buy TV shows and movies in the app, seemingly struck special deal with Apple - 9to5Mac
Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology - Apple
Which U.S. states are using Apple's Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing? - 9to5Mac
iPhone SE: A powerful new smartphone in a popular design - Apple
Connected #291: The Scrooge McDuck of Computers - Relay FM
James Thomson on Twitter: The Hackett Number
What Is My Hackett Number?
Apple Music's Zane Lowe brings interviews with iconic artists to new podcast - 9to5Mac
Apple updates 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard, double the storage, and faster performance - Apple
Apple to host virtual Worldwide Developers Conference beginning June 22 - Apple
Episode 162: iPadOS and Pointer Support with Craig Federighi – AppStories
Spotify is hiring Joe Rogan, one of the world’s most popular podcasters - Vox
Microsoft’s new Fluid Office document is Google Docs on steroids - The Verge
Apple Killing iBooks Author in Favor of Pages – 512 Pixels
Apple approves Hey email app, but the fight’s not over - The Verge
13 new innovative technologies and features unveiled at WWDC20 - Apple
Upgrade #304: Somebody’s Gotta Do It and It’s Gonna Be Us - Relay FM
Connected #301: We Should Be Developers - Relay FM
Apple Cancels Arcade Games in Strategy Shift To Keep Subscribers - Bloomberg
Apple commits to be 100 percent carbon neutral for its supply chain and products by 2030 - Apple
Tom Hanks-Starrer Greyhound Torpedoes Apple TV+ Opening Weekend Record – Deadline
Read Steve Jobs’ emails about why you can’t buy digital books in Amazon’s apps - The Verge
2020 iMac review: The last picture show – Six Colors
Phil Schiller advances to Apple Fellow - Apple
Apple’s Fortnite ban, explained - Vox
Apple confirms cloud gaming services like xCloud and Stadia violate App Store guidelines - The Verge
Martin Scorsese Apple First-Look film TV Deal For His Sikelia Banner – Deadline
Trump Targets WeChat and TikTok, in Sharp Escalation With China - The New York Times
Apple extends the Apple Watch experience to the entire family - Apple
Apple One - Apple
Apple Watch Series 6 delivers breakthrough wellness and fitness capabilities - Apple
Apple Watch SE: The ultimate combination of design, function, and value - Apple
Apple Fitness+: A personalized fitness experience comes to life with Apple Watch - Apple
Apple unveils all-new iPad Air with A14 Bionic, Apple’s most advanced chip - Apple
Apple introduces eighth-generation iPad with a huge jump in performance - Apple
iOS 14 is available today - Apple
‎Widgetsmith on the App Store
Connected #314: The Jeremies (Fall 2020) - Relay FM
Relay FM Podcastathon for St Jude (2020) - YouTube
ESA - Roberto Vittori
Roberto Vittori - Wikipedia
Apple introduces HomePod mini: A powerful smart speaker with amazing sound - Apple
Apple announces iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini: A new era for iPhone with 5G - Apple
Apple introduces iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 5G - Apple
Clips gets its biggest update ever - Apple
Apple Launches 'Apple Music TV,' a 24-Hour Music Video Livestream - Variety
iOS and iPadOS 14: The MacStories Review - MacStories
Jon Stewart Returns With Current Affairs Series for Apple (Exclusive) | Hollywood Reporter
Apple’s global hit comedy “Ted Lasso” lands early season three renewal - Apple TV+ Press
Apple unleashes M1 - Apple
Introducing the next generation of Mac - Apple
macOS Big Sur is here - Apple
Apple announces App Store Small Business Program - Apple
Instagram redesign puts Reels and Shop tabs on the home screen | TechCrunch
Apple CEO Says Most Staff Won’t Return to Office Until June - Bloomberg
Apple presents App Store Best of 2020 winners - Apple
Apple introduces AirPods Max, the magic of AirPods in a stunning over-ear design - Apple
Best AirPods Max Shield Case – Waterfield
Apple Fitness+: The next era of fitness is here, and everyone’s invited - Apple
Apple Fitness+ (@applefitnessplus) • Instagram photos and videos
iPhone 12 Became the World's Top 5G Smartphone Within Two Weeks of Launch - MacRumors
Kuo: Apple Car Still in Early Stages, Unlikely to Launch Until 2025-2027 at Earliest - MacRumors
Cortex #110: 2021 Yearly Themes - Relay FM
Your Theme - CGP Grey on YouTube
2020 Lettering Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash