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#199: Puppet Series

June 25th, 2018 · 83 minutes

This week we take a deep dive into Apple’s forthcoming video service, as Jason and Myke make predictions about what it will cost and how Apple’s billion-dollar content purchases will roll out. Also, Instagram gets into TV, Google gets back into podcasting, and we prepare for the beginning of the Upgrade Summer of Fun!

#198: The Mac Is Dead, Long Live the Mac

June 18th, 2018 · 88 minutes

Apple has said that it’s not merging iOS and macOS, but that sneak peek of iOS apps coming to macOS opens up a lot of questions about just what the Mac might look like in five years. Jason’s optimistic, but Mac users may be in for the biggest changes to the platform since the introduction of Mac OS X nearly two decades ago. Also, what’s up with no…

#197: Banana Royale

June 11th, 2018 · 98 minutes

It’s time to reflect on WWDC week, so Jason and Myke are joined by special guest developer James Thomson. We discuss our first impressions of the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas, the future of Mac apps in and out of the Mac App Store, and what new features are now at the top of James’s priority list as a developer.

#196: Workflow Siren

June 4th, 2018 · 84 minutes

Live from WWDC, Jason and Myke break down the major announcements for iOS, macos, and watchOS, including a close result in the Upgrade Keynote Draft, the emergence of user automation on iOS via Siri, potentially big changes to the Mac App Store, and the upcoming workout battle between our two hosts.

#195: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2018

May 28th, 2018 · 100 minutes

It’s time for our third annual predictions of what will happen on stage at Apple’s developer conference keynote! Jason and Myke compete for points by drafting picking 20 different items they expect will get a mention next week. Will there be new hardware, or will it all be about operating systems? Will your hosts shy away from picking items that h…

#194: Game of Jenga with Drivers

May 21st, 2018 · 86 minutes

Myke just built a gaming PC, which prompts us to discuss the current state of the art of Windows and macOS, as well as a broader discussion of living a multi-ecosystem lifestyle.

#193: This is Stephen Hackett’s Fault

May 14th, 2018 · 91 minutes

The 25th anniversary of BBEdit and a visit with a friend lead Jason to take a deep dive into Mac history, Google shows a disappointing lack of forethought in its AI demo, and the future of TV is apparently Apple’s TV app.

#192: People Like Colors and Fun

May 7th, 2018 · 90 minutes

The 20th anniversary of the iMac prompts a discussion of how it changed Apple and continues to define how Apple designs products, Jason has a theory about why so many people thought iPhone X sales were crashing when they weren't, and Upstream ponders the Arrested Development "remix edition."

#191: Alien Spacecraft Sitting on an End Table

April 30th, 2018 · 115 minutes

This week the Grim Reaper comes for AirPort, we imagine a future Apple AR/VR headset, and at the very end it’s time for Myke at the Movies to take on “Avengers: Infinity War.”

#190: Redefine It Upward

April 23rd, 2018 · 88 minutes

Tim Cook totally has an Mac on his desk and an iPad at home, but how can Apple advance both its platforms while allowing them to retain their individuality? Also, Amazon Prime has a big number and Apple puts a chill into leakers.