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#172: My Brain Was Slowly Expanding

December 18th, 2017 · 107 minutes

Has Disney changed the future of streaming TV with its purchase of Fox? Has Jason bought himself an iMac Pro? Have Myke and Jason watched “The Last Jedi”? Yes to all of the above. (Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the movie, we’ll save that until the end and fire off the Spoiler Horn before we start talking details.)

#171: Really Weird Chess Game

December 11th, 2017 · 82 minutes

What do Amazon's battles with Google and Apple say about the strategies of the tech giants? Also, Jony Ive returns to the White Room, and a meeting with the hosts of Jason and Myke's favorite podcasts brings some perspective regarding the connection between podcasters and their listeners.

#170: The Rat King of Cables

December 4th, 2017 · 110 minutes

All the Apple operating-system bugs in the world can’t stop us from discussing Jason’s office clean-out, holiday decorations, the new Kindle Oasis, and podcasting tools and techniques. And yes, in the end we have to discuss Apple’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

#169: Discontinue All Other Products

November 27th, 2017 · 80 minutes

Myke returns from his trip to catch up on everything Jason and John did on last week’s show: summoning Siri, selling merchandise, and proposing entirely new classes of Apple product. We discuss Myke’s travels with the iPhone X, a possible update to the iPhone SE, and whether or not Apple should one day make a laptop that runs iOS.

#168: Hail Hydrant

November 20th, 2017 · 97 minutes

John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss the possibilities of an iMac with an A10 processor inside, the delay of the HomePod, whether Apple understands the concerns of professional Mac users, the return of Twitterrific for the Mac, and the proper way to refer to keyboard shortcuts.

#167: The White Room of My Mind

November 13th, 2017 · 96 minutes

Jumping off from two Bloomberg reports about Apple hardware, Myke and Jason discuss the future of the iPad Pro and what in the world Apple is thinking as it develops an augmented-reality headset. We’ve also got updates on Apple’s television venture, the future and influence of the iPhone X, and Apple Pay for iMessage.

#166: The Machine That Makes Money

November 6th, 2017 · 96 minutes

Myke abandons the #plusclub for an iPhone X, and compares notes with Jason after a week of using Apple’s new phone, including cameras, OLED, Animoji karaoke, and Face ID. We also discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, which show great news for the iPad and Mac and the promise of a record-setting holiday quarter to come.

#165: The iPhone X Review

October 31st, 2017 · 93 minutes

This week is all about the iPhone X, which Jason reviewed and now has in his hands to answer Myke's—and your—questions.

#164: The Lost Phone for Nerds

October 23rd, 2017 · 86 minutes

What if Jason went to a tech conference with a brand-new iPhone and nobody cared? We discuss the curious case of the iPhone 8, the challenges entertainment and tech companies both face when trying to launch video streaming services, and the future of the Mac as viewed through the inbox of Apple executives.

#163: Kindle Bubbles

October 16th, 2017 · 90 minutes

This week there's a bunch of news from the world of entertainment. Apple's new TV execs made their first big deal in Hollywood, which brings up lots of questions about what Apple's video service will be and when it will arrive. There's also a new service that brings your iTunes purchases to Amazon and Google and vice versa. Speaking of Amazon, the…