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#476: Friends in the Couch Cushions

September 13th, 2023 · 92 minutes

Jason's back from Cupertino and it's time to break down everything he saw at the September 2023 Apple media event: The new titanium-framed iPhone 15 Pro, the pastel iPhone 15, the DoubleTap-enabled Apple Watch, and... green leaves for some but not others?

#475: The 2023 September Event Draft

September 4th, 2023 · 86 minutes

Jason and Myke preview what will happen at next week's Apple event. What new features will the new iPhones have? How will the Apple Watch transform? And which one of us will harness the heart of a champion, Lionel Messi style, and score the winning goal?

#474: I'm Not a Doctor, I'm an Auditor

August 28th, 2023 · 84 minutes

With a busy fall looming, Mac analyst Stephen Hackett joins the show to give Jason's computing setup a check-up. And some iPhone rumors suggest the Color Czar may be leaving a lump of Space Black coal in Myke's stocking this year.

#473: I Can Talk About the George Foreman Grill Now

August 21st, 2023 · 94 minutes

The iMac turns 25, Relay turns 10 (next year in London), print magazines apparently still exist, and listeners have questions about why Apple would ever want to buy Disney.

#472: Step Aside, Bob!

August 14th, 2023 · 103 minutes

For years, rumors about Apple and Disney combining seemed ridiculous--but in light of Apple's transformation and Disney's difficulties, suddenly it seems a lot more possible. We try to imagine what portions of Disney's business Apple would actually want.

#471: A Technological 23rd Century Star Trek Thing

August 7th, 2023 · 85 minutes

Jason has the painful details about Apple's comeback bid for college football TV rights that fell just short of the goal line. We also discuss what Apple's rich-but-middling quarterly results say about the importance of this fall's iPhone launch.

#470: Magic Titanium

July 31st, 2023 · 89 minutes

This week we wonder if Apple will profess further mastery of the Periodic Table with this fall's iPhone Pro release, and if Lionel Messi will conquer the world with Apple's help. And for the Summer of Fun, Myke asks Jason about his writing tools.

#469: Bring in the Boffins

July 24th, 2023 · 103 minutes

Myke's summer is a lot less fun due to his concerns about a bill advancing in the UK Parliament that could potentially drive some Apple services out of the country. Also we try to understand just what's happening at Apple regarding AI products.

#468: Nonstop Bangers Involving Saxophone Solos

July 18th, 2023 · 97 minutes

As the Public Betas arrive, there's breaking bad news for Mac Pro fans, Jason has an invitation for Tim Cook, and we explore our favorite Emoji.

#467: The Least Important Mac

July 10th, 2023 · 79 minutes

We struggle to balance empathy with reality as we try to explain why the Mac Pro is the way that it is. Also, the Summer of Fun ends up taking on the future of social media, and Myke asks Jason to talk him into installing the iOS beta.