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#185: The March 2018 Apple Event Draft

March 19th, 2018 · 85 minutes

Apple’s holding a media event at a school in Chicago, and next week Jason will be there to report back about what got announced. But in the meantime, it’s time for another draft, as Myke and Jason attempt to predict what will be shown on stage in Chicago. Apple also announced WWDC dates this week and made some more moves to grow its unannounced vi…

#184: The Claim Chowder Secret Society

March 12th, 2018 · 76 minutes

What are our top five Apple products of the past five years? Jason and Myke list their choices in something that is almost, but not quite, a draft. Also: Did Jason accurately predict the extended survival of the MacBook Air? A watchful Upgradian provides the answer. We also muse about the future of keyboards and discuss Netflix as a future home fo…

#183: It’s Dumb Until We Do It

March 5th, 2018 · 109 minutes

Would Apple really update the MacBook Air at this late date? We break down the possibilities, plus Jason finally finishes his HomePod review, Netflix and Apple keep investing in original video content, and then we take off and nuke the site from orbit as Myke at the Movies revisits 1986's “Aliens.”

#182: March of Minor Products

February 26th, 2018 · 86 minutes

This week we discuss rumors about new AirPods and this fall’s iPhones, speculate about what makes a good Apple TV app, revisit the idea of ARM Macs in the context of Windows 10's ARM limitations, and save a moment to praise Alto’s Odyssey.

#181: Banana Slug Bookshelf

February 19th, 2018 · 87 minutes

What does the death of Twitter for Mac say about the future of Mac software? Is Apple making big changes to how it releases software, and how will it impact the quality of the Apple product experience? We ponder these questions, note some surprising additions to Apple's video programming, and briefly discuss how Jason permanently scarred his books…

#180: Too Much Speaker

February 12th, 2018 · 111 minutes

After a weekend with the HomePod, it’s time for Myke and Jason to discuss what they like and dislike about Apple’s new connected speaker. Is it so loud that Myke is angering his neighbors? Will Jason replace his Amazon Echo? How does the HomePod match up with other products in the category? Plus, Apple introduces its new battery interface and one …

#179: Somewhere Between One and a Gabillion

February 5th, 2018 · 97 minutes

Apple reaches a record high in revenue and profit, but what’s up with the iPhone and Mac sales figures? This week we break down Apple’s huge holiday quarter, including the calendar quirk that has cut Apple both ways.

#178: On a Dark Desert Highway

January 29th, 2018 · 98 minutes

How did Apple do in 2017? Jason and Myke break down the annual Six Colors Apple Report Card, based on a survey of 50 notable Apple-watchers. Also, the HomePod gets pre-orders, a ship date, and a new set of listening parties for journalists. You can check out of the Apple Store any time you like, but you can never leave.

#177: Stuck in the Mud

January 22nd, 2018 · 104 minutes

What comes next? The iPhone product line may see more changes in 2018, but do the rumors of two new models make sense? Is Apple missing its shot in the voice-assistant market with the delays of HomePod and the limitations of Siri? Is Apple’s move to return its cash hoard to the U.S. a financial diuretic that will boost American productivity? And i…

#176: Final Cat Pro

January 16th, 2018 · 86 minutes

What are Jason and Myke’s hopes and dreams for iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad in 2018? Also: Apple buys more TV shows, a podcast tip, and the visual-effects industry tests Jason.