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#489: The Future Is on CompuServe

December 4th, 2023 · 111 minutes

Myke returns to the show to discuss chip packaging (in the U.S.A.) and the potential of AI models to make using a computer easier. Then, by request, we spend some time talking about how we got into this business.

#488: The New Numbers

November 27th, 2023 · 106 minutes

James Thomson joins Jason to celebrate Cyber Monday, generate an Apple Buying Guide, grapple with subscription (and human) burnout, and explore spatial videos and the current state of visionOS development.

#487: Under the Thumb of Qualcomm

November 20th, 2023 · 102 minutes

The possibilities that Apple will release a lower-cost MacBook, Apple's difficulties in building a 5G radio to rival Qualcomm, Apple attempts to appease the EU by adopting RCS, and all hell breaks loose with OpenAI.

#486: On the Side of Reality

November 13th, 2023 · 107 minutes

Spatial videos on iPhone, 2024 iPad updates, the Apple Watch as a health device, Apple pausing iOS development to fix bugs, the potential of AI interfaces, and the meaning of the "pro" label.

#485: Best Witch and Beast Feature

November 6th, 2023 · 99 minutes

Jason has reviewed the new M3 iMac and M3 MacBook Pro, and Myke asks him for all the details. We also discuss why the large-iMac era is at an end, and review Apple's recent quarterly financial results.

#484: Space Grayer

October 31st, 2023 · 118 minutes

Jason got to spend some time with the new M3 iMac and MacBook Pro, and returns to spill the details! We delve into the differences between chips in the M3 family, the curious case of the new low-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, and much more.

#483: The 2023 October Event Draft

October 27th, 2023 · 27 minutes

Apple has announced a "scary fast" new product announcement, and so Myke and Jason have convened an emergency session to draft what they think will happen at next Monday's mysterious event.

#482: It’s Covered in Soap!

October 23rd, 2023 · 85 minutes

A single Apple Pencil announcement leads us to think existential thoughts about the iPad product line, and Jason had an idea about a new MacBook Pro in the shower.

#481: What If… Octobox?

October 16th, 2023 · 107 minutes

Will Apple introduce new iPads this month? A new Apple Pencil? Nothing at all? We grapple with some conflicting rumors. Also, Jason gives up on the iPad-only lifestyle and reviews a supremely weird E-Ink device (that he actually kind of likes).

#480: Never Do a Deal with the Preference Daemon

October 9th, 2023 · 109 minutes

Jason contacted technical support.