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  1. Apple, a Decade after Steve Jobs, w/Dave Hamilton and Jim Dalrymple2021/10/06

    Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton, and Jim Dalrymple look back at the ten years since Steve Jobs passed, and dig into the Apple today that lives on without him.

  2. iPhone 13 Pro, Apple Watch 7, and iPad mini, with Jeff Gamet - ACM 5562021/09/25

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a deep dive into Apple’s new product announcements, including iPhone 13 Pro and its camera, Apple Watch 7, and the new iPad mini.

  3. Smart Bulbs vs. Smart Light Switches, Digital IDs, Jeff Gamet2021/09/13

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dive back into smarthome tech, with a focus on using smart light switches instead of smart light bulbs. This includes Jeff’s recommendation for a smart light switch. They also discuss digital IDs and the perils and promise they offer.

  4. Fall Apple Product Hopes, Crypto Solving Real-World Problems - ACM 5542021/08/28

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss some of the products they hope Apple announces this fall. They also take a look at some of the next-gen cryptocurrencies trying to solve real-world problems, like Fetch.ai and its blockchain-based software agents. You can practically hear Bryan drooling!

  5. Mac Gaming, Crypto Credit Cards, iOS 15, w/Jeff Butts2021/08/14

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts talk about the current state of Mac gaming, with Jeff focusing on improved Mac support at Steam. They also dive deeper into crypto credit cards where you can either spend your crypto and/or earn cryptocurrency rewards like Bitcoin on your purchases. And, Jeff has been deep into iOS 15 betas, and he talks about some of his favorite new features.

  6. Top Products Apple Inexplicably Killed, w/Jeff Gamet, John Kheit - ACM 5522021/07/31

    Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and John Kheit pick up part three of their series on Apple’s best features and products with a look back at the products Apple killed, including the best products that were inexplicably canceled.

  7. Most Important macOS Features. w/Jeff Gamet, John Kheit - ACM 5512021/07/16

    Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and John Kheit get back to their retrospective look at Apple’s operating systems by singling out the most important features in Mac OS, OS X, and macOS through the lens of hindsight.

  8. Hindsight's Most Important iOS Features, Jeff Gamet, John Kheit - ACM 5502021/07/09

    Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and John Kheit take a retrospective look at what—in hindsight—have turned out to be the most important features in iPhone OS/iOS.

  9. iPhone 12 Low-Light Photography, TV Movie-fication, Shortcuts Tips, w/Jeff Gamet2021/06/30

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about iPhone 12 Night Mode and low-light photography, Loki and the movie-fication of TV, and Jeff’s Shortcuts tips.

  10. Apple's OS Announcements, New Features, Directions, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 5482021/06/11

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s WWDC keynote and software announcements, their favorite new features, and where they think Apple may be taking their products.

  11. Proof of Stake, Proof of Work, Cryptocurrency, w/Dave Hamilton2021/05/21

    Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton dive into the differences between Proof of Stake (PoS) and Proof of Work (PoW) cryptocurrencies, and what that means in terms of energy consumption.

  12. The Future of Smarthomes and AI - ACM 5462021/05/12

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to speculate about the future of smarthomes and artificial intelligence, looking towards a future when these technologies work smoothly and have a real impact on how we live.

  13. iCloud Issue, NFC Tags, Smart Home Friction Point, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 5452021/04/10

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dig deep into smart home tech and home automation, starting with an iCloud account issue Jeff had with a new HomePod mini. They also discuss NFC tags, a home automation friction point Bryan has experienced, and other aspects of smart homes.

  14. Memory Bit-Flip Error, Justin Long, Oak Island, w/John Kheit2021/03/19

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit dive into the memory bit-flip error that is apparently becoming common. They also catch up on their favorite show, The Curse of Oak Island , and they discuss Justin Long’s change of marketing heart.

  15. Apple Leaks, Measuring Apple's Success, w/Ken Ray - ACM 5432021/02/12

    Bryan Chaffin and Mac OS Ken (Ken Ray) discuss the really weird world of Apple leaks and rumors, including how to navigate them and how they try to cover them as journalists. They also talk about how to measure Apple’s success, or more specifically, how a lot of folks outside the Apple world seem to measure Apple’s success.

  16. HomePod mini, Arcade, Waiting for M-Processor Macs, w/Bob LeVitus - ACM 5422021/01/21
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  17. Apple TV Bugs, ProRAW Primer, w/Jeff Gamet2021/01/08

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what happens when everything doesn’t just work on Apple TV, including whether or not it’s an Apple problem when there’s friction from a third party app. Jeff also gives us a great primer on Apple’s ProRAW file format for photography on iPhone 12 models.

  18. Bitcoin, CES and the Pandemic, w/Jeff Butts - ACM 5402020/12/18

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts dig into the world of cryptocurrency, including some of the different cryptos, how Jeff got into it, the different kinds of “mining,” and where they think it’s headed now. They also talk about the CES tradeshow and the pandemic.

  19. AirPods Max, Irish Streaming Law, iPhone Camera Lens, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 5392020/12/12

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about Apple’s new AirPods Max over-the-ear headphones. They also discuss a proposed law from Ireland that would require 30% of all streaming content to be made in Europe, something that could radically affect Apple TV+. And, Jeff Gamet explains how he broke his iPhone’s camera lens cover and how he replaced it.

  20. Hands-on HomePod mini and Big Sur, w/Jeff Gamet2020/11/19

    Jeff Gamet is back with Bryan Chaffin to talk about his hands-on experience with Apple’s new HomePod mini. How it sounds, how it compares with HomePod, and how it compares with Amazon’s Alexa Echo and Echo Dot. They also run over their hands-on time with macOS Big Sur.

  21. New Macs, M1 Processor, macOS Big Sur, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 5372020/11/13

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to dive deep into Apple’s new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, with special attention on the Apple M1 processor that powers them. They also talk about macOS Big Sur.

  22. iPhone 12, HomePod mini, 5G, w/John Kheit - ACM 5362020/10/16

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to pore over Apple’s new HomePod mini, the iPhone 12 product line, and the importance of 5G.

  23. Apple One, Fitness+, Apple Watch vs. Apple Watch, w/Charlotte Henry2020/09/17

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry dig into everything they love about Apple One, Apple’s new bundled services plan. They also have Apple Watch fighting Apple Watch for Charlotte’s affections, and they even have a winner!

  24. The Mac Web Today, Apple Event Speculation, w/John Kheit2020/09/14

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit take a look back at the Mac Web 20 years ago and discuss what’s different about today, including how coverage of Apple is different today. They also chew over expectations for Apple’s media event on September 15th.

  25. Apple Silicon, Target Mode, iOS Apps on Mac, w/John Kheit2020/07/02

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about Apple Silicon and the Mac moving to Apple-designed ARM processors. They also talk about Target Mode’s demise and something John Kheit predicted years ago: iOS apps coming to the Mac.

  26. macOS on ARM at WWDC, HomePod Hopes, w/Jeff Gamet2020/06/17

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jeff Gamet to discuss macOS and Mac hardware on ARM processors, along with their ideas about how much we might see at WWDC. They also discuss their hopes for HomePod and how it might improve.

  27. Dads & Grads, Mind Mapping, Work at Home, w/ Bob LeVitus - ACM 5312020/06/03

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus to discuss some of his Dads & Grads gift recommendations. They also discuss mind mapping software and how Bob found his connection for using it. And, they go over some of Bob’s tips for working from home.

  28. Apple Siri Grading Whistleblower, Podcast Exclusivity, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 5302020/05/20

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr talk about surveillance capitalism and the former Apple employee and Siri grading whistleblower who recently went public. They also discuss the growing battle for podcast exclusivity between the tech giants and Spotify.

  29. Apple Releases, Digital WWDC, We Wish Apple Made This, w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 5292020/05/14

    Bryan Chaffin and Charlotte Henry discuss what seems like a blistering pace of new Apple products, even in the midst of a pandemic. Charlotte explains why she is so excited about the digital version of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) coming in June, and they both look at the product they wish Apple would make.

  30. Apple More Responsive, Still Has Some Marie Antoinette, w/John Kheit - ACM 5282020/05/08

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to look at a couple of contradictory things about Apple. The first is that there is no doubt that Apple under Tim Cook is more responsive to customers than it was under Steve Jobs. And yet, Apple still has some “let them eat cake” Marie Antoinette aspects about it, too.

  31. Apple's on a Roll, Apple TV+, w/ John Martellaro - ACM 5272020/04/22

    John Martellaro joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss Apple’s recent roll when it comes to launching new products. They also talk about Apple TV+ and the other streaming video services, which are seeing a bit of a book thanks for shelter-in-place orders—including what it means for the future.

  32. iPad Pro, Mac mini, MacBook Air, ARM, and Oak Island, w/John Kheit - ACM 5262020/03/19

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about Apple’s new iPad Pros, MacBook Airs, and Mac mini, plus the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. They also discuss the potential for the ARM processor in Macs, and all the cursed goodness of the latest episode of Oak Island .

  33. AI vs. Machine Learning, Our New Macs, Oak Island - ACM 5252020/02/13

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, including the state of both today. They also talk about their new Macs— John got a new 28-core Mac Pro, while Bryan has a new iMac—and whether or not they like their new purchases. The cap the show by catching up on The Curse of Oak Island TV show on History.

  34. Social Media, AirPods Pro, Apple Bundles, w/John Kheit - ACM 5242019/11/06

    John Kheit joins Bryan Chaffin to discuss social media, mob rule, and the 1st Amendment. Yikes! They also talk about their hands-on experience with AirPods Pro and look at Apple’s content pricing and whether or not the company is likely to offer more bundles for its content (spoiler: no!).

  35. Apple TV+ and Apple Originals Preview - ACM 5232019/10/23

    Charlotte Henry joins Bryan Chaffin to talk about Apple TV+, Apple Originals, Apple’s role in the industry, the evolution of original streaming content, and a whole lot more—all in preparation for the November 1st launch of Apple TV+.

  36. iPhone 11/Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 5222019/09/13

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet reunite to discuss Apple’s new product announcements, including iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, Apple Watch Series 5, Apple’s trade-in program, midnight green, glass…it’s Bryan and Jeff, so of course they spin out of control on various and sundry side rails. Buckle up!

  37. Corporate Responsibility, Publisher Immunity, w/John Kheit - ACM 5212019/08/28

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about the Business Roundtable’s (and Apple’s) proposal to redefine corporate responsibility. They also discuss publisher/platform immunity and the ways in which Big Tech may lose that immunity.

  38. Apple ASMR, LOL Samsung, AAPL Buybacks w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 5202019/08/10
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  39. iOS 13 & iPad OS, Things We Like and Don't Like, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 5192019/07/21

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss Apple’s new iOS 13 and iPadOS, both of which are in developer and public beta. They talk about some of the features they really like—and some features they don’t like at all.

  40. Jony Ive, Services, Current Macs, w/John Kheit - ACM 5182019/07/13

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit discuss Apple without Sir Jony Ive, why he might have left, and and how it might have gone down. They also discuss the growing role of Apple Services, and the current state of the Mac lineup.

  41. Apple Privacy Puck, Disney Plus Spanner, w/John Martellaro - ACM 5172019/06/27

    Apple has been skating to the privacy puck for years, and Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro argue it’s about time Apple got some credit for it. They also talk about John’s thesis that Disney Plus pricing threw a spanner into Apple’s plans for Apple TV Plus.

  42. Libra: A Way for Facebook to Control More, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 5162019/06/20

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr dig deep into the possibilities—for good and ill (mostly ill)—of Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency. They cover how it work, why Facebook went the cryptocurrency route, and what Facebook has to gain from the project. Spoiler, the answer is everything!

  43. Apple's New Mac Pro: Good, Bad, Ugly, w/John Kheit - ACM 5152019/06/08
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  44. Apple Card vs. All Cards, What Apple's Becoming, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 5142019/06/01

    Apple Card is coming soon, and Bryan Chaffin and guest-cohost Jeff Gamet compare it to the Amazon Prime card and other credit cards. They also dive into the heady topic of what exactly Apple is in the process of coming. Spoiler, Jeff guesses wrong when he says “a services company.”

  45. Mac Hardware WWDC, AppKit/UIKit, Next-Gen Wi-Fi, w/John Kheit - ACM 5132019/05/24

    Bryan Chaffin and guest John Kheit start this week’s show off with an immediate siderail about The Curse of Oak Island and Cooper’s Treasure, because that’s what they do. The real topics, however, include what Apple’s MacBook Pro announcement might mean for Mac hardware at WWDC. They also look at the brewing fight between UIKit and AppKit, and what’s coming in the world of Wi-Fi.

  46. Marzipan, iMessage Social Media, WWDC Spoilers, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 5122019/05/17

    Will Marzipan be locked to the Mac App Store, and what effect will it have on the Mac experience? Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to discuss this, as well as the idea that iMessage is slowly backing its way to being Apple’s first successful social media play. They cap the show with a look at recent WWDC spoilers.

  47. Apple Earnings, Services vs. Hardware, AT&T Fake 5G w/Ken Ray - ACM 5112019/05/08

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Ken Ray for a spirited look into Apple’s earnings report. The two also weigh the real meaning behind Apple’s outward emphasis on services and what that means for Apple hardware. They cap the show with a rant about AT&T’s fake 5G. Spoiler: AT&T’s claims of a “5G” network are fake.

  48. App Camp for Girls, Samsung Follies, Apple Writing, w/Kelly Guimont - ACM 5102019/05/02

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest cohost Kelly Guimont to discuss App Camp for Girls, women in tech in both the past and present, and more. They also look at Samsung’s folding problems, and what it means to be writing about Apple today.

  49. Oprah, Prince Harry, JJ Abrams on Apple TV+, Ming-Chi Kuo, w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 5092019/04/11
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  50. Mac Pro Mockups, CPUs, Cable Research, w/John Kheit - ACM 5082019/04/05
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  51. Apple's Medical Industry, Apple TV Hardware & Competition, w/John Martellaro - ACM 5072019/04/02

    Apple says that it wants a tiny sliver of the ginormous medical industry, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-cohost John Martellaro to discuss what that might look like. They also discuss Apple TV hardware, what Apple’s new TV+ announcement might mean for its hardware business, and the state of Apple TV’s competition.

  52. Google Stadia & Apple AR Gaming, Good Data Collection, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 5062019/03/21
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  53. Augmented Reality, Practical Robots, and Modern Cabling, with John Kheit - ACM 5052019/03/15
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  54. Mac Pricing, Cord Cutting, w/Bob LeVitus - ACM 5042019/03/13

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-cohost Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus to examine the ins and outs of Apple’s Mac pricing. It’s no simple issue, and they dig deep into what appears to be Apple’s strategy. They also talk about the realities of cord cutting today, with Bob’s own situation serving as the example scenario.

  55. Apple Robots, Foldable Phones w/ John Martellaro - ACM 5032019/03/01
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  56. Apple Content, Marzipan, Exec Shuffle, w/Charlotte Henry - ACM 5022019/02/23

    Where is Apple going with its content drive? Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Charlotte Henry to dive deep into original shows, services, publishing, news, and Apple’s other content ambitions. They also talk about the promise (and potential drawbacks) of Marzipan, and what Apple’s recent executive shuffling might portend.

  57. Apple Infrastructure, Details, Apple Car/AR/Glasses, w/John Martellaro - ACM 5012019/02/14

    Does Apple have the infrastructure it needs for a cohesive future? Once that seemed clear, but Bryan Chaffin and guest-host John Martellaro say it’s become harder to see, if so. They then pivot to how augmented reality will figure into Apple’s future plans and products. They cap the show by weighing Apple’s ability to pay attention to details as the company grows.

  58. Apple Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, w/Dave Hamilton - ACM 5002019/02/07

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Dave Hamilton to take a very high-level look at Apple, comparing the company from its early days to the company of today, and looking ahead to what kind of company Apple might be tomorrow.

  59. Apple's Earnings, iPhone Pricing, Mac Sales, w/Jeff Gamet - ACM 4992019/02/01

    It’s time to break down Apple’s earnings, and Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Jeff Gamet to do just that. They also discuss the ins and outs, ups and downs, and even some sideways aspects of Apple’s iPhone strategy. They cap the show with a look at Apple’s one weird trick of goosing Mac sales, which is to release new Macs.

  60. Social Photography, AR Killer App, Future iPhone, w/Andrew Orr - ACM 4982019/01/24

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Andrew Orr to talk about social media and photography. They also talk about where AR can go and what the killer app of this emerging technology could be. Still donning their futurist hats, they look at what iPhone might in 10, 20, and even 50 years.

  61. Cricut, Rocket Book, Setapp, Bob LeVitus - ACM 4972019/01/17
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  62. Apple Services and 8K TVs, with John Martellaro - ACM 4962019/01/09

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro hear Apple CEO Tim Cook talk up services and they explain why it makes them nervous. They also talk about the future of 8K TVs and how they will inevitably take over the industry.

  63. Apple Innovation, Looking at Mac Spinoff with John Kheit - ACM 4952019/01/06

    Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit chew on Apple’s rare guidance warning like the mangy junk yard dogs that they are. They also discuss innovation, scale, how a giant Apple should be structured, and what a Macintosh, Inc. spinoff might look like. It’s a rollicking episode, and you’re cordially invited to listen in!

  64. Pornification of Software, Grading Apple's 2018 w/John Kheit - ACM 4942018/12/29

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to discuss what Mr. Kheit calls the pornification of software. They also look back at and grade Apple’s new product releases in 2018. It being these two, they are surprisingly upbeat, while still being cranky as can be.

  65. Apple Cloud, Passwords, Apple Leadership, Peter Cohen - ACM 4932018/12/19

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host Peter Cohen to discuss Apple’s cloud services, including the ones they do really well and the ones that suck. They also talk about password management and practices, and look at Apple’s leadership team 8 years after Steve Jobs’s passing.

  66. Apple Medical, Privacy Bill, Future AI, John Martellaro - ACM 4922018/12/17

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Martellaro to discuss how Apple might be looking at the medical industry, of which CEO Tim Cook has said he wants a piece. They also talk about the privacy bill making the rounds in Washington, and the future of artificial intelligence.

  67. Zuckerberg, Tumblr, Wall Street & Apple - Chuck Joiner: ACM 4912018/12/07

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Chuck Joiner from MacVoices to discuss Facebook’s ongoing crisis of blunders and mistakes, and whether or not CEO Mark Zuckerberg should go. They also look at what seems to be Tumblr’s real-time death spiral, and debate whether or not Wall Street is punishing Apple for not reporting iPhone sales and whether or not that’s OK.

  68. iPad, Apple TV Shows, Macs with Jim Dalrymple: ACM 4902018/11/30
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  69. iPad Pro & Proper Keyboard, iPad as 2nd Mac Screen - ACM 4892018/11/26

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Bob LeVitus to discuss the iPad Pro, whether it can replace a Mac, and the importance of having a quality keyboard. They also talk about two ways Bob has been testing for using your iPad as a second Mac display, which is way cool.

  70. Apple RAM & SSD Prices, Apple's Pipeline, the Future of iOS - ACM 4882018/11/16

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by guest-host John Kheit, who has a bee in his bonnet about Apple’s upgrade pricing for RAM and storage on the new Mac mini and MacBook Air models. They also discuss whether or not Apple actually has a “deep pipeline,” as well features they’d like to see come to iOS in the future.

  71. T2-Chip Video Encoding, Mac Mini Ram, 10Gb Ethernet - ACM 4872018/11/08

    Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to talk about his recent testing of T2 video encoding on some new Macs. They also talk about how easy it is or isn’t to upgrade Apple’s newest Mac Mini models. They cap the show with the news that you you should probably be thinking ahead to outfitting your house with some 10Gb ethernet.

  72. Halloween Special, New iPads & Macs, and Mr. Ricky - ACM 4862018/11/01

    In this episode, Mr. Ricky pays a visit. And after Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss Apple’s new iPads and Macs, Mr. Ricky decides it’s time to clean up the mess and set our interns free! All that and more in this Halloween 2018 Special Episode!

  73. Throttlegate Lessons, Apple Video Rumors, Security PSA - ACM 4852018/10/24

    In the wake of Apple’s $12 million fine from Italian regulators, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet ask if the company learned any lessons from Throttlegate. They also update their plans for the show, discuss increasing rumors that Apple’s video content will be free, and offer a security public service announcement.

  74. Dogbot Twerking, Facebook Portal, Listener Mail - ACM 4842018/10/18

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet make an announcement about ACM. They also talk about the cool horror of BostonDynamics’s twerking dogbot. Oh, and Facebook Portal…please. No. Just, please no. The also take a look at some listener email.

  75. iPad Pro Mac, Apple TV Games, iPhone Driver's License - ACM 4832018/10/10

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin ask if Apple’s rumored next iPad Pro is the Mac replacement long predicted. They also discuss what went wrong with Apple TV gaming, and the pros and cons and cons and cons of iPhone driver’s licenses. They sneak some Anki Vector love in there, too.

  76. Pictar Pro, Netflix Narnia, Apple's October Surprise - ACM 4822018/10/03

    The Pictar Pro marries old school camera goodness to modern iPhone convenience, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet weigh the pros and cons. They also talk about Netflix’s plans to make new movies and TV series (both) out of The Chronicles of Narnia books. Lastly, they talk about what to expect if Apple does an October media event.

  77. AWS4 Love, Design Meets Science, Apple's PG TV Dreams - ACM 4812018/09/27

    Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet can’t get enough of Apple Watch Series 4, even though Jeff is wrong about the Infograph Watch Face. They also find it interesting that a designer got recognized by the world of science, and they weigh whether or not Apple’s plan to avoid sex, violence, and politics with its original TV shows will hurt its streaming service.

  78. Memoji Fun, Siri Shortcuts Suggestions, Password Ease - ACM 4802018/09/19

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the fun they’re having with Memoji in iOS 12. They also talk about Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions, and just how cool it is that iOS 12 can integrate y our password manager at the system level.

  79. iPhone 'S' Year, Headphone Jacks, Siri Shortcuts - ACM 4792018/09/13

    Reminder: this was an “s” year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone XS is a solid “nuts and bolts” update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing.

  80. Apple/Amazon Trillions, 5 Eyes, iPhone Battery - ACM 4782018/09/05

    Amazon was briefly the second company—after Apple—to be valued at US$1 trillion. Bryan Chaffin is joined by Jim Tanous to discuss what makes the two companies, and their valuations, different. They also examine the recent 5 Eyes statement attacking encryption, and then remind everyone to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone batter replacement program while they can.

  81. Killing Lighting Port, Apple Watch Series 4 - ACM 4772018/08/29
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  82. Verizon's $2, Apple's New Football, Netflix's Rebellion - ACM 4762018/08/22
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  83. Twitter Absurdity, iPhone Pencils, Cyborg Vision - ACM 4752018/08/16

    Twitter killed some key APIs third party apps used to make their apps useful because Twitter hates influencers and power users. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet drop a few f-bombs. They also talk about the latest rumor that Apple will bring support for Apple Pencil to some new iPhone models. The cap the show by dipping into our cyborg future of enhanced vision.

  84. Online Voting, Corporate Public Square, New Star Trek - ACM 4742018/08/08
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  85. iPad Refresh, Mac Sales, App Store Affiliate Program - ACM 4732018/08/03

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet take a look at the new iPad icons uncovered in iOS 12. They also discuss the 14% drop in Mac unit sales and wonder why Apple doesn’t use that one weird trick of making new Macs to goose Mac sales. They cap the show with a look at why Apple would cancel the App Store Affiliate Program.

  86. AI Limitations, T2 Kernel Panic, HomePod Experiment - ACM 4722018/07/27

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss the current limitations of AI, and what real AI in the future might be like. They also talk about Apple’s T2 kernel panic issue and follow up on Bryan’s dual-HomePod TV experiment.

  87. Apple Interface, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming - ACM 4712018/07/18
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  88. MacBook Pro Love, FCC New Low - ACM 4702018/07/12

    Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don’t like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to reach for a new low.

  89. Facebook Spy, Apple Shows, Samsung Patent Fight - ACM 4682018/06/28

    Facebook has a scary new patent application that Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet say “is so Zuck.” They also talk about how Apple might position and price its streaming original content, and there are a lot of possibilities. Plus, Apple’s long-running patent fight with Samsung is over. What does that really mean?

  90. iPhone Car Key, Apple App Store Monopoly - ACM 4672018/06/22

    What would using your iPhone as your car key look like in practice? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet run through the possibilities. They also look at the on-again, off-again case where plaintiffs accuse the company with a minority share of the smartphone business of having an App Store “monopoly.”

  91. AR Demo, Benefits of Surveillance Capitalism - ACM 4662018/06/13

    If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss was about augmented reality, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet have an AR Demo for you to see. They also take time out from ranting about being the product to talk frankly about the benefits of surveillance capitalism.

  92. Siri Shortcuts, Huge AR Baby Steps - ACM 4652018/06/06

    Siri Shortcuts were the thing Apple announced at WWDC that caught both Bryan Chaffin’s and Jeff Gamet’s imagination. They also talk about how cool ARKit 2 is, and how we are still in early, early days for AR. As awesome as AR on iOS is, Apple is still taking huge baby steps.

  93. Apple Cannes, Essential, HomePod-AirPlay 2 Soundbar - ACM 4642018/05/30
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  94. Twitter, Apple AI, FBI Exaggeration, Apple HQ Hunt - ACM 4632018/05/23
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  95. Senate Net Neutrality, Nader Whiff, Jony Watchman - ACM 4622018/05/17
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  96. Share Buybacks Apple's Future, Same Old Facebook, Google Duplex - ACM 4612018/05/10

    Warning, this one went long: Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what Apple’s share buybacks say about Apple’s future. They also weigh WhatsApp’s founder leaving Facebook, and what it says about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. They go over when diving into Google Duplex, a demonstration that was as awesome as it was devoid of real value.

  97. Failing iPhone X Myth, Earnings Report Notes - ACM 4602018/05/02
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  98. Amazon Cyberpunk, Tim's State Dinner, GrayShift Pudding - ACM 4592018/04/25

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about how Amazon has quietly become the Cyberpunk king. They also discuss Tim Cook’s choice of dinner companions for the White House’s state dinner, and how Grayshift’s data breach is the proof in the pudding that backdoors and cracks get mishandled.

  99. Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cyberwar, Social Network Inertia - ACM 4582018/04/19

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.

  100. Mac Keyboards, Trusting Facebook, Profitable and Green - ACM 4572018/04/11
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