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Parts suppliers say they're seeing fewer orders, so does that mean the iPhone is doomed? Bryan Chaffin and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on iPhone sales and parts orders, plus they look at Disney's decision to scrap its Infinity game platform.
Whatsapp, the end-to-end encrypted messaging app for the iPhone and Android devices, is now available for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher, and Windows 8 and higher. Apple's Messages offers end-to-end encryption, too, but only with other iOS device and Mac users. Whatsapp encrypts your conversations regardless of which platforms everyone in the chat uses. Think of it kind of like a babble fish for encrypted chats. Whatsapp is free and the desktop version is available for download at the Whatsapp website.
Apple may have an uphill battle coming over meeting production for its electric car project. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how the Apple Car may fare against Tesla and other car makers who have a head start in the business. They also offer their take on whether or not we need to be concerned about smart home device security.
Maybe the FBI should team up with India because that country's government says it can hack into Apple's iPhones. Both think access to encrypted data in investigations is important, although India's government doesn't seem to be going to the same extremes to get it.
The Internet of Things promises a world where all our devices can talk to each other and make our lives easier. What it doesn't promise, at least not yet, is any form of security—and that's leaving smart homes, smart medical devices, and more, open to hackers and government surveillance.
Apple has a long history of releasing, then neglecting, services and products, and Apple Music's Connect is the latest to join that list. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Connect, HomeKit, and other other products Apple doesn't seem to be paying attention to. Bonus: Bryan goes Apple-plectic in his rant.
Apple may finally address HomeKit's lack of a unified interface with the release of iOS 10 later this year. That's great, although it's an app that should've been included when HomeKit first launched.
Moxiware's Apple Pencil Magnet is a claver add-on for your Apple Pencil because it turns your iPad Pro into a giant stylus holder, and it keeps your hundred dollar drawing tool from rolling off the desk. It's a sleeve that slides onto your Apple Pencil, so it adds a little more grip-ability to your stylus, too. It's available in several colors and it's available at a discount: US$16.95 instead of $21.95. I've been trying one out, and it's pretty cool. It even sticks to my iPad Pro in my bag, so my Apple Pencil doesn't get lost.
AirDrop is an easy way to share photos and other files between your iOS devices and Macs once you enable the feature. Bonus: You don't need a WiFi network to use it. Watch The Mac Observer's video tip to learn how.
Apple's online retail VP left the company for another job, and that got Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talking about how they feel about the company's integrated website and store experience. Bryan also helps our listeners reality check Jeff on HomeKit and the possibility of Apple making networked smoke detectors.