The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective, brought to you with a sense of humor. Hosts Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin put the Apple world into context.
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ACM 299: Happy Birthday OS X, and Cutting the Cable TV Cord 9:15 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015
Apple's OS X is 14 years old, so Jeff and Bryan take a look back at the early days of the Mac's current operating system.…
Apple's OS X is 14 years old, so Jeff and Bryan take a look back at the early days of the Mac's current operating system. They also have some thoughts on Apple's recent purchase of FoundationDC, and what it means to cut the cable cord and why it may not be exactly what some TV watchers really want.
With reports out saying Apple is going to hand over our personal information to networks in exchange for content deals for its rumored streaming TV service, Jeff and Bryan weigh in with their thoughts on what that means. Along with their thoughts on whether or not Apple will give up on protecting customer privacy, they take a look at Apple's new retail marketing tactics for Apple Watch, and the reactions Apple executives are having to a new Steve Jobs biography.
With Apple's "Spring forward" media event announcements and the news that the CIA has been working on hacking iPhone security there's plenty for Jeff and Bryan to talk about this week. They offer up their thoughts on privacy and security, the CIA's work on their own hacked version of Xcode, the new ultra-thin MacBook, ResearchKit, and the Apple Watch.
Apple may be the most valuable company in the world, but it isn't spending like it is. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's fiscal restraint, plus they have some thoughts on a report that Apple's stock will tank because it can't sustain iPhone sales, and they also dive into Google's plans to start its own cell service as an MVNO.
Does Samsung want to make an electric car? Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin think so. They also look at the Pebble Time, which has raised tons of money on Kickstarter, even as Apple prepares to release the Apple Watch. With Apple getting ever-larger., they also want to know what it means to be an Apple fan today, and what it might mean tomorrow.
Bryan and Jeff dig deep into the Apple Car story, discussing all of the developments in the last few days. They also discuss Apple CEO Tim Cook's views on privacy and ask whether he and his company are going to start pushing privacy as a competitive advantage.
The belief that Apple is doomed has practically become a religion, and Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say about that. They also jump in the middle of reports that Apple is working on designing its own car. Bonus: Bryan explores a career in the railroad industry.
HTC is giving Apple the smackdown in a manner of speaking-or rapping. Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on HTC's painful video about how its smartphones are better than the iPhone, plus they take a look at the current state of the FCC's plans to regulate net neutrality, and they dive into Apple's retail push into China.
Apple turned in some big numbers on Tuesday-really big. Jeff and Bryan talk about the Macs and the iPhones and the fact that we won't hear about iPods any more.They also delve into the billion iOS devices Apple has sold and speculate on whether Tim Cook gave himself a prize for getting that billionth unit. One of the most interesting things from Apple's conference call, however, had to be when Mr. Cook revealed the Rosetta Stone for understanding Apple's timing.
Politics are playing a bigger part in Apple's world, and that means more money spent on lobbying. Jeff and Bryan talk about Apple's growing involvement in the political game and why it had to happen, plus they look at Swiss watch makers and their plans to look outside of Switzerland to make their Apple Watch competitors.