Apple Context Machine Podcast
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 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK, and Protecting Our Privacy 8:36 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014

Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take…

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  1. Nov. 20th, 2013 ACM 231: Apple’s PrimeSense Move and Coin Is Your New Credit Card

    Apple may be buying the company behind Microsoft's Kinect motion tracking, but not so you can practice your dance moves in front of your TV. Rumors say your next iPhone will be bigger, Coin is aiming to change how you use your credit cards, and speaking of credit cards, Jeff and Bryan share a couple cool products that'll make you whip out your plastic.

  2. Nov. 13th, 2013 ACM 230: iPad mini with RD, Apple and Samsung, iBooks Developments

    Apple released the iPad mini with Retina Display-without a launch event-and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talk about what they think that means. Some new additions to iBooks also got the boys thinking about how far Apple will go to make iBooks competitive. The squeezed in thoughts about Apple v. Samsung, Apple's donation service for Haiyan Typhoon, and...Bitcoins?

  3. Nov. 6th, 2013 ACM 229: Apple Talks Out, and So Do Jeff and Bryan

    Apple speaks up about equal rights for the LGBT community and details, as best it can, how many government requests it gets for our personal information. There's also plenty for Jeff and Bryan to say about the brand new iPad Air, the feature-poor versions of Apple's iWork apps, and Apple's new sapphire business.

  4. Oct. 31st, 2013 ACM 228: Three Nightmare Scenarios for Apple

    In this year's special Halloween edition of the Apple Context Machine Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's nightmare scenarios. Their interns, Sierra and Aynseley, find a way to get in on the action, too, or at least into Jeff and Bryan's candy stash.

  5. Oct. 23rd, 2013 ACM 227: Apple’s Media Event, the New Mac Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini

    Apple conveniently scheduled its media event yesterday, which means that Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin get to talk about all the cool new products that were announced. There are new Mac Pros, new iPads, and we squeezed in a little chat about the new MacBook Pros, too. Plus, Bryan is all hopped on on iced latte's, so all kinds of fun ensues.

  6. Oct. 16th, 2013 ACM 226: Apple’s New Retail Boss and We’re Google’s New Ads

    It took a year, but Apple finally found someone to fill the roll of retail chief with the hiring of Angela Ahrendts from Burberry. We're the new marketing system for Google ads, and our faces will show up as product endorsements. That gets Bryan all fired up, and Jeff isn't too pleased, either. They also talk about HTC's entry into the smartphone fingerprint scanner game, and a memoir about Steve Jobs from his first girlfriend.

  7. Oct. 9th, 2013 ACM 225: Apple’s October 22nd Media Event and Office for the iPad

    In this week's episode of The Apple Context Machine podcast, Jeff and Bryan talk about what's in store for Apple's rumored October 22nd media event. They also dissect Microsoft's plans to bring Office to the iPad (two years too late) and look at Microsoft's prospects in the tablet industry. Rapid Fire topics include the Nest Protect, Qualcomm's mea culpa about Apple's A7 processor, and the new Samsung Galaxy Round. Good stuff!

  8. Oct. 3rd, 2013 ACM 224: Samsung’s Crazy Business Moves, and Apple’s Wild Cash Pile

    Samsung's courtroom and marketing shenanigans have Bryan all fired up this week, Carl Icahn wants Apple to buy back more of its stock, and Apple has boat loads of cash to the tune of 10 percent of the non-financial corporate cash stash. Jeff and Bryan also take a look at what purchasing Cue means for Apple and Siri, and they both spend far too much time fighting with technology.

  9. Sep. 25th, 2013 ACM 223: Apple’s iPhone 5s and Digging into Touch ID

    Apple released the iPhone 5s over the weekend, and Bryan Chaffin and surprise cohost Dave Hamilton get down and dirty with it. They also dig into Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint-based biometric authentication system that is part of the iPhone 5s. A workaround has been found, but should you be worried? They walk you through the pertinent information.

  10. Sep. 19th, 2013 ACM 222: iPhone 5c vs. iPhone 5s - Which Is Right For You?

    Apple ships the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s on Friday, and Jeff and Bryan want to know who should buy which phone? They look at the ins and outs of both models, and talk about what kind of users will value the different features each has. They also talk about Apple's new "Plastic Perfected" commercial and the fact that the iBooks app was updated for iOS 7, and it's still skeuomorphic.