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 282: The Steampunk, Sapphire, and Apple Watch Episode 8:40 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014

Bryan and Jeff get their steampunk nerdery on this week after finding some amazingly cool USB drive designs. They also have something to say about…

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  1. 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.

  2. Sep. 11th, 2013 ACM 221: Apple’s New iPhones, a Curious Chinese Media Event, and a Tip

    Apple just announced the long-rumored iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Jeff and Bryan talk about naming conventions, which device they like, and they both want to know why Apple bothered with the 5c when it costs so much. Speaking of much ado about nothing, they're also curious about Apple's so-called media event in China. Better yet, Melissa Holt surprises them with a Quickie tip.

  3. Sep. 4th, 2013 ACM 220: Microsoft Buys Nokia, Apple’s Media Events, and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear

    Microsoft is buying Nokia's handset business, including smartphones and feature phones, and that's kind of like an early Christmas present for Bryan and Jeff. Back in the land of awesome, Apple announced not one, but two media events, and one of them is in China. Lastly-and we mean that literally and figuratively, Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. In a word, Ugh.

  4. Aug. 28th, 2013 ACM 219: Microsoft’s New Path and Samsung’s Jump into Wearable Tech

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on a 12-month plan to step down, which opens up new doors for the company. Jeff and Bryan offer their take on what that future may hold for Microsoft, plus they have something to say about Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the company's jump into the wearable tech market ahead of Apple.

  5. Aug. 21st, 2013 ACM 218: Gold iPhone 5S, Rainbow iPhone 5C, and Wearable Tech

    Apple is getting colorful with the iPhone. The iPhone 5 replacement will be available in black, white, or gold, plus the rumored iPhone 5C will come in several colored plastic backs. Jeff and Bryan offer their take on what's coming for the iPhone lineup, take a look at Apple and wearable technology, and more.

  6. Aug. 14th, 2013 ACM 217: iOS 7’s Skeuomorphism and Apple’s iPhone Launch Plans

    The developer preview of OS X Mavericks may give us a hint of things to come in iOS, and it may be too flat. Jeff and Bryan talk about that, along with what they expect from Apple's September 10 iPhone media event, and they have a few things to share from TMO's Cool Stuff Found, too.

  7. Aug. 7th, 2013 ACM 216: Apple’s ITC Wins, the DOJ’s iTunes Power Push, and Rapidfire

    Two ITC rulings against Apple have been shot down in the past few days, which is good news for the iPhone and iPad maker. The bad news is that the DOJ wants to have broad sweeping control over Apple's iTunes Store. Jeff and Bryan share their take on both, along with fitness tech and Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post.

  8. Jul. 31st, 2013 ACM 215: Apple’s China Syndrome and the Politics of Google and Starbucks

    Worker watchdog groups say working conditions in the factories that make the Apple products we use aren't up to snuff so the Cupertino company is launching more investigations into the claims. Jeff and Bryan dig into the politics in Apple's China business, and they take a look at what it means for end users now that Google will be providing the free Wi-Fi in Starbucks stores and why Google wanted the gig in the first place.

  9. Jul. 24th, 2013 ACM 214: AAPL Earnings, Apple Bets Big on Maps, Microsoft’s Woes

    Apple reported strong revenue and earnings numbers during its third fiscal quarter conference call this week, and while iPhone sales figures pleased analysts, they weren't so happy with iPad and Mac numbers. Apple also snapped up a couple companies to help improve its Maps app and service. Jeff And Bryan take a look at both, and then jump into their thoughts on Microsoft's leadership when they should've been hiding from a lightning storm.

  10. Jul. 17th, 2013 ACM 213: Apple’s Mac Commitment to Pros & Google Maps 2.0

    In this Apple Context Machine podcast, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet note that Apple has been showing some Mac love to the pro market this year with the new Mac Pro computer and on the release of Logic Pro X. They talk about Apple's commitment to the pro market, even while some pro users get left out. They also talk about Google Maps 2.0 and what it means to Apple's commitment to its own Maps service.