Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

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.

Daily Observations Podcast

Hosted by The Mac Observer.

Daily Observations Podcast

Join Jeff Gamet each weekday as he assembles a panel of TMO staffers and contributors to talk through the stories and news of the day. Quick, informative, and entertaining. Make Daily Observations a part of your day!

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by The Mac Observer.

Background Mode Podcast

Join John Martellaro every week for fascinating interviews with tech industry pros and luminaries. It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun come together weekly to discuss things of interest to Mac geeks, yet present them in a way that's both entertaining and informative for the average listener.

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ACM 358: The Devil’s Advocate, Apple Scaling, and Tim Cook’s Speeches 5:25 PM, May. 4th, 2016

John "The Devil's Advocate" Kheit joins Bryan and Jeff on this special episode of The Apple Context Machine. They discuss John's argument that Apple has…

Podcast Archives

  1. Apr. 25th, 2016 ACM 357: Interview with John Sculley on Apple, Steve Jobs, Moonshots, Healthcare, More

    In this special edition Apple Context Machine, Bryan interviews John Sculley, former CEO of Apple. Topics include his time with Apple, a look at Apple today, walks with Steve Jobs, moonshots, the role of Big Data and Healthcare, and some anecdotes Bryan hadn't heard before.

  2. Apr. 25th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Tidbits Publishing Editor-in-Chief Tonya Engst

    Tonya Engst is the Editor-in-chief and CFO of Tidbits Publishing as well as the publisher of Take Control Books. In our interview, Tonya takes us back to the beginning, her college days at Cornell University as a Communications major when she learned about Macs and desktop publishing with Aldus (later Adobe) PageMaker. Soon, she discovered that there was a need for people to learn more about their Macs. With her husband Adam, having moved to Seattle, they launched Tidbits in Hypercard format on Bulletin Board Systems. The breakout of the Internet meant converting all that Tidbits work to internet form.…

  3. Apr. 25th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-25: Behind the Scenes Starting an Apple Conference

    The conference world is changing and the number of mega-events is declining. Today Justin Esgar from ACES Conference joins Jeff Gamet to talk about starting up a new event for Apple professionals, the stresses involved, and why he almost didn't bring the event back for a second year.

  4. Apr. 24th, 2016 MGG 602: If You Could See What These Eyes Have Seen

    Several of your fellow listeners are ingenious folks, having come up with some clever solutions to tricky problems. Join Dave & John as we all learn how to backup and restore your OS X text substitution preferences, use AirFoil to cusomitze your Mac's audio, restore Snow Leopard's zoom and scroll functionality to El Capitan, fix a wet iPhone 6s and more. The show is chock full today, and you're all to thank for it. Plus, Dave and John answer your questions, too!

  5. Apr. 22nd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-22: Apple’s iTunes Trouble in China, a Year with Apple Watch

    China shut down Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks stores after six months. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's relationship with China and what may have led to the government's decision to block the content. They also offer up their experiences with Apple Watch ahead of this Sunday's one year anniversary.

  6. Apr. 21st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-21: Apple’s Electric Car Balancing Act

    With Apple reportedly getting into the electric car market, the company could grow even larger than it is now. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what impact the Apple Car could have on other products, including the Mac and iPhone, and they debate whether or not the company's executive team is big enough to handle that growth.

  7. Apr. 20th, 2016 ACM 356: Apple Pencil Rants and Raves, Apple’s Recycling Program

    Bryan and Jeff both have an Apple Pencil now and that makes it a perfect time to dig into everything wonderful about it, as well as a couple of gripes they have. They also talk about Appel's recycling program and all the gold the company has recovered, and briefly dip into whether iPad Pro is a laptop replacement.

  8. Apr. 20th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-20: Why People are Bagging on the New MacBook

    It seems not everyone is happy with the updated MacBook Apple announced yesterday. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the complaints about the MacBook refresh, why some people aren't happy, who this model is good for, where the MacBook Air fits into Apple's computer line up, and more.

  9. Apr. 19th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-19: New MacBooks, Apple’s Latest Tesla Hire

    Apple refreshed the MacBook today, and it may be telegraphing what to expect in the next MacBook Pro update. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop lineup, USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and more. They also have some thoughts on the Apple's rumored car plans and the company's latest car-related hire from Tesla.

  10. Apr. 18th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With ScreenCastsOnline Founder Don McAllister

    Don MacAllister is the creator of ScreenCastsOnline, subscription-based video tutorials on the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Apple Watch. But long before his current work, before people even routinely had computers in their homes, Don got involved with a UK government IT department and started learning about computers. His first personal computer was a Sinclair Spectrum. Don tells the story of how, years later, a Steve Jobs keynote in 2005 introducing the Mac mini sold him "hook line and sinker." After he learned home video editing with iMovie, he left Windows behind forever, and became immersed in everything Apple…