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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TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye Thunderbolt Display, Spinning off the Mac 1:46 PM, Jun. 24th, 2016

It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means…

Podcast Archives

  1. Jun. 24th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye Thunderbolt Display, Spinning off the Mac

    It's official: Apple is killing off the Thunderbolt Display. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what this means for Apple in the display market, plus they have something to say about John C. Dvorak's claim that it's time for Apple to spin off the Mac into its own company.

  2. Jun. 23rd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Listeners Comment on Concert iPhone Bans, APFS

    It's listener comment day on TDO. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to respond to your thoughts on Alicia Keys locking up attendee's smartphones at her concerts, and on Apple's new APFS file system for macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

  3. Jun. 22nd, 2016 ACM 365: iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0, and Differential Privacy

    Bryan and Jeff delve into some of the things they've learned about iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and watchOS 3.0. Spoiler, it's all looking really good. They also talk about Differential Privacy and explain (loosely) how it works, what it means, and why it's important.

  4. Jun. 22nd, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-22: Taking a Closer look at APFS

    John Martellaro has been busy learning all about APFS, and he has plenty to share. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to take a closer look at Apple's new file system for the Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and tvOS.

  5. Jun. 21st, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-21: Forcing Phone-free Concerts, Russia’s Anti-encryption Bill

    Going to an Alicia Keys concert will get your iPhone locked away, but not by the police. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on concert goers being forced to drop their smartphones in locked bags as a condition to see the show. They also take a look at Russia's bill calling for backdoors into encrypted chat apps.

  6. Jun. 20th, 2016 MGG 610: Airplane Mode on the Mac? Sure!

    Dave's back from WWDC and he and John focus on your questions this week. How best can one enable Airplane Mode on a Mac? How do you find a missing Mailbox? Why does the iTunes Library stay put when you tell it to move? And... what happened with John's phone? Was it the charger? Was it the app? We have answers!

  7. Jun. 20th, 2016 TMO Background Mode: Interview With Flexibits Founder Michael Simmons

    Michael Simmons is the founder of Flexibits, famous for the award winning Fantastical apps for Mac and iOS. In his youth, Michael got his start as a fan of video games on the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. He was intrigued by what was different, better, surprising and delightful. In college, it was communication and film school, and he became interested in something closely related: story telling. That resulted in his first job in the video game industry. After that, there was a series of programming jobs culminating in his authorship of Data Rescue at ProSoft. His acquired expertise eventually…

  8. Jun. 20th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-20: Apple Power Plans, what’s Coming for Passcodes

    Apple wants to be an electric company, but that doesn't mean we'll be buying iElectricity soon. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plans for the surplus electricity it generates through its renewable energy efforts, plus they share their thoughts on Apple's plans for biometric passcodes and protecting our privacy.

  9. Jun. 17th, 2016 TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-17: Apple Pay Fears, No iMessage for Android

    Mobile payment platforms aren't taking off because consumers don't trust them. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Pew study looking at who uses mobile payment systems like Apple Pay, and they also dive into Apple's reasoning for not bringing iMessage to Google's Android platform.

  10. Jun. 16th, 2016 ACM 364: Tim Cook Brings Diversity to Apple’s Stage and Other WWDC Observations

    Apple CEO Tim Cook put his money where is mouth is and brought significant diversity to the WWDC stage this week, including four powerful women. Bryan and Jeff think it was cool. They also dig into watchOS 3, Swift Playgrounds, and ask if Steve Jobs would have opened up Siri, Maps, iMessage, and Phone to third party developers.