MGG 622 – Cool Stuff Found & Media Management Holy Grail

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Lots of great Cool Stuff Found has come in lately, and today we share it with you. Then it’s time to talk the holy grail of media library management. It promises to be a wild show, folks. Download and enjoy!

Bob Mansfield Reportedly Shaking Up Apple Car Project With Layoffs

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Apple has been laying off people from Project Titan, the company’s not-so-secret car project. The New York Times reported that Apple is rethinking its plans for a car, has “shuttered parts of its self-driving car project,” and laid off “dozens of people.”

The Art of Smacking Apple Around as Entertainment Pays Handsomely

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

Numbers and facts are boring. Entertainment is fun. That’s true whether the subject is politics or technology.  If you can entertain people who are bored with facts, light them up in fact, your publication will do well. For example, crafty editors know that there’s money to be made bad-mouthing Apple. It will never stop. And it will never cease to amaze us. Jonny Evans ponders and John Martellaro explains.

Hands-On with iPhone 7 Home Button: Disappointing Haptic Feedback, Increased Functionality

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

iPhone 7 Plus at Apple Media Event

Apple had two major changes in iPhone 7 beyond incremental improvements. The first is the much-talked about lack of an auxiliary port for headphones, but the other will effect the way we do things far longer than the transition to Lightning audio. That’s moving from a physical Home Button to a touch-sensitive, stationary Home Button. Here’s what Bryan Chaffin thought about it during his hands-on session at Apple’s media event.

Free High Quality Software? You Betcha!

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Free high-quality apps? You betcha!

Dr. Mac has noticed a trend lately where software makers offer free, high quality basic versions, charging only those who wish additional features or services. Often known as “freemium” apps  (think “free but still premium”), these days freemium isn’t just for games and entertainment anymore.

Apple Watch Series 2 Preorders Slip to 3 Weeks and Longer

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch Series 2 in a box

It took hours instead of minutes, but delivery dates for most Apple Watch Series 2 models have slipped out to about three weeks. The Series 2 Sport aluminum and stainless steel models are listed as shipping by the end of September, while the ceramic Edition model is 5-6 weeks out.

The iPhone 7 Giveaway

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

iPhone 7 Jet Black

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together an iPhone 7 giveaway to celebrate Friday’s launch. All you have to do to enter is sign up to receive TMO’s deal emails, something you should do anyway. You can earn extra entries by promoting the giveaway, too.   Check out the giveaway’s webpage for the details, and good luck!

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-09: The Day the iPhone got Faster than the MacBook

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Benchmark tests show the Apple’s brand new iPhone 7 Plus A10 processer is faster than the 2016 MacBook. Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit join Jeff Gamet to look at what those performance tests mean, why it’s a big deal that an iPhone can be faster than a MacBook, and what would happen if Apple put its own processors in the Mac lineup.

Apple isn't Announcing iPhone 7 Preorder Sales Numbers

· Jeff Gamet · News

No iPhone 7 preorder sales numbers

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus deliveries were showing several week delays only minutes after preorders launched, but don’t count on seeing how many sold come Monday because Apple isn’t sharing the numbers. The company said the numbers don’t reflect actual demand and don’t hold any value for investors.

Belkin Lightning Adapter Solves iPhone 7 Listen While Charging Problem

· Jeff Gamet · News

Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter

The combo charger and headphone jack adapter you want for your just ordered iPhone 7 is coming from Belkin instead of Apple. The accessory maker is showing off the Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar adapter on its website—and even though it isn’t shipping yet, it’ll still probably arrive before your Jet Black iPhone 7.

Delivery Times for iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black Slip to November

· Bryan Chaffin · News

iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black Shipping Time

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went on pre-order Friday morning, and delivery times for iPhone 7 Jet Black slipped to November within 20 minutes. All other colors on iPhone 7 Plus range from 6-8 business days to 2-3 weeks. Many iPhone 7 models are still available for delivery on the 16th.

iPhones Are Now Faster than Macs

· John Kheit · Devil's Advocate

The Tortoise vs. the Hare

It’s official—well at least according to reported Geekbench scores spotted in the wild! iPhones are now faster than Macs! The latest, and most recently updated, 2016 12” MacBook is slower than the iPhone 7 Plus.

ACM 376: Deep Dive into iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2

· Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The Apple Context Machine

Bryan and Jeff go in-depth with our hands-on experience with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. Apple Watch Nike+, Apple Watch Edition (Ceramic), the button-less Home Button on iPhone 7, the new cameras, the bright displays…it’s all in this episode of The Apple Context Machine.

Urge Basics Snakeskin MFi Certified Lightning Cable

· Bryan Chaffin · Link

Urge Basics Snakeskin MFi Certified Lightning Cable

What could be better than a faux-leather Lightning cable? One with a snake skin pattern. Obviously. Well, we have it! The cable has a leatherette shell, making it tougher than a plastic-only cable. It’s 3.3 feet long, MFi-certified, and just $9.99 through us.

Hands-On with Apple Watch Series 2: Faster, Better, Prettier

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple Watch Series 2

Bryan checked out Apple Watch Series 2 at Apple’s hands-on demo, and was impressed. There’s a lot to like in this second generation device, and he’s gathered my hands-on impressions.

Here's Where to Preorder Your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 7 preorder

Set your alarm because iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus preorders start at 12:01AM pacific time Friday morning—which means Thursday night is going to run really late for a lot of people. You can place your preorder on Apple’s website, in the Apple Store app, or through your cell service provider.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-08: Hands on with Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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TMO’s Bryan Chaffin was at the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 launch event yesterday and got to get his hands on both devices as well as the AirPods. Bryan, along with John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch Series 2 and how AirPods sound and work. Jeff also settles Bryan and John’s Apple Watch bet.

Apple's iPhone 7 Headphone Adapter Costs $9

· Jeff Gamet · News

Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

Apple is including a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter with the iPhone 7, but what happens when you lose yours? Apple is happy to sell you another, and it’ll cost you US$9.

iPhone 7 Now or Updated SE Later? The 4-Inch iPhone Power User’s Dilemma

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

On March 31 of this year (2016), Apple solved the problem that existed since September of 2014: Power users that wanted an iPhone with the latest CPU but preferred the 4″ form factor could have their cake and eat it, too – again – with the introduction of the iPhone SE. Now, though, that problem starts all over again.

Mail: Using "Erase Deleted Items"

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Mail on the Mac is the subject of this Quick Tip, and we’re gonna discuss how to clear out your trash in moments. We’ll also go over setting how long each of your accounts waits before it empties its own trash automatically. That’ll help you keep stuff neat and clean, too!