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!

Apple Drops Prices, Bumps Storage on iPad Line

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPad lower prices

The iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 were in the spotlight Wednesday morning, Apple quietly lowered the prices on the iPad lineup while bumping up storage. The 16GB storage option is gone and a 256GB option is available, just like the iPhone 7.

iOS 10, watchOS 3 Available Sept 13

· Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 10 Messages

iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are finally getting the nod of approval from Apple and will move from beta status to official releases on September 13th. The free upgrade will come three days before the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 ship on September 16th.

Apple's Instincts About the Watch Buyer Mentality Prove Correct

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple Watch series 2

In May of 2015, when the Apple Watch first shipped, a few observers opined that it would be wise to buy the cheapest possible version, the Sport Watch. That’s because Apple would, they claimed, come out with a new model in 2016 that would callously make the original painfully obsolete. It looks like Apple’s instincts, in contradiction to that notion, have proved correct.

macOS Sierra Coming September 20

· Jeff Gamet · News

macOS Sierra website

Apple’s big focus today is the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, but that doesn’t mean the Mac didn’t get any love—or more precisely, macOS Sierra. Apple quietly updated the Sierra website on Wednesday to say the replacement for Mac OS X El Capitan will ship on September 20th.

Hands-On with Apple's Impressive AirPods

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple EarPods Pairing

Bryan Chaffin went into Apple’s hands-on press area a skeptic of the company’s new AirPods wireless headphones. He came out impressed. Here are his immediate impressions.

Even If You Don't Need a New iPhone 7, You Should Still Get One

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPhone 7, black

The art and science of sizing up the new iPhone each year is a formidable one, given the time between the announcement and the window for ordering. Apple provides just enough information to whet the appetite. However, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the state of the art isn’t advancing and decide to save some money, passing on the iPhone 7. That’s probably not a good way to go, given Apple’s track record.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-07: Hello iPhone 7, Apple Watch Series 2, and AirPods

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

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Apple’s “See you on the 7th” media event just wrapped up, and there were plenty of big announcements. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about what stood out to them, like the new wireless AirPods, the A10 quad-core processor in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 2.