TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone Glass, Debunking iPhone 6SE

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

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Apple’s iPhone display glass is pretty strong, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not the iPhone needs stronger glass, plus they shoot down the idea that the iPhone 7 will really be called the iPhone 6SE.

Investor's Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn't Make Pokémon GO

· Jeff Gamet · News

Pokémon GO crowds

Investors, just like gamers, are a fickle lot, and Pokémon GO is showing just how true that is for Nintendo. The company’s stock shot up to its highest point in decades after pretty much everyone with a smartphone went crazy over the game, then took a big hit when Nintendo reminded investors it has only a partial stake in developer Niantic and Pokémon Company.

AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple with a big pile of money

Apple’s 2016 third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled to start this afternoon after the market closes. This quarter will include iPhone SE sales, and analysts will be watching closely to see if the company’s smartphone numbers show a year-over-year decline for a second quarter. The Mac Observer will be here to bring you the latest news and analysis from the event, so be sure to follow along with us this afternoon.

iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called “Leave this Conversation.” Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations.

Bob Mansfield Running Apple Car Shows Tim Cook's Commitment

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Bob Mansfield in TMO's artist rendition of Apple Car

Apple tapped hardware engineering legend Bob Mansfield to head its Project Titan car project. If true, it’s a signal that Apple CEO Tim Cook is committed to the project and serious about bringing a car to market.

Way-Back-When Video: 1995 and Power Computing with Bob LeVitus

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Oh my goodness, but do I love this video? Yes! Yes, I love this video! It’s from some show called The Computer Chronicles in 1995, and it features our own Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus (starting at 8:17) introducing the first Mac clone from Power Computing. He was working for Power Computing in those days as head of PR. Check out that ponytail and jacket he’s sporting (Squeeeeeeeee!). This video also has a segment with Jack Colt from DayStar demoing a multi-processing Mac clone that was a massive powerhouse in its day, as well as a segment on Oracle, and then an interview with Tim Bajarin. Oh, and they’re showing off some new fangled thing called Java. What blast from the past! Jim Tanous of TekRevue sent me the link because he loves me.

The Case For a Shatterproof iPhone

· John Martellaro · TMO Linked Teasers

iPhone 6s

The iPhone’s display is made of Corning’s gorilla glass. It’s durable, but not indestructible. As a result, most iPhone customers (try to) protect their investment with a case. Should Apple try to make the iPhone shatterproof?  Is it possible? Will a case be, someday, unnecessary? Or is an iPhone that can be damaged preferable in some respects?  Page two of Friday’s Particle Debris explores.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Ken Ray, Host and Producer of ‘Mac OS Ken'

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Ken Ray

Ken Ray is the host and producer of several notable podcasts, including the Mac OS Ken shows. It’s not surprising that Ken started out in radio broadcasting. Early on, he was a behind the scenes person at a small radio station in Boston. There, he became operations director and learned a lot about radio tech without the on-air disc jockey pressure. He learned the station’s digital editing suite, and that led to producing some commercials and radio shows. Later, at ZDTV radio, he had the opportunity to interview some high-profile people: Jesse Jackson and Ray Kurzweil. It’s not hard to see how, after he fell into the world of Apple, he brought all his skills to bear into a whole suite of modern-day podcasts, including work with Rod Roddenberry, Gene’s son.

Report Says iPhone 7 May be Called iPhone 6SE

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 6SE mockup

Since this fall’s iPhone is expected to stick with the same body design as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s a new report claims instead of iPhone 7 Apple will call the new model iPhone 6SE. The source for the next iPhone’s name comes from supply sources in China, and doesn’t seem like a good fit considering Apple already sells an iPhone SE.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-25: Bob Mansfield's Apple Car, iPhone 7 Launch Date

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

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A new report claims Bob Mansfield is in charge of the Apple Car project. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Bob running Project Titan, plus they have some things to say about a report tagging September 16th as the iPhone 7 release date.

Pokémon GO: How to Turn off AR

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Pokémon GO

It’s really cool seeing a Charmander, Flareon, or Pikachu right in front of you when you’re playing Pokémon GO. The augmented reality, or AR, that lets you see a Pokémon on the sidewalk in front of you is pretty fun, but turning it off can save a little battery life and makes the game easier to play, too. Read on to learn how to turn off Pokémon GO’s AR feature.

iPhone 7 Reportedly Launching on Sept 16

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone in crystal ball

Apple’s still unannounced iPhone 7 will reportedly be announced a little earlier than usual this year and hit store shelves on Friday, September 16th. Word of the release date comes via Venture Beat’s Evan Blass, who has a track record for predicting Android smartphone rollouts.

MGG 615: John and Dave Trade Places

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

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Quick Tips: All those little things you know that you don’t think about? Other people know and don’t think about them, too… so we think about them and share them, enhancing everyone’s knowledge! Then it’s on to some questions, with a surprising number about Ethernet. Go Figure!

FBI Looks for Touch ID Workaround by 3D Printing Fingers

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

A 3D printer printing a hand

The FBI has a new trick up its sleeve for getting into locked iPhones. The agency hired Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University, to 3D print the fingers of a murder victim. The idea is to use the 3D prints to unlock the device. Should it work, it will open up new avenues for law enforcement and pose new threats to everyone, everywhere.

Apple Has Olympic Limited Edition Apple Watch Bands in Brazil, But We Found Alternatives

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch Band Olympics 2016 Sampler

Apple is offering limited edition Apple Watch bands for the Olympics, but you can only get them at the Apple Store VillageMall in Barra da Tijuca. That’s in Brazil. GQ reported that Apple has Apple Watch bands commemorating 14 “major competitor” countries. But if you can’t go to Brazil, we did some digging and found a couple of alternatives at Amazon and AliExpress.

Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App Ever

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Pokémon GO launched in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand only a couple weeks ago and it’s already the most download title on Apple’s App Store ever. More countries have been getting in on the game since then, and with Japan launching Pokémon GO today it’s a safe bet downloads are going to just keep climbing. That popularity is no doubt translating into big bucks for Nintendo and Apple thanks to in-app purchases, and also potentially slimer waist lines for players who’re getting off their couches and roaming the streets looking for Bulbasaur and Pikachu to catch. If Pokémon GO’s downloads are any indication, we really do have to catch ’em all.

Pokémon GO Already the Most Downloaded iPhone App Ever

Apple to Announce Earnings July 26th

· Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple announced Friday that it will hold its quarterly call with analysts on Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be keenly watching results and guidance looking for signs in renewed growth for Apple. In the March quarter, Apple reported year-over-year declines in revenue and iPhone sales.

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger: $19.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Linked Teasers

Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger

If you share your car with other people, you’ll want to check out today’s deal for the Urge Basics 4-Port USB-C Car Charger. It plugs into your car’s AC outlet (or cigarette lighter), and features two 2.4A USB ports, one 3A USB port, and one USB-C port. You can get it through us for $19.99.

Just Breathe. Apple's watchOS 3 beta Will Show You The Way.

· Dave Hamilton · Columns & Opinions

watchOS 3's new Breathe app, now in beta

I’m someone who runs at a pretty fast clip. When the Apple Watch first came out and everyone was touting its health benefits, I didn’t think that a device on my wrist was going to help remind me to walk, stand or exercise more. Apple’s new Breathe app, however, has changed all of that.