Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

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 from The Mac Observer put the Apple world into context.

Background Mode Podcast

Hosted by John Martellaro from The Mac Observer.

Background Mode

Join The Mac Observer's 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

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

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MGG 728: Mojave, Inexpensive Tech, Dual SIMs, and More 7:13 PM Sep. 24th, 2018

Don’t get caught, folks. That’s what we say, and that’s what we mean. This week that takes shape with advice about when to install macOS...

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 24th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Mojave, Inexpensive Tech, Dual SIMs, and More – Mac Geek Gab 728

    Don't get caught, folks. That's what we say, and that's what we mean. This week that takes shape with advice about when to install macOS Mojave, finding the right place(s) to buy inexpensive tech, and extending your Wi-Fi network the right – and fun – ways. Oh, and there's more, too. You'll just have to listen, OK?

  2. Sep. 24th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Technology Journalist Ryan Faas

    Ryan Faas is a technology journalist and author who has been writing about Apple, business, enterprise IT topics, and the mobile industry for over a decade. He also spent a large portion of the past 15 years in the systems/network engineering and IT management fields as an IT director and systems administrator. He's worked for MTV Networks as well as being a former Apple Genius. Today, he is also a Contributing Writer for Computerworld. We chatted about how he became such an expert in enterprise matters as well as knowledgeable in multiple OSes. He told me why the wireless carriers decline to push Android updates as often as Apple, and he filled me in on what really going on with macOS Server. Finally, Ryan also predicted when Apple will go to ARM processors in the Mac.

  3. Sep. 24th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch Series 4 First Impressions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-24

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about how well the original iPhone's design is holding up, plus they share their first impressions after a weekend with Apple Watch Series 4.

  4. Sep. 21st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Amazon’s Big Echo and Alexa Product Launch – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-21

    Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the new Echo and Alexa products Amazon announced on Thursday.

  5. Sep. 20th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch for Android Phones, Notifications Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-20

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about whether or not Apple Watch will ever get Android phone support or become a stand alone device. They also have some tips for managing Notification in iOS 12 and watchOS 5.

  6. Sep. 19th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Memoji Fun, Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions, Password Ease – ACM 480

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the fun they're having with Memoji in iOS 12. They also talk about Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions, and just how cool it is that iOS 12 can integrate y our password manager at the system level.

  7. Sep. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch in Our Culture, iOS 12 Shortcuts – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-19

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Apple Watch is becoming part of our culture, plus they share their thoughts on iOS 12's Shortcuts feature.

  8. Sep. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The iOS 12 Tipesode – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-18

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on using iOS 12 on your iPhone and iPad.

  9. Sep. 17th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    iOS 12 and Mojave Upgrade Thoughts, Cloud Storage, and Adapting Thunderbolt – Mac Geek Gab 727

    iOS 12 is out, folks, and John and Dave have some experience with it that they're happy to share. Of course, they take your questions, too, including those about your upcoming Mojave migration. Don't miss this one, folks!

  10. Sep. 17th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Early Apple Podcaster Victor Cajiao

    Victor Cajiao was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in the U.S. and became well known in the Apple world for several different podcasts. He's an Apple tech geek as well as a musician (saxophone) and hobby photographer. Victor told me the story about how he came to the U.S. via a special initiative started by President Kennedy. The fascinating story continues as he eventually worked his way into a job with AT&T rising to the level of IT Technical Director. He also told me the story about how he fell in love with the Mac and then launched his podcast, The Typical Mac User. Victor recently retired from AT&T after 26 years and now travels the U.S. in his Airstream trailer. Recently, he's been sighted at Macstock, doing terrific demos of Mac technologies.

  11. Sep. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch ECG, iPhone XS eSIM Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-17

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore the ECG feature in Apple Watch Series 4, plus they explain dual SIM and eSIM in iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

  12. Sep. 14th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Watch as a Medical Device – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-14

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple Watch as a medical device, plus they talk about what they pre-ordered from the new iPhone and Apple Watch lineup.

  13. Sep. 13th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    The iPhone ‘S’ Year, Headphone Jacks, Siri Shortcuts – ACM 479

    Reminder: this was an "s" year for the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss what this means, and how iPhone XS is a solid "nuts and bolts" update. They also look at some listener feedback about headphone jacks, and discuss whether or not Siri Shortcuts will be a thing.

  14. Sep. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Intelligent Guardian – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-13

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple Watch as our intelligent guardian, plus they share their thoughts on iPhone XR and what announcements Apple may have later this year.

  15. Sep. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone XS, Apple Watch Series 4 First Reactions – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-12

    Brian Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Apple's iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and Apple Watch Series 4 product announcements.

  16. Sep. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Case for Not Upgrading to a New iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-11

    Adma Christianson from the Maccast and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they are—or aren't—interested in upgrading to Apple's soon to be announced new iPhone and Apple Watch models.

  17. Sep. 10th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Skip the Dongle, Learn about Cruft! – Mac Geek Gab 726

    It's time to fully embrace the USB-C interface, folks, at least according to listener Zack. Todd helps us understand Cruft, Phil needs to know about storing IDs when traveling, Felix is curious about storing archives, and that's just the half of it. You'll have to listen to hear Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun talk all about this and more!

  18. Sep. 10th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Academic Director of IT Bradley Chambers

    Bradley Chambers has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Currently he's the IT director at a school in Chattanooga, and he's also a contributor to 9to5Mac via his weekly column: "Making the Grade." Bradley told me about his work as an IT administrator, how iPads and Macs are deployed, configured and repaired. There are some good tools for doing that, but they're also supplemented with Google docs and JAMF tools. His kids are taught programming at an early age with Swift Playgrounds, and it turns out that the iPad offers just what his students need for a K-5 curriculum. We finished with a discussion of a few of his recent columns, including why digital textbooks generally failed in the market as well as thoughts about the state of Apple's iBooks Author app.

  19. Sep. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    USB-C iPad Pro, New iPhone Names – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-10

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on a report saying Apple is replacing the iPad Pro Lighting port with USB-C, along with the reported names for the new iPhone lineup.

  20. Sep. 7th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Interview Mac Geek Gab’s Dave Hamilton and John F Braun – TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-07

    Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet to talk about the origin of the Mac Geek Gab podcast, hosting BBS systems, and Matt Groening TV shows.