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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Apple Interface, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming - ACM 471 5:47 PM Jul. 18th, 2018

In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple’s interfaces compared to the...

Podcast Archives

  1. Jul. 18th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Apple Interface Consistency, Storage Permutations, Walmart Streaming Video – ACM 471

    In this age of different devices and platforms, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the lack of consistency in Apple's interfaces compared to the days when "Apple" meant "Mac." They also go over some listener feedback (read criticism) about their rant last week on Apple's storage pricing for new MacBook Pro models. Lastly, they discuss whether not Walmart can make a go in the streaming video market, and how that might actually work.

  2. Jul. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Core i9 MacBook Pro Throttling, When to Buy a New Mac – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-18

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at a report saying the Core i9 MacBook Pro is hobbled by thermal throttling, plus John explains how to better predict when Apple is about to release new Macs.

  3. Jul. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New AI Boss, Leaked iPhone Glass Photo – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-17

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's AI boss John Giannandrea, plus they share their thoughts on a leaked photo showing the next iPhone's glass front.

  4. Jul. 16th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Amateur Astronomer Mike Weasner

    Mike Weasner is a noted amateur astronomer, known for his book on the Meade ETX telescopes, early iPhone astrophotography and work with the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) in Arizona. Very early in life, Mike fell in love with astronomy, and that led to a B.S. in astrophysics. Via ROTC, Mike later joined the United States Air Force, where he served as a fighter pilot (A-7D), instructor (T-38), and a manager in the Air Force's Space Shuttle Program Office. After his USAF duty, Mike spent 23 years as a program manager with TRW/Northrop Grumman. We chatted about his Air Force days and some interesting flight experiences. In the second segment, we talked about the construction of his observatory, evolution of his telescopes, astrophotography of asteroids, supernovae patrol and his work with the IDA.

  5. Jul. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    MacBook Pro Keyboards, Laptop Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-16

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the changes in Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pro keyboard, plus they discuss a MacBook Pro review from a scientific perspective.

  6. Jul. 16th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Deep Dives: Photos, NAS, & Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 718

    Sometimes it's time for a deep dive. Today it's time for three! Listen as your two favorite geeks dive into Photos, NAS (Synology... and more!), and Backups.

  7. Jul. 13th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The Mac mini Refresh Dream, Looking Towards ARM-based Macs – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-13

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple could do with a Mac mini refresh versus what they're likely to do, plus Jeff warms up to the idea of an ARM-based Mac.

  8. Jul. 12th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    New MacBook Pro Love (Mostly) and FCC Reaches for New Low – ACM 470

    Apple announced new MacBook Pros, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about what they like (processors and RAM) and what they don't like (pricing on storage). They also dig into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's efforts to reach for a new low.

  9. Jul. 12th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Touch Bar MacBook Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-12

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their first reactions to Apple's just announced Touch Bar MacBook Pro refresh.

  10. Jul. 11th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Relationship with AgileBits, iPad as a Mac Replacement – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-11

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact Apple's mass 1Password license purchase will have on AgileBits, plus they debate if the iPad can be a Mac replacement for most people.

  11. Jul. 10th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Redesigning the World Wide Web, Hacking USB Restricted Mode – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-10

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Tim Berners-Lee's push to make a new world wide web, plus look at a report saying there's an easy workaround to iOS 11.4.1's USB Restricted Mode.

  12. Jul. 9th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with University Psychologist and Podcaster Dr. Robert Carter

    Dr. Robert Carter is a Ph.D. Psychologist at Texas A&M, a long-time Apple enthusiast, and the co-host of the Tech Doctor podcast. He's very well versed in assistive technologies, having been blind since birth. Robert tells an amazing story about he's coped with his disability through the years. It started with using a portable typewriter in grade school, discovering the Apple II at age 18 and a speech synthesizer plug-in card, and ultimately using Apple's extraordinary VoiceOver technology on the Mac—and now iPhone. We chatted about the techniques he uses to read and write, including the use of the Hims BrailleSense Polaris display. We finished with a discussion of his Tech Doctor podcast, and its focus on assistive technologies, and how the evolution of AI and robot technologies look to really help those with disabilities.

  13. Jul. 9th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Timehop’s Data Breach, Facial Recognition in Government Surveillance – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-09

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the Timehop data breach, plus they share their thoughts on the state of government surveillance with facial recognition.

  14. Jul. 9th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    AirPods, Phishing, Smart Home, and Resets – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 717

    Tips and questions answered about iCloud Family Storage, Permissions, Converting video types, AirPods, FileMaker, and much more. Download, press play, and enjoy!

  15. Jul. 6th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    No Intel 5G Modems for iPhone, Hobbled Twitter Clients – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-06

    Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple not using Intel for iPhone 5G modem chips and the negative impact Twitter's API changes are having on third-party app developers.

  16. Jul. 5th, 2018
    Apple Registers New Macs, Yelp’s Victory, and the Future of Cars – ACM 469

    It seems Apple has registered 5 new Macs and iPads with a European regulatory agency. Better yet, the operating systems tagged to go with these not-yet-announced devices suggests they could come soon. Bryan Chaffin adn Jeff Gamet also discuss why you should be happy Yelp won a major court fight, regardless of whether you like Yelp. For their third segment, they take on viewer questions about this so-called car revolution.

  17. Jul. 5th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Deciphering Netflix’s Ultra Subscription Tier – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-05

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what could be behind Netflix's test program for a new high end subscription tier.

  18. Jul. 3rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iOS 12 AutoFill Security Concerns, Samsung Phone Shared Photos Bug – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-03

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the potential security threats in iOS 12's Security Code AutoFill, plus they have some thoughts on Samsung smartphones randomly sending out photos.

  19. Jul. 2nd, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Freelance Tech Jounalist Kirk McElhearn

    Kirk McElhearn is an expert technical journalist for all things Apple. He was a Senior Contributor at Macworld for 15 years, is known as "The iTunes Guy," and writes about Macs, security, iTunes, books and music. Kirk has also written several "Take Control Books," including tutorials on iTunes, Audio Hijack and Scrivener. In this encore appearance, Kirk and I chatted about the evolution of photography at Apple, the emergence of the iPhone as a pocket supercomputer-camera, AI technologies and facial recognition used in iPhone photography, lens and CCD technologies, Aperture vs. iPhoto/Photos, managing digital assets, and how sophisticated software has allowed the average user to take great photos. And more. We finished with a discusion of Kirk's new podcast (with Jeff Carlson) called PhotoActive which is all about photography and the Apple ecosystem.

  20. Jul. 2nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Autonomous Car Plans, 4G and LTE Explained – TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-02

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate Apple's autonomous car plans, plus John explains 4G, 5G, and LTE.