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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TDO 2018-01-30: iOS 12's New Direction 1:55 PM Jan. 30th, 2018

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share some tips on improving your online privacy in Mobile Safari, plus they look at HomePod’s...

Podcast Archives

  1. Jan. 30th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iOS 12’s New Direction, iPhone X Sales Estimates – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-30

    Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's plans for iOS 12, plus they discuss the debate surrounding iPhone X sales.

  2. Jan. 29th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Tech.pinions Technical Journalist John Kirk

    John Kirk is a former trial attorney, financial advisor and business coach. About a decade ago, he burst on the scene with the most delightful, literary, and informed opinions and analysis of Apple, its foundations, customer approach, and products. His writing became legendary for its literary references and his ability to punch through to the real heart of all Apple matters. We chatted about how he first embraced the Mac, successfully used the Mac in his law practice, earned his gig at techpinions.com, and why some observers of Apple go wrong. We also delved into the psychology of consumer choice, Apple being back on track with the Mac, how Apple embraces the future, what it choses to leave behind, design issues related to future Macs, and the legacy of Steve Jobs.

  3. Jan. 29th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod and Streaming Music Services, Mac App Store 64-bit App Deadline – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-29

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at HomePod's streaming music service options, plus they explain what Apple's looming 64-bit app deadline means.

  4. Jan. 28th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    A Cerebral Sunday Morning: HomePod, macOS Server, Novice NAS, and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 694

    John and Dave return to answer your questions and share your tips... and theirs! Addressing The Novice NAS Conundrum, the question often comes up: does it make sense for NAS manufacturers to target the novice market? But that's not all, your geeks get heady talking about HomePod and macOS Server, too. Plus we've got questions (and answers) about java, USB drives, and much more. Download... and enjoy!

  5. Jan. 26th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    HomePod Pre-orders and Siri’s Music Controls – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-26

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss HomePod pre-orders, Apple's product marketing, and Siri's music voice control.

  6. Jan. 25th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Ebook Market Push, AirPlay 2 – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-25

    Andrew Orr and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's plan to get a stronger foothold in the ebook market, plus they look at what's new in AirPlay 2.

  7. Jan. 24th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    13″ MacBook Wish List and Why Bitcoin Uses So Much Electricity – ACM 446

    Rumor has it that Apple is going to release a new entry level 13" MacBook. Bryan and Jeff discuss how it might fit in Apple's Mac product line, and what they would like to see in such a device. They also talk about Bitcoin mining and why it uses so much electricity, as well as the roles cryptocurrencies could play in our lives.

  8. Jan. 24th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Unveils iOS 11.3 – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-24

    John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the new feaetures in Apple's iOS 11.3 update for the iPhone and iPad.

  9. Jan. 23rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Ready to Ship HomePod – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-23

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple announcing the HomePod ship date, its delayed features, and how they think consumers will respond.

  10. Jan. 22nd, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    This Neato Four Way Adapto-Thing – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 693

    AppleCare doesn't void every upgrade, and your geeks talk through some things you can do on your own ... and how to make sure you understand where your warranty begins and ends. Questions from you listeners are always the bulk of this show, and they're all over the map today which makes for a fun, varied show. But Cool Stuff Found is always a favorite, and this week we've got a ton for you!

  11. Jan. 22nd, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with WUOT Morning Radio Host Victor Agreda

    Victor Agreda is a freelance voice actor, WUOT (Knoxville) Radio Morning Edition Host, and former Editor-in-Chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, affectionately known as "TUAW." Early on, as a student at the University of Tennessee, he had an equal interest in English and electrical & computer engineering. By and by, he discovered that writing and journalism were what he was really good at. And yet, thanks to his engineering background, his first job out of college was as a Webmaster. We chatted about how he's done stand-up comedy, founded Superpixels Studios, does voiced acting, does puppeteering, became the E-i-C of TUAW, worked with Angry Dad Gamer on YouTube, and finally, how he landed the job as a NPR Morning Edition host. Victor is a fascinating, delightful fellow to listen to.

  12. Jan. 22nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    The iPhone X Doom Report, WeChat’s Mini-app Platform – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-22

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out what's really going on with a report that Apple is discontinuing the iPhone X, plus they look at WeChat's mini-app platform that runs inside the messaging app.

  13. Jan. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Instagram’s New Tracking Feature, Dolby Vision and Apple TV 4K – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-19

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about Instagram's new Show Active Status feature, plus John explains the confusing state of Dolby Vision for Apple TV 4K owners.

  14. Jan. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    MacBook Air’s Legacy, Tim Cook’s iPhone Battery Comments – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-18

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look back on the MacBook Air's influence on other Apple products, plus they take Tim Cook to task for his recent iPhone battery throttling comments.

  15. Jan. 17th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Deep Dive on Apple’s Tax Announcement, Jeff and Bryan Hypocrisy, and Apple Security – ACM 445

    Apple made some major announcements about taxes, investments, and the company's five year plan for contributions to the U.S. economy, and Bryan and Jeff take  a deep dive into what it all means. They also examine their own potential for hypocrisy in criticizing Apple's smarthome strategy. The cap the show with a listener comment about the Mac App Store security bug.

  16. Jan. 17th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    chaiOS Bug, J.J Abrams New Sci-fi Series – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-17

    Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss the chaiOS bug for the Mac and iPhone, plus they weigh in on Apple's bid for the new J.J. Abrams sci-fi series.

  17. Jan. 16th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    OSX/MaMi Malware, CES 2018 Trends from the Outside – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-16

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to shed some light on the OSX/MaMi malware threat for the Mac, plus they share their perspective from the outside on CES 2018 trends.

  18. Jan. 15th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi-Mesh – Mac Geek Gab 692

    Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don't always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by answering some of those questions. Then it's on to where you should – and shouldn't – be using APFS. After that, the questions jump around a bit, including one about mesh vs. quasi-mesh. All this and more on Mac Geek Gab 692 today!

  19. Jan. 15th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Asst. Dir. of Operations at NWRDC John Welch

    John Welch is the Assistant Director of Operations at the Northwest Regional Data Center at Florida State University. Over the last 30 years, he's become an expert Mac IT administrator, using UNIX systems and the UNIX-based Mac to work with them. He's worked for the military, major businesses and several universities such as MIT and FSU. John told me about the incredibly serendipitous events that led to each of his many IT jobs. In the second segment, we chatted about macOS server, Apple in the enterprise (Apple's approach and strengths), and perspectives on the recent High Sierra root access security snafu in light of several other historical Mac events that he lived through. John also provided his insights about the new, amazing iMac Pro. His deep experience with Macs makes for great listening.

  20. Jan. 15th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    MacBook Pro Refresh Expectations, iPad Pro in Education – TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-15

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what may be in store for the MacBook Pro in 2018, plus they talk about Apple's target audience for the iPad Pro and the tablet's place in the educational market.