Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin.

The Mac Observer's 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 put the Apple world into context.

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Hosted by Dave Hamilton & John F. Braun.

The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab

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

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ACM 384: Demand for iPhone 7 Plus, AWS2, MacBook Pro 6:20 PM Nov. 9th, 2016

A listener sparks an intense rant from Bryan and Jeff about encryption and passcode-attempt-based device wipes, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets them going on...

Podcast Archives

  1. Nov. 9th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 384: Demand for iPhone 7 Plus, AWS2, MacBook Pro

    John Kheit guests with Bryan Chaffin to talk about demand for iPhone 7 Plus, for which wait times are still 3-4 weeks. Apple Watch Series 2 has 2-3 week wait times, and MacBook Pros seem to be flying off the shelves. Join them while they explore these topics.

  2. Nov. 9th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-09: Interview with John L Forrest

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today science fiction author John L Forrest joins Jeff Gamet to talk about writing novels and short stories, his process for bringing his ideas to life, self publishing, and more.

  3. Nov. 8th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-08: Interview with David Sparks from MacSparky

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today David Sparks joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his earlier Apple-focused books and his transition into self publishing with the MacSparky Field Guides.

  4. Nov. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford

    Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She's a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science podcast and radio show. She grew up in the country, and that ignited her interest in wildlife preservation. Early in her career, she obtained her B.S. degree in conservation biology, a field that covers animals, their environment and how humans impact them. Finding post-doctoral research unappealing, she shifted to her current role as a brilliant science communicator. We chatted about her prior research into the brains of small birds, how they store memories, and how they navigate during migration. We also delved into neuro-gaming as well as the perils of being exposed to sophisticated AI agents. After hearing this show, you'll want to become a scientist too!

  5. Nov. 7th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-07: Interview with Ted Landau

    This week we're diving in deep with authors and writers in the Apple community. Today long time author, journalist, and blogger Ted Landau joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his history in the Apple community, writing one of the top selling Mac titles, running his own Apple-related website, and more.

  6. Nov. 6th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 630: Label Your Cables!

    This episode is all about geeks helping other geeks. First it's tips from you helping us and other listeners, including a way to bypass macOS Sierra's network-mounting password dialog! Then we help you with importing just your Health data, musicians using an iPad at gigs, migrating data from one iPhone to another with an older Mac, managing different photo clouds and much more. Join us by downloading and enjoy!

  7. Nov. 4th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-04: Finding the Touch Bar’s Market, New Mac Buyer Poll

    The new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar looks great, but it can't be the primary way for accessing an app's features. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how the Touch Bar may fit in to third-party app developer's plans, and why it may not get adopted as quickly as users may like despite its coolness factor. They also look at the results from TMO's Twitter poll for new Mac buyers.

  8. Nov. 3rd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-03: Finding the Touch Bar MacBook Pro’s Target Market

    Apple's new Touch Bar MacBook Pro carries the "pro" moniker, but it isn't clear exactly who the new laptops are targeting. Dave Hamilton and the Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on who will want the new MacBook Pro, what could be coming in future models, and what pro users are saying about Apple's latest laptop offerings.

  9. Nov. 2nd, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 383: iOS Song Star Ratings Return, MacBook Pro Innovation Rants

    iTunes Song Ratings are back in iOS 10.2 beta, and Bryan and Jeff are stoked, even if it's not perfect. They also talk about the pushback gets when Apple pushes the envelope with its products. They cap the show with a look at MacBooK Pro's Touch Bar being a double down against making a ToasterFridge.

  10. Nov. 2nd, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-02: App Store Blocks Vigilante App, Goodbye Mac Startup Chime

    Vigilantes may be cool in the movies, but no so much in the App Store. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on Apple pulling an app that alerted iPhone users to crimes in progress, plus they have some thoughts on the death of the startup chime in the new MacBook Pro models.

  11. Nov. 1st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-01: Apple’s HomeKit and Internet of Things Security

    After the Dyn DDOS attack, The Mac Observer started looking into claims that HomeKit smarthome devices were protected from participating. Today Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at what they found. Hint: Internet security is a complicated thing in spite of HomeKit's strengths.

  12. Oct. 31st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode: Interview with Serial Entrepreneur Mark Fuccio

    Mark Fuccio has had a distinguished career in tech. He started with an B.S. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. After graduation, he joined Philips Labs in Briarcliff, NY. He's been a marketing manager at Silicon Graphics, Inc. and a senior director at Drobo, Inc. for Products and Markets. We chatted about the evolution of Unix workstations, the early days of Unix GUIs, how CPU and GPU technology advanced, how Apple moved to (BSD) Unix and Intel and turned the tables on the workstation industry (along with Microsoft). We also chatted about the philosophy of marketing as well as technical issues related to storage—and how Drobo solved those problems. Mark tells the story about a career in which he followed his vision, worked with startups, and created his own path to this day. Geekfest!

  13. Oct. 31st, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-31: What Apple Left Out of its ‘hello again’ Event

    Apple's "hello again" media event felt like it was missing something, and that's really bothering Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro. They join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think may have been planned, but pulled at the last minute, plus they question how much time Apple devoted to the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.

  14. Oct. 30th, 2016
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    MGG 629: Not All USB-C Is Created Equal

    Considering migrating to a new Mac? How about thinking of a new Cable Modem? What about managing Wi-Fi speeds with lots of Apple devices which share their Wi-Fi networks via iCloud? Your fellow MGG listeners had those questions until they asked here and your two favorite geeks answered! Listen to John and Dave discuss all of this and more, including sharing some tips from you, too!

  15. Oct. 28th, 2016
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-28: Apple’s Touch Interface Philosophy, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Explained

    Apple and Microsoft are taking different paths into computer touch interfaces. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the differences in Apple's Touch Bar and Microsoft's Surface Studio, plus they explain how USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 fit together.

  16. Oct. 27th, 2016
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    ACM 382: How Pro Are the New MacBook Pros?

    Apple just announced new MacBook Pro models, and Bryan and Jeff talk about their pros and cons. In particular the "pros" part, because while these devices are powerful, they question whether they are really that pro at all. They also talk about the new TV app for Apple TV.