Mac Observer Podcasts

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Hosted by Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer.

Apple Context Machine

Apple Context Machine is a weekly in-depth look at Apple and the tech world from Bryan Chaffin, editor-in-chief of The Mac Observer with special guests from the tech world.

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.

Play Latest Episode

ACM 427: iOS 11 Favorite Features, Apple’s Entertainment Plans, Apple Watch Cheaters 6:23 PM Sep. 6th, 2017

Charlotte Henry and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss the new collection of breached data and Tim Cook’s Time Magazine article.

Podcast Archives

  1. Sep. 6th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    iOS 11 Favorite Features, Apple’s Entertainment Plans, Apple Watch Cheaters – ACM 427

    iOS 11 is coming, and Bryan and Jeff discuss some of what they're looking forward to. They also talk about Apple's big plans in making movies and TV shows, and why it's important for Apple to do so. The cap the show with a look at Apple Watch being involved with a baseball cheating scheme.

  2. Sep. 6th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Bond Bid, Apps and Services for Natural Disasters – TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-06

    Kelly Guimont and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's bid for the James Bond franchise, plus they talk about emergency preparedness resources and apps.

  3. Sep. 5th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Car & Driver Magazine Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman

    Eddie Alterman is the Editor-in-Chief of Car and Driver magazine. He fell in love with cars even earlier than most of us. His father was a car salesman in Detroit in the 1970s when cars weren't great, but it was still exciting. His dad would leave copies of Car and Driver magazine open on the dining room table for Eddie. It worked. Eddie imagined that all the editors who got to test cars were "living the best possible life." So Eddie designed his whole life around writing for a car magazine. It worked again. In the second segment we chatted about the romance of driving and also spent a lot of time discussing the technology and sociology of autonomous cars. Eddie had some great observations, based on his considerable experience, that will keep you pondering for months.

  4. Sep. 5th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye Apple Music Festival, the State of the Mac Touch Bar – TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-05

    John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to Apple ending its Apple Music Festival, plus they look at the state of the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

  5. Sep. 3rd, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Dollars – Mac Geek Gab 673

    Moving your Photos to a new drive, managing your Finder's smart searches, reasons for a VPN, and remote access to your own Macs are just the first few topics that Dave and John discuss this week. Then it's on to managing your document syncing, finding an old version of Mac OS X for an older Mac, some cool scripts that other listeners developed for monitoring your network, and more! Press play and enjoy!

  6. Sep. 1st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Siri’s New Boss, APFS Fusion Drive Issues – TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-01

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their perspective on Siri's management being reassigned from Eddy Cue to Craig Federighi, plus they discuss APFS compatibility issues with Fusion Drives in macOS High Sierra.

  7. Aug. 31st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Goodbye Project Titan Engineers, High Sierra Hackintosh Update – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-31

    Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple losing Project Titan engineers, plus Mr. B updates us on his macOS High Sierra Hackintosh project.

  8. Aug. 30th, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Tim Cook’s Political Junket and Amazon’s Master Plan for Alexa – ACM 426

    Is Tim Cook running for President? Bryan and Jeff take a look at his recent higher public profile and the political junket he seemed to take through the midwest. They also talk about Amazon's recent improvements to Alexa and how they fit in with the company's master plan for the platform.

  9. Aug. 30th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Getting Ready for the 4K Apple TV – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-30

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out what a 4K Apple TV means to you and your current TV, plus how to look for a new TV if your ready to upgrade.

  10. Aug. 29th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    New Apple Watch Workouts, NSA’s Stylometry Identification System – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-29

    Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about new Apple Watch workout types hidden in iOS 11, plus they share their thoughts on the NSA using stylometry to identify people.

  11. Aug. 28th, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Encore #2: Former Apple Senior Director Michael Gartenberg

    Michael Gartenberg spent three years as Apple's Senior Director of Product Marketing, reporting directly to Senior VP Phil Schiller. For his third appearance on Background Mode, we made a list of seven discussion items we both thought would be interesting. We got through two, but chatted about them in detail. The first was all about what's to be gained by Apple allocating about a billion dollars to create original TV content. In the second segment, we talked about Apple's struggles in the education market. Michael made some very interesting and very pointed observations. Don't miss this one!

  12. Aug. 28th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s TV Show Strategy, AR Wireless Patents – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-28

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's place in the original TV show market, plus they talk about patents that may reveal the company's augmented reality glasses plans.

  13. Aug. 27th, 2017
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Kelvin Was Left Out In the Cold – Mac Geek Gab 672

    No reason NOT to start the episode with Cool Stuff Found, so that's just what your two favorite geeks do. Then it's off to answering some questions about printer sharing, bluetooth headsets, USB-C connections, and, of course, CrashPlan! Download and enjoy!

  14. Aug. 25th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8’s Price, The SciFi World of Twistron – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-25

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join guest-host Dave Hamilton to dig into whether the rumored price of Apple's not-yet-announced iPhone 8 is too expensive. They also talk about the science fiction promise of a new material called Twistron. It's super cool.

  15. Aug. 24th, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Titan Car Struggle, iPhone 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy 8 – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-24

    John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about Apple's perils an lessons in trying to make a car. They also discuss the perennial topic of whether this is the year when—finally—Apple can't compete with whatever Samsung announced earlier in the year. (Spoiler: no, it's not.)

  16. Aug. 23rd, 2017
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Lava Lamp Love, Eclipse Disaster Preparedness, and the Bitcoin Fork – ACM 423

    Lava Lamps are the bee's knees. It is known. And in this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss how they make the perfect random number generator. They also look at how eclipse watching is an excellent window into what would happen in a disaster, and discuss the Bitcoin fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash being created.

  17. Aug. 23rd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    CrashPlan for Home goes EOL, Luna Display First Look – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-23

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the pending demise of CrashPlan for Home and options for people who have been relying on the backup service, plus they take a first look at Astro HQ's Luna Display.

  18. Aug. 22nd, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    iPhone 8 Facial Recognition and Home Button Replacement Gestures – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-22

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to discuss a report claiming the iPhone 8 will have facial recognition that's nearly instantaneous, plus they share their thoughts on videos in iOS 11 showing gestures that replace some Home button functionality.

  19. Aug. 21st, 2017
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Bloomberg Consumer Tech Reporter Mark Gurman

    Mark Gurman is the Consumer Technology Reporter for Bloomberg. As Mark recalls, there was never a time in his youth when he wasn't interested in technology. He told me that it was the iPod mini for his 10th birthday that wowed him. His love for the company that created the iPod made it feel very natural to get into reporting on Apple. In the second segment, we chatted about his seminal article in December 2016 on the state of the Mac, thoughts on the next Mac Pro, competition from Microsoft in the form of the Surface Laptop, how the Apple watch Series 3 may have LTE, how devious Apple has become in hiding its pre-release trademarks, prospects for an Apple robot and Apple's HomePod. Mark provided, as always, fascinating and insightful comments about Apple.

  20. Aug. 21st, 2017
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Potential Movie Deal and Ways to Avoid Scam Calls – TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-21

    Jeff Butts and John Martellaro join Dave Hamilton to talk about Apple's potential deal for first-run movies in-the-home, as well as ways to avoid getting scammed by fake calls from Apple support.