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.

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MGG 734: Mac mini CPU Considerations, Semi-Dark Mode, Photos, and More 10:00 AM Nov. 5th, 2018

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Podcast Archives

  1. Nov. 5th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    Mac mini CPU Considerations, Semi-Dark Mode, Photos, and More – Mac Geek Gab 734

    New Macs are out! John and Dave answer your questions and talk through the various models, including a dissection of the 2018 Mac mini CPU options as well as the relative merit of the 2018 MacBook Air. Other topics include setting up "semi-Dark Mode" on Mojave, using a Fusion Drive as storage, migrating from iCloud Photos to other options, and more! Press play and enjoy!

  2. Nov. 2nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Mac App Store Categories, USB-C iPads – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-02

    On Jeff's final episode, he's joined by Bryan Chaffin and host Kelly Guimont to chat about Mac App Store category cleanup and USB-C potential on iPad Pros.

  3. Nov. 1st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Carriers vs eSIMs, Apple Hearts iHeartMedia – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-01

    Andrew Orr and Jeff Gamet join host Kelly Guimont to discuss how US carriers aren't ready for this eSIM jelly, and Apple's interest in iHeartMedia.

  4. Oct. 31st, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Halloween Special, New iPads and Macs, Mr. Ricky Cleans House – ACM 486

    In this episode, Mr. Ricky pays a visit. And after Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet discuss Apple's new iPads and Macs, Mr. Ricky decides it's time to clean up the mess and set our interns free! All that and more in this Halloween 2018 Special Episode!

  5. Oct. 31st, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Modern day mixtapes, new Mac mini feelings – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-31

    Dave Hamilton has issues making mixtapes, and Jeff Gamet has issues with the new Mac mini. They join host Kelly Guimont to discuss, today on Coffee Talk Daily Observations.

  6. Oct. 30th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple Media Event Aftermath – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-30

    John Martellaro and Andrew Orr discuss today's Apple Media Event, "There's More in the Making," with host Kelly Guimont.

  7. Oct. 29th, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    When Icons Go Bad – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 733

    The question of managing spoofed caller ID came up last week, and this week we've got answers. Also, how do you deal with applications that lose their icon? We'll help! We've also got a lot more than that, too, including other questions, quick tips, Cool Stuff Found, and maybe even an iPhone XR discussion, too!

  8. Oct. 29th, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Indiana University Astronomer Dr. Catherine Pilachowski

    Dr. Catherine Pilachowski is a professor of astronomy at Indiana University in Bloomington. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii. Her principal research interests include the evolution of stars and the chemical history of the Milky Way Galaxy from studies of chemical composition of star clusters. "Caty" got excited about astronomy as a youth reading the books of Asimov, Hoyle and Gamow. She told me about her serendipitous decision to attend graduate school in Hawaii where some very large telescopes were being built on Mauna Kea and how that ultimately led her to her current faculty position. We then chatted about her star cluster research and ended with some great tips for students who want to pursue a career in astronomy.

  9. Oct. 29th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dave gets an iPhone XR, new iPad and Apple Pencil – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-29

    Dave Hamilton and Jeff Gamet join Kelly Guimont to discuss Dave's new iPhone and the hints at what to expect tomorrow at the "There's More in the Making" event.

  10. Oct. 26th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Better Face ID for iPad Pro, the AI Cold War – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-26

    Dave Hamilton and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to talk about why they expect to see landscape as well as portrait orientation support for Face ID on the new iPad Pro, plus they share their thoughts on the battle for AI supremacy in the U.S. and China.

  11. Oct. 25th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Super Fast Fiber Optic Data, Apple Product Repair Success Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-25

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what to expect from news of potential improvements in fiber optic data speeds, plus they share tips on making the repair process for Apple products smoother and less stressful.

  12. Oct. 24th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Throttlegate Lessons, Free Apple Video Rumors, Security PSA – ACM 485

    In the wake of Apple's $12 million fine from Italian regulators, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet ask if the company learned any lessons from Throttlegate. They also update their plans for the show, discuss increasing rumors that Apple's video content will be free, and offer a security public service announcement.

  13. Oct. 24th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s New Mac Model Numbers, Possible iPad mini Refresh – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-24

    Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about which new Macs Apple may have in store for its October 30th media event, plus they share their thoughts on the possibility of a refresh for the iPad mini.

  14. Oct. 23rd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s Mystery Manufacturing Space, Intel’s 7 nm Problem – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-23

    Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple's mystery manufacturing space in Silicon Valley, plus they look at Intel's 7 nm chip manufacturing conundrum.

  15. Oct. 22nd, 2018
    Mac Geek Gab Podcast
    The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 732

    Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and your iPhone? Plus, do you care whether you're using the actual SIM or eSIM on your new iPhone? Press play, listen, and learn together!

  16. Oct. 22nd, 2018
    Background Mode Podcast
    TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Fiction Writer & Biographer Alec Nevala-Lee

    Alec Nevala-Lee is a science fiction novelist, essayist and biographer. He's known for the scifi novels: The Icon Thief, City of Exiles, and Eternal Empire. He's written for Analog Science Fiction, and he's had essays and non-fiction published in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, The Daily Beast and more. We chatted about growing up in California, the influential book that inspired him to become a writer, his early career, life at Harvard, and quitting his job to become a struggling - then successful novelist. Alec also shared a bit about his writing tools and techniques. Finally, we explored his new biography entitled: ASTOUNDING, a critical look at the life, writing and mutual influences of four famous scifi authors: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard during the Golden Age of Science Fiction in the 1940s and 50s.

  17. Oct. 22nd, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    What else at the iPad event, Apple vs Bloomberg – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-22

    Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Kelly Guimont to speculate on what else we'll see at the iPad event (besides iPads), and Apple going toe-to-toe against Bloomberg.

  18. Oct. 19th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Dave Buys an iPhone XR – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-19

    John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about why Dave pre-ordered an iPhone XR, plus they discuss their experiences so far with Shortcuts in iOS 12.

  19. Oct. 18th, 2018
    The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast
    Apple’s October 30 Media Event, iPhone X Versus iPhone X – TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-18

    Adam Christianson from the Maccast and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's just announced October 30th media event in New York City, plus they debate which is a better upgrade: iPhone XR or a used iPhone X.

  20. Oct. 17th, 2018
    Apple Context Machine Podcast
    Dogbot Twerking, Facebook’s Portal into Your Home, Listener Mail – ACM 484

    In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet make an announcement about ACM. They also talk about the cool horror of BostonDynamics's twerking dogbot. Oh, and Facebook Portal...please. No. Just, please no. The also take a look at some listener email.